Wednesday, November 13, 2019

New range of probes.

Vaisala has launched six new smart probes for its Indigo product family, optimized for demanding industrial applications. New options for dew point and moisture in oil measurements bring more possibilities for industries to save energy, optimize processes, and improve product quality.

The new probes will improve customers’ process efficiencies by providing accurate and reliable measurement data for their industrial processes. The capabilities of the new probes are based on next-generation sensor technologies.

“With these new products, the Vaisala Indigo product family is getting stronger. The new probes add dew point and moisture in oil measurements to the existing parameters of humidity, carbon dioxide, temperature, and vaporized hydrogen peroxide. I am excited that we are now able to provide high-quality measurement data in a more flexible way to all industries. Contributing to smarter environments is something we at Vaisala are passionate about,” says product manager Jarkko Ruonala.

The new Vaisala DRYCAP® Dew Point and Temperature Probes DMP5, DMP6, DMP7, and DMP8 are optimized for low humidity and high temperature or pressurized environments. Dew point measurements are particularly important in various industrial drying applications, for example in ovens and compressed air systems. The dew point probes include Vaisala’s DRYCAP® sensor, which is immune to particulate contamination, water condensation, oil vapor, and most chemicals. Its fast reaction time gives it unmatched performance even in dynamic and low dew point applications, and the sensor’s outstanding stability enables a long two-year calibration interval.

The Vaisala HUMICAP® Moisture in Oil Probe MMP8 extends the Indigo product offering to include heavy industry applications such as measuring moisture in transformer or lubrication oils to protect engines from wear and shutdown. Also introduced today, Vaisala HUMICAP® Humidity and Temperature Probe HMP3 is a general-purpose remote probe suitable for duct mounting in non-pressurized applications with moderate temperatures. The probe structure allows the sensor to be replaced in the field without tools, providing maintenance flexibility in demanding applications that might require periodic sensor replacement, such as paint booths. The HMP3 and MMP8 both include Vaisala HUMICAP® thin-film capacitive humidity measurement technology, which has become the industry standard in humidity measurement.

All six new smart probes complement Vaisala’s existing Indigo product family. The digital Modbus RTU connection enables both easy integration into other systems and standalone usage. The probes are also plug-and-play compatible with Indigo 200 transmitters, which offer various additional benefits such as a display for data visualization, easy access to probe configuration, and more options for connectivity, supply voltage, and wiring. For on-site configuration, diagnostics, and self-calibration, the Indigo probes can be connected to the Vaisala Insight PC software.

 @VaisalaGroup @_Enviro_News #PAuto

Security sales organisation strengthened.

Bedrock Automation has appointed Jesse K. Hill as Executive Director of Sales. Hill will lead Bedrock Automation’s expanding programs to sell OSA Open Secure Automation to oil and gas, utilities and other automation-intensive, security-conscious industries.

Jesse K Hill.
“Interest in Open Secure Automation is taking off, as companies in the energy infrastructure are beginning to appreciate the cost, performance and flexibility benefits of open automation but recognize also the need to secure it. To bring OSA to that growing market, we are expanding our sales organization. And with outstanding experience in managing automation sales teams – especially in the oil and gas sector – Jesse Hill comes eminently qualified to lead this effort,” said Bedrock founder and CEO Albert Rooyakkers.

Before joining Bedrock, Hill led automation sales teams for automation technology leaders such as Turck, Wago, and Pepperl+Fuchs. He brings a deep understanding of the automation performance and security needs of the oil and gas market and has a proven track record of delivering them the products that meet those needs.

Hill will lead the Bedrock sales teams in selling all Bedrock products, including the Bedrock OSA industrial control system, the OSA Remote compact control system, OSA Power products and supporting cabling and accessories. For more information about Bedrock Open Secure Automation solutions visit

Hill holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Information and Operations Management from Texas A&M University. He will be based in Houston (TX USA).

#PAuto @BedrockAuto

DP Sensor.

Analog Microelectronics has a new bidirectional differential pressure sensor for ultra low pressures and thereby expands its digital board-level pressure sensor series AMS 5915 with I2C output.

The new AMS 5915-0002-D-B allows the precise measurement of extremely low differential pressure in a pressure range from -250 Pa (-2.5 mbar) vacuum up to 250 Pa (2.5 mbar) overpressure. The membrane based differential pressure sensor features a burst pressure of 200 mbar, is completely gas-tight and is especially suitable for ultra low pressure applications in the fields of industry, HVAC and medical instrumentation.

The board-mount AMS 5915-0002-D-B is digitally calibrated, linearized and extensively temperature compensated in a wide operating temperature range of -25 to 85 °C. It features a resolution of 14 bit and is ideal for system integration with its supply voltage of 3.3 V and I2C interface. AMS 5915-0002-D-B reaches a total error band (TEB) > 2 %FSO over its complete operating temperature range without additional zero-point adjustment at system level. Furthermore the combination of a high quality MEMS-element with a modern mixed-signal ASIC on a ceramic substrate guarantees excellent long term stability. With a reaction time of typically 0.5 ms the sensor is also suitable for fast measurements. AMS 5915-0002-D-B is available in two package variants: in a ceramic DIL package with vertical metal tubes for hose connection or without tubes for O-ring sealing (manifold mount).

For easy evaluation of AMS 5915-0002-D-B Analog Microelectronics offers a USB starter kit, which can also be used to program an individual I2C address. For operation with an Arduino adapter PCBs for Arduino Uno and Nano are available as well as an example code for Arduino’s integrated development environment.

#PAuto @AnalogMicro @PresseBox

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Computing Standard for Server-Grade Performance at the Edge.

"Everyone talks about the impact of edge computing in IoT" said Rex Lee, Director of Advantech Embedded IoT Group. "As a global leader in embedded platforms and IoT enabled solutions, Advantech sees opportunity in the market for cost-performance balanced architectures from cloud computing to edge computing. At COM-HPC, our innovative computer-on-modules will migrate server-grade performance to the edge. We are working together with PICMG and leading embedded companies to meet these market requirements."

Rex Lee
Cloud computing, where servers can store and analyze high volumes of data uploaded by end users for specific applications, has been essential to this process. Data is collected, stored, and then analyzed on the cloud to solve problems related to an array of different application scenarios. In order to transmit and analyze big data, the cloud must be extremely powerful—offering high performance and wider bandwidth for successful transmission. As the volume of data increases, »edge computing» is emerging as a key solution to achieve effective data management and making computing processes significantly more efficient.

Currently, there is strong and growing demand for edge computing. COM Express, a very popular standard, has been used for over a decade and the Type 7 COM Express was created for this purpose. COM-HPC represents the "next generation" technology in this field. Compared with COM Express, COM-HPC supports significantly higher performance levels and features an innovative design that fulfills high-end computing demand.

COM-HPC is a new industrial standard for embedded computer on module. There are two types of COM-HPC for different purposes: one is a server type for high performance computing and data transmission; and the other one is for embedded computing with graphics requirements. With unique form factors and optimized pin definition, COM-HPC supports powerful CPU, memory capacity up to 1TB, and it offers next generation super-speed interfaces such as PCIe Gen4/5 (16Gbps/32Gbps), USB4.0 (20Gbps), and 10G ports. Such features are highly suitable for edge computing.

COM-HPC specifications are currently under definition. As a global leader in the embedded market, Advantech plays a key role in the process. This encompasses the early industrial specification ETX, XTX in 2006, COM Express 2.0 in 2010, and COM Express 3.0, including Type 7 in 2017. In 2019, Advantech is honored to work with other leading manufacturers and PICMG to engage in the COM-HPC concept discussion in its earliest stages.

Advantech provides a comprehensive product design and validation process that includes schematics and layout simulation, power transient testing, power quality, and signal integrity using e.g. high bandwidth (25GHz) oscilloscope. This process is helpful for products using a super-speed interface and powerful design, such as COM-HPC. Reliability tests, like thermal shock and harsh environment testing, ensure products are stable and durable. Advantech strives to provide early sample stability, giving customers more time for product development and verification to accelerate the time-to-market.

From embedded design-in service to IoT integration, Advantech provides a one-stop service model for the successful integration of embedded boards, systems, software, displays, and peripherals. A series of integrated IoT solutions and services—from edge computing to cloud services—accelerates IoT solution business development and implementation worldwide.

#IoT @Advantech_eIoT@iAutomation_EU 

Detecting error.

Anritsu Corporation launches its PAM4 Error Detector (ED), supporting market-leading 116-Gb/s bit error rate tests. This new module for the Anritsu Signal Quality Analyzer-R MP1900A series is the only instrument to achieve error-free measurement of PAM4 signals at 116 Gbit/s with industry-best operation bit rates and high Rx sensitivity. Combined with the previously released MP1900A series PAM4 Pattern Generator, the new module supports high-accuracy BER measurements of PAM4 signals.

With the spread of next generation 5G mobile communications and Cloud services, data communications traffic is expected to increase exponentially. In addition, data centers supporting rapid transmission of large volumes of traffic are switching to the 400GbE*3 communications standard using the 53.125-Gbaud PAM4 x 4 lane method and are also investigating a future switch to 800GbE*4 using eight lanes.

Since the PAM4 method representing data with four amplitude levels has gaps between signal levels just a third that of the two-level NRZ method, measuring instruments for evaluating signal quality need a much higher input sensitivity than previous models. Moreover, in addition to high speeds, the impact of transmission path losses in printed circuit boards, cables, components, etc., on measurement results cannot be ignored. Evaluating the genuine performance of the measured product not only requires excellent fundamental performance, such as sensitivity and bandwidth, but also requires a highly integrated solution with functions such as clock recovery and an equalizer for correcting loss effects.

To meet these needs, Anritsu has developed this ED with built-in clock recovery and equalizer to implement a PAM4 BER measuring instrument with market-leading high performance.

The market-leading Signal Quality Analyzer-R MP1900A is a bit error rate tester for communications speeds of 400G and faster, supporting high-speed signal generation and signal performance analysis.

With a built-in high-bandwidth and high-input-sensitivity Rx circuit, the newly released PAM4 ED MU196040B module supports error-free measurement of 100-Gbit/s PAM4 input signals even at a low input amplitude of just 36 mV typ. Furthermore, the built-in clock-recovery and equalizer functions support highly reproducible jitter and ISI stress tests of transceiver input circuits using an easily configured equipment setup.

#TandM @AnritsuEMEA @Anritsu

Brexit: The long hard road to a future relationship!

We don't usually publish item not directly with our own discipline but in our (admittedly not entirely unbiased opinion - but who isn't biased in this matter) we have found that among the analysts of the great BREXIT problem the Derry reporter Tony Connolly is second to none. As a native of a border city no British reporter has his insights of the British and the European mind.

Michel Barnier
The problem is great of course. One might say it has lead the the downfall of every Conservative Prime minister since and including Margaret Thatcher. It has produced, thus far, three (English) Brexit secretaries who have been conducting “the easiest deal in human history” with the calm imperturbable Frenchman, Michel Barnier.  Even if Britain leaves in January as looks not impossible, Barnier will still be there to negotiate the actual future relationship between Britain and the 27 countries of the EU. Because BREXIT will not be done!

Tony Connelly is the Brussels reporter of RTÉ (the Irish equivalent to, but considerably less resourced than, the BBC). His reports on the current state of play should be must-reads for all interested in the topic.

This week he asks:  "How quickly will the EU move to free trade negotiations with the UK in the event of Johnson majority? Here’s my take on how bruising the next steps could be..."

It is worth a read just to see how "easy" this deal will be.

Monitoring vibration.

New wireless vibration monitor uses embedded analytics to forecast when, how, and why assets may fail, freeing up resources while enhancing insight into operational performance

Emerson has introduced the AMS Wireless Vibration Monitor. This is a low-cost, easy-to-deploy vibration sensor that performs prescriptive analytics on vibration data using native software to automatically identify failure modes and prevent potential problems involving rotating assets. The new compact device makes it economically feasible to fully monitor motors, pumps, fans and other critical plant equipment to reduce downtime and achieve more reliable operations.

Many organisations lack the analysis expertise to translate vibration data into asset health. The AMS Wireless Vibration Monitor provides a solution by collecting and contextualising vibration data to generate actionable information. By applying Emerson’s patented PeakVue™ Plus technology, the device not only identifies when and how assets will fail, but also why. Technicians – regardless of expertise – can quickly and clearly identify and prioritise common mechanical issues such as bearing defects, gear wear, under-lubrication and pump cavitation, enabling them to focus more on operations-critical tasks.

“Thanks to the embedded prescriptive analytics, plant managers can add wireless vibration monitoring to their maintenance toolbox without having to train current staff to perform complex analysis,” said Robert Skeirik, director of machinery health solutions product management with Emerson’s Automation Solutions business.

Users of their Plantweb™ Optics asset performance platform can conveniently receive machinery health alerts anywhere with a mobile device. These alerts can also be aggregated with data and asset health information from other sensors and systems, allowing users to run analytics on all types of assets from a single application. This provides a more complete picture of the operation’s overall health while generating specific alerts when processes or performance are at risk. Plantweb Optics is part of Emerson’s Plantweb digital ecosystem, which leverages IIoT technologies, software, and services to expand digital intelligence throughout a workforce.

The AMS Wireless Vibration Monitor operates on a plant’s existing WirelessHART® network and fully supports the vibration analysis tools included in Emerson’s AMS Machine Works software. It uses a triaxial sensor to capture data in three dimensions to generate a complete picture of the machine condition.

The AMS Wireless Vibration Monitor is the latest addition to Emerson’s comprehensive health monitoring portfolio, which includes the AMS Asset Monitor and AMS 6500 ATG. Together, these devices help organisations fully monitor the health of machinery equipment, from essential assets to operations-critical assets that can have immediate impact on safety and production.

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