Friday, October 13, 2017

Bluetooth with HART.

Many modern mobile devices only support Bluetooth Low Energy. iOS mobile devices in particular only support Bluetooth Low Energy. The world’s first Bluetooth Low Energy HART Modem has been launched by ProComSol.

According to Jeffrey Dobos, President of ProComSol, Ltd, “As new communication technology is adopted and grows, industrial users want (and need) to take advantage of it. Bluetooth 4.0, which includes Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), offers many advantages over older Bluetooth standards making it an ideal technology for mobile device communications.”

The HM-BLE, HART Modem, Bluetooth Low Energy takes full advantage of the low energy features of the Bluetooth 4.0 standard. The modem contains a rechargeable Li-Ion battery that will last for days on a single charge. The lower energy demand on the connected mobile device also allows longer device life between recharges.

The HM-BLE, in combination with a Smart Device Communicator App on a mobile device becomes a full functioned, DD based, HART Communicator. A HART communicator that uses DD’s can perform full configurations of Valves, Multi-Variable devices, and complex devices such as Radar Level and Coriolis Flow meters.

Because the connection between the HM-BLE HART modem and the hand held device is wireless, user safety and comfort is ensured. There are no wires to tangle or trip over. The user can configure hard to reach HART devices safely from the ground. In bad weather the user can stay comfortable in a convenient location and still perform necessary work on the HART device.

@ProComSol  #PAuto 

Award for automation platform with intrinsic cybersecurity.

Bedrock Automation has won Chemical Processing magazine’s Vaaler Award for the BedrockTM Open Secure AutomationTM system — the first universal industrial control system to be designed with intrinsic cyber security. Bedrock was one of only two winners in the prestigious award, which is offered only once every two years.

“We established the Vaaler Awards in 1964 to recognize products that promise significant improvement in chemical plant operations and economics. Our panel of impartial judges selected the Bedrock control system because it addresses both operational and economic issues by offering a system with cyber security built-in to its electronics. We congratulate the whole Bedrock team,” said Mark Rosenzweig, Chemical Processing’s Editor-In-Chief.

The award honors John C. Vaaler, chairman of Chemical Processing’s editorial board from 1961 until his death on 1963. This year’s judges represented engineering, safety and sustainability experts from some of the world’s leading chemical companies. They selected the Bedrock Open Secure Automation system, based on its technical significance, uniqueness and breadth of applicability.

Unlike mainstream automation control designers, whose systems are based on fundamental architectures implemented before cyber security was an issue, Bedrock designers started their cyber security solution with a clean sheet of paper. The resulting control and I/O architecture features a pin-less electromagnetic I/O backplane, deeply embedded cyber security and computational power surpassing conventional PLC, RTU or DCS systems.

“We are very honored to have been recognized for our efforts to bring a much needed, simple, scalable and secure control system to market. We are especially gratified to have been selected by a panel of judges representing some of the world’s most respected chemical companies,” said Bedrock Founder and CEO Albert Rooyakkers.

@BedrockAuto #PAuto @Chem_Processing

Connectors in 1U, 19” rack.

Cliff Electronics is now offering system integrators 1U, 19” rack panels pre-assembled with up to 16 of their market–leading Feedthrough (FT) connectors to simplify system assembly, reduce manufacturing time, component count and cost.

The panels have 16 x 24mm holes to accept the XLR format Cliff FT connectors with options of threaded M3x0.50 or #4-40 UNC mounting bushes. A connector labelling strip is located on the front and a cable strain relief bar is fitted at the rear.

With applications including Broadcast and AV “patch panels” and MIL, Medical, Control and Instrumentation signal input/output panels etc. the 1U assemblies can be factory loaded with the specific connectors required by the system designer including BNC, single or dual USB or RJ45 with internal cable harnesses available as a special order.

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments; “Our FT connector range has been very successful and we are introducing new versions regularly. Customers are now asking us to provide pre-assembled panels to simplify their procurement and system building and we are very happy to respond. Our pre-loaded Feedthrough connector panels allow our customers to order a single assembly to meet their connectivity requirements instead of having to order large numbers of components, fabricating a rack panel and assembling it.”

The Cliff range of XLR Format Feedthrough connector range allows designers to integrate audio, video, digital, optical, networking and data feeds into professional equipment for broadcast, lighting, audio and industrial applications. Versions available include GJ45, HDMI, BNC and USB3.0 compliant single and dual USB versions in addition to the existing range which provides Analogue, Digital and Optical Feed-Through connectivity in formats including Firewire, HDMI A-A and 50 ohm BNC versions, USB2 A-to-B and B-to-A “gender change” sockets high speed USB Type – C, USB3 to USB3 in all gender changing configurations - A-A, A-B and B-A. Also available are all popular data and Ethernet connectors including USB 2.0 and 3.0, LC and SC fibre (Duplex & Simplex), UTP and FTP RJ45s in both Cat6 and Cat5e (shielded and unshielded), Toslink, RCA Phono and HDMI and blanking plates.


Cliff FT connectors are available in plastic, black metal finished and silver anodized versions to assist systems integrators and panel builders with simplifying connectivity while enhancing panel aesthetics. Bezels are available in 7 colours to identify the function of FT connectors when fitted to a control panel.

#CliffElect #PAuto

Thursday, October 12, 2017

And now the electric vehicle...

Sevcon in Gateshead (GB), which designs and manufactures high-quality motor controllers and system components for hybrid and electric vehicles, has driven efficiency into its equipment testing regimes by standardising TorqSense transducers from Sensor Technology.

The stakes are high in the race to develop electric and hybrid vehicle technologies, with the winners likely to become leading suppliers to a global market worth literally billions. Sevcon develops drives for electric vehicles such as fork lift trucks, aircraft tow vehicles, golf buggies and scooters. When, in late 2011, it won funding to develop an electric motor controller for trucks, few people saw a high volume future for electric vehicles.

Now, six years later, the whole market is very different. It’s truly global and there seems to be no limit to the kind of vehicles that can be ‘electrified’. Sevcon’s latest GEN5 on-road electric motor controller is the result of a collaborative High Torque Density Switched Reluctance Drive System R&D project, with commercial and academic partners.

Sevcon’s Howard Slater says: “In 2011 we focused on bus and truck applications. We’ve since found that many different vehicles need similar levels of power. That’s a huge market that didn’t exist when we started. Last year we added 25 new jobs in R&D alone and engineering staff numbers have doubled in less than three years."

As well as developing this cutting-edge technology and winning business in a hyper competitive market, Sevcon has to ensure its internal management systems are reliable, efficient and flexible. One of the ways it has done this is by standardising Sensor Technology’s TorqSense as the core component in its controller test rigs.

In essence, a Sevcon controller is designed to vary the power or torque produced by an electric vehicle’s drive motor. In tests a controller is paired with a motor and run for an extensive period, from one hour to 26 weeks, to check the complete speed and performance range over time.

TorqSense is a wireless sensor, which is not physically connected to the test motor’s shaft by slip rings. Instead, it monitors the torque via radio waves.

A shaft twists very slightly when it rotates, the amount of deformation being proportional to the torque. TorqSense measures the deformation so that it can calculate torque. To do this two tiny piezoelectric combs are glued to the surface of the shaft at right angles to one another; shaft deformation will expand one comb and compress the other. A radio frequency signal emitted by the TorqSense is reflected back by the combs, with its frequency changed in proportion to the combs' deformation.

"The procedure to set up the TorqSense is very simple and takes only moments," says Mark Ingham of Sensor Technology. "Solutions using other technologies would probably take several hours to set up.

“TorqSense has an enormous overload capacity, which enables it to cope with robust and demanding test cycles, while its digital output signal can be fed straight into a computer program for instant analysis.”

The many advantages of TorqSense have led Sevcon to standardise it for all its test rigs throughout the company.

Howard again: “We use TorqSense on four continents. We have a number of test rigs, each dedicated to a particular task. While it would be easy to swap a TorqSense from one rig to another, we in fact don’t do that but follow a minimum disturbance routine so that we don’t upset rig alignments and can thus quickly and efficiently carry out multi-test regimes.

All of our test staff, from technicians to technical directors, right around the world, are fully trained on TorqSense. This means they can replicate each other’s tests and if a person visits another site they instantly understand the local tests and experiments.

“Our world-leading electric drive train expertise has put us in a strong position to capture a large share of the growing global, on-road electrification market."

The company also has development and manufacturing sites in China, the US and Canada, along with a new R&D centre in Oxford and headquarters in Gateshead. Turnover is currently running at over £35m (€42m). It has recently secured several major contracts, including a £28m project with a British supercar company.

#TorqueSense #Transport @Sevcon

Vision on show!

Registration is now open for the second day of Stemmer Imaging's Vision Technology Forum at the Silverstone Wing Exhibition and Conference Centre (GB), 15 -16 November 2017. Visitors can choose between the completely free standalone technology day on November 16th, which follows a similar format to the previous Forums, or a two-day package that also includes an in-depth 1-day training course, gala dinner with entertainment and overnight accommodation.

Register Here
This Forum is part of five events being held across Europe. The free to attend Day 2 offers visitors a wide range of opportunities to learn more about machine vision. It is designed to appeal both to newcomers and the most experienced vision practitioners. It combines a rich program of technical seminars, a new Integrator Zone showing real-life applications, hands-on practical taster sessions and a table-top exhibition to provide a unique learning environment.

Visitors can extend their knowledge on state of the art vision technology and the latest developments in machine vision within a very short time period. The day will be packed with technical information and informative live demonstrations, as well as interesting conversations with some of the world’s leading experts in machine vision.

There will be opportunities to learn about current trends such as Industry 4.0 (IoT), Embedded Vision and Deep Learning and how those trends affect machine vision. It also offers an opportunity to see and find out more about Intel’s latest 400 series of RealSense™ 3D imaging technology for embedded applications.

The technical seminar program is as diverse as the Stemmer product range, featuring more than 40 presentations across 6 parallel tracks. The informative lectures contain content from leading international machine vision manufacturers and experts. The full seminar timetable is available on their website. This includes abstracts for each presentation to allow visitors to focus on the topics that are of interest and to create their personal seminar schedule for the day when they register.

For the first time the UK Forum features an Integrator Zone. This gives visitors a chance to see real-world applications in action and meet with experienced vision systems integrators. This is a perfect opportunity to explore the possibilities offered by fully integrated vision solutions.

The ever-popular hands-on practical taster sessions return. Early booking is recommended for these as places go quickly. This year, 3 sessions are available: 3D measurement using the LMI Gocator, ‘a Step by Step guide’; Creating machine vision applications in Teledyne DALSA BOA smart cameras and How to create your first machine vision solution in Sherlock multi camera software.

During both days of the event, around 40 leading machine vision manufacturers will showcase their latest developments, solutions and products in a table-top exhibition. This enables visitors to find out more about the latest innovations and discuss strategies and solutions with the exhibitors.

@stemmerimaging #Pauto #Britain

Challenges during process analyzer engineering!

A new book, from the ISA (International Society of Automation) stable,  is designed to eliminate or minimize the difficulties, breakdowns and other obstacles that process analyzer system engineers often encounter during project development, engineering and design, procurement, construction, closeout, and sustain phases.

Process Analyzer Systems Project Engineering and Management by Gary Nichols, PE, CAP®, includes specific recommendations for defining hardware and documentation deliverables, adhering to procurement policy, working with team members in other disciplines and in the supply chain, and communicating among project teams.

“In my experience, process analyzers are the least understood of the petrochemical and refining disciplines and sub-disciplines,” states Nichols, who possesses more than 40 years of experience in process analyzer systems engineering. “This book presents an opportunity for analyzer engineers and engineers in other areas of project engineering to understand each other better and produce higher-quality new and revamped plants and operating units where process analyzers are needed.” More of his comments may be found on the ISA Q&A Section here.

#Pauto #ISAuto 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wireless all the way...

Emerson celebrates 10 years, 10 billion hours of industrial wireless operations around the world

After a decade of pioneering wireless technologies for industrial companies, Emerson predicts the next 10 years will see exponential growth in the adoption of wireless and pervasive sensing applications that help companies maximise safety and reliability, optimise production and enable Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) strategies.

A key technology of Emerson’s Plantweb™ digital ecosystem, wireless products have transformed industrial facilities around the world. As many technologies of the past decade have accelerated and improved information at people’s fingertips, industrial wireless has given manufacturers the digital technology to access essential data to make better decisions and improve operational performance.

“Wireless is arguably the most impactful technology for industrial manufacturers since the introduction of digital instrumentation more than three decades ago,” says Bob Karschnia, vice president and general manager, wireless, Emerson Automation Solutions. “Over the past 10 years, industrial wireless combined with smart sensors has provided the foundation that will support cloud-based applications, remote monitoring and other Industrial IoT programmes over the next decade.”

By collaborating with customers on early installations, they helped introduce the world’s first industrial wireless automation standard in 2007. Since then, the compay has surpassed 10 billion hours of wireless operations across more than 32,000 networks, proving its reliability, robustness and security. While initial adoption focused on harsh, remote and difficult to reach environments, wireless has expanded customers’ automation ecosystems from core functions to new applications such as acoustic monitoring, corrosion detection and power consumption monitoring.

New plant construction is leveraging wireless technology for other enterprise-wide applications, such as equipment health monitoring and energy management, with upwards of 20 percent wireless infrastructure.

“Given the ‘new normal’ for oil prices and the intense focus on getting more value from existing assets, companies are increasingly turning to wireless as a cost-effective and highly efficient technology for fleet-wide performance optimisation,” Karschnia said. “In the next 15 years, there could be 100 percent wireless plants, just as many homes today have cut the cord on wired telephone service.”

The Emerson wireless portfolio of gateways and devices supports Emerson’s Plantweb digital ecosystem that harnesses Industrial IoT to expand digital intelligence to the entire manufacturing enterprise, while providing an architecture for either on- or off-premise monitoring. Providing the communications network for Industrial IoT, wireless is also helping customers collaborate with Emerson’s experts through remote monitoring and other cloud-based services.

Their wireless technologies, based on the internationally recognised WirelessHART® standard approved by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in 2010, are widely implemented in refineries, oil fields, offshore platforms, chemical plants and other industrial facilities around the world. With them, manufacturing personnel obtain plant information on-demand to achieve operational certainty, including greater reliability, worker and plant safety, reduced emissions and lower risk of environmental impacts.

Emerson recently announced its new dual-mode wireless gateway which helps customers establish a robust and flexible wireless plant infrastructure, supporting both WirelessHART and ISA100 industrial wireless communications standards. To help manufacturers minimise potentially negative impacts on their operations, Emerson recently introduced technologies for advanced wireless detection of piping corrosion, steam and gas leaks, as well as wireless monitoring of power consumption.

@EMR_Automation #Pauto #IoT @Emerson_News 

Connecting machines to the Internet.

The new 4G LTE EU (Europe) extension card for eWON Flexy, an advanced IIoT gateway and remote access router, has been announced by HMS Industrial Networks. This enables Flexy users to access, monitor and control machinery remotely over the cellular 4G network.

Many field-based applications do not have access to a wired Internet connection and requires cellular connectivity. Using an eWON Flexy with a 4G cellular connection allows users to access their machinery in remote places where Ethernet is not available.

Among advantages 4G provides the following:

• A more reliable connection
The 4G extension card can connect, not only to the newest LTE (Long-Term Evolution) networks, but also ensures an automatic fall-back to lower cellular connectivity. If the 4G network becomes unstable, congested or unavailable, the connection will automatically switch to 3G (HSPA/WCDMA) or 2G (GPRS/EDGE). In other words, it ensures a connectivity continuity, no matter what the network circumstances are.

• Faster communication
4G connectivity is also beneficial when it comes to latency: there is a better interaction and compatibility with the latest equipment installed by Mobile Network Operators (MNO). Furthermore, it can also provide better network coverage depending on the mobile installations provided by the MNO. The frequency ranges covered by the new 4G extension card (B1, B3, B7, B8, B20) ensure a wide compatibility with major MNO’s and covers Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

For remote access, a SIM card with a data plan is all that is needed to connect the Flexy to the Talk2M cloud-based solution and access an industrial control system. Similarly, for SCADA-like applications, secure remote VPN connectivity can also benefit from the SIM card without provisioning a fixed IP address on the remote site.

@ewonrouters #4G #PAuto 

Celebrating strain gauge birthday!

To help start the celebrations for the 80th anniversary of the strain gauge, which will take place next year; HBM is running a series of webinars, which will take place on 14 -17 November 2017 at 9am.

Starting with “An Introduction to Measurements using Strain Gauges”, on November 14th 2017, this webinar is the ideal opportunity to get your first introduction into strain gauges or simply brush up on your existing knowledge.  Reflecting on the history and development of the strain gauge over the years, “An Introduction to Measurements using Strain Gauges” will discuss the pros and cons of using strain gauges, before looking at the many different kinds of applications available in the area of experimental stress analysis. 

Usually applied to measuring bodies using adhesives, Selecting the Right Strain Gauges, Adhesives and Covering Agents” will explain how to select the correct adhesive, depending on the material and temperature range.  Taking place at 9am on Wednesday November 15th 2017, participants can find out which kind of strain gauge is suitable for different types of applications, learn about the difference between cold and hot curing adhesives and discover how to choose and apply the correct adhesive, based on the measurement task to hand. 

When it comes to measuring the resistance change in a strain gauge with the Wheatstone Bridge, “Applying the Wheatstone Bridge Circuit with Strain Gauges” which takes place on Thursday 16th November 2017 at 9am, will guide individuals through the basics.  This webinar will look at how to distinguish between the Wheatstone bridge circuit in quarter, half and full bridge circuits and explain the different measurement applications.  Participants will also be given the opportunity to learn more about the possibilities of temperature compensation by using the Wheatstone bridge circuit.

Concluding the week with “How to Properly Install Strain Gauges” on Friday 17th November 2017 at 9am, this webinar will focus on the steps which need to be considered when installing strain gauges; from understanding the requirements of the underlying material, to the preparation of the surface and finally; to the choice of the correct adhesive.  Including practical installation tips and tricks, this webinar will also offer participants the chance to learn which optical and electrical tests can be carried out after having installed the strain gauges.


Presented live by Dirk Eberlein, Application Engineer and Product Manager for Strain Gauges at HBM, each webinar takes a maximum of 30 minutes and can be easily accessed at a later date or simply used as a refresher course.  As an added benefit, all registered participants will receive a link to the webinar, via email, after the presentation.  All HBM webinars are free of charge.  However, spaces are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. 

Book Here!

@HBMmeasurement #PAuto 

Acquisition enhances integrity in oil & gas industry offering.

Emerson has acquired GeoFields, the leading global supplier of software and implementation services for pipeline integrity data collection, management and risk analysis for the oil and gas industry.

Mike Train - Emerson
“Expanding our digital portfolio with the GeoFields software and services for pipeline integrity management enables us to bring proactive asset reliability solutions to our customers,” said Mike Train, executive president of Emerson Automation Solutions. “By combining GeoFields with our existing Plantweb™ digital ecosystem offerings and maintaining our focus on innovation and consulting, we can help customers maximise the value of their investments, ensure greater regulatory compliance and reduce risk associated with costly releases and safety incidents.”

GeoFields software enables pipeline operators to collect critical integrity data, perform risk modelling and high consequence area (HCA) risk analysis and prioritise pipeline integrity-related maintenance and asset management activities. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

The acquisition of GeoFields helps to further position Emerson as a comprehensive solutions provider for pipeline operations management. Emerson’s extensive portfolio of pipeline solutions for the oil and gas industry includes pipeline and terminal enterprise commercial management solutions, operations management software, pipeline modelling and leak detection, SCADA systems, corrosion and erosion monitoring, valve and control solutions, flow metering and measurement technologies.



@EMR_Automation #Geofields #PAuto @Emerson_News 

Gas analysis leader moves into pleasing premises.

Ion Science has completed the move into its new state-of-the-art £4.5 million, 1500m² facility.
Sympathetically situated in Cambridgeshire village!
It is perhaps one of the most architecturally pleasing premises to have come to our attention. Most moves we report on are to anonymous glass and steel or concrete blocks plonked into their sites without much apparant thought being given to their environment or the local or vernacular architecture. This building, although technologically advanced, features sympathetic design providing the effect of a cluster of smaller, low level agricultural type buildings. The facility has been specially constructed to achieve the highest possible hygiene, quality and environmental standards.

Located in the village of Fowlmere in Cambridgeshire (GB) the flexible new plant has been purpose-built to meet current and short-term needs, as well as reflect the on-going ambitions of the business, which continues to achieve 30% year-on-year growth.

Duncan Johns, Managing Director at Ion Science comments: “Ion Science is excited to declare our new facility open and fully operational. This is a massive milestone in the company’s 27-year history and we’re looking forward to having the administration, sales and production capacity to achieve further expansion in both new and previously untapped markets and territories.”

“We like to play hard as well as work hard at Ion Science so the building has been designed to offer a fantastic working environment with well-equipped break-out spaces, lovely landscaped gardens and other outside recreational areas for staff and visitors to enjoy.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank employees for their patience, dedication and hard work in helping get the plant operational within the allotted timeframe.

“The future for Ion Science and its staff, distributor network and offices in the USA, France and Italy looks extremely bright. With the new facility, we’re now ideally positioned to focus on further expanding our presence in global occupational health and environmental monitoring applications.” 

Providing more light assembly, research and office space, the new plant boasts a range of exciting design features, including:
· Ground source heat pump which extracts heat from the ground via bore holes underneath the car park and provides heating and hot water for the building without burning fossil fuels.
· Modular access flooring which provides flexibility in the distribution of building services and building layout
· Building designed to maximise natural daylight using large windows, doors and rooflights
· Structural insulated panels (SIPs) form main structural element of both walls and pitched roofs to provide a highly insulated and air tight building envelope and resistance to damp and cold problems
· Internal layout and internal glazed screens provide a connection between areas and teams within the building
· Fully designed landscaping scheme incorporates all the recommendations of an ecological survey to enhance the site, including an eco-friendly pond

As well as investment in the building itself, Ion Science has installed the latest cutting-edge production equipment including a Weiss Technik floor-standing temperature and climatic control chamber to ensure the on-going quality and safety of its handheld and fixed photoionisation detectors (PIDs).

To facilitate the in-house production of printed circuit boards (PCB), Ion Science has also installed an advanced iineo Europlacer SMT pick and place complete production line system. Offering a high level of flexibility and feeder count, it is widely configurable without the need to compromise on placement speed or component capability and delivers complete manufactured items without human intervention.
The before & after (from the @ionscience twitter feed)
 @ionscience #PAuto #Britain  @elhcomms

Recognising Irish service to automation.

We have received the following communication from the Ireland Section of the International Society of Automation (ISA). This section has been recognising service, innovation and mastery in the discipline of instrumentation, measurement, control and automation in Ireland since 1977. We reported on the previous awards ceremony (2016) here.

"We seek Nominations from the General Membership for the following categories of ISA Ireland Section Awards in 2017. Details and forms (in MS Word format) are as follows:


Please study the criteria for each award and if you think someone is eligible for any of these three categories of awards, submit a completed nomination form to Alan Bateman by Friday, 17th November 2017.

If you have further queries, please contact Alan at the contact details (e-mail or phone) listed on the attachments. (linked above)"

@irelandISA  #PAut #ISAuto

VOC sensors.

Alphasense has launched a new sensor for the measurement of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). The new p-type Metal Oxide sensor is a broadband total VOC detector with a range of 0 to 100 ppm (isobutylene) and 10-50 ppb detection limit, depending on the VOC.

“This new class of metal oxide sensor will complement our existing range, which also includes PIDs, offering a lower cost alternative that is unaffected by humidity and has low drift,” comments Alphasense Director Arthur Burnley.

The new VOC sensor will be of particular interest to manufacturers and developers of instruments and monitoring systems for applications such as process monitoring, occupational safety, leak detection and environmental monitoring. Typical VOCs measured by the sensor include solvents, sterilants and petrochemicals.

Explaining the reasons for offering a variety of VOC monitoring technologies, Arthur says: “There are many factors affecting the choice of VOC sensor. These include: target gases, measurement range, sensitivity, power requirement, over gas limit, environmental conditions, response factors, possible interferences and of course, budget. Consequently, there is no one sensor that meets all needs, so we have developed different technologies and different variants for each technology, so that customers can choose the sensor that best meets their requirements.

“However, there is one sensor requirement that is common to all customers, and that is reliability; which is why Alphasense invests heavily in product development and a rigorous automated test and validation system. As a consequence, we are able to boast the lowest warranty returns in the industry.”


 #Alphasense #PAuto

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Partnership to provide most comprehensive PCI Express® 4.0 Test System.

Anritsu Company U.S. and Teledyne LeCroy have formed a partnership to provide the industry’s most capable PCI Express® 4.0 (PCIe Gen4) test solution, integrating the Anritsu Signal Quality Analyzer (SQA) MP1900A BERT with the LabMaster 10Zi-A oscilloscope and QPHY-PCIe4-Tx-Rx software from Teledyne LeCroy. This comprehensive system provides high-speed IC, device, and network engineers with one complete solution to conduct automated transmitter and receiver compliance tests, as well as link equalization verification.
The Anritsu/Teledyne LeCroy solution can be easily expanded to 32 Gb/s, making it the first end-to-end solution to address PCI Express 5.0 (PCIe Gen5) requirements. The system will also support PCI Express 3.0 (PCIe Gen3) transmitter, receiver and link equalization testing for complete PCI Express ecosystem coverage.

“Anritsu and Teledyne LeCroy share a common goal of providing engineers early availability of highly accurate and efficient test solutions required to verify their leading-edge designs. Our combined solution integrating the SQA MP1900A and LabMaster 10Zi-A oscilloscope fills the market void for a complete physical layer PCIe Gen4 test system that can be easily expanded to PCIe Gen5 as the market continues to develop technologies for high-speed networks,” said Paul Innis, Vice President and General Manager, Anritsu Company.

“PCIe Gen4 represents a significant test challenge for design engineers. Our collaborative test solution leverages two best-in-class instruments to accurately measure and validate product performance in accordance with the PCI-SIG standards. Recognizing that PCIe Gen5 is expected to emerge within two years, we have protected our customers’ investments by creating a clear and efficient upgrade path that will control test costs,” said Conrad Fernandes, Vice President of Sales, Teledyne LeCroy.

Best-in-Class Performance
A high-speed BERT that supports 2.4 Gb/s to 32.1 Gb/s, the SQA MP1900A can conduct highly accurate link training/equalization and Link Training and Status State Machine (LTSSM) analysis. It combines an internal pulse-patter generator (PPG) with integrated 10-tap emphasis and built-in high input sensitivity error detector (ED) with clock recovery, and variable 12 dB continuous time linear equalization (CTLE) and Link negotiation functions required for PCI Express receiver tests. Its ability to produce high-quality waveforms allows the MP1900A to conduct reliable jitter and noise tolerance tests.

The LabMaster 10-25Zi-A oscilloscope provides the necessary 25 GHz bandwidth for PCIe Gen4 transmitter testing and receiver test calibration, and may be upgraded in bandwidth to support next-generation serial standards at 32 Gb/s and higher. The LabMaster 10-25Zi-A and the forthcoming QPHY-PCIe4-Tx-Rx software option performs all necessary automation and control for PCIe Gen4 transmitter, receiver, and link equalization test in conjunction with the Anritsu MP1900A. Debugging of PCI Express interfaces is simple and intuitive with integrated eye diagram and jitter analysis tools and PCI Express decoding with waveform annotation and tabular analysis.


@AnritsuEMEA @TeledyneLecroy #TandM @NapierPR

Accurate energy consumption data.

The Tinytag Energy Logger is a portable, non-invasive and easy to use device for recording single and three phase power usage. It can be a useful tool in helping organisations monitor energy consumption in line with ESOS, ISO 50001, and other energy management requirements.

It can be used to monitor individual equipment and to build consumption profiles. Analysis of readings helps identify times of peak load and power hungry or inefficient equipment, monitors electrical distribution, provides sub-metering information, and helps identify and assess the performance of energy saving initiatives.

Data recorded by the Energy Logger is downloaded to a PC, where it is presented initially in graphs and tables in the Tinytag Explorer Software. It can easily be exported to popular software packages and results from separate logging runs can be combined for comparison and analysis.

• The Tinytag products are marketed in Ireland through Manotherm.


@tinytag #Pauto #TandM

Top trends to influence automation in 2018.

National Instruments (NI), has announced the release of NI Trend Watch 2018. The report examines the technological advances propelling our future faster than ever before along with some of the biggest challenges engineers face looking ahead to 2018.

“As we advance through the 21st century, our customers demand higher quality devices, faster test times, more reliable networking and almost instantaneous computing to keep their organizations moving forward,” said Shelley Gretlein, NI vice president of corporate marketing. “Not only is NI prepared to help customers keep pace by exploring the trends impacting our industry, we also provide actionable insights backed with an open, software-centric platform to accelerate the development of any customer-defined test, measurement or control system.”

NI Trend Watch 2018 explores the following topics:
Machine Learning Puts Data to Work – Intelligent systems create and rely on data, but the ever-increasing quantity of data exacerbates the Big Analog Data™ challenge. Discover how machine learning addresses the problem head-on, so engineers can focus on finding and solving the next grand challenge.
5G to Disrupt Test Processes – 5G innovation doesn’t stop at design. Test and measurement solutions will be key in the commercialization cycle, but 5G requires a different approach to test than previous wireless technologies. Find out what it’s going to take to make 5G a reality.
3 Mandates of the IIoT – The proliferation of smart and connected “things” in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) provides tremendous opportunities for increased performance and lower costs, but managing these distributed systems is often an overlooked challenge. Explore the three necessities for successfully managing your “things.”
Effects of Electrification – The vehicle electrification trend goes deeper than a global shift from internal combustion and hybrid vehicles to fully electric powertrains. Consider implications beyond the increasingly complex vehicle itself, including new demands on supporting infrastructure.
Breaking Moore’s Law – The constant pace of innovation has tracked remarkably close to Moore’s law for decades, despite a few minor revisions and much talk of its death. But now, the more than 50-year-old observation is facing health challenges again. Find out what that means for the future of the semiconductor market.



 @niukie #PAuto #TandM #IoT

3D imaging technology camera.

Stemmer Imaging has been appointed as an approved supplier for Intel® RealSense™ technology and will promote and provide support services to accelerate the integration of the latest 400 series of Intel RealSense™ 3D imaging technology into real world applications.

Mark Williamson, Director – Corporate Market Development at Stemmer Imaging, said: “This exciting new technology represents a major development for 3D depth imaging and sets new levels of performance at a price point that opens up the use of 3D imaging to high volume embedded applications. It will have many applications in a wide variety of industries including retail, robotics and drones. The modular approach provides the flexibility to address the needs of many different market segments. In particular it brings 3D perception capabilities to the growing embedded vision sector, with modules optimised for embedded power and performance.”

The new RealSense™ camera 400 series from Intel® is a modular concept that provides depth information and full colour HD images in both indoors and outdoors applications. It utlises proven Intel® depth sensor technology and includes a range of cameras and board level modules with depth computation via a next generation Intel ASIC. The technology supports both PC and embedded applications.

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Sales executive in sound, vibration & health!

AcSoft Group, which comprises AcSoft Sound & Vibration, Svantek UK, G.R.A.S UK and AcSoft Health & Safety, has appointed Philippa Wolfarth as Internal Sales Executive where she will provide support across all three divisions of the business.

Philippa brings considerable business development expertise to her new role having worked in advertising sales for local newspapers and magazines during her early career. She was also employed as Business Development Manager at Cromwell Tools selling a large portfolio of industrial products.

Most recently, Philippa was Sales Agent at Integral Resource Group located in Melbourne, Australia. Very much a people person, Philippa spent several years in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam where she taught English as a foreign language.

In her role at AcSoft Group, Philippa will be responsible for helping increase sales of the full portfolio of products, including G.R.A.S. microphone sets and accessories, Svantek dosimeters, GilAir sampling pumps and high level data acquisition solutions. She will also provide administrative support to the field / direct sales teams where required.

Paul Rubens, General Manager at AcSoft Group comments: “I’m delighted to welcome Philippa on board during a significant period of growth for all businesses in the Group. As well as a proven track record in tough sales environments, she brings enthusiasm and vibrancy to the team.”


@Acsoft_Sound #PAuto @elhcomms

Leak checking tanks.

When a tanker ship is having maintenance, the leak check of the tanks is an important part of the final safety procedure. For this, the tanks are purged with an inert gas, such as nitrogen, and an oxygen analyzer is used to check for trace oxygen levels in the purged tank. Depending on the type of vessel, the maintenance crews will need to be able to detect oxygen levels from 1000 ppm down to 50 ppm.

Portable oxygen analyzers, such as the GPR-1100 from Analytical Industries Inc. (AII), sister company of Michell in Process Sensing Technologies (PST),  are the preferred tools used for this purpose. They are light-weight so easily carried to the point of use, need little power to operate (the GPR-1100 operates continuously for 30 days, over 8 hours with the pump running, on a single battery charge) and will measure down to less than 10 ppm O2. Users like the simple and intuitive operation paired with a robust casing which prevents accidental damage in a heavy industrial environment.

To maximise the lifetime of the sensor, the GPR-1100 is available with quick-connect fittings to protect the sensor from ambient air when not in use, and users can expect sensors to last up to 24 months. Replacement sensors are easily available to buy and simple to fit.

A range of sample conditioning options are available for filtration, pressure reduction and flow control. As not all tanks have pressures positive enough to generate a flow to the analyzer, the GPR-1100 can be supplied with an internal pump.

The instrument is available with full ATEX certification for use in hazardous areas.

@AII_GasAnalysis #Pauto #marine 

Infrared pyrometers range expanded.

Fluke® Process Instruments has expanded their Endurance® Series high-temperature ratio infrared pyrometers to include a new, rugged noncontact fiber-optic (FO) measurement system with single and two-color models. These best-in-class pyrometers meet the demands of harsh industrial environments, including primary and secondary metals manufacturing, primary glass manufacturing and laser welding.

With an expanded temperature range of 250°C (122°F) to 3200°C (5792°F) and superior optical resolution (up to 100:1), these rugged and flexible fiber-optic instruments enable continuous visual process monitoring. Built to tolerate the harshest environments, the sensors feature IP65 (NEMA 4) housing able to withstand ambient temperatures up to 60°C (140°F) or up to 150°C (302°F) using cooling accessories, as well as isolated analog inputs/outputs. The fiber-optic sensing head can operate in areas of high ambient temperatures up to 315°C (600°F) without cooling and in areas of high electro-magnetic fields. The optical cable is made of multiple glass fibers, allowing for a minimal bending radius to ease installations in constricted rooms.
The Endurance Series FO pyrometers are remarkably versatile and easy to install – a robust solution for manufacturers looking to reduce reject rates, improve product quality and uniformity, maximize throughput and minimize energy costs. Their broad temperature range and multiple wavelengths cover an entire process with fewer units. The sensors operate with either Power over Ethernet (PoE) or DC power, and interface to various bus systems (LAN/Ethernet, Profinet and RS-485). PC-based Endurance setup and monitoring software simplifies configuration and deployment, and a built-in web server enables archiving of historical data for traceability, process troubleshooting and remote viewing.
Multiple lens and sighting options are available for different mounting distance and sighting needs. On-board laser sighting can be used to verify process alignment for local viewing when the sensor is located in a hard-to-reach area. Endurance FO models come with an adjustable mounting bracket (E-FOMB), operator’s manual and Endurance software. Additional accessories are available to suit a wide range of industrial applications.

All Endurance Series pyrometers are offered with a best-in-class four-year warranty.

@FlukePI  #Pauto #TandM

Monday, October 9, 2017

Analyser suitable for inverter driven motors.

The new version Fluke® 438-II Power Quality and Motor Analyser also supports measurements for inverter driven motors. It simplifies the process of motor performance diagnosis by providing analysis data for both the electrical and mechanical characteristics of the motor while it is in operation. It uses innovative algorithms to analyse not only three-phase power quality but also mechanical power, torque, efficiency and speed, to determine system performance and detect overloaded conditions, eliminating the need for potentially costly or inaccessible motor load sensors.

Using proprietary algorithms, the Fluke 438-II measures the three-phase current and voltage waveforms and compares them against rated specifications to calculate motor mechanical performance. The analysis is presented in simple readouts, making it easy to gauge the operating performance and determine if adjustments are needed before failures cause an operational shut down.

The analyser also provides measurements to determine a motor’s efficiency (i.e. the conversion of electrical energy to mechanical torque) and mechanical power under operating load conditions. These measures allow maintenance engineers to determine the motor’s in-service operating power compared to its rated power to determine if the motor is operating in overloaded condition or, conversely, if it is oversized for the application when energy may be wasted and operating cost increased.

The instrument is part of the Fluke 430 Series II of three-phase power quality and energy analysers that provide frontline troubleshooting and long-term trending to keep equipment running smoothly.

@FlukeCorp  #TandM 

Proof of concept test of pump monitoring.

Yokogawa has begun working with Iwaki Co., Ltd. on a proof-of-concept (PoC) test for a remote pump monitoring service. This service will use an Industrial IoT (IIoT) architecture that is currently under development by Yokogawa. The PoC test will examine the market potential for such a service and investigate means by which it may be offered.

They will jointly conduct a PoC test of a service for remotely monitoring the operating status of Iwaki magnetic drive pumps which are widely used in chemical, pharmaceutical, and food plants for the transport of various types of fluids. The centrifugal pump in which the rotational force of a motor is transmitted to an impeller using magnetic force, eliminating the need for a seal to prevent the leakage of fluid. The wetted part is coated with either Teflon or silicon carbide and is chemical resistant. With this service, operating data such as the current being drawn by a pump, pump discharge pressure and flow rate, temperature of the conveyed liquid, and tank empty/not empty status will be collected via an Iwaki pump protector DRN and transferred to the cloud using the IIoT infrastructure that Yokogawa currently has under development, and will be available for remote access from any location by a facility manager. With the ability to remotely monitor the operating status of the pumps at a facility, the facility manager will be able to detect problems early on and consult with staff at the head office to decide on comprehensive and appropriate countermeasures.

Pump manufacturers will be able to use this service to ensure the timely maintenance of their customers’ products in the field. With this service, it will be possible to remotely monitor the operating status of multiple pumps, and a warning message can be emailed to the facility or maintenance manager to ensure a timely response whenever a set threshold is exceeded.

Iwaki is Japan’s leading manufacturer of chemical and pharmaceutical pumps. By partnering with this company, Yokogawa will gain access to its abundant know-how and expertise and thus be able to rapidly evaluate the market potential for such a service.

With the IIoT architecture that Yokogawa is developing, an IoT gateway device will receive sensor data via a low power wide area network (LPWAN) or some other wireless link, or via an analog/digital communications interface. Once in the cloud, this data can then be accessed using a cellular or fixed line network. Yokogawa aims to create a system that simplifies the process of connecting to sensors and other instruments and transferring that data to the cloud. With plug-and-play functionality, device detection and configuration will be done automatically, and other functions will ease the tasks of data transfer, remote control, and alarm notification. This service is expected to be compatible with pumps from manufacturers other than Iwaki, providing they use the DRN pump protector.

Through the PoC test, we will evaluate the market potential for this service and look into the feasibility of speeding up its commercialisation by offering it based on a subscription model. This is a system in which fees are paid depending on the usage period. By working together with Iwaki, a leader in the pump industry, Yokogawa will be able to present solutions that generate new value for its customers.

@YokogawaIA #PAuto #Pharma 

Cybersecurity Training Course.

The only ISA/IEC 62443 training with official ISA certification!

The move to using open standards such as Ethernet, TCP/IP, and web technologies in supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and process control networks has begun to expose these systems to the same cyberattacks that have wreaked so much havoc on corporate information systems.

With the introduction of the new British HSE Operational Guidance OG-0086, the need to understand the fundamentals of control system security has never been more important.

This ISA course (ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Fundamentals Specialist  - IC32),  provides a detailed look at how the ISA/IEC62443 standards can be used to protect your critical control systems. It also explores the procedural and technical differences between the security for traditional IT environments and those solutions appropriate for SCADA or plant floor environments.

It is scheduled for two venues in November 2017.




• See more details on the ISA Cyber Security Programme in Europe.

@ISA_EU  @IrelandISA #Pauto #ISAuto #Cybersecurity

Shaping smarter cities.

Mouser Electronics has announced a series of compelling e-books that provide in-depth views of leading-edge technology featured in the Shaping Smarter Cities series, part of Mouser’s award-winning Empowering Innovation Together™ programme.
The Shaping Smarter Cities series features exclusive videos, articles, and blog posts about how engineers on three different continents created technology-based solutions to some of most pressing problems of crowded cities. The following e-books provide a deeper dive into the technologies shown in the series, looking at how the world’s best engineers and experts foresee innovations shaping humanity over the coming years.


The Internet of Moving Things Imagine being able to sleep or exercise in your car while it drives itself; the possibility may be closer than we think. The Internet of Moving Things e-book not only describes how revolutionary fully autonomous vehicles may be in the near future, but also explores the communications technologies that will allow these vehicles to interact with humans, other vehicles, and city infrastructure.

Vertical Farming  As shown in the Shaping Smarter Cities video, engineers in Tokyo have revolutionized vertical farming, devising a system that could feed millions of people while using 99 percent less water than traditional farming methods. The Vertical Farming e-book looks at different types of vertical farming as well as how robotics and other technologies can increase food production up to 100 times current levels.

Augmented Reality  Many people still think of augmented reality (AR) in terms of gaming, but the emerging technology is most promising in medical education, healthcare and even manufacturing and construction applications — all of which are covered with unique real-world examples in this e-book. With stories about AR as an alternative to invasive examinations and data visualization to increase workplace safety, the Augmented Reality e-book describes ways innovators are transforming the technology to improve conditions in our cities.

“The Shaping Smarter Cities series e-books enhance readers’ understanding of how these engineering feats are already changing the way we live,” said Glenn Smith, President and CEO of Mouser Electronics. “Along with the videos, technical articles, and blog posts in the series, these e-books offer readers a holistic view of important emerging technologies.”


@MouserElecEU #Pauto #IoT @grantimahara

Sunday, October 8, 2017

The results are in!

The election of members to the board of the International Society of Automation (ISA) has been completed and the names of those elected have been announced.

Paul Gruhn, PE, CFSE.
President-Elect Secretary is an American, Paul Gruhn, P.E., CFSE. Paul is extremely well known in the automation sector.  He is a Global Functional Safety Consultant with aeSolutions in Houston, (TX USA). Paul is an ISA Fellow, Co-Chair and 26 year member of the ISA 84 standard committee (on safety instrumented systems), the developer and instructor of ISA courses on safety systems. He is the developer of the first commercial safety system software modeling program. He is an ISA 84 Safety Instrumented Systems Expert

He is the author of, or contributor to several books, many of which have been upgraded to second, third and even fourth editions. His particular expertese in the area of safety is reflected in the book titles.  He is also a prolific contributor of article to various technical publications including ISA's own InTech. Details of these are listed on his company's website here.

He is also a speaker very much in demand and presents on ISA training courses. Reflecting this his experience he has authored "Sell More Through Effective Technical Presentations" which is now in its second edition.

Paul’s hobbies include home brewing, golf, painting, guitar, and reading.

The President Elect is elected for a three year period, the first year as President-elect/Secretary, the second as President of the Society and the third as Past-President. He will succeed Brian Curtis of the Ireland Section who was elected to the position last year.

Other positions filled are listed below. Usual periods of service vary for two years for Vice President to three years for Executive Board members.

Executive Board Member/Geographic:
Nilangshu Dey, Qatar Petroleum, Mesaieed, Qatar
Matthew Maynard, Francis Tuttle Advanced Tech Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Kalpen Vachharajani, Provincial Controls, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

Executive Board Member/Operational:
Dawn T. Schweitzer, Eastman Kodak, Rochester, New York, USA
Marty E. Bince, TEC Edmonton, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Executive Board Member/Technical:
Prabhu Soundarrajan, Honeywell Industrial Safety, San Jose, California, USA

Industries & Sciences Department Vice President-elect:
Brad Stephen Carlberg, P.E., CSE, BSC Engineering, Hoodsport, Washington, USA

Professional Development Department Vice President-elect:
Danaca Jordan, Eastman Chemical Company, Chestertown, Maryland, USA

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Low power pressure transmitter.

Endress+Hauser added a 1-5 VDC Low Power output option to the PMP71 pressure transmitter that draws only 17 milliwatts of power at 9V, making the PMP71 consume less power during operation than any other voltage-output pressure transmitter in the market

This low-power draw makes the PMP71 ideally suited for battery- and solar-powered applications, such as remote oil & gas wellheads, offshore platforms or pumping stations where low power consumption is critical.

The PMP71 measures absolute and gauge pressure of gas, steam or liquid and has built-in algorithms to calculate level, volume and mass of liquids. Measuring spans are available in ranges from -6 to +6 psi up to -15 to 10,500 psi. For safe operation at process temperatures up to 752°F, it has a piezo resistive measuring cell and metallic welded process isolating diaphragm.

The PMP71 has ATEX, FM, CSA, NEPSI, IECEx approvals and is suitable for use in up to SIL3 hazardous applications. The voltage output version is available with the CSA C/US XP approval in North America.

@Endress_Hauser  #PAuto