Case Studies & Application Stories 

Finding Refreshment in Control System Retrofit
October 16, 2014

Finding Refreshment in Control System Retrofit

IEN
Metal-forming machines rarely enter a fourth decade of service. But when Royal Vendors of Kearneysville, WV, a manufacturer and remanufacturer of cold drink vending equipment, faced declining performance from its key two-axis metal former, it was faced with a crucial decision: refurbish or replace.

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SIL 4 PLC interlocking reduces lifecycle costs
October 14, 2014

SIL 4 PLC interlocking reduces lifecycle costs

Consulting and engineering firm Movares has implemented a PLC interlocking based on industrial COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) hardware from HIMA for ProRail, the state-owned Dutch railway infrastructure enterprise.

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Bottero grinds glass with half the motors
October 10, 2014

Bottero grinds glass with half the motors

Bottero ground out a solution that is based on a single Kollmorgen AKD servo-converter for driving two servo-motors that are not simultaneously operating.

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Rapid migration to new safeguarding system
October 09, 2014

Rapid migration to new safeguarding system

Control Engineering Europe
When the automatic shutdown control system at the Den Helder low calorific gas processing terminal needed to be updated, Yokogawa provided the automation system, plus electrical, mechanical and civil engineering services required.

PLC control from inlet-to-outlet
October 09, 2014

PLC control from inlet-to-outlet

Control Engineering Europe
A new water treatment works at the Dee Valley Water (DVW) Llwyn Onn site in North Wales is being controlled from inlet to outlet with a redundant modular PLC from Mitsubishi.

Motor overcomes reliability challenges
October 09, 2014

Motor overcomes reliability challenges

Control Engineering Europe
Synseal, a company producing extruded PVC-U profiles for double-glazing product applications, is using ABB’s synchronous reluctance (SynRM) motor to cut the number of motor failures on two of its main extruders.

Particle sizing analyzer helps production of slag cements
October 08, 2014

Particle sizing analyzer helps production of slag cements

Zementwerk Berlin is using Malvern Instruments’ Insitec on-line particle sizing systems to efficiently manufacture high performance, ‘environmentally friendly’ slag cements.

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HICore: Research and Development Project with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
October 07, 2014

HICore: Research and Development Project with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

KARIS is a small-scale autonomous redundant intralogistics system. As a system-on-chip that is fully TÜV-certified for use up to SIL 3, HICore 1 is the exceptionally compact and comparatively inexpensive safety solution used in KARIS PRO.

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Roxtec seals up Beverage Machine cables
October 06, 2014

Roxtec seals up Beverage Machine cables

KHS, a manufacturer of filling and packaging systems for the beverage and food industries, uses Roxtec systems to route multiple pre-terminated cables through one opening, eliminating the cost and labor of cutting connection cables and making individual holes for each.

 Wonderware MES Software improves operations at Belgium Brewing
October 02, 2014

Wonderware MES Software improves operations at Belgium Brewing

Wonderware MES Performance software cut downtime by 50% and saves $400,000 annually at New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Co.

NORD gear units pump water at reservoir project
September 30, 2014

NORD gear units pump water at reservoir project

An underground pumping station was created to pump water from the Limmernboden reservoir into the Muttsee lake about 600 m higher up. This elevation difference will be used to produce hydroelectric power on demand.

SCADA system monitors 2,479 wind turbines
September 29, 2014

SCADA system monitors 2,479 wind turbines

Iberdrola Renewables in Oregon uses a SCADA system from PcVue in its National Control Center to monitor every turbine at every wind farm throughout the country. Iberdrola has 2,479 wind turbines, each with 300 to 350 data points, which equates to 700,000 to 850,000 I/O data points on more than 20 servers.

Advanced SCADA Ushers In Era Of Anytime, Anywhere Data Access
September 26, 2014

Advanced SCADA Ushers In Era Of Anytime, Anywhere Data Access

Pipeline and Gas Journal
By Fabio Terezinho, InduSoft
Not all manufacturers are ready to move to cloud-based SCADA, but most have benefited from the move to advanced SCADA solutions that have ushered in the era of access to data anytime from anywhere via a wide variety of platforms.

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Stereo vision system inspects reflective tableware
September 26, 2014

Stereo vision system inspects reflective tableware

Vision Systems Design
Helmee's stereoscopic inspection station includes cameras, an illumination system, a PC-based image processing unit, a mechanical frame with dust proof covers and an operator interface with monitor and HMI.

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Automotive sensor defects detected by vision
September 26, 2014

Automotive sensor defects detected by vision

Vision Systems Design
The Qualitas Technologies' manifold pressure sensor inspection system has been installed at the Bosch manufacturing facility for over one year. Since then, it has been inspecting approximately 5,000 manifold pressure sensors per day.

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Energy Efficiency Makeover Yields Utility Incentive Rewards
September 26, 2014

Energy Efficiency Makeover Yields Utility Incentive Rewards

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
GlaxoSmithKline generated more than $2 million in energy conservation incentives.via building system, lighting and HVAC control implementations and retrofits.

Airbus Implements Industrial Internet of Things (Smart Tools)
September 26, 2014

Airbus Implements Industrial Internet of Things (Smart Tools)

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The French aircraft manufacturer Airbus has stated futuristic long-range goals based on their corporate philosophy. The integration of cyber-physical systems and big analog data enables smarter production and allows operators and machines to collaborate in the same physical environment.

Wolffkran employs INSYS  for IP-based remote maintenance
September 25, 2014

Wolffkran employs INSYS for IP-based remote maintenance

The company introduced an IP-based remote maintenance system for their products that ensures a high degree of IT security by using encrypted VPN connections and cellular radio routers.

Keyence vision systems inspect parts at Leatherman Tools
September 24, 2014

Keyence vision systems inspect parts at Leatherman Tools

The Keyence systems replaced hard gauging that Leatherman used for many years to evaluate components for its tools, eliminating cabinets full of hard fixtures built for specific parts.

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September 24, 2014

Galil motion controller moves Instrument for Leaf Analysis

Galil's DMC-4020 is used to position perfectly aligned beams from white light confocal displacement sensors and to scan a leaf surface in a predefined pattern.