Friday, May 19, 2017

Towards fostering sustainable development.

Yokogawa has joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). By joining this organisation, Yokogawa anticipates being able to accelerate its efforts to foster sustainability and thereby help to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

WBCSD is a CEO-led organisation of almost 200 global companies that aims to have a positive impact on business, the environment, and society by encouraging the pursuit of sustainable practices. In so doing, it aims to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world and ensure the long-term success of its member companies.

The decision to join this organisation is driven by an awareness of the need for a response to the pressing environmental issues that we all face. By working to achieve the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources and introducing practices such as recycling, we can play a role in ensuring a more sustainable future for all. We believe that our membership in this organization will allow us to develop a better grasp of global market trends and develop tools and other solutions that businesses can use to enhance their sustainability.

Takashi Nishijima, Yokogawa’s CEO, stated: “We are honored to become a member of WBCSD and to work together with it to realise a sustainable society. Joining WBCSD is a step forward in these efforts. We take seriously our responsibility to address environmental issues and other challenges that the world faces today, and are eager to contribute toward the realisation of a better world by using our knowledge and capabilities in collaboration with our fellow WBCSD members.”

Peter Bakker, WBCSD President and CEO also commented,  “WBCSD is proud to welcome Yokogawa. Their pledge to become a company that strives to drive the transition to a sustainable society makes Yokogawa and WBCSD a perfect fit. We look forward to supporting Yokogawa in this goal. We are also pleased to support them as they innovate and implement new business solutions for addressing global challenges, such as a changing climate and the shortage of water resources.”

 @YokogawaIA  @wbcsd #PAuto

Display design.

andersDX has launched a new family of Display Designer Kits offering customers an instant option for creating prototype user interface concepts from a pre-integrated touch screen and processor that can form the basis of or even be the production ready design.

Each Designer Kit is an all-in-one embedded solution featuring ARM or x86 processors that are pre-integrated with high performance Projected Capacitive Touchscreens in a range of popular sizes. They are supplied as off the shelf, ready to use platforms, including a display and touch screen assembly, pre-integrated with multi-functional embedded hardware and a graphic software environment. A Windows or Linux operating system is pre-installed.

Commenting, Viru Patel, Embedded Solutions Group Manager at andersDX said, “Our Designer Kits allow customers to get proof of concept prototypes up and running very quickly. The display, the processor and the operating system are working together out of the box with optimised QT GUI images. All the developer needs to do is load the application software and tune it. Customers can be up and running in a day or two for simple applications or a matter of just a couple of weeks for more advanced projects.”

Viru Patel continued, “Having got their application running on the Designer Kit, developers can customise it to create their final project, or in some cases simply add an enclosure to complete the design. The hardware is highly flexible, and can be tailored to suit an individual application in terms of operating system, display size, cabling, screen glass, backlighting, processor speed and interfaces. It can essentially be dropped into a product with negligible integration effort.”

The first andersDX designer kits to be released are the Starterkit-iMX6, based on the Freescale i.MX6 quad core Cortex-A9 CPU module, the Starterkit-N2930 Baytrail based on the Intel Bay Trail 64-bit Quad Core N2930 CPU, and Starterkit-T335, based on the Texas Instruments T335 single-core Cortex-A8 module. Kits based on further processor types, such as the iMX7, are in development and will be announced as they become available. Each processor is offered with a range of multi-touch display sizes, and a choice of pre-installed operating systems. The kits offer comprehensive interface options, including Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, mSATA and PCIe sockets, UART/ Serial ports, CANBus, I2C and GPIO.

The highest performance designer kit for the ARM environment is the Starterkit-iMX6, offered with a 7” WVGA, 10.1”WXVGA or a 12.1” XGA display and Linux, Windows Embedded 7 or Android JellyBean. A choice of three iMX6 processors is available: quad core, dual core or single core. The kit can be supplied with up to 4GB of DDR3 and 32GB of NAND/ SSD memory.

For the x86 environment, andersDX is offering Starterkit-N2930 with a choice of three touch screen displays: 7” WVGA, 10.1” WXVGA or 12.1” XGA and Linux or Windows Embedded 7 operating systems. It is offered in a choice of board sizes: the standard kit has a 146 x 102mm board, whilst the Pico version is just 100 x 72mm. The maximum memory is 8GB of DDR3 for the standard board, 4GB for the Pico.

The Starterkit-T335 is based on the 600MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor from Texas Instruments and is supplied pre-loaded with a Linux, Android or Windows CE operating system. It is offered with a 4.3” WQVGA or a 7” WVGA PCT touch screen display and up to 512MB DDR 3 and 1GB NAND memory.

@AndersElec #PAuto 

Award for automation in pharma & biotech.

At the PAS-X User Group Meeting currently taking place in New Jersey (USA), Werum IT Solutions received the Frost & Sullivan Global Technology Leadership Award for Industrial Automation Solutions in Pharma and Biotech. As the most functional, comprehensive manufacturing execution system (MES) on the market, Werum’s PAS-X MES solution enhances the operational efficiency of pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturers’ businesses, increases their productivity, and aids in regulatory compliance.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents its Technology Leadership Award to the company that demonstrates outstanding achievements in developing and leveraging new technologies that significantly impact the functionality and customer value of products and applications. The award recognizes the sizable research and development spends dedicated to innovation, their crucial importance to the industry, and the resulting positive impact on brand perception.

“With its flagship product PAS-X, Werum IT Solutions is the world’s leading supplier of MES and manufacturing IT solutions dedicated to the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries,” says Tonya M. Fowler, Director of Americas, Europe, and Africa, Best Practices, Frost & Sullivan (right). “The company also supports enterprise manufacturing intelligence, an advanced integration of the automation layer, and superior interfacing technologies, in line with the Industrial Internet of Things and Industrie 4.0 trends.”

Werum IT Solutions makes full use of its PAS-X User Forum and User Group Meetings to boost the product’s functionality and strengthen the company’s services and procedures. The annual gatherings in Europe and the United States bring together a global network of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical professionals to exchange ideas for best practices and discuss emerging industry trends and challenges. Owing to these proactive measures, the majority of the world’s top 30 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies – as well as many regional and mid-sized manufacturers – use the PAS-X MES software.

“For its continuous investment and focus on leveraging technology to drive customer value and business impact, we are pleased to present Werum IT Solutions with the 2017 Global Technology Leadership Award for Industrial Automation Solutions in Pharma and Biotech,” Fowler said.

Rüdiger Schlierenkämper, CEO of Werum IT Solutions GmbH, (right), said: “Earning the prestigious Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award is a tremendous achievement for which we thank our customers. We will continue to pave the way to the future of pharmaceutical manufacturing while addressing the challenges of our customers and actively developing new solutions under the Industrial Internet of Things and Pharma 4.0 concepts.”

Werum’s MES solution comprises the PAS-X software, pre-configured content, and a full set of services. Through standardized interfaces, the software integrates all related IT and production systems such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), laboratory information management system (LIMS), and distributed control system (DCS). This integration allows the company to offer seamless information exchange, data integrity, and higher performance. Moreover, Werum’s deep knowledge of industry operations helps it provide distinct templates that fit approximately 90% of any customer’s needs out of the box.

Among other challenges, the growing demand to replicate manufacturing plants and facilities and the need to minimize costs associated with production downtime have led pharma and biotech manufacturers to seek cost-effective, off-the-shelf MES solutions to navigate complex environments and increase overall manufacturing efficiency, productivity, and visibility. Werum’s PAS-X MES solution meets these challenges, and also addresses requirements for cloud-based initiatives, industrial mobility, and Big Data analytics.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

@Werum #PAuto @Frost_Sullivan

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Switch and LED Indicator range.

Specialist distributor JPR Electronics are a major distributor of switches and LED Indicators from APEM in Britain.  APEM products are used in such diverse markets as IT, medical, communications, industrial automation, defence and transport.

Paul Raynor, Director of JPR Electronics, comments. "APEM is a market leader in HMI solutions and manufacture cost effective, reliable switches for a very wide range of markets and applications. Our APEM product range is an important part of our capability to supply OEMs with complete component supply solutions.”

The full APEM range available from JPR includes momentary and latching pushbuttons rated to IP67 and vandal resistant versions for rugged applications, industrial toggle switches, PCB mounted switch types and micro-miniature switches. 3mm and 5mm LED indicators mounted in recessed or prominent chrome or black bezels are also available for use by panel and system builders.

@Jprelec #PAuto @APEMUK

Time-sensitive Networking.

A promising new IEEE technology for Ethernet that combines the bandwidth of IT (information technology) networks with the latency of OT (operational technology) networks is in the offing in the form of TSN (Time-sensitive Networking). TSN consists of a tool kit of standardized mechanisms that can be used in Ethernet-based networks. In the PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) “Industry 4.0” working group, the requirements and goals for the future use of TSN in PROFINET have now been worked out.

The focus of the work is first and foremost on easy handling for PROFINET users. They should be able to use the new technology easily in their devices or systems while still taking advantage of the existing knowledge. Furthermore, services such as diagnosis, parameterization, etc. should be identical as in the current landscape. The engineering, i.e. the configuration of the network, should also be performed in the familiar way. In this way PI permits an easy transition to the new Ethernet landscape and ensures broad acceptance among users.

In addition, PI relies on standard Ethernet technology so it can both draw on a broad selection of Ethernet chips for the implementation of the PROFINET interface on devices and also benefit from the further developments of IEEE technology such as gigabit bandwidths. Furthermore, synchronous networks can be implemented for isochronous applications with TSN. Previously, networks had to be set up separately and integrated in dedicated chips in the devices. This is the only way to ensure not only that PROFINET remains future-proof for users, but also that simpler setups will be possible.

Besides a stack architecture that is easy to integrate and scale, a further crucial goal for the use of the technology is a high degree of determinism and robustness to IP-based traffic that is not real-time capable. The reliability increases, since TSN allows bandwidth to be reserved on the network for individual tasks so they are not disrupted by other traffic. This is especially important, since a variety of protocols will be used side by side in future in Industry 4.0 networks. In this way PI incorporates parallel communication via OPC UA between stations on the system level or from devices on the field level to the cloud right from the start.

However, with the introduction of TSN, it is also necessary to simplify the engineering of the network for more complex systems, until they become plug-and-work-capable networks that permit reconfiguration during ongoing operation. In addition, the TSN mechanisms that arise alongside the real-time protocol procedure offer the options that PI is consistently pursuing.

Karsten Schneider, Chairman of PI, summarizes the benefits of this approach thus: “PI will expand PROFINET with the mechanisms of TSN in layer 2, retaining the application layer on the higher levels. This makes it possible to migrate the applications to the new technology simply and incrementally and to take advantage of the advantages of an open, globally standardized IT technology.”

@AllThingsPROFI #PAuto #Industrie4

Eddy current sensor.

Kaman has announced a cost-optimised PCB version of its popular and well proven KD-2306 series eddy current linear displacement instrument for integration into volume OEM applications requiring precise linear measurement.

This instrument, available with full support from Ixthus Instrumentation Ltd, is factory configured and calibrated to specific customer requirements and paired for use with any of the comprehensive range of Kaman Eddy Current sensor models. Designed for straightforward installation and easy integration into the customer’s machine, the compact board includes connectors for single- or dual-coil sensors and front accessible course and fine calibration controls plus screw terminal I/O connections. Options include non-standard range/target material, temperature compensation, hermetically sealed cable connection and more.

Kaman’s eddy current sensor range includes over 30 dual and single coil models in shielded or unshielded designs for precision measurement from 0.5 mm to 60 mm and with typical resolution to 0.01% FS and linearity to 1% FS. These nanometre resolution displacement sensors can be selected for operation in air or through various non-metallic materials and to suit temperatures ranging from cryogenic to +200 ºC. A wide choice of cabling and connection options are available with further customisation available for volume applications.

Minimum specifications for the OEM-2306 will include a resolution of 0.01 %FS and linearity to less than 1 %FS. A 50 kHz frequency response ensures fast data measurement and output options of 0-10 VDC and 0-5 VDC ensure flexibility in use.

Kaman’s eddy current sensors and compatible signal conditioning electronics are a compelling and cost effective alternative to LVDTs, air gauges, dial indicators and micrometer measuring systems. With the ability to withstand the harshest of environments, the robust and durable sensors feature an inherently long life and require extremely low maintenance. Applications span research and industry from engine dynamics to machine tools and from semiconductor manufacture to packaging machines.

@IxthusInst  #PAuto @KamanSensors

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

True pioneering automation professionals honoured!

FCI Co-founders, Robert Deane and Malcolm McQueen along with the late Judy Stevenson of Magnetrol  were inducted into the Measurement, Control and Automation Hall of Fame during the MCAA Industry Forum last month in Atlanta.

Peter Martin, Chairman of MCAA and Vice President of Strategic Ventures at Schneider Electric introduced the honorees. Martin reminded the audience that 30-40 years ago our industry was focused on measurement and control instrumentation. Then the digital computer shifted the focus from measurement and control to the automation platform so that while there was still instrumentation, a lot of people were getting recognized for their work in automation based on the platform. However, he noted value doesn’t come from the platform: measurement and control instrumentation improve functionality in plants that drive profitability and, in fact, no one drives profitability more than our industry. Two years ago, the MCAA Board decided to recognize leaders in our industry that drive the value for our clients.

The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals whose body of work has contributed to the instrumentation and control industry in a significant and memorable way either through technical achievements, business accomplishments or industry leadership. Robert Deane, Malcolm McQueen and Judy Stevenson (posthumous) now join Gordon Arnold of Sierra Monitor, Wade Mattar of Schneider Electric/Foxboro and Dick Morley, all inducted in 2016.

Bob Deane
Bob Deane
Raised in Massachusetts, Bob Deane graduated from the Allen School of Aeronautics in Rhode Island and moved to California in 1954. There he worked in the aerospace and defense industries. Together with Malcolm (Mac) McQueen he founded Fluid Components International in 1964. He is the holder of three patents including the original thermal flow switch patent which helped launch FCI as a business. He also holds patents covering improvements to the thermal switch and a liquid-to-gas phase change detector. In the 1970’s FCI developed an air-to-gas flowmeter based on thermal dispersion technology. The company started a nuclear division in 1978 to deliver level, flow and temperature measurement to the nuclear power industry. He retired from FCI in 1995 but continues to work closely with the FCI engineers on specialized projects such as flow instrument applications and proprietary sensor packaging designs.

Malcolm McQueen
Mac McQueen
Malcolm ‘Mac’ McQueen received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His early career was spent as a design engineer in the aerospace industry. It was then that he met Bob Deane who was working as an instrument sales representative. McQueen holds over 19 US and international patents involving flow applications. FCI has received the Control Global magazine Reader’s Choice award for thermal flowmeters and flow switches for the past 25 consecutive years. Although he retired in 1995, he has served as FCI Chairman Emeritus since 2000. Always an active philanthropist, he supported the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club. He was named Man of the Year by the San Marcos, California Chamber of Commerce and created a park behind the FCI plant for community events. In 2014 he established the Malcolm Murdoch McQueen Scholarship Fund for students pursuing a career in instrument engineering.

Mac McQueen accepted the honor on behalf of himself and his partner, Bob Deane who was unable to travel to the meeting. In his acceptance he noted that it was the confluence of a solid technology and trusting partnership that has made FCI a successful organization for the past 53 years. He called thermal dispersion mass flow measurement “seductively simple yet beguilingly complex”. He was proud to note the children (including his son, Dan McQueen, current President of FCI) have successfully taken over ownership and management of the company for over 20 years, and that the third generation is beginning to show interest. According to McQueen, FCI will continue to be a family owned operation for the foreseeable future.

Judy Stevenson
The Late Judy Stevenson
Judy Stevenson was inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously. A family rule of “you must play the piano” led to her enrollment in piano lessons at North Central College. Her musical career was brilliant and she devoted herself to the clarinet, cello, chorus, band and orchestra while attending Naperville Community High School and continuing to North Central College where she studied voice and piano. She sang for two years with the Robert Shaw Chorale and performed with the Chicago Lyric Opera. But this was not the life-direction Judy Stevenson took. In 1964 she joined Magnetrol (then Schaub Engineering Company) as a part-time bookkeeper. In her first year of employment, she rose to accounting supervisor, then to accounting manager a year later. In 1967 she was elected treasurer and administrative vice president. She became president of the company in 1975 and in 1978–14 years after beginning in a part-time clerical position–Judy bought the company. Under her leadership, Magnetrol prospered due to an aggressive commitment to research and development, new products, new technologies, training and progressive and creative thinking. Today Magnetrol is a multi-million dollar company with over 800 associates in offices and manufacturing facilities worldwide. The company also attributes its success to its people-oriented culture and strong emphasis on the family–a reflection on Judy’s own beliefs. Judy established and endowed 11 college scholarships, six of which are awarded annually to the children of Magnetrol associates. She supported numerous local community programs and charities. Judy died at the age of 72 in 2010.

Craig Carroll, Vice President Sales - Americas for Magnetrol International, accepted the award on Ms. Stevenson’s behalf. He indicated that Judy’s story and the story of Magnetrol is one of passion, drive, commitment and determination. Judy sought and assumed leadership for what she could do for others. A well known philanthropist, there are many stories of how she applied personal attention to the people within her organization. She created a culture within the Magnetrol family of companies of ‘People come first’. She truly believed that people were the greatest asset of her organization.

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@MeasControl #PAuto @FCIflow @MagnetrolGlobal

Ensuring bottled beverage safety!

In an increasingly regulated and safety-conscious market, legislation such as the EU Directive for Bottled Water 98/88/EC (1998) drives the beverage industry to meet ever more stringent standards of quality. Microbial growth due to contaminated water or ingredients can cause discolouration, off flavours and shortened shelf-life. The threat of contamination is further increased as manufacturers respond to demands for less chemical additives and preservatives. Effective microbial disinfection of the whole process is therefore essential.
To meet this requirement, Cott Beverages has been using Hanovia UV disinfection technology to treat process water used in the production process. The company decided to use UV technology to ensure final product security prior to mixing and bottling and has been very satisfied with the performance of the UV systems.

“The Hanovia UV systems have been easy to integrate, maintain and operate,” said Chris Prentice, site service engineer at Cott Beverages. “They provide us with absolute insurance before bottling by making sure that we are producing and maintaining a high-quality product, which is essential for our brand.”

Hanovia’s PureLine UV is an intelligent system that is optimised for the beverage industry to simplify the treatment of water, sugar syrup, brine and even reducing chlorine and ozone. Critically, there are no microorganisms known to be resistant to UV – this includes pathogenic bacteria such as listeria, legionella and cryptosporidium (and its spores, which are resistant to chlorination). Unlike chemical treatment, UV does not introduce toxins or residues into process water and does not alter the chemical composition, taste, odour or pH of the fluid being disinfected.

UV is used for both primary disinfection or as a back-up for other purification methods such as carbon filtration, reverse osmosis or pasteurisation. Because UV has no residual effect, the best position for a treatment system is immediately prior to the point of use. This ensures incoming microbiological contaminants are destroyed and there is a minimal chance of post-treatment contamination.

UV disinfection systems are easy to install, with minimum disruption to the plant. They need very little maintenance, the only requirement being the replacement of the UV lamps every 9-12 months, depending on use. This is a simple operation that takes only a few minutes and can be carried out by trained general maintenance staff. Hanovia’s UVCare™ training programme supports businesses like Cott Beverages to make sure servicing is carried out by certified engineers.

@Hanovia_UV #FoodDrink @HHC_Lewis

Tiger ensures clean air in New England!

Following an increase in demand for its services, Massachusetts-based Civil & Environment Consultants Inc. (CEC) has added a streamlined TigerLT VOC (volatile organic compound) monitor to its growing portfolio of Ion Science handheld PIDs (photoionisation detectors). This latest instrument was chosen for its durability in the field, extremely competitive price point and anti-contamination and humidity resistant design.

CEC Inc. provides comprehensive market-oriented consulting services that advance client strategic business objectives. The company is recognised for delivering innovative design solutions and integrated expertise in civil engineering, ecological sciences, environmental engineering and sciences, waste management and water resources.

Kyle Fortin, Project Scientist at CEC Inc. comments: “We implement projects that range from overseeing hazardous / non-hazardous contamination clean-ups to designing and maintaining landfills. Our equipment rental company, US Environmental Rental Corporation, has typically recommended Ion Science handheld Tiger PIDs in the past for headspace screening of total organic vapours (TOVs) in soil, ambient air screening during chemical clean-ups and VOCs in landfill soil gas probes.

“US Environmental Rental Corporation is extremely trustworthy and has helped our business significantly over the years. As a result, we are happy to go with their suggestion that a specific instrument is superior to comparable VOC monitors on the market.”

Offering worldwide intrinsically safe (IS) certification for use in potentially explosive atmospheres, the recently launched TigerLT is a streamlined, lower cost version of Ion Science’s well-proven Tiger instrument.

Kyle continues: “Our office has doubled in size during the past three months so we had an urgent need for an additional PID. The TigerLT was a great choice because of its competitive price point and proven reliability of the Ion Science instruments we have experienced in the past.”

The TigerLT incorporates Ion Science’s market-leading MiniPID 2 technology with advanced patented fence electrode system. The three-electrode format ensures increased resistance to humidity and contamination for ultimate reliability and accuracy in the field, as well as considerably reduced drift issues and extended run time.

“We generally use the TigerLT for field screening of VOCs in dusty or humid conditions therefore the anti-contamination and humidity design is crucial for our line of work in the environmental field. The durability and reliability of the TigerLT is exceptional for outdoor use especially in New England where temperature and weather can experience extremes.”

With a detection range of 0 to 5,000 parts per million (ppm) with a 0.1 parts per million (ppm) minimum sensitivity, TigerLT offers a response time of just two seconds and is equally quick to clear down.

Simple to operate and service, TigerLT allows easy access to the lamp and sensor whilst the batteries can be safely replaced in the field. It also meets required ATEX, IECEx, UL and CSA standards.

“We are using the TigerLT up to three times per week with data recorded in our field books. The calibration is easy and keeps the accuracy and reproducibility within an acceptable range,” adds Kyle.

The TigerLT six pin MiniPID detector cell with anti-contamination design dramatically extends run time in the field. Low cost filters and lamps can be easily changed in minutes, minimising downtime.

The instrument features long life rechargeable Li-ion batteries which give up to 24 hour usage. Fast battery charging allows it to be fully charged in 6.5 hours, while up to eight hours of use can be achieved from 1.5 hours of charging time. Performing basic functions does not require complicated set up procedures using a PC.

TigerLT features a protective, removable boot for harsh environments and large, clear back-lit display allows for easy viewing in any light condition. It is IP 65 rated against water ingress. An integrated torch is designed for directing the instrument’s probe into dimly lit areas. Other features include a loud 95 dB audible alarm and multiple language support.

Kyle continues: “The distributor recently gave a presentation on the Ion Science product range at a seminar my young professionals committee helped to organise. It was very useful for other companies to see the reliability and durability of the Tiger instruments.

“We have nothing but good things to say about the Ion Science Tiger series of handheld PIDs and the distributor is always very helpful when questions arise.” 

@ionscience #PAuto #USA

Calibration uncertainty!

The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its corporate partner, Beamex, Inc., will co-host a free webinar 8 June 2017 on calibration uncertainty.
About the presenters

Ned Espy, Technical Director at Beamex, has more than 27 years of direct field experience in instrumentation measurement applications. He’s been concentrating on calibration management at Beamex for more than 20 years.
He is a recognized expert in developing best practices for calibration, with a particular focus on temperature, pressure and multi-variable instruments. A consistent editorial contributor to leading industry publications, Espy has received significant acclaim within the automation industry. Each day, Espy teaches calibration best practices and provides technical support to end users and to the Beamex sales team in North America.

Roy Tomalino, Beamex Calibration Engineer, has more than 16 years of technical training experience. He serves as a trainer, certified developer and technical advisor on four continents to people from more than 40 countries.
He was a key player at Honeywell at its Fort Collins, Colorado office, where he supported the “DocuMint” Calibration Management Software and numerous calibrators as a trainer, certified developer and technical advisor. He also served as a worldwide trainer at Hewlett Packard. Today, Roy serves as a Beamex subject matter expert, supporting customers and the Beamex team in North America.

The webinar, which will be held from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (17.00 to 18.30 in Ireland), will feature two calibration experts: Ned Espy, Technical Director at Beamex; and Roy Tomalino, Calibration Engineer at Beamex.

“Recognizing the fundamental concept of measurement uncertainty is essential in calibration because every measurement made has an accuracy threshold and a degree of uncertainty behind the measurement,” emphasizes Tomalino. “As result, calibration professionals should not make any measurements until they understand how to properly calculate measurement uncertainty.”

The webinar, Tomalino says, “will demystify this commonly confused topic. It will provide real-life application examples of how uncertainty affects calibration results. For example, let’s say you need a mA reading to the µA (4 decimal places), and your meter only goes to 1 decimal. Is that good enough? Are you not sure? We’ll answer these critical questions.”

“By registering for this valuable webinar, calibration professionals will learn what information is needed to calculate uncertainty, how to identify contributors to uncertainty, and how to evaluate calculations to prevent overestimating or underestimating uncertainty,” says Jennifer Infantino Halsey, ISA's Director of Marketing & Communications.  “ISA is pleased to co-sponsor this important free webinar with Beamex as part of our commitment to educate our members and customers and others in the automation community on topics of significant interest and value.”

#PAuto @ISA_Interchange @BeamexGlobal 

Cybersecurity alert!

We received this warning from Wonderwareon the major Global attack on systems that have been experienced in the past few days. We are sure that other suppliers have issued similar warnings but we though it useful to post this a a reminder to be vigilant always.

The WannaCry ransomware attack has impacted an estimated 300,000 users in 150 countries is a wake-up call for both government and business, said the global body for ICT professionals.
Mike Hinchey, President of IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) commented, “While we don’t yet know who is responsible for the WannaCry attacks, we do know that the ransomware was developed out of exploits leaked or stolen earlier this year from America’s National Security Agency (NSA), which had been stockpiling them for use in spying. This is the first widespread application of those exploits, but it’s only a matter of time before other attempts are made using adapted versions of the spyware tools taken from the NSA.”

As the saying is "Think before you click!"

Customer Advisory
WannaCry Ransomware Cyber Security Alert 

Beginning early on Friday, May 12th 2017, a ransomware variant using the EternalBlue exploit for Microsoft Windows began spreading rapidly, locking down businesses and users in more than ninety countries.

Tens of thousands of instances of the malware have been detected. This new ransomware variant known as WannaCry, WCry, WannaCrypt, or Wanna Decryptor, targets and exploits a previously known Microsoft SMB vulnerability.

Microsoft released a Critical Security Update in February 2017 (Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010) that addresses the vulnerability exploited by the attacks. This patch was tested successfully for compatibility with Schneider Electric Software.

What you should do
  • Immediately apply the Microsoft patch for the MS17-010 vulnerability.
  • Immediately update your virus definitions (DAT file). McAfee has released an emergency DAT to include coverage for Ransom-WannaCry.
  • We recommend keeping your virus definition files current by updating frequently.
  • Ensure you have recent backups. This alone is the most effective way to recover from a ransomware attack.
  • Ensure all other cyber-defenses are up-to-date.

For more information

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Kind Regards

Wonderware UK & Ireland
#Cybersecurity alert! @WonderwareUK  #PAuto 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

USB connectors.

Cliff Electronics has added dual USB2.0 and USB3.0 24mm Mounting (Rectangular) connectors to its fast growing range of XLR format standard and Feedthrough connectors.

The new dual USB XLR format connectors are available with two different housings, either a rectangular 24mm version or the Series 5 model which has a 21.9mm diameter circular design. Both feature dual USB2.0 and USB3.0 compliant sockets. Output connection header pins are configured to facilitate either direct soldering to PCBs or connection by header cable. Cliff is happy to provide customers with standard or custom designed header cables to meet individual system requirements.

The Cliff XLR format connector range allows designers to design panels using a single standard XLR cut out to integrate data, networking, digital, optical audio and video data feeds into professional equipment for home automation and lighting, audio, broadcast and industrial applications.

John Hall, General Manager of Cliff Electronics, commented, “We are continuing to develop our market leading range of XLR format connectors adding new connectivity, colour options and mounting panels to provide designers with a one-stop shop for system connectivity. Our XLR format connecter range is being employed in many more applications in instrumentation and industrial markets where our ability to provide custom solutions is welcomed. Using the industry standard XLR packaging offers our customers a simple to use, standard connector making panel design easier, improving flexibility and reducing cost.”

The new dual USB2.0 and USB3.0 XLR format connectors from Cliff join the fast growing range which provides Analogue, Digital and Optical connectivity in formats including Firewire, HDMI A-A and 50 ohm BNC versions, USB2 A-to-B and B-to-A “gender change” sockets high speed USB Type – C, USB3 to USB3 in all gender changing configurations - A-A, A-B and B-A. Also available are all popular data and Ethernet connectors including USB 2.0 and 3.0, LC and SC fibre (Duplex & Simplex), UTP and FTP RJ45s in both Cat6 and Cat5e (shielded and unshielded), Toslink, RCA Phono and HDMI and blanking plates.

The XLR format connectors are simple to mount into any panel designed to accept XLR connectors including instrumentation, control and rack panels, wall-plates, etc. Cliff now provides a pre-drilled 19” x 1U mounting panel to simplify panel design. For ease of assembly the Cliff XLR format connectors are available with standard or countersunk mounting holes. Bezels are available in 7 colours to identify the function of connectors when fitted to a control panel.

Typical applications include broadcast, AV installations, systems integration, home theatre, automation, solar power and a growing range of industrial applications including instrumentation, industrial control and data acquisition

#Cliff #PAuto

Laser probe.

PRONTO-250-PLUS is the latest model in Gentec-EO's PRONTO line of pocket-sized laser probes from Laser Components. As it is promised in the product name, this addition provides a major PLUS in functionalities.

Compared to the standard PRONTO-250, the advanced model offers a considerably wider range of measuring options: In Continuous Power Mode (CPM), laser powers between 0.2 W and 8 W can be determined without any time limit, while the measurement display is updated every 1.5 seconds with a resolution of 1 mW. This helps service technicians with minute laser adjustments. Another new mode, Single Shot Energy (SSE), measures beam energies up to 25 J in laser pulses of up to 88 ms. It goes without saying that PRONTO-250-PLUS also includes the traditional Single Shot Power (SSP) mode for up to 250 W.

PRONTO-250-PLUS offers the same handy and easy-to-use design users already appreciate in the standard model. It comes with NIST-traceable calibration at 248 nm to 2,5 μm (YAG) and 10,6 μm (CO2).

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Installation testing tool.

Beha-Amprobe® has introduced the ProInstall-75-UK Multifunction Installation Tester for fast, easy testing. With new advanced features, it is the perfect installation testing tool for verifying the safety of electrical installations in domestic, commercial, and industrial applications. It ensures that fixed wiring is correctly installed and compliant with IEC 60364, HD 384 requirements and all relevant local standards including BS7671 17th Edition wiring regulations.

The Beha-Amprobe ProInstall-75-UK is efficient to use as it allows the user to measure loop impedance without tripping RCDs, eliminating the need to bypass them. Slim reach probes allow the user to keep their eyes on the panel while probing hard-to-reach areas. With easy-to-operate controls, a large display with a wide viewing angle, padded neck strap, and a compact, lightweight, ergonomic design, the tester is comfortable to use for all day testing.

The Beha-Amprobe ProInstall-75-UK features a dual display providing simultaneous readout of mains voltage and frequency. It offers advanced loop testing which prevents RCDs from tripping, and a fast high-current loop test for circuits with no RCDs. There is a PASS/FAIL indication for RCD test results, and a variable RCD current mode for customised settings. It also provides an indication of phase sequence.

The ProInstall-75-UK is designed to measure AC voltage, insulation resistance, and loop and line impedance, and carry out PEFC/PSC testing and continuity testing. Voltage measurement can be selected quickly and easily between L-N, L-PE and N-PE. A Zero Adapter ensures easy, reliable and accurate test lead compensation, while an auto-null feature subtracts lead resistance from measurements, storing it in memory even after powering down.

With CAT III 500V / CAT IV 300V safety ratings, the ProInstall-75-UK auto discharge feature also protects the user by allowing fast and safe discharges of electrical energy in capacitive circuits. Live circuit detection checks and inhibits a test if that circuit is live.


CNC machining centres!

CNC machining centres, such as Perforex from Rittal Automation Systems, deliver significantly improved efficiency when processing panels in comparison to manual approaches. In fact, it is possible to achieve time savings of up to two thirds. A new web-based return on investment (ROI) calculator helps customers accurately gauge how quickly a Perforex purchase will pay for itself.

Perforex machining centres from Rittal Automation Systems are tailored to the challenges of switchgear manufacturing. They are ideal for the automated production of bore holes, cut-outs and threads in mounting plates, enclosure doors and side panels. Perforex systems are suitable for all materials typically found in switchgear, including steel, aluminium, copper and plastics. Moreover, an automatic tool changer allows multiple tasks to be performed in a single operation, without the need for human intervention. Importing wiring layout and electrical engineering data from Eplan Pro Panel design software further enhances productivity.

Proven efficiency gains under real-world conditions
On-line calculator
Fill, a mid-sized Austrian-based engineering company, acquired a Perforex system in 2016. This has enabled a two-thirds reduction in the time needed to machine flat parts for enclosures. Seamless data integration has a key role to play: electrical engineering and wiring layout information generated within Eplan Pro Panel software is transferred to the Perforex system for immediate use in manufacturing. Fill produces approximately 2,000 housings and enclosures annually.

In addition, Rittal has created an online calculator that demonstrates how a Perforex system can deliver a rapid and tangible return on investment even for low production volumes. Customers simply enter the typical manufacturing quantity, current machining cycle time, and labour rates per hours, and the web-based tool computes the corresponding payback period for a variety of Perforex models.

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Handling vegetable products.

The Netherlands based agricultural machinery specialist Van Hees manufacturers its automated BOXFILR system for handling vegetable produce such as potatoes, carrots and onions. For farm warehouse use at harvest time and as a year-round means for supporting distribution, storage and transportation, the system includes conveyor delivery, filling, emptying and crate stacking operations with very high efficiency thanks to several modules that perform specific tasks. These modules are often adapted to suit the precise needs of the customer and for BOXFILR users that require weight information for their produce, Van Hees uses ZEMIC for load cells and weight information transmitters.
Central to the BOXFILR system is its ‘Bunker Filler’, produced as a single or much higher-throughput double module. This machine can fill a crate in a matter of seconds with a throughput of up 100 tons per hour. With in-situ weighing added to the machine, this removes a downstream procedure – optimising operation and reducing time & cost. ZEMIC, (represented in Britain by Variohm EuroSensor*), specify its BM8H series shear beam load cell which is designed for use in hopper, platform and pallet scale applications. The IP68 rated load cell boasts an OIML R60 C3 accuracy class in six selectable capacity options from 500 kg to 5t. The durable design includes a hermetically sealed stainless steel case.

To further automate the weighing process on the BOXFILR, a ZEMIC Top-Sensors T1 weight transmitter is connected to the BM8H load cell and the produce weight information sent to the main control unit. The DIN rail mounted transmitter includes a 7-segment display and is available with a wide choice of output configurations including analogue (voltage and current) as well as USB and fieldbus protocols for Profibus DP, Ethernet/Modbus TCP/IP, CANopen and Profinet. An RS485 serial port provides connection for PC/PLC and 3 outputs/2 inputs may be used for machine interaction.

*Variohm EuroSensor supports the full ZEMIC range with comprehensive technical support and service with stock delivery available for standard load cells as well as a custom design/modification capability and integration with other Variohm sensor technologies.

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Safe production of that glass of red?

Although, at first sight, winemaking might appear to be one of the most idyllic of occupations, it is an industry with its own serious safety concerns. The fermentation process that produces the highly desirable end product, whether it be a serious earthy, rich, Cabernet Sauvignon or a sweet, slightly decadent, Moscato, also produces a lot of carbon dioxide. In the realm of 40 times the volume of grape juice in fact. That is a lot of carbon dioxide and the health implications of that amount of fatal gas cannot be ignored.

Dizziness, headaches, shortness of breath and increased heart rate are just some of the symptoms of raised workplace CO2 levels. Asphyxia, convulsions, and coma are the more serious possibilities, plus of course other accidents related to over exposure can occur – even drowning. This is why accurate and rapid monitoring of CO2 is so important throughout a winery, acknowledging both how localised areas of high gas concentration can build up and the way that the gas diffuses. Workers with jobs that involve them operating over open fermentation vessels may be particularly at risk thanks to CO2 gas build up and Oxygen exclusion, but less obvious risks occur such as a night time build up of gas because of decreased ventilation through door openings.

Exposure limits for carbon dioxide in the State of Washington (USA) are 30,000 ppm as a short-term exposure limit averaged over any 15-minute work period and 5000 ppm as averaged over an eight-hour work shift. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health indicates 40,000 ppm (4%) as being immediately dangerous to life and health.

The Louis M. Martini Winery located in St. Helena, (CA USA) is one of the original five Napa Valley wineries founded in 1933 after Prohibition was repealed. They produce many of the wines that have made the California vineyards so famous. As such the Louis M. Martini Winery is a very popular stop on the Napa Valley wine tasting circuit. The need to ensure the safety of visitors, and, of course, their own employees, has ensured that the Louis M. Martini Winery has taken CO2 monitoring very seriously. This is why the Louis M. Martini Winery has invested in Edinburgh Sensor’s Guardian gas monitors. They have supplied six Guardian CO2 monitoring units, initially the Guardian Plus units, followed in 2011 by Guardian NG infrared gas monitors units in the winery barrel rooms and other particularly important places where CO2 levels are the most critical.

The Guardian NG monitors provide near-analyser quality with continuous CO2 sampling, measurement and display of target gas concentrations for detection level ranges of between 0 – 3000 ppm and 0 – 100% by volume. The Guardian NG wall-mounted monitors are easy to install and can detect gases from sampling points up to 30 metres away. The robust plastic IP54 rated enclosures prevent the ingress of water and particulates in this busy working environment. Graphical display of historic readings is possible for any period the winery may be interested in and data is easily transferred via an on board RS232 interface with optional Ethernet interface with relay outputs for control of external devices.

These particular units have been in continuous operation since installation and are linked to a comprehensive alarm and door closing system to alert staff and management if CO2 levels should ever reach levels of concern.

@Edinst #PAuto #Safety

Safety at work!

Leuze electronic is expanding its product range in the area of safety at work. With the new generation of programmable safety controls and the expanded line of safety relays, Leuze electronic offers safe solutions for all applications in machine and system construction. Together with the wide range of safety sensors, the perfectly matched safety components offer complete safety-related automation solutions for a wide range of machine types.

Safe controls & relays of the MSI product family 
Expanded by more than 20 components, Leuze electronic presents its product range in the area of safe relays and safe controls and shows itself to be a competent partner for efficient safety at work:
With the new safety relays, many smaller safety tasks can be solved. From the monitoring of simple components, such as E-STOP or safety switches, to the integration of optoelectronic sensors or standstill monitoring of motors: with the 22.5 mm housings, the relays have a compact design and can be installed in the switch cabinet in a space-saving manner. Modules with adjustable time delay and contact extensions round out the offering.

With the new safe controls of the MSI 400 product family, Leuze electronic offers both 24 inputs/outputs as well as an Ethernet interface and integrated industrial Ethernet protocol such as Profibus and Ethernet IP in a likewise compact design of just 45 mm. The safety controls are suitable both for the safe monitoring of simple safety functions as well as for performing more complex safety tasks. In addition, the controls can be flexibly expanded to up to 116 safe inputs and 56 safe outputs.
With the MSI.designer programming software, the project planner can easily configure each application of the safety circuit.

For logic programming, an extensive library of up to 40 certified function modules is available. Up to 300 of these can be freely integrated per project by means of drag & drop.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Distribution of test equipment in Britain.

Anritsu Corporation has signed a distribution agreement with Testime Technology Ltd (TTL), a leading provider of test equipment and electronic components. Under the terms of the new agreement, Anritsu’s industry-leading test equipment will now also be available in Britain through Testime.

“Anritsu is strongly investing in the growth and success of our distribution channel,” said Steve Wilding, Sales Director Western EMEA Region. “We believe that this agreement will ensure that Anritsu’s products become part of the range of leading test and measurement solutions that Testime Technology Ltd is able to offer, along with their outstanding customer service and technical support.”

The Anritsu solutions offered through TTL in Britain include the full range of Optical, Microwave, RF and Mobile protocol Cable, Spectrum, and Network Analyzers for the R&D, manufacturing, installation & maintenance markets to meet all levels of communications test and measurement needs.

“We are truly excited about the opportunity to offer Anritsu’s solutions to Testime Technology Ltd’s existing and future customer base in the UK. Our goal is to provide the most attractive and complete mix of acquisition options for Anritsu’s field analyzers and we believe adding sales of these selected Anritsu products to our offering will help us achieve that goal,” commented Robbie Burns, Operations Director, Testime Technology Ltd UK.

As part of the agreement, Testime Technology Ltd will provide customers with sales support from its office in Basingstoke. They have been investing and growing their business in the Britain over the last 20 years, and has strong relationships with a wide range of key organisations in the area.

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Testing the Internet of Things!

An efficient all-in-one solution for testing today's low cost Internet of Things devices.

Konrad Technologies has  announced the KT-RFCT 2400 Gen II – an RF communications test system designed with convenience in mind. The low price point creates a cost effective means for testing wireless communication units, while generating a favorable cost to performance ratio.

The test system has a small footprint, integrating seamlessly into test system infrastructures via a single Ethernet connection. GPIOs can control the DUT and peripherals. The test system enables communication interfaces like SPI, I2C, UART and CAN. Simple Go/No-Go tests can be performed in parallel. The KT-RFCT 2400 Gen II features a 70 MHz to 6 GHz frequency range and includes non-signaling and signaling connections.

“We developed the new KT-RFCT 2400 Gen II to fulfill the demand for low cost RF modules, making it an excellent system for IoT test,” said Dr. Marcus Schramm, Head of RF Development for Konrad Technologies. “Based on a software defined radio approach, the instrument can be adapted to upcoming standards for non-signaling tests and gives the customer full control over signal evaluation. The KT-RFCT 2400 GEN II currently supports signaling test for WIFI, BT and BT-LE. In order to adapt to other communication standards, the instrument can be upgraded with external add-ons. These capabilities make the KT-RFCT 2400 GEN II an optimal test system to cover current and future test applications.”

The test system is fully controllable by LabVIEW and offers a soft-front-panel for simple interaction with the instrument. The LabVIEW API can be used together with most of NI’s versatile software packages, such as the Bluetooth Toolkit, GNSS Toolkit and many others. A wide range of software packages are also available. Included is the ability to use text based languages, such as C/C++, Python, etc.

WIFI and Bluetooth signaling test can be performed in the default configuration of the KT-RFCT 2400 Gen II. The WIFI test software enables the instrument to act as an access-point or as a client. Signaling tests are supported for WIFI a, b, g, n and ac and up to 4.1 and LE for Bluetooth. In Bluetooth test, the instrument offers NAP and PANU profiles in its default configuration and can be used to share an internet connection. In both cases, the instrument offers a wide power tuning range of more than 60 dB.

The KT-RFCT 2400 GEN II is extensible with additional software plug-ins and hardware add-ons for signaling and non-signaling. Signaling software options include BT, BT-LE and WIFI. Those options are open to be customized according to specific requirements. Konrad Technologies offers different software modules for LabVIEW to cover non-signaling applications such as Keyless Entry. In order to ensure a future-proof invest, the KT-RFCT 2400 GEN II supports the use of external add-ons, which broadens the signaling support to include protocols like ZWave, ZigBEE, LoRa and SigFox.

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Dangerous underestimation of urgency in meeting drug regulations.

New industry research reveals that more than one third (36 per cent) of pharmaceutical manufacturers and contract packagers are not currently preparing for global serialization requirements, despite impending deadlines.

The research, conducted by serialization system provider SEA Vision and life science technology firm Zenith Technologies, highlights an urgent need for companies to turn their attention to meeting the demands of the US Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) and the European Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD).

Out of those companies that are not preparing for the new regulations, around half (51 per cent) say it is because they don’t currently have enough internal resource to devote to serialization, while 15 per cent believe it is too early to begin preparations.

Commenting on the research, Carlos Machado, serialization director at SEA Vision US, said: “Our research has confirmed that many companies are under-estimating the enormity of the task at hand. Preparing for serialization is a complex process that is so much more than simply integrating new technology on a packaging line. Instead, it should be a company-wide initiative, involving all corners of an organisation and the wider pharmaceutical supply chain.

“Those companies that delay their preparations risk production downtime and loss of business in key markets.”

For 56 per cent of those that have begun their serialization journey, compliance is the only goal of their serialization project at this stage. Just 44 per cent intend to use the process to achieve wider business benefits.

Carlos continued: “While serialization presents a number of challenges, it also creates an opportunity to review business processes and improve productivity. Those companies that embrace the changes and make preparing for the DSCSA and the FMD a priority, have a real opportunity to differentiate their offering, and it is our goal to support this process.”

In 2016, SEA Vision and Zenith Technologies formed a global partnership to support pharmaceutical companies with the impending challenge of installing and integrating serialization across drug manufacturing sites.

The collaboration brings together Italian-based SEA Vision’s serialization system along with global Zenith Technologies’ ability to integrate systems and deliver ongoing technical support at a local level.

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Keyboards for medical and clean applications.

Diamond Electronics has a new range of waterproof and easy to clean keyboards for medical products, clean industrial applications including food processing, semiconductor manufacturing and laboratories, POS systems and public area data input and control.

Peter Hall, Sales Director of Diamond Electronics, comments, “The market for medical electronics and environmentally controlled industrial applications continues to grow and our new sealed and washable keyboards provided an easy and familiar control and data input HMI solution.”

The iMTC range of sealed keyboards are waterproof to IP68, easy to clean and may be washed in a dishwasher. The keyboards meet medical approval EN60601-1-2 and can be supplied with an approved antimicrobial coating, nano silver or ionic silver antibacterial technology.

Full QUERTY keyboards and square number keypads are available with optional adjustable backlighting, keyboard on/off switch and may be connected to host systems via USB cable or wireless link. Keyboards may be supplied with a push sensor mouse or optical tracker ball.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

RIP: Alex Habib - "the real deal!"

Sad news has reached us of the  death of Alex Habib PE well known in the automation industry and an active member and leader in the International Society of  Automation (ISA). He had been in failing health for some time.

Alex Habib, RIP
He was a Director in the ISA Food & Pharmaceutical Division, as well as President/Webmaster of the ISA Central NJ Section and he also served on the ISA's Executive Board. He has authored several important papers and studies down the years.

A colleague in his local ISA Section said, "He ... did so, so much for the section and was passionate about his family, ISA, and our profession.  He was a the real deal – a true class act and role model. Keeping him and his family in our thoughts and prayers."

Alex's business and professional experience includes work with various organizations including Permutit Co., Merck, Olin Chemicals, Pfizer, Jacobs Engineering Phone Poulenc, Hoffmann La Roche, and Invensys in numerous engineering & consultancy roles. He has also worked on several automation-related projects for organizations including: Wyeth, Protein Sciences, Hollister-Stier, IFF, Givaudan Flavors, and Conoco-Phillips.

He has served as industry liaison for the ISA Central NJ Section to IEEE, as well as has written several technical articles and newsletter contributions. He received the Golden Achievement Award for ISA District 2, and the ISA 5.6 Standards and Practices Award as chairman.

He obtained his BSEE from Cairo University, and his MSEE from Farleigh Dickenson University.

The funeral was on last Saturday 13 May 2017.

We extend our sympathy to his family and all his many friends and collegues in the automation profession. He will be sadly missed.