PACE https://pacetoday.com.au Process & Control Engineering Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:57:02 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 https://pacetoday.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/prime-creative-media-50x50.png PACE https://pacetoday.com.au 32 32 NHP’s Smart Safety enables smarter machines and equipment https://pacetoday.com.au/nhps-smart-safety-enables-smarter-machines-equipment/ https://pacetoday.com.au/nhps-smart-safety-enables-smarter-machines-equipment/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:57:02 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=46448 Being the market leader in machine safety solutions, NHP delivers a Smart Safety system. The Smart Safety solution improves access to real-time data including diagnostic information, enabling end users to gain efficiencies, minimise downtime, improve product quality and make operations more responsive. With the broadest range of Rockwell Automation safety products, NHP promises seamless integration … Continue reading NHP’s Smart Safety enables smarter machines and equipment

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Being the market leader in machine safety solutions, NHP delivers a Smart Safety system. The Smart Safety solution improves access to real-time data including diagnostic information, enabling end users to gain efficiencies, minimise downtime, improve product quality and make operations more responsive.

With the broadest range of Rockwell Automation safety products, NHP promises seamless integration by bringing these together to provide a complete Smart Safety solution to meet safety requirements.

Smart Safety systems are less susceptible to unplanned shutdowns and can help to improve productivity and profitability. Connecting people, equipment and worksites creates opportunities to enhance worker and environmental safety, including remote access, operations visibility, worker locating and information delivery via mobile devices.

NHP and Rockwell Automation’s Smart Safety solution enables better visibility into safety-system performance and stoppages, transforming the way you monitor and manage safety.

Future proof your system with NHP’s scalable safety solutions
When it comes to protecting your personnel, equipment and productivity, ensuring you implement the right safety components for your operations is paramount. With this at front of mind, NHP delivers a scalable safety solution, with the Rockwell Automation safety controllers.

The GuardLogix® 5580 safety controller integrates high performance standard and safety control in the same controller and is programmed using the Studio 5000® design environment.

Based on the high performance ControlLogix 5580, the GuardLogix 5580 safety controller offers approximately 5 times scan time improvement in the safety task and up to 20 times improvement in the standard task. Improve productivity with reduced downtime by keeping the machine running safely with integrated network-based drive safety functions. Solve your SIL2/PLd or SIL3/PLe fail-safe applications with the GuardLogix 5580 safety controller.

The Allen Bradley Compact GuardLogix 5380 is a scalable controller which uses increased processing power of up to 20 times more from the previous generation, achieving faster reaction times and shorter safe distances. This controller currently offers SIL2/PLd and a SIL3/PLe version will be available in the future. With the new Compact 5000TM Safety I/O coming soon, users can now have local in-rack safety I/O on the Compact GuardLogix 5380 as well. This can help create smaller machines, save valuable floor space and increase operator efficiencies. The new Compact 5000TM Safety I/O can also be used as distributed I/O on an Ethernet/IP network. Thus adding to our scalable safety offering.

Embedded gigabit Ethernet on the GuardLogix 5580 and Compact GuardLogix 5380 controllers provide greater communications capacity to support the growing number of smart devices. This can help you meet data-intensive smart-manufacturing goals without adding extra hardware. It also can help future proof machines for end users that may someday need to collect and share more data. Both controllers deliver scalable, high-performance options in standard and conformally coated format.

We understand your factory floor challenges and can help you meet your goals by improving your safety practices with products that incorporate advanced safety functionalities forming an overall safe solution.

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Australia could lead lithium-ion battery recycling charge https://pacetoday.com.au/australia-lead-lithium-ion-battery-recycling-charge/ https://pacetoday.com.au/australia-lead-lithium-ion-battery-recycling-charge/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:08:34 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=46437 Australia could lead the world in re-using and recycling lithium-ion batteries. This would address a growing waste, which is increasing by 20 per cent each year. A new report, Lithium Battery Recycling in Australia, addresses growing demand for lithium-ion technology, currently used in vast quantities in electronic and household devices. Low battery recycling rates can … Continue reading Australia could lead lithium-ion battery recycling charge

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Australia could lead the world in re-using and recycling lithium-ion batteries.

This would address a growing waste, which is increasing by 20 per cent each year.

A new report, Lithium Battery Recycling in Australia, addresses growing demand for lithium-ion technology, currently used in vast quantities in electronic and household devices.

Low battery recycling rates can be overcome through better understanding of the importance of recycling, improved collection processes, and by implementing ways to efficiently recycle materials.

The report said an effective recycling industry could also stabilise global lithium supplies to meet consumer demand.

A mere two per cent of Australia’s annual 3300 tonnes of lithium-ion battery waste is recycled.

At a growth of 20 per cent per year, this could exceed 100,000 tonnes by 2036.

By recycling the batteries, 95 per cent of the components could be turned into new batteries or used in other industries.

Lead-acid batteries are recycled more often with 98 per cent of the 150,000 tonnes sold in 2010 recycled.

The majority of Australia’s battery waste is shipped overseas, and the waste that remains is left in landfill, leading to a potential fires, environmental contamination, and risk to human health.

CSIRO researching processes for recovery of metals and materials, development of new battery materials, and support for the circular economy around battery reuse and recycling.

CSIRO battery research leader Dr Anand Bhatt said as a world leader in the adoption of solar and battery systems, the use of lithium-ion technology must be responsibly managed in support of a clean energy future.

“The value for Australia is three-fold. We can draw additional value from existing materials, minimise impact on our environment, and also catalyse a new industry in lithium-ion re-use/recycling,” said Bhatt.

“The development of processes to effectively and efficiently recycle these batteries can generate a new industry in Australia. Further, effective recycling of lithium batteries can offset the current concerns around lithium security.”

Australian Battery Recycling Initiative CEO Libby Chaplin said the report came at a critical time.

“We are racing towards a world where lithium batteries are a very big part of our energy supply, yet we have some real work to do to ensure we are able to recycle the end product once it has reached its use by date,” said Chaplin.

“The CSIRO report provides critical information at an opportune time given the discussions around how to shape a product stewardship scheme for the energy storage sector.”

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Making Western Sydney Greater 2018 Survey launched https://pacetoday.com.au/making-western-sydney-greater-2018-survey-launched/ https://pacetoday.com.au/making-western-sydney-greater-2018-survey-launched/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:45:48 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=46434 National accounting firm William Buck, in partnership with St. George, the Western Sydney University and Western Sydney Business Connection, have launched the latest edition of the Making Western Sydney Greater 2018 Survey. This initiative is a collaborative project between the four organisations to identify the important issues and priorities for businesses in the Western Sydney region. The organisers use the … Continue reading Making Western Sydney Greater 2018 Survey launched

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National accounting firm William Buck, in partnership with St. George, the Western Sydney University and Western Sydney Business Connection, have launched the latest edition of the Making Western Sydney Greater 2018 Survey.

This initiative is a collaborative project between the four organisations to identify the important issues and priorities for businesses in the Western Sydney region. The organisers use the insight collected from the survey to produce a report and coordinate a number of activities in the region.

Over the next decade, Western Sydney is expected to have an additional one million residents living in the region. The plans to create a city with better accessibility with new transport networks will have a big impact on local businesses.

The last edition of the survey in 2017 found that over 48 per cent of Western Sydney businesses expected to increase their full-time and part-time workforce. Last year, 86 per cent of Western Sydney businesses had plans to grow their business with a projected growth rate of 15 per cent.

In this latest edition, the survey focuses on the benefits and obstacles of a strong digital marketing strategy, the impact of better connectivity and new transport networks, and take a look at the growth and employment outlook for businesses in Western Sydney.

All Western Sydney business owners and managers are encouraged to take part in the survey.

Participants who  take the survey before 8 August, go in the draw to win 2 tickets to the 2018 Bledisloe Cup and watch the ultimate Trans-Tasman rivalry at ANZ Stadium.

To participate in the survey, click here.

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VisiConsult developing AI platform that better detects defects https://pacetoday.com.au/visiconsult-developing-ai-platform-better-detect-defects/ https://pacetoday.com.au/visiconsult-developing-ai-platform-better-detect-defects/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:35:16 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=46430 VisiConsult X-ray Systems & Solutions is developing an artificial intelligence (AI) platform to detect defects even more reliably and more automated than past devices. Initial tests with available AI frameworks achieved detection rates of up to 90 per cent in a blind study compared to conventional procedures. Since the digitisation period in the past ten … Continue reading VisiConsult developing AI platform that better detects defects

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VisiConsult X-ray Systems & Solutions is developing an artificial intelligence (AI) platform to detect defects even more reliably and more automated than past devices.

Initial tests with available AI frameworks achieved detection rates of up to 90 per cent in a blind study compared to conventional procedures.

Since the digitisation period in the past ten years, digital detectors have been used much more heavily instead of analogue film.

With this digitisation step, the data is available in real time and can be evaluated by computers. This is highly relevant in high volume sectors such as the automotive sector.

For 20 years, VisiConsult has been delivering automated defect recognition systems, which detect errors automatically after a human does a component-specific parameterization.

In a fast moving age, production cycles are getting shorter and the market is calling for more speed.

The classic image processing methods of the X-ray specialists require a high positioning accuracy and an extensive component parameterization.

Specialists from VisiConsult predict this effort could be massively reduced by using AI.

But, authorised signatory at VisiConsult, Lennart Schulenburg, said the tests were still in their infancy.

“Since our systems are used to test safety-critical components, extensive tests and qualifications are necessary.”

VisiConsult concluded a research cooperation with the University of Lübeck in 2017.

“The university of Lübeck is a leader in medical imaging. Since they already investigated heavily in AI, this area is already far ahead of our industry. We are currently transferring this knowledge to our applications,” said Schulenburg.

Automatic defect recognition has historically been excluded from high-critical areas such as aviation.

Due to the increased quantities in these areas, there is a great interest in qualifying the procedures accordingly.

VisiConsult is working with a leading aviation group in a European aviation research project to establish automatic defect recognition as a test method.

Crucial for the success of an AI is the number and quality of the underlying image data.

“Data is the oil of Industry 4.0,” said Schulenburg.

VisiConsult has developed a cloud solution into which cooperation partners can upload evaluated image data.

These are anonymised and used to parameterize the AI.

The higher the quality of the data, the better the AI can become.

VisiConsults error database includes multivalued multi-user records with marked and classified errors.

VisiConsult has developed a patent for automatic robot positioning.

Through the combination of robotics, 3D sensors and image registration a high positioning repeatability can be achieved without additional components.

This system will now be combined with the new AI solutions, reducing the ramp-up process from several days to a few hours.

Components are then moved in mixed operation on a conveyor belt in the system and are automatically detected by the system.

The software would recognise which component is to be inspected and guides the robotics to the exact inspection-position.

This would eliminate set-up times completely and increase the throughput massively.

As a side effect, the pseudo-rejects are reduced and the detection probability is increased.

Both are requirements for an aerospace approval of the system.

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Technology company Laird expands its product line to protect critical electronic devices https://pacetoday.com.au/technology-company-laird-expands-product-line-protect-critical-electronic-devices/ https://pacetoday.com.au/technology-company-laird-expands-product-line-protect-critical-electronic-devices/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:29:14 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=46426 Global technology company Laird has expanded its thermoelectric module product family to protect critical electronic devices in emerging applications found in high temperature environments. This typically occurs in outdoor environments where heat generated from surrounding electronics exceeds the temperature of sensitive electronics with maximum operating temperatures of 60-70°C. The HiTemp ET Series delivers spot cooling … Continue reading Technology company Laird expands its product line to protect critical electronic devices

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Global technology company Laird has expanded its thermoelectric module product family to protect critical electronic devices in emerging applications found in high temperature environments.

This typically occurs in outdoor environments where heat generated from surrounding electronics exceeds the temperature of sensitive electronics with maximum operating temperatures of 60-70°C.

The HiTemp ET Series delivers spot cooling to ensure the maximum temperature of a device is not exceeded in ambient environments greater than its maximum operating temperature.

The series launch includes 53 models for engineers to choose from with a wide range of heat pumping capacities, geometric form factors and various input voltages.

Laird’s enhanced thermoelectric module construction prevents copper diffusion, which commonly occurs for standard grade thermoelectric modules in higher temperature environments.

The product series maintains a high coefficient of performance to allow for maximum heat rejection into air environment even with poor heat sinking.

Many sensitive devices, such as lasers, are designed into autonomous systems for collision avoidance in vehicles and drones.

Digital light processors are used in 3D machine vision, advanced lighting systems and projectors that may also require cooling in outdoor environments where ambient temperatures exceed its maximum operating temperature condition.

Laird’s Thermal Systems business senior vice president Anders Kottenauer said depending on the application, active cooling could be required to maintain temperatures of sensitive electronics below their maximum operating temperature.

“The HiTemp ET Series is a preferred cooling method due to its proprietary construction that has shown to not degrade in this environment,” said Kottenauer.

Laird focuses on providing systems, components and solutions that protect electronics from electromagnetic interference and heat, and that enable connectivity in mission critical systems through wireless applications and antenna systems.

Products are supplied to all sectors of the electronics industry including connected transport, connected industry, connected medical, computing and mobile device markets.

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