Thursday, July 16, 2015

Analytical Sales Manager for Britain.

SEAL Analytical has announced the appointment of Rob Hardy as Sales Manager in Britain.
Rob Hardy

"With a Masters degree in Chemistry and experience as a research chemist, Rob has a good understanding of the needs of our customers, so we are delighted that he has joined our UK team," says SEAL President Stuart Smith. "Working from our new facilities in Southampton, Fareham, our UK business is performing extremely well, and Rob's appointment will help us to fulfil the next stage of our growth plan."

After working as a researcher in the chemical industry, Rob studied Chemistry at Newcastle University, and completed a thesis on the synthesis of novel catalysts. He has since worked in a variety of positions; all focused on meeting the needs of analytical laboratories. “In recent years, my role has been to help laboratories develop sample preparation and analysis chemistries to meet their specific needs. Many of these labs have worked in the environmental sector so, coupled with the comprehensive training that I have already received from SEAL, I am well placed to help and advise both academic and commercial labs on how to develop bespoke solutions to their analytical needs.”

Set-up of automated cells made simple.

Sinumerik 828 controllers from Siemens offer a simple solution for connecting robots to machine tools. This represents an integral part of automated production cells set-up. To perform handling tasks, different types of robots designed by different manufacturers can now be connected to machines fitted with CNC controllers Sinumerik 828D using the Sinumerik Integrate Run MyRobot/EasyConnect interface. This enables companies of any size to set up automated cells even on serial machines cost-effectively and without any major effort – even with different types of CNC controls using the same standard interface. Features for the simple optimization of work processes on machine tools, mobile condition monitoring and remote maintenance round off the new solution for setting up automated cells.

Sinumerik Integrate Run MyRobot/EasyConnect is based on a standard defined by the German Machine Tool Builders' Association (Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken, VDW) and the German Engineering Association (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau, VDMA) for connecting robots or handling systems to machine tools. To make it as easy as possible to use the interface, Siemens has merely taken over the main elements of the comprehensive standard. The robots are connected through an Ethernet (Profinet RT) or using I/O signals.

Using the new interface, operators can easily synchronize processes between the machine tool and robots, thereby positioning efficient processes in the automated production cell.

Fully automated work processes are another important aspect of setting up automated cells covering all aspects of machine tools, starting off with preparatory work through to accessing all the necessary information and data at the machine and efficiently operating the machine right up to using mobile terminal equipment for visualizing machine conditions. Siemens provides a comprehensive range of smart operation features. Smart touch technologies are thus being integrated into the production environment. At the same time, operators can access network memories and can inspect contract documents at the user interface. The concept also includes an application for preparatory work at the PC, for instance, for creating partial programs.

Functions facilitating remote diagnosis of machine tools are the third component of the solution for setting up automated cells. With Sinumerik Integrate Access MyMachine, Siemens provides convenient and reliable functions for remote diagnosis using a corporate network or Internet access. The basic Access MyMachine/P2P application facilitates the exchange of data with connected machines from a Windows PC. An IP address is used for addressing purposes within the plant network. Operators can access the machine over the Internet or outside the plant network if the application is appropriately configured. The comprehensive Sinumerik Integrate Access MyMachine/Ethernet (ASP) provides a quick overview of the machine history in addition to machine access. The Sinumerik controller permits uploading and downloading machine data, files, trip recorders, and configurable PLC traces. Text message (SMS) or e-mail notifications in cases of unusual machine conditions are also possible. ASP grants cost-effective monitoring of fault states and comprehensive integration of in-house service and maintenance processes.

Data analysis and report generation software enhanced!

Ocean Data Systems (ODS) advises that their Dream Report version 4.64 is now available. This release is primarily focused on OEM partner enhancements for Schneider Electric, GE Intelligent Platforms, Mitsubishi and Yokogawa, but it also delivers feature and productivity enhancements to benefit all existing customers.

“We work hard to blend requests from our major partners and those of our end users with our own strategic desires,” declared Alex Mazal, ODS President. “Version 4.64 is a valuable stepping stone to our major 4.7 release due out in the coming months. That release will be delivering SPC charts and statistics, multi-lingual support for reports, connectivity to new partners (yet to be announced), Data Models and more.”

Partner enhancements are focused on additional connectivity with their products. Version 4.64 changes include UI improvements to pave the way for future web based deployment, and productivity enhancements continuing to improve upon ease of use and report building speed. This release also includes broad support for Historian “Aggregate” functionality in both proprietary drivers and OPC HDA.

The aggregate support has been tested with Dream Report “Proven Partners” Kepware and Canary Labs. Additional features include dynamic image support, delivering the ability to incorporate a variety of pass/fail graphics, and automated image captures in reports and dashboards. New FTP file collection enables Dream Report to collect remote history files and process them, a requirement of many Smart Recorders and Panel HMIs. The Dream Report Web Portal also received a great deal of enhancement. It takes on a modern look and feel, and performance is greatly improved through a new “Power Generator” feature for parallel report processing.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Drives help stretch handling & palletising machines to the limit!

Render Technology, a specialist in the manufacture of end-of-line handling and palletising machines for the packaging market, has switched its drives partner to Emerson.The business has seen productivity of its machines increase by 20% as a result of using Emerson´s Control Techniques Unidrive M variable speed drives.

Before the implementation of Unidrive M, Render´s machines were able to deliver 25 or 26 cycles per minute. Since adopting Unidrive M, the business has seen returns of 30 cycles per minute, thus delivering a significant uplift in performance.

Render Technology, based in Cittadella (Vicenza I) was formed in 2003 to design and manufacture palletising and de-palletising equipment for use by packaging industry customers. Not only does the company design and manufacture equipment, it also offers a palletising service utilising its own machines. In this instance they receive finished products, typically bags or boxes containing anything from compost to wine, and the machine manoeuvres the products on to wooden pallets (palletising). Once each pallet is complete, the customer ships it to the final destination.

The machines designed and manufactured by Render Technology are notable for their small footprint and low levels of power consumption; The Render Machine has been designed to operate with around 18/20kW of power consumption. Competitor machines have a power consumption range of 40/ 45kW per machine.  Therefore Render can deploy one machine instead of two with the same power consumption, thus doubling throughput.

In essence the cycle speed refers to how many pieces per minute the machine can transfer to the pallet; the higher the figure, the more productive the machine is. This increase in productivity means that the palletiser is more valuable to the end customer, meaning Render is able to command a higher price for its products.

The primary objective for Render Technology when designing a new machine is to increase throughput. Render had previously been using equipment from a direct competitor of Emerson to deliver the 26 cycles per minute.  Whilst this was adequate at the time the team sought a drive that could increase this rate significantly. The key here was the precise control that Unidrive M offers; this enabled Render Technology to engineer a machine that now delivers 30 cycles per minute thus offering its customers significant advantages in terms of performance and throughput.

Following consultation with Emerson, the company opted for its Control Techniques Unidrive M701, Unidrive M700 and Unidrive M300 variable speed drives for axis and conveyor motion control. The drives are controlled via Profibus DP using SI-Profibus options.

Specifically, the M701 drives are deployed for axis position control, with the M700 drives used to control the position and orientation of a smart belt. Movement is undertaken using an electronic cam.

The Unidrive M family of drives offers class-leading induction and permanent magnet servo motor performance, with real-time Ethernet. Each drive delivers maximum machine throughput through advanced control algorithms with single and multi-axis network synchronisation. On-board real-time Ethernet (IEEE 1588 V2), advanced motion control and high speed I/O for position capture has made it easier than ever for machine builders to create more sophisticated and flexible machines.

Render Technology said that it was particularly impressed by the fast control loops on the servo axis as well as the compatibility of Unidrive M, which ensures its programming is standardised and applicable to every model of PLC.

Mauro Rebellato, from Render Technology, said: "We opted for Emerson because of the wide range of available solutions along with specific performance advantages relating to motor control, precision, motor stop and motor inversion.

"In the field of handling and palletising it is imperative that throughput is maximised to ensure productivity. Our design team is always looking to push the boundaries in terms of machine performance.  The team thought that they had reached the limits with 26 cycles per minute, however when we engaged with Emerson we soon found that through the utilisation of Unidrive M we could increase this to 30, thus creating the much desired throughput increases.

"Not only does this give greater customer satisfaction, it has allowed us to increase the sales price of our machine and had a direct impact on our bottom line."

Laser gas analyser specialist appointed.

Following the launch of a range of process gas analysers, Quantitech has announced the appointment of Craig Day as Product Specialist to support the introduction of tuneable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) technologies in the British and Irish markets.

Craig Day
“We are delighted to have secured Craig’s services,” says Quantitech MD Keith Golding. “He has over seventeen years of experience in fields driven by environmental legislation and industrial process efficiency gains delivered through improvements in measurement technology, so Craig is in an ideal position to bring the benefits of TDLAS from Focused Photonics Inc (FPi) to our markets.”

Craig has a first class honours degree in Chemistry and an MSc in Environmental Science, both from the University of Nottingham. He has also worked for some of the industry’s leading gas analyser manufacturers, so he has both the knowledge and experience necessary to be able to help process managers lower costs and improve efficiency.

Expressing his delight Craig says: “This is a very exciting role; we travelled to FPi’s impressive manufacturing facilities in China for training, and visited a selection of their (over 8,000) installations, some of which were saving enormous sums of money in the process efficiencies that the FPi analysers were delivering.

“It is clear that there are great opportunities in the UK and Ireland for FPi’s TDLAS technology and I am looking forward to playing a major role in fulfilling that potential.”

Enhanced Rugged+ TFT display delivers high temperature performance.

A new enhanced 7.0-inch Rugged+ TFT display module has been announced by KOE. The TX18D205VM0BAA features the latest generation of IPS (in-plane switching) technology, WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) resolution and a 15:9 wide aspect ratio, improved optical performance and an extended operating temperature range.

Operation in extreme temperature environments is significantly aided with KOE's latest generation of Rugged+ TFT display modules which support an operating temperature range that has been extended to -40°C to +85°C (an increase over the previously specified -30°C to +80°C). The storage temperature range is also increased to -40°C to +90°C.

Further enhancements to 7.0-inch Rugged+ display module have delivered improved optical, mechanical and environmental performance. KOE's Rugged+ display modules derive their optical and environmental characteristics from the exacting standards used in automotive specification display modules. The 7.0-inch Rugged+ TFT is designed for use in high reliability industrial, medical, marine, automotive and aerospace applications where consistent and guaranteed operation under extreme temperature, mechanical shock and vibration are a necessity.

For dedicated human-machine interface applications, the latest IPS display technology delivers exceptional colour saturation and stability, high contrast and deep black levels with 170° wide viewing angles (vertical and horizontal). The 7.0-inch display features a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a white LED backlight with a brightness of 800cd/m² and a specified 70K hour half-brightness lifetime. These features ensure that display images are exceptionally bright, colourful and concise.

Mark Stephenson, Technical Marketing Manager, KOE Europe, commented, "The new 7.0-inch display employs the most recent version of IPS technology, which delivers strong optical performance with wide viewing angles and highly consistent colour reproduction. Rugged+ displays have been developed to have robust mechanical, electrical and environmental characteristics that are highly resistant to shock, vibration, electro-static discharge and temperature variation. Additionally, we are confident that the new enhanced Rugged+ displays will be commercially competitive in an aggressive marketplace."

A 40-pin CMOS interface supports 6-bit RGB data which enables a colour palette of up to 262k colours. The 7.0-inch display module has mechanical outline dimensions of 167.7mm (w) x 109.45mm (h) x 9.0mm (d) and an active LCD area of 152.4mm (w) x 91.44 mm (h).

Also introduced, is the 7.0-inch TX18D206VM0BAA display module which features the same mechanical and optical specification but implements a 20-pin LVDS interface.

The new 7.0-inch Rugged+ TX18D205VM0BAA and TX18D206VM0BAA TFT display modules are available immediately from KOE Europe's distribution partners.

F-ROM in the process industries.

A hazardous area Remote I/O solution for the “Foundation for Remote Operations Management (F-ROM)” of the Fieldbus Foundation (now a member of the FieldComm Group) has been introduced.

Based on the R. STAHL IS1+ system and new functions developed by Softing for the FF HSE stack, this combination is the first ever FF HSE device to pass the FieldComm Group’s certification tests (ITK, CTK). F-ROM can be used to establish an Ethernet-based Foundation communication system for comprehensive plant control irrespective of underlying technologies. Various types of field device signals – 4…20 mA, regular HART, WirelessHART, FF H1, Modbus RTU and others – are integrated into a common structure. F-ROM therefore enables much easier and more effective planning, deployment and operation of distributed automation infrastructures without requiring device or technology adaptations on the field level.

The IS1+ Remote I/O system’s crucial role is to gather conventional I/O signals e.g. from transducers, temperature sensors, or solenoid valves, and to transmit HART variables via the fast FF HSE network. Explosion-protected fibre-optic cables, which are unaffected by EMI, allow for communication even in Zone 1 or Division 1. For this F-ROM solution, Softing has integrated all-new “Remote I/O Function Blocks” into the FF HSE stack. For the first time ever, these enable a very effective transfer of the great amounts of data characteristic for Remote I/O systems and wireless gateways via Foundation fieldbus. New “Association Blocks” are also available for offline configuration of F-ROM devices. In order to facilitate the integration into F-ROM devices or F-ROM hosts, Softing provides the suitable certified HSE stack as well as extensive development support. Some host system manufacturers, e.g. SMAR Industrial Automation of Brazil and Azbil Corporation of Japan, are already working on F-ROM implementations for their products. Due to great user interest, Tokyo’s Waseda University, a Foundation-certified training site, is also making a certified F-ROM Remote I/O system available to students.

• R Stahl products are marketed in Ireland through Douglas Controls & Automation.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Bi-directional flow sensors.

The MFC2030 Bi-Directional Flow Sensor has been launched by Memsic. It is intended for a wide range of applications such as analytical instruments, anesthesia and other medical flow devices, process control, and natural gas measurement.

The company utilises its highly advanced and successful MEMS thermal accelerometer platform, of which it has shipped hundreds of millions of units into a variety of automotive and consumer applications, as the flow sensing element in this high performance flow sensor. The MFC2030 leverages this experience, technology and economy of scale to offer a high performance, reliable and cost effective flow sensor.

Memsic was the first and only company to integrate a MEMS inertial sensor and signal processing circuitry together on a standard monolithic CMOS wafer. This same advanced MEMS technology and manufacturing process are leveraged into this advanced flow sensor solution.
In addition to exceptionally low power consumption, a MEMS suspended-bridge microstructure enables a highly sensitive flow measurement. This is due to the low thermal mass and conductivity of the bridge structure, which results in gas flow becoming the primary means to transfer heat via convection from the heater to the thermopiles. This effective and rugged structure, when coupled with advanced CMOS circuitry and a 16-bit on-chip A/D, provides an exceptionally wide flow dynamic range, which is critical for a wide range of precision industrial, consumer and medical applications.

The sensor is highly configurable, with multiple mounting options including manifold mount, BSP and NPT fittings. Evaluation kits with USB interface and a user friendly GUI for easy set-up and data collection are now available.

Brisk pre-registration for water & wastewater sympsium!

The International Society of Automation (ISA) tells us that pre-registration activity for the 2015 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium has been brisk.

Taking place at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando (FL USA) the 2015 ISA WWAC Symposium is a three-day event that focuses on the challenges associated with automation and instrumentation in the water and wastewater sectors. The symposium features more than 30 technical speakers, two full days of technical presentations, a tour of a local plant, a general reception and a supplier showcase. This symposium is unique as it focuses entirely on the needs of automation professionals in the municipal water and wastewater sectors.
The full programme may be viewed here and registration for the 2015 WWAC Symposium is still open.

“Our secret is our focus,” says Patrick Gouhin, CEO and Executive Director at ISA. “Our annual ISA Water/Wastewater Symposium specifically caters to the needs of professionals involved with automation, instrumentation and SCADA in the municipal water and wastewater sectors. It is a unique niche event and we are proud of its increasing popularity. There is no other event like it in North America.”

A strong technical program
Helping to kick off the conference will be John S. Young, Jr. P.E., who will deliver a presentation to attendees on how the water/wastewater industry presents numerous challenges that must be addressed for utilities to be sustainable and provide safe, reliable service.

Young has worked in the water utility industry his entire career. In 2010, he retired from American Water, the largest water/wastewater utility in North America, after a 33-year career. At American Water, he served in numerous technical and management positions, including Vice President of Engineering; President of the American Water Works Service Company; Chief Water Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Recently, as a utility consultant, he supported or assessed numerous water utilities, including the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (during the Detroit bankruptcy) and the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA).

• Read our report on the 2014 event (also held in Florida).

Setting up a limit switch.

Thomson Industries has released a new educational video to help design engineers to setup a limit switch correctly with a Thomson linear unit.

Kyle Thompson, Global Product Line Manager, Systems at Thomson, explains in the video, “A limit switch is operated by the motion of a linear unit as part of a control system. Each limit switch sent out with a Thomson linear system comes with a track to match the stroke length of the unit."

Kyle demonstrates how to install the limit switch onto the track in the video. He explains: “The user only needs to slide it into position on any part of the unit and screw it down until secure. This can be adjusted as necessary for where the engineer wants to mount the unit.” The cover strip for each linear unit is provided for aesthetic protection. Each limit switches cables can slide into position on the track. The video itself, "Linear Systems: Limit Switch Setup," and others  may be viewed at the Thomson Tech Tips Videos section of their website.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Explosion-proof HVAC system for process control system cabinets.

Intertec has developed an innovative ATEX-compliant HVAC system that provides a complete all-in-one climate control and personnel safety solution for walk-in style process analytical instrumentation shelters. It is customisable and scaleable to suit a broad range of applications, and can be supplied fully integrated within the shelter or as an external standalone unit.

Designed specifically for hazardous area applications up to zone 1, the system delivers a steady flow of conditioned and filtered clean air to the shelter, maintaining it slightly above atmospheric pressure to prevent the ingress of dust or gas. It is especially suitable for oil/gas refineries, petrochemical and chemical plants that operate in extremely hot or cold climates, or where atmospheric contaminants pose safety, health or corrosion issues with conventional through-flow air conditioning systems.

To help ensure measurement accuracy, sensitive equipment such as process analyzers and sample conditioning systems needs to be maintained at a constant temperature. This is usually achieved by using a thermally regulated shelter. And to avoid long sample transport tubes, which can affect accuracy and delay response times, the equipment is often located as close to the process as possible. These factors can necessarily involve housing operating personnel and equipment in a potentially hazardous area of the plant, demanding that adequate safety precautions are taken. The prime requirement is that the shelter and any associated equipment such as air conditioners must to be explosion-proof.

Nearly all explosion-proof air conditioning systems on the market are contained in metal enclosures, which are susceptible to corrosion. Intertec’s new HVAC system is unique in that its entire housing is constructed from the company’s proprietary GRP (glass reinforced polyester) triple-layer composite material. This comprises inner and outer layers of GRP enclosing a thermally insulating core; the wall thickness and core properties can be varied to suit the application and operating environment. The GRP is the same electrically conductive variant that Intertec uses for its explosion-proof analyzer shelters. It fully complies with the antistatic requirements of the DIN/EN/IEC 60079-0 safety standards for equipment intended for use in explosive atmospheres.

As a construction material for equipment shelters, composite GRP has enormous advantages over metal – it is impervious to corrosion from most commonly-encountered atmospheric contaminants and is an excellent thermal insulator. It has a similar strength to stainless steel, but is about 75 percent lighter, making transport, site preparation and installation easier and less expensive.

A further key feature of Intertec’s new HVAC system is that it can be fully integrated within the analyzer shelter, or installed as a standalone unit against its external wall. The option of internal installation has major advantages: it saves space and cost, reduces energy consumption by eliminating the thermally inefficient air duct of conventional standalone units, and facilitates configurations that are simply not possible with external systems. The system is also fully scaleable to suit the application requirements and intended operating environment, with heating and cooling capacities from 6 kW upwards.

The first systems that Intertec is building are designed primarily for ventilation and cooling purposes, to maintain analyzer shelters located in a relatively warm climate at a constant temperature 24/7, by compensating for differences between daytime and night-time temperatures, and for seasonal variations throughout the year. Occupying just 4.4 cubic metres of space, they provide an 8 kW cooling capacity and a 5 kW heating capacity, and accommodate an ambient (external) temperature range of minus 20 to 55 degrees Celsius.

A variety of fully integrated heating options is available, including an explosion-proof electrical heater and a temperature-controlled condensate vapour heat exchanger. Dehumidification is accomplished by refrigeration; the moist incoming air is initially cooled to promote condensation, and then heated – if necessary – to bring it back up to the required temperature.

All non-explosion-proof switches and control devices in the HVAC system are contained within flameproof (Ex d) protective housings, and all electrical junction boxes are enhanced safety (Ex e) types. Every internal electrical circuit carries an IP65 protection rating. The explosion-proof refrigeration unit comprises a powerful hermetically-sealed compressor, an air cooled condenser with an axial fan, and a refrigerant collector. The refrigerant is CFC-free non-flammable R134a. The system has a low acoustic noise level and is fitted with an automatic maintenance-free condensate drain as standard.

The air supply for the HVAC system can be derived locally – the input port is fitted with a high efficiency particulate filter. Alternatively, if the shelter is sited in a hazardous area, the air can be ducted in from a fan and filter unit located outside the immediate area, via a stack. Spent air, together with transported heat from the shelter and waste heat from the compressor unit, is exhausted direct to atmosphere.

The HVAC system operates entirely automatically. The flow rate of ventilating air depends on the application. The standards for explosion protection of pressurised process analyzer shelters, such as IEC/EN 61285 and NFPA 496, mandate various air exchange rates to ensure adequate dilution of explosive or poisonous gas leaking from equipment inside the shelter, ranging from 5 to 12 complete air exchanges per hour. The system’s main axial fan is monitored by a differential pressure switch, to ensure that the air inside the shelter is constantly maintained at a slightly higher pressure than atmospheric, automatically compensating for any sudden increase in air leakage when the entry door is opened. Any over-pressure conditions are adjusted by a poppet valve. The air temperature inside the shelter is controlled by a capillary tube room thermostat with its remote sensing bulb located in the system’s air output duct for accuracy.

Intertec’s new explosion-proof HVAC system is ATEX certified for gas group IIC and temperature class T3 or T4 applications. The system is designed to operate directly from a standard 400 V 50 Hz or 460 V 60 Hz three-phase supply.

Connecting industrial outstations inexpensively and securely.

Siemens enables telecontrol applications based on the Sinaut ST7 telecontrol protocol with the new CP 1243-8 IRC communication processor. The new communication processor makes it possible to connect Simatic S7-1200 controllers as outstations (remote terminal units/RTUs) to higher-level ST7 stations with minimum effort and low costs. The solution is suitable for use in new and existing systems. Redundancy and comprehensive security functions ensure high availability and security. Key applications for the CP 1243-8 IRC are distributed plants in the fields of drinking water supply and distribution, sewer networks, and rain overflow tanks. In addition, the communication processors can be used for environmental monitoring and as local transport and distribution grids for district heating and electrical energy networks.

Connected RTUs are contacted via public or private communications networks. An industrial router (such as those in the Siemens Scalance M product range) can be connected to the Ethernet port of the device to establish an internet or cell phone connection. Additional connections for analog dial-up or private wireless network can be established via separate modules. The CP 1243-8 supports both cyclical and event-driven transmission of every type of data required for process control and also offers alarm functions. The device can transmit measurement values from outstations to control centers or higher-level stations and send automatic e-mails and text messages to maintenance personnel. In order to prevent data loss in the event of a dropped connection, the communication processor continuously saves time-stamped measurement values. As soon as the connection is reestablished, the buffered values are automatically transmitted in the correct historical sequence to the control center.

To improve availability, the CP 1243-8 IRC offers the option of establishing an additional connection via the second WAN interface (for route redundancy). For this, a so-called teleservice (TS) module – for instance, an RS 232 serial interface or dial-up modem (analog, ISDN, and GSM) – is connected to the second WAN interface. Users can operate with one or the other interface, or both simultaneously.
Comprehensive diagnostic options – either locally via error messages by LED display, in the Simatic Step 7 engineering tool, or through a web server – offer fast and highly informative analyses of the station status. This enables users to quickly and easily configure connections to new modules with data-point configuration in Step 7. In the Step 7 Professional engineering software in the TIA portal, the user simply selects the data to be transferred from the Simatic S7-1200 CPU and specifies the desired communication parameters.

In addition, the new communication processor is equipped with comprehensive security features such as firewall (stateful inspection) and VPN protocol.

I/O connectors distribution in Britain announced!

MH Connectors has concluded a distribution agreement with  Azcon CSL Ltd., a high-service distributor broadly specialising in electro mechanical technologies.
L-r;  Paul Newman, Managing Director and Jackie Vince, Business Development Manager, Azcon CSL with Ian White, Business Development Manager North Europe, EDAC Europe
Azcon CSL is tasked with furthering customer service and support for MH Connector products throughout Britain. Azcon's hi-service business model mandates that the distributor will establish and maintain extensive stock levels of MH's highly regarded D-Sub and hood/backshell devices.

Announcing the new appointment, Ian White - newly appointed Regional Business Development Manager for North Europe with MH Connectors parent company EDAC Europe - said that MH Connector I/O products are the perfect complement to the range of electro mechanical technologies Azcon already supplies: "Azcon has an enviable reputation as a highly reliable 'kitting' supplier for Stock and Supply, Consignment Stock and Kanban manufacturing practices and supports its service with a number of unique supply-chain and logistical add-ons,"  he said. "Industry archivists credit Azcon as the originator of the Electronic Component Kitting system back in the 1980s and the company has led the evolution of the concept ever since."

Welcoming the addition of MH Connectors to his company's catalogue, Managing Director Paul Newman said that Azcon CSL has over 30 years experience in supplying high quality electro-mechanical technologies including; terminal blocks, fuses/fuse holders, control products, transformers, relays and enclosure products: "Customers recognise Azcon as a supplier they can rely on. I'm delighted that we will now also be able to fulfil their requirements for advanced connector products, which we will deliver to their manufacturing lines within the tightest timescales and with the lowest acquisition costs".