Samson, headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and InfraServ Wiesbaden are announced the beginning of a strategic cooperation with the goal of further developing digital solutions to make the transition to Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Samson is a supplier of products and systems to control the flow of all kinds of media. For over 110 years, the company has been specializing in control valve engineering and is currently focusing on the integration of smart products into Internet of Things (IoT) environments. InfraServ Wiesbaden has been operating and developing Kalle-Albert Industrial Park since 1997. The park is home to 75 companies and the second-largest industrial park in the Federal German state of Hesse.
The cooperation between the two companies is concluded for an unlimited period of time. The key goal is to jointly advance an IIoT platform that digitally supports the optimization of processes and plant control in medium-sized industrial companies inside and outside the industrial park.
UBIX and GES Systemhaus, two subsidiaries under 100 % ownership of Samson and InfraServ Wiesbaden respectively, are both active in plant automation. The Samson subsidiary runs a cloud-based multi-tenant platform for the digitalization, visualization and automated control of industrial plants. The platform includes flexible interfaces for the connection of customer systems and external analytical tools. With the help of the expertise gathered by the InfraServ Wiesbaden group, which offers digital solutions under the product name ‘KI Konzept’, plant maintenance is to be improved based on the smart analysis of data (smart maintenance).
“We want to expand our digital portfolio based on the UBIX platform with InfraServ Wiesbaden as our cooperation partner. Our new partner strengthens our expertise in smart, networked valve engineering, flexible production processes and applications to handle challenging tasks. As a developer of industrial sites, InfraServ Wiesbaden operates its own large systems for supply and disposal. This means that they already know, understand and serve the specific needs of the on-site companies that come from many different branches of industry. We look forward to the cooperation and the synergies it will produce.”
Dr. Andreas Widl, Chief Executive Officer of Samson
“Many medium-sized production companies are facing the challenge of having to build new, digital expertise to keep up with the evolution towards Industry 4.0. Smart automation, process control and manufacturing technologies applied in combination with computer-based big data analyses and networked infrastructures offer them huge opportunities to fortify their market position in the long run. We are very happy to join forces with Samson as a renowned, innovative partner in this area to drive forward the use of digital technologies to our own benefit as well as to the benefit of our customers,” says Mr. Peter Bartholomäus, Chief Executive Officer of InfraServ Wiesbaden.
Digital twins and pilot project
The main goal behind the cooperation is to jointly develop and expand Samson’s UBIX platform. This is to be achieved by InfraServ Wiesbaden placing programming orders with Samson to handle specific control processes within its plants or to implement customer requirements concerning smart maintenance or plant control. The result will be ‘digital twins’ to simulate plant control operations, analyze the flows of energy or goods (value chains) as well as design processes for the smart, predictive, mobile maintenance of plants and equipment. In a next step, these processes can be further improved by cross-linking a larger number of different devices and systems as well as by applying special AI software tools based on big data analyses or machine learning.
InfraServ Wiesbaden will use the UBIX platform to handle customer inquiries and market solutions under its own product name, KI Konzept. To ensure a maximum level of data security, customers will have their own dedicated access to the UBIX platform through the high-performance data centers hosted by InfraServ Wiesbaden.
As part of the strategic development cooperation, the two companies launched a common pilot project. The project goal is to optimize the processes in the biological water treatment plant operated by InfraServ Wiesbaden in Kalle-Albert Industrial Park.
The agreement was signed in Frankfurt am Main, Germany in October 2019. The partners have agreed to not disclose any further details relating to the financial aspects and scope defined in the cooperation agreement.
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Innovative functions simplify safety approval
New hardware and new functions to the TIA Portal
Sinamics Startdrive commissioning software is the perfect tool for integrating drive hardware into the TIA Portal engineering framework. With the latest version Sinamics Startdrive V16, Siemens is expanding the hardware portfolio available on the automation platform. Following on from the integration of the Sinamics S120 multi-axis system, the single-axis version of this high-end servo drive system can now also be engineered in the TIA Portal. The drive control of the recently introduced Simatic Drive Controller is now also integrated in the commissioning tool. Drive-CliQ hubs, which increase the number of interfaces in the Sinamics S120 multi-axis group, as well as other add-on components, are now integrated in the TIA Portal, perfectly completing this hardware update.
Sinamics Startdrive V16 also features innovative functions. With the introduction of expertise protection for Sinamics S120, the parameterization of drives can be protected from unauthorized changes and read attempts. When it comes to safety technology, a wide range of safety functions is available thanks to Sinamics Safety Integrated. With Sinamics Startdrive, these functions can be parameterized and validated in a simple, user-friendly process. The safety approval test integrated in Startdrive leads users through the approval process step by step and then creates a standard-compliant test record.
The Sinamics Startdrive commissioning tool is a key component for the automation of machines. Convenient interaction between the drive and controller makes it easy to complete the project engineering and commissioning of Motion Control applications with Simatic controllers and Sinamics drives. Sinamics Startdrive V16 takes drives in automation to the next level in terms of seamless operation, flexibility and user-friendliness.
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Twin screw pump
Cooperation between Gea and Itt Bornemann
The pump experts from Gea and Itt Bornemann are now working together to manufacture and market a twin screw pump for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. While Gea has so far concentrated primarily on hygienic centrifugal pumps, the cooperation now means that a joint model of a positive displacement pump is ready for introduction: Gea Hilge Novatwin. The Gea Hilge Novatwin is a flexible twin screw pump based on the proven Bornemann design that meets the highest hygienic requirements for gentle product handling and clean-in-place (CIP) with just one pump. The new Gea Hilge Novatwin will be available in 6 sizes and will be part of the Gea Varipump line, which stands for pumps with a high degree of flexibility for optimum adaptation to individual customer requirements.
Consistent expansion of hygienic pump portfolio
The addition of this future-oriented pump type to the portfolio in addition to the established rotary lobe pump Gea Hilge Novalobe will significantly strengthen Gea’s position in the field of positive displacement pumps. Gea will thus be in an even better position to cover the various customer requirements with the ideal pump solution from its own broad product portfolio.
Pump and clean with one pump
Twin screw pumps are equipped with two screws, which intermesh without contact and together with the pump housing form a closed chamber. The screws rotate and thus move the medium along the screw axis from the suction to the discharge side.
Like positive displacement pumps in general, twin screw pumps stand for the gentle conveyance of chunky, shear-sensitive and abrasive media. They offer exceptionally high flexibility for pumping liquids of various viscosities.
“The special feature of the twin screw pump is its dual function, because twin screw pumps can not only pump the actual product but can also function as a CIP pump at the same time, as they can operate at very high speeds. This saves the use of an additional CIP pump compared to alternative solutions,” explains Product Manager Ulla Främke from Gea.
With Gea and Bornemann two strong partners work together
“This cooperation with Bornemann is a real win-win situation for both partners,” says Bastian Tolle, head of product management at the Gea Flow Components business unit. “The twin screw pumps we see in the market today are mostly derived from Bornemann’s original development. The expertise is impressive, we can learn a lot from such a partner and from the experience gained over decades in the application of this special positive displacement pump”.
“We will benefit from Gea’s strong distribution network”, adds Bornemann’s Managing Director Markus
Schwarte. “Gea has a broad customer base, a large network and an excellent reputation among decision-makers, particularly in the food sector and in local markets such as the USA. We want to benefit from the synergy between the leading technology and the first-class global network in the food industry”.
Industrial Ethernet Solutions
Low-Latency PHY Technology
Analog Devices (ADI) announces the release of new robust, industrial Ethernet physical layer (PHY) products to help manufacturers address key Industry 4.0 and smart factory communication challenges surrounding data integration, synchronization, edge connectivity, and system interoperability. The ADIN1300 is a low-power, single port Ethernet transceiver with industry leading power and latency specifications primarily designed for time-critical industrial Ethernet applications up to Gigabit speeds. As industrial automation increases the adoption of Ethernet and pushes the boundaries of data rates, the ADIN1300 is designed to operate reliably in harsh industrial conditions over extended ambient temperature ranges.
Analog Devices will showcase the ADIN1300 and other industrial Ethernet solutions at the Smart Productions Solutions (SPS) exhibition November 26 – 28, 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany. ADIN1300 is the latest technology developed for the ADI Chronous™ Ethernet portfolio, ADI’s newly expanded portfolio of industrial Ethernet solutions. ADI Chronous Ethernet solutions – which include the ADIN1200, a low-power single port 10/100 robust Ethernet PHY for today’s real time industrial Ethernet networks – encompass a range of advanced industrial Ethernet technologies from real-time Ethernet switches, PHY transceivers and protocol processing to complete network interface products.
“Within industrial environments, even one millisecond of communications timing being off can produce a negative, expensive impact on quality, throughput, and efficiency for manufacturers,” said Brendan O’Dowd, General Manager of the Industrial Automation Business Unit for Analog Devices. “ADIN1300 ensures real time, robust industrial communications by targeting important challenges of deploying industrial Ethernet connectivity with low latency in a smaller package size to reduce industrial Ethernet network cycle times. We are also excited to unveil our updated suite of ADI Chronous Ethernet solutions to set new standards for industrial Ethernet speed, scalability, and range of multi-protocol support, all backed by ADI’s commitment to long life cycle product availability and support.”
ADI will be exhibiting ADIN1300 and other ADI Chronous Ethernet portfolio solutions at SPS November 26 – 28, 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany at the NurnbergMesse GmBH event center (Booth #5.129).