Friday, February 24, 2017

Endress+Hauser Releases SupplyCare 3.0 Tank Inventory Management Software



Endress+Hauser AG (Switzerland) - SupplyCare provides a comprehensive and complete view of levels and product inventory in a company’s tanks and silos, all over the world.

Endress+Hauser releases SupplyCare 3.0, an update to its IIoT application for tank inventory management. SupplyCare provides a complete overview of levels and product inventory in a company’s tanks and silos worldwide. Enhancements in SupplyCare 3.0 include hardware and software options allowing level, flow and pressure data to be displayed at a desk or handheld device regardless of location—and advanced inventory tools for forecasting, reporting, stock analysis and other functions.

SupplyCare Enterprise runs by default in an Apache Tomcat-environment on an application server as a service under Microsoft Windows. Operators and administrators access the application via a web browser from their desks or handheld devices such as smartphones and tablets. SupplyCare can create reports in various formats including Excel, PDF, CSV and XML. Data can be easily shared with and used by other systems and computing platforms.

SupplyCare 3.0 receives data from local I/O at a company’s tank farms and refineries; from third-party platforms such as control systems, data historians and ERP systems via OPC DA technology; and from email servers at gateways. This allows a company to monitor tank levels and inventories worldwide to help manage its entire operation. For example, SupplyCare 3.0 detects events such as falling below safety stocks or plan points, and sends e-mails to predetermined users.

Whenever there is a technical problem, such as a connection failure, SupplyCare sends alarm messages and e-mails to the system administrator and designated contacts. The system can receive measured values from two redundant data sources. In case of failure of the primary data source, the system switches automatically to the secondary data source.

Enhancements in SupplyCare 3.0 include SupplyCare Hosting SCH30 and Enterprise SCE30B software that provide inventory visualization, forecasting and reporting tools, stock analysis and reconciliation between plants, planning and scheduling inventory transfers, monitoring of alarms and events, and visualization of sites and stocks on a geographical map.

New IMS SXS70 Middleware enables the integration of SupplyCare data with ERP or MES systems. The middleware has four workflow modules that use standard data formats and connectivity methods such as XML, JSON, REST and SOAP. The middleware can connect directly to a company’s ERP system, or send data to customers or other parties via the internet.

New hardware enhancements include Fieldgate FXA42, a gateway that acquires data from local level, flow and pressure instruments; sends it to the local control system; and transmits it to SupplyCare via an integrated web server. Also new is the Connect Sensor FXA30, a battery-powered cellular gateway for remote monitoring of level, flow and pressure instruments in locations where power is not available. It transmits data to SupplyCare via a wireless cellular phone connection.

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VIA Launches VIA SOM-6X50 IoT Acceleration Platform for automated ticketing, signage, and kiosk devices



VIA Technologies, Inc. (Taiwan) – Flexible ultra-compact module will be on display at VIA Booth at Embedded World 2017.

VIA Technologies, Inc., announced the launch of the new VIA SOM-6X50 IoT Acceleration Platform for the rapid development of automated ticketing, signage, and kiosk devices.

“Self-service systems that let consumers access information or purchase items with a tap on the screen or through their smart phone are critical for improving the user experience no matter whether it’s at a retail store or a parking lot,” said Richard Brown, VP International Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “With our latest VIA SOM-6X50 IoT Acceleration Platform, we make it fast and easy for operators to design and build automated information display and transaction processing systems that meet their exact deployment needs.”

The VIA SOM-6X50 is an ultra-compact system-on-module that measures a mere 6.76cm x 4.3cm. Powered by a 1.0GHz VIA Cortex-A9 SoC, it delivers the perfect balance of performance and rich multimedia features in a highly-flexible package for a wide range of IoT automation and HMI applications.

I/O and display expansion options include two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 2.0 device port, one HDMI port, one single-channel 18/24-bit LVDS panel, six UART, one CSI camera input, 10/100Mbps Ethernet, eleven GPIO and one SD Card slot. The VIA SOMDB1 carrier board multi-I/O evaluation carrier board is available. A custom baseboard can be also be developed meet specific requirements.

The VIA SOM-6X50 features a Linux BSP which includes the kernel (3.4.5) and bootloader source codes. Other features include a Tool Chain to help adjust the kernel and to support the VIA SOMDB1 carrier board I/O and other hardware features.

The VIA SOM-6X50 IoT Acceleration Platform will be on display at the VIA booth at the 2017 Embedded World Exhibition and Conference being held this March 14-16 in Nuremberg, Germany. The booth is located #2-551 in Hall 2 of the Nuremberg Exhibition Center. Other highlights include a broad spectrum of commercial-grade systems, HMI starter kits, and IoT acceleration platforms that can be rapidly customized for in-vehicle and in-station applications.

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SIGMATEK’s New Mobile Multi-touch in 10.1-inch Format: The HGT 1051



SIGMATEK GmbH & Co KG (Austria) - Handheld operating panel with capacitive touch screen.

1051* is equipped with a 10.1-inch multi-touch screen in portrait format (800 x 1280 pixel). With the seamless glass touch screen (PCT), robot applications for example, can be intuitively, comfortable and very clearly operated and monitored.

An EDGE2 Technology processor ensures high performance of the mobile HMI, the integrated Safety functions emergency stop, confirmation button and key switches provide the required Safety. In the standard configuration, an Ethernet and a USB interface are integrated. The cable-connected ergonomically designed operating panel with IP54 protection fits well in the hand and that for several hours – thanks to the low weight of only 1,100 g.

As with all SIGMATEK HMIs, the visualization is comfortably created in LASAL. Ready-to-use templates and function components ensure that the HGT 1051 is quickly operational.

*subject to technical changes, available starting end of Q2/2017

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KSE Process Technology B.V. started printing parts in 3D for its ALFRA dosing and weighing systems



KSE Process Technology (Netherlands) - At the end of 2016, KSE started using 3D printed parts for its ALFRA dosing and weighing systems. At first this was chosen because it was the quickest solution. “The designs and drawings were ready and the delivery time of the parts was simply the shortest when printed in 3D”, says Michiel Willemse – Manager Mechatronics Development. “In addition to that, the costs for the 3D parts are competitive compared to the conventional ways of producing”.

This is not the only benefit for KSE. “We supply various machines, each with its unique features. This means one and the same part can differ per machine. By using 3D printing, we can produce very flexible. This allows us to deploy developments much better and faster in a shorter time”, Willemse adds enthusiastically.

KSE sees a lot of future opportunities for 3D printing. With a brand new assembly hall and many product innovations it continues to invest in the future to meet customer requirements

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fairford Electronics’ New Motor Control Technology is a World First



Fairford Electronics (UK) – British-based company Fairford Electronics is set to revolutionise the global soft starter market, predicted to be worth $1,672.4million by 2020, thanks to its new patented technology called PLUSS which can be used in literally thousands of applications around the world.

By specialising exclusively in the single area of soft starters, Fairford has been able to lead the market through innovative design and engineering excellence and is now in discussion with some of the world’s largest automation companies on how to best exploit this leading technology.

The Devon-based firm, which in 1982 became the first company in the world to design and produce a fully digital three phase Soft Starter with automatic Energy Optimising, is delighted to now have another global first to celebrate.

Fairford PLUSS allows two or more smaller soft starters to work together to control larger power motors. This results in increased operational life, cost savings and improved system reliability for thousands of soft starter applications.

Soft starting is used to control the initial voltage to motors for a jerk free start in all industrial applications such as cement, oil & gas, chemicals & petrochemicals, power generation, paper & pulp, and mining to ensure there is no large jump in energy requirement or mechanical stress.

In industry alone, 75% of all energy is used by electric motors in applications such as HVAC, chillers and freezers, mixers and pumps, so this technology will enable massive energy reductions globally.

The patented technology can also be applied to thyristor based power controllers such as solid state relays and applications ranging from electrical heating to the control dc link voltages in motor drives so the global market for this new technology will be extremely large.

Mark Shepherd, managing director at Fairford Electronics, says: “Following the Brexit vote, the UK government is placing even more emphasis on UK manufacturing, especially by supporting innovative ideas, so we are delighted to have gained a worldwide patent for this new technology and to have another global first for a British company.

“We are known internationally for our innovative technology and solutions are always at the core of activities and what ensures the company to lead the soft starter global market.

“This new PLUSS technology will deliver significant cost savings by allowing companies to replace a high power soft starter with two or more smaller units.

“Larger power soft starters are more expensive to manufacture compared to smaller versions because of a lack of economies of scale on production, approvals and testing.

“A PLUSS control system means a spare soft starter can be included on critical applications, ready to take over in the event of a fault on another soft starter. Thermal load sharing between several soft starters working in parallel on one application also boosts reliability and operating lifetime of the control system.”

Gary Stephens, lead engineer at Fairford Electronics, explains how the new PLUSS technology works: “The Fairford PLUSS system simply requires soft starters to be joined with a communications cable. The PLUSS software on each soft starter then synchronises each starter to operate alternately on each cycle of the input power.

“One soft starter takes the load for one half of the cycle and the other soft starter takes over on the rest of the cycle, effectively swopping the load between the two starters up to 100 times a second. The more soft starters are connected with PLUSS technology, the greater the load sharing,” he added.

Fairford Electronics are now seeking to exploit this technology in markets around the world through its existing global distribution network and will also be working with a range of major industrial automation specialists to fully exploit the potential of PLUSS.

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Eisele expands the MULTILINE E Connectors



Eisele Pneumatics GmbH + Co. KG (Germany) – With the M12 power plug Eisele’s MULTILINE modular kit system now offers even more diversity and service.

The multiple couplings and multiple media connectors of the Eisele MULTILINE E series offer an innovative modular kit system for combining compressed air, vacuum, gases, coolant, liquids, electronics and electrical wiring in one connector body.

Eisele Pneumatics of Waiblingen continues to develop the MULTILINE E and is proud to present the M12 power plug for power electronics and will supplement the range of adaptive inserts for the MULTILINE E with practical power supply capabilities soon.

It is approved for voltages up to 630 V. The M12 power plug is the smallest and most compact connector on the market and is designed for cables with diameters up to 2.5 mm2. The adaptive insert with up to five power contacts provides up to 16 A per pin and is reverse polarity protected, shockproof and vibration-proof. A special focus of the development was on safety aspects and the M12 power plug which features a high-quality plastic housing.

The MULTILINE series will also include an optimised housing version with a practical locking lever soon. The lever enables connection and disconnection within seconds. This quick-change system also requires less manual force, making it very convenient to operate a MULTLINE E multiple connector that is completely equipped with drip-free adaptive inserts.

For more information about the New MULTILINE E Multiple Couplings and Multiple Media Connectors from Eisele Pneumatics GmbH + Co. KG click here.


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Invengo announces Slimmest, High-Performance UHF RFID Tag for Linen Tracking – The LinTRAK-Slim



Invengo Technology Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) - Invengo, the global RFID technology provider, announced the launch of a new generation linen tag, the LinTRAK-Slim, the slimmest UHF RFID tag for the Laundry and Textile Services industry, based on the latest chip available on the market.

Specifically designed to be discreetly integrated into linen and various textile products used in commercial laundries and at their customers’ sites such as hospitals and hotels, the new LinTRAK-Slim tag is a woven label just 1.2mm thick, making it the thinnest UHF RFID tag on the Textile Services market. Small in size, 10mm wide and 59mm long, the new Invengo tag allows for rapid and seamless insertion into the hem of textile items. The tag is based on a unique and patented concept that couples a very small UHF device with a sewed, secondary antenna made from flexible stainless steel thread-like material.

The new LinTRAK-Slim integrates Impinj’ Monza® R6-P chip, the latest EPC Gen 2 UHF chip on the market, designed to drive high-volume applications by combining breakthrough features with unprecedented bulk, stack-reading capacity and speed.

LinTRAK-Slim, which has been tested by world renowned MRI test lab Magnetic Resonance Safety Testing Services, is MRI-compatible and can be used safely in all types of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems operating at 1.5- and 3-Tesla.

The new LinTRAK-Slim completes Invengo’s portfolio of industry-leading RFID tags and stations combined with a linen inventory visibility IoT platform called ACUITY, specifically designed to provide digital analytics and services to the laundry industry and their clients in the Healthcare and Hospitality markets.

"We are particularly excited about this new tag and its innovative features that are the result of fruitful discussions with our customers and end-users throughout the Textile Services Ecosystem, including linen manufacturers, laundry groups, major hotel chains and hospitals," said Richard Bailly, President of Invengo Technologies. "With this slimmer tag, we deliver unique benefits to each layer of the linen value chain, resulting in a groundbreaking product that will fuel market growth."

The new LinTRAK-Slim tag will be available for orders by the end of February 2017.

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New Swift Ethernet/IP Indicator and Transmitter from Utilcell



Utilcell (Spain) – Utilcell has expanded the range of their SWIFT Superior Weighing Indicator and Fast Transmitter with the new ETHERNET/IP version, for both the DIN rail and panel mounting formats.

This new ETHERNET/IP version extends the communication possibilities of SWIFT with the main field buses used in the industry, such as PROFIBUS and PROFINET. ETHERNET / IP is one of the most booming communications standards in the industry.

The most outstanding advantages are:
  • Online access of the weighing data from the machine to any remote global point; Manufacturer-independent standard access
  • Network communication of your entire automation system
  • Real-time view of equipment status and easy remote diagnostics
  • Integration of weighing in the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

New Supplier Entry - Emolice (UK)


Emolice (UK)

Emolice design, manufacture and distribute sensors, instrumentation and automation products for industry.

We work with our customers across a variety of disciplines; from machine builders to mobile machine manufacturers and from oil & gas applications to general industrial automation.

Our approach is consultative; we work with our customers to understand their needs and challenges from ongoing MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations) of existing systems to design and implementation of new ones.

Main Products and Services:
ATEX Intrinsically Safe, SIL2 and PLd Certified Safety Products, Industrial Automation, Programmable Logic Controllers, Human Machine Interfaces, Industrial Sensors, Inclinometers, Load Cells, Linear and Rotary Position Measurement, Automation Services, etc.

Contact details:
Address: Emolice (UK), Ocean House, The Ring, RG12 1AX, Bracknell, UK.
Phone: +44 1344 266530
FAX: +44 1344 266530
Website: http://www.emolice.com
Email address: sales@emolice.com

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Delta’s New Xtra Slim 4k DLP® Laser Video Wall for Control Rooms



Delta Electronics, Inc. (Taiwan) – Delta introduces a new 4K DLP® Laser Video Wall with Xtra Slim form factor, highly ideal for control room applications. Its 4K 70” cubes have a depth of 560mm, making them the thinnest DLP® laser cube in the world. Furthermore, it offers unmatched brightness of 2,400 lumens at ≥98% uniformity, creating yet another industry benchmark. Each display is equipped with multiple laser modules that work in tandem, not only creating stunning visuals, but also achieving higher energy efficiency and longer operating life, thus ensuring they are virtually maintenance-free.

Delta’s new innovation provides industry-leading 4K engine resolution (3840 x 2160), which is four times that of standard HD (1920 x 1080). This means that users get four times the data content that could be achieved in the same size of HD video wall cube for monitoring and surveillance purposes. This is hugely important given the growing market of 4K IP cameras to support surveillance and monitoring operations worldwide. As a result, DLP® display units need to match the 4K cameras and source device resolutions to achieve wider surveillance areas.

The 4K DLP® surveillance area is much bigger than HD DLP®, helping operators maintaining a round-the-clock vigil to monitor, analyse and act on any suspicious activity. These advantages also translate to public safety applications, whereby the monitoring map can be four times wider than a HD DLP® monitoring area. In fact, almost control room application will benefit, including traffic monitoring, disaster control and broadcasting.

Along with clearer and more distinct picture quality, Delta’s ground-breaking Xtra Slim 4K DLP® Laser Video wall offers many advanced functions. For instance, when the monitored area is still in HD resolution, displaying on a 4K DLP® display is not a problem. In fact, it is possible to open four original HD resolution PiP (picture-in-picture) windows within the same screen.

The Delta Xtra Slim 4k Laser Video wall can accept 4K input signals at 60Hz and pixel clock frequencies up to 594MHz, while support capability is offered for DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0 interfaces. Further advantages include wide viewing angle and true redundancy. In addition, the system carries IP6X certification thanks to its built-in intelligent system, Intelli-Sense, a unique and intelligent auto correction system that ensures enhanced system performance and long life without external intervention.

For more information about the New Xtra Slim 4k DLP® Laser Video Wall for Control Rooms from Delta Electronics click here.


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Nidec Completes Acquisition of Emerson Electric Co.’s Motors, Drives and Electric Power Generation Businesses



Nidec Corporation (Japan) - Nidec Corporation announced that the Company completed the pre-announced acquisition of the motors, drives and electric power generation businesses Emerson Electric Co. on February 1, 2017, Japan time, except for acquisitions in certain jurisdictions. As a result of the Transaction, the Acquired Business, consisting of the companies listed below, became Nidec’s subsidiaries. The remaining acquisitions, including Leroy Somer Electro-Technique (Fuzhou) Co., Ltd., are scheduled to be completed by September 30, 2017.

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Nidec has been actively developing a new growth platform with particular focus on industrial and commercial businesses. In line with this strategy, the Transaction enables Nidec to further enhance and expand its industrial and commercial businesses to flexibly fulfill evolving customer need.

The Acquired Business has a strong brand, solid business foundation and excellent customer base, particularly in Europe and North America. Nidec expects to accelerate the Acquired Business’s growth with expected synergies including 1) complementary product fit with full lineup in industrial products and geographic fit and 2) enhancement of proposal to customers by combining the Acquired Business’s drives with Nidec’s existing products.

Nidec believe that the Transaction will accelerate the Company’s growth by integrating significant technological capabilities, strong brands and excellent customer bases of both Nidec and the Acquired Business, and contribute towards achieving its mid-term growth strategy target of two trillion yen in sales in fiscal year ending March 2021.

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SIGMATEK IO 011: A True Multi-talent



SIGMATEK GmbH & Co KG (Austria) - Digital and analog unified in one module.

The IO 011 enhances the S-DIAS family with a mixed module. Within a width of only 12.5 mm, 14 digital I/Os as well as 2 analog inputs open a variety of in and output possibilities. Through the combination of digital and analog I/Os in a module, users can save control cabinet space and increase the cost efficiency of their applications.

The multi-IO module has 6 digital inputs with an input current of 3.7 mA and an input delay of typically 0.5 ms. 8 digital outputs are also integrated, which are short-circuit proof and designed for 0.5 A. The outputs are back-readable and can also be used as inputs.

In addition to the digital I/Os, an analog voltage input (±10 V DC with a 16-bit resolution) and an analog current input are integrated. This is designed for measurement ranges of 0-20 mA or 4-20 mA with a resolution of 16 bits.

As all other control components from SIGMATEK, the IO 011 can be comfortably programmed and configured with the object-oriented engineering tool LASAL.

Hot Facts of the IO 011:
  • 6 digital inputs (+24 V DC/3,7 mA)
  • Input delay: 0.5 ms
  • 8 digital short circuit proof outputs (+24 V DC/0.5 A/backreadable)
  • 1 analog input (±10 V DC/16 Bit)
  • 1 analog current input (0-20 mA resp. 4-20 mA/16 Bit)

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Endress+Hauser Installs High Pressure Test Rig in Greenwood, Indiana



Endress+Hauser AG (USA) - The rig can test complete instrument assemblies at pressures up to 15,000 psi to meet customer, insurance and safety requirements.

Endress+Hauser invested nearly $1 million in a state of the art pressure test rig at its U.S. headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana. The rig allows it to test complete instrument assemblies to customer specifications, and provides a 100% test indicating a specific instrument can withstand the design process pressure, up to 15,000 psi.

Previously, Endress+Hauser—like most other U.S.-based instrument manufacturers—did not have local high pressure testing capability. For example, Endress+Hauser performed such tests at its production plant in Maulburg, Germany. With the new high pressure test rig located in the Greenwood, IN, production center, instruments can be tested and certified quickly, for faster delivery to customers in the U.S. and the Americas. And because the test facility is in the U.S., it makes it easier for customers to schedule and witness the test.

Being able to certify the entire instrument assembly—not just the process connection—is important for customers in the oil & gas, chemical, power, energy and other heavy industries. In many cases, engineering firms, end users and insurance companies have detailed and specific internal codes and specifications for instruments that will be installed in critical, high-pressure applications, such as high pressure boilers, reactors or catalytic crackers.

The test rig, located in an underground concrete pit for safety reasons, can generate pressure up to 15,000 psi (1000 bar) to test devices up to 16 feet (4 meters) long and with up to a 2-inch diameter. Each test is automated to execute customer-specific test and ramp up times. The test rig is specially designed to test Endress+Hauser’s Levelflex guided wave radar level instruments, capacitance probes, Liquiphant tuning forks, Micropilot free space radar level instruments, and high pressure thermowell assemblies—all products built in the Greenwood, Indiana, plant—but it can also test other instruments.

The test rig can produce relevant certification and documentation to ensure there is a level of safety built into the system and reduce risk of failure. This certification and documentation is also often required by engineering firms, end users or insurance companies.

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DFI Tech Offers i.MX6 SoC Version of Qseven Modules



DFI Tech (USA) – DFI Tech, a provider of embedded computing solutions and board products, now offers a 1-4 core i.MX6 NXP (formerly Freescale) versions of the Qseven computer on modules.

The FS700 Qseven module from DFI Tech features a 1.0 GHz SoC processor with less than 5W of power consumption. The board has 1GB or 2GB of DDR3 system memory and up to 16GB of eMMC Flash memory. There are HDMI graphics with resolution up to 1920×1200 @ 60Hz and dual LVDS interfaces with up to 2560×1600 @ 60Hz resolution for one port. Additionally, the module has built-in video, 2D graphics and 3D graphics processors.

Compliant to the Qseven revision 1.2 specification, the FS700 has I/O interfaces of CANbus, RS-232, LAN, I2S, dual I2C, and 4x USB 3.0. The unit also has x1 PCIe expansion and a supports 1x SATA 2.0 interface and a microSD socket.

DFI provides COM Express family modules in the Qseven, Mini, Basic, Compact, and Carrier Board types. The company also offers PanelPCs, small form factor embedded computers, industrial expandable computer systems, and more.

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Keeping currents safe for aluminum supplier



ProSoft Technology, Inc. (France) - Many people use something that’s aluminum-based fairly often. Whether you’re drinking a canned beverage or covering a dish, chances are you’re not thinking of how the material came to be produced.

The process of aluminum production is a long and potentially hazardous one if precautions are not in place. Clauser Dunkerque, a company based in France, knows the challenges involved and the precision required, and set about to strengthen communications in the aluminum production process for a supplier in the Middle East.

Clauser Dunkerque primarily manufactures high-current conductors and special machinery for use in aluminum production. In this case, it was manufacturing an earthing trolley for the company, and it needed to ensure strong, clear communications. The device is used in a facility filled with potlines. These reduction pots hold extracted aluminum, and are electrically connected in a series. Once in the pots, the aluminum melts down and is divided. A potline can feature 1,000 or more pots in some cases, with high current to match.

With such a high-current application, it’s important to ensure that any potential leaky current is taken care of as soon as possible. A leakage can be caused by a variety of factors, including an insulation fault or humidity. In the best-case scenario, a leak left unfixed causes energy loss – and potentially losses in productivity and profit. Worst-case scenario, this can be hazardous to workers and cost a lot of money – if one flash occurs due to an unexpectedly high current, it could kill the substation, costing the company 100 million to 200 million euros.

So clear communications are a must in this type of facility. But they can be tricky: Running wires or cables from inside the potline to an outside environment wasn’t possible in this operation. And even some wireless radios could face an issue if used in the facility thanks to interference caused by electrical noise. Previously, the communications were hard wired to FLEX™ I/O and had to be connected and unconnected every time the trolley was moved. That led to maintenance issues, with connectors being damaged, and did not allow for monitoring of the current.

That’s where ProSoft Technology came in.



“We already had a business relationship with ProSoft Technology,” said Clauser Dunkerque Project Manager Fréderic Vervelle, who had worked with Feby Mohammed and Aurélien Fabre of ProSoft’s EMEA office in the past. “We also liked that local support was available.”

ProSoft Technology’s Weatherproof and Industrial Hotspot radios were used with MIMO antennas in conjunction with a Rockwell Automation® ControlLogix® system. The Weatherproof radios are perfect for this rugged application, and the 802.11n MIMO and channel bonding allows for high-resolution video monitoring while the I/O is being controlled – ideal for this application, where real-time information is crucial. The Industrial Hotspots offer Ultra-Fast access point switchover times of less than 10 ms, which came in handy as the earthing trolley connected to the closest repeater. Two master radios connected on different channels to avoid interference and ensure redundancy between the repeaters.

“Our on-site tests went well. We especially liked that the system was flexible with reduced configuration – it took just half a day to configure the radio system, and less than a week for the full deployment of the application,” Mr. Vervelle said. “We also like that ProSoft’s solution was approved by the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority – if it hadn’t been, we would have had declaration fees and a bandwidth-based payment.”

Now this reliable communications network helps ensure safe division and processing of aluminum.

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