Friday, June 2, 2017

Developments in US flowmeters.

It has been more than four years since Flow Research, published their last Ultrasonic Flowmeter study. During this time, a lot has changed in the ultrasonic flowmeter market. Oil and gas prices have come down, impacting the business of many companies. But now oil and gas prices are on the way back up. Suppliers have made more progress in developing multipath meters for custody transfer applications, for both liquid and gas. They have also been active in producing ultrasonic flowmeters with enhanced diagnostic capabilities.

Flow Research has taken a fresh look at this dynamic market. The ultrasonic flowmeter market has been one of the best performers in terms of growth over the years, and it is important therefore to gauge its performance in 2016 and beyond. Ultrasonic flowmeters are still displacing traditional technology meters in natural gas and petroleum liquid applications. They have virtually no pressure drop, are highly accurate, and have no moving parts. And ultrasonic suppliers continue to do research and release new products and features into this fast-moving market.

Their new study is called The World Market for Ultrasonic Flowmeters, 5th Edition, and it has a base year of 2016. It is made up of three separate studies:

  • Core Study: A complete picture of the entire ultrasonic flowmeter market
  • Module A: The Inline Ultrasonic Flowmeter Market, including detailed segmentation about Inline Ultrasonic Flowmeters, both single path and multipath.
  • Module B: The Core and Insertion Ultrasonic Flowmeter Markets, including detailed segmentation about each type.

Dr Jesse Yoder of Flow Research tells us that he has produced an overview for this study, which includes a Core Study plus Modules A and B.  "The Ultrasonic Study has always been one of our most popular ones. We think this is an especially important time to look at this market."

 @flowresearch #PAuto

Leading in customer relationships.

Yokogawa has received the Frost & Sullivan Global Customer Value Leadership Award in the automation solutions and services category. This Award recognizes the company’s contributions in building strong relationships with its customers by providing premium solutions that deliver an exceptional return on investment.

Frost & Sullivan presents Best Practice Awards to companies that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in technology innovation and the strategic development of products and services for regional and global markets. For each of these awards, Frost & Sullivan analysts independently conduct interviews, analyze data, and carry out research in many different fields. For the Global Customer Value Leadership Award, Frost & Sullivan evaluates companies based on several factors that concern the two key aspects of customer impact and business impact.

Muthuraman “Ram” Ramasamy, consulting manager with Frost & Sullivan, delivered the following message when presenting the award: “As the process industry market shifts from request for quote (RFQ) response projects to proactively shaping and creating new market opportunities and demand, Yokogawa is also transforming in order to drive incremental business value to its global customer base. One of the ways that the company has transformed itself is through a series of strategic acquisitions (e.g., Industrial Evolution, Inc.; KBC Advanced Technologies plc; Soteica Visual Mesa, LLC). These strategic acquisitions help Yokogawa drive differentiated customer value by discovering areas for improvement, automating the manufacturing processes (be it production operations in oil and gas or well performance monitoring), and sustaining these benefits while continuously making improvements.”

Encouraged by this award, Yokogawa aims to continue in striving to provide its customers highly reliable product and service solutions that make comprehensive use of the expertise that the company has built up over many years, as well as that acquired by KBC and other companies in the Yokogawa Group. "As stated in corporate brand slogan of Co-innovating tomorrow®, we will continuously create value with our customers," said a spokesman.

@YokogawaIA #PAuto @Frost_Sullivan

US production capabilities expanded.

Kaiser Optical Systems, part of the Endress+Hauser Group since 2013, manufactures Raman spectroscopy devices in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The analyzers, which are designed for examining the composition and material characteristics of solids, liquids and gases, are deployed in process and laboratory. E+H is pursuing a strategy that involves the employment of advanced analytical engineering in process applications and supporting customers in lab and process.

Construction of the new 9 million dollar plant took nearly one year and more than doubles the floor space to 8,100 square meters (87,000 square feet). With roughly 100 employees worldwide, Kaiser Optical Systems is thus gearing up for additional growth. “The expansion will allow us to produce our analyzers in even higher volumes and with the quality that our customers around the world demand,” emphasizes Tim Harrison, Managing Director of Kaiser Optical Systems.
Customer-specific production

The plant in Geeenwood IN, USA.
Endress+Hauser has manufactured temperature measurement technology and system products since 2008, in Greenwood, Indiana, also the US sales center headquarters. The company has now invested more than 8 million US dollars in a 3,900 square meter (42,000 square feet) state-of-the-art production facility. The new plant will produce sensor elements, thermometers and thermowells as well as transmitters, system components and recorders.

“The new facility demonstrates Endress+Hauser’s commitment to the market and customers in North America. It shows that we are dedicated to manufacturing and providing services close to our customers,” emphasizes Patrick McGlothlen, Managing Director of the plant. While producing for its home market in the US, the Greenwood facility also supplies customers in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Chile quickly and flexibly with customized products.

@Endress_Hauser  #PAuto #USA

US and British collaboration in combating industrial cyberattack.

Industrial cybersecurity experts of the International Society of Automation (ISA), the Automation Federation (ISA’s umbrella organization), and the US and British governments, and global business leaders gathered in London 18 May 2017 to share common experiences and consider strategies to combat common threats.

The one-day meeting was co-sponsored by the Automation Federation and TechUK (an association of more than 950 member companies in Britain) at the request of the British government and the US Department of Homeland Security. The objective of the gathering was to examine operational technology/Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) cybersecurity challenges facing both the US and Britain. Meeting speakers and participants discussed shared experiences and obstacles and explored potential opportunities for collaboration.

Douglas Maughan
Douglas Maughan, Cyber Security Division Director within the US Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), explained in his presentation how industry and government within both countries can work together to improve industrial cybersecurity defenses.

Also presenting and participating were: Steve Mustard, an independent automation consultant and industrial cybersecurity subject-matter expert of ISA and the Automation Federation; James Keaveney, 2016 ISA President and 2017 Chairman of the Automation Federation; and Andre Ristaino, Managing Director of the ISA Security Compliance Institute.

Mustard pointed to ISA’s series of industrial automation and control system (IACS) security standards— adopted internationally as ISA/IEC 62443—as a flexible framework for preventing and limiting potentially devastating cyber damage to the industrial systems and networks used in critical infrastructure and other industrial environments.

Developed by leading international cybersecurity experts from industry, government and academia, ISA/IEC 62443 addresses industrial cybersecurity vulnerabilities across all key industry sectors and is regarded as the world’s only consensus-based series of IACS security standards.

Keaveney provided an overview of ISA’s integrated range of standards-based industrial cybersecurity training courses and related certificate programs. ISA has harnessed the ISA/IEC 62443 standards to develop a comprehensive set of industrial cybersecurity training courses and aligned certificate programs—covering the complete lifecycle of IACS assessment, design, implementation, operations and maintenance. ISA’s cybersecurity certificate programs are open to those who successfully complete the requirements of ISA’s related cybersecurity courses.

Ristaino, in a panel discussion, provided an overview of the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI). ISCI manages the ISASecure™ conformance certification program, which ensures that control systems conform to relevant ISA/IEC 62443 cybersecurity standards and that IACS products and systems are robust against network attacks and free from known vulnerabilities*.

Prior to the meeting, on 16-17 May, ISA and Automation Federation representatives also attended and participated in the “Global Cybersecurity Innovation Summit,” which was presented by the Security Innovation Network (SINET) and co-sponsored by the British government and the US Department of Homeland Security, S&T. The focus of the summit was to help foster a more cohesive, worldwide cybersecurity community and accelerate innovation through collaboration.

*ISA/IEC 62443, ISA’s standard-based training and certificate programs, and other industrial cybersecurity resources offered by ISA.

@isa_interchange #PAuto #Cybersecurity   

European Sales Manager and other changes at PSU manufacturer.

Don Schriek has been appointed as European Sales Manager with Excelsys Technologies . Don comes from Avnet Abacus where he was the European Power Product Marketing Manager.

Don Schriek
"Excelsys is committed to providing best in class high power density, high efficiency power solutions with outstanding customer support in the European market” states Gary Duffy, Excelsys CEO. "Don’s relationships, history and success with Excelsys products specifically, and his wider knowledge and expertise in the marketing of power solutions to OEM customers in the industrial, medical and military markets will help Excelsys accelerate our growth rates in Europe going forward.

“Don has a proven track record of success, and a fantastic technical reputation all across Europe, his understanding of the market and the critical issues facing our customers makes him an excellent choice to lead our Sales efforts here in Europe. His wider experience of the power component, power solution and value added power systems markets will also make him an invaluable contributor to our Senior Management Team at Excelsys”.

Don studied Electronic Engineering at Fontys Hogescholen in the Netherlands and has over 20 years’ experience in technical sales, technical marketing & product marketing.

This latest appointment follows the recent announcement of other management changes at Excelsys including the forthcoming retirement of Gary Duffy from his post of Chief Executive Officer with Conor Duffy to take over as CEO. Dermot Flynn has become Director of Sales and Marketing, Shane Callanan is now appointed to the new position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Brendan Forde becomes Quality and Manufacturing Manager.

In the USA Excelsys has also appointed Anil Kurugode as Regional Sales Manager, North America, responsible for the U.S. Southwestern and Mountain regions. Anil comes from Astrodyne TDI where he was Regional Sales Manager in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

These changes enhance the world-class global team of engineering, operations and sales personnel at Excelsys which has consistently produced double-digit annual growth rates and established Excelsys position as leading modular configurable power systems designer and manufacturer in the world.

#Excelsys_Technologies  #Pauto #PSU

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Digital mobile maintenance.

Digital mobile maintenance is a technique for quickly and easily making production process productivity improvements for minimal investment through the application of digitalisation as part of an Industry 4.0 plant implementation programme.

Manufacturing maintenance specialists are already using tablet computers to directly access key machinery digital equipment histories, documents and PLC programs on site. However, they can also gain extra operational benefits by importing machine data directly from the PLC to the tablet. Such an approach can allow, for example, for the integration of additional predictive maintenance process instruction re-programming, extending the life of existing machines and preventing line breakdowns caused by catastrophic tooling failures.

This article shows how such process improvement can be achieved by integrating Harting’s MICA, a Modular Industrial Computing Architecture edge computer, which can communicate data between the different machine proprietary operating systems and directly forward it to an operator’s tablet device. MICA can also store and process the data in accordance with pre-determined operational maintenance limits, and consequently operators can arrange modification to PLC programming as appropriate, thus optimising processes and reducing machine downtime.

MICA is very compact, has a degree of protection rating of IP67 and can easily be located directly on the machine, which may be operating in harsh environmental conditions. Alternatively, a DIN rail mounting option is available for location within the machine’s control cabinet.

There are no operating restrictions with MICA. Open software architecture runs in virtual Linux based containers on top of a streamlined base operating system. Each application runs “sandboxed” in its own container with all libraries and drivers. Communication between containers requires a separate IP address, ensuring data security. Standard containers are available from HARTING’s web site for downloading systems such as Java, Python, C/C++, OPC-UA, databases and Web toolkits. Standard tools (e.g. HTML5 and JavaScript) are used to programme and maintain MICA, making it very user-friendly for people with basic IT knowhow skills. The system is customisable so that other containers can be accommodated. This also means that it is potentially able to communicate with most existing machine operating systems.

In addition to solutions to technical challenges such as digital mobile maintenance, digitalisation projects highlight new ways of co-operation between inter-company departments. This highlights one of the great benefits about digitalisation: it enables organisations to better connect their systems with one another and also with their employees.

MICA enables integration of higher levels of intelligence into existing manufacturing plants for Smart Factory deployment. It provides the pre-analytical link between the factory-floor sensor level and the analytical/big-data cloud. Most importantly, it supports production process improvements including lower complexity and increased modularity, and facilitates cost reduction.

@harting #TandM

Ensuring right-first-time production.

Enhancements to Syncade MES Workflow v4.9 application provide operators with an action-oriented, efficient, and secure environment for faster and more precise manufacturing recipe execution

Syncade Workflow v4.9 provides one-touch access 
to critical information such as equipment readiness 
and recipe parameters.
Emerson Automation Solutions has released the Syncade manufacturing execution system (MES) Workflow version 4.9 application to help life science manufacturers reduce time to market and streamline batch records and compliance. Workflow version 4.9 includes a faster and more dynamic user environment including embedded step-by-step guidance that gives operators the tools needed to execute recipes accurately.

“Emerson continues to solve life science industry needs with innovations such as the latest release of Syncade Workflow,” says John Nita, vice president sales and product management for life sciences. “We are committed to help manufacturers achieve their operational goals, and Workflow helps them achieve faster compliance and deliver quality medicines to patients sooner.”

New capabilities in Workflow provide operators with one-touch access to critical information such as equipment readiness and previews of upcoming recipe steps. In addition, operators can collaborate by logging questions or comments in the Workflow application.

The new version makes regulatory compliance easier because Syncade Workflow v4.9 prevents operators from deviating from a validated process. Electronic signatures enable recipe compliance by tracking and documenting approved activities.

The latest release adds a web-based application and offers flexible access via tablets and computers as well as faster data transfer and user-input response. In addition, because Workflow is a thin-client application, installation on workstations is eliminated and application maintenance is reduced.

@EMR_Automation #PAuto #MES

Non-contact radar transmitter.

Magnetrol International has launched the PULSAR Model R86 Non-Contact Radar transmitter, an advanced level control solution that offers radar technology with improved performance for a wide range of level measurement applications.

The PULSAR Model R86 is designed to provide outstanding accuracy, reliability and safety for virtually all process industries.

Features include:

  • Improved Performance: The 26GHz radar signal has a smaller wavelength, resulting in smaller antennas and improved 1mm resolution. This is an important distinction for demanding process conditions because the smaller beam angle allows for installation into process connections as small as 1½”. As a result, The PULSAR Model R86 assures precise, dependable control for a complete spectrum of level applications.
  • Advanced Diagnostics: The user interface experience of the PULSAR Model R86 is driven by advanced diagnostics that transforms the way that radar level measurement is used. Automated echo capture conveys real-time waveform and trend data so users can assess the situation at a glance. In addition, the event history shows up to 20 events including diagnostic and configuration data to pinpoint any issues. Troubleshooting tips are also given to provide practical solutions that can help companies reduce downtime.
  • True Versatility: The PULSAR Model R86 uses circular polarization, which means there’s no need to rotate the antenna to ensure proper orientation. This simplifies installation and delivers proper alignment in virtually every application. High Temperature antennas are designed for use in extremely demanding applications and punishing conditions up to 400oC (750oF). There are also nozzle extensions ranging from 10 cm to 1.8 meters (4” to 72”). That means nonstandard nozzle lengths and buried vessel standpipes are not an issue for this advanced solution.

The PULSAR R86 introduction is the latest radar innovation from the company that introduced the very first 2-wire, loop-powered guided wave radar transmitter for industrial liquid level applications.

@MagnetrolGlobal #PAuto

Keeping your swimming pool clear!

Langley Leisure Centre in Berkshire (GB) is the first leisure centre in that country to use an optimised low energy UV system to treat water for its 25-metre indoor heated pool. The Hanovia SwimLine Ultraviolet Energy Optimised (UVEO) system is helping to provide high quality water that reduces corrosion and creates a healthier environment for bathers, whilst reducing overall energy consumption.

Langley Leisure Centre in Berkshire, England
The new SwimLine UVEO uses up to 60% less power than conventional UV systems, with just a single UV lamp. This means reduced running costs for 24/7 applications such as swimming pools, without compromising on bio-security or chloramine control. The system is optimised specifically for pool bio-safety to ensure chlorine-resistant organisms such as cryptosporidium and giardia are controlled with the optimum UV dose.

Hanovia SwimLine UVEO system
Commenting on the Hanovia UVEO system, a spokesperson from Langley Leisure Centre said: “Since we installed the Hanovia SwimLine system there have been noticeable energy savings. The performance of the system excellent and it is also very easy to use and maintain. Added to that, we have been impressed by the company’s professional after-sales service.

“The optimised medium pressure UV lamp provides excellent chloramine reduction, ensuring the effective control of these unpleasant by-products of chlorine dosing which are responsible for the typical ‘chlorine smell’, red, stinging eyes and skin irritations. Controlling chloramines has also delivered high quality pool water, reduced corrosion of metal structures and a healthier environment for bathers.”

The SwimLine UVEO is available in a range of sizes and treatment capacities to meet the needs of different pool sizes. The system is designed for easy installation into existing pipework, matching pipe velocities and turnover rates for any pool. It is also fitted with an internal auto-wiper which maintains UV output efficiency by regularly cleaning the quartz sleeve housing the UV lamp. Lamp replacement is also quick and easy, with the system designed to allow easy access, even in small plant rooms.

UV is highly effective at killing any bacteria, viruses or moulds in the water, including cryptosporidium and its spores, which are chlorine-resistant. Another major advantage of UV is that it considerably reduces the amount of chlorine required to maintain hygiene levels. This reduces problems associated with chlorine by-products such as chloramines, which are formed when free chlorine reacts with sweat or urine in pool water. Trichloramines in particular are powerful irritants which are responsible for eye and respiratory complaints and the unpleasant ‘chlorine smell’ commonly associated with indoor pools. It also means the water is much clear than that in traditionally chlorinated pools.

@Hanovia_UV #Water @HHC_Lewis 

Servo drives for DC-powered applications.

The Applied Motion Products (AMP) SV2Dx series servo drives are available from Mclennan in a comprehensive choice of control modes to suit use across a wide range of demanding motion control applications. With power output from 60 to 550 Watts and up to 4.5 Nm torque output when used with AMP’s matching J-series motors, these competitively priced servo drives combine performance and functionality for single- or multi-axis use and are ideal for OEM automation tasks.

The SV2Dx series is offered with a 10 A continuous/20 A peak output current power rating. Six control mode options include a drive-only configuration for step+direction or analogue torque/velocity positioning. Other options include integrated intelligence with AMPs Q programming; command streaming from a separate motion controller; encoder position following; as well as support for Modbus RTU or TCP, CANopen and EtherNet IP networks.

A generous complement of multi-function programmable I/O with high-speed inputs for position registration as well as 12-bit analogue inputs is included across the SV2Dx range. Tightly controlled move sequencing and decentralised applications are made possible with AMP’s well proven Q programming which offers straightforward motion and machine control with high-speed position latching, conditional processing, maths functions and more. For all non-Ethernet control mode options, a mini USB programming port is used for programming, set-up and motor tuning from a PC via AMP’s SVX Servo Suite software. The USB port may also be used or for 1:1 communication with a host. The Ethernet control mode option includes twin ports for these functions as well as for daisy chaining drives together in line or ring networks.

The SV2Dx drive stage is an evolution from a long line of AMP servo drive technology and, based upon the popular direct-on-line AC powered SV200 series, it features a programmable notch filter and an anti-vibration algorithm to ensure smooth motion and accurate positioning. The compact panel mount drive also boasts improved EMC resilience over legacy drives. Further examples of the drives broad functionality for OEM and multi-axis applications includes auto-tuning for quick and reliable commissioning. Power input is 20 to 60 VDC with an optional 10 – 60 VDC input for separate drive and control stages - to maintain status and programming information if the motor power needs to be removed. A built-in regen resistor is included with provision for an external resistor as well as dynamic brake control. For safety-rated applications a dedicated Safe Torque Off (STO) circuit is included and fault protection extends to over-temperature, over-voltage, and over-current (short circuit).

For optimal performance, SV2Dx series drives are designed for use with AMP’s J series servo motors. Available in industry-standard 40, 60 and 80 mm frame mountings, the motors include 2500 line incremental encoders and hall feedback as well as integral holding brakes for vertical applications and where added safety is paramount. Accessories for straightforward installation and commissioning include matched motor power and feedback cables.

@ampmotion #mclennan  #PAuto

Standard approval for power supply unit.

The market leading CoolX600 Series of 600W convection-cooled modular power supplies from Excelsys Technologies, is now approved to IEC 62368-1 – Part 1, the new safety standard for audio, video, information and communication technology equipment. The standard has been created to provide a single approval covering the increasing overlap in design and functionality of professional and domestic equipment.

The safety of IT and communications equipment is covered by the IEC 60950-1 while IEC 60065 covers the safety of audio, video and similar electronic apparatus. This new standard IEC 62368-1, covering all of these equipment types, was introduced in 2010 and will replace the IEC 60950-1 and IEC 60065 by 2019. After the 20th of June 2019 equipment manufacturers will no longer be able to claim compliance to the legacy standards. The 3rd edition of the IEC 62368-1 standard is currently under development by TC 108 and due to be released in the 2nd half of 2018, i.e. before the legacy standards are withdrawn.

IEC 62368-1:2014 covers the safety of electronic equipment within the field of audio, video, information and communication technology, and business and office machines. Parts of the standard are also applicable to components and sub-assemblies intended for incorporation in such equipment.

Dermot Flynn, Sales Director of Excelsys Technologies, comments, “Excelsys Technologies is an early adopter of the IEC 62368-1 standard in order to ease system compliance for our customers. Our CoolX product family is approved to both IEC 60950-1 and IEC 62368-1 and so that our customers can meet the existing legislative requirements for their product while also providing a future proofed power solution for our customers for the emerging legislation.”

The IEC 62368-1 approved CoolX600 convection-cooled power supply series is the latest user configurable modular power supply from Excelsys Technologies which delivers an incredible 600W without fan assisted cooling from a very compact 8.5 x 4.5 x 1U package. The only fanless modular power supply on the market, the CoolX600 offers system designers best in class performance for efficiency and reliability in addition to the most comprehensive feature set and specifications available. Typical efficiency is greater than 93% and due to its excellent thermal performance offers typically 25% longer lifetime than competitors. An industry leading 5 year warranty ensures quality, reliability and the lowest total cost of ownership.

The CoolX600 is available with full safety certifications to UL/EN60950 and UL/EN60601 3rd and 4th Edition (EMC) for both industrial and medical applications. Stand-out medical features include BF rating (Body Floating), dual fusing, 2 x MOPP, >300ua current leakage.

The Excelsys CoolX600 offers system integrators unparalled flexibility with analogue and digital management with PMBus monitoring and control capability and is user field configurable with Plug and Play power. All outputs are isolated and may be connected in series or parallel to achieve higher output voltages or currents. Mounting options include base, side and Din Rail alternatives

Additional features include SEMI F47 compliance, and operation at 5000m altitude. A 25W standby power output, offering effectively another output, for system intelligence, cooling fans, displays etc. is a standard feature.

The CoolX600 can be populated with up to 4 CoolMods, providing up to 4 isolated DC outputs ranging from 2.5V to 58.0V. Following the tradition of Excelsys, the CoolX600 offers customers the greatest flexibility and is completely user and field configurable. Outputs can be configured to the required set point voltages and connected in parallel of series for higher output current and/or higher output voltages.

Typical applications include medical clinical diagnostic equipment, medical lasers, dialysis equipment, radiological imaging and clinical chemistry. Industrial test and measurement, industrial machines, automation equipment, printing, telecommunications, audio equipment and high reliability harsh industrial electronics, radar, (Naval, Ground Based), communications, test and measurement

Other products in the Excelsys range include the UltiMod and Xgen user configurable modular power supplies suitable of applications including, industrial, medical, laser, communications, IT, wafer fabrication, optical inspection, wire bonding, and automated test equipment.

#Excelsys_Technologies  #Pauto #PSU

PC connectivity for control, data collection and analysis.

Yokogawa’s new WTViewerE software provides PC connectivity for the company’s industry-leading power analysers - including the WT3000E, WT1800E, WT500 and WT300E models - via Ethernet, USB, GPIB or RS232 interfaces. This connectivity allows users to easily control, monitor, collect and analyse measurement data, and save measurements remotely.

WTViewerE enables synchronised measurement of up to four WT units. The software automatically detects connected units and displays a list. Users can then view and change measurement conditions such as wiring system, voltage and current range, update interval, synchronisation source and display format.

The software supports split-screen displays for multichannel power measurements, allowing users to customise their analysis procedures. WTViewerE can simultaneously display up to 12 waveforms, eight trends, eight vectors and six harmonic bar graphs. Users can also save and load screen layouts.

With WTViewerE, users can use cursors to zoom in on specific areas of interest to show more detail on numerical, harmonic and waveform information, as well as specifying the necessary data to be saved in CSV format.

In the online mode, users have real-time control of measurements from each connected unit. Users can start or stop integration and remotely monitor and collect live measurement values. In offline mode users can analyse the latest acquired or previously stored data.

@Yokogawa_Europe  #TandM

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Analysers for petrochemical complex in Oman.

Yokogawa has received an order to supply an analyser package solution for the Liwa Plastics Industries Complex, which is being built for Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic), a company owned and operated by the Oman government.

The Liwa Plastics Industries Complex is being built in Sohar, on Oman’s northern coast. This package order is for 15 analyser houses and associated analysis systems consisting of process analysers and sampling instruments. The client is a joint venture between Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (CB&I, a major US construction company) and CTCI Corporation (a major Taiwanese engineering company) that is responsible for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of an approximately 800,000 ton per annum naphtha cracker and related utility facilities at this complex.

The analysis systems for this steam cracker and its off-site utility facilities will rely on the GC8000 process gas chromatographs to separate mixed gases and volatile liquids into their respective components and measure their concentrations.

A total of 75 GC8000 units have been ordered, and this is Yokogawa’s largest single project order to date for this product. Yokogawa Electric Korea will have overall responsibility for analyser house fabrication, system integration and site commissioning services. As both Yokogawa Electric International and Yokogawa Europe Solutions B.V. have extensive experience in constructing analyser houses, Yokogawa Electric International will manage the engineering, delivery, and commissioning of these  solutions, and Yokogawa Europe Solutions B.V. will provide project execution support. The analyser houses will be delivered by the third quarter of 2018, and the Liwa Plastics Industries Complex is scheduled to start operation in the first quarter of 2020.

It is believed that Yokogawa won this large order because the customer highly evaluated the company’s advanced knowledge of gas analysers and liquid analysers, expertise in the construction of analyser houses, and track record in supplying gas chromatographs to oil refineries and chemical plants all around the world. In recent years, there is an increasing need to improve product quality in the oil, natural gas, petrochemical, and chemical industries by using gas chromatographs for analysing gas components. Backed by this order, Yokogawa will expand sales of its GC8000 and other process analysis solutions, grow the process analyser system integration business, and help customers improve the quality of their products.

 @YokogawaIA  #PAuto #Oman

RIP: Michael B. Fedenyszen, II - a dedicated friend and colleague.

ISA members throughout the world were stunned to learn of the sudden unexpected death of Michael Fedenyszen. He had been a perennial at the ISA leaders' meeting for many years and had only recently been elected as VP Elect of the Publications Department. He was excited about his new role and indeed the committee were looking forward to his tenure in that challenging position.

Michael Fedenyszen RIP
Michael was always actively engaged as an InTech Editorial Advisory Board member, providing article reviews to the editor and publisher on each issue and indeed he wrote The Final Say column in the March April issue this year.

Michael B. Fedenyszen, II was a senior instrumentation and controls engineer at R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, LLP. He was an active life member of ISA, serving in many leadership roles and receiving numerous awards. He had a 30 years experience in integrating and optimising instrumentation and controls requirements for combined heat and power plants and central utility plants. Further details of his career and accomplishments may be found on the brief biography on the 2017 Water & Waste Symposium site.

The shocked reaction and generous tributes paid by his peers and colleagues pay tribute to his contribution to the world of automation.

"He was a kind and truly gracious friend. He will be sorely missed."

"Truly shocking. Several of us had the pleasure of enjoying a nice Pubs dinner at the last SLM that Michael arranged. For those who attended, it was a blast. (That was on Sunday 8 May 2017, just over 3 weeks ago in Raleigh, NC, USA)"

"Truly a sad day - losing someone who has contributed to all levels of our Society and society itself as well. I had the pleasure of 'working' with Michael for almost 20 years, when he started attending meetings on behalf of Boston Section and then DVP."

"That is truly sad news. Michael was so into Publications and I know that he was so looking forward to his VP-elect role going forward. We have lost another very dedicated ISA leader. I am sure that he will rest in peace."

"Wow! This is truly heart-breaking news. Michael was in great spirits at the SLM and he was truly joyous about his family, especially his grandkids. He was an advisor to so many of us. He will be greatly missed."

"Michael was a real treasure and will be missed. He was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor."

"Sad indeed. RIP, Micheal. Condolences to his family and all who ever worked with him, at ISA and elswhere.."

"I'm so shocked and saddened by this news... Mike was one of a kind, a true gentleman, and a wonderful friend. He will be missed so much!"

"What a great guy, friend, and ISA member. He was a special person and we had a wonderful relationship. Michael was always so nice ... and a pleasure to work with"

Shari Worthington posted a short tribute on facebook which probably encapsulates what all those who knew him feel: "It's a sad day. We lost a friend and colleague, Michael B. Fedenyszen II. Thank you for everything. We will miss you. Godspeed. Your friends at International Society of Automation."

The many tributes paid to him on his facebook page  are a worthy tribute to a good and cheerful friend, colleague and mentor.

May he rest in peace and may his family be comforted and consoled.

Partners in industrial automation.

Capula has been awarded with Qualified Partner status by COPA-DATA. 

Martyn Williams and Mark Hardy
Capula has been a member of the COPA-DATA Partner Community* since 2015, however, the company’s newly achieved Qualified partner status is an official acknowledgement of Capula’s proven record of success in the energy industry.

Capula became a Registered Partner of COPA-DATA in 2015, however, the company’s professional collaboration with COPA-DATA began six years beforehand in 2009. Capula began looking for a flexible, off-the-shelf control system for its automation projects and chose COPA-DATA’s platform, zenon.

Capula’s decision to choose COPA-DATA’s software, zenon, has proven to be pivotal and is now an integral part of Capula’s offering to the power transmission industry. Capula is currently using zenon to provide the human-machine interfaces (HMIs) for substation control monitoring, as part of Capula’s IMPERIUM Substation Control System. To date the software has already been used in the first 8 substations covered under National Grid’s SCS (substation control system) framework and will continue to be deployed on numerous sites nationally, and for electrical distribution.

Moving forward to 2017, the professional relationship between COPA-DATA and Capula has gone from strength-to-strength. Since the original collaboration, several members of the Capula team have attended events hosted by COPA-DATA UK. What is more, some Capula employees have also gained official personal certification from COPA-DATA by attending technical training courses in zenon automation software.

"Working with COPA-DATA has been a positive experience,” explained Mark Hardy, Managing Director of Capula. “Being a COPA-DATA partner validates Capula’s track record of providing quality solutions and demonstrates its ability to collaboratively adapt to future requirements and employ new technical breakthroughs.”

“Appointing Capula as a Qualified Partner is a real cause for celebration,” explained Martyn Williams, Managing Director of COPA-DATA UK. “Creating long-term, successful partnerships with likeminded companies has always been crucial for us and Capula represents everything we look for in successful members of the COPA-DATA Partner Community.”

The COPA-DATA Partner Community is a global network of dedicated industrial automation experts. The Community offers interested parties three levels of Partner membership: Registered, Qualified and Expert. Registered Partner, being the entry level, requires members have a certain knowledge and experience with delivering projects using zenon. Qualified Partners are more engaged and involved with zenon in different projects and have received specialised trainings. And the highest tier of membership, Expert Partners, have considerable experience and their expertise is reflected in a consistently growing customer base and market share.
Different types of organisations can join COPA-DATA’s Partner Community, including system integrators, original equipment manufacturers, hardware manufacturers, educational institutions and research facilities. Some of the key benefits of joining are sales support, customer lead generation, joint marketing, professional training and knowledge transfer.

@copadata @CapulaLtd #PAuto

"Legal-for-trade" certified weighing.

The BLH Nobel brand of Vishay, has announced that its G5 Series panel mount measurement amplifiers (G5 PM Series) are now certified “legal-for-trade” via firmware upgrade, as per the very latest standards set forth by EN45501:2015 and the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML).

In global commercial applications where product is sold by weight, a legal requirement exists for all associated weighing equipment, whether individual scales or a full pre-pack line, to be “legal-for-trade” certified. Such certifications confirm that associated instrumentation has undergone the necessary stringent testing to ensure its total conformance to uniform global accreditation standards. This further ensures that it is sufficiently accurate for its intended commercial weighing purpose.

With the BLH Nobel “legal-for-trade” firmware upgrade, the G5 PM Series can now support all non-automatic weighing applications, in full compliance with EN 45501 and OIML R76 Class III or IIII single-interval industrial use criteria (NTEP approvals pending). The measurement amplifier offers secondary functionality as a long-term onboard data storage device, without the need for a stand-alone printer. Units can accept any traditional load cell input signal with a 0.4 μV minimum verification scale interval, and with maximum potential intervals set at 10,000. Initial device storage capacity exists for up to 50,000 individual text records, allowing for up to 500 separate files of 100 records each. Each file name is assigned a unique identification number for tracking purposes.

Other new functions afforded by the BLH Nobel G5 PM Series “legal-for-trade” firmware upgrade include full language support in both English and Swedish, along with a modern and user-friendly visual indicator, audit trail counter, legal lock function, easy calibration, remote access with common field buses (setup via browser or keyboard), and associated trade and management task functions. The firmware upgrade also allows the G5 PM Series to serve as a next generation drop-in replacement for the now-obsolete Model TAD3. Model TAD3 was the brand’s previous indicator solution for legal weighing applications, with new G5 PM Series units occupying an identical footprint to that of the legacy model. The G5 PM Series is available with a full complement of standard and custom load cells from the BLH Nobel portfolio, along with full applications engineering and troubleshooting support. To obtain a copy of the correct firmware upgrade version for “legal-for-trade” compliance, please contact BLH Nobel.

Originally launched in February 2016, the G5 Series measurement amplifier combines standard interfaces, a modular design, and onboard integral web servers. It offers streamlined commissioning and calibration; reduced operations and maintenance costs; and advanced communication protocols for optimized system efficiencies, including remote diagnostics, parameterization, backup and maintenance functions. A recently released firmware upgrade (v1.3.0) added new capabilities such as flow rate calculation, enhanced diagnostics, excitation current measurement and supervision, updated Fieldbus data mapping, and an EtherNet/IP interface. The G5 Series is just one in a family of advanced process control instruments from BLH Nobel, designed to support the measurement requirements of comprehensive weighing systems.

Typical applications for the BLH Nobel G5 PM Series include process weighing and control, weighing force measurements, high-speed dynamic measurements, and factory automation. Expanded applications now afforded by the “legal-for-trade” firmware upgrade include coil weighing; steel plate commercial weighing; offshore fish farm pellet weighing; fine-grained concentrates weighing for the mining industry; and virtually any other commercial weighing application requiring EN45501:2015 and OIML certifications. Units are also fully CE marked.

For more than 40 years, the BLH Nobel brand of VPG has specialized in the design, development and manufacture of high-quality and high-accuracy process weighing and force measurement technologies and related control systems. BLH Nobel load cells maximize accuracy and minimize the effects of mixing, agitation, and temperature changes within critical process stages. BLH Nobel products and customized solutions are designed to comply with stringent requirements in the food and beverage, pulp and paper, pharmaceutical manufacturing, medical equipment, process, mining, steel, and offshore industries. The brand further offers a wide variety of communication protocols for seamless integration within complex production lines. It also supplies system solutions, products, and services in more than 100 countries worldwide. Each BLH Nobel custom solution is derived from more than 40 years of engineering expertise, gained from across thousands of successful applications.

@BLHNobel #PAuto 

Noise & vibration testing.

Following the setting up of an acoustic calibration laboratory last year, Svantek UK – part of the AcSoft Group – is now offering in-house calibration of its wide range of high performance noise and vibration instrumentation for occupational health and environmental monitoring applications.

SV103 personal vibration meter
The company has replicated the acoustics calibration system used at Svantek’s facility in Poland meaning it can now perform a full factory calibration on all noise and vibration analysers and meters. As a result, new instruments shipped to customers have a fresh calibration certificate every time.
They have added a vibration calibration fixture using a Data Physics 16kg shaker together with Listen’s SoundCheck software and a Dytran reference accelerometer to give a wider range of capabilities. This enables it to calibrate vibration meters according to ISO 8041 and tri axial or single axis accelerometers.

Vibration analysers are calibrated by applying electrical signals to test the frequency response, linearity, overload/range limits, etc. The vibration meter is tested using mechanical excitation either with Svantek’s working standard reference accelerometer or with the customer's sensor.

The filter characteristics of the meters are also tested in accordance with the applicable standard either electrically or vibrationally using the Svantek reference sensor.

For accelerometers, the vibration test system allows the company to measure both sensitivity at the reference frequency and the frequency response of the sensor. This is completed by performing the back to back calibration method.

@Svantek_UK @PAuto #Calibration #Britain @elhcomms

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Microscope objective and optics positioning.

Aerotech’s QFOCUS® QF-50 piezo nanopositioning stage is designed for high-performance microscope objective and optics positioning. It offers 400 μm closed loop and 450 μm open loop travel, high speed, 0.01% linearity, sub-nanometer resolution, and 4 nm bidirectional repeatability. The QF-50 accommodates optical instruments and next-generation laser micromachining applications. Due to a high-stiffness mechanical design, the QF-50 can outperform competitive piezo scanner offerings with larger, higher numerical aperture (NA) objectives. The QF-50 is ideal for optical positioning applications requiring high precision and throughput coupled with long travels.

The QFOCUS QF-50 is guided by precision flexures optimized using finite element analysis for outstanding stiffness and resonant frequency to enable high process throughput and fast closed-loop response. Meticulous care was taken in the QF-50 flexure bearing design to ensure unrivaled geometric performance with straightness errors to 40 nm throughout the entire travel range.

Optional closed-loop feedback using a unique capacitive sensor design allows for sub-nanometer resolution and high linearity. Unlike foil strain gages or piezoresistive sensors, capacitive sensors provide a direct measurement of the positioning carriage for superior accuracy and repeatability

When coupled with Aerotech’s Q-series controllers and drives, the QF-50 demonstrates sub-nanometer positioning resolution and in-position stability (jitter) while maintaining high positioning bandwidth. Advanced software options, such as Dynamic Controls Toolbox and Motion Designer, provide a variety of highly-effective, easy-to-use tools including Iterative Learning Control, Harmonic Cancellation, and Command Shaping, providing improved tracking errors and faster step-and-settle times. OEM drive options are also available.

The QF-50 is available with threaded adapters to fit most microscopes and objectives. The microscope turret mounting allows fast and simple positioning at any desired orientation. In addition, tapped holes on the stage body provide alternative mounting for custom interfaces in machines or other optical instruments. The QF-50 is available with a clear aperture of 29 mm as standard. Custom stage designs, travels, and threaded adapters are available.

@aerotechmotion #PAuto

Capturing temperature measurements while unattended.

Temperature events rarely occur while technicians are around to capture them, complicating the troubleshooting of electrical, HVAC, and industrial equipment. Fluke's new 64 MAX IR Thermometer features Auto Capture, allowing technicians set time and intervals to record up to 99 data points unattended so it can capture elusive temperature events. The thermometer can be mounted on a standard tripod using its included tripod mount accessory for unattended measurements.

The lightweight, compact, and rugged Fluke 64 MAX also features:
  • Precise laser technology for more accurate (up to ±1° C or ±1% of reading whichever is greater) and repeatable measurements
  • 30 hours of battery life to capture measurements over a long period of time
  • IP54 rated for extra protection against airborne contaminants in harsh, dirty environments
  • A flashlight and large, easy-to-read backlit LCD display for easy viewing even in dark settings.
The Fluke 64 MAX displays minimum, maximum, or average temperature, or the difference between two measurements, and features Hi and Lo alarms for rapid display of measurements outside set limits. It is designed to survive a three-metre drop and continue to operate, making it ideal for industrial and field environments.

@FlukeCorp  #PAuto #TandM

Innovative solutions for datacentres.

Datacloud Europe (MC: 6 -8 June 2017) is one of the leading events for modern datacenters in Europe.  Rittal, involved as a sponsor, is participating in the accompanying exhibition and is will be providing presentations on state-of-the-art technologies related to “Modular to Hyperscale Datacenter Cooling and Energy Efficiency”. Solutions being presented include the Lefdal Mine Datacentre project, a highly efficient datacenter that uses regenerative energies.

Energy efficiency, scalability and safety are among the central requirements for modern datacenters. Rittal will be presenting a variety of solutions, such as the Lefdal Mine Datacentre (LMD), at the Datacloud Europe congress in Monaco.

Very high energy efficiency: The Lefdal Mine Datacenter
The datacenter, which runs solely on renewable energies, is located over an area of 120,000 square meters on Norway’s west coast. With the LMD, Rittal offers a unique location – it is one of Europe’s most efficient, cleanest and most secure datacenters. Customers can create their own private cloud from different platforms (SAP Hana as a Service, and HPC as a Service), which they operate themselves or can have run as managed services. Benefits include the scalability of the system, its high energy efficiency, as well as the variety of operating models, from colocation to private cloud and through to DCaaS (Datacenter as a Service).

Quick and easy: Edge datacenters
Visitors to the Rittal stand (39) can also find out about turnkey edge datacenters. The solutions, with their standardised, preconfigured IT infrastructure, can also be used with high availability rooms and so ensure the protection needed against heat, dust and dirt in industrial manufacturing environments. This way, companies can quickly and easily create new IT environments for digital processes in order to adapt their IT to the new challenges.

@Rittal #PAuto 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Takeover strengthens IIoT and Industrie 4.0 offering.

The Taiwanese company Etherwan System Inc has been acquired by Phoenix Contact The company which is located in New-Taipei is a manufacturer for Ethernet communication technology in automation.

YT Yang, CEO of Axiomtek, with
Roland Bent, CTO Phoenix Contact
The takeover enriches the position of the Phoenix Contact Group in the area of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0, which was already strengthened by the take over of the Canadian Perle Systems  last Autumn (2016).

Etherwan was founded in California in 1996. The main site has been in New-Taipei in Taiwan for 20 years. Here, hardware components such as media converters and Ethernet switches for so-called “hardened Ethernet solutions” are developed, manufactured and sold by around 170 employees. Software is also included in the portfolio of the company. The US headquarters is located in Anaheim, (CA USA), where more than 20 people are employed.

Phoenix Contact and Etherwan have already been cooperating successfully for 15 years. The cooperation started with the development of a portfolio of products for the use of Ethernet in industrial communication. This successful cooperation will now be intensified in the joint undertaking in order to launch further product ranges acc. to the requirements of Industrie 4.0 and to develop the competence center of network technology of the Phoenix Contact Group together.

“Industrial communication is a key technology for the digitalization”, says Roland Bent, CTO of Phoenix Contact. “Etherwan and Phoenix Contact complement each other perfectly with their different strengths in different markets and different industrial industries. Now, we have achieved a global appearance and product portfolio to effectively conquer further markets.”

The corporate name remains unchanged; the same applies to the sites. In Taiwan, the close proximity to chip manufacturers, technology suppliers and other manufacturers is a great advantage.

The transaction is subject to approval by the local Investment Commission Taiwan.

@PhoenixContact  #PAuto @EtherWANSystems

System testing of advanced 3D chips wins award.

Imec has announced the successful development of a fully-automatic system for pre-bond testing of advanced 3D chips. Pre-bond testing is important to increase the yield of 3D stacked chips. The new system enables probing and hence testing of chips with large arrays of 40µm-pitch micro-bumps, on 300mm wafers. The relevance of this new tool is underlined by winning the 2017 National Instruments Engineering Impact Award at a ceremony in Austin (TX USA)

The test system as installed in imec’s Fab-2
As an emerging technology, 3D IC stacking still has many open options and technical challenges. One of these challenges is probing of the individual chips, before being stacked, to ensure a good yield of the 3D stacked ICs. The inter-chip connections of 3D stacked ICs are made by large arrays of fine-pitch micro-bumps which makes probing these bumps a challenge. Until today, the probing solution is to add dedicated pre-bond probe pads to the to-be-stacked dies, but this requires extra space and design effort and increases test time.

Imec and Cascade Microtech have now developed a fully automatic test cell that can provide test access by probing large arrays of fine-pitch micro-bumps. The system is based on a Cascade Microtech CM300 probe station and National Instruments PXI test instrumentation, complemented by in-house developed software for automatic test generation, data analysis, and visualization. The system allows testing of wafers up to 300mm diameter, including thinned wafers on tape frame with exposed through-silicon vias. After several years of intense collaboration between imec and Cascade Microtech, partly supported by the EU-funded FP7 SEA4KET project, good results were achieved with Cascade Microtech’s Pyramid Probe® prototype RBI probe cards on imec’s 300mm wafers with 40µm-pitch micro-bumped chips.
--> At the heart of the test system is this probe core with MEMS-based probe tips that contact the large arrays of fine-pitch micro-bumps.  “Imec provided us with unique early insights into the test requirements for 3D ICs, which drove the development of this system,” said Jörg Kiesewetter, director of engineering at Cascade Microtech Dresden (D). “Also the availability of imec’s dedicated micro-bump test wafers has helped us to fine-tune both the probe station and the probe cards for this application.”

“At imec, we are using the system now on a routine basis to test our 40µm-pitch micro-bumped wafers,” stated Erik Jan Marinissen, principal scientist at imec. “As everything in the semiconductor realm, also micro-bumps are subject to downscaling. Hence, with Cascade, we have started experiments to also probe our 20µm-pitch micro-bump arrays, and those look promising.”

@imec_int #NIweek @FormFactorInc #TandM