Friday, February 5, 2016

Irish & German co-operation lauded!

Iwer Baecker, newly elected President of the German-Irish Chamber of Industry & Commerce and Managing Director of Bayer Ltd spoke at a business breakfast seminar hosted by Canada Life this morning:
Iwer Baecker

"My main focus as president for 2016 is primarily to increase trade and investment between Ireland and Germany with a particular focus on starting discussion of important commercial topics such as the Britain's future in the EU. I would also like advise and guide Irish based multinational companies who are seeking opportunities in the German market."

Special offers in Test & Measurement instruments, incl IR Cameras in Britain.

Until 30th June 2016 and while stocks last, Fluke is offering TiS45 Infrared Cameras at a special offer price, plus a free Apple® iPad® mini. The Fluke TiS Performance Series Infrared Cameras offer improved resolution to help industrial, maintenance, and HVAC professionals analyse equipment health quickly and accurately. Fluke Connect® enables the user to share images with colleagues off-site via a smart phone.

Details of all current Fluke offers including the FLK-TIS45 9HZ/IPAD.

The manual focus Fluke TiS45 features a large, 3.5 inch screen with 160x120 resolution to help pinpoint issues while still in the field, and offers one touch image access, which eliminates the need to scroll through a menu to view images. Fluke’s IR-Fusion® blending and Picture-In-Picture mode capture the details needed to analyse a problem and clearly identify its location.

The rugged infrared camera can be used to upload images to the Fluke Connect Cloud via a wireless connection to securely store and manage images and potentially reduce administrative time back in the office. Reports can be created and emailed from the jobsite via Fluke Connect, eliminating the need to return to the office to process reports. The TiS45 offers 4GB of internal memory, capable of storing thousands of images, and includes an integral, removable 4GB SD card. Also included is Fluke SmartView® software, which provides a suite of advanced tools to view, optimise, annotate, and analyse infrared images, and generate fully customisable professional reports.

All the Fluke TiS Performance Series Infrared Cameras are designed to work with the Fluke Connect system - the industry’s largest system of software and wireless test tools - which allows technicians to wirelessly transmit measurement data from their test tools to their smartphones for secure storage on the Fluke Connect Cloud and team access from the field.* The Fluke Connect Assets subscription service offers ShareLiveTM video calls that enable teams to easily share and access infrared inspections on the go and look at trends per piece of equipment over time. The Fluke Connect® app can be downloaded free from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

@FlukeCorp #PAuto

Decentralized servo technology without language barriers.


Since the issue of communication automatically arises with selection of the relevant automation, Kollmorgan has now made it easier to connect the relevant control system to the decentralized servo technology in the form of the decentralized AKD-N series using a multi-language interface.

Kollmorgan  develops a multi-language interface for Profinet, Ethernet/IP, EtherCAT & Co. Although machinery and plant engineering certainly has international characteristics, there are still some continental- specific features that need to be accounted for with technical equipment. These include in particular the selection of control systems, as well as the language spoken in the bus. The prevalence of Rockwell with Ethernet/IP in America and of Siemens with Profinet in Europe is a good example of this. These regional practices mean that manufacturers supplying both regions need to equip their machinery with the relevant control systems as required.
Author: Hack Alexander, Kollmorgan
Benefits of Modularization
Space savings, increased energy efficiency and lower installation and assembly costs are just three of the benefits of using decentralized servo technology in mechanical engineering. First of all, the positioning of the control engineering in the immediate vicinity of the actual drive task creates space in the control cabinet. These can be smaller as a result, allowing them to be integrated more easily and in a more compact manner in machine racks. Aside from a more efficient operating surface, the AKD-N devices also provide greater freedom to development departments for constructing new machines with less spatial restrictions through their robust design and IP 65 degree of protection.

Another effect of moving the servo drive technology to the machine: the thermal losses are no longer concentrated at one spot in the control cabinet, which in turn saves money by eliminating air conditioning and thereby reducing operating costs over the long term. As a result of derating, Kollmorgan has made a conscious decision to develop the AKD-N decentralized servo controllers as an offset solution. This way the devices provide full power. With the hybrid “piggyback” solution the thermal discharge from the motors can result in more than 30 percent power loss. The “next door” approach also creates more freedom in selecting a motor compared with having everything in the center.

Motors Selection: Maximum Freedom
Standardized synchronous motors, customer-specific special motors, hygienic premium steel motors in protection class IP69K, linear and rotating direct drives and asynchronous machines: decentralized AKD servo controllers can cope with whichever motor you are controlling! This makes it so easy in practice to use the best system for the relevant drive task, without having to get bogged down in the multiple versions available. Since the decentralized controllers also use the same functional AKD platform, mixed forms of centralized and decentralized controllers can also be easily implemented within the same application. All in all, Kollmorgan supports designs for perfect-fitting solutions with a high degree of standardization, which ultimately reduces storage, documentation and purchasing costs.

The features of the decentralized servo technology outlined briefly can be used independently of the higher-level control system thanks to further developments in communication. Profinet, Ethercat, Ethernet/IP: machine and plant manufacturers no longer need to worry about the language of their control system thanks to the multi-language interface. As communication in their AKD-N system is ultimately now just a question of the software settings, the actuators can be adapted “at the touch of a button” if the PLC changes based on market differences. This way manufacturers have the benefit of being able to design their machines free from country-specific features or their customers’ special plant regulations. It is also much easier to modularize the whole ensemble – an aspect for which decentralized servo technology, in particular, is able to demonstrate its full performance capacity.

Parameterize using a few movements
For Silvester Tribus, CEO of TBM Automation AG (CH), this independence forms the basis for integrating machines into an existing plant network more easily and quickly. “We deal with very special requirements and needs related to functions or data logging on a daily basis. If we are open in terms of the protocols, we are able to meet these requests with every control system.”

What is specified and in what format differs greatly in the experience of the Swiss CEO. “Some customers specify the control system, some the entire technology, and for others it doesn’t matter. They want their machine fitted out in such a way that they achieve the required performance and quality – the exact way that this is done is left to us.” In terms of communication the full-service partner for industrial automation from Widnau, south of Lake Constance, always states that machinery and plant engineering is in great shape when programming a control system, but regarding the field bus the matter “is becoming more difficult”. As a result Kollmorgan has written the finished software modules for the multi-language interface and collated these in a library that reproduces at least 80 percent of the basic functions. “The remainder can be adjusted in just a few parameterization steps”, says Tribus.

The multi-language interface is integrated into the enclosure for the central AKD-C supply unit. The decentralized servo controllers are connected to the control cabinet unit with just one cable – arranged in a line rather than in awkward star wiring. The AKD-C feed-in module can be used to connect up to 16 decentralized AKD-N servo axes via the grid-bound DC supply. The system cables are just 11 millimeters thick and therefore require less space. The eight-pin structure on the inside draws the DC supply of the decentralized AKD-N drives, provides the 24V supply, the bus communication, transmits signals and brake management.

The Bottom Line
With the new multi-functional communication interface which is unique in the drive technology market, KOLLMORGEN provides an option for switching between control systems with just one “click” with decentralized drive architectures. This makes it possible to design machines free from restrictions on the PLC side. The multi-language communication module supports the entire ensemble with local logic for extremely rapid reactions at the servo axis in micro seconds. The new communication module thereby opens up closed systems, enabling completely new and open designs.

@AboutKollmorgen #PAuto

Thursday, February 4, 2016

SIL2 certified gas detectors.

The Simtronics GD10P detector is for combustible gas detection on offshore installations. It has set the standard for gas detectors in the areas of safety, stability and low maintenance.

The GD10P comes with 5 years warranty on the complete transmitter and a 15 year warranty on the IR Source. The GD10P has been designed with features that provide an effective response to the detection of gas hazards in a wide range of industrial environments from boiler plant rooms to offshore petrochemical installations.

These infrared gas detectors differ from all other models, because they utilize silicon based solid-state infrared sources. The complete optomechanical design and construction is so stable that an ultrafast speed of response of less than 2 seconds can be achieved whilst providing unparalleled service life and detector stability, thus saving on maintenance and service costs.

"We offer the longest combined detector and IR source warranty on the market. For retrofit applications, a bridge interface is available allowing the detector to be connected directly to catalytic systems, using the existing cabling and control modules."

The detector is supplied with worldwide performance and hazardous area approvals.
An industry standard HART® interface is used for configuration of the optical fast response time and special fault levels as well as access to extended maintenance data.

Now all of these features are covered by TÜV Rheinland Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 2 certification for a single transmitter, and SIL 3 certification for installations with redundant transmitters.

#Simtronics #Offshore #PAuto 

Safe vibration data collection in hazardous environments.

Emerson's CSI 2140 Machinery Health Analyser has received ATEX and IECEx, Zone 2 certification, enabling the latest generation portable vibration analyser to be used in hazardous environments. The CSI 2140 collects all of the data required to assess a machine’s condition in the shortest possible time, so that the user can limit the time they need to be in hazardous environments.

ATEX and IECEx standards cover a range of technologies from power generation to marine energy and involve a detailed process of examination, testing, and assessment of equipment intended for use in potentially hazardous areas.

Emerson’s CSI 2140, which is already CSA approved for use in most industrial hazardous areas in the US and Canada, provides an early indication of bearing and gearbox defects before they can lead to machine outages. Its unique PeakVue™ signal processing methodology cuts through the complexity of machinery analysis to provide a simple, reliable indication of equipment health.

“These approvals certify the CSI 2140 for use in most hazardous areas,” says Tom E. Nelson, Emerson’s CSI 2140 senior technology manager. "But equally important is the speed with which the user can move through the hazardous zone and back to safer areas. Emerson is committed to providing our customers with the products and services that increase safety and uptime."

Power management technology site.


Mouser Electronics has launched its new Power Management Technology site, designed to give engineers easy-to-access information on the latest technical advances in power management technologies. As part of the company's growing selection of Applications & Technologies sites, the Power Management Technology site provides a wealth of resource material - including articles and videos on power management design - as well as the newest regulators, MOSFETs, passives, and related components available at Mouser.

The new Power Management Technology site, available on Mouser.com, contains helpful information for engineers who are interested in expanding their knowledge about power management technologies. The Technology section is segmented into five categories:
  • Overview provides a general explanation of power supplies and their main components.
  • Voltage Regulators reviews the overall purpose of the components and further examines the types of voltage regulators.
  • Switching Regulators looks at the importance of efficiency in using switching regulators in switched-mode power supplies (SMPS).
  • MOSFETS and Discretes details the importance of external MOSFETs, gate drivers, and rectifiers in power supplies.
  • Passive Components discusses the often overlooked but necessary capacitors, transformers, and other passives that complete power management systems.
• The Featured Products section focuses on key products available from Mouser that engineers can incorporate into efficient power management designs. Products include Infineon OptiMOS 5 power MOSFETs, TDK/EPCOS B82805 Series push-pull transformers, and the Vishay VOL3120 IGBT and MOSFET driver.

• The Articles section discusses topics such as power efficient design for wearable electronics, advantages of using a 1200V silicon carbide (SiC) Schottky diode, and capacitive power supplies. All articles offer an area to post comments and questions to facilitate further discussions on the topic.

• Finally, the Technical Resources section lists videos, application notes, and white papers that discuss device selection and system considerations when designing power management systems. Subjects discussed include AC/DC and DC/DC conversion, certifications and standards, and selecting the right components for power management designs.

@MouserElecEU #POwer #PAuto

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Ambient air quality monitoring stations throughout Britain.

Air Monitors has been awarded a contract to service, calibrate and maintain the majority of the British Automatic Urban and Rural Network (AURN) of ambient air quality monitoring stations.
The AURN has been delivering air quality data since the early 1970s, and comprises over 100 monitoring stations across Britain producing more than 5 million measurements every year. The network helps the Government there fulfil its statutory European reporting requirements, as well as supporting air quality research and policy development. The monitoring stations measure oxides of nitrogen (NOx), sulphur dioxide (SO2), ozone (O3), carbon monoxide (CO) and particles (PM10, PM2.5). These sites provide high resolution hourly information which is communicated rapidly to the public, using a wide range of electronic, media and web platforms.

Expressing his pleasure on winning the contract, Air Monitors Managing Director Jim Mills said: “The AURN is the largest ambient air quality monitoring network in the UK, so this award is, in part, recognition of the quality service that Air Monitors delivers. We have a team of engineers spread across the UK, so this award strengthens our business and opens opportunities for future growth.”

The AURN is managed on behalf of DEFRA by Bureau Veritas, a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC). Bureau Veritas supports private and public sector clients from around the world to meet the growing challenges of quality, safety, environmental protection and social responsibility. Dr Richard Maggs, Consulting Group Manager - Air Quality, Acoustics & Vibration at Bureau Veritas, said: “Effective service is crucial to the provision of reliable data, so I congratulate Air Monitors on their success and look forward to working with them.”

@airmonitors #Environment #PAuto 



Acquisition set to increase Industrial IoT leadership.

HMS Industrial Networks has signed an agreement to acquire the Belgium-based company eWON SA – a leading IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) manufacturer of intelligent Internet-based remote access routers.
eWON was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Nivelles (B). With subsidiaries in the USA and Japan, eWON offers cutting edge communication products and services for industrial applications such as for remote access to programmable logic controllers (PLCs), data collection applications and cloud-based connectivity solution. eWON works with major manufacturers of PLC and automation systems globally. In 2015, eWON was named the Industry’s Leading Remote Machine Access Provider by Control Design Readers’ Choice Awards 2015. This market recognition demonstrates eWON’s leading position and is a result of customer focus to provide the best, most reliable and secure solution in the industry.

“In the fast growing business of the Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT market, we see great opportunities to further strengthen our business and our leadership position by gaining access to HMS’s well-established development organization and sales channels” says Serge Bassem, CEO and co-founder of eWON.  “We look forward to be joining HMS and combine our unique competences within industrial Internet communication to develop great products and services for our customers” adds Pierre Crokaert, CTO and co-founder.

“eWON’s products are great complements to HMS’s product offering,” says Staffan Dahlström, CEO of HMS Networks AB. “eWON’s strong position primarily in the market for remote access to PLCs, providing a secure 'data tunnel' between a software application and a remote machine, will complement and reinforce HMS’s existing remote management offer in the form of Netbiter. eWON is world-leading when it comes to PLC remote access, and joining the two teams and operations will create a strong market position and unique value proposition to our OEM partners and worldwide customer base.”

With more than 15 years of experience, eWON is a fast-growing and leading player in the market for intelligent Internet-based remote access routers. The company employs 57 people of which 13 are product development engineers. eWON has a world-wide sales network with distributors in 45 countries.

Serge Bassem and Pierre Crokaert will continue to lead eWON in their current roles, the two company founders will become two of the top ten shareholders in HMS Networks AB.

@hmsnetworks #PAuto @ewonrouters

Strategic partnership for calibration continues.

Beamex is to continue to serve as its Strategic Partner for Calibration with the International Society of Automation (ISA).

Over the past several years, through the partnership, Beamex and ISA have collaborated to provide ISA members and customers with access to Beamex’s diverse calibration resources, including publications, case studies, webinars, expert advice and more.

“Beamex brings a unique view of calibration to the automation world, and its customers value precise, accurate measurement to improve efficiency and quality in their plants,” said Patrick Gouhin, ISA Executive Director & CEO. “These are goals that our members and customers share, so it’s a great fit for a partnership.”

This announcement signifies that Beamex will continue to work with ISA to co-develop informational and educational resources, such as custom webinars—which are offered at no charge to ISA members and customers worldwide.

ISA and Beamex plan to co-host two in-person events to provide guidance and insight into the most vital topics for process instrumentation maintenance and plant sustainability. As a thought leader in calibration process improvement, Beamex is uniquely positioned to communicate to ISA and its stakeholders through integrated campaigns, and to contribute to the knowledge and understanding of ISA’s members and customers in this important field.

Beamex specializes in calibration for pressure measurement, electrical measurement, frequency measurement and temperature measurement. The company’s team of experts also focuses on intrinsically safe calibrations, calibration software and pressure generation.

“Our mission at Beamex remains to be the benchmark in providing the most innovative calibration solutions that improve efficiency and quality. This can only be done with the right partners and ISA is for us, a perfect match. We are still very excited about this strategic partnership and look forward to working together to pioneer the industry, teach new concepts as well as positively impact the people working in the field,” states Jan-Henrik Svensson, CEO of Beamex.

• More information about ISA’s Corporate Partnerships Program.

@BeamexGlobal #PAuto #ISAuto #TandM

Communicating the sun!

Here's a bit of sunny news as we in Northern Europe suffer interminable and seemingly never-ending storms (8 since November).
Highly reliable data communications networks created by Westermo are helping to maximise the availability of two thermal solar power plants in south-western Spain. The Ethernet-based networks have been installed to support the control of 225,000 mirrors at the twin La Florida and La Dehesa concentrating solar power plants. The two plants, owned by Renovables SAMCA, each have a capacity of 49.9 MWe, enough to support more than 45,000 homes.

Reliable data communications are essential for the production of electricity. Should connection be lost between the mirrors and control rooms, the collectors are automatically set to safe mode and do not transfer energy. Westermo was therefore tasked with providing a resilient and easy to install solution that would maximise plant availability.

“Any interruptions to the communications affect our ability to generate power,” said César Labarga, Electrical Engineer and Project Manager for solar field control systems at Renovables SAMCA, who was responsible for implementing the network at both sites. “We needed a very reliable solution and this is what we have been provided by Westermo. We are very happy with how the networks are performing. It is a really stable and reliable solution.”

Because the La Florida and La Dehesa plants are identical, the same solution was installed at each plant. The networks were designed around a central dual gigabit fibre optic ring using 25 Westermo RedFox managed industrial Ethernet switches. Nine sub rings consisting of 120 Westermo Lynx switches were added to reach out to the different parts of each plant. All individual rings in the network run the Westermo FRNT ring protocol, which enables 20 ms reconfiguration of the network in the event of link (cable or switch) failure.

To ensure the installation process was quick and simple, Westermo built, configured and tested both networks in advance in its laboratory in Sweden. An entire network, including all 290 switches, was mounted on a huge ‘network wall’, enabling it to be fully configured and tested prior to installation.
“We also needed a solution that was quick and simple to install,” said Labarga. “Having Westermo configure all devices and thoroughly test both networks beforehand was essential to this project.”

The installation process was extremely efficient, with all switches installed and both networks up and running in less than three hours. Since then the networks have proved to be extremely reliable, with no reported problems or serious incidents.

Oil and gas operators maximise production and efficiency.

Emerson Process Management and OVS Group are helping oil and gas producers accelerate decision-making to more effectively operate their oilfield assets. Emerson has expanded its Integrated Operations (iOps) solutions to include workflow software modules from OVS Group.

Gas-Lift performance curve with table of 
optimisation opportunities.
Integration of Emerson’s technologies and OVS software means users across the oilfield can automate the analysis of their data and reports to capture opportunities more efficiently. The joint solution works with Emerson’s DeltaV™ distributed control system via OPC connections and database integration to provide information for OVS’s comprehensive group of oilfield software solutions. OVS’s industry-proven software solutions assist oil and gas operators with oilfield applications such as gas lift optimisation, cyclical steam generation, and decline curve analysis.

Combining sensing, control, and workflow automation, oil and gas producers can automatically capture actionable events and drive insights that produce improved execution. Less time will be spent looking for data, performing data loading, and generating the manual reports that currently consume the bulk of the industry’s time.

Emerson’s iOps initiative addresses key areas including workflow automation to reduce errors in tasks, and information visualisation to improve decision making. Combined with sophisticated analytics from OVS, the integrated solution enables users to accurately and easily assess key information and identify opportunities for operations and business improvements.

“In today’s market, efficient production is crucial. We are pleased to be working with OVS to provide our clients with scalable solutions that can be applied today and drive greater operational efficiency,” says Jerry Brown, senior vice president of Emerson’s industry solutions.

“OVS Group has worked with operators over the past decade to develop a library of discipline-focused best practices that can leverage a very broad suite of the asset data and industry applications including the real-time and historical data from field automation,” said Sebastiano Barbarino, OVS Group CEO. “With this Emerson alliance, operational data will become a standard component of the best practices across disciplines to fully automate asset management and reduce the time and resources required to produce and optimise oil and gas.”


 @EmersonProcess #PAuto @ovsgroup

It's an ill wind...!

2015 was the best year ever for OTT Hydrometry in Britain. “Product sales were very good across all ranges,” Managing Director Nigel Grimsley tell us. “Our water quality, level and flow monitors all performed very well; as did out meteorological, datalogging and telemetry instrumentation.”

Nigel believes that the effects of Climate Change will increase the need for hydrometeorological equipment. “The potentially devastating effects of severe weather can only be prevented or limited by accurate monitoring with telemetry so that appropriate action can be taken in a timely manner,” he says. “However, it is also vital to be able to model the likely effects of high water and heavy rain before it takes place, so that flood prevention and mitigation schemes can be implemented. Monitoring plays a key role; not just in the creation of these models, but also by supplying near real-time data during adverse weather to improve and optimise warning systems for communities and infrastructure.”

The increased frequency of severe weather events is clearly having a positive effect on OTT’s sales figures, with the OTT Pluvio2 and ecoLog products selling particularly well. The Pluvio2 is an advanced raingauge operating on the weighing principle, which means that it is able to measure all types of precipitation extremely accurately, whilst also providing intensity data. The OTT ecoLog is a complete system for logging and transmitting water level data in boreholes and surface water.

“Bad weather obviously stimulates our business, but continual investment in product development also increases the popularity of our technologies, and the complete monitoring systems that we build make it easier for customers to start collecting and disseminating data.”

@OTTHydrometry #PAuto

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Last ray of light in the dark!

Lightweight, compact, robust emergency light fittings for hazardous areas!
When the lights suddenly go out, they remain to light the way: linear luminaires of the R. STAHL 6009 series, which now provides new emergency lighting solutions for fluorescent lamps with 2 x 18 W or 2 x 36 W power. The new EXLUX 6009 products provide 10% higher luminaire efficiency than the preceding models, which were already among the most successful emergency lights on the market. Moreover, they are lighter as well as more compact while featuring enhanced torsion resistance.

The standardised enclosure design with a sealing system based on silicone foam meets the increased service life requirements stipulated by IEC 60079. In addition to the gaskets, which are insensitive to chemicals and UV radiation, the luminaires are equipped with a robust hinge and innovative, user-friendly central lock. The enclosure ensures IP66/67 ingress protection. EXLUX 6009 luminaires are approved for use in hazardous zones 1, 21 and 2, 22. They withstand even outdoor conditions with icy weather and temperatures as low as -30 °C.

To check their operational readiness, the devices automatically perform a weekly self-test and an annual emergency light duration test. Very safe maintenance access to the luminaires is ensured with a full-phase safety shutdown via N/C switches. The battery and battery cover can only be replaced together, which means the gasket cannot be accidentally compromised.

Components that are swapped out (electronic ballast, lamp holder) are directly installed on the easy-to-remove reflector plate, making servicing the light fitting even easier. R. STAHL offers EXLUX 6009 luminaires in a standard version with 4 mm2 spring-cage terminals and 5-wire through wiring. Versions with screw terminals for cable cross-sections of 6 mm2 and without through-wiring or other custom modifications are available on request. The luminaires can be mounted on walls, ceilings or masts or installed as pendant lights.

• Stahl products are marketed in Ireland by Douglas Controls & Automation

@MKTG_RSTAHL_NET  #PAuto 

Modular system equipped for 10 Gbit Ethernet.

CombiTac combines power up to 300A, signal, thermocouple, coaxial, fiber optic, pneumatic and hydraulic connections in a single modular connector system, and is a natural choice in applications that require all-in-one space saving modular connectors that guarantee long life performance under the most demanding mechanical and environmental conditions.

The addition of the 10 Gbit module meets high speed CAT6A Ethernet needs in industrial applications such as data communication from machines/equipment to manufacturing control networks, machine-to-machine communications (M2M), and real time data sharing between facilities.

As part of the CombiTac product family, the 10 Gbit module not only achieves 100’000 mating cycles, it guarantees stable high quality performance from day one and beyond it’s expected lifecycle. The 10 Gbit module meets railway standard requirements of EN 45545-1, is vibrations resistant according to IEC 60512-6-4, and meets UL 1977 requirements up to 30 Vrms.

CombiTac Product Manager Martin Yiapanas explains: “For us at Multi-Contact, adding a 10 Gbit module to the CombiTac portfolio is not just about meeting high speed CAT6A Ethernet requirements in automation or process control environments. We need to be aware that we are dealing with harsh environments in industries where equipment is becoming increasingly powerful, smarter and modular, and where more robust and reliable connector systems are needed to meet the needs for better process time efficiency. Our 10 Gbit module, along with the rest of the CombiTac products, is all about constant and stable long life performance, even under the most demanding mechanical and environmental conditions.”

As a solution provider, we offer our customers worldwide A-Z assistance in designing their own 100% customized CombiTac connector, adapted to their exact technical and dimensional needs, and supplied with or without cable pre-assembly.

#multi-contact #PAuto 

Industrial force & weighing!

The BLH Nobel brand, of the Vishay Precision Group, has introduced the new G5 family of weighing instruments, the latest generation of the company's modular high-speed systems for industrial weighing and force measurement applications.

Featuring a new hardware platform with extensive communication capabilities, the G5 family increases speed and performance, offering intuitive operation, easy calibration and advanced diagnostics. Leveraging the flexibility of the BLH Nobel G5 units, industrial plants can easily meet today's complex application demands while adapting to tomorrow's evolving requirements.

These instruments support a wide range of industrial applications, including process weighing and control, force measurement, factory automation, high dynamic force measurement, and high-speed batching/blending systems.

Through a built-in Web server, the G5 instruments speed up setup and simplify parameter changes, enabling remote operation from any PC or mobile device with a Web browser and Ethernet connection. Weight and status are instantly displayed alongside other parameters and diagnostics information via user-friendly operator interface.

Within the G5 family, there are two different mounting options: a panel-mount version for 24 V DC or 115/230 V AC operation and a rail-mount version for 24 V DC operation only. The panel-mount version comes equipped with a 4.3-inch high-resolution color screen that increases visibility and enables easy navigation through parameter settings and menus. For operators who do not require a screen, the rail-mount instrument offers a powerful yet cost-effective alternative.

Many industrial communication interfaces are supported, including Modbus/TCP, Ethernet/IP, FTP, HTTP, Profibus, DeviceNet, ControlNet, and Modbus RTU, as well as the traditional RS485 and analog outputs. Users can configure the G5 digital I/O signals according to their discrete control requirements. Software upgrades can quickly be made in the field using an SD card. Custom software designed to customer requirements for special applications is available upon request. Parameter backup and restoration is made easy via the G5's USB port, SD card, and internal memory.

@VPG_BLH_Nobel #PAuto @VishayIndust

Monday, February 1, 2016

Automation technologies upgrades at largest refinery in US Midwest.

Emerson Process Management is providing process automation technologies and services to help BP further enhance the safety, reliability, and performance of its Whiting refinery in Northwest Indiana, (USA) – without the costly downtime often required for such projects.

The project to upgrade the process control system of two fluid catalytic cracking units is part of a strategic BP-Emerson automation upgrade programme. It follows BP’s earlier multi-billion-dollar Whiting Refinery Modernisation Project, which was one of the largest investments in BP history. Emerson also provided process automation for that massive upgrade, which helped BP boost its heavy-crude capacity more than four-fold.

“The ability to use our resources and experience from one stage of the upgrade programme on another stage helps BP manage project cost and schedule risks,” said Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson Process Management. “Our commissioning and start-up expertise developed in previous projects also helps BP safely and reliably improve performance without unexpected downtime, providing significant benefits to its customers that rely on a predictable supply of gasoline.”

The Whiting refinery is BP’s largest and a major supplier to the Midwest and other parts of the United States. One of the key benefits that Emerson brings is its experience managing “hot cutover” projects - upgrading units while the operation continues running, which helps BP maintain a secure supply of fuel for its customers. Catalytic crackers are primarily used to produce high octane gasoline in the refining process.

Emerson has already provided upgraded automation technologies for one of the cat crackers, implementing a new DeltaV™ distributed control system. Diagnostics available in the DeltaV system can help BP detect problems well before an unintended loss of operation, saving money and improving efficiency.

For the second cat cracker, Emerson will provide a DeltaV control system and integrated DeltaV SIS safety system. The integrated control and safety system will provide a common operations and engineering environment and access to extensive diagnostics across the unit. The complete automation upgrade also includes Emerson’s Fisher™ control valves and Rosemount™ measurement instruments.

 @EmersonProcess  #PAuto #Oil

Merger makes huge building automation entity.

Johnson Controls  and Tyco have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company, will combine with Tyco, a global fire and security provider, to create the leader in building products and technology, integrated solutions and energy storage.
Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by both companies' Boards of Directors, Johnson Controls shareholders will own approximately 56 percent of the equity of the combined company and receive aggregate cash consideration of approximately $3.9 billion. Current Tyco shareholders will own approximately 44 percent of the equity of the combined company.

"The proposed combination of Johnson Controls and Tyco represents the next phase of our transformation to become a leading global multi-industrial company," stated Alex Molinaroli, chairman and chief executive officer, Johnson Controls. "With its world-class fire and security businesses, Tyco aligns with and enhances the Johnson Controls buildings platform and further positions all of our businesses for global growth. Through this transaction, we will also expand our ability to further invest globally, develop new innovative solutions for customers and return capital to shareholders."

"The combination of Tyco and Johnson Controls is a highly strategic, value-enhancing step that brings together the unique strengths of two great companies to deliver best-in-class building technologies and services to customers around the world," said George R. Oliver, chief executive officer, Tyco. "We believe this transaction will allow us to better capture opportunities created by increased connectivity in homes, buildings and cities. Joining forces with Johnson Controls pairs our leading established businesses with robust innovation pipelines and extensive global footprints to deliver greater value to customers, shareholders and employees of both companies."
Walt Boyes comments in Industrial Automation Insider: 
"What this will really do is to make a huge building automation company. Here’s a nice graphic provided by Johnson Controls to indicate all the technological synergies. Note that there are signifi-cant Johnson Controls strengths, as well as Tyco strengths, and they appear to be throughout the building. There are a lot of over-laps with the world of process and factory automation, especially when the Internet of Things becomes a consideration." (IAI: Jan 2015)
Under the terms of the proposed transaction, the businesses of Johnson Controls and Tyco will be combined under Tyco International plc, which will be renamed "Johnson Controls plc." Upon the closing of the transaction, the combined company is expected to maintain Tyco's Irish legal domicile and global headquarters in Cork, Ireland. The primary operational headquarters in North America for the combined company will be in Milwaukee, where Johnson Controls has been based.

Strategic Rationale
The combined company brings together best-in-class product, technology and service capabilities across controls, fire, security, HVAC, power solutions and energy storage, to serve various end-markets including large institutions, commercial buildings, retail, industrial, small business and residential. The combination of the Tyco and Johnson Controls buildings platforms creates immediate opportunities for near-term growth through cross-selling, complementary branch and channel networks, and expanded global reach for established businesses.

The new company will also benefit by combining innovation capabilities and pipelines involving new products, advanced solutions for smart buildings and cities, value-added services driven by advanced data and analytics and connectivity between buildings and energy storage through infrastructure integration. As a result, the new company will be able to better partner with its customers to help improve their overall performance and operations, enhancing the experience for their own customers in areas such as comfort, safety and accessibility. In addition, the combined company will have one of the largest energy storage platforms with capabilities including traditional lead acid as well as advanced lithium ion battery technology serving the global energy storage market.

• Johnson Controls is in the midst of a strategic transformation to become a top-quartile multi-industrial company with leadership in attractive spaces connected to core growth platforms in buildings and energy storage. This focus has resulted in significant portfolio changes over the past few years including the divestiture of its Automotive Electronics and Interiors and Global Workplace Solutions businesses, as well as the acquisition of Air Distribution Technologies and the formation of Johnson Controls - Hitachi joint venture. The company announced in July 2015 that it is planning to spin off Adient at the beginning of fiscal year 2017.

• Tyco has transformed from a diversified holding company to a streamlined operating company with a focused and leading portfolio in fire and security that will complement Johnson Controls' buildings platform. Tyco combines best-in-class products with a world-class installation and service capability delivered across a global network of branches. The company's core strengths include security and fire systems integration, commercial security monitoring, as well as fire, security and life-safety products.

• More details on financial side of this merger may be found here.


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Comprehensive data centre testing.

Cressall is partnering up with its French sister company, Rentaload, to provide the British market with an effective means of load testing data centres. The collaboration comes as a response to the growing popularity of cloud computing and consequently, the need for reliable data storage.

Rentaload provides a range of load banks for a variety of industries - from oil and gas to the health sector. The company specialises in renting innovative rack-mounted load banks for the specialised testing of data centres. Cressall is now the UK contact for businesses seeking to rent load banks from Rentaload.

Traditionally, data centre load testing focussed purely on the data halls and back-up generators. Testing was often carried out on individual systems, even before the final infrastructure - such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) or server racks - were in place. This testing method sometimes meant problems arose because elements of the data centres hadn't been tested together.

To address this issue, Rentaload supplies load banks that emulate servers, rack-mounted to provide an accurate perception of working functionality under normal operating conditions. This means they mimic the actual load on the HVAC system, automatic transfer switches and the electrical system. This allows the client to test the whole system under normal operating conditions.

Single phase rack-mounted load banks are available at 7kW and 11kW loads and free standing 21kW single/three phase mini-tower units.

"It's imperative for companies to test data centres at their full working capacity before servers are switched on," explained Mark Templeman, sales engineer at Cressall and representative for Rentaload. "You don't have to look back too far to see the consequences of downtime in data centres. It is what gave birth to tier certification. "Data centres are awarded different tiers of certification depending on their reliability and levels of redundancy in place. These certifications are awarded by an unbiased advisory organization, Uptime Institute and are categorised from one to four. Tier four recognises the highest level of reliability for a data centre. Using Rentaload's rack-mounted load banks to accurately test working loads on electrical, back-up and HVAC systems is an effective way of proving reliance and achieving tier certifications."

Retractable sensor assemblies ensure continuity in process.

The Cleanfit CPA875 and CPA871 sensor assemblies from Endress+Hauser allow pH, ORP, oxygen and NIR sensors to be installed or removed during operation. By moving the sensor from the measuring position to a service position, these retractable assemblies allow the sensor to be cleaned, calibrated or replaced without interrupting the process.

The Cleanfit CPA875 is ideal in applications in the pharmaceutical and food and beverage industry where sensors must be removed for cleaning, calibration or maintenance on a regular basis, while the CPA871 sensor is ideal for applications in the water and wastewater and chemical industries.The retractable assemblies permit removal and installation, while protecting both the process and operating personnel.

In hygienic or sterile processes, the CPA875 assemblies are protected against contamination in accordance with international standards including EHEDG, ASME BPE, FDA, ATEX Directive 94/9/EC, CE/PED, EC VO 1935/2004 and Biological Reactivity (USP Class VI). In pneumatic operating mode, the CPA871 meets ATEX and CE/PED standards.

The CPA875 assemblies, along with their service chambers and process adapters, are certified by EHEDG for cleanability and sterilizability. This certifies that residual media is not only destroyed, but is also removed completely from the service chamber and the sealing surface. The service chamber and sealing surface thus remain free from product residue and microorganisms.

The design of the service chamber allows liquid media to drain freely and completely. The alignment of the inlet and outlet, as well as the flow configuration, ensures that solid built-up deposits are loosened and removed when cleaning. It is also possible to clean and sterilize the seals' contact surfaces. This ensures the sensor is free from contamination when it is reinserted into the process.
The CPA875 assemblies are available with single or dual service chambers. The front chamber in the double-chamber system can also be used as a protective barrier to the process. This chamber can be continually rinsed with water for injection, which ensures the cleaning solution cannot enter the process, even if the process seal is damaged. At the same time, this front chamber can be used to isolate the service chamber temperature from the process. The sensor can therefore be checked, replaced, calibrated, adjusted and cleaned with hot water or sterilized, all without influencing the process.

The Cleanfit CPA875 assembly has seals, process connections and couplings that make it suitable for use in food, pharmaceutical, life sciences and specialty chemical applications, while the CPA871 has similar options for the water/wastewater and general chemical industries. Materials in contact with the process medium are all stainless steel, while seals can be EDPM/FMP or Viton/FFKM, depending on the application. The immersion tube, process connection and service chamber can be stainless steel, titanium, Alloy C22, PEEK or PVDF, again depending on the application.

Both sensor assemblies are available with a manual or an automatic drive. The manual drive has a self-retaining thread to hold the sensor in any intermediate position, and can be used for process pressures up to 116 psi. The pneumatic drive can be used for process pressures up to 232 psi. In assemblies with a pneumatic drive, the service and measuring positions of the sensor are detected and reported to connected monitoring and control systems.

Installation Testers with FREE Current Clamp and data management software!

Until 30th of April 2016 or while stocks last, Fluke (UK) is offering a free current clamp to end users purchasing a multifunction installation tester, plus free data management software with the higher end testers. The Fluke 1650 Series of multifunction Installation Testers are designed for high productivity testing and verification of domestic, commercial and industrial electrical installations.
The Fluke 1652C is the ideal tester for all domestic applications, covering all the basic needs for testing to the 17th Edition wiring regulations / Part P of the building regulations. The 1652C-CLAMPKIT includes a free Fluke 323 Current Clamp. The Fluke 1653B is ideal for professional trouble-shooters working in both domestic and commercial applications. The 1653B-CLAMPKIT/D includes a free Fluke 324 Current Clamp and free Fluke DMS Data Management Software. The Fluke 1654B is the complete tester for virtually all electrical wiring installations in domestic, commercial and industrial applications. The 1654B-CLAMPKIT/D includes a free Fluke 325 Current Clamp and free Fluke DMS Software.

The Fluke 320 Series true-rms Clamp Meters are engineered to produce noise-free, reliable measurements in the toughest environments. Designed to be long-lasting and easy to use, they are ideal for rugged, all-purpose use in residential, commercial, HVAC/R and light industrial electrical applications. Featuring easy-to-read displays and with CAT III 600V/CAT IV 300V safety ratings, all models measure true-rms AC voltage to 600V and true-rms AC current to 400A for accurate measurement of non-linear signals. The Fluke 324 and 325 models additionally feature a backlit display and capacitance measurements from 100 to 1000 microfarads. The 325 model further offers DC current measurements up to 400A, as well as frequency and resistance measurements for motor testing, and also provides a Min/Max function.

The Fluke 1652C, 1653B and 1654B Installation Testers show two measurements at once on a dual display. This can show PEFC/PSC and loop impedance results in parallel negating the requirement to run the tests separately, more than halving the test time of some loop testers. The Fluke DMS 0100/INST Data Management Software uses the 1653B or 1654B captured results for data recording, offers easy-to-use administration and reporting in compliance with BS7671 IEE 17th Edition Wiring regulations, and provides printing of test reports compatible with a range of standard certificate requirements.

All three models feature a high-current loop test which gives extremely fast measurements when testing in circuits where no RCDs are being used. They offer both non trip and the high current test so the user can select depending on the application. In addition there is fast voltage measurement between L-N, L-PE and N-PE using the mains cord, with no need to change measurement connections.

There is a PASS/FAIL indication for RCD test results, and a variable RCD current mode for customised settings. Requiring no separate batteries, a slim probe with test button supplied with the testers enables initiation of a test without the need to access or reference to the front panel when probing hard to reach points. An Earth Volt Touchpad detects earth voltages raised above 50V to indicate potentially dangerous situations.

The Fluke Installation Testers are compact, lightweight (less than 1.2 kg) and have a padded neck-strap to free testers’ hands for testing. For ease of use, a rotary dial clearly indicates which function is selected, and provides access to all functions in one place to avoid complex multi-level menus, so that even after a long period of non-use the tester remains intuitive to use. A large display with backlight uses clear symbols and has an exceptionally wide viewing angle for easy and safe readings.
All Fluke 1650B Series models have detachable standard 4-mm leads that can be replaced if damaged or lost, and require no customised special connectors. A Zero Adapter ensures easy, reliable and accurate test lead and mains cord compensation. The adapter can be used for all kinds of mains plugs and test accessories like probes and alligator clips.

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