The Future of Heat Treatment (reply to Janusz)

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I just read an interesting post on Linkedin from Janusz Kowalewski regarding the Future of Heat Treatment and have already shared my response on both Linkedin and Facebook. I have copied the reply in detail below.

Please refer to the post from Janusz for background information. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20140910062553-16477895-future-of-the-heat-treatment

It’s been fascinating to watch and be part of the developments in Heat Treatment over the past 25 years (migrating from a so-called Black Art to a Science) and know that the best is yet to come.

I think current decisions around material type and selection, processing options and the overall production cell configuration are more complex given the broad selection of Heat Treat and related processes on offer. The route taken today may or may not be the optimum route for your processing needs tomorrow – furnaces need to be able to offer a level of flexibility just in case a process change is required throughout the furnaces relatively long life.

Today’s control systems do offer a level of flexibility that allows for process improvements and/or changes to be made relatively easily, this was not possible in older systems.

Reference the point about the link between the Control Layer and Production Software for greater efficiency; I am part way through a new book by Peter Martin and Walt Boyes about “Real-Time Control of the Industrial Enterprise” http://www.amazon.com/Real-Time-Control-Industrial-Enterprise-Martin/dp/1606503596 – this describes in detail how control systems link to the enterprise and how this potentially impacts profitability. Full disclosure; Peter is a colleague at Schneider Electric (formerly Invensys).

The last point made by Janusz centered on furnace control systems and automatic reasoning, this is a really interesting topic. In the past the hardware and software technology available and complexity of programming has dictated what is commercially possible, we are about to challenge this situation.

Over the past two years we have been developing a new PLC and will launch the Heat Treat version of this PLC at the upcoming FNA show in the US http://www.furnacesnorthamerica.com/.  The major development in this technology is that we have been able to build on the widely supported open PLC platform technology of CODESYS and have embedded unique Functions that start to enable solutions relating to predictive/reasoning technology at a commercially acceptable price.

I do think this ‘type’ of technology will start to change what’s possible in Heat Treat control.

The E+PLC family of products can be found here: http://www.eurotherm.com/eplc/.

The link to the Eurotherm FNA Heat Treat show page is  http://www.eurotherm.com/fna2014

Hope to see many of you at FNA2014 in early October.

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Glasstec 2014 Webpage now available

Check-out our Glasstec webpage http://www.eurotherm.com/industries/glass/glasstec/

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Glasstec 2014

Glass_AdvertIn retrospect it seems that Glasstec 2012 took place only yesterday but if we think about what has happened in those two years, Eurotherm, even as insiders are amazed at what has been achieved and how our business has changed. In that time, we have developed a brand new product line and improved our existing process and power control offerings. In addition, recently Eurotherm became part of Schneider Electric and as a result we are now in a completely new position, equipped with the capability to provide a hugely extended product and services portfolio. Come and visit us at Glasstec to find out more about our transformation, new products and ideas and also to discover that we have not changed our attitude to unconditionally provide service to all our customers great and small.  Curious? Find us at booth 15D14.

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Eurotherm by Schneider Electric – celebrating our new family.

Eurotherm by Schneider Electric – we have recently become part of the Schneider Electric organization (the global specialists in Energy management) and to celebrate joining our new family we have produced an updated overview video about Eurotherm and how we help you get the most from your process.

Eurotherm – What we do

We are the leading OEM of Industrial Precision Process Control and Data Management Products and we have global expertise to produce fully engineered Industrial control systems. We specialize in key Regulated Industries, including – Materials Processing and Heat Treatment, Life Sciences, Plastics, Glass and Food & Beverage and also have strong experience in many other industrial sectors.

Eurotherm – We can help

We support the entire Life Cycle of your Control systems -  from Engineering, Operation, Maintenance, Process Optimization through to replacement and Modernization of aging control infrastructure. We help you get the most from your process.

Eurotherm by Schneider-Electric

We are very happy to be part of the Schneider Electric organization and have worked quickly to extend our product portfolio, increase the breadth of support services and enhance our solution capabilities. More details to follow soon …

For more information about how we can help with your Industrial Control and Data management requirements; please visit our website eurotherm.com or visit our global contact page contact/worldwide.

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Glass Worldwide Magazine publishes RoMan and Eurotherm paper

Today, Glass Worldwide magazine published the article “Precious metal heating control beyond energy efficiency” based on a paper by RoMan Mfg and Eurotherm. The article explains the impact of improved RoMan transformer and busbar designs together with sophisticated and well-tuned Eurotherm EPower “load tap changing” SCR controls. The article shows clearly that high performance heating control can only be achieved by bringing expertize of transformers and controls together.IR_0069

 

 

 

 

 

Find the article here: http://www.eurotherm.co.uk/EasySiteWeb/GatewayLink.aspx?alId=122234 

Find Glass Worldwide magazine info here: http://www.cbm-ltd.com/editorial-content/latest-issue

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Eurotherm and RoMan Mfg signed a Memorandum of Understanding

Christopher Ashworth, general manager Eurotherm and Robert W. Roth, president/CEO RoMan manufacturing recently signed a memorandum of understanding. Robert Roth and Christopher Ashworth

First contacts between RoMan and Eurotherm were established at the Glasstec tradeshow almost six years ago based on the fact that a high tech glass application transformer in most cases needs a  sophisticated power controller and vice versa. Over time Eurotherm and RoMan established a strong cooperation based on mutual trust, glass industry competence, similar business attitude and friendship. The MoU formalizes the cooperation of both companies in order to develop, build and promote energy conscious control solutions that feature superior technology called: “Power Plus”. Learn more about this initiative in GWW soon, at Glasstec,  abnd of course at: www.eurotherm.com/glass

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Precious Metal Heating Control Beyond Energy Efficiency

A new solution to increase production rate and improve quality of end product has arrived

Find out how – download the white paper


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Understanding CQI9 – new Heat Treatment guide from Eurotherm

This guide has been developed to provide an overview of the CQI9 Version 3 Automotive Heat Treatment standard and is applicable to suppliers into the Industry as well as end users in Heat Treatment.

Click on the picture below or follow this link CQI9 Iss3 Guide

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Understanding AMS2750E – new Heat Treatment guide from Eurotherm

 

 

This guide has been developed to provide an overview of the AMS2750E standard and is applicable to suppliers into the Industry as well as end users in Heat Treatment.

Click on the picture below or follow this link AMS2750E Guide

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Open Platforms in Glass Making Process control

Find our latest publication by clicking the link below. It has been published in Glass Worldwide March/April edition. We would highly appreciate your feedback.

http://www.eurotherm.co.uk/EasySiteWeb/GatewayLink.aspx?alId=112314

 

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