Monthly Archives: April 2016

Neural networks in process control: Neutral network training, implementation

Neural network technology has been applied in a number of fields with great success. With proper…


Meter, mix, and dispense system with flow control, servo motor options

Graco’s (NYSE:GGG) PR70 Meter, Mix and Dispense Systems are configurable with flow control and servo motor options, which is designed to produce accurate and consistent beads in adhesive and sealant applications. The PR70 line also offers fixed ratio, variable ratio, and advanced data control models and is ideal for a range of applications such as including bonding and sealing, potting, gasketing, encapsulation, and syringe filling. The PR70 Meter, Mix, and Dispense System’s stainless steel design provides ratio accuracy of ±1% and the system’s linear transducer monitors piston velocity to ensure accurate dispense ratios. Its automated dispense meters enable operators to program shot sizes from 2 to 70 cc. These features save costs across a range of dispense applications by dramatically reducing waste and rework over competing systems. The Graco Control Architecture (GCA), with built-in diagnostics for quick troubleshooting is designed to make the PR70 user-friendly. It also features

Process historians can be an integral part of the IIoT

Process historians are the first step up the automation pyramid beyond process controls and are the foundation for turning data into information. Process historians provide the data necessary for powerful data analysis tools to do their job. Following the current technological trends, they can even be moved out of datacenters and into the cloud.

U.S. team celebrates a big victory at Hannover Messe

And on the third day, they partied. The U.S. Department of Commerce threw a big bash on the third day of Hannover Messe to celebrate what has been a successful show in terms of both foot traffic and business growth for U.S. manufacturing. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and U.S. Ambassador to Germany John Emerson welcomed more than 1,000 people to the Select USA pavilion in Hall 3 at the Hannover Messe fairgrounds. It was a night to celebrate and to relax, as more than 13,000 bottles of beer were imported from the U.S. to help get the party started. Hannover Messe officials said traffic the first two days was up 23%, and credit largely is given to the U.S. presence as Partner Country. The even-numbered year show at Hannover actually are the smaller of the two shows in general, since the Motion Drives and Automation (MDA) pavilion only is open in odd-numbered years. Hannover officials expect this to be among the largest even-numbered year shows ever. The party was highlighted by a pe

Hannover notes, Day 2: Poland to be 2017 Partner Country, U.S. generating buzz

HANNOVER, GERMANY: Poland will be the 2017 Partner Country at Hannover Messe, meaning that next year’s partner will come across the border instead of across the Atlantic. The formal announcement came Tuesday, April 26 as officials from Hannover Messe and Polish economic development signed the official documents. “Many sectors of Polish industry are achieving impressive innovation and growth. This presents a range of opportunities for businesses and investors all around the world,” said Deutsche Messe managing board member Jochen Köckler. “Hannover Messe is the ideal platform for highlighting these opportunities and hence for putting the strengths of the Polish economy in the international spotlight and building closer economic relations, both multilaterally and bilaterally between Germany and Poland,” said Polish Undersecretary of State Pawel Chorąży. “One of the Polish government’s most important priorities is to support innovative Polish companies and help them expand internation

Strange days, indeed, as Hannover Messe gets started

Notes from the opening two days of Hannover Messe: Strange days: For a show that prides itself on running with German precision, Hannover Messe 2016 has had its share of unusual events. On Sunday, it snowed just before President Obama’s arrival at the Centrum for the opening ceremonies. While Hannover is in the northwestern part of Germany, late spring usually is much warmer than the 40-degree days that have greeted fairgoers this year. Snow is almost unheard of. The weather has fluctuated between clouds, bright sunshine, occasional sleet and some rain-sometimes within the span of an hour. The tight security around Obama’s visit also was unprecedented, and it left attendees stranded outside of halls for most of Monday morning, and left several members of the media stranded inside the USA pavilion, where Obama officially opened the fair with German chancellor Angela Merkel. By 11 a.m., though, the show was opened and began to return to its normal pace. And for good measure Tuesday morn

Selling Ohio on the ground in Germany

As a native of the Akron, Ohio area, Mary Taylor is familiar with manufacturing, and how manufacturing needed to evolve as many Rust Belt industries left the region. As Ohio’s Lt. Governor, Taylor now sees the value of a diverse manufacturing sector that promotes both foreign direct investment into the state and helps Ohio manufacturers expand into the world. With her boss, presidential candidate John Kasich, on the campaign trail, Taylor came to Hannover Messe this week as part of the largest U.S. manufacturing delegation ever at the 70-year show. Ohio long has been an attendee and supporter of Hannover Messe, and Taylor came this year to continue that relationship, and to bring more business home with her. “Germany is our best trading partner,” Taylor said. “They are very important to us. We have 25,000 manufacturing jobs in Ohio just from German companies. Being physically present at this show let’s people see that we are serious.” At the show, Taylor and her team learned that Germ