At the same time as Intel launched the new Apollo Lake processors, the SGET released the SMARC 2.0 specification, leading many engineers to wonder: “Which of the three credit card sized form factors should I choose – COM Express Mini, Qseven or SMARC 2.0?”

First off, here’s some reassurance – the well-known industry mantra “Never change a running system” still holds. Engineers who have designed their systems on the basis of COM Express Mini or Qseven have chosen a reliable platform and they can continue to work with both form factors for many years to come. But what is the recommendation for new system designs? What should those system designers consider? There is no easy answer to this question, and one needs some market insights to make a good decision. So let’s start with a brief look at the history of Computer-on-Modules (COMs) to see the entire picture.

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The Internet of Things and increasing network bandwidths are significantly changing the way applications are designed. Edge and fog computing provide extremely powerful server technology at the edge of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Server-on-Modules from congatec with Intel® Xeon® processor technology target precisely this application field.

Edge servers are deployed on the verges of the Internet. Because they perform important tasks for the network as well as the local applications, they are – in addition to IoT gateways – the most important building block for the IIoT. Fog computers fulfil very similar functions. But what exactly is fog computing? The term was coined in analogy to cloud servers: In contrast to clouds, fog settles in the valley. Clouds are high up in the network, fogs are low down at the local IIoT level. This sums up the difference between cloud and fog servers. Unlike edge servers, fog servers add real-time virtualization across multiple systems to the picture.

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Computer modules are now empowered to be deployed in servers, a fact PICMG recognizes with the recent publication of the COM Express Type 7 specification. With the launch of this specification, congatec is now offering application-ready server-on-modules with Intel® Xeon® D processors.

The use of modules in servers has not been common until now, partly because server technology developers have had their own ideas about the specific hardware design of the systems, and partly because they had the volumes to justify developing dedicated systems. This is why there are currently a large number of dedicated systems with homogeneous designs in carrier networks and server farms.

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A teach pendant simplifies robot programming, but the internal electronics must be high-performance, low power and ready to withstand the harsh conditions of a factory floor. When producing their DTP7-P teach pendant for industrial robots, Daincube chose the DFI BT700 Qseven System-On-Module (SOM) based upon the Intel Atom® processor. Daincube is a leading manufacturer of industrial robot controllers, including teach pendants, robot motion controllers and safety controllers. The Daincube teach pendant is differentiated by its ergonomic design and adaptability to a wide range of
automation applications.

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As customers expect that electric vehicles can run as far as normal cars, many electric car makers have launched a new generation of household electric cars equipped with a 32A bigger battery. The new electric cars take more time to
charge. To relief customers of this drawback, fast charging is the solution that will help customers charge their cars faster at home. Therefore, DFI is collaborating with a client in Europe to build a smart charging system that integrates solar power into electricity system. We are not only eco-friendly, but we are also improving the user experience of the electric cars while saving end-users’ money and time.

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A total healthcare solution provider based in the U.S. was looking to build a medical video recorder equipment to be integrated into their overall medical data management system that could capture detailed medical images/videos and enable real-time connectivity with the enterprise IT infrastructure. The equipment should demonstrate outstanding graphics capabilities, be able to connect to the database instantly, and conform to strict regulations imposed by government entities. Considering these requirements, DFI suggested the use our Mini-ITX HM101-QM87 motherboard to power this medical imaging device.

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In order to help the customers achieve time-to-market goals as well as reducing total-cost-of-ownership in the field of high-end pharmacy POS application, DFI’s embedded board (with product longevity and high reliability) deployed a flexible and innovative solution to cater to all the requirements of customizable POS terminal.

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Pneumatic equipment is prevailing in modern factories to convey adequate and clean compressed air for air-driven motors or operating tools. DFI provides a robust and WiFi-support industrial PC to build a real-time monitoring solution. The solution aims at helping operators have full control of the machine and reach the purpose of energy saving.

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Korea Railroad Corporation (Korail), South Korea’s state-run railway operator founded in 1963, sought to deliver better passenger service by upgrading the ticket vending machines at major stations in the country, starting with those stations in Seoul. DFI was introduced to Korail by GIBKorea, a distributor of embedded solutions. Through extensive collaboration with local hardware suppliers, system integrators, and Korail’s R&D team, DFI contributed to the successful completion of this initiative.

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Intelligent transportation systems(ITS) is the city or state's use of technology to help solve their complex challenges. A growing concern for both is knowing how many cars are on their roads at any given time. Even more important is the need to map out the flow of traffic and adjust traffic lights accordingly. One of the most popular methods of collecting this information is by utilizing License Plate Readers(LPR) deployed throughout cities. So far, around 14 states have issued legislations around the deployment and storage of LPRs and their information collected. It is also not regulated by most state ITS chapters, so it is up to the cities how to deploy the technology and use the information they have gathered.

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Wireless IEEE 802.11 communication has been fully integrated into the consumer and industrial markets as a standard form of communication for some time now. With a constant percentage rise of devices operating on a wireless network like computers, security cameras, sensors, printers and phones; a strong wireless infrastructure will only become more-and-more important as time progresses. With more demand for longer range capabilities, more throughput, unique uncrowded frequencies and enhanced security are some of the challenges that new installations are facing.

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ERPS (Ethernet Ring Protection Switching), sometimes referred to as G.8032 and defined in ITU-T G.8032, provides redundant path technology at the Ethernet layer with very low failover times. As stated in the name, the technology uses Ethernet switches to create a highly reliable and stable ring topology from which a robust network can be built. The technology permits the incorporation of QoS (Quality of Service) which allows network designers to comply with SLAs (Service Level Agreements) indicative of the service provider industry.

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Since the 1950’s there has been a steady worldwide percentage increase of people relocating from rural environments to urban cities. As of 2014, 51% of China, 75% of Europe and 79% of the US have living populations in urban areas; with an overall 51% of the worldwide population in urban areas. Many of these large cities are not new and there was no way for the original city developers to have anticipated or effectively prepared the infrastructure of a city to transform into a mega-city (city with population over 10 million).

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Today, Power over Ethernet (PoE) has become a hot term that is frequently referenced but not completely understood. There are a lot of different acronyms and subtle differences used in the PoE arena that can quickly confuse and frustrate even advanced users. Let’s go over some of the more common differences such as multiple standards, varying power outputs and standard Ethernet restrictions as well as some more advanced management features available with respect to PoE. Despite all of the naming rules and subtle confusion, PoE has been widely adopted due to the challenges it has overcome and simplicity it has provided. PoE in its basic function is quite simple, plug in an Ethernet cord and it can receive both communication as well as power to the PoE capable device.

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A hardware communication hub such as an RTU or a gateway is often the best tool to collect, format, and forward industrial automation system big data to the cloud.

Industrial automation systems are increasingly using the cloud as a repository for big data storage and as a means for accessing and implementing internet of Things (IoT) applications. The cloud provides a low cost and secure way to store big data and it offers a wide range of wired and wireless access methods to this data from anywhere in the world, chief among them the internet. In an industrial setting, integrating IoT devices are over the internet creates what is called an industrial IoT (IIoT) application.

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Machine vision has long been a mainstay of science fiction, so much so that many consumers may think that most of the industrial world is completely vision-enabled. That isn’t quite true yet, but machine vision has actually played an important role in improving manufacturing operations since the 1980s.

As the technology progressed out of research laboratories and into practical implementations, and as hardware and software underpinnings have advanced, machine vision capabilities and applications have multiplied.

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Advantech IXM technology is a base protocol specifically designed for most EKI devices. Its design approach was based on the knowledge that devices negotiate with each other for specific purpose. With this in mind, two directions were defined to implement IXM: Synchronization and Supervision. It also benefits different phases of device deployment:Installation and Maintenance. IXM partially accomplishes the concept of IOT, which is allowed to control everything remotely and utilizes BIG DATA collected from other network devices. IXM fulfills the expectations that we applied to the network: simple, quick installation and operation reliability.

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How to choose the right one for your application

An industrial control network is a systemof interconnected equipment used to monitor and control physical equipment in industrial environments. These networks differ quite significantly from traditional enterprise networks due to the specific requirements of their operation.

Unlike a conventional network, which supports data processing and transfer, the primary function of Industrial Networks is to control and monitor physical equipment; in particular, for manufacturing, processing and utility distribution. Industrial network equipment must perform under harsh environmental conditions, such as heat, dust, and vibration. High reliability is critical, and round trip times must sustain no longer than 20 ms.

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Even the smallest area of inefficiency can have a flow on effect throughout your business and negatively impact your bottom line.

Machine backlash is an issue that CNC businesses need to manage with precision for not only surface finishes and dimensional accuracy but also to help reduce the amount of scrap produced. Scrap is costly to your business financially as replacement of materials utilises time and money that could be spent better elsewhere within your business. Machine speed is another area that can have direct impact on your business.

If outdated machinery is slowing down the speed of production then it is effectively costing you money whilst also reducing your global output. Investing in new and more efficient machinery may require a financial outlay initially, but will reward you in the long run by reducing production costs and increasing your productivity, in turn, making your business more money and seeing a quicker return on your investment.

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Myles Tool Company, Sanborn, NY, since 1977 has specialized in producing standard and special carbide cutting tools for the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors. A one-stop shop for standard tools, regrinds, and special tools made to customer requirements, Myles has grown by investing in new machines and high quality equipment.

Looking for a way to reduce grinding cycle times and improve cutting tool quality in order to satisfy customer requirements, Myles most recently invested in an ANCA MX7 Linear CNC tool grinder with linear motors. Over the years the company purchased a total of 13 ANCA CNC tool and cutter grinding machines. Seven of these machines are the MX7 model.

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Industrial personal computers (IPCs) are widely used in automation, data acquisition and related applications due to their superior price-performance ratio, extensive data handling capabilities, numerous connectivity options and other features. They function much like a traditional PC, but with additional features and hardening specifically for tough environments. When an application requires both a box PC and a graphics display, which is usually the case, the most compact and cost-effective solution is to combine both of these components together in one housing.

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Singapore-based power generation and electricity retailer, PacificLight, utilizes variable speed drive technology from Siemens to achieve significant energy savings and improve overall plant efficiency.

PacificLight Power (PLP) is a Singapore-based power generator whose power plant stands as one of the most efficient operating units in the Singapore power market today. With an installed electrical generating capacity of 800 megawatts (MW), the state-of-the-art Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power plant is the first in Singapore to be completely fuelled by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), and is capable of producing enough electricity to meet the demands of all households in Singapore. In 2015, the plant generated over 9% of Singapore's total electricity consumption. PacificLight Energy, a subsidiary of PLP supplies electricity to contestable retail customers.

The Need for Greater Efficiency

With Singapore's growing energy needs, which are currently around 46,403 GWh per year, coupled with the increasingly competitive business environment, PLP recognized the need to improve the efficiency of its operations without compromising on reliability, availability and flexibility.

As part of an initiative to reduce onsite electrical consumption, the company elected to modify its two cooling feed water pumps. Prior to the modification, the cooling feed water pumps represented over 35% of the total unit onsite auxillary load and were the highest consumer of internal energy within the CCGT plant

The plant was installed with a mechanical throttling valve control for the feed flow, which consumed a considerable amount of energy as the pump motors were running at constant speed. In addition to vary pressure, the upstream high pressure feed water control valve was throttled to control the flow, which led to severe valve erosion.

Seeking a Partner with Automation Expertise

Automation is at the heart of today's CCGT performance and PLP wanted an automation partner that was dependable and experienced enough to help the company evolve and embrace system changes in a timely manner. PacificLight needed a partner that had:

  • Relevant experience.
  • Proven concept – with successfully commissioned products with reliable operating history.
  • Readily available engineering support expertise in terms of quality in on-site field service personnel, turnaround time, logistical sourcing of critical/contingency spares, remote engineering specialist consultation, and prompt technical update to alert the customer.
  • Competitive pricing.

Taken the above into account as well as the detailed understanding that Siemens has of PLP’s plant given its role as EPC contractor in the construction of its 2 x 400MW F-class Combined Cycle Gas Turbines that were completed in 2014, Siemens were selected for the project.

Siemens Variable Speed Drives: SINAMICS PERFECT HARMONY GH180 Converter System

The SINAMICS PERFECT HARMONY GH180 Converter System is a series of cells linked together to create the medium voltage power output of the drive system. The design features an integrated transformer and the ability to scale the drive for a wide range of voltage and output power. The drive offers increased availability due to its modular design and ability to bypass any one cell during operation.

Siemens installed the first unit of variable speed drives at PLP’s power plant in October 2015, and the second unit in January 2016. Because of the unique multi-cell topology design, the Perfect Harmony converter does not cause any significant stress on the motor insulation or bearings and does not affect the mechanical and electrical integrity of PLP’s feed water pump as it does not require repositioning of the pump and motor. Once installed, the variable speed drives were able to control the speed of the feed water pumps and modulated the discharge pressure optimally according to the load profile, delivering the required flow at much lower motor power.

Apart from supplying the technology, Siemens also contributed valuable insights and advice leading to increased reliability of the installed variable speed drives. Furthermore Siemens assisted to train PLP’s duty operators and maintenance personnel to ensure maintenance and operations can be conducted smoothly post installation by the PacificLight team.

Seeing the Results

Since the installation of the variable speed drives, PLP has achieved:

  • A significant reduction in onsite power usage of up to 50% for the feed water pumps, thereby improving the generation output and efficiency of each unit.
  • An 18% increase in energy savings due to the flexibility of the steam water cycle which has reduced the differential pressure across the feedwater control valve to a value which was initially not thought possible. The energy savings from this project will allow the company to realise a return on investment in less than 3 years.
  • Significant improvement in the noise enclosure of the feed water motor and pump at ambient conditions. The noise level of the feed water pump motor dropped from 89 dBA to 81 dBA, meaning that the plant operator does not have to wear ear plugs to carry out patrol inspections.
  • Close to 4% decline in temperature, therefore less chiller capacity required.

The technology has also enabled operators to control the speed of the pump and modulate the discharge pressure of the flow according to the load profile – delivering the required flow at a much lower motor power.

“Throughout the years of working with Siemens, the company has consistently proven itself in providing robust technological solutions that are delivered on time, within budget and that often operate even better than expected. Trust, reliability, professionalism and honesty are just some of the values that Siemens has demonstrated, and we appreciate their ability to not only handle the project smoothly from start to finish, but also provide us excellent support at every step in the plant operation. We look forward to many more years of partnership ahead,” Mr. K.K Shivakumara, Chief Operating Officer, PacificLight Power.

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The concept of “smart manufacturing” has flourished in recent years. Industry 4.0 will upgrade global industrial
capabilities by increasing communication among equipment, devices, and humans via Internet connectivity. A
cloud-based IIoT SCADA gateway is a system capable of supporting data storage and performing data
communication from data concentrators to data consumers. Its equipment uses sensors/devices that retrieve
hundreds to thousands pieces of data per second. A large amount of device data is generated in the
manufacturing system. Big data and has a massive influence on industry. A PR Newswire article reported that
“Companies that effectively analyze and act on the huge amount of information available today and in the near
future will improve decision making and enable the accurate delivery of advanced functionality like predictive
insights.”1 

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Despite the challenges currently facing the global sugar industry, a sugar manufacturer has improved its mill efficiency by 30% following the replacement of its steam turbine with an integrated drive system.
 

In 2012, the global sugar market faced a second year of surplus – reaching a record 10.3 million–ton surplus following a 9.2 million–ton surplus the pre­vious year. Since then, the global sugar industry has grappled with price declines, and sugar prices are expected to continue to fall until 2025. Nevertheless, industry experts do not expect sugar production to decrease because it takes time for cane farmers to switch to other crops, and the prices of other crops are falling as well. To address this challenge, forward-looking sugar manufacturers are seeking to improve asset use, reduce operating costs, enhance sustainability, and increase turnover.

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Better cleaning with less manpower and space requirements

Cleaning is one of the crucial production steps in manufacturing hydrostatic and hydraulic components. Therefore
an Indian-based manufacturer demanded a high level of cleanliness when the company invested in a cleaning solution
for a new production line. Other requirements Dürr Ecoclean’s Universal 81W has fulfilled are a space-saving
design, short cycle times and a full automation of the cleaning process.

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Korenix, the global market leader in industrial PoE, dedicates on offering the total solution of industrial networking and computing devices that is reliable, rugged, user-friendly, and cost-effective. Product lines include industrial Ethernet switches, communication computers, intelligent I/O servers, serial device servers, media converters, serial cards, and especially the global exclusive industrial PoE solutions. Korenix's core superiority is the know-how on industrial technologies and the openness toward innovation. Its strategy for establishing trustworthy and win-win partnership with business alliances creates you the greatest value and benefit. 

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PoE is an evolving technology designed to simultaneously provide power and data connectivity over existing Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for running separate and expensive power cables, AC electrical outlets, etc. By removing the power cords and the power infrastructure, this technology greatly simplifies
the wiring and deployment matters and brings lots of convenience and benefits in home, office and industrial environments.

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As network infrastructures become more complex in industrial applications, the risk of system failure and data loss also grows. A proactive network monitoring approach is necessary for system operators, as it will help them to be more responsive in tracking problems before they escalate into major crises. With its simplicity and usability, a management system becomes an indispensable tool when building large network systems. However, management is no longer limited to the routine maintenance of software and hardware, as users' expectations in terms of network service reliability and quality increase. Therefore, a reliable and highly effective NMS must be implemented in order to provide real-time and optimized remote network control.

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Through close collaboration, LINAK and Sulky F&E have succeeded in automating all the control processes involved with the fertiliser spreaders. Using multiple integrated LINAK electric actuators and a connection technique developed by Sulky.

Opening and closing of the intake and the regulation for the quantity of administered fertiliser (corresponding to the driving speed and the number of partial widths) occurs by actuators adapted to the conditions of the work environment.

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Both companies decided to use the compact and easy to integrate LA12 actuator. The farmer can set the preferred rotation speed for comminuting and mixing the feed. Directly from the driver's cabin of the tractor. This saves time and is an ergonomic and comfortable solution.

This mechanism provides an inexpensive solution that is qualitatively comparable to hydraulics. The robust housing is also dust resistant and can provide a level of protection corresponding to IP66 dynamic and IP69K static.

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The Belgian AVR Company has developed harvesting machines for the potato harvest since the second half of the 20th century.

In the past, a great deal of manual labour was required for potato harvesting. Currently, the four-rowed self-propelled Puma 3 harvester from AVR carries out the complete potato harvest with impressive efficiency.

Puma 3 makes use of actuators from LINAK for many different tasks.

"Electric actuators are becoming ever more important", notes Stefan Top, Managing Director of AVR."They are simple to apply and can be easily integrated."

He especially values the functional reliability of LINAK actuators."The actuators have become increasingly more robust in recent years, and this is very important to us."

The machinery is becoming larger, more complex and more efficient.

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Planting elements and planting distance must be individually varied when optimising the crop and potato size. The machine's planting elements may be switched on and off individually. The mechanism for this system has been automated by means of two electric adjusting actuators from LINAK. 

They are directly connected to the Miedema control system can be operated from the tractor's touch panel in the cab.

Miedema engineers have made explicit use of electric adjusting actuators in developing row deactivation. Unlike a hydraulic system, integration in the electric control unit is significantly easier and less expensive. In a hydraulic system, two connections must be made. In an electric actuator, only one is needed. 
 

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New Holland uses electric actuators in combine harvesters. Alongside ease of integration, there are in particular the multiple options for control that favour an electric actuator. Adjusting, positioning, moving - electric actuators perform a range of tasks in a combine harvester. And, this will certainly increase in the future. Michaël Carpentier, Product Development Manager at New Holland in Zedelgem, Belgium, is convinced of this fact. He and his team investigate the best ways to make a combine harvester even more efficient, environmentally sound and comfortable for the operator. The use of electric actuators is important in this regard. Precise setting of the machinery is especially important for achieving the best possible yields, and precise positioning plays a key role here. LINAK electric actuators LA36 can provide precise positioning. This task is performed considerably better than hydraulic systems in which feedback and positioning require considerable technical complexity. Since feedback on position can be provided as either an analogue or a digital signal, integration into the bus controls can be performed without difficulty. A major application for an electric actuator in a combine harvester involves, for example, a straw distribution system. On request, New Holland combines offer the Opti-Spread straw spreader, which is attached behind the straw chopper. The farmer is able to control the width and direction of straw ejection. Two powerful spreader discs are set with the aid of LINAK actuators LA36.

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One long shot in robotics is to make biped humanoids walk in a robust and stable way. If we want robots to help us in our daily life, they have to adapt to a world which fits us, to our world. Walking with two legs, keeping balance and immediately reacting to any obstacle is natural to us, and the places where we live were built according to that. Robots that can walk like humans will be able to gracefully navigate whenever we need them to assist us. Nowadays the state of art of biped robots still has a long road to get there. That is because biped walk for humanoid robots remains a very complex task. Walking robots with two legs are something that very few platforms are able to do, and the arduousness increases if we talk about human-sized robots. PAL Robotics has been able so far to successfully develop three different models of biped humanoid robots that can walk. The most advanced biped humanoid robot at the moment is REEM-C, a 1.65m tall robot that can dynamically walk at 1 Km/h while keeping the balance.

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The project adopted around 100 pieces Lantech IPES-3408GSFP industrial PoE managed switches to integrate with hundreds of Sony SNC-VM602R PTZ PoE IP cameras. The cameras are powered by IPES-3408GSFP via 802.3at PoE standard so that the HD video flow and power source can be satisfied with simply one RJ45 cable. 10~15 Lantech switches are connected in ITU ring topology to ensure the network reliability while all the rings are connected with 1000M fibers by RSTP protocol. The interrupt of the surveillance network is not allowed. This network topology not only ensures the high capacity for HD video streaming but also provides the high reliability network for non-stop city surveillance application.

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Expressway Lane Control System In South Korea

Gyeongbu Expressway connects Seoul and Busan, the capital and the second largest city of South Korea. The 416 km-length expressway is the second oldest and most heavily travelled expressway in the country. The project is to build up the lane control system in Gyeonggi area by the end of 2013, integrating the LCS control and CCTV cameras.

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Ip Based Military Truck Network In Vietnam

As the country that has the highest economic growth rate since 2000, Vietnam is always an assignable Asian country for its unlimited energy. With the highly growing economy, Vietnam's military expenditure is around 2.5% of its 2010 GDP, equivalent to US$2.48 billion. The project is to build up an IP-based network system for Vietnam People's Army’s truck transportation system in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam.
 

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Project Introduction

As the main means of transport in the city centre, Helsinki tram system delivers up to 54.9 million passengers per year (2009). Being one of the oldest electrified tram networks in the world, the company keeps upgrading its system with the latest IP technology. The weather of Helsinki has extreme differences between seasons, which may over 30°C in summer and lower than -35°C in winter. Thus, the most rugged design is one of the key factors to this project.

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When Omar Cardoso, president of industrial engineering company Izda in Brazil, stopped at the Webtec Products stand at the Hanover Fair (1985) more than 25 years ago, little did he know that he was not just going to walk away with a superb piece of digital monitoring equipment, but that this would be the start of an enduring business relationship in which he considers his Webtec colleagues to be personal friends too.

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Few industries have the potential to cause such catastrophic effects on human life and the environment as the oil industry. Even with tight regulations and controls in place, technical and mechanical faults inevitably arise in the highly specialised equipment from time to time, and the ability to identify and diagnose these is absolutely crucial in terms of averting possible disaster. It was against this background that the skills and resources of Webtec Products Ltd and Hyco Ltd, a small hydraulic engineering company based in Beccles, Suffolk, were combined to provide a cost-effective and speedy diagnosis for one of the world’s largest oil companies.

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As a forward-thinking company which wanted to remain at the cutting edge of modern technology, East Anglia-based GM Hydraulics found itself at the end of 2008 in the market for an upgrade to its existing C1000 hydraulic data acquisition system.  What the company needed was a system which was simple to operate, tailored to meets its specific input and which would provide the ultimate in professional reporting, so inspiring greater customer confidence and further promoting its already excellent reputation. Turning to its original supplier, the company found its perfect solution in the C2000 system, designed, developed and installed in March 2009 by Webtec Products Limited.

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When CNH (Case New Holland) Global, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of agricultural and construction equipment, found itself in need of a truly global solution in terms of diagnostic testing equipment, it was to Webtec Products Limited that they turned in March 2009. Having worked on a design solution with Webtec previously, CNH already knew that the company had existing products which were being used worldwide and that they were well-placed to meet the requirements of both CNH and its massive global network of 11,300 dealers and distributors in 160 countries.

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ALTEC, founded in 1989 and located in Morlhon-le-haut near Villefranche-de-Rouergue in the south west of France, designs, manufactures and distributes a wide and impressive range of agricultural implements. These are designed to simplify the handling processes used in the breeding industry for sheep, cattle, horses and goats.

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Secure Boot is a form of verified booting technology which ensures boot path validations. As defined in UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) specifications, this BIOS-based technology assures that the system firmware checks if the boot loader is signed with a cryptographic key contained in the database in the firmware. In other words, Secure Boot is a firmware-based boot path validation mechanism that contains cryptographic key and it will check if the boot loader is protected by the key. Only the ones with proper digital signature verification in the next-stage boot loaders, kernels or user space can access the system. This will prevent the execution of codes that are not signed with the cryptographic key programmed in the system firmware.

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Many of today’s networking devices are built with LAN bypass function to prevent failed LAN transmission from impeding important in-flow critical data. The function is to ensure fault-tolerance for network appliances so that essential communications can be still continued even when software, hardware or power failure occurs. The basic idea of bypass is “cross-connection”. When an Ethernet port fails, the dysfunctional port will be temporarily disconnected from the system interface and all the in-line data will flow into the other LAN port so that data is still received.

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The launch of Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3 series platform indicates that IT management is heading into a new generation of processing capabilities. The new Intel® Xeon® server-based platform presents a great leap in CPU performance, RAM efficiency, PCH connectivity, and networking modules to deliver unprecedentedly low latency, high bandwidth and relatively lower power consumption. By integrating Intel® Xeon® v3 processors, DDR4 memory, the most up-to-date Intel® QuickPath Interconnect (Intel® QPI) , Intel® Virtualization (Intel® VT) technologies, and the unparalleled networking Intel® Ethernet XL710 family (codenamed Fortville), the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3-based server platform (codenamed Grantley) is architected to address today’s data center challenges.

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With the exponential growth of mobile Internet devices and the rise of cloud computing, end users demand faster, more powerful, and more secure Internet services. This unprecedented demand has presented a new challenge which Internet service provider and IT system operators maintain and manage their network traffic, especially in virtualized environments. To ensure smooth network traffic, a thoroughly enhanced architecture is necessary in order to deliver qualifying services and handle various types of data packets and security instructions. In other words, service providers require higher performance, power efficiency, scalability, and reliability for their virtualization and security management needs.

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Enterprise and industrial network management have been undergoing from a hardware-concentrated approach to a more agile, flexible and consolidating solution for the rapid growing challenges in ownership cost due to the rising workload by cloud computing and information security. Traditionally, companies invested large amount of capital in discrete, physical machines to meet the workload demand, but nowadays, with the unprecedented growth in the amount of network traffic, it is more practical to rely on software approaches to balance workload and cost, while improving packet processing performance on a single platform. This is made possible by Intel DPDK (Data Plane Development Kit), as long as the platforms are built with Intel processors.

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THE PROBLEM

Traditionally, the automotive supplier industry has been one of the most important branches for using compact robots, which are being employed in the manufacturing of various components. One of the companies in this area relying on DENSO robots is Renger Kunststoffspritzteile GmbH & CO. KG in Inzigkofen north of the Lake Constance in the Southwest of Germany. The company primarily manufactures plastic components in injection-moulding technology for the automotive industry. In this case study, we are looking at their production of cases for airbag control units, undoubtedly one of the most safety-related components in cars.

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THE PROBLEM

The processing of fish and meat is subject to strict regulations: The production process has to be completely hygienic. It must be possible to track the origin of every product. Fish and meat have to have a consistent quality.

THE SOLUTION

The research company SINTEF from the Norwegian city of Trondheim is currently working to automate and optimize the way these foods are processed. For the processing, SINTEF uses the highly efficient six-axis robot of the model VS-087 produced by DENSO Robotics. With over 2200 employees SINTEF is one of Norway’s biggest research facilities.

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The Internet of Things, or IoT, is on the radar of every business, and the interest is getting bigger. According to Gartner Group, over 4.9 billion connected devices will be in use by the end of 2015, not including smart phones and tablets. The Internet of Things is the way data will be created and collected by the rapid and enormous growth of sensors in the physical environment. This growth will occur in residential, commercial, and industrial settings, in virtually every application from household device asset management to command and control of commercial building automation systems and factory and process automation systems in large facilities.

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ICP DAS releases the effective VW sensor solution (Vibration Wire solution). This solution has been successfully applied in some water dams monitoring system near the city Wuhang in China. It is useful for measuring the stress of constructions like building, bridge, dam, etc..

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For many years, ICP DAS has continued to make steady progress by tailoring a wide variety of products targeted at individual industries in order to meet the needs of specific customers. Application fields now covered include industrial automation and control, transportation, educational institutions, government agencies, and so on. Consequently, with cost considerations in mind, ICP DAS has created a unique combination of perfect solutions that can be implemented in a wide range of applications.

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ICP DAS provides "Data Logging" solutions for a variety of industry sectors, including the related applications of recording temperature, humidity, voltage, current, pressure, flow, tec. this solution uses the powerful and flexible - ISaGRAF, and combines with the VP-2xW7 (ISaFRAF PAC, supports WEB HMI) and the I-87055W (8 DI, 8 DO high profile module with Counter) to provide you a simple, fast and accurate data collection experience.

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With a highly developed industry and the increacsed use of fossil energy, the quality of human life has been changed. The exhaust from the industrial parks have been verified containing many pollutants such as suspended particulates (PM10), carbon monixide (CO), Carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ozone (O3), tec. the World Health Organization (WHO) has shown that air pollutants can be harmful to the human body, such as heart disease, respitratory system disease, children's mental retardation, decline in human fertility, or even chronic diseases cause cancers.

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Intelligent Remote Terminal Unit (iRTU) in the IoT Era

The power of the Internet of Things (IoT) is enabled by the implementation of intelligent electronic devices and sensors on communication networks with real-time data exchange and control functionality between the field and a control center. It allows utilities to have better visibility into the system conditions anywhere and at any time utilizing advanced automated applications that improve system reliability, efficiency, and customer service.

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Industry and private users have fundamentally different requirements when it comes to computers. A long service life, resilience, and long-term availability are the most important requirements for industry use. But many computers advertised to be suitable for industry application fail to meet these requirements. The current White Paper highlights the distinctive features of true industrial computers.

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The data of a storage medium, such as a flash memory, can easily be saved in a file by using software. This is called an image or data carrier image.

An image (data carrier image) is a one-to-one copy of one or more partitions of the storage medium used. The operating system, programs and data, including their position, are saved on a data carrier. If the image is copied from the data carrier to another storage medium, it results in an exact image, bit for bit identical to the original.

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The generation of static electricity is an inevitable by-product of day to day operations. Processes ranging from drum filling operations, to pneumatic conveying of powders, to mixing operations have the capability to generate huge amounts of static electricity.

When static electricity accumulates on plant equipment like drums, piping, vessels, trucks and flexible intermediate bulk containers there is a very real risk that a spark will be discharged. The only additional factors that will influence an ignition are whether or not a flammable/combustible atmosphere is present in the path of the spark discharge and if the energy in the spark exceeds the minimum ignition energy of the atmosphere.

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The transportation of flammable products by rail, whether that be as a result of the shale driven boom in crude by rail or the transportation of chemicals from petrochemical manufacturing centres to end user markets, is still one of the most flexible and cost effective methods by which to move flammable products across the continent of North America in bulk quantities. And while this industry has a host of safety and environmental regulations to contend with, one area of safety that is often misinterpreted or misunderstood, is the ignition hazard associated with static electricity and the measures that can be put into practice to control this risk.

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The International Electrotechnical Commission has published a new Technical Specification called IEC 60079-32-1: “Explosive atmospheres - Part 32-1: Electrostatic hazards - Guidance”. This Technical Specification is a guidance document which is the latest addition to the IEC series of 60079 “Explosive Atmospheres” standards that are designed to limit fires and explosions caused by electrical malfunctions within hazardous locations.

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voxeljet uses Kontron's KISS Rackmounts for its industrial 3D printers.

3D printing systems have revolutionized many industrial sectors. The automotive industry, aircraft manufacturers, their suppliers, architects, artists and numerous other industries are profiting from 3D printing.

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Autosys, is one of the leading partners for Rockwell Automation in India. Recently, Autosys was upgraded to become a "Control & Process" partner. Soon Autosys will also become an Information Systems partner for Rockwell.
Rockwell has a wide range of modular software solutions for manufacturing intelligence that bridge the gap between PLCs/Machines and ERP / PPC. Design, Development and Implementation of these informaion solutions from Rockwell will be a new focus area from this year.

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When it comes to low volume, high quality, on-demand manufacturing in sectors such as mechanical, material handling, electrical, control systems, panels etc., OEMs and EPCs find it very difficult to find good quality players to whom they can outsource. Outsourced manufacturing in this sector is fragmented with many small and unorganized  players, who struggle to maintain the difficult balance between quality, consistency and cost. They lack scale. They also do not have enough volumes or margins to invest in training, people development and competencies over the long term. So they lead a hand-to-mouth existence.

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The customer is a large poultry feed manufacturer whose output capacity was being increased from 15 Tons to 30 Tons per day. This was an existing plant. The finished product was www.ael-india.com taken from 6 large storage silos and were then being packed manually and loaded in lorries using a large no of people. Autosys was called upon to completely automate this process.

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From electrical panels and mechanical silos to fuzzy logic software, from integration of PLC system with imported machinery to web based Head Office control room for 9 plants, Autosys can undertake complete turnkey end to end plant automation.

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How do you automate a process that involves 65-80 raw materials in quantities that vary from Kgs to grams. What is the right level of automation to achieve quality, consistency, Poke-yoke (Mistake proofing) and traceability?

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Here is a low budget solution that will automate your batching and weighing process. No need for huge storage silos. You can operate with very limited factory floor space and still achieve:

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Oil, gas and offshore companies in particular are constantly striving to be more cost effective and energy efficient, while constantly trying to minimize downtime. The results are in: more and more companies need reliable and often customized solutions to solve their processes. Eilersen Electric A/S specializes in offering both robust weighing systems and customized weighing solutions based on the patented digital load cell technology.

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Keller‘s OEM transmitters are systems that can be described as „embedded“ in the best sense of the word – and in two different ways. First, the sensor and the downstream electronics are embedded in the same housing and second, the transmitter capsules themselves are ideally suited for embedding in application-specific systems. Depending on requirements, the output signal is standardized and temperature-compensated (ratiometric or digital).

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Significantly optimized solutions are obtained if close coordination between a component producer and a device manufacturer (to cite one such example) is initiated in a product’s development phase. Flexibility on both sides and – most important of all – digital signal processing yield benefits here: this is illustrated by the following example of a differential pressure measuring module that was developed in response to a customer’s request and which has now been integrated into a production flow controller.

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AVIA Osterwalder St. Gallen AG operates more than 120 filling stations in eastern Switzerland. This company also sells and distributes motor vehicle and other fuels to corporate and private customers. For many years now, AVIA Osterwalder St. Gallen AG has deployed the EasyOil® system to offer its customers a practical method for remote monitoring of filling levels in oil and gasoline tanks. To assist with the recent relaunch of the EasyOil® system, AVIA Osterwalder St. Gallen AG called on the measurement technology expertise offered by KELLER AG für Druckmesstechnik.

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Eilersen load cells tolerate up to 1.000% overload, which allows a very simple and hygienic mechanical installation.

The simple installation eliminates the need for maintenance and reduces the total cost of ownership

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The Eilersen load cells feature excellent specifications, high reliability, simple installation and minimal maintenance for the use in tough and demanding industrial environments. Eilersen load cells are available with Profibus DP, DeviceNet, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, Modbus ASCII/RTU, RS485/422, RS232, 4-20mA and 0-10VDC interfaces, and can be supplied in OIML and ATEX certified versions.

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The Eilersen load cells are produced in stainless steel and hermetically sealed (IP68/IP69K) by laser welding to ensure superb waterproof protection for tough industrial applications. Furthermore, Eilersen load cells are available in capacities up to 500t.

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Avalanche Photodiodes for LIDAR Applications

To meet the growing market of laser based distance measurement, laser scanning and mapping, shape recognition and remote sensing, Avalanche Photodiodes (APD) especially suitable for LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) are needed. Preferentially, APDs are used for applications with very low optical signal strength or with high modulation frequencies, as it is the case with LIDAR.

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The Rugged Computer RPC Compact 71 pushes the Embedded Specialist Syslogic into entirely new business spheres. This Rugged Computer is protected to category IP67; it has a fully enclosed housing, as well as the matching M12 plug connectors. The RPC Compact 71, in combination with its robust electronics, is almost indestructible.

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Nowadays it is very important to use optimized processes to make a biogas plant profitable. The production of biogas is a strongly grown market in the last 20 years. In the beginning biogas was produced from manure to get rid of the “waste” in an intelligent way. Today biogas is a very important energy source that depends mainly on two factors -cost of substrate and effectivity of the gas production.

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Antibodies and antibody fragments (ABF) are most important, highly demanded tools in diagnostic and therapeutic applications with predicted sales of 56 billion dollars by 2012

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Photobioreactors (PBRs) are increasingly being used to grow algae for production of biofuel and other products. Light and CO2 are two major limiting resources that can restrict algal growth in PBRs. Atmospheric CO2 is only 0.04% and to overcome this limitation researchers have started to couple biogas released from the anaerobic digestion (AD) of organic waste with PBRs since biogas consists of mostly CO2 and CH4.

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The research in the group of Prof. Rolf Müller at Saarbrücken/Germany addresses the chemistry, biosynthesis, regulation, heterologous production and mode-of-action of secondary metabolites from myxobacteria. These soil-dwelling microbes are potent microbial producers of natural products, which show strong activities as antibiotics, anti-cancer drugs or immunosuppressants, amongst others.

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Material refinement and processing can involve dozens of unit operations to finally arrive at a saleable, high-value advanced material.

Thermal processing is typically the most energy intensive portion of a materials manufacturing process. Opportunities to conserve energy not only reduce ecological impact, but can result in significant cost saving, as thermal processing is a criti-cal cost driver in direct equipment and installed utility requirements. To make the best use of possible opportunities, it is im-portant to consider the form of the commercial process as early as during laboratory development to ensure it will be suitable for application in the intended continuous form. In particular, continuous thermal processes offer multiple opportunities for energy conservation over batch, including reduced residence time, minimizing thermal requirements to heat ancillary process components, and opportunities for use of byproduct materials and heat for preheating. Detailed discussion on opportunities for continuous, energy efficient thermal processing will be provided with examples of commercially relevant processes to il-lustrate the concept and provide a guide for future considerations.

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Manual processes in the lab can become a huge cost factor – Therefor, reducing these steps with automated procedures is highly attractive.

Laboratory processes still feature a lot of manual work. Not only do those steps cause huge costs, but also result in an unclear variation of workflows. No wonder, that many laboratories are aiming to reduce manual work by automation to achieve better reproducible results and more cost effective sample preparations.

Agilent has been providing instrumentation and automation software for 13 years now,  in which the company has established a unique portfolio and excellent expertise in common lab applications. By automating recurring processes, laboratory personnel can be relieved from these tasks, helping them to concentrate on actual research work
Agilent offers solutions for simple, but time consuming tasks like liquid handling, labeling, centrifugation and sealing up to complex biological, biopharmaceutical and chemical analytics. This Whitepaper gives a detailed overview over the company’s portfolio and its application platforms and components.

Published: 07/18/2013 | Agilent Technologies Sales & Services GmbH & Co.KG

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OPC is the current de facto open communication standard in the world of industrial connectivity. It offers improved data connectivity, while dramatically lowering the cost of data transfer between devices and applications.

The most widely used OPC specifications, collectively called OPC Classic, employ communications layered on top of various Microsoft operating system components commonly referred to as DCOM. These components function very well under office like LAN conditions (high bandwidth and reliable connections), but under less favorable conditions, their behavior often leads to unreliable data delivery, and even data loss. OPC Tunnelling technology provides an industry proven solution to this problem.

Published: 01/15/2014 | Matrikon Deutschland AG / MatrikonOPC

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Intense competition in the Pharmaceutical industry is driving companies to find ever more efficient production strategies to maximize yeild and quality while minimizing waste and capital investments.

Outsourcing production to Contract Manufactufing Organizations (CMOs) is increasingly popular and with it, the need to share production data between CMOs and their sponsors - this paper examines how OPC simplifies such data sharing.

Published: 01/15/2014 | Matrikon Deutschland AG / MatrikonOPC

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There are thousands of highly interconnected and dynamic systems, both public and private, that make up North America’s electric power grid.

These utilities have incorporated a wide variety of information and communications systems to automate the control of electric power generation, transmission, and
distribution. Every aspect of our daily world depends on the uninterrupted flow of data and communications, and to keep it flowing, OPC is increasingly playing a
mission-critical role in the power industry.

Published: 01/15/2014 | Matrikon Deutschland AG

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The demand for control automation products that are easy to integrate into a company’s data sharing infrastructure is on the rise. Learn how OPC UA helps including embedded applications into it.

Strong demand for improved access to shop-floor data is driving control automation vendors to make their devices as easy to integrate as possible. Embedded OPC UA presents tremendous opportunities for device vendors to make their products stand out with native open data connectivity that is more secure, easier to integrate in multi-vendor environments, and opens door to new markets due to the widespread use of OPC. This paper discusses the key challenges device vendors must be overcome to successfully harness this breakthrough but complex technology.

Published: 01/15/2014 | Matrikon Deutschland AG

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Learn how to assure OPC Connectivity in your business.

From oil refining to industrial manufacturing to power generation, no matter what business people are in, they depend on certain systems to run their business. Today’s world turns on the uninterrupted flow of data and communications, and to keep it flowing OPC plays an increasingly mission-critical role in the enterprise.

Published: 01/15/2014 | Matrikon Deutschland AG / MatrikonOPC

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The subject of strain measurement has previously been addressed extensively. Most of the existing transducers either rely on low voltage analogue systems (e.g. conventional resistive strain gauge), complicated mechanical assemblies by physically assessing the specimen displacement, optical systems, acoustic systems or pneumatic systems.

This paper identifies a new, potentially low cost, non-contact, frequency domain strain sensor utilising SAW (Surface Acoustic Wave) Technology for surface strain measurement. The sensor has a short axial length making it flexible in terms of integration into a variety of applications, encompassing both static and dynamic strain measurement. The paper presents a technical description of the resulting strain transducer, regarding its operation, construction and in particularly, application to areas requiring strain measurement. Demonstration of the transducer performance will be addressed utilising test results from existing developed transducers.

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The paper describes the application of a non-contact, high bandwidth, low cost, SAW-based torque measuring system for improving the dynamic performance of industrial process motor-drive systems. Background to the SAW technology and its motor integration is discussed and a resonance ratio control (RRC) technique for the coordinated motion control of multi-inertia mechanical systems, based on the measurement of shaft torque via a SAW-based torque sensor is proposed. Furthermore, a new controller structure, RRC plus disturbance feedback is proposed, which enables the controller to be designed to independently satisfy tracking and regulation performance. A tuning method for the RRC structure is given based on the ITAE index, normalized as a function of the mechanical parameters enabling a direct performance comparison between a basic proportional and integral (PI) controller. The use of a reduced-order state observer is presented to provide a dynamic estimate of the load-side disturbance torque for a multi-inertia mechanical system, with an appraisal of the composite closed-loop dynamics. The control structures are experimentally validated and demonstrate significant improvement in dynamic tracking performance, whilst additionally rejecting periodic load side disturbances, a feature previously unrealisable except by other, high-gain control schemes that impose small stability margins.

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The subject of torque measurement has previously been addressed extensively. Most of the existing transducers either rely on low voltage analogue systems (e.g. conventional resistive strain gauge) or complicated mechanical assemblies by physically assessing displacement, i.e. optical systems. This paper identifies a new, potentially low cost, non-contact, frequency domain strain torque sensor1 utilising SAW (Surface Acoustic Wave) Technology for surface strain measurement. The sensor has a short axial length making it flexible in terms of integration into a variety of applications, encompassing both static and dynamic measurement. The paper presents a technical description of the resulting transducer, regarding its operation and construction.

 

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Acoustic wave sensors are extremely versatile devices that are just beginning to realize their commercial potential. This tutorial addresses acoustic wave sensor physics and materials, and the various types of acoustic wave sensors and their industrial applications.

Bill Drafts
Acoustic wave devices have been in commercial use for more than 60 years. The telecommunications industry is the largest consumer, accounting for ~3 billion acoustic wave filters annually, primarily in mobile cell phones and base stations. These are typically surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices, and act as bandpass filters in both the radio frequency and intermediate frequency sections of the transceiver electronics. Several of the emerging applications for acoustic wave devices as sensors may eventually equal the demand of the telecommunications market. These include automotive applications (torque and tire pressure sensors), medical applications (chemical sensors), and industrial and commercial applications (vapor, humidity, temperature, and mass sensors). Acoustic wave sensors are competitively priced, inherently rugged, very sensitive, and intrinsically reliable. Some are also capable of being passively and wirelessly interrogated (no sensor power source required).

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Although relative humidity is a frequently measured parameter, the long-term stable, precise measurement with a capacitive polymer sensor results into some expenses. First of all, the technological conversion of the series calibration is not simple. From the developer point of view, the most preferable one to use is the complete sensor system, duly calibrated and fitted with a digital interface, which can provide fully processed measured values. In the following article, such a combined Humidity and Temperature sensor has been described, which offers an optimum overall performance at an outstanding price performance ratio based on a new solution concept.
Simple applications in the area of building technology, household appliances and also in the area of air-conditioning systems, it is necessary that stringent requirements are put forward for a humidity sensor. For example, from a customer point of view, even a room air-conditioner has to also perform reliably for period of 10 years. For many applications, apart from relative humidity, the temperature also needs to be measured in order to compute further humidity parameters like Dew point or the Absolute humidity. At the same time, there are also price restrictions to consider so that the sensor can be used in a new product design, especially if it is with respect to a secondary measurement parameter.

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When distributed control systems (DCS) first appeared on the industrial automation scene in the mid-1970s, the focus was on control and operator interface. While control and human machine interface (HMI) are still im-portant, todays DCSs have evolved to place increased emphasis on integrating plantwide asset and operational information to enable opera-tional excellence. Furthermore, automation suppliers have moved away from the proprietary hardware, software, and communications of the past, incorporating commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies where practical and appropriate to do so. At the same time, plant engineering and opera-tions groups have adopted many of the same standards already in place at the enterprise IT level, and todays DCSs reflect this.

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Todays process control systems can take advantage of advanced general-purpose IT to reduce costs, improve performance, enable interoperability and add other important new capabili-ties. However, the very same technologies make todays industrial systems increasingly vulnerable to security intrusions – malicious or otherwise – from both within and without the plant. Certainly, the IT world has devel-oped powerful tools and techniques to help prevent, identify, and mitigate the effects of intrusions. However, requirements specific to industrial systems (such as the need to maintain nonstop operations and provide deter-ministic response) often make employing these tools and techniques in industrial environments problematic.

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Pure tantalum is one of the most corrosion-resistant metals, but its extremely high cost makes it an impractical option for all but the most corrosive applica- tions. However, a new tantalum-based nanotechnology can provide the corro- sion protection of tantalum at a reasonable cost. Tantaline's nanotechnology is based on heating and reacting pure tantalum metal to produce a gaseous atmosphere of tan- talum. The tantalum vapor then creates an alloy bond on the surface (and into the core substrate), becoming a true surface alloy. Because the reaction is on the nano level, with tantalum atoms grown into and on top of all surfaces, its characteristics are very different from traditional coatings such as thermal spray or electroplating.

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Korenix MSR: The Most Reliable and High Quality IP Surveillance Network
Along with the emerging market of IP surveillance, network plays increasingly important role in a video surveillance system. The network in its turn, determines the reliability and quality of video delivery. This paper describes the importance of network redundancy for IP surveillance network. It gives a clear idea of how Korenix patented MSR redundancy technology outstands from other protocols and describes all the exceptional benefits that it can give to the IP surveillance system.

 

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In all applications, bandwidth requirements for data transmission and processing are constantly rising. Existing PCI infrastructure should continue to be used here as much as possible. At least in the cases where it technically makes sense, since this amortizes investment costs and reduces costs for recertification

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Maximizing uptime, performance and reliability of networked systems is a mandate for server technology. Additional requirements challenge OEMs and equipment providers to find server solutions for installations in space-constrained environments

 

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Industrial PCs (IPCs) are all about performance and reliability, expected to handle their assigned tasks efficiently and without fail. Performance demands are ever increasing and quad-core systems enabled by Intel's 45nm process technology are readily delivering greater and greater levels of processing and network throughput. Today's industrial PCs are, in fact, handling massive computing and visualization workloads in faster, cooler and quieter performing systems.

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Protecting workers and company assets from ignitions caused by static electricity can’t be left to chance. In facilities where flammable and combustible products are processed, there’s a very high probability that static electricity is generated by the movement of gases, liquids and solids. The risks of a fire or explosion caused by a discharge of static electricity in an EX/HAZLOC area are just too significant to ignore. To emphasise its significance static electricity is identified in North American and European legislation as a potential source of ignition in potentially flammable and combustible atmospheres.

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High-Speed Ethernet allows simplifying the structure of computer systems in a significant way. 10G is available in advanced CPUs and Ethernet MACs for processing and storage subsystems.

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  • · Developing an M2M solution needs to be simple and affordable
  • · Risks must be minimized by selecting a proven quality solution from best in
  • · class providers (e.g., Intel, Kontron, Wind River, Eurotech)
  • · Reducing complexity is key
  • ·Integration with current IT infrastructures

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M2M is a hot new trend in the electronics industry. Machine-to-machine connected computing solutions are rolling out worldwide and across all industries. Many OEMs will want to launch M2M services, either for their own use or the use of their customers. Kontron is working with the leaders in the M2M ecosystem to break down the complexity of the M2M value chain. Kontron's purpose is to make it easier for OEMs to launch smart services that take advantage of cloud computing enabling them to better serve their customers with innovative solutions.

Kontron's new Smart Services Developer Kit for M2M development and deployments was designed in collaboration with Intel, and is a plug and play hardware and OS/middleware software platform that is ready for smart services development.

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One new microarchitecture for all mid-range to high-end embedded applications The 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors serve the embedded computing space with a new microarchitecture which Kontron will implement on a broad range of embedded computing platforms. Based on the 22 nm Intel® 3D processor technology already used in the predecessor generation, the processors, formerly codenamed ‘Haswell’, have experienced a performance increase which will doubtlessly benefi t applications. Beside a 15 % increased CPU performance especially the graphics has improved by its doubled performance in comparison to solutions based on the previous generation processors. At the same time, the thermal footprint has remained practically the same or has even shrunk. These improvements and the high scalability from cost-optimized Celeron® versions up to high-end Intel® Core™ i7 and Xeon® processors make the new Intel® Core™ microarchitecture a perfect match for nearly each and every mid-range to high-end embedded applications. In a fi rst step Kontron has implemented the new microarchitecture on COM Express®, Mini-ITX, 6U CompactPCI®, and the Kontron SYMKLOUD Media cloud platforms with further platforms to follow. So, in what way can embedded appliances benefi t from these improvements?

 

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Get more information, please mail to: information@icpdas.com , we’d love to offer you any supports!

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ICP DAS 2G/3G wireless solutions are uniquely designed to meet the challenges of implementing and managing a small, medium and large number of unmanned remote devices as well as mobile terminals using the 2G/3G network. The ICP DAS 2G/3G wireless system is comprised of intelligent 2G/3G modems with versatile interfaces, intelligent 2G/3G modules, and GRPS/GSM PACs with embedded dynamic IP resolution technology. It helps system integrators and application service providers quickly integrate 2G/3G Technology into their own solutions, and saves development time with reduced costs and assured performance

Advantages
 

  • Cost Saving - No need to build expensive fixed line network, and save cost substantially
  • Plug & Play - Enable any device to be connected to the Internet via serial port over a 2G/3G network
  • Communications - The most efficient method of handling data over a 2G/3G wireless network and the Internet
  • Complete - A full turnkey solution that is designed for both fixed and mobile machine-to-machine applications

 

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The automotive industry has always been extremely competitive. Now more so than ever. With production lines being established in low-cost labor countries, a global overcapacity of as high as 20% according to a recent survey of auto-executives conducted by KPMG, automakers have to cut every unnecessary cost. This results in extreme cost-saving and productivity demands on their suppliers.

 

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Being a manufacturer i n the el ectroni cs i ndustry i s not easy. Customers are demanding more for less money and products quickly become mainstream commodities, making it easy to shop from someone else. And the electronics industry has delivered, making great technological improvements while cutting prices. But there is no reason to believe that customer demands will decrease. The market's high expectations and the increasing competition have led the race to cut costs and raise productivity in all areas of the electronics manufacturing.

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The fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry is extremely competitive, characterized by disloyal consumers with high demands on price and quality - not hesitating to choose a different brand or product if the other offer appears better.

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The medical device industry is undergoing a very strong growth period. Spurred by advancements in medical research, an aging population and increased standard of living, the growth potential is enormous. According to Medtech Insight (a medical device industry analyst), the medical device industry is expected to grow 7,5 percent annually between 2005 and 2010.

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The A model knife gate is an uni-directional wafer valve designed for general industrial service applications. The design of the body and seat assures  non-clogging shut off on suspended solids in industries such as:Pulp and Paper, Power plants, Wastewater treatment plants, Chemical plants, Food and Beverage Bulkhandling, Mining etc.

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Hazop assessments, and the reports that follow on from them, are a great way of capturing and identifying processes and
practices that could lead to the ignition of flammable atmospheres through discharges of static electricity. What Hazop reports are not so great at doing is identifying what the grounding solution to eliminate the risk should look like.

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The new aseptic Pinch Valve series VMC is an impressive model with its hygienic  design. This flexible modular system has excellent cleanability, as well as the advantage of a long lifetime of the Pinch Valve sleeve.

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The Pressure relief valve comprise a combination of an overflow unit of either type LV (control air available) or alternatively of type LNV (control air not available), as well as a pneumatic pinch valve from the VF or VMC series.

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AKO Armaturen & Separationstechnik GmbH’s Pipe Manometer model RDM is available in the nominal diameters DN025, DN032 and DN050.

 

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Aerator pads, also known as vibrator cones, flow pads, and aerators, are used to help the flow of discharging bulk products from silos, hoppers, chutes, bins and road tankers.

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A high?speed, industrial?grade network infrastructure offers wind farm operators many benefits, including improved operational management, visibility and access to key data. Real?time data access enables operators to monitor wind turbine uptime, performance and power output – even from remote locations. This data, which is used to track power generation efficiency and trends, provides predictive information that is critical to “Smart Grid” technology. After describing a typical wind farm environment, this white paper will explore six best practices that should be considered for effective wind farm operation.

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Aside from the occasional spin?off product release, panel meter development has remained relatively static over the last few years. As the market focuses on new products that offer more advanced capabilities, many companies are hesitant to invest money into products – such as panel meters – that fail to drive substantial growth or promise large returns. So where does this leave panel meters? In order to make panel meters a viable option for today’s businesses, compact cost?effective devices with more advanced features and versatile control options are needed. After exploring market trends, this white paper discusses three common visual management solutions that use KPIs to improve factory automation and drive overall productivity.

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Strategic philosophies or practices such as Kaizen, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Total Quality Management and Continuous Improvement are used by many organizations to help improve processes, drive productivity and maintain a competitive edge in today’s ever?increasing global economy. Despite varying concepts, each practice uses Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to assess, analyze and track business manufacturing processes. Even if an organization does not employ formal continuous improvement initiatives, efficiency gains can still be realized by borrowing lessons learned through the visual management techniques of those processes. This white paper discusses three common visual management solutions for displaying KPIs and andon messages in order to drive productivity and improve profitability.

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Using ODVA Common Industrial Protocol to Enhance Performance

Introduction

EtherNet/IP™ networks for I/O, drive and other control components are used in an increasing number of process control installations worldwide. This technology enables devices made by different vendors to communicate via standard Ethernet infrastructures that use the ODVA Common Industrial Protocol (CIP). These process networks can be monitored and controlled using a variety of switch?based topologies. The network configuration dictates performance, flexibility and connectivity to field devices when the PLC or Process Controller is not running. This whitepaper will discuss how to monitor and control multiple EtherNet/IP groups.

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Red Lion Controls provides industry-leading solutions for visual management of a wide variety of applications. Red Lions visual management products range from simple large LED displays to the powerful ProducTVity (PTV) Station. The PTV Station is a ready-to-deploy plant floor visual management system that seamlessly displays real-time KPI data and andon messages on large televisions to drive productivity. To learn more, please visit www.redlion.net/PTV.

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Elegantly solving the handling of data and call information with OOP After the introduction to object-oriented programming in automation technology, the benefits of the use of interfaces and the inheritance of function blocks was explained in the second of the series of articles. But how does one deal with data? How does one evaluate information about implemented interfaces? With the answers to these questions, expert features of object-oriented programming such as those available in the IEC 61131-3 programming system CODESYS are described.

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Realizing machine variants elegantly with dynamic binding The first article in the series on object-oriented programming in automation technology ("Goto OOP", SPS magazine 09-2012) has already shown that structured PLC programming leads step by step to genuine object orientation, as is familiar from high-level languages. What specific engineering advantages can the application programmer achieve as a result?

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The logical path from functional to object-oriented programming.

The description of processes with the aid of programs is nothing new. Even the ancient Egyptians’ tomb inscriptions contained "program code", e.g. for the movement of a statue. Admittedly their programming language is neither standardized nor easy to understand… in comparison with that it is easy for programmers of industrial controllers to code their wishes - functional programming in the graphic or textual languages of IEC 61131-3 is cleanly standardized.

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OPC is the current de facto open communication standard in the world of industrial connectivity. It offers improved data connectivity, while dramatically lowering the cost of data transfer between devices and applications. The most widely used OPC specifications, collectively called OPC Classic, employ communications layered on top of various Microsoft operating system components commonly referred to as DCOM. These components function very well under office like LAN conditions (high bandwidth and reliable connections), but under less favorable conditions, their behavior often leads to unreliable data delivery, and even data loss. OPC Tunnelling technology provides an industry proven solution to this problem.

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Intense competition in the Pharmaceutical industry is driving companies to find ever more efficient production strategies to maximize yeild and quality while minimizing waste and capital investments. Outsourcing production to Contract Manufactufing Organizations (CMOs) is increasingly popular and with it, the need to share production data between CMOs and their sponsors - this paper examines how OPC simplifies such data sharing.

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There are thousands of highly interconnected and dynamic systems, both public and private, that make up North America’s electric power grid. These utilities have incorporated a wide variety of information and communications systems to automate the control of electric power generation, transmission, and distribution. Every aspect of our daily world depends on the uninterrupted flow of data and communications, and to keep it flowing, OPC is increasingly playing a mission-critical role in the power industry.

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Learn how to assure OPC Connectivity in your business. From oil refining to industrial manufacturing to power generation, no matter what business people are in, they depend on certain systems to run their business. Today’s world turns on the uninterrupted flow of data and communications, and to keep it flowing OPC plays an increasingly mission-critical role in the enterprise.

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