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WORLD OF INDUSTRIES - Industrial Automation 5/2017

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WORLD OF INDUSTRIES - Industrial Automation 5/2017

Software for high-end

Software for high-end motion control system Siemens has released the new software version 5.1 for the high-end Simotion motioncontrol system including a facility for simulating user programs. With the Simosim simulation integrated into the engineering, users can now test their software without connecting any hardware. Program parts are optimized at an early stage of the development phase, which shortens commissioning times later on. The functions of the object-oriented programming (OOP) have been expanded in software version 5.1 to make the creation of software more flexible. The new, highly modular Simotion software simplifies the implementation of motion control applications ahead of machine commissioning – in favor of a shorter time-to-market. PC-based control for process automation PRODUCT NEWS In the process industries, demands are increasing for groundbreaking and innovative automation solutions that reduce costs. The greatest potential for optimization is opened up by implementing a universal platform that covers both industrial automation and process automation. PC-based control from Beckhoff fits this bill by integrating process-specific protocols and interfaces, and by offering an extended range of products for hazardous areas. Full implementation of Hart functionality, both in the I/O system and in the TwinCAT engineering environment, promotes simple project planning and reliable commissioning. The Beckhoff CommDTM integrates the TwinCAT platform into existing process control systems. With its help, the DTMs can be implemented in any FDT container. In addition, the Beckhoff OPC UA Server and Client enable secure global distribution of process data, as well as convenient system control and remote maintenance capabilities. WORLD OF INDUSTRIES – INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION 5/2017

Precise control and efficient cooling Cooling accounts for up to 15 % of a machine tool’s entire power consumption. The amount of power used is so high because the temperature of the cooling medium needs to be controlled very precisely, with a maximum hysteresis of just 0.5 K. In order to achieve this temperature precision while also meeting the demands for high energy efficiency, Rittal is launching the Blue e+ series – a chiller generation that enables a huge leap in energy efficiency. An innovative drive and control technology results in energy savings of up to 70 % compared to chillers with hot gas bypass control systems. The chillers are available in three performance classes with cooling outputs of 2.5, 4 and 6 kW. They are highly flexible and can be used at ambient temperatures of -5 to 50 °C. Various pre-configured option packages are available, for example with a more powerful pump, with oil cooling or with integral heater to pre-adjust the temperature of the medium. A control panel with touchscreen displays all messages in plain text. Fast and highly sensitive infrared cameras The Flir X6900sc, and X6900sc SLS are fast, highly sensitive infrared cameras designed for scientists, researchers, and engineers. With advanced triggering and on-camera RAM/SSD recording, these cameras offer the functionality to stop motion on high speed events both in the lab and at the test range. The X6900sc MWIR and X6900sc SLS LWIR cameras offer blazing-fast 1004 frame rates at full 640 x 512 thermal resolution. These cameras record full window data to on-camera RAM for up to 26 sec. – perfectly blending the latest high speed visible camera features with the outstanding thermal technology you expect from FLIR. Choose the FLIR X6900sc SLS, with its longwave Strained layer superlattice (SLS) detector, for 12.6x faster integration speeds at a given temperature range than the X6900sc MWIR. background: fotolia Safety switch for Atex applications The transponder-coded Euchner safety switches from series CES-C04-AP/AR can now be used in potentially explosive atmospheres in zone 2 (gases) and zone 22 (dusts). This is made possible by a specially developed plastic housing guard. The CES-C04 is simply placed into this guard. It effectively protects the safety switch against the effects of possible impacts and thereby meets the requirement in the Atex directive. Status LED indications of the CES-C04 are readily visible through windows in the housing guard. Installed CES-C04 devices in the field can be retrofitted at any time. Euchner safety switches monitor the position of safety guards on machines and installations electromechanically and electronically with a high degree of reliability. WORLD OF INDUSTRIES – INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION 5/2017