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Sinamics G120X
New converter series specializing in infrastructure applications

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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Pharmapack Award
IQ-Dose for micro-tablets dosage wins Award

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IQ-Dose, the device designed by SGH Healthcaring for micro-tablets dosage, wins the 2019 Pharmapack Award's 'Best Innovation in Solid Dosage Packaging'
Picture: SGH Healthcaring

Convinced that the micro-pill will be growing strongly in the near future Stiplastics Healthcaring – a subsidiary of SGH Healthcaring, a rapidly growing group and a key partner for the pharmaceutical industry – has developed IQ-dose (Intuitive & Quick-dose), an adjustable device for dosing medicines in this form. The micro-pill makes it possible to sub-divide doses and therefore administer a very accurate dose with a high concentration of active ingredients and few excipients, in response to the obligation placed on pharmaceutical firms to develop paediatric forms (EU Regulation no. 1901/2006).

The easy-to-use IQ-dose first version can be used to administer 1 to 24 micro-pills without having to count or touch them, for perfect hygiene and safety! The user simply:

  • selects the correct dose,
  • fits the device directly over the bottle of pills,
  • tips the bottle upside down for IQ-dose to pick up the prescribed number of micro-pills, all at the same time.

The micro-pill offers several other advantages: it is easy to take, with less chance of choking and fewer risks of over/under-dosing. It also provides a solution for adults with swallowing difficulties.

Different development projects with pharmaceutical companies interested in the product are already underway.

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Smart Industrial Connectivity
Plug-in connector with electronic signal processing

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The trend towards digitalisation in industry requires new solutions, this also applies for components that were previously purely electromechanical in nature. Because without a powerful, comprehensive infrastructure, digitalisation hits its limits fast. The infrastructure includes plug-in connectors and cables whose significance is set to rise and for example will be reflected in intelligent plug-in connectors.

The smart plug-in connector is located within the connecting line where it measures various electrical values and transmits these, e.g. to an app, cloud or to ERP or Scada systems. Picture: Weidmüller

The smart plug-in connector is located within the connecting line where it measures various electrical values and transmits these, e.g. to an app, cloud or to ERP or Scada systems. (Picture: Weidmüller)

The development of plug-in connectors is heavily influenced by three trends: digitalisation, decentralisation and miniaturisation. In decentralisation, increasing numbers of functions in the industrial environment are shifting to the device and field level, meaning that there will be an increasing demand for a comprehensive connection between devices along the horizontal and vertical axes of the automation pyramid. This also includes supplementation with intelligent functions. Integrating sensor and diagnostic functions directly into the connectors opens up completely new application fields and renders additional sensors superfluous.

Measured variables like current, voltage, power and temperature can be measured, as well as saved and evaluated with an app, an ERP/SCADA system or a cloud. Such an intelligent plug-in connector is presented by Weidmüller for the first time at Hannover Messe 2019. The smart plug-in connector was created as part of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funded project: “Intelligent electric plug-in connector and connection technology with electronic signal processing (ISA)”.

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Felföldi’s is back
Snack industry with new taste and colour

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Felföldi’s is back to revive the snack industry with new taste and colour
Picture: Felföldi

The Felföldi’s team welcomed the visitors enthusiastically at the world’s biggest candy expo, the ISM in Cologne, Germany. They’re especially excited about their new and improved Let’s Cheese!, the all-natural healthy snack product aimed at the crucial and increasingly health-conscious 18-30 age range.

“The first day of ISM has been fantastic – we are delighted to be back again! We love the atmosphere of the ISM expo here in Cologne and we’ve already met lots of friends and potential business partners – we absolutely encourage you to visit if you would like to taste something new and exciting and discover the latest innovations in the candy and snack industry.”

Andrea Szabo, Export director at Felföldi

Following global successes with candy-filled straws and artfully-presented cake-mixes, Felföldi’s is now offering a high-quality dry cheese snack “Let’s Cheese!” that promises great taste, no added ingredients and a casual style aimed at young adults. It’s just one of a range of products that combine the best of tradition, fun and innovation, to stand out in an increasingly competitive market.

Company founder Joseph Felföldi handed over partial control of his company to his son recently after a period of record growth. Over the next year, the company will be laying out its strategy to deal with new challenges including Brexit, sustainability and public health. Mr Felföldi knows from long experience that the rules of the game are always changing and is looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

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