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EXPLOITING A NEW BUSINESS MODEL In addition a suitably equipped hydraulic power unit offers the opportunity via gateway modules to connect to fieldbus systems, such as Profibus, Profinet, CANopen, Modbus-TCP, Ethernet/IP, Powerlink or Ethercat, as well as to the Internet. If control devices are used with an OPC UA interface, all data – down to device level – can, for instance, be supplied for cloudbased power management software. This makes the system ‘IoT ready’ and thus opens up new opportunities for machine and system builders to generate additional revenue streams in their business models through the worldwide availability of energy data as well as operational data. to connect to fieldbus systems, such as Profibus, Profinet, CANopen, Modbus- TCP, Ethernet/IP, Powerlink or Ethercat, as well as to the Internet. If control devices are used with an OPC UA interface, all data – down to device level – can, for instance, be supplied for cloud-based power management software. This makes the system ‘IoT ready’ and thus opens up new opportunities for machine and system builders to generate additional revenue streams in their business models through the worldwide availability of energy data as well as operational data. TOTAL ELECTRO-HYDRAULIC SOLUTIONS In cooperation with its Lean Solution Partners, Eaton offers complete electro-hydraulic solutions for simpler, more compact and more cost-effective machines. The network includes specialists in electrical, hydraulic and pump applications who provide comprehensive service,from selecting the right components and developing the best solution to implementation and after-sales services. Further information on the energy-efficient design of hydraulic solutions is available on the Eaton website. On the following website homepage you will find the link to the extensive white paper „Planning and operating hydraulic power units to provide greater energy efficiency“, which can be downloaded free of charge following registration. www.eaton.eu/moem-ee MDA Technologies 3/2016

“IoT demands shared protocols and interfaces across all levels and technologies”, states Dieter Michalkowski (center) of Aventics Predictive maintenance ensures max. utilisation of machine capacities MEASUREMENT AND CONTROL The much talked about ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) has now reached the factory floor and is influencing the daily production related activities in a manufacturing set up. For the pneumatics company Aventics, predictive maintenance based on the concepts of ‘IoT’ has now become an integral part even in its customer meetings. The pneumatics experts at Aventics observed that, while in the past concerns were focused mainly on an extended product service life, today predictive maintenance has become equally important. “We recognized the need early on and already considered the topic when developing our most advanced generation of valves,” explains Dieter Michalkowski, IoT expert at Aventics. Machines are becoming key strategic factors of success, not only for large corporations with production systems that are often worth several hundred million euros, but also for medium-sized businesses. Maximum utilization of machine capacities, no stoppages, short maintenance breaks, short cycle times, and just-in-time production are essential topics. To ensure its smooth operation, forward-thinking servicing, or “predictive maintenance”, is becoming more and more important. Predictive maintenance – a professional tool, not a crystal ball Predictive maintenance can be costly affair but it is also available even for limited budgets. Aventics utilizes already existing sensors to diagnose the status of the systems. For example, wear components such as shock absorbers are monitored using the installed cylinder switches. “This enables us to establish the condition of shock absorbers, as well as actuators or guides, by monitoring the time response for the process steps. This has nothing to do with fortune telling and crystal balls, it is precision engineering based on extensive pneumatic expertise,” points out Michalkowski. The rapidly increasing digitization of machines and systems creates the basis for this approach. “At the same time, we keep an eye on investment security – existing systems and components must be compatible with both older and future versions. To us, this is part of the development process. In machine and system construction we follow a different approach than, for example, the IT sector – systems ordered today must remain productive tomorrow and beyond,” he emphasizes. At Aventics, the AV series valve system with the innovative AES series electronics constitutes the basis for IoT applications. The product range includes valves with a long service life About Aventics Aventics is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of pneumatic components, systems, and special applications. With over 150 years of expertise in pneumatics, Aventics employs around 2,100 associates worldwide. In addition to production sites in Germany, France, Hungary, USA and China, Aventics is represented in more than 40 countries. The company provides tailored solutions for the sectors of industrial automation, commercial vehicles, food and beverage, energy and marine technology. MDA Technologies 3/2016