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CC-Link IE and PROFINET goes collaboration for a transparent network infrastructure



The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) and PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) are announcing a close collaboration with the objective of promoting and disseminating the use of open industrial networks. As users aspire to be ready for Industry 4.0 or the Industrial Internet of Things based manufacturing systems easy integration of various networks, such as CC-Link IE and PROFINET, is essential for this.

Digital communication using a fieldbus or Industrial Ethernet is already widely used in modern production plants and is an important building block for increasing productivity. The demand for intelligent communication will continue to increase due to megatrends such Industry 4.0 and IIoT. However, the heterogeneous landscape of Industrial Ethernet standards that has existed for years poses the problem that devices and machines of different communication systems are in themselves unable to exchange data. Machine builders are therefore forced to equip their machines with different networks, or plant owners are limited in their selection of suitable machines. Consequently to overcome this there has been a growing need for manufacturer-specific transfer specifications and complicated bespoke converters.



CC-Link IE + PROFINET (image. CLPA)


With their cooperation, CLPA and PI aim to enable transparent and easy bi-directional communication between CC-Link IE and PROFINET devices through standardized interfaces. To this end a joint working group is being established to develop the necessary technical specifications to achieve this goal. When work on the specifications is complete, it will be available to members of both organizations for implementation.

”With the CC-Link Partner Association, we have gained a comparable partner whose networks are being used in many industries worldwide,” said Karsten Schneider, Chairman of PI.
”This will give users more flexibility when building their IIoT, Industry 4.0, or e-F@ctory enabled systems,” confirmed Naomi Nakamura, Global Director of CLPA. ”With the combined global network of CLPA offices and PI associations and the large number of available devices from members of both organizations, together we can open up additional markets for our members. As a result, the use of CC-Link IE and PROFINET will grow even faster.”

CLPA and PI to cooperate for a transparent network infrastructure

CLPA and PI to cooperate for a transparent network infrastructure


[About CLPA]
The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) is an international organization with over 2,400 member companies worldwide. The partners’ common objective is promotion and technical development of the family of CC-Link open network technologies with the focus on helping their joint customers achieve their integrated manufacturing aspirations.
CC-Link IE’s 1Gbit performance, ideal for capturing large volumes of data, as well as its flexible topology culminating in its SLMP protocol (Seamless Messaging Protocol) which allows it to span from CC-Link IE and CC-Link to SLMP enabled devices on standard Ethernet, have already been selected as fundamental/core technologies behind total automation initiatives such as Mitsubishi Electric’s e-F@ctory; thus allowing customers to create the infrastructure required to meet the challenges of initiatives such as Industry 4.0, IIoT, China Manufacturing 2025 etc.
The CLPA organization is the driving force behind developing new open standards in industrial communication while also supporting the device development activities of its members as well as certification of those devices as a quality control and maintenance of the open networking environment. In addition the CLPA actively conducts promotional activities on behalf of its members to gain the wider acceptance and use of advanced CC-Link based networking technologies.
The current boards of the CLPA are: 3M, Balluff, Cisco, Cognex, Idec, Mitsubishi Electric, Molex, NEC and Digital (Proface)

[About PI (PROFIBUS and PROFINET International)]
PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) is the largest worldwide operating automation community and responsible for PROFIBUS and PROFINET, the two leading industrial communications technologies in automation today. The common interest of the PI’s global network of vendors,developers, system integrators and end users is technical development and international promotion of these open fieldbus technologies. Currently, around 50 million PROFIBUS devices and 10 million PROFINET devices are installed worldwide. PI is supported by 26 regional associations (RPA).

This global network shares a common interest in a larger installed base, further development, and application of PROFIBUS and PROFINET. Under the PI umbrella there are over 50 active working groups responsible for the development, standardization, and increased market presence of PROFIBUS and PROFINET. In addition, there is a global PI network of accredited Test Labs as well as Training and Competence Centers, which meet international quality standards.

PROFINET, the globally leading Industrial Ethernet standard, is the only Industrial Ethernet standard that offers full openness for TCP/IP traffic combined with deterministic real time behavior for motion control application. Especially with the broad range of profiles, such as PROFIsafe, PROFIenergy and PROFIdrive, it is well prepared to serve as a backbone for Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT.


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ABB Ability™ inspection for transformers – TXplore™



ABB Ability™ inspection for transformers – TXplore™ (image. abb)
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Power transformers have complex internal systems that degrade over time. As a consequence, it may be necessary to inspect the internal components for signs of abnormal operation. ABB’s TXplore accomplishes an internal inspection examining the structure of the transformer without the need to remove the oil and send an inspector into the confined space of a power transformer.

ABB Ability™ inspection for transformers – TXplore™ (image. abb)

ABB Ability™ inspection for transformers – TXplore™ (image. abb)

Use ABB’s inspection service to examine the internal structure of your power transformer without having to remove the oil or sending an inspector into confined spaces.

Ability to perform an internal inspection of an oil filled transformer without needing to drain the oil.


Product scope

  • Use on any oil-filled power transformer
  • Compatible with mineral or ester fluids
  • Eliminates the risk of a person entering the confined space environment
  • Inspection can begin immediately after taking an outage
  • Significant reduction in outage time
  • No, or very little, oil needs to be handled
  • Eliminates the need for a confined space rescue team

Inspections can become more routine
The TXplore™ can assist in emergency inspections of critical transformers when operational issues are detected. TXplore™ can be deployed as soon as the transformer is de-energized. This additional data supports a more accurate evaluation of the transformer’s ability to continue to operate reliably. TXplore™ can become part of a routine periodic inspection, combined with typical oil samples analyzed for chemistry, dissolved gases and electrical tests such as ratio, power factor, SFRA and others.

This evaluation allows the transformer operator to confirm asset readiness/reliability and to use baseline data for future condition comparisons.

The need for understanding your asset condition
Power transformers are critical to moving electrical energy over long distances. They have very long service lives, typically providing reliable energy transfer for several decades. To ensure a long service life, maintenance must be carried out as the transformer ages and issues arise. The largest transformers are typically filled with mineral oil, which acts as a coolant and provides electrical insulation for the high voltages the transformer must withstand. Both the mineral oil and cellulose insulation break down from the stresses of use and aging.


ABB Ability™ TXplore™

ABB Ability™ TXplore™


The challenges of traditional inspections
In the past, to evaluate if a specific internal component or system required repairs, it was necessary for someone to perform an internal inspection of the transformer. This required bringing oil processing and storage equipment to the site and removing the oil from the transformer. An internal inspection expert would then enter the transformer and perform the inspection. All of this causes a significant outage and considerable expenses for the customer.

The internal inspection is quite challenging because spaces are tight and the environment is not human-friendly. It is also dangerous, as the confined space requires effort to ensure the air inside is breathable. The process can result in the need for extensive processing to remove gas, moisture and re-establish oil impregnation of the insulation system.

The ability to perform an internal inspection while the transformer is filled with oil
ABB has developed the TXplore™ to function as a remotely controlled inspection submarine. This allows an inspection of the transformer with minimal to no oil being removed by inserting the device through a top manhole cover. This completely eliminates the need to place a human inspector at risk and expose the transformer’s internal structure to external contaminants and potential damages from the weight of a human performing an inspection.

The TXplore™ can assist in emergency inspections of critical transformers when operational issues are detected.

The TXplore™ can assist in emergency inspections of critical transformers when operational issues are detected.

An on-site operator directs the TXplore™ using a wireless controller. The TXplore™ has multiple lights and highdefinition cameras that are able to provide photographs and video during the internal inspection. With local communication and support through the ABB Ability™ platform, transformer experts and customers can watch inspections in near real-time from remote locations.
This feature allows ABB to bring the experts in to help with the evaluation and remotely direct operators to look at specific areas in more detail, improving the ability to accurately identify the root cause of a problem.

Get connected and make better decisions
ABB Ability™ TXplore™ inspection can be viewed by our experts via an internet connection. Experts can review information collected during the inspection and develop action plans to improve the reliability of the critical transformer asset. ABB Ability™ TXplore™ service can be scheduled to take advantage of a planned outage with little or no increase in the outage duration. ABB can also deploy a team to perform an inspection when unforeseen issues are encountered with same- or next-day response.

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The IoT Solutions World Congress 2018 introduces IoT and AI technologies workshops



From 16 to 18 October, the IoT Solutions World Congress (IoTSWC) will conduct three workshops to elaborate on aspects of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). These sessions will provide knowledge and the necessary tools to optimise the digital transformation of business in different industries. Participants will receive an official certificate from the event and the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), the world’s leading organization transforming business and society by accelerating the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

IoT Solutions World Congress 2018

IoT Solutions World Congress (image. IoTSWC)

The first workshop will focus on artificial intelligence and offer an overview of this technology. It will explain how it is being used successfully and where it is having a significant impact. Tips will be provided on where to start and the aspects to be taken into account during its implementation, as well as the challenges its deployment entails, depending on the company. Edy Liongosari, Chief Research Scientist at Accenture Labs, and Wael William Diab, Business and Technology Strategist at Huawei, will chair this session, with several experts in attendance.

The second workshop will demonstrate that the success of the industrial internet depends on the cooperation of different companies and will put IoT startups in contact with suppliers of solutions and financing in order to carry out these projects. Taking a practical approach, this session will enable several startups to explain the challenges they are working on and the problems they face. Several technology providers will then present solutions to contribute to resolving these challenges, as well as innovation programmes in which newly-created technology-based companies can take part. Finally, different venture capital companies will explain what they are looking for in IoT startups and outline the best way of working with them and accessing their capital injection programmes.

The last of the workshops will address the digital twin concept, which is set to transform the dynamics of the industry. This involves virtually replicating real processes in order to analyse their behaviour in certain cases, with the aims of improving their effectiveness and knowing how to act in unexpected situations. A new approach called Closed Loop PLM will be presented: CAD connections in factories and systems for the management of the product life cycle (PLM) (ALM) and (SLM) through an IoT platform which includes augmented reality and virtual reality. Those responsible for the contents are Calvin Smith, Director & Head of IoT Partner Engineering at Wipro, and Helena Lisachuck, Director IOT Global Lead at Deloitte.

The IoT Solutions World Congress (IoTSWC) is the leading event on the industrial internet and the digital transformation of business sectors, combining a congress, a commercial exhibition and test benches. The October edition expects to gather together 300 exhibitors and 250 speakers from around the world. This year’s show is set to showcase the growth of the IoT and its widescale implementation across a range of industrial and business applications and will also demonstrate the convergence of this technology with artificial intelligence and blockchain. More than 13,000 professionals from 114 countries visited the IoTSWC last year.

SOURCE: IoT Solutions World Congress (IOTSWC 2018)

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