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Imaging and Machine Vision
A train mounted camera system is helping the UK’s rail network inspect track conditions, whilst in France a vehicle mounted Lidar system is being used for 3D laser mapping of railways.
Oil & Gas Engineer
BP is using Smart Wireless technology from Emerson Process Management as part of a leak detection system that helps enhance safety at its production centre in Geel, Belgium.
Janssen-Cilag Farmacêutica, a research-based pharmaceutical company located in São Paulo, Brazil, installed a Thermo Scientific LIMS. By interfacing the LIMS with its ERP, GPSG Brazil can expedite the data flow between the lab and the manufacturing functions, streamline data handling, and integrate data collection and reports.
Due to Cytonome’s new Empower PLM centralized and automated product development processes, auditors saw that they had the proper signoff, history tracking and reporting to meet ISO compliance guidelines.
Axalta Coating Systems in Philadelphia, used integrated robot and programmable logic controller (PLC) controls to help facilitate its transition to a new packaging automation system.
Machine Vision On Line
Inspection Masters uses “dual wavelength” area array cameras from JAI that can acquire both color and grayscale near-infrared (NIR) images of pecan nuts as they fall from a chute at a rate of about 5 tons per hour. Color images are important because the pecans will change color from the beginning of the harvest season to the end.
By Jim Montague
Located on 1,200 acres about 45 km northeast of Edmonton, Alberta, North West Redwater (NWR) Partnership is working with the province's government to build a 78,000 bbl/d blend (50,000 bbl/d bitumen) refinery over the next several years for about $8.5 billion in total capital costs.
Balancing the supply and demand of electricity is a dynamic challenge and a mandatory requirement for electricity providers on the grid in the UK. Endeco Technologies uses TopView to monitor site power.
The Summail Gas Plant has an Integrated Control & Safety System which consists of a Process Control System, Emergency Shutdown System, Fire & Gas Detection System, SCADA server, and Alarm annunciation systems, but their PLCs couldn't talk to each other.
By Shane Novacek, Beckhoff
One Echo Hill Tactic 8 machine does the work of four centerless grinding machines, while improving gauging technology and keeping equipment cleaner, with advanced automation, EtherCAT communications and an inverted machine design.
The existing LRV train cars operated as intended, but did not provide ample feedback to the operators during operation nor to mechanics about causes of failure. National Instruments and Optimation installed a data logging, communication, and display system into the trains.
The dry dock operation has been automated using supervisory and data acquisition systems (SCADA) from PcVue, which control a network of Limitorque actuators.
Geissler wanted to accelerate cycle times for a test bench that performed the final inspection of precision turned parts. They replaced a pneumatic rotary indexing table with a directly driven TO series rotary indexing table from Weiss.
By Chris Vavra
Panduit built a process control network infrastructure for a multi-building industrial manufacturing campus environment at an unidentified metal processing company. No info on what the network was.
Pumps & Systems
By Matthias Borutta, Phoenix Contact
The Smurfit Kappa Kraftliner Piteå paper plant in northeast Sweden installed motor management, hybrid motor starters and a fieldbus gateway to detect worn sootblowers before failure.
South African Instrumentation and Control
In low pressure die casting, the casting machines are filled by pressurising the furnaces. BMW replaced the pressure control previously used for this purpose in its Landshut light metal foundry with a single sliding gate valve from Schubert & Salzer Control Systems.
i-Web in Avon, Mass. uses a Beckhoff Automation control system incorporating advanced servo drive technology and the high-speed motion capabilities of an EtherCAT industrial network in its web finishing systems for faster finishing and reductions in electrical cabinet space and electrical installation time.
By Stephanie Neil
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics uses a 2D barcode to track traceable parts as they are installed. In addition, Lockheed is building out an RFID network in its Fort Worth, Texas, factory as a way to track part kits, equipment and tooling connected to each work instruction.
BsAutomatisierung in Rosenfeld,Germany, uses Ensenso 3D vision cameras in its robotic bin-picking cells to pick individual, randomly aligned parts out of a container and pass them on to downstream production processes.