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    • Ursula Lang 23/02/2018

      Sinocare selects Siemens’ MES Solution to transform their digital enterprise

       

      • Siemens’ Camstar Medical Device Suite is selected to build Sinocare’s MES system
      • Establishing a Digital Enterprise can help Sinocare realize visibility, traceability and regulatory compliance enforcement

       

      Beijing, China / Plano, Texas. Siemens today announces that Sinocare, a leading Chinese high-tech manufacturer of biosensor technology and rapid diagnosis testing products, has selected the Camstar Enterprise platform to build its manufacturing execution system (MES). The MES project aims to help Sinocare realize visibility, traceability and regulatory compliance enforcement in the production process, and build a foundation for future global operation.

       

      Established in 2002, Sinocare has grown to be one of the leading providers of rapid diagnosis testing and monitoring products for medical use in China. Its leading products include blood glucose monitoring systems and mobile sample testing devices. Due to recent global expansion, the company found an urgent need for a digital enterprise platform to improve its manufacturing operation, as well as conform to regulatory pressure from FDA, CFDA and ISO. Sinocare has been looking for suitable MES solutions to overcome these challenges and digitally transform manufacturing operations.

       

      “As we are expanding and growing our global footprint, we face the challenges of visibility, traceability and regulatory compliance enforcement in production process, and all these factors influence product quality and operation cost in this industry,” said Gu Zhongfei, director of manufacturing, Sinocare. “Siemens understands our working process and needs with its in-depth industry expertise. We see Siemens’ Camstar has been deployed in many medical device enterprises as the reliable MES system, and we trust Siemens in building our digital transformation to help us realize the goal of global manufacturing.”

       

      The CamstarMedical Device Suite, Siemens’ leading MES system for companies of this sector, helps prevent process errors and supports paperless manufacturing and electronic device historic records (eDHR). According to Sinocare, the Camstar Medical Device Suite is the most effective solution to assist medical and diagnosis device companies to deal with challenges of keeping balance among reducing production costs, ensuring regulatory compliance enforcement and maintaining a high level of product quality. In the long term, Sinocare plans to fully achieve global manufacturing with the MES system and fully transform to a digital enterprise with Siemens’ solutions.

       

      “Being selected by a company such as Sinocare, with a long term vision for smart manufacturing, endorses the direction of the Camstar solution suite,” said Rene Wolf, senior vice president of Manufacturing Operations Management Software, Siemens PLM Software. “The latest version of the solution has a strong focus on out-of-the box capabilities, as well as interoperability and interfaces, making it more suited than ever to realize the full potential of the digital enterprise.”

       

      With the latest release, medical device and diagnostic manufacturers can now leverage advanced scheduling features to eliminate non-value-added activities, balance production demand and capacity, analyze the impact of unexpected events and run what-if analysis to compare production alternatives and optimize the manufacturing schedule. In addition, new integration with the Teamcenter portfolio enables closed-loop product development and manufacturing to enforce production processes and quality. Highlighting shop floor manufacturing deviations through 3D images, escalating them back to engineering for analysis and driving process improvement engineering changes back to manufacturing are key benefits of the Siemens’ digital enterprise value stream.

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    • Ursula Lang 22/02/2018

      The perfect buttered - pretzel Siemens technology automates buttered pretzel production

          

       

         

       

       

      Althütte, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. To simplify and speed up the manual process of spreading butter on pretzels, MFDO UG based in Althütte in Baden-Württemberg has developed a machine capable of automated pretzel buttering. The machine is fitted with system components such as Logo! 8 and Simatic operator panels from Siemens, and enables pretzels to be spread with butter twice as quickly as the traditional manual method.

       

      As a snack between meals, for breakfast or when out and about, the simple buttered pretzel traditionally enjoys enormous popularity in Germany – and demand is growing. Manually cutting and spreading butter in the bakery for hungry punters waiting in line can become highly stressful at the busiest times. Electrician Dieter Obertautsch and designer Michael Feil from Althütte in Swabia – an area of Germany renowned for its creators and inventors – put their heads together to come up with a solution. They founded the company MFDO UG, and set about developing and building a machine for automatic buttered pretzel production. At the press of a button, the machine pumps butter into the pretzels. The technology used to control the machine and the process comes from Siemens. It takes around ten seconds to turn a plain Pretzel into a buttery treat.

       

      Precisely metered into the pretzel

      “When we started our development work, we first needed to find out if the idea of injecting the butter would even work,” says Feil, recalling the early days of the project now ten years ago. “We tried it out using a needle head and silicon press – to discover we had the perfect buttered pretzel.” Despite this early success, it quickly became evident that there would be challenges to meet along the way which could not be easily overcome using what was initially a purely mechanical prototype. When cold butter is hard straight from the fridge, for instance, it takes a relatively high level of force to press it through the needle into the pretzel. The solution was found in the form of a motor to press the butter through the injection needle. To ensure that the right portion of butter was ideally controlled, the two developers opted to use Logo! 8 from Siemens. “We were impressed both by the cost-to-performance ratio and also the compact design,” recalls Feil. “In addition, the software with its modular structure and the easy connection of functions using drag & drop allows simple project engineering even by non-professional programmers.”

       

      Big plans

      Operation is also extremely simple. Once programmed, the operator only has to start the sequence for each pretzel by pressing a button. The correctly portioned quantity of butter is pressed out of the metal container through the needle into the pretzel by a pressing rod. A lamp indicates when the supply of butter is running low in the container. “Our machine takes around ten seconds to turn a plain pretzel into a buttered one. And the butter quantity is precisely portioned so that none of the pretzels come off worse than others,” explains Feil. With all these benefits, not only does the machine double the production speed compared to manual buttering, it also ensures a consistent standard of quality. Users can keep an eye on the portioning process at all times using an optional KP300 Simatic Basic Panel, and adjust it if necessary. The machine can be conveniently operated and monitored using the supplementary module for remote communication with the aid of a smartphone app. The second machine generation now also optionally comes with active electrical cooling. “This ensures that the butter stays fridge-cold at all times for that freshly prepared taste – even in summer,” says a delighted Feil. To allow industrial production of buttered pretzels in large quantities, MFDO UG is planning to bring out a machine with a larger butter container and injection variants for different fillings such as nut paste.

       

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      The machine developed by MFDO UG based in Baden-Württemberg for the automatic production of buttered pretzels is controlled by Siemens technology.

      Three steps to the perfect buttered pretzel: first the butter compartment is filled. Although the current machine version is designed to accommodate a standard sized pack of butter, versions for industrial-scale production are at the planning stage. Logo! 8 from Siemens controls the butter portioning process, ensuring that every pretzel is filled with precisely the same amount of butter.

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    • Katharina Zoefeld 19/02/2018

      Norway’s zero-emission ferry route in operation - “MF Gloppefjord” running between Anda and Lote from January 2018 with Siemens propulsion technology

      Norway. To comply with the country’s stringent environmental regulations governing ferry emissions, the Norwegian ferry operator Fjord 1 has opted to expand its fleet using all-electric propulsion solutions. The two latest additions to the fleet use zero emission technology. The complete propulsion and automation solution used comes from Siemens. This sustainable solution has allowed the operator to successfully run Norway’s first totally zero-emission ferry route. These environmentally friendly ferries are also highly cost-efficient to run.

       

      The “Ampere” equipped with propulsion and automation technology from Siemens was the first all-electric ferry of its kind. It has now been joined by two more: the “MF Gloppefjord” and the “MF Eidsfjord”. Die “MF Gloppefjord” entered service in January 2018 traversing the 2.4-kilometer route E39 between the landing stage in Anda and the small waterside town of Lote on Norway’s west coast, and the “MS Eidsfjord” is due to follow suit in the near future. Each of the two ferries has a capacity for up to 120 cars plus twelve trailers and is able to transport up to 349 passengers per trip. This route is the first for which the Norwegian highway authorities have stipulated the mandatory use of zero-emission technology. To comply with this legislation, the “MF Gloppefjord” has been equipped with BlueDrive PlusC propulsion technology from Siemens.

       

      Optimum use of resources

      The minimum requirement was for the deployment of one ferry operating with zero emissions, and another using a low-emissions propulsion system. Arild Austrheim, Maritime Technical Director at Fjord1, explains the rationale for choosing battery-only propulsion for both: “Given that the necessary infrastructure is available on land, our aim was to maximize the benefit from this investment by using two zero-emission ferries.” The BlueDrive PlusC solution from Siemens encompasses lithium-ion batteries as an energy storage system, remote control of the propellers, energy management as well as an alarm and monitoring system and a remote diagnostic system. After every crossing, the storage batteries are charged using a connection to an on-shore charging station. The automation system used on board the ferries is connected to the automation and control system of the on-shore charging station over a W-LAN (Wireless Local Area Network) link This ensures that the optimum possible charging process is achieved with the aid of a complete bridge-to-grid solution from Siemens.

       

      Reliable, cost-efficient and sustainable solution

      The BlueDrive PlusC solution was developed in Norway based on technology originally designed for offshore shipping. This wealth of experience has provided a mature, fully developed system which can be relied on in even the toughest conditions. The BlueDrive PlusC solution provides ship owners with the assurance of the best environmental credentials, alongside improved safety and economy.

       

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      The Norwegian shipping company Fjord1 operates the country’s first completely zero-emission ferry route with the MF “Gloppefjord” over a 2.4-kilometer crossing on the west coast.
      The BlueDrive PlusC propulsion technology used for battery-only ferry operation comes from Siemens.
      Since January 2018, MF “Gloppefjord” has carried up to 120 cars, twelve trailers and 349 passengers, and is charged on shore after the crossing.

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    • Ursula Lang 16/02/2018

      Siemens at the Lopec 2018

       

       

      • Siemens first time exhibitor at the Lopec 2018   - showcasing efficient automation of production machinery for printed electronics
      • “We move your ideas” is the booth slogan
      • Two trade fair highlight models: for better end products and more efficient engineering processes

       

      From 13 to 14 March 2018, Siemens will be showcasing its automation and drive solutions for printed electronics at Lopec, the world’s leading trade fair for printed electronics. Under the banner “We move your ideas”, Siemens will be exhibiting for the first time at Lopec, highlighting at Booth 506 in Hall BO two trade fair models. In the first model, Siemens will be demonstrating how self-learning control mechanisms are used to optimize the production of printed electronics ensuring a better end-product quality. In the second model, visitors will have an opportunity to see how the engineering process involved in printing and converting can be made more efficient. Siemens printing experts will be ready to share with visitors their expertise on drives and automation solutions applied in printed electronics.

       

      One of the two highlights at the fair is the “LECo” model which is based on the high-end Simotion control system. Here, Siemens will be demonstrating to visitors how self-learning control mechanisms are used to identify, analyze and offset cyclical process-related production failures, helping manufacturers of printed electronics to produce improve their process and minimize cyclic disturbances.

       

      In the second highlight model, “Converting”, Siemens is using a realistic machine concept to demonstrate its solution portfolio for printing and converting applications. Based on a well matched and scalable product portfolio, ready-made software packages covering technological functions and entire machine concepts are used to make engineering processes significantly more efficient and to also create fully fledged projects.

       

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    • Ursula Lang 14/02/2018

      Reliable pump control - Reliable waste water treatment with ultrasonic level controller from Siemens

         

       

      Edmonton/Alberta, Canada. To update and optimize its wastewater disposal system, the authorities of the City of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada opted to use level measurement technology from Siemens. Installing the ultrasonic level controller Sitrans LUT400 enabled precise measurements despite adverse ambient conditions such as space restrictions and obstacles impeding the path of the echo beam.

       

       

      Treatment of wastewater in Edmonton requires reliable pumping of the wastewater. Running the pumps dry results in costly repairs and not running pumps can cause flooding and costly environmental clean-up of sewage, Siemens SITRANS LUT400 ultrasonic controller is able to run the pumps at the correct times by monitoring the level of wastewater in the wetwells. And, the sophisticated auto-false-echo suppression features ensure obstacles in the wetwells are not an issue for measurement.

       

      Success in the face of adversity

      There were a number of aspects which determined the choice of an ultrasonic level controller rather than any other system. For one thing, the measuring devices had to be mounted in extremely cramped conditions, and the installers were not necessarily able to place them in the ideal positions. Despite this, the measurement still had to be reliable and precise. Another challenge was that the transducer’s measurement beam intersected a number of different obstacles. However, as Siemens Echomax transducers feature a particularly narrow beam and a function to suppress false echo signals, the solution enabled precise results to be achieved despite the adverse conditions.

       

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      Ultrasonic level controllers from the Siemens Sitrans portfolio enable precision measurements under even the most adverse conditions. 

      A special function of the Siemens Echomax transducer suppresses spurious echo signals created by the measurement beam reflecting on different obstacles.

      The new Sitrans LUT400 ultrasonic level controller makes the pump system not only more reliable but also easier to control.

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    • Ursula Lang 12/02/2018

      Reliably on the boil - Industrial boiler manufacturer automates plants with modular solution from Siemens

        

       

      Berlin/Mittenwalde; Germany. Viessmann Industriekessel Mittenwalde GmbH (Viessmann) manufactures boiler systems for worldwide industrial application. Its customers appreciate in particular the economy and green credentials of Viessmann’s hot water and steam boilers. For control of its boiler systems, Viessmann relies on automation solutions from Siemens. The convenient and intuitive user interfaces, simple handling, reliable data transmission and backup and also the modular system structure of the Siemens technology it uses enables Viessmann to cut development and engineering time by around 20 percent. The integrated solution also offers an optimum basis for future link-up to the cloud and to MindSphere, helping Viessmann on the path towards digitalization.

       

      Efficient energy systems and plants have a major impact on the economy of industrial applications, and provided they are efficiently automated, can generate tangible competitive benefits. Stephan Lange, Head of the Industry Service & Switchgear Construction Division at Viessmann, puts it in a nutshell: “The plant controller not only has to ensure that the boiler is working at the optimum operating point, it also needs to supply the plant operator with all the relevant boiler-related information, provide support for plant operation, and provide comprehensive information about performance and operational behavior.” To address all these different needs, Viessmann opted to use Siemens technology for its system automation.

       

      Modular solutions
      A Nanopanel PC Simatic IPC277E with touch screen operation is used to control the plant and also for archiving process-relevant information either locally or by means of remote transmission. The data is not only collected and locally stored (Big Data) over the distributed I/OET200SP, but also analyzed and processed (Smart Data), and so used by Viessmann and its customers to optimize the plant’s operating behavior. Controller configuration takes place largely automatically on the basis of the plant’s technical equipment. “Our plants are intended to be integrated into the customer’s existing production environment and infrastructure. This means that we not only have to map out individual requirements in terms of performance, energy source and waste heat recovery, but also enable connection to different networks,” explains Lange. The modular structure of the I/O accommodates this need by enabling supplementary functions to be rapidly and simply added. Viessmann uses the TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) Portal as a uniform environment for visualization and for programming the controller, enabling development and engineering time savings of around 20 percent.

       

      Leveraging opportunities of digitalization

      “We are currently working together to develop a solution which will allow our planning to be integrated using Eplan Software over the TIA Portal’s Openness interface into a cohesive engineering process. This will undoubtedly offer additional streamlining potential,” says Falko Paech, Head of Switchgear Research and Development at Viessmann. According to Lange, the next development step could be a move towards a cloud solution:“Currently the operating data from our boilers is archived and analyzed locally. In future, another option could be to make this and other information available in an industry cloud such as the Siemens MindSphere. This will allow us not only to extend and improve our service offering, but also to offer our customers added value by providing a more individual service and information concept. We’ve already carried out internal prototyping with this in mind.”

       

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      Viessmann Industriekessel Mittenwalde GmbH produces steam and hot water boilers for industrial plants, supplying customers all over the world.

      To ensure reliable plant control, Viessmann opted to use automation technology from Siemens which keeps the boilers working at the optimum operating point for outstanding efficiency at all times.

      Using the ET200SP distributed I/O, plant data is collected and then processed for detailed status analyses.

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    • Ursula Lang 09/02/2018

      Shaping the digital transformation in the oil and gas industry - Siemens and Hint sign Cooperation Agreement

       

       

      Houston/Texas, USA. Siemens and Hint, a system integration specialist from the Netherlands serving the process industries, will be working closely together in the future. Within the framework of an internationally valid agreement to this effect, the partners have pledged to pool their expertise in the fields of software and customer consultancy. Their aim is to provide support to plant operators in the gas, oil and petrochemical industry with end-to-end automation solutions and services on their journey towards digitalization. As a result, customers will benefit from increased efficiency over the entire process life cycle.

       

      The Cooperation Agreement envisages the global licensing of software products and the availability of strategically placed consultants to create the optimum pairing of technical resources and expertise. The resulting portfolio will initially include three Siemens solutions which use the very latest Operational Technology (OT) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to provide precise, integrated real-time information to all upstream, midstream and downstream business processes. In so doing, they will be laying the foundation for decision-making processes and the digital transformation of the industry.

       

      Inter-coordinated portfolio

      The first of these solutions is the PLM Software Suite from Siemens PLM Software for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). For every step of the project engineering process, Siemens offers its Comos software module suite, which covers every stage of project development from process design through engineering to operations. Completing the offering from Siemens is the open cloud-based platform MindSphere, which is specifically designed to meet the needs of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). MindSphere makes available suitable tools, applications (MindApps) and processes to simplify critical decision-making processes and provides support in shaping the oil and gas industry of the future.

       

      Leading system technology

      Hint’s input will benefit customers with in-depth expertise in the field of metering and its system technology Amadas (Analyzer Management and Data Acquisition System). Amadas provides special data acquisition, consolidation and visualization functions capable of automating the monitoring of processes and operations, to allow the improved evaluation and performance of analyzers.

       

      Fit for digitalization

      The shared vision embraced by Siemens and Hint to assist companies in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries to move towards the goal of digitalization paves the way for plant operators to prepare for the digital future. Benefits include even more economical use of resources and the efficient and sustainable operation of their oil and gas fields.

       

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      Left to right: Wolter Last (Hint) and Horst Fischer (Siemens) sign the Cooperation Agreement to jointly provide support to companies from the process industries on their journey towards digitalization.

       

       

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    • Ursula Lang 07/02/2018

      fresh off the press: Siemens MediaService Industries January/February 2018

               

       

      The first issue of the MediaService 2018 offers news of the latest products and applications from the world of drives and automation. Siemens is extending its industrial communication portfolio with a range of new unmanaged Industrial Ethernet switches for building automation. We also learn about innovations in the field of radio frequency identification, where a new corner fixture and an infinitely rewritable transponder have been added to the RFID portfolio. Two new devices have also been added to the Simatic RF600 RFID system: An exceptionally compact antenna with linear antenna polarization, and a robust, passive and maintenance-free transponder. Application news featured in this issue includes a report on a production plant for flexible shafts. The modular design and consistent use of Siemens control and automation components in the new production machine enable not only more efficient operation but also improved operating convenience and ultimately also higher product quality. We also learn how a completely virtual commissioning solution from the Siemens PLM Software Tecnomatix portfolio is used to optimize body-in-white assembly for an Italian automotive supplier.

       

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    • Ursula Lang 05/02/2018

      The peak of performance - Maintenance of the world’s steepest cogwheel railway automated with Siemens technology

               

       

      Pilatus, Central Switzerland. Alongside hotels and restaurants, the company Pilatus-Bahnen AG (PBAG) also operates the famous Pilatusbahn railway. At a gradient of 48 percent, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway ascends to the peak of the 2,132-meter-high Pilatus mountain. To allow service engineers to maintain the rail cars in the shunting shed in safety, particularly in view of the risk posed by high-voltage catenary wires, automation technology from Siemens is used. This ensures the failsafe operation of safety functions such as reliable disconnection of the high voltage supply during movement of the sliding platform required for shunting the rail cars.

       

      When faced with a gradient of 48 percent, even the best equipped off-road vehicle reaches its limits, to say nothing of the sensation of driving almost vertically on the way back down. The Pilatusbahn (PB) in Central Switzerland takes this incline easily in its stride several times a day during the season, overcoming an altitude difference of 1,635 meters. The narrow-gauge railway copes with the 4.618-kilometer-long route at a maximum speed of 12 kilometers an hour, as it has been doing for the past 130 years. To ensure that this doesn’t change, the operator Pilatus-Bahnen AG (PBAG) attaches great importance to regular maintenance of the 9.5-tonrail cars. To guarantee the safety of maintenance personnel, controlled switching and grounding of the high voltage which courses through the catenary wires is essential. This task was previously carried out by hand. Now, automation technology from Siemens switches the high voltage on and off, and moves the 1888 vintage sliding platform weighing several tons which is used to shunt the rail cars.

       

      Smart modernization

      PBAG commissioned Furrer+Frey AG, a leading supplier of catenary systems, with the modernization of its maintenance plant. It quickly became evident to the experts that the electrical installation of the sliding platform used instead of points to shunt the PB rail cars into position was obsolete. It would not have been viable to install position sensors for safe switching of the high voltage, so instead Patrick de Gottardi, Project Manager at Furrer+Frey, suggested opting for modern technology from Siemens and at the same time updating the control system for the motors and sliding platform. A Simatic S7-1500 with integrated motion control functions is now used to control the sliding platform and switch the high voltage on and off. Operation takes place using a Simatic Comfort Panel TP700 HMI (Human Machine Interface).

       

      Safety first

      A laser distance meter measures the position of the sliding platform to an accuracy of 0.1 millimeters. At the same time, a light barrier secures the area between the wall and the sliding platform, preventing any member of the maintenance team becoming trapped there. To ensure that small animals cannot trigger a false alarm inside the open shunting shed at night, the light barrier is deactivated after working hours and when the platforms are at a standstill. This solution could only have been realized using a failsafe Simatic. The platform is driven by asynchronous motors (1.5 kilowatts) from Siemens using Sinamics G120 converters, while programming and engineering for the entire solution take place using Startdrive in the TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) Portal. The new solution provides a guarantee of safe high voltage shutdown and control during essential maintenance work.

       

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      With a gradient of 48 percent, the Pilatusbahn in Central Switzerland is the world’s steepest cogwheel railway.

      Weighing just under ten tons, the rail cars of the Pilatusbahn undergo regular maintenance in the shunting shed.

      During the season, the first rail car leaves the hall at 8.00 a.m., taking guests up to the 2,132-meter high peak of the Pilatus mountain.

      The sliding platform used for shunting the railcars instead of points was constructed in 1888.

      During maintenance work, it is essential for the high voltage that courses through the cadence wires to be switched off to avoid risk of potentially fatal injury to service staff.

      A Simatic S7-1500 programmed using the TIA Portal controls on/off switching of the high voltage and also the sliding platform in the shunting hall.

      The controller used for on/off switching of the high voltage and to control the sliding platform movement is operated using a Simatic Comfort Panel TP700.

      The asynchronous motors used to move the sliding platform for shunting the rail cars are controlled by Sinamics G120 converters. 

       

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    • Gerhard Stauss 01/02/2018

      Precision dosing - Extreme repeatability and process reliability with Motion Control from Siemens

          

      Spich bei Köln, Germany. Tünkers-Nickel Dosiersysteme GmbH (TND) based in Spich near Cologne is a subsidiary of Tünkers Maschinenbau GmbH and specializes in the automation of dosing processes. Typical applications include dosing systems for adhesives and sealants when mounting windscreens during car manufacture. Optimum process reliability requires the dosing head to adapt the application quantity precisely to the feed rate. To guarantee this level of precision, TND relies on motion control solutions from Siemens. Modern control technology simplifies both engineering and commissioning, and so helps to cut costs. As the system is also open to data exchange, it represents an important building block for TND on its way towards digitalization.

       

      As a small team of experts surrounding CEO Alexander Nickel, TND has been involved in the development of dosing systems since the beginning of 2016. Its work has culminated in a modular range of products encompassing components for dosing 1-chamber and 2-chamber systems with different chamber volumes and configurations. The automation is provided by a Simotion D410-2 from Siemens. 1-chamber systems are used to dose 1-component adhesives, 2-chamber systems to dose 2-component adhesives. The components are stored in separate chambers, as otherwise the adhesive would set inside the dosing system.

       

      Everything in one

      The compact drive-based single-axis controller is plugged directly onto a PM240-2 power module of the Sinamics S120 drive, and complies with the whole range of requirements in terms of dynamic response and repeatability. Engineering work is performed using Simotion Scout engineering software without the need for an additional PLC (Programmable Logic Controller), as the existing solution not only permits motion control and technology functions but also PLC tasks to be performed. This solution helps cut costs by around eleven percent. Interfaces such as Profinet and the OPC UA (Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture) communication standard additionally enable different possibilities for connection to a higher-level plant controller if required. Analog and digital input and output modules of the distributed I/O ET200SP also allow signals from different systems and sensors to be captured.

       

      Process reliability and highly dynamic response

      The main function of the motion control system is the dynamic positioning of the dosing piston with absolute repeatability by means of Simotics S-1FK7 servo motors. This is achieved by the automation system adjusting the dosing quantity in line with the feed rate of the workpiece. To ensure adherence to the specified dimensional tolerances, precision switching at the start and end of a glue seam is essential. “Thanks to the very short Simotion control cycle time, which has been slashed in half to just one millisecond when compared to the original solution, we can handle both tasks now with an even higher level of dependability and with absolute process reliability,” explained Andreas Böhnke, Head of Automation for Tünkers-Nickel. This is achieved by clock-synchronous communication between Simotion and the robot controller over Profinet IRT (Isochronous Real Time). The digital system bus DriveCliq links the Simotion with the Simotics S-1FK7 servo motor, which additionally improves the dynamic response. DriveCliq is also used to automatically exchange motor data such as nominal and maximum speeds, eliminating the need for these to be manually entered during commissioning.

       

      Paving the way for digitalization

      The standardized diagnostic scope provided by the integrated system made up of Simotion controller, Simotics motor, Simatic HMI (Human Machine Interface), Sitop power supply and TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) ensures that application defects are quickly localized, helping to save up to 20 percent of development and commissioning costs. This integrated system also helps make TND fit for digitalization by enabling access to all the data from every component within the machine and production line.TND is additionally supported on its way towards digitalization by an implemented web and OPC-UA server for reliable data exchange. The use of object-oriented programming (OOP) promises additional benefits. “This allows matured software modules to be encapsulated and standards generated which can then be simply used in wide-ranging different plants,” says Andreas Böhnke.

       

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      D410-2Automatisiert von der Simotion D410-2 positioniert der Servomotor Simotics S-1FK7 den Dosierkolben dynamisch und wiederholgenau.

       

      D410-2Automated by Simotion D410-2, the Simotics S-1FK7 servomotor ensures dynamic dosing piston positioning with optimum repeat accuracy.

       

      The integrated Siemens solution is also helping TND on the way towards digitalization, while enabling cost savings of up to 20 percent.

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