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SMC, IO-Link Master and IO-Link Devices

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With two new IO-Link Devices and a new IO-Link Master, SMC has three current products heading in the direction of I4.0. In the case of the proportional pressure regulator in the ITV series, the focus is on dynamic parametrisation and rapid adjustments to changing conditions. Thanks to the integrated cycle count for the controlled valves, the new field bus system of the EX260 series offers ideal conditions for predictive maintenance. An IO-Link Master (V1.1) has also been integrated into the modular EX600 communication platform. All three devices support the fastest possible transfer speed, COM 3 (230 kBit/s).

> Upgraded: EX260 Device

The connection of valve manifolds using IO-Link is one of the main features of the EX260 serial transmission system. It is possible to control up to 32 coils, as required, with one unit. Compared with parallel wiring, this reduces the number of necessary components and the wiring costs. The COM3 transfer speed (230 kBit/s) enables very precise switching procedures with highly replicable switching times, carried out by the SMC valve manifolds, SV, VQC, S0700 and New SY. This means, for example, that rapid filling procedures can be controlled very precisely. These figures are valid in case of new SY. VQC Series in contrast has a service life of 100 million cycles. Using an integrated cycle counter, it is also possible to plan maintenance intervals predictively. A typical feature of the EX260 series is their compact dimensions: With a maximum width of only 28 mm, they can be quickly and easily installed even in confined conditions. The field bus systems are dustproof and will even withstand temporary immersion in liquids (IP67). Their robust construction thus permits them to be positioned close to machinery and offers additional scope in the design process.

> Upgraded: EX600 Communication Platform

SMC has added an IO-Link Master (V1.1) to the communication platform of the EX600 series. Thanks to the modular design, up to 4 masters can be quickly and easily blocked in an EX600 platform with Profinet interface. This means that a total of up to 16 IO-Link Devices can be connected to a platform. A connected IO-Link Device can be parameterised remotely while in operation, and remote diagnosis is also possible.

The main applications of the ITV-series electropneumatic regulators include, for example:

* Mechanical engineering and machine tools
* Controlling the contact pressure of printing presses
* Applications in the automotive sector
* Packaging industry

Proportional regulator with IO-Link from the ITV series

Proportional regulator with IO-Link from the ITV series

> Bored out: ITV-Series Proportional Controller

The new, electropneumatic regulator in the ITV-series has also been equipped with an IO-Link interface, offering infinitely variable pressure regulation from 0 to 1 MPa with a supply pressure of 1.2 MPa. As an IO-Link Device, the regulator also supports COM3, the highest data transfer standard (230 kBit/s). The control function and the output pressure of the new ITV proportional regulator can be adjusted dynamically while in operation. So particularly with regard to developments in the direction of Industry 4.0, which demands maximum flexibility down to a batch size of 1, it is well up to the job. In spite of its small dimensions and minimal weight of only 750 grams, the newly launched ITV proportional regulator enables flow rates of up to 4,000 l/min. The compact dimensions and low weight are a particular advantage in highly confined environments, or in dynamic applications such as when fitted to a robotic arm.

 

hordon kim / hordon@icnweb.co.kr

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Mitsui Chemicals POLYMETAC to Be Used in Lightweight Frames of New Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

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Aerosense's New Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Lightweight and reduction of the number of parts lead to simple structure using metal resin integrally molded technology

Mitsui Chemicals Inc.(President & CEO: Tsutomu Tannowa) announced that the Group’s unique metal resin integral technology, POLYMETAC has been selected for use in the frames of new autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles which are currently being developed by Aerosense Inc. (CEO: Hisashi Taniguchi), a joint venture of Sony Mobile Communications Inc. and ZMP Inc.

POLYMETAC is Mitsui Chemicals’ completely new technology for strong adhesion and bonding of various metals and resins that was not possible using conventional methods.

Aerosense's New Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Aerosense’s New Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Out of Mitsui Chemicals’ numerous lightweight solutions, POLYMETAC cuts weight and helps to reduce the number of parts and steps in the manufacturing processes as well. It is a completely new technology that provides totally new hybrid solutions.

Mitsui Chemicals provides Aerosense with hybrid product of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) and aluminum joint parts made by its POLYMETAC technology and provides full support in shaping and designing the parts which will be used in the frame of aerial vehicle.

The new joint parts greatly enhance the structural rigidity of aerial vehicles while significantly reducing weight and providing simpler designs by eliminating the need for fasteners such as bolts.

“Our autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles provide solutions to various industrial needs. It is important that we are able to provide greater flight distances and improved performance by reducing weight and the number of parts while ensuring durability and strength of our aerial vehicles,” says Hisashi Taniguchi, CEO of Aerosense. “Mitsui Chemicals’ POLYMETAC technology makes it possible to extend flight distance by 40% providing our customers with greater added value.”

“POLYMETAC allows adhesion and bonding of various metals and resins, and for the current project, CFRP and aluminum parts were integrated by its technology,” says Akio Hirahara, General Manager of Mitsui Chemicals’ New Market Development (Automotive Materials) Division. “Mitsui Chemicals used its cutting edge simulation technology to design simple joint shapes with a single part which were originally composed of approximately 20 pieces. The technology contributes to a 50% weight reduction of joint parts while improving rigidity.”

Mitsui Chemicals will continue to pursue new uses and development of POLYMETACTM technology for state-of-the-art lightweight solutions in automotive and electrical applications.

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Arm launches Neoverse, infrastructure IP portfolio for 5G and cloud to edge infrastructure

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Delivering the world-class performance, security, and scalability required to support the diverse compute requirements of the next-generation infrastructure from hyperscale to edge access

Last week at Arm TechCon, Arm disclosed details on a dedicated roadmap and new brand of infrastructure-class IP for 5G networks and next-generation cloud to edge infrastructure. Arm® Neoverse® solutions are uniquely designed for higher-levels of performance, security, and scalability not seen today. Innovation from microarchitecture design up through silicon, software, and systems will enable best-in-class solutions to address the diverse and evolving requirements across the entire compute spectrum.

Arm also provided a first look at its Neoverse processor IP roadmap, with early details on upcoming platforms optimized for leading-edge process nodes. The new roadmap is designed specifically for infrastructure, beginning with the launch of the “Ares” IP platform in early 2019 on 7nm and delivering staggering performance gains of 30 percent per generation through 2021. The Neoverse IP roadmap has been specifically architected for the unique performance, efficiency, and scalability requirements needed to keep up with changing data patterns, new workloads, and the ever-increasing demands of an infrastructure evolving to support a trillion intelligent devices.

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arm 네오버스(neoverse)

“Today Arm is sending disruptive shockwaves across the cloud, networking and storage world as Arm Neoverse delivers the foundation for the new global infrastructure to enable a trillion connected devices,” said Drew Henry, senior vice president and general manager, Infrastructure Line of Business, Arm. “Arm Neoverse IP will enable a broad set of our ecosystem partners to transform infrastructure from cloud to edge and push compute to where it’s most needed, store data where most appropriate, and evolve networking to securely connect this complex world.”

In his TechCon keynote, Henry shared his vision for the new infrastructure and the diverse range of use cases Neoverse will address, including hyperscale cloud datacenters, storage solutions, and 5G networks. Arm Neoverse is based on guiding design principles centered around:

  • World-class high performance, secure IP and architectures purpose-built for cloud native and networked workloads
  • A highly-scalable set of IP optimized for leading-edge process nodes, including “Ares” (7nm), “Zeus” (7nm+), and “Poseidon” (5nm), designed to enable systems across the infrastructure
  • A robust ecosystem empowered to build unique and diverse solutions targeting a wide range of use-cases through leveraged investment in unified software, tools, and silicon platforms

“The modern datacenter is no longer a physical construct, but a center of data and compute residing in the cloud and on the edge. More than ever, organizations must consider distributed, connected datacenter design methods to support the data and devices coming in the 5G world,” said Patrick Moorhead, Principal Analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy. “Arm is one of those rapidly emerging in the market and with Arm Neoverse purpose-built IP, it should be well-positioned to support many of the compute spectrum needs from hyperscale to edge access.”

Designing IP and system architectures for focused markets such as server, automotive, and networking has been a key priority for Arm over the past year. In the infrastructure space specifically, Arm has already been successful as the largest architecture deployed in the global internet infrastructure with nearly 30%-unit share. This achievement highlights not only a shift in preferred architecture, but the pervasiveness of Arm-powered technologies across the entire infrastructure market.

The announcement of Neoverse underscores the continued investment Arm and the ecosystem are making to deliver more ubiquitous compute from the cloud to the edge while delivering world-class performance and efficiency for the next generation of distributed cloud to edge infrastructure.

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arm 네오버스(neoverse) Roadmap

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Ampere

“Ampere is actively developing high-performance Arm-based server CPUs and platforms for the future of hyperscale, cloud, and edge computing,” said Rohit Vidwans executive vice president of Engineering at Ampere Computing. “We are excited about Arm’s commitment to growing the ecosystem of Arm products into new areas with the Neoverse announcement.”

 

Broadcom

“Combing Arm’s long-term infrastructure roadmap with Broadcom’s best in class networking technology, Broadcom delivers leadership performance products for the datacenter that are still power efficient. Arm’s roadmap enables optimizations that accelerate customer workloads for the evolving compute and connectivity requirements of tomorrow’s datacenter,” said Ed Redmond, senior vice president and general manager, Compute and Connectivity, Broadcom, Inc.

 

Marvell

“Marvell® Infrastructure Processors are extensively deployed in a variety of leading network products. They are designed to analyze, secure, compute, and transform in both wired and wireless networks from the edge to the core,” said Raj Singh, senior vice president and general manager, Infrastructure Processors BU, Marvell Semiconductor Inc. “As a long term technology licensee, as well as an Arm IP customer, Marvell is very pleased to see this increased focus on the enterprise and 5G markets with Neoverse IP. We believe this will greatly benefit the whole Arm ecosystem in providing high performance and power-efficient solutions for the next generation of network infrastructure and compute.”

 

RedHat

“Choice allows businesses to select the best solution for their needs, and this is true all the way down to the underlying architecture. It’s up to software vendors like Red Hat to be able to support this demand for choice from our customers as they extend operations into the hybrid cloud,” said Stefanie Chiras, vice president and general manager, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat. “With this emphasis on choice front and center, we look forward to supporting solutions from the Arm Neoverse ecosystem as our customers seek to match their evolving business requirements to the most appropriate enterprise IT solutions.”

 

TSMC

“Time to market in today’s rapidly evolving infrastructure requires proven, scalable IP, development tools, advanced processes, and a complete ecosystem to provide compelling solutions,” said Suk Lee, senior director of Design Infrastructure Marketing Division at TSMC. “The Arm Neoverse ecosystem leverages our most advanced processes to provide the highest performance solutions to a highly connected world.”

 

Xilinx

“High-performance IP, along with a complete ecosystem, enables customers to take full advantage of the flexibility inherent in our Arm-based products, said Gaurav Singh, vice president, architecture and verification, Xilinx. “The evolution of these cores, coupled with the capability of CCIX, provide an ideal platform for smart offload and purpose-driven edge compute platforms. We congratulate Arm on the launch of Neoverse and are looking forward to what it might enable.”

 

more info: https://www.arm.com/solutions/infrastructure

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Bentley Systems Acquires LEGION, Leading Pedestrian Simulation Software

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Bentley Systems Acquires LEGION

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, today announced the acquisition of leading pedestrian simulation software provider LEGION, based in London and supporting more than half of the world’s 40 largest transit agencies. The acquisition augments Bentley’s comprehensive modeling environment with collaborative digital workflows to explore and validate comparative simulations of pedestrian traffic scenarios.

LEGION’s pedestrian simulation application offers modeling capabilities of people’s interactions with each other and physical obstacles, and activities, including circulation and evacuations, within public spaces like railway stations, airports, sports arenas, tall buildings, and street level with vehicle interactions. Using LEGION simulation tools in collaborative digital workflows with Bentley’s OpenBuildings Designer (formerly AECOsim Building Designer), architects, engineers and owners can consider pedestrian traffic in their conceptioneering of design alternatives. The newly announced OpenBuildings Station Designer will enable collaborative digital workflows to fully model pedestrian activities and journeys to and from trains, platforms, and through stations.

Bentley Systems Acquires LEGION

LEGION’s pedestrian simulation applications offer modeling for scenarios such as interaction of pedestrians with each other and with physical obstacles, circulation and evacuations within public spaces like railway stations, airports, sports arenas, and tall buildings, and pedestrian and vehicle interactions.

Santanu Das, senior vice president of design engineering for Bentley Systems, said, “Because pedestrian traffic and capacity are major concerns for infrastructure planning and operations, collaborative digital workflows for pedestrian simulation need to be prioritized during design. Taking advantage of LEGION’s innovative pedestrian modeling capabilities throughout Bentley’s comprehensive modeling environment will enable better decisions to improve pedestrian circulation, throughput, and overall safety. That’s a great example of the collaborative digital workflows that our open applications, such as OpenBuildings, uniquely support.”

LEGION founder, Douglas Connor, said, “Pedestrian flows should be considered fundamental design criteria for infrastructure assets like train stations or airports which are intrinsically meant to serve the needs of pedestrians. We’re excited to join with Bentley to provide designers, engineers, and owners with pedestrian simulation applications that are integrated with market leading design modeling offerings. Next, we can advance LEGION’s “Science in Motion” vision to incorporate pedestrian simulation quite cohesively—from the strategic and capital planning of an infrastructure project, throughout its design, subsequent retrofits, and into asset operations.”

Samya Ghosh, head-urban space; regional director, transportation (Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa) for premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm AECOM, said, “The urban space team of AECOM, based in the UK, has been using LEGION software for various crowd modeling projects for more than 10 years—in numerous national and international projects. The crowd modeling is primarily undertaken to provide an evidence base for wider evaluation of existing and proposed rail infrastructure, public realm, sports venue and major event planning, and design or refurbishment of large institutions. The LEGION software is widely accepted among clients for pedestrian micro-simulation modeling which our professionals use to analyze and inform designs and masterplans. In our recent projects, it has been increasingly important to integrate the pedestrian modeling with BIM and in this respect, I consider the merger of Bentley and LEGION will open up a huge potential.” [info: www.bentley.com]

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