Friday, June 23, 2017

Heading for Data Centres event!

The utilities department of Hanley Controls Clonmel have signed up to exhibit at Data Centres Ireland Exhibition & Conference in November at the RDS in Dublin. They intend to showcase the following: Nobel Fire Suppression , IGD Gas Detection and Water Leak & Humidity Detection Systems.

DataCentres Ireland is in it’s Sixth year this year and combines both a dedicated exhibition and an adjacent multi-streamed conference, giving attendees access to the latest in information, best practice, products, services and solutions. The Conference is an opportunity to hear the latest in ideas, best practice and case studies presented by leading industry experts and part in facilitated discussions.

@hanleycontrols #PAuto @datacentresire

Tiny iInductive path sensors.

The new Inelta ILAT Series Miniature LVDT Sensors provide precision measurements of position and path in the range of single-digit millimeters. The sensors of this series are available in Models ILAT 2, ILAT4 and ILAT10 for the exact measurements of ±1 mm, ±2 mm or ±5 mm traveling distances.
Owing to their tiny dimensions with a housing length of 79 mm and a diameter of only 8 mm at a weight of 30 g (including cable), the sensors will navigate even within very tight-fitting conditions.

Because of the inductive LVDT principle (Linear Variable Differential Transformer), in which a coil within the sensor with a primary winding and two secondary windings transforms the linear motions of the measuring sensor contact-free into a single electronic signal, the ILAT Sensors operate free from wear and provide a linearity tolerance of >0.25 They are also available with an even smaller linearity tolerance of >0.1%.

Even with their tiny dimensions, the ILAT Sensors are distinguished by their robust design with a stainless-steel housing in protection class IP65 – optionally also in IP67. Nominal temperature rating is 0° – 70°C. The carefully designed linear guiding operates by virtue of a locking mechanism of the probe and can provide more than 10 million cycles. These versatile sensors are suitable for many applications, including medical technology, engineering, agriculture and navigation up to testing facilities or manufacture of special purpose machinery.

Fitting the ILAT Path Sensors are the Inelta external sensor amplifiers IMA2-LVDT, available for signals in the ranges of 0..5V, 0..10V, ±5V, ±10V, 0/4..20mA and ISM-LVDT for 0…10V- or 0..20mA signals. Our print module IVM-LVDT with a readout of 0..10V signals, is also available, suitable for integration into your electronics.

Additionally, Inelta can provide custom sensor designs with further optional features such as custom-made calibration, cable lengths and expanded temperature ranges.

 #HoffmannKrippner #PAuto

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Grandmother retires!

After almost 20 years of reliable service a Gasmet FTIR multigas analyser has finally been retired. The instrument, which is a Gasmet 9540 was purchased at the end of the last century by VTT, the Technical Research Centre of Finland.

“We have utilised this analyzer in a variety of research projects over the years and it has performed extremely well. However, some of the spare parts are no longer available so we have purchased a new Gas DX4000 as a replacement,” comments Mari-Leena Koskinen-Soivi, a Research Scientist at VTT working in sustainable syngas R&D and analytics.

Mari-Leena Koskinen-Soivi
The old Gasmet 9540 was originally purchased for online wet gas analysis on a pressurised flat bed reactor conducting research work on catalysts, providing simultaneous analysis of compounds such as ammonia, hydrogen sulphide, methane, ethane, ethene, benzene, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and others.

Mari-Leena says: “We affectionately call this instrument the ‘Grandmother’ - the main advantage of the old Gasmet 9540 over our laboratory instruments was its speed and simplicity. We still have a requirement for the continuous analysis of multiple gases – usually over 60 compounds – so we are excited to see how the new Gasmet DX4000 will perform.”

Jari Jaakkola, from Gasmet says: “The core technology is still the same, but our FTIR instruments have continued to develop and improve since VTT bought their first instrument. Apart from the new instruments being smaller and lighter, VTT will see a vast improvement in performance. However, I am sure that Mari-Leena will be pleased to discover that the newer instruments have retained the speed and simplicity of their ancestors.”

Established in 1942 and employing over 2,400 staff, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is the leading research and technology company in the Nordic countries. VTT has a national mandate in Finland, using research and knowledge to provide expert services for domestic and international customers and partners in both the private and public sectors.

VTT develops new smart technologies, profitable solutions and innovative products, production processes, methods and services to produce technologies that benefit society. Much of Mari-Leena’s work is focused on efficient methods for the generation of renewable energy, and is therefore contributing to the global fight against climate change.

Mari-Leena has worked at VTT since 1979; starting in peat research and later moving to gasification. For the last 15 years she has been working with catalysts and synfuels. “Accurate multigas analysis is therefore a crucial element of our work,” she adds. “Continuous online monitoring provides much greater insight into process conditions and helps us to understand the chemical processes that are taking place. With the ability to fulfil this role on hot, wet complex gas mixtures, FTIR is one of our most important analytical tools, and with proven reliability lasting 20 years we don’t have to worry about the quality of Gasmet instruments!”


@Gasmet_Tech  #PAuto #Finland @VTTFinland

Modular cable interface.

Modular connector interface enables compressed air delivery with thousands of mating cycles

Harting has developed a new compressed air module to meet the increased demands on pneumatic interfaces in flexible production processes.

The new Han® Pneumatic Module Metal uses robust, durable high-mating-cycle metal contacts that can be plugged and unplugged at least 10,000 times. It means that users can exploit the benefits of compressed air technology in frequently converted production facilities – in order to supply drive units, control units, brakes, holding and unloading units, for example.

The new interface operates at a high maximum pressure: instead of the previous upper limit of 8 bars (for the Han® Pneumatic module with plastic contacts), contacts can now withstand permanent pressures of up to 10 bars. This means that the Han® Pneumatic Module Metal now covers the entire low pressure range, extending the possible applications for pluggable compressed air systems.
Harting has used flow simulations to minimise contact pressure loss. Pressure loss in the socket contacts with internal valves is now half that of conventional pneumatic interfaces.

This innovation opens up new combination possibilities for pneumatics in modular connectors for high connection cycles (HMC). Electrical contacts for the transfer of signals and power can now be combined with contacts for the transfer of fibre-optic signals and compressed air in HMC connectors for the first time – saving users valuable build space and assembly time.


@harting #PAuto

Early-bird registration deadline for Water/Wastewater symposium.

The deadline for early-bird registration for the 2017 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium has been extended to 1 July 2017. The original deadline was 15 June 2017.

ISA members who register by Saturday, 1 July will pay only $350—a discount of $150 off the regular rate. Additional registration discounts are available for AWWA, WEF and ITA members.

The 2017 ISA WWAC Symposium, to be conducted 8-10 August 2017  in Orlando (FL USA), is expected to draw between 200 and 250 attendees. The event is presented by the ISA Water/Wastewater Industries Division (WWID), in collaboration with the Florida Section of the AWWA (FSAWWA), the Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA), the WEF Automation and Info Tech Committee, and the Instrumentation Testing Association (ITA).

Some of the most highly regarded experts, including six distinguished speakers, will address the critical issues and challenges in automation facing the water/wastewater industry. Speakers and sessions will highlight the importance of instrumentation, SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) and automatic control applications to the safe, effective treatment and distribution of water, and the collection and treatment of wastewater.

Attendees will gain the latest news and trends in automation and control systems, instrumentation, cybersecurity, alarm management, and emerging technologies across the industry. Twenty-four technical presentations will be delivered on various aspects of automation and control.

In addition to an acclaimed keynote speaker and five notable guest speakers and the extensive technical program, the symposium will feature a hands-on instrumentation workshop (introduced for the first time), an exhibit showcase, a tour of a nearby water facility, high-value training opportunities and more.

The symposium also provides an excellent opportunity to gain valuable technical information, networking, professional development and continuing education credits (CEUs and PDHs).

“I continue to receive feedback that this event is truly one of the best of its kind due to the fact that the attendees and exhibitors are focused on solutions to real-world challenges and what’s actually experienced in on-the-job settings,” reports Kevin Patel, Director of the 2017 ISA Water/Wastewater Industry Division. “Adding to its value are the training opportunities, and the networking, professional development and continuing education credits.”

“Our secret is our focus,” says Patrick Gouhin, CEO and Executive Director at ISA. “Our annual ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium specifically caters to the needs of professionals involved with automation, instrumentation and SCADA in the municipal water and wastewater sectors. It is a unique niche event and we are proud of its increasing popularity. There is no other event like it in North America.”


#WWAC. #PAuto #Water #ISAuto

Wireless area gas monitor approved to INMETRO standards.

The BM25 & BM 25 Wireless area gas monitor, from Tyco Gas & Flame Detection, have been INMETRO* approved as per governmental regulation n°179-2010 and has received certification N°15.0200 X.

The BM 25 packs the benefits of a fixed system area monitor into a rugged, user-friendly and transportable instrument. It was designed to detect one to five gases for mobile or temporary work applications, team protection, area surveillance, or places where fixed detection systems are not suitable. The Wireless version allows several BM 25 devices to communicate on the same network or to send information wirelessly to a controller.

Less than 7 kilos, the BM 25 is easily transportable and its robustness makes it resistant to harsh environments. The monitor emits a powerful audible alarm of 103 dB @ 1m and has an ultra-bright flashing signal viewable at 360°. The BM 25 Wireless version allows an alarm transfer up to 1 km line of sight with the network. With 170 hours autonomy, the BM 25 allows to work longer in dangerous area.

* INMETRO The National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology was created by Federal law in December, 1973, to support Brazilian enterprises, to increase their productivity and the quality of goods and services.


@TycoGFD #PAuto @Inmetro

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Dual-mode wireless gateway.

New gateway provides ISA100.11a users a path to industry-leading WirelessHART® portfolio

A new dual-mode wireless gateway which supports both IEC 62951 WirelessHART® and ISA100.11a industrial wireless communications standards has been announced. This latest addition expands Emerson’s wireless portfolio and provides customers an easy way to take advantage of WirelessHART technologies from many suppliers.

“With our new dual-mode gateway, we’re excited to give ISA100.11a users an easy path to the improved operating performance they are seeking,” said Bob Karschnia, vice president and general manager, wireless, Emerson Automation Solutions. “WirelessHART has proven in 10 years of successful deployments around the world to provide the highest reliability and most robust self-organising, self-healing network, for the lowest cost.”

With more than 31,000 WirelessHART installations worldwide and over 9.1 billion operating hours, Emerson leads the automation industry in wireless networking. Emerson’s wireless portfolio helps customers extend their automation ecosystem for improved operating reliability with sensing, monitoring and control technologies such as temperature, pressure, level, corrosion, flow, acoustic, gas and vibration, plus wireless adapters for valve positioners and digital valve controllers.

Serving as the backbone of a wireless infrastructure, wireless gateways and access points increase the amount of real-time information available to automation systems, applications and analytics tools to help organisations improve responsiveness and decision-making. Critically, they must possess robust, ‘always-on’ security to limit network vulnerability. When deployed efficiently, they can require the least hardware necessary to keep costs low while keeping operating reliability high. Lastly, customers consistently seek ease-of-deployment as a key consideration.

A future release of Emerson’s dual-mode wireless gateway will be integrated into the Cisco 1552WU, a combined WirelessHART and WiFi solution for industrial hardened wireless, and will seamlessly integrate into Emerson’s industry-leading security and network management tools, including Emerson’s Plantweb™ Insight applications for Industrial IoT, which help industrial facilities improve operations and maintenance by simplifying asset monitoring.

• You may also find this account of the recent Emerson - NIBRT Life Sciences event in Dublin (IRL) of interest.

@EMR_Automation #PAuto #Hart @ISA100WCI

DP Transmitter on very long train!

ADZ NAGANO develops and manufactures pressure sensors and transmitters that meet the highest industrial requirements for standard and specialist applications ranging from mobile machinery to aerospace equipment. Represented in Britain by Variohm EuroSensor, ADZ is especially active in technologically demanding projects such as the following railway braking application that call upon its considerable expertise to solve unusually challenging tasks.

On very long railway trains, the multiple locomotives positioned at the beginning and in the middle and probably at the end of a train, usually communicate via radio. Commands for braking or accelerating, for instance, are transmitted in that way. However, in difficult terrain such as in the mountains or in tunnels, communication may be interrupted or not sufficiently reliable. This may result in severe problems. A back-end train segment, for example, that is not braked or whose speed in a bend is too high, involves a risk of accident that must not be underestimated.

Remedial help can be provided by ADZ’s SMD Differential Pressure Sensor, which measures the flowrate in the braking system. The values will determine whether a signal for braking or for releasing the brakes is required. The locomotive in middle position or at the end of the train, which then has no radio link, receives this information and initiates braking or loosening the brakes for the respective train segment.

The sensors are additionally used to make sure prior to departure from a station that the brake system is completely tight and has no leak. The proof that such a test is performed before leaving a station and the measured data recorded is statutorily required in Canada and the US, for example.

The sensor must withstand typical rail requirements with a view to prevailing temperatures, vibrations and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). This in turn requires the sensors neither to be interfered by mobile phone signals or other radio sources nor to influence them.

The sensor design is custom-made, individually fitting the respective requirements regarding the available space, necessary connecting configurations or electrical contacts.

@Variohm  #PAuto #Transport

CompEx Competency Validation.

Martin Jones* of JT Limited is to discuss the development of competency after the Piper Alpha Disaster in 1988 at a technical meeting of the Ireland Section of the International Society of Automation (ISA). The meeting is scheduled for Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork Wednesday 12th July 2017, 19:30pm.

Piper Alpha, North Sea 1988
He will examine how major users assisted the development moving on to the methodology of validating core competency and why it is important for employers to maintain a safe workplace to protect staff, contracting staff and the capital asset. The importance of utilising an accredited scheme will be stressed to ensure variability is reduced to a minimum as well as an overview of where the CompEx Scheme currently addresses competency and its strategy moving forward.

Peadar Walsh (Jones Engineering Group) will also be in attendance. Jones along with their partners ExVeritas operate the first and only CompEx certified training center in Ireland.

Pre-registration on the section website would be helpful (not necessary to attend) as it would give an indication of how many to expect on the night.

*About Presenter and Company
Martin Jones is the CompEx Operations Manager of the Internationally Accredited CompEx Scheme which validates core competency for Responsible Persons, Application Design Engineers and Operative/Technicians who work in explosive atmospheres. Martin has worked in heavy industry most of his working life, 20 years in British Coal Corporation from a Craft/Student Apprentice to Electrical Engineer, then General Manager / Production Director at Europe’s largest board panel producer.

Studying an MBA whilst working at Marlin Industries, he left to take up an Operations Directorship with NWP in Commercial Electrical and Mechanical Contracting which led to his current role. He joined JTL, the UK’s largest work based learning provider and the CompEx Certification Body in 2006 and took up the CompEx Scheme responsibilities in 2007 where he has grown the CompEx Scheme from 11 center’s to 56 center’s worldwide and in 2010 achieved ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation for the scheme with the British Accreditation Service UKAS.

#ISAuto #PAuto #Ireland #EX

Extensometer for vehicular safety applications.

The VPG Transducers brand of Vishay Precision has announced the global market introduction of its Model 182 extensometer, a specialty high-performance strain gage-based force sensor, expressly designed for industrial, EN15000 and EN280 compliant off-highway vehicle and equipment safety applications.

The Model 182 extensometer accurately measures deformation, or changes in the length of a solid structural body, with a 500 μƐ full-scale sensing range and necessary redundancy for EN15000 and EN280 compliance in safety applications. Its robust design consists of a high-quality strain gage sensing element, housed in a highly corrosion resistant coated alloy steel, with mounting via two bolt holes (M10 12.9 required). Units are IP67 rated for dust and moisture protection, ensuring their continued reliability and repeatability in demanding environments. Multiple output choices, including mV/V, 4-20 mA and 0-10 V, are available as standard, along with alternate connection options. For vehicle safety applications, customers can select from either a CAN Open or SAE J1939 protocol, with further choice of a DT or M12 connector. Please consult VPG Transducers for details.

Typical applications for the Model 182 include off-highway vehicle, telescopic handler and lifting machinery measurements. The extensometer is especially well-suited for applications where safety and device stability are of critical importance for operator injury risk mitigation and prevention, including where stringent vehicle compliance with EN15000 and EN280 standards may be required. It may be further specified for the accurate onboard vehicle machinery and chassis safety monitoring of construction equipment, scissor lifts, boom lifts, forklifts, and materials handling equipment. Here, the extensometer effectively supports various lifting and loading scenarios, including overload measurements.

 @VishayIndust #VPG #Transportation

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Free chlorine analysis.

Free Chlorine Analysis Systems, compliant to EPA Method 334.0 have been introduced by Endress+Hauser. The systems eliminate the need for costly reagents and accompanying required maintenance, making the system ideally suited for applications in drinking water, industrial water, power and other industries where water is disinfected using chlorine.

Each turnkey system is panel-mounted with an amperometric free chlorine sensor and a pH probe mounted in an integrated flow assembly, sensor cables, and an Endress+Hauser Liquiline transmitter, either the CM442 or CM444. An integral flow switch mounted in the flow assembly monitors for proper system flow, and provides an alarm at the transmitter if flow is interrupted. A lead-free regulator sets system pressure to 15 psi.

The CM442 transmitter has two sensor input channels and two 4-20mA HART outputs, while the CM444 transmitter version comes standard with two sensor input channels, and can handle up to eight sensor inputs if desired, two 4-20mA HART outputs, and additional I/O, such as digital communications. Each transmitter has a NEMA 4X (IP66) rating and all other components are waterproof, making the transmitter suitable for installation indoors, outdoors or in an enclosure.

System tubing is 3/8-inch stainless steel. All components are installed on a 20 x 20-inch stainless steel panel prepared with 3/8-inch ID mounting holes, for secure mounting to a vertical surface.

Stainless steel inlet and outlet shut off valves, with 1/2-inch female NPT fittings, allow for system isolation during routine sensor maintenance. The pH-compensated measurement ensures accurate DPD verification, and a separate 1/4-inch sample valve allows a DPD verification test for residual chlorine to be performed without interrupting system measurement. The independent DPD verification test capability also ensures compliance with EPA requirements.

A built-in needle valve in the flow assembly provides flow control between 30 and 120 L/hour, and an inductive low-flow alarm switch indicates when flow is too low for proper measurement.

Both the free chlorine and pH sensors are industry-standard Memosens digital sensors that eliminate problems associated with analog sensor technology. The systems are equipped with a Cloromax CCS142D Memosens Free Chlorine sensor in ranges of 0.01 to 5 ppm or 0.05 to 20 ppm, while the Orbisint CPS31D Memosens pH sensor measures 1-12 pH. Optional Memobase Plus hardware and software enables intelligent sensor management.

 @Endress_Hauser  #PAuto 

British manufacturers plan for transition from Europe.

During the period that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are working through their exit from the European Union (EU) we will endevour to bring items of particular interest and/or relevence to the automation sector in the process/nogotiations.

The engineering equipment manufacturers’ taskforce, EURIS* - of which GAMBICA is a member - believes that a 5 year transition period for the full implementation of Brexit is necessary to minimise economic disruption to British manufacturing companies as they adjust to life outside the EU. This extended period beyond March 2019, would allow industry to develop new relationships and solutions with respect to the comprehensive and complex nature of European legislation and related standards. It is understood that such a transition period would need to be agreed as part of the negotiations, but EURIS encourages all parties to work towards this end.

Without such a transition period, the British Government risks a situation where failure to reach an agreement would result in barriers to trade for British companies that import from or export to the EU.

EURIS manufacturers maintain that the structure of the single market and customs union should remain intact, allowing businesses to operate in the current efficient and seamless manner. In addition, the status of EU nationals employed in the British should be guaranteed in order to provide certainty and continuity of skilled labour.

EURIS has a membership consisting; BEAMA, GAMBICA, EAMA, REA, CESA, FETA, covering some 2500 companies across electrotechncial, electronics, renewables and mechanical engineering products.  It has a focus on product manufacturers covered by the Single Market and all the supporting regulations. The member associations have extensive relationships with equivalent European trade bodies, and parts of the European Commission. The Taskforce produces position papers relating to the Brexit process relevant to the manufacturing section. It is also an advisory body for the potential impacts of the changing relationship between the UK and EU for the UK Government, press and manufacturers.
EURIS issues a weekly economic report to its members based on a tracked set of macro market indicators ranging from international trade and the general economy through to productivity costs and price indices.


See also our initial reaction to the Brexit decision: Nobody knows! (30/6/2017)


 @gambica  #EURIS #Brexit 

Torque transducer.

The T22 torque transducer, from HBM,  is now available with three new nominal (rated) torques of 0.5 Nm, 1 Nm and 2Nm, making it a cost-effective and flexible solution.

Available up to now for nominal (rated) torque values of up to 1 kNm, this latest upgrade, which makes the T22 suitable for nominal (rated) torque values from 0.5 Nm to 1 kNm, opens the door to a variety of new applications. Suitable for applications in the laboratory and in end-of-line test benches, the latest upgrade now makes the T22 suitable for tests in medical engineering, bearing test benches and material and haptic tests.

Providing a cost-effective solution, the T22 comes complete with integrated electronics, which require no additional amplifier to be specified and is maintenance free. In addition, users can also benefit considerably from minimal time and cost expenditure and integration effort.

Featuring a robust and compact design, the flexible T22 meets the market requirement and is the ideal choice for dynamic and static torque measurement on non-rotating as well as rotating components.

@HBMmeasurement  #PAuto 

New blog launched directed at the pharma sector.

Digital channel for experts to exchange ideas on current solutions and forward-looking topics affecting pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturing.

Pharmaceutical and biotech professionals can now find useful information and example-driven approaches that address current manufacturing challenges as well as forward-looking pieces speaking to regulations and other issues facing the industry in the near future in the Pharma Manufacturing Blog just launched by Werum.

The new professional blog will allow experts to share opinions and ideas concerning such wide-ranging topics such as Digitization, Industrie 4.0, Plug & Produce and Big Data. Other frequent topics will be those relevant to generic drugs, reducing time to market, and regulatory requirements.

As the market leader in pharmaceutical manufacturing execution systems (MES), Werum IT Solutions brings heft to the blogspace: "Werum is an expert in pharmaceutical and biotech processes, and our managers and consultants are familiar with complicated industry challenges and dedicated best practices," says Karl Hoffmann, Senior Director Marketing & Business Development at Werum IT Solutions GmbH. "We actively contribute to various organizations, such as ISPE and GAMP, taking part in working groups to promote timely topics like Pharma 4.0. The new blog is a platform to expand upon this thought leadership to help shape and improve the future of pharma manufacturing."
Visitors can easily post comments without logging in, and Werum also is inviting guest bloggers to share their experience with the industry (the company will provide guest writers with login data).

@Werum  #Pauto  #Pharma

Ready for the floods?

Nigel Grimsley, Managing Director of OTT Hydrometry is urging those responsible for flood prevention and management to take action this summer to ensure they are protected before the arrival of severe weather. “Saturated soil and blocked channels contribute to the severity of flooding, but in many cases it is the location and intensity of rainfall that contributes to the speed with which flooding occurs. Early warning of intense rainfall events or blocked channels is therefore essential. Recent advances in technology mean that it is now relatively simple and low cost to set up advanced warning systems so that appropriate measures can be taken quickly and effectively,” he says.

“The early implementation of prevention and mitigation measures provides essential protection for valuable assets. For example, on a small scale, we have installed water level monitors in village streams that are prone to flooding during intense rain or when channels become blocked. On a larger scale, we have supplied 153 monitoring stations for the Harris County Flood Warning System in Texas, where flooding represents a major threat to life and property, so early warning of intense rainfall and rising water levels provide opportunities for mitigation and where necessary, evacuation.”

OTT’s latest flood warning systems provide easy access to monitoring data from PCs and smartphones. However, crucially, they are also able to automatically issue text or email alarms when rainfall or water levels approach dangerous levels, so that timely action can be taken.

 @OTTHydrometry #Environment

Living on the Edge!

New techniques for protecting data in the Era of IIoT.

The "Things" of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) show their true value when actionable business intelligence information is pulled from the data they provide. However, current analytics products are only the tip of the iceberg. As the future approaches, next generation analytics and artificial intelligence technologies will support data and real time decision making at the point of production. Practitioners must realize that this data is critical, and needs to be protected and continuously available.

Delivering this protection at the Edge requires a much more dynamic approach than has traditionally been used for data connectivity, or cloud based solutions.

This "on-demand" webinar has Craig Resnick of the ARC Advisory Group and Jason Andersen of Stratus Technologies as they delve into:
  • The evolution of IIoT and data criticality
  • Techniques for protecting and ensuring the continuous availability of data
  • The success of organizations who are “living on the edge” having already deployed simple, secure, and reliable edge based solutions.
A veteran writer and editor of ISA publications InTech & Automation.com, Bill Lydon who has more than 25 years of experience designing and applying technology in the automation and controls industry is chairing the session.

The webinar was presented recently and this is a recording. Click here to view the webinar.

@automation_com  #PAuto #IoT @arc_advisory @StratusAlwaysOn 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Plastic push-pull connector for medical & other applications.

Esterline Connection Technologies – SOURIAU's JMX series is a plastic push-pull connector for use in the medical industry. It is designed for easy use by any medical professional.

The JMX meets UL 1977 and IEC 60601 standards and connects to surgical devices, diagnostic equipment, and patient monitoring devices. The entire series is available from all SOURIAU distributors in Europe and North America.

Easy and secure connections
The JMX series is specifically designed for easy, instinctive use. Each plug features an ergonomic grip and a visual indicator for easy alignment with its receptacle.

Nine different color codes and six different key options are available to identify the connectors and prevent mating errors. The series also has a durability of 2,000 mating/unmating cycles, making daily use possible. The series' technical characteristics conform to UL 1977 and IEC 60601 and are designed to simplify medical device approval.

Waterproof and sterilizable
The JMX series protects equipment from liquids typically found in medical environments (water, blood, cleaning liquids). Rated IP68 in mated and/or unmated conditions, the JMX series protects against immersion in 10 m of water for one week. It also withstands autoclave sterilization and is rated for 200 cycles of four-minutes each at 134°C.

Carefully designed
SOURIAU's JMX series of plastic push-pull connector is designed to fit onto any medical device. Its bright colors and slender profile blend harmoniously with devices and set it apart from the competition.

A wide selection of contacts and layouts
The JMX series comes in nine layouts and four different diameters (0.5, 0.7, 0.9, and 1.3 mm) to withstand currents and voltages of up to 10 A/1200 V. The contacts are available in solder or crimp version and SOURIAU's overmolded harnesses provide customers with permanent one-piece assemblies. The series will be supplemented by a number of additions (PCB versions, additional layouts) that will be rolled out in 2017 and 2018.

Non-medical applications
Although the JMX series of plastic push-pull connector is designed for medical applications, it lends itself equally well to instrumentation, robotic, and lighting applications. Its ergonomics, small form factor, and ingress protection rating make it a tremendous asset in meeting the needs of these markets.

@SouriauSunbank #Pauto  #Medical

Wiring regulation updates!

Although nearly 15 month’s away it is not too early to review training, procedures, methods and safety overview in light of the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations.

MCP offers this overview on the more significant amendments to the regulations due to be published on 1st July 2018

These major additions and amendments are likely to be included.
  1. Protection against overvoltage and transient overvoltage. This means protection of installations of overvoltage from within as well as from external overvoltage sources could be provided by Surge Protection Devices (SPDs). Overvoltages which affect human life, public services and commercial and industrial activities are included. In all other cases (i.e. domestic) a risk assessment could be required to determine whether this protection is required. It is suggested that in these circumstances, (for a single dwelling) where the total economic value of the installation is less than 5 times the value of an SPD, this may not need to be used. It will be interesting to see how demographic differences in dwelling costs can be included within this calculation.
  2. Protection against Fire has been around ever since electricity has been used within buildings however although RCDs may be used to reduce the effect of fire, these do not distinguish between series or parallel arcing between live conductors. For this reason, the BS7671:2018 will include for the installation of arc fault detection devices (AFDD) to reduce the risks of faults within the fixed installation.
  3. Section 753 (Floor and Ceiling heating Systems) will be extended to include for embedded electric surface heating. This will apply to electric heating systems for de-icing and frost protection for both internal as well as external conditions. Areas to be included are heating systems for walls, floors, ceilings, roofs, drainpipes, gutters, pipes, stairs, and roadways, non-compacted outdoor areas (playgrounds & lawns). As walls are more susceptible to potential damage than floors, protection will be required to heating systems within these areas from penetration of the heating elements by (for example) earthed metallic grids.
  4. A new section to provide for Energy Efficiency will also be included which will address the ever increasing need to reduce the energy consumption of installations. Draft proposals provide the client with the ability to specify the level of energy efficiency to be applied to the electrical installation (e.g. transformer & power factor correction). These efficiency measures can be added together to provide a class of “electrical installation efficiency” ranging from EIEC0 to EIEC4 (dependant on the efficiency of the systems). This section will cover vehicle charging points, lighting, metering, cable losses, transformer losses, PF correction and harmonics.
 #mcpeurope #PAuto #Britain #Standards

Wireless standard speeds along!

The 2017 ON World Report on Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) found ISA100 Wireless to be the fastest growing Industrial Wireless mesh standard, with adoption increasing at 2.5X the pace of its leading competitor.

ISA100 Wireless adoption increased 67% over the past two years. Key factors driving ISA100 Wireless over its competition include flexible time scheduling, software tunneling and support for star and mesh topologies; features which are especially important for growing wireless applications such as gas detection, steam trap monitoring as well as oil and gas wellsite remote monitoring.

This ON World report is the result of a survey of 183 industrial automation professionals. The majority of the responses were completed in November 2016.

Supplementing this survey, ON World conducted dozens of phone interviews with individuals representing leading industrial automation vendors, suppliers, industry groups and end users.

The survey consisted of 36 questions that had up to 11 multiple choice items as well as several open ended questions.

Respondents are voluntary and received a free report for their participation as well as the survey results for their participation.

“The On World report confirms the vigorous adoption rate that we have been experiencing over the last few years,” said Andre Ristaino, Managing Director, ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute(WCI). “We’ve been aware of the growth anecdotally, but we haven’t had objective data to prove it until the On World report was published. The ISA100 Wireless product portfolio has expanded rapidly in the last two years, helping drive end user adoption. New products include the industry’s first-ever full loop SIL-2 certified gas sensing application (there are now three SIL-2 rated ISA100 Wireless products)."

WCI is also seeing new applications of ISA100 Wireless technology outside of traditional process industries. Extreme examples include remote wireless crane operator controls for ship loading and onboard controls for communication satellites. The newest ISA100 Wireless product trend is headed towards miniaturized and low-cost devices (originally dubbed ‘lick and stick’ in 2007 during the ISA100.11a committee process).

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