Friday, June 12, 2015

Precision infrared temperature sensor.

The PyroCube is a general-purpose pyrometer from Calex,  with outstanding precision temperature measurement capabilities.

Built In LED Sighting 
• Red aiming light continuously illuminates the area of measurement, showing precisely where the sensor is aimed. The light spot is the same size as the measurement area, and measurements can be taken at the same time – the light does not affect the accuracy of the reading.

Extremely Fast Response Time 
• The response time of 10 milliseconds means it is now possible to individually measure the temperature of very small objects on fast-moving production lines. The averaging function allows the output to be slowed down for general-purpose use.

Tiny Measured Spot
• A choice of precise optics allows a spot as small as 1.6 mm to be measured. Very narrow cables and small electronic components can now be individually measured. The sensor can view through very narrow holes to view the target beyond, such as the rotor of an electric motor.

Touch Screen 
• The optional touch screen interface with a backlit display provides a bright indication of the measured temperature. Two alarm relay outputs are included, and the intuitive interface allows full configuration of the sensor’s settings. An optional MicroSD Card allows easy data logging with years of storage capacity.

It is easy to measure the temperature of most surfaces using the PyroCube, including painted materials, thick plastics, food products, rubber, bulk materials and paper.

Web operator panels with Level 4 ESD protection.

An exciting new range of Web operator panels from Advantech is ideal for use in machine manufacturing industries such as semi-conductor manufacture. These models, with flat panel IP66 certified aluminum edging, include the latest Intel Cortex-A8 processor which is not only faster but also consumes the minimum amount of power and also supports RS-232/422/485/ Ethernet and CANopen protocols to ensure that they connect to existing networks.

Unique in their class, the new WebOP-3070T/3100T/3120T have dual Level 4 Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) protection and fully meet IEC-61000 requirements. This level of protection makes them ideal for work in semi-conductor factories where ESD is a major concern.

To protect the models from sudden spikes in the electricity supply, the WebOP-3070T/3100T/3120T is equipped with power and terminal I/O port isolation protection so that in the event of power surges the panel’s components will not be affected. This level of protection not only prevents immediate damage to the devices but also increases the life of the products.

In the event of power failure to the WebOPs, they are protected against immediate data loss by the inclusion of 128KB FRAM (Ferroelectric RAM) which doesn’t require a battery to operate. Storage memory is 512MB SLC flash memory, which provides faster access times and 100,000 read-write cycles making it ideal for heavy use industrial applications that also require lower power consumption.

To further enhance these model’s specifications they have been designed to work in temperatures as low as -20oC and as high as 60oC so they’ll continue to work in the harshest of environments.

With their powerful features, the WebOP-3070T/3100T/3120T are latest operator panels to be used in restricted environments such as: automated parking, bottling plants, semi-conductor manufacturing, petrochemical plants and many more.

The WebOP-3070T,3100T and 3120T support the user friendly Panel Express HMI runtime software-, with which users can easily create operational interface projects that support more than 400 integrated communications protocols for industry controllers, such as PLC, temperature controller, motion controllers and many more.

3D profiling of rubber seals.

This video from Stemmer Imaging shows how the LMI Gocator 2 Series 3D smart camera can be set up to carry out profiling of rubber seals to show if they are properly seated. The demonstration shows 3D profiling of rubber seals in polybutylene pipe of the type used extensively in plumbing applications.

The Gocator's laser line is scanned perpendicularly across the rubber seal to allow a profile of the rubber seal to be acquired by the software. The video shows how a fixturing tool can be set up to track part movement and make a valid measurement. The distance of the seal from the edge of the pipe can be measured within user-defined minimum and maximum limits. With the fixture and measurement tools running, the pipe rotated about its central axis, to allow measurements to be made of the complete seal. The video also shows how the system is able to detect an incorrectly seated rubber seal.

With its integrated laser source and optics, the LMI Gocator is factory pre-calibrated to simplify setup and provide consistent, reliable measurements in real-world coordinates, even in applications where temperature variation might be expected to introduce measurement errors.

A powerful suite of built-in measurement tools turns live 3D profiles into real-time measurements. A simple point and click GUI allows single or multiple measurement tools to be selected according to the application requirements.

Remote connectivity in IACS.

The Automation Federation has released a public report—commissioned on behalf of the Linking Oil and Gas Industry to Improve Cybersecurity (LOGIIC)—that studies the possible use of remote connectivity to systems in the industrial automation and control systems (IACS) environment for the purposes of monitoring and diagnostics.

The objective of the LOGIIC Remote Access Project report (pdf) is to convey important factors when considering remote access in an IACS environment and support a dialogue between asset owners and automation vendors. The report presents conclusions, based on technical assessment and analysis, on the use of remote access for monitoring of end-devices in an IACS environment.

Although remote access solutions are commonly present in business environments, use of this technology in the IACS environment requires evaluation of risk, planning, and security controls to ensure core assets are protected from attack and unauthorized access is prevented.

Vendors use remote connectivity to monitor equipment at asset owner sites. Data collected from this equipment provides insight into system health information and can be useful in troubleshooting and optimization efforts.

Download the Report (pdf)
For the purposes of the report, LOGIIC conducted a series of research surveys and studies to identify product offerings in the marketplace, their applicability to the IACS environment, and cybersecurity capabilities. Hands-on assessment activities, conducted in an IACS environment, identified the security risks and capabilities of remote access solutions and the impacts associated with their use in an operational setting.

This public report follows the completion of successful activities held between IACS automation vendors, subject matter experts and LOGIIC in several countries all over the world. This public report was finalized in parallel with a highly successful LOGIIC workshop held earlier this year in Houston. This LOGIIC workshop was aimed to identify and prioritize key cyber security challenges and opportunities for future LOGIIC projects. Future LOGIIC workshops are under investigation.

The LOGIIC Consortium, now celebrating its 10-year anniversary, was established by members of the oil and gas industry in partnership with the Cybersecurity Research and Development Center (CSRDC) of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate to study cybersecurity issues in IACS that impact safety and business performance as they pertain to the oil and gas sector.

LOGIIC’s objective is to promote the interests of the sector while maintaining impartiality, the independence of the participants, and vendor neutrality. Current members of LOGIIC include BP, Chevron, Shell, Total, and other large oil and gas companies that operate significant global energy infrastructure.

The Automation Federation serves as the LOGIIC host organization and has entered into agreements with the LOGIIC member companies and all other LOGIIC project participants.

LOGIIC regularly sponsors research initiatives that involve the interests of oil and gas sector stakeholders. Member companies contribute financially and technically, provide personnel who meet regularly to define projects of common interest, and provide staff to serve on the LOGIIC Executive Committee.

The US DHS, Science and Technology Directorate has contracted with the scientific research organization SRI International to provide scientific and technical guidance for LOGIIC.

Industrial control, automation, package, security and other related vendors have made LOGIIC projects possible by volunteering their time, knowledge, equipment and test environments. Subject-matter experts work with SRI International to refine the evaluation strategy, perform the system evaluations and develop project reports.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sustainability certification for gas analysis vendor!

Servomex, leaders in the gas analysis business,  has achieved The Planet Mark sustainability certification through a commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by five per cent year on year.

A relatively new certification, The Planet Mark is an independent and impartial accreditation supported by the Eden Project. It is available to all businesses, buildings and projects committed to improving sustainability, with the aim of working with businesses and organizations worldwide to tackle climate change via a people driven program. The Planet Mark gives organizations an understanding of the real benefits of sustainable business practice and puts them into action using tool kits, with the support of its experienced sustainability team.

Steve Walter, HSE Manager at Servomex explains the significance for Servomex: “As a global business, sustainability is a very important element of our approach to Corporate Social Responsibility. The Planet Mark program has helped us to achieve goals whilst providing transparency across our UK business, and may be extended to our entire global operation.”

Servomex’s Environmental Management System drives improvement across the environmental impacts of day-to-day activities and considers the life-cycle impacts of products. The Planet Mark program was implemented and certification achieved as the result of Servomex’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint (in terms of emissions) by 5% year on year.

“The Planet Mark Certification not only assures our customers and partners that they are dealing with a socially responsible business, but that they also benefit from the efficiencies achieved in terms of production. Servomex is equally committed to reducing the lifetime running costs of our products.”

Analysers support higher speed serial transmissions.

Their  new MP1861A MUX and MP1862A DEMUX modules for the MP1800A Signal Quality Analyser have been launched by Anritsu Corporation. This will expand the functions of the MP1800A 32G BERT to support 56G and 64G BER measurements required for evaluating high-speed serial transmission devices, such as SERDES. When used in conjunction with the MP1800A, the two new modules support a generation of NRZ Data and BER measurements up to 64.2 Gbit/s. In addition, the support for Jitter Tolerance and Bathtub Jitter measurements meets the recommendations of the latest CEI-56G and 400GbE standards.

In order to address the ever increasing demands for speed and capacity, the server, storage and communications markets are moving towards the conversion to parallel lanes, with an increase in serial transmission speeds and the adoption of PAM transmission. At the same time the IEEE is examining a switch from 100GbE to 400GbE, and the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) is examining new-high-speed interfaces, such as upgrading from CEI-28G to CEI-56G.

“The result of this extensive standards work is a requirement to test these new capabilities, and to ensure the new technologies can be reliably built and deployed in the field using the newest standards for the required high speed interfaces” said Jonathan Borrill, Director of Marketing at Anritsu (EMEA). “The breadth of functionality that the MP1800A series offers will help make these higher speeds for server and network equipment possible sooner”.

Anritsu’s MP1800A Signal Quality Analyser series is a plug-in, modular-type Bit Error Rate Tester (BERT) simultaneously accommodating Pulse Pattern Generator (PPG), Error Detector (ED), synthesiser, and jitter generation modules. It supports simultaneous generation of synchronous signals and measurement of Bit Error Rates (BER), for up to 8 channels, by installing multiple 32G PPG and ED modules.

Three new courses for automation and instrumentation technicians.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has introduced three new courses for automation and instrumentation technicians:
  • PLC Fundamentals for the Technical Professional (TC40)
  • Electrical Controls for the Control Systems Technician (TI23)
  • Extreme Instrumentality: Electrical to Instrumentation Cross Training Boot Camp (XTBC)
ISA is recognized worldwide as a leader in non-biased, vendor-neutral education and training programs for automation professionals. Industry professionals, whether an experienced engineer, practicing technician, or newcomer to the industry, can hone their skills at ISA's regional training locations, through Onsite Training Programs at their company, or via distance education. Many ISA courses are lab intensive to reinforce important skills.

On or off grid inverter in one unit!

CyboEnergy has released a groundbreaking On/Off Grid CyboInverter that can operate in either on-grid or off-grid mode, switching between the two modes automatically depending on the grid condition.

Their CEO, Dr. George Cheng said, "Climate change is becoming more catastrophic and power grid shutdowns are more frequent and severe. On-grid inverters are designed to deliver power to the grid but cannot run as off-grid inverters to power AC loads, yet off-grid inverters cannot send power to the grid when the grid is on so the solar energy is wasted. Now, we have combined both functions in one inverter to offer grid flexibility."

The following graphic shows a 4-channel 1.2KW On/Off-Grid CyboInverter that has an on-grid AC output port and an off-grid AC output port. Each inverter has four input channels that can connect to four 300W DC sources including solar panels, wind generators, hydro-generators, or batteries and produce 1150W AC peak power. Each input channel has its own control and MPPT to eliminate solar partial shading problems and maximize power production. The product is patented, made in the USA and UL1741 certified.

During normal operating conditions when the grid is on, the On/Off-Grid CyboInverter works like a regular on-grid inverter that meets all UL1741 requirements including: over or under voltage shutdown; over or under frequency shutdown; and anti-islanding. When the grid is down, the inverter will shutdown immediately based on the UL safety rules. After a few seconds, the inverter will automatically switch to off-grid mode to support an off-grid AC circuit and power AC loads such as lights, fans, TV, computers, phone-chargers, and small refrigerators. When the grid returns, the inverter will switch to on-grid mode and send power to the grid.

Using the On/Off-Grid CyboInverter, the same solar power system can generate power to the grid and can also be a power backup system when the grid is down. For ease of installation, it can daisy-chain with multiple On-Grid CyboInverters. In addition, the unique multiple input channel design of the CyboInverter product family offers seamless integration of renewable energy sources, including solar, wind, fuel-cell, hydro, and batteries where energy storage is desirable. The On/Off-Grid CyboInverter can significantly improve the usefulness of solar power systems and make them more competitive compared with fossil fuel and other types of renewable energy, resulting in better return-on-investment (ROI) and faster adoption of solar energy in the global market.

• CyboEnergy will demonstrate the new product at Intersolar (Booth 8721) on July 14-16, 2015 in San Francisco (CA USA).

High voltage artificial networks for conducted emission testing.

Teseq has introduced two high voltage artificial networks designed for conducted emission tests and line termination during susceptibility tests for components.  The HV-AN 150 and HV-AN S150 are both ideal for use in automotive, military and airborne standards applications.

According to Teseq, these two new line impedance stabilization networks (LISNs) offer a unique approach to e-mobility as well as helping to meet the need for increasing voltage and current values within vehicles. 

Thanks to its jumper settings, the HV-AN 150 offers a universal solution that covers the traditional way of testing as performed in CISPR 12, CISPR 25 and ISO 7637-2.  The combination of two networks in a shielded box enables the testing of shielded high voltage connections as seen in standard drafts of CISPR 12, CISPR 25 as well as ISO 7637-4. 

Their HV-AN S150 allows users a direct connection with a special high voltage connector that avoids any shielding problems. It offers a solution for high current, high voltage and shielded connections to equipment under test (EUT).  No additional shielding box is required when using this unit.   It meets the draft versions of CISPR 12, CISPR 25 and ISO7637-4.

The HV-AN 150’s frequency range and power ratings are related to the selected standard per jumper setting. For the existing low voltage part of CISPR 12, CISPR 25 and ISO 7637-2  the frequency range is 100 kHz to 100 MHz, a maximum DC voltage of 700 V and 150 A for 60 min. 1000 V DC is allowed for the high voltage part of the draft standards of CISPR 12, CISPR 25 and ISO 7637-4. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Leader for AC, Servo and DC drives unit appointed!

Scott Anderson is the new president managing Emerson's Control Techniques business unit. He will lead the business from its headquarters in the United Kingdom where it employs around 650 people, along with a further 1,000 employees across 55 locations worldwide.

Scott Anderson
Scott brings 32 years of Emerson experience to Control Techniques.  His most recent leadership positions were in Emerson Process Management, where he spent 14 years as president of Rosemount Flow business unit and a further two years as president responsible for establishing the Lifecycle Services organization for Emerson Process, Flow Measurement group. Prior to that, he had worked within Emerson Industrial Automation for 17 years in sales and marketing positions.

He said: "Control Techniques has a strong, established reputation within the markets it serves and we want to continue building on that. The business can also benefit from the range of experience and expertise it gains through being part of Industrial Automation and Emerson, and it is vital we highlight the added value this brings to our customers."

He brings a clear vision on how to grow the business, including an increased focus on bolstering Control Techniques´ global presence across core markets.

He added: "Our customers value the technology and innovation created over the past 40 years and we must continue to show that desire to serve our customer´s most demanding applications.

"In the longer term, we want to establish a more balanced geographic spread for our businesses, including strengthening our presence in the Americas and Asia. By broadening our portfolio of next generation products and communicating the benefits of our solutions, we will build long term loyal customers."

Atmosphere sensor partnership programme launched.

Anaren has announced that it has launched a new Atmosphere Sensors Partnership Program that introduces a suite of proven sensor technologies and tools into Anaren’s wireless connectivity ecosystem. A key feature of the initiative is a new sensors element library, available within the Anaren Atmosphere  tool, which allows non-RF and non-software savvy customers to develop wirelessly connected products and, now, to easily incorporate sensors and sensors assets such as drivers and algorithms into their wirelessly connected IoT projects.

The inaugural member and primary sensor provider to the project is STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and leading supplier of sensor technologies. Anaren’s Sensors Expo (June 2015) booth will host demos of the company’s expanding line up of Broadcom-based AIR for WICED™ modules, the Anaren Atmosphere online development tool, and Anaren’s new Cellular Machines family of remote monitoring solutions.

“Since the introduction of our first AIR modules – which were all about helping customers ‘go wireless’ without being RF experts -- Anaren has been totally committed to giving our customers all the tools they need to do the job on their own,” said Mark Bowyer, Anaren’s Director of Wireless Business Development. “This new Sensor Network Partnership Program continues this progression, by enabling customers to easily incorporate sensing functions into their products…whether their goal is to transmit the resulting sensor data to a mobile device or all the way to the cloud."

Bowyer added that partnering with ST, a powerhouse sensor provider, was the logical and right approach: “This way, we focus on our RF competency, ST focuses on their sensing solutions, and our shared customers see the benefit of both worlds…all within the easy-to-use Atmosphere development environment.”
For its part, ST also sees opportunities in helping Anaren provide OEMs with a streamlined path for connecting their sensor-generated data to the IoT via Anaren’s wireless tools.

“ST’s complete portfolio of sensors capable of monitoring motion, the environment, sound and light, and proximity and the sensor hubs and sensor-fusion tools to simplify integration puts us in a strong position to contribute to helping Anaren’s customers realize huge benefit from the Internet of Things,” said Marco Angelici, Volume MEMS & Analog Division Director, STMicroelectronics. “ST can also add value through its full range of low-power, high-performance STM32 32-bit microcontrollers, and secure ST microcontrollers. They each provide secure communications, analysis, processing, and data protection. STM32 families also offer ultra-efficient power-conversion, -monitoring and -control technologies that simplify power design and ensure power conservation.”

Wireless standard certification for 3 modules granted!

Three new products have been released by Yokogawa that have all successfully achieved ISA100 Wireless certification. The ISA100 Wireless certification provides assurance that the devices will interoperate in any ISA100 Wireless compliant network.

FN110 Conformance Cert.
• The FN110 Field Wireless Communication Module includes an ISA100 Wireless protocol stack and is the most recent ISA100 Wireless Compliant stack to be certified.  The high-performance, built-in wireless communication module is compact, lightweight and offers excellent radio sensitivity with low power consumption. The FN110 communication module can be combined with the FN310 or the FN510 to form field wireless devices connectable to an ISA100 Wireless network. View the certification by clicking here.

• The FN310 Field Wireless Multi-protocol Module is a protocol converter that enables wired communication protocols (HART, MODBUS, and more) to be transmitted through ISA100 Wireless networks. The FN310 comes with built in batteries, eliminating the need for cables and providing installation flexibility that would have otherwise been cost prohibitive. View the certification by clicking here.

• The FN510 Field Wireless Multi-Function Module transmits multiple types of sensor signals from wired devices through ISA100 Wireless networks. The FN510 Multi-Function module supports multiple forms of inputs and outputs, including analog input, digital input, digital output, and pulse input, enabling wired legacy sensors to participate in an ISA100 Wireless network. The FN510 internal battery eliminates the need for cables and provides installation flexibility that would have otherwise been cost prohibitive. View the certification by clicking here.

“These two adaptor modules allow end-users to extend coverage of legacy wired field devices and provide access to stranded data,” remarked Andre Ristaino, Managing Director of ISA100 WCI, “and the FN110 Communication Module is an ingenious all-in-one communication stack/antennae combination which accelerates wireless enablement of existing field devices, an elegant solution that was a key factor in Yokogawa’s 2014 Frost and Sullivan award for Enabling Technology Leadership.”

It's a wrap - for the bottles!

In Altavilla Vicentina (I), a Clever Sleever Machine places and shrink-wraps decorative sleeves on bottles at a rate of 18000 pieces per hour. That’s five pieces per second. So, imagine how much money would be lost every time they have to stop production to replace a damaged or broken slip ring. That was the problem facing Clever Machines.

Clever provides a wide variety of sleever machines and heat-shrink tunnel applicators. These machines can perform every type of sleeve application required by the client, at different production speeds, including linear and rotary machines suitable to apply full and partial sleeves and safety seals. These machines can be found in many different packaging applications including food and beverage, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

“Through constant technological research, in conjunction with our clients, we are committed to finding solutions to our clients’ needs,” said Tagliaferro Silverio, owner of Clever Machines.

So, when a client came to them with the need to reduce downtime on their Sleever Machine because of the time-consuming nature of maintaining slip rings, Clever contacted Rockwell Automation. Rockwell suggested they use ProSoft Technology’s 802.11n Fast Roaming Industrial Hotspot radios and a 5 GHz radiating cable as the antenna. The 802.11n Fast Roaming Hotspot supports Access Point, Repeater, Bridging and Client modes and delivers fast data rates up to 300 Mbps.

“The Fast Roaming feature of this radio maintains seamless, high-speed connections particularly well-suited for moving equipment like Clever’s Sleever Machine,” said Andrea Mazzucchelli, Regional Sales Manager for ProSoft Technology.

“This was the excellent packet-per-second performance and robust communications we were looking for,” said Andrea Parlato, Electrical Division Technical Manager for Clever.

Now a CompactLogix™ L36, communicates to the Point I/O through ProSoft Technology’s radios, providing fast and reliable data from their rounding tables which apply the label and heat-seal them to the bottles.

The radiating cables essentially replace the slip rings, virtually eliminating the expensive downtime associated with maintaining them. A radiating cable is a long, flexible antenna with slots to radiate RF signals that can be installed around corners, along monorail systems and through tunnels to propagate wireless data signals in situations that are tough or impossible for traditional antennas. Since the radiating cable antenna can be mounted within inches of where the signal needs to be received, it isolates the wireless signal from going to other machines that may be on the plant floor. And, the cable comes in multiple lengths to meet the needs of most applications.

“The radiating cables have been specifically tested to work with the 802.11n radios,” said Mazzucchelli. “Making this a field-proven solution instead of those expensive-to-maintain slip rings.”

Advanced analysis & characterization support for HDMI receiver testing!

Tektronix has expanded its portfolio of HDMI test solution with the addition of advanced analysis and characterization support for HDMI 2.0 receiver testing. The new HDMXpress  provides complete support for HDMI test pattern generation, auto-calibration and margin testing, eliminating the needs for manual pattern creation.

HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) has emerged as the de-facto industry standard for transferring video data to display devices. The technology continues to evolve rapidly, creating new test and measurement challenges for designers. HDMXpress will help them to better meet these challenges and will enable new testing strategies around receiver tests, ultimately leading to improved productivity and testing efficiency.

“With the addition of HDMXpress to our HDMI portfolio, Tektronix now offers customers developing HDMI-based products a comprehensive set of automated compliance and validation test solutions,” said Brian Reich, general manager Performance Oscilloscopes, Tektronix. “Our comprehensive HDMI 2.0/1.4a/b solutions include test fixtures, high-performance oscilloscopes, probing solutions and high-performance AWGs along with automated transmitter and receiver compliance test software.”

The HDMXpress software enables users to generate their own receiver test patterns quickly and easily. The tool interfaces with the TekExpress HDM application hosted on DPO70000 series Tektronix oscilloscopes and provides support for closed-loop calibration for the critical sink jitter tolerance test. It can be hosted on both AWG7000 and AWG70000 series arbitrary waveform generators. The use of direct synthesis for Rx testing reduces connection changes and avoids the need for external hardware filters and cable emulators. 

The product is well suited to the needs of HDMI product designers who need to perform advanced analysis and margin testing. At the same time, it supports validation and quality engineers who need to check for compliance of design prototypes and who depend on calibrated test setups prior to testing.

NDT market manager appointed!

Steve Drake has joined Ashtead Technology's Centre of Excellence for Non Destructive Testing as NDT Market Manager.

Steve Drake
“We are delighted that Steve has chosen to join us,” says Ashtead’s James Carlyle. “With over 35 years of experience in NDT, much of it with Carestream and Kodak Digital NDT, he arrives with a wealth of knowledge that will be of tremendous value to our customers; helping them to choose the right technology, and ensuring that they get the best results.”

Ashtead Technology operates a fleet of test, inspection and monitoring equipment including the latest NDT technologies for ultrasonic phased array, flaw detection, thickness measurement, XRF analysis, hardness testing and eddy current testing as well as a broad inventory of visual inspection systems.

Steve’s appointment follows that of Alison Glover, another highly experienced NDT practitioner who joined the company in late 2014. In addition to investments in experience and expertise, Ashtead Technology has also recently invested over £1 million in NDT equipment. “This is extremely important,” says Steve, “because the latest advanced NDT technology offers enormous advantages to users; improving the probability of detection with instruments that are easier to operate with better quality results. The ability to hire this technology offers many benefits such as removing the cost of ownership and increasing customers’ work scope, with a flexible pay-as-you-go approach and the ability to source equipment with minimum downtime.

“We believe that this high level of technical support is extremely attractive to customers, and I look forward to helping them find the best solution for their NDT requirements.”

Inertial measurement systems.

The INS380 has been added to the MEMSIC portfolio of Inertial Systems enabled with SmartSensingtechnology targeted to a broad range of precision motion sensing applications. The portfolio offering consists of Inertial Measurement Units (IMU), Vertical Gyros (VG), Attitude and Heading Reference Systems (AHRS), Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) and Tilt measurement systems in a variety of packages suited for system designers to end equipment manufacturers.

The latest product from MEMSIC, the INS380SA, is a complete inertial navigation system with a built-in 48-channel GPS receiver. The SmartSensing technology enables a turnkey system with better than 0.01 m/s velocity measurement accuracy. The integrated 3-axis magnetometer allows for accurate operation when the GPS signal is lost or when the vehicle comes to a stop.

SmartSensing technology provides users with unmatched sensor fusion and performance in critical motion sensing applications. SmartSensing combines enhanced and patented Kalman-based algorithm with proprietary temperature, motion and alignment calibration for consistent and high accuracy performance over a wide range of extreme operating conditions. Applications include unmanned ground and aerial vehicles, platform stabilization, avionics, precision agriculture, construction, and more.

"With over 400 man-years of design and development experience and knowledge in designing IMUs and sophisticated MEMS sensor solutions", said Masoud Beheshti, VP and General Manager of MEMSIC's system division, "MEMSIC is in a very unique position in the industry to help enable designer's unprecedented size, accuracy and cost, with our SmartSensing technology".

INS380SA-400 EVALKIT is available for evaluation and ships completer with an INS380 Unit along with necessary accessories for quick installation.

Gigabit Ethernet industrial switches.

18 new compact models have been added to Red Lion Controls' N-Tron® series NT24k™ managed Gigabit Ethernet industrial switch platform. The new NT24k 10-to-14 port DIN-rail mountable switches feature Fast Ethernet, Gigabit or dual-mode fiber ports alongside eight Gigabit copper ports with optional IEEE 802.3af/at Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) support.

With over 100 mixed-media configuration options, the rugged NT24k platform combines the benefits of noise-immune fiber with the versatility of 10, 100, 1000Base copper connectivity to provide a robust migration path across varying industrial applications. Red Lion’s newest NT24k switch models include:
  • NT24k-FX: switches with 8 all-Gigabit copper and 2, 3, 4 or 6 100Base fiber ports that are available with SC or ST connectors in multimode or singlemode
  • NT24k-GX: switches with 8 all-Gigabit copper with 2, 3, 4 or 6 Gigabit fiber ports that are available with SC connectors in multimode or singlemode
  • NT24k-DM4: switches with 8 all-Gigabit copper ports with 4 SFP expansion slots for optional 100Base or Gigabit SFP transceivers
Available with optional PoE+ support, each switch accepts redundant 22-49 VDC power input and offers a step-up power boost circuit to eliminate the need for a standalone 48 VDC power supply. In addition, Red Lion’s new PoE+ switches provide up to 240 Watts PoE output power (30 Watts per Gigabit copper port) to reliably support applications such as security cameras, panel displays and wireless access points. 
“Industrial customers are demanding fiber optic and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity options to meet the requirements of high bandwidth applications and high-EMF environments. Our newest wave of compact NT24k fiber models – one of the broadest lines of rugged fiber and PoE+ switches on the market – addresses this need,” said Diane Davis, director of product management at Red Lion Controls. “Customers now have access to a future-proof switch solution that addresses industrial requirements from the network edge to the core.”
The new compact NT24k switches build on Red Lion’s recent addition of Gigabit and PoE+ compact DIN-rail mountable copper switches to its award-winning modular and rackmount platform. With a hardened metal housing, each NT24k switch provides industry-leading shock (200 g) and vibration (50 g) tolerance coupled with up to a -40° to 85°C operating temperature range to ensure optimal network performance in the harshest industrial environments.

Red Lion’s rugged NT24k platform offers a full set of management features and advanced security to ease network deployment with key functionality that includes Jumbo Frame support, SD card and XML configuration backup and restore, auto-IGMP configuration, Ethernet/IP™ with CIP™ messaging, N-Ring™ and N-Link™ ring technology with ultra-fast (30 ms) recovery, N-View™ monitoring technology, event logging, SNTP and IEEE 802.1x with RADIUS remote server authentication. NT24k switches are UL Class 1, Division 2 Listed for use in hazardous and ordinary locations and are ABS type certified for shipboard applications. These approvals help ensure reliable operation across alternative energy, oil and gas, water/wastewater, maritime, transportation, intelligent traffic applications and factory automation applications.
• Red Lion products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Density meter.

VIDA™ is in compliance with ASTM D4052, ASTM D5002, ASTM D5931, ISO 12185, ISO 15212-1, DIN 51757 and JIS K2249-1 international standards
The VIDA™ 80H by PAC is a fully automated reliable density analysis meter that works on an advanced osciallating stainless steel u-tube technology that offers an incredibly simple and easy approach to obtaining highly reliable density measurements.

VIDA Density MeterVIDA™ 80H is user-friendly, easy to set up and use and fully automated, so it doesn’t require a highly-trained operator. Designed to be a true "push-button" solution, it is powered by smart software that automates every step of the test sequence – from sample injection to data reporting - allowing minimal operator attendance.

The meter is equipped with a patented auto injection and bubble dectection technology that delivers highly accurate and repeatable density measurements on wide range of fluids from industrial to food & beverage and pharmaceutical/medical products. The advanced cleaning system employed on VIDA™ reduces cleaning time by as much as 10%.

Dual Range Pressure Calibrator for use in classified environments.

Fluke has introduced a new ‘Ex’ Dual Range Pressure Calibrator for use in classified environments, offering ranges, accuracies and capabilities that make it ideal for gas custody transfer measurements.

The new Fluke 721Ex, with IECEx and Atex Ex ia IIB T3 Gb (Zone 1) ratings, is available in 14 models and can be used with a Fluke 720RTD probe for temperature measurement. Fluke has also introduced 700 series pressure test hose and pump kits which minimise the difficulty and leaks when connecting a pressure calibrator or pump to a device under test. Their quick installation, without the use of tools, increases efficiency, saving time and money. These pressure accessories are a best-in-class set of premium hose and No Tools Required (NTR) pressure connection accessories.

The rugged Fluke 721Ex Dual Range Pressure Calibrator, featuring two isolated, stainless steel, pressure sensors with accuracies to ±0.025% Full Scale, provides measurement of static pressure, difference in pressure and (optional) temperature of gas flow. The Fluke 721Ex is configured by choosing either a 1.1bar or 2.48bar low-pressure sensor, together with one from seven high-pressure ranges, including 6.9, 20, 24.5, 69, 103.4, 200, or 345 bar. The large backlit display will show two pressure readings and a temperature reading simultaneously. Up to five frequently used setups can be stored.

Fluke 700 Pressure Calibration Test Kits introduce a new family of pressure connection accessories to make the difficult task of making pneumatic and hydraulic pressure test connections easy and leak free. This family of accessories includes two special transmitter test hoses, the TTH5K and the TTH10K, providing No Tools Required connections between hand pumps or pressure transmitter to the standard IEC ¼" female input on most pressure transmitters worldwide. The 700MTH test hose is similar to the 700TTH but has a ¼" male metric hose termination rather than the ¼" NPT male connection. The 700M20TH is intended for connection to female Chinese M20 process connections.

The new 700PTPK2 Pneumatic Test Pressure Kit and 700HTPK2 Hydraulic Test Pressure Kit are premium versions of the standard 700PTPK and 700HTPK and add premium test hoses and a NTR connection to easily attach and remove 700G test gauges or other devices with ¼" NPT male terminations.

The Fluke 721Ex is supplied with a soft case offering storage for an RTD probe.

Speed and position feedback at shallow installation depth.

The new bearingless encoders MIR 10 by Baumer are the products to choose for position and speed feedback in limited installation space. Operating on non-contact magnetic sensing with up to 4096 ppr, the encoders are wearfree and provide virtually unlimited service life.

Compact, bearingless encoder MIR10
is robust and wearfree
The fully encapsulated magnetic sensor with IP 66 and IP 67 as standard protection will master even harsh environments with high degree of soiling by dust, chippings or oil, but also with constant and cyclic humidity at extended temperatures ranging from -40°C…+85°C. Sized 10 mm x 15 mm x 45,5 mm, the sensor is extremely compact. The matching pole wheels provide mere 14 to 15 mm in depth and fit shafts from 6 to 43,5 mm.

The extremely shock and vibration proof sensing head withstands 500 resp. 30 g. The resilient metal housing ensures a very high electromagnetic compatibility, which is added on even further by shielded Polyurethan cable twisted in pairs for ulitmate protection against electromagnetic interference.

Bearingless encoder MIR 10 is available with 5 VDC supply and TTL / RS422-compatible line drivers and as 10….30 VDC version with pushpull. Both variants output two channels with 90° shift and inverted signals. As an option, both zero pulse and inverted channels provide magnetic encoding by reference magnet. The encoder comes with a distance gauge to ease mounting and to make sure the exact gap between pole wheel and sensing head is kept.

Technical Conference to cover trends in Test & RF, plus Aerospace industries etc!

Registration is now open for the Automated Test Summit 2015, hosted by National Instruments on Thursday 2nd July in Reading, (GB). This free-to-attend industry technical conference allows engineers and test managers to learn more about the top trends and technologies influencing automated test. The event brings together NI and industry experts for technology discussions and best practice sharing, case studies, hands-on training and networking opportunities. 

With a choice of technical content, attendees can tailor the day to match their own interests, focusing on building automated test systems, RF & communications, hands-on training, or a track dedicated to test challenges for the aerospace & defence industries. A wide variety of technical presentations from NI experts, partners and customers will cover topics from building flexible test systems, managing obsolescence, to tips and tricks for TestStand development.  In addition, LabVIEW and TestStand Certification exams and preparation classes are free to sit during the summit. 

The Keynote address, will be given by Tony Robson, Senior Product & Business Manager for PXI at NI Global Preferred Partner for Cellular & Connectivity Applications, Cobham Wireless, and will address the most pressing challenges engineers are currently facing in test system development for wireless & cellular applications, and how PXI can help address these. In addition, NI’s Abhay Samant, Section Manager for RF Product Marketing, will also talk about the latest trends in automated test and PXI, as well as providing insight into the key challenges test engineers in the aerospace & defence industries face.

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore recently-released products based on PXI Gen 3 technology. NI has collaborated with Intel to deliver the industry’s first PXI Express embedded controller powered by an Intel Xeon 8-core processor. Combined with the industry’s first all-hybrid PXI chassis with PCI Express Gen 3 technology, this delivers up to twice the processing power and system bandwidth compared to the previous highest performance PXI systems.

Spanish company joins #wireless group!

Spain-based Bitherm SL has joined the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute. Bitherm SA specializes in steam traps for steam and condensate networks.

Bitherm SL was founded in 1977 in Spain and has since become a pioneer in the development of cutting-edge steam traps for steam and condensate networks. The company offers a variety of products including steam traps, a monitoring system, compact steam trap stations, manifolds and portable detection equipment.  The company also provides services, including a complete steam trap maintenance program, leak detection in steam traps and valves, energy audits, implementation of intensive maintenance systems, steam trap inspections, residual energy recovery installations, training, talks and seminars.

Bitherm SL is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the ongoing trend of convergence between the remote sensing field and the industrial instrumentation field.  In order to best address this dynamic, Bitherm group is supporting ISA100 Wireless technology.  The ISA100 Wireless network meets all the requisites that the non-critical monitoring application of Bitherm group demands:  reliability, security, and scalability for data connectivity between limited power sensor nodes and the remote sensor.

“With the deployment of ISA100 Wireless networks, the Bitherm Group will be able to offer its clients a flexible and complete monitoring system that increases the number of sensing nodes available for hard-to-reach locations,” said Vicente Blazquez, Founder and CEO of the Bitherm Group. “And the selection of ISA100 Wireless as a communication protocol standard guarantees interoperability with different providers, allowing Bitherm Group technology a smooth transition into existing markets.”

Sensor solutions for the Internet of Things & M2M

Hoffman+Krippner's unique SensoInk and SensoFoil intelligent sensing technologies can be used for Internet of Things applications such as process automation, position tracking and real time supply chain support.  They plan to show these at the Sensors Expo next week.

SensoInk is an innovative, reliable and highly accurate sensing solution based on printed polymer pastes. SensoInk is a 5V analog solution with low power requirements and operates at 5V.
By using polymer thick film technology, SensoInk is extremely flexible, and can be printed as potentiometers, resistors, switches or keyboard contacts on circuit boards or electronic components. 

It enables device developers to quickly and easily implement individual specifications without sacrificing quality. By using SensoInk, there are no negative electromagnetic effects (Electromagnetic compatibility). Only two components are required for signal transformation: a printed potentiometer track on a carrier material (e.g. FR4 or PET foil) and a conductive wiper.
Sensofoil® thin-film membrane potentiometers are the world's most reliable membrane position sensors. SensoFoil offers a flat design of 0.5 mm to 1 mm, repeat accuracy of 1mm to 10µm,  easy to achieve redundancy and problem-free device integration. The standard linear Sensofoil is available in lengths of 50 mm up to 500 mm, 40mm wide rotary, and custom sizes and shapes. Sensofoil is available in PET (ultra-thin), Magnet (contactless – long lifetime) or Hybrid technology (extended lifetime and temperature range).

“To detect how the state of the internet-connected "thing" changes, an electronic evaluation of the initial state must be conducted,” says Jens Kautzor, CEO of Hoffman + Krippner, Inc. “With our sensors you can very affordably and accurately measure changes, detect positions, or count objects.”

Is there enough milk in the fridge? Is there enough coffee in the coffee maker? Has a hotel guest taken anything from the minibar? For example, a drink gets removed from the minibar. This condition is detected (the missing bottle) by a Sensofoil sensor. The web connected sensor, combined with the intelligent software, guarantee that the correct products and quantities will be reflected on the hotel bill. This is just one of hundreds of smart IoT and Machine to Machine applications made possible using SensoInk and SensoFoil.

Next-generation platform for advanced control & estimation.

Yokogawa and Shell have jointly developed Platform for Advanced Control and Estimation, a software suite that speeds up and simplifies the process of designing, deploying, and maintaining advanced process control applications.

This software suite brings together the advanced process control technology that Shell has acquired by operating its plants and the real-time control technology that Yokogawa has developed as a control system supplier. This product will help companies to improve their productivity.

Features of This Software Suite
Advanced process control systems improve product yield and reduce energy consumption by not only maintaining process values such as temperature, flow rate, and pressure within a set range but also keeping them as close as possible to their optimal set points. Thus, such systems are increasingly being used in facilities such as refineries, petrochemical plants, chemical plants, and natural gas liquefaction trains. This new software solution simplifies engineering and improves both operability and maintainability.
This software suite brings the following functionality available within the same platform:
• multivariable model predictive control (a function for modelling the dynamic characteristics of plant responses and controlling multiple variables based on model predictions)
• soft sensing (a function for estimating quality in real time based on temperature, flow rate, pressure, and other process values)
• the ability to perform various types of calculations and customize settings.

The major features of this software suite are as follows:
1. Development of rapidly deployable applications
With the identification of dynamic characteristic response models, plant step response tests are typically executed over long periods of time to determine how the manipulation of devices impacts process values. This software suite carries out this work automatically and displays the results as a model robustness rating. Users can then easily choose the optimum model, greatly reducing the amount of time required for engineering. Models can be recreated easily at any time, which helps maintain advanced control applications in their best state and thus minimizes maintenance work.

2. Excellent operability and maintainability
While the monitoring and operation screens for conventional advanced control applications must be created from scratch for a production control system, a hierarchical set of screens are provided as a standard feature with this software suite, simplifying engineering and dramatically improving operability. These include screens for overseeing the entire system, monitoring target process units, and checking controlled variables and KPIs.
In its displays, this software suite has status marks that indicate whether a process is in a healthy or unhealthy state, so operators can know its status at a glance. These marks indicate the result of changes in operating conditions or changes caused by the deterioration of aging facilities. When such changes occur, the models can be recreated to restore productivity.

3. Integrated platform for improved engineering efficiency
When developing an advanced control application, it is necessary to build modules for multivariable model predictive control, soft sensing, the interface with the production control system, calculation, and other functions, and then combine them. With this software suite, these modules can be built and operated from the same platform, improving engineering efficiency.

Commenting on this joint undertaking, Bert Natalicchio, a Shell vice president responsible for engineering and SMART software, said, “Shell has had a long history in gaining significant benefits by the use of advanced process control and we are fully expecting the Platform for Advanced Control and Estimation to take us to a new level of performance in line with our goal of becoming the most competitive and innovative energy company. Advanced process control allows us to manage production, energy efficiency, product quality and waste minimization in a coordinated and consistent manner. The relationship Shell and Yokogawa have in the advanced process control space leverages the strengths of each company, resulting in state-of-the-art technology solutions.” 

Satoru Kurosu, a Yokogawa director and executive vice president who heads the Solutions Service Business Headquarters, said, “This software was developed based on Shell's long experience with advanced control technology and Yokogawa’s extensive global track record in providing superior control system solutions, and is expected to help our customers achieve dramatic improvements in productivity. We will continue to provide high value-added solutions that ensure sustainable growth for our customers.”

Customer retention in Ireland! Survey has commenced!

"Beginning on the 9th of June, Endress+Hauser (Ireland) will be conducting a customer retention survey and we would like to invite you to take part and let us know your opinion!" says their notification to automation users in Ireland.   "Your opinion will help us to integrate your needs, concerns and requirements in our planning, and serve you better in the future. The survey will be conducted by international market research institute, TNS Infratest, and should only take younot more than fifteen minutes to complete and probably less! "

The TNS Survey is a customer retention survey conducted by marketing research institute, TNS Infratest. It is to find out from our customers themselves, their opinions so we can improve our service to them.

This survey is one that the Endress+Hauser group require each E+H sales centre to run every two years. I am not sure when Endress+Hauser in other countries run their survey, it would depend on when they did their last one, however Endress+Hauser Ireland are running theirs currently at this time, with the invitations being sent out to our customers in Ireland tomorrow.
Its aim is to help us improve our offering and service to our customers, and is also helpful in letting us to know how we are doing from the point of view of our customers." 

• The survey itself will then be sent out by TNS on the 9th of June, and will run until the 23rd of June. 

If your copy hasn't arrived or you require a copy contact the Endress+Hauser Ireland operation here

Flow tuning excellence.

Fuel system manufacturers seeking the best fuel performance require flexible high-flow grinding and high-flow test capabilities to achieve finely tuned orifices in numerous design variations.

Kennametal MICROFLOW
Hydro Erosive Grinding
To this end, Kennametal Precision Surface Solutions® is announcing EXTRUDE HONE™ MF PROGRESS™, the next generation of flow tuning and flow measurement featuring a flow targeting accuracy to +/-1% aimed at orifices 100-350 μm in parts less than 30 mm in diameter and flow rates up to 5 L/min. “Additionally, MF PROGRESS delivers another exclusive added value that we call Flexibility Through Modularity,” says Sharath Shankaregowda, Kennametal Precision Surface Solutions MICROFLOW product manager. “Customers benefit from a self-contained modular construction for each process (grinding, flush, flow testing, etc.) and configurable hardware (manifolds, frequency drives, etc.)”

Customers are saying adding such advanced process options can help ensure components meet ever more stringent government regulations. From CAFÉ in North America, EURO6 and expected EURO7 in Europe, and PRC standards in Asia, all focused on reducing CO2 emissions, EXTRUDE HONE™ MF PROGRESS provides the perfect next step in upgraded manufacturing and finishing. In addition, this all takes place in a 25% reduced machine footprint, 50% less tool wear compared to previous-generation equipment, and depending on the application the output can be increased by up to 100%.


  •  MICROFLOW is the real-time monitored flow of abrasive media through small passages, such as fuel-injector spray holes.
  •  It achieves specific, repeatable processing results, including edge radius, micro-hole size and surface finish. These changes to small-hole geometry improve part function and performance.
  •  Media flows in one direction, similar to part operation.
  •  Increased flow is attributed to subtly changing the geometry of the opening entrance (opening exit usually is not affected).
  •  MICROFLOW processing involves pressure drop, flow rate, geometry, and fluid properties; machine design and dynamics; workpiece characteristics; media properties and processing procedures.
  •  Exclusive range of standard and customized MICROFLOW media with specific properties perform a step beyond classical hydro erosive liquid.

EXTRUDE HONE™ MF PROGRESS is available in various inside station layouts: flow tuning, media reclaim, flush module, test module, marking, thanks to the system’s modular design and construction. It is easy to configure and easy to fit into modern production lines ready for robotic or other handling system automation. The machine also comes with expanded on-screen maintenance capabilities and improved filtration to further pump and valve life.

Reliability being at the heart of production control requirements, EXTRUDE HONE™ MF PROGRESS provides for online monitoring and control of all relevant parameters. The online feature is also beneficial in delivering remote process demonstrations and gathering resulting data.

Exit buttons!

Stadium IGT have partnered with Acal BFi to create a range of break-through panel mounted illuminated exit switches offering the end user a choice of capacitive touch switch or electromechanical push button for actuation. 
This innovative HMI solution features Stadium IGT’s patented thin film backlighting embedded into the back-plate, offering optional colour-ways and customisable legend, providing a modern and sleek alternative to conventional switch plates.

This advanced HMI solution enables illuminated user instructions to be incorporated into the unit design, removing the need for additional displays or signage. The electromechanical push button version is well suited to building, industrial and safety applications where a conventional switch with a positive tactile response is required.  For offices, hospitals and public buildings where a high-end finish is desired, the capacitive touch switch version will be a welcome alternative for architects and designers.

The new exit switches use either a rugged and reliable industry standard dome actuated push-button or a high reliability backlit capacitive touch switch mounted on an acrylic material incorporating the patented thin-film LED illumination technology from Stadium IGT.  The material can be screen printed with different colours of text, making a low profile, low power consumption 12VDC powered unit that can be retrofitted to existing back boxes or supplied with a back box for new installations. The standard text is ‘Press to Exit’ for the mechanical version and ‘Touch to Exit’ for the capacitive version, however, customers can personalise the switches based on text, illumination colour, switch style and operating voltage. Please consult factory for details.

Terry Moss, Sales Director at Stadium IGT, comments, “We have collaborated with Acal BFI to create the customisable exit switches making our thin-film illumination technology available to much wider markets and offers a simple to buy, industry standard footprint control switch available on short lead times. The market has been limited for choice of "Press to Exit" switches from the typical industry standard product; a bulky stainless steel switch and panel solution with very limited illumination options.”

Darren Preston, Sales Development Manager - HMI & Sensors at Acal BFi said: "Having discovered a potential need in the door entry and access markets for a more aesthetically pleasing ' Press to Exit ' solution, Acal BFi have worked in partnership with Stadium IGT to produce a viable alternative to the traditional stainless steel push-button switch panel. The electromechanical ' Press to Exit ' and capacitive ' Touch to Exit ' solutions provide installers, architects, designers and facilities managers with a reliable LED illuminated product that can be offered as both a new and retro fit door access panel in a variety of different applications."

Stadium IGT offers its customers a time and cost saving single source for complete in house control panel design and manufacture. Stadium IGT HMI products may be specified for use in environmentally hostile conditions and are suitable for use in Marine, Aviation, Railway, Medical, Military, Industrial and Broadcast applications.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Low maintenance humidity instruments!

Michell Instruments has released its latest range of relative humidity transmitters for industrial applications. As well as being flexible for use in a wide range of processes, the HygroSmart 280 & 290 series includes an interchangeable sensor that allows routine maintenance to be made in just 30 seconds for most models.

At the heart of each instrument is the new HygroSmart I7000XP. This sensor is fully replaceable, and, because all the calibration data is incorporated, makes routine maintenance and recalibration as easy as changing a light bulb. It uses their latest polymer capacitive sensing technology, the H8000 tile to provide reliable accuracy of 1% RH.

The HygroSmart 280 & 290 series features a number of configurations, designed to suit different applications. This includes duct-mount, wall-mounted and remote sensor versions each with optional displays for easy interrogation and configuration. New software also allows easy access to all configuration settings and data collection from a control room. The units can each be configured by customers to suit specific needs including outputs, units and alarms.

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