Friday, October 11, 2013

Pharma event in the Netherlands!

Teva Pharmachemie BV are participating at Automation in Pharmaceutical Industry 2013 on the 7th of November 2013 in Leusden (NL). This event will be focused on informing users and potential users on the possibilities of automation technology in the pharmaceutical industry.

The focal point of the lecture program will be the exchange of technical knowledge. The keynote speakers of Janssen Biologics and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) will inform on the latest developments within the pharmaceutical industry. Furthermore, topics such as Innovation in automation and Continuous Improvement will be discussed in the parallel session.

Here is the complete programme for the event. (Though the publicity is in Dutch the presentations are mostly in English)

Registration for this event is free. This registration tool is in Dutch but your browser translation feature (if available) may help. If you want to register but are not able to fill in the form, then you may send your first and last name, address, company name, job title, e-mail address, telephone number and lecture preference to

Coriolis flowmeters help meet regulatory requirements & reduce annual costs!

An RHI Normag AS plant in Porsgrunn, Norway, has reduced maintenance costs, minimised plant downtime and improved the accuracy of energy-use measurement by using Micro Motion® Coriolis flowmeters.

Six Micro Motion CMF Series flowmeters measure the mass flow of natural gas and recycled fuel oil used in kilns that produce magnesium oxide refractory material. The highly accurate measurements are used for the fiscal transfer of gas and oil, and are also submitted to KLIF, Norway’s national environmental agency, to ensure compliance with environmental regulations.
"Our plant is a large energy-user, so accurate measurements of gas and oil are critical to our operations," said Merethe Pepevnik, Technical Manager, RHI Normag AS. "Since our process is continuous, reliability is very important. Interruptions to recalibrate or refurbish measurement devices are both inconvenient and costly. We chose Emerson’s Micro Motion Coriolis mass flowmeters because they are reliable, accurate and simple."

The RHI Normag plant produces raw materials for refractory material, to be used in a wide range of industries. In the past, turbine flow meters with a density measurement system were used for custody transfer measurement of oil and natural gas. The measurements were also used to calculate CO2 emissions for reporting to KLIF.

However, due to wear and tear over the years, the measurement system’s accuracy was poor and it needed to be calibrated twice per year to maintain performance. This meant that four systems had to be taken out of the line for calibration/refurbishment at a cost of 25,000 Euros each, incurring a total annual cost of 150,000 Euros.

To reduce maintenance costs, minimise plant downtime and accurately measure energy usage, RHI needed a measurement system that would be acceptable to KLIF, provide accurate data for custody transfer, and require minimal maintenance.

The first four mass flowmeters were installed on two kilns during the summer of 2009. One flowmeter on each kiln was used for recycled oil, and one for natural gas. In 2012, larger capacity Coriolis flowmeters were installed to measure higher gas flow rates.

The flow data is used to determine the amount of gas being purchased from the supplier, removing the risk of over, or underpayment. In addition, with their mass flow accuracy of ±0.35% for gas and ±0.1% for oil, these flowmeters comfortably meet the requirements of KLIF.

RHI uses Emerson’s Smart Meter Verification to regularly check the meters’ health and performance. This easy-to-use, automatic diagnostic tool quickly verifies the measuring tube integrity and electronics (sensor, drive and signal processing) without interrupting the flow measurement – reducing downtime and eliminating the need for twice-yearly maintenance/calibration.

Emerson’s Micro Motion ProLink® configuration and diagnostic software tool is used to generate a meter health report every month, identifying any flow-tube damage that could compromise meter performance. It also records if the meter zero was changed relative to the factory zero, or to the last successfully established zero on site. These reports are retained for yearly audit by the authorities and support regulatory compliance.

"Emerson’s Micro Motion Coriolis flowmeters have been proven in use over several years in our plant," added Pepevnik. "Even the first meter installed in 2009 has not required adjustment. Their performance has enabled us to significantly reduce our annual maintenance costs, simplify the process of meeting regulatory requirements, and be confident that we are paying for only the energy we actually use. Based on these factors our initial investment has been recovered in just 6 months."

Torque tools ease assembly of connectors with axial screw termination

Harting has introduced a set of torque tools designed to ease the installation of its Han® range of industrial connectors using axial screw termination technology.

The introduction of axial screw termination technology for connecting fine stranded wires complements Harting’s proven screw-termination technology with a popular field-termination technique that is easy to install and compact. Assembly merely requires the appropriately stripped stranded wires as well as a hexagonal wrench, preferably with adjustable torque moment.

Users who are unsure as to which tool is used for which Harting axial screw termination or screw-termination product during assembly can now simply employ a tool from the new Han® Series of torque tool sets. Installation merely involves adjusting and applying the tightening torque appropriate for the wire gauge. As a result, products such as the Han® 200A Axial or the Han® 40A Axial can be easily and securely installed.

Three new Han® torque tool sets and a new screwdriver set include all the tools necessary for the Han® product range. The sets for high-current axial contacts and power contacts feature variably adjustable torque screwdrivers covering the torque ranges of 5-14 Nm and 1-5 Nm.

In addition to the variable screwdrivers, a further set offers two pre-set tightening torque screwdrivers with fixed torque values of 0.5 Nm and 1.2 Nm, which are suitable for screw contacts and fixing screws. The portfolio is completed by a screwdriver set which is optimally designed for use with Han®

Connecting devices to PLCs

The CM CANopen module from HMS Industrial Networks enables users of the SIMATIC™ S7-1200 PLC to integrate CANopen devices into their automation systems (using the TIA Portal®).

The CM CANopen is an extension module for the SIMATIC S7-1200, enabling the PLC to communicate with devices on a CANopen Network. The product is developed by HMS Industrial Networks and is fully approved by the manufacturer of the S7-1200 – Siemens AG.

How it works
The CM CANopen from HMS Industrial 
Networks enables the S7-1200 from Siemens to
 communicate with any device on
a CANopen network.
The CM CANopen plugs into the S7-1200 and works as a translator between nodes on a CANopen Network and the S7-1200. The module fits mechanically into the standard S7-1200 system rack and can be configured to be both Master or Slave. No programming is needed to configure the communication between CANopen and the PLC – users set up how they want the data to flow in the accompanying CM CANopen Configuration Studio software.

It is possible to plug in three CM CANopen modules per PLC, and 16 CANopen slave nodes can be connected to each module (each module supports 256 bytes input and 256 bytes output).

There is also support for transparent CAN 2.0A for custom protocol handling, and the module is integratable into the hardware catalogue of the TIA Portal configuration suite.

“The CM CANopen enables users of the S7-1200 to integrate CANopen devices into their PLC system giving them a wider selection of automation products to choose from when designing their systems,” says Mikael Mårtensson, Product Manager at HMS Industrial Networks. “This is a solution that will bring a lot of value to users of the S7-1200, allowing them to build more efficient automation systems.”

Vibes in paper plant!

Vibration analyser helps technicians work more quickly and with more confidence

As one of Emerson’s beta test sites, Kimberly Clark’s Loudon, (TN USA) paper mill was one of the first plants to test-drive the recently released CSI 2140 Machinery Health Analyser. After several weeks of using the new vibration analyser, the plant reported faster completion of its normal maintenance routes, easier and quicker data analysis, and an overall more comfortable experience working with the unit in the field.

Emerson had multiple facilities like Kimberly Clark that generously invested their time and experience in the beta test process. Their real-world applications validate the results that users will achieve with the analyser. "It’s very quick, especially with slow speed equipment," said Dennis Keaton, maintenance mechanic at Kimberly Clark’s Loudon paper mill. "We run 1200 to 1300 points per week, so the speed of setting up and taking readings is very important."

An integrated analysis tool provides the complete picture of asset reliability. With the CSI 2140, vibration tools coexist with balancing, temperature, trends and motor diagnostic tools. In addition, four-channel vibration analysis capabilities deliver insight into operating conditions in order to correctly diagnose complex machinery problems. Embedded intelligence guided Kimberly Clark technicians through testing and analytics. Even less experienced technicians could confidently monitor and diagnose equipment issues with minimal training.

In addition, the human-centred approach to the design of the CSI 2140 made an immediate impact. At Kimberly Clark, with approximately 8,400 measurements per month, the smaller size of the analyser made routes more comfortable. Measurements in the dark areas of the mill were much easier with the brighter screen.

"Our users realise they need to continuously improve their reliability processes in order to remain competitive and profitable," said Nathan Pettus, vice president of Emerson’s Machinery Health Management business. "What has made them successful in the past may not be competitive today. Users like Kimberly Clark have applied integrated analysis to develop a clearer picture of equipment condition, translating into a strategic advantage in the market."

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Full HD TFT display for industrial & prosumer markets

KOE Europe has announced the introduction of a new 7.0-inch TFT display featuring Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution. Embracing the trend for high resolution displays in the consumer market, KOE are one of the first LCD manufacturers to introduce a compact, Full HD display module developed specifically for industrial applications. The TX18D200VM0EAA features a pixel pitch of 0.081mm (w) x 0.081mm (h), which equates to 314ppi (pixels per inch), Advanced IPS, LVDS data interface, long-life LED backlight and wide operating temperature range.

The Full HD TFT display module uses the latest Advanced IPS (in-plane-switching) technology which gives exceptional colour image consistency over 170° vertical and horizontal viewing angles. Excellent optical performance is ensured with a contrast ratio of 800:1 and a brightness specification of 700cd/m² enabling bright and concise display images. The LED backlight is specified at 70K hours to half brightness lifetime and features an integrated dimming function.

Mark Stephenson, technical marketing manager, KOE Europe commented, "We believe this is the first 7.0-inch Full HD display designed specifically for the needs of industrial, prosumer and high reliability applications. Featuring the latest Advanced IPS technology enhancements and a 16.7million colour palette, highly accurate representation of image detail such as colour gradients and authentic colour reproduction is guaranteed. These display attributes are particularly important in professional broadcast and medical imaging applications."

The 7.0-inch module features an active display area of 155.52mm (w) x 87.48mm (h) and mechanical outline dimensions of 169.0mm (w) x 104.0mm (h) x 10.0mm (d). Other features include a 20-pin LVDS interface supporting 8-bit RGB that enables a colour palette of up to 16.7m colours. The operating temperature range of the TX18D200VM0EAA module is -20°C to +70°C.

Typical applications for the Full HD display include compact broadcast monitors, medical imaging, multimedia monitors, test and measurement instrumentation. The new TX18D200VM0EAA TFT display module is supplied through KOE Europe's distribution partners and is available across Europe immediately.

Prosumer is a portmanteau formed by contracting either the word professional or, less often, producer with the word consumer. For example, a prosumer grade digital camera is a "cross" between consumer grade and professional grade. (WIKI)

Loadcell manufacturer expands

Continuing its planned expansion to provide customers with a greater range of load measurement products and ex-stock load cells, load cell manufacturer LCM Systems has just taken delivery of new curing ovens that will result in increased production of higher capacity load cells.

Over the past 2 years, LCM Systems has expanded its manufacturing, production and storage facilities by over 70%, and this latest installation further shows its commitment to providing customers with the best quality standard and customised load cells. 

Curing oven
In particular, these new curing ovens will enable LCM Systems to enhance the development, manufacture and supply of its high capacity load cells. The new curing ovens have four times the capacity of the existing ovens, enabling large sized load cells and load pins to be completely manufactured in house, leading to faster delivery times and reduced costs. 

LCM Systems is well known for its CPA series of compression load cells that are available with a rated load range to 1000+ tonnes. These load cells have a wide range of applications from general weighing or heavy lifting to complex centre of gravity solutions. Due to the wide range of applications in which these load cells are used, LCM Systems can supply many special options including a domed top, with or without a loading cap, integral carrying handles, mounting bases, integral connectors and internal analogue/digital signal amplifiers.

As well as the standard CPA range, LCM Systems’ design engineers have a wealth of experience in designing customised high capacity load cells for specific applications. Load cells with capacities of up to 1500 tonnes have been developed, manufactured and delivered on time and within budget. 

Greenfield rollout of Manf IT platform in Indian pharma plant

Dr. Reddy's Laboratories have successfully rolled out Werum's PAS-X Manufacturing IT Business Platform at their Indian greenfield site in Visakhapatnam. Dr. Reddy's deployed PAS-X for the first time as full-blown MES covering all operations from material receipt to production.

They required an MES Go-Live within a minimum of time. The system had to reliably document the batch production processes to meet all regulatory requirements. In order to ensure the approval of the greenfield plant by all regulators - especially the US health authority FDA - the pharmaceutical company was especially interested in a fully tried and tested MES.

"Based on the good experiences with PAS-X V3 at our Hyderabad plant, we took this system as template and rolled it out at our site in Visakhapatnam", says Sanjay Mantri, Director at Dr. Reddy's Laboratories. "This way, the PAS-X MES was set up within five months only and we were able to quickly start producing the first trial batches. PAS-X helps us to ensure full compliance and the highest quality right from the beginning."

The MES project was implemented by Werum's Asia Support Center in close cooperation with Dr. Reddy's Centre of Excellence.

The pharmaceutical manufacturer plans to install Werum's PAS-X at three further facilities in India.

I/O modules expand analog signal options!

Opto 22 has announced two new high-frequency analog SNAP I/O modules: the SNAP-AIRATE-HFi rate-input module and the SNAP-AOD-29-HFi module with pulse-width modulation (PWM) and time-proportional output (TPO). These SNAP I/O modules are ideal for test engineers, technicians, and others working with high-speed machinery, equipment test beds, and other applications that monitor high-frequency analog signals and rapidly switch digital outputs in response to a changing analog value. Both SNAP-AIRATE-HFi and SNAP-AOD-29-HFi modules are used with Opto 22’s SNAP PAC System, which includes programmable automation controllers (PACs) and Ethernet-based I/O systems.

The SNAP-AIRATE-HFi analog input module connects to TTL, CMOS, and open-collector outputs, and is typically used for high-speed (up to 500 kHz) pulse scanning. The module has two isolated channels, each of which can be configured for a 0.1-second measurement interval with an input range of 20 Hz to 500 kHz, or a 1-second measurement interval with an input range of 2 Hz to 500 kHz. For each channel, 9 VDC is provided internally for devices with open-collector outputs, making it unnecessary to provide a pull-up voltage supply.

The SNAP-AOD-29-HFi sends pulse-width modulated outputs to high-frequency transducers and can be used, for example, with test bed applications that simulate tachometer outputs. Each of the module’s two optically isolated channels can switch 100 mA of load current ranging from 2.5 VDC to 24 VDC (supplied externally), over a period range of 10 microseconds to 64.25 seconds (0-100 kHz). Like all Opto 22 SNAP I/O modules, the SNAP-AIRATE-HFi and SNAP-AOD-29-HFi modules are optically isolated from the equipment and devices they connect to, as well as from other analog, digital, and serial modules on a shared I/O rack.

Industry’s largest handheld, battery-operated passive intermodulation analyser #TandM

Anritsu Company has introduced three frequency options for its industry-leading PIM Master MW82119A Passive Intermodulation (PIM) high-power, battery-operated, portable PIM test analyser. The new options provide wireless field engineers and technicians with the first battery-operated handheld analyzers that can accurately conduct “top of the tower” PIM measurements in the LTE 800 MHz and UMTS 2100 MHz bands, in addition to the LTE 2600 MHz band.

The new options have been specifically developed to address the top bands planned for LTE network deployments, and can help ensure LTE networks do not suffer from lower data throughput caused by PIM interference. Coupled with the battery operation, small size, and ability to perform 40W PIM testing, the new options make the PIM Master MW82119A well suited for deploying, installing, and maintaining LTE networks using Remote Radio Heads (RRHs) at the top of the tower. The PIM Master MW82119A can also be used to measure PIM at traditional macro site installations, as well as in Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS).

The three new frequency options extend the PIM Master MW82119A family to nine analyzers. Six other models are available to address major frequency ranges, including the upper and lower 700 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz, and 1900/2100 MHz bands. All PIM Master MW82119A analyzers incorporate Distance-to-PIM (DTP) technology, allowing tower contractors, maintenance contractors, and wireless service provider field technicians to pinpoint PIM problems, whether they are on the tower or outside the antenna system. The analysers’ ability to test at 40W allows the PIM Master MW82119A to locate faults that conventional 20W test solutions might miss, such as intermittent and power-sensitive PIM problems.

As with all Anritsu handheld test solutions, the PIM Master MW82119A is designed to withstand transportation shock, vibration, and harsh outdoor test conditions associated with cell site deployment, installation, and maintenance. Testing is simplified by the analyzer’s ability to save and recall test set ups for standardized testing, and limit lines can be set for visual and/or audible pass/fail criteria. Anritsu’s Line Sweep Tools can be used to manage PIM Master MW82119A measurements, and generate reports that combine VSWR data as well as PIM data into a unified site report. PIM measurements can be tagged with the GPS location when the analyzers are equipped with the GPS option.

Monitoring water distribution pipeline in Saudi!

Yokogawa has received an order from Sinopec International Petroleum Service Corporation (SIPSC) to supply the monitoring system for a large water distribution pipeline that the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC)  is building in Saudi Arabia between the cities of Yanbu and Medina. This is Yokogawa’s first order from SIPSC for a water distribution pipeline project.

Roadway between
the two locations
Yanbu is a Red Sea port and a center of industry in Al Madinah province, and Medina is the capital city (population 1.1 million) of that province. When completed, the new water distribution pipeline will stretch 610 km from a seawater desalination plant in Yanbu to the city of Medina and its surrounding districts, and will be capable of supplying 709,000 m3 of potable water per day. This is one of the largest-ever international water distribution projects to be undertaken by SIPSC.

This order includes the FAST/TOOLS SCADA software and the STARDOM™ network-based control system for monitoring the pipeline, the PRM® integrated device management software package for instrumentation monitoring and online diagnosis, pipeline leakage detection systems, and a telecommunications system. Yokogawa Electric International will be responsible for engineering, supervising the installation of, and commissioning these products. These products will be delivered by July 2014 and the new pipeline will become operational the following month.

Yokogawa believe this order was won by them principally for two reasons:

1. Global support network
Yokogawa has an extensive global network that is capable of providing a wide range of support services to SIPSC in China and SWCC in Saudi Arabia. These services range from technical proposals to operator training and other after-sales services, and they can all be provided locally, at the customer site.

2. Solid track record in the Middle East
Yokogawa has extensive experience in supplying systems throughout the Middle East, including power plant and seawater desalination plant.

Tetsuya Murai, General Manager of the Sales Division’s Power & Utilities Department at Yokogawa Electric International, said, “The countries of the Middle East and emerging nations in other regions are facing water shortages due to rapid industrialization and population growth, particularly in urban areas, and thus need to build seawater desalination plants and water distribution pipelines. Encouraged by winning this order, we will forge a track record with SIPSC and other EPC contractors that are actively developing their business in the international market, and will expand our IA and control business by targeting water infrastructure.”

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Next generation 802.11 dual-band Wi-Fi platform for industrial wireless M2M

AirborneM2M Wi-Fi connectivity technology enables secure self-sufficient communications for rugged, mission-critical M2M networks

B&B Electronics has launched its next generation AirborneM2M 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi platform to provide secure, dual-band (2.4 and 5 GHz) Wi-Fi connectivity to rugged and mission-critical M2M networks. With dual-band support and robust, enterprise-class security options, AirborneM2M is designed to enable integrators, VARs and OEMs to reduce the risk of obsolescence as enterprises both upgrade their security policies, and increasingly migrate their Wi-Fi infrastructure to the 5 GHz band. B&B’s AirborneM2M products feature industrial strength packaging and a wide temperature rating (-40 to 85 C) to withstand challenging M2M environments.    

The Wi-Fi connectivity technology is useful for rugged, mission-critical applications that need both Ethernet connectivity and wireless mobility, such as transportation vehicles (forklifts in warehouse shipping/receiving), mobile printers (rental car companies), medical (hospital patient monitoring systems, nurses stations), and more.

The AirborneM2M Wi-Fi technology is available in several forms:
  • A full line of industrial Wi-Fi Access Points (APXN), and Wi-Fi Clients (ABDN), including Ethernet bridges, Ethernet routers and serial servers, can seamlessly connect most any equipment - RS-232, 422, 485, Ethernet 10/100M and even I/O - to the Wi-Fi network. Power options include 5-36VDC and 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE). 
  • Embeddable Access Point (APMN) and Client (WLNN) modules, which are plug compatible with B&B’s previous generation modules, allow OEMs to easily and cost effectively integrate Wi-Fi into their own M2M equipment without having to invest in the Wi-Fi engineering and certification effort.  Leveraging B&B’s WLNN series modules with I/O flexibility enables rapid time to market with Ethernet, UART-based, or GPIO connectivity over Wi-Fi. B&B also offers a Design and Development Kit that provides a starting point for customers.
The 5 GHz support gives system designers and installers improved flexibility and reliability, as enterprises adopt 5 GHz in order to avoid the crowded 2.4GHz band, which hosts competing wireless transmissions.  

Security protocols, including robust authentication and encryption, are also important to mission-critical wireless M2M applications.  AirborneM2M products are designed to handle the processor-intensive advanced encryption techniques defined for enterprise-class security that are not available on entry-level Wi-Fi products.   Features include network security (EAP), wireless security (802.11i and WPA2-PSK), access security (authentication and firewalls), communication security (SSH) and device security (encryption).   

B&B Electronics’ Airborne Management Center (AMC) device discovery, control and management application software, included with all AirborneM2M devices, helps customers manage large networks.

Power industry paper call!

The Program Committee of the 57th Annual ISA Power Industry (POWID) Symposium has issued a Call for Papers (pdf), inviting authors, innovators, thought leaders and other professionals in the power-generation industry to submit abstracts for presentation consideration at the conference. 

The symposium, the largest conference dedicated to automation, control systems and instrumentation in the power generation industry, will be held 1-6 June 2014 in Scottsdale, (AZ USA).

“Instrumentation and Control Solutions for Today’s Industry Challenges,” underscores the need to provide answers to the critical dilemmas in power generation, namely:
The theme of this year’s gathering,
  • Maintaining reliability of power generation while managing fluctuating load demands (known as cycling)
  • Securing critical data and information through advanced cybersecurity
  • Meeting increasingly stringent environmental controls regulation
“All of these difficult challenges require instrumentation and control technology as part of the solution,” declares Aaron Hussey, Director of Technical Services at Expert Microsystems, Inc., and General Chair of ISA’s 2014 POWID Symposium. “Utility companies need to address them head on as they organize their current business units and plan for the future.”

“For instance,” he points out, “maintaining and improving reliability in the face of increased cycling is increasing the demand for technical talent that can create and apply innovative solutions for new types of operations, such as low-load and faster ramp rates.

“The need to address cybersecurity is also boosting demand for difficult-to-find technical talent skilled in the overlapping areas of controls and information technology. And meeting increasingly stringent environmental controls regulation significantly shapes how and why utilities make capital investment decisions, retire certain units, and deliver power generation that meets load demand.”

Hussey emphasizes that automation and control professionals play a key role in helping to confront and manage these challenges.

“If these challenges are not addressed, ultimately electricity rates will increase due to the increased costs of meeting load demand. In addition, the only way you can achieve a more environmentally friendly generating portfolio is by adopting more reliable control equipment and continually improving automation technology.”

Attendees of ISA’s 2014 POWID Symposium, he says, will come away with:

  • A greater awareness and understanding of recent innovations in instrumentation, controls and automation technologies
  • The know-how to apply security to control systems; improve power plant load demand response and low-load operation; and monitor and diagnose plant equipment and system reliability issues through the use of sensors and online monitoring technology.

Connected world architecture to rural wastewater utilities

The latest high performance offering from GE Intelligent Platforms is Pump Station Appliance, a purpose-built solution that provides connected control and monitoring for rural wastewater facilities. This pre-engineered, pre-programmed solution can be purchased online and comes fully-assembled for easy installation, eliminating the need for complex design and engineering.

“Upgrading to a sophisticated automated control system seems impossible when you have limited staff, funds and IT support,” said Alan Hinchman, Global Market Director Water Industry for GE Intelligent Platforms. “The Pump Station Appliance is the first PLC-based solution you can buy online. No IT resources are required.”

By answering a few questions online regarding the physical layout of the wastewater pump station, users can configure the Pump Station Appliance to their specific wet well. Its intuitive web-based interface and menu-driven configuration make installation easy and fast. The solution arrives pre-built and can be installed by a local electrician who simply connects the devices to the pre-wired control panel.

Built on the high performance PACSystems RXi platform, the Pump Station Appliance provides reliable performance to improve uptime even in the harshest environments. Communications are provided over a secure 3G VPN connection providing operators access to operations data from anywhere, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The system will also send the operators email alarm notifications if problems occur at the remote site.

The Pump Station Appliance is also easy to reconfigure online as needed, so it can grow with the needs of the facility. The RXi’s COM Express architecture enables easy upgrades without replacing the entire controller.

“A wastewater utility plays a big role in community safety and environmental protection. If the utility’s monitoring and control system is too outdated to run efficiently and effectively, it impacts operational costs, safety and the environment. If the system fails, and control and IT support are hours away, you may see hours of downtime and potential damage. Many utility managers consider control system upgrades too expensive and complex to initiate—but the reality is, it costs you more to put it off.

“GE’s Pump Station Appliance is an affordable solution to monitoring and controlling a rural utility from anywhere,” he concluded. “With no complex design or engineering, no radio architecture, no server infrastructure to install or maintain, and no HMI, there’s no other system this easy to configure, install and operate.”

Adding some “Bite” to industrial automation!

Watchdog Relay, now available from Red Lion Controls, is "the industry’s only rugged hardware-based solution that reliably monitors and provides fail-safe shutdown of processes controlled by RTUs, PLCs and other automation devices". This industrial automation solution helps to proactively protect unmanned processes on a 24/7 basis.

Red Lion’s Watchdog Relay monitors the pulsing output heartbeat of a connected device to add an extra level of safety that helps protect critical processes across industrial environments that include oil, gas, maritime, power and energy. If the heartbeat stops for reasons that may include power surges, extreme weather or device malfunctions, Watchdog’s built-in Form C relay will immediately energize and provide a signal that can be used to safely shut down the process. The signal sent upon loss of control helps to avoid costly damage to materials and equipment.

“Customers need backup safety measures to make sure that if equipment fails, it does so safely,” said Jacob Colegrove, product manager at Red Lion Controls. “Watchdog Relay is a rugged, hardware-based solution, and since there is no software to lock up or fail, it gives an extra level of safety to networks and processes. This is important for environments with valves, pipelines, heavy machinery or other critical items.”

Built to operate in extreme conditions, Watchdog Relay supports temperatures ranging from -40 degrees to 80 degrees Celsius, as well as 5 to 85 percent humidity. It carries Class I, Div II and ATEX hazardous locations certifications, and has been marine and offshore tested and/or verified to meet standards such as DNV No. 2.4, Lloyds and ABS.

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

Acquisition expands storage tank solutions!

"Nice acquisition that further strengthens the Emerson Terminal and Logistics solution." (Tweet by Chris Amstuz, Director, Terminals Management Industry Solutions at Emerson Process Management)

Enardo LLC, a leader in safety and environmental control equipment for the oil and gas, petrochemical, wastewater, refining and other industries has been acquired by Emerson.

Enardo, with approximately $65 million USD in sales last year, employs 140 people at its headquarters and operations in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. It manufactures tank and terminal safety equipment, including hatches, vent, pressure and vacuum relief valves and flame arrestors used in the oil and gas, petrochemical, chemical and other industries. Enardo was previously a division of HMT, a leading provider of above ground storage tank products and services based in The Woodlands, Texas, USA.

Steve Sonnenberg
"Enardo’s expertise in tank vapour controls applications is highly complementary with our industry-leading regulator technologies portfolio, including our Fisher Regulator product line," said Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson Process Management. "Enardo, which has an excellent reputation for quality and customer satisfaction, extends our expertise and capabilities in the upstream and downstream markets."

Emerson Process Management makes pressure regulators, relief valves, and related products in McKinney, Texas, and in other locations in the United States and around the world. These technologies help control pressure and flow of industrial gas and liquids, natural gas and propane gas.

"Enardo is a market leader with strong brand presence. Together, we look forward to better serving the needs of our storage tank and terminal customers and markets worldwide," said Randy Page, president of Emerson Process Management’s Regulator Technologies business. 

Software for process industry in plant engineering & management

Functional expansion of Comos Walkinside for innovative 3D plant visualization

With the new version 10.1 of the Comos software solution, the Siemens Industry Automation Division is expanding its range of industrial software for the process industry in plant engineering and plant management. The Comos Enterprise Platform for efficient and system-wide cooperation was further developed using the new Comos industrial database (Comos iDB). It is designed for sector-specific requirements in a wide variety of industries. New projects can be installed quickly and easily, because fewer customer-specific adaptations are required. The Comos Enterprise Platform ensures fast data processing and secure data management even with an increasing volume of project data.

Integration of the Comos software solution with the Simatic process control system PCS 7 enables the engineer or operator to integrate process plant engineering with central data management. The consistent and bidirectional exchange of information between the two systems has been developed further in order to save time and costs in overall plant engineering. For example, sequence controls, types and instances functionally engineered in Comos can now be transferred to a plant-specific automation function.

An additional innovation for plant management is the further development of Comos Walkinside. In Comos 10.1, the powerful 3D visualization software provides a very realistic representation of plants of any complexity even before commissioning. Comos Walkinside directly accesses the data in Comos. Due to the logical connection of geometrical objects with the engineering data, the 3D image of the plant is constantly kept up-to-date throughout the entire lifecycle of the plant. Head-mounted devices (virtual reality glasses) and gamepads to control the virtual characters give users the impression that they are really moving around in the plant. Comos Walkinside can be used for design reviews, simulation or operational engineering, for example. Furthermore, training can take place under realistic and safe conditions before a plant has been commissioned.

In addition to this, further new developments and functional expansions help to increase the efficiency of data management throughout the entire lifecycle of a plant and facilitate decision-making for users and management.
With respect to piping and instrumentation (P&ID), with Comos 10.1, users can now for the first time link PDF documents, such as piping and instrumentation flow diagrams, to a process picture in Comos P&ID or transfer them in full. The new import function can make the manual mapping of P&IDs easier or even unnecessary. This saves the user time and reduces potential data inconsistencies.

Siemens consistently promotes the integration of its industrial software range for the product and plant lifecycle - with interfaces to both its own products and products from other manufacturers. In this way, for example, components and catalogs can be synchronized even more efficiently with the Teamcenter PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) software from Siemens via the new Process Data Interface of Comos 10.1. In addition, in the new release, plant structures from the Comos 2D engineering can be exchanged and synchronized with the 3D design in NX, the Siemens software for digital product design. The compatibility of Comos with Probad, the IBM calculation software for designing printed parts, has also been expanded further.

Valve range extended!

Bürkert has announced an extension to its range of ELEMENT valves in response to continued customer feedback for larger sizes and higher flow rates.

The angle seat and globe valves specified with the ELEMENT actuator are now available with increased diameter orifices. The angle seat valve, types 2100 & 2300 are now also offered with an orifice up to DN 65mm and the globe valves, types 2101 & 2301, up to DN 100mm.

The ELEMENT actuator has been designed to combine the proven reliability of the CLASSIC range with a number of additional benefits. The outer casing, made from hygienic stainless steel, combined with the internal control air routing, ensures there is no corrosion of the actuator springs and no biological contamination inside the actuator. All these design characteristics have produced a valve actuator with excellent performance and reliability features for use in a range of food, beverage, medical and other wash down process environments.

The ELEMENT range is just one of six different designs of valve actuators available to be configured with a host of valve designs and control options. Such a wide range of product options allows nearly every control situation, even in the most demanding of environments, to be accommodated. With decades of experience, Burkert continues to deliver innovation and design excellence in the world of process valve technology.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Manufacturing operations software website!

Aegis Software has launched an entirely new multi-lingual website designed to showcase the Company’s flagship Manufacturing Operations software, FactoryLogix for their fast-growing international audience.

The site is now available in English, German and Chinese, with several other European and Asian languages currently in development. The new website provides a high level overview of FactoryLogix’ integrated suite of software modules and devices, as well as detailed descriptions and screenshots of the NPI, material logistics, shop floor control, SMT line management, and real-time and historical reporting capabilities of the system.

Leveraging Aegis’ 16 years of software development experience, the new website illustrates how FactoryLogix was built from the ground up to support all types of discrete manufacturing. From PCB assembly, to complex box-builds, large system integrations and even high-speed consumer goods processing, FactoryLogix adapts to virtually any manufacturing process.

“We are extremely excited about the launch of our new FactoryLogix website” commented Shaun Black, Global Director of Marketing at Aegis. “We now have an excellent sales and marketing resource to engage new and existing customers across the electronics, medical, automotive, military and aerospace industries – particularly in Europe and Asia, where we are experiencing exponential growth.
“A solution like FactoryLogix impacts multiple levels within an organization. We designed the site to highlight how the software improves Operations, Manufacturing Engineering, Quality, IT, and even the Sales and Marketing departments within a company.” Black went on to say.

The Customer Support Gateway on the new site has also been redesigned with improved access to software downloads, product manuals, best practices guides, and online technical support. Aegis existing customer base of over 1600 factories worldwide now have access to additional online resources including web-based documentation, a user forum, a searchable knowledge base and training video library.

Thermal mass flow controllers!

Brooks Instrument has expanded its GF 40/80 Series portfolio of thermal mass flow controllers (MFCs) to enable a broader range of applications.

The new GF81 MFC can be used for gas flow rates up to 300 slpm, making it ideal for high-flow applications in thin film, solar, analytical, biotech and fuel cell.

The GF81 provides the same high-stability sensor and best-in-class repeatability as the GF40/80 Series, but with a higher flow rate. Compared with competitive products offering a similar flow rate, the compact footprint and low power draw of the GF81 allows users to design smaller, more efficient systems. It also provides better actual process gas accuracy over devices that use traditional single-point conversion factors.

The GF81 Series features an all-metal seal flow path for durability and high leak integrity, precise flow control with fast sub-1-second settling times, and 1% of reading accuracy to ensure reliable flow measurement and control in demanding gas flow applications. A wide range of digital and analog I/O options offers the broadest range of communication protocols, making the GF81 an ideal upgrade for existing MFCs or MFMs.

• Brooks' products are marketed in Ireland by Flow Meter Systems.

Machinery health!

AMS Machinery Manager version 5.6 of Emerson's asset management software has been released.

From route-based, online and wireless vibration solutions, to the latest advances in oil data collection and analysis, AMS Suite integrates data to provide a complete picture of machinery health. Built on customer requests and the latest technology innovations, AMS Machinery Manager v5.6 expands the user’s ability to make informed decisions on the maintenance and operation of their most critical production assets.

AMS Machinery Manager v5.6 supports the newly-released CSI 2140 Machinery Health Analyzer, a portable tool for analysing machinery vibration to detect potential problems before they lead to unplanned downtime. AMS Suite enables users to perform more advanced vibration data analysis. The four-channel data collection and diagnostic test results from the CSI 2140 integrate seamlessly into a user’s existing AMS Machinery Manager database, alongside data from earlier versions of Emerson’s popular analyser series.

AMS Suite also allows users to integrate data from the new Spectro Inc. Q1100 FluidScan. This route-based oil analyser is the first handheld device of its kind. With AMS Machinery Manager, users adopting this new technology can import data to the same database as their vibration data, establishing a more complete picture of machinery health.

"With pervasive sensing technology, users can more easily uncover the root cause of issues in key production assets," said Nathan Pettus, vice president of Emerson’s Machinery Health Management business. "In today’s business environment, even one day of unplanned downtime can make a huge difference in a process facility’s yearly performance. AMS Suite enables them to integrate diverse data into a single actionable maintenance plan. Emerson continues to build technologies and services that give our users better business outcomes and competitive advantages."

With AMS Machinery Manager v5.6, users can easily monitor the size of their CSI 6500 Machinery Health Monitor daily working database and the amount of free space available on the server. Archiving or restarting the database is a single one-click step that returns them to data collection mode with minimal interruption.

AMS Machinery Manager v5.6 allows reliability and maintenance professionals to streamline the set up and configuration of CSI 9420 Wireless Vibration Transmitters with the new configuration wizard. Users can now test transmitter settings in the software and view the impact on projected Power Module life before implementing changes.

Collaborate in ExaScience Life Lab in Belgium

Lab will allow development of even more powerful supercomputers for life sciences research

Intel, imec and five Flemish universities (UA, UGhent, KULeuven, UHasselt, VUB) announced the planned foundation of the ExaScience Life Lab on the imec campus in Leuven, with which Janssen Pharmaceutica will collaborate in the future. The ExaScience Life Lab will combine Intel’s supercomputing expertise with Flanders’ extensive expertise in life sciences and biotechnology. The objective of the collaboration is to create new supercomputer solutions and generate breakthroughs in life sciences and biotechnology.

High performance computing can lead to new insights and breakthroughs in life sciences and biotechnology. As a result, the use of supercomputers will become as strategically vital as lab research. In the development of medical supercomputers, close collaboration with specialists in the field is becoming ever more important since this allows the additional computing power to be utilised to maximum advantage. That is why Intel, Janssen Pharmaceutica, imec and five Flemish universities have decided to join forces. During the coming months, Intel, Janssen Pharmaceutica, imec and the Flemish Universities will negotiate in good faith to establish the appropriate agreements in such respect.

The ExaScience Life Lab aims to boost research in the life sciences. Initially, the lab will focus on two fields of application. First, the lab will examine how supercomputers can accelerate the processing of entire genome sequences. Today, such an analysis takes approximately 48 hours, and with the expected explosion of genome data becoming available in the coming years, it is crucial to improve the efficiency of the computing process. A second application area of the ExaScience Life Lab will be to examine the use of computer simulations in the life sciences. Testing hypotheses through computer simulation both cells and tissues instead of through wet-lab testing saves considerable amounts of time and cost associated to lab tests.

The ExaScience Life Lab is conceived as an extension of Intel’s ExaScience Lab for High Performance Computing opened at imec in 2010.

“Intel has an extensive network of research laboratories in Europe. Once operational, the ExaScience Life Lab will be our European centre of excellence for high performance computing in the life sciences”, says Intel lab manager Luc Provoost. “The intended collaboration with Janssen Pharmaceuticals should enable us to build even more powerful supercomputers. We expect the lab’s joint research and development efforts to lead to major breakthroughs in the use of supercomputing for bioscientific applications.”

“It is our conviction that the ExaScience Life Lab will act as a catalyst in our aspiration to solve certain critical medical needs through technological innovation”, stated Gunaretnam Rajagopal, Janssen Pharmaceutica’ Head of computational sciences. “In the future, supercomputing will become a key force behind advances in life sciences.”

Flemish Minister of Innovation Ingrid Lieten pointed out that “Flanders enjoys an enviable reputation in the fields of life sciences, biotechnology and high performance computing, with a research-driven industry and highly skilled knowledge workers. The ExaScience Life Lab will stimulate collaboration between various disciplines and between the academic and the corporate world. It will establish Flanders as a leading region for supercomputing in life sciences. To achieve this, the ExaScience Life Lab will work closely with the Flemish Supercomputer Centre.”

Luc Van den Hove, President and CEO at imec, stated that “We are very excited about this unique collaboration with leading international companies such as Intel and Janssen Pharmaceutica, and with the Flemish universities. I have every confidence that by pooling our resources and expertise, the ExaScience Life Lab will achieve excellent results that will stimulate research and development in the life sciences. I would like to thank the Flemish government and IWT for their financial support to the ExaScience Life Lab. And I am looking forward to a productive and strategic long-term collaboration.”

PC enclosure!

Now with even greater security the new PC enclosure from Rittal with integrally moulded side panels and roof, internally glazed door and lockable keyboard drawer provides increased protection against unautho-rised access.

Fully compatible with Rittals range of system accesso-ries with options of glazed doors, keyboard drawers, desk sections and small to large mounting compart-ments, Rittal‘s PC enclosure system can accommoda-te all computer equipment from monitor, computer system, printer and keyboard to the mouse.

Providing a Protection category of IP 55 the new PC enclosure based on Rittal’s SE 8, replaces the PC enclosure based on TS 8. The latter will be available from stock for a further 6 months (Rittal Product Lifecycle Policy).

Monday, October 7, 2013

Software guides operators through work processes!

Proficy® Workflow Version 2.1, a software solution that makes it even easier to integrate with existing automation and control systems, speeding response to out-of-spec HMI/SCADA conditions with appropriate action is now available from GE Industrial Platforms . Companies can move beyond basic acknowledgement of alarms and instead to guiding operators through the right steps to take for the right results.

“Consistency and repeatability are critical goals in any industry today,” said Mark Bernardo, General Manager, Automation Software for GE Intelligent Platforms. “Proficy Workflow helps organisations to replicate their best practices within their plant or around the world to increase quality while decreasing costs. As part of a Real-time Operational Intelligence (RtOI) solution, Proficy Workflow helps to enforce the right actions at the right time.”

As an example, one North American manufacturer used Proficy Workflow to enhance its manual batch management with these results: 40% decrease in waste, 70% increase in operator productivity and 20% boost in capacity. The company addressed quality consistency issues, unpredictable cycle times, and variations in production efficiency across operators due to level of experience.

Proficy Workflow digitises and streamlines production, with one tool, and can integrate business and production processes across systems and departments for reliable, repeatable process execution. It can drive real-time asset management, bridging operations and maintenance, and linking SCADA and CMMS, therefore improving and impacting uptime.

“Repeatable, consistent operations are the ultimate goals for manufacturers today,” Bernardo continued. “With Proficy, you can achieve the right actions at the right time, every day – from common tasks to critical emergencies and close the loop on industrial operations to minimize errors and risk, reduce waste, and ensure compliance.”

With Proficy Workflow’s task management capabilities, companies can capture the best practices of experienced operators and guide all workers with step-by-step instructions. Whether operating in an established facility or in a new, low-cost setting, global production teams can easily document processes, transfer knowledge and drive critical consistency, repeatability and predictability into operations. Operators do not have a new system to learn and can immediately improve response to alarms and ensure operations run smoothly.

The latest version provides improved performance and scalability for large-system deployments, allowing companies to replicate production processes across their organization for increased consistency, quality and efficiency. It offers improved capabilities for enforcing and tracking operator compliance, particularly important in highly-regulated industries. Companies can verify documents and actions through enhanced electronic signatures, allowing them to move faster from critical issue detected to resolution thereby potentially decreasing the size of a recall or even preventing one.

Proficy Workflow also provides significantly greater ease of use for defining and managing tasks, allowing companies to digitize operational processes faster and without IT resources. Production experts can more easily document processes, leveraging a simple graphical environment and reusable templates. This is especially important as worldwide, organizations face high levels of experienced workers reaching retirement and risk losing their undocumented best practices.

“Manufacturers today must replicate production in off-shore locations and set up new facilities quickly and with high quality, even though they are often faced with inexperienced workers and language barriers. With tight regulations in industries such as water, automotive, pharmaceuticals, and food & beverage, companies must verify work processes and prove compliance. They also need to reduce risk and protect their brand as today’s world moves fast and product issues can drastically change the course of business in just days.”

Process valves and actuators from Buerkert #PAuto

Bürkert’s modular ELEMENT system, which is setting new benchmarks for cleanline operation and cost reduction in hygienic process measurement and control, has been expanded to include process valves with orifice diameters up to 50mm (DN 50) and process actuators in sizes up to 130mm.

“The outstanding success of our modular, stainless steel ELEMENT system across all hygienic processing markets – pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food and beverage and bio-medicals – has resulted in demands from users for a wider range of equipment types and sizes,” said Neil Saunders, Sales Manager of Bürkert UK & Ireland. “The new 50mm orifice sizes for the ELEMENT series valve range and larger actuator sizes are part of a wider programme to meet this demand, with other additions to the ELEMENT range coming on stream in the first quarter of 2013.”

The expansion of the ELEMENT valve range significantly expands the area of application for these valve types, enabling their use at higher medium pressures on pipelines with orifices up to DN 50. Included in the expanded range are the type 2100 angle seat on/off valve, the 2101 on/off globe valve, the 2103 diaphragm valve family, the type 2300 modulating angle seat valve and 2301 series modulating globe valve.

The major advantage for users of the expanded ELEMENT is that it is now possible to achieve greater plant standardisation by equipping many process systems with equipment entirely from the modular ELEMENT platform. The benefits of this approach are many. First, the ELEMENT valves and sensors reliably control fluids, steam, caustic solutions and chemicals, as well as abrasive or high-purity substances in the widest range of applications and process environments. Second, the stainless steel valves (IP65/67) are rugged, hygienic, and easy to clean and use.

Third, the special ELEMENT actuator design facilitates integration of automation units at all levels of the modular valve system, from the position transmitter to the electro-pneumatic positioner or process controller. This allows complete decentralised automation of even complex systems, with minimal expense for cables and hoses.

Sponsored for European Heart and Lung Transplant Games

Last Summer, Mitsubishi Electric sponsored David Berber in the 14th European Heart and Lung Transplant Games in Apeldoorn (NL). The idea of the games is to help raise awareness and to encourage donations across the globe, while at the same time, allowing the recipients to honour their donors and express gratitude for this Gift of Life.
Ciarán Moody, Mitsubishi Electric Ireland Factory Automation, David Berber, MD, Automation and Control Engineering and Michael Sheehan, Mitsubishi Electric Ireland Living Environmental Systems

Mitsubishi Electric have had a long and successful association with David through his distribution company Automation and Control Engineering over the past twenty years.

David received a heart transplant in May 2011 and was a first time participant in the games. David partook in two sports, table tennis and the 50m swim, taking home the silver in the 50m swim.

David is now a committee member of the Irish Heart and Lung transplant Association and speaks of his complete admiration for the Heart and Lung Transplant games;

“People forget that someone has to die so that you live and celebrate this remarkable gift you have been given. The games aim to raise awareness after a near death experience and to try somehow honour the donor and the donors’ families in some small way," he says.

Mitsubishi Electric were proud to be able to sponsor David in the European Heart and Lungs Transplant games and wish him the best of luck for the future.