Turck is your global partner for factory, process and logistics automation in numerous industries. With our digitally networkable solutions for efficient automation systems, we are one of the pioneers of Industry 4.0 and IIoT. As a specialist in smart sensor technology and decentralized automation, we bring intelligence to machines and ensure reliable detection, transmission and processing of relevant production data from sensor to cloud not only with robust I/O solutions in IP67, but also with user-friendly software and services.
Automation solutions from Turck increase the availability and efficiency of machines and plants in numerous industries and applications, from the food, pharmaceutical or chemical industry to the automotive industry and mobile machinery to intralogistics and packaging. Industry-specific application knowledge gained from an intensive exchange with customers, combined with electronics development and production at the highest level, provides optimal solutions for customers automation tasks.
Flow rate measurement
In addition to reproducibility, flow-rate measurement demands a defined degree of accuracy. The flow meters continuously and accurately measure a defined volume of a fluid per unit of time and are suitable for applications where qualitatively consistent process results and a steady supply of fluids is essential. We offer flow meters with calorimetric, magnetic-inductive and Vortex measurement principle for various areas of application.
The rugged tags (data carriers) with high protection class are insensitive to dirt and liquids and are available with a max. memory size of 8 kB.
They are passively powered via the read/write head and are maintenance free.
Tags for high temperatures and direct mounting on metal allow flexible use under extreme conditions. Tags for use in hazardous areas and autoclavs complete the product portfolio.
We offer intuitive, easy-to-use safety light curtains for a wide variety of safety applications. Type 4 safety light curtains protect personnel from injury and machines from damage by guarding points of operation, access, areas and perimeters.
EDGE gateways either with cable-bound or wireless connection with WLAN or mobile radio offer you a flexible connection from anywhere, independent of existing Internet connections.
In the wireless I/O version, sensor and actuator signals are exchanged bidirectionally between the participating communication levels. Wireless Serial allows RS485-based bus telegrams to be transmitted. In both cases, the devices are used in lieu of cables. Matching accessories such as antennas, cables, add-on modules, etc. complete the portfolio.
Data radios from the DX80DR series transmit serial data such as Modbus RTU telegrams. They form a self-organizing tree topology, which is extended via repeaters. Sensors and actuators can also be directly connected to the device, whose signal can then be processed via a register access.
A large variety of sensors and displays are especially suited for connecting to the DX80 wireless system and can either be integrated directly into the network or connected with the gateway via a special node. Some series are characterized by serial interfaces, which communicate directly with a node or with the Modbus RTU network via RS485. This allows preventative maintenance, status monitoring or mobile applications to be implemented.
On the other hand, smart cameras, like the VE series, are equipped with high-resolution optics and an almost complete image processing set and are intended for more complex inspection tasks.
These are cost-effective systems that are easy to implement. From a simple feature verification to complex inspection tasks, image sensors and smart cameras offer a user-friendly solution.
Unlike the programming environments of major control manufacturers, the software is independent of the more than 400 hardware manufacturers that use the automation platform. Openness and interoperability of devices and systems from different manufacturers are therefore a fundamental feature of the program. More and more users worldwide appreciate this approach and are reinforcing the system as a whole with their solutions.
The software follows the international standard for PLC programming IEC 61131-3, which in turn guarantees interoperability of Codesys programs with other standardized devices. Programming in Codesys is based on programming languages such as AWL, ST, FUP and others, which ensures smooth communication with other devices and systems.
Codesys allows the use of different fieldbuses/Ethernet protocols in an automation system. When users create applications in combination with Profinet and EtherNet/IP or EtherCAT, they benefit in turn from the openness of the software.
The term condition monitoring refers to the process of monitoring a parameter of conditions in machines and systems. Nowadays, "listening" to motors, electronic devices or areas of a system to check for faults goes far beyond on-site inspections by workers.
Thanks to state-of-the-art sensor technology, intelligent field devices and wireless transmission, condition monitoring can be carried out not just continuously but from absolutely anywhere. On the basis of the collected data, systems can indicate an imminent failure at an early stage. Reliable condition monitoring is therefore essential for predictive maintenance.
Simplify condition monitoring of your plant using products from Turck from sturdy sensors to system solutions with flexible cloud monitoring. Whether the system is in a new build or you want to retrofit the solutions you have in an existing environment all devices can be easily integrated into your existing automation system. Alternatively, decentralized standalone systems can monitor key condition data without affecting the main control unit.
The images show how you can implement an effective condition monitoring process. The cloud service is structured in two ways: The cloud can either be hosted on the company's own server (Figure 1), or it can function as a public cloud hosted in Turck's data center
Industrial Ethernet has been a vital networking and communication solution in factory automation for decades. Today, it is quite widespread. The process automation industry presents special challenges due to potentially explosive atmospheres, which have so far not allowed the use of Ethernet. These requirements include intrinsic safety, configuration in run, redundancies for maximum availability and a long cable length, which is limited to 100 meters for industrial Ethernet. When using Ethernet solutions in the process industry, it is important to distinguish applications where they will be used by their respective Zones.
Turck offers its excom I/O system with Ethernet for installation in Zone 2. The system can pick up signals from Zone 1 or 0. To plug and unplug the Ethernet connectors at the gateway in run, users must ensure that the gateways are de-energized or work with a hot work permit. All other components such as power supply units, gateways or I/O modules can be exchanged during operation without a hot work permit
Using Ethernet in Ex Zone 1 is technically more difficult. With interlinked devices, it must be ensured that power levels do not add up. Today, a consortium of companies is working to overcome these hurdles and develop a standard for a two-wire Intrinsically Safe (IS) Ethernet. Communication and power supply take place over the same line. The future standard is usually referred to as Advanced Physical Layer (APL). However, these developments are not yet suitable for broad industrial use in Zone 1 (status 03/2020). One day, APL should enable Ethernet connections up to the field devices. However, classic 4 to 20 mA technology and I/O systems will continue to exist in parallel for cost reasons alone, even after APL has been established.
Cloud solutions provide flexible access to storage, computing power or software. Data is not stored on the local IT hardware, but on servers. This allows users to access information or initiate actions from different web-enabled devices, regardless of location and time.
Unlike business or private clouds, industrial clouds are highly specialized. They need to address vertical integration within specific industries, support standardized communication protocols with bidirectional information flow and meet high security requirements.
In order to process data from machines and sensors specifically in the cloud, filtering in the edge, i.e. at the "outer edge" of a local network, is an important process. In edge controllers, users can define which information should be transferred to the cloud and which should remain in the OT environment instead. This reduces the data density on the servers.
Communication from field level to the cloud can take different paths. In addition to the option of connecting applications via mobile radio, existing Internet access points at the location can be used either wired or via WLAN. Future-proof standard protocols are OPC UA and MQTT, allowing components alongside Turck Cloud Solutions to be integrated into various clouds such as MS Azure, Alibaba or Amazon Web Services.
As part of Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, all manufacturers must assess the risk posed by their products so that people who come into contact with the machine are protected. However, the Machinery Directive does not apply solely in the EU. It is also used in other countries in the European Single Market. Local standards often make reference to European safety standards, which are listed in the Machinery Directive as harmonized standards.
The risk posed by the machine must be reduced to a reasonable residual level. To this end, the manufacturer carries out a three-stage risk assessment. The risk must be reduced through design measures, by applying technical safeguards and by providing user information such as manuals.
In order to assess which technical safeguards are appropriate to the risk in question, manufacturers are guided by parameters that indicate the probability that safety-related components will fail. These parameters are called performance levels (PL). First, the manufacturer determines the required performance level (PLr) of a safety function. After designing a safety control to implement this function, the manufacturer determines the actual performance level. At the end of the process, PL and PLr must be the same. Broadly speaking, there are three types of safety controls.
The core idea of modularity in mechanical engineering is to divide complex machines into modules so that they can be individually assembled with an increasing number of identical parts. The combination of these modules covers the variance of machine types. Thanks to the economies of scale that this achieves, modular machines can be manufactured faster and more cost-effectively. In addition, they can be put into operation more quickly and expanded with greater flexibility.
Standardized interfaces are required to ensure the units can be combined easily and quickly. These include mechanical interfaces, but also those needed for power transmission, communication and, if necessary, compressed air. Modularity is not a characteristic that can be defined with a categorical yes or no. Instead, it ranges from low to absolute modularity.
Consistent modularization is not possible with point-to-point wiring in the central control cabinet. These central structures make it difficult to replace a module or expand a machine. Machine modules require autonomous structures. These can be implemented in small on-site control boxes on the module with IP20 components.
However, wiring and installation are usually more complex than for components with IP67 protection class, which can be mounted directly on the machine without any additional safeguards. However, if certain components are not IP67-rated or if special requirements apply in relation to hygienic design, food conformity or chemical resistance, IP20 solutions in the protective housing are often essential.
IP67 automation components facilitate the interconnectivity of modules. Decentralized I/O components for mounting directly in the field allow signals to be collected directly at the point of generation on the module and coupled from module to module via an Ethernet connection and all without a control cabinet. This reduces installation costs and shortens commissioning times at the end customer's premises.
End-to-end tracking of incoming and outgoing goods, confirming automatically that the intended materials and tools are being used in production, or providing access points with increased security. For such industrial tasks, RFID has proven itself as a powerful Auto-ID technology for Industry 4.0, with contactless transmission of large amounts of information, even over long distances, and easy connection to higher-level systems from PLC to ERP.
HF technology (13.56 MHz) is an important driver of digital production processes, it is based on magnetic near-field communication. However, if higher ranges or bulk readings of 200 data carriers and more are required, users should opt for UHF technology (865...928 MHz). Turck's modular RFID system BL ident enables the parallel operation of read/write heads in the HF and UHF range and thanks to protection class IP67, this can also be done directly on site at the machine or plant. This allows consistently decentralized signal processing in the field.
Communication in logistics and production plants today is divided into hierarchically structured levels. RFID readers with an Ethernet interface establish a direct exchange of information with higher-level systems, such as PLC, SCADA, MES and ERP or the cloud. Thus, goods movements are visible in real time, detected goods are matched with the database or, perhaps, automatic invoices are already created in the accounting software.