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11 November 2019

Around 1,650 automation technology providers from all over the world will showcase their latest industrial automation offerings at the SPS - Smart Production Solutions exhibition, which takes place in Nuremberg from 26 – 28 November 2019.

The event will once again focus on the digital transformation of industry, with exhibitors demonstrating a wide variety of products, applications and services. 

With the focus moving onto topics such as big data, cloud technology, 5G and artificial intelligence (AI), every year the event attracts more Information Technology (IT) providers. There is also a growing presence at the show of topic-related showcase stands – with automation vendors working together to illustrate digital transformation in the manufacturing industry.

Siemens is using the event to present a series of industry-specific applications and future technologies for digital transformation in the manufacturing and process industries. Under the slogan ‘Digital Enterprise – Thinking industry further!’ the stand will feature products, solutions and services from the company’s Digital Enterprise portfolio.

A newly developed system for industrial operation and monitoring will be introduced. The web-based visualisation system comprises Simatic WinCC Unified visualisation software and a new generation of Simatic HMI Unified Comfort Panels. Sinumerik One is said to offer a CNC system for the digital age. By seamlessly combining the virtual and real world, this system makes machine tools more productive, reduces time-to-market and increases machine performance. Siemens will also present new CloudConnect products which enable data to be transferred quickly, easily and securely from plant to cloud.

Siemens will also introduce CloudConnect products which enable data from each plant to be transferred quickly, easily, and securely to the cloud. It will also demonstrate PlantSight, a cloud-based portal for all plant information. With this solution, data can be efficiently consolidated, contextualised, validated and above all visualised to create a seamless digital context across a range of information sources and data formats. Plant operators can benefit from the resulting increase in operational availability and reliability of their plants. 

Siemens will introduce a newly developed system for industrial operation and monitoring – a web-based visualisation system which initially comprises Simatic WinCC Unified visualisation software and new generation Simatic HMI Unified Comfort Panels. The new system provides the user with a solution for HMI and SCADA  applications and in the future also for industrial edge, cloud and augmented reality scenarios. 

Softing Industrial Data Intelligence will present its dataFEED OPC Suite with Store And Forward functionality which is able to temporarily store affected data in the event of an interruption of the OPC UA connection. dataFEED OPC Suite is a modular user interface with intelligent, practice-oriented pre-settings and an intuitive user interface which enables easy and fast configuration of the data exchange. 

The new version V5.00 of dataFEED OPC Suite automatically detects any interruption in the connection to an OPC UA Client and ensures the recording of the data can be transmitted for up to one hour. As soon as the OPC UA connection has been re-established, the data is transferred to the OPC UA Client with a correct time stamp. This new functionality is fully integrated in dataFEED OPC Suite. It can be used with any OPC UA Client and does not require a special OPC UA Historical Access Client for data caching. Using Store And Forward does not affect the security features supported by the OPC UA technology. 

Softing will also show smart gateways for multi-protocol process control and a mobile plug & play solution for configuration and maintenance of field devices.

Mitsubishi Electric’s motto for the show will be ‘Your solution partner for smart manufacturing’. On the stand the company will be demonstrating its latest range of automation products and technologies including predictive maintenance, Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) and collaborative robotics. Help in handling big data using edge computing will feature prominently on the stand, in addition to the wider application of AI for improved machine and systems intelligence. The realisation and application of these technologies is aided through collaborations with e-F@ctory Alliance partners. There will also be a focus on machine building, with several product developments offering improvements in performance and integration.

Distec GmbH will introduce new compact TFT display modules – POS-RP(-PRO), POS-4K-PRO, and POS-IQ-PRO for the Internet of Things (IoT) – designed to meet the needs of  applications in harsh environments. The plug-and-play TFT display solutions are installed in a milled aluminum front frame with a stainless-steel chassis and offer front-side IP65 protection against dust and water jets. They can be integrated easily and quickly into various applications, says the company.

The POS-RP series is controlled by the Raspberry Pi based Artista IoT TFT controller with the latest Compute module CM3 or CM3 +. Users can easily program their own applications or use one of the many operating systems supported by Raspberry Pi. 

WEG will demonstrate a new gateway for industrial-scale condition monitoring and will show its expanded automation portfolio. The Motor Scan condition monitoring solution was first shown last year as a retrofit option. It enables real-time monitoring of WEG electric motors for predictive maintenance purposes. The collected data can now be transferred to a secure cloud using gateway technology, in addition to the previous option of using a smart device app with Bluetooth. Users can access the data in the cloud through the app or the WEG IoT Platform web portal. This enables detailed analysis of the monitored motors. The gateway complements the existing mobile app and acts as a router that captures all installed sensors within a range of approximately 30m in an industrial environment.

Other stand highlights will include the updated CFW500 and MW500 variable speed drives. The new CFW500 IP66 in frame sizes A and B covers motor power ratings from 250 W to 15 kW. These variable speed drives can operate over a wide voltage range and can be deployed at ambient temperatures from -10°C to +40°C and in demanding environments.

The MW500 variable speed drive, which is designed for decentralised deployment, has also been updated. It is now available for lower power levels in the range of 370 W to 2.2 kW and is being launched for 380 to 400 V mains voltage in frame sizes A and B. A sturdy housing design with protection rating IP66 or NEMA 4X allows the variable speed drives to be mounted directly on the motor terminal box or on the wall using an adapter plate. This eliminates the need for a motor feed cable and switch cabinet, reducing complexity and costs for installation and commissioning. 

A wide range of smart digital automation solutions will be shown by Beckhoff. Innovations will include the XPlanar transport system with free-floating movers for intelligent product transport. These planar movers offer jerk-free motion without contact at up to 4m/sec over planar tiles which can be arranged in an arbitrary layout. Travelling magnetic fields provide for exact and highly dynamic positioning. 

Also on show will be a machine optimisation solution in the form of TwinCAT 3 Machine Learning, Beckhoff now integrates machine learning (ML) into the overall control system. A trained model can be exported in a standardised format (ONNX) and executed in the TwinCAT runtime. This opens up optimisation potential and new possibilities in predictive maintenance, process control or automated quality control.

TwinCAT Analytics One-Click Dashboard will be abother focus on the stand. With just one click this makes it possible to achieve dramatic time savings. Where previously several hundred clicks and work steps were required for HMI design, the new TwinCAT Analytics One-Click Dashboard (OCD) now reduces this process to a single click. The Analytics configuration automatically generates PLC code for continuous machine monitoring and the dashboard showis the analysis results in an individual design including specific controls and language switching.

Drawing on a long heritage of expertise in analogue, mixed-signal and digital semiconductor technology, Analog Devices (ADI) will launch an industry-first portfolio of Industrial Ethernet solutions to address communication challenges within Industry 4.0, Smart Factories, and the digital transformation. 

This new portfolio will encompass a range of Industrial Ethernet technologies for building robust, scalable Ethernet connectivity solutions.  Designed both today’s industrial networks and for tomorrow’s TSN-based systems, this portfolio is said to offer flexibility, scalability and speeds to support any topology and network architecture in the factory. 

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