Friday, July 22, 2016

PAC addition closes the IT/OT gap!

Opto 22 has added a RESTful API to its industrial programmable automation controllers (PACs), significantly closing the IT/OT gap and enabling rapid Industrial Internet of Things application development, reduced time to market in machine and system design, and faster automation and control project deployment.

The addition of a secure RESTful server and open, documented API to a programmable automation controller (PAC) is a significant and ground-breaking industry innovation. REST architecture and technology are intrinsic to the Internet of Things and paramount to web and mobile-based application development. Opto 22’s implementation of REST directly into a commercially available, off-the-shelf (COTS) industrial programmable automation controller is unique in the market, and places the company as the first and only industrial automation and controls manufacturer to offer this industry-changing technology.

Through this new RESTful API, developers gain secure programmatic access to new or legacy physical assets through control variables and input/output (I/O) data using any programming language that supports JavaScript Object Notation (JSON). Available through a free updated firmware release for Opto 22 SNAP PAC programmable automation controllers (PACs), the RESTful API includes an HTTP/S server accessible from any HTTP/S-compatible client.

Rapid IIoT ROI
Billions of sensors, machines, and devices already exist in industrial infrastructure but are currently unable to connect to the IIoT. This legacy equipment holds valuable untapped data needed to improve business processes and decisions in almost every enterprise and every industry. Opto 22’s platform enables developers to rapidly design, prototype, and deploy applications to connect existing assets to the IIoT and share their data, capabilities, and resources with other connected systems and assets.

“The industrial automation and control industry is in transition right now,” says Benson Hougland, Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy. “Vendors who have relied on a product development strategy based on proprietary and closed technologies have become outdated. The future of the industrial automation and process control industries lies in the rising API and data economies made possible through open standards-based technologies.

“Our objective with the rollout of these new features is to enable IIoT developers to build their applications faster using well-known Internet tools and technology. Through a RESTful API to our PACs, we’ve enabled our customers and partners to rapidly design and roll out IIoT applications using the language and tools they're familiar with, while at the same time future-proofing their technology investments for decades to come.”

An API to the Real World™
“The Industrial Internet of Things is built on the idea of seamlessly sharing data between disparate assets to identify new opportunities for businesses to become more competitive,” said Matt Newton, Director of Technical Marketing for Opto 22. “With these new features, when our customers and partners ask us how to connect their existing and future systems to the Industrial Internet of Things, we can simply tell them, there’s an API for that.™”

Streamlining IIoT Architecture
A communication disconnect between the physical world and the digital world is slowing the adoption and rollout of the IIoT. Industrial assets exist in the physical world and use physical electrical signals like current and voltage levels to communicate. Digital systems of the Internet do not understand or communicate with these types of signals.

To cope with this disconnect, current Industrial Internet of Things applications involve layers of gateways and middleware to translate between the physical and digital worlds. As a result of this complexity, businesses have been slow to reap the rewards of IIoT applications and technologies.

To expedite return on investment for IIoT applications, Opto 22 flattened IIoT architecture by bridging the communication gap with open standards-based Internet tools and technologies. Opto 22’s RESTful API to its automation controllers, combined with HTTP/HTTPS access, provides IIoT developers with secure access to the billions of legacy physical assets in industrial system infrastructure today. These features minimize the integration time and cost of IIoT applications by eliminating complex protocol converters, gateways, and middleware.

“To accelerate the development, rollout, and return on investment in IIoT applications, Opto 22 has cut through the complexity of current system architectures and provided a robust, scalable platform designed to meet the needs of information and operations technology professionals,” says Hougland. “These new capabilities support the increasing convergence businesses are seeing between information technology and operations technology.”

“We built this platform to provide our customers and partners with a solution that offered three key characteristics,” states Bob Sheffres, Vice President of Sales. “First, it had to be tough enough to survive the harsh environments of industrial applications. Second, it needed to appeal to both industrial automation and information technology practitioners—bridging the IT/OT gap—as well as tap into the millions of developers who know and apply these technologies every day. And finally, and most importantly, we wanted to provide the platforms, technologies, and tools that allow our customers, partners, system integrators, and OEMs to distinguish themselves from their competitors, future-proof their technology investments, accelerate their time to market, and solve tough automation problems more quickly than ever before.”

@opto22 #IoT #PAuto

Automation & controls system security!

The second edition of Industrial Automation and Control System Security Principles has just been published This is a highly acclaimed book on industrial cybersecurity that became ISA’s best-selling publication during 2013 - the year of its initial printing.

The title of the second edition - Industrial Automation and Control System Security Principles: Protecting the Critical Infrastructure - was expanded and updated to reflect the latest advances in industrial automation and control system (IACS) security. IACS serve as the operational underpinnings of critical infrastructure, such as power generation, water treatment, petroleum and chemical processing, and other vital operations.

“The updated edition covers the latest thinking and approaches to IACS security,” says the book’s author, Dr Ronald L. Krutz, P. E., CISSP, ISSEP, Chief Scientist at Security Risk Solutions, Inc. “I wanted to highlight the latest developments—from industrial, governmental and commercial sources—in industrial cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection, and show how they can be practically applied to protect IACS.”

#PAut #ISAuto

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Gateway line expands support for Intel® IoT Gateway technology.

ADLINK Technology has released three ADLINK IoT gateway models supporting Intel® IoT Gateway Technology. The MXE-110i, MXE-202i, and MXE-5400i, based on the Intel® Quark™, Intel® AtomTM, and Intel® Core™ processors, respectively, further expand the scope of ADLINK’s IoT gateway-based scalable computing platforms. From energy-saving applications to intelligent analytics, ADLINK’s IoT gateways supporting Intel® IoT Gateway Technology provide the ideal IoT-ready industrial platforms for a wide variety of applications.

Intel® IoT Gateway Technology enables development of intelligent gateways, which are critical to connecting systems with next-generation intelligent infrastructures and increasing business value for a world of applications. The ADLINK IoT Gateway product line, fully supported by Intel® IoT Gateway Technology, with integrated Wind River® Intelligent Device Platform XT, and McAfee Embedded Control, is available for Intel® IoT Gateway Software Suite, Intel® IoT Gateway Pro Software Suite, and Intel® IoT Gateway Pro Pilot Software Suite.

“We understand customers require an application-ready solution to tackle the complexity of IIoT infrastructure. We’re happy to leverage Intel Gateway Technology to provide seamless connectivity between devices and the cloud, ensuring the interoperability of edge devices through an open architecture enabling rapid application and service, all to successfully equip new connected applications with minimum effort,” said Roy Wan, general manager of ADLINK’s Measurement and Automation Product Segment.

“A key motivator in the adoption of IIoT functionality is the potential to unlock knowledge from their data,” said Rose Schooler, vice president IoT Strategy and Technology at Intel. “Because ADLINK’s full spectrum of IoT gateway platforms utilize the latest version of Intel IoT Gateway Technology, developers will be able to utilize new enhancements designed to help prototype and develop IoT applications more quickly than ever.”

@ADLINKTech_usa #PAuto  #IoT

The latest version of Intel® IoT Gateway Technology enables enhanced user interface, security, scalability, interoperability, and manageability, as well as support for a wider variety of fieldbus communication protocol, including Modbus (RTU/Ethernet), BACNet, CAN for industrial applications, Exegin, Zigbee, Open Z-Wave, and 6lowpan empowering smart buildings. Other features include support for MQTT, Bluetooth/BLE, CoAP, XMPP device-to-cloud protocol, as well as AllJoyn and IoTivity (open source software framework) to enable seamless device-to-device connectivity.

New additions to ADLINK’s IoT gateway product line include the MXE-110i, MXE-202i, and MXE-5400i The MXE-5400i, based on Intel® Core™ i3, Intel® Core™ i5, and Intel® Core™ i7 processors. These processors deliver exceptional performance and manageability, optimized connectivity, and rugged construction for mission-critical applications. The gateway performs dependably under an extended operating temperature range (from –20°C to 70°C with industrial SD card), making it the optimal solution for outdoor intelligent transportation, digital surveillance systems, and industrial automation applications. The MXE-202i gateway, powered by the Intel® Atom™ processor E3826, features two processing cores with an SoC design, delivering the computing performance needed to handle the flow of data from sensors, while power-efficient enough to perform reliably in a fanless enclosure. Finally, the MXE-110i gateway, based on the Intel® Quark™ Soc, is suitable for applications requiring enhanced energy efficiency, such as smart agriculture, smart factory, and automated building environments.

HART communicators for hazardous areas.

ProComSol has added new HART Communicator kits for hazardous areas to its range. The communicators use the popular TAB-EX series of Android Tablets from ecom instruments. The kits include the tablet, HART modem, and the DevComDroid DD based Smart Communicator App for Android.

Jeffrey Dobos, President of ProComSol tells us, “For a price point lower than a HART Communicator only device, a full featured productivity platform is now available for hazardous areas. It is a HART Communicator and so much more.”

The DevComDroid App is a full functioned HART Communicator. The entire DD Library from the FieldComm Group is included and regularly updated with subscription. New DD’s can also be added very simply by the user. The App can perform full configurations of Valves, Multi-Variable devices, and complex devices such as Radar Level and Coriolis Flow meters. The user interface is modern and intuitive. No training is required.

The COM-TABLET is preloaded with the DevComDroid App. Other Apps are available from the ecom instruments website or from the Google Play Store. With the addition of device management, inspection, and safety Apps (many of them free!), the COM-TABLET becomes more than a HART Communicator. It becomes a versatile and time saving tool for hazardous areas.

The Bluetooth wireless interface between the HART modem and tablet provides user safety and comfort. There are no wires to tangle or trip over.

All components are certified for use in hazardous areas. Hazardous areas covered include CSA (Class 1, Division 1), ATEX, and IECEx. There is also a COM-TABLET Windows version for Class 1, Division 2 hazardous areas. Visit the website for details.

@ProComSol #Pauto @ecominstruments #HART

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Turning sod in Constance!

Baumer is investing in its future with a new building in Stockach on Lake Constance (near to Constance) in Southern Germany.
Groundbreaking ceremony for the new development and logistics centre
At the Stockach – Bodman-Ludwigshafen site, in addition to a central logistics center for Europe, a new high-tech center for Research & Development and Production is being built. The investment volume is approximately EUR 30 million. In doing so, the international family-owned company is intensifying its sustainable and long-term development of the Baumer Group. The aim of the new logistics center for Europe is that it can react more quickly and flexibly to the rapidly growing demands of the market.

In the new high-tech center, importance is placed on sustainability and the latest infrastructure with a high level of networking between humans and machines (Industry 4.0). The project is being realized in several construction phases. In the course of the year, three buildings should be built on the 48,000 square meter site: a three-storey production building, a logistics building, and an administration building.

In the initial expansion phase, the new site offers space for between 300 and 400 workplaces. The opening of the new high-tech center is planned for Fall 2017.

 #Baumer #PAuto

Fellow appointed to Dublin institute.

Francis (Fran) Behan has been appointed as Adjunct Innovation Research Fellow at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Hothouse.

Fran Behan
Fran Behan is an Innovation Effectiveness Manager at Corning Incorporated, Sullivan Park Research facility in New York, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of glass, ceramics, and related materials, primarily for industrial and scientific applications.

A graduate of Dublin Institute of Technology where he studied Applied Physics, Fran gained postgraduate qualifications at the Institute of Physics, London and the Open University, Milton Keynes from where he was awarded an MBA. Fran represents Corning on the American Management Associations (AMA) International & Innovation Council and is also a member of the Institute for the Study of Business Markets (ISBM) – SMEAL Business School, Penn State, PA.

As a leading international expert with strong marketing, sales and program management skills, Fran is a sought–after expert in the application of the innovation process and practice within Corning where he has held a number of roles since joining its Optical Fiber Division in 1986.

Announcing the appointment, Professor Brian O’Neill, Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services at DIT, said:

“Fran Behan brings an extraordinary wealth of experience to innovation and enterprise support at Dublin Institute of Technology and I believe he will make a most distinguished contribution to DIT Hothouse. As part of his role as Adjunct Innovation Research Fellow, we look forward to his input into our strategic research plans and in venture panel meetings to review new start-up strategies. Where they are mutually beneficial to both Corning and DIT Hothouse, he will bring to bear his wide ranging scientific and technology-related contacts in relation to the industrialization of new start-ups."

DIT Hothouse, which manages all incubation, knowledge transfer and research commercialisation activity across DIT, has an excellent track-record of achievement that exceeds that of many universities in Ireland, Europe and the US. DIT Hothouse has successfully commercialised DIT research in eight of the 14 key government Research Priority areas.

On the incubation side, DIT Hothouse, in collaboration with IADT, manages the New Frontiers Entrepreneur Development Programme at DIT, a start-up programme for knowledge intensive businesses which, over the past 10 years, has assisted nearly 400 entrepreneurs to establish 260 sustainable businesses which now employ 1,300 knowledge-based workers, and have attracted over €154 million in equity investment.

Mr. Behan is the first appointment to the role of Adjunct Innovation Research Fellow, which has been facilitated through the DIT Foundation.

@ditofficial #Pauto #Ireland

Ex illumination.

R.Stahl now offers energy-efficient LED linear luminaires for zone 1 in hazardous areas with gases and vapours of all types – even in environments with highly combustible substances of gas group IIC.

The latest generation EXLUX 6002 luminaires protect the LED component from an ingress of the ambient atmosphere through a particularly reliable encapsulation, without compromising its high luminosity. The new devices produce a luminous flux on par with two conventional 36 W fluorescent tubes, but using 30% less power. Their optimised electronics also offers a wide-range input, which allows users to operate them with various supply voltages around the world. In addition to the IEC Ex certification, local certifications for Russia, India and Brazil have been obtained. All electronic components are mounted on the reflector plate, which can be very quickly replaced for maintenance if required.

This enables a compact design that ensures a highly robust product: the slim, low-profile GRP housings are impact-resistant according to IK10 and feature IP66/67 ingress protection. Furthermore, with a weight of less than 6.6 kg, an EXLUX 6002 is at least one third lighter than comparable competitive products of the same class. These LED lighting products are also suitable for retrofitting conventional linear luminaires with fluorescent tubes.

The new series is fully compatible with the EXLUX 6001 and its mounting accessories. The next-generation EXLUX 6002 is available in two performance classes and can be used at environmental temperatures ranging from -30 °C to +60 °C. In addition to ceiling installation, the lights are suitable for use as pendant lights or for pole mounting within buildings as well as outside. As a standard, the lamps come with five-wire through-wiring and a 5 x 4 mm² terminal block to enable easy connection with commonly available installation cables.

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

 #Stahl #PAuto 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Process safety lifecycle management software selected!

Following a three-year software evaluation period, BP has selected aeShield® to assist asset personnel in monitoring Control, Alarm and Safety Instrumented Systems (CASIS) performance for all upstream oil & gas assets around the globe. To date, it has been a challenge to automate the monitoring of these devices due to the lack of common systems in place across BP’s facilities.

By using aeShield, BP will achieve centralized reporting, standard enforcement consistent with internal procedures, reduced man-hours, monitored IPLs, and efficient Management of Change (MOC) tracking. During initial rollout, BP will focus on HAZOP/LOPA studies, Safety Requirements Specification, SIL verification, and IPL performance monitoring.

aeShield provides Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The software seamlessly transfers data from the HAZOP/LOPA, to SIS design and verification, and into Operations and Maintenance activities. This contiguous data model simplifies monitoring protection layer (both SIF and IPL) performance against assumptions made during the initial risk assessment and design versus current real world performance.

“aeShield provides the exact solution needed for complex global operations. Our software platform centralizes data providing for one source of the truth, which is invaluable -- saving time, money, and improving overall safety programs. A software implementation with this kind of impact in an organization cannot be taken lightly,” states Mike Scott, Executive Vice President of Global Process Safety Technology for aeSolutions. “We are moving forward supporting BP on their process safety journey. Most importantly we are focused on making safety simple, which allows businesses to reduce risk and improve business performance.”

@aesolns #PAuto #Oil

Key to,high voltage success - Paper

TE Connectivity (TE) has published a white paper, “Material and Component Selection is Crucial to High-voltage Success”.

TE Connectivity works in partnership with customers to deliver technical solutions that extend beyond its product range in the Rail Industry. Selection of material and components is crucial as high-voltage systems are only as strong as their least strong connection.

In this white paper, High Voltage Development Engineering Manager, Elizabeth da Silva, describes how TE Connectivity works in partnership with train manufacturers and operators to help them understand the implications of material and component selection in the 25 kV roofline systems. Roofline systems transmit high voltage power from the overhead catenary to the traction transformer and being positioned on top of the train, must be engineered to withstand harsh environmental conditions.

Elisabeth da Silva said: “TE’s collaborative approach helps customers make design decisions that will minimise the potential risk of failure in 25 kV roofline systems and ultimately deliver a more reliable rail network.”

@TEConnectivity #PAuto

Laboratory power supply!

REO  has refreshed its REOLINE range of portable power supplies for laboratory, test and factory applications. The range provides an adjustable low-loss output voltage, integrated short-circuit protection and does not generate electromagnetic interference (EMI), ensuring that the power supply is consistent and reliable.

REOLINE allows for stepless adjustment of voltage from absolute zero to maximum output. Each unit is robust in design and able to operate under high inrush currents, as well as withstand sustained overloads, without a detrimental impact on overall performance.

In the test and research industry, it is vital that output voltage can be accurately adjusted and monitored to prevent unreliable results. The toroidal transformers used in REOLINE are stepless, meaning that the output can be adjusted to every voltage within the model’s range. This allows input voltage limitations to be measured more precisely.

“Research labs and test departments simply cannot operate effectively without variable voltage,” explained Steve Hughes, managing director of REO UK. “Reliability is vital to avoid falsified results. Inaccuracies can lead unsafe and improper power ratings.

“For example, a quality assurance department must be able to test at a variety of clearly defined voltages. This allows for correct measurement of minimum and maximum input voltages of a given piece of equipment, without which reliable parameters cannot be set. Without that accuracy, equipment may be subject to insufficient testing and incorrect rating — causing problems for end users after it enters the market.”

REOLINE makes use of REO’s REOVAR range of variable transformers for test and measurement facilities. This means that the REOLINE units are able to offer protection from power quality problems that arise in the sector, such as semiconductor switching noise. Electrical noise can reduce equipment electrical efficiency, as well as unpredictable current fluctuations.

@REO_UK #TandM #PAuto 

The REOLINE range is available in a number of versions, with a choice of alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC) models to meet the electrical requirements of any facility. AC models offer a max output voltage of 200V, while DC models provide up to 250V. Engineers can also specify whether they want digital or analogue products, as well as separate or auto-windings.

Each model is designed to be easily implemented into existing test facilities, often on benchtops for ease of access and use. REO UK also offers engineers the opportunity to modify products, with isolated outputs as well as current-monitoring meters, to deliver the specific power needs of their application.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Connector to meet Industry 4.0’s ‘appetite for energy.

Harting recently announced the launch the new Harting M12 Power. This new connector meets the demand created by energy-hungry Industry 4.0 applications in the field. It offers sufficient power carrying capabilities and at the same time it boasts a smaller design footprint, allowing users to save on both space and number of interfaces.

Kevin Canham, Product and Application Manager at Harting UK, said; “This connector is designed to meet Industry 4.0’s ‘appetite for energy’. As automation becomes more widely implemented across manufacturing there will be an increasing need for compact power connections, and this new standard has allowed us to develop connectors that are very well suited to fulfil that requirement.”

The ever greater ‘appetite for energy’ in industry is driven by increased uptake and expansion of automation applications. As additional automated processes are installed, factory networks are required to handle larger numbers of signals, greater data volumes, and ever more power for automated devices. In response, Harting has participated in the development of new industry standards in order to make manufacturer-neutral mating faces a reality. The resulting new IEC 61067-2-111 standard is the basis for future M12 Power connector solutions.

The new universal mating face with L-coding has also emerged from adoption of this standard. At 63V/16A, the 5-pin L-coded connector is able to carry 0.75kW of power, making it ideal for small servo motors, field distribution boxes, field-bus-controlled I/O boxes, power supply devices and valve applications.

The M12 L-coded is expected to become the future standard connector that replaces existing M12 A-coded and 7/8” solutions. Consequently, in future, users will be able to deploy standardised and universal IP65/67 power connectors.
On the cable side, the well-known HARAX IDC connectors and 360° shielded crimp terminals are available for straight male/female versions. Consequently, Harting has taken into account a market requirement that extends even beyond the requirements of the relevant IEC 61076-2-111 standard.

@Harting #PAuto #Industry4

Flame detectors.

The Rosemount 975 flame detectors, announced recently by Emerson,  is a complete line of optical flame detectors designed to perform in the harshest environmental conditions and connect directly to alarm or automatic fire extinguishing systems.

“When you’re concerned with protecting lives and the future of your operations, you need an optimum solution for each facility and location,” said Lara Kauchak, vice president and general manager for flame and gas detection, Emerson. “We believe this comprehensive new line of flame detectors provides the reliability and functionality to meet all of our customers’ flame detection coverage needs.”

The new line incorporates a variety of flame detection technologies that will provide optimal coverage for a wide range of process industries, including upstream oil and gas installations, chemical plants, and refineries. Multi-spectrum infrared sensor technology detects hydrocarbon fuel and gas fires as well as ‘invisible’ hydrogen fires with wide area coverage and strong false alarm immunity. Integrated ultraviolet and infrared sensor technology rapidly detects hydrocarbon-based fuel and gas fires, hydroxyl and hydrogen fires, as well as metal and inorganic fires with robust false alarm immunity.

Built to be extremely durable and weather-resistant, the Rosemount 975 flame detectors feature heated windows for operation in harsh weather conditions, such as snow, ice, or condensation; broad operating temperature ranges from -67 F to 185 F (-55 C to 85 C); and multiple output options for maximum flexibility and compatibility. The Rosemount 975 line is approved to Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 2 (TÜV). The detectors can even be tested in-field with a specially designed flame simulator at distances of up to 40 feet (12 metres) from the detector, eliminating the need for personnel to stand on scaffolding or supports to access the detector.

@EmersonProcess  #PAuto #Safety

New chief for leading edge spectroscopic instrumentation company. @Edinst #PAuto #TandM

Techcomp (Europe) Ltd has appointed Dr Roger Fenske as the new CEO of Edinburgh Instruments. Roger has worked for EI for over 14 years and brings a wealth of customer application and technology experience to the role.

Dr Roger Fenske
Since Techcomp acquired EI in 2013, the business has launched several new products, including the FS5 Spectrofluorometer, and expanded into new manufacturing facilities at their Livingston site.
Roger replaces the outgoing CEO Mark Vosloo who led the re-organisation of the operations following the acquisition.

Techcomp Europe CEO Chris O’Connor commented on the appointment, “Roger is well known in the Fluorescence world as a regular guest speaker at international scientific conferences and training seminars. During his successful career with EI, he has personally installed more than 240 systems for leading research institutes in over 30 countries. I am delighted that he now takes the lead role in this business and will oversee an exciting period of new technology and product innovation. I would also like to thank Mark for his valuable contribution during an important transition period”.

Roger added, “EI has an unrivalled position in TCSPC Fluorescence and laser research. Following a sustained period of investment from Techcomp, I am excited to be taking over as CEO to oversee a busy period of new product introduction and further expansion”.

Corrosion resistant waterproof RF connectors.

Pisces waterproof connectors in a nickel aluminium bronze alloy, suitable for use in harsh environments including marine, naval, chemical, oil and gas industries are available from Intelliconnect.

Conventional RF connectors are manufactured from brass and finished with nickel plating or passivated stainless steel. Such finishes are subject to minor degrading in harsh environments and can lead to reducing the connector’s performance over time.

Intelliconnect can now offer their highly successful Pisces waterproof connector range manufactured in nickel aluminium bronze, a high strength alloy with superior corrosion resistance which does not require plating for environmental protection. This material has a highly-durable non-reflective surface, provides a high level of corrosion resistance, is inherently resistant to erosion in desert type environments and provides high resistance to sand and dust as there is no plated surface to degrade.

Typical applications for the new corrosion resistant RF connectors include, video and communications systems, industrial control (SCADA) systems, military radar systems, nuclear and chemical systems, marine and naval systems.

Roy Philips, managing Director of Intelliconnect (Europe), commented, “Manufacturing our Pisces range of connectors in nickel aluminium bronze alloy has already proved successful in a very harsh a salt-laden sea spray environment and we expect customers to find them invaluable for a wide number of control and monitoring application in extreme industrial and marine applications where reliability is essential and maintenance difficult and costly.”

 #intelliconnect #PAuto

Substation automation & HMI.

COPA-DATA is presenting its newest solutions for substation automation and substation HMI at the CIGRE Session* in Paris next month (August 2916). JS automation and COPA-DATA will jointly demonstrate the numerous possibilities of the software system for developing individual and ergonomic solutions within modern Smart Grids.

COPA-DATA has been offering its HMI/SCADA software in this environment for many years and continues to bring new innovative concepts for improved overview, safety and ergonomics in power plant and substation monitoring. The in-house designed drivers guarantee adherence to international standards such as IEC 61850 Edition 2, IEC 61400-25, IEC 60870 and DNP3. COPA-DATA and JS automation will introduce new highlights on the subject of Automated Engineering and the newest Command Sequencer zenon module for configuring complex command sequences even without PLC programming.

Command Sequencer
The Command Sequencer is a new zenon module that can be used to configure, test and execute command sequences. The command sequences for the automation of substations are configured in an editor with excellent usability. The individual commands also known as steps, are simply lined up together graphically. Testing is possible in a simulated environment and the engineer can make changes directly. PLC programming is not necessary.

Complex command sequences can be configured with the Command Sequencer: parallel branches for simultaneous use of switching commands, alternative branches for transitions or changing two-stage into one-stage commands to avoid unwanted stops.

Jürgen Resch
“A highlight is clearly the Teaching function of our Command Sequencer. Here, the system learns the command sequence while the user carries out the individual steps in simulation mode, in the usual single-line diagram. The command sequence editor records the actions and turns them into a sequence of commands. This can be tested and then used immediately”, explains Jürgen Resch, Industry Manager Energy at COPA-DATA.

Automated engineering with zenon
Integration in an existing configuration tool is carried out quickly by zenon, thanks to the extensive API (Application Programming Interface). As a result, project planning is simplified as zenon adjusts itself to the known configuration environment of the HMI. The wizards in the zenon Energy Edition for the IEC 61850-based SSD and SCD import also offer increased automated engineering.

The SCD import (System Configuration Description) reads the SCD file and creates communication configuration using the displayed data model of a substation therein. The report control blocks can be assigned to the various hosts per drag&drop. The variables can be imported using the linked dataset information. As a result, a complete driver configuration with variable lists is created in no time, establishing direct communication with an SCD template to the devices.

The SSD Import Wizard (System Specification Description) in zenon automatically creates a precise, functioning single-line diagram from an SSD file. The generated graphic including the linked variables can be configured at anytime later in the zenon Editor.

GOOSE messages (Generic Object Oriented Substation Events) distribute status information within IEC 61850 environments. Connected devices receive this information use it to complete specific tasks. HMI applications using zenon can listen in corresponding status messages via GOOSE. Using GOOSE supervision, zenon monitors time intervals between sent messages and checks if they are complete.

The HMI becomes the monitoring application for GOOSE communication. If necessary, zenon can go a step further. If, for example, a device that communicates via GOOSE were to malfunction, the zenon HMI would step in and manually transmit entered values to the remaining devices. This GOOSE substitution means that tasks continue until the faulty device is replaced. Apart from the GOOSE protocol, zenon includes a further 300 communication protocols as standard.

* The CIGRE Session 2016 is bringing experts from the energy industry together in Paris, with participants coming in from over 90 countries. 

 @copadata  #PAuto @CIGRE46 #France 

Hardy non corrosive electrical cabinets.

Foremost Electronics has been appointed as a distributor for Fibox, leading manufacturers of a wide range of standard plastic enclosures for the electrical and electronics industries.

"We are very pleased to introduce our latest supplier with the launch of an exceptional new product." Says Alan Cook, Managing Director of Foremost Electronics. “The new ARCA cabinet range provides control systems with ultimate protection in demanding environments.”

ARCA cabinets are available in 14 different sizes form 300x200x150mm to 600x800x300mm and are simple to customise during system manufacture or on site, with no specialist tools required, leaving no possibility of rust on the worked surface afterward. Manufactured in high grade polycarbonate material ARCA cabinets are non-corrosive, suitable for use in extremely harsh and demanding environments and provide a long lifetime and excellent security. The UV stabilized polycarbonate material ensures high performance in outdoor installations, is chemical resistant and has a raw material flammability rating to UL 94-5VA

The ARCA product range is lightweight for ease of transport and installation, meets the Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC up to 1500 VDC, has a wide operating temperature from -40° to +80°C (+120°C short term) and has been designed to remain aesthetically pleasing for an indefinite time after installation.

The robust design meets IP 66 to protect from water ingress providing peace of mind in wet and dusty environments, offers high impact resistance and is able to withstand contact up to IK 10. The ARCA cabinets provide excellent protection against vandalism and are fitted with a patent pending strong hinge designed to withstand regular door opening to 120° and the fitting of door mounted components. Multiple locking options are available to provide a secure solution for every application.

• Fibox ARCA cabinets have a number of market leading innovative features including a patent pending lockable inner door requiring no tools for mounting, a patent pending quick to mount and easy to use DIN-rail frame set, equipment mounting pods on the base, cover and four base sides, variable depth option for internal plates and a wide range of accessories available to simplify system design. These include mounting plates, corner adjustment set, window cover, galvanised steel inner door set, DIN-rail frame set, support bar set for DIN-rail, pole mounting set, wall mounting lugs set, rain/snow hood and locking options.

#Foremost #PAuto @FiboxUSA

Superior price/performance ratios for PSU.

The PS5R-V line of DIN-rail power supplies has been launched by IDEC, completely replacing their existing PS5R and PS5R-S series with more efficient, compact and cost competitive models. These power supplies are specifically designed for use in demanding industrial applications and improve upon existing models in many areas.
The PS5R-V line of power supplies includes 7.5W, 10W, 15W, 30W, 60W, 90W, 120W and 240W versions. All models have a very compact form factor, with overall dimensions reduced by up to 25% from previous generations. Combined with DIN-rail mounting, the reduced form factors free up valuable control panel space and reduce installation costs.

Operating temperature ranges up to -25 to +75 degrees C offer more versatility. These extended operating temperature ranges often allow these power supplies to be used in control panels without the need for air conditioning or other cooling devices. In addition, operating efficiencies have been significantly improved, up to 16% from previous generations. These efficiencies meet or exceed competing products, and reduce energy consumption.

Flexibility is designed into the PS5R-V line of power supplies with spring-up screw terminals that accept ring and fork terminals, as well as stripped wire. The power supply can also be mounted in any of six different orientations with minimal derating, providing a wealth of installation configuration options.

The PS5R-V line of power supplies is approved for installation in Class I Division 2 environments in standard control cabinets, making them ideal for use in hazardous location applications such as oil and gas processing and petrochemical facilities. These power supplies add to IDEC’s current line of products approved for installation in hazardous areas, allowing many automation applications to be designed using only approved products, which simplifies engineering and saves money.

Certifications and approvals include UL 508, UL 1310, SEMI F47 and RoHS. Meeting these stringent industry standards requires the use of very reliable components, leading to an MTBF exceeding one million hours in several of the models. This high level of reliability allows IDEC to offer their customers an industry leading five-year warranty.


Tough humidity!

The new HygroSmart HS3 probe from Michell Instruments has been designed to withstand the kind of harsh and demanding conditions found in industrial processes.

Unlike many ‘disposable’ probes that have a short life within harsh conditions before needing to be replaced, the HygroSmart HS3 sensor uses Michell’s polymer tile to give long-term reliable measurements. In addition, it also has an accuracy of 0.8%RH, making it among the most accurate and reliable RH probes on the market, as well as allowing for longer recalibration periods.

This not only gives peace of mind to process operators, but also provides a low life-time cost of ownership when compared to the disposable probes. The HygroSmart HS3 consists of a solid, corrosion-resistant probe body with an interchangeable sensor. When recalibration is due, the old HygroSmart HS3 sensor is simply exchanged for a new, freshly calibrated one. This simple procedure takes only a few seconds to carry out with the probe itself remaining installed. Replacing just the sensor, rather than the whole probe, is not only quick and simple, it also saves users money over the lifetime of the probe.

In most industrial applications, RH probes have to withstand vibration, exposure to water, occasional heavy shocks and high levels of electrical interference. The HygroSmart HS3 body is designed to cope with all these environmental factors. As well as the solid body, the probe also has a 10 bar pressure rating, rfi/emc electrical noise approvals and IP67 ingress protection rating.

As well as its ability to withstand harsh process conditions, the HygroSmart HS3 probe also gives control to the user, as it is 100% configurable. This gives users the ability to alter their RH and temperature measurements to keep step with changes or developments in their process, with no extra costs.

• Michell Instruments are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

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Connecting to the cloud!

Delta Electronics has recently launched its innovative 3G Cloud Router DX-2100 series and Industrial Ethernet Cloud Router DX-2300 series. These state-of-the-art routers enable a built-in secure tunnel between the DIACloud cloud service and a set of industrial devices such as PLCs, HMIs, AC motor drives, AC servo systems, sensors and more. Users can connect to DIACloud through Apps, web browsers or PC Windows platforms. The new DIACloud service offers simple and efficient control of automated facilities.

Designed to support fast and reliable two-way data collection, DX-2100 is a rugged wireless router that establishes a secure ‘tunnel’ between the user and the remote networked devices or PC (via the cloud server) without the need for VPN servers. This makes it possible to perform remote configuration, remote firmware upgrades, scheduled tasks and remote management operations. The device is targeted at a host of remote connectivity applications that include industrial automation, smart homes, smart buildings, smart grids, surveillance and transportation monitoring.

Superior performance based on quick, strong and secure connectivity is viable with these advanced new devices. Able to support Modbus TCP and RTU protocols, the DX-2100 is downward compatible with GSM/GPRS/EDGE 2G networks. Both the DX-2100 and the DX-2300 offer HSPA+ data transmission rates of up to 21.6 Mbps (downlink) and 5.76 Mbps (uplink). Before purchasing any router, users are advised to determine how fast it transmits data.

For the Industrial 3G Cloud Router, further benefits include automatic APN parameter matching and connection redial, therefore minimising offline time in the event of internet drop-out. In addition, there are various peripheral interfaces that include RS-485, RS-232 and Ethernet ports to meet all user device connectivity requirements, while an integral RTC (Real-Time Clock) also features along with support for NTP (Network Time Protocol) synchronisation over a network.

From a security perspective, the firewall offers many advanced functions, including SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection) and the prevention of DoS (Denial of Service) attacks. What’s more, the firewall also provides NAT (Network Address Translation), port triggering and port mapping functionality, along with IP address, MAC address and URL filtering. All of this helps to make Delta’s DX-2100 and DX-2300 some of the market’s most secure industrial cloud routers.

Additional user advantages include networking failure diagnostics, device and PLC interlocking, and custom alarm conditions with email alerts.

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