Friday, August 23, 2013

Infrared linescanners & thermal imaging system

Advanced linescanning solution provides real-time thermal imaging in harsh industrial environments

Ircon® has introduced the ScanIR® 3 infrared linescanners and thermal imaging system. The ScanIR3 Series includes a choice of eight models that provide accurate, real-time thermal imaging in a wide variety of industrial applications, including continuous sheet and web-based processes, as well as discrete manufacturing.

Combined with Ircon ScanView™ Pro software, the scanner is designed for reliability and continuous operation in harsh industrial environments. Its robust housing incorporates standard water-cooling and air purge, and also features built-in laser sighting. A rugged processor box provides universal input and output (I/O) capabilities in the field without the need for an external computer.

It provides accurate, real-time thermal imaging in a wide variety of industrial applications and it has one of the fastest scan speeds in the industry and offers complete data about even the highest-speed manufacturing processes. Unlike point sensors that measure a single point, the linescanner measures multiple temperature points across a scan line. Its motorised mirror scans at rates up to 150 lines per second, allowing rapid detection of temperature non-uniformities and hot spots. Rotating optics collect infrared radiation at 1024 points within a 90-degree field of view, and industry-leading optical resolution (up to 200:1) enables detection of smaller temperature anomalies. A two-dimensional image is formed as the material moves across the linescanner's field-of-view.

The ScanIR3 system is exceptionally easy to deploy and manage: a single bundled sensing head cable with a one-click connector to the scanner allows for fast and trouble-free installation. The unit's processor box supports various industry interfaces, including Ethernet, fiber optics (optional), and analog/digital I/O.

In addition, the multifunctional software allows custom configuration of instruments operating parameters, and display of thermal images and temperature profiles on a standard personal computer (PC). This enables real-time thermal imaging for temperature monitoring, display and analysis-users can quickly detect a hot spot or non-uniformity before it becomes a problem. The software includes features to subdivide thermal images from the ScanIR3 linescanner into portions of specific interest. Temperatures in each portion can be processed for a certain math function, such as average, maximum, or minimum temperature. In case of a thermal defect, a fail-safe alarm is triggered and logged. The software also includes a movie playback function for stored thermal images.

For interfacing with other control systems, temperatures are available as current or voltage analog outputs by virtue of the analog output modules provided as an option with the processor box. No PC is necessary to provide these outputs. It is also possible to output temperature values in a network via an OPC or DDE server. Users can specify security passwords and access levels with multiple language support.

It is offered with an optional modular, high-temperature enclosure system specifically designed to protect the scanner from exposure to ambient temperatures up to 1994°F (1090°C). While protected in this enclosure, the linescanner can operate comfortably in high-temperature processes, such as those seen in manufacturing steel and other metals, as well as glass and a variety of minerals.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Tiny all-in-one colour block camera

A new ultra-compact, all-in-one colour camera which supports both video and still images has been added to the popular FCB Block Camera Series from Sony and is now available from Stemmer Imaging. Incorporating a 1/2.45-type Exmor CMOS sensor and Sony’s original image signal processor, the new FCB-MA130 camera enables users to capture full HD resolution (1080p/30) movies and up to 13 Mpixel (4192 x 3104) still images.

Developed from mobile phone camera technology, the FCB-MA130 uses a piezo actuator module for focus over a range of 100 mm to 8 mm. Both manual focus and a ‘one push’ autofocus are provided. This micro camera measures just 16.5 x 10.3 x 18.0 mm meaning it can be used in a wide range of space-restricted applications.

Sony’s original image signal processor provides adaptive tone reproduction for a wide dynamic range, real time embedded image stabilisation and face detection to enable the system to be easily implemented in security and industrial applications. It also features a range of exposure controls and white balances, 3DNR noise reduction, and a 60 step, 16x digital zoom. It can be used in light conditions over 4 lx.

Support arm systems for human/machine interfaces

Rittal’s new range of modular support arm systems make it easy to turn, lift and swivel control panels with precision. Giving the operator a clear overview and the best possible control, the support arm systems provide an ergonomic interface between machines, control devices and operators.

Encapsulating the latest thinking on human/machine interfaces, this new modular support arm system offers the user consistency in both function and installation, reducing time required for assembly, alignment and maintenance and project planning.

Having a standardised design and a modular structure the new support arm system offers the ideal solution for every requirement and can be implemented for loads in the range of 60, 120 and 180 kg (based on a jib length of 1 m).

Their new modular support arm system boasts a number of ingenious features. For instance, each system, comprising a support section, intermediate hinge and angle pieces, can be mounted either on top of the machine or on a side panel. To ensure smooth, straight-forward installation, wall and base mounting brackets are available in two different sizes, as are flexible top- and wall-mounted joints with horizontal outlets.

Providing the ideal load capacity, support sections are constructed from an oval-shaped aluminium section. Most support arms on the market are made of square steel piping. Rittal’s new section design is not just pleasing to the eye, it also provides substantially higher stability against the bending and torsional loads typical of the application.

WEG drives & motors at Offshore Europe

A range of energy-efficient and high performance equipment for the oil and gas industry is to be exhibited by WEG at Offshore Europe (Aberdeen, Scotland, 3-6/9/2013). Visitors to the WEG stand will be able to see the very latest in the company’s extensive product range of motors, generators, drives and motor control centres and meet industry experts to learn more about how to increase operation efficiencies.

Highlights on the stand include the W22X LV and MV line of motors which have been designed in conjunction with the oil industry to deliver outstanding performance, reliability and safety in the most arduous operating environments worldwide. They combine many years of experience with a wide operating range, up to 20MW, and all hazardous area classifications in accordance with the latest ATEX directives.

Used on many applications including water injection, multi-stage gas compression and oil pipeline duties, the M-Line is WEG’s cornerstone product for the oil and gas market. Designed for larger applications in the output range up to 20MW, the M-Line range utilises a box frame construction that is ideally suited to Ex.p. and pre-start purged Ex.n. applications for zone 1 and zone 2 areas having low leakage rates. The internal dispersement pipes within the box frame ensure an efficient and quick purge cycle thus keeping the cost of providing purging air/ inert gas to a minimum and, more importantly, providing quick start up times for operators.

For smaller applications, WEG’s “H”-Line range offers robustness of construction and is available in safe area, Ex n and Ex e designs. The “H” Line motors cater for medium voltage applications in the range up to 3.15MW and voltages up to 6,600V (50 or 60Hz). Manufactured in IEC frame sizes from 315 to 630, they are compact and extremely reliable machines with sturdy cast-iron frames and high levels of resistance to corrosion.

Also on display will be WEG’s W22X low voltage flameproof electric motor which has been designed to provide excellent performance in aggressive and explosive atmospheres. It has an exceptionally high energy efficiency rating to IE3 and as a result, users can optimise their processes and reduce energy usage.

Complementing the motors is WEG’s MVW-01 drive which achieves 99 per cent efficiency. It is an innovative design that employs Multilevel Topology to minimise component levels, and high voltage (6.5kV) IBGT’s to reduce motor harmonic currents to extremely low levels.

WEG is one of only a few manufacturers of speed variation systems for Medium Voltage that can offer a total package, including input switchgear, dry or oil-filled phase-shifting transformer, variable speed drive (VSD) and medium voltage motor.

WEG works with OEM pump suppliers and major oil and gas companies worldwide to help them realise energy cost savings. Its reliable and efficient solutions are used in some of the most prestigious offshore oil projects. For example, WEG is a major supplier of control and automation systems and equipment to Brazilian oil company Petrobras.

Its products, services, and solutions are used extensively in applications from the incoming power distribution network to the produce flowing from the process, enabling those in the oil and gas industry to increase operational efficiencies and improve bottom-line results. WEG’s optimised motors and drives provide energy efficient operation in the most arduous applications and environment, regardless of the location: from the coldest regions and the deepest oceans of the world, to the hottest deserts in the Middle East.

Precise identification - code reading in automotive application

Engine hood and bodyshell inseparably linked

Daimler AG has opted to use the code reading system Simatic MV440 based on proven Siemens technology for process data acquisition in its bodyshell production section for the SL series. Simatic MV440 permits cohesive and precise process data documentation across the entire bodyshell manufacturing process as well as verification of production details. It is able to detect, for instance, which engine hood has been used in the vehicle, or which torque was applied to create individual screw connections.

During process data acquisition, the large number of individual bodywork components are correctly and unambiguously assigned to a certain vehicle. Daimler opted to use Siemens data acquisition technology for the bodyshell production of its SL Series in the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. The selected code reading system Simatic MV440 reads and digitizes both bar and matrix codes right across the whole production process. In total, 20 readers from Siemens are in use. The codes read by the Simatic MV440 readers are forwarded to the Manufacturing Execution System (MES). Due to their extreme reading accuracy, the Siemens code readers may be relied upon to supply a correct identification – eliminating any need for human intervention and the associated scope for error.

On the MES level, as the hood and bodyshell are assembled, the engine hood and bodyshell-related process data are merged, and from this point remain inseparably linked. This allows irrefutable proof to be provided across the entire vehicle life of which engine hood was installed and even which torque level was applied to create the different screw connections. By optimising the identification technology, the manufacturer now benefits from the assurance of seamless process data acquisition and documentation.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Control systems for process plants at Russian refinery!

Antipinsky Refinery selects Honeywell
Antipinsky Refinery CJSC is to use Honeywell’s Experion® Process Knowledge System (PKS) to control plant processes and general refinery facilities as part of the third stage of construction of the Antipinsky Refinery in Tyumen, (RU). The commissioning of the plant will double the refinery’s capacity to 7.5 million tons annually, helping meet the growing demand for clean fuels and other oil products in Russia and the European Union.

Deploying Experion PKS is part of an initiative to create a single, central operations centre at the Antipinsky Refinery. As an additional part of this initiative, Honeywell will supply up to 60 additional workstations to the refinery, which will be installed in the unified refinery control center.

“There is significant demand for Antipinsky Refinery products, both in the region and throughout Russia and the EU,” said Leonid Sorkin, general manager, Honeywell Russia. “Honeywell’s advanced process automation systems will help the business grow efficiently and safely.”

The new construction is part of the refinery’s plan to increase its capacity of crude oil processing and to enable production of products in the next year that meet the EU quality of the Euro-5 emission standards. The project also includes the construction of a water treatment plant, sewage treatment plant, steam generation plant and other general refinery facilities. This phase of construction is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

“By selecting Honeywell, we were able to get everything we needed through a single, reliable supplier,” said Gennady Lisovichenko, general manager and member of the board at Antipinsky Refinery CJSC. “The implementation of Experion PKS will empower our workforce and greatly enhance the safety and efficiency of the refinery’s processes.”

“Experion PKS provides a continuous and more comprehensive flow of information about refinery operations,” said Alexander Rodionov, Russia sales leader, Honeywell Process Solutions. “This enables operators to spot potential problems more quickly, help them make better-informed decisions about plant operations and keep the plant running safely and efficiently.”

High performance optical sensors come in two sizes

Baumer has expanded their range of NextGen sensors. Following on from the O500 comes the O300. Both series of optical sensors offer the same performance range. While the small O300 is especially suitable for systems with very limited space, the O500 distinguishes itself in applications that require a greater range. The customer can choose a sensor that is exactly right

With the O300, Baumer is targeting the market for 1-inch sizes. This size has become a standard used in a wide range of industries worldwide. Here, the O300 offers a range of services that is second to none, securing itself a special place in the compact class. Thus, the new sensor offers the largest range in its size class whilst simultaneously giving the highest level of reliability through extended power reserves. On the other hand, its insensitivity to ambient light allows the O300 to function perfectly under difficult lighting conditions. And the the latest generation Baumer Opto-ASIC provides color independent detection of objects.

The O300 also sets the standard for ease of assembly. The light beam is already aligned with the mounting holes, reducing the adjustment required to an absolute minimum and saving on installation costs. The pressed metal sleeve also guarantees a robust and reliable installation. And when the new optical sensor is in operation, it impresses with its long service life, thanks to a completely sealed and extremely stable housing.

The contactless teach-in method also contributes to its longevity. A conventional mechanical pressure switch with moving parts is usually used, which in the long term can suffer from wear and tear and problems with leaks, but this is not possible with the qTeach facility in the O300 series. Contacting the teach surface with any ferromagnetic tool, for example a screwdriver, is enough to program the sensor. A blue LED light gives a clear visual feedback, which thanks to its exposed position on the head of the sensor is clearly visible from all sides.

This new class of optical sensor employs three sensor principles. Firstly, the light sensor has background suppression, guaranteeing the greatest reliability in detecting objects. Secondly, the retro-reflective sensor works reliably, even with reflective surfaces. It is characterized by an exceptionally long service life due to its increased resistance to dirt. And finally, SmartReflect, a technology developed by Baumer. This light barrier works without any separate reflector. With SmartReflect, downtime due to a defective or dirty reflector belongs to the past. All three devices offer maximum safety and dirt resistance whilst at the same time reducing the total cost of ownership.

RFID website updated!

As part of the restructuring and new layout of the Harting Technology Group’s website, the sections devoted to the company’s RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) activities have been updated.

This updated RFID website covers all aspects of the technology from RFID basics to new applications such as asset tracking of industrial components.
The new layout of the site guides users through the pages and provides comprehensive information about RFID transponders, readers and software. A new addition is the section devoted to the unique HARTING Ha-VIS Middleware: a system that provides easy and cost-effective integration of RFID hardware into existing software systems.

Rack system from Foremost offers high availability from a compact package #PAuto #Telecomms

Foremost Electronics is now stocking the Schroff 4U high 19” MicroTCA rack system which incorporates the thermal management and redundancy features required to ensure high system availability while keeping space requirements to a minimum.

Intended primarily for telecoms applications the new enclosure is designed to accommodate 12 single mid-size AdvancedMC modules, two single full-size MicroTCA carrier hubs and two single power modules up to 12HP in width for N+1 redundant operation.

The system conforms to the PICMG MTCA.0 R1.0 base specification and is equipped with a backplane which employs dual-star topology for interconnections between the slots allowing implementation of a fully redundant system.

Cooling redundancy is provided by two rear-mounted hot-swap fan modules, each fitted with two temperature controlled fan modules and an EMMC cooling unit manager. Airflow is from front to rear and the air inlet filter can be replaced from the front of the unit.

Housed in a 296mm deep EMC shielded steel case with 19” rack-mounting brackets, is finished in RAL9005 black powder coated-paint and is supplied with guide rails for vertical mounting of PCBs within the card cage.

Alan Cook, Managing Director of Foremost Electronics comments, “Adoption of the MicroTCA format in the telecoms and instrumentation markets is growing rapidly and this new compact and fully compliant rack-mounted enclosure offers system builders an ideal base from which to build a reliable end product.”

Typical applications for Schroff-Pentair Racks and Enclosures include IT, medical and industrial computer systems offering not only enclosures but also shielding and cooling for critical systems that support electronic environments.

LIMS enhanced to deal with the unexpected!

Tests built within a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) generally define specific components within a test. However, there are occasions when users need to capture results for some unexpected or unplanned components of interest that may appear during the testing process. This is particularly true for chromatographic tests when unexpected peaks may materialize. To accommodate this need, Autoscribe has introduced an ‘Adhoc data entry’ facility into its Matrix Gemini LIMS.

This new enhancement allows the recording of such unplanned results in Matrix without prior definition of the results during test set-up. The standard result entry grid in Matrix Gemini has been modified to permit unexpected result entry into any visible region of the grid. This functionality will operate whether results are entered manually or on-line via connected instruments. Since Matrix Gemini enjoys a dual web/Windows user interface the Adhoc data entry works with either providing a similar user experience in both client types.

The functionality includes the ability to specify the type of adhoc result required, enter the adhoc result, store and retrieve the results in both Windows and web Matrix platforms for the supported result entry screens. The CSV import feature has also been enhanced to permit adhoc results to be imported. Imported results without a component name are considered as potential adhoc results. The user now has the option of either discarding them as errors or inserting them as an adhoc result at a suitable position in the grid.

Autoscribe’s founder and CEO, John Boother, said: “The ‘Adhoc’ data entry capability is the latest example of Autoscribe’s policy of continually improving its software, and supporting customers with these developments. It is available to all current Matrix Gemini V5 users and, of course, to all new customers.”

Ultra-compact systems offer high I/O density models.

Cadia Networks has expanded its ruggedized line of conduction cooled, ultra-compact systems with the introduction of their RoughNUC-Plus systems.

RoughNUC-Plus systems are designed around Intel’s Ivy Bridge microarchitecture and deployed with your choice of Core Celeron 847U, Core i3-3217U, or Core i5-3427U processors. They incorporate the Intel® Core™ vPro™ Technology, making them Hypervisor ready for embedded systems and allowing you to remotely manage or repair deployed systems. Best of all, RoughNUC-Plus systems provide the ability to do virtualization down at the core level with different operating systems running fully independent and fault tolerant of one another. This generation of core processors is feature rich with hyper threading Technology, HD 4000 Graphics, Security Technology, UEFI and Fast Boot BIOS, and much more.

RoughNUC-Plus systems offer the highest density of I/O connections in the embedded market today in an ultra-compact form factor. Up to three fully independent HD display ports, three Gigabit Ethernet ports, one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.o, a choice RS-232 or RS-485 ports, and two power input options are all available. Cadia Networks offers several standard configurations, but can customize the system’s I/O to meet the specific requirements of your application.

“If our standard offering isn’t exciting enough, the expansion areas and front panels on the RoughNUC-Plus platform are customizable and offer for plenty of headroom to mix and match specific customer’s requirements for a perfect fit solution.” said Randall Sucamele, President of Cadia Networks.

The RoughNUC-Plus chassis has a small footprint of 154mm x 150mm x 47mm and offers highly efficient conduction cooling, serving as both a case and passive (fan-less) heatsink for the Intel processor. Systems are available in both commercial and extended operating temperatures.

This new generation computing platforms provides flexible, customizable compute engines to drive digital signage, kiosks, video image capture, surveillance, HMI controllers, in-vehicle applications, command & control, industrial control, and intelligent computing for small spaces, or anywhere else you can imagine. The ruggedness of the RoughNUC-Plus make it ideal for a wide range of markets and applications including aerospace, oil exploration, mining, in-vehicle, defense, process control and many, many more

Cybersecurity standard defines key technical requirements for industrial control systems

The ISA-62443 series of standards, being developed by the ISA99 committee of the International Society of Automation (ISA) and adopted globally by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), is designed to provide a flexible framework to address and mitigate current and future vulnerabilities in industrial automation and control systems (IACS).

A newly published standard in the series, ISA-62443-3-3-2013, Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems Part 3-3: System Security Requirements and Security Levels, addresses risks arising from the growing use of business information technology (IT) cyber security solutions to address IACS cyber security in complex and dangerous manufacturing and processing applications.

IACS security goals typically focus on control system availability, plant protection, plant operations, and time-critical system response. IT security goals, in contrast, often focus more on protecting information than physical assets. For this reason, use of IT cyber security solutions to address IACS security must be implemented knowledgably to prevent unintended vulnerabilities that could lead to potentially disastrous health, safety, environmental, financial, and/or reputational impacts in deployed control systems.

The new ISA99 standard addresses this concern with an approach to defining system requirements that is based on a combination of functional requirements and risk assessment, and an awareness of operational issues. The standard provides detailed technical control system requirements associated with seven foundational requirements described in the groundbreaking first ISA99 standard, ISA‑62443‑1‑1 (99.01.01), including defining the requirements for control system capability security levels. Those responsible for IACS cyber security will use these requirements in developing the appropriate control system target security levels for specific assets.

Eric Cosman, ISA99 Committee Chair
“This standard provides highly relevant and practical direction to asset owners, system integrators and suppliers by describing the major system-level technical requirements for a secure IACS,” stated ISA99 Co-Chair Eric C. Cosman of the Dow Chemical Company. “It serves as a cornerstone in the ISA-62443/IEC 62443 series, complementing other standards including ISA-62443-2-1, which addresses the processes and procedures needed for security.”

The ISA99 committee drew on the input and knowledge of IACS security experts from across the globe in developing the standard. Unlike programs targeted at a single industry, ISA99 is applicable to all industry sectors and critical infrastructure in recognition of the interrelated nature of industrial computer networks in which cyber vulnerabilities exploited in one sector can impact multiple sectors and infrastructure.

“The new standard represents a collaborative effort of experts from multiple industries around the world,” stated the ISA99 task group leader for the project, Jeff Potter of Emerson Process Management. “Our intensive series of revise-and-review cycles has resulted in a rigorously reviewed standard reflecting the best current thinking in control systems security. Our joint work with IEC experts provides users with further assurance that this is a truly global standard that can be used to design, build, operate and regulate with full confidence in its longevity and cross-national applicability.”

ANSI/ISA-62443-3-3-2013 was approved as an American National Standard on 13 August 2013. An essentially identical version will be published by the IEC later this year as IEC 62443-3-3.

• Eric Cosman is also to chair the INDUSTRIAL NETWORK SECURITY TRACK at this years Automation Week in Nashville (TN, USA). This track will cover the security of operations and networks, specifically cyber security issues as they relate to industrial networks. The  technologies, the business relevance, and the impact of network security issues and solutions, as well as the human aspects, will be discussed.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

New project director for Automation at Hannover Messe

Tessa Forsblad has taken on a new managerial assignment in the Hannover Messe business unit of the Deutsche Messe group of companies. She has been named the new Project Director of Industrial Automation, one of the 11 trade fairs under the unifying umbrella of Hannover Messe. Forsblad will report directly to Marc Siemering, Senior Vice President for this fair.

Tessa Forsblad
Forsblad joined Deutsche Messe in September 2002 as a project consultant. She was initially responsible for establishing China’s first automation fair. This was followed by trade fairs in Turkey and India. After this she completed a cooperative work/study program, obtaining a university degree in Marketing.

In 2009 she was promoted to department manager in the Global Fairs division of Deutsche Messe, where she was able to add to her expertise in the international tradeshow marketplace. In this capacity she was responsible for establishing trade fairs in Russia, the United States, Brazil and Italy.

Cost-effective rotary drive sets new standards for high performance & flexibility

A new cost-effective semi rotary drive with twin pistons that offers excellent precision, stiffness and loadability has been launched by Festo. Using an innovative bearing system, the DRRD actuator can handle higher loads with exceptional accuracy, enabling engineers and OEMs to improve the performance of their equipment.

In addition, integrated external shock absorbers increase the maximum mass moment of inertia by up to four times compared with previous technologies. As a result, engineers can move higher loads with greater dynamics or specify a smaller drive to move the same load, therefore saving space and cost in their machine.

The new DRRD actuator combines the bearing and flange into one functional element and as such features a larger bearing size giving increased stiffness of the whole product. The rotary drive provides torque up to 110Nm and rotation up to 200°. In addition, it has a mid-position so it can be stopped at any angle between 0 and 90°, thus increasing flexibility for machine builders.

Rotary actuators are often sized using torque rather than inertia, but this has the potential to cause premature failure in traditional technologies with internal damping. Festo’s DRRD features external damping which enables users to turn higher loads and stop more accurately, providing a longer-lasting, more robust and reliable solution.

The DRRD is available in a large range of variants giving customers maximum choice of drive to best suit their application. Options include an end lock variant, which provides a safety function in safety critical applications. The DRRD can be fitted with inductive or magnetic sensors to offer position feedback. An IP65-rated sealed variant is also available giving protection against the ingress of fluid for reliable operation in harsh environments.

The rotary actuators are ideal for precise positioning in handling applications across a wide range of industries including food manufacturing and process and packaging.

“At Festo we have extensive knowledge of the challenges faced in handling applications and have developed the new DRRD rotary drive with an excellent price / performance ratio,” says Nigel Dawson, product manager at Festo. “The high stiffness, precision, inbuilt shock absorbers and external damping options mean that the DRRD can turn higher loads than alternative drive systems and stop more accurately, bringing rotation function to a new high level of performance and flexibility.”

Predictive diagnostics for any Foundation fieldbus control system

Integration with Softing’s FOUNDATION fieldbus technology enables users to access online diagnostics and alerts regardless of host system vendor

Emerson Process Management and Softing have announced that Softing's Linking Device and Gateway FG-110-FF has been successfully integrated and tested with Emerson's AMS Suite predictive maintenance software application to connect to any FOUNDATION fieldbus network, providing users with the ultimate flexibility to use AMS Device Manager for online diagnostics and alerts regardless of their host system vendor.

The integration of Emerson’s AMS Suite with Softing’s FOUNDATION fieldbus Linking Device & Gateway enables users to access diagnostics & alerts through any host system
AMS Suite uses predictive intelligence to improve the availability and performance of key production assets, including mechanical equipment, electrical systems, process equipment, instruments, and valves. This integrated family of ‘best-in-class’ diagnostic software applications enables users to detect plant equipment problems before they occur. From plant management, operations, or maintenance and reliability, AMS Suite gives users the information they need to make informed decisions.

Softing's Linking Device and Gateway FG-110-FF is designed for plant operators and system integrators in process environments. It provides connectivity to up to four FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 segments with as many as 64 field devices. The product includes a Windows-based configuration software package for FOUNDATION fieldbus that enables field device linking and configuration. Standard Ethernet and a serial Modbus interface provide connectivity to systems without fieldbus capability. Host protocols such as Modbus RTU, Modbus/TCP, or HSE enable the data-exchange between the FG-110-FF and other host applications.

"Softing has been in the fieldbus business for more than 30 years. During this time, we acquired the technical expertise that enables us to actively shape open technology standards and to be at the cutting edge of progress for the benefit of our customers," said Wolfgang Langer, Softing North America’s Director of Marketing.

"We are continually expanding asset support in AMS Suite to give users the ability to choose devices based on the best fit for their application regardless of the manufacturer or communication protocol," said Ron Martin, vice president/general manager of Emerson’s Asset Optimization and Lifecycle Care business. "Openness and the full support of industry standards are priorities for our users that we fully endorse and will continue to deliver on."

Universal Data Manager with intuitive operation & perfect system integration!

The new Universal Data Manager Ecograph T RSG35 from Endress+Hauser guarantees a safe and complete recording and visualization of all process steps, to fulfill the demands on process monitoring and data recording that are becoming more and more complex – because every measurement value counts!

Simple operation – Clear presentation
The unit has a brilliant, high resolution 5.7" large display. There the recorded measurement values can be indicated in up to 4 groups with a maximum of 8 channels for each. Flexible measurement value indication as curve, waterfall, bargraph or digital value extend the application areas of the RSG35 since now the visualization can be adjusted to the application and the customer requirement even more flexibly.

Also the operation of the device was eased and now is based on the intuitive concept of the navigator like it is already established in the market and known from the Advanced Data Manager Memograph M.

Due to an integrated online help as well as the possibility to connect an external USB keyboard the operation is further eased.

Informative and Intelligent
New is also that the integration is implemented in the standard device. For further calculations four virtual math channels are available as an option. These can be used for individual calculations that can be entered via the formula editor without any problems.

An easy E-mail function enables a notification in case of limit value infringements, errors, alarms and low/high signals of the digital inputs and thus cares for a better process overview.

Secure and Versatile
The Ecograph T RSG35 is the simple solution for a tamper-proof recording of data. For this purpose up to 12 universal analog inputs are available. With its additional 6 digital inputs other values like quantities, runtimes and switching states of connected devices can be captured or a time synchronization can be done.

The recorded measurements are stored in the 128 MB large internal memory and optional on SD card. Due to modern interfaces like Ethernet in the standard device and communication protocols like Modbus TCP/RTU the device can smoothly be connected to existing systems.
Up to 30 limit values can freely be assigned to the channels. Limit value infringements are displayed and stored in the device. Furthermore 6 internal relays can be switched for the alarm transmission.

For the readout, storage and graphic presentation of the measurement values, the free-of-charge Essential version of the Field Data Manager software is included in the delivery package of the Ecograph T RSG35.

Based on an SQL database data can be read out tamper-proof from the device, either from the internal device memory or from the SD card, using the various interfaces available, stored and centrally managed.

Different visualisation possibilities make the stored data transparent. The user is automatically led through the software by individual operation steps which guarantee an intuitive operation as well as a simple and fast report generation.

Furthermore a software upgrade to the Professional Version is possible at any time using a license package and without the need of a reinstallation.

Also the robustness of the Ecograph T was improved. Whereas on the forerunner there was a plastic front, the RSG35 offers a zinc diecast front that increases the IP class to IP65 as well as makes the device in general even more robust.

Enhanced web server – Worldwide access
The completely reworked integrated web server enables access to current and historic process data via conventional standard web browser, without the need for an additional software – when and where it is required. Via the web server the data can be indicated through remote access/control in the same way as on the device and diagnostic information can be recalled. With the help of a menu, that is constructed analog to the menu on the device, in addition a time-saving set-up is possible. Via three user levels with different user rights the device is also here protected against unauthorized access and the safety of the data is ensured.

The new Ecograph T RSG35 is the cost-effective solution for all applications in which process parameters have to be recorded and monitored. Thereby the device offers maximum ease of use and system capability at a perfect price-performance-ratio!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Atlas Copco creates a Vacuum Solutions division and appoints Geert Follens as its division president

Atlas Copco Compressor Technique has established a new division: Vacuum Solutions. It will be responsible for Atlas Copco’s current vacuum business and, after the acquisition has been completed, for Edwards Group Ltd. Geert Follens, currently in charge of Industrial Air, has been appointed its division president.

Geert Follens
“We have defined vacuum as a strategic growth area for Atlas Copco and with this new division we have created a good structure from which to successfully develop the business after the Edwards acquisition,” said Stephan Kuhn, President of the Compressor Technique business area. "I am pleased to have Geert Follens, who has a proven record in running different businesses with different challenges, on board as division president. He has been leading the Edwards acquisition team and has already a solid knowledge of the vacuum business.”

The Vacuum Solutions division will initially be in charge of Atlas Copco’s current vacuum business; for the whole value chain from product development, sourcing, and production, to sales and service. When the acquisition of Edwards is completed, the company will be included in the new division. Vacuum Solutions will be based in Crawley (GB).

Geert Follens joined Atlas Copco in 1995 as purchasing manager in the Industrial Air division. His responsibilities were later extended to include production in the capacity of flow manager. In 2000 he became general manager of the customer centre Atlas Copco Compressors Ltd., Great Britain. In 2004 he was appointed division president for the Portable Energy division and in 2012 he became division president for the Industrial Air division. Both divisions are based in Belgium. Geert Follens holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Power Generation from the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Guided wave sensor receives award!

Four journals: Process, Process Worldwide, PharmaTec and Bulk Solids Handling handed out Innovation Awards for 2013 during the POWTECH trade fair. They were looking for innovative equipment and methods in mechanical process technology in six different categories. The criteria for the award were the degree of innovation, the product quality and investment returns for users.

VEGA staff accept the award
from the Judges
Vega Grieshaber were winners in the Innovation Award category "Process Measurement and Control Technology / Automation” with the new VEGAFLEX 82 guided wave radar sensor. The decisive factors for the jury's decision was the instrument’s ease of use in combination with many new features: The automatic probe end tracking function that switches on automatically, if the level signal becomes unreliable, it uses a second parameter that is also proportional to the product level. The automatic false signal suppression was also a winning feature, it dynamically adapts to changes, such as heavy build up on the probe. Last but not least, were sensor improvements in the quick start function, the memory that stores up to 100,000 readings, 500 events and 10 echo curves permanently with a real-time clock.

The TDR sensor VEGAFLEX 82 is specifically tailored to the needs of the bulk solids industry. Applications range from large volume bins to 75 metre high silos, and from light, fine powders to heavy, coarse gravel.

Large format wireless instrumentation display

Large format (100 mm) wireless LED display enables the remote display of instrumentation data

Mantracourt has announced the release of the T24-LD1, a large format LED display that has been designed to integrate into their highly respected T24 wireless instrumentation range of products.

The T24-LD1 is a four-digit display with 100 mm (4 inch) character format that enables the remote display of instrumentation data from multiple wireless sensors such as strain gauges, load cells and wind speed sensors.

The display is ideal for application use in process control, lifting and handling, waste management, civil engineering, agriculture and silo management.

"Until now, data from the T24 wireless sensors has been mostly logged on a PC for collection and analysis or displayed on one of our handheld devices," said Dave Porter, Technical Sales at Mantracourt. "More recently, we have seen a demand for a larger more visible, rugged display, hence the development of the T24-LD1 which is now available as a part of the T24 range."

The Mantracourt T24 wireless telemetry range is a flexible low power radio system designed to enable the transmission of high accuracy measurement data from load cells, inclinometers, accelerometers, temperature, displacement and pressure sensors. With a combination of transmitter and receiver technologies, engineers are able to remotely monitor instrumentation readings.

Using the T24 PC based T24-Toolkit software and T24 USB Base Station the user can quickly and easily select and configure the acquisition devices to be summed on the T24-LD1 display. The T24 Toolkit also provides advanced user control over the wireless aspects of the system as well as a ‘System Zero’ function, a Tare function and ability to display data from a single sensor.

"Wireless instrumentation is enabling engineers to undertake measurement and control in ways that were not possible before," said Dave Porter. "Whether it is rotating machinery, equipment located in a hazardous area such as a construction site, a temporary installation that would not justify permanent wiring, or even difficult to access locations, our T24 range is enabling engineers around the world to take a new approach to how they can use instrumentation in the field."