Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ultra-Fast USB load cell interface.

DSCUSB-FQ Fast USB Load Cell Interface from Applied Measurements, promises high speed readings of 4800 samples per second.

The DSCUSB-FQ is an ultra-fast USB load cell interface that converts a strain gauge transducer signal to a digital USB serial output at an amazing 4800 samples per second!  Thanks to its 13 bit noise free resolution the DSCUSB-FQ promises high stability with 1 part in 8000 resolution.  Making the DSCUSB-FQ fast USB load cell interface the ultimate for high speed, dynamic applications.

The powerful toolkit software is FREE to download and connects to your DSCUSB-FQ in seconds.  The toolkit can configure, calibrate, log data and review.  It can capture and save up to 30 minutes of data at 4800 Hz which can then be saved to a CSV file for further analysis.  The logging software can provide trend charts of real-time data, FFT frequency analysis and offers a simple oscilloscope to help visual any patterns in the data.  Two point or automatic system calibrations can also be achieved in your chosen engineering units and it also allows you to select the actual engineering units that the module was calibrated in for ease of use.

As the DSCUSB-FQ fast USB load cell interface plugs directly into the USB port of your computer it makes installation quick and easy into your application.  What’s more, it needs no additional cables as it gets all its power from the USB port.  The unit comes housed in a robust plastic case rated to IP50 making it suitable for all indoor applications.

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Features that accelerate process manufacturing insights recognised.

Seeq Corporation has announced the release of its first update to the Seeq software application in 2018, staying on plan to provide four new releases each year. This is the eighth release of Seeq software in just the past 24 months, driven by input from customers expanding their use of Seeq.

Seeq is a visual analytics solution for engineers and scientists in process manufacturing organizations to rapidly wrangle, investigate, and share insights on production data. Target markets include oil & gas, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, mining, food and beverage, and other process industries.

“Our development efforts are keeping up with customer feedback and supporting ever larger deployments of Seeq within and across organizations,” says Steve Sliwa, CEO and co-founder of Seeq Corporation. “Key to accelerating analytics is enabling our customers to quickly and easily leverage Seeq for insights, collaboration, knowledge capture, and publishing.”

Recent releases of Seeq have focused on enabling larger deployments through scalability features in the software, and by making the Seeq application easier to use. Scalability features in R19 include parallelization of complex calculations across CPUs within a single server, administration tools for performance optimization, and increased control and visibility by users into their efforts with real time progress indicators.

R19 usability features are focused on capsules, the innovative data objects in Seeq for working with single or multi-dimensional time periods of interest. Users can now simply select capsules to define a custom group of capsules, for example choosing a set of capsules to define an optimized outcome or failure state. And users can leverage capsules when monitoring processes by seeing which capsules are currently “in process” to compare in-progress batches against historical averages of past results in real-time.

In addition to product development efforts, Seeq has received increased attention from leading industry and financial analyst firms. Darcy Partners, a technology research consultancy serving upstream oil and gas companies, highlighted Seeq as one of the most innovative advanced analytics firms serving the sector. Their research study looked at more than 100 data analytics vendors and concluded with an invitation sent to a select group, which included Seeq, to present before Darcy Partners' clients at a technology forum in Houston on November 28, 2017.

"Seeq was featured in our study and asked to present to our clients because it developed an innovative approach that puts data science capabilities into the hands of engineers so they can begin solving big data challenges themselves," said Trent Jacobs, a Senior Researcher & Technology Scout at Darcy Partners. "The product, coupled with a growing track record of success in oil and gas, showed us that Seeq is on course to be one of the early data analytics success stories making a difference in the industry."

Furthermore, Seeq was included by CB Insights in their first Demo Day at their Aha! Conference on December 12, 2017. Over 2000 firms applied to be a part of the Demo Day presenters, and Seeq was one of just 40 selected, and included in their AI category. The Demo Day event provided Seeq with an opportunity to present to the venture groups within process automation vendor organizations, venture capital firms, and members of the business and startup press.

• Seeq continues to partner with many leading process automation firms including Emerson Electric, Inductive Automation, Honeywell, Schneider Electric, and OSIsoft—and provides support for all the leading historians—which makes it the most widely accessible and extensively used data analytics solution among process manufacturing companies. Supported historians include GE Proficy, AspenTech IP21, Emerson DeltaV Continuous Historian, Ovation DCS Historian, Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk, and Schneider Electric WonderWare Historian and Citec SCADA.

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ICS Cyber Security study.

An informative white paper on the cyber security vulnerabilities and defense of industrial control systems has been released by Bedrock Automation. The 20-page document, Securing Industrial Control Systems - Best Practices, covers the threat landscape and presents a holistic approach to defending it, including assessing risk, physical security, network security, workstation and server security, as well as the fundamentals of OSA. It is the forth in a series of white papers available from the company as  An Automation Revolution.

“As we discuss cyber security with users of automation, we find that many are aware of the threat potential but are not sure if they are doing enough to protect themselves. We saw the need for a technical paper that explains both the mindset and motives of an attacker, as well as the tools and technologies of defense. This paper defines the issues in a practical, holistic way while providing recommendations on how to begin and sustain best practices for cyber defense,” said company founder and CEO, Albert Rooyakkers.

The first half of the paper covers conventional cyber security practices that apply to all industrial control systems. It provides an assessment of the threats, including drive-by attacks, advanced persistent threats (APTs), espionage, process attacks, and ransomware. It also looks at assessing the related risks, with an introduction to Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) and Hazards and Operability (HAZOP) methodologies used to identify malfunctions that might harm people, the process, or the environment.

To assist with risk assessment, the paper provides an overview of conventional protection practices. This includes network segmentation, firewalls, and DMZs; managing workstations, servers, end-users, and applications; and implementing active defense measures, including security event monitoring and management.

The second part of the paper is devoted to more recent techniques, based on the application of intrinsic cyber security advances that have been applied in military, aerospace, and ecommerce, and are now being used to protect industrial control systems. These create a hardware end-point root of trust that combines advanced cryptography, digital signing techniques, an industrial certificate authority, and public key infrastructure (PKIs) built into the control system to create an infrastructure for user defense.

The paper also presents the features of the Bedrock Open Secure Automation platform, which embraces the best practices discussed and details the process by which they can be applied to legacy and new systems.

@BedrockAuto #Pauto #Cybersecurity

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Sponsored skier at top of her game!

Gresham Power Electronics sponsored skier, Nicole Shering, has had a very successful year competing on indoor and outdoor surfaces.
Organised by GBski the Final British Artificial Seeding List (BARTS) has now been published for the end of 2017 dry slope ski season.

The BARTS seed list is an on-going list of registered competitors with their current seed points, calculated on the basis of their performance in artificial slope races of national significance compared with other registered competitors competing in each race. The lowest seed points “zero” indicates the best level of performance by a racer.

During this season, Nicole took part in 28 individual races on indoor and outdoor surfaces and she was U18 female winner in 20 of them and overall fastest female in 18 of the races, which is quite some achievement.

Nicole's titles for 2017 are:

  • British Ski Academy GBR Series U18 and Overall Female Outdoor Champion
  • British Ski Academy GBR Series U18 and Overall Female Combined Indoor and Outdoor Champion
  • Welsh Outdoor U18 and Overall Female Champion
  • Irish International Slalom U18 and Overall Outdoor Female Champion
  • Irish Open Outdoor U18 and Overall Female Champion


It has been a very long wait since the last dry slope race of the season back in early October in Ireland for Nicole to find out the final standings for this year with the list just being issued. The top prize on the dry slope circuit is to be the “Zero” point racer with only one female and one male having this title and this is now Nicole Shering

She will go into the start of the 2018 season in April as the athlete that everyone now wants to beat. Nicole will have this seeding for the whole season and her aim will then to continue to race at the very high standard she has achieved already and if she continues at this remarkable level she hopes continue as the female 0.00 racer again for 2018.

Nicole could not have achieved this without the continuing support from Gresham over the last few years, to get her where she is now, at the top of her sport, for which she is extremely grateful

Jake Moir, Managing Director of Gresham Power Electronics comments, "We are very proud to be able to play our part in the development of a local athlete and that her continued success in competitions has led to this great achievement.”

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Digital charge amplifier.

Kistler's Type 5074A charge amplifier breaks new ground in industrial charge amplifier technology for the Industry 4.0 era. This unit is currently the only piezoelectric sensor amplifier on the market that offers communication based on real-time capable Industrial Ethernet. For the first time, plant and machinery manufacturers can integrate any desired piezoelectric sensors directly into a real time-capable Ethernet system to easily make settings on the measurement amplifier.

Available with one, two, three of four channels, each with a measuring range of 20 to 1,000,000 pC and integral 24 bit analog to digital conversion, allowing up to four piezoelectric sensors per unit to be connected to the digital network without additional equipment or complex and costly cabling for analog and control signals. The high performance data transmission at up to 50k samples/s per channel enables real-time transmission of measurement data with cycle times as short as 100μs, allowing critical process controls to be fully implemented.

The increasing complexity of data communications in response to the demands for process optimisation has resulted in older bus systems such as Profibus and CANbus to reach their performance limits. Industrial Ethernet is rapidly becoming the global communication standard making the switch from analog to digital mandatory for those who want to be at the forefront of these fast-moving developments. To facilitate the adoption of these new high speed and flexible communications, Kistler has developed the Type 5074A charge amplifier, an entirely new kind of solution for piezoelectric measurement data acquisition.
This innovative product is an ideal choice for monitoring and optimizing industrial manufacturing and assembly processes using all types of piezoelectric sensors.. The new amplifier brings an exceptionally wide range of measuring functions which make it the perfect partner for Industrial Ethernet in applications that call for dynamic and quasi-static measurements.

All the main Industrial Ethernet protocols, EtherCAT, Ethernet/IP and ProfiNet, are available allowing set-up and configuration of each channel using a standard control programming interface.. The internal A/D signal conversion avoids disturbance variables that occur in conventional analog systems by inductive or capacitive couplings. The fast and precise measurements at up to 10,000 bus cycles per second, means that the amplifier is particularly suitable for time-critical control processes. The 5074A has an oversampling option that allows the generation of multiple measuring points per cycle with up to 50,000 measurement values per second per channel. Users can optimize network capacity utilization and increase the control performance capability by limiting the process data to the essential functions.

The 5074A is the world's only amplifier for quasi-static measurement processes with piezoelectric sensors that offers communication based on real time-capable Industrial Ethernet. Measurements can now be adapted even more specifically to the widely varying needs provided by the long list of new features: convenient settings via the control, a variable process map, an exceptionally wide measurement range and bandwidth with adjustable low-pass filters, and the switchable high-pass filter that is integrated into the hardware. The new Type 5074A signal amplifier delivers extraordinary flexibility that will meet the demands of virtually every industrial application using piezoelectric sensors. In-built data security is assured as access is only possible with the appropriate industrial communication protocol, and changes to measurement parameters can only be made with access via the master system.

Given the flexibility and functional scope that the new amplifier delivers, users will find that its costs are highly attractive, especially when compared with analog signal paths, as fewer components are needed to implement the hardware, while the use of a widely familiar standard programming environment virtually eliminates the need for special training.

#Kistler #PAuto 

EMC filter.

Schaffner has introduced a new series of single-phase filters. The new high-performance filters are an extension to the standard variants of the FN 2070 series and are designed to meet the highest performance demands for single phase filters.

Schaffner FN 2070 filters met the requirements of IEC60939-3 and UL1283 and are now certified for DC operation in addition to the existing AC (50Hz) certification. All models are compatible with the RoHS Directive.

The new parts were developed to fit the existing housing sizes for the convenience of existing users. Together with the recently introduced extensions to the FN 2010, FN 2030 and FN 2090 series, the FN 20XX family offers the most compact, highest performance chassis mount filters ever introduced by Schaffner.

The new FN 2070 filters are available ex-stock all over the world through the Schaffner global distribution and sales network.

@SchaffnerGroup #Pauto

Monday, January 15, 2018

Compact alternative for linear measurement.

Novotechnik’s TFD-4000 series short-stroke linear transducers, from Variohm, are an ideal and economic solution where minimal size, high environmental protection, extremely long life and high reliability are key factors for medium to high-volume OEM position control applications. Available from Variohm EuroSensor, they feature single or optionally redundant ratiometric output; a typical repeatability of +/- 0.1 % FS; a measurement range of 5 to 50 mm; and 12-bit resolution.

Based on Novotechnik’s well proven RFD-4000 rotary sensor, the two-part non-contacting assembly comprises Hall sensor electronics - encapsulated and fully potted in a compact housing - and a separate magnet. The housing protection class options are IP67, IP68 or IP69K. With nominal dimensions of only 40 mm x 27 mm and a flat profile of just 7 mm, the sensor can be discretely assembled on the moving or stationary side of the measurement platform and the tiny magnet easily embedded within the opposite platform for a very low-profile measurement solution. Two standard magnets options are available to provide 14 mm or 24 mm stroke lengths.

The encapsulated design and touchless Hall Effect technology used on the TFD-4000 offers extreme durability with exceptionally high shock and vibration ratings, as well as a mechanically unlimited life. A temperature rating of -40 ... +125 ⁰C and full EMC compatibility will satisfy a wide range of applications from industrial controls to mobile machinery where short-stroke position measurement or where linear movement verification is required. The sensor is available with a choice of single, partly- and fully-redundant (c/w rising) ratiometric output from a 0…5 V DC supply. The update rate is 2.5 kHz and the standard model is supplied with 0.5 m long leadwires.

Customisation options for volume applications include special output characteristics such as trapeze or parabolic profiles and a wide choice of connector options.

@Variohm  #PAuto @NovotechnikUS