PLCopen Benchmarking – a different approach

PLCopen - PLCopen intended to show several areas of activities during the SPS: from guidelines to use the Object-Oriented Programming within the industrial environment, the extended harmonization of the interface towards robot controllers, and benchmarking.


PLCopen motion control for robotics

PLCopen - In 2008 PLCopen released Part 4 of the Motion Control suite of specifications, dealing with coordinated motion, i.c. robotics. Basically, with this specification one can control a robot in the PLC or one can see it as an interface to a robotic controller, which will do the calculations and movements of the joints.


PLCopen Guidelines on Object Orientation

PLCopen - The 3rd edition of the IEC 61131-3 standard enables the usage of Object Oriented Programming, OOP. With Object Orientation one can make many additional choices in the way the program is structured and decomposed, providing a different look & feel to the users especially across the different systems and platforms, creating different training guidelines and differences in maintenance.


Sculpman promises a paradigm shift for extrusion-based 3D printing technologies

Sculpman - Belgian start-up company Sculpman decided it was time to fundamentally speed up and improve the fused filament fabrication (FFF) printing process. For the past two years, the company has steadily been developing a continuously variable nozzle technology, which allows to create strong, full-sized, and detailed objects in a matter of minutes instead of hours or even days.


Competing Short-Wavelength Infra-Red Sensing Technologies Analyzed by IDTechEx

IDTechEx - The widespread adoption of machine vision makes image sensors that can detect light outside the visible spectrum increasingly useful, since the aim is to augment human sight rather than duplicate it. For example, imaging in the short-wave infra-red (SWIR) spectral region, which spans from 1000 to 2000 nm, offers multiple benefits that can supplement conventional cameras.


IoT.1 Firmware Specification for Smart IoT connected Sensors and Effecters

PICMG - PICMG, a leading consortium for the development of open embedded computing specifications, announces the ratification of IoT.1 specification defining a communication standard between sensors / effecters and local IoT controllers such as micro Sensor Adapter Modules (microSAM) already specified by PICMGs IoT.0 specification.


Continental Technology has Shaped the Construction Industry for 150 Years

Continental - 150 years of Continental – a success story of continuous transformation and innovation. The construction industry is one of many sectors for which the technology company has consistently developed pioneering products and solutions involving rubber and plastic – now supplemented by smart sensor technology and electronics. The technology company sees rubber as a platform for ever more sophisticated solutions and products specially tailored to individual sectors.


5G Automotive Association Discusses the Acceleration of 5G Deployment on European Roads

5G Automotive Association (5GAA) - The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) - with the engagement of EU representatives and stakeholders of the C-2VX ecosystem - has discussed the latest developments, opportunities, and challenges presented by connected mobility and 5G-V2X technology at the Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2021.


New application areas for wearable robotics

Comau - With the objective of strengthening the use of wearable robotics to facilitate human-machine collaboration, Comau and IUVO have partnered with Heidelberg University, one of Europe’s leading research institutions. The joint project aims to further quantify the degree to which the MATE-XT exoskeleton can reduce physical stress during strenuous tasks involving repetitive shoulder flexion movements within the German industrial context.


VoloDrone visits Berlin for the first time

Volocopter - Innovation for supply chains: Together, the urban air mobility pioneer Volocopter and global logistics service provider DB Schenker are developing solutions for the fast and emission-free transport of goods. Today, Volocopter’s heavy-lift drone was presented to German federal politicians for the first time.


Compact mass flow meters / controllers with Coriolis sensor

Bürkert - The smallest quantities of substances have to be measured and controlled reliably and precisely for applications in thin film coating technology, test benches, micro reaction technology and the food and beverage industry, for instance when dosing aromas or fragrances. The new mass flow meters and controllers (MFM and MFC Type 8756) from Bürkert Fluid Control Systems are designed for practical application.


Emerson Expedites Manufacturing Speed-to-Market and System Integration with MTP

Emerson - Emerson announced the integration of the emerging MTP process automation standard into its control systems, as part of a continued effort to help manufacturers increase speed-to-market and reduce project and operations costs. Emerson is among the first automation vendors to support the User Association of Automation Technology in Process Industries’ (NAMUR) Module Type Package (MTP) standard for both distributed control systems (DCS) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs).


Specialized polyamides ensure long-term high performance in IOT Industrial Electronics applications

Henkel - Henkel’s Low Pressure Molding technology for encapsulating electrical and electronic components in its Technomelt polyamide adhesive molding compounds is increasingly being adopted for medical, electronic components, power and industrial automation, HVAC and lighting applications. The technology offers numerous economic, process control, design and environmental advantages over alternative systems.


World’s first System-on-Module with the NXP S32G274A processor

MicroSys Electronics - MicroSys Electronics announces the world’s first System-on-Module (SoM) with NXP Semiconductors S32G274A processor. The miriac MPX-S32G274A SoM comes with quad Arm Cortex-A53 cores plus triple Arm Cortex-M7 dual-cores and combines ASIL D safety and hardware security with more than 10 times the real-time performance and networking throughput of NXP’s previous automotive gateway devices.


Continental Promoting Digitalization, Transformation and Sustainability

Continental - Philip Nelles (47) has officially taken up his responsibilities as the new CEO of Continental’s ContiTech business area. In his new role, Nelles stands committed to driving the unit’s ongoing transformation as a provider of innovative solutions for a highly industrial clientele. “We consider it our corporate responsibility to develop cutting-edge materials and innovative technologies together with and for our diversified customers.


Delta Launches the AX-308E, its First CODESYS-Based AS Series-Compatible Motion Controller

Delta - Delta, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions and industrial automation systems, has introduced the AX-308E as the first of its compact, mid-range AX-3 Series PLC motion controllers, based on CODESYS. This multi-axis motion controller, which controls up to eight EtherCAT servo drives, is compatible with the existing AS Series and supports a broad range of industrial communication protocols, including EtherCAT and offers a complete motion control solution.


Leybold offers online sound checks for vacuum pumps

Leybold - Leybold is taking a big step toward the digitalization of its product line and has an innovative online sound check for vacuum pumps on its website. With this free tool, users receive immediate feedback regarding the condition of their vacuum pumps.


New and advanced welding robot vehicle for shipyards

Comau - Fincantieri and Comau, two Italian excellences and world leaders in their respective reference markets, signed a letter of intent to develop prototypes of robotized steel welding solutions and the resulting construction of series of machines, to be implemented at first in Fincantieri shipyards. Comau CEO, Paolo Carmassi, and Fincantieri General Manager, Fabio Gallia, signed the agreement.


Rockwell Automation Makes Widespread Implementation of CIP Security Possible with New Proxy Device

Rockwell Automation - Industrial companies can now implement CIP Security expansively in their systems with the Allen-Bradley CIP Security Proxy. Traditionally, industrial networks had little-to-no security built into them. Now with a more Connected Enterprise, it is needed more than ever. The CIP Security Proxy allows users to implement CIP Security on most devices on their network, helping to protect plant operations – even with older systems.


Rockwell Automation Expands Its Threat Detection Services with Cisco Cyber Vision

Rockwell Automation - The longstanding alliance between Rockwell Automation and Cisco continues to find new ways to provide customer value with the announcement today that Rockwell Automation is adding Cisco’s Cyber Vision solution to its existing LifecycleIQ Services portfolio of cybersecurity threat detection offerings.


Common technical delivery conditions for valves, actuators and PCS field devices

NAMUR - NAMUR has published its recommendation NE 167 “Common technical delivery conditions for valves, actuators and PCS field devices”. It describes the common technical specifications to be observed for industrial valves, final control elements and PCS field devices.


Over 100 million PROFIBUS and PROFINET devices in use

Profibus & Profinet International - Despite challenges brought about by the pandemic, products featuring technology from PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) have been very well accepted by users. With the total number of PROFIBUS and PROFINET products so far installed at plants has exceeded 104 million, an impressive threshold has been crossed. On a yearly basis, PROFINET has beaten all previous records with a total of 7.3 million products placed on the market.


Industrial Augmented Reality Approaches US$70 Billion Total Market Value by 2025, Spurred by Digitization and Connected Workers

ABI Research - After a tumultuous 2020, the need for digitization and keeping workers connected became crystal clear. This is especially true for industrial markets where workflow complexity, knowledge retention and share, and the financial impact from downtime and other inefficiencies are particularly severe. According to ABI Research, the industrial market will quicken its adoption of AR smart glasses and mobile devices to enable workers in any location and minimize costly inefficiencies.


Robust miniature pressure sensors

ifm - Flush mounting of pressure sensors in process pipework and vessels offers a distinct advantage in many applications: No dead space is created, thus preventing any buildup or blockage. The new miniature pressure sensor from ifm with a 1/4 inch process connection is ideal for fulfilling these requirements.


New Smart Pallet Mover provides performance boost for manufacturing logistics

Interroll - It is not the performance of modern production machines but their material supply that promises the greatest potential for further productivity increases in industrial companies today. With the new Smart Pallet Mover (SPM), Interroll has launched a awarded solution that can be adapted as a flexible and modular pallet management system to meet a wide range of application requirements in industrial manufacturing.


The pandemic changed the annual cycle of industrial companies, reduced operating costs and increased demand for automation

Lavango Engineering - The pandemic has significantly affected many business sectors around the world. Manufacturers of equipment for the food industry claim that increased food sales have prompted food manufacturers and processors to speed up the search for production optimisation and efficiency solutions. Meanwhile, the suppliers of equipment for this sector have experienced a balanced cycle for the second year in a row.


HANNOVER MESSE shows the future of industry… and the tradeshow business

Deutsche Messe - Year after year, HANNOVER MESSE is the showcase for industry and a catalyst for future topics such as AI, sustainable production and 5G. As a purely digital event, this year's HANNOVER MESSE served two roles: it revealed not only the future of industry, but also demonstrated what tradeshows will look like going forward.


Evonik becomes a member of the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab to accelerate innovation with AI

Evonik - Evonik expands cooperation with IBM in the field of digitization. The two companies extend their strategic partnership ahead of schedule until 2025. Taking this decision early creates more opportunities for longer-term projects. Furthermore, Evonik will be involved in the research and development of artificial intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): Evonik is the world's first chemical company to participate at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab.


The compactness of a smart camera with the power of a vision system

Datalogic - Datalogic, a global leader in the automatic data capture and factory automation markets, is pleased to announce the P2X series, the ultimate smart camera with the unparalleled performance and flexibility of the most innovative vision system. Although very technically capable, the P2X is easily setup and operated. The heavyweight specifications packed into the industrial-grade camera housing will let operators tackle the most demanding of application requirements.


New gPROMS Process – process modelling and optimization for the digital world

Process Systems Enterprise (PSE) - Process Systems Enterprise (PSE), a Siemens business, today launched its rebranded gPROMS Process advanced process modelling environment. Formerly known as gPROMS ProcessBuilder, gPROMS Process 2.0 is the first major release since PSE was acquired by Siemens.


Calendar

06/12 - 10/12: 3D Delta Week

08/12 - 09/12: RapidPro, Brainport Industries Campus, Eindhoven

02/02/22 - 04/02/22: Indumation.be, Kortrijk Xpo

15/03/22 - 18/03/22: TechniShow, Jaarbeurs Utrecht

04/04/22 - 08/04/22: ACHEMA, Frankfurt am Main

25/04/22 - 29/04/22: Hannover Messe

03/05/22 - 06/05/22: Ipack-Ima, Milaan

17/05/22 - 20/05/22: Global Industrie, Paris Nord-Villepinte

17/05/22 - 20/05/22: Measurement World, Paris Nord-Villepinte