Friday, September 25, 2015

Multichannel optical module evaluations.

Anritsu Corporation has launched the new BERTWave MP2100B, an all-in-one test set with integrated BERT and sampling oscilloscope for developing and manufacturing Optical Modules. The MP2100B is successor to the company’s popular MP2100A and provides even more efficient evaluation of multichannel Optical Modules.

Data Centres are urgently increasing the transmission capacity of their servers and network devices to meet the exploding demand for Cloud Computing services. So the demand for R&D into high-speed transmission technologies and manufacturing of high-speed devices is growing, and with it comes the need to assure the integrity of signals passing via these high-speed devices. The newly developed BERTWave MP2100B supports simultaneous BER Measurements and Eye Pattern Analyses, and so a single MP2100B set can measure all the parameters required for evaluating Optical Modules and Optical Devices used by optical communication systems.

Unlike conventional systems for BER Measurements and Eye Pattern Analyses requiring two separate measurement instruments, just one MP2100B will support all the necessary test features, helping cut equipment costs by as much as 40%. Furthermore, the addition of an optical switch and optical attenuator as optional accessories makes this new release a full-featured total measurement solution for evaluating multichannel Optical Modules and Optical Devices.

To support the faster measurement speeds required by the optical module and device manufacturing markets, a new Fast Sampling Mode with speeds up to 150 ksample/s performs Eye Pattern Analyses like the Eye Mask Test up to 1.5 times faster than legacy models. Additionally, the MP2100B built-in Bit Error Rate Tester (BERT) can be upgraded to 4 channels for simultaneous BER Measurements of multichannel Optical Modules, such as QSFP+, etc., cutting measurement times by up to 80% compared to legacy models.

Partnership for integrated MES/DCS solutions.

ABB and Werum IT Solutions have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on control system solutions for the global pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries. These solutions will enable customers to benefit from leading industry expertise for process control systems (DCS) and production management software.

ABB's Ilpo Ruohonen
Werum's Rüdiger Schlierenkämper
“Werum’s PAS-X MES solution combined with ABB's control systems will give our customers in the Life Science industry a seamless solution for their automation needs,” said Ilpo Ruohonen, Managing Director of ABB’s Control Technologies business unit. “This offering strengthens our portfolio for these rapidly growing industries.”

Werum IT Solutions is the world’s leading supplier of manufacturing execution systems (MES) and manufacturing IT solutions for the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries. Its out-of-the-box PAS-X software product is operating in approximately 800 installations of pharmaceutical and biotech companies around the world. Werum’s manufacturing IT solutions help pharma and biotech manufacturers to increase efficiency, improve productivity, and meet regulatory requirements.

The collaboration on joint solutions complements ABB’s control systems offering with the latest MES technology, which is seen as a key component for efficient production workflows in the life science industry. By bringing together both offerings, ABB and Werum will be able to deliver full-scope engineering and validation solutions according to the GAMP5 guideline and to comply with regulations such as FDA 21 CFR part 11.

“Our customers will benefit from integrated solutions paving the way towards the factory of the future,” said Rüdiger Schlierenkämper, CEO of Werum IT Solutions. “Werum, like ABB, is a sector leader. We look forward to working together with ABB on joint projects and to developing new ideas together. Driven by the innovative strength and global footprint of our two companies, we are well positioned to boost innovation for our customers around the globe.”

Make scratches and scuffs or even breakage a thing of the past!

JLT Mobile Computers has a new logistics computer which features revolutionary Rugged Projective Capacitive Touch (PCT) display technology and additional computing power compared to previous product generations.
Reduces total cost of ownership and improves users' productivity by addressing one of the most common reasons for computer failures
The JLT1214P computer's bright 12-inch XGA display with the new JLT Rugged PCT technology provides a familiar, user-friendly experience comparable to modern consumer devices, both with a gloved or ungloved hand, while ensuring ruggedness, reliability and longevity in even the most demanding environments. This computer also offers enhanced computing performance thanks to a 64-bit Intel quad-core processor, improving responsiveness. In combination with the new user-friendly touch screen, the higher performance speeds up tasks and increases users' productivity. This powerful combination of features provides the best possible total cost of ownership for logistics applications ranging from warehousing and food distribution to freezer storage and cross-docking.

It is based on the company's JLT1214 platform which is already well known in the market for its outstanding quality and reliability, having been proved in thousands of installations by customers around the world.

Previous generations of rugged computers most commonly used resistive touch screen technology that is chosen because of its usability with different types of gloves and in wet conditions. In some demanding environments, however, the resistive touch screen is susceptible to scratches and scuffs or even breakage of its plastic screen, often making the screen the point of failure for the computer. Resistive touch screens also do not offer the user experience that operators have come to expect from the capacitive touch screens in their own personal electronic devices. With the introduction of the JLT Rugged PCT technology, the projective capacitive touch with superior resilience to wear and tear can be used in the same demanding use-cases as a resistive touch, for example with different types of gloves and wet conditions.

The addition of the JLT Rugged PCT technology to the proven JLT1214 platform provides the JLT1214P's touch screen with a lifetime as long as the computer itself, minimizing disruptive down time, resulting in a higher service level and greater customer satisfaction. A 1.8mm thick, practically unbreakable hardened glass cover protects the touch sensor, offering unparalleled durability and scratch resistance. In tests, it withstands a 500g steel ball dropped from a height of 1.2m with no damage to the screen. Additionally, the JLT1214P computer can operate in temperatures between -35 to +55 degrees Celsius, is dust and water resistant to IP65 and its design eliminates the cavity between the glass screen and the case, preventing dirt build up when in use and allowing it to be easily sanitized for use in the food industry.

In today's logistics market, where productivity is more important than ever, the JLT1214P computer's enhanced computing performance helps provide information quickly and reliably, which combined with the improved touch screen usability increases productivity in even the most advanced logistics applications. The JLT1214P is faster than ever before, due to its new Intel E3845 quad-core processor (code named Bay Trail), which can run full 64-bit systems, bringing world class speed to fork lift computers and making it a future-proof platform securing customer investments long-term. The JLT1214P computer comes with either Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 or Windows Embedded versions. In the event of a computer problem, JLT provides a "No Questions Asked" JLT:Care service agreement which guarantees a high level of support and short repair times to minimize down time at predictable cost.

The JLT1214P logistics computer also features an isolated 18-72 VDC power supply for electrical vehicle installations, or an unisolated 9-36 VDC power supply for other installations. A backup battery ensures uninterrupted operation during power failures which enables reliable operation, even with unstable voltages from automotive batteries. The JLT1214P also features dual-band 802.11ac WLAN and Bluetooth EDR 4.0 capability, with both radios taking advantage of JLT's built-in highly sensitive Planar Inverted-F Antenna (PIFA) technology, custom made for reliable wireless connectivity in environments with poor coverage. As with all JLT computers, the JLT1214P logistics computer is built from the ground up to deliver maximum reliability and function in very demanding environments. A high integration of features and the most compact design in its class provide for fast, reliable and inexpensive installation, even in small spaces.

The JLT1214P computers are available today as an additional option to the current JLT1214N computer that continues to be available with its current configurations.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Automation contractor services contract renewed.

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced the renewal of a global agreement with BP to supply main automation contractor services (MAC services) to BP's upstream entities. With the renewal of this agreement, BP and Yokogawa have reaffirmed their shared commitment to achieving mutual success and securing the delivery of superior long-term value through the provision of MAC services.

Yokogawa first signed a global MAC services agreement with BP in 2007. By providing reliable products and demonstrating its engineering and project execution capabilities on prior BP projects, Yokogawa is integral to BP's drive for capital efficiency. The renewed agreement is for a period of ten years.

The Yokogawa products and services covered by this global agreement include the CENTUM® VP integrated production control system, ProSafe(R)-RS safety instrumented system, STARDOM™ network-based control system, Plant Resource Manager (PRM®) plant asset management package, FAST/TOOLS SCADA software, Exaseries productivity solution software, field wireless and other types of field instruments, analysers, project management and system integration engineering services, and operation and maintenance services.

Shuji Mori, a Yokogawa vice president and president of Yokogawa Electric International, a subsidiary that oversees Yokogawa's IA and control business outside Japan, had the following to say about this agreement: "BP has been a Yokogawa customer for many years, and this agreement takes our relationship to a new level and underscores BP's commitment to safe and reliable operations. This long-term partnership with BP will increase our presence in the oil and gas industry, which is one of the main sectors we are targeting under the Transformation 2017 mid-term business plan."

Enclosures comply with CSA, UL and NEMA standards.

An extended range of Type 4X outdoor equipment enclosures that comply with CSA, UL and NEMA standards is now available from Intertec. Manufactured from proprietary GRP (glass reinforced polyester), the enclosures combine high performance environmental protection capabilities with exemplary long-term resistance to corrosion. They are ideal for protecting instrumentation and electrical equipment sited in marine and coastal areas, where the presence of salt in the atmosphere can severely damage traditional steel cabinets and shorten their service life significantly.

An additional advantage of Intertec’s Type 4X enclosures is that they provide superior protection when used in a Class I, Division 2 or Class I, Zone 2 hazardous area to protect equipment that does not constitute a source of ignition. Typical applications include housing non-arcing connections and connection devices such as joints, splices, terminals, terminal blocks and junction boxes.

Following qualification testing by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), a large and growing number of Intertec’s MULTIBOX and DIABOX enclosures are now available in Type 4X versions that comply with the relevant parts of the CAN/CSA C22.2 No 94.2-07, UL 50/50E and US NEMA 250 standards for electrical equipment enclosures. All three of these standards stipulate that the enclosures must provide enhanced protection against corrosion, as well as other environmental effects.

Intertec’s MULTIBOX and DIABOX families are popular choices for housing process monitoring and control equipment in the field. Offering a wide range of containment capacities from 25 to 277 litres, they are designed for convenient mounting on walls/panels or small-footprint pipe stands.

To comply with the CSA 22.2 94.2-07, UL50/50E and NEMA 250 standards, Type 4X enclosures must prevent the ingress of dust and be watertight against rain, sleet, snow, water splashes and hose-directed water. They must also be undamaged by the formation of ice on their external surfaces. This level of protection is broadly equivalent to the IP 66 rating of the international IEC/ANSI/EN 60529 standard.

The hose-down test stipulates that all gasket seams be subjected to a high pressure water spray. This involves subjecting the enclosure to a steady stream of water at a distance of 3 metres from a 1 inch nozzle at a flow rate of 246 litres/minute. MULTIBOX and DIABOX enclosures feature a moulded two-part construction, which means that they only have a single joint between their two halves, making it much easier to ensure a reliable seal. The mating surfaces are sealed by a continuous and highly durable silicon or EPDM synthetic rubber gasket embedded within a containing groove – this same design provides ingress protection ratings as high as IP68.

Intertec goes to considerable lengths to ensure that the Type 4X versions of MULTIBOX and DIABOX enclosures maintain their IP ratings under extreme or fast-changing weather conditions. For example, if a hot enclosure is subjected to a stream of cold water, as might be the case during a sudden thunderstorm in a hot climate, the air inside will cool down and contract. In a conventional unvented enclosure, this can create a partial vacuum that causes air – and water – to be sucked past the joint seals. To prevent this problem, Intertec’s Type 4X enclosures are equipped with a special waterproof ‘breather’ seal that equalizes the air pressure and ensures that full sealing integrity is maintained under all operating conditions.

Type 4X enclosures must also provide enhanced protection against corrosive agents. Metallic enclosures which are susceptible to corrosion are required to undergo a series of stringent material tests. The NEMA 250 standard, for example, calls for two salt spray tests, one with a duration of 200 hours, together with a test that involves subjecting sample material to a moist mixture of carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and air for 1,200 hours. The GRP material that Intertec uses for all its enclosures is inherently resistant to corrosion from these types of atmospheric pollutants and therefore does not require qualification testing in its own right.

Intertec’s GRP is a relatively inert material that has enormous advantages over the sheet metal materials commonly used for enclosure construction. It is highly stable and virtually immune to the affects of salt and most common petrochemicals and airborne pollutants. An excellent thermal insulator, GRP has a similar strength to stainless steel but is about 75 percent lighter, which helps to lower transport costs and simplifies installation.

Intertec’s DIABOX enclosures are available with a wide choice of containment capacities from 27 to 277 litres. They feature a two-part design with hinges on their top edge and open diagonally to provide a very ergonomic and self-contained field protection solution. The lower half of the enclosure houses the instrumentation – process and electrical connections are usually made via the rear or base of the unit – while the upper half functions as a fully retained lid.

MULTIBOX enclosures offer a similarly extensive choice of sizes, with 12 standard models covering containment capacities from 25 to 250 litres. Featuring a two-part construction, they can be mounted vertically or horizontally, with the instrumentation contained in either the deep or shallow section. Process and electrical connections are usually made via the top or bottom of the unit.

For applications that require protection against extremely cold climates, all MULTIBOX and DIABOX enclosures are available in ‘arctic’ versions that are suitable for use in temperatures as low as minus 60 degrees Celsius. Depending on the model, the additional thermal insulation is either provided by an internal polypropylene liner with a polyurethane (PU) foam infill, or the entire enclosure is manufactured from Intertec’s proprietary triple-layer composite-GRP material, comprising inner and outer walls of GRP with a PU foam core.

Many of the standards compliance tests on Type 4X enclosures – such as ingress protection, impact resistance and gasket ageing – are similar to those used on the type of increased safety (Ex e) enclosures designed for use in hazardous areas. As Intertec’s CEO, Martin Hess, points out, “Broadly speaking, it is this similarity which allows installers to use our Type 4X enclosures to house non-hazardous equipment in hazardous areas, without having to resort to using large and labour-intensive sealed conduits. We also believe that our Type 4X enclosures will make it much easier for installers to adapt ATEX compliant products on the European market to comply with hazardous area safety standards in North America.”

Unique RFID antenna is adaptable to customer applications.

Harting has developed a unique type of RFID antenna, the Ha-VIS LOCFIELD® antenna, which uses a coaxial travelling-wave concept to offer users a compact package with complete flexibility in the design of RF reading zones. Not only is the antenna adaptable to every customer application: it is also ideal for situations where space is at a premium.

Modern industrial RFID systems allow components and packages to be followed in real time, and offer a multitude of options for increasing process security and ensuring optimal transparency. However, there is generally very little space available around belt conveyors, and classical RFID antennas are limited in that they cannot map curved tracks: a factor that restricts the capability for customers to track and trace production history at every point in the process.

The new Ha-VIS LOCFIELD® RFID antenna requires only a minimum of space, consisting only of an industrial-grade coaxial line. The antenna cable is mechanically flexible and can therefore be installed and laid in any given shape according to the requirements of specific customer applications. This includes the ability to lay it around the curves of conveyor belts.

Users therefore have the ability to design their own tailored UHF RFID reading zone. A wide range of challenging applications become possible, including RFID installations in smart shelves, 19-inch racks, complex machines, doors and pass-throughs, all with reduced costs and maximum ease of installation.

3-Phase power loggers.

Fluke is introducing the 1736 and 1738 Three-Phase Power Loggers, which automatically capture and log more than 500 power quality parameters to give technicians and engineers more visibility into the data needed to make better power quality and energy consumption decisions. They are the first three-phase power loggers designed to work with the Fluke Connect® system of software and wireless test tools. They can be found at www.fluke.co.uk and clicking on ‘New Products’.

The Fluke 1736 and 1738 Three-Phase Power Loggers capture and log voltage, current, power, harmonics, and associated power quality values to deliver comprehensive data for load studies, energy assessments, harmonic measurements, and voltage event. The included Fluke Energy Analyze Plus software provides detailed analysis of energy consumption and power quality and generates reports automatically.

The Fluke 1736 and 1738 feature an optimised user interface, flexible current probes, and an intelligent measurement verification function designed to reduce measurement errors by digitally verifying and correcting common connection errors. Set up can be further simplified by powering the logger directly from the measured circuit.

All three phases and neutral can be measured using the four flexible current probes. More than twenty separate logging sessions can be stored on the instrument. All measured values are automatically logged so that measurement trends are not lost: they can be reviewed during logging sessions, and before downloading, for on-the-go analysis.

The bright, colour touch-screen enables convenient in-the-field analysis and data checks with full graphical displays. The instruments provide event waveform snapshots, along with date and timestamp, to capture dips and swells and help pinpoint root causes of power quality issues. They have 600V CAT IV / 1000V CAT III safety ratings.

Fluke Connect tools allow technicians to wirelessly transmit measurement data from their test tools to their smartphones for secure storage on the Fluke Connect® Cloud and for team access from the field.* With the Fluke Connect smartphone app, the data from the power loggers can be viewed from a safe distance, reducing the need for protective equipment, site visits, and check-ins.

Engineering & plant management software solution selected by plant construction specialist.

ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions, the plant construction specialist within the ThyssenKrupp group, has opted to use Siemens' Comos plant engineering and plant management software solution with immediate effect throughout the company as part of the further integration of its global plant construction business. The Process Technologies unit (formerly Uhde) has in fact been using Comos since 1997. Using standard software enables ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions to handle global engineering processes and plant management much faster and more efficiently. The company is one of the world's leading providers of chemical plants, refineries, and cement and other industrial plants, along with plants for mining, ore processing and port handling.

Jens-Michael Wegmann, Chief Operating Officer and Director of the Industrial Solutions Business Area, comments: "For us, Comos is a future-proof software solution for holistic plant management over the entire lifecycle of an industrial plant. Consolidating and harmonizing the IT infrastructure provides us with the basis to make optimum use of global opportunities for growth in plant construction."

Andreas Geiss, Vice President, Comos Industry Solutions: "We are delighted at the decision by ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions to extend our long-established collaboration to cover the whole of the enterprise. We will bring our expertise and long years of experience to bear in the form of intelligent and individual solution concepts. Our Comos portfolio helps users to meet engineering challenges that arise throughout a plant's entire lifecycle."

Comos plant engineering and plant management software encompasses the process engineering of components and plants all the way through to complete automation including operations relevant to electrical engineering, measurement and control. The function planning complies with standards, and is therefore implemented efficiently and accurately right through to the automation, by way of the process design, basic and detail engineering phases and operations. Comos is a consistent system landscape from engineering through to operation. It enables the user to achieve higher plant efficiency through all phases of the lifecycle.

The uniform data platform of the Comos software solution gives plant designers, operators, and installers a seamless flow of project-relevant data across all company levels and project phases. This facilitates a comprehensive software solution concept that can be integrated globally. Consistent plant lifecycle engineering with the Comos software solution intermeshes the engineering and operating worlds to provide holistic plant management over the entire lifecycle of an industrial plant. Workflows become more efficient, productivity and quality in engineering are raised. Plant data is always kept up to date and consistent throughout the entire lifecycle.

Integrated engineering reduces sources of error as there are fewer interfaces between the various technical subsystems. It also raises quality in all steps of the engineering workflow and cuts times-to-market by means of measures such as parallelization. Jobs such as process engineering or design of the electrical engineering can be carried out in parallel with automation engineering. Thanks to its open system architecture, Comos provides numerous interfaces to other systems and seamless integration in existing IT landscapes. For example, Comos EI&C features interfaces to major automation systems such as Simatic PCS 7.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Appointment at Irish BEMS provider.

Rich Costa

Rich Costa is been appointed Sales and Marketing Manager with Intelligent Building Controls.

Rich has over 30 years’ experience in distribution and 9 years’ experience with BEMS systems. He is a certified Engineer in Trend Controls BeMS and Dristeem humidification.

Rich has been involved in projects with Boston Scientific and Abbott Vascular where he helped to reduce running cost by over 55%.

Cost-effective, high-quality and large-scale MBR creation.

Development of new drugs, process harmonization and standardization or efficient operation of manufacturing execution systems (MES) – pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies face major challenges to remain competitive. In this regard, electronic master batch records (MBRs) are an essential factor.

Martin Gent
Werum IT Solutions now offers its customers a new service: “Design as a Service” – a complete solution for the cost-effective creation of lean, high-quality and streamlined MBRs. The package comprises pre-configured PAS-X Content Packages with industry-specific content based on best practices, ready-to-use concepts and guidelines for the efficient creation and optimization of MBRs and profound, first-hand PAS-X knowledge. As the company who developed PAS-X, Werum is able to provide an “end-to-end” MES solution that meets all customer requirements in terms of software, delivery and services.

“Our ‘Design as a Service’ offering allows us to provide our pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical customers with much more than the mass conversion of paper-based recipes into digital copies which is usually referred to as MBR factory,” says Martin Gent, Consultant, Werum IT Solutions GmbH. “Our approach starts at an earlier stage and we reflect about the manufacturing processes together with our customers. Even during the MBR specification phase we consider the entire spectrum of manufacturing procedures, system environment and review processes. In combination with the profound process know-how of our staff we ensure optimized high-quality MBRs from the very beginning – an important prerequisite for the efficient operation of our PAS-X MES. Customers who want to save costs by commissioning the mere creation of MBRs often face extra costs when they need to revise their MBRs.”

Through “Design as a Service”, Werum does not only support the cost-effective high-quality creation of MBRs for new MES installations but also supports customers who already operate an MES and rather focus on process harmonization, PAS-X upgrades or the MBR creation for new products (ad-hoc service). As PAS-X is Werum’s proprietary software product, Werum can also consider future PAS-X functions when creating MBRs. “Design as a Service” addresses all phases of MBR development, such as MBR specification, MBR creation and finally MBR verification. The resulting MBRs are lean, efficient and optimized to meet the customer requirements in regard to “Review by Exception”.


Wearable electronics!

andersDX has extended its range of Circular Display Modules with the addition of a round OLED* display module.

The new 1.13” (2.87cm) Passive Matrix OLED TFT Display is again targeted at wearable electronics, especially in the healthcare and fitness sectors and is manufactured by Truly Semiconductor. The module is fully customisable and also offers an attractive option in a number of industrial applications. andersDX announced a 1.48” round touchscreen module in July.

Commenting, Mike Logan, Display and Input Technology Manager of andersDX said, “We can configure the specification of the OLED module to match customer requirements - customers don’t have to use the standard product. andersDX offers full design support, working with customers to adapt the display to suit their product design. On top of this, we have invested in equipment to test luminosity of the new OLED display modules.”

The andersDX OEL9M0082-W-E PMOLED module has an active area of 28.8 x 28.8 mm and a resolution of 128 x 128 dots. The recently announced round touchscreen module is also fully customisable with affordable NRE and tooling cost structures.


• andersDX has been Britain and Ireland distributor for Truly Semiconductor for 5 years.

* An organic light-emitting diode (OLED) is a light-emitting diode (LED) in which the emissive electroluminescent layer is a film of organic compound which emits light in response to an electric current. 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

HMI panels approved for maritime applications.

The rugged Graphite® Human Machine Interface (HMI) operator panels from Red Lion Controls,  have been tested to meet ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) standards. ABS approval assures equipment is safe for operation in a manner that protects life, property and the marine environment when used in shipboard and offshore settings.
These modular Graphite HMIs have been ABS tested and approved to monitor and control equipment in maritime applications that range from workboats to offshore energy and gas vessels. In these marine environments, Graphite HMIs provide reliable functionality that helps drive operational efficiencies as well as adhere to international standards for environmental performance.

“Following the success of Graphite HMIs in land-based oil and gas applications, ABS approval now enables us to meet the demands associated with maritime and offshore markets,” said Jeff Thornton, director of product management at Red Lion Controls. “With support for more than 300 industrial protocols, our rugged HMIs enable customers to confidently integrate powerful monitoring and control functionality into multi-vendor maritime environments.”

In addition to ABS approval, Graphite HMIs are Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Class I, Division 2 listed for hazardous locations and ATEX and IECEx zone 2/22 approved for potentially explosive environments. With rugged aluminum construction, a wide operating temperature range and flexible plug-in modules, Graphite HMIs enable customers to connect, monitor and control processes in several industries to meet varying industrial automation requirements in both factory and extreme locations.

Since its launch in July of 2013, Red Lion’s Graphite platform has received numerous global accolades, including Automation World’s “First Team Supplier, HMI Hardware” award, the “Industrial Control Award” from Plant Engineering China and “Best Product of the Year” from Control Engineering China.

• Red Lion products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology

Sitio web en español para soportar crecientes mercados en Europa, México y Latinomérica.

English version below!

Experimentando un estable crecimiento de negocios en su base de clientes de habla hispana en México, Latinomérica y Europa, Aegis ha lanzado su sitio web en español para complementar su creciente equipo de trabajo de ventas y soporte en estas regiones.

Los visitantes al sitio www.aiscorp.com/es pueden conocer acerca del estandarte de la Compañía, su Software para Gestión de Operaciones de Manufactura: FactoryLogix, esto, a través de páginas web interactivas, tutoriales con tomas de pantalla, galerías de video integrales y una librería de documentos que contiene casos de estudio, documentos técnicos y folletos del producto. El portal de clientes de Aegis también incluye las últimas descargas de software, manuales de usuario, videos de entrenamiento y una base del conocimiento en línea.

Aegis FactoryLogix es un conjunto integral de módulos de software y dispositivos diseñados para adaptarse y mejorar cada aspecto de las operaciones de manufactura desde NPI, logística de materiales, ejecución de la manufactura, trazabilidad y analíticos.

“Estoy muy emocionado de anunciar el lanzamiento de nuestro nuevo sitio de internet a favor de nuestra creciente base de clientes internacional”,  comenta Shaun Black, Director Global de Mercadotecnia en Aegis, “Los Clientes potenciales en países de habla hispana pueden explorar ahora las poderosas características y beneficios de nuestro software de manufactura en su idioma natal, mientras clientes ya existentes pueden acceder a recursos localizados de formación y soporte.”


English Version
Experiencing a steady growth in business from its Spanish-speaking customer base in Mexico, Latin America and Europe, Aegis has launched a Spanish language website to complement their increase in sales and support staff in these regions.


Visitors to the new site can learn about the Company’s flagship Manufacturing Operations Management Software: FactoryLogix, via interactive webpages, screenshot tutorials, comprehensive video galleries, and a document library containing case studies, white papers and brochures. Aegis’ expansive customer gateway also includes the latest software downloads, user manuals, training videos and online knowledge base.

Aegis FactoryLogix is an integrated suite of software modules and devices designed to adapt to and improve every aspect of manufacturing operations from NPI, material logistics, manufacturing execution, traceability and analytics.

“I’m very excited to announce the launch of our new website in support of our growing international customer base.” comments Shaun Black, Global Director of Marketing at Aegis, “Prospective customers in Spanish speaking countries can now explore the powerful features and benefits of our manufacturing operations software in their native language, while existing customers can access localized training and support resources.”

Universal I/O module with embedded Cyber Security.

Keeping with a commitment to deliver Simple, Scalable and Secure™ industrial automation, Bedrock Automation is intruducing its 10-channel Secure Universal I/O Module, SIOU.10, for its Bedrock™ control system.  Every cyber secure channel of the Bedrock SIOU.10 is software programmable to receive field input or output signals for analog, discrete or pulse sensors and field actuators.

Virtual marshalling via universal I/O is the new standard for control system engineering and optimal life cycle ownership.  With deeply embedded cyber security, scalable redundancy and unprecedented technical specifications, our SIOU.10 module is ready to deliver on a new era of automation,” said Bedrock Automation CTO and Engineering VP, Albert Rooyakkers.

Where simplified engineering, lower TCO and cyber security come together
The Bedrock™ SIOU.10 combines the equivalent functionality of multiple I/O module types into a single, software programmable module; all while delivering embedded digital and physical cyber security.

The SIOU.10 plugs into the pinless Bedrock™ Electromagnetic Backplane Module Interconnect (BMI) along with the Secure Control and Communications (SCC) Module and Secure Power Modules (SPM).  The unique pinless BMI forms a galvanic isolation barrier for each of the ten SIOU.10 channels and takes advantage of the Bedrock Black Fabric™ cyber security architecture.  Unlike all other I/O modules available today, which are void of digital and physical cyber hardening, the SIOU.10 delivers deeply embedded cyber encryption and authentication from within.  The benefits to the user include the highest levels of reliability, integrity and safety of any other available I/O module.

A new tier of software configurability
Each channel on the SIOU.10 module is software programmable to receive field input or output signals from analog, discrete or pulse sensors and actuators.  SIOU.10 channels are software configured in the Bedrock Integrated Development Environment (IDE,) where the process engineer can build distributed control system (DCS), SCADA remote transfer unit (RTU) or programmable logic controller (PLC) functionality.

The power of 10
The Bedrock SIOU.10 Secure Universal I/O module includes the following unrivaled specifications:
  • Ten channels of I/O per module
  • Ten channels of software selectable 4-20mA analog input (AI) or analog output (AO)
  • Ten independent HART 7 modems
  • Ten additional integrated AIs to enable AO read back
  • Ten galvanically isolated and regulated 24VDC field power supplies
  • Ten software selectable discrete inputs (DIs) or discrete outputs (DOs)
  • Ten additional integrated DIs to enable discrete output DO read back
  • Ten 10 to 100kHz pulse inputs for pulse meters with software selectable filter and debounce time, frequency period and pulse accumulation
  • Galvanic isolation of over 1000 volts  channel-to-channel (CTC) and channel-to-ground (CTG) on all ten channels
  • Single, Dual or Triple redundancy
  • +/- 0.015% of span accuracy for all analog input AI channels
  • Up to 48VDC DO switching 1 amp per channel,   10 amps per module
  • Embedded electronic fusing for every DO channel with software selectable backoff and retry
  • Software selectable NAMUR DI support
  • Voltage Monitor or Contact Sense DI with software selectable filter and debounce time per channel

The Bedrock SIOU.10 module is designed for users seeking maximum engineering and operational flexibility and cyber security in their industrial control systems.  It will be sales released October 1, 2015  through Bedrock’s  network of system integrators and automation solution providers.  Volume shipments scheduled for early December 2015.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Emerson Process Management has provided automation and engineering services for a Qatargas project that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.6 million tonnes annually.

Now fully operational, the Jetty Boil-Off Gas (JBOG) Recovery facility is the biggest of its kind and one of the largest environmental investments in the world. It is expected to recover more than 600,000 tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per year – equivalent to the energy supply for more than 300,000 homes.

The facility is designed to recover the gas flared during LNG loading at the six LNG berths in Ras Laffan Port. The gas is compressed and sent to the Qatargas and RasGas LNG production facilities for use as fuel or as LNG.

Emerson won this multi-million dollar contract based on its leadership in oil and gas automation technologies, services, and expertise. Emerson specialists managed key elements of the project including automation engineering, configuration, startup, training, commissioning support and other services.

“Without Emerson’s highly skilled team, completing the project would have been vastly harder,” said Michael Koo, Qatargas’ Project Manager.

Emerson’s automation solution for the project included the DeltaV™ distributed control system to control and monitor operations, as well as the company’s Fisher® control valves and Rosemount® measurement instruments.

“The Emerson team welcomed this opportunity to help Qatargas execute the project safely, reliably and efficiently,” said Alvinne Rex Abaricia, Emerson’s senior programme manager for Qatargas. “We were able to apply flexible approaches to increase efficiency, such as testing hardware and software in parallel, and brought in dozens of experts from our own organisation as well as other suppliers to manage interfaces between existing and new systems.”

The $1 billion JBOG project is a landmark for the State of Qatar, demonstrating its commitment to balance industrial expansion with care for the environment.

Analysers fully approved for use in gas applications!

Servomex has been awarded Tier 1 status on the Linde Global Governance Critical Vendor List.
Following a successful Analytics Symposium held at Linde’s head office in Munich, Germany, several Servomex analyzers have been fully approved for use in gas applications on Linde sites worldwide - without the need for additional testing or qualification.
Chosen on the basis of the industry-leading quality, reliability and capability of Servomex’s analyzers and proprietary sensing technologies, three analyzers have been approved: The SERVOPRO MultiExact 5400 digital multigas analyzer, capable of providing percentage/trace (ppm) oxygen purity and ppm carbon dioxide (CO2) measurements; the SERVOPRO Chroma trace gas analyzer for measuring ppm O2, CO2, hydrogen (H2), nitrogen (N2) or methane (CH4) in Argon (Ar); and percent and ppm O2 measurements using DF-310 high-sensitivity digital O2 analyzer.

Several additional MultiExact measurements for percent O2, trace CO and trace N2, plus a measurement for N2 in Ar using the SERVOPRO Plasma, have been awarded Tier Two status meaning they will undergo approval, laboratory testing and field trials.

Servomex is also working closely with Linde to support further standardization of applications and to help qualify devices used in hydrocarbon processing, electronics manufacture and specialty gases production.


“"We are delighted and honored that Linde has awarded Tier One status to these Servomex analyzers,”" said Patrick Hellberg, Global Linde Account Manager, Servomex. “"We are focused not only on providing Linde the high quality, reliable and trustworthy measurement they demand, but also ensuring our ASU application experience and knowledge is available to help optimize Linde applications wherever it is required.”"

Lightest heavy-duty RFID label.

Brady Corporation has launched an innovative and ultra-light weight (<2g) RFID label. The self-adhesive label, which can be printed and programmed on-site, is extremely durable and able to resist the abrasion, temperatures and chemicals aircraft are exposed to during production, flight and maintenance.

Ultra-light weight
Brady created an extremely durable identification label with integrated RFID chip that weighs less than 2g. The RFID label functions equally well on metal or composite and flat or curved surfaces, and is able to withstand extreme environmental conditions without the use of an overlaminate. A pressure sensitive adhesive allows for easy attachment to various components.

Print and program on-site
Brady´s on-site RFID print and program solution enables users to simultaneously program the RFID chip and print information on the label at 600 dpi. The intuitive software that accompanies the printer features manual up to fully automated data entry options and an integrated validation process for accurate part marking.  The software is also fully compliant with the aerospace industry ATA Spec 2000. The on-site set up should enable aerospace manufacturers to print & program Brady´s RFID label in under 15 seconds and provides a complete component birth record that travels with the component, making paper component birth documents obsolete.

Full automation

Brady can deliver pre-printed and programmed RFID labels according to manufacturer´s specifications or supply an on-site print & program setup with blank labels for on demand and on-site RFID label creation. Taking it one step further, production lines can be equipped with ERP-linked scanners that read and add information to the RFID chip to enable complete and automated component visibility throughout the assembly line. The strategic data that are generated automatically through an automated RFID set-up enable potential process improvements, increased component production forecast data, reduced safety stocks and increased customer satisfaction.

Continued growth for industrial automation software experts.

COPA-DATA has expanded its team in order to support the needs of its growing customer base in the Great Britain and Ireland by appointing Kelly Bateman as Marketing Executive and Sarah Debnam as Sales Administrator.
Copa-Data celebrated this expansion by organising a team-building day out
After graduating from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David with First-class honours in Marketing Management, Bateman proceeded to work in a number of marketing roles. Embarking on a six month government funded placement and completing a marketing internship meant that Bateman quickly discovered her passion for strategic and digital marketing.

As the only dedicated marketer at COPA-DATA’s British office, Bateman is responsible for the company’s marketing activities not only throughout Britain but also in Ireland.

“Since working at COPA-DATA I’ve become a bit of a jack of all trades,” commented Bateman. “It’s a very tight-knit family-run business. Everyone here is happy to lend a hand – or an ear, be it for industry knowledge from the Sales team or about zenon features from Tech support.” As well as managing collaboration with external agencies and attending COPA-DATA events, Bateman has represented COPA-DATA at several industry exhibitions and trade shows and will continue to support the team at future exhibits.

In addition, COPA-DATA has also appointed a new Sales Administrator, Sarah Debnam, to support its growing sales team in a customer-facing role. Debnam previously worked in business support role, making her well equipped to assist the thriving team by handling all administration for sales staff at COPA-DATA.

“This year, we are focusing on expanding and strengthening our sales and marketing on this side of the channel, so both appointments were timed with that in mind,” explained Martyn Williams, Managing Director of COPA-DATA UK.