Friday, May 15, 2015

Vibrating tuning fork technology level switches!

The Liquiphant FTL31 and FTL33 liquid level switches from Endress + Hauser are based on vibrating tuning fork technology. The sensors are excellent replacements for float switches or conductive, capacitance and optical sensors.

The FTL31 is designed for the chemical, oil and gas and other Industries, while the FTL33 is more suited for use in the food and beverage, and pharmaceutical industries. Both sensors also work in areas where those measuring principles are not suitable due to conductivity, build-up, foam, turbulence, flow conditions or air bubbles.

Liquiphant FTL33
A piezoelectric drive causes the tuning fork of the Liquiphant sensor to vibrate at its resonance frequency. When the tuning fork is immersed in a liquid; its frequency changes due to the change in density of the surrounding medium. The electronics system in the switch monitors the resonance frequency, and indicates whether the tuning fork is vibrating in air or is covered by liquid.

The level switches can be installed in any vertical or horizontal position in a vessel, pipe or tank. Foam formation, changing conductivity or density does not affect their function. Both level switches have an external function test feature and an LED indicator for on-site testing.

The Liquiphant FTL31 is suitable for use in tanks, vessels and pipes. It has a 316L stainless steel housing, works in process temperatures up to 302 ºF and pressures to 580 psi, and is unaffected by changes in ambient temperature. Leading applications include overfill prevention or pump dry-run protection in cleaning and filter systems, as well as in cooling and lubrication vessels.

The Liquiphant FTL33 meets food industry requirements with 3-A and EHEDG certificates. It designed to work in applications where CIP and SIP cleaning takes place, and has a stainless steel enclosure with optional IP69K protection. It can be used in storage tanks, mixing vessels and pipes where internal and external hygiene requirements are particularly stringent.CRN, EN10204-3.1 material certificate, and marine certifications are available.

Both sensors can have either a three-wire DC-PNP output or 2 wire ac/dc output when the liquid level reaches the switching point. Each device has two operating modes:
• In maximum safety (MAX) mode, the device keeps the electronic switch closed as long as the liquid level is not touching the fork, as in overfill prevention applications.
• In minimum safety (MIN) mode, the device keeps the electronic switch closed as long as the fork is immersed in liquid. This is useful in applications such as dry-run protection for pumps.

By choosing the correct operating mode, a user ensures the device switches in a safety manner even if the power supply is interrupted.

Connector family expanded.

Harting has added a number of new modules to the Han-Modular® industrial connector family, expanding its potential range of applications in new market sectors. Users will now benefit from higher data rates, more mating cycles and greater safety.

The new Han® USB 3.0 module enables data rates of up to 5 Gbit/s to meet the USB 3.0 standard. The data rate of the new module is increased by a factor of ten over the existing product.

The connector portfolio is also expanding in the RJ45 area, including new variants that offer the options of preLink® or insulation displacement terminations. These variants make the Han-Modular® RJ45 solutions even more versatile and flexible.

The Han® 200A protected crimp module, with its integrated finger protection, puts a strong emphasis on safety. The modifications to the new double module ensure that accidental touching in the unplugged condition is impossible.

The series is also steadily expanding with regard to scenarios involving high mating cycles (up to 10,000). Alongside the existing components in the family, the Han-Modular® HMC portfolio is expanding with additional solutions for screened data transfer and power up to 40 A.

High-current test probe.

The new HSP865-C from Peak Test Services is a high-current test probe designed to handle currents of up to 50 A DC.

Originally developed for battery test applications, the versatile design of the new device makes it suitable for a wide range of applications, including high-temperature testing at up to +250°C and use as a holding-down device with a force of up to 530 cN.

A robust probe suitable for use with heavy mechanical loads, this threaded version is designed for applications involving direct mounting without a receptacle. The probe is also suitable for use with standard cable eyes where no soldering process is involved.

The HSP865-C has a nominal travel of 5 mm, maximum travel of 7 mm, preload force of 200 cN, and nominal spring force of 530 cN. Mounting is by screw (M3 thread) or cable lug. It features a beryllium-copper plunger and gold-plated spring and barrel. Typical contact resistance is less than 5 milliohms, and operating temperature range is -40° to +250°C. 

Fire safety in waste recycling plants!

Honeywell’s FAAST, a market-leading Aspiration Smoke Detector (ASD), is being implemented by a growing number of recycling and waste management plants. Offering the earliest, most accurate smoke detection, class-leading filtration and system design that removes both dust-stimulated false alarms and problems arising from environmental fluctuation, FAAST provides the highest provision of safety.
Despite the WISH guideline release in 2014, fire events are still highly prevalent. In fact, five fires took place in April alone this year; the Recycling Lives fire in Lancashire on 9th April; the Recycling Lives Preston fire on 10th April; the Ramsey Heights fire in Cambridgeshire on 13th April; the Mangotsfield, Bristol fire on 24th April; and the JSW Waste fire in Salford, Manchester on the 26th April. In fact, Salford experienced two devastating fires in just eight weeks.

ASD technology is growing steadily in popularity; the WISH Guidelines (pdf) recommend its use on page 24 of the report, helping to increase this trend. Honeywell’s FAAST system is now installed in a growing number of recycling and waste management plants, with many more carrying out evaluations.

Tim Checketts, Business Development Manager for Honeywell Fire Safety, comments on the need for effective fire safety in the wake of recent incidents and how firms can negate traditional detection issues, satisfy stringent insurance requirements and reduce the total cost of fire safety. “The WISH Guidelines are helping more sites implement better fire protection, but the incidents in April alone, really do highlight the extreme risks. High dust prevalence and environmental fluctuations that cause increased false alarms demand both high performance and high stability solutions. False alarms lead to disruptions - at least 30 minutes unplanned downtime and resources to investigate per event - and also increase maintenance needs. These combined aspects lead many sites to implement solutions that only meet minimum regulations.

“Regulations and insurance pre-requisites are becoming more stringent, which from a safety perspective is a good thing, but for many firms already under pressure from raised premiums, the implementation of enhanced-safety solutions may seem economically unviable. Choosing a solution like FAAST really can deliver on all levels, while also reducing the total cost of fire safety. Unlike other aspiration solutions, FAAST uses a sophisticated three-stage filtration technique, dual-optics particle analysis and intelligent algorithms that effectively distinguish smoke from dust. FAAST is able to withstand temperature and humidity variations, auto-learning its environment. Integral replaceable components minimise device failure and improve maintenance, which can be costly in hostile environments.

“FAAST is ideal for any facility manager under pressure to guarantee undisrupted and safe operation. We have recently issued a free FAAST Aspiration Smoke Detection Applications Guide, with a detailed section dedicated to recycling and waste management, downloadable from the FAAST website; this provides full information on how FAAST works and why it is the premier solution for these applications.”

Cheers! Sparkling flow!

Over recent years wine has become increasingly popular in Britain and it seems fair to say that its image has changed significantly over this time. It has largely lost its elitist image and has emerged as an alcoholic beverage that is enjoyed by a large number of the population. A trip to the local supermarket or high street retailer will present the shopper with a wide choice of wines from all over the world, but do we really need to look so far afield to enjoy a glass of wine? It comes as a surprise to many, but award winning wine is produced in Britain.

A great alternative to
Rosé  Prosecco,
but really very English.
Based in Tenterden in Kent (GB), the award winning Chapel Down winery produces truly world-class Traditional Method sparkling wines and a range of still wines, as well as premium beer and cider. They boast some of the best winemaking facilities in England and were recently looking for a portable measurement device that could provide accurate measurement and volume monitoring of juice and wine during transfer operations.

After careful consideration, they decided to have a portable device manufactured that incorporated Krohne's OPTIFLUX 2100 electromagnetic flowmeter. The device consists of an OPTIFLUX 2100 attached to an inlet and outlet pipe and mounted on wheels. The device can then be easily moved around the winery to perform accurate measurement wherever it is required. The inlet pipe is attached to a tank and the medium is then pumped through it at a flowrate of 5-10,000 l/hr. It passes through the electromagnetic flowmeter and then via the outlet pipe into another vessel. The OPTIFLUX 2100 accurately measures the volume of the medium and once the desired quantity has been reached the pump is switched off.

Previously Chapel Down used sight glasses running down the side of the tank, which was labour intensive. By automating the process using KROHNE’s OPTIFLUX 2100 they now have consistently accurate measurement and instead of two people being required to carry out the transfer operation, the process can be carried out by one person alone.

Josh Donaghay-Spire, winemaker at Chapel Down comments, “We were keen to automate the transfer process, however we needed a flowmeter that could cope with dissolved CO2 as this makes the more traditional flowmeters ineffective.” He continues, "we were aware that KROHNE had previous experience with a similar application and that their OPTIFLUX 2100 could easily cope with the process conditions whilst providing accurate and reliable measurement. We can now not only make more efficient use of manpower but we can also calibrate certain tanks which previously didn’t have calibration charts.”
Portable measuring device incorporating the OPTIFLUX 2100
• Krohne products are marketed in Ireland by DWN Instrumentation.

Handling profiles!

HMS Industrial Networks now presents a new solution for handling profiles - mainly targeting drives and motion applications. The extension to the new Anybus CompactCom 40-series enables drives manufacturers to comply with common profile specifications such as PROFIdrive, EtherCAT DS402, and transparent DS402 on other networks

Trends such as Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) mean that more and more industrial devices are getting connected to industrial networks. This is especially true when it comes to drives or inverters which are the most networked devices of all – 3.5 million inverters and 800,000 servo drives are expected to be networked during 2015. But developing and maintaining connectivity to different networks is both time-consuming and resource-demanding – especially if you want to comply to drive and motion profiles for several networks. Now, by integrating support for Anybus CompactCom into a drive, device manufacturers will be able to offer wide fieldbus and industrial Ethernet connectivity along with integrated profile support to their customers - all through one, single development project.

Multi-network connectivity with profiles for drives – How it works
Different networks have different standards for how to communicate with a drive (for example, to tell the drive to operate at a certain speed). These so called “drive profiles” or “motion profiles” are supported by the Anybus concept through a Profile Driver Package — a software stack which is implemented into the drive during development. The ready-made source code from HMS can be quickly integrated into the processor of any drive.

Consequently, the profile-specific data is not actually “translated” inside the Anybus CompactCom. Rather, it passes through the module’s transparent channel unchanged and the conversion is done in the drive utilizing HMS’ Profile Driver Package. The DS402-based Profile Driver can be used to handle any CAN-based profile – not just drives and motion profiles – on any network. For example:

  • EtherNet/IP: Transparent DS402
  • EtherCAT: DS402, SEMI, Encoder

The fast track to network connectivity for drives
The Anybus CompactCom 40-series enables drives manufacturers to comply with the demands from all major networks, even for demanding high-performance standards such as EtherCAT or PROFINET 2.31. The 40-series is especially designed for demanding applications requiring low latency and high data throughput. (Process data latency is lower than 15µs and 1500 bytes of process data can be transferred in each direction).

The 40-series products are pre-certified for network conformance by all the major network organizations which substantially speeds up testing and compliance. HMS also offers implementation help as a packaged service for drives manufacturers.

Chilled-water close control unit for datacentres!

Magister CW by CIAT is a vertical chilled-water close control unit specially designed to meet the requirements of data centres, computer rooms, switchboard rooms, electrical equipment rooms and other rooms with high thermal loads. Magister CW is 25% more energy efficient than previous versions and uses 20% less power than other models on the market, which amounts to savings of up to €5000 each year! Magister CW is available in five models with capacities ranging from 10 to 130 kW.

Such energy performance is made possible by Magister CW's highly optimised fan motor assemblies, which consist of centrifugal plug fans (for enhanced air handling efficiency) associated with EC motors (for optimum energy efficiency).

The unit uses CIAT's microRC2 controller to self-adjust its operation on both the water and the air circuits. The automatic controller adjusts the fan speed according to the thermal loads of the room and uses a 0-10V signal to control the valve and finely adjust the unit's operation to required levels. An optional enthalpic free cooling module can be added which allows fresh outdoor air to be drawn into computer rooms when their internal temperature and humidity levels reach a certain threshold.

Data centre applications require the very highest levels of reliability. The entire Magister CW range is built with 25 mm double-skin construction and features M0 fire insulation (Euroclasse A1). Optional redundancy functions can be installed to interconnect up to 10 units so that, in the event that one unit fails, the others will automatically take over. Thanks to the RS485 Modbus board, the smallest malfunctions (fan motor assembly, humidifier, abnormal variations in input power, etc.) are detected in real time and relayed as alarms to the supervision system.

It is designed to facilitate maintenance. All its compartments are accessed via hinged doors on the front panel, the fan and motor are directly coupled, and the filtration system is fitted on a mount for easier handling.

Furthermore, Magister CW is 20% smaller than previous models. In order to achieve the highest efficiency with chillers and operate longer in free cooling mode, the water and air temperature ranges in data centre applications are increasingly higher. The Magister CW fan is therefore more powerful and delivers higher air flows. As a result, it delivers more power for the same footprint.

This unit is part of CIAT's CIATRONIC System data centres offer. It combines chilled water production, free cooling and air diffusion. The speed variation of the EC motors, associated with the flexibility offered by water, provides a perfect solution for the changing requirements in data centres. CIAT's solutions constantly adapt to the needs of Tier 4 data centres, be they changes in their classification, changes in their thermal loads over time or needs for modularity.

Their CIATRONIC System includes its AQUACIAT POWER chillers, Opera dry coolers, the Cristopia thermal energy storage system, ITEX plate heat exchangers to isolate the secondary network, the solution for direct free cooling with the Airtech air handling unit, and Magister precision close control units.

AS-Interface module with push-in front connector.

Pepperl+Fuchs is setting a new and innovative standard for AS-Interface IP20 modules in the form of an easily accessible push-in connection at the front of the device. The crimped wire ends can be inserted directly into the push-in terminals. The entire wiring harness is guided downward, meaning there is no need for the upper cable ridge/cable duct. This not only provides a sophisticated solution for the switch cabinet wiring, but also saves on space and ensures clarity.

In switch boxes, modules featuring this connection can be mounted flush on the upper edge of a switch box, without impairing the installation. The transparent hinged cover, which can be snapped into place at multiple points, ensures a clear view through to the digit display at all times and enables the terminal functions to be color-coded internally. The terminals can be removed individually and are coded to prevent them from being mixed up, meaning devices can be replaced without any problems.

The IOs are displayed and diagnostics are performed centrally by means of backlit numbers. There is no need to assign labels to LEDs. This setup also ensures that information can be read even in dark conditions. Dual LEDs are used to indicate overload of an output on a channel-specific basis.

The terminal contacts for AS-i and AUX, which are bridged internally, achieve the full 8A, eliminating the need for double wire end ferrules at terminal points.

The sensor supply for the module can easily be switched between an internal supply from AS-i and an external supply through AUX. This reduces the range of devices required.

As a result of the reliable functional isolation between AS-i and AUX, decentralized system components can be safely deactivated using these modules by disabling AUX. This saves on costs and increases plant availability.

For those wanting increased efficiency when it comes to AS-Interface in the switch cabinet, the KE5 is the solution to choose.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Coriolis flowmeters for high pressure offshore chemical injection applications.

The Micro Motion F100P and HPC010P Coriolis flowmeters, introduced by Emerson, to measure accurate flow rates for wellbore chemicals injected at high pressure conditions. Both meters are designed for demanding offshore applications that require robust performance with low maintenance needs. These meters will allow operators to confidently monitor chemical injection to ensure long term asset reliability and flow assurance.

Micro Motion F100P Coriolis flowmeter
The F100P is a 1-inch meter with a maximum pressure rating of 431 bar (6250 psi) that targets measurement for higher flow rates typical for hydrate inhibitors. The HPC010P is the first ultra-high pressure Coriolis meter developed by Emerson, and will have a maximum operating pressure of 1034 bar (15,000 psi) to address offshore chemical injection measurement for chemicals such as corrosion, scale and asphaltene inhibitors.

“These meters are breaking boundaries for Coriolis meters in high pressure applications where positive displacement meters are today’s legacy practice. Coriolis meters deliver new value to our customers through more accurate measurement and reduced maintenance over traditional PD technology,” said Michelle Marceny, specialty products business manager for Emerson’s Micro Motion business. “Coupled with Smart Meter Verification (on-line verification of meter performance), these meters provide safe, reliable and highly repeatable performance with reduced maintenance in the toughest applications.”

"The new flowmeters will help owner-operators and service companies overcome many challenges of chemical injection applications and reduce chemical costs while increasing operational efficiency and system reliability," said Inderpreet Shoker, analyst for the ARC Advisory Group.

These flowmeters will be available starting late 2015, and are the newest addition to Emerson’s chemical injection solution capabilities which include Tescom™ flow control technology, Micro Motion mass flowmeters, and Rosemount® pressure and temperature transmitters.

Securing the edge!

Edge On Up (EOU), a manufacturer of precision instrumentation for edge sharpness measurement, has introduced the EST-ID50 Edge Sharpness Tester for a wide range of industrial applications. This economical and robust instrument follows on the heels of EOU's highly successful line of edge sharpness testers used worldwide by woodworkers, professional sharpening services, and knife and scissor manufacturers.

The EST-ID50 Edge Sharpness Tester is the first device of its kind for determining the sharpness of a cutting edge based on a universal measurement scale. The tester measures the amount of pressure, expressed in grams of weight, required to sever a certified test media. The primary instrument requires no power source and no electronic sensor elements. The ID50 is a pure edge sharpness analyzer with measurement results unaffected by blade angle, shape or geometry. The system includes a weigh scale with personal computer (PC) communication capability built in so results may be logged and data entered into an Windows® Excel® spreadsheet or other custom program. The system can be operated either with or independently of the PC.
The EST-ID50 enables users of slicing, cutting, chopping and shearing equipment to both test and quantify the sharpness levels of the blades utilized in their new, used or re-sharpened condition. Optimization of blade sharpness levels is paramount to both machine operating efficiency and product quality. The ID50 will accurately measure a diverse size and type of sharpened cutting edge ranging from surgical scalpels to axe bits.

Measurements with the EST-ID50 are based on the Brubacher Edge Sharpness Scale (BESS©), the world's only quantifiable standard for blade sharpness. The lower end of the scale (0) is based on the commonly recognized sharpness of a double edge (DE) razor blade, which requires 50 grams of weight (pressure) to sever a BESS-certified test media. The high end of the scale (2000) corresponds to the media sever point when measuring an unsharpened DE blade blank. Each unit of edge sharpness measurement represents one gram of pressure. The EST instrument is guaranteed to produce repeatable measurement results better than 0.5 percent of scale (± 10 grams of pressure).

Edge On Up Vice President of Design Bradley White said, "While the EST-ID50 will precisely determine the current sharpness of an edge using a format that is readily understood and relatable, the greatest value of this instrument is its ability to teach cause and effect relative to sharpening technique, angle, various types and grits of sharpening/honing medium, stropping/steeling methods and materials, and wire edge detection."

White added, "Industrial engineers can now specify and easily communicate the initial sharpness level of cutting blades and edges, as well as the replacement or re-sharpening level of those edges in a quantitative manner."

The EST-ID50 Edge Sharpness Tester can accommodate virtually any size or configuration of cutting blade. It will measure sharpened edges 0.5 inch to 8.0 inches in height and 0.004 inch (i.e., DE razor blade) to 1.0 inch in thickness. The length of the blade may be infinite as long as additional support is provided. Sharpness measurements are unaffected by blade angle, shape or geometry. The instrument takes sharpness data measurements at a single point, allowing the user to isolate areas of concern or interest. It also incorporates an adjustable arm to change position of the measurement head relative to the blade.

The EST-ID50 Edge Sharpness Tester is very simple and intuitive to operate. The user simply adds weight to its piston platen until the test media severs, and then weighs the result on a gram scale. Additional weight may be included in small increments or all at once. There are no other costs associated with the measurement process, no parts needing replacement through normal use, and no routine maintenance requirements.

Open source hardware technology site.

Mouser Electronics has announced the update of their popular Open Source Hardware (OSHW) Technology site. Mouser's updated technology site provides developers with the resources they need to quickly learn about the latest advances in open source hardware, and the newest open source hardware products available from Mouser Electronics.

The newly enhanced Open Source Hardware Technology site, available on, reduces time spent selecting the best OSHW boards by providing days’ worth of research in one convenient location. The updated Product Selector is now an even more powerful tool, allowing developers to quickly select a board using a visual matrix of important features. 30 different parameters can be selected and sorted including processor type and speed, memory and expansion capabilities, wireless and wired networking, user interface options, video connectivity, and more. Online materials includes user guides, PCB files, schematics, and complete documentation. Supporting software for each board is available for fast, direct download.

Under the Hardware section is a listing of available OSHW boards by category, including the newest Arduino and Arduino-compatible, BeagleBoard, Intel, and TI LaunchPad boards. The site makes it easy to find related hardware such as BeagleBone Capes, Arduino Shields and other useful accessories. All hardware is available for same-day shipping from the site.

In the Featured Products section, developers can find the newest OSHW boards including the Intel Edison miniature computer, Texas Instruments MSP-EXP432 LaunchPad, and the Arduino Lilypad for wearables. 

The Articles section contains new articles, including a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of open source vs. proprietary. Last, the Technical Resources section has new, related resources including updated application notes, white papers, and more to further assist developers.

Global Industrial cybersecurity professional certification.

Fourteen Yokogawa employees have obtained certification as Global Industrial Cyber Security Professionals (GICSP) as of the end of fiscal year 2014. This is a relatively new professional qualification, first introduced in November 2013, and the company has been one of the leading companies within the industrial automation industry in obtaining certification for its employees. This attests to the high-level industrial cyber security expertise of its workforce and is in line with the company's longstanding commitment to bringing its customers safety and asset excellence.

The GICSP certification exam is offered under the auspices of Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), a leader in the cyber security certification field. The GICSP is the only credential of its kind that addresses the specific cyber security issues that are encountered in the industrial control systems (ICS) field. This vendor-neutral certification is aimed at IT, engineering, and security professionals working in every industry. It assesses and validates that professionals have the skills, knowledge, and capabilities needed to be in a role where they will exercise responsibility for the cyber security of an ICS.

An increasing number of Yokogawa's major customers are now requiring the assignment of at least one GICSP qualified professional to each project. This is clear evidence of the industry's strong recognition of and support for this professional qualification. 

Commenting on the GICSP, Shailendra Shete, head of the Global Engineering Business Division, says, "I believe it will be difficult for Yokogawa to make headway in expanding its security business if we do not emphasise the GICSP. Employees who get this certification will be conversant with the latest technologies and be at the forefront of efforts to provide such services to the industry. I think that they will be able to help Yokogawa take and maintain a leading position in the provision of security services." 

Even before launching its GICSP initiative, Yokogawa had developed its own security training programme to ensure that its employees would be able to provide the security solutions needed by customers. Yokogawa will continue its efforts to increase the number of GICSP certified professionals at each of its Group companies around the world. This will help to strengthen the company's position as a leader in the ICS field, and will build on its long history in network security and our global reach. Yokogawa's continual aim is to make sure that its customers can operate their plants safely.

PLC paper wins award at Italian event!

Itris Automation, provider of innovative software solutions for the automation industry, was rewarded during the opening ceremony of SPS IPC Drives in Parma (I) for the excellence of their concept of Software Factory.

This first participation of Itris Automation as exhibitor at the largest Italian fair in the sector of industrial automation is already a huge success for the company, which has just announced the development of its activities in Italy.

The article presented by Itris Automation at the round table dedicated to Automation 4.0 was considered the most successful and inspiring and that was among another hundred of contributions during the conference.

This price constitutes the recognition of the relevance of Itris Automation’s approach by experts represented by more than 30 companies and prestigious Italian universities. Itris Automation’s paper proposes in fact to industrialise the development of programs for logic controllers in order to make the factory of the future more efficient. This approach is made possible by Itris Automation’s range of tools for quality verification (PLC Checker), automatic translation (PLC Converter) and the generation of documentation (PLC DocGen).

Denis Chalon, Technical Director at Itris Automation and co-author of the decorated paper explains: "The programmers of logic controllers play a crucial role in the dispersion of programming techniques in the industrial world. By supporting them with our tools throughout the whole life cycle of the installations, we are enabling industrial innovation that is flexible, productive and shared by all."

Eric Pierrel, President of Itris Automation, added: "This award recognises the outstanding effort of our teams. The fact, that the committee is composed of industrial experts confirms our vision. After the first commercial and technical successes in Italy, we are encouraged to emphasise on our presence and to advance in our international development."

Network management system simplifies industrial network monitoring.

With its new V13 Sinema Server software release, Siemens is simplifying the monitoring of industrial networks. The new software automatically detects all Profinet and Ethernet devices within a network, and enables a clear visualization of them in a web browser. Version 13 is also able to directly read out information from Simatic Controllers (Simatic S7-300 / S7-400) and connected Profinet devices. This affords maintenance personnel an overview of all device conditions and connections at any time, allowing even extensive networks encompassing up to 50,000 nodes to be efficiently monitored. The software is designed to enable the early detection of potential faults as the basis for initiating preventive action and so increasing availability. Sinema Server V13 is designed for manufacturing companies as well as the process industry.

Device data is evaluated either using the "Simple Network Management Protocol" (SNMP) or by using Profinet mechanisms by directly accessing devices. The result: precise and non-proprietary evaluation of data for device identification (Identification and Maintenance/I&M data) as well as diagnostic data. Sinema Server is also designed to deal with the special demands of field automation: the software supports dynamic topologies, for instance "tool changers", as well as detailed configuration of various redundancy protocols used in the field of automation. In addition, logical subnetworks (Virtual Local Area Network) and the Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) are read out, diagnosed and clearly visualized to allow transparent diagnostics in areas where IT networks and automation are connected.

The acquired data relating to the network and the automation application is saved in a long-term archive and can also be subsequently pictured in reports. This enables to determine the root causes of past events to be determined and possible future sources of error prevented. The obtained network diagnosis can be seamlessly integrated into HMI/SCADA systems (such as Simatic WinCC, Simatic PCS7) by using OPC (in particular OPC UA) and web mechanisms.
The overall status of major networks (up to 100 servers with up to 500 nodes) which are monitored by several servers can be centrally displayed using the "Server Overview" function.

This automatically supports users with information ("event" mail) about changes to network components, which allows an early response to possible impending problems or the prompt remedy of already existing faults. That servers can also perform overarching evaluations using external tools, Sinema Server features an interface for exporting data by web access. This function means that data can be centrally collated by using standard programs such as Excel or script-based systems, evaluated and further processed according to customer requirements.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Easier configuration of HART devices & streamlined wireless management!

Asset management software decreases start-up and turnaround times for HART devices and helps users build more reliable wireless networks

Emerson Process Management’s AMS Suite: Intelligent Device Manager version 13.0 software enables customers to configure HART devices in bulk, saving time and reducing errors. Managing wireless networks is also easier as users can expand wireless networks faster and with more built-in reliability.

Users can now quickly and reliably standardise asset configuration for both HART and FOUNDATION™ fieldbus devices, simultaneously applying features, options, and alerts to an unlimited number of devices, in a fraction of the time. Built-in validation reports automatically compare configurations and quickly identify when devices deviate from the associated template. After commissioning, changes can be applied in bulk to modify or fine tune device configurations. With both HART and FOUNDATION fieldbus devices, bulk configuration reduces time to fully configure devices by up to 80 per cent compared to existing work practices.

“Customers are under constant pressure to start up their plants more quickly to deliver product,” said Peter Zornio, chief strategic officer of Emerson Process Management. “Emerson is committed to delivering technology to promote engineering efficiency and help our customers reduce risk to project schedules and budgets.”

AMS Device Manager version 13.0 also features the AMS Wireless SNAP-ON™ application which allows users to identify liabilities in network set-up and receive critical device and network health alerts. For organisations with an increasing wireless network footprint, network splitting is simplified. It is easy to identify where to put a new gateway, evaluate all existing devices on any number of networks, and receive guidance on organising devices for maximum efficiency. Making structural changes is as simple as dragging and dropping devices between networks.

New integrated MES/HMI solution.

At this year’s PAS-X User Group Meeting in Parsippany, (NJ USA), Werum IT Solutions and Systec & Solutions presented a new, jointly developed approach for enhanced usability in controlling pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical production processes on the shop floor.

Rüdiger Schlierenkämper, Werum 
& Andreas König, Systec & Solutions
Customers who want to introduce Werum‘s PAS-X MES solution will now also have access to a range of specifically tailored Systec & Solutions HMI hardware. “Such compatible components allow for a more reliable and accelerated MES introduction, giving customers a clear advantage over third-party components that require various adjustments and tests to work together optimally,” says Rüdiger Schlierenkämper, CEO, Werum IT Solutions GmbH. “Our objective is to simplify the automation of production processes for our pharma customers while providing them with standard solutions for ergonomic and safe operation by design.”

“Another advantage for Werum and Systec & Solutions customers,” adds Andreas König, Managing Director at Systec & Solutions GmbH, “is that the Systec & Solutions HMI hardware has pre-configured components with additional functions such as hardware buttons to switch between different PAS-X applications. This will help make the work of shop floor operators more reliable, as well as faster and easier. ” The mobile stainless steel trolleys of Systec & Solutions are battery-powered so that the HMI can be used together with the PAS-X MES software wherever required by the process.

The development of effective joint solutions is based on the long-term pharma and biotech experience of both Werum and Systec & Solutions. “Customers who want to use the Systec & Solutions hardware while also operating the PAS-X MES can be assured of a fine-tuned and perfectly compatible solution,” says Schlierenkämper, while König adds, “By combining the innovative power of two premium suppliers, we are well positioned to boost forward-looking improvements for our customers, and look forward to continuing our work together to develop new ideas for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical production.”

Scalable fiscal metering control system!

Emerson’s Daniel DanPac Express process acquisition control solution deploys rapidly at oil and gas flow metering installations and offers a user-friendly interface to simplify operation

The Daniel Process Acquisition Controller (DanPac) family has been expanded by Emerson to provide a cost-effective measurement and control solution for both fiscal and non-fiscal oil and gas metering applications. With its simplified yet scalable architecture, the new DanPac Express system reduces complexity and initial investment while streamlining future expansions. A complete set of high performance software tools provide visibility to skid systems to reduce measurement uncertainty and facilitate local and remote monitoring.

A robust and easy-to-use software platform maximises uptime and system reliability by giving operators real-time access to critical metering information. Key software features include a powerful fiscal reporting package that combines all key metering parameters to streamline audit trail requirements, a user-friendly operator interface that provides visibility to alarms and events and facilitates access to system data, and an integrated historical trending capability that simplifies customisation of report content and layouts.

Designed for rapid deployment in both green and brown fields, the DanPac Express system is engineered to seamlessly interface with Emerson technologies as well as many third party devices and protocols.  With a simple drag-and-drop configuration process that doesn’t require custom programming, operators benefit from reduced testing, documentation and engineering efforts for quick configuration and commissioning of any metering installation.

“With DanPac, Emerson has been taking a leading role in responding to customer needs for a standardised metering control solution and replaced a long-standing industry approach that relied largely on generic HMI being custom built in metering solutions that were expensive to structure and support.” said Steve Colella, vice president and general manager of Emerson’s Daniel global metering systems business. “Today, with the introduction of DanPac Express, we address the industry’s need for a more economical metering HMI solution, especially for pipeline and floating production with limited space where full logic controls are not required.”

DanPac Express also protects the operator’s process and assets against evolving cyber security threats. The platform takes a holistic approach to security, implementing a series of protective layers to mitigate hacker intrusions yet retain flexibility and usability. This defence-in-depth methodology provides a robust and integrated set of information assurance measures and actions to prevent both physical and non-physical attacks. At the same time, the DanPac Express is designed to accommodate the operator’s unique security policies, creating a cost-effective system security solution while ensuring operational integrity and system availability.

Built on the proven platform of the standard DanPac Measurement and Control System, the compact hardware configuration of the DanPac Express system brings the primary elements of advanced measurement and control together in one single bay panel, including Daniel S600+ Flow Computers and Ethernet switches.

The "Design Engineer Friendly" psu!

Ideal Power offer a wide range of very competitively priced linear and switched-mode AC/AC and AC/DC external power supplies. The extensive range of physical chassis options available includes plug-top, desk-top and interchangeable and typical applications include consumer, industrial, computing, medical, communications and security.

Ideal Power make every effort to ensure that their range of External Power Supply Units meet all the latest worldwide approvals. This includes ErPII where Ideal Power’s complete range of External PSU’s comply with this exacting standard.

Most standard products are available from our extensive stockholding and Ideal Power’s UK based IP Support Engineering Team are happy to assist design engineers with modified-standard and full custom designs encompassing alternative input and output voltages and current, frequency range, power consumption, output voltage regulation, ripple and noise characteristics, efficiency and alternative plug-types for specific regions. At Ideal Power the customer’s needs are paramount to such an extent that requirements for bespoke products from 100 pieces upwards can be catered for.
The External Interchangeable Power Supply range from Ideal Power further improves the versatility of external PSUs by allowing multifunctional use as either a plug-top or a desk-top power supply in one unit and features an interchangeable plug-top allowing end users to select the correct AC plug type for the country it is to be used in. The ability to convert between a plug-top and desk-top power supply allows the same product to operate in difficult locations, where under-floor or gangway sockets prevent traditional plug-tops from being used.

To complete their range of external power supply products Ideal Power also offers an 8-way set of DC connectors enabling the polarity of the DC output to be changed by adding an adapter which allows the PSU to be used in both centre positive or centre negative configuration.

Jon Vallis, Sales & Marketing Manager of Ideal Power, comments, “Our very wide range of competitively priced external power supplies together with our experienced UK based team of applications engineers, who can support our customers specialised requirements, really make Ideal Power a design engineer friendly company to do business with.”

The Ideal Power IP Support team has over 40 years of experience in the power supply industry and provides local assistance throughout the whole design process from concept, design, quotations, samples and testing to approvals and standards compliance, shipping, stock-holding and after-sales service.

Long range ultraSonic sensors.

P43 ultrasonic sensors from PIL, measure distances. Applications include object recognition for agriculture and fluid levels, distance measuring for trucks and loading ramps, level sensing in dusty conditions, parking lot detection/barrier monitoring as well as a variety of other industrial and manufacturing applications.

These ultrasonic sensors provides the industry’s greatest range  – from 250 mm to up to 6000 mm. M12, M18 and M30 dimensions are available - with or without thread or cubic housing. Highly accurate, it provides a small sound cone shape, two integrated internal LED’s for echo justification, and analog internal sensors – no need for digital translation and no loss of accuracy. The P43 provides a standard analog 0-10V / 4-20mA output and two switching outputs. In addition to these fixed settings, the P43 series can be programmed via Teach-In for various other custom settings.

“The new PIL P43 Ultrasonic sensors are an excellent solution for a variety of applications where highly accurate distance sensing is critical,” explains Dr. Heimann, CEO of PIL.  “We are very excited to provide the industry with the first long range Ultrasonic sensor that can provide accurate results at a distance of up to 6000 mm.”

Ultrasonic sensors use an ultrasonic transducer to send and receive sound waves. Specially coded ultrasonic signals are transmitted in a set pattern. After being reflected from the object to be measured, the signals are received by the sensor and decoded. The recorded time of flight is temperature compensated and converted to distance data.  Ultrasonic distance sensors are often used in harsh, industrial environments because they are independent of the material and the color of the object to be measured and are not affected by light, dust and fog. They function very precisely and linearly with background suppression.

A variety of PIL ultrasonic sensors were previously introduced to the US market and were known under different names and brands. An up to date cross-reference list can be found at the website of their partner H+K Inc.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Stainless steel toggle load links!

The TOG series of stainless steel toggle link load links from LCM Systems, used extensively throughout the oil and gas industries, is one of the most flexible ranges on the market. The load links are particularly suited to permanent installations where wire loads are being measured and have been designed for added flexibility.

The major benefit of these TOG load cells is that they are manufactured with a flexible configuration of end fittings. They can be supplied with fork/eye, eye/eye or fork/fork arrangements that means they are easy to install in a wide range of applications. Accuracy is also improved as the number of additional fittings required in the measurement path is reduced.

All load cells in the range are manufactured in stainless steel (17-4PH) and are environmentally sealed to IP67 (IP68 can also be supplied). This means that they are ideal for use in exposed situations and can withstand immersion in seawater. Load ranges are available from 750kg to 9500kg and the load cells can be supplied with amplified output and an integral connector, if required.

As with all load cells from LCM Systems, as well as the standard range, many special design options are available and the TOG link cells can be supplied either on their own or combined with instrumentation for a complete load monitoring system.

Typical applications include mooring and towing monitoring, anchor line tension, wireline measurement and structural testing.

Monday, May 11, 2015

High pressure transmitter for challenging operating environments!

The Rosemount 3051S High Static Differential Pressure Transmitter, a reliable solution for critical process measurements in applications requiring high static pressure capability of up to 1034 bar (15,000 psi) has been introduced by Emerson.

Emerson’s Rosemount 3051S high-pressure transmitter technology and all-welded, stainless steel design is custom-engineered to withstand extremely high static pressures. The SuperModule™ platform and coplanar design reduce potential leak points by 50 per cent compared to traditional designs, ensuring the highest differential pressure measurement accuracy, field reliability and safety. Moreover, the hermetically sealed SuperModule isolates the pressure sensor and electronics from harsh process and environmental conditions to optimise performance and reliability over the life of the transmitter, and is backed by a 15-year warranty.

“We developed high static pressure transmitter technology to support the higher pressure applications our customers are requesting. For example, emerging oil and gas recovery techniques used in deep-sea offshore and enhanced oil recovery operations are pushing to ever higher pressures,”
said Scott Nelson, vice president and general manager of Rosemount pressure products at Emerson Process Management. “Oil and gas exploration companies, working in increasingly challenging operating environments, require advanced technologies that provide better process insight and help them comply with industry regulations and safety standards for high pressure applications. The durable, compact Rosemount 3051S High Static Differential Pressure Transmitter meets these needs.”    

Traditional instrumentation used for high pressure service is large and bulky and can double or triple the footprint and weight of a typical measurement point. The Rosemount 3051S High Static Differential Pressure Transmitter’s lightweight design and compact coplanar platform weighs 60 per cent less than traditional transmitters; on a typical platform using 300-500 traditional pressure transmitters, the 3051S can help oil and gas companies reduce weight by hundreds of kilogrammes topside. The coplanar Rosemount 3051S High Static Differential Pressure Transmitter also integrates additional hardware such as integral manifolds into a single assembly, further reducing weight and lowering overall installation and instrumentation costs. As processing applications increasingly operate in conditions with extreme pressures and temperatures, operators must vigilantly monitor equipment integrity and stability in order to prevent failures, safety hazards and decreased production. In industries such as offshore and onshore oil and gas, and power generation where pressures can exceed 690 bar (10,000 psi), it is critical that instrumentation be robust enough to provide accurate measurements on a consistent basis.  

MOH microsite on linear actuators!

Thomson Industries has introduced a new microsite that provides educational information detailing how electric linear actuators simplify and improve machine design in mobile off-highway applications and provide superior performance compared to hydraulic and pneumatic alternatives.

The company has drawn on its extensive market knowledge to compile this new resource. Currently available in English, Chinese and German, it details how electromechanical solutions offer significantly lower operating cost, reduced design, installation and greater safety and productivity in Mobile Off-Highway (MOH) applications such as construction, road maintenance, farming, forestry, turf and railway vehicles.

The online resource provides significant details on nine representative off-highway vehicle applications that include throttle control, quick attach, hood lift, spool valve control, hatch open, auger fold, spout pivot, ladder lift and broom control applications, where electric linear actuators can deliver significant benefits. Visitors will also find detailed information on all relevant Thomson electric linear actuator products.

“This dedicated site is a resource for OEM engineers to learn more about how to leverage the benefits of superior performing, lower profile and more durable electric linear actuators. It can help them differentiate their mobile off-highway machine and improve their and their customers, bottom line,” says Håkan Persson, Global Product Line Manager Industrial Linear Actuators.

Electric linear actuators eliminate many of the safety risks inherent in hydraulic systems, as well as the fluids and cables required for those systems. Electric actuators offer fewer parts to maintain or replace, higher life cycles and more efficient use of power at all times. They also provide superior heat, vibration and moisture resistance, with better interfacing, speed and feedback options, to further optimise performance.

Power quality seminars programme announced!

Fluke is offering a series of free Power Quality Seminars as part of its programme of seminars for 2015 throughout Britain and Ireland. Designed to help Facility Managers, Maintenance Engineers, Energy Consultants and Power Engineers to save money on energy bills and increase machinery lifetime, the seminars are one element of the Fluke Academy programme.

Fluke 434 Energy Analyser
The seminars covering Power Quality explain how users of Fluke equipment can set up a load study, how they can measure the power quality from the power utility and how to detect disturbances in their facilities, thus learning how to save money and improve machinery lifetime.

Each seminar will cover:

  • An introduction to Power Quality principles
  • Flicker, transients, Volts, Amps and Hertz
  • Load studies
  • Energy consumption in facilities, offices and homes
  • How to measure unbalance, harmonics, interharmonics
  • Mains signalling, voltage dips and swells.

Other seminars in the Fluke Academy programme cover thermography; reducing energy costs; troubleshooting motors and drives to minimise plant downtime; process calibration; and electrical testing.

The Fluke Academy web page also provides access to webinars and webcasts that provide online training to obtain the maximum benefit in the application of thermal imagers, power quality meters and portable oscilloscopes, as well as highlighting training courses with partner institutions.