Friday, February 15, 2013

Engineers decide best software - three times

InduSoft, has won three awards in the 26th annual Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards. This competition recognizes the best control, instrumentation and automation products introduced in 2012.

Each year the readers of Control Engineering magazine vote for the best products from more than 100 product nominations from 60 companies. This year InduSoft solutions were selected as the best product in three categories:

· Software – Applications, Monitoring
· Software – HMI Software
· Software – Mobile Apps for Controls, Automation, Instrumentation

“InduSoft is honored to have won an Engineers’ Choice award in three categories. We’re grateful to InduSoft users and others who voted for the InduSoft solutions. These awards are the result of the feedback from distributors, certified system integrators, OEMs and end users worldwide that we use to continuously improve InduSoft Web Studio SCADA software,” says Marcia Gadbois, vice president of business development, InduSoft.

In the Software–Applications, Monitoring category, InduSoft’s Business Intelligence Dashboard Template, an application for InduSoft Web Studio v7.1, was awarded the top prize for its intuitive and customizable configurations. The application enables users to effortlessly access information, which is displayed in user-friendly dashboards, from Microsoft Access or SQL Server.

InduSoft Web Studio v7.1 was chosen for the HMI Software award. A comprehensive HMI/SCADA software solution, InduSoft Web Studio v7.1 provides a variety of tools to simplify the creation SCADA and HMI applications. It also offers several new features, such as the InduSoft Collaborative Solution and the ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) option that lets users compare any configuration file merge changes from multiple developers. It also offers support for version and source control, as well as interaction through Microsoft's Team Foundation Server*.

The third Engineers’ Choice award for Mobile Apps for Controls, Automation, Instrumentation went to InduSoft’s Studio Mobile Access solution that enables operators, maintenance staff and managers to view and interact with process variables, trends and alarms from any HTML5 device such as iPad, iPhone or Android tablet/phones.

While honored to have received awards in three categories for the 2013 Engineer Choice Awards, InduSoft remains committed to continually developing and improving solutions—and offering the best, most comprehensive, independent SCADA software package.

Freebies at London show!

Fluke is offering a free SD card to the first 100 people visiting its stand every day at Ecobuild 2013, providing the person has pre-registered on Fluke’s web site. Fluke will be exhibiting a wide range of test and measurement equipment on its stand, N2155, in the North Hall of ExCel in London (GB) during the three days of Ecobuild - from 5th to 7th of March 2013. Registration closes on 4th March.

Visitors to the Fluke stand will be to handle the company’s latest professional test tools, including thermal imaging cameras, power quality and energy analysers, power loggers, air-flow meters and handheld oscilloscopes.

Fluke has just introduced the Fluke VT02 Visual IR Thermometer, a troubleshooting tool with an infrared heat map, which will be on show for the first time in Britain.

Multi-market software solution

Aegis Software is launching their all new FactoryLogix suite at the APEX show next week in San Diego (CA USA). Built from the ground-up using leading-edge technology, FactoryLogix is the first software system designed to support all types of discrete manufacturing. From PCB assembly, to complex box-builds, large system integrations and even high-speed consumer goods processing; this adaptive, multi-market solution redefines the very concept of MES.

Leveraging Aegis’ 16 years of software development experience, FactoryLogix manages the entire manufacturing information environment: from product launch, to material logistics, through manufacturing execution, to operations analytics and real-time dashboard systems. This holistic solution yields unprecedented product, process, and materials traceability as well as the data fulfillment and visibility manufacturers need for competitive improvement.

“FactoryLogix is the single, elegant solution to the many challenges we’ve learned our customers face from our 16 years of supporting 1200 installed sites. It is also ready for the challenges they will likely face in the future.” commented Aegis CEO, Jason Spera. “Sometimes a technology leaps ahead so radically and obviously that it changes an entire market. We think manufacturers will soon agree that FactoryLogix is such a product.”

XY monitoring

Redefining XY monitoring for joining and assembly processes and product testing applications

The latest version of  Kistler's maXYmos BL with its extended functionality and unbeatable price-performance ratio is redefining XY monitoring for joining and assembly processes and product testing applications.

New features are fast data transmission via serial Ethernet/IP and USB interfaces as well as ±10 V input. Fast data transmission also enables documentation of process data for traceability down to the individual part. The new maXYmos PC software allows direct transfer of the test record from the maXYmos BL to the PC and offers many functions for visualizing, measuring and analyzing measurement curves and process values as well as for evaluating the process capability.

The functional modern case design, equally suitable for desktop, wall or panel mounting, clear menus and practical functions add up to an easy to use monitor. The high-contrast, colour, touch screen display, together with a sophisticated, context sensitive menu that shows only what is needed for a particular function allows smooth operation of the maXYmos BL. The built-in functions enable many standard XY monitoring tasks to be set-up easily and quickly.

The maXYmos BL records and interrelates all of the measurands supplied by force or torque sensors on the Y-channel and potentiometric displacement or rotation angle sensors on the X-channel. It uses evaluation objects such as BOX, LINE and ENVELOPE to analyze sections of the recorded measurement curves. This allows the maXYmos BL to monitor and evaluate the quality of a product or production step. For example, force vs. displacement or time in press-fit processes, and torque vs. rotation angle or time in screw tightening processes may be monitored. The quality of an individual manufacturing step, assembly or entire product can be determined on the basis of the measurement curves. The earlier in the production chain such monitoring is started, the more certain it is that the finished product will subsequently pass final inspection. Out of specification items detected can be diverted for rework at an early stage, rather than being scrapped after a whole series of further costly manufacturing operations have been wasted.

The large built-in memory allows nearly continuous monitoring of the curve plus storage of 16 measurement programs for 16 different types of part, each with four evaluation objects. Automatic trend tracking, which can be activated for the band of the envelope curve, tracks the set point limits, for example with progressive tool wear, and matches the evaluation function to the actual process situation. The internal curve memory and the ability to display stored families of curves simplifies fault analysis.

To simplify product changeover, up to 16 measurement programs for 16 different types of part, with up to 8 000 pairs of XY values per curve, can be stored in non-volatile memory with password protection The maXYmos BL provides functions that allow many standard XY monitoring tasks to be set-up easily and quickly.
The envelope curve evaluation is standard to further enhance the performance of this versatile and compact monitor. During setup, the band of the envelope curve automatically wraps around the outside contour of a previously measured bundle of curves evaluated as “Good”.

Automation input into US cybersecurity standards

Working with the US Government, the Automation Federation is helping to forge national security standards, guidelines and compliance testing for safeguarding America’s critical infrastructure from cyberattacks. At the request of the administration and in the wake of the US President’s executive order on cybersecurity, representatives of the Automation Federation participated in key meetings yesterday with White House National Security Staff and other key stakeholders.

In his traditional State of the Union address Tuesday evening, US President Obama emphasised the significance of cybersecurity standards in protecting “our national security, our jobs, and our privacy.”

A key section within the president’s executive order calls for the establishment of a “Cybersecurity Framework,” to include “standards, methodologies, procedures, and processes that align policy, business, and technological approaches to address cyber risks,” and will “help owners and operators of critical infrastructure identify, assess, and manage cyber risk.”

Leo Staples,
2013 AF Energy Committee Chair
 at US Government talks
The Automation Federation supports continued development and application of consensus industry standards, in conjunction with key regulatory bodies, to protect vital industrial and critical infrastructure. The Automation Federation is advocating the inclusion of American National Standards developed by ISA99, Industrial Automation and Control Systems Security, a multi-industry initiative of the International Society of Automation (ISA). ISA99 standards apply to all key industry sectors and critical infrastructure. Given the interconnectivity of today’s advanced computer and control networks--where vulnerabilities exploited in one sector can impact and damage multiple sectors--it’s essential that cybersecurity standards be broadly applicable across industries.

Developed by a cross-section of international cybersecurity subject-matter experts from industry, government and academia, the ISA99 standards represent a comprehensive approach to cybersecurity in all industry sectors. As a result of their global compatibility, ISA99 standards are being adopted by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and will be referenced as IEC 62443.

ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI), an affiliate of ISA, has also developed a widely recognised compliance and testing program that ensures that industrial automation and control devices and equipment conform to consensus cybersecurity standards. The Automation Federation is promoting the work of ISCI as part of the implementation of the president’s executive order.

According to Michael Daniel, Special Assistant to the President and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator, standards development is one of the three pillars of the president’s executive order, with information sharing and privacy being the other two.

Leo Staples, 2013 Automation Federation Energy Committee Chair, said the Automation Federation and its member organizations are honored to assist the US administration in establishing effective cybersecurity safeguards for America’s industrial automation and control systems.

Staples, along with Steve Mustard, member of the Automation Federation Government Relations Committee; Michael Marlowe, Automation Federation Managing Director and Government Relations Director; members of the ISA99, Industrial Automation and Control Systems Security committee; and ISCI members participated in cybersecurity planning meetings on Wednesday (13/2/2013) in the US capitol.

Key government officials in attendance, in addition to Daniel, included Rebecca Blank, Deputy Secretary, US Department of Commerce; General Keith Alexander, Commander of US Cyber Command and the Director of the National Security Agency; and Jane Holl Lute, Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security.

The president’s commitment to cybersecurity reflects rapidly growing governmental concerns about the risks of cyberattacks against the nation’s critical infrastructure. Last year, the US Department of Homeland Security reported nearly 200 attacks on the nation’s critical infrastructure, a 52% increase from the prior year.

White House National Security Staff encourage the continued participation of the Automation Federation in the implementation of the executive order, and working toward the development of federal cybersecurity legislation.

LCD plant for China

LCD manufacturer Varitronix has announced a €19m (US$25m) investment in a new LCD design and manufacturing facility in Heyuan, Guangdong, (PRC). The new, four-floor 31,200m² plant will support design and development, display cell production and LCD module assembly. Two automated production lines employing new Japanese made manufacturing equipment will start production in the spring of 2013. The new factory will provide Varitronix with a 40% increase in production capacity.

The development and construction of the new fabrication facility has been driven by growth in Varitronix's global business across automotive and industrial markets, and the need to reduce product lead-times. Varitronix develops and supplies small to medium size displays (2.5" to 10.4" in TFT and a wide range of passive displays) and is also in the enviable position of having the latest PCap (projected capacitive) touch-screen and optical bonding manufacturing facilities available in-house.

Mike Burke, General Manager TFT division, Varitronix said, "Varitronix currently enjoys strong automotive business in Europe and is keen to migrate the technology and manufacturing skills into the wider and more diverse industrial market. Our challenge and goal for 2013 is to build on our experience servicing the automotive market and provide the same service to new industrial customers who want a high quality product which will be available for five years or more.

"We do not want to support aggressive, low quality consumer business where displays are often produced in very high volumes for a short period of time and then discontinued. Automotive and industrial markets provide viable, long term business and stable revenue streams. We are keen to develop strategic partnerships and relationships with suppliers and customers, and offer a reliable, long term display solution."

Varitronix supports an expanding range of standard TFT displays derived, predominantly, from its automotive display product portfolio. The latest display technology including FFS (fringe field switching) and MVA (multi-domain vertical alignment) is employed on a number of TFT display modules. New industrial TFT displays feature very high brightness white LED backlights, wide viewing angles and a -30°C to +80°C operating temperature range. Quality is assured with testing procedures that meet full automotive specifications.

One of Varitronix's established strengths is its Passive TN (twisted nematic) display technology. The market for passive display technology is still strong and remains the dominant technology for monochrome display applications. Passive displays are easily driven and provide very cost effective display solutions for use in clocks, meters, timers, white goods and automotive instruments. Varitronix has refined and developed passive display technology to provide positive and negative display modes, contrast ratios of >1000:1, very wide storage and operating temperatures, extremely low backlight bleed-through and the ability to use any colour backlight to provide bright, coloured characters on a black background.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Move facilitates expansion

Brennan Industries has expanded its capabilities in Canada by moving into a more efficient distribution facility, located in Mississauga, Ontario.

“By moving to a more efficient facility, Brennan will be able to streamline the distribution process and serve its customers in Canada even better,” said David M. Carr, president at Brennan Industries.

The new distribution center is located at 3397 American Drive in Mississauga, Ontario.

Brennan opened its Canadian distribution center in 2009 to provide customers in Canada with time and cost savings since shipments would no longer need time to clear customs or be subject to customhouse brokerage fees.

Smart panels

The complete lineup of Smart Panel series for high-end C/P market

SP-1061
Adlink Technology has launched the latest Smart Panel SP-7W61 and SP-1061, a complete lineup in the market. Based on TI-Sitara AM3715 Cortex - A8 processor 1GHz and Integrated POWERVR SGX™ Graphics Accelerator, these two products support various OS such as Linux, Android and Windows, differentiating them from other panel PC products. Along with multiple display size and low power consumption options, these high C/P products can be implemented into a slim and thin chassis depending on requirements, and can be applied in different fields such as communication, and medical and industrial control, with the support of software customization.

Multiple OS support for diverse application requirement
The SP-7W61 and SP-1061 are both based on TI-Sitara AM3715 Cortex - A8 processor 1GHz and integrated POWERVR SGX™ Graphics Accelerator. In contrast with other embedded system with limited range of OS support, both models have multiple OS support, including Linux 2.6.37, Android 2.3.4 and Windows Compact 7, according to different application requirements, such as communication, medical and industrial control, HMI and transportation.

High C/P products in the market
The SP-7W61 (7” 16:9) and SP-1061 (10” 4:3) are with low power consumption, a slim, fanless mechanical design, and a high C/P Panel PC module using high performance and efficiency components. Compared with other X86 HMI or open frame products, both are break through typical limitations, successfully keeping power consumption to less than 5.9 watts; half of the typical rate. Their competitive product size makes them easy to implement into a slim and thin chassis such as an HMI, control panel, or wall mount controller.

Full support on software customisation
To maximise product value, Adlink also provides full support on software customisation based on different platforms. A VM or SDK are provided with related documentation for different platforms, so users can set up the software environment easily.

Wide range of applications
Thanks to multiple OS support, the SP-7W61 and SP-1061 can be used in a wide range of applications, such as mobile and medical devices, transportation and industrial control systems. Software customisation support provided by Adlink enables users to process second development easily.

Gas mixers, dilution and calibration systems

Air Monitors Ltd has been appointed distributor in Britain for Environics, the US-based manufacturer of gas mixers, gas dilution and calibration systems.

“This is great news for our customers,” says Jim Mills, Managing Director of Air Monitors. “The Environics products are renowned around the world for quality, accuracy and reliability, which is vitally important because good quality calibration is key to the delivery of good quality data from gas detection and monitoring systems.”

Environics gas mixing and dilution technology is based on very precise control of thermal mass flow controllers, which normally offer an accuracy of +/- 1% of full-scale flow. However, when combined with Environics technology, this is improved to +/- 1% of setpoint, which can produce a 10-fold improvement in accuracy and as a result, these systems exceed the US EPA requirements for ambient calibrators.

Enclosures from stock

To overcome the problems associated with the need to design, source and build outdoor enclosures to order, Rittal's popular CS basic range of aluminium enclosures is available from stock in a range of standard sizes with either single or double doors.

Featuring solid construction, with an open base suitable for immediate mounting on a standard plinth and an integral rain canopy with inbuilt ventilation, Rittal‘s CS basic range of cabinets provide ideal solutions for a wide range of industries such as telecommunications, transport, road and rail, along with infrastructure industries such as Water and Electricity supply, where the installed equipment is either passive, or has minimal heat loss.

Internal mounting based on accessories from Rittal’s market leading TS 8 cabinet range, allows an extensive range of configurations to be quickly and simply achie-ved for a perfect solution. Examples include various positions and sizes of mounting plates and 19” angles.

Rated to IP55, when equipped with optional gland plates, Rittal’s basic CS range includes a 3 point high security locking system, internal hinges and for crane transporta-tion of a fully integrated unit, concealed eyebolts.

Web Store for High Performance Control Solutions


GE Intelligent Platforms has launched its online store dedicated to the company’s high performance control solutions. This new resource is designed for intuitive navigation to make it easy for customers to discover GE control solutions and purchase online or from their local GE Intelligent Platforms distributor. The online store enables customers to make those purchases anytime, anywhere in the world.
The first release of the store is focused on the company’s latest breakthrough solutions, the PACSystems RXi Controller, the RXi Industrial PC and RSTi I/O systems. Approximately 180 products are available now on the store site, with GE Intelligent Platforms’ portfolio of automation products available by summer. The GE Intelligent Platforms store helps the Control Engineer discover and build their system with assistance from various tools. The “Build Your Product” feature guides the engineer through the process of laying out the optimal high performance control system for their project.
“In today’s connected world, companies are buying differently,” said Bernie Anger, General Manager of GE Intelligent Platforms’ Control & Communications Systems division. “Their digital workforce, people we like to call ‘digital natives,’ are relying on the web to research products and, ultimately make purchase decisions, much like they do in their personal lives. This online store allows them to buy control solutions in the way they want to, and need to – on the web.”
For customers that want to use the web as a research tool and continue to procure in traditional ways the GE online store quickly directs them to the GE partner best suited to provide on-premise assistance.
The goal of the global store project was to provide a resource that is friendly for the user regardless of location, language or currency in the world. “The store also affords us an avenue to reach customers that we weren’t reaching by providing an easy way to work with us,” Anger continued.
The store features a “Live Chat” feature where customers can talk to GE representatives online who can guide them to the right information quickly, so that they can make their decisions in their timeframe. In addition, current customers will have the opportunity to make a “Quick Purchase” if they already know the part or product they need.
The online store is ideal for OEMs and System Integrators that require quick delivery while servicing or commissioning a system at a remote location.
Also featured on the online store are the company’s PACSystems platform “starter kits” that help first time Control Engineers explore the power of GE’s automation solutions. Starter kits are available for the PACSystems RXi, RSTi, RX3i and VersaSafe platforms.

New suite of data acquisition and control programs

Windmill Software has launched their Enhanced Windmill software suite. Enhanced Windmill includes human machine interface software, data logging, charting, output control, programming tools, alarm monitoring and drivers for instruments communicating over Ethernet, Internet, USB, Modbus, RS232, RS422, RS485 and TCP/IP.

Enhanced Windmill runs under Windows 8 and earlier versions of Windows. The package is available for just Euro 345 and the company offers free technical support for life.

The human machine interface software, called Graphics, makes it extremely quick and easy for users to create virtual instruments, process mimics, annunciator panels, wiring diagrams or any display they choose.

Windmill Logger includes alarm indication, logging to a new data file at regular intervals, logging only when new data arrives and many other options. All logged data is time stamped and data can be sent to Excel and other programs in real-time.

No programming is required to use the Windmill Software, but "IML Tools" are included for those who do wish to write their own programs. These take care of all the hardware tasks, leaving users free to concentrate on their applications which can be re-used with different instruments and devices. Amongst other things, the Tools can quickly configure the hardware, take input readings and write to analogue and digital output channels. They comprise an Active X control for Visual Basic, Javascript, Excel and so on.

Other programs in Enhanced Windmill include alarm monitoring and handling, charting, data replay and sequence control.

Compact connector

The Han-Yellock® 10 is a new, compact addition to Harting’s established Han-Yellock® family of modular industrial connectors.

The availability of 25 different contact inserts means that the Han-Yellock® 10 can be adapted to a wide range of applications from energy supply to data transmission. The universal modular design of the connector means that a single unit can reliably transmit power of up to 40 A at 690 V alongside sensitive data signals, as in Ethernet applications. This universality is extended by the availability of multipole varieties incorporating up to 21 contacts, including inserts for optical data transmission.

The key features of this connector family – notably its ease of handling and operation – are embodied in the Han-Yellock® 10. The locking mechanism integrated in the housing locks both housing halves reliably during the connection process. Unlocking is a similarly intuitive process. A brief push on the activation button is all that is required. The robust stainless steel locking mechanism is then deactivated, allowing the connector halves to be separated from each other.

The new connector also helps to ensure reliable data transmission by offering a high degree of protection against electromagnetic interference. This is provided in the Han-Yellock® family by the nesting of both housing halves and the direct electrical connection between the housing and the adjacent surface. Large-diameter sheathed cabling is also enabled via an M25 cable input.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Vortex meters & furnace efficiency

Vortex flowmeters help MORE s.r.l. reduce energy usage and optimise electric arc furnace efficiency

MORE s.r.l. has reduced energy consumption and optimised the quality of steel produced from its electric arc furnaces by using Rosemount® 8800 Vortex flowmeters from Emerson Process Management. The flowmeters are being used to more accurately measure and optimise oxygen used in the steel making processes. Optimisation of the oxygen-fuel ratio is critical to minimising conversion costs, reducing oxygen and fuel consumption, and avoiding rework. In addition, accurate control of oxygen improves furnace safety and reduces environmental impact.

Based in Gemona del Friuli (UD, I), MORE supplies a wide range of technologies and auxiliary equipment for electric arc furnaces used in the steel-making industry. These include sidewall injector systems used with chemical energy packages such as oxygen, carbonaceous fuels, lime and other fines. These chemicals are injected into the furnace during the manufacturing process to improve steel quality and provide additional energy from exothermic reactions, helping to reduce overall energy consumption.

MORE had been using differential pressure (DP) flowmeters to measure the oxygen flow in its electric arc furnaces. However, the capabilities of the existing meters made it difficult to meet customer demand for even more accurate control, as well as changing process requirements. More accurate instruments with a broader measurement range were required.

Always eager to use the best available technology for its furnace installations, MORE decided to evaluate flowmeters based on vortex technology. This type of meter is recognised as being both accurate and suitable for challenging applications.

"We tried vortex meters from various other manufacturers but found that their products were not sturdy enough, or they were too sensitive to vibrations that resulted in an unreliable measurement and consequently, poor control of the oxygen-fuel ratio," said Roberto Urbani Purchasing Manager, MORE s.r.l. "Using Rosemount vortex flowmeters eliminated these problems – delivering the accurate and reliable measurements we required."

Emerson’s Rosemount 8800 Vortex flowmeters feature a unique design that addresses the limitations of traditional vortex flowmeters. Its signal filtering (Adaptive Digital Signal Processing-ADSP) and a mass-balanced sensor design maximise measurement reliability and eliminate the impact of vibrations on measurement accuracy.

In addition, to meet customer demands for greater flexibility in their furnace installations, the 25:1 rangeability of the 8800 helps to optimise gas heaters, providing greater opportunities to vary the characteristics of the steel for different applications. And while DP flowmeters can have up to 30 leakage points, the gasket-free sensor design of the 8800 means there are no potential leak points, reducing maintenance requirements and enhancing safety. The unique meter body design eliminates all ports and crevices that can affect the ability of the sensor to measure flow, and the isolated sensor design eliminates the need to break process seals for sensor replacement.

"By implementing Emerson’s Rosemount vortex technology, we have been able to build electric arc furnace solutions that guarantee optimum furnace efficiency for users," continued Urbani. "MORE and its users have been able to optimise furnace efficiency in terms of productivity and steel quality. Over-oxidation is no longer an immediate concern, extending the furnace life cycle. Energy consumption and ambient pollution have also been reduced."

The accurate measurement of oxygen is critical in the steelmaking process. Too much oxygen causes over-oxidation (decarburisation), which requires expensive re-work to obtain steel of suitable quality. It also creates over-heating, which can damage the furnace. Too little oxygen, on the other hand, slows production. The application therefore demands measurement devices that enable accurate control of the injector feed oxygen-fuel ratio.

Over the past decade, MORE has installed more than 1000 Rosemount 8800 Vortex flowmeters across many of its furnace installations and has experienced optimum performance (+99% reliability). This has contributed directly to the Overall Equipment Efficiency of the furnace.

Office in Switzerland

Werum Software & Systems now has a regional office in Basel (CH).
"We are linked to our customers through long-term partnerships. In this context, it is of particular importance to have a local presence to be easily available on site," said Ruediger Schlierenkaemper, Executive Board Member at Werum Software & Systems AG. "With the new regional office, we can now provide our Swiss customers with even better service."

Werum is currently present with approximately 470 employees at ten locations in Germany, France, Switzerland, the US, Japan and Singapore.

Waterproof connector

Intelliconnect (Europe) has introduced a new 7 way multi-pin waterproof connector. Featuring push-pull design for ease of connection and disconnection this addition to the very successful Pisces range of waterproof connectors is suitable for harsh environments and may be connected and disconnected by operators wearing gloves.

Roy Philips, Managing Director of Intelliconnect comments; "This connector was initially developed for use on a personal locator beacon (PLB) for the crew of fighter aircraft to enable their rescue from the sea. Ease of use and reliable operation under extreme circumstances were major design requirements. This design and functionality will be equally useful in harsh industrial or marine applications.”

The new Intelliconnect multi-pin waterproof connector is waterproof to 10m in the unmated condition (both halves), has an operating temperature range of -55 to +125ºC and the socket is connected directly into the PCB via solderable printed circuit tails. The push-pull connection design provides maximum ease of connection and disconnection and has a keyway for alignment and secure orientation and has an operating life of greater than 500 cycles. The socket may be mounted on panels of thickness 5.5 to 8.0mm

The new Pisces connector meets MIL-PRF-39012, MIL-STD-348 and is RoHS compliant and is designed and manufactured in the UK with 100% locally sourced components.

Custom designed versions of the new 7 way multi-pin are available via Intelliconnect’s renowned fast turnaround custom design service with drawings available in 24 hours and prototype parts available in 7 weeks.

Typical applications for Intelliconnect RF connectors include medical, telecoms, satcoms, military, aerospace, space, general microwave communications, rail traction, oil and gas and marine. Intelliconnect also manufacture the market leading Pisces range of waterproof RF connectors, coaxial adaptors to facilitate inter-series connection and gender change etc. dust-caps and offer value added services including custom cable assemblies.

3D smart cameras

The use of the LMI Gocator 3D smart camera, from Stemmer Imaging,  mounted on a robot arm offers a rapid and accurate way of making gap and flush measurements on automotive panels. These measurements allow correction and error proofing of any build problem; reduction of unexpected cost in repairing misassembled panels; reduction of waste from discarding damaged panels due to fit problems and even rejection of the vehicle if the panels are badly misaligned. With an integral laser line source, optics and camera, the Gocator allows simultaneous measurement of both the gap and flush at very high accuracy.

Gocator features a host of built-in measurement tools which are configured through a standard web browser. This allows the entire measurement sequence to be set up quickly and efficiently without any custom software programming. Gocator is supplied pre-calibrated and ready to use, straight from the box.

The Gocator is mounted on a robot that is used to position the sensor so that two panels are in the view of the sensor. Once the sensor is positioned, the robot will initiate a start signal to the sensor to begin measuring. The part of the laser line that falls on the flat part of the panel forms a natural reference for the measurements. The sensor will then perform the gap and the flush measurement and on completion signal the robot with the inspection results. The robot is programmed to move to a number of pre-defined inspection positions around the vehicle body. At each position the panels are measured against a specific target and tolerance.

The sensor is capable of storing thousands of configurations, allowing the robot to call for specific measurement parameters at each inspection position. The Gocator supports several industrial PLC protocols to control the sensor and to collect measurement results. Additionally, an open source Software Development Kit (SDK) is available for engineers who want to do their own programming

Vibration meter for maintenance engineers

The MTN/VM220; a compact, handheld meter for measuring vibration and temperature levels has been launched by Monitran.

The MTN/VM220 conforms to ISO10816-3 and is ideal for detecting the early signs of component wear or failure in machinery, motors, gearboxes, pumps and other mechanical assemblies. The meter includes a crisp, colour LCD display and has the ability to store up to 100 readings (temperature and acceleration, velocity or displacement) against a real-time clock.

Measuring just 122 x 78 x 28mm, the MTN/VM220 has an easy-to-grip, tough rubberised case and a long-life rechargeable battery. It is supplied with a probe into which is integrated a dual-output, general purpose sensor, the MTN/2200T, which has default sensitivities of 100mV/g and 10mV/oC. Also included are a magnetic base and spike (for use with the probe), a coiled cable (0.5m nominal to 2m extended) with a 4-pin Lumberg connector at each end, and a universal (battery) charger; all in a foam-lined and durable carry case.

Andy Anthony, Monitran’s Managing Director, comments: “We’re extremely pleased with the look, feel and performance of our new vibration meter. Also, having hinted late last year that the meter was to be launched at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics, we’ve already received enquiries and advance orders from customers.”

Compressors keep pace

When Michell Instruments needed to upgrade its compressed air supply to meet expanded capacity at its factory in Ely (GB), it required a supplier capable of providing highly reliable and efficient technology. For this reason they chose to install oil-free compressor and dryer solutions from Atlas Copco.

Michell - Easidew calibration system
With over 30 years’ experience, Michell Instruments designs and manufactures a wide range of transmitters, instruments and systems capable of measuring Dew-point, humidity and oxygen in a variety of applications and industries that includes power generation, process, oil and gas and, significantly, compressed air.

Its production and calibration processes are critically dependent upon a continuous and reliable supply of quality compressed air and over the past ten years, as the company’s production and calibration facility has expanded, Atlas Copco has matched this growth and production demand with oil-free compressor solutions that offer increased capacity and technical sophistication.

As Graham Daines, Michell’s Calibration Laboratory Manager explains: “The compressed air is used to supply the Dew point calibration systems we use. These systems vary in design, but basically perform the same function of mixing varying amounts of moisture into very dry air (-100 °C Dew point) to give a range of Dew points from -100 to +90 °C. The systems perform Dew points calibrations under our UKAS accreditation and all traceable Dew point calibrations on manufactured instruments and sensors.”

The UKAS calibrations are low volume, typically less than 10 units per week, but the production calibration systems are high volume, at the rate of more than 250 units per week. As the number of systems in the production and development departments has increased over the years, and with the latest high volume systems using 100 litres of air per minute, there has been a corresponding need to increase the air supply.

The most recent addition of an Atlas Copco oil-free ZT22 compressor and two CD dryers, supplied and installed by Peterborough-based Anglian Compressors and Equipment Ltd, underlines the fact that air quality is vital to the calibration procedures. As Graham Daines confirms: “The calibration systems use pressure swing dryers to achieve the -100 °C Dew point air and require the air supplying them to be dry and oil free. We cannot risk contaminating the calibration systems or the sensors we calibrate. This is why we have never considered oil lubricated compressors with oil filtration.”

Continuity of supply is equally important, that is why the company has set up a system of compressors and dryers to ensure continuity in the unlikely event of a breakdown or when scheduled equipment servicing is required.

Previously there were two existing dryers plus three piston compressors, installed by Anglian Compressors, but this system was upgraded when the company moved from Cambridge to its new Ely factory in 2007. An Atlas Copco SF-15 scroll compressor was installed with one of the existing dryers. This enabled Michell to maintain the calibrations system in Cambridge and transfer the others one at a time to Ely, ensuring that each was fully operational at the site before moving the next one. When the move was complete, the set up comprised the SF-15 with two dryers (one for backup), with the two piston units working together as backup for the SF-15, should it be required.

The factory then underwent a substantial expansion programme during 2011 to meet global demand − a 20,000sq.ft extension that would enable the company to double its production output through additional calibration systems.

The air supply was already very close to its limit so, in July 2011, an Atlas Copco ZT-22 oil-free compressor was installed together with two CD70+ dryers (again, one for backup) with the scroll compressor and the two piston units working together as backup for the ZT machine during service periods. Anglian Compressors were able to install the ZT-22 and the Atlas Copco dryers plus all the compressed air system’s pipework without any interruption to the essential air supply.

Graham Daines commented favourably on the essential synergy between his company’s technical needs and the support of his Atlas Copco distributor: “Anglian Compressors has always appreciated the importance of our air supply and respond ASAP to any problems we have.”

Toolkit for functional safety verification

NI and CertTech LLC offer NI TestStand Qualification Toolkit for functional safety verification

National Instruments has announced the Tool Qualification Kit for NI TestStand to help meet functional safety standards, such as RTCA DO-178B/C, IEC 62304 and ISO 26262, in numerous industries that need qualified tools to verify safety requirements for electronic systems. The kit, developed by CertTech LLC, an NI Alliance Partner, defines the functional requirements NI TestStand meets, creates a set of tests to demonstrate compliance with the requirements and provides extensive documentation to show compliance in accordance with functional safety standards.

An FAA representative formally reviewed the kit to verify compliance with the DO-178B/C guidelines and concluded: “Findings in the FAA Designated Engineering Representative’s (DER) report confirmed that all objectives of DO-178B Section 12.2, FAA Order 8110.49 Section 9, and DO-330 Annex A have been successfully achieved and in many cases exceeded.”

Rather than developing and maintaining a custom test executive, engineers can use NI TestStand, a ready-to-run COTS test management software solution, to quickly develop automated test and validation systems. The Tool Qualification Kit for NI TestStand, available on the LabVIEW Tools Network, drastically reduces the time it takes to certify each project by introducing a testing methodology that allows engineers to use qualified COTS tools instead of performing a manual qualification on custom tools.


Acquisition adds automotive capability!

HMS Industrial Networks has acquired IXXAT Automation – a leading supplier of communication technology for industrial automation, machine manufacturing and the automotive industry. IXXAT was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Weingarten (D).

Staffan Dahlström
“IXXAT’s hi-tech products and services are great supplements to HMS’s business,” says Staffan Dahlström, CEO at HMS Industrial Networks. “Their strong product offering and market position will strengthen our presence especially in Central Europe.”

While IXXAT is known as a leading supplier of CAN-based as well as EtherCAT-, Powerlink and FlexRay- communication technology, HMS has a leading position in the Profibus/Profinet and DeviceNet/EtherNet/IP markets. Together, the two companies will have a most complete and competitive offer of communication technology for the automation markets.

Russian refinery upgrade

Russian refinery improves process efficiency and safety

Honeywell has been selected by OOO Kirishinefteorgsintez,  part of OAO Surgutneftegaz holding, to supply its Experion® Process Knowledge System (PKS) and Advanced Alarm Manager system at the company’s refinery in Kirishi, in the Leningrad region of Russia.

OOO Kirishinefteorgsintez chose to install Experion PKS as part of the upgrade process to its gas fractionating unit’s compressor block and the crude distillation unit. Experion PKS will help to optimize production processes by providing the tight integration of production subsystems as well as safety, industrial security and advanced control systems, enabling plant operators to work more effectively and make more informed decisions.

Honeywell will also deploy its suite of Advanced Alarm Management products to improve plant uptime and safety by reducing losses through a more effective warning and alarm system, helping to prevent accidents at the plant which could lead to financial or environmental losses.

“When choosing to upgrade the facilities at our plant, we saw it as essential that we benefit from a full-range of solutions including anti-surge control, compressor equipment protection and process safety monitoring. Honeywell’s Experion PKS solution enabled us to realize the benefits of these solutions and ensure we were able to rise to the challenge of automating our process units.” said Vadim Somov, General Director, OOO Kirishinefteorgsintez.

“Implementing high-performing control systems helps to significantly increase production efficiency. When developing Experion PKS, we considered every possible objective our partners would want to achieve by deploying this platform. These include boosting financial and operational indicators, improving the safety of operators as well as enhancing the overall process controllability. We believe Experion PKS delivers the most effective solution to answering these challenges.” said Leonid Sorkin, general manager, Honeywell Russia.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

New meter totaliser!

Explosion-proof, multi-powered, pulse input flow rate unit features Modbus Communications, SafeTouch® Through-Glass buttons & automatic unit conversions

Precision Digital has announced the PD6830 ProtEx®-RTP Pulse Input Rate/Totaliser. With a rugged, explosion-proof, NEMA 4X enclosure, the PD6830 is designed for quick and easy display of local or remote flow information in hazardous areas or the harshest safe area applications. The unique SafeTouch® through-glass buttons allow operation without removing the cover.

Flowmeter k-factor units are automatically converted to the desired display units; this means no conversion factors are needed. The pulse input accepts a wide range of flow transmitter signals, including mV input from a magnetic flowmeter, as well as high frequency signals. The unit includes backlighting and two open collector outputs as standard. The meter has FM, ATEX, CSA, IECEx, and CE approvals and is housed in a rugged, cast aluminum NEMA 4X enclosure.

"The ProtEX PD6830 is designed for what operators need most...a meter that is easy to read, displays important information about their process, and can be seen from wide angles and a distance," said Jeffrey Peters, President, Precision Digital Corporation. "Other meter manufacturers have lost sight of the fact that users need to be able to see the data, even in hazardous areas. The PD6830 is designed for readability and ease of use, from large character displays to automatic rate conversions."

It features an upper display that is 0.7 inches high and shows five digits of flow rate or total. The lower display is 0.4 inches high and shows a combination of flow rate, total, grand total, or a tag with seven alphanumeric characters. The meter is easy to read from a distance, under various lighting conditions, and from wide viewing angles of up to +/- 40 degrees (twice that of competitive models).

Four sensors in the PD6830 operate as through glass buttons for programming and operation without removing the cover in hazardous areas. These SafeTouch® buttons include an energy saving mode to save power, extend battery life, and prevent unintended triggers.

Unit conversions are automatically performed by the PD6830. This means no math or conversion factors are needed. The meter is capable of data logging up to 1024 records in real time. Each record contains date, time, rate, total, grand total, and log number.

The instruments is designed to handle a wide variety of high speed inputs and outputs. Inputs include active to 20 mV p-p pulses, open collector, NPN, PNP, TTL, or switch contacts up to 64 kHz. Inputs can be discerned with pulse widths as small as 5 µs. Two open collector outputs are individually programmable for rate, total, or grand total alarms; rate, total, or grand total pulse outputs; retransmission of pulse inputs; quadrature paired output; or constant timed pulse output.

The PD6830 provides flexible power options, including battery, DC with battery backup, DC only, output-loop, or output loop with battery backup. It is housed in a rugged, cast aluminum NEMA 4X (IP68) enclosure that provides three threaded conduit holes and integrated pipe or wall mounting holes. Operating temperatures range from -40 to 75 degrees C.

• Precision Digital products are marketed in Ireland by P J Boner & Company.


Radar level meter

The new member in a family of modular level meters

The OPTIWAVE 5200 C/F, from Krohne, is a new 10 GHz FMCW radar level meter for liquid applications up to 30m / 98 ft measuring range. The cost effective 2-wire loop powered device measures level and volume in storage or process tanks with process conditions up to 250°C / 482°F and pressures up to 40 bar / 580 psi. Together with the recently launched OPTIFLEX 2200 C TDR level meter, the OPTIWAVE 5200 C has been designed and developed for use in SIL 2 safety-related systems according to IEC 61508.

The OPTIWAVE 5200 C/F electronics are compatible with a wide selection of antennas. The unique PP and PTFE Wave Horn antennas are process sealed by their antenna material instead of a traditional process seal construction with “O”ring gaskets. These gasket free antennas are therefore ideally suited for extreme corrosive environments. The PP antenna can be mounted on process connections as small as 1 ½”. The metallic horn and waveguide antennas use a dual seal mechanism, a combination of “O”ring gaskets with a Metaglas seal, guaranteeing complete hermeticity for use in highly toxic and explosive liquids. Metallic horn antennas range in sizes from DN 80…200 / 3…8”.

The modular design of the housing with unique bayonet locking system and antenna extensions ensures suitability for a variety of mounting positions and applications. The quick coupling system of the device permits removal of the housing under process conditions and rotation through 360° to make the display screen easy to read. The remote version OPTIWAVE 5200 F features a remote converter offering full display and configuration capability up to 100 m / 328 ft away from the antenna.

The new meter will replace the well-known Krohne BM 702 A radar level meter with enhanced measurement capability (up to 2 measurement updates per second) and is compliant to modern process requirements such as SIL and NAMUR guidelines NE 107, 21, 43, 53. The new unit offers 4…20 mA HART communication with dedicated PACTware DTM’s and is compatible with existing BM 70x flange systems. All applicable certification for use in hazardous process environments on the OPTIWAVE 5200 C/F is available. The well-proven OPTIWAVE 7300 C 24 GHz FMCW radar level meter remains the ideal solution for process applications with longer measuring range up to 80 m / 262 ft and higher accuracy requirements up to 3 mm / 0.12”.

Direction detection sensor

The new A1233 from Allegro MicroSystems Europe is a dual-channel, Hall-effect direction detection sensor IC that provides digital output signals indicating the speed and direction of a rotating target.

The A1233 is a highly sensitive, temperature-stable magnetic sensing device ideal for use in ring-magnet based speed and direction systems in harsh automotive and industrial environments.

A key feature of the device is the fact that the Hall sensing elements are photolithographically aligned to better than 1 µm. This accurate mechanical location between the two active Hall elements eliminates the major manufacturing hurdle commonly encountered in fine-pitch detection applications.

The A1233 is a monolithic device containing two independent Hall-effect bipolar switches located 1.63 mm apart. It provides excellent speed and direction information for small-geometry targets. Extremely low-drift amplifiers guarantee symmetry between the switches to maintain signal quadrature. A patented high-frequency chopper-stabilisation technique cancels offsets in each channel and provides stable operation over the full specified temperature and voltage ranges.

The high-frequency chopping circuits also allow an increased analogue signal-to-noise ratio at the input of the digital comparators in the IC. As a result, the A1233 achieves industry-leading digital output jitter performance: something that is critical in high-performance motor commutation applications.

An on-chip low dropout (LDO) regulator allows the A1233 to be used over a wide operating voltage range. Post-assembly factory programming at Allegro provides sensitive switch-points that are symmetrical between the two switches.

The A1233 is available in a plastic 8-pin SOIC surface mount package (L) and a plastic 4-pin single-inline package (K). Both versions are available for a temperature range from -40°C to +150°C. Each package is lead (Pb) free, with 100% matt tin-plated leadframe.

Energy management & optimisation

Yokogawa has added Soteica Visual MESA’s best-in-class energy management and optimisation solution services to its portfolio of plantwide energy management solutions (EMS). They will provide this new offering to its customers through its strong sales and service channels. The company has also acquired 44.3% ownership of Soteica Visual MESA to accelerate the joint development of EMS.

Manufacturers around the world are highly interested in, and have a strong need for, EMS that will help them consume less energy and reduce their manufacturing costs. In addition, there is an increasing trend to optimise the mix of conventional and alternative energy sources used by plants, which can help to protect the environment by reducing the emissions of gases such as CO2 and NOX.

There are two components to energy management in plants. One is to make more efficient the supply and distribution of utilities, such as steam, electricity and fuel that are used by equipment in the main process, and the other is to optimise the energy consumed by the main process itself.

Yokogawa has a competitive edge in control systems and advanced control solution packages for main processes, and helps its customers save energy by optimizing operations at their plants. At the same time, the company has lacked EMS for utilities that can be used to achieve the optimum mix of conventional and renewable energy sources, based on factors such as process operating conditions and energy prices. Until now, the company has had to devise solutions for such requirements on an ad hoc basis.

For this reason, Yokogawa has decided to partner with Soteica Visual MESA, a global technology leader in the EMS field that has worked closely with major oil companies and has a strong track record in the oil industry. The partnership allows Yokogawa to sell Soteica Visual MESA’s well-proven Visual MESA energy management and optimisation solution package, extending the range of solution services that it is able to offer to its customers. The partnership will also allow Soteica Visual MESA to expand its sales of Visual MESA through Yokogawa’s global sales network, with a particular focus on Asia.

Visual MESA is capable of reducing annual energy costs by approximately 2% to 5%. There are approximately 3,400 plants worldwide with $40 million or more in utility costs each year that could benefit from Visual MESA and obtain a return on their investment in one year or less, and Yokogawa will initially be targeting these facilities.

Yokogawa will provide high value added EMS services, including maintenance and sidewise energy management and optimisation services (sustainability services). Yokogawa and Soteica Visual MESA will also cooperate in engineering with the aim of acquiring the knowledge needed to create a new business model for an EMS service that can help to optimise energy efficiency throughout a plant, including the main process and utilities.

“We are very excited about entering into this comprehensive partnership with Yokogawa as it will enable us to dramatically increase the exposure of Visual MESA, our industry leading solution for utilities optimisation”, said Oscar Santollani, Soteica Visual MESA’s CEO. He added, “We have found in Yokogawa a partner with whom we share the same work ethics and engineering rigor. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”

Yokogawa President Shuzo Kaihori commented as follows: “Our customer’s technologically advanced plants need not only to reduce their energy consumption but also to obtain the best mix of conventional and renewable energy sources in order to protect the environment by reducing emissions of CO2, NOX, and other gases. To meet our customers’ growing needs in this area, Soteica is an ideal fit for Yokogawa, allowing us to deliver field proven plantwide energy management and optimisation solutions and services.”

Protection from cyberattack!

Book reveals proven ways to protect national infrastructure, production capabilities etc from cyberattack

A new book from the ever expanding ISA stable outlines clear and proven security principles, practices and standards that, when properly applied, can safeguard nations’ critical infrastructure, defence establishment, and production capabilities from the risks of cyberattack.

Industrial Automation and Control System Security Principles by Ronald L. Krutz, Ph.D., P.E., CISSP, ISSEP, a scientist and consultant specializing in cybersecurity services, illustrates that while cyberwarfare presents considerable challenges to essential national assets—such as refineries, chemical plants, manufacturing operations, power plants and pipelines-- there are highly effective, structured defences against such aggression.

Dr. Krutz’s book reveals a practical, implementable cybersecurity formula that incorporates the fundamentals of information system security while addressing the unique requirements of industrial automation and control systems.

Dr Krutz has also coauthored the following books published by Wiley.
The CISSP Prep Guide
The Wiley Advanced CISSP Prep Guide
The CISSP Prep Guide, Gold Edition
The Security + Certification Guide
The CISM Prep Guide
The CISSP Prep Guide, Second Edition
Mastering CISSP and ISSEP (Information Systems Security Engineering Professional)
The Network Security Bible
The CISSP and CAP (Certification and Accreditation Professional) Prep Guide, Platinum Edition (Mastering CISSP and CAP)
The Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Prep Guide
Cloud Computing Security
Web Commerce Security
“While there are numerous and worthy publications that discuss the protection of computer-based systems in a wide variety of implementations, these documents focus more on general terms, mostly in the area of risk analysis, and apply to disparate areas of applications,” he says. “In my book, I focus on in-depth treatment of proven, clearly identified cybersecurity principles, practices and standards, and how they can be tailored and applied to the special environments of industrial automation and control systems.”

For cybersecurity solutions to be effective, he emphasizes, "they must be practical instruments that can be clearly understood by practicing control system professionals and straightforwardly applied in real-world situations.”

In separate chapters of the book, Dr. Krutz also highlights the importance of staying up to date on technological trends affecting future industrial automation and controls systems, and providing the necessary training to cybersecurity-related personnel. At the end of all chapters are review questions. Answers are provided in the appendix.

Dr. Krutz is Chief Scientist for Security Risk Solutions, Inc. in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. He has more than 30 years of experience in industrial automation and control systems, distributed computing systems, computer architectures, information assurance methodologies and information security training.

Dr. Krutz has served as: a Senior Information Security Consultant at Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, and REALTECH Systems Corporation; an Associate Director of the Carnegie Mellon Research Institute (CMRI), which he founded; founder and director of the CMRI Computer, Automation and Robotics Group; a professor in the Carnegie Mellon University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and a lead instructor for (ISC)2 Inc. in its Certified Information Systems Security Professionals (CISSP) training seminars.

He authored the book, Securing SCADA Systems, and three textbooks on microcomputer system design, computer interfacing and computer architecture. He holds seven patents in the area of digital systems, and has published more than 30 technical papers.

Dr. Krutz also serves as consulting editor for the John Wiley and Sons Information Security Certification Series (see box), and is a Senior Fellow of the International Cyber Center of George Mason University.

He is a bachelor of science, master of science, and doctorate degrees in electrical and computer engineering, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Pennsylvania (USA).

• For more on cyber security see our Cyber Security Page and our index of papers/articles since Stuxnet: ICS & Scada Security!

Door interlock switch


Honeywell has expanded its portfolio of Relialign™ door interlock switches with a version designed specifically for commercial applications, the Commercial Door Interlock Switch, CDI Series. This new device is Honeywell’s alternative to large, installation-intensive interlocks and OEM custom-made products.  Potential applications for the CDI Series include commercial swing-door elevators, dumbwaiters, and platform/vertical lifts.

These door interlock switches are designed to hold the swing door in place and prevent it from being opened when not desired, such as when the platform lift is not present at the door. A number of design features, including a door-closure retention cam, contribute to the CDI Series’ enhanced safety, reduction of nuisance stoppages, simplified wiring, and ease of installation. Reliable and smooth operation is enhanced by the use of a metal key that is less susceptible than plastic to bending and breakage. The lack of open or exposed contacts minimizes the possibility of owners making manual adjustments.

“Honeywell’s Commercial Door Interlock Switches save customers time and reduce cost by eliminating engineering, procurement, and installation associated with custom OEM-made products,” said Maria Cancino, senior global product marketing manager for Honeywell Sensing and Control. “In addition, the CDI Series’ non-intrusive design eliminates the need to destroy the door or frame when installing the device, helping to reduce installation costs.”

Featuring a custom internal solenoid control, Relialign™ Commercial Door Interlock Switches can reduce complexity of the host controller, trim power consumption, extend solenoid life, and reduce solenoid “time outs,” reducing customer aggravation. The CDI Series includes a manual override for easy actuation without user hazard that reduces the potential for call-backs. To meet customer and industry requirements, the Relialign™ Series is compliant with ASME A17.1 & 18.1, and cULus.

Honeywell’s Relialign™ Commercial Door Interlock Switches join an established product line that features two residential versions: a metal housing version (RDI Series) and a plastic-molded housing version (RDI2 Series). The CDI Series has a greater pull force than the RDI Series or RDI2 Series (675 pounds vs. 150 pounds) and a longer mechanical life (one million cycles vs. 50,000 cycles)—important features for commercial applications.

Air/Water Heat Exchanger

For optimum efficiency Rittal’s range of wall-mounted air/water heat exchangers are to be supplied with the following features.

For quick and easy installation the air/water heat exchangers can now be mounted and removed completely from outside the enclosure without having to open the enclosure door.

Units supplied with the Basic controller will now show the enclosure internal temperature on the digital display and those supplied with the Comfort controller will incorporate the Eco-Mode control functionality, first introduced in the Rittal TopTherm Blue e cooling unit.
Targeting the use of energy the Eco-Mode system employs an intelligent strategy to disable the internal fan when the temperature inside the enclosure falls to 10°C below the level desired. The fan is then enabled for a period of 30 seconds every 10 minutes to ensure the accuracy of the sensed temperature and ensure adequate air distribution before becoming permanently enabled when the temperature rises to 5°C below the set point temperature.

Advanced flexibility of the water connections mean units will be supplied with fitted G3/8” external threaded connections, onto which may be fitted the 1/2" connector sleeves included in the supply. G3/8” internal threaded and 1/2" NPT external threaded connectors are also available as accessories.

Monday, February 11, 2013

New miniaturised connection technology is ideally suited to field assembly

har-flexicon® from the Harting Technology Group is a miniaturised individual conductor PCB connection technology featuring 1.27 mm spacing and ideally suited to field assembly.

Consisting of a pluggable SMD terminal block, with IDC wire connection, har-flexicon® allows the rapid, tool-less termination of single wires directly on to a PCB, with the benefits of low processing costs, compatibility with automatic SMT mounting and reflow soldering process, and a high level of rigidity with large-area SMT fixings.

Flexible individual conductor wiring of industrial devices with PCBs as their key component is one of the principal requirements of modern device technology. Because sensor/actuator subassemblies need to be connected on site rapidly, PCB connection technology must continue to be universally applicable. These challenges are addressed by har-flexicon®, which offers flexibility in the connection of I/O signals with tool-less individual conductor wiring, allowing on-site assembly in the field.

It is always the overall, not the individual, costs of components which are paramount in the development of industrial subassemblies. The use of reflow and SMD solderable components in automated assembly and soldering processes leads to manufacturing costs that are lower than those for the manual assembly and wave soldering of wired components.

There is also a universal demand for units to become ever more compact. Efficient device design and more powerful components with higher efficiency and greater power density lead to innovative devices, which deliver a growing variety of functions and performance coupled with reduced device volume. As a result, even with traditional PCB connectors, miniaturisation continues to advance with components in this segment getting smaller and smaller. Despite this reduction in size, users still expect to operate connection technology just as conveniently and quickly as conventional products with higher spacing measurements.

har-flexicon® meets all these requirements consistently, and is a model for rapid and convenient wiring of ever more compact devices while addressing the economics of the assembly process.

Irish instrument pioneer passes

M. W. Bryan

Maurice W Bryan, who has died recently at his home in Dublin was the first Editor of Read-out, when it was the house magazine of Industrial Instruments Ltd. He was in his early eighties. His body has been donated to Medical Science in accordance with his wishes. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

1st issue of Read-out
Edited & produced by MWB
An alumni of Trinity College, where he graduated in Science & Engineering his professional life was spent mostly in the area of Automation, with Honewell, IIL and finally with Jacobs Engineering in Dublin.

The Ireland Section of the International Society of Automation recognised his contribution to Automation in Ireland by awarding him with their unique Instrument Pioneer Award in 1998.

Maurice was also long time member of Irish Veteran & Vintage Motorcycle Club (IVVMCC). He was associated with the club since its foundation and an all-rounder in Irish motor sport throughout his life.

Maurice Bryan RIP
Later he joined the University Motor Cycle and Light Car Club, becoming deeply involved in rally navigation and car trialing. In 1949 he acquired a 1933, 250cc Rudge Radial and took up short circuit road racing. He rode this machine through to 1960, not alone in road races but also in grass track and scrambling.

Maurice was an enthusiastic administrator too, preforming duties for clubs and the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland. He was President of the MCUI 1969-1971, and a former President of DUMC & LMC and the IVVMCC. In 1996, he became editor of the IVVMCC newsletter Exhaust Notes.

In 2000, Maurice, in recognition of his long dedication and commitment to the club, was presented with the IVVMCC Meritorious Gold Star Award.

He also had a lifelong interest in wildlife and when the South Dublin branch of Birdwatch Ireland was formed in 1984 as 'Dublin Southside' with Maurice was appointed chairman.

We extend our sympathy to Bobbie, his wife, and to his family and friends.
Maurice William Bryan 1929 - 2013

Medical computer!

ADLINK Technology has announced the first of its new TOPAZ line of medical computers, the 3rd edition of EN-60601-1 certified TPZ-1300, featuring rich I/O connectivity, wireless support, and duty-specific performance processors with long life support. The TPZ-1300 delivers ruggedized reliability, suiting it perfectly for mobile functionality, in environments such as telemedicine, NIS (nursing information systems), and medical administration.

Perfect for Medical Deployment
The ADLINK TPZ-1300's dedicated applicability for healthcare IT operations provides reliable function, with leading MTBF exceeding 250,000 hours for 24/7 operation. A fanless and cable-free structure ensures extended durability for long-term usage, easy-to-clean housing and noiseless operation satisfy stringent medical application requirements. An anti-bacterial coating option is also available.

Robust Construction for Portable Effectiveness
The TPZ-1300 provides robust construction, withstanding up to 5G vibration and 100G shock, easily meeting the needs of telemedicine applications including telecardiology, telepathology, and nursing workstation use. In a mobile nursing workstation, for example, care providers can view electronic medical records (EMR), medication data, and administrative documentation, as well as enter data and connect to data centers. ADLINK’s TPZ-1300, featuring superior I/O connectivity, wireless support, and a compact profile of 8.26” W x 6.69” D x 2.08” H (210 x 170 x 53 mm) supports flexible deployment in carts or other mobile medical setups, greatly benefiting those requiring compact and reliable solutions.

Low Power Consumption and Rich I/O
The TPZ-1300 is equipped with the Atom™ D2550/N2600 processor to deliver superior performance while conserving power consumption. The TPZ-1300 also provides abundant I/O function from six USB ports, 3 GbE ports, 4 COM ports, one mini PCI-E slot, and 4 digital inputs and outputs to optimize communication and control between multiple devices.

Integrated with ADLINK HDMI Video Capture Card
“In response to the rapid development of computing hardware and wireless popularity in the healthcare IT field, ADLINK is pleased to introduce our Topaz line of precision medical computers, delivering integrated application-ready platforms with simple, quick, and reliable medical computing solutions.” Said Kenny Chang, Product Director for I/O platforms at ADLINK Technology “ADLINK, as an associate partner with the Intel Intelligent System Alliance, can provide medical computers to sustain extended product availability with long component life support. What’s more, ADLINK is able to provide the off-the-shelf digital imaging solutions fully compatible with our Topaz expandable computer line, advantaging all medical imaging solutions.”

The TPZ-1300 also supports multiple OS, including Windows 7, Windows 7 Embedded, Windows XP, Windows XP Embedded, and WinCE 7.0.

Worldwide sales appointment!

Paul Price has been appointment as Vice President of Sales Worldwide for Aegis Software. With the doubling of company size and worldwide offices following their acquisition of diplan, this appointment is part of Aegis’ structuring to ensure proper management of this growth. His responsibilities include management of all sales channels and personnel worldwide. He will also be ensuring uniformity to Aegis’ sales structures and policies around the world.

Paul comes to this Vice President position from his role as Director of Aegis Asia, where he worked to form local teams and designed and instituted regional policies and procedures. His strategic directions delivered the exponential growth of the division and firmly established Aegis’ operations in Asia. Prior to this role he managed Aegis’ sales for the Western Americas, developing the regional revenue as well as structuring the sales network to support it. During this time, Paul was responsible for many of Aegis’ successes in sales to Tier 1, multi-national and world-wide organizations. Overall, he has enjoyed 12 years’ sales experience across manufacturing markets with Aegis, consistently delivering exceptional sales growth.

His appointment comes just as Aegis’ all new FactoryLogix system comes to the market. Integration of the worldwide sales force is critical to rapidly establishing this revolutionary product as the market share leader in all major manufacturing markets. Commenting on his new role, Paul said: ‘I am greatly looking forward to building on my strategic development and sales experience, and on Aegis’ sterling reputation in electronics manufacturing to continue growth across our manufacturing markets around the world.’

Paul will be reporting directly to Jason Spera, Aegis’ CEO. Jason commented on the new appointment, saying ‘This is a very exciting opportunity for Aegis as well as for Paul. The Company is currently going through rapid development and expansion, with its recent acquisition of diplan and current launch of FactoryLogix. Paul’s long experience in strategic development as well as sales will be essential to managing this growth in a manner that is good for our customers and our Company.’