Once again this year, SPS IPC Drives provides industry visitors with a comprehensive overview of individual components and complete solutions for electrical automation. Furthermore, it highlights the pioneering technologies of the future. Over 1,600 exhibitors, including all key players in the industry, are participating in this trade fair in Nuremberg, Germany.
SPS IPC Drives 2016: More than 1,600 exhibitors present automation products and solutions. (Photo: Mesago)
Industrie 4.0 Showcase
Due to the positive reception in the previous year, and the increasing challenges faced by industrial production, Hall 3A is once again the showcase for the Industrie 4.0 Area.
“The use cases of the Industrie 4.0 Area are selected in such a way that you can identify small steps which enable you to develop on an evolutionary basis in the direction of Industry 4.0. This is of great benefit to machine builders", said Dr. Peter Adolphs, CEO, Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH.
The "Automation meets IT" joint stand and forum presents data-based business models as well as IT-based solutions from the world of automation en route to the digital production of the future. The "MES goes Automation" joint stand shows how order processing and production processes can be optimized through the use of MES. For the first time, this special presentation has been enhanced by the presence of companies from the field of cyber security, such as Airbus Defence and Space, the German Federal Office for Information Security, and Kaspersky.
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Here are some of the new products and solutions introduced at SPS IPC Drives 2016.
Process control in the cloud
The B&R Automation APROL platform can be installed on virtual machines offered by any cloud hosting company. A local APROL installation performs preprocessing and compression, so that only significant data is transmitted to the cloud database. This approach, which is based on the concepts of fog and edge computing, helps keep data transfer costs to a minimum.
APROL supports the MQTT, AMQP and OPC UA protocols. An unlimited number of local APROL nodes can send data to the central cloud-based APROL installation. Reports from the business intelligence solutions in local and cloud-based APROL installations can be opened via a REST API.
Cloud-based APROL solutions provide access to all of APROL's concurrent engineering features.
High-end measurement technology
A new series of devices makes high-end measurement technology an integrated part of Beckhoff PC-based control. The new EtherCAT measurement technology modules can be directly integrated into the modular EtherCAT communication system and combined with the extensive portfolio of more than 500 other EtherCAT Terminals.
New metal housings optimise shielding and cooling in measurement technology applications. At the same time, the durable housings provide enhanced flexibility at the interface level, such as for LEMO or BNC plug connectors or for the established cage clamps as a quickly customisable standard solution.
New EtherCAT measurement technology modules achieve up to 50,000 samples per second.
100Mbit CC-Link IE
CC-Link IE Field Network Basic is the latest technology from the CC-Link IE open gigabit Ethernet, which brings CC-Link IE compatibility to 100Mbit devices purely by implementing software at both the master and device level. Hence it is intended to increase the accessibility of CC-Link IE to companies whose devices are not yet ready to support gigabit Ethernet. Existing 100Mbit devices can now have CC-Link IE compatibility added purely though software development. Moreover, since no hardware development is required, implementation of master stations on industrial PCs is also greatly simplified. Finally, it also increases compatibility with other Ethernet technologies using TCP/IP & UDP/IP.
The CC-Link Partner Association announced that leading companies such as Balluff, CKD, Hilscher, IDEC, Mitsubishi Electric, Molex, Phoenix Contact and Renesas Electronics are already considering CC-Link IE Field Basic support, with more planned.
With CC-Link IE Field Network Basic, existing 100Mbit devices can now have CC-Link IE compatibility.
Integrated factory control platform
The Delta Integrated Factory Control Platform is a solution conceived under the “smart manufacturing” concept as it integrates Delta’s industrial networking technology, control systems and field devices and the DIACloud cloud service system to enable real-time and remote monitoring and control under a customer-centric environment. This dynamic structure is designed to enable efficiency enhancement and lower energy consumption in the production process sby giving faster and broader access to critical information, and also providing key tools to adjust rapidly within a production order. Some of Delta’s automation technologies supporting this platform are the Ethernet Cloud Router DX-2300LN-WW, the mid-range AH500 series PLCs, and DIAView SCADA ystem for production line visualization and management.
Delta’s Industrial Internet and Cloud solution also enables real-time and remote management of industrial processes through the Industrial Ethernet Router, as well as the Industrial 3G Cloud Router which supports both MODBUS and MODBUS TCP protocols for data collection.
The versatile Industrial Ethernet Cloud Router DX-2300LN-WW supports Ethernet, serial interfaces, and MODBUS TCP and MODBUS RTU.
the primary focus of the EPSG booth is completely interface-free communication within and between manufacturing systems. OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) is a manufacturer-independent communication protocol widely viewed as the de facto standard for for industrial automation applications. The EPSG and the OPC Foundation are currently collaborating on efforts to make machine data available seamlessly across the traditional boundaries of vendor- and platform-dependency.
Another focus of the EPSG booth is on the seamless integration of robots into POWERLINK networks. Demonstrations include implementations from KUKA, Comau and others, and also the progress being made on a robotics project from students at the University of Poitiers, which they submit for the Industrial Ethernet Awards.
One highlight on the booth is the modular u-remote I/O system from Weidmüller, featuring a POWERLINK interface. u-remote receives data using XDD files, which makes it easy to integrate in any development environment. When combining various machines and components to form complex production lines, OEMs and system integrators benefit from the exceptional migration and diagnostics capabilities offered by the u-remote system.
The EPSG presents new POWERLINK products, robotics implementations and interface-free communication solutions.
MICA.network presents Industrie 4.0 applications
The user community of the MICA Open Computing System presents applications featuring MICA, the mini-industrial PC from Harting, in the fields of condition monitoring and preventive maintenance for machines, fog computing, Human Machine Interface (HMI) and remote services.
One of the applications is a concept for intelligent energy management in cooperation with IBM. Energy measurement data are collected locally, transmitted to the cloud via MICA. and analysed by IBM's cognitive solution named Watson. The results are visualised live at the show on a tablet.
akquinet AG, nemetris, Salt and Pepper and SDI Project Automation show solutions based on the Harting MICA mini-industrial PC.
Wireless access point enables BYOD
The Anybus Wireless Bolt from HMS Industrial Networks is a wireless access point designed to be mounted on a machine or cabinet to give it wireless access via WLAN, Bluetooth or Bluetooth Low Energy. It is mounted onto a machine or cabinet (just like a bolt) to give it a robust and IP67-classed wireless interface. It is typically used for configuration purposes. For example, the Bolt makes it possible to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) such as a tablet or smartphone to a machine and use it as an HMI. Another typical use case is connecting a machine to a cloud service.
The Wireless Bolt can communicate wirelessly up to 100 meters via WLAN, Bluetooth or Bluetooth Low Energy. On the wired side, the Anybus Wireless Bolt can communicate with devices on serial (RS232/485), CAN or Ethernet. Regardless of communication method, it has the same connector (2x9p Plug Connector) for both power and communication.
The Anybus Wireless Bolt provides machines with a robust and IP67-classed wireless interface.
Manufacturers drive OPC UA over TSN
At a joint press conference during the SPS IPC Drives trade show in Nuremberg, Germany, ABB, Bosch Rexroth, B&R, Cisco, General Electric, Kuka, National Instruments, Parker Hannifin, Schneider Electric, SEW-Eurodrive and TTTech announced that they are promoting OPC UA over Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) as a unified communication solution. The participating companies believe that this solution enables industry to use devices from different vendors that are fully interoperable.
The group of companies intends to support OPC UA TSN in their future generations of products. First pilots of these products are already being integrated in an IIC testbed. The group’s objective is to show compatible controller to controller communication between devices from different vendors using OPC UA TSN over standard IT infrastructure.
ABB, Bosch Rexroth, B&R, Cisco, General Electric, Kuka, National Instruments, Parker Hannifin, Schneider Electric, SEW-Eurodrive and TTTech support OPC UA over TSN.
Solutions for Industry 4.0
Mitsubishi Electric is showcasing a portfolio of integrated automation components and services developed to help customers realise the benefits of Industry 34.0 concepts. The booth space is dedicated to showcasing technical innovations which address different application demands on a production level, alongside specific sector solutions for Automotive, Food & Beverage, Water Utilities and Life Science. Many of the solutions that will be on show have been developed together with partner companies from the e-F@ctory Alliance, such as Auvesy, Datalogic and Eplan. These solutions comprise the latest developments for smart PLCs, robots, servo systems, single platform PLC based CNC control and network technologies.
Mitsubishi Electric is offering different options for manufacturing companies to make use of all the benefits from Cloud Computing and secure data storage.
IO-Link solutions for PROFINET networks
Molex Molex has introduced its new Brad HarshIO modules based on IO-Link technology, the open standard protocol for industrial communication, which allows fieldbus and manufacturer independent connection of smart sensors and actuators to the network. Designed primarily for industrial automation machine builders, Brad HarshIO modules provide quick and reliable solutions for connecting industrial controllers to I/O devices in harsh environments. Featuring an IP67-rated housing to resist dust, liquid and vibration, on-machine mounting of the Brad HarshIO IP67 Compact Ethernet Module eliminates the need for a protective cabinet. The patented Ultra-Lock push-to-lock connection system allows fast, safe, operator independent IP67-sealed connection of cordsets.
The family is composed of IP67 PROFINET IO-Link master modules in 60mm format and IP67 IO-Link digital hubs. The PROFINET module features eight M12 ports and each port combines one IO-Link master channel and one configured digital I/O channel. The digital hub versions have 16 Inputs or 12 Inputs and 4 Outputs.
With an integrated 2-port switch the Brad HarshIO modules enable applications to be wired without external switches.
NAMUR and ODVA collaborate
ODVA announced activities with NAMUR, an international user association of automation technology in the process industries, to advance the adoption of industrial Ethernet in the process industries. The focus between NAMUR and ODVA will be an activity to continue the refinement of formal requirements for an Ethernet communication system for the process industry through joint collaboration between the Working Group 2.6 Fieldbus (WG) and the ODVA Strategic Market Requirements Team for its Process Initiative (SMRt).
This activity is the outgrowth of a position paper published by the WG in February 2016 ³An Ethernet communication system for the process industry. The WG and the SMRt have agreed to on-going discussions on the requirements for successful deployment of process field devices on industrial Ethernet spanning a wide variety of topics such as physical layer, device integration and diagnostics. One area of cooperation will be the installation of an EtherNet/IP system in the process automation lab at Industriepark Höchst, a center of the European process industry located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
A new release of the Panduit IntraVUE industrial network visualization and analytics software, speeds the process of problem detection by allowing the user to establish custom key performance indicators (KPIs) that provide managers with real-time visibility into critical plant network infrastructure, improving uptime and performance. IntraVUE software addresses the challenges unique to industrial environments, providing visibility into all levels of devices and connectivity, and enabling operational field technicians to efficiently communicate with IT resources. The software also helps to speed both documentation and deployment, with advanced analytics to optimize ongoing performance.
IntraVUE software empowers controls professionals to shift to a proactive approach, as opposed to a reactive response approach, responding only when a disruption occurs. This can greatly improve both the uptime and performance of these critical, real-time networks.
IntraVUE network visualization and analytics software allows users to establish custom key performance indicators.
Profinet and CC-Link IE interoperability specification
PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) and the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) have delivered on their announcement to allow easy interoperability between CC-Link IE and PROFINET as the new joint specification is released. The new specification builds on an initial announcement at 2015’s fair, where both network organisations promised to maximise the transparency between the two protocols.
Over the past year a working group has been drafting a specification to provide interoperability between the two protocols.
The specification centres on the functionality of a ‘coupler’ device, which allows transparent communication between CC-Link IE and PROFINET. As a result, both networks can seamlessly share information. This can effectively achieve communication between differing parts of a line on separate networks, hugely increasing transparency and integration. Both the CLPA and PI expect to see the first supported products coming to market sometime in 2017.
Representatives from Phoenix Contact, CLPA, PI and Molex announce the CC-Link IE and PROFINET coupler.
NEMA TS2 compliant cellular RTUs
The Red Lion multi-carrier 4G LTE Sixnet series RAM 6000 and 9000 industrial cellular RTUs have earned NEMA TS2 section 2 compliance, which validates industrial equipment for use in Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) applications. By providing an easy upgrade path for ITS environments without communication or unreliable landline options, Red Lion’s industrial RTUs enable system integrators, municipalities, engineering firms and network integrators to benefit from easy-to-deploy cellular connectivity.
Red Lion RAM industrial cellular RTUs also feature an easy-to-use event engine that can locally trigger I/O or send SMS text messages based on real-time operational data. With multi-carrier 4G LTE support, RAM RTUs provide high-bandwidth communication over cellular networks to allow customers to select the best connectivity for their applications.
The rugged characteristics of RAM cellular RTUs support wide temperature ranges and high shock/vibration tolerance.
Faster time-to-market for new PROFINET IRT developments
An upgrade of the software environment for the Renesas TPS-1 PROFINET IRT Device Chip, based on the latest PROFINET standard, simplify the certification process and speed up the time-to-market. The TPS-1 PROFINET IRT Device Chip, jointly developed by Phoenix Contact and Siemens, is specifically designed for compact IO devices and drives. Delivered with the bundled, royalty free PROFINET IRT stack and free of charge development tools from Phoenix Contact Software, the TPS-1 PROFINET IRT Device Chip supports developers with quick and simple entry in the PROFINET IRT market.
In addition, TPS-1 ready-to-use host drivers for the RX630 Group and RX231 Group of microcontrollers (MCUs) will also be available, enabling a wider choice of ready-to-use host processors including host processors that support various IoT security features.
The new software version for the TPS-1 PROFINET IRT Device Chip is based on the latest PROFINET standard.
Sercos TSN Demonstrator
Sercos International demonstrates for the first time the transmission of the Sercos III real-time protocol via Ethernet standard IEEE 802.1 TSN (Time-Sensitive Networks). The Sercos TSN Demonstrator was created by the Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Units (ISW, University of Stuttgart) with support of several industry partners. It shows a real-time and multiprotocol-capable network infrastructure based on TSN for automation technology.
The demonstrator involves a TSN-based Sercos III SoftMaster with a Soft CNC from Industrielle Steuerungstechnik GmbH (ISG), which communicates with Sercos III servo drives from Bosch Rexroth via Hirschmann Automation TSN switches. Through this TSN network infrastructure, video streams of a webcam are transmitted to a remote display in parallel with the servo communication, without impairing the characteristics and functionality of the Sercos real-time communication.
The demo shows the transmission of the Sercos III real-time protocol via Ethernet standard IEEE 802.1 TSN.
Enter the MindSphere
Siemens presents elements of its Digital Enterprise portfolio which are already available today for realization of the Industrie 4.0 vision. The company is developing new solutions for plant and production processes. In the specially created "MindSphere Lounge", visitors also have the chance to experience the IoT ecosystem live in a unique atmosphere.
MindSphere provides the foundation for applications and data-based services from Siemens and third-party suppliers in fields such as predictive maintenance, energy data management or resource optimization. In this way, MindSphere offers customers a development environment in which they can integrate their own applications and services.
MindSphere provides the foundation for applications and data-based services from Siemens and third-party suppliers.
Secure link to IoT clouds
The new version of Softing’s dataFEED OPC Suite now includes an MQTT connector, which enables the integration of automation devices via MQTT Publisher functionality in IoT cloud applications, e.g. IBM Bluemix Cloud. Highest security during transmission is guaranteed through the encryption of the data using SSL/TLS.
The dataFEED OPC Suite combines OPC Server and OPC Middleware functionality into one compact software solution. The integrated MQTT gateway allows easy integration of legacy and new controllers into IoT solutions. It is also possible to integrate components without MQTT support such as, for example, Siemens, B&R and Rockwell controllers. The user interface with intelligent, common sense default settings and intuitive user guidance is designed to make it exceptionally easy for engineers to quickly and easily configure their IoT communication.
The new Softing dataFEED OPC Suite includes an MQTT connector, making IoT cloud data transfer simple and secure.
New sWave.NET access points
The steute business unit "Wireless" presents the second generation of access points for its wireless network sWave.NET. These components bundle signals from wireless switchgear and pass them on to the customer IT infrastructure via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. The new network components are significantly more compact than the previous generation, facilitating simple assembly via magnet clamp or screws. At the same time, they provide additional functionalities and convenience. For example, power consumption is lower, a Wi-Fi adapter has been integrated in the housing, and input voltage is now variable from 12 to 24 V DC. External antennas facilitate optimum adaptation of the wireless technology to the environment.
All battery-powered wireless switches and sensors for the established sWave platform can be integrated in the wireless network via the new access points. These are now available for the frequencies 868, 915 and 922 kHz, meeting the wireless standards in Europe, North America, Australia and Japan
sWave.NET access points transfer signals from wireless switchgear and pass them on to the customer IT infrastructure
RJ45 Cat 6A plug for error-free Installation
A new TE Connectivity RJ45 plug is capable of terminating the most commonly used wire variant Cat 6A and can handle 10 Gbps rates, supporting bandwidths of up to 500 MHz. As with all of TE´s industrial Ethernet RJ45 connectors, the new RJ45 Cat 6A plug offers a ruggedized design for use in industrial Ethernet applications and is equipped with a robust and fast termination technology—the company’s proprietary common core platform technology.
The plug features an automatic wire cut-off function for error-free installation and optimal performance in the field. By closing the core housing, the excess wire is cut off, while at the same time the wires are connected to the plug contacts.
This RJ45 plug features an automatic wire cut-off function for error-free installation and optimal performance in the field.
Low energy solution for IoT networks
Expanding the functionality of Internet of Things (IoT) networks, Texas Instruments announces availability of a low-power dual-band wireless microcontroller (MCU) supporting Sub-1 GHz and Bluetooth low energy connectivity on a single chip. As part of TI’s pin-to-pin and software compatible SimpleLink ultra-low power platform, the new SimpleLink dual-band CC1350 wireless MCU enables developers to move from a three-chip solution to a tiny single chip, while reducing design complexity, saving power, cost and board space. The CC1350 wireless MCU offers a range of up to 20 km on a coin cell battery for building and factory automation, alarm and security, smart grid, asset tracking and wireless sensor network applications.
Developers can get started quickly with the low-cost SimpleLink CC1350 wireless MCU LaunchPad development kit or connect sensors to the cloud with the SimpleLink CC1350 SensorTag demo kit supported by TI’s Code Composer Studio integrated development environment and IAR Embedded WorkBench.
The SimpleLink CC1350 wireless MCU supports Sub-1 GHz and Bluetooth low energy connectivity.
Ethernet block with IO-Link masters
The Turck Ethernet block I/O module TBEN-L-8IOL offers eight IO-Link master ports in a robust ousing. The module supports the Class B standard at four of the eight ports. Actuators such as IO-Link valve blocks or robot grippers can thus be provided with an isolated power supply of up to 2 amperes. To switch off actuator groups during operation, the auxiliary voltage can not only be switched off permanently but also at any given time, depending on the process data. Users can thus optimize their power management through the efficient use of the connected IO-Link devices.
As a multiprotocol device, the TBEN-L-8IOL IO-Link master module can be operated in Ethernet networks with Profinet, EtherNet/IP or Modbus TCP Ethernet masters without any intervention required by the user.
The TBEN-L-8IOL for Profinet, Ethernet/IP and Modbus TCP offers easy IO-Link device integration.
Ethernet broadband bridge for train networks
Westermo has launched an Ethernet broadband bridge designed especially for the rail vehicle market. The DDW-002-B1, part of the Wolverine series of industrial Ethernet extenders, can be used to interconnect Ethernet networks within rail cars using the existing cables in the train coupling. This provides considerable savings for refurbishment, negating the need to rebuild or replace the train coupler.
The DDW-002-B1 uses power-line communication technology according to IEEE 1901 and is able to support data communication networks by propagating high bandwidth Ethernet traffic over almost any 2-wire cable. This communication technology is well proven, highly robust and able to negate problems with degraded legacy cabling, such as oxidized connectors.