Friday, May 12, 2017

Low cost cable assy.

Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd, can now offer customers cost effective cable harness solutions for both low and high volume requirements. Based on their recently introduced low cost Taurus connector series, cable assemblies can be supplied with RG style cables including RG58, RG316, RG174, RG178 and low cost LMR cables.

In addition to low cost cable assemblies Intelliconnect manufacture high performance low loss and semi-rigid cable ranges and 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 very competitive pricing and compatibility with standard semi-rigid cable connectors.

With so many diverse applications for cable assemblies Intelliconnect works closely with customers to find the optimum 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.

Roy Phillips, Managing Director of Intelliconnect, comments, "We are very well known for specialist connectors and cable assemblies and would like our customers to understand we are now a one-stop-shop for standard as well as custom cable solutions. Our investment in this market is being rewarded by our cable harness and connector business’ both seeing excellent growth and being more competitive than ever thanks to the recent changes in exchange rates.”

@IntelliConnLtd  #PAuto

Interactive Digital Multimeter selection tool.

Fluke Digital Multimeters can be used to safely and efficiently identify and troubleshoot a wide range of issues, and every tool is backed by the strongest warranty available so that purchasers can be confident in their investment. Fluke now provides a quick, interactive webpage to help purchasers choose the right digital multimeter model for their specific needs.

Until 31st August 2017, purchasers of any Fluke Digital Multimeter can use their invoice to request, using this webpage, a free Fluke 2AC VoltAlert, which offers 90V to 1000V AC voltage detection. Safety-rated to CAT IV 1000V, voltage detection is indicated by a red glow at the tip of the 2AC, with this model also featuring a press-button internal battery tester.

Each Fluke Digital Multimeter is built to function flawlessly under even the most extreme circumstances, including drop, shock and humidity. By using the online selection process the purchaser will, with two simple clicks, be led to the Fluke Digital Multimeter model that best matches their work environment and needs. This final page also shows some alternative Fluke tools which closely match the requirements. The basic features appear below each model. A short (less than 2 minute) video clip will demonstrate the capabilities of the models that suit that work environment.

Further information can be accessed from the webpage, including fuller specifications of each model, the full Fluke digital multimeter range and the potential purchaser’s nearest distributors.

@FlukeCorp  #TandM #Pauto

Reusable single gas monitor.

The Protégé SG is a versatile new reusable single gas monitor from Scott Safety. The unit is configurable to detect 13 different gases.

It is an universal portable gas detector with advanced features, such as smart plug and play sensors and a replaceable lithium battery that provides unlimited life. The swappable sensors are equipped with a smart sensor board that automatically recognises sensor type and updates the gas label on the LCD display while automatically downloading the necessary calibration parameters.

With an IP66/67 rating, global regulatory approvals, multiple languages accessible on the LCD, and internal data logging for up to 5,000 events, the Protégé SG provides industrial workers and first responders maximum flexibility to focus on the task at hand and not on their equipment.

The Protégé SG is the first in a new line of cost-effective high performance portable gas monitors being introduced. All Protégé devices will have a similar look, feel and user interface as well as standard features, such as smart plug and play sensors and lithium/alkaline battery options that are interchangeable between monitors.

Completing the new range of monitors is the MasterDock II, an expandable docking station with up to 10 bays. The MasterDock II has Ethernet and USB connectivity and supports six gas bottles simultaneously with the ability to bump, calibrate, and charge each device. Advanced new software on the intuitive dashboard interface also allows users to print certificates, configure monitors and centralise data storage for improved fleet management capabilities.

The new Protégé gas detection line will provide customers with global mission critical protective solutions, continuing Scott’s Safety commitment to protect what matters most.

@scott-safety #PAuto @ScottSafetyEMEA  #Safety

Moisture analyser aids European project.

Michell Instruments is partnering with VSL, the national metrology institute of The Netherlands, on a jointly EU and EURAMET funded project to increase the use of energy from renewable sources.

The European Union has set a target for 20% of its energy consumption to come from renewable sources by 2020. One of the research projects set up to achieve this is Metrology for Biogas, a three-year programme which began in June 2014. Its purpose is to devise and validate traceable methods for determining key impurities, moisture, particulates, calorific value, and density in biogas and bio-methane so it can be used as a mainstream alternative to natural gas.

VSL is working on the measurement of moisture and water dew point calibration. As an industrial collaborator, Michell Instruments has provided a moisture analyser – the OptiPEAK TDL600 – for assessment testing. It uses advanced tuneable diode laser absorption spectroscopy, to provide a fast response to changes in moisture concentration whilst being able to withstand the acidic nature of the biogas. Because the sensor uses laser light to measure moisture content, there is no contact between it and the biogas – meaning that there is no long-term degradation of performance or stability of the analyzer from the corrosive elements of the gas.

The tests have been conducted on three compositions representing biogas, with 20% concentration of carbon dioxide in methane, as well as processed biomethane with reduced CO2 concentrations including 100% methane. Moisture contents in the range 10 to 1,000 ppmV were generated within the VSL primary high-pressure humidity generator. Mr Andrea Peruzzi of VSL commented, ‘The Michell TDLAS analzyer proved helpful to further our understanding of the relationship of dew-point temperature to moisture concentration in biogas which exhibits non-ideal behaviour.’

The testing work is now complete, and the results will be published in a paper to be presented at NEN Gas Analysis, Rotterdam (NL) in June 2017.

• Michell Instruments' products are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

#Metrology #Energy #Netherlands #Pauto

Temperature transmitter.

The new OPTITEMP TT 33 C/R, a universal 4…20mA temperature transmitter to be used with RTD and TC sensors has been introduced by Krohne.

Available as head mounted (TT 33 C) and rail mounted (TT 33 R) versions, OPTITEMP TT 33 was designed according to the latest standards and user requirements such as convenient configuration, high accuracy as well as safety and reliability over time. Versatile in use through additional functionality and features, it is aimed at all industries that use process temperature assemblies in standard applications up to in harsh environments, e.g. chemical, power generation, iron and steel or OEM applications.

Using the free ConSoft software, the 4…20 mA device can easily be configured from a PC, also in hazardous areas. Parameters like temperature measurement range, TAG identity and failure indication can be set and re-set fast and convenient thanks to a user-friendly interface. High accuracy over transmitter lifetime is provided by a measuring accuracy of ±0.08 °C or ±0.08 % of span, and a drift of ±0.01°C per 1 °C or ±0.01% of span per 1 °C. This low temperature drift makes regular calibration less necessary.

In terms of safety and reliability, OPTITEMP TT 33 C/R is compliant to NAMUR recommendations (NE) 21, 43, 53 and 107, and features ATEX and IEC Ex approvals. Due to a robust construction, external influences such as ambient temperature, vibration (up to 10 g, as may occur in OEM/machinery applications), moisture and electromagnetic waves are negligible.

The new transmitter can provide correction for measuring error of the system consisting of either the sensor itself or sensor and transmitter together. OPTITEMP TT 33 C/R also features a runtime counter, tracking and backup of previous configuration, ambient temperature log as well as an output simulation for loop testing.

OPTITEMP TT 33 C/R adds to KROHNEs OPTITEMP portfolio of industrial temperature assemblies and transmitters. It comprises a large choice of designs, materials and process connections from high to cryogenic temperature applications. Standard as well as custom versions are available for solid, liquid and gaseous mediums, also with high pressures and flow velocities.

• Krohne Products are marketed in Ireland by DWN Instruments.

@krohnegroup #PAuto

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Strain gauges.

The Micro-Measurements® brand of Vishay, has launched its Quick-Turn program, offering R&D quality strain gage samples to its worldwide customer base, with deliveries in as few as seven working days, depending on pattern complexity.

As longtime industry experts, they understand that the proper integration of strain gages into any application is an iterative process. This process can require the evaluation of multiple strain gage patterns, prior to arriving at a “best fit” solution. In the case of strain-gage based transducer designs and product prototypes, for example, the testing and evaluation of multiple strain gage patterns is an essential aspect of achieving optimum system performance. For experimental stress analysis, strain gages which address challenges of geometry, space constraints, or installation efficiencies can be designed to exact customer specifications with fast deliveries. With these and other needs in mind, the goal of the Quick-Turn program is to facilitate expedited customer access to a variety of strain gage samples, allowing for the full support of any required technology evaluations prior to final integration.

Strain gages offered under the Quick-Turn program include full series of most catalog patterns, including optional features, as well as bespoke designs. Samples are offered in quantities of either four packages, consisting of five strain gages per package; or 20 packages, consisting of one strain gage per package. All samples feature the same quality, materials, design, construction and performance as standard catalog products. Their sole distinguishing feature is a packaging designation of “R&D Samples.” For strain gage pattern designs to exact customer requirements, sample costs are included in the setup fee.

To obtain Quick-Turn samples, customers are invited to forward application details to the Micro-Measurements in-house technical sales and applications engineering team at, or to contact their nearest authorized sales representative. The longtime technical experts at Micro-Measurements will collaborate directly with the customer on a “best fit” solution, based upon either existing strain gages, or a design to unique requirements.

@Strain_Gage #PAuto #VPG

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Safe point-to-point interface released!

With the release and publication of the IO-Link Safety specification by the IO-Link Community and the successful concept assessment by the TÜV SÜD, nothing else stands in the way of implementation in systems and devices.

Like IO-Link, IO-Link Safety is also fieldbus and system-independent. This is achieved through conversion of the many safety protocols available on the market to IO-Link Safety in the master. Thus the IO-Link Safety Devices remain available worldwide. As there are considerably more device types (already more than 4,000) than IO-Link masters, the advantages are obvious. To open a new market or a new system for IO-Link Safety, all that is necessary is to develop a corresponding IO-Link Safety master. All existing IO-Link Safety devices can then be used without modification.

The time and effort for configuring IO-Link Safety is minimal. The authentication is derived from the assignment to the master port, and the monitoring time is set automatically for each device. As with IO-Link, devices can be replaced without using an engineering tool. A replaced device is automatically assigned the stored parameters of its predecessor after startup. Furthermore, the authentication rules out both confusions and manipulations.

A significant challenge is open and secure parameterization of safety devices. IO-Link Safety devices always have an IODD device description, which contains the complete communication properties, identification, parameterization, and diagnosis. However, the applicable standards require a “dedicated safety tool” to rule out manipulations. Therefore, a software interface exists for integrating the dedicated tools associated with the devices into the IO-Link engineering tools. The Device Tool Interface (DTI) has been kept very simple and ensures that integration into the existing IO-Link engineering tools does not pose a problem and that safety-related device software can be easily adapted and used further on the device side.

In the process, it is important that the package consisting of the IO-Link Safety device, IODD, and the “dedicated tool” can be used globally in all system environments without modification. Thus users can access a broad range of devices – regardless of what automation system they use or in what industry and region they work.

On the basis of the existing specification, manufacturers can now begin to integrate IO-Link Safety into their systems. The test specification, the test system, and the certification are being developed in parallel. Therefore, although products are not yet expected in 2017, a rapid rollout is anticipated subsequently, especially in Asia and Europe.

 #IO_Link #PAuto @AllThingsPROFI @ProfibusUK

Paperless recorders and data acquisition system.

Yokogawa is to introduce release 4 of the SMARTDAC+® GX series panel-mount type paperless recorder, GP series portable paperless recorder, and GM series data acquisition system next week. With this latest release, new modules are provided that expand the range of applications possible with SMARTDAC+ systems and improve user convenience. New functions include sampling intervals as short as 1 millisecond and the control and monitoring of up to 20 loops.

Overview of new release and background of development
Recorders and data acquisition systems (data loggers) are used on production lines and at product development facilities in a variety of industries to acquire, display, and record data on temperature, voltage, current, flow rate, pressure, and other variables. Yokogawa offers a wide range of such products, and is one of the world’s top manufacturers of recorders. Since releasing the SMARTDAC+ data acquisition and control system in 2012, Yokogawa has continued to strengthen, with the introduction of a variety of recorders and data acquisition devices that meet market needs and comply with industry-specific requirements and standards.

Yokogawa now provides new modules with strengthened functions that meet customer needs for the acquisition and analysis of detailed data from evaluation tests. These modules decrease the cost of introducing a control application by eliminating the need for the purchase of additional equipment.

The functional enhancements available with release 4 are as follows:
1. High-speed analog input module for high-speed sampling
To improve the safety of electric devices such as the rechargeable batteries used in everything from automobiles to mobile devices, evaluation tests must be run to acquire and analyze detailed performance data. For this purpose, sampling at intervals as short as 1 millisecond is desirable. However, this normally requires an expensive, high-performance measuring instrument. When the new high-speed analog input module available with release 4 is mounted, a SMARTDAC+ system can sample data at intervals as brief as 1 millisecond, which is 1/100th that of any preceding Yokogawa product. This is suitable for such high performance applications as the measurement of the transient current in rechargeable batteries and vibration in power plant turbines. A dual interval function has also been added that enables the SMARTDAC+ to efficiently and simultaneously collect data on slowly changing signals (e.g., temperature) and quickly changing signals (e.g., pressure and vibration).

2. Proportional integral derivative (PID) control module
In applications that need both control and recording, such as controlling the temperature of an industrial furnace or the dosage process at a water treatment plant, there is a need for systems that do not require engineering and can be quickly and easily introduced. To control temperature, flow rate, and pressure, it used to be necessary to use a recorder and a controller for each control loop, or to engineer a solution that combined a recorder with a programmable controller or touch panel display. When the new PID control module available with this release is mounted, the SMARTDAC+ can control and monitor up to 20 loops. PID control is a kind of feedback control. It controls process variables such as temperature, pressure, and flow rate for each loop. A loop is a series of control operations involving the receipt of a reading from a sensor or some other detecting element, the calculation of the difference between the measured and the targeted value, and the issuance of an instruction to a valve or some other control element to correct the measured value. With the GX and GP series recorders, an intuitive touch panel user interface and screens for the monitoring and operation of temperature and flow rate are available. In addition, web functionality that is a standard feature on all GX and GP recorders allows for remote monitoring and control via a web browser.

3. Four-wire resistance temperature detector (RTD)/resistance module for precise temperature measurement
Temperature sensors operate on the measurement principle that the electrical resistance of a metal varies in proportion to changes in temperature. While three-wire RTDs are widely used in many fields, research institutes and manufacturers of products such as air-conditioning equipment require the higher level of precision possible with 4-wire RTDs. To satisfy this need, Yokogawa has released a 4-wire RTD/resistance module for the SMARTDAC+.

Major Target Markets
  • GX series: Production of iron and steel, petrochemicals, chemicals, pulp and paper, foods, pharmaceuticals, and electrical equipment/electronics; water supply and wastewater treatment facilities
  • GP series: Development of home appliances, automobiles, semiconductors, and energy-related technologies; universities; research institutes
  • GM series: Both of the above target markets
Acquisition, display, and recording of process data such as temperature, voltage, current, flow rate, and pressure.

@YokogawaIA  #PAuto 

Surge Protection.

Diagnostics and modularity with an installation width of just 6.2 mm: These features are combined in the new M-LB-5000 surge protection system from Pepperl+Fuchs. By offering these features, the single-channel modules support increased plant availability and optimize total operating costs.

The patented diagnostics of the M-LB-5000 with its intuitive and easy-to-read traffic-light display minimizes testing costs in accordance with EN 62305-3 and allows condition monitoring. The green light on the protection module indicates that there is full protection and sufficient operating reserve. The yellow LED indicates that the protection module has reached 90 % of its lifecycle, but the signal circuit is still protected. The protection module should be replaced when maintenance is next performed. If the indicator is red, the protection module is permanently damaged and protection has been lost. The protection module should be replaced immediately to prevent damage during the next overvoltage condition.

This setup ensures that the protection modules are always replaced at the ideal time. This improves the availability of the surge protection, and therefore of the system as a whole, and at the same time minimizes maintenance costs. The status of the protection modules can be integrated into the control level via the signaling contacts of the function modules and via the Power Rail.
The modular system allows easy commissioning and maintenance using a loop-disconnect function as well as uninterrupted protection module replacement during operation.

When you pull the protection module, the relevant signal circuit remains interconnected via the base module mounted on the DIN mounting rail. The disconnection process does not lead to any signal interruption, meaning that a protection module can be replaced without impairing plant operation.
If the protection module is plugged in at an angle of 180 degrees, the signal circuit will be broken via the integrated isolating function. This simplifies maintenance work as well as loop checks and allows insulation tests to be performed during commissioning or repeated testing.

At 6.2 mm, the small width of the protection modules saves space in the switch cabinet. Disconnect terminal blocks can be avoided: During retrofitting, existing common disconnect terminal blocks can be replaced regardless of space requirements.

@PepperlFuchs #PAuto

WLAN Test Toolkit announced!

National Instruments (NI) have announced the WLAN Test Toolkit 17.0 with support for Draft 1.1 of the IEEE 802.11ax standard. Combined with NI’s second-generation Vector Signal Transceiver (VST), the WLAN Test Toolkit 17.0 supports 802.11ax waveform generation and analysis for characterization, validation and production test of products, such as RF front end components, wireless modules and user devices, that implement Draft 1.1 of the IEEE 802.11ax standard.

“As the standardization and evolution of 802.11ax continues, engineers require a software-centric test approach that can keep pace with the latest standard features and challenging new test cases,” said Charles Schroeder, vice president of RF marketing at NI. “Taking advantage of NI’s modular platform and second-generation VST can help users lower their cost of test and reduce time to market.”

The WLAN Test Toolkit 17.0 empowers designers and engineers with the ability to generate and analyze a wide range of 802.11ax standard-compliant waveforms, including extended single user, multiuser OFDMA and multiuser multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) with per-user configuration and measurement results. The toolkit helps users solve demanding new access point test cases by generating signals that simulate multiuser environments, including per-user impairments. Engineers can also use the new software to generate trigger frames to test the real-time response of client devices and make power pre-correction and relative center frequency measurements.

With the WLAN Test Toolkit 17.0 and second-generation VST, engineers can configure up to 8x8 MIMO systems in a single PXI chassis. Users can also expect EVM measurements better than -50 dB, leading to rigorous device characterization and reliable test results. Furthermore, engineers can control their systems with the toolkit’s generation and analysis soft-front panels, and benefit from extensive LabVIEW, C and .NET system design software APIs and example code when programming and automating their systems.

The WLAN Test Toolkit 17.0 expands NI’s wide-ranging product portfolio for testing 802.11a/b/g/j/n/p/ac/ax, Bluetooth, 2G, 3G, 4G, FM/RDS, GNSS and low-power Internet of Things (IoT) wireless standards. NI’s platform-based approach helps ensure that users can update their existing PXI RF test systems to support 802.11ax device testing with a simple software update, and continue to do so as the 802.11ax standardization process evolves. Engineers can take advantage of this smarter approach to RF test to help lower their cost of test and better prepare for future connectivity and cellular standardization initiatives, such as 5G.

@NIglobal #TandM @niukie 

Stepper Motion Control.

A line of motion control stepper products has been introduced by IDEC Corporation in conjunction with Advanced Micro Controls Inc. (AMCI), an established developer of motion control systems.

AMCI by IDEC’s iANF2E (2-axis) controllers can accept encoder feedback to provide stall detection and move verification. Each controller includes six discrete inputs for move conditioning and other functions, and four discrete outputs to indicate status and provide diagnostics. Each controller has a full complement of motion profiles, which can be selected by an IDEC MicroSmart FC6A PLC connected to the controller via an Ethernet-based Modbus TCP communications link. Up to six controllers can be connected to the PLC to control up to 12 axes of motion.

AMCI by IDEC’s iSM2340 NEMA 23 stepper motor comes in standard frame sizes with output torque of 130 or 240 oz-in.

AMCI by IDEC’s iANG1E integrated controller/drive unit can control one to six axes of motion, and it combines all the features of AMCI’s 1-axis controller and a 4.0A stepper drive into a single unit.

AMCI by IDEC’s iSMD23 integrated drive/stepper motor unit provides up to 240 oz-in of torque, and can be paired with the iANF2E to provide a complete solution. The unit can also be controlled by the PLC.

AMCI by IDEC’s iSMD23E integrated controller/drive/stepper motor unit provides all-in-one motion control with all the features of AMCI’s 1-axis controller, drive and stepper motor. No heat sinks are required due to its thermally efficient design. The integrated unit can operate over a wide range of input power, from 24-48Vdc.
This AMCI by IDEC product line includes controllers, stepper motors, an integrated controller/drive, an integrated drive/stepper motor, and an integrated controller/drive/stepper motor. When combined with an IDEC FC6A PLC and its embedded motion control macro instructions, these products allow users to quickly and simply implement single- and multi-axis motion control in a wide range of industries and applications.

Many industrial applications require motion control, but users are often frustrated by the complexity and high cost of implementation, particularly with servo systems. IDEC and AMCI have partnered to address this issue by offering a simple yet highly capable stepper motion control system. Macro instructions embedded in the PLC WindLDR programming software can be configured with drag and drop commands to perform control of up to 12 axes.

The integrated controller/drive and drive/stepper motor units save space and money, and simplify installation, by combining multiple components into a single unit. The integrated controller/drive/stepper motor units offer the ultimate in space saving, cost effectiveness and system simplification.

All AMCI by IDEC products provide users with AMCI’s expertise in motion control combined with IDEC’s service, support and extensive distribution network. Motion control macro instructions embedded in IDEC’s FC6A PLC reduce design and programming time, allowing quick implementation in a wide variety of applications. Because all the components and the software modules are provided by IDEC and AMCI in close partnership, users are assured of correct operation right out of the box, with no need to perform integration among the components.

As compared to more complex servo motion control systems, steppers are a simpler technology, and require no tuning or adjustment. They also have excellent torque at low speeds, don’t require position feedback, and have very low maintenance requirements. These characteristics make them a great fit in a variety of industries including medical/pharmaceutical, printing, packaging, material handling and semiconductor.

Linear applications within these and other industries include conveyers, rail positioning, pushing applications/part eject, X-Y tables and filling stations. Rotary applications within these and other industries include indexing tables, material feed, cut-to-length, labelers and winding.

IDEC offers free tech support for this entire line of line of motion control products, with no service or support contract required.


Report Software for multiuser development!

Multi-user and concurrent development now makes Dream Report from Ocean Data Systems (ODS), the ideal solution for the industrial enterprise.

“Dream Report is all we do and Dream Report receives major enhancements with each release,” Roy Kok, VP Sales and Marketing of Ocean Data Systems told Read-out Signpost.  “Connectivity is a clear differentiator in our product and each release delivers additional connectivity. However, this release was primarily focused on the support for large applications with concurrent development requirements. Dream Report addresses this additional market segment quite well, without adding complexity to the small applications market.”

Dream Report version 4.8 continues to expand its target market, adding large corporate installations to the mix. These environments require one or more Dream Report servers with the ability to support remote and concurrent development. By default, a Dream Report server will now support a local or remote developer. Additional development CALs are available to facilitate multiple concurrent developers complete with check-out and check-in functionality, version management and audit trails.

Additional enhancements include NEW support for Wonderware Online InSight, enhanced GE SmartSignal and GE Historian Drivers, enhanced Alarm Filters improve ISA 18.2 reporting, and numerous other enhancements improve flexibility and usability.

@OceanDataSys #PAuto

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Changes in supervisory board.

The Endress+Hauser Group Supervisory Board is initiating a change. Fernando Fuenzalida will leave the oversight committee at the end of May after six years of service. Finance expert Mathis Büttiker was approved as his successor at the General Meeting of Endress+Hauser AG.

Mathis Büttiker 
Fernando Fuenzalida, a native of Chile who trained to be an industrial engineer in the United States, joined the Endress+Hauser Group as Chief Financial Officer in 1998 after an international career. He moved to the Supervisory Board upon his retirement in 2012. Effective 31 May 2017, the 74-year-old will retire from the board.

On 1 June 2017, Mathis Büttiker will join the Supervisory Board of Endress+Hauser AG. After obtaining his law degree, the 48-year-old Swiss native worked as an attorney before he specialized in financial investments and wealth management. He was previously co-owner of Swiss Bank La Roche & Co where he developed and managed the bank’s business in Hong Kong. Today he is a member of the board at Notenstein La Roche Privatbank AG. Apart from his professional engagements, Mathis Büttiker is also active on the councils of several non-profit foundations.

Supervisory Board President Klaus Endress thanked Fernando Fuenzalida for his service to the company during the Endress+Hauser Group annual media conference in Basel. “Mr Fuenzalida provided prudent oversight to Endress+Hauser for many years.” At the same time, Mr Endress welcomed the selection of Mathis Büttiker to the Supervisory Board. “Apart from his familiarity with the finance sector and his extensive knowledge of the Asian region, he also brings valuable experience in the area of social engagement.”

@Endress_Hauser #PAuto

Energy efficient lighting in housings.

The high-performance, energy-efficient LED technology of Rittal’s new LED system lights optimises illumination in housings and enclosures. As well as maintenance engineers, the new development also benefits control system and switchgear manufacturers. With user-friendly connection and assembly options, the lights facilitate everyday workshop production. This makes using the new LED system lights a no-brainer for Blumenbecker Automatisierungstechnik, a leading control system and switchgear manufacturer based in Beckum (D).

“That’s exactly what we want,” says Heinz-Josef Schmitz from Blumenbecker Automatisierungstechnik GmbH. Intelligent enclosure components that are easy to install like Rittal’s LED system lights are a great help to the senior executive responsible for switchgear production. “In our production processes with a large proportion of manual operations, it’s vital to find ways of achieving substantial time savings by making assembly easier,” he says, adding that Blumenbecker is benefiting from the lights’ fast, tool-free assembly and wiring. “Wherever we want to locate a system light at the end of the enclosure configuration process, it’s not fixed in a set position but can be installed flexibly in line with our requirements and fits anywhere in the enclosure frame.”

The new LED system lights from Rittal have been specifically developed for use in enclosure systems, where they ensure ideal illumination of the entire enclosure. With a luminous intensity of 1200 and 900 lumens, even large enclosures up to 1200 mm wide and 2,200 high are perfectly illuminated with the Rittal LED system lights. Should they require a lower light output in smaller enclosures, lights with 600 and 400 lumens are now also available for control and switchgear manufacturers. The version with 600 lumens of light output meets the standard requirements for the large TS 8 enclosure, for instance, while the 400-lumen lights meet those for wall-mounted enclosures such as the Rittal AE compact enclosure series.

An optical cover made of transparent plastic, in which a Fresnel structure is integrated, serves to optimally illuminate the enclosure. It focuses the light so that the entire enclosure is illuminated in a targeted way, even at the bottom. This means the light reaches exactly those places where it is needed – without being scattered into the outer areas. In addition, all the lights have been designed for a wide range of AC voltages (100 – 240 V AC) or DC voltage (24 V DC) and can therefore be used all over the world, so Rittal offers a light that is suitable for every market. This cuts storage costs and reduces complexity when selecting products.

The lights can be adapted to any type of installation, i.e. they can be fitted either vertically or horizontally in the enclosure section. They can be mounted quickly and easily simply by clamping them into the TS 8 enclosure section. They can also be screwed into the section. The use of a universal bracket aids rapid assembly in AE compact enclosures. Rittal also offers suitable accessories for all the LED system lights, such as door-operated switches and through-wiring for bayed suites.


Best digital solution! was selected as the Best Digital Solution by Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) at Minex Central Asia in Kazakhstan last month. ERG, a leading diversified natural resources producer, conducted the MineTech competition where they outlined their key challenges across the mine planning, construction, modernisation & closure process.

Sam Bose is interviewed at Minex Exhibition
Sam G. Bose, CEO and Founder  expressed his delight at winning the award; "We are delighted that an international business with 80.000 people globally and assets spanning 14 countries on four continents, ERG has chosen us to be their Innovation Partner of Choice to realise their ‘Digital Mine’ vision. Unlocking significant yield and throughput increase is one of our core goals. For us to win this award beating some of the more established mining technology companies signifies that the industry is looking for external and new solution partners.”

The President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev,  recently announced the country’s intention to adopt and deploy Industry 4.0 technologies across the natural resources industry. With a significant investment in IT infrastructure development to facilitate the Industry 4.0 programme, ERG is also currently providing its expertise to the Government.

Sergei Opanasenko, Executive Director of Operational Effectiveness and Innovations at ERG commented: “ was chosen as the Best Digital Solution due to their end-to-end ‘Pit to Port’ platform and successful deployment of specific applications at target processes and systems. They have moved past theory and are demonstrating the economic value that Industry 4.0 or digitisation can bring to process optimisation. We look forward to working with them.” is a market leader in delivering Optimisation as a Service (OaaS) applications to the natural resources industry using Artificial Intelligence and Industrial Internet of Things technologies. "Our applications have been delivering economic value with a rapid ROI across several mining majors in diverse geographies from Latin America to Central Asia. A No CAPEX approach makes our applications unique in the industry."

@IntelliSenseio #PAuto #Kazakhstan @ForumMINEX

Planning Tool for Water and Wastewater Processes!

Generation of tender documents for industrial process measurement.

A webinar "Planning Tool for Water and Wastewater Processes" is being presented by Krohne on May 17th, 2017 at 3pm Irish time (4pm on Mainland Europe).

When planning new systems in the water and wastewater sectors, fast and precise compilation of tender documents with up to date information is critical. Here, imprecise and outdated information often wastes a lot of time, and in some cases even leads to planning errors with critical consequences.

After a brief introduction, the webinar will focus on an online demonstration of the planning tool for the generation of tender documents for industrial process measurement in the water and wastewater industry. The planning tool covers the entire range of process measurement and process analytics, from individual measurement parts to complete solutions.

Participants will learn to compile water and wastewater plant measuring components, see the convenient sizing of measuring instruments using the example of a flowmeter, get an overview about online available tender documents, and how they can benefit from 3D CAD drawings and other common formats for their own engineering software.

• Krohne Products are marketed in Ireland by DWN Instruments.

@krohnegroup #PAuto #Water #Wastewater

Clever height measurement.

The measurement of object height is an important aspect in quality control applications. With the PosCon HM light-section sensor, Baumer offers a unique, compact measuring device for this kind of tasks. The smart, pre-configured profile sensor offers five measurement modes for different measurement tasks. An exact positioning of the measured objects is not required.

Smart at-Line quality control of rubber seals 
The PosCon HM provides reliable measurements even on shiny and very dark surfaces. In conjunction with its high measuring accuracy of up to 2 μm, it is suitable for a large number of applications in at-line, off-line and in-line control.

One example is the inspection of black rubber seals for side windows in the automobile industry. In this case, random samples are tested off-line on a special test bench. The seals are fitted into special mounts on a measuring setup. The forms and the curves of the seal may vary, but they must not exceed special limit values. The challenge for the sensors is not only the form, or, to be more precise, the curves, but also the black, light-absorbing material. In the PosCon HM, powerful algorithms analyze up to 600 items of height information per measurement and determine the maximum height of the object, irrespective of its position. Only the PosCon HM makes it possible to carry out this measurement, and it supplies precise, reliable measurement results with a measuring rate of up to 1540 Hz.

The PosCon HM is also the ideal measuring tool for the inspection of metallic, glossy preformed parts, for example the inspection of car doors. The sensors can check the correct form of the car door, for example, by performing measurements at numerous test points. The sensors can also be mounted close beside each other without influencing each other. The PosCon HM provides the measured values directly in mm, thus allowing an immediate OK/Not OK check for each test point.

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Unique recognition in Ireland.

David Gibson of Siemens officially presented Douglas Control and Automation with a Factory Automation Safety Specialist certificate recently. John O'Sullivan of Douglas said "We are proud to be the first and only recipient of this certificate in Ireland."

 #DouglasSafety #PAuto @siemensindustry ‏ 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Conformance Test System leads the world.

The LTE-Advanced RF Conformance Test System ME7873LA from Anritsu, has won the first GCF certification for the Cat-M1 RF Conformance Test as part of IoT communications technology. This certification gives Anritsu the world lead in GCF-certified test cases.

Many network operators have announced introduction of Cat-M1 and NB-IoT technologies, for use by mobile networks supporting the approaching explosive growth of the “IoT Society”. These technologies are based on the LTE standards in 3GPP Release 13 defining the IoT Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) network technology supporting communications at low power over wide coverage areas.

Large North American network operators are starting to deploy Cat-M1 from this April and further introductions in Japan, Europe and North America are expected during 2017. In addition, NB-IoT is announced for services in Europe, China and South Korea.

For the future, these IoT communications technologies are expected to see active adoption in various fields, including smart meters, home-security systems, lighting, freight tracking, vending machines, health care appliances, and many more.

With this GCF certification, the unit is world leader with more than 70 test cases for frequency bands in Japan, North America, and Europe.

Anritsu also expects the tester to lead GCF/PTCRB certification for NB-IoT alongside Cat-M1.
The company is continuing to focus efforts on developing conformance test systems to assist further development and deployment of IoT technologies.

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Linking devices!

The third product in HMS Industrial Networks' EtherNet/IP Linking Devices family has been released. The new EtherNet/IP to PROFIBUS DP Linking Device allows users to connect devices on PROFIBUS to a Rockwell ControlLogix® or CompactLogix® PLC. Users will benefit from the unique integration into Studio5000 Logix Designer from Rockwell Automation, as all configuration is made from inside Studio 5000.

The EtherNet/IP Linking Devices family already include two Linking Devices which connect devices using serial, Modbus RTU and Modbus-TCP communication. HMS now releases a new Linking Device making it possible to include any automation device with PROFIBUS DP communication into an EtherNet/IP-based network architecture. Besides being a more cost-effective alternative to in-chassis communication modules, the Linking Device also brings other advantages:

Improved system architecture
Contrary to an in-chassis module which is physically connected to the PLC, the EtherNet/IP to PROFIBUS DP Linking Device can be mounted close to the connected devices. This means that it is possible to establish a connection via a single Ethernet cable instead of multiple network specific cables. All EtherNet/IP Linking Devices from HMS support ODVA’s Device Level Ring (DLR) for ring topology.

Easy configuration
Users access their PROFIBUS DP network and device configuration through their existing Studio 5000 software. All configuration is made inside Studio 5000 where there is support for Process Variable Data Tags, as well as manual and automatic generation of named and structured Studio 5000 Controller Tags without any required user logic.

High performance and stability
The PROFIBUS Linking Device supports up to 7000 bytes of IO data, 3500 in each direction. Since the Linking Device operates stand-alone (distributed), it doesn’t affect PLC backplane performance (PLC execution time), even when large amounts of data are transferred. The PLC simply scans the Linking Device as if it were any other I/O device on the network.

Easier system integration
“The serial and Modbus-TCP Linking Device that we released earlier have been well-received by customers seeking a quick and easy way to integrate non-EtherNet/IP devices into their Rockwell architecture,” says Markus Bladh, Product Manager at HMS. “With the new EtherNet/IP to PROFIBUS DP Linking Device, we are able to offer a cost-efficient connectivity solution between the two biggest industrial networks on the market. The Linking Device supports “big data” transfer and thanks to the very tight integration to Studio 5000, Rockwell users can easily access data from PROFIBUS devices such as I/O systems, drives, sensors and instruments.”

@HMSAnybus #PAuto

High speed optical tuneable filter.

A high speed optical tuneable FS02 BraggMETER filter, which is suitable for both static and dynamic optical filtering applications is available from HBM.

The FS02 is a compact, robust and vibration-resistant device with an encapsulated filter to ensure excellent stability and features an integrated proprietary cavity design without guiding optics. With low voltage excitation and wide and fine tuning with top resolution and noise to signal ratio, it is suitable for most optical filtering applications in test and measurement, telecom and fibre optic sensing.

Best suited for integration of high-end products and also for research and education purposes in universities and R&D laboratories, typical applications include fibre swept laser sources, optical sensing equipment, optical coherence tomography (OCT) systems, and spectral characterisation tools.

@HBMmeasurement  #TandM

A Practical Approach to Energy Efficiency!

The third of Fluke’s series of free, scheduled, CPD-accredited webinars, running throughout 2107, is titled ‘Energy Saving – A Practical Approach to Energy Efficiency’ and is suitable for Facility Managers, Energy Managers, and Electrical Engineers.

Other topics covered by the CPD-certified webinar series include ‘Detecting Electrical Energy Loss Using Thermal Imaging’ and ‘Power Quality – The Good, The Bad and How to Measure’, which are also aimed at personnel including Electrical Engineers, Plant Maintenance Facility Managers, Energy Managers, Electricians and Electrical Contractors. The repeated schedule of dates and the means to apply can be found on their website here.

The ‘Energy Saving – A Practical Approach to Energy Efficiency’ webinars focus on the various approaches to the topic of Energy Saving. They show what can be done on-site in order to assess energy consumption and find the ‘low hanging fruit’ that give immediate reductions in energy consumption. They explain the difference, and the pros and cons, between the various theoretical and practical approaches, not just for Energy Saving but also for the sustainability of the facility. During the webinar, participants will gain an understanding of measurement of energy and how this can improve energy consumption in a facility to reduce energy costs.

The webinars are suitable for personnel with entry-level to intermediate knowledge of energy measurement. Each 45 minute webinar concludes with a 15 minute Q&A session.

@FlukeCorp  #PAuto 

Production Planning and System Integration.

On 11th May, the Aegis technical team presents “FactoryLogix - Production Planning and System Integration”, another new webinar.

Register Here!
Together, the webinars present a holistic solution for dramatically raising manufacturing productivity and lowering operational costs.

“Lack of sufficient material on the line is one of the primary causes of downtime, reduced units per hour (UPH) rates and revenue loss,” explains Bob Miklosey, Vice President of Product Development. “Ensuring effective management of the entire material lifecycle – from receiving to stocking to the production line and back to warehousing – improves factory floor efficiency, which translates into a healthier bottom line.”

The second instalment in the webinar series, “FactoryLogix - Production Planning and System Integration”, delves into how to effectively control near-term production demands, enforce FIFO material reservation and readily find material critical for future production needs. Leverage and integrate FactoryLogix with external systems and sources using a publicly documented applications programming interface.

“Leveraging manufacturing data to drive manufacturing efficiency and operational excellence has been and continues to be at the heart of Aegis’ development efforts,” says Miklosey in summary. “Data in isolation is meaningless; connected data is powerful, and that is what these webinars will help attendees understand and implement.”

@FactoryLogix D #PAuto

Nominated finalists for Calibration Laboratory awards.

The large and growing team of instrumentation and calibration experts at LotusWorks wait eagerly for Thursday May 25th to arrive, on that date the winners of the Irish Laboratory Awards will be announced at the Gala Awards Luncheon in Dublin.
The company is one of six companies shortlisted as finalists in the calibration laboratory of the year category in this year’s Irish laboratory awards.

The Irish Laboratory Awards recognise the successes and achievements of Ireland's laboratories and scientists in areas including innovation, leadership and collaboration and focus on their ongoing work to grow and develop sustainable, globally competitive laboratories and science research.

Noel Molloy, Calibration Manager at LotusWorks commented “This is very good news for us- during the past four years the LotusWorks Calibration Laboratory has experienced steady growth and we pride ourselves on understanding exactly what our client requires and delivering that solution promptly and to a very high standard consistently. We are continually investing in our resources, equipment and processes to help continued growth & to ensure we stay “top of our game” in calibration solution delivery across Ireland and into Europe. This shortlisting is due to the dedication and professionalism of our calibration team, their commitment to continuously improving is safeguarding the business, it’s a salute to their excellence to be shortlisted in these prestigious awards”.

Temperature Calibration at Lotus
LotusWorks calibration laboratory is ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 accredited, one of only a handful in Ireland. The laboratory is delivering a wide range of capabilities for Electrical, Temperature, Pipettes and Balances to a substantial number of Ireland’s leading companies, including pharmaceuticals and medical device that require the most exacting standards & consistent service. Testament to their excellence is their ability to extend the service to British & European organisations also.

“We’d love to win this award, of course we would," says Noel Molloy, "either way we are delighted to be shortlisted with the other great companies as finalists and we look forward to the gala lunch in May. Congratulations to all finalists”.

@_LotusWorks #PAuto @LabAwards