Friday, February 10, 2017

Industrial camera models.

IDS Imaging Development Systems now offers two new camera models with the Sony IMX252 sensor and IMX265 sensor, representing the best 3 MP CMOS sensors on the market. These global shutter sensors provide excellent EMVA values, aiming at customers with high demands on image quality and dynamic range. There are also two more new camera models with the cost-effective, very light-sensitive rolling shutter IMX178 sensor and IMX290 sensor, which are suitable for applications in the fields of traffic monitoring (ITS), machine vision and microscopy.

The Sony IMX252 and the Sony IMX265 global shutter sensor of the PREGIUS series claim to be the best 3 MP CMOS image sensors on the industrial camera market. The new IDS UI-3070CP model (Sony IMX252) and UI-3270CP model (Sony IMX265) are full HD cameras for machine vision applications, providing a resolution of 3.2 MP (2056 x 1542 pixels). The UI-3070CP industrial camera accelerates to up to 134 fps at full resolution (with full HD up to 187 fps). It allows 16x multi Areas Of Interest and long-term exposure up to 30 seconds, for applications in the field of machine vision, medical engineering or microscopy. The UI-3270CP USB 3.0 industrial camera delivers up to 57 fps at full resolution (full HD at up to 80 fps). It is particularly suitable for cost-oriented applications in the fields of mechanical engineering, machine vision and metrology. Both camera models will be available as color or monochrome version.

Already available are USB 3.0 industrial cameras with Sony IMX178 and Sony IMX290 CMOS sensors from the STARVIS series. With high light sensitivity and high resolution for high-resolution images, the USB 3.0 UI-3880CP industrial camera with the Sony IMX178 1/1.8" rolling shutter CMOS sensor offers 6.4 MP (3088 x 2076 pixels), which makes it perfect for visualization tasks in microscopy, and for cost-oriented options in traffic monitoring (ITS). In combination with our USB 3.0 industrial cameras, the Sony IMX178 sensor delivers frame rates of up to 60 fps at full resolution. The UI-3860CP model with its Sony IMX290 1/3" rolling shutter CMOS sensor is a good choice for cost-effective applications. It offers a resolution of 2.1 MP (1936 x 1096 pixels, full HD at 120 fps), and it is aimed at customers with high demands on image quality and speed. The above-average light-sensitive BSI sensors from the STARVIS series are particularly suitable for cost-oriented applications in the fields of mechanical engineering, machine vision, metrology, medical engineering or microscopy.

 #IDS  #PAuto 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Trump, Brexit, climate change, new technologies, economic turbulence…

We live in an increasingly uncertain world in which things are changing fast. What does it all mean for education and training? How should they adapt to meet the challenge of uncertainty? How can they help businesses and employers to cope with rapid and continuing change?

Berlin (D)
December 6 – 8, 2017
This year’s OEB, Europe’s leading conference* on technology supported learning and training, will look at how rising uncertainty will affect education and the demands on it.

“Uncertainty has always been around,” says Rebecca Stromeyer, CEO of conference organiser ICWE GmbH. “Now though, there’s a feeling that we are living in very volatile and unstable times. There’s also a growing recognition that the pace of technological change means that nothing will stay the same for long. We have to expect uncertainty and plan for it.

“The theme of this year’s OEB is ‘Learning Uncertainty’ because people, companies and organisations will increasingly have to learn strategies to deal with uncertainty, as though they were learning a language or a science.

“We shouldn’t assume that uncertainty is always a bad thing either. It can be very positive too. It is the enemy of inertia and it can be the agent of innovation and creativity.”

OEB has launched a call for proposals and the conference organisers want to hear from anyone with ideas about how technology-assisted learning can help society meet the challenge of uncertainty, as well as how uncertainty may affect education and training in the future. Full details can be found at the OEB website. The deadline for submissions is May 29, 2017.

OEB 2017 will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin from the December 6 – 8, 2017. The conference is likely to attract over 2,000 education and technology professionals, entrepreneurs and policy-makers from over 100 countries. It will feature a full interactive programme of sessions and workshops, together with a major exhibition, showcasing the latest developments in technology-assisted learning.

*OEB 2017 is the 23nd global, cross-sector conference on technology supported learning and training.

#OEB17 @OEBconference #icwe #PAuto 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Automation education centre in Scotland.

Emerson has opened new education facilities at its Solutions Centre in Aberdeen. The expansion provides for a range of training courses and competency assessment programmes, enabling engineers and technicians to enhance the automation technology skills required to maximise the operational performance of the assets on which they work. (See Emerson's Educational Services Course Advisor for particular recommendations!)
“North Sea operators are increasingly looking to achieve more from existing assets, and by upskilling their workers it is possible to maximise the potential of installed automation technology and create operational performance improvements,” said Mark Boyes, Business Director Scotland at Emerson Automation Solutions. “Our new education facilities in Aberdeen provide training that will help engineers and technicians working in the industry maintain and enhance the skillsets needed to drive long-term efficiency improvements today and in the future.”

Emerson Automation Solutions has a portfolio of products installed across the oil and gas industry and a matching portfolio of training courses combining product training with the principles and methodologies required to work on an integrated process system. Gaining the greatest advantage with today's integrated measurement, control and safety systems requires the most up-to-date skills. Emerson's Educational Services helps shorten the learning curve and keep skills tuned so customers can operate their plants most efficiently.

Training and competency assessments will focus on the installation, operation and maintenance of automation technology. The facilities include a live liquid flow loop - the first of its kind in Britain - which has three metering streams that can be run in a number of different configurations. This enables training in all aspects of fiscal measurement.

Emerson’s training enables operators to assess the competency of their workers in an onshore environment. Replicating real working conditions in this way makes the training much safer and more cost-effective.

The Solutions Centre is accredited for delivering the level 3 Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in measurement processes and for delivering a number of courses and tests to ECITB standards.

To launch the education facilities, Emerson held the first of three open days on the 7th of February, giving guided tours to customers and industry experts. Visitors were informed about the wide range of flexible assessments and customised training available, which includes e-learning, virtual and instructor-led hands-on courses.

#Scotland @EMR_Automation #PAuto @Emerson_News

Accurate smart current sensors.

LEM has upgraded “ART” Rogowski current sensor to measure current of up to 10000A AC and beyond with Class Accuracy 0.5. The ART achieves IEC 61869 Class 0.5 accuracy without the need for additional components like resistors or potentiometers, which can drift over time. In addition, the ART benefits from “Perfect Loop” technology, a unique patented coil clasp that eliminates the inaccuracy caused by sensitivity to the position of the conductor inside the loop as well as providing an innovative, robust and fast “Twist and Click” closure.

An internal shield is provided as standard to guard against external fields, improving accuracy and optimising performance for small current measurements.

The ART series provides the same ease of installation as existing split-core transformers, but with the benefits of being thinner and more flexible.

Whatever the chosen dimension - 50, 70, 125, 175, 200 & 300 mm diameter for the aperture – the ART can be mounted very quickly by simply clipping on to the cable to be measured. Contact with the cable is not necessary, and the ART ensures a high level of safety as well as providing a high rated insulation voltage (1000 V Cat III PD2 - reinforced).

The ART also allows disconnection of the coil to be detected through the use of a security seal passed through a specially designed slot, making it really useful when used with a meter. It can be used in applications requiring a protection degree up to IP 67.

This Class Accuracy 0.5 ART updated version completes the LEM City product solutions for the AC current measurement dedicated for future Smart Cities offering innovative and high quality solutions for measuring electrical parameters in Smart Grids and Industry 4.0.

Intelligent electricity network (Smart Grid) applications such as Power Generators, Medium Voltage/Low Voltage Substations, Sub-metering integrate more and more current sensors to ensure reliable integration of distributed renewable energy, energy storage, production and consumption. This leads to the implementation of more current sensors to allow control rooms to automate, to monitor remotely and share real-time data of equipment.

ART series current sensors are CE marked and conform to the IEC 61869 standard, as well as being covered by LEM’s five-year warranty.

@lemcity #PAuto 

Small transducer takes the pressure!

As part of its GP:50 range of pressure sensors and transmitters for hazardous and harsh environments, Interface Force has announced the Model 188 miniature flush diaphragm pressure transducer. This unique sensor has been developed to fit into restricted spaces, yet offers pressure measurements up to 10,000psi with accuracy to ±0.05%FS.

The Model 188 has been constructed as a single all-welded piece in high performance, rugged stainless steel. Its flush port design eliminates any dead volume making it perfect for high viscosity fluid pressure measurements without any port clogging or plugging. This transducer is ideal for use in the oil and gas industry as well as more diverse applications such as paint and adhesives dispensing,
food processing and sludge and slurry pressure measurement.

As with all sensors in the GP:50 range, the Model 188 is supplied with a NIST traceable calibration certificate and has also been rated for high shock and vibration applications. A number of field options are available including extending the operating temperature range from -54ºC -+121ºC to +177ºC.

Interface Force has a highly qualified and experienced in-house design team ready to help engineers find a solution for their pressure sensing applications.

#Interface_Force #Pauto

Serialisation research survey!

"What is the biggest challenge you face when preparing for pharmaceutical serialisation? Are you clear what the global requirements for serialization are?" asks Zenith Technologies.

Zenith along with with SEA Vision is conducting some serialisation research to better understand users' views.

Participants in this short serialisation research survey will gain exclusive access to a free e-book with tips and guidance to prepare for new serialisation regulations, while also helping to significant business improvements.

Participation in serialization research will ensure receiving a summary of the findings (though responses will of course remain anonymous).

 @ZenithIre  #PAuto @SEA_Vision

One million dollar test rig!

Endress+Hauser has invested nearly $1 million in a state of the art pressure test rig at its U.S. headquarters in Greenwood (IN USA). The rig allows it to test complete instrument assemblies to customer specifications, and provides a 100% test indicating a specific instrument can withstand the design process pressure, up to 15,000 psi.
Previously, Endress+Hauser - like most other U.S.-based instrument manufacturers - did not have local high pressure testing capability. For example, Endress+Hauser performed such tests at its production plant in Maulburg (D). With the new high pressure test rig located in the Greenwood production center, instruments can be tested and certified quickly, for faster delivery to customers in the U.S. and the Americas. And because the test facility is in the U.S., it makes it easier for customers to schedule and witness the test.

Being able to certify the entire instrument assembly—not just the process connection—is important for customers in the oil & gas, chemical, power, energy and other heavy industries. In many cases, engineering firms, end users and insurance companies have detailed and specific internal codes and specifications for instruments that will be installed in critical, high-pressure applications, such as high pressure boilers, reactors or catalytic crackers.

The test rig, located in an underground concrete pit for safety reasons, can generate pressure up to 15,000 psi (1000 bar) to test devices up to 16 feet (4 meters) long and with up to a 2-inch diameter. Each test is automated to execute customer-specific test and ramp up times. The test rig is specially designed to test Endress+Hauser’s Levelflex guided wave radar level instruments, capacitance probes, Liquiphant tuning forks, Micropilot free space radar level instruments, and high pressure thermowell assemblies—all products built in the Greenwood, Indiana, plant—but it can also test other instruments.

The test rig can produce relevant certification and documentation to ensure there is a level of safety built into the system and reduce risk of failure. This certification and documentation is also often required by engineering firms, end users or insurance companies.

@Endress_US #PAuto #USA @Endress_Hauser

Mutual co-operation in flow and pressure.

Yokogawa has announced that it has entered into a private label agreement to resell Eagle Research E-Series Flow Computer under Yokogawa’s Y-Flow™ brand label. In addition, Yokogawa and Eagle Research signed a supplier agreement contract where Yokogawa will provide pressure transmitter sensor assemblies for Eagle Research’s E-Series Flow Computer.

“We are very excited about the strategic partnership formed between our two companies. By combining the power of the newly released E-Series flow computers with the accuracy and stability of the Yokogawa transmitters we truly feel we are offering the most flexible and powerful platform on which to support the stringent measurement and control needs required of our industry,” said John Booth, Director of Sales and Marketing for Eagle Research Corporation.

Electronic flow computers are deployed to calculate and record flow rate using industry standard algorithms as natural gas and other hydrocarbons pass through a meter of a segmented section of pipeline. These meters could be, but not limited to, orifice meters, linear meters, ultrasonic meters, or Coriolis meters. An electronic flow computer is one piece of an electronic gas measurement system. The electronic flow computer collects live uncorrected gas or liquid volume through any type of meter and calculates corrected volume and energy. This is achieved by measuring live differential pressure, live flowing pressure, live flowing temperature, and/or by counting pulses from the meter. Additionally, other devices can feed the flow computer, such as an online chromatograph to provide additional data, which allows a more granular look at volume and energy.

“Combining Yokogawa’s state of the art DPharp transmitter technology and reliability with Eagle Research’s in-house engineering and manufacturing, the partnership will enhance the ability of Yokogawa’s product offering to support the needs of the market,” said Aaron Lee, Product Manager for Yokogawa Corporation of America.

@YokogawaIA #PAuto #EagleResearch

Encapsulated PSUs.

Gresham Power Electronics has added a number of new models to its very successful range of encapsulated convection cooled power supplies.

Applications for the Gresham Power GPL range include instrumentation, test equipment, medical electronics and equipment operating in harsh environments.

The GPL series of encapsulated linear power supplies is now available with output voltages from 5–250VDC at up to 25W and input voltages of 105-125VAC or 220–240VAC. Single output versions are available over the range 5–24VDC, dual outputs ±5, ±12 or ±15VDC and triple output versions have voltage options of 5/±12 or 5V/±15.

PCB and chassis mount versions are available with optional finger safe terminals and all models feature short circuit protection. The operating temperature range of the Gresham GPL series is -25 to +71°C and a 400Hz input frequency version is available on request.

Industrial and medical approvals are met with medical versions offering extra low noise, IEC 60601-1 with 2MOPP (4000VAC reinforced insulation and 8mm creepage distance) and 2μA Patient Leakage Current.

Jake Moir, Managing Director of Gresham Power, comments, “We have a very well established market for our GPL range of encapsulated power supplies. Many applications require rugged, isolated low noise power supplies and adding more output voltage options and medical approvals will be welcomed by our customers.”

@GreshamPower #PAuto 

Stepping into calibration gap! #InterfaceForce #PAuto #Calibration #Britain

With the imminent, temporary closure of one Britain's leading load cell calibration laboratories, Interface Force Measurements is stepping up to offer a cost-effective calibration and repair service from Interface Inc’s ISO 17025 accredited lab.

Having the capability to offer calibration services for its own extensive range of load cells and sensors, Interface Force is now extending this for external products. The company offers speedy and cost-effective recalibration of load cells, load pins, rotary torque transducers, reaction torque transducers, rod end cells and tension links.

As well as calibration, Interface offers a 5-7 business day turnaround for repair services, including connector replacement on any manufacturers’ load cell. A comprehensive evaluation before repair and calibration can also be carried out is available free of charge.

All work is undertaken by highly-skilled technicians to the highest standards. With a broad capability, testing calibration and repair can be carried out on a range of products from 0.5N to 4.5MN on equipment that includes 9 hydraulic and 6 deadweight systems. All testing is directly traceable to NIST and only NIST certified Gold Standard™ Load Cells are used as reference standards.

Facilities and procedures are under continuous audit from government and industrial organisations and the company holds the following accreditations: A2LA Accredited Certificate including Load Cells & Rotary Sensors, ISO GUIDE 17025 - Competence of calibration and testing laboratories, ANSI/NCSL Z540-1, ISO 10012-1, MIL-STD-45662A, E74 Calibrations, Class AA Calibrations and is NUPIC - Nuclear Procurement Listed.

#InterfaceForce #PAuto #Calibration

High temperature infrared pyrometers.

Fluke® Process Instruments announced the expansion of the Endurance® Series line of high-temperature ratio infrared pyrometers to include three new single-color models and one new two-color model with extended temperature ranges and enhanced optical resolution characteristics. These best-in-class pyrometers meet the demands of harsh industrial environments, including primary and secondary metals manufacturing, carbon processing, silicon production, and now foundries and welding, as well as rubber and thick plastics.

Handling a wider temperature range of 50 °C (122 °F) to 3,200 °C (5800 °F) with superior optical resolution (up to 300:1), these rugged and flexible instruments enable continuous visual process monitoring. Built to tolerate the harshest environments, the sensors feature stainless steel IP65 (NEMA 4) housing able to withstand ambient temperatures up to 65 °C (149 °F) or up to 315 °C (600 °F) using cooling accessories, as well as galvanically isolated inputs/outputs.
Temperature Range and Spectral Response Table
The Endurance Series pyrometers are remarkably versatile and easy to install – a robust solution for manufacturers looking to reduce reject rates, improve product quality and uniformity, maximize throughput, and minimize energy costs. Their broad temperature range and multiple wavelengths cover an entire process with fewer units. The sensors operate with either Power over Ethernet (PoE) or DC power, and interface to various bus systems (Ethernet, Profinet and RS-485). An intuitive backlit rear-panel with tactile feedback simplifies navigation. PC-based Endurance setup and monitoring software simplifies configuration and deployment, and a built-in web server enables archiving of historical data for traceability, process troubleshooting and remote viewing.

Multiple lens, sighting and focus options are available for different mounting distance and sighting needs. For example, on-board camera video sighting via Ethernet ensures the sensor is always sighted properly for remote and control room viewing. On-board laser sighting can be used to verify process alignment for local viewing when the sensor is located in a hard-to-reach area. On-board light-emitting diode (LED) sighting makes it easy to view the actual spot size projected on the target. A dirty lens alarm helps avoid unneeded periodic lens cleaning checks.

All Endurance Series pyrometers are offered with a best-in-class four-year warranty.

@FlukeCorp #PAuto 

Seminar on noise & vibration.

The AcSoft Group, comprising AcSoft, Svantek and G.R.A.S UK, is hosting a free one-day seminar covering Environmental Noise & Vibration Monitoring on 28th March 2017 at the Sharnbrook Hotel in Bedfordshire (GB).

John Shelton
Paul Rubens, General Manager at AcSoft Group comments: “We have run a number of seminars near our office in Bedfordshire and they’re always very popular. We recognise that environmental sound and vibration monitoring can be a minefield at the best of times but when you add all the variables for monitoring outside then ensuring everything is set up correctly is even more critical.

“The one-day seminar in March is designed to help that process by covering a variety of key topics including industry standards, accessing data via a web portal, transducer selection and calibration. We are confident delegates will find it extremely interesting and highly relevant to their specialist applications.”

AcSoft Group’s seminars always attract an interesting and diverse selection of speakers and delegates, offering networking opportunities, debates and insightful exploration around industry relevant topics.

Speaking at the event will be John Shelton BSc (Hons) MSc MIOA who chairs the instrumentation working group for the Institute of Acoustics (IOA), Krzysztof Koltys from Svantek in Poland and Mirjam Stevens from Munisense in the Netherlands.

 #Noise #vibration. @Acsoft_Sound @ioauk @elhcomms

MES in the older production lines.

Retrofitting production line machinery with Harting’s MICA ‘open source’ industrial mini-computer extends lifetime, improves process efficiencies, saves cost.

Central machine monitoring and process optimisation is the best way to ensure that production lines and their associated constituent part machinery operate more effectively and economically. Many machines in well-established production lines, which may be between 15 and 30 years old, can still perform their main functional tasks successfully, however they do so much less efficiently than their modern day counterparts. For example, they don’t have the same level of computing power, enough memory capacity to record and store the relevant data, or ability to communicate with their modern equivalents. In many cases, these machines also use data formats and protocols from the 80s and 90s, which are no longer used by today’s PLCs and industrial PCs.

A prime example of a machine that might perform one critical function within a typical production line environment might be a plastics injection moulding machine. Such machines when well-maintained can reach as much as a 30-year operational life. However, their main operating software protocol would almost certainly be no longer supported and virtualisation in the MES (Manufacturing Execution System), which is a control system for managing and monitoring work-in-process on a factory floor, would neither be economically sensible nor reliable.

An MES keeps track of all manufacturing information in real time, receiving up-to-the-minute data from robots, machine monitors and employees. Although manufacturing execution systems used to operate as self-contained systems, they are increasingly being integrated with enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suites. The goal of a manufacturing execution system is to improve productivity and reduce cycle-time, the total time to produce an order.
Harting’s new MICA (Modular Industrial Computing Architecture) edge computing device can directly address the above mentioned issues, upgrading older machines by providing a protocol converting gateway to the central operating software controls of the newer version and at a fraction of the investment cost of such a new machine. This is due to the fact that with MICA’s modular open platform, the Harting IIC MICA permits the user to choose the programming language and development environment according to what they are more familiar with. It can create a virtual image of a device or a machine in the digital world. It enables modern interfaces for devices whose communications are outdated. This means that you can convert old machine protocols into OPC-UA or MQTT (MQTT is a machine-to-machine (M2M)/"Internet of Things" connectivity protocol), in order to connect legacy machines to IoT or MES systems
MICA fits anywhere. With dimensions of 13 x 8 x 3.5 cm, it is extremely compact and can be fitted directly at the machine or on the DIN rail in the electrical cabinet. MICA is robust, has no fan and is maintenance-free. The system is designed for harsh industrial and railway environments. It can be used in metallic environments and is resistant to dust, moisture and temperature fluctuations (IP67). Remote servicing for the MICA can be performed with a web browser.

MICA has a modular design architecture made from open hardware and software components. Unlike single-board computers – such as the Raspberry Pi – this device is divided into three control boards. A power and network, CPU and an end-user customisable function I/O board. For this function board RFID, WLAN, BLE, SSD storage or fieldbus functionality can be integrated with suitable I/O connectivity, without changing the form factor or degree of protection of the MICA unit.

MICA is easy to use, with the touch-optimised interface for end users and administrators, implemented entirely in HTML5 and JavaScript. It provides an open system software environment that allows developers from both the production and IT worlds to quickly implement projects and customise without any special tools. Applications are executed in their own Linux-based containers which contain all the necessary libraries and drivers. This means that package dependencies and incompatibilities are a thing of the past. In addition, such containers run in individual ‘Sandboxes’ which isolate and secure different applications from each other with their own separate log-in and IP Address. As a result, there should be no concerns over data security when MICA is allowed access to a higher-level production operating network.

MICA is already offered with a number of containers such as Java, Python C/C++, OPC-UA, databases and web toolkits. The modularity and the use of an intermediate JSON format allow other legacy systems to be integrated in the future with minimal effort, only the log-input container is replaced. In addition, other protocols can be easily supported by replacement of a container on the server side, e.g. MQTT


Monday, February 6, 2017

New chairman with Vision.

Paul Wilson, Managing Director of Scorpion Vision Ltd has become the new Chairman of the UK Industrial Vision Association (UKIVA), taking over the reins from Ian Alderton. Wilson took up his new position at the recent UKIVA Annual Members’ meeting..

Paul Wilson
Wilson established Scorpion Vision in 2006 and has grown it from a component sales business to a machine vision specialist integrator. He had served 2 years as Vice-Chairman of the Association and will hold his new position for a further 2 years. Allan Anderson, Managing Director of Clearview Imaging, was elected as the new Vice-Chairman, again for a period of 2 years.

In taking up his new role, Wilson noted that the Association was going from strength to strength and paid tribute to outgoing Chairman, Ian Alderton for his tireless efforts and for his contribution towards bringing to fruition the UKIVA’s biggest undertaking to date, the forthcoming Machine Vision Conference. Wilson urged all UKIVA members to play their part in making the Conference a success.

“The UKIVA Machine Vision Conference, to be held on 27th April 2017 at Arena MK represents a milestone for industrial vision in the UK,” he said . “This is the first independent event of its kind. We are well on track to achieve our aim of 50 technical vision seminars across a broad range of vision topics and we already have over 40 of the industry’s leading companies signed up for the accompanying exhibition. Visitor registration is now open and we are looking to attract a broad cross section of delegates, from those who are completely new to vision through to experienced vision engineers. There will be something to interest everyone, and of course, a wonderful networking opportunity.”

Establishing an event such as this from scratch requires a concerted effort from many people. Wilson praised the efforts of the Conference organising committee, with a special mention for Allan Anderson who has driven the project forward. “Allan is to be congratulated”, he said. “His efforts, with the help of the committee and the experience of the team at the PPMA, have made the Conference a reality”.

@UKIVAconfex #Pauto #ScorpionVision #Britain

Chief visits new acquisitions.

The founder and CEO of Nidec has visited Control Techniques and Leroy-Somer to outline his vision for the future of the businesses.

Nagamori san, Nidec with
Carwyn Jones, Prif Weinidog Cymru.
Shigenobu Nagamori, who launched Nidec in Kyoto, Japan in 1973, presented to Control Techniques and Leroy-Somer staff at their respective headquarters in Newtown (GB), and Angouleme (F) on February 2 and 3. The events were simultaneously broadcast to Control Techniques and Leroy-Somer staff across the world. (see our report Acquisition Completed 3/2/12017)

Mr Nagamori spoke about the opportunities presented to both businesses, and was positive about the impact Nidec could have in the future. Questions were invited from existing staff members regarding investment, job security and proposals for future growth. The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones AM, attended the event and met with Mr Nagamori to discuss the future of Control Techniques in Wales.

Mr Nagamori said: “We are pleased to welcome Control Techniques and Leroy-Somer into the Nidec family. We have strong ambitions for both companies to grow, and Nidec is committed to providing the necessary support and investment to make that happen.

“Industries which require the use of electric motors, and therefore drives, will form the backbone of the world’s economy in the future. Look at the expansion in the use of robots, electric vehicles and drones. All these items need motors, and all those motors need drives. There are clear opportunities for Control Techniques, Leroy-Somer and ultimately Nidec to prosper here.

“Our policy is to put the systems in place which will encourage growth. We will hire and train high calibre people, and encourage those already working for the businesses to enhance their abilities.

“We will put great emphasis on research and development. As an R&D engineer myself, I know that it is technology which will ensure our businesses succeed.

“Control Techniques, Leroy-Somer and Nidec offer each other great synergy, and working together we can improve and make our goals a reality.”

Nidec boasts a strong track record of facilitating growth among its business, through investment in engineering, design and resources. It has also demonstrated a clear strategy to drive growth in both companies, as well as providing considerable benefits to customers through a far wider range of available products and services.

Both Control Techniques’ and Leroy-Somer’s product ranges offer a complementary fit with the Nidec line-up, bringing significant benefits for all parties and, importantly, their respective customer bases. The combination will now allow Nidec to sell the entire range of products as a package into all key market spaces, while also allowing Control Techniques and Leroy-Somer access to new markets.

Nidec manufactures electric motors and related components, including small precision motors, motors for automotive, commercial and industrial applications, and medium voltage motors and generators. It employs around 140,000 people worldwide and has operations in over 40 countries. It has been actively developing a new growth platform with particular focus on appliance, industrial and commercial business.

Xavier Trenchant, President of Leroy-Somer said: “We are proud to integrate a business striving to become the world's No.1 comprehensive motor manufacturer and to join forces to meet the needs and expectations of our worldwide customers. With such a dynamic and trustworthy company, we look towards the future with confidence”

Scott Anderson, president of Control Techniques, said; “We believe this is a tremendous opportunity for us to join, work with and contribute to an industry-leading brand which believes in our products and will enable us to grow as businesses.”

#Nidec #PAuto @Leroy_Somer @ConTechniques

Connector selection guide.

New board to board, wire to board, USB and RJ connectors with built in magnetics are just a few of the 700 new Taicom connector products added by Anglia, in a substantial expansion of its offering from this competitive, high quality manufacturer. In addition to featuring the full portfolio on Anglia Live, the distributor is publishing a new 136-page connector selection guide giving details of both new and established parts.

The Taicom connector selection guide features several new ranges of connector products, many of these are direct alternatives to popular industry standard connectors. Also new are RJ45 connectors with integrated magnetics, for Ethernet and WAN applications.

Included in the new connector guide are the Taicom Studiomate range of audio connectors which encompass DIN, phono, XLR and video connectors as well as a variety of jacks and sockets for audio and video applications. In addition, the Taicom M-Pro range of Faston tabs and crimp terminals are also featured.

The Taicom range stocked by Anglia includes over 500 series of connectors covering more than 7000 line items. Anglia offers an extensive range of Taicom pin headers, chassis mounting and PCB mounting terminal blocks and terminal strips. Signal & data products in the range include D Sub-miniature, DIN41612, FireWire, IC sockets, IDC, memory module sockets, RJ, Smart Card and USB connectors. The range of PCB interconnects include FFC/FPC, headers and sockets, modular and wire to board products. For board to board applications, Taicom offers inline, through-hole and surface-mount pin headers, together with corresponding female sockets and mini jumper links, in pitches from 1.27mm to 2.54mm. A comprehensive range of battery holders is also available.

The new Taicom connector selection guide includes a unique website reference code for each product range which when inputted into the search bar on Anglia Live allows quick access to live inventory, pricing and datasheet information.
@angliaLive #PAuto 

Advance operational excellence out of this world!

Lockheed Martin Space Systems is to implement Aegis’ FactoryLogix Manufacturing Execution Software (MES) at their Littleton, (CO USA) facility. Operators at Lockheed Martin Space Systems will use the MES solution to increase factory speed, control, and visibility for several government satellite programs.

Jason Spera, Chief Executive Officer at Aegis Software says, “Lockheed Martin Space Systems has an impressive legacy of delivering innovative, mission-critical products that reflect the latest trends in manufacturing technology. Aegis is excited to partner with the Colorado facility to implement “Big Data” capabilities that will drive continued operational excellence.”

Aegis’ FactoryLogix software is an ideal solution for aerospace and defense manufacturers, mission-critical industries where visibility into real-time factory data allows operators to detect any potential defects and make immediate changes while products are being built. Using FactoryLogix will provide Lockheed Martin Space Systems with access to intelligent digital work instructions and advanced data analytics that will drive operational efficiency.

As the primary builder for a multitude of missions to space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems holds a legacy of innovation in using advanced digital technologies at every stage of the product design and manufacturing process. The division’s Digital Tapestry approach to product development weaves digital technologies into a seamless process, thereby reducing non-conformances, and speeding cycle time to market.

@FactoryLogix #MES #PAuto @LockheedMartin

Quick ship programme for process instruments.

Yokogawa Corporation of America has announced quick shipping options for process instrumentation and analytical products through its Quick Ship Program. Quick Ship aims to reduce lead times of warehouse-stocked product to ship within two days or less for customers in emergency situations and to prevent unnecessary downtime.

“Yokogawa's Manufacturing and Distribution Division, in conjunction with our product marketing and sales groups, is working diligently to provide our customers with quality product in the most efficient manner possible. The Quick Ship Program and our ability to assemble in the US allows us the flexibility to offer the vast majority of our standard US product offering in two days or less, thus reducing or eliminating process downtime for our customers,” says Rich Westerfield, Yokogawa Vice President of Manufacturing and Distribution.

With product availability becoming an increasingly important issue facing the market, warehousing finished product is essential to guarantee on-time delivery and overall customer satisfaction. Yokogawa initiated the Quick Ship Program two years ago as a pilot program for limited product families to address the issue of the company’s standard 10-day lead-time from time of order. The program is now available in 2017 for all standard products, including pressure/temperature transmitters, flow meters and various analyzers.

“We were faced with the challenge of our products being shipped with a standard of 10 days because we incorporated the entire manufacturing process with our lead time,” says Steve Crews, Yokogawa General Manager for Customer Support, Global Logistics, and Warehousing. “We found that if we pre-built standard product to have sub-assemblies ready to go, we could shorten that lead time to meet a quicker ship date.”

Yokogawa’s 125,000 sq. ft manufacturing facility includes pressure, flow and analytical production lines. In 2016, several thousand pressure and flow transmitters and analytical products were assembled and shipped via the new program. The program incorporates the talents of more than 125 employees from various departments to ensure its success.

Since implementation, the standard lead time is now five days with the Quick Ship products being offered in two days. For the customer, this means they can expect reduced downtime in their operations and better cash flow, as they are able to receive a replacement product on a faster schedule. The quicker shipping options also allow a competitive advantage for Yokogawa.

“When we save the day, we earn trust with the customer so that we become a loyal and respected partner,” says Sam Hassan, Yokogawa Product Manager of Flow Products. “With a solid reputation, customers are likely to call us for any issues they may have in the future.”

The program is equally beneficial to Yokogawa. “When customers would request a product in two days that typically requires a two-week lead-time, we would have to negotiate from customer service to production control to manufacturing and back through that chain to get to the customer,” Steve says. “With an offering of two days, we’ve eliminated much of the back and forth so that it cuts down on order processing time.”

Immediate needs for products with lead times less than two days can be negotiated with the factory through the local sales representative if the two day lead time is not sufficient.

A demonstrated investment in the local marketplace is another important factor in the Quick Ship Program. Yokogawa’s process instruments are assembled in the US with local modification also available. US assembly allows local flexibility and investment in the local market. Yokogawa also manufactures and calibrates instruments in North America to expand the offering of quick shipping.

Yokogawa has made a series of other investments in its manufacturing facilities in an effort to support the Quick Ship initiative. Several adjustments were made to the way parts were kit for the sub-assemblies, which contributed to the overall faster shipping process. Time studies were conducted to evaluate how parts were moving back and forth from the storeroom to the production line. Yokogawa performed Quality Control Circles (QCC) on several of the production lines to eliminate wasted time, and ultimately helped to recognize the potential of quick shipping. The kitting process time was cut down by over 75%.

In conjunction with the Quick Ship Program, modifications have been made to the Yokogawa website to indicate eligible products.

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