Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Protecting high-end smart phone & tablet accessories.

The Brand Protection business of Brady has created a customised product authentication system to protect Element Case high-end smart phone and tablet accessories from counterfeiting.

The solution features complex, securely designed labels that can be scanned for authenticity by any smart phone equipped with a publicly available barcode-reading app. External labels on product packaging are matched with internal labels inside the product’s frame, providing instant digital authentication. Brady integrated HP’s Global Product Authentication Service (GPAS) into the solution, allowing Element Case customers and supply chain partners to instantly validate if a product is genuine.

Responding to Counterfeiting
Element Case is the premier boutique manufacturer of luxury accessories for smart phones and tablets. As an iconic pop culture brand, the company has encountered unprecedented levels of counterfeiting from international markets. In order to eliminate these counterfeits and provide its discerning customers full protection against copycat products, the company has tapped into Brady’s latest product authentication technologies.

In addition to this new anti-counterfeiting solution, Element Case has registered its trademarks globally, aggressively pursued infringers, and employed a team dedicated to finding and shutting down counterfeiters. Brady’s brand protection business provides the perfect complement to these internal resources for the brand.

"The Brady Difference!"
After exhaustive research, the HP GPAS platform that Brady offers with its labelling solutions was selected as the most appropriate digital authentication tool for Element Case. It offers cloud-based brand protection for consumers and supply chain partners to instantly verify the authenticity of products using smart phones. It also provides Element Case with supply chain tracking and real-time analytics driven by a customisable business rules engine.

“Brady was honest and pragmatic about the capabilities and limitations of an authentication system and was flexible in meeting the needs of our company and products,” says Jeff Sasaki, founder and CEO of Element Case. “They were unique in their approach, gaining an in-depth understanding of our brand and our supply chain first, before coming up with a custom solution that fully addresses our specific needs.”

“We’re excited to help Element Case create the complete brand experience through our physical and digital labelling solutions. With these tools, customers can scan and register the products they buy, enabling them to further be a part of the Element Case culture. In addition, the company will be able to realise reduced counterfeiting problems and increased sales,” says Dennis Polinski, global product manager, brand protection solutions for Brady.

“Partnering with Element Case not only gives us the opportunity to assist in their stand against counterfeiting – it allows us to support a superior brand that brings consumers a unique, aesthetic product known for its durability,” adds Polinski.

New battery library for system simulation!

Allows engineers to reduce risks and costs by incorporating battery behavior in their system-levels models.

Maplesoft™ has released the MapleSim™ Battery Library, an add-on component library to their advanced system-level modeling tool. The MapleSim Battery Library allows engineers to incorporate physics-based predictive models of battery cells into their multidomain models so they can take battery behavior into account early in the design process.

Enables engineers to allow for
battery behavior early in
the design process
This is a modern approach to physical modeling and simulation, dramatically reducing model development and analysis time while producing fast, high-fidelity simulations. With the MapleSim Battery Library, engineers can include battery behavior in their system-level models, allowing them to understand how the battery will behave as part of the greater system. With this information, engineers can optimize battery and system performance, and reduce the risk of undesirable effects such as battery overheating.

The MapleSim Battery Library supports both equivalent circuit and electrochemical battery models, and includes parameter identification tools for determining model parameters from experimental data.

It can be used in any modeling project that involves batteries, including consumer electronics, electric and hybrid-electric vehicles, power electronics, and energy storage in power generation applications. Typical projects include battery load analysis and optimization to maximize the time between charges; hardware-in-the-loop testing of Battery Management Systems; thermal modeling and cooling system optimization to stabilize battery temperature; and State of Health effects on charge/discharge efficiency and thermal runaway.

“Battery behavior plays a significant role in so many of today’s products,” says Paul Goossens, Vice President of Engineering Solutions at Maplesoft. “With MapleSim and the MapleSim Battery Library, engineers now have the tools they need to understand how the battery will behave as part of the overall system early in the design process. They can optimize the design, and save significant amounts of time and cost by detecting and avoiding problems before they occur.”

MapleSim and the MapleSim Battery Library are part of Maplesoft Engineering Solutions, which provides both products and services to help engineers reduce development risk and bring high quality products to market faster.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Design software!

For switchgear with ratings above 1600 amps, Air Circuit Breakers (ACB) and copper connections have to be tested for short circuit and the effects of heat rise.

A typical ACB connection drawing as
generated in the RPE software.
Rittal’s latest RPE software can supply the actual current carry capacity (Inc) of all leading air circuit breaker manufacturers, plus the CAD drawings of the ACB connections required to fit within Rittal’s Ri4Power modular switchgear systems.

This software facility will reduce build time and assist the panel builder or designer to comply with the new IEC 61439 switchgear standards.

Key features for users of Rittal’s RPE software include generation of copper connection drawings; production of design verification documentation; the ability to generate users own documentation and internal enclosure temperature calculation.

Further details on the standards or the RPE software used in conjunction with the Ri4Power modular system are available from Rittal.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Helping Grandma stay at home....

 GreenPeak Technologies, has announced the availability of Senior Lifestyle sensor and cloud based intelligent system technology for service providers and retailers. The Senior Lifestyle System empowers children and their elderly parents to privately and securely share lifestyle information, enabling the seniors to feel safe and live longer at home independently, while their children feel secure that their parents are safe and well.

The GreenPeak’s Senior Lifestyle System utilises a network of wireless ZigBee sensor nodes located throughout the home. This network connects via an internet gateway to a cloud based self-learning algorithm with advanced behavior pattern recognition capabilities that learn the normal day-to-day activities and behavior of people in their home. Because it does not require people to wear devices and does not use cameras, the system is unobtrusive and ensures privacy.

“Family Lifestyle Systems can encompass a wide range of living and family social environments. We are starting with the Senior Lifestyle System because that is an acknowledged need – keeping family members and loved ones informed, wherever they are, on how they are doing,” says Cees Links, CEO of GreenPeak Technologies. “With a growing number of elderly people wishing to continue living in their own home longer, the demands for smart assisted living solutions are rapidly increasing.”

"The core sensing and networking technologies supporting the "Smart Home" and Internet of Things continue to improve, and a big part of that is embracing standardized technologies that are proven to work, and are easy to install and require little maintenance," said Jim Montgomery, Senior Analyst for NanoMarkets. "What will truly drive success in the Smart Home area, though, is creating significantly more value for these systems through applications that address and solve real-world problems. This will create opportunities for everyone: consumers, service providers, and systems manufacturers."

Currently being rolled out in Europe and China, a Senior Lifestyle System learns what the normal patterns in the home are. When do the home’s residents get up in the morning? When are they in the kitchen cooking, when are they watching TV? When do they usually turn on the heating or air conditioning? When do they leave and come back? Where are they in the house and when do they need light? Within a few weeks, the application learns what is “normal”, and therefore also learns what is not as expected and can send an alert to a smart phone or integrated social media app when something is not quite right or when irregular behavior is detected.


The Senior Lifestyle System has been intensively tested in care environments, has won various awards for top quality home care, and is now also available for service providers, retailers, system integrators and Smart Home system developers

User-friendly and intuitive field monitoring even in the most demanding situations

Taking full advantage of Pepperl+Fuchs' powerful Pulse Ranging Technology (PRT), the R2000 Detection scanner is the ideal solution for demanding field monitoring applications and assistance systems. Empty bay detection and gap recognition are as easily accomplished as the detection of overhanging and interfering products in high-speed AS/RS applications. Assistance systems for collision avoidance in both automatic guided vehicles or manually controlled forklifts and tuggers are another class of applications where the PRT-enabled R2000 Detection offers outstanding features and performance.

The speed and performance of the R2000 Detection is due to the revolutionary PRT measurement principle, a true time-of-flight technology based on ultra-short, high-intensity light pulses. As a result, the R2000 Detection offers exceptional ambient light immunity and unparalleled precision, even at long distances.

The R2000 Detection, together with all products in the R2000 family, uses a unique rotating measurement head instead of an complex rotating mirror design. This approach provides several important functional enhancements including a wobble-free scan plane and a 360o field of view. A very fine and precise light beam only a few millimeters in diameter allows the detection of very thin wires and other small objects. Combine those features with an angular resolution of 0.071o—the highest on the market—and the R2000 Detection is in a performance class all by itself. The internal measurement rate of 54,000 data points per second and up to 30 Hz rotation underline the power of the device.

After acquiring the 360o data points, a powerful microprocessor evaluates the raw data and compares it to up to four user-defined detection fields. The TRUE/FALSE results of each detection area can then be logically combined and associated with one of the four digital outputs. Configuration is simplified using a Device Type Manager (DTM) that can be embedded in any FDT-application like

Monday, December 22, 2014

Gas analysis portfolio expanded by acquisition!

Sterling (Scotland) based Cascade Technologies Ltd., a leading manufacturer of gas analysers and monitoring systems using Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) technology has been acquired by Emerson. This innovative technology measures multiple gases simultaneously, helping companies improve industrial emissions monitoring, production efficiencies and environmental compliance.

Emerson is expanding its analytical measurement capabilities by adding this innovative laser technology to its Rosemount Analytical® gas analysis portfolio.  QCL technology provides a step change in gas analyser performance through its increased sensitivity, speed of response, and fingerprinting capability. These technology advancements in the gas analysis market space provide a powerful solution for customers in various industries such as petrochemical, food and beverage, marine, automotive and pharmaceutical. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

“The acquisition of Cascade Technologies is an exciting step as we further strengthen our gas analysis portfolio,” said Tom Moser, group vice president of Emerson Process Management’s measurement and analytical businesses. “Our customers depend upon Emerson to solve their toughest analytical measurement problems. We are now better positioned to serve that need.”


Dr. Iain Howieson, chief executive officer of Cascade Technologies Ltd., added, “Joining a global leader like Emerson represents an incredible opportunity for business growth. Emerson’s global presence and market leadership will have an immediate impact on the adoption of cutting edge QCL gas analysers and monitoring systems.”

The Perfect Combination - safety EX d & Ex e

Tailor-made Ex de solutions from Pepperl+Fuchs offer all the benefits of the Ex e and Ex d ignition protection classes in an ideal setup. These solutions are designed and built locally around the world in the company's Solution Engineering Centers, to customers' specific requirements.

Both Ex d and Ex e protection
Ex de solutions from Pepperl+Fuchs are essentially flameproof enclosures (Ex d) combined with Ex e enclosures, into which terminals and control elements are installed in line with customer specifications. Special cable ducts ensure that the two enclosures are securely connected. A flange between the enclosures ensures that the Ex e enclosure is protected against explosions and prevents dirt from settling or moisture from penetrating the device.

Components for measuring and control technology, or electrical installation technology, that are not specifically designed for areas posing a risk of explosion can be installed in the Ex d enclosure. In addition to isolated barriers or FieldConnex® fieldbus modules from Pepperl+Fuchs, these components may include DCS and ESD systems or other electrical components made to user specifications. The flameproof enclosure ensures that the non-hazardous devices do not pose a threat to the environment. In an ideal scenario, the Ex d enclosure will be opened as little as possible after initial installation, as special rules under IEC 60079-14 must be observed during opening and closing.

The Ex e enclosure underneath contains only components with separate Ex certification. This makes it much easier and safer to access within the system after activation than the Ex d enclosure. Terminals as well as control and monitoring elements can be serviced or replaced at any time, subject to compliance with the relevant provisions.

With Ex de, Pepperl+Fuchs is offering users the benefits of both ignition protection classes in a tailor-made solution. Ex de provides the ideal means of combining reliable protection for non-hazardous devices with the scope to commission and modify devices in a quick and simple process.

Business boom!

Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) specialist, Autoscribe Ltd, believes that its continued growth is due in no small part to the pricing structure and configurability of its flagship Matrix Gemini LIMS.  

In results announced for the most recent financial year, increased turnover in Great Britain was also accompanied by an increase in orders of more than 30% from the US office, with both operations reporting increased profitability. Autoscribe’s Managing Director, John Boother, said: “In a recent survey of our customers, ‘Value for money’ and ‘The ability to configure for any type of testing’ were the overwhelming reasons given for choosing our Matrix Gemini products.”

 “The company has shown sustained growth over the two most recent financial years, and even more encouragingly, we are already seeing a further UK business growth of close to 30% in the current financial year,” he continued. “Not only that, our work in progress (awaiting invoicing) is also at a record high. The increases in order intake and profitability represent an excellent return following a significant period of investment, particularly in the US organisation.”


“Product and pricing benefits are only part of the story, however,” he concluded. “We also understand the importance of the relationship between our sales team and our customers. The customer survey also showed that 87% of purchasers rated our sales team at 8/10 or better with more than 50% of these giving them a score of 10/10.”

Friday, December 19, 2014

Compact Hall-effect current sensors for 200 A and 300 A current ranges!


Harting has added two new high-current models to its range of Hall-effect current sensors. In addition to offering primary current measurements at up to 200 A and 300 A, respectively, the new models are only half the size and weight of previous versions. They also operate over a wider temperature range: from -40°C to +85°C, allowing them to be deployed in thermally critical applications.

The new sensors use the closed-loop measurement principle, which provides a direct representation of the primary current with an accuracy of up to ±0.5%. They can measure both direct and alternating currents, as well as signals with complex waveforms, over a frequency range from 0 to 100 kHz. A particular benefit of these devices is high resistance to interference from magnetic fields generated by external current-carrying conductors.

The sensors come in a range of standard sizes and their compact construction offers a high degree of freedom for integration into individual applications.

Typical applications are in photovoltaic inverters, frequency converters or power supplies for welding applications.

Process controller gains EDSA certification.

The Control Systems Security Corporation Chartered Lab (CSSC-CL) has announced that it has certified a process controller from Azbil—the Harmonas-DEO DOPC IV—to the ISASecure® Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) certification.

DOPC IV, process controller.
The Control System Security Center (CSSC, President: Seiichi Shin), established by a collaboration of industry, academia and government organizations in Japan, operates an independent organization called the CSSC certification laboratory (CSSC-CL), which has been accredited to Guide 65 by the Japan Accreditation Board (JAB) to provide ISASecure certifications. The laboratory held a certification adjudication committee on 17 December 2014 and judged that the Azbil Process Controller DOPC IV met the required criteria to earn the ISASecure® EDSA industrial automation and control systems (IACS) certification.

The Azbil controller is now registered as a certified device with the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) and is published on the ISCI-certified devices web page .

“We are pleased with industry adoption of the ISASecure IACS certification scheme,” stated Andre Ristaino, ISCI Managing Director. “ISASecure is the world’s first and only IACS IEC 62443 certification program using certification bodies independently accredited to Guide 65 by global accreditation bodies such as JAB and ANSI/ACLASS.”

About the Control System Security Center (CSSC) and the CSSC Certification Laboratory (CSSC-CL)
Two important missions of the CSSC and CSSC-CL are to strengthen the security of Japan’s domestic critical infrastructures and to boost the international competitiveness of Japan’s vendors who develop and export industrial control systems and devices. By offering the ISASecure cybersecurity certification locally, in the Tohoku Region of Japan, it is easier for Japanese vendors to achieve the globally recognized ISASecure cybersecurity certification for devices such as PLC and DCS.
More information about the CSSC-CL and ISASecure certified products can be found on the following websites in Japan and the US:

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Test Product of the Year!

National Instruments VirtualBench, the all-in-one instrument that has introduced a radically practical approach to benchtop instrumentation, recently won Test Product of the Year at the 2014 Elektra European Electronics Industry Awards.   
The Elektra Awards recognise technical, innovative and business success within the European electronics sector by showcasing the finest new products, technology innovation and company performances of the year. 

Launched in June, VirtualBench provides five essential instruments all in one device, with an intuitive software interface. It integrates a mixed-signal oscilloscope, function generator, digital multimeter, programmable DC power supply and digital I/O. By combining the most essential instruments into one device and integrating with PCs and iPads, VirtualBench is simple, convenient and opens up new possibilities for engineers to interact with benchtop instruments. 


“VirtualBench is a revolutionary new technology, building on NI’s software-based approach to test and measurements” said Richard Roberts, Technical Marketing Engineer, NI Northern Europe, who accepted the award at the Elektras ceremony in London.  “We are honoured that VirtualBench has won Test Product of the Year, as its selection by the Elektra’s independent panel of judges is further endorsement that the electronics industry is ready for this innovation.” 

Compact metering pump!

CHEM-FEED® C-1500N Diaphragm Metering Injector Pumps from Blue-White Industries,  are compact and efficient.

C-1500N features include: All ball bearing, permanently lubricated gear motor for smooth, powerful and quiet performance; Double-ball inlet and outlet cartridge style ceramic check valves. The valve body and fittings are constructed of chemical resistant PVDF. Valves have FKM static seals and TFE/P ball seat o-rings. The diaphragm is PTFE coated EP.

The CHEM-FEED® C-1500N is offered with two output control options, Standard or Deluxe. Standard units feature quick adjusting and high accuracy mechanical stroke length control. The Efficient design allows for a minimum stroke length of 5%. Deluxe units feature stroke length and electronic time interval control. Time is adjustable from 5-100% of the repeating 5 second time interval (0.25-5.0), which results in precise, high frequency injections.

The C-1500N is NSF, ETL, CSA and CE listed.

Maximum Feed to 228.1 GPD/36 LPH, Maximum output pressure to 125 PSI.


High-speed, high-accuracy measurements on reflective targets.

Auto Chassis International uses a custom-built tester to finely measure heat distortion on brake discs. The process is made complex by the fact that the discs rotate at high speed and measured with an accuracy of 0.01 mm must be completed. Keyence’s LK-G CCD laser displacement sensor enables stable detection despite the glowing-hot reflective metal.

The LK-G is a triangulation displacement sensor that brings together the best in Keyence technology to deliver the performance and stability required for such measurements.
LK-G sensor enables a high precision long distance measurement.
LK-G5000
Ultra-High-Speed/High-Accuracy
CMOS Laser Displacement Sensor
• Fastest in the World: 392 kHz
• Highest Accuracy in its Class: ±0.02%
• Highest Repeatability in its Class:
0.005µm
• NEWLY DEVELOPED "ABLE II" CONTROL
A subsidiary of Renault, Auto Chassis International is an OEM specialised in the design, testing and manufacture of chassis systems and components. The company’s plant in Le Mans, France has 2,000 staff members and manufactures vehicle components such as brakes, engine cradles, rear axles and suspension arms.

“We measure heat distortion on brake discs by placing them on a tester that rotates them at a simulated vehicle speed of 40 km/h. The brakes are applied between 10 and 40 times to make the discs heat up,” explains Jean-Luc Heulot, Braking Engineer at Auto Chassis International.

The temperature of the metal brake discs rises to 650°C, causing them to radiate heat and generate parasitic reflections that further complicate measurements.

The test is conducted to make sure minimal distortion occurs and more importantly, that the discs return to their normal shape at the end of test. Warped discs can lead to chatter and ‘judder’, or vibrations. A reduction in braking torque can also occur on some models of hand brake.

“We used to use a capacitive sensor but it created reliability issues that ended up being costly. The problem was that the sensors had to be fitted and removed on a regular basis and they were positioned a few millimetres from the target, which heats up to 650°C. Keyence’s LK-G sensors are easier to place and remove and none have failed since being installed two years ago,” adds Mr Heulot.

The LK-G sensor is mounted on a plastic shim. It calibrates itself during the first full rotation then starts measuring. The tester is fitted with two LK-G sensors on either side for measuring small and large diameters. Measurements are taken at a rate of once every 100ms throughout the test.

The LK-G is a triangulation displacement sensor that brings together the best in Keyence technology to deliver the performance and stability required for such measurements.

It offers the best in non-contact laser measurements – sampling speed of up to 50 kHz, ± 0.03% accuracy and 0.01μm resolution. The Li-CCD (Linearised CCD developed by Keyence) features high-speed sampling that is 25 times faster than conventional models. A special waveform processor (digital signal processor) digitally processes the CCD signal at high speed and delivers high-accuracy measurements very quickly.

Reliable measurements can be obtained on targets travelling, rotating or vibrating at high speeds.

One advantage to the LK-G sensor is that it can perform detection under conditions that challenge other laser sensors. In addition to being able to take measurements without being influenced by colour, surface texture or stray light, the LK-G delivers excellent performance with translucent or transparent targets and surfaces with multiple reflections.

Specially designed algorithms enable accurate measurements that are impossible with conventional detection methods. ABLE technology detects target surfaces and adjusts the laser power to the optimum level.

By intelligently controlling laser emission time, laser power and gain, ABLE offers an adjustment range that is up to 90 times wider than that of conventional models. Accurate measurements are possible even for targets with highly varied surfaces. The MRC algorithm eliminates multiple reflections from metal surfaces. When two or more peaks are generated by multiple reflections, the algorithm compares the waveforms to the most recent-received light waveform and determines the one that most closely resembles the ‘correct waveform’.

Deviations caused by temperature changes are reduced by the highly rigid die-cast body and signal noise is reduced by the Li-CCD.

“Not only were we impressed by the sensor’s technical capabilities, but Keyence provided us with a demonstration before our purchase and assisted us in setting up the sensor so that it quickly delivered the expected results,” concludes Mr Heulot.

Keyence’s LK-G sensor is positioned 30 mm away from the brake discs which can reach a temperature of 650°C.
This distance is obtained using a plastic shim. The measurements obtained during the first few rotations are used to calibrate the sensor.
The resulting initial value is used to calculate disc distortion at two specific temperatures – 300°C and 600°C. The tester is fitted with two LK-G sensors on either side for measuring small and large diameters.
Measurements are taken at a rate of once every 100ms throughout the test..

The LK-G is a triangulation displacement sensor that brings together the best in Keyence technology to deliver the performance and stability required for such measurements.

Diode pumped solid state lasers.

Quantum Composers, a manufacturer of digital delay and laser technology, has released a series of diode pumped solid state lasers. The Jewel Lasers will be displayed at the upcoming Photonics West tradeshow in San Francisco. The Jewel Laser features a small form factor, swappable components, USB or optional Bluetooth interface, and a lower cost than its competitors.

The Jewel Laser was developed in response to customer demand for a smaller, lighter, and more affordable diode pumped Nd:YAG laser. The current lasers in the market are heavy and have large power supplies that can lead to space and cooling problems. The Jewel is just 6 inches long and weighs only 2.5lbs, becoming one of the smallest, lightest, diode pumped lasers in its class. The Jewel will reduce the space and weight limits on laser systems and with its swappable resonator, downtime and production costs are reduced dramatically.

The Jewel Laser’s integrated thermal management system was designed for applications that require high reliability. This laser was designed specifically for 24/7 clean room fabs and portable environmentally challenged applications and incorporates a sealed housing that has conductively cooled thermal management, eliminating external fans and water cooling. The power supply is no bigger than your standard laptop charger – providing a smaller footprint for the laser and its power supply.  These features allow the laser to be easily integrated onto a gantry in a clean room or on into battery operated portable systems. 

Created with extensive Built-In-Test, the USB or optional Bluetooth wireless interface may be used for programming and running diagnostics without ever touching the system, making it perfect for clean room applications. This unique option allows the user digital diagnostics and the ability to fire the laser remotely. With self-diagnosing software, the user can easily determine exactly where components have failed. With swappable resonators and diodes that can be replaced quickly and efficiently with minimal adjustment/alignment, users will be able to save time and money.


This laser will also be used for LIDAR, PIV, LIF, OPO, TFT-LCD repair, ablation and mass spectroscopy applications.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

eLearning course on “Vortex Flowmeters: Applications”

A new course on “Vortex Flowmeters: Applications” has been released on the KROHNE Academy online learning platform. The free of charge eLearning course deals with the most common uses of Vortex flowmeters in auxiliary and supply circuits. It covers the requirements for applications that involve steam, compressed air as well as natural gas, and how to solve them with Vortex flowmeters. The following sample applications are discussed in detail:

  •  Steam boiler monitoring
  •  Measurement of steam consumption
  •  Steam distribution and billing
  •  Gross/net heat measurement
  •  Compressed air measurement
  •  Gas burner measurement

The course consists of one learning module with a corresponding test allowing participants to assess their knowledge. The course has been made available in English and German to date, however other language versions (e.g. Russian, Chinese) are planned to be released in 2015. This latest course adds to a whole range of courses on process instrumentation already available on the KROHNE Academy online.

• Khrone products are marketed in Ireland by DWN Instruments


Explosion proof feet & inches panel meters.

The latest ProVu® family member, the PD6001 Feet & Inches 1/8 DIN Panel Meter has been announced by Precision Digital. A NEMA 4X panel mounted indicator, the PD6001 is based on a reliable, economical design that features an easy-to-read feet & inches display with adjustable brightness. FT and IN indicators make it ideal for level applications. It is also available as the ProtEX®-MAX PD8-6001, an explosion-proof meter for hazardous areas.

PD6001
The PD6001 and PD8-6001 Feet & Inches Meters include field-selectable inputs, allowing seamless integration of existing 0-20/4-20 mA or +/-10 V transmitters. The meters can also be set up as Modbus RTU Slaves.

Both meters can be easily installed into virtually any level application using common 4-20 mA or 0-10 V level transmitters. The displayed product level may be clearly labeled with a custom tag and unit. Programming the unit is even easier with free MeterView® Pro software, which streamlines meter setup and eliminates a lot of button pushing.

The ProtEX-MAX PD8-6001 Feet & Inches Meter is housed in an explosion-proof enclosure for use in hazardous areas. SafeTouch® through-glass buttons provide accessibility to the front buttons without removing the enclosure cover, keeping the meter's interior electronics fully protected. The entire product carries FM, CSA, ATEX, and IECEX approvals for use in hazardous area level applications or in the field under the harshest environmental conditions.

"We regularly communicate with distributors, end users, and technicians in the field, which leads to the development of new products," said Jeffrey Peters, President of Precision Digital Corp. "The success of our Super Snooper Modbus® Scanners, coupled with the demand for Feet & Inches displays, influenced the expansion of the ProVu Series to include a low-cost model that doesn’t sacrifice quality."

Options include up to four (4) relays, a 4-20 mA analog output, and dual 24 VDC power supplies. Expansion modules for the 1/8 DIN models add an additional four (4) relays, two (2) 4-20 mA outputs, and eight (8) digital I/O.

• Precision Digital is marketed in Ireland by PJ Bonner & Co.

Hand-held transmitter for CO2.

A CO2 probe with a measurement range of 0-2000/5000/10,000ppm has been made available for the Omniport 30 hand-held transmitter from E+E Elektronik. This means that the device can be used for ambient air monitoring or for CO2 leak localization. Other E+E probes for humidity, temperature and air velocity and the integrated air pressure sensor make the Omniport 30 a universal transmitter for a variety of applications. A total of up to 23 different measurements can be recorded and stored.

It is based on the NDIR dual wave length procedure and was developed specifically for demanding applications. Auto calibration and temperature compensation ensure long-term stability and high precision measurement results. The CO2 probe can also be calibrated directly on-site via the hand-held transmitter.

The Omniport 30 offers continuous and single-point data logging with time stamp. Up to three measurements can be displayed simultaneously on the large, easy to read TFT display. The data can also be displayed in the form of graphs. The intuitive menu guidance and touchscreen navigation make operating the hand-held transmitter easy and user friendly.

The internal memory of the Omniport 30 provides space for up to 2 million measurement values that can be transferred to a PC via USB interface. Complimentary data management software is available to carry out further analysis and archiving. Software updates can also be carried out via the USB interface.

A practical transport case is available for safe storage of the hand-held transmitter, including sensing probes and accessories.

• E+E products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology


Safety instrumented system to be launched next week!

Yokogawa's ProSafe(R)-RS R3.02.20 is to be launched in a few days (2014). This enhanced version of the ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system (SIS) offers improved connectivity with the ProSafe-SLS SIS, enabling the status of both systems to be monitored on-screen by operators of the CENTUM® VP integrated production control system. In addition, R3.02.20 offers enhanced support of widely used open communication protocols, improving connectivity with other companies' SCADA (Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition) software.

Development background
In the oil, natural gas, petrochemical, iron & steel, and other energy and basic materials industries, plant safety is a growing concern. There is thus a rising demand for SISs that can help to prevent accidents by detecting abnormal conditions and initiating actions such as an emergency plant shutdown. Yokogawa provides two different SISs, the programmable ProSafe-RS and the solid-state ProSafe(R)-SLS, and customers select which systems to utilise based on their facilities' requirements. For customers who use both SIS systems, there is need for a solution that will enable the status of both these systems to be monitored in an integrated manner.

Overview of enhancements
1. Integrated monitoring of systems
With the ProSafe-SLS information gathering capability on ProSafe-RS SIS, operators can now monitor the status of a ProSafe-SLS SIS from a CENTUM VP window. If a problem occurs anywhere in a plant, the sequence-of-event (SOE) data from both SISs will be displayed on an integrated screen at the operator terminals. Operators and maintenance engineers can then use this data to quickly identify and analyse the problem cause.

2. Communication protocol support for upstream applications
In oil and gas wellhead and pipeline applications, cost performance and space saving are key considerations. To satisfy these needs, ProSafe-RS is equipped with both safety and process control functions. The SCADA systems at such sites often rely on Distributed Network Protocol 3 (DNP3) for narrowband wireless and satellite upstream communications because this open protocol supports the temporary storage of data when there is a disruption in network communications. Support of DNP3 in the ProSafe-RS R3.02.20 controller enables customers to easily replace and expand their systems in the field while continuing to use their existing SCADA infrastructure. This saves time and reduces costs.

Best automation software say readers.

The Web Studio software of InduSoft has been declared the Automation Inside 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards winner for the Best Automation Software category. InduSoft was selected from among 26 automation product competitors based on and votes from Automation Inside readers in 36 countries.

As a Readers’ Choice award, this recognition indicates a high degree of end user satisfaction with Web Studio, and is thus particularly important.

InduSoft Web Studio v7.1+SP3 provides a variety of tools to simplify the creation of HMI and SCADA applications. This comprehensive development and runtime HMI/SCADA software solution provides over 240 built-in communication drivers allowing easy connection to a wide variety of PLCs and controllers. This full-feature set software includes all the tools users need to develop, deploy and present HMI graphics, alarms, trends, reports, recipes, and historian and database data.

Easy integration to the latest web, cloud, and mobility technologies allows users to create screens, widgets, animated graphics and controls that can be displayed, monitored and controlled, using the HTML5 standard, on a wide variety of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. The HMI/SCADA application can truly be deployed and accessed from almost anywhere.

The company expressed its gratitude to all the end user customers, OEMs, certified system integrators, and distributors who use their products, and appreciates the continued support of InduSoft Web Studio.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Testing electric bikes!

Test instruments supplied by Yokogawa are playing a key role in the final testing of motors for electric bikes manufactured by Heinzmann in the village of Schönau in Germany’s Black Forest region.

Heinzmann has been developing and manufacturing electric drives for over 30 years. The company’s drives are used in a range of industrial applications as well as in various types of electric vehicles.

The first products for electric bikes were introduced by the company in 1994 and one of its great successes was the development of motors for the cargo bikes used by the German mail carrier Deutsche Post AG.

This particular application uses mainly DC hub motors with gearing to ensure a high torque during acceleration. However, in electric bikes for leisure purposes, Heinzmann installs brushless synchronous disk motors. These are not only maintenance-free, but distinguish themselves compared to a conventional electric motor by being based on a flat design which offers the benefits of small size and low weight. In addition, these motors offer high efficiency and quiet running. They can be used in both front- and rear-wheel drive systems, and can also facilitate energy recovery during braking or downhill running.

A full Heinzmann electric bike drive system includes the electric motor, a controller, a battery pack, a torque sensor in the bottom bracket and a display/control unit on the handlebars. Heinzmann delivers the drive systems to various bicycle manufacturers, but they are also available as a retrofit kit and can also be incorporated into customers’ own electric bikes.

Engine assembly and final test
In Schönau the disk motors are assembled and a functional test is carried out. At the test stand the assembled motor is fixed into a mount, the power and sensor cables are connected and the motor shaft is connected via an adapter coupling and torque shaft to a brake motor. The operator then scans the identification label which is fixed to the motor. On the basis of the type of motor, the test system retrieves the appropriate motor data from a database and determines the respective test parameters and limits for the individual tests. For each motor a high-voltage test and power measurements are performed in the idle state and under load conditions, allowing the efficiency of the motor to be calculated from the measured values. Short-circuit tests are also carried out at random. In the event of failure, the test is immediately aborted and an error log is produced. Following each faultless run, a test label is printed. All measured data, along with the serial number of the motor, are stored in a database to ensure traceability.

The test rig was completely designed and produced to Heinzmann’s specifications by ETU. It includes, among other things, a Yokogawa WT1800 power analyser, a programmable DC power supply for voltages up to 80 V and currents up to 60 A, a high-voltage tester and a measuring range extension for the power analyser with three current transformers. The interface of the test rig operates intuitively via a PC with a touch screen, whereas for the total control of the system a PLC is used. In order to provide realistic control of the motors, different electric bike motor controllers can be integrated into the system.

“ETU chose the WT1800 power analyser largely based on previous experience, but also because it could be upgraded to six channels and combined with a torque sensor to measure the mechanical performance of the drive units. This way, we are ready to meet future challenges”, says Jürgen Bläsi, Managing Director of ETU GmbH.

The laboratory power supply device simulates the battery and feeds a current of up to 50 A into the motor controller. The output current of the power supply is measured by the fourth channel of the WT1800. The motor controller generates a corresponding 3-phase signal to drive the motor. The actual power delivered to the motor is measured using the current transformer and power analyser, and the mechanical power on the torque transducer is detected by the WT1800. In this way, the efficiencies of both the individual powertrain components as well as the overall efficiency of the system can be determined.

“We offer a wide range of motor types and variants with a wide range of performance information. It is therefore necessary to carry out the tests quickly”, says Bernd Becker, Managing Director of Electrical Drives for Heinzmann GmbH & Co.KG.: “For us, it is important that the tests are modular, scalable and flexible, so that, in case of capacity expansion, we can quickly install another system. ETU satisfied all these requirements very well,”

PXI high power solid-state switches.

Pickering Interfaces has introduced two new PXI high power solid-state switch modules to its range of PXI switching solutions.

  • PXI 25A Solid State SPST Switch (40-184) – offer 3 or 6-off SPST solid-state switches capable of handling 25A signals at up to 100V.
  • PXI 1.5A Solid State SPST Switch (40-185) – offer 3 or 6-off SPST solid-state switches capable of handling 1.5A signals at up to 400V.

Both of these new PXI switching solutions use solid-state switch designs based on isolated MOSFET technology to provide solutions capable of switching very high power AC or DC signals without any lifetime degradation while used within their ratings. The solid-state SPST switches feature a fast operating time of less than 250µs and bounce-free state transitions that can handle high inrush currents on switching without any impact on lifetime.

These new switching modules are particularly well suited to use in PXI applications where higher voltages and powers are required. Applications include testing products used in transportation systems where mechanical relays are generally unsuitable because of limited switching capacity at the voltages and currents required.

For each model the 3-off SPST versions occupy one 3U PXI slot while the 6-off SPST versions require two 3U PXI slots. Each model uses robust high power D-type connectors that are fully supported by Pickering Interfaces’ range of connection accessories. The modules can also be supported in Pickering Interfaces LXI Modular chassis’ for users preferring Ethernet control of switching systems.

Pickering Interfaces stands behind all of their manufactured products with a standard three-year warranty and guaranteed long-term product support.

A peek at conductivity with PEEK sensor! #PAuto

The Smartec CLD18 toroidal conductivity transmitter for hygienic applications has been introduced by Endress+Hauser. It has a food-safe PEEK (polyetheretherketone) toroidal sensor, potted electronics and a NEMA TYPE 6P/IP 69K stainless steel or plastic housing to withstand clean-in-place (CIP) operations. 

The PEEK sensor has excellent chemical, mechanical and thermal resistance properties and is entirely seamless and gap-free, and is therefore safe to use in hygienic applications in the food, beverage and life sciences industries. The sensor meets 3A standards, and all wetted materials are FDA-listed. The sensor is designed in accordance with the current guidelines of ASME BPE and meets the requirements of EC Regulation1935/2004 for articles intended to come into contact with food.

The CLD18 uses an inductive conductivity measurement technique, where an oscillator produces an alternating magnetic field in the primary coil. This induces current flow in the fluid. The strength of the current depends on the conductivity, which corresponds to the concentration of ions in the fluid. The current is measured by the receiver and is used to determine the conductivity, which is calculated and sent as a 0-20 or 4-20mA signal. The sensor also outputs temperature as a 0-20 or 4-20mA signal.

The sensor measures conductivity from 200 μS/cm to 1,000 mS/cm. A binary input allows range switching for flexibility in CIP systems. Measurement range switching allows a user to set up two different analog output scales. For example, when monitoring one fluid the user may want the conductivity analog output to be scaled from 200 μS /cm to 100 ms/cm, and then later change it to 100ms to 1000ms/cm because the fluid being measured is of higher conductivity.

An alarm output activates if the measured temperature or conductivity exceeds the current output limits or if an error condition occurs. For example, if the conductivity output were scaled for 200 μS/cm to 100 ms/cm but the device measures a value of 200 ms/cm, the alarm contact would close.

Advantages of this type of inductive conductivity measurement include no electrodes and therefore no polarization effects; complete galvanic isolation of the measurement from the fluid; and accurate measurement in media with a high degree of pollution and the tendency to form build up. Accuracy is ±2% of the measured value with repeatability of 0.5%.

Typical applications include monitoring phase separation of product/water mixtures in the beverage Industry, CIP systems, liquid concentration, separation in a cleaning return line, industrial water, rinsing processes in pickling plants, and product interface detection in beverage filling supply lines.

The sensor is suitable for continuous operating temperatures up to 230 °F and can be operated up to 266 °F for 60 minutes for sterilization phases. Its pressure resistance rating is 174 psi up to 122 °F.


A platinum RTD Pt 1000 temperature sensor is integrated in the sensor. This ensures efficient phase separation at different and quickly changing process temperatures. The temperature sensor is embedded in the PEEK body. Linear temperature compensation with user-configurable temperature coefficients is provided.

Monday, December 15, 2014

MES Software decision driven by easy integration!

Aegis Software has recently supplied an integrated suite of FactoryLogix manufacturing operations software modules to EMS solution provider Connor Solutions. Now one of the largest privately-held EMS providers in the UK and growing, the company offers bespoke services to both global enterprises and UK-based OEMs, spread over many market sectors. Connor’s advanced technology strategy will rely on Aegis to pull together and streamline the systems already in place, while adding powerful additional benefits for Connor and its customers. The suite, which comprises NPI, Production/Quality, Integration and Analytics modules, is to play a key role in Connor’s planned growth.

Craig Bryant, Quality & Engineering Director at Connor Solutions commented: “Having reviewed many systems and solutions we chose Aegis due to its compatibility with all of our current machine types within the factory and the technical support network available in the UK.
“This investment will provide a powerful platform for new product introduction, traceability, seam-less integration to ERP, in-circuit test, functional test and key manufacturing processes enabling real time monitoring, automated analytics and reporting including first time pass rates and drill down hot spot defect analysis.”

He summarised: “These are exciting times for us at Connor Solutions as we continue to grow and invest in the latest hardware and software solutions that can add value to the business services and our customers”.

The FactoryLogix software will encompass the entire production area, which currently comprises of three high technology SMT lines, conventional through-hole facility, conformal coating area and final assembly logistics. All supported by in circuit testing, functional testing and automated inspection.

Connor Solutions currently holds ISO 13485 Medical and AS9100 Aerospace as well as ISO 9001:2008 quality certifications, and is working towards ISO 14001 and full site ATEX approvals.
As part of the new Aegis MES system integration all PCBs will be identified by laser-etched bar codes, so traceability across all lines becomes more efficient. This is particularly valuable as the company offers various levels of traceability, down to and including full aerospace component requirements.

Aegis software will also facilitate more efficient route discipline for Connor. This has long been established within the company, but under Aegis setting up routes and then making changes is expected to become easier and faster. Discipline is imposed because no operation can begin until an operator has ‘signed off’ the previous process by scanning a bar code.

The selection process for a software plantwide management solution started over two years ago, with four contenders competing for the application. These reduced to two before Aegis became the final choice. A key factor in Connor Solutions’ decision for Aegis software was its ready integration with other hardware and software. Direct links are being set up with Fuji SMT, AOI and test platforms.

Load cell manufacturer appointment!

LCM Systems has appointed Stacey Bond as Internal Sales Engineer for its range of load cells and instrumentation.

Appointment!
Based at their headquarters in the Isle of Wight (GB), Stacey will be the first point of contact for customers old and new looking to purchase either ex-stock or custom design load cells.

Stacey brings with her many years’ experience in technical sales and customer service and has worked in some of the main markets served by LCM Systems including oil, gas, petroleum and the chemical industry.


Speaking about the new appointment, Steve Sargeant, Managing Director at LCM Systems says: “We are delighted to welcome Stacey to the team here at LCM. Her industry expertise and excellent customer liaison skills are already proving a valuable asset to the company.”

Moisture analyser ensures quality of stored natural gas!


Michell’s new OptiPEAK TDL600 moisture analyser’s fast response and non-contact spectroscopic measurement principle ensures that gas storage companies are able to not only meet demand quickly but also satisfy the contractual standards for moisture content when stored natural gas is withdrawn and injected to the pipeline network.

Storing gas is an integral part of the natural gas industry because the timescales for consumption and delivery do not match the time needed to extract, process and transport the gas. In order to ensure an uninterrupted supply to consumers, quantities of gas are usually stored underground, either in depleted gas reservoirs, aquifers or salt caverns.

The water dew-point temperature or moisture content of the stored gas is measured during the filling (pressurisation) and usage (de-pressurisation) cycles. Storage pressures of up to 30 MPa require the gas to be very dry in order to prevent condensation occurring. However, the underground storage facilities are used to meet demand in peak periods and are usually non-active during the summer, so there is the potential for the moisture content to rise above acceptable levels during the inactive period. As the gas is needed quickly to meet consumer demands, a fast-responding, reliable hygrometer is vital to be on-hand when gas needs to be taken from storage.

Another complication is the tendency of instrumentation to fail when exposed to aggressive compounds and harmful contamination when there is no flow through the analyser. During the inactive periods in gas storage a corrosive, stale sample may sit in the analyser for many weeks. Decommissioning is not an option as little notice will be given for the withdrawal of the stored gas.

Michell’s OptiPEAK TDL600 is designed to overcome these pitfalls. Firstly, the tuneable diode laser technology is non-contact. This means that none of the sensing components are subjected to the gas stream and are protected from the aggressive compounds and harmful contamination that would cause failure in other analysers.

While this benefit is true for all TDLAS analysers, the OptiPEAK TDL600 also offers a class-leading measurement accuracy of 1ppmV to support the rapid ramp-up in gas supply from the storage facility into the network. This means that it can respond to changes in moisture content in 2 to 3 seconds, allowing fast action to be taken to ensure the continued supply.

• Michell products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.


Modular switch gear busbar solution for Biomass generation plant room!

The development of a power station plant room not only provided logistical and technical issues but also harsh environmental considerations for Nova Controls during their installation of water treatment PLC for a Yorkshire (GB) biomass site. The performance of Rittal’s Ri4power modular switch gear busbar system helped to deliver the solution that the site demands.

Peter Hubbert from Nova Controls commented “Working with Rittal Ri4Power gave us a proven high quality engineered product, incorporating all the solutions required to meet the demanding Form 4 specifications of our client and  the power generation market. This highly flexible product allowed us to design and configure individual compartments with a range of versatile multifunction components, affording us a speedy assembly and a vital cost effective solution in this competitive arena.”

Location of the existing site structure meant that the panel had to be craned in position, therefore rigidity and strength of the framework was a priority. Ri4Power’s welded frame and tested lifting procedures assisted with the installation of the panel within the new power station plant room.

Safety was a key concern to the end customer therefore Rittal’s internal RiLine60 busbar system was shielded and the panel designed in line with IEC61641 Internal Arc Protection. Form 4 type 6 compartments segregated the control devices, busbar and outgoing terminals, which assisted the cabling on site and offered a higher level of safety.

The panel was located in a plant room where there is a possibility of high levels of moisture and the potential for an acidic atmosphere. To reduce any corrosion or damage to the panel a tropicalized paint finish was used.

Being of a modular design Rittal’s Ri4Power allowed Nova Controls to make last minute changes to the design layout.

In addition to Ri4Power system, Nova also utilised Rittal’s RPE Engineering software to generate design verification documentation that included heat calculations in line with the latest IEC61439 switchgear and Control-gear standards.

New transportable crawler inspection camera can be hired!

Traditionally, pipeline inspection cameras operate from a power source in a vehicle or conveniently located building. However, the Mini-Cam Proteus crawler camera inspection system can now be hired from Ashtead Technology with a battery power pack option. “This means that the inspection work of our customers will not be limited by locations lacking power or with limited access,” says Ashtead’s Jay Neermul.

By operating the Proteus from a battery pack, the unit can be operated for over 5 hours. The complete self-contained system can be mounted on a trolley providing enormous flexibility in the inspection of pipes, culverts, cavities, drains and sewers. As a result, the system is completely transportable and extremely quiet – an important consideration in residential locations.

The Proteus features a variety of key features such as a built-in lowering device, a pan/rotate camera and a back-eye with auxiliary light, as well as a built-in digital control unit for capturing colour mpeg video and jpeg still images. Importantly, this final feature means that it is not necessary to hire an additional recording device.

In order to expand the range of pipes that the Proteus can inspect, the unit has a built-in camera elevator and can inspect pipes from 150mm in diameter up 600mm. With a 6-wheel drive the Proteus is supplied with three different wheel size options, and a novel wheel-lock mechanism enables quick and simple wheel changes. A portable cable reel is supplied as standard with a minimum of 120m of rugged cable, which can be extended to 200m or longer by prior arrangement. The system also includes a cable layering mechanism, a meterage wheel, a manual winding arm and a friction brake.

With twin joysticks, intuitive hot keys and crawler cruise control, the Proteus is simple to operate, providing users with continuous control and status information, including activity, speed, pressure, inclination and temperature.

Summarising, Jay Neermul says: “The Proteus is an extremely popular member of our remote visual inspection fleet, and the availability of a transportable, battery powered version means that the system no longer has to be connected to a vehicle and can now be employed in an even wider range of applications. By renting the new transportable crawler camera, customers will benefit from the latest technology and application flexibility, whilst avoiding ownership costs.”

Friday, December 12, 2014

Wireless navigation!

Smart Wireless Navigator helps users manage their expanding wireless infrastructure and get the most value from their wireless networks
The Smart Wireless Navigator, a new software platform that enables users with large wireless deployments to maximise the power of their wireless networks, has been unveiled by Emerson. The Navigator brings together Smart Wireless tools for planning, managing, and maintaining networks. Valuable wireless network and device diagnostics and data are organised in an intuitive interface, along with the wireless tools, to streamline the Smart Wireless experience.

“Wireless technology is as scalable as it is powerful,” commented Bob Karschnia, vice president of wireless at Emerson. “As users’ facilities grow, they are expanding to installations of multiple wireless networks managed by different groups”

The Smart Wireless Navigator helps users effortlessly manage their expanding wireless infrastructure and get the most value from their wireless networks. A single software platform design makes it easier for users with large deployments of wireless to manage their networks across functional groups, delivering actionable information to the people who need it.

“To maximise value, facilities also needed a central platform to plan and deploy new networks and to organise the influx of new data and diagnostics,” continued Karschnia. “In answer, we developed a single window interface that brings together several Smart Wireless tools on a specially designed appliance to maximise visibility, efficiency and value.”

An intuitive design organises large amounts of wireless diagnostic information and data, and existing infrastructure is illustrated and easily understood.

“The Smart Wireless Navigator is a comprehensive tool that helps users realise the value of wireless across the range of reliability, safety, environmental accountability and process performance, it delivers value throughout the cycle of engineering, installation, operation and maintenance.”

Level switch listed for safety

The proven Baumer CleverLevel LBFS/LFFS level switch has now been listed by the American Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL). Testing of the CleverLevel included numerous safety-related aspects in accordance with UL standards and requirements. As a further quality feature, the renowned and globally accepted UL listing facilitates use of the level switch in important international markets, especially in the U.S.

With the CleverLevel LBFS/LFFS series Baumer offers a level switch that, as a true all-rounder, provides numerous advantages. The CleverLevel can be used for practically all media, such as liquids, granulates and even electrostatic media. And it is also unaffected by adhesive substances or foams that could cause other technologies to have switching errors.

The CleverLevel can reliably detect fill levels in tanks or pipes with precision and a response time of less than 100 ms, thereby, for example, preventing pumps from running dry. It is also capable of distinguishing between different media, such as water and oil.

3 million modules keeping control at Bosch Rexroth.

HMS Industrial Networks has shipped its three millionth Anybus module to Bosch Rexroth. Bosch Rexroth uses Anybus modules mainly to connect welding and tightening controllers to the various control systems used in automation technology.

Staffan Dahlström (L) CEO of HMS 
Industrial hands over the 3millionth 
Anybus module to Harald Lukosz
 Head of Engineering Tightening &
Welding Systems  at Bosch Rexroth
Anybus embedded products are interchangeable communication modules for different fieldbus and industrial Ethernet networks. The modules offer multi-network connectivity for the major network standards.

Long collaboration between Bosch Rexroth and HMS
Bosch Rexroth and HMS have been working together successfully for more than 10 years. Harald Lukosz, Director Engineering Tightening and Welding Systems at Bosch Rexroth explains why they have chosen Anybus: "We have chosen Anybus for two reasons: Firstly, it is very compact and easy to integrate and secondly, because of the technology inside it. "

Staffan Dahlström, CEO of HMS Industrial Networks comments: "The Anybus communication modules have support for all the major fieldbus and industrial Ethernet networks that Bosch Rexroth requires in their welding and tightening controllers and enables them to connect to the various control systems used in automation technology."

Compact and energy efficient
Bosch Rexroth uses the Anybus CompactCom communication modules which consume little power and is very compact (5.2 cm x 5.2 cm). The communication modules provide very reliable multi-network connectivity for the major standards on the market today. The standardized hardware and software interfaces allow the modules to be easily interchangeable with each other. In other words, you can connect to any network by simply replacing the module.

Data transmission via Fibre-optic or copper cables!

Fibre-optic cables have now become established in industrial data communication also. Optical data transmission offers numerous advantages, particularly for data-intensive applications with a high demand on availability, such as are typical in the automotive industry. Balluff takes this into account with the new push-pull variants of its PROFINET IO-Link master modules. These are available with the choice of a Fibre-optic cable or copper cable connection.

They all have the push-pull connection technology for fieldbus and power cables that is specified in the AIDA (Automation Initiative of German Automobile Manufacturers). A special, third variant combines both worlds and provides both a Fibre-optic (SCRJ) and a copper (RJ45) push-pull connection. The particular attraction is that this module can be used for converting from a copper to a Fibre-optic cable right in the I/O module, without needing a additional, external converter module.

Like all Ethernet-based IO-Link master modules from Balluff, the push-pull modules also have an integrated display for information and additional diagnostics as well as an integrated switch for setting up a PROFINET line structure. All functions based on IO-Link specification 1.1 are made available by the 8 integrated IO-Link ports. The user is provided with a real-time display of the module with all current statuses for extended diagnostics through an integrated web server.

HMI featuring a high-quality display and more realistic images

Delta Electronics has released the DOP-W Series HMI, which offers sizes of up to 15”. This high quality TFT display produces more realistic and vivid images to capture and visualize system and manufacturing processes faster. Its high-brightness touch screen provides a high resolution of 1024 x 728 pixels (XGA) and a luminance of 450 cd/m2.

Rugged design
Its rugged and lightweight aluminum enclosure protects from vibration and changing ambient temperatures. It also features an IP65 waterproof front panel for harsh environments, and its operating temperature range is 0-50ºC. This high-reliability display has a touch screen percussion life of at least 10,000,000 times and a backlight life of up to 80,000 hours.

Advanced features
The DOP-W Series integrates very useful remote monitoring functions, such is as eRemote, which enables users to view and monitor the same screen shown on the HMI at the production site and control the manufacturing process via Ethernet. Additionally, eServer, the data collection software, allows the transferring of information and history data directly from the production site to a remote PC via Ethernet.

The built-in 1.5W front panel stereo speakers transmit more effective alerts and warnings.
The DOP-W Series supports WinCE, and it also offers a Delta operating system which is free of charge and can manage all customer applications. The DOP-W also features abundant peripheral interfaces: it supports 2 COM ports, 2 Ethernet Ports, 3 USB Host 2.0, and SD cards.

Thanks to its high-speed processing 1 GHz CPU and its large-capacity Flash ROM 256MB, it is adapted for a wide range of industrial sectors, such as factory automation, process, transport, and energy.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Outstanding leadership and technologica achievement recognised!

Dr. James Truchard, President, CEO and Cofounder of National Instruments, has been named an IEEE Fellow for outstanding leadership and achievement in technology. 
  
Dr James Truchard
The IEEE board of directors presents the IEEE Fellow grade to persons with exceptional records of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number of fellows selected in any one year cannot exceed one tenth of one percent of the total voting membership. The technical community recognises this highest grade of membership as a prestigious honour and an important career achievement. 
  

In addition to his roles as NI President and CEO, Dr. Truchard has been recognised as one of America’s Favourite Bosses by Forbes and an Innovation Agent by Fast Company. He has been elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. He also sits on the engineering advisory boards for the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California at Berkeley. 

Testing, testing, one two...

Exciting business growth at Cressall, has allowed the firm to launch a new research and development (R&D) department. The expansion comes about after long-serving test engineer, Michal Nowotny was promoted to R&D engineer earlier this year.     

Nowotny's promotion now means that more time and manpower can be devoted to Cressall's R&D projects at the newly equipped headquarters. The company has seen the demand for bespoke products skyrocket in the last few years. To respond to this industry need, Cressall has invested in its research, design and test capabilities. 

Newly implemented data capture systems provide a more accurate level of recording test results. The facility boasts computerised 32 channel data logging equipment where test variables such as temperature, power and current can be recorded within the system. 

Cressall’s new test facility provides it with the means to carry out impulse tests of up to 400,000 Volts in order to truly prove designs and test prototypes. Testing facilities also include ingress protection proving, in which a resistor enclosure is tested to ensure that water cannot harmfully penetrate it. 

Cressall's equipment ensures that a product complies with the IEC 60529 standard prior to being submitted to a third party accredited ingress protection test facility, if this is a specific customer requirement.

"The new test facility and data logging equipment allows us to carry our more tests and to record results more accurately," explained Michal Nowotny, Cressall’s chief R&D engineer. "In turn, this enables us to make more accurate predictions when designing resistors. When carrying out impulse testing for instance, we can make performance forecasts for different specifications scaled against our previous findings and results.


"We've come a long way here at Cressall; from having no R&D department, to now looking to expand the facility further. Part of the proposed move is based on our testing facility strategy which includes testing of the EV2 water cooled resistor, in which a dedicated test cell would have to be constructed. This is something we’re very keen to get up and running." 

Automation authors honoured.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has published details of the recipients of its 2014 author awards presented annually by ISA’s Publications Department.

“Each year, ISA is proud to recognize and thank all of the talented authors and contributors who help develop, review and deliver outstanding ISA publications and technical resources to automation and control professionals throughout the world,” commented Susan Colwell, manager of ISA’s Publications Department.

Winners are recognized for their editorial contributions to a wide range of ISA publications, including ISA books; InTech, ISA’s bi-monthly magazine for automation and control professionals; and ISA Transactions, ISA’s bi-monthly professional journal dedicated to the science and engineering of measurement and automation.

Awards and award recipients
The Keith Otto Award
The Keith Otto Award recognizes the author or authors of the best article in InTech magazine. The award was presented to Harmik Begi, Gregory Bischoff and Josh Gangl for their article, “Process automation—Biopharmaceutical single-to-multiproduct conversion,” which appeared in the September/October 2013 issue of InTech.
Begi serves as the Director of Information Systems at Amgen, a position he has held since 2005. Before that, he served as Senior Manager of Engineering at Baxter BioScience and as Senior Engineer at the Coca-Cola Company.
Bischoff is the Principle Automation Engineer at Amgen. Before joining Amgen, he served as Automation Engineer at Roche Colorado Corporation and as an engineer at Emerson Process Management.
Gangl, operations IS platform lead at Amgen, possesses more than 15 years of process engineering, process automation, and manufacturing information systems experience.
Keith Otto, after whom this award is named, was a dedicated member and one-time Publications Department Vice President at ISA. He passed away earlier this year. May he rest in peace.

The Nels Tyring Award
The Nels Tyring Award recognizes the author or authors of the best published article in one of the Society's journals. Robert Rice, Ph.D. and Richard Bontatibus are this year's recipients for their article, “Automation IT—Predictive maintenance embraces analytics,” which appeared in the January/February 2013 issue of InTech.
As Vice President of Engineering at Control Station, Inc., Dr. Rice leads Control Station’s research and development program. Bontatibus recently joined Control Station as its Vice President of Global Sales. Previously, he worked at Emerson Process Management where he directed asset reliability sales throughout the North American region.
Nels Tyring was a former Publications VP and long serving volunteer in the society known for his encouragements of younger members and authors.

The Thomas G. Fisher Award of Excellence
Presented annually by the ISA Publications Department and ISA Standards and Practices Department, the Thomas G. Fisher Award of Excellence recognizes stellar achievement in a standards-based reference publication. This year’s award recipient is Charles H. Gifford, who wrote the 2013 book, The MOM Chronicles: ISA-95 Best Practices Book 3.0.
For the past 30 years, Gifford has developed advanced manufacturing systems in direct support of continuous improvement initiatives in a wide variety of industries: aerospace, electronics, automotive, food and beverage, telecom, energy, and life sciences. A lean operations management consultant, he has published over 40 papers and five books on the subject of operations management best practices. As Chairman of the ISA-95 Best Practices Working Group, he served as the Chief Editor and contributing author of the ISA books, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Manufacturing Operations Management: ISA-95 Best Practices Book 1.0 and When Worlds Collide in Manufacturing Operations: ISA-95 Best Practices Book 2.0 (which was recognized as ISA’s best standards-based book in 2010).
Thomas G. Fisher was an ISA member and ISA Fellow who served the Society for many years, most notably as Publications Department Vice President and Editor of ISA Transactions. In addition, he wrote numerous books, contributed to the ISA84, ISA5.1 and ISA95 standards committees, and was the driving force behind the ISA88 batch control committee.

The Raymond D. Molloy Award
This year’s award recipient is Ronald L. Krutz, Ph.D., P.E., whose book, Industrial Automation and Control System Security Principles, outsold all other ISA books published in 2013.
Dr. Krutz, Chief Scientist at Security Risk Solutions, Inc., possesses more than 30 years of experience in industrial automation and control systems, distributed computing systems, computer architectures, information assurance methodologies, and information security training. Throughout his career, he has served as: a senior information security consultant at Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, and REALTECH Systems Corporation; an Associate Director of the Carnegie Mellon Research Institute (CMRI); and a professor in the Carnegie Mellon University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
The Raymond D. Molloy Award is presented annually in honor of Raymond D. Molloy’s contributions to the automation profession. Molloy was dedicated to the ISA publications program for more than 20 years, maintaining a keen interest in developing high-quality publications that met the needs of measurement and control professionals. 

ISA Transactions Best Paper Award
ISA Transactions Best Paper Award recognizes the best technical paper published in ISA Transactions, the ISA professional journal dedicated to the science and engineering of measurement and automation, over the previous year. 
The winning paper, “Controller design approach based on linear programming”, ISA Transactions, Vol. 52, Issue 6,” was judged to be the best paper published in the journal in 2013. ISA Transactions Editor-in-Chief, Ahmad B. Rad, Ph.D., presented the award to Ryo Tanaka, who accepted it on behalf of the paper’s other co-authors: Hiroki Shibasaki, Hiromitsu Ogawa, Takahiro Murakami and Yoshihisa Ishida.

Tanaka is currently working toward his Doctor of Engineering Degree at the Graduate School of Science and Technology at Meiji University, where he also serves as a research associate.