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Industrial Analytical Instrumentation

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Extra Smart for Industry 4.0: 
The innovative thin client solution from Pepperl+Fuchs

The goal is to offer users solutions that meet all the challenges of Industry 4.0. With this in mind, Pepperl+Fuchs continues to lead the way in developing innovative technologies. The most recent example was shown at the Hannover Messe trade fair: the smart thin client solution VisuNet RM GXP with new RM Shell 4.1.VisuNet GXP with RM Shell 4.1. The smart solution for applications in Zone 1 and 21

Solutions for Industry 4.0 must allow Pepperl+Fuchs direct horizontal and vertical access to information from the production system. In addition to communication within the production process, this enables access across all hierarchical levels, right down to the sensor. What exactly this means will be demonstrated by the company at the Hannover Messe trade fair using a smart thin client-based remote monitor with RM Shell 4.1 firmware.

The Internet of Things offers a wide range of new opportunities that can be used to their fullest advantage with this smart HMI system: It communicates with the process control system or the MES (which can be located in the cloud) and allows convenient control and monitoring of the process plant. The VisuNet GXP can also access sensors via a web browser for the purposes of commissioning, configuration, or maintenance tasks.

A real highlight of the exhibit is the additional VisuNet Control Center software for remote management of smart thin client-based remote monitors. With its IP-based communication, these can be set up, configured, and monitored from a central workstation. Engineers no longer need to be physically present in the hazardous areas or clean room, and this saves time and costs.

With the remote maintenance mechanisms of the VisuNet Control Center, the administrators can connect to each smart remote monitor with RM Shell 4.1. Even from a distance, users can be supported directly on site to correct faults quickly and cost-effectively. The smart VisuNet GXP HMI system with RM Shell 4.1 therefore uses the advantages of Industry 4.0 for the process industry, even in Zone 1 and 21.

Automation is our world. A Perfect application solution is our goal.
A willingness to take entrepreneurial risks, a pioneering spirit, and a firm belief in their own inventive powers - these were the assets that Walter Pepperl and Ludwig Fuchs started out with when they opened their Mannheim radio repair shop in 1945. Their invention of the proximity switch a few years later proved their strength. It was also the starting point in a successful history defined by close customer relationships as well as innovative automation technologies and procedures. Then as now, our focus is directed squarely on the individual requirements of each customer. Whether as a pioneer in electrical explosion protection, or as a leading innovator of highly efficient sensors - the close communication with our customers is what allowed us to become the leader in automation technology. Our main objective is combining state-of-the-art technologies and comprehensive services to optimize our customers´ processes and applications.

One Company - Two Divisions
The Process Automation Division is a market leader in intrinsically safe explosion protection. We offer comprehensive, application-oriented system solutions, including customer-specific control cabinet solutions for the process industry. A large portfolio of components is available from our various product lines: isolated barriers, fieldbus infrastructure solutions, remote I/O systems, HART interface solutions, level measurement devices, purge and pressurization systems, industrial monitors and HMI solutions, power supplies, separator alarm systems for oil and petrol separators, signaling equipment, lighting as well as emergency shutdown equipment and accessories.

With the invention of the inductive proximity sensor in 1958, the company set an important milestone in the development of automation technology. Under the motto »Sensing your needs», customers benefit from tailor-made sensor solutions for factory automation. The main target markets of the factory automation are machine and plant construction, the automotive industry, storage and material handling, printing and paper industry, packaging technology, process equipment, door, gate and elevator construction, mobile equipment, renewable energies. The division offers a wide product range of industrial sensors whether it´s inductive, photoelectric or ultrasonic sensors, rotary encoders, identification systems, barcodes, code readers for data-matrix-codes and vision sensors.

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