Saturday, September 24, 2016

The automation imperative! Call for Papers!

The Advisory Board of the 4th ISA EMEA Conference, the principal event dedicated to all aspects of process automation, control and instrumentation technologies, is now accepting abstracts for the 2017 conference to be held in Bergamo (I) on 24-25 May 2017.

The 4th ISA EMEA Conference will feature the industry’s most comprehensive multi-track conferences, examining critical aspects of the process automation, control, and instrumentation technologies. Conference tracks, featuring sessions led by the world’s leading experts, will cover critical topics in the areas of instrumentation, communications, control systems, process variables, SCADA, safety, integration, and cybersecurity.
Topics
• Control systems, SCADA
• Communications, networks, data management
• Instrumentation, sensors, peripherals
• Process and functional safety
• Systems integration
• Cybersecurity
Engineers, technicians, and plant managers from the oil and gas, refining, chemical, petrochemical, power and other process industries will gather for two days to network and to learn from these technical presentations.

The conferences run alongside a wide exhibition floor featuring the leading suppliers, sub-suppliers and service providers across the entire automation and control industry value chain.

The conference Advisory Board, made up of key industry experts, will put emphasis on emerging technologies and trends. The conference featuring high–quality papers addressing strategic direction, practical implementation and technical excellence will combine to create an essential guide to the challenges and opportunities in world’s automation and control industry.

The theme for conference is ‘The automation imperative: welcome to the future of the Global Energy Industry’. The conference is an opportunity to take a health check on strategic and technical developments right across the entire automation and control industry value chain.

#PAuto #ISAuto #EMEA #ISAEMEA17

Friday, September 23, 2016

Data acquisition and test stand automation using an OPC UA interface. #DelphinTechnology #PAuto

Delphin Technology has extended its Expert Logger range with the new type 400 model equipped with an OPC UA Client/Server interface. This enhancement to the independently functioning data logger system ideally equips it for the universal exchange of measurement data at field level and for the requirements of Industry 4.0. The Expert Logger device is also equipped with ProfiBus, ModBus, CAN-Bus and serial interfaces. PCs are connected via USB, LAN, WLAN and LTE.

The new type 400 is equipped with 16 universally usable, differential analog inputs for measuring mV and mA signals or any type of thermocouple. 24-bit precision and a maximum rate of 1000 measurements per second meets the highest demands required from a data logger. The new Expert Logger also has the option of measuring Pt100(0) sensors using 2, 3 or 4 wire technology or DMS. The device has a total of 24 switchable digital inputs/outputs which can record edge and fault events at microsecond precision as well as output alerts. A total of 6 analog outputs enable the operation of regulating and control elements.

The Expert Logger series offer a range of model types with 16 to 46 analog inputs which are ideal for independent data acquisition and test bench automation. Monitoring functions can also be performed independently within the device. Measurement data and threshold violations can be immediately transmitted to subsystems via OPC UA. The OPC UA interface also offers data exchange to PLC systems and connecting to PLT systems.

Furthermore, the ProfiSignal Go software – for portraying and analysing measurement data online and offline – remains a fixed element of every Expert Logger device.

Radar level transmitter.

The FMR10 and FMR20 free space radar level transmitters  from Endress+Hauser measure liquid levels in storage tanks, open basins, open channels, weirs and canal systems. The FMR10 measures liquid levels at ranges up to 16 feet with 0.2 inch accuracy, while the FMR20 measures levels up to 66 feet with 0.08 inch accuracy.

The FMR10 has a 4-20mA output and comes standard with Bluetooth for configuration. The SmartBlue App that runs on any Apple or Android smartphone or tablet will provide secure communications with the transmitter in order to configure or view envelope curves. The encrypted and password-protected Bluetooth wireless connection allows operators to monitor the sensor’s output and perform configurations in hazardous or unsafe locations without exposing personnel to dangerous conditions.

The FMR20 features a 4-20mA HART smart output which will allow for configuration from an optional remote display. It also offers the option of Bluetooth configuration just like the FMR10.

Protection to IP66/68 / NEMA 4X/6P, hermetically sealed wiring and fully potted electronics eliminate water ingress and allow operation under harsh environmental conditions. Both sensors are available with a flooding tube that allows a maximum output signal to be generated even if an overflow condition causes the sensor to be completely immersed.

The level sensors work in process temperatures of–40 to 176°F (–40 to 80°C) and process pressures of –14 to 43 psi (–1 to 3 bar), are vibration resistant, and have CSA/UL approvals.

Micropilot FMR10 and FMR20 provide the best price-performance ratio. For the first time, radar technology is available in the price range of typical water and wastewater level devices. Especially for the W&WW industry and utilities in all industries, the transmitters fit the application requirements. Easy setup with just three main parameters and a remote indicator solution result in time savings and enhanced safety.

@Endress_Hauser #PAuto @Endress_US 

Chromatography mass spectrometry event.

On day one (2nd November) of WWEM 2016, Environmental and Food Analysis SIG (EFASIG), a special interest group within the British Mass Spectrometry Society, will hold a meeting that will be free to attend for those that have pre-registered to visit WWEM 2016.

Professor Luigi Mondello
The keynote presentation with be given by Professor Luigi Mondello from the University of Messina in Italy. Prof. Mondello is the author of around 400 publications and his research interests include high-resolution chromatography techniques (HRGC, HPLC, HRGC-MS, HPLC-MS, OPLC) and the development of hyphenated (LC-GC-MS, GC-GC) and multidimensional ‘comprehensive’ (GC×GC, LC×LC) techniques and their application in the study of natural complex matrices.

The presentations will focus on the analysis of water and wastewater, but will include the analysis of liquid, liquid/solid mixtures and air samples. With speakers from academia, commercial laboratories and manufacturers, the morning session will address aspects of comprehensive Chromatography Mass Spectrometry, and the afternoon session will address the application of these techniques to water and environmental matrices.

Summarising, EFASIG Leader Dr Peter Baugh says: “We have managed to assemble a group of eminent and highly respected speakers, so these presentations will be of great value to anyone involved in environmental analysis.”


#spectrometry  #WWEM #Environment

Nuálaíocht Inbhuanaithe agus Oideachas Innealtóireachta.

Tá caint le tabhairt ag Fionnbarra Ó Brolcháin, léachtaí de chuid Scoil Ghnó Smurfit agus iar-ollamh airgeadais i DCU ag Cumann na nInnealteoirí i mBaile Átha Cliath an mí seo chugainn. (Deireadh Fómhair 2016).

Seo achoimre den ábhar a bheidh á phlé faoin dtideal: "Nuálaíocht Inbhuanaithe agus Oideachas Innealtóireachta!"
Fionnbarra Ó Brolcháin ag múineadh i Scoil Ghnó Smurfit, UCD. Is  iar-ollamh airgeadais é i DCU, áit ar bhunaigh sé freisin an lár-ionad Gaeilge, Fiontar. Is comhúdár an leabhair é, Digging Deeper (le teacht, 2016), Gombeens at the Gate (2016), The Irish Edge (2013) agus Capitalising on Culture, Competing on Difference (2008). Tá céim innealtóireacht leictreach aige ó UCC agus PhD in airgeadas idirnáisiúnta aige ó Scoil Ghnó Stern, Ollscoil Nua Eabhrach (NYU). 

Cé go raibh na gluaiseachtaí a mhúnlaigh an Athbheochan (1890-1920), agus a spreag Éirí Amach na Cásca 1916 agus bunú an tSaorstáit, neamhspléach óna chéile, bhí siad idirghaolmhar agus bhí saintréithe áirithe lárnach i ngach ceann. San Athbheochan, chonaic siad siúd a bhí páirteach ann acmhainní cultúrtha agus nádúrtha mar ghnéithe rí-thábhachtacha in eitic nuálaíochta de bharr naisc idir féin-tuiscint, féin-mheas, féiniúlacht agus éiteas cruthaitheachta.

Sa lá atá inniú ann, nó go háirithe inniú, is iad na hacmhainní is luachmhaire agus is inbhuanaithí chun nuálaíocht a spreagadh ná iad atá neamhinste, an tsamhlaíocht agus an inspioráid, ach go háirithe. Ní déantán marbh frith-nua-aimseartha agus frith-gheilleagrach é an traidisiún agus cuimhne ach foinse dhinimiciúl agus uathúil, cineál gorlann cruthaitheachta agus fiontraíochta. Dá mbaintear níos mó feidhme as saintréithe mar iad, thiománfadh san núalaíocht inbhuanaithe agus todhchaí sochaí na tíre.

Luíonn gach atá anseo le nuálaíocht agus le hoideachas innealtóirí fud fad na cruinne, agus buntáistí faoi leith a bhaineann linnne in Èirinn nó as Éirinn.

Am/dáta:  
18:30, Dé Céadaoin, 12ú Deireadh Fómhair 2016.

Láthair: 
Cumann na nInnealtóirí, 22 Br. Cluaidhe, BÁC 4. 

Caifé/tae agus eile ag an mbeár roimhré agus taréis na léachta.  

Saor-chead isteach.   Fáilte roimh chách. 

 @EngineerIreland

Hygienic certification for sensors.

SKS Automaatio Oy has acquired a hygienic design certification for certain acid proof SKS Sensors® sensor types. This opens new sales opportunities for their sensors in Food industry, Pharmaceutical, Beverage manufacturing, Laboratory use etc.

The hygienic design EHEDG certification is for SKS Sensors® sensor types W-E-x-HST-CLAMP/51-30/1000-4-A-yy-HD. This opens new sales opportunities for their sensors in Food industry, Pharmaceutical, Beverage manufacturing, Laboratory use etc. So mostly to applications where very high hygienic level is a must.

They have manufactured similar sensors for a long time, and during recent years they have noticed increasing interest for sensors with certification. Being able to respond to this increasing need they started certification process and qualified for this certificate for theirmost common hygiene applications sensor type.

A wide range of installation accessories is also available from us for these sensors.

• SKS products are marketed in Ireland by PJ Bonner.


#SKSAutomaatio #PAuto #Food #Pharma @pjbonnerco 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Flow meter for oil and gas applications.

Krohne has extended the available options for the H250 M40 flowmeter in order to match the requirements of the oil and gas industry. Here, variable area flowmeters are widely used for flow measurement on injection skids for corrosion-, scale- and hydrate-inhibitors like Methanol or Monoethylene Glycol. Common areas of application are also measuring agents and solvents in gas treatment processes like sweetening and dehydration of natural gas as well as reliably monitoring small amounts of Nitrogen and Fuel gas.

Standard materials for the range of DN15…150 / ½…6" flanged process meters include NACE MR0175/MR0103 compliant 316L or materials and welding following the NORSOK standard. Hastelloy, Monel, 6Mo, Titanium and now also Inconel are available as optional materials to provide high corrosion resistance to any kind of fluid. Stainless steel indicator housings and offshore protective coatings can be applied on request.

Flange connections reach up to ASME B16.5 Class 2500 flanges. Even higher pressure ratings can be realised when applying API flanges. For hazardous gas and dust areas, H250 M40 has achieved more than 30 approvals worldwide, including ATEX, IECEx, usFMc, NEPSI, INMETRO, KGS, EAC and PESO/CCOE. For quality assurance, comprehensive tests and certifications are in place such as positive material identification, material mill certificates, x-ray and dye-penetration examination of the welding seams, pressure and leakage tests, and finally third party factory inspection.

• Krohne products are marketed in Ireland through DWN.

@krohnegroup #Pauto @KROHNE_USA

Ethernet switches.

To meet the growing need for more capacity in train communications networks, Westermo has introduced a new generation of Ethernet train switches that provide highly robust networks to support many end devices and high data rates. Specifically designed for train applications, the wide range of interoperable Viper switches delivers reliable and versatile solutions for train networks, enabling optimal configuration for every need.

Based on the previous well proven and highly popular train switches from Westermo, the new models provide a range of 12 and 20 ports standard Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet and PoE (Power over Ethernet) variants as well as additional routing functionality to enable the connection of subnets and improved overall network performance.

The Viper is available with up to 5 gigabit ports to meet the need for connectivity of gigabit end devices, such as WLAN access points and network video recorders. Simultaneously, lightning fast failover on gigabit ring ports can be achieved.

The Viper offers eight PoE ports that support the IEEE 802.3af/at plug-and-play PoE communications standard. PoE enables both power and data to be transmitted on a single multi-core cable, especially useful for camera applications, reducing overall wiring and enabling faster installation. The Viper with PoE is available in variants for low or high voltage power supply range allowing installation in any rail vehicle regardless of power standard. The Viper can also provide gigabit speed over the PoE ports, making the switch ideal e.g. for WLAN access points.

Specifically designed to provide highly robust networks and long term field operation, the Viper range has been tested and approved to exceed the EN 50155 on-board railway standard for electronic equipment, as well as an extended range of approvals with NFPA 130 (NA fire & smoke) and shunting radio EMC requirements from European rail authorities.

The Viper has been designed to be very compact and ultra-thin, enabling installation within the confined spaces of railcar panels. The M12 connectors are integrated into the housing to reduce size and further protect against vibration. With an ultra-robust design, sealed to IP67 and vibration resistant to military standards, these units are ideal for situations where mechanical stress, moisture, condensation; dirt or continuous vibrations could adversely affect the function of standard Ethernet switches. A GORE-TEX(R) membrane is used to prevent condensation build up by normal climatic day/night cycling.

As well as high levels of reliability, the switches offer unique functionality that simplifies the creation, installation and maintenance of networks. The Viper switches’ WeOS operating system provides an extensive suite of IP networking features and protocols allowing resilient and flexible networks to be created.

WeOS is also able to balance data traffic on the network to maintain maximum throughput and stability. The introduction of increased traffic from new cameras or video streams will therefore not affect the stability of the network. In the event of any link or hardware failure Westermo’s unique FRNT technology is able to re-configure a large network in 20ms.

For easy configuration, the Ethernet switches can be safely accessed from anywhere in the network using the WeConfig network configuration tool, or directly via a console port on switch.

@Westermo #PAuto #Transportation @HHC_Lewis

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Frequency selectable RF power sensor: A world first!

The Power Master MA24507A is an ultraportable, millimeter wave (mmWave) power analyser that enables simple, numeric, frequency based measurement of RF power from 9 kHz to 70 GHz has been introduced by Anritsu. The world’s first frequency selectable RF power analyzer, the Power Master MA24507A leverages Anritsu’s patented Shockline technology, along with its leadership in ultraportable test solution design to address the growing number of test requirements in mmWave applications, including test of 802.11ad, Wireless HD, and E-band products, at every stage of the product lifecycle.

As signal frequency increases, attenuation due to the air or cabling grows, which can make power measurements particularly difficult at mmWave frequencies. Its ultraportable size overcomes this challenge by enabling users to place it directly at the signal source, including on-wafer measurements. When system losses are unavoidable, the MA24507A can make measurements as low as -90 dBm at 70 GHz, making it a superior alternative to large benchtop instruments, which can be unwieldy in the field. USB-powered, the unit measures approximately 6×3×1 (inches) and weighs less than 15 oz. – slightly bigger than a smartphone. It is so small and light weight that it can easily be used to make measurements on antenna towers or with an extension pole to measure small cell signals from the ground.

Because the Power Master MA24507A enables frequency selective power measurements, users can differentiate intended signals from unintended signals for the first time. With spans from 1 kHz to full span over the entire frequency range, it can zero in on a signal of interest in harsh environments, including those with unintended signals that can impact power readings. This enables measurements such as channel power and adjacent channel power to be made, while avoiding spurs and harmonics.


Unlike many other power measurement instruments, no reference calibration is required. The power analyzer can stay connected to a test system constantly, eliminating the need to disconnect and reconnect it between test procedures. When the accuracy of a traditional power meter is not necessary, unintended signals may be present, or low-level power measurements are required, the Power Master MA24507A is the ideal instrument.

Anritsu has added features to PowerXpert™ to optimize the performance of the Power Master MA24507A. Included in the enhancements are a Power Hunter mode to easily identify the six highest CW amplitudes and their corresponding frequency, and a Channel Monitor mode so users can select up to six frequency channels and monitor their CW amplitude or channel power simultaneously. It can be controlled by remotely via the USB interface or through Anritsu’s PowerXpert™ data analysis and control software.

The Power Master MA24507A mmWave power analyzer is the second instrument in the new class of ultraportable instruments from Anritsu, succeeding the Site Master™ S331P ultraportable cable and antenna analyzer introduced earlier this month. “We are extremely excited to launch this disruptive design to the industry. The ultraportable product category allows our customers to reach new heights in portability, performance, and measurement accuracy,” commented Mark Elo, Anritsu’s Director of Product Marketing for the Service Infrastructure Solutions Division. Unlike anything on the market, Power Master enables simple, numeric, frequency-based measurement of RF power from 9 kHz to 70 GHz in a pocket sized instrument to as low as -90 dBm.

@AnritsuEMEA #TandM @anritsu

Secure data access across DMZs.

In today’s industrial automation world, it is standard practice for IT departments to lock down traffic between different networks. The most common method of selectively exchanging data between such secured networks is by using Demilitarized Zones (DMZs).

Key Benefits include:
• Works across multi-layered networks
• Eliminates traditional DCOM & firewall issues associated with DMZs
• Configurable data encryption
While DMZs offer a controlled method of exchanging data in the corporate world, they typically interfere with the exchange of control automation data between the operations and business networks. The Matrikon OPC DMZ Agent solves this challenge.

Matrikon OPC DMZ Agent facilitates the transfer of real-time and archived automation data through DMZs in a secure and controlled manner. Depending on the IT policies being enforced, DMZ Agent can either enable authorized enterprise applications to securely request the automation data needed or if this is not possible - to simply accept OPC data as it is sent (pushed) from the secured operations network.



@MatrikonOPC #PAuto #Cybersecurity

Touch control!

There is an increasing trend towards replacing mechanical knobs, buttons and switches in cars, household appliances and consumer electronic devices. Touch panels and displays with sensor technology are on the rise. In response to this megatrend, Leonhard Kurz has developed series-production ready solutions for the manufacture of decorated plastic components with embedded sensors.

Until now, plastic parts have predominantly been manually equipped with sensors using mainly the expensive OCA (optically clear adhesives) technology. Integration processes developed by Kurz, however, enable sensors to be applied very quickly and economically by machine.

The sensors, including electrical connection (tail), are permanently bonded to the component and are immediately functional. This has been achieved using the PolyTC sensor films developed by the Kurz subsidiary PolyIC. Compared to the ITO (indium tin oxide) films commonly used for sensors, the PolyTC films with high-resolution metal structures on a polyester carrier are significantly more elastic. This makes the sensors more deformable and thus suitable for curved surfaces.

A further advantage of PolyTC films is their high transparency and conductivity. This characteristic makes them ideal for use in automotive cockpits, where plastics with thicknesses of 2.5 and more millimeters may be used. While ITO films are no longer applicable at these thicknesses, PolyTC films remain reliably functional.

Kurz has developed plastic component decoration solutions that are tailored to the application of sensors. When metallic designs are employed, Kurz uses so-called NCVM (non-conductive vacuum metallized) films that do not interfere with the function of the capacitive sensor field. For surfaces with a dead front effect, translucent designs have been developed that are opaque when the illumination is inactive, but allow a backlit control panel to become visible on activation of the sensor. In the case of injection molded parts, a combined process has been developed that enables the component to be decorated and equipped with a sensor film in one shot.

 #Kurz #PAuto #Switches

Low-power compute module.


Mouser Electronics is now stocking the highly anticipated Intel® Curie™ module, a complete low-power solution designed for use in wearable devices and consumer and industrial edge solutions. Powered by the Intel® Quark™ SE system-on-chip (SoC), the Intel Curie module is extremely power efficient and offers features that are ideal for "always-on" applications such as social media, sports, and fitness activities.

The Intel Curie module, now available from Mouser Electronics, features a 32-bit Intel Quark SE SoC with 384 kBytes of flash memory and 80 kBytes of SRAM. The module includes an integrated DSP sensor hub, a 6-axis combination sensor with accelerometer and gyroscope, Bluetooth® low energy connectivity, battery charging through a power management IC (PMIC) on some models, and pattern-matching capabilities for optimized analysis of sensor data — enabling quick and easy identification of actions and motions.

The module is packaged into a very small form factor and is supported by a complete software platform that includes the Intel® Curie™ Open Developer Kit (ODK) to make it easier to realize new designs even faster. Created specifically for the Intel Curie module, the software platform is an end-to-end solution designed to assist developers by increasing the speed and ease of development of a wide variety of projects and market-ready products. The Intel Curie platform includes the hardware, firmware, software, documentation, and tools that empower developers to create their own unique and differentiated products.

 @MouserElecEU #PAuto @intel #wearable

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Gas detector achieves wireless certification.

The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute announces today that Riken Keiki’s SDWL1 wireless gas detector has successfully been certified as ISA100 Wireless interoperable, assuring that the SDWL1 will seamlessly join and interoperate in any other suppliers’ certified ISA100 Wireless network.

The SDWL1 is a wireless flammable gas detector built to extend the benefits of wireless detection into safety applications. The SDWL1’s non-dispersive infrared detection system ensures accuracy while the advanced reliability features of ISA100 Wireless ensure wireless communication signal truancy.

The SDWL1 increases on-site operational safety by enabling monitoring schemes that would be cost prohibitive or physically impossible using traditional, wired devices. The ISA100 Wireless SDWL1 eliminates most of the cable installation needs and reduces implementation time and costs. Operating costs are also reduced because wireless capabilities extend coverage of gas monitoring at operational sites, reducing the need for on-site inspections.

Using ISA100 Wireless networks assures robust, secure and reliable transmission of signals in safety systems. ISA100 Wireless supports controlled latency down to 100ms. It uses advanced reliability and co-existence mechanisms, such as DUOCAST, the simultaneous transmission of duplicate signals across independent network paths. And it features two layers of security, at the transport layer and data link layer. ISA100 Wireless solutions are now available with SIL2 approval.

“Developing wireless technology presented unique challenges versus wired, such as wireless design (high-frequency design technology), radio production, and Radio Law compliance,” said Hisayoshi Kobayashi, President, Riken Keiki. “ISA100 Wireless is an open standard. And certified ISA100 Wireless communication modules are readily available from various manufacturers that already solve these problems. We chose ISA100 Wireless and successfully developed a wireless sensor in a short period of time by using certified communication modules. I think other vendors will find ISA100 implementations to be easy. And because ISA100 Wireless products are interoperable, they can be used by any vendor in many markets.”

“Riken Keiki has a rich history in gas detection and life-safety systems, and we are pleased that they now offer wireless capabilities using ISA100 Wireless,” remarked Andre Ristaino, ISA100 WCI Managing Director. “We have been pleasantly surprised by the proliferation of ISA100 Wireless safety-related devices and applications like the Riken Keiki gas detector.”


 #riken_keiki #Pauto #ISA100 #WCI

No lab too small for a LIMS!

Many small laboratories have to comply with a variety of regulatory requirements but often rely on paper recording of sample data and entering the test results into an Excel spreadsheet. Matrix Express is Autoscribe’s entry-level ‘Out of the box’ Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and provides all the key functions expected of a LIMS for smaller organisations. Capabilities include sample/work registration, work list creation, result entry, result validation, sample approval and a comprehensive set of reports.

John Boother, President at Autoscribe Informatics said: “Most small laboratories recognise that it would be much better if everything was logged in and recorded using a LIMS, but have concerns about cost. Matrix Express is not only extremely competitively priced but has the benefit it can be easily configured for any application. Equally importantly, laboratories using Matrix Express enjoy the same level of set-up and technical support from Autoscribe Informatics as would be expected for much larger and more complex installations. Not only that, for smaller labs that rely on a particular analyst for most of the testing, the use of Matrix Express could help to ensure that anyone new to the laboratory could easily follow all of the procedures”.

Matrix Express offers flexibility for single sample or batch registration, automatic sequential sample numbering, result entry by sample or test, multi-sample result entry, status by sample or test and much more. Report formats include certificate of analysis, turn-around time and sample audit trail. Whilst offering all the key functions expected of a LIMS, upgrades and additional modules are available to increase functionality at a later date if required.

“Matrix Express is in use in a wide variety of smaller organisations from single-analyst laboratories upwards, in both in-house and contract environments. It has also been purchased by an educational establishment to teach technicians of the future as part of a Chemical Laboratory Technician teaching program,” continued Boother. “Further details on the practical use of Matrix Express and our other Matrix products can be found in the numerous case studies available for download from our website.


#LIMS! @AutoscribeLtd #Laboratory 

Voltage transducers for the traction market.

The DVM series for insulated nominal voltage measurements in traction applications has been itroduced by LEM. This family of devices spans the range from 600-4200 VRMS and incorporates their proven and patented insulating technology. Despite achieving very high levels of isolation with a safety insulation voltage of 12 kV, the DVM transducer is compact, measuring only 138 x 63.4 x 69 mm.

It is fully compatible and out-performs the previous generation of transducers in terms of functions and performance with new improved levels of accuracy and temperature stability, thus greatly simplifying retrofits.

DVM is also suitable for base mounting, but with slightly different outline dimensions to take into consideration for primary and secondary connections locations for example. The DVM is 30% smaller in height, occupies 25% less volume and is 56% lighter! The reduction in size does not compromise the DVM’s high immunity against the external surrounding perturbations or against the high voltage variations. The new size is also an advantage when confronted with size constraints in modern railway propulsion converters.

LEM developed the DVM to be fully compliant with the International Railway Industry Standards (IRIS), providing engineers in the railway industry, who are working with both rolling stock and
sub-stations, with a versatile new transducer that is equally applicable to measuring network voltages, or the main converter DC link on-board trains. The feature set of the DVM voltage transducer also makes it an excellent fit for a broad range of medium to high voltage measurements in industrial markets.

DVM transducers measure voltages by a direct connection on their primary side, transfer the data across an internal isolation barrier and output a current from their secondary side; that is
proportional to the measured voltage thanks to LEM’s patented insulating digital technology. It
delivers an improved typical accuracy, compared to existing products, of +/- 0.5 % at +25°C with a higher stability in temperature. The technology used provides very high levels of immunity to external magnetic fields (almost insensitive) and electromagnetic disturbances (unmatched level). Combined with a highly focused internal electronic design applied on the printed circuit as well as for mechanical design performance reached in common mode condition are exceptional: 0.5% of nominal voltage as error generated with a recovery time of less than 50µs against a voltage of 4200 V applied with a step of 6 kV/us.

Its measurement frequency bandwidth (-3dB point) is 12 kHz and the DVM consumes typically only 30 mA when power supplied under +/-24 VDC (power supply range from +/- 13.5 to +/- 26.4 V DC). 2 kinds of current output ranges are possible either +/- 50 mA, or the standard industrial current-loop range of 4 to 20 mA for unipolar current measurements and one voltage output at 10 V for nominal voltage.

Other key features include a high level of partial discharge extinction voltage (5 kVRMS @ 10 pC) ensuring product long life, and its compliance to a range of internationally-recognised safety standards in addition to its adherence to IRIS specifications. It also exhibits a fast response time. A range of connection configurations, on both the primary and secondary side, increases flexibility for the user.

Designed by LEM in accordance with the latest standards applicable for traction and industry, the DVM uses materials that comply with all relevant fire and smoke requirements that are mandatory in railway applications. It is CE marked and is supplied with a five-year warranty, as are all LEM transducers.

#LEM #Transportation @NapierPR

Pharma MES partnership endorsed!

Werum IT Solutions has recertified NNE Pharmaplan as “Endorsed Service Partner” for Europe, the USA and China. Thus, NNE Pharmaplan, an international company specialised in pharma engineering, is qualified to support pharma and biotech companies with the implementation of Werum’s PAS-X MES.
From left: Mogens Larsson, VP Automation and IT, NNE Pharmaplan, Torsten Isenberg, Senior Director Services, Werum IT, Søren Mordhorst, Morten Kollberg, Manufacturing IT, NNE Pharmaplan
The collaboration brings together Werum’s PAS-X MES software, designed to increase efficiency, improve productivity and meet regulatory requirements during pharmaceutical manufacturing, with NNE Pharmaplan’s expertise in pharma engineering and customer service. The PAS-X software is used by the majority of the world’s top 30 pharmaceutical and biotech companies but also by many regional and mid-sized manufacturers. NNE Pharmaplan will provide local support for Werum customers during all MES implementation phases.

“We have been successfully working together with NNE Pharmaplan for many years,” says Torsten Isenberg, Senior Director Services at Werum IT Solutions GmbH. “As an Endorsed Service Partner, NNE Pharmaplan has the knowledge to provide our customers with high quality professional services and support. The main objective of our PAS-X Service Partner Program is to ensure a high level of support for our customers through reliable, experienced and certified partners.”

Søren Mordhorst, Manager Manufacturing IT at NNE Pharmaplan A/S, adds: “We are pleased to have renewed our partnership and to have certified PAS-X specialists throughout Europe, USA and China. Given our broad expertise within automation and IT in modern pharma production we can provide customers with consultancy and implementation services from the conceptual design phase to implementation, ensuring a high level of support on the PAS-X part as well”.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Not "completely normal" switches!

They look like "completely normal" compact position switches with standard dimensions according to DIN EN 50047. But the construction details of the light and robust Ex 97 switching devices with plastic housings now available from steute's business unit "Extreme" make these devices unique.

The switches are tested and certified according to ATEX and IECEx for use in Gas Ex zones 1 and 2, as well as dust Ex zones 21 and 22. They can also be used in temperatures down to -60°C, which is a terribly demanding, most particularly for the construction and sealing of the housings. For example, the high protection class (IP 66) has to remain guaranteed at such low temperatures, even during a 7-Joule impact test.

For this reason the robust housings are manufactured from high-quality plastic with a glass fibre reinforcement which is partly textile in structure. In addition, the housing covers are completely vulcanised, guaranteeing that they remain sealed even upon impact. To seal the plungers, the steute developers have implemented a redundant sealing system comprising an external sealing cuff suitable for low temperatures and an internal Teflon sealing ring.

The sealing materials used have been classified by their own manufacturers for temperatures down to -95°C, and the lubricants used for temperatures down to -75°C. There is thus sufficient "safety clearance" before the -60°C certified for the Ex 97 switches is reached. This means that users, e.g. in the offshore oil and gas industry, can be certain that the new position switches will work reliably even in their truly extreme environments.

Due to their comprehensive range of actuators (plungers, roller levers, turning levers, push buttons) and compact dimensions, the Ex norm switches, available as snap action or slow action, are very versatile and can easily be integrated in an existing construction. Their protectively insulated plastic design also makes earthing and potential equalisation unnecessary.

With their unique set of features – in particular their enormous temperature range – they are suited to the position monitoring of flaps, valves, covers and other moving components, for example in plants within the oil and gas industry (onshore and offshore) or in shipbuilding and ports. Other application areas include handling systems on oil rigs, as well as position monitoring on crane booms. Safety applications, e.g. on maintenance flaps and guard doors, are a further possibility.

 #steute #PAuto #ex

Single hand held solution for fibre testing!

The new CPRI RF module installed in the Anritsu Network Master Pro™ MT1000A, will enable wireless carrier engineers and technicians responsible for optical fibre testing, and solving interference and PIM issues have a single handheld solution for accurate and efficient LTE CPRI testing and verification of the latest generation of tower mounted radios (Remote Radio Heads, RRH).

The Network Master Pro MT1000A with CPRI RF module has a fast sweep speed, allowing it to conduct measurements up to 10x faster than comparable handheld test solutions. The result is that users can capture all interfering signals, including intermittent or “bursty” interferers missed by current alternatives. Incorporating a Spectrum/Spectrogram Tune & Zoom feature, the Network Master Pro MT1000A with CPRI RF module allows users to zoom in on an area of interest to provide more detailed information for better identification of an interfering signal’s origin.

Support for all leading RRH radios is provided by the new CPRI RF module. It allows the Network Master Pro MT1000A to conduct RF-based LTE measurements over a fibre optic CPRI link at ground level, eliminating the time-consuming and costly process of climbing a tower. Designed with two SFP ports, the RF module allows CPRI Spectrum, CPRI Spectrogram, SFP Data, and CPRI Layer 2 Alarms and Optical Power measurements to be made.

The module features pre-configured NEM (network element manufacturers) setups to simplify what has been one of the most difficult aspects to conducting RF measurements over CPRI. The result is reduced test set-up time and a lower possibility of errors for greater measurement confidence.

Anritsu is offering a single-mode optical tap accessory and a combination single-mode/multi-mode 50 µm optical tap accessory as part of the solution. An SFP matching the connected CPRI link rate and optical cables are offered, as well.

The CPRI RF measurement capability complements the Network Master Pro MT1000A fibre testing ability. Compact, battery-powered and easy-to-use, the MT1000A provides everything needed to install and maintain communication networks in a rugged, field portable package. The mobile front haul fibre test functions of the MT1000A support comprehensive testing and analysis of CPRI and OBSAI technologies. The MT1000A can be configured as a complete solution with support for OTDR and VIP (Visual Inspection Probe), to test the complete CPRI infrastructure. The MT1000A supports CPRI interface rate Option 1 (614.4 Mbit/s) to Option 8 (10.1376 Gbit/s) to test current and future CPRI interfaces. It can identify problems in the mobile front haul rapidly, solve issues quickly, reduce system downtime and customer churn, and cut operating costs for mobile operators.

The lightweight MT1000A supports transport testing from 1.5 Mbps to 10 Gbps. An easy-to-use GUI and clear summaries simplify collecting and interpreting data, allowing users of any skill level to operate the instrument. High resolution and dynamic range ensure quick and thorough fibre evaluation, while intelligent analysis software identifies problem splices, connectors and macrobends.

@Anritsu #TandM #PAuto @AnritsuEMEA

Spectrometers help developing infrared lasers.

Research in optical materials is rapidly moving towards stable, high-power laser sources emitting in the mid-infrared (mid-IR) region. Despite their promising applications, there are currently not many commercially available lasers for this range of wavelengths (2 μm ‒ 8 μm). One of their main applications is in absorption spectroscopy for the detection of trace gases and atmospheric pollutants: many organic compounds have characteristic mid-IR bands, so the detection in this region is highly selective. There is also great potential for mid-IR lasers in the field of materials processing due to the strong absorption of some polymers in this region. In addition, human skin is a very efficient absorber at 3 μm thanks to a water band, which makes 3-μm lasers a powerful tool for surgery.

One of the first steps towards a commercially viable laser is to characterise the emission properties of the gain medium, which requires a spectrometer with detection in the mid-IR. Edinburgh Instruments mid-IR fluorescence spectrometers are currently used by leading scientists around the world to advance the research in laser materials.

One of Edinburgh Instruments’ mid-IR fluorescence spectrometers is in the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China). Here, materials for solid-state mid-IR lasers such as rare earth-doped silicate or Cr,Fe:ZnSe have been successfully developed with help from an FLSP920 Spectrometer.

Near-IR lasers with emission near to 2 μm are also of great interest in medical imaging. Recently, a promising material with ~ 1.8 μm emission has been reported by the Changchun University of Science and Technology (China), also using an FLSP920 from Edinburgh Instruments.

Edinburgh Instruments offers an extensive range of IR detectors to characterise the spectra and lifetime of IR-emitting materials, with options to suit all budgets. The FLS980 spectrometer offers InGaAs detectors with cut-off wavelengths of 1.65 μm, 2.05 μm and 2.55 μm, InAs detectors (3.1 μm) and InSb (5.5 μm) detectors; as well as InGaAs detector arrays. The FS5 Spectrofluorometer has the NIRA+ option, covering up to 1650 nm.

As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of state-of-the-art fluorescence spectroscopic instrumentation, we pride ourselves in being able to meet the most demanding research and technical requirements.

@Edinst #TandM #Pauto

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Intelligent and Cyber Secure PSU.

Bedrock Automation has added an intelligent, standalone power supply to its growing line of simple, scalable and secure control technologies. Seeking to design the ultimate power supply, their engineers started with a blank sheet of paper, as they had in designing the Bedrock™ control system. The resulting universal power supply sets new standards for onboard intelligence, durability, cyber security and physical hardening in a standalone ICS power supply.

SPS.500 PSU
The new SPS.500 Secure Power Supply provides characteristic Bedrock deep trust cyber security authentication and onboard intelligence for diagnostics and secure Ethernet communications. Encased in a NEMA 4X sealed aluminum enclosure, users of any PLC, SCADA RTU, PAC or DCS can retrofit to the new SPS.500 inside or outside enclosures, anywhere in a plant and in harsh environments.

“ICS power supplies are one of the most failure-prone control system components, yet many users just expect them to fail and be replaced more frequently than other ICS modules. However, with advanced analog and digital components, modules and electro-mechanics, we believe that the power supplies should outlive the ICS systems they support.  In addition, all modern digital products must integrally fend off cyber threats. We are confident that our new SPS.500 power supply is the most secure, intelligent and longest lasting standalone ICS power solution available today,” said Albert Rooyakkers, chief technical officer and vice president of engineering for Bedrock Automation.

Onboard intelligence
The Bedrock SPS.500 makes the power supply a viable participant in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) with the following features not typically found in power supplies today:
    • Ethernet and OPC/UA communications, enabling local or remote monitoring of power supply health for greater system reliability and plant safety 
    • A powerful cyber secure microprocessor and onboard memory for diagnostics and software-defined functionality 
     A built-in redundancy module, which simplifies installation and increases reliability by eliminating the need for an external redundancy module • Two built-in, software-configurable Form C contact relays, which provide operating and diagnostic status
Increasing onboard intelligence and Ethernet communications requires integral advanced cyber defense, which Bedrock Automation delivers with its embedded authentication and FIPS140-2 compliant anti-tamper protection.  

Physical Durability
As with all of its system modules, Bedrock Automation has designed the SPS.500 with extreme margins of safety and protection against the physical and electrical forces that induce accelerated wear. Unlike traditional standalone supplies that are housed in open vented metal, the SPS.500 is enclosed in a NEMA4X hermetically sealed solid aluminum metal case. This ground-breaking electro-mechanical design delivers many benefits to users, including protection from severe EMI/EMP, as well as from extreme temperature, shock, vibration and ingress by water and solids. This approach inherently delivers FIPS140-2 anti tamper compliance for cyber defense. The physical hardening makes the SPS.500 especially suitable for remote or extreme applications across the spectrum of automation.

Power specifications
The Bedrock Secure Power Supply provides single or redundant supply, using 90-264 V AC main voltage 50/60 Hz input. Its output of up to 500 watts is software configurable, between 21 to 28 volts. For more information about Bedrock power management, download the second white paper in our Revolution series: Revolution – Chapter Two: Empowering Power.

“The power supply has always been seen as a point of control system vulnerability, but until now, no one has invested much to address the issue. In doing so, Bedrock Automation has essentially created a new category of intelligent and cyber secure control system power supplies,” said ARC Research Group analyst Mark Sen Gupta.

The SPS.500 Power supply is available immediately. It can be mounted easily on pipe or wall, occupying about the same foot print as typical 500-watt power supply with redundancy.

@BedrockAuto #Pauto @cybersecure @TizianiWhitmyre

Water & Wastwater event to break records.

With 8 Conferences, more than 80 Workshops and over 140 Exhibition stands, WWEM 2016 is destined to outperform all previous attendance figures. Industry professionals, regulators and academics from around the world will come to Telford (GB) on 2nd and 3rd November to learn about the latest developments in regulations, technologies, methods and standards in laboratory, process and environmental monitoring.

“WWEM 2016 is set to be an enormous event,” says organiser Marcus Pattison, “Major organisations are co-locating their events with WWEM, and as a result of this synergy, WWEM 2016 has become the major global event for anyone involved with water testing and environmental analysis.”

The first day of the CPD certified WWEM 2016 Conference will address a laboratory environmental analysis theme; entitled ‘Priority Pollutants Legislation: Issues for Industry and Potential Solutions.’ The Conference on the second day, will address the ‘Resilience of Sensor Networks’ in the morning session, and the ‘Maintenance of Sensors’ in the afternoon.

The WWEM International Exhibition will be bigger than ever before this year. The exhibition, which will include a Gas Detection Zone, will feature over 140 stands representing more than 250 of the world’s leading providers of testing, analysis and monitoring equipment, and related services, many of which will launch new products at the show. In addition, over 80 free walk-in, walk-out Workshops will operate from within the Exhibition Hall.

‘Big Data’ and the ‘Internet of Things’ are starting to affect every industry, and The IWA Conference will provide an update on how data collection and processing is affecting the management of water and wastewater, and how it will develop in the future. With high profile speakers from 14 different countries, the IWA Conference will be a truly international event, attracting delegates from around the world.

The CIWEM conference will also run over two days featuring leading industry professionals presenting their views on how the water and environment sector will look in 2050. Discussions will include the latest innovations including Built Environment SMART Cities, Energy & Climate Change, Processed Water, Water Resources, Waste & Resources and Management & Regulation.

British Water and Cranfield University will run a Workshop entitled ‘Monitoring for Hydraulic Fracturing’ and EFASIG will hold a meeting addressing a variety of subjects within an environmental analysis theme.

There will also be a Flow Forum (2nd Nov) on flow monitoring and area velocity flow measurement, and a ‘BIM’ Awareness Day (3rd Nov) organised by the Pump Centre on Building Information Modelling.

Pre-registered visitors () will receive free parking, refreshments and lunch, plus free access to the Exhibition, Workshops, Poster sessions and Demonstration Area, the EFASIG meeting, the Pump Centre BIM event, and the Flow Forum.

Report on previous (2014) event!

@WWEM_Exhibition #IoT #Pauto @_Enviro_News