Mr. Guru Prasad, Assistant Vice President and Head – Industries, Robotics and Discrete, ABB India bears the professional experience of around 2 decades. Mr. Prasad heads the Industries division, overseeing a wide-ranging ecosystem of organizations operating within sectors such as General Engineering, FMCG, F&B, Pharma, Logistics, Restaurants, Retail, Healthcare, and Electronics manufacturing. With a background in mechanical engineering, Mr. Prasad has held various key leadership roles within ABB India’s Robotics Business over the course of a decade. These roles have encompassed Sales, Business Development, Key Account Management, and the establishment of emerging businesses. Mr. Prasad’s professional experience has revolved around Automotive Components and other Capital Equipment industries.

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Mr. Nitin Davessar, Chief Manager, Sales at Addverb, is a Supply Chain professional with around a decade of diverse work experience across multiple organizations. At Addverb, he holds the responsibility for designing and delivering warehousing solutions for key accounts. Prior to joining Addverb, Nitin served as a key member of the leadership team at Beardo, where he led the Supply Chain vertical and managed end-to-end operations, from procurement to customer delivery. Coming from metallurgical engineering background he has worked with McKinsey & Co in their Global Sourcing Centre. He also holds a PGDM degree in Supply Chain Management and subsequently joined Marico in the supply chain team, where he worked on various assignments.

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On 25th October 2023, at 4:00 PM, OEM Update organized a webinar on ‘NextGen Manufacturing in Pharma.’

The Indian pharmaceutical sector had been experiencing significant expansion in manufacturing due to the increasing demand for medicines both domestically and internationally. It had undergone a major shift due to digitization and the rise of the Internet of Things. According to reports, the Pharmaceutical market in India was expected to grow to US$100 billion by 2025, and the pharmaceutical manufacturing equipment market was expected to reach USD 21 Billion in 2030, at a CAGR of 6.1 percent from 2023 to 2030.

Digitization had become the norm. Industry 4.0, characterized by the integration of AI, IoT, and robotics, represented the future of pharmaceutical manufacturing, marked by regulations and industry transformations. To cater to evolving customer demands, the Indian pharmaceutical sector had embraced cutting-edge technologies. There was an emerging need for more Pharma solutions to help Pharma manufacturers gain operational efficiency. To stay alongside evolving industry trends, pharmaceutical manufacturers needed next-gen solutions and technological advancement to impact their Pharma business.

On that note, OEM Update hosted an interactive session on NextGen Manufacturing in Pharma on 25th October 2023 from 4 PM to 5.30 PM. During that 90-minute session, industry experts discussed opportunities, predictive maintenance, Indian pharma manufacturing machines, emerging manufacturing concepts in the pharmaceutical industry, digitization, cyber-physical hybrid systems in manufacturing, technological advancements, and self-reliance in the pharma sector.
PANELISTS
Mr. Guru Prasad, Assistant Vice President, CSSR and Electronics, Robotics and Discrete, ABB India: “Value chain automation for Pharma manufacturing – Pick, Pack, and Palletizing”
Mr. Ravikiran Pothukuchi, Director – Sales | Data Science, Manufacturing & Logistics, INDIA, Dassault Systemes: “Enabling NextGen Pharma Manufacturing through Virtual Twins”
Mr. Nitin Davessar, Chief Manager, Sales, Addverb: “Automation in Pharma: Enhancing Tacking and Traceability for better compliance”

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Mr. Ravikiran Pothukuchi leads Dassault Systèmes’ Manufacturing & logistics business in India. His role is to define the business strategy to expand Dassault Systèmes’ solution footprint in India’s rapidly growing manufacturing & logistics sectors. Mr. Ravikiran started his career with Dassault Systèmes in 2004, donned various roles within its R&D organization, for business development and he assumed countrywide responsibility to grow the market share in its core industry verticals. Since last 4 years he has been responsible for the growth potential of India’s manufacturing & logistics sectors. A graduate of premier academic institutions IIT-Madras, IIM-Bangalore, he is also DAAD scholar and a member of several industry bodies such as SAE and IFCCI.

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Menzel Elektromotoren completes the construction of its new headquarters near Berlin, signaling a new era for the family business. The facility is designed for streamlined production and enhanced customer project capabilities.

The new Menzel Elektromotoren headquarters on the outskirts of Berlin are ready for occupation. All works were completed on time and on budget – a remarkable feat of coordination between all trades and partner companies. The move has already started; the relocation of the large stock of motors and accessories, in particular, will take some time – Menzel maintains one of the largest warehouses for large electric motors in Europe, which ensures short-term delivery capability at all times. Production and administration are also moving into the new building gradually. Operations will officially start on January 2, 2024. CEO Mathis Menzel is looking forward to it: “This move will ring in a new era in the history of our family business. The new plant is tailored to our requirements in every detail: generously proportioned logistics and production areas, continuous crane accessibility with an 80-ton lifting capacity – that will enable us to achieve streamlined production processes, to schedule and complete customer projects even more flexibly and reliably, and it will properly set us up for the future as the international headquarters of our group.”

Menzel is a medium-sized manufacturer and worldwide supplier of three-phase asynchronous motors with squirrel cage or slipring rotors up to 15 MW and, in special versions, up to 25 MW. In addition to standard motors with excellent performance properties, the manufacturer specializes in customer-specific and tailored drive solutions.

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The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) hosted the Automotive Sourcing Conclave, focusing on building a resilient supply chain. Key industry figures discussed localization, EV components, transmission systems, and more.

Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the apex body of the automobile industry, hosted the Automotive Sourcing Conclave under the theme “Towards Building a Resilient Supply Chain.” The conclave addressed critical areas in the supply chain, including EV components, electronics and electricals, transmission systems, and metals.

The conclave witnessed active participation from several coveted speakers including senior government officials, Sourcing heads of Automobile companies, and experts from the automobile supply-chain.

Guest of Honour, Dr. Hanif Qureshi, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Heavy Industries, Government of India, said, “SIAM and ACMA’s close collaboration with the Government of India, plays a pivotal role in shaping policies. The essence of these policies, particularly in the automotive industry, revolves around localisation, which is the heart of the Government’s approach. There is substantial potential for domestic value addition within the country. The growth trajectory is marked by advanced automotive components and R&D in this sector must be promoted.”

Guest of Honour, Anant Swarup, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Heavy Industries and the Department of Commerce, Government of India, said, “There is a greater possibility for further increased localization in the Auto Industry and there is a potential to achieve this across OEMs.”

During the conclave, Guest of Honour, Mr. Anant Swarup also inaugurated a digital showcase of Localization Opportunities for the Vendors in Indian Auto Sector.

Vinod Aggarwal, President of SIAM and CEO & MD of VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd., delivered a special address. He said, “The process of localisation is poised to substantially reduce costs, generate more employment opportunities, and further enhance export. The conclave will help us to formulate a robust action plan, gaining insights on how we can localise and align our efforts with the Government of India’s objectives.”

Sunil Kakkar, Chairman of SIAM Aatmnirbhar Bharat Sourcing Group and Senior Executive Director at Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. set the tone for the conclave with a welcome address, by saying, “This is the best time to invest and scale localization for Indian Auto OEMs and Auto Components manufacturers.”

Special addresses were given by Vikrampati Singhania, Vice President, ACMA & MD & Director, J K Fenner India Ltd., and Sumanta Chaudhuri, Principal Advisor, International Trade Policy Division, CII on Impact of IPEF on Automotive Sourcing.

During session themed on “Trends in Automotive Transmission,” Sachin Kulkarni, Co-Chairman SIAM Aatmnirbhar Bharat Sourcing Group and Senior Executive Director at Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd., commenced the session with an insightful opening address by adding, “The demand for Automatic transmission is growing in India. SIAM, ACMA, and Indian Government need to form one team to work together to promote localization of Automatics in India,” which set the tone for a deep dive into the dynamics shaping the automotive transmission landscape.

In the session themed on “Specialized Metals and Raw Materials for Auto Sector” wherein Badrish Sinha, Co-Chairman SIAM Aatmnirbhar Bharat Sourcing Group and Vice-President – Purchasing, VE Commercial Vehicles, said, “Indian steel mills have the competency and efficiency to compete with global markets and by working closely with the steel mills we can reduce steel imports.”

Esteemed panelists including Sanjeev Maini, HOD, Metallurgical Engineering, Bureau of Indian Standards, Sanjay Agarwal, EVP and Business Head, Long Products, JSW Steels, Animesh Sinha, Chief of Marketing & Sales – Automotive – Tata Steel, R V Dalvi, Director-Technical, Sunflag Iron & Steel Company Ltd., and Kedar Rele, Managing Director, Umicore India, presented their thoughts and ideas on the topic.

During the Session themed on “Opportunities in EV Components, Electricals, and Electronics Supply Chain”, wherein Veeraraghavan R, Co-Chairman SIAM Aatmnirbhar Bharat Sourcing Group and Senior Vice President – Strategic Sourcing, Mahindra & Mahindra, said, “Considering the growing demand of electronics, this is a very critical area for us as an Industry to localise. We also need to secure our supply of semiconductors.”

Harendra Saksena, Chief Purchasing Officer, Ather Energy Private Ltd., added, “There is a huge market in 2-wheeler in India. EV adoption of 2-wheeler will go to 60% by 2030, which will create huge demand for electronics & Electricals in the segment.”

The session, moderated by Rahul Kapur, Partner, Grant Thornton Bharat LLP, saw active participation from distinguished panellists including Prashanth Doreswamy, President and CEO, Continental India, Archit Agarwal, Corporate Head for Sourcing, Minda Corporation, Amardeep Punhani, Senior Director R&D, Digital Design, NXP Corporation, and Prithvideep Singh, General Manager, CDIL Semiconductors.

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LAPP India receives the prestigious CSR Award from VDMA India, underscoring its commitment to sustainability and setting benchmarks for responsible corporate practices.

LAPP India, a pioneer in cable and connection technology was honored with the prestigious CSR Award in the large category at the 12th annual flagship event of VDMA India, held on October 13, 2023, at Taj Yeswanthpur in Bengaluru, India.

VDMA India serves as a pivotal link between German and Indian industries promoting economic relations in diverse engineering sectors. With nearly two decades of experience and a dedicated team of experts, VDMA India serves around 600 member companies in India.

This recognition further reinforces LAPP India’s commitment to sustainability, highlighting the organization’s belief in the sustainability and serving as a significant milestone that inspires continued efforts to make a meaningful impact on both the industry and society. The CSR Award was received by Gary Bateman, Managing Director – LAPP India and Sehaam Bateman, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at LAPP India, along with the members of LAPP India’s CSR team.

Gary Bateman, Managing Director of LAPP India, was a distinguished speaker at the VDMA Annual Summit. The central theme of his presentation was “Sustainable Manufacturing,” reflecting LAPP India’s unwavering commitment to fostering sustainability in the manufacturing industry. Expressing his gratitude at the VDMA awards, Gary Bateman, Managing Director of LAPP India, said, “This award is a reflection of our dedication to sustainability, and it motivates us to keep pushing the boundaries of responsible corporate practices. We are proud to partner with VDMA and look forward to setting even higher benchmarks for a sustainable future.”

LAPP is deeply committed to global sustainability, evident in its operations. The company focuses on green energy procurement and generation, ISO-certified environmental and energy management in buildings and plants. Energy-optimized buildings in Stuttgart reflect LAPP’s commitment. For customers, LAPP emphasizes eco-friendly practices such as minimizing polymer packaging and implementing ‘Milk Runs’ for product lifecycle management. The company actively promotes the use of green copper and plant-based materials.

LAPP’s Green Campus:
LAPP India prioritizes sustainability in manufacturing, with each facility hosting over 1,000 trees. It actively generates green energy, aligns with RoHS, and follows the Green Building Concept in Bhopal. Bengaluru relies on 90% green energy, while Bhopal commits to 50%, highlighting LAPP’s dedication to sustainable practices in the country.

Wastewater Management at site:
LAPP India’s initiatives extend to wastewater management with Effluent Treatment Plants, a Sewage Treatment Plant recycling 500,000 liters monthly in Bengaluru and Bhopal, ensuring water safety. The company also contributes to resource conservation by reprocessing wooden spools. LAPP India’s sustainability efforts encompass impactful measures such as digital invoicing, saving 500 trees annually, rainwater harvesting for water conservation, and the “LAPP Legacy” initiative focusing on health, education, rural development, and employment. The company has adopted a village in Bengaluru, actively contributing to its development and long-term sustainability.

LAPP India remains unwavering in its commitment to sustainable manufacturing practices and eagerly awaits future opportunities to make positive contributions to the industry and society. Through its enduring partnership with VDMA and collaborative efforts, LAPP India aspires to set new standards for a more sustainable and prosperous future. ‘Sustainability is part of the LAPP DNA’ reflecting the company’s commitment to responsible and ethical business practices.

 

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Energy Appraisal service of ABB analysed over 2,000 industrial electric motors, revealing an average energy saving of 31%, equivalent to 2.1 TWh potential savings, fostering sustainability and cost efficiency.

From June to September 2023, ABB analyzed more than 2,000 industrial electric motors under its Energy Appraisal service and has identified an average energy saving of 31 percent. That equates to more than 2.1 terawatt-hours (TWh) of potential energy savings across the 20-year lifetime of these systems. Energy appraisals enable industrial businesses to pinpoint exactly where their biggest energy savings lie across fleets of motor-driven systems. They overcome the barrier that industrial companies face when deciding where to target investment for the best energy savings and return on investment (ROI). Appraisals work by gathering operational data from motor-driven systems in the field. A service expert compares this with the theoretical performance that could be achieved by adding a variable speed drive (VSD), resizing or modernizing the equipment.

Improving energy efficiency enables businesses to reduce electricity consumption, with impressive CO2 savings and return on investment (ROI) that depend on each country’s energy mix and cost. For example, if all the motors audited were operating in the UAE, a 2.1 TWh energy saving would be equivalent to 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions and an ROI of six months. Alternatively, in Germany this would equate to a saving of 940,000 tonnes CO2 and an ROI of only three months**. These savings would be enough to offset the emissions of a coal plant for 2 months in Germany and 3 months in the UAE.

“With the world debating how to fight climate change at COP28 next week, our results show that it is possible to do the right thing for the planet, as well as for businesses. Thus, finding an average of 31 percent energy savings across 2,000 motors shows that electric motor-driven systems are a great untapped opportunity to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon society,” says Erich Labuda, president of ABB’s Motion Services business.

With more than 300 million industrial electric motors in world, the results show great potential to save energy and CO2 emissions, especially more than half of these are at least 20 years old and have been superseded by modern high-efficiency technology.

The motors audited serve multiple industries, including food and beverage, chemical processing, energy, and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). They cover a range of low and medium voltage motor applications, such as pumps, fans and other systems. The appraisals found consistent patterns in performance between different motor-driven applications, with fans typically offering the biggest energy savings. Further analysis also identified that the biggest opportunities are related to motors operating without a VSD. VSDs control the speed or torque of motors to precisely match the output with the demand, which reduces energy consumption.

These findings support “The Case for Industrial Energy Efficiency” recently published by the Energy Efficiency Movement. This report aims to give corporate leaders key insights into ten measures that rely on mature technologies, have a meaningful impact on costs and emissions and can be deployed quickly without complex or expensive projects.

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Schneider Electric urges collective action for global decarbonisation at COP28. CEO Peter Herweck emphasizes the benefits of electrification and digital technologies for sustainability.

Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today called for greater collective action to  decarbonize the global economy and ensure a fair and inclusive transition to net zero, and detailed the actions it is taking at the upcoming COP28 United Nations Climate Change Conference to support these efforts.

Thousands of government and private-sector leaders, climate experts, NGOs, youth groups and other stakeholders will gather for the event, which takes place in Dubai on November 30- December 12, to foster collaboration, ideas and initiatives to tackle climate change and deliver on common sustainability ambitions. A key focus will be the publication of the first Global Stocktake, a comprehensive assessment of progress achieved since the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement.

With energy at the heart of over 70% of carbon emissions, Schneider Electric delegates will highlight the untapped potential of electrification, automation and digital technologies and showcase the social and economic benefits of deploying such solutions in industries, buildings, homes, data centers, infrastructure, and transportation.

“We have plenty of technologies at our disposal today. It’s time to recognize that deploying these at much greater speed and scale brings social, environmental, economic and job-creation benefits, that they can lower emissions and costs faster than many realize – and that inaction is simply not an option,” said Peter Herweck, CEO of Schneider Electric.

The company will host discussions and showcase solutions in the COP28 Technology & Innovation Hub. Schneider Electric delegates will participate in a number of panel discussions to share news and insights on corporate decarbonization, youth empowerment and supply chain engagement. In addition, Schneider will:

  • Release fresh geographically relevant insights on ways to accelerate decarbonization, building on its Back to 2050 research
  • Extend several Schneider Electric Foundation partnerships, in line with its longstanding mission to support the empowerment of younger generations and women through education and training in the energy sector
  • Announce new strategic partnerships and initiatives to extend the decarbonization of its supply chain and launch a report on supply chain decarbonization developed in partnership with Women Action Sustainability (WAS).

“As the world’s population and economies continue to grow, we must develop energy efficiency as well as clean, affordable energy. New technologies of digitization of everything leveraging IoT, big data and AI, as well as low-carbon electrification are the two major disruptors of our relationship to energy. Accelerated adoption of these technologies and new ways of designing are essential pillars of innovative, collective, fair and inclusive climate action,” said Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman of Schneider Electric. “The corporate world, including impact companies like ours, needs to be a player and enabler of sustainability action worldwide, inspiring and supporting governments, societies, the academic and business world, and others, to accelerate action.”

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Highlighting their joint perspectives, Dr. T. Senthil Siva Subramanian and Mayank Verma explain the increasing need for advanced technology in today’s industrial environment, particularly the convergence of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (AIIoT). This convergence has given rise to innovations such as AIIoT-AGVs and AIIoT-Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs), bringing about a transformation in intelligent operations and manufacturing procedures.

Technological advancements aimed at enhancing productivity and facilitating agile and efficient manufacturing have given rise to cost-effective innovations in automation.

Technology
Today’s industrial landscape is undergoing a rapid paradigm shift in manufacturing operations due to the digital evolution of smart technologies, particularly autonomous systems like guided vehicles. Automation is fundamentally altering the way we work by introducing intelligent operational processes. The industry is now in need of intelligent workflows that seamlessly integrate with smart production systems, ultimately simplifying and enhancing safety in the manufacturing process.

The incorporation of Internet technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) into manufacturing frameworks is leading to optimised automation systems. This, in turn, makes the manufacturing cycle more robust, seamless, and less reliant on human intervention and empowers systems to make autonomous decisions through artificial intelligence and machine learning. Integrating IoT with human-machine interfaces is paving the way to achieve less return on investment (ROI).

The industry needs specialised autonomous systems to tackle several pressing challenges. These challenges include optimising the flow of logistics and supply chain operations, enhancing safety within industrial facilities, minimizing labour-intensive tasks, intelligent resource utilisation, and reducing carbon footprints.

The industry is looking to incorporate disruptive technologies that utilise intelligent systems and internet-connected devices, specifically by merging artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, often called AIIoT. The outcome of the technologies led to the development of AIIoT-based smart Autonomous Guided Vehicles named AIIoT-AGVs and AIIoT-Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs).

Smart operations
In today’s industrial landscape, there is a growing demand for intelligent forecasting and assessment-driven devices and technology. The concept of “Just in Time” simplifies intricate processes by optimising inventory levels for works in progress, parts, and other materials before they reach the assembly line on the shop floor. As a result, AIIoT-based AMRs harness the potential of machine learning and man-machine interfaces (IoTs) to locate and transport goods for loading and unloading efficiently. This is possible through intelligent algorithms like Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM), an AI-based navigation system that ensures safety and collision avoidance in the factory environment.

Devices and technologies such as AGVs and AMRs can be seamlessly integrated with Visual Positioning Systems (VPS) and laser positioning systems to facilitate smart manufacturing operations. Additionally, advancements in transformative technologies like 5G and ChatGPT by OpenAI can be leveraged to enhance the efficiency of AIIoT-enabled AGVs and AMRs. Radio Frequency Technologies like RFID play a crucial role in guiding and controlling the motion of AGVs.

AGVs and AMRs represent smart devices equipped with onboard semiconductor chips and access to OpenAI resources for effective path planning. Their ability to make intelligent decisions allows them to operate in dynamic manufacturing. These smart operations yield optimisation benefits across the 5 Ms—Man, Material, Machine, Money, and Methodology. Furthermore, AGVS and AMRs possess the capacity to reconfigure and adapt manufacturing processes through the integration of AI and IoT technologies.

Intelligent reconfigurable manufacturing systems embody several essential characteristics that enhance functionality and adaptability. These characteristics include:

  • Convertibility, enabling seamless reconfiguration to meet diverse production demands.
  • Customizability, allowing for tailoring to specific requirements.
  • Diagnosability, ensuring early detection and resolution of issues.
  • Reducibility, minimising resource usage.
  • Neutrality utilisation, promoting efficient resource management.
  • Interconnectivity, facilitating smooth communication with other systems and devices, fostering a cohesive and integrated manufacturing environment.

In addition to the above, AIIoTs-enabled AGVs and AMRs can be centrally controlled via intelligent systems utilising various wireless technologies such as LoRaWAN and Light Fidelity (LiFi Technology). Moreover, they can also be virtually controlled through software tools to ensure safe movements within the factory environment. These technological capabilities not only enhance the qualitative aspects of manufacturing systems but also contribute to the optimisation of inventory management.

Case study on AGVs
The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has designed, developed and tested an Automated Guided Vehicle – based material transfer system for transporting manufactured goods within a factory setting. They have developed a cost-effective solution, which costs only 1/6th of what imported AGVs would typically cost. This system, created by BARC, was designed for implementation at the Bajaj Auto manufacturing facility.

 

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Innovative quantum-supported technology with high production capacity has the potential to increase the bulk production of green hydrogen significantly.

Dr. Somenath Garai and Prof. S. Srikrishna’s team have developed a groundbreaking technology that demonstrates the potential of Green Hydrogen as an environmentally friendly energy alternative. They have introduced an advanced quantum-powered photocatalyst with an efficient charge transfer system and high proton availability and mobility to enable quantum catalytic applications for energy generation.

The Green Keplerate Team from Banaras Hindu University unveiled this technology at the university in Varanasi. The event featured Dr. Anita Gupta, the Head of the Climate Change & Clean Energy Division, DST, Dr. Ranjith Krishna Pai, Scientist and Director of Climate Change & Clean Energy Division, DST, and Prof. R. R. Sonde, Chairman of the expert committee at IIT Delhi. Eminent domain experts from across the country were also present.

The patent for this technology, which falls under the project titled “Boosting the H2 Economy by Harnessing the Merits of Quantum Encapsulation Chemistry: Augmented Kinetics for Water Splitting Reaction Under Confinement” as part of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell program within the Clean Energy Research Initiative, is currently awaiting approval.

The cutting-edge design of the photochemical reactor incorporates an integrated lighting system and external curved reflective panels to maximise the absorption of solar energy. The team has created a continuous electron-driven proton delivery system powered by an electron injection mechanism that utilises industrial metal waste. After extensive optimisations, they have achieved a peak rate of Green Hydrogen production in the laboratory, producing approximately 1 litre per minute for every 10 grams of Quantum Photocatalysts.

The hydrogen gas produced is of exceptionally high purity, eliminating the need for additional purification, enhancing this technology’s cost-effectiveness. This groundbreaking innovation has the potential for various applications in energy production, transportation, and agriculture.

The Green Keplerate Team has also conceptualised storage-free, direct hydrogen internal combustion engine technologies and has demonstrated these concepts on vehicles with various engine sizes and functions. The DST funds this project, and it is currently ongoing.

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In industrial manufacturing, sustainability takes centre stage. It’s not just about eco-friendly materials; it’s also about optimising processes. These sustainable practices enhance efficiency, cut costs, and minimise machine downtime, safeguarding valuable resources, including employee work hours.

Connectors play an important role in the design of sustainable processes. It is not only the function of quickly connecting or disconnecting a machine or an attachment that is of interest. Modern connectors support the production worker in making a secure and error-free connection. This is particularly important with modern modular systems where reconfiguration is frequent. An error-free connection helps to conserve important resources such as energy and time.

SmEC – Connector concept for modular machines and systems
One of the most important additional functions of a connector is the signalling of the mating state. The mating state contains different parameters depending on the application and the connector. The plug-in state usually answers questions like whether the connector is plugged into the correct mating connector. Is the connector fully electrically connected, or whether it is completely mechanically locked? Is the connector electrically overloaded, and are the environmental parameters (temperature, humidity, etc.) within the permitted range?

The plug-in status is signalled to the employee using an LED, a light ring or also acoustically. In the simplest case, a red/green display is sufficient for the machine operator to recognise whether a fault is present. Modern full-colour LEDs with additional flashing patterns or animations indicate other states, such as the presence of voltage. In addition to visual or acoustic signalling, a digital interface also transmits the information in greater detail to a control centre. The SmEC from the HARTING Technology Group transmits the data via MQTT or OPC-UA PubSub. The data is available in a JSON format and can be received and processed by any controller. Among other things, the Asset Administration Shell also provides the live data of the connector as a digital twin.

In addition to signalling the mating status, The SmEC actively prevents unintentional disconnection of the connector with the help of the integrated locking mechanism. This ensures that the components are not damaged and that there is no danger to people. The connector can only be disconnected after it has been de-energised and the active lock has been released. For this purpose, the SmEC has integrated voltage and current measurement that also monitors the connected machine. In this way, the current carbon footprint can be calculated based on the energy consumption data.

Data diode – Protection against sabotage
The measurement of the carbon footprint can also be easily retrofitted to old machines. A data diode protects the measuring device (e.g. the SmEC) against sabotage, allowing the data signals in only one direction. This allows data to be sent from a protected network to an unprotected network, e.g. to a dashboard – the protected network is safe from attack. For this purpose, HARTING has developed a data diode for a connector. With a data rate of up to 1Gbit/s, the usual IoT protocols such as OPC-UA, MQTT or Modbus-TCP are transmitted. Integrating a real hardware data diode, which consists of the laser diode on the transmitter side and a photodiode on the receiver side, makes it impossible for the data to flow back.

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Smart ix – Small connectors with identification function
To determine whether a connector is plugged into the correct mating connector, it must be possible to identify the connector. In the simplest case, this is solved with additional electrical contacts as coding pins. Unlike mechanical coding, the machine control system determines which attachment is now plugged in. However, this method reaches its limits with large, flexible systems. An unnecessary number of contacts are consumed for electrical coding with coding pins. A more suitable variant is identifying the connector with the help of a bus system and a small microcontroller or via NFC (Near Field Communication). This gives each connector a unique ID assigned to a corresponding component (e.g. attachment or tool). This method also works with very small connectors, as seen on HARTING’s Smart ix. The Smart ix is a small 10-pole connector in which a microcontroller is integrated. With the help of the microcontroller, precise identification is possible. The ID is used in the unit/machine control to establish a link to the connected component. This way, even simple components such as lamps, door contacts or analogue sensors can be identified. The control signals to the user whether the components are plugged into the correct port.

Han Protect – Han® 3A – Simplified repair processes
During the production process, there are often unwanted downtimes because the necessary skilled personnel are off-site. For example, a defective fuse can only be changed by a suitably trained person. Since the fuse is located in the control cabinet, other people do not have access. One way to make the fuse accessible from the outside is to integrate it into a connector, such as the Han Protect. As the connector has to be disconnected to change the fuse, the work is also possible for instructed persons, especially when low voltage is involved. This speeds up the repair processes and reduces downtimes – which has a lasting effect on resources.

More information at: https://www.harting.com/IN/en-gb

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Enhancing Efficiency, Sustainability, and Connectivity in Industrial Air Compression.

In an ever-evolving industrial landscape, the demand for cutting-edge technologies that boost efficiency, conserve energy, and save costs is on the rise. Enter Variable Speed Drive (VSD) compressors—a groundbreaking innovation in compressed air systems that promises to redefine the way industries handle air compression. VSD compressors offer numerous benefits, including energy efficiency and sustainability, making them an enticing choice for companies of all sizes and across various sectors. In this article, we delve into the compelling reasons why investing in a VSD compressor could be the key to addressing your compressed air needs effectively.

Reliable Performance:
When it comes to compressed air systems, VSD compressors are the go-to choice for delivering optimal performance with minimal demands. Unlike conventional fixed-speed compressors, VSD compressors can dynamically adjust their speed and output to precisely meet the specific requirements of your application, even in lower temperature conditions. This adaptability ensures a constant source of compressed air, reducing downtime and production interruptions.

Unparalleled Efficiency:
VSD compressors are lauded for their remarkable energy efficiency when compared to their fixed-speed counterparts. These compressors can operate at varying speeds, seamlessly matching the demand for compressed air. By running at lower speeds during periods of low demand and ramping up when demand increases, VSD compressors can reduce energy consumption by up to 45 percent. This energy efficiency translates to reduced operating costs and plays a crucial role in helping organizations reduce their carbon footprint, aligning with sustainability goals.

Embracing Sustainability:
In an era where sustainability is a top priority for many businesses, VSD compressors are a perfect match for environmental objectives. These compressors consume fewer resources and leave a smaller carbon footprint. Opting for an energy-efficient VSD compressor is a step towards contributing to your company’s sustainability initiatives while enjoying long-term cost savings.

Whisper-Quiet and Space-Savvy:
Traditional piston compressors can be notoriously noisy and space-consuming. In contrast, VSD compressors feature a compact design that keeps noise levels as low as 65 decibels. The result? A quieter and more pleasant work environment for your employees. Additionally, their compact size allows for flexible installation, saving valuable floor space and making them an ideal choice for various industrial settings.

Connectivity for Smart Operations: 
In the age of Industry 4.0, connectivity is a non-negotiable feature for industrial equipment. VSD compressors are equipped with advanced control systems that facilitate remote monitoring and control. This connectivity streamlines maintenance and troubleshooting while enabling predictive maintenance, reducing the risk of unexpected breakdowns and optimizing compressor performance.

Tailored to Your Needs:
One of the standout features of VSD compressors is their ability to be perfectly sized for your specific requirements. Unlike traditional compressors, which operate at full capacity regardless of demand, VSD compressors can be customized to match your precise air requirements, ensuring efficient energy usage and equipment performance.

Customized Application:
Every industry and application has unique compressed air needs, and VSD compressors offer the flexibility to adapt seamlessly. Whether you are in manufacturing, healthcare, food processing, or any other industry, a VSD compressor can be tailored to provide the exact air quality and quantity you require.

In Conclusion:
In summary, a VSD compressor stands as a reliable, ultra-efficient, and sustainable solution ideally suited for the modern industrial landscape. Its ability to operate quietly, compact design, and
connectivity options make it a valuable addition to any facility. A VSD compressor is not just an investment in enhanced compressed air system performance but also a step toward a greener and more cost-effective future for your organization.

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The Electric Rubber Tyred Gantry Crane is a material handling solution with electric motors, high flexibility, and advanced safety features, ideal for diverse industries and load-handling needs.

The Rubber Tyred Gantry Crane referred to as RTG, is a gantry crane equipped with tires that grants it the exceptional ability to traverse outdoor yards, workshops, or manufacturing facilities with effortless ease. Being tyre-mounted, it does not require any permanently fixed rails, leading to extreme flexibility in movement across the shop or yard area. This can be credited to indigenously developed electronic steering controls. ElectroMech holds the distinction of being the pioneering company in India to introduce steerable and electrically operated RTG cranes to the market.

Rubber Tyred Gantry cranes are the ideal choice for various infrastructure construction projects where flexibility in material handling is important. They can be used to handle various objects, such as precast segments, steel structures, pipes, concrete slabs, etc. In addition to construction, eRTG cranes can be used in the wind energy sector to handle long tower sections, wind blades, and turbines. In the process equipment manufacturing industry, eRTG helps transport equipment to storage yards and further loading it onto trailers. eRTG is useful where the terrain is not suitable for installing gantry cranes or where temporary facilities for projects are being used. eRTG has been designed to be easily dismantled, transported, and installed at different locations.

Unlike traditional hydraulic-operated RTGs, eRTGs operate on electric motors, eliminating the problem of oil leakage. The use of electric motors also has several benefits over traditional hydraulic RTGs. One of the main benefits is that eRTGs produce fewer emissions, which helps reduce the environmental impact of material handling operations. Additionally, electric motors are more efficient than hydraulics and require less maintenance, resulting in lower operating costs.

eRTGs are also equipped with advanced features such as a load indicator, a gradient limiter, and other sensors that ensure the highest level of safety. eRTGs can be operated by a single person with a remote control.

Salient features of eRTG:

  • Flexibility: the ability to operate on uneven surfaces with grade ability up to 5%
  • Electrically powered: no hydraulics are involved (neither a power supply nor a runway are required).
  • Turns Easily: Thanks to the built-in steering controls, it can easily negotiate turns.
  • Intact Floor: There is constant pressure on the floor, irrespective of the load lifted.
  • High Safety: Safe handling of long, heavy, and odd-shaped items
  • Versatility: Capability to work on various surfaces, e.g., concrete, asphalt, compacted floor
  • Reliability: ElectroMech’s proven technology equipment with guaranteed service support.
  • Portability: Can be conveniently disassembled and transported.
  • Low Cost of Ownership: low maintenance, uptime, high productivity, low expenses on developing infrastructure.
  • Robust structure: designed for dynamic loading conditions.

eRTG from ElectroMech is an innovative solution for material handling needs, allowing users to move loads effortlessly in all directions and on various surfaces. These capabilities make it the ideal choice for industrial, infrastructure, wind energy, and other sectors, effectively addressing a wide range of load-handling challenges.

eRTG is available in various capacities ranging from 20 t, 32 t, 63 t, 80 t, 100 t, 125 t, to 200 t. Furthermore, it comes with both single and double beam arrangements, allowing for the selection of the most suitable beam configuration based on the size of the objects being handled.

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Overhead crane equipment is renowned for its durability, lasting decades when well-maintained. However, when these cranes become outdated or unreliable, modernisation is crucial. The article explores that technological advancements offer cost-effective solutions to extend their lifespan and efficiency with service care program.

Overhead crane equipment can have a lifespan spanning several decades when it is properly installed, designed, and maintained. However, having expensive equipment that becomes outdated, unsafe, or unreliable is not a better situation. When faced with this challenge, organisations must consider the option of modernising or
upgrading their overhead cranes. The good news is that there is no need to go through the hassle of repurchasing entirely new equipment. Due to advancements in technology and engineering, extending the operational life of existing overhead crane equipment is possible. Any overhead crane that could perform more efficiently can be upgraded or modernised to meet the production requirements effectively.

Opting for upgrading or modernising your overhead crane equipment with latest technology
The overhead crane is renowned for its remarkable longevity. When you invest in an overhead crane, it is likely to remain in service for several decades, provided it receives proper care. Nevertheless, certain components of the crane can deteriorate with time. It is essential to replace or repair them promptly to ensure optimal functionality. This maintenance can significantly extend the crane’s operational life. This is one of the reasons why businesses from various sectors choose to enhance their
overhead crane equipment with modern technologies.

Tacklers – Equipment Upgrades have been designed to help users get more from the current fleet by extending the life of the equipment. The extensive range of upgrades will help make your equipment more productive, safer to operate, more fuel efficient and meet regulatory requirements.

You might use the same crane for over a decade without issues. However, it would help if you considered upgrading or modernising your equipment under specific circumstances. These include adding a new production shift and increasing the number of lifts per shift. The overhead crane must handle heavier or different materials when better speed is necessary for efficient lifting performance.

Replacement parts challenges
As the overhead crane ages, finding the parts for ease of replacement becomes challenging. Some manufacturing companies may not be in the business, or some have become obsolete. In this case, your overhead crane equipment needs replacement, and then you must upgrade or modernise the system. Techno offers an extensive range of genuine parts.

Precise control
Inspecting your overhead crane’s braking system after each year of use is essential. Neglecting brake maintenance results in escalating costs. And it can ultimately lead to even higher expenses over time. Look for the braking system if you have used the overhead crane for over a year. If you do not maintain your brakes in the long run, it can lead to even higher expenses over time.

Efficiency and safety measure
With the development of technology over time, companies are providing add on safety features in machines. It increases the efficiency of the device. One of the techniques is the inclusion of a push button in the operator cab. In some cases, you can replace it with wireless remote radio controls.

Frequent need for repair
Overhead crane equipment can undergo extensive usage. It may lead to frequent shutdowns. If your overhead crane experiences such interruptions, it is a clear sign that it is time to consider upgrading or modernising the equipment with Tacklers service care. Neglecting this issue can result in higher repair costs, making it more cost-effective to opt for repairs rather than investing in a new product. Older cranes typically require more frequent upgrades compared to newer ones. While you repeatedly upgrade your overhead crane equipment, it is crucial to engage the services of a professional crane technician for a thorough inspection. If needed, replace any outdated parts or components with new ones.

Equipment Inspections
It is advisable to enhance the frequency of inspections for your overhead cranes. By doing so, you can prolong the lifespan of your equipment by detecting signs of irregularities and wear promptly. During these inspections, if anyone finds out that the wear and tear exceed acceptable limits, they must look for a replacement. This approach can minimise costly downtime for your overhead cranes. It can contribute to extending the overall longevity of the equipment.

Many manufacturers offer upgraded versions of components for overhead cranes, ensuring they adhere to the latest safety standards. Substituting older crane components with these modernised counterparts maintains safety standards and promotes a secure working environment for your employees.

Upgrading parts of overhead cranes
Certain parts of the overhead crane need to be upgraded or modernised. It is important to consider specific components that can make a difference in its performance and safety. These key areas for improvement include the crane control system, the brake system, the trolley gearbox and hoist, the wheels or end trucks, the electrification system, and the runway or structural components. Addressing these aspects can greatly enhance your overhead crane’s efficiency, reliability, and longevity

 

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The MX-System has earned top accolades, is recognised in the highest category by the Red Dot Award, and is honoured with the iF Design Award.

Beckhoff presents the MX-System, a groundbreaking automation solution that has the potential to revolutionise the automation industry by eliminating conventional control cabinets. This innovative system has garnered prestigious awards, including the “Best of the Best” Red Dot Award and the iF Design Award, acknowledging its cutting-edge product design.

The MX-System is a modular and space-efficient automation system comprising an aluminium baseplate and plug-and-play function modules. Notably, this assembly is waterproof and dustproof, allowing direct
mounting on machines without additional protective housing. The system’s versatility extends to its ability to integrate into various machines, both functionally and aesthetically, seamlessly. Beckhoff collaborated closely with the Adrian and Greiser design agency to achieve this, resulting in a visually appealing and ergonomic design that highlights the system’s unique capabilities. The MX-System’s compactness and continuity are evident, making installation and assembly remarkably simple, while each component retains its distinct character.

This innovative design concept also won over the Red Dot jury of around 50 international product design experts. Every year, this award honours industrially manufactured products with outstanding design quality: the products must be aesthetically pleasing, functional, smart, or innovative. The MX- System offers so many special features and benefits here that it was honoured with the Red Dot: Best of the Best Award for groundbreaking design, the highest award in the competition. According to the jury, only the best products in a category receive this award. Another renowned jury, consisting of 132 design experts  from 20 countries, is equally convinced. They awarded the MX system the iF Design Award 2023.

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Volker Nicolai, Chief Revenue Officer of GEBHARDT Intralogistics Group GmbH & Co. KG, and Prem Kalliath, Chief Executive Officer of Blue Star Engineering & Electronics Ltd., discussed their partnership to explore the Indian market and the potential opportunities while providing customised solutions for customers.

What specific industries do you see as particularly promising?
Prem Kalliath: The Indian market is currently at a suitable stage of development, marked by substantial investments in both the upstream and downstream sectors. This presents a promising landscape for solutions tailored to the unique demands of various industries.

Focusing on sectors where Blue Star has substantial expertise, we see significant potential in the automotive parts industry due to the opportunities it offers. Another industry on our focus is food and beverages, which stands out because of its intricacies and the diverse range of products it deals with. Pharmaceuticals offer another avenue for growth, encompassing everything from drug production to specialised manufacturing. This segment is evolving with the emergence of E-pharmacies and direct-to-consumer models, demanding automation solutions where we have experience.

Our primary focus lies in delivering tailored solutions specifically designed for the industries. This customisation process considers throughput requirements, SKU complexity, and storage conditions to provide a comprehensive solution. These solutions can encompass a wide spectrum, ranging from smaller-scale projects within a warehouse, possibly in a more compact setting, to larger implementations within manufacturing plants. Additionally, we are equipped to handle substantial distribution centres as well. These sectors have been strategically chosen as they offer promising opportunities, and we possess the necessary knowledge and experience to excel in them.

How is automation set to address the industry’s shift towards customer-centric operations?
Prem Kalliath: Across various industries, there is a shared commitment to getting closer to the end consumer, whether through direct-to-consumer channels or via retailers. This customer-centric approach is a top priority for many organisations. Automation is poised to play a pivotal role in this shift because it addresses the inherent complexities in managing many SKUs, handling diverse orders, and meeting heightened expectations for order-to-delivery timelines. The focus has shifted from days and weeks to mere hours.

These three critical areas—complexity management, order fulfilment efficiency, and rapid turnaround times—are where we anticipate automation can make a substantial impact, especially in the food and beverage sector. Similarly, automation is indispensable in the automotive parts industry, particularly within the vast aftermarket and parts-related segments. With numerous models and thousands of SKUs, automation is essential for efficient management.

How is the entire system managed efficiently? 
Prem Kalliath: Our primary focus is to address the logistical challenges that our customers encounter within their supply chains. We specialise in streamlining the various processes around the receiving and dispatch of goods within warehouse facilities. We offer a comprehensive suite of solutions within this realm, encompassing automated storage, palletising, de-palletising, and sorting. We provide all the essential tools required for optimising warehouse operations.

We focus on providing the right kind of customer-oriented solution. Having an intimate knowledge and understanding of the Indian market while also having more than 30 years of experience of working with customers across industries, we are well placed to understand the requirements and challenges and come up with solutions which meet their requirement. Secondly, we have always invested in skilling and training our own people, in terms of engineering, solution designing, technology, which has helped us in being able to produce solutions which are implementable in the Indian context.

Furthermore, our portfolio encompasses automated truck-loading solutions, which have become increasingly critical as businesses strive to boost their throughput and operational efficiency. This strategic link between warehouse operations and transportation ensures a more expedited and efficient movement of goods. In essence, we facilitate the seamless management of incoming & outgoing materials within the warehouse and all the associated processes related to warehouse distribution.

What is the primary focus and role of your operational model?
Prem Kalliath: Our operational model is distinct in that it revolves around engineering and solution design, areas we have complete control over. We possess the expertise to meticulously engineer and design solutions tailored to our clients’ needs. Additionally, we collaborate with the right vendor partners to assist in manufacturing the required components. Integration may occur on-site or at a designated location, depending on specific project requirements.

Our primary role is that of an integrator. We specialise in assembling and coordinating the various parts and components to create a seamless and efficient system. We recognise numerous capable part vendors in this ecosystem, but the missing piece often lies in the integration aspect. We act as the integrator, focusing on engineering, solution design, quality control, and effective project management.

All the solutions are capital intensive and typically when anyone invests in these solutions, they expect to receive services for the 10-15 years in the future, and that’s where with our network, expertise, experience and with our capability to provide service across the country, differentiates us in the market.

Could you provide a detailed insight into your vision and expectations for the future?
Prem Kalliath: Significant opportunities are emerging in the market, particularly with the increasing focus on expanding manufacturing capacity. The expansion is not limited to new Greenfield plants but extends to Brownfield facilities as well. One aspect that’s often overlooked is the enhanced utilisation of vertical space, especially in existing Brownfield plants where expanding horizontally might be challenging. Encouragingly, many companies are now exploring ways to maximise the use of vertical space. Given these evolving opportunities, it’s ideal for us to come together in partnership and actively participate in these developments.

What key components and technologies are involved in the spare parts management system of GEBHARDT Intralogistics Group?
Volker Nicolai: In spare parts, our typical application involves a comprehensive system encompassing various components. This includes a conveying system responsible for transporting materials from the goods-in area to storage locations, whether these are automated or manually operated. Additionally, we provide a picking system that efficiently retrieves the necessary parts from the warehouse to fulfil customer orders. This system consists of mechanical elements, such as conveyors, storage technology, and software components.

For instance, when a dealer submits an order for multiple parts, these items are often stored in different areas within the warehouse. To streamline the process, we implement conveyors to facilitate the movement of parts from one location to another, ensuring that they are eventually consolidated and prepared for central dispatch. This system has been successfully deployed in various locations, including countries like the UK, France, Italy, Spain, and the United States, primarily catering to the spare parts business. Mercedes-Benz is one of our notable clients.

Could you elaborate on your primary focus in implementing tailored solutions in India?Volker Nicolai: Over the past five years, the demand for our services has substantially increased, largely driven by the surge in e-commerce activity. This growth is not limited to Europe but extends to the United States and India. The Indian market has transformed similarly to Europe’s, with significant investments in production optimisation and IT systems.

There remains significant untapped potential in warehousing and supply chain management. The level of automation suitable for India may not necessarily mirror what’s prevalent in Europe. Therefore, we collaborate closely with our Indian partners to assess customers’ specific needs and determine the most cost-effective automation solutions.

Our primary focus is on implementing these tailored solutions in India, aligning them with the unique requirements of the market. We believe there are abundant opportunities to make significant strides in this endeavour, given the evolving landscape of the Indian market.

How do your initiatives align with the principles of Industry 4.0, and how do they impact your product offerings?
Volker Nicolai: We take great pride in our strong focus on Industry 4.0, and our dedication has been recognised with awards in Germany. Our owner, Mark Gebhardt, has been honoured by Ernst and Young for his entrepreneurial achievements in Industry 4.0 and digital transformation.

One of our standout contributions to this field is our innovative software tool, Galileo IoT. This tool employs specialised sensors on machines to monitor their condition. It collects data on power consumption, vibration, temperature, and other parameters. We analyse this data using artificial intelligence to gain insights into the system’s status. The primary goal is to detect potential issues and prevent interruptions or faults, such as identifying abnormal power supply levels. This proactive approach minimises downtime and allows us to move away from fixed maintenance schedules, like six-month or yearly intervals, to perform maintenance as and when required. This is a classic example of Industry 4.0 in action, leveraging artificial intelligence to enhance efficiency.

Furthermore, we harness smart glasses, such as Google Glass, to assist maintenance teams in fault detection. Additionally, we create digital twins of systems, which are simulation models used for making changes, testing strategies, and reducing commissioning time. These digital twins enable us to conduct software testing and simulations in advance, saving time and resources.

How does your ASRS system streamline the distribution, and what makes it cost-effective?
Volker Nicolai: An Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) is pivotal in diverse applications, such as e-commerce distribution centres. In a recent project for healthcare and beauty goods, the ASRS handles a multi-step process. Goods arrive on pallets from suppliers and are categorised into different SKU classes, including high runners, medium-sized runners, and low runners. High runners are efficiently picked using a “pick by light” system or flow racks, while medium-sized runners are managed similarly. An automated storage system stores these items for the less frequently picked low runners due to lower throughput requirements in a high-bay warehouse.

When a specific SKU is needed, the ASRS retrieves it and brings it to a workstation. An operator takes the required quantity, and the remaining items are seamlessly returned to storage. Orders are then consolidated, and the picked items are grouped with other SKUs in preparation for transportation. A multilevel shuttle system is employed to facilitate replenishment for flow racks and pick-by-light systems. A consolidation step is essential for orders exceeding three or four tons before dispatching them to the packing area.

This complex process involves a combination of technologies, including conveyors, storage machines, and a centralised system that orchestrates and manages all operations efficiently. The ASRS proves to be cost-effective, highly flexible, and adaptable to various order structures and requirements while maintaining a high level of throughput and operational efficiency.

What sort of traceability solutions are available in the automation solutions?
Volker Nicolai: Traceability in our operations relies on standard methods like barcoding and the use of RFID technology. Barcodes are widely utilised, where each item is assigned a unique barcode that barcode readers can scan. In contrast, RFID technology offers distinct advantages due to its capacity to store more data directly on the tag, making it possible to extend traceability beyond certain system limits. While barcodes often require database access for detailed information, RFID can directly retrieve data from the RFID.

Both technologies have their merits, and their choice depends on the specific application. Barcodes are straightforward, reliable, and suitable for many scenarios, while RFID stands out when advantages such as extended data storage are crucial. Our approach involves careful analysis of each situation and its demands to determine the most fitting traceability solution.

 

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Mindfields and Katonic AI have strategically united to enhance enterprise productivity by merging Generative AI’s ideation capabilities with the efficiency of automation.

Katonic AI and Mindfields have joined forces to empower organisations to harness the potential of Generative AI. This groundbreaking partnership addresses these worries head-on by enhancing and integrating Generative AI models into an organisation’s framework, ensuring 100 percent data security and improved precision.

Generative AI allows companies to quickly generate various content, including text, images, code, 3D models, videos, and more, in a fraction of the time. This is achieved by utilising Large Language Models (LLMs) that can comprehend simple prompts in natural language from users and context. It’s estimated that around 65 percent of tasks performed across different industries can be automated or enhanced using Generative AI, resulting in increased efficiency, accuracy, and cost savings.

Through their collaboration, Mindfields and Katonic AI will offer end-to-end Generative AI solutions for businesses. Katonic AI, leveraging its award-winning Machine Learning Operations Platform (MLOps), will enhance its existing applications by integrating them with LLMs, utilising Generative AI through APIs, and further training them through techniques like prompt tuning and prefix learning. Mindfields aims to reduce the Total Cost of Ownership for Generative AI and Automation initiatives and will use the Katonic platform to provide practical advice on implementing innovative Automation and Generative AI solutions.

Prem Naraindas, Founder and CEO of Katonic AI, stated, “The partnership between Katonic and Mindfields promises to redefine the future of automation. As we combine the power of RPA with our advanced no-code Generative AI Platform, we anticipate unlocking unprecedented levels of efficiency, innovation, and intelligence for our customers. Imagine a world where business operations are not just automated but intelligent, adaptive, and innovative – with RPA and generative AI, it’s now a reality.”

As a vendor-agnostic Hyperautomation consulting and implementation firm, Mindfields’ vision is to enable businesses to leverage emerging technologies, optimise processes, and drive growth. This partnership underscores their dedication to fully harnessing the potential of Generative AI and automation, propelling enterprises toward sustainable success, according to Mohit Sharma, Founder and Executive Chairman of Mindfields.

Katonic AI has aggregated over 50 of the world’s most popular Generative AI LLM models, enabling businesses to explore, experience, and experiment with these models at no cost. Mindfields, with its extensive network and client base in India, Australia, and the US, will introduce Katonic’s solution to new and existing clients.

 

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This article discusses why a merger or the bridge between OT and IT needs to be crossed to advance Industry 4.0 initiatives, as well as the effect of closing the gap between OT and IT on industrial automation solutions and its market.

The term ‘operational technology’ (OT) was introduced to distinguish between conventional information technology (IT) services and the equivalent services tailored for the industrial sector. As you probably know, a typical consumer PC would only survive for a short time in the challenging conditions of a factory floor, and most user-friendly mainstream software can not be run on industrial equipment. The incompatibility led to the phrase ‘operational technology’, which represents the hardware and software used within the industrial sector. That bridge, however, is already being crossed. Today, OPC UA pub/sub-TSN is creating a pathway for merging IT and OT into one seamless entity within the industrial and tech communities.

Industrie 4.0 and the differences between OT and IT
Operational technology refers to the hardware and software technologies used in managing or controlling physical devices, equipment, and systems. OT has a physical control process component to it, which makes it a concept designed for the industrial sector in which ‘physicality’ rules. The industrial shop floor is a physical and harsh environment; heavy equipment must be controlled in line with a master production plan. OT provides the tools needed to physically control or automate the operations of these heavy pieces of machinery.

Regarding features, OT is designed for technologies that include the older programmable logic controller and the more current computer numerical control (CNC) systems. The visualization solutions attached to OT vary from simple digital LED screens to web-based HMIs equipped with processing resources and software to display contextual information to shop-floor operators. OT is used as a tool for industrial control or automation and is applied to control conveyor belts, CNC machines, automated assembly lines, and alert systems. Traditionally, vendors that provide OT solutions rely on proprietary hardware and software. It ensures that they have sole control over the troubleshooting and maintenance processes.

In the information age, information technology rules. That is why it is regarded as more mainstream than OT. It refers to the hardware and software used in managing data. This includes storing, retrieving, analyzing, and manipulating data. The mainstream reliance on IT within every sphere of life has led to the development of advanced IT solutions that are intuitive and easy to use when handling any form of data.

While IT relies on hardware and software to deal with data, OT relies on both to control physical entities. But with the introduction of Industrie 4.0, a new framework that juxtaposes both technological systems is required. Data and the interconnectivity between industrial assets drive Industrie 4.0. IT is expected to handle the data-analysis process, while OT is expected to evolve to manage interconnectivity and rely on IT to support seamless data management.

Closing the gap between OT and IT with OPC UA pub/sub over TSN
To achieve true industrial automation, or the lights-out factory, the gap between OT and IT must be bridged. Both technologies must be categorised under one department to develop industrial processes
that seamlessly run on both options. To achieve unification, the OPC UA pub/sub over TSN standard was developed. The first step of this standard is the unification of the diverse proprietary OT solutions running the industrial sector. A unified and open OT framework paves the way for machine-to-machine communication and data exchange.

Within the unified architecture, OPC UA guarantees the challenges with interconnectivity are solved. At the same time, OPC UA pub/sub over TSN promotes interoperability, machine-to-device, machine-to-cloud, and deterministic communication or data transfer, paving the way for IT to enhance the data-analysis processes in the industrial sector.

With OPC UA pub/sub over TSN, industrial facilities can implement Industrie 4.0 business models that rely on OT, IT, and cutting-edge solutions such as edge computing or IIoT that are used within the factory floor. The open environment championed by the OPC Foundation is being backed by major OT stakeholders who now see the benefits of a unified factory floor. More importantly, the unified OT environment has paved a pathway for IT service providers to explore opportunities within the industrial sector and speed up innovation.

The effects of an OT and IT merger on the industrial sector
Today, the efforts of OPC UA pub/sub over TSN and the bridge-building process to develop seamless OT and IT operations are yielding multiple fruits. One practical example can be seen from how factory owners currently leverage the industrial cloud and IoT platforms to support the development of IT applications, store data from OT assets, and facilitate the transfer of data within the factory floor.

The innovative developments in the web HMI market are another example of how successful mergers between OT and IT open up the factory floor. HMIs are important bridges. They serve as OT assets that can withstand the harsh environment of the factory floor while providing the computing resources and ease of use that IT assets guarantee.

Bridging the gap between OT and IT further creates an open playing field that stakeholders in the IT sector are currently exploring and are expected to build on shortly. Today, we have dedicated IoT stores where industrial applications can be bought, and these applications run seamlessly on smart devices, factory equipment, and web-based industrial browsers without compatibility issues.

Conclusion
An open unified technology framework is one in which OT and IT solutions are developed within a single department. Here, software developers in the IT sector can bring their UI and UX experiences to simplify industrial applications and their use. The merger will also provide more scalable infrastructure to handle  the billions of industrial networks of edge and IIoT assets, which are expected to deliver the benefits of Industrie 4.0

 

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Mr. Vikas Gupta, Founder, MD and CFO at Sampoorn EV Limited. He is also associated as CEO & CFO with e-Ashwa Automotive where he is instrumental in steering the company, and contributing to electro-mobility towards sustainable development. He is professionally CA, CS, and CMA with around 3 decades of experience. Before setting up e-Ashwa Automotive, Mr. Vikas was instrumental in establishing many start-up organizations and played a vital role in implementing processes, practices, and policies. Many rewards are accredited to Mr. Vikas such as Top 10 Best Leaders in Automotive Industry and India’s Greatest Leaders 2021 – Asia One, Best CEO in e-Automobile segment etc. #Manufacturing#Techology#Industry#Automation#productivity#Oemupdate

 

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EV manufacturing had been rapidly reshaping the automotive landscape, presenting new opportunities for automakers and driving a sustainable future. The transition to e-mobility had been driven by concerns over climate change, increasing energy efficiency, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. To meet sustainability goals, manufacturers had been treading to optimize energy usage during production. The rise of e-mobility had induced automakers to restructure their manufacturing processes to accommodate electric vehicles. This shift had demanded the development of new supply chains, battery manufacturing facilities, and advanced production lines. Automakers had been investing heavily in R&D to optimize battery technology, increase range, and reduce charging times. With the right government support, the adoption of cutting-edge technologies, and a commitment to sustainable practices, electric vehicles had had the potential to revolutionize the way people drive and interact with transportation systems. The future of electric vehicle manufacturing had looked promising while transforming the automotive industry. On that note, OEM Update hosted an interactive session on September 26, 2023. During that 90-minute session, from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM, industry experts deliberated on opportunities for the Indian EV manufacturing landscape, escalating capacity, technological advancements, cyber security issues, self-reliance, and emerging collaborations. On September 26, 2023, at 4:00 PM, OEM Update organized a webinar on ‘EV Manufacturing – Future of Connected Mobility.’ PANELISTS Mr. Gopalakrishnan VC, Industries and Commerce Department, Government of Telangana: “Government initiatives for Automotive and EV space” Mr. Keshab Chandra Sen, Principal Consultant of Vroomble: “EV manufacturing – Make or buy challenges” Mr. Sachin Wagh, Chief Engineer – Vehicle and New Energy of FEV India Pvt Ltd: “Upcoming technologies position EV upper than ICE” Mr. Vikas Gupta, Founder, MD and CFO, Sampoorn EV Limited: “Challenges in EV Manufacturing and Solutions” #manufacturing #Techology #Industry #Automation #productivity #Oemupdate

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Mr. Sachin Wagh is currently the Director of Vehicle & Consulting, FEV. He has more than two decades of engineering leadership for ICE and EV products. Prior to that, he was associated with JSW EV Pvt Ltd, Mumbai, Head – vehicle engineering for JSW EV portfolios. Mr. Sachin also had professional experience while engaged with TATA MOTORS Ltd, Pune – vehicle Integration-platform chief engineer for passenger cars as well as worked for NVH Domain- NVH as PAT leader for vehicle and powertrain- Nano, Indica, buses and pickups. Mr. Sachin handled various projects leading the engineering delivery of entire vehicle program achieving cost, quality and set engineering target right from concept to production and aftermarket responses. Coming from an engineering background Mr. Sachin is an M Tech (Mechanical, NVH) having expertise as complete vehicle development with engineering also. #Manufacturing #Techology #Industry #Automation #productivity #Oemupdate

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Mr. Keshab Chandra Sen , Principal Consultant , Vroomble has done mechanical engineering from MANIT Bhopal and IIT Kharagpur. Currently, he is mentoring EV Start ups, EV Companies, and working on few projects with IIT Guwahati Scholars. In his professional career he was engaged as Tata motors head for Transmission and Quality. He was Head South India and also International business sfter Sales . Mr. Keshab worked as Foton Sr VP and MLR Auto as CEO. He was also Head CoE Auto and Manuf Connect business Solution. He was also Jury Make in India and Jury, Aegis Graham Bell Excellence awards. #Manufacturing#Techology#Industry#Automation#productivity#Oemupdate

 

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Mr. Gopalakrishnan VC is Director Automotive and EV at Government of Telangana. Coming from electrical and electronics engineering background he has done PG in management, operations and marketing from Indian School of Business. Earlier to his current position he was involved in Program Management and Business Development activities at Igarashi Motors India for more than 5 years. Previously, Mr. Gopalakrishnan was EA to CEO at Agile Electric and worked with NTPC also in Operations department of Ramagundam Super Thermal Power Station. #Manufacturing #Techology #Industry #Automation #productivity #Oemupdate

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Premium lubricants by Mobil stand out due to the trust imbibed by 140+ machine tool OEMs and leading players in the plastics industry for their role in promoting performance and reliability.

OEMs, or Original Equipment Manufacturers, are the heroes behind the scenes. They work with various industries, providing essential components and expertise to bring products to life. From electronics to automotive, OEMs play a crucial role in shaping the market and driving innovation. They collaborate with companies to design, manufacture, and assemble products, ensuring they meet the highest standards of quality and performance. Many OEMs rely on MobilTM’s high-quality lubricants to enhance the performance and longevity of their products. Mobil has a solid reputation for producing high-quality lubricants that meet the demanding requirements of various industries. These products are specifically formulated to provide optimal protection and enhance equipment performance.

The India machine tools market size reached USD 1.4 Billion in 2022. Looking forward, the market is expected to reach USD 2.5 Billion by 2028, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 9.4% during 2023 – 2028. The continuous growth of the machine tools sub-sector is testimony to the role that efficient equipment maintenance will play a crucial role in optimizing business performance. Now, as machine performance becomes critical to ensuring uninterrupted equipment operations, the choice of lubrication solutions
and servicing takes the front seat. 140+ machine tool OEMs recommend the Mobil Vactra Oil™ Series, backed by many years of innovation and expertise in slideway lubrication to meet the highest operational demands. They are designed for all modern machine tools with anti-slip technology, providing outstanding frictional control for horizontal and vertical ways and providing dimensional accuracy even under low feed rates and high loads with rapid separation from aqueous cutting fluids while protecting against rust and corrosion.

Premium lubrication solutions and services emerge as a pivotal factor in enhancing business operations in the growing plastics industry. Collaborating with a leading lubrication provider, such as Mobil, has greatly benefitted the leading OEMs in the plastics industry. As an industry leader, companies aim to achieve lower maintenance costs, reduced machine interactions, zero breakdowns, and receive guidance from equipment builders’ recommendations. Mobil DTETM 20 Ultra Series is designed to help you achieve these goals effectively and efficiently. The key benefits of these oils are excellent deposit control for longer oil life, superior wear protection to extend component life, and their performance in exceeding industry standards. It has shown up to a 2X increase in oil life, which helps cut expenses on hydraulic oils as well. Its extended oil drain intervals help in reducing safety risks associated with employee-equipment interaction, while long oil and filter life helps control waste oil generation and maintenance-related waste.

Mobil’s innovative products and services help deliver productivity, performance, and profitability. Bringing its legacy of over 150 years, Mobil is collaborating with leading OEMs and component builders in the country to enhance performance and contribute to sectoral growth.

() 74.6% lower wear than the maximum limit for ring wear in the Eaton 35VQ25 test, #72% lower wear than the maximum limit for motor wear in BR RFT APU CL test (ISO VG 32)

For more information, visit www.mobil.in/business
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In today’s landscape, efficient power plants and emission control are paramount. This raises the need to explore innovations in emission analysis and technology-driven solutions for a cleaner, more sustainable future.

In the current scenario, it is imperative to ensure the efficient operation of thermal power plants and closely monitor their emissions to enhance overall power plant productivity. We are witnessing a rapid surge in pollution, making emission analysis mandatory, especially in power plants and heavy industries, to minimise its harmful effects on the environment and humans. It is worth noting that the emission of carbon dioxide and other substances is directly tied to plant efficiency; more efficient plants produce fewer emissions. Simultaneously, conducting emissions checks at all stages of the power production or combustion process in these plants is vital to ensure compliance with the regulations set forth by both the Central and State Pollution Control Boards.

In any such industry, there exists a crucial need for a measurement system capable of monitoring and calculating emissions at various points, including air pre-heaters, economisers, and the final stack location. At Testo, we believe in applying technology to enhance facility performance while prioritising pollution reduction and environmental concerns. In this regard, we provide products like Emission Analysers, including the Testo-340 and Testo-350, to the industry.

Testo-340 Flue Gas analyser
The Testo-340 flue gas analyser facilitates the comprehensive analysis of all relevant gases. It allows for adjusting the combustion process to achieve the optimal ratio of fuel quantity to combustion air quantity. The Testo-340 is a versatile instrument designed to guarantee adherence to legally prescribed emission thresholds and can be configured with as many as four distinct gas sensors. It can measure CO, CO low, NO, NO low, NO2, or SO2, providing the flexibility needed to address a range of emission concerns.

Moreover, it offers an extended measuring range, making it suitable for deployment in environments characterised by elevated gas concentrations. The pre-calibrated gas sensors simplify and expedite the process of sensor replacement, reducing downtime. Additionally, the Testo-340 is equipped with integrated pressure difference and air flow measurements, facilitating mass flow calculations.

Testo-350 Flue Gas analyser
The testo 350 is a rugged, easy-to-use exhaust gas analyser designed to meet the highest demands for carrying out precise emission measurements and providing proper data administration. The Analysis Box can be operated with up to 6 gas sensors, 5 of which are optional. This allows you to select freely from sensors for CO, NO, NO2, SO2, H2S, CxHy and CO2. It is the perfect solution to monitor the emissions from coal-based and gas-based power plants. This will enable the power plants to fine-tune their processes to minimise the emissions to permissible levels and improve combustion efficiencies.

The Testo-350 Flue Gas Analyser is a highly capable tool with several advantages for users. It features an extended measurement range, ensuring the ability to take measurements even in environments with elevated gas concentrations. This enhances its suitability for a wide range of applications.

Moreover, the Testo-350 offers user-friendly features, such as easy-to-change gas sensors and accessible wearing parts. This simplifies maintenance, reducing downtime and making it a practical choice for users.

The instrument is designed for durability, with a sealed housing and integrated impact protection. It is built to withstand harsh environmental conditions, ensuring reliable performance.

In terms of operation, users have the flexibility to control the analyser unit through the Control Unit or the easyEmission software. Both options offer convenient control and data management, making the Testo-350 Flue Gas Analyser a valuable asset for various industries.

For more details, visit the website www.testo.com or email info@testo.in

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The motion plastics specialist is expanding its 3D printing range for wear-resistant, lubrication-free special parts.

Knowing the durability of a 3D-printed component often makes it easier to choose the right material. This is why igus has now added a service to its 3D printing range. Apart from a price calculation and a feasibility analysis, the online 3D printing service can now also predict service life for individually manufactured special parts in just a few seconds. Just upload the STEP or STL file, have the service life calculated, choose the right material and order the part, and it will be shipped within three days.

igus has 30 years of plain bearing expertise, developing high-performance plastics and producing bearings with injection moulding. If customer-specific wear-resistant parts are required outside of the standard range, 3D printing is used. From individual parts to small quantities, igus can print the right special parts and deliver them within three days. Here, different processes and a wide range of materials come into play: rapid tooling, for instance, combined with filament, laser sintering powder and liquid resin. It is all very simple with the online 3D printing service. Users upload the STEP or STL file for their product to the website, where the Cologne motion plastics specialist’s production options, suitable materials and finishes are displayed. The tool also provides information about the costs, feasibility and delivery time. “We have now integrated the service life calculation into the 3D printing service because knowing the longevity of a component in advance and price information makes it easier to choose the right material,” says Tom Krause, Head of Business Unit Additive Manufacturing. But how does the calculation work? “All the users have to do is select their part’s sliding surface with a mouse click and enter a few application parameters. The 3D printing service then automatically calculates a service life estimate,” says Krause.

The igus laboratory: 11,000 tests at 450 test rigs
The data for all igus service life calculators are based on extensive test series in the in-house 3,800-square-metre laboratory in Cologne, where igus develops and researches new plastics and products. 11,000 abrasion tests are performed at 450 test rigs every year. The tests show that 3D-printed parts made from iglidur plain-bearing plastics are inferior to turned and injection-moulded parts made from conventional plastics. Service life is up to ten times as long. It is even up to 50 times as long as that of other 3D printing materials. More than 50 iglidur materials for injection moulding offer users from all industries the right solutions, in addition to four laser sintering materials, ten tribofilaments and the new iglidur i3000 3D printing resin.

To the igus 3D printing service: https://www.igus.eu/info/3d-print-3d-printing-service

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AVEVA and Microsoft deepen their collaboration to enhance data integration platforms, merging AVEVA Connect with Microsoft Fabric for streamlined data processing and preparation for AI applications, fostering agility and sustainability.

AVEVA, a global leader in industrial software, driving digital transformation and sustainability, has expanded its strategic collaboration with Microsoft to further strengthen both companies’ data integration platforms to better prepare customers to incorporate AI in key industries across the world.

The agreement will see an even closer synergy between industrial cloud platform AVEVA Connect and data analytics solution Microsoft Fabric, which is currently in public preview. They are designed to streamline the process of collecting, transforming, and unifying data from various sources. They help gather data from different parts of an organization’s operations, including manufacturing processes, supply chains, and other relevant systems. These platforms offer tools for data cleansing, transformation, and enrichment, making the data more consistent and useful for downstream applications and preparing data to power AI capabilities.

With Microsoft’s end-to-end solutions in the cloud and AVEVA’s deep industry expertise and software applications, the unique combination of capabilities helps businesses capitalize on the power of technology to become more agile, resilient, and sustainable. Customers can adapt to changing market conditions and customer demands with flexible and scalable solutions. Continuity and security of operations is ensured with reliable and robust cloud services; risks can be managed and monitored with proactive and predictive analytics. Environmental impact can be reduced, and social responsibility increased through the efficiency and productivity AI applications bring. 

AVEVA Connect turns data into insight to improve businesses decision-making. The platform connects data that can create a real-time digital twin which unlocks the insights needed to engineer smarter and operate better. Teams can work anywhere in the world in a single collaborative cloud environment. And systems are connected so that software applications whether on premises, in the cloud or a hybrid mix are easily accessible.

Caspar Herzberg, CEO, AVEVA, said: “Connected information and insights provide a holistic view of business activity in real time for industrial companies. We provide the operational data in order, and in context – which helps data scientists and business analysts get to work more quickly using trusted data that is shaped, transformed, and ready to use. 

“Such a connected ecosystem approach ignites ingenuity across the industrial sector and unlocks the next wave of growth at a time when businesses must operate within extremely fragmented and uncertain market conditions.” 

AVEVA Connect and Microsoft Fabric can help pull together the complete data analytics platform for the era of AI. Organizations can access their complete data estate to unlock and accelerate data potential, empowering teams and transforming business. This, in turn, can contribute to green software initiatives by providing a unified view of data from different stages of the manufacturing process, reducing waste, conserving energy, and improving overall efficiency and sustainability.

Darryl Willis, Corporate Vice President Energy and Resources Industry, Microsoft, said: “By enabling AVEVA Connect to interoperate with Microsoft Fabric, we’re empowering data and business professionals alike to unlock the potential of their data and lay a strong foundation for this era of AI.” 

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N-Tron® Series NT5000 Gigabit industrial switches of Red Lion offers security features and set a new standard for performance, reliability and ease of use

The NT5000 switches and their gigabit speed are designed to improve network security and reliability.They maximize operating performance and system uptime through seamless integration, offer advanced management and diagnostic capabilities as well as network redundancy and layered security.

The N-Tron® Series NT5000 switches are available in 6, 8, 10, 16 and 18 port configurations in all copper or a mix of copper and fiber options that can meet specific installation requirements. With a durable, metal enclosure and wide temperature range, the NT5000 is a compact solution for reliable operation in harsh, industrial environments.

Configuring switches can be a confusing and time-consuming process. The NT5000 is engineered for fast and easy deployment right out of the box. Its modern, graphical user interface includes a configuration wizard that walks users through initial setup.

Today’s cybersecurity threats can result in severe consequences. The NT5000 features password encryption, multilevel user access and MAC security, IEEE 802.1X with RADIUS remote authentication and more. Administrators can view the event and syslog to clearly see the state of the network in real time and receive notifications about access attempts or configuration changes. The switch can be set to automatically disable user or port credentials after failed access attempts.

The NT5000 boasts advanced features, including graphical dashboards, N-Ring™ auto-member, port mirroring, cable diagnostics, and support for network protocols like STP/RSTP/MSTP, IGMP v1/v2/v3, SNMP v1/v2/v3, NTP, LLDP, and LACP. With fast boot capabilities enabling traffic passage in under 20 seconds, it ensures efficient performance. The device is designed for durability with wide shock and vibration tolerance, and it holds various compliance certifications for product safety, emissions/immunity, marine, and rail applications, making it a versatile and reliable networking solution.

Visit redlion.net/nt5000 to learn more about the NT5000 and view model specifications.

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New VT850 2-axis machine designed for large component, heavy metal removal is a 2-axis vertical turning lathe, combining accuracy and productivity for machining large components with industry 4.0 compatibility for enhanced efficiency.

WIDMA® Machining Solutions Group of Kennametal India Limited, a leading manufacturer of metal cutting CNC machines launched VT850— a 2-axis, standard ‘plug-and-play’ vertical turning lathe designed for machining a wide range of large components that require heavy metal removal and unmatched accuracy with best-in-class productivity.

“This launch will not only enhance our standard products portfolio, but impact turnaround time to customers and ensure consistent performance,” said Rajashekar Venkat, Director – APAC, Machining Solutions Group. “These machines are manufactured in our state-of-the-art facility at Bangalore which has end-to-end capabilities, from product conceptualization to design, to assembly and customer support.” 

VT850 is ideal for machining components of massive size and complex geometries such as pumps and valves, automobile components, motor bodies, bearings and graphite blocks. The turning lathe allows users to combine several operations without compromising component quality.

Its key features span accuracy, flexibility and productivity:

  • Double row cylindrical roller bearing improves stiffness and rigidity of spindle
  • Heavily ribbed FEA optimized structures made of FG300 cast iron and higher weight of the machine improves rigidity and vibration dampening 
  • Maximum turning diameter of 850 mm can handle large part machining and a wide range of components 
  • Option of achieving higher torque with a single speed gear box available 
  • Slides with LM roller guideways achieve heavy and intermittent cutting parameters
  • 30/22 kW high power work spindle enables high cutting speed and depth of cut
  • Environmentally friendly, hybrid lubrication reduces coolant contamination and operational cost

    In addition, VT850 is designed with industry 4.0 compatibility that includes features such as remote diagnostics and access to data for quick troubleshooting, minimizing downtime. 
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