Friday, 24 June 2022

Experience, test and further develop safety and security solutions in new facilities.

With the simultaneous opening of Customer Solutions Centers in Brühl and Singapore, HIMA is creating completely new opportunities to experience, test and further develop safety and security solutions together with customers. By locating the experts in one place, discussions can be more illuminating and customers’ questions can be answered and validated more effectively.
200 participants from 13 countries celebrated the opening of the Customer Solutions Center in Brühl. Those invited were able to gain an insight into how HIMA is strengthening its partner-ship with custo-mers. In practical demons-trations, solution examples on topics such as digitali-zation of the safety life-cycle, safe remote access, automated testing, digitiza-tion of the field level with Ethernet APL & modular automation MTP were pre-sented. Keynote speeches by BASF, Bayer, Max Bögl & genua rounded off the program. On the same day, the opening of the Customer Solutions Center in Singapore with over 100 participants from Southeast Asia taking part in a similar program was live-streamed. Safety consulting for hydrogen production, safe signaling systems for the railway industry, digital twins for operator training and innovative burner control methodologies were all demonstrated and keynote speeches were given by PETRONAS, PT Len Railway Systems and Mangan Software Solutions.
Five disciplines are combined in each Customer Solutions Center: Consulting, Applications, Academy, Security Lab and the Experience Room. Flexibly configurable rooms with state-of-the-art technology are set up to most effectively facilitate each type of meeting. Networking and catering areas, carefully designed to optimize interaction, invite visitors to exchange ideas in an inspiring environment. Furthermore, the employees’ work environment has been designed to enhance creativity and teamwork.

"As shareholders, we are convinced that the new Customer Solutions Centers are an investment in the future of our globally positioned family-owned company. We made this choice as our customers’ business partner to actively drive customer partnerships and innovations forward, while providing an exceptional working environment as a modern employer," explains Steffen Philipp, Managing Partner of HIMA.

In Brühl, near Mannheim (D), a completely new world was created for customers, partner companies and employees in a newly rented building of 2,000 square meters. In Singapore, the existing space was doubled in order to set up an independent Customer Solutions Center for the strategically important Asia region.

"The new Customer Solutions Centers in Europe and Asia are important milestones in the implementation of our strategy," explains Jörg de la Motte. "We create innovative solutions there that can be experienced by our customers on site. This applies in particular to the cooperation with our strategic partners such as Mangan Software Solutions and genua."

In joint workshops on site, customers will be able to shed light on their questions, and find better answers, together with respective safety experts. The solutions that are developed can then be tested in the Experience Room to enable direct validation using state-of-the-art hardware and software as well as innovative digital approaches for customer processes.

"For security, for open integration, and for the digitalization of the safety lifecycle, the Customer Solutions Center offers practical solutions that are developed together with the customer," explains Sergej Arent, Director of HIMA’s Process Applications Center and responsible for the Customer Solutions Center in Brühl. "In this way, real added value is generated for, by and with our customers," adds Sergej.

Friedhelm Best, Vice President of the Asia Pacific Region and responsible for the Customer Solutions Center Asia in Singapore, sees the creation of the center as an important milestone in strengthening the company’s presence in the market of Asia: "With the Customer Solutions Center in Singapore, we are building a base that enables us to intensify our cooperation with our customers and simultaneously demonstrate that there is a firm focus on the Asian market."

@HimaGroup #PAuto #Digitalisation #Germany #Singapore

Camera integration for ADAS and autonomous vehicles.

Prism AI, a software framework that provides classification, object detection, and object tracking, enabling perception engineers to quickly start integrating thermal cameras for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicle (AV) systems has been released by Teledyne FLIR. Built for automotive perception system developers, Prism includes features such as visible-and-thermal image fusion and advanced thermal image processing capabilities that provide superior pedestrian and animal detection in challenging lighting conditions. This feature is especially effective at night, which is when more than 79 percent of pedestrian deaths occurred in 2020.

“The Prism AI software model has performed successfully in third-party, NCAP automatic emergency braking (AEB) tests and will now help perception engineers create more effective systems,” said Michael Walters, vice president product management, Teledyne FLIR. “Combining the Prism AI development tools, plugins, and dataset development offers integrators a route to quickly test and decrease development cost for thermal-enabled ADAS or AV that will help save lives.”

Developers can use Prism AI as the primary perception software or as reference software during in-house development. A suite of Prism AI tools provides simplified data integration with the recently released Teledyne FLIR Conservator data lifecycle management software as well as the industry’s largest thermal-and-visible training dataset. Compatible with Teledyne FLIR market-leading thermal cameras including Boson®, Tau® 2, and the FLIR ADK™, Prism AI also includes production-required features including authentication between the thermal camera and the electronic control unit, further simplifying development.

By providing the basis for efficient perception model development, Prism AI can also help lower compute cost for commonly used desktop and embedded processors from NVIDIA, Ambarella, Qualcomm, and more. Paired with the Teledyne FLIR expert technical services team available for integration support, perception engineers from academia to OEMs now have a complete ecosystem to build thermal-enabled ADAS and AV systems.

In the United States, preliminary data from the first half of 2021 from the Governors Highway Safety Association estimated a 17 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities compared to the previous year and a 46 percent jump from 2011. Thermal-enhanced ADAS and AV systems can play a crucial role in driving down the unacceptable number of pedestrian traffic fatalities and will aid automotive OEMs to meet upcoming regulatory testing procedures that include nighttime pedestrian front crash prevention.

@flir @mepaxIntPR #Transport #Automation

Handheld videoscope.

The global market introduction of the TVM Series, a family of accurate, cost-effective, handheld industrial videoscopes has been announced by Titan Tool Supply.

Offered in four standard models, TVM Series industrial videoscopes provide high-quality, speedy remote visual inspection and diagnostic capabilities across a diverse array of applications. All TVM Series models feature a 4.3-inch monitor and user-friendly button technology. Individual models are further offered with a choice of either a 4.5 mm or 6.2 mm diameter cable, and either a 1.5 m or 3 m working cable length. All TVM Series cabling further includes a Tungsten braided sleeving for added durability and reliability within dirty or harsh industrial applications.

The mechanical joystick that is incorporated into each Model TVM Series unit is expressly designed for ease of operator control. It offers full-360° four-way articulation, as well as operator-applied and guided input capabilities, for smooth, accurate, and direct control of both the camera and articulating camera tip during remote visual inspections. The camera can also accurately hold its designated position after joystick pressure is released. Design of the articulating camera tip incorporates a series of high-intensity LEDs with five-step intensity control. The LEDs allow the joystick to guide the videoscope more accurately and easily through narrow bores, channels, curves, and other complex geometries, and including in areas where diminished lighting conditions may otherwise be of concern.

Typical applications for the TVM Series include aviation MRO, automotive service inspections, casting inspections, cavity inspections, diesel and gasoline engine repair, locomotive maintenance, ship maintenance, industrial machinery and equipment monitoring, manufacturing quality control, or virtually any other industrial application requiring accurate, cost-effective remote visual inspection.

@TitanToolSupply #Maintenance #PAuto

Carbon canister performance.

Many Signal Group customers employ the company’s gas analysers to measure the combustion emissions from engines that are under development. However, internal combustion engine vehicles also represent an opportunity for evaporative emissions, so vehicles are fitted with a carbon canister to prevent such releases. MAHLE ANAND Filter Systems, a leading global manufacturer of carbon canisters is using a flame ionisation detector (FID), Signal’s S4 SOLAR analyser, as part of its ongoing research and development programme, to optimise the performance of the carbon canisters which it supplies to global and domestic automotive manufacturers.

Based at the MAHLE ANAND Filter Systems facility in Pune,(IND), test laboratory manager Sagar Awate has been using Signal’s heated FID analyser for over two years for measuring total hydrocarbons (THC). “The S4 SOLAR FID Analyser is an important instrument within our research and development programme,” he explains. “We are constantly trialling new fuels and investigating the emission level (DBL – diurnal breathing loss) of our carbon canisters over a range of different temperatures as per the CARB and EPA procedures which are used worldwide. A temperature profile gradient is created with the use of a programmed environmental chamber.

“By collecting and analysing evaporative emissions from the carbon canister over a specific temperature profile, we are able to fully assess the canister’s bleed emission level. The analyser therefore plays a vital role in finding the THC ppm value from the gas sample collected inside a Kynar bag, and we are pleased to report that S4 SOLAR FID Analyser has performed very well. With a user-friendly interface and operating software that is simple to configure, our staff are very comfortable with the use of the instrument.”

Carbon canisters
The main function of carbon canisters is to reduce the amount of air pollution that vehicles create, whilst also increasing fuel efficiency. Hydrocarbon vapours arise from fuel in the fuel tank, even when the engine is turned off, and carbon canisters are designed to trap that vapour and feed it back into the engine.

Carbon canisters are filled with charcoal or carbon pellets that are able to adsorb hydrocarbon vapours. The canister input (tank port) connects to the fuel tank, while the canister output (purge port) connects to the purge valve in the vehicle's intake manifold. The vent port of the canister is open to the atmosphere.

When a vehicle is turned off, there is a pressure imbalance within the fuel tank which causes fuel to evaporate. As the tank is connected to the canister by means of hoses/pipes, all of the vapours generated inside the fuel tank enter the carbon canister. In line with the canister’s design capacity, it holds the vapours coming from tank whilst the vehicle is in the parked condition. Whenever the engine is started, the purge valve opens and the vapours inside the canister are desorbed into the air passing to the engine, where they are combusted. This process is known as “purging” of the carbon canister. During the purging process, fresh air from the atmosphere enters into the canister through the vent port and flows toward the engine, carrying fuel vapour with it. It takes a few minutes to complete the purging process; after which the ‘fresh’ canister is able to absorb vapour from subsequent cycles. Canisters remain functional while vehicles are running.

Monitoring evaporative hydrocarbons
The carbon canister tests are based on the procedures outlined in the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) LEVIII / TIER 3 Bleed Emission Test Procedure (BETP)) Recommendations.

The USCAR procedure enables equipment manufacturers to produce repeatable and reproducible results. Two methods of hydrocarbon capture are specified in the document; the Bag Method and the SHED (sealed housing evaporative determination) Method; both of which require the use of a FID. Signal Group is able to provide FID analysers for both methods.

FID is a standard reference method for the analysis of gaseous hydrocarbons. The FID is a highly sensitive but non-selective sensor which employs a flame to strip hydrogen atoms from a hydrocarbon molecule, forming carbon radicals and electrons. This is usually a short-lived condition with the charged components quickly recombining, however, in an electrostatic field, components with opposite charges are driven towards electrodes. This creates an effective current within the flame, which is proportional to the number of molecules of hydrocarbon present.

The SOLAR range of FIDs are the latest 4th generation design; benefitting from knowledge and experience gained over 40 years to deliver accuracy, reliability and ease of use. Commenting on the advantages of this latest technology Signal Group Managing Director James Clements says: “Every S4 analyser is supplied with software to enable operation of the analyser remotely using LAN/RS232. This means customers can access their monitoring data from anywhere and at any time, and if they have any service questions, we are able to log in remotely.”

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Runtime membership assembly.

UniversalAutomation.Org (UAO), an independent, not-for-profit association managing the implementation of an industrial automation shared runtime, hosted its first annual membership assembly on the 24th of May 2022 in Frankfurt, (D).

The physical and virtual event invited all members of UniversalAutomation.Org to discuss the future implementation of UAO runtime based on the IEC 61499 standard for distributed information and control systems. The meeting provided an opportunity for members to explore the current challenges and future trends facing the industry, including the importance of plug and produce and flexible approaches to Industrial automation.

The board was announced for the year ahead, with ESA, ExxonMobil, Intel, Kongsberg, Wood and Schneider Electric filling the positions.

Beginning with a roundtable discussion and updates on the UAO setup, the day comprised of individual company updates and a discussion on the future of UniversalAutomation.Org.

IEC 61499 defines a generic architecture and presents guidelines for the use of function blocks in distributed industrial-process measurement and control systems (IPMCSs). This architecture is presented in terms of implementable reference models, textual syntax and graphical representations

“We were delighted to hold our first annual membership assembly with our UniversalAutomation.Org members. This year we’ve made great strides in enabling vendors, end-users, OEMs, and academics to share a common automation runtime engine across their automation technology,” said John Conway, President of UniversalAutomation.Org. “We’re excited to see what this next year holds for all our members and the future of technological collaboration.”

“It was great to be able to discuss the future of UniversalAutomation.Org with all its members,” said Sølve Raaen, Principal Architect at Kongsberg Maritime & Board Director at UniversalAutomation.Org. “This type of collaboration is what we need to continue making strides in advancing industrial automation and creating a market of “plug and produce” automation solutions to benefit our customers.”

UniversalAutomation.Org enables vendors, end-users, OEMs, and academics to share a common automation runtime engine across their automation technology regardless of brand. The technological collaboration creates an entirely new category of industrial automation device where the decoupling of software from hardware drives the development of an ecosystem of portable, interoperable, “plug and produce” software components.

@Join_UAO @teamlewisglobal #PAuto #Industrie4

Thursday, 23 June 2022

Safety for first responders.

The Gas Laser has been introduced by Teledyne GMI. This has highly advanced laser technology designed to detect natural gas with the aim of enhancing safety and improving detection for fire services, and first responders.

Frequently fire personnel and first responders are called to natural gas emergencies using equipment that puts them close to potentially dangerous structures. The Gas Laser supports remote detection allowing the operator to work at a safer distance from the hazard location.

When access to a property cannot be established, the Gas Laser can operate through glass, giving the user an audible and visual indication to the presence of methane. This quick scan permits fire personnel and first responders to make rapid decisions and establish control of the gas and ignition sources should a gas escape be detected.

@mepaxIntPR #Teledyne #PAuto #Safety

Towards industrial webcam.

Unlike webcams from the consumer sector, the IDS uEye XC is specially designed for industrial requirements. Its components score with long availability – a must for industrial applications. It is used, for example, in kiosk systems, logistics, in the medical sector and in robotics applications.

Thanks to the integrated autofocus module, the Vision standard-compliant USB3 camera can easily manage changing object distances. In terms of appearance, it is distinguished by its elegant and lightweight magnesium housing. With dimensions of only 32 x 61 x 19 mm (W x H x D) and screwable USB Micro B connection, the camera can be easily integrated into image processing systems. Its 13 MP onsemi sensor delivers 20 fps at full resolution and ensures high image quality even in changing light conditions thanks to BSI ("Back Side Illumination") pixel technology.

Useful functions such as 24x digital zoom, auto white balance and colour correction ensure that all details can be captured perfectly. With the IDS peak software development kit, users can configure the camera specifically for their application if required.

From process and quality assurance to kiosk systems, logistics automation and medical technology: the autofocus camera can be used in a variety of ways in both industrial and non-industrial areas. With the quick-change macro attachment lens, users can easily shorten the minimum object distance of the camera. This makes it also suitable for close-up applications, such as diagnostics.

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