PACE https://pacetoday.com.au Process & Control Engineering Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:59:14 +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 Logo 6 updated to Logo 8 https://pacetoday.com.au/logo-6-updated-logo-8/ https://pacetoday.com.au/logo-6-updated-logo-8/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:59:14 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=44055 RS Components is working with Siemens to help customers upgrade to the latest generation Logo series of intelligent logic modules for industrial automation applications. Following the announcement towards the end of last year that the Logo 6 logic controllers are being phased out, Siemens is recommending its Logo 8 range as the ideal replacement. Improvements … Continue reading Logo 6 updated to Logo 8

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RS Components is working with Siemens to help customers upgrade to the latest generation Logo series of intelligent logic modules for industrial automation applications.

Following the announcement towards the end of last year that the Logo 6 logic controllers are being phased out, Siemens is recommending its Logo 8 range as the ideal replacement.

Improvements include a new optical indicating display with greatly increased contrast and six lines with 16 characters each, and full communication functions via Ethernet across the full range of logic modules. For example, the Logo 8 units come with an Ethernet interface to allow communication with up to eight logic controllers in a network. In addition, the port allows communication to other devices such as the SIMATIC S7 PLC or HMI panels.

The logic modules also come equipped with an integrated web server, which enables easy-to-configure monitoring and control via wireless and Internet connectivity and Logo software with no requirement for HTML programming knowledge. Data transfer to the controller has also been standardised: Logo 8 allows the use of a standard micro-SD card to copy a program to the controller, whereas Logo 6 required the use of a special memory module.

Logo 6 users will also be able to continue using their legacy programs via the Siemens PLC programming Comfort V8 software, which supports the transition to Logo 8. In addition, the amount of function blocks in the software now reaches up to 400 from the original 200 offered by Logo 6.

 

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Breakthrough in the digital transformation https://pacetoday.com.au/44051-2/ https://pacetoday.com.au/44051-2/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:47:58 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=44051 Thyseenkrupp’s IIoT platform, toii, is an in-house development that connects machines of different makes and generations. Toii allows machines to communicate with each other. Due to predictive maintenance, the platform is supposed to forecast the necessity of machine services in the future. The name chosen by the business area is a double play on words … Continue reading Breakthrough in the digital transformation

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Thyseenkrupp’s IIoT platform, toii, is an in-house development that connects machines of different makes and generations.

Toii allows machines to communicate with each other. Due to predictive maintenance, the platform is supposed to forecast the necessity of machine services in the future. The name chosen by the business area is a double play on words – it spells IIoT backwards, the abbreviation for “Industrial Internet of Things” – and it is pronounced like the word “toy”, an indication of how the new platform makes linking heterogeneous machines to existing IT structures “child’s play”.

Toii was developed in-house by company software engineering experts and tailored to the specific requirements of Materials Services.

The machinery belonging to the business area, which focuses on global materials distribution and processing services, is highly diverse  – the machines perform a wide range of tasks, were made by various manufacturers and differ in age. Now toii makes it possible to connect bandsaws and bending machines, mobile objects like cranes and forklifts and even complex production facilities such as slitting and cut-to-length lines and sophisticated processing solutions through milling machines and laser systems digitally in line with the Industrial Internet of Things.

The digital platform allows the machines to share data and communicate with one another and with the IT systems. Processes can be planned and coordinated optimally and flexibly – across locations, worldwide. As a further major benefit, the platform simplifies data analysis. Which product has been produced when and in what quantities? Which machine needs maintenance? What could be developing into a problem? What additional materials need to be delivered? The system answers all of these questions and many more by gathering and analyzing data. The results are just a mouse click away – clearly structured and easy to understand.

Toii has already proven its worth in several pilot projects. For example, at Materials Processing Europe in Mannheim, a new, highly complex cut-to-length line that cuts sheet from coil was fully connected with the platform. The result was that toii transfers work orders directly and in real time from the SAP system to the machine and controls its settings from sizes and weights to volumes. The platform also automatically retrieves the machine information required by SAP. As a result, the status of production and the finished products can be viewed at any time.

The platform is an in-house development, scalable, and can integrate up to several hundred machines a year. An international Materials Services team of IT professionals from Germany, India and the USA worked together to develop toii. Alongside various projects in Germany, there are already plans to deploy the system in the UK and the USA. All data are currently hosted on a central server in Germany. But to be able to comply with all data protection law requirements, local servers will also be created in the UK and USA as part of the further roll-out.

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Clean energy transition will increase demand for minerals https://pacetoday.com.au/clean-energy-transition-will-increase-demand-minerals/ https://pacetoday.com.au/clean-energy-transition-will-increase-demand-minerals/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:35:44 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=44048 A new World Bank report has highlighted the potential impacts that the expected continuing boom in low-carbon energy technologies will have on demand for many minerals and metals. Using wind, solar, and energy storage batteries as key examples of low-carbon or green energy technologies, the report, The Growing Role of Minerals and Metals for a … Continue reading Clean energy transition will increase demand for minerals

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A new World Bank report has highlighted the potential impacts that the expected continuing boom in low-carbon energy technologies will have on demand for many minerals and metals.

Using wind, solar, and energy storage batteries as key examples of low-carbon or green energy technologies, the report, The Growing Role of Minerals and Metals for a Low-Carbon Future examines the types of minerals and metals that will likely increase in demand as the world works towards commitments to keep the global average temperature rise at or below 2°C.

Minerals and metals expected to see heightened demand include: aluminum, copper, lead, lithium, manganese, nickel, silver, steel, and zinc and rare earth minerals such as indium, molybdenum, and neodymium. The most significant example is electric staorage batteries, where demand for relevant metals: aluminum, cobalt, iron, lead, lithium, manganese, and nickel— could grow by more than 1,000 percent if countries take the actions needed to keep global warming at or below 2°C.

The report shows that a shift to a low-carbon future could result in opportunities for mineral-rich countries but also points to the need for these countries to ensure they have long-term strategies in place that enable them to make smart investment decisions. In readiness for growth in demand, countries will need to have appropriate policy mechanisms in place to safeguard local communities and the environment.

“With better planning, resource-rich countries can take advantage of the increased demand to foster growth and development,” said Riccardo Puliti, senior director and head of the energy and extractive industries global practice at the World Bank. “Countries with capacity and infrastructure to supply the minerals and metals required for cleaner technologies have a unique opportunity to grow their economies if they develop their mining sectors in a sustainable way.”

The future demand for specific metals is not only a function of the degree to which countries commit to a low-carbon future, it is also driven by intra-technology choices. The low-carbon technologies that emerge as most applicable and beneficial, will play an important role in defining the commodity marketplace of the next 50 years. For example, the three leading forms of alternative vehicles — electric, hybrid, and hydrogen — each have different implications for metal demand: electric vehicles require lithium; hybrid vehicles use lead and hydrogen-powered vehicles use platinum.

Demand for individual metals and minerals will reflect the component mix of low-carbon technologies, corresponding with economic changes and technical developments. To position themselves well, countries will need reliable sources of economic data and market intelligence, as well as the capacity to turn that information into plans, investments, and sustainable operations.

Based on current trends, it is expected that Chile, Peru, and (potentially) Bolivia, will play a key role in supplying copper and lithium; Brazil is a key bauxite and iron ore supplier; while southern Africa and Guinea will be vital in the effort to meet growing demand for platinum, manganese, bauxite, and chromium.

China will continue to play a leading role in production and reserve levels in practically every key metal required under low-carbon scenarios. India is dominant in iron, steel, and titanium, while Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines have opportunities with bauxite and nickel.

A “green” technology future has the potential to be materially intensive, the report states. Increased extraction and production activities could also have significant impacts on local water systems, ecosystems, and communities. As countries develop their natural resource endowments, it will be critical that sustainability, environmental protection, and options to recycle materials be integrated into new operations, policies and investments.

The Growing Role of Minerals and Metals for a Low-Carbon Future report is intended to contribute to a dialogue around the opportunities and challenges for resource-rich countries that a low-carbon future presents. The analysis is designed to support policy-makers and other stakeholders in the areas of extractives, clean energy and climate change to better understand the issues involved and identify areas of common interest.

 

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USYD and Microsoft sign global quantum computing partnership https://pacetoday.com.au/usyd-microsoft-sign-global-quantum-computing-partnership/ https://pacetoday.com.au/usyd-microsoft-sign-global-quantum-computing-partnership/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:01:08 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=44045 The University of Sydney has announced the signing of a multi-year quantum computing partnership with Microsoft, creating an unrivalled setting and foundation for quantum research in Sydney and Australia. The long-term Microsoft investment will bring state of the art equipment, allow the recruitment of new staff, help build the nation’s scientific and engineering talent, and … Continue reading USYD and Microsoft sign global quantum computing partnership

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The University of Sydney has announced the signing of a multi-year quantum computing partnership with Microsoft, creating an unrivalled setting and foundation for quantum research in Sydney and Australia.

The long-term Microsoft investment will bring state of the art equipment, allow the recruitment of new staff, help build the nation’s scientific and engineering talent, and focus significant research project funding into the University, assuring the nation a key role in the emerging “quantum economy.”

David Pritchard, Chief of Staff for Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence and Research Group and Douglas Carmean, Partner Architect of Microsoft’s Quantum Architectures and Computation (QuArC) group, participated in the announcement at the University of Sydney’s Nanoscience Hub.

The official establishment of Station Q Sydney today embeds Microsoft’s commitment to kickstarting the emergence of a quantum economy by partnering with the University to develop a premier centre for quantum computing. Directed byv Professor David Reilly and housed inside the $150 million Sydney Nanoscience, Station Q Sydney joins Microsoft’s other experimental research sites at Purdue University, Delft University of Technology, and the University of Copenhagen. There are only four labs of this kind in the world.

Sydney-born Professor Reilly, and Station Q Sydney Scientific Director – who completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University before returning to Australia – asserts that quantum computing is one of the most significant opportunities in the 21st century, with the potential to transform the global economy and society at large.

“The deep partnership between Microsoft and the University of Sydney will allow us to help build a rich and robust local quantum economy by attracting more skilled people, investing in new equipment and research, and accelerate progress in quantum computing – a technology that we believe will disrupt the way we live, reshaping national and global security and revolutionising medicine, communications and transport,” Professor Reilly said.

The focus of Professor Reilly and his team at Station Q Sydney is to bring quantum computing out of the laboratory and into the real world where it can have genuine impact: “We’ve reached a point where we can move from mathematical modelling and theory to applied engineering for significant scale-up,” Professor Reilly said.

Leveraging his research in quantum computing, Professor Reilly’s team has already demonstrated how spin-off quantum technologies can be used in the near-future to help detect and track early-stage cancers using the quantum properties of nanodiamonds.

Microsoft’s David Pritchard outlined the company’s redoubled quantum efforts, a key strategic pillar within Microsoft’s AI and Research Group; the quantum computing effort is being led by Todd Holmdahl, the creator of the Xbox and HoloLens.

Mr Pritchard said the partnership with the University of Sydney is important because Microsoft is looking forward to reaching the critical juncture where theory and demonstration need to segue and be complemented by systems-level abstraction and applied engineering efforts focused on scaling.

“There’s always an element of risk when you are working on projects with the potential to make momentous and unprecedented impact; we’re at the inflection point now where we have the opportunity to do that,” Pritchard said.

Douglas Carmean, based at Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington headquarters, characterised Microsoft’s ambitious goals for quantum computing as necessarily intensified and augmented through collaboration with the world’s leading universities.

“It was only 40 years ago that the computing revolution really took hold, realising Microsoft’s vision for personal computers to be on every desktop; Microsoft is now focused on what we see as potentially even more impactful – making the quantum leap,” Mr Carmean said.

“Our significant investment in quantum computing is a collaborative effort between Microsoft and academia and this is what will ultimately accelerate the transition from pure research to the development of useful quantum machines.”

University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Michael Spence, described Professor Reilly as one of a select few international research leaders exploring how the quantum lens could throw fresh light on today’s pressing issues, as well as yield insights into problems yet to be identified.

“Professor Reilly has helped create an international quantum hub in Sydney, resulting in a game-changing collaboration with industry leaders, building also on our whole-of-University commitment to multidisciplinary approaches to frontier research – as embodied in our Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST),” Dr Spence said.

“With cutting-edge nanoscience facilities and unique pathways to commercialisation, Sydney is now experiencing the emergence of a quantum economy, which has the potential to create untold educational and economic opportunities for NSW and Australia, just as Silicon Valley has done in California.”

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Upgraded software offers highest levels of integration https://pacetoday.com.au/upgraded-software-offers-highest-levels-integration/ https://pacetoday.com.au/upgraded-software-offers-highest-levels-integration/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 01:34:02 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=44039 Emerson Automation Solutions has launched the latest version of its reservoir characterisation and modeling software, Roxar RMS 10.1. Roxar RMS 10.1 takes collaboration and integration between domains a step further, supporting optimal decision-making. RMS 10.1 is also designed to deliver greater ease of use and performance for improved productivity. “Roxar RMS is all about getting … Continue reading Upgraded software offers highest levels of integration

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Emerson Automation Solutions has launched the latest version of its reservoir characterisation and modeling software, Roxar RMS 10.1.

Roxar RMS 10.1 takes collaboration and integration between domains a step further, supporting optimal decision-making. RMS 10.1 is also designed to deliver greater ease of use and performance for improved productivity.

“Roxar RMS is all about getting the absolute best out of both your reservoir model and your people,” said Kjetil Fagervik, vice president of Roxar Software product development and marketing, Emerson Automation Solutions. “This is what we are achieving with the further development and expansion of our portfolio. RMS 10.1 delivers significant improvements across the geophysics, geology and reservoir engineering domains; provides highly accurate models and reliable simulations; and ensures that operators make the right field planning and reservoir management decisions for optimal production.”

Key features of RMS 10.1 include:

  • Strengthening the seismic to simulation workflow
    RMS 10.1 introduces extended functionalities within the seismic domain, bridging the gaps between seismic interpretation and geological modeling. Features include enhanced seismic resolution on horizons and faults for more accurate interpretation; better Snap-to-Seismic capabilities where guide points can be displayed in 3D as well as on intersection views to improve interpretation and quality control; new structural modeling features through robust pinch-out modeling; and superior uncertainty representation around faults. The result is more robust, stable and reliable reservoir models. RMS 10.1 also comes with greater workflow integration between static and dynamic domains – thanks to an improved events management utility that strongly supports time-dependent data and facilitates both the building and maintenance of simulation-ready flow models.
  • Improving the decision-making process.
    RMS 10.1 includes powerful displays where users can co-visualize, compile and analyze data from multiple sources, provides fast access to critical information through RMS Data Explorer, and enables the advanced presentation of graphical data through high quality hard copy capabilities. Other new features include improved IO (Input/Output) functionality and new well data management features. The result is complete data integration and no information silos, allowing field planning decisions to be based on the best possible information.
  • Performance, productivity and Interoperability improvements.
    Finally, RMS 10.1 provides the user with increased performance through measurably more responsive and faster views, and greater interoperability through the Roxar API (Application Programming Interface). In addition to the numerous performance improvements, RMS 10.1 now offers the ability to transfer data from the Petrel* software platform to RMS in a one-step procedure, enabling extreme ease of transferring data from a seismic interpretation workflow in Petrel* to the RMS workflow.

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