The Open Industry 4.0 Alliance integrates ECLASS as a new standard

Open Industry 4.0 Alliance - The Open Industry 4.0 Alliance is cooperating with ECLASS to adapt the only globally used and ISO/IEC-non-compliant reference data standard for the classification and unique description of products and services. Through ECLASS, product master data can be exchanged digitally across all borders. This is a standard that is already established in the industrial, retail and service sectors and is driving Industry 4.0 initiatives.


Energy efficiency is the best way for industry to cut costs and reduce emissions right now

ABB - With businesses around the world facing unprecedented pressure from the cost of energy and the urgency of climate change, a new report from the Energy Efficiency Movement shows that improving industrial energy efficiency is the fastest and most effective way for a business to cut energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.


TRUMPF prints copper in large format for the first time with a green laser

Trumpf - Large copper components can now be processed on 3D printers from TRUMPF as easily as common 3D printing materials such as stainless steel. The high-tech company has equipped its largest 3D printer, the TruPrint 5000, with the green laser for the first time for this purpose.


Energy harvesting: energy-autonomous IoT communication in 5G networks

Fraunhofer - Minimal vibrations, temperature differences and even light can be used to generate power for small electronic systems. At Booth B4/258 of the electronica 2022 trade show, Fraunhofer researchers will demonstrate how 5G radio modules with higher energy consumption can now be powered autonomously through energy harvesting — without the use of batteries and cables.


Simulation-based and highly dynamic: virtual prototyping

Fraunhofer - The things that amaze us in everyday life, such as when our cars take control of the parking process, are often the result of countless series of expensive and lengthy trials. At electronica, Booth B4/258, Fraunhofer researchers will demonstrate how virtual prototyping can be used for simulations to detect errors and problems in complex electronic control systems at an early stage as well as to shorten development times and significantly reduce costs.


New ABB ACS180 machinery drives offer reliable machine operations and essential application control in a compact footprint

ABB - ABB has extended its all-compatible family of machinery drives with the new ACS180 variable speed drive (VSD) for applications up to 22 kilowatts (kW). This easy-to-use and compact VSD brings reliability and performance for machinery builders.


The OPC Foundation releases the OPC UA Field eXchange (UAFX) Specifications

OPC Foundation - The OPC Foundation (OPCF) announces that its Field Level Communications (FLC) Initiative has released the first set of OPC UA Field eXchange (UAFX) specifications, which lay the groundwork for using OPC UA at the field level. Four years in the making, these UAFX specifications have passed in-depth OPCF member reviews and extensive prototyping to ensure their implementations maintain cross-vendor interoperability.


Deep Learning accessible and easy-to-use with SICK’s anomaly detection tool

SICK - SICK has enabled its easy-to-use anomaly detection tool within Intelligent Inspection toolset, part of the SICK Nova SensorApp, across its entire range of InspectorP6xx 2D vision sensors, making it easy for users to master complex applications with unpredictable defects such as: surface, weld, glue, soldering and injection mold tool inspection. Especially where they may have previously defied automation using rule-based vision systems.


safeVisionary2 3D ToF camera – pushing forward into the third dimension of safety technology

SICK - With the safeVisionary2, SICK is launching the world’s first 3D Time-of-Flight (ToF) camera with safety certification performance level c in accordance with EN13849. The 3D time-of-flight camera enables reliable three-dimensional environment perception as well as productivity-enhancing safety concepts, for instance for the automation of mobile robots and in human-robot collaboration.


Security routers make OT networks secure

Phoenix Contact - The new FL MGUARD 2102 and FL MGUARD 4302 Gigabit security routers from Phoenix Contact combine mGuard security software with powerful hardware. They are designed to protect industrial networks against unauthorized access or malware intrusion.


Cameras, lenses, and illumination for a complete control-integrated vision solution

Beckhoff Automation - As a specialist in PC-based control technology, Beckhoff is constantly looking at ways to integrate all machine functionalities consistently into a single control platform. This also includes image processing on the software side since the launch of TwinCAT Vision in 2017. With the introduction of the comprehensive Vision hardware portfolio, this product area is now complete.


Cost-effective labeling robot wins the ROIBOT Award 2022 from igus

igus - Worldwide, robots are being used in an increasing number of industries. Simple, cost-effective automation solutions have become necessary for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) as well as large industrial organizations. And every two years, experts from industry and the trade press, together with igus, honor the most cost-effective, creative, and clever solutions with the ROIBOT Award.


New version of the web-based Simatic PCS neo control system

Siemens - Digitalization, sustainability, shortage of skilled workers: Companies in the process industry are currently facing major challenges. To prepare their plants for the future, Siemens believes that operators must rely on a highly flexible process control system. Against this backdrop, Siemens has now launched both a new software version and new hardware components for its Simatic PCS neo web-based process control system.


Emerson’s Latest Control System Update Lays Foundation for Software-Driven, Data-Centric Automation Platform

Emerson - Emerson, a global software and engineering leader, has released a new version of its DeltaV distributed control system (DCS). Version 15 of the DeltaV DCS helps plants digitally transform operations through improved production optimization and enhanced operator performance. New software designed to reduce the burden of IT support and modernization spend coupled with expanded analytics will help increase flexibility and speed to market and drive operational improvements.


K 2022 – Trade fair results fulfil highest expectations

K - The joy of the plastics and rubber industry at finally being able to exchange ideas in person on a global level again after three years characterised K 2022 Düsseldorf and ensured an excellent mood among the 3,037 exhibitors. The companies reported extraordinarily good leads and a marked willingness to invest among trade visitors, mentioning promising new customer relations and the conclusion of numerous, in part, spontaneous business deals.


Guidance for deploying digital twins safely and securely

Digital Twin Consortium - The Digital Twin Consortium (DTC) published a foundational paper entitled Assuring Trustworthiness in Dynamic Systems Using Digital Twins and Trust Vectors. The paper provides guidance to help organizations design digital twins securely and safely for digital transformation. It presents an understandable and interoperable model for digital twins’ security and safety assurance that satisfies all stakeholders: technical, business, and regulatory.


EuroBLECH 2022: How TRUMPF is making sheet-metal fabrication simpler, more productive and more sustainable

Trumpf - TRUMPF will be showcasing a range of solutions to make sheet-metal fabrication more sustainable at this year’s EuroBLECH trade fair. The high-tech company aims to leverage its position as a solution provider to help customers make their factories more competitive and eco-friendly. “Our customers have seen huge increases in the cost of production due to higher energy prices.


GE Digital’s New Generation iFIX and CIMPLICITY HMI/SCADA

GE Digital - GE Digital, a leading industrial software company, today announced new generation iFIX and CIMPLICITY software, its flagship HMI/SCADA applications used by more than 20,000 companies globally. Part of the Proficy software portfolio, iFIX 2023 and CIMPLICITY 2023 can help to increase efficiency and accelerate development through native HTML5 HMI, MQTT, centralized deployment, and common portfolio configuration.


Analog Devices and Keysight Technologies Join Forces to Advance the Adoption of Phased Array Technology

Analog Devices - Analog Devices and Keysight Technologies today announced their collaboration to advance the adoption of phased array technology. This technology is key to realizing ubiquitous connectivity and sensing by simplifying development stages associated with creating satellite communication, radar, and phased array systems.


Biointelligent sensor for measuring viral activity

Fraunhofer - Today, genome editing is almost as easy as programming software. However, the generation of viral vectors as initial material is still associated with many expensive and error-prone handling procedures. Viruses are generated via complex biological processes that have to be optimised virus-specifically in order to produce high-quality therapeutics. A new method is needed that simplifies and optimises these processes.


When a laser collar tames the arc

Fraunhofer - An example of hybrid technology in its purest form has been developed and built by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT for the DVS research project “KoaxHybrid.” In Aachen, the institute engineers have developed a new optical system with glass substrates and an arc torch which unites metal shielding gas (MSG) welding and laser material deposition with an annular beam, thus creating a completely new process.


Exoskeletons pass practical trial

Dachser - For the first time, DACHSER has tested active exoskeletons produced by German Bionic under everyday work conditions in the warehouse. The results are impressive. Now the technology will be rolled out at additional locations.


Black & Veatch Completes World’s First Commercial-Scale Alternative Animal Feed Production Facility

Black & Veatch - With demand for protein from the world’s rapidly growing population expected to rise, commissioning is now underway at the world’s first industrial-scale FeedKind facility in Chongqing, China. The facility, designed and built ahead-of-schedule by a consortium of Black & Veatch and Shanghai LBT Engineering & Technology Co. Ltd., will produce 20,000 tons of low carbon animal feed annually.


PAC launches annual INNOVATION RADAR

PAC - Market research and strategic consulting firm PAC presents its seven-part PAC INNOVATION RADAR “Open Digital Platforms for the Industrial World in Europe 2022”. It is the broadest analysis of the vendor landscape for open digital platforms for use in industrial contexts. In seven RADAR segments, PAC reviews close to 120 platform vendors and evaluates 66 of them in the European market.


ABB and Red Hat partner to deliver further scalable digital solutions across industrial edge and hybrid cloud

Red Hat - ABB and Red Hat today announced a global partnership to enable industries using ABB’s process automation and industrial software to scale rapidly and flexibly leveraging Red Hat’s industry leading enterprise platforms and application services built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.


Shell to start building Europe’s largest renewable hydrogen plant

Shell - Shell Nederland B.V. and Shell Overseas Investments B.V., subsidiaries of Shell plc, have taken the final investment decision to build Holland Hydrogen I, which will be Europe’s largest renewable hydrogen plant once operational in 2025.


Moving into the future with Controlled Pneumatics

Festo - The production of tyres and the production of wafers seem to have absolutely nothing to do with each other. In terms of automation technology, however, they use the same technology: Controlled Pneumatics. That is why Festo has further developed compressed air technology to make pneumatics sustainable, resource-saving and energy-efficient.


Identifying waste with artificial intelligence

Festo - High energy prices, increasing cost pressure and the goal of climate-neutral production have pushed energy efficiency to the top of the agenda in many companies. Festo Energy Saving Services to DIN EN ISO 11011 offer a customised range of services to provide support with this topic.


AMD Announces Ryzen Embedded R2000 Series with Optimized Performance and Power Efficiency

AMD - AMD today announced the Ryzen Embedded R2000 Series, second-generation mid-range system-on-chip (SoC) processors optimized for a wide range of industrial and robotics systems, machine vision, IoT and thin-client equipment.


Rotork extends the versatile CK range of actuators by launching a part-turn option

Rotork - The innovative Rotork CK range of modular electric valve actuators has been extended to include a new part-turn variant, known as the CKQ. The entire range has a modular design that provides flexibility and high degrees of configurability, enabling a fast order turnaround and quick delivery. CK actuators provide flow control in non-hazardous locations and are especially suited for diverse applications in the water and power markets.


Calendar

14/03/23 - 16/03/23: Embedded World, Nürnberg

22/03/23 - 23/03/23: M+R, Antwerp Expo (B)

29/03/23 - 31/03/23: Machineering, Brussels Expo (B)

07/06/23 - 08/06/23: Vision, Robotics & Motion, Brabanthallen, 's-Hertogenbosch

18/09/23 - 23/09/23: EMO, Hannover (D)

15/04/24 - 19/04/24: Wire/Tube, Düsseldorf (D)

08/10/25 - 15/10/25: K, Düsseldorf (D)