Friday, October 20, 2017

Software support for machine designers.

Supporting its comprehensive range of electric, wireless and air actuated foot and hand switching controls, Herga Technology has added an easy-to-use 3D product viewer and CAD file download facility to its website.

In addition to downloadable PDF datasheets, designers and engineers can now further speed product development with one-click interactive 3D models and downloadable STEP format CAD files for use in their own design software. The 3D viewer is fully compatible with PCs, tablets and smartphones and is of course completely free to use. As well as image rotation, numerous other features include overall size, sectional views and image screenshots.

Herga is a designer and manufacturer offering a comprehensive range of ergonomic single- or multi-pedal switching technologies for medical equipment, home & commercial automation and industrial machinery applications. The range spans electrical/electronic, pneumatic, Bluetooth® wireless and USB switching.

@HergaTechnology #PAuto 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

MES for pharma & biotech manufacturers in China.

Werum IT Solutions has expanded further its PAS-X Service Partner network. They have signed a partnership agreement with Neotrident. Based in Beijing with several local offices in China, Neotrident is a leading IT solutions provider to the Chinese life sciences industry.

Reiner Kühl (Werum), Jefferi Zhao (Neotrident),
Olivier Néron (Werum), Lingxiao Cao (Neotrident)
 and Torsten Isenberg (Werum)
As a certified “PAS-X Endorsed Service Partner Local”, Neotrident will support Werum customers in the People’s Republic of China during the on-site implementation of Werum’s PAS-X MES. For instance, Neotrident will provide resources for project management, MBR design, system configuration, installation, training and the integration of automation and equipment.

“We selected Neotrident among many candidates based on long-time experience in the life sciences industry and because of their complementary capabilities in terms of ISA-Level 3 systems,” says Olivier Néron, Senior Vice President China Operations at Werum IT Solutions. “Neotrident has an excellent reputation in China and successfully managed a wide range of services from single site projects up to large roll-outs. Furthermore, the Neotrident management has been working with foreign companies for decades which enables them to overcome cultural differences. Therefore, Neotrident will provide our pharma and biotech customers with high-quality services and support for the years to come.”

Lingxiao Cao, CEO of Neotrident: “Neotrident’s long experience in offering IT solutions to the pharmaceutical market makes us a stable and reliable partner for Werum and its customers during the implementation of PAS-X MES. With our deep understanding of the daily operations in the industry we can perform the transition from a paper-based to a digital-based quality control system more efficiently and in high quality.”

“PAS-X Endorsed Service Partners” meet all requirements of Werum’s PAS-X Service Partner Program. The main objective is to offer the same quality and competence of services to Werum customers all over the world – through reliable, experienced and certified partners. The Service Partners need to have comprehensive PAS-X knowledge, participate at PAS-X trainings on a regular basis, possess experience in the regulated industry and use a quality management system. The certification has to be renewed on a regular basis.

@Werum #Pauto #China #Pharma

Industrie 4.0 award in China.

Advantech has received an award from ROI Management Consulting for its Industry 4.0-compliant digital factory. The “ROI Industry 4.0 Award China” was given to Advantech at the awards ceremony in Shanghai on 17th October to honor its Industry 4.0 achievements as a pioneer in the practical implementation of “real-time equipment and resource monitoring.”

Timo Schneemann, Vice-General Manager of ROI Management Consulting, stated, “What Advantech has achieved is an outstanding example of what can be done in terms of quality and utilization by providing real-time production insights. While today, other companies have key machines connected to a central system, Advantech stands out because they have not only connected sophisticated equipment like SMT lines, but have also upgraded and connected conventional machines, such as stamping machines, to get a full picture of what is happening in production—from start to finish. Whilst connecting machines is one thing, the crucial step other companies are missing is making this data easily accessible to the people who need it, and here is where Advantech scores high again with their data consolidation and visualization framework.”

Industry 4.0 Situation Room Enables Real-time Management
From many years, Advantech has consistently optimized its production line in manufacturing centers to improve efficiency. “The Industry 4.0 situation room is Advantech’s most important upgrade to Industry 4.0. The situation room is the factory’s nerve center where data is collected, analyzed, and visualized for real-time management and data-driven decision-making. This award has demonstrated that we are on the right track with our Industry 4.0 blueprint,” said Allan Tsay, Vice President, Advantech Industrial IoT Group. Advantech’s Industry 4.0 journey begins with equipment connectivity and process visualization solutions, and continues with optimization processes. Data is the key to improving efficiency in Advantech’s smart factory.

“Advantech is not only an end user, but a provider of Industry 4.0 solutions. Advantech has primarily used its own products and solutions in the planning and implementation of the smart factory. Advantech’s smart factory is evidence of how iFactory solution-ready platforms (SRPs) and products can be used to implement Industry 4.0 in practice. Advantech’s iFactory SRPs are quick-start tools that enable a step-wise approach to achieving Industry 4.0,” said Jonney Chang, Associate Vice President, Advantech Industrial IoT Group.

Accelerating Industry 4.0 - Advantech in the Fast Lane
2017 has been an important year for Advantech to continue driving Industry 4.0 growth. Advantech upgraded its manufacturing centers to real Industry 4.0 demonstration sites and has opened them to external visitors in an attempt to accelerate digital transformation and inspire the development of other smart factories. Additionally, Advantech hosted several Industry 4.0 forums in China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Brazil, Turkey and Dubai to share the latest iFactory applications with representatives from industry, government, and academia; collaborating closely to establish a local Industry 4.0 ecosystem. This July, Chaney Ho, the Cofounder, Executive Director, and Acting General Manager of Advantech Europe, received a special award for, “Industry Leader of the Year” from Asian Manufacturing Awards 2017 for his considerable effort in pushing Industry 4.0 in the Asian region. Advantech has not only realized the intelligent factory from a practical perspective, but also encourages customers to embrace Industry 4.0.

“Industry 4.0 is a dynamic process that has no downtime and is constantly advancing and changing,” said Mr. Chang. As Industry 4.0 continues to evolve, Advantech will continue developing its smart factory and Industry 4.0 solutions with the aim of providing a brand-new in-depth experience for end users in 2018.

@AdvantechIA #PAuto #Industry4 #China

New rental partnership for NDT prods.

Ashtead Technology has been appointed as the preferred rental partner in Britain for all Silverwing products, a line of NDT inspection equipment by Eddyfi Technologies. The agreement represents another new partnership with Eddyfi Technologies; Ashtead recently signed a five-year collaboration agreement for TSC products – also by Eddyfi Technologies.

Steve Drake, Jim Costain & Allan Pirie
As part of the agreement, Ashtead will be extending their rental fleet to include the Silverwing Floormap 3DiM Tank Floor Scanner, Handscan Mini Tank Floor Scanner and Vacuum Boxes. “The addition of these instruments demonstrates our commitment to support the technologies that meet our customers’ asset integrity inspection requirements,” says Ashtead Technology Regional Sales Manager, Steve Drake.

Jim Costain, VP Sales for Eddyfi Technologies adds: “The Silverwing products are well designed, high quality instruments and following a long relationship between our two companies, we are happy to recommend Ashtead Technology to customers, confident in the quality of service and support that they are able to deliver.”

@ashteadtech  #Pauto @eddyfi #NDT

Flow computer & terminal unit!

The Y-Flow® product family from Yokogawa consists of the Y-Flow® YFFC (Field Flow Computer) and Y-Flow® YRTU (Remote Terminal Unit). The Y-Flow® YFFC is a low power orifice flow computer designed to measure AGA 3 orifice gas flow and the Y-Flow® YRTU is a low power remote terminal unit designed to measure various complex AGA gas flow calculations as well as remote control applications.

Development Background
The overall basic function of an electronic flow computer is to calculate and record flow rate using industry standard algorithms as natural gas and other hydrocarbons pass through a meter of a segmented section of pipeline. These meters could include, but are not limited to, orifice meters, linear meters, ultrasonic meters, or Coriolis meters.

A typical orifice measurement application requires a differential pressure transmitter, static pressure transducer and temperature probe. Many flow computers use a multivariable transmitter that can measure differential pressure and static pressure in one transmitter to reduce cost.
The Y-Flow™ YFFC is a co-innovation development between Eagle Research Corporation and Yokogawa. The Y-Flow® YFFC utilizes Yokogawa’s highly accurate and reliable EJX910A multivariable transmitter capsule and communication board. The EJX910A uses the established DPharp pressure sensor technology that allows for simultaneous measurement of differential pressure and static pressure (absolute or gauge) from one sensor. The multivariable capsule and communication board are integrated into the flow computer as a single unit, thus reducing the cost of ownership and providing an accurate and precise measurement.

The Y-Flow® YRTU is a remote terminal unit that allows an external turbine meter, ultrasonic meter, multivariable transmitters and Coriolis meter to be connected to measure complex AGA gas flow calculations. In addition, the Y-Flow® YRTU can measure, monitor and control other remote applications.

@YokogawaIA  #PAuto

Coaxial contact for RG 179 B/U.

LEMO has launched a new 3GHz contact that can be used in various insulator types, providing an alternative solution to HD – BNC in the broadcast market (HDTV, 4K, 8K).

This coaxial contact can be used in various insulator configurations: 3 x coaxial, 4x coaxial, 10 x coaxial, as well as in combinations of coaxial and low voltage signal contacts.

Finally, these new contacts can be built into watertight connectors (IP 68) such as the LEMO Push-Pull connectors of the K, T or even W series.

@LEMOConnectors #Pauto 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Preventing transmission loss for television OBUs in wet weather.

Harting expanded beam fibre-optic cable assemblies prevent transmission loss for television outside broadcasts in harsh environmental conditions.

As the demand for high-definition broadcasting signal transmissions has increased and the transition to DTV/HDTV has been fully realised, the role of fibre optics as the signal transmission medium continues to grow.

Fibre-optic infrastructures offer the advantage of higher bandwidth, optical signal clarity and more reliable real-time transmissions, enabling providers to service even more applications for emerging technologies such as 4K and 8K ultra high-definition television (UHDTV), Internet-protocol television (IPTV) and multi-channel audio.

Fibre-optic cables have been used in outside broadcast installations since the 1990s but, as the industry makes the transition to 4K and UHDTV there is a greater reliance on using them outdoors. Viewers increasingly want to watch major sporting events and concerts in 4k definition, and many large stadiums and concert venues have invested in the necessary fibre-optic infrastructure in anticipation of the arrival of the broadcasting operators.

However, there are numerous other venues that host smaller or less frequent events where large-scale permanent fibre infrastructure is too costly or impracticable, and here the concept of temporary or “tactical” cables becomes attractive.

While modern transmission technology allows outside broadcast companies to send all the necessary video, audio and data down one cable, the temporary nature of such installations – plus the fact that they are often exposed to the vagaries of the weather and the stresses of assembly and installation on site - means that any connectors used need to be both robust and “idiot proof”. Crews are also under increasing time pressure for faster set-ups and tear-downs, especially in and around public places, and therefore need connectors that are quick and easy to connect as well as being secure and resilient.
Connection technologies

For TV studio and internal outside-broadcast vehicle conditions, various traditional standardised butt-joint fibre-optic connection technologies are increasingly preferred to copper types, as they offer improved bandwidth signal handling over larger distances and different signal types can be multiplexed over a single fibre-optic cable. In addition, fibre optics allow bi-directional communication whereas copper systems can only transmit in one direction.

In addition, fibre-optic cables are small and lightweight compared to copper alternatives: a particularly important point inside outside-broadcast vans in order to save space and minimise the overall weight of the installed vehicle. Finally, fibre-optic cables are inherently immune to EMI/RFI interference and cannot contribute to ground loops.

One of the other key benefits of fibre optic systems is their general immunity to interruption by moisture or immersion in water, as there is no electrical current to cause short circuits.

However, it is the environmental operational conditions that need to be considered carefully when installing fibre-optic cabling systems in the field. Particular attention has to be paid to the potential for ingress of dust and dirt, especially for multiple mating situations: so much so that butt-jointed fibre-optic connector types are only normally suited for controlled environment conditions, where dirt and dust is minimised and connectors can easily be routinely cleaned. Nevertheless, it is possible to apply fibre optics in much harsher environment operating conditions, such as those experienced in outdoor installations, by utilising expanded-beam fibre-optic connector design technology.

Expanded-beam connectors
In an expanded-beam connector, the diameter of the optical beam is expanded by approximately 40 times, and this expanded beam is coupled into the opposite connector before being collimated back down to the original beam size and re-coupled into the fibre. Since the beam size is expanded by as much as 40 times, the influence of a 0.02 mm piece of dirt between a pair of ceramic ferrule-based connectors is reduced by 40 times in a pair of expanded-beam connectors.

It is this effect of collimating and greatly increasing the optical beam diameter that results in the connector being less sensitive to small particles of dust or other contamination, which could completely obscure transmission in butt-joint type connectors.

The aluminium shell housings of these expanded-beam fibre-optic connectors have a hermaphroditic mating design which means that there is no possibility for mismating. As a result, they allow easy “daisy chaining” of end-to-end terminated cable assemblies in accordance with the allowable power budget. This means that multiple mating can be achieved, supporting repeated temporary outside-broadcast field installation conditions to an IP 68 protection degree.

Harsh environments
Such expanded-beam FO cable assemblies can be safely applied even in the harshest of conditions. For example, even the unmated open face of a lensed connector can be totally immersed in mud and this will cause minimal damage to the optical faces within the insert. The affected open connector can initially be cleaned by rinsing it in water and then the inner optic faces dried and simply wiped clean with a cloth or tissue, fully restoring signal transmission operation.

Daisy-chain and through bulkhead I/O cable assemblies are supplied with fitted covers, as it is always good practice to minimise the ingress of dirt and dust in any fibre-optic connector where possible, thus further extending its lifetime.

The aluminium shell housings and covers have a shock-protected rubber boot, and the interlinking fibre-optic cable includes an inner Kevlar crush-resistant sleeving that provides cushioned protection to the integrated optical fibres. As a result, the daisy-chain cables offer a rugged and robust field installation solution. The distinctive yellow colouring of the Harting expanded-beam FO cable assemblies enables users to easily identify them as containing fibre-optic components and sets them apart from other copper-based cables. Users can then ensure that they take account of the allowed fibre-optic bend radius characteristics for the installed laid cables.

The Harting expanded-beam fibre-optic connectors and cables described in this article provide outside-broadcast systems integrators with full assurance of their long-term reliability, ensuring continuity of service even under harsh environmental installation and operating conditions.

@harting #broadcasting

Cybersecurity in gas applications.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its Corporate Partner, Honeywell Process Solutions, will co-host a free webinar on 3 November 2017 on how to address cybersecurity concerns in gas metering and data management.

Pierre Dufour
Pierre Dufour, Global Product Marketing Manager, Honeywell Process Solutions, has been with Honeywell for more than 20 years. He holds an engineering degree in electronics and a master’s degree in business administration. Dufour has worked in multiple departments, including Technology, and as a Product Specialist and Marketing Manager. He is located at the Honeywell Mercury Instruments site in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Steve Mustard
Steve Mustard is an independent automation consultant and subject-matter expert of ISA and its umbrella association, the Automation Federation. He also is an ISA Executive Board member. Backed by nearly 30 years of software development experience, Mustard specializes in: the development and management of real-time embedded equipment and automation systems; and the integration of real-time processing, decision-support and other disparate systems to improve business processes. He serves as president of National Automation, Inc.
Mustard is a recognized authority on industrial cybersecurity, having developed and delivered cybersecurity management systems, procedures, training and guidance to multiple critical infrastructure organizations. He serves as the Chair of the Automation Federation’s Cybersecurity Committee.
Mustard is a licensed Professional Engineer, UK registered Chartered Engineer, a European registered Eur Ing, an ISA Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) and a certified Global Industrial Cybersecurity Professional (GICSP). He also is a Fellow in the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a Senior Member of ISA.
The webinar, which will be held from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, will feature two automation experts: Pierre Dufour, Global Product Marketing Manager at Honeywell Process Solutions; and Steve Mustard, automation consultant.

“In today's highly connected world, with increasingly sophisticated electronic threats, it is unrealistic to assume natural gas delivery systems are isolated or immune from various forms of compromise,” says Dufour. “It is essential to proactively identify and mitigate cyber-risks. This webinar discusses the need for gas providers to gain greater visibility into their security posture and describes ways to address threats to gas metering and data management infrastructure.

“Cybersecurity is a crucial topic throughout the process industries, and particularly in the energy sector, so you don’t want to miss this webinar. Companies require integrated solutions providing seamless connectivity and secure, round-the-clock access to data and diagnostics.”

“ISA welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with Honeywell Process Solutions on a free webinar that provides valuable information to our members, customers and others in the automation community on a subject of key consideration,” says Jennifer Halsey, ISA's Director of Marketing & Communications. “Due to the critical nature of the energy grid, it’s important for gas companies to improve the overall security of their metering installed base and reduce the chances of vulnerabilities being exploited.'

#Pauto @HWusers  @ISA_Interchange

Three nominations for learning well!

Employees at the Boulting Group, are celebrating having received three nominations for the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) 2017 Awards.

Jonathan Duffy, Anthony Dorney and Malcolm Baker have all been shortlisted in the highly prestigious awards, with the winners being announced on October 26 at The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Savoy Place in London.

Founded in 1991, the ECITB is a skills, standards and qualifications body with statutory responsibility for the development of the engineering construction workforce in Britain.

Duffy and Dorney will compete for the title of Improver of the Year at the awards after successfully completing relevant ECI qualifications. Before joining Boulting Group, Duffy was a member of the British Army, where he served for ten years. As part of the MOD’s Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC), he used funding to retrain and gain relevant qualifications for his work at Boulting Group.

Both candidates have demonstrated an outstanding work ethic, which is only complemented by their drive and ambition to get the job done. The winner of this category will then compete for the title of Learner of the Year.

Baker, who has over 20 years’ service as a health and safety advisor at Boulting Group, has been shortlisted in the Individual Delivery of Learning category. With a proven track record of delivering outstanding learner support, he has demonstrated a commitment to the training and development of learners and ensured the quality and relevance of various training programmes.

“We’re thrilled to see that three of our employees have been recognised for their dedication to engineering and continued commitment to professional improvement,” explained Ian Humphries, managing director at Boulting Group.

“Learning and development are at the core of everything we do here. From ensuring our staff are aware of the latest techniques and technologies available to effectively complete a job, to relevant best practice, regulations and legislations that ensure the safety of both the project team and end user.

“Training is also important for our clients. As all our projects are tailored to meet client needs, our engineers and project team must be able to pass their expertise and knowledge onto the client, allowing systems to continue operating successfully once the work has been completed.”

Chris Claydon, ECITB chief executive, said: “The ECITB is committed to ensuring that the engineering construction workforce has the skills it needs. Without this continuous investment in people and skills the country’s critical national infrastructure would not be built or maintained.

“The annual awards are a great way to recognise all the fantastic work already being carried out by the people and companies within the sector.”

The winners of the ECITB 2017 Awards will be announced on October 26 at the Institution of Engineering and Technology in London.

@BoultingGroup #PAuto @ECITB_Skills @StoneJunctionPR 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Industrial router for remote automation!

Westermo has launched an industrial ADSL and VDSL2 router/modem to provide robust and secure communications to remote industrial automation equipment. The BRD-355 uses the Internet to cost-effectively inter-connect systems, allowing SCADA, HMI, PLCs and sensors to communicate with each other, a pre-requisite for any Industrial Internet of Things solution. By providing remote access to equipment, the BRD-355 helps to remove boundaries, eliminates the need for time-consuming site visits and creates a network infrastructure suitable for today’s `always on’ society.

The BRD-355 has been designed to support applications such as leased line replacement, analogue/dial-up modem replacement, operating broadband over ISDN and providing broadband for utilities. The BRD-355 provides a fixed broadband connection via ADSL or VDSL. Recent broadband protocol technology changes by telecommunication carriers has forced the industrial communications industry to adapt their solutions. The unit therefore supports most ADSL/VDSL2 communication standards including ADSL Annex J and VDSL2 Vectoring. VDSL2 Vectoring enables data rates to be doubled, helping users to achieve up to 100 Mbit/s over copper cables. This is particularly useful when fibre infrastructure is unavailable.

The cyber security features of the BRD-355 prevent unauthorised access and secure the communication for Internet-enabled applications. An easy-to-use built-in firewall filters incoming traffic, allowing only approved data packets to pass through the device. To inter-connect units securely over the Internet, multiple encrypted VPN technologies are supported, including IPsec and OpenVPN.

Because most automation devices are now equipped with an Ethernet port for communications, the BRD-355 has a built-in two-port Ethernet switch. However, to support the need to connect to legacy equipment with serial outputs, the unit also features an RS-232-port. Serial to Ethernet conversion and intelligent modem replacement features help to simplify upgrading these legacy solutions to be part of an IP-enabled network.

For easy integration into existing industrial applications, the compact unit has a robust design and can be installed on a DIN rail. All connectors and LEDs have been positioned at the front, providing the user with easy access and fast status feedback. The unit is energy efficient, helping to minimise power consumption, and can be powered from a wide input range from 10 to 60 VDC. An isolated power supply increases immunity against electromagnetic interference and provides greater communication reliability.

 @Westermo #PAuto @HHC_Lewis 

Celebrating robotics.

UK Robotics Week 2018, with robotics activities and competitions is now open for early registration to schools, academic institutions and industry.
The programme of activities will be taking place throughout Britain from early next year, culminating in a national week of celebration held from 21st – 29th June 2018. Any institutions or organisations planning to host their own robotics events can apply now to be included in the official Programme of Activities.

Now in its third successive year, this event continues to go from strength to strength, highlighting world-leading capabilities in robotics and autonomous systems innovation. The grand finale  – the International Robotics Showcase – will once again be the centerpiece of the celebrations, and will this year be held as part of the International Business Festival in Liverpool. The International Business Festival hosts more than 50 major global events and conferences in addition to its core programme, and this year will feature its popular International Robotics Showcase, including high-profile invited speakers and live, cutting-edge robotics demonstrations. The all-day Showcase will take place on Thursday 21st June 2018 at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Kings Dock on the Liverpool Waterfront. Registration for the event will open early in the new year.

The Surgical Robot Challenge is an international competition for academics and industry to showcase their latest innovations in Surgical Robotics. Now in its 4th year, this competition attracts researchers from leading institutions, with cutting-edge surgical robots being transported around the world to be demonstrated in London. The 2018 competition is now open for entry, and international researchers interested in participating in this prestigious challenge can download all the competition information at Further announcements and other challenge launches will be made shortly.

The scope of UK Robotics Week has continued to grow since last year’s successful inaugural event, and the programme now includes over 100 activities across the country, spanning public lectures, conferences, open days, exhibitions, and even film premieres. The UK Robotics Week initiative is jointly spearheaded by founding supporters, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), The Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the UK-RAS Special Interest Group, and is being coordinated by the EPSRC UK-RAS network.

EPSRC’s Chief Executive, Professor Philip Nelson, said: “EPSRC is proud to support the third UK Robotics Week. Developments in robotics, autonomous systems and Artificial Intelligence have already transformed many aspects of our lives and this impact will only increase, thanks in part to the research going on here in the UK. Through UK Robotics Week we can engage with the public, students and businesses about the exciting opportunities that this technology presents us with.”

Professor Guang-Zhong Yang PhD, FREng, Director and Co-founder of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, at Imperial College London and Chair of the EPSRC UK-RAS Network, added: “Since its launch in 2016, UK Robotics Week has really captured the imagination of the public, and we are now seeing ever more event partners and organisations looking to come together to celebrate the unique strengths of the UK in this key sector.” He continued: “We’re today encouraging all students, individuals, institutions and businesses who are involved in robotics and autonomous systems innovation to take advantage of the exciting opportunities offered by UK Robotics Week to talk about their ideas and engage a wider audience in the debate about the role of robotics technology in our lives.”

@UKRobotics  #Robotics #PAuto @ukroboticsweek  #Britain

Stainless steel housed converters.

Signal converters IFC 100 and MAC 100 as well as SMARTMAC 200 operating unit are now available in stainless steel housing from Krohne. Mainly targeted at applications in the food and beverage industry, they can be also used where high corrosion resistance is demanded, e.g. in salty environments.

Offering an alternative to the standard aluminum housing, the new stainless steel housing is “hygienic by design” without pooling or harborage areas where contamination buildup could occur. It features a non-glass display to comply with zoning criteria in food and beverage applications, 2 mm/ 5/64" thick 1.4404/316L stainless steel for superior strength, and ingress protection classes IP66/67/69.

IFC 100, MAC 100 and SMARTMAC 200 are based on the same platform, sharing the same HMI and housing options:

IFC 100 is a signal converter for electromagnetic flowmeters in standard hygienic applications. Typically combined with hygienic OPTIFLUX 6000 flow sensor, the new stainless steel housing option offers a cost-effective alternative to the higher positioned IFC 300.

MAC 100 is a signal converter for OPTISENS analytical sensors, e.g. for hygienic conductivity sensors OPTISENS IND 7000 and OPTISENS COND 7200.

SMARTMAC 200 is an operating unit for configuration and calibration of SMARTPAT analytical sensors that feature an integrated transmitter, e.g. hygienic sensors SMARTPAT PH 8570 and SMARTPAT COND 7200.

• Krohne products are marketed in Ireland by DWN Instrumentation.

@krohnegroup #PAuto #FoodBeverage

Monday, October 16, 2017

Strengthing digital portfolio for exploration to production.

Emerson is to acquire Paradigm®, a leading provider of software solutions for the oil and gas industry, for a purchase price of $510 million, reflecting a multiple of 13 times expected 2017 EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization).
Paradigm, joined with Emerson’s existing Roxar software business, creates a best-in-class, end-to-end Exploration & Production (E&P) software portfolio with offerings spanning seismic processing and interpretation to production modelling. Paradigm’s technology offerings will enable Emerson to better help oil and gas operators increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve return on investment.

Expanding their E&P software and solutions enables Emerson to help operators achieve Top Quartile performance on investment and operational goals within new and established reservoirs. Interpreting data and generating high-fidelity representations of existing brownfield assets allows oil and gas companies to maximise production and avoid non-productive drilling and exploration spending. In addition, Emerson’s expanded services now enable oil and gas operators, through machine learning and cloud computing, to make decisions in the field leading to more efficient operations.

“This acquisition is a significant technology investment that meets our customers’ growing demand for an independent, global provider of E&P software solutions,” said Emerson Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David N. Farr. “Paradigm broadens our leadership in the upstream oil and gas market by adding a range of subsurface software tools that complement our growing Automation Solutions portfolio.”

Paradigm is headquartered in Houston (TX USA) and has more than 500 employees globally. The company provides an array of tools that enable customers to gain deeper insight into the subsurface, reduce uncertainty and support responsible asset management.

“When combined with Emerson’s Roxar Software Solutions portfolio, Paradigm expands the global upstream oil and gas capability of our Plantweb™ digital ecosystem, creating a more comprehensive digital portfolio for our customers from exploration to production,” said Mike Train, Executive President of Emerson Automation Solutions. “Our offering can now help customers better maximise the value of their existing investments and reach Top Quartile performance.” Top Quartile performance is defined as achieving operations and capital performance in the top 25 percent of peer companies.

The acquisition is expected to close within the next 60 days, subject to various regulatory approvals.

@EMR_Automation  #Pauto #OIl @ParadigmLtd

Serving Chile.

The new 2,300-square-meter facility for Endress+Hauser in Chile, opened recently, contains modern office space, an auditorium, conference rooms, a training center and a calibration laboratory. Customers and employees can expect a high-quality infrastructure and excellent work environment.
Left to right: Carlos Behrends, Corporate Sales Director, South America, Matthias Altendorf, CEO, Endress+Hauser Group, Susana Torres, Managing Director,  Endress+Hauser Chile, Klaus Endress, Supervisory Board President, Endress+Hauser Group, & Edgar Dörig, Swiss Ambassador to Chile, cut the ribbon.
The new three-story building, costing €5million, also includes a parking garage. It was officially opened during a celebration attended by numerous guests from industry and government.

“The new offices support a flexible and collaborative work model. We want to efficiently structure the collaboration between our employees and also with our customers and partners,” says Susana Torres, Managing Director of Endress+Hauser Chile. “With the new building we are laying the foundation for further growth and increased productivity.”

Sustainable building design
The modern architecture and environmentally friendly building concept reflects the family-owned company’s pursuit of quality and sustainability. Solar collectors help to produce warm water while photovoltaic panels supply electricity for the parking garage lighting. The new building furthermore meets stringent requirements with respect to earthquake protection.

Growing customer requirements
The Santiago-based sales center, which was created in 2000 and is currently home to 44 employees, supplies customers in the primaries & metals, food & beverage, power & energy and chemical industries. “We have enjoyed above-average growth in South America over the past several years, and that also includes our service offerings. With our new building in Chile, we can continue to provide optimal service and support to our customers,” says Matthias Altendorf, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group.

@Endress_Hauser  #PAuto #Chile

Cable Entry and EMC Systems.

Foremost Electronics has been appointed as a distributor for Icotek GmbH. Icotek have been developing innovative cable entry and EMC cable shielding systems for over 15 years, hold a number of patents and are designed-in to global OEMs and leading companies in a wide number of industries.

Icotek products now available from Foremost include ATEX and railway cable entry systems specified to EN 45545-3, cable entry frames and glands for cables with connectors fitted, cable entry plates for cables without connectors, brush cable pass-throughs, strain relief and cable management, EMC cable shield clamps and the CONFIX cable conduit system.

Applications for icotek products include machine tools, railway technology, wind turbines, solar technology, vehicle construction and packaging machines, automation and robotics.

Alan Cook, Managing Director of Foremost, comments, “Wherever electric lines, pneumatic and hydraulic hoses or optical fibre have to be securely routed into a machine, a plant or a control cabinet the icotek systems provide a reliable solution. Icotek products provide tight sealing and provide superior strain relief. For applications that have the possibility of extreme contamination by water, dust, vibration or extreme temperatures icotek offer reliable, cost effective solutions.”

 #4most #PAuto @icotek

Helping standardise PLC programming.

The development tool PLC Checker from Itris Automation is now available with a PLCopen® coding guidelines rules set allowing developers to automatically verify that their program respects this reference standard.

For the past 25 years, PLCopen® has been working towards standardising PLC programming. In April 2016, they released a set of coding guidelines to promote and share good programming practices for PLCs across all industries. Now Itris Automation has integrated these coding guidelines into PLC Checker, an automatic static analysis tool, allowing users to quickly and easily verify that their program respects PLCopen®’s guidelines.

PLCopen® is a worldwide association whose mission is to lead the resolution of topics related to control programming to support the use of international standards in this field. Their coding guidelines are a set of 64 good practice programming rules which relate to the naming, comments, coding practices and languages of the code. These guidelines were created by a working group consisting of members from several different companies in the industrial automation domain, including PLC vendors (Siemens, Omron…), software vendors (CoDeSys, Itris Automation…) and educational institutions (RWTH Aachen…), to name a few. These coding guidelines, available for free from the PLCopen® website, are the first of their kind for PLC programming. Their creation by a mixed working group means that ideas came from several backgrounds and influences. Thus, creating a comprehensive set of coding rules that are independent of industry and PLC brand.

Itris Automation will also be hosting a webinar on this topic on Monday 23rd October at 4pm (GMT+1). 
Itris Automation decided to integrate the PLCopen® coding guidelines into PLC Checker, their static analysis tool. Since its launch in 2008, PLC Checker has allowed its more than 1400 users to automate the verification testing process of their PLC programs, taking out the painful manual review process that would be used otherwise. PLC Checker works by checking a PLC program against a set of rules, with a message created for every violation of a rule. These results are then displayed in two ways. Firstly, they are displayed visually to allow the user to manage their program’s quality. Secondly, they are displayed in detail, to allow the user to work with these results to improve their program and fix any bugs.

They decided to integrate the PLCopen® coding guidelines into PLC Checker as they share PLCopen®’s objective of improving the quality of PLC programs and promoting good practices. They believe the guidelines are a comprehensive reference standard and that they will be of great use to all their current and future users.

Denis Chalon, Chief Technical Officer at Itris Automation and who participated in the creation of the PLCopen® coding guidelines, states: “The rules creation process was a lot of work, but it was interesting to see the different ideas that came from other members of the group and the end result. The guidelines are very detailed and a great starting point for any company that wants to follow some sort of coding rules.”

Regarding the integration of PLCopen®’s coding guidelines with PLC Checker, he added: “Having been part of the working group, integrating the guidelines into PLC Checker was the logical next step. The PLCopen® guidelines have a lot of potential and we expect they will facilitate the wider adoption of best practices, including the use of static analysis tools.”

@ItrisAutomation #PAuto