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New firmware for Simatic controllers

New firmware for Simatic S7-1500 and Simatic S7-1200 controllers
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Siemens announces the release of two firmware updates for Simatic controllers that provide new functions. The Simatic S7-1500 firmware V2.8 from Siemens improves cross-device capabilities for data integration and diagnostics functions. The new Simatic S7-1200 firmware V4.4 extends the communication functions of the Simatic S7-1200, enhancing cross-platform data transfer with other controllers and higher-level or cloud-based systems such as ERP, SCADA and Mindsphere. The applications are numerous, ranging from industrial use to agriculture and infrastructure projects.

The V2.8 firmware for the Simatic S7-1500 CPUs now makes remote access to the Simatic S7-1500 controllers possible via different IP networks. Sensitive email data is protected and encrypted via secured emails with a file attachment. An innovated web server provides easy and secure data integration. This allows users, for example, to make standardized access to variables for their own evaluations. In addition, the new Simatic S7-1500 CPUs offer a wide range of diagnostics functions: The cross-device project trace permits improved plant diagnostics – regardless of the CPU involved. The diagnostics functions for the OPC UA server have also been extended. Thanks to the online diagnostics view, diagnostics buffer entries and the OPC UA connection display, communication errors can be found and rectified more quickly. With the new firmware 2.8, it is only necessary to restart the OPC UA server for TIA Portal downloads when changes have been made to OPC UA-relevant data, which shortens loading times.

The new Simatic S7-1200 firmware V4.4 improves connectivity with new communication functions. OPC UA Data Access as a server enables standardized horizontal and vertical communication as well as the fulfilment of industry-specific standards such as OMAC PackML or Weihenstephan. This helps the user to securely transmit sensitive email data as well as machine-to-machine communication via data access. The Siemens OPC UA Modelling Editor (SiOME) means that users can define OPC UA information models as well as map exiting industry-specific companion specifications on the Simatic control. Optional push-in terminal blocks simplify handling through tool-free installation.

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Customized Solutions
Tailor-Made in Many Ways

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Pepperl + Fuchs has developed an individual sensor solution for the company montratec based on innovative Pulse Ranging Technology, or PRT. Modifications to the design, hardware, and software have transformed a portfolio sensor into a solution that is tailored precisely to the shape of the shuttle.

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Power Supply Product
1U half-rack programmable DC power supplies deliver 1,500W

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Power Supply Product 1U half-rack programmable DC power supplies deliver 1,500W
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TDK Corporation (TSE 6762) announces the introduction of the GH1.5kW series of 1,500W rated, 1U high half-rack wide, programmable DC power supplies. This latest extension to the TDK-Lambda Genesys+ series has the same functionality and programming as the standard full rack 1.7kW to 15kW models. Applications include bench-top or rack mount laboratory use as well as component, automotive and aerospace testing, semiconductor fabrication, solar array and battery simulation, plating and water treatment.

Ten models are available rated at 0V to 10V, 20V, 30V, 40V, 60V, 80V, 100V, 150V, 300V and 600V, with output currents of 0-2.6A to 0-150A. All models are capable of operating in constant voltage, constant current and constant power modes. Up to four power supplies can be connected in parallel with an advanced master/slave system that provides dynamic load response and ripple and noise characteristics comparable with that of a single power supply. The input voltage range is 85 to 265Vac facilitating global use.

Excluding the busbars, the GH1.5kW measures 214mm wide, 43.6mm (1U) high and 441.5mm deep. Two units can be mounted side by side in a standard 19” rack, with the GH/RM option kit. The Genesys+ half rack units weigh less than 3.5kg for easy movement or installation. A blank front panel option (with no metering or control functions) is available where user access is not required or needs to be restricted. Snap-on dust filters can also be added to restrict airborne contamination.

Programming is standardised across the Genesys+ series by either utilising the front panel controls, remotely via LAN (LXI 1.5), USB 2.0 and RS232/485 communications, or by using the isolated analogue control and monitoring (0-5V, 0-10V) which are provided as standard. Optional interfaces include a choice of GPIB (IEEE488.2) and the Anybus CompactCom interface platform for EtherCAT, Modbus-TCP and other interface options as they are released. Software drivers, a waveform creator and a virtual front panel GUI are provided in the software package. Safety features are standard in all GENESYS+™ power supplies, providing Safe/Auto Re-Start, Last Setting Memory and built-in protection functions. Control of voltage and current slew rate, internal resistance simulation and display brightness control are all standard features.

The five year warranty series is safety certified to IEC/EN/UL 60950-1 (61010-1 pending), is CE marked to the Low Voltage, EMC and RoHS Directives and is compliant to the industrial IEC/EN 61203-3 standard for conducted EMI, radiated EMI and EMC immunity.

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Suspensions, emulsions, powders and bulk solids
Fast analysis of particle shape and size

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Particle Sizer ANALYSETTE 28 ImageSizer for dry measurement of powders and bulk solids. (Picture: Fritsch)
Particle Sizer Analysette 28 ImageSizer for dry measurement of powders and bulk solids. (Picture: Fritsch)

The Fritsch Analysette 28 ImageSizer for dry and wet measurement is the ideal Particle Sizer for all applications that require accurate and reproducible measuring results for both particle shape and size. The optical process of Dynamic Image Analysis provides results for a wide measuring range, delivers multiple shape parameters and evaluation possibilities for particle size. The measuring time depending on the sample quantity, is under 5 minutes. And the result is available immediately.

Your advantage: Great flexibility for different measurement tasks for particle sizes of 20 µm – 20 mm in quality control, research and laboratory – and is a very easy and cost-effective alternative to sieving.

Easy wet measurement of suspensions and emulsions

The Analysette 28 ImageSizer is in combination with the corresponding wet dispersion unit ideal for measurement of particle shape and size of suspensions and emulsions.

Wet dispersion is particularly suitable for fine particles, poorly flowing, fine-agglomerating or sticky materials, which do not react in water or other liquids.

Your advantages

  • Extra wide measuring range of 20 μm – 2.8 mm
  • Strong, freely adjustable ultrasonic power for deagglomeration
  • Extremely quiet dispersion with strong pumping power
  • Benzine, alcohol and many organic solvents can also be used as suspension liquid as a standard feature
  • Automatic rinsing cycle
  • No dead space in measuring and rinsing circulation system
  • Fast and consistent cleaning

Efficient dry measurement of powders and bulk solids

The Analysette 28 ImageSizer is the ideal Particle Sizer for fast analysis of particle shape and size of dry, free-flowing materials. Via the optical analysis of the particle shape and particle size, you can identify damaged particles, contaminates, agglomerates or oversized and undersized particles accurately and fast and view them completely uncomplicated in single images.

Your advantages

  • Extra wide measuring range of 20 μm – 20 mm, individually adjustable
  • 3 telecentric lenses are available
  • Up to 75 images per second
  • Agglomerates are preserved
  • Practical Clean Design of the measuring chamber
  • Optimal number of particles due to automatic adjustment of the feeder
  • Easy handling

State-of-the-art, simple and fast evaluation via Cloud and Gallery

The evaluation of the measuring results is uniquely simple with the Analysette 28 ImageSizer. The evaluation software ISS displays each recorded particle clearly as a data point in the immediately available Fritsch Cloud as well as in the Fritsch Gallery. You freely choose which statement is of interest to you: for example the Sphericity in regards to the Minimum Feret Diameter, the aspect ratio, applied on the porosity, or the convexity as a function of the particle Cross Section. Or display the particle size distribution as a cumulative curve, as a bar chart or in a table form.

Each particle can be clicked individually

The state-of-the-art of uncomplicated evaluation: For fast single image viewing, each individual particle can be opened directly with a mouse click from the clearly arranged Fritsch Cloud. The really important information for you about the morphology will be shown by the position of the data point in the Cloud. Without time-consuming search, you can immediately analyse, evaluate and delete individual selected particles. All available size and shape parameters are automatically displayed.

 

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