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Managing Industrie 4.0 communication networks

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Siemens is launching Sinec NMS, a powerful, future-proof network management system (NMS).
Siemens is launching Sinec NMS, a powerful, future-proof network management system (NMS). (Picture: Siemens)

Siemens is launching Sinec NMS, a powerful, future-proof network management system (NMS). It enables users to master the growing demands placed upon industrial communication networks, such as the increasing degree of networking, larger quantities of data, and the complexity of network structures. Networks with between 50 and 12,500 participants can be centrally configured, managed and monitored round-the-clock with the software. This facilitates forward-looking planning and a quick response time to prevent possible failures and so increase productivity. The software can be used across all industries.

Sinec NMS gives users an extremely high degree of transparency throughout the entire architecture of an industrial network. New components can be easily integrated into the network, and existing devices can be continually configured and maintained. Network components are configured according to rules, that is to say based on defined rules referred to as “policies”, which are applied across a specific range of components. For example, users can easily change the passwords required to access the devices. This saves a great deal of time during the configuration of network participants and during troubleshooting, especially in large networks with a large number of devices.

The distributed approach of the NMS makes it easy to adapt flexibly to the requirements of all types of plant networks. In order to manage large networks, the system is divided into the two levels control and operation. Control is the central instance in Sinec NMS; it displays the overall state of the network quickly and clearly. Operations are also managed there. The operations themselves are distributed throughout the network, and implement the configuration specifications from the control on all the devices.

As a modern network management system (NMS), Sinec NMS covers all five cornerstones of the FCAPS model defined by ISO (International Organization for Standardization). Firstly, “fault management” for locating faults quickly and easily. Secondly, “configuration management” to save time and money through central configuration and maintenance of the entire network. Thirdly, “accounting management” for security by testing the network and documenting events reliably. Fourthly, “performance management” for flexibility by optimizing the network, transparency by generating statistics, and high availability by continuously monitoring the network. Fifthly, “security management” for greater network security

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New Features for Industrial Gas Flow Meters

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Mass Flow Controller for gases with Profinet Interface. Picture: Bronkhorst
Mass Flow Controller for gases with Profinet Interface. (Picture: Bronkhorst)

The In-Flow Mass Flow Meters and Controllers by Bronkhorst High-Tech, The Netherlands, are of rugged design according IP65 (dust- and waterproof). The instruments are available for flow ranges from 0,05-1 mln/min up to 200-10000 m3n/h Air-equivalent.

In addition to the optional Atex approval for use in Category 3, Zone 2 hazardous areas, the In-Flow series can now be offered with FM approval for Class I, Division 2, which is an important feature for the North American market.

Furthermore Bronkhorst announces the availability of a Profinet fieldbus interface on their industrial mass flow meters and controllers for gases (for this new fieldbus the FM and Atex approvals are pending). Profinet is said to be the “new standard for industrial automation”, offering major savings in configuration and commissioning. The flexible architecture of Profinet with its comprehensive scope of functions enables innovative, flexible, and cost-saving machine automation: maximum performance and precision, flexible address assignment and modular design, fast commissioning thanks to open access and defined interfaces and optimal diagnostics of devices as well as the network.

Bronkhorst has many years of experience with fieldbus communication. Depending on customer requirements, their digital flow meters and controllers can be equipped with one of the six available fieldbus interface options. The wide range of digital metering and control devices is applied in many different markets, e.g. the food & beverage, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, glass and tool coating processes and in machinery for solar cell production.

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Duncan Hall appointed member of the Executive Board

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The Supervisory Board of Bilfinger SE has appointed Duncan Hall (51) member of the Executive Board with effect January 1, 2019. He will assume the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer. Alongside with CEO Tom Blades, Duncan Hall will help to drive the company’s build-up and build-out phases forward. At present, Duncan Hall is Executive President of MMO Northwest Europe division – responsible e.g. for Great Britain, Norway (offshore), Belgium, and the Netherlands.

“We are very pleased to see a seasoned executive like Duncan Hall join the Executive Board. He has been with Bilfinger for more than twelve years now and thus is very familiar with our regions and core industries. He will take an active part in shaping the development and profitable growth of the company.”

Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Dr. Eckhard Cordes

Duncan Hall has been serving as an Executive President at Bilfinger since 2015, currently holding this role at the MMO Northwest Europe division. He previously led the Oil & Gas division. In prior years, he worked in the functions of Chief Executive of Bilfinger Industrial Services UK and of managing director. Duncan Hall is an electrical engineer and alumnus of the London Business School. He is married and has three children.

“The Executive Board will benefit tremendously through the addition of Duncan. He was recruited from within our own ranks and enjoys a sterling reputation within Bilfinger. His decades of experience in our business are a true asset and he is sure to make a significant contribution to the advancement of our company,” says CEO Tom Blades.

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Sinamics G120X
New converter series specializing in infrastructure applications

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The converters of the new Sinamics G120X series are especially suited for use in pump and fan applications in sectors such as water/wastewater, building technology or also in industrial environments. Picture: Siemens
The converters of the new Sinamics G120X series are especially suited for use in pump and fan applications in sectors such as water/wastewater, building technology or also in industrial environments. (Picture: Siemens)

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.

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