Manufacturers' Monthly http://www.manmonthly.com.au Mon, 16 Jul 2018 03:39:53 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 Schneider Electric launches industrial safety products http://www.manmonthly.com.au/features/schneider-electric-launches-industrial-safety-products/ http://www.manmonthly.com.au/features/schneider-electric-launches-industrial-safety-products/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 03:39:53 +0000 http://www.manmonthly.com.au/?p=77290 Creating a safe and efficient work environment is of paramount importance to every business owner and plant manager. As the danger level presented by industrial equipment increases, so, too, must the strength of the solutions put in place to keep those areas safe and secure. Schneider Electric have recently launched in Australia a series of … Continue reading Schneider Electric launches industrial safety products

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Creating a safe and efficient work environment is of paramount importance to every business owner and plant manager. As the danger level presented by industrial equipment increases, so, too, must the strength of the solutions put in place to keep those areas safe and secure.

Schneider Electric have recently launched in Australia a series of new industrial safety products, including the Telemecanique XCSR contactless RFiD safety sensor and Harmony range of pushbuttons

Both products present unique safety features to help any industrial operation, uphold the highest safety standards across a number of different industries.

XCSR Adjustable Sensing
XCSR Adjustable Sensing

New contactless RFiD safety sensor

Telemecanique, a Schneider company, has launched in Australia the XCSR contactless RFiD safety sensor. It is TUV certified with a Cat4/PLe – SIL3 rating. This essentially means that when you install the XCSR RFiD safety sensor, your dangerous machine area is sealed off by a product with the highest rated safety level. It sends a message to employees that their safety is of utmost importance.

In addition to its high performance rating, the new XCSR contactless RFiD safety sensor also enhances safety because it is virtually tamper-proof. The ready-to-use transponder and reader are factory-paired and sold together with a unique, high-level coding which is virtually impossible to bypass or disrupt. Once this highly effective safety system is in place, it’s functionality can’t be altered.

The XCSR contactless RFiD safety sensor switches offer three different connection types to fit virtually any type of industrial environment. These include:

Standalone: The standalone model of the new XCSR contactless RFiD safety sensor allows the direct connection to the contactors. It has integrated safety functions such as monitoring of the contactors and manual or automatic start and restart functions.

Series: The Series model of the new XCSR RFiD safety sensor allows direct connection to a simple safety relay and series diagnosis through a diagnostic module. There is no programming software needed. The series model comes with integrated M12 series connectors and eliminates the need of T or Y connectors.

Single: The single model of the new XCSR RFiD safety sensor allows point-to-point connections to a safety controller.

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Harmony range of pushbuttons

The Harmony range has been expanded and improved with redesigned products for a modern look and feel, new IP69-rated products, and dedicated pushbuttons for explosive atmospheres.

“Schneider Electric strives to bring OEMs, panel builders, and end users the robust performance and efficiency-enhancing features they need. Harmony products are easy to select, and easy to order as well around the globe,” said Mellisa Ooi, Offer Manager, Industry Product Marketing, Schneider Electric.

The Harmony range is available in both plastic and metal body versions and comes in a vibrant colour palette to give machine control interfaces a contemporary appearance. The new Harmony flush products are robust and pleasant to touch, enhancing the intrinsic and perceived quality of machines and electrical panels without significantly increasing costs.

Harmony products meet the performance requirements of machines and electrical panels in severe environments, as proved by the compliance to IEC and UL international standards and marine certifications.

  • High dust and water resistance: IP66, IP67, IP69, IP69K, Type 13, Type 4X
  • Operating temperature range of -40 °C to 70 °C
  • High impact resistance up to IK06.

With the Harmony range, Schneider Electric now offers the most comprehensive industrial pushbuttons, switches, and pilot lights lineup on the market available through 17,000 points of sale worldwide.

Company: Schneider Electric

Website: www.schneider-electric.com.au/en/

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Australian startup’s LiDAR gives driver-less cars better eyes http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/australian-startups-lidar-gives-driver-less-cars-better-eyes/ http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/australian-startups-lidar-gives-driver-less-cars-better-eyes/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 01:57:44 +0000 http://www.manmonthly.com.au/?p=77282 Sydney-based startup, Baraja, is offering a solution to autonomous car manufacturers, that the company says solves the scalability, reliability, and performance issues they have faced in the past. Baraja’s Spectrum-Scan LiDAR (light detection and ranging) uses prism-like optics and shifting wavelengths of light to create powerful eyes for autonomous vehicles. Traditional LiDAR scans the roadway … Continue reading Australian startup’s LiDAR gives driver-less cars better eyes

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Sydney-based startup, Baraja, is offering a solution to autonomous car manufacturers, that the company says solves the scalability, reliability, and performance issues they have faced in the past.

Baraja’s Spectrum-Scan LiDAR (light detection and ranging) uses prism-like optics and shifting wavelengths of light to create powerful eyes for autonomous vehicles.

Traditional LiDAR scans the roadway by physically rotating lasers or using moving mirrors to steer the light using microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). These moving parts have unresolved reliability problems in vehicles due to constant vibration and shock. Delicate components fail or require costly over-engineering to house and protect.

These legacy scanning methods inject cost, reliability and performance issues, and contribute to the unwieldy appearance and vehicle integration difficulties of existing LiDAR solutions. These limitations have become a serious bottleneck to the mass deployment of self-driving cars.

Baraja’s compact, modular “eyes” connect via fibre optics and deliver the high level of performance demanded by the autonomous vehicle industry using off-the-shelf components—like optical-grade silica-glass found in every smartphone camera and telecom-grade lasers that power the internet. These components maximise automotive reliability and the ability to mass produce the technology for fleets while enabling long-term cost benefits.

Baraja, which only came out of stealth mode last week, borrows its unique LiDAR technology from the telecom industry, the company’s co-founder and CTO Cibby Pulikkaseril explained to Manufacturers’ Monthly.

Pulikkaseril and Baraja CEO and co-founder Federico Collarte met while developing multicolour lasers at an optics company in Sydney. These lasers are used for wavelength-division multiplexing, which enables telecommunications companies to send or receive multiple colours of light on a single fibre-optic cable—the more bandwidth the better.

Pulikkaseril said the technology is ground-breaking for driver-less vehicles. “The laser we are using comes from the teelcom industry. Noone had ever used it for LiDAR. Every time I go to San Francisco, no body in the US can believe that the winning strategy could actually come from Australia,” Pulikkaseril said.

Pulikkaseril and Collarte raised money in 2016 and rented labs at CSIRO Lindfield, where they put together a team. to make some prototypes.

“We have now successfully made a product that the customers are very excited about and they want to integrate it into their cars,” said Pulikkaseril.

“We expect that within five years, we will see cars on the street that have our LiDAR,” he said.

Baraja is headquartered in Sydney, Australia, with offices in San Francisco and China. The company is currently expanding throughout Asia and Europe.

 

 

 

 

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Optimising medical tool inspection http://www.manmonthly.com.au/features/optimising-medical-tool-inspection/ http://www.manmonthly.com.au/features/optimising-medical-tool-inspection/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 01:15:03 +0000 http://www.manmonthly.com.au/?p=77277 Measuring a variety of part features and materials using the flexibility of GLOBAL S Medical device manufacturers often require quality checks of dimensional characteristics on parts having different materials that require non-contact measurement. Whether they are inspecting a part created in-house or trying to validate parts from a supplier, manufacturers require a flexible solution that will … Continue reading Optimising medical tool inspection

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Measuring a variety of part features and materials using the flexibility of GLOBAL S

Medical device manufacturers often require quality checks of dimensional characteristics on parts having different materials that require non-contact measurement. Whether they are inspecting a part created in-house or trying to validate parts from a supplier, manufacturers require a flexible solution that will allow them to measure all kinds of complex features. The overmoulding process, for example, uses two different material types such as a soft plastic or rubber material and a harder material. In these instances, a variety of measuring techniques including tactile and non-contact measurement may be required.

Finding the ideal measurement solution to support these types of processes can be a daunting task because many measurement systems have limited flexibility. Most solutions are limited to a single sensor type and are difficult to adapt when a new application demands additional capability. The reality for most medical instruments and devices is that a combination of sensors is the best solution. A multisensor system makes the measurement process more efficient by eliminating material handling operations to switch between different systems for parts having different measurement requirements. Multisensor systems also lower the total cost of equipment required to support an operation by enabling greater use of a single asset that has the flexibility to support the quality needs of the full range of products being produced.

Scanning soft material surfaces

A good example of where the overmoulding process can be used are in medical tools where a grip surface or sealing surface is required. When measuring multiple types of materials such as these, the challenge is to be able to measure the soft material surface efficiently without deflection as well as capturing the harder features with the required level of precision.

The HP-S-X1H by Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is an analogue scanning sensor that allows users to accurately measure the harder material surfaces. This sensor is able to measure in various modes, including discrete surface points for the highest geometric accuracy and contact scanning for denser measurement data features involving form and profiles. Other specialised scanning modes are also available with this sensor, such as self-centring for measuring the location of grooves and feature controlled scanning for unconventional surface features.

For faster data collection, the HP-L non-contact laser scanner gathers high-density point cloud data and can deliver maximum performance for complex surfaces and workpieces made of difficult-to-measure materials. In addition to offering higher productivity and shorter measurement times, the HP-L laser scanner offers complete measurement coverage of a part while identifying local deviations. Thin-walled components, soft materials, sheet metal parts and freeform surfaces are well suited to inspection with the HP-L sensor.

What was once unreachable

In some cases, manufacturers may use translucent materials in the overmoulding process. For these types of materials, the HP-C-VE optical probe offers an accurate measurement where the diffusion of light from a laser scanner may impact measurement results.

In addition, the HP-C-VE is the perfect solution for parts that require measurement in tight spaces or very small features where a touch-trigger probe just doesn’t cut it. The optical advantages of the HP-C-VE allow users to inspect all areas of the part much more effectively by providing an oblique overhead illumination of the features being inspected.

Always be measuring

When confronted with parts having feature types and materials that no one sensor technology can measure, it becomes necessary to consider a multisensor measurement system for a solution. Supporting multiple sensors is however only one critical aspect of this decision process.

Not only are the supported sensor types important; the operational capabilities of the system also come into play. For example, the ease and efficiency of tool changing for each sensor becomes critical, as well as future capability for new sensor technology.

Therefore, Hexagon developed the GLOBAL S with the Multi-Purpose capability package. The Multi-Purpose package comes equipped with the HR-R changing rack for reliable hands-free operation, reducing measurement cycle times as well as operator time. The HR-R rack supports all the necessary holding ports for the full range of GLOBAL S sensor options, including warming ports for the HP-L point laser probe and HP-C-VE camera probe so that there is no delay in measurement routines.

For manufacturers producing many different types of workpieces, or focusing on parts with a variety of features, multiple material types or varying surface characteristics, flexibility of measurement strategy is essential to maintaining productivity. The GLOBAL S with the Multi- Purpose capability package offers an all-in-one solution to measuring those parts and features. With the combination of tactile and multiple non-contact sensors, and the addition of a probe changing rack, manufacturers gain the flexibility and repeatability needed to optimise their most challenging workflows.

 

Company: Hi-Tech Metrology 

Website: www.hitechmetrology.com.au

Phone: 1800 283 095

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Siemens launches Digitalise 2018 http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/siemens-launches-digitalize-2018/ http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/siemens-launches-digitalize-2018/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 01:05:27 +0000 http://www.manmonthly.com.au/?p=77273 Siemens has announced the return of its annual digitalisation conference, Digitalise 2018, which will be held on Wednesday, 8 August 2018 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. Themed ‘Unlock the Potential’, the full-day conference will feature a line-up of global and local industry experts engaging in keynote sessions and panel discussions around how Australian businesses … Continue reading Siemens launches Digitalise 2018

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Siemens has announced the return of its annual digitalisation conference, Digitalise 2018, which will be held on Wednesday, 8 August 2018 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Themed ‘Unlock the Potential’, the full-day conference will feature a line-up of global and local industry experts engaging in keynote sessions and panel discussions around how Australian businesses across various sectors can unlock their potential with the use of digitalisation. The discussions will centre around four sub-themes of Workforce of the Future, Industry 4.0, Intelligent Infrastructure and Australia’s Energy Transition.

The theme of the conference comes at a critical time when digital transformation is a reality for industries and organisations that are looking to stay competitive in a more globalised economy.

What makes this event unique is that in a digitalised world, companies are looking beyond their traditional boundaries to understand digitalisation. For instance, an industrial company today is looking across their entire value chain for efficiencies – from their energy needs to their infrastructure needs. Digitalise 2018 provides the holistic view from real industry experts in all of these areas – from the big picture to specific case studies and discussions on the latest technologies and future technologies through to preparing the workforce for the change.

Speaking about the event, said: “There is a real business appetite for information, best practice sharing and knowledge about digitalisation in Australia. And this is important because through digitalisation, Australia can be a major player in global value chains and also in innovation.

“Like any event that brings together like-minded but diverse range of people and industries, often the real value is in the conversations. As with last year’s event, I’m looking forward to optimistic and future-oriented conversations at Digitalise 2018,” he said.

The event will give industry leaders a platform to discuss concrete business cases, their outlook for the future of Australia and what needs to be done individually and collectively to progress the nation to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0). The conference will also feature a best practice case study of Australia’s first Industry 4.0 apprenticeship as an example of how industry, academia and SMEs can collaborate to create the workforce of the future.

In its third year, Digitalise 2018 will feature keynote addresses from:

  • Audrey Zibelman – CEO of AEMO and a member of numerous boards including the CSIRO, Energy Advisory Committee and the Melbourne Energy Institute’s Advisory Board.
  • Innes Willox – CEO of the Australian Industry Group, which represents over 60,000 Australian businesses. Innes also leads the Industry 4.0 Forum, formerly known as the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce.
  • Cedrik Neike – Member of the Managing Board at Siemens AG and responsible for the regions of Asia and Australia and Siemens’ energy portfolio. Siemens is the largest industrial software and automation company in the world, operating across 200 countries.
  • Ian MacLeod – Fleet Delivery Manager for Thameslink at Siemens. The Thameslink project is one of the largest rail infrastructure projects the United Kingdom has undertaken and is set to improve rail connections across London, making passenger journeys more reliable.
  • Michelle Price – CEO of AustCyber, Australia’s Cyber Security Growth Network. Michelle has extensive cyber security expertise including from her time leading Australia’s policy positions in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

There are a number of other high-profile speakers and panellists including topics such as digital airports, micro-breweries, blockchain for energy, the MCG’s own intelligent infrastructure upgrades and Dulux Australia, whose new paint facility in Victoria is a global showcase for automation and digitalisation in the chemical process industries.

Event sponsors include Dell EMC and Spectrum Automation.

For registration and more details see https://www.siemensdigitalize2018.com/

Event details

Date: Wednesday, 8 August 20178

Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm, followed by networking drinks

Location: Melbourne Cricket Ground

Registration fees: $250.00

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DroneShield wins patent for acoustic drone detection system http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/droneshield-wins-patent-acoustic-drone-detection-system/ http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/droneshield-wins-patent-acoustic-drone-detection-system/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:27:30 +0000 http://www.manmonthly.com.au/?p=77268 Counter drone technology provider,  DroneShield, has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark office for its acoustic drone detection system. DroneShield uses a multi-sensor approach to analyse and identify incoming drone threats. The radar sensor tracks a moving object, separating it from the background clutter such as trees or birds. The acoustic sensor compares … Continue reading DroneShield wins patent for acoustic drone detection system

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Counter drone technology provider,  DroneShield, has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark office for its acoustic drone detection system.

DroneShield uses a multi-sensor approach to analyse and identify incoming drone threats. The radar sensor tracks a moving object, separating it from the background clutter such as trees or birds.

The acoustic sensor compares the audio sample to a database of acoustic signatures. If it finds a match, the system issues an alert and records identifying information about the aircraft. This multi-sensor analysis allows the system to detect drones with high accuracy, delivering low false-alarm rates.

In addition to this patent, the company has a number of other assets in its drone security IP portfolio, including four previously granted US patents. All of the IP assets relate to the counterdrone technologies.

“DroneShield continues to protect our position in the sector by executing on the patent strategy in the critical areas of the business, as we seek to lead the counterdrone space globally, as evidence by the recent record order for $3.2m of our counterdrone equipment for use by a major Middle Eastern Ministry of Defence,” Peter James, DroneShield’s chairman said.

In June, DroneShield secured its biggest ever order ($3.2 million) for delivering 70 DroneGuns, a rifle shaped mobile jamming device designed to disable intruding drones with electromagnetic signals.

Based in Sydney, Australia and Virginia, USA, DroneShield has developed the pre-eminent drone security solution that protects people, organisations and critical infrastructure from intrusion from drones. The company brings expertise in engineering and physics, combined with deep experience in defence, intelligence, and aerospace.

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