Trends in process analytics in the CHEManager
In the CHEManager – a German journal for chemistry and life science – Dr Volker Oestreich interviews Dr Dirk Steinmüller, Vice President Business Development at Knick in Berlin, about trends regarding process analytics.
Often, the major manufacturers of automation technology dominate the discussions regarding industrial trends. However, topics such as digitization, Industry 4.0 and IoT are also challenges that influence modern liquid analysis. “Knick focuses on providing good, reliable data about the process, including diagnostic data on their own devices and sensors. Modeling in the sense of big data is useless unless the model can access good data. Undoubtedly, Ethernet-based interfaces will become more important. In the field of process engineering / chemistry, however, the problem of explosion protection has not yet been solved completely. “
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Dr Steinmüller is convinced that the topic of “prediction” – in terms of a sensor’s lifetime – will become more important with the fast-paced developments in process technology that are observable: “Certainly there will be a development regarding communication interfaces – Ethernet IP, Profinet or OPC UA. But the first thing that comes to my mind is that it will be interesting to see if they will work directly on the sensor or 1 or 2 levels of architecture above.”
The full article “Liquid Analysis Made Easy” has been published in German language only in the CHEManager journal, issue 19/2017 http://www.chemanager-online.com/themen/mess-automatisierungstechnik/fluessigkeitsanalyse-leicht-gemacht