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The new range of IRSX industrial IR cameras from Automa00tion Technology is designed to facilitate the

use of thermal imaging in Industry 4.0 applications. Completely self-contained with embedded data processing, these compact, rugged cameras feature a multitude of interface protocols for direct communication with automation and control equipment. With a choice of sensors, fields of

view, frame rates and physical configurations, these new cameras can be used for autonomous thermal monitoring wherever temperature is a critical factor in the manufacture and processing of industrial products. A user-friendly web interface provides

access to a comprehensive range of software tools on the embedded AT Vision World platform. These support the integration and use of cameras. The cxRestAPI defines an architecture


Managing changes that Industry 4.0 brings and taking advantage of the opportunities it presents, requires more sophisticated

software, such as LR Smartobserver, an ‘out-of-the-box’ application software product introduced by ifm electronic. Smartobserver software enables

users to condition data acquisition to see what is actually happening on their manufacturing plant right down to individual sensor level and then store that data for analysis later. The key to Smartobserver is the LR

agent CP, which collects data and is configurable, bio-directional communicating interface software. Key features of Smartobserver

include: continuous condition monitoring of machines and systems, trend analysis, representation of limits and evaluation of all process parameters, data collection of all available parameters, visualisation and evaluation with trend display for pressure, flow, temperature, current and rotational speed. This results in benefits such as

energy-efficient production, improved quality assurance, preventative maintenance, reduced manufacturing costs, increase uptime and enables remote maintenance and notification.

ifm electronic

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approach based on WWW standards for communication between different systems in networks. The cameras have a number of

protocols for interfacing to external automation and control equipment, from Profinet or Modbus TCP to the newer OPC-UA and MQTT and have digital I/Os for control and alarming as well as an encoder interface. The cameras are available in three model types. The ‘compact’ and ‘universal’ versions are supplied in IP67 full-metal housings and can be installed on the factory floor. The compact version is designed for use with wide field of view lenses, while the universal version is compatible with most lenses. An ‘open’ version can be fitted with a housing for a specific application by the customer. A range of lenses work with thermographic applications, featuring a large aperture for high radiation throughput and maximum utilisation of sensor sensitivity.

Stemmer Imaging T: 01252 780000


In addition to its drylin E linear axes with DC motors, igus has now developed a cost-effective and easy- to-use control system. Providing simple control and operation of the axes, the dryve D3 controller is for basic types of operation and the dryve D1 for more complex tasks. The D3 control system is suitable for

all standard DC motors. Simply connect to the 24V power supply and parameterise the operating mode, end position switch off, acceleration and the motor via the DiP switch. The speed can be adjusted with a rotary controller and the current limited via a manual dial. So, after a few simple steps, the control system can be put into operation. The dryve D1 control system is operated via a web browser

on a PC, smartphone or tablet. The intuitive interface eases parameterisation for even the most complex tasks. Compact in design, it can be DIN rail mounted in switch cabinets. Furthermore, by connecting a WLAN router it can be controlled via a wireless device. The integrated web server does not require any additional software on the operating devices, nor does it need additional storage.


ABB is launching a new digital solution as part of its unified, cross-industry,

digital offering, ABB Ability. It will provide operators with direct insights into their own environmental conditions giving them the possibility to adjust these according to their individual preferences. The result is a complete microenvironment that adapts to each individual’s needs and is achieved through the measurement and grading of factors such as air quality, temperature, lighting environment and humidity. Operators also receive

information on factors such as

how long they have been standing or sitting, with recommendations for actions that will increase their well- being. This way they can reduce the risk of potential health problems such as heart disease, type II diabetes and obesity which not only benefits the operator but also helps to reduce the level of absence due to sickness within a business. A pilot project using the new

application is already underway at ABB’s long-term partner, Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) and it will be rolled out globally in the first quarter of 2019. The solution offers the

possibility to create a number of preferences and personal settings

at any workstation making it the ideal solution for business working in shifts and for those running a 24/7 control room operation. Optimized light in the control room for example decreases the risk of workers developing eye health problems. The right balance between the monitors and the surrounding lights is crucial and can now easily be monitored and adjusted. The Cloud-based application works in synergy with many other ABB Ability solutions, and provides a platform for information, which can be shared between systems in the near-future.


Cube I/O systems are adaptable due to their compact size and flexible functionality. They also have the ability to perform well in extreme environments. Cube is designed to

provide a solution for every application. This I/O system is an adaptablemodular fieldbus system, utilised for decentralised installation concepts within an extensive range of industrial applications.With IP ratings ranging fromIP20 to IP69k andmulti-functional digital channels, Cube can easily bemodified tomeet your application’s requirements. The design of the Cube industrial I/O system

ensures it has error-free commissioning and maximised system uptime. Each aspect of Cube provides reliable, efficient operation for every application it is integrated into. Both money and time could be saved with faster hardware installation, configuration and modules. An Industry 4.0 I/O system

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requires full accessibility at all times. The Cube’s systems are instilled to allow for full transparency. When errors occur, data is passed to the Cube

diagnostic gateway. Predictive maintenance steps in before it’s too late, helping to avoid a costly halt in production. It gives the machine owner a chance to be proactive with a high first call resolution rate via remote access. Machine Options Management (MOM) allows you to extend your machine by switching separate Cube modules on or off during operation. The diagnostic gateway provides complete clarity

with your machine and you can access it on any web browser. M12 ports and the MOM system allow for short set up times, which minimises machine downtimes through fast installations.

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