Suresence Technologies sign OEM deal with Hitachi
Suresense Technologies, the British manufacturer of energy saving technology for AC motors has signed an OEM agreement with Hitachi Power Solutions Ltd, Japan.
The agreement licences Hitachi to market Suresense soft-starter motor controller under their Prohestar range to their clients globally.
Mr Niizuma, Senior Engineer, Hitachi Power Solutions Ltd, said: “The relationship between Hitachi and Suresense will give us a great opportunity to enter the energy saving market with a new yet well respected product.
“Suresense will share their comprehensive understanding of the international motor controller market to aid Hitachi and their global customer base.”
The original agreement is for five years. Suresense will be responsible for manufacturing the Prohestar range for Hitachi and will benefit from the credibility and new markets that Hitachi will introduce to them.
Ian Hambly, Managing Director, Suresense Technologies, said: “Hitachi is one of the leading engineering companies in the world included in the Fortune 500, and one that is synonymous with high quality and high performance products.
“The testing and indeed development of our technology incorporated within the Prohestar range is a fantastic endorsement of our technology and our value proposition.”
With around 45% of the world’s energy consumed by AC motors, this technology plays a big part in the global goal drive for energy reduction. Analysis from the IEA member countries found that between 1974 and 2010 energy efficiency helped limit the growth of energy consumption to just 20% from 1974 levels.
Without energy efficiency improvements and technologies energy consumption would have reached 93%. That is why reserving energy use is so high in the global business agenda and such a lucrative industry to work in.
The technology from Suresense reduces energy consumption for fixed speed AC motors that operate under variable load conditions, it also extends the lifetime of the motor through heat reduction that is known to be the biggest destroyer of motors. This not only helps business to reduce costs, but it does help increase productivity as well as reducing the demand on energy sources globally.
Mr Niizuma continued: “Suresense will help Hitachi to increase its global sales of motor controllers because of its highly innovative power saving function. That is important for us moving forward because of the global demand for energy saving devices.”
Suresense designed the soft-starter to benefit specific industries and applications such as; mining, plastics, automotive and manufacturing generally.
Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router
Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age.
Siemens Enables 5G IIoT
The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.
Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance
- Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
- The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
- A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
- Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites
“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.
Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said.
Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future
Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’
And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.
The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.