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The new Sinamics Connect 300 from Siemens provides a simple plug-and-play solution for integrating converters of the Sinamics family into the IT world.
The new Sinamics Connect 300 from Siemens provides a simple plug-and-play solution for integrating converters of the Sinamics family into the IT world. (Picture: Siemens)

The new Sinamics Connect 300 from Siemens provides a simple plug-and-play solution for integrating converters of the Sinamics family into the IT world. The new solution is suitable for low-voltage converters and supports cloud-based digitalization solutions. MindSphere applications such as Analyze MyDrives can now be used directly via Sinamics Connect 300. Sinamics Connect 300 is an IoT gateway with its own dedicated LAN connection. The converter is connected directly to the Sinamics Connect 300 terminal block. Parameters, operating data and statuses are being transmitted over universal serial interface protocol and can be retrieved at any time. No modifications are necessary to the hardware or firmware of drives used with Sinamics Connect 300, nor do PLC programs need to be adjusted. Commissioning takes place conveniently and simply using a web server user interface. Sinamics Connect 300 does not bring about any changes to the data and signal flow of the machine automation, nor does it place any additional load on the field bus of the machine or plant. This makes the use of Sinamics Connect 300 completely independent of the automation and enables rapid, trouble-free and low-cost commissioning. The simultaneous connection of up to eight drives opens up outstanding economies of scale, and the Sinamics Connect 300 is also highly suited for machine users looking to directly upgrade heterogeneous legacy machine fleets in brown field projects.

Analyze MyDrives now available for MindSphere version

The MindSphere app Analyze MyDrives is being prepared for use with the latest MindSphere version. Analyze MyDrives allows operators to monitor the drive components of their machines. The app collates and evaluates all the operating data, and can be used to analyze and visualize any parameters, or to define the threshold values and work area. By continuously monitoring power consumption, torque and frequency, it enables the determination of actual maintenance requirements. As a result, machine operators are informed about any critical operating statuses within the drive train, and machine builders are able to offer servicing tailored to actual needs. Regular machine maintenance performed generally at predefined intervals is no longer required, enhancing machine capacity utilization and productivity while reducing maintenance intervals and downtimes. The analysis of operating data also enables predictive maintenance and so reduces the risk of unscheduled costs, allowing all optimization potential to be channeled into energy-saving measures

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Easily Protect against Surge Voltage



Easily Protect against Surge Voltage Pepperl+Fuchs
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The new M-LB-2000 system offers surge protection with nothing more than a loop disconnect function for easy maintenance and commissioning, making it ideal for use in applications that only require a minimal specification.

The M-LB-2000 can also be used as a superior alternative to terminal blocks with surge protection. The terminal blocks can be replaced by the 6.2 mm slim modules with no additional space required. The one-piece devices can be mounted on a standard DIN mounting rail, are approved for applications up to SIL 3, and are certified in accordance with Atex and IECEx up to Zone 1. This makes the M-LB-2000 system the ideal complement to the M-LB-5000 surge protection system – the two-part system that offers diagnostic functions.

The M-LB-5000 with condition monitoring function has patented diagnostics and uses a special algorithm to detect different overload situations that can cause the surge protection functionality to wear out. This improves the availability of the protective function, and therefore the system as a whole, while minimizing maintenance costs. The traffic-light display on each protection module greatly reduces testing work, as the fault can very easily be assigned to a specific signal circuit.

This system also offers considerable advantages over other solutions when it comes to maintenance. For example, the base module on the DIN mounting rail stops the signal from being interrupted when the protection module is disconnected. A protection module can therefore be replaced without affecting plant operation. However, if the signal circuit needs to be intentionally interrupted – for isolation tests during commissioning, for example – the protection module can simply be rotated by 180 degrees and plugged in. In this case, the signal circuit is interrupted by an integrated isolating function.

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287 patents in 2018
Patent portfolio expands further



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



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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