Visitors will be able to explore the new version of the Freelance control system to find improvements at the detail level. The hardware highlight is the new high-end AC 900F controller.
Functions seldom found in the world of control systems are also likely to be the subject of debate, namely the ability to load programs or program updates into the controller from an SD card without using the engineering environment. The team at Stand A35 in Halle 11 can expect some critical questions on this feature.
A walk to the central control station it is not absolutely necessary in order to get a composite picture of the data which is coming in from a large array of instruments. Visitors who make their way to the Pepperl+Fuchs booth in Hall 9 (Stand F28) will be able to take a look at new remote monitors and panel PCs with 22 inch screens which can display complex process graphics. The devices are suitable for Ex Zones 2 and 22. The new widescreen control stations are designed primarily for use in regulated industries.
The team at the Pepperl+Fuchs stand expects that these products are likely to attract a number of visitors who are interested in distributed automation. Pepperl+Fuchs provides its perspective: “For a long time, the market for Ex grade control stations was dominated by devices approved for Zone 1/21 and offering KVM connectivity to the rest of the IT architecture. The new network-enabled remote monitors from Pepperl+Fuchs make distributed process control and monitoring easier, more reliable and less expensive. Operation and control functions are migrating from the control station to the field. Roving operators can react more quickly to out-of-spec conditions, and the devices effectively support manual operations such as system start up.”
Keeping your feet on the ground
These examples illustrate that once again this year exhibitors and organizers will be offering some genuine highlights for the process industry. Despite the fact that automation exhibitors will be concentrated in Hall 11 and 9, the theme will permeate the HANNOVER MESSE.
That being the case, the organizers have again made things easier for visitors who have a specific interest in automation by setting up an Automation & IT Tour. Attractions along the red carpet route are to be found in all of the Industrial Automation halls. (Pictures of last years Automation & IT Tour.). This year, even the short-cut through the Convention Center has a surprise in store, namely Living Surfaces. One final tip for those who are planning to attend: a shuttle bus service from the Laatzen ICE rail station will be available to take visitors to the point where the tour starts at entrance South 1.