Saturday, July 12, 2014

Connectors meet intrinsic safety requirements for use in potentially explosive areas!

The new Han® Ex range of connectors from Harting meet all the requirements for the implementation of high-quality connectivity solutions in application areas with explosion protection requirements. This includes applications in mining and the chemical and process automation industries.

The connectors are designed to meet the intrinsic safety requirements for ignition protection class in explosion hazard areas classed as 1 and 2. In intrinsically safe circuits, energy is limited in such a manner that even a potential spark cannot ignite an explosive environment.

The Han® Ex product portfolio offers complete connector systems consisting of housings and inserts, including housings made from an alloy that can be used in pulverised methane-coal dust atmospheres. They also offer ignition protection class 65 in the mated condition.

The housing’s blue colour indicates that an intrinsically safe circuit is present. The contact inserts provide a high number of pins and meet the standards of the ignition protection class even in the tightest of spaces.

The termination technology used in the Han® Ex is based on Harting’s patented Han-Quick Lock® technology. This allows time-saving and easy assembly without the need for special tools, and provides a reliable and vibration-proof contact for maximum safety in the most demanding applications. Harting’s proven crimp technology can also be selected as the termination method, allowing the connection of wires with cross-sections from 0.14 to 2.5 mm2.

World-leading oil & gas services company supports industrial controls cybersecurity certification programs!

Aramco Services Company, the North American-based services division of Saudi Aramco, the state oil company of Saudi Arabia, has joined the ISA Security Compliance Institute.

Established in 1950, Aramco Services Company (ASC) is the US-based subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a fully integrated, global petroleum and chemicals enterprise. ASC’s geographical area of responsibility extends throughout North America, with operations in the US and Canada, and selected activities in South America.

ASC conducts a wide range of services to help Saudi Aramco facilitate the safe and reliable delivery of energy to customers around the globe. Core services include identifying upstream and downstream technologies, best practices and potential technology partners for Saudi Aramco; working with suppliers and vendors to provide Saudi Aramco with goods and services; providing business management services to Saudi Aramco project teams operating in North America, and conducting quality inspections for materials and equipment procured for Saudi Aramco. The company also manages Saudi Aramco exhibits at energy-industry trade shows.

“Aramco Services Company has tremendous experience in the oil and gas industry.”  said Andre Ristaino, Managing Director, ISA Security Compliance Institute, “and we look forward to their support as the ISASecure certification scheme extends its coverage.”

Major water/wastewater event in November!

The organisers of WWEM 2014, the international Water, Wastewater and Environmental Monitoring conference and exhibition, have announced the details of the Conferences that will take place at the Telford International Centre (GB), 5-6th November. The first day’s Conference will focus on the monitoring aspects of industrial and municipal monitoring, whereas the second day will address some of the key issues relating to sampling and laboratory analysis.

WWEM 2014, the 6th in a series of highly successful environmental monitoring events, will provide delegates with the latest information on the techniques, technologies, methods, standards and regulatory requirements that relate to the monitoring which takes place both on-site and in the laboratory, covering sampling, field analysis, gas detection and continuous water and wastewater monitoring applications.

The first day of the Conference will include presentations by senior individuals from the Environment Agency, CSA-Sira, WRc and Siris Environmental, addressing key environmental monitoring issues such as Operator Monitoring Assessment (OMA), CEN standards for water quality and flow monitoring equipment, MCERTS, independent instrument approval, and examples will be given of ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ of flow monitoring.

Addressing a laboratory analysis theme, Day 2 of the Conference has been organised by British Measurement and Testing Association. The speakers represent the national accreditation body, UKAS, large water companies and commercial laboratory-based organisations, presentations addressing issues such as proficiency testing, the UKAS document TPS 47, the lowering of detection limits, good sampling protocols, mobile data capture and Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS). Intriguingly, Professor Clive Thompson from ALcontrol will deliver a presentation entitled: ‘Sampling and analysis in relation to Priority Substances Directive 2012/39/EU’ for which he says he will provide “a devil’s advocate response.”

In addition to the main Conferences, delegates will also be provided with access to over 80 Workshops, a Flow Demonstration area, Forums on Flow and SMART Water, and an exhibition featuring over 130 stands representing more than 250 of the world’s leading providers of test and monitoring equipment and related services.

CPD points will be awarded to Conference delegates and the cost to attend will be £55 (€70) per day. However, registration for the event is free of charge and pre-registered visitors are provided with free access to the exhibition and to the workshops, in addition to free on-site parking, and complimentary lunch and refreshments.

Friday, July 11, 2014

New transmitters for reliable CO2 measurements!

The EE820 CO2 transmitter is designed for particularly demanding applications. The robust, functional housing with special integrated filter allows for use of the EE820 in polluted environments such as agriculture, stables, incubators, or greenhouses.

The EE850 CO2 and temperature transmitter for duct mounting is ideal for applications in building management or process control. Additionally, the EE850 offers an optional passive temperature output.

Both transmitters feature the dual wavelength NDIR procedure, which is highly insensitive to pollution. The measured values are available as either analog current or voltage outputs. A multi-point CO2 and temperature factory adjustment procedure leads to excellent CO2 measurement accuracy over the entire working temperature range.

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

Pressure sensors can detect height differences of just 50cm!

A new highly accurate absolute pressure sensor from Omron Electronic Components Europe can detect height differences of as little as 50cm. Based on Omron’s MEMs technology, the tiny sensor module can measure altitude, atmospheric pressure or water depth in wearable electronics, activity monitors, industrial and marine instruments and mobile phones and cameras.
The new Omron 2SMPB-01-01 absolute pressure sensor is the company’s most accurate ever pressure sensor, providing readings relative to a perfect vacuum to ± 6Pa. The module is just 3.8mm x 3.8mm x 1 mm maximum, small enough to integrate into portable instruments. It provides an I2C output for easy integration into digital electronics.

The sensor uses piezo resistance in a full bridge circuit to detect pressure, and is fully temperature compensated giving an absolute temperature accuracy of ± 2°C. The 2SMPB-01-01 offers the benefit of low power consumption of just 9 µA typical, further simplifying its integration into portable and other battery powered electronic systems.

The 2SMPB-01-01 can operate in three different power modes: standard, high accuracy and low power mode. Product is packaged in 8 pin QFN structure with surface mounting terminals.

The new absolute pressure sensor complements Omron’s established range of gauge and differential pressure sensors. The Omron 2SMPP-03 and 2SMPP-02 MEMS based gauge pressure sensors offer precise measurement between -50kPa to +50kPa and 0 to 37kPa respectively. They are also based on a piezo-resitive principle and are ideal for medical applications such as negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) as well as leak detection, movement control, level indicators, home appliances and industrial control instruments. Both devices share exceptionally compact external dimensions, of just 6.1 by 4.7 by 8.2mm.

New memory and firmware capabilities for mixed signal oscilloscope!

DLM2000 mixed-signal oscilloscope, from Yokogawa,  has been enhanced with longer memory capabilities and a number of firmware improvements.

In the new version, the length of the acquisition memory has been increased up to 62.5 Mpoints in the standard unit and up to 250 Mpoints with the extended memory option. This means that, with the maximum memory installed (/M3 option), in single-shot mode, a 10 kHz signal lasting for more than one hour can be captured. The same memory can capture a 200 ms signal at a sample rate of 1.25 GS/s sample rate.

The built-in flash memory capacity has also been increased from 0.1 Gbyte to 0.33 Gbyte, while a new extended memory option with a capacity of 7.2 Gbyte has been introduced.

Also included are a number of enhancements to the history memory function: a unique Yokogawa capability with which the instrument can capture and replay many individual acquisitions that can be displayed one at a time or as an accumulation. Using search and measurement functions, this allows abnormal signals to be quickly isolated, analysed and precisely categorised without the need to carefully configure triggers to capture rare events.

In the enhanced DLM2000, the maximum number of history waveforms is increased from 20,000 to 50,000 and the default setting is changed to "all" so that all stored waveforms are displayed by a single click of the "history" key. Also enhanced is the zone search function, which now includes an intuitive search function covering the whole of the history waveform and is 20 times faster than the original version.

Together with a maximum continuous acquisition rate of 20,000 waveforms per second, which increases to approximately 450,000 in N Single mode, the history memory in the DLM2000 enables abnormal signals to be captured without needing to know what makes them different

Yokogawa is also offering many of its firmware packages as separate items which customers can purchase and install themselves rather than as factory-fitted options. A free trial period of one month is available for all these options.

Firmware packages include dedicated software for power-supply analysis as well as analysis of popular serial buses including automotive CAN/LIN and FlexRay trigger and analysis.

There are two or four channel models, with up to 500 MHz bandwidth and 2.5 GS/s sampling speed as well as the longest memory and fastest update rate (up to 450,000 waveforms per second) in this class of instrument. The DLM2000 Series offers a flexible combination of analogue and digital inputs, plus a large-screen display in a compact ergonomically styled body.

Combined with the advanced search and cursor/parameter measurement capabilities, two independent zoom windows enable users to see the waveform detail of two parts of the acquisition which can be separated by a long time period. It is thus possible to quickly find, measure and analyse the details of the cause and effect of an abnormality which could be on the same or different input channels. They also make it possible to view and compare the details and timings of different serial buses which are running at different speeds.

The DLM2000 is based on an easy-to-use portrait design with the large display located above the controls, enabling it to be nearer the eyes of the user and keeping the footprint on the bench to a minimum. The intuitive controls are laid out so that a user can see at a glance what channels and features are switched on and quickly make the measurements that are needed.

Users can automatically or manually split the display to separate individual channel waveforms while maintaining their full resolution and dynamic range, making it easy to see the details of all signals regardless of the number of channels in use.

The DLM2000 allows the user to choose to capture a mix of analogue and more digital signals. With a push of a button, channel 4 converts into eight digital inputs and the DLM2000 becomes a mixed signal oscilloscope. This makes it possible to view three analogue and eight digital signals simultaneously and view more control and logic signals. Digital channels can also be used to analyse I2C, SPI and UART serial buses while keeping the analogue channels available for other signals.

The hardware optimised architecture and dedicated ScopeCORE IC in the DLM2000 enable measurements and signal processing to be carried out in real time. This means that turning on more channels does not affect the waveform acquisition rate and measurements are always performed at high speed.

Other key features include powerful triggering capabilities, real-time filtering, automatic parameter measurement and statistical analysis, parameter trend and histogram displays, and FFT frequency domain analysis.

High performance connected automation architecture enhanced!

GE Intelligent Platforms has added one more solution to the company’s high performance connected automation architecture with the expansion of its high availability control platform. PACSystems® High Availability with PROFINET System enables companies with mission critical applications across a broad range of industries including Power, Transportation, Water & Wastewater, Mining, and Oil & Gas to maximize uptime, capitalize on flexible configurations no matter the distance between CPUs and I/O drops and fully utilize the intelligence that exists in their systems for faster decision-making. The new system’s high availability architecture includes PROFINET communications to dramatically lower total cost of ownership and simplify configuration, maintenance and operation of mission critical facilities and operations.
PACSystems High Availability with PROFINET
“In today’s connected world, companies must increasingly rely on automation architecture that is redundant, flexible, operates in remote configurations, and provides for information insight to boost reliability,” said Bernie Anger, General Manager for GE Intelligent Platforms Control & Communications Systems. “With PACSystems High Availability with PROFINET, we have dramatically simplified the complexity and reduced the cost involved with a high availability control solution. This helps companies achieve new levels of performance and confidence in the continuous operation of critical facilities and processes.”

GE’s high availability control solutions enable companies to meet or exceed their critical facility and operation uptime requirements. The systems focus on the customer needs of simplification and speed – simple configuration and fast execution of the process.

PACSystems High Availability with PROFINET provides a single point of connect for system configuration. All remote I/O nodes, whether they are 100 meters or up to 10kms from the controllers, can be configured from one central location. With built-in Ethernet switches and built in media conversion, the solution provides for point-to-point plug-in connectivity. Removing the need for external media converters and Ethernet switches results in reduced cost and setup time. In addition, the user can employ their cable of choice on a node-by-node basis based on the environment and distance, which also reduces the setup time. Also essential to reducing setup time is the system’s name based configuration. This feature allows a user to set up a system, mirror it with a command to the second CPU and then they are good to go.

“This is the ‘triple play’ of lower TCO,” continued Anger, “fewer external devices to purchase, fewer external devices to configure, and fewer spare parts to maintain. This can eliminate up to 30% of the cost of the installation with recurring savings throughout the solution’s lifespan.”

Standards-based systems like PACSystems High Availability with PROFINET provide multiple levels of real time control. PROFINET delivers the broadest coverage for discrete and process applications and the best performance for mid- to heavy traffic. In addition, it boasts a high adoption rate among vendors for an ecosystem of PROFINET-enabled devices that make it the Ethernet standard of choice for mission critical purposes.

The system’s high speed failover feature is especially important in a process where “stale data,” data that is not inclusive of everything that has happened in the process because a sensor did not read while the process was switching CPUs, could mean a breakdown that resulted in contaminated product – water, oil, gas, etc. High speed failover means that the user is running on latest system inputs, which translates to better production quality.

And, users can conduct system maintenance without taking the system offline, saving time and money. Users can schedule device checking, such as a valve not opening correctly based on flow commands, without taking the entire pipeline control down. Flexible diagnostics supply important data regarding the network topology and the status of all devices. This facilitates cross-vendor, location-specific diagnostics and connects to the Proficy Software suite for turning data into information.

“Connected machines, connected data and insights, and connected people are must-haves today,” concluded Anger. “The industry has to support this shift from hardwired legacy systems to a streamlined architecture that is easier to use and maintain, provides greater insight and ultimately delivers more value.”

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Brisk pre-registration reported for popular Water/Wastewater symposium.

Pre-registration activity for the 2014 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium (WWAC Symposium) has been brisk. This annual event has proven to be one of the most well attended of the Society Division events through the years.

Taking place in August at the Crowne Plaza Orlando-Universal Hotel in Orlando, the 2014 ISA WWAC Symposium is a three-day event that focuses on the challenges associated with automation and instrumentation in the water and wastewater sectors. The symposium features more than 30 technical speakers, two full days of technical presentations, a tour of a local treatment plant, a general reception and a supplier showcase. This symposium is unique as it focuses entirely on the needs of automation professionals in the municipal water and wastewater sectors.

Kevin Patel,
2014 WWAC Chair
“I continue to receive feedback that this event is truly one of the best of its kind due to the fact that the attendees and exhibitors are focused on solutions to real-world challenges and what’s actually experienced in on-the-job settings,” reports Kevin Patel, 2014 General Symposium Chair. “Adding to its value are the training opportunities, and the networking, professional development and continuing education credits (CEUs and PDHs).”

“Our secret is our focus,” says Patrick Gouhin, CEO and Executive Director at ISA. “Our annual ISA Water/Wastewater Symposium specifically caters to the needs of professionals involved with automation, instrumentation and SCADA in the municipal water and wastewater sectors. It is a unique niche event and we are proud of its increasing popularity. There is no other event like it in North America.”

A strong technical program
This year’s technical program features more than 30 speakers. As we reported last monthThomas W. Sigmund, P.E., Chair, NACWA Utility and Resource Management Committee & Executive Director, NEW Water, will present a keynote address on A Vision for the Water Resources Utility of the Future. The Water Resources Utility of the Future (UOTF) Task Force was created by NACWA, WEF and WERF in 2012 to bring together industry experts to identify opportunities and challenges faced by clean water agencies and to identify forward looking solutions, some of which are being implemented today. The UOTF will transform both the way traditional wastewater utilities view themselves and how they will manage their operations and relationships with their communities and contributions to local economies.

Other notable speakers in the 2014 WWAC symposium technical program include:
  • Don Lovell, of ISA, who will deliver a talk about the importance of troubleshooting in daily plant operations.
  • Bryan Singer, Principal Investigator for Kenexis Security, who will talk about how one can conduct vulnerability assessments and know what attackers can, and can't do.
  • Michael Sweeney, deputy executive director of the Toho Water Authority and long-time member of the American Water Works Association, who will talk about current news and trends in the municipal drinking water sector.
  • Tom DeLaura, Chair of the Water Environment Federation’s Automation and Info Tech Committee, who will present on current news and trends in the wastewater sector.
In addition, a Forum Session on the Role of Automation within the Utility of the Future will be conducted. This forum session will be moderated by Tom DeLaura and will include panel members:  Tom Sigmund, P.E., Chair, NACWA Utility and Resource Management Committee & Executive Director, NEW Water; Kalanithy Vairavamoorthy, Ph.D., Dean, University of South Florida, Patel College of Global Sustainability; Barry Liner, P.E., Director, Water Science & Engineering Center at Water Environment Federation (WEF); Zdenko Vitasovic, Ph.D., Senior Engineer, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; and Mike Sweeney, Ph.D., P.E., Florida Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) & Deputy Executive-Director, Toho Water Authority.

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Security development lifecycle assurance (SDLA) certification!

The ISASecure® SDLA certification for organisations that develop industrial automation and control systems (IACS) is now available. This new organisational certification ensures that suppliers include cybersecurity requirements in all phases of their development and maintenance lifecycle processes for IACS products.

The (SDLA) certification ensures that a supplier’s product development organization has institutionalized cybersecurity into their product development and support lifecycle processes and follows them consistently on an ongoing basis. The objective of this certification is to ensure that cybersecurity is designed into IACS products from the beginning and is followed throughout all product development and support lifecycle phases. SDLA is aligned to certify to ISA/IEC 62443-3-1. The SDLA program description and certification specifications are available for download in pdf format from the ISCI (ISA Security Compliance Institute) website.

Supplier organisations are encouraged to contact an ISASecure-accredited lab for details on how to certify their organisations’ product development and support lifecycle processes. Supplier organizations earning this designation may use the phrase, An ISASecure SDLA certified development organization,” when describing their certified organizations.

ISCI has been certifying embedded devices under the Embedded Device Security Assurance certification (ISASecure EDSA) scheme since 2010. EDSA, the first ISASecure certification, assures cybersecurity for off-the-shelf embedded devices and lists certified devices from prominent suppliers such as Honeywell and Yokogawa.

The ISASecure™ program has been developed by the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) with a goal to accelerate industry-wide cybersecurity improvement for IACS. ISASecure certifications are based upon international cybersecurity standards including the ISA/IEC 62443 series, ISO 27001and other relevant industry-consensus standards.

The ISASecure IACS cybersecurity certification program is an ISO/IEC Guide 65 conformance scheme supporting ISCI’s goal to operate a globally recognized IACS cybersecurity certification program. Independent third-party accreditation of ISCI labs by IEC accreditation bodies (AB) such ANSI/ACLASS and JAB ensures the credibility and value of the ISASecure certification by objectively attesting to the competence and qualification of ISCI certification bodies (CB) and laboratories.

Plug-In module options for HMI panels!

Red Lion Controls has expanded its Graphite™ series of Human Machine Interface (HMI) operator panels with two new plug-in communication modules. Designed for use with Graphite HMIs, which already support more than 300 major industrial protocols,the CAN and J1939 modules provide the communication and connectivity customers need to add powerful HMI functionality to their systems.

These new communication and connectivity modules allow customers to leverage the Graphite host to integrate CAN and J1939 protocols into a single solution. Originally developed for in-vehicle networking of passenger cars, the CAN and J1939 protocols are also used for heavy-duty construction vehicles, trains and rail vehicles, maritime equipment, engine controllers and in building automation applications such as lift control, embedded door controls and HVAC equipment. When added to Graphite HMI operator panels, these modules remove the need for external communication gateways, saving time and money by simplifying the programming and installation costs.

“From factories to extreme remote locations, Red Lion's highly successful Graphite series is the industry’s first rugged HMI to allow customers to easily connect, monitor and control processes across a broad range of industries,” explained Jeff Thornton, director of product management at Red Lion Controls. “With this expansion, we’re adding a new chapter of modular functionality to our Graphite offering. Our CAN and J1939 modules give customers a wider range of integrated communication solutions to address varying requirements both today and tomorrow.”

Launched last year, Red Lion’s Graphite HMIs offer a built-in web server that enables users to monitor and control applications via PCs, tablets or smartphones. SMS text-messaging and email alerts provide early warning of process issues, which helps avoid costly downtime. In addition, protocol conversion lets programmers select 13 or more simultaneous protocols from a list of over 300 to seamlessly integrate disparate devices such as PLCs, drives, barcode readers and panel meters.

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

“Wireless Kanban” simplifies reconstitution of consumption in production systems!

How can more than a thousand switching devices be integrated in an electronic Kanban system? 

Identytec GmbH & Co. KG in Hanover (D) has found a solution which is as logical as it is innovative: by eliminating cables and using wireless position switches.

In 1947, Toyota Executive Taiichi Ohno attached cardboard cards to warehouse stock and instructed production staff to remove the cards and put them into a Kanban box as soon as containers became empty. In this way the planning staff at the factory had constant feedback regarding the articles which needed to be re-ordered or re-produced, allowing them to reduce warehouse stock to a minimum without ever being in danger of running out.

E-Kanban: material ordering at the touch of a button via ERP
Today the flow of information no longer requires cards because the “container empty” feedback takes place via computer. This kind of electronic reconstitution according to the “pull” principle is known as e-Kanban.
These shelves provide material automatically.
The necessary signals are transmitted "on air".

Identytec GmbH & Co. KG (Hannover, D) has developed intelligent hard and software solutions for precisely this task. One of the hardware components is the “ID Tag”: a mobile call button which enables assembly staff to request goods or parts. At the touch of a button the ERP system knows to re-supply the assembly point in question with a desired product.

Using the “ID Shell” developed by Identytec, reconstitution of a shelf occurs completely automatically, without even requiring the pushing of a button. Here a roller conveyor shelf is fitted with a position switch module. Via a rocker, the position switch detects whether the shelf is full or empty. As soon as production or assembly staff remove a container, the position switch automatically sends a signal to a Wi-Fi communication unit, which in turn triggers an order in the ERP system.
Wireless rocker switches detect when the operator
takes a box from the shelf and sends
a signal to ERP system.

Wanted: signal generation from over 1000 transmitters
The software which Identytec has developed for these e-Kanban systems is called “ID Connector” and links the terminal devices such as the roller conveyor shelf to a control station, and thus also to the ERP system. Other devices, e.g. label printers or mobile control terminals on forklifts, can also be integrated in the IT structure in the same way.

Users of the e-Kanban system include car manufacturers choosing to equip numerous assembly points with this efficient method of material supply. The method facilitates simultaneous management of more than 1000 articles along a production line or in a production hall.

In its choice of switchgear Identytec decided to opt for an innovative technology in order to save assembly costs and remain flexible. As transmitters for the individual shelf compartments, RF 96 TK position switches sending wireless signals were selected. These switching devices use a stable and yet low-energy wireless protocol reaching the receiver unit in question extremely reliably and with high transmission quality.
Wireless switches RF 96 TK are part of
the wireless Kanban system. 

When the warehouse stock is lightweight, or when the shelf design is so compact that updating to wireless rockers is impossible, an RF 96 LT wireless light scanner is used instead. This light scanner uses the same wireless standard as the electromechanical wireless switchgear.

Non-contact wireless
optical sensors can be
High transmission reliability, long battery life
All of the abovementioned wireless switching devices are to be found in the steute Schaltgeräte GmbH product portfolio. The energy required to send the signals is generated either via “energy harvesting” from the surroundings or – as in this case – via long life batteries. Transmission of the radio signals requires only small amounts of energy, meaning an advantageous battery life of more than 4 years.

By assigning transmitters to receivers, set up in just a few steps prior to initial use using the teach-in method, numerous wireless switching devices can be used in parallel. Previous experience in various application fields has shown that the function of the devices is not interfered with by other wireless networks (e.g. Wi-Fi).

In the electronic Kanban system a wireless rocker switch detects when a user removes a container and transmits a corresponding signal to the ERP system
Self-sufficient pull wire switch works on the principle of “energy harvesting!”

For evaluation of the radio signals users can choose between different single- and multi-channel receiver units, installed inside the control cabinet. A practical, simple-to-install, complete solution for wireless communication is therefore available which can be adapted by steute to suit individual user requirements and wishes if so desired.

Pull switches use
energy harvesting for
the actuation of
industrial doors.
The electronic Kanban systems from Identytec are not the only example of steute wireless switchgear in material flow and production technology, however. Pull wire switches from steute have also proven successful with many users for opening warehouse gates from the seat of a forklift. These devices are usually fitted high up under ceilings, and laying cables at that height is several times more expensive than the cost of the switches themselves. Wireless pull wire switches enable these costs to be saved.
Another application example is the self-sufficient pull wire switch (see photo) used by a car manufacturer along its production lines. As soon as a worker discovers a quality fault, he pulls the wire and in this way halts the entire line.Pulling the wire also sends a signal to the control centre, which can then immediately remove the cause of the fault in order to prevent quality from suffering along the entire serial production line.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Investing in the future!

Contract Electronics Manufacturer, EC Electronics is investing in its workforce of the future with training and apprenticeship programmes to ensure its customer and manufacturing services are of a consistently high standard as the company grows.

“Finding the right people with the right knowledge and skills is increasingly difficult and yet it is vital that SMEs like EC Electronics plan for their future and educate and nurture a new generation of engineering and office staff,” said John Simmonds, founder and Chairman of EC Electronics. “By helping young enthusiastic students get on the career ladder and by supporting their ongoing education ensures we have the right skills in-house to support our customers’ needs and foster a loyal team.”

Tom Shadwell with John Simmonds 
at Basingstoke College of Technology
Simmonds commented while attending an awards ceremony at Basingstoke College of Technology where EC Electronics apprentice, Tom Shadwell was named Apprentice of the Year after completing his BTEC level 3 diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with distinction.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working at EC and it has played an integral part in realising my goals and achieving the high grade that I did, I look forward to staying on at EC and continuing to be a valued member of the SMT department, whilst studying for my Level 4 diploma,” said Tom Shadwell.

Another success of the EC Electronics training programme is Alex Khawam, who has been working as a marketing intern whilst studying at Southampton University. Following on from his graduation with a degree in History, Alex is being supported by EC through his diploma in marketing with the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Asked about his time at EC Alex said, “I have enjoyed my time at EC immensely, it has given me some invaluable work experience in the marketing field and it has been a delightful experience. I look forward to the future and helping achieve its goals as well as studying for my diploma in marketing. I am very grateful to have had this opportunity and am willing to work hard to make the most of my time here.”

Energy efficiency portal!

Fluke has developed an Energy Efficiency portal on its web site to help maintenance professionals understand ways to manage energy efficiency in a facility in order to save money. It provides guidance in the use of Fluke tools to identify electrical waste, production process waste and building infrastructure waste and ways in which to minimise them. Just one of a series of ‘Solution Centers’ which contain a library of information and programs, the Energy Efficiency content will be frequently updated with new information, so users are advised to add this link to their favourites list. The portal also provides links to relevant Fluke Academy seminars that run throughout the year in various locations across Britain and Ireland.

A short video introduces four engineers discussing their everyday need to measure energy in order to save money for their employers and customers. Five following sections provide access to further video clips, Application Notes, diagrammatic hints and suggested Fluke tools for the following:

1. Inspecting loose or corroded connections
How to detect faults in electrical equipment that can cause abnormal electrical energy losses.

2. Electrical Waste
Measuring energy and tracking energy use to reduce energy costs.

3. Production Process Waste
The size and type of production processes in a facility have a big impact on what kind of energy waste there is.

4. Building Infrastructure Waste
Fluke tools help to evaluate energy efficiency in buildings.

5. Energy basics
What is energy?

Fluke tools referred to include Power Analysers, Power Loggers, Thermal Imaging Cameras, Vibration Meters and Testers, as well as Air Monitoring and Light Meters.

International automation co-operation at London symposium!

Collaborating with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the International Society of Automation (ISA) highlighted the latest developments, technologies and trends in instrumentation, process measurement and control through expert-led technical sessions, paper presentations and training courses at its 60th International Instrumentation Symposium in London (GB) last month.
One of the sessions at the joint symposium! (Pic: Rodney Jones, ISA)
Some of the brightest minds from industry and more than 15 countries—particularly from the aerospace, oil and gas, chemical, and manufacturing sectors—and academia attended the symposium, which provided an opportunity to share knowledge, successes and best practices as well as address both common and emerging challenges. As part of the event, leading companies demonstrated their newest solutions and services at a vendor exposition.

The content-rich technical program, which included the presentation of more than 30 technical papers, featured many hot-topic areas of interest, notably:
  • Cybersecurity
  • Optical thermal history coatings
  • Thermographic phosphors
  • Sensors and transducers: theory, design and testing
  • Turbine engine measurements
  • Process measurement
  • Wireless and automated systems
Given increasing concerns among industrial and manufacturing leaders about the risks posed by cyberattack, the opening session and keynote address focused on industrial cybersecurity.
Several global experts in industrial automation and control systems security emphasized the critical need to improve cyber defenses of critical infrastructure and adopt the guidelines of the US Cybersecurity Framework unveiled by US President Obama earlier in the year.

In addition to leading the conference’s initial session on cybersecurity, Adam Sedgewick, Senior Information Technology Policy Advisor of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, delivered a keynote address on the subject, outlining the key provisions of the Cybersecurity Framework and explaining why owners and operators of critical infrastructure and industrial plants should implement them.

Sujeet Shenoi, F.P. Walter Professor of computer science and professor of chemical engineering at the University of Tulsa, in another keynote address on cybersecurity, urged industrial leaders to quickly shore up defenses of critical infrastructure assets because he said they are currently far too susceptible to attack.

The Automation Federation, ISA’s umbrella organization that has been working with the White House to educate industry and manufacturing leaders on the value of the Cybersecurity Framework, assisted ISA and IET in crafting  the cybersecurity portion of the conference program. IET is a member of the Automation Federation.

In addition to the technical sessions, the product exhibition, networking activities, and a reception and banquet, the symposium included three training courses. Two of the courses were ISA courses. They were: Introduction to the Management of Alarm Systems (IC39C) and Industrial Wireless Systems (IC85C). The other course, Introduction to Measurement Uncertainty: Methods and Applications, was based on a popular ISA textbook and desk reference: Measurement Uncertainty: Methods and Applications, Fourth Edition.

Multi-channel pyrometer system with data logging!

The new PM180 touch screen pyrometer hub from Calex Electronics provides temperature measurement, configuration, alarm display and data logging for up to 6 non-contact infrared temperature sensors, and may be connected to other PM180 units as part of a larger system.
This plug-and-play Modbus system makes it very quick and easy to install a multi-channel network of temperature sensors. It can be integrated with existing Modbus hardware, or used as a standalone system. These sensors are connected in a daisy-chain via the RS485 Modbus interface, and the password-protected touch screen interface of the PM180 allows full configuration of each sensor.

The bright, backlit display shows all six measured temperatures simultaneously, and the background of each temperature turns bright red in an alarm condition. Optional output modules provide alarm relay and analogue (current or voltage) outputs. Each output may be individually configured via the touch screen.

Data is logged to a MicroSD Card in .csv format so it can be imported easily into spreadsheet software such as Excel.

Multiple PM180 units may be connected to a larger RS485 Modbus network using the built-in isolated slave interface.

The wall-mountable touch screen unit is tested to industrial standards for electromagnetic compatibility. It is CE Marked and RoHS compliant. This model is compatible with all sensor models in the PyroBus series, as well as all Modbus models in the PyroMini series.

Slim power supply units!

Siemens has launched two particularly slim, powerful and energy-efficient power supply units in the shape of the new Sitop PSU8200 5 A and 10 A. The single-phase power supplies, featuring 5 A or 10 A of rated output current respectively, expand the "Sitop modular" product range for high-end 24 V DC applications. Thanks to the wide input voltage ranges from 85 V to 132 V AC, and 170 V to 264 V AC, they can be connected to power systems worldwide. The power supply units are characterized by a slim design (45 mm for the 5 A version and 55 mm for the 10 A version), high efficiency of up to 94 percent, and high overload capability. They are therefore especially suitable for industrial environments with exacting reliability and functionality requirements, such as in car production, or in special-purpose machine manufacturing. They can be used in a temperature range of -25 to +70 degrees Celsius.

The new power supply units in rugged metal enclosures offer extensive functions such as automatic voltage switching for operation on single-phase 120 V and 230 V AC networks. With an overload capability of three times the rated current for 25 ms and 1.5 times the rated current for 5 s, they feature large power reserves for brief overload situations, such as for high inrush currents. Their high efficiency of up to 94 percent ensures low energy consumption and reduced heat losses. In addition,they can be switched on and off by remote access, to save energy during breaks, for example. Thanks to the integrated signaling contact, the power supply unit can be integrated quickly and easily into the plant monitoring system. The status LEDs for "DC ok.", "Over Load" and "Shut Down" indicate the operating state of the power supply. The installation area can be minimized due to the narrow width of 45 mm on the 5 A version, and 55 mm on the 10 A version that requires no installation clearances to neighboring devices. The 10 A version is the narrowest power supply unit in its performance class. Users can also expand the power supply with Sitop redundancy modules, selectivity modules, buffer modules and DC UPS modules, thus increasing its reliability even more.

Partnership promotes automated report generation!

Ocean Data Systems has announced that B-SCADA Inc. (OTC:MOBS) has joined the Dream Report "Proven Partner" program and is recommending Dream Report as their solution for automated report generation.

As Proven Partners, B-SCADA and Ocean Data Systems have tested their combined products and will collaborate to support their joint customers. B-SCADA delivers SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) solutions and services for Windows and the Web. Dream Report communicates directly with the B-SCADA through their specialized Web Service and will access both real-time and Historian data. Dream Report then offers the ability analyze, format and deliver their data in the form of reports as PDF, CSV and Excel files, emailed, transferred via FTP and posted to the Dream Report interactive Web Portal.

"B-SCADA addresses a wide range of vertical markets," explains Roy Kok, vice president of Ocean Data Systems. "One thing they all have in common, is the need to capture information for compliance and performance reporting. Dream Report is the ideal solution for report generation in the automation market."

"We know of many applications that would benefit from the flexibility and ease of use that Dream Report delivers," says Ron DeSerranno, president of B-SCADA. "We've commissioned the development of B-SCADA interfaces to be included in the standard addition of Dream Report. This collaboration makes perfect sense for us in support of our joint customers, and the Dream Report Proven Partner program is a great way to display our collaboration."

Open Wi-Fi on the train!

When was the last time you spent an entire day without going online? 

The need for non-stop internet access is reflected by the rise of mobile devices and the popularity of open Wi-Fi networks in restaurants, museums or festivals. One key sector still lagging behind is transport. Industrial Ethernet specialist Electroustic is calling for industry cooperation to make super fast Wi-Fi on trains available to the public.  Indeed in Read-out we find this a boom as we use the trains frequently though super-fast is not always the description we would use to describe it, nevertheless it is usable and useful.
Here are details of the no-charge service provided by the state owned railway system in Ireland. Now available through out the country! - Iarnród Éireann!

Electroustic would like to create a coalition between a group of companies, united in the same objective, to promote open Wi-Fi on trains, advise transport providers on implementation and make information publically available for interested parties. (Companies who would like to be involved should contact

Unfortunately, there are significant obstacles for a mass implementation of super fast Wi-Fi on trains. Security issues, the complexity of the sector and lack of infrastructure are only some of the hurdles that the UK needs to overcome to remain competitive in Wireless access. According to National Rail, only nine of 25 train operating companies currently provide Wi-Fi on trains.

The good news is that some train operators seem to understand how important super fast Wi-Fi is to their customers. Virgin Trains, for example, has recently announced a new deal with the British Department for Transport that guarantees significant improvements on the new West Cast franchise over the next years. Virgin has also expressed its commitment to offering customers free and super fast Wi-Fi.

“While commendable, individual initiatives are not enough,” explained Paul Carr, managing director and owner of Electroustic. “Long-term collaboration between the Government, train operators, telecommunications, maintenance and equipment providers is necessary to improve infrastructure and access, and ensure Britain remains competitive in the wireless connectivity arena.

“The US, for example, has already entered the next stage of Wi-Fi and uses a 4G network on the Long Term Evolution (LTE) platform that can host safety critical communications and enhance passenger service. The UK needs to create a centralised strategy and focus its efforts on building a sustainable, smart infrastructure that can stand the test of time.

Electroustic believes industry collaboration is essential to ensure Wi-Fi is implemented on a large scale in the transport sector. Infrastructure has to be reliable and robust to offer a fast and secure service. This will result in both increased customer experience and enhanced railway operations. Super fast Wi-Fi can be used for management of onboard services, like catering, as well as technical functions, such as train diagnostics, live streaming or onboard CCTV systems.

Application scope for vibrating fork level switch expanded!

Rosemount® 2120 level switch gains new features and approvals for greater installation flexibility and improved plant safety

Emerson Process Management has expanded the application scope for its Rosemount® 2120 range of vibrating fork point liquid level switches. The Rosemount 2120 level switch is now certified for SIL 2 functional safety with SIL 3 capability enabling the device to meet the most demanding safety application requirements. The 2120 range is now approved for marine applications by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Emerson has also added an expanded choice of process connections for greater installation flexibility.

For safety critical applications, SIL 2 certification is now available for the 2120 with NAMUR and 8/16mA electronic outputs. There are five plug-in electronic outputs available providing a choice of switching functions. The SIL 2 certification extends the time between proof tests and allows users to avoid extra shutdowns for safety testing.

The 2120 also offers an expanded choice of process connections. In addition to the new 2" NPT process connection, the switch is now available with Mobrey A and G flanges enabling compatibility with mechanical float switch process connections.

For marine applications such as oil and ballast control and HFO blending, the 2120 is now approved by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) – expanding on the existing Germanischer (GL) approval.

The simplicity, ease of use and reliability of the Rosemount 2120 vibrating fork switch makes it a popular choice for high and low level alarm and pump control duties in wide range of process and marine applications.

Distributor of components in Ireland & Britain!

Anglia Components have been appointed as Ireland and Britain distributor for the passive component range of Samsung Electro Mechanics (SEM).

Commenting, Steve Rawlins, CEO of Anglia Components said, “Samsung Electro-Mechanics is a significant addition to the Anglia portfolio, and gives our customers’ access to a premium brand offering a competitively priced passives range. SEM is technically innovative, and regularly brings to market breakthrough products to which we will have immediate access. SEM is insufficiently exposed to the UK market, and we are looking forward to introducing them to our customers, and identifying opportunities where SEM devices can make a difference to their design.”

Michael Chang, Sales Manager, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, responded saying, “SEM recognizes that local distributors with close customer relationships have a key part to play in our network. Anglia has shown that it is very strong in the UK market, with a growing market share. It has particular expertise in the industrial sector, an important part of the UK market and an application that SEM is keen to expand into. We believe that Anglia will be a reliable partner for SEM, who can take us into many new customers.”
Left to right - David Pearson, Technical Director, Anglia;  Frank Goebel, Sales Director Passive components and PCB Europe, Samsung;  Elly Yoo, Sales associate LCR division, Samsung;  Alexander Nebel, Application Engineer, Samsung;  Graham Bridger, Director, PEMCO, Anglia  and Kerry Higham, Marketing Manager - PEMCO, Anglia

Under the agreement, Anglia will have access to the full range of SEM passive components. SEM is the world’s number 2 in MLCC devices and this range will be a major focus for Anglia. In addition it will fully support SEM EMC control devices, chip resistors, crystal devices, Tantalum and X2Y Capacitors and chip inductors. Anglia will be putting in place a significant stock profile and offering it through Anglia Live for same day shipment.

Hub has diagnostic function!

PROFIBUS hub with a diagnostic function

PROFIBUS Ireland is to launch a brand-new product known as the ProfiHub B5+RD. It is the first ProfiHub that comes with a built-in PROFIBUS DP slave to forward diagnostic data to a PLC. With this unique function the ProfiHub B5+RD is able to optimally monitor PROFIBUS DP installations. As a result, technical engineers can effectively detect disruptions and find solutions more promptly. This is how maximum uptime for end users and the lowest possible costs for organisations are guaranteed.

The ProfiHub B5+RD is a member of the famous ProfiHub family. It is a solid network component providing a reliable solution for spur lines and star-shaped structures in the PROFIBUS DP networks. This is a completely new product. It includes a unique function called the diagnostic function.

Unique diagnostic function
The ProfiHub B5+RD is the first ProfiHub that has been provided with a built-in PROFIBUS DP slave for transferring diagnostic data to a PLC. This innovative network component is the key when it comes to maintaining the PROFIBUS DP systems. Technical engineers can now access detailed diagnostic information about communication failures and current details of retries. Diagnostic information about redundancy of the PROFIBUS channels and supply status can be identified using this unique function. In addition, the ProfiHub B5+RD generates a live list of all PROFIBUS devices connected. When configuring an alarm contact, technical engineers are warned immediately in case of disruptions inside the PROFIBUS DP installations.

Other innovative features
The ProfiHub B5+RD has been provided with five galvanically separated transparent channels. No less than 31 devices can be connected to each channel, bridging a 1,200 metre distance. Each channel comes with dropout protection to ensure the rest of the PROFIBUS network remains flawless. As a result, a reliable PROFIBUS network is born!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Industrial wireless survey!

2014 WINA Wireless Survey announced

WINA, the Wireless Industrial Network Alliance’s mission is to provide unbiased information and education about industrial wireless technologies and applications to accelerate the widespread deployment of wireless in the industrial market and this annual survey is one of the tools we use to gauge the adoption and trends of wireless use in the industrial setting.

WINA Chairman Ian Verhappen (right) has announced the latest WINA Wireless Survey. He explains "WINA, the Wireless Industrial Networking Alliance's mission is to provide unbiased information and education about industrial wireless technologies and applications to accelerate the widespread deployment of wireless in the industrial market and this annual survey is one of the tools we use to gauge the adoption and trends of wireless use in the industrial setting.

The information gathered in this survey will be compared against past results to look for trends which will be shared with our members, though each individual's privacy will be respected, as well as form the basis for future work of the Alliance and relevant trade publication articles.

All participants will be given the option at the end of this 28 question survey which should take 5-10 minutes to complete to receive a condensed summary of the results. Please complete all questions to the best of your ability."

Click here to commence survey!

Conductivity and temperature at a glance!

Baumer is expanding its CombiSeries to include a new conductivity sensor. CombiLyz is the name of the newest sensor, which was developed primarily for precise analysis and differentiation of media in the food and pharmaceutical industries and in water treatment technology. The CombiLyz sensor features the compact CombiSeries housing. With its IP 69 K protection class and entirely stainless steel design, the hygienic version can withstand even the toughest conditions.

In practice, the CombiLyz is ideally suited for use in CIP and SIP processes, for monitoring concentrations in liquids, or for phase separation of different media. A selection of 14 measuring ranges from 500 µS/cm to 1000 mS/cm is available. The sensor's measurement results are highly accurate, with a maximum deviation of <1%. It also boasts an impressively fast response time of less than 0.3 seconds for conductivity measurements and less than 15 seconds for temperature measurements.

The standard version includes the proven CombiView display, which can display multiple process variables at the same time. This includes the concentration, temperature, current output, switching states and device status in addition to conductivity. The large display also means that users can read the measured values even from greater distances. Furthermore, the background color of the display works like a traffic light system (red/green), depending on whether the measurement results have reached a critical value that requires user intervention. Settings can be changed easily using the touchscreen display even while the process is running.

Supporting manufacturing research training!

WEG aims to supply students with a deeper knowledge of Electrical Engineering by providing equipment and services to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Training Centre.

WEG is supplying the AMRC Training Centre with its products, services and equipment to be used in the training of apprentices and mechanical biased engineering personnel in the discipline of Electrical Engineering.

The AMRC Training Centre is based at the heart of Britain's manufacturing industry. It aims to provide its students with the practical and academic skills that manufacturing companies need to compete globally, from apprenticeship through to doctorate and MBA level. The research centre takes in around 250 people, aged 16 and upwards, each year for advanced apprenticeships lasting three or four years.

WEG will provide products and equipment to the centre in two phases. In the first phase, 14 IE3 three phase motors, inverters and six laptops for programming were supplied and six working surfaces installed. The second phase will involve the installation of motor gearboxes and motor fan units. All of the equipment is to be used towards the training of apprentices and for Electronic Engineering personnel to improve their knowledge and skills.

Working with WEG provides various benefits to the AMRC, for example, WEG has set up a reward scheme in which the ‘maintenance apprentice of the year’ will be sent to one of WEG’s sites to gain an understanding of how electric motors are manufactured and to develop in-depth knowledge of how the technology works.

David Smith, maintenance trainer at the AMRC Training Centre says “the AMRC Training Centre offers a unique opportunity for young people to learn vital industrial skills with the best manufacturers in the region and the world. Through working together with companies like WEG and with the experience of our trainers, we ensure that the AMRC achieves its goals.”

European Marketing Manager for WEG, Marek Lukaszczyk adds: “We’re delighted to have partnered with the ARMC, for the development of tomorrow’s engineers. As technology progresses, it is of paramount importance that the AMRC Training Centre remains at the leading-edge and develops its courses in line with the advancements. One key benefit for the centre is our commitment to replace the WEG equipment on a regular basis in order to ensure it is current, culminating in an up-to-date teaching and learning experience.”

Monday, July 7, 2014

New chief in USA!

Daniel L. Duncan has just become the Chief Operating Officer of Yokogawa Corporation of America. In this position, He will be responsible for assessing the current sales channel partners for North America and implement best practices of a global company with a product, systems, software and services portfolio.

Daniel L Duncan
Mr. Duncan began his professional career as an engineer with Georgia Power Company. Then as part owner he led a systems integration firm focused on both discrete and process automation projects. This was followed by a sales position in industrial distribution before joining Honeywell as both a systems and application consultant in the Industrial Automation and Control sales organization. Mr. Duncan joined Siemens Energy & Automation in 1997 holding various management roles in automation marketing, regional sales and finally led the US industrial sales organization. Mr. Duncan’s most recent responsibilities were as VP and General Manager of the Oil & Gas Division of Siemens Energy, Inc. based in Houston (TX USA). His divisional portfolio included power generation, compression, conceptual engineering, real-time data intelligence solutions, process safety engineering, water treatment solutions, integrated electrical solutions and subsea products.

Chet Mroz, President and CEO of Yokogawa Corporation of America, had the following to say about this appointment: “Daniel Duncan has successfully managed the buildup of the Siemens Oil& Gas capability in the United States. His extensive knowledge and experience in the industrial automation, electrical, power, process equipment and engineering service businesses across our key industry markets is a significant addition to the Yokogawa Corporation of American executive team.”

Mr. Duncan commented: “I welcome the opportunity to join a company with such great building blocks already in place. Through years of effort YCA has built a reputation of consistently delivering for their customers and is focused on taking our proven and capable solutions to new customers that can benefit from the capabilities of our team. I look forward to being part of this effort.”

Mr. Duncan earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been an active member of the Greater Houston Partnership, a volunteer supporter of the First Tee of Houston and Boys and Girls Country.

Wireless gas detector distribution agreed!

Yokogawa has signed an agreement with GasSecure AS on the distribution of GasSecure’s ISA100 Wireless based gas detectors through Yokogawa’s global sales network. With this agreement, Yokogawa gains access to GasSecure’s wireless gas detectors and thereby strengthens its lineup of plant field wireless solutions and enhances its support of health, safety, security, and environment (HSSE) management applications. This agreement will also allow GasSecure to gain access to Yokogawa’s global sales and service network and thereby boost the sales of its wireless gas detectors.

With a field wireless system, the field devices at a plant are able to communicate wirelessly with host systems that perform functions such as monitoring and control. Wireless communications offer many advantages, including the ability to install field devices in difficult-to-wire locations and reduced cabling costs.

Yokogawa has been developing a wide variety of ISA100 Wireless compliant technologies and devices such as wireless adapters that allow conventional wired devices to access wireless networks. GasSecure specializes in the development, manufacture, and sale of low power, high reliability wireless gas detectors that are used to monitor for hydrocarbon leaks at offshore platforms, tank farms, industrial plants, and the like. GasSecure’s clients include major oil companies and their products are in wide use around the globe.

Under this agreement, Yokogawa will distribute GasSecure’s ISA100 Wireless gas detectors through its global sales and service network. The growing need to improve plant safety by installing more gas detectors and replacing out of date detection systems is driving the demand for wireless gas detectors, which have the added advantage of eliminating the need for wiring and thus are easier to install and cost less. As such, Yokogawa will be better able to satisfy its customers’ needs by incorporating wireless gas detectors in its field wireless system solutions. At the same time, GasSecure will be able to utilize Yokogawa’s global sales and service network to expand its wireless gas detector business.

Also, under the terms of a separate sales agreement that was reached in February of this year, GasSecure will sell Yokogawa’s field wireless system devices together with its own gas detection systems.

Features of GasSecure’s Wireless Gas Detectors
GasSecure’s wireless gas detectors detect leaks of hydrocarbon gas that can cause explosions. Utilizing ultra-low power infrared sensors, they perform measurements and send that information wirelessly to the host monitoring system. The key features of these detectors are as follows:

1. High reliability
As gas leaks are a frequent cause of major plant accidents, it is very important to have a highly reliable gas detection system that keeps plant personnel constantly up to date on any changes in gas concentration levels. With a five-second response time, GasSecure’s wireless gas detectors are able to perform highly specific and reliable infrared measurements of gas concentrations and wirelessly update a host monitoring system. With their ISA100 Wireless mesh network capability and their reliance on dual redundant communication paths between the detector and the host monitoring system, they are at least the equivalent of any wired alternative with respect to reliability.

2. High availability
With heated optical surfaces for removing condensation, GasSecure’s wireless gas detectors are suitable for use in highly humid environments and have excellent availability under a wide range of conditions, from tropical to arctic. The GasSecure detectors also utilize a stable triple wavelength infrared technology that eliminates the need for calibration for the entire lifetime of the product, something that is not possible with conventional instruments.

3. Low power consumption
The power consumed by these gas detectors averages just 5 mW thanks to the use of micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) technology. Compared to other battery-powered gas detectors, GasSecure’s products have a much longer battery life, and are also more reliable.

Major Target Markets
The oil & gas, petrochemical, and chemical industries

Commenting on this agreement, Masatoshi Nakahara, director and senior vice president of Yokogawa’s Industrial Automation Platform Business Headquarters, said, “We selected GasSecure, a leading supplier of gas detectors, and believe that their best-in-class ISA100 Wireless solution will allow us to broaden the use of our field wireless systems.”

GasSecure’s CEO, Knut Sandven, also commented, "GasSecure selected Yokogawa for their reliable and high-quality wireless infrastructure. We are very excited about entering into this agreement as it will give us access to Yokogawa’s extensive global sales and service network."