Friday, September 18, 2015

Security of IoT and connected devices.

Two recent announcements have focused attention on the security of IoT and connected devices, running versions of Wind Rivers’ VxWorks, the most popular embedded operating system used in the world. These announcements describe flaws that can be exploited by remote cyber attackers. In June 2015, and updated in July 2015, the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) issued an advisory regarding Wind River VxWorks TCP Predictability Vulnerability for Industrial Control Systems.  Researches also discovered a remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability in VxWorks.

According to Wind River, VxWorks Version 7 is not susceptible to the RCE vulnerability and there are patches for some older versions of VxWorks. However, there may be millions more devices running older versions of VxWorks that may be vulnerable.

Alan Grau, President of Icon Labs said, “Our Floodgate Security Framework, for use with VxWorks and many other RTOSs, can block attacks attempting to exploit these vulnerabilities. In addition, our strategy of connection to a management system, such as Intel Security’s ePolicy Orchestrator, can notify customers of attacks and allow the customer to "instantly" change the security policies to block these attacks.  Developers can design in security today, and prepare for new attacks in the future by using this flexible approach.”


Icon Labs’ products provide embedded security for IoT and Machine to Machine (M2M) solutions such as aerospace, military and space probes, industrial and medical control devices, medical systems, and consumer electronics products. The Floodgate Security Framework provides a “defense in depth” solution that protects control units and endpoint devices from cyber threats, aids in compliance with regulatory mandates and guidelines, and gathers and reports command, event and device status information for audit requirements.

Oxford school has online control of heating, ventilation, water, lighting etc.

Realizing the Internet of Things

At the EF International Language Centre in Oxford (GB), system integrator Global Electrical Solutions Ltd. has installed a building management system to keep track of heating, ventilation, water, lighting etc. By connecting Netbiter Remote Management gateways to Rockwell control panels in the building, users can see current temperatures, levels, and consumption online. They can even turn on lights or open windows remotely - truly realizing the Internet of Things.A Netbiter gateway is connected to the controlling Rockwell PLCs. Users access the premises online at www.netbiter.net.
A Netbiter gateway is connected to the controlling Rockwell PLCs. Users access the premises at www.netbiter.net
Global Electrical Solutions (GES) is a British based system integrator specializing in assembling highly efficient control panels used in buildings, power & energy, manufacturing etc. At one of their recent installations at the EF International Language Centre in Oxford, they have used the Netbiter Remote Management solution to remotely monitor and control the building premises. The Netbiter Argos web interface works as a front end towards the user displaying current values from the building and also allows users to generate reports and get alarms whenever certain thresholds are reached.

Real values, real pictures. GES have used pictures from the actual premises in the school when creating Netbiter dashboards. In these dashboards, users can see exact values in real-time and control heating and ventilation remotely.

How it works
A Netbiter EC310 gateway is connected to the Rockwell Micro800-series PLCs which control the different systems in the building. The Netbiter gateway sends data to the cloud-based Netbiter Argos service where it is stored and accessed. GES and the building owners can log in to see current values and even start or stop equipment, open windows and turn lights on or off from their Netbiter Argos dashboard. Furthermore, they can get alarms via email if certain values are reached (for example if CO2 levels are too high). It is also possible to generate reports on consumption and performance over time.

"It works really, really well," says Mark Jenkyns, Managing Director at Global Electrical Solutions. "It is easy for us to create graphical dashboards in Netbiter Argos, so we basically use it as the front end for our Building Management System."

Fewer service visits means quick ROI
The remote management solution has been well received by Global Electrical Solution´s customers as it gives both better control and lowers costs for maintenance as costly service trips can be reduced to an absolute minimum. Since the price of a remote management gateway usually equals the cost of a service visit, the return on investment is usually just a couple of months.

Mark Jenkyns explains: "When the customer reports a heating problem, there is a good chance it´s a sensor failure which would normally require an engineer visiting site with test equipment. With the Netbiter onsite we can now log in to any one of the buildings controllers and inspect the real time values to determine if the sensor is faulty or not without leaving the office. A new part can be ordered and installed within a fraction of the time."

Mark Jenkyns experienced one of the benefits himself when installing the remote monitoring solution in one of the rooms of the school: "When I got back to the office, I realized that I had forgotten to turn the hot water back on. But since the room now had Netbiter installed, I could easily go in and turn it on with a click of the mouse. Many service trips and maintenance issues are usually simple fixes like this, so with Netbiter we can save a lot of time and money for both us and our customers."

GES has now installed Netbiter at two schools and a hotel in the Oxford area and can see many other applications for Netbiter connected to their control panels. "It really gives our offering an edge as it provides customers with an easy-to-grasp overview of their systems and keeps costs for maintenance down," finishes Mark Jenkyns.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Communications improved with five new gateways.

PROFINET is used worldwide in a variety of high-speed applications, including robotics and stamping, bottling, high-speed conveying and paper press. As the standard Ethernet protocol for Siemens® and new GE PACs, it’s used in industries around the globe.

Now, ProSoft Technology is helping users connect PROFINET controllers and Modbus or EtherNet/IP devices with five new gateways.

If you have Modbus equipment on several networks, our PROFINET Device to Modbus Serial Gateway with four Serial ports can help. Want to avoid changing IP addresses to have your OEM machine communicate with your PLC? The Modbus® TCP/IP to PROFINET Device Gateway allows users to do just that by communicating with devices that are on two different subnets. If you need to connect to a single serial network, the Modbus Serial to PROFINET Device Gateway is the answer. If your devices are all on the same subnet, our Modbus TCP/IP to PROFINET Device Gateway is ideal.

These gateways join their PLX30 family of gateways, which also includes the EtherNet/IP™ to PROFINET Device Gateway. That gateway can be used in a variety of applications, including those involving PLC-to-PLC interlocking, a SCADA interface or data concentration. The EtherNet/IP™ driver supports multiple I/O connections offering you fast, consistent data delivery and the ability to prioritize data transfers by setting different update rates for control and diagnostic data. This allows you to send low-priority data at slower rates.

All five gateways enable high-speed bi-directional data transfers, supporting 1440 bytes in and 1440 bytes out. Those gateways are available as masters or slaves and support up to 100 commands. The serial gateways also feature a built-in Data Analyzer, allowing for improved troubleshooting. The gateways support up to 10 clients and 10 servers. The gateways can be used in temperatures ranging from -25°C to 70°C. The gateways support disaster recovery through an SD card, allowing for configuration recovery if an issue arises.

More performance and functionality for controllers!

Siemens has expanded the functional scope of its Sinumerik 828 family of controllers with new hardware and software. The compact CNC controllers are now equipped with the new software version 4.7 and the powerful PPU 2xx.3. One of the benefits of the new Sinumerik 828D Advanced is the ability to control up to ten axes/spindles as well as two auxiliary axes. In addition, the most powerful Sinumerik 828 offers a second machining channel for simultaneous machining with two tools. The update also increases the range of applications of the Sinumerik 828 controllers: Now they can be used for grinding machines as well as turning machines and milling machines.

The further development of the compact Sinumerik 828 controllers offers users above all higher productivity and improved performance of their machine tools. Sinumerik 828D Advanced is capable of controlling milling machines with up to eight interpolating axes or spindlesand two additional auxiliary axes for the control of tool chains, pallet changers, chip conveyors or other peripheral devices. Users can also use a second machining channel to execute two different NC programs simultaneously in their turning and rotary grinding machines, or they can synchronize the programs with each other extremely simply using ProgramSync. In this way, two workpieces can be machined at the same time in one machine, for example for simultaneous rear face machining in the counterspindle. Two tools can also be in action simultaneously on the same workpiece in order to rough at double the cutting rate, or to rough and finish at the same time for processes such as balance cutting. This increases the throughput of workpieces per machine while also maintaining a high level of machining accuracy.

With the new software version 4.7, the G-Tech software is available to Sinumerik 828 controllers for grinding applications. It supports machine manufacturers in designing compact grinding machines with up to ten axes and two machining channels. In addition, the Sinumerik 828 offers grinding machine manufacturers functionalities such as grinding cycles and tailor-made tool management.

Siemens has also made the creation of parts programs on the Sinumerik 828 more efficient and faster. One such improvement is the ability to transfer contour elements directly from a DXF file via contour detection into the programming of workpiece machining. A host of different documents and file formats can be called up directly on the screen of the Sinumerik for support. In addition, the colored marking of syntax elements – known as syntax highlighting – simplifies programming and helps the operator to work more effectively and without errors.

Sinumerik 828 V4.7 also offers comprehensive protection of cycle know-how, which prevents unauthorized access to sequences preprogrammed in the factory. Custom-made user interfaces can use new programming elements, such as dialog windows to indicate progress and concealed password entry, which make the implementation especially user-friendly. The CNC Lock option offers manufacturers protection when supplying machines on an instalment basis. After activation of the option, the machine initially runs for a limited time only, and can then be commissioned fully via a code following full payment by the user.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

IACS cybersecurity conformance for controller!

An ISASecure accredited test lab, exida, has announced that it has certified the Honeywell Experion C300 Controller R410 to the ISASecure® Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) certification.

The Experion C300 Controller R410 is Honeywell’s newest firmware version of its field-proven Experion C300 Controller product line. This maintenance of certification for the Experion C300 Controller demonstrates Honeywell’s continued commitment to the ISASecure industrial automation and control system (IACS) cybersecurity conformance scheme.

The C300 controller supports a wide variety of process control situations, including continuous and batch processes and integration with smart field devices, and works across a variety of networks—allowing engineers to address their most demanding process control requirements.

TheISASecure® Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) certification is a demonstrable indicator to Honeywell’s customers that the company is committed to safety and security in its products. ISASecure assures that the Experion C300 Controller R410 is free of known cybersecurity vulnerabilities and robust against network attacks. The ISASecure EDSA certification assesses IACS products against the draft IEC 62443-4-2 and IEC 62443-4-1 standards and will be updated when the final standards are fully approved.

The Honeywell controller registration and certificate can be viewed on the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) web site.

“Honeywell has been a thought leader in securing control system products used in critical infrastructure,” stated Andre Ristaino, ISCI Managing Director. “ISASecure certifies IACS products and systems to the IEC 62443 series of international standards for IACS cybersecurity, providing assurances that they are free of known vulnerabilities and resilient against network attacks.”

Power & drive systems to enable efficient and reliable ship operation.

Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (ZPMC) has commissioned Siemens to equip the latest diving support vessel being built for Toisa Ltd. with complete drive and power systems. This solution is designed to improve the vessel's reliability and manoeuvrability, as well as reduce fuel consumption, so lowering overall operating costs.

(Copyright: Sealion Shipping Ltd.)
The Integrated Drive System (IDS) used in the vessel, with a length of approximately 146 meters, conforms with the international certification standards of DNV GL (Det Norske Veritas). The IDS comprises six Simotics motors and six BlueDrive frequency converters with an output of up to three megawatts (MW) each designed specifically to cope with hostile application conditions in terms of temperature, vibration and also moisture. Two of the six converters feature an integrated dual in-feed function which ensures full mobility for the vessel in most exceptional circumstances by means of constant and redundant in-feed power from two independent switch panels. This multi-purpose Saturated Diving Support/Offshore Construction Vessel (DSV/OCV) will be used for offshore applications primarily in the oil and gas industry and for deep sea projects. Toisa's vessel will be managed by Sealion Shipping Ltd., a global shipping and support services company located in Farnham, (GB).

To ensure it meets market demands, the diving support vessel will be built in line with the new dual notation standard DYNPOS AUTRO (DP3) and DYNPOS ER (Enhanced Reliability) issued by DNV GL. This dual notation standard offers ship owners greater flexibility and reliability, and enables implementation of more fuel-efficient application configurations such as improved operation of rotating machines like diesel generators. The DYNPOS ER standard represents a major leap forward in terms of development in comparison to the long-established IMO Equipment Class 3 DP, such as DYNPOS AUTRO notations.

All the systems and components used are part of the Siemens "Siship" solution platform. The Integrated Drive System (IDS) used as part of the Siship Drive LV solution comprises the BlueDrive frequency converters and connected Simotics motors. The characteristic feature of the IDS is the optimum interaction between components, which not only speeds up response times, but also improves the drive system's flexibility, precision and energy efficiency. The six drive trains are divided across three azimuth thrusters, two tunnel thrusters and one extendable thruster.

Two of the six BlueDrive converters are fitted with the innovative dual in-feed function: This enables in-feed from two independently operating switch panels simultaneously. The dual in-feed functionality ensures that a power failure in main power supplies is detected within just milliseconds; the affected side of the dual in-feed is separated without the need for any thruster change-over processes, avoiding a wholesale failure, fault spreading or loss of maximum drive output. The dual in-feed function can also be used in the Dynamic Position (DP) operating mode, regardless of whether the main power network is operated with a closed or open main bus-tie. This functional feature has been proven on several reference vessels, as it ensures full manoeuvrability of the ship even in the trickiest situations.

The power supply to the ship is guaranteed using the integrated Siship Power MV power supply system comprising six 2.7 MW generators. Two 6.6 kilovolt (kV) NxAIR switchgear units take care of efficient power distribution. The overall power and drive system is controlled and monitored by Siship cross-component control and safety systems such as Drive Control System (DCS), Power Management System (PMS), Power Plant Protection (PPP) and Generator Power Adaption System (GPA). Alongside normal operational control and interaction with each other, these safety systems are tasked with detecting and safely solving critical operating statuses. At the same time, they ensure fault-ride-through (FRT) capability, in other words, the ability to simulate power failures while maintaining the power supply in line with the requirements of DNV GL.

This project sees the continuation of many years of successful cooperation between Toisa, Sealion Shipping and Siemens Drilling & Marine. Siemens has been involved in the project since the early design and construction phase, and will also be providing worldwide support beyond commissioning throughout the entire lifecycle of the ship.

Temperature sensors for Ireland!

Finnish based SKS Sensors has entered into a distribution partnership for Ireland with PJ Bonner & Co.

The SKS Sensors® temperature sensors are manufactured with uncompromising expertise for the use of the process and machine building industries. SKS is a temperature sensor manufacturing pioneer with its 20 years’ experience. SKS introduced the first laser welding systems for sensor manufacturing in Finland and launched the first ATEX-approved temperature sensors in 2002. SKS’s long-term experience of the branch ensures the even quality and good service for our customers.

Their own manufacturing guarantees the short delivery times also for the application-specific special sensors, e.g. the range of the ATEX and IECEx certified sensors for potentially explosive areas. All demanding precision welding is performed with the laser welding equipment in the SKS production facilities in Hyvinkää, Finland.

• PJ Bonner have sold, installed and calibrated temperature sensors for 35 years to all applications and industry, the partnership improves this offering, and brings a high quality custom option to Ireland.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Cybersecurity best-practices from the attacker's perspective.


The International Society of Automation (ISA) will jointly deliver a live industrial cybersecurity webinar in late September with one of its ISA Promotional Partners, Ultra Electronics, 3eTI®, a leading cyber-technology company with products and solutions that secure critical infrastructure and improve operational efficiency.

The free, one-hour webinar with Q&A session, "Building Stronger, Smarter Industrial Control Systems: Cyber Security Best-Practices from the Attacker's Perspective," will be conducted at 1 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, on Wednesday, 30 September. To register, click here

The webinar will examine: vulnerabilities of industrial control systems underpinning the world’s critical infrastructure and means to defend against industrial cyberattack; advanced methods for managing cyber risks, and robust architectures that can accommodate new and legacy systems. 
Today’s ICS, experts contend, are designed for high reliability rather than cybersecurity. The vulnerability of these systems to cyber threats and the growing sophistication of industrial cyberattacks are increasing the likelihood of serious, adverse events.

The webinar presenters—Alex Tarter, Ph.D., Director of 3eTI's Cyber Security Programs, and Adam Crain, Partner at Automatak and noted cybersecurity researcher—will consider these dynamics in evaluating how new developments in ICS architecture are contributing to more robust and secure ICS.

At the core of ISA’s leadership in IACS cybersecurity is the ISA/IEC 62443 series  of standards. Developed by international cybersecurity experts from across industry, government and academia, the standards are designed to prevent and mitigate IACS security vulnerabilities across all key industry sectors and critical infrastructure—including  power generation, water treatment, petroleum and chemical processing, and other vital operations.

"We're pleased to be working with ISA on this latest webinar project," said Frank Ignazzitto, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, 3eTI. "We've learned from past collaborations that ISA audiences are engaged, highly informed and ready to drive dynamic conversations on ICS security, standards and processes. We look forward to another excellent session."

Jennifer Infantino Halsey, ISA's Director of Marketing & Communications, emphasized that the mounting threats of industrial cyberattack increase the need for industry and manufacturing leaders to stay informed on effective cybersecurity strategies and solutions. “This joint webinar is a convenient and highly accessible way our members and customers can better educate themselves about the risks of cyberwarfare and take proactive steps to minimize their exposure."

Boosting paperless #pharma manufacturing in India.

Werum IT Solutions and Sarla Technologies have jointly announced a memorandum of understanding to partner for delivering MES projects in India. Sarla Technologies will become an official partner for Werum’s PAS-X MES throughout India providing project control and integration services.

Werum's Lars Horning
Sarla's Anil Mehta
Werum’s PAS-X MES enables pharmaceutical facilities to run manufacturing processes completely paperless at the highest level and to be compliant with international GMP guidelines and FDA regulations. The requirements of the pharma industry are directly addressed by Werum’s out-of-the-box solution without any need for expensive and time-consuming customization. Based on standard functionality and best practice content, pharma manufacturers will be able to have the number one global MES solution up and running in a very short time.

“We’re very pleased that Sarla Technologies will join us as a partner to expand our presence in India and to leverage their great experience and track record in the Indian pharma industry and also in automation and process control for projects requiring complete integration with machines and equipment”, said Lars Hornung, Senior Director Global Sales, Werum IT Solutions GmbH. “Together with Sarla Technologies we will be able to offer our best-in-class PAS-X MES package together with an optimized deployment model to our customers in India.”

Mr. Anil Mehta, CEO, Sarla Technologies, added: “Our partnership with Werum enables multinationals and leading local pharmaceutical companies in India to gain full advantage of MES. PAS-X and Werum’s expertise along with Sarla’s Level 2 integration and automation know-how will tremendously help them to increase productivity and meet global regulatory requirements.”

Monday, September 14, 2015

Maximum speed and energy efficiency with hybrid design!

Tisse and Kollmorgen have together developed an electric-hydraulic Hybrid Machine. The Hybrid Machine can manufacture difficult and sensitive products at high speeds; its power and quality eliminate problems like ejection errors and high quantity of wastage. It also increases the production rate and provides energy efficiency up to 35-40% compared to the competition.

Kollmorgen AKD Servodrive
eS-Drive450 Tisse is the result of the cooperation between Kollmorgen engineering and Tisse Plastic Injection Molding Machines Company. It is the first hybrid plastic injection molding machine, whose injection part includes an electric system and a hydraulic system comprised of clamping and conveying as well as an ejection unit. The hybrid design provides speed and energy saving in manufacturing. The entire software of the machine was written by Kollmorgen, in house, from scratch.

The injection part of the hybrid machine consists of 2 servo motors, whereas clamping, conveying and ejection parts form the hydraulic system. However, because the pump of the hydraulic system is driven using servo motor, the machine may be called a full electric hybrid.

The reason why servo motors were used in the injection part was to provide crucial acceleration and sensitive pressure balance, making it easy and quick for the liquid plastic to be injected in to the mold.. Speed is of great importance especially for molding thin-walled packaging products. For instance, because products, such as the lids of yoghurt pots cool very quickly, the process is required to be completed immediately.

Seref Karaoglan, project manager of Kollmorgen Turkey, speaks about the machine performance: “We often witness that manufacturers have difficulty in manufacturing such products. We designed the hybrid not only to provide energy efficiency but also to increase speed. People think it is not easy to manufacture such machine because, for instance, we apply 10 different speed stages and 10 different pressure stages in accordance with the type of mold in order to make a movement of 90mm (P/Q). It is really not easy to do this just with any servo motors but we used Kollmorgen’s S600 drives and PDMM controllers.”

Ömer Sengelen
Omer Sengelen, Production Manager of Tisse Machine, summarized their position in the sector: “We are endeavoring to add remarkable features even to typical machines. Actually, we quit manufacturing injection molding machines in 2000. In 2008, however, we noticed that there was a need for blow molding machines and we started manufacturing again. With the expertise and high product quality that we developed through our partnership with Elsim Kollmorgen, we have become capable with very high-level injection molding machinery. ”

Clamping systems in normal injection molding machines are usually problematic. The injection molding might be fast but the clamping is the negative side. The compression ratio is less, but they cause great expenses at high speed. The clamping part in hydraulic injection machines is always as per specifications, but complaints about the injection speed predominate. Their maximum speed is between 100mm/h and 200mm/s. This hybrid machine has the best side of those 2 systems. While it enables the clamping and other parts of the machine which require power to run fast, it is also able to reach a speed of 300mm/h by getting the injection system to work with servo motors. In addition to these advantages, it provides energy saving in the pump of the hydraulic system by using servo motors.

Project manager of Kollmorgen Turkey, Seref Karaoglan says, “The reason why electric machines are liked is that they are energy efficient unlike AC motors, in the hydraulic part of old machines, that keep cycling even while the machine is off and consume energy even if you do nothing.”

Special Valve Technology
Regeneration is provided through the special valve used in the hydraulic system of the machine. Suppose that the grease taken from the tank and injected into the system, supplies 100 units of energy in the classical systems. Thanks to this valve, the grease coming out of the system is re-injected into the system, instead of transferring it into the tank. Thus, you obtain extra power up to 60%. According to Seref Karaoglan, you get extra speed as well as extra power, and “It is like the generator of a car charging the accumulator. We could have used standard valves for the clamping parts because we had acceleration in the injection part. But thanks to this special valve, we use the clamping system as if it is electrically operated, and increase the speed thanks to regeneration.”

Parallel Power through Two Different Motors
Another stellar feature of the machine is that 2 different motors are used in the injection process, getting parallel power through each other. The motors are connected by very special screws that run synchronously. These screws enable the motors to cycle with high-precision in less than 1/10mm, and they provide stable running even at high speed.

Efficient Communication System
The speed doubles because the injection nozzle in the machine is pushed and pulled by twin motors. Seref Karaoglan says, “Kollmorgen communication systems allow the synchronous work of two motors on the same mechanical system but running independently. If one of the motors runs at a speed slower than 1/10mm, it might damage the screws, which are very special and expensive. The communication time and synchronization of the motors takes less than 1 m/s."

High-Tech Braking
The motors used in the machine are quite heavy and powerful. “We took all kinds of measurements in the event of any communication problems between each other. 6.5kW of braking resistance is used in the system because the flywheel effect comes out while the screws and balls gain acceleration.” Seref Karaoglan also points out that it gets really difficult to control the speed and says, "The products we use here are those developed by Kollmorgen and include plates providing stepped braking. It would have been impossible for me to succeed in this project with standard braking resistances.”

Special Pump Software
There are 2 important elements in grease-powered systems: Speed and Pressure. The software developed for this machine, ensures the desired pressure at the desired speed. Seref Karaoglan says, "We can use 10 different PQ distances. We are also using this advantage on the clamping system. Thanks to the servo motored pump software, we reach the desired speed within 150-200ms and despite this speed, we provide the desired pressure on an error band of 2 or 3 bars.”

Kollmorgen’s machine automation solution brings highly integrated and intuitive software programming platform, top of the range movement components and extraordinary co-operated engineering services in order to create highly differentiated machines and more profitable business organizations. It has been proven that Kollmorgen Automation Suite™ accelerates the development process, raises the machine manufacturing, reduces wastage and increases hardware efficiency (OEE).

RH & Temp Sensor: As easy as changing a light bulb.

Michell Instruments has launched an improved version of its interchangeable relative humidity sensor – the HygroSmart I7000XP – which enables users to carry out maintenance on industrial relative humidity and temperature transmitters in as little as 30 seconds. 

The new unit has been developed by Michell’s research department and features the latest polymer capacitive technology to give an accuracy of 1%RH.

The main benefit of the I7000XP is its modular format, which makes maintenance of compatible transmitters and probes fast, easy and cost-effective. The calibration data is stored in the electronics of the unit. To recalibrate a transmitter or probe, all that is needed is to replace the I7000XP sensor. No specialist training is needed and the process is as simple as changing a light bulb, with routine maintenance taking as little as 30 seconds for most products. No instrumentation needs to be sent away or dismantled, which keeps processes running more efficiently.

The HygroSmart I7000XP forms the heart of Michell’s range of RH probes and transmitters, including the newly launched HygroSmart 280/290 series of RH transmitters and probes for industrial processes. Typical applications include environmental control in pharmaceutical production, engine and environmental test cells.

• Michell Instruments are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.




Support for security conformance scheme!

Tailored Solutions & Consulting, is supporting the ISASecure® IEC 62443 Industrial Cyber Security Conformance Scheme by joining the ISA Security Compliance Institute as a technical member.

Tailored Solutions & Consulting, Inc. (TSC Advantage) is an enterprise security consultancy specializing in the protection of trade secrets, intellectual assets, and other sensitive information. The TSC Advantage approach is a patented and DHS SAFETY Act-designated methodology that holistically optimizes clients’ security posture to suit their unique organizational, procedural and market environments.

ISASecure conformance assessments certify that industrial automation and control systems (IACS) are robust against network attacks and free from known vulnerabilities. ISASecure is a global ISO/IEC 17065 conformance scheme that certifies control systems to IEC 62443 standards.

“We are pleased to add TSC Advantage as a new technical member,” stated Andre Ristaino, ISCI Managing Director. “TSC Advantage expands the diversity of ISCI stakeholders and we welcome their perspective as we grow our certification offerings.”

Ultrasonic level controllers now offer faster commissioning and set-up!

Siemens has launched its MultiRanger 200 and HydroRanger 200 ultrasonic controllers offering new features which include faster commissioning with an improved HMI(Human machine interface) and graphical Quick Start Wizard as well as a redesigned enclosure with removable terminal blocks.

HydroRanger 200
The controllers also offer a wider range of communication options including Profibus DPV1 industrial protocol. MultiRanger 200 and HydroRanger 200 are both used in many branches of industry with applications ranging from water/wastewater monitoring via pumping stations or open channels, to inventory management of chemicals or liquids and truck loadouts.

The controllers provide highperformance measurement of level, flow, differential level, and volume conversion, with additional alarm and pump control functions. MultiRanger 200 and HydroRanger 200 provide users with repeatable, fast, and reliable measurements. The patented signal processing technology Sonic Intelligence®, for instance, differentiates between true and false echoes which can be caused by electrical noise.