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287 patents in 2018
Patent portfolio expands further

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Consolidated innovation spirit: At its annual Innovators’ Meeting in Saint-Louis, France, Endress+Hauser honored the company’s inventors. Picture: Endress+Hauser
Consolidated innovation spirit: At its annual Innovators’ Meeting in Saint-Louis, France, Endress+Hauser honored the company’s inventors. (Picture: Endress+Hauser)

The number of patents submitted by the Endress+Hauser Group continues to rise. As reported during the annual Innovators’ Meeting held this year in France, the Group submitted 287 initial patents in 2018, a new record. Endress+Hauser owns nearly 7,800 active intellectual property rights worldwide.

“This year we once again achieved a record number of innovations, both in the number of patent filings and the number of approved patents.”

Angelika Andres, Corporate Director, Intellectual Property Rights at Endress+Hauser

While the 309 invention disclosures are a sign of the company’s ongoing innovation capability, the 537 granted patent applications also represent an all-time high.

Roughly one-third of the patent filings are related to the Industrial Internet of Things, digital communications and instrument diagnostics. Under the motto #empowerthefield, in 2018 the measurement engineering specialist began to bundle its digital activities with a focus on Heartbeat Technology, as well as the recently introduced Netilion IIoT ecosystem.

Patent department in the US

Each invention undergoes a multistage internal evaluation process before submission to the patent office, usually within four months. To handle the stream of innovations, in 2016 an internal patent department was created in the US, one of the Group’s most important markets. Four specialists at the Greenwood, Indiana location are responsible for protecting the technical innovations. This team has full responsibility for handling all patent filings from the Group companies located in the US, plus up to 80 percent of the overseas filings.

Innovation spirit in the spotlight

Under the motto ‘Innovation – what makes us human’, Matthias Altendorf, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group, as well as other members of the Executive Board, welcomed more than 300 guests to the annual Innovators’ Meeting, which was held in late March in Saint-Louis, France. Employees involved in patent filings presented their innovations during the company’s traditional get-together. Exceptional innovations were recognized with special awards.

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The S8000
Chilled Mirror Hygrometer Range

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The S8000 Chilled Mirror Hygrometer Range Michell

In many processes moisture is a critical factor that needs to be monitored, and controlled. Chilled mirror is the technology of choice for humidity measurements to national standards in laboratories worldwide.

Chilled mirror has the highest attainable accuracy of any dew-point measurement technology, and provides excellent repeatability over a wide measurement range. It is a proven, well established and reliable measurement technique: the temperature at which condensation forms on a surface is measured directly, so there are no calculated variables that could change over time. This means chilled mirror does not suffer from drift or hysteresis.

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Enabling Security
Totally-Connected world of Industry 4.0

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Analog Devices Enabling Security in the Totally-Connected world of Industry 4.0
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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

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Sinamics S120 drive system
Firmware and hardware updates increase user-friendliness

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Siemens offers new features in the firmware and hardware for the Sinamics S120 drive system.
Siemens offers new features in the firmware and hardware for the Sinamics S120 drive system. (Picture: Siemens)

Siemens offers new features in the firmware and hardware for the Sinamics S120 drive system. Operation is made much easier in firmware V5.2 through the integration of the web server. The web server in version V5.2 has a new, responsive design, which reacts via standard web browsers regardless of the end device used (notebook, PC, tablet or smartphone). For commissioning typical diagnostics and maintenance functions or servicing, no special tools are required. The web pages are available in six standard languages and feature error indicators and warning messages including meaningful help texts and suggestions for possible solutions. Users can intuitively create, manage and delete parameter lists – even across axes – and can perform firmware updates and system restores with the old firmware version. Backups of parameter settings can be stored on the clients using the web server and browser, and reloaded in the Sinamics converter using the Restore function. In order to test functions that are subject to license, it is possible to activate a temporary trial mode. In addition, a complete overview of all functions that are subject to license is clearly displayed in the web server. For optimum display on any Internet-capable end device, the best browsers are Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari. Navigation is via menu or breadcrumbs.

In terms of hardware, Active Line Modules (ALM) can now be connected in parallel for the Sinamics S120. The new firmware V5.2 provides the user with an extended performance range for booksize versions. The parallel connection also results in increased rated power without an additional chassis unit or an external power connection. The power can therefore be increased and voltage peaks are overcome. In addition, energy exchange is possible in the DC link. The new features are available for 55, 80 and 120 kilowatt (kW) ALMs and can also be used in external smart mode.

Siemens at the Hannover Messe 2019: Hall 9, Stand D35

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