Friday, March 11, 2016

Flash point measurement.

PAC’s Herzog OptiFlash is the result of 50 years of experience in automated flash point measurement. It is designed to perfectly meet today’s expectations on user convenience, quality and safety.

OptiFlash Small Scale uses very low volume samples to accurately detect flashpoints for petroleum products, biodiesels, solvents, chemicals, paints and varnishes, food and beverages while complying to the leading global standards such as ASTM D3828, ISO 3679 and ASTMD7236 (Ramp Method).

With the OptiFlash’s intuitive user interface and built-in automation, users can now easily start a test by just following the instructins on the screen and get a result within 3 to 4 minutes. The very low required sample volume of only 2 or 4 ml can be easily injected with a syringe or pipette. The OptiFlash Small Scale models can detect flashpoints from -30°C to 300°C.

Soovo Sen, PAC’s VP of Engineering explains “The OptiFlash Small Scale is the latest addition to our OptiFlash product family, which also contains Optiflash Pensky Martens, OptiFlash Tag and OptiFlash Abel. They all follow the utmost quality and safety standards”


 #PAC #PAuto 

Sales cooperation agreement for Saudi Arabia.

Hashim Moraisel, Managing Director ANABEEB, and Stephan Neuburger, Managing Director Krohne Group, both signed the agreement in person, marking the official opening of the Krohne Partnership Sales Office, located in the industrial city of Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
Hashim Moraisel, CEO ANABEEB, & Stephan Neuburger, Managing Director Krohne Group

“With Krohne, we are extending ANABEEB’s one-stop-shop solution for our clients like Saudi Aramco and SABIC in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” says Hashim Moraisel. “Krohne’s products and services are adding tremendous value to our clients in a field currently only partly covered by ANABEEB. Our local Sales & Manufacturing facilities in combination with Krohne’s High-End Customer Solutions will strengthen the ties between both companies this year and laying a foundation for many successful years to come.”

“With ANABEEB, we have a strong partner to serve the important market of Saudi Arabia” says Stephan Neuburger. “The new Partnership is an important step to become more visible in the Middle East. For Krohne it is of utmost importance that we understand the client’s application, only by being locally present we can understand their requirements and provide a competitive solution.We have been looking for a reliable and credible partner and believe to have found it in ANABEEB”.

Supported by the Krohne Middle East office in Dubai, which has been in place for more than a decade, the Jubail office will serve the Saudi Arabian market. The scope includes all Krohne products, solutions and services related to transport and storage of oil and gas products, e.g. pipeline monitoring, leak detection and localization, or liquid and gas metering systems. Also, processing applications in mining, e.g. metering of slurries with high solid content or solids storage, are covered from here.

• Krohne products are marketed in Ireland through DWN Instrumentation.

 @KROHNE_USA #PAuto #Saudi

Open modular architecture for industrial #cloud computing.

AdLink Technology has introduced Modular Industrial Cloud Architecture (MICA). This new industrial IOT architecture for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) platforms features a design aimed at optimizing performance, cost and space requirements for the next generation of industrial IOT solutions.

The MICA industrial-grade platform is designed to support the native virtualization requirements for software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV), while integrating a wide range of the latest hardware acceleration technologies to boost the processing of network packets and video streams. All this functionality is offered on an open, modular computing architecture, allowing users to redefine resource allocation for cloud computing applications.

The strategy behind MICA platforms is to introduce the latest data center technology to industrial telecom computing. The MICA name implies the main characteristics of the platform: modular design, industrial carrier-grade features, and cloud-oriented design.

The MICA platform is an Application Ready Intelligent Platform (ARIP) for industrial cloud computing. It supports AdLink’s PacketManager, network traffic management software that accelerates and enriches packet processing capabilities on telecom, networking, and security equipment. It also supports the company's MediaManager software, designed to provide the fastest possible performance for video editing and processing, media conversion, streaming, playback, and video conferencing.

“ADLINK intends to build a versatile industry ecosystem based on this open architecture. We hope to establish a foundation for industrial cloud computing that allows more industry partners to collaborate and innovate,” said Yong Luo, General Manager of ADLINK's Embedded Computing Product Segment.

MICA adopts an innovative modular design for upgraded scalability and flexibility. Customers can choose from different functional modules (compute, switch, storage, and IO modules) depending on their specific application requirements to build a highly tailored computing platform. The hybrid design allows customers to mix and match between 1/4 and 1/2-width slot compute nodes in order to scale the number of independent systems with different processing capacities in the platform, as needed.

MICA adopts industrial-grade design for higher density, rich I/O capacity, PCIe backplane throughput, and lower latency. All modules offer redundancy and hot-plugging. In addition, IO modules support advanced LAN bypass features, and – in order to meet the high bandwidth requirements of future 5G networks – each computing module is designed to support dual 64G bandwidth, with even higher bandwidth support available through expansion IO cards.

MICA is designed for industrial cloud computing with native virtualization for SDN/NFV. For SDN, MICA switch modules use larger TCAM tables to implement L2/L3/L4 fast packet forwarding using OpenFlow. For NFV, MICA switch modules and network cards support hardware-accelerated processing for NVGRE and VXLAN tunnel protocols. MICA designs also integrate a wide range of the latest hardware acceleration technologies to boost the processing of network packets and video streams.

AdLink’s MICA is a delivery system for the latest telecom, networking security, and intelligent video surveillance services. The platform offers a complete solution, with optimized stacks, high throughput, and an expanding partner ecosystem for mix-and-match hardware and software

configurations. MICA provides computing modules based on Intel® Core™/Xeon® and other processor-based boards, switch modules, storage modules and IO modules, and can be easily customized and scaled based on customer needs. MICA platforms provide variety of rack-mount form factors, like 2U, 4U and many others, truly scalable from rack mount to rack scale, enabling different computing capacity for different stages of a project.

 @ADLINKTech_usa  #IoT #PAuto

Low volume customisable touchscreens.

Custom and semi-custom display range extended with new 15.6” and 21.5” screens.

andersDX now offers custom and semi-custom colour TFT screens from 1.1” to 21.5” inches. Customers can specify the combination of resolution bezel, backlighting, touch technology, connectors, optical film, cover lenses and printed icons that they require. Other options include secret-until-lit graphics, wide viewing angles, portrait and landscape format displays. The andersDX range includes unusual shapes also, such as letterbox units to replace LCD character modules and round displays for wearable instruments.

To enhance sunlight readability, andersDX offers optical bonding also with a very low minimum order quantity. The entire bonding process is carried out under one roof, at the site where the modules are manufactured ensuring both an extremely high standard of quality and a low cost of around one-third the normal price. Features supported by the service include integrated touch controllers, scratch resistant or anti-reflective coatings, and vandal proof glass. IP65/67 sealed panels for use in wet environments, and panels compliant with PCI standards for payment terminals, are also offered.

Paul Hooper, European Sales Manager of andersDX commented, “For many customers, the user interface is the product. That’s why we support custom solutions from volumes of just 800/month, whereas typical suppliers will impose MOQs of 5-10k units. Instead of shoehorning the customer’s requirements to fit a standard product, we will offer a screen with the exact specification in terms of appearance, performance and environmental protection that the customer demands.

“Investing in display performance pays handsome dividends. With our semi- and fully-custom design capability and choice of display panels of all sizes and technologies, customers can create the display they really want: a true ambassador for their product.”

The andersDX TFT offering is supported by local, European FAE’s and underpinned by proven, NPI and lifecycle processes which ensure customer confidence throughout all stages of their project. andersDX Display Image displays are available for 3-5 years.

@AndersElec #PAuto

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Accurately measuring process temperature without need for thermowell.

Rosemount X-well Technology is a surface sensing temperature measurement solution that eliminates the need for thermowell process penetration when measuring process temperatures in pipe applications recently introduced by Emerson. This solution provides an accurate and repeatable internal process temperature measurement, while eliminating possible leak points and simplifying specification, installation and maintenance.

Rosemount X-well Technology
Rosemount X-well Technology is available in the Rosemount 648 Wireless Temperature Transmitter and Rosemount 0085 Pipe Clamp Sensor Assembly. These components work together to calculate process temperature via the transmitter’s thermal conductivity algorithm. Rosemount X‐well Technology works by measuring the pipe surface temperature and ambient temperature, and combining this information with an understanding of the thermal conductivity properties of the installation and process piping.

A major advantage of Rosemount X-well Technology is accurate process temperature measurement without requiring any intrusions or penetrations into the process, allowing for quicker and easier installation along with simplified long-term maintenance. Users do not have to design, size or maintain thermowells. Wake Frequency Calculations are eliminated, as well as time spent determining material compatibility, the right insertion length and the necessary profile.

With Rosemount X-well Technology, users can also add temperature measurement points without having to shut down a process. X-well Technology can be installed with a standard pipe clamp procedure and ordinary hand tools, and does not require a skilled contractor.

“Rosemount X-well Technology is the best of both worlds as it provides an accurate process temperature similar to a thermowell while maintaining the benefits of a non-intrusive surface measurement,” said Jason Rud, senior principal design engineer at Emerson Process Management. “Current surface temperature sensing technology only provides a surface measurement that can be easily influenced by ambient temperature, while Rosemount X‐well Technology corrects for external conditions to infer the process temperature.”

Applications that can benefit from Rosemount X-well Technology include pipelines, high velocity flows, slurries, heavy particulate fluids, wellheads, clean-in-place processes, high viscosity fluids and harsh processes in the oil & gas, chemical, refining, food and beverage, metals and mining and pulp and paper industries.

@EmersonProcess #PAuto

Appointment of VP for Asia Pacific sales to help Leverage IIoT solutions.

Daniel Gao has been appointed by Red Lion Controls as Vice President of Sales for Asia Pacific (APAC). Based in Shanghai, Daniel reports directly to Red Lion President Mike Granby and serves on the executive team.

Daniel Gao
Prior to Red Lion, Daniel served as a Sales and Marketing Director for TE Connectivity Shanghai. Earlier in his career, he also held executive sales positions at Honeywell Sensing and Controls, Vishay Transducer, Rohde and Schwartz, Compuwave Technologies and Spirax Sarco Engineering.

“Daniel is an experienced international executive with a strong track record of sales in China and throughout Asia,” said Granby. “As the Industrial Internet of Things continues to grow in Asia, Daniel will play an important role in driving sales of Red Lion’s industrial automation and networking products in the region and helping establish our position as a global IIoT provider.”

Daniel has a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from Zhongshan University and a Master Degree in Computing from the University of Bradford.

“It is an honor to join an industry leader like Red Lion, who follows a customer-first philosophy and has been serving industrial customers and partners for over 40 years,” commented Gao. “The IIoT presents a unique opportunity for Red Lion and for our customers, and I look forward to growing the business in Asia and enhancing our leadership position in the automation and networking markets.”

• Red Lion products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.


@redlioncontrols  #PAuto #IoT

Imaging & vision reference.

Now in its 3rd edition, the Imaging & Vision Handbook from Stemmer Imaging acts as an invaluable reference guide for machine vision users as well as providing up-to-date information on products and suppliers.

The 450 pages are packed with the latest information on machine vision technologies from the fields of illumination, optics, cameras, acquisition, software, cabling, systems and accessories. Around one third of the content is devoted to the fundamentals of machine vision, with explanations of the various technologies supported by clear graphics designed to illustrate complex subjects in a very understandable way.

The handbook also profiles the company's major suppliers and their product portfolios and contains all the key technical data. Clearly arranged tables provide all the details needed in order to select the best vision components for a particular application.

In addition to the printed version, the new handbook is also available for the first time on-line in both English and German and will also be followed on an updated version of Stemmer Imaging’s Visiondocs platform available across Apple and Android devices with enhanced search, bookmarking and annotation capabilities.

 @stemmerimaging #PAuto 

Communication between IT-systems and the factory floor.

Another gateway family for the Industrial Internet of Things has been introduced by HMS Industrial Networks.

The new Anybus .NET gateways enable real-time data from industrial machinery to be presented to .NET-based IT applications. This means that .NET programmers can get data directly from a PLC system on the other side of “the edge” to be used in applications for statistics, analysis or maintenance. The first .NET gateways are available for PROFIBUS and PROFINET.

A quick and easy way to realize IIoT
The basic prerequisite for Industrial IoT is that industrial applications are able to communicate with IT systems. However, the operational technology (OT) on the factory floor uses fieldbus and industrial Ethernet networks, which are designed for real-time communication – by default separated from the IT-infrastructure. The Anybus .NET gateways address this situation by acting as translators which send and receive data between PROFIBUS- or PROFINET-networks and IT platforms using .NET as a framework. The communication is set up in a couple of minutes and the .NET gateways are therefore a very fast way to realize IIoT.

The result is that IT systems get unprecedented access to real-time data from the factory floor which enables predictive maintenance, KPI-follow-up, machine analytics, data mining, big data processing, production statistics and much more – without interfering with the industrial processes.

The solution can be used for a wide range of use cases, from simple transfer of KPI values, advanced messages with structured data types, or ultra-fast transfer of I/O data for “big data.”

How it works
In addition to connecting the data from the industrial processes to the IT-systems, the .NET gateways make the data understandable on the IT-side. The information exchange between the Operational Technology (OT) side and the Information Technology (IT) side is defined in a spreadsheet template which defines how the data is mapped, tagged and presented to IT-applications. The spreadsheet is uploaded to the HMS code generator which automatically creates a customized high level C# API (events and Post methods) that is easy to integrate directly into a .NET application. It also generates a customized GSDML file for the PLC.

Easy for both .NET and PLC programmers
“The Anybus .NET gateways represent a very fast and easy way to realize the Industrial Internet of Things,” says Markus Bladh, Product Manager at HMS Industrial Networks. “For more than 20 years, HMS has been offering industrial communication solutions between different standards on the factory floor, and we now use this experience to offer a gateway to .NET. This is truly an ‘edge gateway’ in the sense that it creates a bridge between the IT and OT side – .NET programmers get access to data from industrial machinery, while PLC programmers can rest assured that the data access does not interfere with their critical systems.”

 @hmsnetworks #PAuto #PLC #IoT 

Noncontact temperature monitoring in hazardous areas.

All models from Fluke Process Instruments’ versatile MI3 infrared sensor series are now also available as intrinsically safe versions for use in hazardous environments. The intelligent miniature sensors are fully ATEX and IECEx certified for use in Zones 1 and 2 (gas) and Zones 21 and 22 (dust).

The manufacturer supplies a complete intrinsically safe package including the sensor, a communication box, and an Ex power supply. All three components are IP65-rated, and each can be easily exchanged in the field without re-calibration of the entire system. One or two intrinsically safe MI3 sensing heads can be powered by one power supply. The sensor cables can be up to 30 m long in total, providing high flexibility for setting up safe monitoring scenarios.

Featuring a stainless steel housing with integrated electronics, the rugged MI3 pyrometer is the smallest stand-alone digital infrared temperature sensor for fixed installation on the market today. The MI3 series comprises pyrometers for various spectral ranges and applications, including the 1M and 2M short wavelength models with an excellent 100:1 resolution and 10 ms response time, which are suitable for monitoring temperatures up to +1,800 °C. Each intrinsically safe MI3 sensing head is labeled with the Ex i certification. In the case of the MI3100, this also covers the laser sighting function for easy positioning and aiming. MI3 sensors have excellent EMC characteristics and can be used in ambient temperatures up to +180 °C. Communication boxes are available with RS485, Modbus, Profibus, Ethernet, and Profinet IO interfaces and with four galvanically isolated analog outputs. Automatic head detection and digital communication between sensor and box enable plug and play.

The ATEX and IECEx certifications open up many additional areas for the MI3 series, for example steel industry processes using hydrogen atmospheres such as galvanizing, annealing, plating, and coating; hydrogen reduction in the solar industry; petrochemical applications such as sulfur recovery and monitoring boilers, reactors, pipes, and flare control; manufacture and storage of various chemical and agricultural products such as vinyl, fertilizer, starch, alcohols, and flour; fire detection; monitoring mining equipment and conveyors; hazardous waste disposal; and sewage treatment.

@FlukeCorp  #Pauto @irconir

Air velocity transmitter for HVAC.

Accurate Control of Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems

The EE650 air velocity transmitter from E+E Elektronik is optimized for accurate, reliable and long-term stable measurement of air velocity in ventilation ducts. With selectable measuring ranges 0-10/15/20 m/s (0-2000/3000/4000 ft/min) and high accuracy, the EE650 suits perfectly all common HVAC applications. The new E+E VTQ flow sensor element of EE650 operates on the thermal anemometer principle, is very robust and highly insensitive to pollution.

Thanks to the design and the innovative flow profile of the VTQ flow sensor element manufactured by E+E in thin-film technology, EE650 features an outstanding resistance to contamination. The sensor element impresses also with high mechanical stability realized through state-of-the-art transfer-moulding technology. The exceptional long-term stability and the wear-free thermal measuring principle minimize the EE650 maintenance demand and ownership costs.

The IP65 / NEMA 4 enclosure protects optimally the electronics against pollution. Due to its design, the EE650 can be very easily installed and commissioned. The mounting flange facilitates precise positioning of the probe in the air stream. The duct version can be also mounted directly onto the ventilation duct. With the remote probe version, the sensing probe can be installed up to 10 m away from the electronics.

The measuring range, the output signal (4-20 mA or 0-10 V) and the response time can be selected with jumpers on the electronics board. The maintenance is considerably simplified by a digital interface which allows for EE650 to be adjusted by the user.

• E+E products are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

#Epulse #HVAC #PAuto 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

International food & pharma automation event.

ISA’s 2016 FPID Symposium showcases two acclaimed keynote speakers, an extensive technical program, and two valuable training courses

Our Final Report on Symposium

Conference sessions
to include:

Cybersecurity
Sustainable processing
Data integrity
Alarm management
Industrial Internet of Things
Usage of cloud for automation
Instrumentation: calibration, wireless
Batch management & MES
ISA standards
Process optimization
Serialization/ Track and Trace
OEE, PAT, GAMP
Energy/ waste management
Process control
Paperless automation
Manufacturing regulations
Leading innovators and other professionals involved in automating food, beverage and pharmaceutical processing—and two highly distinguished keynote speakers—will highlight the 2016 ISA Food and Pharmaceutical Industries (FPID) Symposium, 14-15 March in beautiful Cork, Ireland.

This dynamic event will explore how automation can help address critical challenges—relating to regulatory requirements, manufacturing costs, security threats and other concerns—within the food and pharmaceutical sectors. Special attention will examine the role of automation technology and innovation in meeting longer-term global dynamics and demands.

Conference sessions, led by the world’s leading experts, will cover a wide range of critical issues and topics (see box on right).

Learn about the latest products and services
An exhibit showcase will feature the latest product and service information at engaging vendor and supplier exhibits. Sponsorships and exhibit spaces are still available, providing an opportunity to directly connect with key decision makers.

Daily networking luncheons and receptions will set the stage for mingling, meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends.

Paul McKenzie is the Senior Vice President for Global Biologics Manufacturing & Technical Services at Biogen, a position he assumed earlier this year.
As Senior Vice President for Global Biologics Manufacturing & Technical Operations, McKenzie is responsible for the manufacturing, engineering, and manufacturing sciences operations in Denmark, Switzerland, Massachusetts and North Carolina. These large-scale biopharmaceutical facilities cover drug substance and finished goods with a focus on next-generation automation and manufacturing. McKenzie oversees the production of life-changing medicines to patients around the world with five commercial products available, including AvonexTM, TysabriTM, ElocatateTM, AlprolixTM and PeglidryTM. He is a member of the Pharmaceutical Operations & Technology Leadership Team where he brings a strong focus to ensuring clinical supply of product and providing patient convenience.
Prior to his current role, McKenzie was the Vice President of Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices, Ethicon Research & Development (R&D). As a member of the Ethicon Global Management Board and the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices R&D Leadership Team, he was responsible for R&D’s global strategy, portfolio prioritization and execution, resource strategy and development, and advancement of R&D talent.

McKenzie holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He has served on numerous professional and academic boards, and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees on the Illinois Institute of Technology and the Society for Biological Engineering.


Peter Martin
Peter Martin is widely recognized as one of the most influential professionals and experts in automation and control. He has held a range of executive and technical positions in engineering, product and strategic planning, marketing and training throughout his career. He served as Vice President of Invensys Operations Management for 37 years.
Dr. Martin holds multiple patents, including patents for dynamic performance measures, real-time activity-based costing, closed-loop business control, and asset and resource modeling. He has published numerous articles and technical papers, and has authored or co-authored six books. An ISA Fellow, Dr. Martin is a recipient of the ISA Life Achievement Award, and has been named as one of the 50 most influential innovators of all time in instrumentation and controls.

He has earned numerous academic degrees, including: a bachelor of arts degree and master of science degree in mathematics; a master of arts degree in administration and management, a master of arts and a doctorate degree in biblical studies; and a doctorate degree in industrial engineering.

Two outstanding keynote speakers
Two widely recognized leaders in automation—   Paul McKenzie, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Global Biologics Manufacturing & Technical Services at Biogen;; and Peter Martin, Ph.D., Vice President and Fellow at Schneider Electric Company—will deliver keynote addresses during the event. Below are the presentation titles and abstracts as well as summary biographies of these two highly remarkable speakers.

“Using Data to Optimize the Product Life Cycle”
Speaker: Marc Hooybergs (see box on right)

Pharmaceutical product development presents challenges with respect to the rigor in both scientific and ultimately engineering knowledge around the process to ensure consistent product quality. The industry is under increasing demand to reduce costs of development and ultimately production of such medicinal products that ultimately is forcing organizations to recalibrate their knowledge management strategies. Knowledge management is a business problem first and foremost but can be accelerated with the underlying information technologies platform selections. As such, this presentation will focus on the adaptation of ISA-88/95 and underlying infrastructure for the semantic definition and capture of knowledge across a product development lifecycle leveraging open source.

“Innovation and a Future Perspective on Automation and Control”
Speaker: Dr Peter Martin

Industrial automation is a field in which continual and impactful innovations have occurred over the last century. Today there are a number of key initiatives and technologies in industrial automation, such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), Industrie 4.0, cloud computing, and big data analytics that, taken as a whole, may be indicative of a period of breakthrough innovation that has not been seen since the introduction of the computer as a delivery vehicle for control. This presentation will investigate the different levels of innovation, why industrial automation and control may be at an inflection point leading to inspirational innovation and what this might in terms of performance improvements for food and pharmaceutical companies.

Training Courses
Attendees will add value to their event experience by taking an on-location ISA training course. Two high-value ISA courses are offered:

To register, or to gain more information on-line here at ISA’s 2016 Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Symposium.


#FPID16 #PAuto #Pharma @IrelandISA

Monday, March 7, 2016

Self powered fraud proof counters.

When Hengstler set about developing a new counter for commercial gas and water metering applications, the company had two main objectives: to make it self-powered to overcome the limitations of both power supply availability and battery-operated devices; and to make it resistant to tampering using magnets that interfere with the mechanical meter register found in conventional counters. The fruit of Hengstler’s research has seen the company introduce its SPC (Self-Powered Counter) to the global market. Simple, innovative and cost effective, SPC comes with ATEX certification and offers class-leading shock and vibration resistance.

The new SPC fluid meter counter from
Hengstler is not only self-powered,
but is resistant to fraudulent tampering
Measuring the rate or volume of gas/fluid flow is obviously essential for utility companies to determine how much gas or water has been consumed by commercial customers and thus determine billing information. Here, utilities turn to the expertise of flow meter suppliers, which in turn rely on accurate providers of counter technologies.

However, where conventional electronics or other circuitry is provided for performing various functions related to gas/fluid measurement, a power supply is required. In some applications, an independent power source may be readily available, but this isn’t always the case, particularly in areas where gas pipelines cross huge expanses of remote terrain, for example. In such locations, a power supply is often impractical or too costly to install. Mains-powered devices also struggle in locations subject to frequent power cuts, or unregulated voltage. The alternative, battery-operated devices, only offer a limited solution due to limitations such as battery life, cost and reliability in harsh environments. Furthermore, in contrast with devices that have stopped due to battery failure or battery removal, the SPC continues counting.

With this in mind, Hengstler developed a fluid meter capable of performing precise and reliable gas/fluid measurements, while also providing the power necessary for those measurements. The compact (38mm diameter housing) SPC makes use of ‘pulse wire’ technology whereby kinetic energy is generated by a moving fluid to provide electrical pulses – the first counter of its type to offer this advantage.

This innovative, self-powering feature also ensures that the meter can be replaced at any time without any loss of metering data, thanks to an in-built memory. The metering value will be displayed automatically when the new register is attached, thus allowing for continuous billing. This is the only likely maintenance task as the Hengstler SPC features only one moving part, the shaft, thus offering near-zero wear and saving on both costs and downtime.

From an anti-fraud perspective, the device makes use of a non-volatile FRAM memory and strong shielding magnets to prevent fraudsters from evading what they owe. In addition, meter volumes can be compared and alarmed at set intervals.

Importantly, each SPC can be configured according to customer communication protocol preferences, including, NAMUR, UART, M BUS, I²C or wireless, for example. Further advantages include ATEX certification, 300g shock resistance, 20g vibration resistance, IP20 protection rating, easy and fast installation, and suitability for all gas/fluid types.

Ultimately, the new Hengstler SPC provides the freedom of counting whenever, wherever and whatever, without external power.

#Hengstler, #PAuto 


Flammable gas detection.

The OLCT 700 and OLCT 710 gas transmitters has been announced by Oldham. The 700/710 Series comprises 3 different models -FP, TP or IR- for the detection of flammable, H2S or CO2 gases.

The OLCT 700 can be used in combination with an increased safety approved junction box from your furniture. The OLCT 710 is ready to use and is made of an OLCT 700 attached to a junction box that contains the terminals and an optional surge protection module.

This series is specifically designed for harsh and extreme locations. It provides reliable operation in any circumstances between -40°C and +75°C. This new and superior level of environmental durability in sensor design includes an electropolished 316 stainless steel housing and 100% encapsulated electronics for complete protection and immunity to water ingress and corrosion.

The plug-in, field replaceable sensors can be easily replaced in the field. Operator interface is non-intrusive via a small handheld magnet and the embedded software is very intuitive.

SIL 2 certified according to IEC 61508:2010 functional safety standard, OLCT 700/710 instruments are also ATEX 2G certified for use in ATEX zones 1 and 2.

While the Model TP is using a poison-resistant catalytic bead sensor to detect combustible gases, the Model IR includes an infrared sensor to monitor combustible or CO2 gases.

Re the Model TP, it is equipped with a proprietary solid state metal oxide semiconductor sensor (MOS) and is very well suited to H2S detection in severe applications where the detector can be exposed to very high concentration/temperature and very low/high humidity. It is commonly used:

  • - in Wastewater Treatment Plants (primary treatment, biological treatment, etc. ),
  • - in Oil and Gas Industry (production platforms, drilling rigs, refineries, etc.),
  • - when temperature exceeds the upper operating temperature of 40-50°C.

The 700/710 Series is compatible with all Oldham MX controllers and is ModBus compatible with the MX 40 which can connect to up to 32 detectors.

The MX 40 has a 2Gb SD memory card and records all data (measurements, alarms, faults) in CSV format. The data can be read directly on the unit or digitally on our File Log Viewer software which can be downloaded free of charge from our website.

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 you to have SMS or email messages sent in the case of an alarm.

@Oldham_Gas #PAuto 

Communicating with power grids.

A new family of Industrial IoT gateways for Smart Grid applications has been launched by HMS Industrial Networks. The Anybus SG-gateways enable communication between industrial applications and energy protocols. This communication is the very basis for the so called “Smart Grid” where power plants and energy equipment are interacting with industrial applications. The SG-gateways are yet another example of how HMS realizes the Industrial Internet of Things.

The new SG-gateways enable communication between industrial devices running Modbus, PROFIBUS, PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, or M-Bus and energy protocols (IEC61850 and IEC60870-5-104). This means that a power plant control room which is using the IEC protocols, can connect to industrial devices such as generators, drives, filters and protection equipment.

Since these gateways can act both as a master and slave, it is also possible to connect Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs) which communicate over IEC-standards, to industrial networks, allowing them to be controlled by PLCs from e.g. Siemens, Rockwell or Mitsubishi.

The Anybus SG-gateways can also be used to enable remote control and management of electrical equipment in power grids. Data is sent over Ethernet or the 3G cellular network using the telecontrol protocols, after which the data can be presented by a software application in the power plant control room.

Different versions – same configuration
The Anybus SG-gateways are available in different versions for handling various industrial networks and communication standards. These include I/O, Modbus, PROFIBUS, PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, or M-Bus. All versions use the same web-based configuration tool where commands are dragged and dropped, allowing for a quick and easy installation. No additional engineering tools are needed, only a standard browser.

“The Anybus SG-gateways are very powerful tools for handling the conversion between energy and industry standards," says Niklas Selander, Product Manager at HMS Industrial Networks. “The Smart Grid can offer substantial energy savings and optimizations and there is a great demand in the market to create smarter energy solutions. But to make the Smart Grid come true, you need communication between the complex IEC protocols and the industrial world. Our new SG-gateways solve that problem. We already have a number of big industrial customers using the solution.”

There is an easier way.

While delving through old papers we came across this document which was part of the 1966 calendar for Industrial Instruments Limited.*


The company had an old tradition of issuing these calendars. They usually featured views of Ireland but on this occasion it featured this "Heath Robison" type drawing by the late Tony Gibson and shows his sense of humour.

Tony was sales manager at the time. Later he was the Secretary of the Ireland Section of ISA, while this writer was President (1984-5). He was honoured with the Ireland Section Pioneer Award in 1996 but unfortunatly was to ill to attend the ceremony and received it in hospital shortly before his untimely death.

* Industrial Instruments Ltd was one of the foremost instrument & control companies in Ireland in the mid 20th Century. When it closed many smaller specialist companies (including Read-out) were formed.