Friday, May 2, 2014

PITC Brazil Accreditation!

A visit was undertaken to Brazil by Hassan Kaghazchi, chairman of PROFIBUS Ireland to audit PITC Sao Carlos, as PITC PROFINET . The audit was successful and PITC Brazil will now become an official training centre for PROFINET. The centre is well equipped to run Certified PROFINET Engineers training courses, and has good classrooms and certified instructors at University of Sao Paulo campus at Sao Carlos.

Hassan Kaghazchi (Chair PI- Ireland), & 
Marco Padovan (President PI- Brazil), 
sign the PITC Accreditation document.

Additionally a presentation was made during the visit to RPA Brazil board. The tile of the presentation was “Onwards & Upwards”, in which the Irish experience was shared with Brazilian counterparts, as well as updates on global automation market, research and development.

PICC Ireland has a long standing record of co-operation with PICC Brazil through long term placement of Brazilian researchers at the Irish PICC.

Marking partnership that helped shape automation in Ireland!

One of Mitsubishi Electric Europe’s largest and longest serving distributors in Ireland, Industrial Solutions Ltd is celebrating its twenty first anniversary, marking a remarkable partnership which has helped shape the automation industry throughout Ireland.
From left: Andy Fotrell Managing Director Industrial Solutions, Ciarán Moody General Manager Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. Ireland Branch, and Frank McGinty Technical Director Industrial Solutions.

Established in 1993, Mitsubishi Electric Europe and Industrial Solutions partnered to ensure the supply and support of automation equipment that was both technologically excellent and reliable across Ireland. With this commitment, the relationship between Mitsubishi Electric Europe and Industrial Solutions has flourished, and today the companies are celebrating 21 years of successful business together.

“It is rare to have a business relationship that grows into a true partnership, but we have been fortunate to have developed just that with Industrial Solutions. Over the past 21 years we have enjoyed mutual success due to a shared vision making Industrial Solutions a key partner of Mitsubishi Electric. We expect our relationship to continue to develop and thrive over the coming years,” states Ciarán Moody General Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. Ireland Branch

Addressing the requirements of the Irish manufacturing industry, which is one of the most sophisticated in Europe, Industrial Solutions supplies a full range of Mitsubishi Electric automation equipment, providing a complete portfolio of advanced technologies. The MELSEC PLC range extends from the simplest micro unit such as the FX1S to the powerful and intelligent Q-series. These are complemented by an equally impressive range of Inverters, Robots, Servo and Motion, HMIs (human machine interfaces), Low voltage equipment, software, remote I/O, process controllers and networks.

Andy Fottrell, Managing Director of Industrial Solutions says: “Our relationship with Mitsubishi Electric is a perfect balance of technology and expertise and we contribute much of our success due to their range of technologically advanced product and solution. We are proud of the roles that Industrial Solutions and Mitsubishi Electric have played in the country’s industrial development.”

Multifunctional hand-held meter with data logging!

The new Omniport 30 from E+E Elektronik is a professional and robust hand-held meter that meets the highest requirements. Thanks to a wide range of interchangeable sensing probes, Omniport 30 can be used in various applications.

Up to 22 measurements, including humidity, temperature, dew point, air velocity, volumetric flow or air pressure can be accurately measured and logged. The Omniport 30 allows both continuous and single-point data logging and is particularly user-friendly due to its touch screen and intuitive menu navigation.

Up to three physical quantities can be displayed simultaneously on the large TFT color screen. A selection between continuous and various long-term measuring modes is possible. Measured values can be displayed as graphs directly on the device screen.

Omniport 30 can store up to 2 million measurement values. The data can be transferred easily to a PC for further processing with its the free data management software. Firmware updates can be uploaded via USB interface.

An optional carrying case is available for the storage and transport of the hand-held, sensors and accessories.

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

Company vision "Control. Manage. Optimize." epitomised in new branding!

Badger Meter has rebranded of its flow measurement and control product line, which has expanded through product development and acquisitions. The new Badger Meter Flow Instrumentation name reflects broad solutions for the global industrial and commercial markets, which help keep plant processes and precision-based operations efficient, profitable, and safe.

Badger Meter Flow Instrumentation incorporates respected brand names such as Data Industrial®, Hedland®, Flo-tech, Blancett®, Cox®, Preso®, Dynasonics®, Flow Dynamics®, and Research Control® Valves (RCV). The comprehensive product offering includes almost all major mechanical and electrical flow metering technologies, including electromagnetic, differential pressure, impeller, oval gear, positive displacement, turbine, ultrasonic, and vortex. These solutions meet the needs of industrial process, manufacturing, commercial fluid, and building automation applications where flow measurement and control are critical.

According to Marketing Director Beth Thomas, Badger Meter has established a vision for its industrial customers based on the theme, "Control. Manage. Optimize." The company has also updated the brand identity for its flow instrumentation products with new logos, product branding color schemes and web content.

"Badger Meter Flow Instrumentation understands that companies cannot manage what they cannot measure," said Thomas. "We leverage more than a century of flow measurement expertise and advanced, yet proven technology to optimize the most demanding applications. Badger Meter offers an extensive portfolio of products, services and solutions to measure and control whatever moves through pipelines, including water, air, steam, oil, and other liquids and gases."

Thomas indicated the Badger Meter Flow Instrumentation re-branding will focus on helping industrial and commercial firms reap greater value from flow instrumentation to ensure product quality, control costs, maintain safer operations, and meet regulatory requirements.

Typical markets for Badger Meter Flow Instrumentation range from oil and gas, petrochemical, and water and wastewater, to heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), food and beverage, agricultural irrigation, and automotive and aerospace manufacturing.

New man to lead service delivery at Atlas Copco!

Mark Keen has been appointed as Business Line Manager for Atlas Copco's Compressor Technique Service (CTS) division. In his new role, Mark will lead the delivery of the company’s service proposition, which is designed to ensure customers gain the best possible performance from their air compressor systems over the long term.

Mark Keen
He said: “My mission is to develop a division that is held up as the role model for successful customer-centric organisations. I have always had a focus on developing strong customer relationships and moving from equipment sales to service has given me a fantastic opportunity to build on that. What is vital is that we gain the customer’s confidence and offer ongoing support, not just at the point of purchase but for many years afterwards to ensure our equipment continues to perform safely, reliably and efficiently.”

In his new role, Mark will also seek to raise awareness among customers of the fact that, in addition to its broad offering of service contracts and genuine spare parts, Atlas Copco Compressors’ service proposition includes a wide range of value-adding products, including AIRnet pipework, energy recovery systems, and monitoring and control products such as SmartLink and AIRScan.

More than nine years after joining Atlas Copco, he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his new role, leading a division that is integral to the company’s commitment to its customers. A former apprentice with a string of engineering qualifications under his belt, he joined Atlas Copco initially as a Sales Engineer in the Industrial Air division, before joining Compressor Technique Service as Sales & Marketing Manager two years ago. His promotion sees him take responsibility for a large team and he is aiming to develop those staff members to create a sustainable model for continued success.

Mark, who values optimism and enthusiasm as important personal traits, is a married father of two with a keen interest in football.

In his new role, he succeeds the former Business Line Manager for Compressor Technique Service, Sean Fairest, who, as reported last month, has been appointed as Country Manager for Atlas Copco in Ireland.

Integrated CWDM Solutions for ISPs, data centres & telecoms!

B&B Electronics’ iMediaChassis family of multiport chassis will offer operators, ISPs, and data centre users a low cost and extremely compact, 3U high, one box solution, for CWDM services. In addition to the physical conversion of either local fibre or copper to specific CWDM wavelengths, the product also offers advanced management features allowing the operator to monitor a wide variety of parameters, most importantly quality of the optical signal.

Fibre installations have not kept pace with the demands made of the physical infrastructure. As an operator/owner of fibre, going back to install new ‘dark’ fibre is cost prohibitive. For a customer, renting extra dark fibre will obviously involve extra costs.

A solution to limited fibre availability is provided by CWDM (Coarse Wavelength-Division Multiplexing) technology, a method by which multiple wavelengths of light are multiplexed into a dedicated fibre pair and demultiplexed at the other end of the link. CWDM links are traditionally point-to-point, all wavelengths are independent of each other and they can carry data from different devices, services or customers. Multiplexing effectively increases the bandwidth of the pre-installed fibre.

CWDM systems offer service providers and Enterprise companies scalable and easy-to-deploy Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel and TDM services for their networks, which may be deployed in data centres, on campus or metropolitan-area access networks.

B&B Electronics can provide a cost effective, compact, single chassis CWDM solution. The iMediaChassis chassis and associated modules can offer:

  • Copper to CWDM conversion (TDM [E1], 100Mbps, GigE, 10GigE [CX4])
  • Optical to CWDM conversion (100Mbps, GigE, 10GigE, FibreChannel, 10Gig FibreChannel, OC-192 / STM-64)

Within one chassis, the CWDM wavelengths can be created and in addition up to 8 CWDM channels can be MUX/DEMUX’d. This solution also has the advantage of being SNMP compliant, the operator can monitor optical information such as receive and transmit strengths.
The B&B Electronics iMediaChassis offers a mix of up to eight conversion modules, E1, GigE and 10GigE. For E1 the interface to the local equipment will be via RJ-48, for GigE the interface could be optical or copper and finally for 10GigE the interface will be optical. In each of the modules the applicable CWDM SFP, SFP+ would be installed.

Typical application for this solution would be multi-service provisioning over a dedicated point to point fibre e.g. ISP/Telco provided optical link, or a rented dark fibre.

The iMediaChassis provides 20 slots with dual AC input and two load sharing, hot-swap AC power modules providing N+1 redundant power DC input power supplies are also available. If required an optional SNMP Management Module may also be specified.

CWDM solutions can be provided for:
E1, Ethernet (100Mbps, 1GigE, 10GigE), Fibre Channel (2.4Gig), OC48(2.4Gig), OC192 (10Gig)

Multiplex/de-multiplex solutions:
4 channel or 8 channel + 1x expansion port.

How to put M2M & IoT devices online easily using a WiFi module!

How next generation smart miniature WiFi modules can accelerate the design & development of IoT and M2M devices

The newest white paper from Econais,  Next Generation Smart Miniature Wi-Fi Modules Accelerate IoT and M2M” is now available for free download from their whitepaper page.

“When should you specify an integrated WiFi module versus developing and building an in-house solution?” asks Alex Manos, CEO of Econais. “This white paper explains the advantages of using WiFi as the wireless connectivity medium, and shows how to add WiFi to your solutions – including technical considerations, as well as a step by step guide to connecting a device to the web.”

802.11 WiFi embedded wireless modules can simplify the development of products for the IoT and M2M markets. Embedded WiFi modules can make it quick, easy and inexpensive to get automation, data collection, and monitoring products onto the internet for home, business and industrial applications.

The new paradigm for IoT device development is a single chip solution that is plug-and-play out of the box. Smart wireless modules are available with integrated CPU, WiFi, and Cloud-Connectivity. These next generation modules come complete with libraries of included software and example code. The white paper explains how smart wireless modules can eliminate the need for driver development, provide ultra-low power consumption, and are highly cost competitive.

Finally, the white paper includes a detailed look at the compny's own development ecosystem and various module options.

Sensor technology for food safety inspection.

Satisfies new USDA initiatives safely to expand poultry processing rates

Headwall Photonics has completed the exclusive licensing agreement with the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) for patents related to the in-line inspection of poultry. The patent licensing agreement builds on Headwall's USDA Commercial Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) that collaboratively focused research activities on the development and introduction of in-line inspection sensors utilising spectral imaging technology for food inspection.


Headwall's patented Hyperspec® platform offers imaging sensors optimised for the following spectral regions:
Visible: 380 to 780 nanometers
Visible - Near Infrared: 400 to 1000 nanometers
Extended VNIR: 600 to 1700 nanometers
Near Infrared: 900 to 1700 nanometers
Short Wave Infrared: 1000 to 2500 nanometers
When coupled with Headwall's patented aberration-corrected hyperspectral sensors, the USDA patents enable disease detection at high-speed line rates to comply with food safety regulations. The combination of Headwall's sensors and USDA patented, disease detection algorithms not only support but enable the USDA'S proposed rule to increase poultry production line rates for more rapid inspection systems at poultry slaughter plants. The proposed USDA rule will increase line speeds from 35 birds per minute to 175 birds per minute utilising a single USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) inspector on the slaughter line.

"Food safety and food quality is a very strategic market sector for the commercial deployment of Headwall's hyperspectral imaging technology," said Headwall CEO David Bannon. "Through close collaboration with USDA researchers, we have developed customized imaging sensors to meet the high speed, high performance demands of harsh, critical food processing environments. Bannon also noted that poultry processors in the U.S. alone produce more than nine billion broiler chickens per year. This is a very large market with unique technology needs."

In commenting on the patent licensing agreement, Dr. Moon Kim, a leading researcher with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) indicated that "These licensed patents represent many years of food safety and food quality research and have been tested with over 100,000 poultry carcasses. And, we have many years of successful experience working closely with Headwall sensor technology and their engineering team. We will continue to collaborate with Headwall in commercializing this next generation of food inspection technology."

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Global system & service provider backs wireless standard!


NEXCOM has joined the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute. NEXCOM is a global company headquartered in Taiwan with decades of experience delivering cutting-edge industrial computing solutions to the process automation industry. NEXCOM will be part of the ISA100 Wireless display at the eChemExpo Solutions Marketplace, which will take place tomorrow at the Meadowview Convention Center in Kingsport, Tennessee.

NEXCOM provides a broad range of industrial computing solutions for demanding industrial environments. Operations are organized into five Nexcom global businesses, including Multi-Media Solutions (MMS), Mobile Computing Solutions (MCS), Industrial Computing Solutions (ICS), Intelligent Digital Security (IDS) and Network and Communication Solutions (NCS).  This organizational approach enables NEXCOM to offer superior time-to-market, time-to-solution products and better service without compromising cost.

“NEXCOM is always seeking ways to improve support for its partners and customers through continuous innovation,” said Steve Chen, Nexcom Director. “Supporting ISA100 Wireless will help give our customers and partners the edge they need to stay competitive using industrial wireless communications.”

“NEXCOM develops cutting-edge solutions for its customers and demonstrates thought leadership in its industrial communication product offerings,” said Andre Ristaino, Managing Director, ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute. “Nexcom displayed an impressive array of industrial communication products at Hannover Messe 2014, including an ISA100 Wireless gateway.”

Reporting software for MES and Life Sciences!

New Version Adds New Markets and Dozens of Enhancements

Ocean Data Systems has released version 4.6 of Dream Report. This major release addresses the Life Sciences (Pharmaceuticals and BioTech) markets, supports Manufacturing Execution System (MES) applications, and delivers many additional feature enhancements.

The Life Sciences market requires specialized functionality to meet 21CFRPart11. This release of Dream Report builds on the already existing robust security and adds audit trails, report version management, electronic signatures, pass/fail stamping and Lethality - F0 statistics to perfectly meet regulatory and Life Science application requirements. The development of reports pertaining to manufacturing execution and production scheduling requires an intensive level of Relational Database interaction. To address this, version 4.6 of Dream Report delivers a powerful Visual SQL Query Builder, and a special option permitting unlimited SQL data access. This release also delivers native integration with Yokogawa Recorder products, enabling both general purpose reporting and specialized Thermal Uniformity Survey (TUS) reporting for the Heat Treat industry. Lastly, over 25 other features, ranging from an updated 3D graphics engine to an interactive web portal have been either added or significantly enhanced. Visit our website for a full list of capabilities.

"An already great product has just become exceptional," said Roy Kok vice president of sales and marketing for Ocean Data Systems. "Our customers have worked with us to define this release and our team has delivered the functionality to perfectly address their needs. I can confidently say that Dream Report is the leading technology on the market for automated report generation in industry. The greatest challenge in automated report generators is that they are so difficult to configure and require the assistance of professionals. For that reason, reporting has been limited to the "Must Have" - typically compliance reports. Dream Report makes automated report generation so easy that you can have any report that you want, with minimal effort, anytime, anywhere and delivered to anyone, through hardcopy, PDF or an interactive web portal."

Distribution manager for Omron in Europe!

Omron Electronic Components Business – Europe has  announced the appointment of Thomas Suhling as European Distribution Manager.

Thomas Suhling.
Commenting on the appointment, Leon Mordang, COO of OCB-EU, said, “Thomas Suhling has an excellent track record in strategic business development within Omron. Our distribution partners are a central part of our European business. In his new role, Thomas will focus on maintaining and strengthening our excellent relationships with these partners, and evolving our distribution strategy as the market develops and grows.”

Thomas Suhling added, “Distributors handle a significant share of our business in Europe. To grow our business overall, we will need to expand our distribution business. I am excited about the opportunity to work with our distribution partners to achieve this growth.”

Previously he was Key Account Manager, Automotive at OCB-EU. He joined OCB-EU nine years ago, initially as a European Product Manager for Automotive Components. he also has extensive experience in sales and marketing at international companies, such as Microsoft, NavTech, and Panasonic.

He holds a degree in Engineering and Business Administration from Munich University.

New Scheduler Module For Matrix Gemini LIMS!

Autoscribe has unveiled a completely revised version of the Scheduler module for the Matrix Gemini Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). The versatile new Matrix Scheduler runs as a “service” so that even if a user logs off their PC the schedule is still executed. It allows the scheduling of user-defined tasks based on specific dates or dates built from the classifiers of years, months, weeks, days and times. One example might be: ’14.30 on the 3rd Thursday of January, March, and September’.

The module also allows non-working dates (i.e weekends and public holidays) to be programmed in with the option to include or exclude tasks that would be scheduled to occur during these periods. Where a user task is not allowed to be launched on either a weekend or a public holiday and an actual scheduled date falls at that time, the scheduled date can be rescheduled forwards or backwards.

Matrix Scheduler comprises three parts: new workflow screens to manage the scheduling of user tasks and holidays from within Matrix Gemini itself, a separate Matrix TaskLauncher which is a Windows service, and the actual task libraries which contain the specific tasks. Matrix TaskLauncher not only performs ‘Matrix’ operations but is also capable of running any appropriate Windows executable files.

Two predefined task libraries are installed with Scheduler: sample registration using a Bulk Sample Registration template, and printing or exporting of predefined reports using Crystal Reports. Both these task libraries automate the corresponding manual action from within Matrix Gemini. Other task libraries can be developed and added. User task management allows the management and scheduling of user tasks. It has all the usual management screens as well as screens for viewing user task launches and for the scheduling of user tasks.

Fully compatible software With LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3!

The LabVIEW Module for LEGO MINDSTORMS puts powerful software in the hands of students preparing for engineering careers.




National Instruments has added the capability to use LabVIEW system design software to program the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robotics platform. The LabVIEW Module for LEGO MINDSTORMS, a free download, is available for education and retail. The software helps students, engineers and hobbyists alike create programs that communicate with and control the EV3 brick with LabVIEW. Because LabVIEW has connectivity with thousands of sensors, devices and systems, users of all experience levels can quickly design complex and powerful robotics projects, which makes this platform ideal for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. 

“I use LabVIEW in my computing classes because it’s industry standard software, but also because it’s accessible to such a wide range of students, including those who have difficulty with reading and writing,” said Rob Torok, Mathematics and Robotics Instructor at Claremont College. “The added EV3 support means my students can continue using LabVIEW in their robotics projects, which is great.” 

The software included with EV3 products from LEGO is created by NI and is also based on LabVIEW. Users can connect to the industry version of LabVIEW for additional functionality with LEGO EV3. LabVIEW is the same programming software used in virtually every industry to power engineering challenges such as the Red Bull Stratos supersonic free fall project and the CERN Large Hadron Collider. Students who learn LabVIEW are using the same programming tools used by the world’s most innovative scientists and engineers.

Chris Rogers, a Tufts professor who worked with The LEGO Group and NI to develop ROBOLAB—the language that inspired NXT-G and LabVIEW for LEGO MINDSTORMS—still uses a robotics approach to teaching science and math in his classrooms.


“I use the LabVIEW Module for LEGO MINDSTORMS to start my robotics students off in the world of LEGO where they can see success easily and quickly, and then smoothly move them into the more advanced world of Linux microprocessors, FPGAs and even robot operating systems,” said Rogers. “We work with local high school students to help them develop complex code—from PID controllers to using different architectures for parallel thinking.”

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Automation webinar for the System Integrator!


The International Society of Automation (ISA) and MAVERICK Technologies, ISA’s Premier Strategic Partner for Systems Integration, will present “Front-End Loading (FEL) for Control System Migration,” a free, non-commercial, non-product-oriented, 90-minute webinar on 29 May 2014 from 12:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

Three experts will discuss the challenges, problems and common mistakes involved in a process control system migration, and explain how using front-end loading (FEL) practices help smooth the migration process.

Speakers include Nick Sands, manufacturing technology fellow at DuPont Protection Technologies; Matt Sigmon, director of DCSNext at MAVERICK Technologies; and Charles Skeen, program manager, chemicals, at MAVERICK Technologies. To register, visit ISA/MAVERICK FEL webinar.

FEL is the process of conceptual development for projects in the process industries and other applications. It includes robust planning and design early in a project's lifecycle at a time when the ability to influence changes in design is relatively high and the cost to make those changes is relatively low. Though FEL often adds a small amount of time and cost to the early portion of a project, these are minor compared to the alternative of making changes at later stages.

The webinar will consist of a two-part presentation, followed by an extended question-and-answer session. Attendees will be able to enter questions on the WebEx window on their PC screens.

Part 1 of the webinar will cover common mistakes in migrating from one control system to another, including incomplete or inadequate attention to safety instrumented systems, batch control, I/O interfacing, communications, cybersecurity and control system requirements. Part 1 also covers the consequences of these mistakes such as escalating costs, delayed schedules and staffing issues.

Part 2 of the webinar describes FEL procedures, how to use them in a control system migration project, and how proper FEL practices improve and aid project scope, scheduling, budgeting, and resource planning and execution.

New release improves design and operational efficiency!

Honeywell Process Solutions has launched its latest version of Experion® PKS Orion, featuring advanced capabilities that allow industrial plants to implement automation projects faster and more efficiently, while making it easier to manage daily operations.

Today’s global business environment requires organizations to be more flexible and responsive to the changing supply and demand conditions. It is critical for industrial facilities to achieve their automation objectives both on time and within budget, while minimizing operational costs.

Experion PKS Orion helps industrial plants meet those needs while leveraging process knowledge that makes project teams more flexible and efficient. The new system now employs a distinctive portfolio of scalable capabilities for innovative project execution and system management.

“Experion PKS Orion represents a shift in project implementation strategies based on new approaches such as virtualisation, Universal Channel Technology and using the cloud to design projects remotely,” said Frank Whitsura, vice president, Honeywell Process Solutions. “The project workflow, when implementing process control and safety systems, can now be adjusted to shorten schedules and minimize risk through every phase of the project.”

Experion Virtualization Solutions and remotely configurable Universal I/O cabinets allow for late-stage design changes and better hardware management. Capabilities like Experion Collaboration Station and Experion SCADA’s superior Human-Machine Interface (HMI) provide teams with the ability to share information across geographically dispersed locations and simplify operations over thousands of assets.

Experion PKS Orion is the only industrial process system using Universal Channel Technology to allow instant, remote configuration of both process and safety I/O—without additional hardware—permitting the use of standardized cabinets. Universal I/O modules reduce equipment requirements and footprint, and can be quickly configured for multiple channel types.
The new Experion SCADA radically simplifies configuration over thousands of assets and improves operational performance with an enhanced HMI. Equipment-based configuration requires minimal effort by using best practice templates containing not just the SCADA points, but the entire operator interface. In addition, dashboard style presentation and task-based filters focus attention on what’s important.

Experion PKS Orion is also the first system to use blade server technology for advanced virtualization capabilities. Leveraging virtualization, upfront hardware requirements can be delayed so hardware is more current when the project is handed over.

With the Experion Collaboration Station, users can display both business and process information in a common view supporting faster resolution of routine or abnormal situations. Additionally, Honeywell is the only automation vendor to incorporate Abnormal Situation Management (ASM®) Consortium principles in its SCADA design for superior HMI and situational awareness.

Related interoperability improvements providing engineering and operations flexibility include: expanded options with Profibus PA and Ethernet IP, modernization of legacy controllers while protecting our customers’ intellectual investment, and unified operations with Distributed System Architecture (DSA) Events and System Alarm Routing.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Large Ex d housings manufactured from robust light alloy!

New, cost-efficient aluminium housings have been introduced by R. Stahl with Ex d ignition protection that protect standard industrial electrical components in hazardous areas. The 8250 series is designed for stand-alone wall installation and can be used in zone 1/21 or 2/22 hazardous areas (gas group IIB). At the moment Stahl offers two models with internal dimensions of 250

Three further models with internal dimensions up to 540 x 360 x 300 mm will follow until the end of the year. The spacious enclosures can accommodate motor starters with performances up to 45 kW and bulky control technology. While the flameproof enclosures are an economical solution to provide for safe use of the industrial components, the housings are still easily accessible for installation work and reconfigurations: the lids can be hinged at any side, open wider than 180°, and can be equipped with captive screws if required.

Electrical components can be mounted either directly on profile rails or on mounting plates. Through a CAD-optimised design, the housing’s weight was reduced by 15%. Moreover, its copper-free aluminium alloy also ensures exceptional robustness, allowing for use in different regions throughout the world. The material is seawater-resistant. Depending on the housing’s mechanical features, it will tolerate environmental temperatures between -60 °C and +70 °C. Rated IP66, the 8250 series is also dust-tight and withstands strong water jets. The new aluminium housings are available with or without drill holes and can be equipped with an optional powder coating.

• Stahl products are marketed in Ireland by Douglas Control & Automation.


Supervision software!

ARC Informatique has introduced its latest SCADA solution, PcVue 11. Released in late 2013, PcVue® 11 integrates new tools that simplify application development, maintenance and enhance data viewing and processing.

A simpler way for development and maintenance
PcVue® 11's new libraries, templating and configuration environments will significantly reduce application development time. Application developers now have access to several thousand new images and animated objects (motors, valves, pipes, conveyor belts, displays, etc.) as well as many predefined, instantiable, templates that natively integrate the behaviour of the objects they represent (variables, alarm pop-ups, symbols, processing operations, thresholds, etc.).

PcVue® 11 also features sets of libraries for specific fields such as BMS (heat exchangers, air handling systems, heating systems, lighting, etc.) and electrical distribution systems (circuit breakers, fault detectors, dynamic coloring, etc.).

PcVue® 11 integrates three configuration tools to reduce application configuration times – Application Architect (templating), Application Explorer (configuration and diagnostics) and Smart Generator (automatic application generation). In version 11, Application Explorer enhances diagnostics operations by displaying data flows within PcVue® as well as between PcVue® and external components. Smart Generator imports data from external sources (PLC programs, CAD software, etc.) so that applications can be generated automatically. Configuration data are synchronized and configuration errors are reduced in a single step.

Enhanced viewing and processing of data
PcVue ® 11 provides operators with tools that facilitate the monitoring and controlling of their processes.

Its Web-based schedule manager features a more intuitive and user-friendly interface.
The new, fully integrated, DataExport module statistically analyses data (min./max., average, duration and recurrence of faults, energy metering) and presents this data in an Excel spreadsheet.
Lastly, the TouchVue® solution enables programming-free access, through a smartphone or a tablet computer, to the process information in any PcVue® application and notifies users when alarms are triggered.

Along with WebVue®, a Web client that allows programming-free Web-based control of PcVue® applications, this module rounds out the PcVue Solutions® mobility offering.

PcVue® 11 – open and interoperable
PcVue® 11 supports more than 150 protocols. In the case of energy-management applications, PcVue® 11 conforms to the IEC 61850 standard, and its driver is DNV KEMA certified. IEC 60870-5-104 and DNP3 are also available.

PcVue® supports the BACnet® and LON® communications protocols for building automation and control networks. It also supports all standard IT technologies such as OPC Client/Server, SNMP, SQL Server, Windows Server and virtualization (VmWare® and Hyper-V®). PcVue® 11 is an ideal solution for a host of applications, including building management systems, energy management systems, electricity production and distribution, renewable energies, industry, infrastructure, transport, and water treatment and distribution.

Multi-network connectivity or demanding & high-performance industrial devices!

The Anybus CompactCom range of embedded communication solutions from HMS Industrial Networks have provided automation devices with connectivity to any fieldbus or industrial Ethernet network for more than a decade. With the new Anybus CompactCom 40-series, HMS now introduces a new technology generation.

Built on solid and proven experience
The existing Anybus CompactCom 30-series (based on their NP30 network processor) has been installed in millions of automation devices and systems around the world and is tailored for general purpose automation such as AC drives, weigh scales, valves, barcode scanners, sensors, HMIs etc.
The new CompactCom 40-series is based on HMS’ Anybus NP40 network processor and is especially suitable for high-end industrial applications that require fieldbus or real-time Ethernet connectivity. Offering close to "zero delay" between devices and real-time networks, the 40-series is ideal for high-performance applications such as servo drive systems, which require fast network cycles and synchronization capabilities.

The CompactCom 40-series will support all major industrial networks, and the first release in April 2014 includes connectivity to EtherCAT, POWERLINK, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET and PROFIBUS.

The same hardware for all Ethernet networks.
Like all CompactCom solutions, the 40-series covers all types of industrial networks — traditional fieldbuses as well as industrial Ethernet. Device manufacturers that choose to use CompactCom get access to all networks through one single development project, during which the user simply integrates the generic Anybus interface (hardware/software). After this, any CompactCom 40-series product can be connected, offering instant connectivity to industrial networks.

The CompactCom 40-series extends the level of flexibility even further since it uses a common reprogrammable hardware to support several Ethernet networks. For example, it is possible to install the CompactCom 40-series Ethernet hardware into an industrial device and simply download ready-made firmware to connect to the desired network (for example POWERLINK, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET IRT or EtherCAT).

Three form factors – Chip, Brick and Module
  • Anybus CompactCom comes in three different form factors offering different levels of hardware integration to automation devices:
  • CompactCom Chip: A full network connectivity solution on a single chip for integration into the user’s PCB design.
  • CompactCom Brick: Ideal for users who have limited space or want to add their own choice of network connectors.
  • CompactCom Module: Complete and interchangeable communication modules that offer the fastest time to market.
“With the Anybus CompactCom 40-series, we can offer a complete communication solution suitable for both general automation devices and high-performance applications," says Leif Malmberg, Product Line Manager, Embedded, at HMS. “Users get the performance and accuracy they need for demanding applications, and the flexibility to adapt to different networks by simply downloading a new firmware.”

Pressure calibrator for high accuracy transmitters, pressure switches & gauges

A pressure calibrator has been introduced by Fluke which is ideal for calibrating high accuracy transmitters, pressure switches and pressure gauges. The 719Pro Electric Pressure Calibrator offers one handed pressure calibration and includes a full functioning loop calibrator that sources, simulates and measures mA signals.

The large backlit screen on the Pressure Calibrator displays three parameters at once: pressure measurement from the internal or an external sensor, sourced/simulated/measured mA values, and temperature using an optional RTD probe.

The instrument is available as three models – to 30psi (-0.8 to +2 bar), 150psi (-0.8 to +10 bar), and 300psi (-0.8 to +20 bar) pressure ranges: these ranges can be extended by attaching any of 29 optional Fluke 700Pxx Pressure Modules. The 719Pro offers ideal accuracy (to ±0.025%) and performance for reference class transmitter calibration. The 719Pro features a unique integrated electric pump offering one handed pressure calibration. It allows the user to program target pressures for pumping, eliminating the danger of over-pressurisation.

An easy-to-use function enables easy testing of pressure switches, while a precision pressure adjust vernier enables easy and accurate pressure calibration. Pump cleanout ports reduce pump failures from moisture and fluid damage.

The Fluke 719Pro comes complete with test leads and alligator clips, a fluid trap to mitigate against fluid damage, an accessory hose kit, an NPT to ISO adapter, user manuals and a carry case.

Monday, April 28, 2014

New video explains mission to protect from gas and flame hazards.

Oldham, an IST company, has released this new corporate video to showcases the company's employees, manufacturing facilities, state-of-the-art products and the core values that have sustained the company for more than 100 years.

While Oldham is known for producing high performance, high quality gas detection equipment used globally in many industries, the background and history of the privately-owned company are largely unknown. This video gives a full picture of the company and its mission to protect people and property from gas and flame hazards.

The video, shot at Oldham’s manufacturing headquarters in Arras (F), and at the plants of various European customers, reveals the expertise of Oldham’s employees, how the company’s core values guide employees to fulfill their shared mission, and how customers rely on the expertise of these employees to protect their people and sites.

Second instrument franchise announced!

Anglia Components has been appointed Britain and Ireland distributor for Pico Technology, award winning manufacturer of PC oscilloscope and data acquisition instruments. Pico Technology was named last week as a winner of a Queen's Award for Enterprise, Britain's highest accolade for business success, for its achievements in International Trade.

L2R: David Pearson, Technical Director, Anglia; Paul Allen, Distribution Sales Manager, Pico Technology; Sarah Porter, Marketing Manager, Anglia.
Kieran Winstanley, Distribution Sales Manager, at Pico Technology, sees the partnership as a great example of two innovative companies joining forces and pioneering a new business model to the benefit of their customers. “Anglia is already a valued supplier to Pico Technology, and we have an extremely high regard for their technical support and their logistics and service. Appointing a component distributor is a new approach for us, but Anglia convinced us that they could fill a gap in our network. They have a strong team of highly qualified FAEs and an effective online sales channel backed by stock for same day shipment. Pico Technology and Anglia already work effectively together, and we have high expectations of this new dimension to our relationship. ”

David Pearson, Technical Director of Anglia Components added, “We are excited about extending our instrument portfolio by adding a world leader in the field of PC–based test equipment and data acquisition. Pico Technology products are already well known and popular throughout our customer base. We can now help our customers make the right choice of test instrument by offering on-site demonstrations by our FAEs. If necessary, we can ship their chosen instrument to them the same day from stock. “

Ready for the IEC 61439 switchgear & controlgear systems standard!


Design engineers should be aware that the the IEC 61439 switchgear and controlgear systems standard will take effect from November 2014. This standard also applies to wall mounted control panels as well as floor standing power distribution assemblies.

For the smaller control panels with current ratings of below 630A, the ratings of the busbar system and controlgear components must be de-rated in line with the standard. A key feature of the standard is the calculation of the maximum internal temperature of enclosure.

To assist the design engineer Rittal can supply Therm software that will calculate internal temperature and Power Engineering software that can design the panel layout in line with the standards.