Automation & Communication
BASF is convinced of Ethernet-APL technology: it offers powerful and consistent digital communication in process automation from sensors to control levels. We talked to Andreas Ziegler, Automation Manager at BASF SE, about advantages and challenges.
Global data volumes are growing exponentially as a result of digitization. More and more industrial processes are being monitored, analyzed, and automated using sensors. The new JUMO Cloud and the JUMO smartWARE SCADA make an important contribution to the development of the intelligent factory of the future.
The increasing variety and complexity of parenteral drugs calls for new dimensions in quality assurance. Fully automated inspection technology with a combination of visual inspection and container closure integrity testing (CCIT) offers the highest product and hence patient safety. Pharmaceutical manufacturer CDM Lavoisier decided to change their inspection processes for no less than 30 products in four different packaging formats. They are now all inspected on the new AIM 3000 from Syntegon.
The current Microsoft Windows® 10 operating system is widely used in the automation industry. PCs and thin clients with Windows can be found in scores of today’s industrial applications. Windows 10, which was released in 2015, is available in several editions and has been continuously expanded with new features and security updates over the years.
Vision can be deployed in a number of different ways on a food processing line to tell if food is safe to eat and meets the quality standards demanded by retailers. Now the kind of hyperspectral technology that NASA has used to study planets and plant life is being applied to the food that ends up on household plates.
Restrictions relating to the pandemic are currently affecting all economic sectors and no one knows how long this will last. But one thing is certain: production processes must continue or restart, and interrupted new projects must be resumed as soon as possible.
When vandals damaged the CHP control panels at EDL’s Wellingborough landfill site, rendering the engines unusable, the timing could not have been worse. One week before Easter 2020, the coronavirus pandemic was sweeping the UK.