Friday, July 3, 2015

Summer 2015 training courses in the USA.

Endress+Hauser has announced its Summer 2015 schedule of instrumentation training courses. Classes typically are a combination of classroom and hands-on training on either the Endress+Hauser PTU™ (Process Training Unit), a full-scale, working process skid with on-line instrumentation and controls, or live instruments in training stands, both designed to simulate operating conditions.

These courses are scheduled for various venues in the US and details may be found on their training website.

July Training Events

  • L-100 Radar Level Fundamentals
  • A-101 pH & Conductivity Measurement School
  • I-101 Basic Instrumentation School  
  • I-102 Instrumentation Technology School
  • L-101 Level School - Introductory
  • F-101 Flow School - Introductory

August Training Events

  • C-101 Pressure, Temperature and Calibration School
  • I-101 Basic Instrumentation School  
  • L-103 Time of Flight School
  • F-103 Coriolis School
  • F-100 Coriolis Flow Fundamentals
  • L-101 Level School - Introductory
  • I-102 Instrumentation Technology School
  • L-102 Level School - Advanced
  • PTU Test Drive (Free Event)
  • L-100 Radar Level Fundamentals
  • A-101 pH & Conductivity Measurement School

September Training Events

  • F-101 Flow School - Introductory
  • PID Analysis Troubleshooting and Loop Tuning
  • C-204 Industrial Ethernet
  • F-103 Coriolis Flow School
  • C-101 Pressure, Temperature and Calibration School
  • Sept 28, 2015 to Oct 1, 2015
  • F-100 Coriolis Flow Fundamentals
  • F-102 Flow School – Advanced 
  • PTU Test Drive (Free Event)
  • EC50 ISA SIS Design, Analysis and Justification

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Software tool for the centralised management of large amounts of data!

Version R3.20 of its Plant Resource Manager (PRM) software tool for the centralised management of large amounts of data from plant monitoring and control devices and manufacturing equipment has been released by Yokogawa. PRM R3.20 is an upgrade to R3.12 and includes an improved management function for HART® and ISA100 Wireless™ field devices. With this new PRM version, Yokogawa aims to capture a larger share of the plant maintenance market.

Development background
Manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to improve maintenance efficiency by using software tools like PRM that can centrally manage large amounts of maintenance and other types of data from plant monitoring and control devices and manufacturing equipment. Maintenance personnel use such data to reduce plant downtime and enhance safety by proactively spotting and responding to device failures.

To optimise plant operations, it is essential not only to keep devices in good working order but also to have up-to-date information on device status and maintain records on all maintenance work that is performed. Such information is most useful if operators can view it on screen at their control system human interface stations.

With such needs in mind, Yokogawa has developed new functions for its PRM tool that facilitate the collection of information from field devices for use in optimising device maintenance and plant operations.

1. Quick access to HART device status information
Using the CENTUM VP R6.01 integrated production control system’s N-IO (Network-IO) field input/output (IO) device that was released in February, PRM can now obtain start-up, stop, failure, and other status information from Yokogawa HART7 compliant devices in almost real time. For other companies’ HART5, 6, and 7 compliant devices, PRM can collect information at 1 minute intervals. With PRM R3.12, data collection at intervals of 10 to 60 minutes was supported.

2. Various management functions for field wireless devices
The new PRM version comes with improved management functions for ISA100 Wireless devices. Diagnostic information can be viewed on screen and in real time not only in the PRM window, but also in the operation and monitoring screens of the CENTUM series integrated production control system. The new PRM version also works with the console that centrally manages plant field wireless devices. When it accesses this console, PRM can call up the console screen so that operators can monitor the status of the entire wireless network as well as the status of individual devices on that network.

3. Complying with FDT2.0, the latest FDT standard

FDT2.0 is the latest version of the field device tool (FDT) communications interface that links field devices and control systems. FDT2.0 has entered wide use because it improves device response times and performance. As this new PRM version is compatible with FDT2.0, it is easier now to monitor and set up FDT-compliant devices.

Leading researcher joins photonics company board!

Dr Melba Crawford, Associate Dean of Engineering for Research, Director of the Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing, and Chair of Excellence in Earth Observation at Purdue University, has been elected to the Headwall Photonics's Board of Directors.

Dr Melba Crawford
Dr. Crawford is a leading expert in the field of remote sensing and agronomy with a focus on data analysis and image classification, particularly for agricultural applications. Dr. Crawford previously served as President of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society.

"With experience working with imaging sensors deployed on satellites to hyperspectral sensors built for small UAVs, Melba has a very distinguished track record not only of teaching the science of remote sensing, but of successfully deploying the technology across her fields of study," said David Bannon, Headwall's CEO. "I believe that her experience will help to further establish Headwall as a leading spectral instrumentation company with global impact, especially in the rapidly-growing field of remote sensing and crop science."

"Headwall continues to pioneer the design and deployment of spectral imaging technology across all the markets it serves," said Crawford. "In the field of remote sensing, we're always looking at new ways of observing and monitoring the environment to improve agricultural yield, assess the health of our natural resources, and contribute to our overall knowledge of the planet," continued Crawford. "I am excited to join the Headwall Board."

Pinch valves for optimised processes.

Festo has launched a new pneumatic pinch valve – the VZQA – which provides reliable control and shut off in food and drink production processes. The valves are durable, energy efficient, easy to service, and flexible, thanks to their simple construction, and as a result provide a cost effective alternative to conventional valves such as diaphragm and ball valves.

These pinch valves are a clean and technically straightforward solution for use with a wide range of media such as liquid, fibrous, particulates or granular substances. They provide smooth media flow and as such they are ideal for optimising filling and metering systems as well as for use with suction and compressed gas controls. In all applications their compact design saves valuable installation space, which enables engineers to enhance the design of their process.

“The free flow design of the VZQA pinch valves minimises flow resistance, reliably preventing them from becoming blocked or clogged and since they are operated directly via the pilot air signal, they are extremely cost effective,” says Steve Sands, product manager at Festo. “The new valves are available with different connections, housing materials and sealing components for a wide variety of configuration options to suit individual application requirements.”

There are two versions of the pinch valve available: a normally open (N/O) version for media pressures from 0 – 4 bar and a unique, normally closed (N/C) version for media pressures from 0 – 6 bar. By increasing or decreasing the pilot pressure, the valve’s sealing cartridge opens or shuts off the flow, as appropriate to the version, without any additional actuators and with no risk of blockage.

The VZQA pinch valve can be actuated with low operating pressures. Depending on the medium and media pressure, an operating pressure of just 0.3 – 1 bar is sufficient in filling and metering applications to tightly shut off the media flow.

The high performance valves are extremely easy to service which enables food processing managers to save downtime and associated costs. The pinch valve’s sealing cartridge can be changed in just a few minutes in four simple steps and without special tools, and they can be cleaned easily in situ thanks to their full media passage flow and very little dead space. The sealing cartridge is available in EPDM, NBR, EPDM-FPA and silicone to suit a wide range of demanding applications and media.

Made from aluminium or stainless steel, the pinch valves prove themselves in even the most challenging environments and the internal parts offer the same durability against aggressive media. Thanks to a patented sealing cartridge, the valves can withstand the very high demands in continuous daily operation, whether abrasive, corrosive, highly viscous or neutral media is used.

Focus on home and factory automation.

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is teaming up with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara and a group of visionaries in the home and factory automation industry, including Insteon, AiroCorp, TE Connectivity, and Factory Automation Systems, to announce an exciting new Home and Factory Automation Series.

Grant Imahara - Mythbuster
The new Home and Factory Automation series is part of the Empowering Innovation Together™ program and is available only on It focuses on innovative automation technologies that were once only seen in science fiction movies or TV shows like The Jetsons. It highlights some of the companies that are making these technologies a reality.

Filmed on location inside the Insteon smart home, known as Insteon’s engineering lab, engineers can learn about the newest technology connecting the human experience with devices to make everyday life more efficient and productive. For example, discover how new factory automations are being embedded across factory floors to provide better efficiencies with real-time data leading to an optimization of the global supply chain.

Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, factories have looked to increase productivity with automation. Analysts have said we will soon see a completely automated factory. With the new Innovation Spotlight, watch a new era of automation that makes factories smarter by building easily scalable network machines to ensure codes are met and productivity is more efficient.
Home Automation is the promise of technology that understands humans on a deeper level. 

Engineers are now designing homes with voice command-driven automated technology. In the future, homes will have artificial intelligence seen in movies like “Iron Man” that will respond without a command. It knows and understands your needs. Learn what technology is currently available and what is being developed to make home automation ideas a reality. The home automation topic is about futuristic thinking and invites engineers to explore these answers.

“We are excited to introduce some of the leading innovators in the fields of artificial intelligence, and home and factory automation,” said Glenn Smith, Mouser President and CEO. “This program is going to be very engaging for many of our customers, and brings a whole new meaning to ‘connecting’ our engineers with both educational and relevant content. We anticipate a great response on the new series from our engineering community.”

“With new devices coming out like the Apple Watch and the Nest Learning Thermostat, this connected technology and Home and Factory Automation Series couldn’t be timelier,” said Grant Imahara. “Our society has such a huge dependence on smartphones, tablets, computers, and similar technologies to make their lives easier that this move to the connected home and factory makes perfect sense.”

This exciting new program is part of Mouser’s ongoing Empowering Innovation Together™ initiative. These and other topics will be discussed as part of the new series, and will be showcased through articles, videos, engineering blogs, and interviews conducted by Imahara. Watch what the experts have to say in Mouser’s Innovation Spotlight, as Grant Imahara conducts key interviews with some of the leading automation companies, including networking technology expert Insteon, artificial intelligence and automation startup AiroCorp, and factory automation leaders TE Connectivity and Factory Automation Systems.

• The Empowering Innovation Together Home and Factory Automation Series is sponsored by Platinum Program Partner Analog Devices and Diamond sponsors Altera, Murata, TE Connectivity. This new series is the third installment and follow up to the popular Robotics and Space series programs launched earlier this year from Mouser Electronics and Grant Imahara.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New sales director at M2M provider!

Wayne Derbyshire is the new Sales Director EMEA at the M2M connectivity solutions provider Stadium United Wireless.

Wayne Derbyshire
Tony McFadden, Stadium Group Commercial Officer commented: “Wayne, formerly Sales Manager at the Company, will be responsible for accelerating further the already high growth achieved by Stadium United Wireless for the EMEA region. With a clear focus on winning new business from new vertical markets, Wayne, supported by the UK and Shanghai R&D teams, will drive market share through our design-led strategy of creating world class, next generation solutions for our new and existing client base.

“Since entering the Electronics industry more than 20 years ago Wayne has developed a strong track record of success in commercial roles within the electronics distribution and manufacturing sector. With a talent for building strong and lasting commercial relationships with clients, he has a demonstrable track record of success in understanding, and executing on, the complex needs of customers in the Wireless M2M sector.

“As we drive forward our growth plans this position strengthens our EMEA presence and is a critical step in our global strategy.”

Plug-in DC modules for reactive loads.

The Reactive Load powerMod series of plug-in DC output modules that are optimized for driving DC motors and other reactive loads has been introduced by Excelsys Technologies. Backed by a five-year warranty, the new XgR and XgT powerMods offer design engineers increased system robustness and reliability by providing complete protection where loads can generate high levels of reverse energy, such as in industrial and medical applications.

“Our new XgR and XgT Reactive Load powerMod series ensures that our market-leading plug-and-play, user-configurable power modules can be used in the harshest of electrical environments,” said Gary Duffy, Excelsys CEO. “By providing protection against the reverse energy produced by reactive loads, we provide our customers an off-the-shelf product to meet the most demanding applications.”

Frequently, 24 volt and 48 volt rails are used to power pumps, motors, fans, compressors, capacitor banks, batteries, or combinations of inductive and capacitive loads, in complex systems that come with unique system design challenges. The new XgR and XgT powerMods offer proven performance and reliability under harsh conditions and challenging applications, while still maintaining flexibility, efficiency and all the benefits — including forward and backward compatibility— of Excelsys’ existing UltiMod, Xgen, and XF platforms.

The XgR and XgT modules come equipped with a built-in OR-ing function and an anti-reversal diode. The OR-ing circuit, utilizing a MOSFET to maintain high efficiency, offers N+1 redundancy to the user when the powerMods are used in parallel operation. The anti-reversal diode across the output, which is rated for the full current of the module, offers increased ruggedness when the modules are used in reactive load applications.

The new XgR and XgT powerMods can deliver output voltages from 8.0V to 58V. The feature-rich powerMods provide a suite of output signals and user-configurable functions, including local and remote output voltage adjustment; adjustable current limit; dynamic voltage trim/adjust, alternative current-limiting techniques; and inhibit/enable functions. The modules can be connected in series or parallel, enabling them to achieve compliance with all voltage/current requirements.

The modules’ additional standard features and options are: dual safety approvals (UL/EN60950 2nd edition and UL/EN60601-1 3rd edition and -40°C start-up temperature. Standard features for medical applications include leakage current (300 and 150 micro-amps), 2 MOPP, and 4KV isolation. They also include OVP, OTP, OCP, MIL STD-810G compliance with shock and vibration. All products offer highest efficiency (up to 92%), are SEMI F47 compliant.

Typical applications for the XgR and XgT powerMods include medical (e.g., clinical diagnostic equipment, medical lasers, dialysis equipment, radiological imaging, and clinical chemistry) and industrial (e.g., test and measurement, industrial machines, automation equipment, printing, telecommunications, audio equipment, harsh industrial electronics, hi-rel/MIL COTS and radar).

As a world-class power supply manufacturer, Excelsys has a global applications team to support and assist customers with their specific system needs.

Vertical integration of production plants & ERP systems for consistent Industrie 4.0 infrastructures.

A close collaboration has begun between COPA-DATA and COSMO CONSULT, the leading pan-European Microsoft Partner for the enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution Microsoft Dynamics NAV. The goal of this partnership is to offer customers a simple and secure real-time connection of the process level with Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and thereby create a seamless information flow between the ERP level and the production environment.

In many industrial firms there is still a gap between the planning and administrative level and the production control level. Valuable information such as process and production data are often fragmented or only partially exchanged. Only a complete integration of the two worlds – ERP and process level – can offer a continuous and consistent information exchange between production, planning and control, thereby allowing for well-thought-out planning and a sophisticated corporate structure.

More consistent, transparent information flow
Using zenon software, companies can achieve a simple and secure real-time connection of the process level with Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Information from production can be quickly processed at an administrative level and the requirements of the ERP system are implemented directly at the process level.

Flexible interface connects system environments
The Microsoft Dynamics Connector sends data on relevant processes to the ERP level via a bidirectional interface, while simultaneously receiving control instructions. Companies can hereby directly connect their process level with the ERP level and receive a complete information overview. Production data and events are available in real-time and allow quick intervention. This enables optimal staff and material investment, because production data is immediately available. The Microsoft Dynamics Connector can be implemented as an independent tool or in interplay with zenon as an HMI/SCADA system for the visualisation and control of industrial processes.

"We would like to achieve the highest level of integration of all business processes for our customers. To reach maximum transparency over all processes and corporate areas we need a smooth data exchange across all production and logistic zones – whether it is to identify an order in a production process or to examine current key performance indicators. With COPA-DATA we are able to offer this to our customers and interested parties," explains Gerrit Schiller, Executive Vice President of COSMO CONSULT AG.

Bundled competencies
The partnership of the two companies, COPA-DATA and COSMO CONSULT, enables combined activity on the market, the ability to bundle competencies and benefit interested parties and customers with jointly applied projects.

"We are very pleased about the collaboration with COSMO CONSULT. Together we can offer a wide range of customers and interested parties a professional end-to-end solution – from order processing, to production, right up to delivery – and thereby achieve real added value," adds Stefan Reuther, Head of Business Intelligence at COPA-DATA GmbH. "Thanks to the collaboration, our customers can profit from seamless communication, a complete overview of all required information, as well as a more efficient production."

Integrated industrial cybersecurity courses and certificate programs.

Building on its global leadership in industrial cybersecurity and its commitment to help prepare a new generation of workers capable of preventing potentially catastrophic cyberattacks, the International Society of Automation (ISA) has introduced an expanded suite of industrial automation and control system (IACS) cybersecurity training, including three new technical training courses with associated certificate programs.

The three new ISA industrial cybersecurity training courses include:
By combining these three new courses and aligned certificate programs with its current course offerings in IACS security—Using the ANSI/ISA-62443 Standards to Secure Your Industrial Control System (IC32); Cybersecurity for Automation, Control, and SCADA Systems (IC32E); and Introduction to Industrial Automation Security and the ANSI/ISA-62443 Standards (IC32C)—ISA is able to deliver a comprehensive set of industrial cybersecurity training solutions and address the complete “lifecycle” of cybersecurity training requirements.

ISA’s cybersecurity certificate programs are offered to those who successfully complete the requirements of ISA’s cybersecurity courses. Passage of each of the three new certificate exams bestows specialist recognition—enhanced evidence and endorsement of a cybersecurity professional’s subject-matter proficiency.

ISA already offers a first tier, introductory cybersecurity certificate exam—leading to the designation as ISA99 Cybersecurity Fundamentals Specialist—for those who complete ISA courses IC32 or IC32E. Those who complete all four core ISA cybersecurity courses (IC32, IC33, IC34 and IC37) and pass all corresponding certificate exams will achieve the designation level of ISA99 Cybersecurity Expert. However, individuals may explore the training and designation that are most appropriate based upon their current experience and job requirements.

“No organization has a more complete set of industrial cybersecurity courses and certificate programs and is better capable of providing the all-encompassing, expert training needed to develop a highly skilled and well-prepared industrial cybersecurity workforce than ISA,” declares Dalton Wilson, ISA’s Director of Education Services. “We now provide everything from a general overview of industrial automation security to detailed instruction on how to best leverage ISA’s series of industrial cybersecurity standards through a full-circle exploration of IACS assessment, design, implementation, operations and management.”

At the core of ISA’s marketplace leadership in IACS cybersecurity training is the ISA/IEC 62443 set of standards, which are proven to prevent and mitigate IACS security vulnerabilities across all key industry sectors and critical infrastructure. Reducing these vulnerabilities is critical since they can open the door to potentially devastating cyber damage to the industrial plant systems and networks used in power generation, water treatment, refineries and other vital industrial facilities.

The ever-rising volume of industrial cyberattacks combined with the increasing diversity and sophistication of cyberwarfare tactics have generated a tremendous demand for qualified industrial cybersecurity professionals. In fact, the demand for cybersecurity professionals is growing 12 times faster than the overall job market.

Outlined below are descriptions and other important information on each of the three new ISA cybersecurity courses and related certificate exams.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Digital panel meter guides published!

Precision Digital Corporation has released a new series of Quick Start Guides for its most popular displays and controllers. Each guide is 8-12 pages of information designed to get the end-user up and running quickly without having to navigate through a complicated manual.

 A printed copy of each product's Quick Start Guide is included with Precision Digital's most popular digital panel meters: the ProVu® PD6000 Process Meter, the PD6200 and PD6300 Rate/Totalizers, and the Trident and Trident X2 Process Meters.

"The new Quick Start Guides contain all the product information needed by plant personnel to perform a quick installation with the least amount of downtime," said Jeffrey Peters, President of Precision Digital. "These guides make for straightforward installation and effortless operation."

These organized Quick Start Guides help users familiarize themselves with the buttons and basic functionality of the panel meters. Basic wiring instructions are included for inputs, outputs, relays, and power connections. Information is also included about programming and scaling the meter's inputs, as well as programming the relays for automatic reset. Operators can learn how to properly program the meter's 4-20 mA output and set up custom tags, units, and password protection.

Selected advanced functions, such as pump alternation control, round horizontal tank gauging, and multi-point linearization are also addressed. Additional features, including process rounding and noise filter programming, are available. In the event of a confounding programming error or new setup, instructions are provided to return the meter to factory default settings.

• Precision Digital Corporation products are marketed in Ireland through PJ Bonner.

Motors & drives.

Emerson Industrial Automation has led the energy efficiency market for many years and aims to provide ever more effective, ergonomic and modular drive systems.

Dyneo® combines all Emerson’s permanent magnet solutions for variable speed drives and synchronous motor technologies. These solutions are the outcome of tried and trusted technology with over 15 years of experience and the largest industrial base installed worldwide. Dyneo® delivers reliability, robustness, a wide range of options, flexible adaptation, easy commissioning and a short return on investment.

Their latest developments offer users simplicity of installation equivalent to an induction motor. Continuing with the proven design of Dyneo® solutions, the product portfolio has recently been completed by a series of permanent magnet synchronous motors (LSRPM – 1500 rpm), that are directly mechanically interchangeable with all standard IEC 34-30-1 motors (frame size, flange, shaft end). This new variant immediately offers a premium energy efficient solution without modifying existing equipment. Easy integration comes with two economic advantages, as the financial savings generated for installation are combined with financial savings for operation, which grow over the life cycle of the motor.

A compact range, significantly smaller and lighter, is also available to offer even more flexibility at the customer’s site. This variant is particularly appreciated by equipment manufacturers as it reduces dimensions and optimises machines, simplifying lifting resources and reducing transport costs.

A permanent magnet motor must be controlled with an electronic variable speed drive, it is therefore essential for the assembly, commissioning and configuration of the overall set-up to be as simple as possible.

This has been achieved thanks to the Dyneo® solutions, which enable total sensorless control mode for most process applications (pumps, compressors, fans, boosters, centrifuges, separators, etc.). The motor control is optimised, without a position feedback and connecting cable to the drive. Potential disturbance due to the motor encoder or feedback connections are therefore eliminated, once again reinforcing the reliability of the motor & drive package.

Emerson Dyneo® solutions LSRPM (IP55) / PLSRPM (IP23) permanent magnet motors are perfectly matched with Emerson variable speed drive ranges: Powerdrive F300 (IP20 drives to be integrated in the unit or cabinet for ventilation, pumping and compression applications), Powerdrive MD2 (complete IP21 or IP54 solutions ready to use for process applications) and Unidrive M (IP20 drives to be integrated in the unit or cabinet for all other applications), that are easy to integrate and quick to configure thanks to software and firmware specifically designed for the Dyneo solution motor.

A motor-drive assembly from a single manufacturer offers the assurance of optimum performance thanks to components designed to operate together, along with the global guarantee of a single point of contact, from technical specifications through installation and after-sales service to maintenance.

Thanks to the new "Express Availability" offering, the compact and standard IEC versions of Dyneo® solutions are now available with short lead times (5 - 15 days depending on the selected options). This service ensures an immediate response to customer needs allowing them to evolve towards a high energy efficient solution or guarantee the production by minimising the stock of spare parts. Dyneo® solutions offer rapid returns on investment as well as one of the best overall ownership costs on the market.

Managing a pipeline enterprise!

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced the release of the Enterprise Pipeline Management Solution (EPMS), a modular software suite that is the product of over 20 years of practical experience in implementing pipeline management solutions across the globe.

Key benefits
1. Unified user environment based on a modular design
Based on a well-designed modular platform that is both IT friendly and secure, the EPMS is a sustainable solution that can deliver pipeline applications in combination with common supervisory and monitoring functions. As no two pipeline applications are identical and operational philosophies can differ from one pipeline operator to the next, the EPMS's templates and functions can be easily modified without having to call in pipeline application experts.
2. Contextual online integrity management
The EPMS features improved alarm and human machine interface (HMI) management functions, and both it and its application platform were developed based on standards put forward by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the International Society of Automation (ISA), and comply with the strict regulations of the US Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The EPMS employs leak detection, compensated volume balancing, and hydraulic profiling methodologies to monitor pipeline integrity under every type of operating condition. The EPMS is thus able to register possible integrity violations together with contextual information about the operational state of the pipeline so that personnel can quickly get to the bottom of any problem.
3. Reduced energy consumption
The EPMS continuously makes adjustments to the setpoint so that both compressors and pumps can be operated as close as possible to the optimal efficiency point. To manage exceptions during startup, the EPMS allows the assignment of business rules for the management of load sharing, compressor/pump restrictions, and alarm notifications at the compressor/pump station level. To identify areas for improvement, the EPMS can also record all key power statistics.
4. Less product waste at batch delivery points
To minimise product waste, the EPMS measures and calculates the position of batches as well as anomalies such as trans-mix on a near real-time basis, and reports on the inventory balances.
5. Enhanced gas and liquid metering
With its transparent management of parameter exchange and the measurement of gas, liquids, and gas composition, the EPMS easily adapts to the desired measurement methodology and the level of intelligence of intermediate devices like flow computers, remote terminal units (RTU), and instruments. It processes the available inputs into normalised flow, volume, and energy values in accordance with the applicable American Gas Association (AGA) and API standards.
Developed for deployment at the heart of the pipeline operations management environment, the EPMS supplements the basic pipeline management system with specific gas and liquid applications that enable a pipeline operator to manage delivery contracts and associated logistics in a time and energy efficient manner. With a SCADA platform covering monitoring, alarming, trending, and reporting, the EPMS handles functions such as metering, batch scheduling & tracking, leak detection, and energy management within the same unified user environment.

Development background
Many pipeline systems in use today have been tailored to suit a specific set of circumstances and lack both a standard system foundation for supporting pluggable application modules and a core design that ensures interoperability with enterprise IT environments and policies. The maintenance and upgrade of tailor-made applications, and their often complex system architectures to protect them from breaches and security compromises, poses increasing challenges for pipeline operators.

Shuji Mori, a Yokogawa vice president and head of Yokogawa Electric International, comments: "The EPMS will significantly reduce the amount of effort required to implement and commission high quality pipeline management applications while guaranteeing easy upgradability, protecting investments across multiple SCADA platform versions".

Main target markets include gas and liquids transmission pipelines and grids and upstream/midstream oil and gas production infrastructure.

Flow transmitter provides improved measurement insight!

The Micro Motion® Model 5700 Transmitter has been introduced by Emerson. This is a Coriolis flow transmitter designed to translate measurement data into meaningful insight and instruction. The Model 5700 is applicable for a broad range of applications, from liquid and gas custody transfer to simple process control.

“The Model 5700 transmitter was developed using Emerson’s Human Centered Design approach to technology innovation,” said Jason Leapley, product manager. “We performed usability testing to fully understand user information demands and real-world application requirements. Every feature of the Model 5700 was designed to reduce the time and expertise needed to install and operate the Coriolis meter.”

“The Model 5700 moves beyond just providing more data and instead focuses on delivering useable information to provide even deeper process insight from Micro Motion Coriolis measurement,” said Bill Graber, Emerson’s vice president of marketing for the Micro Motion business. “The result empowers customers to better leverage rich Coriolis measurement data in order to further understand and improve their operating environments and achieve new levels of productivity.”

The Model 5700 provides users with access to detailed measurement history for troubleshooting or optimising the process. The graphical user interface was designed for intuitive operation, with simplified installation, configuration, maintenance and troubleshooting. The new transmitter translates Coriolis measurement data into useful operating insight through robust, time-stamped history files for process and meter health data, and logs for configuration changes and alarms.

The Model 5700 digital signal processing architecture provides a fast flow response time, making it optimal for custody transfer proving and short batching applications. The historian feature also improves Micro Motion Smart Meter Verification, which provides measurement of the full meter health without process interruption – improving measurement confidence and easing regulation compliance.

Compatible with new and previously installed Micro Motion ELITE® Coriolis sensors, the Model 5700 has a field-mount design that is suitable with most hazardous area installation practices, and is available with both integral and remote installation options. It currently includes options for analogue, pulse, discrete and Modbus outputs, and an analogue or HART® input. The Model 5700 and additional digital communication options will be available for other Micro Motion meters and platforms in the near future.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Carbon Dioxide analysers!

The new CTX 300 CO2 detector, from Oldham, is a 4-20 mA analog detector designed for industrial applications in areas without explosion hazard classifications. The detector can connect to more than 30 different factory pre-calibrated sensors to prevent exposure to highly toxic and/or corrosive gases.

Designed to detect toxic gases, oxygen and refrigerant gases, the CTX 300 uses a new sensor for CO2 detection over three different ranges: 0-5000 ppm, 0-5% vol. and 0-100% vol.

The output signal is now open-path over the three measurement ranges, without the need for a supplementary processing card. A version with a display is also available, and accessories for the standard CTX 300 are compatible with the CTX 300 CO2.

For versions without displays, the operating temperature range is from -40°C to +50°C, allowing for new applications in extreme cold areas.

Process gas analysers.

Quantitech has launched a new range of process gas analysers based on tuneable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS). “Whilst these instruments are new to the UK and Ireland, the manufacturer Focused Photonics Inc (FPi) has an installed base of over 8,000 instruments, so this is a well-established technology and we are delighted to have been given exclusive distribution rights for our territory,” says Quantitech MD Keith Golding.

“By utilising ‘single-line’ spectroscopy, the Laser Gas Analyser (LGA) range can be configured for continuous analysis of a number of key compounds, with an enormous dynamic range from single figure ppm to % levels, without interference from other process components,” he adds.

Typical applications include ammonia slip control, HCl measurement for sorbent injection optimisation, furnace oxygen, flue gas monitoring in FCC catalyst regeneration, trace H2S and H2O in natural gas, H2S measurements in sulphur recovery, cross-duct CO monitoring for electrostatic precipitator safety, and many others.

“The LGA range of process gas analysers delivers the well-established benefits of TDLAS technology - high specificity, fast response, super-low maintenance, with proven reliability in harsh operating environments and very low ownership costs,” comments Keith. “Developed out of Stanford University California, the cradle of TDLAS commercialisation, FPi was established in China in 2002 and now employs over 3,000 staff. We have visited a number of LGA installations and were very impressed by the standards of quality and reliability being delivered by these instruments.”

Energy harvesting switch evaluation kit.

Cherry Industrial Solutions has released an updated Evaluation Kit 2.0 to demonstrate their market leading Energy Harvesting Switch Technology. The kit, containing an energy harvesting generator, rocker switch and a snap-action switch, receiver with antenna, USB cable and receiver manual, provides users with a functional demonstration of the Cherry technology and the ability to test key parameters, including signal strength and range, in their own application. A detailed manual, drivers and software for the receiver are available for download from their website.

These Energy Harvesting Switch Modules meet the increasing demand for simple and flexible wireless data transmission of switch signals with maintenance-free low energy consumption. Ith provides effective control solutions for countless applications in almost every market sector including industrial and building automation, smart home and medical. Designed for global use this innovative technology enables Cherry to offer an excellent alternative to wired or battery-powered solutions. Compatible with multiple wireless protocols and with no need to change or dispose of batteries the solution is flexible, environmentally friendly and maintenance-free.

The Cherry Evaluation Kit 2.0 allows users to measure switching performance, transmission range and signal strength, and determine the environmental influences on the wireless signal in various applications including buildings and industrial automation. The addition of a (non-functional) energy harvesting generator means that mechanical design considerations, including mounting position etc., can also be simulated. The Evaluation Kit uses a ZF proprietary communication protocol and the company is happy to work with customer-specific OEM requirements. To ensure worldwide wireless compatibility an OEM system may be specified to operate at 868 MHz and 915 MHz, or 2.4 GHz for lighting applications.

In OEM applications “Flexible Pairing” allows the operation of several switches with one receiver and vice-versa, and a switch “Unique ID” provides clear identification while operating several switches at once. Up to three telegrams are sent per actuation, with pseudo-random timing to assure robust data transmission.

The Evaluation Kit, P/N AFIK-1002 includes an Energy Harvesting Generator, Snap Switch, Rocker Switch, Receiver with antenna, USB cable and receiver manual. The switch and receiver products are all available as individual items from RS Components.

Dual DC socket proves 2 into 1 will go!

The patented “Dual DC” socket from Cliff Electronics, leaders in the design, development and manufacture of connectors, offers designers a single power socket which is suitable for use in both USA and rest of the world markets. The Cliff “Dual DC” socket will accept 2.5mm power plugs, standard in the USA, as well as 2.1mm plugs used in all other markets.

This single socket solution simplifies design, purchasing and logistics as OEMs need only manufacture one standard product to meet their global markets and only need to purchase one standard power socket for all their needs.

By accommodating all industry standard 2.1mm and 2.5mm plugs Cliff’s unique Dual DC socket offers users greater choice of power supply for OEM and after-market supply. Cliff’s Dual DC sockets are already being designed into equipment where flexibility of available power supplies is very advantageous. Markets where this flexibility has been welcomed include educational, medical, instrumentation, communications, audio-broadcast, audio-visual (AV) and industrial applications. Cliff Dual DC sockets are widely designed-in to reduce the need to supply different power supplies depending on geographical preferences, for example delivery to the USA or Europe.

The patented Dual DC socket is rated at 12VDC @ 5A, is fitted with switched contacts and is available in two versions; the DC 10L with solder tag connection and the DC 10LP PCB mount option. The unique centre pin also ensures superior mechanical and electrical contact compared to conventional solid centre contacts.

Other standard features include body material made from PBT for superior temperature characteristics, tin plated copper alloy contacts and RoHS compliance.

Cliff’s continuously expanding range of DC sockets includes many industry standard designs with PCB and solder-tag versions. Recent product innovations include:
  • 2.1mm and 2.5mm Locking DC sockets rated at 16VDC @ 2A, which not only accept their mating locking plugs but also accept industry standard non locking plugs, ensuring minimum system downtime. For ease of use Cliff also offers standard and custom length unterminated cables fitted with these locking plugs.
  • 1.3mm Surface Mount DC Socket range rated at 12VDC @ 1A DC and available discrete, taped or reeled.
  • High Current Metal Shrouded DC Socket, 2.5mm rated at 20VDC @ 10A and PCB mounted.
  • M12.7 Panel Mount Circular Socket with metal mounting nut available in 2.1 or 2.5mm versions and rated at 12VDC @ 1A

John Hall, General Manager of Cliff Electronics comments, “Cliff Electronics have a great deal of experience in the design and manufacture of DC connectors. Our patented dual DC socket makes life much simpler for the whole supply chain and end users alike. This innovative product continues to build on our long established reputation as a single source for engineering, design, moulding, assembly, cabling and associated services.”

UHF RFID integration system gains European certification.

Harting’s Ha-VIS Middleware, which provides easy and flexible integration of UHF RFID readers into plant-wide projects, has become the first system of its type to successfully fulfil the official certification process of the GS1® EPCglobal® standard.
As a result, the Harting Ha-VIS Middleware is the only European product on the market which allows UHF RFID identification to be implemented into projects in a transparent, future-proof and reliably tested way.

The Harting Ha-VIS Middleware is based on the open standard ALE 1.1 of the GS1® EPCglobal®. This standard defines a number of useful functionalities including read/write operations, filtering and triggers. In addition, it clearly specifies how external software interacts with these functionalities. The standard guaranties a reliable, durable, well documented and testable system which is maintained and developed by the GS1® EPCglobal® organisation.

The Harting Ha-VIS Middleware meets ALE 1.1 and fully conforms to the current standard. Compared to the earlier ALE 1.0 standard, ALE 1.1 defines more useful functionalities, especially relating to how data is written into transponders. This conformity has now also been certified by GS1® EPCglobal®.