Friday, June 15, 2018

Components award.

Harting is celebrating after winning the Interconnect and Electromechanical Supplier of the Year award at the Electrocomponents Supplier Summit in Amsterdam.
(L-R) Thomas Novak (RS Components), Simon Asbury (Harting), Eric Smith (RS Components) and Edgar P Duening (Harting) at the Electrocomponents Supplier Summit.
Over the past five years, Harting has proven itself to be a strategic partner aligned with electrocomponents worldwide. During this time, they have achieved outstanding growth of 161% in the American market, 65% across EMEA and 47% in Asia-Pacific.

In 2017 Harting was the fastest growing interconnect brand across the globe with average worldwide growth of nearly 30%. Harting has also been a major proponent of both DesignSpark and local designs for both RS Components and Allied Electronics.

Edgar P Duening, the Managing Director of Harting Technology Group and Simon Asbury, Director of Sales and Market Development at Harting LTD were on hand to accept the award.

Afterwards, a delighted Edgar P Duening said: “Harting is thrilled to receive this award from RS Components. The strategic partnership between Harting and RS has been a major contributor to the excellent growth in all regions over recent years. Key to this growth has been the pace of new product development at Harting, coupled with RS’s ability to take these products to market through its multi-channel marketing activities. We look forward to continuing and building upon this excellent strategic partnership in the future.”

 @harting #PAuto @RSComponents

AC/DC Power supply.

The new BET-0900-T, a highly efficient and very robust external AC/DC power supply unit for industrial use with an output of 90 W has been introduced by Bicker Elektronik . It meets the stringent requirements of the US Department of Energy (DoE) for energy efficiency level VI, as well as the current European energy efficiency standard EU-CoC-Tier2. This applies in particular to the power consumption in standby mode, which is less than 0.15 watts and the typical efficiency of 90%.

The external AC/DC power supply with wide-range input of 90 to 264 VAC and active PFC also impresses with its high reliability (MTBF >869,000 hours), which is ensured by the exclusive configuration with +105°C premium electrolytic capacitors and a robust circuit design. Thus, the BET-0900-T is ideally suited for 24/7 continuous operation in the wide operating temperature range of -20°C to + 60°C. Three models are available with accurately regulated DC output voltages of +12V, +19V or +24V. For additional reliability, the BET-0900-T has short circuit and overload protection with auto-restart, as well as over-voltage and over-temperature protection. The isolation voltage between input/output is 4242 VDC. The protective conductor PE (primary) is connected to -Vout (secondary). No base load is required at the output so that the latest generation Intel® Core™mainboards with special power saving modes can be supplied safely. In addition to the current energy efficiency standards, the BET-0900-T has the EN/UL60950-1 safety approvals.

The standard built-in DC hollow connector on the power supply output can be customized for specfic applications by special connectors, such as locking dc plugs. Optional accessories are available from Bicker Elektronik: The Cling Pad KP-01 for quick and easy mounting of the external AC/DC power supply on smooth surfaces, a practical adapter PSZ-1008 (DC jack to screw terminals), the three-pin power cable Y1-132 with IEC-60320-C13 and the DC extension cable CB-TRG-EXT. In addition to the long-term availability of at least 5 years Bicker Elektronik grants a warranty of 3 years on the external AC/DC power supply BET-0900T.

@bicker_de #Pauto 

Advanced manufacturing technology facility open for business.

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has opened a new £7.5 million (€8.6 millian) state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing technology facility, supporting its mission to enable more competitive supply chains with increased productivity.
L2R: Claire McAlinden, Director of Operations for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences; Professor Adrian Murphy; Professor Seán McLoone; Colm Higgins, Head of the Northern Ireland Technology Centre.
Details on the facility were announced at the university’s Manufacturing Beyond the Horizon’ conference. The collaborative investment is one of the biggest in manufacturing by Queen’s, the British Government and Northern Ireland industry partners. It has been supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Innovate UK and the Aerospace Technology Institute.
The new facility will have an open door to industry partners, currently including RLC Global Point, Moyola Precision Engineering, JW Kane Precision Engineering Ltd., Travan Precision Engineering and Retec Engineering Solutions.

Based at the distinguished Northern Ireland Technology Centre at Queen’s, the facility is part of the Centre for Intelligent Autonomous Manufacturing Systems (i-AMS), a pioneer research programme at Queen’s which is leading innovation in new technologies for advanced manufacturing. This was also officially launched at the conference.

Through i-AMS, interdisciplinary researchers, spanning the disciplines of Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics and Psychology, are working together to
tackle challenges within industry and helping to make Industry 4.0, the new industrial revolution, a reality.

Professor Mark Price, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Queen’s, comments: “I am delighted to announce the opening of our £7.5million advanced manufacturing technology facility, based at the Northern Ireland Technology Centre (NITC) at Queen’s.

“The facility will provide key support to our new pioneer research programme i-AMS. Both i-AMS and the new facility are open for business and are already making a difference to the advanced manufacturing community in Northern Ireland and the UK. This is a great example of industry, government and academia working in partnership to move Northern Ireland forward.”

Professor Seán McLoone, Director of i-AMS at Queen’s, says: “Addressing the challenges of Industry 4.0, the centre and facility are spearheading the computerisation of manufacturing. This includes the use of advanced data analytics, machine learning, intelligent system and autonomous robotics concepts, digital manufacturing and human-robot interaction.

“Through this exciting initiative, we are able to translate advanced research and new ideas in i-AMS quickly through to application in industry through the NITC. This streamlined innovation chain is key to enabling competitiveness in Northern Ireland manufacturing.

“With rapid developments in the Internet of Things (IoT) and it coming together with manufacturing Cyber Physical Systems (CPS), we are very aware of the potential impact of embedding this technology in factories of the future. It is game-changing work.”

Explaining the benefits of the new facility, Head of the NITC Colm Higgins said: “For the last 50 years we have worked closely with industry partners through the NITC to provide support and tackle challenges head on. The demands for industry are ever-changing and as a key partner to Northern Ireland companies, we are delighted to open this new state-of-the-art facility at Queen’s, which will drive forward advanced manufacturing and meet short term and future requirements."

The facility also provides Northern Ireland with an important regional link to the well-established British High Value Manufacturing Catapult and Research Technology Organisations, as well as the emerging Irish Manufacturing Research Centre. All of these help to bridge the gap in technology concept and commercialisation.

Professor Mark Price adds: “The advanced manufacturing technology facility at Queen’s will enable the local industry to be more competitive through the optimisation and digitisation of manufacturing processes, including automation. It also paves the way for more productive, flexible, resilient, responsive and energy efficient manufacturing systems and associated supply chains. This means we can drive down costs, improve product quality, minimise waste and ultimately increase productivity and competitiveness.

“Ultimately, the facility allows us to address the challenges that the industry is currently facing and plan ahead to meet future needs. It also provides an opportunity to train up the next generation of experts in manufacturing. From a very early stage, our students at Queen’s will have had the chance to use state-of-the-art industrial machines, which will be beneficial when they begin their careers in industry.

“We are delighted to be open for business and look forward to the journey ahead.”

#PAuto #Manufacturing @ManufacturingNI @QUBelfast

Strategic MES partner.

Following a global bidding process, Sharp Packaging selected Werum IT Solutions as its strategic MES partner to implement an Electronic Batch Record (EBR) infrastructure at its Netherlands facility.

Rüdiger Schlierenkämper, CEO Werum
& John Hoey, Sharp IT Business Partner
“We see MES as a strategic system that gives us competitive advantages,” says John Hoey, Sharp IT Business Partner. “Investment in EBR will serve to improve our business opportunity pipeline and digitally transform the way in which the batch record process is executed. We have chosen Werum’s PAS-X MES because of its proven ability to handle the most complex batch records without significant configuration as well as it’s track record with a number of Sharp’s existing customers.”

By using Werum’s PAS-X MES, Sharp Packaging will benefit from greater compliance adherence, improved right first time and process standardization. The company starts its MES journey with the rollout of PAS-X at its production site in Heerenveen (NL). PAS-X fully integrates the existing Navision ERP system.

@Werum #PAuto  #MES

Industrial pressure switch.

Variohm EuroSensor has expanded its range of industrial pressure switches with the new EPS03 series offering five model variants with diaphragm or piston actuation covering adjustable switching pressures from 0.5 to 350 bar and industry standard ambient temperatures from -25 °C to + 85 °C. The changeover pressure switch features a breaking capacity that ranges from non-inductive loads to AC loads up to 750 VA and DC loads to 150 VA.

The new EPS03 pressure switches are part of a universal family of pressure switches from Variohm. The recently launched EPS01 and EPS02 cover low pressure diaphragm switching to 10 bar with brass and stainless steel housings as well as Viton or NBR seals - to match performance and budget for a wide range of applications.

Aimed at continuous pressure switch applications for air, water hydraulic oil and oil emulsions etc., EPS03 series pressure switches are assembled in durable galvanised steel housings with an IP65 rating. For application and price flexibility as well as maximum reliability, the pressure switches have silver plated contact micro switches or gold-plated contacts on request in addition to a choice of NBR or optional Viton® diaphragm/seals throughout the range. Further flexibility includes a choice of port configurations covering G1/8, G1/4, M10x1 and M12x1.5. Electrical interfacing is via an integral PG9 connector with a cable gland.

For pressure ranges from 0.5 to 2 bar and 1 to 10 bar, a spring loaded membrane is used whilst for the higher pressure ranges of 10 to 70 bar, 50 to 200 bar and 150 to 350 bar, a spring-loaded steel piston performs the switching task. The EPS03 also features generous maximum and overpressure limits, a 106 switching life and a switching frequency of 200/min. The switch back differential is between 15% and 30% of the switching value. Other available options on request include a wider ambient temperature range and modification for use with other measuring mediums.

 @Variohm  #Pauto 

Powerful diagnostics for flow.

Advanced Smart Meter Verification diagnostics to deliver real-time intelligence and calibration of Coriolis and magnetic flow meters for a complete process overview and greater operational certainty

Key features
• Innovative algorithms that detect corrosion & erosion in the meter with remedial action able to be instigated immediately. This is the first company to integrate a 99 percent confidence statistical meter damage detection algorithm that enables early detection without false alarms.
• New process diagnostic capabilities that include a ‘flow range‘ diagnostic, which alerts the engineer when flow rates are not within the specified range of the meter; instrument diagnostics that can identify if entrained gas is in the process; & immediate alerts to process upsets that may affect measurement performance, such as severe aeration.
• Tube coating diagnostics that offer crucial data points and drive valuable information to the end user, alerting them when the meter is coated by something unexpected from the process line, particularly important in food and beverages and life sciences applications.
• Clear and transparent verification audit trails, & advanced visual analysis and reporting software that meets third-party regulatory agency compliance requirements in lieu of meter calibration, inspection or removal. By providing a time-stamped verification report, an increasing number of international standards and third-party agencies, such as ISO, IEC, AGA, API, NMI and others, recognise verification technologies, such as Smart Meter Verification, as a method to confirm instrument calibration & extend recalibration or proving intervals.
• Reduced meter maintenance requirements with vital variables, such as mass flow, verified to be within factory accuracy specifications. Smart Meter Verification also generates detailed information on all sensors, including serial numbers, condition temperature & calibration information, ensuring a simple path to instrument and process compliance.
Emerson has launched the latest version of its Smart Meter Verification software for Coriolis and magnetic flow meters, providing flow meter verification on demand and empowering process engineers, technicians and operators to look beyond the meter and make real-time decisions based on the most advanced meter and process diagnostics in the industry today.

New tools in the Smart Meter Verification software allow users to fine tune and adjust their engineering processes to ensure absolute measurement confidence and top performance in the chemicals, food and beverage, life sciences, oil and gas, and other process industries. In addition to onboard diagnostics, Smart Meter Verification also accelerates implementation of companies’ Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) strategies with its powerful remote diagnostics, digital intelligence and multiple data points providing users with a complete process overview and greater operational certainty.

Rather than costly and time-consuming calibrations and laboratory testing, leading to production interruptions, shutdowns and safety concerns, the advanced Smart Meter Verification provides in situ calibration verification on-demand without any impact on process or meter outputs. The new system also provides operators with crucial information on other flow issues across the plant.

“Whereas traditional diagnostics often provide just an entry point to further, time-consuming analysis, the Smart Meter Verification system generates real-time, decision-making intelligence and flow measurement confidence here and now,” said Taylor Scott, software product specialist, Emerson Automation Solutions. “For plant operators and engineers, this move from reactive to predictive diagnostics means improved knowledge, operational certainty and productivity, and the acceleration of IIoT strategies.”

• Emerson’s Smart Meter Verification diagnostics are an easy-to-use, automatic tool for Micro Motion™ Coriolis and Rosemount™ magnetic flow meters that monitor the entire flow meter’s performance and integrity and are applicable in a wide variety of process industry sectors, such as oil and gas, food and beverage and chemicals.

@EMR_Automation #PAuto @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Configuration tool enhanced!

Enhanced configuration tool simplifies the implementation and management of secure and reliable networks!

Data communication networks critical to manufacturing, utilities and transport infrastructure are becoming increasingly complex and must meet greater security and reliability requirements. To support this, Westermo has enhanced its WeConfig network configuration tool, helping to further simplify the configuration and management of secure and resilient networks.

For networks constructed using devices powered by Westermo’s WEoS network operating system, WeConfig version 1.8 makes network configuration more efficient, simple and reliable. This is achieved by automating tasks, performing bulk updates and preventing configuration errors. Supporting simpler network deployment, WeConfig now enables configuration and licence management of ring networks that use the MRP (Media Redundancy Protocol). CIDR (Classless Inter-Domain Routing) notation simplifies IP address management, enabling basic allocation and global parameter settings to be quickly assigned and further configuration easily facilitated. WeConfig 1.8 also enables CLI scripts to be sent to devices in a network, allowing more advanced device features to be configured through WeConfig.

WeConfig also optimises network security and supports hassle-free implementation of an additional cyber security layer. WeConfig enables the user to configure and maintain cyber security features available in WeOS. Spoofing protection features such as MAC address filters and IEEE802.1x authentication parameters can be easily deployed and maintained. With the latest version of WeConfig, MAC filters can be used to scan a specific section of the network, helping to save time. It is also possible to scan and harden switches with factory default passwords or switches that use unsecure protocols. This functionality has been enhanced to enable a subset of switches to be hardened instead of a complete network, increasing usability. Cyber security reports that provide a summary of all security-related information for each device on the network, including any firewall settings, can be easily created using WeConfig 1.8.

Ongoing maintenance is improved by diagnosing issues and underperforming sections of a network. To analyse network performance and identify potential instability, SHDSL diagnostics can monitor signal-to-noise ratio on multiple lines to WeOS-managed devices. For rail trackside applications, where electrical noise varies over time, a suitable data rate can be selected to ensure stable communications. This reduces costly call-outs due to communications failures. For large networks, which may have parts that need to be managed differently, WeConfig uses layer topology to both configure and manage the sections like logical islands.

Complementing the SHDSL diagnostics, WeConfig 1.8 can now be set up to run multiple diagnostics simultaneously to monitor parameters such as device and port temperature, CPU-load and PoE power. Manual or periodic back-up of all the device configuration files can be easily generated and stored. Should a switch or router need to be replaced, an optimised ‘copy and paste’ function allows the configuration of a previous device to be easily implemented on the replacement unit. By offering support for the Syslog protocol, which allows network devices to send event messages, WeConfig 1.8 provides users with an additional real-time diagnostic capability.

 @Westermo  #PAuto