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Lindsey Guajardo

KEB America brings packaging solutions to Pack Expo in Las Vegas

Shakopee, MN – KEB America is planning their third trip to Pack Expo, North America’s largest packaging industry trade show. The event will take place September 25 – 27 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. KEB America will be exhibiting in the South Lower hall, booth 6282.

 

KEB at Pack Expo Las Vegas '17

 

For more than 45 years KEB has perfecting the development of automation and control solutions. The catalog of products offered can be used at nearly any point in the packaging line. KEB America has full design and manufacturing capabilities for a range of flexible and durable products at their ISO 9001:2008 certified facility in Shakopee, MN. See a few of our products in the video below.

 

 

During the expo, visitors to KEB’s booth can expect to see the company’s top-quality, German-engineered hardware solutions and cutting-edge, IIoT-ready control and software solutions. Integral gearmotors, servo motors, clutches, brakes, drives from KEB are ready to be customized for each packaging line’s unique needs. Full automation and control will be on display with KEB’s HMI, PLCs, embedded control, flexible I/O, routers, and IPCs. Ask a KEB engineer for a demonstration of the COMBIVIS Connect software to see how the products all work together to create a real-time monitoring and commissioning network without having to leave the office.

 

As part of their commitment to providing the best possible solutions to the packaging industry, KEB America has recently announced their commitment to the software programming standards set by OMAC and PackML.

 

Pack Expo Las Vegas draws more than 2,000 exhibitors and 30,000 attendees from every vertical market within the packaging industry. The show is hosted by PMMI Media Group and is part of a series that includes Pack Expo shows in Mexico, the Eastern US, and shows focusing healthcare and food packaging technology.

 

For more information and updates from the show please visit KEB America on social media. You can find KEB America on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In.

 

Working with OMAC to promote better standards

For more than 45 years KEB has been perfecting the development of automation and control solutions for several vertical industries, including packaging machinery.

 

The catalog of products we offer can be used at nearly any point in the packaging line, which is why KEB America aims to be more than a supplier of a single component. We are a complete solution provider for the packaging industry. Our commitment to creating the best solutions for our customers can be seen not only in our top-quality, German-engineered hardware solutions, but the powerful software which programs our control products.  For this reason, KEB has joined the OMAC group and has begun the development of a PackML solution.

 

OMAC and PackML promote standardization in packaging machinery software

 

Standardizing solutions for automation and control

Building an application system that uses modern automation and information analysis should be a priority for competitive manufacturers. However, many companies face significant delays or even road blocks when building their packaging line because machines simply cannot communicate with each other or with the end user in a useful way. KEB recognizes the issues that come up with system integration, and has joined with OMAC in an effort to make fully-networked lines a reality for more companies.

 

Since 1994, the Organization for Machine Automation and Control has been working to provide manufacturers and their customers with the tools to optimize their production and profitability in a competitive market. OMAC brings together end-user manufacturers, OEM machine builders, system integrators, technology providers, and non-profit/government agency organizations to address common roadblocks to success and create standards of performance across their product lines.

 

 

PackML

KEB has joined the list of technology providers whose products follow the standards set by OMAC, and will be developing software to meet PackML requirements.

 

PackML, or Packaging Machine Language, was created to encourage interoperability between hardware and software vendors supporting the packaging industry. It does this by standardizing machine states, modes, commands, and data. The end result is improved development time, better reliability, and easier maintenance and monitoring.

 

 

KEB as a technology provider

HMI LC, programmed with OMAC standardsBy committing to PackML standards KEB is ensuring our library of products will be suitable for both new and existing packaging lines. If you’re building a new line from the ground up, our sales engineers can walk you through our full catalog and select the products and versions best suited to your business goals. Existing lines can benefit from KEB’s decades of experience and top-of-the line technology with products that seamlessly integrate with any of the other technology providers in the OMAC.

 

Implementing PackML standardized state diagrams on the KEB HMI will provide operators with a familiar interface, great for fast training and support. Programming a KEB PLC is done with programming tags and key performance indicators that are already defined so communication between equipment is quick to set up and easy to configure.

 

At KEB we’re committed to being a full solution provider for our customers. If you have any questions about how KEB products with PackML built in can benefit your packaging line, be sure to contact our knowledgeable sales engineers.

 

You can also chat with us in person at the PackExpo in Las Vegas – booth 6282. We’d love to meet with you and share our packaging machinery solutions.

The role of the IT professional in Industry 4.0

The role of the IT professional in Industry 4.0Building and maintaining an automated industrial process is changing. Improved networking capabilities is bringing a wave of businesses into Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things. So much so, that younger professionals have come to expect the ability to monitor their installations remotely from their desk, smartphone, or tablet, and companies like KEB are building a new generation of products that speaks to this need. When a product comes with a choice of communication interfaces, wireless or wired, WAN, LAN, and serial, the most informed consumer will be the one who knows the communication network inside and out.

 

In most installations, setting up network connectivity falls to a department that previously wouldn’t have been involved in purchasing decisions for the factory floor – the IT department. Recent surveys among integrators that have begin setting up IIoT-ready automation processes have indicated that nearly a quarter of all purchase decisions for these installations will involve IT, and in many cases these purchases will be a line item in the IT budget. Though a product may be used by the engineers, KEB recognizes every department within a company will have different business goals, different bottom lines. In IIoT, there’s an intersection of interests between engineers and IT so the products offered need to serve both of these.

 

In a previous post, I went over how data-gathering techniques that are a part of IIoT devices can be used to improve the productivity of an installation. KEB drives, like the F5 Inverter, have the ability to send data to devices with logging capabilities. Being a part of industry 4.0 is building a system in which this communication takes place as part of the IT department’s new role in factory automation. KEB’s products are able to speak to each other using one of more than a dozen communication protocols. Additionally, our C6 VPN Router can be integrated wirelessly, or using a wired network. By using KEB products an integrator will give their IT department maximum flexibility for designing the communication network.

 

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It’s more common, however, for our customers to be updating their existing installations rather than starting from the ground up. Many of KEB’s products are designed for a long product and support lifetime. The F4 series of drives, for example, was produced for over twenty years before we updated to the F5 which has now been going strong for fifteen years. We hope that all of our products will see many years of use in a customer’s installation, so we endeavor to make our new products easy to integrate into existing systems. Even third party products can work well with KEB’s IIoT-ready devices. Are you using an Allen Bradley PLC? We can work with that. This feature – the ease of integration – is what we feel makes our IIoT products truly IT-friendly.

 

When it comes to industry 4.0 and the IT department’s role in a company, we know they have loads of responsibilities on their plate. Adding into this the necessity of installing and maintaining the factory floor’s communication network shouldn’t be a roadblock to the newest technology and the future of machine automation. Give us a call, or send us an email and we’ll help you make your IT professional’s job easier.

 

High temperature industrial router for outdoor datalogging and communication

Here at KEB, summertime is great for picnics, bike rides, or a cool dip in one of Minnesota’s 10,000 beautiful lakes. Unfortunately, finding relief from the heat of the summer air isn’t as easy for many industrial installations. A high temperature router is important to maintaining consistent datalogging and communication in installations that may lack cooling or air conditioning. In this post we’ll highlight the extended temperature range and optional communication options of our C6 Industrial VPN Router.

 

The largest benefit our customers see from creating a networked automation system is that it can save time and money when it comes to maintenance and monitoring. When something goes wrong with a machine it can be looked into from a remote connection anywhere in the world using KEB’s secure global network.

 

C6 Router for Remote Connection

 

The standard router is a great tool for monitoring many types of installations, but we know some of our customers work in environments that lack climate control or Ethernet networking. Wastewater, oil and gas, wind turbines, and many other types of outdoor installations can benefit from communication options that can be used on any cellular network, as well as an extended operating temperature range.

 

For applications in environments prone to extreme temperatures – like a cabinet without air conditioning in the Arizona desert – the router comes in an extended temperature version. With the extended range, the router can safely be used in temperatures as low as -20°C and up to 70°C. This option is available for all four models of our router.

 

The M1 and M2 models come with one push-pin type SIM card and a SMAStecker antenna. An auxiliary Diversity antenna is optionally available as well. The antenna can be directly mounted to the device, connected via extension cable or extension cable with wall mount, or the router can be connected with an outdoor antenna.

Industrial router antenna

 

Every C6 router is made from rugged industrial-grade materials. It has a stainless steel enclosure that can be DIN rail or wall mounted, and has no fans or moving parts. They carry CE and cULus approvals and an IP20 protection rating. Communication to other devices is set up using the WAN or LAN Ethernet ports. The standard router will operate in temperatures ranging from 0° to 50°C.

 

If your application can benefit from the extended temperature range or cellular communication options for our C6 Router please contact us today and we’ll get you set up with a risk-free trial.

KEB technology at Elevator U

KEB America will be attending the Elevator U Conference and Vendor Show in Charlottesville, VA June 19th through the 22nd.

 

Elevator UElevator U is dedicated to supporting the exchange of ideas and information and encouraging innovation in the vertical transportation industry serving academic facilities. Members of the group include university facility managers, elevator and lift consultants and integrators, as well as vendors and suppliers. Now in its 20th year, the annual conference and vendor show brings together members from across the United States for three days of education, networking, and demonstrations of the latest technology.

 

This is the first year KEB will be attending the Elevator U conference. We have been working with the academic facilities industry for many years, and look forward to this new networking opportunity. We will be bringing several pieces of KEB technology that we think will be part of the future of the industry, including our regenerative drives and catalog of automation products for machine-room-less elevator solutions.

 

For the latest information on elevator, escalator, and lift innovations from KEB America be sure to follow us on social media. We’re on Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, and YouTube – let’s connect!

Estimate ROI with our elevator regen calculator

Could your elevator save money using KEB America’s R6 line regen? Use our online calculator to estimate ROI and savings. The tool, which is free to use, provides an estimate of annual energy savings when using a KEB regenerative unit and a breakeven analysis for the investment.

 

At various times during a traction elevator’s operation, energy is both delivered to and returned from the elevator system.  An R6 unit allows regenerated energy to be returned to the utility line instead of being dissipated as heat across a braking resistor grid.

 

“KEB’s R6 elevator regen drive has proven to be a very economical option to capture regen savings” says KEB America sales manager, Jonathan Bullick.  “In some cases, the payback period is only a year or two.  However, the amount of savings and the payback period can vary greatly depending on the usage, elevator capacity and type of elevator technology being used.  This calculator is a tool managers can use to justify the regen investment and determine prime regen candidates.”

 

The calculator and cost analysis tool was developed through the years by KEB elevator engineers.  It allows a user to enter basic elevator, usage, and investment parameters and approximates the regen savings one could expect.  When we launched our blog, we decided to publish the tool online so anyone interested in checking the numbers for themselves.

 

The calculator can be found at http://kebblog.com/elevator-regen-calculator/.  Additional questions can be directed to sales@kebamerica.com, or you can use our contact form.

 

 

 

 

 

Download a sample report

 

 

View the latest KEB technology at Hannover Messe

Hannover MesseKEB Automation KG is excited to be attending Hannover Messe again this year. The fair, billed as the world’s leading industrial show, will take place April 25th through the 28th in Hannover, Germany and will host innovators and leaders from around the globe.

 

During the Hannover Fair visitors can find KEB Automation in Hall 15, Booth B10. Engineers will be available to discuss some of the new and upcoming technology from KEB, like a new family of application drives and a variety of new safety tools.

 

The F6 Application Drive is a compact, flexible VFD designed with the most up-to-date technology. It’s suitable for either asynchronous AC motors or synchronous servo-drives. There will be a variety of sizes and models available, so bring your application questions to the KEB booth and our sales engineers will be happy to walk you through the features and how they can be used to improve your system.

 

KEB knows our partners require a high standard of safety in their automation applications. Our latest programmable Safety PLC and Remote I/O modules comply with the requirements of IEC 61508 SIL 3 and DIN EN ISO 13849-1 Ple safety standards. The PLC and modules use EtherCAT for real-time communication and easy installation into an existing system. Make sure your automation solution meets the most stringent safety standards by checking out these new solutions with KEB.

 

KEB America is a wholly owned subsidiary of KEB Automation KG (formerly Karl E. Brinkmann GmbH). KEB was founded in 1972 and has 5 global production sites, 9 subsidiaries and over 1,200 employees. Today, KEB products can be found in the most demanding applications across the world and are supported from their 40+ sales and service centers.

 

KEB at Hannover Messe - hall 15, booth b10

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