Friday, November 13, 2015

Solution for complex valve island applications.

Cabinet mounted valve islands now offer simplified installation and maintenance requirements as part of customised solutions for a range of industries

Emerson have unveiled a panel mount adaptor plate for the ASCO Numatics 501 Series of pneumatic valve islands, enabling the valve island to be directly mounted to the cabinet. The 501 Series valve provides the flow of a 15 mm to 20 mm valve in a compact 11 mm size, addressing customer needs for space savings and simplified construction and assembly.

Many of the complicated internal connections found in traditional cabinet solutions are eliminated, and the design is considerably streamlined. This offers customers increased versatility and reduced component complexity when using valve islands and electronics in small spaces, or damp and aggressive environments.

Emerson’s design has the smallest footprint on the market, allowing for assembly possibilities where they would have previously not been possible.

“The 501 Series panel mount adapter plate fulfils our customers’ needs for space savings, easy panel construction and assembly.” said Yannick Guenard, Valve Island Product Manager for ASCO Numatics. “It eliminates the need for complex tubing routing and bulkhead fittings, reduces custom machining and drilling and simplifies panel layout.”

As with traditional cabinet systems, this ASCO Numatics solution is also highly resistant to corrosion thanks to cabinets that are constructed from anodised aluminum or AISI 316L stainless steel for high protection and resistance against regular cleaning from harsh chemicals – very common in applications where hygiene is a top priority.

Designed for easy maintenance, the systems also include an integrated valve shut off accessory to individually isolate any valve in the circuit, allowing for valve maintenance and replacement without shutting down the entire process.

The mounting plate adapter allows original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end users to directly connect the 501 Series valve manifold to a panel in the wall or floor of a cabinet. All panel strength, integrity and certifications are maintained.

“With our space saving cabinet mounted solutions, we have managed to provide a versatile and economic solution that will stand the test of time in these typical environments without compromising on performance. Our cabinet mounted solutions consider the unique requirements of each individual customer,” continued Guenard.

The panel mount adapter plate is ideal for applications in the process industries, for example for food and beverage, pharmaceutical and packaging machinery, plus general machine automation.

Control in methanol plant!

Yokogawa Corporation of America, has received an order from Orascom E&C USA to deliver control and safety systems for the Natgasoline LLC methanol plant. Currently under construction in Beaumont (TX USA), this facility will have a capacity of approximately 1.75 million metric tons per year when it starts production in 2017, making it one of the world’s largest methanol plants. Based on nameplate capacity, it will be the largest methanol plant in the United States.

CENTUM VP integrated
production control system
For the process control and safety of the Lurgi MegaMethanol® process technology and auxiliary facilities throughout this plant, Yokogawa will deliver the CENTUM® VP integrated production control system, ProSafe®-RS safety instrumented system, Exaquantum™ plant information management system, and Plant Resource Manager (PRM®) software package. Yokogawa Corporation of America will be responsible for the engineering and delivery of these systems, and will provide support with installation and commissioning. The delivery of all systems will be completed by August 2016.

Yokogawa won this order because of its excellent track record in completing projects and demonstrated ability to deliver comprehensive, integrated solutions that help optimise operations.

"Yokogawa entered the U.S. market in 1957 and we have grown our business across diverse markets, but have had particular success in oil and gas refining and offshore production, LNG liquefaction and chemical manufacturing. We are proud to win the first order for a new U.S. grass roots methanol plant that exceeds a million metric tons per year. This project allows us to build on our already extensive track record in executing and maintaining methanol production in North America", says Daniel Duncan, President and CEO of Yokogawa Corporation of America.

Though the chemical industry in the U.S. has long relied on imported methanol, the amount of methanol produced in the U.S. is steadily increasing due to the ready availability of ethane produced from domestically sourced shale gas. Leveraging its project experience, Yokogawa will capitalise on this opportunity to expand its control business in North America and other key markets.

@YokogawaIA #PAuto #Gas

New president elected!

The Blue-White Industries Board of Directors have elected Rob Gledhill to the position of Company President.

Rob Gledhill
He has been with the company for more than 25 years and has had experience in all phases of production and marketing. He is highly respected by employees, management, customers and vendors.

Rob was instrumental in the development and launch of Blue-White’s Pro-Series® and Proseries-M® lines of metering pumps and flowmeters.

He also helped develop new production methods in the machining and assembly phases of the manufacturing process, and more efficient packaging and shipping processes.

Blue-White looks forward to continued growth and success under Rob’s leadership.

• Blue-White Industries is a leading manufacturer of metering pumps (diaphragm, peristaltic), flowmeters (variable-area, paddlewheel, ultrasonic), and water treatment accessories.

@BlueWhiteInd #PAuto

User interfaces for medical equipment configurable by App.

Medical devices can already be comprehensively adapted to suit individual requirements. This task has now been made simpler through an application developed by the steute business division Meditec.

This App facilitates direct communication between a smartphone or tablet and state-of-the-art user interfaces which use the "steute Wireless" protocol SW2.4LE -MED and are equipped with a Bluetooth low-energy module.

In this way, manufacturers of medical devices, as well as maintenance staff, can configure and analyse the switching status of a user interface. In addition, they can pre-set or change button combinations very easily and comfortably, as well as adjust parameters such as transmission power and transmission period.

For users of the interface, the App also simplifies operation, as well as providing some additional benefits. Users are able, for example, to query the battery charge by tablet or to have a message sent to their smartphone when the actuator batteries require recharging.

This App, entitled "wireless configuration tool" will be available for Android tablets and smartphones in the Google Play Store from January 2016. Additional variants for other operating systems will follow.

Helping users simplify cybersecurity best practices.

With 20 years’ experience helping users manage the security of their control system, Emerson Process Management now provides additional safeguards for precise system access control and network reliability.

The version 13 releases of the DeltaV distributed control system and AMS Suite: Intelligent Device Manager asset management software focus on tools to make cybersecurity compliance to emerging cybersecurity standards and best practices easier and more robust.

AMS Device Manager helps users prevent unauthorised or accidental changes to critical process instrumentation and valves. AMS Device Manager provides tools to control access by plant area and task, giving users increased flexibility to ensure only trained, authorised individuals have access.

The DeltaV Security Administration application simplifies security management of the DeltaV Workstation. In version 13, system administrators can easily monitor changes in the workstation security environment and enable a locked-down configuration of the Microsoft® Windows® firewall to enhance the security of communication between workstations and external networks.

With the DeltaV smart switch, administrators can protect both the control network and the plant network as well as lock down the network between workstations and the perimeter firewall. Users have the ability to manage and act on Emerson smart firewall alerts at the DeltaV operator workstation.

“Security risks and requirements are constantly evolving,” said Emerson’s chief strategic officer Peter Zornio. “What has remained constant is Emerson’s commitment to help our users protect their systems and streamline compliance – so that they can focus on their business goals.”

@EmersonProcess  #PAuto 

Switches without wires or batteries!

Cherry is introducing a new line of switches that don’t need wired connections and do work wirelessly without batteries. Their power source is ultimately the physical actuation of the switch; in a very nice implementation of energy harvesting, that pit of motion translates into power through an innovative penny-size micro-dynamo within the body of the switch.

One benefit to designers is a much simplified ability to implement remote switches without the need to run connecting wires, which can simplify both product design and certifications. Compared to other wireless solutions, the Cherry energy-harvesting switches do not require periodic battery changes or even more frequent battery status checking, and there are none of the usual battery-related switch failure mode.

Inside the familiarly sized switch housing the micro-dynamo magneto-electric generator is joined by a controller, a digital modulator and a radio; the radio can be configured for many frequencies, including those common to home, office and plant automation systems.

The first of these switches are available in snap-action or rocker configurations and others can be produced to meet customer requirements. Cherry is also making its tiny generator available separately from these switched. They rate its mechanical life at 1,000,000 actuations and the energy it generates at a measured 0.33 mw (actuating and releasing). The RF transmission distance is rated up to 300 meters in open space, and up to 30 meters indoors with any type of obstruction.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

TFT modules target harsh industrial applications.

Ginsbury has announced the introduction of two small-format TFT display modules from Japanese display manufacturer Kyocera. The addition of a 4.2-inch and a 5.0-inch display module expands the range of TFT display modules available from Kyocera.

The design of the new display modules is based on automotive specification requirements and boasts an extended operating temperature range of -30°C to +85°C and a storage temperature range of -40°C to 85°C. In addition, an anti-glare surface treatment improves readability in bright ambient environments.

The new 4.2-inch TFT display (T-57152GD042H-LW-AAN) features a resolution of 480 x 272 pixels. A contrast ratio of 1200:1, brightness rating of 700 cd/m² and 160 degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles ensure excellent optical performance. A 6-bit RGB CMOS interface provides up to 262K colours. The display module features compact mechanical outline dimensions of 102.5mm (w) x 67.0mm (h) x 8.5mm (d)

The 5.0-inch display module (T-55923GD050J-LW-ABN) is a portrait mode VGA display that features a resolution of 480 x 640 pixels. Optical characteristics include a brightness rating of 800 cd/m² and a 500:1 contrast ratio. Viewing angles are 140 degrees horizontal and 110 degrees vertical. The module has an 8-bit RGB CMOS data interface supporting up to 16.7M colours. Mechanical outline dimensions are 98.0mm (w) x 119.0mm (h) x 10.5mm (d)

Ken Berry, product marketing manager at Ginsbury said, “Portable outdoor devices are often exposed to variations in environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity. The new extended temperature range Kyocera TFT display modules are specifically designed to provide reliable operation in challenging conditions.”

Both modules are targeted for use in harsh, wide operating temperature environments and applications such outdoor controls, industrial systems, navigation units and construction equipment.

Not just a pretty face! Upgraded hygrometer!

Michell Instruments has redesigned its S8000 Integrale Chilled Mirror Hygrometer to take advantage of improvements in technology since its introduction in 2007, as well as give it a fresh new look.

The improvements cover three areas – mechanical design for increased durability and strength, improved sensor head for faster readings at lower dew points and increased simplicity of use with a touch-screen interface with intuitive menus. The S8000 Integrale MKII now includes many of the features found in Michell’s top of the range chilled mirror instrument, the S8000 RS.

The S8000 Integrale MKII has an all-new sensor head design, featuring improved integrity and sealing mechanisms. This means that the Integrale now has a faster response to -60°Cdp, improved sensitivity and faster reaction to transient dew-point conditions. The pressure rating of the instrument has improved from 17 barg to 20 barg, and the unit still has the same accuracy of ±0.1°Cdp The new chassis design is not purely cosmetic. As well as being more durable and resistant to scratches, the casing now facilitates easier access for maintenance: there are just four screws to remove rather than 18 on the previous model.

The new full colour touch-screen interface is intuitive and makes the instrument both easy to use and interrogate. The new S8000 Integrale also offers more options for communication. As well as Modbus RTU over USB, it offers the option for Ethernet, RS232 and RS485.

Typical applications for the S8000 Integrale include high-precision moisture measurements in metrology laboratories and clean rooms as well as industrial applications such as environmental control in engine testing.

• Michell Instruments are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

3KW DC Power Source.

Intepro Systems has introduced the PSI 9000 2U programmable DC power source, providing a 1-3KW supply with a feature set typically found in higher power 3U systems. The PSI 9000 2U power source features an interactive system with touch panel menu navigation that simplifies set up and storing to test profiles.

The high-efficiency (up to 93%) unit includes an integrated true function generator. For user convenience, complex test sequences can be loaded from the system and saved to a standard USB flash drive.

A unique feature of the PSI 9000 2U power source is its auto-ranging output. 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 a three-times higher output current at reduced voltages. This feature is especially useful when testing products that require varied input voltages while maintaining regulated output power. With auto-ranging, a single system provides a complete test solution, compared to buying multiple sources to address low- and high-voltage/current requirements.

“The new PSI 9000 2U power source includes all of the features and functions of its higher-power ‘3U’ cousin,” said Gerard Sheehan, Intepro's Chief Technical Officer. “This easy-to-use unit has front panel controls that include an intuitive LCD display and control knobs for setting voltage, current, power or internal resistance simulation values.”

Additional features of the RoHS-compliant PSI 9000 2U power source includes a galvanically isolated analog interface for voltage, current and power programming and monitoring; digital plug-and-play modules supporting RS232, Ethernet, CANopen, Modbus TCP, Profibus, Devicenet; and IEEE/GPIB and SCPI command language support.

Facility safety - training bargain!

ACM Facility Safety announces the immediate availability of their 2016 Annual Training Pass for only CA$2,995, which gives the holder:

  • Right to attend any ACM-instructed public training course held in Calgary, (AB, CDN)
  • Ability to bring one extra participant to any training course the pass holder is attending at a price of only CA$500, a substantial discount from list prices 
  • One-year membership in the Institute of Hazard Prevention, including access to all Process Safety Discussion Group meetings
  • One-year license for SafeGuard Profiler, Expert Package
  • One PHA Safeguard Analytics report

Purchased individually, the above items would cost over CA$30,000, so the Annual Training Pass represents great value. And, a second pass for additional employees can be purchased at a 50% discount for CA$1,497.

Qualifying Courses, each offered at multiple times during 2016, include:

  • P&ID Workshop
  • Introduction to PHA/HAZOP
  • Fundamentals of Risk Based Process Safety Management
  • Fundamentals of the Safety Lifecycle
  • LOPA Workshop
  • SIL Verification Workshop
  • PHA/HAZOP Leadership Workshop
  • CHAZOP Workshop
  • Fundamentals of Hazard Identification and Practical Risk Assessment
  • Introduction to SIL/SIS for Operations and Maintenance

One-year membership in the Institute of Hazard Prevention is included with the Annual Training Pass, saving its cost of CA$250. It includes:

  • Access to Process Safety Discussion Group meetings held every other month
  • Mentorship, which consists of linking you to a suitable volunteer mentor who will help you achieve your process safety goals and objectives
  • Attendance at networking events
  • Special renewal offers 

A one-year license for SafeGuard Profiler, Expert Package is included with the Annual Training Pass, saving its cost of CA$10,800. SafeGuard Profiler is a field-proven Safety Integrity Level (SIL) Lifecycle tool that gives high integrity and critical control systems designers, engineers and operators the information and power they need to conduct successful engineering failure analysis, SIL Determination, SIL Verification/Validation and SIL Optimization exercises.

One PHA Safeguard Analytics report is included with the Annual Training Pass, saving its cost of CA$2,900. Safeguard Analytics provides a way to further explore the diversity of current and future safeguards (recommendations), in a facility. Insight is provided regarding the reliance on people-based safeguards (alarms, procedures, occupancy etc.) versus mechanical and automated, leading to discussion around safeguarding balance and the efforts in place to ensure the integrity of all types of safeguards.

The 2016 Annual Training Pass demonstrates commitment by individuals and organizations to safety, which ultimately will help reduce incidents, increase uptime and reduce operating expenses. To register for the 2016 Annual Training Pass or to obtain more information, please go to


Easy to install filter-regulator-lubricator offers high flow rate, widest temperature ratings for a broad range of air preparation applications.

The 652 Series filter, regulator, and lubricator (FRL) line of air preparation products is new from ASCO Numatics. This Series features high flow characteristics and the widest high- and low-temperature ratings of any FRL – making it ideal for a broad range of applications.

“With the highest flow rates in the industry, our all-new 652 Series FRL assures original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and maintenance managers that air preparation products from ASCO Numatics will optimise their machine performance.” said Chris Walsh, Sales Manager in Britain for ASCO Numatics. “In addition, the 652 Series’ extended high- and low-temperature capabilities (-40° C to 80° C) allow it to be specified across a broad range of applications, including those within harsh environments.”

These modular FRL products have a robust construction and are easy to assemble, mount, and position. In addition, their new manifold endplate flanges allow the maintenance technician to pull the manifold assembly out of service without disconnecting the piping. The product line is available in three port sizes ranging from 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch (NPTF, G, or R threads).

The 652 Series incorporates front-facing easy-to-read, low-profile gauges. It is the only product of its type to also offer these gauges on its shut-off isolation valves and slow-start/quick-exhaust valves. Optional integral pressure range indicators allow the user to easily set the red/green colour indicators to the desired pressure range. The 652 Series not only meets the need for a small footprint, but also results in clean lines and robust, modern-looking equipment.

An optional pressure regulator with reverse flow check permits the design engineer to place the regulator between the valve and cylinder. This allows air to be exhausted back through the regulator without causing damage or reduced life. Additionally, an optional 3-micron pleated pre-filter has been added to the line’s coalescing filters and coalescing filter/regulator combination units. This filter eliminates the need for a separate particulate filter unit, reducing cost, size, and weight.

“Our new air preparation products are the perfect fit for applications in the automotive and tyre, packaging, food and beverage, and process industries requiring high flow, wide temperature characteristics, highly reliable operation, and easy installation and service,” according to Walsh.

Laser modules smaller than a pin.

New laser modules from Laser Components are smaller than a pin, illuminate as a red or green dot, as a red line, or as a red cross-hair. Some of them can be used at temperatures of up to 60°C, and others can be focused.

They are inexpensive; for this reason they are commonly used in systems that require a low price. There are three series available that differ according to their wavelength:

LC-LMD-525-120-01-A: Dot lasers at a wavelength of 520 nm. Despite the perceived brightness, this module is assigned to laser class 2. Thus, it has an output power of >1 mW and can be operated comfortably with a voltage between 3 - 6 volts.

The LC-LMP-635 series is focusable and is available as dot, cross-hair, or line laser. The modules have an output power of 3 mW; the wavelength is 635 nm.

The striking feature of the LC-LMD-650-02-T60 dot lasers is the surrounding temperature that may be as hot as up to 60 °C without affecting the properties of the laser module. Others begin to sweat at 20 °C. The module falls under laser class 2 with < 1 mW and is so small that it can be integrated into small systems as well: With a length of 11.5 mm and a diameter of 6.2 mm, it is comparable to the cap of a retractable penci

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Insulation multimeter.

Fluke has introduced the Fluke® 1587 FC Insulation Multimeter, a high performance wireless digital insulation tester plus full-featured true-rms digital multimeter (DMM) combined into one versatile handheld tool. The wireless Fluke 1587 FC provides enhanced versatility for both troubleshooting and preventive maintenance applications.

As part of Fluke Connect®, the industry’s largest system of software and more than 30 wireless test tools, the 1587 FC adds four powerful new diagnostic capabilities when used in conjunction with the Fluke Connect smartphone app:

  • PI/DAR (polarity index/dielectric absorption ratio) with TrendIt™ graphs identifies moisture and contamination problems faster
  • Memory storage through the mobile Fluke Connect app reduces errors by eliminating the need to write down results, and saves data to the Fluke Cloud™ for historical tracking over time
  • Temperature Compensation through Fluke Connect app helps establish accurate baselines and relevant historical comparisons
  • Historical tracking and trending of assets using the Fluke Connect® Assets software identifies degradation over time, allowing real-time decisions in the field.

The CAT III 1000V / CAT IV 600V safety-rated Fluke 1587 FC features a VFD low-pass filter for accurate motor drive measurements, insulation tests of 0.01 MΩ to 2 GΩ, and insulation test voltages of 50, 100, 250, 500, and 1000V. It also includes user safety features like auto-discharge of capacitive voltage and live circuit detection that prevents insulation tests if voltage greater than 30V is measured on the unit under test.

Technicians can use the 1587 FC in conjunction with the free Fluke Connect app to record and store measurements, then combine measurement data from multiple Fluke Connect test tools to create and share reports from the job site via email and collaborate in real time with other colleagues with ShareLive™ video calls, increasing productivity in the field.*

* Within the provider’s wireless service area and subject to the user’s plan’s pricing and other terms.

Gateways/Routers for remote installations!

Westermo has expanded its range of industrial M2M 3G Gateways/Routers with the introduction of the MRD-305-DIN. This new cost effective device provides access to remotely located machines, SCADA systems, PLCs and HMIs using a wide variety of communication methods, eliminating the need for time-consuming site visits and providing a network infrastructure suitable for today’s 'always-on' society.

The MRD-305-DIN is suitable for a broad range of M2M applications ranging from securely connecting simple devices to each other or a server via a virtual private network, to simply providing a gateway to the internet for more intelligent systems. The MRD-305-DIN is designed for remote access across mobile networks, supporting many mobile standards including GSM, GPRS, 3G, EDGE, HSDPA and HSUPA, and compatible with any type of SIM card, such as static IP SIM, M2M SIM, or an off-the-shelf SIM. The MRD-305-DIN features a powerful connection manager that automatically, and without user-interaction, reconnects to the carrier network to ensure a constant connection to any remote asset.

As with all Westermo solutions, this compact device is suitable for demanding industrial applications that require reliable and resilient data communications. The device has a power input range of between 10 and 36 VDC and an operating temperature range of -40C to 70C. A built-in two-port Ethernet switch meets the majority of typical applications such as connecting a PLC and accompanying HMI, and enables easy integration.

The unit offers network protection from malicious eavesdroppers via encrypted communication tunnels (VPN), and features a simple, yet powerful, packet inspection firewall to prevent unauthorised access. Configuring the unit is very easy with the built-in web-interface. The device can also provide both management and monitoring via SMS. For example an SMS could be sent to start a VPN.

Transducer BTL with real-time Ethernet interfaces.

New transducers in rod and profile housings with an Ethernet interface from Balluff offer multiple advantages for machine manufacturers and operators with respect to startup and machine output. The standardized communication protocols and automatic address assignment simplify integration of the transducer into the controller and the plant network. Because of this, a complex programming process is no longer necessary. This leads to a shortened machine startup time, low implementation costs and reduces fault sources simultaneously.

The 4 diagnostic LEDs on the sensor head can check both the sensor status and the status of the Ethernet connection. This supports easy maintenance and quick service.

The transducer is ideally suited for use in advanced applications (those involving controlled axes, for example) due to synchronous, extremely fast and secure real-time data transmission and the precise, highly dynamic position measurement with 1 µm resolution. This advantage contributes to a higher machine output and improved production quality. The transducers of the BTL7 series can detect and process up to 16 position encoders. Two values can be output for each position encoder: the position and the speed. Because of this, a single measurement can yield up to 32 measured values.

Selectable real-time Ethernet interfaces include Profinet IRT, EtherCAT and Varan. The product portfolio includes a total of four designs: the classic rod housing for installation in the cylinder and three profile versions for flexible mounting on a machine. The profiles are divided into a square 36x36 mm design, an extremely flat profile with an overall height of 21 mm and a round profile 30 mm in diameter.

The transducers with real-time Ethernet interfaces can be used in any setting in which high control dynamics and accuracy are required. This includes areas of material processing, the plastics industry, reshaping technology and the food industry.

Cork event to explore the drivers of actionable intelligence within manufacturing operations.

Industrial IT software solutions provider, Wonderware Ireland, is hosting a special event for manufacturers and system integrators at Fota Island Resort, Cork.

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Taking place on Tuesday 26th January, the free event will explore how the latest SCADA and operational intelligence technologies are driving continuous improvement within manufacturing operations, leading to increased productivity and savings.

Aidan Finnegan, Wonderware Regional Manager for Ireland, said: “This is the first new-concept Wonderware event we have held in Ireland for some time and would urge manufacturing organisations and system integrators looking to future-proof their systems to attend. The event has been carefully planned to take delegates through a step-by-step approach to driving continuous improvement on the plant floor through adopting the latest data insight technologies for more informed decision making."

The day will begin with an in-depth look into best practice SCADA management through object-based design. It will then move onto examining the various data collection and analysis solutions that can be incorporated into a platform-based architecture, enabling more accurate data driven decision-making.

Delegates will have the opportunity to listen to presentations from a host of Wonderware experts on topics including recipe management, advanced workflow management, cloud-based versus Historian architectures and the advantages of real-time data analysis and reporting.

An optional afternoon session will see system architects take attendees through a practical workshop, allowing them to get their hands on System Platform and Recipe Manager software, with working examples and exercises. The day will finish with an opportunity to discuss issues one-on-one with Wonderware’s team of experienced technical experts.

The event runs from 8:45am until 5:00pm and is free to attend, but delegates must register in advance.

An IoT system for large area wireless networking.

Includes connectivity, hardware, software, and cloud intelligence for asset mapping, supply chain, sales force and inventory management and ROI optimisation

Cellio LoRa is a long-range low-power wireless network system for end-to-end automation and instrumentation in Factories, Farms, Warehouses, Transportation, Agriculture, and many other industries.

Cellio wireless gateways and transceivers use LoRa (Long Range radio, approximately 1 mile) to connect sensors and controllers wirelessly to the network. Gateway devices connect to internal and external networks, the internet, and cloud data systems via CDMA-Cellular, GSM-Cellular, or Wi-Fi 802.11bgn. This low cost and easy to install system enables companies to gain visibility into their operations and assets (sensors, instruments, equipment, location, usage, status, decision making, supply chain, operator indicators, etc.).

Cellio gateways can be used stand-alone or configured with transceivers to optimize architecture, data transmission, and connections. Cellio is suited for single locations as well extensive enterprise configurations where there may be upwards of millions of sensors and controls connected to equipment across the continent. Partnered with cellular carriers, back-end cloud platforms, sensor instrumentation companies, and technology core companies - full enterprise-level-solution installations can be quick, easily scaled, and very affordable.

"As an industrial grade IoT software platform provider, we often find ourselves working with clients to connect their next generation products which can take, in some cases, years to make it to market. The Cellio LoRa System integrates the basic building blocks to an end-to-end IoT solution, dramatically reducing the many technical risks and yet enabling unlimited customization for well-defined problems. Partnering with Device Solutions has changed our dialogue with clients from big picture strategy and technology evaluations to targeted business cases and production rollout - literally applying IoT to solve real world problems, now,” said David Houghton, Director, Bright Wolf, LCC.

The Cellio LoRa family of wireless devices includes three distinct and configurable product options:

1. Gateways - CDMA-Cellular, GSM-Celluar, or Wi-Fi connections to the network utilize a 900MHz LoRa radio to connect a network of transceivers for data capture and control. Each gateway can cover over 3 square miles containing hundreds of widely dispersed transceivers.

2. Transceivers - up to 16 general-purpose inputs/outputs (GPIO) support connecting up to 16 sensors or controls per transceiver. The transceivers use a 900MHz LoRa radio to connect through gateways to the network. Transceivers make the system incredibly flexible and cost competitive.

3. All-in-One Devices - these devices include CDMA-Cellular, GSM-Cellular and/or Wi-Fi radios, the 900MHz LoRa radio, and 16 GPIO's. These are perfect for maximizing tracking, sensing, controlling, and communicating with assets throughout the enterprise.

“Cellio LoRa is essentially a black box to connect most anything to the network and the network to most anything,” explains Bob Witter, CEO and Founder of Device Solutions. “Driven by customer requests, Cellio is sensor and controller agnostic as well as back-end data hosting/cloud agnostic. This allows maximum flexibility on costing and configuration for enterprises of all shapes and sizes.”

Network-based control system enhanced!

Yokogawa has announced it will release an enhanced version of the STARDOM™ network-based control system in the spring of 2016 that includes a newly developed high-speed CPU module for the FCN autonomous controller. Based on the concept of putting forward a product that is faster, stronger, smarter, STARDOM will feature the new CPU module, improved environmental resistance, and an enhanced engineering tool. With this product, Yokogawa intends to expand the open network control system business.
Development background
STARDOM is a network-based production control system that consists of the FCN autonomous controller and the VDS or FAST/TOOLS SCADA software. Since introducing this system in 2001, Yokogawa has continued to enhance it by adding new functions to satisfy customers’ needs. Combining the reliability of a distributed control system (DCS) with the versatility and economy of a programmable logic controller (PLC), STARDOM is widely used in medium-size manufacturing plants and in geographically distributed applications such as natural oil and gas wells. To date, more than 20,000 STARDOM systems have been delivered.

STARDOM’s FCN autonomous controller will be capable of reliably controlling high-speed equipment such as compressors, large wind power generators, and other types of turbines, and will be able to operate in a wider range of climatic conditions. Moreover, it will include a function that aids engineers in the performance of installation, modification, and maintenance tasks.

Product features
1. High-speed calculation and communication
The processor in the FCN autonomous controller’s CPU module will have five times the processing speed of the processor used in the current CPU module. It will also have a Gigabit Ethernet port for faster communication. This will enable the FCN to reliably control high-speed equipment such as compressors and turbines. With its improved capabilities, the FCN will also be able to stably control more advanced and complex applications. The new CPU module will have a total of four Ethernet ports, facilitating a greater number of connections and the configuration of redundant communication paths with SCADA systems.

With redundant CPUs and 120 proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control loops, the average processing speed for each loop will be about 0.2 ms (not including signal processing time). PID control is a feedback control technology that is widely used in basic materials industries such as oil, gas, and petrochemicals. For each loop, temperature, pressure, flow rate, and other process data from sensors and other types of detection devices are controlled based on a specified set-point, and instructions are output to valves and other terminals.

2. Strengthened environmental resistance
Oil and gas wells are often located in deserts, mountainous areas, and other locations with severe climatic conditions, and it is essential for controllers to be able to stably operate even in such harsh environments. In addition to a standard model that covers temperatures ranging from 0 to 55ºC, a model covering a range from -20 to 70ºC will be added to Yokogawa’s FCN offering. Moreover, the controller will have a robust file system that is not affected by sudden power failures.

3. Improved efficiency of engineering and maintenance work
With the global shortage of experienced maintenance personnel, systems today must offer functions that assist less experienced workers in the correct performance of modification and maintenance tasks. To reduce the likelihood of errors being made during modifications, a function that compares the programs on the FCN CPU module and PCs will be added to the Logic Designer engineering tool. And even if a network connection to a PC is not available, the system can be updated and system information required for maintenance can be obtained by means of an SD card.

Previously, it was necessary to obtain a software license to download each function to a CPU module. The new CPU module will include all necessary functions, so that their download will no longer be required. This is expected to improve engineering efficiency.

Major target markets include: widely distributed facilities such as oil and gas wells, pipelines, and water and wastewater facilities; small- to medium-size oil, chemical, iron and steel, pulp and paper, food, and pharmaceutical process facilities; small- to medium-size wind turbines, steam turbines, and hydropower generation facilities.

The STARDOM system will be exhibited at the Measurement and Control Show 2015 Tokyo, which will be held December 2 - 4 at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition centre.

Track & Trace solution!

Werum IT Solutions is expanding its integrating role in the field of packaging serialization and aggregation and is extending its independent Track & Trace solution by a connection to OCS Checkweighers equipment. Thus, PAS-X Track & Trace does not only provide an adapter to OCS, but to all leading line controllers such as Antares Vision, Laetus, Optel Vision, Seidenader Maschinenbau, Systech, and Uhlmann.

“As a leading supplier of manufacturing IT solutions for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries, we also actively participate in the Open-SCS Working Group,” says Jürgen Laskowski, Senior Head of Global Projects III, Werum IT Solutions GmbH. “Our working group is a partner of the OPC Foundation. Our aim is to develop an open standard comprising the complete business transaction for the data exchange in packaging serialization in the healthcare industry.”

With PAS-X Track & Trace Werum offers a solution for the pharmaceutical industry to help them to comply with anti-counterfeiting requirements for medical drugs. It provides serialization and aggregation functionality for packaging processes and integrates the Enterprise Resource Planning and Global Repository with the shop floor packaging equipment and line controllers. In contrast to the multi-line managers of the equipment suppliers, PAS-X Track & Trace comprises a database to store all serialization data so that a connection to a global external repository is not required. In particular, this approach enables the serialization tree management in the entire manufacturing area, such as repackaging and rework. PAS-X Track & Trace is a smart option to get started with Werum’s manufacturing IT solutions and can easily be extended to become the PAS-X Packaging Solution or the PAS-X Manufacturing Execution System (MES).

Technically challenging LIMS project.

Autoscribe Informatics, has published a new case study (pdf) describing the use of the Matrix Gemini LIMS in a major Radiological, Environmental and Analytical Laboratory. The laboratory carries out radioanalytical analysis of environmental samples to provide support for characterisation and independent verification surveys. A LIMS was needed to replace its in-house relational database which could no longer be supported.

The system was required to handle a large volume of data and perform unique calculations to correct results. In order to facilitate this, ‘custom table mapping’, a standard technology built into Matrix Gemini LIMS was used. Here custom tables were created within SQL Server with a series of required auditing fields along with dozens of fields specifically named and designed to contain the complex radiochemistry data.

The standards used in analysis factor in decay over time. Matrix Gemini is able to calculate this degradation using complex calculations so that an accurate value of the standard is used for each analysis, whenever it is carried out.

Autoscribe Informatics Managing Director, John Boother, commented: “This was probably one of the most technically challenging LIMS projects that we have undertaken, and yet once again, the configuration tools approach which underpins the Matrix Gemini LIMS allowed us to create a system that exactly met the customer’s needs. This configuration approach lends extraordinary flexibility to the use of Matrix Gemini. At the same time as we were building the system for the radiological laboratory, we were working with another customer to use Matrix Gemini to manage the administration of a lottery”.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

New near infrared/colour multispectral line scan cameras.

Two new series of line scan cameras added to the Stemmer camera range provide enhanced multispectral imaging capabilities for industrial imaging applications. The Sweep+ from JAI and the Quadlinear Piranha4 from Teledyne DALSA both allow simultaneous capture of colour and near infrared (NIR) images. A rich choice of imaging technologies, resolution and sensor types means that the most appropriate camera can be chosen for the application.

These quadlinear and prism-based 4 channel cameras provide the benefit of simultaneous feature detection in the visible and the NIR spectrum. This enhances detection capability for a wide range of applications, including print, bank note inspection, electronics manufacturing, food and material sorting. In particular, the NIR channel allows the detection of defects that cannot be seen in the visible spectrum, making these cameras particularly powerful for both sorting and inspection.

The unique combination of NIR and visible imaging in a single unit allows machine vision developers to design compact systems using one instead of two separate cameras. In addition, by utilizing a single sensor, these cameras can make use of standard lenses with infrared correction, which leads to lower prices and a larger choice of lenses.

The Piranha4 quadlinear line scan camera features a 4 line CMOS sensor with wafer-level dichroic filters to provide red, green, and blue (RGB) outputs plus a NIR channel for multispectral imaging. It is available in 2k resolution, with 14.08 micron pixel size and delivers a maximum line rate of 70 kHz. The camera also features sub-pixel spatial correction, horizontal parallax correction, multiple AOI and ROI, and independent exposure time for each colour channel. Flat field correction can be done on each channel or as a group.

The new Sweep+ models are prism-based industrial colour line scan cameras. These cameras capture the red, green, blue and NIR bands in four separate channels simultaneously through the same optical path. Sweep+ cameras are available with a variety of sensor resolutions (from 512 to 4096 pixels) and sensor types (CCD and CMOS). All cameras in the range feature one-push automatic white balance, flat-field correction and colour shading compensation and binning functions for increased sensor sensitivity.

Lubricating linear bearings & guides!

Step-by-Step instruction on lubricating linear bearings and guides.

Thomson Industries demonstrates in its new educational Tech Tips video how to properly lubricate linear bearings and guides. The video provides step-by-step instructions and is the latest in an ongoing series of short videos from Thomson intended to help design engineers maximise performance, reduce lifecycle costs and extend the life of high precision linear motion technology.

“Any system with moving parts will eventually wear out. But understanding the role of lubrication and characteristics of the lubrication itself can help linear guide users make the most of their automation investment,” said Jeremy Gong, Global Product Line Manager for Linear Bearings & Guides at Thomson.

In the video, Gong steps users through the lubrication process, starting with a method for cleaning and continuing to show best practice on how to maintain a linear guide. Gong explains: “Any motion of the bearings will pick up the applied grease and this will circulate throughout the housing.”

Further, Gong explains how successful lubrication “depends on the quality of the lubricant, which can impact the reliability and reduce evaporation over time.” Also, Gong describes a new lubrication product from Thomson called LinearLube that is designed to slow the evaporation process and extend bearing life.

Long-range IoT connectivity products.

Low Power Radio Solutions (LPRS), worldwide radio specialists supplying robust wireless solutions where reliability is paramount, has been appointed by Link Labs to sell its market leading LoRa range of wireless modules and gateways. 

Link Labs has developed novel methods for communicating with multiple wir­­­eless devices at long range, and with low power consumption using the LoRanetworking protocol LoRaWAN. This technology offers the ability to connect hundreds or even thousands of sensors and actuators over a wide area to a single gateway, thus providing a complete solution for end users to get their IoT (Internet of Things) products to market quickly.

System builders can simply and quickly bring long-range wireless communications to their own devices and efficiently cover suburbs, cities and geographical regions using a range of base stations and repeater technologies.

In addition, Link Labs’ proprietary Symphony Link protocol provides ancillary features that include over air upgrades, Quality of Service, multicasting and other features not currently available within LoRaWAN.

“LPRS have almost 30 years’ experience of delivering wireless communication solutions to our customers.” states Nick Pummell, Managing Director of LPRS. “Link Labs’ commitment to the new long range LoRa based hardware and software solutions will allow us to deliver complete end-to-end solutions to our customers for their long range IoT applications.”

“We are excited to announce that our first major distribution agreement in Europe is with LPRS.  They have the deep wireless systems knowledge and integration capabilities as well as world class service capabilities that our customers in Europe need”, said VP of Business Development and Marketing, Bryan M. Eagle III.

The comprehensive range of products offers a complete scope of high and low power RF transceiver modules, repeaters and indoor/ outdoor 8/24/64 channel gateways and base stations. The devices are capable of licensed or unlicensed deployment from 137 MHz -1020MHz with FCC certification for operation in the 915 MHz ISM band and ETSI certification for use in the 868 MHz band.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Stricter ESD control at components distribution centre.

Anglia Components has announced significant enhancements to the stringent ESD protection measures at its Distribution Centre including integrating anti-static wrist band monitoring with access control.

Staff are only able to enter the Distribution Centre if their anti-static wrist band is compliant. When they swipe their cards for access they must also attach their wrist band to a wall-mounted unit for testing. The unit records the resistance measurement and indicates whether the band has passed or failed. Employees failing the test are physically prevented from entering the Distribution Centre until their wrist band has been retested and passed. This procedure takes only a couple of seconds and is carried out each and every time an operator re-enters the Distribution Centre, for example following lunch and tea breaks. A full and auditable record of all measurements is maintained.

This new measure allows Anglia to clearly demonstrate that it is fully compliant with IEC61340-5, in terms of testing wrists straps at least daily and maintaining records to provide evidence of conformity.

Steve Rawlins, CEO of Anglia, commented, “Anglia has always taken ESD protection extremely seriously and we are proud that with the installation of this new system we have achieved a level of protection and control that is ahead of the industry. The new unit rigorously enforces our stringent standards, and provides detailed compliance certification records to provide evidence of conformity.”
“As before, Anglia has taken working practices that are a necessity for Hi-Rel medical and defence customers and extended them to our full customer base, so that everyone sees the benefit.”

At the same time, Anglia has standardised the layout of ESD grounding points across all the workstations, to ensure that visibility of the ESD cables and connections can be quickly and easily checked by the operator. The cables are colour coded to ensure the correct resistance to the bench and the operator wrist band.

Supporting further growth in aspiration business.

Michael Hall has been recruited to the position of Technical Specialist within Honeywell Security & Fire to support further growth in the FAAST™ Aspirating Smoke Detection (ASD) business.

Michael Hall
Michael’s primary focus is to provide in-depth technical support and training for ASD system design and software to a rapidly growing customer base in EMEA. He brings a wealth of expertise to the role with 18 years electrical engineering experience working for leading fire detection businesses including UTC. Responsibilities have included installation and maintenance, training and support for new product developments.

Tim Checketts, Sales Manager for Speciality Products in EMEA, comments: “Michael joins us at an exciting time; we are seeing further continued growth in our aspiration detection business with new products about to be released and an increase in large scale projects which demand additional levels of technical support and guidance.
“Michael will play a key part in helping customers understand the wide range of applications served by next generation aspiration detection technologies. He is well versed in the needs of today’s fire system integrators and customers and the latest technological innovations. These aspects will enable him to add tangible value to both our business efficiency and customer experience.”

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