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Water-cooled 600-kW compressor motor
Menzel Elektromotoren has supplied a specifically configured modular slipring motor from its MEBSSW range to drive a reciprocating compressor operating in a dusty atmosphere at high ambient temperatures.
Menzel Elektromotoren has supplied a specifically configured modular slipring motor from its MEBSSW range to drive a reciprocating compressor operating in a dusty atmosphere at high ambient temperatures. In addition to implementing IP55 ingress protection and cooling type IC 81W (air-to-water heat exchanger), Menzel mounted two oil coolers directly on the motor housing for re-cooling of the sleeve bearings. The German motor manufacturer worked closely with a longstanding customer to understand existing site issues. The 600-kW motor is intended to replace an air-cooled motor featuring a lower protection class, IP23. Due to the new totally enclosed air circuit (CACW), there will be no more problems with small particle dust or dirt inside the motor, ensuring higher operational availability at ambient temperatures well over 40 Â°C. The new motor has an operating voltage of 3000 V and a rated speed of 491 rpm. It offers superior reliability, higher efficiency, low noise emissions along with lower operating and maintenance costs at a compact frame size and low weight. Menzelâ€™s range of modular slipring motors enables quick application-specific adaptation of cooling and protection types and flexible fitting of various extras, as required. The company has also configured this motor to match the electrical and mechanical interfaces of the existing motor to ensure speedy installation without modifications on site. The customer is one of the leading Italian chemical companies producing a full range of industrial gases. Menzel builds industrial motors up to 20 MW in a wide range of designs. More information about customized motors is available at https://www.menzel-motors.com/modification/.
Shielded MIPI cables for high data rates
Vision Components supplies its MIPI camera modules with a shielded FPC (flexible printed circuit) cable, which is primarily designed for the MIPI modules and enables outstanding data transfer rates. The company uses the stalwart MIPI CSI-2 camera interface and the Raspberry Pi connector schema.
Vision Components supplies its MIPI camera modules with a shielded FPC (flexible printed circuit) cable, which is primarily designed for the MIPI modules and enables outstanding data transfer rates. The company uses the stalwart MIPI CSI-2 camera interface and the Raspberry Pi connector schema. Raspi boards are the most widely used single-board computers, and several other manufacturers have already adopted the same pinout. Until a standard is formulated, this choice ensures the widest possible suitability of the VC MIPI modules. The camera boards manufactured by VC in Germany can be connected to various popular CPU boards. This allows developers to quickly test image processing concepts and easily and cost-effectively configure embedded vision systems. VC MIPI camera boards with 22-pin sockets can be connected with 15-pin and 22-pin MIPI interfaces via cables with two or four transmission lanes. Thanks to this configuration, the high speeds of the MIPI CSI-2 standard can be fully utilized. Most processors can handle 1.5 Gbps per lane; that makes 6 Gbps for four lanes and 600 MByte/s at 10-bit pixel resolution, twice as fast as USB3 cameras. The cables newly developed by Vision Components are high-tech components designed as flexible printed circuit boards with a fully shielded backside and 100-O differential line pairs. They ensure noise-free MIPI transmission. Vision Components has defined two pins as trigger input and flash output without compromising the function of the host systems. In addition to video streams, the trigger input also allows single image acquisition. All settings can be adjusted for each individual image: exposure time, gain, image size and position, and binning. Thus, very fast applications can be captured and synchronized. Vision Components is the manufacturer with the widest available variety of MIPI camera boards, offering image sensor resolutions up to 13 MP.
Powerful Linux control unit for RAFI touch operating panels
RAFI offers customization of its GLASSCAPE touch displays and control panels with complete processor units for control and visualization tasks. Using its own embedded control units (ECU), the HMI specialist ensures the time-saving and efficient implementation of customer projects in industrial, automotive, and medical applications.
RAFI offers customization of its GLASSCAPE touch displays and control panels with complete processor units for control and visualization tasks. Using its own embedded control units (ECU), the HMI specialist ensures the time-saving and efficient implementation of customer projects in industrial, automotive, and medical applications. Device manufacturers thus receive complete, ready-to-install touch control solutions including housings and drivers from a single source. Three performance classes cover the entire range of requirements: the ECO-ECU series offers cost-optimized solutions for simple control and display tasks. BALANCE-ECU units support touch displays with resolutions up to 800 x 600 pixels and are suitable for displaying animated graphics. The most powerful unit, POWER-ECU, supports high-quality 3D visualizations, multitouch input, and full HD screen resolution for display diagonals up to 24″. The necessary computing power comes from the integrated ARM Cortex-A9 clocked at 800 MHz, complemented by 1 GByte DDR3 SDRAM and 1 GByte NAND flash memory. The long-lasting POWER-ECUs are now also available with a Yocto-based embedded Linux operating system as an alternative to Windows Embedded Compact 2013 or 7. Users benefit from optimized hardware controls, secure integration of control systems into their own applications, and RAFI’s commitment to provide tweaks and continuous software maintenance. In addition, the inherent advantages of the Linux environment include transparency and ongoing development of the kernel by a global community. The POWER-ECU units are designed as plug-in modules for a baseboard with a scalable periphery, supplied by RAFI with custom form factor, customer-specified interfaces, and all necessary drivers. RAFI also offers POWER-ECU evaluation kits for customers seeking to develop their own applications.
Express delivery of a 10-ton pump motor
After a pump motor failure at a gas-fired power plant in Chile, Menzel Elektromotoren manufactured a replacement in just three weeks. The 10-ton 6600 kV, 50 Hz squirrel-cage motor provides 2500 kW rated power.
After a pump motor failure at a gas-fired power plant in Chile, Menzel Elektromotoren manufactured a replacement in just three weeks. The 10-ton 6600 kV, 50 Hz squirrel-cage motor provides 2500 kW rated power. Menzel was able to quickly fulfill the urgent order due to the companyâ€™s unique policy of maintaining standard components for the most common industrial applications with outputs up to 18 MW always in stock with project-specific configuration performed in-house. In this case, this meant completely rebuilding the off-the-shelf motor. As a particular challenge, the motor had to perfectly fit the same mechanical interfaces with the existing base. Menzel therefore had to cut open the housing and adjust the footprint. Further necessary measures included changing the sleeve bearings from self-lubrication to forced oil lubrication and repositioning the terminal boxes. In addition, Menzel shortened and re-milled the shaft along with rebalancing the rotor. The customer project entailed comprehensive technical coordination to ensure smooth commissioning and operation. The customer, a major global pump manufacturer from Germany, had a personal contact in Menzel’s technical office, ensuring optimal support. After in-house testing, Menzel dispatched the pump motor to Chile by air. At the same time, Menzel received a follow-up order: to ensure they do not encounter another unscheduled standstill, the end customer has ordered an identical reserve motor. This time, the motor manufacturer has a little bit more leisure to approach the job â€“ with a delivery period of one month. Menzel has manufactured pump motors for a wide range of applications in the past. More information is available at https://www.menzel-motors.com/pump-drive/.
Embedded vision driver-assistance system
Swedish startup Retenua has developed the first fully integrated advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) for detecting people around industrial vehicles and forklifts, basing it on a Vision Components embedded camera. This is also the first system trained to detect reflective workwear and using an NIR flash.
Swedish startup Retenua has developed the first fully integrated advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) for detecting people around industrial vehicles and forklifts, basing it on a Vision Components embedded camera. This is also the first system trained to detect reflective workwear and using an NIR flash. The patented technology significantly increases occupational safety, providing reliable detection both in the dark and in bright sunlight. The team collaborated on the development with companies from the mining and logistics sectors. In addition, the new ADAS is also suitable for landfills and any other application fields where the viewing angle for drivers is limited and people are equipped with reflective clothing. Designed as an embedded system, the ADAS is particularly compact and robust. The integrated VC Z stereo camera from Vision Components detects reflectors, calculates the 3D position and speed of people, and triggers an alarm, if an accident threatens. The board camera features two remote sensor boards, a flash trigger interface, a 1-Gbit Ethernet interface, and an onboard Xilinx Zynq SoC that handles the entire image processing routines. The Linux operating system and software libraries provided by Vision Components made the software development easier for Retenua. The ADAS is marketed in all of Europe under the name emitrace. The completely novel solution has clear advantages over existing sensor and camera systems, which all have particular weaknesses. Lidar, radar, and ultrasound often have difficulties distinguishing people and objects â€“ many false alarms disqualify them in the industrial environment. RFID technology handles this particular challenge very well, but, depending on the number of vehicles and people who need to be equipped with transponders and receivers, the costs can amount to a very high sum. Previously existing camera solutions identify people based on the silhouette and only function reliably with an upright posture. The algorithms are still a long way from detecting, for example, an unconscious or injured person who is lying on the ground in real time. emitrace, which detects the reflectors on high-visibility clothing, is the only system that works reliably regardless of light conditions and people’s postures. Unlike existing camera-based products, emitrace does not require an additional image-processing computer. It is therefore also a particularly low-maintenance and cost-effective solution.
Tactile control elements for blind operation of industrial touchscreens
RAFI provides tactile control solutions for its GLASSCAPE industrial touchscreens in applications that require the operator’s constant attention. The innovative FLEXSCAPE ONE and FLEXSCAPE WHEEL control elements are integrated directly into the touchscreen surface, enabling safe blind operation.
RAFI provides tactile control solutions for its GLASSCAPE industrial touchscreens in applications that require the operator’s constant attention. The innovative FLEXSCAPE ONE and FLEXSCAPE WHEEL control elements are integrated directly into the touchscreen surface, enabling safe blind operation. The FLEXSCAPE ONE pushbutton is used for tactile switching. It is activated by touch and requires a threshold pressure to trigger actuation. Actuation is confirmed by distinctive haptic and acoustic feedback. The FLEXSCAPE WHEEL rotary button enables users to select functions or set parameters according to context. Featuring regular indentations, the circular finger guidance provides haptic orientation without looking. Due to their compatible geometries, both control elements can also be combined into one element covering all functions for additional operating safety. For example, customers can specify that functions or values selected by wheel must be confirmed by pressing the button. RAFI equips its touchscreens with several FLEXSCAPE elements anywhere on the closed glass surface according to customer specifications. The touchscreen keeps its high degrees of resilience and ingress protection, since the actuators are fixed without cut-outs or holes in the surface. Additional diagnostic electronics are not required. Needing no elaborate surface preparation, FLEXSCAPE models are a low-cost alternative to milled contours.
Large low voltage motors for special applications
Menzel Elektromotoren has built eight low voltage motors with a shaft height of 500 mm for a rolling mill. The company, which specializes in tailor-made solutions, played to its strengths in this project by building the mill drives from scratch, according to the plant manufacturer’s requirements, while meeting a very tight 16 week timeline.
Menzel Elektromotoren has built eight low voltage motors with a shaft height of 500 mm for a rolling mill. The company, which specializes in tailor-made solutions, played to its strengths in this project by building the mill drives from scratch, according to the plant manufacturer’s requirements, while meeting a very tight 16 week timeline. The technologically demanding and high-end design ensures reliable operation under high mechanical stress. Robust welded steel housings ensure maximum torsional rigidity. At the customer’s request, Menzel implemented a water cooling system (cooling type IC 86W). The motors feature a rated voltage of 690 V and provide 1000 kW rated power. Menzel designed them for the application-specific load points at a nominal frequency of 25 Hz and installed a special rotary encoder for inverter operation. The customer is completely satisfied and has already placed a follow-up order for four additional motors of the same type. More information is available at: https://www.menzel-motors.com/squirrel-cage-motor/ic81w-ic86w/
New standard for embedded vision
Vision Components will exhibit and give a talk at Embedded VISION Europe in Stuttgart, Germany. Company founder and CEO Michael Engel will speak about MIPI cameras as the new standard for embedded vision.
Vision Components will exhibit and give a talk at Embedded VISION Europe in Stuttgart, Germany. Company founder and CEO Michael Engel will speak about MIPI cameras as the new standard for embedded vision. Vision Components is the market leader, offering the widest available variety of MIPI camera boards, with image sensor resolutions ranging up to 13 MP. These high-end boards meet industrial standards and are available in large quantities at consumer prices. The showcase will include MIPI boards that connect to various CPU boards from Raspberry Pi, NVIDIA, and other manufacturers. Attendees will also be able to find out all about fully integrated embedded vision systems: Vision Components will present current VC Z cameras with an onboard Xilinx Zynq SoC. These are used for inspection, code reading, pattern recognition, 3D measurement, motion analysis, robot guidance, and many other applications. Vision Components is an embedded vision trailblazer who has developed and perfected several generations of powerful intelligent cameras and software in over 20 years. Embedded VISION Europe, 24 â€“ 25 October 2019, Stuttgart, Germany Talk by Michael Engel: „MIPI Cameras: New Standard for Embedded Vision“ (24 October, 5:15 p.m.)
Quick turnaround for heavy loads
Intra-logistics expert LOSYCO has added a completely new transportation platform to its LOXrail system: the new, steerable Allrounder trolley enables flexible product alignment and change of direction in assembly lines.
Intra-logistics expert LOSYCO has added a completely new transportation platform to its LOXrail system: the new, steerable Allrounder trolley enables flexible product alignment and change of direction in assembly lines. Designed for manual or battery-powered operation, the new trolley allows medium-heavy workpieces and assemblies up to 15 tons to be quickly, easily, and safely moved around corners without lifting the load. On the underside of the trolley, there is a mechanical steering system with novel, freely rotatable wheelsets. The wheels feature the tried-and-tested LOXrail profile for smooth running on round rails with minimum friction. The steering platform is designed for easy loading and operation, featuring a low minimum height of only 145 mm. It facilitates work in one-piece flow production lines. The LOXrail track layout can be flexibly adapted to the individual plant at significantly reduced installation costs. The entire conveying system is very low-maintenance and especially dirt-resistant. All components are robust and highly durable. The rails are firmly anchored in the hall floor. In addition to the low-wear steering mechanism, the new platforms are equipped with an innovative braking system to safely stop the load in its track. The brake is activated by pedal, providing for optimal ergonomics. It ensures load-dependent stopping of the trolley without blocking the wheels or leaving traces of abrasion on the floor. LOSYCO custom-builds the new steering platforms for use on LOXrail systems with a 25-mm or 40-mm rail diameter.
Foundation of Carrida Technologies
The German embedded vision expert Vision Components and its Austrian partner SL Solutions have founded Carrida Technologies GmbH to further develop vehicle and number plate recognition.
The German embedded vision expert Vision Components and its Austrian partner SL Solutions have founded Carrida Technologies GmbH to further develop vehicle and number plate recognition. The joint venture is headed by two experienced managers, Jan-Erik Schmitt, vice president of sales at Vision Components GmbH, and Oliver Sidla, founder and managing director of SL Solutions GmbH. Jan-Erik Schmitt is responsible for European sales at Carrida Technologies and oversees international sales together with Endre TĂłth. The core products of Carrida Technologies are hardware-independent software for automatic number plate recognition (ANPR/ALPR), embedded LPR cameras, and software modules for vehicle make and model recognition. These and other components based on the latest deep learning and AI technologies fulfill key roles in intelligent transportation systems (ITS). They are used for traffic monitoring, toll collection, ticketing, traffic flow detection, speed control, access control, and similar tasks. Vision Components has been marketing the CARRIDA software engine since 2014. The success was such that the formation of a specialized subsidiary is the logical next step to advance this business segment. More information is available at www.carrida-technologies.com.
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