Friday, February 15, 2019

Process analysis added to event!

PEFTEC 2019 has been expanded to include a full Process Analysis Conference, as well as the hugely popular Analytical Conference. In addition, both conferences will merge for a joint session on ‘Big Data/Big Analysis’.

Taking place on 22nd & 23rd May in Rotterdam (NL) PEFTEC 2019 will be the 3rd international conference and exhibition on testing and monitoring in oil, petrochemical, refining and environmental applications. Organiser Marcus Pattison says: “With expanded conferences, a new venue, and as the only major European analytical conference and exhibition this year, PEFTEC 2019 will provide a unique opportunity for visitors.

“The new larger Exhibition will provide access to innovation from over 250 world-leading companies, and the Conferences will provide the latest information on process monitoring and control, regulations, standards, methods, technologies, and analytical techniques, in addition to case studies and reports on current research.”

The Analytical Conference will cover the latest developments in mass spectrometry as well as recent developments in GC and GCxGC applications with a range of detection systems including the barrier ionisation discharge detector, MS and VUV spectroscopy.

The Process Analysis Conference will include sessions on process gas analysis using online techniques such as GC, Optical Feedback Cavity Enhanced Absorption Spectroscopy, VUV Spectroscopy and Open Path FTIR. Presentations will address the re-emergence of Supercritical Fluid Chromatography as well as the application of both molecular and atomic spectroscopic techniques. There will also be presentations on process liquid analysis applications using a range of spectrometric, chromatographic and sensor based technologies.

PEFTEC will also incorporate an Industrial Methane Measurement Conference featuring a wide variety of speakers reporting on projects and technologies involved with initiatives to measure and mitigate global methane emissions.

PEFTEC 2019 will be a ‘must go’ event for anyone involved with analytical chemistry, quality control, research, process development and control. The exhibition will provide an ideal opportunity to meet existing and prospective instrumentation and service providers – all under one roof at the same time.

#Peftec #PAuto @_Enviro_News 

Precision RF connectors.

A new precision connector series to meet the increasing demand for proper RF-connections up to 90 GHz has been introduced by Rosenberger. The newly developed RPC-1.35 connector series – the “E connector” – is characterized by a highly robust mechanical design, minimum 3000 mating cycles, high connector repeatability, maximum return loss values and is designed for high-performance RF measurements in the E-Band.

The product range covers semi-rigid and flexible cable assemblies, PCB connectors, test PCBs, cable connectors, in-series and inter-series adaptors, test port, floating and waveguide-to-coaxial adaptors as well as gauge and calibration kits.

A working group, consisting of PTB (Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt), Rosenberger, Rohde & Schwarz and Spinner, has designed the new 1.35 mm connector to close the gap between 1.85 mm and 1.00 mm connectors. The interface standardization is in progress.

 #Rosenberger #TandM

OPC Unified Architecture.

Red Lion Controls has announced new capabilities for their award-winning Crimson® software, including an OPC UA Client driver with encrypted password support, OPC UA Historical Access, an MQTT connector for Google Cloud and store and forward buffering for all Crimson cloud connectors.

Unlike other OPC UA clients which may only allow access to a preexisting list of data items, with just a few clicks, Crimson 3.1’s new OPC UA client driver captures the rich attributes such as diagnostic and performance information, of a target OPC UA server’s data tags.

With this added capability, most Crimson 3.1-based devices can act as both OPC UA server and OPC UA client. “This can dramatically simplify system architectures, increase scalability and accelerate data integration initiatives with no additional hardware or expensive software customization required,” said Paul Bunnell, product management director for automation products at Red Lion Controls. “In addition, OPC UA Historical Access ensures the reliable transmission of real-time and historical data directly to enterprise business systems using a single, easy-to-use environment.”

See how simple it is to configure communication between OPC UA clients and servers here.

On devices with an SD card, Crimson’s MQTT connectors can be configured to buffer data within the device when a connection to the target platform is not available. This feature can be set to indicate whether data should be buffered just to memory, or whether the device’s SD card should be used to provide further storage that will survive a power cycle – enhancing reliability and increasing system resilience.

• Red Lion products are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

@redlioncontrols  #PAuto @Instrum_Tech

Connecting solar power plants.

TE Connectivity (TE) has introduced the new TE ENTRELEC PI-Spring range of terminal blocks ZK-PV, dedicated to large commercial and utility-scale photovoltaic installations. The PI-Spring range have voltage of 1500V DC (IEC) / 1000V DC (UL), complementing the existing 1500V offering including DBL distribution blocks and SNK screw power terminal blocks ZS150 / ZS240.

“Over the next five years, most solar power plants will use increased voltages to reduce installation and operational costs. Even thou other solutions do exist on the market for 1500V DC, the terminal blocks are one of the safest and most reliable way for connecting electrical circuits inside PV panels, combiners and central inverters,” said Gael Grenat, head of global product management for TE’s ENTRELEC products.

The ZK-PV range of terminal blocks makes connecting photovoltaic systems quicker and more reliable. The smart two-in-one connection gives installers more flexibility, real time savings and higher quality results.

The ZK-PV range for photovoltaic installations is as compact as the rest of the PI-Spring terminal block range, adding only 2mm to the unit’s depth. For differentiating positive and negative poles, grey and blue colors are available: The distribution blocks are suitable for conductors with maximum cross-sections of 10mm² / 6AWG and 16mm² / 4AWG. The range provides two and three connections so that two circuits can be grouped in parallel in one line. To group more than two circuits, several ZK10 PV terminals (10mm² / 6AWG) can be interconnected by means of convenient plug-in jumpers.

The range´s unique design gives installers two different ways to connect wires quickly and securely. A Push-In mode lets installers just push solid wires into the terminal – ENTRELEC’s patented design automatically clamps the wire to create a strong, reliable connection. In Spring Mode, non-prepared, stranded wires can be inserted just as easily. The installer just needs to slide a screwdriver into the adjacent slot, insert the wire and the connection is secured.

@TEConnectivity #PAuto #Power

Thursday, February 14, 2019

New electronics components website!

JPR Electronics has launched a new website. Its modern design offers customers simple navigation, fast response, a great user experience and simple online purchasing.

Paul Raynor, Director of JPR Electronics, comments, “JPR Electronics have been supplying electronic components since 1979 and now stock over 14,000 products. We have recently fully updated our infrastructure and are now pleased to offer our customers a much improved and simple to navigate website to simplify and streamline their enquiry and purchasing experience. We are an independent distributor with a global network of franchises, which enables us to offer an extensive range of products from recognised quality manufacturers to manufacturers, OEM’s, sub-contractors, designers, distributors and education.”

Many key component and enclosure manufacturers are among the 70 plus brands stocked by JPR Electronics, all are supported by their experienced Sales Team and securely shipped from their EN ISO 9001:2008 approved warehouse.

Product ranges include cables and connectors, enclosures, passive and Emech components, electrical, solar and power components and test equipment, educational computing, tools and equipment.

JPR are main stockists for CamdenBoss and Salecom switches and offer a full range of Hammond enclosures including modification services.

Other key suppliers include Schützinger, manufacturers of market leading connectors including Kelvin Four-Wire Measurement types, a wide range of relays from global suppliers Hongfa and Finder, opto-electronic components from LED supplier Kingbright and Winstar displays.

@Jprelec #Electronics

Asset management made less complex.

AMS Device Manager reduces device data complexity and strengthens the field device data foundation that is critical for embarking on digital transformation

A new release of Emerson’s AMS Device Manager helps improve plant reliability with better organised data for more informed and proactive management of field devices. New embedded tools allow project and operations teams to customise plant device hierarchies, project tracking, and device alerts, delivering improved decision support - a key competency of digital transformation. With AMS Device Manager, Emerson is helping teams effectively use device data to deliver more reliable operations and shorten project engineering timelines.

“An accurate data backbone all the way down to the device level helps build the foundation for digital transformation with a more accurate picture of asset health,” said Mani Janardhanan, vice president, Plantweb™ product management. “With the new AMS Device Manager, users can prepare their plant’s data infrastructure for technologies such as Plantweb Optics that will digitally enhance maintenance practices with data they can trust for decision making.”

Many plants struggle to manage thousands of devices in complex and often out-of-date plant device structures (hierarchies) - often using long, disorganised lists that make it hard to find and identify critical devices. Without having devices organised by zone, asset, unit, or other category, teams have access to health data, but little insight into where a faulty device is located or how it is impacting production data. However, creating or rearranging this hierarchy used to be a time-consuming, manual process, for which few organisations had the spare time or resources.

AMS Device Manager’s enhanced bulk transfer functionality changes this paradigm, providing the tools to configure whole systems automatically - including set-up of device alert monitoring and plant hierarchies. Users can simply export a tag list and open it in a spreadsheet application to enter a location and alert group for each device. Then, using bulk transfer, users can instantly set up the system with an accurately populated hierarchy and alert monitor. With a correctly defined plant hierarchy, maintenance teams can visualise device data in targeted views, allowing them to better evaluate and manage the reliability of specific areas of the plant. This is particularly useful during shutdowns and turnarounds when selected plant areas are down for maintenance.

Maintenance teams commonly have difficulty separating critical alerts from irrelevant alerts. With the updated AMS Device View - the browser-based interface for AMS Device Manager - maintenance can assign devices to specific projects and track them on separate project dashboards, avoiding the distraction of alerts flooding the operations dashboard. This organised alert delivery allows more efficient response during periods with significant changes, like shutdowns, turnarounds and outages.

The newest version of AMS Device Manager also increases safety and security with system-wide automated locking of devices. Organisations can protect against unauthorised changes to devices without relying on physically adding or removing jumpers. Customisable software-based locks can be enabled for select personnel for specific amounts of time, after which the system will automatically relock the devices to ensure that device configurations are protected.

 @EMR_Automation  #PAuto @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis 

Systems software group expands European team!

Lynx Software Technologies has expanded its European team with the appointment of Andrew Turnbull as Senior Director, EMEA Sales and Tim Loveless as Principal Solutions Architect. They both report to Lee Cresswell, vice president of global sales at Lynx.

Andrew Turnbull
Lee Cresswell commented, “Lynx is seeing significant opportunities in Europe with interest from automotive, aerospace and defence and industrial markets in particular. We’re scaling up our presence in the region to enable us to engage successfully with these customers. Lynx is delighted to welcome two individuals of exceptional calibre to its global team. Andrew Turnbull has extensive experience of key account management, including leading engineering and marketing teams. Tim Loveless is a deeply experienced FAE in the embedded real-time and safety-critical arena. We are confident that both will contribute significantly to our future success."

Tim Loveless
Andrew Turnbull takes responsibility for Lynx customers in the EMEA region. He joined Lynx from Oracle, where he was Senior Sales Manager, MySQL Embedded Europe. He has exceptional experience of sales and marketing in the software and semiconductor industries, including roles with Integrated Device Technology (IDT), Tundra Semiconductor, Wintegra, Wind River, Integrated Systems and Motorola Semiconductor.

Tim Loveless will work closely with Andrew, offering providing technical leadership in solution design and development for EMEA customers. He has over 20 years’ experience of embedded real time and safety critical systems development, including ten years leading an FAE team at Wind River (Intel).

@LynxSoftware #Europe