The year 2020 has transformed the way many of us work. While makeshift desks and digital collaboration have been commonplace for many office workers, surely manufacturing employees couldn’t set-up a shop floor from the comfort of their own kitchens — or could they? Digitalising a production facility typically takes years of development, but one Sandvik tube site brought remote manufacturing to its stay-at-home workers in just two days. Here, Thomas Froböse, product unit manager at global engineering group Sandvik, explains how.
Countless samples are tested daily in analytical laboratories. The benefits of automation in this area is obvious: They make it possible to achieve faster results, higher throughput, fewer errors and lower personnel costs. In order to ensure smooth operation, high dynamics and precision are extremely important for the drive systems. We spoke to Dr. Aihua Hong about the requirements and developments in this market segment, for which she is responsible at FAULHABER.
A major oilfield in the Middle East, already productive for several years, recently underwent a further, significant expansion. In a departure from strategies for existing wells, the operating company decided to bring another provider on board rather than simply procure the automation components according to a ‘one-stop-shop’ principle. Key criteria in this process included the interoperability of the existing systems with the new provider’s solution and effective remote management. Integration of controllers (RTUs) from Schneider Electric (SE) with the FF gateway from SE Technology Partner Softing resulted in a secure and reliable solution.
Testing 5G NR products requires new T&M approaches, as devices will use a much higher bandwidth, and active antennas make over-the-air (OTA) measurements compulsory. To successfully fulfil and surpass these complex requirements, Rohde & Schwarz has created an innovative portfolio for 5G NR device test solutions. For developers of 5G devices, Rohde & Schwarz features the R&S CMX500 radio communication tester enabling non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) signaling tests now in both FR1 and FR2 frequency ranges.
Rohde & Schwarz presents the first turnkey solution for measuring radiated spurious emissions from 5G components in both frequency ranges FR1 and FR2. For this solution the R&S ELEKTRA EMC test software has been upgraded with measurement and calibration routines for 5G.
Rohde & Schwarz offers a broad range of WLAN signaling test solutions in line with IEEE 802.11ax. Access points and WLAN stations can now be tested in single input single output (SISO) and multiple input multiple output (MIMO) mode as well as in single-user or multi-user (OFDMA) operation, even under fading conditions and during IP data application.