Connecting machines to IT systems provides a number of benefits for machine builders and their customers. Here are several examples.
The Owens Design 300 mm wafer platform is designed for semiconductor metrology equipment applications and is linked to IT systems via OPC.
By Hank Hogan
Modular machines can save wiring and installation costs, as compared to a completely custom design. They also add flexibility and allow a greater variety of product to be produced in a smaller footprint compared to a one-of-a-kind approach. Here are several examples.
By Dave Perkon
Northwind Air Systems, manufacturer of the DuroVac brand of industrial vacuums, collaborated with engineers at Eaton over about four months to create a proprietary software application that helps expedite the design, engineering, drawings and delivery of the control cabinet.
Until recently, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – or drones – was mainly associated with the military. These days, however, they are increasingly being used for civilian and commercial purposes. BP is now using unmanned aerial vehicles at its Prudhoe Bay operations in Alaska, to help carry out safety checks in difficult terrain and temperatures.
Pumps & Systems
Public water utility employees in Lage, Germany, chose a wireless system with a stand-alone solar power system to provide an independent power supply. By selecting both a wireless I/O signal radio system and a stand-alone solar power system, employees were able to eliminate the need to lay any cable. This saved between $25 and $35 per foot for digging trenches and routing cables.
The Detector Control System (DCS), part of the LHS, uses more than 5000 CANopen nodes. The link between the Scada layer and CANopen is realized by means of OPC UA.
The software from MDT manages changes to 16,000 programmable devices in remote areas across the continent and reduces safety risks to employees associated with unmanaged control system changes.
By Sheila Kennedy
Portable asset management information puts knowledge where it’s needed. Here‘s how Northwestern Power and Loram Maintenance of Way, use mobile technology.
Control Engineering Europe
Europe’s largest pulp, board and paper manufacturer, Stora Enso, migrating the plant from its previous control system to Honeywell’s Experion PKS (Process Knowledge System), which offers a unified architecture for process control, safety systems and automation software.
Process & Control Today
Eraring power station in NSW Australia has upgraded pneumatic actuators for seal air dampers at 28 coal mills with AUMA’s electric actuation technology. Over 400 AUMA actuators have been adopted in all plant areas: applications include on-off, inching/positioning and modulating duty.
By Jim Montague
Calibration is a complex procedure that takes time, and time is money. Here's how some facilities are saving both and also getting better data
By Jim Montague
Wireless is expanding into more tight places and remote process applications than ever before. Here's how it's deployed safely and securely in various applications.
By Bob Karschnia, Emerson
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies, applied for monitoring valves in a refinery, used wireless acoustic transmitters to improve regulatory compliance and reduce hydrocarbon losses by $3 million annually due to timely detection and repair of faulty valves.
By Nam Paik
Thales Group, a French military and civilian aviation systems integrator, applied an automatic transfer switch, which is essentially a battery-less UPS system with two autonomous input AC sources, to protect Singapore’s Changi Airport’s systems.
Salvagnini is using distributed servo amplifiers for positioning, instead of keeping drives installed centrally in the control cabinet.
Red says balance contents are not yet in an acceptable tolerance range, and green tells an operator to move onto the next weigh.
BJ-Gear in Denmark uses collaborative robots from Universal Robots to automate their production of gear wheels. This ushered in substantial cost savings on machinery, optimized work flows, and created a more varied and rewarding work environment.
Bilfinger GreyLogix uses Engineering Configuration One (EEC One) for control cabinet manufacturing.