Friday, January 6, 2017

President takes office!

Steven W. Pflantz, PE, is the 2017 President of the International Society of Automation (ISA).

Steve Pflantz
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve as ISA President for 2017. ISA is an organisation with a long and distinguished history of providing value to automation professionals and to the automation community at large,” he declared. “My overriding goal is to build upon ISA’s financial and operational success. One way I believe we can do this is by better leveraging our core strengths and capabilities in new ways and to take advantage of new business opportunities. We have so much technical expertise, knowledge, and content we can bring to bear to solve problems across a diverse range of industries beyond the processing and manufacturing sector.”

In this position, Pflantz will work with Society leaders and staff to increase awareness of the value and relevance of the ISA brand and build on ISA’s proven range of capabilities and resources for automation professionals, which includes standards development, education, training, certification, certificate programs, publications, and technical symposia and conferences.

Pflantz is an Associate in the St. Louis, Missouri office of CRB Consulting Engineers, Inc., a global consulting, design and construction services firm. He serves as a technical leader on many of CRB’s electrical and automation design projects, applying his extensive electrical engineering experience—particularly in the areas of instrumentation and controls.

A long-time ISA member and leader, Pflantz brings to his role as Society President a deep understanding of the automation profession, the needs and expectations of ISA members, and the value and significance of automation careers.

In 2012 and 2013, he served as Vice President of ISA’s Professional Development Department, encouraging members to take better advantage of the Society’s leadership training and development opportunities. He’s also served on ISA’s Executive Board (2008 and 2012) and as an ISA district vice president (2007 and 2008).

Pflantz has played a key role within the Automation Federation—ISA’s umbrella organization—on significant workforce development initiatives, including the formation of the Automation Competency Model and improving STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education in secondary schools.

He is ardent supporter of FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit public charity designed to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology, and to motivate students to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM fields. Each year, Pflantz represents ISA and the Automation Federation at the FIRST Championship, an international STEM celebration for K-12 students held in St. Louis and highlighted by the FIRST® Robotics Competition.

Pflantz has been at CRB Consulting Engineers since 2001. Before that, he held positions as: Senior E&I Engineer at Emerson Process and Air Products; Project Engineer at Celotex Corporation and TEC Systems, Inc.; and COOP Engineer at TAMKO.

In 2012, Pflantz was inducted into the Academy of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He’s also a member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE).

Pflantz received a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

@ISA_Interchange #PAuto @CRB_USA

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Valve remote control system for offshore crane!

Heerema Marine Contractors has chosen Emerson to provide a valve remote control (VRC) system for the world’s largest semi-submersible offshore crane vessel, SSCV Sleipnir, currently under construction at Sembcorp Marine’s shipyard in Singapore.

The 220 metre-long vessel is designed for the installation and removal of large offshore structures, such as oil and gas platforms, subsea production facilities, foundations, moorings, and deep water floating structures. Each of the ship’s two revolving cranes is capable of lifting up to 10,000 metric tons. The critical task of stabilising Sleipnir during lifting operations will be carried out by the ship’s ballast control system, which transfers water between onboard tanks to counter-balance the weight of shifting loads.

“A groundbreaking project like this called for us to partner with automation experts who could provide a VRC solution that minimised cost, weight, size, and energy use while ensuring years of safe operation in some of the toughest situations imaginable,” said Leo Stobbe, commissioning manager for Sleipnir at Heerema. “Across the board, we are confident that Emerson has delivered.”

Not only must the ballast control system operate reliably in demanding marine conditions, but it must do so on an extraordinary scale. To address these unique challenges, Emerson’s experts worked closely with the stakeholders to design a custom, fully-redundant Damcos™ VRC solution for the ship’s fluid management and ballast systems that includes a total of 847 valves, actuators, local power units (LPUs), and eight interface cabinets connected by a P-NET communication bus.

Emerson’s Damcos LPUs are rated at IP68, meaning that they are able to operate while submerged at a depth of three bar (30 metres) for at least 24 hours. The LPUs are mounted directly on the actuators and connected to the P-NET network, saving the shipyard installation man-hours by eliminating hydraulic tubing and greatly improving reliability with their short circuit-tolerant design. This configuration allows any LPU to fail entirely without affecting the other units in the loop.

@EMR_Automation  #PAuto #Marine @Emerson_News #Heerema

Coriolis and magnetic flowmeters.

The Proline 300/500, a family of industry optimized “smart” Coriolis mass and electromagnetic flow instruments has been released by Endress+Hauser. These instruments simplify installation, speed commissioning, and streamline both operation and maintenance activities.
The Proline Promass Coriolis mass flowmeters are available in 11 models ranging in sizes from 1/24 to 14 inches in diameter, for measuring flows up to 100,000 tons per day. Proline Promag flowmeters are available in three models in sizes from 1/12 to 78 inches for volume flows up to 634 million gallons per day. Both types are available in models suitable for high temperatures, corrosive fluids, hygienic and sterile process applications.

Proline instruments connect to control systems via 4-20mA HART, WirelessHART, PROFIBUS PA/DP, FOUNDATION Fieldbus, Modbus, EtherNet/IP or PROFINET. Both families provide access to users via the device’s display, a web server, a wireless LAN, handheld devices, asset management or process automation solutions, and Fieldbus protocol. Each provides fast commissioning, in-situ device verification during operation, continuous self-diagnostics and automatic on-board data storage.

Both families have robust transmitter housings available in aluminum, hygienic or severe service stainless steel. Each housing has a two-chamber system with a front-mounted compartment for connecting source power, wiring the analog and/or digital inputs and outputs, and accessing the Ethernet service access port or device display. The second chamber permits service technicians to access the electronics modules for repair functions while maintaining protection against dust and contamination.

Local or remote four-line backlit optical displays with a WLAN connection allow access from a handheld device such as a smartphone or a tablet.

All Proline instruments have custody transfer approvals and meet the requirements of cCSAus, ATEX, NEPSI, INMETRO, EAC, IEC/EN 61326, NAMUR NE21, and EU and ACMA directives. They are also approved for use in SIL 2 and SIL 3 applications.

Smart Instrument Functions
Each Proline instrument has a HistoROM function to protect data storage automatically. This includes an event logbook and data logger that can be accessed locally or remotely, and storage of calibration and verification information. This onboard data storage makes it easy to replace and commission a new flow sensor.

The built-in web server provides universal browser-based access to device, diagnostics and process information from any device with an internet or Wi-Fi connection. Typical access devices include laptops, PCs, smartphones and tablets.

Endress+Hauser’s Heartbeat Technology package addresses device diagnostics, monitoring and verification functions used to satisfy regulatory, contractual, quality, safety or fiscal requirements.

Heartbeat Diagnostics provides self-monitoring for all Proline instruments meeting NAMUR NE107 requirements for clear and unambiguous categorization of events and device remedies for quick resolution of problems.

Optional Heartbeat Monitoring allows for customer identification of device trends from process influences such as buildup, settling solids or liquids, erosion, corrosion and multi-phase fluid flows.

The TÜV-attested Heartbeat Verification is the only method to have achieved third-party accreditation per traceable ISO metrological standards in operation. In-situ verification can be triggered at any time, from anywhere, to provide electronic quality reports.

The Proline instrument portfolio also connects directly to Endress+Hauser’s W@M lifecycle management software which tracks all necessary information about device calibrations, verifications, maintenance, and other functions over the life of the sensor and instrument.

@Endress_Hauser #PAuto @Endress_US

Election results announced!

MCAA President Teresa Sebring has certified the election of officers and directors of the Measurement, Control & Automation Association for 2017. The elections were completed by letter ballot of the membership in November.

Dr Peter Martin
Peter Martin, Vice President Strategic Ventures for Schneider Electric Systems USA, Inc. of Foxboro, MA USA will serve as Chairman. He has worked in industrial automation for more than three decades with experience in the industry segments of training, engineering, product planning, marketing and strategic planning. He holds BA and MS degrees in Mathematics and an MA in Administration and Management. He also holds a Master of Biblical Studies degree, and doctorates in Industrial Engineering and Biblical Studies. Dr. Martin is the author of numerous books and articles as well as being a Fellow of the International Society of Automation and a member of the Process Automation Hall of Fame. Dr Martin was a keynote speaker at the first ISA FPID Symposium held outside of North America last year in Cork (IRL).

Bharat Naik, President of Reotemp Instruments of San Diego, CA USA, was elected Vice-­Chairman. He has spent more than twenty years in the chemical industry in a variety of technical, commercial and management roles. He holds a BS degree in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MS in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He began his career in Detroit providing technical service for the coatings, adhesives, and automotive markets and in 2000, moved to San Diego to steer and grow Rhino Linings, a small private company.

The remainder of the Board is comprised of Immediate Past Chairman, Joe Incontri, Director of Marketing for KROHNE, Inc., and At-Large Members
Mike DeLacluyse, President, Lesman Instrument Company;
Mike Gallagher, President and CEO, Centro, Inc.;
Gary Johnson, President, Azbil North America, Inc.;
Don Maness, Senior Director, North America Channels, Honeywell Process Solutions;
Stan Ronna, President, Automation Products Group, Inc.;
Scott Saunders, President and CEO, Moore Industries International, Inc.;
Mike Waters, President and CEO, SOR Controls Group Ltd.;
Jim Winter, Director of Global Process Business, Rockwell Automation.

MCAA provides resources to the world’s leading process control suppliers. Its core purpose is to bring process control providers together to develop the resources they need to prosper. The organization helps the management teams of process and factory automation product and solution providers run and grow successful businesses by offering timely, unique and highly specialized resources acquired from shared management benchmarks and strategies where proprietary company information is secure.

@MeasControl  #PAuto

Multi-axis network motion controllers.

Elmo Motion’s Platinum Maestro is a certified EtherCAT and CANopen network motion controller that offers exceptional levels of multi-axis machine performance. Available with full technical support in Britain from Heason Technology –  their distribution and systems integration partner there – the Platinum Maestro perfectly partners Elmo’s advanced servo drives and Application Studio II software (EAS II Tools). With emphasis on cost-effective and straightforward machine development its EtherCAT networking capability delivers low jitter synchronisation down to 100µs for eight drive axes, with 32 fully synchronised axes at 250 µs.

The advanced motion control capability extends to complex synchronised axis and I/O control including superimposed moves, 3D error mapping, PVT, splines, delta robot, kinematics support and more. The multi-core processor based controller includes high speed communication from any host type as well as standard and user defined communications protocols. Programming environments cover PLCopen and IEC 61131-3 as well as Elmo’s own G-MAS API for Win 32 C++. The Platinum Maestro is a compelling choice as a machine controller on many levels with the potential for standalone ‘self-sufficient’ control and optional features for ultra-fast communications such as Fast Host Ethernet and USB 3 (5 Gbps) - enabling interfacing for high-speed peripherals such as cameras or lasers - as well as HDMI connectivity for HMI Panels.

Further connectivity potential for the Maestro is available through on-board hardware interfaces that can support customised option boards; for example for high speed encoders, special D2A or A2D devices and sensors etc. For I/O intensive applications a version of the Platinum Maestro motion controller is available with supplementary digital and analogue I/O which is configurable to support additional absolute and incremental encoders, gyros, accelerometers and other specialist sensor device interfacing.

As a fundamental part of its ease of use and fast-time-to-market potential, the Maestro’s seamless interconnectivity with Elmo’s Gold series EtherCAT servo drives allows users a comprehensive choice of power and voltage ratings for DC brush, sinusoidal and trapezoidal brushless motors, and an equally generous selection of feedback devices from incremental and analogue encoders to EnDAT 2.2, SSI and more. Gold series drives also provide safety inputs for Safe Torque Off (STO). Further enhancing the Maestro’s straightforward system integration capability, the drive and motion controller set-up and programming is taken care of with Elmo’s EAS II Tools and its ‘Motion without Programming” concept brings together structural smart building blocks within IEC 61138-3 or its own G-MAS programming environment to allow fast, easy and efficient execution of otherwise complex machine functions.

Heason Technology, on their own part, through its own systems integration capability, can harness all of these features and add value with its own in-house design and build service for high precision positioning mechanics and associated equipment - supplying completely bespoke automated motion and machine solutions.

#PAuto @heasonmotion @ElmoMotionContr

Overmoulding protection for sensors.

Variohm EuroSensor includes thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) overmoulding for many of its sensor products and is able to provide this service on a sub-contract basis for other manufacturers.

The injection moulding process offers product performance advantages for small electronic or electromechanical components such as IP rated water resistant sealing and electrical insulation as well as much improved shock and vibration resistance. It is also possible to embed mechanical fixings and other components as part of the overmoulding process.

Variohm EuroSensor currently includes TPE overmoulding for its Euro XPD range of rotary sensors and temperature probes within its ETP range. Both these product types share excellent environmental endurance and are used in challenging applications such as motorsports and medical equipment where high-reliability is an unconditional requirement. Demonstrating the wide variety of base materials for the process, the substrate materials for these two products are machined rigid thermoplastic and stainless steel. The process suits smaller batch quantities of in the order of 100 pieces after tooling charge and full component test facilities can be included.

The Variohm EuroSensor engineering team can provide full support and tooling design for this service from initial ideas through to production.

#PAuto @Variohm

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Competence centre inmproves servicing German market!

Seica now offers its German customers, and prospective customers, a generously equipped new technology center, covering 375 square meters. There are several working areas, a training center and showrooms, featuring the latest Seica in-circuit testers, flying probe testers and selective laser soldering systems.
Establishing the competence center strengthens Seica’s customer activities in Germany. The new facility offers easy and quick access to training courses, customer support, customer presentations and application meetings.

Marc Schmuck, sales director for Seica Germany is enthusiastic about the recent investments: "We will be in a much better position to fulfil our obligations to customers and prospective customers regarding a sales and application branch office right on their doorstep. Short access routes, faster repair response times and comprehensive training opportunities for all systems – this is how Seica strengthens its promised sales activities, which we have started with several new sales partners earlier this year."

#Seica #TandM #PAuto  

Machinery protection system with SIL 2 Certification.

With SIL 2 certification, the AMS 6500 Machinery Health™ Monitor improves reliability in safety instrumented system environments including power and nuclear plants and critical refining assets

Emerson’s AMS 6500 Machinery Health Monitor is now certified for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 2, providing users greater confidence against asset and process failures. Common examples of process applications where SIL 2 advanced safety integrities are needed are steam and gas turbines in power plants and critical refinery and nuclear industry assets.

The AMS 6500’s certification gives users added assurance that it will reliably deliver the appropriate insight into the health of critical assets. Whether organisations need SIL certified equipment to meet company guidelines or to comply with legal requirements, SIL ratings help evaluate whether a specific technology meets the selected risk tolerance for industrial applications.

“More and more organisations are finding they need SIL 2 certification to meet international standards and machine directives requiring certain SIL ratings,” said Björn Müller, product manager for sensors and systems, Emerson Automation Solutions. “SIL certification is one more way we can help customers achieve compliance while demonstrating our commitment to risk reduction.”

For critical mechanical equipment, the AMS 6500 provides predictive intelligence and protection capabilities, helping organisations achieve Operational Certainty through improved reliability and safety.

 #PAuto @EMR_Automation #Safety @HHC_Lewis  @Emerson_News

PCB mounted Potentiometers.

The full range of Iskra potentiometers are available from JPR Electronics. Key products stocked are the enclosed single turn trimming potentiometers which are adjustable from both sides to simplify board layout, finger adjustable models with a plastic spindle supplied separately, and a range of compact linear or logarithmic carbon track rotary controls for panel mounting which are fitted with a threaded bush and supplied with panel fixing hardware.

Iskra trimming and finger adjustable pots have a fully enclosed construction which eliminates ingress of dust and moisture, a rectangular housing suitable for automatic insertion and waterproof versions to IP67 are available The rotary control models have an insulated all plastic body housing which is semi-sealed against dust and moisture.

All Iskra pots are RoHS compliant, available over the resistance range 100R to 5M and have pinouts compatible with other major suppliers.

"Iskra manufacture a wide range of pots for manual adjustment of signals and for adjusting factory pre-set values. They may be designed into white goods and domestic appliances, medical equipment, industrial and communication systems." Says Paul Raynor, Director of JPR Electronics, “They are a long established global brand offering very reliable, industry standard footprint, competitively priced products.”


#PAuto @Jprelec @Iskra_Europe

Signal Quality Analyser.

Anritsu Corporation has launched the Signal Quality Analyser MP1800A Series 100G-EPON Test Solution. The newly developed 100G-EPON Application Software MX180014A and Signal Quality Analyzer MP1800A support BER measurements of OLT (Optical Line Terminal) and ONU (Optical Network Unit) for the latest 100G-EPON standard.

The explosive increase in broadband services supporting 4K/8K video is just one of the many drivers for the expansion of optical access networks using Passive Optical Network (PON). Such a rapid growth in data traffic is driving the transition of these optical access networks to high-speed 10-Gbit/s PON technology, while simultaneously needing to assess the adoption of the next-generation 100G-EPON standard (IEEE802.3ca) offering bit rates of 25 Gbit/s per signal. As a result, the development of OLT and ONU units for PON systems requires both wideband 25-Gbit/s performance as well as more precise timing and margin measurements due to the shorter time per bit.

The MP1800A is a plug-in modular Bit Error Rate Tester (BERT) for measuring a wide range of interfaces up to multichannel 64 Gbit/s. The MP1800A signal-source multichannel synchronization and skew adjustment functions are optimum for OLT tests requiring high-accuracy timing setting. In addition, high-reproducibility BER measurement is achieved by high-quality output waveforms and high input sensitivity performance. The MX180014A software controls the MP1800A to generate 2ch test-signal burst patterns and set skew. OLT evaluation input sensitivity and timing tests are made easy by the GUI for setting test-signal pattern length and timing.


 @Anritsu #TandM @AnritsuEMEA @NapierPR

Food & Pharma returns to USA!

The 2016 FPID Conference was the first international ISA symposium held outside of North America. It was very well attended and the local section is extremely proud of its success.

This year, ISA’s Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Symposium, (FPID) returns to North America, to Boston, Massachusetts - 16–17 May 2017! The symposium will focus on how automation is used to address the impact of increased regulation, manufacturing costs, and security threats related to the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries.

A few slots may still be available for speakers to present on the latest trends, and provide case studies that demonstrate the effective integration and use of automation to solve these challenges.

Abstract deadline is 9 January 2017!

Abstract topics for consideration include:


  • Industrial Cybersecurity


  • Process Control and Pharmaceutical Instrumentation


  • Data Integrity


  • Alarm Management


  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT)


  • Usage of Cloud for Automation


  • Batch Management & MES


  • Wireless Application in Food, Pharma, and Biotech


  • Calibration Management


  • Process Optimization


  • Factory of the Future: Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing


  • Serialization/Track and Trace


  • OEE, PAT, GAMP


  • Paperless Automation


  • Manufacturing Regulations


  • Project Case Studies


  • Flexible Manufacturing and Architecture


  • Implementation of ISA-related Standards

    Click here to download the 2017 Call for Papers.



  • #FPID17 #PAuto #ISAuto


    Intelligent buildings!

    The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), an association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies and a member organization of the Automation Federation, will conduct the 2017 CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum April 26-28 2017 in Santa Clara, (CA USA).

    The event—to be held on the campus of the Intel Corporation (a CABA board member)—will feature leading experts and organizations involved in the integration of intelligent building systems and connected home technologies. It’s an ideal opportunity to discover the latest trends and solutions spanning the Internet of Things (IoT), connected homes, M2M and intelligent building.

    @caba_news #BAS #Conference

    Rotation speed!

    The SC-System's family of signal conditioners by Pepperl+Fuchs can now be used even more comprehensively: the single rotation speed monitor with just a 6 mm installation width processes digital input signals of all binary sensors currently on the market and is now fitted with a restart inhibit. This feature enables the module to have to be activated via a reset input after limit values have been exceeded for a short period of time so that possible faults are found and rectified before restarting.

    The design of the rotation speed monitor meets the philosophy that all signals of a signal type currently on the market may be processed with just one module. Signals from NAMUR and SN sensors including line fault detection and short-circuit detection, as well as the measurement data from the 2-wire DC sensors may be processed in accordance with EN 60947-5-2. Signals can be transferred safely in the control level from S0 sensors for measuring the water volume and from 3-wire sensors with PNP or NPN switching outputs. With its S0 interface the rotation speed monitor is also of interest for areas outside industrial automation, such as building automation. The module can safely detect any signal up to 30 V with an input frequency up to 50 kHz. The device is set using a DIP switch or PC software. A start-up override is available to restart the system when standstill monitoring.

    The SC-System from Pepperl+Fuchs includes a wide portfolio of signal conditioners for nonhazardous areas. With its space-saving enclosure design that is 6 mm wide and 97 mm high the modules are among the most compact on the market. They can be used at ambient temperatures of up to 70°C. The signal isolators are characterized by 3-way isolation withstanding a working voltage up to 300 V and a test voltage up to 3 KV. Optionally, they are supplied by terminals or a power bus.

    • Pepperl+Fuchs products are marketed in Ireland through Insteco.


    @PepperlFuchs  #PAuto @PepperlFuchsUSA


    Tuesday, January 3, 2017

    Explosion proof.

    In explosion hazardous areas the diversity of applications is almost limitless. Pepperl+Fuchs offers solutions for virtually all requirements with their comprehensive portfolio of explosion-protected components and customized systems.

    Electrical Explosion Protection Equipment by Pepperl+Fuchs is exactly tailored to meet the multifarious requirements of process automation. Starting with basic terminal boxes through control units and stations to complex control solutions the Mannheim-based company offers a highly flexible, extensive portfolio. Utilisation of various types of explosion protection as well as a large quantity of enclosure styles facilitate the design of efficient solutions for each application and environment. The high-quality enclosures are available in various sizes and materials. Customized solutions come in explosion protection types ‘intrinsic safety’ Ex i, ‘increased safety’ Ex e, ‘flameproof’ Ex d as well as ‘pressurized’ Ex p, depending on the specific application’s requirements.

    For instance, Ex e certified terminal boxes or control stations can be configured easily from a wide selection of well-matching components. No matter if it’s a small control unit with just one operating function or a sophisticated control station integrating more than fifty control elements. Thanks to highly flexible configuration options the completed device will exactly fit to the specific application. The sturdy Ex d enclosures of Pepperl+Fuch not only safeguard complex control and distribution panels against explosion hazards, they also protect the installed components from harsh environmental influences. At the trade show booth two fair samples will show how identification systems without specific Ex-approval can safely be used inside hazardous areas, thanks to their installation in flameproof enclosures.

    In cases where standard devices do not fit efficient customization takes place: In world-wide located Solution Engineering Centers (SECs) the companies’ experts design and manufacture individual solutions, exactly tailored to the requirements of the users. Good representations of this expertise are the Ex de control panels of Pepper+Fuchs. They combine a flameproof enclosure (Ex d) to protect electrical components with an increased safety terminal compartment (Ex e) individually configured with connection terminals and operating elements, thus facilitating commissioning and maintenance.

    • Pepperl+Fuchs products are marketed in Ireland through Insteco.

     @PepperlFuchs #Ex #PAuto @PepperlFuchsUSA 

    Monitor the mini wave.

    The smallest thermal profiling system designed specifically for miniature wave selective soldering processes has been announced by Fluke® Process Instruments. The DATAPAQ SelectivePaq uses four thermocouples to take measurements from the electronic assembly as it passes through the preheating and dip soldering phases. Sample intervals can be adjusted to up to 20 times per second.

    The detailed temperature profiles enable electronics manufacturers to adjust their operations for optimum efficiency, validate the consistent quality of PCBs to customers, and prove adherence to both solder and component temperature constraints. The profiling system combines a new four-channel DATAPAQ Q18 micro data logger with the latest micro-miniature thermocouple plugs and a low-mass thermal shield merely 20 mm high and 40 mm wide. It is therefore optimally suited to monitor the performance of machines that offer very restricted space and for use with holding frames. The complementary DATAPAQ Selective Soldering Process Sensor Array facilitates regular and frequent process stability measurements.

    The logger provides a superior accuracy of ±0.5 °C and resolution of 0.1 °C. It connects up to three height-adjustable wave contact thermocouples and up to two preheat thermocouples for monitoring both process phases. The preheat thermocouples contain a top and a bottom sensor and are designed to work with IR and convection preheat technologies. The machined-from-solid aluminum logger case and user-replaceable rechargeable battery pack ensure a long operational life and lowest ownership costs. The system is supplied with the full DATAPAQ Insight Reflow software. Data analysis includes maximum slopes, maximum temperatures, and wave contact times. The software enables data export to other Windows-compatible programs.

    @FlukeCorp #PAuto #TandM

    Safety encoder.

    In 2015, the Safety Communication Layer of BiSS Safety was confirmed by TÜV Rhineland for suitability for safety-relevant communication up to and including SIL3. In the future, Hengstler will offer this protocol for its rotary encoder portfolio in order to meet the steady growth in safety applications.

    Since 2007, Hengstler has been offering encoders which use the open communication standard BiSS C. A continuous data connection to the bus participants, high transmission rates and free licenses are to be mentioned as clear advantages. The newly introduced BiSS Safety Protocol is 100% based on BiSS C. Hengstler GmbH, based in Aldingen (southwest Germany) has an enormous experience of countless successful applications in which their encoders play a reliable role.

    Hengstler sees enormous potential in the field of functional safety in combination with ever-increasing machine guidelines, increasing number of safety applications. For this purpose, the internal system structure of the encoder is expanded by a combination of available blocks. The Safety Communication Layer of BiSS Safety has been certified according to IEC 61784-3: 2010 ans IEC 61508 Part1-7:2010. It is therefore suitable for safety-relevant communication up to SIL3.

    This means that BiSS Safety, combined with Hengstler rotary encoders, will combine positive effects from two worlds. As a customer, one can be sure that Hengstler will successfully extend the encoder portfolio with BiSS Safety, thanks to its decades-long BiSS experience. On the other hand, users benefit from different providers, which offer a manufacturer-independent protocol for secure data transmission.

    @Hengstler_GmbH #PAuto @tuvrheinland

    Compact bidirectional data memory module.

    A compact, bidirectional data memory module for tight mounting spaces is now available from Balluff. The compact memory module with IP 67 protection is just 34 x 16 x 8 mm in size and can be used as a memory storage device on interchangeable units such as milling heads on gantry type machining centers.

    This means the assemblies can carry their actual operating data along with them. With the following advantage: When a machine is changed, all the data such as the number of use cycles, shock and vibration values or lubrication and oil change intervals are directly loaded.

    The work required to install and parameterize the module is minimal. Only a single standard cable is required for stable, fault-free, bidirectional data transmission between the milling head and controller. The cable is connected to the milling head interface in the system ring. Data transmission is noise-immune as well as resistant to EMC effects. The module can hold a total of 14 segments of 64 bytes each.

    Machine operators will profit from the fact that when a milling head is switched from one machine to another, all the identifying and usage data will be automatically copied and loaded from the milling head memory into the NC controller through a cable. When maintenance or repair work is needed, the service personnel can read out all the data from the memory chip on a PC or laptop and update it as needed. This gives the plant operator continual and transparent information about the current status of the milling head.

    @Balluff #PAuto

    Sunday, January 1, 2017

    People, Processes & Products! What & where you read in 2016!

    These are the 10 most viewed stories on the Read-out Instrumentation Signpost throughout 2016. There are now over eight thousand stories published in the six or seven years since we started reporting them here. We decided to use this format as the printed format is obviously limited in the number of stories that can be published. The online service also reaches a far wider audience.

    Both our web site (established in dial-up internet days of 1994) and these blog-type entries attract between 5000 and 9000 per week from all over the globe. About 30% of these are based in the USA and of the rest about 28% come from Europe (principally France, Norway, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Ukraine and Russia) and Asia about 3%. The balance came from the rest of the world including Canada, Central & Latin America, Africa, Australia & New Zealand.

    •    1. Energy management technology provider acquired! The acquisition of Soteica Visual Mesa (SVM) will deliver on a number of key objectives of Yokogawa’s Transformation 2017 mid-term business plan: specifically the expansion of Yokogawa’s advanced solution business, focusing on customers and creating new value.
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    •      2. 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.
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    • 3. Radar level measurement best practice! The emergence of radar has been an important advance in the level measurement field. Radar represents a cost effective, accurate solution that is immune to density and other process fluid changes as well as most vapour space conditions. This popular article is by Sarah Parker, Applications Manager, Emerson Process Management, Rosemount division makes it to our list each year since 2010!

    •    4. MES specialist appoints sales & marketing VP in North America. Werum IT Solutions has appointed Shawn Opatka as Vice President Sales & Marketing there. In this role, Mr. Opatka will direct Werum America’s team of sales and marketing managers, working to ensure that Werum’s best-in-class MES solutions deliver unrivaled customer satisfaction. 

    •    5. MES business has new leader! James O’Brien has been appointed by Zenith Technologies to lead its manufacturing execution system (MES) business to its next phase of growth. Over the past five years, Zenith Technologies has strategically grown its MES offering globally to meet growing demand for technology-based manufacturing efficiency programs in the life science sector. 

    • 6. All change at Brussell Centraal. 
      Steve Sonnenberg, President Emerson Process Management (pictured right) and Roel VanDoren, their President in Europe, in a joint presentation at their EMEA Users Conference,  addressed the changes and challenges facing companies in the 21st Century. “Emerson’s approach – yes equipment, but more importantly perhaps is attitude or culture.” 

    •    7.  New director elected to industrial automation and information company. The board of directors of Rockwell Automation has elected Tom Rosamilia , as a new director. Rosamilia, 55, has been Senior Vice President of IBM Systems since 2013.

    •    8. Recognising Irish automation expertise and service!  The 34th annual Honours and Awards Ceremony of the Ireland Section of the International Society of Instrumentation (ISA) was held in Cork (IRL). This event is held to acknowledge recognise and encourage excellence for those training or working in the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation sector.

    •    9. SCADA portfolio strengthened!  SolutionsPT has become distributor for Citect in Ireland and Britain. This new representation will strengthening its SCADA product portfolio. Renowned for the development and application of SCADA and HMI solutions, the Citect brand is owned by Schneider Electric, and its range of products includes CitectSCADA, CitectHMI and CitectHistorian.

    •    10. Grant for Thin Film researchWorld-leading nanoelectronics research centre imec announces that Kris Myny, one of its young scientists, has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant. The grant of 1.5 million euros is earmarked to open up new research horizons in the field of thin-film transistor technology.