News BMWupgrades to neWansiBle Motion driving siMulator

BMW Group has upgraded to Ansible Motion’s Delta S3 driving simulator to acquire more accurate and representative data to develop, refine and validate the latest vehicles and technologies virtually. The Delta S3 simulator will ensure BMW Group can do more representative testing in a virtual world. Ansible Motion, a specialist in Driver-in-the-

Loop (DIL) vehicle simulation technology for over ten years, has made numerous improvements to its third generation Delta DIL to create a tool specifically for engineers to deliver class-leading dynamics, immersion and motion. Eschewing legacy hexapod and gaming motion platforms that struggle to replicate the feeling drivers need in situations such as simultaneous braking and turning, Ansible Motion has expanded the range and fidelity of


Welcome to the November issue of Instrumentation Monthly. As I write this, we are at the midpoint of

the second lockdown in England. The good news is that two vaccines have shown efficacy against the virus. Earlier this month, Pfizer and BioNTech announced that their COVID-19 vaccine candidate was 90 per cent effective in protecting people from transmission of the virus and early data from Moderna shows that its vaccine is nearly 95 per cent effective. This news brings hope that the end of the pandemic may be in sight. But the emergence of a possible vaccine does not mean we return to ‘business as usual’. The manufacturing and engineering sectors are still besieged by COVID-19 and living with constant changes to the way they operate. Many workplaces, ranging from businesses to schools, are searching for ways to operate safely. Could the answer be as simple as opening a window? Ventilation is being touted as the new hand- washing but in the cold days of winter, how do you know when is the right time to let fresh air in? To find out, we got in contact with gas sensing experts Gas Sensing Solutions to discuss all things ‘fresh

air’ related and using CO2 levels as a proxy indicator for adequate ventilation. Find out more on page 16. VictoriaWhite, Editor

its patented S3 motion base. Offering a true six degrees of freedom with

fully independent surge, sway and yaw as well as heave, pitch and roll, BMW Group’s engineers will benefit from the S3’s larger motion space, with four metres travel in surge and sway and greater than 360° yaw travel. For motorsport applications, the Delta S3 ensures motions can be sustained for longer durations guaranteeing more realistic experiences such as long cornering or sustained G-forces. Thanks to its ability to accelerate quickly and to its highly dynamic manoeuvres, the S3 is ideal for EV powertrain and torque mapping, all while satisfying the response time demands of professional development drivers. With an emphasis on providing the most immersive environment, BMW Group’s new

vision system will be upgraded to include LED projectors to recreate a vivid experience, with stunning graphics from rFpro.

Flir Machine vision caMeras go to Mars

On 30 July 2020, NASA successfully launched their Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission, scheduled to land on the Red Planet on 18 February 2021. The primary mission is to search for signs of ancient microscopic life and collect the first ever Martian soil samples to bring back to Earth. But the NASA team is also preparing this trip for another first: footage of a spacecraft landing on another planet. For the first-ever filming of a spacecraft landing, the engineers included six FLIR RGB machine vision cameras. Previous Mars missions have taken still photos of the planetary descent, but no

landing has ever been filmed. While everything about a space mission takes expert engineering, landing the rover is an especially high-stakes endeavour. The entire process of entry, descent, and landing takes only seven minutes, during which a wrong move can leave the whole mission in flames. Six FLIR CMOS cameras will be taking high-definition video of the spacecraft

during entry, descent, and landing activity (EDL, i.e. the “seven minutes of terror”).

eMpoWering industrial connectedWorkers to share knoWledge

AVEVA has launched AVEVA Teamwork - a fully integrated platform built specifically for industrial workers to facilitate continuous learning and improvement. It is designed to connect plant workforces with core digital systems and unlock visibility into operations. Whether providing training videos, digital logbook or answering a call for help, AVEVA Teamwork helps solve many of the challenges associated with traditional training and knowledge transfer methods which consume weeks and even months to get frontline workers up to speed on the essential skills needed to run today’s complex industrial operations. AVEVA has partnered with Poka, the comprehensive

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connected worker platform, to bring AVEVA Teamwork to market. AVEVA Teamwork is a performance support application that empowers workers at organisations to learn, solve problems and share knowledge from their daily routines. It combines digital content, skills management, and communication features into a single, worker-centric application to support the unique needs of the plant floor. The result is a continuously updated knowledge base of best practices and training content, automatically shared with the workers who need them, across shifts and global operations. 5

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