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May 16, 2022

 

DCS Fosterng the Talent Lab One Open at Humber 1 400

Ready To Discover Industry 4.0? SEW-Eurodrive’s Innovation Lab (Lab ONE) is located inside Humber’s 93,000 sq. ft. Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation. Lab ONE is referred to as a “Live Lab” because it demonstrates some of the worlds most sophisticated industrial work-flow processes in real time. The Lab is designed to validate the concepts of flexible manufacturing systems that are modular, connected, and utilize robotics to help improve plant safety, production efficiencies, and the overall quality of the product. 

What To Expect at The Lab One Tour?

  • •AGVs: Gain insight and view live demonstrations of how AGVs can integrate into your manufacturing process.
  • •Augmented Reality (AR): See first-hand how AR is used to educate and guide workers to accurately perform a specific task with minimal training.
  • •MAXOLUTION®: Smart assembly pick by light—LED system: Reduce assembly errors with an intelligent pick by light system. 
  • •MOVITRANS®: The contactless energy transfer power supply: Discover the real value of a contactless energy transfer system that operates on the principle of inductive energy transfer.

 

SEW-Eurodrive Innovation Lab is located inside the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation—Humber College North Campus.

DCS Fosterng the Talent Lab One Open at Humber 2 400

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MC Omron Tradtional Factories have Data Needs Too 1 400

The right tools and tech can enable advanced predictive maintenance, bottleneck prevention and optimization. Find out how digitalization is bridging the gap between legacy systems and Industry 4.0.
 
Without a doubt, digitalization is setting high standards for efficiency and throughput in production. Today, as manufacturers move ever closer to Industry 4.0, the question has increasingly shifted from ‘if’ to ‘when’ production companies will be able to make use of the data being generated with every piece that comes off the line. How do traditional companies take the first steps to digitalization and put that data to work? How do they make the move to unlocking the potential in every production system to improve and optimise their output? And what is the simplest way to harness the power of cloud computing and artificial intelligence at the edge?
 
As we know, not every modern factory is a greenfield high-tech showroom with pristine workers in lab smocks. In fact, many of them may not even be all that modern, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t benefit from the modern tools, processes and best practices that are the hallmarks of a productive and successful factory. In this journey to modernity, digitalization has become a vital bridge, enabling owners and production directors to begin harvesting the data that can provide vital clues to enhancing production.
 
Start with Sensors
As new standards of efficiency and quality become the norm, those seeking a competitive edge are turning increasingly to digitalization. Sensors (from very simple to highly complex) can be incorporated into all types of production lines, to measure everything from unit temperature and speed to output shape and size, weight and hardness and most everything in between. Sensors can form part of a wireless network, sending signals remotely, or can be connected directly into an existing production system, depending on the needs of the factory.
 
From Raw Data to Vital Information
 
The resulting output from these sensors is the raw data that can be transformed into information and insights to streamline efficiency, remove bottlenecks, reduce downtime and optimize production cycles—when used correctly. Before any data can be analysed, it has to be stored, either on an in-house server or using a cloud-based service for greater scope for expansion and off-site processing. Exactly how much storage is needed depends on the application, level of digitalization, output form and required analysis. For comparison, a production line with simple sensors attached to monitor throughput will generate significantly less data than one with quality-control cameras monitoring multiple types of product forms.

 

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MC Rittal Introducs Blue e S Cooling Units cUL Approved for Canada 1 400

Rittal is expanding its smart cooling unit solutions by adding the new Blue e+ S range. Their latest generation of cooling units with lower output categories of 300, 500, and 1,000 W have been designed for efficiency, ensuring a smaller footprint and lower costs – just like their “bigger brothers.” So, it’s a win-win both for users and for our future.

Solutions that reduce our carbon footprint during production are in high demand. But at the same time, these solutions need to be intelligent and communication-enabled so that they can be easily integrated into digitalised manufacturing environments. Seven years ago, Rittal responded to this demand with its Blue e+ range of cooling solutions and launched extremely efficient enclosure cooling units, which provided on average energy savings of 75 percent.

Now we have a new generation – the next generation – but still developed with that same design DNA. These new cooling units with their lower cooling outputs of 300, 500, and 1,000 watts called “Blue e+ S” add to the Blue e+ family, and bring with them additional smart capabilities. And furthermore, this new generation offers innovative energy-saving features for the production process.

What’s behind this energy-saving and therefore cost reduction is the technology used, combining a heat pipe with inverter-controlled components. The heat pipe works without a compressor, expansion valve, or other regulating elements and so does not need any electrical energy except to operate the fan. Depending on the thermal energy generated in the enclosure and the current ambient temperature, cooling can be performed with the heat pipe alone. The additional compressor cooling only operates if a large amount of heat has to be dissipated from the enclosure or if the ambient temperature is very high. And what’s more – when it does operate, it is far more energy-efficient than conventional units. This is because the compressor and fans possess an inverter-controlled drive, which automatically adjusts their speeds depending on the requirements. As a result, the temperature within the enclosure remains constant, and the energy efficiency is significantly higher than with other more conventional cooling units.

Staying cool all the time

Alongside energy efficiency, another feature also reduces the carbon footprint: The new Blue e+ S series uses a refrigerant with a GWP (Global Warming Potential) that is 56 percent lower than those used in comparable cooling units. Furthermore, instead of the R-134a previously used, the cooling circuit in the new generation of units now runs with R-513A refrigerant.

 

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