Launch of green automation initiative ahead of network solutions


Recent research from the AIDA group of German automobile manufacturers – Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, VW – and the Profibus User Organisation shows that industrial networks play a major role in the implementation of control strategies for energy optimisation on the factory floor.

HMS Industrial Networks is a leading independent supplier of embedded network technology for automation devices. The company develops and manufactures solutions in Sweden for interfacing automation devices to industrial networks.

It says that industrial communication technology within automation systems will facilitate energy management factory-wide. To this end HMS plans to present a number of solutions targeting energy management in automation systems at the SPS/IPC/Drives automation fair in Nuremberg, Germany at the end of November.

HMS has identified that it may take some time until the latest energy management standards will be used plant-wide and in the meantime offers a wide range of solutions mainly targeted at system integrators and end users.

As one of the leading manufacturers of industrial networking solutions, HMS has already introduced PROFIenergy-conformant Anybus® embedded communication modules. Support for further energy management profiles will follow as soon as they become stable and widely accepted.

These solutions enable the integration of standard automation equipment into modern fieldbus or industrial Ethernet communication systems, increasing the level of automation, system efficiency and energy management.

With the Anybus Communicator series of intelligent protocol converters, system integrators and end users are able to integrate existing automation equipment via standard serial RS-232 or Modbus-RTU interfaces into modern industrial fieldbus or Ethernet networks. Anybus X-gateways provide the same values interconnecting different networks.

Both gateway families enable a transparent flow of information throughout the entire plant including the ability to switch off automation equipment during production breaks and standstill periods in a synchronised manner, adding to the total energy management and plant efficiency.

A good example is the integration of standard circuit breakers – that are typically not network-enabled – into modern industrial networks.

Netbiter® remote management system and adds further green effects.

The Netbiter solution for M2M remote management allows users to get an overview of their applications' energy consumption (NZ Engineering News, December, p8).

Netbiter won Sweden's E-prize 2011 within an application created by Jeff Electronics. The E-prize is awarded to companies that combine energy, efficiency and economics to reduce cost, minimise environmental effects and also increase competitiveness.

"Our green automation initiative will help businesses save energy and reduce their carbon footprint, while improving productivity and profits," says HMS Industrial Networks chief executive Staffan Dahlström.

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