Friday, April 12, 2013

Technical partner for Canada!

New technical partner for the sale and support of instrumentation products in Canada

Mantracourt Electronics, has announced that it has appointed Hoskin Scientific as a technical partner for the sales and support of its range of wired and wireless instrumentation products.

Strain Gauge Amplifier
Mantracourt designs and manufactures measurement technologies such as load cell and strain gauge amplifiers, which are used widely in industries such as Civil Engineering, Construction and Lifting and Handling. Its products are recognised worldwide for their quality, accuracy and Mantracourt's high level of customer support and technical assistance.

"We are delighted to announce Hoskin Scientific as our Canadian technical partner. We are very pleased to have such a respected company assisting us in the Canadian region,” stated Jonathan Purdue, Business Development Manager at Mantracourt.

"Our success has been built on working closely with engineers, helping us to understand their requirements and to assist them in using our products. The team at Hoskin Scientific is a very good match for this approach, having a high level of technical expertise and excellent customer service."

For over fifty years, Hoskin Scientific has been a supplier of testing and monitoring instrumentation to the Canadian market. With offices in Vancouver, Burlington, and Montreal, its customers are able to receive local sales and technical support in its three major departments.

Mantracourt is a leading manufacturer of industrial measurement technologies, including strain gauge, temperature, resistance, pressure, voltage, current, potentiometer, rate, flow, LVDT and displacement in either analogue, digital or wireless form.

Mantracourt equipment provides essential data to engineers and scientists seeking to understand, control or optimize real world parameters and systems.

“We have very much appreciated Mantracourt’s collaboration in a unique aeronautical testing instrumentation project,” said Morris Kadoury, Instrumentation Manager. "It has been a highly demanding application that has benefited from the integration of Mantracourt’s T24 wireless instrumentation technology.”

Mantracourt has also recently announced the release of its T24LOG100, a data logging software package that can handle up to 100 channels of wireless instrumentation data simultaneously whilst also offering a range of sophisticated features that will enable engineers to optimise system monitoring and control.

LIMS versatility


Autoscribe has won an order from a leading medical device manufacturer for a multi-site implementation of its Matrix Gemini Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). This new installation makes use of Matrix Gemini’s standard dual web/Windows user interface and will be rolled out over laboratories in three different locations. Autoscribe has considerable experience of multisite LIMS installations with over 500 concurrent users connected via multiple sites.

The initial installation will be at two sites for environmental monitoring and sterilization applications. This will be expanded to include microbiology and chemistry laboratories at these two sites in parallel with the third site. The implementation is essentially web-based, although there will be a limited-access terminal server where the desktop client is installed allowing for configuration of Matrix Gemini and maintenance of users, for example.

The dual web/Windows user interface provides a high degree of flexibility. The unique Matrix Gemini OneTime Configuration Tools on the desktop client ensures that any screen that has been configured for use on the desktop is immediately available, with appropriate security, to a user running a web browser. This remarkable versatility means that just a single configuration is needed for both desktop and web use with no further modification, effort or cost.

The web-based implementation means that system access is not restricted to the actual laboratory sites - it is available from any location that has web connectivity. This provides access to sample/batch status, results, reports, trend lines or to make comments on samples/batches. In addition, samples can be registered remotely and tracked globally.

Matrix Gemini’s web browser user interface runs on a Microsoft IIS server and offers both internet and intranet solutions. Matrix Gemini can be deployed globally via Citrix as well as the web.

Compact industrial connectors feature high power ratings

The Han® Q 3/0 and Han® Q 4/0 are the latest additions to Harting’s Han® range of industrial connectors in the smallest Han® 3A size range. Despite occupying an area measuring only 42 mm², the new connectors have enough room for three power contacts and a protective earth contact (Han® Q 3/0) or four power contacts (Han® Q 4/0), giving them the highest power capacity in this compact industrial connector family.

Clearance and creepage distances in the Han® 3/0 allow a 400 V rated voltage, which increases to 830 V with the Han® Q 4/0. Both connectors have similar load current capacities of approximately 40 A with an ambient temperature of 40°C and a connection wire gauge of 4 mm². Because connectors with standard Han® C contacts can be used with a wire gauge of up to 10 mm², currents of over 80 A are possible, but in these cases the diameter of the cable entry needs to be taken into account.

Both connectors are ideally suited to use in industrial environments. The Han® Q 3/0 with protective earth contact is designed for 3-phase earthed networks and is typically used in three-phase motors. It can fit all housings in the 3A size, including all plastic and metal varieties and EMC protective housings, as well as the extremely robust HPR and stainless steel housings.

The Han® Q 4/0 comes with four power contacts and is used with equipment such as ventilators, fans or extraction units. In these applications, it offers the potential to reduce costs because two devices can be connected with one connector. The Han® Q 4/0 is also ideally suited for DC applications in conjunction with 3A size plastic housings.

Medical configurable PSU

Excelsys Technologies Xgen Medical Range of power supplies has been enhanced to include 1 x MOPP (Means of Patient Protection) approval from input to earth (ground) for patient connected equipment. Furthermore the improved products now allow customers to isolation test self-configured power supplies from input to output to 6kV DC.

The enhancements include the introduction of Y1 capacitors and Type Testing at 5675V DC (the DC equivalent of 4kV AC), from input to output. Carrying full UL60601-1 and EN60601-1 3rd edition approvals, the range provides low leakage current (less than 150µA available) as well as meeting the stringent creepage and clearance requirements of medical equipment. All products come with the industry leading 3 year warranty.

Dielectric testing is a simple method of verifying the adequacy of electrical insulation to withstand the peak voltages that can occur during transient events. However this can be a destructive test and is generally categorized as a “Type test”. “Type tests” are investigations carried out by Safety Agencies and are intended to prove that the construction of the power supply meets the requirements dictated by the relevant safety standard. However, Reinforced (primary to secondary) Insulation cannot be tested without over-stressing basic insulation on the end product and it is because of this the agencies allow manufacturers to test reinforced insulation separately. This means they are allowed to test transformers and other primary to secondary isolation barriers separately before components are incorporated into the product.

In order to meet customer demand to be able to verify this as part of their production process Excelsys is pleased to announce the release of this enhanced range of medically approved Xgen power supplies. This product has been specifically designed to withstand the DC peak equivalent of the 4kV AC isolation test from primary to secondary. (Note: Refer directly to UL60950-1, C5.2.2 or UL60601-1 2nd Edition Section 20.4 or IEC60601-1 3rd Edition Section 8.8.3 for more information). By selecting this Excelsys product range customers can test in-situ with a DC voltage of 6kV applied across the isolation barrier of a fully assembled power supply. Excelsys will continue to carry out 100% production testing of all primary to secondary isolation barriers on all Xgen products. This will directly address the growing demand from customers to verify the isolation barrier on their application without causing an electrical stress on internal components.

Dermot Flynn, Director of Sales, comments, “Medical electronic systems are a major market for Excelsys and we are pleased to be able to respond to customer requests to be able to carry out dielectric testing of complete systems.“

The Excelsys Xgen series of medically approved power supplies can provide up to 1340W watts of output power with DC voltages in user selectable combinations from 1.5V to 58V each with individual output control. The series has leakage current of under 300µA, and the option of less than 150µA. All outputs are fully floating allowing series/parallel connection of all multiple outputs for non-standard voltages or higher output current. Xgen power supplies may be connected in parallel for higher system power requirements and a 5V bias standby voltage is provided on all models.

Sample products are available immediately and production quantities are available from May 2012.

Excelsys Technologies are market leaders in high efficiency, low profile, customer configurable modular power supplies and offer the highest efficiency, highest power density, highest reliability power solutions for mission critical applications.

In addition to medical electronics typical applications for Excelsys products also include industrial and automation systems, communications, lighting and Hi-Rel COTS applications, telecoms, instrumentation, n+1 and redundant power systems, test and measurement equipment, printing and IT power.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Valves for Algerian refinery

Control valves and regulators to help optimise plant performance

Technip has selected Emerson Process Management as the main supplier of control valves for the Algiers Refinery rehabilitation and adaptation project. The Algiers refinery, located 10 km south of Algiers, in Algeria, is being revamped to increase crude oil processing capacity and ensure it can produce gasoline at specifications similar to those used throughout Europe.

Emerson will supply approximately 600 of its Fisher® control valves and regulators, including rotary, globe and butterfly type devices. The valves will be deployed throughout the refinery, including within the residual fluid catalytic cracking unit, naphtha processing units and new LPG storage unit.

"Emerson was selected as the main control valve supplier because its Fisher valves are proven to provide high levels of accuracy and reliability in demanding refinery applications," said Pascal Marette, Senior Procurement Manager, Technip. "The level of support offered was also critical. Emerson’s local team includes experts with extensive experience of providing solutions to refinery applications."

The modernisation of the instrumentation and control valves will help the refinery optimise the various process units. This will help to sustain the production of clean fuels both for the local and export markets, as well as reduce maintenance and plant shutdown costs.

The Fisher valves will be supplied with a range of trims and silencers. Suitable for severe-service applications, they are designed to provide long lasting, fast and safe operation, as well as reduced fugitive emissions.

Emerson’s new FIELDVUE™ DVC6200 digital valve controller, incorporating performance diagnostics and the latest HART® (version 7) communications, will enable control valves to be easily integrated into the existing control system. ValveLink™ software will work with the existing control system to provide online diagnostics that can help users identify potential problems so that they can be addressed before operations are affected.

The Algiers refinery was constructed in 1964 and produces motor fuels and LPG for the local market, and naphtha and fuel oil for export. The refinery is owned by Sonatrach, which is the largest oil and gas company in Algeria and Africa. Technip is the EPC contractor for the Rehabilitation and Adaptation project. The project is part of a broader refinery upgrade programme initiated by Sonatrach for the production of clean fuels in Algeria

Energy management systems

"The latest developments in Energy Management Systems" is the title of the next technical talk (pdf brochure) of ISA Ireland scheduled for Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork on Tuesday 30th April at 19.30hrs.

Jim Rice,  MD
Schneider Electric Ireland
The speakers from Schneider Electric Ireland are Jim Rice, Managing Director and Mark McSweeney, Solution Architec.

"This presentation will focus on an introduction to the Energy Dilemma, the developments in relation to ISO5001 including the basic methodology of putting in place an Energy Management System".

Part of the latest development in this field is the provision of an EcoStruxureTM in order to facilitate an Energy Management System. StruxureWare is a platform for integration of systems allowing large energy users to view their facilities across different domains. This will allow companies to make the most of their energy.


Attendees may pre-register here or turn-up on the night.

Manufacturing for instrument protection expanded

Intertec's factory in Sarnia - with new extension (left) housing a purpose-designed layout and automation to make instrument shelters for process plants.
Intertec has opened an advanced new production facility, greatly expanding its ability to fabricate shelters, cabinets and enclosures for protecting process instrumentation. Representing an investment of $3 million, the expansion project provides the company with its second build-to-demand CNC machining line. This advanced automation eliminates many previous manual tasks, substantially shortening manufacturing times - and will help the company meet the exceptional worldwide demand for glass fibre reinforced polyester (GRP) enclosures.

"This investment allows us to shave around 25% from the production cycles of many of our specialist GRP-based outdoor instrument enclosures and shelters, giving us much greater flexibility to meet the fast-changing demand from our processing customers," says Patrick van Winckel, Director of Business Development for Intertec.

Intertec has two main production centres located in Sarnia (CDN) and Neustadt (D), plus two smaller assembly and system building centres located in Houston (TX USA), and Saint Petersburg (RU). The new production line is housed in a purpose-built 1,400 m2 building extension at Sarnia. The new building increases the size of the Sarnia factory by more than a third, and expands Intertec's total worldwide footprint by around 10%.

The expansion at the Sarnia factory follows a period of sustained growth for Intertec, with demand for its GRP field shelters - which are often used to house process analyzers - multiplying in recent years, and demand for smaller outdoor GRP enclosures and cabinets growing in double-digit percentages during recent years.

The growth in Intertec's business is being driven by a number of technical factors related largely to the performance of the GRP structural materials the company uses to build outdoor enclosures, which have become a strongly preferred option for many long-lifecycle outdoor protection applications in the process industries. This has resulted in major orders for the company, such as its current project to protect the process analyzers at the new Sadara petrochemical complex in Saudi Arabia - an application that has led to what is believed to be the largest order for field shelters ever placed.

Intertec's new building and automation enhances its manufacturing efficiency in two particular areas.

The first is outdoor shelters. These are typically single-storey buildings providing protected operating environments for analyzers and other process instrumentation and control equipment - in custom shapes with spaces up to 100 square metres. To simplify shelter production, the building in Sarnia has been fitted with a new gantry and 20 ton crane - allowing Intertec to assemble and move shelters through the various manufacturing stages much more easily.

The second advance comes in the form of a major new CNC machine from MAKA Systems which automates the cutting, routing and drilling of all the panels that are used to build the enclosure, cabinet or shelter - with an extremely large working area of 12.1 x 3.5 metres. This aspect of the new automation alone eliminates many operations that were previously performed manually, shaving valuable time from the manufacturing process. It also makes it much faster for Intertec to build completely custom sized outdoor enclosures. By optimizing the size and design of an enclosure to precisely match the instrumentation content and layout, engineers can minimize its surface area and thereby secure optimum thermal performance. Until now, due to the lack of design choices, they have often been forced to use an unnecessarily large standard enclosure or even a cabinet, leading to wasted space and excessive energy use for heating or cooling. The new production process is so simple that Intertec can now easily make custom enclosures in quantities of just one if required.

This North American CNC machining and production line layout mirrors an investment that Intertec recently made at its other major manufacturing centre in Germany. Intertec believes that the combined manufacturing capacity and flexibility of these two resources reinforces the company's leading position in the outdoor GRP enclosures market.

The outdoor instrument protection business is evolving rapidly, and Intertec's investment in additional manufacturing capacity and automation positions it well to face many current challenges. The first and most significant challenge is an enormous shift in demand from purchasing enclosure components to turnkey enclosures - assembled and fitted with instruments ready for connection to the process. This is being driven by the way that many processing companies have downsized their in-house engineering and technical staff - and prefer to employ external specialists as required. Another factor is the relatively higher cost of skilled field labour required to install instruments compared to the rates that are possible when enclosures are pre-assembled on a production line. Although Intertec offers the full range of components required by engineers to build their own outdoor enclosures - from standard enclosures to all of the accessories needed such as heaters or sunshades - its turnkey design and assembly service has grown dramatically in recent years. Today in North America for instance, some 80% of the company's sales are now for populated enclosures.

Another change is the increase in demand for GRP enclosures. In the past, many end users have tended to specify traditional metal enclosures for outdoor applications, with stainless steel being used when the environment is harsh. The corrosion risks encountered in many of the remote and harsh areas where oil and gas is now being produced has increased demand for GRP as it is almost immune to the corrosive effects of salt and aggressive chemicals. GRP is also better suited to meeting another increasingly common specification in the oil and gas industry: blast-proofing. High pressure waves can easily damage and break metal or thermoplastic. GRP's intrinsic flexibility allows the enclosure, cabinet or shelter to flex and absorb blast-wave forces. A further important attribute of GRP material for providing superior outdoor protection is the way it can be manufactured easily in sandwich constructions enclosing inner layers of insulation - providing energy-efficient enclosures that have no thermal short-cuts. One other emergent advantage is the way that GRP enclosures can provide communications-friendly environments for housing the new generations of wireless-enabled field instruments - extending their applications potential in outdoor locations.

Natural gas quality!

Increased confidence in natural gas quality with  hydrocarbon and water dew-point analyzer

Michell Instruments enabled a natural gas storage operator to improve the hydrocarbon and water dew point measurements at its natural gas storage site in Europe.

The storage operator had lost confidence in its current water and hydrocarbon dew point analyzers: the hydrocarbon dew point readings were erratic and the water dew point readings were unresponsive. Fast response is critically important to natural gas storage operators providing emergency gas supply to satisfy peak demand on transmission network - particularly during colder winter months.

The storage operator rented a Condumax II Hydrocarbon and Water Dew Point analyzer at short notice to give readings of the natural gas in parallel with the operator’s current analyzers. This allowed them to check the accuracy and responsiveness of their equipment against a different analyzer at minimum capital expense.

During the test period, the Condumax II provided consistent HCDP readings, and showed better levels of response at lower dew points than the previously installed analyzers. The Condumax’s water dew-point readings taken during the test period were significantly faster to changes in the process than the analyzers under review.

At the end of the test, the company was satisfied that its concerns about the reliability of the readings of the current analyzers were justified. As the engineer explained: ‘The [previous analyzer] drifts to higher HC dew point levels over time in direct comparison to the consistent and repeatable CONDUMAX II HC dew point readings over several days. This drift behaviour and direction is a problem, because it brings the reading nearer to the agreed contract value for HC dew point with Wingas Transport (Gascade) ... on [some] cases they were close to breaking the contract value.’ Because the customer needed to have complete confidence in the levels of hydrocarbon and water dew point in the process, they chose to install the Condumax II permanently in the process.

• Michell Instruments is marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology Ltd.

Wireless non-contact switch

Non-contact technology increases flexibility, reduces maintenance costs, and increases productivity

Honeywell has expanded its Limitless™ Wireless Solutions portfolio with the introduction of its new Limitless™ Non-Contact Switch WLS Series. The new WLS Series switch uses non-contact technology, enabling the device to actuate based on the presence or absence of magnets installed on a customer’s device – making it suitable for harsh operating environments.

The battery-operated Limitless™ Wireless Non-Contact Switch allows customers to choose either top sensing or side sensing. This flexibility, combined with proven harsh-duty packaging, can increase efficiency and reduce installation and maintenance costs compared to a traditional wired switch.

Wireless offers advantages over traditional wired switches by reducing total installed costs as there are no wires or conduit to install, no cable wear-and-tear to mend, and no cords or connectors that can be damaged in the application. Wireless also increases flexibility by offering easy reconfiguration in remote or temporary installations.

“With the addition of the WLS Series Non-Contact Switch, customers now have a choice of wireless mechanical actuation, non-contact actuation, and wireless operator push-buttons and interfaces to reduce installation cost, increase flexibility, reduce ongoing maintenance costs, and solve some of their toughest challenges,” said Joseph Citrano, senior global product marketing manager, Honeywell Sensing and Control. “Wireless reduces capital and operating expenses, and adds reliability in many applications.”

Instead of a lever, button, or wobble stick, the Limitless™ Wireless Non-Contact Switch can be actuated with a magnet, simplifying use in tight areas often found in machine tools, packaging machinery, lifts, ag/construction equipment, and industrial machines, or in applications where mechanical actuators are not feasible. Designed for rugged environments, the switch’s zinc head and body are phosphate treated and epoxy finished to deliver sealing to IP67 and NEMA 1, 4, 12, 13, and all-stainless steel hardware.

Honeywell’s Limitless™ Wireless Non-Contact Switch joins a broad wireless product line that features three limit switch families: WLGA Series Global Limit Switch, WLS Series Heavy-Duty Limit Switch; WLS Series Limit Switch with Eyelet Pull; WLS Series Single Switch Adapter; WOI Series Wireless Operator Pushbutton; WPMM Series Panel-Mount Monitor; and WDRR Series Din-Rail Receiver. The entire Limitless™ portfolio utilizes the global, license-free RF wireless 802.15.4 WPAN protocol that provides up to a 305 m [1000 ft] line-of-sight communication range, and prolongs battery life with advanced power management technology. As with all Limitless™ products, battery and signal diagnostics are standard features.

PXI Multiplexer

Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of low cost PXI multiplexers with the introduction of the 40-635, a single slot 3U PXI module providing a range of cost effective multiplexer (MUX) configurations for general purpose test applications.

The 40-635 is available in large range of different configurations to meet many different applications. Configurations vary from a single 64:1 MUX to an octal 8:1 MUX for single pole configurations, a single 32:1 and dual 16:1 two pole MUX, a single 16:1 and dual 8:1 MUX with 4 poles and an 8:1 eight-pole MUX.

Lower density versions are also available to suit applications requiring smaller configurations with module specific low cost cable options for added cost savings.

All configurations are rated up to 2A and up to 300VDC/250 VAC with a peak power rating of 60W to 220VDC.

The 40-635 uses a 78 way D type connector for which Pickering Interfaces offers a full range of cost effective mating accessories to suit the module

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Enhanced server

MatrikonOPC releases enhanced server for Allen Bradley to expand devices supported, optimise performance

MatrikonOPC™ has released its updated OPC server for Allen Bradley, which expands the range of supported Allen Bradley devices, improves performance and simplifies configuration. Additional devices supported include ControlLogix, MicroLogix, and PLC5s - providing users with comprehensive, open access connectivity for their Allen Bradley PLCs.


Key features include:
Comprehensive connectivity support for PLC5’s, SLC500’s, Micrologix (1100 A, 1400, 1200 etc), and ControlLogix;
Automatic discovery of Allen Bradley PLCs making integration seamless;
High-performance OPC Server suited for sequential, process, drive, and motion control.
The Allen Bradley OPC Server includes built-in security that protects data from un-authorized user access by allowing administrators to define exactly what data is visible to which users based on each user’s Windows login credentials. This means the Allen-Bradley OPC Server plays an active role in maintaining data integrity.

“The expanded functionality and improved user experience offered with the OPC Server for Allen Bradley make it easier to set up and maintain, which is more efficient for users dealing with large, multi-device installations,” said Darek Kominek, marketing manager at MatrikonOPC.

Key features include:
Comprehensive connectivity support for PLC5’s, SLC500’s, Micrologix (1100 A, 1400, 1200 etc), and ControlLogix;
Automatic discovery of Allen Bradley PLCs making integration seamless;
High-performance OPC Server suited for sequential, process, drive, and motion control.

Ammonia technology alliance announced

Yokogawa Electric Corporation and KBR have signed up to a technology alliance for a fertiliser automation package (FAP) that will form part of the ammonia process technology solutions that KBR offers to its customers worldwide. Under the terms of this alliance, KBR will incorporate Yokogawa’s high value-added process control solutions in the FAP.

The fertiliser automation package will couple KBR’s ammonia process technology expertise with Yokogawa’s knowhow in process control systems to streamline work processes, standardise configurations, and simplify product interfaces. Yokogawa will supply the CENTUM integrated production control system, the ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system, and selected solution-based software. KBR will provide knowhow for the enhancement of the distributed control system (DCS) configuration and advanced applications used in operation management, performance monitoring, advanced process control, operator training, and dynamic simulation at fertiliser plants. It is expected that this package will improve plant reliability, reduce energy, increase capacity and improve operator effectiveness in fertiliser plants. Further consolidation of these functions will reduce lifecycle costs for plant control, automation and management systems. Furthermore, it is believed that this alliance will provide measureable economic benefits and lead to improved process performance at fertiliser plants across the globe.

“This alliance is consistent with KBR Technology’s growth strategy for its fertiliser business,” said John Derbyshire, President, KBR Technology. “We are very proud that Yokogawa has agreed to partner with KBR and we look forward to pursuing opportunities to apply the fertiliser package in both our new and numerous existing facilities worldwide.”

“Through our alliance with KBR, Yokogawa is demonstrating its long-term commitment to providing high quality and innovative technology to the ammonia and fertiliser industry,” said Satoru Kurosu, President, Yokogawa Electric International.

Analysis in ocean research!

Business is booming in Britain for SEAL Analytical, the manufacturer of the AA3HR and QuAAtro automated segmented flow laboratory analyzers. Explaining the recent upturn in business, EMEA Sales Manager Haydon Warner says: “Automated testing of large numbers of samples at very low levels of analysis has been the main driver. Our team of application chemists and engineers are constantly developing innovative new features for both hardware and software, so laboratories are obviously keen to take advantage of the latest developments when buying new or replacement equipment.”

Many of the recent orders have been placed by academic and research institutions and Haydon says: “A high proportion of the new orders have come from laboratories that test marine water, which is an application in which SEAL has a very strong reputation.”

The growth in demand for seawater analysis is being driven by a need for very low level analysis of the inorganic nutrients; nitrate, nitrite, silicate and phosphate. Haydon says: “These nutrients are important for the growth of phytoplankton, which is a major component of the biological carbon pump; a mechanism for removing atmospheric CO2. The analysis of these nutrients underpins scientific research into the factors affecting phytoplankton communities in the oceans.”

Many of the recent orders have been for the AA3 HR instrument, which is the latest generation of the original Technicon™ AutoAnalyzer II. Importantly, this instrument can be equipped with vibration-free LED light sources, which is essential for on-ship laboratory use.

The AA3HR operates at 60 to 70 samples per hour – these high analysis rates, combined with low reagent consumption, are achieved with segmented flow; a procedure in which air bubbles are introduced at regular intervals forming unique reaction segments that are mixed using glass coils before passing through a chemistry manifold to a high resolution digital photometer.

In addition to seawater, SEAL Analytical autoanalyzers are also employed for the analysis of surface waters, wastewater, drinking water, fertilizer, plant materials, tobacco, beverages, food and animal feeds.

Interoperability in automation day in Europe

The OPC Foundation, dedicated to ensuring interoperability in automation by creating and maintaining open specifications announces registration is now open for OPC Day Europe May 15-16, 2013. The event will be hosted by Yokogawa at their European HQ in Amersfoort (NL).

Benefits of Attending OPC Day Europe:
• Hear the latest on OPC technical updates, information modeling and certification from the OPC Foundation.
• Learn how OPC UA can improve your operations.
• Control devices to MES/ERP IT Enterprise level OPC Demonstrations.
• Learn about OPC UA for building automation and Oil & Gas.
• Hear from industry end-users about successful OPC UA deployments.
• Learn about OPC collaboration with MDIS, FDI, PLCopen and others.
• Networking opportunity with sponsors and peers.
OPC Day Europe is ideal for anyone interested in the latest information on OPC UA, OPC Certification and how OPC UA is being applied in today’s markets. OPC Day Europe is the best OPC event in Europe and is ideal for engineers, managers, IT professionals and executives that want to stay current with OPC and learn how OPC technology can improve their operations.

“The OPC Foundation is excited to continue with OPC Day Europe in 2013, and we have a comprehensive agenda for May including technical updates and real world case studies for OPC UA,” said Tom Burke, OPC Foundation President and Executive Director. “OPC Day Europe is a great venue to connect with other members and collaboration partners in the OPC community.”

Register here

Sponsors of OPC Day Europe include Yokogawa, ABB, Ascolab, Beckhoff, Fraunhofer, Harting, Iconics, InduSoft, Kepware, MatrikonOPC, OPC Labs, PLCopen, Prosys OPC, SAP, Siemens, Softing, Software Toolbox and Unified Automation.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Smart light!

The new IO-Link Smart Light from Balluff is equipped with all features for fundamentally revolutionizing the signal light sector. It is the first light that can be flexibly adapted to nearly every requirement without complex configuration via hardware. The otherwise typical costly combination of different-colored modules to form a light is no longer needed as this device can also be adapted to its new task ad hoc on-the fly via the controller. Even solutions that can be set by means of DIP switches are not much of an alternative as they cannot be changed during running operation.

The Balluff Smart Light is a true multi-talent, as it can do much more than signal the system operator certain predefined operating states with just three colors. Even tendencies, developments and trends of physical values can be represented. Temperature states, fill levels of systems or even the position of a carriage via a position sensor system can be visualized on the column, which may be up to 20 LEDs tall.

For connection and installation, just one simple, unshielded, three-wire sensor cable – as is typical for IO-Link – is needed, and already the LED signal column offers maximum functionality and previously unimagined possibilities with its three operating modes "Stacklight", "Level" and "Run".

Power quality analyser breaks new ground!

First power quality analyser simultaneously to record all harmonics up to 100th
Outram Research has announced that their PM7000 has an improved “Interharmonics” option making it the first power quality analyser to record simultaneously all harmonics up to the 100th, on all three phases and the neutral, on either current or voltage. This new functionality makes it possible for engineers to analyse quickly and then eliminate power quality problems found due to high-frequency harmonics generated by uninterruptable power supplies (UPSs), drives or inverters.

By simultaneously recording all current or voltage harmonics to the 100th and many other electrical parameters, the PM7000I significantly reduces testing time, pinpointing potentially problematic higher-order harmonics and removing the need for a trial and error approach. For a 3-phase 4 wire wye configuration, the General Parameters function records over 70 power quality parameters in addition to the 400 streams of harmonic data. Because this is automatic, users find they have all the information they need without having to configure individual recording channels. Users can also choose one of thirteen different averaging intervals, from one second to two hours.

In addition to the General Parameter data, every PM7000 offers 32 detailed recording channels using Outram’s renowned Single Cycle Adaptive Store™ that intelligently records power quality parameters such as voltage, current (including inrush current), harmonics, flicker, unbalance and power factor down to a single cycle without the need to set triggers or levels. In the PM7000I these channels can also be used to extend harmonic recordings up to the 127th order.

“Because legislation focusses on lower frequencies, manufacturers often concentrate on reducing the presence of the first 50 harmonics,” said John Outram, Managing Director of Outram Research. “However, users of drives, UPSs or inverters, such as data centres, power critical manufacturing facilities and solar power plants, may be affected by higher-order harmonics generated by these machines. These harmonics therefore need to be monitored and controlled to avoid problems such as overheating machinery or premature equipment replacement.”

Another concern is that higher-order harmonics, created by renewable generation connected at the transmission level, may be emerging on the HV networks. These can then percolate right down to the end user so need to be managed.”

Water distribution in Kuwait!

€9.05 million ($11.8m) project to deploy Honeywell Experion PKS technology to control and monitor water treatment

Honeywell has been selected by Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity and Water to modernize the water distribution network that supplies more than 280 million imperial gallons of fresh water daily to Kuwait’s growing population.

Honeywell Process Solutions’ (HPS) Experion® Process Knowledge System (PKS) will be deployed throughout the Azzour Water Distribution Scheme so that operators at a central location can control a network of six different treatment plants located in Ardiya, Hawally, Salmiya, Failaka Island, Adailiya and the water towers of Kuwait.

At the heart of this control system is Honeywell’s Distributed Server Architecture (DSA), which integrates and manages multiple control systems and control rooms located throughout the water system, simplifying operations, reducing engineering costs and improving system integrity.

“We have set long-term goals for sustainability in Kuwait. Revamping our water distribution network to improve efficiency and reduce costs is a key part of meeting our development plans,” said Hamoud Bader Alrodan, assistant under secretary, Ministry of Electricity and Water, Kuwait. “Honeywell’s experience in control systems and support capabilities in a number of industrial projects in Kuwait helped us pick them as one of our trusted vendors.”

“Fresh, clean water is a critical need every day for everyone living in the fast-growing regions of Kuwait that this water system serves,” said Darius Adamczyk, president of Honeywell Process Solutions. “Honeywell’s industry-leading automation technology is ideally suited to this challenge, and will exceed the high standards for reliability and safety set by the Ministry of Electricity and Water.”

Honeywell Process Solutions' Experion® PKS platform is used by a wide range of municipalities and industrial manufacturers around the world. With an installed base of more than 30,000 control systems, Honeywell technology runs mission-critical applications in refineries, chemical plants, pulp and paper mills, pipelines, power plants and other industrial facilities worldwide.

Managing quality across pharma organisation

Shionogi & Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese pharmaceutical company, has selected QUMAS ComplianceSP™ software to manage its quality content.

Shionogi plans to deploy this solution globally to key users across the Clinical and Quality Assurance areas of the business. QUMAS ComplianceSP will enable Shionogi to control Quality and Manufacturing documents such as Standard Operating Procedures, policies and manuals, in accordance with global regulatory requirements.

With this selection Shionogi can take advantage of all the capabilities of Microsoft SharePoint 2010, while drawing on the power of ComplianceSP for regulatory compliance management. QUMAS extends the key SharePoint 2010 collaboration capability to ensure full compliance with FDA CFR 21 Part 11 regulatory requirements.

"We have chosen QUMAS because ComplianceSP will provide us with greater control over our quality and manufacturing documents and ultimately create a more productive Shionogi,” said Kohji Takeda, Information Technology General Manager at Shionogi. “We were impressed by the simple intuitive interface and QUMAS’s extensive knowledge of quality requirements and understanding of the SharePoint architecture.”

“I am delighted that Shionogi has selected QUMAS ComplianceSP after an extensive evaluation process involving a number of vendors,” said Kevin O’Leary, CEO QUMAS. “The selection of QUMAS will open up new possibilities for Shionogi to speed up their regulatory compliance processes and delivery of quality products.”

Isolators extending high speed RS-422/485 networks

Provides 1.5 Mbps throughput, 2 kV triple isolation, slim DIN rail mount form factor & top/bottom terminal blocks for easy access

B&B Electronics has expanded its family of serial isolators and repeaters with the 485OPDR-HS high speed, isolated repeater. Developed for use in high speed fieldbus systems like Profibus, as well as Modbus and other asynchronous serial applications, the 485OPDR-HS extends and protects RS-422 or RS-485 serial networks at speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps and ranges of up to 4000 feet (1.2 km), depending upon the data rate. Its compact (1.0 x 3.1 x 3.7 in/ 2.5 x 7.9 x 9.5 cm) form factor and top and bottom loading terminal blocks make the 485OPDR-HS easy to install and easy to fit into cramped industrial automation control panels.

The 485OPDR-HS is designed, built and tested to meet heavy industrial (EN61000-6-2) standards. It features a wide (-40 to 80 °C) operating temperature range, it can use 10 to 30 VDC input, and it is DIN-rail mountable on a standard 35mm rail. Setup is easy; the 485OPDR-HS automatically senses the data rate and users can configure RS-422/485, 2-Wire or 4-Wire, using DIP switches.

The 485OPDR-HS provides 2 kV isolation, 8 kV air ESD protection and 600 W transient voltage suppression on the data lines. Its “Triple Isolation” protects the data input, data output and power connections. The 485OPDR-HS is targeted at industrial automation applications where drives, PLCs, temperature controllers and other devices are installed in harsh electrical environments that present a high risk for ground loops.

Dust monitoring

New particulate monitors will improve understanding of health effects

Globally, fine dust particles have been the focus of much greater attention in recent months as their role in deaths related to poor air quality becomes better understood. However, knowledge of the relationship between airborne particles and health effects is limited by the information that can be obtained by monitoring technologies.

Jim Mills, a particulate monitoring specialist from Air Monitors Ltd, believes that ambient dust monitoring technology has taken a major step forward with the development of a new Fine Dust Analysis System (FIDAS) which offers additional information on both particle size distribution from 0.18 – 30 microns and on particle number in each size range. It also provides continuous real-time simultaneous mass concentration measurements of TSP, PM1, PM2.5 and PM10. As such, Jim says “FIDAS will complement existing PM monitoring technology such as the TEOM FDMS, which is a standard method in many countries.”

The FIDAS instrument employs a white light LED light scatter method which will be particularly attractive to the managers of monitoring networks because it does not require consumables or mains power, and does not need to be housed in an air-conditioned housing.

Measuring the illuminance and chromaticity of LEDs

The robust and reliable spectro-radiometer MK-350 was conceived by UPRtek as a cost-effective, mobile precision tool to measure, analyze and store the most important photometric parameters in the specification and qualification of LED, OLED and EL lamps and other luminaries. MK-350 is well suited for field use in the light design of studios and workplaces, as well as in research and development.

MK-350 is based on a high-resolution (1 nm) linear CMOS sensor (receptor diameter 6.6mm) and an advanced spectroscopic architecture with embedded processor. Its spectral half-bandwidth is specified to approx. 12 nm. The extremely compact (144 mm x 78 mm x 24 mm) and lightweight (250 g) instrument operates on rechargeable battery power. It performs an automatic dark calibration every time it is switched on.

The measurement results are instantly displayed in its 3.5-inch LCD color screen (320 x 240 pixels), which also serves as a convenient touch control interface. The instrument offers four basic operational modes: "Basic" indicates the numeric value of the measured illuminance between 70 and 70,000 lux, the correlated color temperature (CCT) in Kelvin, the standardized color rendering index (CRI) expressed as Ra value (average of the first eight test colors) and the peak wavelength of the light source's radiated spectrum in nm.

In the second measuring mode, "Spectrum", the MK-350 displays a detailed graph of the spectral energy distribution in the radiated wavelength bands (between 360 and 750 nm) according to the measurement distance. Integration time is adjusted automatically or manually between 8 and 1000 ms.

The other two MK-350 operational modes, "CIE1931" and "CIE1976", provide the CIE chromaticity coordinates x and y, resp. u' and v', within their standardized CIE color space diagrams. Together with the measured illuminance, this enables an evaluation of LEDs in terms of their perceptional color performance for sorting and binning tasks during manufacturing or in the field.

MK-350 measures illuminance at an accuracy of +5%. Color temperature is determined within +2%. Color accuracy (according to CIE1931) is +0,0025, at a repeatability of +0,0005, both measured at 20,000 lux and 2856 K. CRI accuracy expressed as Ra is determined within +1,5%.

Measurement is initiated by touch control, either as one-time or continuous capture at selectable intervals. All measurement data (up to 2,000 files) are stored on an optional 2 GB SD-Card in an Excel- or bmp-compatible format. An USB2.0 port enables easy data transfer. The built-in Li-Ion battery (3.7 V/ 2.5 Ah) ensures 5 hours of operation time. Operating temperature is 0 to 35 °C. Menu languages are Chinese (traditional and simplified) or English, with a German version downloadable shortly.

• Distributor for Central Europe is Saleslink GmbH in Udenheim (D).

Temperature sensor portfolio extended

The range of temperature sensors from Siemens has been expanded to include the SITRANS TS product family. The new resistance thermometers and thermocouples are designed for universal use. The device line has a modular design, and offers a large range of sizes, materials, sensors and transmitters. It not only supports the central communication standards HART, PROFIBS PA and Foundation Fieldbus, but is also certified under ATEX and IECEx, which enables the devices to be used worldwide. SITRANS TS is therefore suitable for both basic and highly demanding applications throughout the entire process industry.

The modular SITRANS TS product family consists of the three product lines SITRANS TS100, TS200 and TS500. They are suitable for a wide range of applications in the process industry, such as in the fields of chemicals, oil, gas and power. The product portfolio is clearly structured. Certain designs are certified under ATEX and IECEx as being flameproof for gas and dust, intrinsically safe, and Ex n. This has advantages for globally active users, especially in the fields of logistics, inventory management and documentation.

The SITRANS TS100 and TS200 product series are available as cable and compact thermometers. This makes them especially suitable for universal use, such as detecting the temperatures of machine bearings. The compact insertion thermometers can also be used in confined spaces, and their mineral insulated design makes them not only flexible but also resistant to vibrations and high temperatures up to +1,100 degrees Celsius. The SITRANS TS500 product line is designed for applications with low to high process stresses. A selection of protective tubes made of solid or welded pipe material is available for this purpose. The user can use a wide range of process connections, connection heads, sensor types, transmitters and displays to configure individual solutions for a process. The optional 4 to 20 mA transmitters, HART, PROFIBUS PA and Foundation Fieldbus enable devices to be easily integrated into the operating tools of process control systems, such as SIMATIC PDM.

Industrial wireless everywhere...

Yokogawa has introduced a new “Wireless Anywhere” business concept on the plant-wide use of ISA100.11a compliant wireless communication technologies for both monitoring and control applications. Yokogawa will aggressively promote this concept to widen the use of ISA100.11a-compliant products and related services. This augments our existing “Grow” concept, which encourages the introduction of wireless communication technologies by making a case for their inherent reliability, flexibility, and openness.

The ISA100.11a standard ensures high reliability, application flexibility, network expandability, and compatibility with a variety of wired communication standards such as FOUNDATION™ fieldbus, HART®, and PROFIBUS. “ISA100.11a full functional” field wireless network systems and devices make use of state-of-the-art dual redundant technologies that enable a much higher level of reliability, and allow massive scalability and long-range

The Wireless Anywhere concept
By following up on the Grow concept with this announcement of the Wireless Anywhere concept, Yokogawa is advocating the use of “ISA100.11a full functional” field wireless systems throughout plants. To this end, Yokogawa will pursue the following three initiatives:

1. Modularizing wireless components to accelerate product development
Yokogawa will develop modularised wireless components that incorporate the various technologies in its field wireless devices. This will make it easier for vendors to implement the ISA100.11a technology in new sensor products, and accelerate time to market. By the end of 2013 Yokogawa plans to begin releasing new field wireless devices with these components.

2. Promoting adoption of the ISA100.11a standard
Yokogawa will work with other members of the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute (ISA100WCI) to increase the number of WCI member companies and promote acceptance of the ISA100.11a standard, thereby expanding the field wireless market. To make a wider range of ISA100.11a-compliant products available to the market, Yokogawa may supply modularized components to other vendors.

3. Facilitating host connectivity for both wired and wireless field networks
To encourage the use of field wireless systems in both monitoring and control applications, Yokogawa will seek to improve the effectiveness of plant-wide field digital networks by making it possible for wired and wireless field devices and systems to connect with host monitoring and control systems. This will necessitate the development of technologies that will ensure host systems and field devices can communicate with each other using a variety of protocols. For example, an ISA100.11a-compliant adapter would enable a wired field device to link up with a wireless network.

Their approach to field wireless communications
For continuous processes that need sophisticated wireless control technologies, Yokogawa released the world’s first ISA100.11a compliant system devices and transmitters in July 2010, giving customers an expanded range of device choices. In July 2012, Yokogawa released a reliable, large-scale field wireless system for plant use.

ISA100.11a Full Functional Field Wireless System Features
Such systems ensure responses in real time by making use of state-of-the-art dual redundant technologies and can be quite large in scale, supporting connections to up to 500 field wireless devices. The data update time is 5 seconds when the system consists of a host system and 500 field wireless devices, and 1 second with a host system and 200 field wireless devices. The field wireless devices are proven to be able to communicate over distances up to 10 km*2, 20 times the range of conventional systems.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Waveform monitor with HDMI/HDCP connection

Tektronix has expanded its award-winning line of waveform monitors and rasterisers with its new WFM and WVR5250 models, the only products in their respective classes to offer HDMI-HDCP inputs that enable broadcasters, operators and equipment manufacturers to directly monitor the quality of the video and audio output of set-top boxes (STBs) and Blu-ray players for the first time. This unique capability makes the WFM/WVR5250 the most comprehensive, compact and portable video and audio test tools available for acquisition, post production and compliance monitoring.

Before the WFM/WVR5250 and its HDMI-HDCP inputs, there was no way to monitor the video signal quality output from STBs, Blu-ray players and other consumer devices with HDMI outputs. The majority of video and audio content provided through the HDMI connector on consumer devices such as STBs and Blu-ray players is encrypted, using HDCP for copy protection and only certified HDCP compliant devices can provide the necessary decoding. The WFM/WVR5250 is HDCP compliant allowing users to have direct access to the data they need to assess the quality of the signal output by any consumer device that uses HDMI interfaces. This is essential for users who are trying to objectively measure the customer Quality of Experience and compliance to broadcast and regulatory standards as seen by viewers.

In addition to checking the output of their STBs, broadcasters, operators and equipment manufacturers can use the HDMI-HDCP connectivity of the WFM/WVR5250 to test new STB firmware releases in the lab and diagnose interoperability issues. This eliminates the need for dedicated HDMI protocol analyzers. Operators can also conduct audio loudness "quick checks" which is important for complying with the EBU - Recommendation R 128 and for ensuring audio quality during live sports events and other programming.

"As the only waveform monitors and rasterizers with HDMI-HDCP inputs, our new WFM/WVR5250 models are truly state-of-the-art, setting a new standard for the industry," said Eben Jenkins, general manager, Video Product Line, Tektronix. "Adding the flexibility to monitor set-top box outputs with EBU R 128 compliance 'quick checks', combined with monitoring Blu-ray players' video and audio outputs, exemplifies our commitment to innovation and continued dedication to helping our customers stay at the forefront of their industries."

Enclosure and component agreement

Anglia Components has signed a new Britain and Ireland distribution agreement with CamdenBoss covering its full range of enclosures, interconnect and components. Under the agreement, Anglia will be able to offer customers CamdenBoss custom enclosures based on the company’s zero-NRE Flat Sheet Plastic Technology (FSPT) process, and will stock a profile of standard enclosures, interconnect, fuses, fuse holders and other emech components.
Graham Bridger, Marketing Director, Anglia; Nicola Kay, Managing Director, CamdenBoss; Chrissy Cooper, Director of Distribution Sales, CamdenBoss; Kerry Higham, Product Marketing Manager, Anglia
According to David Pearson, Technical Director of Anglia, “The addition of CamdenBoss gives Anglia access to a range of cost-effective, quality enclosures that can be readily adapted to suit a whole range of prototype and low/mid volume manufacturing applications. We’re particularly excited about the CamdenBoss FSPT range which allows customers the benefit of a fully customised enclosure made to their exact design specification without any tooling charges or lead-times. Now any application in any volume can be housed in a case made specifically for the customer’s purpose.”

Nicola Kay, Managing Director of CamdenBoss, responded saying, “We believe in working closely with our distributors, and there is a great fit between Anglia and CamdenBoss. Anglia’s reach into the UK electronics industry is exceptionally impressive and they have demonstrated that they can take us to a market and to customers that we don’t currently address. Our enclosures and other components significantly extend Anglia’s portfolio, allowing them to offer a much more complete range to their customers.”

CamdenBoss offers a huge range of plastic and die-cast housings for electronic applications. Of particular interest is its Flat Sheet Plastic fabrication technology, a process which resembles sheet metal fabrication and allows the production of plastic enclosures from CAD drawings without the need to set up costly tooling. CamdenBoss can produce high quality housings to a customers’ exact design in terms of size, shape, colour and other attributes and can do this cost-effectively in small quantities for prototype and low to medium volume production runs. If volumes subsequently increase, CamdenBoss can use the same CAD drawings to produce tooling that will allow an identical moulded enclosure to be manufactured. Anglia will offer its customers FSPT custom enclosures, and will also carry a strong stock profile of the CamdenBoss enclosure ranges. This will include standard, hand-held, heavy-duty, sealed, desktop, potting and DIN-rail enclosures.

The Anglia range of CamdenBoss enclosures and other components is available from the Anglia Live website, "the first electronic component site aimed at engineers designing for mass production."

Cost efficiency – Make energy waste visible!

Fluke Preventive Maintenance platform packed with advice on Cost Efficiency

The Fluke Preventive Maintenance platform is packed with advice on how to save plant running costs. The Cost Efficiency section highlights how to minimise unplanned downtime, how to calculate losses through poor power quality, and how to minimise energy waste. From power quality analysers to process calibrators, handheld oscilloscopes, wireless test tools and thermal imagers, Fluke rugged tools provide the information to help cut plant energy costs and minimise downtime and production stops. Return on Investment Calculators for a range of products help the decision making process.
Cost Efficiency on Fluke's Preventive 
Maintenance Platform

Aimed primarily at industry service and maintenance engineers, process industry engineers, power quality engineers and industrial consultants, the preventive maintenance platform will help grow expertise for best practice in maximising uptime, saving costs and optimising processes.

Preventive maintenance avoids equipment problems before they occur, cutting repair costs and limiting unplanned downtime. It also reduces energy waste, to help ensure that buildings and equipment work at peak efficiencies at all times, at the same time reducing the environmental footprint.

Poor power quality leads to energy loss, and wasted money. It has always been hard to calculate how much, but, with their 430 Series II three-phase Power Quality Analysers, users are able to calculate the cost of energy loss due to inefficient electrical systems in the local currency.

Fluke thermal imagers, designed for plant maintenance and troubleshooting technicians and electricians who need to maintain and inspect electrical and mechanical equipment and components, can spot overheating in motors, for example, as well as poor insulation in walls, doors, windows and roofs. These issues can also indicate process and building problems, like motor wear and damp in building fabric, before they cause even more expensive damage.

Support is provided by a range of media available on the platform. ROI Calculators; Application Notes and Case Studies of best practices which can be downloaded; video testimonials showing the benefits from customers’ successful application of these products can be viewed online; online virtual product demonstrations show the capabilities of the tools; applicable Fluke tools are listed, with click-throughs for more detail on each product; and to ensure that these tools are used to their full potential, classroom seminars, online webinars and training are all available to members of the Fluke Academy, which is free to join via the web site.

Busbar systems for DC applications

Rittal’s existing RiLine60 busbar system has been adapted to operate on DC networks. With ratings of up to 1600A it has been successfully tested to 1500v DC at potential short circuit currents of 50,000 amps.

Fully shrouded, Rittal’s RiLine60 busbar system offers a high level of equipment and personnel protection. A range of adaptors allow for easy cable connection for both incoming and outgoing circuits.

Typical application areas include: Motor control drive systems; Photovoltaics – solar power generation plants and Industrial – heat treatment processes, crane controls and galvanisation plant.

European imaging distribution partnership broadened

Xenics has extended the existing distribution agreement for its industrial IR cameras with Stemmer Imaging of Puchheim (D) The new agreement adds Germany and Austria to Stemmer Imaging's distributorship in Britain and France, further broadening its position in the European industrial IR market.
Christof Zollitsch, General Manager of Stemmer Imaging (left), and Guido Deutz, Xenics Sales Manager Europe (right), after signing the Distributor Partnering Agreement for Germany and Austria.
"Our newly extended partnership with Stemmer Imaging is a clear indication to the European market about the excellent image quality and user flexibility of our industrial IR cameras for industrial automation, machine vision and process control. Specifically, this pertains to their small form-factor layout, broad range of lenses availability and industry-standard data interfaces support," said Guido Deutz, Xenics Sales Manager Europe. "The new agreement enlarges the potential for quick and easy imaging systems integration through the proven support of Stemmer Imaging to our German and Austrian customers."

Xenics IR line camera Lynx-GigE.
Christof Zollitsch, Managing Director of Stemmer Imaging, said: "The high-quality infrared cameras offered by Xenics have fully satisfied our quality demands. Based on the positive response from our customers and system partners in the UK and France, our distributing these industrial IR cameras in Germany and Austria will be a very promising widening of our sales and support territories. We see excellent prospects for attractive new application areas of Xenics' leading IR technology."

The Xenics product portfolio included in the distribution partnership with Stemmer Imaging comprises industrial infrared cameras in the visible to short-wave infrared (Bobcat, Cheetah and XS), and long-wave infrared (Gobi). Also included are the industrial versions of Xenics' highly sensitive line-scan cameras (Lynx) in the short-wave infrared realm - one of Xenics' core capabilities.

As presented and introduced at Vision 2012 in Stuttgart, the functional and performing highlights of Xenics cameras - such as Bobcat, Gobi and Lynx - are their standard data interfaces like GigE Vision, CameraLink and, soon to come: CoaXPress. Widespread applications of these advanced industrial cameras are found in food inspection, solar systems testing and electronic component manufacturing.

Xenics founder and CEO Bob Grietens comments on the distribution agreement: "Extending our partnership with Stemmer Imaging in the industrial IR segment will further strengthen the capabilities of our European customers in developing effective and reliable solutions for their specific requirements. I'm convinced that now many more industrial users will utilise the IR spectrum by closely working with a strong technology partner, to the benefit of their own customers."

Powerful new CPU & firmware for compact modular controllers

The Simatic S7-1217C CPU extends the Siemens Industry Automation Division product portfolio of compact, modular Simatic S7-1200 controllers in the high-end performance range. The entire Simatic S7-1200 controller range now benefits from firmware version 4.0 and its outstanding Profinet iDevice functionality.

With 125 kilobyte (KB) capacity, the work memory of the new Simatic S7-1217C CPU is 25 KB larger than the most powerful S7-1215C so far. Moreover, the new compact CPU comes with line driver ports to drive stepping motor controls at a frequency of up to 1 megahertz. Like its most powerful predecessor, the new Simatic S7-1217C CPU has a processing speed of 0.08 microseconds per operation. In addition to line driver I/Os, its features include 24 volt DC standard inputs and outputs, Profinet functionality with two ports, and two analog inputs and outputs. The device is designed as a DC/DC/DC variant.

The new firmware version 4.0 now enables all Simatic S7-1200 CPUs to operate as Profinet iDevices in addition to the already available option of operating as a Profinet controller. The new firmware now also equips Simatic S7-1200 compact controllers with a real-time tracing functionality for application diagnostics and debugging. This tracing functionality was previously available only in the most powerful controller systems. Another new feature of firmware version 4.0 is the formula & recipe management implemented in the CPU, providing the user with formula and recipe data in .csv format. Moreover, the new version offers enhanced access protection against unauthorized configuration modifications. Four authorization stages are now available for accessing the CPU.

These compact, modular Simatic S7-1200 controllers are used for controlling and monitoring tasks in mechanical and plant engineering. Their applications range from relay and contactor replacement, materials handling, pump control and energy management to distributed tasks in more complex automation networks.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Well tested EMFs at Birmingham show


The NEC in Birmingham is the venue for the must attend IWEX Water Live exhibition being held from the 16th – 18th April 2013. It forms part of the Sustainability Live show which is the ultimate event for the energy, water and energy from waste sectors.

KROHNE will be on stand D24 to showcase their latest products for the wastewater industry including a range of MCERTS approved instruments.

Following a stringent testing programme, KROHNE’s WATERFLUX 3100, 3300 and 3070 electromagnetic water meters and the OPTIFLUX 2100 and 2300 electromagnetic flowmeters have been approved for use on MCERTS continuous water monitoring flow applications.

The strengths of the WATERFLUX lie in its unique flow sensor construction with a rectangular and reduced cross section and its efficient coil construction. The coils are arranged so that a strong, homogeneous magnetic field is formed meaning that measurement is independent of flow profile. It also allows for extremely short inlets and outlets.

The OPTIFLUX 2000 electromagnetic flowmeter has been designed to meet the demands of all wastewater applications. When combined with either the IFC100 or IFC300 electromagnetic signal converters it provides an MCERTS approved measurement solution with long term reliability and durability, making it an ideal meter for wastewater measurement tasks.

As well as also being able to view products from KROHNE’s range of Variable Area, Ultrasonic and Temperature Instruments, visitors will be the first in the UK to see KROHNE’s brand new range of SMARTSENS analytical instruments, the first family of analytical sensors that no longer require external transmitters.

‘’KROHNE has long been seen as a leader and innovator in instrumentation’’ says Andy Muschamp, UK & Ireland Sales Manager at KROHNE Ltd. "The wastewater industry is an extremely important market for us and we have invested heavily in bringing products to market that fully meet our customers’ requirements and offer them a complete solution with the relevant industry approvals. We are looking forward to meeting both new and existing customers at IWEX 2013 and demonstrating why our range of products is perfect for their needs’’.