Friday, August 12, 2016

Irish engineering & projects management group expands US operations.

DPS Group* has trebled its turnover and employment in the past five years. It has expanded its US operations with a major investment in TRIA, a Boston-based architectural firm with a focus on the science and technology sectors.

Frank Keogh DPS CEO.
Commenting on this latest investment in the US, DPS Chief Executive Frank Keogh said: “This is an exciting development for DPS and our investment in TRIA, and its partners Sherwood Butler and Jeannie Pierce Thacker complements perfectly our existing engineering and project management business in New England and North Carolina. Sherwood and Jeannie have extensive experience working with the type of life science clients that have been the backbone of our expansion in the US over the past five years.”

Keogh said that TRIA operates in the life science sub-section of the R&D sector and that this specialization complements DPS, whose primary business is in the process manufacturing sector. “I have no doubt that the combination of DPS and TRIA will be of great benefit to both new and future clients.” 

Keogh added that there has been huge investment in life science facilities in the New England area, partly through investment in facilities educational institutions such as MIT, Harvard and Boston College but also through major investment in facilities by major global pharmaceutical groups such as Novartis, Pfizer, Genzyme, Sanofi and Shire. “Our aim is to significantly increase the biotech and science-related business we are doing in New England, both through our existing operations and our investment in TRIA.”

He also revealed that DPS has increased its turnover globally to over €100 million and employment to 1,100. “Five years ago when we made our first acquisition in the US, our turnover was €35 million and we had about 400 people. The target we set ourselves back then was to increase turnover to €50 million within five years. Instead we have more than trebled our turnover and employment.”

* The DPS Group is an Irish Project Management and Engineering company serving industry around the world for over 40 years.

@DPSEng #PAuto @TRIA_Inc

Training in building blocks of IIoT and Industry 4!

With OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) now specified (see Implementation Strategy Industrie 4.0) alongside PROFINET as main building blocks for Industry 4.0 and by extension, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the need for training in these technologies is even more important for anyone involved in the development, implementation and operation of systems for IIoT.

The service-oriented architecture of OPC UA (Unified Architecture) is designated to become the link for the non-deterministic communication between devices such as operator stations via the controller level, or for production data from devices to corporate IT. PROFINET takes over the transmission of deterministic real-time data and control-relevant acyclic data in automation systems. PROFINET and OPC UA are therefore already a perfect complement to one another today because PROFINET allows open communication based on TCP/IP in parallel without additional expense.

Engineers and designers wishing to improve their career prospects around IIoT will be able to take advantage of a number of opportunities for certified professional training in both PROFINET and OPC in Britain during October and November.

Certified OPC Professional training will be available in London and Manchester in October and remotely over the internet during September, October and December.  Certified PROFINET training will be available in Manchester in October and Reading in November.

The certified PROFINET training will be presented by PI UK's two PITCs, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and Verwer Training & Consultancy Ltd (VTC). Both organisations are authorised by PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) to deliver PI's certified courses leading to internationally-recognised accreditation as Certified PROFINET Engineers or Installers.

The OPC training will be presented by the highly respected, vendor-independent OPC Training Institute and will provide an in-depth study of OPC technology, its DCOM backbone, required security settings, and a lot of practical hands-on troubleshooting techniques and exercises. The training consisting of 4 modules, each of 12 hours delivered over the course of a week. Students can enroll for one or more of the modules, subject to ability and availability. Level 3 is essential for OPC UA understanding. Students receive a Certified OPC Professional (COP) certificate with each level of training, and earn the full Certified OPC Professional designation upon completion of all four levels of training.

 @OPCFoundation @AllThingsPROFI  #PAuto #IoT @industrie40 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Electrical Power Explained training package.

Fluke is offering an offline webcast and reference guidebook Electrical Power Explained (EPE) training package to train end users to become experts on Power Quality and energy measurements and to get the best out of their tools.

The package, EPE-Training-E/EMEA, with a manufacturer’s recommended price of £159 (ca €185 today) , is aimed at maintenance managers, maintenance technicians, energy consultants, consultants and industrial electricians who are planning to buy a Fluke Power Quality or Energy Management tool or who want to bring their theoretical knowledge to a higher level and thus enable insights in how to identify energy savings. A link can be found on the Fluke landing page, from where part 1 of the webcast can be sampled.

The EPE training set includes specific case studies and in-depth theory in a logical order to ensure the end user understands the major elements that affect power quality and how to solve them. A USB device contains webcast chapters, case studies and quizzes, and this is supported by a 117-page printed reference guidebook.

The training package explains the major elements that affect power quality such as inductive loads, harmonic distortion and 3-phase power imbalance. It covers the application of the range of Fluke 43x-II and 173x power quality and precision power analyser tools.

The webcast consists of the following chapters:

  • Part 1 Basic DC power and single phase AC power

  • Part 1b Case study: Single phase measurements

  • Part 2 Three-phase AC power: Symbols and colours, balanced sine-wave systems, WYE and delta systems

  • Part 3 Three-phase AC power: Unbalanced sine-wave systems, symmetrical components, unbalanced sine-wave examples

  • Part 3b Case study: The costs of reactive power

  • Part 4 Three-phase AC power: Combined power, neutral currents, power summaries

  • Part 5 Single-phase and three-phase power losses

  • Part 5b Case study: Energy loss analysis

  • Part 6 Summary

  • @FlukeCorp #PAuto

    IIoT connections for PACs.

    Node-RED* nodes for Opto 22's industrial programmable automation controllers (PACs) have been introduced. These significantly decrease IIoT application development time and complexity. These Node-RED nodes for PACs make it easier to prototype and develop applications for connecting physical assets to cloud applications. Node-RED nodes and a RESTful API for Opto 22 SNAP PAC R-series and S-series controllers are available free for download.

    Rapid IIoT Application Prototyping
    Linking technology assets and services together to build IIoT applications often requires layers of complex software development and long development cycles that quickly erode IIoT application ROI. Opto 22’s Node-RED nodes for SNAP PAC programmable automation controllers enable nearly anyone to rapidly prototype and develop IIoT applications with Node-RED, opening a path to quickly connect legacy physical assets to the digital world of cloud services.

    Node-RED for IIoT
    Node-RED is an innovative visual wiring tool to connect edge computing systems such as industrial automation controllers to cloud services such as Amazon Web Services™ (AWS) IoT, IBM® Watson IoT, and Microsoft® Azure® in new and interesting ways. Created by Nick O’Leary (@knolleary) and Dave Conway-Jones (@ceejay) of IBM Emerging Technologies (@ibmets), Node-RED is an open-source, cross-platform technology available on and, and is currently available for a variety of platforms, including OS X®, Microsoft Windows®, Linux®, and Raspberry Pi™, and cloud offerings like IBM Bluemix® and AT&T® Flow. Built on the popular Node.js JavaScript runtime, Node-RED benefits from a large Node-RED library—containing over 500 prebuilt and ready-to-deploy nodes—allowing IIoT application developers to leverage existing software code and deploy it directly into their applications.

    “I've been very impressed with the whole Node-RED project,” said Jim Turner, Senior Software Developer at Opto 22. “It's well run, polished, and of high quality, but still very practical and useful. It's been a pleasure to develop for their platform.” 

    Already Node-RED has been downloaded from over 25,000 times in the last month.

    Lowering the Technical Bar
    The Node-RED development environment offers a gradual and easily approachable learning curve for users of all levels and requires little to no programming skills. Instead, Node-RED takes advantage of pre-programmed, reusable code blocks called nodes. These nodes make IIoT application development simpler, easier to repeat, and faster to scale. Through a visual browser-based, drag-and-drop interface, Node-RED allows IIoT application developers to focus on identifying an opportunity and developing a solution, rather than building the components of an application from scratch.

    Advanced JavaScript functions can also be created within the editor using a Function node. A built-in library lets developers save useful functions, templates, or node flows for re-use. The flows created in Node-RED are stored using the widely known JSON format, which can be easily imported and exported for sharing with other developers and applications, promoting the idea of social application development.

    * Node RED is described as a visual tool for wiring the Internet of Things.

    @opto22 #PAuto #IoT

    Wednesday, August 10, 2016

    Micro-displacement sensor.

    A new optical micro-displacement sensor from Omron Electronic Components Europe is capable of resolving just 10 microns – one tenth the diameter of a human hair or the thickness of a coat of paint.

    The high resolution of the Z4D sensor makes it ideal for paper thickness and multi-feed detection office equipment and ATMs, as well as travel detection in industrial automation systems, consumer electronics and other applications.

    The new Omron Z4D-C01 locates target objects optically without the need for contact. Location is determined and movement detected by changes in the location of light reflected from the object. The exceptional resolution is based on an Omron proprietary optical design using the triangulation. This structure achieves very good and stable linearity between the output voltage and distance, simplifying the design of the host circuit. Output is stabilised using a signal divider.

    The Z4D-C01 can detect objects located up to 6.5mm away from the sensor.

    #OmronEu #PAuto 

    MD for British arm of automation technology leader appointed!

    Eliza Rawlings has been appointed Managing Director for Festo UK.  The company is committed to helping customers maximise productivity and competitiveness through its industrial factory and process automation solutions. In her new role, Eliza will lead these efforts in Britain, heading up the organisation and driving initiatives to engage staff and customers.

    Eliza Rawlings
    Eliza’s appointment marks a return to Festo, following her position as Managing Director of Cloud Direct. A chartered engineer with a 25-year career in engineering and technology, Eliza brings a wealth of talent and experience to her new role. She began her engineering career at Renishaw after graduating from Swansea University. After moving into management and heading up sales and marketing at Baldor Electric, Eliza joined Festo as National Sales Manager from 2002 to 2010, before joining Cloud Direct.

    Eliza’s in-depth knowledge of Festo technologies, customers and organisation, allied to broader industry experience, make her the ideal candidate to take on this vital role. Attracted back to Festo by its commitment to engineering innovation, customer success and employee development, she is re-joining an organisation in good shape with the remit to continue to take the company forward.

    “I am excited about this new opportunity to contribute to the success of Festo and its customers here in the UK, and I look forward to leading and working with the talented team to make that happen,” says Eliza. “I am absolutely committed to helping customers maximise their productivity and competitiveness, helping to drive growth and provide challenging and enjoyable careers for employees.”

    @FestoAG #Pauto

    Synchronising multiple actuators.

    Thomson Industries has released an educational video that demonstrates how design engineers can synchronise multiple Thomson WhisperTrak actuators quickly and easily. These products are exceptionally quiet and boast a low sound level of less than 45 dBa, the same as an average library.

    Click on image to see short video!
    “Once the actuators are installed and fully retracted, you only need a Thomson control that will automatically synchronise the units,” said Chad Carlberg, Product Line Manager for Linear Actuators at Thomson. “Simply press the extend button and the combined actuators will extend together.”

    In the video, Carlberg also explains that the units can be ordered with and require a Thomson digital feedback option, which allows for the synchronisation of two or four units.

    Thomson WhisperTrak linear actuators are designed to enable machine builders with greater flexibility for a wide range of applications, including personal mobility, medical, rehabilitation, office and residential automation. The actuators include an IP67 environmental rating and are able to operate in harsh conditions where they are exposed to washdown, rain and dust without the use of an additional cover. The solution is maintenance free and has an average life of 10,000 cycles at the maximum load capacity.

    @Thomson_Ind #PAuto 

    Co-operation results in cybersecurity courses.

    aeSolutions worked throughout 2015 with the International Society of Automation (ISA) to develop their new ISA/IEC 62443-based cybersecurity training and certificate program. The program is designed to help professionals involved in industrial IT and industrial control systems improve their understanding of, and acquire a command of the principles covered in, the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards.

    These standards apply to all key industry sectors and critical infrastructure, providing students with the knowledge to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities in industrial automation and control systems.

    The entire program consists of four training courses. The fundamentals course is two days in length. Additional three day courses take deeper dives into risk assessment, design, and maintenance. All the courses include extensive high-quality hands-on labs. After attending each course, students may take an exam to demonstrate their command of the material. Students taking all four courses, and passing all four exams, are allowed to use the title ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Expert.

    “It was an honor for me and my team to work with ISA, to fulfill our mutual vision to develop a practical, standards based curriculum, that will quickly enable industrial IT & automation professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to protect their companies ICS systems. I am particularly thankful to the ICS vendors who provided ISA with hardware, software, and support to make the hands-on labs extremely realistic”, states John Cusimano, aeSolutions’ Director of Industrial Cybersecurity.

    Patrick Gouhin, Executive Director & CEO of ISA expressed his appreciation to aeSolutions and stated, “You truly employ world-class subject matter experts that are shaping the future when it comes to ICS cybersecurity knowledge.”

    In addition to the training materials, the aeSolutions’ industrial cybersecurity team created exercises to take students from a variety of backgrounds introduce them to technology such as passive and active vulnerability scanning, intrusion detection, network monitoring, industrial firewalls, white listing, secure remote access, PLC configuration management, and system hardening.

    @aesolns #PAuto #ISA #Cybersecurity

    Clever signal integration solution for 4-wire transmitters in zone 1.

    Hooking up a 4-wire transmitter to a 4-20 mA supply input is obviously problematic, since two power sources cannot usually be connected. For this scenario and other real-life challenges, R. Stahl has introduced the Ex i isolator series 9164.

    Suitable for use in zone 1 hazardous areas and non-hazardous areas, this new generation of mA isolating repeaters enables a 4-wire transmitter connection via Ex i or Ex e signals. The devices boast a unique feature: their inputs and outputs act as passive current sinks and do not generate an active power signal of their own when converting an active into a passive 4... 20 mA signal. Notably, the isolating repeaters also allow for a bidirectional transmission of a superimposed HART communication signal.

    Three versions are available. One version allows for galvanic isolation of two intrinsically safe circuits. With no Ex i output parameters and a relatively low voltage drop, it can be used for signal decoupling as well. That way, measured values can be passed on to other systems with ease.

    A second version with an integrated fuse can be used to isolate an Ex e from an Ex i circuit. This type also enables users to connect an isolating repeater with increased safety type of protection to an Ex i input at a later stage, without the need for extra Ex e line installations.

    The third type of module features identical functions for non-hazardous areas. The new isolating repeaters ensure extremely high accuracy and can be used in an ambient temperature range between -40 °C and +75 °C. While ATEX and IECEx certifications have already been procured, others for use all over the world as well as an assessment for use in functional safety applications (SIL) will follow soon.

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

    #Stahl #PAuto #Ex

    Tuesday, August 9, 2016

    Learming about alarms.

    Operator alarms are essential for running any process plant. They alert the operators early to developing situations, allowing the plant to keep running and minimizing downtime while producing sellable material efficiently despite disturbances, mechanical deterioration and unforeseen events.

    In order to achieve this, alarms have to be properly positioned at the edges of normal operation, and many plants find themselves visiting the same limits again and again over years, performing repeated alarm rationalization exercises, but never getting real improvement for more than a few months.

    One of the reasons for this is that, until now, alarm approaches haven’t taken a full account of process history and the natural richness of operation that a process can, and does, experience in response to differing external factors like feed and ambient temperature, changing demand and operations goals, as well as operation variability. The tedium of exploring years of process history for thousands of variables has made this impractical reasonably to explore.

    This free webinar on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th August from Process Plant Computing Ltd (PPCL),  will demonstrate a new method that leverages the parallel plot to give easy access to historic data in the context of desired plant operation as well as alarm and process limits for hundreds of variables at once. Bringing process history into the process allows alarm limits to be evaluated immediately while taking less time, as well as allowing continuous alarm review, finally breaking the cycle of periodic alarm rationalization.

    Some examples on real systems will be included, as well as discussion some of the successes the company's users have had.

    Chose your geographic area to book a place:
    Webinar Session Times

    • Wednesday 17th August 7am BST (Dubai 10am, Mumbai 11.30am, Singapore 2pm, Sydney 4pm)
    • Wednesday 17th August 9am BST (Europe 10am, Oman 12pm, Delhi 1.30pm, Perth 4pm)
    • Wednesday 17th August 2pm BST (Dallas 8am, New York 9am, Europe 3pm)
    • Thursday 18th August 9pm BST (Seattle 1pm, Calgary 2pm, Houston 3pm, Wellington 8am Fri 15th)

    @ppcl_news #PAuto #WEbinar 

    Natural gas liquids plant orders placed!

    Yokogawa has received orders from Freeport LNG for its Liquefaction Facility (LQF) and Pre-Treatment Facility (PTF). The total order value is $15M, which currently includes only the first two trains.
    Freeport LNG is constructing liquefaction infrastructure at the existing terminal (TX USA) to provide nominal export capacity of approximately 13.9 million metric tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG, which equates to processing approximately 2.0 Bcf/d of pipeline-quality natural gas (feed gas). The feed gas will be derived from the interconnecting instrastate pipeline systems through Freeport LNG’s existing Stratton Ridge meter station.

    The gas will be pretreated near Freeport LNG’s existing metering, compression and underground storage facilities. The pretreated natural gas will then be delivered to the terminal through Freeport LNG’s existing gas pipeline. At the terminal, it will be liquefied and then stored in full-containment LNG storage tanks. LNG carriers arriving via marine transit through the Freeport Harbor Channel will export LNG from the terminal.

    The added liquefaction capability will not preclude the terminal from operating in vaporization and send-out mode as business conditions dictate. Also, having dual liquefaction and regasification capabilities will not result in any increase in the number of ship transits since the total amount of LNG handled, either by liquefying natural gas or by vaporizing LNG, will not exceed authorized thresholds.

    The Liquefaction Process 
    Each of the three liquefaction trains will utilize a proprietary propane pre-cooled mixed refrigerant process, developed by Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (Air Products), to produce a nominal 4.64 mtpa of LNG. To prepare the feed gas for liquefaction, it will be pretreated near Stratton Ridge to remove CO2 sulfur compounds, water and mercury, after which compressors will be used to increase the pressure of the natural gas for delivery to the terminal through Freeport LNG’s existing 42-inch diameter pipeline.

    To convert the pretreated feed gas into LNG, the gas is first cooled with propane refrigerant, after which it is stripped of natural gas liquids (NGLs) via cryogenic distillation in the scrub column. The NGLs are, in turn, stripped of light gases (mostly methane) that are recycle through the main cryogenic heat exchanger (MCHE). Following NGL removal, the primary feed gas from the scrub column is also sent to the MCHE, where it is further cooled inside tube bundles, each made up of several tube circuits, by a lower-temperature mixed refrigerant that flows outside the tubes.

    As the feed gas flows up the tubes, it starts condensing by transferring heat to the liquid/vapor mixed refrigerant, which warms up and vaporizes as it flows down the outside of the tubes. The heated mixed refrigerant is then cooled by ambient air, compressed and subsequently chilled by propane refrigerant in heat exchangers, where a portion of the refrigerant condenses. After separating the vapor and liquid streams of mixed refrigerant, both streams are depressurized and admitted to the MCHE to provide cooling for the conversion of methane-rich gas into LNG. The liquid mixed refrigerant stream is depressurized through a liquid expander to increase the overall process efficiency. The high-pressure LNG exiting the MCHE is depressurized through a liquid expander and delivered to the LNG storage tank at near-ambient pressure. Once in the storage tank, the LNG can be pumped through the plant piping to the dock to be loaded onto ships for export.

    Project Status and Schedule
    Freeport LNG started construction of the liquefaction project in November 2014 and expects to achieve commercial operation of the first liquefaction train in 2018.

    Freeport LNG had engaged a joint venture of CB&I and Zachry Industrial to develop a fixedprice turnkey contract price and detailed scope for the project’s EPC agreements. The final EPC contract with the joint venture to construct the first two trains of the liquefaction project was signed in December 2013. For the third-train EPC contract, joint venture partners CB&I and Zachry were joined by Chiyoda International Corporation, and the contract was awarded in March 2015.

    Freeport LNG selected Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (APCI) as the liquefaction technology provider for its experience and overall performance of its proprietary cryogenic liquefaction process (C3MR). Over the last four decades, APCI has designed and manufactured over 100 main cryogenic heat exchangers for LNG projects around the globe.

    Following financial closing on trains 1 and 2 in November 2014 and on train 3 in April 2015, all three units are now under construction by a joint venture among CB&I, Inc., Zachry Industrial, Inc. and Chiyoda International Corporation.

    The first two trains are on schedule to commence operations by September 2018 and February 2019, respectively. The third train is expected to be in operation approximately six months following the second train, or in August 2019.

    @YokogawaIA #PAuto #Gas

    Monday, August 8, 2016

    Power distributor unit added!

    Harting has added a power distributor unit featuring three PushPull Power connectors to the Han-Power® T series of industrial networking modules, allowing actuators and sensors to be linked to the periphery of industrial production processes rapidly and securely.

    The latest model in the Han-Power® T series provides PushPull connections for the power inlet, power outlet and user connection. The system has a rated current of 12 A and a rated voltage of 48 V. The full range extends from 12 A to 40 A, with rated voltages from 48 V to 690 V.

    Han-Power® T products provide a particularly robust connection: with the PushPull Power version, faulty connection is prevented by polarisation set into the insulator, which acts as a block if pins or socket try to connect to one another with the wrong polarity. Users will hear a click when the right connection is made.

    The connection is resistant to vibration and cannot be broken unintentionally: the HARTING PushPull technology means that the housing and integrated locking mechanism have to be pulled back before opening.

    Because Han-Power® T connectors are quick and easy to push in and pull out, people who are not qualified electricians can build the necessary supply structures for machine modules and entire production lines using this technology. Plug & Play assembly based on HARTING PushPull Power technology also greatly reduces commissioning time.

     @Harting #PAuto

    One of Germany's top 100!

    The 23rd Top 100 awards for Germany's most innovative SMEs presented each year and includes Peter Huber Kältemaschinenbau GmbH as a member of this elite group for the fifth time. The company took part in a rigorous, scientific selection process that analysed innovation management and successful innovation. Ranga Yogeshwar*, the competition mentor, presents the top innovators with their awards at the German SME Summit in Essen on 24th June.
    Rangu Yoheshwar (centre) witb Huber personnel at presentation.
    Although it is based in Offenburg (D), Peter Huber Kältemaschinenbau's technology can be found all over the world – even at 5,000 metres above sea level in the Himalayas, after the Top 100 award winner fitted out an Indian space observatory with a Huber chiller. The chiller provides constant operating temperatures for the telescope's measuring instruments. Typical applications for the heating and cooling systems manufactured by this family-owned business founded in 1968 and its 239 employees tend to be less glamorous however – for example: thermoregulation processes within the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors, material and stress tests in the automotive industry, and the testing of food, building materials and cosmetic products. "There are applications for our systems in all industrial sectors. As a result, we naturally deal with the issue of innovation on a daily basis," commented Managing Director Daniel Huber. Peter Huber's senior management devotes 60 per cent of its working time to innovations.

    One of Huber's most recent innovations is an innovative plug-and-play technology, which will make series products easier to service. "Our series devices have an exchangeable electronics. Our worldwide customers can quickly and easily replace the electronics module by themselves with requirement for a service technician to visit. It is thus possible to update older devices quickly and easily to the cutting edge of technology. Should a service case occur, then the problem can be quickly and effectively resolved." explained Technical Director Joachim Huber. Companies that need Industry 4.0-compliant devices are more than catered for at Peter Huber: "We've been working along the principles of Industry 4.0 for several years already, for example at the level of automatic documentation," stated Daniel Huber.

    This year, more than 4,000 companies registered an interest in taking part in the Top 100 competition, with 366 of them applying for the qualification round and 284 getting through to the finals. Ultimately, 238 made it into the Top 100 (maximum of one hundred in each of the three size categories). Once more, the companies were evaluated by Nikolaus Franke, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, and his team. They examined more than 100 parameters in the following five assessment categories: 'Innovation-friendly Senior Management', 'Climate of Innovation', 'Innovative Processes and Organisation', 'Innovations Marketing' and 'Successful Innovations'.

    The Top 100 are among the pacesetters in their sectors. Statistics reveal that the evaluation process included 97 German market leaders and 32 global market leaders. On average, they generated 40 percent of their recent revenue from innovations and product improvements, which they brought to the market before their competitors. Their revenue growth rate was 28 percentage points higher than the average for their industries. In the last three years, these SMEs have together applied for a total of 2,292 German and international patents. This ability to innovate also pays dividends in terms of jobs, with the Top 100 planning to take on around 9,500 new employees in the next three years.

    The Top 100's mentor, science journalist and television presenter Ranga Yogeshwar, is impressed by the quality of the companies and hopes they will become role models. "The way in which the Top 100 companies generate new ideas and develop groundbreaking products and services based on them is remarkable in the truest sense of the word. I am delighted that the award highlights these qualities. I hope their success will encourage others to follow in their footsteps, because this culture of innovation is going to become increasingly important for all companies."

    *Ranganathan Gregoire Yogeshwar is a Luxembourger, science journalist , physicist and presenter .

    @HuberGMBH #PAuto #Germany

    Versatile device management wizard.

    The FieldMate® device management software has been significantly enhanced by Yokogawa. It is releasing this as FieldMate R3.02 later this week. FieldMate is a versatile software program used to configure, adjust, and manage a wide variety of field devices used in factories and other production sites. This latest version of FieldMate includes new functions that reduce maintenance workload by simplifying a number of field maintenance tasks.

    Field Device Tool (FDT)
    FDT is a standard communications interface that links control systems with field devices such as pressure transmitters and flowmeters. It was developed and is promoted by the FDT Group, a non-profit organization. Device Type Manager (DTM) is an FDT-based device driver that is provided by device and control system vendors.
    They will also release an enhanced version of FieldMate Validator®, an optional software tool that is used to verify connections between field instruments and control system I/O devices.

    Targeted at process industries such as oil, petrochemicals, chemicals, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, foods, and iron and steel the applications include the configuration, adjustment, and troubleshooting of transmitters, analysers, and other types of field devices in plants, and the management of information on these devices

    Development Background
    Digital communications standards are playing an increasingly important role in communications between plant central control systems and field devices. With a number of digital communication standards in use today, plants often have devices from multiple vendors that use different standards. Software tools are thus required that have the versatility to configure, adjust, and manage these devices.

    With its support of a variety of digital communication standards and its ability to configure, adjust, and manage a variety of devices from different manufacturers, FieldMate is up to this challenge. This latest update makes FieldMate even easier to use and improves the efficiency of field maintenance operations.

    Previous FieldMate versions could run on Windows® 7 PCs and tablets. FieldMate release 3.02 can now be used on PCs and tablets running Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10. This is particularly significant because Windows 7 and 10 tablets are increasingly being used in the field by maintenance personnel.

    Additional key new features of FieldMate R3.02 are as follows:
    1. One-click (touch) operation for complex procedures
    Dedicated buttons have been added to the FieldMate home screen for frequently performed field device maintenance tasks such as zero point adjustments and input loop checks. This simplifies complex tasks such as the checking of settings for field devices that formerly required users to navigate to data at several different levels. This greatly improves maintenance efficiency. Linked tasks include the following:
    • Zero point adjustment: This procedure is performed to correct for an error in the value displayed by a field device that is often the result of an environmental factor or the device orientation. Zero point adjustment can be performed for a Yokogawa differential pressure/pressure transmitter by simply connecting the FieldMate R3.02 PC or tablet to the target device and clicking (touching) the ‘Zero Point Adjustment’ button.
    • Input loop check: This verifies that device signals are being received by the controllers and the control system. Previously, depending on the device that was being tested, different procedures needed to be followed to perform this test. Regardless of device model or make, all it takes with FieldMate R3.02 is to click (touch) the ‘Input Loop Check’ Support button to output a loop check signal from a device. With FieldMate R3.02, the output signal can also be easily set to the desired level to create a test pattern, which can be saved and retrieved. Compared to a conventional handheld terminal, this function reduces work time by one third.
    2. Easy comparison with past settings
    FieldMate can save parameters such as field device settings in a database. With FieldMate R3.02, it is possible to compare current values and previous settings for a parameter by just pressing the ‘All Parameters’ button on the home screen. This function is useful for verifying changes made by field maintenance personnel and for troubleshooting problems.

    3. FieldMate Validator
    FieldMate Validator is an optional software tool that is used to verify the connections between newly installed field instruments and control system I/O devices. This product was first made available for use with the N-IO (Network-I/O) field I/O devices that were introduced for the Yokogawa CENTUM VP R6.01 integrated production control system. With this latest release, FieldMate Validator now supports the I/O devices that were developed to facilitate quick upgrades to CENTUM VP R6.03.

    @YokogawaIA  #PAuto #FDT

    Chemical metrology packages.

    Fluke is customising a package of instruments and HowTo guides for the chemical industry. There are individual packages for maintenance personnel, reliability engineers, instrument technicians, and electrical and mechanical engineers. The guides cover areas like preventive maintenance, safety and power quality.

    Accurate metrology is central to improving chemical processes. Just inspecting the process outputs is too late – things will already have gone wrong. Manufacturers need to continually inspect their processes to know that they are running smoothly. Every stage needs attention: from pre-treating raw materials, converting them with a reactor, cracker or kiln, to mixing and purification. For effective inspections reliable test tools are needed, for calibration, installation, testing, reliability analysis and preventive maintenance.

    Huge chemical throughputs make errors expensive
    With huge throughputs at chemicals facilities, inaccurate measurements can cost millions – and downtime is most costly of all. Manufacturers need stable, continuous operations at highest efficiency and safety levels. For this, a good understanding of the potential issues and the most suitable metrology methods is required, and the instruments used must also be rugged enough for demanding chemical processing environments.

    These HowTo Guides are downloadable from the website.

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