Thursday, December 8, 2016

Open integration group! @Endress_Hauser #PAuto #SystemIntegration

Endress+Hauser’s Open Integration Partner Program strives to mitigate risks when commissioning customer plant by ensuring that operators can easily integrate their devices and components into automation systems. To date eight companies are in the program: AUMA Riester, HIMA Paul Hildebrandt, Honeywell Process Solutions, Mitsubishi Electric, Pepperl+Fuchs, Rockwell Automation, R. STAHL and Schneider Electric. These are now joined by Phoenix Contact and Flowserve.

Although today’s communication components (HART, PROFIBUS, FOUNDATION Fieldbus, EtherNet/IP or PROFINET) are rigorously tested, there are still countless ways in which they can be combined and there is a residual risk that minor issues may appear when they are installed on site. “With the Open Integration Partner Program, we mitigate that risk”, says Peter Rippen, Director Strategic Alliances, at Endress+Hauser. “Users can benefit enormously from combining best of breed automation components to an optimal solution for their application.”

The program partners go well beyond traditional testing methodologies by verifying the functionality of specific system architectures in a laboratory environment. “We ensure quick commissioning and start up and save customers resources, time and thus money,” he explains. “Everybody benefits, our customers as well as the automation suppliers as it is so much more efficient to discover any issues to be jointly solved before the equipment is being installed and commissioned in the customer’s plant.”

Reference topologies are the key
The partner program does this by defining reference topologies – exact combinations of automation products that are to be found in a particular industrial application or are favored by a specific customer. The selected components then are installed in a control cabinet and the resulting system is commissioned and tested. All steps are thoroughly documented and any issues can be quickly solved by the partners involved.

After a successful test, the reference topology is published as a joint recommendation, giving customers concrete and successfully validated suggestions for automating their plant. To date four reference topologies have been published with several others in the pipeline.

Strong new partners on board
The two new partners bring with them differing automation know-how and broaden the product and solution ranges covered by the Open Integration Partner Program. “Phoenix Contact is an important partner in many projects and their system products are favored by a number of important customers,” explains Joerg Reinkensmeier, Marketing Manager Open Integration, at Endress+Hauser.

“Flowserve also operates worldwide and their valves and pumps are often to be found working alongside Endress+Hauser measuring instruments.” A stronger partnership brings benefits to all parties, but customers in particular can now expect many more validated reference topologies that pave the way to quick and easy system integration.

@Endress_Hauser #PAuto #SystemIntegration

Electronic components company strengthens in SE England.

Anglia is investing in its customer service team with the appointment of Arthur Champ as Key Account Manager to support customers in the Kent, Sussex and Surrey regions of England, reporting to Jaqui Fretwell, Business Development Director.

Arthur Champ
Steve Rawlins, Anglia’s CEO commented, “We have especially high standards for our customer facing team at Anglia. Our Key Account Managers are a central part of our commitment to delivering exceptional service. Arthur Champ completely embodies the Anglia service ethic, as well as offering an exceptional level of experience in the industry. He is a very strong addition to our team.”

Arthur Champ added, “Anglia has a fantastic reputation in the market. They epitomise excellence in customer care. It is great to be part of a warm friendly team where everyone wants to help and provide a fantastic service. I am delighted to join an independent distributor with a strong customer focus.”

Arthur Champ brings the Anglia team 35 years’ experience in distribution sales, and joins from Flint Distribution, an Avnet Company, where he spent 13 years. Previously, he held sales positions with Eurodis and Townsend Coates. Champ started his career as a Buyer at BAE in Rochester.

@angliaComponent #PAuto @angliaLive

Partnership to advance the IIoT!

National Instruments (NI) has announced that SparkCognition is partnering with NI and IBM to collaborate on the Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance Testbed. The goal of the collaboration is to deliver an unprecedented level of interoperability among operational technology and informational technology as organizations search for better methods to manage and extend the life of aging assets in heavy machinery, power generation, process manufacturing and a variety of other industrial sectors.

In a new age of Big Analog Data™ solutions, users can take advantage of machine learning to harness value from information. They can collect raw data and derive insights to improve operations, equipment and processes. Users can also realize huge cost savings and competitive advantages as artificial intelligence-driven prognostics warn of component failures before they occur, identify suboptimal operating conditions and assist with root-cause analysis.

NI’s open, software-centric platform creates the foundation of the Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance Testbed, which delivers on the opportunities present in machine learning. Customers can apply SparkCognition’s cognitive analytics to proactively avoid unplanned equipment fatigue and failure of critical assets; thus, enhancing system capabilities by gaining advanced insights into equipment health and remediation solutions. These capabilities help increase operational efficiencies and safety, and decrease maintenance costs.

“With IIoT technologies driving vast sensorization of industrial equipment, and massive amounts of data being collected on those assets, the collaboration between NI and SparkCognition powers the complex and intelligent processing of information to produce valuable insights,” said Stuart Gillen, director of business development at SparkCognition.

“We are excited that our platform can acquire the data and extract the features to drive SparkCognition analytics for IIoT solutions,” said Jamie Smith, director of embedded systems at NI. “Combined with existing technologies in the testbed, the addition of SparkCognition presents new ways to help automate the process of turning sensor data into business insight.”

With this software-defined approach, viewing, managing and refining a broad range of assets stands in direct contrast to the traditional, fixed-functionality methods of the past, which often take too much time, rely on hard-to-find talent and require custom model building for each type of asset.

@niukie #PAuto @IIConsortium @SparkCognition #IoT

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Japanese Award for automation and control manufacturer.

IDEC Corporation’s MicroSmart FC6A PLC has received the Good Design Award from the Japan Institute for Design Promotion, a public interest foundation. Its precursor, the Good Design Selection System (or G Mark System), was founded in 1957 by the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry (the current Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry), and has been engaged in design evaluation for about 60 years. Japanese products are synonymous with high quality and good design worldwide, and only the best of the best receive this award.

Submissions for this award come from more than 4,000 entries submitted by over a 1,000 companies each year in a wide range of fields. These entries are screened by distinguished design experts selected from various industries. The main deciding factor for the award selection is based on whether or not product can enrich society and people's lives through its design. Recipients of a Good Design Award are granted use of the G Mark symbol, an emblem of good design for over half a century worldwide.

The FC6A MicroSmart PLC received this award because it combines the power of a PAC (programmable automation controller) in a low-cost controller with a small form factor, making it an ideal fit for demanding applications. Before the FC6A was introduced, designers often had to choose between expensive PACs and micro PLCs lacking in features. The FC6A solves this dilemma by offering many of the features formerly found in PACs in a micro PLC.

An optional HMI module can be added to the CPU to provide operator interface via its display and control buttons. The HMI module can also accommodate an optional plug-in analog cartridge, and it has an integral Ethernet port. Using the operator interface functionality, any PLC parameter can be updated.

Industries particularly well suited to the FC6A MicroSmart PLC include oil & gas, chemical, solar, marine, packaging, food & beverage, material handling, utility vehicles, and OEM machinery and process skids. Within these industries, a wide variety of applications are a good fit for the FC6A MicroSmart PLC—especially those requiring control of standalone machines, process skids, vehicles and small-scale systems.

The FC6A MicroSmart PLC is programmed with IDEC’s WindLDR PC-based software, which includes no cost updates for the life of the product, and which can be used to program IDEC’s entire line of controllers in a simple and intuitive manner.

IoT capability is provided by custom web pages which can be configured for remote monitoring and control. Web pages are created using simple drag and drop functionality with no HTML programming required, a major advantage over competing products. These web pages are stored in the MicroSmart PLC, which functions as a web server when its built-in Ethernet port or the HMI Ethernet port is connected to the Internet. These web pages can be accessed via any web browser running on any Internet-connected device such as a remote PC, a tablet or a smartphone.


Compact connector.

Harting’s new Han® Q 1/0 Axial Screw Protected connector is a compact single-pole unit that enables the transmission of high currents – greater than 100 A – within the small footprint of a standard 3 A housing.
A key feature of the Han® Q 1/0 is the use of an angled male contact which is fed out of the application at a right angle and forms a relatively flat structure. Compactness is further achieved because contact is established on the connection side by a female contact and not, as usual, via the cable. Harting pre-assembles the angled male variant, so that it does not need to be assembled by the user. On the connection side, a straight female insert with the axial screw technique is used.

Harting is also offering a straight male contact version of the Han® Q 1/0 Axial Screw Protected connector which permits straight feed-outs in bulkhead-mounted housings as well as “flying” cable-to-cable connections. In this variant, no female contact is used in the wiring zone, and contact is established via the usual cable.

Harting chose the axial screw technique for the Han® Q 1/0 connector because this termination technique enables assembly in the field without the use of special tools.

The Han® Q 1/0 Axial Screw Protected connector can be used with cables having conductor cross-sections between 16 mm² and 25 mm². The new connector can be coded with separate pins: a total of 16 different codings are possible. All male and female inserts are touch-safe according to IEC 60 529.

@harting #PAuto

Workshop on dust, arosols & particulates!

Following the success of a similar event last January, TSI and Ashtead Technology have organised another workshop focusing on workplace dust, aerosols and environmental particulates. The event, which is free to attend, will take place on Wednesday 11th January 2017 at TSI’s headquarters in High Wycombe (GB).

Ashtead’s Regional Sales Manager Josh Thomas recommends early booking: “This is a very popular event but places are limited and we had to decline late applications last time, so I would urge delegates to reserve their places as soon as possible.”

The Workshop will include practical monitoring sessions with the latest technologies, in addition to presentations by technical staff from TSI and Ashtead. In addition, a speaker from the Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL), which is part of the Health & Safety Executive, will deliver a presentation on PPE and Respiratory Protection, including a practical session on HSL’s Face Fit Respiratory Equipment Demonstrator (FFRED). The practical sessions will include introductions to the latest AM520i personal dust/aerosol monitors and the MCERTS approved Environmental DustTrak.

Starting at 9.45am and finishing at around 3pm, this free training event has been designed for anyone responsible for protecting health against the effects of dust, smoke and aerosols. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Book here!

@ashteadtech  #Pauto 

Wireless vibration sensor.

Yokogawa has developed an ISA100 WirelessTM-based field wireless vibration sensor with the ability to quickly update data as well as a long battery life.

ISA100 Wireless is a technology that is based on the ISA100.11a standard. It includes ISA100.11a-2011 communications, an application layer with process control industry standard objects, device descriptions and capabilities, a gateway interface, infrared provisioning, and a backbone router.

By providing real-time updates on vibration levels in plant facilities, the new sensor helps users quickly detect equipment anomalies and enables predictive maintenance.

Development background
With a field wireless system, plant field devices and analysers are able to communicate wirelessly with host-level monitoring and control systems. The rising need to improve productivity and enhance safety by collecting more data on plant operations is driving the demand for field wireless devices, which can be installed even in difficult to access locations. Field wireless devices have the added advantage of reducing installation costs.

Vibration sensors are useful for the condition monitoring and predictive maintenance of plant machinery such as compressors, pumps, and motors. Conventional methods for monitoring vibration include the use of vibration sensors that rely on wired communications with a host system, and patrols by maintenance staff to collect vibration data. With the widening use of field wireless systems and the need to reduce installation costs, there is an increasing demand for wireless vibration sensors.

Since releasing the world’s first ISA100 Wireless-based field wireless devices and wireless systems, Yokogawa has expanded its lineup of field wireless devices that measure temperature, pressure, flow rate, and the like. This new vibration sensor will meet the company’s customers’ needs for a device that can provide the quick updates on vibration levels needed to detect anomalies at an early stage.

Product features
The principal components of this field wireless vibration sensor are the FN510 field wireless multifunction module, the LN01 piezoelectric type acceleration sensor, and the FN110 field wireless communication module. Via a gateway device, the FN510 uses the ISA100 Wireless communications protocol to exchange data with a host-level system such as a DCS. The data collected with this vibration sensor enables plant operators and maintenance staff to monitor vibration levels in real time. Both explosion-proof and non-explosion-proof types are available. Key features of this sensor are as follows:
    1. Fast data updates: The sensor can be set to update data as quickly as every 10 seconds. This update time is ideal for monitoring vibration levels in plant facilities. 
     2. Long battery life and easy maintenance: When the vibration sensor is set to update data once per minute, it can operate on a single set of batteries for up to 10 years. In addition to eliminating the cost of providing replacement batteries, this reduces maintenance workload. 
     3. Highly reliable and versatile system: Thanks to the features of ISA100 Wireless and Yokogawa’s technical know-how, the company has achieved a highly reliable wireless network with fully redundant communications that is capable of sending and receiving different types of sensor signals over long distances.
Major target markets
Industries such as oil, petrochemicals, chemicals, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, food, and iron and steel

Measurement of vibration levels of equipment such as compressors, pumps, motors, and fans.

@YokogawaIA #PAuto #ISA100