Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hardy Introduces HI 1734-WS Weight Processing Module for Rockwell POINT I/O Systems



Hardy Process Solutions (USA) - Hardy Process Solutions introduces the Hardy HI 1734-WS POINT I/O Series Weight Processing Module, a new plug-in module for Rockwell’s POINT I/O chassis, the fastest growing segment of Rockwell controllers. This module is exceptionally easy to mount, set up, calibrate, and maintain. The HI 1734-WS is a true weight processing module designed for POINT I/O systems, as opposed to passing raw A/D counts through to the PLC for interpretation as in competitive models. It is easy to configure using a Rockwell Automation Add-On-Profile (AOP) and an easy-to-use Faceplate.

The HI 1734-WS is ideal for applications where fast, stable weight data and low cost of ownership are important. It is designed to be a high-performance replacement for analog transmitters with the advantages of noise filtering and vastly superior scale settling times. It is ultra-compact, reducing machine cost and control cabinet footprint. The module also includes Hardy Process Toolbox features: C2® weightless calibration, Integrated TechnicianTM system diagnostics, and WAVERSAVER® immunity from mechanical vibration.

HI 1734-WS highlights include:
  • Fast and EASY to install and commission by snapping modules into terminal blocks onto a POINT I/O Network Adaptor, then using Rockwell AOP file to set up and configure in RSLogix or Studio5000 with no programming required
  • Rockwell’s Adaptor Products allow connectivity to EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, and ControlNet in linear, star and ring topologies
  • Ultra-low profile – just 0.5” wide and 3” tall
  • Energy efficient – consumes just 1 watt when powering Hardy IT junction boxes and up to 4 load cells

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Minebea Intec to Present New Products at the “Interpack” Trade Fair



Minebea Intec (Germany) - The supplier of industrial weighing and inspection technologies will present, among other things, its full product portfolio in the area of foreign body detection.

Minebea Intec continues to expand its foreign body detection product range with the introduction of a new X-ray inspection system: “Dymond Bulk” is set to be unveiled at the Interpack trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany. This innovative inspection system was developed specifically with bulk goods in mind, and is particularly suitable for processes between incoming goods and packaging lines in the food industry.



Dymond Bulk reliably inspects bulk goods like nuts, smaller fruits, frozen vegetables, and also spices, coffee and seeds, and eliminates any foreign bodies it identifies. The X-ray inspection system not only identifies foreign bodies made from metal, plastic and stone, but also bits of dirt and glass, which has obvious benefits for all goods that are introduced into the production process “straight from the field”. “In food production, the ‘sorting and cleaning’ stage for raw materials is by no means a precise science” explains Global Product Manager Michael Zabawski from Minebea Intec Aachen. “The X-ray inspection system Dymond Bulk can make a significant difference here, increasing safety and quality parameters even before the refinement process.”

Dymond Bulk stands out because it is so user friendly. A conscious effort has been made to simplify the complex technology for the user: from real-time detection via colour-based contamination analysis, through to straightforward belt replacement and an easy-to-clean inspection system.

Dumped or Pumped?
When it comes to processing granulated raw materials and foodstuffs, Minebea Intec offers another reliable checkpoint in the form of the Freefall Metal Detection System Vistus. This modular detection system can be equipped with tubes and rejection devices that are suitable even for dusty products or granules. It detects and eliminates all metal foreign bodies including ferrous, non-ferrous and even non-magnetic stainless steels.

The real highlight of the Freefall Metal Detection System is the “True In-Process Validation”. Here, test pieces can be introduced via a lockable slot using an applicator. This process enables proper performance validation—in the centre of the search coil and centrally to the production process.



Statistical Process Controls 3.0:
It is also possible to compile measurement data in a meaningful way. For intelligent and networked data processing, at Interpack, Minebea Intec will be presenting a new software release for statistical process controls: SPC@Enterprise 3.0 converts all measurement data into useful information, even in the areas of foreign body detection and dynamic checkweighing, which help to ensure product quality, food safety and productivity. For efficient monitoring, documentation and control as per pre-packaging legislation, quality and hygiene standards.

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Pixsys introduced their New Range of Panel Meters



Pixsys Electronics (Italy) - Setting new standards in panel meters. Pixsys introduced their new range of panel meters.

Distinctive features include:
  • Unique multilingual interface with full text menus for outstanding user-friendliness
  • Bright OLED display supporting trends and bar-graphs, vertical/horizontal installation
  • Dedicated App MyPixsys relying on RFID/NFC communication for immediate programming by smartphone
  • Powerful high-frequency analogue/digital converter for high accuracy and quick conversion
Same product concept applying to 3 different models:
  • STR551 with universal analogue input for temperature sensors and mA/Volt signals
  • STR561 with strain-gauge input targeting melt pressure sensors and load cells
  • STR571 ModbusRTU remote Display (Master) to read/write up to 8 Modbus variables


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Monday, April 3, 2017

HMS Anybus® Wireless Bridge™ II opens new possibilities for Industrial Wireless Solutions



HMS Industrial Networks (Sweden) - HMS Industrial Networks now introduces a new, upgraded version of their popular Anybus Wireless Bridge. The Anybus Wireless Bridge II supports up to 400 meters of reliable wireless communication, and can communicate via both Bluetooth or WLAN. It is ideal for replacing Ethernet cabling in hard-to-reach or hazardous locations.

Cable replacement or access point:
By using the Anybus Wireless Bridge II, automation engineers can achieve new and smarter network infrastructures. Often used as an Ethernet cable replacement (point-to-point communication), the Wireless Bridge II can also be used as an access point for several WLAN/Bluetooth nodes such as smartphones or tablets within range. In the process, savings are achieved thanks to the reduced amount of Ethernet cabling.

What’s new?
The new Anybus Wireless Bridge II supports a longer wireless range (400 meters, 437 yards) and an even more powerful integrated wireless antenna. It is easily set up via push-button configuration or via the new integrated web interface. Anybus Wireless Bridge II is built on the same wireless technology as the family member Anybus® Wireless Bolt™, a connection point for on-machine mounting which HMS released in 2016, making them able to communicate seamlessly, opening up for even more innovative wireless system solutions.

Solving network problems for system integrators:
By connecting industrial devices and networks over a wireless link, the Anybus Wireless Bridge II makes life easier for system integrators and automation engineers needing to create connections through e.g. hazardous areas, hard-to-reach locations, or moving installations where cables are not desirable. The Anybus Wireless Bridge II is a proven solution to bridge popular industrial Ethernet standards such as PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, BACnet/IP and Modbus TCP and provides users with a robust and maintenance-free wireless connection. The product comes with two M12 connectors for power and network connectivity and is an IP65 protection class rating.

Industrial quality:
“We see a clear trend that wireless communication is gaining more and more acceptance in the conservative industrial market,” comments Martin Falkman, Product Manager at HMS. There are many wireless connectivity solutions on the market today, but few can offer the reliable and sturdy connections required for industrial use. The Anybus Wireless products for Ethernet have been very popular on the market for several years, and with Anybus Wireless Bridge II, we are now excited to be able to offer connectivity over a longer range, more reliable wireless communication links as well as easier set-up procedures.”

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New Checkweigher from Hardy Process Solutions



Hardy Process Solutions (USA) - Future Proof, Open Source Check Weighing Machines, Designed for Seamless Integration and Built with Off-the-Shelf Parts, Now Shipping.

Hardy Process Solutions introduces its groundbreaking approach to Checkweigher design, built on a Rockwell Automation platform and using Hardy’s HI4050CW Controller, the Dynamic Checkweigher series delivers performance and ultimate flexibility for user’s current and future product inspection needs.

The Hardy Dynamic Checkweigher is a fully automated system designed to weigh items automatically in-motion. The Checkweigher controller can communicate both upstream and downstream across the Connected Enterprise Network.

Automated control is done with an embedded Rockwell Automation CompactLogix™ PLC while communicating with the high performance Hardy HI 4050CW check weighing controller. The resulting high speed check weighing system can process between 20 to 350 pieces per minute.

“Hardy’s new checkweigher family delivers the benefits of Open Source, Off-the-Shelf and Seamless Integration, enabling customers to maintain/enhance their checkweighers to meet future needs,” explains Tim Norman, Hardy’s senior product manager. “We leveraged Rockwell Automation’s Premier Integration model using Studio 5000 software and Allen-Bradley components. This novel approach seamlessly integrates equipment data, control and analytics into plant-level and enterprise networks and all data tags are visible and available on the Connected Enterprise.”

Each Dynamic Checkweigher has a stainless steel base and cabinet, for maximum durability and easy washdown. Flexible and highly accurate, it weighs products of virtually any shape or size in containers such as boxes, cans, bottles, rigid shrink-wrapped packages or flexible packages. Items compatible with the system include bagged and boxed sugars, raw meats, fruits, vegetables, chemicals, fertilizers, and consumer packaged goods. The different models include:
  • Dynamic C: a chain weigher for up to 10 kg (22 lbs.) of rigid products, such as bottles, cans, cartons operating at up to 350 units/minute
  • Dynamic S: a small belt weigher for up to 10 kg of pouches, trays, direct foods operating at 200 units/minute
  • Dynamic I: intermediate belt weigher for up to 22 kg (50 lbs.) of boxes, tubs, ails and bulk foods operating at 60 units/minute
  • Dynamic L: a large belt weigher for sacks, kegs, drums, bulk bags up to 90 kg (200 lbs.) operating up to 50 units/min
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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Wind River Transforms Future of Industrial IoT with Breakthrough Software Platform for Control Systems



Wind River (USA) - Wind River®, a world leader in delivering software for the Internet of Things (IoT), is advancing Industrial IoT (IIoT) with availability of a software virtualization platform enabling critical infrastructure companies to cost-effectively evolve aging legacy control systems not previously designed to support the connected nature of IoT. Wind River Titanium Control empowers the next generation of on-premise analytics to optimize industrial processes.

“ARC believes the influx of new IIoT technologies now entering the automation market has the potential to be a major disruption to existing business models that have been relatively stable for decades,” said Harry Forbes, research director at ARC Advisory Group, a leading technology research firm for industry and infrastructure. “An excellent example is Titanium Control, which combines Wind River’s long experience in real-time operating systems with on-premise cloud computing technology. This combination enables the virtualization of real-time automation applications that until recently could only be implemented in embedded systems hardware. The implications of this capability for the manufacturing automation market are very far-reaching, and automation suppliers are noticing.”

Because traditional industrial control systems were not designed to support IoT, most are rigid, single purpose, and have a high cost to deploy, integrate, and maintain. Additionally, the obsolescence cycle is driving system updates that require new systems to keep pace with innovation while maintaining or lowering capital costs.

Titanium Control is a commercially deployable on-premise cloud infrastructure that virtualizes traditional physical subsystems using a platform based on open standards. It delivers the high performance, high availability, flexibility, and low latency needed to reduce capital and operating expenses, as well as minimize unscheduled downtime for industrial applications and control services at any scale. Unlike enterprise IT virtualization platforms, it provides high reliability for applications and services deployed at the network edge, for example in fog deployments.

Key features of Titanium Control include:
  • De facto standard open source software for on-premise cloud and virtualization, including Linux, real-time Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) and OpenStack
  • High performance and high availability with accelerated vSwitch and inter-VM communication, plus virtual infrastructure management
  • Security features including isolation, secure boot and Trusted Platform Module enabled through Enhanced Platform Awareness
  • Scalability from two to over 100 compute nodes
  • Hitless software updates and patching with no interruption to services or applications
“With the emergence of Industrial IoT, companies are looking to deploy next-generation open and secure control systems; Titanium Control addresses this need, and is in active trials with customers in industries ranging from manufacturing to energy to healthcare,” said Jim Douglas, president of Wind River. “Our software has been providing these companies with powerful ways to increase efficiency and bolster safety, security, and reliability for the last 35 years. With the addition of Titanium Control to our product portfolio, Wind River is driving a new industrial era through virtualization, real-time performance and edge-to-cloud connectivity.”

Titanium Control is part of the Wind River Titanium Cloud™ portfolio of virtualization products for the deployment of critical services from operations to data center environments that require real-time performance and continuous service availability. It is optimized for Intel® Xeon® processors, and is pre-validated on hardware from the leading providers of Intel-based servers.

About Wind River:
Wind River, an Intel company, is a world leader in delivering software for the Internet of Things. The company has been pioneering computing inside embedded devices since 1981, and its technology is found in more than 2 billion products. Wind River offers the industry's most comprehensive embedded software portfolio, supported by world-class global professional services and support and a broad partner ecosystem. Wind River delivers the technology and expertise that enables the innovation and deployment of safe, secure, and reliable intelligent systems.

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Ruland’s Oldham Couplings for Actuator Driven Systems



Ruland Manufacturing Co., Inc. (USA) - Oldham couplings from Ruland are zero-backlash, have a balanced design, and high parallel misalignment capabilities, making them an ideal fit for screw driven actuator applications. The three-piece design allows designers to easily couple an actuator and motor that have keyed or keyless shafts with inch or metric bores.

Ruland oldham couplings can accommodate all forms of misalignment and are best suited for applications with high parallel misalignment. The only resistance on the disk is frictional, limiting bearing loads and protecting delicate components. Oldham couplings have a balanced design for reduced vibration at high speeds. This is especially useful for motor-actuator driven applications that are positioning expensive items that are sensitive to minor vibrations. Oldham couplings are electrically isolating due to the non-conductive nature of the center disk preventing electrical currents from being passed to sensitive equipment.



Oldham couplings are made from two black anodized aluminum hubs that mate to a center disk. This allows for a highly customizable coupling where clamp and set screw hubs can combine inch, metric, keyed, and keyless bores. Ruland uses a proprietary hub machining process that leaves a smoother surface for interaction between the hub and disk resulting in long life and reduced downtime. The disk is available in acetal for zero-backlash and high torque capacity, PEEK for high temperature and low outgassing, and nylon for dampening and noise reduction. In the event of wear or failure the disk can be replaced, restoring the original performance characteristics to the coupling. Oldham couplings also act as a mechanical fuse during torque overload situations, with the disk cleanly breaking and stopping power transmission.

Ruland oldham couplings are available in bore sizes from 1/8” to 1-1/8” and 3mm to 30mm. Stainless steel hubs are available upon request for cleanroom, vacuum, or highly corrosive environments. Disks can be manufactured with a center hole to allow further shaft penetration or slots for retention hardware to attach the disk to a hub so it can stay in place during disassembly.

About Ruland Manufacturing Co., Inc.:
Established in 1937, Ruland focuses on the design and manufacture of high performing shaft collars and couplings. All products are carefully manufactured in Marlborough, Massachusetts under strict controls using proprietary processes.

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Applied Robotics, Inc. Introduces 1st Tool Changer with a Lifetime Guarantee



Applied Robotics, Inc. (USA) - The Inventors of the First Automated Tool Changer Have a Breakthrough New Line.

Applied Robotics, Inc., a leading global provider of robotic end-of-arm tooling and connectivity solutions, announces a lifetime guarantee on the locking mechanism of their new Epsilon™ line of tool changers being released at the Automate Show in Rosemont, IL. (April 3-6th, 2017) Residing between the robotic arm and the tool the new Epsilon™, allows the robot to change tools and support utilities on the fly with no work stoppage, a tool changer is productivity. The Epsilon™ line covers payloads from 10kg (22lbs.) to 1500kg (3300 lbs.) all with the Applied Robotics’ time and field proven engineered cam design.

The new Epsilon™ is built for today’s faster and stronger robots. The product line features direct bolt to ISO 9409-1 patterns, higher strength materials, improved size to payload ratio, positive retract, couple/uncouple sensing, minimal required maintenance, and the time proven cam locking mechanism ARI is known for.

“Automate is the North America’s largest showcase devoted to automation industry trends, leading-edge technology and business innovation. Our new Epsilon™ line fits right in,” said Kevin Drummond, Director, Sales & Marketing. “We’ve incorporated advantages from three generations of our tool changers adding features to address changing customer needs where work spaces are getting tighter and loads are getting heavier. We have created units for press tending, in-auto-cabin welding and a small footprint high capacity model. We are heeding the future of automation and manufacturing.”

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ARBOR Launches a New Digital Signage Player with 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i-series Processors



ARBOR Technology Corp. (Taiwan) – ARBOR Technology, a leading provider of embedded computing solutions, is pleased to present its new ELIT-1900 digital signage player with 4K/Ultra HD display support for commercial environments. Based on Intel® 6th-gen Skylake-H CPU technology and containing an AMD E8860 GPU, the ELIT-1900 delivers outstanding processing performance and truly immersive graphics.

With support for six simultaneous independent displays via HDMI or DisplayPort, the ELIT-1900 provides a vibrant visual experience with 4K graphics and complex multimedia features, making it ideal for a wide range of demanding applications in areas such as retail, hospitality and public services.

Remarkably compact despite its commanding power, the ELIT-1900 offers rich I/O connectivity with four USB 3.0 ports, two RJ-45 jacks, and a full-size mPCIe slot with SIM socket for optional Wi-Fi, WWAN or I/O expansion support. Dual Intel® i211AT GbE LAN ports provide enhanced flexibility in data transmissions allocations, system backup and remote recovery. The ELIT-1900 runs on 19V DC input power and supports a redundant backup power supply for secure and uninterrupted operation.

The high performance ELIT-1900 signage player comes with a 260-pin DDR4 SO-DIMM socket supporting up to 16GB of 2133 MHz SDRAM, and a removable 2.5 inch SATA storage media bay.

ELIT-1900 has been selected for the Taiwan Excellence Award 2017. For more information about ARBOR ELIT-1900 4K digital signage player, click here.

Key Features:
  • 6th Gen. Intel® Core™ i-series processors (BGA 1440, up to 25W)
  • Support 6 x HDMI or 6 x DisplayPort with independent video outputs
  • Support DDR4-2133 SO-DIMM, 1.2V, max. up to 16GB
  • Support 1 x COM, 4 x USB3.0, 2 x RJ-45
  • Support DirectX 12, OpenCL™ 1.24
  • RTC Wakeup supported

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Korenix Introduces NEMA-TS2 Industrial L3 Managed PoE Switch for IP Surveillance Market



Korenix Technology Co., Ltd. (Taiwan) - Korenix is pleased to introduce its new Industrial L3 Managed PoE Switch - JetNet 7310G. It is especially designed for IP Surveillance market with the NEMA-TS2 characteristics and EN50121-4 compliance.

JetNet 7310G is equipped with 8 Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 ports and 2 Gigabit Ethernet SFP ports. It is compliant with IEEE 802.3at/af standards with 1-event and 2-event behaviors for PD classification. The system maximum power forwarding is up to 240W at 75℃ operating environment and the power capability of each PoE port is up to 35W. It can therefore perform well on power feeding to devices with high power consumption such as IP cameras.

The JetNet 7310G supports Layer 3 Network Routing Protocols include Static/Dynamic Routing, VLAN Routing and Multicast Routing; with the various routing features, the data streams will be routed in an efficient way and accelerate data streams as well. It also carries Layer 2 Network Performance like IEEE802.1Q VLAN, Trunk, Packet Filtering, DHCP Server/Client, Traffic Prioritize, and Rate Control; users can optimize their Network by these features.

Features:
  • 8 Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 ports, 2 Gigabit Ethernet SFP ports
  • 8 IEEE802.3at PSE with 240W PoE Power forwarding capability
  • Gigabit Wire Speed L3 routing performance
  • Non-Blocking, High Speed Network Switching Fabric
  • Network Redundancy- MSR (Multiple Super Ring), ITU-T G.8032 ERPS, RSTP, MSTP, Super Chain
  • Fully Device Management- SNMP v1/v2c/v3, RMON, Web UI, Telnet and Local Console
  • Friendly Device and Network Topology recovery utility- Korenix View, Korenix NMS
  • Advanced Cyber Network Security- MAC security, IEEE 802.1x Port Based access control, IEEE 802.1x Radius Server authentication, 802.1x MAB, Distributed Denial of Service, IP Source Guard, Denial of ARP Inspection
  • Hardware Watchdog for System Auto-Recovery
  • High Level Electromagnetic interface immunity
  • IP Surveillance solution with NEMA-TS2 characteristic
  • Railway Track Side EN50121-4 compliance
  • High Operating Temperature -40~75℃
  • Redundant wide range power input DC 45~57V

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Industrial Network Market Shares 2017 according to HMS



HMS Industrial Networks (Sweden) - Industrial Ethernet and Wireless are growing fast Industrial network market shares 2017 according to HMS. HMS’s estimation for 2017 based on number of new installed nodes in 2016 within Factory Automation. The estimation is based on several market studies and HMS’s own sales statistics.

Industrial Ethernet and Wireless growth is accelerated by the increasing need for industrial devices to get connected and the Industrial Internet of Things. This is the main finding of HMS Industrial Networks’ annual study of the industrial network market. Industrial Ethernet now accounts for 46% of the market (38 last year). Wireless technologies are also coming on strong, now at 6% (4) market share. Combined, industrial Ethernet and Wireless now account for 52% of the market, while fieldbuses are at 48%.

HMS Industrial Networks now presents their annual analysis of the industrial network market, which focuses on new installed nodes within factory automation globally. As an independent supplier of products and services for industrial communication and the Internet of Things, HMS has a substantial insight into the industrial network market. Here are some of the trends they see within industrial communication in 2017.

Industrial Internet of Things is boosting Industrial Ethernet growth:
According to HMS, industrial Ethernet is growing faster than previous years, with a growth rate of 22%. Industrial Ethernet now makes up for 46% of the global market compared to 38% last year. EtherNet/IP and PROFINET are tied at first place, with PROFINET dominating in Central Europe, and EtherNet/IP leading in North America. Runners-up globally are EtherCAT, Modbus-TCP and Ethernet POWERLINK.

“We definitely see an accelerated transition towards various industrial Ethernet networks when it comes to new installed nodes,” says Anders Hansson, Marketing Director at HMS. “The transition to industrial Ethernet is driven by the need for high performance, integration between factory installations and IT-systems, as well as the Industrial Internet of Things in general.”

Wireless is redefining the networking picture:
Wireless technologies are growing quickly by 32% and now accounts for 6% of the total market. Within Wireless, WLAN is the most popular technology, followed by Bluetooth. “Wireless is increasingly being used by machine builders to realize innovative automation architectures and new solutions for connectivity and control, including Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) solutions via tablets or smartphones,” says Anders Hansson.

Fieldbus is still growing, but the growth is slowing down:
Fieldbuses are still the most widely used type of networks with 48% of the market. Fieldbuses are still growing as many users ask for the traditional simplicity and reliability offered by fieldbuses, but the growth rate is slowing down, currently at around 4% compared to 7% last year. The dominant fieldbus is PROFIBUS with 14% of the total world market, followed by Modbus-RTU and CC-Link, both at 6%.

Regional facts:
In Europe and the Middle East, PROFIBUS is still the leading network while PROFINET has the fastest growth rate. Runners up are EtherCAT, Modbus-TCP and Ethernet POWERLINK. The US market is dominated by the CIP networks where EtherNet/IP has overtaken DeviceNet in terms of market shares. In Asia, a fragmented network market is very visible. No network stands out as truly market-leading, but PROFIBUS, PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, Modbus and CC-Link are widely used. EtherCAT continues to establish itself as a significant network, and CC-Link IE Field is also gaining traction.

More and more devices are getting connected:
“The presented figures represent our consolidated view, taking into account insights from colleagues in the industry, our own sales statistics and overall perception of the market,” says Anders Hansson. “It is interesting to see that industrial Ethernet and Wireless combined now account for more than half of the market at 52%, compared to fieldbuses at 48%. The success of a series of industrial Ethernet networks and the addition of growing Wireless technologies confirms that the network market remains fragmented, as users continue to ask for connectivity to a variety of fieldbus, industrial Ethernet and wireless networks. All in all, industrial devices are getting increasingly connected, boosted by trends such as Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0. From our point of view, we are well-suited to grow with these trends, since HMS is all about ‘Connecting Devices.’”



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Softing’s echocollect Gateway now supports the MQTT Protocol



Softing Industrial Automation GmbH (Germany) – Simple, reliable integration of process data with IoT cloud solutions. Softing Industrial announced that its echocollect gateway now supports the MQTT protocol, making the integration of process data from system and machinery into cloud solutions more straightforward and reliable.

Alongside OPC UA and other control protocols, the new version 7.10 firmware for the echocollect gateway includes publisher functionality from the MQTT (Message Queue Telemetry Transport) protocol. Sebastian Schenk, Product Manager at Softing Industrial: “MQTT has developed into one of the most important IoT standard protocols and already has native support from a wide range of leading cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services, IBM Bluemix and Microsoft Azure. We are also supporting this trend by creating a connection between automation and IT: MQTT will make echocollect-driven data integration in cloud-based IoT and Industry 4.0 applications both simple and reliable.”

Characterized by superior flexibility and performance, these features also make the echocollect gateway suitable for process data integration in larger-scale systems. System engineers and end customers benefit from low maintenance costs and robust, reliable operations. As an industry-optimized gateway, echocollect offers a scalable solution for integrating process data – even from complex systems or multiple machines, for example. Alongside MQTT publisher functionality, data can be made available to ERP, MES or SCADA applications via the integrated OPC UA server. Other functions also offered include bidirectional database connectivity, symbol import from controllers and local data logging to ensure traceability.

The NetCon configuration software including the new 7.10 firmware will be available as a download on the Softing website from April. The MQTT publisher feature can be licensed separately.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

New Supplier Entry - VIA Technologies, Inc. (Taiwan)


VIA Technologies, Inc. (Taiwan)

VIA provides the hardware, software, and cloud building blocks for creating innovative embedded systems and devices that unleash the awesome potential of ubiquitous connectivity and the Internet of Things to deliver amazing new connected experiences.

With our unrivaled range of platforms, systems, software, and customization services, we deliver a comprehensive array of solutions that not only accelerate product development cycles but also empower you to swiftly take advantage of new opportunities in the market. Our holistic approach to enabling the design of embedded systems and devices covers the entire product life cycle, from defining initial requirements through to longevity support, enabling you to maximize your return on investment.

Whether it’s a fanless multi-screen digital signage system with awesome multimedia capabilities or an ultra low power industrial automation controller system, we have a wealth of experience and expertise in providing customized solutions that meet your exact requirements but also in developing ground-breaking new systems and devices that open up exciting new markets.

VIA Technologies, Inc is a global leader in the development of highly-integrated embedded platform and system solutions for M2M, IoT, and Smart City applications, ranging from video walls and digital signage to healthcare and industrial automation. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA’s global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the many world’s leading hi-tech, telecommunications, consumer electronics industry brand names.

Main Products and Services:
Highly-integrated embedded platform and system solutions for M2M, IoT, Smart City, Smart Transportation, Smart Home, Smart Energy Management and Smart Security applications, ranging from video walls and digital signage to healthcare and industrial automation, etc.

Contact details:
Address: VIA Technologies, Inc., 1F, 531 Zhongzheng Rd., 231 Xindian Dist. New Taipei City, Taiwan.
Phone: +886-2-2218-5452
FAX: +886-2-2218-5453
Website: http://www.viatech.com
Email address: embedded@via.com.tw

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Antenova to reveal chip and FPC Antennas for the new NB-IoT standard at Embedded World



Antenova Ltd. (Germany) - Antenova Ltd, manufacturer of antennas and RF antenna modules for M2M and the Internet of Things, has developed a brand new antenna for the new Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT) standard which was ratified last summer, and will show this antenna at Embedded World in Nuremberg in March.

The antenna is small, measuring just 20 x 11 x 1.6mm, and is built to a novel design which allows it to perform well within a device, whilst being easy to integrate onto a small PCB.

This is a chip antenna in the company’s lamiiANT antenna family. It is named Latona, (part no. SR4C033) and will be exhibited at Embedded World, with samples available to order.

Narrow Band IoT is the latest mobile broadband standard. It uses the 3GPP licenced network spectrum which is secure and free from interference, and offers the combined advantages of low power, long range and the ability to penetrate walls and metal barriers.

“Narrow Band IoT will be good for connecting devices in locations where the signal distance is in kilometers and for locations in basements and underground.” explains Antenova’s CEO, Colin Newman. “It could be the enabler for some of the IoT applications that are emerging that are not suited to the established telecoms networks, where the data throughput is quite low and infrequent. We see these antennas being used for smart metering, agricultural technologies, building automation and smart city applications with lighting, waste bins and parking spaces.”

As with all of Antenova’s embedded antennas, the NB-IoT antennas are designed for quick and easy integration onto a host PCB.

Antenova provides full design, testing and tuning services for customers who are adding wireless capabilities to their IoT devices and other electronic products.

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Antenova is a leading developer and supplier of high performing integrated antennas and RF solutions for wireless communication, consumer electronic and wireless M2M devices.

Antenova’s broad range of standard antennas and RF modules are ideally suited for GSM, CDMA, 3G, 4G, LTE, NB-IoT, GPS, GNSS, WiFi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, LP-WAN, LoRa, Sigfox, Weightless-P and ISM, for M2M and IoT applications.

Antenova provides comprehensive design advice and technical support, including custom antenna design, engineering, integration and test services to ensure the best possible performing antenna solutions for customer devices.

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Actuonix Releases New Line of Linear Track Actuators



Actuonix Motion Devices (Canada) - Actuonix Motion Devices announces the launch of the new T16 line of micro linear track actuators.

The T16 line has been designed specifically to meet the growing need for smaller motion products in several industries including robotics, vehicle automation, and aerospace applications such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

“We’re proud to announce the launch of our new T16 track linear actuators,” said Actuonix’s Marketing Coordinator, Mike Greig. “These 18 new models bring our complete line of linear motion products up to 164 unique linear actuators. We strive to offer an affordable linear motion solution for every application.”

Standard micro linear actuators are not an ideal solution for every application. By design, linear actuators are long as the shaft needs space to retract inside the device. Actuonix’s new track actuators are shorter for the same amount of travel, thus saving space.

Linear track actuators are also better suited to applications where a side-load is present. Micro linear actuators are tolerant to minimal side loads, but some applications require more.

Currently, there are 18 new models of track actuators available, offered in 100mm, 200mm and 300mm strokes. The 300mm track actuator represents the longest stroke product that Actuonix sells. The T16 line is offered with the same gearing options as the P16 line (22:1, 63:1 and 256:1) and is available as P or S series, giving several options for control.

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