Friday, November 15, 2013

Multichannel transmitter for water, wastewater & process.

Transmitter has EtherNet/IP connectivity for easy, seamless integration with Rockwell's PlantPAx Process Automation System.

The Liquiline CM44 multichannel transmitter features an integrated web server that allows the operator to remotely view diagnostic data, perform configuration, or access device parameters via any web browser. Data can be securely accessed and maintenance functions can be performed via Endress+Hauser’s FieldCare asset management system. It may be used for process monitoring in the water, wastewater, chemical, power and other industries.

Thanks to their Memosens® technology, customers can now use EtherNet/IP and one CM44 transmitter to access many parameters and accept inputs down to the sensor level including sensor condition and diagnostics. They also have the ability to configure up to eight Memosens digital sensors via remote access, including nitrate, spectral absorption coefficient (SAC), pH, ORP, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, free-chlorine and ion selective electrode sensors.

The modular four-wire transmitter is available in one to eight-channel versions and can be expanded at any time, and users can easily swap or mix and match any combination of sensors. The CM44 transmitter recognises the sensor and will begin operating immediately without rebooting the transmitter. Memosens protocol sensors can be pre-calibrated and the sensor-specific data is stored in the sensor.

With just a few clicks, an EtherNet/IP enabled multiparameter transmitter is enabled and ready to provide critical process information to a PlantPAx control system. Total process management is now possible, because operators now have the ability to integrate, configure and commission in minutes, not hours as with other networks.

Traditionally, devices measuring and controlling process variables rely on a process instrumentation network to transfer data, while other devices within the plant work on a completely different network. By improving this complex multi-tier networking strategy with one standard network architecture – EtherNet/IP – users have better access to real-time information. This improves the ability to monitor overall performance, troubleshoot out-of-margin conditions and minimise downtime.

The Liquiline CM44 multiparameter transmitter and all Endress+Hauser products built on the 4-wire, Liquiline platform, such as the Liquistation water sampler, are pre-engineered to integrate seamlessly with the PlantPAx process automation system, helping users simplify their network architecture, reduce deployment time, and facilitate connectivity from the instrumentation level to the business systems level. In addition to EtherNet/IP connectivity, the multiparameter transmitter has built-in connectivity to Ethernet, Profibus, Modbus, HART and 485 networks.

Together with Memosens and the EtherNet/IP technology, interoperability is assured – opening new possibilities for process monitoring, quality assurance, lowered operational costs and safety.

Croiméal ar son na sláinte! "United we MO!" #Movember #Pauto

At the risk of frightening the horses we share this and make sure the children are tucked up in their beds!

Donate Here
Our very good friend and CEO of Irish Power & Process, Noel Heary, has embarked on a mission to cover his upper lip with a bushy mannish growth. He is doing this for the worthy cause of men's health, the care of which is often overlooked, more often than not by the men themselves!

This is Not Noel Heery not sure 'bout the tache
though!
He claims to be a member of Generation Moustache for Movember and he thinks we should all support this incredible effort. "Donate what you can or join the cause so together we can change the face of men's health. United we Mo!" 

We think, and his beloved spouse no doubt hopes, that he will apply a sharp razor to the growth at the end of the month! (Follow all #Movember tweets!)

He is aiming to collect a packet and would appreciate it if you helped in this worthy cause.

Will you?

Please mention Read-out if you do or at least #Pauto

Thanks a million! Gura míle maith agaibh!

P.S. We've asked for a pic Pre and Post-Shave so we can just how helpful he has been.




FDI spec. & developer tools now available!


The Fieldbus Foundation has announced first public release of FDI Cooperation, LLC's Field Device Integration (FDI) specification and a demo of the FDI developer toolkits, both of which will make it possible for automation suppliers to prepare for developing products and host systems compatible with FDI.

The Fieldbus Foundation is one of the founding members of FDI Cooperation, LLC.

At the core of the FDI specification is the FDI Device Package that includes everything a host system needs to integrate an intelligent device. With FDI, a single FDI Device Package that can scale according to the complexities and requirements of each device represents individual instruments.

Each FDI Device Package contains a mandatory Device Description (EDD), providing parameter definitions, structure for the parameters for context-specific views, and automated work processes for device procedures such as calibration. FDI Device Packages may also incorporate User Interface Plug-Ins, software components that support advanced device setup and diagnostic functions. Additionally, product manuals, documentation, images, electronic certifications and other attachments may be delivered in the FDI Device Package.

FDI Device Packages make it easier for automation suppliers to develop and integrate intelligent devices because they only need to create a single, unified FDI Device Package for each intelligent device that can work with all host systems and tools, reducing overall development costs while preserving and expanding existing functionality. Users will also find it easier to manage information from intelligent devices with a single device package, instead of juggling different technologies and investing significant capital in custom integration efforts to connect multiple technology platforms.

With the release of the FDI specification, FDI Cooperation demonstrated a preview edition of the common cross protocol Integrated Development Environment (IDE), which will help device manufacturers create FDI Device Packages for FOUNDATION fieldbus, HART and Profibus devices. The purpose of standard developer tools is to ensure that automation suppliers can develop high-quality, reliable FDI-based solutions in a consistent manner. A standard set of developer tools significantly reduces development costs and speeds time to market for both device developers and system developers.

The IDE will include a reference host that allows device developers to execute and test FDI Device Package against a standard implementation to ensure product quality.

The demo of the developer tools was based on the protocol-independent FDI Common Host Components. Host system manufacturers implement FDI Common Host Components for device management tools, asset management tools, and process automation systems. FDI Common Host Components allow for rapid development and ensure FDI Device Packages behave consistently across different systems. FDI Host Components fully support legacy EDD libraries to protect end user investments.

The live demonstration at the NAMUR Annual General Meeting showed FDI functionality in field devices from six different suppliers, all of which are integrated with the help of FDI device packages within a process control system. The demonstration, organized and constructed by Siemens, included typical use cases, such as parameter assignment, configuration, diagnostics, functional testing, and maintenance. This was the first time a commercial system based on common components was applied to interpret FDI device packages. 
As part of the release, which coincided with the NAMUR annual meeting, the FDI specification and the latest Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) specifications were handed over to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for the next important phase—the Committee Draft for Vote—in the international standardization process. FDI will be included in the emerging standard IEC 62769.

Latest in wireless covered in latest edition of bestseller!


The International Society of Automation (ISA) has published a fourth edition of its highly popular book on wireless networks for industrial automation, updated with an extensive analysis of today’s newest wireless technologies.

Wireless Networks for Industrial Automation, Fourth Edition by Dick Caro, ISA Life Fellow and industrial automation consultant at CMC Associates, provides a clear, unbiased view of the emerging wireless communications market, and closely examines the latest advances in wireless technologies for process control, such as ISA100 Wireless (ANSI/ISA-100.11a), WirelessHART, WIA-PA and WiFi, including IEEE 802.11n and 802.11ac. He is also a member of the Process Automation Hall of Fame (Control Magazine) and has acted as co-chair of ISA100.12.

Dick Caro
“A lot has changed in the marketplace since the third edition of my book was published,”
notes Caro, a widely recognized expert in industrial networking and current chair of two ISA100 Wireless standards subcommittees. “At that time, ISA100 Wireless was just being developed and WirelessHART had just been announced. This new edition covers their transition to well-established, proven standards, and provides guidance to those seeking a comparison of the two."

Since both ISA100 Wireless and WirelessHART have well-documented field experience and installation success, Caro says that both can be utilized without trepidation of any kind.

“Today, both are absolutely reliable, secure and simple to install, and since their batteries seem to last forever, fears of battery replacement have disappeared,” he asserts. “At the same time, they both have differences.”

ISA100 Wireless, he explains, is particularly valuable to “those forward-thinking process control users who can visualize a control system architecture that includes plant-wide wireless control networks. WirelessHART has been important to some users who have urgent needs for measurements or status detection in areas that have been too costly or unable to connect wired instruments or sensors.”
WIA-PA, Caro indicates, was developed at a Chinese university and it is not known if there are any commercial applications within China, and, to date, none have been offered for export.

He says that IEEE 802.11, on the other hand, has been in active development for many years, and is widely installed in many manufacturing locations where wired or fiber optic Ethernet may have been used.

“Wireless offers installed cost advantages,” Caro points out. “When the third edition of my book was released, IEEE 802.11n had not yet been ratified, but vendors were already selling product. Now, IEEE 802.11n is the Wi-Fi market leader with many installations of the MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) form with dual frequencies to provide spatial diversity. Today, IEEE 802.11ac is nearing ratification and suppliers are already selling product. As improvements to IEEE 802.11 are made, the speed increases to the point that IEEE 802.11ac will achieve speed parity with wired gigabit Ethernet.”

Caro says some vendors of wireless process control systems, instruments and network devices tend to “over market” their products, making claims for features that are not incorporated or sometimes not even planned for the future.

“I hope that this updated edition can help users make intelligent decisions that will enable them to plan future process control networks and control system architectures in which wireless is certain to play a major role,” he concludes.

"Why settle for a logic block when you can have a powerful Micro PLC instead?"

The new FX3S PLC from Mitsubishi Electric completes the FX3 compact PLC range with the most powerful micro PLC yet. By taking the power and flexibility of the existing FX3G & FX3U premium compact PLCs and distilling it into a micro format Mitsubishi have created a new PLC category, the Premium Micro PLC.

Over the last 30 years they have continually developed the compact PLC and have now completed the third phase of this development programme, achieving sales of over 12 Million units worldwide during that period. Their philosophy is "why compromise?" even at the micro level. This is why the new FX3S incorporates many of the features and functions of its larger FX3 siblings.

For example, one of the most popular functions of the FX3 range is the built-in "Freqrol" driver that enables users to set up a simple, low cost network of PLC and up to 8 Mitsubishi inverters allowing the FX3S to tackle tasks as diverse as materials handling to heating and cooling applications.

Mitsubishi Electric take the legacy of their PLCs seriously, so the FX3S comes in 10, 14, 20 and 30 I/O variants just like its predecessor the FX1S and it also has the same footprint, making it extremely easy for users to upgrade to the newer PLC without a major redesign and associated engineering costs.

There is also a new version of the 30 I/O FX3S CPU which includes built-in analogues and is ideal for simple temperature or flow control systems.

Besides increased memory capacity and processor speed, the new FX3S can be expanded by using the existing, slim FX3 ADP modules, offering a choice of analogue and communication options including Ethernet and RS422/485 serial. Adding Ethernet connectivity at this level means that FX3S is not just a PLC but should also be considered an intelligent data logger or even distributed I/O. When used in conjunction with Mitsubishi's respected MAPS SCADA and MX4 Energy management software solutions, plant-wide data collection can be achieved with minimal cost and effort by deploying FX3S PLCs close to where they are needed.

FX3S is programmed by the GXWorks2 software which offers total flexibility and choice, allowing the designer to choose a simple ladder style programming method, or the more advanced structured style. FX3S is also included in the comprehensive iQ Works navigator allowing users to easily configure systems using Mitsubishi's GOT series HMIs and the FX3 PLCs in one software package.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

USB control for bench power supply!

Aim-TTi have updated their EX355P bench power supply to include USB control. It offers a low-cost solution for a basic programmable PSU that is sufficient for many applications where the sophistication and complexity of GPIB is not needed.

Total power is 175 watts with settings of 0 to 35 volts and 0 to 5 amps. Voltage and current levels are set digitally using either the bus interface or the local controls. Setting resolution is 10mV and 10mA. The mixed-mode regulation design, which includes linear final regulation, provides a very low output noise and fast recovery from transients.

A simple command set allows remote control of voltage, current and output enable along with read -back of metering values and operational status. Local control is via three rotary encoders providing rapid and accurate setting of voltage and current during bench use.

The front panel controls can be locked out when required, making the unit particularly useful in

Helping to reviving ageing petrochemical plants in China!

Honeywell has announced that it has been selected by the Sinopec Maoming Company for business management and automation technology that will rejuvenate and improve operational performance at aging petrochemical plants in Guangdong Province (CN).

Honeywell’s Profit Suite R400 process optimization software will be deployed at two of Maoming Company’s ethylene-cracking facilities, helping to improve plant performance by increasing energy efficiency, improving flexibility of its operations, and maximizing the plants’ yield of high-value products. The plants have been in operation for more than 50 years and currently produce 1 million tons of petrochemicals a year.

Profit Suite Operator Station interface display
“Although new petrochemical plants are being built, globally the petrochemical industry is a mature industry, with many plants having been in operation for decades,” said Aldous Wong, vice president and general manager for Honeywell Process Solutions, China. “Honeywell’s process optimization solutions can breathe new life into these aging plants, boosting profitability by increasing throughput and yields, improving product quality, and reducing costs.”

Ethylene is an important building block for petrochemicals and is primarily used in the manufacture of polyethylene, which, in turn, goes into a wide range of products, such as packaging, detergents, synthetic lubricants and synthetic rubber. In China, about 70 percent of its polyethylene is used in product packaging.

 “We want to establish this project as a benchmark for other similar facilities within the Sinopec Group,” said He Lijian, deputy chief engineer, Sinopec Maoming Company. “Using this Honeywell solution, Maoming Company is expecting an increase in production that would improve our profitability by more than $6 million per year. Honeywell’s experience in advanced process control and support capabilities for a number of industrial projects in China helped us to decide to choose them as one of our trusted vendors.”

Profit Suite R400 is the most comprehensive release of Honeywell’s Advanced Process Control (APC) and Optimization technology portfolio, with the ability to integrate with many different distributed control systems (DCS) by multiple manufacturers, as well as legacy systems.


With an installed base of more than 30,000 control systems, Honeywell technology runs mission-critical applications in refineries, chemical plants, pulp and paper mills, pipelines, power plants and other industrial facilities worldwide.

Power supplies with 5 year warranty!

Excelsys Technologies has introduced the all new ultra-competitively priced UltiMod range, the first in its class to carry a 5 year warranty. Designed to offer users unrivalled price/performance and simplify both selection and procurement the new UltiMod series of power supplies provides up to 12 outputs and 1200W in a compact 1U format.

The Excelsys UltiMod Series offers customers the broadest range of options available in the market, delivering industry leading levels of efficiency, up to 92%, and reliability backed by a market leading 5 Year Warranty. Customers are able to select the optimum feature set for their particular application minimising the total cost of ownership.
The Excelsys UltiMod is simple to configure for any application. Two versions of the Input AC front ends (powerPacs) are available to accommodate either 4 or 6 output modules. Both powerPacs carry dual certification, EN60950 for industrial applications and 2 x MOPP, EN60601-1 3rd Edition for medical applications. The UX4 delivers up to 600W and can be populated with up to 4 powerMods, the UX6 delivers up to 1200W and can be populated with up to 6 powerMods. All UltiMod products can withstand shock >60G, per MIL STD 810G and will start-up at -40ºC.

The UltiMod Series provides up to 12 fully isolated DC outputs ranging from 1.5V to 58V provided from a range of single and dual output modules (powerMods).
The feature-rich powerMods provide a suite of output signals and user configurable functions increasing design-in flexibility. User configurable functions include local and remote output adjustment, adjustable current limit, alternative current limiting techniques and inhibit/enable functions.

Dermot Flynn, Director of Sales at Excelsys, comments, “This is a new range of modular configurable power supplies providing global leadership in product reliability, efficiency and cost competitiveness and confirms Excelsys as the leading modular configurable power supply provider in the world.”

Typical applications for the Excelsys UltiMod series include, medical, clinical diagnostic equipment, medical lasers, dialysis equipment, radiological imaging, clinical chemistry, industrial automation and machines, test and measurement, automation equipment, printing, telecommunications, audio and broadcast equipment.

Design award in Netherlands

PAC’s Alcor JFTOT® IV recently won the Good Industrial Design Award (Good Industrieel Ontwerp - GIO) presented by Designlink. The GIO award is the longest running and most renowned award for Industrial Design in the Netherlands. It is held every year and awards are handed out in 5 categories: consumer products, public design and mobility, professional products, interior design, food & retail.

The JFTOT IV won the award in the professional products category. PAC released the JFTOT IV in May of this year. Alcor’s JFTOT analysers are the globally recognized standard for jet fuel thermal oxidation testing with a worldwide installed base over 1000 instruments of various generations of instruments. In addition to its accurate and reliable jet fuel analysis, the JFTOT IV offers enhanced safety features and simplified operational capabilities in a smaller, more streamlined package than previous generations. Its appearance and user interface design, aided by Vanberlo design agency, were also greatly enhanced. The JFTOT IV strictly follows ASTM D3241, IP 323, and ISO 6249 standard test methods.

“PAC is very proud to have received this distinguished award for one of our most innovative products, the JFTOT IV. We incorporated several unique features into the design, such as the quick connect containers, sliding door over the heater tube, and a large touch screen, to enhance the ease of use and safety for the operators,” said David Tran, PAC Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing, “Our goal is to offer our customers with the best design features in our products and it is gratifying to know that they have been recognized by an independent and highly regarded organization such as Designlink.”

LIMS user requirements checklist!

Recognising both the importance and complexity of specifying a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) prior to purchase, Autoscribe has published a comprehensive (29 page) User Requirements Check List to help with the assessment of each LIMS vendor and to fully understand how each vendor meets the specific user requirements. Equally suitable for first time buyers and those looking for a replacement LIMS, this free document is available on request on their website!

The check list ranges from commercial to system support issues. Consideration is given to programming and coding responsibilities, system configuration/customisation and user access and security. There is a thorough review of functionality, including: sample/work registration, sample receipt, sample preparation, work scheduling and result entry. There are sections concerning static data tables, reporting, and options.

Autoscribe’s founder and CEO, John Boother, commented: “The definition of requirements is one of the key aspects of a LIMS project, but all too often it is not dealt with in sufficient detail, which inevitably leads to pain at the later stages of the project. For some time now, Autoscribe has offered a ‘Requirements Definition Service’ in which we work in collaboration with all relevant departments and personnel that will be involved in the project and then deliver a comprehensive and independent User Requirements document.”

“With the publication of this new checklist”, he continued, “we are providing potential purchasers with the starting point to define their requirements. They can then choose to continue on their own, or make use of our service or go to a large consultancy. Either way, they will have a sound basis with which to begin the project.”

Infrared cameras deliver in-focus images!

Advanced wireless connectivity and the new SmartView® Mobile app maximises productivity in the field

Fluke has introduced the Fluke® Ti200, Ti300 and Ti400 infrared cameras with advanced connectivity and accuracy to maximise technicians’ productivity in the field. The new infrared cameras feature LaserSharp™ Auto Focus, using a laser to pinpoint exactly where the camera should focus for precisely focused images every time.  (see also VIDEO).

The rugged Fluke Ti200, Ti300 and Ti400 will soon be able to connect to the Fluke CNX™ Wireless system, allowing them to be used as a main unit to view live measurements from up to five wireless modules (e.g. AC current or voltage modules) on its screen, and integrate the data into the infrared image. This functionality will be provided by a firmware update. 
The infrared cameras feature wireless connectivity to easily transfer images from the cameras directly to PCs, an Apple® iPad® or iPhone® which can then be imported into Fluke SmartView® software, a professional suite of analysis and reporting tools for optimising and analysing infrared images and producing professional reports. 

New SmartView® Mobile app
The cameras integrate wirelessly with the new Fluke SmartView Mobile app for iPhone and iPad. Like the desktop version, the SmartView Mobile app allows users to transfer images wirelessly for additional image optimisation and analysis and to create professional reports, but now they can share information without returning to the office to create and send reports to clients or management. With the SmartView Mobile app, users can get approval for additional work needed or next steps immediately, increasing efficiency and profitability. And unlike many other apps, SmartView Mobile is optimised for both the iPhone and iPad, maximising the productivity no matter which device is used.

Other advanced features
Only Fluke infrared cameras feature patented IR-Fusion® technology, which merges the infrared and visual images into a single view to better discover, diagnose, and communicate problems. With IR-Fusion technology, images can be viewed from full infrared to blended views to a full visible image, to precisely document problem areas.

The infrared cameras are Bluetooth-ready and include wireless connectivity to PCs, GPS positioning and recording, streaming video, a ruggedised capacitive touch screen for quick menu navigation, IR-PhotoNotes™ Photo Annotation System, field-changeable rechargeable smart batteries with charge level indicators, and high temperature measurements up 1200°C (Ti400 model only).

Availability
The Fluke Ti200, Ti300, and Ti400 infrared cameras are available now. Some features mentioned may be available at a later time as free upgrades: users will be notified via SmartView software when available. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

SIS certified!

Emerson’s DeltaV safety instrumented system (SIS) has been granted the 2013 Safety Award by exida, the global leader in functional safety and cybersecurity certification for the process industries. exida recognised the DeltaV safety instrumented system with its safety award for the logic solvers category, citing the system’s Electronic Marshalling and CHARMs technologies. 

"exida recognises the importance of excellence in functional safety," said William Goble, exida principal partner. "Through extensive analysis of the nominated products, we believe DeltaV SIS with Electronic Marshalling has the ability to play a key role in the continuous journey of making the world a safer place."
"It’s gratifying to receive this recognition from the experts," said Emerson process systems and solutions president Jim Nyquist (left), who accepted the award from William Goble, exida. "It affirms that we accomplished our goal of reducing complexity while meeting or exceeding the stringent functional requirements of systems safety."

Founded in 1999 and with offices around the world, exida is a key player in testing and assessing automation safety products. The agency is a leading certification body and serves on the international committees that write safety standards.

Goble noted that exida is in a unique position to review safety products from many different manufacturers. The safety award gives the agency an opportunity to recognise products that stand out in meeting functional safety standards. 

"The DeltaV SIS architecture is what I would call a hybrid," said Goble. "It combines the best attributes of many different architectures into one. Also, its flexible design gives users all the different I/O types they need, and allows them to pick levels of redundancy and safety so they can make trade-offs between costs and the essential parameters of availability and safety." 

Goble said cyber security is a big consideration – noting it was not even a topic of discussion in safety systems just a few years ago. "It’s something a lot of people are now having trouble retrofitting," Goble said. "The DeltaV SIS with Electronic Marshalling and CHARMs technology was built with security as an important part of the design." 


"It’s gratifying to receive this recognition from the experts," said Emerson process systems and solutions president Jim Nyquist, who accepted the award. "It affirms that we accomplished our goal of reducing complexity while meeting or exceeding the stringent functional requirements of systems safety."

Mulitple awards at Chinese automation show!

Industrial Automation and Networking Products Recognized for Innovation and Engineering Excellence

Red Lion Controls' newest generation of Human Machine Interfaces (HMI), the Graphite™ series of advanced operator interface panels, and its N-Tron NT24k managed Gigabit Ethernet switches received multiple awards during the 2013 Industrial Automation Show that recently took place in Shanghai (CN).


Red Lion’s Graphite series received an “Industrial Control Award” from Plant Engineering China. Additionally, the NT24k was awarded the 2013 “Best Product Award” in the Networking Communications category by Control Engineering China, and also received a “2012-2013 China Annual Most Popular Product” award from CA168. The company also accepted a “2012-2013 Annual Most Growth Potential Brand” award from CA168 for its dedication to convergence, transformation and change.
“These awards further validate Red Lion’s long history of commitment to superior innovation and engineering. We are honored to be considered a top brand in China,” said Michael Wang, general manager of Greater China for Red Lion Controls. “New HMI and industrial Ethernet capabilities are changing the way today’s connected world operates, and Red Lion’s newest industrial automation and networking products are at the forefront of this transformation.”

Both the Graphite and NT24k series of products help plant managers, engineers and manufacturers evolve operations and achieve a truly connected environment where machines and devices can communicate in real time, speaking the same language over a seamlessly integrated communications platform. The implementation of HMIs and industrial Ethernet switches in today’s connected factory and remote locations result in reduced costs, better process control and safer working environments.


Awards from Plant Engineering China honor tools, products and solutions that help international plant managers do their jobs more efficiently. Best Product Award winners are selected by a panel of Control Engineering China’s senior editors and local automation industry experts. Winners are decided based on overall excellence in technical innovation and the market influence of the product. The CA168 awards are voted on by the assessment experts of PLCopen China, the Automation Society of Guangdong Province, the Variable Power and Electric Special Commission of China Power Society and the readers of CA168.com.

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

Temperature & humidity measurement is mere chicken feed!

Reliable RH and Temperature sensor from Michell helps farmers to increase yield of healthy poultry

Michell Instruments is helping to increase the number of healthy chicks hatched in farms across Europe with its I7000 Hygrosmart temperature and relative humidity sensors.

The I7000 Hygrosmart temperature and relative humidity sensor provides highly reliable and accurate measurements of these key parameters for chick hatching. The sensor is accurate to ±2%RH and to ±0.2°C and is highly stable with less than 1% RH drift over a year to maintain the ideal hatching conditions over time. The small yet robust sensor is also easily interchangeable with a simple ‘plug and play’ system, which means that farmers can maintain the accuracy of their RH and temperature measurements in the incubator themselves. The easy procedure takes only few minutes saving time and being extremely cost efficient.

The ideal temperature range for hatching a chicken egg is between 37 to 39°C, preferably 37.5°C. While a broody hen can maintain this level of temperature easily, an incubator needs reliable and accurate temperature control to be sure changes in the ambient temperature don’t make conditions too cold or too hot for the chick embryos to develop. Just 15 minutes above the top end of the temperature range can be enough to kill off the developing chicks, while changes in temperature during incubation will result in unhealthy birds. However, with the correct controls in place, egg incubators reliably produce high yields of successfully hatched eggs because the ideal conditions can be maintained accurately.

The relative humidity in the incubator is also important for the correct development of the embryos. Sixty percent relative humidity is ideal, but a range of 50 to 65% is acceptable. Once again, these conditions are designed to mimic the body of a sitting hen, and careful monitoring of the conditions in the incubator is needed to ensure that the level remains consistent.

Michell products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.



Formal recognition as an ISCI CRT tool!

The ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) has announced that the Codenomicon ISASecure Testing Solution, consisting of the Codenomicon Defensics and the Codenomicon Load Testing platforms, is now recognized as an approved CRT testing tool for ISASecure™ control systems certification programs.

CRT testing tools must meet a rigorous set of ISCI requirements to ensure consistent and credible test results when utilized by the ISCI Chartered Labs for certifying industrial control systems and components. ISCI Chartered Labs are now authorized to use the Codenomicon CRT tool for use in the communication robustness test element of ISASecure product certifications. Suppliers seeking ISASecure certifications can be confident that the Codenomicon tool will properly reflect expected CRT test results from ISCI Chartered Labs.

"We are very pleased to offer our expertise and comprehensive set of load and fuzz testing tools to the ICS community, and look forward working with ISCI, helping stakeholders achieve better security by including robustness and load testing in their solutions.", said Codenomicon CEO, David Chartier.

"Codenomicon approached this project with great enthusiasm from the very beginning. We are impressed with their offering and dedication to the ISASecure program. We look forward to working with Codenomicon as we expand the coverage of ISASecure certifications." said Andre Ristaino, ISCI Managing Director.

Codenomicon has chosen to offer the Codenomicon Load Testing platform as a free download for anyone wishing to use the software package to load test devices for internal analysis and in preparation for the CRT element of the ISASecure certification.

"This is something we felt comfortable in releasing as a free tool to all stakeholders. We recognize the need to elevate awareness of potential security issues, and encourage stakeholders to use the free tool to learn the value of comprehensive testing of devices used in critical infrastructure” added David Chartier.

New Fieldbus Options for Level meters!

Krohne's OPTIFLEX 2200 C and OPTIWAVE 5200 C level meters are now available with 2-wire bus protocols FOUNDATION Fieldbus and PROFIBUS PA. For each protocol, a dedicated PACTware DTM enables to access the device parameters directly via the instrument.

Bus protocols for OPTIFLEX 2200 C TDR guided radar and OPTIWAVE 5200 C FMCW radar level meters meet the latest PROFIBUS PA Profile V3.02 and FOUNDATION Fieldbus ITK 6.1 interoperability testing. Furthermore, KROHNE is engaged in additional interoperability tests by Bilfinger Maintenance Süd GmbH, Germany, (formerly known as BIS) - a Fieldbus Foundation Center of Excellence and PROFIBUS PI Competence Center (PICC).

The PROFIBUS PA versions provide function blocks for level, distance, ullage conversion and volume conversion. The FOUNDATION Fieldbus protocol additionally supports LAS (Link Active Scheduler) functionality that permits to use the level meters as master within an FF topology. Both versions are meeting FISCO safety model for ATEX/IECEx zone 0, 1 and 2 (Ex i as well as Ex d).

OPTIFLEX 2200 C/F and OPTIWAVE 5200 C/F are designed for the chemical, petrochemical, power, pulp and paper industries and comply with all applicable NAMUR standards (NE 21, 43, 107 and 53). Both level meters are approved for use in ATEX, IECEx, cFMus and NEPSI for intrinsically safe as well as in explosion proof areas. Compact versions with analogue output meet SIL2 requirements according to IEC 61508.

Rocker switches!

Omron Electronic Components Europe has introduced the industry’s smallest remote-reset rocker switch supporting zero-standby power design.  The new switch is a great asset in implementing systems that meet or exceed the requirements of the European Commission ErP Ecodesign directive. 

The new Omron A8GS is the smallest rocker switch with a reset function on the market, and is offered in a version with a delayed-off feature to support safe system shut-down. It is ideal for use as a power switch for a whole range of industrial and consumer electrical applications, featuring high inrush current durability conforming to TV-8 standards. 

The compan offers the A8GS with reset voltages of 3.3V and 5V, to support easy integration into a wide range of electronic control circuits. Versions suitable for micro load and micro load/high capacity applications are also available. The A8GS features a contact gap of 3mm. it is UL and cUL standard approved and conforms to EN standards. Innovative design has enabled Omron to reduce the size of the new switch to just 30mm x 17mm x 28.5mm, less than half the size of its existing non-resettable equivalent.

Omron is also offering the A8GS-T, featuring a delayed off function to allow safe shut down of electrical equipment. With this switch, the power to the system is maintained when the switch is returned to the off position. The system is then powered down by an external signal after an interval determined by the designer. This prevents issues with data loss or circuit damage through forced power off by the user, and can help safer application design. The A8GS-T shares the specifications of the standard A8GS. 

The European Commission ErP Ecodesign Directive is the most important initiative by the EU to improve energy efficiency by 20% by the year 2020. It aims to reduce the environmental impact of energy-related products* (ErPs), including the energy consumption throughout their entire life cycle. It specifies that the power consumption of equipment in any off-mode condition shall not exceed 0.50 W. In Standby Mode, consumption should also not exceed 0.50W, unless the equipment has a status display in which case 1W is permissible.

Compliance with the directive not only saves cost for the end consumer, but also prolongs the life of electrical equipment by ensuring that it is properly powered down when it is not required.


New 2-Wire and 4-Wire Transmitters!

Acromag expands their line of versatile USB-configured signal conditioning transmitters to include RTD/resistance and potentiometer/thermistor input signals.

Acromag’s new offerings in the TT230 and TT330 series of process transmitters are designed to deliver flexibility while maintaining optimal performance. These isolated signal conditioners feature high-density mounting on DIN rails, supporting RTD/resistance and potentiometer/thermistor input signals. With a convenient USB connection to a PC, precise configuration using Windows software is simple. Wiring terminals are front-facing and removable for easy connections and maintenance.

“The TT230 and TT330 process transmitter series’ continue to provide greater versatility with our new additions,” explained Don Lupo, process group sales and marketing director. “Whether you need 2-wire or 4-wire transmitters, we can accommodate a wide array of process measurement and control applications.”

Each model accommodates a variety of signal types selected in the configuration software. The TT234 and TT334 models interface 100-100k ohms via potentiometer/slidewire or 100-1M ohms from a thermistor/rheostat. The TT235 and TT335 models accept 100 ohm, 200 ohm, 500 ohm, or 1000ohm platinum RTD; 120 ohm nickle RTD; 10 ohm copper RTD; or 0-450 ohm linear resistance. All units effortlessly convert the input signals to a proportional current output signal of +/-20mA, 0-20mA, or 4-20mA. The TT330 series also allows for +/-10V, +/- 5V, 0-5V, and 0-10V output signals as well. The software also lets you precisely scale input ranges for full resolution. You can then test or calibrate input/output values in the software, too.

TT230 process signal converters have the option of loop-power with a 2-wire connection, or DC-powered with a 3-wire connection. TT330 process signal converters are DC-powered (12-32V) and support a bussed rail power option for primary or redundant power. The rugged design of these thin transmitters feature CE approval as well as: -40 to 80 Degrees C operation, electrical noise immunity, and surge protection. UL/cUL Class 1 Division 2 Zone 2 hazardous location approvals pending. Prices start at $175 (TT230 series) or $220 (TT330 series) for single quantities.

The USB-to-PC connection for software-driven configuration makes setting ranges and calibration easier, more accurate, and very reliable. Many competing units use DIP switches that can only offer coarse range settings, not fine adjustments. Using trim pots can allow fine tuning, but they require far more time to achieve the desirable results. With a USB port, you can digitally set the calibration gain and offset using precision D/A converters whereas DIP switches and pots can change values over time or due to temperature/shock/vibration. These changes can lead to drift and require periodic re-calibration. And once configured, the device’s settings can be archived in a file or uploaded quickly into additional units for rapid cloning in large systems. Later, a device’s USB port enables diagnostic communication using software while a unit configured with DIP dipswitches and pots cannot. Plus, USB-configured devices use fewer mechanical parts which increases long-term reliability.

All TT230 and TT330 models deliver high accuracy, stability, surge suppression, noise immunity, and fast response. They also withstand 25g shock and 4g vibration to deliver dependable operation in hostile environments. Built to AS9100 aerospace and ISO 9001 certified quality control standards and backed by a 2-year warranty, you can rely on Acromag’s instruments for long-lasting superior performance, even under the toughest conditions.

New Version of Opto 22's groov now works with any automation system #PAuto

Opto 22 has announced groov version 2.0, a web-based mobile operator interface system that simplifies building and using effective, scalable operator interfaces on smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices—all with no programming. groov lets industrial automation end-users, system integrators, machine OEMs, technicians, or any authorized person quickly and securely monitor and control PLCs and PACs like Allen-Bradley ControlLogix and CompactLogix, Siemens SIMATIC S7, Schneider Electric Modicon, GE PACSystems, and other controllers, all from a mobile device. groov gets important data out of process control, OEM machines, and manufacturing systems and into operators’ hands.

Try Before You Buy
A fully functional version of groov Server for Windows is available to download and try so you can see your own system’s data on a smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device. Just download and install the software-based groov Server for Windows. groov 2.0 will be available at groov.com on Nov. 22, 2013. Simple instructions walk you through software setup, connecting to one or more systems, and building simple interfaces so you can quickly see realtime system data on a mobile device. groov operates for two hours without a license.

What’s groov?
groov is a zero-programming, web-based way to build, deploy, and view effective, scalable operator interfaces to monitor and control systems and equipment using mobile devices and other computer-based systems. These operator interfaces can be viewed on almost any mobile device or computer regardless of its manufacturer, operating system, or screen size, including smartphones, tablets, PCs, and even smart high-definition televisions.

groov can augment existing human-machine interfaces (HMIs) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems by making important information available at any time and in any location. groov is available as either the standalone groov Box hardware appliance or the PC-based groov Server for Windows software.

groov uses a standard method of securely communicating with devices on the plant floor, including PLCs, DCSs, PACs, databases, and OPC-DA servers called OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA).


groov works with Kepware Technologies’ KEPServerEX communications platform. Kepware has developed hundreds of device drivers for communicating with diverse automation systems, databases, building automation systems, and more.

Sales of wireless load cells up 100%

A year since introducing intermediate capacities of its popular Radio Telemetry Wireless Link Load Cells (RILL), load cell manufacturer LCM Systems has seen sales of this particular product double. 

Manufactured from high tensile aluminium, the RILL is lightweight, while the shackle holes are steel bushed to ensure they are rugged and hardwearing. The RILL link load cells use a license free 2.4Ghz radio and are supplied with a battery powered handheld indicator that displays the load in tonnes. They are ideal for lifting and weighing applications, either on the factory floor or in offshore environments.

Commenting on this increase in sales, Managing Director Steve Sargeant says: “As link load cells increase in popularity, more and more engineers have been designing them into load monitoring projects. By introducing the new intermediate ranges in November last year with capacities that fall in line with the ratings and sizes of industry standard shackles, we were able to give our customers more choice and at a more economical price. The series has also been extended to include lower load ratings (from 1 tonne) and at the other end of the scale, a new 500 tonne link has been introduced. They can be supplied as a simple link or our technical engineers can integrate additional instrumentation to turn them into complete systems with added functionality.”


Customers worldwide have used the LCM link load cells for applications as diverse as under hook crane weighing, crane load and beam proof testing, cable tension measurement and water weights filling. All with fantastic results and for projects delivered on time and within budget.

On line training electrical and motor controls and programmable controllers!

Some of the benefits customers will achieve include:
• Increase and maintain a safety record with a properly trained workforce.
• Eliminate “dangerous situations” in maintenance operations from lack of training, skills and troubleshooting techniques.

• Proper skills training can help protect and prevent equipment damage.
• Lower training costs - training without travel expense; skill assessment; flexible scheduling reduces impact of training absences.

• More effective personnel - objectively verified, up-to-date skills.
• Improved production efficiency - ability to adopt new technologies to lower production costs and cycle times.

Some of the features the EMC and PLC Training Program provide include:
• Complete on-line administration and training.
• Rich interactive training sessions and assessments with over 6,000 graphics.
• Unlimited access course handbooks—no additional cost for student kits.
• Over 1400 review assessment questions.
• 280 Lessons in combined thirty-seven courses.
• Thirty-seven comprehensive handbooks totaling over 1200 pages.
TekSo Corporation has announced the launch of a 20-Course eTraining Program on Electrical and Motor Controls (EMC) and a 17-Course on Programmable Controllers (PLC). The EMC and PLC Training Program covers the most critical and fundamental skills that everyone in a manufacturing plant, production and maintenance department needs to know.

These training programs offers a dynamic, interactive combination of multimedia and human touch to provide the right training, in the right way, at the right time and place. Both programs provide instructional lessons, assessment and testing, certificates, and access to free downloadable course handbooks to empower technical workers and management in their efforts to rapidly train and maintain a skilled technical workforce. For FREE preview and detailed content brochure please go to http://www.tekso-corp.com. For more information, contact Luis Bryan at lbryan@tekso-corp.com or call Toll Free 855-22-TEKSO (855-228-3576) ext. 354 or direct 305-432-2330.

University strengthens research lab with discrete analyser!

Lake Superior State University (USA) recently purchased a SEAL AQ1 discrete analyser for its Environmental Analysis Laboratory (EAL). This advanced instrument was purchased to analyse local, regional and national water quality samples. However, it also fulfils an important role providing the University’s students with practical experience; working with an analyser that is employed in laboratories around the world.

The AQ1 enables students to gain hands-on experience with automated nutrient testing for many common environmental parameters with detection limits in parts per billion.

Performing automated colorimetric tests on multiple samples in discrete reaction vessels, the AQ1 is ideal for laboratories with moderate workloads requiring varied tests on different samples, and for those that need fast individual results.

The instrument is supplied with standard methods to USEPA, ASTM, ISO and other internationally recognised standards for the analysis of a wide variety of parameters including alkalinity, ammonia, chloride, cyanides, nitrate/nitrite, nitrite, phenolics, ortho phosphate, total phosphorus, silicate, sulfate and total Kjeldahl nitrogen.

With unattended operation including the ability to run overnight, the AQ1 has all the advantages of discrete analysis – automatic standard preparation, automatic dilution, automatic method changeover, and low reagent consumption.

Interchangeable 60 or 78 position sample trays improve flexibility and with easy-to-use software, users are able to schedule tests (up to 60 per hour) and specify QC types, limits and corrective actions following a QC failure. It is also possible to add further samples after a test run has begun. Highly accurate analysis is achieved with 100% optical glass no-flow cuvettes and the maximum consumption of combined reagents and sample is 500 – 600 µL per test.

Reaction times are user programmable from seconds to minutes and all methods have been optimised to ensure that the chemical reaction is brought to full completion and steady state, which maximises sensitivity and emulates both the Manual and the Segmented Flow Methods. Once the absorbance is read, the cuvette is thoroughly cleaned, eliminating any carryover or cross-contamination.

During the summer of 2013 the lab supported twelve student-faculty research projects including Professor Derek Wright’s monitoring of the Ashmun Creek and Munuscong watersheds, and Laboratory Manager Ben Southwell’s work to characterise waters at risk from harmful cyanobacteria blooms.

The lab also conducts contract work for public and private clients and offers paid internships to students that are looking for experience in a state-of-the-art lab; in 2013 eight students were employed as technicians.

“We are delighted that our analyser has been chosen by this prestigious laboratory,” says Lalicia Potter, SEAL’s Technical Sales & Support Director. “Not only is the instrument making a major contribution to the lab’s ongoing environmental analysis workload, but it is also contributing to the education and experience of tomorrow’s scientists.”

Treatment plant protected by effluent monitor at major drinks factory!

The installation of a Hach Lange BioTector continuous TOC (Total Organic Carbon) monitor to police the front end of Cobevco’s wastewater treatment plant has enabled tight control of the treatment process. Delivering results 20 times faster than laboratory techniques, the monitor at the Elton facility in Cheshire (GB) provides advance notice of organic overload so that the plant is able to instantly divert carbon-rich waste and protect the treatment process.

The recently rebranded Cobevco filling division operates a state of the art bottle filling and wastewater treatment plant at their manufacturing site at Elton in Cheshire, which includes a large biological wastewater treatment facility, operating 24/7 between 3 staggered Sequential Batch Reactors (SBR). This process relies on the activity of bacteria which break down the organic content in the waste stream. However, if the organic load is too strong or too weak, the bacteria are unable to function efficiently, so monitoring is necessary.

Historically, laboratory analysis has taken too long to allow proactive intervention and the ability to measure organic load continuously has not been possible because instruments have been unable to cope with the strength of the effluent without filtration. However, the patented two-stage chemical oxidation process employed by the BioTector completely resolves this problem and has enabled Cobevco to protect the treatment plant and dramatically improve efficiency.

Advanced research in microelectronics with microscope!

Keyence's VHX-1000 digital microscope allows French researchers to observe surfaces at 1000x magnification, capture images as large as 100 megapixels, and share these images all with very little effort.

The Montpellier Laboratory of Computer Science, Robotics, and Microelectronics (LIRMM) is a joint research unit of the University of Montpellier 2 (UM2) and France's National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). It conducts research in the field of sciences and technologies for information, communication and systems. The applications are varied and include medicine, with the implantation of ASICs to compensate for neurological disorders or paralysis (functional electrical stimulation).

The objective of LIRMM's Microelectronics Department (MIC) is to propose innovative solutions that have a genuinely disruptive impact on current approaches. The MIC Department's operations range from the design to the testing of low-end integrated systems (electrical and/or transistors) to high-end integrated systems (architectures, systems). The MIC Department also conducts research on adaptive architectures - microprocessor systems interconnected by redundant networks for fault tolerance purposes - as well as cross-cutting issues such as digital security, reliability and resilience.

"We work with companies on prototypes and manufacturing processes that are not always stable. Failures are common and our job is to analyse every potential cause of these failures, such as poor traces and connections and the presence of dust. These highly detailed observations require a high level of magnification and high image quality," explains Laurent de Knyff of LIRMM's MIC Department.

Generally, the chips used by LIRMM measure 2-3 mm in size and are made using 65 nm technology, meaning that the gate of the MOS transistor (a basic building block of microelectronics) measures 65 nm long.

"The VHX digital microscope suits our accuracy needs perfectly. It captures extremely sharp, high-resolution images easily and quickly. We use a 100 W VHZ lens, most often at 1000x magnification." The VHX features a 16-bit HDR function that uses 16 bits-per-pixel encoding and unique HDR (high dynamic range) technology to create extremely sharp, perfectly exposed images (neither too bright nor too dark) regardless of the contrast of the target.

"One thing that we really like about the VHX is that it's a digital tool that runs like a PC. It’s clear, simple menus are intuitive and enable us to create highly useful automated functions. We use the real-time on-screen measurements and particularly like the image stitching function, which allows us to create large images of ASICs in just a few dozen seconds regardless of the image size. We then archive these images for later analysis. Because ASICs are fragile and we want to limit their handling to a minimum, this is a major plus point," says Mr de Knyff.

The VHX-1000 produces panoramic images as large as 10,000 by 10,000 pixels, or 100 megapixels. That translates to a fiftyfold increase in the size of the high-magnification field of view (normal field of view: 1600 by 1200 pixels). This is made possible by the market's most powerful ultra-fast automatic image stitching function (2D stitching). When the image stitching button is pressed, the stage shifts and images are captured and automatically spliced together in real time.

"In addition, MEMS and certain other parts we analyse are not flat. The VHX supports automatic adjustments to achieve a large depth-of-field and produce sharp, high-quality images regardless of differences in depth," adds Mr de Knyff.

Getting to grips with the microscope was very simple. "The half-day of training we received from one of Keyence's sales engineers was sufficient to allow us to start getting the images we needed. I'm sure that, after two hours of training, a six-year-old would be able to produce quality images with the microscope. The optical adjustments are a little more complex of course, but you shouldn't hesitate to use the VHX's automatic adjustments. They allow you to play with the lighting and other parameters," says Mr de Knyff.

A simple way to share high-resolution images
"In addition to its efficiency for our scientific observations, the VHX allows us to capture clear images and share them with colleagues, industrial partners and the scientific community. Our old method was amateurish and consisted of taking pictures through the eyepiece of an old microscope. It was both time consuming and inconvenient and the images were not as good," concludes Mr de Knyff.

New IEC 61439 standards are fast approaching!

Rittal has produced a guide book, Standard-compliant Switchgear and Control Protection, which offers an insight into the new IEC 61439 standards and to assist Rittal customers and give guidance on how to comply with the standards.

Relating to building of control panels and electrical distribution systems, the new IEC 61439 standards will be in force from November 2014 and impact upon the design of the panel, selection of components and the testing methodology.

Basically, the panel will become a system, which means the designer/panel builder must consider: the enclosure, the effects of heat upon the components, cooling equipment, busbar system, mechanical properties and the generation of test documentation, which is a requi-rement.

A breakthrough in stand-alone data acquisition from Fluke #TandM #PAuto

Fluke Corporation has introduced the Fluke® 2638A Hydra Series III, the latest addition to the Hydra line of Data Acquisition Systems / Digital Multimeters. This instrument features a full-colour display with an easy-to-use menu system, DC measurement accuracy of 0.0024 percent, 6.5 digit DMM mode, and CAT II safety ratings, making it a truly industrial grade, precision data acquisition (DAQ) system.

The 2638A incorporates the Fluke Universal Input Connector that supports 15 common thermocouple types and delivers thermocouple accuracy of 0.5 degrees Celsius. The inexpensive, plug-in Universal Input Connector has 22 channels of differential analog input (expandable to 66 channels) for wiring multi-channel systems. Once a system is wired, the connector can be disconnected and the 2638A moved and connected to another input connector, eliminating the need to disconnect and rewire test setups.

Selectable measurement input types include dc voltage, ac voltage, resistance, thermocouple, RTD, thermistor, frequency, and dc and ac current.

The Hydra Series III has 20 on-board math channels with alarm settings for even complex math calculations that record results to your data file during each scan. It can chart real-time data of up to four channels at once with a history mode that allows scrolling through previously collected data within the scan file — all without a PC or expensive charting programs. Optional application software is available for connecting several units together for larger system configuration of up to 2000 channels.

The Hydra Series III has on-board memory for storing more than 57,000 data records and configuration files, as well as a USB port to collect and store large files directly to a USB drive. The USB and LAN interfaces allow easy connection to PCs and networks.

Double sales for wireless load cells! #PAuto

A year since introducing intermediate capacities of its popular Radio Telemetry Wireless Link Load Cells (RILL), load cell manufacturer LCM Systems has seen sales of this particular product double. 

Manufactured from high tensile aluminium, the RILL is lightweight, while the shackle holes are steel bushed to ensure they are rugged and hardwearing. The RILL link load cells use a license free 2.4Ghz radio and are supplied with a battery powered handheld indicator that displays the load in tonnes. They are ideal for lifting and weighing applications, either on the factory floor or in offshore environments.

Commenting on this increase in sales, Managing Director Steve Sargeant says: “As link load cells increase in popularity, more and more engineers have been designing them into load monitoring projects. By introducing the new intermediate ranges in November last year with capacities that fall in line with the ratings and sizes of industry standard shackles, we were able to give our customers more choice and at a more economical price. The series has also been extended to include lower load ratings (from 1 tonne) and at the other end of the scale, a new 500 tonne link has been introduced. They can be supplied as a simple link or our technical engineers can integrate additional instrumentation to turn them into complete systems with added functionality.”


Customers worldwide have used the LCM link load cells for applications as diverse as under hook crane weighing, crane load and beam proof testing, cable tension measurement and water weights filling. All with fantastic results and for projects delivered on time and within budget.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

New pressure calibration tools!

Fluke has introduced new pressure calibration tools to its extensive range, including new solutions to measurement that were not met previously. Ideal for instrument, process and plant maintenance technicians in the process industries, these tools include the Fluke 719Pro Electric Pressure Calibrator, featuring an on-board electric pump and now offering up to 20bar, the Fluke 721 Dual Range Pressure Calibrator and a host of pressure gauge range additions to the Fluke 700G Pressure Test Gauge Series. All come with a 3-year warranty.

The rugged Fluke 719Pro Electric Pressure Calibrator features a backlit display and offers high accuracy pressure measurements (with ±0.025% uncertainty) and an onboard electric pump that can generate up to 20bar, eliminating the need for an external hand pump. It also measures, simulates and sources 4-20mA loop current signals (with ±0.015% accuracy) and can measure up to 30V DC. An internal 24V loop power supply can power a transmitter under test, eliminating the need to carry an extra tool. Models are available for 2bar, 10bar and 20bar pressure ranges, with extension possible via optional Fluke 700 Pxx Series Pressure Modules. Precision temperature measurement is also possible with an optional RTD probe, displayed simultaneously with pressure and electrical parameters.

The rugged Fluke 721 Dual Range Pressure Calibrator, with accuracies to ±0.025% Full Scale, provides measurement of static pressure, difference in pressure and (optional) temperature of gas flow. The Fluke 721 is configured by choosing either a 1.1bar or 2.48bar low pressure sensor, together with one from seven high pressure ranges – between 6.9bar and 345bar. It also measures 4-20mA signals, up to 30V DC, and an internal 24V loop power supply will power a transmitter under test. The large backlit display will show two pressure readings and a temperature reading simultaneously. With the addition of an optional RTD temperature probe, the Fluke 721 provides a complete solution for testing flow computers and instruments used in gas flow measurement. External pressure module connection supports all Fluke 700Pxx Pressure Modules to offer further measurement capability.

The rugged Fluke 700G Series offers precision pressure test gauges with pressure measurements now ranging from 20mbar to 690bar and 0.05% accuracy. With this suite of pressure products now available from Fluke, all pressure test needs can be solved with one reliable and accurate line of products when paired with a Fluke PTP-x Hand Pump, a Fluke HTPK Hydraulic Test Pump Kit or a Fluke PTPK Pneumatic Test Pump Kit. Notable new additions include absolute pressure measurement ranges and reference class accuracy gauges (with 0.04% of reading accuracies).

Monday, November 11, 2013

Remote monitoring & engineering by customers #PAuto

As part of its VPS (VigilantPlant Services: a suite that helps customers achieve the ideal plant) initiative, Yokogawa Electric Corporation will release an upgraded VPSRemote service solution later this month. VPSRemote is a solution for the remote monitoring and general and preventive maintenance of systems. The upgraded VPSRemote now allows users to link their plants around the world and provide operation support and engineering services from specified locations on the network. The upgraded VPSRemote solution can now be used with information systems as well as control systems.

Development Background
As plant control systems grow more complex and sophisticated, they are increasingly used together with safety instrumented systems, manufacturing execution systems, and the like. Manufacturers with global operations, thus, need the capability to provide remote operation support and engineering services for both the control and the information systems used at their plants.

Yokogawa has provided remote maintenance service since the 1980s, and in 2012 released VPSRemote, a remote monitoring and general and preventive maintenance service that is delivered over a dedicated, highly reliable, and fast network. Yokogawa has now upgraded VPSRemote to add flexibility in how these services are provided.

Outline of Upgrade
1. Support of the use of dedicated networks by customers for the remote operation support and engineering
With this upgrade to VPSRemote, customers now can set up a dedicated network linking their plants and engineering departments. Via this network, company personnel can share access to system displays and, in real time, perform operations, set parameters, and change settings from any location on the network. Thus, for example, operators at a main factory can check the condition of a system at a new plant in another country. If required, they can provide remote support to an operator while viewing the target system’s display.

2. Information systems support
Previously, VPSRemote could only be used with the CENTUM integrated production control system and the ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system. The upgraded VPSRemote service now covers information systems such as the Exaquantum plant information management system. Using VPSRemote, both Yokogawa’s Global Response Centers and Yokogawa’s customers now have the ability to remotely monitor and maintain the control and information systems at plants 24 hours a day, all year round.

Major Target Markets and Purposes
Oil, petrochemical, iron and steel, pulp and paper, electric power, gas, and other types of plants
• Remote operation support and engineering by customers
• Remote operation support and engineering by Yokogawa

Outline of VPSRemote
VPSRemote is a remote service solution that has been used by Yokogawa’s Global Response Centers (GRCs) to link with the systems at customer plants. As VPSRemote only allows connections from predetermined domains, remote monitoring and maintenance can be performed without endangering system security. This solution has enabled the GRCs to provide the support needed to quickly troubleshoot problems and recover from failures. This also allows the collection and analysis of information needed for preventive maintenance and enables automatic notification of system failures to the GRCs. With this upgrade to VPSRemote, customers now have the same ability to provide remote monitoring and maintenance services for their plant facilities.

Yokogawa will continue to work hard to improve its entire range of VigilantPlant Services, including VPSRemote, with the aim of ensuring safe and highly efficient operations over the entire lifecycle of its customers’ plant facilities.