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Postponed and canceled industrial fairs in Germany

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The coronavirus and COVID-19 disease have the world in their grip. The rapid spread of the virus in Europe and the world has led to very strict measures by health authorities, affecting our daily life as well as most industrial sectors. As a result, many events and trade fairs were canceled or postponed. To keep you updated, we have compiled an overview of the industrial fairs in Germany, relevant to the process industries.

Postponed within the year

  • Analytica, the leading trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis, biotechnology and analytica conferencein Munich, has been postponed from its original date, March 31st – April 3rd, to October 19th – 22nd, 2020.
  • Automatisierungstreff in Böblingen should have taken place from March 24th to 26th. The event was postponed to September 8th -10th, 2020.
  • Hannover Messe and its associated trade fairs were supposed to take place in Hannover from April 20th to 24th 2020, the industrial fair has now been postponed to July 13th -17th, 2020.
  • MSR-Spezialmesse Rheinland, the regional fair for instrumentation, control and automation that takes place in Leverkusen, was moved to the summer. The replacement date is August 19th, 2020.
  • Ifat, the leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management in the Munich Trade Fair Center, was postponed from May 4th to 8th, 2020 to September 7th to 11th, 2020

Postponed to 2021

  • Interpack, the international trade fair for packaging in Düsseldorf, has been postponed from the original date, May 7th to 13th, 2020, to next year, February 25th to March 3rd, 2021.

Cancelled

  • Logimat will not take place this year, the fair had to be cancelled at short notice. A replacement date could not be found, so the next Logimat will take place in 2021, from March 9th to 11th.
  • MSR-Spezialmesse Rhein-Main had to be canceled by the organizer Meorga at short notice. A replacement date has not been communicated.

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Silage Wrap Stretch Film Capability
Coveris further expands

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Coveris Further Expands Silage Wrap Stretch Film Capability
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Building on its longstanding expertise of more than 35 years as a leading supplier of stretch films, Coveris now expands its capacities and further invests in its Kufstein plant. Following on from the recently announced major investment programme in Winsford UK, the second phase of this programme is now launched which expands and upgrades the technical capabilities in Kufstein, Austria through investment in a 5-layer specialist Agri Extrusion line.

The Winsford UK investment in new generation extrusion and pre-stretch assets creates a dedicated UK cell for stretch film production, expanding its industrial capacity and extending its capability to manufacture agricultural stretch film applications in the UK.

The 5-layer extrusion investment in Kufstein significantly enhances its position as Centre of Excellence for Agri production and will allow Coveris to extend its product range to include additional premium quality silage films for high speed wrappers and challenging bale sizes. The new equipment will be installed and commissioned during quarter two 2020, and together with the Winsford investment increases Coveris silage wrap capacity to ~30k tons.

“This investment of 5-layer extrusion capability into Kufstein is an exciting development for Coveris as we seek to significantly expand our offering within the Global Agri films market. We now have Agri manufacturing centres in both Austria and the UK, allowing us to offer our clients a wider service proposition to add to our outstanding product and technical know-how built up over many years. Our reputation for high quality products can now be enhanced further through accelerated product development and innovation”, comments Martin Davis, President Business Unit Films on the Agri investment programme.

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Industrial power supply operates from a 3-phase input

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TDK Corporation (TSE 6762) announces the introduction of the TPS4000-24 power supply rated at up to 4,080W at 24V. The TPS series can operate automatically from 400, 440, and 480Vac nominal delta or WYE inputs, without wiring changes or the need for large, costly step-down transformers. This industrial grade power supply is ideal for use in a wide range of applications including test and measurement equipment, semiconductor fabrication, additive manufacturing, printers, laser cutting and RF power amplifiers.

The TPS4000 is fully featured with output voltage and current programming, warning signals, configurable remote on/off, a 12V 0.3A standby voltage and a PMBus interface. Using this communications function allows remote monitoring of the output voltage, output current, internal temperature, status signals and fan speed. The output voltage, over current limit and the remote on/off are programmable via the PMBus™. The output voltage is adjustable from 19.2 to 28.5V and the current limit point by 70-105% using front panel potentiometers or an analogue 0-5Vdc voltage. An internal ORing FET simplifies the parallel operation of up to 8 units for redundant or higher power requirements.

Excluding the output busbars, the unit measures 107 x 84.4 x 335mm, making it suitable for 2U high racking systems. The weight of the product is just 4kg. With a typical efficiency of 92%, the TPS can start up at -40°C, operate at full load in ambient temperatures of -10°C to +50°C, and deliver 55% load at 70°C. Cooling is provided by a variable speed, temperature controlled fan to reduce acoustical noise and the ingress of containments. The power supply has 3kVac input to output, 2kVac input to ground and 500Vdc output to ground isolation.

The three year warranty TPS is safety certified to IEC/EN/UL 60950-1 (62368-1 pending) and is CE marked to the Low Voltage, EMC and RoHS Directives. The TPS4000 also complies with EN55032-A EMI, SEMI F47-0706, IEC 61000-3-2, IEC 61000-4 and is designed to meet the MIL‑STD‑461F/G CS101, CS114 (Army Ground), CS115, CS116 immunity standard.

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Adnoc selects Honeywell platform
Predictive maintenance projects in the oil and gas industry

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Adnoc selects honeywell platform for one of the largest predictive maintenance projects in the oil and gas industry
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The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) selected Honeywell’s asset monitoring and predictive analytics solution to drive improved asset and machinery management across ADNOC’s upstream and downstream operations. Leveraging AI technologies like machine learning and digital twins, the platform is expected to help generate significant yearly savings through reduced unplanned maintenance, increased reliability, uptime and safety.

The 10-year contract marks one of the largest predictive maintenance projects in the Oil and Gas industry and is part of ADNOC’s flagship Centralized Predictive Analytics and Diagnostics (CPAD) program. CPAD, which underpins the company’s 2030 Strategy and Oil & Gas 4.0 initiatives, aims at transforming ADNOC’s operations to maximize value from every barrel of oil, while delivering the greatest possible returns to the United Arab Emirates.

“ADNOC continuously drives innovation and seeks new and advanced technologies that can enhance operational efficiencies and optimize performance,” said Dr. Alan Nelson, chief technology officer, ADNOC. “The predictive maintenance project is significant in scale and in its application of AI technology. Data on thousands of critical assets will be hosted on a platform where AI techniques will be applied to enable us to better understand the performance of our assets and to predict shortfalls in advance, thereby enabling us to maximize operational efficiencies. Honeywell was selected as our technology partner to provide this state-of-the-art solution after a highly competitive and rigorous bid process.”

ADNOC will deploy Honeywell Forge Asset Monitor and Predictive Analytics solutions at its Panorama Command Center in its Abu Dhabi headquarters. Its Panorama Digital Command Center currently aggregates real-time information across ADNOC’s businesses and uses smart analytical models, AI and big data to generate operational insights and recommend new pathways. The addition of Honeywell’s solutions will enable the central monitoring of up to 2,500 critical rotating equipment across all ADNOC Group companies.

With continuous online equipment monitoring, aided by digital twin models and machine learning analytics, operators and maintenance personnel will be able to identify impending machinery issues earlier and shift from reactive and preventative maintenance practices to a predictive maintenance approach. Sophisticated insights into equipment health will also allow ADNOC to evaluate equipment overhaul extension programs, increase the availability of equipment and maximize production. Built on a scalable enterprise platform, the solution will accelerate time to value by providing ADNOC engineers with a host of embedded data science and simulation tools.

“Honeywell Forge Asset Monitor and Predictive Analytics can deliver significant OPEX cost-savings each year while optimizing CAPEX expenditure,” said Que Dallara, president and chief executive officer of Honeywell Connected Enterprise. “We look forward to ADNOC realizing these benefits after deploying this leading-edge technology. Our enterprise-grade solution provides the intelligence augmentation that business leaders rely on for quick and efficient decision making. Leaderscan now focus their resources on innovation and achieving optimal business outcomes.”

The predictive maintenance project is one of many digital transformation initiatives by ADNOC to embed cutting-edge technology across its entire value chain and deliver on its Oil & Gas 4.0 mission to stay ahead of the world’s growing demand for energy. Other digital initiatives include its Panorama Digital Command Center; smart data analytics Thamama Subsurface Collaboration Center; and the use of AI-assisted value chain modeling, rock image pattern recognition technologies, and blockchain-based hydrocarbon accounting, to name a few.

Honeywell is an established leader in digital transformation across the Middle East and globally. Through Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) based solutions, Honeywell has enabled many of the region’s oil and gas projects to achieve improved performance and efficiency. The company’s solutions support a variety of long-term, national development and economic diversification initiatives across the Middle East and North Africa region.

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