Friday, April 1, 2016

Takeover of German analyser manufacturer completed.

Endress+Hauser has completed the takeover of German analytical instrumentation provider Analytik Jena.

The remaining minority shares of Analytik Jena were legally transferred to Endress+Hauser on 30 March 2016 following the entry of the transfer resolution in the commercial registry that was previously adopted at the extraordinary general meeting in February. The process will now be finalised with the agreed-upon cash payout to the minority shareholders.

In the run up to the completed takeover, as majority shareholder Endress+Hauser owned all but 3.4 percent of the Analytik Jena shares. The demand for the remaining shares was delivered to Analytik Jena in September 2015. This set the final part of the takeover process in motion, during which an independent appraiser fixed the value of the company at €13.68 per share.

Endress+Hauser gained control of publicly-traded Analytik Jena AG in 2013, most recently holding 96.6 percent of the shares. The goal of the acquisition is to eventually be at the side of both companies’ customers from the lab to the process, giving support from product development to production. Analytik Jena employs nearly 1,000 staff worldwide in its core businesses analytical instrumentation and life sciences.

@Endress_Hauser #PAuto #AnalytikJena

Smart controller device for laser systems.

A new touchscreen controller for simplified control of laser systems has been launched by Quantum Composers  The all new Smart Controller is an easy to use extension for manual repair systems that may include a microscope setup and has the functionality to control the systems energy, firing mode, rate, and slit size and shape.

The Smart Controller is a sleek, compact, and portable device that eliminates the need for a desktop computer to operate laser systems, freeing up valuable lab space. When the user requires direct hands-on repairing of LCD panels or performing micromachining work, the Smart Controller is the perfect solution. An optional video module is also offered which overlays the outline of the slit shape onto standard composite or s-video signals from the system camera. This feature allows the user to clearly see where the repair area will be on the monitor before actually making cuts.

The controller can automatically configure its controls based on the type of system it is connected to for easy integration and fast setup. Designed by engineers with 30+ years of design and manufacturing experience in the photonics industry, this new accessory makes setup and programming of laser systems with or without a microscope faster and easier than ever.

@QCTechnology #PAuto 

Intrinsically safe ethernet Interface.

Eaton has launched an intrinsically safe (IS) Ethernet interface, MTL ExLAN, as part of its Crouse-Hinds series portfolio. MTL ExLAN enables OEMs to simplify their product design and certification, saving time and associated costs in launching products for mounting in Zone 0 or 1 hazardous areas, while offering the benefits of open Ethernet connectivity.

The MTL ExLAN interface provides compatible IS signal parameters to allow interconnection to a wide range of IS Ethernet devices, so signals can be sent safely over copper, fibre or wireless Ethernet. It is ideal for data acquisition device applications for process control and monitoring in industries such as oil and gas, pharmaceutical, chemical and mining. For example, complex devices such as process weighing systems, gas analysers, flow meters or radar level gauges, can benefit from Ethernet connectivity, as part of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

As well as providing the essential network LAN interface for standard Cat 5e/Cat 6 Ethernet cabling systems, the module also voltage clamps the equipment’s main supply rail (typically 5 V or 3.3 V). Together these ensure the Ethernet signals generated are limited to low IS levels. As a result, plant managers across process industries worldwide can be assured that they are operating safely in hazardous locations.

“MTL ExLAN enables instrumentation OEMs to offer increases in safety for their end users and reduced installation cost with an intrinsically safe solution,” said Roger Highton, product line manager at Eaton. “Now, more than ever before, there are increasing demands for greater efficiency, higher reliability and lower cost of ownership of field equipment, and users are looking towards the Industrial Internet of Things to deliver these requirements.”

MTL ExLAN ensures full IS compatibility of interconnected devices including Eaton’s current range of MTL 9400 Ethernet modules, which allow for live connection and disconnection of the end device in Zone 0 or Zone 1 hazardous areas. In addition, it is also fully compatible with PoExTM, 12 VDC Power over Ethernet for Hazardous Areas, to provide power and communication over a single cable in harsh environments.

@eatoncorp #Ex #PAuto

Partnerships renewed!


The International Society of Automation (ISA) has announced the renewal of three ISA partnership agreements for 2016. 

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The three companies renewing their partnership contracts with the Society for the year are:
  • MAVERICK Technologies, the largest independent systems integrator in North America and a global leader in industrial automation, enterprise integration and strategic manufacturing solutions. (MAVERICK Technologies is ISA’s Premier Strategic Partner for Systems Integration.)
  • Honeywell Process Solutions, a pioneer in automation control, serving industrial process manufacturers worldwide.(Honeywell Process Solutions is an ISA Corporate Partner.)
  • Ultra Electronics, 3eTI®, a leading provider of certified, cyber-secure network solutions for critical information systems, infrastructure and industrial automation. (Ultra Electronics, 3eTI® is an ISA Promotional Partner.)
“ISA is pleased to announce the renewal of these three significant partnerships,” said Jennifer Infantino Halsey, ISA's Director of Marketing & Communications. “ISA’s partners have connected with our members and customers in meaningful ways by providing knowledge and insight on important topics. In addition to offering information about their product and service offerings, they have contributed valuable resources focused on best practices and core challenges that matter to our audience. We look forward to building on those principles throughout 2016, and we’re proud to call these companies our partners in that effort.”

Leaders at these three companies echoed these comments and made clear they recognize the value and advantage of partnering with ISA.

“Partnering with ISA, the standards bearer in the industry, is an important differentiator for MAVERICK Technologies, giving us increased credibility and much wider exposure in the marketplace,” stated Paul Galeski, CEO & Founder of MAVERICK Technologies.

“Our partnership with ISA enables us to benefit from and contribute to thought leadership within the automation industry. It challenges us to answer the questions that automation professionals all over the world are asking,” says Anthony Corridore, Vice President of Marketing at Honeywell Process Solutions.

“We are pleased to continue our relationship with ISA and our collaboration in raising the automation industry’s awareness to the cyber threat,” says Benga Erinle, Ultra Electronics, 3eTI President. “I look forward to another year of working together to heighten national and industry dialogue on this very important matter.”

@MavTechGlobal @HWusers #UltraElectronics #ISAuto #PAuto

Proportional solenoid valve ideal for use in analytical and medical applications.

The proportional Flapper valve complements Emerson’s complete range of ASCO solutions for the AMT industry.

Emerson has unveiled an ASCO 22mm Flapper valve, ideal for use in Analytical and Medical Technology (AMT) applications. The new valve design prioritises separation between the media and the mechanical operator, and combines this with highly accurate proportional flow control so often associated with ASCO products – opening it up to a multitude of application possibilities.

Flapper technology is one of the safest and most reliable solutions on the market for achieving fluid isolation. Not only does it exclude particulate contamination caused by friction of moving parts, it also minimises heat transfer to the media, and even provides protection to the valve itself from harsh media.

The valve ensures further protection of the media quality thanks to its low internal volume plus a self-draining feature, both of which make it very difficult for media to become trapped or stagnate within the product.

“Thanks to our sophisticated fluid isolation technology, our 22mm Flapper valve will provide medical equipment manufacturers with complete confidence in the total hermetic separation of fluid and mechanics.” Said Alain Crampon, AMT Business Development Director for ASCO. “We understand how critical this function is to both them, and ultimately the end user. We also wanted to provide a product that could stand the test of time in these kinds of applications.”

The new proportional valve has a tough PEEK material body that can withstand even the most aggressive media, considerably increasing its life span and ensuring a safe and accurate operation at all times.

It has a pressure range of 0 to 4.5 bar, and a temperature range from 5˚C to +50˚C.

#Medical  @ASCONumatics_EU  #PAuto 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Rapid and reliable pipeline leak detection.

Krohne is to present a webinar "Rapid and Reliable Pipeline Leak Detection" on April 20, 2016, 10:00 AM EDT (15:00 CET). It focuses on the differences between commonly used leak detection systems and those combining several leak detection methods. Target groups for the free webinar are all industries that operate liquid and gas pipelines such as chemical, petrochemical, and oil & gas.

Pipelines are among the safest and most efficient means of transport available, and leak monitoring systems are a necessary part of their safety concept. While demand for pipeline leak detection and location systems is increasing, general knowledge about these systems is limited, as presenter Daniel Vogt explains: “Negative statements about sensitivity and reliability such as ‘only catastrophic leaks are detected’ or ‘permanent false alarms’ can still be heard regularly. They may result from bad experience in the past, unrealistic expectations, or a combination of the two. Attendees of the webinar will learn that modern leak detection systems do allow leak detection without false alarms, even when operated under dynamic (transient) conditions.”

In particular, Krohne’s PipePatrol E-RTTM method for rapid and reliable leak detection is presented: the capabilities of this model-supported, statistical classification method in an operational environment will be demonstrated, using field data and a sample case taken from the chemical industry. Also, key factors for successful implementation and operation are shown.

Registration Here

#PAuto #Webinar #Oil @KROHNE_USA

Diaphragm metering pump.

Rugged Diaphragm Metering Pump for Precise Chemical Feed.

Blue-White’s ChemPro® diaphragm metering injector pump is equipped with a variable speed DC motor, offering smooth and quiet chemical dosing, with no hard pulses. A full stroke every time prevents vapor lock.


It’s fitted with Blue-White’s patent pending DiaFlex® single layer PVDF diaphragm. The all PVDF provides excellent chemical compatibility. DiaFlex® exhibits zero breakdown or delamination, resulting in a reduction of required field maintenance and downtime.

Intelligent electronics permit connection to SCADA systems (Modbus TCP, ProfiNet, Modbus, Profibus), and other remote controllers for dosing control; the firmware is upgradable.

Additional ChemPro® features include: Exclusive DFD (Diaphragm Failure Detection) system alarm; UV protective LCD cover; turndown ratio of 100:1; Feed rates to 40GPH, with a feed rate resolution of 0.1%, pressures to 175PSI, 2 year warranty; NEMA 4x washdown / IP66 housing.

@BlueWhiteInd #PAuto

Solenoid valve for extreme conditions.

The existing ASCO 327 Series solenoid valve has now been made suitable for use in temperatures as low as -60°C, considerably increasing its application options for our customers in the process industry.

Formerly suitable for use down to -50°C, this extension to the temperature range results in a reliable solution for Arctic and Polar conditions, which are increasingly common environments in Oil & Gas exploration. This ATEX certified solenoid valve is already a popular solution in the process industry, thanks to its proven high performance and robust construction. It also offers CUTR and IECEx certifications.

This additional feature has been achieved thanks to the inclusion of a Fluorosilicone (FVMQ) seal which provides exceptional temperature resistance. This, in combination with a higher spring force and a power consumption of 5.6/5.7 Watt AC/DC, provides excellent sealing properties and a long life expectancy.

Customers will benefit from the same high performance, long life and safety certifications always promised by the 327 Series, even in Arctic/Polar conditions. The total temperature range of the 327 Series now covers -60˚C up to +90˚C.

The new feature is available on a range of 327 Series valves with a wide selection available via Express Fast Ship delivery.

 @EmersonProcess @ASCOValve #PAuto 

New corporate design.

With the publication of its annual report for 2015, Softing is gradually introducing its updated corporate brand, which is being expressed primarily through a new logo and tagline.


“Softing’s growing internationalization and the recent expansion of its range of expertise and services have made it necessary to reposition the company,” said Dr. Wolfgang Trier, CEO of the Softing Group, explaining the motivation behind the change.

In cooperation with the renowned brand strategist Günter Käfer, the new brand identity was developed reflecting the company and its enlarged portfolio of services. The resulting brand positioning, which applies to all divisions, will also be expressed through new communication elements.

“Since Softing was founded over 35 years ago, its appearance has remained largely unchanged. The new lettering has made the logo more technical and modern without damaging its recognition value. Furthermore, the bright blue symbolizes our technological core expertise and two key values of our brand personality: service and loyalty,” said Wolfgang Wende, Senior Vice President Corporate Marketing.

The logo can be supplemented with the tagline “optimize!” depending on the use case. This communicates the condensed value proposition of the Softing corporate brand. The tagline is an appeal: Upcoming trends such as the Internet of Things, connected cars and Industry 4.0 have prompted efforts to more comprehensively improve the efficiency of equipment and processes, meaning that companies will be under even more pressure to optimize in the future. In order to cope with this, reliable information and the efficient exchange of data are essential – and Softing is a competent partner here.

 #Softing #PAuto #automotive #IoT

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Distributed control system uses ProfiNet.

Emerson Process Management, working with MYNAH Technologies, has expanded customers’ network possibilities and application options by adding PROFINET protocol abilities to the DeltaV distributed control system (DCS) - further opening plant floor integration to DeltaV users.

The addition of PROFINET saves DeltaV users time and effort by enabling direct connection between the DeltaV DCS and plant floor devices such as motor control centres, variable speed drives, and PLCs in process automation businesses. Taking advantage of PROFINET, users do not need to use a protocol converter to connect to the system.

DeltaV S-series VIM2 Card
PROFINET joins a wide range of DeltaV Ethernet-based protocols, such as Modbus/TCP and Ethernet/IP. The new capability is easily added to the system via both M-series and S-series Virtual I/O Module 2 (VIM2) interfaces.

The PROFINET driver supports simplex VIM2 modules deployed with standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) network equipment. For enhanced reliability and availability, simplex VIM2 modules can be deployed with an external switch that handles media redundancy network topology via Media Redundancy Protocol (MRP) and also behaves as the ring master.

Saving time and increasing safety, the VIM2 interface and firewall function allow a high level of access without sacrificing control system security and integrity. The VIM2-based PROFINET architecture enables users to optimise expansion activities or perform maintenance operations on applications in remote locations using a laptop with vendor-specific diagnostic tools - all while constantly monitoring applications from a centralised network.

“PROFINET is a growing bus protocol choice in process industries,” said Emerson Process Management’s chief strategic officer Peter Zornio. “The DeltaV system has a strong history of interconnection to busses of all types with seamless information integration for end users. MYNAH has been a great partner in attaining this achievement, and the addition of PROFINET will help our customers reduce their integration costs.”

“We are excited to work with Emerson to bring this technology to DeltaV users worldwide,” said Nobin William, vice president of technology at MYNAH. “The VIM2 Industrial Ethernet driver product family provides cost-effective, high-performance integration between DeltaV and an incredible number of plant floor devices. The PROFINET driver extends this integration capability to new markets and new users.”

@EmersonProcess @MYNAHTech #PAuto

Turnkey temperature monitoring system for wallboard production .

Fluke Process Instruments has launched a new, complete turnkey solution for real-time temperature monitoring and documentation of wallboard manufacturing processes.

The TIP900 system is an efficient quality control tool designed to help manufacturers quickly set up their line and improve yield. The infrared temperature measurement system creates highly detailed thermal images of the boards as they leave the dryer. Analyzing these, the system software detects moisture and density variations and identifies any faults, such as clumps or voids in the plaster core, paper blows, edge burns, or overlapping boards.

The thermal images and any flaws are instantly displayed on a touchscreen, allowing the line operator to adjust the dryer for maximum board quality. Tolerances for rejects, alarm settings, and report generation are user-configurable. The dust-proof and Ethernet-enabled TIP900 system allows for remote access to all thermal images and graphs of all processed boards. The LogViewer database stores all recorded data. It can be searched with customized filters, enabling trend analyses and long-term traceability.

@FlukeCorp  #PAuto 

App to explain Ex markings.

The “EXCovery” app for mobile devices, developed by explosion protection expert R. Stahl and provided free of charge, explains the exact meaning behind ATEX and IECEx markings by providing a quick and instructive breakdown of the information encoded on the labels of explosion-protected electrical devices.

Operators, electricians, and machine or system engineers can now simply consult their own smartphone or tablet computer to ascertain the exact conditions of use for ATEX- and IECEx-certified hazardous area equipment. The app analyses the portion of the marking specified according to the IEC 60079-0 standard, which is included in the certifications of both ATEX and IECEx devices.

After the short string of characters from the nameplate of an explosion-protected device is entered, EXCovery processes it and clearly displays the marking’s dust or gas atmosphere designation, the device’s ignition protection type, gas group and temperature class if applicable, and equipment protection level. In addition to decoding specific certifications, the app also serves as a repository for reference information. EXCovery provides instant access to information that can be crucial in the field, e.g. guidance on what to observe when dealing with certification markings, and a wealth of other fundamental explosion protection know-how, e.g. on key terms or the zone concept.

All special characters used in markings are available in an extra on-screen pane for very quick and comfortable input of certification strings. The EXCovery app is now available for Android and iPhone and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and iOS app store.

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

 #stahl #PAuto #Ex

IoT is key to asset management.

A Global survey of leading utilities from ABB, reflects increased importance of integrating information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT)
A global survey of over 200 executives at electricity, gas and water utilities increasingly believe that IT-OT integration is a key component of any effective asset management strategy. Some 80 percent held IT-OT integration for asset management as valuable. 58% of respondents either have, or are planning to have, a strategy leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) for asset management and 55% reported the importance of asset management has increased over the past 12 months.

Interconnecting things, services and people via the Internet improves data analysis, boosts productivity, enhances reliability, saves energy and costs, and generates new revenue opportunities through innovative business models. The industrial internet and cloud services also offer the benefit of bringing world-class analytics within reach of smaller production facilities. For over a decade ABB has been developing and enhancing process control systems, communication solutions, sensors and software that support the concept of the Internet of Things, Services and People (IoTSP).

“Now more than ever, utilities see the need to bring together once disparate technologies and systems to better understand their increasingly complex asset base and share those insights with the people across the organization, in order to improve planning, productivity and safety,” said Massimo Danieli, Managing Director of the Grid Automation business unit within the company’s Power Grids division. “This is very much in line with ABB’s focus on IoTSP, as part of our Next Level strategy, and our comprehensive portfolio puts us in an ideal position to support our customers in integrating the worlds of information and operational technology.”

Respondents to the survey see numerous benefits in this integration. On a scale of 1-5, they ranked better long-term planning (4.86) as the highest priority. Increased staff productivity (4.43), improved safety (3.98) and better use of capital (3.68) rounded out the top five.

@ABBgroupnews #PAuto #Utilities @ABBUKInst

Vision technology forum success!

The second British Vision Technology Forum held by Stemer Imaging at The Silverstone Wing on the 3rd of March proved to be a huge success. With more than 300 registrants, a seminar program of 50 presentations over 5 tracks and a mini exhibition featuring more than 30 machine vision technology suppliers, the event was characterised by its vibrant atmosphere.
Mark Williamson, Director – Corporate Market Development at Stemmer, said: “We were delighted with every aspect of the event. Attendance levels were excellent and we were pleased to welcome many new faces since over 50% of the visitors had not been to one of our events before.”

“The format provides plenty of flexibility for attendees to choose exactly which presentations they would like to attend yet leaves plenty of time to have a cup of coffee and visit the exhibition area”, he continued. “It was very rewarding to see many groups of visitors engaging in conversation throughout the day, taking advantage of the chance to network with each other and the vision specialists that were on hand. Many people commented on how useful these discussions were”.

“Each presentation typically attracted around 20 – 25 delegates, but some proved to be extremely popular with more than 40 attendees”, concluded Williamson. “The 6 ‘hands-on’ sessions for 3D imaging and the creation of machine vision applications using either smart cameras or multi-camera imaging software were once again fully subscribed. Each session had 18 places complete with individual hardware to work with, yet we also accommodated some extra visitors who were happy to sit in and listen even though they couldn’t take part in the practical activities! As a result of this we are now running an extra 2 day training course later this month on Machine Vision Solutions from Teledyne DALSA at our new customer centre in Tongham. We are also grateful to our suppliers for the support they provided for the Forum”.

@stemmerimaging #PAuto 

Multi purpose LIMS.

The Matrix Gemini LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) from Autoscribe Informatics can be deployed in a variety of ways to meet the costing and data security requirements of different users. This versatile software can be deployed either as enterprise software, or on remote servers to change the costing model. The dual web/desktop user interface provides the level of flexibility needed to accommodate most requirements.

The well-established enterprise deployment model sees the software installed on the customer’s own server, for a one-off perpetual licence fee with data also held on the customer’s server(s), usually behind a corporate-wide firewall for maximum data security. This is particularly popular in highly data-sensitive industries such as medical diagnostics and pharmaceuticals, where the potential cost of data loss would be immeasurable.

For customers who prefer to spread the purchase costs using an operational budget rather than the one-off fee capital expenditure, there has been a lot of interest in Cloud-based LIMS, with data also being stored on Cloud-based servers. To meet this requirement, Autoscribe can arrange for Matrix Gemini to be hosted on tried and tested specialist third party servers, typically spreading the cost with a quarterly on-going licence fee.

Autoscribe Informatics Managing Director, John Boother, commented: “The latter model has the benefit of reducing the upfront costs for the software, and if data is also stored in the Cloud, there are no in-house LIMS-related costs associated with IT infrastructure and support. Crucially, however, this model still allows the user access to the full capabilities of Matrix Gemini, with its built in configuration tools that allow the system to be structured to meet the exact customer requirement from single user to multi-site global organisations. While the concept of Cloud-based LIMS and Software as a Service is comparatively new, we have had customers happily using this model for around seven years.”

 @AutoscribeLtd  #LIMS #PAuto

Process viscosity analyser.

ViscoSure from PAC, combines the proven oscillating piston technology with tight temperature control, to provide viscosity analysis with unmatched precision. With internal temperature control without using the traditional external oil bath, the ViscoSure requires little to no maintenance bringing maximum instrument uptime and low cost of ownership.

The fast and reliable measurements allow for precise and continuous adjustment of the process, while maintaining a high correlation with ASTM D7483 and ASTM D445 test methods.ViscoSure

Performance, reliability, and precision are critical for viscosity measurements in bottom of the tower applications. ViscoSure is the only viscosity analyzer designed specifically for these complex applications:

  • Asphalt: (135°C): With its fast cycle time, it replicates lab results in real time, avoiding the process of sending material to the slop tank to be adjusted and retested.
  • Heavy Fuel Oil (50°C): ViscoSure helps refiners reduce overblending of costly diesel.
  • Lubrication Oil (40°C/100°C): ViscoSure makes it possible to fine-tune the process performance to improve output, reducing the bottleneck that can occur on the dewaxing unit of a lubricant line.

The patented sample conditioning system (SCS) optimizes the instrument’s performance and protects the analyzer from process disruptions which reduces downtime.

“The ViscoSure is a game changer, when it hits the market, particularly in the black products. such as asphalt, it will make an impression” says Alex Lau, chairman of ASTM’s Coordinating Subcommittee on Quality Assurance and Statistics.

#PAC #PAuto 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Inline analyser system for edible oil and fat processing.

Optiquad-EOF 4050 W, from Krohne,  measures directly in the pipe: analysis is achieved via an optical window mounted in a standard Varinline measuring section. The readings of FFA, TPM, POV moisture or dirt are provided instantly for process control or dynamic control loops via four 4...20 mA outputs. Depending on the application, measurement of anisidine value (AV) and iodine value (IV) are possible.

Compared to conventional laboratory methods used to obtain these values, Optiquad-EOF 4050 W reduces the need for sampling, sample transport and handling, and the associated sources of error and costs.

The optical spectroscopy analyzing method allows for a wide range of use in edible oil applications, such as oil extraction, oil refinement and frying processes up to oil recycling, as well as fat processing. For example, the continuous inline measurement of FFA content in frying oil helps to minimize the addition of fresh oil: the FFA value can be kept below a defined limit whilst allowing to maintain a high level of quality. It also provides a wide measuring range, e.g. 0…98% for FFA, and an accuracy of RMSEp: ±0,03% up to ± 1% FFA, depending on the measurement range.

Optiquad-EOF 4050 W spectroscopic analysis system consists of the analyser unit (protection rating IP65/NEMA4X) and the operating unit, an industrial PC with touch screen display for parameterisation and automatic calibration in a stainless steel housing (IP65/NEMA4X), optionally built into a switch cabinet. It uses up to four measuring methods (transmission, scattering, fluorescence and refraction) with up to 12 wavelengths from ultraviolet to infrared. The underlying calibration is calculated automatically from reference data specific to the application. Optiquad-EOF 4050 W is the successor of Optiquad-FFA 4050 W.


• Krohne products are marketed in Ireland through DWN Instrumentation.

@KROHNE_USA #PAuto

Automatic test equipment with plug-in modules.

 The ELR 5000 modular, programmable DC load - the latest addition to the Intepro family of power system automatic test equipment (ATE) has been announced. Housed in a 6U, 19” rack enclosure, the ELR 5000 can accommodate up to 10 completely self-contained, fully-programmable DC load modules with 320W nominal power, each. 

The modules can be used separately or in parallel, providing up to 3200 Watts. Up to 93% of the load power is returned to the source, offering exceptional energy savings in production test of DC power sources.   

The ELR 5000 Series offers three common regulation modes: constant voltage, constant current and constant power. Modules are offered in two input voltage/current ranges: 0-80V/0-25A and
0-200V/0-10A. Each module is equipped with touch-panel controls and a built-in sequence generator. A USB port provides flash-drive access to upload and save test sequences. An Ethernet/LAN port enables remote control of all functions via SCPI language or Modbus protocol.

“Our new ELR5000 provides a unique combination of fully-programmable, modular loads in a compact rack-mount system with the added benefit of energy recovery,” said Gerard Sheehan, Intepro's Chief Technical Officer. “Recovering the load energy reduces energy costs. It also offers a cost-effective alternative to the expensive cooling systems used by conventional air- and water-cooled loads to dissipate energy as heat.”


Intepro Systems offers electronic loads as stand-alone units or as complete test systems. Maintenance contracts and onsite calibrations are also available for its test systems.

 @InteproSystems #TandM #PAuto

Feed-Through data connectors for panels.

Cliff Electronics now offers its system integrator and panel building customers increased flexibility of control panel design with the introduction of Matt Black Metal versions to its wide range of rugged nickel plated diecast aluminium fascia XLR Feed-Through Data connectors. Cliff’s Metal Feed-Through connectors diecast mounting fascias reinforce the high quality, performance and prestige image of this new product range.

Also available in a plastic housing, their growing range of feed-through connectors  are packaged in the widely used 24mm diameter XLR connector format and provide Digital and Optical Feed-Through connectivity in formats including USB3 to USB3 in all gender changing configurations - A-A, A-B and B-A.

Other models in the range cover all popular data and Ethernet connectors including USB 2.0 and 3.0, LC and SC fibre (Duplex & Simplex), UTP and FTP RJ45s in both Cat6 and Cat5e (shielded and unshielded), USB “gender” changers, Toslink, RCA Phono and HDMI and blanking plates. Further options will continue to be introduced throughout 2016 and custom design enquiries are welcomed.

All versions, metal and plastic, share the same features and dimensions and offer a complete range of very cost effective audio, data, and fibre connectors, all of which can both front or rear mounted into industry standard 24mm XLR connector mounting holes. The new FT Series are simple to mount into any panel designed to accept XLR connectors including instrumentation, control and rack panels, wall-plates, etc. For ease of assembly the Cliff FT Series are available with standard or countersunk mounting holes. Bezels are available in 7 colours to identify the function of FT connectors when fitted to a control panel

The FT Series offers true feed-through connection, allowing standard cabling to be used to connect at both front and rear, eliminating the need to solder or terminate the connections and simplifying and speeding up assembly.

Cliff’s FT series has already found widespread use in a multitude of system integration applications for custom I/O solutions. Typical applications include broadcast, AV installations, systems integration, home theatre, automation, solar power and a growing range of industrial applications including instrumentation, industrial control and data acquisition


John Hall, General Manager of Cliff Electronics, comments; “We continue to find new opportunities to grow our Feed-Through connector range and as we respond to new customer enquiries we continue to find new and unexpected applications. We have been supplying connectors to the music and pro-audio markets since 1964 and we are very pleased to find our market leading range of cost effective Feed-Through connectors continue to find new industrial and professional markets.”

Industrial cybersecurity appointment.

Krish Sridhar has joined the aeSolutions' Industrial Cybersecurity Group as their Senior Business Manager. Krish will be based out of the central New Jersey (USA) area.

Krish Sridhar
Krish Sridhar is a subject matter expert on cybersecurity solutions applied to industrial control systems. He brings over 20 years of industry experience with process automation, high availability architectures, industrial networks and application software. Krish has executed many cybersecurity risk and vulnerability projects for chemical, specialty chemical, and CFATS-compliant companies per the NIST framework and ISA 99/IEC 62443 standards. His particular expertise and experience is focused on developing and designing holistic cybersecurity programs for industrial control systems leveraging proven IT technologies and industry best practices.

“I am thrilled to have Krish join our Industrial Cybersecurity team”, states John Cusimano, aeSolutions’ Director of Industrial Cybersecurity. "Krish is highly respected in the industry for his ability to help industrial organizations develop ICS cybersecurity programs that are compliant with industry standards yet tailored to align with the organization’s unique operational requirements and risk management system. Furthermore, Krish has a proven track record in helping organizations conceptualize and implement effective and sustainable cybersecurity solutions.”

In his new role with aeSolutions, Krish will manage the planning and implementation of cybersecurity programs spanning multiple disciplines and sites while building relationships and developing new business opportunities with key clients. Krish will work closely with various stakeholders within organizations to develop detailed implementation protocols, procedures, and guidelines to help manage the lifecycle of a cybersecurity program.

#aeSolutions #PAuto 

Switch supports faster network deployment.

Advantech’s Industrial Connectivity Group (ICG) has launched their first switch which supports IXM device management technology. IXM, provides engineers with the ability to assign a fixed range of IP address to many devices at the same time, and also provides them with the ability to simultaneously copy the same switch configuration across multiple switches. Once the ‘master’ has been configured, IXM can be launched and within seconds all other IXM compatible switches will be populated with the same settings. This function saves up to 90% of the configuration time not only speeds up the configuration but also ensures that mistakes aren’t made.

Key Functions:
1. IXM provides auto IP assignment, mass firmware upgrades, mass and flexible restoration of configuration files.
2. Communication with NMS (Networking Management System) via SNMP.
3. PoE (Power over Ethernet) model supports IEEE802.3at with two 24~48VDC power inputs and P-Fail relay.
4. Supports Advantech X-ring and X-ring Pro technology
5. Supports IPv4 and IPv6

IXM: Faster Network Deployment
The latest trend in modern industrial environments is the fast deployment and flexibility of a networking topology. Upgrading firmware and setting the configuration of a large number of devices is a challenging job for both IT and SI (System Integrator) professionals. As a global leader of industrial networking technologies, Advantech is pleased to introduce the world’s very first series of Managed Ethernet Switches to make networking deployment and configuration more efficient. IXM technology on the EKI-7710 is the solution to fast network and configuration deployment.

IXM technology for EKI-7710 series switches provides a cross management and fast deployment function allowing switches to upgrade their firmware and restore configuration more efficiently.
In order to allow more rapid networking deployment, IXM technology supports both mass firmware upgrades and flexible configuration restoration via a web GUI. The EKI-7710 comes with a jumbo frame function which supports packets up to 9216 Bytes. The benefit of jumbo frames is that they can carry more data in a packet. This makes it ideal for video surveillance.

EKI-7710 Managed Ethernet Switches use the highest quality components to be able to operate in a wide range of operating temperature from -40 to 75°C and Level 3 EMS protection against electromagnetic interference.

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