Lapp Kabel Group

The Lapp Group offers solutions for designing a more efficient and flexible factory of the future. Flexible production with "plug & produce"

Industry is currently undergoing a fundamental change: we are seeing the integration of all components of the value chain into the corporate network. The radical changes associated with this sea change do not just affect companies in the IT sector, even if the development of intelligent factories is often seen primarily in terms of IT. Even manufacturers of cables and connectors can make a considerable contribution to this new era with intelligent solutions, thereby supporting industry and increasing efficiency and flexibility.
Machines, plants and devices are made "intelligent" by connecting them to one another using the "Internet of Things". The resulting cyber-physical systems form the basis of the intelligent factory of the future its vision: to generate maximum flexibility and efficient production with batch size 1. Cyber-physical systems are functional units with embedded hardware, software and mechanics. The fact that they are capable of communicating with one another is opening up new horizons for plant and machinery manufacturers, who can break plants down into individual modules that only have to be programmed and tested once. Depending on the customer's requirements, a mechanical engineer can then assemble the standardised modules in a flexible and personalised way and feed in the data that is required for production  plug & produce.
This leads to fundamental changes in the cabling of an industrial plant. A network cable no longer ends in the control cabinet; instead, it is run directly to the motor of a machine, for example. For the manufacturers of connection technology, this means that the cables with inserts that have previously been used primarily in office environments now need to be suitable for industrial applications. The cables must be able to withstand high mechanical stress, extreme temperatures, vibrations and contamination. In this kind of environment, they may also be exposed to aggressive media. Ethernet cables used in industrial applications must also be shielded against much stronger EMC interference, such as that found in the vicinity of motors or live cables that are generating an electromagnetic field.
The Lapp Group is taking part in a number of research projects on the topic. Together with project partners, Lapp is researching "production work 4.0" under the leadership of the Fraunhofer IAO. The research mainly focuses on the following questions: how could the work environment look in a factory of the future, what kind of tasks will factory workers undertake and how can they be supported in fulfilling their tasks?
In addition to this, Lapp is involved in the SmartFactoryKL e.V. technology initiative run by the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). The SmartFactoryKL is a demonstration factory inside a laboratory, where researchers from the DFKI can use technologies for the intelligent factory of tomorrow in a production environment as close as possible to the real world.
Lapp is taking the lead on the quality inspection module for the research and demonstration platform, which will involve testing innovative cabling and connection solutions for data network cables. Quality inspection includes the use of a high-resolution camera, which raises a particular challenge in itself as it must be able to transfer data consistently and reliably at the highest data rate in the demanding conditions of a production environment. In this case, the highly flexible ETHERLINE ® FD Cat.6A cable, together with the field-configurable X-coded M12 data connector, ensures this function. Data rates of up to 10 Gbit/s are possible for high-resolution cameras in moving applications. Industrial Ethernet assemblies comprising robust, resilient cables with M12 connectors, also ensure a reliable connection in areas where contamination and damp must be taken into account.
There will be more information available on the SmartFactoryKL at the Hannover Messe trade fair: at the DFKI stall in hall 8, stand D20 and of course, at the Lapp Group stall in hall 11, stand C03.

Продукция предлагает последовательные системы для всех асинхронных последовательных интерфесов и систем шин, таких как Profibus, Interbus, CANopen, DeviceNet, ControlNet, Modbus, RS-232, RS-422, и RS-485.

Благодаря модульной конструкции система активных ретрансляторов может использоваться со структурой разветвленного, линейного, радиального и древовидного типа. Преимуществами данных устройств являются более короткая длина сегментов и значительно увеличенная скорость передачи данных, возможность сегментирования в изоляции проводки целой промышленной сети.

Оптоволоконная технология особенно подходит для приложений с очень строгими требованиями к работоспособности. Для морской сферы одним из основных преимуществ данных устройств является их нечувствительность к электромагнитным помехам и автоматическая гальваническая развязка. Благодаря этому больше нет необходимости в дорогостоящей защите от перенапряжений, экранировании и мерах по уравниванию потенциалов.

 

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