INSTRUMENTATION & MEASUREMENTS
Digital oilfield technologies need timely, accurate and relevant data before they can transform and improve production.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) sees four main areas where machine learning is powering a mobility revolution for the transportations and logistics industry.
With radar technology that is robust, flexible and economical all at the same time, VEGA is setting the course for more efficient production processes involving bulk solids.
The coming years will see exciting innovations to develop better power devices and a larger charging infrastructure with electronic design and test technology occupying a critical component of this progress.
Proper process monitoring allows a plant to run with minimal operator intervention therefore increasing the cost savings of a typical water purification system. Contributed by Burkert
The advantages of line confocal sensors over traditional point-based solutions are examined. Contributed by LMI Technologies
predictive analytics plays an important role in improving product quality and reliability across the manufacturing sector.
LCI has developed a novel off-axis confocal design that offers a line scan capability with benefits over the traditional coaxial approach.
Smart factories drive exponential growth of data-driven sensors, increases the use of mobile devices in plant operations, and converges the traditionally separate OT and IT systems.
Advantech has provided SOCO with embedded systems pre-installed with whitelist software application control and acronis’ backup and recovery solution to enhance the security of their sold CNC machines.
Corrosion and erosion monitoring applied to natural gas piping on an offshore platform helps manage sand erosion inside valves and pipes.
Reduce production down time, off-spec product and time-consuming manual grab sampling in food plants with inline instrumentation.
While Industry 4.0 has been portrayed as the ultimate manufacturing solution on an Enterprise scale, the magnitude of implementation is daunting. Even if such a massive project were started today, it could be years before major benefits would be realised.
Hexagon has announced the acquisition of Etalon, a provider of equipment calibration solutions, whose products are commonly used to monitor and initiate compensation of machine tools, measuring machines, robots and structures so as to ensure the dimensional accuracy of manufactured parts.
Chemical and petrochemical industry applications can prove extremely demanding for level measurement technology. This article explains the challenges presented and compares the ability of traditional and modern measurement methods to perform accurately and reliably. Article contributed by Emerson.
Get the most benefit from your DDR4 and next generation memory designs. By Ailee Grumbine, Strategic Product Planner, Keysight Technologies, Inc.
IAA spoke with Ng Yousi, area sales manager, National Instruments, on the company’s collaboration with the Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) and trends impacting the test and measurement industry in the years ahead.
Gigantic, weighing dozens of tonnes and confusing: In all container ports worldwide reach stackers are used to stack and handle containers. To avoid collision within the container terminals during narrow and rapid manoeuvring ifm offers automatic collision avoidance: A 3D camera at the rear monitors the rear area detects objects in the travel path and warns the driver of possible collision. The driver’s eyes look straight ahead when moving the 14 m wide and up to 40 tonne containers attached to booms through the narrow container stacks. Even when manoeuvring in reverse the driver must keep an eye on the transverse container to avoid hitting the containers stacked on top of each other like a wall.
At the Tremec Queretaro plant, near Mexico City, transmission systems are produced for Daimler, Volvo, GM, John Deere and CNH. Tremec decided that its manufacturing process could be improved considerably since the process control of parts was taking far too long. With a new Daimler gear project, it decided to use Renishaw Equator gauges to take a different approach during grinding and green gear turning. These cells produce 550-600 gears daily, all for export to the Daimler plant in the US. Previously, after each stage of production, some features were inspected in the quality room, taking around twenty minutes on average. For the best accuracy, more than an hour could be lost waiting for the part to ‘soak’ to the quality room temperature prior to measurement. With the Equator gauges, alongside the machines, this was reduced to two and a half minutes. Tremec uses Equator systems for gauging after the turning phase, where each Kuka robot loads and unloads two Mori Seiki lathes, with one in three sample gauging, followed by operators updating tool offsets when necessary.
Building IIoT solutions today represents an opportunity to develop a competitive edge and avoid getting left behind as the market continues to embrace available solutions.
Deliver products to market faster by using modern data analytics tools. By Brad Doerr, R&D Manager, Keysight Digital Photonics Centre of Excellence and Ailee Grumbine, Strategic Product Planner, Data Centre Industry Solution Team
With more complex tasks and more data to analyse the need to simplify and streamline has never been greater. Four milestones for simplifying common tasks across your applications will be discussed. By Jonah Paul, Senior Software Product Manager, NI
DC Resistance Unbalance Testing Easy, Low-Cost Insurance For Your PoE Systems. Often referred to as phantom power and accomplished by applying a common-mode voltage between two pairs in a four-pair Ethernet cable, PoE is intended to not interfere with data transmission. Contributed by Fluke Networks
Mark Johnston, from Industrial Automation Asia (IAA), spoke with Mitsuo Shimizu, Assistant Manager, and Yoshinori Sato, Manager, Quality Assurance Department, Hioki E.E. Corporation on the top five most asked questions about calibration.
Upgrading your old coordinate measuring machines can make financial sense, as upgrades typically cost only a fraction of the price of a comparable new machine. By Chris Luhman, CMM/Equator product development manager, Renishaw Far East
Fibre optic cables are an integral part of enabling real-time communications, which is central to the modern communications infrastructure. By Nathalie Többen, Marketing Manager (EMEA), Allied Vision Technologies
Dr James Truchard reminisces about the past 40 years of test and measurement as retires as CEO of National Instruments, and looks ahead at what the future holds for this sector. By Dr James Truchard, president, CEO, and cofounder, National Instruments
The evolution of cellular communication standards from 2G to 3G to LTE as well as the increase in frequency bands has impacted.
The continuous condition monitoring of electrical drives is growing in prominence, as the purely digital Hiperface DSL encoder interface makes it possible to provide status data such as the temperature of servo actuators in a format which can be evaluated by control technology.