Friday, April 21, 2017

UV disinfection in industry.

Hanovia* is to host a webinar aimed at helping manufacturers optimise the removal of chlorine within their water treatment operations. The 60-minute interactive presentation by Tim McDougle, Hanovia’s Sales & Marketing Director and James Hadley Hanovia’s Western European Sales Manager, takes place on the 23rd May 2017 and will outline how UV dechlorination can reduce water treatment maintenance and lifecycle costs while providing enhanced protection against bio-contamination.

Hygienic applications such as pharmaceutical and food and beverage manufacturing desire clean water treatment technologies with minimal bacteria build-up and downtime. Combining pre-treatment with Reverse Osmosis is common practice for removing a broad range of inorganic and organic impurities and the addition of Electro-deionisation (EDI) in Pharmaceutical Purified Water systems guarantees sub-ppm levels of salts.

Although these stable technologies require minimal maintenance, they must be protected from oxidising species that affect performance and lifespan. Removal of free and total chlorine in process lines prior to RO and EDI is essential. To achieve this, two traditional methods exist: Activated Carbon Filtration (ACF) and Sodium Meta-Bisulphite dosing (SMB). Although well proven, these methods demonstrate certain limitations, principally that they are prone to microbial contamination that increases the bio-burden on EDI and RO membranes, leads to increased cleaning frequency and creates higher operating costs.

To help explain how to overcome these issues, the webinar will outline how UV light can be used as a dechlorination technology, replacing the need for ACF and SMB. This helps to deliver optimum dechlorination performance without the problems associated with these traditional technologies. Tim McDougle will begin by looking at the need to remove chlorine, the current technologies used and the issues surrounding them. James Hadley will then provide an overview of UV light, how it dechlorinates, and the advantages it provides over alternative methods.

The webinar will begins at 3pm BST 23rd May 2017. Register here to learn how UV dechlorination can optimise your water treatment process.

*Hanovia, part of Halma plc, is a world leader in ultra violet (UV) disinfection and chemical reduction technology for water treatment processes. Hanovia designs, develops and manufactures advanced UV systems for a wide range of industrial, aquatic and leisure applications. Since it was founded in 1924, the company has been at the forefront of UV innovation, delivering over 50,000 UV systems worldwide and providing unrivalled customer care through its UVCare™ service. Hanovia has its headquarters in the UK, with regional offices in Germany, USA, Singapore and China.

@Hanovia_UV #PAuto @HHC_Lewis.

Profile painted & powder-coated surfaces.

The newest generation DATAPAQ® EasyTrack®3 system makes profiling oven cure of painted and powder-coated products as easy as never before.

Fluke® Process Instruments has equipped the data logger with a rugged and light polycarbonate casing that withstands harsh treatment and heat up to 100 °C without distortion and without harm to the electronics. Versions with four or six thermocouple channels are available. Data is stored in a non-volatile memory – the capacity has been tripled to up to 18,000 readings per channel.

The loggers use replaceable 9 V batteries. An intelligent power management ensures a long battery life for 50 and more profiling runs. Calibration certificates stored aboard the logger can be printed anytime. When the logger is connected to a PC (via USB), the software now starts automatically. Reviewing and analyzing the data, users can dynamically change the language. Logger diagnostics is much facilitated by a quick reference guide and animated tutorials. For remote diagnostics, status data can be emailed to the manufacturer’s tech support. Fluke Process Instruments supplies a versatile range of profiling systems with probes and thermal barriers to suit a variety of applications.

The new pro version logger carries out up to three consecutive profiling runs before data download to a PC. It features a traffic light indicator that instantly shows whether process criteria have been met. The DATAPAQ EasyTrack Insight™ Professional software includes advanced analysis functions such as rise/fall, peak difference, area under curve calculation, marking of up to six oven zones in the temperature graph, a probe map for high repeatability, saved zooms for even more comfortable reviewing and sharing of data, and customized profile reports.

 @FlukeCorp  #PAuto

"Ten years empowering the world!"

Alison, the free online learning pioneer has launched a new mobile-friendly, personalised platform design, enhancing user experience and strengthening learner engagement. Founded 10 years ago today, Irish-based Alison is one of the world’s largest free education and skills training platforms, recently registering its ten millionth learner. It boasts over one million graduates of its courses with learners and graduates in every country.
Speaking at the website launch, Mike Feerick, Founder & CEO of Alison said: “This is our biggest ever platform change. The new site is built with mobile learning in mind. As mobile device-led learning begins to dominate globally, we are moving to a more personalised, engaging and gamified platform. Our new site focuses on creating a unique individual learning experience, tailored to each user’s learning history and preferences. The new site includes avatars for users that represent their level of achievement. Learners can earn points by completing modules, which in turn acts as a method of positive reinforcement. For the first time, learners can rank themselves against other learners, based on what country they are in, or what subjects they are studying. Relevant notifications will appear on the student’s dashboard, as the platform becomes more interactive. And much more.”

The launch also marks the adoption of a brand re-fresh. Feerick explained “We are excited to be combining the new website launch with a refresh of our brand. Free access to education and skills training through Alison has enabled our Learners and Graduates to make positive change in their lives. “Empower Yourself” is our invitation to our members – who of course can sign up and study with Alison for free. By striving daily to give everyone the freedom to learn and the tools to succeed, our mission to improve the world through the power of education can be achieved”.

Around 14% of Alison graduates state that free learning with Alison has led to new employment, promotion and college opportunities, while 88% said graduating with Alison improved their personal confidence and 90% said it encouraged them to learn further.

Alison provides more than 800 free courses on a broad range of subjects including project managementIT skillslearning languages and business management skills.


@AlisonCourses #PAuto #Training

Early Warning of Condensation Danger.

The compact EE046 from E+E Elektronik monitors reliably the condensation danger on chilled beams and other critical cold spots, in air conditioning systems or switching cabinets. It can be installed on plane surfaces and on pipes up to 50 mm (2”) diameter. For preventing condensation, the switch output can trigger actuators like valves or heaters.

The EE046 measures accurately the relative humidity at the surface temperature. Thanks to the special E+E proprietary coating, the humidity sensor is optimally protected against contamination. This improves the lifetime and long-term stability of the EE046 in dirty, dusty environments. Another advantage of the condensation monitor is the fast response time to humidity or surface temperature change.

The potential-free relay (max. 24 V AC/DC, 1 A) switches when the relative humidity at the surface reaches 90% RH, or in case of a supply failure such as a broken cable. A LED indicates the status of the EE046: normal operation, risk of condensation or fault/failure.

Due to the compact design, the condensation monitor requires little space and the installation is remarkably simple. On plane surfaces, the EE046 is fixed with two screws, for mounting on pipes up to 50 mm in diameter a mounting strap is included in the scope of supply.

• E+E Elektronik are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.


 #EPulse #PAuto

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Industrial innovation as a driver!

A new book  from ISA, encourages both manufacturers and automation suppliers to better capitalize on fast-emerging innovations in industrial technology, such as process automation systems, to drive transformative improvements in manufacturing.

“The emerging frontier for industrial innovation points at exciting ways to revolutionize the business of manufacturing—better managing operating risks and costs, reducing consumption of raw materials and energy, creating more recession-proof revenue streams, and improving safety and security,” says Augustine Tibazarwa, the author of Driving Business Value in Industrial Innovation: Disciplined Agility for Manufacturing Automation and a noted expert in R&D management and industrial technology development. “Whether it’s digitizing the physical state of a world-scale plant in real time, manipulating digital models of that plant and its manufacturing process to optimize economic value, and then changing the state of the plant for economic benefit, the potential of today’s process automation systems is profound.”

Realizing the potential, Tibazarwa emphasizes, and delivering on expected ROI requires a greater commitment among leaders in manufacturing and the automation profession to unlock new ways of driving business value and adopting proven frameworks from other industry sectors achieving transformative innovation.

His book, he says, “uniquely connects the business perspectives of manufacturers to those of automation suppliers, and the innovation perspectives of automation executives to those of automation technologists. After reading it, automation executives should be equipped to expect more from their technologists, while automation technologists should be emboldened to point out missed business opportunities and demand deeper executive commitment and sponsorship.”

Tibazarwa says the book also segue ways to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), identifying new business value opportunities for manufacturing automation.

“For manufacturers, there are business value opportunities in the extended supply chain. For automation professionals, the fundamental capabilities for successful industrial innovation are also foundational enablers for IIoT innovation,” he points out.

@ISA_Interchange #PAuto @irelandISA

High Power CG2409 RF Switch for Wirelass.

The CEL CG2409 family of high power RF switches has been announced recently by CEL.

RF switches are microwave devices that route high frequency signals through transmission paths and can be used for diverse range of applications including WLAN, Mobile Communications, Wireless Security, Wireless Home Automation, Digital TV and many other RF products. The CG2409 is available in two packages X3 and M2. The CG2409X3 and CG2409M2 are manufactured using state of the art pHEMT technology and are packaged and tested in Japan to guarantee high quality and reliability.

These RF switch components can be used within an application to switch between Transmit / Receive modes, as Diversity Switches, switching between two different antennas, and also switching between RF Frequency Bands.

The CG2409X3 is a wideband, high-power single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) GaAs MMIC RF switch, specified for the frequency range of 0.05 to 6GHz, and can operate at a control voltage from 1.8V to 5V. The P0.1dB compression point of the switch is 37.5dBm at 3V. The second and third harmonic specs are -80dBc and -85dBc respectively at input power of 26dBm. The insertion loss ranges from 0.3dB to 0.6dB while the isolation ranges from 32dB to 28dB over the frequency range. The device is in a compact 6-pin XSON package (1.5mmx1.5mmx0.37mm).

The CG2409M2 is also a high-power single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) GaAs MMIC RF switch but is specified for the frequency range of 0.05 to 3.8 GHz and operates at a control voltage from 1.8V to 5V. The P0.1dB compression point of the switch is 36.5dBm. The second and third harmonic specs are -80dBc and -85dBc respectively at input power of 26dBm. The insertion loss ranges from 0.35dB to 0.6dB while the isolation ranges from 35dB to 21dB over the frequency range. This device is in a small 6-pin surface mount package (2.0mmx1.25mmx0.9mm).

Why use a High Power SPDT RF Switch?
There are two trends that dominate recent Wi-Fi systems development. One is the increase of RF transmission power for improved coverage range and better signal quality, and the other is the increasing use complex modulation schemes to boost the data throughput.

Both trends put more stringent requirements on power handling capability as well as linearity of the RF components used in the transmission path in order to meet regulatory and signal integrity specifications. As a result, these RF switches at the antenna ports are now one of the most critical components. While more integrated front-end-modules (FEM) are finding increasing usage, particularly for space constrained applications, discrete MMIC switches still offer the most flexibility in terms of system configuration and performance selection.

These new CEL Switches are drop-in compatible to at least one RF Switch model from Renesas (Renesas switches also offered through CEL). CEL’s RF Switches have lower prices than their equivalent drop-in Renesas RF Switches.

@CELWireless #PAuto

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Irish instrument company acquired!

Global instrumentation leaders Scientific Measurements Pte Ltd has acquired Ireland-based Eurolec Instrumentation Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

Scientific Measurements – parent company to Cirrus Research and Acoustic Instruments International – has more than 40 years’ experience in the sector and counts product ranges Optimus, Revo, doseBadge, Trojan and Invictus among its industry-leading brands.

Eurolec as a brand and trading name will continue within the Scientific Measurement fold, with the existing head office remaining in Dundalk (IRL). Its chain of distributors will also be unaffected.

Coinciding with the handover, Eurolec founder and Managing Director Tom Mears will be retiring after a five-decade career in the sector and 19 years since establishing the company. Chris Mears has been appointed the new MD, formerly heading up the company’s sales & marketing. The rest of the Eurolec team will remain unchanged by the buy-out.

Moving forwarding, product enhancement and development are a key priority for the new owners and its experienced marketing team will begin work on an updated website for its newest subsidiary.

“This is a new chapter for the company but we have inherited a strong legacy from Tom and a great platform to build upon,” said Daren Wallis, Scientific Measurements Director.

“Scientific Measurements as a company has an unrivalled track record of innovation and product development and we want to put that experience into play with Eurolec’s temperature and pressure gauge products. The ranges are an ideal fit for our current product portfolio and the Eurolec team will be able to enjoy the added benefits of our R&D and global sales & marketing team behind them.”


@Eurolec #PAuto #TandM

Seismic sensors.

Omron Electronic Components Europe has announced the availability of what it believes is the world’s smallest class size seismic sensor, specifically designed to trigger the shutdown of potentially hazardous or easily damaged systems in the event of an earthquake.

Specifically designed for the growing number of autonomous IoT systems, the Omron D7S provides high precision measurement of spectral intensity, allowing it to reject impulse vibration noise and only respond to genuine seismic activity. Despite its compact size, D7S features its own internal memory and I2C interface, allowing it to be readily integrated into IoT devices. Potential applications include smart electricity and gas meters, wireless sensors, industrial control panels, electricity distribution panels, fire-prevention systems, home appliances such as heaters and gas stoves, chemical plants, expressways, bridges, tunnels, roads and many more.

Commenting, Fabrizio Petris, Senior Business Development Manager of Omron Electronic Components Europe said, “Earthquakes are extremely common around the world. On average, 50 earthquakes strike each day, or about 20,000 a year. Many are weak enough to go unnoticed but some are catastrophic. We can’t always predict when a catastrophe will strike. Using the new sensor from Omron, designers can make systems safer and minimise the risk of secondary damage after earthquakes by safely shutting off and stopping hazardous devices. The sensor can also help determine damage by mapping seismic intensity and providing building collapse information.”

A key feature of the sensor is its ability to distinguish between genuine seismic activity from an earthquake or from some other source. When an earthquake strikes, the D7S uses Omron’s unique spectral intensity (SI) value calculation algorithms to distinguish between seismic activity and other movement. The sensor includes a 3-axis accelerometer, and on the basis of the resulting measurements, calculates the SI value to assess the magnitude of the earthquake.

D7S is a highly compact, surface mountable module with overall dimensions of just 9.8 x 10.9mm, allowing it to be easily added to any system. The low power consumption of just 90 microAmps standby and 300 microAmps when processing, allows the D7S to be readily integrated into battery powered systems.

 @OmronEurope  #Pauto

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Managing terminals!

Emerson Automation Solutions has released TerminalManager™, the next-generation software for managing all terminal operational and commercial activity. TerminalManager provides a single software platform to manage the entire terminal business process, helping operators streamline the loading processes, achieve greater connectivity to customer needs, and close the books faster.

“With the release of TerminalManager, we continue to offer new ways for our customers to improve the efficiency of their operations, not just for loading and unloading operations but for the terminal business management process as well. TerminalManager is built not only to move products but to efficiently move information which optimises the order to cash cycle for the terminal and helps streamline the customer’s supply chain logistics activities,” said Pedro D’Ascola, general manager for Emerson’s Remote Automation Solutions business.

Today’s terminal operator is faced with a variety of challenges to remain profitable in an increasingly complex market environment. For terminal operators in the oil & gas, chemical and refining industries, efficiently maximising the throughput of the terminal is critical to remain as key suppliers to their customers and to be financially successful. TerminalManager helps terminal operators manage the entire terminal business process by managing customer contracts and orders through a web-based portal, efficiently planning and executing the loading operations, managing book and physical inventory, charging for services, and billing activity back to the customer.

 @EMR_Automation  #PAuto #Oil #Gas @HHC_Lewis 

Powerful sensor solutions worldwide!

A global distribution agreement with MEMSIC  has been announced by Mouser Electronics. MEMSIC is a world leader for the consumer electronics, communications, automotive, medical and industrial sensing sectors. Through the new agreement, Mouser will distribute MEMSIC micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors to customers worldwide.

The MEMSIC product line enables mobility and the Internet of Things (IOT) by combining all the essential elements for engineers’ application needs, including solutions for drones, mobile, wearable, industrial, medical and smart parking applications. The MEMSIC product line at Mouser Electronics features a variety of sensor products, including magnetic and e-compass products, accelerometers, 6-degree-of-freedom (DOF) and 9-DOF inertial measurement units (IMUs) and orientation sensors, and gas flow modules.

The MEMSIC MMC5883MA Anisotropic Magneto Resistive (AMR)-based three-axis magnetic sensor provides the industry’s highest accuracy, lowest noise, and lowest power consumption. The sensor provides 16-bit operation over a wide ± 8 Gauss operating range, and features linearity of ± 0.2 percent full scale range (FSR), hysteresis of 0.2 percent FSR, and repeatability of 0.2 percent FSR on each of its three axes. It exhibits extremely low current consumption of only 20µA at a data rate of seven samples per second and extremely low noise level of only 0.4 mGauss total RMS noise. Combining this performance in an industry-standard small LGA package the sensor addresses the ever-increasing demands of industrial and drone applications.

The ultra-low-cost  MXC6255XC/U DTOS accelerometers are two-axis motion and orientation sensors, based on MEMSICs proven MEMS thermal technology. The DTOS accelerometers allow designers to integrate key user interfaces, such as programmable “shake to change” menu navigation, TV/music channel selection, and vertical/horizontal picture orientation. The devices can also provide some basic game play control, fall-over detection in irons and other appliances, and other applications in mobile devices, toys, and consumer electronics.

The MFC2000 bi-directional digital MEMS gas flow sensors are more durable and provide high levels of measurement repeatability when compared to existing diaphragm or turbine-based gas flow meters. The silicon-based devices offer great power consumption characteristics, such as sleep-mode currents as low as 1 µA and typical operating currents of 3 mA. Other benefits include low 2.7 V–5.5 V supply operation, wide dynamic range with 3-percent or better accuracy, and the ability to provide the necessary performance over a 100:1 flow range. The architecture of the mass flow sensor modules is highly customizable for different flow rates and form factors optimized to application requirements. The gas flow sensors reduce the need for specialized machines in care centers, and enable gas flow-related medical equipment to be economically introduced into the home medical market.

#PAuto @MouserElec @MouserElecEU @MEMSsensortech

Breathing life into level transmitters!

Heartbeat Technology has been added to the Endress+Hauser Micropilot FMR5X free-space radar and FMP5X Levelflex guided radar level transmitters.

Heartbeat Technology is an on-board diagnostics and instrument verification system that continuously monitors the status of mechanical, electromechanical and electronic components in the sensor, and sends alerts when it detects a problem. Alerts are sent in accordance with NAMUR recommendation NE 107 and are displayed at the device. Alerts include “Out of specification,” “Maintenance required,” “Device failure” and “Device OK.” The built-in diagnostics can detect process problems, such as build-up or foam before failure occurs.

Heartbeat Technology is also able to perform device verification in accordance with requirements of the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, oil & gas, chemical and other industries. Such requirements call for level instruments to be removed and calibrated unless in-situ verification proves the device is operating properly.

During verification, Heartbeat Technology compares internal components with their reference values, thereby determining the device status. Verification produces a pass or fail statement, depending on whether the assessment is positive or negative, and generates a verification report in compliance with quality, safety and regulatory requirements, and meeting the needs of agency auditors.

Verification information, reports, diagnostics alerts and instrument data can be viewed at the control and monitoring system, or via a web browser running on a PC, tablet or smartphone.

Heartbeat Technology reduces the need for calibrations requiring the removal of instruments from the process; reduces the need for maintenance personnel to perform on-site instrument checks; immediately alerts operators when an instrument requires service; and provides diagnostics functions to describe problems so technicians know what they are dealing with before they go to the field.

FMR5X and FMPX Level Transmitters
The Micropilot FMR5X series of free-space radar level transmitters provide accuracy up to ±2mm for level measurement of liquids and ±4mm for bulk solids products in the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, oil & gas, chemical and other industries. Multiple FMR5X transmitters can be installed in the same tank without interference among them because the transmitter pulses are statistically coded.

FMR5X instruments can be used to measure level or volume with a built-in 32-point strapping table. The liquids can be measured in metal or plastic tanks, stilling wells, bypass chambers or other vessels up to 131 feet high with standard units, or 197 feet with an enhanced dynamics option. The instrument can also be used to detect minimum or maximum levels to prevent overfilling or empty tanks, in addition to continuous monitoring of the level.

Levelflex guided radar level transmitters are used for continuous level measurement of liquids, pastes and slurries but also for interface measurement. The measurement is not affected by changing media, temperature changes, gas blankets or vapors.

Micropilot FMR5X and Levelflex FMP5X transmitters can be loop powered by 4-20mA in a two-wire arrangement, or separately powered in a four-wire configuration. Digital communication options include HART, Profibus PA and Foundation Fieldbus. Optionally, the transmitters are available with two independent, configurable 4-20mA outputs.

@Endress_Hauser  #PAuto

Monday, April 17, 2017

Safety instrumented system enhancement announced.

The ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system from Yokogawa has helped prevent accidents by detecting abnormal conditions in plant operations and initiating emergency actions such as a plant shutdown since 2005. An independent certification body has certified that ProSafe-RS conforms to the IEC61508 international safety standard and can be used in SIL3  applications. Unlike conventional safety instrumented systems and distributed control systems, which are regarded as having different roles and functions and operate separately, the operation of ProSafe-RS and the CENTUM integrated control system can be fully integrated. ProSafe-RS is highly regarded by users and has been installed in more than 2,100 projects worldwide (as of April 2017).
The company is about to release (April 26) an enhanced version of the ProSafe®-RS safety instrumented system. This latest release, R4.03.00, includes an improved engineering function for configuring fire and gas systems (FGS) and new operation faceplates for the FGS operation and monitoring screens. These enhancements make it easier to adopt and use ProSafe-RS in FGS applications.


Development Background
In the oil, natural gas, petrochemical, chemical, and other energy and basic materials industries, various safety measures must be taken to prevent accidents and protect the environment. This includes the use of a safety instrumented system, which can secure plant safety by functioning as an emergency shutdown system (ESD) that detects abnormal conditions and safely initiates emergency shutdowns, and by functioning as an FGS.
Yokogawa’s ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system can be integrated with the CENTUM VP integrated production control system and is widely used mainly in ESD applications all over the world. Based on an April 2017 Yokogawa survey, ProSafe-RS is one of the top selling safety instrumented systems on the market today. Since releasing this system in 2005, Yokogawa has continued to strengthen its functions to satisfy a variety of customer needs. In response to the rising need for FGS solutions, this latest release includes features that make it easier to adopt and use this system in such applications. And by adding a new input/output (I/O) module and enabling the use of an alternate control network topology, we are giving our customers a greater range of choices in their ESD and FGS applications. Cybersecurity has also been strengthened.

Enhancements
1. Easier adoption and use in FGS applications
Software components (function blocks) that define the operations and functions to be performed when smoke, heat, and/or gas is detected, an essential aspect of any FGS application, have been added to the ProSafe-RS engineering functions. Standard FGS faceplates have been added for the integrated display of smoke, heat, and gas detector information such as gas concentration level and device status. In addition, the I/O module has a new function that can reset the detector that sends smoke and heat detection signals to the ProSafe-RS system. This eliminates the need for a reset circuit to restore communications after an abnormality is detected, thus reducing both the size of the hardware and its initial cost. With these enhancements, the ProSafe-RS is easier to adopt and use in FGS applications.
2. New I/O module
Yokogawa provides an N-IO (Network-IO) I/O device with channels that can be configured by software to handle either analog or digital signals. As most safety instrumented systems rely mainly on digital I/O signals, the company has added a new I/O module to its lineup that is used for only the input or output of digital signals. This new module reduces the total cost of ownership for users.
3. Ring network topology
For the Vnet/IP®  real-time control bus, ProSafe-RS has relied on the star network topology, in which all devices are connected to a central hub. The new ProSafe-RS is also compatible with the ring topology, in which devices are connected to each other in the shape of a ring. This feature affords our customers greater flexibility when configuring their systems.
4. Improved cybersecurity
As a result of enhancements made to the ProSafe-RS engineering station’s software security functions and changes to the Windows® security settings, users can now set their systems to a higher security level. This latest ProSafe-RS release also supports a Windows function that enables the centralized management of security settings. With this feature, users can apply the same security settings to multiple monitoring and operation PCs, thus greatly improving plant security.

The target markets and applications for the ProSafe-RS include emergency shutdown systems (ESD), burner management systems (BMS), and fire and gas systems (FGS) in process industries such as oil, natural gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electric power, and iron and steel.