Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sensor for verification and inspection.

The new Boa Spot ID is a low cost identification vision sensor from Teledyne DALSA that combines 1D/2D code reading with OCR and verification tools for a host of product identification, verification and tracking applications. It can handle up to 45 parts/second. It is marketed by Stemmer.

Supplied with integrated lighting and choices of sensor resolution, lenses and software tools, Boa Spot ID can be used for part and product traceability, reading product codes to avoid labeling mix-ups, and validating product type, lot and expiration date codes. It can also be used to check that markings and label positions are correct and the presence or absence of features as well as checking assembly history at every stage of manufacturing.

The extraordinary flexibility of the Boa Spot ID enables the appropriate model to be matched to the application, based on the code reading requirements. The choice of 2 sensor resolutions, integrated red, white or blue LED ring lighting and 4 integrated lenses or 6-50 mm external C-mount lenses allows the field of view, magnification and reading distances to be precisely matched to the particular 1D and 2D code size and type.

The standard toolset provides fast, robust decoding of most 1D barcode and 2D matrix code symbologies and verifies the quality of the code against ISO/AIM industry standards. It reliably reads Data Matrix and QR codes even with damaged or missing finder patterns as well as poorly printed, low contrast, noisy, warped and damaged barcodes. It can also decode multiple barcodes in the same image. The expanded toolset includes an advanced algorithm which offers greater robustness for decoding marks etched or dot peened on plastic or metallic surfaces. The standard toolset can be field upgraded to the expanded version if required.

The expanded toolset also offers additional tools for applications that require more than just code reading. These include match, edge, verify and graphics tools. The Match tool is used to verify patterns such as logos or locate features on a product or package. The Edge tool is used for determining label position or alignment or to determine the number of products in a package. The Verify tool can be trained on a series of good samples in order to verify product features, such as labels or logos. It can also detect defects on labels caused by poor printing, ink stains, scuffs or tears. The Graphics tool enables text to be added to a runtime image for example to inform operators what to do in case of error.

The Boa Spot is a slimline integrated IP67 solution with flexible mounting options allowing it to be mounted in very small spaces. It provides versatile I/O for control and interfacing and built-in Ethernet factory communication protocols.

@stemmerimaging #Pauto @TeledyneDALSA

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Software dedicated solely to pharma and biotech industries.

Werum IT Solutions has released a standalone version of its PAS-X KPI software product. PAS-X KPI is the only KPI/OEE tool dedicated solely to the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. It is capable of seamlessly integrating data both from the ERP level and the machine level at the shop floor. By allowing comparisons and evaluations of operating data at production lines in different facilities, it provides an enterprise-wide, single source point of data.

“Providing significantly improved transparency on the shop floor, PAS-X KPI helps plant managers take expedient, appropriate measures to maximize production performance – all without any additional machines or operators,” says Matthias Köhler, Senior Head of Strategic Program Management, Werum IT Solutions GmbH.

“The new PAS-X KPI is easy to deploy because it is a standalone product independent from our PAS-X MES,” adds Lars Hornung, Senior Director Global Sales, Werum IT Solutions GmbH. “Very interesting for many of our customers is that we offer a trial ‘proof of concept’ installation: Pharma and biotech manufacturers can test PAS-X KPI in their own production environment for a stated term.”

Werum’s KPI/OEE tool is browser-based and supports multiple delivery methods, including site installation and enterprise cloud. It offers the option to scale up MES functionality easily, e.g. Electronic Batch Recording (EBR).

PAS-X KPI automatically collects process data related to Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) in real time. Results are displayed on various monitors in easily understandable terms to enable quick decision making. Operators and supervisors can continuously view the up-to-date status of their lines, including production goals and target achievements. Plant managers benefit from standardized reports with aggregated operating figures for analyses in larger contexts.

@WerumKarriere #PAuto

Highly reliable industrial wireless communications infrastructure.

Yokogawa has announced that it has received a Technology Award from the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE) for its achievements in the development of industrial wireless technology. The award was presented on September 22. Encouraged by this, Yokogawa will continue working to develop and popularize industrial wireless technology.

The Technology Award is in the highest rank of awards conferred by SICE. It is given in recognition of the development of a technology or methodology within the past five calendar years that represents a significant advance in any one of the science & technology fields or industries in which SICE is involved. Yokogawa received this award for the development of a Highly reliable industrial wireless communications infrastructure.

Reason for winning
• As interest in the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grow, industrial wireless networks are being introduced for industrial automation applications where there is a need to improve the monitoring of production facilities. Yokogawa has greatly expanded the possibilities for wireless instrumentation by releasing the industry’s first fully duplex wireless system based on the ISA100 Wireless international standard (IEC 62734), which was developed for plant applications requiring highly reliable wireless technology. With its ability to update data every second, capability to collectively manage up to 500 devices, and dual redundant communication paths and system devices that prevent the loss of data, this wireless system achieves the high reliability required in process automation.
• Yokogawa has won this Technical Award for a paper that was presented on this subject at the SICE Annual Conference 2015, which was held last July in Hangzhou, China.

The technologies and applications covered by the IEC 62734 standard, whose formal designation is ‘Wireless systems for industrial automation: Process control and related applications,’ were specified by IEC/TC65/SC65C/WG16 based on ISA100.11a, an international wireless communications standard for industrial automation.

@YokogawaIA #PAuto #SICE #ISA100 

MES business has new leader!

James O’Brien has been appointed by Zenith Technologies to lead its manufacturing execution system (MES) business to its next phase of growth.

James O'Brien
Over the past five years, Zenith Technologies has strategically grown its MES offering globally to meet growing demand for technology-based manufacturing efficiency programs in the life science sector.

In his role as MES business unit lead, James will use his background in software development, consultancy and technology implementation to continue to develop Zenith Technologies as a world leader in the provision of MES solutions and services to the life science industry.

This company assists pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers with the implementation of MES solutions, providing on-the-ground support. James will be focused on forming further collaborations in the industry to support life science companies with the transition to MES and automated systems.

Commenting on the appointment, Jim Lehane, director at Zenith Technologies, said: “James has worked with us as a senior MES engineer for a number of years, supporting some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies with global automation projects. In his new role as MES business unit lead, James will drive Zenith Technologies forward to further success in the US and Europe, leveraging our global presence, skilled engineers and world-class implementation and support services.”

James’ appointment comes as MES technology is being adopted by the life science industry at a faster rate than any other vertical market.1 To support demand, the firm recently announced a partnership with MES software provider Werum IT Solutions.

Jim continued: “It’s an exciting time for our company, as pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers are recognising the benefits of MES and adoption is increasing at a steady rate. In particular, we are experiencing increasing demand in the US market, which has led us to open two new offices in Oakland and San Diego.”

Based in Bluebell, PA, James will lead Zenith Technologies’ team of engineers in 16 offices globally to support clients with their manufacturing enterprise solution needs.

He said: “MES technology can dramatically improve productivity during manufacturing, however there are a number of challenges associated with its implementation. It is our goal to assist companies with the transition to MES systems so they can realise the benefits with minimal disruption to their operations.”

 @ZenithIre #PAuto #Pharma #USA #MES

Connecting devices wirelessly by bolt!

HMS Industrial Networks has introduced The Anybus Wireless Bolt — a wireless access point designed to be mounted on a machine or cabinet to give it wireless access via WLAN, Bluetooth or Bluetooth Low Energy. This access makes it possible to do configuration via a regular tablet or smartphone or connect to a cloud service, realizing Industrial IoT.

“We have seen a steadily growing interest in wireless connectivity through our Anybus Wireless Bridge,” says Martin Falkman, Product Manager at HMS Industrial Networks. “Therefore, we wanted to offer machine builders a robust, industrial-grade wireless solution for on-machine mounting. The Anybus Wireless Bolt is yet another way that HMS enables customers to realize IIoT with solid and secure wireless solutions, getting them ready for the communication demands of the future.”

The unit is mounted onto a machine or cabinet (just like a bolt) to give it a robust and IP67-classed wireless interface. It is typically used for configuration purposes. For example, the Bolt makes it possible to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) such as a tablet or smartphone to a machine and use it as an HMI. Another typical use case is connecting a machine to a cloud service.

The Wireless Bolt can communicate wirelessly up to 100 meters via WLAN, Bluetooth or Bluetooth Low Energy. On the wired side, the Anybus Wireless Bolt can communicate with devices on serial (RS232/485), CAN or Ethernet. Regardless of communication method, it has the same connector (2x9p Plug Connector) for both power and communication.

@HMSAnybus #PAuto #IoT #Wireless

Ireland Section members at ISA Leaders Meeting


Delegates of the Ireland Section at the International Society of Automation (ISA) Leaders Meeting this weekend with ISA President 2016 - Jim Keaveney
From Left:  Dave O'Brien, Billy Walsh, President Jim Keaveney, Brian Curtis, John Murphy (Section President 2016-17).
ISA Leaders Meetings engage a cross-section of ISA volunteer leaders in the policy-setting and decision-making process during two to four days of work sessions focused on society business held in a face-to-face setting.

The meetings usually begins with a Kick-off Session where information about Society initiatives is shared and ends with a Wrap-up Session where key decisions are announced. All attendees should participate in the Kick Off and Wrap Up sessions.

Leadership training is integrated throughout the schedule. The meeting flow minimizes conflicts, enables cross-pollination, and provides time for discussion and networking during breaks, lunches, and receptions to strengthen relationships.

Districts are encouraged to schedule their District Leadership Conferences in conjunction with the FLM.

The next leaders meeting will be the Spring event and will be held in Raleigh, NC USA, close to the ISA World Headquarters.

The Election for new Society Leaders for 2017-2018 is being held at present. Brian Curtis of the Ireland Section has been nominated for the Position Secretary/President Elect. The vote concludes on Friday 30th September 2016 and the results will be announced shortly afterwards.

#PAuto #Ireland #ISAuto

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Filter, regulator, and lubricator (FRL).

Emerson has introduced the ASCO Numatics 651 Series filter, regulator, and lubricator (FRL) line of air preparation products. This new FRL line broadens the company's high flow-rate 650 Series family to include products with G1/8 and G1/4 port sizes.

"The 651 Series FRLs require less space and are designed to fit in compact applications and in machines that require a high volume of air," said Enrique Pelayo, ASCO European Product Marketing Manager. "With the highest flow rates for their size, these highly versatile air preparation products are ideal for packaging and other applications that require space-saving designs."

The 651 Series extended high and low temperature capabilities (-40° C to 80° C) enable them to be used in applications across a broad range of industries, including those in harsh environments. The modular FRL products are of a robust construction and are easy to assemble, mount, and position. The new manifold endplate flanges allows the maintenance engineer to remove the manifold assembly out of service without disconnecting from the piping. Front-facing, low-profile gauges are easy to read and are unique in products of this type.

@ASCOValve #PAuto @ASCO_EU