Modern Automation Technologies Professional Magazine

      3 2021

#   3/2021

      2 2021

#   2/2021

Advantech Machine Vision Solutions

Following successes in the field of artificial intelligence, machine vision is becoming a feature of automation systems highly sought after in both industry and public security. The article highlights several success stories of deploying machine vision systems powered by Advantech.

ICONICS Products in Present-Day Automation

For over three decades, ICONICS has been developing HMI/SCADA solutions for real-time visualization and management. Today, the company offers a wide range of features and an array of analytical solutions within its products. In this article, we will dive into several success stories of real-world deployment to demonstrate how ICONICS products help to address challenges of automation up to date.

      1 2021

#   1/2021

Sensorik 4.0 Solutions Change the Approach to Automation

The practical implementation of the Industry 4.0 concept requires testing many engineering and process solutions. Pepperl+Fuchs is developing the business line known as Sensorik 4.0. This initiative to create smart automation solutions is already paying off. The article describes two of the company's new projects.

SCAIME: a Weighing Expert

Sensors for measuring various physical parameters are the basis of industrial automation systems; their precision and accuracy determine the quality of the entire system. Sensors of force, weight, momentum, deformation, displacement and acceleration from SCAIME are used in virtually all sectors. The article provides a brief overview of the company's products and their areas of application.

      4 2020

#   4/2020

Safety First

Currently, in over 140 countries around the world, Pepperl+Fuchs, established back in 1945, presents equipment with unique characteristics for process automation in conditions of danger to the life and health of personnel and increased explosiveness. This equipment is in demand in many industries, and we will give several examples of successful solutions in the fields of safe positioning, explosion protection and overvoltage protection.

      3 2020

#   3/2020

New Goals and Approaches to the Development of Monitoring and Measuring Systems

The article deals with issues related to developing high-efficiency multichannel measurement systems using highway-module architecture.

Underground, In the Sky and at the Factory

The article details the types of secure portable computers, their distinguishing features and upgrade capabilities, listing examples of the successful use of various Getac devices in a number of vertical markets.

      2 2020

#   2/2020

Digital manufacturing transformation tools

The digitalization of manufacturing in accordance with the concept of Industry 4.0 can be a very tough and cost-intensive task. How is it possible to upgrade the rapidly aging industrial automation systems to the level of the IIoT requirements while preserving the best features of the available infrastructure? Advantech has the answer and is ready to share its experience with you.

Implementation of Advantech technologies in retail trade

Advantech is constantly developing and manufacturing high-quality and high-performance computing platforms. Enormous efforts are required to create innovative products, with the mission being to unleash the practical potential of these innovations in reliable products and services. The article provides a brief overview of the company's equipment designed for the retail segment.

Airplanes and dumpsters in the age of IoT

Cloud services and artificial intelligence based on the Internet of Things are gradually entering various areas of our lives. This would not have been possible without the success in developing wireless data transmission infrastructure as well as in creating intelligent wireless devices designed to work at the leading edge of automation. The article provides examples of the successful implementations of the IIoT concept.

Weintek turnkey local automation

This publication elaborates on the Weintek solution powered by the cMT3090 operator panel with the integrated CODESYS environment and the distributed I/O system. The basic characteristics of the elements of this solution and the capabilities of the entire system are considered.

      1 2020

#   1/2020

IEI intelligent solutions for manufacturing

In anticipation of the AIoT and IIoT mass adoption, many manufacturers are eager to develop and offer their own integrated solution concepts for Industry 4.0. IEI, well known to many domestic specialists in the field of industrial automation due to the high quality and unique characteristics of its products, does not stand aside. The article describes some IEI solutions for production and logistics automation.

      2 2019

#   2/2019

CoLine-3 automated process control system for the Moscow Mint

The article highlights automated process control system for the CoLine-3 unit installed in the Moscow Mint. Safe vacuum technology of applying optically transparent protective coatings on silver products is implemented in this unit's design. Hardware and software solutions, which facilitated the development of the unit in a short time with specified quality of process control and operational safety, have been considered.

      3 2018

#   3/2018

HORK.Meteo-EF hardware-software complex for climatic test bench

The article describes a typical design of environmental simulation test equipment as well as the features of climate chambers to simulate the effects of high temperature of the working medium and high relative humidity. Also discussed is the FASTWEL I/O controller-based environmental equipment designed to test the household refrigerating appliances to determine compliance with the energy efficiency standards.

      1 2018

#   1/2018

Advantech solutions for the innovation economy

Advantech has long been known in the Russian automation market. The review offers some interesting infrastructure projects that have been implemented involving the company’s equipment and specialists. All these examples show a forward-looking view of the future when life will be more comfortable and safe, and the environment will be significantly improved due to energy-saving clean technologies.

      3 2017

#   3/2017

Handling the problems of computer vision based on heterogeneous platform GRIFON

The article provides information on the efficient application of computational capabilities and organization of parallel-pipeline data processing. This is illustrated by the example of a real-time HD video processing system using the GRIFON platform.

      2 2017

#   2/2017

Process control based on weight measurement

The article presents advanced solutions for a number of typical tasks to control the continuous and discrete production processes based on high-precision dynamic weighing of objects, bulk materials and liquids. The major benefit of such purpose-built solutions is the ability to release the universal programmable controller from performing the tasks to process data from weight measuring instruments and implement complex algorithms without programming through the flexible adjustment of the preset program.

      3 2016

#   3/2016

Innovative solutions for PLC from WAGO

The article describes a lineup of WAGO (Germany) industrial programmable logic controllers which support Ethernet. Also included are examples of using this equipment in construction material enterprises, petroleum production and refining industries and transportation infrastructure facilities.

      1 2015

#   1/2015

Practice of using rugged mobile PCs in Russia

We have previously described the foreign experience in using the Panasonic rugged products, and now we discuss a successful experience with the rugged tablet PCs and laptops in Russian companies. The article focuses on the practical use of these computers in the well-developed sectors of the Russian economy: petroleum, railroad, machine-building and other industries.

      4 2014

#   4/2014

Experimental study of pneumatic actuator operation. Part 2

To accurately position the robot end-effector and hold it at the desired position under perturbation conditions, a pneumatic cylinder-positioner can be used provided that adequate control algorithms are available. The second part of the article is devoted to an experimental study of such a pneumatic actuator's operation and the development of control algorithms ensuring the positioning of a pneumatic cylinder-positioner piston rod with an accuracy of no more than 1 mm, even when a relatively slow position measuring device is available.

Examples of implementation of the Panasonic rugged computers. Part 2

This continues a series of articles covering examples of successful implementation and use of Panasonic rugged notebooks and tablet PCs. This article describes various situations occurring during the operation of mobile rugged computers at plants or in the field and presents solutions offered by the manufacturer of the rugged equipment.

      3 2014

#   3/2014

Examples of solutions based on Weintek touch panels for automatic process control and embedded systems

The article provides a brief review of Weintek human-machine interface devices as well as examples of automation projects implemented using these devices in petrochemical and electric power industries, construction, education and science.

Experimental study of pneumatic actuator operation. Part 1

Smooth motion of the actuators of the robotic system is one of the tasks that can be solved by using a pneumatic actuator. The results of the experimental study of the actuator operation based on the Festo pneumatic cylinders described in the article allowed for defining the conditions necessary to provide a smooth motion of the rod of the pneumatic cylinder.

Examples of implementation of the Panasonic rugged computers. Part 1

This article launches a series of publications which will provide the examples of successful implementation and use of the rugged laptops and tablet PCs through the example of Panasonic products. The first article will focus on a fully ruggedized convertible laptop/tablet CF-19 - the flagship of the Panasonic Toughbooks. This form factor allows for using it as a laptop as well as a tablet PC. It is essential for many professionals working in the field facilities and engineering. You would be able to evaluate the reliability of these laptops and their stability in harsh environments.

      2 2014

#   2/2014

The control system for the upper gates of a ship lock

A ship lock is a complex hydraulic engineering facility. Many of them were built in the last century. They have been in operation for decades, and are now obsolete both physically and morally. The imperfect and unreliable relay control logic does not allow the required speed and positioning accuracy of the lock gates. This article describes the experience in modernization of the control system for the upper gates of a ship lock in Balakovo. The new PLC-based system not only radically improved the synchronization accuracy and travel speed of the lock gates, but also added many brand new features which would not be possible without the use of modern automation devices.

      3 2013

#   3/2013

Automated system for continuous monitoring of nuclear- and radiation hazardous facilities and cargo

The article covers the basic characteristics of an automated system for continuous monitoring of the nuclear- and radiation-hazardous facilities and cargo built at FGUP PO Mayak from 2008 through 2012 and continuing to develop today. Also discussed are the main functions, hardware structure and key results of implementation.

Automated control systems for aiming and stabilizing drives

The automated control systems are used by JSC VNII Signal at all stages of the life cycle of the aiming and stabilizing drives. The article covers the key principles that the designers of the automatic control systems follow when developing the control systems. Also discussed are the functionality and the operating features of the control systems with the drives.

      4 2012

#   4/2012

Development of system to monitor the condition of hydraulic engineering facilities of shipping lock

The article describes a diagnostic system to monitor the condition of hydraulic engineering facilities at Cheboksary and Gorodets hydrosystems. The system operates in automatic mode and monitors crack width in concrete structures and records the piezometer and air temperature transmitter readings. The measurement results are processed in the BING-3 information-diagnostic system.

      2 2012

#   2/2012

Implementation of energy resources control systems for enterprises

The article covers the issues that determine - from the author's viewpoint - the necessity to develop automated systems of the technical accounting of electric power. The article demonstrates advantages and losses when using these systems at various facilities and discusses some requirements for the equipment and operators.

      1 2011

#   1/2011

Automated control system for a standard force measuring machine

The article describes an industrial computerbased control system for the Type OSM2-200-10 Class 2 force measuring machine used in the state system for ensuring uniform measurements when transmitting the size of the unit of force from the reference devices to the standard and operation measuring devices. The implemented control system enhanced the objectivity in the assessment of results and labor productivity when carrying out the metrological certification of the Class 3 dynamometers used for checking the working force measuring devices, including test machines and presses.

      3 2010

#   3/2010

Automated control system for a unit testing the parts by internal pressure

The article presents an industrial computer-based control system for a unit testing the casing structures by the internal liquid pressure up to 125 MPa. Also discussed are the basic features and technical capabilities of the unit and a description of the interaction between the components under the control of the system.

Robotized magnetic diagnostics complex for the rolls

The robotized complex for the magnetic diagnostics of the sheet mill rolls was developed and prepared for fullscale production. The complex is installed on the unwork side of a rollgrinding machine and can work with machines of any model. The measurement of coercive force allows for evaluating the nonuniformity of the roll surface. The use of coercive force measurement adds more information to the other diagnostics methods and substantially improves the reliability of assessment of the roll surface condition.

      4 2009

#   4/2009

Automated system for metrological certification of force converters for the monitoring a protective cover of the nuclear plant reactor

An etalon monitoring servo hydraulic system based on the industrial PC and assignedfor the metrological certification of the force converters controlling an effortof the reinforcing ropes tension, which are used for pressing out a protectivecover of the nuclear plant reactor for the preservation of its tightnessin operation and under forcemajeur circumstances, is described.

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Intelligent Ethernet I/O modules make PLC more effective

Modern PLCs are successfully applied in monitoring and measuring systems.However with a rapid acquisition of measurements and signal analysis the PLCs have mettheir limits in many cases. Using an example of a measuring system integratedin a crankshaft test bench, the following article describes how intelligent Ethernetand a standard protocol such as TCP/IP can be used to carry out complex "rapid"measuring tasks or signal processing simply, reliably and costeffectively via a PLC.

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Calibration complex for scanners and pressure sensors

The described complex is made for the calibration and verification of pressure sensorsand scanners having analogue or digital interface. The complex is developedand manufactured by Tritec Infosystems under the technical project of EPO "Signal"specializing in the production of pressure sensors for the airspace industry.

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      1 2009

#   1/2009

Automated control system for the pneumatic tire dynamic test stand

The article describes the control system of the testrun stand for the dynamic tests of the pneumatic tires. An asynchronous servodrive is used to control the chassis dynamometer speed, and an electro hydraulic servodrive is employed to load the test tire. This ensures a high accuracy of the regulation of the setpoint speed of the chassis dynamometer and load on the test tire.

      4 2008

#   4/2008

Smart Wireless solutions from Emerson Process Management for the process control

The article presents Smart Wireless solutions from Emerson Process Management, which are the first industrial solutions using technology of the selforganizing wireless networks for the process control.

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      1 2008

#   1/2008

Automated system for determining the static characteristics of the pneumatic tires

The article describes the industrial computer-based automatic system for determining the static characteristics of the pneumatic tires by means of hardware of the console which is controlled by the system.

      2 2007

#   2/2007

Automated system for determining mechanical properties of materials

The system described in this article is intended for controlling the loading parameters of general-purpose testing machines determining the strength characteristics of materials. The system is built on an industrial computer.

      3 2006

#   3/2006

Control and test instrumentation for an optoelectronic telescope complex

The layout diagram and constituents of instrumentation designed for controlling an optoelectronic telescope complex in the course of adjustment and testing are considered. The design approach is described, which has made it possible to cut the development time, time of manufacture, and the time of hardware/software debugging.

      2 2006

#   2/2006

Computerized flow lines: goals achieved

Updating of the computerized nickel-cutting flow lines at the Severonikel concern is described.

      4 2005

#   4/2005

Corrugated paperboard production line control

You can find the description of modern automation equipment implementation in the following article. Corrugated paperboard production line control is set as an example.

      1 2005

#   1/2005

Systems and devices for products and machines nondestructive check

The importance of nondestructive check in different spheres of industry assumes greater and greater importance. Basing on hardware&software tools PROSOFT-Systems Company is developing and manufacturing devices and systems widely applied at metallurgical, power and oil&gas plants to solve this task. There is a pipe control magnetoresistive defectoscope, aggregates' vibration state control system and tachometric complex presented in the article. The description of each development is followed by information about its implementation and benefits over analogues.

      1 2004

#   1/2004

Monitoring and recording parameters in the process of extruding components from special materials

This article describes an automated system for monitoring and recording parameters in extrusion processes. The system was built quickly using open standards and current hardware and software.

      3 2003

#   3/2003

Mobile measuring systems for conducting warranty testing on turbine equipment

This system is designed to perform an objective, rapid evaluation of steam turbine equipment when conducting warranty testing and on-the-spot evaluations of the equipment's operational efficiency. The requirements for this type of information system include the ability to be very rapidly set up and brought online, to have the measuring equipment placed in direct proximity to working turbines in temperatures approaching 60 degrees Celsius, and to be used repeatedly at neighboring sites.

Control systems for power equipment in environmental chambers

This article describes a system for controlling environmental chambers used for testing materials and manufactured goods. The system is based on inexpensive, off-the-shelf components. The authors examine the capabilities of the software tools used in this solution.

      3 2002

#   3/2002

Automated process control system for reagent tanks at rare metals plants

This article describes a new automatic process control and monitoring system for reagent tanks at rare metals plants, as well as the stages for a phased, rapid deployment of the system without interrupting production. Thanks to the chosen components, the system is highly reliable while being fairly fast in terms of processing measurements data.

      1 2002

#   1/2002

Automated control system for heat testing products

The problem of how to set up an automated control system for heat testing products is particularly critical at facilities for producing aerospace rockets. The demands placed on such systems are constantly being increased in terms of speed, accuracy, versatility and functional flexibility. This article describes a mutli-channel computer system for monitoring dynamically changing parameters, including temperature, load force, linear dimensions and so on.

Rebuilding a radioisotope thickness gauge for metal

The authors describe the upgrade, using new components, of a radioisotope thickness gauge for metal. The upgrade significantly increased the gauge's functionality, allowing it to be used as the basis for a control system for production indicators. 

      4 2001

#   4/2001

Measuring raw materials and finished products

This article describes a system for automating weighing, dosing and measuring processes based on equipment components from SIEMENS.

Automated solution for scientific research

This article describes an automated measuring solution using open international standards and current software and hardware.

Automated dosing system for flotation reagents at an enrichment plant

The authors describe a system for automating the dosing of flotation reagents for the first and second units in the main facility of the Sredneuralskiy Copper-smelting Factory. The system was built using the ADAM-5510, an IBM PC-compatible programmable controller.

Optical pour rate measuring system for a continuous finished products casting machine

This article describes an optical measuring system for hot pouring with a continuous finished product measuring machine. The measuring system was designed to control the placement and speed of hot pouring for the continuous casting of steel.

      3 2001

#   3/2001

BARS emergency monitor: features and practical application

This article describes the BARS monitor, designed to detect and monitor emergencies at power stations. The article examines the structure of the monitor and its features, and it describes how the monitor works as the basic component in a high-level information system, providing both emergency information and information on the status of signals during normal operations.

      1 2001

#   1/2001

Neutron-measuring and computing apparatus for controlling the moisture content and density of blended materials

This article describes the structure and components of the VNS-7652M neutron-measuring and computing apparatus intended for controlling the moisture content and density of blended materials fed into a blast furnace. Thanks to the selected element base, the apparatus combines high reliability with the performance necessary to process the measurement information.

      4 2000

#   4/2000

Pyrometric Measuring System for Stationary Monitoring of Pulverized-Coal Furnace

The article introduces an automated multi-channel pyrometric system working at Novo-Irkutskaya heat power plant. The system is destined for stationary monitoring of pyrometric temperature, for definition of the heat area attitude and temperature field skew in the furnace of pulverized-coal boiler unit. The system’s structure, technical features and working results on boiler units are described.

      3 2000

#   3/2000

ECOM: A Solution for Metering and Controlling Energy Resources

The program-technical system ECOM is certified serial system for unified calculation and control of power energy on enterprises, it is a good sample of using modern technologies in the automation.

      2 2000

#   2/2000

Alarm Signaling and Radiation Environment Monitoring Systems

The program-technical means described in the article are intended for building an alarm signaling system to prevent spontaneous chain reactions and to monitor the radiation environment. Different program-technical configurations and types are considered.

Life Test Control Device

How to control the life tests performed on specialized equipment - different solutions and devices are considered, one of which has been implemented by using a switching board in MicroPC form factor installed into the command circuit of the sample.

Inspector-K: an Unwatched Microprocessor System for Electric Energy Quality Monitoring

The problems solved by Inspector-K system are measuring, processing, memorizing and long-term storage of the static information of energy quality indexes in electricity supply networks. The system's structure and technical characteristics are considered in the article.

      4 1999

#   4/1999

Rotorcraft Flight Structure's Strength Tests Automation

Strength characteristics of aircraft's construction units are tested on the ground by use of modern computer technologies described in the article.

Sh-9327 Multi-Channel Measuring Converter

A multi-channel measuring converter described in the article is dedicated for solving data acquisition and control tasks, in different fields of engineering, manufacturing and science.

      3 1999

#   3/1999

Check-Up of Generator Stator Winding's Insulation

A test unit for the check-up of generator's stator winding's insulation helps to increase performance reliability of generators at a power station.

      1 1999

#   1/1999

A Technical Facility Complex for the Weighing and Dosing Process Automation

A structure of the technical facilities is described. It is designed for the weighing and dosing process automation.

      2 1998

#   2/1998

Ultrasonic Flowmeters and Calculation System on their Basis

Two kinds of ultrasonic flowmeters with lay-on sensors as well as the calculation system on their base are described.

      1 1998

#   1/1998

Automating tests of chemical batteries

This article relates the experience of creating an automated experimental unit for testing chemical batteries in electrical power systems for spacecraft.

Digital mobile system for collecting acoustical information

The authors examine an automated station intended to conduct remote measurements of acoustical fields in natural conditions and transmit the results by radio.

Vibration diagnostics for aircraft engine bearings

This article describes the methodology for early diagnostics on the condition of rotor bearings in high-pressure turbines for aircraft engines.

      3 1997

#   3/1997

Stenkomer STs-50 automated tube wall thickness measuring system

This article describes a device, the Stenkomer, used to measure tube wall thickness during the manufacturing process.

The TARAN-T Intelligent Heatmeter and Flowmeter

Current technologies allow for improvements in the reliability and features of devices for measuring liquids and temperature. This article describes the practical use of industrial controllers in the TARAN-T heatmeter.

      2 1997

#   2/1997

Automation of ultrasonic monitoring of welds on metal structures at an atomic power plant

This article describes how to set up an automated system for ultrasonic diagnostics of welds at an atomic power plant using a TP 208 and AWS-850 workstation.

      1 1997

#   1/1997

A Testing System for Measuring Equipment