Friday, February 24, 2017

Tank inventory management software.

Endress+Hauser releases SupplyCare 3.0, an update to its IIoT application for tank inventory management. SupplyCare provides a complete overview of levels and product inventory in a company’s tanks and silos worldwide. Enhancements in SupplyCare 3.0 include hardware and software options allowing level, flow and pressure data to be displayed at a desk or handheld device regardless of location—and advanced inventory tools for forecasting, reporting, stock analysis and other functions.

SupplyCare Enterprise runs by default in an Apache Tomcat-environment on an application server as a service under Microsoft Windows. Operators and administrators access the application via a web browser from their desks or handheld devices such as smartphones and tablets. SupplyCare can create reports in various formats including Excel, PDF, CSV and XML. Data can be easily shared with and used by other systems and computing platforms.

SupplyCare 3.0 receives data from local I/O at a company’s tank farms and refineries; from third-party platforms such as control systems, data historians and ERP systems via OPC DA technology; and from email servers at gateways. This allows a company to monitor tank levels and inventories worldwide to help manage its entire operation. For example, SupplyCare 3.0 detects events such as falling below safety stocks or plan points, and sends e-mails to predetermined users.

Whenever there is a technical problem, such as a connection failure, SupplyCare sends alarm messages and e-mails to the system administrator and designated contacts. The system can receive measured values from two redundant data sources. In case of failure of the primary data source, the system switches automatically to the secondary data source.

Enhancements in SupplyCare 3.0 include SupplyCare Hosting SCH30 and Enterprise SCE30B software that provide inventory visualization, forecasting and reporting tools, stock analysis and reconciliation between plants, planning and scheduling inventory transfers, monitoring of alarms and events, and visualization of sites and stocks on a geographical map.

New IMS SXS70 Middleware enables the integration of SupplyCare data with ERP or MES systems. The middleware has four workflow modules that use standard data formats and connectivity methods such as XML, JSON, REST and SOAP. The middleware can connect directly to a company’s ERP system, or send data to customers or other parties via the internet.

New hardware enhancements include Fieldgate FXA42, a gateway that acquires data from local level, flow and pressure instruments; sends it to the local control system; and transmits it to SupplyCare via an integrated web server. Also new is the Connect Sensor FXA30, a battery-powered cellular gateway for remote monitoring of level, flow and pressure instruments in locations where power is not available. It transmits data to SupplyCare via a wireless cellular phone connection.

@Endress_Hauser  #PAuto @Endress_US

PCB connector.

Harting has introduced a 2-piece angled printed-circuit board connector which allows a standard M12 circular connector to be mounted in a configuration that allows access to space-saving switches.
The new M12 2-piece angled connector is available in the male and female variants as well as with A and D coding, making it possible to implement a variety of flexible configurations for supplying power to switches and other devices. The codings incorporate power-supply links and Fast Ethernet communication at up to 100 Mbit/s.

With its 90° angled construction, the M12 circular connector is ideally suited to mounting on printed circuit boards which are placed flat in a rack or a device, where it offers significant space-saving benefits.

@harting #PAuto 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The biggest network cyber threat!

Protect against the biggest threat in network security – your employees

A new course on Computer Network Security has been launched by Alison. Coming off the back of an IDC forecast at the end of 2016 that claimed spending on cybersecurity will grow to €96 billion ($101 US billion) by 2020, the course offers employers who are concerned about online attacks the opportunity to educate their employees at no charge.

Mike Feerick, Founder and CEO of Alison, said: “Given the grave risk hackers and other cybersecurity threats can hold for businesses worldwide, it’s logical that businesses would mitigate against that risk by educating their employees. Lloyd’s have reported that organisations lose more than $400 billion (€380b) per year to cyber-attacks, and one of the biggest threats organisations face is carelessness by their own employees resulting in critical information falling into the wrong hands.”

The course is a timely solution for companies looking to avoid becoming victims of preventable cyber-attacks. The content covered includes the core principles of network security, elements of risk management, physical security, methods of authentication and password security.

Mike added: “Since our course is available online for free, it’s a no-brainer that employers should ensure all of their employees achieve a pass mark in it before they are given access to sensitive information.”

The course is designed to give employees at all levels or anyone who wishes to learn more about network and computer security a comprehensive introduction to network security, and in particular for junior level IT specialists, computing students, and computer network engineers. Alison caters for a wide variety of vital workplace skills including business communication, public relations, marketing and entrepreneurship.

@AlisonCourses #Pauto #Cybersecurity

EX magnetic sensor withstands temperatures of down to -60°C.

Many users prefer non-contact sensors, especially in subzero applications, because, unlike electromechanical switchgear such as position switches, they do not run the danger of malfunctioning due to freezing moisture.

For this – admittedly highly specialised – application field, the .steute business unit "Extreme" has now developed a new series of Ex magnetic sensors. These cylindrical sensors of M20 diameter are cold-resistant down to -60oC and are also tested and approved according to ATEX and IECEx for use in gas Ex zones 1 and 2.

This makes them suited to environments which make up an increasing number of the customer queries received by steute – for example offshore plants installed in Arctic regions, or ships travelling through such regions, like gas tankers.

In these extreme conditions, the non-contact active principle makes sealing of the housings easier and guarantees durability: the mechanical lifespan of these sensors is over one million switching cycles, while the electrical lifespan has been calculated at 106 … 109 switching cycles.

The housing material – a high-quality fibreglass-reinforced Duroplast – guarantees that the high protection class of the magnetic sensors (IP 66 to IP 69) is maintained in these subzero temperatures, even after a 7-Joule impact test.

This set of features – particularly the large temperature range – makes the new series suitable for position monitoring of flaps, valves, lids and other moving components, for example in plants found in the oil & gas industry (onshore and offshore) or in the field of shipbuilding and port facilities. Other fields of application are handling systems on oil rigs and position monitoring on crane booms.

#steute #Pauto #EX

Network functions virtualization success.

Anritsu has successfully completed the 1st NFV Plugtests™ at the first of its kind event organized by the European Telecommunications Standardisation Institute (ETSI) with the scope of validating and testing Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) interoperability.

The event was organized by the ETSI Centre for Testing and Interoperability and took place between January 23rd and February 3rd 2017 at the 5TONIC Laboratory in Leganes (ES).

Anritsu participated with their MasterClaw™ vProbe VNF solution with the aim to validate interoperability with commercial and open-source MANO and VIM implementations.

Participants to the multi-vendor interoperability event included 13 VNF vendors, 9 MANO suppliers and 11 NFVI/VIM solutions. The Anritsu vProbe VNF registered a 100% success rate on the executed test cases, proving multi-vendor compatibility and market readiness.

“Anritsu understands how crucial these interoperability events are to help progress the industry towards Telco Cloud and we are pleased to have taken part in it. For Anritsu, the event has shown the advances on our journey towards cloud native Service Assurance and what our focus should be on next” stated Neil McKinlay, CTO Anritsu Service Assurance.

Part of Anritsu’s MasterClaw multi-dimensional Service Assurance solution, the MasterClaw vProbe is capable of passively monitoring NFV and SDN networks and services (vEPC, vIMS, vPCEF/PCRF, etc.) enabling use-cases such as network service troubleshooting, real-time service specific KPI monitoring, real-time streaming analytics, market leading CX and multi-dimensional network analytics solutions that are key to improving Customer Experience.


Reliable relays!

JPR Electronics stock a wide range of high quality relays from Finder. Established in 1954, Finder manufactures over 12,500 different products, including step relays, light dependent relays and many other products for industrial, commercial and residential applications.

Paul Raynor, Director of JPR Electronics, comments. "Finder relays offer a very reliable switching solution for mission critical or long operating life electronic systems and industrial applications. Over the past 60 years Finder have established an enviable reputation for their products and customer support which is highly valued by our customers. Design engineers and buyers buying electronic components from JPR should make Finder their first choice for relays."

The Finder relay range on offer from JPR includes standard and low profile, PCB socket mounted relays and DIN Rail versions with LED indication of actuation. SPCO and DPCO contacts are available with current ratings across the range from 1.25 to 16A and operating voltages of 5, 12 or 24VDC and 110 and 230VAC. Also available is a forcibly guided contact double pole relay series specifically designed to meet the increasingly stringent international safety standards required in plant, process, safety circuits, emergency stop and critical monitoring circuits. The forcibly guided contacts enable positive monitoring of contact state in compliance with EN50205 type B, and meeting IEC 62061 (2005).

JPR can also supply a bi-function IP60 rated plug in timer for use in conjunction with Finder 40 series relays.

Finder relays are form-fit-and-function compatible with many widely used industry standard relays giving designers’ access to cost effective, high quality, very reliable products. All Finder products carry international safety agency approvals.

@Jprelec #Pauto #Finder

High-reliability load pins.

VPG Transducers has introduced the Model 5113 and Model 5117 load pins.

Model 5113 and Model 5117 load pins provide reliable and repeatable measurements of force, tension, load, and overload parameters, with an industry best-in-class safe overload capacity of up to ±250 kN. Their robust design incorporates VPG’s own proprietary foil strain gage sensing technology, bonded onto a zinc-plated hardened alloy steel body. Units are highly compact, with the Model 5113 measuring 38 millimeters, and the Model 5117 measuring just 25 millimeters, facilitating their ease of installation within space constrained environments.

The load pins are offered in choices of three unique rated capacities from ±25 to ±60 kN. They further incorporate an embedded ratiometric voltage output converter and IP66 environmental protection. Alternate connector types, cable lengths and other customization options are available upon request. Please consult VPG Transducers for details.

The long-term stability and reliability of Models 5113 and 5117 make them an ideal choice for the support of virtually any control or safety system, including those operating under severe load and environmental conditions. Both models may be used as direct drop-in replacements for legacy load pin solutions, including those installed within typical off-highway and agricultural vehicle trailer hitch systems. In this instance, the Model 5117 is typically mounted onto the top arm, while the Model 5113 is installed onto the bottom arm. Other applications include off-road vehicles, plowing vehicles, cranes, hoisting gear, pulley shafts, winches, chain and brake anchors, bearing blocks, tensioning systems, elevators, floor conveyors, commercial and civil aircraft, chemical processing and R&D.

#VPG  #PAuto

Cryogenic connection!

Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd, can now provide a wide range of Cryogenic interconnect products. These high reliability cable assemblies use only the highest quality materials including: stainless steel or niobium titanium cables and assemblies with bandwidths up to 40GHz and cupro-nickel cables, raw St/St and NbTi cables, crimp SMA and 2.9mm connectors, hermetic connectors, sealed adaptors, attenuators and low temperature hardware.

Intelliconnect cryogenic cables work to 2 K (-271.15°C) and typical applications include low temperature testing, medical and materials research.

With so many diverse applications for cryogenic cables Intelliconnect works closely with customers to find the optimum high reliability solution for unique custom designs through to high volume requirements. Customers can also specify their own cable assemblies using an online cable configurator from which Intelliconnect will provide a quotation by return.

All Intelliconnect cable assemblies and their market leading waterproof RF connector range provide fast delivery and very competitive pricing. Intelliconnect has its own brand of semi-flexible 0.085” (I405) and 0.141” (I402) cables designed to compete with Multiflex, T-Flex and Flexiform cables which are suitable for industrial, defence, security and test system applications. These cables offer a lighter, more flexible alternative to semi-rigid types making system assembly and interconnection easier. Any small reductions in performance compared with semi-rigid cables are more than compensated for by competitive pricing and compatibility with standard semi-rigid cable connectors.

Intelliconnect 50 ohm “Spiral Strip” shielded coaxial cables are flexible alternatives to semi-rigid coax and the unique shielding configuration offers a cost effective, low attenuation option. The use of strip/round braid composite shields results in low transfer impedance levels.
The construction exhibits the same attenuation characteristics as M17/130-RG402 and M17/133-RG405 cables. All the Intelliconnect Spiral Strip Shield coaxial cables have VSWR characteristics that meet or exceed similar size flexible constructions. The I402 and I405 cable types have been designed with diameters over the outer braids of 0.141” and 0.086” and have an operating temperature range of -55 to +200°C

Roy Phillips, Managing Director of Intelliconnect, comments, "Manufacturing cryogenic cables requires specialist skills and equipment and our investment in this market is being rewarded by steadily increasing sales. Our cable harness and RF connector business are both seeing excellent growth and sales of our UK designed and manufactured connector ranges are more competitive than ever thanks to the recent changes in exchange rates.”

@IntelliConnLtd #PAuto 

Humidity & temperature transmitter.

The highly accurate EE310 humidity and temperature transmitter from E+E Elektronik is dedicated for demanding process control. The modern multi-functional display with data logging function enables intuitive operation and offers an optimum overview of the measuring task. Extensive settings and diagnostics can thus be performed directly on the device.

The EE310 measures relative humidity and temperature, and calculates dew point temperature, frost point temperature, wet-bulb temperature, water vapour partial pressure, mixing ratio, absolute humidity and specific enthalpy.

The 3.5” TFT colour display shows simultaneously up to four measured or calculated values. All settings and even error diagnosis are easily performed with push buttons. The integrated data logger stores up to 20,000 values per measurand. The recorded data can be shown on the display, or downloaded via the USB interface for further processing.

The EE310 transmitter is available for wall or duct mount, as well as with remote probe. Various remote probes can be employed up to 180 °C (356 °F) and 20 bar (290 psi). The probes are also available as pluggable versions for quick and easy replacement.

The E+E proprietary sensor coating brings relevant advantages when it comes to use in harsh industrial environment. It protects the sensing elements from corrosive and electrically conductive contamination, which leads to reliable and long-term stable measurements.

The modular enclosure simplifies installation and maintenance of the EE310. The upper part of the transmitter, which accommodates the electronics and the probe, can be easily plugged off for service or adjustment, while the wiring remains untouched.

The measured values are available on two analogue outputs and the Modbus RTU interface. Two freely configurable relay outputs can be used for control or alarm purposes. Configuration and adjustment of the transmitter can be performed via display or with the free EE-PCS software using the USB interface.

• E+E Elektronic is represented in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

@epulse #Pauto E+E Elektronik

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Safety & environmental presented by dust!

Ashtead Technology, TSI and Britain's Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL) recently collaborated to deliver a workshop focusing on the environmental and safety hazards presented by dust and other particulate matter.

Well attended wokshop
Alan Hasson and Josh Thomas from Ashtead Technology provided an overview of the justification for dust monitoring in the workplace, and Nicholas Baxter from HSL described the requirements for Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE), including an explanation of the terms ‘adequate’ and ‘suitable’ with respect to RPE. He also highlighted the importance of the CE mark, correct storage of RPE, and Fit Testing. This was followed by a practical demonstration of FFRED (HSL's Face-Fit Respirator Demonstrator) which provided delegates with clear visualisation of the problems caused by badly fitted masks.

In the afternoon session TSI’s Maxine Dolloway (Health and Safety Direct Sales Specialist) provided a practical demonstration of TSI’s new SidePak AM520 Personal Dust Monitor, which is available with a selection of impactors (sintered metal filters) for different size fractions, including diesel particulates. This new model enables users to set both visual and audible alarms for pre-selected particulate levels.

TSI’s Nick Brown (Senior Regional Sales Manager) then demonstrated TSI’s Environmental DusTrak (EDT), which has recently received MCERTS approval. The EDT is quick and easy to set up; delivering live data via the Cloud from the instrument’s dust sensor, in addition to signals from other equipment – meteorological sensors for example. Nick explained that MCERTS is an Environment Agency scheme, which provides third-party confirmation that the EDT complies with stringent performance requirements. Typical applications for this equipment include industrial fenceline monitoring, traffic pollution monitoring and environmental monitoring before and during construction projects that have the potential to generate nuisance and/or hazardous dust.

The workshop, which took place at TSI’s headquarters in High Wycombe (GB), was attended by health, safety and environment managers and consultants from a wide variety of industries. George Foulger from the Clancy Group, a leading provider of multi-utility services, found the day very useful, commenting: “There was a good mix of both occupational safety and environmental monitoring information. The presenters were obviously very knowledgeable and the presentations were pitched at just the right level.”

Summarising, Alan Hasson says: “These workshops provide us with a great opportunity to let customers know about the latest technologies so that, together, we can choose the best instrumentation solution for their needs – both technically and financially.”  

 @ashteadtech  @TSIIncorporated @HSL_Solutions #PAuto

Labels catalogue released.

TE Connectivity (TE) has released its new Identification Solutions Catalogue to provide customers easy access to the full range of TE identification products and solutions. 

The comprehensive catalog includes identification solutions in the following product families:

  • PRINTABLE TUBING manage marker system and include the TMS System Six products that ensure operators can easily print, identify, pick, and then place printed markers onto wires or cables with ease.
  • PRINTABLE TAGS include tie-on cable marker tags used to identify large cables, wire bundles or pipes.
  • STANDARD LABELS are a cost-effective way to identify wires, wire bundles and equipment. The range of standard formats and materials have been developed over 40 years and manufactured to cover all known industrial needs.
  • PRE-PRINTED MARKERS from TE are well-established in the wire marking field. Over 60 years’ experience in manufacturing pre-printed markers ensure that the clip-on, snap-on and push-on wire markers are ideal products for low volume installers. 
  • PRINTERS, SOFTWARE & ACCESSORIES cover high volume and low volume. The software and materials are designed to meet stringent print performance needs. 

The catalog`s index provides a visual reference for customers to quickly locate a part in the catalog by image, part number or product description.

@TEConnectivity #Pauto

Speeding Formula students!

Test equipment sourcing specialist Microlease continues to support academia with the announcement that it has provided advanced instrumentation and technical assistance to the Team Bath Racing Electric (TBRe) project - as they prepare for Formula Student 2017. Held at Silverstone (GB) each summer, this event (which is staged in partnership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers) looks to inspire the engineering professionals of the future, by setting them the challenge of designing and developing their own race cars then competing against each other. It has 130 different universities from over 30 countries participating every year, featuring both electrically-powered and petrol-driven race categories.
The TBRe team comprises 10 master’s students and 30 third year students from the University of Bath. Each of them are responsible for different aspects of this project, thereby forming the basis for their respective degree theses. In addition, there are another 20-30 first and second year students involved.
To help them in this project, Microlease has supplied the team with various pieces of equipment. They have been using a Keysight U5857A thermal imager for monitoring the temperature levels around the exterior of the battery pack to identity hotspots. This item has also been employed for an investigation of potential energy scavenging sources in the brake callipers, and next there are intentions for it to be included in motor control testing procedures.

A 34972A data acquisition unit from Keysight (with built-in thermocouple junction reference) is likewise being utilised in this project, for vehicle diagnostic purposes. This incorporates a pair of 20-channel 34901A multiplexing modules plus the multi-faceted BenchVue software package. Via the unit, data from a series of thermocouple-based sensors, located at different points throughout the battery pack, can be captured for subsequent analysis, so as to ensure that operational effectiveness of the vehicle’s battery/powertrain is maintained.

For the next stages of the project’s development Microlease will be providing a Keysight N6705B DC power analyser, along with associated software. This will enable comprehensive studying of the DC loads that the vehicle has to deal with during races, so that full optimisation of the battery resource can be achieved. The team are currently completing sub-system testing. They will be starting on system level testing and rolling road tests this spring, ahead of race day which takes place in July.

“This event is a unique opportunity for university undergraduates to gain real hands-on experience of taking an engineering project all the way from the drawing board right through to completion,” states Glenn Howard, Field Sales Engineer at Microlease. “By collaborating with TBRe on their Formula Student electric car, we are helping to nurture the next generation of engineers.”

“Microlease’s contribution has proved to be invaluable to the team over the last 8 months,” explains Seán Thompson, a senior member of TBRe. “As well as the kit they have given us access to, there is also the ongoing technical advice that has been provided. With their help, we have been able to make improvements to our design that have resulted in a clear competitive edge being derived.”

 @microlease #TandM @TeamBathRacingE @IMechE

Smart sensor company has new VP of Sales.

LMI has announced the appointment of Len Chamberlain as VP of Sales.

Len Chamberlain
Len has been with LMI for the past 3 years and has been instrumental in the growth of our global sales team. He brings a wealth of industry knowledge and business acumen to LMI with over a decade of experience working in senior roles in the 3D machine vision industry.

The announcement comes quickly on the heels of the company's move into a new Headquarters near Vancouver (BC CDN). The new building provides a large increase in manufacturing space to support the rapid growth LMI has been experiencing.

LMI HQ in Burnaby, BC, CDN

@lmi3d  #PAuto #Canada

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Instrument Training Course for Galway.

GRETB Training Centre run a 10-week full-time day course in Basic Instrumentation commencing March 2017. The course will be held in their Galway (IRL) Training Centre.

Participants will learn how to install and calibrate process monitoring devices. They will compile a portfolio of calibrations throughout the course which will form part of the final exam. Successful Learners will receive City & Guilds certification.

The course consists of:
• Induction to the course & training centre.
• Basic Electronics.
• Basic Pressure.
• Basic Level.
• Basic Flow.
• Basic Temperature.

Their past learners have found work in a wide range of Industries or have gone on to serve Instrument Technician Apprenticeships.

Entry requirements: 
Applicants will need a Craft Certificate in either Electrical, Fitting, Plumbing, or Mechanical trades, or alternatively a third level Engineering qualification.

Register on-line or call to your Local Department of Social Protection office.

 @GRETB1 #PAuto #Training #Ireland

GAMP5 complience in pharma industry.

The pharmaceutical industry is subject to strict regulatory requirements which demand a lot of time and effort to be spent documenting every step, process, and item. Itris Automation will be hosting a webinar in March 2017 to demonstrate how PLC Checker can help pharmaceutical companies more efficiently verify and document the GAMP 5 compliance of their PLC programs.

Part of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), Good Automated Manufacturing Practice (GAMP) is a set of guidelines regarding automated systems. These guidelines explain how to incorporate quality into each step of the manufacturing process to achieve the required quality of the finished product. Although not an obligation, most pharmaceutical companies choose to be compliant with GAMP, now recognised worldwide as a good practice. However, ensuring compliance and creating all of the required documentation is a laborious process.

In the webinar, you will discover an innovative way to address Appendix D4, “Management, Development, and Review of Software”, of the GAMP guidelines which will save companies time and money. Using PLC Checker, a unique static analysis tool dedicated to PLC programs, and the GAMP coding rules option, users can quickly and efficiently verify their level of compliance and automatically produce the necessary documentation.

Join the webinar to find out how you can save time and money in your GAMP 5 compliance process.

Karoline Beske, Export Director at Itris Automation, will conduct the first webinar in English on 20th March at 4pm (GMT+1) and a second in German on 27th March at 11am (GMT+1). Both webinars are free of charge and open to anyone. Book here.

@ItrisAutomation #PAuto  #GAMP #Pharma

Strategic alliance advances automation portfolios .

Yokogawa and eSimulation, recently entered into a strategic alliance, which will significantly expand the advanced automation solution portfolios of both companies to bring enhanced value to the North American oil and gas midstream industry.

“We have always been impressed with eSimulation’s technology and their track record of success in generating value,” said Gene Cammack, Director of System Product Marketing for Yokogawa Corporation of America. “Their management’s knowledge of midstream businesses is unparalleled. As a direct result of this relationship, Yokogawa has several major initiatives underway to structure our solutions for midstream applications.”

Mark Roop, President of eSimulation, also said he is pleased with the alliance. “eSimulation has been unlocking hidden value for its midstream clients since early 2000 by optimizing midstream gathering and processing assets. Our ability to drive midstream value has been significantly enhanced through our alliance with Yokogawa Corporation of America, a regional headquarters for a $3.7 billion global automation company. With this development, eSimulation is now able to offer a Comprehensive Midstream Optimization platform to manage gathering, processing, supersystems, and multi-supersystem profitability.”

The key sources of value for midstream operators resulting from this strategic alliance include:
• Capturing profit opportunities by modeling and optimizing both the operational and commercial interactions across connected, multi-gathering and multi-processing assets (supersystems)
• Maximizing gas plant profitability by determining optimal product recovery targets and energy burn rates given current inlet volumes/compositions, processing equipment capability (current fouling/efficiencies), producer contracts and current commodity prices
• Improving and maintaining operator competency using dynamic-model-based operator training simulators
• Monetizing investments in PSM documentation to help new and experienced operators alike to run the plant safely
• Managing oil, gas, and condensate inventories using state-of-the-art, cloud-based, gathering solutions
• Supporting greenhouse gas emissions reporting for the gathering system
• Offering the highest quality SCADA, plant control, analyzer, and field device infrastructure available in the market today. Yokogawa is unique in that it has a SCADA and control platform that is consistent across gathering and processing assets to control interactions from the wellhead to sales points in a safe, seamless fashion.

@YokogawaIA #eSimulation #PAuto

Solinoid valve offer.

Humphrey Products Company is offering a test valve free of charge to design engineers seeking to evaluate and specify solenoid control valves for current or future machine development.

iDP Series
Offer is limited to a selection from four proven product families of unique Humphrey direct acting solenoid valve technology developed and manufactured at their Kalamazoo, Michigan (USA) headquarters.

The Humphrey valves offered were specifically developed for the equipment or device manufacturer requiring reliable, cost effective control of fluid media in their product, from basic compressed air and vacuum media to the more difficult control of liquid chemicals and cleaning agents. Compact in construction and designed for flexibility, the valves can be engineered to fit in when space is constrained.

Product families are:
  • Balanced Valve Series of compact 3- and 4-port solenoid valves, covering the full pressure spectrum of vacuum to 125psi air or inert gases. Valves have excellent flow capacity, industry’s lowest leak rates, and are multi-purpose function.
  • iDP Series are media separated, direct acting solenoid valves specifically designed for difficult liquid chemicals and cleaning agents. Valves have proven experience in critical applications such as fluid control in dialysis and analytical instrumentation.
  • ProControl Valve Series: Proportionally controlled 2-port solenoid valves. Apply a variable electrical current to the solenoid and deliver a corresponding variable output flow of compressed air or inert gas.
  • HK5 Miniature Solenoid Valves are derived from Humphrey’s proven heritage of diaphragm-poppet valve technology featuring “No Leak, No Stick” performance.  The extremely flexible design, 12mm in width, fits into tight spaces.
@HumphreyProduct #Pauto

Programming language courses.

Alison, the large free e-learning platform, has launched two new courses on popular programming language R.* Although R is sometimes seen as a simpler programming language than others, there is a steep learning curve to begin with as it uses a different syntax model to most common languages.

The first course, Introduction to R for Data Science, is aimed at people who have a basic knowledge of data science that they want to expand on. It explains how R is used, and teaches the data structures and types found in R. The second course, R for Data Analysis, moves on to more sophisticated forms of data manipulation, with a strong focus on identifying underlying patterns and predicting trends in data-sets.

Social entrepreneur Mike Feerick, Founder and CEO of Alison said: “The trend toward Big Data is unstoppable, making the ability to analyse and comprehend data a vital skill in many lucrative fields of employment. Business analysts in sectors from finance and banking to government and the public sector – and everything in between – can benefit from taking these free courses to expand their knowledge.”

In the US, the average salary for an R programmer is paid between $76,000-100,000, and in the 2014 Dice Tech Salary Survey of over 17,000 technology professionals, the highest-paid IT skill was R programming.

Eric Corbett, Course Publishing Manager at Alison, said: “At Alison, we believe in empowering young people by enhancing what they learn through their formal education with both the soft skills and hard skills needed to succeed in the workplace. Shockingly, in most countries, programming still isn’t taught in schools, despite its obvious value to governments and organisations worldwide.”

The R language is widely used among statisticians and data miners for developing statistical software[6] and data analysis.

@AlisonCourses #Training 

40 Gigabit Ethernet switch.

An innovative SWE540 6U OpenVPX 40 Gigabit Ethernet switch has just been announced by Abaco Systems. It provides high speed Ethernet connectivity for Abaco’s latest generation of high performance computing solutions such as the SBC627 single board computer and the recently-announced DSP282A digital signal processor. This enables the company to deliver significant performance upgrades for its growing range of rapidly-deployable, complete, pre-integrated mission ready systems. These solutions target high performance embedded computing (HPEC) applications requiring the transfer of large amounts of data with the lowest possible latency such as radar, surveillance, situational awareness and imaging.

The rugged SWE540 is uniquely powerful and flexible, representing the only 6U OpenVPX 40GigE switch currently available that supports full Layer 2/3 features including hardware Layer 3 forwarding at fabric speed rates. Layer 3 switching and routing is a critical requirement for advanced security and complex networks. It provides dynamic routing over standard routing protocols, enabling a flexible range of network/fabric configurations and applications.

Superior patent-pending cooling technology limits system thermal load while still enabling the SWE540 to run at peak performance, further enhancing its robust reliability.

The SWE540 supports multiple OpenVPX profiles and uses the latest high performance switch silicon technology to support 40 Gigabit Ethernet performance across 20 ports, allowing configuration within demanding HPEC systems and a broad range of Abaco’s mission ready systems.
It also provides a straightforward, cost-effective upgrade for existing users of Abaco’s GBX460 switch, maximizing the long term value of customers’ investments while enabling a significant performance increase for those looking to achieve faster transfers of large amounts of data with lower latencies.

The switch features Abaco’s latest OpenWare™ switch management software, allowing it to be easily customized for specific customer requirements. OpenWare provides support for a wide range of network protocols and MIBs (management information bases) with extensive capabilities for multicast, Quality of Service, VLANs, and differentiated services. The OpenWare management interface may be accessed via serial console, SNMP, Telnet, SSH or web interface.

The combination of the SWE540’s hardware and the OpenWare switch management software delivers comprehensive security capabilities. Designed for deployment in security-sensitive mission critical applications, SWE540 features include denial of service attack prevention, user password mechanisms with multiple levels of security and military level authorization schemes including 802.1X and sanitization to allow the overwrite of non-volatile storage if a system is compromised. Survivability is also enhanced by ECC protection on the management processor memory which offers higher reliability in harsh environments.

“The SWE540 is representative of over 20 years of Abaco’s leadership in network switch design and network engineering for mission critical applications and will enable us to deliver a step-change in performance for Abaco’s mission ready systems and customer-built systems alike,” said Mrinal Iyengar, VP, Product Management, Abaco Systems. “Other 40 Gigabit Ethernet solutions offer limited routing capability – either by not offering L3 routing at all, or by limiting it to static routing. This provides far less flexibility, limiting the use to simpler, fixed networks. The SWE540 provides L3 forwarding in the switch fabric, supported by routing protocols such as RIPv3, OSPF and so on – making it ideally suited for networks that are more complex, security sensitive, or that will be required scale and be upgraded over time.”

The SWE540 is available in both air-cooled and conduction-cooled versions, and can optionally support four QSFP+ and two 1000BaseT ports on the front panel. Rear transition modules are available to enable access to 40 Gigabit and one Gigabit ports off the backplane.

#Ethernet @AbacoSys #Pauto 

Collars & couplings.

An expanded line of metric shaft collars, couplings, and mounting components suited for mechanical drive systems and structural applications has been introduced by Stafford Manufacturing Corp. of Wilmington (MA USA)

Stafford Metric Shaft Components feature over 800 items including the Grip & Go™ quick release handle which can convert a standard shaft collar into a rapidly adjustable locating device and Staff-Lok(tm) Shaft Collars that reposition without tools. New items include flange collars, face mounting collars, and heavy-duty shaft collars and couplings.

Available in 3 mm to 80 mm I.D. sizes, Stafford Metric Shaft Components are offered in aluminum, steel, stainless steel, and thermoplastics, depending upon style. Standard metric items include set-screw, 1-piece, 2-piece, and hinged styles along with couplings in 1-, 2-, and 3-piece styles, with or without keyways, and inch-metric shaft couplings and adapters.

Stafford Metric Shaft Components are priced according to construction and quantity. Price quotations and samples are available upon request.

#PAuto #Fittings #Stafford

Acquisition gives access to previously underexploited markets.

The Kistler Group has acquired Schatz AG in Remscheid (D). This acquisition gives the Kistler Group new potential applications in quality assurance in industrial manufacturing. The Schatz Group can now market its systems through Kistler's global sales network, giving it access to previously underexploited markets.
RtoL: Rolf Sonderegger, Kistler CEO, Dr Volker Schatz, MD Schatz AG & Martin Schatz, MD Schatz USA

Screw driving is still one of the most elementary basic processes in manufacturing making monitoring and inspection of screw connections extremely important in quality assurance, especially in the automotive industry. By acquiring the market and technology leader, the Kistler Group is strengthening its own position in quality assurance in industrial production. “The takeover is a logical step for Kistler in the implementation of its overall growth strategy," says CEO Rolf Sonderegger. "We want to use our measuring technology in even more applications and increase the number of complete systems and targeted services that we offer."

The Schatz Group develops, manufactures, and distributes laboratory systems for the analysis of screw connections, calibration equipment and test systems for torque tools, and portable measurement systems for random sample testing. The company also sup-plies the necessary network software and provides a calibration and repair service.

In 2015 the group generated sales of close to €16 million. It employs 75 people at its site in Remscheid (D). Following the takeover, Schatz Group products and services will be marketed through the global sales network of the Kistler Group. "This gives us better access to international markets and entirely new growth opportunities, not least due to an expanded product range," says Volker Schatz, CEO of Schatz AG. Customers of both companies will now be able to pull significant benefits from the advantages of the expanded portfolio, the global accessibility and the growth in know-how.

@Kistler_Group #Schatz #PAuto

Appointment targets industrial sensor market.

ZF Switches and Sensors have appointed Leonardo Aguirre as their new Business Development Manager. Leon has 15 years of experience within the sensor market specializing on industrial, automotive, aerospace, medical, defence and marine applications.

Leonardo Aguirre
With experience of selling in markets as diverse as Ireland, Britain, and other Europen territories both EU and non-EU.

Mark Mills, America, comments, "Leon has in-depth knowledge of linear, angle, proximity, gear-tooth and digital vane sensors. He will be responsible for liaising with our established traditional customer base and for the acquisition of new business. His experience and technical knowledge will enable us to offer excellent local application-based support."

ZF industrial solutions is headquartered in Auerbach, Germany and supplies major OEMs in markets including white goods and appliances, control engineering, vending, switchgear, tools, off-highway vehicles (construction, materials handling, landscaping) and home and building automation.

The ZF Industrial Solutions product range consists primarily of switch and sensor products previously sold under the former CHERRY brand, following ZF’s acquisition of the company in 2008. More recently innovative Energy Harvesting RF switch solutions have been added to the product offering, opening up new and diverse business opportunities in smart building and IoT applications.

@ZF_Group #PAuto @cherryswitches

Monday, February 20, 2017

Actuators for resistance spot welding (RSW) applications.

New ServoWeld® actuators from Tolomatic are redesigned for higher performance and are lighter weight compared to other screw technologies. Featuring roller screws designed and manufactured by Tolomatic, the ServoWeld actuators are made especially for resistance spot welding (RSW) applications in the automotive industry. The ServoWeld actuators deliver 20 million welds or more, much longer than competing technologies such as ball screws and inverted roller screw actuators, according to Tolomatic.

“We developed the ServoWeld SWA and SWB actuators based on nearly 15 years of experience in the industry, and we understand what it takes to make actuators and roller screws for resistance spot welding applications,” said Bill Graber, ServoWeld global business director, Tolomatic. “The result of our efforts is the broadest line of 7th axis RSW actuator products, which allow our customers to select the right ServoWeld product for their application.”

The ServoWeld Advanced (SWA) actuator is based on the highest level roller screw technology available to deliver the maximum number of welds. The ServoWeld Base (SWB) actuator is built on an alternate roller screw design to provide longer life than typical ball screw and inverted roller screw technology, but at a more economical price than the SWA actuator.

The SWA and SWB ServoWeld models are available in two sizes: a smaller size 3 for lighter-duty weld schedules; and a size 4 for heavier-duty applications. Both sizes are available in a variety of roller screw thread pitches (5mm and 10mm), motor voltages (230Vac & 460Vac) and multiple options for rod ends, feedback & connectors, and water cooling. These models can produce actuator forces at the rod up to 4,000 lbf/17.8 kN, lasting 20+ million welds and holding +- 3% force repeatability over the life of the actuator. Each model comes equipped as standard with a re-lubrication port to easily service the actuator without disassembly from the weld gun to maximize its life.

• Tolomatic has extensive experience in the automotive resistance spot welding industry with its predecessor product, the GSWA ServoWeld actuator. Because of this experience, the ServoWeld SWA and SWB actuators have motor files for seamless robot integration with all the major suppliers including ABB, Comau, Fanuc, Kawasaki, Kuka, Motoman, Nachi and many more.

@Tolomatic #Automotive #Pauto 

Integral torque indicator!

The compact DRBK-A rotary torque transducer from Applied Measurements, comes with a built-in display so there’s no need to buy additional instrumentation, promising a low cost, space saving rotary torque measurement system.

“The DRBK-A rotary torque transducer with display is ideal to use if you want a simple to read real-time speed/torque display without any extra analysis” says Ollie Morcom, Applied Measurements’ Sales Director.

It delivers instant fast torque updates of 1,000 samples per second and a speed indication updates of 1 x sample per second, which can be easily read from its 4 digit LCD 30 x 11mm screen.

The DRBK-A is a budget low-cost option that’s perfect for measuring continually rotating applications up to 1000Nm. It’s compact body and specifically designed couplings guarantees both its small size and optimum performance.

@AppMeas #Pauto

Stakeless earth ground clamp.

Testing the grounding components of equipment in hard-to-reach spaces, including areas that are indoors or fully paved and do not permit driving auxiliary test stakes, can be dangerous and time-consuming.

With Fluke's® 1630-2 FC Stakeless Earth Ground Clamp, electricians and maintenance technicians can measure earth ground loop resistances indoors/outdoors for multi-grounded systems using only the heavy-duty, dual-clamp jaw, so measurements can be taken quickly and safely without the need to disconnect then reconnect the earth electrode from the system. It also enables the user to access and share data remotely with a team via the Fluke Connect® app.

The clamp automatically records data at pre-set intervals and saves up to 32,760 measurements in memory at the set logging intervals. Its heavy-duty clamp jaw is designed to stay in alignment and calibration even in the harshest industrial environments.

The Fluke1630-2 FC clamp measures earth ground loop resistances for multi-grounded systems using the dual-clamp jaw. This test technique eliminates the dangerous and time-consuming activity of disconnecting parallel grounds, as well as the process of finding suitable locations for auxiliary test stakes. Ground tests can be performed in places that were previously difficult: inside build¬ings, on power pylons or anywhere without access to soil to place auxiliary test stakes. With this test method, a two-process measurement is made around the earth ground wire or bus bar using the specially-designed jaw of the 1630-2 FC clamp. Auxiliary test stakes are not used at all. A known voltage is induced by the source in the clamp, and the current is measured by the sensor in the clamp. The tester auto¬matically determines the earth loop resistance for this section of the earthing system.

The Fluke 1630-2 FC is part of Fluke Connect - a system of more than 40 wireless test tools that communicate via the Fluke Connect app, or Fluke Connect Assets software, a cloud-based solution that gathers measurements to provide a comprehensive view of critical equipment status - allowing technicians to view, record, and share measurements from the clamp in real time via their smartphones or tablets and automatically upload them to Fluke Cloud storage along with tags and the GPS location of assets.

The clamp is also available as a non-Fluke Connect model.

@FlukeCorp  #TandM #PAuto

Marking 30 years in electronic test!

To mark the 30th anniversary of the founding of Seica S.p.A, President, Mr. Antonio Grassino and General Manager, Ms. Barbara Duvall, hosted a gala dinner last month. The event was held in conjunction with the Kick off Sales meeting, a biannual event for Seica’s global sales network.

"Seica approaches its fourth decade with the same dynamism and innovation that made the company a leader in electrical test for over 30 years, and is poised to take on new challenges posed by the revolution of Industry 4.0 and IOT, with new product lines which include dedicated and customized solutions for industrial monitoring and building and home automation. It is no coincidence that the company’s slogan is 'the road to innovation'."

The evening highlighted the international nature of Seica, represented by the presence of business partners from 23 countries, as well as its strong links to its hometown of Strambino and the Canavese region in Italy in which it is based, represented by several attendees from national and local government authorities and trade associations.

The guests were shown a brief presentation and video which recapped the milestones reached over the 30 years, principally as a result of Seica’s constant commitment to technical innovation and development, Today, following successful expansion and diversification of the core business of global designer and manufacturer of test systems,

The Seica Group includes four subsidiaries and five associated companies. In 2016 the total sales turnover for the group reached a record high, with double-digit growth with respect to the previous year.

#Seica_SPA #TandM #PAuto