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Simulation For Elastomer Processing
The latest functionality of the company's 3D injection molding simulation softare SigmaSoft has been released. The focus is on reduction of development and production costs using these new developments in process simulation. Many factors in elastomer injection molding have an influence on product quality and costs. Here it is of little help to solely focus on a single aspect; part design, material, mold design or molding process. To ensure a competitive advantage, the entire system must be considered simultaneously. Only when everything is optimized during the design phase, before the mold is shipped, can the largest cost savings be achieved. By means of process simulation, molding feasibility and initial process parameters can be evaluated. Parting line and venting channels can be developed, as well as the optimal type and position of the injection point. Where are weld lines acceptable, where must they be avoided? How much injection pressure will be required? Ultimately, the complete mold and process must be optimized. What wattage and heater design is most beneficial? Where is the best thermocouple location for each heater? Do inserts need pre-heating and how will they influence the curing? How long is the curing cycle, and what areas of the part cure late and why? These questions are all related to the mold design and the production process and they are all important factors regarding part quality. The simulation results provide answers to all of these questions in a clear and meaningful way, allowing injection molders a way to virtually test the mold before it is built. Costs can be reduced significantly during development, and existing processes can continuously be improved, while substantially reducing material waste and improving quality.

www.3dsigma.com

Post date: 3/6/2014

 
Enterprise Operations Solution
Release 10 of Fast/Tools is offered, said to be the latest version of a web-based real-time operations management and visualization software package that brings revolutionary changes to real-time process information intelligence. Originally developed in 1978 for a large gas collection, processing and distribution system in the Netherlands, Fast/Tools has evolved from SCADA and HMI software to an enterprise-wide solution used by the company's customers worldwide in over 10,000 installations. Cost-effective Enterprise solutions are provided where operator and engineering clients are served from Fast/Tools web servers without the requirement for external databases or thick clients. Fast/Tools architecture is very efficient on system resources, able to scale from small deployments of a hundred points to over a millions points enterprise solution with two hundred thousand points plus updates per second on a single server (based on actual deployments). Information model (process hierarchy) allows items (tags) to be segmented in up to 128 levels and 255 characters to better match enterprise topologies and naming conventions. New RDBMS interfaces to the enterprise environment allows seamless bidirectional use of traditional database based information within the Fast/Tools environment and process data within the database environment. Wireless mobility solution enhancements extend Fast/Tools support to portable touchscreen devices through HTML5 based displays that include process visualization, reporting, and trending. Enhanced ProSafe-RS support for upstream oil and gas applications where it is now possible to easily support gas flow rate calculation functions in the ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system and reporting and data retaining capabilities in Fast/Tools. Distributed temperature sensing support is offered for DTSX200 where advanced trending supports distance versus temperature in addition to temperature versus time to allow for accurate display of temperature in both linear (e.g., down hole) and three dimensional (e.g., wrapped LNG vessel) configurations.

Yokogawa Corporation of America
www.yokogawa.com

Post date: 3/6/2014

 
Laser Micrometer Interface
The NetLinc laser micrometer interface is available from the company. The NetLinc interface streamlines the setup process by enabling transmission of measurement data via a standard Ethernet cable. Simply plug one end of the cable into any PC, laptop, or all-in-one box running Total Vu software, and the other into the NetLinc micrometer’s Ethernet port. The NetLinc interface can also connect a micrometer to plant networks, streaming the data to a Total Vu PC via standard Ethernet TCP/IP. Connectivity of the NetLinc interface is incorporated directly into most of the company's micrometers. To use the NetLinc interface with existing micrometers, customers can add an external box. With a network switch for extra Ethernet ports, add multiple boxes to a PC. This company is the preeminent manufacturer of accurate and adaptable non-contact laser and ultrasonic systems for OD, ID, wall thickness, eccentricity and concentricity across many industries including wire, cable, medical and other tubing, hose, pipe and fiber. The firm’s systems can provide a time-to-payoff in a few months, by reducing scrap and waste, shortening start-up times, ensuring product quality, and through process improvement and optimization.

LaserLinc
www.laserlinc.com

Post date: 3/6/2014

 
Analog Data Logger
The Hobo UX120-006M analog logger provides twice the accuracy of previous models, and flexible support for a wide range of sensors This provider of data loggers announced a new high-performance, LCD display data logger for building performance monitoring applications. Starting at $139, the Hobo UX120-006M analog logger provides twice the accuracy of previous models, a deployment-friendly LCD, and support for up to four external sensors for measuring temperature, current, CO2, voltage, and more. This enables energy engineers, facility managers, and others to easily and affordably solve a range of building performance applications, including energy audits, building commissioning studies, and equipment scheduling optimization. The next-generation Hobo UX Series platform is said to have been a major step forward for the company in terms of providing customers with an ideal combination of deployment ease-of-use, measurement accuracy, and convenience. With this latest model, the UX120-006M, customers can now have a simple and reliable amp logging solution with twice the accuracy and memory for less than $150. These features will enable customers to manage projects with the logging frequency they need, without having to get into complicated deployments setups involving multiple loggers for a single task. The Hobo UX120 analog logger streamlines building performance monitoring applications in a number of ways. For example, it features an easy-to-view LCD that visually confirms logger operation and battery status, eliminating the need to connect the logger to a computer to view the information. As the logger records, the LCD provides a near real-time readout of the current measurements as well as minimum, maximum, average, and standard deviation statistics. On-screen alarms can be set for each channel to notify users when a sensor reading exceeds high or low thresholds. The logger also features a large memory capacity capable of storing 1.9 million measurements. This enables the loggers to be deployed for longer periods between offloads. Firmware is user upgradeable, and the logger offers start, stop, and restart push buttons to make installation fast and easy. Once data have been recorded with the Hobo UX120 analog logger, it can be easily viewed in graph form and analyzed using Onset’s HoboWare Pro software. Time-saving tools allow users to batch-configure and readout dozens of loggers in a fraction of the time it would take with previous generations, a particular advantage in large-scale monitoring projects. The software also features a Bulk Export tool that allows users to export data files to text format for use in spreadsheets.

Onset
www.onsetcomp.com

Post date: 3/6/2014

 
Rugged Mobile Computer
A manufacturer of rugged mobile computers and smartphones announced the launch of its brand new Nautiz X4 rugged handheld. The Nautiz X4 is a multipurpose compact handheld computer built for the mobile worker. It enables efficient and reliable data collection in the toughest environments. The Nautiz X4 is a compact and lightweight rugged handheld computer that is optimized for efficient field data collection. It has been designed and developed specifically for mobile workers in tough environments in industries such as warehousing, logistics, transportation, utility, field service, security and public safety. Measuring only 156 x 74 x 25.5 millimeters (6.1 x 2.9 x 1.0 inches) and weighing a mere 330 grams (11.6 ounces), the Nautiz X4 is a true ergonomic work tool and one of the thinnest and lightest handheld computers in the rugged-device sector. It features a high-brightness, sunlight-readable resistive touchscreen for reliable computing in challenging worksite environments, and comes complete with either a high-performance 1D laser scanner or a 2D imager for super-fast and accurate scanning and barcoding tasks. The device also features a 5MP camera with auto focus and LED Flash. The Nautiz X4 has an IP65 Ingress Protection rating, which means that it is impervious to dust and highly resistant to water; the unit can be used in dusty work environments as well as in heavy rain, and can be rinsed off if dirty. It also meets stringent MIL-STD-810G military test standards for overall durability and resistance to humidity, shock, vibration, drops, salt and extreme temperatures. Mobile data collection is performed in warehouses as well as outdoors, in all kinds of weather and for long work hours. It may be cold and it may rain or snow. So the field worker needs a computing tool that can not only handle adverse weather conditions, but is also ergonomic and user-friendly, according to the company. The Nautiz X4 is a new rugged handheld computer that merges ultimate mobility with true field functionality in a handy package and at a very attractive price, according to the company. The Nautiz X4 rugged handheld computer has an integrated u-blox GPS receiver that provides professional-grade navigation functionality. This handheld also offers multiple connectivity options, such as high-powered 3G and excellent Wi-Fi capability. It has a high-speed 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM and 1 GB of flash memory, and it runs Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, the operating system of choice for professional users in the targeted industries, which includes Microsoft Office Mobile.

Handheld Group
www.handheldgroup.com

Post date: 3/6/2014

 
Barcode Reader Software
DataMan 5.2 software has been released with expanded tuning and scripting capability as well as a new test mode for its popular DataMan 300 and 503 series of barcode readers. The new software significantly increases read rates by decoding lower resolution 1-D codes and extending intelligent tuning capabilities to all symbologies, including Aztec, MaxiCode and PDF417. The software release includes the high-performance Hotbars algorithm, which handles both 1-D and PDF417 barcodes. The DataMan 5.2 software release extends the easy-to-use 2-D intelligent tuning capability that was introduced by the popular DataMan 300 Series. This intelligent tuning capability decreased set up time while increasing read rates for Direct Part Mark (DPM) code reading applications. This software release extends that advanced capability to other symbologies, such as 1-D barcodes, MaxiCode and QR codes. These new tuning capabilities bring proven, industry-leading technology to code reading applications in consumer products, logistics, food, beverage and automotive. This new release also includes added capabilities to the scripting feature of the DataMan 300 for advanced logic and decision making in the reader, and 1-D barcode quality metrics for users to optimize their processes. The DataMan 5.2 software release is said to give the DataMan 300 and 503 readers a significant performance boost in both capability and ease of use. The field-proven intelligent tuning has been extended to all symbologies, making setup as simple as pushing a button. For more difficult applications, the enhanced scripting engine allows the logic and decision making to be done within the reader. This simplifies the PLC code integration into the factory network and is said to save customers time and money.

Cognex
www.cognex.com

Post date: 3/6/2014

 
Test Parameter And Data Collection Software
RheocalcT software delivers total control of both instrument and test parameters. RheocalcT gives the operator the ability for fully automated viscosity testing from a dedicated PC when using the new DV3T touchscreen rheometer and the new DV2T touchscreen viscometer. The user interface for RheocalcT presents an enhanced range of choices for test method creation and data gathering/analysis. Loop functions allow performance of repetitive tasks on test samples that require viscosity measurement at multiple rotational speeds, different temperature set points and discreet time intervals. Viscosity data averaging is now possible for individual tasks within a test step or over multiple steps in the total test program. These improvements satisfy customer requests for greater flexibility in execution of test method and management of viscosity data. RheocalcT collects data from the instrument and allows it to be saved, viewed, printed, plotted and analyzed. QC limits for acceptable viscosity values can be displayed directly on the data graph so that pass/fail decisions can be made on visual inspection. Advanced data analysis to assess yield stress and pseudo plastic index can be performed with a choice of math models, including Bingham, Casson, NCA/CMA Casson, Power Law, IPC Paste and Herschel-Bulkley. Data management options include export of data files to Excel or to read-only PDF formats. File extension for data managed within RheocalcT software is .vdt. Data files can be shared with other users who run RheocalcT on their PC so that analyses can be reviewed in group discussions. RheocalcT can be used with any PC that runs Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP. Processor speed should be 2 GHz or higher. Minimum RAM requirement is 1GB. Two USB ports are recommended to support viscosity testing with concurrent temperature control using a Brookfield accessory, such as TC circulating temperature bath or Thermosel system.

Brookfield Engineering
www.brookfieldengineering.com

Post date: 10/15/2013

 
Injection Molding Machine Software
Desma utilizes this technology company's specific process know-how for its injection molding machines. Propter software is integrated within the machine control which, comparable to a navigation system, displays proposals for the respective optimal adjustment to the operator or setter in order to produce a secure article quality with maximum productivity within an optimized work timeframe. Fluctuations in batches and process variables are acquired by way of a process model and integrated within the control algorithms. Here, the machine operator needs to consider exclusively the material data when changing the batch. Vulcanization time is determined by the system taking the respective process status into consideration during the current cycle. Thanks to Propter, the setter can use the process expertise integrated within the machine by now for a failure-free and efficient production. Troubleshooting for a perfect machine adjustment is no longer required and thus creates spaces of time for the setter. As an alternative, customers may also select the less complex PropterLight variant. PropterLight is designed to enable the user to deal with the advantages of a process optimization system. PropterLight applies a simplified process model and retains the defined working point, while allowing for batch fluctuations.

CAS GmbH & Co. KG
www.cas.jidoka.de

Post date: 10/15/2013

 
Simulation Software Portal
The Manufacturing and Polymer Portal is a web-based platform specifically designed to deliver affordable access to advanced simulation software that increases the productivity of small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMEs) nationwide. The software tools enable companies to effectively predict manufacturing outcomes rapidly and at low cost. This displaces the traditional methods of learning through trial and error, which wastes resources and time. For decades, simulation software has been used by large companies to significantly reduce the cost of developing new products. The Manufacturing and Polymer Portal lowers price barriers that have traditionally deterred SMEs from engaging in such competitive, high-value activities. Advanced simulation replaces the traditional iterative process of physical prototyping with a “one-shot build” process that reduces labor and cost by utilizing software prototyping. While this approach has previously been price prohibitive for SMEs, the portal now offers a pay-per-use model that provides a scalable and immediately accessible alternative, opening the door for smaller manufacturers to aggressively create new products and enter opportune markets.

PolymerOhio
www.polymerohio.org

Post date: 10/15/2013

 
Process Monitoring Interface Unit Programmable Logic Controller
This manufacturing ERP software and MES developer with an ongoing, proactive commitment to its product and relationships announced the release of its process monitoring interface unit (PMIU) programmable logic controller (PLC). The PMIU88 OEM PLC is designed for the shop floor to control or monitor process variables. A multitude of sensors is available including thermocouples, pressure transducers and linear potentiometers and digital inputs that communicate directly to the firm's RealTime process monitoring system for control and SPC analysis. Shipped complete with powerful i-TRiLOGI ladder plus Basic software and a built-in Ethernet port with onboard web server, the PMIU88 PLC is ready for work center monitoring and configuration remotely over the network. Additionally, Modbus communication protocols and RS232 and RS485 connections make it easy to integrate into mixed-brand PLC environments and networks. Once installed, the PMIU88 PLCs will push product data to the IP-based RealTime process monitoring system for correlation and analysis in real time. The RealTime process monitoring solution is a flexible, robust manufacturing intelligence system that gathers and stores any process parameters necessary for accurate traceability back to the item number, work order, lot number and manufactured date and time. Stored in an SQL-based data historian, process monitoring information can then be viewed dynamically in charts or gauges, including overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) calculations. Additionally, data can then be analyzed in the EnterpriseIQ statistical process control (SPC) module for accurate and instantaneous feedback, including business activity notifications through voice alerts or email/text warnings if products are trending out of specification. With the addition of the PMIU88 PLC, the company now offers a comprehensive MES solution that is simple to install, low maintenance and built specifically for the manufacturing shop floor environment.

IQMS
www.iqms.com

Post date: 10/15/2013

 
Test Data Acquisition And Analysis
The LMS Test.Lab engineering suite for test data acquisition and analysis is available. LMS Test.Lab Rev 13 includes a range of new solutions to help engineers test quicker, without compromising accuracy. Highlights for the automotive industry include a new approach to pass-by noise engineering, enhanced vibro-acoustic engineering capabilities and a fully integrated collaborative data management solution. The new release also offers advanced support for the NVH engineering of hybrid and electrical vehicles. With new certification methods and lower noise emission level limits, PBN standards are evolving considerably. The company, therefore, made particular efforts to take PBN engineering to a new level when designing Rev 13 of LMS Test.Lab. By combining classical frequency-based and time-domain transfer path analysis (TPA) measurements with PBN measurements, Rev 13 provides a brand-new way to identify source contribution: It allows engineers to easily analyze which subsystems contribute most to the total noise level, relative to the vehicle position. The new approach can deliver results extremely fast. All interior or exterior PBN measurements can be finalized within just two days. When it comes to structural testing, LMS Test.Lab offers an exceptionally complete set of tools, with a strong focus on testing accuracy and productivity. Revision 13 provides enhanced possibilities for order-based modal analysis and an improved version of the LMS PolyMAX modal parameter estimator. In addition, the new release allows modal analysis on strain gauge data. Another enhancement in Rev 13 is the extended Sound Source Localization capabilities. By coupling advanced processing technology to optimized array definition, LMS Test.Lab Rev 13 helps engineers easier identify and separate different sound sources. Further improvements in the field of acoustic testing include additional extensions to the Transfer Path Analysis portfolio: Revision 13 expands the frequency range and allows analysis in the time domain for higher frequency variables. To make LMS Test.Lab Rev 13 complete, LMS integrated a full data management solution. Designed specifically for engineering departments, the data management solution helps testing engineers with data collection, annotation, storage and sharing. As all the data is now stored on a central server, everyone involved in testing analysis and interpretation of results can easily search and access all the information, in real time. The thin web client allows data access and collaboration from any mobile internet connection. A last crucial addition to LMS Test.Lab Rev 13 is its advanced support for the engineering of hybrid and electric vehicles. With the focus on hybrid and e-vehicles growing, testing engineers are facing new acoustic and NVH challenges. Noises that are covered up by the engine and other low-frequency noises in traditional cars, for example, become audible and disturbing in their electric counterparts. LMS Test.Lab Rev 13 LMS helps reduce disturbing wind noise perceived in the car cockpit and better handle perceived road noise or auxiliary noise. Besides that, the new release also offers capabilities to tackle NVH issues like the high-frequency tonal components generated by the inverters that control the power of AC motors through pulse width modulation.

LMS, A Siemens Business
www.siemens.com

Post date: 10/15/2013

 
Melt Flow Indexer Software
Software is available with Dynisco LMI Series melt-flow indexers that is said to offer simplicity in gathering, storing and managing digital data collected by the system. The LaVA Suite software is a proprietary development. The name “LaVA” stands for laboratory viscosity analysis. Since their introduction, LMI melt flow indexers are said to have been recognized for advanced features that make them ideal for the modern testing lab, according to the company. Innovations include an ergonomic weight-handling system, automated resin-sample packing, improved digital piston-displacement measurement and a touch-screen user interface. Now, new data-management software completes the package. The LaVA Suite software for the LMI is capable of delivering a wider range of data, dramatically simplifying analysis, reporting and archiving. It captures not only melt index values, but also shear stress, shear rate, viscosity and apparent melt density, while also recording testing conditions. The LaVA Suite software has the look and feel of applications for the latest PCs or mobile devices. Screen layout and menu navigation is immediately intuitive to lab personnel of every skill level. Other key features of the LMI include a new weight management system; easy material packing; a new touch-screen display; an improved digital encoder; and USB Ports. Other important features include optional automatic cut-off of samples during Method A and A/B testing, and correlation of data to determine PET intrinsic viscosity.

Dynisco
www.dynisco.com

Post date: 10/15/2013

 
Dynamics Simulation
Reduced complexity of explicit dynamics simulation is available with the updated Ansys LS-Dyna user environment. The company is said to be making explicit dynamics simulation tools even easier to use, enabling access to Ansys LS-Dyna directly from the Ansys Workbench framework. The technology, Ansys Workbench LS-Dyna, is said to greatly simplify the process of preparing input parameters and visualizing results for engineers using explicit dynamics tools, further enabling fast, efficient problem setup and analysis.

Ansys
www.ansys.com

Post date: 10/15/2013

 
Elastomer Processing Simulation
The Sigmasoft 3D injection molding simulation software focuses on reduction of development and production costs using these new developments in process simulation. Many factors in elastomer injection molding have an influence on product quality and costs. Here it is of little help to solely focus on a single aspect, including part design, material, mold design or molding process, according to the company. To ensure a competitive advantage, the entire system must be considered simultaneously. Only when everything is optimized during the design phase, before the mold is shipped, can the largest cost savings be achieved. By means of process simulation, molding feasibility and initial process parameters can be evaluated. Parting line and venting channels can be developed, as well as the optimal type and position of the injection point. The simulation results provide answers to all of these questions in a clear and meaningful way, allowing injection molders a way to virtually test the mold before it is built. Costs can be reduced significantly during development, and existing processes can continuously be improved, while substantially reducing material waste and improving quality, according to the company. The latest developments in the thermal solver allow for the integration of all mold components and their individual temperature dependent material properties. In this way, an accurate reproduction of the real temperature profile in the mold is possible, even over several consecutive injection molding cycles. The simulation set-up is optimized for the requirements of process engineers. This allows production-minded engineers to use this technology without a simulation background. For example, a process engineer can determine how heating cartridges influence mold temperature and part quality, simulating them with their respective electric power and thermocouple control.

Sigma Plastic Services
www.3dsigma.com

Post date: 4/18/2013

 
Totally Integrated Automation
The latest version of the company's Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) Portal is said to give users the ability to commission and configure Sinamics G120 drives using the Sinamics Startdrive. As an engineering framework designed for maximum efficiency and ease of operation, TIA Portal offers seamless integration of the drive system using Version 12 of Sinamics Startdrive. This is said to allow users to quickly and easily configure Sinamics G120 drives from a single graphical user interface. The same applies to drive parameterization, which is easy to handle thanks to the use of graphical screens, according to the company. The task-based sorting of drive functions reduces the start-up time for users as they are guided directly to functions via the specific task. As with the Simatic programmable logic controllers in TIA Portal, the Sinamics drive is also displayed as a station in the project navigator.

Siemens
www.usa.siemens.com

Post date: 4/18/2013

 
Product Data Management
This manufacturer of ERP software and MES developer has released its SolidWorks product data management add-in. From within the SolidWorks menu, users can link parts, tools and other assembly file details and configurations to create engineering change orders and cross-populate the inventory, bills of material, project management and preventative maintenance modules in EnterpriseIQ for increased productivity and elimination of data inconsistency.

IQMS
www.iqms.com

Post date: 4/18/2013

 
Computerized Maintenance Management Software
The National Tire Research Center has chosen Bigfoot computerized maintenance management software from Smartware Group as its official maintenance management solution for the custom-built Flat-Trac LTRe, an $11.3 million tire testing system that will simulate and replicate nearly every driving maneuver performed by a passenger car, light truck or racing vehicle. Using Bigfoot CMMS is said to have enabled the company to enter all pieces and parts of the LTRe for scheduling maintenance into a very easy-to-use, well-organized system to keep the operation running safely and in a cost-effective manner.

Smartware Group
www.bigfootcmms.com

Post date: 4/18/2013

 
OCR Reading Software
This supplier of machine vision systems offers its OCRMax technology which now includes an automatic tuning capability. This auto-tune feature makes complex OCR applications simple for even the novice user and is available in the In-Sight Explorer 4.8 and VisionPro 8.1 software releases, according to the company. When a user clicks the auto-tune button, the system acquires a sample image and automatically adjusts the tool to its optimal parameters for robust reading performance. The advanced OCRMax algorithm prevents misreads and provides easy font management for optical character recognition and verification applications. OCRMax is an all-in-one tool that can handle character variations, text skew, proportional fonts and variable string lengths, while providing high read rates, reduced setup time and faster deployment, according to the company.

Cognex
www.cognex.com

Post date: 4/18/2013

 
Statistical Process Control
This developer of statistical process control software solutions announced an update to the Synergy 3000 for its customers worldwide. These capabilities are said to provide manufacturers with a comprehensive view of their SPC data from their global supply chain. Because the Synergy 3000 version 4.0 is built on cloud computing, customers instantly access quality business intelligence data about all their facilities and suppliers, regardless of location, on the device of their choice. The company is said to be consistently releasing innovative capabilities for its product line so that users at all levels can increase productivity, reduce product defects, boost production rates, effectively manage production assets and contribute to the ongoing profitability of the business.

Zontec
www.zontec-spc.com

Post date: 4/18/2013

 
Energy Management Solutions
To help meet the increasing demands for energy management, the company has expanded its offering of energy management solutions. In addition, the firm's combustion energy management and safety solutions utilizing TDLS analyzer technology are available through its extensive global sales and service channels. Industrial automation, measurement, control and business system integration are company specialties.

Yokogawa Corporation of America
www.yokogawa.com

Post date: 4/18/2013

 
Planning And Scheduling Software
A production scheduling solution from this firm has been implemented at seven different AkzoNobel Powder Coatings locations across Europe. Before implementation of the advanced planning and scheduling software, AkzoNobel was facing the problem of very high inventory levels, suboptimal utilization of plants, inconsistent service levels, a lack of supply chain visibility, and a duplication of planning tasks across the various plants. AkzoNobel had different planning systems in use and had no integration with SAP. AkzoNobel now has a fully transparent supply chain in Western Europe. Full transparency was created through the combination of centralized planning and de-centralized scheduling in seven plants. AkzoNobel has proven results in capacity balancing and improved schedules. There has been a 5 percent reduction in overtime and hiring of temporary workers, a 5 percent decrease in finished goods inventory, a 20 percent decrease in slow moving/obsolete stock, and improved service performance due to reducing out-of-stocks and MTO lead time measured by key performance indicators.

Quintiq
www.quintiq.com

Post date: 1/8/2013

 
Modbus Interface
The RotaMass 3 series extends its communication capabilities with a Modbus interface. Modbus running over RS-485 will be available with both Modbus RTU and ASCII transmission modes. The fast and simple Modbus communication, running at up 57,000 bps, enables access to all relevant process measurements including mass flow, volume flow, density and temperature. All measurement variables are included as readable address registers. In addition to the other standard field communication protocols such as Foundation fieldbus and Hart, Modbus offers a point-to-point and multi-drop network. The RotaMass also keeps the standard 4-20 mA, pulse/frequency, and status in/out as additional options for control or monitoring purposes. For easy configuration of meter measurements and settings, the free RotaMass Modbus Communication Tool will be delivered with each RotaMass. This software is equipped with different functions, clearly displayed in an explorer view. Even with Modbus communication, all settings can be done at the indicator. Simultaneous Hart communication via HHT or FDT is also possible. The RotaMass is said to be respected in the market for its superior box-in-box design, which decouples the measuring device from external vibrations and stresses for consistent accuracy. With its dual thick walled, u-shaped tubes, it provides an optimum measuring accuracy of +/- 0.1 percent for liquids and +/- 0.5 percent for gases. The mass flow measurement range of the RotaMass spans from 45 kg/h to 600 t/h.

Yokogawa Corporation of America
www.yokogawa.com

Post date: 1/7/2013

 

 
 
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