Friday, July 19, 2013

Navigating the Maze of Customer Connections!

We have just received the advance programme and keynote presenter for the 8th ISA Marketing and Sales Summit, to be held 11-13 September 2013 in the unbelievable Crescent City of New Orleans (LA USA).

The conference program, “Innovation In Automation: Navigating the Maze of Customer Connections,” centers on proven, practical strategies and techniques that marketing and sales professionals serving the automation community can harness to connect directly with qualified prospects, strengthen customer relationships, and achieve their professional goals.

A content-rich agenda features a highly informative range of expert-led sessions, panel discussions, workshops, and dynamic presentations. Attendees will:
  • Discover how to leverage social networks to their advantage
  • Learn to influence prospects’ and customers’ perceptions of cost, value, and benefits in complex sales
  • Recognize the most effective marketing tools and processes in a rapidly evolving environment
  • Master how to generate reliable ROI data
  • Participate in a variety of expert-led workshops, panel discussions, and tutorials
  • Come away with solutions and ideas they can immediately put to work
Key topic areas include:
  • best practices in social media
  • guerilla marketing
  • brand marketing
  • market-driven product development
  • winning complex accounts
  • business development
  • advertising in the digital age
The keynote presentation at the event, “Privacy and Power in the Automation Industry,” will be delivered by Glen Bounds, a global modernization consultant at Invensys, on the morning of Thursday, 12 September.

The presentation will explore growing security and privacy concerns in the Internet age, particularly given the wide assortment of technologies, platforms and systems accessing, storing and interpreting critical data. Bounds draws upon his many years of experience in the power and energy industry to examine the implications on product design and development, and customer interaction.

Other highlights of the event, sponsored by the ISA Management Division, include:
  • An evening plenary on Wednesday, 11 September titled, “Social Media Marketing during a Crisis: Boston Marathon Bombing Revisited.” The plenary will be moderated by Jim Cahill, who directs social media at Emerson Process Management.
  • "A Fireside Chat with Dick Morley," the keynote lunch presentation on Friday, 13 September. Morley is a leading visionary in advanced technology development as well as an inventor, entrepreneur, author, consultant and engineer.
  • A pre-conference workshop and marketing communications class, on Wednesday, 11 September, led by Walt Boyes—an automation legend with more than 25 years of experience in sales, sales management, marketing, and product development. The workshop will provide valuable insights that will help marketing and sales professionals negotiate their way through today’s fast-changing automation environment, and meet their career goals.

New Orlean's incomparable French Quarter
The summit will take place at the W New Orleans hotel, one of the city’s most stylish and luxurious hotels. Located just steps from the famous French Quarter, but in a quiet location for peaceful nights’ rest, the W New Orleans is close to many fine restaurants, shopping, Harrah’s Casino, the Warehouse District and other exciting destinations.

British Ambassador calls on energy monitoring & management company in Galway

Recently, Dominick Chilcott, the British Ambassador to Ireland, paid a visit to Meterlogix in Galway, the nearest city to the Read-out Signpost. Meterlogix are an energy monitoring and management company who help businesses reduce their power usage, and so save money.

Mr Chilcott was in Galway for an event in the university (NUIG) and wanted to meet some of the interesting companies based in Galway that are working with the British Trade and Investment Dept (UKTI) and the British Embassy suggested Meterlogix.

‘I was a bit surprised when the Embassy asked me to meet the Ambassador!’ says Ollie Walsh, Managing Director of Meterlogix, ‘but delighted to welcome him to our offices. Initially I had assumed it would be a quick photo opportunity, but he stayed for an hour and we had a good conversation about opportunities for Irish companies in the UK and UKTI supports available for them.’

Meterlogix launched their British office in Sheffield earlier this year and have had several meetings with the Embassy since then. ‘Every new company needs support and advice, regardless of the company’s existing experience’ claims Walsh, ‘at Meterlogix, we are happy to listen to all the advice offered to us. We have had meetings with Galway City and County Enterprise Board, we are a HPSU Client with Enterprise Ireland and have had initial conversations with InterTrade Ireland on setting up in UK and the North, but we have found the UKTI services complement what we are receiving here. Enterprise Ireland are helping us with introductions in Britain, UKTI are helping with additional introductions, both organisations let us use their facilities for meetings, so where Enterprise Ireland don’t have an office, we can use UKTI offices. Being able to organise a meeting in either offices lends weight to our business.’

According to Ambassador Chilcott, ‘UKTI is very interested in helping Irish businesses develop and grow. As we see it, our two economies are very closely linked so what is good for the Irish economy is generally good for the UK economy’

Thursday, July 18, 2013

HeavyDuty encoder is compliant to IECEx standard

EEx HOG 161 is the youngest Baumer HeavyDuty incremental encoder in explosion-proof design with IECEx certifcation in device category 2 G.

The encapsulated, pressure-proof device for enhanced safety is compliant to both ATEX Directive 94/9/EG for potentially explosive atmospheres (II 2 G Ex d e IIC T6 Gb) and IECEx scheme (Ex d e IIC T6 Gb) and this way allows for deployment in anyone of the 30 countries worldwide that have adopted the IECEx standard. In particular manufacturers of export-oriented equipment benefit from the international certification.

The encoder operates on the optical sensing technique and depending on the product variant provides 250 to 2.500 impulses per turn. Inner through-hollow shaft diameters from 30 to 70 mm, high bearing load capacity of 650 N radial and 450 N axial ensure maximum service life. The robust housing will reliably protect the encoder against adverse ambient conditions and the large terminal box enabling four different mounting positions will considerably ease electrical installation.

The Baumer Group is an international leading manufacturer and developer of sensors, encoders, measuring instruments and components for automated image-processing. Baumer combines innovative technology and customer-oriented service into intelligent solutions for factory and process automation and offers a uniquely wide range of related products and technologies.

With more than 2,500 employees and production plants, sales branches and agencies in 36 subsidiaries and 18 countries, the family-owned company is always close to the customer. Industrial clients in many sectors gain vital advantages and measurable added value from the worldwide consistency of Baumer’s high quality standards and its enormous innovative potential. For further information, visit on the internet.

Power supplies ex stock!

Stadium Power is now offering its customers the opportunity to buy a wide range of standard products direct from the new ecommerce section of its website.

The “buy online” range includes AC-DC power supplies, LED drivers, DIN Rail PSUs, EN54 power supplies, battery chargers and EMC Filters. Online orders will be available for fast delivery from stocks held in Britain. Discounts of up to 50% are possible on high volume orders placed for online stock and delivery is free on orders over stg£50 (ca €60).

Typical specifications of products available via the new online shop include; AC-DC power supplies from 25-1500W, LED drivers from 10-300W, EMC filters from 3-60A and EN54 Fire and Security system component power supplies offering the industry standard 13.8V and 27.6V outputs.

Stadium Power has over 30 years of experience in the manufacture of custom, standard and medical switch mode power supplies, programmable power supplies and converters, LED drivers and EMC Filters to international standards including EN, IEC, CSA and UL.

The company can offer a complete design and build custom power supply service including in-house Design, Engineering, NPI, PCB assembly and box build services. Offshore manufacturing for high volume products can be provided through their wholly owned facility in Asia.

Programming software & simple motion modules compliant with PLC open standard

Mitsubishi Electric Europe has been awarded a Certificate of Compliance for Function Blocks for Motion Control by PLCopen for its Simple Motion Module and GX Works2 software. The certification recognises the compliance of these products with IEC61131-3 standards in the implementation of motion control function blocks, and demonstrates Mitsubishi Electric’s commitment to best practice in automation system design and to this important open standard.

Eelco van der Wal (left) presents 

certificate to Oliver Giertz
The certificate was handed to Oliver Giertz, Product Manager Servo/Motion Systems and Robots at Mitsubishi Electric’s Factory Automation European Business Group, by Eelco van der Wal, Managing Director of PLCopen at this year's Hannover Fair. Oliver Giertz comments: “We are delighted to have been recognised for our compliance to IEC61131-3 – a standard which is helping to drive up performance standards in automation while driving down costs in system design, development and maintenance.”

Mitsubishi Electric’s Simple Motion Module has been designed to offer the flexibility to include or add motion to the L and Q series PLC. A variety of controls including homing, positioning control, speed control, torque control, cam control and synchronous control can all be achieved with the 39 certified Function blocks. The Simple motion modules are capable of two, four and 16 axes of control.

GX Works2 is Mitsubishi Electric’s next generation configuration and programming software for the company’s FX,L series and Q series controllers. It allows developers to mix and match between five different programming languages. A key feature is the ability to save parts of projects in libraries for use within future applications. This means that once a function, function block, program or structure is written, tested and proven, it can be integrated into new projects in minutes.

GX Works 2 Training

Mitsubishi Automation Ireland are holding two PLC training coursesat their Dublin offices in Ballymount.

GX Works 2 Basic Level - 15th & 16th October 2013
GX Works 2 Advanced - 10th & 11th December 2013

GX Works2 brings together the best of GX Developer and GX IEC Developer into a single powerful development tool. It allows programmers to more easily access the advanced features of the latest PLC CPUs. GX Works 2 has replaced GX Developer as the software programming tool for PLC’s.

Dynamic signal acquisition module

Adlink Technology has released a new four-channel USB 2.0 dynamic signal acquisition module, the USB-2405. A built-in IEPE excitation current source provides 2mA on each AI channel, and BNC connectors enable the USB-2405 to provide high accuracy and excellent dynamic performance for microphone and accelerometer measurement in vibration and acoustic applications. Featuring superior accuracy with low temperature drift, built-in anti-aliasing filters, support flexible trigger mode, and USB bus power, the USB-2405 embodies an ideal portable solution for time-frequency analysis and research.

High Accuracy with Low Temperature Drift
The ADLINK USB-2405 supports four analog input channels simultaneously sampling up to 128kS/s, and delivers 100 dB dynamic range and -94 dB THD of dynamic performance. Built-in anti-aliasing filters enable filter cutoff frequency to be automatically adjusted to the sampling rate, suppressing out-of-band noise and avoiding measurement distortion. The USB-2405 also supports auto-calibration for ensured accuracy, and minimizes temperature drift in the field with maximum gain drift of 11ppm/°C, an impressive 50% of the maximum available market performance. The USB-2405’s low DC measurement drift, along with temperature deviation, optimize accuracy in spite of the environment.

Flexible Sampling Rate & Triggering
The ADLINK USB-2405 provides flexible sampling rate, and built-in DDS (direct digital synthesis) generates a programmable sample clock with superior frequency resolution, enabling resolution of 3x10-4 S/s. In addition, the USB-2405 supports external digital/analog trigger source, and flexible trigger modes including post, delay, middle, gated, pre-trigger, and re-trigger, all maximizing convenience of use.

The USB-2405 provides lockable USB to enhance connectivity, and the included multi-functional stand fully supports desktop, rail, or wall mounting. ADLINK's easy-to-use U-Test software is included at no extra charge. With no programming required, the USB-2405 delivers fast, easy instrument setup and quality data acquisition. The USB-2405 supports Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP operating systems, and is fully compatible with third-party software such as LabVIEW™, MATLAB®, and Visual Studio.NET®.

European education facility in France

Control valve training helps to minimise unscheduled shutdowns, reduce maintenance costs and optimise plant performance

As part of its global service initiative, Emerson Process Management has opened a new European Education Facility at the valve manufacturing centre of excellence in Cernay, France. Opened to meet the Fisher® valve training requirements of customers from across Europe, the facility aims to support companies that want to minimise unscheduled shutdowns, reduce maintenance costs and optimise their plants.
New European Education Facility meets the Fisher valve training requirements of customers from across Europe

The new facility extends Emerson’s educational support by offering a broad range of training tools and courses aimed at European control valves users. Delivered by experienced and certified trainers, the training courses have been designed to cover all aspects of control valves, including engineering, optimisation, diagnostics and maintenance.

"The new European Education Facility will help customers that want to make significant plant improvements, but also face the prospect of losing valuable experienced engineers through retirement," said Hans Nieuwpoort, Director Quick Ship & Service Fisher Europe, Emerson Process Management. "Losing valuable experience can potentially lead to increasing and longer shut down periods, which lowers plant efficiency. By providing new and existing workers with the necessary skills and understanding of control valves and instrumentation, we aim to minimise the impact of this lost experience."

A unique feature of the facility is its Flow Laboratory, which provides a sophisticated training infrastructure for control valves and instrumentation. The laboratory includes a flow loop and a dynamic performance loop, both powered by Emerson’s PlantWeb™ digital plant architecture. This is equipped with multiple communicating systems, software and instrumentation, allowing participants to learn how control valve technologies affect the dynamic performance and impact their processes.

The new education facility was officially opened in last May (2013). Emerson customers who attended the opening event were given an opportunity to discuss the range of courses and training tools available that can be specifically linked with their own activities. Attendees were also provided with an insight into valve sizing and Emerson’s Fisher FIELDVUE™ digital valve controller technology.

Two-wire Magmeters

The Proline Promag 200 electromagnetic flow meter, a two-wire magmeter that offers the same measuring performance as four-wire magmeters has just been launched by Endress+Hauser.

The Promag H200 is available in line sizes of 1/12 to 1 inch and Promag P200 is available in line sizes of 1/2 to 8 inch for measuring the flow rates of conductive fluids with an accuracy of ±0.5% of range and repeatability of ±0.2 % of range.

The flowmeter operates in process temperatures from -40 to 304 ºF. Connections include welded, threaded, hygienic and flanged versions that meet EN/DIN PN 16-40, ASME B16.5 Cl 150, Cl 300 and JIS 10K and 20K process connection pressure ratings.

Installation is simpler and less costly than a four-wire device because a separate power source isn’t required. Because the meter is intrinsically safe, no seals or external enclosures are required for installations in hazardous areas. The Promag 200 has ATEX, IECEx and cCSAus approvals for installations in Class I, Division 1 and 2 groups, and for Zones 1 and 2. The Promag 200 also meets IEC 61508 SIL, ANSI and NAMUR safety requirements.

The output of the Promag 200 is a two-wire, 4-20 mA signal with HART or a pulse/frequency/switch output. The HART option offers a wealth of two-way information capabilities including diagnostics, and instrument status. The magmeter has a local four-line text display with touch control, guided menus, ”Make it Run” wizards for setting up applications, and displays for information on causes and remedial measures.

All device data and device configurations are automatically saved in nonvolatile memory in a HistoROM module in the Promag 200’s transmitter housing. HistoROM is an intelligent device data management system that makes it possible to replace the flowmeter quickly and easily without loss of data. Configuration data can also be transferred to a replacement flowmeter using the HistoROM module.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Anniversary discount for test meters

Fluke wants the customer to discover the story behind the anniversary. Not only to read about it, but also by experiencing Fluke products.

Fluke is celebrating its 65th anniversary by offering special promotions. When purchased between 15th July and 27th September 2013 from participating distributors, Fluke (UK) is offering customers more than 20% price reductions on its entry level Fluke 113 true-rms Digital Multimeters, Fluke 323 true-rms Clamp Meters and Fluke 414D Laser Distance Meters. The special promotions at a recommended price of £84 (Stg) are here, with links at the bottom of the page to obtain more detail about each meter and about the Fluke story.

The Fluke 113 Digital Multimeter meets the latest safety standards and is designed to help utility electrical contractors and industrial electricians to quickly diagnose electrical problems. Using the Fluke VCHEK™ LoZ low impedance measurement function, users can simultaneously test for voltage or continuity. The Min/Max function enables recording of signal fluctuations. Featuring a large backlit display, the Fluke 113 also offers diode test and auto and manual ranging.

The Fluke 323 Clamp Meter is ideal for rugged, all-purpose use in residential, commercial, HVAC/R and light industrial electrical applications. It features a slim, ergonomic design for comfortable all-day use with a large, easy-to-read display and has a CAT III 600V/CAT IV 300V safety rating. Featuring a ‘hold’ button, it measures true-rms AC voltage to 600V and true-rms AC current to 400A for accurate measurement of non-linear signals, DC voltages to 600V, as well as resistance to 40kOhms with continuity detection.

The professional-grade Fluke 414D Laser Distance Meter is ideal for a broad range of building/construction, industrial, maintenance, and professional services applications. It delivers accurate, point-and-click measurements of up to 50m (with ±2mm accuracy), allowing for easy measurement of hard to access areas, like high ceilings, without climbing a ladder. It provides easy addition and subtraction functions, a Pythagoras function for height measurements, quick calculation of area and volume, and comes with a 3-year warranty.

Fluke was founded by John Fluke in Springdale, Connecticut, USA in 1948. In 1993, Fluke bought the testing and measuring device division from Philips Electronics in Eindhoven, Netherlands. This location today serves as Fluke’s regional office for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In the Great Britain, Fluke has an office and manufacturing facility in Norwich. As from the start, in 1948, innovations continue to advance the capabilities of these essential tools.

Fluke wants the customer to discover the story behind the anniversary. Not only to read about it, but also by experiencing Fluke products.

Partner for 19" racks and enclosures in Britain

Foremost Electronics has been appointed as a British Channel Partner for 19” racks, enclosures and accessories by Schroff Pentair Equipment Protection.

Formerly best known as Schroff in the European electronics market, Pentair offers a broad range of products for a diverse range of industries that safely and reliably protect electronic controls and systems from dust, dirt, oil, water, corrosion, heat and other contaminants. In addition to a wide range of standard products, leading edge technology and market expertise can be brought to bear to deliver modified enclosures that fit complex customer needs.
(L to R) Neo Ioannou, 4most sales, Andrew McLean Hall, Pentair Sales Manager, Bart Stezowski, Pentair sales, Dave Martin, M.D Pentair, Claire Smith, 4most sales, Alan Vincent, Sales Director 4most, Keith Reynolds, Pentair Recently retired Technical Manager, Haydn Wren, 4most Technical Sales & QA, Jake Pitcher, 4most sales

Alan Cook, Managing Director of Foremost Electronics comments, “With our long experience of supplying eMech products to the UK market the very wide range of cabinets and enclosures we can now offer from Pentair will complement our existing product ranges and simplify our customers purchasing needs.”

HMI industry bar raised

Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking has released its newest generation of Human Machine Interfaces (HMI – the Graphite ™ series of advanced operator interface panels. With all cast-aluminum construction, the Graphite series provides the industry’s first rugged HMI solution to combine a wide range of versatile plug-in modules with protocol conversion, data logging and web-based monitoring and control.
The Graphite series allows customers to easily connect, monitor and control their process in industries that include manufacturing, oil and gas, and water/wastewater. The series’ range of plug-in modules enables customers to easily create a solution for today, with an option to expand to meet changing business requirements. Further, organizations will realize a reduction in development and commissioning times over traditional systems that use an HMI paired with separate I/O, PLCs and other controllers.

“We have used just about everyone’s HMIs, and Graphite is by far the best in terms of appearance and functionality,” said Pierre de Giorgio, president at BlueBay Automation (TN USA). “It is the most feature-rich HMI that we have ever used, the graphics and resolution are amazing, and with Red Lion’s Crimson 3.0 software, the move to Graphite is seamless.”

Graphite HMIs are available in eight different models, in sizes ranging from 7” to 15”, with sleek bezels that provide a relatively large display given their overall dimension. Both the 7” and 10” HMIs are available as sunlight visible models. Combined with Graphite’s rugged packaging, these models are ideal for harsh outdoor environments.

Offering a built-in web server, Graphite HMIs enable users to monitor and control their application via PCs, tablets or smartphones. SMS text-messaging and email alerts provide early warning of process issues, which helps to avoid costly downtime. In addition, its built-in protocol converter allows programmers to select 13 or more simultaneous protocols from a list of over 250 to seamlessly integrate disparate devices such as PLCs, drives, barcode readers and panel meters.

“The HMI has become the nexus of the machine, and Red Lion’s new Graphite series offers the highest level of protocol support to simplify even the most complex multi-vendor environments,” said Jeff Thornton, director of product management at Red Lion Controls. “By logging performance data and critical events, customers can implement process improvements or perform fault-finding activities.”

The new HMIs are supported by Red Lion’s award-winning Crimson 3.0 software, which is included at no extra cost. Crimson 3.0 makes it fast and easy to configure protocols, define data tags, set up sophisticated applications and create an attractive user interface. Designed for ease of use, Crimson allows customers to cost-effectively standardize on one HMI for all of their machines, regardless of the PLC or drive manufacturer used.

• Red Lion products are marketed through Instrument Technology Ltd. in Ireland.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Compatible 5.7" TFT expands line-up

Enhanced, cost effective upgrade for mature technology

KOE Europe has announced the introduction of a new 5.7" QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) TFT LCD module. The new TX14D26VM1BAA is a further addition to KOE's expanding Lite+ product family. Lite+ modules offer cost effective LCD solutions that feature industry standard screen sizes, display resolutions and data interfaces but without any compromise in display optical performance.

The new TX14D26VM1BAA provides a compatible upgrade for the existing KOE 5.7" TX14D22VM1BAA display module. The white LED backlight enables an exceptional brightness of 800cd/m² and an estimated half brightness lifetime of 40K hours. Contrast ratio is specified as 800:1.

Applications such as ticketing machines, point of sale terminals and public information kiosks are often found in high brightness outdoor environments. The KOE Lite+ product line-up feature high brightness, long-life LED backlights and high contrast ratios to provide strong optical performance and display images that are clear, concise and able to be viewed under bright ambient light conditions.

Mark Stephenson, Technical Marketing Manager, KOE Europe, said "The 5.7" display has been a de-facto industry display standard for many years and is used by a large and established customer base. We believe it is essential to maintain customer confidence and meet the needs of our customers by producing compatible, cost effective solutions for mature technology while still offering enhancements in optical performance such as improved brightness and contrast."

A 40-pin CMOS interface supporting 6-bit RGB enables a colour palette of up to 262K colours. The 5.7" module has mechanical outline dimensions of 131.0mm (w) x 102.2mm (h) x 7.1mm (d) and a operating temperature range of -30°C to +80°C.

Lite+ TFT displays are also suitable for medical, marine, process control, gaming and industrial applications.

Monday, July 15, 2013

'How to' seminars on raising performance and reducing risk!

An educational resource focused on raising the performance and reducing the risk of small-bore tubing systems will be on site at Offshore Europe 2013 (3-6/9/2013, Aberdeen GB)

The educational centre will be part of one of the most recognisable booths at this regular exhibition: the mobile demonstration centre runbythe instrumentation products division of Parker Hannifin - the global leader in motion and control technologies.

This year, Parker will be hosting mini training sessions, with experts providing no-cost tuition on the best practice installation of small bore tubing systems using industry-standard two-ferrule tube connections, and another version of the training for medium and high pressure connections up to 150,000 PSI. These valuable seminars will be complemented by many other useful educational presentations from Parker experts. Topical presentations throughout the show include materials selection for corrosion resistance, achieving close-coupling of instruments to piping connections, and improving integrity and reducing potential leak paths by eliminating threaded connections.

"Process instrumentation connections have evolved over a hundred years, and inevitably, connection and valve techniques are steeped in tradition," says Parker Hannifin's Charles Harris. "There's enormous scope for rethinking how things are done to provide more reliable systems and improve performance. Our mobile presentation centre gives us the means to give practical introductions on such innovations to instrumentation and piping engineers."
Parker's trailer will also feature the industry's most comprehensive selection of instrumentation valves, manifolds and tube fittings. Many of these are displayed in a real-world format using a long process pipeline equipped with the spectrum of common plant instrumentation, but interfaced using components based on next-generation principles.

Are you prepared for IEC61439?

Rittal offer a total solution that meets the new standards that will impact all control and power distribution panels from November 2014.

To satisfy the requirements of their customers Rittal have invested considerable resources to ensure they can offer a total solution to the panel builder and OEM.

Rittal also offer customers a software package that will reduce engineering time and confirm panels produced will meet the IEC61439 standard.

ISA President welcomes recognition for ISAT!

Last week we reported the high achievement of the learned journal published by ISA, ISA Transactions, The Journal of Automation. This remarkable achievement has now been commented upon by ISA President Terrence G Ives in an article on the Society's interactive news and information stream, ISA Interchange.

He points out that, "ISA’s reputation for providing automation professionals with the highest quality, unbiased technical information continues to grow!" He then goes on to outline just how extraordinary the achievement is in this area of learning. A former VP Publications in ISA described this publication as "the hidden treasure" of the Society's contribution to the automation sector and the citation from Thomas Reuter confirms its reputation outside the Society.

President Ives singles out the current editor for particular mention. "I want to take this opportunity to recognize Editor-in-Chief Ahmad Rad, Ph.D., his talented group of volunteer editors and editorial board members, and the many contributing authors and reviewers who are responsible for developing such a top-quality, well-regarded publication."

He goes on "Sometimes, it’s easy to take for granted all the great work that goes into ISA Transactions and ISA’s other bimonthly publication, InTech magazine, because they consistently furnish excellent content every two months. It’s important to pause and recognize the efforts and hard work that go into each edition."

An important fact, also not generally known, is that articles and papers from both publications form an important archive available free to members of the society. Admittedly these are not alway easy to access on the current website platform, which though state-of-the-art at the time of its inception has now become quite difficult to navigate. However Read-out has learned that a new platform is almost ready for launch and is due to be unveiled in the early Autumn.

In additional comments Vitor Finkel, a former ISA Vice President from Brazil in South America has commented, "Not only is ISAT a high reputation Journal, but it is probably the most "International" publication offered by ISA. Researchers and Professors from all around the World struggle to publish their findings in ISAT. Since the submissions received far superseded the available space in the Journal, a gauntlet filter has been imposed by the Editorial Advisory Board to select only the best quality papers. As a consequence, authors strive all the more to get published. Since 2012 ISAT is being published 6 times a year, (from traditional quarterly), to provide a better possibility for publication for authors and readers."

Enhanced version of flagship control system!

Yokogawa is continuously developing and enhancing CENTUM VP as the foundation of its IA business’s VigilantPlant® vision for operational excellence. The company has just announced the release of CENTUM® VP R5.03, an enhanced version of the company’s flagship production control system platform. In accordance with the strategies set out in the Evolution 2015 mid-term business plan, CENTUM VP has been enhanced with significant value creating new functions for process plant control and enterprise integration.

Future Development

With CENTUM VP as its core platform, Yokogawa continues to develop the most scalable, flexible and operator centric of production control systems architecture. Yokogawa is expanding its range of comprehensive production control systems solutions for process industry and manufacturing markets which make it easy to integrate field, plant and enterprise systems with a single platform.
New Features Include:
1. Wide area communication (WAC) router for control via public communications networks
Yokogawa has developed a WAC router that enables a CENTUM VP system to remotely monitor and control equipment over a wide area network (WAN) established using public communication lines, satellite links, and the like. The WAC router provides the same high reliability and security as the Vnet/IP control network that is used with Yokogawa production control systems. It compensates for limited bandwidth and transmission delays by prioritizing communications based on data type and target. For added reliability, the router has dual redundant communication modules. Each of these modules can be linked with the WAN by up to two communications lines. When two lines are employed, they may be of the same type or of different types, e.g. satellite link and fiber optic cable. The router enables reliable, secure and inexpensive monitoring and control of widely distributed facilities such as the production platforms and FPSO’s in deepwater offshore oil and gas production, pumping and compressor station controls along pipelines, and wellhead, gathering treatment and separation facilities in the new shale oil and gas onshore fields.

2. Enhanced batch functions 
The CENTUM VP R5.03 batch package¹ is based on ISA-88 and has enhanced functions that allow greater flexibility when accommodating changes in production procedures. The number of operating procedures has been increased and the recipe² procedure has been provided with additional levels of granularity, simplifying the process of making recipe changes. CENTUM VP R5.03 is thus ideal for companies that employ complex batch production processes and are engaged in such industries as foods, pharmaceuticals, and specialty chemicals.
¹ Used with batch processes that rely on the same facilities and equipment to produce a variety of products.
² A batch process recipe defines the manufacturing process for a specific product, specifying the requirements for items such as equipment, formulas, and procedures.

3. Easy integration with intelligent electric devices (IEDs)
CENTUM VP R5.03 supports the IEC 61850 communication protocol, which has been widely adopted in the electric power industry and manufacturing industries that operate processes with extensive electrical equipment and machinery. This latest version of CENTUM VP can integrate data from intelligent electric devices such as protective relays, switchgear, motor controls and power distribution equipment and can be used to monitor the operations at process plants whose electrical facilities have been designed based on the IEC 61850 standard. This allows better integration with the electrical equipment in process plants, eliminates the need for multiple systems in the plant and also enables the monitoring of electrical energy in process plants that allow for better plant energy management.

4. Eight-loop operation keyboard
A new keyboard has been released with sets of dedicated function keys that can be used to simultaneously adjust eight control loops. For graphic, alarm, and trending operations, there are also dedicated control keys, operation confirmation keys, window call-up keys, a total of 64 special function keys, and keys for alarm acknowledgement and key locking. This keyboard has been designed to make it easier for plant operators to perform their tasks.

Major Target Markets
Process control and monitoring applications in industries such as oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, electric power, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, foods and beverages, iron and steel, and water supply and wastewater treatment

Control monitoring and integration of distributed facilities, process plants and manufacturing operations