Market leader in feeding system technology Rhein-Nadel Automation GmbH (RNA) takes over part of Nexolink Solutions AG

Rhein-Nadel Automation GmbH (RNA) has acquired all assets of the former start-up Nexolink Solutions AG regarding the Sensor Connector, a device that gathers data and conditions of a machine with the help of sensors. The deal includes all intellectual property rights for the devices and IoT Platform, laboratory equipment, stock, etc. All data is analyzed and visualized on an IoT Platform, which is also part of the deal. With the acquisition RNA obtains its own IoT Platform and secures know-how in data capturing technology. RNA will market the IoT Platform and Sensor Connector under the name IoT ConnectBox in the future. With its new IoT ConnectBox, RNA is now able to offer an IoT Platform together with its feeding systems in order to analyze data such as frequency, temperature, output rate, and other values with the objective to also offer a predictive maintenance solution. Furthermore, RNA offers the IoT ConnectBox also to all other customers, that want to use the device with their own machines. Each customer thus, has the possibility to gather all data from their existing machines and to manage the data on an own IoT Platform.

The IoT ConnectBox has 8 digital and 8 analog inputs. One big advantage of the IoT ConnectBox is that it does not need any internet connection as it operates via an integrated SIM card, which transfers all data via a GSM-Antenna. The IoT ConnectBox can be used with any machine, that can be equipped with or already has sensors.

“With the IoT ConnectBox we will be able to offer our customers their own device and IoT Platform, giving them the possibility to access data in real-time and to simply digitize their own machines or products – independent of the industry or business segment.” says Christopher Pavel, Managing Director of RNA. “On the other hand, we will now be able to analyze all data in our feeding systems that can also be linked to alert messages, thus offering our customers a predictive maintenance tool. In addition, we can now exactly measure output rate and other important data that the customer wants to know, when performing the FAT of a feeding system.” With the takeover RNA further strengthens its know-how and broadens its product line in Industry 4.0 topics.

For more information, please contact RNA at +49-241-5109-290

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RNA Rhein-Nadel Automation GmbH
Reichsweg 19-23
52068 Aachen
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Phone +49 241 5109 0
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www.rna.de

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PFEIFER celebrates 440 years of existence

Nowadays, the PFEIFER Group is an international employer with more than 30 sites in 19 countries and ambitious growth targets. We belong to the market leaders in the fields of Rope & Lifting, Rope Technology, Lightweight Architecture and Building Systems. We provide high-tech ropes for the biggest cranes, the highest elevators and cables for the most spectacular stadiums in the world. At the same time, we can look back on such a long corporate history that is possibly unrivalled in the industry.

The rope-manufacturing company of the Pfeifer family was first officially mentioned on February 13, 1579. Which means that today, we are able to celebrate the 440th anniversary of the company. The ropery was operated as a traditional handicraft enterprise by the ancestors of the Pfeifer company in the Old Town district of Memmingen for generations. Production focused mainly on hemp and natural fibre ropes.

Premium supplier

From the 1950s onwards, the former three-man business developed into a modern industrial enterprise. The latest machines were purchased, modern production halls occupied and new employees recruited to mark the beginning of the manufacture of steel wire ropes. This was complemented over the years by additional product segments and business units such as Connecting and Lifting Systems and Lifting Technology. PFEIFER developed into the premium supplier within the industry.

Pioneer of lightweight architecture

At the beginning of the 1970s, the erection of the Olympic Stadium in Munich was the starting signal in the field of lightweight architecture. Today, we are the only company to offer the entire service portfolio in the sector, and now realize modern designer construction projects all over the world.

Internationalization

At the end of the 1980s, the company had already expanded to such an extent that it was accommodated in nine different building complexes in Memmingen. Therefore, a generous, modern factory was occupied in Dr.-Karl-Lenz-Straße, which is still the registered headquarters of our Group today. Then, from the 1990s, the increasing international orientation of the company began.

Motivated team

All of these accomplishments are attributable to a dedicated team of more than 1600 employees and apprentices, who contribute their wealth of know-how every day to our customers and projects worldwide. This passion and expertise are the driving forces of the traditional company PFEIFER since 440 years.

Learn more about our history here.

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Maschineller Vortrieb im Mining – effizient und sicher in die Tiefe

Die weltweite Nachfrage nach Erzen steigt stetig an. Unterirdisch vorkommende Rohstoffe auch in größerer Tiefe abzubauen, wird deshalb immer attraktiver. Ob und wann eine Erschließung wirtschaftlich ist, bestimmt unter anderem die eingesetzte Technik. Herrenknecht entwickelt mit seiner Expertise aus 40 Jahren maschinellem Tunnelvortrieb innovative Maschinenkonzepte für den Mining-Markt und setzt damit neue Benchmarks in Sachen Effizienz und Sicherheit.

Ob senkrechte Zugangs- oder Produktionsschächte, schräge Zufahrtsrampen, Belüftungsschächte oder Transportstrecken – Herrenknecht bietet ein breites Spektrum an Bohranlagen für den Bereich Mining an. Beim Bau von unterirdischer Infrastrukturen rund um die Gewinnung von Rohstoffen zählen besonders Zuverlässigkeit, Sicherheit und Effizienz. Die innovativen Mining- Maschinen von Herrenknecht basieren auf bewährten Prinzipien und der Erfahrung aus über 40 Jahren maschinellem Tunnelvortrieb. Sie sind optimal für die sichere, zügige und wirtschaftliche maschinelle Erstellung von Schächten, Stollen und horizontalen Vortrieben in allen Bereichen des Bergbaus geeignet. Die Technologien kommen für kleinste und große Durchmesser zum Einsatz und dringen in jede Geologie und in Teufen von bis zu 2.000 Meter vor. Projektspezifische Auslegungen tragen den Kundenwünschen Rechnung. Zur Abraumförderung können pneumatische, hydraulische oder mechanische Verfahren genutzt werden oder der Abraum wird über eine Pilotbohrung zu einer tiefer gelegenen Ebene abtransportiert.

Schachtbohrtechnologie – höchste Präzision unter härtesten Bedingungen

Zum Herrenknecht-Mining-Portfolio gehört eine Vielzahl an maschineller Schachtbohrtechnologie: Shaft Boring Roadheader (SBR), Shaft Boring Cutterhead (SBC), Extension Shaft Boring Machine (SBE), Schachtabsenkanlage (VSM), Shaft Drilling Jumbo (SDJ) und Shaft Boring Machine (SBM). Je nach Baustellenanforderungen und Rahmenbedingungen spielen sie ihre Vorteile aus.

Dank parallel ausführbarerer Arbeitsabläufe sind hohe Teufgeschwindigkeiten möglich. Gleichzeitig verbessern diese maschinellen Verfahren die Arbeitssicherheit in Bergwerken erheblich.

Mobile Bohrtechnik – flexibles und leistungsstarkes Bohren

Neben großformatigen Schachtabsenkanlagen hat Herrenknecht mobile Bohrtechnik im Portfolio. Eine kompakte Bauweise wird kombiniert mit innovativen Lösungen und bieten so eine hohe Flexibilität. Die Boxhole Boring Machines (BBM) beispielsweise basiert auf dem Prinzip der bewährten horizontalen Rohrvortriebstechnologie und erstellt vertikale und geneigte Schächte mit kleinen Durchmessern in standfestem Hartgestein. BBM wie auch Boxhole Backreaming (BBR), Reef Boring Machine (RBM) und Raise Boring Rigs (RBR) arbeiten selbst bei engsten Platzverhältnissen und härtestem Gestein effizient und zuverlässig – je nach Anforderung auch ferngesteuert.

Durch den modularen Aufbau sind sie einfach zu transportieren und schnell mobilisierbar. Jede Maschine wird projektspezifisch ausgestattet, dazu zählt etwa die individuelle Bestückung des Bohrgerätes mit den passenden Abbauwerkzeugen.

Sicherheit und Erfahrung unter Tage

Bei der maschinellen Erstellung von Untertage-Bergbau-Infrastrukturen setzt Herrenknecht allerhöchste Standards hinsichtlich Gesundheitsschutz, Arbeitssicherheit und Qualität. Als technischer Vorreiter entwickelt das Unternehmen gemeinsam mit Kunden und Auftraggebern auch in Zukunft neue Technologien, um den Bau unterirdischer Infrastruktur in Bergwerken noch sicherer und wirtschaftlicher zu gestalten.

Mit der Erfahrung aus mehr als 4.100 Projekten ist Herrenknecht Technologie- und Marktführer im Bereich der maschinellen Tunnelvortriebstechnik. Als einziges Unternehmen weltweit liefert Herrenknecht modernste Tunnelbohranlagen für alle Baugründe und in allen Durchmessern – von 0,10 bis 19 Metern. Die Produktpalette umfasst maßgeschneiderte Maschinen für Verkehrstunnel, Ver- und Entsorgungstunnel, den Bereich Mining, Technologien zur Verlegung von Pipelines, sowie Tiefbohranlagen.

 

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The future tunnels: Herrenknecht at bauma 2019

The future is forging its way through the underground, where intelligent infrastructures are being built, future-proof mobility solutions designed and the habitat of the growing world population expanded. As a full-range supplier of mechanized tunnelling technology, Herrenknecht, together with its highly specialized subsidiaries, supports the construction industry in all underground challenges. At bauma 2019 in Munich, the world market leader shows where the journey of tunnelling can go with high-tech.

The golden age of tunnelling and the underground is driven by the unbroken trend toward urbanization, the increasing demand worldwide for mobility and the associated need to build new, efficient infrastructures underground. In the coming decades, hundreds of new megacities will emerge and today’s metropolises will grow to unbelievable sizes. Gigantic urban habitats whose citizens need housing, drinking water, and environmentally friendly, flexible and affordable mobility concepts. The interconnectivity between nations and metropolises is becoming ever denser, more complex and faster.

An obvious, almost inevitable solution: systematic urban development underground. This requires efficient metro and high-speed rail networks, well-connected traffic and transport systems as well as efficient sewage, water, oil, gas and energy systems. With its expertise and technology, Herrenknecht is particularly involved in projects with very complex technological requirements. A case in point is the "Grand Paris Express" metro expansion program. With more than 200 km of new metro lines, new perspectives are opening up for the growing hinterland around the French capital.

Under the motto "The future tunnels", at bauma 2019 Herrenknecht presents visionary urban planning in Paris, current and future tunnel projects as well as groundbreaking technology innovations. With its expertise from milestone projects worldwide and as a passionate underground pioneer, Herrenknecht shows how the partners in mechanized tunnelling move forward together safely, quickly and reliably. In a total of four exhibition areas, visitors of the trade show will enter into a dialog about what Herrenknecht is working on to open up new underground terrain and make it usable for people. At the outside booth, technology will be shown live and touchable.

Bauma is the world’s leading trade show for construction machinery, building material and mining machines, construction vehicles and equipment. As the leading industry event, the world’s largest trade show sets the trends for the future.

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Indian service provider 3D Product Development orders SLM® machine

India’s leading 3D Printing Services Company, 3D Product Development (3DPD) has entered into an agreement with leading Additive Manufacturing Systems manufacturer, SLM Solutions of Germany, to purchase two of its state-of-the-art SLM 280 systems. In India, 3DPD has been a pioneer in 3D Printing and allied services for last 18 years.  3DPD continues to be market leader and continues to diversify into latest technologies year-after-year. SLM Solutions of Germany is a leading Metal AM System manufacturer in the world. With this partnership, 3DPD and SLM Solutions look to offer the best-in-class Metal AM technology to Indian Industry.

“3DPD has always led from the front by offering the latest 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions to the Indian Industry. With the addition of Metal AM from SLM Solutions, once again 3DPD will be in a unique position to be the only Indian Company offering both plastic and metal additive manufacturing solutions to Indian market. SLM Solutions’ selective laser melting systems, along with their superior support, are well known to offer the best-in-class quality and throughput,” says Dr. Mukesh Agarwala Managing Director of 3D Product Development.

For SLM Solutions the cooperation with 3DPD is a milestone to further expand into the Indian market. "India has a high demand for innovative technologies, above all due to the constantly growing industrial sectors. SLM® machines enable fast, reliable and cost-effective part production – whether in the medical, automotive or toolmaking sectors, and their flexibility is ideal for a service provider like 3DPD," says Srinivas Shastry from SLM Solutions India.

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X-Ray Technology for inspection of coffee in metalized packs

The business of Sesotec´s reference customer Khao Shong Group Co.,Ltd. is the coffee blending. Over the years, developed Khao Shong the perfect manufacture process to ensure the optimal flavour of the coffee.

Committed to nature and to the efficient use of resources this customer also strives to achieve highest quality. He thus was able to establish himself on the market and to win the confidence of various OEM customers for whom he produces today.

In the production of coffee mix 3in1 (instant coffee, milk powder and sugar) broken metal particles from processing machines might contaminate the product. And if this coffee mix – as is the case with this customer – is packed in metallized packs it is difficult to detect such metal particles with conventional methods. Therefore, this company was looking for alternative methods for contaminant detection.

The RAYCON X-Ray inspection system from Sesotec is able to detect even smallest metal particles in metallized packs and to sort out contaminated products. Faulty activations are systematically avoided. It is quite easy to make such statements, but Sesotec in an extensive test run at the customer’s plant also provided proof of the system’s performance.

Says Chana Chiralerspong, Managing Director from Khao Shong Group Co.,Ltd.: "Sesotec’s X-Ray technology at present is the best technology to meet the high demands of our quality management. And the experience we have in the meantime made with Sesotec’s customer service further confirmed our decision for the RAYCON system."

 

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Miscellaneous init innovation in traffic systems SE: MTS Partners with INIT for Account-Based Fare System in San Diego

As previously announced in the adhoc release on 14 December 2018, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has now signed the contract with INIT Innovations in Transportation, Inc – a wholly owned US subsidiary of init SE – for the delivery of an account-based, open architecture electronic fare system in San Diego. The total contract value is more than USD 30 million including the option operation and maintenance.

"Fare collection is at the core of our business and purchasing options are more diverse than ever. It’s incumbent that we keep pace with the technology our customers demand," said Paul Jablonski, MTS chief executive officer. "INIT has a track record of success partnering with transit agencies to develop customized next generation fare collection solutions. We look forward to rolling this out in 2021."

INIT will also provide more than 100 cash and about 70 cashless Ticket Vending Machines (TVM) to facilitate the convenient purchase of tickets and fare media. Ticket office terminals and mobile sales units will be included in the project to allow MTS to sell fares during large events.

Additionally, INIT will deliver about 900 fare validators for use on MTS buses and at rail station platforms. The validators will accept closed-loop payments such as an MTS-branded smartcard and be capable of accepting open payments such as bank-issued debit/credit cards and mobile wallets using Google Pay, Apple Pay or Samsung Pay.

The core intelligence of MTS‘ next generation fare system will be INIT’s back-office processing and revenue management solution, MOBILEvario. MOBILEvario utilizes an open architecture design to integrate with various third-party vendors for a fully unified system. Due to MOBILEvario’s multi-client capability, MTS will have the ability for a region-wide, interoperable fare structure.

MTS chose INIT because of their goal to implement proven technologies and secure a provider that can ensure a smooth transition to the new system.

About MTS

MTS operates 95 bus routes and three Trolley lines on 53 miles of double-tracked railway. Every weekday 300,000 passenger trips are taken on MTS bus and Trolley services in 10 cities and the county. In FY 2018, MTS served 86 million riders.

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Elting en Netcap bieden geschroefde vloerconstructie met een schuifhuif

Vrije toegang tot de laadvloer met een stabiele onderbouw en doorlopende vormsluitende ladingzekering: de fabrikant van schuifhuifsystemen Netcap International B.V. en Elting Metalltechnik presenteerden op de IAA Nutzfahrzeuge een gemeenschappelijk ontwikkelde voertuigopbouw. Deze is gebaseerd op het modulaire voertuigbouwpakket VarioFRAME met geïntegreerde gecertificeerde ladingzekering VarioSAVE van Elting. De kap is gemakkelijk met de hand te verschuiven, zodat de laadvloer van drie kanten en van boven geladen en gelost kan worden. Het gemeenschappelijk ontwikkelde bouwpakket is vanaf nu voor trucks en opleggers verkrijgbaar.

Machines, Treinstellen of staaldelen – wanneer zware of zwaar of lastig te hanteren goederen afgedrekt moeten worden, is een schuifhuif ideaal een goede oplossing. Omdat de huif echter vooral een bescherming tegen weersinvloeden is, was Netcap op zoek naar een samenwerkingspartner die een veelzijdige ladingzekering met een stabiele onderbouw levert. “Wij willen onze klanten een complete oplossing van premium-kwaliteit bieden. Omdat de combinatie van schuifhuif en VarioSAVE-ladingzekering bij klanten in het staaltransport al veelvuldig succesvol werd toegepast, was Elting voor ons het eerste adres”, zegt Daan Buscop, sales manager bij Netcap. Hiervoor werden de bodemgroep en systeemcomponenten van het VarioFRAME-bouwpakket op de specifieke breedte voor Netcap schuifhuiven aangepast.

Veilig hanteren van moeilijke lading
Voertuigbouwers krijgen een doordacht en gevarieerd totaalpakket dat geschroefd gemonteerd kan worden. Hierbij zijn ze vrij in het kiezen van een verbindingsmethode. De opbouw kan zowel op motorvoertuigen als op alle soorten aanhangers gemonteerd worden. Distributeurs profiteren van kortere laad- en lostijden dankzij de schuifhuif en de vormsluitende ladingzekering met insteekrongen. Door eenvoudig rongen insteken ontstaat uit meerdere deelladingen één transporteerbare laadeenheid. Bovendien is de vormsluiting vooral voor bijzondere transporten en zware goederen de beste vorm van ladingzekering, zegt Guido Elting: “Als lading lang en zwaar is, dan bereikt de wrijvingsweerstand van ladingzekering snel zijn grenzen. Alleen met spanbanden werken is hier tijdrovend en vaak niet eens doeltreffend.” Werken met rongen verlaagt niet alleen de proceskosten maar ook het aantal reclamaties. Want waar niet wordt aangespannen, werken ook geen vervormende krachten op de lading in. Beide partners produceren zelf en hebben een eigen constructie- en ontwikkelingsafdeling. Hierdoor zijn ook speciaal op de eisen en toepassingen van de klant aangepaste pakketten mogelijk.

Het VarioSAVE-systeem is optimaal in de opbouw te integreren. De ladingzekering kan in dwars- of langsrichting of in beide richtingen gecombineerd ingebouwd worden. Bovendien is het bouwpakket compatibel met alle toebehoren van de VarioSOLUTIONS-productlijn van Elting.

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Cognitive Automation International Conference, 2nd edition – 2019

From 12 – 14  March 2019, AI & intelligent robotics experts from YES BANK, AliBaba Group, Xing, UBS, idealo, UniCredit,  DHL, Turkcell, Solvay, Unbabel,  and more will come to Berlin for the first conference in Europe dedicated to Cognitive Automation. The second edition of the conference has its specific focus on the latest trends in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, and allows experts of different industries to share their experiences and strategies.

Many of the new start-up businesses worldwide have so quickly gained global prominence by using Chatbots & Personal Assistants, profiting from the ability of machines learning languages. It is known that this leads to better predictive analytics. Artificial Intelligence will free up employees to concentrate on doing the knowledge work that provides far more value to business units like human resources, procurement, customer services, IT, sales, marketing, and many more.

The agenda of the 2nd  Cognitive Automation International Conference in Berlin focuses on bringing you to the next level in automation with practical solutions to approach your current and specific problems and therefore the conference will focus on the following topics:

  • Machine Learning and AI: How to set up an AI or machine learning department with fast results and roll out into the rest of the organization?
  • The times they are AI-changing: creating sustainable RoI without losing scaling potential
  • Advanced Data Analytics: Large data is not enough. How to guarantee Data Readiness, Data Creation and Normalisation?
  • Tensorflow, Keras, Neural Network, Deep learning, Dataset cleanup: How to leverage these tools for the business?

This expert forum will bring together the major players across many industries, for more information and details concerning attending companies, speakers and their presentation, visit:

http://bit.ly/CognitiveAutomation2019Agenda

 

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ANDTEX – First Edition of Nonwovens and Disposable Hygiene Technology Exhibition & Conference in Bangkok

The first Southeast Asia Nonwovens and Disposable Hygiene Technology Exhibition & Conference (ANDTEX) is organized by E.J.Krause & Associates, Inc. and supported by the Asian Nonwoven Fabrics Association (ANFA), All Nippon Nonwovens Association (ANNA), Indonesian Nonwoven Association (INWA), Taiwan Nonwoven Fabrics Industry Association (TNFIA) and Hong Kong Nonwovens Association (HKNA). The three-day event will take place May 15-17, 2019 at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center (BITEC) in Thailand.

ANDTEX is set to be Southeast Asia’s premier event for the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry. The international event will showcase the whole industry chain including engineered materials, disposable and durable hygiene products, equipment, and the latest manufacturing technologies. Most of the technology, equipment and products are purchased from outside the region, providing a strong demand and a huge nonwovens market in the long run. Southeast Asia, with 11 countries including Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, has a population of 640 million people.

„Consumers in China, Japan and South Korea already heavily rely on disposable nonwoven products. Especially wipes and hygiene products such as diapers save time, increase hygienic standards and simplify life. Now we see other South-East Asian producers becoming interested in also making these quality nonwoven products. We participate in ANDTEX to inform about Trützschler machinery and complete lines for spunlacing (hydroentangling) and through-air bonding” , stated Jutta Stehr, Senior Marketing Manager, Trützschler Germany.

„As an expert in the manufacturing of packaging solutions for the paper hygiene industry, it is natural for Optima Nonwovens to have a presence at the ANDTEX show in Bangkok. The packaging systems from the family-run company in Schwäbisch Hall (Germany) are specially designed to meet the requirements of the Asian market. From entry level to high performance, Optima offers packaging machines for nonwoven products tailored to many needs." informed Vanessa Utz, Marketing Manager Optima Packaging Group GmbH.

ANDTEX exhibition and conference will provide a platform to facilitate business and promote the latest cutting-edge technology in engineered materials. The event will bring together suppliers, manufacturers, researchers, machinery and equipment providers, vendors, and all others involved in the industry. Around 4.000 attendees are expected with a strong presence of purchasing power by CEOs and Business Owners, Procurement Officers, R&D Professionals, Technical Engineers, Sale and Marketing Teams.

Join ANDTEX 2019 to be part of the developing nonwovens market. For more information see offical website www.andtex.com or contact the EJK Germany office.

 

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