Friday, 14 August 2020

DIN rail PSU.

Economical SVL power supplies designed for ATMs, industrial automation, vending machinery, and control equipment.

Emerson SolaHD™ SVL DIN rail power supplies are ideal for high volume, controlled environments where essential power quality technology is required in a compact footprint. Available in a versatile range of 15 to 480 Watts in 5, 12, 24 and 48 Volt combinations, SolaHD SVL power supplies convert AC to DC power in an efficient design for ATMs, vending machines, scanners, industrial instrumentation and semiconductor fabrication equipment that need protection from excess shock, vibration or temperature extremes.
When space inside an enclosure is at a premium, SolaHD SVL power supplies' high-density makes them an excellent alternative to embedded open frame switchers. The clip-on DIN rail mounting capability provides quick, hassle-free installation while allowing for enhanced design flexibility. The universal input voltage means the power supplies adapt to locally available power and screw clamp connections make them exceptionally simple to wire.

Heat is the natural enemy of power supplies. Convection cooling in SolaHD SVL power supplies reduce the temperature of internal components without the need of a fan that may serve as a failure point for the device. Power factor correction, along with overload, over-voltage and short circuit protection adds to their reliability.

SolaHD SVL power supplies meet UL 508 requirements for industrial control equipment and UL 60950 requirements for Information Technology Equipment and CE Low Voltage Directive standards for worldwide applications. SolaHD SVL power supplies are backed by a two-year limited warranty.

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Sensors in the water and wastewater network.

Predicting a crisis before it happens.

This report* includes market forecasts, player profiles, investments, and comprehensive company lists. This report is an essential read for those looking for a deep understanding of the use of sensors in the water and waste-water industries.

Britain is currently experiencing a heatwave – London, for example, has had the longest stretch of hot weather in almost 60 years. With an increase in temperature, there is an increase in demand for tap water. One area which is affected is the South West Water network, with water shortages across Sussex and up to 300 households left without tap water for five days.

It is possible with technology to better predict how people use water and monitor its quality. This technology currently exists. For example, manufacturing industries such as semi-conductor manufacturing monitor water for trace metals. The same sensors can be in a water network pipe. Furthermore, these methods of sensor detection have shown to work. Companies such as Suez have implemented smart water meters to track users water consumption in some locations in France, providing them with a better understanding of how the users consume water, and more importantly, when.

IDTechEx research predicts that in the water pipe network alone, the industry of sensors will grow to over €2.96bn ($3.5Bn or £2.67bn)  by 2030 (Source: IDTechEx – “Sensors in the Water and Wastewater Treatment Industries 2020-2030”). This area is a growing industry, and it is at the forefront of the Smart Cities and IoT technology areas.

Which sensors can be in water network pipes?

There are many different properties and measurements recorded in a water supply or a waste-water network, including the following:

− Pressure Measurements (static, stagnation, head)

− Flow levels (depth, pressure, velocity)

− Flow meters (velocity)

− Acoustic emission (leakage)

− Temperature measurements

− Chemical measurements (Ph, trace metals e.t.c)
What are the benefits of sensors in pipes?
Data brings understanding and understanding brings better management of a system. Collecting data on the flow in water pipes allows companies to quickly identify regions where there is an increase in demand, and as a result, lower pressure in the pipes. Utility companies can correlate their use age data with current events. They can then answer questions such as: On average, how much water is used per day in a heatwave? Who uses the most water? What times of the day is network strained?

Who makes the sensors?
There are many players in the water and waste-water industries. The figure below shows some of those mentioned in the IDTechEx report, “Sensors in the Water and Wastewater Treatment Industries 2020-2030”.

When will it happen?
The need is, therefore, creating a smart water network, but it will only happen with investment. IDTechEx Research predicts there will be a change in regulation in 5-10 years. This change will push for smarter sensor-based networks. Moreover, the benefits of these systems will pay off any investment, providing a more efficient, safe, and monitored network.

What about COVID-19?
As an emerging technology, digitising and adding sensors to the water and waste-water networks may have both benefit and hindrance. Hindrance, as companies may not wish to spend large sums on new sensors, pipes, or technology, and the barriers for entry into the water and waste-water networks are already high.

The benefit of adopting sensors into the networks outweigh these barriers. There is a real need for remote monitoring. Monitoring removes the need for maintenance staff to check pipes as regularly, or to collect samples for lab monitoring. It speeds up the identification of pollution events reduces fines incurred by the water companies. It improves the efficiency of the treatment plants. It provides a better service for customers. A steep investment, but the dividends pay off for many years to come.

“Sensors in the Water and Waste-water treatment industries 2020-2030”?  (IDTechEx)

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Breaking new ground for European logistics centre.

Endress+Hauser is strengthening its logistics capabilities in Europe. Business partner Hellmann Worldwide Logistics will operate a modern, high-performance logistics center on behalf of the Group in Wörrstadt, near Frankfurt Airport. The hub is scheduled to be completed and in operation by mid-2021. The new location will replace the current logistics center in Nieder-Olm (D).

The partners officially kicked off construction of the new logistics center with a ground-breaking ceremony.
René Konrad (Managing Director, LIST Bau Bielefeld), Stefan Bohn (Managing Director, Panattoni), Ingo Kleinfelder (Mayor of Wörrstadt), Thorsten Wilkening (Head of Global Transportation Network, Endress+Hauser), Volker Sauerborn (COO Contract Logistics, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics) as well as Markus Conrad (Mayor of the Municipality of Wörrstadt) break ground at the site of the new logistics center in Wörrstadt, Germany. (Image source: Hellmann Worldwide Logistics SE & Co. KG)
In order to smoothly fulfill customer orders and ensure a high level of customer satisfaction, a reliable logistics system is a crucial link in the chain. Fast throughput times, a quick response and on-time delivery are just a few of the demands placed on modern product distribution centers. During the coronavirus pandemic, another aspect turned out to be especially important: flexibility.

“In order to reliably supply customers around the world with measurement and automation technology despite the pandemic, our logistics hub in Nieder-Olm served as a solid foundation,” says Oliver Blum, Corporate Director of Supply Chain. “Although 100 percent availability was crucial, having the flexibility to keep thousands of measurement instruments from being delivered to customers that were in lockdown was particularly important.”

This positive experience served as further confirmation of the successful cooperation with Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, which was recently renewed with a new contract. The partners also want to put a larger logistics center in Wörrstadt into operation only a few kilometers from the current location. The new hub, situated at the junction of the A63 highway and state road B420 in Hessen, will feature more than 18,000 square meters of logistics space and can handle eight times the volume of the old facility.

“With Hellmann, we’re pleased to have a partner on our side that can flexibly and reliably support our growth in the future,” emphasized Oliver Blum. Volker Sauerborn, COO Contract Logistics at Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, said: “We’re pleased to be able to further expand the outstanding cooperation with Endress+Hauser and bring it to a new level in the new halls. The Wörrstadt location will enable strategic growth for both partners.”

Today the center in Nieder-Olm, which is certified for air cargo security, manages daily deliveries from 16 shuttle trucks from all Endress+Hauser European production sites. At the logistics center, the various products are bundled into a single order and shipped to national and international end customers.

Hellmann also manages replenishments for the Endress+Hauser product centers outside of Europe, which includes packaging and preparing the orders for shipment via air cargo and loading container ships. The new logistics hub in Wörrstadt will also bundle inbound orders from overseas locations and distribute them to the European production sites via the existing shuttle connections.

The space at the new location will also primarily be used for cross docking logistics, which involves products that are normally shipped directly from the manufacturer to the customer instead of being warehoused. “We also use this concept at our other Endress+Hauser logistics centers around the world: in France, India, Italy and the USA. And we are continuously strengthening our worldwide network. We are currently building regional hubs in China and India,” added Oliver Blum.

The construction activities are already well underway in Wörrstadt. The partners officially kicked off construction of the new logistics center with a ground-breaking ceremony. The project developer is Panattoni, a subsidiary of a worldwide leading real-estate company that specializes in logistics and industrial properties. LIST Bau Bielefeld is the prime contractor.

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Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Innovation centre expands.

Abaco Systems plans to grow the company’s presence in Austin, (TX USA) the home of its DSP Innovation Center. This expansion follows Abaco’s February move to new headquarters in Huntsville, (AL USA) and is further evidence of the company’s investment in innovation and continued growth.

This significant expansion sees the facility grow almost 50% to over 16,000 square feet, and comes as a result of rapid growth in demand for Abaco’s digital signal processing solutions that are designed for advanced electronic warfare applications.

The additional space, which opened in July, will enable the expansion of the engineering facilities at the DSP Innovation Center. Not only will it receive substantial technical upgrades and additional laboratory facilities, but it will also benefit from re-equipping of the entire new workspace. This will provide a more ergonomic environment that will facilitate the collaboration that is at the heart of Abaco’s innovation.

Abaco is actively recruiting engineers, the addition of whom will see the current site headcount increase by more than 50% over the coming 18 months to more than 65 employees.

“Austin has an outstanding reputation as being a great place for leading edge technology companies to do business, and that makes it a perfect fit for our company – not least because of the access it gives us to the country’s most talented engineers,” said Rich Sorelle, President and CEO of Abaco. “This expansion of our DSP Innovation Center, in terms of both space and people, will allow us to continue to develop the innovative, pioneering computing solutions that enable our customers to provide our warfighters with a vital competitive edge.”

Abaco’s five Innovation Centers are at the heart of the company’s success. The team in Austin is responsible for the development of leading edge solutions based on advanced technologies including DSP, FPGA, and RFSoC. Innovative products designed and manufactured on site include the VP430 and the VP460. The Austin facility also provides the in-depth technical support customers sometimes require - all the way from design through development through optimization through deployment.

The VP430 Direct RF Processing System, which was the first 3U VPX COTS solution to feature the all new Xilinx® ZU27DR RF system-on-chip (RFSoC) technology, is also one of the densest analog FPGA DSP boards available, with eight ADC and DAC synchronized channels. It features the ability to synchronize multiple boards for even larger system applications.

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Digital and analog interface in one sensor.

Pressure sensor PP20H and conductivity sensor CombiLyz AFI have now been added to the Baumer portfolio of process sensors with digital communication interface

Digital communication opens up many opportunities – but only sensors that reliably deliver precise measured values offer real added value by IO-Link. Well established and appreciated by many users, both pressure sensor PP20H and CombiLyz AFI conductivity sensor excel by outstanding measuring performance and IO-Link interface, but now they offer even more interesting features such as simple and fast parameterization- even during operation. This way, secondary data like different process data output simultaneously or diagnostic data only accessible this way can be communicated from sensor to controller or even retrieved from the sensor memory if required. Further to the digital interface, the sensors also provide one or more conventional analog outputs for maximum user flexibility.

Dual Channel enables analog as well as digital sensor operation or both at the same time - this way, Baumer process sensors such as conductivity sensor CombiLyz AFI and pressure sensor PP20H work both in conventional control topologies and digital IO-Link control environments. In process automation, the proven analog interface is helpful for sensor integration into existing control concepts. Nevertheless, in sensor commissioning, IO-Link advantages such as easy and fast parameterization or access to secondary data are a valuable help. For process control, parallel readout of conductivity or pressure value is enabled via 4... 20 mA analog output.

IO-Link provides access to valuable secondary data: process data including sensor temperature respectively process temperature of PP20H. Such information allow for interesting conclusions, e.g. unusual temperature rise in containers or pipes. And, such data are basic for predictive maintenance. CombiLyz AFI conductivity sensor delivers information on media concentration in addition to media conductivity. By doing so, the medium in process and its concentration is precisely identified. Pressure sensor PP20H delivers ambient pressure information in addition to process pressure. Therefore, the sensor can be deployed for both absolute and relative pressure measurement.

IO-Link allows for mutual and bidirectional sensor communication via the controller. This way, every sensor can utilize the measured values of other sensors to solve complex measuring tasks or for optimization of processes and production flow. Using conductivity sensor AFI for example, transmission of the measured temperature value would reduce response times of temperature compensation to 15 seconds or even completely circumvent them. In level detection in closed tanks, two fusioned pressure sensors enable direct indication of the filling level. The head pressure sensor transmits the measured value to the pressure sensor at the tank bottom for zero point adjustment. This way, the actual pressure is determined.

With CombiLyz conductivity sensors and PP20H pressure sensors now featuring this digital communication interface, Baumer further adds on their portfolio of IO-Link process sensors. And, solutions for flow and level detection using this digital communication standard are also available.

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Components supply forecast without crystal ball!

“I’m certain that stability will return, but I will need a crystal ball to predict just when…!” - Adam Fletcher

Adam Fletcher - Chair ecsn
At the end of each year the Electronic Components Supply Network (ecsn) provides a provisional twelve month Forecast for the year in prospect. The forecast issued by the association in December 2019 reflected the ‘reasonable’ confidence expressed by ecsn members for the first half of the year but the association chose to limit its predictions for the second half of the year to ‘best guidance’, due to the lack of customer visibility in the electronic components market coupled with ongoing geo-political uncertainties. The association is now able to firm up this ‘best guidance’ and has today confirmed its forecast to the end of the year, together with the provisional release of the results for H1 2020.

According to ecsn chairman Adam Fletcher, the outcome for the electronic components market in the first half of 2020 revealed a decline of (10%) when compared to the same period last year. The association’s forecast for the second half of the year suggests that the market decline will slow and reveal a 2H’20 decline in the range (9%)-to-(3%), with a mid-point decline of (6%). The mid-year forecast released today by ecsn predicts that the British & Irish electronic components market will conclude 2020 showing a full year decline in the range (10%)-to-(6%), with a mid-point of (8%) decline on the previous year.

“The sharp decline in growth in 2020 is primarily the result of a global economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which was not a forecastable event in 2019”, said Aubrey Dunford, ecsn Market Analyst. “However, the ongoing trade war between China and the US had already reduced demand in Q4’19 and enabled customers to de-stock based on increased availability due to tumbling component lead-times and because of their weakening customer order book”. 

The ‘Book to Bill’ ratio which was positive in Q1’20 but declined slightly in Q2’20 but the polynomial trend suggests that the B2B ratio is likely to remain positive into the 2H’20: “Customers who had been destocking in Q4’19 increased their in-house inventory and order cover in Q1’20 as manufacturer lead-times for components started to increase and with it, the potential risk of product shortages due to the population lock-down and China’s closure of much of its manufacturing industry” Dunford continued. “Fortunately, the supply situation has eased considerably in Q2 ’20, partly aided by lower global demand for electronic components”.

Continuing Limited Visibility…
ecsn’s afdec members’ visibility in the electronic components market remains very limited due to the almost total absence of clear guidance from their customers, and there is understandably a wide and diverse range of opinions on the likely outcome for 2020: “It’s always our aim to provide the electronic components markets, our members’ customers and investors with a balanced and evidence-based forecast and our forecast for the second half of the year reflects careful analysis of our members’ statistical data, reports from industry analysts and empirical data from a wide range of sources”, said Adam Fletcher. “Looking further ahead we believe that 2021 is likely to be a year of low growth and modest recovery for the electronic components markets. Stronger real growth will probably not return until 2022, however the range of member and industry analyst opinions about when and what the rate of the growth will be remains very diverse”.

That said, Fletcher remains confident that the trajectory for the electronic components markets in the mid-term is up and to the right: “If we assume that the final outcome for 2020 is a sales revenue decline of (9%) when compared to the previous year, then the performance of the electronic components market and the wider electronic industry will have been fairly remarkable given the dreadful economic environment in which we are all currently operating”. He remains confident that stronger underlying growth will return although the odd ‘bump’ along the way will be inevitable: “I predicted that any growth would adopt a hockey-stick shaped curve towards the end of 2020 and into 2021 and in my opinion the curve has now simply shifted by a further 18 to 24 months, due primarily to COVID-19 but also to the US China Trade War delaying the inevitable 5G roll-out but also reflecting weakness in the automotive market - which was set to return to growth in 2020 but has now been delayed by 12 months, the impact on the commercial avionics sector is likely to continue well in to 2023, and slower than anticipated growth in IOT applications: In the cloud computing and military markets growth remains strong, while PC / laptops, medical and industrial markets are set to continue modest growth rates”.

Looking even further ahead, Fletcher is confident that the electronic components markets will return to growth over the next few years but at a rate lower than the global average rather than at the top of the growth curve. He believes that stronger international economic growth, the impact of mega mergers and acquisitions and continued underinvestment in capacity for the manufacture complex electronic components will once again drive extended lead-times and shortages of some electronic components: “The pendulum of supply and demand continues to swing very erratically and will continue to cause a ‘stop-start’ effect on our industry”, Fletcher concluded. “Until the entire electronics industry starts to really collaborate effectively and share its business intelligence throughout the supply network, we will all be at risk from these extreme market oscillations. I’m certain that stability will return, but I will need a crystal ball to predict just when…!”

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Noise, vibration and dust monitoring from the cloud!

The well proven SvanNET cloud-based solution from Svantek,  now offers noise, vibration and dust monitoring with new 24/7 support functionality ideal for large infrastructure projects. The enhanced, all-in-one portal offers multi point internet connection with the company’s high performance instrumentation to provide alarming, reporting and management in a convenient central location.

It has been specially developed for use with the company’s advanced SV 258 PRO vibration and SV 307 noise monitoring stations, as well as its exciting new Met One ES-642 Remote Dust Monitor. It provides measurement status, alarms indication, power source including battery charge and external power information as well as GSM strength.

The new ES-642 remote dust monitor is an industrial air quality sensor designed to provide accurate measurements of particle concentration in both indoor and outdoor environments. Supplied in a rugged waterproof enclosure, it includes an LCD display to provide information about particulate concentration, flow rate, instrument status and power.

Svantek’s SvanNET enables web interface, access to data files in the instruments and status alarms for battery or memory. It sends out advanced alarms for noise, dust and vibration parameters which can be set for different times of the day rather than just during normal work hours. It means emails and SMS messages can be delivered to the correct person regardless of shift pattern.

Aidan Hubbard, Svantek’s Sales Director comments: “SvanNET is the central portal for all noise, vibration and dust monitoring data to be displayed and managed. Users are now looking for an easy to use all in one solution instead of running multiple portals for multiple instruments. They would much rather have a single portal and see everything in one place.

“In addition, a new support functionality enables users to easily get back up and help from a Svantek engineer on a 24/7 basis which is particularly ideal for large infrastructure projects.”

Sharing access with key people is made easy with Tokens. This feature does not require a password or username to enter but provides a website with live data streaming. Whilst the user is unable to make changes to the project, it is useful for making data more accessible.

Svantek’s IEC61672 class 1 SV 307 noise monitoring station now has the ability to alarm from vibration or tilt detection. This alerts users when it has been adjusted by strong winds or from attempted theft. It can also be alarmed from GPS movement although this is more appropriate for time synchronisation of multiple systems.

As an online solution, SvanNET does not require software installation and is accessible through a web browser or dedicated App for Android and IOS platforms. The responsive design enables use of SvanNET on various devices such as smartphones or tablets.

SvanNET allows usage of all types of SIM cards with the Svantek monitoring station modem regardless if they have public or private IP. Once a card is inserted into the instrument it automatically connects to SvanNET.

The web user interface is easy to use and intuitive to operate. The connectivity service offers management and gives full control of the monitoring system using any web browsing device like a mobile phone, tablet or PC.

The online preview template provides current results, time-history graphs as well as information on status of monitoring points. The preview website can be customised with logos and individual project names. The preview content can be configured in SvanNET interface that works as the Content Management System (CMS).

To ensure reliability and data security, SvanNET has been located on the Microsoft Azure™ cloud platform that works through the global network of Microsoft-managed data centres.

The SvanNET project is an optional feature designed to offer fully automated management of multi-point noise and vibration monitoring tasks. Tools such as Automatic Files Download, Data Storage, Advanced Alarms and Data Sharing for generating restricted access log ins to SvanNET enable unattended monitoring.

The functionality of SvanNET Projects allows grouping of monitoring stations so that alarms and reports are separately defined for each project. The data files are also grouped automatically in accordance with Project assignments.

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