Friday, August 29, 2014

Ethernet switches use PoE+ standard to provide more power for system devices!

Harting is exploiting the Power over Ethernet (PoE) standard in its latest range of Ethernet switches to provide more power to connected system devices.

PoE and its higher-power variant PoE+ are standards for the parallel transfer of power and data over twisted-pair cable. The Harting switches use the PoE+ standard (based on IEEE 802.3at) to offer power levels of up to 34.2 W, thereby significantly increasing the variety of potential applications.

Up to four Ethernet Switch ports can be simultaneously deployed for the supply of power with Harting's Ha-VIS eCon models. The portfolio includes switches with a 54 V supply voltage and variants with integrated voltage converters. These allow the use of standard 24 V power supplies.

These higher power levels mean that users benefit from greater flexibility in the connection of end devices and the extension of the network by saving on additional components such as power supplies - in addition to time, money and space savings with the cabling.

Developed and optimised for applications in harsh industrial environments, the unmanaged Ha-VIS eCon Ethernet Switches enable the cost-effective extension of existing network infrastructures as well as the construction of new industrial networks.

Thanks to their compact dimensions, the switches in the Ha-VIS eCon family are easy to fit into industrial installations. Users can select exactly the combination of power characteristics and port combinations that fits the application.

Industry awards finalists announced!

The judging for the PPMA Group Industry Awards has now been completed and the finalists announced.

To attend the awards ceremony
Tom Fisher on +44 (0)20 8773 8111 
Mr Dave Atkinson, UK Head of Manufacturing from Lloyds SME Banking and headline sponsor said “The bank has made a serious commitment to supporting UK manufacturing in recent years and our partnership with the PPMA further demonstrates our support and understanding of manufacturing business.”

The gala dinner event will take place on the first night of the PPMA show on Tuesday September 30th at the National Motorcycle Museum adjacent to the NEC in Birmingham. Everyone is welcome whether a member of the PPMA or not, from suppliers to end users. The event will be hosted by TV comedian and impressionist Rory Bremner and ITV presenter Helen Fospero.

Gary Wyles from Festo also commented “we are also very pleased to be associated with the awards and promoting the value of apprenticeships within our industry with the current skills shortage”

Sponsors of the event include; Lloyds Bank, Festo, Linx Printing Technologies, Omron, PPMA Group Insurance, Stemmer Imaging, Tekpak and tna.

The awards will take place alongside the PPMA Show. The show will be opened by Michael Portillo and includes high profile speakers such as Tesco, M&S, Coca Cola and the Groceries Code Adjudicator – explaining how she is policing the food sector manufacturing supply chain and outlawing some of the current practices. The exhibition is being attended by over 8,000 visitors and hosts 320 exhibitors.

LED drivers launched!

Stadium Power has launched an unrivalled range of competitively priced LED drivers for a wide range of indoor and outdoor use in LED based lighting and signage applications.

The new range includes the LDP series, offering 24, 36 and 48V constant current outputs over the range 25, 40 and 60 watts, with an optional dimming function via a signal from a dimming controller with PWM/1-10Vdc control signal and a 3 year warranty. Typical applications include industrial LED lighting and moving sign applications

Designated LDP25, LDP40 and LDP60 standard features include; wide universal AC input range from 90-305Vac, active power factor correction (PFC) >0.9, low inrush current >5A, low profile, narrow footprint for ease of installation, low flicker for stable lighting output, continuous short circuit and over voltage protection, fully isolated plastic case and optional IP67 water proofing for outdoor or harsh environmental conditions. The LDP60 model may be specified as dual 30W outputs or a single 60W output.

Stadium Power now offers customers the ability to buy its LED Drivers and a wide range of other standard products direct from the website Buy Online. The “buy online” range also includes AC-DC power supplies, DIN Rail PSUs, EN54 power supplies, battery chargers and EMC Filters.

Radio logger range launched!

Gemini Data Loggers has announced the launch of new radio loggers – Ultra Radio. Building upon the capabilities of Gemini’s existing Radio System, the new Ultra Radio units have a low profile, compact design, making them ideal for discreet indoor environmental monitoring in a variety of premises. Loggers in the Ultra range monitor voltage, current and count as well as temperature and humidity and are powered by readily available alkaline batteries, with mains powered versions also available.

Tinytag radio data loggers are ideal for use in premises with a medium to large number of monitoring points, gathering environmental data automatically using wireless communications. Data is sent via a receiver for direct viewing on a PC, across a Local Area Network, or remotely across the internet. The system self-configures to form a mesh network and is flexible, allowing loggers to be moved or added as requirements change. Data will re-route in the event of a temporary obstruction and the loggers also record the data locally, enabling robust recovery if communications problems occur. Alarm warnings can be sent via email, which in turn can be used to generate text messages, enabling corrective action to be initiated.

The unobtrusive design of the Ultra Radio range means the loggers are ideal for indoor monitoring in public buildings, offices, workplaces, retail premises and schools. A wall mounting bracket is included so that they can be positioned securely. The Ultra Radio units include two dual channel temperature and relative humidity loggers: one unit with internal sensors, and one for use with external probes. There are four single channel temperature loggers: a unit incorporating an internal sensor; and the others for use respectively with a thermistor probe; or a PT100 or a PT1000 probe – both of which are new to the Tinytag radio range.

New to the Ultra Radio System are loggers each monitoring count inputs, and low voltage and current, making them ideal for use with third party sensors to record properties such as pressure, flow rates and footfall. Loggers monitoring different parameters may be combined in each system to meet many varied applications. This versatility makes it an effective solution for example, in monitoring not only temperature/RH conditions, but also footfall, in public buildings such as museums, exhibitions areas and art galleries.

The receiver and loggers in the Ultra Radio range are compatible with existing Tinytag Radio products, and can be mixed and matched within a single system. This Tinytag Radio System is therefore a very versatile solution for meeting the varied demands of the application, the type of premises and the monitoring parameters and ranges required.



• Gemini TinyTag products are marketed by Manotherm in Ireland

Vice-president of sales for Asia Pacific appointed & office opens in Shanghai!

PAC recently welcomed Samuel Wong as the Vice-President of Sales for Asia Pacific. Mr. Wong has over 25 years of sales experience in the oil and gas, marine, power generation, and transport industries.

He joins PAC from AMOT where he was the Director of Sales for Asia Pacific since 2006. In this role, he had consistent revenue growth and also built out a commercial organization in China that supports its Asia Pacific customer base. Prior to joining AMOT, he worked for United Development Hong Kong, Daewoo Hong Kong and MAN Diesel & Turbo Hong Kong in various executive sales positions with increasing responsibility.

“I am excited to join PAC and help support the growth in Asia Pacific. I plan to focus on improving overall customer experiences and help our customers identify and solve the challenges in this dynamic Asia Pacific market, " said Mr. Wong.

In addition, PAC will be opening a new technical facility in the pilot free trade zone of Shanghai, China in October of this year. This first class facility will be our center for our regional customer training and also serve as a manufacturing and distribution center for our instruments and spare parts to better support our Asia Pacific customers. This new facility is in addition to our sales office at United Plaza in Shanghai.

“We are pleased that Samuel joined PAC. His experience in building local organizations in Asia Pacific is going to be important for our growth in that region. As a first step in building out an organization, we are opening a new technical facility in Shanghai. From our two Shanghai locations, we will be able to fully support our customers and channel partners for all their needs, including sales, customer service, service, and operations, which will enable us to provide better service and quickly respond to our customer base in the region,” says Eric Schellenberger, PAC President.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wireless instrumentation range now available in Japan!

Mantracourt Electronics has announced that it has appointed Tokyo Sokki as a technical partner for Japan. Tokyo Sokki will assist in the sales and technical support for Mantracourt’s broad range of load cell amplifier technology and wireless instrumentation systems.

"We are delighted with this appointment,” said Louise Stubbs, Marketing Co-ordinator at Mantracourt. "Much of Mantracourt’s success has been built on working closely with Technical Partners, helping us to understand their requirements and to assist them in selling our products. Tokyo Sokki is a very good match for this approach, they have a high level of technical expertise and experience in this field, and provide excellent customer service."

Tokyo Sokki have been experts in the field of strain measurement for over 50 years, through the development and manufacture of strain gauges, measuring instruments and transducers.

In co-operation with Mantracourt, Tokyo Sokki has achieved certification for Mantracourt’s T24 wireless telemetry product range. The T24 range now complies with the strict Japanese technical regulations for radio equipment (TELEC Certification). This was gained from the Telecommunications Bureau of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

The Mantracourt T24 wireless telemetry range is a flexible low power radio system designed to enable the transmission of high accuracy measurement data including voltage, current, pulse, temperature, displacement and also data from pressure sensors and load cells.
With a combination of transmitter and receiver technologies, users are able to remotely monitor instrumentation readings.

A T24 module can transmit to a range of receivers including handheld indicators, digital displays, analogue and serial outputs, PC display and wireless printer and has various powering options. Data is provided in real time at variable speeds with a direct line of sight range of up to 200 meters, which can be extended with the use of high gain antenna’s and repeaters.

“The T24 wireless instrumentation products have helped introduce instrumentation to many new and innovative applications,” said Louise Stubbs. ”Whether it is moving parts on a machine or difficult to access equipment, wireless technology is enabling a new generation of measurement. In this respect, we are very pleased to have located such a talented and knowledgeable technical partner in Tokyo Sokki to help us spread the word on the T24 product range”

CPD claimable at water & waste event.

WWEM 2014 visitors will be able to claim Continuing Professional Development (CPD) time for the event’s Conferences, Forums and Workshops. WWEM organiser Marcus Pattison says: “This is great news for the event because it provides formal recognition of the value of the many learning experiences at WWEM 2014 and provides delegates with reassurance that their visit will be worthwhile.”

This international Water, Wastewater and Environmental Monitoring conference and exhibition will take place at the Telford International Centre (GB) 5-6th November. CPD Certification will be applicable to the following components of the event:

1. Conference: ‘Regulation Updates for Process Operators’
2. Conference: ‘Laboratory Techniques and Quality Procedures’
3. Seminar: ‘The application of chromatography-mass spectrometry to environmental water analysis’
4. The Flow Forum
5. The SMART Water Forum
6. Over 80 Workshops on specialist environmental monitoring themes

WWEM 2014 (www.wwem.uk.com) will provide delegates with the latest information on the techniques, technologies, methods, standards and regulatory requirements that relate to monitoring both on-site and in the laboratory, covering sampling, field analysis, gas detection and continuous water and wastewater applications.

Pre-registered visitors will have free access to the Workshops, a Flow Demonstration area, the SMART Water Forum, the Flow Forum and the WWEM exhibition, featuring over 130 stands. Parking and refreshments are also free.

Injection control panel!

Lowers installation costs, improves control and offers superior visibility to configuration, status and history

Emerson Process Management has introduced a new Injection Control Application designed for the FloBoss™107 flow computer and ROC800-Series remote operations controller to accurately measure and control water or steam delivered to injection wells.

The Injection Controller Application replaces PLC programming with a simple, configurable interface, helping to reduce commissioning effort and cost.

When flow is measured and controlled at an injection manifold, the ROC800 can support multiple injection streams. An integral wireless gateway allows remote wellhead pressure measurements to be easily incorporated in the control scheme. Alternatively, the FloBoss 107 measures and controls flow at the wellhead.

The application’s configurable dual objective control feature fulfils common injection control requirements such as flow rate target with wellhead pressure override, while also facilitating complex control strategies. Water or steam plant ‘start-up’ sequences are simplified by the application’s ‘no flow’ valve pre-positioning feature.

The injection control application is SCADA-ready and supports multiple streams. The FloBoss 107 supports up to four streams while the ROC800 supports up to 25 streams. The application accumulates hourly, daily, and monthly values for all parameters on each flow stream and the values of the flow stream can be retained in the controllers for up to 35 days. These features give superior visibility to injection configuration, status and history.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Rotary step attenuator for high-end audio applications


Now available from a new dedicated rotary switch web shop, RotarySwitchesOnline.com is the Elma A47 audio attenuator, the first device to be announced in a new series of PCB-based audio switches being introduced by Elma Electronics.

Set up by Foremost Electronics,  Rotary Switches Online is set to become a one-stop online source for both electronics OEMs, Audiophiles and DIY HiFi enthusiasts around the world. In addition to a wide range of rotary switches and potentiometers they will also stock contemporary and vintage control knobs and accessories.

The A47 Rotary Step Attenuator incorporates a PCB based switch contact system and has been designed specifically to provide volume control for high-end audiophile equipment and offers outstanding sonic performance and precise tactile “feel” when operated. These low-profile switches provide 47 positions that offer much improved accuracy with selectable end-stops from one to eight channels.

Built with uncompromising quality the A47 features Elma’s hallmark indexing feel for superior tactile feedback and a low-bounce contact system with 3 micron gold plating. The product series offers switching torques of 4 and 8 Ncm as standard and are populated with low-noise, high precision SMT resistors offering standard input impedances of 10k, 25k, 50k, 100k or 600kΩ.

Two, non-populated THT versions are available that can be custom populated by the user. The standard version is for 0.125-0.5W resistors, and the “jumbo” PCB version is for those audiophiles that prefer the sound quality of larger wattage resistors. A free Excel-based resistor calculator tool is downloadable from the Elma website.

For convenient remote operation, an optional motorised, remote control kit with a motor drive for the A47 is available as an accessory. A selector switch variant will be added to the series later this year. These audio switches are perfect for mixing desks and outboard studio equipment as well as for high-end home audio and theatre configurations.

Alan Cook, Managing Director of Foremost Electronics, commented, “The new A47 Rotary Step Attenuator is a very high quality product for a very niche market and as such is a very good fit into our product portfolio and business model. We are able to offer a fast response, local service to high-quality audio, broadcast and audiophile equipment manufacturers.”

In addition to the A47 audio attenuator now available from Foremost, this new distribution agreement brings pushbutton switches for audio/broadcast and industrial control where high-resolution full motion video capability is required.

Industrial automation software leader establishes subsidiary in India!


As a result of the ongoing achievements of the zenon distributor Maestro Technologies in India, COPA-DATA has established a subsidiary in the growing Indian market. From August 1, 2014, the newly established branch took over the sales and support of the zenon product family in India.

COPA-DATA India will serve all existing and new zenon clients. The company will target the energy and infrastructure industries, as well as the automotive and pharmaceutical sectors.

Thanks to the close collaboration of COPA-DATA and Maestro Technologies, existing zenon clients based in India can look forward to a very smooth transition facilitated by familiar faces. COPA-DATA India has been set up by the Maestro Technologies Directors.

“Soon after we started our collaboration with COPA-DATA, we realised that zenon should be the key product in our strategy," explained Satish Patil, Managing Director of COPA-DATA India. "zenon’s high-end features and characteristics, such as extensive functionality, rich built-in drivers, ergonomics, and industry-specific product editions help us position the software to targeted industry segments in India. Our success wouldn’t have been possible without a close business partnership with COPA-DATA.”

Maestro Technologies has been a trusted and reliable zenon distributor since 2006. This fruitful cooperation is now set for further growth, with COPA-DATA India providing the best service and support for all zenon users.

“The collaboration between Maestro Technologies and COPA-DATA so far has formed strategic associations with many large engineering companies in India and we see great further potential in the market," beamed a delighted COPA-DATA CEO Thomas Punzenberger. “The team of COPA-DATA India knows our products very well and is ideally equipped to begin work on new projects immediately. I’m pleased to welcome our new colleagues and I’m looking forward to common successes in India.”

The inauguration of the India branch reinforces COPA-DATA’s strategic course for internationalisation and continuous growth. The move comes as the next step after opening the Poland, Korea and Ludwigshafen (Germany) offices.

Miniature air flow transmitter for HVAC

The new transmitter EE671 from E+E Elektronik measures air velocity up to 20 m/s. Thanks to its compact design it is ideal for mass applications in HVAC. The flow sensing element sets new standards in terms of accuracy and resistance to pollutants.

The built-in VTQ flow sensing element based on thin-film technology works on the hot-film anemometer principle. Thanks to its innovative design - made possible by the use of the latest transfer molding technology - the sensor is particularly resistant to contamination. A high reproducibility of the sensor characteristics, fast response time, low angle dependence and excellent long-term stability are further advantages of the high-quality sensing element.

The EE671 is available with cable or plug connection. An alignment strip on the probe and matching mounting flange simplifies installation and ensures proper alignment of the sensor. The flange enables the immersion depth to be infinetly variable.

The measured air velocity is available as linear voltage output (optional 0-1V, 0-5V or 0-10V). The digital interface in combination with a configuration kit allows the customer to set the measurement range, to configure the output signal and to adjust the transmitter.

The EE671 is suitable for use in heating and ventilation systems, for flow monitoring and control or for inlet air monitoring in ovens.

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


New VP of Sales appointed!

Precision Digital Corporation has appointed Alan Williams to the position of Vice President of Sales.

Alan Williams
Williams has over 20 years of experience working in the process industries and over 15 years experience in sales management. He started his career as a process controls engineer with Invensys and has held positions with Emerson, Mitsubishi Electric Europe, and ARC Advisory Group. Williams holds a masters degree in engineering and an MBA from Boston University.

"I am delighted to announce the appointment of Alan Williams as Vice President of Sales," said Jeffrey Peters, President of Precision Digital Corporation. "Alan will be focused on increasing sales of our Premier Products: ProVu, Trident, ProtEX, and Loop Leader, as well as introducing our new wireless and Modbus products over the next year or so."

"I am excited to be joining Precision Digital as we look to expand our business to meet global demand," said Alan Williams, VP Sales of Precision Digital. "Precision Digital has a unique knowledge of digital and analog electronics design and understands what it takes to deploy these technologies in the regulated process industries. Working closely with our channel partners, we are looking forward to introducing innovative solutions that extend our role as the preferred supplier of local control and display solutions. This includes new panel meter and controller products using modern protocols, wireless solutions, as well as traditional analog signals in advanced display and control devices."

• Precision Digital products are marketed in Ireland by PJ Boner & Co.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Continuing professional development in datacentres switchgear assy!

Rittal Ltd has launched three new accredited seminars to support customers in their Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The seminars have been reviewed and assessed by the Chartered Institute of Building Engineers (CIBSE), to ensure the technical content is of a high standard and offers valuable CPD to delegates. All attendees will receive a certificate as evidence of their participation.

The seminars, which are free of charge, take the form of short informative presentations, a workshop and are as follows:

Building a Data Centre in the Perfect Storm:
Covering aspects of complete relocation of a Data Centre, including refurbishment and regeneration, this CPD seminar takes the form of a real life case study of Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC). Connecting 130,000 users across 700 buildings and 60,000 computers the case study looks at how NCC delivered a new state of the art data centre and coping with the perfect brain storm of migration and updating whilst maintaining essential IT services.

Aimed at all levels of mechanical engineers, facilities managers, estate managers, electrical engineers and IT managers, this course can be presented at consultant and contractors offices or at Rittal’s specialist Data Centre location in Enfield (GB).
An Introduction to the Application of IEC 61439:
Designed to give a brief introduction to the IEC 61439 (the new switchgear and controlgear assembly producti-on standard), this seminar looks at how it should be applied to the design and manufacture of low voltage switchgear and controlgear assemblies.

Incorporating four key parts: enclosures, climate control, busbar and the devices, the standard looks at assem-blies as a total system and not as individual components and how they react together and perform under test conditions.

Aimed at all levels of expertise within engineering departments, courses can be either presented at consultant or contractors offices or at Rittal’s Head Office showroom and demonstration centre in South Yorkshire, Rittal’s offices in Livingston or, alternatively, at Rittal’s production factory in Plymouth (GB).

Data Centre Energy Efficiency:
Looking at different strategies that can be implemented and the potential gains and compromises that could occur, this seminar covers a broad spectrum of techno-logies and processes including Data Networks, Data Centres, Computer Rooms, Heating and Ventilation as well as IT infrastructure and Building Management.

Aimed at all levels of mechanical engineers, facilities managers, estates managers, electrical engineers and IT managers, this CPD course can either be presented at consultants and contractors offices or at Rittal’s specialist Data Centre location in Enfield.

Pioneering progress in high pressure humidity calibration.

Significant progress in Michell Instruments' project with Britain's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to improve the current high-pressure dew-point generator technology has been reported.
LtoR: Andy Benton (Technical Consultant with Michell Instruments), Andy Sellars (from the Technical Strategy Board) and Kevin Downes (SMART project monitoring officer, appointed by the TSB).
Michell scientists are co-operating on the project with the NPL, which provides scientific consultancy and assessment services. The project is funded by the British Technology Strategy Board. The aim of the work is to enable calibrations of water and hydrocarbon dew point to be made at line pressure, outside of national metrology institutes.

The research efforts have particular implications for the natural gas industry, especially for pipeline operators, as the ability to perform at-pressure calibrations for both water and hydrocarbon dew point will improve confidence in the measurement of these two gas quality parameters at custody transfer of transmissions pipelines. The system offers flexibility to operate at pressures up to 100bar with a choice of carrier gases such as methane to simulate process application conditions.

The project also has significant potential for national metrology institutes themselves, as Dr Stephanie Bell from the NPL explained: ‘Hydrocarbon dew point is a critical measurement for oil and gas industries, but not yet underpinned by practical measurement traceability to national standards. The present project will give NPL access for the first time to detailed results of a hydrocarbon dew-point realisation, and this will greatly inform our judgement of whether similar provision can be made at national standard level.’

Michell Instruments has been at the forefront of research work on humidity measurement technologies for decades, cooperating with the best research groups from renowned universities in UK and the world. More than 30 years ago Michell pioneered the EEC-funded development of the first European humidity transfer standard to create a humidity calibration service which would increase confidence and reliability throughout industry and research. Following this work and, with the gained expertise, Michell’s own calibration laboratory became the world’s first to have recognised accreditation for humidity calibrations.

Michell is also a pioneer in the field of hydrocarbon dew-point measurement, having worked with Shell Research to create the world’s first commercially viable, fully automatic hydrocarbon dew-point analyzer in 1986. The result of this collaboration – the Condumax (currently Condumax II) – is still the most widely used hydrocarbon dew-point analyzer in the world.

• Michell Instruments Products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.


High-performance, pre-integrated and tested VPX systems!

Pentek has announced the launch of the newest member of the SPARK™ development systems, the Model 8267. The Model 8267 is pre-configured 3U VPX system to speed application development for the expansive family of Pentek Flexor® FMC, Cobalt® Virtex-6 and Onyx® Virtex-7 FPGA 3U VPX software radio and data acquisition I/O boards. The Model 8267 is delivered with the selected Pentek hardware configured for either Windows 7 Professional or Linux operating systems along with ReadyFlow® BSP drivers and software examples, fully installed and tested. This pre-integrated system not only targets research and development in a lab environment, but also serves as a platform for deployed applications.

“The Model 8267 SPARK development platform enables engineering development teams at prime contractors or small companies to immediately run example applications out-of-the-box. We tackle the complexity of VPX and work with customers to resolve the profile, topology and module interaction dependencies inherent with VPX system architectures,” stated Rodger Hosking, vice president of Pentek. He added, “All hardware is installed in the appropriate slots, fully configured with proper cabling, power and cooling strategies. The CPU board is configured with optimized BIOS and operating system settings. The customer simply needs to unpack the system, power up and start developing. This proven strategy significantly reduces initial integration efforts.”

Pentek collaborates with customers to select from the extensive family of 526xx & 536xx Cobalt, 527xx & 537xx Onyx and 5973 Flexor FMC-based 3U VPX modules and then evaluates system requirements to define the Model 8267 configuration that is most appropriate for the final application. Various VPX topologies and profile configurations are evaluated to determine best fit alternatives for a given application. Engineering teams big and small alike can take advantage of Pentek expertise to SPARK their design on a tight development schedule.

ReadyFlow Software
Pentek ReadyFlow drivers and board support libraries are preinstalled and tested. ReadyFlow includes example applications with full source code, a command line interface for immediate control over hardware without the need for compiling any code, and Pentek’s Signal Analyzer, a full-featured analysis tool that continuously displays live signals in both time and frequency domains.

System Implementation
Built on a professional 4U 9-slot, rackmount workstation, the Model 8267 is populated with a high-performance VPX single board computer with an Intel Core i7® processor and DDR3 SDRAM. All necessary analog and timing cables are installed and tested, providing SMA connectivity for all analog I/O lines. The Model 8267 can be configured with 64-bit Windows Professional or Linux operating systems. These features accelerate application code development and provide unhindered access to the high-bandwidth links connecting the Cobalt, Onyx and Flexor analog and digital I/O modules.

All new event highlights safety in process industry!

Program places emphasis on improving safety and security in chemical, petrochemical, and oil and gas processing

Click for Advance Programme (pdf)
The International Society of Automation (ISA) has released the advance program for its 2014 Process Control & Safety Symposium, featuring world-class presentations, paper sessions, panel discussions, tutorials, training courses, vendor exhibitions, and other value-packed activities—all designed to help process measurement and control professionals in chemical and energy processing and other process industry sectors operate more safely and securely.

Leveraging the global expertise of six ISA technical divisions, the symposium is expected to draw more than 200 registrants 7-9 October 2014 in Houston, Texas USA. Attendees will learn how everyday decisions can have significant downstream results—both positively and negatively—on plant safety and security as well as on key quality and efficiency metrics. Download the complete conference programme of the 2014 ISA Process Control & Safety Symposium (PCS) on the website!

An all-new event, the symposium brings ISA’s world-class technical content, training and exhibiting opportunities back to Houston in response to strong demand among the area’s automation professionals. Highlights include:
  • Four targeted ISA courses, led by ISA’s globally recognized subject matter experts.
  • Three keynote and invited speakers: Peter Martin, Ph.D., Vice President, Business Value Solutions, Invensys; Maurice Wilkins, Vice President, Yokogawa Global Strategic Technology Marketing Center; and Peggie Koon, Ph.D., 2014 ISA President and Vice President, Audience, Chronicle Media.
  • An extensive, content-rich technical program. 
  • An outstanding vendor exhibit demonstrating the latest technologies and solutions from 25 industry leaders.  
  • A special feature is Vendor Night, to be held on the evening of Tuesday, 7 October, when the exhibit hall will be open to all automation professionals in the Houston area at no charge, and a reception, with cash bar, will be offered.
Attendees can choose from four industry-proven ISA courses (and earn valuable CEUs) encompassing the critical components of safety, security and wireless communications. Which will be held on the Monday (6th October).

Monday, August 25, 2014

New Chief Operating Officer for leading supplier of industrial computer modules!

Matthias Klein has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and member of the Executive Board of cognotec AG.

Matthias Klein
Matthias Klein, who has worked as VP of Operations at congatec since May 2013, joins CEO Gerhard Edi on the Board with immediate effect. While Gerhard Edi focusses on matters of technology and finance, Matthias Klein concentrates on operations and sales.

Prior to joining congatec, Matthias Klein worked for over 16 years at Zollner Elektronik AG, Europe's largest EMS provider with its headquarters in Germany, where he gained experience in the production of advanced electronics. In his most recent position at Zollner as VP of Operations, he had technical and commercial responsibility for four production sites in Germany, Eastern Europe and Asia. Besides customer satisfaction, his focal points included global procurement and supply chain management.

In his new role as a member of the Executive Board, Matthias Klein will drive the continued expansion of congatec's international business. "By establishing additional international EMS services and optimizing production in our target regions, we will soon be in a position to offer our customers even more flexibility. In this newly created position, I can use my experience and ideas better and I look forward to helping congatec speed its success," he says.

"The appointment of Matthias Klein to the Board reflects our continued growth. Together, we will drive the strategic expansion of our product portfolio forward, embracing new technologies such as the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0. With the help of our 170 employees, we will continue to perpetuate the congatec success story into the future," commented congatec CEO Gerhard Edi.

A first for Faroes!

Europe has a number of places, islands and small territories with varying degrees of independance and/or interdependance, places like Andorra, Liechenstein, Aland, San Marino, the Isle of Man and the Islands the Channel between England & France, places that have their origin sometimes lost in the mists of history. Among these is that misty but not too cold place in the North Atlantic, Føroyar or the Faroes.

The Environment Agency of the Faroe Islands together with the municipality of Tórshavn, the capital, has installed two ambient air quality monitoring stations as part of its commitment to monitor the environment and provide air quality data to the public and other interested parties. The stations, which were supplied by Air Monitors, provide continuous meteorological measurements and air quality data for NO2, NOx and a range of different particulate factions.

Urban station in Tórshavn
Rakul Mortensen, an Environmental Chemist for the Agency, is responsible for air quality monitoring. She says: “Air quality measurements have been made in the past, but only on a short-term basis by researchers and consultants, so we are absolutely delighted to be able to conduct our own continuous monitoring, so that we can establish a database of background air quality data.

“The creation of two sites, one urban and one rural, will enable us to determine whether any pollution incidents have arisen from local sources or externally. For example, we received a significant quantity of dust following the volcanic eruptions that took place in Iceland in 2010 and this equipment will enable us to measure any future instances with greater accuracy, so that we can provide the public with informed advice and reassurance."

One of the stations was installed in a remote rural location and the other was installed in Tórshavn in the main urban area near the harbour, which is the area most likely to be affected by local sources of pollution.

Jim Mills  (Air Monitors) with Environmental
Agencies' Rakul Mortensen at the rural 
backgrounder station
The Faroe Islands is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark but are not part of the European Union so it does not have to comply with EU Air Quality Directives. However, the Environment Agency is keen to be able to provide the Islands’ 50,000 population with information on air quality. Rakul says: “The main factors affecting air quality are likely to be road traffic and emissions from the large number of ships that travel to and from the Islands’ ports. However, the monitoring stations have already demonstrated that air quality in the Faroes is generally good, and well within the requirements of the EU air quality standards."

Each of the two monitoring stations included a Thermo Gas analyser Model 42i measuring NO, NO2 and NOx in addition to a Lufft WS600 smart weather sensor for measuring wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, pressure and precipitation. Particulate monitoring is being undertaken with the most advanced technology available; each station has been equipped with a FIDAS, (Fine Dust Analysis System) which provides continuous real-time simultaneous mass concentration measurements of TSP, PM1, PM2.5 and PM10 and TSP providing additional information on particle size distribution from 0.18 to 18 microns and particle number in each size range. All of the monitoring equipment is connected to web loggers manufactured by Envirologger, Air Monitors' sister company.

Jim Mills, Air Monitors' MD, travelled to the Faroe Islands in March 2014 to assist with the installation of the monitoring stations. He said: "The monitors are similar to many of the stations that we have installed in the UK; they are fitted with web loggers that utilise 'cloud' storage for the data and our software engineers are working with the Environment Agency of the Faroe Islands to develop a website so that the public will have quick and easy access to air quality data."

Sample tracking!

Container Manager is a barcode ready module for the Matrix Gemini Sample Tracker software from Autoscribe Informatics, which allows full traceability and tracking of re-usable sample containers and samples through the production/laboratory/sampling process. All actions are audited providing improved traceability and accountability for enhanced compliance. Container Manager tracks the current location of all containers, the sample in each container and the user responsible.

The use of Container Manager prevents the wrong container being used for the wrong sample, as well as positively identifying the current sample content of a given container. This not only eliminates the potential dangers of the wrong testing being carried out on a sample, but also allows the positive identification of container contents if labels become damaged or lost.

Container Manager is fully configurable using Matrix Gemini’s powerful ‘One Time Configuration’ tools, with the option to include information such as maintenance dates and other customer specific fields. This flexibility of configuration makes it easy to extend the workflow(s) to, for example, manage the washing/cleaning and subsequent use of the container.

The module benefits from Matrix Gemini’s dual desktop and browser interface allowing users access to the system by their preferred method. Easy upgrade to full LIMS functionality with full protection of entered data is possible. Container Manager is delivered with a suite of reports including an audit report.