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WORLD OF INDUSTRIES - Industrial Automation 3/2017

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WORLD OF INDUSTRIES - Industrial Automation 3/2017

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A successful test and measurement expert in China Test and measurement expert HBM celebrates the 20 th anniversary of its plant in China this year – one of the company’s third international locations. Read more, what makes the company so unique and successful. About HBM HBM’s is headquartered in Darmstadt (Germany). The product range covers sensors, transducers, strain gauges, amplifiers and data acquisition systems as well as software for structural durability investigations, tests and analysis. The potential fields of application can be found in every branch of engineering and industry. HBM has 29 subsidiaries and sales offices worldwide. The new plant was opened in the former imperial city of Suzhou (near Shanghai) in 1997 and marked a milestone in the development of the company, joining the production plants in Darmstadt, Germany, and Marlboro, USA as an important third pillar reflecting the company’s international focus. The products that are manufactured at the Chinese site include, for example, load cells. Great importance has been placed on ensuring consistently high product quality right from the start. The plant in Suzhou, with around 700 employees, is both a modern, ISO 9001 certified production facility and the nucleus for the systematic development of the Chinese market. Quality and innovation as key factors In the global technology race, Chinese companies, too, no longer just position themselves as price leaders: they place special emphasis on factors such as “quality” and “innovation”. Highquality measurement technology from HBM is increasingly used to achieve this objective. Chinese manufacturers of filling machines could be won over as new customers as they rely on HBM’s aseptic load cells. Many SENSORS AND MEASUREMENT WORLD OF INDUSTRIES – INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION 3/2017

01 Best Crown filling machines equipped with HBM weighing components thousands of truck toll stations in China use weighers fitted with HBM components. Additionally, the internationally renowned Chinese high-speed trains are equipped with measuring amplifiers from HBM as well. Below you will find three examples for HBM’s market success in China. Application examples Machine manufacturer relies on weighing technology from HBM. Due to the use of digital load cells from HBM by the Chinese machine manufacturer Best Crown, they are able to offer their end customer, Shanghai Dairy Milk, savings to the tune of millions of euros annually. The numbers are simple: controlling the filling quantities in Best Crown machines more precisely reduces the “give-away” portion – the safety margin for guaranteeing that the filling weight indicated on the package is achieved. Given a growing domestic middle-class with more sophisticated demands, plus a host of new export opportunities, China’s food industry has been in a strong growth phase for years. Efficiency and reliability in filling and packaging of foodstuff are at the top of the agenda, for both end customers and machine manufacturers alike. Testing of Chinese high-speed trains Based on different tests, researchers of the Jiao Tong University in Beijing wanted to find out which measuring data acquisition device was best-suited for the monitoring and analysis of material fatigue. The actual application was to determine the potential failure of critical mechanical components – such as steering or axles – of the newly developed CHRIII high-speed train. CHRIII will reach a top speed of 350 km/h. The aim is to equip the new high-speed train with an eDAQ amplifier system from HBM during initial assembly, to enable data for continuous condition monitoring to be collected over the train’s operating time. The specified equipment had to be capable of func- The CHR-3 Chinese high-speed trains are being tested with HBM equipment 02 HBM facility in Suzhou: Celebrating 20 years of a strong presence in China tioning properly under all weather and operational conditions. The HBM solution ultimately prevailed in tough comparative tests of devices from six different manufacturers. Construction company uses HBM weighing technology The largest construction company in China, XCMG, has embarked on a development program to optimize the quality control in its cement mixing plants by fitting a selection of HBM load cells. Several hundred systems have already been equipped. Every cement mixing plant has been fitted with a combination of 12 S-shaped load cells from HBM, a Z6 load cell and seven load cells of HBM’s HLC series. The stainless-steel, laser-welded, S-shaped load cell, which benefits from an IP68 degree of protection, has an accuracy class of up to C4 and can measure from 50 kg to 5 metric tons to ensure consistent and optimal quality control in every plant. Photographs: HBM www.hbm.com WORLD OF INDUSTRIES – INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION 3/2017