The new energy efficiency module MSE6-E2M from Festo makes energy saving in compressed air systems as simple as can be. This intelligent service unit system monitors and regulates operating parameters in new and existing plants fully automatically. Now it has won the 2015 Automation Audience Award with a considerable margin at the SPS/IPC/Drives trade fair.
With 45% of the votes in the “Standard Products and Sensor Technology” category, it came in well ahead of other nominated products. The Automation Award is the most significant distinction in the automation industry. Jurors from science, the VDMA, the ZVEI and the trade press nominated five products in advance from categories including “Control Technology and Systems Solutions” as well as “Standard Components and Sensor Technology”. The visitors choose their two favourites from these top 5 products during trade fair.
The members of the jury for the 2015 Automation Award were Professor Dr.-Ing. Georg Frey from the Automation Technology faculty at the university of the Saarland, Gunther Koschnick, managing director of the professional association for automation at the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (ZVEI), Peter Früauf, deputy managing director of the professional association for electric automation at the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) and Michael Corban, editor in chief of the trade journal Elektro Automation.
The energy efficiency module MSE6-E2M, or E2M for short, can do much more than a conventional service unit. By actively intervening in the air supply, particularly during stand-by operation, the consumption of compressed air can be reduced. At the same time, the automatic monitoring of important operating parameters such as flow and pressure ensures a reliable production process. Not only is this module suitable for new, energy-efficient machines but, thanks to the simple connection of the sensors to a PLC, it can also be used as an easy retrofit on older installations which now need to operate more energy-efficiently.
No wastage of compressed air during downtime
The energy efficiency module can be adapted by the user by means of a manual input device (MMI) or Profibus to the requirements of a particular installation. The user can quickly and easily specify parameters on the basis of which the E2M detects whether the machine in question is currently in production operation or not. During downtime, the compressed air supply to the machine is shut off, thus preventing any air escaping through leakages on the machine. This works in a similar way to the automatic stop/start system in a modern car so that no more energy is wasted.
Automatic leakage detection
When the E2M is in shut-off mode, it checks the installation for leaks. If the energy efficiency module detects a pressure drop equal to a value predefined by the user, it signals this to the plant control system. The E2M automatically detects leaks in a piping system, enabling the user to carry out maintenance as and when needed. The module also has an option whereby the compressed air supply can be switched on and off manually. In the case of particularly complex production processes, automatic standby detection can be deactivated so that plant operators can specify themselves via a PLC whether a machine is in production operation or not.
A further important advantage of the energy efficiency module MSE6-E2M is active condition monitoring. This feature gives plant operators access to energy- and process-related data at all times. The module can be integrated fully into a machine control system via Profibus and exchanges important data such as energy consumption and machine availability cyclically with the control system.
All values in view
Measured values for flow rate, air consumption and pressure can be called up at any time. Plant operators can use this information as the basis for continuous intelligent energy monitoring of a machine. With the E2M it is possible, for example, to determine whether a plant is consuming more air now than a year ago, how much compressed air is needed for a production batch, whether the pressure is correctly adjusted or how high the pressure and flow rate were at the time of a machine breakdown.
Festo is a global player and an independent family-owned company with its headquarters in Esslingen am Neckar, Germany. The company supplies pneumatic and electric automation technology to 300,000 customers in the field of factory and process automation in over 200 industries. Worldwide, Festo's 17,800 staff in 61 companies generated a turnover in 2014 of some € 2.45 bn. Each year 9% of this turnover is invested in research and development. Festo supplies around 30,000 catalogue products in several hundred thousand variants and some 10,000 tailor-made customer solutions each year to customers in 176 countries all around the world. 1.5% of this learning company’s turnover is invested in basic and further training. However, training services are not only provided for Festo’s own staff – Festo Didactic SE also supplies basic and further training programmes in the field of automation technology for customers, students and trainees.
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And the Automation Award 2015 goes to Festo: Pascal Unterdorfer, Product Manager Air Supply and Sensors (left), and Christopher Haug, Manager International Trade Press, both with Festo, receive the Automation Award.
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Unique in the market: the energy efficiency module MSE6-E2M for a smart way of reducing energy consumption in pneumatic systems. (Photo: Festo AG & Co. KG)
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