Friday, February 8, 2013

Fieldbus course in the Lebanon

ProfiBus Ireland in Co-operation with Industrial technologies (ITEC) has conducted a very successful Certified PROFIBUS Engineers (CPE) Course in Beirut. ITEC is a PI Competency Centre for Lebanon, and is actively involved in implementing PROFIBUS and PROFINET technologies in a wide range of applications.
L-R: Joven Zamudio (Turck),  Hassan Kaghazchi (PROFIBUS Ireland), Ahmad El Kaderi (Leeds), Salah Chlouk(ITEC), Marwan Habbel(Leeds), Julien Ziade (Matelec) and Bachir Trad (Holcim Liban)
The CPE course was organised and administered through ITEC offices in Beirut, and was conducted by Hassan Kaghazchi, Chairman of PROFIBUS Ireland. The course was held from 15-18 Jan 2013 in Rotana hotel in Beirut (RL), with 6 participants from different sectors of industry in Lebanon. All the participants successfully passed the examinations at the end of the course, and are now Certified PROFIBUS Engineers. It is planed to conduct further courses in the near future.

Moisture of synthetic rubber

A major producer of synthetic rubber has selected Michell Instruments’ Liquidew I.S. moisture in liquids analyser to monitor critical process at its plant in Asia.

The plant produces Polybutadiene, a form of synthetic rubber, commonly used in the manufacture of car tyres. This is generated from a feedstock of the gas 1,3 Butadiene, which is pressurised to form liquid phase and then dissolved in Hexane. The reaction to form the Polybutadiene requires a catalyst, which in this case is an alkyl-lithium compound. Lithium is highly reactive with water and will only be an effective catalyst in near-anhydrous conditions where there is no more than 1ppmW of moisture present.

In total, six Liquidew I.S. analysers are installed at key points in the process to monitor moisture levels in the feedstock and the solvent as well as in the drying process used to regenerate the solvent. The Liquidew I.S. is capable of measuring moisture levels down to 0.001ppmW and can reliably give accurate readings in the low-moisture environment.

After the reaction has taken place, the Hexane solvent is evaporated to separate it from the newly-produced Polybutadiene using hot water in a separate vessel. It is then dried and purified before being re-introduced into the process.

Because water is used to clean and recycle the hexane solvent, there is a risk of moisture contaminating the process if the solvent is not dried sufficiently before being reused. The solvent is dried in molecular sieve towers and this drying process is repeated many times until the purity and dryness is sufficient for reintroduction into the process.

The Liquidew I.S. was selected for this application because it measures from 0.001 to 1000 ppmW with a fast response and recovery time, allowing it to rapidly indicate changes in moisture concentration. This is ideal for the drying process as it can reduce the number of drying cycles required to dry the solvent.

• Michell Instruments are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

How to connect robot cells to any industrial network.

SVIA in Sweden use Anybus X-gateways to connect their DeviceNet-based robot cells to any network that their customers are using.

Seeing robots
Svensk Industriautomation (SVIA) is a fast-growing automation company in Jönköping, Sweden, developing robot systems for customers in the Nordic countries, Germany, Britain, the Netherlands, and the U.S. The systems are put together to robot cells which are able to communicate with other systems in a factory for example. The core of the robot cell is SVIA’s own vision system called Pickvision, which detects exactly how a particular object is placed on a conveyor belt and thereby enables a robot to pick up the object. In simple terms, you could say that SVIA enables robots to see. This revolutionary technology has become very popular on the automation market and has enabled SVIA to double its turnover during the past few years.

“Our strength lies in the simplicity,” says Anders Mandorsson, Designer and Project Manager at SVIA. “It is very easy to tell the robot what to pick from the carrier belt, and then you are ready to go.” By using the Pickvision software, users take a picture of the object which is to be picked from the belt. The software automatically detects the shape of the object and every time this shape shows up in the camera, the robot is able to determine how to pick it up.

Connecting DeviceNet and PROFIBUS
As most advanced automation systems, SVIA’s robot cells need to communicate with some kind of plant-wide industrial network and this type of communication is not always hassle-free. “A couple of years ago, we built a robot cell for a customer who promised me access to their PROFIBUS system, but after a while, it became clear that our system was only to be a separate node in their network. That’s when we found Anybus X-gateways from HMS. We tried installing one into our cabinet and it handled the conversion between our DeviceNet based system and the customer’s PROFIBUS system in a very elegant way.”

Since then, SVIA has used Anybus X-gateways in many of the robot cells they deliver to customers around the world. Once again, simplicity is key. “DeviceNet is the standard we use in most of our cabinets and instead of handling the conversion to other networks ourselves, we simply install an X-gateway from HMS. It is cheaper, but above all, it makes it easier for the customer since he gets a clear segregation between our system and his own factory network,” says Anders Mandorsson.

How it works
SVIA’s robot cells usually come with robots from ABB which operate on a DeviceNet based network. The robots can easily communicate with another DeviceNet network, but if they are to be connected to another network, for example a PROFIBUS network (with a PLC from Siemens) or an EtherCAT network (with a PLC from Beckhoff) a “translator” is needed. Anybus X-gateways handle the conversion between the two networks through built-in software which restructures the telegrams from one side and make them understandable on the other side. The configuration is made in a matter of minutes by using the Anybus Configuration Manager software which means that no programming is necessary.

SVIA’s robot cells are very flexible and can easily be adjusted to cater for different customer applications such as mounting, packaging, drilling and lathing. Through Anybus X-gateways, SVIA can also be very flexible when it comes to the network they can connect to. “To be honest, we don’t really think much about networking anymore,” says Anders Mandorsson. “When we create a robot system, we simply order the X-gateway which converts to the customer’s industrial network — we plug it in and it works.”

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Measuring torque

Kistler Instruments has added three new measuring ranges to its KiTorq torque measuring system. The new ranges of 100, 200, and 5 000 Nm have been added to the existing ranges of 500, 1,000, 2,000 or 3,000 Nm measuring ranges. All ranges are available with an accuracy class of 0.05% of range. These additional ranges complete the portfolio for test benches for internal combustion engines, electric motors, transmissions and drive trains.

Rotors of different sizes can be combined with same ringless stator, which is particularly easy to install and allows different items to be tested without the complete reconstruction of the test stand. The ringless stator design speeds up the installation, protects against damage during assembly operations and facilitates visual observation during the test process.

A single, intelligent stator can be used with any KiTorq rotor of the same speed rating and will automatically recognise the rotor measuring range. This minimises hardware investment as one stator may be used with rotors of differing ranges for different applications. Installation is simplified by the contactless, digital telemetry that does not require an antenna ring. The lack of an antenna ring has not reduced the precision of the sensor which has an excellent signal bandwidth of 10 kHz and accuracy of better than 0.05%. A speed measurement of 60 pulses per revolution is integrated in the standard system.

The stator is now available with Profibus, Profinet CANopen and Ethernet interfaces in addition to the analog / frequency, USB and RS-232 interfaces which allow analogue and digital signal outputs to be fully scalable. When needed, the rotor's original measuring range may be overridden to allow the full output signal to be available over a defined range. A second, freely selectable measuring range may also be defined at each output.

The solid measuring flange is extremely robust and has been tested to EN 60068-2-27 for mechanical shock, EN 60068-2-6 for triaxial vibration loading and EN 61326-1 for interference immunity. The KiTorq system is supplied as standard with SensorTool configuration and diagnostic software and calibration certificates. Several calibration options are available for the configurable output signals of the KiTorq system and when replacing an individual rotor or stator, the notional calibration values can be calculated to avoid the need to have the unit recalibrated by the manufacturer.

The KiTorq measuring flange is ideal for use in test rigs for electric motors, internal combustion engines, transmissions, pumps and compressors.

Operational visibility made easy

The newest member of GE Intelligent Platform's Proficy® software platform, Proficy Vision has been launched. This powerful operational dashboard brings together web-based content from other Proficy software solutions and third-party displays into one environment. By aggregating and organizing content in the context of the plant structure, Proficy Vision delivers a single view of operations to drive production improvement.

Proficy Vision enables users to have their web-enabled content side-by-side in the same application, allowing them to see the information they need to get their job done. The software offers a single place to display both structured data (ERP, EAM, MES, SCADA, etc.) and unstructured data (social business, spreadsheets, news feeds, etc.) for a convenient one-stop view.

“Success for manufacturing and infrastructure businesses increasingly relies on broad, secure access to cross-enterprise information enabled by the Industrial Internet,” said Don Busiek, General Manager Manufacturing Software for GE Intelligent Platforms. “Only with timely and relevant insights can businesses truly optimize operational performance.”

Providing relevant and cross-enterprise insights, Proficy Vision aggregates disparate interfaces and information with a unified context for better, faster decisions. It delivers a role-specific user interface for maximum efficiency, allowing users to anticipate, collaborate and orchestrate responses to dynamic operational conditions with greater agility and precision.

“Disparate systems, limited resources, and multiple roles and responsibilities often create silos of information that limit visibility and make collaboration and driving operational improvements difficult,” Busiek continued. “With Proficy Vision, users can organize content the way they want, whether that means tying content to a piece of equipment or within a specific area of the facility – putting data they need at their fingertips when they need it.”

Bill Fritz, Director of Waterford Township, Michigan Department of Public Works, sees that Proficy Vision capability as a benefit for his facility. With both Water and Wastewater operations, he can see if an event on one side of his house affected something on the other side without having to dump data and overlay one program on top of the other.

“First and foremost, it’s a time saver,” Fritz said. “By pulling everything into one environment, it allows easier access to information and becomes a one-stop shop to view all of my web-based applications. It allows us to coordinate everything and that makes it a dispatching tool for us.” Waterford Township’s Department of Public Works has several applications online including vehicle locating, SCADA, flow monitoring, security and HVAC.

Proficy Vision can be used wherever there is Internet access, making it easy to collaborate around the plant or around the world. Users can navigate through their displays in a virtual environment and see the content at each level as they navigate. The data is structured so that all views and relevant displays are associated to the appropriate equipment.

A unique feature, Role-Based Access, allows users to see what they need based on their login credentials. For instance, an operator may only be able to see displays for specific assets they are responsible for, while a manager may have access to all displays for the facility. There is no need to have multiple products for operators and for executives as Proficy Vision allows support for all roles – from operators to CEOs – in one location.

Users can also access an integrated Proficy Workflow solution that allows them to view and interact with content, and also provides the ability within the same environment to address standard operating procedures (SOPs). Monitoring process and acting on alarms and procedures in one environment delivers a powerful advantage that drives operational improvements.

“Proficy Vision introduces a new and unique paradigm for navigating your operations, enabling equipment-centric, product-centric and people-centric views of your world,” Busiek concluded. “It’s like a map and compass on your operations that delivers real-time operational intelligence, helping you make sense of a complex world.”

Digital pressure gauge

With a full 5 digit display (12mm high digits) and accuracy of ±0.25% FS, the new Omega Engineering DPG8001 series digital pressure gauge offers excellent performance and value in a user friendly package. Standard features include selectable engineering units, min-max recall, tare, rubber boot, backlight and 20 segment analogue bar graph display. Wetted parts made of stainless steel for most industrial applications and IP67 protection for the whole unit. Process connections available are G1/4B male (¼”BSPP) or ¼” NPT male.

New general manager for Ireland & Britain

Atlas Copco Compressors, a market leading provider of innovative compressed air solutions, has appointed a new General Manager/Director for Britain and Ireland. Dirk Villé joins the team from his current position as General Manager/Director of Compressor Technique for Atlas Copco in Austria.

Dirk started his career with the Atlas Copco Group in 1994 as a Designer and Project Leader for Engineering Portable Compressors and Commodity & Investment units. In 2001 he was appointed manager of Atlas Copco’s Global Engineering Centre in India. In 2003 Dirk returned to Atlas Copco Airpower N.V. as a Product Manager for Large Portable Compressors. In 2006 he took up the position of Business Line Manager for Portable Air for Atlas Copco in South-Africa. Since 2009 Dirk has acted as General Manager/Director for Compressor Technique and Holding for Atlas Copco in Austria. His operational responsibility was extended to Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina in early 2012.

In addition to his extensive industry experience, Dirk is a certified civil engineer with an engineering degree in Electromechanics from the Katholieke University in Leuven, Belgium, and also holds a Postgraduate Degree in Business Administration from Université de Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium.

Dirk is to begin his new role on 1 June 2013. During the interim period, Alex Bongaerts, Vice President Finance & Administration / Holding will perform the role of acting GM/D for Atlas Copco Compressors in the region.

Leaking pipe monitoring

KROHNE is offering a series of lectures to provide an overview of the official guidelines, technical requirements and technologies behind modern leak monitoring systems for pipelines as part of the nationwide seminar series entitled "System and process solutions in the oil and gas industry” which starts on March 5. The company will also present an overview at a lecture and workshop at the 8th Pipeline Technology Conference PTC from 18-20 March in Hanover.

PipePatrol leak monitoring system
for single and multi-product pipelines
Transporting materials via pipeline is a growing market all around the world. To take maximum advantage of these transport routes, there is growing interest in using pipelines to transport several products successively ("multi-product"). The transport of supercritical fluids such as ethylene, hydrogen and carbon dioxide is also on the rise: supercritical fluids feature high fluidity and are thus particularly suitable for transport through pipelines. As the volume of substances transported increases, so too does the significance of leak monitoring. Selecting a leak monitoring system is a very detailed process dependent on each individual case.

The PipePatrol leak monitoring system can be used for pipelines containing supercritical products and multi-product pipelines. With supercritical products, it is particularly important to include the thermodynamic equation in the leak monitoring system. KROHNE is currently the only supplier that can monitor supercritical products based on a model.

PipePatrol is a leading E-RTTM-based system for continuous internal leak monitoring of pipelines. RTTM stands for "Real-Time Transient Model“, a mathematical model that compares the measurements taken during the actual operation of a pipeline in real time with a computer simulation of the pipeline. KROHNE has been an established system supplier to the oil and gas industry for over 30 years and has expanded its range to include E-RTTM (Extended-RTTM) systems, which also feature leak signature analysis using leak pattern detection.

An E-RTTM leak monitoring systems creates a virtual image of a pipeline based on real measured data. Measurement values from flow, temperature and pressure sensors installed at the inlet and outlet of the pipeline and along the pipeline in places such as pump and valve stations are crucial. The flow, pressure, temperature and density at each point along the virtual pipeline are calculated from the measured pressure and temperature values. The model compares the calculated flow values to the real ones from the flow meters. If the model detects a flow discrepancy, the leak signature analysis module then determines whether it was caused by an instrument error, a gradual leak or a sudden leak. PipePatrol can process the dynamic values extremely quick and can therefore model transient operating conditions in the pipeline as well as steady state.

Smart machinery helth for compressors

Integrated technology leverages Emerson’s expertise in machinery health with piston rod monitoring and valve health diagnostics

Emerson Process Management’s Smart Machinery Health portfolio now provides an integrated protection and prediction solution for critical reciprocating compressors. Common compressor issues can be predicted before they cause a process upset, greatly reducing lost production and repair costs.
Emerson’s Smart Machinery Health solution for critical reciprocating compressors enables additional performance information to be displayed using its AMS Suite asset management software
Reciprocating compressors are often maintenance-intensive machines at a production facility and are critical to production uptime. With this integrated approach for reciprocating assets, rotating and reciprocating machines can now be monitored through one maintenance management system.

Emerson’s reciprocating compressor solution includes standard protection functionality as specified in API (American Petroleum Institute) 670 and API 618, and adds powerful predictive monitoring to identify a user’s most troublesome issues: valves, pressure packing, rider bands, and rod faults. Emerson’s CSI 6500 Machinery Health Monitor with PeakVue® technology, monitors ultrasonic emissions to determine valve health – reported as the number one maintenance issue by users. Transient monitoring of rod position identifies abnormal or excessive changes in rod position before it impacts pressure packing and monitors vertical rod position to track rider band wear. Advanced asset management capabilities enable users to view rod position via 2D plots, illustrating piston rod dynamic motion that can be viewed live, paused and replayed.

Emerson’s integrated solution also delivers compressor frame vibration shutdown protection as specified by API 618 and piston rod monitoring as specified by API 670. AMS Suite provides additional performance and machine condition information through monitoring parameters such as adiabatic efficiency, volumetric flow, rod tension and rod compression. Combining shutdown protection with predictive diagnostics delivers the information that users need to protect their equipment health while avoiding production downtime.

"With over 25 years of experience in machinery health technologies, we have the tools and expertise to help users both protect their critical equipment and predict failures before they cause major production issues in applications such as midstream LNG, off gas, flare gas, and dirty gas reciprocating compressor processes," said Bjorn Salomon, General Manager of Emerson’s Machinery Health Management business. "By taking advantage of our innovative technologies, domain expertise and service capabilities, our customers gain the diagnostic information needed to allow operators and maintenance personnel to confidently act early to maintain equipment health, while ensuring API standards compliance."

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Conference takes shape

The technical program for the 2013 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium (WWAC Symposium) is taking shape, and the final program is to be be announced soon. Scheduled for 6-8 August 2013, the WWAC Symposium presents a unique opportunity for professionals who work with SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), automation and instrumentation in the water and wastewater sectors to come together, share ideas and gain valuable continuing education.

"The high quality of abstracts submitted this year are going to make for an impressive program," says Graham Nasby of Eramosa Engineering, the 2013 general symposium chair. "Our program committee is hard at work selecting the more than 30 speakers for the symposium’s technical program. This is in addition to our three invited speakers on cybersecurity, project management and human factors design. We will also be making our keynote speaker announcement very soon."

The WWAC Symposium is scheduled for Orlando, (FL USA). Attendance surged at the 2012 symposium and the momentum is expected to expand involvement again this year. This large increase in participation is a testament to the symposium’s renewed focus on today’s challenges in automation, instrumentation and SCADA for public infrastructure.

The symposium will also feature guest speakers from other municipal water/wastewater oriented associations, such as the (US) Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association (FSAWWA). By forming strong partnerships with other associations, the symposium has been able to reach a broader audience of water and wastewater professionals across the industry. For members of these associations, the symposium also provides targeted professional development and training opportunities, which have been otherwise inaccessible.

“The ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium is a great venue to offer SCADA-specific continuing education opportunities. This is another example of the FSAWWA providing benefits to our membership and more specifically to those members who are involved with this aspect of our public water infrastructure," says Jason Parrillo, Chair of the Florida Section of the AWWA. "By partnering with ISA we can now offer specialized training that would otherwise not be available to our membership. For this reason we are very pleased to have been invited to partner with the ISA’s Water/Wastewater Division to promote this annual symposium."

In addition to planning the 2013 ISA WWAC Symposium, the symposium’s volunteer committee has already begun making plans for next year’s event. The committee is pleased to announce that the dates of the 2014 ISA WWAC symposium will be 5-7 August 2014, and it will also take place in Orlando. Current assistant symposium chair for 2013, Kevin Patel, will again be taking on the role of general symposium chair for 2014.

“I have had the privilege of working with the symposium committee for the past several years, and it has set a great path for the symposium to continue to be successful in the future," says Patel of Signature Automation, "I look forward to continuing the tradition of providing a high-quality, cost-effective technical symposium that directly addresses the needs of SCADA, automation and instrumentation professionals in our sector.”

Registration for the 2013 ISA WWAC Symposium is now available on the symposium website.

‘Try & Buy’ thermal imaging camera!

Fluke has introduced a ‘Try & Buy’ scheme, for a limited period, for customers who are keen to test the potential of a thermal imaging camera in their everyday work, but who are not certain of the many benefits it can offer. In partnership with participating distributors, Fluke is offering a new Fluke Ti105 on a 2-day trial at a customer’s place of work, without the obligation of a consequent purchase. The Fluke Ti105 Thermal Imaging Camera is optimised for industrial and electrical applications and is suitable for professional users concerned with industrial and electrical troubleshooting.

More information about the Fluke Ti105 ‘Try & Buy’ scheme and an online application form can be found on the website here. The customer will subsequently be contacted by a local distributor who will discuss the loan and arrange delivery and collection. More information about Fluke thermal imagers and their use is available on a free CD, orderable also from the web site.

The Fluke Ti105 Thermal Imager is designed for plant maintenance and troubleshooting technicians, industrial and commercial technicians, HVAC/R professionals and electricians who need to maintain and inspect electrical and mechanical equipment and components. Weighing just 0.73kg, the thermal imager is light and balanced to sit perfectly in the hand. All buttons are within gloved-thumb reach and the imager is light enough to aim either vertically or horizontally and to use for long stretches without tiring.

The Fluke Ti105 features IR-Fusion® technology, Fluke’s patented-technology which blends digital and infrared images into a single image to precisely document problem areas. It comes complete with SmartView® professional IR analysis and reporting software, a professional suite of analysis and reporting tools for viewing, annotating and editing infrared images. Also included are an adjustable hand strap for left or right handed use, an SD memory card, a USB cable for PC image download, a lithium ion removable and rechargeable smart battery, an AC charger/power supply with mains adapter for battery charging and AC operation, a hard carrying case, a soft transport bag and manuals.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

New features on metering pump

The newly redesigned and feature enhanced Chem-Pro® C2 Diaphragm Metering Pump, from Blue-White, has a broad range of capabilities.
The new design begins with a larger pump cover which allowed our engineers to increase the size of the control pad, and make it more intuitive. There is also a protective snap-on cover for the control pad.

Additional new features include: Remote Start/Stop is standard on all Chem-Pro models; 4-20mA output is available; upgradeable firmware; large single piece junction box – 40% larger than previous models, terminal block connectors are inside the junction box a and include additional junction box ports for external wiring; Profibus, Profinet, Ethernet, Etc. available.

Additionally,these metering pumps include: Maximum feed rate of 20.3 GPH / 76.8 LPH and maximum pressure is 175 PSI / 12 bar; 166 RPM (Maximum strokes per minute).

The Chem-Pro C-2 has pump head has large double ball valves; and a built-in Priming / Degassing Valve.

The pump has a built-in Diaphragm Failure Detection (DFD) system for Leak Detection; the housing is rated Nema 4X wash down - IP 66.

Compact safety valves sets new standard

Festo has launched a new combined soft-start and quick-exhaust safety valve. The MS6-SV-C offers exceptionally high flow rates in a compact size. As a result, it can vent air in a system quickly and reliably, giving excellent response and performance in an emergency and thus offering machine builders enhanced safety.

This next generation of valve is expected to set new standards as it is highly configurable and is the only valve on the market that enables machine builders to freely adjust both the air flow and the pressure switching point, and therefore best optimise their system.

The safety valves are ideal for medium to low risk systems and have certification up to Performance level C in accordance with DIN EN ISO 13849-1. They have been designed for applications with low switching frequencies, for example venting after Emergency-stop buttons or door locks are activated.

Thanks to its soft-start function, unregulated movements by system components are avoided during start-up and the system contains no residual pressure once vented, therefore providing exceptional safety for the machine operator.

There are two valves in the range, the MS6-SV-C and MS9-SV-C, compatible with either 60mm or 90mm grid size MS series air preparation ranges. The MS6-SV-C has a standard nominal flow rate of up to 5,700 l/min and a venting capacity of up to 7,600 l/min. The MS9-SV-C delivers a higher standard nominal flow rate of up to 16,500 l/min, and venting capacity up to 20,500 l/min.

Extremely compact, and combining two functions in one unit, the valves are particularly suitable for system manufacturers in the automotive, food and packaging industries and can be installed easily in to an air preparation system as part of the safety configuration set up. The valves help improve machine reliability by reducing impacts and damage to the machinery and payloads.

“The Machinery Directive obliges system manufacturers to carry out risk assessment of the hazard posed by machinery,” says Steve Sands, product manager at Festo GB. “At Festo we have decades of experience helping machine builders to design safe machines, and I’m delighted we can now offer this new generation of valve which is ideal for applications where space is restricted but a high flow rate is required, and where machine and system manufacturers have to integrate the system venting safety function with a performance level up to C.”

Comprehensive Ethernet switch monitoring

Red Lion Controls have integrated its Crimson 3.0 configuration software with N-View server software from N-Tron. With this announcement, all N-Tron and Sixnet industrial Ethernet switches can be monitored from any locally-mounted Red Lion G3 operator interface.

This offers customers the unique benefit of using Red Lion operator interfaces as visible dashboards to monitor, display, log and alert on network status received from N-Tron and Sixnet industrial Ethernet switches. This level of compatibility between an HMI and Ethernet switch is unparalleled in the industry and marks Red Lion’s first better.together. product offering following the acquisitions of N-Tron and Sixnet.

“We are pleased to announce this cross-product compatibility as we launch our new ‘better. together.’ campaign to introduce our Ethernet and cellular networking products,” said Jesse Benefiel, vice president of product management for Red Lion Controls. “Crimson’s integration of N-View support underscores our unwavering commitment to take best practices from each acquired business to create not just a bigger Red Lion company, but a better one with more comprehensive product offerings that benefit our customers.”

For customers with N-Tron switches, the integration of Crimson 3.0 and N-View allows plant managers and IT staff to efficiently monitor a number of different network parameters – including data collisions, received packets, dropped packets, alignment errors and more – from a single dashboard. For customers with Sixnet switches, monitoring is accomplished via Modbus. Advanced data logging features offer users the ability to collect and review network performance history. Email and SMS notification is also available to alert remote personal of network issues.

“Customers need an easy-to-use solution to monitor their networks,” said Jeff Thornton, director of product management for Red Lion Controls. “By integrating Crimson 3.0 with N-View, our customers can now monitor their automation devices as well as their networking components from a single HMI dashboard. Automated checks on network health can be set to notify personnel via email or text message at the first sign of trouble. These proactive notifications help to reduce process downtime by ensuring the network is always functioning at an optimum level.”

Alongside this integration effort, Red Lion continues to expand its existing portfolio of more than 3,000 industrial automation and networking products. Newer offerings include the ProducTVity Station, PAX2C panel meter, G3 Kadet operator interface panels and a number of switches and cellular routers. These product investments continue to pay off, with the company recently receiving a number of accolades that include Control Design’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Award for the 12th consecutive year, and being named a “First Team Supplier” by Automation World magazine in two different categories.

• Red Lion products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

Control in cement, mining etc!

Process control system expanded for cement, mining and related industries

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has added a host of new functions to Version 8.0 of its Cemat process control system for the cement, mining and related industries. Certain functional details of previous versions, such as the maintenance and service management system, have also been further developed for Cemat V8.0. Innovational highlights are the additional operating modes for plants, device groups and individual units, as well as the monitoring of process values, such as accumulated pressure and flow rates. The user can also now put together curve groups very easily.

Compared to previous versions, one of the innovations of Cemat V8.0 is, for example, that the "Quick Trend" display can be configured directly from the process screen. This makes it much easier to activate curve groups for display and evaluation purposes. The user adds the desired analog value into the graphic display of a plot with a simple mouse click. Previously, the values had to be laboriously determined in the measured value archives.

Cemat V8.0 also offers the operator more operating mode options. In addition to complete groups, he or she can now disconnect individual loads within a group – for example as part of an energy management concept. The variants "No interlocks", "Specific interlocks only" and "Safety interlocks only" can now be easily configured for manual operation. Previously, these special interlocks had to be painstakingly programmed. Without additional programming time, the plant operator now receives the relevant infromation, such as which interlocks are currently active, from the configuration alone. The new additional operating mode "Out of Service" is used for unavailable devices and units which are, for example, undergoing maintenance.

With Cemat V8.0, the user can now also use speed monitors in addition to process value such as accumulated pressure or flow rate, as the return information "Drive is on". This increases the quality of the information about the proper functioning of the drive. Message blocks, measured values and process feedback messages can now be assigned not just to groups but directly to individual drives. The Cemat Object Browser is also new. It enables all the objects in the entire plant to be identified and displayed in a specific operating mode, for example "In simulation". New block icons also simplify operation of the system. For example, block icons in inconspicuous colors indicate a fault-free state, and more conspicuous icons draw the operator's attention directly to important information.

As with the previous versions, Cemat is based on Simatic PCS 7, and offers all the performance features and functions of this process control system, such as APC (Advanced Process Library) and "Alarm Control". Cemat V8.0 is based on the latest version 8.0 of Simatic PCS 7.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Increasing demand leads to increased workforce

Mantracourt has announced that it has expanded its workforce in recent months in order to address an increasing demand for their measurement products and to help further grow overseas sales. Recent additions to the workforce include Jonathan Purdue (Technical Sales), Louise Stubbs (Marketing Coordinator) and Andrew Edkins (Production Coordinator).
Jonathan Purdue , Louise Stubbs and Andrew Edkins 

“In recent years Mantracourt has brought several innovative technologies to the marketplace and we are now seeing a strong demand for these products,” said Kelly Voysey, Sales and Marketing Manager. “Jonathan, Louise and Andrew have brought a lot of experience, knowledge and energy to the company, enabling us to maintain our high level of customer service and quality of production during this time of growth. We are very pleased to have them on board.”

Jonathan Purdue has taken on the vital role of providing technical support to customers, the sales team and worldwide distributors. Jon is also focused on developing business for Mantracourt’s standard product range. Prior to moving to Mantracourt, Jonathan worked in analogue and digital radio and web based vehicle tracking.

Louise Stubbs is Marketing Coordinator, responsible for keeping customers and the wider industry up to date with Mantracourt’s recent development and new products. She is also helping to develop Mantracourt’s overseas strategy. Louise had previously spent 16 years working within the marketing department of a worldwide geophysical company that provides products and services to the Oil and Gas industry.

Andrew Edkins has been brought on board to help manage Mantracourt’s in-house production facility. Andrew’s background is in manufacturing, with previous experience in areas such as electrical wiring harnesses, surgical tools (ultrasonic products for medical applications) and industrial climate control.

“At Mantracourt we design and manufacture all our products in-house,” said Kelly Voysey. “This means that, with the right team, we can control the quality of both the products and the customer experience of our products”.

Enclosure updates!

Based on customer requirements new cost saving innovations and improvements have been implemented into the manufacture of Rittal’s TS 8 enclosures.

The following updates will start to take effect from December 2012 onwards. Tool free adjustment of the mounting plate depth; additional markings every 100mm in the vertical sections for positioning of rails; TS 8 punched pattern on the door frame for easier installation of equipment; simple mounting plate earthing from the front to negate the need to remove the rear panel or mounting plate and a low tack baying seal for easier re-adjustment where neccesary.

All benefits have been introduced for quick and easy assembly of Rittal’s TS 8 enclosure, which can realise customer savings in both time and costs.

Sight site tour!

ISA Ireland Section is scheduled to have a Site Tour at Vistakon Ireland manufacturing facility located in Limerick (IRL).

Vistakon produces the Acuvue range of contact lenses which is the leading contact lens product in the world.

The Limerick site uses the most advanced technology in the industry and now employ’s over 740 people directly.

Using a highly automated production process, the site produces both daily disposable and extended wear contact lenses while utilizing state of the art technologies such as injection moulding, robotics, vision systems and sterilisation systems.

Date of the Tour - Wednesday 27th February 2013.
13.45 Event Registration
14.00: Presentations & Site Tour

You can register online on the ISA Ireland website.
Places are limited to 25 attendees, preference will be given to ISA members.

New connector modules

Offer mechanical robustness and signal integrity in industrial and transport applications

Two new modules have been added to Harting’s Han-Modular® industrial connector family to provide enhanced mechanical robustness and signal integrity in industrial and transport applications.

The new fully screened Han® Megabit module is especially suited for applications in industry and railway technology. Two data cables can be connected per module, and the product combines assembly convenience with product compactness. The screening design is independent of that of the housing, and the proven Han® D crimp contacts are used. These can be installed into the inserts and arranged to be easily accessible.

Because its mechanical properties meet those of the established Han® Quintax connector, the Han® Megabit module is ideally suited for applications with the highest mechanical specifications, for example for use as an Ethernet interface in railway carriage connections – with the module taking up only half as much space as conventional solutions. The module is designed for data rates of up to 100 Mbit/s, meets Cat.5e performance requirements, and can be used with stranded wires with cross-sections between 0.14 and 2.5 mm2 and cable diameters between 5 and 12 mm.

The new Han® Shielded module is specifically intended for applications in which shielded signal cables are to be designed to function free of interference and to mate securely. Up to 20 shielded signal contacts can be connected with a minimum space requirement, and the metallic shielding reduces to zero any interference from directly adjacent power modules.

A potential problem with applications involving frequency converters is that the power cables can often transfer interference to signal cables. With the new Han® Shielded module, the signal contacts are now shielded against any such adverse effects. This now enables power and signal modules to be transferred in a connector without interference and securely, even in extreme electrical signal conditions.

The module includes 20 shielded contacts, and is designed for use with cable cross-sections between 0.14 and 0.5 mm². Crimp termination offers simple assembly.

The Harting Han-Modular® series, as an open connector system, is capable of flexible adjustment to individual user requirements. It offers users the freedom to assemble their own personal connector combination in the desired configuration. The range currently includes over 40 modules for electrical, optical and gaseous signals, and is being continually expanded, enabling more and more new configurations to be realised.

Automation auditing in Ireland

Endress+Hauser (Ireland) Ltd has launched a new offering to the Irish market. The Installed Based Audit (IBA) will deliver significant benefits to our Irish clients enabling them to optimise maintenance and increase equipment lifecycles on site.

Cristophe Roche of E+H (seated) with
Mathew &  Jackie Dornan of Compucal
The IBA has been successfully delivered by their European colleagues over the last ten years. With the introduction of the IBA Endress+Hauser (Ireland) expects to grow its workforce to support activities and services around the tool to its customer. The IBA was developed in response to their customers’ requirements to understand their installed base instrumentation and ensure they optimised their maintenance activities and reduce downtime or costly unplanned maintenance.

Christophe Roche, General Manager, Endress+Hauser Ireland Ltd said “I am delighted to officially launch IBA in Ireland. This week we are training our sales and service teams in Cork, together with several of our European colleagues. This training is usually conducted in our HQ in Switzerland, however we have been promoting the idea of the ‘Gathering 2013’* and were successful in winning this business for our Irish operation. We have attracted 9 different nationalities to Cork this week: namely from Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Britain.”

* The Gathering Ireland 2013 (Tóstal Éireann 2013) is a spectacular, year-long celebration of all things Irish. Throughout the year, Ireland is opening its arms to hundreds of thousands of friends and family from all over the world, calling them home to gatherings in villages, towns and cities. It coincides wit the Irish language festival "Bliain na Gaeilge 2013."

European expansion

GreenPeak expands global presence with new European office in France

GreenPeak Technologies, one of the leading semiconductor companies in low power RF-communication, in the ZigBee market segment, with a rich offering of communication solutions for Smart Home applications has established a new European office in the Paris region.

“Expanding our global presence with a dedicated European office is part of our commitment to deliver superior products and service to our European based clients.” says Cees Links, founder and CEO of GreenPeak Technologies. “The EU today is one of the world's largest markets and operators are keen to adopt our vision of the Smart Home and the new revenue generating services it entails. Smart Home services will generate the competitive differentiation that European operators need in a rapidly evolving global marketplace. To fully support the quickly growing demand, GreenPeak continues to add dedicated expertise and resources that will be a significant benefit to our valued European customers.”

Patrick Hochez, who brings in a wealth of experience from his previous positions in leading wireless semiconductor companies, will head up the office in Paris, France