Friday, July 21, 2017

Event focuses on oil products, chemicals and petrochemicals.

The organisers of PEFTEC 2017 (Antwerp {B}, 29-30th November) have published the Conference themes for this year’s event and announced that registration is now open.
PEFTEC is a specialist event focused on the testing, analysis and monitoring of downstream oil products, chemicals and petrochemicals. Created to provide the latest guidance on regulations, methods and technologies for analytical chemists, scientists, process operators, laboratory personnel and environmental managers, PEFTEC 2017 builds on the success of the inaugural event that took place in 2015.

Antwerpen (B)
The event will be situated at the centre of one the world’s largest clusters of petrochemical companies, and will include 4 Conferences focusing on analytical techniques, environmental monitoring, methane measurement and safety issues in hazardous situations.

It will provide the petrochemical industry with an opportunity to discover the latest information on testing and monitoring, in the laboratory, in the field and on-site. A major international exhibition will feature over 150 of the world’s leading providers of analytical testing and monitoring equipment and services, and technical conferences will address the topics of greatest interest to industry practitioners.

PEFTEC Analytical Conference (29th & 30th November)
This 2 day conference is divided into 4 half-day themed sessions which are planned to allow delegates with particular technique interests to cover their topic of interest in the conference whilst also consulting the wide range of relevant instrument manufacturers and providers in the exhibition. The Analytical Techniques sessions will discuss the latest developments and trends in analysis in the petrochemical industries through presentations from leading academic and industry experts.

Day 1
The morning session on Day 1 will cover Elemental Analysis and Speciation including trace metal analysis and the speciation of mercury, phosphorus, arsenic and oxygen compounds in a range of petrochemical samples. The afternoon session of day 1 will be dedicated to the latest developments in Mass Spectrometry.

The increased availability of affordable, reliable and easy to operate high resolution mass spectrometers when combined with sample ionisation techniques which offer a degree of chemical selectivity has led to a recent dramatic rise in the use of these techniques. In this session, leading researchers in this field from academia and industry will cover all of the main techniques and their application.

Day 2
The morning session on Day 2 will address Separation Science techniques including GC, HPLC and SFC with a focus on multidimensional and hyphenated systems. GC continues to be the most commonly used chromatographic technique in the industry and the application of multidimensional GC techniques will be covered in the first 2 presentations, followed by a talk on the application of in silico modelling of GC separations. The remainder of the session will cover the application of SFC and HPLC and their combinations to achieve improved separations.

The final afternoon session will cover spectroscopic techniques and on-line analysis, focusing on the rapid rise of Vacuum Ultra-Violet Spectroscopy (VUV) in the industry. VUV is a selective and sensitive detector for hydrocarbon analysis which in a relatively brief time has been widely accepted by the industry and in combination with GC has recently been approved as an ASTM method for the analysis of finished gasoline (ASTM D8071). The application of thermo-gravimetric analysis coupled with infra-red spectroscopy (TGA-IR) for fouling deposit analysis and the application of comprehensive two dimensional GC for on-line analysis will complete the session and the analytical technique conference.

PEFTEC Environmental Monitoring Conference (Wednesday 29th November)
Prof Alastair Lewis from the University of York (GB) will introduce this one day conference focusing on the management of gaseous and particulate emissions to the atmosphere - a vital component of environmental sustainability in the petrochemical and refining industries. The presentations will examine the latest theoretical, observational and modeling approaches that are available for quantifying both greenhouse gases such as methane and CO2 and short-lived air pollutants including NOx, mercury and hydrocarbons. The presentations will cover the latest techniques that can be used to better quantify emissions from existing industrial activities and that provide insight into the future impacts of new industry practices and regulations.

A programme of international speakers from Britain, Spain, Netherlands, Germany and Austria has been assembled from academic and industry sectors. The speakers will cover issues ranging from measurement science, emissions quantification, regulation and future environmental priorities for the industry.

#PEFTEC17 #PAuto #Oil #Chemical

Thursday, July 20, 2017

PCB adaptor provides Ethernet straight to the circuit board.


Harting has introduced a new M8 D-coded PCB adaptor that allows Fast Ethernet and PoE (Power over Ethernet) communications to be interfaced directly to a circuit board via an individual miniaturised connector, with corresponding space savings for customers.

The new interface is designed to address the challenge provided by the fact that field components such as sensors, actuators, cameras and switches are getting smaller as they follow the trend for miniaturisation in industry. At the same time, smaller and smaller field components need to be able to communicate via the Ethernet.

Traditionally, the vital lifelines of power and data have been supplied via two separate connections, but the advent of miniaturisation and smaller housings, in particular, has rendered this arrangement a luxury. Today, Power over Ethernet (PoE) is the number one prerequisite for supplying both lifelines via a single interface.

With the M8 D-coded interface, Harting now offers a connector that carries power and 100 Mbit/s Ethernet straight down to the circuit board in the smallest field applications. In line with Harting’s larger circular connectors, the new device is IP67 protected, and can also carry the necessary power to small field components via PoE. The fact that it meets the requirements of the PAS IEC 61076-2-114 standard makes it a safe investment, as it can be combined with the connectors and sockets of various manufacturers. Hence all users can benefit from a smaller but totally reliable interface for miniaturisation.

@Harting #PAuto 

Web based real time temperature monitoring.

A new company, LPRS Connected Solutions Ltd (LPRS CS) has been set up to provide systems integrators with Cloud based end-to-end M2M and IoT monitoring solutions.
“LPRS developed their market leading easyRadio modules to overcome the problems our customers found with developing wireless communication systems and the software to control them.” comments Nick Pummell, Managing Director of LPRS “The same is now true of customers looking to deploy IoT solutions and attempting to assemble various elements including cloud back office, sensor hardware and communications infrastructure from a number of disparate sources, and combine them into one overall system for an effective, reliable, control and monitoring solution”

LPRS CS builds on over 25 years of experience in the M2M wireless control market and offers systems integrators complete end-to-end solution including wireless sensors, wireless gateways and a cloud platform with secure web-browser access.

The LPRS CS’s new long range wireless temperature monitoring solution has been developed for industrial temperature sensing applications. Using the latest wireless technology and cloud back-office infrastructure, the system is designed to operate as a standalone wireless network completely independent of a location’s own IT infrastructure.

The system comprises, LPRS CS’s low power wireless temperature sensor devices, coupled to their own cloud based service, robust and scalable management and a web based control platform for managing wireless devices.

“Using our new IoT system allows customers to automate existing manual processes and gather a high level of accurate and detailed information from installed systems or new services,” adds Pummell.

The system is designed with ODM’s and end users in mind, offering a fully customizable white label solution for industry expert companies to take to market. By using this innovative technology, companies can change business outcomes and behaviours, add new revenue streams, disrupt existing markets and drive customer loyalty

The hardware is battery powered and provides long range wireless communication for campus coverage with a 3 to 5 year operational life before requiring battery replacement. It has an IP67 waterproof housing, is IT network independent; no Wi-Fi or Ethernet required, provides a temperature reading every 10 minutes and has an operating temperature range from -20 + 60°C

The LPRS CS proprietary cloud platform provides secure web-browser access, infinite hierarchal login’s for flexible customer use, an easy-to-use reporting system, a user configurable alerting engine and is secure and scalable.

Typical applications include medical refrigeration monitoring, room temperature monitoring, museum and leisure temperature monitoring, facilities management (monitoring for Legionella and other potential hazards) and in home telehealth.

@LPRS_Ltd #Wireless #IoT

Change of guard at imaging technology company.

After 44 years, company founder Wilhelm Stemmer is handing the company over to proven successors.

Wilhelm Stemmer with the two newly
appointed managing directors
Christof Zollitsch & Martin Kersting.
Stemmer Imaging achieved turnover of 88.7 million euros over the twelve months of the business year that has just ended. After adjustment for exchange rates, this means a growth of 6 percent for the company, which is active in 19 countries.

"The biggest increase as a percentage was realised by our branches in Finland, the Netherlands and Switzerland", says managing director Christof Zollitsch, explaining the positive result. "It was unfortunate that a substantial growth, especially in the UK but also in Sweden, has been offset due to the depreciation of the local currencies against the Euro."

He said it was particularly pleasing that the portion of turnover attributable to customer services had increased further in the preceding year. "We have extensive resources in this area that enable us to significantly reduce the effort that our customers have to put in to solve their image processing tasks. Our range of services increases our customers' profitability and thus represents a major criterion for co-operating with Stemmer as a preferred partner for all aspects of image processing."

The close of the business year 2016/17 also represents the end of an era: Company founder Wilhelm Stemmer has sold his shares in the company and is retiring from the operative business. 75.04%  of the shares are now held by Munich-based AL-KO AG, parent company of the internationally active AL-KO KOBER SE. As part of the transaction, the proven management team acquired 24.96% of the shares.

"I have been an entrepreneur for 44 years and am now 73 years old. It was time for me to find a sustainable succession plan to ensure the continuation of my life's work", says Wilhelm Stemmer, explaining why he has taken this step. "With AL-KO AG as the majority owner, Stemmer Imaging will continue to be able to tap into future markets and expand them further. From now on Martin Kersting, who has been a partner in the business until now, will control the fortunes of the company as managing director together with Christof Zollitsch, who I also appointed managing director back in 2001. So I know that the company is in the best hands for the future and I wish both of them and indeed the entire workforce all the best for the future."


 @stemmerimaging #PAuto

Moisture sensor is rugged, fast and accurate!

Servomex has launched the AquaXact 1688: a rugged, fast and accurate moisture sensor that can be used as a standalone 4-20mA loop-powered device, or digitally interfaced to Servomex’s AquaXact control unit, SERVOPRO MonoExact DF310E oxygen analyzer or forthcoming SERVOPRO MultiExact 4100 multi-gas analyzer.

Jim Belanger, Global Market Sector Manager at Servomex, explains: “The AquaXact is our first specialized moisture detector, designed specifically to integrate perfectly with the new, easier-to-use MonoExact DF310E and MultiExact 4100 analyzers, or the AquaXact controller. It delivers what our customers want: robust reliability, accuracy, ease of use, and low maintenance. In addition, eliminating the need for return-to-factory calibration when replacing the sensor tip offers significant savings on cost of ownership.”

Using a class-leading, ultra-thin film technology Aluminum Oxide replaceable sensor element, the AquaXact 1688 enables fast and accurate dew point and ppm H2O measurements in various process applications, including glove boxes, air separation units, natural gas processing and instrument air.

The sensor tip is user-replaceable, using any of the controller options to load the associated calibration file. This significantly reduces the cost of ownership by eliminating the need to send the transmitters back to the factory for calibration.

Because it has been designed to complement the next generation of Servomex industrial gas analyzers that includes the MonoExact DF310E and MultiExact 4100, the AquaXact has the unique option of integrating seamlessly with the products via a remote digital interface. The high-brightness color, icon-driven 5” touchscreen display offered by these analyzers enables easy navigation of the software features; a dedicated AquaXact 1688 digital controller, also using the color touchscreen, is also available.

Housed in a stainless steel, weatherproof casing (which is IP65/NEMA4x certified) the AquaXact 1688 operates in ambient temperatures ranging from -10oC to +70oC. With a dew point range from -100oC to +20oC (ppmv ranges are also available), the sensor offers an accuracy of ±3oC and repeatability within 0.5oC.

@Servomex  #PAuto 


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Handbook for calibration.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has published a new book designed for operators involved in verifying and calibrating measuring instruments used in ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems, ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems, ISO 16949 Automotive Quality Management Systems, and AS/EN 9100 Aviation Series Quality Management Systems.

The Calibration Handbook of Measuring Instruments by Alessandro Brunelli, an expert in the measurement and automation of industrial processes, helps guide and manage industrial process measurement, specifically addressing:

  • The general concepts for managing measurement equipment according to the ISO 10012 management system of instruments and measurements.
  • An instrument’s suitability to perform accurate measurements and control the drift to maintain the quality of the measurement process.
  • The criteria and procedures for accepting, managing and verifying the calibration of the main industrial measuring instruments.
  • The provisions of law and regulations for production and European marking CE of metrological instruments used in commercial transaction and for their periodic verification.

Report templates useful for recording both instrument data and experimental calibration data and for evaluating the conformity of instruments are included on an attached CD. The CD also contains various spreadsheets—in Excel and calibration reports—that automatically calculate errors and the relative measurement uncertainty for determining a calibrated instrument’s compliance.


• For greater perspective on the value and significance of the new book as well a more detailed overview of its content, read the Q&A feature with author.


 #ISAuto #Pauto #Calibration

Reducing downtime from the cloud!

Senseye has reached a significant prognostics-at-scale milestone of automatically monitoring over 1,000 machines at a single customer site for early signs of mechanical damage and failure; using machine learning to help the client to avoid unplanned downtime, without relying on expensive consultants.

Senseye is based in the cloud and has been able to rapidly scale with client demands after quickly proving its capabilities on a small cluster of machines. Rather than relying on preventative maintenance, the client is now automatically notified of current issues as well as the Remaining Useful Life of industrial machinery, enabling its maintenance teams to implement effective predictive maintenance.

“Senseye is designed to make condition monitoring and prognostics analysis at scale accessible and affordable. Automatically monitoring the future health of over 1,000 machines 24/7, has traditionally been out of reach both technically and financially. We’re proud to have broken a significant milestone in making prognostics accessible to all!” said Robert Russell, CTO of Senseye.

Trusted by a number of Fortune 100 companies, Senseye is the leading automated cloud-based condition monitoring and prognostics product. The award-winning solution is usable from day one and available as a simple subscription service, enabling customers to rapidly start and expand their predictive maintenance programs.

@senseyeIO #PAuto

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Laboratory accredited!

Gooch & Housego Orlando has received ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from international registration body NVLAP (National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program).

Specifically, they are accredited for Spectral Irradiance and Total Spectral and Luminous Flux calibrations. This confirms the company's quality management system meets the requirements of the international standard. Prior to this accomplishment, the Orlando facility's QMS was certified to ISO 9001:2008 in 2012 through LRQA and maintains that certification in addition to the newly acquired 17025 accreditation.

The facility has earned a worldwide reputation for high quality instrumentation and unique solutions to the most difficult and complex light measurement challenges.

@ghphotonics  #Laboratory @USNISTGOV

Remote sensor assembly improves safety.

In response to an industry-wide drive towards improved worker safety and reducing maintenance downtime, Crowcon has developed a remote sensor assembly to work alongside its XgardIQ fixed point detector and transmitter.
The remote sensor assembly allows the gas sensor to be located where gas leaks are most likely to happen, possibly including air ducts, tanks and storage locations. Meanwhile, the XgardIQ transmitter, with its display screen and push-button controls, is located where it is easy and safe to access, up to 15m away.

“Employees are put at increased risk when conducting routine maintenance in difficult-to-access locations”, explains Fiona Macrae, Marketing Manager. “We wanted to develop a solution which helps minimise this risk and, at the same time, reduces expensive maintenance downtime.”

The new XgardIQ remote sensor assembly allows sensors to be located in the best location to monitor for gas leaks while the detector/transmitter is located where it is safe and easy to access

This technology will appeal to health and safety professionals, engineers and support facilities managers operating within the oil and gas, chemical, petro-chemical, utility and power industries
XgardIQ is suitable for use in many areas across a site. XgardIQ is compatible with sensor modules for a variety of gases, including flammable, toxic and oxygen. XgardIQ auto-configures to the appropriate gas type, range, unit and alarm level, the details of which are stored in the smart sensor module. This removes the need to train operatives to use different detectors. Along with its simple functionality, including push button controls, warning and screen messages and easily navigable menu, XgardIQ helps minimise a site’s training needs.

XgardIQ already provides significant safety benefits over conventional gas detectors. Sensor re-calibration on conventional fixed-point gas detectors usually requires physical disassembly of the transmitter. XgardIQ sensor modules can be simply and quickly “hot-swapped” without a hot-work permit, either for replacement with a new pre-calibrated replacement module, or for temporary removal to a safe area for calibration. Avoiding the need for a hot-work permit, can also prevent hours or even days of delay to the work.

The novel features of XgardIQ also simplify commissioning, as it can be installed without a sensor module, protected from the elements using a sealed ‘dummy’ module. Pre-calibrated sensor modules can then be supplied immediately prior to commissioning, often months after the initial installation date. The XgardIQ transmitter will automatically configure to the correct gas-type, scale and alarm levels when a sensor module is inserted. This not only protects the sensor module from being damaged, but also ensures that users get the longest possible service life from consumable sensor types, such as galvanic or electrochemical sensors.

 #Safety @Crowcon #PAuto  @NapierPR

Inline strain gauge amplifier.

Interface Force Measurements has announced the launch of the ITA-1 (Click-R Clack-R) analogue strain gauge amplifier. This new product is used to convert a sensor’s millivolt signal into an analogue signal for display or data acquisition. This simple, yet innovative product is connected to the sensor in line via a 5-pin, M12 connector.

The ITA-1 can be connected to any force, strain, torque or pressure sensor that supplies a millivolt output signal, either voltage or current. When supplied with an Interface load cell or torque transducer, the ITA-1 comes factory configured to the correct output however, set-up can be modified using the tare and scale cables. It is also TEDS enabled, so enabling easy configuration with TEDS-equipped load cells.

 #InterfaceForce #PAuto 

Environmental Sensor for the IoT.

A multi-function Environmental Sensor that quickly allows designers to monitor seven parameters from one easy to integrate module has been announced by Omron Electronic Components Europe.

The 2JCIE Environmental Sensor offers seven sensor capabilities in one product; temperature, humidity, light, UVI, barometric pressure, noise and acceleration.
Specifically designed for the growing number of autonomous IoT systems, the new Omron 2JCIE-BL01 Sensor measures temperature, humidity, light, UVI, barometric pressure, noise and acceleration. Despite its compact size, 2JCIE features its own embedded memory for data logging to keep track of the surroundings. Potential applications include monitoring and controlling both industrial and office environments to improve the work space. It is also suitable for home and outdoor applications.

Data from the module can be downloaded over Bluetooth (BTLE) allowing designers to easily access recorded data. The module has very low power consumption, in fact it can be operated by just a regular 3VDC lithium battery for approximately six months depending on the measurement interval. The 2JCIE Environmental Sensor is cloud compatible with no need for additional hardware. Bespoke threshold values can be set to provide alerts that notify the user of any abnormal sensor readings.

Commenting, Gabriele Fulco, European Product Marketing Manager of Omron Electronic Components Europe said, “This truly multi-purpose Environmental Sensor makes it very easy for the designer to deliver a wide range of measurement functions from just one small sensor. This will save development time by providing numerous options that can be tailored to the user’s needs. Whether it’s a question of simply making sure the office environment is kept at the optimum working temperature or ensuring that say a museum has the correct humidity and lighting to protect the exhibits, this sensor offers easy to interpret data that can then be analysed, stored on the cloud and used to set parameters and make real-time adjustments.”

Certified for all required regulations/directives in the EU, US and Japan, the 2JCIE is FCC approved and CE marked. It is sized at just 46 x 39 x 15mm and weighs 16g, allowing it to be easily incorporated into any system. The BTLE link has a range of approximately 10m and the sensor has an operating temperature between -10 and 60 degrees Celsius.

#IoT @OmronEurope #HVAC 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Increasing service to MES & Automation sector.

Zenith Technologies has strengthened its global workforce, recruiting 100 people over the past year in response to growing demand for manufacturing execution system (MES) and automation technology in the pharma sector.
Zenith Graduates
The global life science technology firm, with headquarters in Cork and 16 offices worldwide, has experienced double digit growth across its automation, MES and managed services offering, which has been supported by around a 50% increase in headcount since 2014. It’s 700 plus strong team of engineers supports some of the world’s largest pharma firms with the implementation of new technology.

As demand for technology grows in the pharma sector against a backdrop of an industry-wide engineering skills shortage, Zenith is also investing in training future talent. The company has just made a record intake of more than 30 graduates from across Ireland, the UK, the US and Singapore.

Shea Fahy, HR director at Zenith commented: “Recruiting skilled and experienced staff is important for the future of our business and the growing adoption of technology in the life sciences space also demands engineers to ensure effective implementation and support solutions. We’re proud that our one-year graduate programme addresses the engineering skills gap head on, supporting the talent of the future.”

Graduates will benefit from an initial two-week induction and six-week mentoring session from experienced engineers, where they will learn to identify customer challenges and select the appropriate technological solutions.

“We have worked hard to build up a reputation as a trusted technology partner in the life sciences sector. Our employees have the opportunity to work with some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, with a structured approach to continued learning and development to enhance their engineering skillset.

“We are incredibly proud of the growth we have been able to achieve. We will continue to strengthen our ability to support our customers and by the end of this year, we expect to have doubled our headcount from 2014.” 

Zenith Technologies offers a variety of engineering career opportunities across its MES and automation solutions and has been recognised as a Great Place to Work 2017.

@ZenithIre  #PAuto #MES

Inline ultrasonic flow - a study!

A just-published study from Flow Research should be of interest to those involved in the fast-moving ultrasonic flowmeter market. The study is called Module A: The World Market for Inline Ultrasonic Flowmeters, and it is hot off the press from Flow Research.

New Product Developments
The Inline Ultrasonic market is especially important because these meters are used for growing custody transfer applications for both oil and natural gas. While ultrasonic meters are holding their own against competing turbine, differential pressure and positive displacement flowmeters, these other flowmeter types still present challenges for certain applications. Inline meters offer greater security and typically greater accuracy than clamp-on and insertion meters, and they are the largest market of the three types. Many of the new developments, like twin transmitters and more accurate multipath measurement, are occurring with inline meters.

Flow Research spent a full year researching the entire ultrasonic market visiting many of the leading suppliers onsite. They attended conferences in April and June 2017 where many suppliers were exhibiting and product managers were in attendance. This gave the ability to cross-check our numbers and to make sure that the most accurate figures possible were reported. It has been over four years since the last edition of this study, and for those who want to stay competitive in the ultrasonic market, it is an absolute must-have.

@flowresearch #PAuto