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ePAL MEWP operator app rolled out in new territories

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ePAL MEWP operator app rolled out in new territories

The ePAL mobile app for operators of powered access is now available in 26 additional territories, following its successful launch in the UK & Ireland.

A new mobile app for operators of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) and mast-climbing work platforms (MCWPs) that brings training certification into the digital era and reduces the environmental impact of issuing the International Powered Access Federation’s (IPAF) PAL Card and training certification is now available in dozens of extra territories, following its successful launch in the UK and Ireland earlier this year.

IPAF’s new ePAL app is free to use and features a digital IPAF PAL Card, operator log book and operator safety guide. It allows operators to receive best practice tips and safety information, and lets them share qualifications with site managers quickly and easily. It’s now available in 26 additional countries and regions: Bahrain, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, UAE and Zambia.

On 22 November, following the translation of ePAL and all associated systems, IPAF will roll out the new app for Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Uruguay. January 2022 will see the rollout for North America, Austria, Brazil, Germany and Italy.

The ePAL app is a major a step forward in IPAF’s ongoing drive to boost sustainability, as it shifts away from issuing plastic PAL Cards and paper certification to every training candidate successfully completing or renewing an IPAF operator course. The app also speeds up the processing time and reduces the resources required to issue training candidates with their PAL Card and certification.

Peter Douglas, IPAF CEO & MD, says: “The new app helps reduce the number of steps in processing a PAL Card, cutting needless delays and carbon emissions involved in shipping items around the globe for all IPAF Training Centres.

“We are pleased that, following a successful launch in the UK & Ireland, we’re able to extend ePAL into territories across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Oceania. IPAF’s ePAL brings huge benefits for operators and IPAF Training Centres alike, and we are pleased more people around the world are now able to download the app.”

Søren Brogaard, CEO of Trackunit, an IPAF member company and specialist in fleet management solutions for construction that helped develop the app, says: “The app is performing brilliantly and allows IPAF to communicate directly with operators, for whom it offers a digital platform to record, show and share their qualifications and operating experience. We are also using the app to encourage and make it easier to report an accident or near-miss incident through the IPAF reporting portal. My hope is we can all contribute to building a safer, digital future for operators; pushing the app out into more territories is another significant step forward.”

● To find our more about the new IPAF ePAL mobile app, see www.ipaf.org/ePAL; the app is available for Apple iOS and Android through Google Play and will be updated with additional features as usage demands and evolving technology allows.

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Coal conveyor application

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Senkox Technologies Inc. is committed to providing advanced, industry-leading technology to monitor the temperature status of various applications. Coal storage and conveyor systems have a risk of spontaneous combustion, which the Senkox system can help mitigate.

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Overview:

Conveyor systems are used to transport coal, granular carbon, and other often combustible materials from one area to another. Conveyor systems use conveyor belts, which are rolls of fabric or rubber pulled by motors along roller bearings to transport the material. These conveyors often run very long distances, requiring a multitude of roller-bearings to move the belt along the track.

Conveyor belts bearings can operate at very high speeds for several hours on end, which can cause ignition from the intense friction of prolonged use. Friction due to the movement of the belt can pose a serious fire risk, especially if the materials being transported are heated or ignited atop the conveyor. Fire typically occurs when dust build-up is unexpectedly ignited by mechanical friction heat. A fire can spread quickly when undisturbed piles overheating material are unknowingly transported through the conveyor system.

Fire outbreak on a conveyor system at a cement plant

If a fire outbreak does occur, the conveyor must be shut down immediately to mitigate the spread the fire throughout the facility. A major concern faced by conveyor systems is the large amount of dense, toxic smoke emitted from the burning belts. This problem can be particularly serious because the thick smoke reduces visibility, and the toxic fumes make breathing difficult. If the conveyor system is located in an underground mine, the toxic smoke is trapped inside and greatly increases the danger for the conveyor workers. The destruction of the manufacturing plant combined with shutting down production ultimately results in substantial monetary loss. With proper fire detection and protection, destruction and tragedy can be greatly minimized.

Approach:

In order to monitor the conveyor systems on the marine vessel, a linear heat monitoring system was needed. Along the roller bearings of the conveyor system, the Senkox HSD™ Linear Heat Sensor solution is monitoring the real-time temperature of the conveyor belts.

The Senkox HSD™ Linear Heat Sensor detects the real-time temperature measurement in order to detect early abnormal temperature conditions and trigger the alarm before the fire becomes a serious disaster. The most effective way to avoid fire and toxic smoke hazards is to install a linear temperature monitoring system along the conveyor belt, as well as other areas of potential fire outbreak such as rollers and motors. This safety system also provides the flexibility to set multi-level alarms to trigger the sprinkler as well a Fault Alarm, which alerts the user if the monitoring system is experiencing a connection problem rather than triggering a false alarm.

Installation Example

Installation:

The Senkox HSD™ Linear Heat Sensors were installed along the conveyor belts of the conveyor system. Should any unusual temperature increase occur, the user will know because Senkox cable monitors the real-time temperature and rate-of-temperature-change (and some sensors also feature the detection of the hot spot’s location and size).

For this installation, eight Senkox Linear heat sensors in total were used to monitor both sides of the conveyor. Having eight individual sensors allowed the end-user to divide the entire monitoring area into eight different zones. Two Senkox DAQ (Data Acquisition) modules were used. Up to four sensors can be connected with one DAQ module, thus by pairing eight sensors with two modules, this installation efficiently maximized Senkox’s technological capabilities.

Each DAQ module was secured 25 meters from the opposing sides of the conveyor system’s monitoring area. The length of the sensor can be adjusted depending on the location or monitoring zone.  A sensor with a maximum length of 200m can be mounted in one zone to monitor the real-time temperature. The sensors connected to the DAQ Module can be the same or different lengths.

Extension cables were also used to connect the sensor away from the DAQ module. Flame retardant zip-ties were used to position the sensor in the desired area near the roller bearings.

Conclusion:

The Senkox HSD™ Linear Heat Sensor allowed the end-user to monitor the conveyor system of any hotspots in real time, and ensured that any rise in temperature would be swiftly addressed. The Senkox HSD™ Linear Heat Detection System is able protect the conveyor belts even in harsh environment of a marine vessel. The user was very satisfied because the low-maintenance safety system can repair any damaged sections of cable without having replace the entire system. The Senkox solution takes long-term maintenance and environmental factors into consideration, but most importantly, the lives of the people traveling onboard the marine vessel.

Source: senkox.com

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What is reshoring and why does it matter?

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The past year and a half have put an enormous strain on supply chains across the globe. Closed borders, reduced production capacity and general global uncertainty in the wake of the corona pandemic has been the main culprit. But recent events in the Suez Canal have also shown the vulnerability in our supply chains, where a seemingly trivial grounding created immediate shortage in western supply of industrial and consumer goods, with companies losing billions of dollars.

To say the least, many companies have started to question the norm of outsourcing production, involving complex and fragile supply chains. Seeing what’s at stake when things go wrong, the economic equation is not as simple as before. Reshoring – to bring production closer to home – has become a hot topic. But what are the advantages and what companies will benefit the most?

Automation and robotization creates opportunities closer to home

There is perhaps an answer to why the discussion of reshoring has taken hold right now. It’s not the first time that supply chains have failed, but it’s the first time when it’s actually a feasible solution to bring production home – to reshore. The solution spells increased automation and robotization of the production process. With increased pressure on decreasing carbon emissions, more and more companies are also looking for ways to be more sustainable. The possibility of reducing transport emissions creates another powerful incentive to bring production closer to home.

At Eton Systems we know the power automation. Our systems help producers across the world to reduce manual labor and increase efficiency in production. This evens out some of the differences between production in high-cost countries and low-cost countries, making reshoring a feasible option. But not yet big enough. We don’t believe there will be a total shift in production, certainly not in the textile business. But we do believe it creates opportunities for companies to diversify and future-proof their companies. Creating a diversified production portfolio, with a mix of production facilities, some closer to home, not only makes for a more secure product supply, it also brings other advantages. According to Norwegian economist Henrik Brynthe Lund, Norwegian companies have benefited from having production facilities closer to home by being able to be more flexible in adjusting production to meet new demands. They can also make continuous tweaks and changes in the product and production process, something which is difficult when the production takes place in on the other side of the world.

We are firm believers in the power of automation and welcome the discussion of reshoring. Every day, we help our customers achieve a more effective production process which decreases lead times and saves manual labor, shifting the focus from handling inefficiencies and production defects. This creates new opportunities to diversify and future-proof the production process, while aiding sustainable solutions and innovation in the process.  

Source: etonsystems.com

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Cognex presents premium decoding technology in a new compact barcode reader

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DataMan 280 series combines modular design, ease of use and latest algorithms for higher throughput

Cognex Corporation introduces the DataMan® 280 series of fixed-mount barcode readers, engineered to solve a broad range of ID applications, including tough 1D, 2D, and Direct Part Mark (DPM) code applications in manufacturing and logistics.

“Cognex specializes in decoding the most difficult to read barcodes at the highest speed and accuracy, said Carl Gerst, Cognex’s Executive Vice President of Products and Platforms. “Optimized with our latest patented decoding algorithms, the DataMan 280 combines advanced technology from Cognex’s premium ID platforms into a compact and cost-effective housing.”

A powerful and operator-friendly reader to speed up production and throughput

The DataMan 280 features a high-resolution sensor combined with a dynamic image formation system to improve code handling and coverage. This technology, along with connectivity options for today’s Industry 4.0 manufacturing needs, allows users to read complex barcodes reliably while improving overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and throughput.

Combined with Cognex Edge Intelligence (EI), DataMan 280 provides advanced Industry 4.0 features like easy web browser connectivity, device management, performance monitoring and fast image offload. It allows users to configure multiple devices at once and begin trending important system performance metrics in minutes. Facility managers can identify trends and intervene quickly when dips in performance are spotted.

Modular configurations and future-proof design for any code reading application

The modular hardware including field-interchangeable lights and lenses and latest software algorithms can be configured to solve any barcode reading challenge. DataMan 280 can be configured straight or in right angle for tight spaces and is compatible with most accessories of the DataMan 260 series for easy upgrading. For applications with increased field of view and multi-side scanning at high speeds, multiple readers can be deployed together.

The DataMan 280’s modular hardware and software make it ideal for label-based and DPM code reading applications in a wide range of industrial environments. Examples include decoding difficult DPM codes on challenging surfaces of automotive parts, reading and tracking small DPM codes on medical devices or reliably reading barcodes on high-speed packaging lines. Other typical tasks of the DataMan 280 include simultaneous reading of multiple codes, presentation scanning and label-based 1D and 2D code reading on pallets behind reflective foil.

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