Friday, April 15, 2016

Reversing industry trend of capital project cost and schedule overages.

Emerson to help customers achieve Top Quartile project performance by eliminating cost, reducing complexity and accommodating change.

How Emerson see Project Certainty.
Addressing a growing industry demand for transformational improvements in capital project execution, Emerson has launched Project Certainty, an innovative technology and engineering-based approach for improved capital efficiency and more reliable project schedules. This was a major part of the emphasis at the Emerson User Group assembly in Brussels - 12-14 April 2016).
(We will have a more detailed impression on this meeting later.)

As things stand
Due to project excesses, billions of dollars are lost annually in oil and gas exploration and production, hydrocarbon and gas processing, chemical, pharmaceutical, and other process industries. According to industry data, over 65 percent of projects greater than $1 billion fail, with companies exceeding their budgets by more than 25 percent or missing schedules by more than 50 percent. Routinely, they also face operational problems continuing through the second year of operations. This consistently poor project performance can be a serious deterrent to process manufacturers considering new investments.
Source: Speed Kills, Ali Klaver, 2012 Project Manager Magazine
“The industry has reached a tipping point in which projects are not sustainable with current budget and schedule excesses,” said Jim Nyquist, president of Emerson Process Management’s Systems and Solution business (NYSE: EMR).  “In order to achieve game-changing performance in projects, it will take a truly transformative and comprehensive approach like Project Certainty.”

So what is Project Certainity?
Project complexity created by more project stakeholders
Emerson’s Project Certainty begins with early engagement during engineering and design studies to define project goals and high impact strategies to meet those goals. Despite traditionally accounting for approximately 4 percent of a project investment, automation is revealing unique and repeatable ways to eliminate cost, reduce complexity and accommodate late-stage project changes, beyond the automation discipline.

For example, Project Certainty relies on the right design engineering strategy to eliminate centralised control system room requirements by 70 to 80 percent, and can eliminate piping in some applications up to 50 to 60 percent. Additionally, tens of millions of dollars in capital spare parts can be eliminated through project-wide equipment reliability analysis.

“Project Certainty also tackles complexity by decoupling the dependencies suppliers have on each other, eliminating bottlenecks and allowing concurrent work streams,” said Nyquist.  “Likewise, we are addressing the complexity of data and documentation with innovative technologies that provide features like a single source of project data as well as automated documentation.”

Addressing one of the greatest project vulnerabilities, Project Certainty significantly improves project schedule performance. Revolutionary technologies like Electronic Marshalling with CHARMs, and pervasive wireless field instrumentation are helping project teams accommodate inevitable last-minute design changes without impacting schedule.

“The path to Top Quartile project performance is right in front of us,” said Nyquist.  “The technologies and proven methodologies are here. It will take collaboration and commitment to eliminate outdated project approaches and drive change into the industry.”

@EmersonProcess #PAuto #EMrex

#HM16 Efficient automation, sustainable service, and integrated industry highlighted.

Baumüller Group will showcase components, systems, and services connected to automation, system networking, and mobile drive technology from April 25-29, 2016 at booth K 17 in hall 14. Integrated industry from component to maintenance.

The Hannover Messe 2016 focuses again on integrated industry. Matching the trade fair focus, Baumüller presents Industry 4.0-capable components, network-capable systems, software solutions, and integrated service concepts. Innovations at the Nuremberg automation provider focus on complete solutions for the integration of production processes into cross-business networks. As company group, Baumüller covers complete system solutions with life cycle service, from project planning, engineering, and commissioning to maintenance, repair, and relocation. “Consideration of the complete life cycle is particularly important when discussing integrated industry,” says Andreas Baumüller, Managing Partner at Baumüller.

The clear visualization for handling systems renders long training times unnecessary and accelerates the operating process
Complete system live
As example of such a complete system, a handling system is presented live at the trade fair booth. Visitors can convince themselves of the intuitive operation, the new Baumüller visualization, and the advantages of web capability and open interfaces directly at the machine. The unit can be integrated into nearly any machine type. With extremely short commissioning times, it is suitable for new as well as existing machines. In the service area, Baumüller offers networking via sensor-based machine monitoring that can be coupled by machinery manufacturers or users with different service models. This solution is also presented at the trade fair booth as part of the overall package.

In the system area, the focus is on component developments as well as innovations in software and visualization. Standardized databases, a wide range of field buses and open interfaces are the basis for flexible and efficient communication and networking. In addition to a wide range of field buses and matching software modules, Baumüller therefore offers Engineering Framework ProMaster as very user-friendly tool for machine programming and monitoring as well as intelligent data storage.

Visualization and simulation make life easier
With complete function packages, e.g., for handling units, Baumüller also takes into account the increased importance of machine modularization and flexibility. Pre-configured packages are available to the machinery manufacturer from drive to visualization. These can be integrated into existing systems and operated platform-independently via all mobile terminals thanks to web-based visualization. The machinery manufacturer can use simulation techniques to simulate complete motion profiles. This saves complicated calculations, prevents surprises during commissioning, and thus saves time and costs.

News
In the component area at the control level, Baumüller presents the new industrial PCs of the b maXX PC004 series that offer in combination with the new HMI a powerful and scalable solution for all control tasks. The system is compatible with the remaining Baumüller portfolio. It can be used as master control for all machines or as slave in existing Ethernet-based systems.
In the power electronics area, the Nuremberg manufacturer presents their new multi-axis controllers. The new b maXX 5800 can control up to six axes independently from one another. For example, gantry axes can be controlled within one computer unit. This means that this solution does not require field bus communication between the axes and enables extremely fast communication and response times of 62.5 µs. The dead times of field bus communication as well as following errors are omitted and dynamics and accuracy increased.

Using the new version of three phase current synchronous motors DSC 135, Baumüller presents a particularly compact and quick-accelerating drive. The new DSC was equipped with a special mount for axial process force compensation, high overload capability, and a mechanical interface for spindle connection in particular for the plastic industry and here as ejector drive. In addition to the surface-cooled variant, the motor is available with integrated liquid cooling for maximum power density and compactness. The DSD2 56-100 servomotors and DST2 135-400 high-torque motors are newly available with oil cooling. With that, Baumüller offers an alternative to water cooling, which should be of particular interest for machines with hydraulic system, as the cooling medium is then already in the system and no additional costs are incurred.

Diversely mobile
For manufacturers of mobile machines, vehicles, and ships, Baumüller presents environmentally friendly and cost-optimized drives from 400 W to 280 kW at the Hannover Messe 2016. Among others, the DSE synchronous motor is presented, which offers a high power density thanks to specially arranged, buried magnets. This and the flexibility of the built-in motor during vehicle integration, make the DSE a suitable mobile drive for the power range up to 15 kW and a speed range up to 9000 rpm. With their solutions for hybrid ship drives, Baumüller enables fuel and emission savings and better maneuverability. The DTS2 high-torque motors are equipped with so-called wing mounts for perfect integration into the ship construction.

@BM_Services #PAuto 

Pollutant monitor is helping save 29,000 British lives.

Particulate monitoring technology has been added to the AQMesh air quality monitoring pods. “This is a major development,” says Stephen Hoskin from Air Monitors. “AQMesh already monitors the most important gases, but fine particulates are one of the pollutants of greatest concern - government figures suggest 29,000 people die prematurely in the UK every year from particle pollution.”

AQMesh is a lightweight, battery powered ambient air quality monitor that transmits data to a dedicated website via the ‘cloud’. Readings are taken at user-selectable intervals between 1 and 15 minutes, and data are normally transmitted hourly by GPRS. Standard AQMesh pods measure nitric oxide (NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and ozone (O3) in addition to temperature, atmospheric pressure and relative humidity. Carbon monoxide (CO) and sulphur dioxide (SO2) can also be chosen as optional sensors. However, following successful trials, AQMesh can now include the measurement of total particle count, PM2.5 and PM10 using a light-scattering optical particle counter.

AQMesh was developed to provide monitoring flexibility and to lower costs, and with the ability to monitor both NO2 and PM, AQMesh is able to track the pollutants of greatest concern. As a small, battery-powered, web-enabled unit, the pods can be quickly and simply mounted in locations where air quality matters most, and by transmitting near-live data to websites, AQMesh offers an opportunity to provide air quality information that will have a real effect on people’s lives; helping them to choose a route to work; where to exercise; where to send their children to school, and even where to buy a house.

@airmonitors #PAuto #Environment

Time synchronisation to the nanosecond.

HMS has added protocol software for IEEE 802.1AS  to the existing and proven IXXAT IEEE 1588 solutions. It is the first commercially available software package for highly accurate time synchronization of AVB and TSN networks.

IEEE 802.1 AS is an adapted version of the IEEE 1588 profile - specially designed for AVB and TSN systems (audio/video broadcasting and time sensitive networking). As the most important core technology for AVB and TSN systems, IEEE 802.1AS enables high-precision time synchronization of devices and systems.

Using the IXXAT IEEE 802.1AS protocol software, customers benefit from a proven and tested software package as well as from a professional product maintenance and further development.

The 802.1AS protocol software offered by HMS comes as ANSI C code - inspired by MISRA-C - and has a modular structure with a clear separation of the media dependent and media independent layers. This enables easy porting and fast implementation into various target systems. As a time-aware, slave-only end station, the software is the receiver of time-synchronization information provided by a grandmaster and enables synchronization of local Real Time Clocks (RTCs). The software supports the Best Master Clock algorithm, which can be optionally disabled.

In addition to meeting the requirements of AVB and TSN systems, special needs within automotive systems are supported such as fast synchronization times (< 1 microsecond within one second) and optimization of memory usage.

@HMSIxxat #PAuto

Irish automation entrepreneur recognised and honoured.

Zenith's Brendan O’Regan receiving his Cork Institute of Technology STEM Graduate Achievement Award from Dr Guillaume Huyet, Head of Dept of Physical Sciences. Far left, Michael Loftus, Head of Faculty of Engineering & Science. Far right, Dr Hugh McGlynn, Head of School of Science & Informatics.
The professional achievements of Brendan O’Regan, Founder and Executive Chairman of Zenith Technologies, have been recognised by the Faculty of Engineering & Science in CIT. Brendan was amongst the first graduates of CIT’s Instrument Physics programme and also graduated from the Stanford School of Business. He was selected recently to receive the Faculty’s STEM Graduate Achievement Award.

These awards are presented to graduates whose work in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) has made a significant contribution in a professional and/or societal context.

Michael Loftus, Head of Faculty of Engineering & Science at CIT, said, “Brendan has made a huge contribution to STEM development in the Cork region, leading developments which provide high quality local and international opportunities for STEM graduates. We are delighted to recognise the success that he has achieved on a global scale and wish him well in his future endeavours.”

As a successful entrepreneur and senior executive, Brendan has led the development of a number of technology companies, sourcing and building strong technical and management teams, driving expansion into new territories, and dealing with the cultural and management challenges of global business development. As an experienced technologist, with a proven track record of innovation in process automation and control, Brendan has led a range of organisations to deliver true business benefit to customers by exploiting best-in-class technologies. He has deep domain expertise in life sciences and across all aspects of the supply chain. In addition to his leadership achievements, he has developed deep technical ability in diagnostics, strategic planning, organisation development, team building and strategic exploitation of technology.

As well as his leadership role in Zenith Technologies, Brendan is involved as a stakeholder and executive in a number of allied technology companies.

He is strongly committed to the advancement and promotion of STEM in Ireland. Amongst many other activities, he has been hugely supportive of new programme developments in CIT, providing student project and placement opportunities, as well as creating international employment opportunities for hundreds of local and international STEM graduates.

@CIT_ie @ZenithIre  #PAuto #STEM

#HM16 Interactive process and factory automation demo.

The FDT Group is to present a live, interactive process and factory automation demonstration at Hannover Fair (April 25-29,  Hannover, D).
The FDT Group demonstration, located in Hall 9, Booth F54, will feature an FDT integrated application including multiple protocols, vendors and devices. The demonstration system simulates a brewing and bottling application using control systems and components commonly found in a brewery. More than 20 companies' products will be included in this interoperability exhibit, which features beer pumping between tanks and beer bottles being filled on a rotary conveyor.

The FDT Group booth will showcase the progress made by the FDT Group and OPC Foundation on integrating the OPC UA architecture into an FDT Frame. A new, key feature will be a demonstration of robust device-to-cloud data exchange made possible by the two organizations’ collaboration. Visitors will see a display of asset health monitoring on a mobile device using the FDT2/OPC UA annex. FDT Technology’s method of communicating device and machine data using OPC UA provides an effective combination of local control and monitoring. The demonstration will show the standard integration of information provided by Device Type Managers (DTMs) into the OPC UA information model. This is an important capability for device diagnostics, configuration and remote asset management, as well as integration with Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) to support operational excellence initiatives.

FDT Group Managing Director Glenn Schulz commented, "Throughout global manufacturing, there is a diverse scope of process, hybrid and discrete automation applications for FDT Technology. Our standard gives users the ability to mix and match field communication protocols, control system platforms and instrumentation suppliers, simplifying device integration in a host of demanding environments. Our Integrated brewery display will show how fast and easy it is for the operator of a plant to integrate and communicate with different field devices by utilizing an array of device drivers, such as DTMs and Device Descriptions, via a single, open engineering environment over multiple communication protocols enabled by FDT Technology. We are pleased to interactively demonstrate these capabilities at this year’s Hannover Fair.”

The FDT Group will also showcase the advancement of its non-proprietary standard to keep pace with the changing requirements of industry worldwide. The organization has established a comprehensive cyber security infrastructure to address potential cyber attacks on plant automation assets. It is also committed to helping end users deploy the functionality they appreciate in the FDT standard on leading mobile platforms. FDT Technology will play a vital role in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), optimizing industrial communication networks, automation systems, and device suppliers. In addition, the standard has been written into the Industry 4.0 and Modular Automation initiatives with the goal of unifying system engineering, configuration and diagnosis. The FDT2-OPC UA information model will enhance the configuration of networks and devices, and optimize the enterprise with access to data without protocol-specific handling. FDT helps put “Big Data” in context and supports better and faster decision-making – reducing critical failures potentially costing millions of dollars.

@hannover_messe #PAuto @ftdgroup

Gas analyser checks printers for compliance and safety.

A leading digital print technology company, Tonejet, recently purchased a portable VOC monitor from Ashtead Technology as part of an ongoing programme to ensure the protection of staff, and to assist in conformity with the ATEX Directive as part of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EEC on CE-Marking.

Technological developments in the print and coatings sectors have delivered a wide variety of advantages including a dramatic reduction in the use of solvents and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs). For example, Tonejet has developed a unique jetting process which electrostatically ejects charged pigment ink particles from a linear array of ejector tips. This no-nozzle printing technology is able to deposit concentrated pigmented inks, achieving a super-thin ink layer of less than 0.5μm.

The ink consists of charged pigment particles in a non-conducting carrier liquid, and since the pigment particles are charged and the carrier oil is insulating, the pigment particles are preferentially jetted which creates a concentrated pigmented jet, which in turn results in a very thin, yet dense, ink layer on the substrate, and utilises 10-20x less ink than traditional inkjet processes. This saves costs, dramatically lowers VOC emissions and enables printing on a wide range of substrates for both flat and curved surfaces such as beverage cans.

Following the printing process, a thin layer of clear varnish is applied to protect the print. Both the print and varnish processes result in the loss of small amounts of vapour, and it is these that Tonejet needed to measure. Ashtead Technology was therefore consulted to determine the best monitoring technology for this application.

You can buy too!
Ashtead Technology maintains a large fleet of environmental monitoring instruments which it makes available for hire. However, many of the more popular instruments are also available for sale. In addition, Ashtead provides a full maintenance and calibration service for VOC monitors. This experience with a variety of brands and technologies puts Ashtead’s engineers in an ideal position to make informed recommendations, and following discussions with Tonejet, it was decided that the MiniRAE 3000 would be the most appropriate instrument.

The MiniRAE 3000 is the latest in a popular range of portable VOC detectors. With a response time of just 3 seconds, the instrument enables users to quickly identify sources of VOCs, stretching from 0.1 -15,000ppm. An improved auto-cleaning PhotoIonisation Detector (PID), with built-in humidity compensation, ensures long-term reliability and built-in correction factors enable the measurement of over 200 compounds. Readings can be stored in an enormous on-board memory; capable of logging data for up to 6 months at 1-minute intervals.

Tonejet manufactures both print engine components and complete printing machines, all of which undergo the necessary conformity checks for both EU and USA regulations. “Following initial training from Ashtead staff, we have been very pleased with the performance of the PID and with Ashtead’s service,” comments Tonejet’s Ian Ingham. “Our VOC levels are a fraction of the permitted levels, but we need accurate data for conformity and for ongoing assurance that the health and wellbeing of our staff are protected.”

Emphasising the importance of the initial training, Ashtead’s Josh Thomas says: “PIDs are highly sensitive to almost all VOCs, so it is important for the instrument to be set up correctly. We also supplied Tonejet with calibration gas, so following the training; they will be able to undertake their own calibrations.”

“Tonejet are using the PID every day as part of their normal work procedures, so in this instance it made sense for them to purchase the instrument rather than rent it. For others, with an infrequent or project based requirement, instrument hire would be the preferred option.”

How to Improve Aerodynamics with single point load cells and digital indicators.


Challenge – To Evaluate the Aerodynamics of Scale Models
Scale Engineering design and manufacture wind tunnels, industrial test rigs and research equipment for schools, universities and the commercial sector.  Their newly designed Scale Wind Tunnel can test the aerodynamics of scale models using the same principles as a full sized version, without the need for a huge test laboratory.  Recently used at Purbeck School’s Science Fair, the Scale Wind Tunnel uses two single point load cells and Intuitive2-L digital indicators, from Applied Measurements,  enabling students to evaluate, amend and improve their LEGO model design.
How Does It Work?
The Scale Wind Tunnel has two OBUG-5kg single point load cells fixed at 90˚ to each other installed on a base plate inside the tunnel.  Once the scale model is mounted inside the tunnel, the air is forced into the tunnel through the laminar air intake and along a honeycomb structure to decrease the air turbulence.  As the tunnel narrows, the airspeed increases, allowing one OBUG single point load cell to measure the lift force and the other to measure the drag force (the resistance generated by the model inside the tunnel).  The results are relayed to two separate Intuitive2-L digital indicators for analysis, enabling the students to make necessary adjustments to their design.

OBU Single Point Compression Load Cells
  • Dual Cantilever Design
  •  IP65 Protection Rating as Standard (IP67 Optional)
  • High Accuracy <±0.03% of Rated Capacity
  • Sense Wire Facility
  • Moment Insensitive
  • Aluminium Construction – Light Weight and Low Cost
  • Customisation Available
  • Optional Integration on Finished Weighing Platform
Their range of OBU single point load cells are extremely resistant to off-centre loading thanks to their dual cantilever design.  They are moment insensitive meaning that only one unit is required centrally positioned to make a weighing system, or, as in the case of Scale Engineering, allows them to be used in tandem to create a dual-axis measurement system with minimal crosstalk.  This makes them incredibly cost-effective and ideal for applications where a low cost is essential.  Our single point load cells have an IP65 protection rating with an option to increase to IP67 on some capacities if you need them for an even harsher environment.  Their common uses include low force measurement applications such as manufacturing, testing, research and development such as the Scale Wind Tunnel application.  Their aluminium construction makes them very lightweight, while still delivering highly stable and accurate results to <±0.03% of the rated capacity.

Intuitive2-L Load Cell Digital Indicators
  •  6 Digit Display
  • Simple and Easy to Use – No-Menu Programming
  • IP65 Protection Rating
  • 20-Bit A/D Converter
  • Can Power up to Four 350Ω Strain Gauge Load Cells
  • Modular Construction
  • Variety of Display Colour Options


The Intuitive2-L digital indicators are easy to use and simple to set-up giving you a fast effortless installation.  The 4 panel buttons, on-display prompts and no-menu programming really does mean you can quickly and easily calibrate and install the digital indicator straight into your application for immediate use.  The display also has a 10Vdc excitation supply which can power up to four 350 Ohm load cells giving you a versatile complete monitoring system.  Its modular construction means you can configure the Intuitive2-L digital indicator to match your needs, making it unique to you and your application.


The indicator’s bright 6-digit LED display offers superb resolution and stability all thanks to its fantastic 20-bit A/D converter and highly stable strain gauge bridge excitation source.  The Intuitive2-L digital indicator is IP65 protection rated and comes with a variety of digit colour options to suit your application environment.  For example, to easily differentiate the lift force and the drag force results the Scale Wind Tunnel used one indicator with a red display and the other green.  We chose the Intuitive2-L digital indicator because of its modular construction and variety of optional alarm relays, analogue and digital outputs, enabling the Intuitive2-L to be tailored to the exact specification of the Scale Wind Tunnel.

@AppMeas #PAuto #Lego

Helping to triple chemical production in petrochemical plant.

Sasol the international energy and chemical company, has selected Emerson Process Management to help automate its $8.9 billion (€7.9b) petrochemical complex in Lake Charles, (LA USA), designed to take advantage of abundant, low cost natural gas. The automation project is one of the largest in history awarded to Emerson.

When completed sometime in 2018, the massive petrochemical complex will more than triple Sasol’s chemical production capacity in the United States. The complex includes an ethane cracker that will produce 1.5 million tons of ethylene annually, as well as six chemical manufacturing plants designed to convert the ethylene into a diverse range of chemicals. Ethylene is a key ingredient in the production of plastics, detergents, anti-freeze, and other petrochemical products.

Emerson implemented a detailed engineering and project execution plan designed to mitigate project risks, lower costs and reduce time to completion, all part of the company’s strategic Project Certainty initiative.

Jim Nyquist
“For a project of this scale, managing budget and schedule risk is paramount,” said Jim Nyquist, group vice president of Emerson. “This is a great example of our Project Certainty initiative. Early engineering and design work is being used to identify opportunities for automation technology to reduce complexity, create project cost savings, and reduce schedule and cost risks. As the project moves into the execution phase, Emerson is well-positioned to implement the design, accommodate late changes and reduce on-site work – all of which speed execution without compromising quality, safety or reliability.”

The integrated Emerson solution will include Emerson’s DeltaV™ distributed control system, DeltaV SIS™ process safety system, and AMS Suite predictive maintenance software to monitor and control the processes and equipment in each facility. Emerson will also provide its Micro Motion™ and Rosemount™ measurement and analytical instruments as well as Fisher™ control valves and regulators to carry out essential measurement and control functions.

@EmersonProcess #PAuto #EmrEx

Thursday, April 14, 2016

3 Steps to help identify potential electrical problems and their impact. @FlukeCorp #PAuto #Power #Energy

Fluke has introduced a comprehensive collection of free online resources to help industrial engineers, electricians and power quality/energy specialists identify potential power quality issues, understand their impact, and choose the best tools to resolve the problem - all in three easy steps.
Often power quality issues present themselves in ways where the root causes are not obvious. Fluke’s new power quality resources lead users through the process of identifying the pain points they are experiencing, pinpointing the cause, and understanding whether it is causing energy waste, equipment failures or unplanned downtime that affect the bottom line.
The resources provide in-depth knowledge on:
·       Power Quality
o   Understanding power quality
o   Troubleshooting power quality
o   Understanding the costs of power quality issues
·       Understanding and influencing energy consumption
o   Monitoring energy
o   Identifying energy waste
o   The cost of energy

There is also a wealth of downloadable application notes and an online product selection guide to help understand the impact of power quality problems and how to resolve them.

@FlukeCorp #PAuto #Power #Energy

Wireless certification Wireless Positioner.

Flowserve’s PMV D3 for modulation control and valve monitoring is certified to ISA100 Wireless™ specification, offering customers reduced operating costs

Flowserve has successfully achieved ISA100 Wireless™ certification for its PMV D3 Wireless Positioner.

The PMV D3 improves operational efficiency by allowing communication to and monitoring of process control/sensor equipment, wherever they are sited, but especially for remotely located valves. It increases the scope of operational awareness in the control room and in the plant when using ISA100 Wireless, which is currently unique in enabling true real-time control. Furthermore, this industry-leading technology reduces the installation and maintenance cost typical of extensive and expensive wiring and marshalling cabinets, while also eliminating operational risks resulting from damaged/ageing wires and corroding connectors.

The unit is the first valve positioner on the market to use the IEC 62734 industrial wireless standard for modulating control and monitoring of valves. This industry-leading technology uses the ISA100 Wireless™ network protocol, enhancing safety via reliability and including features such as dual backbone routers, which provide redundant radio paths, and through user-configurable device behaviors. Independently powered wireless signals protect against loss of signal or power from the plant.

The ISA100 Wireless™ certification provides assurance that the devices will interoperate in any ISA100 Wireless™ compliant network. View the ISA100 Wireless™ certification here.

ISA100 Wireless™ is the only industrial wireless protocol standard to incorporate IPv6 directly as part of its network layer and transport layer. This gives ISA100 Wireless™ the advantage of seamless end-to end routing with “anything anywhere” effectively in a single environment.

“This certification demonstrates Flowserve’s continuing commitment to responding to customers’ concerns,” commented John Lenander, President of Flowserve Flow Control Operations. “The ISA100 Wireless™ technology enables us to deliver best-in-class solutions that address the customers’ need for managing valves remotely in real time.”

“Flowserve is an industry leader in flow control management, solutions and services,” remarked Andre Ristaino, Managing Director of ISA100 WCI. “The announcement of the ISA100 Wireless™ valve control device is an industry first.”

@Flowserve #PAuto #ISA100

Ready for new version of ATEX.

The new version of the ATEX directive entitled 2014/34/EU will come into effect on 20 April 2016. From that date, the new directive is the binding basis for newly issued ATEX certificates – though previously issued certificates remain valid indefinitely.
The declaration of conformity for the European single market also undergoes a name change: EC declarations of conformity according to directive 94/9/EC are replaced by EU declarations of conformity according to directive 2014/34/EU. For all products, R. Stahl currently ensures that conformity with both the new and the old directive is declared in the same document.

The new incarnation of the ATEX directive includes some changes in nomenclature, since the EU seeks to harmonise concepts and terminological conventions throughout many areas of legislation, with the express intent to further increase product safety. While these changes have very little impact on manufacturers of explosion-protected equipment, users, importers and distributors are faced with a different picture. They may be affected by the directive's broadened scope of application and new obligations.

"Making available on the market" no longer solely means the sale or use of new products. Plant operators manufacturing explosion-protected equipment for internal use may now also be considered “manufacturers” for the purpose of the ATEX standard. Moreover, importers and distributors must inspect products for actual conformity closely enough to be able to identify questionable cases and alert the supervisory authorities.

Given these changes, users may be liable to observe extended obligations, namely test and documentation provisions for declarations and certifications of conformity. R. STAHL is available to answer all questions regarding the changes at any time in a comprehensive fashion.

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

#ATEX #Stahl #PAuto

Co-operation on decentralised, modular automation of process equipment.

COPA-DATA is one of the first providers of process control systems in the DIMA – Decentralised Intelligence for Modular Applications project, initiated by industry specialist WAGO’s automation sector. The objective of the project is to create a de facto standard for decentralised, modular automation of process equipment and efficient engineering. This provides industrial companies with the possibility to implement process equipment in a flexible way and individualise their production.

Fluctuating procurement and sales markets, flexible relocation of production sites and the increasing requirement for customer-specific individualisation of a product range are leading to ever shorter product and innovation cycles in the process industry. Conventionally-constructed process technology equipment in the areas of chemical processing, food and beverage, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals are usually not flexible enough and cannot efficiently master the introduction of new products or amended production quantities.

Customising process plants
WAGO initiated the DIMA – Decentralised Intelligence for Modular Applications project to meet the demand for individualisation of process equipment and a high degree of modularity in the automation of production processes.

“Our aim is to considerably shorten the time between product approval and market availability. We estimate that some companies can save up to 60 percent of the development time of process equipment. But this can only happen if the equipment is created in a modular manner and we give the company the possibility to act more quickly and flexibly,” explains Ulrich Hempen, Manager of Industry and Process Market Management at WAGO Kontakttechnik GmbH & Co. KG.

The committees of the User Association of Automation Technology in Process Industries (NAMUR) and the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (ZVEI) have taken on the DIMA approach and further specified it. The objective of the cooperation is the development of an international standard.

Service-orientated architecture
The idea of the DIMA concept is to compile an entire plant consisting of several autonomous equipment modules. An equipment module displays one or more standardised process steps, carries out procedures, operations or functions. A module provides its process technology function as a service to the higher-level process control system, zenon, taking on the role of a service provider. The process control system can call up the service offered by the module, thus acting as a service user.
DIMA consequently uses the paradigm of service-orientated architecture (SOA). The modules have their own “intelligence” in the DIMA concept. Each module is equipped with its own WAGO controller, which executes services and monitors the module status. If companies wish to amend a production process, they only need to exchange one or more modules. The production quantity can be increased by means of numbering up, i.e. adding modules of the same type.

Philipp Schmidt
“The major advantage of the modularisation of equipment is the reduction of engineering work for the operator, both for commissioning and when making changes to the equipment. The operator can plan and construct modular equipment more efficiently, because a large part of the engineering can already take place in the module engineering phase. The modules then only need to be integrated into zenon”, explains Philipp Schmidt, Branch Office Manager at COPA-DATA Germany.

Electronic description model: Module Type Package
The technical implementation of the DIMA method requires a new definition for the description of process equipment modules: the Module Type Package (MTP). The following information is stored in the MTP: communication parameters for easy integration of the module into the equipment; services, such as the description of the process performance characteristics of the module, as well as graphics information for operation and observation. In addition, there are further descriptions, such as information on status, diagnosis, history and archiving.

Handling and management of the modules
To design the complete engineering or re-engineering process as efficiently as possible, COPA-DATA has developed an MTP handling and management system. With this system, companies can read in the MTPs, create all required variables and operating screens, and define their connection. All information with regard to name, size, position and variable connection of the screen objects in the operating screens come from the MTP. This guarantees that the operating screens of modules from different manufacturers, which are read in by different MTPs, correspond to the customer-specific look and feel in the control system. Users can also track in real time, which artefacts in zenon have been created by which MTP. This allows the connection of the different modules required in the process, even during ongoing operation.


zenon also gives customers the possibility to select and export customised services and operating screens. This way, companies can to reuse and reduce project-related costs. In addition to the creation and connection of variables and operating screens, the services that are also included in the MTP are created as phases in the zenon Batch Control module. The parameters of the phases can be set as required and linked to one another in the form of recipes. The production process of the equipment can begin after this step. If necessary, the user can implement cross-module interlockings in zenon using the variables created, and set up additional messages.

@copadata  @WAGOCorporation #PAuto 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Continuous fixed VOC monitor.

PID series incorporates new ‘typhoon technology’ for added reliability in severe weather, user-friendly design & external sensor for easy servicing

Ion Science has launched its Falco series of fixed continuous VOC (volatile organic compound) monitors for the on-going protection of workers operating in potentially hazardous industrial environments, such as refineries, petrochemical plants and laboratories. Incorporating first of a kind ‘typhoon’ technology for added reliability, Falco is specially designed to work in condensing atmospheres and extreme weather conditions.

Reinforcing Ion Science’s position at the forefront of gas detection instrumentation for occupational health and the environment, Falco boasts fast response times and several innovative design features. The instrument’s ‘typhoon’ technology prevents condensation forming on the sensor and removes the risk of the system short circuiting - making it ideal for use in harsh weather conditions.

The new PID (photoionisation detector) is simple to operate while an externally located, IS (intrinsically safe) sensor facilitates quick and easy servicing without the need for a hot work permit.

Ion Science Managing Director, Duncan Johns, comments: “Falco will set a new benchmark in fixed VOC monitoring for hazardous areas and help ensure plant-wide safety and on-going protection of employees likely to be exposed to VOCs. The ‘typhoon’ technology was developed as a result of feedback from customers who aid that similar monitors had failed in extreme weather conditions. Our R&D team discovered that where ambient air quickly changes from cold to hot, it generates condensation in the sensor which adversely affects performance. The new ‘typhoon’ technology enables the system to cope with these sudden fluctuations.”

Falco is operated via an intuitive user interface with OLED display and five magnetically activated switches – up, down, left, right and enter – which are back lit to help confirm the correct button is being pressed.

For added convenience and ease of use, brightly coloured red, amber and pulsing (optional) green status indicators are clearly visible in sunlight allowing checks to be conducted from a distance.

Incorporating Ion Science’s market-leading PID technology with advanced patented fence electrode system, Falco’s three-electrode format ensures increased resistance to humidity and contamination for ultimate reliability and accuracy in the field, as well as considerably reduced drift issues and extended run time. Falco utilises a diffusive sample technique resulting in less contamination issues compared to pumped systems, reducing lamp cleaning and servicing requirements. Pumped models are available for applications where a sample needs to be drawn to the unit.

There are eight models in the Falco series offering detection ranges as low as 0 - 10ppm with ppb sensitivity or as high as 0 - 10,000ppm. Customers can upgrade to a unit with a higher detection capacity by purchasing a different electrode and simply recalibrating.

Duncan continues: “Falco underlines our commitment to designing gas detection technology that provides both flexibility and cost benefits. A customer normally purchases a fixed VOC monitor based on its detection range. Previously, choosing the wrong model by mistake meant they would have to purchase a completely new system. With Falco, they can easily and cheaply upgrade by buying the relevant electrode.”

The Falco’s flame and explosion proof enclosure is certified to EX d IIC T4 II and the external sensor to EX ib IIC T4 Gb II.  A 4 – 20 mA analogue output enables Falco to be easily integrated into a DCS control system to give warning or control of high VOC levels in the working environment. Two relay outputs means it can be connected remotely plus RS485 output with Mobus protocol included as standard allows the instrument to be connected to a network.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Web-based gearhead sizing and selection tool.

Thomson Industries has expanded its web-based sizing and selection tool for Micron® TRUE Planetary™ Gearheads. The web-based MicronMOTIONEERING® is a unique, application-based sizing and selection tool that quickly and easily identifies the correct planetary gearhead for your application. The improved MicronMOTIONEERING® interface and expanded product offering, allows users to save time and boost confidence in knowing that they’ve selected the optimal gearhead for their motion control application.

Micron planetary gearheads from Thomson are used on high precision motion control applications, such as CNC cutting, material handling and many variations of packaging equipment. These applications usually require a high torque to volume ratio, high torsional stiffness, and low backlash which are the performance advantages that the Micron products offer. The upgraded user interface was designed and tested to provide a professional user experience for design engineers. The expanded MicronMOTIONEERING® now covers the full Micron offering, including the stainless steel AquaTRUETM gearheads, ideal for food and packaging applications, and the XTRUEM, a drop-in replacement for common gearheads in the market today.

“MicronMOTIONEERING® is an intuitive tool that greatly simplifies gearhead sizing and selection to help OEMs optimise their machine design in much less time than it takes using manual calculations and paper catalogue look ups. End users will find the cross reference guide and expedited delivery option a life saver for line down situations,” said Howard Horn, Product Manager Micron Gearheads at Thomson Industries. “It’s the best sizing and selection tool for gearheads available online today.”

The new upgrade allows customers to simply enter a few key application parameters and the MicronMOTIONEERING® instantly delivers all the information needed to specify and order the best gearhead for the application.

The extended capabilities of the online tool, also means it is now easier to quickly configure and download 3D models along with detailed and downloadable specifications including list price, delivery time, configuration parameters, life calculations, motor sizing and more.

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