Monday, 13 July 2020

Excellence in energy innovation & implementation acknowledged.

Seeq Corporation has been named a finalist for the Energy 2020 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award. The company was honoured among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

“We are very pleased to be awarded this distinction in recognition of our work with Microsoft in serving the digital transformation needs of energy customers,” says Megan Buntain, Director of Cloud Partnerships at Seeq. “Our success is a credit to our team’s investments in integration with Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, and other Microsoft cloud offerings.”

The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year. Awards were classified in several categories, with honorees chosen from a set of more than 3,300 submitted nominations from more than 100 countries worldwide. Seeq was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services in Energy.

The Energy Partner of the Year Award recognizes a partner organization that excels at providing innovative and unique services or solutions based on Microsoft technologies to energy companies – which include oil & gas, power & utilities, mining and renewables– demonstrating thought leadership in their industry.

“It is an honor to recognize the winner and finalists of the 2020 Energy Microsoft Partner of the Year Award,” said Darryl Willis, Vice President, Energy, Microsoft. “These partners go above and beyond, delivering timely solutions that solve the complex challenges that energy businesses around the world face – from communicating and collaborating virtually to helping customers realize their full potential with Azure cloud services, and beyond. I am proud to honor and congratulate the Energy Award winner and finalists.”

 @SeeqCorporation @msuspartner #PAuto #Energy

The promise and reality of control systems.

The June edition of the AUTOMATION 2020 eBook (pdf) teaches about the promise and reality of control systems that combine new technologies with the robustness, security, and sophistication needed for industrial applications.

It also includes an in-depth look at single-pair Ethernet—the infrastructure for Industrial IoT—as well as component-level sensor technologies for servomotors and other machinery.

Chapter titles include:
  • Single-pair Ethernet: The Infrastructure for IIoT
  • On Your Mark, Get Set, Go – A Race to Build the Smart and "Always Productive" Plant
  • New Freedom in Engineering: The ctrlX AUTOMATION Platform
  • The Big Idea of Open Standard Control
  • Case Study: Machine Builder Conquers Adaptive Limitations with PC Control
@ISA_Interchange @automation_com #PAuto 

Analyser passes gas research specifications.

Applied Analytics has announced that their OMA-300 has passed and exceeded performance testing requirements by Natural Gas Research Institute, a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation.

These standards included JJG 695-2003, GB/T 28766-2018 and GB/T 13966-2013 for performance verification of H2S analyzers in natural gas analytical systems. The testing included validation of the OMA-300’s accuracy, repeatability, sensitivity, measurement range, response time, zero drift and span checks.

As a result, Applied Analytics has signed an agreement to supply an H2S analyzer package to gas plants in Sichuan province. The approvals have expanded the market for the OMA-300 and gives our clients in China another option for H2S measurements in natural gas.

The OMA-300 has a proven track record in H2S applications in natural gas, biogas, refineries, sulfur recovery units and more with ranges from low ppm to high percent levels.

 @AAInc #PAuto  #China

Friday, 10 July 2020

Finding hot- and cold-spots.

FLIR Systems has announced the TG165-X MSX® Thermal Camera for electrical contractors, machine technicians, facilities maintenance engineers, home inspectors, and HVAC professionals. Engineered for tough work environments, this upgrade to the popular TG165 provides an all-in-one diagnostics tool with a spot temperature gun and thermal imager, enhanced by FLIR’s patented Multispectral Dynamic Imaging (MSX).

“With the addition of MSX, the TG165-X offers improved identification of hot spots that indicate electrical or mechanical failures, and the cold spots that indicate water or air leaks,” said Rickard Lindvall, General Manager, Solutions at FLIR Systems. “Further, the TG165-X visually guides professionals to the source of common system failures so they can diagnose the problem and begin repairs more quickly.”

Built around a true thermal 80 × 60 camera sensor with 4,800 pixels, FLIR MSX’s two-camera technology makes images easier to understand by adding visual details to full thermal images and making them sharper to recognize physical features. A new laser-projected bullseye target aids in pinpointing areas of concern, while the bright 2.4-inch LCD color display and wide 51 degrees × 66 degrees field-of-view provide a comprehensive view of the area of interest.

The TG165-X includes an IP54 enclosure for protection against dust and water and a drop-rating of two meters (6.6 feet), making it ideal for both indoor and outdoor inspections. The camera can store up to 50,000 images and data to an embedded four-gigabyte flash memory which can be downloaded to FLIR Tools to create professional reports.

@flir #PAuto #HVAC #MEpax

Safety and EMC for BEV charging.

It is estimated that by 2030 there will be 20 million BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicle) sold per year. This means that around 140,000 DC fast charging stations will have to be installed by that year.

Schaffner has produced a Whitepaper for designers of battery and hybrid electric vehicle charging stations, providing guidance on the following key topics:

• Which safety requirements must be met in EV charging.
• Which EMC limit values are set for EV charging stations.
• The critically important requirements for galvanic isolation in EV charging stations
• What options are there for customer-specific developments in the field of EV charging

Schaffner’s long experience and expertise in safely meeting the most stringent EMC requirements in the electrotechnical world provides designers with the means to make
the energy revolution possible.

Holger Urban, Product Marketing Manager of Schaffner, comments, “Electromobility is considered one of the main drivers in current global megatrends - Electrification, Urbanisation, Digitalisation and Climate Change. For this reason, we see it as our task to provide cutting-edge technology to this critical market.”

Download the white paper here: EMC for EV Charging. 

#Schaffner #Transportation @proactivefleet

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Build your cybersecurity culture.

In the world of automation, a cybersecurity breach can have serious consequences—so cybersecurity is seriously important. Every level of your organization plays an important part in protecting industrial control systems from cyber threats.

A large-scale breach of cybersecurity has been called one of the five most serious risks facing the world today. In the automation industry, with critical operations relying on digitalized industrial control systems, the stakes are higher than ever.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) just released a new whitepaper with actionable insights into how the strongest cybersecurity cultures are made. Titled “An Industry Imperative: Build a Standards-Based Cybersecurity Culture for Employees, Customers, and Partners,” this whitepaper dives into the importance of maintaining industry standards and employee cybersecurity education.

@ISA_Interchange #PAuto

Hyperware smart buildings.

Aruba has joined the EnOcean Alliance as a participant member. When used together, the Aruba Wi-Fi infrastructure and EnOcean energy harvesting wireless solutions enable customers to create hyperaware smart buildings that are cognizant of, and responsive to, their changing operating environment and occupant needs.

Aruba Access Point
Aruba, is a leading provider of AI-powered network infrastructure for campus, data center, branch and remote worker applications. Aruba delivers a cloud experience at the edge that can be consumed either as a service in the cloud or on-premises, as a managed service delivered through Aruba partners, or via network as a service through HPE GreenLake.

The EnOcean Alliance is an international association of over 400 leading companies in the building and IT industries founded in 2008. The non-profit organization is committed to enabling and promoting interoperable, maintenance-free and proven eco-systems based on the wireless EnOcean radio standard (ISO/IEC 14543-3-10/11). The EnOcean Alliance eco-system offers more than 5.000 multi-vendor interoperable sensors enabling data collection for multiple applications, such as room or desk/chair occupancy, temperature and air quality, energy usage and restroom usage.

EnOcean Alliance member IoT devices are the eyes and ears of smart buildings. By securely interfacing those IoT devices with new and existing Aruba Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6 Access Points via a plug-in 800/900MHz radio, building control and business applications can become hyperaware of their operating environments. This information can be used to better model cloud-based digital twins, and to optimize human activity monitoring, organizational redesign, augmented reality, human productivity, and occupant health and safety.
EnOcean European Starter Kit

"A building becomes smart by virtue of being instrumented with IoT devices so applications are cognizant of the contextual status of the environment, occupants, energy requirements, service needs, security, and safety,” said Michael R. Tennefoss, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Aruba. “The richer the set of available IoT data, the more cognizant and adaptive the building and associated digital twins can become. The goal is to make hyperawareness simple and inexpensive, and that is what the mash up between Aruba and the EnOcean Alliance achieves. An inexpensive 800/900MHz plug-in radio brings existing and new Aruba customers access to thousands of IoT devices, including BACNet and multiple other protocol gateways, and software applications (both local and cloud based.) In turn, Alliance members gain access to Aruba’s installed base of education, enterprise, government, healthcare, hospitality, industrial, manufacturing, retail, and transportation customers.”

Graham Martin, Chairman and CEO of the EnOcean Alliance, continues: “Our collaboration opens up exciting new market opportunities for the Alliance members and the Aruba community by combining Aruba’s extensive network power and the flexibility of energy harvesting wireless sensors. The simplicity of the solution makes it now possible for facility, IT and other managers to easily add services, collecting data from “peel and stick” sensors across an entire building without pulling any new cables nor ever having to change a battery.”

 @EnOceanAlliance @ArubaNetworks @HPE@NeeshamPR #PAuto