Friday, September 8, 2017

Precision in rough seas!

The British National Oceanography Centre (NOC) undertakes integrated ocean research and technology development from the coast to the deep ocean. As such, the NOC has a heavy requirement for seawater analysis. However, in addition to analytical work at the NOC’s facilities in Southampton and Liverpool, the organisation's researchers also need to be able to analyse samples on board a variety of research vessels. Under these conditions, high levels of precision and reliability can be a challenge for most laboratory equipment, so NOC has invested in SEAL Analytical segmented flow analyzers (SFAs) - the AA3 and the QuAAtro.

“The QuAAtro is the workhorse of our Southampton laboratory,” says the NOC’s Dr Sinhue Torres-Valdes. “It has a compact footprint and provides automatic analysis of large numbers of samples, with only small sample volumes required. The AA3 is employed for ‘on-ship’ analysis because as a modular SFA it is easier to maintain in the event of any problems whilst away from shore.”

Wholly owned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) the NOC is a leading institution for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development, tackling the greatest environmental challenges of our age, including sea level change, the oceans’ role in climate change, predicting and simulating the behaviour of the oceans through computer modelling, and long-term monitoring technologies.
The NOC's analyzers are managed by Mark Stinchcombe (in above video) who has been with the organisation for around 13 years following an MSc in Oceanography at the University of Southampton. He says: "Prior to the purchase of the SEAL equipment, we were experiencing poor reproducibility with older equipment; rough weather was affecting the baseline and we suspected that was due to the movement of a filament inside a light source inside one our analyzers during rough seas. We therefore acquired the SEAL analyzers because they are robust and unaffected by the rigours of a ship in the mid-Atlantic."

In addition to the ability to operate both at sea and in a land based laboratory, Mark also requires three other important features in his analytical instrumentation. First, he needs the ability to analyse large numbers of samples very quickly because, whilst at sea, he can be responsible for analysing samples from a number of scientists simultaneously, and also because his land based laboratory at the NOC provides an analytical service to a broad community encompassing research scientists, students and a number of industrial clients. Secondly, with samples coming from a wide variety of different sources, including seawater, estuarine waters, pore water, phytoplankton culture and biological samples, he needs to be able to measure a broad range of concentrations. Thirdly, he requires low detection limits so that his work is not limited when measuring at low levels. SEAL SFAs are therefore ideal for Mark's work, offering high sample throughput with low sample volume, which reduces both cost and waste.

The SEAL analyzers provide low detection limits with excellent reproducibility. At first they were employed to measure nitrate+nitrite, nitrite, silicate, ammonium and total dissolved nitrogen. However, the NOC also needs to be able to analyse total dissolved phosphorus, and whilst this method was not available as standard for seawater, SEAL’s technical support staff have worked with Mark and Sinhue to adapt a freshwater total phosphorous method to meet the NOC’s needs. “The development of this new method took years to refine, but we have been delighted with the result,” Sinhue says.

The range of projects supported by these analyzers is diverse, including for example, work to assess ocean acidification and ocean biogeochemistry; including ocean productivity, nutrient biogeochemical cycles and research to understand how currents distribute nutrients in the ocean. The analyzers are also employed to check the data recorded by 'Ferryboxes' - real-time continuous monitors mounted inside flow-through chambers to measure the quality of water that is pumped from a subsurface inlet as ferries travel from port to port.

SEAL Analytical’s President Stuart Smith says: “We are delighted to be involved with the work at the NOC and it is particularly pleasing that we have been able to develop a new method specifically to meet their needs. This is an excellent example of the way in which we are continually looking for ways to refine and improve instrument software and hardware, working closely with customers to ensure that they get the most out of their SEAL analyzers.

“Instrument manufacturers often claim that their equipment is robust and reliable but by successfully using the AA3 both onshore and offshore, Mark has shown that ours is no idle boast. Around the world, seawater analysis is becoming a very popular application for our segmented flow analyzers, and it is very gratifying that we are contributing to the success of the important work that is being undertaken at the NOC.”

#SEALAnalytical #Laboratory @NOCnews

Cybersecurity certification.

Exida, LLC has certified the Yokogawa ProSafe-RS to the ISASecure® Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) certification level 1.The Yokogawa ProSafe-RS Safety Control System is Yokogawa’s second product to be certified to the ISASecure Conformance Scheme. Yokogawa also has a DCS Controller product certified to ISASecure EDSA.

The ISASecure® Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) certification demonstrates to Yokogawa’s customers that the company is committed to the safety and security of their products.

Based on IEC 62443 standards, ISASecure assures that the ProSafe-RS Safety Control System is free of known cybersecurity vulnerabilities and robust against network attacks. In addition, the ISASecure certification provides assurances that the ProSafe-RS is managed under a secure development lifecycle and will maintain its security capabilities as the product is changed and maintained over its lifecycle.

The ISASecure registration and certificate for the ProSafe-RS Safety Control System can be viewed on the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) web site (

“We are pleased to see the maintenance of the ISASecure® EDSA certificate for the Yokogawa ProSafe product,” stated Andre Ristaino, ISCI Managing Director. “Yokogawa continues to demonstrate their leadership in cybersecurity through their participation and contributions in the ISASecure program.”

 @exidaLLC @YokogawaIA  #PAuto 

Research reveals barrier to serialisation compliance.

According to new industry research more than half (54%) of industry professionals believe that the cost of implementing serialization is the greatest hurdle to compliance.

The research, conducted by serialization software provider, SEA Vision and  Zenith Technologies, highlighted that the substantial investment required to implement a serialization solution is cause for concern ahead of regulatory deadlines in the US and Europe.
A further 33% of survey respondents stated the implementation process would be a drain on internal resource. Others (31%) cited tight timescales as a pain point, a statistic that is further supported by the announcement that the FDA will delay the active enforcement of the Drug Supply Chain and Security Act (DSCSA) due to a lack of readiness across the industry.

Commenting on the research, Carlos Machado, serialization director at SEA Vision US said: “The new regulations in the EU and the US represent a substantial upfront investment for companies across the supply chain and many smaller players are struggling to implement a suitable process as a result.

“The resource required in terms of cost and manpower is a notable barrier to compliance, but added to that, the time it takes to develop a solution has been gravely underestimated by a large part of the industry. Many (37%) of our survey respondents expressed concerns surrounding the potential disruption to product supply as a result of technical issues and downtime, which clearly demonstrates the impact serialization could have at an operational level.

Consolidation across the outsourcing space has been prevalent for some time now and serialization is undoubtedly driving smaller companies to consider partnerships to offset a lack of manpower and budget. However, 36% also believed that there was a knowledge gap in their existing teams surrounding serialization, making external expertise vital to ensuring compliance."

Machado continued: “With time and cost becoming a growing concern across the pharmaceutical industry, it’s no surprise that smaller partners, particularly contract manufacturers, are looking to consolidate to expand their internal resource.

“In addition to consolidation and a growing trend to outsource serialization requirements, it is also likely that we will see an increased reliance on third party implementation specialists with the knowledge and expertise to effectively introduce the necessary changes and also help companies realise the wider business benefits that can be achieved. For example, implementing serialization can also help to improve line performance and overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).”

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

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

 @ZT_Global  #PAuto #Pharma  @ramarketingpr

4-Wire Measurement connectors.

The Schützinger GmbH Kelvin range of simple to use and space saving Four-Wire Measurement connectors are now available through JPR Electronics.

Paul Raynor, Director of JPR Electronics, comments, “The Schützinger Kelvin test connector range provides designers, test engineers, production test and research laboratories with an error free measurement system“

Schützinger Kelvin Four-Wire Measurement connectors enables engineers to measure current and voltage through two opposing measurement channels removing any effects on the measured result due to transition resistance of the measuring leads and any thermovoltages.

The Schützinger Kelvin system enables low resistances measured with a small test current to be easily and accurately determined. 4 sockets on the measuring tool and 4 plugs on the measuring leads are provided to make the 4-wire measurement.

Due to the coaxial arrangement of plug contacts the Schützinger Kelvin Plug System requires minimal space in the measuring tool housing enabling a simple set up of the measuring leads. As the Kelvin system is compatible with standard 4 mm safety plugs other measuring tasks can be easily be carried out using just 2 sockets.

Kelvin measurements often have to be made using unterminated, bare wire ends For measurements to be made from test objects with unterminated wires JPR can supply Schützinger Kelvin quick-release terminals. Quick-release terminals are ideal for situations where a lead or cable needs to be connected to an instrument safely and quickly. This is especially useful for inspection during production because it can be installed permanently and used to clamp a lead between two poles. A specially designed clamp holds the lead in place to ensure the contact is secure and shock-proof. Even the finest wires are securely held by a built-in ratcheted plate. Releasing the lead is as quick as pressing the button that opens the circuit. The terminal can be supplied colour coded black and red for four-wire measurement

JPR can also supply the Kelvin-Adapterbox. Initially designed for demonstrating the different types of connections on accessories for Kelvin measurement, the box is increasingly used as an adaptor for connecting specific test accessories to sensing systems made by different manufacturers. The Kelvin-Adapterbox allows connections from four individual standard 4-mm plugs to two standard BNC sockets on an instrument or two bare wires to a multimeter by using on-board Kelvin quick-release terminals.

In addition, two 4-mm Kelvin safety sockets are installed on the box’s short side; the corresponding 4-mm Kelvin safety lamella-basket plug, including accessories, is also available from JPR. The commonly used connector comprising four individual safety sockets can be found on the long side of the box. Putting the two types of connector side by side clearly demonstrates the key advantages of the 4 mm Kelvin safety sockets: they occupy half as much space because of the coaxial arrangement on their plug contacts, and help save time because users only have to connect two plugs instead of four.

A circuit diagram printed on the housing shows how the different interfaces are connected to each other so that they can be used in pairs for 4-wire measurement.

@Jprelec #PAuto 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Helping Texas plants hit by Harvey.

Endress+Hauser and its partner for Sales and Service, Vector Controls and Automation Group in LaPorte, Texas, are coordinating efforts. More than 70 technicians and engineers are in the area, and Endress+Hauser is anticipating needs by increasing production at its US manufacturing facilities. Endress+Hauser and Vector Controls will be providing 24/7 support as customers work to get operations back online.

Endress+Hauser and Vector Controls have teams ready in LaPorte, TX and around the country to provide the support needed locally – from phone support to onsite visits to product repair and replacements.

Vector Controls and Automation : 
or 800-969-5678
or 888-363-7377

Onsite, the companies are assisting with site walk through, commissioning, and plant start-up. “Our technicians can examine process control loops and assess damage, troubleshoot loop issues, and calibrate and repair Endress+Hauser—as well as devices from other vendors—and recommend replacements if needed,” says Todd Lucey, General Manager of Endress+Hauser’s US operations. “Our technicians also have the full support of the Endress+Hauser US production centers to provide replacements and spare parts quickly.”

“We can provide individual technicians as well as an entire start-up team. Start-up teams could include project engineering managers, commissioning managers, control system programmers, instrumentation technicians, as well as valve technicians. Endress+Hauser service and support teams are ready to be an extension of a plant’s existing teams to help make a re-start be safe and as efficient as possible.”

Endress+Hauser is setting up an employee donation program which the company will match.
“Our hearts are with everyone in the path of Hurricane Harvey,” adds Lucey. “The spirit of the people of Texas, and the Vector team amazes and inspires the Endress+Hauser team. We understand the challenges now, and to come, and are here to help.”

“A lot of work, time, energy, thought process and actions have already been done by many people working at all hours of the day over the last week since Hurricane Harvey first came ashore,” observes Lucey. “I would like to personally thank everyone who has already gone above and beyond to help, and will continue to do so in the coming months.”

 @Endress_US  #PAuto 

Digital attacks on control systems!

Boulting Technology, has released an infographic detailing history’s top five industrial computer viruses. The infographic educates industries that rely on computer control systems on how the lack of preventative measures against viruses and hackers can lead to costly downtime due to lost or stolen data.

The infographic is free to download here from Boulting Technology’s website.

Many industry sectors, such as manufacturing, rely on technology and the data it produces to aid production. Lost or corrupt data can lead to expensive downtime and can be difficult to restore.

Boulting Technology understands the importance of using preventative measures to avoid the consequences of leaving computer systems open to viruses. Its new infographic explains how some of the most notorious viruses of the digital age, such as Stuxnet, Flame and the Blackout Worm, have impacted businesses across a variety of sectors.

“Cyber security has become top of the agenda for many businesses over recent weeks, following the Wanna Decryptor (WannaCry) ransomware attack in May, which crippled the NHS and many other organisations across the globe.

“While it is difficult to predict the likelihood of a virus targeting a computer, companies should take preventative measures, like installing antivirus software, to ensure they are not at risk of losing data,” explained, Nick Boughton, sales manager at Boulting Technology.

“Legacy systems can present numerous problems as they do not contain as many safeguards as newer systems. At Boulting Technology we develop and install bespoke control systems which aid in both highlighting and resolving potential problems."

“Our infographic highlights the importance of protecting against hacking and viruses. Computer security researchers are constantly developing ways to enable antivirus solutions to more effectively detect, prevent and destroy new viruses, however it is up to businesses themselves to ensure they are protected.”

@BoultingTech #PAuto #Cybersecurity @StoneJunctionPR

Pyrometer with IO-Link.

Balluff has developed a new BTS infrared temperature sensor with IO-Link interface and two switching outputs. It can monitor temperatures between 250 and 1250 °C even in inaccessible or hazardous areas, detect hot objects in motion and record temperature values - all without contact.

This pyrometer in the rugged M30 stainless steel housing with IP67 protection is the first in this form factor to offer a multi-function display with plain text information and automatic display orientation like with a smartphone.

In addition to two switching outputs this pyrometer provides an IO-Link interface for remote parameter setting and direct data exchange with the controller or control panel. An analog 4...20 mA output is available as an option.

A variety of setting possibilities and functions open up a wide range of applications for the user. Steelworks, foundries, forging, the ceramics industry and glassworks are perfect examples of applications.

@Balluff #Pauto 

Phosphorus analysis.

The Liquiline CA80TP phosphorus analyser for monitoring industrial wastewater, and inlet and outlet streams of municipal wastewater treatment plants has been introduced by Endress+Hauser. This analyser uses a thermal digestion technique along with colorimetric analysis, requiring only a small quantity of reagents. With online measurement there is no waiting for time-consuming lab analysis.

In most industrial and water and wastewater plants, phosphorus measurements require that a technician pull a sample manually and take it to a lab for analysis. The phosphorus measurement is performed on line with this instrument, as accurate as a lab analyser, and much less time consuming.

The CA80TP measures phosphorus in ranges of 0.05 to 10 mg/l or 0.5 to 50 mg/l. It has two 4-20mA outputs with the option for additional outputs including Modbus RS485, Modbus TCP and EtherNet/IP. The 4-20mA outputs transmit the phosphorus measurement value. The other outputs can be used to transmit the process variable, plus status and diagnostic information.

Phosphorus occurs as phosphate in natural water systems and in wastewater. Phosphates
enter the water from fertilizers, biological and industrial waste and wastewater—and from substances added in water treatment for corrosion protection. Phosphate is a nutrient, so over-enrichment of phosphate (eutrophication) leads to excessive growth of aquatic plants. When these plants die in the fall, the decay of the additional biomass increases the rate of oxygen consumption. In extreme cases, this may lead to fish kills and decrease the quality of the water system.

To determine total phosphorus, a sample must be digested. Samples are drawn from the process using a suction strainer or can be taken from a bypass piping system using an Endress+Hauser Y Strainer.

A precise sample volume is digested at high temperature with a digestion reagent. An optical dosing unit, used to dose sample and reagents, uses a redundant light barrier for a high level of reliability, guaranteeing precise and reproducible results from extremely small volumes of reagent. The temperature in the reaction vessel is kept constant to ensure complete digestion takes place within a short period of time. The CA80TP has a software-controlled safety cover to prevent access to the digestion reactor when it is under operation.

Following digestion, the sample is mixed with colorimetric analysis reagents, causing a characteristic change in the sample color. A photometer measures the level of absorption by the sample at defined wavelengths.

The analyzer can be equipped with an energy-efficient cooling system to maintain reagent quality and increase lifespan. Automatic cleaning and calibration functions ensure the analyzer works reliably and without manual intervention over an extended period of time.

If disturbances should occur, advanced diagnostics with remote access help plant personnel analyze and remedy any issues quickly. Required maintenance measures can be carried out easily, increasing process uptime while reducing maintenance costs.

@Endress_Hauser  #PAuto 

Variable speed drives.

WEG has expanded its CFW500 series of variable speed drives (VSDs) to enable users in a wide range high-power applications achieve further energy efficiency. The new E frame size for the rated power range 18.5 kW - 22 kW is a great fit for applications such as mechanical engineering systems for conveying, turning, hoisting, pumping and ventilation.
“In light of EN 50598, the new standard looking at Ecodesign for power driven systems and their applications, an integrated approach to electrical drive technology is becoming more widespread and VSDs are particularly sought after across broader sections of the industrial market,” says Johannes Schwenger, Head of Product Management Low- and Medium-voltage Drive Systems Europe at WEG. “As a leading manufacturer of both electric motors, drives and automation components, we can supply optimally matched motor and VSD packages that help boost energy efficiency and offer outstanding value for money.”

With a plug-and-play user-friendly design, the CFW500 VSDs feature an integrated micro PLC with pre-programmed macros for positioning, timing and acceleration functions. They can be programmed locally with the convenient LCD display or externally with a computer over a variety of interfaces, including CRS232, USB and CRS485. Users also can download the corresponding SuperDrive G2 programming software from the WEG website free of charge.

The VSDs are designed for fast installation and easy operation. The numerous plug-and-play modules are ideal for distributed automation architectures and can easily be connected to all common fieldbuses, including Profibus DP, Profinet IO, Ethernet IP, DeviceNet, CANopen and Modbus RTU. Individual adaptations to specific customer requirements can also be easily implemented thanks to additional plug-in extension modules.

@weg_wr #PAuto 

Tester Kit money-saving offers.

Fluke UK is offering two money-saving 1660 Series Multifunction Installation Tester Kits until the end of the year.

The Fluke 1664 UK-DMM comprises a 1664 FC multifunction installation tester with free Fluke DMS Data Management Software and a free Fluke 115 Digital Multimeter (DMM); the Fluke 1663 UK-DMM comprises a 1663 with free Fluke DMS Data Management Software and a free Fluke 114 Digital Multimeter.

It is the only installation tester on the market that helps prevent damage to appliances that may be inadvertently connected to the system under test, and it also makes it easy to share test results over a smartphone using Fluke Connect®. The 1664 FC features an Auto Test function that does 5 required installation tests in one sequence, ensuring compliance with BS7671 17th Edition Wiring Regulations.

Fluke DMS Data Management Software uses the captured results from the Fluke 1663 or 1664 FC for data recording, offers easy-to-use administration and reporting and provides printing of test reports. The compact Fluke 114 and 115 DMM true-rms DMMs, with CAT III 600V safety ratings, feature a large white LED backlit screen, measure DC and AC voltages to 600V and capture MIN/MAX/AVG readings. They also check continuity and measure resistance. The Fluke 114 is an electrical meter, while the Fluke 115 is ideal for a wide variety of electrical and electronic testing applications, also measuring frequency and capacitance.

The Fluke 1660 Series of Multifunction Installation Testers put more power in users’ hands by quickly and efficiently testing fixed installations to BS7671 17th Edition Wiring Regulations. They are designed to verify insulation resistance, loop impedance, resistance of the earth connect, resistance to earth, RCD performance in TT and TN systems, phase sequence, and loop/line impedance and RCD tests in IT systems.

The Fluke 1664 FC features the patent pending Insulation PreTest™ function that detects if an appliance is connected to the system under test and will stop the test while also providing a visual warning. Insulation PreTest helps avoid accidental and costly damage to peripheral equipment. The Auto Test function, that does 5 required installation tests in one sequence, reduces the number of manual connections, decreases the possibility of making errors, and reduces test time by up to 40% compared to previous Fluke models.

The wireless 1664 FC model is part of Fluke Connect - the industry’s largest system of software and wireless test tools. Measurements from the tester can be wirelessly transmitted to the Fluke Connect app on smartphones or tablets and automatically uploaded to FlukeCloud™ Storage, eliminating transcription errors. Technicians can collaborate in real time with other colleagues with ShareLive™ video calls, increasing productivity in the field. Measurements from the 1664 FC can be combined with measurement data from multiple Fluke Connect test tools to create and share comprehensive reports from the job site via email.

@FlukeCorp  #TandM #Britain

Extreme switchgear and sensors.

Dusts! They are abrasive, like cement dust and sand; they are corrosive, like fertilisers; or they are explosive, like all organic dusts. The characteristics of dusts often make high demands on the design of any switchgear they come into contact with. And as if this were not enough, the plants where these substances are handled are often located outdoors, where damp and extreme temperatures pose additional challenges to electric components. Last but not least, switching devices in these environments are often treated roughly, without due care and attention.

With all this in mind, the steute business unit "Extreme" develops and produces robust and durable switchgear.

Two recent additions to steute's "Extreme" range are the Ex 97 and the Ex 99 position switch series with standard dimensions to DIN EN 50047 and DIN EN 50041. They are anti-corrosive, dust-proof and extremely impact-resistant. They can be used in dust Ex zones 21 and 22, as well as gas Ex zones 1 and 2. Another special feature is their suitability for use in subzero temperatures down to -60°C. A typical application for such switchgear is the position monitoring of access doors and maintenance flaps, or the limit stop of travelling parts on machines for handling bulk goods.

As an alternative to electromechanical switchgear, steute also produces Ex RC M 20 KST cylindrical magnetic sensors, which are made from impact-resistant plastic and which also display truly Extreme characteristics. For example, they work reliably in temperatures down to -60°C and yet are still able to pass the 7-Joule impact test required by the Ex standards authorities. And because they are perfectly sealed, they are extremely durable, even in very dusty environments.

#steute #PAuto

Batch measurement option.

Edinburgh Instruments have announced a new batch measurement option to their Fluoracle software for the FS5 spectrofluorometer and FLS1000 Fluorescence Spectrometer.

Fluoracle now features a new batch measurement wizard in addition to all the standard instrument control and analysis options. Batch acquisition enables our customers to design a sequence of multiple different measurements including repetition, delays and loops. Batch routines can be stored and edited, saving time in long measurements and screening assays.

Their intention is to allow our customers to run their measurements for several hours or overnight whilst the instrument can be left unattended. This feature can save time and give the opportunity to concentrate on other tasks without checking on the progress of the measurements.

 @Edinst #PAuto

Strategic relationship to accelerate life sciences product pipelines.

Emerson has selected Enterprise System Partners (ESP), a global consulting and project engineering company, to collaborate with and assist life sciences manufacturers in implementing Syncade manufacturing execution systems to improve operations management and accelerate product manufacturing pipelines for new biotech and pharmaceutical therapies.

ESP's Liam O'Brien
“ESP’s business has been about best-in-class project delivery of MES solutions to the life sciences industry for the last 15 years. We are delighted to share that expertise with Emerson for the application of their world-class industry products,” says Liam O’Brien, managing director, ESP. “The synergy that exists between our two companies in understanding the complexities of MES projects provides our clients with innovative solutions to increase efficiency and avail of advanced work methodologies.”

By understanding the unique challenges of MES projects, Emerson and ESP have completely refreshed their execution model and methodology. Now the team deploys an iterative approach to project delivery that enables life sciences enterprises to adopt new technology faster - and start up more rapidly. Faster, iterative approaches will help ensure projects reflect the project vision and end-user requirements, while helping Emerson and ESP meet increased demand for its Syncade MES.

“Being successful in a growing industry like life sciences requires new and innovative approaches to execute projects. In selecting ESP to collaborate with, we have set the stage for even more efficient project execution,” says Tom Snead, president of global life sciences industry for Emerson. “As life sciences manufacturers are pressured to bring medicines to patients sooner, we provide a path to keep pace with patient and market needs.”

The new model is a change from the industry’s traditional waterfall execution approach and will streamline the process, reduce risk, and minimise rework and cost.

@EMR_Automation  #PAuto @ESPNewsandJobs 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Connectors & desiging for Europe.

Harting and PEI-Genesis are to offer harsh environment connector solutions and engineering design expertise to customers across Europe, thanks to a new distribution agreement effective September 1, 2017.

The new Pan-European agreement expands on a successful 14-year North American distribution partnership.

“PEI-Genesis’ commitment to stock and the technical expertise of their sales team will ensure a strong service to Harting’s existing and new customers across Europe,” said Peter Hannon, Managing Director, Harting Ltd. “We very much look forward to developing a strong relationship with this new franchise.”

In business since 1945, Harting manufactures durable, reliable products worldwide. The company pioneered the development of the rectangular connector, and its brand-leading range of Han Rectangular Connectors and Industrial Device Connectivity products will enable PEI-Genesis to further meet customer needs in the industrial market.

“This new agreement will allow Harting and PEI-Genesis to deliver across Europe the same winning combination of high performance connector solutions, engineering design expertise, depth and breadth of inventory, and fast shipping that North American customers have valued for years,” said Jonathan Parry, Senior Vice President Global Operations and MD Europe, PEI-Genesis.

Founded in 1945, PEI-Genesis partners with customers to create engineered solutions that meet specific application requirements, and then delivers those solutions with speed, service and a consistent quality that is unmatched in the industry.

PEI-Genesis’ extensive knowledge and understanding of the harsh environment sector – combined with Harting’s comprehensive range of industrial connector solutions – will now add value for customers across two continents.

@Harting  #PAuto @PEIGenesis

IO-Link into OPC UA.

The IO-Link community has founded a technical working group for specifying the integration of IO-Link into OPC UA based on existing use cases. The Industry 4.0 platform sees OPC UA (from OPC Foundation) as a suitable architecture model for implementing consistent integration of IT on the field level. This is why a corresponding standard for a data and function model is now being developed within the framework of the IO-Link community so as to accurately represent future IO-Link Devices and IO-Link Masters in OPC UA. This approach follows the general recommendation for developing OPC UA Companion Standards.

A final proposal for the companion specification is to be available before the end of 2018.

Over the past few years, IO-Link as a point-to-point protocol for sensors and actuators has been able to solidly establish itself and increase its presence. It is manufacturer independent (and thus field bus independent), has come to support more than 4,500 devices and enjoys steadily increasing acceptance.

Through the use of corresponding logic, so-called "IO-Link Masters", IO-Link sensors and actuators can be connected to the various different field bus systems without further adjustment. Such masters can even be economically integrated into simple devices today. IO-Link thus offers the opportunity to access a very broad range of sensors and actuators in a standardized way and fieldbus independent.

As Industrie 4.0 efforts progress, it is also necessary to semantically incorporate IO-Link Devices into systems on a higher level than the field bus in order to evaluate sensor data. This functionality is often designated as a "sensor to the cloud" to express that sensor data is analyzed by IT systems outside the automation process. In this way, sensor data can also be seamlessly linked to MES and ERP systems.

The goal of this new IO-Link/OPC UA working group (C4/PG51), lead by Michael Tiegelkamp (TE Connectivity), is to complete a final proposal for the Companion Specification (draft for voting) before the end of 2018.

#IOLink #PAuto @AllThingsPROFI 

Monday, September 4, 2017

New President announced.

The next President of The Institute of Measurement and Control will be Prof Graham Machin. Graham takes office in January 2018, succeeding Prof Sarah Spurgeon.

Prof Graham Machin
Graham is a Fellow of the Institute of Measurement and Control and a Chartered Engineer. He is a leading international expert in thermometry and is the science area leader of the NPL Temperature and Humidity Group. He currently holds visiting professorships at the University of Valladolid, University of South Wales and the University of Strathclyde.

In October 2012, he was awarded the InstMC Callendar Medal award for improvements to the state of the art in temperature measurement. In 2017, Graham was awarded a Chinese Academy of Sciences Fellowship, in recognition of his world-leading position in and decadal contributions to the science of thermometry.

Graham has a BSc and DSc from Birmingham University and a DPhil from Oxford University. He has published more than 200 technical papers and given numerous talks on temperature related topics.

@instmc  #PAuto

Strain gauge for PCB testing!

The Micro-Measurements® brand of Vishay Precision Group has announced the global market introduction of its S5198, a miniature rectangular planar rosette strain gage pattern for printed circuit board (PCB) testing, incorporating Advanced Sensors Technology.

PCB’s remain among the most essential components of today’s automotive, aerospace, and consumer electronic products. Industry trends continue toward the adoption of RoHS compliant assembly technologies, including lead-free soldering techniques. At the same time, next-generation manufacturing processes are calling for thinner board designs and newer laminate material types. Both trends have increased PCB failure risks, due to added potential for over-flexure in the manufacturing process. With many PCB assemblers operating under customer specified strain levels, any over-flexure can lead to interconnection damage, premature field failures and product returns. As a result, manufacturers are increasing supply chain requirements for PCB mechanical stability testing.

Offered in two unique strain gage designations (C5K-XX-S5198-350/33F and C5K-XX-S5198-350/39F), the Micro-Measurements S5198 pattern provides precise strain detection with minimized non-uniform PCA strain gradient effects, along with reliable operation to +200°C. An industry best-in-class resistance specification of 350 Ω, as compared to the 120 Ω typical industry standard, reduces the unwanted self-heating and heat dissipation effects commonly found among substrates with poor heat conductivity, such as PCB’s. A reduced overall footprint, with grid length of just 0.36 millimeters, facilitates ease of target board placement and integration. The S5198 pattern is further supported by pre-attached high-performance Teflon® insulated flexible thin cables, consisting of three twisted wires per grid. The wires are color coded, stripped and tinned for ease of PCB wire routing and connection to data acquisition systems. In addition to PCB testing, the pattern is suitable for ball grid array (BGA) component testing, spherical bend testing, mechanical shock testing, PCB flexures, and in-circuit testing (ICT). The S5198 is RoHS compliant and is utilized in accordance with IPC–JEDEC 9702, IPC–JEDEC 9704, and JEDEC JESD22-B111 standards.

The Micro-Measurements Advanced Sensors Technology portfolio includes linear, shear and circular strain gages, in individual, half- and full-bridge configurations and in ranges from 350 Ω to 20 kΩ, with added flexibility in mounting options. Application of this VPG proprietary technology improves grid-to-grid tolerances and matching over traditional strain gage manufacturing techniques, enabling better sensor performance. In the case of full-bridge gage configurations, all intra-bridge connections are integrated directly into the pattern itself, eliminating the need for traditional intra-bridge soldering. The addition of gold-plated solder pads improves solder-joint reliability, while reducing the risks of solder pad oxidation prior to lead wire attachment. These processes further ensure the close matching of grid-to-grid thermal characteristics and bridge circuit thermal output cancellation specifications, both of which are essential to strain gage measurement accuracy.

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Reliable protection from hazardous gases and vapours in port!

As the largest integrated (petro) chemical cluster in Europe, the Port of Antwerp is committed to ensuring the on-going health & safety of their employees working in the area. As a result, the port authority is now one of the largest users of Cub personal volatile organic compound (VOC) monitors from Ion Science.
Antwerp is one of the biggest ports in the world, employing some 1,650 people and about 150,000 in total. It covers an area measuring 12,068 hectares, or about 20,000 football fields. The top ten chemical producers in the world are present in Antwerp with four refineries (Total, ExxonMobil, Gunvor Petroleum Antwerp and ATPC Bitumen) located in the Port itself. The recent construction of the biggest ethylene terminal in Europe by Ineos Oxide also confirms the area as a hub for chemical feedstocks.

A spokesperson for the Port of Antwerp says: “We take the health & safety of employees very seriously. With the high volume of petrochemical processing and handling in the port, we have been searching for a high quality yet cost effective PID instrument that would help protect staff from exposure to dangerous levels of VOCs.

“Every employee of the Port Authority working in the port area now wears a Cub personal PID that will give an early warning of the presence of hazardous vapours or gases. Initially approached by Ion Science’s distributor, Euro Index, we chose the Cub for its small and unobtrusive design. Plus it seemed to be the only instrument on the market that was compact enough to be worn comfortably as a personal safety device.

“The Cub is easy to operate, reliable and robust which makes it ideal for use in the port environment,. The training and service provided by Ion Science’s distributor, Euro- Index, was also very good.”

Extremely comfortable to wear, Ion Science’s Cub is the smallest and lightest personal PID available, helping set a new benchmark in personal gas monitoring. It offers a dynamic range of one parts per billion (ppb) to 5000 parts per million (ppm) sensitivity - giving an early warning of exposure to hazardous gases, including benzene.

When worker exposure exceeds pre-set limits the Cub’s audible, vibrating and flashing LED alarms provides an alert to the gases present. Readings are displayed on a bright, back-lit LCD display with selectable data logging time. An independent alarm sounds to the employee if to the employee if the cabinet is not functioning properly but also records a quantifiable measure of exposure to VOCs.

The Cub is available as a standard instrument with 10.6 eV lamp for accurate detection of a wide range of VOCs to ppm levels. The CubTAC ppm variant with 10.0 eV lamp accurately detects total aromatic compounds (TACs), including benzene. Both models can be upgraded to ppb sensitivity quickly and easily via Ion Science’s micro website.

The Cub’s patented MiniPID sensor technology has been independently verified as best performing for speed, accuracy and humidity resistant operation. Innovative anti-contamination and patented Fence Electrode technology provide extended run time in the most challenging environments.

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