Friday, January 18, 2019

Guarding against inventory disruption.

Anglia Components is offering users of its Anglia 80/20 inventory management system the opportunity to hold increased levels of inventory at no cost, ahead of any potential Brexit disruption. This additional inventory is still invoiced as it is used – eliminating any call on the customer’s financial capital.
Anglia's Steve Rawlings guarding against possible Brexit disruption.
Anglia 80/20 offers customers an agreed level of inventory on their regularly used commodity components that are held on their site providing instant accessibility. The level of inventory is normally scaled according to the customer’s forecast demand – but customers can increase their inventory ahead of the March 29 deadline to insulate themselves against potential customs delays following the UK’s departure from the EU. Anglia is offering 80/20 customers the opportunity to increase their stock levels at no additional cost. Once confidence returns, this additional inventory can simply be consumed as required or returned to the Anglia warehouse.

Commenting, Steve Rawlins, CEO of Anglia, said, “Anglia is committed to the success of its customers, and we are always thinking forward about ways in which we can protect their supply chain. We were able to help many customers during the recent component shortages – and we are looking to help them again in the event that Brexit disrupts the supply chain.”

Anglia 80/20 brought a new level of flexibility to the supply chain, which was previously only available to large volume users through consignment/Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI). There is no start-up cost. Participating customers receive inventory in line with their forecast usage, which is invoiced as it is used. Customers can track component usage in real time through an intuitive web-based dashboard, eradicating the need for manually updated usage reports. Inventory can also be replenished daily, weekly or monthly with monthly consolidated invoicing if required. This simple but effective process is further complemented by a ‘single scan’ booking in system allowing users to book in a delivery containing multiple parts quickly and error free.

@angliaComponent #PAuto # Automation #Breatimeacht #Brexit

Optical turbidity measurement.

The new OPTISYS TUR 1060 optical turbidity measuring system has been introduced by Krohne. The main application areas are quality monitoring or filter monitoring in drinking water, or in cooling water circuits or demineralisation processes.

The new analytical system employs 90° scattered light technology and is compliant to US EPA 180.1 and EN ISO 7027. It comes with 4…20mA and Modbus RS485 communication and features improved usability, fast measuring response time, simple and cost-efficient calibration, data logging, and low maintenance requirements.

Although OPTISYS TUR 1060 shares components with its predecessor OPTISYS TUR 1050 and can be retrofitted, the system has been completely redesigned: it provides improved usability due to cursor keys and simple start-up and operation without special knowledge. For flexible use, the measuring ranges can be adapted according to the application. It can be calibrated with reusable calibration cuvettes in less than 5 minutes, without dangerous formazine contact.

The new system has an integrated data logger for storing measurement readings and the last four calibrations up to one year, depending on selected logging interval between 1…60 minutes. Calibration data and logged data can both be downloaded via USB interface. OPTISYS TUR 1060 has the lowest maintenance requirements on the market due to a long lasting light source and automatic ultrasonic cleaning of the measuring cuvette that provides for minimal wear, high long-term stability and short downtimes.

• DWN Products are marketed in Ireland through DWN Instrumentation.


@krohnegroup #Water #PAuto 

Sensing CO2, Humidity and Temperature digitally.

The EE850 duct mount sensor from E+E Elektronik combines the CO2, relative humidity (RH) and temperature (T) measurement in a single device. The sensor can be easily integrated into a bus system via the RS485 interface (Modbus RTU or BACnet MS/TP). The 3-in-1 device is dedicated for building automation as well as for demanding process control.

The EE850 features the E+E dual wavelength NDIR CO2 sensing cell, which is particularly insensitive to contamination. The CO2 auto-calibration and temperature compensation lead to high accuracy and long-term stability over the entire working range of 0…10,000 ppm CO2 and -20 °C to +60 °C (-4...140 °F).

The RH and T sensing element located inside the probe is optimally protected from dust, dirt and corrosion by the proprietary E+E coating. The coating improves the measurement performance and long-term stability in harsh environment by preventing stray impedances caused by deposits on the active sensor surface.

The CO2, RH and T measured data as well as the calculated dew point temperature (Td) are available on the RS485 interface with Modbus RTU or BACnet MS/TP protocol. Alternatively, the EE850 features current and voltage outputs. The digital interface provides also other parameters such as absolute humidity (dv), mixing ratio (r), water vapor partial pressure (e) or enthalpy (h).

Configuration and adjustment can be performed with an optional adapter and the free EE-PCS configuration software.

The functional enclosure facilitates mounting the EE850 with closed cover. This protects the electronics from construction site pollution during installation. A mounting flange is included in the scope of supply.

• E+E Elektronik products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

 #epluse_at #PAuto @Instrum_Tech 

Detecting PCBs using RFID.

An RFID system in which PCBs communicate with their SMT production line and contain all the relevant manufacturing data has been developed by Harting. Based on the company’s RFID-4-SMT auto-ID solution, the new system cuts error rates, radically simplifies documentation requirements and forms the basis for automated PCB production in a batch size of one.

When the PCB is first produced, a small UHF RFID chip is inserted in the blank or attached as a component later on. From this point, manufacturing data can be written to and read from the RFID chip at each station in the manufacturing process. Even unplanned events such as machine malfunctions can be stored.

This is all enabled by the cutting-edge UHF RFID technology from Harting. Thanks to the coaxial-cable-based Ha-VIS LOCFIELD® antenna and the Ha-VIS RF-R350 flexible UHF RFID reader based on their MICA® industrial computing platform, realisation involves a minimum of effort. The antenna field follows a coaxial conductor and allows communication with several PCBs in a single PCB panel at full manufacturing speed.

The reader and antenna can easily be integrated into both new and old systems. The compact design and IP67 protection class also facilitate upgrading. Full data integration in the manufacturing system is therefore made possible - but not absolutely necessary - at any time.

Thanks to the modular and open software architecture of the Ha-VIS RF-R350 UHF RFID read-write device, the data can be pre-processed in the reader. The data is stored in line with ISO standards and the GS1 standards applied to commercial goods transport. This applies not only for the ID of the PCB itself, but also for the processing and manufacturing data stored in the user memory of the RFID chip. This data is all transparent and can thus easily be used later by a third party.

Once the UHF RFID technology has been fitted on the PCB, it can be used throughout the lifetime of the PCB. It is possible for several PCBs to be read in bulk without optical contact: for example, through foil and cardboard packaging, which makes the technology eminently suitable for warehouse and logistics processes. In addition, the information can also be read when the PCB is already installed in the application. Provided that the housing does not consist entirely of metal and certain basic physical principles are adhered to, the information on the RFID chip can continue to be used and updated. The options offered by the UHF RFID technology remain available until the PCB is disposed of, and can enable and improve a range of different applications.

@Harting #Manufaturing #RFID

Future proofed I/O systems.

Pepperl+Fuchs is connecting LB remote I/O systems to the PROFINET world with their new LB PROFINET gateway. End-to-end communication also ensures optimal use of existing intelligence in the field, representing a crucial step toward making plants suitable for future requirements and Industry 4.0.

In early 2019, Pepperl+Fuchs is to launch the new LB PROFINET gateway, delivering not only conventional PROFINET functionality but also full access to all connected HART devices. In practical terms, this will give users access to HART auxiliary variables as a second measuring value in addition to process variables. Furthermore, the diagnostic data from the field devices can be read out via HART IP, thus significantly increasing transparency and plant availability. The new gateway also offers maximum flexibility since different protocols can run via the same cordset (e.g., PROFINET and HART IP), and, of course, it represents a high-performance solution: up to 80 field devices can be connected to a fully occupied remote I/O system. These devices communicate without a time delay.

Another highlight of the gateway is the intelligent redundancy concept. An integrated switch ensures the functionality of the network at all times based on the medium redundancy protocol (MRP). If a line fails, the ring network is reconfigured to send the data packets via the alternative route. Since the potential for hazards increases as a result of big data being used alongside increased networking of industrial plants, the new PROFINET gateway also fulfills the appropriate safety requirements. The large display, the largest available on the market for this device type, is another highlight that makes the new gateway from Pepperl+Fuchs easy to use. The device status and additional diagnostic data can be read at a glance via RGB LEDs.

@PepperlFuchs #PAuto

Head of Innovation and Enterprise.

Dr Paul Maguire has been appointed as Head of Innovation and Enterprise at Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) – City Campus*.

Dr Paul Maguire
Paul Maguire has extensive experience of the commercial start-up environment. He was CEO of med-tech company Arann Healthcare from 2010 to 2013. Prior that role, he led Lexas Research, a start­up and technology company providing process control and diagnostic systems to the semiconductor industry and was part of the negotiation team involved in the trade­sale of the technical assets to a US company in February 2010. Paul joined DIT Hothouse in 2013 where he launched 13 spin­ outs, negotiated and executed 30+ licences and assignments, and secured over €4.5m in commercial research funding.

In 2017, Paul was named as the Knowledge Transfer Ireland Achiever of the Year. Paul has a PhD. in Optical Communications from DCU and an MSc. in Technology Management and Innovation from the Smurfit Business School, UCD.

As Head of Innovation and Enterprise, Paul will provide strategic and managerial leadership for knowledge transfer, innovation and enterprise support across TU Dublin (City Campus) and the partnership comprising the Dublin Region Innovation Consortium. He will lead a high-performance team of professionals that delivers best-in-class innovation and enterprise supports to academics, students and industry, with a keen focus on knowledge transfer, industry partnerships and entrepreneurship, all leading to real, measurable, impacts within Dublin and nationally.

* TU Dublin, Ireland’s first Technological University, is where career-focused students, dedicated staff and academic excellence in science, the arts, business, engineering and technology converge to create the leaders of tomorrow. We offer an inclusive and open learning experience with pathways to graduation, from Apprenticeship to PhD. Our 28,500 students learn in a practice-based environment informed by the latest research and enabled by technological advances.

TU Dublin hosts a thriving research community engaged in applying innovation and technology to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. We are deeply committed to collaborating with our national and international academic partners and our many networks in industry and civic society to create new learning experiences and develop impactful research.


TU Dublin is an exciting new milestone in Irish Higher Education. With campuses in Dublin City, Tallaght and Blanchardstown, it spans the largest population centres of Ireland’s capital city. Building on the rich heritage of its founding organisations - DIT, IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght – TU Dublin will be inclusive and adaptable, creating educational opportunities for students at all stages. TU Dublin students will be socially responsible, open-minded global thinkers who are ambitious to change the world for the better. As graduates, they will be enterprising and daring in all their endeavours, ready to play their part in transforming the future.


@WeAreTUDublin #Ireland

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Moisture in gas application in US.

Michell Instruments has won a bid to supply three OptiPEAK TDL600 moisture analysers to a gas processing plant in the United States.

Working closely with the plant operator, Michell’s system engineering department designed a customised sampling system to meet the specific requirements of the application. These include extra filtration to avoid dust carryover from the molecular sieve beds as well as additional safety features to protect the analyzers in the event of high process temperatures.

Taking advantage of the latest developments in laser spectroscopy, the OptiPEAK TDL600 has an unrivalled accuracy for any process moisture analyzer of ±1% of the reading or 1ppmV verified by calibration traceable to NPL (GB) and NIST (USA). Its lower detection limit of 1ppmV makes it the most sensitive instrument in its class on the market, as well as being one of the most reliable. Michell has developed a unique laser lock system to ensure the laser remains locked to the correct water absorption signal, maintaining a high integrity measurement at all times. In some earlier TDLAS moisture analyzer designs, drift in laser wavelength over time may cause gradual deterioration in measurement performance.

• Michell Instruments Products are available in Ireland through Instrument Technology.


@Michell_Inst #PAuto #USA