Friday, January 13, 2017

Infrared measurement enhance with software feature.

Infrared measurement adds important and often revealing data to certain types of R&D analysis, but it hasn’t always been easy to incorporate these measurements into experiments and reports.

Fluke has introduced a new software feature to close that gap. This integrates high-resolution thermal data from the company’s TiX580 and TiX560 infrared cameras with National Instruments’ LabVIEW and MathWorks’ MATLAB software, leveraging the strength of those powerful platforms and making it easy to add high-resolution infrared data, video and images to R&D analysis and reporting. More information can be found on their website here which also provides links to the two cameras.

Once installed, the software allows continuous download of pixel-by-pixel, high-resolution radiometric data. R&D professionals can now use any of these two highest-resolution Fluke infrared cameras to thermally capture video and port the video data frame-by-frame into their MATLAB or LabVIEW software, and monitor it over time, identifying very small temperature changes that could indicate problems.

The TiX580 Infrared Camera, the newest addition to the Fluke high-resolution line of cameras, features 640 x 480 resolution for high measurement accuracy and an intuitive interface, making it easy to use for electronic design and validation, material science evaluations, and thermal modeling. Designed for exacting R&D engineers, scientists, and researchers, the TiX580 features a 240-degree rotating screen that allows R&D professionals to easily perform non-destructive testing over, under, and around objects to preview and capture images with ease.

 @FlukeCorp  #PAuto #Temperature #RandD

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Gas detector approved to SIL2.

Tyco Gas & Flame Detection (Tyco GFD) is pleased to announce that the DG-TT7-S H2S gas detector with Metal Oxide Semiconductor (MOS) sensor underwent stringent functional safety assessments by an external certification body and is now SIL 2 approved.

The DG-TT7-S is solid-state metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) gas detectors used mainly for the detection of hydrogen sulphide (H2S) in arid locations having air present or in locations with continuous H2S background. The sensor specifies a wider continuous operating temperature range than the standard electrochemical sensors up to +65 °C.

The device supports HART 7 protocol option for full configuration and diagnostics over non-proprietary interface.

The MultiTox DG-TT7-S features on board relays, plug and play sensors and a high visible display that changes colour depending on the status mode.

 @TycoGFD #Pauto #SIL

Subminiature load cells for delicate applications.

Burster’s 8416 and 8417 series tension and compression load cells are aimed at force measurement in space restricted assemblies or where discreet and minimal weight installation is important. Now available in lower full-range measurement options to 0 - 20 N, these miniature stainless steel sensors are available as the disc type 8416 series or the dual threaded 8417 series for simple screw mounting.

With sales and complete technical support from Ixthus Instrumentation, Burster’s British distribution partner, these load cells are well proven in weighing and force measurement applications in small machines, control equipment and portable test instruments. Both models include an embedded full bridge strain gauge design with a short nominal measurement distance maintaining very high rigidity and ensuring durability. The lower measurement range options include 0 to 50 N and 0 to 100 N on both models with the 8416 benefitting from a 0 to 20 N range.

The 8416 is designed for compression load whilst the 8417 can be used for both compression and tension with its simple dual thread design especially useful for Bowden cable and pull-wire use. Both models have drag chain qualified cable connection with integral strain relief for secure connection to the sensor body. Connector options to directly suit Burster’s load and displacement monitoring and evaluation equipment is also available as well as special cable lengths, standardisation of the nominal value or increased temperature compensated range. In particular the 8417 is available with customisation possibilities for different sized screw threads and axial cable connections through the thread axis. All sensors are supplied with a test certificate with optional DKD calibration.

@IxthusInst #PAuto #Burster

Industry’s first Technology Qualification certificate for fiscal metering.

Emerson’s Daniel 3415 and 3416 Dual-Configuration Gas Ultrasonic Meters have received the industry’s first Technology Qualification (TQ) from DNV GL for fiscal gas meters, a risk-based assessment that evaluates meter performance in real-life operational environments to ensure the technology meets the highest fiscal measurement standards.

“Current international gas measurement standards for fiscal flow meters focus only on the design and installation of the meters and don’t cover meter performance under field conditions,” said DNV GL’s oil and gas senior vice president, Liv Hovem“DNV GL’s TQ puts meter performance claims to the test and provides evidence of the impact of actual operating conditions on meter health and measurement accuracy of gas sales. This evidence helps metering system operators mitigate financial risk and improve the reliability of their metering stations in satisfying fiscal and custody transfer contractual agreements.”

The TQ verifies the meter’s ability to meet the industry’s fiscal and contractual requirements when operating under field conditions where dust, liquids, build-up, drift and pulsations are common. It also authenticates the ability of the meter’s advanced diagnostics to detect and compensate for process disturbances and provide early warning of fouling to ensure greater meter integrity and measurement accuracy. Furthermore, the TQ confirms the robustness and reliability of the new Daniel Ultrasonic Meters in minimising financial risk and provides evidence to support extending calibration intervals to reduce operating costs.

The Daniel Dual-Configuration 3415 and 3416 Gas Ultrasonic Meters, which are already certified to the stringent OIML R137 1&2 Accuracy Class 0.5, are the only ultrasonic meters on the market today that have undergone DNV GL’s rigorous field testing and demonstrated field robustness. The DNV GL assessment process is built upon scientific research and is recognised by regulators, insurers, and major clients throughout the world. The process is widely accepted and applied to new fit-for-purpose technologies.

“This Technology Qualification reinforces Emerson’s leading role in responding to customer needs for ultrasonic meters that offer greater visibility into process conditions and gas quality, especially when metering rich, dirty or wet gas,” said Rob Sedlak, general manager of Daniel Ultrasonic Meters, Emerson Automation Solutions. “Detecting dirt build-up and small amounts of liquid or contamination at the bottom of the meter can be challenging for direct-path meter designs. Having reflective path technology and direct path measurement combined in one ultrasonic flow meter body, as is the case in the 3415 and 3416 meters, enables natural gas operators to detect process upsets long before measurement is impaired and replace complex, frequent inspection procedures with condition-based maintenance practices.”


@EMR_Automation #PAuto @Emerson_News

Development site achieves cybersecurity certification.

The Honeywell Phoenix (AZ USA) product development site in the US has achieved the ISASecure® SDLA lifecycle certification. Honeywell received the conformance certificate from exida, LLC, an ISASecure ISO 17065 accredited certification body.

Mike Medoff, Senior Safety and Cybersecurity Engineer at exida, stated: “Incorporating cybersecurity in all phases of your development process is an important step in developing secure products. This certification shows that Honeywell has taken this step and is committed to delivering secure products to their customers.”

The certification independently confirms that Honeywell’s named system development lifecycle (SDL), the Standard HPS Iterative Process (HIP), meets the security development lifecycle requirements of the ISASecure® Security Development Lifecycle Assurance (SDLA) certification, which is based upon the IEC 62443 industrial cybersecurity standards. The certification may be viewed here.

The ISASecure® SDLA certification provides assurance to Honeywell’s customers and their procurement teams that Honeywell has made a substantial and institutional commitment to cybersecurity. The certification demonstrates that the certified Honeywell site uses a product development lifecycle in which cybersecurity is considered at all phases—from design to phase out.

“Honeywell continues to demonstrate leadership in ensuring cybersecurity of industrial automation and control systems,” commented Andre Ristaino, ISCI managing director. “They were the first supplier to submit products for the ISASecure EDSA certification. And then, significantly, they followed that up with the ISASecure SDLA certification of their Phoenix development site.”

Jason Urso, Vice President of Technology for HPS, said “ISASecure provides a comprehensive framework for cybersecurity in the process control industry. Honeywell embraces and applies ISASecure methodologies as a fundamental part of our software development lifecycle, including certification of our products to meet their high standards. Honeywell is excited to continue participation with the ISA Security Compliance Institute in the future. Just like safety standards, cybersecurity is an essential part of an industrial control company’s strategy. ISASecure is key partner in helping us to achieve our cybersecurity goals.”

@honeywell @exidaLLC #PAuto

More options for custom cable assemblies.

Harting has expanded its har-flex® connector family with the addition of individual cable connectors for the self-assembly of custom cable assemblies.

The new self-assembly connectors offer customers an even higher degree of flexibility and versatility in the connection of PCBs using custom-length cable assemblies. Today’s customers are demanding flexible solutions and short response times in the production of these assemblies, particularly when prototypes are required during the development phase.

The new 1.27 mm pitch connectors are equipped with the proven IDC (Insulation Displacement Connection) termination technology. This makes electrical contact via insulation displacement contacts that cut through the jacket of the ribbon cable and establish a secure, gas-tight connection.


Thanks to guide grooves incorporated into the insulating moulding, the ribbon cable is securely and precisely guided through the cable duct. As a result, the individual stranded wires of the ribbon cable always contact the correct insulation displacement terminal. The connectors are designed for use with 30AWG ribbon cable.

In addition to the connectors, Harting offers associated assembly tooling using a baseplate designed for use with a conventional hand bench press and flat rock tool. The baseplate ensures reliable cable guidance and support for the connector during the assembly process. This in turn produces a reliable electrical connection, and the sensitive insulation displacement terminals are also protected against mechanical damage.

Optional mountable strain-relief components and robustly designed locking levers protect and secure the mated electrical connection of the cable connector against vibration and other mechanical stresses during operation. This ensures that the high demands of an industrial-strength, miniaturised connection are fully met.

@harting #PAuto

Executive changes in automation company.

Rockwell Automation has named Patrick Goris as senior vice president and chief financial officer, effective Feb. 7, 2017. He will report to Blake Moret, president and chief executive officer. Goris succeeds Theodore Crandall, who has been appointed senior vice president, Control Products & Solutions (CP&S), replacing Ken Champa, who retires later in 2017.

Patrick Goris
Patrick Goris
Goris currently serves as Rockwell Automation’s vice president, investor relations and vice president, finance, of the Architecture & Software segment. He has held roles of increasing responsibility within finance since joining Rockwell Automation in 2006. He brings over 20 years of global financial management experience, including 10 years with Graphic Packaging International before joining Rockwell Automation.

“With Patrick’s proven leadership and extensive experience, I am confident that he will seamlessly step into this role, building upon a strong legacy created by Ted and his team,” said Moret. “These changes are the result of a thoughtful and long-term leadership succession plan that maximizes the contribution of our experienced leaders while ensuring the continuous addition of new talent and perspectives for our company, customers, partners and investors.”

Theodore Crandall
Ted Crandall
Crandall will continue to report to Moret and lead the overall strategy and growth of CP&S, which provides intelligent motor control products, industrial components, automation solutions and consulting services to customers around the world. Crandall’s career at Rockwell Automation has spanned more than 35 years in a broad range of finance, operations and general management roles. Crandall has been chief financial officer since 2007, having served previously as senior vice president of CP&S, the role to which he is now returning.

“CP&S is a critical part of our business in how we bring our products, services and domain expertise to global industrial organizations as they strive to become more productive and competitive,” said Moret. “Ted is a seasoned general manager, with previous experience running CP&S and a thorough understanding of how we use all of our strengths to bring The Connected Enterprise to life.”


@ROKAutomation  #PAuto

Water & Waste papers sought!

The 2017 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium (WWAC) is taking place 8-10 August 2017 in Orlando. (FL USA).



This year’s symposium will feature two full days of speakers, a plant tour, ISA training courses, and a supplier showcase. We will once again be offering CEUs and PDHs for all attendees. The industry-specific technical symposium will be priced at $350 for ISA members—online registration to be available shortly.


The 2017 Call for Abstracts is now available here.

#WWAC #ISAuto #PAuto

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Ex position switches.

Offshore industry knows no fewer than four factors which make extreme demands on switchgear. There is a risk of explosions; switches are exposed to high levels of mechanical wear and tear; the environment is corrosive; and it can be very cold.

These position switches from Steute, with dimensions to DIN EN 50047, have been tested and approved 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 be used in temperatures as low as -60°C, which is very demanding on housing construction and sealing. For example, it must be guaranteed that the switchgear's high protection class (IP 66) will be maintained in these subzero conditions at all times, even after a 7-Joule impact test.

For this reason, the stable housing is manufactured from high-quality fibreglass-reinforced plastic. The sealing of the housing cover is completely vulcanised, while the sealing of the plunger features a redundant sealing system, comprising an external sealing cuff able to withstand low temperatures and an internal Teflon sealing ring.

The sealing materials have been cleared by their manufacturers for temperatures down to -95°C, and the lubricants down to -75°C. There is therefore a sufficient "tolerance" to the steute-approved temperature of -60°C. This gives users the certainty that the new position switches will work reliably even in truly extreme ambient conditions.

Due to a comprehensive range of actuators (plunger, roller plunger, roller lever, parallel lever, turning lever, adjustable turning lever, push button…) and their compact dimensions, the Ex norm switches are very versatile and easy to integrate in a surrounding construction. They are available with slow-action or snap-action and, as an added bonus, earthing and potential equalisation are superfluous because of the protection-insulated plastic.

This set of features in the Ex 97 series makes it a good example of the "Extreme" switchgear developed by steute. It is suited not only to applications in the chemicals industry and energy technology, but also e.g. for position monitoring of flaps and valves in plants of the oil and gas industry (offshore and onshore), as well as on ships travelling through the Arctic.

@steute #Pauto #Ex

Display modules.

KOE have announced the introduction of Zero Dot Defect Rugged+ display modules. An improved cosmetic specification has been introduced which defines zero bright dot defects i.e. no dead pixels with a bright failure mode.

All TFT LCD displays are manufactured and supplied to a pre-defined Cosmetic specification. The cosmetic specification of a TFT display defines and specifies the number of allowable dot (pixel) failures - typically up to a maximum of 4 bright dot defects, and where they are situated on the active display area.

Pixels can be classified as 'dead' in one of two ways: 1. dead and bright i.e. a bright red, green or blue dot and 2. dead and dark i.e. a black dot. Naturally, dot defects (dead pixels) are not desirable. Display modules with dot defects are particularly undesirable if the dead pixels are in the central part of the viewable display area and easily observed. The enhanced cosmetic specification of KOE's Rugged+ displays defines zero bright dot defects and will therefore give users greater confidence and peace of mind.

KOE Rugged+ TFT display modules feature enhanced optical, mechanical and environmental performance specifications. Rugged+ displays derive their optical and environmental characteristics from the exacting standards used in automotive product specification display modules. Exceptional optical performance is delivered through the use of IPS technology enables excellent colour saturation, deep black levels and viewing angles of up to 170° degrees in all directions (left/right, up/down).

Designed for use in high reliability industrial, medical, marine, automotive and aerospace applications, the new Zero Dot Defect Rugged+ displays are supplied with no additional cost premium and are available immediately from KOE sales channel distribution partners.

#KOE #PAuto 

Flange management!

Atlas Copco Bolt Tightening Solutions has launched an innovative flange management system. The iFMS is a modular, software-based management system designed for planning, data capture, analysis and reporting of activities related to the inspection, maintenance and testing of bolted joints and pipework.
The iFMS has been developed for operators wishing to manage assets throughout construction, commissioning, shutdown, turnarounds and routine maintenance. Packed full of features and benefits, the iFMS is intuitive to use and comes complete with a unique, intrinsically safe hand-held tablet that can be used in the field to gather and report information that is automatically uploaded to the system.

The software contains an established database of flange, connector and gasket types, as well as bolt materials and can incorporate the torque and tension tool details from any supplier. Flexible import routines allow data import from a variety of formats and applications and the system can be customized to capture any data and generate additional service line work-packs. The drawing module allows PDF-based ISOs and P&IDs to be marked up to support flange management and leak testing instructions, procedures and activities and the drawings and work-packs can be copied and edited and mark-ups can be retained to facilitate the rapid generation of packs.

System generated leak test packs are based on HSE ‘Safety requirements for pressure testing – Guidance Note GS4’ and the Flange Management Information capture and reporting is in line with the Energy Institute’s ‘Guidelines for the management of integrity of bolted joints for pressurized systems’.

With project managers in mind, the software has built in tools to monitor project progress as well as anomaly tracking and customizable reports and outputs. Real time data capture enables a detailed and accurate audit trail as well as eliminating the time and errors associated with re-keying data.

The iFMS is easily tailored to support additional service lines so can be used as a single tool to support all main business operations

In field trials, the new iFMS has been used to drive major new-build, upgrade and shutdown projects globally.

Power distribution in harsh environments.

Schneider Electrical has introduced Canalis KR, busbar trunking for high-power distribution in harsh environments and critical applications.

“Productivity, cost control, safety and environmental concerns are key concerns for businesses today. Reliable, available energy is the key to successfully navigating these challenges, and ensuring maximum uptime,” said Brendan Dolan at Schneider Electric. “Canalis KR was developed to withstand the most severe environments. Even in the event of fire, the solution ensures the operating continuity of critical equipment. This latest solution reinforces our commitment to making technology more connected, safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable.”

The new busbar trunking solution can be installed almost anywhere and its innovative design means power can now be distributed to places where it would not have been cost effective, or even possible before. The solution can be installed edgewise, flat or vertically without derating, including through floor slabs or fire barrier walls. The flexibility of the solution delivers reductions in installation costs, time and upheaval.

Canalis KR completes the Canalis System range and offers seamless continuity between Canalis KR and Canalis KT. Made of prefabricated sections, the new offer has been adapted to all run configurations and is highly durable and suited to handle the most demanding conditions due to its proven design, based on cast resin technology. It is compliant with IEC 61439 part 1 & 6, guaranteeing safety of persons and equipment, electrical availability and long-term reliability.

Key benefits include:
• Ensures operating continuity and power uptime in harsh environments and critical applications
• Reliable and efficient for power from 800A to 6,300A
• Maintenance free, easy to clean, and compact design
• Sealed in order to withstand damp and dusty environments, such as mining and metal work industries as well as corrosive and salty environments like chemical plants and shipyards
• Able to withstand explosive atmospheres, making it an ideal solution for oil and gas applications
• Easy-to-use and CanBRASS software enables easier Canalis busbar trunking design and quotations, keeping projects on time and under budget.

@SchneiderElec  #PAuto @SchneiderUK @tomalexmcmahon

Transmitter wins safety award.

United Electric Controls, has won the 2016 exida safety award for its One Series Safety Transmitter — the first SIL 2-certified transmitter designed solely for safety system applications. Selected in the sensor category, the United Electric Safety Transmitter (ST) is the first transmitter to incorporate a logic solver and high capacity safety relay output (SRO) in addition to an industry standard transmitter – all in one explosion-proof enclosure.

As a global leader in safety and cybersecurity certification for the process industries, exida provides companies around the world with guidance in functional safety, alarm management, and automation system design.

“Each year we honor those companies that stand out as having made a unique contribution to industrial safety. By integrating a safety logic solver and high capacity safety relay with an industrial transmitter, United Electric Controls’ One Series offers a simple, economical approach for enhancing functional safety,” said exida Partner Chris O’Brien.

Unlike costly, overcomplicated process transmitters that must be adapted for safety use, the One Series is engineered to protect, giving safety teams simple setup and fast, safer and affordable performance — from the start. The transmitter is available in versions that monitor temperature or pressure.

“We are honored that the One Series Safety Transmitter has been recognized for its one of a kind safety capability by an organization with exida’s stature in the industry. We are grateful that exida sees the potential of its functionality,” said Wil Chin, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for United Electric Controls.

@UEControls #PAuto #Safety

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Handheld communicator enhanced!

Power the Loop technology has been introduced by Emerson for their AMS Trex Device Communicator, helping users work more effectively and perform faster device configuration – on the bench or in the field – by removing the need for an external power supply.

“The ability to power a hard loop off the Trex unit is huge,” said Joel Holmes, principal engineer at Monsanto. “We no longer need to have an additional power supply or loop simulator on hand, whether it’s out in the field or back in our shop. It’s a huge advantage for the technician.”

The Trex communicator supports Emerson’s Project Certainty initiative, adding flexibility in project scheduling and helping project teams achieve faster start-up times. When using the Trex communicator in the field for new projects, Power the Loop technology can help take device configuration off the critical path.

The Trex communicator allows users to power devices directly from the handheld communicator. Users can perform device configuration tasks before power and I/O infrastructure are in place, and without the need for the installation of the host system, wiring, piping, and other elements. During everyday field maintenance, users will no longer waste time searching the shop for a compatible power supply or confirming adequate loop resistance before connecting to a device. Technicians can simply connect the communicator to a loose device to power it, speeding configuration on the bench.

“The Trex communicator gives technicians the flexibility they need to work efficiently in the field without carrying extra equipment,” said Mani J, marketing director for Emerson’s reliability solutions. “By reducing the number of tools necessary for configuration and commissioning, technicians can easily increase productivity and speed project start-ups.”


@EMR_Automation #Pauto @HHC_Lewis

Is industry ready for the circular economy?

EU Automation has published an industry guide for manufacturers interested in making their production method more sustainable by contributing to the circular economy. The guide can be downloaded, free of charge, from EU Automation's website, under the Industry Guides section.

The circular economy focuses on keeping resources at their highest utility and value at all times. As well as minimising waste and energy losses, it also improves the environmental impact of manufacturing and reduces the risk of obsolescence.

A report published by ABN AMRO and Circle Economy argues that the automotive industry is in a unique position to use circular economy principles to implement new strategies and collaboration across the entire value chain. EU Automation believes there is similar potential for other industries. In its latest one page guide, the industrial automation spares supplier has compiled a series of relevant resources for companies taking their first steps towards a circular economy model.

The concept of the circular economy was first raised by two British environmental economists, David Pearce and Kerry Turner. They suggested that a traditional open-ended economy had no built-in tendency to recycle and that, if the economy was to continue as it was, the environment would become a waste reservoir.

Pearce and Turner formulated the circular economy as an alternative to the traditional linear economy model of make-use-dispose.

"There is a lot of support for businesses wanting to follow a circular economy business model, if they know where to look," explained Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of EU Automation. "The UK trade body for automation, control, instrumentation and laboratory technology, GAMBICA offers support for manufacturers who want to comply. Furthermore, the European Commission recently established the Ecodesign Directive which ensures manufacturers of energy-using products reduce energy consumption and the environmental impact of products at the design stage."

@euautomation #PAuto @StoneJunctionPR

Monday, January 9, 2017

Elbow plug connector.

A new elbow plug connector called Anglissimo has been launched by LEMO connectors. This patent pending connector offers the system integrator and manufacturer the possibility to orientate the connector in one of the eight possible positions during its assembly.
The solution is ideal in designs where many cables need to be positioned in a precise way to prevent cable clutter or a jungle of cables. This new connector model is called Anglissimo from the Italian “issimo” superlative such as “belissimo” *. The product is available in 3 sizes 0B, 1B and 2B series . It 2 to 32 electrical contacts.

@richtsound maintained in an tweet some months ago that "Anglissimo" is the Italian for "as English as possible"  however methinks that might be carrying the "Reject Brexit" position a bit far - a case of Reject Brexitissimo?

@LEMOConnectors #PAuto

Environmental Sampling module for LIMS.

Autoscribe Informatics is providing two opportunities to have a close-up look at the new Environmental Sampling module for the Matrix Gemini LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System).

This 4-minute video provides a short demonstration of this versatile module which has been designed in conjunction with a leading food safety organisation, Deibel Laboratories. Aimed at anyone involved in environmental sampling of production and storage areas in food/beverage production and other industries, it uniquely links sampling point locations, test results and corrective action plans in one easy to use graphical environment.


For those who would like a longer and more detailed demonstration of the system, a recording of a webinar on the subject, recently presented by Autoscribe Informatics, is now available to view here. The software demonstration is presented against the background of the need to move away from screening towards preventative measures against food-borne contamination both as required by the new Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) implemented by the FDA, and in terms of the financial benefits of this approach.

The webinar covers the factors to consider when implementing an environmental monitoring program. The demonstration shows many facets of the software including how it provides:

• Set up of locations and sampling sites
• Visual maps of results status
• Trending of results
• Assignment of actions when the results indicate the need
• Association of results with a sampling site
• Reporting of results

The software provides clear documentation of preventative measures against food-borne contamination. This includes the ability to report the results and corrective actions taken when microorganism levels exceed safe levels. It provides an easy framework for expert set up and adjustment of the system while reducing the expertise needed to operate it on a daily basis. It allows the implementation of data management strategies that increase security and the availability of data.

#LIMS @AutoscribeLtd #Laboratory