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Siemens and Munich Airport agree on strategic partnership for digitalization



Siemens is using its IoT operating system MindSphere as a platform for new digital applications

Siemens and Munich Airport have forged a strategic partnership for digitalization in order to work on the airport’s digital future together with further partners. Over the coming years, the partners want to use data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and artificial intelligence to improve, for instance, the energy efficiency of airport buildings and the logistics for the baggage handling system. Plans also call for using these capabilities to make the time that passengers spend at the facility more pleasant. To meet these goals, Siemens is becoming a developmental partner for LabCampus, the major project for the airport’s digital future. For the digital technologies, Siemens is using MindSphere, its open, cloud-based operating system for the Internet of Things.

“For airports, in particular, digitalization offers great opportunities for optimizing operations,” said Roland Busch, member of the Managing Board and Chief Technology Officer at Siemens. “That’s why we, as the worldwide market leader in industrial automation and digitalization, are cooperating with Europe’s only five-star airport.” In 2017, the London aviation research consultancy Skytrax awarded this status to Munich for the second time.

The new LabCampus, which is being presented today, is Munich Airport’s new innovation center. There, companies, start-ups, universities and research institutes are to work together on new technologies. At this cross-disciplinary center for cultivating ideas on the airport campus, Siemens and Munich Airport will be developing pioneering solutions in fields of innovation such as mobility and energy management as well as safety and security.

Siemens’ developmental efforts currently focus on five fields of innovation. This includes intelligent guidance of passenger flows, seamless tracking of luggage, and buses that drive autonomously on airport grounds as well as predictive maintenance for, and operation of, systems such as the baggage handling and building technology. For this development work, Siemens is using MindSphere as the IoT platform. MindSphere can be used to develop and operate new apps and digital services. This approach makes it possible to quickly gather and evaluate the immense amounts of data that are generated at the airport. Individual data silos, for instance, are linked together in this way, and information for later optimization efforts is derived from these sources.

Siemens has maintained close ties with Munich Airport for about the past 20 years. Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL), for example, installed the baggage handling system for Terminal 2 and supplied the extension for the satellite terminal that was opened in 2015. This system, which is 45 kilometers long, sorts up to 17,800 pieces of luggage per hour. Last year, the contract for operation and maintenance of the entire system was renewed. In addition, the SPPAL experts are currently working on a new solution for seamlessly tracking pieces of luggage. Here, cameras worn by the baggage-handling staff are to scan the bags automatically – a task that until now has been performed manually in a labor-intensive process.

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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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