Friday, June 17, 2016

Gas analysis workshop report.

Gasmet Technologies organised a meeting in Lisbon, immediately prior to the CEM 2016 conference and exhibition in May, to provide delegates with an insight into the wide variety of applications for which FTIR technology is employed.
The measurement of greenhouse gases (GHGs) was a particular focus for the event, with presentations from a number of speakers outlining the advantages of simultaneous multigas analysis with Gasmet’s fixed and portable FTIR analysers. Dr Joseph Storlien from Saint John's University, Minnesota USA, described his work with portable Gasmet FTIR analyzers in the measurement of soil flux GHGs. He explained how robust field-use instruments such as the DX4040 enable faster, easier collection of monitoring data; delivering more data points than the more costly and time-consuming methods that rely on laboratory analysis.

Dr Storlien summarises his presentation in a short video that can be viewed on the Gasmet YouTube channel. This webpage also features a video demonstrating how to employ portable FTIR for soil gas analysis.

Prior to the Lisbon meeting, Gasmet received notification that its CEMS II e continuous emissions monitoring system had successfully completed EN 15267-3 testing for the analysis of low range Hydrogen Fluoride, low range Nitrous Oxide, Methane and Formaldehyde. “This means that it meets the performance specifications in European directives and also the more stringent specifications in the type approval standard EN 15267-3 for a larger number of components than any other FTIR in this market,” commented Gasmet’s Antti Heikkilä. Here is brief video explaining the importance of this certification.

The newly certified emissions analyzer was the highlight of Gasmet’s booth at CEM 2016, the industrial emissions monitoring conference that also took place in Lisbon. “Focusing as it does on continuous emission monitoring, CEM 2016 could not have been better timed,” says Heikkilä. “The Conference was attended by international delegates from key sectors such as Power Generation and Waste Incineration, so there was enormous interest in the new performance data for our FTIR analyzers.”

#FTIR #Gasmet

Multicomponent dynamometer.

The stationary, multicomponent dynamometer from Kistler Instruments has been designed specifically for measuring forces and moments in all three axes produced during high performance cutting processes with high accuracy and signal quality for the precise analysis of drilling, cutting and grinding at high removal rates.

The compact piezoelectric dynamometer has an extremely robust structural design combined with a wide measuring range from a few Newtons to 30kN in all three directions making the Type 9139AA suitable for demanding applications where both low and high cutting forces are developed.

The patented design has integrated temperature compensation which eliminates the effect of heat generated during the cutting process to minimise signal drift. This ensures that forces generated by processes that create large amounts of heat may be measured with great accuracy. A high natural frequency was a key issue in Kistler's development work and extensive FEM analyses were carried out to optimize the design and structure so that natural frequencies of about 3 kHz are achieved despite the dynamometer's size. This ensures that the measurement signals generated by the cutting processes are captured accurately, even at high tooth passing frequencies.

The large number of threaded holes simplify mounting workpieces on the dynamometer whilst the widely used Fischer flange connector concept with the same pin configuration as other Kistler stationary dynamometers make it simple to change the measuring platform using the existing cables and charge amplifiers. The dynamometer is corrosion-resistant and protected against penetration by splashing water or cutting fluid to IP67 when used with the appropriate connecting cable. The Type 5070A multi-channel charge amplifier is especially suited to interface with the dynamometer, although other charge amplifiers with suitable operating parameters may also be used.

 @KistlerAlert #PAuto 

New MD at leading environmental monitoring & occupational hygiene testing company.

Following the acquisition of Quantitech by Gasmet Technologies, Ken Roberts has been appointed as the company’s new Managing Director.
Ken Roberts

“This is an exciting and challenging role,” Ken says. “Keith Golding ran this business for over 33 years, creating a strong reputation for high quality products with outstanding levels of service, and I am greatly looking forward to the next phase of Quantitech’s development.

“There are significant growth opportunities in the UK and Ireland, particularly in the emissions monitoring sector, and we will be investing in the resources needed to make that happen.”

Ken has over 35 years of experience in the monitoring instrumentation sector, beginning in 1981 as a junior service engineer and progressing rapidly to senior management positions. His career to-date has included 11 years as Managing Director of a British gas detection and emissions monitoring business, which experienced high levels of growth under his guidance.

Looking forward, Ken says: “As a subsidiary of Gasmet, FTIR analysers will be a key focus for Quantitech, however, we will also offer an important range of other technologies and systems as part of our strategy to help customers demonstrate regulatory compliance, improve process efficiency, and protect health, safety and the environment.”

@Quantitech #PAuto #Gasmet

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Gas Detection Controller.

The new MX 32 alarm and control system is now available from Tyco Gas & Flame Detection.

Designed to meet SIL1 requirements, the new MX 32 is a compact, low-profile controller that continuously monitors gas detection. It uses the same platform as the MX 43 that has already proven to be a very high performing and reliable controller.

The new MX 32 manages both digital lines and analog channels and covers all needs for a wide variety of gas monitoring applications. Its digital technology allows up to 8 detectors to be distributed on two lines for increased savings. The unit allows two inputs for Wheatstone bridge sensors.

 @TycoGFD #PAuto

What will be important in RFID?

RFID tomorrow is growing: more topics, more forums, more speakers, more internationality, and more information. Brand new for 2016, a second forum will be held on the Developer Day with 10 presentations on software and integration as well as presentations on successful projects. Thus, the number of forums grows to 6, and the numbers of lectures rises to 52.

RFID tomorrow 2016

• 19th and 20th September 2016 in Duesseldorf, (D)
• Location: Van der Valk Hotel, close to Dusseldorf Airport
• International conference program with 52 presentations in 6 specialist forums
• 37 top RFID companies in the exhibition
• 30+ SpeedLabs (workshops) with live demos held by the RFID-providers
• Networking, inspiration and exchange of ideas in more than 2,000 square meters in the Van der Valk Airporthotel,
RFID tomorrow 2016 is an intense, unique congress experience which features an exhibition, SpeedLabs, and a conference, in a concentrated working atmosphere over 2,500 square meters Duesseldorf (D), very close to the airport, which is held from 19th to 20th September.

Two congress days – two points of view:
Developer Day and User Day with over 50 lectures in six specialist forums!
Two congress days – that means more information about RFID from different perspectives: technology, integration, and practice. 52 speakers will talk about their RFID experiences, provide impetus, and invite dialogue. 37 exhibitors will present the latest hardware developments and integration solutions. The experts are looking forward to hearing your questions and project ideas and discussing concrete solutions with you.

Developer Day, 19th September - presentations by RFID technology experts – aimed at process managers, employees of technology companies, and systems integrators. Participants are invited to discuss the latest technological developments, successful projects, visions, and future challenges with RFID experts.

User Day, 20th September - the focus in on practice. The motto is: from RFID users, for (potential) RFID users! RFID project managers and decision-makers speak first-hand and in detail about their project implementation, from the project initiation to the integration to the roll-out. RFID solutions which have already been realised show how users from industry, maintenance, supply chain, security, ticketing, retail, and healthcare successfully optimise their processes with RFID and make them future-proof.

#RFID @rfidimblick #PAuto

Precision metering pump.

Blue-White®’s all New Proseries-M® MD-3 Chemical Metering Pump, provides Precision Chemical Metering for the Treatment of Municipal Water & Waste Water.

The Hybrid MD-3 Diaphragm Metering Pump has 2000:1 turndown, and provides smooth chemical dosing with no pulsation dampener required. With 380 strokes per minute, the Proseries-M® MD-3 provides a remarkably steady flow.

The MD-3 is built to provide long service life at high pressures and no pressure regulator is needed. The patent pending design is 50% more energy efficient than similar units now on the market.

Straightforward all inclusive ordering: A single model includes all necessary components for installation. And the drop-in-place design of the MD-3, along with conveniently built-in controls, make installation and set-up fast and efficient.

The PVDF wetted end fittings allow for more than 14 inlet and outlet configurations.
MD-3 is equipped with a Zero-maintenance brushless DC drive.

@BlueWhiteInd #PAuto #Water 

Power symposium not to be missed.

The preliminary program for its 59th Power Industry Division (POWID) and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Symposium, to be held 27-30 June 2016 in Charlotte, (NC USA).

The preliminary program (click here to download) features more than 50 technical paper presentations along with expert speakers and a diverse range of panel discussions, tutorials, training courses, vendor exhibitions, and other value-packed activities. Attendees will meet face to face with the leading authorities and thought leaders at the pulse of change in the energy industry and gain the critical insights and perspectives needed to stay ahead in the rapidly evolving energy marketplace.
Sessions will address the key factors influencing:
  • All forms of energy, including nuclear, fossil fuels, hydro and renewables
  • Data security and demands for improved industrial cybersecurity
  • Reliable, efficient power generation and delivery
  • Advanced technologies and emerging applications
Each year, ISA’s POWID Symposium is viewed as the “can’t-miss” event for learning about the latest innovations in instrumentation, controls and automation systems; staying informed of vital regulatory requirements and updates; and networking with a wide range of power generation professionals.
ISA is once again partnering with the EPRI—a premier research and development organization focusing on the challenges in the generation, delivery and use of electricity—to conduct this high-profile event. With robust energy-related research, development and engineering operations, and more than 260 companies tied to the energy sector, the city of Charlotte is a fitting venue.
Highlights on the agenda include:
  • Addresses by three noted industry experts: Ramesh (Rudy) Shankar, Ph.D., MBA, Professor at the Energy Production Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at the University of North Carolina Charlotte; Robert Romanosky, Ph.D., Advanced Research Technology Manager at the National Energy Technology Laboratory within the US Department of Energy; and Randy Bickford, President of Expert Microsystems, Inc.
  • A Vendor Exhibition showcasing leading industry companies and information on their latest products, technologies and services. Corporate sponsors and exhibitors include: ABB, Beamex, Emerson Process Management, Honeywell, MissionSecure, Owl, Phoenix Contact, Rkneal, Schneider Electric and Ultra Electronics
Also on the agenda are ISA I&C Standards working group meetings, the EPRI I&C Interest Group Meeting, and the annual Honors and Awards Banquet.

 #POWID #ISAuto #PAuto #Power

Future-proof and cost-effective I/O system.

The IS1+ Remote I/O system makes it easy to achieve considerable savings in planning, installation, commissioning, and operating costs    
For greenfield projects and plant retrofits, the market-leading IS1+ Remote I/O system from R. STAHL is a future-proof and most cost-effective solution for data transmission in hazardous areas (zone 1 and 2). Compared to conventional point-to-point wiring, the system greatly reduces the wiring effort. Even for a limited number of signals and a control system installed only a short distance away, installations become quicker and cheaper. However, the system offers the most significant savings potential in the engineering and commissioning stages – depending on plant size, typically 40 % cost savings compared to conventional installations can be achieved.
The integrated predictive maintenance and diagnostics features of IS1+ according to NAMUR NE 107 also ensure maximum process availability and low operating expenses. The fully intrinsically safe structure with an intrinsically safe fieldbus based on PROFIBUS DP or industrial Ethernet Modbus TCP, EtherNet/IP or PROFINET facilitates a simple and easy expansion or modification of the system in hazardous areas: modules can be hot-worked or hot-swapped at any time.

IS1+ includes a range of multifunctional modules, such as an eight-channel module for analog inputs and outputs with HART, a 16-channel module for digital inputs and outputs, or an eight-channel temperature module for 26 different temperature sensors. The signals can be configured individually for each channel. In addition, for almost all intrinsically safe and non-intrinsically safe solenoids, R. STAHL supplies digital output modules which offer eight integrated pilot valves. Thanks to the innovative low-power technology, IS1+ system modules feature a long service life of up to 15 years. They are suitable for use in an expanded temperature range between -40 °C and +75 °C even in extreme ambient conditions. For installations in zone 2, the series also includes cost-optimised input and output modules that are functionally identical.

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

#Stahl #PAuto #Safety

No more wires - Strain Gauge!

The new P-DMS Polymer Strain Gauge from Hoffmann + Krippner is now shipping. This compact and cost-effective solution for measuring pressure is based on their patented sensor paste technology printed onto a PCB board.

Extremely sensitive to slight pressures, a small deformation to the paste generates a change of its electrical resistance generating an analog signal to enable measurement, input and control to a wide range of applications.  Requiring no moving parts, this simple device can be very accurate and long lasting. As the strain gauge can be directly printed on the application’s control board, it does not need to be connected by wires. This enables compact and affordable designs, as well as eliminating the failure points of wire failure and corrosion.  It also eliminates electrical sparking as the key contacts come together.

Interesting applications include musical instruments such as a piano keys and electric guitars, control switches for DJ audio mixing gear, inside shoes to measure pressure distribution as someone stands or walks, for use in “silent” keyboards (no key clacking), inventory control for grocery store shelves and vending machines, automotive touch screens and function activators, as well as hazardous area applications where a tiny spark from keys closing an electrical circuit could set off a fire or an explosion. 

The new P-DMS Strain Gauge is available in wide variety of customized sizes and shapes.

Design engineers and developers can control costs and shorten development times by working directly with Hoffmann + Krippner to integrate the gauge into early stages of development. In addition the company offers in-house development, design and manufacturing expertise to customize the gauge design and specifications to customer requirements.

@HoffmannKrippnerInc #PAuto

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Industrial Ethernet switches certified!

Harting has announced that its Ha-VIS eCon 2000 and 3000 16-port unmanaged Ethernet switches are now certified by DNV and GL (Germanischer Lloyd) as compliant with Det Norske Veritas' rules for classification of Ships, High Speed & Light Craft and Det Norske Veritas' Offshore standards. This means that the robust switches can be specified for installation on a wide range of sea-going craft.

The Ha-VIS eCon 2000 and 3000 families of unmanaged Ethernet switches are designed for use in harsh industrial and maritime environments and offer a choice of compact designs for economy and ease of installation in a variety of networking applications.

These compact ‘plug & play’ switches can be put into operation easily and quickly. Two different compact, space-saving housing designs for ‘top hat’ DIN rail mounting guarantee the best possible use of available space in on-board switch cabinets.

The eCon 3000 family is a very narrow form factor with a widths from 25 mm which permits high packing density in the control cabinet, saving space and therefore costs. The eCon 2000 family, on the other hand, has a flat design with a depths from 27 mm which permits greatly reduced installation depth.

Units in the Ha-VIS eCon 3000 family each feature up to 16 Fast Ethernet ports and offer economical and fast options to expand or set up network infrastructures. Full Gigabit switches are available with up to 16 ports each for applications with high data throughput, helping to future-proof network systems and reducing future refit costs. The slim design also allows a very high packing density. Thanks to a DIN rail clip integrated into the housing, these switches can be swiftly and simply installed.

Switches in the Ha-VIS eCon 2000 family also offer up to 16 Fast Ethernet ports and are available in full Gigabit versions, allowing simple expansion of the network in future refits. Owing to the extremely flat design, the switches can be accommodated in installations where space is restricted towards the cable connection at the front. RJ45 and fibre-optic ports are located on the front of the switches, allowing cables to be connected quickly and simply.

Both switch families support Power over Ethernet (PoE) and PoE+ (a standard for the parallel transfer of energy and data using twisted pair cables) offering more power for optional end devices. The new eCon ranges include switches with a 54 V supply voltage and models with integrated voltage converters which allow the use of standard 24 V power supplies. Using these switches consequently reduces the cabling effort and provides for addition of new devices and network expansion in the future.

There are over 200 versions of Harting eCon switches, all of which are designed for use in the industrial temperature range from -40°C to +70°C.

 #Marine @harting #Pauto

New features and options for watermeter!

Krohne has introduced several new features and options for WATERFLUX 3070. As water meters are often installed in remote locations, reducing the frequency of visits to the sites and the time spend on set-up and maintenance is crucial. This relies on aspects such as a simplified installation, integrated diagnostics, a long battery lifetime, remote communication options and low overall maintenance requirements of the meters. All new features and options for the WATERFLUX contribute to these targets.

In terms of installation, the polycarbonate converter housing with protection class IP68 rating is now standard for both compact and remote version, e.g. for temporarily flooded measuring pits. It features IP68 waterproof plug and play connectors that do not require wiring on site, and a small installation footprint to fit into electrical cabinets.

For locations where mains power is available, WATERFLUX 3070 is now available with an external FlexPower unit  to connect the meter to a 110…230V AC or 10…30V DC power source on site, e.g. an electrical grid, a solar panel or a small windmill. The FlexPower module also has an internal battery that serves as a battery backup in case the external power source fails.

The integrated pressure and temperature sensor is a new option to allow the use of WATERFLUX for various tasks in drinking water networks: Flow and pressure measurement data are an important input for pressure monitoring, maintaining the water balance, district zoning (DMA), and for leak detection in drinking water networks when comparison of pressure and flow values is used as method. With WATERFLUX, Krohne now offers the first all-in-one water meter for this application, eliminating the installation and wiring of separate flow, pressure and temperature sensors. Pressure and temperature values are available via the display or via Modbus, e.g. temperature data can be used for quality monitoring of potable water. Alarms can be generated via the status output or via Modbus when critical limits for pressure and or temperature are exceeded. The integrated pressure and temperature sensor is available for diameters DN50…200 / 2…4".

The communication options have also been extended to meet water companies increasing demand for more measurement and status data from water meters. The new Modbus RTU output offers an alternative to the two pulse and two status outputs, transferred data includes measurement data (sum, forward and reverse counters, flow rate), status data (battery lifetime, meter status), actual values for pressure and temperature, and alarms. Modbus RTU can be provided via a low (battery) power and a high (mains) power version. The low power Modbus version is unique to the market and can be used for data communication between a stand-alone battery powered WATERFLUX 3070 version and a data logger GPRS module. When mains power operated with FlexPower, the high featured Modbus option can be used for data transfer to automation and process control systems.

For the sensor, thread connections G1” for DN25 and G1,5” for DN40 are now a regular option for small nominal diameters, When ordered with flanges, nominal diameters DN25…200 / 1…8" are equipped with stainless steel flanges as standard. Previously only available for smaller diameters, WATERFLUX with large nominal diameters up to DN600/ 24" can now also be verified to OIML R49 and MID MI-001 with 0 DN / 0 DN straight inlet / outlet.

• Introduced in 2009, the WATERFLUX battery powered water meter remains a very successful product in the drinking / clean water market, and is continuously updated to keep up with modern requirements. Certified to MID MI001 and OIML R49, it features a unique rectangular measuring tube design. Because inlet or outlet sections are not required, the sensor allows for a compact installation and a small overall installation footprint. There is no need for grounding rings because as standard the flow sensor has a reference electrode for grounding. A special coating allows for subsoil installation of the sensor.

• Krohne products are marketed in Ireland by DWN Instrumentation.


Speeding Time-to-Deployment of Embedded Computing Applications.

Abaco Systems have announced AXIS DataView, an innovative extension to the company’s AXIS software development environment. DataView is unique in the market, and allows customers to rapidly develop graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for their embedded applications deployed on Abaco Systems hardware. Ideal for displaying data and adding controls to signal- and image processing applications as well as any system control or communications application, DataView significantly reduces the time, cost and risk of developing sophisticated software solutions and speeds time-to-deployment.
By addressing the development costs associated with developing and porting GUIs to multiple platforms while also addressing performance overhead issues DataView makes adding a GUI to a broad range of applications both practical and valuable. DataView is both quick and simple to learn; it is easily portable; and it has minimal impact on overall system throughput.

In-house tests performed by Abaco show that, using DataView, a reduction of over 90% in the lines of code required to create a typical signal generator GUI or signal processing GUI is achievable when compared with alternative approaches. In addition to development time and cost savings the DataView tool creates code that is considerably easier to maintain and enhance.

Key benefits of AXIS DataView include:
  • No specialist programming GUI knowledge required
  • Simple and easy to learn – allows creation of application GUI in days
  • Easy to maintain - no complex event-driven GUI code to maintain
  • Multi-OS support, including Windows® and Linux® hosts, and Windows, Linux and VxWorks® embedded targets
  • Multi-platform support includes Intel®, NXT (PowerPC™) and ARM® hardware architectures
“Our customers need to get from concept to deployment faster than ever before in order to secure competitive advantage – and AXIS DataView is yet another demonstration of our commitment to helping them do so,” said Chris Lever, VP, Product Management at Abaco Systems. “Our customers can benefit substantially from the uniquely rich, intuitive, high performance software development environment that AXIS delivers, enabling them to field applications more quickly than would otherwise be possible.”

@AbacoSys #PAuto

Timing technology on line!

Mouser Electronics, has launched its new Timing Technology site, designed to give engineers easy-to-access information on the latest technical advances in timers, counters, and clocks. As part of Mouser's growing selection of Applications & Technologies sites, the Timing Technology site provides a wealth of resource material — including articles and videos on timing and clock system design — as well as the newest frequency synthesizers, multiplexers, clock generators, and related components available at Mouser.

The new Timing Technology site, available on, contains helpful information for engineers who are interested in expanding their knowledge about timing technologies. The Technology section is segmented into five categories:
  • Overview provides a general explanation of timing technology and its applications.
  • Oscillators looks at the construction and purpose of oscillators and provides links to different types of clock, programmable, and crystal oscillators.
  • Clock Generators dives deeper into timing solutions that can reduce cost (including lower system component costs), enable smaller PCBs, and lower design-labor costs with a faster time-to-market.
  • Application Specific details environments where engineers might incorporate a specialized timing solution instead of a general-purpose clock.
  • Clock System Design discusses additional requirements and considerations when developing a system with multiple reference frequencies, including reducing skew and jitter.

The Featured Products section focuses on key products available from Mouser that engineers can incorporate into efficient timing designs. Products include the Texas Instruments LMX2592 wideband frequency synthesizer, Silicon Labs Si5380 12-output JESD204B clock generator, and the IDT 8V19N40x FemtoClock NG jitter attenuators and clock synthesizers.

The Articles section provides information on MEMS oscillators; a look at oscillators, clocks, buffers, and redrivers; and an introduction to building clock trees. All articles offer an area to post comments and questions to facilitate further discussions on the topic.

Finally, the Technical Resources section lists videos, application notes, and white papers that discuss device selection and system considerations when designing clock and timing systems. Subjects discussed include clock design, crystal oscillators, and the JESD204B serial interface.

@MouserElec #PAuto #Electronics

Monday, June 13, 2016

Encoder with EtherCAT interface.

Hengstler has extended their ACURO® AC58 product line with the widely-used EtherCAT interface. The number of systems using this open, powerful, Ethernet-based system continues to grow at a rapid pace.

With the availability of the ACURO® AC58, incorporating an EtherCAT interface, users can integrate one of the foremost absolute encoders on the market, into virtually any system that uses EtherCAT technology. This simplifies the design process and guarantees reliable communication. Hengstler's ACURO® AC58 EtherCAT encoder is naturally attested by an official compliance certificate issued by the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG).

ACURO AC58 EtherCAT delivers reliable communication, extended temperature range, protection rating up to IP67, and extremely high shock and vibration specifications are just some of the outstanding characteristics of the AC58 EtherCAT. This flexibility makes the Hengstler ACURO® AC58 one of the most versatile encoders on the market. Its robustness specifications are particularly impressive. A stainless steel version is also available as an ordering option. This makes it suitable for use even in the harshest environmental conditions.

Values are updated with a cycle time down to 62.5 µs, making it one of the fastest encoders on the market, and allowing customers to implement highly dynamic processes. Device configurations like a residual value function for rotary indexing machines add to the range of application capabilities.

@Hengstler_GmbH #PAuto #Ethetnet 

Transducers for high-precision current measurements.

Harting has announced the launch of a new range of current transformers. These transformers have been developed in close collaboration with key the companies in wind energy plant construction to specifically meet key ‘alternative energy industry’ requirements.

The product development has been focused on good functional reliability, and high mechanical stability. The result is accurate feed control with high levels of precision.

The new Harting window type current transformers can be used anywhere that high-precision current measurements are required, e.g. to measure the feed from decentralised power generation plants for billing activity with the network operator.

The new transformers are distinguished by their simple assembly, and the transducer has a rectangular shape with a cut that is selected so that it fits perfectly onto a DIN rail. Measuring range from 2,000 A to 10,000 A, both versions transform the measuring current to 5 A at rated current.
The included mounting accessories enable simple and safe installation with standard tools, while the accuracy class of 0.5 and 0.2 enables precise current measurement over a wide range. If needed, the transducers can be calibrated from the factory by a nationally recognised testing laboratory in order to make them acceptable for billing purposes.

To enable Harting’s new current transformers to be used in thermally critical environments such as bus bars in wind and solar plants, they are designed to operate over a broad temperature range of -25°C to +55 °C.

@harting #PAuto  

Calibration device puts HART at user’s fingertips.

Combined with a Fluke 750 Series or 720 Series calibrator it delivers a comprehensive HART calibration and configuration solution

Fluke has introduced the Fluke® 154 HART Calibration Assistant, a standalone tablet-based communication tool that makes HART configuration easy. The 154 provides HART communication functionality that, when combined with a Fluke 750 Series Documenting Process Calibrator or 720 Series Multifunction Process Calibrator, enables the user to calibrate the full range of HART devices used in the process industry.

The Android-based tablet comes configured with the FlukeHART mobile app that utilises a long-range wireless HART modem, which connects to the HART transmitter being tested or configured. This allows technicians to wirelessly communicate with the device up to 250 feet away, eliminating the need for technicians to stand next to the device so they can work from a safer, more convenient location.

The Fluke 154 provides full HART Device Description (DD) support of all HART devices and can monitor PV, SV, TV, QV, and other measured HART variables. Quarterly DD updates can be downloaded free from the Fluke website for three years from the first use of the product.

The calibration assistant includes a configurable connection cable that accepts either hook clips for connecting to wires or extended tooth alligator clips designed to connect to transmitter connection screw heads. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery is designed to last for several days of device testing and configuration under normal conditions.

The 154 includes the Android-based tablet, charger and USB micro-cable, installed FlukeHART mobile application, HART modem, USB mini-cable, hook test clips, alligator clips, magnetic hanging strap, and hard-side case.

@FlukeCorp  #PAuto #TandM

Vice president for US operation of MES specialist.

Werum IT Solutions has appointed Robert Perks as Vice President of its American operation, Werum IT Solutions America. In this role, Mr. Perks will direct Werum America’s team of project managers and engineers, working to ensure the successful implementation of Werum’s best-in-class MES solutions.

Robert Perks
Mr. Perks has worked for major pharmaceutical and plant manufacturers for 20 years, and brings world class management experience in the life sciences, as well as deep knowledge of the medical devices field. He has extensive experience in designing and implementing manufacturing projects, from simple out-of-the-box solutions to complex, fully-integrated systems. His technical acumen, strong customer focus, and extensive global program management experience round out his comprehensive project management expertise.

He is co-chair of the ISPE Community of Practice for "PAT & Lifecycle Control Strategy” and has given presentations concerning innovation, quality and compliance improvements at pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities at both ISPE and PDA annual and regional meetings. Before joining Werum, he spent 13 years in management positions at Baxter Healthcare Corporation, where he planned, developed and implemented automation and MES systems at the company’s sites in North and South America.

@Werum #PAuto #MES

Safety certification.

Yokogawa has received TÜV Rheinland certification for Functional Safety Management (FSM) IEC 61511-1:2003 SIS Integration Phase 4 (Design and Engineering), FSM 159 (pdf).

The scope of certification covers integration of Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) Logic Solver in the process industry up to and including Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL3). The scope of activities includes SIS design, configuration, application programming, assembly and test, as well as safety loop calculations. This FSM certification uses IEC 611511 as the basic standard as well as relevant clauses of the IEC 61508:2010 standard.

When consumers or manufacturers see a TÜV Rheinland certification mark, they can be assured that they are buying a safe product that has been investigated to stringent safety requirements by an accredited third party and is supported by regular surveillance audits and factory inspections.

“This is an exciting achievement for Yokogawa and our customers,” said Sriram Srinivasan, Director of Engineering, Yokogawa Corporation of America. “The TUV Rheinland certification provides customers assurance that the FSM system we deliver is fully compliant with standards. We are now certified on the three critical Ps in delivering FSM systems – People, Process, and Products.”

The systematic capability of the Yokogawa process is certified to SIL3. These systematic capabilities and procedures ensure that the potential for systematic errors are minimized in the projects executed for customers. “Our SIS engineers, ProSafe SIS logic solver and pressure, temperature, flow (Coriolis), oxygen sensor/ transmitters are all SIL 2/3 certified. Our FSM design and engineering process, our people, and our products are all certified by TÜV, so this delivers a solution that is all certified by a single independent auditor and ensures the certification approach for each component is consistent,” said Srinivasan.

Functional safety is a core focus and a core competency at Yokogawa. They deliver consistent performance. SIS products and processes are standardized across the globe, and SIS engineers are certified to an equivalent competency level to deliver safety instrumented systems that comply with IEC 611511 and IEC 611508 standards.

@YokogawaIA #PAuto #SIL

Keynote speaker at Water & Waste Symposium announced!

Steven D. Drew, the Water Resources Director for the City of Greensboro, North Carolina and a national delegate of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), will deliver the keynote address at ISA’s 2016 Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium, to be held 2-4 August 2016 in Orlando (FL USA)

Steven D. Drew
Drew’s keynote speech—which will be delivered on Wednesday, 3 August at 8:15 a.m.—is titled “Leveraging Your Career in Industrial Controls and Automation.” It will emphasize the critical importance of attracting, retaining and developing competent professionals with proven skills in operational technology. Without a highly trained and capable workforce, Drew asserts that utilities will be unable to maintain operational reliability, defend against cyber threats, increase efficiency or promote innovation.

Drew has served as Water Resources Director for the City of Greensboro, NC since 2012. Prior to that, he served in many other positions within the city’s Water Supply Division, including: Operations Division Manager; Water Supply Division Manager; Plant Superintendent of Maintenance and Operations; and Plant Mechanic and Electronics Technician.

Drew has served as Chair of the NC AWWA-NEA Operations & Maintenance Committee and on the NC AWWA-NEA Board of Trustees. Earlier in the year, he represented North Carolina at the AWWA’s national conference in Washington, D.C.

Discounted hotel rates
The symposium is being held at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando, Florida . ISA has arranged a discounted hotel rate of $89/night (available until 15 July 2016 or until all available rooms are reserved) for symposium attendees for Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs nights. 
Please mention “ISA Water/Wastewater Symposium” when booking, and use the group code “ISA”. To obtain the discounted rate, click here.
The must-attend event for water and wastewater industries professionals
ISA’s WWAC Symposium focuses entirely on the challenges associated with automation and instrumentation in the water and wastewater sectors. The symposium includes an extensive, two-day program of technical presentations; a tour of a local wastewater treatment plant; numerous networking events; a poster session; and a supplier showcase. Register HERE!

Presented by the ISA Water and Wastewater Industries Division, in collaboration with the Florida AWWA Section, the WEF Automation and Info Tech Committee, the Florida Water Environment Association, and the Instrumentation Testing Association, the WWAC Symposium helps professionals in the water and wastewater industries understand how instrumentation, SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), and automatic control applications are vital to the treatment and distribution of water; the collection and treatment of wastewater; and the management of stormwater.

• Gain valuable ISA training
Attendees will also have the opportunity to take one of two high-value ISA courses during the event: Application of Industrial Wireless Systems - SP25C (a one-day course to be held 1 August), and Using the ISA/IEC 62443 Standards to Secure Your Control System – IC32 (a two-day course to be held 1-2 August). Given that space for the two courses is limited, individuals are encouraged to register soon.

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