Saturday, November 26, 2011

Eighty years young!

Carlo Gavazzi is celebrating its 80th anniversary with new platforms for energy management, industrial and building automation, along with the strengthening of its research & development activities, all underpinned by continued cautious financial growth.

Carlo Gavazzi Milestones

1931
Carlo Gavazzi registers the company in Milan having as its prime activities the distribution of Johnson oil burners and Honeywell instrumentation.
 

1953
Start of control panel manufacturing. Carlo Gavazzi begins to offers turnkey projects in engineering, instrument supply and panel installation.
 

1959
Carlo Gavazzi develops its activities supplying centralised remote control instrumentation for the propulsion of an Italian Navy m/s as well as cruise ships and merchant vessels.
 

1960
Installation of the first control-rod-drive hydraulic system for power plant. Foundation of Reactor Controls (CA, USA) leader in boiling water reactors control systems.
 

1965
Carlo Gavazzi (through a JVC) becomes a qualified manufacturer and international supplier of automation components. Sales companies throughout Europe are founded.
1984
The company goes public, with shares traded on the Zurich Stock Exchange.
 

1988
Strengthening of the industrial base and product offering by the acquisition of Electromatic (control components) and Feme (relays and switches).
 

Today
Carlo Gavazzi Automation Components operates worldwide through 21 wholly-owned sales companies and selected representatives in more than 65 countries.
The company opened its doors in 1931, establishing a Milan headquarters for distribution of Johnson oil burners and Honeywell instrumentation. 1953 saw the start of control panel manufacturing, with Carlo Gavazzi also offering turnkey project capability for engineering, instrument supply and panel installation. Manufacturing expanded in the 1960s through joint ventures in electromechanical components and electronic control devices.

During 1965 sales and service companies were established in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and The Netherlands: expanding to France, Belgium and Spain two years later. Today, Carlo Gavazzi Automation Components operates through 21 wholly-owned sales companies and selected representatives in more than 65 countries from the Pacific Rim to the United States.

Today's strengths in renewable energy and industrial automation are spearheading the company through its next eighty years, as CEO Vittorio Rossi explained: "We are focused today on clearly defined sectors such as building automation, industrial automation and control, and renewable as well as conventional energy. Our 80th year has amply demonstrated the effectiveness of this strategy and the development initiatives that support it."

During the 2010/2011 financial year, sales to the industrial automation segment recorded a 50percent growth year-on- year, thanks to the introduction of new products such as solid state relays, capacitive and inductive sensors.  Meanwhile, growth in building automation markets reached 12percent and an exceptional sales increase of around 150percent was achieved in the renewable energy market.

"We expect to achieve similar results for the current business year", predicted Rossi. "Our growth will be supported by continuous efforts to strengthen and enlarge both our R&D activities worldwide and product management in Asia, in order to improve time- to-market and better fulfil regional requirements."

Initiatives announced recently include: new platforms of inductive and photoelectric sensors offering improved measurement accuracy and repeatability. In addition, a new modular Universal Web Platform UWP - with integrated management, data logging and web communication features – is poised to drive further growth in the areas of energy efficiency and building automation.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

New 515 nm picosecond pulsed diode laser

The Photonics Division of Edinburgh Instruments, has announced the availability of the EPL 515 picosecond pulsed diode laser. Emitting at a nominal 512 nm wavelength, this is the latest addition to the comprehensive range of EPL diode lasers which are optimised for Time Correlated Single Photon Counting (TCSPC).

The EPL 515 is a compact, robust, maintenance free, fully integrated system. It is pre-adjusted for an optimum pulse width of 150 ps at 10 MHz, and features 10 pre-set repetition frequencies from 20KHz to 20MHz.

EPL diode lasers provide a cost-effective and reliable alternative to nanosecond flashlamps and expensive mode locked Titanium Sapphire femtosecond lasers. The new EPL 515 brings an additional wavelength into the range, allowing more fluorescent dyes to be excited and further extending the range of applications, which include fluorescence lifetime measurements that use TCSPC as the measurement technique.

Typical instrumentation in which the EPL 515 may be used are fluorescence lifetime spectrometers and fluorescence lifetime multiwell plate readers for spectroscopy applications in biochemistry, biology, photophysics, semiconductor physics, bio-chemical assays etc. Customised versions of the diode laser can be also supplied for integration within various types of analytical instrumentation.

Outdoor equipment enclosures for perfectionists!

Application-specific sizes to millimetre accuracy now available

A new range of insulated outdoor enclosures from field equipment protection specialist Intertec significantly extends users' choice of environmental protection solutions. The company's Multibox Vario enclosures are produced using an advanced patented CNC manufacturing process, capable of accommodating a wide variety of custom sized enclosures. This means that instead of having to select a standard size of enclosure, or commission a special hand-built model, instrumentation and control engineers are now free to specify the precise dimensions they need for their particular application.

The advantages of this approach are considerable for field-based equipment operators in sectors such as oil, gas, chemical and petrochemical processing, power generation and transportation infrastructure. By optimising the size and form factor of the enclosure to precisely match the instrumentation content and layout, engineers can minimise its surface area and thereby secure optimum thermal performance. Until now, due to lack of form factor options, they have often been forced to use an unnecessarily large standard enclosure or even a cabinet, leading to wasted space and excessive energy use for heating or cooling.

Intertec's Multibox Vario enclosures can be specified to millimetre accuracy and cover an extremely wide range of potential sizes. These span dimensions from about 100 x 100 x 100 mm with 20 mm thick walls, through to models that are 2000 mm high, 1200 mm wide and 800 mm deep, with a wall thickness of 102 mm. This flexibility simplifies containment of awkwardly shaped components, such as process valves or analyser equipment. It also allows the enclosures to be fitted in locations where there may not be enough space for standard sized units, contributing to ease of installation and maintenance access.

The range of dimensions offered expands upon Intertec's existing enclosure sizes and also encompasses those of some of the company's smaller cabinets, enabling users to choose a more cost-effective and thermally efficient form of environmental protection.

To help instrumentation engineers accelerate their design process, Intertec has developed a web-based configurator specifically for Multibox Vario enclosures. Backed by Autodesk Inventor 3D mechanical design software on Intertec's CAD server, the configurator is free to use and does not cause any software to be downloaded to the user's computer. It merely requires that the user has access to Intertec's website, via a standard web browser. After inputting the required enclosure dimensions, users are emailed a fully-dimensioned PDF schematic completely automatically, together with a STEP file and a DXF file for direct import into their 3D or 2D CAD system. They are then able to progress their design, optimising internal layout to make best use of available space. The same data is subsequently used by Intertec to control the CNC manufacturing process, with production samples available within very short timescales.

All Multibox Vario enclosures employ an energy efficient sandwich type construction, based on UV-resistant GRP (glass-fibre reinforced plastic) skins and an internal core of highly insulative foam. The internal and external GRP skins are 4 mm thick to provide a very high degree of rigidity. Depending on the particular model, the overall wall thickness with its insulation core is 20 mm, 55 mm, 85 mm or 102 mm. This type of construction has an exceptionally low heat transfer coefficient, or 'k' value, of just 1.2, 0.43, 0.27 or 0.2 W/m²K respectively (corresponding to insulation, or R values, of 4.3, 13, 21 or 28 h ft² ˚F/Btu), which helps minimise heat loss or gain and thereby reduces the amount of energy required for heating or cooling. The enclosures are far more thermally efficient than types constructed from sheet metal with added insulation.

One other major advantage of Intertec's non-metal GRP and foam construction materials is that the new enclosures provide a benign environment for housing the new generations of wireless-enabled field instrumentation that are starting to become popular - extending their applications potential in outdoor locations. Intertec enclosures don't cause any damping of electromagnetic signals.

Multibox Vario enclosures are based on a two-part design with external hinges and clasps; the female half incorporates neoprene edge seals, which are compressed when the male half is clamped shut. The enclosures have an ingress protection rating of IP65 as standard, with IEC 60079 compliant versions available for use in hazardous atmospheres. Instrumentation is usually mounted on C-rails, although lightweight equipment can be secured direct to the internal walls, with tubes and electrical connections brought in via the bottom edge. The enclosures feature a wide range of options, including clasps, hinges and prop-stays in galvanised and stainless steel, acrylic and safety glass viewing windows, and free-standing and wall-mounting brackets.

Compared to most cabinets, which necessarily incorporate features such as metal door frames that act as thermal short cuts between the interior and exterior, Multibox Vario enclosures provide a much more efficient and stable thermal environment, making it easier to maintain equipment at the correct temperature. The design avoids heat short cuts by using GRP as a construction material - this has a thermal conductivity which is 250 times lower than steel and 1000 times lower than aluminium. All access holes for tubes and cables can be plugged with hard foam moulding accessories from Intertec.

The form of GRP used for Multibox Vario enclosures, as with other Intertec field protection products, provides numerous advantages over traditional enclosure fabrication materials. Its strength virtually matches that of stainless steel, yet it weighs 75 percent less and is several orders of magnitude more stable than non-reinforced plastic. It is also fire resistant and inherently immune to salt spray and harsh corrosive media, making the enclosures ideal for applications in the offshore oil, petrochemical and gas industries.

Flow measurement in safety-critical applications

The new RAGN Glass Rotameter® from Yokogawa is designed for the continuous flow measurement of liquids and gases in safety-critical applications where extended operating life and virtually maintenance-free operation are required.

With an FMEDA (Failure Modes, Effects & Diagnostics Analysis) report available for SIL (Safety Integrity Level) loop applications, the new unit has been assessed to SIL 1 according to the reworked IEC 61508:2010 standard and also complies with the Machinery Directive ISO 13849-1 standard.
The RAGN Glass Rotameter® resists highly corrosive media, comes in an all-stainless-steel housing, and offers measuring ranges from 2 ml/h to 10 m³/h of water and 0.1 l/h to 160 m³/h of air. The measuring glass tube is equipped with an easy-to-read scale highlighted by a yellow background and protected by a rotating splinter shield preventing glass splinters or aggressive media from escaping to the front in the event of glass breakage.

The modular design allows limit switches to be easily retrofitted to initiate minimum or maximum flow alarms when the magnetic float has reached or exceeded the limit switch position. Ease of wiring is ensured by an optional cable connection box which accommodates different process connections and sizes.

The mechanical design of the Rotameter® offers a number of benefits in terms of optimum productivity and reduced energy consumption. The relatively low pressure loss results in low pumping costs and energy savings. Moreover, Rotameters work without power, and under normal operating conditions they are maintenance free and have a virtually unlimited lifetime.

Yokogawa has placed great significance on the future sustainability of this product at every stage of the product lifecycle. The new RAGN can be completely disassembled and uses only recyclable materials only. The design also uses a large number of standard components from other Yokogawa flow products, leading to synergy in production and to resource and energy conservation.

Linear actuation

All new electric linear actuators for applications where compact size, maintenance-free and quiet operation are paramount requirements

A new version of Thomson's Linear MOTIONEERING®, their powerful, free of charge web-based sizing and selection tool has been released. Linear MOTIONEERING® calculates safety factors that help direct customers to an optimised linear motion system for their machine in just minutes by entering a few key application parameters. 

The new version includes a number of market leading innovations to simplify this process even further. A new sort and filter feature allows users to organise all the solutions that fit their individual requirements quickly and easily, while an upgraded graphics and user-interface makes it easier to get to preferred solutions. The revised version also now includes global product offerings from Thomson such as its linear units. Outputs include application parameters such as linear bearing load/life, ball screw critical speed, specific movement profiles and radial/axial forces. The tool then produces a set of product solutions tailored precisely to the application requirements. Once a product solution is selected, a wide assortment of accessories, motors and motor mounts can be selected. In addition to this, the program offers interactive 3D models, list prices, delivery times and ordering information.

Also available on the website are the new and improved interactive 3D models offering a three-dimensional representation of every Thomson product, which can be observed from all angles. The dimensions and all other essential data are also displayed. Graphics can be downloaded in all common image and CAD formats.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

System partners!

HMS partner program enables system partners to leverage on HMS gateway and remote management solutions

HMS Industrial Networks announces the launch of a new partner program. The program targets system integrators, machine builders and other companies wishing to include Anybus gateways and Netbiter remote management solutions in their offering.

Partners joining the program will be able to leverage on some of the most capable network connectivity products on the market and benefit from lead sharing, project management and joint marketing with HMS and HMS distributors, as well as free technical support and training via the HMS Academy.

“System integrators and machine builders have been key to our success within gateways and remote management. To support the steadily growing demand for Anybus and Netbiter solutions, and to further strengthen the relationship with our partners, we are now launching a formal partner program,” says Anders Hansson, Marketing Director at HMS. “Besides being able to make money on HMS products within their solutions, partners joining the program will also gain a strong competitive edge by adding HMS's powerful industrial networking and remote management solutions to their offering.”

Two levels of partnership, GOLD and SILVER, are designed to recognize and reward partner efforts. All signed partners get the right to offer and promote HMS gateways and remote management products with full assistance from HMS, but GOLD partners get more extensive product training and better discounts.
HMS's Martin Hoffert explains the green automation concept at SPS/IPC/Drives 2011 (Pic IEbook)

Energy efficient enclosure climate control

Rittal continue to improve the energy efficiency of enclosure climate control solutions by incorporating ever more innovative technologies into their cooling products.

The Eco-mode control system from Rittal employs an intelligent strategy to effectively target the use of energy by disabling the internal fan when the temperature inside the enclosure falls to 10° K below the setpoint temperature. The fan is then enabled for a period of 30 seconds every 10 minutes to ensure the accuracy of the sensed temperature. When the temperature rises above 10° K below the setpoint, the fan is permanently enabled.

Rittal TopTherm air/water heat exchangers are equipped with the innovative Eco-mode control system in order to minimise their energy consumption.

TopTherm Generation ‘Blue e’ cooling units also benefit from the Eco-mode control system, which together with the use of energy efficient EC fan technology, provides increased energy savings up to 45 percent, reduced costs and helps to conserve the environment.

Rittal TopTherm fan-and-filter units make use of innovative diagonal fan technology to provide improved performance against increased static pressure difference, which in turn, offers greater energy efficiency and a more constant air throughput, effectively minimising the occurrence of hot spots.

"Rest assured that by using Rittal climate control products not only is the service life and reliability of electrical components increased, the impact on the environment is also reduced."

Reproducible emissions measurements

Teseq has introduced a new line termination clamp as required by CISPR test methods.

Reproducible emissions measurements require a defined line termination for the frequency range where connected lines provide a significant influence on the emissions. The key parameter is the asymmetrical impedance (common-mode impedance) which can be seen as the common-mode impedance to the reference ground.

Line impedance stabilisation networks (LISNs) are commonly used for conducted emission measurements. As well as providing the coupling function for the measurement receiver LISNs provide the line termination and decouple the equipment under test (EUT) from the mains or auxiliary equipment.

In the past a suitable line termination was not available for radiated emissions measurements above 30 MHz. LISNs are typically used for this application but they are undefined above 30 MHz.

The new TESEQ CMAD (Common Mode Absorption Device) is specified in CISPR 16-1-4 and its use will be defined in the forthcoming version of CISPR 16-2-3. It improves the asymmetrical line termination in the frequency range 30 MHz to 200 MHz and improves measurement reproducibility. The CMAD needs to be clipped on lines leaving the test chamber. No more than three CMADs should be used for one setup.

Teseq’s CMAD 20A conforms to the new requirements of CISPR 16-1-4. It replaces the existing CMAD 20 series, which were developed for CISPR 22 Edition 4.0 2033, but do not conform to CISPR 16-1-4.

Current transducers

LEM has announced the ITC series of transducers for galvanically-isolated, high-precision current measurements in rail-traction applications, setting new standards in measurement accuracy for DC, AC and Pulsed currents.

This new transducer series comprises three models, ITC 1000-S, 2000-S and 4000-S, with corresponding nominal current measurement ratings of 1000, 2000 and 4000 ARMS. LEM designed the ITC series for the rail-traction industry sector, reaching the Class 0.5R measurement accuracy when Class 1R is required by the prEN 50463 standard for on-board energy monitoring. The ITC series features linearity error of under 0.05% with offset currents of less than +/- 20µA.

The rail-traction industry requires unprecedented accuracy necessary of course to maintain optimum control of traction motors, but mainly in energy metering to log energy usage for fiscal purposes, for example in billing power costs for trains that cross regional borders. The industry is working to a provisional (“pr”) standard designated prEN 50463.

Precise energy metering depends on accurate current and voltage measurements, and LEM has a complete offering for prEN 50463. Used together with highly-accurate voltage transducers such as the LEM DV series (available in Class 1R or Class 0.75R certified accuracy), and an energy meter such as LEM's EM4T, ITC-series current transducers bring the necessary class accuracy.

LEM's measurement specialists determined that Hall-Effect-based measurement techniques could not provide the required accuracy, and instead used its expertise with the closed-loop fluxgate, resulting in a design with excellent accuracy and linearity, low thermal drifts and which also eliminates insertion losses. ITC transducers are insensitive to the position of the primary conductor within their large measurement aperture, offer high insulation test voltage of up to 14 kVRMS/50 Hz/1 min, and have excellent immunity to transient overloads (100kA for 100msec) and to external interferences (such as magnetic fields typical of the rail environment).

Current consumption varies from less than 80 mA to under +/-340 mA across the measurement range, from a +/- 24VDC supply. Bandwidth for the ITC 4000-S is 82 kHz (3 dB) and the transducers’ apertures allow the insertion of large conductors: 102 mm diameter (for the ITC 4000-S) or 63 mm diameter (for the ITC 2000-S). A test winding allows the operation of the ITC transducers to be easily checked with no primary current flowing.

LEM offers the ITC series in either a one-piece housing (ITC 4000-S model), or a split construction (ITC 1000 and 2000-S models) with the measurement head in a case, and the measurement circuitry mounted remotely in a metal enclosure, to facilitate locating the measurement head in confined spaces such as the train roof space.

ITC transducers operate over the range –40 to +85°C, and meet or exceed all relevant standards for safety and for the railway operating environment, such as EN 50124-1 and EN 50155.

Their high accuracy also makes the ITC transducers ideal for use in a broad array of differential current-measurement applications where 0.5% accuracy, over 5 to 150% of nominal current, is required.

ITC models are CE marked and, in common with all LEM industrial transducers, carry a five-year warranty.

Efficient and economic front-end engineering and design

Design plants faster and more reliably with the Comos software solution

The Siemens Industry Automation has expanded Comos, the software solution for complete plant management throughout the entire lifecycle of an industrial plant, with functions for productive front-end engineering and design (FEED). Comos FEED supports the user in the early planning of a plant.

Comos FEED supports the user in the early
design of a plan
As reported by the market analysts ARC Advisory Group, even at the very early planning stage of an industrial plant project, some 80% of the total costs are defined in the front-end engineering and design phase. "With the new FEED functionality in Comos, plant designers can work more quickly and more flexibly and also improve the quality of their work. This allows, for example, a more precise cost calculation for a plant", said Marcus Elo, product manager Comos Process, Siemens Industry Automation Division.

New import functions in Comos FEED for data from simulation programs support the user and help to speed up planning and make it more reliable. This allows the batch import data from multiple simulations to be integrated in Comos at the same time. Other functions such as the partial import also save time allowing previously defined data from simulations to be applied. An additional interface has also been developed, that now allows the application of data from ProMax. This means that as of now, the data from seven process simulators can be imported and further processed. This underlines the open system architecture of Comos and provides users with even greater flexibility. To continue planning, the data can be taken from the simulation programs and is then available for further processing for flowcharts and block diagrams in Comos.

The Comos software solution is modular and its integrated data management allows effective, holistic development in a system over the entire lifecycle. The data is both consistent and transparent in all planning phases. This also applies to the early stages of plant design and ensures high quality in the design of the process. Here, the integrated data and document revision mechanisms provided by the Comos FEED software module allow a controlled and efficient design procedure.

New release PACTware

PACTware Release 4.1 is now available for download free of charge. Using the new Topology Scan Addin of this release it is possible to automaticly build a project of a given plant for the first time. Even communication structures consisting of e.g. Profibus lines with remote I/O systems can be scanned. In order to get a complet project of a plant all device type managers (DTMs) of the used devices must be included in the device catalog of PACTware.

If there are DTMs missing for some Profibus or HART devices or if you want to work with a minimum of DTMs it is a good idea to use generic DTMs provided by ICS. Using Generic HART DTM 5 and Profibus PA Profile 3 DTM only a plant can be parameterized and observed in a wide range. All Profibus PA devices must be switched to " profile mode" then.


The following new features are included in PACTware 4.1:
  • the Diagnostic Scan Add-In (called "Device State Manager Add-In" in release 4.0), that shows and logs NAMUR status information of devices, is now implemented non-modal. Actions with DTMs can now be executed while a basic condition monitoring is running in the background.
  • online help and manuals are provided now in 5 languages: German, English, French, Spanish and Russian
  • in addition the graphical user interface can be displayed in Nederlands and Japanese language
  • a DTM can now be easily replaced by another DTM within the project tree

Space observation for climate monitoring

We have reported recently on a number of climate/polar initiatives (see New monitoring technology helps reveal Arctic secrets and Gases trapped in High Arctic could tip climate scales!)and here is another.


ABB is to develop key applications for an instrument designed for meteorological observations onboard satellites for the Canadian Space Agency’s Polar Communications and Weather (PCW) mission.

This R&D contract for an imaging spectroradiometer, a device designed to measure the wavelengths of individual colors of light, is worth $5.5 million and was awarded by the Canadian Space Agency through the Space Technologies Development Program (STDP). The technologies that ABB will develop are similar to those currently under development for the next generation of geostationary weather satellites.

Currently there are limitations to the short-term weather forecasts, long-term climatological predictions, and other services offered in the high Arctic by existing satellites, particularly with respect to mobile communications for ships, planes and unmanned aerial vehicles. To help improve these services the PCW mission aims to place two satellites into a highly elliptical orbit approximately 39,900 km above the North Pole to provide reliable and continuous communication services and to monitor weather and climate changes throughout the Arctic region.

“Space-based and ground-based atmospheric instrumentation is a core business at ABB, and this contract will strengthen our position within this market,” said Marc-Andre Soucy, Manager of ABB's Remote Sensing division. “Backed by its rich heritage in the space industry, ABB will use its expertise to the benefit of the Canadian Space Agency in connection with this major project.”

ABB already has a number of space-related projects to its credit, including the interferometer module that is at the heart of the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) instrument, which is a key component of the American National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) meteorological satellite that was launched on October 28, 2011.

Control knobs!

Cliff Electronics have made some new introductions to their wide range of control knobs.

The new K88 range of space saving skirt-less knobs is suitable for use with rotary switches, potentiometers and encoders. Standard colours available are black and grey with opaque caps available with or without a marker-line - in standard colours of black, white, red, grey, yellow, blue and green. The cost effective Cliff K88 knobs are available to fit 4, 6 and 6.35mm D fit shafts and 6 and 6.35mm splined shafts. Typical applications include audio mixing and lighting desks and instrumentation panels.

To accommodate the growing use of rotary encoders Cliff has introduced the K18 encoder knob series which fit a standard 6mm splined shaft. These knobs feature ergonomic inner and outer finger dimples for fast and slow rotations, are available with a choice of 35 or 50gm weights for desired ‘feel’ to suit the application and may be supplied in either black or grey.

The new Cliff K3 and K4 “chicken head” knobs are available in Bakelite or phenolic material and fit a 6.35mm screw-fit shaft. These vintage-look knobs are designed to match original designs for guitars, amplifiers and foot-pedals and are available with or without a marker line on the “Beak”.

Melvyn French, Sales Manager at Cliff Electronics comments; “The pro-audio and broadcast markets are very important to Cliff Electronics and within that the music industry continues to grow. Our new K88 range of skirt-less knobs offers a value-for money, space saving control knob for mixing desk and lighting control system manufacturers. Aesthetics play an important part in the design of musical instruments and amplifiers and our retro-looking “chicken-head” knobs are being welcomed by our customers worldwide.”

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Security assurance recognition!

Honeywell is the first industry vendor to earn the ISASecure Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) certification, by the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI), for an industrial control systems product. The award recognizes Honeywell’s commitment to stringent cyber security standards and the security of Honeywell’s control systems products. 

The formal announcement was made during the Honeywell HUG event this summer. Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) is the first process industry vendor to be certified. The award recognizes the integrity of both the embedded Safety Manager device and its production lifecycle, and follows rigorous testing against communication robustness, functional security and software development security. 

Safety Manager delivers safety assurance for operators who oversee industrial processes. The solution helps lower the cost of safety and improves performance by reducing the risk of incidents, maximizing production uptime, reducing the cost of compliance and providing productivity tools that help manage safety in industrial plants. 

The ISASecure™ EDSA certification provides Honeywell’s customers–and their procurement teams–the extra reassurance that Safety Manager can deliver on its promises. 

“Honeywell continues to demonstrate leadership for ensuring cyber security of industrial automation and control systems,” commented Andre Ristaino, ISCI managing director. “Being the first supplier to submit products for the ISASecure EDSA certification was courageous and demonstrates Honeywell’s commitment to security.” 

Greater Safety

Profinet and Profibus offer greater safety with fault-tolerant high-performance controllers
Siemens Industry Automation division has improved its fault tolerant Simatic S7-400H high-performance controllers and equipped them with new functions. In addition, the range of controllers has been extended with the new CPU 416-5H. All CPUs now have a Profinet interface with a 2-port switch, larger memory and an expanded quantity structure for data and function block as well as function calls. One of the new functions concerns the master-reserve switchover that can now be programmed by the user. The performance has also been improved with extended resources for communication, for example. The Profinet interface with a 2-port switch is used for plant communication and supports fault tolerant H-connections via TCP/IP (ISO on TCP). In combination with the integrated MPI/DP and Profibus DP interfaces, the new Profinet interface permits the system-redundant connection of IO devices. Using fiber-optic cables, data synchronization is possible at distances of up to ten kilometers. In terms of performance, the new CPU 416-5H controller with 16 MB RAM is positioned between the 412-5H CPU with 1 MB, 414-5H with 4 MB and the 417-5H with 32 MB RAM. The controllers are programmed and configured using the Simatic Step 7 engineering tool. Start of delivery is planned for the first quarter of 2012.

Monday, November 21, 2011

French & Spanish markets strengthened!

Hitachi Display Products Group (DPG) has strengthened its sales management team to enable continued sales growth in Southern Europe. Vincent Levigoureux has been appointed to the position of French and Spanish account manager and will provide sales support to key OEM and distribution accounts.

Vincent Levigoureux
Vincent joins Hitachi DPG from NEC Electronics where he spent 4 years as French distribution account manager supporting displays, semiconductor and RF products. Previous positions within the electronic components industry include 3 years as a field applications engineer with distributor Eurocomposant and 3 years with NEC Electronics Smart Card application centre. Vincent will support and promote Hitachi’s full LCD product portfolio and will be based near Paris.

Mark Stanley
, Sales and Marketing Manager, Hitachi DPG commented, “We are very pleased to have Vincent join the Display Products Group. He brings with him a wealth of valuable industry knowledge and experience. He will be a strong asset to the European sales team.”

A further appointment for Hitachi DPG is that of Jason Tsai as European technical liaison engineer. Jason has been with Hitachi’s LCD design and development department in Kaohsiung, Taiwan for 11 years as a design engineer. He will provide technical support for OEM and distribution customers and will be based in Maidenhead.

Wireless distributor

LPRS appoints new distributor for ASPAC region

LPRS has appointed Veloxity Components  as their distributor for the Asia/Pacific region. Veloxity will principally sell the LPRS market leading easyRadio Advanced (eRA) industrial wireless communications modules as well as development kits and accessories.
(LtoR) Sandie Sharples LPRS Client Services Director, David Schmider, LPRS Technical Director and from Veloxity; Alex Khoo Account Manager, Tan Shu Qi Sales Executive and Tan Chia Boon Sales Manager
John Sharples, Managing Director of LPRS comments; “We see the Asian and New World markets as key to the continued sales growth of our products. We are confident that our British designed and manufactured wireless modules can not only compete on price in Asia but that their unique feature sets offer all system builders the shortest time to market for any industrial project requiring wireless communication.”
Based in Singapore, Veloxity Components is an independent distributor of electronic components with sales offices also in Malaysia and Thailand. Veloxity also offer a number of value-added services including supplier base consolidation, worldwide sourcing, excess inventory management, minimal MOQ restrictions, 3rd party programming , stocking and kitting, re-packing, taping, vacuum packing, baking, in-house visual/microscopic inspection and solderability testing, low volume PCB assembly and 3rd party testing.                                                                                 

In addition to its own easyRadio Advanced (eRA) wireless modules the LPRS product range now includes, narrow band long range wireless modules from CDP, the IQRF range of wireless networking components, the IQVC range of visual control panels together with antenna, wireless key fobs and a wide range of sensor products.

Machine monitoring system

Machine monitoring system increases availability and productivity in manufacturing and process industries

The Siplus CMS2000 from Siemens is a system for monitoring machines which helps companies to increase the availability of their plants and selectively plan maintenance work. The modular condition monitoring system (CMS) is suitable for monitoring and analyzing mechanical components in individual machines and complex drive trains.

The Siemens Industry Automation Division is expanding its range of plant monitoring systems with the Siplus CMS2000. The system can monitor and analyze mechanical components like motors, generators, pumps or fans by recording vibrations, rotational speeds and temperature. This makes it possible to detect and remedy potential defects in machines before they occur, enabling maintenance work to be planned reliably. The result is increased plant availability and productivity, and reduced repair and maintenance costs.

It offers two standard IEPE interfaces for connecting vibration sensors as well as one speed input, two analog inputs, two digital inputs, and three digital outputs. The modular system can also be expanded by temperature modules from the Simocode family. Further modules will be available soon. The integral diagnostics software means users can evaluate characteristic values of the bearing and vibration monitoring system and perform a frequency-selective analysis of the recorded data as well as a trend analysis.

The monitoring system can be visualized and parameterized easily by using a web browser without additional software. This allows service personnel problem-free local access even with remote operation. In addition, the system informs personnel by e-mail of the status of the plant and, if required, it can provide the raw data. Internet access is password-protected. The internet-connected company server should be equipped with a firewall to provide additional protection. Alternatively, online access is possible via the secure cRSP platform from Siemens within the scope of a service agreement.

With the combined functionality of monitoring and analysis, Siplus CMS2000 supplements the Siplus CMS product range that until now encompassed the Siplus CMS1000 system for simple machine monitoring and the powerful Siplus CMS4000 system for complex analysis and measuring tasks.
Siemens has developed the Siplus CMS monitoring systems specifically for monitoring plants and machines. The aim is to enlist the help of condition monitoring systems to increase plant availability as the most powerful lever for boosting productivity. The Siplus CMS helps to detect fault sources at an early stage and scheduled maintenance work can be carried out at suitable points in the production cycle. After extended periods of fault-free operation, any significant irregularities resulting from wear and tear or other damage-related causes can be detected at the outset using the documented trend curves. Predictable problems can thus be corrected as they arise – before more significant damage, cost-intensive consequential damage, or even total failure results. Condition monitoring systems from Siemens are used worldwide in a host of production plants and in different sectors such as mechanical equipment manufacture, pulp and paper, renewable energy, metals and mining, oil and gas, and the automotive industry.