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S8000 Chilled Mirror Hygrometer Range

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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Simotics Connect 400
Greater efficiency with connectivity module

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When fitted with Simotics Connect 400, size AH100 to AH450 low-voltage motors can be analyzed using the cloud-based Sidrive IQ Fleet App. Picture: Siemens
When fitted with Simotics Connect 400, size AH100 to AH450 low-voltage motors can be analyzed using the cloud-based Sidrive IQ Fleet App. (Picture: Siemens)

In future, it will be possible for existing motors operating in the field to be retrofitted with the Simotics Connect 400 connectivity module from Siemens. This will allow size AH100 to AH450 low-voltage motors operated directly from the mains to transmit operating data straight to the cloud-based Sidrive IQ Fleet App without the need for any structural modifications. Regular data analysis allows plant operators to quickly and efficiently oversee the operational status of their drive systems and plan a servicing schedule based on actual requirement. This not only improves efficiency, but also optimizes serviceability and extends service life. Typical applications requiring monitored low-voltage motors include pumps, fans and compressors.

At this year’s Hannover Messe; Siemens will be using a brownfield application to demonstrate how plant availability can be optimized in future using Simotics Connect 400. The connectivity module comes with all the sensors required for capturing motor vibration or temperature-related data, a Wlan communication module and a battery to enable independent operation. The module processes and saves the operating data, and sends it to the Sidrive IQ Fleet App for cloud-based analysis. Special algorithms use the data to generate meaningful key performance indicators (KPIs) which describe the status of the motors, and are used to determine any concrete need for action. If required, the modules can be retrofitted to legacy motors to improve reliability and availability and boost performance.

Sidrive IQ: IoT digitalization portfolio for drive systems

Sidrive IQ is an essential component of the Siemens digitalization portfolio which opens up wide-ranging scope for IoT (Internet of Things) optimization across the entire drive train – from production through to servicing. Sidrive IQ MindSphere offers a variety of different applications and customized services. Sidrive IQ Fleet is used predominantly in process industry applications, and Analyze MyDrives is designed in the main for the discrete manufacturing industry. Both applications enable the visualization, analysis and monitoring of drive data.

The Sidrive IQ application Analyze MyDrives additionally allows the operating status of Sinamics low-voltage converters to be reliably and conveniently monitored, while gathering and analyzing their operating data. By continuously monitoring power consumption, torque and frequency and also measuring energy flows, users can identify any optimization and maintenance requirement and so initiate any necessary actions in good time. This reduces the need for fixed-interval maintenance, making for greater machine productivity and allowing energy saving potential to be identified.

As a result, plant operators benefit from improved plant availability. A range of connectivity modules for low-voltage and medium-voltage converters as well as low-voltage and high-voltage motors are available from Siemens for linking drive systems to the cloud.

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

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Unleashing the potential
Efficient utilization of unused device data

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Netilion, a cloud-based ecosystem, supports users with intelligent and connected applications. Picture: Endress+Hauser
Netilion, a cloud-based ecosystem, supports users with intelligent and connected applications. (Picture: Endress+Hauser)

At the Hannover Messe 2019, Endress+Hauser will highlight the intelligent utilization of data and information from field devices and show how the vast potential hidden in plants can be unleashed. The foundation of this strategy is innovative diagnostic information generated by Heartbeat Technology, a wide selection of digital interfaces and connectivity modules, as well as the Netilion IIoT ecosystem. With this approach, the People for Process Automation are catering to companies constructing new plants, as well as the operators of existing systems.

Netilion – cloud-based IIoT ecosystem

Every user is looking for ways to carry out predictive maintenance and avoid unplanned system downtime. As a leading provider of measurement instruments for industrial applications, Endress+Hauser wants to offer current and future customers solutions that exploit the untapped potential in their field devices. While the data already exists, the Netilion applications allow users to take advantage of it. With the Netilion cloud-based ecosystem, Endress+Hauser is showcasing intelligent and connected applications for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Heartbeat Technology – constantly feeling the pulse

Endress+Hauser offers a wide range of instruments equipped with Heartbeat, a technology that provides a high level of system availability with minimal effort. The integrated Heartbeat Technology delivers concise, standardized diagnostic notifications and monitoring data that allow users to service and maintain their systems precisely when needed. In combination with the Netilion applications, this data enables predictive maintenance. The information also provides an indication of operational reliability and process safety. Since the instruments automatically monitor their own condition, manual inspection cycles can be reduced.

Solid measurement instruments for efficiency and reliability

One of the product highlights at the Hannover Messe is the new Liquiphant FTL51B, which follows in the footsteps of the tried-and-tested tuning fork–based Liquiphant level switches. This robust point level switch is suitable for use with all liquids and now comes with the integrated Heartbeat Technology for documented proof testing without removing the instrument or interrupting the process. Another new product that is also equipped with Heartbeat Technology is the Gammapilot FMG50, a radiometric level transmitter that can be deployed where other measurement principles run up against their limits. Additional highlights that visitors can check out at the Endress+Hauser exhibit booth are the Proline 300/500 flowmeter and a new Promass A flow sensor for measuring smaller flows, which is also available in two-wire technology. And with the 113 GHz concept, Endress+Hauser is also illustrating that it offers the right frequency for every application when it comes to radar-based level measurements.

Endress+Hauser at the Hannover Messe: hall 11, stand C43

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Digital metering and control devices
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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