Salcan Process Technology uses the Rotork actuated control valve to control the flow of gas while maintaining back pressure in the coal seam.
Bonfiglioli is deploying Moxa Modbus gateways, network switches, Ethernet I/O, and serial-to-Ethernet controllers in its turnkey solar solutions.
Twelve Manta G-223B cameras from Allied Vision are being used by GEFRA to inspect screw joints for the brake lines of vehicles.
By Dylan Charles and Todd Jaco
Austin Powder's U.S. Nitrogen uses Mynah's Mimic simulation software to speed up implementation and training, and improve process optimization.
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In Altavilla Vicentina, Italy, a Clever Sleever Machine places and shrink-wraps bottles at a rate of 18,000 pieces per hour. That’s five pieces per second. A CompactLogix communicates to the Point I/O through ProSoft Technology’s radios.
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CP Kelco in Lille Skensved, Denmark, a producer of pectin, is striving toward a production environment in which each operator moves around freely with an iPad, monitoring and managing machines quickly and efficiently – without the need for a stationary computer and IP addresses instead of stationary operator stations and push buttons.
Commerce Controls installed Stahlin non-metallic enclosures on filter control panels and a phosphoric chemical dosing panel at the City of Detroit, Springwells Facility
Before the implementation of Unidrive M, Render’s machines were able to deliver 25 or 26 cycles per minute. Since adopting Unidrive M, the business has seen returns of 30 cycles per minute.
Processcomponent in Sweden used the Anybus M-Bus to Modbus-TCP gateway to quickly connect M-Bus sensors to the OptoEMU Energy Monitoring System.
An unnamed shale gas company in Louisiana installed Rotork CMA actuators run by solar panels to replace existing actuation equipment and control a variety of fluids at line pressures up to 6000 psig.
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.
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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.