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EË›MS for low-power applications
Today, the energy consumption of heating radiators is usually recorded and calculated fully automatically using smart meters. These devices must function maintenance-free and without battery replacement over an operating life of ten years.
Today, the energy consumption of heating radiators is usually recorded and calculated fully automatically using smart meters. These devices must function maintenance-free and without battery replacement over an operating life of ten years. As a provider of electronic engineering and manufacturing services (EË›MS), RAFI produces large quantities of these high-value electronic meters and additionally supports metering companies in optimizing designs for low-power applications. To ensure its customers can rely on the maintenance-free functioning of its devices, RAFI insists on appropriately long storage and supply periods. This is why the EË›MS service provider exclusively procures its lithium batteries for low-power applications from suppliers who guarantee an extended minimum service life of 12.5 years. RAFI additionally carries out in-house random checks of the battery cells. All handling and manufacturing processes are designed to avoid wear-inducing stress on the batteries. Apart from battery quality, the energy-saving function is crucial for the service life of low-power electronic devices. RAFI recommends energy-efficient components and optimizes PCB layouts and intended transmission performance. Engineering solutions and high manufacturing quality prevent leakage currents. To protect against electromagnetic interference, RAFI takes suitable EMC precautions, if necessary including shielding.
Tool-less round cable entries for cables with plugs
Conta-Clip completes its KDS-R modular cable entry program for round metric breakouts from M20 to M63, adding small-diameter versions for cables and conduits with cross-sections from 2 mm to 35 mm. Cables with and without plugs can thus be quickly and safely fed into control cabinets or housings.
Conta-Clip completes its KDS-R modular cable entry program for round metric breakouts from M20 to M63, adding small-diameter versions for cables and conduits with cross-sections from 2 mm to 35 mm. Cables with and without plugs can thus be quickly and safely fed into control cabinets or housings. The tool-less cable management system consists of a handful of modular components: a cable entry frame with an integrated gasket, a two-piece thread and locking adapter plus two-piece locknut to fix it in place, and sealing elements with a range of inlays. The cables are simply fed through the enclosure opening and cable entry frame. Slit, tapered, and finned sealing elements are then fitted around individual cables or conduits on the inside. The sealing elements are then pushed back to fit tight in the cable entry frame. I-, T-, and +-shaped inlays are available for M40 and larger openings, allowing for insertion of a variety of cable sealing elements as required. The cable entry frame as a whole is fixed in place by attaching a two-part thread and locking adapter to the frame on the outside of the enclosure and attaching a separable locknut on the inside. The special shape of the sealing elements ensures high IP66 ingress protection and strain relief working towards accordance with the DIN EN 62444 standard. The wide range of sealing elements for one or more cables of different shapes and diameters offers high flexibility in creating wiring solutions. The tool-less system minimizes the effort necessary to change existing connections. Unused entry positions in the frame can be sealed with blanking plugs, which can be easily removed at any time to allow additional cables to be inserted.
DATAPAQ – Fluke Process Instruments
Fluke Process Instruments Debuts New Datapaq Furnace Tracking Systems for Demanding Heat Treat Applications
The new thermal profiling solutions feature new sealed quench thermal barriers and IP67 rated data logger
Fluke Process Instruments, a global leader in infrared imaging and thermal profiling solutions for industrial applications, releases the latest DatapaqÂ® Furnace Tracker System â€“ complete with the TP6 data logger, thermal barriers and intuitive software. The Datapaq Furnace Tracker System is designed to be used repeatedly, in-process in the most hostile manufacturing environments.
Fluke Process Instruments, a global leader in infrared imaging and thermal profiling solutions for industrial applications, releases the latest DatapaqÂ® Furnace Tracker System â€“ complete with the TP6 data logger, thermal barriers and intuitive software.
The Datapaq Furnace Tracker System is designed to be used repeatedly, in-process in the most hostile manufacturing environments, providing accurate and reliable through-process temperature surveys. Each system can help users improve process performance, decrease downtime, reduce temperature uniformity survey (TUS) reporting times and more.
The first component of the system is the DatapaqÂ® TP6 Data Logger, which can withstand the longest, most-demanding operating conditions. The Datapaq TP6 features a 316-grade, stainless-steel case and a IP67 rating, making it water-resistant. This datalogger is available with either 10 or 20 thermocouple inputs and can be specified for use with base or noble metal thermocouples.
The latest thermal barrier models are ideal for high-temperature heat treat processes and have been designed to provide maximum thermal protection â€“ including applications such as vacuum and controlled atmosphere, slab reheat and solution aging, among others. The new patented quenchable thermal barriers eliminate the need for fiber blankets. Fluke Process Instruments also offers bespoke design services to create a solution that specifically fits a customerâ€™s process.
To complete the system, Fluke Process Instruments offers the Datapaq Insightâ„˘ Software, which transforms raw data into actionable analytics and features a clear user interface, context-sensitive help screens and assistance options for infrequent users. Three software options are available, and the complimentary Datapaq Insight for mobile is offered for free. This mobile application allows users to reset, download and analyze right on the factory floor and check thermocouple operation before a thermal profile run. The advanced TUS software also provides full temperature profiles and traceable reports for industry regulations like AMS2750 and CQI-9.
â€śThe latest Datapaq Furnace Tracker System offers customers a robust solution that is designed for harsh environments like quenching and high temperatures,â€ť says Rob Hornsblow, Product Manager at Fluke Process Instruments. â€śWhether users are working with raw materials or finished products, measuring product and atmosphere temperatures throughout the furnace is critical in ensuring both product quality and process efficiency. Datapaq continues to provide real-time, repeatable temperature data that can help improve performance and system accuracy, decrease downtime and much more.â€ť
â€śWeâ€™ve really focused on what customers wanted when engineering this new system, and we are excited to introduce the patented quenchable thermal barriers, an IP67-rated data logger and the Insight for Mobile application that will allow users to check thermocouple operation before each run.â€ť
The Datapaq Furnace Tracker Systems â€“ including the new TP6 Data Logger and thermal barrier models â€“ are now available. To learn more, or to speak with a specialist in your region, visit https://lp.flukeprocessinstruments.com/datapaq-thermal-profiling-solutions/pr/.
VISION trade fair: Smallest embedded vision systems
Vision Components will present new developments at its VISION exhibition booth #8C31. The embedded vision manufacturer, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2021, recently launched VC picoSmart, the world’s smallest complete embedded vision system and has now equipped it with new functions for 3D profile measurement.
Vision Components will present new developments at its VISION exhibition booth #8C31. The embedded vision manufacturer, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2021, recently launched VC picoSmart, the world’s smallest complete embedded vision system and has now equipped it with new functions for 3D profile measurement. This enables OEMs to develop low-priced triangulation sensors with less effort. Anyone who used to be put off by limited cable lengths when connecting MIPI camera modules will be keen to check out VC Coax. This new solution allows transmission paths of 10 meters and more. Vision Components has optimized the cables for high-speed transfer. This expansion of the manufacturer’s MIPI range significantly increases flexibility in application development. Vision Components offers various MIPI camera modules up to 20 Megapixels that are compatible with all major single-board computers, as well as developer kits with robust functions for industrial applications. Further innovations are in preparation â€“ particularly noteworthy: an FPGA-based hardware accelerator for image processing. The team is looking forward to many conversations not only about the product range but above all about practical applications, and will be happy to advise visitors to the booth on the performance of various technologies as well as hardware integration.
Vision Components at the VISION trade fair
Stuttgart, Germany, 5 â€“ 7 October 2021, Hall 8, Stand C31
Pump motor with special flange for chemical plant
Menzel Elektromotoren has realized an unusual motor configuration to help out a customer: the operator of a large chemical plant needed a replacement for a failed pump motor. It seemed difficult, at first, to find a machine able to accommodate an existing oversized pump flange dimension. Only the family-run company Menzel offered a size 400 motor that matched the performance profile and was light enough.
Menzel Elektromotoren has realized an unusual motor configuration to help out a customer: the operator of a large chemical plant needed a replacement for a failed pump motor. It seemed difficult, at first, to find a machine able to accommodate an existing oversized pump flange dimension. Only the family-run company Menzel offered a size 400 motor that matched the performance profile and was light enough. The Berlin-based manufacturer converted a stock, IM B3 type motor (foot mounting) to type IM V1 (vertical flange mounting). For this purpose, the drive-end bearing seat was converted for the installation of a thrust bearing. Menzel also manufactured the special flange in-house and adapted it to the shaft, which could only protrude 120 mm from the flange. Menzel prepared the motor for quick installation at the customerâ€™s site, shifting the main terminal box to the most accessible position and mounting a cable entry that could be readily adapted to the existing cable diameter on site. By installing both the heater and PT100 connections in one auxiliary terminal box, Menzel was able to save one terminal box. The motor, which is now successfully in operation in the customerâ€™s plant, has a rated output of 315 kW and a nominal voltage of 5000 V. It features the cooling type IC 411 and an IP55 protection rating and weighs 4900 kg.
More information about squirrel-cage motors with cooling type IC 411 is available at https://www.menzel-motors.com/squirrel-cage-motor/ic411-ic416/.
RAFI Manager Tosberg re-elected as COGD Board Member
Joachim Tosberg, Life Cycle Manager at RAFI, has been re-elected for the second time as a Board Member of the Component Obsolescence Group Deutschland (COGD).
Joachim Tosberg, Life Cycle Manager at RAFI, has been re-elected for the second time as a Board Member of the Component Obsolescence Group Deutschland (COGD). Since 2017, RAFI has been a member of the association, which currently comprises more than 160 companies, and is working there on recommendations for action and guidelines for best-practice solutions in dealing with obsolescence. â€śThe current focus is increasingly on the topic of sustainabilityâ€ť, explains Tosberg. â€śWith the SCIP database, the EU has further tightened the requirements according to RoHS and REACH, obliging manufacturers to report the use of substances of concern in a Europe-wide database. This not only concerns electronic components, but also synthetic materials, metals, paints, and much more. It is therefore all the more important to counteract the accelerated discontinuation of components and materials through proactive selection of the most durable, permanently available materials and components possible. Through our involvement in the COGD, we can help shape the conditions and structures for sustainable obsolescence management in association with other industry players and make product development more resource-efficient overall.â€ť One of the key tasks of COGD, which leading industrial companies as well as numerous component manufacturers and distributors belong to, is to develop strategies and methods for proactive obsolescence management to be able to adapt products and production processes at an early stage where there are discontinued components and make alternatives available. Apart from exchanging information in seminars, workshops and lectures, the association is also involved in standardizing obsolescence management and has introduced Smart-PCN, an overarching standard for the communication and automatic processing of product discontinuations.
Double the power and half the size at a lower price: New autoVimation heating plate
With double the power and half the size, the new autoVimation heating plate ensures trouble-free camera operation even in arctic temperatures and strong winds. Thanks to its compact design, it is now suitable for all Salamander, Gecko and Orca series housings from size S.
With double the power and half the size, the new autoVimation heating plate ensures trouble-free camera operation even in arctic temperatures and strong winds. Thanks to its compact design, it is now suitable for all Salamander, Gecko and Orca series housings from size S. The new mode of attachment via lateral clamping ensures easy installation since no components have to be removed. The controlled heating plate with a built-in PT100 temperature sensor consumes less energy, heats up faster in interval operation and does not overheat at higher ambient temperature levels. Featuring exact temperature control with a freely adjustable setpoint, it constantly provides the right heating power even with severe ambient temperatures fluctuations. The large-area heating keeps the camera temperature above freezing point at outside temperatures as low as -50 Â°C, minimizes temperature differences in the housing and thus avoids dew points and the resulting condensation. The easy-to-use 75 W and 24 V/DC heating plate is available as a set with a five-meter connection cable and adjustable heating controller. It is supplied with a controller that can supply several heating plates. It also fits under the sun roof if that is required. autoVimation has managed to reduce the price and offer customers higher quantity discounts through increased in-house production.
Motor replicas with two shaft ends
Menzel Elektromotoren built two bespoke slip ring motors to drive the mills in a cement plant in the Middle East: replicas of the original motors, each with two shaft ends and precisely fitting all existing interfaces.
Menzel Elektromotoren built two bespoke slip ring motors to drive the mills in a cement plant in the Middle East: replicas of the original motors, each with two shaft ends and precisely fitting all existing interfaces. One shaft end is coupled to the respective cement mill via a gearbox, while the second shaft end connects to an auxiliary drive that is used to position the rotor during maintenance work. Menzelâ€™s motor design ensures full mechanical and electrical compatibility with the failed previously installed machines of Japanese make. The original manufacturer no longer offers this design, which features relatively unusual dimensions. The 6-pole AC motors with a rated power of 2400 kW and a rated voltage of 6600 kV are in accordance with the IEC / EN 60034-1 standard. The carefully replicated design included, among other things, fitting the motors with sleeve bearings. In addition, the German manufacturer designed the motors for double-pipe ventilation (IP23/IC37, previously: IPR44). This cooling type in particular required the motors to exactly match the in-situ parameters. The very short total length of the motors is determined by fixed couplings on both ends. In order to meet this requirement, Menzel positioned the slip ring chamber not externally but between the bearing seats. More information about tailor-made replicas as well as exact copies of existing motors: https://www.menzel-motors.com/replacement/
Shortcut to series production: modular Maivin i.MX 8M Plus AI Vision Kit from AU-Zone, Toradex and Vision Components
For proof of concept, rapid prototyping and small series production, AU-Zone and Toradex, working in close cooperation with Vision Components, have developed the modular Maivin i.MX 8M Plus AI Vision Kit. The developer kit is based on a Toradex Verdin i.M
For proof of concept, rapid prototyping and small series production, AU-Zone and Toradex, working in close cooperation with Vision Components, have developed the modular Maivin i.MX 8M Plus AI Vision Kit. The developer kit is based on a Toradex Verdin i.MX 8M Plus System-on-Module and a carrier board, which AU-Zone designed for vision applications and which accommodates up to two VC MIPI camera modules. The kit is scheduled to be ready for shipping in Q3 2021. Featuring a neural network processor unit and an integrated image signal processor, the i.MX 8M Plus processor from NXP is ideally suited for demanding embedded vision applications. The Verdin SoM for the kit has been extended by a variable SoM adapter and connector board from AU-Zone in order to enable users to quickly and easily build functional models on its basis. Together with the high-quality camera modules VC MIPI IMX327-C (color) and VC MIPI IMX296 (monochrome), customers have access to all components for image acquisition as well as the required interfaces and I/Os for individual rapid prototyping solutions up to small series. Additional VC camera modules are also compatible with the Maivin kit. The AU-Zone connector boards can also be custom-developed with freely definable interfaces and functionalities for individual requirements. This makes the Maivin i.MX 8M Plus AI Vision Kit ideally suited for a wide range of applications â€“ whether in automation and robotics, medical technology or the agricultural industry. A housing for the electronics including lighting is also part of the kit. Optimal image processing is ensured by drivers from Vision Components, which enable the direct connection and support of the VC MIPI camera modules with the NXP i.MX 8M processor family. Especially for this developer kit, they have been integrated into Toradex‘ software platform TorizonCore, which provides access to the image signal processor of the i.MX 8M Plus. Thus, the ISP can be used for advanced image preprocessing such as color conversion, geometry correction, HDR, gamma correction, etc. The software platform also includes comprehensive frameworks for an easy entry into development, over-the-air updates and security features. AU-Zone’s DeepView Machine Learning Toolkit is also part of the Maivin i.MX 8M Plus AI Vision Kit. It includes out-of-the-box machine learning demos for object recognition, classification, and tracking that can be customized to the users own AI models and datasets using the NXP eIQ toolkit. As recently as July 2021, NXP expanded the development environment, adding new tools, a GUI-based interface, and the DeepViewRT engine optimized for the i.MX platform. In addition, other applications, for example AU-Zone applications, can be integrated and used for vision solution development. Vision Components drivers for the NXP i.MX 8M processor family are also available for other platforms in addition to the Toradex Verdin SoM series platforms. Support for more manufacturers, single board computers and embedded solutions with i.MX 8M processors is already on the road map.
XXL-sized precision feeding systems
LOSYCO has expanded its range of services for heavy-duty production logistics: the intra-logistics specialist now also designs and installs customer-specific feeding systems for setup areas and material loading
LOSYCO has expanded its range of services for heavy-duty production logistics: the intra-logistics specialist now also designs and installs customer-specific feeding systems for setup areas and material loading. The new solutions based on the LOXrail floor rail system allow for precise positioning of bulky parts and heavy materials on motor-driven or manually operated platforms with payloads of several tons. The system allows for fully automatic material feeding through interfacing with the plant control system. Applications that demand increased precision, such as laser cutting systems, welding cells or measuring portals, can be equipped with leveling points and limit switches for maximum repeatability. The manufacturer adapts the rail layout to the individual plant or production line for optimal use of space with a large loading capacity. Optionally, rotating platforms, crossings and changes of direction can be implemented for better accessibility of semi-finished products. For high throughput in limited space, the manufacturer can also design special upper and lower carriages with different loading heights and track widths in order to transport raw materials and finished parts independently of each other on the same line. LOSYCOâ€™s scalable feeding systems enable tailor-made solutions for on-point material provision and safe loading and unloading of heavy and large-format workpieces. The floor-level rails pose no obstacles for employees or pallet jacks. The LOSYCO brochure â€śLoading and unloading with LoxrailÂ®â€ť is available for download at https://www.losyco.com/en/media-library.
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