An influential group of organisations representing European users of instrument users and industrial process automation technology met again in September 2018 and agreed on priorities for cooperation and action.
Board members and Directors of European user associations of instrument users and automation technology users in process industries – Namur, EI, WIB and Exera, welcomed Clui AS, the Club Utilizzatori Italiani Automazione e Strumentazione, to their annual meeting, this year held in Cologne in September 2018. Eemua was invited and attended the meeting and contributed to the discussions.
During wide ranging discussions the Associations reaffirmed their intention to cooperate closely in this challenging, fast moving and complex field, discussed common concerns and how best to address them. To further underline the importance of collaboration the existing cooperation agreement between Namur, EI, WIB and Exera was extended to include Clui AS as a new member.
All together Newec represent over 250 companies using instrumentation and process control systems that are vital for the safe, efficient and sustainable operation of complex process industries that provide vital materials and power for the modern world.
Varied and open discussions covered many key topics. Highlights included:
Cybersecurity of industrial systems: Newec discussed the heightened dangers posed by some recent intrusions into industrial systems, including those affecting the integrity of plant safety systems. Close cooperation between the organizations on the realisation of guidelines and practices continues.
Connectivity in the industrial environment: the increased use of industrial wireless technology, particularly with the exploitation of the 5G allocation by industry is a significant enabler for many aspects of efficient plant operation and Industrie 4.0, but also raises many questions regarding what should be regarded as good practice. There are huge potential benefits for both manufacturers and users in establishing common solutions and practices.
Big data: though many companies have been doing extensive data analysis for decades, the improvements in data analysis tools are now driving a raft of changes ranging from predictive maintenance through to the business model itself. A number of examples and potential areas of application were discussed. Sound cybersecurity and high-speed connectivity are seen as fundamental prerequisites for Big Data and further digitalization efforts in the process and power industries.
Type testing: the organisations were keen to exchange ideas on new approaches to type testing. Having regard to the wide range of requirements of their member companies and the differing approaches and capabilities of testing laboratories, Newec recognised the advantages of developing a common view on what aspects of a device are the core to be tested, and what are the common principles and conditions for testing.
New converter series specializing in infrastructure applications
Siemens showed a new converter series at the SPS IPC Drives 2018. The converters of the new Sinamics G120X series are especially suited for use in pump and fan applications in industries such as water/wastewater, building technology or also in industrial environments. With a power range of 0.75 to 630 kW, Sinamics G120X converters can be operated with any motor. The converters are at their most effective running with synchronous reluctance motors from Siemens. Sinamics G120X are configured throughout for cost-optimized and resource-saving operation across all voltages and supply networks, and their characteristic compact design saves space in the control cabinet. Although not featuring an additional output reactor, the converters enable motor cable lengths of up to 150 meters. The integrated safety functions are certified to SIL3.
Simple, reliable and efficient
The Sinamics G120X series offers outstanding ease of operation and is simple to commission using the Sinamics Smart Access Module and the IOP-2 operator panel. The converters can be selected and ordered using only a single purchase order number in the Siemens drive technology configurator. Their integrated DC link reactor enables Sinamics G120X converters to run with the utmost stability under all network conditions. This robust, drip-proof new series comes in the form of a painted module as standard, with an additional 3C3 contaminant-resistant coating as an optional extra. A high C2 (optionally C1) EMC category and a protection rating of IP20 (optionally IP21 in UL open type) ensure that the converter can be reliably used in any kind of industrial environment. Sinamics G120X converters are in compliance with all relevant EU energy-saving standards, and offer an operating efficiency level of over 98 percent. Their comprehensive range of integrated application-specific functions such as Flux Reduction for adjustment in line with the actual load, Eco Mode which ensures best possible performance and minimal losses coupled with low dynamic loads and optimized output power, or Keep Running Mode to reduce speed prior to a shutdown.
Ready for digitalization
Sinamics G120X converters can be linked to MindSphere over Sinamics Connect 300, offering users the opportunity to analyze valuable operating data gathered from the converter, the drive train and the machine using the MindSphere app Analyze MyDrives. This enables the visualization and analysis of status information, providing users with valuable data which can be used as the basis for optimizing processes and maintenance strategies.
New standards for global purge solutions
The Next-Generation Purge and Pressurization System
Pepperl+Fuchs has introduced an advanced Bebco EPS purge and pressurization system, designed for Class I or II/Div. 2 and Zone 2/22 locations. This innovative and compact manual or automatic system delivers all the features needed for reliable hazardous location protection within a small, streamlined solution.
The 7500 series Ex pzc/Type Z purge and pressurization system can be fully automatic or manual and purges a common enclosure of hazardous gas or dust to maintain positive pressure. It effectively reduces the classification within the protected enclosure to a non-hazardous area. The 7500 carries Atex and IECEx certifications and is UL listed. It operates within an extremely small footprint of only 5.8» x 3.8» x 1.9».
“The new, compact 7500 series is easy to use, offering absolute reliability and efficiency. When fully automated it provides excellent enclosure protection for electrical equipment like motors, drives, control panels and cabinets, and gas analyzers. Whether you need gas or dust protection in the oil and gas, chemical, maritime, or offshore industry – the Bebco EPS 7500 can be used in process industries around the world for applications that previously required heavier and more expensive explosion-proof protection.”
Kristen Barbour, Marketing Manager at Pepperl+Fuchs
The 7500 Series includes intelligent automatic monitoring and control of enclosure pressure with dilution and continuous flow functionality. The system makes automatic adjustments and provides an alarm output for reliable protection. It is designed in marine-grade chromate aluminum – making it rugged enough to withstand the harsh conditions of many process industries. The 7500 uses universal AC/DC power and is available as both a panel mount and external mount. The large touch screen enables quick and easy setup while also providing status LEDs, a bar graph for pressure, and multiple program selections.
SPS IPC Drives 2018 Nuremberg
Delta Announces Partnership with Codesys
Delta, a provider of industrial automation solutions, held a press conference at SPS IPC Drives 2018 to announce its new partnership with 3S-Smart Software Solution GmbH, a member of the Codesys Group and creator of the market-leading IEC 61131-3 industrial software Codesys. The partnership will enable Delta to make its future motion control devices programmable with Codesys and offer customers across EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) and Asia the opportunity to simplify the implementation of Delta’s industrial automation hardware across their operations.
Andy Liu, general manager of Delta’s Industrial Automation Business Group (IABG), said, “Our customers asked for Codesys, and we’re delighted to give it to them. In Europe, many of the top automation players use this software platform because it is outstanding technology. Now, customers across EMEA can have Codesys in all new Delta motion systems. In addition, we can now also make Codesys available to the large Delta customer base in Asia. We also hope this partnership will ultimately open new doors to the Asian market for European industrial equipment makers.”
With 69 R&D facilities around the world and dedicated industrial automation R&D facilities in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, and Greater China, Delta operates in close proximity to its European manufacturing customers. Delta also has a comprehensive and global support network for its industrial automation hardware platforms. That network extends throughout Asia, where many of the world’s factories are located.
Codesys is one of the most widely used manufacturer IEC 61131-3 development systems on the market. Codesys offers all the functionality of a modern IEC 61131-3 development tool including an integrated visualization feature with multi-client capability, integrated connection to all standard fieldbus systems, motion functionality, safety solutions, and communication interfaces.
Greater efficiency through standardization
Additional costs are generated when a manufacturer adds a new automation platform. By integrating Codesys, Delta aims to reduce the engineering costs that this involves. Patrik Hug, head of business development & product management, EMEA at Delta’s IABG, said: “Switching to a different motion platform or adding a new one means you have to write new code. The goal is to reduce the initial switching time when adding a new platform. By standardizing on Codesys, we are making it much easier for customers to use Delta automation products. Instead of having different software to program each of their platforms, they will be able to write code on the same platform for all their Delta products. And the great thing about Codesys is that you have an entire community of application developers. There is a lot of expertise out there to draw from.”
Delta launched its new Codesys-enabled scalable IPC, the MH2 Series at SPS IPC Drives 2018. The Codesys platform integrates the control functions of three major industrial controllers: programmable logic controllers (PLC), human machine interfaces (HMI), and motion control. This enhances the motion control capabilities of the MH2 Series, resulting in a high-speed, high-precision EtherCAT motion control solution with peripheral products. With Codesys, the MH2 Series provides a user-friendly motion control interface featuring advanced motion control functions that allow for up to 64-axes synchronous control of AC Servo Drives ASDA-A2-E Series, Standard Compact Drives MS300 Series, and Remote I/O Modules R1-EC via EtherCAT.