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In manufacturing, the intelligent interconnectedness of Industry 4.0 is the way of the future, especially at the subcontracting end of the spectrum. And that, in short, is why integrated manufacturing and smart products will feature so prominently at the Industrial Supply show at this year’s HANNOVER MESSE. In Hall 6, for example, the German-based plastics specialists Arburg GmbH + Co KG and Pöppelmann GmbH & Co. KG will be showing the world what individualized mass production looks like. The two companies will run a live, interactive demonstration of a five-stage process for producing personalized, smart luggage tags. The overall process will combine a mix of injection molding, additive manufacturing, automation and digital integration. The growing trend towards integrated manufacturing is also a key focus for ContiTech. The international rubber and plastics technology company is running a showcase at this year’s HANNOVER MESSE themed ”ContiTech. Smart Solutions beyond Rubber.”

The joint demonstration by Arburg and Pöppelmann straddles two of HANNOVER MESSE’s trade shows: Digital Factory and Industrial Supply. It also symbolizes the steadily growing role of IT in the industrial supply sector. Visitors will be able to witness a pioneering Industry 4.0 manufacturing process from start to finish as smart luggage labels are manufactured right before their eyes in accordance with the principles of distributed production. The exhibit at the Arburg display at Stand K16 in Hall 6 will demonstrate the supreme flexibility and cost-effectiveness of automated, batch-size-one production. Injection molding, industrial additive manufacturing and automation will be combined to achieve customer-specific individualization of the product (luggage tag), and the process data will be recorded and tracked using the Arburg host computer system (ALS). Heinz Gaub, Managing Director Technology & Engineering at Arburg, explains the highlights of this immersive Industry 4.0 application scenario: ”Our mini factory at the Arburg stand (K16) and the associated ’Web shop’ display operated by our partner Pöppelmann (Stand B18) will illustrate the key elements of Industry 4.0: sequential manufacturing at spatially distributed locations, ’mass customization’ – by which I mean customer-specific individualization of high-volume parts through the combination of injection molding and additive manufacturing – and end-to-end traceability of each individual part using our Arburg host computer system (ALS).”

The five stations of smart tag production
Here’s how the display works. At the first station, an individual turnkey solution, consisting of an Allrounder 375V injection molding machine and a flexible, space-saving robot cell with an integrated six-axis robot, produces the luggage tags in high volumes. The robot removes each finished molded part from the machine and fits an NFC (Near Field Communication) chip, thereby enabling the tag to store and communicate information. The next step in the flexible production process can take place at both the Arburg and the Pöppelmann stands. It involves visitors using an input terminal to select their own graphic motifs for the design of their tag and to generate an electronic business card (vCard). The vCard data is then loaded onto the tag’s NFC chip at the Arburg stand. At its stand (B18), Pöppelmann will showcase the ’Web shop’ component of this Industry 4.0 business model. This involves customers (visitors) entering their individual luggage-tag requirements via an online portal. Each such ”order” generates a QR code that is either emailed directly to the customer’s smartphone or printed out on paper. At the Arburg stand, the QR code is read by a scanner, and the associated data is loaded onto the NFC chip for use in the downstream production process. Thus, in true Industry 4.0 style, the part being processed (in this case, the luggage tag) carries its own data and is able to identify itself to the individual downstream processing stations and manage the remainder of the production process.

Thorsten Koldehoff, Sales Manager, Pöppelmann KAPSTO®, explains: ”As contributors to this demo application, we are striving to give visitors a tangible feel for how individual customer requirements and preferences can flow into the overall production process, thus opening up completely new business models.”

Constant traceability of process and quality data
At the next station, the customer’s personal data (name, address, phone number, etc) and vCard in the form of a QR code are laser-marked onto the tag. All of the parts handling tasks associated with this are performed by an Integralpicker V vertical picker machine. Next, the tag is further individualized by a Freeformer 3D printer, which additively applies the graphic motif that was selected at the second station. In this way, something that starts out as a large-volume product is transformed into a fully individualized product. At the final station, visitors discover how they can use their smart luggage tags to perform data-supported actions, such as placing online orders for brochures using the integrated NFC chip. Furthermore, the visitor’s contact data can be read from the card either via QR code scanner or NFC scanner. The dataset includes the individual URL address of the tag’s website. The website in turn contains all of the tag’s process and quality data, which can be tracked at all times.

ContiTech invests in smart systems and integrated solutions
”Digitalization is a major opportunity for us to work with our customers to generate added value on a lasting basis,” explains Hans-Jürgen Duensing, the member of the Continental Executive Board responsible for the ContiTech division. ”As suppliers to industry and hence as part of the overall value chain, we can play a key part as enablers of digitalization and shapers of the necessary industrial infrastructure. Intelligently connected systems, machinery and equipment pave the way for this. Which is why we’re working tirelessly to make our products and systems smarter and offer end-to-end solutions.”

At this year’s HANNOVER MESSE, ContiTech (Hall 6, Stand F18) will unveil its permanently installable and digitally connected monitoring system for steel cord conveyor belts. Conveyor belts are the beating heart of many industrial sectors. They are used in a multitude of applications and environments, ranging from open-pit and underground mining to transportation of goods up steep inclines and across distances spanning kilometers. In harsh operating conditions, they transport loads weighing several tons, not to mention sharp, hot, oily and greasy goods. Their fault-free operation is often crucial to the cost-effectiveness of entire production chains. Prolonged belt system outages can bring entire production systems to a complete standstill, costing their operators a fortune in lost sales. That is why plant operators are increasingly turning to preventive maintenance based on innovative electronic monitoring systems that accurately track the operating states of their conveyor belt systems at all times.

Using RFID to optimize localization of longitudinal rips
”Serious conveyor belt damage, such as longitudinal rips and splice faults, for example, can have major consequences for overall system operation and, at worst, can even lead to total system failures,” explains ContiTech application engineer Patrick Raffler. ”With the Conti MultiProtect monitoring system, operators can continuously check for these sorts of faults without having to shut the system down. This enables them to detect faults early on and initiate repairs well before the damage worsens and results in a prolonged stoppage.” The way it works is that rip inserts are implanted in the conveyor belt and continuously monitored for telltale changes in their magnetic fields. In other words, if a belt begins to rip, the insert will also be damaged, which changes its magnetic characteristics. What’s more, each rip insert has an RFID chip that enables the operator to pinpoint the exact location of the insert in the event of a cable rip.

As well as MultiProtect, ContiTech will be showcasing a further development of its ViProtect vibration analysis app for iOS and Android. With the app installed, users can now use their smartphones to analyze vibrations in vehicle cabs, engines and other industrial equipment. Excessive vibration can result in overloading of key components, leading to damage and, ultimately, prolonged and expensive repair shutdowns. Targeted tests help to analyze the vibration characteristics of industrial vehicles and machinery. The app then uses this measurement data to find solutions and suggest options for a suitable suspension system. This helps increase machinery service life and improve user comfort.

hordon kim / hordon@icnweb.co.kr

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IOTSWC18 will portray an industrial future marked by IoT, IA and Blockchain

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IOTSWC 2018

The fourth edition of the IoT Solutions World Congress (IoTSWC) –international reference event on the innovations of the industrial internet of things–, will bring together, between 16 and 18 October in the Gran Via venue of Fira de Barcelona, 341 exhibitors and 316 speakers from all over the world with the aim of showing the transforming capacity of the IoT in different industrial and business environments, and also show its alignment with artificial intelligence and the blockchain.

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The Leading IoT Industry  Event Barcelona 16-18 October 2018 (image. IoTSWC)

Organised by Fira de Barcelona in collaboration with the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), IoTSWC has registered a new growth in the number of participating companies, from 240 in 2017 to 341 in 2018, and expects 14,000 attendees from 114 countries. An evolution in line with the widespread deployment of IoT in various industries due to the potential for improvement in efficiency, automation and results.

Therefore, the director the IoTSWC, Roger Bou, is convinced that the 2018 edition will prove that this technology is here to stay, with its rapidly growing presence in industry: “We can see that no longer is IoT a technological revolution waiting just over the horizon; it is a reality that is being implemented ever more often and has an enormous potential to transform all types of businesses and our day-to-day lives”.

In fact, the Gartner consulting firm has predicted there will be 11.2 billion connected things in the world by the end of 2018 –4.159 billion in industry and specific industries alone. In other words, an upsurge of 32% in these areas with respect to 2017. On the other hand, experts also predict 2018 to be the year in which IoT makes a real impact in the market, spurring new business and service models.

New applications and testbeds

The exhibition area will bring together the leading companies in areas such as information technology, software platform developers, hardware manufacturers, security companies, telecommunications and service operators, or industrial automation firms that will show attendees their latest solutions and applications. The following, among others will be among the 341 companies attending: ABB, Cryptoquantique, Dassault Systems, Deloitte, Fiware, Google Cloud, Hitachi, Huawei, Intel, Kaspersky, Libelium, Microsoft, PTC, Relayr, Rigado, SAS, Software AG, Telefonica, Telit, Thinstream, Uptake, Verizon, Vodafone and Wipro.

Among the new applications, the connected winery developed by Vodafone and Bodegas Emilio Moro stands out which, through a Narrowband IoT platform,sensors in the field, Big Data and satellite technology allow to maximise the performance of the winery and minimise the environmental impact of wine production. In addition, the event will have an area dedicated to testbeds, where live demonstrations of innovative industrial internet applications will be carried out. In total 10 examples will be given, among them an intelligent platform to control water quality in Alaska and save beluga whales; an intelligent entrance gate that can be opened when the owner arrives or transform his/her garage into a giant mailbox for the delivery of online purchases; a 3D printing solution to analyse the client’s foot in real time and design and produce custom-made shoes within a couple of hours; and a fully connected and sensorized fire truck.

The 2018 IoTSWC will also be paying tribute to the year’s most ground-breaking and influential projects with their IoT Solutions Awards, which are open to companies and entities all over the world.

Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and more

On its side, the Conference will bring together the best global experts in IoT technology and representatives of various industrial industries to address the impact of IoT solutions in different environments. Nine core themes have been established for the 2018 edition, as touchstones for the more than 204 scheduled seminars: connected transport, product manufacturing, healthcare, energy and utilities, construction and infrastructure, open industry, enabling technologies, blockchain and artificial intelligence, with these last two having their very own forums.

The following stand out among the 316 speakers: Jonathan Ballon, VP of Intel; Hajime Sugiyama, Overseas Strategic Planning at Mitsubishi Electric; Seb Chakraborty, CTO of British Gas; Alexander Botsor, innovation Project Manager of BMW; Tomi Teikko, Director of Empathic Building of Tieto; Fabian Simmer, Technology Officer at Seat; Cristopher Bailey, director of Innovation and Architecture at Matson; Francisco Torres, Production manager at Pernod Ricard; and John Denning, CTO of Universal Medical, among others.

The technological gender gap and how to overcome it will also be analysed at the congress. IoTSWC will address the leadership role of women in the IoT ecosystem in a session that will have six women leaders in industrial IoT: Jennifer Bennett, Technical Director, Office of the CTO of Google Cloud; Leila Dillon, VP of Global Marketing & NA Distribution at Big Belly; Helena Lisachuk, Director and IoT Global Leader at Deloitte; Beverly Rider, executive vice-president and commercial director of Hitachi; Eva Schönleitner, vice-president of digital societies at ABB; and Adriana Estévez, Executive Director of Transformation and Digital Innovation at Microsoft.

The content and scope of the event was defined in large part thanks to the involvement of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), a worldwide organization of over 250 companies and entities related to IoT whose aim is to collectively make strides in the industrial Internet. The executive director of IIC, Richard Soley, emphasizes the standard of the attendees and demonstrations of the live systems at the IoTSWC: “IoT Solutions World Congress remains the main industrial IoT event of the year. It gives attendees the chance to meet the leaders who have been working in the field of the IoT for some time; to listen to the experts, for specific companies and industries to share success stories, and also to provide the opportunity to see the benefits of the industrial internet in action with our focus on fully functional test benches”.

Barcelona Industry Week

The IoT Solutions World Congress forms part of Barcelona Industry Week, a brand which also encompasses two other trade shows, In(3D)ustry From Needs to Solutions, dedicated to additive manufacturing, and Healthio, specializing in health and healthcare technologies. All three events, which create synergies and provide a platform for commerce and knowledge in a wide range of industrial sectors, will take place from 16-18 October at Fira de Barcelona.

 

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Nexperia, New 175°C AEC-Q101 MOSFETs in miniature leadless packages for enable automated inspection

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Nexperia 175°C AEC-Q101 MOSFETs

Nexperia announced the industry’s first AEC-Q101-qualified MOSFETs that are both rated for use at up to 175 °C and are available in the AOI-compatible DFN2020 package (DFN = Discrete Flat No leads). More, the new devices measure just 2 mm x 2 mm, much smaller and lighter than SOT223 and SO8-packages yet with comparable electrical and thermal performance.

Nexperia 175°C AEC-Q101 MOSFETs

Nexperia 175°C AEC-Q101 MOSFETs

Many leadless packages cannot be inspected using AOI techniques, so Nexperia pioneered the development of the DFN2020 package with side-wettable flanks (SWF), enabling Automatic optical inspection (AOI) – a critical automotive industry requirement – to be employed. Packages with SWF are now a proven, accepted solution.

Comments Malte Struck, Nexperia’s product manager for small signal MOSFETs: “The DFN package with side-wettable flanks is gaining significant traction with automotive manufacturers as it saves space and can be automatically inspected. Our new 175 °C parts are being used in under-the-hood applications, especially near the engine or gearbox. The unique offering of an automotive-grade MOSFET that is both qualified to 175 °C and which incorporates side-wettable flanks makes the DFN2020 additionally suitable for a wide range of medium-power automotive applications.”

The new automotive-qualified parts extend Nexperia’s low and medium power MOSFET portfolio. Six 40 V and 60 V devices are available with the higher temperature rating and automotive approval, each with low RDS(on) of between 20 mΩ and 40 mΩ.

More information on the new DFN2020 MOSFETs (BUKxxx) including product specs and datasheets is available at https://efficiencywins.nexperia.com/efficient-products/DFN2020-Automotive-MOSFETs.html

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