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TM Robotics helps Ralawise automate for accident reduction
August 26, 2019

TM Robotics helps Ralawise automate for accident reduction

Box opening robots are not as common as the more traditional six-axis or SCARA robot models. To find a robot that could perform this task effectively, Ralawise approached TM Robotics, the European, North and South American distributor of Toshiba Machine industrial robots.

Emerson helps BP Alaska enhance process safety with wireless pressure gauges
August 23, 2019

Emerson helps BP Alaska enhance process safety with wireless pressure gauges

Rosemount Wireless Pressure Gauges work to contribute to decreased personnel and environmental risk by providing visibility into well integrity without the need to physically enter the well, protecting personnel from potentially hazardous conditions.

Brüel & Kjær Vibro helps Kazakhstani refinery enhance machinery protection
August 19, 2019

Brüel & Kjær Vibro helps Kazakhstani refinery enhance machinery protection

BKV’s VC-8000 SETPOINT machinery protection system was chosen due to its compatibility with the existing installation and its ability to replace such legacy systems.

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MDT Software and Schneider Electric help Munich subway system to automate backup control process
July 24, 2019

MDT Software and Schneider Electric help Munich subway system to automate backup control process

The control center supervises the different subsections of 100 stations. MDT AutoSave Change Management System was installed to optimize the data backup and version control process.

Micro-Epsilon helps Donfabs & Consillia enhance inspection process
June 05, 2019

Micro-Epsilon helps Donfabs & Consillia enhance inspection process

The task was to measure the wear on the power rail to ensure it was not worn beyond the conductor rail. This would cause a loss of connection and stuttering of the train, which in turn leads to disruptions and an uncomfortable ride for commuters. Previously, the track bed geometry was checked through visual inspection by the operator.

NUM  helps Taiwanese machine tool company develop CNC grinding machines for manufacturing specialist gears
May 22, 2019

NUM helps Taiwanese machine tool company develop CNC grinding machines for manufacturing specialist gears

Based entirely on NUM’s Flexium+ 68 CNC platform, Chien Wei’s machines are designed to speed the production of both involute and cycloidal profile precision gears.

ABB announces its first CO2-neutral production site in Germany
May 08, 2019

ABB announces its first CO2-neutral production site in Germany

The installed ABB technology will generate enough power to cover on sunny days 100 percent of the factories` power requirements.

ABB helps enhance Spanish indoor skydiving facility with variable speed drives
January 31, 2019

ABB helps enhance Spanish indoor skydiving facility with variable speed drives

The Windoor Realfly vertical indoor wind tunnel in Empuriabrava uses variable speed drives (VSDs) to control the fans that generate winds of 150-300 km/hour.

KASTO helps German steel merchant implement bar storage and distribution system
January 22, 2019

KASTO helps German steel merchant implement bar storage and distribution system

The KASTO solution is based on a UNICOMPACT storage system which, with a height of 15 m and a length of 115 m, has space for around 10,000 cassettes. Each cassette can accommodate material up to six metres in length and has a payload of up to 3.4 tonnes.

Universal Robots announces infographic of 10 year cobot history
January 03, 2019

Universal Robots announces infographic of 10 year cobot history

As the cobot market is experiencing an increasing number of competitors – both from the established industrial players and start-ups – it is vital, however, to keep ahead of the curve.

Phoenix Contact helps Purdue University students get automation experience
May 17, 2018

Phoenix Contact helps Purdue University students get automation experience

The latest joint effort resulted in an advanced automation and industrial networking lab for undergraduate courses. The multi-workstation area includes Phoenix Contact’s IEC 61131 programming software, PC Worx, along with visualization software, 802.11 wireless, PROFINET networking, and distributed safety I/O.

Siemens helps SencorpWhite enhance motion and heat control in Ultra 2 inline thermoformer
May 04, 2018

Siemens helps SencorpWhite enhance motion and heat control in Ultra 2 inline thermoformer

Onboard, 44 zones of heating are being controlled by a monitoring system supplied by Siemens, who also supplied the servos and other motion control components for this machine.

AMK helps HERO GmbH decentralize servo drive technology for cleaner operations
December 08, 2017

AMK helps HERO GmbH decentralize servo drive technology for cleaner operations

Thanks to drive and control technology from AMK, the solutions of HERO GmbH in Sigmaringendorf, Germany, have done away with anything that is not actually needed to meet the precise product quality standards.

Siemens' SIRIUS 3RR Monitoring Relays helps EcoClean avoid downtime
October 05, 2017

Siemens' SIRIUS 3RR Monitoring Relays helps EcoClean avoid downtime

The main symptom of EcoClean's heating problem was excessive heating times. Due to the heaters consisting of several heating elements, the issue might have been a blown fuse or an open element pulling less current than it should.

Honeywell helps Kuwaiti paraxylene complex improve connectivity
September 07, 2017

Honeywell helps Kuwaiti paraxylene complex improve connectivity

Kuwait Paraxylene Production Co. (KPPC) will use two Honeywell Connected Plant services to improve the performance of its CCR Platforming and aromatics complex, which produces paraxylene for plastic fibers and films, at its Shuaiba petrochemical facility in Safat, Kuwait.

Schneider Electric helps bring process automation systems to Nigerian oil refinery
August 29, 2017

Schneider Electric helps bring process automation systems to Nigerian oil refinery

Under the terms of the agreement, Schneider Electric will supply its EcoStruxure system architecture and platform, comprising its EcoStruxure Foxboro distributed control system, Triconex process safety solutions, PIONIR analytical fuels blending systems and a suite of SimSci and Wonderware software solutions at Dangote’s greenfield refinery in Lagos, Nigeria.

HMS Industrial Networks helps JSI leverage IIoT in paper slitting machine
August 07, 2017

HMS Industrial Networks helps JSI leverage IIoT in paper slitting machine

By using technology from HMS Industrial Networks, and system design by Millennium Controls, JSI can remotely access and control their paper-slitting machine via the internet and also enable wired and wireless communication between different parts of the machine.

Exele delivers VOIP-based alarm monitoring to Cypress Ridge wastewater facility
December 27, 2016

Exele delivers VOIP-based alarm monitoring to Cypress Ridge wastewater facility

In the past year Cypress Ridge sought Exele's help to convert their hardwired TAPI-based telephone alarm notification system to use Voice-Over-IP (VOIP).

NS Wash selects Stahlin enclosures for vehicle wash facility
November 18, 2016

NS Wash selects Stahlin enclosures for vehicle wash facility

NS Wash put suppliers on notice to find quality enclosures at a fair price. One came back with some Stahlin Non-Metallic enclosures samples

Menzel Elektromotoren delivers dust resistant motor for Senegalese cement manufacturer
November 03, 2016

Menzel Elektromotoren delivers dust resistant motor for Senegalese cement manufacturer

The motor, which provides the plant with finely ground coal dust to meet the plant's primary energy needs, is operated in a hazardous area classified as zone 22.

Rockwell delivers EMI software to GrafTech furnace productivity system
September 07, 2016

Rockwell delivers EMI software to GrafTech furnace productivity system

GrafTech needed a secure, scalable solution that provided improved visibility into machine operations. The company partnered with Rockwell Automation to incorporate FactoryTalk VantagePoint EMI software into GrafTech’s newest version of the ArchiTech system.

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ABB PLCs lift safety of NTK’s cranes
September 16, 2015

ABB PLCs lift safety of NTK’s cranes

NTK is installing a control system based on safety PLCs from ABB that continuously monitors load torque as well as working and collision areas in real time.

Safety management
May 25, 2015

Safety management

Packaging World
Swiss potato chip manufacturer Zweifel Pomy-Chips installed a Pilz PSS 4000 for safety and automation on the packaging line. Safety gates are fitted with magnetic safety switches PSENmag and the coded safety switches PSENcode from Pilz.

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Keyence safety light curtains boost productivity at Bosch
April 28, 2015

Keyence safety light curtains boost productivity at Bosch

By using safety light curtains instead of hard guarding, Bosch has both increased efficiency and decreased cycle times.

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Rockwell PAC automates harrow disc production
March 18, 2015

Rockwell PAC automates harrow disc production

The new press at North American Tillage was automated with a GuardLogix PAC, PowerFlex VFD, and EtherNet/IP network to fit into their automated process line.

Manufacturer Future-Proofs with Flexible Control Platform and Safety Automation
January 17, 2015

Manufacturer Future-Proofs with Flexible Control Platform and Safety Automation

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NATT's automated plant uses material handling robots to ensure efficiency and maximize throughput. Theyr etrofitted the press control system with an Allen-Bradley GuardLogix programmable automation controller (PAC) for safety control.

November 17, 2014

Asiatic Agricultural Industries Converts to EX

Mettler Toledo helped Asiatic Agricultural Industries to convert its mix of EX and non-EX equipment in its plants to all EX equipment.

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Fike’s Video Fire Detection Protects UK’s Heritage
September 18, 2014

Fike’s Video Fire Detection Protects UK’s Heritage

Electrical Engineering
The SigniFire Video Fire Detection (VFD) system from Fike Safety Technology (FST) has been deployed in the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) hangar. The camera-based SigniFire VFD visually detects the presence of fire or smoke at its source. Multiple cameras were installed, covering both the floor of the hangar and the roof space.

FLIR cameras detect coal self-combustion hazards in Holland
June 24, 2014

FLIR cameras detect coal self-combustion hazards in Holland

Dutch bulk terminal company is using FLIR thermal imaging cameras to help monitor coal temperatures that signal potential self-combustion hazards before they have a chance to erupt.

June 20, 2014

SEL Relays Protect K+S Potash Mine in Canada

SEL relays protect miner sleds that power the mining equipment, and drive sleds that power pumps, fans, lighting, and everything else in the mine.

ABB PLC controls safety at cold-rolling mill
April 16, 2014

ABB PLC controls safety at cold-rolling mill

The safety PLC provided the platform for Sandvik Materials Technology to add zoned safety guarding to a large cold rolling mill at its Sandviken plant in Sweden.

Utility Adopts Arc Flash Relays to Improve Safety
October 15, 2013

Utility Adopts Arc Flash Relays to Improve Safety

PowerGrid International
By Bob Zweifel, Littelfuse
Kansas City Power & Light installed an arc flash relay to protect workers and equipment at its La Cygne Kansas Unit 2 facility, which was undergoing a planned outage. The team selected a PGR-8800 arc flash relay made by Littelfuse.

Safety first for electric axis bending machine
October 13, 2013

Safety first for electric axis bending machine

Control Engineering Europe
Siemens supported AddisonMckee, a manufacturer of tube bending and end forming technologies, through the development of a new electric axis bending machine by offering a comprehensive safety assessment, consultancy and validation process.

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Upgraded motor control solutions for compressed air system
September 07, 2013

Upgraded motor control solutions for compressed air system

Control Engineering Europe
Avelair, a compressed air system manufacturer, is seeing improved motor management control, data availability and safety enhancements, thanks to Simocode Pro V motor control solution from Siemens.

Proactively controlling coal dust
July 13, 2013

Proactively controlling coal dust

What’s New in Process Technology
The Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group gets 280,000 tonnes of coal at the dump stations each day. Its dust control solution uses a strong curtain of water to contain the dust within the hopper and prevent it from becoming airborne.

Protecting researchers, scientists with safety automation
June 22, 2013

Protecting researchers, scientists with safety automation

Plant Engineering
The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University installed a Siemens safety PLC, S7-300F safety controller and ET 200S distributed safety I/O to monitor and manage personnel access to and from the accelerator tunnel.

Intrinsic Safety Aids Cost-Effective Coal Mining
June 15, 2013

Intrinsic Safety Aids Cost-Effective Coal Mining

Control Magazine
UK Coal reviewed its control and monitoring, and find more supportable technologies. As a result, the Daw Mill chose to deploy IS PLCs and IS Ethernet systems on all of its underground production and conveying equipment.

ProSoft’s wireless radios help control Missouri thrill ride
May 30, 2013

ProSoft’s wireless radios help control Missouri thrill ride

Prosoft lets each PLC on SkySurfer communicate with the Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1100 master PLC on the flight deck. The master PLC has an HMI connected to it so an operator can start a cart and monitor data.

Guarding conveyor systems
May 05, 2013

Guarding conveyor systems

Automation
Sensors from Leuze electronic are being used to enhance safety at work on a conveyor system at a new finished goods warehouse of food supplier Steinhaus.

January 12, 2013

Thermal Imaging To Prevent Failure And Fire

Process and Control Today, January 2013

Thermal imaging has become the industry standard method of spotting electrical faults in fully energised systems. European electrical contractor EGI. uses a FLIR T360 infrared camera to meet its customers’ increasing demand for thermal inspection in line with insurance requirements.