Friday, October 21, 2016

Automated temp monitoring!

Testo has supplied its latest temperature and humidity data logging system, Saveris 2, to Stansted Laboratories’ facility in Barking (GB).

Stansted Laboratories is a highly successful UKAS accredited laboratory of 20 staff analysing over 50,000 samples a year in a purpose built facility. It specialises in microbiological analysis of water and air, with its main income derived from Legionella testing of water and drinking water bacteriological analysis.

Maintaining precise temperatures within its devices - incubators, fridges, freezers and water baths – and cold room is essential to ensure accuracy and for compliance with UKAS’ stringent requirements, as is maintaining a detailed record. Stansted Laboratories had been monitoring and recording equipment temperatures manually, but as the company grew this became a time consuming, labour intensive activity.

Following a site visit, Testo recommended its Saveris 2 system, a highly cost-effective, flexible temperature and humidity data logging solution specifically for small to medium sized applications, which still provides the accuracy and reliability of its larger ‘parent’ system, Saveris 1.

15 Saveris 2 wireless temperature data loggers are now in use at Stansted Laboratories. The majority of the loggers are T2 which are being used to monitor temperatures in fridges, fridge freezers and incubators from -25°C to + 50°C, with T3 loggers with specialist flexible probes used for the 50°C water baths and a T1 logger with internal NTC temperature sensor in the cold room. The T2 data loggers are being used with a Testo Penetration probe NTC with ribbon cable (2 metre length) which is exceptionally flat allowing it to be pushed through narrow openings, such as the door seal of the fridges and incubators without impacting the performance of those units.

The measured temperature values from all the data loggers are automatically recorded by the Saveris 2 system and sent directly over a wireless LAN to the Testo cloud (online storage), requiring no manual intervention. The information is formatted into an easy to read graphic based report for each data logger and available as a pdf or csv file which can be emailed daily, weekly or monthly. Stansted Laboratories has opted for a daily report. Furthermore, authorised personnel can access data logger information at any time and from any location with an internet-enabled smartphone, tablet or PC, for maximum convenience.

For Stansted Laboratories, a key benefit of the Saveris 2 system is the automation. Anu Tavarasa, Laboratory Manager explains: “we were doing the readings manually, which took us half hour in the morning and another half hour in the afternoon. We wanted to automate this to save time. We tried several data loggers but they didn’t work for us as they were taking a long time to download. The Testo system is very fast. Not only has it freed up an hour every day for us to do analysis, but it’s very user friendly. I like the way we can look at the data online whenever we want; we do this regularly – three times a day at least. The alerts are also very useful, which come direct to the lab.” Saveris 2 provides free email alerts, plus up to 25 free SMS alerts a year (per logger), with alert parameters configured by the customer.

Whilst accuracy is clearly essential, for Stansted Laboratories the ease of use and flexibility of Saveris 2 has been a winning combination. The entire system is automated, needs no maintenance except for yearly recalibration (as standard with all test and measurement equipment), staff do not require training, and is both easily expandable and simple to install; so much so that when Stansted Laboratories recently expanded into adjacent premises, staff simply picked up the data loggers and moved them with the equipment without any need for Testo’s assistance.

@TestoLimited #PAuto #Laboratory @HamiltonGasProd

Cybersecurity under scrutiny at conference!

Security and automation professionals from various industries will gather next week in Atlanta, Georgia at the 2016 edition of SecurityWeek’s ICS Cyber Security Conference, the longest-running event of its kind. The International Society of Automation (ISA) serves as an alliance partner of the event, which takes place on 24-27 October.

The event kicks off on Monday, 24 October with a series of open and advanced workshops focusing on operational technology (OT), critical infrastructure, SCADA systems, and management. Participants will have the opportunity to learn not only how an organization can be protected against attacks, but also how attackers think and operate when targeting industrial control systems (ICS).
On Tuesday, 25 October, Admiral Michael S. Rogers, Director of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, will deliver the keynote address. Immediately following his keynote presentation, Admiral Rogers will take part in a discussion and question-and-answer session.

Later the same day, Yokogawa’s Jeff Melrose will detail drone attacks on industrial sites, and ICS cybersecurity expert Mille Gandelsman will disclose new vulnerabilities in popular SCADA systems.
In addition to an attack demonstration targeting a Schweitzer SEL-751A feeder protection relay, the day will feature several highly focused breakout sessions and a panel discussion on risk management and insurance implications.

The third day of the event, Wednesday, 26 November, includes presentations on PLC vulnerabilities, attacks against air-gapped systems, cyberattack readiness exercises, and management issues.
Also on Wednesday, ExxonMobil Chief Engineer Don Bartusiak will detail the company’s initiative to build a next-generation process control architecture. Breakout sessions will focus on risk management, incident response, safety and cybersecurity programs, emerging technologies, and the benefits of outside cybersecurity services in the automation industry.

On Thursday, the last day of the ICS Cyber Security Conference, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the implications of the Ukrainian energy hack on the US power grid, practical attacks on the oil and gas industries, and how technologies designed for video game development and engineering can be used to simulate cyberattacks and evaluate their impact.

Speakers will also detail the status of ICS in developing countries, the need for physical security, the implications associated with the use of cloud technologies in industrial environments, and the implementation of a publicly accessible database covering critical infrastructure incidents.  

Produced by SecurityWeek, the ICS Cyber Security Conference is the conference where ICS users, ICS vendors, system security providers and government representatives meet to discuss the latest cyber-incidents, analyze their causes and cooperate on solutions. Since its first edition in 2002, the conference has attracted a continually rising interest as both the stakes of critical infrastructure protection and the distinctiveness of securing ICSs become increasingly apparent.

@SecurityWeek #Pauto 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Platform combines communication and control.

The rugged Graphite® platform has been expanded by Red Lion Controls, to include a new Graphite Core Controller and Graphite Crimson® Control Module that combine communication and control capabilities to reduce cost and ease operations. Both hardware offerings leverage an enhanced version of Red Lion’s powerful Crimson 3.0 software with added Crimson Control functionality to provide a single programming solution for control, networking and data visualization.

Crimson Control enables customers to use IEC 61131 programming languages – such as Ladder Logic, Function Block, Structured Text and Instruction List – to solve specific application needs by developing logic control much like a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) or Remote Telemetry Unit (RTU) without the added expense. This control functionality is now available as part of:

• Graphite Core Controller: rugged standalone industrial controller that features all-metal construction and works with a variety of I/O modules to combine IEC 61131 control capabilities with networking and data visualization alongside the core functionality – protocol conversion, data logging and web serving – of a Graphite seven inch HMI minus the graphical display.
• Graphite Crimson Control Module: control module that plugs into Graphite HMIs to form an all-in-one industrial solution that adds IEC 61131 control functionality without requiring additional panel space or a separate programming package.

“Adding control and expansion options to our Graphite platform enables organizations to take communication and control capabilities even further to enhance factory automation and process control applications,” said Paul Bunnell, director of product management at Red Lion Controls. “Customers can easily reduce equipment cost and complexity by using our new IEC 61131 control functionality to program logic control code without the need for additional software or hardware.”

To support this extended functionality, Red Lion now offers rugged Graphite expansion racks that work with the Graphite platform to provide a scalable solution enabling organizations to remotely mount up to twelve plug-in modules to the back of a cabinet without extensive wiring. Each rack supports up to three plug-in modules and can be installed for a maximum of twenty modules per tethered Graphite connection.

Red Lion’s Graphite platform includes a built-in web server that enables users to monitor and control applications via PCs, tablets or smartphones. SMS text-messaging and email alerts provide early warning of process issues, which helps avoid costly downtime or site visits. In addition, protocol conversion lets customers select from more than 300 industrial protocols to seamlessly integrate disparate devices such as PLCs, drives, cameras, barcode readers and panel meters.

The Graphite platform is ideal for factory automation and process control environments that may include manufacturing, oil & gas, water/wastewater, power, utility transportation and maritime. Applications include tank batteries, pipelines, salt water disposal, pump stations, lift stations, substation controls, solar array positioning and railroad trackside controls.

• Red Lion products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology

 @redlioncontrols  #PAuto 

Linearization and Teach!

Thanks to linearised calibration curves and very low standard dispersion rates, the new distance-measuring inductive sensors IR08, IR12 and IR18 from the Baumer AlphaProx family offer easy and reasonably priced analysis of the measurement results without any additional cost or effort for programming. Complex reference measurements are also things of the past.

A simple and innovative 1-point teaching process makes it possible to set or adapt the sensors to a special application quickly and easily, more or less at the press of a button. The sensor is only taught at one certain position. The output signal from the teaching point is linear, with the required steepness. This means that the sensor can also be installed wherever the teaching of a second point is not possible on account of the dynamic range of the application. An example of this is the measurement of the deformation of a shaft. Installation tolerances are eliminated directly in the sensor, guaranteeing reproducible measurements and reducing installation costs.

The steepness of the calibration curve can be adapted individually to different applications using an easy-to-operate 2-point teaching function. The sensors assume an exactly defined value at the minimum and maximum distances, and between these the output signal is linear. For applications in which, beside the analog signal, a switching signal is to be generated at certain points on the calibration curve, for example to indicate a critical range, Baumer also offers AlphaProx models with an additional digital output. This combination of two outputs in one sensor allows the sensor to be installed even in places where there is no room for two sensors, thus cutting costs as well.

@BaumerGroup #Pauto 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Automation training centre for Saudi college.

Industry and workforce development officials in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) are celebrating the October opening of an ISA training centre at the Jubail Industrial College in the country’s Eastern province as a major step forward in positioning the region for ongoing economic growth and industrial innovation.
LtoR: Soloman Almadi, Ph.D., Senior Engineering Consultant at Saudi Aramco; Eid M. Al-Hajri, MD, Managing Director of Jubail Industrial College; Patrick Gouhin, ISA Executive Director and CEO; Abdullah Alkhalifah, Senior Engineering Consultant with Saudi Aramco’s Process and Control System Division and President of ISA in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA); and Khaled Abusalem, Senior Engineering Consultant with Saudi Aramco’s Technology Management Division.

The Jubail-ISA Training Centre brings ISA’s globally recognised automation and control instruction—as well as its certification review and certificate program courses—to Jubail Industrial City, the largest industrial city in the Middle East and home to one of the world’s most advanced industrial and engineering complexes.

“With the opening of the JIC-ISA training center, the college has achieved yet another milestone toward its mission of bringing standards-based automation training and skills instruction on modern industrial technology to the region,” states Eid M. Al-Hajri, MD, Managing Director of Jubail Industrial College. “By partnering with ISA to establish the center, we’re able to help engineers, technologists and technicians in the region improve their capabilities, skills and knowledge in the essential areas of instrumentation and control, and engineering and technology.”

A throng of KSA officials and industry leaders—including ISA Executive Director and CEO Patrick Gouhin—attended the center’s official opening on in early October 2016.

“The formal opening of the Jubail-ISA Training Center was immensely exciting and a landmark event for all of us at ISA,” Gouhin says. “We are privileged to collaborate with Jubail Industrial College to make ISA training easily accessible to the companies and workers in this economically vital region of the world.”

Many prominent representatives of Saudi Aramco, the KSA’s national petroleum and natural gas company, also attended the opening and highlighted the center’s importance in preparing more workers for the area’s growing number of high-tech jobs.

“With the continued growth that we have seen in this part of the world, automation and a skilled automation workforce are central to continued economic sustainability and advancement,” asserts Soloman Almadi, Ph.D., Senior Engineering Consultant at Saudi Aramco. “The opening of the Jubail-ISA Training Center plants the seeds for a powerhouse platform that will play a major role in our vision and future for industry.”

Simply put, this is a dream come true,” expresses Abdullah Alkhalifah, Senior Engineering Consultant with Saudi Aramco’s Process and Control System Division. “Having access to world-class automation training and certification programs—right in the heart of Saudi Arabia’s major oil and gas hub—is a major milestone and something that industry in this part of the world have been waiting a long time for. This will undoubtedly lead to the development of a new generation of automation engineers and professionals who will be able to serve the Kingdom and help meet its long-term objectives.”

Khaled Abusalem, Senior Engineering Consultant with Saudi Aramco’s Technology Management Division, says the ISA training center has the potential to serve as an “uncubator for applied research and technology evaluation and as a Saudi Arabia center of excellence in systems automation.”

He added that ISA certification gives workers an additional edge in the marketplace because it bestows an even higher level of skills proficiency and qualification—increasingly important for manufacturers seeking to improve quality, efficiency, safety and security.

@IrJubailcollege #PAuto #ISAuto

AC/DC Drives for oil rig cranes!

A US-based specialist in the supply of complete electrical packages for oil rig cranes is using Control Techniques AC and DC drives as part of a landmark $500,000+ order involving the upgrade of 10 LeTourneau cranes. Three cranes have already been completed with no reported down-time in the first 18 months of operation, whereas prior to the upgrade, maintenance would be required on a weekly or even daily basis in some instances. The financial benefits for the oil rig operator are proving substantial.

Headquartered in League City, Texas, JC’s Marine Oilfield Services was established in 1992. The company’s Power & Distribution Division specialises in a variety of motor control solutions that are customised to match the needs of oil rig cranes, as well as drilling barges, supply vessels and land rigs.

When a Texas/Louisiana-based customer was seeking an electrical contractor to help upgrade the drive systems on 10 LeTourneau oilfield cranes, JC’s Marine Power & Distribution was in prime position to secure the order thanks to its technical support and AC/DC capabilities. As a long-standing advocate and user of drive technologies from Control Techniques, the company proposed the use of a Unidrive SP AC variable speed drive for the boom, and two Control Techniques Mentor MP series DC regenerative drives for the swing and hoist.

“The technical advice offered by Control Techniques is one their best selling points,” stated John Costanza, President at ‎ JC's Marine Oilfield Services. “Their technicians always address problems quickly and comprehensively, which means a lot to a business such as ours, and is certainly better than we have experienced elsewhere. We exclusively use Control Techniques drives on our projects, ranging from 75 to 750kW, both AC and DC.”

Around 1600 LeTourneau cranes are currently in service on oil and gas rigs around the world. Although they were originally fitted with large motor-generator sets, these do not offer variable speed, meaning there is total reliance on the skill of the boom operator to lower heavy loads.

“By changing to a Control Techniques variable speed drive for the boom we can ensure complete control over the speed and rate at which the boom moves, so that loads up to 50 tons are ‘feathered’ rather than ‘banged’ to the ground,” said Mr Costanza.

The boom motor drive system comprises an SP5402 Unidrive variable speed AC drive rated at 210 Amps continuous, while the hook motor drive system features a Mentor MP420A4R DC drive rated at 420 Amps continuous. A Mentor MP210A4R, rated at 210 Amps continuous, is fitted to the swing motor drive system. All of the drives are purposely sized for twice the normal power required, which means the system never runs at its maximum capacity.

“I’ve been operating with the new system for 12 months and have not had one issue,” said Justin Hillard, LeTourneau crane operator on Atlantic 7 rig. “The controls are user friendly, very smooth and have a wide variable speed in hook, swing and boom. In my opinion the boom is the biggest operating improvement. With its variable speed you can ease into boom and keep the load stable and personnel safe on deck.”

Jason also praised the increased safety afforded as a result of the new system: “The crane is also much quieter without the motor-generator sets running; you can hear what the crane is doing and what’s going on around you. I’ve also noticed that if you’re in a position where you cannot see the hook, you can actually hear the hook motor running and know how fast the hook is travelling. I highly recommend this system, it’s safer, smoother, quieter and virtually maintenance-free.”

David Powers, fellow LeTourneau crane operator on Atlantic 7 rig, also likes the new control system, which carries a Certificate of Design Conformance from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS): “The new system gives the crane a better parameter of operation and is more responsive. Most importantly, these changes have made a much safer work environment.”

“Braking is automated, which promotes safety and takes responsibility away from the operator,” added Mr Costanza. “Also, there is better reliability as the load is not being ‘snatched’.”

Further benefits delivered to the end user as a result of AC and DC drive technologies from Control Techniques include conformal coating on the PCBs, which helps impart protection in marine environments, while the large working temperature range is also advantageous.

The project to complete the upgrade of the 10 LeTourneau cranes will continue through to the end of 2017.

@EmersonIndAuto #PAuto #ControlTechniques #Oil

Gas analyser for hydrogen-cooled generators.

Michell Instruments has added an analyser dedicated to monitoring hydrogen-cooled electricity generators to its current range of moisture and oxygen analysers. The new XTC601 for hydrogen cooled generators has been designed with three phase profiles to cover all of the gas analysis requirements for operation and maintenance.
Hydrogen is used as a coolant in generators because it is the most efficient cooling agent available, having the highest thermal conductivity of all gases, allowing it to quickly draw heat away from the stator. A secondary benefit of using hydrogen is its low density, which reduces drag on the brushes making the generator work more efficiently.

High-purity hydrogen is required for the cooling to be effective, as well as for safe operation. As it is not possibly to hermetically seal the generator set casings, there is always the potential for moisture ingress from the surrounding air. Too much moisture in the system not only reduces efficiency, but also introduces the risk of arcing and damage to the generator. Too much oxygen could cause an explosion.

As well as monitoring the purity of hydrogen in operation, operators also routinely purge the system with CO2 to remove all the hydrogen safely, before carrying out scheduled maintenance.

The XTC601 for hydrogen cooled generators has three phase profiles to cover all stages of the process:

  • Normal operation: H2 Purity (air as the contaminant). Providing continuous, online measurements of the atmosphere within the generator.
  • Purging H2 with CO2. Indicating when all the H2 has been removed from the system before routine maintenance – vital for safety and avoiding risk of explosions.
  • Purging CO2 with Air. This phase ensures that the atmosphere is safe for the engineers to work

The analyser has three calibration maps to enable measurement in each of the above gas mixtures. Switching between them is simple using the integrated HMI or via an input from the plant control system. Having just one analyzer to monitor each of the phases reduces installation costs and capital expenditure. As with all of Michell’s Thermal Conductivity analysers, the non-depleting sensor makes it highly cost-effective over its lifetime as there are no consumable parts to replace.

• Michell products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

@Michell_Inst #PAuto #power

Mid range temperature transmitter.

The YTA610 temperature transmitter has been released by Yokogawa. Although the YTA610 is a mid-range model, it has the same dual-compartment housing for the transmitter terminal block and electronics that is used with the company’s high-end models, ensuring excellent environmental resistance.

YTA 610
The release of the YTA610 temperature transmitter completes Yokogawa’s revamp of the YTA series, with the YTA610 and the YTA710 (a high-end model that was released in May of this year) succeeding the YTA110, the YTA310, and the YTA320, with the aim of further improving this innovative and reliable market leading range.

Development Background
Temperature transmitters are used in oil and gas, petrochemical, chemicals, iron and steel, pulp and paper, electric power, water treatment and other types of plants, to convert signals from thermocouples, RTDs, and other types of temperature sensors and relay them to the plant monitoring and control system. The YTA series was launched in 1998, and the high reliability and excellent environmental resistance of these transmitters has made them a global top seller.

To begin its revamp of the YTA series, Yokogawa released the YTA710 in May. While featuring the same high environmental resistance and reliability of the other models in the YTA series, this high-end model enables higher measurement accuracy and comes with a number of new functions that meet our customers’ latest needs. The YTA610 a cost-effective mid-range model in this product series.

Product Features
1. Dual-compartment housing
The dual-compartment housing of the YTA610 sets it apart from many of its competitors in the mid-range temperature transmitter market by allowing it to be installed in locations where they will be subject to extreme temperatures and high humidity. Although the YTA610 is a mid-range model, it has the same dual-compartment housing found in high-end models such as the YTA710; with the terminal block and electronics in separate compartments, the YTA610 has outstanding environmental resistance.

2. Choice of the latest digital communication protocols
The YTA610 supports the latest versions of the HART® and FOUNDATIONTM Fieldbus communications protocols, HART 7 and ITK 6. As such, the YTA610 complies with the IEC 61508 standard, which was specified by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for the functional safety of electrical and electric equipment. Early next year, it is expected that the YTA610 will be certified as meeting the requirements for safety integrity level (SIL) 2, as defined by the IEC.

3. Improved self-diagnostics and sensor diagnostic functions
Each of the transmitters in the YTA series comes with a variety of diagnostic functions that can detect problems with the transmitter such as a disconnected sensor. In addition to these functions, the YTA610 features a variety of new prognostic functions that will improve maintenance efficiency by making it possible to predict when calibration and other maintenance procedures will need to be performed.

4. Local parameter setting
Software developed especially for the new YTA models is available that facilitates the setting of parameters for transmitters and other field devices. Basic parameter setting can be performed by just pressing buttons on the indicator. As this eliminates the need for a PC, this is especially convenient when working in the field.

 @YokogawaIA  #PAuto

EGM on Coriolis mass flowmeters.

Entrained Gas Management EGM technology is now available for all Krohne OPTIMASS Coriolis mass flowmeters. With the latest additions OPTIMASS 3400 and OPTIMASS 7400, now the whole OPTIMASS series offers continuous and repeatable mass flow or density measurement with 2-phase flows such as liquids mixed with gas, slurries with gases or highly viscous fluids with gas entrainments.

In the past, this presented a huge challenge for mass flowmeters: without gas entrainments, the measuring tubes in the Coriolis mass flowmeter have the desired regular oscillation. Gas entrained in the liquid dampens this regular oscillation, and as the gas content increases, it can come to a complete stop. To overcome this, Krohne developed powerful control algorithms that allow the meter to maintain oscillation and continue to measure even with complex flow conditions. This is possible even during a complete transition from a pure liquid phase to a gas phase and back, i.e. from 0…100% gas content. Mass flow and density measurements remain stable, continuous and repeatable.

Since the introduction of the EGM technology in 2012, OPTIMASS flowmeters with EGM have proven themselves in 2-phase flow and batch/loading/empty-full-empty applications in various industries:

  • Food & Beverage: raw milk, ice cream, dough, sirup, tomato concentrate, spinach, meat, margarine, mayonnaise, meat, syrup, coffee extract, coolants, sugar concentrates and molasses
  • Chemical: hydrogen peroxide processing, viscous monomers/polymers, liquid removal from stirred tanks, highly concentrated assets such as fuming HCl or HNO3, polyurethane foams, push to empty tanks
  • Oil & Gas: drilling fluids, truck loading/offloading, well heads, tank management

Together with the indication or configurable alarm for the user, EGM can also be used to improve processes by identifying transient gas entrainments.
To explain the technology and the applications in more detail, “Entrained Gas Management in Coriolis flowmeters” has been released as new course on the free Krohne Academy online eLearning platform. The course consists of one learning module with a corresponding test that allows participants to assess their knowledge, and is currently available in English and German, other languages will follow.

• Krohne products are marketed in Ireland by DWN Instrumentation.

@krohnegroup #PAuto 

Ethernet connection system for PROFINET and robot cables.

Harting has expanded its preLink® integrated Ethernet connection system with new versions of the preLink® termination block for interfacing with PROFINET, industrial Ethernet and ultra-flexible cables, typically used on robots.

Delivering even more flexibility and ease of use for preLink® connection technology, the preLink® termination block is now available in a black PROFINET version. It is suitable for AWG 22/23 stranded wire and comes with printed standardised wire assignment for PROFINET and industrial Ethernet. Wire assignment is clear, so that assembly is quick and easy.

Also available is a white preLink® cube, which is optimised for AWG 24 wires and suitable for a large number of ultra-flexible robot cables with AWG 24/19 wire configuration.
With its preLink® connection technology, Harting has successfully managed to separate a previously fixed connection between cable and connector into two independent and re-usable components. The preLink® termination block is fitted with an inlet for 4- or 8-wire Ethernet cable, which can be securely assembled in the field in a single stage with the appropriate preLink® tool.

The termination block fits the related RJ45 and M12 jacks and connectors. The benefit of this system is that the termination block can be removed and inserted in another connector in a matter of seconds over and over again, meaning that cables and connectors can be switched independently of one another.

@Harting #PAuto #Ethernet @PeterBushComms

Electrical test lead sets.

In response to increasing numbers of enquiries for replacement test leads and enquiries for types of lead sets not available from other suppliers Cliff now offer end users a very comprehensive range of standard test lead sets and are happy to provide custom solutions where required.

Research carried out by Cliff of third party test leads currently available in the replacement market has shown that there are wide variations in quality of manufacture and reliability. Cliff offers very high quality professional products manufactured to the same specifications and standards that they supply to their OEM Test Instrument customers

John Hall, General Manager of Cliff Electronics, comments; “As a major designer and manufacturer of test lead sets supplied with many well-known brands of test meters, as well as major suppliers to popular brands of after-market test lead sets, selling our own products direct to end users via major wholesalers is a very logical step. The wholesale outlets and national distributors stocking our test leads will provide end users with convenient in-branch availability and 24/7 online ordering”

Test Leads are predominately used by electrical test and safety PAT testers, electrical contractors and test and repair houses. In recognition of this Cliff takes great care in ensuring their test lead products are fully rated for all aspects of IEC61010, particularly with regard to voltage and current ratings, creepage distances and cable specification and insulation ratings. All Cliff products are marked with CAT ratings where required.

All Cliff test leads use high quality silicone cable with 2 layers of insulation designed so that the white under-layer becomes visible if the outer becomes damaged. This provides a visual alert to the user of a potential safety hazard.

As well as the price advantage of buying direct from the manufacturer, Cliff offers customers the opportunity to increase their sales by offering a full test lead range which meets the needs of many brands of test equipment for contractors, PV installers and PAT users.

As the original manufacturer Cliff can also offer Customers customised branding and labeling if required, and undertake the manufacture any other type of test lead sets to meet local or unique requirements.

Wholesalers, distributors and customers are all assured that Cliff test lead sets are manufactured using the same double insulated silicone cable, components, tolerances and standards which are supplied to OEM customers.

All Cliff test lead sets and components are manufactured in our own ISO9001:2008 certified factories (including Britain), exceed all relevant safety specifications such as EN601010, and are RoHS compliant.

All Cliff test lead sets are packaged in reusable plastic pouches designed for efficient trade counter display

#CliffElectronics #TandM #PAuto

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Multi rotary switch.

The Cyber One multi rotary switch from leading HMI manufacturer ELMA is now available from Foremost Electronics. Cyber One is a splash proof, versatile, force feed-back encoder with push button function and RGB backlit illumination.

Alan Cook, Managing Director of Foremost Electronics commented, “The new ELMA Cyber One is a market leading HMI solution for a wide number of applications and offers customers a very flexible and stylish control solution for cutting edge end products.

This innovative product is ideal for many applications requiring real-time process feed-back. The firmware offers various pre-set “feels”, including 8 to 64 detents, artificial end-stop, spring return, vibration and many more. Cyber One’s electro magnetically generated output torque can also be directly (real-time) controlled in the range of 0 to 6 Ncm.

The Cyber One multi rotary switch is a very versatile, active force feed-back encoder for inter-active HMI controls in applications including medical (respirators, imaging, monitors, laboratory equipment), cockpit (commercial vehicles, farming, construction), industrial (machine tools, process controls) and entertainment (lighting and audio-broadcast). The Cyber One may be supplied with customer specific pre-set feels and individual control knobs.

Key features of the ELMA Cyber One Multi Rotary Switch include pre-set feels or direct, real-time torque control, 8 to 64 detents, end-stop, spring effect, vibration feels and more, integral push button with RGB backlit illumination, 384 CPR (clocks per revolution) encoder output, UART control input, 24 VDC supply, 1.9 A peak current consumption, Ø 36 x 40 mm body size (behind front panel), operating temperature range -20 to +70°C, splash proof to IP54.

 #4most #PAuto #ELMA

Monday, October 17, 2016

Pressure transducers for absolute or gauge pressure in gases, vapors, liquids and dust.

The Cerabar PMP11, 21 and 23 pressure transducers, just introduced by Endress+Hauser, measure up to 6,000 psi and are factory spanable to specific application requirements. The transducers are available with threaded or welded hygienic process connections, meet a variety of industry standards including FDA, FM, IEC and Ex, and provide 4-20 mA or 0-10 Vdc output signals.

These durable and reliable transducers provide excellent performance. The Cerabar PMP11 and PMP21 pressure transducers measure pressures from -15 to 6,000 psi at temperatures from -40 to 212 °F with accuracy of 0.5% and 0.3%, respectively.

The Cerabar PMP23 pressure transducers measure pressures from -15 to 600 psi at temperatures from 14 to 212 °F with accuracy of 0.3%. The IP69 housing and process isolating diaphragm are 316L stainless steel. Fully welded hygienic process connections without additional adapters or O-rings are available for washdown applications. It may be used in CIP and SIP applications at temperatures up to 275 °F for a maximum of one hour.

Transducer models with a valve plug can be fitted with the PHX20 local display. The one-line LCD shows measured values, fault messages and information messages. The device display can be turned in 90° steps, making it easy to reorient as required for improved readability.

Approvals include CE, ATEX, FM, FDA, CSA, GOST, IEC Ex, NEPSI Ex, TIIS, RCM-Tick Marking (Australia) and others. The transducers correspond to Article 3 (3) of the EC directive 97/23/EC (Pressure Equipment Directive), and have been designed and manufactured in accordance with Category I or II, SEP.

@Endress_Hauser #PAuto 

Hydrogen sensor.

The Meridian Hydrogen sensor from Tyco Gas & Flame Detection comes standard with two user selectable gas ranges: 4% by Volume or 1% by Volume, and is ideal for Hydrogen detection in environments where Catalytic bead sensor use is impractical, or available power is limited.

This new sensor follows other available Meridian sensor features including: Range Invariant calibration, true Hot Swap replacement, and the ability to calibrate in the lab and put it quickly into operation in the field. The sensors employ an electrochemical sensing element that needs recalibration just once every three months for optimum performance.

#PAuto @tycogfd

Autonomous vehicle testing.

National Instruments (NI) has released VeriStand 2016, the latest version of its software used by embedded software test engineers to build and run hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) verification systems. Today’s engineers face increasingly compressed, shifting schedules and constantly changing requirements driven by the emergence of the connected car and autonomous vehicles. VeriStand and NI’s HIL systems are the most open and customisable platforms available on the market to help companies meet these changing demands and future-proof their test systems.

With this release of the software customers can:
· Achieve complete test coverage by taking advantage of the full breadth of NI I/O, including RF and camera processing
· Use their models from over 30 different modeling tool and simulation environments such as The MathWorks, Inc. Simulink® software and IPG Carmaker to test ECUs for the latest embedded software trends such as ADAS and autonomous vehicles
· Create professional looking UIs quickly and interact more efficiently with live tests using the completely redesigned UI manager
· Connect with third-party hardware and software through the industry-standard ASAM XIL API
· Work more efficiently with extremely large models using the improved model handling engine
Engineers take advantage of NI’s HIL systems to tackle the increasing complexity of embedded software and rising number of testing scenarios required as the newer technologies that make up next-generation vehicles like advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), automotive radar and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) become commonplace in embedded control systems. By building on open and proven technology software and hardware platforms, NI can quickly add native support for these new technologies to ensure customers can achieve complete software test coverage.

Additionally, with NI offices in 49 countries and a worldwide network of NI Alliance Partners with vertical industry and systems integration experience, turnkey test systems that meet customers’ particular application requirements can be delivered and supported.

“Through NI’s flexible platform-based approach, we could easily customize the HIL system to integrate specific test requirements for the vehicle electronic controllers,” said Zhang Fuli of Beijing Jingwei HiRain Technologies, an NI Alliance Partner. “The NI software and hardware systems made it easy to add functionality to our tests and satisfy the practical requirements of automotive HIL testing while retaining stability and reliability, and reducing the overall development cycle."

VeriStand is the software core of NI’s HIL systems. It combines real-time simulation, data acquisition, communication protocols and control into a common platform for the most complete HIL test software on the market today. And unlike traditional HIL software that is defined by the vendor and hard to modify, VeriStand can easily be extended and customized to meet customers’ particular test requirements.

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