TÜV AUSTRIA offers a complete service package in the field of industrial robotics.
- Risk analysis according to ISO 10218, ISO/TS 15066:2016, assessment of biomechanical limit values according to ISO/TS 15066:2016
- Support and guidance for development with design and process FMEAs (Failure Mode and Effects Analyses), workplace evaluation
- Test of functional safety: electrical, electronic, electronically programmable systems, electromagnetic compatibility, electrical tests, type examination according to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, CE conformity assessment/verifications
- IT security: verification of secure data networking and transmission within the system and to the outside; simulation of attacks on the infrastructure (penetration tests), network security according to ISO/IEC 18028, setup/auditing of information security systems
Whether you are an industrial company, plant operator, in the commercial or service sector, a start-up, or simply in the initial phase. TÜV AUSTRIA´s expertise gives manufacturers, operators, suppliers, authorities and municipalities the important added value of sustainable, flexible and, above all, practical solutions.
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TÜV AUSTRIA, Fraunhofer Austria and Joanneum Research are setting up an exemplary human-robot collaboration system at TU Vienna’s Pilot Factory Industry 4.0 (Pilotfabrik Industrie 4.0) in Aspern. The insights gained provide valuable incentives for future industrial production processes. It has become impossible to imagine the economy of the future without the cooperation of humans and robots. In contrast to earlier trends favoring unattended automation of production, today it is about optimum designs for production systems with combinations of humans and machines. In such HumanRobot-Collaboration (HRC), each participant plays a part with their own special abilities. Humans score with their methodology, intuition, flexibility, faculties and problem-solving orientation; while machines do so with high repetition accuracy, force and precision as well as with more documentation. Both together not only increase efficiency in production, but also ensure an additional boost in quality. TÜV AUSTRIA, Fraunhofer Austria and Joanneum Research contribute specific know-how regarding risk assessment in terms of machinery safety, IT security, production management and production logistics as well as metrological assessment of HRC systems. TU Vienna’s Industry 4.0 Pilot Factory (Industrie 4.0 Pilotfabrik) enables testing and research of new production concepts in a protected, low-risk environment. Safety plays an important role in the process. Christoph Schwald, corporate innovation manager of TÜV AUSTRIA: “Efficiency enhancement and quality improvement can only be successfully implemented in HRC applications if appropriate safety systems are allowed for. Safety must be taken into consideration comprehensively, meaning both functional safety and information security. In an Industry 4.0 context, IT security and machinery safety grow together entirely.”
More in it for the economy
The findings of the tests are transferred directly to industry and business. Fabian Ranz from Fraunhofer Austria: “In addition to the safety aspects, the biggest challenges are not only to ensure technical feasibility but also to guarantee the economic efficiency of the processes. Only then will we achieve a point at which industry will be ready to put the principles we are exploring here into practice.” Michael Hofbaur is setting up a robotics research center for Joanneum Research. The researcher introduces the expertise available there to the metrological assessment of HRC systems. “With our findings, we are providing additional added value for the Pilotfabrik in Aspern. Robotics requires specific knowledge, in assembling parts, for instance. We create safe and secure applications by means of appropriate configurations.”
Production of the future
Robotics has made great progress in recent years and is constantly evolving. The experts at TÜV AUSTRIA, Fraunhofer and Joanneum Research emphasize that science and technology partners therefore need to develop solutions for how to deal with safety and security concerns as well as risk issues.
No matter whether it be a large vehicle fleet or a manageable number of company vehicles – there is a lot of potential in optimizing any vehicle fleet. This begins with the right choice of vehicle or appropriate financing and ranges from professional fleet management to fuel cards and recycling end-of-life vehicles. With its interdisciplinary know-how in the areas of fleet management, transport, CO2 reduction, electric mobility, charging infrastructure and photovoltaic plants as well as funding opportunities, TÜV AUSTRIA offers companies a unique portfolio of services. With “e-fleet”, TÜV AUSTRIA developed an offering in 2016, with which companies not only make a big contribution toward preserving the environment and set an example for greater awareness, but also save money. Experts have calculated that people who drive electric vehicles not only drive at significantly less cost than they would with conventional fuel but they also save around 35 percent in maintenance expenses. e-fleet helps save money e-fleet identifies instances of existing potential in a vehicle fleet and makes them transparent, managing them effectively and efficiently with the help of an innovative online administration portal. This gives companies a comprehensive account of vehicles, infrastructure and contracts, all in one place. Special features include, among other things, a compilation of reports according to customized needs and an optional driver’s logbook for each employee. All vehicles are centrally managed in a modern database and constantly compared with new reference vehicles. This allows those in charge of vehicle fleets always to know which vehicle is currently best suited to their needs. In addition, in-service training is offered in the subjects of fleet management, electric mobility and the Austrian Federal Energy Efficiency Act. In addition to promoting electric mobility, TÜV AUSTRIA is a competent go-to partner for gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles, for vehicle conversions, tuning and type approvals. With testing locations in Vienna, Lower Austria, Upper Austria and Styria, TÜV AUSTRIA experts are always close to the motor community in Austria and southern Germany. On top of that, the company also operates one of the largest wheel and tire databases in Europe and has long been a sought-after partner for wheel and tire tests.
NATURKRAFT, a subsidiary of EAA-EnergieAllianz Austria, in which Energie Burgenland AG holds a ten-percent stake, and EVN AG and Wien Energie GmbH each hold a 45-percent stake, is one of the most environmentally-friendly electricity suppliers in Austria. The company has set itself the goal of supplying electricity to customers exclusively from renewable energy sources (water, wind, biomass, geothermal energy, solar, etc.). The origin of its electrical energy as well as the associated environmental impacts are checked annually by TÜV AUSTRIA and confirmed by means of a certificate. TÜV AUSTRIA checks NATURKRAFT’s supply sources to provide consumers, companies, cities and municipalities the assurance that the green electricity they purchase is produced in a sustainable manner in Austria. NATURKRAFT receives a relevant confirmation from TÜV AUSTRIA if it is established that the electricity comes from the renewable sources that customers have been assured of.
When the facilities are stopped in a six-year cycle at the OMV refinery in Schwechat, there is a reason for it: legally prescribed cleaning, maintenance and inspection work. To be able to service and inspect a plant of this size, the shutdowns are split into twoyear periods. After the crude oil processing section last year, this year it is the turn of the petrochemical area. TÜV AUSTRIA has been a safety services partner for OMV for a long time. A large team of authorized experts will be on site until mid-June. Every pressure vessel, every new welded joint and every flange connection is inspected with the utmost meticulousness by TÜV AUSTRIA technicians – a substantial contribution to ensuring the plant’s safety and environmentally sound operation for the coming years. For TÜV AUSTRIA’s experts, however, the focus is not only on the technical safety of the plant, but just as important is the issue of occupational safety within the scope of the inspection. Correct behavior in any danger scenario is practiced in numerous training sessions. This is to make sure nothing happens, if anything should ever happen.
Systematic assessment from planning to commissioning
Safety technology has developed greatly over the last few years. Although safety devices for pressure equipment and systems are today still being realized with mechanical safety equipment, such as safety valves and rupture discs, a trend towards electronic safety devices is becoming increasingly apparent. The normative and safety requirements for such so-called MCR protection systems (measurement, control and regulation devices, including, for example, overfill protection for containers and safety chains for steam boilers) are very high and require a systematic assessment from planning to risk analysis and all the way to execution and commissioning. Being a safety services partner of OMV’s for many years, TÜV AUSTRIA invests a great deal of time and training to ensure its specialists have top-of-the-line qualifications. All departments within the large team of refinery inspectors consequently have the necessary expertise for such safety equipment. The preparatory work for testing the MCR protection systems had already started a few months before the refinery was shut down. While the plant is stopped, all the safety equipment will be subjected to appropriate tests, examinations and assessments until mid-June, so as to allow the systems to continue to be operated safely and reliably in the future too.
Efficient test methods, safe facilities
By developing its own test methods, the TÜV AUSTRIA materials technology unit has achieved a high reputation both domestically and abroad in non-destructive testing of materials. These are methods for assessing the internal condition of materials and welded seams, containers and pipelines, without having to cut open the container or the pipeline. Physical, optical and chemical parameters allow an accurate assessment of a material’s state, making, for example, even the finest cracks visible. Acoustic emission is also included in non-destructive testing. This method can be used to determine the condition of a container or pipeline with regard to cracks and corrosion. Depending on the application, this examination can even be performed during ongoing operation of the systems. Acoustic emission is therefore a time- and money-saving method to examine plants to be sure they are in safe condition. In addition to the classical methods of non-destructive testing, modern imaging methods are also used in inspecting the OMV refinery in Schwechat to determine the current condition of the systems. Depending on the results of these tests, specific repairs are made or, if necessary, components are replaced.
TÜV AUSTRIA provides guidance and support in setting up test environments. In the next three years, TÜV AUSTRIA will be a strategic setup partner of ALP.Lab, the Austrian Light Vehicle Proving Region for Automated Driving. With the project partners AVL, Magna, TU Graz, Joanneum Research, ASFINAG, AIT, TTTech and Siemens, testing will be carried out on how highly automated vehicles can prevent traffic accidents, which are caused by human error in over 90 percent of cases. Digitrans, an exploratory project to establish a test region for automated and connected driving in freight transport, is supported by AIT, Automobile Cluster Upper Austria (Automobilcluster Oberösterreich), ASFINAG, Rosenbauer, Hödlmayer, Kapsch and MAN. TÜV AUSTRIA is involved as an associate project partner. TÜV AUSTRIA also participates in the innovative project auto.bus – Seestadt with safety- & IT-security for systems used in highly automated driving. In Vienna’s new district, technologies are to be tested for autonomous driving in public passenger transport and local public transport. In this three-year project, TÜV AUSTRIA is a partner of Wiener Linien, Wiener Stadtwerk, Kuratorium für Verkehrssicherheit, AIT, Siemens and nauva.
New vehicle system architectures with redundancies will be necessary in the near future which transfer control to the human driver in a defined manner in driving modes that are no longer controllable. The functional safety of automated vehicles is ensured by fail-operational systems. These have a host of sensors (camera, radar, light detection and ranging – LiDAR) for the redundancies required. New high-performance steering units are in the planning to manage the fusion of incoming data with its associated processing.
High requirements are naturally posed for safety-related actuators, like brakes and steering. As in all technical fields, TÜV AUSTRIA provides guidance and support for ongoing development, with analyses of scenarios and situations to enable automated and connected driving functions.
Lahore – Halal meat is one of the fastest growing markets in the world, contributing around 16 percent to the total world trade, but Pakistan’s share in the sector is below actual potential, necessitating extra efforts on the part of the government to give much-needed boost to this sector.
This was stated by APBF founding president and TUV Austria CEO Rashid Mehr.
He said that demand for halal products had increased manifolds because of growing Muslim population around the world and the government should encourage exports of such products.
The CEO asked the exporters to continue to explore the world market and focus on research and compliance, which is a must while doing business in the global marketplace.
“The strict halal compliance, quality certification and state support could help take export of halal products to $5 to $6 billion,” he said.
“TUV Austria Pakistan is doing the needful to promote halal products, but the government would have to come up with an incentive package to encourage exports of good quality halal food,” he added.
It is unfortunate that no Muslim country features among top 10 halal meat exporters, although Pakistan, Sudan and other Muslim nations have the potential to export meat on a big scale.
Rashid Mehr said that Pakistan has a 100 percent halal production base and has direct access to 470 million consumers in Central Asia, Middle East and Europe.
Pakistan has a great opportunity to gain a big share in the global halal market by enhancing production and improving quality, he suggested.
He said that Pakistan has the potential to capture a sizeable share in the $3 trillion world halal food industry, but existing exports were no match to the country’s annual output of halal meat.
Experts have expressed the optimism that Pakistan could triple halal food exports by formulating and implementing policies in association with the private sector.
“Pakistan can play a major role in the global halal meat industry and has the potential to become a market leader since it has all the required ingredients.
He pointed out that Tuv Austria was playing a vital role in the expansion of halal food industry and taking all possible measures for promotion of halal products by providing strict quality compliance.
The certification company has recently awarded various companies with its Halal Food Certification, for their full compliance to Islamic dietary laws.
Halal Food Certification covers not only the issues related to Slaughtering/Zibah, but also considers the issues related to Halal ingredients and Good Manufacturing Practices, he added.
Credits: Staff Reporter, THE NATION