Friday, October 9, 2015

Low pressure sensor for reliable measurement.

Rotronic has expanded its measurement parameters still further with the introduction of a low pressure sensor with analogue output for controlling processes as well as other applications.

Their BF220 absolute pressure transmitter with piezo-resistive steel sensor, robust stainless steel body and ½ ”G fitting is ideal for pressure measurement in neutral gases and nitrogen in piping and closed vessels. The transmitter is particularly suitable for applications with fast temperature changes and in compressed air lines, HVAC and pneumatic systems. The transmitter has a measurement range of 0 - 10 bar and specified accuracy of 0.25% full scale; the protection rating is IP65.

For compressed air monitoring systems Rotronic can also offer a high precision low dew point sensor (Rotronic product code HC2-LDP).

Terminal automation systems for oil company in India!

Yokogawa has won a turnkey project order valued at 730 million rupees (US$11 million) to automate truck loading terminals for the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL). Under the terms of the contract, Yokogawa India will deliver Terminal Logistics Suite VP™ terminal automation systems (TAS) and ProSafe®-RS safety instrumented systems to 11 BPCL truck loading terminals in northern and eastern India.

Terminal Logistics Suite VP is used for the monitoring and control of the storage tanks, gantries and other loading/unloading facilities at each of the BPCL terminals. Terminal Logistics Suite VP is designed to meet the various operational demands associated with the monitoring and control of tank farms and loading/unloading facilities as well as quality management, inventory management, and loading schedule management for the company’s main oil, fuel, and chemical distribution terminals. Yokogawa India will have single-point responsibility for the engineering, procurement, installation, and commissioning of these systems at the 11 terminals. Engineering will be carried out at Yokogawa India’s office in Bangalore. All work will be done in cooperation with other companies in the global Yokogawa Group.

The automation of these truck loading terminals will meet both BPCL’s requirement for the use of state-of-the-art technology and the safety guidelines set out in a report prepared by the M.B. Lal Committee, an advisory group formed by the Indian government that issued a set of recommendations in 2010 to address safety issues in the country’s oil and gas industry. Yokogawa India came out ahead of its competitors and was selected by BPCL for this project because it provides all the safety products specified in the M.B. Lal Committee report, demonstrates a strong customer-focused approach, and has a strong track record in providing the highest quality engineering, installation, and commissioning services. In awarding this project to Yokogawa India, BPCL indicated its confidence in the company’s ability to both meet a challenging delivery schedule and ensure high quality. Work on all 11 terminals is to be completed by March, 2016.

Tsutomu Murata, managing director of Yokogawa India: “The order, won against stiff competition and entry barriers, is another affirmation of our growing capability in the oil and gas sector, as demonstrated by recent oil terminal projects for customers. We are confident that BPCL will derive great benefits from the solutions that will be implemented by Yokogawa India”.

As a key strategy for its control business under the Transformation 2017 mid-term business plan, Yokogawa is targeting the entire energy supply chain, from upstream to downstream. Yokogawa has wide experience in implementing solutions for truck loading terminals and other facilities that serve as way stations between oil and natural gas plants and end users. Encouraged by this order, Yokogawa will accelerate its global efforts to expand its control business for the entire energy supply chain by driving up sales of Terminal Logistics Suite VP and other solutions that help companies optimise operations at their oil and gas transport facilities.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

New ways to interconnect the PROFI-world.

Automation engineers frequently need to bridge the gap between different protocols and networks used in a plant, but they also need to enable communication between equipment within the same network family. For example, in the PROFINET and PROFIBUS-world, there are many devices and sub-systems that cannot necessarily communicate with each other. It may be necessary to connect different physical formats such as copper and fiber optics or couple/de-couple I/O data between two controlling networks. With their recently upgraded Anybus X-gateways, HMS Industrial Networks can offer ways to get heterogeneous PROFI-equipment connected.

"According to our latest market research, PROFINET and PROFIBUS are two of the most dominant networks on the global market today," says Markus Bladh, Product Manager for gateways at HMS Industrial Networks. "So naturally, we get a lot of requests for connectivity to the PROFI-world, but we also get requests for connectivity within these networks. Although our Anybus gateways are mostly known for interconnecting all types of networks, it is really interesting to see the attention Anybus X-gateways get as a cost-efficient way to connect different physical formats and standards within the PROFI-world. This enables system integrators and factory owners to connect otherwise incompatible devices and systems."

Here are a few examples of how Anybus gateways can solve connectivity issues within PROFINET and PROFIBUS.

1. Coupling a PROFINET IRT machine with a controlling PLC
Many factories need to couple or de-couple I/O data between two controlling PROFINET IRT networks - for example between two segments in a factory. The Anybus X-gateway can act as a PROFINET/PROFINET coupler enabling fast transfer of I/O data. The PROFINET interface works as an I/O-Device on the PROFINET I/O or IRT network.

2. Coupling PROFIBUS networks
Coupling or de-coupling of I/O data between two controlling PROFIBUS networks are other common tasks for the Anybus X-gateway. This functionality is often called DP/DP coupling. The two PROFIBUS networks become galvanically and logically isolated from each other.

3. Coupling PROFINET I/O networks
It is also possible to couple or de-couple I/O data between two controlling PROFINET I/O networks. A well-known name for this functionality is PN/PN coupling.

4. Connecting a fiber optic network to a copper network
PROFINET FO is especially popular in the German automotive industry. However, many machines and systems do not come with fiber optic connectivity. Anybus X-gateway can act as a coupler between the two network versions, enabling them to communicate.

5. Migration from PROFIBUS to PROFINET
Many factories have well-functioning PROFIBUS networks, either as their main factory network or as subsystems within the factory. However, there is often a need to install devices or systems which run PROFINET. With an Anybus X-gateway, this switch is easily done. The X-gateway acts as translator between the two networks and can be installed within minutes - a very fast way to migrate from fieldbus to industrial Ethernet. End users will be able to reuse and connect well-working existing equipment to new high-performing automation systems.

"We see both fieldbuses and industrial Ethernet networks increasing at the moment," says Markus Bladh. "Trends such as the Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 require more and more industrial machines to become networked and this also requires more connectivity within the different network worlds. With the Anybus X-gateway product range, HMS offers an easy and cost-effective way to get connectivity between different devices and networks within the PROFI-world."

More 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 our PLX30 family of gateways, which also includes the EtherNet/IPTM 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. Our EtherNet/IPTM 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.

Instrumentation symposium issues "Call for Papers!"

The Program Committee of the 62nd International Instrumentation Symposium (IIS) has issued a Call for Papers, inviting authors, innovators, thought leaders and other professionals in the instrumentation field to submit abstracts for presentation consideration at the conference.

This year’s conference, to be held jointly with the Society for Machinery Failure Prevention Technology (MFPT Society), will be conducted 24-26 May 2016 at the Dayton Convention Center in Dayton, (OH USA). Three ISA divisions—Aerospace Industries, Test Measurement, and Process Measurement and Control—are sponsoring the event, which will include paper sessions, presentations, short courses, workshops and tutorials. (For the most up-to-date information on the conference, including short courses, workshops and tutorials, refer to the ISA website.)

ISA’s International Instrumentation Symposium is recognized by industry experts throughout the world as the premier annual forum for the exploration of new and innovative instrumentation techniques, solutions and applications. The deadline for abstract submission is 15 January 2016. Papers submitted will be considered for publication in the ISA technical journal, ISA Transactions.

Quick and simple product sample ordering. Connectors.

Harting has eased the process of providing product samples to engineers and designers by increasing its stockholding of PCB connectors and I/O connectors to over 2000 devices.
As a result, the samples requested can be shipped free of charge within 24 hours of ordering. They can be ordered quickly and simply through their online product eCatalogue by using specific buttons on the relevant product pages.

Peter Hannon, Managing Director of Harting Ltd., states "This is a great development in the HARTING sample offering. By increasing the number of products available, we can help our customers create solutions with the renowned HARTING quality and reliability. "

High current relay.

IDEC Corporation has added the RL family of high current electromagnetic relays to its existing R relay product line. There are forty different variations of the RL relay to fit a wide variety of applications. The single-pole version can switch up to 30A, and the two-pole version can switch up to 25A. Both versions can handle a 3HP/277Vac load.

The RL was designed with the needs of the HVAC and energy management industries in mind, and is a particularly good fit in these demanding applications. Some specific application areas include switching of HVAC electric heating elements, HVAC ventilation and condenser fan motors, and commercial lighting.

Two mounting options are available, flange mount and DIN rail. Unlike most competing products, the DIN rail version of the RL clips right onto a DIN rail and does not require the purchase of a socket or adapter, which often costs as much as the relay. This makes the DIN rail version much less expensive than competing products, often half the price.

Screw or quick-connect tab terminals are available for both mounting options, facilitating quick and easy installation. Another feature facilitating quick installation is the horizontal orientation of the relay when mounted on a DIN rail. This provides easy access to the wiring terminals as it does not require a 90-degree bend in the wiring.

The RL has a wide 3 mm double break contact gap, which makes it ideal for breaking higher voltage loads, and for breaking loads with inductive kickback such as motors, small compressors, solenoids and commercial lighting. This wide contact gap also extends the life of the relay as loads are broken with reduced arcing, and it greatly reduces the chances of contact welding on overload switching.

Single and two-pole versions are available, along with a wide range of coil voltages including 12Vdc, 24Vdc, 24Vac, 110-120Vac and 220-240Vac. A clear plastic cover can be ordered for the screw termination relays to provide personnel protection.

Ultra-Compact 1,000W power supply.

Excelsys Technologies, XSolo family of 1U high, ultra-compact single output modular power supplies offer designers of critical systems an off the shelf high reliability power solution. The most common way of increasing system reliability is to deploy a redundant power solution. This is much more cost effective that the alternative, which is to over-engineer the power supply using high grade components which are rated for a higher degree of thermal and electrical stress. All Excelsys XSolo power supplies are designed to operate in N + 1 redundant mode with no additional components and have I2C digital control for communicating to operators and system hosts. Redundant power systems are found in emergency, medical, security and communications systems, server rooms and data-centres.
To implement a redundant power system, a power supply is specified that can support the load by itself and second, identical power supply, is connected in parallel providing a system that is more reliable than its component parts. This is because the application will continue to function even in the event of one power supply becoming non-operational. This power supply configuration is commonly referred to as an N + 1 redundant system and may be extended to N + X depending on how critical the application is.

There are cost and size penalties to both methods of providing a high reliability power source. However a redundant system does provide greater ultimate reliability.

Key considerations in implementing an N + 1 redundant power system include; 
  1. All N units must be rated to support full load.
  2. Failure of any one component must not make the system fail.
  3. If any component fails this must be brought to the operator or system administrator’s notice so that it can be replaced to ensure ongoing redundancy.
  4. Changing individual units must not make the system fail, referred to as “hot swap”

An effectively implemented N+1 redundant system will provide a much more reliable system design, where single fault conditions will have no impact on the overall performance of the application.

The high efficiency N + 1 configurable Excelsys Xsolo power supply is available in 2 package types, delivering a market leading convection cooled 504W in an open-frame U-channel form-factor and up to 1008W in an enclosed fan cooled chassis. Both models carry a 5 year warranty.

The XSolo platform offers system integrators a host of features including; variable fan speed, 12V/300mA isolated bias supply, remote ON/OFF, output voltage control and parallel operation for higher power applications.  Nominal output voltages are 24V, 36V and 48V with wide adjustment ranges and user defined set-points. Maximum dimensions are 1U x 238mm x 128mm.

To simplify product selection and inventory control the XSolo range has dual safety agency certification; EN60950 for industrial applications and EN60601-1 2nd and 3rd Edition for medical applications, fully meeting the stringent creepage and clearance requirements, 4KVAC isolation and  >300uA leakage current. The XSolo is also compliant with the semiconductor manufacturing standard SEMI F47, fully meeting the voltage dips and interruption requirements. The Excelsys XSolo range is compliant with all relevant EMC emission and immunity standards.

Standard features include; single output: 24V, 36V or 48V adjustable output voltage,
ultra-high efficiency up to 92%, low profile 1U height (40mm), convection cooled 500W, fan cooled 1000W (variable fan speed), 12V/300mA bias standby voltage, remote ON/OFF signal, power good signal, MIL810,  SEMI F47 Compliant,

Optional features available include I2C digital control and OR-ing diodes for N+1 redundancy. The XSolo can also be provided with conformal coating and ruggedised for use in harsh environments. With convection cooled power capability of over 500W the XSolo is ideal for use in Hi-Rel MIL-COTS applications as well as acoustic sensitive laboratory and medical equipment. Other applications include industrial, and hi-rel applications including battery charging, motors drives, displays, signage, ATMs and test and measurement.

Other products in the Excelsys range include the UltiMod and Xgen user configurable modular power supplies suitable of applications including, industrial, medical, laser, communications, IT, wafer fabrication, optical inspection, wire bonding, and automated test equipment.

Find "Ye olde controle valve!"

Moog Inc has launched a contest today to find the oldest operating Moog servo valve.  The company will also be sponsoring monthly drawings to give people with newer valves a chance to participate. This contest is part of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Moog’s operations in Europe.

“Moog’s servo valves have a legendary reputation for reliability, and it’s not uncommon to find our valves in service for 25 years or more in tough environments like steel production, gas turbines and industrial machinery,” said Gary Parks, Group Vice President and General Manager – Industrial Services at Moog Inc.

In 1951 William C. Moog, Jr., developed the first commercially viable servo valve. Servo valves transform a digital or analog signal into a hydraulic output such as flow or pressure.

“We’re celebrating our reliability and anniversaries in Europe, while having fun by challenging people to find the oldest operational Moog servo valve,” Gary Parks.

The contest is simple and open to anyone who can find a Moog servo valve in operation on a machine. Here’s how it works:

Using a smartphone, take a photo of the valve including the serial number on the nameplate. Moog will use this information to check the date of the valve.
Upload the photo and complete this short form.

The grand prize is an Amazon Voucher for US$500; Moog will award additional Amazon vouchers for the second prize and third prize. Even if a contestant’s valve is not the oldest operational valve or if they have multiple valves, participants can still qualify to win five US$50 Amazon Vouchers that Moog will draw each month.

Location awareness and safety in SCADA.

ARC Informatique core product, PcVue®, has been contributing to the evolution of the automation industry for 30 years. The PcVue Solutions range provides a flexible solution for supervising industrial processes, utilities and infrastructure.
Ubiquicom is an award-winning technology company specialized in the design and development of products and solutions for the positioning and tracking of people and assets in unconventional contexts and using unconventional technologies.

These two companies at the forefront of technological innovations, are collaborating to combine their skills to offer a unique mobility solution. This partnership manifests a joint effort to instill mobility at the heart of supervisory systems. A deliberate move from ARC Informatique in order to step into the field of Internet of Things (IoT) by interfacing with established networks such as LoRa, Sigfox, etc.

New features for Indoor & Outdoor Positioning Services
Based on the real-time monitoring of biometric and environmental parameters, Ubiquicom adds an upper layer application to the PcVue Geo Map Control with its Locator Suite.

Easy to configure and performed via Web services, these new features allow the detection and tracking of people and assets directly displayed as PcVue markers (which can be symbols) in a geographical map. This detection and tracking is efficient whether indoors and outdoors regardless of the network´s type and available communications (GSM, WiFi, Bluetooth, BLE).

Through this collaboration, ARC Informatique reaffirms its ambition to provide an innovative mobile offering for SCADA.

Sensors and Signals - just published!

Prof. Sergey Y. Yurish,  together with Dr. Amin Daneshmand Malayeri has edited and published a book titled ‘Sensors & Signals’. The book is available in both print (hardcover) and pdf formats.

Sensors & Signals is the first book from the Book Series of the same name published by IFSA Publishing. The book contains eight chapters written by authors from universities and research centers from 12 countries: Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, Malaysia, Morocco, Portugal, Serbia, South Korea, Spain and Turkey. The coverage includes most recent developments in:

  • Virtual instrumentation for analysis of ultrasonic signals;
  • Humidity sensors (materials and sensor preparation and characteristics);
  • Fault tolerance and fault management issues in Wireless Sensor Networks;
  • Localization of target nodes in a 3-D Wireless Sensor Network;
  • Opto-elastography imaging technique for tumor localization and characterization;
  • Nuclear and geophysical sensors for landmines detection;
  • Optimal color space for human skin detection at image recognition;
  • Design of narrowband substrate integrated waveguide bandpass filters.

Each chapter of the book includes a state-of-the-art review in appropriate topic and well selected references at the end.

With its distinguished international team of contributors this book is suitable for academic and industrial research scientists, engineers as well as PhD students working in the area of sensors and its application.

• ‘Sensors & Signals’, IFSA Publishing, S.L., September 2015
 ISBN: 978-84-608-2320-9; e-ISBN: 978-84-608-2319-3

Winter training programme announced in US.

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

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Scanning accessory for spot pyrometers.

Fluke® Process Instruments has introduced the SpotScan™ line scanning accessory for its family of best-in-class spot pyrometers. Compatible with the Endurance™, Marathon, and Modline® 5 and Modline 7 Series of infrared (IR) noncontact temperature measurement sensors, the accessory features an innovative scanning mechanism that enables users to gather temperature data over a larger area on the target.

The SpotScan line scanning accessory helps optimize the performance of IR thermometers in applications ranging from metals processing and induction heating, to carbon graphite production. It is especially well-suited for web and conveyor hot spot or cold spot monitoring.

With the SpotScan accessory, industrial facilities can continue to utilize the advanced optics of their Fluke Process Instruments IR temperature sensors to achieve small spot sizes on the measurement target, but also "spot sweep" over the target to see a larger area–thus obtaining additional information on critical production processes. Users can see a hot spot over a larger area and continuously monitor the analog output for temperature variations that exceed defined limits.

The SpotScan accessory allows plant operators to employ signal conditioning sensor capabilities to obtain temperature information in a variety of different ways. For example, use of the "peak picker" function helps identify hot spots over a larger area. The averaging/response time functions provide average temperature over an extended range. In either case, operators benefit from an expanded view and increased awareness of process conditions.

The SpotScan accessory is available with options for sighting the IR instrument and periodically checking sighting accuracy. Onboard controls make it easy to manipulate the end or center positions of the scan, as well as its frequency. For a sensor equipped with a laser, the user can simply turn the unit on to see exactly where the sensor is aimed. For units equipped with through-the-lens sighting, scanning at the end points can be stopped to make necessary aiming adjustments.

The SpotScan line scanning accessory utilises the existing sensor DC power supply. Its durable IP65 enclosure is designed to withstand ambient temperatures up to 60°C (140°F), and an air purge option is available for use in dusty or dirty environments.

Measuring VOC in ground investigation.

Independent site investigation, geotechnical engineering and environmental consultancy, Southern Testing, has opted to use handheld Tiger VOC detectors from Ion Science to measure volatile organic compounds in the field.
Recommended by Ion Science’s exclusive British distributor, Shawcity Ltd, as a replacement for equipment that was no longer supported by its manufacturer, the revolutionary Tiger PID (photoionisation detection) instruments enable Southern Testing to make an assessment of risk associated with ground-borne vapour, and also to screen soil samples, which then allows them to make the best use of their laboratory analysis budgets.

According to Dr Lawrence Mockett, Director at the consultancy, the ground vapour is measured in monitoring wells, while soil samples are screened by headspace, with the equipment used four or five times each week at various sites around Britain.

He says: “The Tiger’s reliability, ruggedness and in-built humidity resistance are all key benefits to us. We frequently encounter high humidity conditions so it enables us to obtain reliable data where other kit has previously failed.”

Designed for rapid, accurate detection, with the fastest response time on the market of just two seconds and the widest measurement range of one part per billion (ppb) to 20,000 parts per million (ppm) the robust Tiger requires no complex set-up procedure and is ready to use straight out of the box.

The instrument features worldwide Intrinsic Safety (IS) certification, making it suitable for use in potentially explosive, hazardous environments. It also meets ATEX, IECEx, UL and CSA standards.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the Tiger is the most cost-effective PID available on the UK market. It has been designed for use with long life rechargeable Li-ion batteries that give up to 24 hours usage and offer fast battery charging. Plus, inexpensive disposable parts such as filters and lamps are easy to change, minimising downtime.

Simple connectivity to a PC via the USB also ensures data may be downloaded quickly.

Supporting IoT Security.

Lynx Software Technologies has joined the recently launched Internet of Things Security Foundation (IoTSF) to support its vision of delivering a safe Internet of Things environment for all.

Robert Day, Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Lynx Software Technologies, said, “We are very excited about this industry wide initiative to tackle the issue of IoT security and promote and share best practice. We strongly share its commitment to IoT security and are delighted to join the shared mission to make it safe for devices to connect. Lynx has a great deal of experience to offer the emerging IoT, and our technologies offer the highest levels of safety and security, proven and certified in deployed systems. Solutions like LynxSecure, with its recently announced real time advanced persistent threat (APT) detection functionality, will we believe make a significant contribution to the creation of a safe and secure IoT.”

What is The IoTSF?
The IoTSF is a non-profit, technology neutral body, which will take a system wide, holistic perspective on IoT security best practice. It is not a standards body but intends to work collaboratively with existing standards and other consortia “by default”.

The programme of activities of the foundation will initially target three key stakeholder groups: technology providers, systems adopters and end users. IoTSF has an executive steering board comprised of leading technology organisations and security experts including BT, Vodafone, Imagination Technologies, Royal Holloway University of London, Copper Horse Solutions, Secure Thingz, NMI and PenTest Partners.

John Haine, industry veteran and visiting professor at the University of Bristol has been announced as the inaugural chair.

Finalists announced for engineering awards!

The details of the shortlisted finalists in the National Instruments 2015 Engineering Impact Awards, which honour Northern Europe’s most innovative engineering projects using NI software and hardware have been published.

NI’s platform helps engineers and scientists to address the most pressing engineering challenges that society faces today.  The finalists in this year’s Engineering Impact Awards are elite examples of what is made possible when domain expertise is combined with NI tools, in order to solve the world’s most challenging engineering problems.

The NI judging panel has recognised the following customer applications in this year’s Engineering Impact Awards. Winners will be announced at the Engineering Impact Awards ceremony, held at The Royal Academy of Engineering, London, on Monday 2nd November. Several finalists will also present their applications in technical sessions at the NIDays conference, the following day.

Advanced Research
Electronics Test & Measurement
Internet of Things
Life Sciences
Machine Control
Physical Test & Measurement
Student Design Competition 2015 
NI is committed to inspiring, engaging and preparing the next generation of innovators. As well as honouring industry and academic research excellence, the Engineering Impact Awards also celebrate the remarkable work of undergraduate students. NI has recognised the following 3 outstanding submissions to the Student Design Competition 2015:

France, Great Britain, Ireland & Scandanavia benefit from expanded webstore!

Industrial camera manufacturer IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH has expanded its webstore. B2B customers from Germany, Austria and now also from Great Britain, Ireland, France and the Scandinavian countries Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden can register for online ordering with the opportunity to get information on different camera models, make comparisons and to order 24/7.

The “IDS Direct” online shop offers almost the entire standard camera portfolio, featuring approximately 300 industrial camera models with GigE or USB interfaces, frame grabbers and lots of accessories such as lenses, cables and hubs. However. the B2B webstore provides more than just ordering on the internet.

There are numerous additional features such as the “lens calculator” that expand the online offering. Customers can choose the correct lens for their IDS camera according to the sensor, working distance and focal length. In addition, the webstore provides a shopping cart as an offer in PDF format. Other useful tools such as TechTips highlight possible applications of IDS products and thus facilitate their use.

Shopping on the internet is becoming more and more important, even in B2B. "We like to provide our customers with the best user experience in the vision market. This includes our webstore as additional information and ordering channel," says Torsten Wiesinger, CEO of IDS, "It’s a major benefit for customers who like to compare our camera models with each other, but hardly find time for it. With the webstore we like to offer the opportunity to get detailed information on our products anytime and anywhere."

Delivery time is usually two to three weeks, depending on the camera model and order quantity. Payment can be made with online payments systems PayPal and giropay amongst others as well as by credit card. Existing clients can order on account. For the moment the webstore is only available for B2B customers from Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden as well as for deliveries to these countries. The IDS sales team is still at customers’ disposal with expert advice to information both on cameras and accessories as well as on the new webstore.

Precision automated system removes field technicians from hazardous locations.

Remote Solutions is a leading provider of innovative solutions for remote racking of utility, industrial and commercial circuit breakers. The company has introduced the Rotary Hot Stick Operator (RHSO) for use by field technicians in remotely opening or closing electrical load break switches.

The RHSO is the first solution of its kind (along with linear LHSO version) to remove workers from hazardous locations when performing switch service. The system can be configured for both rotary and linear switch operators and will work with all switch types—Air, Oil, Vacuum and SF6. An optional multi-axis configuration allows for either vertical or horizontal orientation.

The RHSO is suitable for use with equipment like Load Break Oil Rotary (LBOR) switches, which provide making or breaking of specified currents. These switches are typically installed in manholes and underground or sidewalk vaults where they are subject to moisture, particulates, corrosive materials, and a wide range of temperatures.

Designed for standalone local operation, and powered by readily available AA alkaline batteries, the RHSO automates the process of opening and closing rotary vault switches with an insulating hot stick – eliminating the need for personnel to manually perform this procedure while straddling the vault opening. Workers in this environment are exposed to critical safety hazards, especially when dealing with older underground infrastructure and vintage equipment. The RHSO employs a rugged fiberglass tripod to center a rotary apparatus over the vault; a precision, motorized clamp assembly is then used to rotate the hot stick, which is attached to an eyelet to open or close the switch contacts. The system provides light-emitting diode (LED) indication of motor direction and status, and utilises fail-safe torque and travel limits.

"Electric underground distribution systems demand high performance in the form of greater reliability, reduced operational and maintenance costs, and improved safety," Remote Solutions President Bob Stevenson said. "We developed a practical, purpose-built system that utilizes the existing hot stick found on most electrical service trucks. It provides an automated solution enabling the technician to set a timer to start the switch operation and then move away to a safe location. An optional universal handheld controller can be used to change program parameters and provide remote control up to a minimum of 50 feet away, with optional cords for up to 150-foot total distance."

The compact and lightweight (under 3 pounds) RHSO and LHSO systems accept various diameters and shapes of hot sticks. They feature a weatherised design with non-conductive construction, and include a storage case. A rechargeable battery system is an optional accessory.

IR sensor for smartphone!

PyroNFC is a small, low-cost infrared temperature sensor from Calex, that lets engineers and machine operators use a smartphone app to check temperature measurements on the production line.

The PyroNFC sensor measures the temperature of surfaces in industrial processes without contact, and at just 29 mm in length, it is the smallest sensor that the company has ever produced. It has a linear voltage output for connection to industrial process instrumentation, and an open drain alarm output that can be used simultaneously.

By touching an NFC-enabled smartphone against the back of the sensor, the user can read the measured temperature with the free app. The reading updates continuously while the phone is touching the sensor.

With the app, the user can also read or write configuration parameters including the emissivity setting, which allows an accurate reading on a variety of materials. There is no need to power the sensor to do this: hundreds of sensors can be configured in minutes on a benchtop without connecting a single wire or cable.

Advancements in consumer technology can take time to reach industrial products, but Calex is keen to push ahead with innovation. Anthony Smith, product marketing manager at Calex, explains why NFC is such an exciting new technology.

“Everyone has a smartphone, and more and more industrial products are incorporating smartphone connectivity,” he said.
“NFC is the simplest way to connect to another device. You don’t need to plug in a cable, and it is quicker than Wi-Fi or Bluetooth as you don’t need to search for devices or pair with them.
“Smartphone apps are the easiest way to do simple tasks like measuring a temperature. To take a reading it really is as simple as touching the phone to the sensor. With the app installed, you don’t even have to look for it when you want to use it. When you touch a sensor with the phone, the app opens automatically, even from the home screen. You can see the temperature immediately.”

As well as being extremely user-friendly, the PyroNFC is also very low in cost. Machine builders will appreciate this, along with its IP65 sealing, compact size and direct linear output for direct connection to instrumentation.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Ethernet switches and supporting software.

Configuration of complex resilient Ethernet networks now easier using enhanced software and layer-2 switches

Westermo has launched a range of new Ethernet switches and supporting software aimed at solving demanding networking problems. Configuring complex resilient Ethernet networks has now become easier with the release of an enhanced range of layer-2 switches and the latest version of Westermo’s WeConfig software.

Four new layer-2 high-performance managed Ethernet switches have been added to the Westermo RedFox range. Designed for use in harsh environments and demanding Edge Network applications, the switches are supported by industry-leading MTBF, a wide operating temperature range and type testing for both industrial and rail trackside use.

The devices offer a range of port options including 11 gigabit ports. The two RedFox industrial switches, suitable for installation in extreme environments, feature 11 and 19 port options. Two new rack mountable versions of the RedFox switch, suitable for control room or cabinet installation, feature 27 ports and are available in AC and DC power variants.

Allied to this, Westermo has released version 1.3 of its state-of-the-art WeConfig software, a Network Configuration Management tool that simplifies the configuration of complex resilient networks that typically may feature multiple rings, gigabit links and numerous devices.

To achieve this WeConfig 1.3 features new wizards for quick and easy user-friendly configuration with global parameter settings. WeConfig analyses port and path for best possible implementation of single or multiple rings, simple fast ring recovery and ring coupling. Alarm and event functionality displays both in a structured way.

WeConfig 1.3 not only helps to save significant time in the initial configuration of complex networks, but also offers rapid fault analysis when diagnosing network failures. This provides an easier way to improve overall network resilience.

Showcasing The Evolution of Industrial IT!

SolutionsPT is hosting a special event in Ireland focusing on ‘The Evolution of Industrial IT’.

Taking place on Wednesday 4th November at the iconic K Club in Kildare, the Irish leg of the SolutionsPT Roadshow will provide best practice guidance for designing industrial IT infrastructures, with topics covering resilience, security and system flexibility.

This year, along with its key industrial IT partners Wonderware UK, ACP ThinManager and Stratus Technologies, SolutionsPT will be showcasing the latest technology trends that will drive the future of Industrial IT.

Delegates will have the opportunity to listen to presentations from a host of industry experts, including Andrew Graham, Wonderware Ireland product manager, who will deliver a presentation addressing recent SCADA HMI advancements and the move towards object-based template designs and centralised deployment.

Experts from SolutionsPT will demonstrate how organisations can build intelligent industrial IT infrastructures, including centralised management of SCADA with ACP ThinManager, through to industrial mobility and the integration of wireless networks.

SolutionsPT will dissolve the complexities associated with virtualisation technology, including the benefits of deploying Stratus fault-tolerant platforms to run virtualised systems that deliver higher levels of resilience than traditional IT-type deployments. Delegates will also learn the essential steps they need to take to secure and protect their IT infrastructures.

Tony Mannion, industrial IT business unit leader at SolutionsPT and host of the event, said: “Having attracted a large number of attendees to last year’s Ireland roadshow, we are delighted to see this great event growing year-on-year. The event has been tailored to take delegates on a journey of how best to utilise their IT infrastructure and secure it for the future.

“SolutionsPT is dedicated to addressing the challenges faced by manufacturers and finding industrial IT solutions for these problems. This event should be a must-attend for manufacturing organisations in Ireland which are searching for ways to maximise availability, efficiency and security whilst ensuring return on investment from their existing plant floor systems.”

Other topics to be covered at the event will include data management solutions, evolving mobile architectures, industrial network design and insight into how manufacturers can reduce costs and improve efficiency and reliability by implementing virtualisation technology.

At the event, SolutionsPT will also be demonstrating some of the latest technology to be released from ACP, Stratus Technologies, Belden and ecom, including the world’s first Zone 1 rated mobile tablet.

The roadshow is free to attend, but delegates must register in advance.

10.4” and 15.6” displays now available!

Larger 10.4" displays now come as a standard on the Sinumerik 828D Basic, replacing the 8.4" version. With its panel processing unit (PPU) 290, Siemens is also offering both the Sinumerik 828D and the Sinumerik 828D Advanced with a 15.6" display equipped with capacitive touch technology for the first time. The touch display can be operated intuitively with single touch gestures.

The full QWERTY keyboard, which is integrated into the operator panel underneath the screen, makes it possible to quickly input data, for example when programming CNC tasks. The wider screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1366 x 678 pixels provides more space for detailed images. The 15.6" display on the Sinumerik 828D Advanced is ideal for viewing two channels, for example during turning and grinding operations.

The PPU 290's rugged magnesium die-cast operator panel with a scratch-proof glass surface provides an IP65 degree of protection. The display works even in harsh environments – such as when in contact with dust, shavings or lubricants – and can be operated with gloves. An RJ45 Ethernet port and a USB port are located on the panel front for quick, easy networking and connecting external storage devices. A ranging sensor automatically darkens the display when it is not in use. As is customary in the Sinumerik 828 controls, the panel is designed without a fan or hard disk, making it maintenance free. Meanwhile, NV-RAM technology allows emergency backups to be made without the need for a battery. Version 4.7 Service Pack 2 of Sinumerik Operate is required to use the new displays.

Entry-level model for LCD touchscreen infrared cameras.

With a full 180° articulating lens and 14.5cm touchscreen, the new entry-level Fluke® TiX500 Infrared Camera allows thermographers to easily navigate over, under, and around objects to preview and capture images. The recently-introduced Fluke TiX Expert Series cameras are ideal for predictive maintenance, in R&D, oil and gas, and utility applications, where flexibility and higher resolution are essential, and they enable users to share their data in real time via Fluke Connect™.

The responsive 14.5cm LCD touchscreens of the Fluke TiX Expert Series offer a large viewing area, which enables thermographers to quickly identify issues while still in the field, as well as easily edit images directly on the camera, eliminating time in the office. SuperResolution mode boosts resolution four times, so the normal 320 x 240 pixels resolution of the images captured increases to 640 x 480 pixels, revealing even greater detail.

Optional telephoto and wide-angle lenses add versatility to meet a wide variety of applications. The TiX500 is suitable for temperatures between -20°C and +650°C, while the other models cover up to +850°C (TiX520) and +1200°C (TiX560).

Out of focus images may produce inaccurate temperature measurements that can be off by as much as 20°, making it easy to miss potential problems. To ensure consistently in-focus images, the cameras feature LaserSharp® Auto Focus, exclusive to Fluke, which uses a built-in laser distance meter to pinpoint the target, and accurately calculate and display the distance.

The cameras also feature Fluke IR-Fusion® technology with Picture-in-Picture, full visible light, and AutoBlend™ modes for easier identification and reporting of problems. On-board advanced analytics allow users to adjust or enhance images right on the camera without additional software. Also included is Fluke SmartView® software, which provides a suite of advanced tools to view, optimise, annotate, and analyse infrared images, and generate fully customisable professional reports.

Responsive site reflects change in engineering habits.

NCH Europe's new website reflects change in use of online technology across a range of technical communities

Professionals working in the water, energy and maintenance sectors can now access information from global specialist NCH Europe at the click of a mouse, thanks to the company's newly launched website. NCH chose to redevelop its site to put customers first by providing a multi lingual, content rich, responsive design experience.  
The new site reflects changes in the ways in which technical staff access websites in a range of engineering communities, including highly regulated process sectors such as water, food and energy. The trend is towards mobile device use, including BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), something that NCH is keen to facilitate for its customers.

NCH Europe's new website is available in nineteen different European languages and is packed with information about the company's six core Innovation Platforms. As a result, anyone working in the maintenance, lubricants and fuel additives, wastewater, water treatment solutions or parts cleaning sectors will find something on the new site for them.

"Many of our customers work in a very mobile way, on site or moving between sites," explained Bernard Daymon, NCH Europe's president and CEO. "As a result, it's absolutely crucial that our website works well on a mobile phone or tablet. We need to offer our audience the chance to pull out a device at the side of a manufacturing line or in a water treatment application and be able to get the information they need quickly.
"Furthermore, because we operate in so many different territories across the continent, it's essential that our content is available in whatever format and whatever language our customers want and need. We are customer focused and people oriented and our site reflects that." 

Oil giant standardises manifolds.

Total RC, the refining and chemicals arm of French oil giant Total SA, is standardising on manifolds produced by the Instrumentation Products Division of Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies. The decision follows several years’ extensive temperature, pressure and corrosion testing of products from different manufacturers – Parker is the first company to have secured a 100 percent pass rate.

Under the terms of the contract, Parker will supply all the instrumentation manifolds that Total RC needs for new installations and upgrades across its entire European base of refining and petrochemical operations. Most of the company’s requirements will be for manifolds designed to connect process transmitters to ANSI Class 1500 or 600 piping, together with some for use with pressure gauges and lower rated instrumentation tubing.

The manifolds cover a diverse range of 2-, 4- and 5-valve configurations. They all either feature flanged inlets and outlets, or utilise Parker’s PTFree connect system. All of the Class 600 and 1500 manifolds that Parker will supply under this contract are NACE MR0175/ISO 15156 compliant and rated for service in sour gas (H2S) environments. All metallic components are manufactured from heat code traceable 316 stainless steel. The valves are high performance globe style bonnet designs, with externally adjustable sealing glands and Graphoil packing. Every manifold includes steam trace ports for heat tracing and all vent valves feature anti-tamper bonnets.

Mobile access for manufacturing operations.

A new version of Aegis inSite has just been released, bringing the app’s mobile process visibility to owners of Aegis’ FactoryLogix software for manufacturing operations. The app, which was previously available to Aegis V7 software users, converts an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch into a mobile portal to a vast range of manufacturing and traceability information. This latest, FactoryLogix-compatible version is faster and has been updated with a new user interface.

inSite is intended for use by engineers, production supervisors and management staff throughout the enterprise. Whether they are within the factory or at an external location, it provides quick, easy and mobile access to routinely required and actionable information from their FactoryLogix system. Users can exploit this information in widely differing ways to suit their particular discipline.

Executives not closely involved with day-to-day factory floor operations can benefit from the interface’s simplicity to rapidly access the information necessary to obtain business intelligence and make strategic decisions. Marketing and sales staff can prove to visitors how well their organization is managing its manufacturing process by showing the depth and instant availability of information from the plant. Production managers have immediate access to WIP status, yield and problem points.

Quality managers can drill down into root quality issues and immediately visit their location on the plant floor. Similarly, manufacturing and process engineers can gain instant undistorted data on a new issue; this information will allow them to resolve the issue more easily on visiting its location.

Other features of inSite include forward and reverse traceability, summary data, quality data, WIP monitor and packout records. Reverse traceability data can be emailed to assist rapid containment in recall situations. Visualization of products is also possible as inSite can recall and display CAD images by serial number.

Photoionisation detector (PID) achieves top accolade!

The newly launched TigerLT handheld volatile organic compound (VOC) monitor, from Ion Science, has been named New Product of the Year in the Industrial Hygiene category at Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) magazine’s prestigious seventh annual awards. This entry-level photoionisation detector (PID), which offers worldwide Intrinsic Safety (IS) certification for use in potentially explosive atmospheres, is a streamlined, low cost version of the company’s well proven Tiger instrument.

Winners were recognised during the 2015 National Safety Congress & Expo which took place in Atlanta (GA USA) in September 2015. This year’s competition attracted entries in 22 award categories, with an independent panel of three highly qualified judges choosing the winners.

“We’re incredibly proud that the TigerLT has been selected for OH&S magazine’s New Product of the Year award in the industrial hygiene category,” comments Ion Science MD, Duncan Johns. “This accolade further underpins our commitment to designing and manufacturing best of breed gas detection instrumentation. Thorough understanding of our customer and market needs is a top priority and we will continue to invest in technology, people and services to ensure constant innovation.”

Ideal for conducting environmental surveys, the handheld TigerLT incorporates Ion Science’s market-leading PID technology with advanced patented fence electrode system. This three-electrode format ensures increased resistance to humidity and contamination for ultimate reliability and accuracy in the field, as well as considerably reducing drift issues and extending run time.

OH&S magazine editor, Jerry Laws says: “Now in its seventh year, our New Product of the Year contest continues to grow, with a record 65 entries this year. The high quality and breadth of the 2015 entries proves once again how innovative safety and health manufacturers are as they compete in this fast-growing global market. Informing our readers and online audience about the best new products available to solve their key safety and health challenges has always been part of our magazine’s mission, and this contest has become a unique and very popular extension of our outreach to the audience we serve.
“All of the most important PPE categories were hotly contested this year, especially the Fall Protection, Hand Protection, and Protective Apparel categories, and several other categories attracted multiple entries,” Jerry continues.  “I congratulate all of this year’s entrants on their fine work and thank them for participating. We certainly hope they and many other manufacturers will enter our eighth annual contest next year, as well.”

With a detection range of 0.1 - 5,000 parts per million (ppm) utilising a standard two-point calibration protocol, Ion Science’s robust TigerLT also offers an unrivalled industry response time of just two seconds and equally quick clear down. Both simple to operate and service, the new TigerLT has been specifically developed by Ion Science to allow the operator easy access to the lamp and sensor in minutes, and for the safe replacement of batteries in hazardous environments. The intrinsically safe instrument also meets ATEX, IECEx, UL and CSA standards.

Talking about Tiger LT, Duncan says: “Although the TigerLT has been streamlined to offer major cost benefits, it still offers an array of industry-beating features to ensure optimum performance. The key advantage over similar PID instruments is its market leading accuracy and run time due to its anti-contamination and humidity resistant design. Another attribute is its global Intrinsic Safety certification. Although the accreditation process can differ from country to country, the TigerLT can be used in explosive hazardous areas located anywhere in the world.”

The TigerLT six pin MiniPID sensor cell with anti-contamination design dramatically extends run time in the field. Low cost filters and lamps can be easily changed in minutes, minimising downtime. This new instrument also features long life rechargeable Li-ion batteries which give up to 24 hours usage. Fast battery charging allows the instrument to be fully charged in 6.5 hours, while eight hours of use can be achieved from 1.5 hours of charging time.

Functional Safety Smart HART Dual Input Temperature Transmitter.

Moore Industries has released the SIL 3-capable STZ Functional Safety Smart HART Temperature Transmitter family. Part of the FS FUNCTIONAL SAFETY SERIES, the STZ is a dependable and accurate temperature transmitter for use in Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) where dangerous processes occur. The STZ has been certified by exida after rigorous evaluation to ensure conformance with strict IEC 61508:2010 standards for safety-related applications.
The new STZ offers a dual sensor input that reduces process interruptions. Backup and Fail-Over Protection allows either of the sensors or inputs to be designated as the primary measurement, with the secondary input acting as the backup sensor in case of primary sensor failure. The dual sensor input also allows for Average and Differential measurements along with High-Select and Low-Select options.

The STZ also features Moore Industries’ Device Intelligence, a series of features designed for smarter control and monitoring including:

  • Sensor drift and corrosion detection that checks and alerts users when the sensor is drifting out of a preset range or when the resistance due to corrosion exceeds set parameters.
  • Smart range alarms with four HART alarms – set to any input or calculated input – that detect when the variable is within or outside of user preset limits.
  • A High Availability option that enables the selection of how the AO behaves when there is an input failure or out-of-range value detected by the transmitter. This helps prevent spurious trips or nuisance alarms in Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS).
  • Input simulation capability allowing manual input of a direct or calculated value. This essentially simulates a real input, allowing users to test the AO or any HART diagnostic and range alarms – which assists in proof test procedures.

The STZ is HART 7 compliant with exception-based reporting and dynamic variable mapping. It is HART and DTM programmable with user-oriented basic configuration for fast and accurate setup. Utilizing the HART DD, it can be configured and interrogated on the 4-20mA loop via any HART handheld communicator or HART compatible host. To prevent unauthorized or accidental reconfiguration of the STZ while it’s performing its safety function, it has an added security feature to allow users to set HART communication into a Read Only or Off mode. Users can also program or monitor the transmitter with any FDT compliant host or program such as PACTware using the STZ DTM.

Smart conductivity measurement in liquids.

Extending its portfolio of process analysis sensors and systems, Krohne introduces three new SMARTPAT sensors for conductive conductivity measurement in liquids: SMARTPAT COND 1200, 3200 and 5200.

Introduced in 2013, SMARTPAT is a series of digital 2-wire loop powered sensors with integrated transmitter technology. Using a VP cable, any SMARTPAT sensor can be connected directly to the process control system via 4…20 mA/HART 7 interface. This offers advantages in both handling and costs of a measuring point. An additional transmitter on site is no longer necessary, SMARTPAT sensors can be configured and calibrated offline via PACTware FDT/DTM, on site with a HART handheld or an optional loop powered operating unit.

Targeted at the water and wastewater industries, the application area for SMARTPAT COND 1200 (measuring range for cell constant c=1: 100 µS/cm…20 mS/cm) ranges from process monitoring/control in water treatment plants (industrial and drinking water), water quality/limit values monitoring, to filter monitoring.

SMARTPAT COND 3200 (measuring range for cell constants c=0.1: 1…1000 µS/cm, c=0.01: 0.05…10 µS/cm) is aimed at quality measurement in condensate, cooling water, boiler feed water in power plants. Also, it can be used for reverse osmosis, monitoring of ion exchanger, deionization or desalination processes, e.g. in semiconductor production.

SMARTPAT COND 5200 (measuring range for cell constant c=1: 10 µS/cm…15 mS/cm) is designed for use e.g. in separation processes (caustic solution / water) or process monitoring in water or wastewater treatment in chemical, petrochemical as well as in water and wastewater industries.

Each SMARTPAT sensor is specifically designed for its area of application: approvals and certificates range from installation in hazardous areas up to zone 0 to hygienic areas. Along with the sensor family, Krohne offers a large portfolio of accessories, including loop powered indicators, USB interface cable, junction box, operating unit, standard solutions, sensor cables and mounting assemblies.

• Krohne products are marketed through DWN Instrumentation in Ireland.

Power management solution wins award!

Delta Electronics has just received a Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015 for Golden Eagle, a 600W 48VDC power supply for telecom applications. The elegant exterior of Golden Eagle contains best-in-class energy-efficient features setting a new benchmark for power management throughout the industry. As stated by the Jury, “This power supply unit captivates with its self-contained design. Its exceptionally small and flat form allows it to fit almost anywhere.

Developed in-house by Delta, thru its Telecom Power Solutions BU, the Golden Eagle power supply is intended for 4G LTE outdoor applications. Thanks to its innovative technology and natural cooling design, the unit achieves an energy conversion efficiency of 96%. This makes it possible for telecom service providers to lower their operational expenditures considerably. Due to its wide input voltage range and high IP65 protection rating, the device is suitable for safe outdoor use. The Golden Eagle is a radical departure from the conventional look of telecom power systems, with its compact and stylish form factor and built in full power functionality. This has led to its adoption by NTT DOCOMO, Japan's largest mobile service provider. The product has also been successfully selected by leading customers in USA for new small cell site deployment. The Golden Eagle has clearly been recognized as the preferred solution for mobile base station applications.

The Red Dot Award of Germany is an international award first established in 1954. Each year, a panel of judges made up of expert product designers evaluates products based on their design philosophy. They recognize innovative product designs with the world-famous "Red Dot" mark. A total of 4,928 products were entered by 1,994 competitors from 56 countries making the Red Dot Award of Germany the largest and most prestigious international product design competition in the world.

Partnership to protect connected IoT devices from targeted attacks.

BrightCloud® Threat Intelligence and LynxSecure Virtualization Platform Integration Delivers Advanced Threat Detection and Protection in Real Time

Webroot and Lynx Software Technologies have announced a strategic partnership. The companies are combining unique security technologies which enable developers to build advanced threat detection and protection into Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices.

The Webroot® IoT Security Toolkit enables IoT and IIoT system integrators and solution designers to integrate real-time threat intelligence services and intelligent cybersecurity device agents to protect critical systems against modern threats. The LynxSecure Hypervisor from Lynx Software Technologies is a secure virtualization solution that is based on separation kernel technology, originally designed to separate and protect military networks at different classification levels.

Combining these technologies involves embedding components of the Webroot IoT Security Toolkit inside the LynxSecure Hypervisor secure virtual space. This allows for detection, identification and containment of threats without the constraints or risks inherent in running solutions at the operating system level. Any threats that enter the IoT environment can be quickly identified by Webroot BrightCloud threat intelligence, quarantined using the LynxSecure isolation capabilities, and removed from the system.

“With constantly changing security threats, we need an IoT security solution that adapts to any environment while taking into account the importance of future-proofing and the need for living protection,” said Dick Williams, Webroot CEO. “As we bring our cloud-based threat intelligence to IoT developers through the Webroot IoT Security Toolkit, we see a very clear alliance with Lynx. By combining our technologies, we’re able to offer a unique solution to protect the connected IoT world from advanced targeted threats.”

“The foundational security protection that LynxSecure offers to embedded developers is already being used in IoT systems today,” said Gurjot Singh, CEO, Lynx Software Technologies. “By integrating solutions powered by cloud-based threat intelligence from Webroot, we can substantially increase threat awareness and resilience to protect the increasing number of IoT systems that are being connected to the outside world.”

“At VDC we have observed a dramatic increase in investments made toward securing IoT devices, especially as more critical systems are being connected to the Internet,” said Chris Rommel, executive vice president, IoT and embedded technology, VDC Research. “We believe that building systems with a secure platform linked to advanced threat intelligence, as offered by Lynx and Webroot, will go a long way in mitigating advanced cyber threats in Internet connected devices.”

Emerging changes in industrial communications technology and cybersecurity.

In response to fast-evolving communications and wireless technologies and the increasing risk of industrial cyberattack, the International Society of Automation (ISA) has published a fifth edition of its best-selling book, Industrial Data Communications.

“Given all the emerging changes—in such areas as Ethernet-IP and routing, wireless technologies, VPNs, software applications, cybersecurity, and other key areas—it’s important that automation professionals have a solid understanding of industrial communications and the know-how to utilize modern communications technologies in a safe and secure manner, ” emphasizes Lawrence (Larry) M. Thompson, who along with William T. “Tim”  Shaw co-authored the book.

Improving safety and security in industrial data communications are essential, Shaw asserts, given the current cyber-vulnerability of today’s industrial systems, equipment and networks.

“Automation systems and applications today are making greater use of converged IP-based LANs and wireless networking,” he points out. “They must be kept secure from malicious cyberattacks. 
Adequate cybersecurity is no longer a desirable feature, but a management requirement. This book is one way that automation professionals can increase their awareness of vulnerabilities as well as the methodologies and technologies that can be applied to establish and maintain adequate cybersecurity.”

The newly revised book also serves as a comprehensive overview and reference guide for both novice and experienced users of industrial communication data—containing complete descriptions of relevant concepts, terminology, operating system considerations, standards and protocols as well as an index.

For more details, read the informative interview with the authors
For greater perspective on the value and significance of Industrial Data Communications, Fifth Edition read the interview with the authors. There also may be found background on both book authors and learn how to purchase a copy of the publication.