In future, it will be possible for existing motors operating in the field to be retrofitted with the Simotics Connect 400 connectivity module from Siemens. This will allow size AH100 to AH450 low-voltage motors operated directly from the mains to transmit operating data straight to the cloud-based Sidrive IQ Fleet App without the need for any structural modifications. Regular data analysis allows plant operators to quickly and efficiently oversee the operational status of their drive systems and plan a servicing schedule based on actual requirement. This not only improves efficiency, but also optimizes serviceability and extends service life. Typical applications requiring monitored low-voltage motors include pumps, fans and compressors.
At this year’s Hannover Messe; Siemens will be using a brownfield application to demonstrate how plant availability can be optimized in future using Simotics Connect 400. The connectivity module comes with all the sensors required for capturing motor vibration or temperature-related data, a Wlan communication module and a battery to enable independent operation. The module processes and saves the operating data, and sends it to the Sidrive IQ Fleet App for cloud-based analysis. Special algorithms use the data to generate meaningful key performance indicators (KPIs) which describe the status of the motors, and are used to determine any concrete need for action. If required, the modules can be retrofitted to legacy motors to improve reliability and availability and boost performance.
Sidrive IQ: IoT digitalization portfolio for drive systems
Sidrive IQ is an essential component of the Siemens digitalization portfolio which opens up wide-ranging scope for IoT (Internet of Things) optimization across the entire drive train – from production through to servicing. Sidrive IQ MindSphere offers a variety of different applications and customized services. Sidrive IQ Fleet is used predominantly in process industry applications, and Analyze MyDrives is designed in the main for the discrete manufacturing industry. Both applications enable the visualization, analysis and monitoring of drive data.
The Sidrive IQ application Analyze MyDrives additionally allows the operating status of Sinamics low-voltage converters to be reliably and conveniently monitored, while gathering and analyzing their operating data. By continuously monitoring power consumption, torque and frequency and also measuring energy flows, users can identify any optimization and maintenance requirement and so initiate any necessary actions in good time. This reduces the need for fixed-interval maintenance, making for greater machine productivity and allowing energy saving potential to be identified.
As a result, plant operators benefit from improved plant availability. A range of connectivity modules for low-voltage and medium-voltage converters as well as low-voltage and high-voltage motors are available from Siemens for linking drive systems to the cloud.
Siemens at the Hannover Messe 2019: Hall 9, Stand D35
Hannover Messe 2019
Automated banding application
Cobot manufacturer Kassow Robots will make its first appearance at Hannover Messe 2019. The technology trade fair takes place from 1 to 5 April 2019. It will be the first chance to visit the company’s own booth since Kassow’s market launch at Automatica in Munich last summer. The Danish start-up will be attending Hannover Fair together with Project A&E. The partner from Kranenburg, Germany, will showcase an automated banding application.
“We are very satisfied with how things have gone since our launch. The great interest in our 7-axis cobots at Automatica has resulted in a partner network spread all over Europe. We will continue to expand this in the coming months.”
Dieter Pletscher, head of sales at Kassow Robots
The feedback of our partners and their customers has been very positive, including from small and medium-sized businesses, says Pletscher. They have found that the strength and flexibility of the 7-axis cobots make them a particularly cost-effective option for human-robot collaboration.
Extra space for production
Kassow Robots has expanded production space at its headquarters in Kastrup, Copenhagen, since the turn of the year. “The key stage of development is now complete and we are optimizing the manufacturing process,” says Kristian Kassow, founder of Kassow Robots. Kassow Robots has begun production of the first two cobot models – the KR 810 with a reach of 850 mm and a payload of 10 kg, and the KR 1205 with a reach of 1200 mm and a payload of 5 kg. Both models have 7 axes. Production of the KR 1805, which has a reach of 1800 mm, a payload of 5 kg and 7 axes, will begin in the second half of 2019.
Kassow Robots at the Hannover Messe 2019: Hall H17, Stand E63
Simplified data transfer to cloud-based solutions
The Siemens CloudConnect portfolio simplifies data transfer within the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) to cloud-based solutions. To this end, Siemens is offering the new Simatic CP 1545-1 communications processor, designed for use with Simatic S7-1500 in modern automation environments. For the cloud connection of existing systems, Siemens is now also offering the new Simatic CloudConnect 7 Industrial IoT Gateway. With CloudConnect, it is even easier for users to benefit from cloud-based data analyses. They can enhance machine availability by evaluating data for predictive maintenance purposes, for example, or machine manufacturers can offer new marketing models such as pay-per-use.
Instead of every single sensor having to be connected to the cloud, the Simatic S7-1500 enables field data aggregation and subsequent linking to additional process-relevant information if required. The CP 1545-1 then transfers the data to the cloud platform. The communications processor also features an integrated Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall for protecting the S7-1500 against unauthorized access. The CloudConnect functionality is easy to project in the TIA Portal using just a few input screens.
There are two ways to connect existing systems with the Industrial IoT Gateway CloudConnect 7: Simatic CC712 facilitates connection of one Simatic S7-300 or S7-400 via Industrial Ethernet by means of the S7 protocol. With Simatic CC716, on the other hand, up to seven Simatic S7 controllers can be connected via Industrial Ethernet or Profibus/MPI interfaces.
The existing automation program does not have to be changed in order to select and transfer the essential information. In addition, the data read by CloudConnect 7 from lower-level S7 stations can be made available as OPC UA variables (server). This enables standardized data exchange, for example with MES systems or HMI and third-party controllers.
The open Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) cloud protocol is used in all cases. This established standard also makes it possible to transfer data to MindSphere, the IoT operating system from Siemens, as well as to other cloud platforms.
Siemens at the Hannover Messe 2019: Hall 9, Stand D35
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Totally-Connected world of Industry 4.0
Analog Devices (ADI) will once again have a noteworthy presence at the Hannover Messe, with demonstrations and speaking engagements focussing on the key issues of concern to visitors to this premier event for all aspects of industrial and automation technology.
ADI, on stand H23 in hall 9 of the exhibition, will show how its unique position at the intersection of analog and digital technologies, and in both the hardware and software of computing solutions, equip it to offer solutions in areas such as machine learning and machine monitoring, comprehensive connectivity – with security – and in the industrial maintenance domains with artificial intelligence.
A featured demonstration will illustrate a comprehensive approach to machine and structural health monitoring, showing how ADI’s best-in-class MEMS technologies provide precision sensing, while the company’s mastery of high-performance analog-to-digital and power conversion delivers ultra-low-power signal processing. “Deep signal chain”, and system design, insights enable customers to extract greater value from their systems, with improved user experiences. Real-time, 24-hour monitoring will be shown in both dynamic (motor) and structural (equipment mounting) contexts, comprising a methodology for complete supervision of an equipment installation.
At the heart of these topics are technologies such as complete, factory- and enterprise-wide connectivity and all that goes with it, a particular concern in 2019 being cyber security. ADI will address the issue as part of a demonstration highlighting the range of solutions that the company can offer to advance Industry 4.0. Enhanced cyber security within the factory control loop, at the edge of industrial networks will be highlighted as part of an illustration of Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) techniques, boosting security alongside features such as time synchronization, pre-emption and control of TSN via OPC-UA.
Analog Devices’ staff will be on hand to answer visitors’ questions on any of the focus areas for Hannover Messe 2019 – connectivity, cyber security, machine monitoring and maintenance – or on any aspect of the company’s technology and product offering.
Extending the secure edge in industrial control
For many visitors to Hannover Messe the need to consider security is a new, and worrying, addition to their workload. Any IT system is only as secure as its weakest link. Industry 4.0 means that the network extends to every sensor and actuator; potential points of attack exist everywhere from the edge to the core. Security-by-isolation and reliance on monitoring network traffic are no longer adequate, leading to the need to establish device level security at the edge.
Recognising these concerns, and to assist visitors seeking solutions, ADI will present a paper in the conference strand of Hannover Messe, focussing on the “hot topic” of security in the industrial context. To be delivered by Erik Halthen, System Security Manager at ADI, the paper will develop the theme that enabling a new industrial revolution of real time, autonomous decisions requires increased connectivity and edge computing that fundamentally changes the required approach to cyber security.
Analog Devices at the Hannover Messe 2019: Hall 9, Stand H23