Friday, June 16, 2017

Outdoor connectors.

The Harting Han-Eco® A Outdoor connector is a new variant of the company’s Han-Eco® family, which combines high-performance plastic construction with weatherproof seals for use outdoors. The new version offers standard A-sized housings for configuring robust and flexible interfaces in demanding environmental conditions.

The benefits of Han-Eco® A housings now extend to outdoor use, especially the option of fitting pre-assembled inserts to the back of the mounting housing, saving considerable installation time.

Han-Eco® A Outdoor seals are made of a different material from industrial housings. High-quality profile and flange gaskets made of fluorinated rubber (FPM) are oriented towards the Han M® housing. This material offers outstanding resistance to environmental conditions, making Han-Eco® A Outdoor an ideal connector for outdoor use.

The new version retains all the benefits of the Han-Eco® series, including ease of installation, corrosion resistance, and flexible assembly options. In particular, the combination of an integral frame and an optional integral cable gland minimises the need for fitting additional components during assembly.

@harting #PAuto

Operator interface solution advances.

Opto 22 has announced groov 3.4, an update to its mobile operator interface system. With this new version of groov, operators can trend a lot more data over a much longer period: up to 5 years. groov’s built in trend gadget now offers an interactive type of trend that handles many more data points.

This updated version of groov offers operators the option to choose between two trend types: classic and interactive.

Classic is the original trend for a relatively small number of data points, collected over a period of up to 7 days.

Interactive is the new trend for much more data over longer periods. Operators and technicians can zoom in and out to see specific time periods and data details in two ways: click a preset tab, or use the built-in navigator to move through trended data.
In the trend image above, operators see the preset tabs in the upper left. This trend is for 31 days, and the tabs are preset to show 1 week of data, 1 day, or All (the whole 31 days). The tab presets change based on the overall period of the trend.

In the image, operators also see the navigator at the bottom of the trend. The blue-gray block shows the data period operators are looking at now. Operators can grab the handles on either side of it to see less or more, or tap another spot on the navigator line to see the same amount of data at a different time or on a different date—all from a mobile phone, tablet or browser window on a PC.

In both Classic and Interactive trends, operators can download individual pen data for the entire trend period to log it, just by clicking the button in the upper right of the trend. Note that in an Interactive trend, operators are downloading data for the whole trend period, not just the section in view at the moment. All users except Kiosk users can download data.

Free Trial Version and Online Demo
A fully functional version of groov Server for Windows is available to download and try so you can see your own system’s data on a smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device. The groov Free Trial operates for two hours without a license and can be restarted as needed. You can also see groov in action immediately and try it yourself with a live online demo available on their site.

@opto22 #PAuto

Simple Conformance Test System for simple RF & Protocol conformance tests.

A Simple Conformance Test System, the ME7800L, which enables simple and cost-effective RF and Protocol conformance tests of 3GPP-compliant LTE mobile terminals in one simple package has been launched by Anritsu.

Anritsu Corporation is recognized by the Mobile Terminals Industry as a worldwide leader regarding RF and Protocol Conformance Testing, with the Anritsu ME7873LA (RF) and ME7834LA (Protocol) conformance testing solutions, both of these systems focusing on early support for conformance tests for advanced technologies such as LTE-A. The new ME7800L system is a natural evolution from these industry leading models, providing a new concept in 3GPP device certification testing.

The widespread deployment of LTE modules and terminals is driving new needs on the market: Manufacturers looking for a reduction of time & cost of their regression tests, or looking for a low cost route to the conformance test of their mid-range products; Operators looking for a cost-effective test system incorporating just the key required test functions. The ME7800L Simple Conformance Test System is the test industry’s solution to these new needs.

As launch and deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) ramps up, there is also a need for a lower cost route to device/module certification, matching to the target cost of the devices and associated development costs. Such a solution is enabled by having a capability and test coverage that is optimized for such IoT certification requirements. An optimized solution also gives a faster time to market, with RF, RRM, and Protocol testing all completed on a single test platform.

Today the ME7800L offers cost-effective LTE RF and Protocol conformance testing, incorporating all the hardware and software for LTE basic function tests in one convenient package. Both RF and Protocol conformance tests can be run simultaneously, while the RF conformance tests support TRx, performance, and RRM tests. The ME7800L is a GCF/PTCRB-approved conformance test system following 3GPP standards.

@AnritsuEMEA  #IoT #TandM

Standardising quality at food safety company.

Neogen Corporation Ltd, the international food safety company, is to upgrade its quality system from Ideagen as it looks to standardise quality management across its operations in Great Britain.

The US-based company, which has its British division headquartered in Scotland, will enhance its Q-Pulse system by upgrading to Q-Pulse Enterprise across two newly acquired sites. The company recently acquired both Lab M Holdings, a dehydrated culture media manufacturer, and QuatChem Ltd, an agricultural disinfectant manufacturer, in the last two years. Both businesses were managing quality through manual, paper-based systems.

Now Neogen is looking to harmonise quality management across its operations in the territory and will implement Q-Pulse within both sites to achieve standardisation.

Andrew Holmes, who is responsible for Quality Management across Neogen’s European Operations, said: “We began using Q-Pulse for our accredited testing lab a few years ago but since then – specifically in the last three years – the use of the system has spread across the rest of the business in the UK.

“Now with both Lab M and QuatChem on board, we are looking to centralise and harmonise the quality system through Q-Pulse.

“In our main location in Ayr in Scotland, we are witnessing great adoption of the system with staff raising customer feedback and regularly accessing documentation. We have since extended Q-Pulse to our Materials and Purchasing department and now use it for supplier complaints and monitoring as well.”

Andrew continued: “We will take that model and implement into both the Lab M and QuatChem businesses and control quality from one system.”

Headquartered in Michigan, USA, Neogen is an international food safety company that provides test kits and relevant products to detect dangerous substances in food. It is a global organisation with locations across America and Canada and wholly owned subsidiaries in Brazil, Mexico, China and the UK. Currently the company employs over 1400 people worldwide including 250 in the United Kingdom.

The company is historic users of Ideagen’s Q-Pulse software, having implemented the product in 2009; the company adopting the system via an acquisition for ISO 17025 compliance. Since then, the software has expanded within the company – with Neogen extending into its US operations via its Geneseek business. The Geneseek operation is an agri-genomic testing lab with operations in Lincoln, Nebraska and Ayr, Scotland and tests over 2.6 million samples each year.

Andrew added: “Q-Pulse will be a mainstay in the future growth plans of the company. If any future acquisition doesn’t have Q-Pulse initially installed then we would be looking to implement the system further across the Group.”

 @Ideagen_Plc  #PAuto #Food #Safety #Britain

Safety shutdown & alarm control in field-based final elements.

United Electric Controls (UE,)  has added two DC-voltage switching models to its One Series Safety Transmitter (ST) line. With its ability to directly switch 24 VDC and 125 VDC as well as 250 VAC loads, the One Series ST models can now provide SIL 2-certified control for many types of final elements including pilot valves, actuators, motor controllers and other SIS elements, without involving a DCS or safety PLC.

“Many control schemes are transitioning to low-voltage equipment, primarily to reduce electric shock hazards in the plant or are looking to improve response time and reduce costs by switching final elements directly from the transmitter. By enabling switching of 24 VDC and 125 VDC final elements from our safety transmitters, we’ve made it possible for more companies to add simple and cost-effective SIL 2 safety loops in the field where a PLC or DCS may not be available,” said Wil Chin, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, United Electric Controls, adding that the ability to directly control legacy equipment that utilizes 125 VDC control schemes is especially valuable to power plants.

One Series safety transmitters reduce cost and improve safety by embedding a process sensor, logic solver and safety relay in a single, SIL 2-certified field device. Although it looks like a traditional temperature or pressure transmitter, the ST can also switch final elements such as valves, motors, and blowers directly from the transmitter, maximizing response time while eliminating the wiring inherent in having to route a shutdown or alarm response through a PLC or another safety controller.

To address the growing demand for lower voltage switching of 24 VDC equipment, United Electric Controls has now added a Safety Relay Output (SRO) capable of handling 0-30 VDC at 6 amperes. To meet the needs of customers who were using 125 V DC equipment, most of whom are in the power industry, UE has added an SRO capable of switching 0-130 VDC at 2.5 amperes. With these additions, One Series Safety Transmitters models can now be specified for either pressure or temperature monitoring at any of the following current levels:
  • 12-250 VAC @ 5 mA-5 A (Model 2SLP47)
  • 0-30 VDC @ 6 A, 1.8 A Pilot Duty (Model 2SLP48)
  • 0-130 VDC @ 2.5 A, Q1501 Pilot Duty (Model 2SLP49)
All One Series Safety Transmitters provide 4-20 mA NAMUR NE 43 standard output with exclusive “I Am Working™” diagnostics. The transmitters are certified for use in SIL 2 safety instrumented systems, and are capable of SIL 3, per IEC 61508. They have configurable self-diagnostics and achieve a safe failure fraction of 98.8%. Additional low-level discrete outputs communicate health and set point status, ideal for voting logic schemes. Instrument response time is <100 milliseconds.="" p="">

#PAuto @UEControls

Leader in medical and safety technology joins wireless group.

Dräger has joined the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute.

Dräger is an international leader in the fields of medical and safety technology. The safety product and service range covers systems for personal protection, gas detection technology and integrated hazard management. They serve companies in the chemical and petrochemical industries, mining and the public sector such as fire services, police and disaster protection.

The company’s portfolio includes stationary and mobile gas detection systems, personal protective equipment, professional diving gear, alcohol and drug testing devices, and a varied range of training and services, in addition to projects such as fire training systems and interchangeable special units for tunnel rescue trains.

“WCI welcomes Dräger to the ISA100 Wireless community,” remarked Andre Ristaino, ISA100 WCI managing director. “We look forward to working with Dräger to augment their impressive product portfolio with ISA100 Wireless capabilities."

“Choosing the ISA100 Wireless technology, Dräger is now able to bring its fixed gas detection to a new level by revisiting expensive installation paradigms. This enhancement has been possible while keeping the stringent safety standards of Dräger, a property that was only possible thanks to the flexibility of the ISA100 Wireless communication protocol,” says Bernhard Mohr from Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA.

“By joining the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute and helping to promote this technology worldwide, Dräger can accelerate the adoption of ISA100 Wireless for existing or new markets and also benefits from a great visibility.”

@ISA100WCI @DraegerNews  #PAuto

Miniature sensor for very low force measurement applications.

In response to the increasing miniaturisation of consumer, industrial and business products Kistler Instruments developed a range of very small force sensors to meet the needs of both machine builders and manufacturers of small devices. Not only is this family of miniature sensors physically small, being very sensitive, they accurately respond to extremely low levels of force.

Typical of this family is the Kistler Type 9217, a miniature, high precision, low force piezoelectric force sensor which is especially suited to testing delicate, miniature components without the risk of damage. Being only 46 mm long and 10 mm diameter, the new sensor may be used individually where space is at a premium or assembled into a matrix formation to test multiple components simultaneously after assembly. In common with the other members of the family, the Type 9217 force sensor has multiple calibrated measuring ranges; 0 to ±500N, 0 to ±50N and 0 to +5N all with a measurement threshold of less than one millinewton and typical linearity of better than 0.2 %FSO.

The special characteristic of the piezoelectric measuring element is the almost constant measurement accuracy over a very wide force range allowing the same sensor to be used across a wide force spectrum. This quality is enhanced by using a charge amplifier which can switch between measuring ranges making it possible to test a wide range of products on the same test rig. The wide range measuring chain also offers decisive advantages in laboratory applications by minimising the need for frequent sensor changes. In addition, the extremely high overload protection, when using the lower measuring ranges, means there is no need for additional, costly protective measures.

Typical applications include:
➢ Contact measurement on keys, switches, relays and similar components
➢ Measuring spring characteristics
➢ Measuring pull-out forces on plug contacts
➢ Construction of highly sensitive miniature measuring platforms
➢ Force measurement on installation machines, robots, and micromanipulators

The Type 9217A sensor has a sealed housing and is designed for use in industrial and laboratory applications. Installation directly into a structure is made possible by the thread on the shaft with the force being applied to the front side. A wide range of accessories, from a force introduction cap and coupling elements to connecting cables and straight and angle couplings, is available to simplify installation in both industrial and laboratory environments.

#Kister #PAuto

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Compact, portable combination measuring instrument.

The Yokogawa DL350 ScopeCorder is the most comprehensive fully portable measuring instrument available for capturing, displaying, recording and analysing a wide variety of electrical and physical parameters in industry sectors including automotive, electronics, energy, transport and mechatronics.

Like other models in Yokogawa’s ScopeCorder family, the DL350 combines features of a general-purpose oscilloscope and those of a high-performance data acquisition recorder in a single, portable instrument. Unlike alternative portable measuring solutions such as oscilloscopes and combined oscilloscope/multimeters, it adds exceptionally high levels of precision and accuracy to field measurements, isolated inputs for measurements at high voltage levels, and long-memory capabilities that allow long-term recording for many hours or even days.

Another key feature of the DL350 ScopeCorder, which is not offered by other portable instruments, is its plug-in modularity, which allows it to be configured to suit a variety of user applications. Whether carrying out straightforward high-precision voltage measurements or handling a blend of signals coming from such things as current probes, temperature sensors, strain gauges, accelerometers and serial buses, the DL350 can deliver, without extra boxes or cables.

This flexible input capability is achieved by incorporating two slots which are populated with any of 18 different types of user-swappable input modules. This means, for example, that four isolated 16-bit voltage inputs can be measured at speeds of one megasample per second (MS/s) alongside 16 temperatures or two separate CAN or LIN buses each containing 60 signals. Changing a single module enables measurement at 100 MS/s with 12 bits and 1 kV of isolation. Meanwhile there are 16 logic inputs always available, with even more available by swapping a further module.

Among other modules are AC measurements using an RMS module in real time and a mathematics channel for signal processing and analysis after the recording is finished.

The DL350 offers compatibility with many existing ScopeCorder input modules and thereby provides a potential cost saving to existing users. They will also benefit from the features and functions they have come to value which are represented in the DL350 in a more portable package.

For users who are more familiar with chart recorders than with long-memory oscilloscopes, the DL350 offers a choice of operating modes. Recorder mode is suitable for long-term, continuous recording for a specific duration and where the sampling interval is specified. A set-up wizard can be used in this mode to guide the operator quickly through the entire set-up process.

Scope mode allows the DL350 to be used just like an oscilloscope with all the associated benefits, including comprehensive triggering and flexible memory use. Using the history memory enables up to 1000 separate triggered acquisitions to be captured to the internal memory so that the causes and effects of abnormalities can be carefully analysed.

Up to 5 Gpoints of data per module can be recorded directly to an SD card. This means that the DL350 can be used for continuous recording up to 50 days. For high-speed signals, up to 100 Mpoints per module of internal memory is available to capture fast transients. This is up to 10,000 times more than other portable oscilloscopes or oscilloscope/multimeters and allows signals to be captured with higher sample rates or over longer periods.

A high-resolution, high-speed sampling module, unique amongst portable measuring instruments, provides individually isolated 12-bit, 100 MS/s inputs, which can precisely measure and record transient waveforms (superimposed on inverter outputs, for example) and the edges of control signals which cannot be measured by traditional handheld recorders or oscilloscopes.

An 8.4-inch resistive touch screen has been adopted to deliver superior noise-free performance. In environments with the highest levels of electrical noise such as motors and inverters, measurement precision is maintained whilst enabling the unit to be operated using gloved hands or a stylus. Even when the backlight is switched off, and the touch screen is inactive, the user still has access to the START/STOP, manual trigger and data saving keys. For users unfamiliar with state-of-the-art measuring instruments, there is also help at hand via the built-in instruction manual.
The user has a choice of a simple level trigger or enhanced triggers on such things as pulse width, waveform period and across multiple channels. For example, the wave window trigger is ideal for AC power-line monitoring, and enables voltage sags, surges, spikes, phase shifts or drop-outs to be easily captured (available for 40 to 1000 Hz waveforms).

A DL350 can be left unattended with the captured waveform automatically saved to a file, or a notification email sent if and when it triggers.

The DL350 is first and foremost a field tool. However, it still provides the functionality users expect in a bench instrument. The sampling clock, trigger and start/stop controls are all available as external signals, so that a rotary angle encoder or degree wheel, for example, can be used as the sample clock to analyse engine rotation and performance.

The power in single and 3-phase systems can be evaluated. In addition, for fundamental waveforms of 50 or 60 Hz, up to 40 harmonic orders can be analysed. Alternatively, it is possible to use the suite of FFT functions to perform full frequency analysis.

The DL350 is based on an A4-sized compact chassis and weighs less than 2.6Kg excluding battery and under 4Kg when populated with a battery and 2 x 4 channel modules. The built-in rechargeable battery provides three hours of continuous operation which, when combined with either mains or 10-30 V DC power, provides the DL350 with a highly reliable power supply and worry-free recording for tests that are difficult or expensive to repeat.

@Yokogawa_Europe  #TandM #PAuto

New service partner.

Werum IT Solutions further extends its range of services: The on/off group has been successfully certified as “PAS-X Endorsed Service Partner” for the DACH region and Europe. This qualifies on/off to support pharma and biotech manufacturers during the implementation phase of Werum’s Manufacturing Execution System (MES) PAS-X at production sites all over Europe. The on/off group is a leading engineering service provider for process automation and information technologies with headquarters in Germany.

“With the help of the on/off group, we can support our customers in Europe and especially in the DACH region even more effectively,” Torsten Isenberg, Senior Director Services at Werum IT Solutions GmbH, is pleased to announce. “As PAS-X Endorsed Service Partner, on/off takes on typical, easily scalable implementation services such as master data parameterization, MBR development, validation and on-site go-live support.”

“Through the combination of Werum IT Solutions' and on/off's expertise, our customers will benefit from the long-term, complementary experience of both companies. This partnership is a landmark and future-oriented decision for on/off as well as for Werum. We look forward to an exciting cooperation,” says Björn Müller, Managing Director at on/off it-solutions GmbH.

PAS-X Endorsed Service Partners meet all requirements of Werum IT Solutions' PAS-X service partner program. The main objective of our program is to offer the same quality and competence of services to Werum customers all over the world – through reliable, experienced and certified partners. Our service partners need to have comprehensive PAS-X knowledge, participate at PAS-X trainings on a regular basis, possess experience in the regulated industries and use a quality management system. The certification has to be renewed on a regular basis.

@WerumKarriere #PAuto #On-Off

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Specialist motion components.

Phytron GmbH has appointed Mclennan as its exclusive sales partner in Ireland and Britain. Mclennan will handle enquiries and provide technical and sales support for the specialist and extreme environment stepper motor, drive and motion systems manufacturer.

The move follows Mclennan’s several years’ experience specifying and integrating Phytron’s standard and extreme grade motion components in various industrial, vacuum, space and cryogenic applications across manufacture & test, process industries, and scientific research.

Jon Bentley, Mclennan’s managing director is excited by the opportunities for challenging motion applications the partnership will offer. “Having worked closely with Phytron GmbH over the years we know how professional and dedicated they are, and we look forward to the enhanced offer this closer relationship will yield for demanding applications for our existing customers and new prospects”.

Phytron’s comprehensive product range extends from standard industrial to highly specialised stepper motors that are well proven for instance, in ultra-high vacuum to 10-11 hPa or use on spacecraft – the heritage of these extreme tasks includes motion axis drives for the Mars Rover Curiosity, the Jupiter JUNO mission, BepiColombo - MERTIS and many more. Such specialist technology includes design concept and manufacturing proficiency for extreme temperatures and environments utilising construction materials that include titanium and stainless steels. Design criteria typically includes low magnetic emissions, radiation resistance and the application of dry bearing systems.

The ‘German Mittelstand’ Company also offers industrial and specialist grade stepper motors with a comprehensive range of compatible stepper drives, gearboxes and motion controls for use in the demanding conditions required for aerospace, medical equipment, cleanroom, particle accelerator, cryogenics and more. Other individual products include dedicated stepper drives for Siemens SIMATIC PLCs and Arduino APS-Shield open source educational kits. Programmable stepper motor controls for up to 18 axes of motion include optional LabVIEW® virtual instrument graphical programming. Phytron has ISO 9001 and EN 9100 ‘Aircert’ certification for the aerospace industry.

A further example of Phytron’s technological expertise is demonstrated by its recently introduced LA25 stepper driven linear actuator for use in ultra-high vacuum and temperature as low as -269°C that provides a working precision to < 0.01 mm with a load 10N. The compact 25 mm diameter actuator is designed for cryogenic applications where linear transmission needs to be directly applied inside the vacuum chamber and not through mechanical feed-throughs which can be cumbersome and problematical for vacuum reliability.

With distribution partnerships and its own comprehensive design and build service available, Mclennan provides stepper and servo motor based automation solutions from single components to complete mechatronic assemblies.

@phytronmotors #PAuto

PI and Automation in North America - report.

The 2016 Process Instrumentation and Automation market in the United States, valued at $11.7 Billion, is projected to grow 3.6 percent by 2021 to a total of $14 Billion. The Measurement, Control & Automation Association (MCAA) has published its Annual Market Forecast for 2017. The report, prepared by the analysts at Global Automation Research, focuses on the Process Instrumentation and Automation (PI&A) markets in both the United States and Canada. Twelve industry segments and product categories are examined in-depth, with a forecast timeline extending to the year 2021.

Growth will be concentrated in five industries: Chemicals, electric utilities, oil refining, food & beverage, and pharmaceuticals. The cumulative market gain will be $2,282 Million over the forecast period. The chemicals industry market gain will be the largest at about $850 Million. The next four fast growing industries will add over $1 Billion in market gain. The market gain of the remaining slow-growing industries will equal about $340 Million.

Oil & Gas spending is expected to be essentially flat in 2017, then increasing through the end of the forecast period. The 5- Year CAGR is forecast to be 1.4 percent

The 2016 Canadian PI&A Market value was $1,211 Million, versus $1,202 Million in 2015. Gains in non-oil & gas industries were negated by the continuing drop in oil & gas spending through 2016. The market is forecast to grow at 3.8% CAGR over the 5-year forecast period, reaching $1,458 Million in 2021. Six industries—chemicals, F&B, electric utilities, oil refining, W&WW and pharmaceuticals—as a group, will grow at a 4.8 percent 5-year CAGR. Economic forecasts suggest that the Canadian GDP will remain above 2 percent over the forecast period, creating a strong base for continued growth in PI&A spending.

MCAA provides industrial manufacturers and distributors a community and excellent resources for business effectiveness and growth through unsurpassed market and business insights, unique networking opportunities, effective employee onboarding and development programs and unbiased, affordable market data. This report is included in annual membership but can be purchased by non-members for a fee.

@MeasControl #PAuto #NorthAmerica

Hermetic connector with T/C contacts.

The range of circular connector with thermocouple contacts from Esterline Connection Technologies – SOURIAU, now includes a version with hermetic receptacle to meet specific requirements for aircraft, and applications in harsh environments.

This connector range supplements and complements SOURIAU's current range of hermetic connectors and thermocouple contacts. The specific thermocouple contacts can be fitted in connectors that comply with EN 3646, MIL-DTL-26482, MIL-DTL-38999, and EN 2997. In civil and military aviation, for example, they are used to connect temperature sensors placed around aircraft engines and brake systems.

A specific contact technology
In temperature measurement chains, nickel-chrome (NiCr) and nickel-aluminium (NiAl) are soldered at the sensor inside the transducer and must have material continuity up to the analysis electronics. A connector's contacts must meet this requirement in order for it to be added to the measuring chain. SOURIAU ensures material continuity by fitting a nickel-chrome contact and a nickel-aluminium contact in each of its thermocouple connectors, thus rendering them neutral in the measuring chain.

Hermetic contacts and receptacles
Available connectors
SOURIAU's hermetic connectors with thermocouple contact are now available in three versions: 
EN 2997, MIL-DTL-38999 Series III, and EN 3646.
They are the perfect match with SOURIAU's existing range of hermetic connectors and removable contacts designed for use in increasingly harsh environments.
Receptacles fitted on equipment must be hermetic at two points. The first point relates to the method used to attach the receptacle, which is possible by laser or TIG welding or by fitting a special O-ring. The second point is at the contacts inside the receptacle. Here, the conventional insulator is replaced by a glass insulator. A sintered pad of the same size as the shell and corresponding to the contact layout is inserted and melted at 1000°C in an autoclave. The heating and cooling cycles in the process are interspersed with stabilization periods. As a result, the glass contracts to form a fully hermetic seal within the shell and around each contact. Each connector undergoes rigorous quality control in the form of a helium leak test in order to guarantee the specific leakage rate of less than 10-7 atm-cc/sec required for hermetic connectors.

Contact layout and arrangement
Most connectors are fitted with a pair of nickel-chrome/nickel-aluminium contacts to form a thermocouple pair. SOURIAU can provide connectors with two pairs or more of thermocouple contacts for customers that require signal acquisition redundancy.
Two standard arrangements of three and five contacts are available based on standard definitions. As in any hermetic connector, the matching contacts are typically made of ferronickel.
SOURIAU can customize the location of contacts inside the cavity to the customer’s requirements.

 @SouriauSunbank #PAuto

Monday, June 12, 2017

Automation discipline well served in Ireland.

The AGM of the Ireland Section of the International Society of Instrumentation (ISA) was held recently.  It will continue to foster new advances in automation systems and technologies through technical seminars, events and training.
Some members at the AGM with President 2017-2018 John Murphy (with chain of office!)
The record of the section continues to impress and this is underlined by the number of Section Members that continue the reputation of serving in various position on the world-wide governance of the Society. Last year saw election of Brian Curtis to the signal honour as international President for the 2018 term (Our report October 2016).  Earlier this year David O’Brien started a two year term as the District 12 (Europe, Middle East, Africa = EMEA) Vice President (2017-2018). Both Billy Walsh and Declan Lordan also serve on the Executive Board of the global Society. This participation continues the tradition of serving the international automation community since the section was founded over forty years ago. The Ireland section is unique in the sense that it has a committee of 14 members where three of them sit on the main and a fourth is a District 12 VP.  As Billy Walsh, the section Secretary commented "We are the smallest country in Europe population wise in relation to the other sections , yet we hold these four key positions!".

A programme of technical talks was completed during the year. A joint ISA/ISPE Seminar titled: “Data Paralysis to Predictive Analysis” was held for a full day at the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) in Cork. This event was well attended and it featured a number of table-top exhibits.

The 2016 Section Honours and Awards celebration was held in the Common Room, UCC in December. The Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor P.J. Hourican was the guest of honour. The event was well attended.

The Ireland Section has always had a good relationship with the academic staff in Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the education instructors within the Cork Education & Training Board (CETB). New links are been forged with the next generation of academic staff within CIT so as to promote ISA and continue a tradition that has existed for decades. Additionally, the section continues to maintain correspondence with key personnel within Institute of Technology Carlow (ITC) and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB). It continually seeks to strengthen links with the departments in other educational establishments involved in automation.

A new committee was elected and the John Murphy was re-nominated and elected to continue with the role of ISA Ireland Section – President for 2017 / 2018. He said "As part of my re-newed goals and objectives as President of the section for the coming year is 
i) Further increased awareness on Cyber Security in industry with ISA99/IEC62433 training course in Ireland, due to its critical importance today to the Life Science / Manufacturing industry as we are facing a new era with security of automation systems in today’s digital age. i
i) Further promotion of new advances in automation systems and technologies through our technical seminars, events and training. This is being built on the already established foundation we have within the section."

He lauded the continuation of links with educational establishments and the interaction between members and these bodies.

Committee members include Billy Walsh*, Liam O’Brien, David O’Connor, Declan Lordan*, Brendan Curtis, Alan Bateman, Wayne Bursey, Tim Crowe, Edmond Cuffe, Brian Curtis*, Paul Murray, David O’Brien* and Aidan Smith.

* Also hold positions on the Global Executive Board or the EMEA District.

@IrelandISA  #PAuto #ISAuto

Signal Analyser Solution for 5G and Wideband.

The high-performance Signal Analyzer MS2850A from Anritsu Corporation, targets development and commercial production of 5G mobile communications systems. The MS2850A, the first mid-range Signal Analyzer to offer 1 GHz analysis bandwidth and supports the evaluation of 5G multi-carrier signals.

Installing the 5G measurement software packages leverages the MS2850A’s high dynamic range and excellent flatness performance to cut measurement times using all-at-once, high-accuracy measurements of a typical 800 MHz modulation bandwidth to be used in 5G (e.g. eight 100 MHz bandwidth carriers).

With many operators currently preparing the introduction of next-generation 5G cellular mobile communications systems, with plans to start actual testing from late 2017 into 2018, leading wireless equipment makers have started transitioning from the development and verification testing phases to development of commercial models and preparations for volume manufacturing. Reducing the potentially high equipment investments needed to start 5G NR production lines is a major issue for base station suppliers, who urgently need a high-performance but cost-effective 5G signal analyzer meeting both development and manufacturing requirements. Additionally, other non-5G communications fields will have the same bandwidth and flatness requirements as 5G when broadband communications come into use offering larger data capacity at faster speeds.

The Signal Analyzer MS2850A supports Transmitter performance tests for wireless communications equipment during development and manufacturing; the 32 GHz and 44.5 GHz measurement frequency models have an analysis bandwidth of 255 MHz as standard, which can be extended as an option up to 1 GHz. Noise Figure (NF) and Phase Noise measurement functions can also be installed in both models.

Installing the 5G measurement software packages in the MS2850A supports measurement of 5G uplink and downlink signal frequency error, power, EVM, etc., using CP-OFDM modulation. Additionally, downlink measurements evaluate multi-carriers all at once.

Not only does the MS2850A support all previous cellular technologies such as, LTE, W-CDMA, TD-SCDMA, and GSM, it also offers futureproof support for the new 5G NR standards now being defined by 3GPP.

@AnritsuEMEA #TandM 

Safety in oil & gas storage.

New ultra-tight thief hatch reduces storage tank emissions, conserves tank contents.

The Enardo ES-665 spring-loaded thief hatch for use on low-pressure storage tanks in oil and gas and other industries has been introduced by Emerson. Storage tanks can emit vapours to the environment, which has resulted in tighter regulations and the need for improved emissions control from storage tank devices.

To address this challenge, the ES-665 has been engineered with increased sealing forces, as well as with a tight and consistent fit of the sealing surfaces. The resulting emissions performance of the Enardo ES-665 thief hatch is an industry-leading 0.10 SCFH (standard cubic feet/hour) at 90 percent of setpoint*. The Enardo ES-665, along with Emerson’s other tight-sealing storage tank solutions, also helps conserve tank contents.

The ES-665 provides tank access as well as pressure and vacuum relief to accommodate tank pressure changes that occur under normal conditions. The ES-665 also limits hatch emissions when pressure or vacuum relief is not required.

In addition to its ultra-tight emissions performance, the ES-665 includes an available centre assembly for improved performance of previously installed models, multiple relief settings and material options for application flexibility, and a latching and lockable lid for added security and safety.

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