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Investment in growth market: MANN+HUMMEL acquires helsa Functional Coating

MANN+HUMMEL group has just announced the completion of the takeover of helsa Functional Coating on September 21st, 2020. This business unit of the helsa group, founded in 1947, complements MANN+HUMMEL’s portfolio particularly in the area of elastomer and activated carbon technology for special industrial applications. No information concerning the purchase price has been disclosed.

2020 09 23 085332“The takeover will enable MANN+HUMMEL to position itself as a technology leader in this growth market and further set the company up for the future. This is a further step towards achieving our vision ‘Leadership in filtration’”, explained Emese Weissenbacher, Executive Vice President and CFO. “The helsa Functional Coating division has a similar corporate culture since it belonged to a family business also with a long history. We are very much looking forward to working with our new colleagues.”

“For us, as a niche provider of intelligent premium solutions in molecular air filtration, the takeover holds great potential,” said Norbert Gregor, CEO of helsa Functional Coating and future Vice President & Managing Director Molecular Filtration at MANN+HUMMEL. “MANN+HUMMEL’s global infrastructure will enable us to accelerate our growth trajectory and step up our efforts in large-scale projects to reduce molecular emissions worldwide.”

Strengthening the workforce with highly qualified employees, particularly in the area of research and development, a broad product pallet and additional production capacity will help MANN+HUMMEL to increase its competitiveness and offer customers valuable additional benefits.

About MANN+HUMMEL

MANN+HUMMEL is a leading global expert in filtration. The Ludwigsburg-based group develops filtration solutions for vehicles, industrial applications, clean air in internal spaces in industry and the public sector, and the sustainable use of water. In 2019, over 22,000 employees at more than 80 locations worldwide generated a turnover of EUR 4.2 billion. Products include, amongst others, air filter systems, intake systems, liquid filter systems, technical plastic parts, filter media, cabin filters, industrial filters and membranes and modules for water filtration, sewage treatment and process applications.

You can find further information on MANN+HUMMEL at https://www.mann-hummel.com/

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Emerson Introduces Industry’s First Pneumatic Valve System with Embedded Wireless Connectivity

New automatic recovery module enables easy valve system commissioning and configuration

Emerson has introduced a wireless automatic recovery module (ARM) for its AVENTICS™ G3 electronic fieldbus platform that makes it easy for technicians to perform pneumatic valve system commissioning and diagnostics from a mobile phone, tablet or laptop computer.

“The AVENTICS G3 fieldbus platform is the first in the industry to offer wireless technology that puts valve system configuration and diagnostics at the control engineer’s fingertips,” said Enrico De Carolis, vice president of global technology, fluid control and pneumatics, at Emerson. “This offering furthers our quest to help manufacturers reduce production downtime and simplify valve system commissioning, while creating a path for using diagnostics/prognostics for analytics and advancing our offering of intelligent devices with IIoT capability.”

The new wireless ARM module and AVENTICS G3 fieldbus platform are ideal for pneumatic valve system applications in the automotive, food and beverage, tire, packaging and metalworking industries.

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The wireless ARM module provides easy access to the AVENTICS G3 fieldbus platform’s diagnostic and commissioning capabilities via an internal Wi-Fi access point and mobile website — even when the valve system is located inside a machine or on a ceiling. It offers the visual benefits of a hard-wired human machine interface (HMI) at lower cost and with higher flexibility. The wireless ARM module generates error notification for alarms, voltage levels, short circuits, module errors, open load errors and distribution errors to reduce system downtime.

The device has a small footprint that connects easily to the AVENTICS G3 fieldbus platform in the space of a jumper clip. It features three power settings for low-, medium-, or high-distance signals to ensure safe and secure access to data — regardless of where the valve system is mounted. Additional security benefits include wireless signal that can be turned off during configuration, multiple password options, and diagnostic and commissioning information provided with no control capability.

The wireless ARM module is compatible with Ethernet/IP DLR, and PROFINET protocols. Additional protocols are targeted for future release.

The wireless ARM module also protects the AVENTICS G3 fieldbus platform’s configuration information from a critical failure, including all settable node and attached I/O module parameters.

Emerson also has introduced an upgraded ARM clip for the AVENTICS G3 fieldbus platform that is backwardly compatible to existing ARMs and G3 fieldbus platforms. The ARM clip improves system reliability by protecting configuration information from critical valve system failure.

The AVENTICS G3 fieldbus platform’s electronic parameters and settings are automatically stored in the ARM’s nonvolatile memory and then the ARM is automatically disconnected from power, to ensure stored information is not erased during a power spike or critical failure. “A replacement G3 fieldbus communication node can automatically download the required parameters from the ARM module,” said De Carolis. “This enables the valve system and production line to quickly resume operation without the need for re-commissioning by a controls engineer, offering true ‘plug and play’ capability.”

The compact ARM module is easy to install in the space of an AVENTICS G3 fieldbus platform’s jumper clip without having to change the mounting.

For more information, visit www.Emerson.com/AVENTICS.

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and residential markets. Our Emerson Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers maximize production, protect personnel and the environment while optimizing their energy and operating costs. Our Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency, and create sustainable infrastructure. For more information visit www.Emerson.com  

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Konecranes wins order for two more mobile harbor cranes from ZHD Stevedores in the Netherlands

In July 2020, ZHD Stevedores (ZHD) ordered two eco-efficient Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 Mobile Harbor Cranes for their operations in the Netherlands – one for Dordrecht and one for Moerdijk. With delivery in February and commissioning by the end of March 2021, the cranes will handle dry bulk, steel coils, breakbulk and containers.

Established in 1968, ZHD Stevedores is a privately owned, independent stevedoring company with over 50 years of stevedoring experience. Active in the so-called Rotterdam-Rijnmond area, ZHD operates terminals (including open and covered storage) in the ports of Dordrecht and Moerdijk. ZHD also renders floating stevedoring services in the Port of Rotterdam.

2020 09 16 094306Today, this fourth-generation family business handles cargo from ships of all sizes. In order to maintain its continuing success in one of the largest port regions in the world, ZHD regularly renews its equipment to improve their technology and competitiveness. ZHD is already operating several Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbor cranes. The present investment is made to both further improve services towards customers as well as to further comply with future environmental requirements.

“Exactly 20 years ago, we ordered our first legacy Gottwald mobile harbor crane – a HMK 300 EG,” says Alain Bornet, Managing Director of ZHD Stevedores. “This crane has served us well, but it’s time to get a replacement. We already have two Model 6 cranes, one of which is placed on a self-propelled pontoon and has been constructed and engineered as a one-of-a-kind 50-ton floating crane called “Ahoy 50”. We believe an investment in two more cranes is the right answer to our growing operations. The cranes have proven to be durable, high-performance machines and have really helped to build our business. So, it was logical for us to rely on Konecranes again to expand our capacity.”

The two new Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 mobile harbor cranes are the G HMK 6407 B variant in a four-rope grab configuration for dry bulk handling. With a maximum lifting capacity of 100 tons, they are suitable to handle steel coils, breakbulk and containers. Both cranes will be prepared for operations on a pontoon, a modification that provides the versatility needed for multiterminal and multimodal operations. Furthermore, they have different propping bases allowing the crane to be placed and operated in narrow spaces.

Both cranes feature advanced mobile harbor crane drive technology from Konecranes that meets EU Stage V emission standards. Additionally, the cranes are prepared for connection to an external power supply, providing ZHD maximum flexibility in terms of energy source and points of operation.

The cranes are also equipped with the latest Konecranes digital services such as web reporting and bidirectional remote access that allows ZHD to share crane data in order to improve performance and maintenance work.

“We have been collaborating very intensively to achieve as much operational flexibility as possible. The outcome is very impressive. This joint effort proves the strength of our customer relationship with ZHD,” says Alexandros Stogianidis, Director Sales Benelux for Konecranes Port Solutions. “They use our equipment to boost their productivity, improve their eco-efficiency and add flexibility to their stevedoring business. We look forward to their future success as we continue to work together.”

With this transaction, ZHD and Konecranes have further consolidated their cooperation into the future and are therefore confident that they will further optimize their mutual services.

Further information:
Alexandros Stogianidis, Director Sales Benelux, Konecranes Port Solutions
Email: alexandros.stogianidis@konecranes.com or phone: +32 3 546 4508

Konecranes is a world-leading group of Lifting Businesses™, serving a broad range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards, ports and terminals. Konecranes provides productivity enhancing lifting solutions as well as services for lifting equipment of all makes. In 2019, Group sales totaled EUR 3.33 billion. Including MHE-Demag, the Group has around 17,300 employees in 50 countries. Konecranes shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki (symbol: KCR).

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Q.E.D Announces Huberg Product Line in the Americas

State-of-the-art natural gas detection instruments now available

Q.E.D. Environmental Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of innovative environmental products and subsidiary of Graco Inc., announces Huberg instruments will now be available in the American markets through QED distribution.

Established in 1987, Huberg is known among industry professionals as a top manufacturer of safety instrumentation systems for gas and water mains supply. Through the years, Huberg has provided customers with well-engineered products, continuous innovation, professional information and consulting, as well as customized services, all to guarantee the highest quality and reliability. QED acquired Huberg in 2019, and will now distribute Huberg products to new American markets.

Used by leading natural gas mains distribution network operators (DNOs) and gas utility and service companies, the Huberg product range focuses on equipment for the survey of gas distribution networks and operator protection in hazardous environments. The Huberg product portfolio offers solutions for both vehicular-based technology for roadside surveys and hand-held devices for accurately identifying and pinpointing leaks. QED has fully integrated the Huberg sales and service operations into its Dexter, Michigan organization, while design and manufacturing is taking place in its new UK plant.

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“Our new state-of-the-art production and calibration facility in the United Kingdom is now the design and manufacturing center for all Huberg products since our acquisition. We are excited to expand the reach of Huberg’s legacy of excellent service and engineered solutions into the Americas,” said Peter Bloem, Huberg Business Unit Manager for QED.

A highlight of the Huberg by QED product portfolio is the state-of-the-art LASER OneTM portable natural gas leak analyzer with LASER spectroscopy. This highly-sensitive detector offers all of the advantages of optical detection in a highly compact and portable device. The instrument provides precise and reliable findings when detecting methane leaks, with accurate detection of leaks of down to 0.5ppm in a response time of 2.5 seconds. It is not sensitive to cross-gas contamination and does not require a gas cylinder for operation, which makes it ideal for the detection of natural gas leaks in underground natural gas distribution networks. The LASER One instrument is ATEX and IECEX-certified for safe operation in Zone 1 areas. Proprietary software offers DNOs the ability to integrate into their data reporting systems.

For more information on the Huberg product line or how to become a distributor, contact QED Environmental Systems at (800) 624-2026 or visit www.qedenv.com.

About Q.E.D. Environmental Systems, Inc.

Q.E.D. Environmental Systems, a subsidiary of Graco Inc., is a leading manufacturer of innovative environmental pumping systems, landfill products, landfill gas products, and air strippers for use at landfills, mines, oil refineries and other industrial sites, as well as hazardous waste cleanup sites. Our products are used around the world for a wide range of environmental applications, including groundwater sampling, groundwater remediation pumping, landfill leachate and condensate pumping, landfill gas collection and control, landfill and biogas analysis, air stripping and VOC removal, and wireless data acquisition. Based in Dexter, MI, QED serves customers from support centers in Michigan, California and England. For more information, call 734-995-2547 or contact us at info@qedenv.com.

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COSEL announces 1.2 kW high power density, low profile, onboard AC/DC power module for industrial and medical applications

COSEL Co, Ltd (6905: Tokyo) has just announced the addition of a 1.2 kW, compact and low profile, onboard AC/DC power module. Designed for demanding worldwide applications, the TUNS1200 has an input voltage range of 85VAC to 305VAC and is certified to meet industrial and medical standards. Packaged in a sealed plastic case with aluminum baseplate the TUNS1200 has a height of just 12.7 mm (0.5”) and weighs less than 280 grams. Compared to existing 1kW onboard AC/DC modules, the TUNS1200’s footprint is 36% smaller while delivering 21% more power. The unit can be operated from -40C to +100C baseplate temperatures. TUNS1200 modules can be paralleled up to nine units (up to 9,750W), their output voltage can be adjusted down to zero volts, and is easily set to constant voltage or constant current operating modes.

  • Low profile with baseplate 12.7 mm (0.5 inch)
  • High power density 152 W/In3 - 9.3 W/cm3
  • 36% smaller footprint than current 1kW industry standard
  • Wide input voltage 85VAC to 305VAC
  • Active current sharing and easy paralleling - up to 9 units
  • CVCC with easy constant current mode for battery charger
  • High reliability and 5-year warranty

Thanks to COSEL’s high efficiency topology, the TUNS1200 delivers 21% more power in a 36% smaller footprint than existing AC/DC modules.

Packaged in sealed housing with an aluminum baseplate, the TUNS1200 is the latest member of COSEL’s TUNS series, which includes a 50W ¼ brick, 100W ½ brick and 300, 500 and 700W full brick units. Designed with the latest technology, the TUNS1200 delivers its full power up to +85 degrees centigrade baseplate temperature, and is able to operate safely at up to +100 degrees centigrade with a derating.

Designed for worldwide applications, TUNS1200 power supplies have an input voltage range of 85VAC to 305VAC single phase, and conform to the safety standards input voltage range of 100-277 VAC (50/60Hz).

The TUNS1200 series embraces three output voltages versions: TUNS1200F12 (12V / 84A), TUNS1200F28 (28V / 43A) and the TUNS1200F48 (48V / 25A). Output voltage can be adjusted +/- 20% (-20% /+10% for the 48V) using the trimming pin, though the TUNS1200 series include an active Voltage Trimming input (VTRM) making it possible to adjust the output voltage down to zero by applying an external voltage source. Using the latest technology, the TUNS1200 has a power efficiency of 92% typical and a power factor of 0.98 at 100V.

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For applications such as battery chargers requiring constant current (CC), the TUNS1200 includes a dedicated pin (ITRM) and by applying a DC voltage or connecting a resistor to the –S terminal it is possible to set the constant current from just above zero to the desired current.

In applications where more power is required and physical height is an issue it is possible to connect up to nine TUNS1200s in parallel, delivering up to 9,750W in conduction cooling mode. When connected units in parallel and utilizing the Current Balance (CB) pin, the COSEL active current sharing ensures that each module delivers the correct amount of current to the load.

Optimized for conduction cooling, the TUNS1200 series can be operated within a temperature range of -40 to +100C baseplate, 20 - 95%RH (Non condensing). Depending on cooling and assembly method, a power derating may apply.

Housed in a sealed plastic case with aluminum baseplate, the TUNS1200 measures 117.3 x 86.8 x 12.7 mm (4.62 x 3.42 x 0.5 inch). The unit includes four mounting holes for fixing the unit to a cold plate or an additional heatsink. The standard unit comes with M3 threaded mounting holes, and a 3.4 millimeter non-threaded mounting insert option is available (option T).

The units have a 3,000VAC input to output isolation voltage (2MOOP), 2,000VAC input to ground (1MOOP) and 500VAC output to ground. Overcurrent, overvoltage and thermal protection are included as standard.

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Suitable for industrial and medical applications, the TUNS1200 complies with the safety agency approvals: UL62368-1, EN62368-1, C-UL (equivalent to CAN/CSA-C22.2 No.62368-1 ), ANSI/AAMI ES60601-1, EN60601-1 3rd, C-UL (equivalent to CAN/CSA-C22.2 No.60601-1), and complies with IEC60601-1-2 4th. The TUNS1200 includes an active filter, complying with the harmonic attenuation IEC61000-3-2 (Class A).

Benefiting from a design optimized for conduction cooling, the TUNS1200 is suitable for applications requiring a silent power solution such as in a surgery room. Equally, it is suitable for industrial applications when forced air ventilation is impossible due to environmental constraints. Attached to a chassis or cold plate, the TUNS1200 can deliver impressive power with a high level of reliability.

The power supply complies with the RoHS directive and is CE marked in accordance with the Low Voltage Directive.

Related URL:

COSEL TUNS series

https://www.coseleurope.eu/Products/AC-DC/TUNS

About COSEL:

Established in Japan 1969, COSEL is one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of high performance AC-DC Power Supplies, DC-DC Converters and EMI Filters. With quality, reliability & flexibility as our main focus, we pride ourselves on developing some of the highest quality and most reliable products seen anywhere in the world today. The Cosel Group is a $253m global company employing some 810 staff with sales offices throughout Japan, Asia, Europe and North America. Our product range is aimed mostly at demanding applications within the Industrial, Factory Automation, Medical, Telecoms, Lighting, Audio/Broadcast & Renewable Energy sectors. A flexible approach with full in-house design means we deliver products using the very latest technology meeting the growing demands of our customers.