Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Surface mounted indicators.

The latest LED surface mount indicators from IDEC have been introduced by Foremost Electronics.

Alan Vincent, Sales Director of Foremost, comments, “The extended range of surface-mount industrial LED indicators from IDEC are ideal for panel and machine builders offering status and emergency information signals which can be mounted on any surface, whether a control panel, the arm of a robot or even an emergency exit. The wide number of colours and ability to add custom legends and symbols makes them suitable for a very wide range of applications. These industrial LED indicators fit in very well with our other HMI product ranges.”

The LH1D series of LED Spider Lights are a slim and stylish design ideal for mounting on the surface of equipment or panels and offer excellent visibility from the front and the side. The surface-mount design does not affect the location of other panel components and requires only a small space behind the mounting surface.

LH1D Spider Lights can be used in many applications that do not have space behind the panel to mount conventional indicators. Typical applications include robotic arms, product picking machines, door monitoring and other applications where designers require dual-colour pre-wired LED Spider Lights rather than having to mount individual status indicators.

Key Features include LED indicators in seven colours and dual-colour as standard in flat or dome designs with three-colour illumination available in the jumbo dome model. An integrated 1m connecting cable is provided as standard with 3m and 5m available as options and a 30cm M12 connector terminated cable is available for the jumbo dome version. Marking film can be inserted into flat Spider Lights allowing customer legends and symbols to be printed and displayed.

The 24V AC/DC Spider Lights provide an impressive 50,000 hour lifespan while consuming low levels of energy and are UL Listed, CE marked and TUV rated. All Spider Light LED indicators are NEMA Type 4X and IP67 rated for protection against exposure to water or oils.

#4mostelectronics #PAuto 

Asset Purchase Completed.

Solar Light Company have now advised that the assets of Gooch and Housego (Orlando) have been acquired. The new entity will operate as Optronic Laboratories from its facility in Orlando, Florida, USA. Optronic Laboratories, Inc. will become an affiliate of Solar Light Company, Inc.
Optronic Laboratories, Inc., was founded in 1970 by two eminent researchers at NIST (originally National Bureau of Standards). The company quickly became recognized for its expertise in light measurement and commercial metrology. Today, Optronic Laboratories and its business partners provide a comprehensive line of high-performance, optical radiation measurement systems, sources, standards, and calibration services with a worldwide reputation for excellence in light sciences.

Highlighting the importance of this acquisition for its global customers, Jay Silverman, President of Solar Light Company, Inc., stated, "Since 1970, Optronic Laboratories has been improving the way the world measures light. This acquisition ensures that Optronic Laboratories can continue to provide the critical light measurement systems and the support necessary for our customers to develop and manufacture their innovative products and processes."

See also:
• Relief for optics facility. (21 Aug 2018)
• Facility closes down. (25 June 2018)

@SolarLight_Co #PAuto #USA @ghphotonics 

Photoionisation detector.

"Exciting new supply agreement allows Blackline to add Ion Science photoionisation detector to G7 sensor portfolio through revenue-sharing rental service!"

Ion Science has signed a supply and revenue-sharing agreement with Blackline Safety Corp. to bring an affordable photoionisation detector (PID) to market.

Hazardous to the short-term and long-term health of employees, VOCs are emitted by a variety of liquids and solids that can impact the respiratory system, skin and eyes, as well as cause fatigue, memory loss and affect the nervous system and function of internal organs.

Specialised PID sensors use high-energy ultraviolet light to ionise gases into negatively-charged electrons and positively-charged components. VOC levels are measured by monitoring the current flow between electrodes inside the sensor.

“Ion Science supplies more PID sensors than any other manufacturer and our MiniPID 2 eliminates two key challenges — humidity and contamination,” said Duncan Johns, Managing Director at Ion Science. “In order to bring our proven technology to a wider audience, we forged a unique relationship with Blackline. Rather than a traditional sensor sale to an OEM customer, we offer our PID sensors to Blackline as a rental, complementing how they bring gas detection to the market as an overall service offering.”

“Until now, PID technology has been less affordable for large workforce deployments with instruments often costing several thousand dollars each,” said Cody Slater, CEO and Chairman for Blackline Safety. “Advanced Ion Science PID sensors are now part of our overall G7 gas detection portfolio and services that include a lifetime sensor warranty. Businesses that have not been able to justify the expense of PID technology can now affordably deploy across their teams with known costs. Further, our G7 Complete leasing program can provide these capabilities with affordable monthly payments and zero startup fees.”

PID sensors are highly sensitive devices and occasionally require cleaning of the internal ultra-violet bulb, bulb replacement and replacement of the electrode stack. Blackline’s G7 gas detector features a plug-and-play cartridge interface that enables any G7 device to be equipped with a PID sensor while also limiting maintenance. When a PID sensor requires servicing, Blackline customers simply replace the G7 cartridge in seconds, eliminating downtime. In contrast, traditional PID instruments take tens of minutes each to be disassembled, PID sensor removed and taken apart, parts cleaned and then reassembled.

Mr. Slater added: “Included in our relationship with Ion Science is lifetime sensor maintenance, performed at their facility. Every time that a customer installs a new PID sensor cartridge, they benefit from a factory-certified replacement that is maintained by expert technicians.”

The Ion Science MiniPID 2 sensor takes advantage of patented Fence Electrode Technology that eliminates the common problem of humidity influencing VOC readings, while an internal membrane reduces contamination. MiniPID 2 is now available for Blackline’s G7 Single-gas Diffusion Cartridge and Multi-gas Diffusion Cartridge, plus the upcoming Multi-gas Pump Cartridge, scheduled to be released this fall.

@ionscience #Pauto #Safety @blacklinesafety @ionscienceusa

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Top load turbine flow meter.

Badger Meter has just intruduced the Blancett® Top Load Turbine Flow Meter.  Designed to withstand the demands of the most rigorous flow measurement applications, this meter was originally intended for the secondary oil recovery market but provides an ideal solution for liquid flow measurement on or off the oil field.

Since 1975, Blancett turbine meters have delivered accurate, consistent, reliable and informative flow measurements for liquid and gas applications. These turbine meters are popular velocity flow-measuring devices with the ability to measure wide flow ranges with good accuracy. They are known for their fast speed of response, low pressure drop, and durable construction.

For customers looking for a better turbine solution, the top load meter’s new, innovative design provides the proven performance expected from the Blancett brand with the ability to reduce repair times by over 70 percent. A new replaceable insert assembly kit allows users to quickly and easily replace the rotor and blade assembly in the field without having to remove the meter from the line. The meter is constructed with a rugged 316 stainless steel housing, rotor shaft and rotor support assemblies; 17-4 PH stainless steel rotor; and hybrid ceramic ball bearings. It maintains measurement accuracy and mechanical integrity in the corrosive and abrasive fluids commonly found in oil field water flood projects, as well as many other industrial applications.

Key features of the new Blancett meter include:

  • Reduce repair time by 70 percent
  • Simple field maintenance by a single technician
  • No special tools necessary for disassembly
  • Long service life with no rusting in severe operating environments
  • Electronic integration with state-of-the-art flow monitors and K-factor scaler, or an F-to-I/F-to-V Intelligent converter
  • Helical blade design
  • Repair kit for turbine replacement without loss of accuracy
  • High 15:1 turndown ratio for extended flow range
  • Installed either horizontally or vertically

Badger Meter's top load turbine flow meter can be paired with a Blancett B2900 flow monitor, which provides advanced communication capabilities over an RS485 bus using Modbus remote terminal unit (RTU) and control outputs. This allows operators to connect meters to a network for process automation and/or remote flow monitoring. The Modbus RTU connection can be configured with user-selected baud rates.

The Blancett Top Load Turbine Flow Meter is available in one- and two-inch nominal pipe sizes with an accuracy rating of ±1 percent of reading and a repeatability of 0.1 percent of reading. Ideal flow ranges vary between 5...225 gallons per minute (GPM)/18.9...851.72 liters per minute (LPM) depending on line size. The meter comes calibrated and traceable to National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards.

With quick product availability and advanced electronic integration options, backed by experienced application support personnel, Badger Meter offers an optimal solution for critical flow measurement requirements. The Blancett Top Load Turbine Flow Meter is in stock and ready to ship.

@Badger_Meter #PAuto #Oil @BadgerMeterDE 

Identify the first signs of machine failure.

Senseye,  provider of predictive maintenance analytics, is rolling out new Trend Recognition algorithms capable of automatically identifying machine problems at an earlier stage than was previously possible.

Simon Kampa
Simon Kampa, CEO of Senseye, comments: “The earliest warning signs of machine failure tend to emerge very gradually and have previously been difficult for an A.I. application to spot. Our new algorithms can reliably and automatically identify problems several weeks earlier than was previously possible. This reduces the cost of downtime by providing a greater window of opportunity for engineers to apply the right maintenance remedy without impacting on production schedules.”

Senseye’s new Automatic Trend Recognition algorithms use Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) to monitor very gradual changes in the condition of industrial machinery. The algorithms analyze basic diagnostics data from machine sensors to spot small but significant variations in vibration, pressure, temperature, torque, electrical current and other sources that indicate deterioration in machine health.

Senseye has invested more than 8,000 work hours from its data scientists, mechanical engineers and application developers in developing its Automatic Trend Recognition algorithms, which are the first automated offering of its kind to be deployed as a SaaS application. The algorithms will be made available to all Senseye customers around the world by the end of the month (September 2018).

@senseyeIO #PAuto

Monday, September 17, 2018

Security certification confirmed!

The remote management solution, eWON Argos, from HMS Industrial Networks, is now ISECOM STAR security certified.

The eWON Argos Product Manager, Anders Stålheden comments: “We are very proud to have successfully passed the ISECOM STAR security certification, and we are committed to continue with regular security assessments to ensure that we provide the highest possible security to protect our customers.”

The eWON Argos remote management service is an important part of the eWON remote solutions from HMS Industrial Networks. Argos offers users a secure monitoring and control to field equipment via eWON Netbiter gateways. Accordingly, Argos is regularly tested by independent companies to maintain a high security level in today’s fast-evolving technology environment.

Argos has become ISECOM STAR certified after passing an assessment performed by the company admeritia GmbH, a vendor-independent German cybersecurity company specialized in IT Security assessment (ethical hacking) and KPI-based security measurement. The assessment was done through an OSSTMM 3.0 and OWASP audit process which included penetration tests of Argos targeting the cloud-based infrastructure.

 @ewonrouters #PAuto @isecom

Defining the Principal Roles in Cybersecurity.

Overview Planning, operating, and maintaining an effective response to cybersecurity risks can be a daunting exercise for many asset owners. They must address the cybersecurity of automation and related systems across their entire life cycle, from specification and development to operations and maintenance. Although they are not directly responsible for all activities, asset owners must understand the requirements and translate these into responsibilities for those performing the tasks required.

Eric Cosman
This report is authored by Eric Cosman an expert on the subject. ARC Advisory Group clients can view the complete report at ARC Main Client Portal. Eric Cosman was one of the speakers at the ISA Food and Pharmaceuticals Industries Division Symposium (FPID) on Cybersecurity held in Cork two years ago.

The lifecycle of an automation solution provides the context or back-ground for defining processes and associated roles. If defined in sufficiently general terms, it can be applied easily across a wide range of situations and help improve communications and cooperation between the various contributors and stakeholders. This is a major goal for people involved in standards development efforts since it would enable broader use of their work.

Many of the available standards, frameworks and guidelines for cybersecurity stress the need to address the people and process elements of the response in addition to technology. However, it is often left up to the reader to define the needed processes and associated roles. This requires a detailed understanding of business processes and organizational structure, including identification and definition of roles and responsibilities. Although the details may vary by situation, the fundamentals are often common.

A general-purpose lifecycle model includes the definition of several principal roles that are not industry specific. By using these general definitions, it is possible to provide guidance that can be applied broadly.

#Cybersecurity #PAuto @arc_advisory