Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Succesfull migration to the cloud.

Emerson migrated its exploration and production software along with Repsol's data to the cloud, making advanced visualisation and reservoir analytics available for collaboration across global teams.

The exploration data of Repsol, the global energy company, has been successfully migrated to the cloud by Emerson. Cloud capabilities enable companies to securely store the data that powers vital analytics, helping optimise operations and achieve higher levels of performance.

The close partnership between Repsol and Emerson was a key factor in the success of the project.

“As one of our closest collaborative partners, we worked hand-in-hand with Repsol to perform a seamless migration from one environment to another,” said Steve Santy, president of E&P software at Emerson. “Our team has developed a customised approach specifically aimed at optimising the migration of our solutions and our clients’ data to the cloud in a way that is transparent to users. Simply put, our tools and services make it fast and easy to migrate to the cloud, with minimal impact on users.”

Migration to the cloud proved to be a cost-effective alternative for Repsol, eliminating the need to invest in new hardware, and increasing collaboration, visualisation capabilities, and performance for its exploration activities. During the three-month project, the team migrated Emerson’s E&P software suite and approximately 90 terabytes of data from Repsol’s on-premises locations in Houston and Madrid to the cloud.

After only one hour of onboarding, users were up and running, and benefitting from working in a cloud environment. Since completion of the project, Repsol has seen improved performance. Repsol’s globally distributed asset teams are making decisions and achieving results faster using the data, as well as collaborating more effectively across projects.

The movement to the cloud is part of the ambitious digitisation programme that Repsol is carrying out. Using Emerson’s optimised approach for migrating its software and data, the project was accomplished with no work disruption. Repsol geoscientists were able to leave work on Friday and return on Monday to a new environment, with no downtime or lost data.

@EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis #PAuto #Cloud

Test rig technology that talks the torque!

The Bifold Group has adopted radio frequency based torque transducers from Sensor Technology Ltd for two of its specialist test rigs to analyse the long term performance and reliability of hard working valves and pumps.

An inter-generational commitment to advancing science and engineering has seen Bifold transform from a 19th century mining lamp maker into a leading manufacturer of instrument valves and accessories, piping valves and pumps for the oil, gas and wider industrial markets. It has particular expertise in subsea and wellhead control systems and has also developed market leading technology in areas such as solenoid valves with ultra-low power requirements.

Its corporate development is just as impressive as its technical advancements. Over the last 10-15 years it has consistently grown profits by 50% a year, and is on course to clear £33m this year. During this period it has moved into bespoke premises, created about 250 high value jobs, developed new products and technologies and entered high tech markets around the world. Today 95% of its output is exported.

By using the power of computer aided design many of Bifold’s products are built to custom designs, yet they are produced to very short lead times thanks to the efficiency of internet communications. To maintain this standard, sample products and components are comprehensively tested so that their reliability and capabilities are never in doubt.    

Bifold is as innovative in developing its test regimes as it is in advancing its product technologies and business systems. So when it wanted to assess the effects of wear on its long-life valves it set about designing a special test rig. Engineer Andrew Laverick recalls: “We wanted to measure the power required to operate the valve to see how it changed over time and with long term use. It was clear that the best way to do this was to measure the torque input over an extended period.”

“We were open to any design concept for the test rig, but soon found ourselves gravitating towards a TorqSense solution because the Sensor Technology engineers were so helpful and really knowledgeable about test rigs.”

TorqSense transducers lend themselves to test rig uses because they are non-contact measuring devices. Attached to the surface of the transducer shaft are two Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) devices, when torque is applied to the shaft the SAWs react to the applied strain and change their output. The SAW devices are interrogated wirelessly using an RF couple, which passes the SAW data to and from the electronics inside the body of the transducer.

Sensor Technology’s Mark Ingham explains: “All you have to do is set up a TorqSense transducer in the test rig and fire it up. The SAW frequencies reflected back are distorted in proportion to the twist in the test piece, which in turn is proportional to the level of torque. We have some clever electronics to analyse the returning wave and feed out torque values to a computer screen.

“TorqSense has been used on many test rigs over the years and I was delighted to hear the Bifold engineers say how easy it is to use and how robust the software is.”

Laverick again: “As a test engineer you are almost resigned to long set up procedures and software that falls over at the drop of a hat. But Sensor Technology has designed these problems out of their TorqSense equipment, with the result that we were able to complete our long term test procedures with the minimum amount of fuss and heartache and well within the allotted time schedule.”

In fact Bifold has since bought a second TorqSense which is being fitted to a new test rig used to assess the performance of mission critical chemical injection pumps, as used at oil and gas wellheads and on process pipelines.

“This project is proceeding well,” says Laverick, “and is allowing us to further develop our abilities to quickly provide bespoke equipment for ultra demanding applications, safe in the knowledge that it will perform faultlessly over a long working life.”

@sensortech @BifoldGroup48Hr #Pauto #TandM

Print your cake and eat it!

We sometimes get stories about subjects or products that do not fall into our usual, automation, instrumentation subjects. Here is one such story that we HAD to use. Hope you enjoy it!

Eddie is the world’s first-and-only NSF and GMP-certified edible ink desktop printer for printing directly onto cookies and other food items. DTM Print, international OEM and solution provider for specialty printing systems, has introduced the manual feed option along with custom food trays to make Eddie a very versatile to use food printer.

If used with the included carousel feeder Eddie can print on suitable food item such as cookies, candy, white chocolate, biscuits, marshmallows, chocolate lentils, and much more with a maximum diameter of 89 mm and 20-25 mm height. The manual mode extends these parameters to a maximum of 120 x 120 mm and allows thicker items with a maximum height of 27 mm. This is especially important for printing on macarons. This very famous French confection consists of a variety of soft fillings sandwiched between two meringue-based cookie halves. All parts put together are too high for a complete macaron to be printed with the automatic feed. By using the manual feed and a “macaron tray” bakers and pastry chefs can now print onto finished macarons saving them a lot of time.

The “macaron tray” is one of several new food trays designed especially for Eddie by DTM Print, including one for chocolate lentils and one with an engraved grid that makes positioning the food items a lot easier as users can align their products to the grid. Another tray with a generic grid and pins in order to fixate the contour of any desired shape is in development. By using the custom trays production of multiple items in one run (for example up to five macarons or 64 chocolate lentils) is easy, precise and depending on the item faster, too. DTM Print also offers the service to produce trays according to customer specifications.

• Eddie sells for € 2,995 (MSRP). The Eddie food trays range from € 29.95 to € 49.95 (MSRP) and are available directly from DTM Print or through authorised DTM Print partners in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

@DTM_Print_ @PresseBox #Food

IIoT-based manufacturing operations platform selected.

Omega EMS, the leading electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider for complex manufacturing projects, has selected Aegis Software’s FactoryLogix® platform. By implementing a digital transformation strategy throughout their high-mix, complex production facility, with Aegis’ FactoryLogix solution, Omega EMS aims to support their ongoing growth and commitment to delivering superior products and customer service. FactoryLogix’s unique, native agile, and contextualized platform will provide Omega EMS with powerful capabilities and visibility to increase production capacity, reduce costs, and deliver quality products faster.

“Before selecting Aegis’ FactoryLogix solution, we were using a legacy ERP/MES solution. To achieve the next-level competitive differentiation we desired and capitalize on our business growth, it was clear that this legacy solution was not the answer. We needed a proven, comprehensive, and highly configurable solution that would digitally transform our operations with quick time to value and low total cost of ownership,” stated Chris Alessio, President of Omega EMS. “From day one, Aegis acted as a trusted advisor. The combination of their deep domain expertise and FactoryLogix’s leading-edge architecture, innovative contextualized data model, and exceptional user experience were just a few of the reasons why we chose Aegis as our preferred partner.”

Omega EMS will implement a comprehensive mix of FactoryLogix’s capabilities such as production preparation and management, process workflow designer, interactive work instructions, manufacturing execution and tracking, IIoT connectivity & contextualization, product and process quality traceability, and manufacturing intelligence.

“Omega EMS has a long history of manufacturing complex products for highly regulated industries such as aerospace & defense, medical devices, and industrial equipment. This type of manufacturing requires a truly singular platform natively designed to adapt to any manufacturing process on-demand, connect and contextualize data from machines, business systems, and humans, and provide an elegant user experience that promotes adoption and use. By implementing FactoryLogix, Omega EMS will have an industry 4.0 backbone that elevates productivity, quality, flexibility, agility, and continuous improvement,” stated Jason Spera, CEO, and Co-Founder of Aegis Software. “We are delighted that Omega EMS has selected Aegis Software, and we are excited to work together with them to achieve their digital transformation goals and continue this collaboration for their ongoing success.”

FactoryLogix is a holistic and modular IIoT-based Manufacturing Operations Management platform that delivers leading-edge technology with easily configurable modules to support and execute a discrete manufacturer’s strategy towards Industry 4.0. FactoryLogix manages the entire manufacturing lifecycle: from product launch to material logistics, through manufacturing execution and quality management, to powerful analytics and real-time dashboards. This end-to-end platform is helping companies accelerate product introductions, streamline processes, improve quality and traceability, reduce costs, and gain greater visibility for competitive advantage and profitability.

@FactoryLogix #OmegaEMS #PAuto #EMS #IIoT

Position sensors control marine engines.

Hall-based position sensors are becoming widely used in a wide variety of applications due to their contactless and wear-free measurement method. These sensors are used in outboard marine engines to control the trim level. Marine drive manufacturers rely on the Hall-based position sensors from ZF as reliable and robust components for their overall drive system.


The Hall-based position sensors from ZF have been established as a reliable sensor solution for marine applications, especially for the inclination and trim measurement of outboard motors. To ensure optimal performance of a boat depending on the speed, the outboard motor must have a certain inclination. Both angle and linear position sensors are used with an associated external magnet carrier to monitor and realign the current inclination of the motor. The sensors are completely contactless and have an almost unlimited lifetime, as no wear and tear occur caused by abrasion. For position measurement, the external magnet is attached a few millimeters above the sensor. If the magnet rotates, the magnetic field changes, which again leads to a change in voltage within the sensor electronics. Each voltage value can be assigned to a specific angle value.

Depending on the requirements and customers’ requests, ZF offers a range of different angle sensor variants with associated magnets for triggering signals. These vary in terms of the angular range (0-360°), signal redundancy (non-, semi- or fully redundant), connection interface (cable, connector), operating temperature range and form factor. Attributed to long lasting experiences and know how in hall-based sensor technology, also customized solutions can be fulfilled.

@zfswitch_sensor #Marine 

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Valve for heavy slurry service.

Emerson’s Clarkson™ KS1 Knife Gate Valve is a true bi-directional, full bore, ASME Class 150 valve designed for the rigours of heavy slurry service. Its advanced, patented sealing system delivers zero-leakage isolation for longer, enabling increased run time and throughput.

The new Clarkson KS1 Knife Gate Valve, designed to help mine, oil sands and pulp & paper operators achieve increased availability of their most challenging slurry processes has been announced by Emerson.

“The Clarkson KS1 is a compelling innovation for operators of heavy slurry processes, such as tailings lines,”
explained Mike Gordon, director of Emerson’s knife gate valve business. “This valve is purpose-built for extended zero leakage isolation in these tough environments, so these processes run uninterrupted for longer to improve throughput and minimise valve maintenance costs.”

The new knife gate valve features a patented gate edge seal design that creates a continuous seal around the gate, together with a precision-moulded elastomer seat. This heavy-duty seat increases the contact area and resilient sealing ability of the valve compared to standard O-ring designs, resulting in superior isolation performance over an extended lifecycle.

The valve design has been optimised to thrive in heavy slurry conditions with a full round port that eliminates protrusions into the flow, which minimises turbulence across the valve and reduces wear on valve components and downstream equipment. Reversible, rotatable wear rings also come standard on both sides of the valve to protect the seat and extend maintenance intervals.

Maintenance teams were also top of mind during the design of the KS1. The valve is repairable with standard tools and readily available spare parts. Adjustments can be made to the packing system externally that dynamically self-adjust pressure to the gate edge seal system. The KS1 is also designed to standard MSS SP-135 face-to-face dimensions for simple changeout and upgrade of underperforming installed valves.

The Clarkson KS1 comes built tough for the rigours of severe slurry service in sizes 2” through 30” with a variety of available flange patterns, an ASME Class 150 pressure rating of 290 psi (20 bar) at ambient temperature and a temperature rating up to 300°F (149°C). Alternate materials are also available to combat extraordinary abrasive and corrosive process conditions and a variety of automation options can be configured to suit.

@Emerson_News @EMR_Automation @HHC_Lewis #Pauto #Slurry

Easy-to-use display interface board.

KARD enables simple, straightforward evaluation of optical performance.

KOE (Kaohsiung Opto-Electronics) has announced the introduction of an easy-to-use display interface board. KARD, which is derived from a combination of ‘KOE’ and ‘Card’, has been designed and developed to provide a convenient, efficient solution to drive and evaluate KOE TFT display modules.


KOE are actively developing and introducing a series of value-added support tools to enable customers to assess and appraise the optical performance of an extensive range of LVDS-enabled medium-size TFT display modules. The KARD interface board allows optical performance characteristics such as contrast, brightness, colour saturation and viewing angle to be reviewed and tested within a design and development environment.

Benson Huang, marketing manager, KOE said “We are very keen to ensure our customers have access to easy-to-use, cost-effective design support solutions when using KOE TFT display modules. We are proactively enhancing an expanding range of value-added services and solutions that include touchscreens, optical bonding, high brightness backlights and display interface boards.”

The fully embedded GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) on the KARD display interface board supports both HDMI and DisplayPort input interfaces and generates a video output signal via a 20-pin LVDS interface to drive TFT display modules with a display resolution of 640 x 480 pixels up to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

An additional on-screen display (OSD) control board, which connects to the KARD driver board via an OSD interface cable, features five micro push-button switches supporting Power On/Off, PWM (pulse width modulation) backlight brightness control, a HDMI/DisplayPort input signal selector, and display resolution configuration.

Closely resembling the size of a standard business card, the KARD interface board features compact external mechanical dimensions of 55mm (w) x 90mm (h) x 14.5mm (d). The KOE KARD display interface board provides support for a range of KOE TFT display modules, from 5.7-inch up to and including 12.3-inch, which feature a 20-pin LVDS data interface.

Offering flexibility for specific market and application needs, KOE can support bespoke custom design requirements for the KARD including alternative data interfaces, display connections and touch functionality.

@KOE_Europe #PAuto #TFT