The relevance of a well-functioning broadband infrastructure has been highlighted again this year in particular. Extensive expansion measures for coaxial and fiber-optic networks have already been undertaken in recent years to optimize the supply of services for increased bandwidth requirements for the commercial, private and public sectors. Nevertheless, the surge in demand for video telephony and other OTT services, combined with high bandwidth requirements, has pushed the current infrastructure in Germany and parts of Europe to its limits.
Most of the market agrees that the necessary expansion can be handled mainly with fiber technology to provide both fixed and wireless coverage over 5G. This applies not only to network level 3, but in particular to the forwarding of signals and services to the end subscriber. A depiction of the residential building stock in the European Union allows conclusions to be drawn about the ICT infrastructure (Fig. 1): since more than 88% of residential buildings were built before the year 2000, it can be assumed that most of them have twisted pair or coaxial cabling, which means that there is enormous potential for modernization. Corresponding modernization efforts are currently being strongly promoted by network operators and politicians due to the Corona-related increased attention.
In order to meet this demand, the BTV Multimedia Group has developed the first group-wide FTTH product series with the WAVEPACE brand, for whose distribution group members act as equal partners. Currently, the product range consists of an Optical Distribution Frame system solution including panels with unique mounting and swivel function for easy and free access, splice splitter patch outdoor distribution boxes, splice patch wall boxes and FTTH wall outlets. Thus, core products of each network level are offered. This portfolio is the result of intensive analyses of the requirements for the provision of broadband communications and digitization. All products meet the requirements of the subsidized fiber roll-out and are optimized for the demands and challenges of the broadband market.
The company’s goal is to offer cost-optimized products and systems that not only serve current market requirements, but also think one step ahead. For example, it is foreseeable that increased FTTH expansion will mean that installers with little practical experience and technicians from other sectors will also have to be deployed for fiber optic installation. The Group’s concept accommodates this by offering many products already pre-assembled in the standard versions. This makes it possible to deploy hard-to-find, well-trained fiber optic installers only for final connection work and acceptance measurements, and to carry out the rest of the installation work with semi-skilled specialists. This means that a changeover from coaxial technology to FTTH can be implemented within a similar budget framework as a modernization of existing systems, and new construction measures can also be implemented in a budget-friendly manner.
Another challenge WAVEPACE addresses is the ubiquitous lack of space in the broadband industry. Products currently available on the market can usually only be deployed “through gritted teeth” both at network level 3 and in the end customer’s building. In urban areas in particular, protruding outdoor cabinets in public spaces are frowned upon, and network level 4 technical rooms are generally not particularly large either. However, with a depth of only 20 cm, the outdoor distribution board can be easily and inconspicuously placed on house facades on the sidewalk. BTV Multimedia sees this feature as a major advantage of the product series. With its small dimensions of 250 x 170 x 90 mm, the wall box with IP 55 protection rating is also significantly more space-saving than comparable solutions, can accordingly be installed in almost any technical room without any problems and is additionally protected against vandalism according to IK08.
“In particular, the detachment of the products from a single company is an enormous advantage for the customer, who can purchase products from his preferred supplier without having to fear disadvantages with regard to conditions. Instead of one manufacturer, several companies act as equal distributors and even complex FTTX projects can be implemented with only one supplier at an unbeatable price-performance ratio due to the product coverage of all network levels.”
– Ludwig Modra, Managing Director
Pump innovations at Nordbau 2021
After the Covid break, many suppliers are returning to the stage now that trade shows can finally take place again. Consistently present in Neumünster: Tsurumi from Düsseldorf. As a novelty, the pump market leader presents the HS3.75SL, henceforth the most powerful model of the series.
The HS is for everyone and everything, they said. Tsurumi is positioning it as a universal helper for dirty water. It meets a highly competitive field not only in the construction industry, but also in the trades, industry and municipalities. However, it is competing there with the best prerequisites. The company therefore encourages product comparisons.
Particularly noteworthy is the performance of the small submersible pump: Compared to the previously strongest model of the series, the flow rate has practically doubled, to 580 l/min now. The HS3.75SL can maintain this value at a constant level. Components are responsible for this. For example, the efficient oil distributor, which reliably lubricates the unit in any position. The double internal mechanical seal made of ultra-hard silicon carbide also contributes to the long service life. Electrical damage caused by creeping moisture is rare anyway: The supplier hermetically encapsulates each conductor in potting compound.
The pump is considered safe to run dry and does not require supervision. Users can carry out maintenance themselves if they wish – Tsurumi’s simple modular design is a real system advantage.
By the way, the dimensions have not changed. However, the manufacturer has had to adjust the elbow at the outlet to handle the flow rate. Many other values also remained the same, such as the motor power (0.75 kW). As before, the pumped medium is discharged to the side in a spiral, which is good for sand water and mud. The scales indicate a dry weight of only 19.6 kg, despite the robust housing made of spheroidal cast iron GGG70. The overall unit height is only 45 cm, and the housing diameter is a slim 18 cm. In this respect, almost everything is the same, but much more powerful: Who wouldn’t like that?
At its booth in the outdoor area West-W210, the company will also be showing other universal pumps and providing information on the special design features of the Japanese pumps with interesting technical models.
World Refrigeration Day 2021 sponsored by Refrigeration Solutions
Sustainable cooling solutions for the benefit of future generations
Proper cooling has a great importance for sensitive goods in various application areas. High-quality cooling solutions can therefore create safe and sustainable environments. Viessmann Refrigeration Solutions is supporting World Refrigeration Day for the third year in a row. This time, the event will take place on June 26 and aims to raise awareness of the importance of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps.
Why is refrigeration important?
The global Covid 19 pandemic has shown us how important a safe environment is for people as well as the planet. Refrigeration plays a key role in many ways: whether it’s storing life-saving vaccines or blood transfusions at the right temperature, or maintaining the cold chain in food retail and foodservice to ensure food safety and ultimately reduce food waste. With the sponsorship, the company, as one of the leading manufacturers of refrigeration solutions in Europe, aims to share and contribute its knowledge and experience in this field.
“Our goal is to create a safe environment for sensitive goods and operations. We focus on future-proofing solutions and delivering lifecycle support to redefine our customers’ business and their environmental impact.”
– Frank Winters, CEO of Viessmann Refrigeration Solutions
Focus on the people behind the ‘cool careers’ This year’s World Refrigeration Day looks at careers in the industry and is themed “Cooling Champions: cool careers for a better world.” The aim of the campaign is to inspire students and young professionals in all countries, both women and men, to meet society’s challenges by pursuing careers in this important sector. The Group is participating in the campaign to advocate the importance of refrigeration specialists to the well-being of society.
The company offers young professionals career opportunities in a business that is strongly driven by the goal of creating living spaces for generations to come. The digital event is designed to provide insights into the refrigeration industry and the exciting job opportunities that this sector offers.
Siemens will be demonstrating how the combination of the real and the digital worlds empowers industrial companies to act in a versatile and sustainable manner at the “Achema Pulse” live digital event. Companies in the process industry are facing urgent and rapidly changing challenges. The Covid-19 pandemic in particular has transformed demand patterns and global supply chains virtually overnight. At the same time, industry-specific regulations and standards are creating new framework conditions for production. Digitalization and automation are the levers for mastering these changes. Industrial IoT solutions can exploit the resulting data to secure a competitive advantage since the intelligent analysis, understanding and utilization of the data allows companies to adapt their processes faster to changing requirements. The Digital Enterprise portfolio makes this possible by combining the real world with the digital world, thus enabling solutions for simulation, virtual processes, remote access and connectivity as well as presenting service offerings for digital transformation. Thanks to the corresponding industry-specific know-how, individual sector requirements can be taken into account.
Focus on industry-specific solutions
“Achema Pulse is a great opportunity to providing impulses to our custumers and gaining insights on how we can implement the digital transformation together. There will be a special emphasis on the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, and we look forward to sharing our expertise in these areas.”
– Eckard Eberle, CEO of Siemens Process Automation
For companies in the pharmaceutical industry, winning the race against time is now more important than ever. The company is helping pharmaceutical companies accelerate their production setups with the help of digitalization and automation. One example is the Mainz-based biotechnology company BioNTech SE which has converted an existing facility in Marburg for the production of the Covid-19 vaccine in record time with assistance from the concern. Through collaboration and the team of experts on site in Marburg, the project timeline for converting the existing facility for the production of mRNA-vaccine was cut from around one year down to five months, whereby the implementation of key parts of the new Manufacturing Execution System (MES) was reduced to two and half months.
In the future, the digital twin can be increasingly used in vaccine development. Global healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is collaborating with digitalization expert and digital transformation leader Atos to digitalize its vaccine development and production process using the digital twin. As the first application for testing, GSK, Siemens and Atos have developed a proof-of-concept digital twin specifically for the development and manufacturing of adjuvant technologies. Using mechanical models and artificial intelligence (AI), the partners developed a hybrid model to simulate and monitor the process. As such, the digital twin links the process parameters to the quality of the adjuvant, with the sensors and process analytical technology (PAT) feeding the twin with the information needed to predict the quality of the product. Any deviation from the optimal quality is anticipated and causes the twin to act on the process parameters and rectify them to satisfy the target specifications. In the next step, GSK wants to work with the company to support its vision to establish and introduce new digital twins for the entire vaccine development process for new vaccines. Thus, the digital twins of product, production and performance will be linked together.
In the chemical industry, the biggest challenges lie in the fact that plants must run reliably and safely. The “Digital Worker” is a concept that allows operating personnel to digitize and automate work in the field using state-of-the-art technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). This approach supports the user in the digitization of workflows in process plants and in paperless processing, promoting remote access thanks to electronic documentation, access information and guidance by intelligent devices. Against this backdrop, specialty chemicals company Lanxess continues to drive forward digitalization in its production plants. Over the next three years, the specialty chemicals company will introduce mobile operations and maintenance. In a first step, around 400,000 paper-based operations and maintenance checklists used every year will be replaced by digital equivalents, then filled out on tablets. Lanxess is supported by Siemens to digitize its checklists. For this, the Moby.Check software will be used, which runs on tablets and can be controlled using either the keyboard or voice commands. Moby.Check has a flexible operating concept allowing users to create production, servicing and maintenance checklists on their PC – without any programming work or training in advance. In addition to more efficient processing, the error rate of manual transmission can be reduced, and documentation simplified. The Digital Worker supports the transformation from analog to digital workflows and can also exploit the potential of the digital twin in the field. Applications based on AI contribute to higher plant availability through the early detection of anomalies. And predictive maintenance planning means that outages and routine maintenance work are avoided.
As a specific offering for the chemical and oil & gas industries, Siemens offers not only the explosion-proof motors of the Simotics XP series, but also motors of the Simotics SD series for environments without explosion hazard in the Chemstar version. They are equipped with pre-configured chemical-specific options. Both motor series, available with options, operate reliably and energy-efficiently even under extreme conditions and offer all relevant certificates.
Modularization as the key to meeting new requirements with ease
To meet the demands of short innovation cycles and adaptations to new product portfolios, systems must be quick and easy to expand. The prerequisite for this are standardized, cross-vendor interfaces for the efficient configuration, communication and integration of modular plants. An interface of this type is defined in the MTP (Module Type Package). This protocol defines the information technology aspect of process models or plant sections in such a way that they can easily be integrated into a comprehensive automation solution, for example the Simatic PCS neo web-based process control system. The modules are assembled to form an overall process, facilitating their monitoring and control. At Achema Pulse, the example of the cooperation between Siemens and Merck will demonstrate how a modular production plant based on MTP minimizes engineering effort and permits fast and versatile process adaptations.
New IIoT solutions for faster data transmission and reliable data acquisition
“As part of the digital transformation, new trends are emerging in the process industry, which we are driving with our solutions and innovations,” explains Eberle. “We regard 5G as one of the most important technologies in the industrial IoT context. It means we can transfer data quickly and reliably over powerful communication networks to exactly where it is needed. This makes production plants more flexible, autonomous and efficient.” Scalance MUM856-1 is the first industrial 5G router from Siemens.
With its wireless connectivity, the robust Sitrans MS200 Multisensor forms the hardware basis for the collection of vibration and temperature data in mechanical system components. Via a Bluetooth connection, the data is sent to the Sitrans CC220 industrial gateway where it is encrypted before being transmitted from there to the cloud. Sitrans SCM IQ has an anomaly detection feature which is based on machine learning. It constantly monitors and analyzes all sensor values and swiftly detects any deviations from the intended operating state. Via the app, anomalies in plant behavior can be documented for immediate distribution to alert a predefined group of users. The Sitrans SCM IQ system comprises multisensors, gateway and app, and can be used in all industrial plants with mechanical or rotating system components. Scheduled to be available from summer 2021, it allows previously unused data from field devices to be used for the preemptive identification and prevention of imminent device failures in advance, thus reducing maintenance costs and avoiding unplanned downtimes.
Sustainability as a guiding principle
As Eberle emphasizes: “Our offer not only meets the requirements of our customers, it also constitutes a contribution to sustainability.” Accordingly, Achema Pulse will also be offering sessions on the topics of chemical recycling and sustainability.