Thursday, October 15, 2015

Rental partner for NDT equiment manufacturer.

Silverwing, a leading manufacturer of NDT solutions for storage tanks, vessels and pipe inspection, has appointed Ashtead Technology as its Preferred Rental Partner in Britain.

Silverwing’s MD Wayne Woodhead (left) 
with Ashtead Technology’s Steve Drake
“This is great news for our customers,” says Ashtead’s NDT Market Manager Steve Drake. “The Silverwing products have several unique features and their inclusion in the Ashtead Technology fleet means that we are now able to offer motorised magnetic inspection equipment; the Scorpion for example, can inspect vertical, curved and even overhead surfaces.”

Designed for cost-effective A and B-scan inspection on ferro-magnetic structures, the Scorpion is a dry-coupled UT crawler that connects with the UT Lite data acquisition instrument via a 30 meter umbilical cord. This removes the cost and safety issues associated with scaffolding or rope access. The UT Lite is a portable corrosion profiling, mapping and weld inspection system that can also be used in conjunction with the R-Scan; a manual, dry-coupled ultrasonic scanner for a wide variety of assets ranging from 50 mm diameter pipes to flat surfaces.

Other Silverwing additions to the Ashtead Technology fleet include the RMS2 (Rapid Motion Scanner) a high speed (17m2/8 hour shift), high accuracy, remote access ultrasonic corrosion mapping system and the RMS2 ARC accessory for longitudinal scanning on pipe diameters from 24” to 48”.

“The addition of the Silverwing products to our rental fleet is a good example of continual investment in our NDT Centre of Excellence,” comments Steve Drake. “As the Preferred Rental Partner, our staff will be trained by Silverwing to provide high levels of support, both before and throughout the hire period.”

Silverwing Group Sales Director Jim Costain, says: “We are delighted with this new partnership because it will increase access to our technology, enabling some customers to ‘try before they buy’ and other existing users to temporarily resource projects as and when necessary.”

Actuator asset control and monitoring software.

Emerson Process Management has introduced DCMlink™ Software, a unified electric actuator control, monitoring and diagnostics platform.

The DCMlink platform will allow, for the first time, Emerson customers to diagnose, configure, and monitor all electric actuators from a central location independent of protocol, actuator or host system. The software extends the useful life of field assets by providing actuator data gathering, condition monitoring, events log and prioritisation of actuator alarms in a unified and consistent user interface. Actuator configuration includes custom characterisation, as well as the ability to import and export historical configuration profiles.

Whether it is viewing value torque profile, live trending data or actionable alarms straight from the actuator, plant operators will be able to access detailed monitoring and diagnostics data, allowing them to take action before a fault occurs. DCMlink offers advanced control and diagnostics, including torque profile curves, initiating partial stroke test or emergency shut down and alarms in NE-107 format. Current communications support included Modbus, TCP-IP, and Bluetooth.

Closed loop nanopositioning actuators.

Queensgate Instruments’ latest Digital Piezo Translator (DPT) series of actuators incorporate capacitive sensors in order to deliver precise positioning and rapid settling. These highly advanced actuators can be implemented in a wide variety of applications, including interferometry, semiconductor mask-wafer chuck alignment, beam alignment, cavity tuning, adaptive optics, scanning probe microscopy and a multitude of different metrology tasks.

There are two new series of DPT, the DPT-D with the best in class positioning performance and the more compact DPT-E which is a low voltage replacement for the previous generation DPT-C series. Air and Ultra High Vacuum variants are available as standard. Their Super-Invar construction gives superior thermal properties (with a thermal expansion coefficient of 0.25nm/Kelvin) which enhances position stability. Position resolutions down to 0.09nm (RMS) are offered as each unit delivers <2ms response time, 0.5nm (RMS) repeatability. They are able move loads of up to 60kg across their entire closed loop range, with closed loop ranges from 20um to 110μm.

DPT devices benefit from a built-in calibration function, derived from the Queensgate ID chip arrangement. These ID chips store calibration data on the actuator itself and thereby facilitate plug-and-play operation with the digital controller. Controllers and actuators can be interchanged as required, avoiding the need for recalibration, important when the actuator is incorporated into a mechanism or is inaccessible.

Among the array of accessories accompanying these actuators are various end pieces, mirror holders and mounting blocks. An operational temperature range of -30°C to 80°C is supported as standard, but higher temperature variants can be offered.

Bulkhead-mounted industrial connector housing with self-closing cover.

Harting has added a new bulkhead mounted housing equipped with a hinged self-closing cover to its Han® B family of heavy-duty industrial connectors.

The hinged cover on the new housing automatically closes when the connector is removed, protecting the interior effectively from external influences. A special spring on the bearing pedestal presses the hinged cover against the housing with enough pressure to prevent water spray and dust from entering the interior.

The new housing is locked with the Han-Easy Lock® bracket which combines ease of use with a good sealing effect and low operational force. In an unplugged condition the new bulkhead mounted housing offers IP44 protection, but in the plugged condition, in combination with a suitable Han® B hood, it complies with the IP65 protection class.

The Han® B connector range, with its housings and inserts, covers the entire range of industrial requirements for professional connection technology. Along with the recently introduced Han® Snap Cap mechanism, Harting offers additional options for protecting electrically powered applications against external influences.

The application possibilities of the bulkhead mounted housing with hinged cover include wind turbines and wind energy systems, cranes and switchgear, trains and trams: any areas, in fact, where power connections are exposed to the effects of water spray and other adverse effects.

In all these applications, the Han® B bulkhead mounted housing ensures reliability of operation under extreme conditions. Users can choose from standard sizes ranging from 6B to 24B.

Unique accreditation for European lab.

Yokogawa’s European Calibration Laboratory has become the world’s first non-governmental facility to receive full ISO17025 Accreditation for power measurements at up to 100 kHz. This is in addition to its established capability for providing high-accuracy calibration at 50 Hz, especially at very low power factors (down to 0.0001) and at high currents.
There is a growing demand to remove uncertainty in power measurements, particularly with the growing focus on renewable energy markets and the need to optimise energy efficiency while complying with international standards on power quality, especially at low power factors. In addition, the inverters used in renewable energy systems are switching at higher speeds: a scenario that introduces harmonics at higher frequencies.

There is also a demand for high-frequency power measurements on devices such as switch-mode power supplies, electronic lighting ballasts, soft starters in motor controls and frequency converters in traction applications. As a result, power calibration at 50 Hz is no longer sufficient, and accredited power calibration at up to 100 kHz is necessary to address these markets.

“The recognition offered by ISO17025 accreditation is objective proof that the knowledge of our personnel and the quality of our instruments are at a world-class level”, says Terry Marrinan, Yokogawa’s Vice President, Test & Measurement, for Europe & Africa: “For customers working with tight tolerances, ISO 17025 accredited calibration of the measurement is vital to major critical measuring projects and provides the high level of quality assurance that our customers need.”

Obtaining this accreditation for the laboratory, based at the company’s European Headquarters in Amersfoort (NL), is a key part of Yokogawa’s strategy to maintain and grow its market-leading position in the European digital power analyser market.

Engineers need to be sure the measurements they make are correct to meet the exacting requirements of modern design. Their power meters need to be calibrated at the frequencies present in their specific application and not just at 50 Hz. However good the calibration result at 50 Hz, it does not say anything about high-frequency performance.

Frequency is just one factor being addressed by Yokogawa in the calibration of power meters. Whereas in the past it was sufficient merely to list voltage and current measurements in a power meter’s data sheet, today’s power environment needs to address variables such as phase shift, power factor and the effects of distorted waveforms: all factors that are included in Yokogawa’s instrument specifications.

In fact, without high-quality in-house calibration facilities, most other power instrument manufacturers cannot provide the sort of evidence that is available to Yokogawa to show that their instruments perform within their specifications. Yokogawa’s recently introduced WT3000E, for example, can be confirmed as the most accurate power analyser in the world because of its accreditation certificate.

The Calibration Laboratory’s accreditation will provide Yokogawa with an essential development tool for the future, ensuring that new products will have undergone the most rigorous compliance testing and certification before release. Yokogawa’s customers can also be totally confident that they also have easy access to accredited traceable power calibration for all their needs, avoiding time-consuming submission to national standards laboratories.

“The fact that the European Standards laboratory can offer up to 100 kHz of accredited traceable power calibration puts us in a unique position in the market, and ISO 17025 accreditation is the recognised international standard which enables us to justify these claims”, confirms Terry Marrinan: “The ability to both offer accredited calibration and to be able to explain its relevance - particularly at higher frequencies - demonstrates that Yokogawa are the experts in power measurement and that Yokogawa power meters are truly the most accurate in the world.”

In addition to wideband and high accurate power-meter calibration systems, the state-of-the-art calibration laboratory also includes systems for calibrating oscilloscopes, recorders and optical products, and is therefore capable of calibrating a wide range of instruments in the test & measurement industry.

Process Training Unit established in West Virginia (USA).

BridgeValley Community and Technical College in West Virginia (USA) celebrates the opening of a cutting-edge PTU® (Process Training Unit) made possible by the generous contributions of Endress+Hauser, BridgeValley and Rockwell Automation. Thanks to industry partners, BridgeValley will be the new home to a $1 million, 1,800 square-foot, state-of-the-art PTU®.
“By working alongside BridgeValley and other universities, Endress+Hauser can help secure the talent pipeline and better prepare our next-generation workforce for successful careers in the field of process control and automation,” said Brandyn Ferguson, Vice President of Human Resources, Endress+Hauser. “The innovative approach we have taken at BridgeValley is truly unique to the industry.”

The BridgeValley PTU® will serve as a go-to place for companies who are seeking workforce training for their employees and customers, and for students to utilize as they pursue their degree programs. The PTU® combines theory and a hands-on approach to provide participants with real-world experience in a safe, working process environment.

The PTU® is outfitted to help students and customers gain hands-on experience with the types of operation, diagnostics and troubleshooting found in real-life process plants. It features the latest Endress+Hauser flow, level, temperature, pressure and analytical instrumentation, two 350 gallon tanks, in addition to the PlantPAx process control system donated by Rockwell Automation. The PlantPAx process automation system will be used in a functioning environment with field devices to train customers for operation and maintenance of process systems. In addition, it provides a venue for demonstrations of Endress+Hauser and Rockwell Automation technology and a regional resource for customers to obtain hands-on training in a controlled environment.

“A key aspect of our role in the community is to partner with industry leaders to provide technical education necessary to keep our companies competitive and jobs in West Virginia,” said Dr. Jo Harris, BridgeValley President. “Our collaboration with Endress+Hauser and Rockwell Automation allows students and local companies to receive real-world experience in a controlled learning environment.”

The partnership between BridgeValley, manufacturers Endress+Hauser and Rockwell Automation, and the sales and service company Forberg Scientific Inc. will benefit the community and industry in West Virginia by not only offering learning opportunities for college students, but also industrial training for workers from many large companies in the area wanting to modernize their processing plants, and take advantage of new technology to develop more efficient operations.

The BridgeValley PTU® is one of ten across the U.S. built to help keep up with the heightened demand for workforce training. Recognizing this trend, Endress+Hauser has made investments to become the clear leader and number one instrumentation training provider in the industry.

Prediction data for protection system.

CSI 6500 ATG system utilises wireless technology and embedded OPC UA server to communicate prediction data and simplify installation

The CSI 6500 ATG protection system, from Emerson Process Management, is a stand-alone machinery protection solution that also allows users to cost-effectively introduce prediction monitoring of critical assets from the same system. Predictive intelligence is a key component to increasing availability and improving the reliability of plant assets.

New CSI 6500 ATG multi-functional cards can be easily reconfigured for a wide range of measurements, including the impacting or peak-to-peak data used in Emerson’s unique PeakVue™ technology. In addition to monitoring the start-up and coastdown of critical turbo machinery for safe operation, users will be able to utilise PeakVue technology to identify the earliest indications of developing faults in gearboxes and bearings.

With this system it is no longer necessary to return to the control room or open cabinets in the field to view or analyse data. It can be networked over wired or wireless Ethernet to deliver asset health information to authorised users through a PC or phone application.

To facilitate easy system integration with third party systems, CSI 6500 ATG is the first protection system to include a secure embedded OPC UA server.

“Studies show that it costs 50% more to repair a machine after it has failed versus predicting the failure and thus planning for the repair costs,” said Thomas Wewers, director of technology for Emerson’s reliability solutions. “For users whose budget doesn't cover the cost of both a protection and a prediction system, getting prediction data from a protection system is an incremental step towards improving the insight on asset health.”

The CSI ATG system complies with the traditional API 670 certification and is certified for installation in demanding environments where Class 1 Div2/ATEX Zone 2 approvals are required.

A new dimension in vibration measurement.

Expert Vibro is a new measurement device, from Delphin Technology, for the acquisition of transient signals and vibrations. Vibration measurement is made easy with Expert Vibro. Intuitive configuration means fast implementation and short commissioning times.

The compact Expert Vibro is equipped with 16 synchronous analog inputs with sampling rates of up to 50kHz per channel. A 24-bit A/D converter delivers high-precision measurement. Users are able to switch the analog inputs between voltage, IEPE and shaft vibration measurement. Integrated comparators and digital inputs enable flexible triggering. Measurement data is monitored "on the fly" with the switching in milliseconds of up to 8 digital outputs.

Expert Vibro can be connected to PCs via LAN or USB. Optional WLAN, UMTS or LTE modules are available for standalone operation. Antennae can be connected via SMA sockets. Two PROFIBUS interfaces are available as well as Modbus TCP for fieldbus connections. Multiple Expert Vibro devices can be synchronized to process vibration data from many channels.

Characteristic values can be determined from time signals and spectra. Spectra are computed online (FFT) and recorded along with time signals and characteristic values. Expert Vibro has a built-in data storage capability to enable independent operation. Versatile software channels enable Expert Vibro to be used for complex analysis and monitoring tasks. The Expert Vibro's touchdisplay shows important configuration or measurement data.

Impact of Industry 4.0 and the IoIT on the manufacturing industry.

Senior industry executives and thought leaders will gather in Frankfurt (D) on 17 November 2015 to discuss new business models, supplier ecosystems and technological advancements across industries at GIL 2015.

The future of manufacturing is defined by the Industry 4.0 paradigm, which will be singularly determined by the design, development and implementation of the Internet of Things. This in turn will give rise to a new market called the Internet of Industrial Things (IoIT), which includes a combination of disparate market participants, starting from the segments of traditional industrial automation to commercial vendors from the ICT space, who hold a strong leverage on digital technologies. What will be the roadmap of this ongoing transformation? How will suppliers from diverse market environments, collaborate, co-opt and compete in the future of manufacturing?

The impact of the Industry 4.0 paradigm and the development of the IoIT will be one of the key focus areas during Frost & Sullivan’s annual Growth, Innovation & Leadership conference - GIL 2015.

“Frost & Sullivan believes that in the journey towards realizing Industry 4.0, the idea of the Internet of Industrial Things (IoIT) will form the technological basis for a global manufacturing renaissance,” says Practice Director for Industrial Automation and Process Control, Muthukumar Viswanathan, from Frost & Sullivan. “New applications, solutions and services founded on IoIT redefine, reinvent and recreate the manufacturing setup that we see today. According to our research, the new IoIT supplier ecosystem could reach €420 billion by 2020.”

Germany will facilitate a keynote and Vision Roadmap on the impact of the IoIT. It will also feature keynotes on Women Empowerment in Businesses as well as on the Future of Europe by Frost & Sullivan Principal Consultant Olivia Price-Walker and Senior Partner Sarwant Singh, who will present current opportunities impacting businesses and industries in European markets.

Further presentations on opportunities in emerging markets Africa and Iran, 360 Degree Industry Perspectives illuminating the status of the automotive, automation as well as lighting industry as well as on convergence in the IT industry will complement a day full of interactive engagement, networking and insights into technological trends and disruptive developments.

The day journey will conclude with the Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Best Practices Awards Banquet. The black-tie evening gala is organized in honor of companies in various industries for demonstrating superior performance.

VS Drives and motors for elevator market!

Control Techniques and Leroy-Somer, both part of Emerson Industrial Automation, are displaying their range of variable speed drives and a new permanent magnet motor specifically for the elevator market at October’s Interlift 2015 inAugsburg (D 13-16 October).

The Control Techniques E200 and E300 drives and the Leroy-Somer E27 motor make installing and commissioning elevator systems quick and simple. E200 & E300 have an intuitive user interface which allows easy adjustment via a back-lit LCD keypad and rapid set-up in familiar elevator language and units. Meanwhile, the compact and silent E27 motor offers a completely new design to ease mechanical and electrical installation. A central sheave allows a simplification of the chassis, while also offering full access to the sheave and traction ropes. Equipped with fast connectors for the power, the brakes, the thermal sensor and the encoder, the E27 motor guarantees a quick and reliable electrical connection.

Optimum ride comfort is provided by the new drive and motor solution: both E200 and E300 integrate a high resolution multi-step S-ramp for start, run, slowdown and stopping, as well as an ultra-fast current loop for vibration free motor control. Additionally, E300 offers extra levels of ride comfort with direct to floor positioning, an advanced communications interface supporting DCP3/4 and Modbus RTU protocols, short floor operations and on-board data logging capabilities. In association with the E27 motor equipped with optional load cell, ride comfort is improved as the starting torque is adapted depending on the load.

Combined with the E200 or E300 drives ( STO according to EN61800-5-2:2007) and the E27 motor, the Brake Control Unit (BCU) is a contactorless solution offering two mains functions; the management of the brakes supply during normal operation and the management of the rescue (according to EN81-20 / 50). The two independent contactors cutting the line between the drive and the motor along with the two cutting the line of the brakes supply can be removed. The benefit is the removal of the noise from the elevator shaft, along with the direct savings in components and wiring.

John Orrells, elevator market strategic manager for Emerson Industrial Automation, said: “The E200 and E300 drives, combined with the E27 motor and Brake Control Unit (BCU), offer a complete solution for our elevator customers.
“These products have been developed after extensive market research and feedback from our customers. Our research has directly influenced our engineering and design program, resulting in drives and motors designed specifically to operate together.
“This provides an additional guarantee of high performance for the customer, with simplified maintenance and after-sales service, while meeting the requirements of the elevator market.”

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

LED tubular light fitting designed for use in extremely rough conditions.

Conventional linear luminaires are ill-equipped to withstand extreme temperatures and harsh environments, much less for long periods of time – LED tubular lights from R. Stahl's 6036 series, however, are quite a different calibre. They tolerate temperatures as low as -55 °C and are therefore suitable for applications such as LPG exploration in the Arctic region. On the other end of the spectrum, they withstand heat up to +60 °C, and also tolerate extreme temperature fluctuations.
The lights are available with an IP66, IP67, or IP68 ingress protection rating, suitable also for maritime applications. They are vibration-proof and impact-resistant up to IK 10. Available in 0.75 m, 1.1 m, and 1.4 m versions, these durable units feature a nominal lifespan of 80,000 hours. While their design is very rugged, the LED tubular lights are absolute lightweights – their maximum weight of 2.45 kg amounts to less than half that of comparable linear luminaires. The low-maintenance products are suitable for general lighting purposes or for use as machine lamps. Due to their slim design, they are easy to install even in hard-to-access locations.

In addition, the 6036 series is extraordinarily light-efficient: the overall power consumption is only about half that of conventional box-type units and the specific power consumption per 100 lx is merely 1.5 W/m². Operating expenses are therefore greatly reduced – realistic cost savings range from some 20% to more than 50%, depending on the relevant time frame and specific solutions that are compared. In addition to ATEX and IECEx certificates for zones 1/21 and 2/22, the lights feature various regional approvals for many major markets (EAC TR CU, Gazpromnadzor, UL do Brasil, GL).

The versatility of the series is further enhanced by the choice of connection cables: while H07RN-F is the default, users can also choose Thermflex, low-temperature, special offshore cables, or cables that are high-voltage-proof up to 1 kV. The lightweight products’ durability in extreme conditions is also captured on video by the “R. Stahl Explorers”, whose website also presents background information on LED technology and news about lighting solutions.

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

Process Control & Safety event!

The advance programme for ISA's 2015 Process Control & Safety Symposium (PCS15), featuring world-class presentations, paper sessions, panel discussions, tutorials, training courses, vendor exhibitions, and other value-packed activities—all designed to help process measurement and control professionals in chemical and energy processing and other process industry sectors operate more safely and securely.

Leveraging the global expertise of seven ISA technical divisions, the symposium is expected to draw more than 200 registrants 9-12 November 2015 in Houston (TX USA). Attendees will learn how everyday decisions can have significant downstream results—both positively and negatively—on plant safety and security as well as on key quality and efficiency metrics. Download the complete conference programme of the PCS15 by clicking here.  

Held for the first time last year, the symposium brings ISA’s world-class technical content, training and exhibiting opportunities back to Houston in response to strong demand among the area’s automation professionals. Highlights include:
  • Four targeted ISA courses, led by ISA’s globally recognized subject matter experts.
  • Three renowned keynote speakers: Maurice Wilkins, Ph.D., Vice President of Yokogawa’s Strategic Marketing Center; Lloyd F. Colegrove, Ph.D., Director of Data Services and Fundamental Problem Solving at the Analytical Technology Center within The Dow Chemical Company; and Paul Gruhn, Global Process Safety Consultant at Rockwell Automation.
  • An extensive, content-rich technical program. (All sessions, segmented by topic, are listed further down in this press release.)
  • An outstanding vendor exhibit demonstrating the latest technologies and solutions from 25 industry leaders. (A complete list of exhibitors is included further down in this press release.) A special feature is Tech Day, to be held on Tuesday, 10 November, when the exhibit hall will be open to all automation professionals in the Houston area at no charge, and a reception, with cash bar, will be offered.
Industry-proven ISA training in process safety, security and wireless systems
Attendees can choose from four industry-proven ISA courses (and earn valuable CEUs) encompassing the critical components of safety, security and wireless communications. The training courses, all of which will be conducted on Monday, 9 November, include:
An expert-driven program of technical and tutorial sessions
Attendees are sure to gain practical knowledge they can immediately apply in the workplace through expert-delivered tutorials and incisive, thought-provoking paper sessions on safety, communications, chemicals, instrumentation and control, and other vital topics 
Learn all about the latest developments and emerging trends in process control and industrial cybersecurity that are determining future operational needs, expectations, and requirements.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Cybersecure testing suite recognised!

The Raven Product Security Testing Suite for Embedded Systems (hereafter called “Raven ES”) Test tool provided by Hitachi Systems Ltd. has been formally recognised for official use by certification bodies in the ISASecure industrial automation and control system (IACS) cybersecurity certification program.

Communication robustness testing (CRT) is one of four dimensions of the the embedded device certification. CRT tools are also used for network stress testing during system level certifications. With recognition of the Raven ES Test tool, Hitachi Systems joins the growing list of industry leaders supporting the ISASecure IACS cybersecurity certification scheme.

The Raven ES is a tool used to perform security testing (fuzz testing) for network-based embedded devices and network server products. This tool allows you to run a test case required for ISA Secure Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) Certification.

The ISA Security Compliance Institute publishes CRT test tool recognition requirements used for evaluating CRT test tools submitted by suppliers for use in the ISASecure certification program. CRT test tools that have been formally recognized by ISCI may be used by ISASecure certification bodies for use in the CRT portion of the ISASecure EDSA and ISASecure SSA certifications.

TheISASecure® tool recognition process confirms that the product’s test suites meet the ISASecure CRT requirements and are capable of consistently executing ISASecure certification tests.

ISCI recomends that suppliers use ISCI recognized CRT test tools during the product development and testing phases to identify and correct network-based security vulnerabilities. Using recognized CRT tools during the development process also aids suppliers in preparing for the formal ISASecure EDSA certification assessment.

Flexible programmable DC power supplies.

Intepro Systems has introduced the PS9000 2U Series of auto-ranging programmable DC power sources with models rated at 1.5kW and 3.0kW. The panel-mounted units operate at 92-93% efficiency. Compared to alternative products in this price/performance class that operate at 82-87% efficiency, Intepro’s PS9000 2U series offers lower heat dissipation and lower operating cost.

Auto-ranging is a unique feature of the PS9000 2U and other Intepro programmable power supplies. Unlike competitive DC sources that provide rated power only when maximum voltage is applied to the load, the auto-ranging output stage is capable of delivering maximum rated power to the load when test requirements call for lower output voltage or current. This feature eliminates the need to purchase a unit with a higher power rating to accommodate a range of test conditions.

“The many companies – from aerospace and industrial to automotive and telecommunications – that integrate DC power supply units into test stands know that dealing with proper cooling is always something that must be considered,” said Gerard Sheehan, Intepro's Chief Technical Officer. “The higher efficiency of the PS9000 2U can better meet their cooling needs while also simplifying system design and reducing infrastructure costs.”

Isolation product lines acquired!

Humphrey Products has recently acquired “Medical and Media Isolation Product Lines” from the Curtiss-Wright Corporation. Specifically, these products include Liquid Isolation (Inert) Valves, Liquid Isolation (Inert) Proportional Valves, and a high resolution Proportional Control Valve Series for air, inert gases and some liquids.

Humphrey is in the process of moving the production lines, inventory and jobs from Nogales, Mexico, back to America and plans to begin marketing these products under the Humphrey brand in the September/October time period.

Founded in 1901, Humphrey Products is a leading producer of pneumatic products, including valves and cylinders, and design and manufacturing of specialty custom Engineered Products. Humphrey’s products are proudly made in the USA and used in a variety of applications in medical, process control, manufacturing automation, transportation, analytical instrumentation, packaging and material handling.

Wireless telemetry sensor.

Mantracourt has launched a new, upgraded version of its T24 wireless telemetry sensor system for multiple data acquisition in real time. The new T24 improvements include a 4x increase in transmission range, improved security features and smarter diagnostics.
Listening to the needs of OEMs and integrators who require a system designed to suit the many and varied applications they encounter, modularity is the key feature of the T24 and it can easily replace wired systems, reducing both installation and maintenance costs.

The new system has retained the exceptional features of the original T24 system including high measurement/low noise electronics, long battery life of up to 5 years and proprietary license-free 2.4 GHz DSSS radio technology but the new upgrades make the system even more desirable.

Latest upgrades include an increase in transmission range, allowing the system to transmit data up to 800 m (1/2 mile), far exceeding the range of other systems on the market. For added security, always a concern with wireless systems, Mantracourt has improved the existing toolkit software to enable users to assign security keys to the system and have also improved functionality to allow smarter diagnostics. New features include improved monitoring of the channels and as well as the ability to check radio link quality, execute commands and view and alter parameters.

Engineers at Mantracourt have also redesigned the integrated radio module and antennae to improve signal strength and integrity resulting in improved performance and coverage in the challenging environments where the systems are often used.

The system comprises a range of transmitters, interfaces, displays and output modules that can be simply and easily configured to suit individual applications. The transmitter modules have been designed to collect data from a huge range of industrial sensors including load, pressure, torque, strain, temperature, pulse, potentiometer and 4-20 mA/0-10 V conditioned sensors.

And to further add to the versatility of T24, Mantracourt is also providing free data logging and visualisation software. This allows users to log up to 100 channels and build visual mapping displays. Alarms can be set that can indicate under and over range and can alert users to loss in communication, low battery and error reports. In recognition that we now work in an increasingly mobile world, Mantracourt has also included a built in web server that provides a summary view page to other computers, tablets and smart phones, both Apple and Android.

Audit, tax and advisory giant and security complience.

The ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) has announced that Japan-based KPMG Consulting Co., Ltd. has joined the ISA Security Compliance Institute as a technical member in August 2015.

“Risk management consulting has now grown beyond traditional financial and IT consulting. KPMG is now addressing cybersecurity of industrial automation and control systems (IACS),” remarked Tatsuaki Takebe, KPMG Principal Security Advisor Consultant.

International accounting and management consulting firms have a long history in the areas of regulatory compliance, standards, auditing/assessment and risk management. As requirements for organizational accountability become more prevalent, responsible companies are exploring means for meeting obligations and implementing programs to support those initiatives.

“Interest in the ISASecure industrial automation and control system (IACS) cybersecurity certification program from international accounting and management consulting firms like KPMG is an indication that company boards and C-level management are responding to security and safety risks to operations associated with operational technology cybersecurity,” stated Andre Ristaino, ISCI Managing Director. “We look forward to working the the KPMG team at ISCI.”

Security platform for IoT and industrial automation.

Icon Labs has integrated Icon Labs’ Floodgate security products with Renesas’ R-IN32M3 industrial network controller ICs and Renesas Synergy™ Platform. The integrated solution creates a secure platform for IoT and industrial automation and extends the Internet of Secure Things™ initiative into industrial control systems. This integrated solution is being jointly demonstrated at the Renesas Developers Conference (12-15 Oct CA USA).

Icon Labs’ Internet of Secure Things Initiative defines a platform for developing secure, connected devices.  The platform ensures that security is intrinsic to the architecture of the device itself and incorporates security management, visibility, device hardening, data protection and secure communications.    These capabilities provide the foundation for the Industrial Internet of Secure Things. Natively securing the devices simplifies protection, audit, and compliance - independent of the secure perimeter, reducing the need for expensive and complicated security appliances.

“Security has become a critical requirement for our customers in all segments especially in industrial and IoT applications.  Partnering with Icon Labs allows us to provide a complete security solution that is fully integrated with our hardware platforms,” stated Semir Haddad, Senior Marketing Director, MCU and MPU Products and Solutions, Renesas Electronics America.  “Icon Labs Floodgate product family provides a comprehensive security platform for developing secure, embedded devices using the new Renesas Synergy™ Platform for IoT or the R-IN32M3 ICs for Industrial Automation.” 

The integration of Icon Labs’ Floodgate products and Renesas’ hardware platforms provides:
• Integrated embedded firewall
• Modbus protocol filtering
• Intrusion detection
• Secure communication
• Authentication
• Small footprint crypto libs
• Integration with security management systems
  -Security policy management
  -Event and command audit log reporting

“The Industrial IoT provides unprecedented connectivity to the systems we interact with every day, and industrial automation systems are increasingly connected and charged with performing critical functions,” says Alan Grau, CEO of Icon Labs.  “Including security in these devices is a critical design task.  Security features must be considered early in the design process to ensure the device is protected from the advanced cyber-threats they will be facing now as well as attacks that will be created in the future.  By partnering with Renesas, we now are able to offer a solution in which critical security elements are integrated into the platform, ensuring that security is a foundational component of the device.”

“Colleague robot" conquers electronics production.

productronica adds robotics to exhibition portfolio

Already today, many companies and branches of industry are automating—and now robotics is taking over new areas in electronics production. That is why, for the first time ever, this year's productronica, the world’s leading trade fair for electronics development and production, has added the topic of robotics to its exhibition portfolio. 

The reason for this development is obvious: Mass production and constantly increasing competition are forcing companies to produce their products faster, better and cost efficient, also in electronics production. Certainly, a case for robots. After all, they work with maximum accuracy and precision and can mass-produce products while maintaining a high level of quality. Flexible lightweight robots can be used multipurpose for a high number of tasks. Thanks to enormous progress during the past years, under certain conditions they can even collaborate with their human colleagues.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Transmitters for demanding meteorological applications.

EE33-M is the newest addition to the well proven EE33 transmitter series for relative humidity (RH) and temperature (T) from E+E Elektronik. The heated RH sensor, the additional heating of the RH sensing probe and a separate T probe ensure highly accurate outdoor measurements even under condensation conditions. A special coating protects the RH sensor against pollution. Together with a radiation shield, EE33-M is ideal for high-end meteorology applications.

The heart of EE33-M is the innovative, monolithic HMC01 sensor, developed and manufactured in thin-film technology by E+E. HMC01 combines the RH sensor and heating resistor on a single substrate. A dual heating system prevents condensation on the RH sensor, on the sensing probe and on the filter cap, which leads to extremely short response time and fast recovery after condensing conditions. The measuring principle with separate RH and T probes enables precise continuous measurement even at permanent high humidity. The proprietary E+E coating protects the RH sensor element and its leads against corrosive and electrically conductive pollution.

A radiation shield is essential for best performance outdoors. The sensing probes of EE33M match modern radiation shields with forced ventilation such as LAM630.

EE33-M calculates all RH and T related parameters such as dew point temperature, absolute humidity, and mixing ratio. An optional connection cable allows for easy adjustment and configuration of the transmitter. The optional RS485 interface enables a network of up to 32 transmitters.

• E+E products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology

Trends in rental and leasing Services in T & M in Europe.

Over the past couple of years, the share of Europe in the electronic test equipment market has reduced, as key markets in the region continued to face significant economic challenges. However, these challenges have turned out to be a growth driver for the rental and leasing services market, as customers’ awareness about the availability and benefits of such services has increased.

According to the recent Frost & Sullivan Market Insight, Test & Measurement Market in Europe: Trends in Rental and Leasing Services, market participants in general have shown a greater interest in rental services to reduce acquisition and ownership costs associated with test and measurement equipment. Frost & Sullivan believes that the share of rental and leasing services in the test and measurement industry could represent close to a third of the total market revenues in the future.

“Still, there is significant room for growth for the rental and leasing services market in the test and measurement industry in Europe with penetration currently fairly low in most countries”, notes Frost & Sullivan Test & Measurement Industry Director Jessy Cavazos. “Rentals are a good fit for customers who have short requirements, cannot afford buying the test instruments, or are in an industry evolving at a fast pace from a technological standpoint accelerating instrument obsolescence”.

The largest test and measurement equipment markets in Europe currently are Germany, Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, Britain, France, Scandinavia, Italy, and Spain. From a rental penetration standpoint, some of these markets have showcased a higher propensity to rent than others. Britain, for example, displays the highest rental penetration across the region. The French market also exhibits a higher penetration of rental and leasing services for test equipment in comparison to other countries in the region. However, it is dominated by a couple of large companies. Spain and Italy have been high-growth markets for participants in recent times due to the economic conditions in these countries, which are driving demand for rental services.

From these two perspectives, the ultimate target for market participants is Germany, which stands as the largest market for test and measurement equipment in Europe but features extremely low rental penetration.

“Other factors to take into consideration when analysing the European test and measurement market for rental and leasing services are the prominent industries in each country and the focus in terms of applications. With certain industries stronger in specific countries, the end-user dimension is critical when evaluating the growth potential of European markets for rental and leasing services”, concludes Ms. Cavazos.

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Standardised access to CANopen services from IEC 61131.

CAN in Automation (CiA) has released the CiA 314 specification, which substitutes partly the CiA 405 specification published around 20 years ago.

Function block for creating object
dictionary entries
The other parts of CiA 405 have been moved already some years ago to the CiA 302-4 (network variable and process image) and the CiA 306-3 (electronic datasheet) documents. The CiA 314 document specifies CANopen-specific function blocks, e.g. to write or to read SDOs (service data objects), to inquire the NMT (network management) state or the CANopen kernel state.

Other function blocks are dedicated for transmitting and receiving EMCY information (emergency messages) as well as for creating object dictionary entries. The providers of CANopen devices programmable in IEC 61131-3 languages and related Soft-PLCs may implement these function blocks to make the application software portable to other platforms. This increases the re-usability of application programs.

CANopen devices programmable in IEC 61131-3 languages are used in factory automation, machine control systems, “intelligent” drives as well as displays, and increasingly in mobile machines.

Speed sensors for industrial applications.

Alternative solutions for costly metal housed sensors

Cherry Industrial Solutions modular system speed sensors offer a reliable and cost effective alternative to conventional sensors with metal housings. The new sensors feature a plastic flange-mount housing and are suitable for many industrial applications including electric drives with speed regulation, braking systems, off-road vehicles, agricultural vehicles and trailers, industrial trucks, industrial automation, conveyor technology, medical and energy applications.

The Cherry modular design provides designers with a range of standard elements and interfaces from which a custom sensor can be configured to their exact requirements .

The modular system uses differential hall-chip sensor devices with a standard and fully-integrated magnetic circuit. The results are high quality engineered sensor products with a simple design that deliver a cost-effective very high performance device which can sense up to 20,000 rpm.

Electrical connection to the sensors is possible via 2-wire, 3-wire, or 4-wire interfaces. The components can be connected via output leads or a plug-in connector. The cylindrical housing is available with diameters starting from 13mm and with a length from 20mm up to 80mm. The mounting flange with screw offers a high degree of flexibility in regards of position, angle and alignment of the sensor.

The speed sensors have an operating temperature range from -40°C up to +150°C and the housing meets at least IP67 specifications. The sensors will operate from a DC supply in the range of 4.5 to 24V and are protected against overvoltage and reverse voltage connection.

Depending on the target object, the sensors are designed as differential-hall-solution for delicate gear-tooth structures.