Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Industrial Partnership network quintupled.

The SPE Industrial Partner Network has more than quintupled the number of its members within the first year. The seven founding members have now grown to 37 members since the SPS Fair in November 2019. Each company on its own is a technology leader and specialist in the various fields needed to strengthen and complete the SPE Ecosystem. The common unifying basis is the international standardization for SPE infrastructure according to IEC 63171-6 as well as IEC 11801-x, IEEE 802.3 to which all members refer.

SPE Pioneer Summit 2020!
From 3-4 November, the SPE Industrial Partner Network will host the SPE Pioneer Summit 2020, where leading SPE pioneers and experts will show through tech-talks, panel discussions and webinars how SPE can bring companies into the Industrie 4.0 age.

The seven founding members of the SPE Industrial Partner Network e.V., who joined together to form the SPS in November 2019 in order to successfully establish the SPE technology on the market, have already become 37 member companies before their first birthday in 2020. A success of which the network is very proud. "37 members - this is an outstanding success, which shows us that we have done some things right", says Frank Welzel, chairman of the SPE Industrial Partner Network e.V. "Our holistic approach of a comprehensive SPE ecosystem, which connects all necessary manufacturers, applications, standards and components, meets the confidence of the companies as well as the fixed form of the network as a registered association. It is always important for us to emphasize this point. We are not, like other SPE interest groups, just a collection of companies that pay lip service to each other. We are a fixed network in which each member represents rights, duties and expertise. Thus, within the first year, an active association culture has already developed in the two working groups Marketing and Technology. Our experts maintain an active exchange of knowledge across company boundaries, bring the first applications to the market and drive the further development and dissemination of SPE".

The SPE Industrial Partner Network unites large and small companies and brings together expertise from the fields of automation technology, connection technology, cabling, sensor technology, microchips, magnetics, test equipment, device construction and IIoT solutions, to name but a few. At the centre of all efforts is the Single Pair Ethernet technology, which transmits Ethernet over just one pair of twisted copper wires. This technology is one of the most important steps on the way to continuous data cabling from the cloud to sensors at field level. This makes SPE one of the most important drivers for IIoT.

@mepaxIntPR #PAuto #SPE

How to Streamline Complex Natural Gas Analysis and Reduce Costs.

Current gas quality measurement requirements are driving the need for analysis of both sulfur compounds and natural gas composition in pipeline and gas processing applications using a gas chromatograph (GC). Conventional air-bath oven GCs capable of supporting these measurements are expensive, complex large platforms unsuitable for field-installation without elaborate analyser shelters, adding significant capital and operating costs. 

This white paper from Emerson explores the industry’s first field-mountable, transmitter-style gas chromatograph capable of providing measurement of sulfur compounds and energy content of natural gas in a single, compact explosion-proof analyzer, reducing cost and footprint.


#PAuto @EMR_Automation @Rosemount_News 

First charge amplifier with IO-Link.

A new flexible, miniature charge amplifier with IO-Link, a world first from Kistler, complies with industrial communications networking standard (IEC 61131-9) and combines analogue and digital communication technology to pave the way for Industry 4.0. The new charge amp is ideal for applications over a wide range of industry sectors, including robotics, packaging, food and beverage, as well as OEM’s. Its small size L 38mm x W 25mm x H 31.4mm including the output connections and its low weight of only 30g means that the amplifier can be installed where space is at a premium, such as robotic heads and other moving parts.

The 5028A charge amplifier is the first of its type to use IO-Link technology where analogue output signals from piezoelectric sensors sends digital communications data. The new amp delivers digital data that is resistant to interference from disturbance variables and end-to-end communication all the way through to sensor level. IO-Link technology opens the way to highly reliable, predictive maintenance allowing maintenance tasks to be initiated automatically when data is regularly outside a setpoint range. 

When the IO-Link component is replaced, the new parameters are transferred automatically.

By incorporating a digital interface into the 5028A charge amplifier, Kistler is taking another step towards the fully networked factory in keeping with the goals of Industry 4.0. Users receive reliable data for immediate process evaluation as the raw analogue signal is digitized in the amplifier. The disturbance variables that occur in conventional analogue systems due to inductive or capacitive couplings are avoided and the need for complex and costly individual cabling for analogue and control signals is eliminated. The charge amp is equally suitable for use as an analogue charge amplifier with reset/operate input, it delivers proven performance for controlling fast processes with low latency and jitter. The 5028A charge amplifier is the world's first amplifier for measurement data from piezoelectric sensors with communication based on IO-Link. This device will fit easily into almost any industrial application that calls for small, lightweight components and simple solutions.

As well as its extended functional scope, the 5028A charge amplifier offers customers another decisive benefit;: the interfaces with the upstream sensor as well as the customer's downstream system are compliant with industrial standards. This means that the charge amplifier can be integrated into any existing network that supports IO-Link. This advantage guarantees easy, cost-efficient installation – and users can be sure that data is transmitted reliably and securely. Kistler is thus taking another step towards the harmonization of proprietary connector types according to commonly used standards making the products easier to use. Even on the smallest of Kistler's amplifiers, customers themselves can now adjust the settings in line with their own requirements. This innovation is Kistler's response to an industry-wide trend for more flexible use of components in different systems.

Much valuable space can be saved thanks to the compact dimensions of the 5028A charge amplifier, which can easily be positioned on robot heads or other moving parts. The new device can be used generally in mechanical engineering applications and is also suitable for sectors such as medical technology, because it allows verification of changes to settings at any time. This product's favorable cost-to-benefit ratio underscores the economic advantages of IO-Link technology – an aspect that is also highlighted by the IO-Link Consortium.

#Kestler #PAuto 

Monday, 19 October 2020

Strain measurement resource website.

The new BSSM website is now live! 

Packed with useful features and resources, visitors to the British Society for Strain Measurement (BSSM) site may book events and training courses, look through event archives, learn about their corporate members, 'Ask an Expert' and much, much more. 

Details of their offer for early career development may be accessed also and registration for conference and other additional upcoming features such as their Strain Resource Centre.

@BSSMStrain #PAuto 


Position sensor range expanded.

Recently announced by Novotechnik and available through their distribution partner Variohm EuroSensor, LWG series linear position sensors are now available in six additional standard measurement lengths. Adding increased flexibility for closed loop position feedback and other precision measurement tasks in industrial automation, mobile machinery, high-speed robotics and more, the well proven LWG series now has twenty specifiable measurement ranges from 50 mm to 750 mm with a choice of 4-pin M12 connector or flying lead electrical connection. 

LWG series linear position sensors feature a durable conductive plastic resistance element and elastomer-damped multi-finger wiper system with precious metal brushes for a highly repeatable and precise potentiometric output. The rod and cylinder design is easily mounted via rod end bearings with a typical and generous pivot angle of +/- 12.5 degrees. 

The robust sealed aluminium housing protects the sensor and supports the stainless steel rod with twin slide bearings and lip seal providing IP65 protection (IP67 is available on the heavy duty LWX version). The LWG sensor provides position output with a typical resolution of better than 0.01 mm and independent linearity up to 0.05 % of full scale for the 750 mm version. Its absolute measurement principle suits control tasks where a reference position is required on power-up – with no homing required and no fear of position loss when re-starting after power loss. 

With a temperature range from -30 ⁰C to +100 ⁰C, and with a generous shock rating of 50 g and vibration to 9 g at 2000 Hz, the LWG linear position boasts an operational life of more than 50 million movements. Accessories include IP67 rated M12 connectors, output displays and a choice of signal conditioners for panel and Din-rail mounting.

@Variohm @NovotechnikUS #Pauto 

OTA testing with 5G.

Just launched is Anritsu's newly developed DUT Holder MA8179A-AK011 to increase the usability of its CATR Anechoic Chamber, the MA8172A.


The MA8179A-AK011 is a compact jig that allows the MA8172A to support the DUT (Device Under Test, e.g. smartphone or tablet), in the positions and orientations specified by the 3GPP Alignment Option 1/2/3. Additionally, it both satisfies the Quality of Quiet Zone recommendation for the 3GPP RF/RRM Conformance Test, as well as simplifying test-terminal mounting/dismounting in the test chamber compared to earlier jig designs. The accuracy of the mounting enhances measurement and positional reproducibility.

5G mmWave (FR2) services are expected to become gradually more widespread, especially in developed economies, such as N. America and Japan. This will lead to more development and certification testing of 5G mmWave terminals.

mmWave terminals must be tested in an OTA environment, but, due to the mmWave and OTA characteristics, obtaining reproducible test results is difficult unless the test terminal is mounted in the test equipment at exactly the same position each time. As a result, not only must terminal mounting and dismounting be easy, a highly reproducible mounting position is also key to obtaining good measurement results. Moreover, accurate results can only be obtained if the best Alignment Option can be selected according to the terminal design and in particular the mmWave antenna position. The DUT Holder MA8179A-AK011 meets these requirements in a single product and facilitates the introduction of mmWave terminals to the market.

The DUT Holder MA8179A-AK011 is built into the CATR Anechoic Chamber MA8172A, which meets the 3GPP RF/RRM Conformance Test recommendations, as a fixed jig for test terminals and is mounted on the Positioner MA8179A to auto-control the test-terminal position.

Designed  specifically for the Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A / New Radio RF Conformance Test System ME7873NR, the OTA chamber has excellent compatibility with 5G mmWave test equipment.

@AnritsuEMEA @anritsu @NapierPR #TandM #5G

Precision acoustic imager.

 The new Fluke™ ii910 Precision Acoustic Imager uniquely enables the detection of corona and partial discharge from a safe distance of up to 120 metres. Teams can operate safely, minimise the risk of fires and help reduce outages. It also offers greater sensitivity to detect compressed air, gas, and vacuum system leaks, again reducing potentially costly downtime. 

The handheld operation of the rugged Fluke ii910 means problems can be identified from a safe distance without the need for cumbersome cords or accessories. Its intuitive operation means no training is required – it is simple to learn and easy to use. Electrical discharge detection or leak checking can be carried out as part of a regular maintenance routine, the handheld imager enabling users to quickly, and visually, pinpoint the location of faults from a safe distance and record data for later analysis. Even small, low-pressure or low-density leaks are now detected easily. The straightforward, intuitive interface allows technicians to isolate the sound frequency of the leak and filter out background noise in even the noisiest environments. The ii910 provides video recording of up to 5 minutes and has a battery life of at least 6 hours.

The seven-inch LCD touchscreen overlays a SoundMap™ on a visual image, for rapid identification of discharge or leaks between frequencies of 2-100kHz. The array of integral microphones converts ultrasound signals into clear visual images on the backlit touchscreen. Captured data can be transferred via an integral USB socket direct to a PC. From here the data can be uploaded to the Machine Learning PDQ Mode™ Reporting Platform. This will provide the most important partial discharge insights, including partial discharge type identification, indicating the relative severity of discharges and hence prioritising their repairs. LeakQ™ reporting software enables the prioritisation of leak fixing. 

Fluke’s innovative SoundSight™ technology now enables corona and partial discharge to be easily located with the ii910. Aimed at technicians working with high voltages in power generation and transmission and with industrial high voltage equipment, the Fluke ii910 provides more sophisticated detection than standard ultrasonic tools while offering the visual performance of more expensive UV cameras. It detects, locates and provides visual reporting and severity assessment of corona and partial discharges. 

Technicians in production locations can isolate the sound frequency of air, gas or vacuum leaks and filter out background noise in even the noisiest environments. Industrial maintenance technicians can identify leaks at a safe distance considerably faster than using traditional diagnostic methods even during peak production periods.

@FlukeCorp @FlukeCal #TandM #PAuto