Friday, March 3, 2017

Results: Steady as she goes!

Despite difficult market conditions last year, Endress+Hauser grew the business on a local currency basis. In euros, however, consolidated net sales declined marginally by 0.2 percent to slightly more than 2.1 billion euros, mainly due to the impacts of exchange rates.

“In local currencies, we grew the business by 2.1 percent,” said Chief Financial Officer Dr Luc Schultheiss. Preliminary figures for the financial year 2016 show the company held costs under control. “Although return on sales fell, as in the past we are still performing at a solid level,” emphasized the CFO. With a global workforce of 13,003 at the end of 2016, an increase of 51 on the previous year, employment remained constant within the Group."

According to CEO Matthias Altendorf, a worldwide slowdown in economic growth, as well as fundamental changes in the global economy, left their mark on the figures. In addition, some international subsidiaries grappled with structural problems. “Two-thirds of our sales entities achieved growth while operating profitably. Nevertheless we failed to reach our ambitious objectives,” said the Group’s CEO. “But compared to the rest of the industry we performed well."

With confidence into the current year
Despite positive economic signals in individual markets, Matthias Altendorf expects 2017 will continue to be a challenge, not least given that political uncertainties have increased once again. Regardless, with an upturn in the business over the past several months, the CEO is looking forward with a sense of confidence.

Endress+Hauser will present the audited annual report 2016 on 9 May 2017 in Basel (CH).

 @Endress_Hauser #PAuto 

Detecting Electrical Energy Loss Using Thermal Imaging.

Fluke offers a series of FREE CPD-accredited webinars

Throughout 2107, Fluke is running a series of free, scheduled, CPD-accredited webinars. The first of these is titled ‘Detecting Electrical Energy Loss Using Thermal Imaging’ and is suitable for Electricians, Electrical Contractors, Electrical Engineers, Plant Maintenance Facility Managers, and Energy Managers. Other topics covered by the CPD-certified webinar series include power quality and energy saving which are also aimed at personnel including Electrical Engineers, Plant Maintenance Facility Managers, and Energy Managers.

Here are the repeated schedule of dates and the means to apply.

The ‘Detecting Electrical Energy Loss Using Thermal Imaging’ webinars focus on the use of thermal imagers to detect electrical energy loss. The content covers fault finding in electrical equipment such as cables, connections, fuses, breakers, transformers, motors, etc., which can be associated with abnormal electrical energy losses. During the webcast, participants will gain a good introduction to the possibilities of using thermal imagers to find faults in loaded electrical equipment without disturbing production. The webinars are not intended as a full training package and are suitable for personnel with entry-level to intermediate knowledge of thermal imaging.

Each 45 minute webinar concludes with a 15 minute Q&A session.

@FlukeCorp #PAuto 

Surface mount connectors.

Harting has introduced surface-mount versions of its M12 miniature circular connectors that are compatible with rapid assembly processes using automated pick & place systems.
The automated assembly of printed circuit boards is expanding to include ever more components. While formerly limited to just a few parts, today virtually all the components of a circuit board can be loaded using pick & place equipment prior to being heated in a soldering oven and soldered. This eliminates the need for separate wave soldering and consequently saves costs.

Harting is keeping up with this trend with the introduction of the M12 SMT connector, which will be available in codes A, D and X in male and female versions. This move will bring both power and Ethernet at up to 10 Gbit/s to the PCB via new miniaturised switches.

The benefits of this approach are the automated, rapid and more cost-effective placement of the connection, since dispensing with through-hole contacts means that the board can now be populated on both sides. The result is a miniaturised solution that is faster and less expensive to produce.

@Harting #Pauto

IS Alarm trip wins!

Control Engineering 2017 Engineers’ Choice Award for Process Safety, Intrinsic Safety category has been achieved by Moore Industries. The successful instrument is their SPA2IS Programmable Alarm Trip with Intrinsically-Safe (IS) Field Connections. The award will be presented at the 2017 Engineering Awards Manufacturing dinner on Monday, April 3, 2017 in Chicago (USA)

Moore Industries has focused on protecting people, plants, and the environment since its 1968 founding as part of an overall effort to help customers in the chemical, petrochemical, oil & gas extraction and refining, and pharmaceutical industries by creating products that monitor, control, and measure signals in hazardous areas. The company strives to produce the best alarm solutions that significantly reduce wiring, installation and maintenance costs. The SPA2IS is a combination alarm trip and temperature transmitter that includes built-in intrinsically-safe field connections for current/voltage, thermocouple, and resistance temperature detectors (RTDs).

For facilities that employ intrinsic safety measures, the SPA2IS is a cost effective and complete alarm solution that includes intrinsically-safe field connections, providing the necessary protection typically afforded by a galvanically isolated intrinsically safe barrier. The SPA2IS decreases wiring and maintenance costs by enabling users to eliminate additional barriers and power supplies, reducing space requirements and heat dissipation or cooling considerations in barrier marshalling cabinets. The SPA2IS is powered by a universal AC/DC power supply and provides on/off control, warns of unwanted process conditions, alarms on rate of change, and assists with or performs emergency shutdowns. The SPA2IS is site and PC programmable using Moore Industries’ free Intelligent PC Configuration Software.

@MII_Worldwide #PAuto

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Pan and tilt positioners.

One of the many capabilities of systems integrator, SystemWare Europe, involves the supply and comprehensive support of line of sight/beyond line of sight secure communications requiring the integration of innovative antenna systems with highly accurate directional azimuth/elevation positioning equipment.

Evolving requirements and a need for newer modular technology, SystemWare Europe turned to motion specialist Heason Technology to design and develop a high-performance custom-designed pan & tilt positioner solution which was optimised for its own use

Following a detailed requirement analysis and prototyping phase, Heason’s motion engineering team presented a new bespoke positioning platform complete with integral motion controls which enabled SystemWare to enhance its product offering with an improved and cost-effective solution.

The Atlas Platform is a durable and high-load capacity pan & tilt positioner housed in a robust IP67- rated cast aluminium environmental enclosure that suits harsh environment fixed or mobile installation. The dual axis drive system features micro-stepped hybrid stepper motors driving single stage, zero backlash gear systems. Its unique high reduction ratio gear configuration and rotary joint allows RF and electrical services to pass through the centre of the continuously rotating azimuth platform transmission to provide power, IO, RF and Ethernet communications for the assembly and its payload sensor. The elevation axis has a travel range +/- 95⁰, and both axes include high resolution absolute encoder technology directly at the output stage to provide highly repeatable angular performance capability with instant power-on awareness without datum routines.

With on-board intelligent micro-stepping drive modules providing full closed-loop position control and high bandwidth communication, the Atlas Platform’s peak torque capacity of over 270 Nm will precisely and rapidly position demanding payloads for a wide range of applications.

Heason Technology will manufacture the Atlas Platform on an exclusive basis for SystemWare Europe. This application demonstrates the West Sussex based motion systems integrator’s expertise in the design and build of mechatronic motion control sub-assemblies as part of the enabling technology for aerospace & defence, security, medical, scientific, and industrial automation markets. In addition to a full motion component supply service, Heason Technology combines motion control components and systems from a select number of globally recognised supplier partnerships with its own in-house design and build service.

With over 30 years of motion control experience and engineer-to-engineer sales & technical support from the first enquiry through the full product or motion system lifecycle, Heason’s product range includes servo and stepper motor drives and motion controls with ceramic, direct drive and traditional motor technologies, precision gear units, precision linear and rotary positioning stages, linear and rotary encoders, rotary actuators and slip ring assemblies.

@heasonmotion #PAuto @Sysware_Europe

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Speakers announced.

Dr Mike Aldred from Dyson Ltd and Dr Graham Deacon from Ocado Technology have been announced as the keynote speakers for the UKIVA Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition to be held at Arena MK on 27th April 2017.

Both keynote addresses will illustrate how vision technology has relevance to everyday life such as household cleaning and shopping. Dr. Aldred’s presentation will cover the design journey that brought the Dyson 360 Eye™ robot vacuum cleaner to market. Dr.Deacon will look at the challenges in developing a 3D vision guided robot capable of picking and placing fruit and vegetables for shopping orders.

Dr. Aldred is ‘Electronics Category Lead - Robotics and Cordless’ at Dyson and manages the robotics team on the Dyson 360 Eye™ robot vacuum cleaner. The 360Eye utilises images from a 360° Field Of View camera to locate itself within its environment. Mike and his team developed bespoke algorithms for everything from exposure control to feature tracking to location recognition as part of the development cycle for the robot. Vision is the core enabler for the product and one of the keys to its success.

Dr. Deacon is ‘Robotics Research Team Leader’ at Ocado Technology. Ocado is the world’s largest on-line only grocer. The robotics research team at Ocado Technology, under Graham’s guidance, has been investigating the use of robot manipulators to pack shopping orders. Given the number, the diversity and the variability of the products that Ocado stocks the robots need to be sensor-guided. This talk will describe some of the work that the team has done using 3D point cloud cameras in order to pick and pack groceries with robots.

Dr. Aldred’s presentation will open the morning session of the Machine Vision Conference at 10 AM, and Dr. Deacon will begin the afternoon session.

The Conference itself will feature over 50 technical vision seminars across 6 separate presentation theatres offering a rich program of the latest developments, technologies and applications as well as machine vision basics. Visitors can therefore tailor their day according to their particular interests and level of knowledge. The 6 theatres will cover 3D vision, Camera technology, Optics & illumination, Systems and applications, Software and embedded vision and Understanding vision technology.

@UKIVAconfex #MVC17 #PAuto

Helping students with digital skills!

Westermo and Southampton Solent* University (GB) have teamed up to help address the digital skills shortage affecting the British industrial and manufacturing sector by introducing students to data communications technology that will be used to support the widespread applications of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Neville Palmer, Senior Lecturer in Communications Engineering, Southampton Solent University (left), Antony Lane Technical Support Engineer, Westermo (right).
Westermo has provided the university’s computer networking department with a range of data communications technology, enabling students to broaden the scope of their studies by focusing on the design and implementation of industrial networks. Equipment that is used to create resilient, reliable and secure networks in harsh industrial environments will help undergraduates learn how the latest IIoT technology is being deployed in railway, offshore oil and gas, and utility applications.

Westermo industrial Ethernet extenders and managed Ethernet switches enable students to develop solutions for typical industrial networking-related problems.
“There is currently a skills and digital expertise shortage within the UK industrial and manufacturing sector,” said Alan Bollard, Managing Director of Westermo Data Communications. “The increased connectivity and data delivery made possible by the IIoT is a game-changer across many industries in terms of operational improvements, but it places greater demands on industrial networking infrastructure. By introducing students to networking technology specific to industrial applications, we hope to highlight some exciting new career options and steer talented young people towards the industrial sector.”

Westermo specialises in the design and manufacture of industrial networking equipment for use in demanding environments. It has supplied the university with networking equipment including industrial Ethernet extenders and managed Ethernet switches with routing functionality. The equipment enables students from within the university’s computer networking courses to develop solutions for typical industrial networking-related problems based on real-life installations provided by Westermo.

“The equipment donated by Westermo enables a complete industrial networking scenario to be configured within a dedicated computer networking laboratory at the university,” said Neville Palmer, Senior Lecturer in Communications Engineering at Southampton Solent University. “The partnership with Westermo will play an important role in diversifying the education and possible career paths of our students. Previously, our focus has been mainly on data communications technology within office environments, but the experience gained with Westermo’s industrial technology will ensure that graduates are better equipped to handle roles within industrial environments.”

Antony Lane is one of the university’s Computer Network Management graduates who is already working in the industrial data communications field, as a Technical Support Engineer at Westermo. “The idea behind the lab exercises is to assist the students in thinking as industrial network engineers rather than as commercial network engineers,” Antony said. “With their ‘industrial hat’ on, they need to think about why products need to last for extended periods of time without failure and why they are manufactured differently. The students are in the process of completing a test to become Westermo certified engineers. This knowledge and qualification can assist their employability prospects over the coming months – something that has been underlying this project from the beginning.”

* The Solent,  from which this university gets its name , is the strait between the south coast of England and The Isle of Wight.

@Westermo  #PAuto #IIoT #Education @westermo_global @HHC_Lewis

MES specialist strengthens American operation.

Werum IT Solutions has appointed Rodney Neal as Vice President Strategic Program Management of its American operation.
Rodney Neal
In this role he is responsible for advising Werum’s key accounts and supporting them to maximize the value of their PAS-X MES.

Mr. Neal is a manufacturing operations specialist with concentration in the application of technology to improve business processes in pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical factories. For his entire career of more than 25 years he has operated at the intersection of operational and information technology designing and implementing various manufacturing execution systems. His experience spans tactical projects to strategic multi-site programs for clients in pharma, biotech, med devices and other industries.

Mr. Neal is an engaged member of several industry associations such as APICS, ISA and ISPE. In ISA he worked in the ISA S95 committee. He is a steering committee member of the ISPE Community of Practice for Operations Management and co-author of the ISPE Pharma Operations Management Guide.

@Werum #PAuto @WerumKarriere #USA #MES

Contaminated soil?

Contaminated land remediation specialist, Provectus Remediation Ltd has replaced an old photoionisation detector (PID) with a well proven Tiger handheld volatile organic compound (VOC) monitor from Ion Science. The high performance instrument was chosen by the Essex-based company for its MiniPID sensor’s humidity resistance and anti-contamination design.

Provectus Remediation Ltd has been providing turnkey contaminated land remediation solutions to the regeneration industry for over 25 years. This has included the first use of in-situ thermal desorption in Europe, fixed price remediation and enabling works as well as insurance backed risk transfer packages and innovative funding solutions.

Supplied via Ion Science’s distributor, Shawcity, Provectus is using the Tiger PID to indicate VOC concentrations in contaminated ground during investigations, trials and treatment. The instrument is occasionally used to check occupational exposure on very contaminated sites.

The Tiger is also used to calculate total mass loading in organic vapour extraction systems when combined with regular lab analysis. It is typically used by Provectus to take between 10 and 20 measurements per day.

Simon Dockerty, Process and Systems Manager at Provectus comments: “After many years of use, we needed to replace an older PID that had started to become unreliable and uneconomic to maintain. Having used Ion Science instruments before, I was familiar with their quality design and ease of use.

“As well as accuracy and simplicity, we chose the Tiger for its excellent lamp technology. Given that the instrument is used to monitor heaps of soil and boreholes in the middle of muddy fields, a robust and reliable lamp is very important.”

The Tiger’s PID sensor utilises advanced patented Fence Electrode technology, a three-electrode format with increased resistance to humidity (up to 99% RH) and contamination. This maximises accuracy and dependability by removing high backgrounds and false-positives in high-humidity environments. The anti-contamination design also reduces calibration frequency.

The Tiger incorporates the recently released MiniPID2 sensor which offers a raft of benefits to instrument performance, including improved temperature stability, greater sensor-to-sensor consistency and more repeatable performance. Other advantages of the MiniPID2 are lower running current, robust lamp illumination and more reliable operation at extreme temperatures. It gives stability, control and reliability benefits that are unavailable in other PID designs.

Extremely simple to set up, the Tiger is designed for rapid detection, with an unrivalled response time of just two seconds, and the widest measurement range of one part per billion (ppb) to 20,000 parts per million (ppm).

It offers worldwide Intrinsic Safety (IS) certification and also meets ATEX, IECEx, North American and Canadian standards. Inexpensive disposable parts such as filters and lamps are easy to change, minimising downtime. Simple connectivity to a PC via the USB allows data to be downloaded quickly.

“As expected, the Tiger PID has proved robust, reliable and easy to use. The service provided by Ion Science and its distributor has also been excellent,” Simon concludes.

@ionscience #PAuto #Environment @elhcomms

Leaking pipelines?

A new book that explores the complex requirements—in regulatory oversight, risk assessment, monitoring technology and methodology, operating reliability, and stakeholder cooperation—for effective leak detection of petroleum pipelines and improved pipeline safety.

“While petroleum pipelines have long been established as the most logical and efficient method of transporting petroleum, it’s essential that they operate as reliably and safety as possible,” emphasizes Edward Farmer, PE (right), the author of Detecting Leaks in Pipelines and the owner and president of a company that manufactures pipeline leak detection solutions. “Ensuring safe day-to-day operation, however, depends on achieving goals and assessing performance across a range of vital areas, including planning, risk management, preparation, monitoring and response.”

Farmer says he wrote the book to bring clarity to “the role of petroleum in society; the process of making its production, transportation, processing and use as safe and clean as possible; the methods available to analyze and assess the effectiveness of risk-mitigation methods; and the selection and deployment of the technology and equipment required to monitor for safe and beneficial operation. 

“In addition,” he submits, “there is an opportunity for greater synergy among the spectrum of petroleum stakeholders: regulators, operators, equipment and support suppliers, and consumers. Hopefully, my treatment of this important subject will enhance utility, improve return-on-investment, and provide even greater safety.”

This book is the latest  to join the International Society of Automation's stable of publications.!

For greater perspective on the value and significance of the new book as well a more detailed overview of its content, read the Q&A feature with author.

#PAuto #ISAuto #Oil

Highlighted at Maintenance show!

The MCP Consulting Group are to launch six major cost reduction and business enhancement services at at Maintec 2017 in Birmingham (GB) - 21-23 March 2017.

Aimed at helping businesses take the first step to implementing an effective and sustainable cost saving strategy by exploiting new technologies, their drive efficiencies and increase profits by pinpointing what’s holding it back.

OPEX: Operational Performance Excellence Programme. OPEX is guaranteed to give an investment return of at least 5:1 within 12 months through benchmarking and supporting the manufacturing improvement process and people performance.

APEX: Asset Performance Excellence. A revolutionary 12-week programme which will achieve OEE increases of >20%, through production wide audit and analysis, with practical benefits from Week 1.

Reliability Improvement Programme: MCP has developed a proven methodology for improving an asset’s reliability, which has often led to the worst performing asset quickly becoming the best performing asset. This leads to improvements not only in uptime but reduced annual maintenance costs.

LEAN Manufacturing Performance: Lean encompasses a range of tools and techniques aimed at identifying and eliminating non-value adding activities.

SmartStores™. The key to ‘freeing the store room’ is inventory control and MCP’s new, near-field RFID reader enables staff to allocate parts through one touch as well improving inventory management.

SmartStores™ Programme. Often delivered in conjunction with MCP’s new near-field RFID reader, this has been developed to provide business with the tools and support to reduce their inventory, increase service levels and reduce equipment downtime.

@ConsultingMCP  #PAuto #maintec2017 @UKMAINTEC

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Video wall for control rooms.

A new 4K DLP® Laser Video Wall with Xtra Slim form factor from Delta, is ideal for control room applications. Its 4K 70” cubes have a depth of 560mm, making them the thinnest DLP® laser cube in the world. Furthermore, it offers unmatched brightness of 2,400 lumens at ≥98% uniformity, creating yet another industry benchmark.
Each display is equipped with multiple laser modules that work in tandem, not only creating stunning visuals, but also achieving higher energy efficiency and longer operating life, thus ensuring they are virtually maintenance-free.

This innovation provides industry-leading 4K engine resolution (3840 x 2160), which is four times that of standard HD (1920 x 1080). This means that users get four times the data content that could be achieved in the same size of HD video wall cube for monitoring and surveillance purposes. This is hugely important given the growing market of 4K IP cameras to support surveillance and monitoring operations worldwide. As a result, DLP® display units need to match the 4K cameras and source device resolutions to achieve wider surveillance areas.

The 4K DLP® surveillance area is much bigger than HD DLP®, helping operators maintaining a round-the-clock vigil to monitor, analyse and act on any suspicious activity. These advantages also translate to public safety applications, whereby the monitoring map can be four times wider than a HD DLP® monitoring area. In fact, almost control room application will benefit, including traffic monitoring, disaster control and broadcasting.

Along with clearer and more distinct picture quality, Delta’s ground-breaking Xtra Slim 4K DLP® Laser Video wall offers many advanced functions. For instance, when the monitored area is still in HD resolution, displaying on a 4K DLP® display is not a problem. In fact, it is possible to open four original HD resolution PiP (picture-in-picture) windows within the same screen.

The Delta Xtra Slim 4k Laser Video wall can accept 4K input signals at 60Hz and pixel clock frequencies up to 594MHz, while support capability is offered for DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0 interfaces. Further advantages include wide viewing angle and true redundancy. In addition, the system carries IP6X certification thanks to its built-in intelligent system, Intelli-Sense, a unique and intelligent auto correction system that ensures enhanced system performance and long life without external intervention.

#Delta_Electronics #PAuto 

3-Phase Electrical Energy Loggers.

Fluke has introduced the Fluke 1732 and 1734 Three-Phase Energy Loggers, intuitive, easy-to-use tools with professional-level energy data gathering capabilities.

They enable a broad category of maintenance professionals to confidently gather energy data, while the accompanying new Fluke Energy Analyze software enables users to compare multiple data points over time to build a complete picture of energy usage, which is the first step to reducing the cost of energy bills. The Fluke 1734 is a member of the Fluke Connect family, enabling the user to access and share data remotely with a team via the Fluke Connect® app.

Even well-run facilities can experience energy waste, most commonly through equipment and system inefficiencies or by operating at expensive times of the day. The Fluke 1732 and 1734 negate the need for expensive power quality analysers operated by engineers with advanced training, whose cost and skill barriers have made energy audits impractical for many facilities. The 1732 and 1734 are streamlined energy logging tools with a straightforward, intuitive design, allowing technicians to carry out load studies and energy logging right out of the box. The results provide facility managers with the information necessary to identify and prioritise energy saving projects.

The compact Fluke 1732 and 1734 energy loggers conduct key measurements of voltage, current, power, and power factor to identify areas of energy waste. All measured values are logged automatically and can be reviewed during logging. Common setup errors are rectified, through re-engineered cables, digital check and auto-correct of all connections, and an on-screen wizard for interval setup. They have the highest safety rating in the industry (600V CAT IV / 1000V CAT III) and can be powered directly from the measured circuit eliminating the need to find a power outlet. While both models feature two USB ports for fast data downloads to PCs or standard memory sticks, the 1734 includes the capability to capture data from Fluke Connect modules and use the Fluke Connect App to create reports and share important data while in the field.

Data logged by the 1732 and 1734 can be imported into the new Fluke Energy Analyze Plus software for further processing and archiving. The software allows users to analyse energy or load profiles, including zoom-in and zoom-out on details; add comments, pictures, and other information to data; overlay different logging sessions; create reports; and export measurement results.
The higher-end Fluke 1736 and 1738 models extend the capabilities for professionals requiring more in-depth details about power quality.

The Fluke 1734 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.

@FlukeCorp #TandM #PAuto

Remote switches!

As part of its comprehensive range of switching solutions, Herga Technology offers electric, infrared, USB and pneumatic hand control switches for demanding medical and industrial applications. The range covers ergonomic designs that are easily adapted through a comprehensive ordering system for the number and level of switches (buttons/bellows), colours, labelling, lead length, connection type and more.

Herga’s 6310 electric series is available in standard or heavy-duty versions for up to eight switching functions with switching capacity options of 24 V at 1A or 250 VAC at 10A. The 6310 is also supplied as an infrared version with receivers for up to eight coded channels or as a bellows-type pneumatic switching version for up to six functions, and can be supplied complete with Herga’s air switches. A programmable USB switching version for 1 to 3 button functions is also supplied in the 6310 body style.

Other models include stylish electric and pneumatic switched versions specifically aimed at medical patient handling, therapy and mobility applications where the electric hand switching range meets the 2014/35/EU voltage directive with environmental protection ratings up to IPx8. Herga’s hand control range fully compliments its foot-switching products which are available as electric, pneumatic, USB, infrared and Bluetooth® technologies.

Herga also offers custom-built versions available to match customer livery and machine designs. For hand or foot actuated machine switching, Herga’s project-gate design and manufacturing process ensures thorough product development from the first concepts all the way through to production and beyond to lifetime product support. Customised applications can include combined switching technologies as durable and ergonomic controls that enhance OEM’s industrial machinery and medical equipment products.

@HergaTechnology  #PAuto

Gateways for ProfiNet IRT.

HMS Industrial Networks has released new versions of their widely-used Anybus gateways for PROFINET IRT. The new versions allow machine builders and system integrators to connect any industrial device, machine or network to PROFINET IRT and comply with all the latest requirements of PROFINET specification v2.3 and onwards.

What are Anybus gateways?
Anybus gateways enable communication between machines and industrial networks, especially focusing on fieldbuses and industrial Ethernet. Anybus X-gateways connect any two industrial networks while Anybus Communicators connect non-networked devices via a serial line (RS232/422/485) or a CAN interface to all major fieldbus and industrial Ethernet networks.

New network combinations launched within the Anybus X-gateway range
All Anybus X-gateways for PROFINET IRT* are now upgraded to be conform to the PROFINET v2.3 specification, allowing up-to-date and conform connectivity between PROFINET IRT and a vast number of different industrial networks such as EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, Modbus-TCP and PROFIBUS.

New Anybus Communicators allow serial devices to communicate on PROFINET IRT
HMS can now also offer Anybus Communicators for PROFINET IRT allowing any serial (RS232/422/485) or CAN-based device to communicate on PROFINET IRT v2.3. All gateways are conformance tested for network compliance.

Anybus gateways allow users to comply with the demands of the AIDA group
“The new PROFINET IRT v2.3 standard sets high demands when it comes to PROFINET network performance,” comments Markus Bladh, Product Manager at HMS.

“Since we always aim to be compatible with the latest network standards, we have implemented our award-winning network processor Anybus NP40 in the new gateways to handle the demands of PROFINET standard v2.3. This means that users can comply with the demands of the AIDA-group (the German Automobile Manufacturers) and deliver automation equipment that is up to their standards, simply by connecting an Anybus gateway.”

Key technical characteristics
All new versions support PROFINET RT Class 1 and 3 and come with a PROFINET IRT Ethernet cut-through switch implemented in the module’s processor – ideal when true low microsecond latency is needed. The gateways are conformance-tested to support Class A, B and C. PROFINET IRT Device/Slave settings can be made either via the built-in web interface, or by importing the provided .GSDML file into engineering tool of the controlling PLC.

* IRT stands for Isochronous Real-Time – meaning that data exchange cycles are usually in the range of a few hundred microseconds up to a few milliseconds. The difference to real-time communication is essentially the high degree of determinism, so that the start of a network cycle is maintained with high precision. The start of a network cycle can deviate up to 1 µs (jitter). IRT is required, for example, for motion control applications (positioning control processes) because these devices need to be synchronized. (Wikipedia - ProfiNet)

@HMSAnybus #PAuto

Monday, February 27, 2017

New connector design!

The S series connector is one of the initial designs of the LEMO Push-Pull connector system.

The S series product range will now also include a new outershell design using LEMO's famous chocolate bar shape.

The product uses the S series half-moon inserts and is fully compatible with the existing S series sockets on the market. Both straight plug and free socket use the collet of the B series, thus offering a slightly different cable range than the existing S series.

#Lemo #PAuto 

Trace oxygen analyser.

The XZR400 oxygen analyser from Michell Instruments is designed to measure trace levels of oxygen in pure, inert gases such as nitrogen, argon, helium and carbon dioxide. Capable of detecting oxygen down to 0.01 parts per million, the analyzer is used to ensure the purity of gas produced by cryogenic air separation.

The XZR400 uses Michell’s MSRS zirconium oxide oxygen sensor, which contains a metallic sealed reference and ensures long-term repeatability of measurements. The MSRS means that no reference air is required. The technology is non-depleting which gives the sensors a long life span of over seven years. Calibration is required every three to six months and can be carried out with just one calibration gas saving time and money.

The XZR400 range features four configurations: rack, wall, bench mount and transportable. All models include an intuitive touch-screen interface for quick and easy operation, barometric pressure and digital flow meters as standard. One or two 4-20 mA outputs are available and other options include digital outputs such as Modbus RTU over RS485 protocol, RS232, internal or external sample pumps and process pressure correction.

• Michell Instruments are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

@Michell_Inst #Pauto 

Testing Bluetooth!

Anritsu Corporation has upgraded their MT8852B Bluetooth Test Set to support the latest Bluetooth Core Specification version 5. The MT8852B is the market leading RF measuring instrument for design proving and production test of a wide range of products that integrate Bluetooth technology. It supports Basic Rate (BR), Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) and Bluetooth low energy (BLE) measurement of transmit power, frequency, modulation, and receiver sensitivity required by Bluetooth RF test specifications
In December 2016, Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) announced the launch of Bluetooth 5, designed to meet the needs of an evolving industry that demands a global wireless standard to provide simple, secure connectivity. This latest version of Bluetooth focuses on new communications technologies for implementing longer range communications at faster speeds while maintaining low power consumption to support smartphones and IoT applications. And with this comes the requirement for measurement solutions that support these new specifications. 

These new options for the MT8852B support the full range of PHY layer (RF) tests required by the new Bluetooth 5 specifications for designing and manufacturing Bluetooth devices and SoC, especially tests for 2-Mbps Low Energy PHY (2LE), which greatly improves battery life, and for Bluetooth Long Range (BLR), which extends communications over longer ranges of several hundred meters.

Although the MT8852B has supported the earlier Bluetooth Low Energy specification, this upgrade adds new measurement options for the 2LE and BLR specifications. New test cases can run as part of test scripts to simplify test-case creation and cut test times. The MT8852B implements 2LE and BLR measurements by direct connection and can control the device under test (DUT) either via USB, 2-wire RS-232 HCI Direct Test Mode (DTM), or USB–Serial conversion adapter interfaces.

@AnritsuEMEA #TandM #Anritsu

Approval for load cells.

ZEMIC’s BM24R ring torsion load cell, available exclusively in Britain through Variohm EuroSensor, has been awarded ATEX and IECEx approval across its full load range from 60 kg to 60t.

The stainless steel low-profile load cell is hermetically sealed and has an IP68 rating and integrated static overload protection up to 13t. The optional ATEX and IECEx approvals join OIML approval for the BM24R making the load cell suitable for legal-for-trade weighing and load calibration applications in explosive environments where flammable substances are present or where flammable dusts occur through materials processing. The compact load cell is available in seven sizes spanning 63 mm to 140 mm nominal diameter and heights from 10 mm to 69 mm.

The BM24R is particularly suited to high hygiene and food industry weighing applications where washdown is required and harsh environments prevail but is also well proven in process control, bulk handing, hoppers, silos and belt scale weighing. Along with other mounting accessories, a tank mount kit is available up to a 13t working range. Variohm EuroSensor provides comprehensive technical support for the BM24R and all other ZEMIC load cells.

@Variohm #PAuto #Ex @ZemicEurope

LIMS in food & agri-industry.

The Agrihealth Group of companies, a leading provider of services that directly support the agricultural and food production industries across a number of countries, has purchased a Matrix Gemini LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) from Autoscribe Informatics. The LIMS will be used by the Group’s veterinary laboratory.

Agrihealth veterinary laboratory is a busy facility based in County Monaghan (IRL) and specialises in the analysis of various types of agricultural and food samples. Much of the analysis carried out is for salmonella and campylobacter for the poultry industry. The laboratory has developed a rigorous set of quality processes which are audited externally on a regular basis.

Agrihealth conducted a thorough evaluation of LIMS from 5 vendors as part of a tender process. Peter Hutchinson, Chief Information Officer at Agrihealth, said: “We asked for practical demonstrations from all of the vendors to see how they would handle the variety of samples that our laboratory has to deal with. We chose Matrix because of its flexibility, combined with the overall response from Autoscribe. It was quite clear that they understood our specific needs and the requirements of the veterinary process in general. We also received excellent references from existing users”.

Thanks to its configuration tools, Matrix Gemini offers a highly configurable modular and scalable package without the need for custom programming. With full integration of Microchip, Vet XML and VeNOM codes, it provides comprehensive tracking and monitoring of samples from booking-in through testing to result reporting and sample disposal. Since Agrihealth offers other veterinary services, Matrix Gemini provides the flexibility to include additional veterinary processes without needing to rewrite any code. Audit trails, time and date stamping of all actions, version control of all reference data such as test definitions help compliance with regulatory requirements.

Implementation of Matrix Gemini is well under way at Agrihealth. “The implementation process has gone very smoothly”, said Peter Hutchinson. “We recently attended a 3-day training course at Autoscribe’s headquarters which has been extremely useful”.

@AutoscribeLtd  #LIMS #Food #Ireland #PAuto

New generation of passive harmonic filters.

Schaffner is setting a new benchmark with its product offering of harmonics mitigation solutions. Ecosine evo harmonic filters utilise superior technology to reliably control excessive power line harmonics with an evolutionary modular product concept.

With the new ecosine filters FN 3441, FN 3451 and FN 3453 (pictured) Schaffner does now also offer dedicated filters which are designed for three-phase diode rectifiers with a DC-link choke included in the drive. They guarantee compliance with the toughest requirements of IEEE-519 and other stringent international power quality standards while being the most designed for purpose and compact passive harmonic filters available on the market.

The filters offer excellent performance at rated power with minimal reactive power even at partial or no-load conditions. With the installation of the new ecosine filters the electrical infrastructure and its utilization are much more efficient and reliable. Added benefits of installation include increased service life cycle of electrical equipment and reduced energy costs.

The ecosine evo filter series modular design concept, which now includes filters for drives with and without a DC-link choke, offers flexibility unique in the marketplace. It allows Schaffner to provide customers with an optimal solution by offering base modules that are dedicated to the drive technology.  These can easily be configured to meet specific application and customer needs as well as installation requirements by merely plugging in add-on modules. This modular concept allows the new Schaffner filters to provide tailored solutions for all applications, aligning product offerings with the international market requirements and customer expectations.

Ecosine evo filters FN 3440/41 FN 3450/51 and FN 3452/53 are rated for 50 Hz/400 VAC, 50 Hz/500 VAC and 60 Hz/480 VAC grids, respectively, with standard power ratings available from 1.1 to 250 kW (1.5 to 300 HP for 60 Hz filters). They are available as open frame IP 00 and protection category IP 20 (IP 21 as an option). All filters are CE-marked, UL listed and RoHS compliant.

Ecosine evo filters are easy to install and maintain and are fully supported in Schaffner’s well known online power quality simulator SchaffnerPQS3 and can be configured using the new Schaffner ecosine evo online configurator.

@SchaffnerGroup #PAuto  #Power

Gas app on your phone!

In 2016 Gasmet launched a free App on both iOS and Android, providing anyone with an interest in gas monitoring with quick and easy access to an enormous volume of highly useful information. The App has now been downloaded hundreds of times by people from every continent, but to help users make the most of the App’s capabilities Gasmet has now published an explanatory video, which is available on the Gasmet YouTube channel.
The App is designed for anyone involved with emissions monitoring and contains a link to a library of information on 500+ compounds; providing IR spectra in addition to chemical formula, molecular weight, boiling point etc. for each gas. A dew point calculator predicts water and sulphuric acid dew points from H2O, O2, and SO2 concentrations provided by the user, helping stack testers and process engineers prevent problems relating to sample condensation. In addition, a Combustion Calculator provides estimates of oxygen levels for a variety of user-selectable fuels from variable inputs for moisture and CO2. A Unit Conversion tool is also available for almost any compound, providing mg/m3 to ppm and vice versa, at zero or 20 Deg C.

 @Gasmet_Tech  #PAuto

Group appoints new member!

The Advisory Board of the Krohne Group has appointed Dr.-Ing. Attila Bilgic Managing Director of Ludwig Krohne GmbH & Co KG.

Dr Attila Bilgic
He assumes global responsibility for research and development and extends the managing board of the Krohne Group alongside Michael Rademacher-Dubbick and Stephan Neuburger.

His main task is the "digitization" of the measuring devices and measuring systems, their networking and their integration among themselves, as well as with and into the digital systems of the users. The area of "smart sensors", which Krohne has pioneered with various research projects under his leadership, is also of particular significance. With more than 350 employees, the Group currently employs about 10% of all staff in research and development with a budget of approximately 8% of the total turnover (total turnover 2015: approx. €500 million).

The topic of networking has been predominant for the career of Dr. Bilgic: prior to joining Krohne, he held various positions in the “Communication Solutions” division of Infineon Technologies AG from 2000 to 2009, most recently as Director System Engineering. From 2007 to 2009, he was head of the Department of Integrated Systems at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Since 2016, he has been a member of the board of the VDI / VDE Society of Measuring and Automation Technology. He is also a member of the German Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE.

@krohnegroup #PAuto @KROHNE_USA