Friday, January 22, 2016

Pressure on wireless!

Emerson Process Management has introduced the industry’s first WirelessHART® pressure gauge. 

The Rosemount Wireless Pressure Gauge enables remote collection of field data, keeping operators updated on changing field conditions and improving personnel safety by reducing manual operator rounds and field exposure.

Mechanical gauges are plagued with quality and reliability issues. These issues are commonly associated with overpressure, vibration, corrosion, extreme temperatures, and accidental damage. Additionally, mechanical gauges are unable to communicate a device status.

“As part of our Pervasive Sensing™ portfolio, this new gauge design fundamentally changes how customers use pressure gauges by helping them make better business decisions,” said Bob Karschnia, vice president and general manager of wireless products at Emerson Process Management. “Real-time insights provide actionable information that improves personnel safety while reducing facilities’ costs and time.”

Emerson’s new Rosemount Wireless Pressure Gauge utilises field-proven piezoresistive sensor technology to deliver reliable pressure readings. With the flexibility to accommodate changing process conditions, the Wireless Pressure Gauge also gives up to 150X overpressure protection compared to traditional gauges, which provides for a safer field environment by using two layers of process isolation.

Bourdon tube gauges have traditionally been a mainstay for taking pressure readings in the field, but are limited to visual indication of process conditions when an operator is present. Bourdon tubes also use moving parts, which can break or wear over time due to use and vibration, causing inaccurate readings or process to spill.

The Wireless Pressure Gauge eliminates mechanical gauge common weak points by removing the components that inhibit the device from reporting/displaying pressure and providing up to a 10-year life, which reduces maintenance cost and time. The large 4.5 inch (11.5cm) gauge face provides easy field visibility.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Power Quality Seminars programme for 2016.

Fluke offers a free Power Quality Seminar as part of its programme of seminars for 2016 throughout the Ireland & Britain.  Designed to help Facility Managers, Maintenance Engineers, Energy Consultants and Power Engineers to save money on energy bills and increase machinery lifetime, the seminars are one element of the Fluke Academy programme.

The seminars covering Power Quality explain how users of Fluke equipment can set up a load study, how they can measure the power quality from the power utility and how to detect disturbances in their facilities, thus learning how to save money and improve machinery lifetime.
Each seminar will cover:

  • An introduction to Power Quality principles
  • Flicker, transients, Volts, Amps and Hertz
  • Load studies
  • Energy consumption in facilities, offices and homes
  • How to measure unbalance, harmonics, interharmonics
  • Mains signalling, voltage dips and swells.

Other seminars in the Fluke Academy programme cover thermography; reducing energy costs; troubleshooting motors and drives to minimise plant downtime; process calibration; and electrical testing.

The Fluke Academy web page also provides access to webinars and webcasts that provide online training to obtain the maximum benefit in the application of thermal imagers and portable oscilloscopes, as well as highlighting training courses with partner institutions.

@FlukeCorp  #PAuto #TandM #Training

Surface mount machines for manufacturer of complex electronic & electromechanical equipment.

Key-Tech Electronic Systems is further advancing its production ambitions with the recent installation of two, new, fully automated Yamaha Z:LEXYSM20 modular surface mount machines, within the busy 46,000 sq. ft. facility.

Yamaha Z:LEXYSM20
The Z:LEX YSM20, considered to be the best in its class, has operating mounting speeds of 90,000 chips per hour. With a built-in smart recognition system, reducing operator input, it can place unconventionally shaped components accurately and efficiently without compromising on quality.

In the year where Key-Tech Electronic Systems celebrates its coming of age, with a very successful 21st anniversary, the two company directors, Jim Spence and David Weir, decided to move forward with their top end clients by purchasing not one, but two of these elite machines. The modularity of the Z:LEX YSM20 perfects Key-Tech Electronic System’s ability to deliver high speed assemblies of multi-sized components on a by-far greater scale, now enhancing customers’ demanding turnarounds. From miniaturised components such as the 03015 (0.3mmx0.15mm) to large assemblies, Key-Tech Electronic Systems now offers the electronic and electromechanical industry a competitive and leading edge flexibility and versatility to meet the demanding requirements of today’s marketplace.

Jim Spence, Financial Director shares “The company started with just 4 employees in 1993 with a vision to fill identified gaps and today, 21 years later, we’ve organically grown the business to a level where we can comfortably meet the needs of major players in this industry.

Our strength, from the beginning, was always our unique ability to understand, create and design new processes for our clients, alongside maintaining modern systems of manufacturing, with our current brand new facilities”.

 #Key-Tech #PAuto 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Learn project management!

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) to deliver a web-based project management course customised to meet the specialised needs of system integrators.

Project Management for Automation and Control System Integration (MT08W) will be taught live online by an ISA expert instructor during four brief sessions spread over two consecutive weeks. Consistent with CSIA Best Practices© and CSIA’s commitment to improve the business practices of system integrators, the course covers all aspects of project management phases, functions, responsibilities, techniques and tools.

“ISA is pleased to collaborate with CSIA on the development of this new project management course for system integrators,” says Dalton Wilson, ISA’s Director of Education Services. “Through our discussions with CSIA, it was made clear to us that demand is rising among CSIA members for comprehensive project management training. By making the course available over the Web with live instruction by a leading subject-matter expert, we’re blending convenience with an engaging, high-quality learning format.”

“Best Practices represents the backbone of CSIA and project management is a key section of our manual,” explains Jose M. Rivera, CSIA CEO. “This training addresses the need of our members for immediate applicability to their jobs while reducing the lost productivity and costs associated with travel.”

The new course will debut in March of this year (2016), with four-hour classes taught on Tuesday, 8 March; Thursday, 10 March; Tuesday, 15 March; and Thursday, 17 March. Another offering is planned for the autumnLearn project management.

Course registration, payment processing and enrollment confirmation are provided through ISA's website and customer service department. To view a description of the course and enroll online today, click here.

#PAuto @isaInterchange @CSIAtweet

Wireless monitor receives CSA Approval.

The BM 25 Wireless (BM 25W) area gas monitor from Oldham has been certified by Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and now carries the CSA mark of approval.The marking is as follows and the BM 25W can now be used in Class I Division 1 hazardous locations in Canada and in Div. 2 locations in the United States. They are working to add the US Class I Div 1 approval to the BM 25 and BM 25W by the end of the year.

The BM 25 Wireless brings freedom and flexibility while keeping the standard characteristics of the BM 25.

  • Powerful audible alarm (103 dB @ 1m)
  • Ultra-bright flashing signal (viewable at 360°)
  • 1 to 5 gases simultaneously
  • Run time of up to 135 hours in Wireless version
  • Resistant to harsh environment
  • Easily transportable - less than 15 lbs
  • Up to 30 devices per MESH network
  • Up to 16 independent MESH networks
  • 2.4 GHz frequency
  • Up to 0.6 mile line-of-sight range

By using up to 16 BM25 Wireless in combination with their MX 40 wireless controller, information can now be centralized at one location. The MX 40 can display up to 32 measurements in real time.

Using the Sitewatch option, the MX 40 can be accessed remotely via Ethernet or GSM. A web page displays measurements and channel statuses in real time, and is accessible from any computer or wireless phone connected to the internet. This option also allows SMS or email messages sent in the case of an alarm.

@OldhamGas @CSA_Group #PAuto #Wireless

SIL 1 safe protection for machinery.

CSI 6500 Machinery Health™ Monitor now offers a SIL 1 certified protection system for improving reliability in SIS environments
Operating safety-critical equipment without reliable machinery health insight to issues such as missed or false trips and alarms can keep operations unreliable and increase risk. Emerson Process Management’s CSI 6500 Machinery Health Monitor now has an IEC 61508:2010, Safety Integration Level (SIL) certification, Level 1, making it suitable for use in delivering reliable protection monitoring in such environments as steam and gas turbines in power plants, critical refinery assets, nuclear industry critical assets, and other safety-critical applications.

“While building safety products, it is important to ensure the availability of the whole safety system to keep it in operation for many years,” said Thomas Wewers, director of technology for Emerson’s reliability solutions. “Emerson’s commitment to safety has always been a top priority and as process systems become more and more intricate, built-in safety features are even more important. SIL certification is one more way of showing our customers that we are committed to helping them reduce risk.”

The CSI 6500 provides insight into the health of critical assets with both protection and prediction in a single chassis. The CSI 6500 integrates seamlessly into an overall Safety Instrumented System (SIS), such as Emerson’s DeltaV SIS™, to provide operators information in a format that they are used to seeing on a standard distributed control graphics screen.

@EmersonProcess #PAuto #MachineHealth


All-in-one instrument for engineers using benchtop test equipment.

National Instruments (NI) has a new, high-performance model of VirtualBench. The software-based VirtualBench all-in-one instrument combines a mixed-signal oscilloscope, function generator, digital multimeter, programmable DC power supply and digital I/O. With 350 MHz of bandwidth, four analogue channels and Ethernet connectivity, the new version of VirtualBench offers increased functionality for engineers characterising and debugging new designs or automated test systems.

“Since we introduced VirtualBench to the marketplace, its versatility and practicality have created considerable efficiencies for users,” said Stefanie Breyer, Vice President of R&D, Data Acquisition at NI. “With this next iteration, we incorporated greater performance and more features that open up even more possibilities for engineers interacting with benchtop test equipment.”

Users still interact with VirtualBench through free upgradable software applications that run on PCs or iPads for an easy, unified software experience for all five instruments. Because VirtualBench uses today’s consumer computing platforms, engineers and scientists interact with their instruments using multitouch displays, multicore processors, wireless connectivity and intuitive interfaces for increased productivity. Simplification and increased capability through software leads to more efficient circuit debugging and validation.

Key Benefits
• Enhanced mixed-signal oscilloscope with protocol analysis delivers 350 MHz of bandwidth and four analogue channels for higher performance interactive test
• Higher wattage programmable DC power supply with up to 3 A for the 6 V output channel and up to 1 A for the 25 V and -25 V channels for higher current applications
• Convenient, unified view of all five instruments, visualisation on larger displays and quick functionality to save data and screenshots
• Ethernet connectivity in addition to USB and WiFi compatibility for distributed measurements
• Integrates seamlessly with LabVIEW system design software.

@niukie #PAuto #TandM

Benchtop PSU.

The GPS-TPS352 1200W output benchtop power supply has just been announced by Gresham Power Electronics. Supplied in a convenient and compact desktop case less than 50mm tall, the GPS-TPS352 provides reliable system power up to 1200W (1400W peak) with low output ripple and noise.

Typical applications for the GPS-TPS352 benchtop power supply include product design, test and repair, burn-in, instrumentation, telecoms infrastructure, IT systems and data-centres, laboratories and education.

Regulated single outputs of 12V 7.5A, 24V 58A, 28V 50A, 36V 38A and 48V 28A are available as standard and custom versions may be specified. The output has +/-10% adjustment range via a front panel mounted potentiometer

The Gresham Power GPS-TPS352 operates from 110 and 230VAC input supplies and features internal speed controlled long life fans for low noise operation in higher ambient temperatures and increased reliability. Airflow is from front to rear of power supply.

Other features include an IEC power inlet for worldwide AC cables, a single piece SBX75 output connector, which avoids bolt terminals with easy to lose parts, front panel displays for output voltage and current and an on/off switch.

The standard enclosure for the GPS-TPS352 is made from welded stainless steel, finished in a black epoxy coat which provides excellent protection for the internal electronics. A stainless steel enclosure is also available as is conformal of the PCB, providing additional ruggedisation.

The case is fitted with non-marking rubber feet to protect operating surfaces and the 50mm tall front panel is fitted with two panel handles which also provide protection to front panel components from drop damage.

@GreshamPower #PAuto #Laboratory

Safety, explosion mitigation and prevention enhanced by acquisition!

Newson Gale has been acquired by the HOERBIGER Group and is now a member of its Safety Solutions business segment. Hoerbiger is comprised of leaders in their respective explosion protection segments including IEP Technologies in explosion protection, the Combustion Research Center in materials testing and Newson Gale in controlling electrostatic ignition hazards.

Newson Gale's Earth-Rite Range
Newson Gale will continue to trade under the Newson Gale brand, with the current management team remaining in place. "Our commitment and focus at adding value to our customers by preventing fires and explosions caused by static discharges remains unchanged and we will continue to develop and bring to market performance defining static control equipment and services."

For decades, the Hoerbiger has been an innovation and technology leader for explosion protection and check valves to be used in oil, gas, carbon and dust applications as well as in the mechanical and plant engineering industry. The introduction of the business segment Safety Solutions within the Group underscores this commitment to innovation and technology as well as our continuing focus on our customer’s safety.

“With the acquisition of Newson Gale, HOERBIGER Safety Solutions enhances its position as a leading player in safety and explosion mitigation. We have searched for, and found, a partner who will be committed to the future success of Newson Gale", says Newson Gale Managing Director, Mr. Graham Tyers.


@NewsonGale #Hörbiger #PAuto

Ethernet line extenders.


Robust, reliable and easy to set up Wolverine devices deliver secure, resilient networking for mission-critical operation in extreme environments

Westermo has released two additions to its range of Wolverine advanced industrial Ethernet line extenders. These rugged, reliable and compact devices are used to establish long-distance, high-speed remote connections between simple or complex Ethernet networks using existing copper cables, thereby reducing installation time and cost. The DDW-242 and DDW-242-485 include a range of features that deliver secure and resilient networking, even in extreme industrial environments, which makes them suitable for mission-critical applications.

The line extenders enable Ethernet networks to be connected over distances of up to 15km, at data rates up to 15.3 Mbit/s on a single twisted pair cable. Using two pairs bonded, the rate can be doubled to support applications requiring larger bandwidths. An integral switch allows two Ethernet devices to be attached, and a choice of either 232 or 485 serial port enables legacy equipment to be incorporated into the IP network.

To help improve cyber security the DDW-242 and DDW-242-485 include full layer 3 functionality and unique IP security provided by the Westermo WeOS operating system. The devices include a built-in port-based firewall securing data between trusted and un-trusted networks; NAT rules - a way to make systems that are configured with private IP addresses appear to have public IP addresses; and VPN tunnels for encrypting data on the ‘last mile’ section of the network, which is particularly susceptible to security risk.

The WeOS operating system also provides advanced switching and routing functionality that enables the management of complex industrial networks. With no software configuration needed for basic installation the DDW-242 and DDW-242-485 are extremely easy to set up. A web interface and command line interface support configuration of large and complex networks. Should maintenance be required, a back-up and restore facility enables configurations to be quickly downloaded from a USB stick.

To enable installation in harsh industrial environments and rail trackside applications the devices offer a wide operating temperature range of -40 to +70 degrees C, and have been tested to meet electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), isolation, vibration and shock standards.

In the event of link or hardware failure, Westermo’s unique FRNT (Fast Recovery of Network Topology) technology enables network reconfiguration, whilst an extensive diagnostics function allows the quality of the line and the connection status to be analysed.

@Westermo #PAuto #Ethernet

Wireless switches without batteries.

ZF Electronic Systems* 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 ZF Electronic Systems 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. ZF Electronic Systems 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.

*ZF Electronics was formerly known as CHERRY.

 #PAuto @CherryAmericas

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Radar level transmitter.

Krohne has introduced a new radar level transmitter, OPTIWAVE 1010, for bypass chambers and magnetic level indicators. The 2-wire FMCW radar level transmitter is designed as a cost-effective solution for the continuous level measurement of liquids in bypass applications in various industries, e.g. chemical, power, water and wastewater, or automotive.
OPTIWAVE 1010 can be combined with the Krohne BM 26 ADVANCED bypass chambers and magnetic level indicators (MLI), thereby adding a 4-20mA HART output to the mechanical devices. The combinations can be conveniently ordered as a whole, e.g. as BM 26 W1010 (OPTIWAVE 1010 welded to BM 26 ADVANCED). Alternatively, it can be welded on any bypass chamber with internal diameter 38-56 mm / 1.5-2.2". Thus it is also an ideal solution for other MLI manufacturers to add a level radar measurement option to their product range.

OPTIWAVE 1010 is competitively priced to replace reed chains, magnetostrictive and simple TDR transmitters that are typically used with bypass chambers or MLIs. In addition to a measuring accuracy of ± 5 mm / 0.2", the FMCW principle offers a much better overall accuracy in bypass applications: while reed chain and magnetostrictive principles are measuring the float position which depends on the product density, the FMCW radar directly measures the liquid surface.

Application range for OPTIWAVE 1010 includes almost any liquids with process temperatures ≤ +150°C / +302°F up to 40 barg / 580 psig and measuring ranges up to 8 m / 26.2 ft. With clean liquids of dielectric constant εr ≥ 3 the device measures the surface directly, for εr < 3, a float with target is used.

OPTIWAVE 1010 features a dual process seal system that allows for removal of the converter under process conditions. The 2-wire loop-powered HART device is pre-configured in the factory and is delivered ready to use. Application-specific adjustments are possible via HART/ DD and DTM.

• Krohne products are marketed in Ireland by DWN Instruments.

GaN-on-Si product supplier appoints new director.

EpiGaN, supplier of commercial GaN-on-Silicon epi-wafers for the power switching, RF power and sensor market, announces that Lou Hermans has joined their Board of Directors. Hermans will add his broad expertise in founding and growing semiconductor startups to implementing the expansion of EpiGaN and its continuously growing portfolio of GaN-on-Si products and services.

Lou Hermans
In 2007 Lou Hermans co-founded CMOSIS NV a leading provider of high-performance CMOS image sensors and solutions based in Antwerp Belgium where he served in the past as Chairman of the Board, VP Marketing and Sales and COO.

“Being an IMEC spin-off and knowing the EpiGaN founding team from my time at IMEC, I have always been following with great interest the development of EpiGaN, its products and services offered. Therefore I accepted with great pleasure and enthusiasm the invitation to become an independent board member and to support on the basis of my experience the further growth of EpiGaN.

EpiGaN, founded in 2010 as a spin-off of the Belgian research organization Imec, is continuing on its successful trajectory of becoming a world leading materials and solution provider in the field of GaN-on-Si technology. EpiGaN, operating out of Hasselt, develops and delivers GaN-on-Si and GaN-on-SiC epiwafers to semiconductor device manufacturers worldwide for power switching, RF power and sensor applications.

The company is today developing and shipping epitaxial (Al,Ga)N heterostructures grown on up to 200mm Si substrates to enable its customers to successfully position themselves in rapidly growing market segments.

"Lou has a far reaching experience and expertise in successfully growing semiconductor startup companies. That's why we invited him to join our Board of Directors in an advisory role," said Dr Marianne Germain, cofounder and CEO of EpiGaN. "We are now taking our next expansion step as the GaN market is accelerating its transition from R&D activities to full-fledged commercial production and application."

Weight Indicators With Large LED/LCD Displays.

Two new weight indicators featuring large six-digit LED and LCD displays have been introduced from VGP Transducers. Combining weighing and counting modes with an array of advanced features and communication interfaces, the Intuition 20i and Intuition 22i provide versatile solutions for a wide range of commercial and industrial applications.

For truck, bench, floor, and counting scales, the Intuition 20i and Intuition 22i drive up to 10 x 350 Ω load cells (4/6 wires), while their built-in counting modes are optimised for inventory control applications. The units support batching up to eight batched steps for process weighing and local/remote display capabilities and alibi memory — capable of retaining the last 10,000 transactions — for any application involving legal for trade weighing.

Each of the instruments released today features two programmable RS-232 serial ports for printing and networking and is available with optional Ethernet, USB 2.0, and RS485 serial ports. The Intuition 20i and Intuition 22i feature ticket printing with gross, net, and setpoint customisable up to 300 characters, while a real-time clock option allows for automatic data and time storage to clearly document all printout records. For weighing multiple transactions, the units offer an accumulation capability with an armed print function for summing the total weight. When the gross weight is at zero, the user can enter a preset tare value.

With its LED display, the Intuition 20i is optimised for outdoor applications in sunlight, while the LCD display of the Intuition 22i is ideal for indoor low-intensity-light environments. The units are available with rechargeable batteries providing up to 18 and 42 hours of operation time, respectively, while their rugged IP67 stainless steel enclosures enable operation in harsh environments. Two password protection levels allow both the user and operator to access the instrument's setup and configuration menu. For easy operation, calibration, and setup, both instruments are available with seven-key standard keyboards and 19-key numeric keyboards.

The reliable and robust Intuition 20i and Intuition 22i are based on a proven hardware and software modular structure that has undergone outdoor field testing for two years. Due to their modular architecture, the units are designed for simple servicing. Nearly every module in the system — whether electronic or mechanical, such as a power supply, A/D, CPU, or communication interface — can be easily replaced in the field. The instruments include full diagnostics, offer 100 % customisable hardware and software, and can be custom labeled.

VPG Transducers is fully committed to supporting the Intuition 20i and Intuition 22i in the event of any quality issues and is dedicated to continuing the development of the units' hardware and software platform by adding new features based on market demand. For example, an update will soon be released that features a digital scale interface.

 #VGP #PAuto #Transportation

TOC analysers Distributership announced.


ErsaTec GmbH, the manufacturer of gas analysers for the measurement of organic gases (TOC) such as solvents and fuels, has appointed Quantitech as exclusive distributor of their products in Ireland and Britain.

Designed and developed by former employees of Bernath Atomic (manufacturer of the well-known Bernath 3006 FID), the ErsaTec analysers employ Flame Ionisation Detectors (FIDs) to measure total organic carbon. The product range includes both continuous and semi-continuous analysers for use in a wide variety of industrial applications.

“We are delighted to be given this opportunity,” says Sales Director Dominic Duggan. “Quantitech has been selling FID instruments for around 20 years and we are very excited to be able to offer a choice of fixed and transportable versions.

“The ErsaTec products are ideal for Part B Processes and Test Houses; offering advanced FID technology at highly competitive prices. The range offers a number of very attractive advantages; for example, the SmartFID instruments have internal dataloggers and are very easy to set up and run with an intuitive touchscreen.”

FID analysers require a fuel source and with dual range capability (low range to 10ppm and high range to 100,000ppm) the ErsaTec FIDs can operate on either hydrogen or a hydrogen/helium mix. However, hydrogen consumption is very low and this is the most economical choice.

• Under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, local authorities must regulate certain types of factory. This is to reduce any pollution they may cause and, in particular, to help improve air quality. Businesses which operate these premises must seek a permit and in doing so, will need to demonstrate compliance with emission limits, so for most of these (over 17,000) processes monitoring will be necessary, and for many of them that will include the measurement of organic gases such as solvents.
The British Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has published Process Guidance Notes for a wide range of affected processes.

@Quantitech #ERsaTech #PAuto #Britain #Ireland

Increased demand for XRF analyser hire.

Steve Drake, NDT Market Manager at Ashtead Technology believes that XRF is one of the most important technologies in the company’s fleet of NDT and environmental testing instruments. 


“With a small amount of training, almost anyone can implement detailed inspections in a wide variety of applications, and with most instruments being lightweight and robust, XRF analysers are among the most popular rental items. We have therefore invested in a selection of the leading XRF equipment so that customers are able to choose the instrument and mode that suits their application best.”

XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence) analysers enable the chemical, non-destructive analysis of metals and alloys in a wide variety of materials. A simple point-and-shoot method means that even relatively inexperienced users can analyse metals content quickly and easily, following the requisite introductory course that is provided by Ashtead Technology’s Radiation Protection Supervisor, Will Russell.

Typical applications for XRF include Positive Material Identification (PMI), recycling of waste metal and compliance with the WEEE and RoHS Directives, quality control in manufacturing, and environmental applications such as contaminated land investigation.

Summarising, Steve Drake says: “As customers find new ways to utilise XRF technology, the demand for these instruments continues to grow and with the benefit of our in-house training, new users are able to operate safely and provide reliable measurements.”


@ashteadtech #PAuto #TandM

Monday, January 18, 2016

Enhanced level measurement technology for bulk solids applications.

New functions and certifications expand the range of applications for Rosemount™ level measurement devices, helping to provide greater control of inventory and manufacturing processes

Further addressing the tough challenges of accurately measuring level and volume of bulk solids and powders in large vessels, bins and silos, Emerson Process Management has enhanced its range of level measurement devices. A number of new functions and certifications will help to minimise maintenance, enable easy integration and expand the range of suitable applications.

“Uneven surfaces, irregular build-up and harsh, dusty and potentially explosive environments make measuring the level of solids in large vessels problematic, impacting inventory control decisions,” said Asael Sharabi, technical director at Emerson Process Management. “Emerson’s enhanced Rosemount instrumentation meets these challenges to provide users with greater control of inventories and entire manufacturing processes, with significant financial benefits.”

Supporting manufacturers’ need for improved inventory control, the Rosemount 5708 Series 3D Solids Scanner, which uses acoustic measurement and 3D mapping technology to provide highly accurate continuous level and volume measurement, is now suitable for a broader range of applications. The device is now ATEX/IECEx certified for installation in areas with potentially explosive atmospheres, often found in solids measurement applications. A new mounting adaptor also allows the device to be installed within electrostatic precipitator (ESP) hoppers. By using its 3D visualisation capability to map out the surface of the fly ash that builds up in the hopper, operators can optimise the process, reducing cost, risk and wear and tear on the hopper.

To overcome the difficulty of installation and integration, Emerson has introduced full SCADA integration support for the solids scanner. Users can now seamlessly integrate 3D visualisation of the surface level into Emerson’s Ovation™ or DeltaV™ distributed control systems, delivered directly to control room operators.

For remote solids applications or where there is no existing cable infrastructure, wireless can be the key for a successful project. Both the solids scanner and the Rosemount 5402 Non-contacting Radar, which provides bulk solids level measurement for applications with smaller sized vessels, can now be connected to a WirelessHART® network using a Smart Wireless THUM™ Adapter. This enables easy integration to the automation architecture, reducing installation cost and time.

New functions help to further reduce if not eliminate device maintenance requirements. The new air purging connection for the Rosemount 5402 prevents clogging of the antenna in applications with very dusty environments. The already present self-cleaning function on the Rosemount 5708 can now be complemented with a new PTFE coated antenna which helps extend maintenance intervals even further, especially where extremely sticky materials are present.

Emissions monitoring to be studied!

The organisers of CEM 2016, the international emissions monitoring event, have published details of the conference that will run over three days in Lisbon from 18th to 20th May. Featuring speakers from 13 countries there will be 48 presentations within seven main themes:

  1. Regulation Standards and Quality
  2. Predictive Emission Monitoring
  3. Innovative Measurement Technology
  4. Fine Particulate Monitoring
  5. Mercury and other Trace Metals
  6. Fugitive Emissions
  7. Industrial Case Studies

The Conference presentations will address a wide range of testing and monitoring issues covering the latest international regulations, standards, methods and technologies in applications such as power stations, waste incineration, laboratory analysis, ship emissions and the Maritime Directive, biofuels, coal and biomass fired boilers, hazardous waste incineration, cement plants, chlor-alkali plants and landfill emissions.

CEM 2016 organiser Marcus Pattison believes that the CEM 2016 Conference is particularly well timed. “The emissions reduction targets agreed by 195 nations at COP21 in Paris will place a growing emphasis on the accuracy and reliability of monitoring at a time when, thanks to Volkswagen, public understanding of air pollution issues has never been greater. The automotive industry is keen to highlight the significance of industrial emissions, so it is vital that industry continues to provide ‘real-world’ data that can be trusted."

Long range high position sensors in harsh conditions!

The NCG-1-AL-UHV position sensors from Queensgate, based upon highly advanced proprietary capacitive technology, are the longest range devices in the company’s portfolio. Their measurements can span across 11,000µm. Designed for precision positioning in the most uncompromising of environments, they have a sensing mechanism that utilizes gold-plated ceramic capacitive plates and exhibits a combination of rugged construction plus strong operational performance of 0.12µm resolution (thanks to very low noise electronics).

NanoSensor®s maintain their zero position when they are powered down making them a highly optimized alternative or addition to interferometry for short distance measurements. Low thermal changes at the point of measurement mean the sensors are suitable for system drift and stability measurement. The sensors are radiation hard to 107Gy, have an extended working temperature range (covering -200°C to +150°C), are non-magnetic and are suitable for placement in ultra-high vacuum environments (up to 1 × 10-10Torr). Their relatively simple installation, with just one or two electrical feedthroughs, reduces system complexity and cost over optical measurement systems. A standard model capacitive sensor NCG-1-AL is also available for use in air.

Queensgate’s NCG-1-AL-UHV position sensors are designed to be accompanied by the company’s NS-2000/NS-2000SM single axis or NS-2304 multi-axis sensor controllers. Among the key applications for these devices are insertion redevises, X-ray monochromators, precision manufacturing and other large scale science experiments.

Fast Ethernet Interface Card for Train Control.

The F305 network controller, from MEN,  coming in 3U CompactPCI supports four fast Ethernet channels and real-time Ethernet functionality. Especially developed for rail applications, the card is equipped with robust M12 connectors on the front, is working in an extended temperature range from -40 to +85°C and complies with the EN 50155 railway standard.

Real-Time Ethernet for Modular Train Control System
The four fast Ethernet channels of the F305 network controller can connect over distances up to 100 m. The card supports full-duplex or half-duplex for 10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX.

The F305 is available with or without a real-time Ethernet controller and extended connectivity, making it flexibly scalable to system requirements.

The one-slot CompactPCI card comes with robust M12 connectors, conformal coating, operates in an extended temperature range from -40 to +85°C and fulfills the requirements of the EN 50155 standard. The F305 is the perfect companion especially in demanding rail systems for rolling stock and wayside.

Due to its robust characteristics and real-time functionality the F305 plays a central role as a reliable network component in the MTCS Modular Train Control System from MEN.

MTCS is the very first open computer platform for automatic train operation and protection. All components inside MTCS communicate via real-time Ethernet and are connected via a ring topology, allowing the devices to be controlled from two directions. This architecture tolerates single faults and considerably raises the safety of the system.

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Preventive maintenance practices for all!

Unplanned downtime due to equipment failure can cost manufacturers up to three per cent of their revenue, according to the U.S. Federal Energy Management Program. Manual methods of tracking equipment health to predict failures are time consuming and prone to errors and incomplete data, while existing computerised maintenance management systems can be costly and complex and often require significant IT resources to implement.

Fluke Connect® Assets changes the way equipment maintenance is documented, reported, and managed.

Fluke Connect® Assets is a cloud-based wireless system of software and test tools that gives maintenance managers a comprehensive view of all critical equipment — including baseline, historical, and current test tool measurement data, current status, and past inspection data — enabling them to set up and sustain a preventive maintenance (PM) or condition-based maintenance (CBM) system easily with minimal investment.

It features the industry’s only wireless one-step measurement transfer from more than 30 Fluke Connect wireless test tools, eliminating manual recording of measurements so maintenance managers can be more confident that the equipment history is accurate.

The system’s features allow maintenance managers to analyse multiple types of predictive data (for example, electrical, vibration, infrared images) all in one program, side by side, in a visual format that enables easy scanning. In fact, it’s the first software that allows you to compare multiple measurement types in one system, making it easy to see correlations and spot problems. This intuitive display of multiple measurements enhances the productive use of data and the ability to identify a problem, since each measurement type tests a different aspect of equipment health and together they present a more complete picture.

Key features of Fluke Connect Assets include:
  • Asset Health dashboard —is a hierarchy based overview of the status of all assets over time, with drill-downs to the individual asset record for more details. This permits managers to identify anomalies or correlations across equipment.
  • Asset Analysis – is a record for each piece of equipment that is the single source for all of its maintenance information. Managers and technicians can trend and compare thermal, electrical and vibration data over time for each piece of equipment in order to make optimal repair and replacement decisions.
  • Asset Status dashboard — allows managers to quickly scan the most recent status updates for key assets so they can better monitor team and equipment activity.
Entire maintenance teams can capture and share data via their smartphones regardless of their location using AutoRecord™ to automatically record measurements from Fluke Connect wireless test tools, upload the data to Fluke Cloud™ storage and then assign it to a specific asset for sharing and analysis. Technicians can collaborate with their colleagues to discuss problems while sharing data and images in real time with ShareLive™ video calls, speeding up problem solving, decision-making and approvals.
With the Fluke Connect Assets system, maintenance managers and technicians generate more reliable data to make informed decisions about equipment health, reducing unexpected equipment downtime, improving costs, and enhancing the efficiency of their teams.

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