Friday, March 18, 2016

Alliance to revolutionise remote monitoring.

BinMaster and Device Solutions Inc have announced their strategic alliance that will revolutionize remote monitoring with end-to-end solutions for sensor-based networks. The companies have teamed up and designed systems that automate data collection, dissemination, and reporting. Customers across any industry will be able to monitor and manage data from all types of sensors for properties such as level, temperature, moisture, humidity or flow and be alerted when pre-determined thresholds have been met. Other system features include the ability to track assets and automatically optimize routes for delivery vehicles.
The backbone of the system is a wireless communication device based upon the Cellio® IIoT platform developed by Device Solutions that BinMaster will market as BinCom™. Transceivers and gateways send data from sensors to cloud-based application software. The BinMaster BinCom device roadmap will offer a variety of models compatible with Cellular CDMA, Cellular GSM, Wi-Fi, or Ethernet communication platforms. Remote data monitoring can be done via a PC, tablet, or SmartPhone and can be set up to send automated alerts via email or SMS text. Device Solutions has developed flexible dashboards that can be customized by each company, each user within a company, and by the type of sensor data they wish to monitor. BinCom is compatible with a variety of BinMaster sensors or currently installed sensors supplied by BinMaster or another manufacturer. The standard BinCom interfaces include both Analog and Digital and support 0-5VDC, 4-20 mA, dry contacts, Modbus, and RS-485 outputs.

The BinCom data monitoring and asset tracking solutions will be offered by BinMaster as complete systems including sensors, BinCom transceivers, gateways and asset trackers, cloud-based services and other options such as local monitoring consoles. “Customers today just don’t want to buy a sensor, they want a complete turnkey solution that is easy to implement and is extremely affordable,” stated Scott McLain, CEO of BinMaster. “Device Solutions is the perfect partner to round out BinMaster’s robust solutions. BinMaster is entrenched in industries such as agriculture, mining, plastics, food processing, cement, biofuels, chemicals, oil & gas that have complex and demanding supply chains. Teaming up with Device Solutions makes serving their diverse needs possible.”

“We are extremely excited about the opportunities that a BinMaster and Device Solutions partnership brings to reality,” stated Bob Witter, Co-Founder and CEO of Device Solutions. “Pairing BinMaster’s decades of experience and proven portfolio of sensor indicators and control systems with the Device Solutions Cellio Industrial IoT ecosystem, completes an affordable, scalable and reliable end-to-end data collection, analytics, and control solution that is ready for deployment in an amazing number of applications.”

@binmasterusa #PAuto 

The industrial network market - Fieldbus, Ethernet & Wireless.

HMS Industrial Networks has presented an annual analysis of the industrial network market. As an independent supplier of products and services for industrial communication and the Internet of Things, HMS has a substantial insight into the industrial network market.

Industrial Ethernet is growing faster than before and now accounts for 38% of the market. EtherNet/IP is in first place within industrial Ethernet globally, followed by PROFINET. However, classic fieldbuses are still dominating the fragmented world of industrial networks with 58% and PROFIBUS is still the most widely used industrial network. Furthermore, the Internet of Things is driving wireless technologies which are now on the chart for the first time.

Fieldbus vs. industrial Ethernet and wireless
HMS’s estimation for 2016 based on number of new installed nodes in 2015 within Factory Automation. The estimation is based on several market studies and HMS’s own sales statistics

Here are some of the trends they see within industrial communication in 2016.

Fieldbus is still growing
Looking at new installed nodes within factory automation globally, fieldbuses are still the most widely used type of networks with 58% of the market. Fieldbuses are still growing by approximately 7% per year as users ask for simplicity, tradition and reliability. The dominant fieldbus is PROFIBUS (17% of the total world market including industrial Ethernet) followed by Modbus (7%), and CC-Link (6%).

Industrial Ethernet is growing faster than before
According to HMS, industrial Ethernet is growing faster than previous years and taking more market shares. At a growth rate of 20%, Ethernet now makes up for 38% of the global market compared to 34% last year. EtherNet/IP is the number one Ethernet network with 9% followed by PROFINET (8%). Runners-up are EtherCAT, Modbus-TCP and Ethernet POWERLINK.

“We see evidence of an accelerated transition towards industrial Ethernet when it comes to new installed nodes,” says Anders Hansson, Marketing Director at HMS. “However, industrial automation is a conservative market and it will take time before industrial Ethernet outgrows fieldbuses.”

Wireless is coming
For the first time, wireless technologies are on the chart with 4% of the worldwide industrial network market. WLAN is most popular, followed by Bluetooth. “We see the Internet of Things as a big driver for wireless technologies,” says Anders Hansson. “Wireless opens up for new automation architectures and is increasingly being considered for machine connectivity and control, including Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) solutions via tablets or smartphones.”

Regional facts
In Europe and the Middle East, PROFIBUS is the leading network while PROFINET has the fastest growth rate. Runners up are EtherCAT, Modbus-TCP and POWERLINK. The US market is dominated by the CIP networks where EtherNet/IP is overtaking DeviceNet in terms of market shares. In Asia, no network stands out as truly market-leading – PROFIBUS, PROFINET, Ethernet/IP, Modbus and CC-Link are widely used. EtherCAT continues to establish itself as a significant network, and there are early signs of CC-Link IE Field being adopted.

More and more devices are getting connected
Anders Hanson
“The presented figures represent our consolidated view, taking into account insights from colleagues in the industry, our own sales statistics and overall perception of the market,” says Anders Hansson. “It is interesting to see that industrial Ethernet is now growing faster and that wireless technologies are gaining foothold. What is completely clear, however, is that the network market remains fragmented as customers continue to ask for connectivity to fieldbus, industrial Ethernet as well as wireless networks. All in all, industrial devices are getting increasingly connected, boosted by trends such as Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0. With our long-term motto ‘Connecting Devices,’ HMS is well-suited to grow with these trends.”

#Ethernet #Wireless. @hmsnetworks #PAuto #IoT

Ergonomic handheld enclosure family.

JPR Electronics can supply the  new IP65 sealed version of the stylish, ergonomically designed, 1553 handheld enclosure family from Hammond Electronics.  The soft-sided 1553W enclosures are intended for housing electronic products that will be used in environments where dust and water is likely to be present.

Typical applications include instrument or mobile data enclosures requiring a keypad and display, particularly when repetitive assembly and disassembly are required.

The 1553W has an ergonometric curved shape that fits comfortably into the hand and the top cover is recessed to allow a membrane keypad to be flush mounted. An integral end panel forms part of the top cover providing an easy to machine area for cable entry, switches and indicators. PCB standoffs are provided in the top and base for mounting

The 1553W enclosure features a one piece silicone gasket and a tongue and groove construction moulded into the top and bottom halves to meet IP65 requirements. The top and base are assembled with four screws that locate into brass inserts in the top moulding, facilitating repeated access to the housed electronics. The fixing positions are outside the gasket, ensuring the integrity of the seal.
Available in three sizes, 117 x 79 x 25mm, 117 x 79 x 32mm and 147 x 90 x 25mm, all models are moulded in UL94-V0 flame retardant ABS in RAL 7035 light grey or RAL 9011 black, both over-moulded with RAL 7012 grey soft side grips. 

To reduce time to market and modification costs, all 1553W enclosures are available factory modified with machining and silk screening to the end customers’ requirements.

‎@Jprelec @hammondmfg #PAuto 

Non-contacting radar (NCR) transmitter.

Magnetrol International has launched the Pulsar® Model R96 non-contacting radar (NCR) transmitter for accurate, reliable level control in process applications.

Virtually unaffected by the presence of vapors or air movement within a vessel’s free space, the two-wire, loop-powered, 6 GHz NCR transmitter measures a wide variety of liquid media in process conditions ranging from calm product surfaces and water-based media to turbulent surfaces and aggressive hydrocarbon media.

The PULSAR Model R96 offers state-of-the-technology performance, offering:

  • Best-in-class signal processing for exceptional accuracy and reliability
  • An extensive measurement range, from 20 meters to 40 meters
  • Advanced diagnostics with automatic waveform capture
  • A powerful device type manager (DTM) with industry-leading field configuration and troubleshooting capabilities
  • SIL 2 Capable levels and a 92.7% SFF
  • HART® and FOUNDATIONTM Fieldbus digital output

This latest NCR unit joins the company’s  Eclipse® Model 706 guided wave radar (GWR) transmitter to offer process industries a complete portfolio of advanced radar technologies for level control solutions.

• Magnetrol protucts are marketed in Ireland through Ntron

@MagnetrolGlobal #PAuto #Ntron

Global serialization partnership.

Zenith Technologies and SEA Vision have formed a global partnership to support pharmaceutical companies with the impending challenge of installing and integrating serialization across drug manufacturing sites.

Jim Lehane, director of MES & NBI Zenith,  
Marco Baietti,  commercial director, & 
Stefano Cobelli, sales director, SEA Vision 
with Dominic Galvin, chief financial officer, 
The announcement comes after the two companies completed the worldwide implementation of a serialization deployment to aid the production, packaging and supply chain of one of the world’s top 10 pharmaceutical firms.

Initially encompassing the US, Britain, Ireland and Germany, markets where both companies have a strong presence, the collaboration brings together Italian-based SEA Vision’s serialization software along with global Zenith Technologies’ ability to integrate systems and deliver ongoing technical support at a local level.

Jim Lehane, director at Zenith Technologies, said: “We are delighted to have secured the rights to distribute, implement and support SEA Vision’s serialization solution in these key territories.

“The partnership enables pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging companies to utilise SEA Vision’s products with added on-the-ground assistance from our expert engineers to ensure they can deal with the continuous challenge that serialization brings.

“Given what we’ve already achieved to date in this field and the similarities in our customer base, we are ideally placed to work together with SEA Vision to help clients achieve seamless compliance with the new serialization requirements. We truly believe this is a turn-key solution for installation, integration and support for any company producing licensed products.”

The deal has been unveiled as drug makers begin to seriously turn their attention to the looming legislation changes. The serialization of licensed drug products will be legally required for companies in the EU from 2019 as per the EU Falsified Medicines Directive (EUFMD) Safety Features Delegated Regulation and from November 2017 in accordance with the US Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA).

Marco Baietti, commercial director at SEA Vision, said: “As a business, we are 100% focused in the pharmaceutical space and are committed to helping companies deal with the challenge of serialization.

“Following the announcement of the timing for the legislation changes, we have experienced a wave of requests from tier two and three pharma companies. This collaboration is therefore designed to give these firms the tools and skills they require to confidently introduce new systems well ahead of the deadlines.

“We are known for our reliability, technical solutions and customer service. Combined with Zenith Technologies’ global reach and proven training expertise, we believe our partnership can benefit pharmaceutical manufacturing companies in all these territories.”

Aside from traditional pharmaceutical companies producing bulk API and finished licensed products, the partnership will also assist contract manufacturing organisations (CMOs) that also need to adapt to the regulations.

Headquartered in Cork and with 14 offices globally, Zenith Technologies is one of the leading companies in delivering manufacturing software systems that enable life science businesses to be compliant and competitive.

SEA Vision, located in Pavia, close to Milan, with subsidiaries in France, Spain and Brazil, was set up in 1995 as a producer of vision systems for the pharmaceutical industry, with the aim to meet control requirements on packaging lines. To date, the company has successfully supplied over 250 complete track and trace systems worldwide.

@ZenithIre #PHarma #Pauto 

RH probe that hands control to the user.

The new HygroSmart HS3 advanced interchangeable relative humidity and temperature probe from Michell Instruments is 100% configurable to allow maximum flexibility to the user. This gives users the ability to alter their RH and temperature measurements to keep step with changes or developments in their process, with no extra costs.
Customers can set the zero/span range, output signals and choose from five output parameters (including dew point). All these changes and settings are easily made on a PC via the application software. For customers who value simplicity above flexibility, they can order their probes fully configured to their specifications directly from Michell.

The new probe also ensures zero process downtime by keeping maintenance to a minimum with an interchangeable sensor. When recalibration is due, the old HygroSmart HS3 sensor is simply exchanged for a new, freshly calibrated one. This is a simple procedure which allows the probe to remain installed, and takes only a few seconds to carry out. Using the replaceable sensor ensures that the HygroSmart HS3 probe has a low life-time cost, when compared to fully disposable probes. Alternatively, minor calibration adjustments can be easily made on any installed HS3 probe, with a 5-point digital trim adjustment via the application software to ensure maximum accuracy without needing to replace the sensor.

Designed for demanding industrial conditions, the HygroSmart HS3 probe features a solid corrosion-resistant body, 10 bar pressure sealing and IP67 pressure rating. In addition it also has an accuracy of 0.8%RH, making it among the most accurate and reliable RH probes on the market.

• Michell products are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

@Michell_Inst #PAuto 

Complete gas and flame detection solutions.

Tyco International has formed Tyco Gas & Flame Detection, a new operating brand of Tyco’s Life Safety Products division. Under this new brand, Tyco intends to be the global solutions provider of choice for all entities with gas and flame detection needs.

This launch represents the culmination of integration activities since Tyco’s acquisition of Industrial Safety Technologies (IST) in February of 2015. The combination of IST companies - Detcon, Oldham, Gas Measurement Instruments (GMI) and Simtronics - together with the gas and flame detection portfolio of Scott Safety makes Tyco Gas & Flame Detection one of the largest global manufacturers of innovative gas and flame detection products, providing customers with a complete range of solutions and services.

“Under Tyco Gas & Flame Detection, we are now able to share best practices and ideation across our businesses to deliver a comprehensive product portfolio with the most advanced technology and support level in the industry,” said president of Tyco Life Safety Products, Andrew Chrostowski. ”As part of Tyco’s global network of fire and security solutions, we are uniquely positioned to deliver innovative solutions to our customers.”

In addition to providing customers with a complete range of innovative gas and flame detection solutions, Tyco Gas & Flame Detection offers one of the most comprehensive service and support networks in the world, leveraging Tyco’s global installation and service footprint, along with an established network of authorized service providers.

“Our mission is to be the global technology leader and world-class provider of innovative and trusted gas & flame detection solutions that protect people, assets and the environment,” said general manager of Tyco Gas and Flame Detection, Sean Magee.

Tyco’s Life Safety Products division is focused on protecting what matters most. Going forward, it will go to market through two primary brands: Tyco Gas & Flame Detection and Scott Safety. Scott Safety will remain the primary brand for personal protective products, delivering the world’s leading respiratory protection, thermal imaging, and PPE solutions for first responders, industrial workers, and military personnel around the world.

@TycoGFD #PAuto #Safety

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Industrial lighting: "Leaving nothing in the dark!"

In addition to a broad portfolio of luminaires for almost all purposes, R. Stahl can draw on profound expertise regarding lighting issues as well as on explosion protection know-how. The manufacturer is therefore able to provide comprehensive advice on application-specific light planning and lighting systems calculations. Users can greatly benefit from this qualified support, e.g. to learn the best ways to tap the huge savings potential of state-of-the-art LED technology.

In hazardous areas, light installations, replacements and maintenance are especially challenging, since only luminaires that are certified for use in these environments or have been especially protected for these applications must be installed. Retrofit solutions are usually unsuitable, because conventional explosion-proof linear luminaires featuring "increased safety" (Ex e) or "non-sparking" (Ex nA) type of protection may not be operated with LED retrofit luminaires. Moreover, energy-efficient upgrades must meet the criteria laid down in the lighting guidelines DIN EN 12665, DIN EN 12464-1 and 2 and DIN EN 1838 (emergency lighting).

To ensure the required illumination, a qualified lighting calculation must include not only the illuminance (lx), but also further characteristics such as the luminous flux specified in lumen (lm), the luminaire efficiency (lm/W), the luminous flux per solid angle unit (cd), the beam angle and glare factor (UGR) as well as the colour rendering. R. STAHL provides planners and plant operators with the professional ezyLum software tool, which enables an exact mapping of the room geometry, including relevant areas and objects. This facilitates a precise determination of the placement, required light distribution and luminous flux of luminaires. By comparing characteristics such as power consumption, lifespans and maintenance intervals, users can identify a lighting concept with a perfect purchase, maintenance and operating cost profile. Moreover, complex special solutions can be developed and manufactured according to custom specifications at the R. STAHL lighting competence centre in Weimar, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016.

• Stahl products are marketed in Ireland through Douglas Controls & Automation.


Semiconductor test management.

National Instruments has announced the release of the TestStand Semiconductor Module, which provides test system engineers with the software tools to quickly develop, deploy and maintain optimised semiconductor test systems.

With the TestStand Semiconductor Module, engineers can now program lab characterisation systems using the same programming paradigm they deploy on the factory floor with the Semiconductor Test System (STS), thus reducing the time required to correlate measurements. Built on TestStand industry standard test management software, which is used by 10,000+ developers worldwide, the TestStand Semiconductor Module also empowers customers to build their own rack-and-stack systems for semiconductor production test using the capability of PXI and TestStand outside of the conventional “test head” architecture of the STS.

“NI continues to lower the cost of semiconductor test through open software and modular hardware,” said Ron Wolfe, NI Vice President of Semiconductor Test. “In 2014 we introduced the STS, which added semiconductor-specific features on top of the open, industry-standard PXI platform. Today, we’re improving the productivity of test development through a TestStand module designed specifically for the needs of semiconductor test from characterisation to production.”

The TestStand Semiconductor Module offers functionality unique to semiconductor test that reduces development costs and increases production throughput. Features include:
• Dynamic, multisite programming for reuse of code across a scalable number of test sites
• Intuitive pin map editor including both PXI and third-party instrumentation
• Standard Test Data Format (STDF) result processor for industry-standard logging of parametric test results

The TestStand Semiconductor Module augments NI’s growing offering for semiconductor test, which already includes the STS, hundreds of high-performance PXI instruments and powerful software including TestStand and LabVIEW system design software. With NI’s smarter platform approach, semiconductor manufacturers are reducing cost and increasing throughput for RF and mixed-signal test.

 @niukie  #TandM

New graphics capabilities and OEM customization for HMI system.

New image library, gadgets, and screen options in groov 3.1 help engineers and OEMs build custom mobile smartphone and tablet interfaces for their automation systems and IoT applications.

Opto 22 has announced groov 3.1, an update to its mobile operator interface system that adds integrated image management, new image uses, and new on-screen and project options so users can create a unique operator interface that’s customized for the application. groov connects machines, equipment, and control systems with mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

With groov 3.1, industrial automation engineers, system integrators, and machine OEMs can create highly customized operator interfaces that meet their needs, including data-rich dashboards for IoT (Internet of Things) applications.

New Graphics Capabilities
Graphics features added in groov 3.1 include a new Image Indicator gadget that uses multiple images to indicate states or ranges of values. For example, four different images of a stack light could indicate a machine status of running, stopped, paused, or needing attention. Likewise, different images could indicate various tank fill levels. Another new feature is applying images to button gadgets, typically used for on/off or start/stop controls, while new page navigation links let you create custom navigation controls anywhere on the groov page.

A new Image Library in groov 3.1 manages all the graphics used in a groov project for easy uploading, accessing, and handling. When a graphic is imported into a groov project, it is added to the Image Library. During interface development, the same image can be used throughout your project, saving time and disk space. When the image is updated or changed in the library, all instances of the image throughout the project are updated as well.

These new graphics features result in a significantly more visually appealing and functional mobile interface, along with a greater degree of customization than ever before.

Customize Your Application
For OEMs, machine builders, and anyone who needs to customize an operator interface with a specific logo and color scheme, groov 3.1 project options let you change default menu and caption bar colors, freeze the menu bar, and replace the default “groov” logo at the top of the screen with your own graphic.

Additional improvements in groov 3.1 include new options to precisely adjust text size, color, style, font, and background color in gadgets; to size gadgets like LEDs smaller to achieve greater detail and density; and to select and change properties of multiple gadgets simultaneously. A new tag overview screen shows all tags in use and the events for each tag. Also, groov systems that connect to Modbus/TCP devices can now access individual bits within Modbus registers.

@opto22 #PAuto #HMI

Field rangeable pressure sensor.

As part of its GP:50 range of pressure sensors and transmitters for hazardous and harsh environments, Interface Force has announced the Model 1171 field rangeable pressure sensor.

This is a rugged, compact transmitter, the 1171 and has been designed for use in severe weather conditions such as those encountered offshore in the energy and maritime sectors.

Pressure ranges from 50 through 100,000 PSIS, PSIA and PSIV and is 4-20mA loop powered. The external zero, span and calibration controls are hermetically sealed and easily adjusted with the help of a magnetically coupled drive system. One of the main features of the Model 1171 is that it allows for 5:1 ranging of the transmitter’s standard pressure range, so there is no need for a calibrated pressure source.

Completely sealed, the GP:50 Model 1171 is an all welded constructed unit and using 15-5 and 316 stainless steel in the pressure activity means that it is completely watertight and corrosion resistant. For added reliability, the unit is designed without an ‘O’ ring that can be susceptible to wear.

The 1171 series of pressure sensors is offered with many options to meet the exacting requirements of customers’ applications. Interface Force has a highly qualified and experienced in-house design team of engineers ready to help engineers find a solution for their pressure sensing applications.

#PAuto #InterfaceForce

Key appointments in Scotland and Ireland.

SolutionsPT Strengthens Team with Key Appointments in Scotland and Ireland

SolutionsPT has responded to a business restructure with the appointment of a new area manager for Scotland and new technical manager for Ireland.

SolutionsPT specialises in providing industrial IT services to assist manufacturers in improving operational efficiencies, through operational intelligence, disaster resilience, cyber security and mobile technology solutions. The company is also the exclusive distributor of market-leading Wonderware Operations Management Industrial Software in Britain and Ireland,

Steve Lambie
Steve Lambie, who joins the company as Scotland Area Sales Manager, is tasked with growing the company’s customer base through the provision of hardware, software and services from SolutionsPT.

Joining the company from international beverage alcohol giant, Diageo, where he spent four years as a project engineer for control and instrumentation, Steve has previously held a number of sales positions with engineering companies such as Honeywell and more recently, Invensys.

Ken Molloy, who joins as technical manager, will work closely with system integrators across Ireland to educate them on the latest Wonderware and hardware technical developments.

Ken Molloy
Bringing with him 15 years of experience, primarily in the pharmaceutical and food and beverage sectors, Ken joins from biopharmaceutical specialist ABEC, where he held the role of applications engineer. Before that, he was also at Invensys where he was a field service engineering team leader.

Susan Roche, Wonderware UK & Ireland general manager, commented on the appointments: “With a wealth of both sales and engineering experience, Steve and Ken will work closely with customers across their specific territories to understand their operational goals and requirements and improve their industrial operations.

“Having done business with SolutionsPT in their previous positions, they already have first-hand experience of the benefits we can offer customers. With great understanding and knowledge of their regional markets, we are determined to keep offering customers unparalleled levels of service.”

 @SolutionsPT @WonderwareUK #PAuto 

Rugged Ethernet switches.

The RES3000 family of rugged, fully-managed Ethernet switch appliances have been announced by Abaco Systems. Their VICTORY switch-compliant RES3000 switches are characterized by their industry-leading port densities coupled with their class-leading small footprint, rich feature set, minimal power consumption, excellent flexibility and low cost.

Three versions are initially available, offering solutions with 12 or 24 1000BaseT ports and up to four 10GBase-SR fiber ports. All three share the same minuscule size. All meet a wide range of MIL-STD specifications. Customer-specific versions can also be provided.

Support for a broad range of network protocols is delivered by Abaco’s unique, robust, comprehensive and powerful OpenWare™ switch management environment. OpenWare provides integrated management services including configuration, monitoring, switching control, addressing and routing and can be customized to meet specific customer requirements. It supports a comprehensive set of Layer 2 and Layer 3 protocols, providing customers with significant capability to configure their network.

The RES3000 range supports new industry initiatives such as the U.S. Army’s VICTORY (Vehicular Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability) program, a systems architecture designed to minimize SWaP-C (size, weight, power and cost), maximize information inter-availability and allow platforms to accept future technologies without the need for significant re-design.

“Abaco Systems has an extensive heritage in, and a broad range of, network solutions such as switches and routers that have been widely deployed in a range of military programs, and these are backed by engineering teams who work closely with our customers to help them anticipate and solve the most challenging network problems,” said Chris Lever, VP, Product Management at Abaco Systems. “The RES3000 family leverages that experience and expertise and brings new levels of price/performance to applications where minimal size, weight and power consumption are vital requirements.”

@AbacoSys #PAuto #Ethernet

A first in radar level measurement.

Standards in level measurement instrumentation are regularly set by Endress+Hauser.

NMR81-a world first
Their new 79 GHz radar is the newest innovation, solving even the most sophisticated level measurement applications in liquids. Micropilot NMR81 utilizes 79 GHz technology to generate a narrow beam angle of 3° or 4°. Measurements are substantially more reliable even in narrow tanks because the radar beam avoids obstacles such as baffles on the tank walls, and is thus unhindered by interfering signals.

Furthermore, measurements right to the bottom in very tall tanks are easier because the beam does not hit the tank walls prematurely. Installation relatively close to the tank wall is possible with the narrow beam angle. The technology permits very long measuring ranges of up to 70 meters. In custody transfer, the instrument measures up to 30 meters with an accuracy of ±0.5mm.

Custody transfer applications require the highest measurement performance. The American Petroleum Institute (API) and International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) recommend an accuracy of 1mm (1/16”) for the level instrument under factory calibration conditions, and within 4mm (3/16”) for the entire measurement system after installation on the tank. Micropilot NMR81 easily fulfills all API and OIML requirements.

Additionally, the antenna is equipped with a gas-tight feed-through.  This “second line of defense” is particularly important for handling highly toxic or diffusive products.

@Endress_Hauser #PAuto @Endress_US

Flexible range of current transformers.

REO has launched a new range of current transformers designed to ensure high power efficiency and quality by offering highly accurate linear current sensing and electricity metering. These transformers come in a selection of power ranges to suit industry sectors including automation, railway engineering and renewable energy.

As electrical control systems get faster, they become responsible for higher currents and frequencies. This is driving demand for current transformers that can provide precise measurement even at these increased levels of operation and regardless of current type.

To meet this demand, REO’s range of current transformers are able to accurately measure currents up to 3000A and frequencies up to 150kHz while providing superior linearity and overcurrent protection. Each series of transformers is designed to deliver reliable power quality catering to a specific industrial sector; for example, the series IE is ideal for use under high currents in the rail sector.

Depending on the application in which it is being used, there are different electrical expectations for each current transformer. As an increasing number of electronic devices begin to operate on higher working frequencies, applications that involve such devices will require a current transformer with an extended frequency range, such as REO’s IN series of instrument transformers.

“As they are used in a wide range of applications it is essential that current transformers offer versatility,” explained Steve Hughes, managing director of REO UK. “Both in terms of technical and mechanical properties, a current transformer must be a perfect fit for a circuit before it can benefit the application.

“Housing and termination casing can be just as important to an application as the electrical characteristics of the transformer itself. Finding a product with the ideal frequency range isn't beneficial if it lacks suitable connections and fittings to be successfully implemented into a specific system.”

To ensure that companies get the best power quality solution, REO UK also offers a bespoke design service to develop application specific transformers. These transformers are designed and manufactured to be used in a specific system, allowing for optimal performance.

@REO_UK #PAuto 

Ergonomic engineering in new software release!

The most recent software release from COPA-DATA is not just limited to the zenon Operator (HMI) and zenon Supervisor (SCADA) products, but also includes new versions of its reporting software, zenon Analyzer, as well as the integrated PLC programming environment zenon Logic.

“Our objective in software development was always having a flexible, modular, but at the same time fully-integrated, networked system, the strengths of which bear fruit when interacting with one another. To achieve an even better synchronisation of our products, we have decided to present these bundled into one annual zenon release. Of course, there are separate products behind each zenon release as before, which will continue to be purchased, licensed and used separately,” explained Reinhard Mayr, Product Manager at COPA-DATA.

Highlights of the new zenon release:
Further new features:

zenon 7.50
 IEC 61850 Edition 2 certification
 PRP (Parallel Redundancy Protocol) support in accordance with IEC 62349-3
 Improved Scheduler interface
 Performance improvements, especially for large multi-user projects and for comprehensive variable lists
 Usability improvements
 More accurate forecasts for Load Management
 Enhancements to metering point administration
 Inclusion of the new version of zenon Logic (9)
 Enhancements to the HTML web engine
 Driver enhancements: KUKA, Codesys 3S, AllenDF1, DNP3

zenon Analyzer 3

 Usability improvements for the zenon Analyzer wizards
 Manual data editor enhancements, including increased user-friendliness
 New and revised hydroelectric power plant analyses
 Reports with adjustment for weather conditions
 Enhancements to the Extended Historian Analysis
 Azure SQL database integration
 Implementation of current security technologies
The new styles in zenon ensure a consistent look and feel in visualisation projects. They combine graphic properties of screen elements and define parameters, such as line thickness, size or colour for the required elements. The centrally-saved styles within a global project can then be easily applied to all other elements. The result is a consistent design within a project, but also throughout projects and in multi-user projects. Changes can be made centrally at any time and all linked elements update automatically. Central maintenance ensures easy reuse and quick, error-free configuration.

Message Control: Voice over IP and Notifier App
With the integration of voice over IP into the zenon Message Control module, this application has been equipped with the latest technology for transferring messages. The correct people can be quickly and reliably informed of changes in operation. In addition, the module has been supplemented with the Notifier App, which is now available as an Android app in the Google Play store. The app detects alarm messages that have been sent as an SMS by Message Control and offers a graphic interface for simple acknowledgment of alarms directly on a smartphone. Users can react quickly and easily to alarms, regardless of location, and instigate the necessary action.

Batch Control: XML exports and imports
Recipes in the zenon Batch Control module can now easily be transferred from one project to another by means of XML export/import, or edited with external tools. Furthermore, in zenon Editor, XML export/import is available for units and phases. These new features support automated engineering and guarantee considerable time and cost savings.

Command input with the Command Sequencer
A new module has been integrated for the energy sector – the Command Sequencer – which increases productivity considerably by simplifying the configuration and writing of command sequences. Operators can compile, test and apply command sequences themselves, intuitively and without programming knowledge. The same also applies for changes and command sequences.

Project configuration is carried out in a graphic editor in zenon Runtime, either by selecting and compiling the individual steps, or by means of Teaching. The advantages of Command Sequencer are not just limited to its ease of use, but also that possible errors are avoided from the first stage of configuration. All operations are subject to the zenon user administration. This defines who can create, operate or amend the command sequences and how each of these is done, thus ensuring high security standards.

HTML Web Engine
With the HTML Web Engine in zenon, dashboards can easily be displayed using any desired web browser. COPA-DATA offers a further possibility to use zenon with mobile devices. The screen only needs to be drawn once in the zenon Editor and can be output directly as an HTML 5 screen. For projects that use the HTML Web Engine, only one central engineering tool, the zenon Editor, is required.

S7 TIA driver
COPA-DATA has developed the native S7 TIA driver for zenon, for communication with the Siemens Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) portal. COPA-DATA is the first company whose automation software can directly use Siemens’ driver communication, including optimised module access for the SIMATIC S7-1200 and SIMATIC S7-1500 series. Variables of TIA-based projects can now be used in zenon projects – the only requirement for this is the TIA project file as configuration information in zenon.

zenon Analyzer 3
In the new version of the COPA-DATA reporting software zenon Analyzer, there is a new design of the Report Launcher used for displaying reports in a web browser. The clear design of the user interface offers increased usability and the enhanced browser support ensures more flexibility. zenon Analyzer 3 also offers some new report templates, such as the efficiency class report, which enhances the functionalities in the energy data management area.

In addition to many further reporting possibilities (CEL reports, report with dynamic normalisation etc.), a focus of the new product version is line management. The new line analysis allows reporting over the entire production line on the basis of lots. This way, a lot can be traced transparently throughout the complete line, displaying all losses and interruptions. The basis of meaningful analysis is the database that the software accesses. zenon Analyzer 3 uses the latest technology for this and will only be supplied once Microsoft SQL Server 2016 is available. In addition, cloud storage can also be used natively with the connection of Azure SQL.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Characterising Egyptian blue pigment.

The Edinburgh Instruments applications team and Dr Gianluca Accorsi, a Research Fellow at CNR Nanotec in Lecce (I), worked on the photo-physical properties of Egyptian blue pigment using our Fluorescence Spectrometers.

The interest in non-invasive investigations for the study and identification of painting materials has greatly increased during the past two decades. The nature of museum objects is such that sampling is always kept to a minimum, thus, a spectroscopic approach is ideal for this purpose.

An ancient pigment, cuprorivaite, CaCuSi4O10 or otherwise called Egyptian blue, has been photo-physically investigated (pdf).

The investigation includes qualitative information, i.e. emission and excitation spectra, as well as quantitative that is the photoluminescence quantum yields (PLQY) that have been obtained in the near-infrared (NIR) region.

The pigment proved to be a strong NIR emitter, with the highest known quantum efficiency for a molecule-level chromophore.

• We cordially thank Gianluca Accorsi of CNR NANO, Lecce and Giovanni Verri of The Courtauld Institute of Art, London for provision of material presented in this news article.

@Edinst  #Archeology

Control and safety technology to help ensure safe and efficient operation on North Sea development.

Emerson Process Management has been awarded a contract to automate the Maersk Oil Culzean gas field development in the North Sea. One of the largest gas discoveries in the area, the Culzean field is expected to meet around five percent of Britain's total demand.
Photo courtesy of Maersk
Maersk and its co-venturers are investing around $4.5 billion (ca €4b) in the Culzean development. Three offshore platforms will support 12-slot wellheads and house a central processing facility, control room and living quarters. As the main automation contractor, Emerson will provide automation services and technologies for the three offshore platforms as well as for an onshore observation facility that can support remote operations if needed.

“Emerson has proven technology and a successful track record of managing budget and schedule risk in North Sea automation projects,” said Steve Sonnenberg, President of Emerson Process Management. “This experience positions us to support Maersk Oil in both the initial construction phase and the long-term operational success of this prestigious and important project.”

Emerson will provide a range of project and support services from its Leicester HQ to help ensure on-schedule project execution, including system design and engineering, configuration, testing, installation and commissioning. An operator training system will support both engineering and workforce training to help bring the production online safely and as quickly as possible.

Emerson process control and safety systems will help ensure safe and efficient production, perform emergency shutdowns if required, and control fire and gas detection systems. Emerson will also provide measurement and control technologies designed to meet the challenges of this ultra-high pressure and high temperature application, as well as asset management and machinery health monitoring technologies to improve maintenance efficiency and help avoid unscheduled downtime.

Production is expected to start in 2019 and continue for at least 13 years.

@EmersonProcess  #PAuto #Offshore

Monday, March 14, 2016

The latest study on gas flow measurement!

Have you ever wondered how large the gas flow measurement market is or which flowmeter technologies are leading in this market?

The answer to these questions and many more are contained in a newly published gas flow study: Core Study: The World Market for Gas Flow Measurement, 3rd Edition. Flow Reasearch developed the data for this study over the last nine months the result of reasearch involving the sending of 500 questionnaires on the gas flowmeter market. This data is compiled into a 606 page study that is chock full of valuable market size and forecast numbers, charts, trends, product analyses, and company profiles. It is an indispensable publication for any company involved in the gas flow measurement market today.

Gas flow measurement is especially important today, as companies are turning to natural gas as a cleaner alternative to oil. And natural gas has to be measured at many different points along distribution channel. It is measured at the wellhead, gathering station, processing plant, along the pipeline, and in the distribution channels to the point of use. Many of these are custody transfer measurements, which provide special opportunities to suppliers of Coriolis, ultrasonic, turbine, and differential pressure flowmeters.

This study is part of a broader series of studies on gas flow measurement. Another very popular study is Module C: The World Market for Custody Transfer of Natural Gas. This study was published in October 2015.  It gives market shares, market size, 5-year forecasts, growth factors, and much more. It also tells which products and technologies are dominant. Custody transfer of natural gas is one of the fastest growing niche markets in the flowmeter industry.

The Core Study and Module C are two in a series of five gas flow studies that are designed to give a complete picture of the gas flow measurement market. For a more complete view of both studies and of the series visit their Gas Flows Site.

@flowresearch #Pauto

Industrial Ethernet devices for heavy industrial, maritime & trackside applications. @westermo_global #PAuto

Westermo has launched three new Ethernet devices that support the growing need for higher bandwidth networks with industrial applications. Two new Gigabit switches and a media convertor offer outstanding reliability, robustness and ease of installation, making them suitable for heavy industrial, maritime and rail trackside data communication networks.

The MCW-211-F1G-T1G is an unmanaged industrial Ethernet media convertor with one SFP fibre port and one copper port that enables the connection of legacy serial devices to new Gigabit Ethernet networks. The SDW-541-F1G-T4G and SDW-550-T5G are unmanaged Ethernet switches that offer a choice of five copper or one fibre and four copper ports. The units support 100 Mbit/s or Gbit Ethernet, with the SDW-550-T5G also supporting 10 Mbit/s communications. Using Westermo’s range of pluggable 100Mbit or Gbit SFP transceivers, different types of fibre can be easily converted and distances of up to 120km can be achieved.

The three devices are designed for demanding applications that require high levels of reliability. All three units feature tri-galvanic isolation, a unique solution that provides isolation between the ports, the shield connection and the power supply. This helps to avoid ground loop currents and increases reliability. By using only industrial grade components the units are robust and provide a long service life. The SDW-541-F1G-T4G has a mean-time-between-failure of over 1.1 million hours.

“There is a growing desire for higher bandwidth industrial networks that are extremely reliable,” said Bo Jansson, Westermo product manager. “To support this Westermo has launched three Gigabit devices that are designed to be extremely reliable and offer extended service life, even when operating in the toughest environments. The products are also very simple to commission and operate.”

To simplify installation the devices are compatible with all standard industrial Ethernet protocols. For legacy Ethernet equipment unable to support auto-negotiation, a DIP switch can lock data rate and flow control. Network diagnostics is simplified using the port mirroring functionality of the switches. This allows data flow through the switch to be monitored using a network analyser, enabling engineers to use it for fault diagnosis.

The units all meet the highest EMC, isolation, vibration and shock standards, and are certified for rail trackside and maritime applications. Their IP21 rating ensures that the units can be installed in locations where condensed water may occur. A power input range of between 10 and 57 VDC and an extended operating temperature range of -40 to +74 C enable the units to support a broad range of applications, even in extreme environments.

 @westermo_global #PAuto