Net­work com­pressed air sys­tems – in­tel­li­gently

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BOGE Com­pres­sors says it has made it a de­vel­op­ment task to pave the way for the fourth in­dus­trial revo­lu­tion in com­pressed air tech­nol­ogy. In the Smart Fac­tory of the fu­ture, com­pressed air tech­nolo­gies au­to­mat­i­cally com­mu­ni­cate with con­nected pe­riph­eral equip­ment. The foun­da­tion for this is laid down in the self- de­scrib­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion pro­to­col OPC Uni­fied Ar­chi­tec­tures. In co­op­er­a­tion with users, the Biele­feld fam­ily com­pany is de­vel­op­ing stan­dards for in­tel­li­gent com­po­nent net­work­ing. The goal is to en­sure that the sys­tem adapts it­self to the re­quire­ments and op­er­ates with max­i­mum en­ergy ef­fi­ciency. New com­po­nents should also sim­ply be able to in­te­grate into the sys­tem by “Plug-and- Pres­sure”.

“The in­tel­li­gent net­work­ing of com­pressed air gen­er­a­tors and con­sumers of com­pressed air opens up a wide range of op­por­tu­ni­ties to mon­i­tor, con­trol and op­ti­mise the en­tire sys­tem topol­ogy”, says Pe­ter Boldt, Head of De­vel­op­ment at BOGE. As one of the first man­u­fac­tur­ers of com­pressed air so­lu­tions, BOGE is work­ing on an in­te­grated net­work­ing ap­proach which takes the process tech­nolo­gies con­nected to com­pressed air into con­sid­er­a­tion. “The com­mu­ni­ca­tion pro­to­col from OPC Uni­fied Ar­chi­tec­tures (OPC UA) is, as an open stan­dard in­ter­face for In­dus­try 4.0 ap­pli­ca­tions, one of the most promis­ing so­lu­tions in Europe,” says Boldt. In con­trast to the usual mar­ket and man­u­fac­tur­erspe­cific bus pro­to­cols, OPC UA of­fers the pos­si­bil­ity of es­tab­lish­ing a ven­dor- neu­tral stan­dard. The plant tech­nol­ogy au­to­mat­i­cally un­der­takes the tech­ni­cal con­fig­u­ra­tion to ad­just the de­fined pa­ram­e­ters to the de­mand- ori­ented de­sign for the pro­duc­tion of com­pressed air. An easy com­mis­sion­ing of com­plex com­pressed air sys­tems and flex­i­ble re­con­fig­u­ra­tion are ben­e­fits of the Smart Fac­tory. This is open­ing up new po­ten­tial for users and plant de­sign­ers to save en­ergy. BOGE has laid the tech­no­log­i­cal foun­da­tion for in­tel­li­gent sys­tem net­work­ing with the top clus­ter ‘ it’s OWL’ of the Ger­man Fed­eral Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search (BMBF). Since 2016, BOGE de­vel­op­ers, to­gether with man­u­fac­tur­ers and users of con­sum­ables, have been work­ing on the de­vel­op­ment of a fu­ture­ori­ented net­work­ing stan­dard. en­quiry #171006

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