Friday, July 16, 2010

Connectors for test

Slimline connector for interfacing up to 168 points in test systems

Now available exclusively in Britain from the Peak Group is the i2 Micro iCon connector from Virginia Panel Corporation. Offering up to 168 signal contacts in a slimline configuration, the new connector offers a mass interconnect solution for automatic test systems including equipment based on PXI cards.

Incorporating capabilities for discrete wiring, horizontal and right-angle PCB mounting, the i2 connector features a 30° cable exit for vertical stackability, along with a 0.8-inch wide footprint for horizontal stackability. The engaging mechanism integrates spring locking tabs that fasten over the latching post for secure engagement. Keying pins and a square locking mechanism ensure even and precise engagement.

The 30º angled cable exit reduces the height required by the connector, allowing more space in front of the rack for instrumentation and minimising the vertical space between connectors in a multi-connector panel layout.

A new 84-pin header allows the i2 to connect directly to a PXI card. The header contains solderless compliant ('eye of the needle') pins for ease of use and implementation. Using VPC's QuadraPaddle signal contact technology, standard and twin female contacts provide consistent and even connections.

A number of different PCB connection options are available, including i2 direct to PCB, i2 to flexprint, i2 to PCB adaptor card, and i2 discrete-wired.

Now with maximum power point tracking

New firmware adds MPPT functionality to digital power analyser - Real-time dynamic measurements for solar and wind energy applications -

New firmware (Version 4.12) has been introduced for the Yokogawa WT3000 digital power analyser that enables the instrument to be used to carry out real-time dynamic measurements on maximum power point tracking (MPPT): a system used to optimise the power performance of solar or wind energy inverter systems under changing conditions.

The new firmware is of particular significance in situations where the maximum power point is subject to rapidly changing environmental conditions, such as solar cells on orbiting satellites or wind turbines under conditions of variable velocity and direction of wind.

The dynamic and nonlinear nature of such systems means that conventional methods of measuring average power and peak power do not produce a meaningful result: instead, it is the instantaneous peak power that is significant, requiring a high performance digital power analyser to show how efficiently the inverter system is responding to the changing conditions.

The new firmware allows a number of user-defined parameters such as peak power, instantaneous power and power factor to be calculated from acquired measurements and made available in real time for storage and display purposes.

The new firmware for supporting the use of the Yokogawa WT3000 as an MPPT efficiency tester is available as a free download.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Data cable assys

Data cable assemblies for ISO/IEC 11801 Categories 5, 6 and 7

Harting can now supply a range of cable assemblies for data transmission in ISO/IEC 11801 Categories 5, 6 and 7 for a range of environmental conditions.

Cable assemblies are available in rigid and flexible form, as well as special-purpose versions suitable for use in drag chains. Optional features include oil resistance, high robustness or halogen-free construction.

Different cable lengths and overmoulded cables or optional customised solutions ensure that their cabling systems can be deployed in diverse applications in the widest range of markets. Overmoulded assembled cables are available in PVC and PUR versions, and optionally with internal shielding.

All assembled cables are optimised and are 100% tested for their electrical and mechanical properties in order to guarantee consistently high quality.

Automation in LNG facility

Emerson selected as main automation contractor for Shell floating LNG facility

Shell's floating LNG concept!

Emerson Process Management has been appointed by Technip Samsung Consortium to serve as Main Automation Contractor for the Shell “Prelude” project, which will potentially be the world’s first Floating LNG (liquefied natural gas) development. Emerson Process Management was selected by Technip Samsung Consortium due to its Global Framework Agreement with Shell, announced in February 2010. This is the first project award for Emerson Process Management resulting from this Agreement.

Supporting Technip Samsung Consortium, the project’s overall front end engineering and design contractor, Emerson will be responsible for providing the strategy, design, and engineering of the process control and monitoring technologies to support the production facility.

Floating LNG unlocks gas reserves that would otherwise be stranded as they might be too far offshore. It is the next step in LNG production, which eliminates the need for transportation pipelines of gas to shore and onshore processing. The new production facility will operate as an integrated extraction, gas processing, and liquefaction plant, all directly above the gas reserves.

With rich experience in offshore production and project execution, plus global leadership in LNG automation, Emerson is perfectly positioned to support Shell’s goals for the initial construction project and long-term operational success.

“We are thrilled to support Shell’s vision for Floating LNG production,” said Steve Sonnenberg, president, Emerson Process Management. “Emerson’s track record of successfully delivering innovative projects like this suits us well for the challenge.”

The Shell Floating LNG facility is expected to have dimensions of 480 metres in length by 75 metres in width, a production capacity of 3.5 million to 4 million tonnes of LNG per year, and the ability to also process and export liquefied petroleum gas and condensate depending on gas composition. When fully ballasted, the vessel will weigh an estimated 600,000 tonnes. It will also have the flexibility to relocate to another gas field once production at one gas field is complete.

The Floating LNG project is located in the remote Browse Basin off the coast of Western Australia. The project is currently in the engineering and design phase of development and subject to a final investment decision.

Hygenic temperature sensor

Thermometer with Clamp Connection for Hygienic Applications

For temperature measurement in hygienic applications, Baumer offers the bimetal thermometer TBI with hygienic clamp process connections. It is especially suitable for the use in medical technology, pharmaceutical, and food & beverage industries. The thermometer is made of corrosion-resistant stainless steel and can measure temperature ranges from -20 °C up to 300 °C. It conforms to accuracy class 1 according to the EN 13190 standard.

The thermometer dial is constructed as a completely welded version made of corrosion-resistant stainless steel 1.4301 (AISI 304), with diameters of 63 mm, 80 mm or 100 mm. The window is made of polycarbonate. The immersion tube is made of AISI 316L stainless steel and meets the high standards of corrosion resistance required by many applications in the pharmaceutical industry. It has a diameter of 8 mm and is available in installed lengths from 300 mm up to 2000 mm.

Additionally to the clamp process connection ISO 2852 DN 38, other hygienic process connections are available on request. In order to reduce the surface roughness to below Ra < 0.4 µm, the process connections can also be electro-polished.

High precision industrial positioning

Aerotech has launched a new 560 mm wide ball screw driven positioning stage as part of its PRO series hard top/side sealed precision table range. Available in standard and high speed versions, the extra wide cross section the new PRO560 and PRO560 HS stages provide optimal support for long travel upper axes or large footprint loads. With travel up to 1500 mm and load to 150 kg, the new stages perfectly complement and complete the PRO ball screw driven range which covers stage widths of 115, 165, 225, 280 mm, and now 560 mm.

The PRO ball screw range is characterised by its unique and fully protected side-sealed/hard top design and includes heavy duty linear motion guide bearings for arduous yet high precision industrial positioning applications such as laser welding or EDM machining. The aluminium hard top cover and vertical side seal deflects debris and fully protects the internal stage components. Optional tabletops are also available which can include a brush assembly to remove machining waste from the cover. This stage sealing system is much preferred to conventionally sealed stages that use bellows or slide plates which can ingest debris resulting in eventual sealing failure and replacement.

Through the PRO560 range, six models are available with travels from 300 mm to 1000 mm with maximum speeds of 220 mm/sec for the 300 mm travel stage (140 mm/sec for the 1000 mm travel version). For the PRO560HS, eight models provide travels from 300 mm to 1500 mm with speeds to 1050 mm/sec for the 300 mm version (300 mm/sec for the 1500 travel version). Both types offer a horizontal load capacity of up to 150 kg.

The PRO560 is equipped with a precision ground 5mm/rev ball screw and a 2500 line motor mounted encoder for a positioning resolution of 0.5 µm and bidirectional repeatability of +/- 1 µm. The 25 mm/rev ball screw and 2500 line encoder on the PRO560 HS yields a resolution of 2.5 µm and repeatability to +/- 2.5 µm. Nominal straight line accuracy for both stage types is +/- 17.5 µm for the 300 mm travel versions..

Motor mounting is via a NEMA 34 compatible flange which accepts a Aerotech high performance brushless servo motors or third-party brushed DC and stepper motors. Motor orientation can be in-line with the ball screw or side mounted on the right or left side of the stage with the 'foldback motor' option to save space. A motor mounted brake is available as an option for vertical mounting or for exceptionally safety-conscious applications. End of travel limit switches are available in 5V and 24 V options.

Further options include a wide choice of tabletops with metric or imperial threaded hole patterns to suit the various widths of matching PRO series stages or other Aerotech linear and/ or rotary stages. Alternative accuracy levels for orthogonal alignment are available for X-Y mounted systems and Toe Clamps are available for base mounting the stages. As with all Aerotech positioning mechanics, customised interfacing plates and brackets are offered along with complete machine base/frames, and mounting provision for air or hydraulic services, or other customer equipment.

Aerotech's PRO series also includes linear motor, direct-drive, versions with matching mounting configurations for higher dynamic performance, increased resolution and improved positional accuracy.

The PRO ball screw driven series can be supplied separately or together with a wide choice of Aerotech motion controls for complete automation system solutions - delivered fully tested and ready to run with all tuning and set-up parameters pre-programmed - guaranteeing fast commissioning into the customers application. A choice of PC-based software only, rack or panel mounted motion controls with compatible digital servo amplifiers allow optimal performance with diagnostics and comprehensive features that aim to reduce positioning errors, improve throughput performance and ensure time-saving and quality improving benefits.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Noted physicist to deliver keynote

Theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku to deliver NIWeek 2010 keynote

National Instruments has announced that Dr. Michio Kaku, best-selling author and professor at City College of New York, will deliver the closing keynote address at NIWeek 2010, the world’s largest graphical system design conference and exhibition scheduled for Aug. 3–5 in Austin, Texas.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Michio Kaku to NIWeek as this year’s guest keynote speaker,” said Ray Almgren, Vice President of Software and Education at National Instruments. “Dr. Kaku’s expert insight on future technologies is especially beneficial to the thousands of NIWeek attendees who are continually innovating and pushing the boundaries of science and engineering.”

In addition to his Henry Semat Professorship in theoretical physics at City College of New York, Dr. Kaku is an author of several best-sellers, including “Hyperspace,” “Visions” and “Physics of the Impossible,” and host of the national radio program, “Explorations in Science.” He has also hosted numerous documentaries for the Discovery Channel, Science Channel and the BBC about the future of science. Additionally, his doctorate-level textbooks are required readings at some of the world’s leading physics laboratories. Prior to his current position, Dr. Kaku held a lectureship at Harvard University and a visiting professor position at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Dr. Kaku received a Bachelor of Science degree from Harvard University and a doctorate in theoretical physics from Berkeley Radiation Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Kaku co-founded string field theory, a branch of string theory that summarises the five string theories into one equation. Dr. Kaku also continues to search for Einstein’s “theory of everything” that unifies the four fundamental forces of the universe. In addition, Dr. Kaku has interviewed more than 300 scientists to decipher the most accurate prediction of what the next 20 years of science holds.

New valve sizes

Extended line sizes for the popular Fisher® Control-Disk™ valve

Emerson Process Management has announced extended line sizes for the Fisher® Control-Disk™ valve. The Control-Disk valve offers excellent throttling performance and is ideal for applications that involve fast processes and varying pressure drops, such as in the hydrocarbon, refining, chemical, pulp and paper, and metals and mining industries.

The Control-Disk valve’s wide control range is twice that of traditional butterfly valves for better adherence to set point. This improved capability allows control closer to the target set point, regardless of process disturbances, which results in a reduction in process variability.

The Control-Disk valve is reliable and has low maintenance requirements, especially when it is paired with a Fisher actuator and FIELDVUE™ digital valve controller, resulting in high plant availability. This assembly can capture and deliver diagnostic data to ValveLink™ software, providing an accurate picture of valve, actuator, and digital valve controller performance. This makes it a core component of Emerson’s PlantWeb™ digital plant architecture.

Selecting the Fisher Control-Disk valve couldn’t be easier. As a direct replacement valve, existing piping can be used. Both soft and metal seals are available to address specific application needs.

The new Control-Disk valve sizes are designed for installation between ASME Class 150 or Class 300 raised-face flanges with flangeless (wafer) or single flange (lugged) body designs. Face-to-face dimensions are in compliance with API 609 and MSS SP-68 standards.

New PXI power supply

Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of PXI power supply products with the introduction of the 41-743.

The 41-743 is a single channel power supply capable of providing 2A at output voltages up to 20V and 0.8A up to 48V. The powers supply includes remote sense connections to allow load sensing at the end of cables.

A voltage monitor and programmable current limit is included and the module supports PXI Triggering as well as external triggering.

Backplane power is derived from the two slots the module occupies to allow the 41-743 to generate the full output capability without the use of an external power source.

Integrated enterprise software

ClearSCADA 2010 Features New Connectivity, Security, and System Support Functionality

Control Microsystems has released ClearSCADA 2010, the latest version of the powerful client-server enterprise software. This latest version provides improvements for remote control & telemetry, enhanced connectivity to modern databases, improved security and enhanced alarm handling.

In addition to standard features such as object-oriented database, scalable client/server architecture optimized for wide area networks and integrated historian providing automatic data backfill, ClearSCADA 2010 provides enhanced connectivity to external databases such as SQLServer, Oracle, and MySQL through linked tables, allowing for easy collaboration of data and reduced integration costs. To simplify access control and improve security management within an organization, ClearSCADA 2010 offers Windows authentication which allows for centralized management of passwords and disabled user accounts.

ClearSCADA 2010 significantly improves operational efficiency by adding consequential alarms and enhanced support for alarm filtering, reducing operation and maintenance costs. Other enhancements include:

• Seamless real-time and historic EFM data gathering from third party EFM units reduces cost of implementation.
• Better database query and data export to simplify mining for information.
• Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit), Windows Server 2008 R2 and Internet Explorer 8 support.
• Tighter level of security, down to the individual property level of each object, to meet demanding regulatory requirements for audit trail.
• Enhanced diagnostics driver for Trio licensed and license-free radios, allowing users to not only monitor communications to remote devices, but also to monitor the specific radio parameters that can help to pinpoint problems in the wide area communications network.

“ClearSCADA 2010 addresses the challenges of managing geographically dispersed remote assets we learned from customers in water and oil and gas sectors. Customers are demanding reduced operational costs, improved information gathering from remote assets and tightened security. ClearSCADA 2010 delivers on all fronts. This powerful tool ties together our Sensor to Enterprise solution and provides enhanced component integration with existing products,” according to Eric Schwantler, ClearSCADA Product Director.

Marketing & Sales

Automation powerhouse blogger to share social media strategies

We mentioned recently that Award-winning blogger, Jim Cahill, with Emerson would be a keynote speaker at ISA’s 2010 Marketing & Sales Summit with a keynote presentation on “Social Media – Should We, Should We Not, or Should We just Ignore the Whole Thing?” In fact he is to deliver the opening day keynote address on the first day of this three day event. He is Emerson' Chief Blogger and Head of Social Media.

Why attend?
Exchange concepts, strategies, and ideas for meeting today's marketing and sales challenges that will generate growth and profitability as measured in market share, revenue, relationship management, and more...

Experience the collaboration between the best of automation's marketing and sales professionals

Enjoy several "best-practices" sessions you can adapt to meet your needs

Take advantage of great networking opportunities for in-depth information exchanges that can transform your marketing and sales outlook for 2010 and beyond


Preliminary agenda (pdf)

Event dates:
1-3 September 2010

Event location:
W Hotel
45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd.
Atlanta, GA 30308
$159 Single/Double Rate
Hotel reservation cut-off date: 10 August 2010

Summit registration

Social Media, a.k.a. Web 2.0, seems to be the latest thing among marketing professionals. You can hardly find a B2B marketing site that doesn't talk about it. Jim Cahill has more than four years of run-time with the Emerson Process Experts blog. He will share what’s been working, what hasn't, and why your organisation may want to take the plunge into social media, if it hasn't already.

Here are the other the topics in the summit breakout sessions that will help you, inspire you, and drive you!

  • Industry-Focused Selling and Delivery Collaboration Produces More Effective Results
  • Transforming Local Best Practices to a Global Competence
  • Building Detailed Marketing Profiles to Drive Better Sales
  • Aligning Your Marketing with Your Customers’ Buying Process: The B2B Buy Cycle in an Online World
  • Stop Delivering Product Training and Start Delivering Product Sales Training
  • Designing Web Site Architecture for a Fast-Paced Society
  • Integrating Marketing and Sales
  • Lessons for New Product Development
  • Advanced Search Engine Marketing: 2010 Update


  • ISA’s 5th Annual Marketing & Sales Summit, which is part sponsored by the Read-out Instrumentation Signpost, will help marketing and sales executives in automation markets meet the strategic and tactical challenges of the 21st century. This unique event is designed exclusively for senior sales and marketing professionals.

    It will also include several workshops on topics such as: PR for the automation industry; Inbound marketing and Selling in a turbulent economy.

    Into the Middle East

    Applied Analytics and Aber Ahmed Equipment Est. have announced the establishment of Applied Analytics Middle East FZE. This new subsidiary expands and restructures AAI operations in the Gulf region, serving both as an administrative hub and as a high-capacity service facility for local customers. The new entity will anchor AAI's presence in the region, reinforcing the powerful distribution networks of its partners with dedicated service, sales, after-sale support, training, and spare parts.

    "The important thing about this venture is that it puts our guys--certified AAI engineers--within driving distance of many of our most important customers," says Dan Murphy, Senior Mechanical Engineer, AAI. "Over the past decade, we have obtained strong distributors like Attest in Saudi Arabia, Sohar Industrial Supplies & Trading in Oman, Instrol LLC in Qatar, and others. The purpose of Applied Analytics Middle East FZE is to complement this distribution and provide a highly localized and accessible service network for the Middle East, our most dynamic regional market."

    "Applied Analytics Middle East FZE offers a team of engineers with decades of experience in process analysis for the petroleum and chemical industries," says Muthu Govindan, General Manager, ABEST Abu Dhabi. "This new presence means better service, faster support and maintenance, and more convenient locations for equipment training. We are delighted to work alongside AAI in supporting process analysis for RasGas (the world's largest LNG supplier), Saudi Aramco (the world's largest oil producer), and other major players in the region." "We know that the best way to satisfy local customer needs for startup visits, spare parts, certified training, and all other services is to open up our own shop in the neighborhood, so to speak," adds Murphy. "The new office will collaborate nicely with Applied Analytics (India) Private Limited in Surat to canvas two critical markets with sales and service. On behalf of Applied Analytics Middle East FZE--based in Sharjah, UAE--we look forward to better serving our neighbors in the region."

    Controls design software

    EPLAN unveiled the new EPLAN Electric P8 2.0 electrical controls design software, in beta version at the Hanover Fair. Whether point wiring, active device protection or channel oriented PLC design, the software offers practical potential for more project reliability, functionality and speed. The quality of all documentation is guaranteed by active check functions and the system automatically prevents incorrect data from being entered.

    With the new "protected device" function, all project parts are retained, even in the case of graphic delete commands. Active protection of project data is freely defined in the parts definitions in the EPLAN platform. The new Machinery Directive requirement for reliable, understandable project documentation is implemented in a practical way.

    Addresses are central identifiers, even in PLC design, which is found in all automation concepts today. In addition to address-oriented or DT working methods, PLC components can also be designed in a channel-oriented manner, making it easier to keep track of large projects and is consistent with current high-end design working methods.

    Using the additional 'Netbased Wiring' model, an exciting approach to wiring allows the definition of detailed connections within a network at database level, irrespective of the graphical representation. In the schematic, logical point wiring instead of target wiring will be shown with the advantage that both working methods, netbased wiring and target-oriented wiring, can be used in the project to suit the best working method for highest possible efficiency.

    Extended CAD functions in the area of free graphics now guarantee clear production specifications. Trimming and chamfering as well as perpendicular and tangential design are only some of the functions that support detailed representations for mechanical production. To place graphical objects, XY coordinates can now be directly entered in EPLAN Electric P8 for the quick creation of operator's desktops with all the information needed for trouble-free production. This saves engineering time and also speeds up enclosure construction.

    Tuesday, July 13, 2010

    Standards ain't heavy!

    ISA-20 Instrument Forms Plus LITE (Database Software)

    If you're an instrument engineer or plant maintenance technician that's creating and managing instrumentation specifications, the ISA-20 Instrument Forms Plus LITE database management system can help you do your tasks faster, easier, and more accurately.

    Based on ISA-TR20.00.01-2001, ISA-20 Instrument Forms Plus Lite provides Specification Forms in a database management system format that includes tag lists and file utilities for data backup, restore, and printing. Included forms cover:

  • valves
  • regulator devices
  • pressure and differential pressure
  • level
  • flow
  • temperature instruments

  • An easy-to-learn point and click interface speeds data entry and enables greater efficiency and accuracy. User-defined values are also easily added and lend great flexibility.

    Nanotechnology tutorials

    Keithley Instruments has announced its new Nanotechnology Technical Test Library on CD. The content of this free CD is helping to advance electrical measurements by providing technical papers, articles, data sheets, and links to online seminars covering a wide range of nanotechnology test applications.

    These applications include measurements that reveal important parameters of nanoscale semiconductor devices and materials, carbon nanotubes, Hall Effect devices, materials with non-linear resistance, and many others.

    Test and measurement solutions on the CD are organized by type of instrument: current sources, electrometers and picoammeters, integrated source/measure instruments, nanovoltmeters, parametric analyzers, and pulse/pattern generators.

    Smoke detector application

    Smoke-detector integrated circuit features ultra-low current consumption and networking capability

    The new A5303 from Allegro MicroSystems Europe is a low-current BiCMOS photoelectric smoke detector integrated circuit designed to be used with an infrared optical chamber to sense light scattered from smoke particles.

    Key features of the new device include 3 V operation with ultra-low standby current that results in an average 10-year battery life, plus a networking capability that allows units to be interconnected so that if any unit senses smoke all units will sound an alarm. Also included are a latching alarm indicator and a timer function that minimises standby power consumption by controlling the duration of the reduced sensitivity period.

    The A5303 incorporates a variable-gain photo-amplifier which can be directly interfaced to an infrared emitter-detector pair. The amplifier gain levels are determined by two external capacitors, and are internally selected depending on the operating mode. Low gain is selected during standby and timer modes. During a local alarm, this low gain is increased (internally) by approximately 45% to provide hysteresis. High gain is used during pushbutton test and to periodically monitor the chamber sensitivity during standby.

    The internal oscillator and timing circuitry minimise standby power by sensing for smoke for only 100 µs in every ten seconds. A special three-stage-speedup sensing scheme is incorporated to minimise the time to an audible alarm and also to reduce false triggering. Chamber sensitivity is periodically monitored, with two consecutive cycles of degraded sensitivity required for a warning signal to occur.

    The A5303 is supplied in a low-profile (less than 1.2 mm overall height) 20-pin TSSOP package (0.65 mm nominal lead pitch). The package is lead (Pb) free with 100% matt tin lead-frame plating.

    Network design seminar

    Belden Inc. will present the Hirschmann™ 2010 Mission Critical Network Design Seminar, September 19-22, 2010 in Orlando, (FL US)

    Seminar topics include:
    • Introduction to Ethernet Networking
    • Network Design I: Fundamentals & Best Practices
    • Network Design II: Implementing Redundancy
    • Network Design III: Managing Multicast Traffic
    • Network Design IV: Isolating Network Traffic
    • Network Design V: Wireless Best Practices & Applications
    • Network Security, The Hirschmann Way
    • Network Management
    • Physical Layer Cabling & Testing: How to test and troubleshoot a reliable Ethernet network
    • Switch Selection: Choosing the right product for your application
    • Cool things your switch can do that you don’t know about
    • Migrating legacy devices to Ethernet
    • Industrial Connectivity: Passive Product Technology
    • Industrial Connectivity: Active Products
    • Ethernet Cabling: Your Questions Answered
    • Fiber Optic Cabling
    • Industrial Automation Cabling (Non-Ethernet Applications)
    • HSI Forum
    • Distributor Forum
    • Intro to HSI - Hirschman System Integrator Program

    Hands-On Labs
    • Managed switches “Out of the Box”
    • Network Management
    • Network Redundancy
    • Layer 3 / Routing
    • Network Security
    • Wireless
    In today’s highly competitive markets, training is essential to establish and maintain the technical competencies needed for success and advancement. This seminar provides a multitude of high quality training options to fit specific levels of expertise. Unlike other seminars, the Mission Critical Network Design Seminar is focused on just one particular area of technology: Industrial Ethernet Networking.

    Expertise in designing, implementing and maintaining industrial Ethernet networks will be critical as intelligent use of data becomes the difference between market leaders and also rans. This seminar will position attendees at the forefront of industrial Ethernet networking, now and in the future.

    The seminar is intended for system integrators; network design engineers (with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) or Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) firms); and anyone involved with the design, implementation and maintenance of mission critical Ethernet networks. During the seminar, attendees will learn how to effectively reduce costs and installation time by implementing a highly resilient network design.

    Presenters with a combined experience of over 150 years will speak on technical topics including Isolating Network Traffic, Implementing Redundancy and Network Security. Each presenter has the experience and technical background to address current technology trends for designing state-of-the art mission critical industrial Ethernet networks in a variety of industries including petrochemical; automotive; and power generation, transmission and distribution.

    Increasing sales territorial range

    Aegis Software has expanded their business relationship with Rich Sales Inc. Rich Sales representative territory now includes the states of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and the country of Mexico.

    John Weber, Aegis Regional Sales Manager, commented, "Rich Sales has historically performed well in its territorial sales responsibilities and Aegis Software is pleased that the company has accepted the offer to expand its territory. They offer Aegis customers sales and support offices with an extensive and impressive list of engineers and support personnel located in our customers local markets. Aegis customers in the expanded territory can expect superior pre-sales and post-sales support through the Rich Sales offices."

    Richard Rich
    , Rich Sales Managing Partner, stated, "With watching Aegis grow in popularity with our customers in our Arizona and New Mexico territories, we are pleased to be able to offer our sales force in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mexico the ability to represent such a fine and technologically advanced company to our customer base. Rich Sales and its 24 sales personnel thank Aegis Software for this opportunity."

    Voltage alert in hazardous areas

    The Diversified Electronics division of Marsh Bellofram Corporation has announced that it has achieved hazardous area certifications (Class 1, Division 2, HAZ LOC, Groups A, B, C, D) for its UPA-130 series Universal Voltage Alert.

    The Voltage Alert is designed to reduce the risk of electric arc flash by pre-verifying the electrical isolation from outside of a control panel before it is re-verified with a meter. It operates over a standard range of 40 to 750 VAC (30 to 1000 VDC) line-to-line or ground-to-ground, is phase insensitive and offers high surge immunity protection. When hardwired to the load side of a circuit breaker or main disconnects, the UPA-130 series flashes upon detection of hazardous AC and DC voltage in any individual phase. After disconnecting power to an enclosure, electricians can pre-verify voltage isolation while an enclosure door is still safely closed. The compact, eight-detector UPA-130 series offers a potted construction with six-foot leads and is designed to fit a 30mm knockout. Its design includes redundant circuitry and the incorporation of long-life display panel LED’s for extended use, with components housed in NEMA 4X, 12 and 13 electrical enclosures.

    The UPA-130 series Universal Voltage Alert is a reliable safety tool for pre-verification of the presence or absence of residual electrical power or charges, or as a zero energy indicator, both before or during mechanical lock out/tag out (LOTO) procedures. It can also be used to enhance NFPA 70E and OSHA regulatory compliance standards. This series is also ideal for use in applications such as circuit breaker disconnects, as well as with NFPA 70e Category III and IV high energy panels; or as an added electrical safety tool on other types of frequently accessed electrical panels. In addition to its hazardous area certifications, it is also compliant to CATIII and CATIV standards, and is CE marked and UL-approved in both the US and Canada.

    Acoustic measurements

    New Endevco® Low-Profile Surface Microphone with Integral ISOTRON® Amplifier and TEDS

    Meggitt Sensing Systems has announced the new market introduction of the Endevco® model EM40PS, a low-profile surface microphone with integral ISOTRON® (IEPE-type) amplifier and TEDS, designed to facilitate simplified larger channel count acoustic measurements on typical planar and curved surfaces exposed to air slipstreams.

    The robust design of model EM40PS requires no microphone holders or stands, and incorporates a dust-free, water-repellant grid cap and a lightweight, detachable silicon rubber fairing, allowing for near-flush mounting on curvilinear surfaces and mounting pads. Models also include an integral 3.3 ft (1 m) coaxial cable with microdot connector. Units offer a nominal sensitivity of 5 mV/Pa (@ 250 Hz), wide audio frequency range from 20 Hz to 20 kHz and large dynamic range from <30 dBA to 136 dB over an operating temperature range of -20ºC to +80ºC (-4ºF to +176ºF) with low sensitivity to base bending. Because of its lightness, the EM40PS contributes very little mass to thin plates, and can be laid flat on its 2” (51mm) diameter rubber pad, or surface mounted using a double-sided adhesive pad for automotive, aeronautical, general acoustics and sound pressure level testing requirements. Pressure equalization is via a vent placed at the front of the microphone by the side of its diaphragm, important for both aircraft usage and on-road vehicle measurements in mountainous country. Close manufacturing tolerances and the advantages of TEDS enable the microphone to offer a high degree of interchangeability, precluding the need for accounting of individual characteristics.

    Recommended accessories for the model EM40PS include the model EM42AA handheld pistonphone calibrator; the model 4416B constant-current power supply (2-20mA); and the model 133 signal conditioner. With its unique size and performance characteristics, the unit is ideal for measuring wind-induced noise on ground and airborne vehicles; acoustic radiation surface measurements; wind tunnel noise testing; and for making internal vs. external noise measurement comparisons on moving vehicles.

    Monday, July 12, 2010

    Coriolis range expanded

    Micro Motion® loop-powered Model 2200S transmitter is now available with the compact, drainable F-Series Coriolis flowmeters
    Emerson Process Management has expanded the range of applications for its proven 2-Wire Micro Motion Coriolis mass flowmeters. The addition of the compact and drainable Micro Motion® F-Series sensors mean 2-wire technology can be applied to an even broader range of installations.

    Their 2-Wire Coriolis technology has been field proven in a range of industry applications around the world. The addition of the F-Series range expands the line of Micro Motion ELITE flowmeters for 2-wire applications to line sizes from 1/10” (DN2) to 6” (DN150), with flow ranges of 0.075 lb/min (2 kg/h) to 20,000 lb/min (545,500 kg/h).

    The 2-Wire 2200S transmitter used with their ELITE and F-Series Coriolis sensors delivers full measurement performance, without the constraints of temperature or viscosity limits. Ideal for continuous process applications, the 2200S transmitter is suitable for integral or extended mount and ideal for long wiring runs and applications in hazardous areas. There is the option of a stainless steel housing for use in harsh environments.

    The transmitter is intrinsically safe, is suitable for a range of process conditions and has C1D1, ATEX and Zone1 hazardous area approvals. Equipped with MVD™ digital processing technology, the Micro Motion 2200S transmitter delivers multivariable and diagnostic information via HART® or IEC-approved WirelessHART® communications for reduced costs through improved process consistency and maximised uptime.

    Micro Motion Coriolis meters are part of Emerson's broad range of intelligent, digital field devices that power the PlantWeb™ digital plant architecture. Further cost savings, increased plant availability, and enhanced safety and environmental compliance are achieved when the meters are integrated into PlantWeb.

    Outstanding contribution

    GE Intelligent Platforms has announced that Mike Yost, (right) Operations Management Manufacturing Solutions Leader, and Alicia Bowers, Product Marketing Manager, Operations Management Infrastructure Solutions, were presented with the MESA Outstanding Contribution Award for 2010 at the organization’s annual conference in Michigan (US).

    MESA (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) International is a global community of manufacturers, producers, industry leaders and solution providers who are focused on improving Operations Management capabilities through the effective application of technology solutions and best practices.

    Yost and Bowers have served as MESA Conference Co-Chairs from the Autumn of 2007 - through to June 2010, responsible for all areas of the conference from high-level planning and decision making to theme to securing speakers and reviewing content to promotion to budgetary/financial responsibilities. The most recent conference provided attendees with deep dives into some of the most pressing challenges the industry faces today and, more importantly, into the Best Practices and actionable steps companies can take right now to meet those challenges.

    “The conference is critical to MESA,” said John Dyck, Chairman of the MESA International Board of Directors, “providing a way for the industry to meet with peers, MESA Working Groups, solution providers, and thought leaders to share experiences and to learn from those also on the road to Operations Excellence. It is a great honor to present this award to Mike and Alicia for all of the work they have done to make this conference, and this organization, a success.”

    Yost is also a Member at Large on the MESA International Board of Directors and Executive Committee Chair for the Marketing Committee. Bowers has been on the Marketing Committee since 2006 helping to define and execute MESA's marketing plan, encouraging membership and building equity in the MESA brand globally by creating awareness and promoting strategic initiatives, Knowledge Base content, regional and global events, and more.