Friday, January 29, 2016

Graduates join international trainee programme.

Three university graduates have begun a year-long internship at Westermo as part of its ambitious new international trainee programme, which aims to advance the skillset of participants and attract talented people to the company.

Elena Bersanini, Manne Hellsing and Khawar Naeem are the first trainees taking part in the programme. During their internship they will experience a number of different roles within various departments at Westermo’s facilities in Sweden and some of its other international offices. This will provide them with a valuable insight into how the company operates.
LtoR: Elena Bersanini, Manne Hellsing and Khawar Naeem.

Elena Bersanini is from Milan, Italy, and has an MSc degree in international business administration and management. She has previously worked in India and Britain, and was most recently a marketing manager in her home country.

Manne Hellsing hails from Strömsholm in Sweden and recently finished a master’s degree in engineering at Mälardalen University in Eskilstuna.

Khawar Naeem, from Islamabad, Pakistan, has a master’s degree in telecommunication engineering and has worked in Pakistan, Sweden and Oman.

“The twelve-month international trainee programme is a mix of theory and practice,” said Anne-Li Hallblad, HR manager at Westermo. “During the year they will perform a number of jobs, and receive training and guidance to help them develop. After they have completed the training programme, a suitable position will be found for them within the Westermo organisation.”

Westermo provides reliable, resilient and secure industrial networking technology for critical applications around the world. The internship will show the trainees how the company develops, produces and markets this technology. As part of their learning process, the trainees will take courses in sales presentation techniques, product education, project management and leadership, among other subjects. Each trainee is assigned a mentor, who will act as their support and sounding board throughout the programme.

Westermo hopes that the programme will enable trainees to advance at an accelerated pace, with the goal of them becoming suitable for leading positions, therefore bolstering an already strong workforce.

“We will encourage the trainees to step out of their comfort zone and try new things in new areas,” Hallblad said. “The idea is for the trainees to be challenged and stretched, and for them to grow.”

The first three trainees on the programme have high hopes that it will put them on the path to a fulfilling and enjoyable career with Westermo. Manne Hellsing said: “I think the trainee programme will be interesting, challenging, and a huge opportunity for me to develop professionally. I hope that it will be the start of a successful, long-term collaboration.”

“We are delighted with the quality of the three initial trainees, but we are always looking for additional candidates who enjoy new challenges, and who are good at taking on board information, analysing problems and coming up with solutions,” Hallblad said. “We’re looking for people with effective communication skills and the drive, confidence and resilience to get things done.”

@Westermo #PAuto 

Relocation doubles space providing systems Integration services.

SCADAware have relocated to a much larger premises of 12,000 sq. ft in Normal (IL USA). Their previos premises was a crowded 5300 sq.ft!

Rick Caldwell 
For over 15 years customers have relied on them for industrial automation and control system integration expertise to deliver design-build projects such as plant expansions, improvements to existing facilities, and full enterprise integration projects to ensure visibility into plant operations. Their growth has been particularly strong in municipal freshwater and wastewater treatment, industrial wastewater treatment, food and beverage manufacturing and grain handling facilities.

To meet the needs of the growing customer base, the new larger facility allows for increased training capacity, additional office space as the company continues to hire qualified employees, and room for growth of the panel shop, staging areas and product development space.

Rick Caldwell, president of SCADAware, comments,  "Thank you to all of our customers, employees and partners for making our expansion possible. We are excited about the new location and the opportunity to broaden our services to meet regional demand. As you look to replace aging infrastructure and/or look for new ways to gain a competitive edge through automation, we are ready to provide you with the technical support and expertise you need to reduce risk, gain efficiency and manage costs."

@SCADAware #Pauto

Universal DIN-Rail Mounting Kit for PSUs.

Excelsys Technologies has introduced a DIN-Rail mounting accessory for their innovative, high power density, single output and user configurable modular power supplies. The new mounting accessory facilitates easy mounting of Excelsys power supplies to a standard 35mm DIN-Rail and is compatible with the very successful Xgen, UltiMod and Xsolo product families.

The flexible, one-size-fits-all solution allows the power supply to be mounted vertically or horizontally on a DIN-Rail system. This allows customers to achieve higher power density, more outputs, greater flexibility and higher total power than typical DIN rail power supplies. The accessory consists of a custom bracket to fit Excelsys power supplies and a DIN-Rail clip from Hammond Manufacturing (part number 1427DIN75M). The custom bracket fits both 4-slot and 6-slot variants of the Xgen and UltiMod power supplies, as well as all Xsolo variants.

The DIN-Rail accessory requires 4 x M4 screws for mounting to the Xgen or Ultimod, or 4 x M3 mounting screws for mounting the Xsolo. All other fittings are included with the DIN rail clip. 

Dermot Flynn, Sales Director at Exclesys Technologies, comments, “We have very strong sales in the industrial power sector and expect our new Din-Rail mounting accessory to be welcomed by designers of building automation and industrial control systems who will now be able to take advantage of our feature rich, high reliability power supplies.”

Typical applications for Excelsys power supplies include industrial applications including test and measurement, automation, semiconductor production, robotics and printing and lasers, imaging and diagnostic equipment in the medical market. As a world-class power supply manufacturer, Excelsys has a global applications team to support and assist customers with their specific system needs.

MES helps life sciences manufacturers move to production more quickly.

Emerson Process Management has enhanced the Syncade Suite manufacturing execution system (MES) to help life science manufacturers simplify the transfer of recipes and manufacturing information between project phases and system environments - from design through to validation and production. The new functionality automates the transfer of product recipes, material master information, and configuration settings, while also enabling users to archive the associated order execution information in a secure environment.

“Emerson continues to deliver strategies to help the life sciences industry quickly and accurately roll out projects without slowing the path to production,” says Michalle Adkins, Emerson life sciences consulting manager. “Using our enhanced functionality, project teams can eliminate the effort and errors associated with transcription effort.”

Time to market is critical in the life science industry. Implementing a product recipe typically requires time-consuming verification that the production system accurately reflects all the settings and configuration work implemented through the development and test process. With Syncade transfer and archive functionality, users achieve required accuracy and reduce rework by automating the transfer of information from the development environment, to the validation environment, and to the production environment.

In addition, the Syncade MES enables users to efficiently manage the archiving of orders, materials, and inventory data. Because archived information is stored in a database separate from the transactional database, users do not overload or slow down the database used for day-to-day operations. Current and past data can be searched and retrieved quickly.

Outlook for automatet test in 2016!

NI identifies top business and technology trends to help lower the cost of test.

National Instruments (NI) has released its Automated Test Outlook 2016. The annual test and measurement report delivers a comprehensive view of the key trends expected to impact automated test environments with the proliferation of connected devices, from preparing to test mmWave communication to effectively using manufacturing test data to propel business results.

“As strong advocates for excellence in automated test, we work closely with customers and suppliers to understand the top issues facing manufacturing and test departments,” said Luke Schreier, Director of Automated Test Marketing at NI. “Whether your challenge is testing millions of Internet of Things devices or managing a 20-year-old test system, our goal is to spark dialogue within your organisation to help you lower the cost of test and stay ahead of your competition.”

Automated Test Outlook 2016 explores the following topics:

COMPUTING: Harvesting Production Test Data
Semiconductor organisations pioneer real-time data analytics to reduce manufacturing test cost.

SOFTWARE: Life-Cycle Management Is All About Software
Obsolescence, OS churn, and compatibility challenge long life cycle projects—an age-old problem warrants revisiting.

ARCHITECTURE: The Rise of Test Management Software
Off-the-shelf test executives are effective solutions for the influx of new programming languages.

I/O: Standardising Platforms from Characterisation to Production
RFIC companies employ IP reuse and hardware standardisation across the product design cycle to reduce cost and shorten time to market.

Business Strategy: Making (mm)Waves in Test Strategy
Test managers are adopting modular solutions to economically validate high-frequency components.

Miniature piezoelectric indirect force sensor. #Kistler #PAuto

The new measuring pin from Kistler, with its exceptionally small diameter of 8 mm and weight of only 34 g, is ideal for protecting a wide range of structures from overload damage. Fitting into an 8mm hole in the structure, the new piezoelectric strain sensor can be easily installed in any position to monitor the forces in a structure to warn of impending failure due to overload conditions. The small size and weight allows retro-fitting to existing installations without introducing measurement error.

Sensitive to transverse forces, the new sensor is a cylindrical pin designed to be mounted in an 8 mm borehole of any depth and orientation to allow the measuring element to be placed precisely at the point where the greatest strain occurs. The integrated clamping system preloads the sensor in the borehole enabling the measurement of both tensile and compressive forces in the machine structure. The basic range of the sensor is 500 micro-strains (µƐ) which may be offset by introducing the following preload forces:

Preload 510N – 0 to 500 µƐ
Preload 850N – 140 to 350 µƐ
Preload 1190N – -285 to 210 µƐ

The new Type 9240A measuring pin has been designed to provide the best possible solution for monitoring forces acting on the structure of a machine to provide reliable and precise, real time data for overload protection of the machine and tooling.

For continuous monitoring applications, the force measuring pin may be used in combination with the Kistler maXYmos monitoring system to signal when pre-set limit values of force are exceeded to ensure the safety and reliability of both machines and tools. Where needed, the maXYmos system can provide a signal to automatically shut down an operation when tool failure is likely.

Slim & thin - DCS systems.

R. STAHL HMI Systems has optimised their Series 500 Thin Clients for flexible and safe operation of virtualised decentralised control systems. The slim terminals come with Windows Embedded Standard 7 (WES7) pre-installed and support the DeltaV Remote Desktop Connection (DRDC) by Emerson.

The DRDC protocol reliably prevents conflicts due to simultaneous access to individual virtual machines by disconnecting all active or interrupted sessions before granting access. The safety features EWF (Enhanced Write Filter) and HORM (Hibernate Once / Resume Many) provided by the Windows operating system cause the Thin Clients to revert to a clean, safe starting configuration not only after a full reboot, but also when waking from sleep mode. To ensure optimum system integrity, the Thin Clients also bar all hotkey access to the BIOS, and require a password for parameterisation. As an optional extra, the SK-LAN module provides a second Ethernet interface for redundant network architectures.

In addition to DRDC, the systems also support other established access protocols such as RDP, VNC and Netc@p. The Thin Clients are available as a pure touchscreen version as well as with a keyboard. Displays are LED-backlit and range in sizes ranging from 15’’to 24’’(WUXGA), with resolutions from 1024 x 768 to 1920 x 1200 pixels. The devices are also suitable for operation in cleanrooms and in very rough environments due to their extremely robust design. They tolerate ambient temperatures from -30 °C to +55 °C (+50 °C in permanent operation). Accessories such as card readers and barcode scanners are optionally available.

Stahl products are marketed in Ireland by Douglas Controls & Automation

@MKTG_RSTAHL_NET  #PAuto #DouglasCandA

Security at Orlando in February.

Experts representing the Automation Federation and the ISA Security Compliance Institute have been selected to speak at the 20th Annual ARC Industry Forum, which will be held 8-11 February 2016 in Orlando, (FL USA).

This year’s ARC Industry Forum, titled “Industry in Transition: Navigating the New Age of Innovation,” is designed to provide answers to these and other compelling questions:
  • How are leading companies preparing for the new age of industrial innovation?
  • In what ways do these companies expect to improve their business performance?
  • What specific capabilities are needed to achieve transformational change?
  • What steps can organizations take to foster innovative thinking?
Two leaders representing the Automation Federation—an association founded by the International Society of Automation (ISA) to serve as the “The Voice of Automation”—will explain how competency models can help community colleges, industry and government address the critical shortage of qualified professionals in advanced manufacturing.

Today, six out of 10 production jobs remain open because of the talent shortage, according to a recent study by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte. Some experts predict that up to 2 million manufacturing jobs in the US may go unfilled over the next 10 years.

“The Automation Federation has been working with the US Department of Labor to develop competency models that serve as building blocks for careers in automation, industrial cybersecurity and engineering technology,” says Steve Huffman, Chairman of the Automation Federation’s Government Relations Committee. “These models clearly outline the abilities, knowledge and skills required to gain employment and perform well in these high-demand professions.”

Huffman, a widely recognized expert in process systems optimization, new application development and technical education, will join fellow Automation Federation leader Steve Mustard, who specializes in process automation and business process reengineering, in leading a workshop on the use of competency models in defining cybersecurity skills.

Also participating in the workshop are Jen Worth, Senior Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development at the American Association of Community Colleges; and Mitchell Sepaugh, Project Manager of Industrial Systems at the National Consortium for Mission Critical Operations.

The four workshop panelists also will discuss the fundamental differences between certificate programs, certifications and licensure.  All are often misunderstood and each has a different set of advantages and disadvantages.

Also at the upcoming ARC Industry Forum, Jeff Melrose—the Principal Technology Strategist for Cybersecurity at Yokogawa—will speak on behalf of the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) during a workshop on cybersecurity and the plant engineer. ISCI, founded in 2007 by asset owners and suppliers, operates a standards-based cybersecurity certification program that certifies commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) industrial automation control systems (IACS) to the ISA/IEC 62443 standards for devices and systems. The ISASecure® designation provides assurances that IACS products conform to industry-consensus cybersecurity standards, such as ISA/IEC 62443.   

Among other topics, the workshop will explore how mounting industrial cybersecurity concerns are placing greater pressures on plant managers to improve security while maintaining operational safety and reliability.

Speakers will consider the influence of technology, workplace skills and effective risk assessment in achieving satisfactory outcomes. Actual case studies from end users will be discussed, and panelists will welcome feedback from the workshop participants. 

@ARCWorldForum #PAuto 

Library of mechanical motion products & solutions.

Thomson Industries has launched a new, multilingual website that improves access to its extensive library of mechanical motion product and application solutions. 

The new website has a smart, modern design which is responsive to differing mobile, tablet and PC screen sizes. It saves user’s time with features that include an enhanced search engine, user-friendly navigation and new context-sensitive related product information. Thomson has also included an improved 3D model viewer, which is compatible with most common web browsers. 

“As we build new product and application solutions, Thomson generates a wealth of useful information that helps design engineers and component buyers get their work done. This new website makes it easier for busy people to get the critical information necessary to solve problems and move on to their next task at hand,” said Rob Gallagher, Director, Marketing Communications at Thomson. “And, global contact information makes it easy to reach the right Thomson people to solve problems which require engineer-to-engineer collaboration.”

Customers and prospects can visit now to find motion control sizing and selection tools, detailed application renderings, educational resources, and rich, well-organised technical data on thousands of motion control components. The revamped website works well by providing:
• Easy access. Dynamic, responsive screen resolution adjustment accommodates everything from widescreen PCs to mobile phones and touch screen-friendly operation.
• Easy search and navigation. Enhanced search engine and filtered search saves time and enables more effective content searching for resource, product and application data.
• Easy to understand. Clear, context-sensitive product information includes expanded detail on product features and benefits, cleaner 2D line drawings, and ready links to companion products
• Easy on the eyes. An attractive look and feel, which features fresh product and application images and a clutter-free design.
• Easier purchase. Distributor locator makes it easy for customers to connect orderable products with preferred local distributors.
 @Thomson_Ind #PAuto 

New capabilities ensure quality and address trends in pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Werum IT Solutions has released the latest version of PAS-X Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. The new PAS-X 3.1.8 features several improvements for efficient manufacturing based on the latest technology standards. PAS-X 3.1.8 not only facilitates regulatory compliance, but also supports drug makers to ensure high quality in their manufacturing processes.
New dialog for material reconciliation
Ensuring manufacturing quality
The latest trends in pharmaceutical manufacturing have been considered and reflected in the new PAS-X. “PAS-X 3.1.8 is future-ready,” says Robert Welter, Senior Head of PAS-X Product Management at Werum IT Solutions. “Our user forum PAS-X For Us actively participated in advancing PAS-X 3.1.8.”

“The use of PAS-X as an MES ensures data integrity and significantly reduces possible data integrity related issues,” adds Carsten Bierans, Senior Head of Quality Management at Werum. “Together with the PAS-X For Us working group the MES-related data integrity positions of the pharma & biotech MES user community are defined.” 

Werum continues its usability initiative with a particular focus on quality in shop floor operations. With PAS-X 3.1.8, the most important material-related functions can now be accessed more easily and have been given an optimized user interface. Werum also introduced a dedicated dialog for material reconciliation with built-in best practices. The new automated material flow overview allows the operator to control the quantities that have been consumed and processed.

Improved update capabilities and infrastructure improvements
PAS-X customers will benefit from the significantly reduced downtime needed to update the software version. A short downtime is crucial for modern bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing processes. “We reduced the downtime by more than 50%,” says Marcel Ecks, Head of PAS-X Infrastructure & Development Tools at Werum. “We have achieved this high reduction rate not only through technical improvements, but through a holistic approach involving both the process itself and the documentation so that also the qualification efforts could be reduced.”

PAS-X 3.1.8 allows a cumulative one-step MES product upgrade and data migration. It runs with the latest platform versions such as Oracle 12. Support of the new OSIsoft PI Event Frames simplifies integration of shop-floor systems.  

Seamless integration of latest PAS-X solutions
PAS-X 3.1.8 allows an even smarter integration of Werum’s proven PAS-X solutions such as Track & Trace, KPI/OEE and the new Evaluations Package. The new PAS-X Evaluations Package helps pharma manufacturers unlock the full potential of shop floor data. In PAS-X, all production-related data and data of the interfaced IT systems converge. Supported by the integrated and web-based PAS-X Evaluations Package, this combined information can be used to make production assessments and develop strategies for process optimization.
Simply the best: market-leading MES with all PAS-X 3.1 features 

“With the latest PAS-X release, pharma manufacturers benefit from a comprehensive compilation of innovations, functionalities and usability improvements that Werum introduced throughout the PAS-X 3.1 family,” says Arndt Erdtmann, Senior Director PAS-X Development at Werum. For example, Werum customers benefit from automated execution features such as automated material flow and automated equipment identification, each of which improve user efficiency and reduce risk of human error. Data integrity is supported by alarm & events, directly retrieving GMP-relevant exceptions also from level 2 systems and enabling QM to significantly accelerate the release process of Batch Record Reports through review by exception. Further acceleration can be achieved by auto-closure functions, which unburden QM from checking batches without any exceptions and critical parameters at all, as manual release is no longer required. 

PAS-X 3.1.8 contains the experiences and best practices of decades of successful MES projects in all areas of the pharma and biotech industries. Several Werum customers have already decided to incorporate PAS-X 3.1.8. Thorsten Grundmeier, Senior PAS-X Consultant at Werum, says: “With PAS-X 3.1.8, the most sophisticated and pharma-dedicated MES in terms of functionality and usability now becomes available on the market for customers in any region of the globe and from small- to large-scale production. It is simply the best solution to fully utilize the key benefits of MES for pharma and biotech manufacturers: compliance, quality and performance.”

 @Werum #PAuto #Pharma

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Variable speed drives for low-power motors.

WEG has launched a new cost-effective, reliable and easy-to-use series of compact variable speed drives (VSDs) to enhance energy efficiency across a wide range of applications requiring low motor power. Designed to drive motors with power from 180 W to 4 kW, the CFW300 series is ideal for relatively small machinery such as centrifugal and metering pumps, fans and ventilators, stirrers and mixers, extruders, roller conveyors, cutting machines and rotary filters.

“WEG is committed to boosting energy efficiency across a broad range of industrial applications and has launched the CFW300 to meet the needs of those sections of the market where the demand for inverters is growing, even when it comes to relatively small industrial applications,” says Johannes Schwenger, Head of Product Management Low- and Medium-Voltage Drive Systems Europe at WEG. “With the addition of the CFW300 series to our existing range of drives, which include the CFW100 Mini Drives and the CFW500 VSD series, WEG now boasts a comprehensive VSD offering for industrial requirements.”

Easy to use and maintain, the CFW300 features an integrated micro PLC and a user-friendly control panel with LCD display. Installation is also easy and quick thanks to plug-and-play extension modules and the drive unit’s fan can be easily removed for maintenance.

The CFW300 has two slots for extension modules - one for communication and the other for a wide variety of I/O modules. This enables users to integrate RS485 or RS232 interfaces and use Modbus RTU, Bluetooth or USB communication protocols. The VSD can also be connected to fieldbus systems such as Profibus DP, CANopen or DeviceNet, or configured for operation under remote control. An Ethernet IP interface is also available. As such, it provides increased flexibility and high levels of connectivity to best fit users’ needs. Other accessories include a plug-in EMC filter, which can be connected to the VSD quickly without tools or wiring and mounted on the top-hat rail.

Designed to operate at ambient temperatures up to 50°C without derating, the CFW300 is equipped with independently acting, integrated thermal protection functions for the motor (electronic motor circuit breaker) and the drive. In addition, the drive has varnished circuit boards (IEC 60721-3-3, category 3C2), for enhanced corrosion resistance, which contributes to longer service life, while an optional flash memory card enables optimal storage and convenient loading of parameter data sets.

The CFW300 will initially be available in frame size A for rated power from 180 W to 1.5 kW and frame size B for rated power from 2.2 to 4 kW. It will provide supply voltage flexibility with versions for single-phase and three-phase power. The single-phase version can also be powered directly from a DC supply connected to the DC link, in order to drive three-phase induction motors from a DC power source.

@WEG_Europe  #PAuto

What executives need to know about industrial cybersecurity.

Results of a recent survey by the Pew Research Center predicted that a major industrial cyberattack will occur in the US sometime within the next 10 years that will cause “widespread harm”—defined as significant loss of life or property losses/damage/theft in the tens of billions of dollars.
Despite these types of expert predictions and ongoing calls for improved security, not nearly enough is being done in the US and around the world to implement basic industrial cybersecurity measures, most notably best-practice standards, and reinforce them through proper staff training.

One reason for this is many corporate and industry executives are not fully aware of the real-world risks and dangers associated with industrial cyberattack as well as the critical differences between IT cybersecurity and operational technology (OT) cybersecurity.  

To improve industrial cybersecurity understanding and awareness, the International Society of Automation (ISA) has developed a new white paper, "What Executives Need to Know About Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity." The white paper was written by Joseph Weiss, PM, CISM, CRISC, a widely recognized industry expert on control system cybersecurity who has advised the US Congress on the growing threat of industrial cyberattack.

Weiss, Managing Partner of Applied Control Solutions, LLC, also serves as Managing Director of the ISA99 standards development committee, which has established the world’s only consensus-based series of industrial cybersecurity standards (ISA/IEC 62443). The ISA99 committee includes a cross-section of international cybersecurity subject-matter experts from industry, government and academia.

“Today’s operational technologies—such as sensors, SCADA systems, software and other controls that drive modern industrial processes—are vulnerable to cyberattack. The risk of serious damage or compromise to power and chemical plants, oil and gas facilities, chemical and water installations and other vital critical infrastructure assets is real,” states Patrick Gouhin, ISA Executive Director and CEO. “This new white paper provides clarity on the fundamental issues and challenges to consider and delivers a cogent rationale for implementing a comprehensive industrial cybersecurity plan.”

 #PAuto @ISA_Interchange

Prevent heavy equipment from falling over.

Memsic has launched a new product family, the MTLT series of Inclination and Tilt Sensors. Samples of the first three family members in MTLT series, the MTLT110S-R, MTLT105S-R and MTLT105D-R are currently available for evaluation.

The MTLT family of tilt sensors are appropriate for a wide range of static and dynamic applications in construction and industrial markets such as boom tilt monitoring, bucket loader roll back protection, PV/CSP solar tracking systems and others.

All three products are IP67 rated inclinometers with an integrated RS-232 interface and flying lead cable operating from a 9 V to 32 V single supply. The MTLT105S and MTLT110S are designed for applications needing < 0.5 degree and < 1.0 degree accuracy, respectfully, over the full operating temperature range.

“Vibration and vehicle motion have caused problems for inclinometers for years, forcing customers to either sacrifice response time by heavily filtering the output of a static inclinometer or buy more expensive IMU solutions with more capability than they need,” said James Fennelly, Memsic Product Marketing Manager. “The MTLT105D gives customers a new cost effective choice that does not sacrifice response time.”

The MTLT sensors also include programmable tilt alarms for tilt safety applications. The alarm can be programmed to be triggered to activate when the tilt exceeds a specified threshold. The tilt alarm can also be used to lock out controls or trigger an alarm or warning light. It is an all-in-one tilt safety solution eliminating the need for an external microprocessor to interpret tilt angles.

The MTLT family achieves the best price and performance by utilizing Micro Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) sensors, extensive over temperature calibration, and Memsic’s SmartSensingTM technology that was recently developed and deployed in Memsic’s industry leading Inertial Measurement Units (IMU) and Attitude Heading Reference Systems (AHRS) products. SmartSensingTM technology provides users with unmatched sensor fusion and performance in critical motion sensing applications. Each unit is fully calibrated over temperature providing confidence in safety applications.

#PAuto #Memsic 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Papers for Gas turbine instrumentation.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology issues Call For Papers for the 8th EVI-GTI Conference on Gas Turbine Instrumentation.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)—a member organization of the Automation Federation—has issued a Call for Papers, inviting experts within the international gas turbine instrumentation community to share their latest research and results at the 2016 EVI-GTI Conference on Gas Turbine Instrumentation.
The conference, to take place in 26th - 28th September 2016 in Berlin (D), will bring together gas turbine professionals, process engineers and leading industry experts to discuss new and innovative instrumentation techniques, developments and applications relating to gas turbines measurement and control systems.

Abstract submission and consideration
Authors wishing to submit papers and present at the 2016 EVI-GTI Conference on Gas Turbine Instrumentation are required to submit an abstract for consideration by the Conference’s Technical Programme Committee.
Following the review of abstracts, successful authors will be invited to submit a full paper for a second review by the committee. The deadline for abstract submission is 22 April 2016. To get more details regarding abstracts, submit an abstract and review all deadlines, visit the author information web page. To learn more about the 2016 EVI-GTI Conference on Gas Turbine Instrumentation, click here.  

@IETevents #PAuto 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Economical moisture sampling system.

The ES20 Compact Sampling System from Michell Instruments now has the option of an Easidew PRO XP dew-point transmitter. This makes the system suitable for a range of moisture measurement applications in hazardous areas where explosion-proof certification is needed, in addition to the existing intrinsically safe options.

The ES20 system was designed to offer several standard configurations suited to typical industrial and gas process applications, such as monitoring moisture in compressed air or natural gas. These standard configurations enable short lead times and fast delivery of orders.

Sample conditioning is vital when monitoring moisture levels in gas, not only to ensure that the pressure and temperature of the sample gas is consistent, but also to prolong the life of the sensor by removing contaminants such as dust or molecules of oil carried in the gas stream. The ES20 Compact Sampling System offers a choice of particulate or coalescing filters with a maximum pressure of 20 barg. Three mounting options are also offered to suit various indoor or outdoor locations: the system can be either mounted on a base plate, within a GRP enclosure or with a stainless steel enclosure, to provide IP66/NEMA 4X protection.

The ES20 modular systems are compatible with other Michell products, and are designed around the Michell Easidew range. These dew-point transmitters provide accuracy of ±2°Cdp, with a wide measurement capability of -100 to +20°C dew point, and are available with Michell’s unique sensor exchange programme. With the sensor exchange programme, customers are able to order a freshly calibrated sensor to fit in to their system and, when this arrives, replace their old sensor and return it to Michell. This enables them to keep their sensor calibration up to date, with minimal shut-down.

• Michell Instruments is marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

@Michell_Inst #PAuto