Saturday, July 26, 2014

Coriolis flowmeter family for customers with medium to large flow rates!

Extending the accuracy and reliability of Micro Motion® ELITE® flowmeters to a range of high flow applications including gas and liquid custody transfer, process unit material balances in refineries, and critical chemical feedstock measurements

Emerson's Micro Motion ELITE CMF350
The Micro Motion ELITE CMF350 Coriolis flowmeter for line sizes from 3.5 to 4.5 inches (DN sizes of 90-125) has been introduced by Emerson. The meter expands the ELITE family by providing accuracy and reliability for customers who require measurement of medium to large flow rates.

The Micro Motion ELITE CMF350 flowmeter features an optimum level of scalability and standardisation for the best fit in applications where flow rate accuracy with low pressure drop and high turndown is critical. Specifically, this meter delivers 0.05% optional liquid mass flow accuracy and volume accuracy, ±0.35% gas accuracy and ±0.0002 g/cc liquid density accuracy. Maximum flow rates for this sensor reach 15000 lb/min (409000 kg/h).

This meter is applicable in the oil and gas, refining, chemical and power industries. It is ideal for applications such as cementing, custody transfer of liquid and gas, production separation, basic and specialty chemicals, ethylene and crude production and manufacturing processes.

“The ELITE CMF350 provides a solution for those customers who desire peak performance and ultimate control for their critical and challenging applications,” said Bill Graber, vice president of marketing for Emerson’s Micro Motion business.

Micro Motion ELITE CMF350 meters are available with Smart Meter Verification (SMV) which provides advanced diagnostics of meter health and performance without removing the sensor from the line or interrupting the manufacturing or measurement processes. The verification is quick, easy and can be executed remotely without a trip to the field, additional instrumentation, or data interpretation. SMV diagnostic reports are also increasingly recognised by third-party regulatory agencies, enabling work practice changes that save money and improve worker and environmental safety.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Versatile RFID transponders for optimal performance!

The new Ha-VIS RFID VT 86 (HT) from Harting is an RFID transponder that combines robustness, a high protection class and resistance to the effects of high temperatures and chemicals and to achieve optimal performance in difficult environments.

Originally developed to meet the requirements of the aviation industry, the new transponder meets the regulatory requirements for operation in both the EU and the US/ASIA frequency bands (865-868 MHz and 902-928 MHz, respectively), and is therefore qualified for global use.

The new transponder is ideally suited to on-site applications in maintenance, repair and operational scenarios in industrial environments. It also meets the increasing need in integrated industrial plants for RFID transponders that are capable of recording and storing extra information: for example, the documentation of the maintenance history of a safety-critical object.

The new unit measures only 41 × 11 × 5.15 mm, incorporates a user memory of up to 3 kbit capacity, and has a range of up to 5 m when mounted on metal. It is EPC Class 1 Gen 2 compatible, and has an operating temperature range of -50°C to +160°C.

Regulators with integrated bypass valves help reduce downtime & maintenance costs!

Pressure control solution for offshore hydraulic power unit applications

Emerson Process Management has released the TESCOM 50-4000 series regulators. The 50-4000 series is engineered to provide accurate and consistent pressure control performance for the subsea wellhead control system, even in the most demanding ultra-deep water installations.

The 50-4000 is designed with an integrated bypass valve that transitions from high flow to precision control at a pre-set pressure. This enables accurate control of high-pressure water glycol for offshore hydraulic power unit applications, while decreasing subsea wellhead control system pressurisation time by up to one-third.

The robust design of this product solves many challenges that deep-water customers face, including slow umbilical fill rates, unreliable and inaccurate regulator performance, increasing failure rates, and high maintenance costs. The 50-4000 precisely controls pressure across large flow variations up to 1034 bar/15,000 psig, enabling it to reduce hydraulic power unit high-pressure components, leak paths and maintenance costs while eliminating complex start-up procedures.

Power supply delivers 1,000W at -40°C!

1KW Power Supply from Excelsys – enhances position as the leading Configurable Supplier for Mil/COT’s Applications

Excelsys Technologies has a new powerPac model in its popular XF series of high reliability, ruggedized COTS modular power supplies. The new model, the XFN, is designed to deliver 1000W at –40°C thus complimenting the other products in the XF range which operate to -55°C.

Designed for use in harsh operating environments the XFN model is in a 1U package and conformally coated and ruggedized as standard to withstand extremes in shock and vibration to MIL-STD-810G levels. The new powerPac model carries full safety agency approvals including UL 606950 and is EMC characterised to MIL-STD-461F.

Other standard features include 47-440Hz input frequency, 1.5V to 58V standard output voltages, individual output control, completely field configurable with option to factory fix, all outputs fully floating allowing series/parallel connection of all multiple outputs for non-standard voltages or higher output current, paralleling of powerPacs for higher system power and ultra-high efficiency, up to 91%

All models in the XF series feature over voltage, over temperature and over current protection, provide a 5V/250mA bias standby voltage, individual output control of every output module, a market leading 5 Year Warranty and are SEMI F47 Compliant for use in the semiconductor manufacturing industry.
Dermot Flynn, Sales Director, comments, “The new XFN model extends our already very successful XF MIL COTS family of configurable, ruggedized power supplies and offers designers the flexibility to select the most appropriate model for their requirements without over-specifying. Our XF family provides a single solution to the vast majority of harsh environment MIL COTS power requirements and is simple for users to configure for non-standard output voltages.”

Typical applications for the Excelsys XF range of products include harsh environment electronics (industrial and MIL/COT’s), test and measurement, radar (fixed, mobile and naval) and communications. The XFN data sheet may be downloaded here XFN Data Sheet. (pdf)

Single-loop controllers with improved display is easier to read and maintain!

Yokogawa has enhanced its YS1000 series single-loop controllers with a new TFT (thin-film transistor) LCD featuring improved display characteristics and a design that facilitates easy maintenance.

Development background
Single-loop controllers are used in a wide variety of industrial facilities such as power plants, oil refineries, petrochemical plants, chemical plants, and iron and steel plants. These controllers receive temperature, flow rate, pressure, and other types of measurement readings from sensors and send corresponding instructions to control elements such as valves in order to maintain these values within a desired range. Each control loop has its own controller. Single-loop controllers are widely used in industry today to control small plant facilities and serve as backups to distributed control systems.

Yokogawa released its first analogue controllers in the 1960s, and went digital in the 1980s with the release of the microprocessor-equipped YS80 series digital single-loop controllers. The company continued to improve its products and followed up by releasing the YS100 series in 1991 and the YS1000 series in 2007. Today, for reasons such as the decline in the number of skilled engineers in the workforce, many users have a need for controllers that are easy to use and maintain. To meet such needs, Yokogawa has improved its YS1000 series controllers.

1. Improved LCD screen
Formerly, this product used a super twisted nematic (STN) LCD screen. This has been changed to a TFT LCD screen that has a 1.5 times wider viewing angle. The display contrast and brightness are also notably improved, making the screen much easier to read. In addition, the TFT LCD has a longer lifespan and does not need to be replaced as frequently.

2. Online replacement
As controllers are typically used over long periods of time, periodic replacement of the LCD screen is required. With the enhanced YS1000 controllers, the TFT LCD can be replaced while the controller is online without interrupting the output of signals to control elements. There is no need to switch off the controller before replacing the display.

Major target markets
Production sites in a wide variety of industries including power, oil refining, petrochemicals, chemicals, iron and steel, pulp and paper, food, pharmaceuticals, and water and sewage

Operation, monitoring, and control of production facilities

Future approach
In total, more than 30,000 YS1000 series single-loop controllers have been delivered to a variety of plants worldwide. The new YS1000 controllers offer improved displays that are easier to read and maintain, and their completely updated design ensures that they will be available for years to come. As a leading supplier of single-loop controllers, Yokogawa is committed to meeting its customers' needs.

HMIs with multi-touch function and gesture control!

Improved user-friendliness, expanded functionalities, high cost-efficiency and optimum integration in Mitsubishi Electric’s Automation portfolio – these are the features of the new GOT2000 HMI series from Mitsubishi Electric Europe. The successor to the tried and tested GOT1000 HMI range will increase plant productivity and energy efficiency and reduce total operating costs. In particular, the models from the GT27 series which are the successors to the GT16 range are characterised by an intuitive operating concept with multi-touch function and gesture control. The HMIs from the GT23 series offer a balanced price/performance ratio. They are now offering models without a USB connection on the white front panel for the first time in direct response to requirements from the food industry.

The fully updated GOT2000 series hardware and software have been designed based on current customer requirements. Improved basic functions enable a higher level of performance and plant efficiency to be achieved. The new faster processor in the GT27 operating panels gives them twice the monitoring and boot speed of the GT16 series. There is also four times more internal storage capacity. The new HMIs have an intuitive operating concept with multi-touch function and gesture control. Users can even enlarge windows for easier operation or press two buttons at the same time while wearing gloves, for example.

Mitsubishi Electric has also expanded the range of communication options offered by its new GOT2000 series. Along with Ethernet, two serial interfaces (RS232 and RS22/485) and the SD card slot, USB connections on the front or back allow greater flexibility and additional functionality provided includes the backup and restore function for parameters and programs. An optional WLAN interface enables the HMI to be accessed remotely via PCs and tablets. Just like their predecessors, the GOT2000 operating panels are also equipped with the special FA transparency function, enabling PCs connected via the HMI to establish a direct link to Mitsubishi Electric Factory Automation (FA) devices such as PLCs, frequency inverters or servo motors.

The GT27 range of HMIs features 8.4-, 10.4- and 12.1-inch high-resolution displays with 65,536 colours. The 15 inch is available from next month. The GT23 HMI are now available in 8.4- and 10.4-inch models, while the GT25 middle range will also be available from next month. Screen design can be carried out using the latest GT Works3 software which also forms part of the iQ Works integrated development environment. The work involved in screen design can be reduced considerably by using the ready-made templates provided in GT Works3.

Andre Hartkopf, European Product Manager HMI / PLC / Software at Mitsubishi Electric Europe’s Factory Automation – European Business Group, explains: “The plug-and-play system of the GOT2000 series provides compatibility with all Mitsubishi Electric automation products and the PLC parameterisation via HMI ensures optimized integration. These functionalities give users maximum flexibility in plant design while reducing engineering development costs at the same time. The GOT2000 series is also backward compatible: the dimensions of the models are identical to their predecessors and existing GOT1000 project data can be transferred to the new HMIs quite easily. All these feature support significant cost savings and a user-friendly migration.”

Flowmeters for ultrapure applications!

No Metal in Fluid Path

The carefully engineered design, and top quality materials of construction of Blue-White’s Metal-Free Flowmeters, makes them well suited to applications where no metals can enter the fluid path, such as UltraPure, DI Water and highly corrosive applications.

The float is guided by precisely engineered Polysulfone ridges, molded into the meter body, floats are constructed of PTFE. This means no metal contaminants in the fluid path. Adapters are constructed of Polysulfone, PVC or PVDF, depending on model ordered, and O-ring seals are FKM (EP is optional).
Optional Socket Fusion, 63mm, fittings are also offered. Socket Fusion fitting materials are Polypropylene or PVDF, depending on model ordered.

Developing a TUS sSolution!

Ocean Data Systems has been selected by Yokogawa to develop a specialised Thermal Uniformity Survey (TUS) reporting solution to accompany their broad range of data recorder products.

Sample TUS Stability-Report
Thermal Uniformity Surveys are carried out to validate that heat treating processes are delivering quality and repeatability to meet a number of standards including SAE International Standard AMS2750E, Rolls Royce Standard RPS953, British Standard BS2M54, Boeing D38510-1 and D6-49327 and others. Yokogawa recorder models DX, FX, GX and GP are commonly used in the data acquisition during Thermal Uniformity Surveys. Their resulting survey data will automatically be collected by a new TUS reporting solution and analysed for quality before a final report is automatically generated. This solution will address both end users that perform their own TUS audits and those that offer TUS testing services.

“As a leader in the data acquisition market, we are commonly asked for concise report generation based on TUS run data. We’ve offered Excel=based tools in the past, but would like to offer a more reliable and fit-for-purpose solution,” said Aaron Lee, Product Manager for Yokogawa Corporation of America. “We feel Ocean Data Systems, makers of Dream Report, is an excellent partner to develop a custom TUS solution for us.”

“This is a very exciting opportunity for ODS,” said Roy Kok, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Ocean Data Systems. “We already offer Setpoint Analysis statistics in our standard Dream Report product. We also have experience in developing productivity tools (Wizards) around our Dream Report engine, to address specific vertical markets and applications. The development of a TUS Reporting tool for Yokogawa is a straightforward project and we expect delivery to Yokogawa in the July/August timeframe.”

Fieldbus communication with HART!

The Boards of Directors of the Fieldbus Foundation and the HART® Communication Foundation have approved unifying the two Foundations into a new industry organization dedicated to the needs of intelligent devices and their integration in the world of Process Automation. 

HART® and FOUNDATION fieldbus communication technologies. The mission of the combined organization will be to develop, manage, and promote global standards for integrating devices into automation-system architectures, providing functional solutions for process automation suppliers and end users. Suppliers will also profit from the increased efficiencies in resource utilisation, procedure consistency, and member service and support improvements.

The FOUNDATION fieldbus and HART specifications will continue to exist individually, and to evolve into the future. Each protocol will retain its own brand name, trademarks, patents, and copyrights.

The new organisation will continue development, support, and promotion of the two existing protocols, and will direct the development, incorporation, and implementation of new and overlapping technologies. Thus, the new organization will eventually serve as the single source for FDI, the sole integration tool for HART and FOUNDATION fieldbus technologies. The name of the proposed organization is not yet finalized.

The next step will be to complete the membership ballot by the end of summer 2014. Following a successful membership vote, legal filings for the creation of a new not-for-profit entity will take place in September 2014. As a final step, it is expected that the new organization offices will be consolidated and located near Austin, Texas, in early 2015.
The combined power of both organisations will serve to protect the investments that end users in Process Automation have made in HART

The Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation have a long history of cooperation. For example, the two worked together to develop common international standards, such as Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) specifications and Field Device Integration (FDI) technology. Combining the organizations offers significant potential for harmonizing the procedures and efforts supporting the two protocols, as well as simplifying each technology's implementation while better delivering their full benefits in plant operation and maintenance.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

New CEO appointed!

Scott Saunders has been named Chief Executive Officer of Moore Industries-International, Inc., a leading manufacturer of instrumentation for the process control industry. He reports to Leonard W. Moore, who remains the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company he founded in 1968.

Scott Saunders
In his previous role as COO of Moore Industries, Saunders was instrumental in the daily operational planning and management responsibilities of the company, ensuring that its strategic direction and goals were met. He also continued in his role as Vice President, Sales and Marketing, where he managed the company’s overseas operations along with directing marketing efforts and overseeing the sales force.

“I am both honored and humbled about my new position with the company,” said Saunders. “We have a great team of employees at Moore Industries and I am excited about the opportunity to further grow the company’s long established position of providing the most rugged and reliable industrial instrumentation in the industry.”

Saunders joined Moore Industries in 1999 as a Regional Sales Manager before taking on roles as National Sales Manager and Director of Strategic Marketing. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from Winthrop University in South Carolina.

Moore Industries was founded in 1968 and has become one of the most respected companies in the process control industry. Leonard Moore has received several accolades over the years for his achievements including being named an Honorary Member of the International Society for Automation (ISA), the highest honor given by the prestigious organization.

“Scott’s vision and guidance has helped our company maintain success in difficult economic times,” said Moore. “With his leadership, Moore Industries is poised for growth in new territories in the coming years.”

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cameras for use in extended temperature areas!

In some applications, industrial cameras able to provide excellent images outside conventional temperature ranges make the difference to the viability of a vision solution. Stemmer Imaging has a range of cameras and accessories in its portfolio which are capable of handling temperatures outside the conventional ranges and can offer advice on the best solution for employing vision systems in such conditions.

The temperature range for the deployment of industrial cameras without a special temperature-​protection housing generally lies between +5 and + 45 °C. In a number of applications it is this upper limit which presents a problem: temperatures of 50 °C and more often prevail in the vicinity of machines as well as in outdoor applications, which makes the use of cameras with a standard temperature range impossible.

Some manufacturers of cameras such as Teledyne DALSA, AVT and JAI have responded to this problem and developed special cameras which can operate at higher temperatures and many that can also operate at lower temperatures to cover harsh outdoor conditions. These include Teledyne DALSA’s Genie TS Series of area scan cameras and Spyder3 and Piranha4 line scan cameras, the AVT Prosilica GT family and JAI’s Spark and C-Series. With a range of camera performances, and temperature tolerances ranging from as low as -45˚C to as high as 70˚C, the most appropriate camera can be selected for the application

For even more extreme applications, Stemmer supplies a portfolio of special protective housings for cameras with comprehensive accessories such as water or compressed air cooling, ventilation, window heating, sun roof and numerous other options. 

High-torque Ethernet servo motor drives boost the performance and economy of motion control systems

ABB has enhanced its ranges of servomotor drives for the Ethernet-based motion control systems market with variants that can substantially increase the speed of machinery and automation systems while also reducing bill-of-materials costs.

By redesigning the drives' power stage, the latest iteration of ABB's MicroFlex e100 and e150 servo motor drives can now deliver peak current levels that are three times the continuous rated current, and sustain that peak output for up to three seconds. This provides the torque to substantially increase the speed of moves and machine cycle times. In some cases, ABB expects that the generous three-second overcurrent capability will allow motion system builders to use a smaller size of drive - reducing system building costs dramatically, and potentially the footprint of systems as well.

The new design increases the drives' level of overcurrent capability from 200% to 300%. This can be particularly relevant for system builders employing new generations of high performance servo motors with neodymium magnets, as these tend to offer a peak current capability that is at least three times the continuous rated current level. The three-second overcurrent capability of the drives may then be exploited to increase the acceleration of movements. As many common types of automation and machinery have a lot of repetitive movements coupled with dwell periods, this can have a dramatic impact on overall cycle time and throughput. These types of operational modes can be found in many applications such as feeding materials, parts handling, assembly, filling, packaging, labelling, sampling and robotics.

In addition to the 300% overcurrent facility, program the drives can be programmed operate in a 200% overcurrent mode. This choice provides users with a means to optimize one or more axes of a motion control system for higher dynamic acceleration or higher RMS torque depending on the load conditions and motion cycle of the particular application.

"This torque enhancement greatly increases the application potential of feature-rich servo motor drives that are already noted for their ability to satisfy automation applications without requiring additional hardware or options," says David Greensmith of ABB. "The multi-protocol Ethernet capability and local intelligence mean that the applications potential is truly versatile. The new higher torque mode now provides an excellent match for the capability of the latest generations of high performance permanent magnet servo motors."

The new 3-second 300% overcurrent capability is now incorporated as standard on ABB's MicroFlex e150 and e100 ranges of servo motor drives. MicroFlex e150 drives are compatible with real-time EtherCAT, plus EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP and TCP/IP protocols. MicroFlex e100 drives are compatible with the real-time Ethernet Powerlink protocol, plus EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP and TCP/IP.

ABB's MicroFlex e150 range offers a choice of three single-phase drives with continuous current ratings of 2.5, 5.25 and 7.5 A. The drives are compatible with EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP and TCP/IP protocols, providing a 'universal' Ethernet drive platform that can be employed in many different ways to suit applications - from networked systems hosted by PLCs or other devices, to motion control systems with distributed intelligence. The drives are intelligent and feature an exceptionally powerful embedded programming capability that is compatible with ABB's motion control language MINT. This feature allows the drives to be used standalone for a vast array of single-axis or distributed intelligence motion control applications, from performing simple moves to complex motion tasks such as flying shears or cam motion profiles. Built-in I/O - including fast latch inputs for registration applications - comes as standard to support such application configurations.

As standard, the drives also offer a flexible 'universal' encoder interfacing capability that provides exceptional versatility of use. The drives may be connected to dual encoders - one incremental encoder, and one serial base encoder such as EnDat 2.2, SSI or BiSS. This allows dual feedback configurations - with separate velocity and position feedback - to be used to eliminate mechanical inaccuracies in precision applications such as CNC machinery. It also simplifies integration into configurations where an axis is following a master axis or centralised 'line shaft' such as packaging machines. A new plug-on option to add resolver interfacing is also available, which is often a preferred technology by users who design machinery or automation for environments that might be exposed to extensive vibration or shock forces.

One further major feature of ABB's MicroFlex e150 drives is support for the Safe Torque Off or STO functional safety, in accordance with IEC 61800-5-2, and designed to meet SIL 3 and performance level e (PLe) standards. This helps machine builders to incorporate high-integrity safety into machinery designs by disabling the drive's output so that it cannot generate torque in the motor.

ABB's MicroFlex e100 range offers a choice of three single-phase drives with continuous current ratings of 2.5, 5.25 and 7.5 A. The drives are compatible with Powerlink, EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP, and standard TCP/IP networks, and ABB's own highly popular Mint system building environment. As well as their own local I/O and CANopen expansion, some drives have option card slots, providing a high degree of configurability for specific applications including almost all fieldbuses. Other features include universal encoder feedback input, and programmable notch filters to eliminate mechanical resonance effects, as well as the ability to be used with servomotors, closed loop vector motors or in V/Hz motor speed control modes.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Representative for Japan appointed!

Pickering Interfaces has appointed Andor System Support Company, Ltd. as their representative for Japan.

"We are very excited to be working with such a well known brand like Pickering," says Horikoshi Kenji, Senior Advisor at Andor. "Our innovative approach to selling combined with our line of the latest technology test products makes us a considerable resource in Test and Measurement”.

Bob Stasonis, Pickering’s Asia/Pacific Sales Manager, added “Andor’s reputation for servicing their customers is second to none in the region. Their market presence, combined with their complimentary product range, assures that our mutual customers have access to the right products for their application. We are very excited to work with Andor."

PROFIBUS-PA remote-mount digital valve controller for hostile environment installations!

Separation of the Fisher® FIELDVUE™ DVC6200p series travel sensing and controller segments helps meet extreme temperature and vibration valve demands while maintaining performance and reliability

The Fisher® FIELDVUE™ DVC6200p series of digital valve controllers have been introduced by Emerson. The DVC6200p series is an ideal solution for applications in which accessibility, extreme temperatures (up to 120°C/250°F), extreme vibration or confined space make integral mounting difficult or impractical.

Industries such as pulp and paper, and metal and mining have typically preferred to isolate valve mounted instruments from harsh environments. With the remote mount version only the valve position feedback is mounted on the control valve, while the remainder of the digital valve controller can be mounted over 90 metres (300 feet) away in a less severe or more accessible environment.

The remote valve mounted feedback unit utilises the patented FIELDVUE linkage-less, non-contact feedback technology, in which physical contact has been eliminated between the valve stem and the instrument. With no linkage to wear, loosen, corrode or vibrate, the feedback unit can withstand a plant’s operating extremes.

With over 1.5 million units installed worldwide, FIELDVUE digital valve controllers prove highly suited to difficult process environments where they provide unmatched valve operation.

Utilising the best of PROFIBUS PA, the DVC6200p series provides a wealth of alerts, trends, and diagnostics to allow for visibility and control.

The DVC6200p supports enhanced device description (EDD) files that allow for quick and easy configuration. Quick setup and calibration, including performance tuning, can be performed locally in a matter of minutes. For more extensive parameterisation, leading PROFIBUS configuration tools can be used.

The FIELDVUE DVC6200p digital valve controller is certified to Profile 3.02 for PROFIBUS PA devices by the PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation a.V (PNO).

The DVC6200p is offered with CSA, IECEx, ATEX and FM hazardous area approvals as well as other certifications/approvals. It is also listed in the Lloyd’s Register for industrial, marine and offshore use.

VOC emissions analyser certified!

Quantitech has announced that the Sick 3006 portable VOC monitor has a new MCERTS certificate, valid to July 2019. The company’s Dominic Duggan says: “This is important news for any process that needs to report total hydrocarbon emissions data; MCERTS is essential for monitoring Part A processes, however, as a portable instrument, the 3006 is also ideal for Part B processes and stack testers in a wide range of industries.”

The certificate confirms that the 3006 instrument complies with: MCERTS Performance Standards for Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems, Version 3.4 dated July 2012 EN15267-3:2007, and QAL 1 as defined in EN 14181: 2004.

Completely self-contained, with its own air and gas supplies, the 3006 is a heated total hydrocarbon analyser for monitoring combustion and ventilation stacks from 100ppb to 100,000ppm. Employing a patented miniature heated sensor block with a flame ionisation detector (FID) controlled up to 240°C, the 3006 can be used to monitor steam saturated gases.

The field tests for which the 3006 is certified were conducted with both fuel gas options – Hydrogen and Hydrogen/Helium mix. However, Hydrogen is by far the more preferable option because it is significantly lower in cost and the 3006 operates at very low flow rates (20cc/min).

Monday, July 21, 2014

Safe lithium-ion batteries in China!

Major manufacturers of Lithium-Ion batteries in China have chosen the S4000RS and S8000 Integrale precision chilled mirror hygrometers to monitor environmental conditions in their production facilities.

Solvents used in the liquid electrolytes of the Lithium-ion cells are very sensitive to water vapour, and will react to create hydrofluoric acid (HF). When sealed inside the cell, this strong acid will erode the film which isolates the cathode and anode, and can potentially cause short circuits and, in some cases, fire.

Keeping the air in the production room sufficiently dry to avoid the build-up of HF is not easy: the moisture from the operators’ breath and skin can easily raise the humidity above an acceptable level if conditions are not tightly controlled.

Therefore, moisture is one of the most important parameters to monitor. To ensure highest product quality the manufacturing process of lithium batteries needs to be carried out in very dry conditions.

To remove the excess moisture from the atmosphere in the production area very dry air – at around ‑60°C dew point – is delivered into the production room at one end and removed from the other to produce a flow. Because of the moisture emitted by the production operatives, when it leaves the room the dew point of the air may be raised to around -40°C. Rotary desiccant dryers are used to remove the additional moisture from the air and recycle it. Because even small changes in the humidity levels of the room can have a detrimental effect on the quality and safety of the cells produced, conditions in the production environment need to be continually monitored to a highest possible precision.

In one production facility in China, a total of 15 S4000RS chilled mirror hygrometers are installed at various points in the room to monitor the dew point. At another site – eight S8000 Integrales are used. The instruments are used as part of a control system, which changes the flow of air through the dryers depending on the measured dew point. If the levels of moisture in the air rise above an acceptable level, the instruments trigger an alarm, to alert operators that manual intervention is required. The S4000 RS was chosen for this task because of its ±0.1°C dp accuracy. It is capable of precisely measuring from -85°C to +20°C dew point which means that it is also highly reliable at the key -30 to -60°C dew point levels needed for the application. The S8000 Integrale is also appropriate, and achieves these measurements with no additional cooling, which makes it highly compact. This is an important consideration in manufacturing processes where space is often at a premium.

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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.

European industry in transition!

ARC Advisory Group is organizing their European Industry Forum (EIF) in Amsterdam (NL) on March 4-5, 2015. The event will focus on the “European Industry in Transition: The Information Driven Enterprise in a Connected World”. The EIF is part of a series of successful forums ARC organizes world-wide in the USA, Europe, India, China and Japan.

At the two day forum ARC analysts and other automation professionals will provide insights into successful applications of innovative automation technologies and present current developments. Furthermore end users and solution providers receive ample opportunity to network with their peers, exchange ideas and share experiences during breaks and the evening event.

New and emerging technologies such as Internet of Things, predictive analytics, wireless, additive manufacturing, modular and mobile production, cloud computing, mobility, and 3D visualization are beginning to disrupt and radically change the way industrial enterprises do business. Departing from the characteristic industry prudent innovation, leading companies now recognize that they must embrace new information, automation, production and supply chain technologies to maintain a competitive edge.

EIF’s presentations will cover industrial applications, success stories and trends, and provide a holistic view of today’s industrial automation:

  • Industrial big data, cloud computing , analytics and optimization
  • Lifecycle management
  • Organization and systems for collaborative automation
  • Cyber security
  • Functional safety
  • Energy management and optimisation
  • Workforce development, training & culture

The workshops during the forum provide attendees with the opportunity to discuss relevant topics in-depth with ARC experts, suppliers and end users. The event we will cover hot topics, current trends and developments in industrial automation technology such as:

  • Cyber security
  • Functional safety
  • Big data and cloud computing
  • Energy management
  • IoT and Industrie 4.0
  • Engineering

ARC’s Annual European Industry Forum will offer insights into information-driven strategies, which allow companies to improve their position and to succeed and determine how to best approach critical technology decisions. Participants can benefit from ARC’s vast experience and unbiased market analyses, interact with experts and take advantage of the networking opportunities provided.

Integrated production control system with enhanced alarm and batch functions!

The just released CENTUM(R) VP R5.04, is an enhanced version of Yokogawa’s flagship integrated production control system. This new CENTUM release features enhanced alarm and batch functions.

The development of CENTUM VP R5.04 is the outcome of a steady effort to improve this system, which is the cornerstone of Yokogawa’s Industrial Automation business’s VigilantPlant® vision. R5.04’s enhanced alarm function improves operational safety, and the enhanced batch function meets the specific requirements of industries, such as speciality chemicals, which are being targeted under Yokogawa’s Evolution 2015 mid-term business plan.
1. Visual and audible indicators
With the CENTUM system, a prominently coloured tag mark is displayed on the HMI (human-machine interface) screen next to any measurement reading that falls outside the normal range. With CENTUM VP R5.04, these coloured tag marks now come in a variety of easily recognisable shapes that indicate the importance of a measurement item and the severity of an anomaly (critical, high risk, medium risk, low risk etc.).
New audible alarms have also been added to provide information on the severity and equipment location of an anomaly. Through the use of colour, shape, and sound, operators can quickly and intuitively recognise the significance of a specific alarm, thereby allowing for improved operational safety.
2. Highly efficient batch process engineering
With batch process manufacturing, a recipe must be defined for each product. A recipe consists of a procedure and a formula: the procedure is a description of particular processes such as feed and temperature control that will be employed, while the formula specifies feed quantity, temperature, and the like. While procedures and formulas are usually defined separately, it is advantageous in certain batch applications if both can be defined together on the same screen. The CENTUM VP R5.04 batch function has been enhanced by adding this capability, and this allows end users to efficiently perform the engineering required for each definition method.
Batch process manufacturing is a widely used process in the chemical pharmaceutical, and other industries by which fixed quantities of a product are produced through the injection of feedstocks in a predetermined order and the mixing of these materials to produce a desired reaction (such as polymerisation). Equipment settings and procedures are defined for each product. A recipe defines the manufacturing process for a specific product, specifying the requirements for items such as equipment, formulas, and procedures.
Major target markets
Manufacturers in process industries such as oil and natural gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, electric power, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, food, iron and steel, and water supply and wastewater treatment
Monitoring and automatic control of plant operations
Future development
With CENTUM as its core platform, Yokogawa continues to improve all of its production control systems. Currently, Yokogawa is developing the next-generation CENTUM VP based on the following four concepts: hyper-intuitive operation for safe and highly productive plant operations, total automation management for efficient engineering of all instrumentation, an intelligent plant conductor that optimises the operation of an entire plant at minimum cost, and a sustainable plant that maintains high efficiency throughout its lifecycle.
Yokogawa will work hard to develop and offer products and solutions for achieving the ideal plant for customers.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Missed the EMEA Emerson Users' meet? Then book for the America's in Oct'14

We always enjoy these user group meetings. The EMEA Emerson User's Group event we attended was held in the historic city of Stuttgart, home of Porsche and spaetzle! Read our report.
Social events also are important!

If you missed it than here is another opportunity!

They plan do do it all again and then some in the oh so American resort town of Orlando (Florida, USA) next October. They are offering bargain basement prices (I'm Irish so I tend to hyperbole! - still a saving of up to $400 would buy a lot of Disney rides!) until mid August.

This three day event is unique in that it allows participants to network with their peers and other industry leaders and make the right connections in a formal, semi-formal or relaxed atmosphrre. Thus the social event at these meetings is an integral part..

Registration details are here!