HARTING to showcase modular solutions at Smart Factory Expo 2020

HARTING will be discussing their range of innovative connectivity solutions at the online Smart Factory Expo from the 9th to the 13th November 2020.

Their product and market specialists will be on hand to discuss the benefits of modularisation in the modern smart factory, including adaptable production methods, reduced maintenance downtimes and shortened set up times.

HARTING are renowned for their modular solutions, which improve flexibility and allow users to perform non-disruptive maintenance. The Han-Modular® range enables you to produce a bespoke connector by combining individual modules for different transmission media, such as signals, data and power. You can even use the innovative Han® Configurator tool to quickly design interfaces for your specific applications.

Create a bespoke connector by combining individual modules for different transmission media from the Han-Modular® range.Create a bespoke connector by combining individual modules for different transmission media from the Han-Modular® range.

In addition, there will be areas dedicated to robust and space-saving solutions for fast Ethernet, device connectivity and industrial cabling. The ix Industrial® is a compact interface that delivers Cat. 6A performance for 1/10Gbit/s Ethernet. The ix complies with IEC 61076-3-124 and conforms to the shock and vibration resistance levels set out in EN 50155 railway specifications, making it the perfect solution for a range of markets.

There will also be information about Single Pair Ethernet (SPE), one of the technological cornerstones that will shape the success of the IIoT. The factory of the future will require high data streams and the industrial sector needs connectivity solutions which adapt themselves to increasingly growing demands.

SPE, delivered via HARTING’s T1 Industrial connector, allows equipment to connect via end-to-end IP-based communications right up into the field level. The T1 Industrial supplies both data and power via Power over Data Line (PoDL) across a single pair of wires in an IEC 63171-6 industrial interface, bringing Ethernet from the cloud to every sensor and enabling Industry 4.0.

Space-saving and weight reduction benefits achieved by the move to a single pair of wires mean the compact T1 can be easily incorporated into smaller products and Ethernet interfaces can be designed onto simple sensors, cameras, reading/ID devices or similar miniaturised equipment.

The T1 Industrial can be easily designed onto simple sensors, cameras, reading/ID devices or similar miniaturised equipment.The T1 Industrial can be easily designed onto simple sensors, cameras, reading/ID devices or similar miniaturised equipment.

In addition, you can learn more about HARTING Customised Solutions, which combines market-leading products and expertise to develop components tailored to specific requirements. They work closely with customers to plan, design, test and produce a wide range of bespoke products such as cable assemblies, hoods, housings and cabling from their manufacturing facility in Northampton.

To learn more about our products and solutions and register for your FREE ticket to Smart Factory Expo, please visit: . We look forward to meeting you and discussing your requirements at Smart Factory Expo.


The HARTING Technology Group is one of the world's leading providers of industrial connection technology for the three lifelines of Data, Signal and Power and has 14 production plants and 44 sales companies. Moreover, the company also produces retail checkout systems, electromagnetic actuators for automotive and industrial series use, charging equipment for electric vehicles, as well as hardware and software for customers and applications in automation technology, mechanical and plant engineering, robotics and transportation engineering. In the 2018/19 business year, some 5,300 employees generated sales of EUR 750 million. Founded on 1 September 1945, the company celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

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Next level EV charging – the most used interoperability protocol is released in version 2.3

High dynamics and short innovation cycles characterize the eMobility market. The continuous and collaborative development of cross-linked organizations within the ecosystem of eMobility is essential in such an agile market environment. To meet market demands, Hubject and all its intercharge partners are continuously developing the Open Intercharge Protocol, OICP, releasing the newest version 2.3. 

The OICP – an open source and therefore easy to implement - created in 2012 to make an easy-to-use and reliable interoperability solution, has a business and IT connection to over 250,000 charging points, and more than 750 companies in 43 countries over four continents by one API connection. This is stimulating positively all companies using it, by reducing resources needed as well as increasing reliability and security by using one of the most mature eRoaming protocols. These changes support the Hubject mission to make EV charging easy and seamless for drivers in an open and transparent approach with all market participants jointly.  

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The feedback and experience of all the contributors were incorporated to develop new functionalities, focusing on four main targets:  

  • Improving the POI quality in an upscaling market,  
  • Realizing calibration law compatibility,  
  • Offering more transparency on the different charging use cases, 
  • Improving  data process performance. 

Carsten Puhl, CTO of Hubject is saying: “With this process, we and the whole industry have taken an important step jointly for an open, widely supported protocol, being the most used eRoaming protocol in Europe and other markets. Based on the open source status, we encourage other companies and stakeholders to contribute to the development, which is even easier now, that the protocol has been published via GitHub.”  

In addition to these specific changes, Hubject also implemented another valuable feature specifically for all CPO partners, offering a set of so-called remote testing functionalities, to consider testing complex use cases.  

Due to the value of the new version, Hubject will deprecate the version of OICP2.1 on July 1st, 2021.  

Every partner can start implementing it since October 1st, 2020. For more information, please visit

About Hubject
Hubject simplifies the charging of electric vehicles. Through its eRoaming platform, called intercharge, the eMobility specialist connects Charge Point Operators or CPOs and eMobility Service Providers or EMPs, thus providing standardized access to charging infrastructure regardless of any network. With over 250,000 connected charging points and more than 750 B2B partners across 43 countries and four continents, Hubject has established the world’s largest cross-provider charging network for electric vehicles by connecting CPO networks. In addition, Hubject is a trusted consulting partner in the eMobility market, advising automotive manufacturers, charging providers, and other EV-related businesses looking to launch eMobility services or implement Plug&Charge using ISO 15118. In essence, Hubject promotes eMobility and its advancement worldwide. Founded in 2012, Hubject is a joint venture of the BMW Group, Bosch, EnBW, Enel X, Mercedes-Benz, innogy, Siemens and the Volkswagen Group. Hubject’s headquarters is located in Berlin, with subsidiaries in Los Angeles and Shanghai. 

HUBJECT — Heading for the future.

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AEG Power Solutions Launches its New Generation of Switch-Mode Power Supply Rectifier AC7000 N1

Extended lifetime and long-term spare part support for a highly reliable system

AEG Power Solutions, a global provider of power supply systems and solutions for industrial, critical infrastructure and innovative power electronic applications, have just announced the availability of its AC7000 N1 series - a new generation of its proven AC7000 industrial switch-mode power supply rectifier to ensure a future-proof and extended product lifecycle.

AC7000 N1 replaces both AC7000 and AC7000CAN series. Both have a long track record as reliable power supply for high output power applications in power generation and nuclear, Oil & Gas and petrochemical as well as transportation and signaling.

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The new rectifier is very compact (19") and robust and ideal for all types of industrial applications. The output power of the system is 8000 W at 24, 110/120 and
220 VDC. Thanks to advanced protection (input, output, temperature, current, power) AC7000 N1 is highly reliable and benefits of a high MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure). The rectifier provides secured DC power in combination with a parallel battery, to supply all types of DC consumer loads including constant voltage and current sources such as central control rooms in nuclear and non-nuclear power plants as well as on-board power supplies for rail vehicles and ships.

AC7000 N1 benefits of AEG PS expertise in terms of robust design and is adapted to many types of batteries including vented lead acid, valve regulated lead-acid (VRLA) or nickel-cadmium batteries (NiCd).

AC7000 N1 has already met success and will be one of the key power supply system used in a major nuclear power plant project in Europe.

About AEG Power Solutions
AEG Power Solutions ensures continuous power availability and the safe operation of critical applications thanks to with a wide portfolio of power supply systems and services: AC and DC UPS, battery chargers, rectifier systems, service and maintenance on 24/7 basis, as well as fully customized UPS systems to customer specifications. AEG Power Solutions has developed a distinctive expertise and world-class engineering capacities that bridge both AC and DC power technologies and span conventional and renewable energy platforms. AEG Power Solutions has decades of experience with UPS and power electronics, and grid integration, and is leveraging its conversion expertise to engineer and deliver solutions for energy storage applications.

AEG Power Solutions is the sole subsidiary of the holding company 3W Power.
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OPC Foundation Welcomes Emerson to Its Board of Directors

Emerson also joins the OPC Foundation Field Level Communications (FLC) initiative to drive a holistic approach to sensor and device level communications across process and factory automation industries.

The OPC Foundation is proud to announce Emerson (NYSE: EMR) has joined its Board of Directors  and sincerely welcomes Peter Zornio, Chief Technology Officer for Emerson Automation Solutions, as Emerson’s representative on the Board of Directors. Emerson is one of the world’s largest automation suppliers, providing engineering services and automation technologies to process and discrete manufacturing industries.

Emerson has a long history with the OPC Foundation. As one of its founding members, Emerson played an important role in the development and adoption of the first OPC data connectivity standard and contributed to the development of OPC UA, today’s open data interoperability standard. Emerson supports OPC UA initiatives by participating in OPC Foundation working groups and by adopting OPC UA in a wide variety of its family of products.

Peter Zornio, Chief Technology OfficerPeter Zornio, Chief Technology OfficerPeter Zornio says: “OPC technology is well established in the automation space as the de facto standard for application-level communications.  It also provides integration between operations technology (OT) and the IT world, including cloud-based environments.  We look forward to growing that role, as well as working with the OPC FLC initiative on expanding OPC technology into real-time communications between control and field-connected devices.  OPC is the best candidate to have a single communication standard cover the entire scope of automation architecture from intelligent field devices to the cloud.”

Peter Lutz, Director FLC Initiative: “Currently, the OPC Foundation is extending use of OPC UA down to the level of sensors and devices on the shop floor via its Field Level Communications (FLC) initiative. The value that a major player like Emerson brings to this initiative is important from both technical and market messaging perspectives. First, OPC Foundation Working Groups benefit from extensive Emerson field level expertise. Second, with its strong support for ongoing OPC UA standard development for use in both process and discrete industries, Emerson helps send a clear message to the market: OPC UA plays an equally important role in both verticals.

Stefan Hoppe, President and Executive Director, OPC Foundation commented “It is gratifying to welcome a company of Emerson’s stature to the OPC Foundation Board of Directors. Working together with Emerson and our other valued board members, the OPC Foundation is now better positioned to deliver on its directive to provide the world with the best single data connectivity and interoperability standard for use throughout the enterprise, regardless of the industry sector.”

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 Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid and discrete manufacturers maximize production, protect personnel and the environment while optimizing their energy and operating costs. Our Commercial & Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency and create sustainable infrastructure.

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About the OPC Foundation

Since 1996, the OPC Foundation has facilitated the development and adoption of the OPC information exchange standards. As both advocate and custodian of these specifications, the Foundation’s mission is to help industry vendors, end-users, and software developers maintain interoperability in their manufacturing and automation assets. The OPC Foundation is dedicated to providing the best specifications, technology, process, and certification to achieve multivendor, multiplatform, secure, reliable, interoperability for moving data and information from the embedded world to the enterprise cloud. The Foundation serves over 780 members worldwide in the Industrial Automation, IT, IoT, IIoT, M2M, Industrie 4.0, Building Automation, machine tools, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and Smart Energy sectors.

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Nouryon launches new Levasil colloidal silica line for the electronics industry

Nouryon has introduced a new Levasil® colloidal silica product line dedicated to the electronics industry. This latest addition to the Levasil line provides customers with a colloidal silica of superior purity to shape, smooth and polish high-performance substrates such as silicon wafers, required in the production of integrated circuits for electronic devices.

Nouryon currently has Levasil products available with five modification types. The latest line, with potassium as the stabilizing ion, enables Nouryon to offer a new range of solutions to the electronics industry where purity and performance are essential. Demand is particularly strong in Asia, where the majority of customers for these materials are located.

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“The fast-changing electronics industry constantly increases demand for higher-performance, higher-purity solutions to be able to meet consumer needs today and in the future,” said Patrick Wilhelm, Vice President of Colloidal Silica at Nouryon. “This new product line has been developed to meet those demands,” he said.

Johan Landfors, President of Technology Solutions at Nouryon, added: “This is an important addition to our product portfolio and shows our dedication to deliver innovative solutions to our customers in high-tech industries. It is also in line with our growth ambitions for Asia.”

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About Nouryon

We are a global specialty chemicals leader. Markets worldwide rely on our essential chemistry in the manufacture of everyday products such as paper, plastics, building materials, food, pharmaceuticals, and personal care items. Building on our nearly 400-year history, the dedication of our 10,000 employees, and our shared commitment to business growth, strong financial performance, safety, sustainability, and innovation, we have established a world-class business and built strong partnerships with our customers. We operate in over 80 countries around the world and our portfolio of industry-leading brands includes Eka, Dissolvine, Trigonox, and Berol.