Friday, September 12, 2014

How to calibrate pressure instruments!


The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its Premier Strategic Partner for calibration, Beamex, has scheduled a free web seminar on 2 October 2014 that will discuss the fundamentals of pressure instrumentation as well as some of the appropriate methods for calibration.

The web seminar, which will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, will feature three instrumentation experts: Roy Tomalino, Calibration Engineer at Beamex; Ned Espy, Technical Director at Beamex; and Hunter Vegas, Project Engineering Manager at Wunderlich-Malec.

In a typical process plant, over 60% of instrument applications involve pressure. Pressure instrumentation maintenance is a critical and daily task, yet proper procedures for managing and calibrating these instruments are often overlooked
or not understood.

This webinar is the first of a two-part series, which will cover the principles of pressure instruments and advanced pressure measurement techniques using best practices.

“It is important for every technician to understand the basics of pressure in order to maintain and calibrate their instrumentation properly. Time and time again, I run into technicians that have learned by the ‘school of hard knocks’ or need a refresher on these concepts. They are doing their best with what they know, but have a hard time figuring out the most effective methods. We hope this webinar will help bridge the gap and connect any missing dots,"
states Espy at Beamex, Inc.

“ISA is proud to co-sponsor this informational web seminar focused on calibration. It’s a hot topic in industry, and one that our members and customers encounter every day,” says Jennifer Infantino, ISA’s Manager of Marketing, Communications, and Corporate Partnerships. “As part of our commitment to our corporate partnerships program, we are pleased to participate in free educational programs featuring resources from our partner companies and other industry leaders.”

Together, the trio of presenters possesses more than 50 years of technical training experience. Tomalino, with more than 15 years of technical training expertise, has worked for Hewlett-Packard as a corporate trainer, and has managed new product introductions and worldwide training activities. Most recently, he served as a trainer, certified developer and technical advisor at Honeywell’s Fort Collins, Colorado office, where he supported the “DocuMint” calibration management software and Honeywell’s 2020 portable calibrator.

Tomalino received a bachelor of science degree in computer information from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) electronics technology degree from Denver Institute of Technology. Six Sigma Green Belt certified, Tomalino continues to conduct educational training sessions and provide technical support to Beamex customers.

Espy has been promoting calibration management with Beamex for almost 20 years. He has helped develop best practices for calibration, with a focus on pressure, temperature and multivariable instruments. A consistent editorial contributor to leading industry publications, Espy has received significant recognition within the automation industry. Recently, he contributed to the 416-page book, The Engineer’s Guide to Industrial Temperature Measurement. Earlier in 2014, a paper he wrote, titled “Improved Measurement and Control Utilizing Advanced Calibration Strategies,” was presented at ISA’s Power Industry Division (POWID) Symposium in June. Each day, Espy teaches calibration best practices and provides technical support to end users and the Beamex sales team in North America.

Vegas has worked in the automation industry for nearly 20 years and has participated in more than 2,000 automation projects in the nuclear, pulp and paper, and specialty chemistry industries. He is a frequent contributor to several controls magazines and recently co-wrote, with Greg McMillan, his first book, 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career. Vegas currently works for Wunderlich-Malec as a Project Engineering Manager.

Data connectivity and security key EMEA Conference!

During Matrikon OPC Day Conference EMEA, MatrikonOPC will present the latest data connectivity and management solutions based on the OPC UA and OPC classic standards, today’s best practices for open connectivity, and provide some insight into tomorrow’s developments in OPC.

Held with HUG EMEA
The conference is aimed at engineers, project managers, and control automation professionals and takes place November 10 in The Hague (NL). The Matrikon OPC Day Conference is being held in conjunction with the Honeywell Users Group (HUG), which will take place November 10 through 14. Matrikon OPC experts will be on hand for individual conversations throughout HUG EMEA as well.

Attendees will learn about state of the art data connectivity and data security for control systems giving them the know-how needed to increase the performance, efficiency and safety in their projects. Featuring hands-on demonstrations of the latest OPC UA technology, one-to-one interactions with OPC product experts, and group discussions with other OPC users; this technical conference provides a unique opportunity to get the information needed to make the most of OPC.


"The Matrikon OPC Day Conference EMEA is the perfect venue to interact directly with OPC experts and other users with hands on experience with OPC technology. In addition to showcasing our new OPC UA and OPC Classic products, we are also pleased to offer comprehensive training and workshops on OPC UA to ensure you have the knowledge to effectively plan and implement OPC UA projects successfully", says Jeff Gould, general manager, MatrikonOPC.

Suite of integrated software components launched!

Industrial automation manufacturer Opto 22 has announced PAC Project 9.4, an upgrade to its PAC Project suite of software applications and utilities that provide control programming, HMI development, OPC connectivity, and database integration. This latest PAC Project upgrade supports Opto 22’s new HART protocol SNAP I/O modules, adds the option of logging HMI data to SQL and other ODBC databases, and uses Unicode (UTF-16) text to support Asian, Middle Eastern, and other languages in an HMI. Also, all PAC Project software components now work on PCs running Microsoft Windows 8.1. PAC Project is part of the Opto 22 SNAP PAC System, an integrated system of hardware and software for industrial control, energy management, remote monitoring, and data acquisition applications.

HART SNAP I/O Module Support

PAC Control, PAC Project’s flowchart-based programming application, and other PAC Project components add support for Opto 22’s new HART protocol SNAP I/O analog input and output modules. HART is the most widely used digital communications protocol in process automation, and process engineers and other end users can use new HART-specific commands in PAC Control to exchange status and command data with HART “smart devices” such as field-mounted process transmitters and analyzers. Data from smart devices can be incorporated into a control system just like the analog, digital, and serial signals received from other SNAP I/O modules. This information can be used by the automation system as well as other enterprise systems to increase uptime, improve productivity, and enhance safety.

Database Data Logging and Unicode Support
PAC Display, PAC Project’s HMI development and runtime application, can now optionally write data from trends, historic logs, and operator logs to an ODBC database. This makes realtime control system and plant-floor data readily available for ERP (enterprise resource planning), MRP (manufacturing resource planning), and other business systems. Supported databases include MySQL, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft SQL Server. Database data logging is only available in PAC Display Professional.

PAC Display also adds support for the Unicode (UTF-16) text standard, which expands the languages that can be used in a PAC Display HMI. On-screen objects such as trends, windows, buttons, and labels can now use text from many different languages, including Asian, Middle Eastern, and other languages with non-Roman character sets. Data logs that record information from trends, alarms and other sources can also use these character sets.

All PAC Project software components now support Microsoft Windows 8.1 (both 32-bit and 64-bit versions). Microsoft Windows 8.0 is not supported.

Pricing and Availability
PAC Project 9.4 software will be available September 22, 2014. PAC Project 9.4 Basic is free for download or with purchase of any SNAP PAC controller. It includes control programming and configuration software, HMI development and runtime applications, and an EtherNet/IP communication tool. PAC Project 9.4 Professional is available at a list price of $999 USD and adds a software-based controller for PC-based control, an OPC server, an application for exchanging controller data with enterprise databases, and functionality for upgrading from Opto 22 legacy hardware. PAC Project Professional is required for controller redundancy.

Individual PAC Project Professional software components—PAC Control Professional, PAC Display Professional, SoftPAC, OptoOPCServer, and OptoDataLink—are also available separately at a list price of $399 USD each. All PAC Project components, both Basic and Professional, come with free training and free product support.

New industrial Ethernet switches!

Siemens is extending its portfolio of Industrial Ethernet switches to include new models of the Scalance XR-500 and Scalance X-200 managed product series.

High output coupled with low installation height
The new Industrial Ethernet rack switch Scalance XR524-8C forms the backbone of the production network while at the same time making suitable protocols for transition to office IT systems available. Equipped with 24 gigabit ports and integrated power supplies, the new switch will supple- ment the fully modular Scalance XR528-6M and Scalance XR552-12M models, which come with 28 and 52 ports respectively.
With its low installation height, the new Industrial Ethernet rack helps save space in the control cabinet. 
With its low installation height of just 1 Rack Unit(RU), the new Scalance XR524-8C helps save space in the control cabinet. Its fanless design and redundant power supply ensure a high level of availability. Eight of the 24 ports are configured as combo ports which use pluggable transceivers to allow optional electrical or optical use. An option for link aggregation also offers enormous flexibility in terms of optical connections. Layer 3 functionality can also be enabled using the opti- onal key plug.

The Scalance XR524-8C comes in product variants with different integrated power supplies.
The new Industrial Ethernet rack switch is compatible with all Scalance X switches and devices used for office IT. Like all Sca- lance XR-500 switches, Scalance XR524-8C can be integrated into all usual network management systems and the TIA portal for simple configuration and diagnostics.

New switch for challenging environmental conditions
Scalance X204-2LD TS managed
copes with mechanically &
thermally challenging environments. 
Scalance X204-2LD TS managed is suitable for applications involving exposure to mechanical and thermal stress. As well as an extended temperature range from minus 40 to plus 70 degrees Celsius, the new switch can also be used across an extended supply range from 12 to 32 V DC at a rated voltage of 24 V DC. The switch comes with EN 50155 approval and is capable of reliable operation in mechanically and thermally challenging environments, for instance in railway applications. The Industrial Ethernet switch has four electrical RJ45 ports with retaining collar and two optical BFOC ports (single mode) capable of bridging up to 26 kilometers.

As a Profinet IO device, Scalance X204-2LD TS can also be integrated into IO controller diagnostic functions. Another feature common to all the managed Scalance switches is the C- Plug swap medium, which stores all the relevant configuration data to enable the rapid exchange of devices in case of a fault. «

Analyser manufacturer investing in new premises!

It is probably a sign of improving trading conditions that many manufacturers are ivesting in new people and premises throught the world. Here is another example!

In response to British customer demand SEAL Analytical has recently recruited new technical and sales support staff, and invested in new larger premises. The new Southampton facility includes a state-of-the-art method development laboratory, which will also be used for training and demonstrations, featuring advanced segmented flow analysers such as the AA3 and discrete analysers such as the AQ1, AQ2, and the new AQ400. The lab will also feature block digesters and automated sample/standards preparation equipment.

Sales Manager Nick Watson told us: “This initiative is designed to further improve the levels of service that we provide; our growth is dependent on the relationships that we build with our customers and this investment will help us to ensure that we meet or exceed customer expectations.”

Increased warehouse space will provide a greater capacity for on-demand parts and consumables, and there will be a larger area for maintenance and repairs.


New customer centre opened!

In our recent item on a Process Control Seminar (8/9/2014) we mentioned that it was sceduled to be held in the new facility of Endress+Hauser in Greenwood (IN USA). Now we have more details.

This was inaugurated recently and is a new 80,000 square feet state-of-the-art Customer Centre. This 16 million dollar investment in infrastructure helps to optimise customer support and further underscores Endress+Hauser’s commitment to the US market and its loyal customers in the Americas.

Klaus Endress cuts the ribbon at the opening of this facility
(Pic from a tweet by Flow Control Mag)
Over the past few years, Endress+Hauser has continued to grow its market share in the United States and around the world. This growth is due to the high degree of trust customers have in Endress+Hauser to make their processes reliable, safe, efficient and environmentally friendly. Endress+Hauser answers to this development with sustained investments into US infrastructure which allows the continual strengthening of its market presence. “We want to be close to our customers providing the best possible support,” underlines Matthias Altendorf, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group, adding: “Our investments reflect both our commitment to customers in the process industry and our promise to sustainably generate outstanding value for them.”

In the last 5 years, Endress+Hauser will have invested approximately $150 million (€116 m) into its US operations alone in order to expand its flow, level, pressure, analytical and temperature manufacturing capabilities as well as investments in support structures, projects, services and training organizations. This figure does not include expenses related to the recent acquisitions of SpectraSensors, Inc. and Kaiser Optical Systems, Inc., both specialised in advanced analyser technology.

Added value for customers

Endress+Hauser’s dedication to its customers extends far beyond manufacturing and R&D. Demands on customers for higher productivity in the process control industry isn’t changing. Today, customers are faced with an experienced workforce of operators and technicians retiring in coming years which means they will need to train their next generation of employees. Endress+Hauser’s customer training program recognizes this trend and has built multiple PTUs (Process Training Units) nationwide to address this complex problem.

To help customers keep up with today’s challenges, Endress+Hauser’s new, state-of-the-art Customer Center is suited to greet visitors with a top-notch certified training facility with multiple classrooms and its largest yet PTU controlled by Rockwell Automation’s PlantPAx system for real-world process simulation with over 120 measuring points.

Todd Lucey, Managing Director of Endress+Hauser Sales Center USA, believes that one of the keys to market success in the US is owed to heavy investments made in customer training – the new Customer Center being one of them. “Customers can send operators, maintenance personnel, engineers and other process people to our new Customer Center to get hands-on, real-world application expertise in a state-of-the-art customer training facility,” he said, adding: “Customers are increasingly faced with process and business issues and they can’t get this type of unique training anywhere else.”

Investments made in building the new facilities were to help stay ahead of increasing customer expectations. “5 to 10 years ago we had a handful of products at a typical customer plant site and the customer expected us to deliver high quality instruments,” said Lucey. “But today, the whole plant is full of Endress+Hauser instruments so expectations are considerably higher on us in terms of our capability to support them and help solve complex customer problems. Frankly, the more complex problems we solve, the more complex problems we get from our customers which is really the position we want to be in – and we look forward to that challenge.”

The Customer Center allows Endress+Hauser to provide additional, tailored service and support to its customers, for example with factory acceptance testing. Training, repair, and calibration are now stationed under one roof for faster, more accurate and efficient customer service and turnaround – with additional space for increased customer technical support with technicians available around-the-clock to answer customer questions, needs and concerns.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Flash point instrument improves safety and ease of operation while meeting global standard!

PAC has released its next generation flash point instrument, the Herzog OptiFlash Pensky-Martens. PAC has over 50 years of experience in developing automatic flash point analyzers for petroleum products, biodiesels, solvents, fluxed bitumen, food, and beverages. This newest edition is enhanced by being simpler to use, easier to clean, and safer to operate. The OptiFlash detects flash points up to 400°C and complies to leading global standards, such as ASTM D93, ISO 2719, EN ISO 2719, IP 34, JIS K2265, and GB/T 261.

With the OptiFlash’s intuitive user interface and built-in automation, users can now easily start a test without having to spend time doing manual tasks like installing the flash point and temperature sensors, as well as installing the test cup for each test. Its innovative design also makes it much easier to clean allowing the user to not only disassemble the cup cover without any tools but also to clean highly viscous samples, like bitumen. This improves the reliability of the test results significantly since customers can now run a quick clean before running any new sample.

“Determining the flash point of a product can be a dangerous test to run just due to its nature. With this in mind, PAC made sure to instill the highest safety standards into the new OptiFlash. With its ultra fast optical flame detector, the OptiFlash is the only instrument that can now detect a fire or even small flames in an extended range around the test cup,” says Eric Schellenberger, PAC President.

This new instrument replaces the previously released PAC flash point instruments, the Herzog HFP 339, Herzog HFP 360, and ISL FP93 5G2.

Robust oxygen analyser approved for hazardous area use in Brazil!


Michell Instruments’ XTP601 Oxygen Analyser has been approved for use in explosive atmospheres by INMETRO, the Brazilian National Institute of Metrology, Standardisation and Industrial Quality. The analyzer already carries certification from ATEX, IECEx, TC TR Ex (Russia) and cCSAus: the addition of INMETRO certification increases its global coverage.

Typical hazardous applications for the XTP601 thermo-paramagnetic oxygen analyser include monitoring of inert or blanketing gases in refining, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. It is capable of measuring oxygen ranges from 0-1% up to 0-25% and can make accurate and stable measurements of oxygen in background gases such as hydrogen and methane.

Other Michell products which also have INMETRO certification are the Easidew PRO XP explosion-proof dew-point transmitter and the MDM300 I.S. high speed portable dew-point hygrometer.




• Michell products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology


Remote management offering from HMS!

HMS Industrial Networks has expanded the Netbiter Remote Management offering to include three different services catering for different user needs. The dedicated services enable both quick connection to a single remote machine, as well as advanced projects including multiple installations and users. HMS also presents a new Netbiter EasyConnect gateway (EC310) which communicates via Ethernet only.

Three different services
Netbiter is a cloud-based solution for remote management of equipment such as power generators, PLCs, sensors, tanks etc. Users connect a Netbiter gateway to their equipment and log in to the online data center Netbiter Argos (www.netbiter.net), where they can access their devices online. Netbiter now includes three different services:

  • Remote AccessFree and included with a Netbiter gateway; Opens up a secure tunnel to a PLC or machine. This enables configuration, programming or debugging of almost any industrial device from any location. Users utilise their regular configuration software just as they would if they were on site.
  • View and ControlFree and included with a Netbiter gateway; Allows users to manage a single installation remotely. Online dashboards, alarms and trend graphs provide full insight from any location.
  • Manage and Analyse Subscription-based service; For large-scale, multiple installations with several users. Users can customise the Netbiter Argos interface and integrate data into their own system with the Netbiter Argos API.

Realising the Internet of Things
“With this new service offering, we take another step in making it easier for our customers to access their field equipment online,” says Henrik Arleving, Product Line Manager at HMS Industrial Networks. “We can now offer a quick and easy solution for monitoring a single installation online as well as powerful multi-site management with multiple users for larger installations. Netbiter can now meet even more demands for putting field equipment online, realising the Internet of Things.”

New gateway
HMS also offers a new gateway, the Netbiter EC310, which sends data from the remote site via Ethernet only. This is a complement to the EC350 which communicates both via the mobile phone network (3G/GPRS) and via Ethernet.

Dell to provide dedicated Yokogawa PC Models!

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has signed a contract with Dell Inc. for the global provision of PC models that are selected and customised for Yokogawa use. Under this contract, which was signed on August 20, Yokogawa will offer high-quality system solutions that utilise Dell PCs and Yokogawa industrial automation (IA) system-related products.

Background
High performance PCs that incorporate the latest technologies are being used more and more in the control systems field, for example, by replacing the dedicated terminals used as human machine interfaces and to connect with host systems. However, while a production control system usually remains in use for a period of one to two decades or even longer, new PC hardware, operating systems, and application software incorporating the latest technologies and offering ever higher levels of performance are continually being released. While incorporating this new PC hardware and software in a control system, the control system supplier must take care to ensure that the overall system continues to meet the highest quality standards. To satisfy this need and offer quality system solutions, Yokogawa has concluded this contract with Dell for the supply of dedicated Yokogawa PC models.

Scope of the contract and Yokogawa’s solution
Under the terms of the contract, Dell will supply PCs that have been tested to verify their compatibility with Yokogawa products. Yokogawa will globally distribute these PCs as Yokogawa certified models for use with its industrial automation system-related products, including the CENTUM(R) VP integrated production control system, ProSafe(R)-RS safety instrumented system, Plant Resource Manager (PRM(R)), and Exa series solution-based software. These PCs are “long-life” products that will remain available for twice as long as equivalent commercial off-the-shelf products. To meet a variety of operating conditions and installation requirements, they will be available in a rack-mount or desktop configuration with either a server or client operating system.

The provision of Dell PCs under the terms of this contract will enable Yokogawa to offer high quality system solutions. In addition, this will enable a reduction of maintenance costs. Key benefits are as follows:

  1. Stable operation: As the PC hardware and OS to be used with the Yokogawa system-related products is set for a specified period of time, stable operation is ensured.
  2. Fewer model changes: Because individual models are available for longer periods of time, model changes will be less of a concern when purchasing a new PC, either as an add-on or replacement.
  3. One-stop maintenance service: Yokogawa’s maintenance service will cover both its system-related products and the PCs.

Regarding this contract, Chiaki Itoh, vice president and head of the IA Marketing Headquarters, comments, “How to combine IT and IA is an important management issue for manufacturers because they urgently need to strengthen their competitiveness in the global market and ensure that they are managed in a sustainable fashion. By making the best use of Yokogawa’s IA technologies and know-how accumulated over the years and Dell’s latest technologies and extensive supply chain, Yokogawa will continue to be able to offer its customers solutions that achieve the goals of our VigilantPlant initiative.”

“We are proud to partner with Yokogawa to help deliver next-generation industrial automation systems”, said Joyce Mullen, vice president and general manager OEM Solutions, Dell. “Yokogawa and Dell engineers are collaborating to deliver stable PC models tailored to the needs of control systems.”

Rugged Android tablet for true industrial mobility!

ADLINK Technology has released a new IMT-1 Android 4.2 tablet, integrating the TI OMAP5432 1.5GHz dual-core ARM A15 processor for high performance computing power. Built-in WLAN or optional WWAN connectivity enables the IMT-1 to easily access information in a wide variety of workplace scenarios. An IP54 rating and 1.2 meter (with optional protective housing) drop resistance support significantly ruggedized construction to withstand the most demanding environments.

Consumer-style design with industrial durability
The IMT-1 is as attractive as the market’s leading consumer tablets, with a 10.1” capacitive touchscreen and built-in megapixel cameras on the front and rear. The IMT-1 is fully ruggedized, with IP54-rated structure delivering the durability to withstand drops up to 1.2 meters (with optional protective housing). And the display’s ultra-strong Gorilla® Glass is virtually impervious to damage, able to flex on impact without shattering or scratching.

Functional in various workplace scenarios
The IMT-1 supports 802.11 a/b/g/n protocols for the fastest wireless connectivity in any setting. The data-only modem supports the IMT-1 on optional high-speed 3.5G HSPA+ or 4G LTE cellular connections. In the office or out in the field, with WLAN or optional WWAN connectivity, the IMT-1 supports speedy data transfer and processing. As well, the sunlight-readable display enables clear easy viewing even in the brightest outdoor environments.

Advanced HF RFID technology with data security
The IMT-1’s NFC reader/writer supports recognition of RFID tags (13.56 MHz), and a built-in standard SAM (Secure Access Module) slot dependably secures communication of encrypted data for sensitive and confidential applications.

New engineering director appointed at Intelliconnect!

Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd has appointed Martin Spooner to the new position of Engineering Director. Martin’s responsibilities will include development of new connector products, the company’s cable assembly capabilities and overseeing the development of Intelliconnect’s manufacturing capability in Britain and Europe.

Martin Spooner
Beginning his career at Marconi, Martin has spent over twenty years working for Emerson and Midwest Microwave and brings a wealth of experience to his new role.

Roy Philips, Managing Director of Intelliconnect, comments, “Martin is one of the foremost connector and cable engineers in the UK and we are very fortunate to have him on-board. His experience will ensure we have no ITAR issues, increase the flexibility of our manufacturing capabilities and design solutions, continue our philosophy of lean manufacturing techniques and process control in line with our ambitious growth plan.”

In addition to day-today engineering management Martin will be taking the lead in Intelliconnect’s mission to achieve SC21 in the shortest time possible. The SC21 change programme is designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the aerospace and defence industry by raising the performance of its supply chains, delivering competitive solutions for customers whilst maintaining profitable business growth.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Continued expansion causes moves to new facility!

Edinburgh Sensors plans to expand with a move to new facilities.

The company has seen a marked increase in interest from system integrators involved in a number of different markets including process control, waste management, total organic carbon monitoring and horticulture to name just a few. The new facility in Livingston (GB) boasts an extended production area and additional office space for further expansion.

The building opening celebrations were led by Mr. Richard Lo, President and CEO of Techcomp and Mr. Mark Vosloo, CEO of Edinburgh Instruments. Mr. Vosloo commented "Expansion was a necessary and major step for the company. With growing interest in our gas sensors the move allows us to increase our production capacity whilst continuing to offer highly skilled technical support and service for our high performance products."

Edinburgh Sensors gas sensors have, over 30 years, built an enviable reputation as suppliers of fast, accurate and reliable instrumentation designed to withstand harsh environments and provide real time information. Measurement options from ppm to 100% of CO, CO2, CH4 gases and on-board Barometric Pressure Correction deliver true concentration readings.

Process solutions learning event for Indiana!

Combined strengths to host unique training summit for customers

Endress+Hauser and Rockwell Automation® combine strengths to deliver a unique learning opportunity for their customers through a joint Process Solutions Summit event at Endress+Hauser’s new $16M Customer Centre located at its US headquarters in Greenwood (IND).

The Process Solutions Summit – hosted by Endress+Hauser and Rockwell Automation, and sponsored by George E. Booth and Company and Kirby Risk – provides customers with the ability to acquire hands-on training through sessions and labs, exchange innovative ideas, and learn best practices about complete process automation solutions amongst peers and industry leaders. Participation in the Process Solutions Summit is free for attendees.

Training is facilitated inside Endress+Hauser’s new, state-of-the-art Customer Center Process Training Unit® (PTU) – a fully functional “Mini Process Plant” with over 120 Endress+Hauser field instruments controlled by a Rockwell Automation PlantPAx®. The Customer Center greets visitors with a top-notch certified training facility with multiple classrooms and its largest yet PTU located right at Endress+Hauser’s US manufacturing headquarters. The Customer Center’s PTU is unique in that it is the first to feature full tank gauging solutions, WiFi network for wireless device access to PTU network, flowmeters with Heartbeat Technology, separate oil/water column to demonstrate interface measurement, server “phone home” feature for 99.99999% up-time availability and many more unique features.

Venue for Process Solutions Summit
Todd Lucey, General Manager of Endress+Hauser US sales center, believes that one of the keys to market success in the US is owed to heavy investments made in customer training and the strategic alliance formed with Rockwell Automation. “Through investing $16M into a state-of-the-art customer training center, Endress+Hauser and Rockwell Automation will be able to utilize this space to continuously build on our strong partnership, provide unique customer training opportunities – such as the Process Solutions Summit – but most importantly, deliver complete solutions and added value to our loyal customers. Customers are increasingly faced with real-world application issues and they can’t get this type of unique training anywhere else.

Attendees gain valuable insight through multiple exhibiting companies who bring unique knowledge and world-class capabilities to the event. Participation in technical forums and hands-on labs delivers real-world experience of applications and earns attendees professional development hours. Live demonstrations on exhibits throughout the facility and networking with peers and content experts will increase each attendee‘s‘ understanding of how to tackle today’s production and business challenges.
Since announcing their strategic alliance in 2004, Endress+Hauser and Rockwell Automation have continued to build on their partnership to better support customers in the process automation industries. The technologies, expertise and experience developed through this alliance enables both companies to deliver progressive solutions to todays‘ industry challenges and leadership toward tomorrow’s breakthroughs.

Som Chakraborti, Director, Process Control Business of Rockwell Automation reiterated, “our alliance continues to expand differentiated value for end-user and OEM customers,” he said, adding: “Rockwell Automation PlantPAx® Process Automation System is a Modern DCS platform with unique advantages for scalable applications across process industries. Further, our collaboration has resulted in toolkits – available to our mutual customers – that greatly enhances engineering, operator and maintenance experiences.”

Process control system has 70 technical innovations!

In its upgrade to Version 8.1, the Siemens Industry Automation Division has equipped its Simatic PCS 7 process control system with 70 technical innovations. These will improve user-friendliness, performance and efficiency of the process control system throughout the entire lifecycle of process engineering plants, from planning to maintenance. Configuration engineers benefit from more efficient engineering tools, operating personnel from enhanced convenience in their daily work, and operating companies from higher plant availability and lower total operating costs.

Two examples of more efficient engineering with Simatic PCS 7 V8.1 are selective loading of program codes and the "Type Change in Run" functionality. When selectively loading program codes into the automation systems, configuration engineers can now specifically load their individual changes. This eliminates the coordination work otherwise required within the project team, therefore making commissioning more flexible and considerably more efficient. With the new Simatic PCS 7 CPU 410, "Type Change in Run" also affords engineering enhancements, i.e. updates of individual blocks can now be loaded without having to set the automation system to "stop". This is an advantage in the event of version updates in the opera-ting phase, for example when expanding the functionality of an existing motor block.

Advanced Process Graphics provides greater ease of operation, cutting the daily workload of operating teams. Previously available as an optional module, and included in the control system's standard variant as from Version 8.1, the visualization contained in Advanced Process Graphics focuses on consistent use of discreet colors, simple shapes and unambiguous symbol language in the operating screens. Processed plant data in the form of hybrid displays, trend curves and spider diagrams simplify the work of the operators. Important trends in production processes are displayed and overall relationships are reliably visualized. With increasing complexity and extended classical operator control tasks, this facilitates the daily work of operators.

The system expansion card (SEC) for the Simatic PCS 7 CPU 410, the new MPC 10x10 block and new condition monitoring blocks, for example, stand for higher availability, boosted performance and lower overall operating costs with Simatic PCS 7 V8.1. With the system expansion card for Simatic PCS 7 CPU 410, the controller's performance is adjusted exactly to the respective automation task. Without restarting the automation system, users can increase the number of process objects with additionally required performance, for example. There is no need to plan for safety reserves and companies operating the systems save on investment costs. As a model-based predictive controller, the new MPC 10x10 block can control up to ten manipulated variables and controlled variables. With it, sophisticated multi-variable control tasks and even higher-grade control tasks can be implemented with ease, for example operating whole distillation columns with maximum product yield and use of energy. The new condition monitoring blocks in Upgrade V8.1 monitor mechanical components such as pumps or valves for correct operation. Condition monitoring concepts can therefore be integrated directly into the control system with a uniform look and feel. Thus, operating companies gain valuable information about the condition of their plants, avoid unscheduled outages, and additionally save on energy costs through monitoring and optimum operation of their components.

Control system for new ultra-low-sulphur diesel fuel plant in Mexico!

Yokogawa de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. has received an order from Cobra Instalaciones Mexico S.A. de C.V., a subsidiary of the Spanish EPC firm ACS, to supply an integrated control and safety instrumented system solution for an ultra-low-sulphur diesel fuel plant that is being built for PEMEX Refinación, a subsidiary of Mexico's national oil company, PEMEX.

To reduce air pollution caused by emissions of sulphur oxide, nitrogen oxide, and particulate matter, PEMEX is promoting the use of low-suphur diesel fuel and gasoline. This project involves the construction of an ultra-low-sulphur diesel fuel plant at the PEMEX Cadereyta refinery complex, which is located in Nuevo León state in northeastern Mexico. The new plant will produce ultra-low-sulphur diesel fuel from naphtha purified at the Cadereyta refinery. This facility will have the capacity to produce 35,000 barrels per day of this desulphurised fuel, and is scheduled to come on line in the first half of 2017.

For the monitoring and control of this plant's hydrodesulphurisation unit and sulphur recovery unit, Yokogawa will deliver the CENTUM® VP integrated production control system, the STARDOM® network-based control system, the ProSafe(R)-RS safety instrumented system for shutting down the plant under abnormal conditions, the Exaquantum™ plant information management system and other solution-based software packages, the GC800 process gas chromatograph for analysing gas composition, and a variety of field instruments for flow measurement. Yokogawa de Mexico will be responsible for installation and engineering, and will also provide support with commissioning and the training of plant operators. Installation of these systems and products is scheduled to be completed by the first half of 2015.

Mexico is rich in oil and natural gas resources, and recently has confirmed the presence of shale oil and gas deposits. Investments by companies in the private sector, including overseas-based enterprises, for the development of Mexico's oil and gas resources are expected to be approved, and investment in this field is expected to increase. And, in line with the rising awareness around the world of the need to protect the environment, an increase in demand for sulphur removal facilities, particularly in developing nations, is foreseen. Yokogawa anticipates continued growth in the Mexican control systems business, and will aggressively pursue additional control system orders for sulphur removal facilities that contribute to preventing air pollution and thereby help to protect the environment.

Monday, September 8, 2014

OSIsoft EMEA Users meet in Portugal!

Tatsoft is a sponsor/exhibitor for the 2014 OSIsoft EMEA Users Conference in Lisbon (PT); September 23-26. They are joining OSIsoft, LLC, provider of the PI System and the leader in real-time data and events infrastructure solutions, and over 700 OSIsoft customers and industry experts to engage and network with. Tatsoft llc is excited to learn how OSIsoft customers are extending the value of the PI System in many new and innovative ways and to contribute to the discussion regarding collaborative remote and tablet access to key decision supporting information.

“We are very excited to have our partners join us in Lisbon at the 2014 EMEA Users Conference,” stated Timothy Johnson, Director, Partners & Strategic Alliances with OSIsoft. “Our customers are doing innovative things with the PI System – gaining efficiencies, improving operational performance, driving safety and compliance to new levels – and our partners are empowering and extending these capabilities.”

According to Marcos Taccolini, “Leveraging the OSIsoft PI AF SDK, FactoryStudio interfaces to OSIsoft PI Servers directly using high-speed access allowing for distributed collaboration on custom real-time displays, charts and annotations, data entry and validation, custom reports and mobile devices.

Using FactoryStudio, OSIsoft PI System Tags and Assets are automatically and immediately available for use in your graphical displays, SQL integrations, data entry, custom .NET C#, VB.NET scripts, and more.

FactoryStudio Enterprise now provides the first .NET real-time framework designed specifically to natively integrate with PI Servers, PI Asset Framework, and PI Event Frames through a deep-level native communication layer interface.”

Robust, non-contact distance measurement!

A new bearingless encoder for linear distance measurement has been introduced by Baumer. The MIL10 comprises a sensing head and an adhesive magnetic tape.The non-contact magnetic sensing method is wearfree and hence provides virtually unlimited service life.

Robust and wearfree: 
MIL10 for linear 
distance measurement
Magnetic tape encoding is by poles of 2mm width. Signal processing integrated in the sensing head allows for resolutions up to 5 µm. The fully encapsulated magnetic sensor provides IP 66 and IP 67 as standard protection. Used in conjunction with a masking tape of stainless steel, the system is even up to demanding environments with a high degree of soiling by dust, chippings, splints or oil. Operating temperature may range from -40°C to +85°C.

Sized 10 x 15 x 45,5 mm, the sensor is extremely compact. It withstands shocks and vibrations up to 500 respectively 30 g. The Polyurethan cable capable of flexible carriers and frequently changing bending radii is shielded and twisted in pairs - and in conjunction with the sensor’s robust metal housing the ultimate protection against electromagnetic interference.

The output frequency of max. 350 kHz allows for travel speed up to 25 m/s. MIL 10 is available with 5 VDC supply and TTL / RS422 compliant line drivers and as a 10…30 VDC variant with push-pull. Both output two inverted channels with 90° shift and generate an additional pole-periodic inverted index pulse.


High efficiency user configurable power supplies at Electronica!

Excelsys Technologies are exhibiting at Electronica 2014 in Munich from the 11th to 14th of November. Located in Hall B2, Booth 219, the Excelsys booth is bigger than ever and they are looking forward to meeting existing and new customers at this year’s exhibition.

Dermot Flynn, Sales Director, comments, “Electronica is the perfect place for Excelsys to showcase our most recently launched products and the latest developments to our market leading, user configurable, power supply range.”
On show for the first time for Excelsys will be their latest and most significant product releases to date, including the UltiMod and XSolo products. The UltiMod is designed to offer users unrivalled price/performance and simplify both selection and procurement. The new UltiMod series of power supplies provides up to 12 outputs and 1200W in a compact 1U format, and is the first in its class to carry a 5 year warranty. In addition to the customary EMC and safety agency approvals, UltiMod is also SEMI F47 compliant for use in semiconductor manufacture.

The high efficiency XSolo family of 1U high, ultra-compact single output power supplies is available in 2 package types. Both deliver a market leading convection cooled 504W in an open-frame U-channel form-factor and up to 1008W in an enclosed fan cooled chassis. Both models carry a 5 year warranty and are also SEMI F47 compliant.

Additional products on show will be the recently announced new powerPac models in its popular XF series of high reliability, ruggedized COTS modular power supplies. The new XFN power supply is designed to deliver 1000W at –40°C, which compliments other products in the XF range which operate to -55°C.

Complete redesign improves efficiency of the inspection process!

LMI Technologies (LMI) has just released their  Gocator 4.0 Firmware. The firmware supports the Gocator 3D Smart Sensor product line including displacement, profile, and snapshot sensors. The latest Gocator 4.0 firmware is a complete redesign of the web browser user interface experience that improves the efficiency of the inspection process.


“Driven by market feedback, Gocator 4.0 Firmware has an improved workflow and layout that aligns with common industry practices,” said Chi Ho Ng, Product Group Manager. “Measurement tools are intuitively regrouped by categories for quick setup. Its modern yet sophisticated graphical user interface delivers simpler setup of measurement tools while maintaining advanced capabilities and control. Gocator 4.0 Firmware truly redefines the user experience.”

Major developments to Gocator 4.0 Firmware release includes:

Part Edge Filtering Improves Measurement Accuracy
Gocator 4.0 Firmware has a built-in capability to remove noise around the perimeter and interior of scanned surfaces or parts. Noise filtering increases repeatability and accuracy of 3D measurements by allowing the measurement regions to be placed with precision without any noise interference.

Greater Ability To Handle Part Variations With Flexible Anchoring
With flexible anchoring, measurement results can be used as anchoring sources for other measurements. This feature supports multiple anchoring sources within the same setup. Measurement tools can now be used to solve complex applications with part position and size variations, giving users the flexibility in setting up measurement tools.

Surface Generation Offers Flexibility With Various Setup Options
The new firmware now supports a number of methods to create a surface or a 3D point cloud. This provides greater control and flexibility for supporting common industry scanning methods such as conveyor, web, robotic, and rotational scanning setup.

Improvements To SDK Simplify Software Programming
The SDK is updated to provide cleaner API along with built-in support for multi-sensor systems. Simplified programming for multi-sensor systems greatly reduces software development time.

Compact Protocol Delivers Faster Processing Speed
The new Gocator Ethernet (TCP/IP) protocol reduces overhead and makes data parsing much easier. Reduced network bandwidth and data processing requirements allow applications to run faster on the same hardware.

• Gocator 4.0 Firmware is available as a free download.

Plastic connector hood offers flexible housing solution!

Harting has extended its Han-Compact® series of industrial connector hoods with a plastic version featuring combined straight and lateral cable outlets.

The new hood offers increased flexibility in mounting arrangements as well as easier ordering and logistics procedures for the customer since only one type number need be used for several different applications.

Designed for use with a cable clamp of size M20, the new Han-Compact® hood is supplied with both cable outlets closed. Simply turning the cable clamp between the straight and/or lateral options opens the corresponding cable outlet.

When used in combination with Harting's Han® Q connector family with Quick Lock connection technology, the new housing is ideally suited for field installation.

The new hood is suitable for all contact inserts from Harting's Han-Compact® range. In the closed condition it meets the requirements of protection class IP 65 in accordance with DIN EN 60 529 and the flammability class V 0 in accordance with UL 94. The application temperature range is between -40°C and +125°C.