Thursday, January 23, 2020

Keynote speaker for vision conf.

The Keynote address at the 2020 UKIVA Machine Vision Conference & Exhibition will be given by Richard Love from NVIDIA. Richard is EMEA Marketing Manager for the NVIDIA's Jetson™ Embedded Processor Family.

Richard Love
The Keynote will be the first presentation of the Conference at 10 AM on 14th May 2020 at Milton Keynes (GB).

UKIVA Chairman, Allan Anderson, said: “With embedded vision currently one of the major development areas in machine vision, this will be an excellent opportunity for visitors to find out about the use of embedded platforms in a range of applications that include vision, robotics and more. This promises to be a really interesting presentation.”

Richard has over 25 years’ experience working with developers of 3D Graphics, Cloud Software and AI Hardware Technology Solutions, including Autodesk, Microsoft and of course NVIDIA. He manages the launch & marketing of AI-based solutions for Industrial Robotics, Autonomous Machines, UAVs, IVA, and Smart Cities.

#PAuto @UKIVAconfex

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Incremental encoder.

ELMA Electronic's new E18 mechanical incremental encoder is now available from Foremost Electronics.

The industry standard footprint E18 product family incorporates all of the features required for the widest range of applications while providing improved performance and manufacturability.

Typical applications include white goods, household appliances, home automation, two-way radios, power and heat distribution controls, water distribution controls, industrial controllers, audio and entertainment systems and automotive infomatics.

The new Elma E18 encoder may be THT or SMT reflow soldered to simplify PCB manufacture and supplied in tray or tape and reel packaging. Other key features include industry standard body size of 14.4 x 11.4 x 6.5 mm, rotational life up to 150,000 revolutions, resolution of 16, 24 or 30 detents, detent torque: 0.5, 1.5 or 2.5 Ncm, gold plated sliding contacts and various shaft types in brass and stainless steel are available with threaded or non-threaded bushing.

The E18 is available with an optional centre push button with the choice of 3N or 6N push force and may be further customised with bespoke shaft dimensions and shapes, user specified detent torque and IP60 or IP68 front panel sealing for rugged applications.

Alan Vincent, Sales Director of Foremost, comments, “The new E18 encoder form ELMA really does tick every box for the vast majority of domestic, industrial, audio and automotive applications. Extended lifetime and ability to assemble using re-flow soldering make the E18 the go-to decoder for all OEMs looking to speed up their manufacturing process and deliver reliable end products.”

#PAuto @4MostElectronic @elma_electronic

Measurement in all colour scales.

The OMA-300 process analyzer from Applied Analytics is proven in providing continuous, real time measurements in all color scales, including Saybolt, APHA, ASTM D1500, etc. giving an accurate and reliable measurement using spectroscopy based technology.

The production of liquid fuels is a complex process with many variables that will affect the quality of the product. The color of a liquid stream is considered an indicator of product quality. Slight changes in color can be evidence of equipment failure, dips in process efficiency, overheating, distillation column malfunction and more. The Saybolt scale allows us to measure color with a numerical value, and we can correlate the color to the overall quality of the product.

The Saybolt color scale is used for grading light colored petroleum products including kerosene, naphthas, condensates, NGL in midstream, etc. The range of the Saybolt scale is -16 (dark yellow) to +30 (nearly transparent clear). There are several widely accepted color scales, Saybolt being one of them, with the purpose of observing the product quality.

#PAuto @AAInc 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

LIMS Distributor in Malaysia.

Autoscribe Informatics has announced the appointment of Nano Life Quest SDN BHD as distributor in Malaysia for the Matrix family of Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) products.
Nano Life Quest, based in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia. While they provide complete solutions for the Molecular Diagnostics and Research, Cellular Biology, Life Sciences and Biotechnology’s market segments, they have also branched out to cover many different laboratory types including University, Veterinary, Hospitals, and more recently Oil and Gas, Food and Beverage, and Microbiological.

Bob Blunden, Director Australasia at Autoscribe Informatics, said: “Malaysia is a country that prefers to have local support for their LIMS software. The size and customer knowledge of Nano Life Quest is an excellent match with Autoscribe. We look forward to them rapidly learning and supporting Matrix Gemini to further grow our LIMS business in Malaysia. The configurability of Matrix provides opportunities in a wide range of markets, by allowing the LIMS solutions to be precisely tailored to the particular needs of individual laboratories, and even in multiple laboratories within a single organization.”

The comprehensive configuration tools built into Matrix Gemini allow genuine system configuration without the need for custom software coding. The tools use an intuitive visual workflow screen editor that utilizes visual drag and drop and point and click methods to add fields and list boxes, meaning that no programming skills are required. Using these tools the LIMS can be implemented quickly to meet the users’ exact needs in terms of workflows, screen designs, menu options, terminology, reports and much more.

Mr. WK LIM, Business Manager at Nano Life Quest, said “We have been receiving many queries about LIMS in recent times from our customers who are looking to move to more professional and functional systems. Matrix Gemini’s ability to be configured to the specific needs of our varied customer base in Malaysia makes it the ideal system for Nano Life Quest to market, install and support. We are proud to represent Autoscribe Informatics and Matrix Gemini LIMS.”

#LIMS @AutoscribeLtd @DenisBulgin

London hotspots are smart.

The Breathe London project has been announced as the winner of a SMART 50 Award by Smart Cities Connect, within the Digital Transformation category. Created to better understand Londoners’ exposure to air pollution, Breathe London combines state-of-the-art technology with new data analytics, delivering real-time air quality data at a hyperlocal level in the city.

AQMesh pod London installation
The monitoring technology employed in the project’s network of over 100 AQMesh pods and in two Google Street View Cars was supplied by ACOEM Air Monitors. Their Managing Director Felicity Sharp congratulated all of the partners in the Breathe London project. “This has been a tremendous collaborative effort, and I am delighted that our work is being recognised globally.

“The benefits of hyperlocal air quality data are already being realised in London and we hope that this can be recreated all over the world. The measurement of air pollution at an unprecedented scale and scope helps to identify pollution hotspots and informs the design and assessment of mitigation measures. It also provides local information that helps citizens take their own pollution reduction initiatives and make informed decisions such as where to walk, cycle, play and live.”

“London’s pollution problem is a health crisis, and we are proud to be part of this ambitious project shining a light on air quality,” said Elizabeth Fonseca, senior air quality manager at Environmental Defense Fund Europe, one of the project’s leading partners. “Lessons learned from Breathe London can help other cities trying to gain a better understanding of their pollution and protect public health.”

Monitoring data from the AQ Mesh pods is compared against data from London’s existing regulatory grade monitoring network. Both open-source and available for download, the stationary and mobile data are presented on an innovative platform to improve the public’s understanding of the varying presence of pollution across both time and space. See

By assessing and documenting the benefits of policy interventions, such as London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, Breathe London is lowering the barriers for other cities to undertake sophisticated monitoring and modelling, and informing smarter, targeted policy.

A representative from Environmental Defense Fund Europe will be presented with the Breathe London award at the 2020 Smart 50 Awards Gala, which takes place during April in Denver, Colorado.

• See also Hot spots in Loindon (July 2019)

#Environment #Breathe_London @airmonitors @smartcityc @EnvDefenseFund

Protecting offshore process analysers.

Shelters fabricated from glassfibre-reinforced polyester are protecting gas metering instrumentation from the harsh North Sea environment on an offshore platform upgrade project engineered by Oil & Gas Systems. Two outdoor shelters - supplied by Intertec Instrumentation - provide lightweight and corrosion-resistant protection for gas chromatograph analyzers and process transmitters mounted above new natural gas export pipelines connecting the platform to an onshore British gas terminal. The instrumentation provides critical monitoring data on gas quality as part of the custody transfer metering system.

Installed on North Sea platform
This particular platform upgrade project presented a number of challenges, including the harsh operating environment of the southern North Sea, and the space and weight restrictions of adding the new facilities onto a working platform. Metering systems for fiscal, allocation and custody transfer applications are a significant part of the systems integration work of Oil & Gas Systems (OGS) - which has a reputation for being able to rapidly design and build efficient solutions for complex project requirements.

Glassfibre-reinforced polyester (GRP) materials were specified to protect the instrumentation. This allowed weight to be reduced significantly compared with metal shelters. GRP construction also provided excellent protection against both the harsh weather in the offshore location, and the local environmental conditions. Intertec Instrumentation was selected to build the custom GRP shelters because of previous good experience of working with them on projects, including shelters and enclosures already installed in the same gas field.

The lightness of GRP compared to steel helped to reduce the size and weight of the metalwork structure that mounts the shelters directly above the export pipelines. The location - in the middle of a crowded working platform - also presented access difficulties. So, natural ventilation according to IEC EN DIN 61285 was specified. This eliminates routine maintenance visits that would be required with other shelter ventilation approaches such as fans or an HVAC system.

Gas chromatograph inside shelter
To support natural ventilation for safe operation in the hazardous environment, Intertec supplied explosion-proof heaters and installed louvre panels at the top and bottom of shelter walls. This maintains the interior environment a few degrees above ambient temperature, and ensures an efficient convection cycle to meet the air change requirements of OGS. All of the shelter fittings, apart from the finned aluminium bodies of the heaters, are fabricated from 316 stainless steel for corrosion resistance - including the panic bar door opening mechanism.

"It can be a significant challenge to add new facilities into existing processing plants, and especially so when they are located offshore," says Anthony Dingle, OGS's Sales Manager. "Intertec's ability to design and build custom enclosure solutions was a big help to us in meeting the design constraints of this complex and fast-track offshore instrumentation project."

In total, two walk-in shelters and two large cabinets were built by Intertec to meet the custom shape, size and weight constraints. Each shelter houses an identical instrumentation system including pressure reduction sample conditioning equipment, a Danalyzer gas chromatograph, Rosemount pressure transmitters, calibration facilities and various safety devices and accessories. The two cabinets house cylinders to supply the required gas for calibration purposes, along with associated pressure regulation, measurement instruments, tubing connection and flow control components.

The GRP material used by Intertec to build the shelters and cabinets is a proprietary multi-layer composite with moulded GRP panels enclosing polyurethane foam insulation, protected by gel-coated surfaces.

Shelter under construction in assembly facility
This composite material has a very high thermal resistance, reducing the amount of energy required to heat equipment. A further benefit of Intertec’s approach to shelter fabrication is an advanced gel-coat, which is applied in a much thicker layer than alternatives such as paint. It protects against ultraviolet (UV), and is highly effective against abrasion. It offers exceptional environmental protection and resistance to ‘corrosion’ (GRP does not rust or degrade in any meaningful way), allowing maintenance-free lifecycles of 30-40 years - more than enough to meet the anticipated cease of production date for the platform.

The gel-coat also incorporates a unique nanotechnology treatment that provides conductivity to dissipate static electric charges safely to ground - protecting against sparking in hazardous areas. Developed for Intertec by BÜFA, the coating employs single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) to provide conductivity. Because the SWCNTs are only around 1-2 nanometres in diameter, they enhance surface smoothness. The gloss retention after accelerated weathering tests of this surface is some 50% better than the previous coating technologies used. This technology is behind the significant improvement in resistance to UV of Intertec's shelters. Previously, exposure to high UV levels over the long term could lead to surface roughening - which is sometimes referred to as 'chalking' or 'frosting'. Intertec's weathering tests have demonstrated that the new coating will withstand extended exposure to very high UV levels - providing hitherto unachievable protection for GRP field enclosures destined for ultra-harsh environments such as offshore platforms, deserts and Arctic environments.

#PAuto #Oil_Gas #Intertec_Insts @OGScompanies 

Monday, January 20, 2020

Co-operation in Industrie 4.0

Dunkermotoren becomes part of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance

Nils Herzberg, Uwe Lorenz -
The digitalisation of factories and plants as well as the Internet of Things promise ever new possibilities for the automation industry. In this development, a wide variety of technologies from the field level to the cloud and also across different stages of the value chain must be combined across manufacturers to create tangible added value for our customers. The supreme discipline here is that within such an ecosystem, all participants speak the same language and no time-consuming integration is required.

Dunkermotoren has accepted this challenging discipline. At the same time, the drive technology manufacturer has recognized that this cannot be solved by one company alone, but only in conjunction with a partner ecosystem that consists of component manufacturers, software companies, machine builders and integrators. The company has found this partner ecosystem in the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance. The goal of this alliance is to build an interoperable and manufacturer-independent ecosystem that delivers functioning industry 4.0 solutions based on existing standards.

@Dunkermotor #PAuto #IoT