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About ifm electronic gmbh Founded in 1969, ifm electronic gmbh has its headquarters in Essen and develops, manufactures and distributes sensors, controllers and systems for industrial automation worldwide. Today the second-generation family-run company with about 5,500 employees in more than 70 countries is one of the worldwide industry leaders and generated total sales of € 720 million in the year 2015. 01 Developed by ifm electronics, the Smart Observer visualizes the recorded measured values 02 ifm offers a wide range of IO link sensors for predictive maintenance that tops 150 million cycles, as well as electronic components that enable processing of the collected data. Process signals are recorded locally via I/O modules and transferred to the control. The combination of AV and AES series is the hub that links actuator and sensor signals. These can then be evaluated to recommend measures for predictive maintenance — no additional components are required. Michalkowski is certain that “IoT demands shared protocols and interfaces across all levels and technologies. Data is exchanged via real-time Ethernet. This requires cross-manufacturer approaches.” SEAL TECHNOLOGY PREMIUM QUALITY SINCE 1867 COG MAKES ITS MARK: The world‘s largest O-ring warehouse. Cross-manufacturer cooperation Aventics has expanded its cooperation with ifm electronic GmbH for IoT applications. The pneumatics specialists want to pool their knowledge with that of the manufacturer and supplier of sensors and controls. The aim of the joint activities is to fully and reliably monitor and analyze all data online, independent of the machine control, to increase customer benefits. Thanks to direct communication of sensor and pneumatic systems, machine status data, such as the current energy consumption, can be monitored more effectively than before and optimization measures can be introduced early on. With this approach, both companies support the implementation of the European Energy Efficiency Directive (EED). According to the new directive, all enterprises with 250 employees and more must complete an energy audit by the end of 2016 and furnish proof of a certified energy management system to ISO 50001 or environmental management system to EMAS. Photographs: Aventics, ifm electronic GmbH Precision O-rings in 45,000 variants ready for delivery. www.aventics.com www.ifm.com September 12 – 17, 2016 McCormick Place | Chicago, IL Visit us at E-5082 www.COG.de MDA Technologies 3/2016

Keeping the load safely hooked MEASUREMENT AND CONTROL Shaun Prince Mobile gantry cranes are used to transport precast elements for wind turbines or bridges. For the design, a powerful software is needed. In this case, the control of the winch was simulated with Automation Studio — Shaun Prince Upon realizing that standard gantry cranes available on the market did not meet their specific conditions and requirements, Max Bögl Transport und Geräte GmbH & Co. KG decided to develop and build their own custom model. With the collaboration of Grunau & Schröder Maschinentechnik (GSM), a joint project was created and led to the development of the Travellift, a mobile gantry crane with a capacity of 65 tons. GSM, a division of Bauer Maschinen GmbH founded in 1993, is a service company specialized in mechanical engineering. Max Bögl Transport & Geräte GmbH & Co. KG, a division of Max Bögl group, is one of the five largest construction companies in Germany. In this collaboration, GSM was responsible for the entire design and engineering of the mobile gantry crane prototype. In the early stages of the project, a feasibility study and pre- dimensioning of the crane was carried out. During predimensioning, the specifications of the mechanical, electronic, and hydraulics systems were established. Based on this design, compliance to all applicable guidelines, standards and safety regulations were verified. In a second step, the machine safety and structural analysis of the bearing structure was done in close cooperation with external companies. The complexity of the design and project management challenges were present throughout all phases of the project including the elaboration of the overall concept, procurement coordination, communication and coordination with external companies, and schedule control. During later project phases, all details of the hoisting gear, the hydraulic power unit and the chassis frame’s drive systems and controls were implemented. To do so, design software solutions like SolidWorks 2015, Automation Studio and AUTOCAD were used. Author: Shaun Prince B.Eng, Project Manager, Development of Hydraulics & Drive Technology at the company Grunau & Schröder Maschinentechnik GmbH in Drolshagen, Germany MDA Technologies 3/2016