Friday, August 8, 2014

Flue gas oxygen analyser optimises combustion efficiency

New integral automatic calibration for Rosemount® Analytical 6888 In Situ Flue Gas Oxygen Analyser helps decrease maintenance requirements, improve measurement accuracy

The Rosemount® Analytical 6888 In Situ Flue Gas O2 Analyser now has new diagnostics that help maintain optimum oxygen levels in flue gases, thereby optimising the combustion efficiency of large boilers and industrial furnaces. As plants are struggling under reduced budgets and personnel, the new 6888 enhancements help decrease maintenance requirements and improve measurement accuracy.

The 6888 incorporates a ‘calibration recommended’ diagnostic with gas-switching solenoids embedded within the probe electronics, making automatic calibration easier than ever, and maintaining the best accuracy possible. The embedded diagnostic reduces the cost of providing and installing a separate solenoid box, and also reduces the effort to wire and pipe between the probe and electronics, decreasing man-hour requirements. Additionally, the calibration recommended diagnostic removes the need to conduct calibrations on a schedule, eliminating many validations (calibrations checks) or actual calibrations. The new analyser also includes a ‘plugged diffuser/filter’ diagnostic for applications that have fly ash or other particulate entrained in the flue gases, which further reduces personnel time and maintenance as well as helping to ensure accuracy.

Another new feature of the 6888 is a variable insertion option, which permits ideal placement of the probe into the flue gas duct. With standard length probes from 0.5m (18 inches) to 3.65m (12 feet) in horizontal or vertical installation, the probe can be adjusted at any time on-line to characterise stratification across large ducts.

“The new 6888 has raised the bar on flue gas analyser operation while maintaining exceptional economy for our customers,” said Doug Simmers, combustion analyser worldwide product manager, Emerson Process Management, Rosemount Analytical. “In today’s industrial applications, where budgets are tight and personnel time limited, the 6888 provides essential analysis of combustion efficiency, while significantly reducing maintenance time and the cost of unnecessary calibrations – all in an affordable analyser with great accuracy. This improved accuracy not only provides better combustion efficiency, but can also minimise the production of greenhouse gases such as CO2, and of thermal NOx.”

Easy to use and integrate, the 6888 is fully field-repairable. All active components can be replaced, including the diffuser/filter, sensing cell, heater and thermocouple, and all electronics cards. The 6888 offers HART® and FOUNDATION™ fieldbus digital communications, and can also be configured with the optional Smart Wireless THUM adapter for wireless operation.

Automation journal makes impact among world’s leading journals!

ISA Transactions: The Journal of Automation, dedicated to the science and engineering of measurement and automation, has earned its highest rating ever in a prominent scientific ranking of journal quality and value.

We have always regarded this publication, ISA Transactions, as one of the hidden treasures of the International Society of Instrumentation. It is the background to good automation technology, design and application ideas. We have watched with interest as the quality, extent and indeed worldwide impact of the publication has grown over the last ten years.

The 2014 Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports® (JCR), a quantitative ranking, evaluation and comparison of journals, rated ISA Transactions nearly 40 percent higher than the previous year. The JCR rankings measure the Impact Factor, the frequency with which the average journal article has been cited up to two years after publication. Since 1975, the Impact Factor has been relied upon as an indicator of professional journal relevance and importance.

In the 2014 JCR rankings, ISA Transactions is listed in two categories: “Engineering, Multi-disciplinary” and "Instrument & Instrumentation." In the “Engineering, Multi-Disciplinary” category, ISA Transactions ranks 11th out of 87 journals. In the “Instruments & Instrumentation” category, ISA Transactions ranks 9th out of 57 journals. The 2014 rankings in both categories reveal significant year-over-year improvement.

“This year’s JCR rankings provide further validation that ISA is a global source for knowledge and science that advance the automation profession,” says Patrick Gouhin, ISA Executive Director & CEO. “It’s clear that every year, more automation professionals throughout the world are relying on ISA Transactions for its scholarly value and quality, and for the credibility and usefulness of its peer-reviewed content.

“I want to take this opportunity to recognize Dr. Ahmad Rad, Editor-in-Chief, and the volunteer editors and editorial board members of ISA Transactions as well as the multitude of contributing authors and reviewers who invest so much time, energy and creativity to craft such a well-regarded professional journal.”

Dr Ahmad Rad
ISA Transactions covers advances and state-of-the-art developments in the science and engineering of measurement and automation. The bimonthly journal has increased in popularity over the last several years, with hundreds of industrial practitioners and applied researchers holding subscriptions.

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, distributes ISA Transactions on behalf of ISA to an international audience via an electronic platform called ScienceDirect. Incorporating a full-text scientific database of articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books, ScienceDirect provides access to more than 10 million users worldwide.  

Get your copy!
Click here to order ISA Transactions through the Elsevier web site.
ISA members can access the online version of ISA Transactions at no cost; 
Members may also subscribe to the print version for $99. 
ISA also offers subscription options for non-members and institutions.

Measurement topics covered in ISA Transactions include sensors, perception systems, analyzers, signal processing, filtering, data compression, data rectification, fault detection, inferential measurement, soft sensors and hardware interfacing; and the techniques that support these technologies, such as artificial intelligence, fuzzy logic, communication systems and process analysis.

Automation topics frequently referenced in the journal include statistical and deterministic strategies for discrete event and continuous process control, modeling and simulation, event triggers, scheduling and sequencing, system reliability, quality, maintenance, management and loss prevention; and the equipment, techniques, and best practices that support them such as optimization, learning systems, strategy development, security, and human interfacing and training.

A recognized authority for evaluating journals since 1975, the JCR supports an annual systematic review of the world’s leading journals in 232 disciplines, using a combination of metrics and millions of cited journal data points that provide context in assessing journals’ scholarly value.
The JCR are relied upon by:

  • Librarians to evaluate and document the value of their library research investments.
  • Publishers to determine journals’ influence in the marketplace, review editorial policies, monitor competitors, and identify new opportunities.
  • Authors and editors to identify the most appropriate, influential journals in which to publish.
  • Researchers to discover where to find the current reading list in their respective fields.
  • Information analysts and bibliometricians to track bibliometric and citation trends and patterns.

Making the Industrial Internet real for customers!

GE Intelligent Platforms has upgraded the company’s core Automation Software products, Proficy HMI/SCADA - iFIX and Proficy HMI/SCADA - CIMPLICITY, as well as new capabilities that deliver on the promise of the Industrial Internet. Upgrades to the company’s breakthrough Proficy Mobile software solution provide faster response with the right information in context to equipment, location and role.
Proficy Mobile is a proven mobile app with patented secure-by-design technology that requires no development and can be layered on top of existing systems. Upgrades to the solution allow managers to view and execute workflows, and facilitates a tight integration with SCADA systems for faster response on alarms. It also enables easy configuration for geo-intelligence capabilities which can be used now with Google Maps.

With Proficy Mobile Tasks, operators and technicians can develop a dynamic task list with interactive, step-by-step instructions. This capability drives plant teams to the right actions so companies can enforce compliance and quality as well as reduce time and waste. Wherever they are, operators can receive information about upcoming issues and see critical steps that they might need to initiate to prevent that issue from occurring, mitigating the threat of unplanned downtime.

With the solution’s Mobile Notes, managers can easily increase collaboration across teams and augment documentation with the latest changes to system parameters. Operators can enter comments, take and attach pictures, and include KPI details, and then, using filters, retrieve any of that information immediately.

“By using advanced mobile apps such as [Proficy Mobile] on the latest generation of mobile iOS and Android devices, companies can drive efficiencies and reduce downtime with real-time access to operational information,” said Janice Abel, Principal Consultant for ARC Advisory Group in a recent ARC report. “The app is just the beginning of the new industrial revolution with functionality that leverages and builds upon other mobile capabilities.”

Based on decades of GE innovation, award winning Proficy* HMI/SCADA – CIMPLICITY precisely monitors and controls every aspect of a company’s SCADA environment, equipment and resources.

Proficy HMI/SCADA Cimplicity 9.0
Version 9.0 brings a set of new capabilities that enable companies to develop better applications, improve operators’ experience, extend the reach of existing systems, and take advantage of the latest OS and interoperability technologies. Proficy HMI/SCADA - CIMPLICITY 9.0 reduces time to value through richer context allowing users to improve structured databases quickly and easily, enabling Real-time Operation Intelligence (RtOI) providing the right information, anytime, anywhere.

New features of CIMPLICITY 9.0 include improved configuration capabilities, better interaction with new, richer protocols, and an improved operator experience with reduced alarm noise. There is also a new object library and long point names allow 256 characters for building a structured database quickly. GE Intelligent Platforms is also including Proficy Historian for SCADA in the new release.

Proficy HMI/SCADA iFIX 5.8
Building on a track record of success and continual enhancements, the latest release of Proficy HMI/SCADA - iFIX enables companies to drive better analytics and leverage more reliability, flexibility and scalability across the enterprise. This proven real-time information management and SCADA solution includes latest-generation visualization tools and a reliable control engine.

In its newest version, iFIX now supports dynamic resolution for graphics including more efficient rendering and reduced CPU footprint. This capability allows support for deploying iFIX graphics on widescreen monitors, LCD TVs and the ability to move graphics from one resolution to another.

“The Industrial Internet is all about access to information,” said Matthew Wells, GE Intelligent Platforms’ General Manager for Automation Software. “Access to accurate, timely production and process data is critical and that is what these solutions deliver. We leverage the latest technologies and listen to the needs of our customers to make the Industrial Internet real for them and their businesses.”

Single-cell drug discovery support system!

Yokogawa's confocal image single-cell drug discovery support system has been selected for the Japan Science and Technology Agency’s (JST) next-generation technology transfer program (NexTEP). NexTEP was created to promote efforts by companies to find practical applications for the technologies (including those covered by patents) and research findings of universities and public research institutions.

The confocal scanner
The confocal scanner is a scanning unit that focuses laser beams on individual points on a plane to acquire tomographic images of live cells at selected depths, without the need for slicing the sample. Thanks to its clear images and industry-leading imaging speed, Yokogawa’s confocal scanner is widely used in research institutions around the world. The Yokogawa drug-discovery support system that incorporates this scanner unit is an automated testing tool that looks at cell functions, administers drug candidate compounds to cells, takes pictures of induced intracellular changes, and analyses reactions. This system also leads the industry in screening speed and resolution.
Through this undertaking, JST aims to develop a new drug-discovery support system that will integrate a single-cell mass spectrometry method developed by the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center’s Laboratory for Single Cell Mass Spectrometry with high-speed imaging and high-precision positioning technologies that Yokogawa has developed for its confocal scanner units and drug-discovery support devices.

For the development of new drugs, multiple cells are typically ground to analyse intracellular metabolism and thereby verify the efficacy and side effects of a particular candidate drug. A drawback of this technique is that molecular changes in individual cells cannot be analysed in sufficient detail. In addition, large numbers of animal and human cells are required.

With this new system, JST aims to clarify how molecules of a candidate drug reach a specific cell and the changes that take place there. Single-cell mass spectrometry is a technique for the analysis of target molecules that have been suctioned out from individual cells as they are being observed under a microscope. The system that is to be developed will speed up this process by automating the identification of cells and molecules where unusual changes have taken place, and automatically capturing target molecules. In addition to speeding up analysis, this will reduce costs.

Yokogawa will work with RIKEN to develop a system that will accelerate the development of new drugs by enabling the quick and precise analysis of the effect that candidate drugs have on intracellular metabolism.

Single-cell mass spectrometry is a method whereby cell molecules are suctioned out using a microfine glass tube (nanospray chip), ionised with an ionising organic solvent, and analysed (to identify type and amount) using a mass spectrometer. Performed under a microscope, this method is fast and the analysis results are highly precise. While a large sample is needed with conventional methods, this analysis method requires just one cell, and it can also quantify intermediate metabolites and trace metabolic pathways to final metabolites.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Simplifying modern control system tuning! #PAuto #ISAuto

The International Society of Automation (ISA) tells us that the newly released third edition of its Tuning of Industrial Control Systems book simplifies modern control system tuning by eliminating mathematical complexity and addressing the real-world needs of control system technicians.

The authors, Dr Armando B. Corripio,  and Michael Newell, drew upon their project management experiences at major oil refineries to move away from the more academic approach of the two previous editions, and more simply explain how to improve control performance.

For example, the authors concentrate on just two rules for tuning—one that works best for common loops and the other for dead-time dominated loops.
Dr. Corripio, Professor Emeritus in chemical engineering at Louisiana State University (LSU), says that a more simplified explanation of tuning makes it easier to master today’s fundamental control techniques.
“By being less academic in approach, and removing a lot of the mathematical terminology, we’re able to improve understanding of how modern control systems work and help technicians better apply what they’re learning in the workplace,” he points out.

For instance, the third edition:
  • Eliminates references to first- and second-order models since these terms are highly mathematical and reduce appreciation for the usefulness of the models.
  • Removes the distinction between series and parallel proportional-integral-derivative controllers (PIDs) since most modern installations use the series version and there is little difference between the tuning of the two versions.
  • Relies on a single set of tuning strategies: the quarter-decay-ratio (QDR) formulas slightly modified by the Internal Model Control (IMC) rules for certain process characteristics.
Corripio says the project management experience the authors gained at oil refineries gave them valuable insights and exposure to real-world issues and dynamics.
“I became better able to address a non-academic audience,” he relates. “When I co-wrote the first two editions, I was a professor and made much more of an academic mindset and perspective.”
Also unique to the third edition are:
  • A chapter on auto-tuning software, a feature of most modern control systems that the authors contend greatly simplifies the acquisition of process data for effective tuning.  During their work at oil refineries, the authors utilized auto-tuning as a reference to guide selection of final tuning parameter for the controllers, and found it less disruptive than relying on manual processes.
  • A thorough explanation of the control strategies of cascade, feedforward and decoupling—all of which are demonstrated with simulation examples.
All of the example responses were generated using simulation software to illustrate the tuning and show the differences of:

  • Tuning controllable versus dead-time dominated loops
  • Averaging versus tight level control
  • Cascade control versus simple feedback control of a jacketed chemical reactor
  • Feedforward control versus simple feedback control
  • Decoupler control versus simple feedback control of a blender

Process and part quality monitoring system on show!

Kistler Instruments will be showing the latest version of its maXYmos TL process and part quality monitoring system with a wide range of compatible sensors at this year's Medtec Ireland. Building on the success of the maXYmos BL version, the maXYmos TL has increased capability with up to 8 XY channels and compatibility with a wide range of sensor types and communication protocols making it ideal for a variety of demanding process monitoring and product testing applications.
The maXYmos TL, TL standing for “Top Level”, may be used for the same simple force-displacement monitoring as the basic version but the extended functionality makes more challenging assembly and product testing applications well within its capability. The extensive functionality and straightforward operating concept using an intelligent touch screen menu system have been proved on the maXYmos BL. Key features of this high end XY monitor are more powerful evaluation techniques, a larger selection of connectable sensors, wide range of fieldbus types, expandability up to 8 pairs of XY-channels and a large (10.4"), high-resolution, colour touch screen display.

The fast data acquisition rate of 20kHz and cycle times down to 0.05 second, compatibility with a wide range of force, torque, pressure, position and angle sensors and communication with a number of different PLC types using Profibus DP, Ethernet/IP, PROFINET & EtherCAT connectivity provides the speed and flexibility demanded by current production methods and test regimes. The system can accept signal input from a wide selection of sources including strain gauge, piezoelectric and potentiometer sensors, +/-10V, LVDT, incremental and SSI encoders. The system analyses the relationship between any two inputs or one input against time and can be expanded to monitor up to eight XY pairs using one master display.

Report generation agreement!

Ocean Data Systems has announced that GE Intelligent Platforms will resell Dream Report as a Report Generation tool for use across their automation software portfolio of products.

GE Intelligent Platforms will become an OEM of Ocean Data Systems and will deliver Dream Report to their customer base. Dream Report already includes drivers for most GE Intelligent Platforms products with direct interfaces for Proficy® HMI/SCADA - iFIX, Proficy HMI/SCADA - CIMPLICITY, Proficy Historian, and a combination of open standards such as OPC DA, OPC AE and OPC HDA and business standards such as OLE-DB and ODBC to interface with their other products. Over time, additional interfaces will be developed as necessary to provide the best integration experience for customers. GE expects to begin reselling Dream Report by the end of August.

"GE Intelligent Platforms customers have already been leveraging the benefits of Dream Report in their applications," said Roy Kok vice president of sales and marketing for Ocean Data Systems. "This partnership will extend that relationship to more and to future customers."

"GE prides itself on delivering leading technology in all areas. Our focus on Real-time Operational Intelligence (RtOI) means that we deliver the right information to the right individual at the right time," stated Prasad Pai, product manager for Proficy HMI/SCADA products, "and Report Generation is an important component in that information flow."

Gas sensor range extended!

City Technology, part of Honeywell, has added six new sensors to its electrochemical sensor range. The 5OxLL long life oxygen (O2) and A5F+ carbon monoxide (CO) sensors extend the 5 Series range - widely used by high specification flue gas analyser manufacturers globally requiring EN 50379-2 compliance. The new 4 Series range includes the 4OxLL long life O2, 4OXV O2, 4F and 4MF CO sensors - designed for use with EN50379-3 compliant analysers.

Emissions gas sensing for domestic and light commercial boiler combustion analysis can be a challenge. Sensors are subjected to high humidity, temperature changes, corrosive and acidic gases which can cause field failures and measurement inaccuracies - compromising performance and stability and increasing servicing/calibration needs. A suitable sensor should be built to a high specification and from resistant materials that enable them to withstand these conditions. Added to this is the ever-present need to reduce operational costs. With much focus on the specification of the analyser itself, it is essential to remember that an analyser is only as good as its sensors.

The new 5OxLL long life O2 sensor is RoHS compliant and designed to operate for the whole life of the analyzer. It reduces the cost of ownership and field failures through enhanced stability, and enables analyzer manufacturers to reduce servicing costs. 5OxLL’s impressive longevity is achieved by its “electrochemical pump” technology, removing the need for a consumable lead anode; the life limiting component in today’s comparable sensors.

The new A5F+ CO sensor is ideal for “high range” applications (up to 20,000ppm) which traditionally require a second sensor to meet EN50379-2. A5F+’s robust and advanced design is H2 compensated and also includes high capacity filter to achieve reliability and extend operational life (5 years).

City Technology’s new compact 4 Series sensors include the 4OXV O2 sensor, with a 2 year life and the 4OxLL long life O2 sensor – designed to match the lifetime of the average analyzer. This new range also includes the 4F and 4MF CO sensors, offering low and high range measurements; 4F (0-20,000ppm) and 4MF (0-100,000ppm). Both sensors include robust internal acid gas filters to ensure operational life in demanding emissions environments.

Tom Gurd, Product Marketing Manager for City Technology comments: “The addition of our new premium 5 Series sensors, designed for high-end analytical flue gas analyzers and the new 4 Series emissions sensors for combustion efficiency instruments used in installation and service applications, extend our market leading portfolio. These products respond to key market drivers such as benchmark compliance, enhanced sensor reliability and reduced cost to serve. With over 25 years’ emissions sensing expertise, we have considerable knowledge of core market needs and what today’s equipment manufacturers and end users demand.

“These six new sensors use advanced component design, ultra-resistant materials, high activity electrodes and high capacity filters ensuring repeatability, stability and accuracy as well as fastest response times. They also help businesses leverage sizeable operational efficiencies by reducing measurement time and service time.”

• Read also Emission sensors Q&A session with Tom Gurd! 

Control in geothermal station!

Yokogawa is to supply the control system for unit 5 of the Kamojang geothermal power station in Indonesia. The order for this project was received through Tokyo Denki Sangyo Co., Ltd., a Yokogawa sales agent, and was placed by Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., which is responsible for manufacturing and delivering the unit's steam turbine and generator.

This geothermal plant is owned and operated by PT. Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE), the geothermal arm of the state-run oil and gas company, Pertamina, and is located in Garut, a city situated approximately 40 km from Bandung City, West Java, Indonesia. Unit 5 will have a 35 MW power generation capacity, and its construction is scheduled to be completed by July 2015, whereupon it will be commissioned and enter service.

For the monitoring and control of unit 5's steam turbine and auxiliary facilities, Yokogawa's subsidiaries Yokogawa Engineering Asia and Yokogawa Indonesia will supply the CENTUM(R) VP integrated production control system, InsightSuite(R) AE plant asset effectiveness optimisation services, PRM(R) plant resource manager, Exaquantum(tm) plant information management system (PIMS), and a plant operation training simulator. In addition to being responsible for the delivery of these systems, these companies will provide support during the engineering and commissioning phases.

Unit 4 at this plant also uses a Yokogawa integrated production control system, CENTUM(R) CS 3000. Completion of the current project will bring to 11 the number of control systems that Yokogawa has provided for geothermal power plants in Indonesia.

Geothermal energy can generate a stable supply of electricity day and night, and in all weather conditions. Since no carbon dioxide is emitted, it is regarded as an attractive alternative to fossil fuels. Indonesia has the world's largest geothermal energy resources and is planning many additional projects to exploit these resources.

To grow its industrial automation and control business and contribute to the realisation of a sustainable society, Yokogawa is targeting renewable energy fields such as geothermal power. As such, the company will be seeking to expand the provision of its solutions in Indonesia and other geothermal resource-rich countries.

Resistor manufacturer returns.

After a well-received appearance at last year’s Export Connect Cy Wilkinson, managing director of Cressall Resistors, has been invited to return to the event and speak at the 2014 conference. Run by SayOne Media, it will take place in  London on September 9, 2014.

Cy Wilkinson
One of several speakers on the day, Wilkinson’s half hour presentation will focus on Cressall’s experience in export markets gained over decades of work overseas. He will concentrate on the strategies used to overcome cultural and regulatory barriers in worldwide markets.

The session will expand on Wilkinson’s previous presentation at last year’s event which provided delegates with much needed insight into export operations from a small and medium enterprise (SME) point of view. He offered useful, real life, examples of the challenges UK manufacturing companies face.

Cressall is set to take to the stage among a diverse group of industry professionals, with speakers from a number of companies including Typhoo Tea, Hockley International and Fracino. This year’s Governmental speaker will be Andrea Walker from UK Export Finance, which is also a partner of the event, along with organisations such as the Automation Advisory Board and the Lean Management Journal.

Part of the Manufacturers Accelerated Growth series, Export Connect provides attendees with a guide to successful export into new territories with regional spotlight sessions on North America, Brazil, the Middle East, India, Asia and Russia. The essential information, contacts and best practice provided by senior manufacturers, industry experts and peers will present a strong platform to enable further overseas growth.

“Export is the lifeblood of British industry,” explained Wilkinson. “It’s an integral part of the economic recovery. Cressall has over 100 years of experience to share, but I’m sure we can learn something new as well.”

High quality test lead sets!

Cliff Electronics has been manufacturing test leads for a number of market-leading electrical test equipment OEMs for many years and is now making a wide range of test leads available direct to end users via major electrical wholesalers nationwide.

In response to increasing numbers of enquiries for replacement test leads and enquiries for types of lead sets not available from other suppliers Cliff will be offering a very comprehensive range of standard test lead sets and are happy to provide custom solutions where required.

While investigating the range of third party test leads currently available in the replacement market Cliff has noted there are wide variations in quality of manufacture and reliability. Cliff are offering very high quality professional products manufactured to the same specifications and standards that they supply to their OEM Test Instrument customers

John Hall, General Manager of Cliff Electronics, comments; “As a major designer and manufacturer of test lead sets supplied with many well-known brands of test meters, as well as major suppliers to popular brands of after-market test lead sets, selling our own products direct to end users via major wholesalers is a very logical step. We are also very pleased to announce that with immediate effect our test lead range will be available from City Electrical Factors, one of the largest electrical wholesalers in the UK and will soon also be available from more of our major distributors worldwide”

Test Leads are predominately used by electrical test and safety PAT testers, electrical contractors and test and repair houses. In recognition of this Cliff takes great care in ensuring their test lead products are fully rated for all aspects of IEC61010, particularly with regard to voltage and current ratings, creepage distances and cable specification and insulation ratings. All Cliff products are marked with CAT ratings where required.

Their test leads all use high quality silicone cable with 2 layers of insulation designed so that the white under-layer becomes visible if the outer becomes damaged. This provides a visual alert to the user of a potential safety hazard.

As well as the price advantage of buying direct from the manufacturer, Cliff offers customers the opportunity to increase their sales by offering a full test lead range which meets the needs of many brands of test equipment for contractors, PV installers and PAT users.

As the original manufacturer Cliff can also offer Customers customized branding and labeling if required, and undertake the manufacture any other type of test lead sets to meet local or unique requirements.

Wholesalers, distributors and customers are all assured that Cliff test lead sets are manufactured using the same double insulated silicone cable, components, tolerances and standards which are supplied to OEM customers.

All Cliff test lead sets and components are manufactured in our own ISO9001:2008 certified factories, exceed all relevant safety specifications such as EN601010, and are RoHS compliant.

Machine & process safety training schedule! (Ireland)

Pilz Ireland have announced Public Training Dates and costs for 2014 in Machinery Safety Training & Process Safety Training in Dublin & Cork (IRL)

LoTo Training
Develop a detailed understanding of the requirements of LoTo (Lock Out Tag Out), in particular in relation to Machinery Safety. The training covers both legal requirements and best practice... more information (pdf)
  • Date: 10 September 2014
  • Location: Cork 
  • Cost: €350 per person
  • Date: 22 October 2014
  • Location: Dublin 
  • Cost: €350 per person
CE Marking & Machinery Regulations
Develop a detailed understanding of the key European Directives, in particular the Machinery Directive, in relation to CE Marking and detail the process required to CE Mark a machine ... more information (pdf)
  • Date: 09 September 2014
  • Location: Cork
  • Cost: €350 per person
  • Date: 21 October 2014
  • Location: Dublin 
  • Cost: €350 per person
Robot Safety
This course examines how the risks associated with the use of robotic systems should be assessed and how to achieve safety with high availability and productivity... more information (pdf)
  • Date: 02 October 2014
  • Location: Cork
  • Cost: €350 per person
  • Date: 05 November 2014
  • Location: Dublin
  • Cost: €350 per person

Ethernet speeds London commuters!

Commuters look set to have their busy morning journey made more comfortable thanks to the promise from London Overground of longer platforms and more carriages. Electroustic, a specialist in industrial connectors and Ethernet products, has won a contract to supply network switches for security purposes, to help with the London Overground capacity improvement project.

Electroustic will be supplying Ethernet switches, routers and transceivers to ensure fluid integration of the existing security and communications systems into the new system. The switches will be used in the controlling and monitoring of surveillance on the new longer platforms.   

The £320 million (€403m) London Overground project will improve the capacity of the London Overground by 25 per cent to match increasing passenger demand by the end of 2014. 

Electroustic is a franchised distributor that specialises in factory automation and industrial connectors for a wide variety of sectors, including oil and gas refinery, power generation, industrial manufacturing, rail, mining and many others. 

"We understand the high standards set by IRIS (International Railway Industry Standard), and welcome its objectives focused on improving the quality of the rail sector," explained Paul Carr, managing director of Electroustic. "As preferred partners of Hirschmann and Lumberg Automation, both a part of the IRIS certified brand, Belden, we can offer proven solutions to the rail industry."

The first longer trains will be introduced on the Highbury and Islington to West Croydon/Clapham Junction line from the end of 2014, followed by the Richmond/Clapham Junction to Stratford line by the end of 2015.

Electroustic recently called for industry cooperation to see super fast Wi-Fi on trains become a standard. According to National Rail, only nine of 25 train operating companies currently provide Wi-Fi for public use on trains. Interested parties, who would like to be involved with Electroustic in the creation of a coalition to promote open Wi-Fi on trains, advise transport providers on implementation and make information publicly available should contact

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Expert industrial networking advice and training brought directly to the customer

Mobile Training and Technology Centre makes industrial communications learning easy
To support British system design and application engineers wanting to keep up with the latest industrial communications developments, Westermo has unveiled a new Mobile Training and Technology Centre. Recognising that it can be difficult to find the time to attend conferences, exhibitions and training courses, the Mobile Training and Technology Centre will make it easier for engineers to learn about the latest technologies by bringing working examples and technical experts directly to their door.

Their Mobile Training and Technology Centre will visit companies across Grait Britain, offering engineers the ideal opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a broad range of industrial communication devices. Engineers will also be able to discuss their individual industrial networking requirements with Westermo’s technical experts and gain access to a range of onsite training courses. As well as eliminating any travel or accommodation costs the Mobile Training and Technology Centre provides a controlled learning environment to maximise training time.

Centre provides a controlled learning environment 
maximising  training time                     
“We recognise that it can be difficult for engineers to find the time to attend conferences, exhibitions and training courses to learn about the latest technologies,” said Alan Bollard, Managing Director of Westermo UK. “Supporting Westermo’s philosophy of making industrial communications easy, our new Mobile Training and Technology Centre will come directly to manufacturing sites providing a unique opportunity for engineers to update their knowledge, with minimal impact on their normal daily routine.”

The Mobile Training and Technology Centre is equipped with networked product displays incorporating industrial modems, line extenders and Ethernet switches. These are arranged to show the evolution of industrial communications technology, with devices becoming more robust and reliable, offering increased network resilience and now incorporating easy-to-use management software and network security features. Audio-visual systems will provide interactive demonstrations of the WeOS operating system as well as training presentations and product capability videos.

“Within the UK manufacturing, process and utilities industries, we see an industrial data communications knowledge gap emerging,” said Bollard. “The Mobile Training and Technology Centre, supported by our technical experts, will remove the mystique that can sometimes surround industrial communications products and help to bridge this gap.”

The Mobile Training and Technology Centre supports a range of training courses to be delivered at a customer’s premises, including a new one-day IP training course.

High performance miniature linear motion components!

Thomson Industries has expanded its range of high performance, miniaturised components with the launch of several new products. The new precision TSI Rolled Ball Screws offer high load capacity, smoothness, and quiet operation which can be easily customised. Thomson’s unique design offers up to two times more load capacity than alternate ball screws, resulting in longer life and better return on investment. Screws are available in diameter sizes from 6 to 14mm, with flexible ball nut mounting configurations and precision rolled screws to T7 accuracy class.

The new Thomson Miniature Metric Ball Bushing® Bearings offer smooth and rapid operation in a light, compact package - lasting up to 27 times longer than conventional linear bearings. Lightweight design enables precision movements and short acceleration times. Double-lip integral wipers help secure lubrication while keeping dirt out, which increases life expectancy. Thomson Super bearing plates provide smooth operation and long life. An optional corrosion resistant version is available for use in harsh environments.

The Glide ScrewTM, is another recently launched Thomson product with miniature sizes available. It combines the best features of linear bearings and linear guides into an easy-to-install, one-part solution. It requires no external guides and delivers the ultimate in compact design. Glide Screw™ is a screw and a nut which can handle axial, radial and moment loads and is smaller, simpler and more reliable in many applications than traditional solutions. Its self-lubricating design makes it effectively maintenance free and the product has re-written the rules for achieving linear motion in small machines.

Thomson miniature components provide smooth, precise movement and are ideal for numerous applications in areas including medical diagnostics, test and measurement, rapid prototyping and mechatronics. They provide solutions for movement in every axis of motion in the smallest packages available, enabling more compact machine designs and reduced production costs.

Alongside existing miniature lead screws, linear bearings, profile rail guides, brakes and linear motion systems, the extended range of miniature components now also includes the new, metric rolled ball screws metric linear ball bushing bearings and the innovative Glide Screw™; all of which provide compact and cost effective solutions.

Ben Gambrel, Senior Direct of Marketing, Linear Components Group comments, “We are very excited about this expanded range of miniature products from Thomson. Our market research has shown designers are looking for miniature sizes that don’t require compromises in machine performance. Thomson’s broad offering and quality standards provide OEM engineers peace of mind when designing more compact applications.”

“Incorporating both linear and rotary parts, Thomson miniature products are precisely engineered to work together and ensure faster design times, easy installation, overall improved machine operation and greater reliability. Thomson has vast experience in motion engineering and its miniature range is the widest selection available from a single supplier.”

Thomson provides application engineering assistance during regular working hours in North America, Europe and China with a host of online sizing, selection and design tools available 24/7. Expert engineering support and the widest selection of mechanical motion components from Thomson provide OEM design engineers a quick path to the optimal motion solution for most application

Monday, August 4, 2014

Adaptor for busbar system!

Rittal’s RiLine60, a fully shielded flexible busbar system with a wide range of busbar adaptors, has been exten-ded to include a new OM adaptor ideally suited for the control panel manufacturer. Combining contemporary design and outstanding safety technology, with easy design and speedy installation, RiLine60 offers a safe method of distributing power within cabinets.

A cost effective solution for power distribution, the new OM adaptor with extended connecting cables is desi-gned for control gear components with tension spring clamp terminals. The connection leads are 165mm (previously 130mm) enabling easier connecting and work with products such as: Allen-Bradley 140M-RC2E, Eaton PKZM0, Siemens S00 and Schneider Electric GV2.

Available are four configurations; long and short support frames, adaptor ratings of 16A and 32A and an adaptor width of 45mm.