Friday, August 24, 2012

New amplifier product range!

Milmega, a Teseq company and a leading designer and manufacturer of high power microwave and RF amplifiers, has introduced the new AS0728 product range.

Designed, in response to customer demands, to cover the test requirements within the wireless testing frequency bands, these 700 MHz to 2.8 GHz amplifiers are available in 25 W, 50 W, 100 W and 170 W P1 dB power levels.

These amplifiers are extremely popular in the wireless communications industry where the benefits of high reliability, excellent linearity, industry leading power density, and class leading performance are widely accepted by the market's leading companies.

They are all are covered by the industry's only Standard 5 year fully expensed Warranty and are backed by an established Global Support network.

In April 2012 Milmega was awarded the Queen’s Award for Innovation. The prestigious Queen’s Award is awarded to businesses in Britain in recognition of outstanding innovative achievements.

Increasing the speed of process

Swiss company W. Althaus AG, a full-service provider for industrial automation that delivers around 5000 switch cabinets per year all over the world, uses the EPLAN platform as the backbone for data consistency. The recent migration to EPLAN Pro Panel, the 3D system for switchgear construction brought about a quantum leap in terms of process optimisation.

Every year, the industrial automation specialists from Althaus deliver around 5000 switch cabinets, from single and serial control units to prototypes, and around 800 small control units all over the world. The fully automated float glass production line in South Korea with round-the-clock availability is just as much a part of the customer portfolio as Swiss solar systems or conveyor systems in the food industry. The family-run company boasts around 110 employees and provides a comprehensive range of services, from project planning, hardware and software development to delivery, commissioning and final acceptance. Control cabinets, terminal strips, operating panels and control panels are all manufactured in-house, in a production area that is more than 6000m² in size. Cable and wire fabrication also takes place in-house. The Althaus designers deal with all electrical engineering using EPLAN Electric P8 and EPLAN Pro Panel, the 3D system for switchgear construction.

Integrative processes, including 3D data
"We do not make any demands of our customers with regard to the materials and components that are used or the integration of device control units," explains Marco Schneider, Company Manager of W. Althaus AG. However, this requires careful maintenance of complex product databases, which is easy to accomplish with EPLAN: The material data of the majority of manufacturers can be imported directly in 3D, and synchronisation with customer databases can be carried out even more effectively using a solution that has been programmed in-house.
With ATHAS, the "Althaus Terminal Handling System", the company has developed a manufacturer-independent universal solution for the automatic production of terminal strips using robots based on EPLAN Pro Panel. This is now being offered to terminal suppliers and other switch cabinet manufacturers.

"We are committed to achieving the highest degree of automation possible," says Schneider. For him, the EPLAN platform is therefore not just engineering and ECAD software, but the data consistency backbone within the company. Projects that have already been completed can be retrieved from the databases and reused. Predefined modules, components and sub-projects, including the necessary items and materials, can be stored in the EPLAN database as macros and transferred to follow-up projects. The ERP system is also linked to EPLAN – the automatically generated and adapted bills of materials mean that materials that are no longer available in the company's own warehouse can be ordered in good time and exactly in accordance with requirements.

New dimension: EPLAN Pro Panel
Operations manager Marco Schneider in
front of the switch cabinets 
The migration of EPLAN Cabinet to the new EPLAN Pro Panel – W. Althaus AG was one of the first Swiss companies to introduce this – brought a quantum leap with regard to process optimisation. With EPLAN Pro Panel the company is now consistently working with 3D data throughout the EPLAN Platform. To Roland Ackermann, head of electrical engineering, the advantages are obvious – the EPLAN Platform has now been optimally integrated, the removal of previously required intermediate steps during data transfers has saved time and avoided mistakes, performance capability has improved significantly and operation has become easier, even for beginners. "Simulation has become better because of the 3D graphics, you can see immediately what has to go where, and collision points can be avoided from the outset," said Ackermann. Above all, he and his team can work much more flexibly. “Because all project disciplines are networked on a uniform data basis and changes and updates are registered consistently through to the bills of materials, I can also start with the device-based mounting layout and transfer over the information for the circuit diagram and the connection definition later – almost like Windows, using Drag&Drop."

Consistent through to production
Operations manager Marco Schneider particularly appreciates the communication strength of the EPLAN solutions. In metalworking, for example, for flat mounting plates, Althaus uses a fast laser cutting machine with a thread cutting head as an unusual additional, as well as a 4-axis CNC machining centre for plate, box and housing machining. The machining data that is required is generated in EPLAN Pro Panel and read directly into the machine control unit. Not just electrical diagrams, material lists, terminal plans and layout plans have to be generated using EPLAN, but also the machining data for the systems that cut channels and rails to length, the wiring assistant and the previously mentioned automatic terminal strip assembly machines. The automatic cable fabrication system also receives the information that is needed about cable lengths, wires, bundling and labelling directly from EPLAN on the basis of the circuit diagram and the 3D cable routing data, and uses it to create cable bundles that are ready for installation and clearly labelled. "When our production employees start with the layout, everything is there and pre-equipped; they basically assemble a "construction kit" and do not have to spend time looking for materials and jobs in the assembly plans," summarises Schneider.

This ability pays for itself even in single quantities and it increases the pace and eliminates mistakes, explains the operations manager. In addition, time-consuming and expensive corrections can be avoided and personnel can be deployed more flexibly. This high degree of preparation means that repeated and routine tasks can also be carried out by non-specialist employees. At Althaus the employees work in teams and deal with layouts, wiring and quality control; testing takes place manually and automatically with the aid of the "Panel Scout" test control unit which has been developed in-house.

Speed of process increased by 30%
The standardisation and automation of processes, which should be as extensive as possible, has reduced throughput times within the company by approximately a third by using the EPLAN platform, estimates Schneider.

Automated test throughput and flexibility

Product Features
• Asynchronous result processing makes it possible to continue testing devices while simultaneously generating reports or data logging
• Plug-in architecture facilitates advanced customisations, including multiple report formats, with minimal code changes
• NI Idea Exchange Community-requested features that reduce development time, including drag-and-drop code module files for step autogeneration, improved array and string manipulation, and more.
National Instruments has introduced NI TestStand 2012, the latest version of its automated test management software. With its new modular process architecture, NI TestStand 2012 helps engineers increase the flexibility and throughput of their automated test systems. The new modular framework makes test setup easier, expands test and reporting flexibility, and makes it possible for engineers to simultaneously test and report during parallel testing.

“With its new asynchronous processing, NI TestStand 2012 greatly increases our test system performance,” said Alessandro Bernocchi, Software Manager at Alfamation, a leading test solution provider. “It helps us achieve significant gains in test throughput by immediately testing the next device under test while our data collection for the initial DUT happens in a separate thread automatically.”

Collaboration solves vision challenge


Leading Vision Systems Integrator, Olmec-UK has worked in close collaboration with the Italian packaging machine specialist, Marchesini, to develop a vision system to solve a complex packaging inspection problem for a customer in the healthcare industry.

The Marchesini Group has been manufacturing cartoning machines since 1976 and has grown to become an international manufacturer of a wide range of industrial packaging machines. Marchesini’s Sales Manager in Britain, Andy Long explains: “The Marchesini Group was commissioned to build a cartoning machine for a leading supplier of healthcare products in the UK that required a number of different contents to be included in the final package. One of these components was produced by a third party, already packaged in its own plastic packet, and we needed to verify that this component was the correct one to accompany the product in the carton as well as being checked for defects”

Marchesini worked in partnership with vision systems integration specialist, Olmec-UK to work with them on the project. Andy Long said: “We were impressed not only with Olmec’s vision expertise which allowed them to come up with an innovative solution to the inspection challenge, but also their understanding of how to integrate the system into our machine. We worked very closely together, and Olmec were happy to send engineers to Italy to work with us on the successful testing and commissioning of the final system”. 

Olmec-UK Technical Director, Robert Pounder, said: “This was a really interesting project for us and we were very grateful for Marchesini’s extremely professional approach to the collaboration. They provided us with ready access to all the information we needed to integrate the vision system into their machine, and they did everything to make the testing phases run smoothly. We look forward to working with Marchesini on future projects”.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Automation For materials testing machines

The powerful combination of NEXYGENPlus control and data analysis software and National Instruments data acquisition cards allows Lloyd Instruments' range of single column and twin column universal materials testing machines to communicate with a wide range of external equipment. This allows control and monitoring of external parameters of the sample as part of the materials test, with the results collected and presented in the required format by the software. This opens the door for a wide range of dynamic materials testing applications and a high level of automation.

Temperature is an important parameter in materials testing and the software can either simply monitor temperature values from a device such as a thermocouple, or take control of heating and/or cooling devices to allow tests to be carried out at controlled temperatures or through different temperature cycles. External signals can be plotted against force and measurements taken and recorded within NEXYGENPlus.

Another popular application is the interfacing of a video camera for advanced sample failure analysis, teaching purposes or simply for the presentation of test results. Entire tests can be videoed and synchronised with the stress/strain graph and replayed for detailed post-test analysis. By clicking on any part of the stress/strain graph, an image of the sample at that exact point can be displayed.

There are many other application examples. These include using multiple strain gauges to measure the elongation of a sample; switch testing where NEXYGENPlus uses voltage limits to control a test e.g. change direction once a switch contact is made; monitoring parameters in onboard chips in credit cards as the cards are flexed; monitoring transmission during optical fibre compression and measuring short circuits in electrical wires during crush tests.

This powerful interface also offers the possibility to control sample loading equipment as well as provide integration into production lines for sharing of part number data and informing a production line if a bad part is found.

Enhanced two-wire Magnetic Flowmeters

Noel Heary of Irish Power & Process (IPP) tells us that Yokogawa has just released an enhanced version of the ADMAG AXR two-wire magnetic flowmeter. This enhanced flowmeter has been certified for use in safety integrity level 2 (SIL2) applications, as stipulated by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and it supports the latest HART 7 protocol (See below).

The enhanced ADMAG AXR two-wire magnetic flowmeter exhibits a level of performance comparable to that of the ADMAG AXF four-wire magnetic flowmeter. With these two flowmeters, Yokogawa aims to take the top position in the global magnetic flowmeter market.

Development Background
Magnetic flowmeters are used to measure the flow rates of water, chemicals, and other conductive fluids. Two kinds of magnetic flowmeters are in general use today, the four-wire and the two-wire type. The former has two pairs of cables, one for power supply and the other for signal output, and achieves high accuracy and performance; the latter has a single pair of cables for both signal output and power supply, and achieves excellent cost performance. First introduced to the market in 2009 and installed in large numbers worldwide, our ADMAG AXR two-wire magnetic flowmeters compare favorably to 4-wire devices in terms of measurement accuracy and low noise characteristics.

To meet our customers’ needs for safer plant operations, Yokogawa has enhanced the ADMAG AXR magnetic flowmeters by providing the following features.

Product Features
• SIL2 certification
The enhanced ADMAG AXR has been certified for use in SIL2 applications typically encountered in the oil, petrochemicals, chemical, and other industries, and can be installed in areas that require functional safety. By pairing two ADMAG AXR flowmeters, SIL3 applications can be supported.

• HART 7 support
In addition to HART 5, the new ADMAG AXR supports HART 7, the latest HART protocol, eliminating the need for convertors to connect with HART-compliant control systems. HART 7 also supports and enables the automatic issuance of alarms when the device’s settings are modified or a problem is detected by self-diagnostics.

About the ADMAG AXR
The ADMAG AXR was the first flowmeter to use the dual frequency excitation method*3, with low-frequency excitation that ensures stable measurement of flow rates and high-frequency excitation that delivers high noise resistance, thus realizing stable measurement in a wide range of fluid conditions. This high-performance two-wire flowmeter can be used in both monitoring and control applications. Its installation and maintenance costs are significantly lower because two-wire magnetic flowmeters do not require a dedicated power supply unit and use only a single pair of cables. Their low power consumption also reduces running costs. In addition, explosion-proof types suitable for installation in hazardous areas are now available for the entire product lineup, covering bore diameters from 25 mm to 200 mm.

Takashi Nishijima, a Director and Senior Vice President, and Head of the Industrial Automation Platform Business Headquarters, comments, "With field digital technologies that make it easier to use field devices, Yokogawa is helping its customers realize the VigilantPlant concept.  We believe that this enhanced magnetic flowmeter gives customers a wider range of choices in digital communications and allows for greater safety in their utilisation."

Testing aids technological breakthrough!

RDP load cells crucial to testing of ‘break-through’ innovation of new bolt tension control washer

Load cells and Indicators supplied by RDP Electronics have been used to develop, test and demonstrate the capability of a new tension control washer. 

Bolted joints are one of the weakest places in many structures and not surprisingly one of the largest single causes of failure, expensive warranty claims, safety, production down time and has caused fatalities. It is the point where assemblies variously leak, wear, slip or tear apart when subject to sustained external forces. But thanks to a recent innovation by Chartered Engineer Mr. Stan Ceney (Technical Research & Development Manager of Clarkwood Engineering Limited ) the development of ‘TenCon’ – a tension indicating washer that allows joint tension control in fasteners - such problems could become a thing of the past. The new tension indicating washer is seen as a major worldwide contribution in overcoming problems and meeting industry’s call for a cost effective simple means of monitoring bolt stress, improving safety in critical structures and preventing environomental catastrophic problems. 

Stan has been involved in tensioning control of bolted joints for more than 40 years and during his career has won awards for innovations that have subsequently been developed into products in Europe and America. With a desire for his latest innovation to be developed in the UK, Stan joined Clarkwood as a company with the skills, heritage and experience to bring the tension controlled washer into manufacture. With success for Clarkwood Engineering Ltd in winning the “Manufacturng Champion” category in the Wolverhampton Express & Star Business Awards 2012, hopes are now high for ‘TenCon’ which has been has been awarded a finalist place in the ‘Make it in Great Britain’ exhibition and is among four finalists in the Stronger category (Best Innovation). This is currently staged at the London Science Museum from 24th July to 9th September and is billed to showcase some of the most exciting British manufacturing developments and explore the positive impact they have on our lives. The exhibition will also include winners of a Challenge to find British manufacturing’s most promising innovative and cutting edge products and processes. 

Cybersecurity assured!

Two additional Honeywell Process Solutions have earned ISASecure Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) certification.

Honeywell’s latest demonstration of cybersecurity assurance comes on the heels of having earned, in 2011, its first EDSA certification for the company’s embedded Safety Manager device, which delivers safety assurance for operators who oversee industrial processes.


Now, two additional Honeywell industrial control system products, the company’s Experion® C300 distributed control system (DCS) controller and Experion fieldbus interface module (FIM), have completed the rigors of ISCI EDSA testing. Each of these devices now carries the ISASecure™designation.

The designation recognizes the integrity of the embedded devices and their production lifecycle. This achievement follows extensive testing for communication robustness, functional security, and software development security.

The Experion C300 DCS controller supports a range of process control situations, including continuous and batch processes and integration with smart field devices. It handles process control requirements from integration with batch systems to controlling devices on a variety of networks. The Experion FIM assists the integration of FOUNDATION Fieldbus and the Experion system.

The ISASecure™ EDSA certification provides Honeywell’s customers and their procurement teams the extra assurance that these certified devices can deliver on their promises.

“Honeywell is proud to be able to demonstrate the security and robustness of our products,” commented Mike Baldi of the Honeywell Process Solutions Global Architect Team. “The ISASecure designation reflects our ability to deliver secure products to our customers, and helps us meet their demands for security assurance.”

• Read also Eric Byres of Byres Security on this and the ISASecure Certification: Honeywell Leads ICS and SCADA World with ISASecure Certifications (29/8/2012)

Customisable Monitoring and Control Systems

National Instruments has released the 8-slot NI 9154 MXI-Express RIO expansion chassis and the 4-slot NI 9146 Ethernet RIO expansion chassis. CompactRIO expansion chassis scale the breadth of the C Series platform to applications requiring hundreds or even thousands of I/O channels. Engineers can gain full control of the field-programmable gate array (FPGA) capabilities inside both chassis using the NI LabVIEW FPGA Module, which enables custom inline processing, closed-loop control, synchronisation, and custom timing and triggering.

“The performance, customisation, and expansion potential of the CompactRIO platform makes it an excellent long-term, scalable investment,” said Albion W. Knight IV, President of Green Mountain Research, who is using CompactRIO and the MXI-Express RIO expansion system to create a next-generation missile test platform.

NI 9154 Features
• High-throughput MXI-Express x1 interface for 200 MB/s multichassis streaming bandwidth
• Access to thousands of I/O channels from a single controller by daisy chaining multiple CompactRIO devices, NI PXI chassis, NI industrial controllers or PCs
• Support for up to eight C Series mixed-signal-conditioned I/O modules, enabling direct connectivity to any sensor on any bus

NI 9146 Features
• Simplified software experience, which helps engineers seamlessly add distributed monitoring and control to any Ethernet network
• Instant access to FPGA-enabled I/O using LabVIEW from any Windows PC or LabVIEW Real-Time controller
• Diagnostic and auto-configuration features that simplify installation, operation and maintenance
• Low power consumption, quick startup times and rugged industrial construction

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Global quick ship mass flowmeters

Emerson has expanded its Quick Ship service to include the global delivery of Micro Motion Coriolis mass flow and density meters, sensors and transmitters
Emerson Process Management has expanded the scope of its recently introduced Quick Ship service to include the delivery of Micro Motion® Coriolis mass flow and density meters, sensors and transmitters to all world areas. Fast delivery of products and spare parts is critical to keeping any plant running at maximum efficiency. Emerson’s Quick Ship programme supplies critical products and spares on reduced lead times so that customers can minimise costly down time.

Quick Ship orders are expedited through the Emerson order process, ensuring that they are routed to the manufacturing plant in order to meet the agreed delivery time. Micro Motion products ordered under the Quick Ship service will receive expedited calibration and testing, ready for dispatch from the Emerson flow manufacturing facility, either the next day or in 3 to 5 days of receipt of an order. Alternatively, customers can arrange for collection from the factory if required.

When an order for products included in the programme is placed with the local sales office, customers will be offered the Quick Ship option for any urgent requirements. To ensure that Quick Ship orders are fulfilled within the promised timescale, Emerson has made a significant investment in the resources and infrastructure at its manufacturing centres and has introduced streamlined procedures in line with the latest lean manufacturing techniques.

For specific Quick Ship delivery times, customers should enquire at the time of order as processing can vary slightly depending on world area.

3-D Vision for seamless hardware and software integration

National Instruments has announced 3-D vision capabilities in LabVIEW with the new NI Vision Development Module 2012. Engineers can develop a 3-D stereo vision system using any two cameras and can perform advanced inspection and control that uses depth information from 3-D vision technology. They can also use LabVIEW with third-party hardware and software tools for 3-D vision and combine 3-D images with other algorithms, such as pattern matching or object tracking, to profile stationary or moving objects.

Product Features
• High-precision 3-D image acquisition using new stereo vision and calibration algorithms in the Vision Development Module
• Compatibility with third-party 3-D cameras, such as SICK Ranger cameras that use laser triangulation technology
• Seamless integration of additional 3-D processing and analysis libraries, such as the AQSENSE SAL3D library, in the same graphical programming environment

Collaboration in cybersecurity!

LOGIIC receives USDHS S&T Under Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Collaboration in Science and Technology

The US Dept of Homeland Security Science & Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate has recognized the work of the Linking the Oil & Gas Industry to Improve Cybersecurity (LOGIIC) consortium, granting it the department’s Under Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Collaboration in Science and Technology. The award, announced in a communique from the Automation Federation, is presented to organisations that work across boundaries to deliver better service, value and outcomes for customers, stakeholders and communities.

The LOGIIC consortium, comprised of major oil and gas producers along with the DHS S&T Directorate, is working in collaboration to strengthen the security of America’s critical energy sector infrastructure. The Automation Federation is LOGIIC’s host organization. Among members of LOGIIC are BP, Chevron, Shell and Total. The DHS S&T Directorate, mandated by the US Congress to provide innovative problem solving to the scientific and engineering challenges facing U.S. homeland security, has contracted with research and development organization SRI International to provide scientific and technical guidance as well as subject matter expertise for LOGIIC.

“LOGIIC addresses security vulnerabilities in hardware and software in critical industrial control systems,” says Bob Crigler, the Automation Federation’s spokesperson and liaison to LOGIIC. “These changes have had a direct impact on the security of our critical infrastructure on an international scale, and are driving innovative approaches to collaboration among vendors and practitioners."

LOGIIC also has been commended by the DHS S&T Directorate as a unique framework and model for establishing similar consortia across other critical industry sectors

Segment design tool updated!

Free tool simplifies planning, validation and documentation of FOUNDATION™ H1 segments

DesignMATE's intuitive graphical user interface.
The Fieldbus Foundation has updated its DesignMATE™ software tool, a software download that allows plant automation professionals to audit segment layouts. The updates cover DesignMATE's library of registered devices, and revised terminology used within the software to align with current FOUNDATION™ fieldbus installations.

The user-friendly DesignMATE automatically audits segment layouts for conformance with the FOUNDATION physical layer specification, which is based on the international IEC 61158-2 (Type 1) standard. End-users can feel confident their fieldbus infrastructure will work with desired parameters such as cable length, number and type of installed devices, and selected power supplies.

The DesignMATE software provides an intuitive graphical user interface and mouse support, enabling fieldbus segment design "on the fly" with drag & drop capabilities. The tool displays fieldbus segments in the form of an exportable image of a stylized topology. A printable report in Rich Text Format (.rtf) is also available. Users can analyze and check key physical layer parameters, such as supply voltage, load conditions at all terminals of power supply, fieldbus couplers and field instruments. An error log indicates deviations from the FOUNDATION specification in clear text visuals for immediate remedy by the user.

DesignMATE is equipped with libraries for all components in the typical FOUNDATION fieldbus infrastructure, including power supplies, fieldbus couplers for both safe and hazardous plant areas, and field instruments. Fieldbus devices from a wide range of automation equipment manufacturers are available in the software, along with an easy-to-use device editor for creation of custom instrument libraries.


• To download a free copy of DesignMate, please visit the Fieldbus Foundation website's Technical Reference page. Technical support for DesignMATE is available on Fieldbus Forums

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Industrial Ethernet Switch

Modular switch delivers performance and flexibility for manufacturing and industrial environments

Red Lion Controls recently announced its new N-Tron 7900 fully managed industrial Ethernet switch. Designed for use in manufacturing and industrial environments, the 7900 is a four-slot modular switch that provides flexibility, performance and monitoring, as well as specialised features to enhance communications.

Supporting up to 24 10/100 plus two additional Gigabit Ethernet ports, the 7900 switch delivers a wide
variety of flexible fiber/copper port options through its modular platform. Easy-to-use configuration and
monitoring tools – including a Command Line Interface, web browser or N-Tron’s N-View OPC software – enable customers to seamlessly manage network switches. The 7900 also includes VLAN, QoS, trunking (link aggregation), port mirroring and automatic IGMP configuration to optimise network performance.

In addition to UL approval for use in Class I, Div. 2 hazardous locations, the following 7900 features meet the specialized needs of manufacturing and industrial environments:
• EtherNet/IP™ CIP messaging – allows the 7900 switch to communicate configuration and
monitoring data to HMI displays on the factory floor
• N-Ring and N-Link –provides a redundant path allowing dynamic failover to ensure maximum
uptime between one or more rings
• Port security – allows users to enter MAC addresses that can access the switch, limiting access
to provide greater security
• Integrated DHCP server – automatically assigns IP addresses, eliminating the need for a separate
DHCP server to reduce complexity and cost
• Configuration backup – allows switch configurations to be backed up using an optional SD card,
providing faster recovery and easier configuration of additional switches
• Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) – enables easy communication and discovery between
devices from different vendors in the same network

“Our 7900 industrial Ethernet switch is built to withstand harsh conditions while also meeting the needs of manufacturing applications,” said Diane Davis, product manager of connectivity solutions for Red Lion Controls. “The combination of a modular DIN-rail form factor with flexible fiber/copper port
configuration options and monitoring tools make the 7900 ideal for customers looking to enhance
communications on both factory floors and in extreme industrial environments."

Monday, August 20, 2012

Packaging conveyance without any gaps

Output increase and cost reduction in the packaging industry

With SCATEC-2 Box Baumer is offering a new version of the world's most successful copy counter SCATEC specifically for the packaging industry. With this new model, efficiency during packaging conveyance is noticeably increased.
SCATEC-2 Box from Baumer detects individual packaging even during gapless product conveyance.
In conventional solutions, sufficient gaps between the individual packages are required in order to perform detection. When the packaging is changed, e.g. from a white to a colorful design, readjustment of the sensor may also be necessary. When SCATEC-2 Box is used, this additional work is no longer necessary. SCATEC functions precisely during gapless and even irregular packaging transport. It reliably detects all types of packaging, regardless of the product color or surface. These properties enable the customer to accelerate the process and increase output, saving time and costs as a result. Extremely high speeds do not pose any problems for SCATEC-2 Box either thanks to its very fast response time of less than 400 µs. It can be used, for example, to trigger a code reading or identification system.

The benefits of SCATEC are rounded off by easy plug & play installation and a unique support option using ScaDiag diagnosis software from Baumer. In case of unexpected behavior during the production process, it is possible to record data during production with ScaDiag. This data is then forwarded to Baumer's technical support, where it can be used to quickly and reliably address the customer's problem without interrupting the process.

Lift control

CANopen-Lift profile updated

The CANopen Lift demonstrator comprises three independent control systems and is used to prove the interoperability of devices from different manufacturers
CiA (CAN in Automation) has released version 2.1 of the CiA 417 CANopen application profile for lift control systems. The four-part specification provides some functional extensions. Besides some additional error codes, the power-measuring unit has been added. Another enhancement is the standardized boot-up and program download procedure. The specifications have been reviewed, some minor editorial failures have been corrected, and some editorial improvements have been introduced.

The CANopen-Lift application profile is the only open communication standard for embedded lift control systems. It allows the migration from proprietary to open control systems. It is also possible to open just a part of the control system. The newly introduced power-measuring unit is a tribute to the energy efficiency requirements. In one control system, there may be installed two of these units. One of them could be embedded in the drive unit, and the other one measures the energy consumption of all other control devices. If the energy consumption increases during the lifetime of the system, in particular of the drive unit, this will be detected and it can be exchanged against more efficient one.

New automation product suites!

"This release represents the most advanced product suites designed for any manufacturing, building automation, analytics, or plant historian application." This year the focus at Iconics has been on creating products that have a rich set of features and capabilities for the energy and sustainability markets, including expanded scalability and interoperability. These have led to several industry awards and important large projects with end-customer standardisations.

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Highlights of version 10.7 products include:
GENESIS64 Automation Suite The GENESIS64 Automation Suite is the industry's most advanced Web-enabled 64-bit, HMI/SCADA solution. GENESIS64 was designed for the largest, most demanding SCADA applications yet is simple and cost effective to implement small machine HMI projects.
This new release of GENESIS64 v10.7 has hundreds of improvements in the core HMI/SCADA capabilities with many new innovative and customer requested features. A great effort was made to increase overall engineering productivity with new Commanding, BACnet BTL Certification and instant real time dashboarding technology with PortalWorX. A significant effort was made to make the V10.7 product the most tested and highest quality product ever.
GENESIS64 v10.7 now includes several important new capabilities not found in any other HMI/SCADA and visualization product. GENESIS64 includes the following functions:
  • AssetWorX - An S95 Intelligent Asset Technology. Users can now define any data as properties of assets and apply sophisticated intelligence to assets. Assets can be defined and organized to represent any item of equipment or operation. AssetWorX significantly decreases the engineering time needed to implement any solution and the intuitive S95 Asset Navigator provides simple and rapid navigation to items of interest for even the largest projects with millions of assets.
  • FDDWorX - A Fault Detection and Diagnostics Technology - Built-in advanced algorithms analyze, detect and predict equipment and efficiency faults. When faults do occur, the system provides a list of monetized probable causes with associated probabilities.
  • PortalWorX-SL - A new integrated Dashboard Technology. Users can easily combine and configure HMI graphic displays, trending, alarming, data grids and other Web Parts into a role-based dashboard. Other Web Parts, such as Energy AnalytiX and Facility AnalytiX views, as well as Internet Explorer Web pages, can also be combined into a new frame-based runtime and roles-based portal. Run PortalWorX dashboards in any popular Web browser, including; Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Internet Explorer and many others.
  • Commanding – Application and Custom Commanding. ICONICS strives to make its products easy to use and, in many cases, scripting is not required. Now, with the new command architecture, the need for scripts is greatly reduced. Select from over 100 included standard commands or build your own reusable customer commands. Commanding is now integrated into the core of all ICONICS products, including GENESIS64, AnalytiX and Hyper Historian.
  • BACnet Certification - GENESIS64 and its Platform Services have been certified by the BACnet Testing Laboratory (BTL) to the highest level of BACnet compliance, known as the B-AWS profile. The GENESIS64 automation suite is the first 64-bit product to achieve this important product listing and having this certification will ensure interoperability with other BACnet certified hardware and products well into the future.
  • High Availability with Redundancy - GENESIS64 has built-in native redundancy and is the industry's easiest HMI/SCADA software to set up and configure. New capabilities help make monitoring of redundant graphics, alarm and historian application servers simple. Automatic and manual redundancy switchover has been improved and the new redundancy optional feature is ideal for large mission critical applications. Few competitors have native redundancy and usually require hardware or massive scripting.
  • New GenDemo, Symbol Library – GENESIS64 contains a completely updated GenDemo for presentation purposes. Explore the new GenDemo and learn all the new features of the GENESIS64 HMI /SCADA product, as well as other new version 10.7 products. Thousands of new and updated time saving 2D and 3D GraphWorX64 symbols are available for instant use and are part of the 10.7 release. The new symbols have been organized to reduce the time it takes to search and deploy them in applications.

Other Recently Released Products: Energy AnalytiX version 10.7 provides cost, consumption and carbon dashboards, reports and analysis of any industrial or commercial operation. With this release, many new enhancements have extended the initial release with new advanced historian capabilities. The new integrated historian provides high resolution energy data recording and can also support third-party historians so that previous energy recordings can be automatically merged. Other new features include; improved ease of use, security and calculation roll-ups, as well as new energy and carbon expression calculations.
Facility AnalytiX version 10.7 is a predictive Fault Detection and Diagnostics Solution for any commercial and industrial application. The built-in rules-based expression engine helps analyze, detect and predict equipment and efficiency faults. When faults do occur, the system provides a list of monetized probable causes with associated probabilities.
MobileHMI version 10.7 utilizes the rich features of the Windows Phone 7 platform and allows mobile workforces to view real-time visualization and HMI screens, assets and monitor alarms from anywhere and at any time. MobileHMI v10.7 now includes support for Windows Phone 7.5, which includes Multi-Tile and Deep Linking support, which allows users to "pin" any of the MobileHMI applications, such as the AlarmWorX64 and GraphWorX64 screens or the Asset Catalog to the Start Screen for convenient one-touch access. Version 10.7 has numerous performance improvements including dynamic local caching and the ability to run in the background.
PortalWorX-SP version 10.7 extends the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 collaboration dashboard with a family of real-time infrastructure and visualization Web Parts. It contains over 20 Web Parts, which include powerful graphics visualization, trends/charts, grids, security, reporting, asset navigation and many others. PortalWorX v10.7 integrates with the new ICONICS Commanding capabilities, which substantially reduce engineering development. Based on the latest Microsoft Silverlight version 5 technology, roles-based management, engineering and operation dashboards are secure and easy to create and operate.
Hyper Historian version 10.7 is a high-speed, mission critical plant historian. Hyper Historian is designed to log large volumes of data, in excess of 100,000 updates per second, and connects to multiple data sources across the enterprise. Hyper Historian has been improved in the Redundancy and Collector sections by adding OPC HDA Interface support for Redundancy, Performance Calculation Redundancy and Logged File Synchronization. The Collectors now support Datasets as well.

Coriolis mass flow transmitter for food, life sciences etc

Industry-optimised sensors let users customize the Promass 100 for food, beverage, life sciences, pharmaceutical, chemical and other industries

The Promass 100 transmitter  recently introduced by Endress + Hauser can be combined with industry-specific sensors, materials and finishes so it can be used in food, beverage, life sciences, pharmaceutical, chemical and other industries.

It measures mass flow, volume flow, density, viscosity, concentration, and temperature with accuracy up to ±0.05%, and with immunity from process and environmental influences. All measurements are fully traceable as the flowmeter is certified on calibration rigs accredited to ISO/IEC 17025.

Seamless system integration is possible via EtherNet/IP and Modbus RS-485 digital communication (future 4-20mA with HART and PROFIBUS DP). Wiring is via an M12 plug, allowing easy and quick connections.

The flowmeter is approved for operation in Zone 2 and Class 1, Division 2 hazardous areas; and with the intrinsically safe Modbus output, it is approved for Zone 1 and Class 1, Division 1.

The wide range of industry-optimised sensors ensure accurate measurement and compliance with guidelines and regulations in different industries. The Promass 100 can be combined with a wide variety of Endress+Hauser’s sensors, and industry preferred fitting options, finishes and certificates are available.

For example, the Promass P 100 for the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries is a single-tube system designed specifically for sterile processes. It meets ASME-BPE 2009, ISPE, FDA, EHEDG and 3-A process codes and standards. The Promass P 100 features a self-drainable hygienic design that is cleanable on the inside and outside, and withstands CIP/SIP cleaning cycles.

The Promass S 100 for the food and beverage industries conforms to all 3-A, EHEDG and FDA requirements. It provides a gentle, non-invasive measurement of the product without causing shear force. It also is drainable and withstands CIP/SIP cycles with immediate return to normal operation, including high pressure or steam jet cleaning.

Other models include the Promass I 100, which offers an in-line viscosity measurements option, complies with 3-A requirements and is piggable, the Promass F 100 with ultimate measurement performance and secondary containment for use in pressures up to 580 psi and compliance with EHEDH and 3-A requirements, and the economical Promass E 100 used in legacy volumetric meter replacement applications.

Diagnostics and Commissioning
Clear categorisation of errors according to NE107 enables targeted reaction to any flowmeter or process errors. The entire instrument is constructed in a modular fashion, reducing downtime as service usually consists of just replacing the faulty module as directed by the diagnostic instructions.

The Endress+Hauser HistoROM™ data handling system reduces downtime significantly, as calibration data and transmitter parameters are stored and can be automatically reloaded after a maintenance or repair event. The HistoROM data handling system also provides local data logger and event logbook functionality.

The display-less Promass 100 can be commissioned either from the control room via a digital fieldbus communications link, or locally via any web browser as the instrument includes an embedded web server.

The web server allows a user with the correct password to connect to the flowmeter via any web browser without any additional tools, software or communication boxes. All that is required is a LAN network cable, and a laptop with a RJ45 network plug. Web server functionality includes full parameter access, upload and download of parameter settings, troubleshooting and diagnostics.