In this May issue of Electricity+Control we look at some of the new developments in automation and control systems and technologies launched at Hannover Messe 2019 – pointing the way to Industry 4.0.
Analytical instruments and intelligent sensors have become an essential component of automation systems and are key to collecting operations data that can drive improvements in product quality, production efficiencies and plant longevity.
In the focus on industrial motors and motor controllers, Danfoss presents the pros and cons of bundled motor-drive packages and the alternative of a motor-independent drive combined with a selected motor. Considering more than just IE and IES energy-efficiency ratings, both options offer advantages.
Energy efficiency nonetheless remains an important focus for industry globally and locally. Using automated energy management systems businesses can achieve energy- and cost-efficiency gains as well as the benefit of emissions reductions. In this context, local microgrids and hybrid systems are becoming increasingly attractive to industry, with the advantage that they can provide a secure on-site power supply.