Friday, November 10, 2017

Reliable measurement in heavy current networks

Based on the principle of "good enough", Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG is introducing the SIRAX-ECOLINE series. This expands the product portfolio in the mid-range performance segment with products for electrical measurement functions.

The devices include the basic functionality of a transducer and are used as cost-effective standard solutions for safely capturing measurement values in single-phase or three-phase heavy current networks. They are particularly suited to performing measurements in electrical distribution networks or industrial systems and machines. All parameters can be configured on-site or by means of an additional programming software utility. Modbus RTU (RS485) or Modbus TCP (Ethernet) interfaces are available to link the devices to higher-level systems.

Display devices in the SIRAX line are available in two categories: Basic Monitor (BM) or Multifunctional Monitor (MM). The differences are in the display and operator controls. The MM version has a TFT-based touchscreen and it allows additional energy consumption values and standard electrical parameters to be entered and displayed such as current, voltage, frequency, power, energy and many others. In some versions, digital and analogue pulse outputs are supported.

The DIN top-hat rail devices in the SIRAX line from Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG are mono-functional. They each convert one heavy current parameter such as current, voltage, frequency or power into an analogue low voltage signal (current or voltage). All devices are equipped with an LCD screen that shows the values in a clear, easily-readable format. Integrated LEDs also display the current operating status of the device. Analogue outputs, linear or kinked, support data transmission to a control system.

#CamilleBauer #PAuto #Power #Metrowatt

Torque at sea!

Wireless sensors from Sensor Technology are playing an important role in new product development for Hydraulic Projects Limited (Hy-Pro), one of Britain's leading developers and suppliers of hydraulic drive units for marine steering and autopilot systems.

The TorqSense sensors, which accurately measure shaft torque in rotary drive systems, are providing the essential data that Hy-Pro needs to refine the design of the electrically powered pump assemblies used in the high-performance hydraulic steering systems that the company supplies for use in yachts and other small pleasure craft.

Developing suitable pump assemblies for these marine applications in small vessels is challenging. The motors must operate economically as electrical power is usually derived from 12 V or 24 V storage batteries with limited capacity, yet the pump systems must be able to supply high power when called upon to do so, to ensure that the steering systems continue to operate reliably in heavy seas and bad weather.

To ensure that its products offer the best possible performance in relation to these seemingly conflicting requirements, Hy-Pro is constantly evaluating potential improvements to its pump drive systems. A crucial part of the evaluation process is accurately measuring the torque delivered by the electric drive motor to the pump, under varying load conditions and over a wide range of speeds, in a purpose-built test rig.

“We considered various ways of measuring the torque in the motor shaft on the test rig,” said Barry Wynn, Senior Design Engineer at Hy-Pro, “but all were either inconvenient or were incapable of delivering the accuracy and fast response that we needed. Then we looked at TorqSense sensors from Sensor Technology, and realised that they offered a reliable, easy-to-use and cost-effective solution that would meet all of our requirements.”

TorqSense sensors, which are covered by patents, depend for their operation on surface acoustic wave (SAW) transducers. These transducers comprise two thin metal electrodes, in the form of interlocking “fingers”, on a piezoelectric substrate such as quartz. When an RF signal of the correct frequency is applied to the transducer, surface acoustic waves are set up, and the transducer behaves as a resonant circuit.

The key feature, however, is that if the substrate is deformed, the resonant frequency changes. When the transducer is attached to a drive shaft, the deformation of the substrate and hence the change in resonant frequency will be related to the torque applied to the shaft. In other words, the transducer, in effect, becomes a frequency-dependent strain gauge.

Since the transducers operate at radio frequencies, it is easy to couple signals to them wirelessly. Hence, the TorqSense sensors incorporating the SAW transducer technology can be used on rotating shafts, and can provide data continuously without the need for the inherently unreliable brushes and slip rings that are often found in traditional torque measurement systems.

In the Hy-Pro application, a TorqSense sensor is used to measure the torque applied to the pump over the critical speed range of 500 to 4,000 rpm. The results are displayed in real time, so that the progress of tests can be readily monitored, and are also captured and stored for more detailed analysis later with Labview software.

“The TorqSense sensor has proved to be completely dependable and very accurate,” said Barry Wynn. “The data it has provided us with has played an important role in helping us to refine our systems by ensuring an optimum match between the characteristics of the pump and motor over the full operating range.”

“In fact, the insights we’ve gained during our tests have enabled us to further enhance the performance and reliability of our steering and autopilot systems, which, of course, means big benefits for our customers and a very useful boost to our own competitive position.”


@sensortech  #PAuto #Marine

Improved detection of benzene and TACs.

As part of the enhancements, Ion Science has introduced own brand benzene pre-filter tubes. Specially developed for use with Tiger Select, the highly cost effective tubes offer enhanced performance by demonstrating better resistance to interference gases.

“Ion Science is continuously innovating in order to provide its customers with highly effective products to enhance the quality and safety of their operations,” comments Duncan Johns, Ion Science’s Managing Director. “As an industry-leading supplier of gas detection instrumentation to oil refineries and petrochemical plants, Ion Science utilises its technical capabilities and understanding of customer needs to strengthen worker safety.

“The updated Tiger Select is an excellent example of this and offers advancements that are valuable to safety personnel for ensuring compliance and worker safety.”

Utilising the high output Ion Science 10.0eV lamp configuration, a reading for TACs is seen immediately on start-up in both Basic and Advanced modes.

Where TACs are detected above the regulatory limit, a new Ion Science benzene pre-filter tube can be easily attached to Tiger Select to ensure rapid detection and selective measurement of benzene. A short term exposure limit (STEL) can then be immediately initiated.

This three-step process provides instant TAC readings and minimises tube usage when benzene levels are low.

Benzene is a critical industrial chemical which is commonly found throughout the petrochemical industry. It is extremely hazardous and a recognised human carcinogen. To protect workers, legislation is in place across the world to ensure exposure is kept to a minimum, typically a time weighted average (TWA) of one part per million (ppm).

With such a low exposure limit, benzene concentration alone usually defines the toxicity of vapours in the petrochemical market as a whole. As a result, it is essential that sub ppm benzene concentrations can be measured rapidly in the presence of the hundreds of aromatic and aliphatic compounds encountered throughout the industry.

Ion Science’s new benzene pre-filter tube oxidises aromatics and olefins, and adsorbs heavy components including alkanes. Lighter alkanes that pass through the tube do not respond on the 10.0eV lamp. Only benzene passes through the tube unoxidised and unadsorbed ready to be detected.

Throughout the measurement process, Tiger Select continues to display real-time data, ensuring the final reading represents the full value of actual benzene present*. Benzene concentrations are displayed down to parts per billion (ppb) levels for more accuracy.

The health & safety feature can provide STEL readings after a 15-minute sampling period and calculate an eight-hour TWA for TACs. The instrument can be used in standard operational mode without the use of a benzene pre-filter tube to deliver active indications of VOCs, including benzene at concentrations as low as one ppb benzene equivalent.

The Tiger Select boasts Ion Science’s market-leading MiniPID 2 sensor which incorporates both anti-contamination and Fence Electrode technology for extended operation in difficult working environments.

 @ionscience #PAuto 

Communication support service!

Yokogawa is rolling out the SensPlus™Buddy communication support service. With this solution, personnel in the field will enjoy access to support information directly from their mobile devices.

Photo with handwritten instruction
SensPlus Buddy can be accessed using a standard web browser on any general-purpose mobile device or personal computer, and does not require the installation of software. With this web-based service, users can easily make video calls and make use of augmented reality (AR) technology to transmit easy-to-visualise image and text data. SensPlus Buddy will improve maintenance efficiency and the quality of field work.

Development Background
As plants come to rely on ever more sophisticated and complex systems that enable the integrated management of multiple production facilities, production efficiency improves. At the same time, it is becoming increasingly difficult to identify the causes of failures and malfunctions in plant facilities, making maintenance a complex task. Furthermore, as an increasing number of skilled engineers reach mandatory retirement age, there is an urgent need to hire and train maintenance personnel.

Industrial IoT (IIoT) is seen as one means of making up shortages of plant maintenance staff and assisting with the training of personnel. With IIoT, a system can be built that enables relatively inexperienced engineers to perform maintenance with the same efficiency and quality as more knowledgeable and experienced engineers. However, many manufacturers have hesitated to introduce such systems because of concerns about network security and the difficulty and cost of adding new infrastructure. To address this issue, Yokogawa has developed the SensPlus Buddy communication support service. With this service, users can visually transmit maintenance information to personnel in the field.

Product Features
The SensPlus Buddy communication support service can be accessed wherever it is possible to use an Internet-connected mobile device. Its features are as follows:

1. Easy to introduce/Easy to use
SensPlus Buddy is a cloud-based service. As such, it does not require the installation of special hardware or software, and only a standard Internet connection is needed. It can run on any general-purpose mobile device or personal computer that has a web browser installed. For maximum security, access is strictly controlled by a user authentication system, and communication is only allowed between users in specified groups.

SensPlus Buddy supports video calls, the sharing of image files, such as a screenshot taken during a video call, or when viewing a manual, and the overlay of instructions on images, and these functions can be easily accessed and used on any kind of mobile device.

2. Real-time sharing of data 
Engineering experts and support staff can make video calls to share images and other data in real time with personnel in the field. Thanks to the service’s support of AR technology, support staff can write easy-to-understand instructions on photos that have been taken on site and send them back to personnel in the field.

3. Obtaining information required in the field
When a maintenance worker in the field needs to see information about a control system, or information from a document such as an operation manual, support staff in the central control room can send images of subjects such as a control system console screen or photos of specific pages in a document. Both sender and receiver can inscribe messages on the images.


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Yokogawa believes that AR technology can help solve the problem of human error. By combining this technology with mobile technology, which has been rapidly advancing in recent years, and by using this in manufacturing plants, Yokogawa aims to reduce human error and improve the safety and efficiency of field work. Yokogawa labels this approach ‘Industrial AR’, and is working with customers to develop and refine this technology. The SensPlus Buddy communication support service is Yokogawa’s first use of the AR technology. With the aim of introducing advanced solutions to the manufacturing sector, Yokogawa will continue its efforts to develop AR technology.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Exchanging critical data from factory floor.

Aegis Software has announced that its FactoryLogix® MES software platform has been certified for SAP® Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), version 6.0.

“SAP is a clear leader in the industry for ERP operations, for which FactoryLogix is a perfect complement,” stated Dan Walls, Managing Director of Aegis Software Europe. “Certification from SAP assures our new and existing customers that value from their investment in each solution is enhanced through a reliable, dependable and secure exchange of critical information, in a timely way as required for true Industry 4.0 operation.”

Their FactoryLogix MES solution provides a next-generation digital solution for discrete assembly manufacturing across multiple industries, promoting practical and achievable Industry 4.0 values. Based on a modern digital manufacturing platform, FactoryLogix visualizes, controls and manages all aspects of production in real-time. FactoryLogix provides computerization and digitalization enhancement of classic industrial engineering practices, in areas that include production flow control, electronic documentation, live progress dashboards, KPIs and analytics, Lean material management and logistics, finite planning assistance and active quality management.

As well as linking digitally with production processes, FactoryLogix also integrates seamlessly with enterprise systems such as SAP’s Business Solutions, accessing key enterprise data for direct utilization into an active smart production environment, including digital process documentation, Lean supply-chain, active finite routing, conformance and compliance. Added value integration in the reverse direction is also provided, with FactoryLogix acting as a digital recorder back to SAP’s Business Solutions communicating fully qualified production events up to and including full traceability.

Through the use of Aegis’s FactoryLogix MES and SAP’s Business Solutions, customers can significantly reduce costs of new product introduction, achieve higher levels of quality and ontime delivery, reduce material related costs and become more flexible to support a higher product mix without the usual association of reduced productivity. Being reactive to customer demand changes, using FactoryLogix’ computerized visibility, control and planning place the customer clearly in line with the business principles of Industry 4.0.

 @FactoryLogix  #PAuto #MES

Promoting in the cryogenics market!

Intelliconnect has become a member of the British Cryogenics Council in order to extend the market reach of its cryogenic cables and components and to participate in the rapid development of this growing field.

The British Cryogenics Council was founded in 1967 at the Royal Society to promote knowledge and interest in Cryogenics. With currently over 100 members it provides a broad spectrum of expertise from companies providing cryogenic products and services to universities undertaking low temperature research and end-users of cryogens and cryogenic systems. More information on Intelliconnect’s membership is available on the BCC website.

Roy Phillips, Managing Director of Intelliconnect, comments, "As a leading supplier of UK designed and manufactured cryogenic interconnect products we are pleased and proud to now be a member of the British Cryogenics Council. Our membership will ensure our products and new developments keep up to date with leading-edge research and market opportunities as they happen.”

Intelliconnect’s cryogenic cables and components work to 2 K (-271.15°C) and are ideally suited to a wide range of applications including test and measurement, instrumentation, medical and material research and cryogenic systems including dilution refrigerators, superconducting magnet systems, low temperature detector systems, infrared array systems.

Intelliconnect provides Stainless Steel Cable assemblies, Niobium Titanium Cable assemblies to 40GHz, Cupro Nickel Cables, Raw St/St and NbTi Cable, Crimp SMA and 2.9mm Connectors, Sealed Adaptors, Hermetic Connectors and Adaptors, Attenuators, Low-Temperature Hardware and complete ‘box-build ‘assembly.

Phillips continues, “Cryogenic systems need well-designed reliable and repeatable cable assemblies and we are happy to provide our customers with high volume standard products or unique custom designs and work with them to fulfill all of their cryogenic component needs.”

In addition to custom cable assemblies, Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd manufactures a wide range of standard and custom RF connectors and components, including waterproof and fast turnaround custom designs which are undertaken without NRE charges to their customers. Intelliconnect also manufacture a large range of coaxial adaptors to facilitate inter-series connection and gender change etc. Typical applications include MIL and aerospace, marine, oil and gas, medical and general microwave markets.

 @IntelliConnLtd #PAuto #bcryoUK #Britain

Eddy current measurement chain solution.

AMS EZ 1000 offers in-the-field calibration and an improved design to increase operational flexibility

Emerson’s newest eddy current measurement chain solution helps reliability organisations shorten process downtime by eliminating factory calibration and delays in acquiring replacement parts. Traditional eddy current chains are complex, and parts management is difficult.

With the new AMS EZ 1000 eddy current signal digital converter, Emerson reduces measurement chain complexity by moving from multiple converters to a single user configurable digital converter, enabling easy in-the-field calibration.

“With more flexible eddy current measurement equipment, customers can avoid the eddy current chain extending process downtime and eliminate yet another potential obstacle to production availability,” said Björn Müller, systems and sensors product manager at Emerson Automation Solutions.

Organisations can shorten the length of process shutdowns due to measurement chain failures with a single, do-it-all AMS EZ 1000 digital converter that can be configured to support all eddy current sensors in the field. The single converter - that technicians configure and calibrate digitally via USB - is compatible even with third-party sensors. Users no longer must incur downtime while waiting for factory calibration of replacement parts.

Because a single AMS EZ 1000 digital converter can be easily configured and calibrated on-site for many different applications, parts numbers are decreased by nearly 90%, ultimately reducing spare parts footprint and management requirements. Users simply start the configuration software, enter chain details such as sensor type, cable length, and measurement ranges, and perform one-step automated calibration to prepare the measurement chain for use.

Eddy current sensors are a fundamental technology for identifying displacement in turbomachinery, and can be critical in identifying developing faults that can ultimately lead to production shutdowns such as misalignment, imbalance, and bowed shafts. The AMS EZ 1000 digital converter simplifies the chain ordering process and further reduces lead time by allowing users to order a single converter part number for use with any length or type of 5 mm or 8 mm sensor. Organisations can replace all third-party converters with a single AMS EZ 1000 digital converter, reducing necessary spares.

The new AMS EZ measurement chain equipment complies with API 670 certification and is certified for installation in environments where Class 1 Div2/ATEX Zone 2 approvals are required. To add further flexibility, Emerson has built the EZ 1000 to survive tough plant environments and improve installation ease with steel-shielded cabling, enhanced oil tightness, and easy-to-use twist connections.

@EMR_Automation #PAuto @Emerson_News

Catastrophic computer failure at automation publication.

As a result of a normal upgrade of Windows 10, the computer on which Spitzer & Boyes makes the Industrial Automation & Process Control INSIDER (IAI) has suffered a catastrophic failure. We usually highlight each issue on our home page.

Walt Boyes, the editor advises, "According to the repair shop, it isn’t worth repairing, so they are taking the data off for us. It will take about a week to get the data back, and so we have decided to produce an October/November issue at the end of November."

In the meantime they are going to try something different.

Over the next week or so, they intend to post some of the articles that would be in the October issue on the IAI blog, on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, for everyone to read, whether a subscriber or not.

"If you find that you like what you’ll be seeing, you can become a subscriber by visiting the site. Individual subscriptions are quite reasonable, and large company subscriptions that allow circulation to all within the company are also available."

As a user of a different sort of computer we might, somewhat facetiously, have a word of advice for them. "Buy a MAC." In almost thirty years of publishing we have only had one catastrophic failure but that was an act of God aided by our carelessness - a lightning strike at 3.00 one morning. We quickly replaced it - amazingly it was covered by insurance - and were back on line. We now fully protected through two surge protecting devices - one for the computer and another for the modem.

#Pauto

Intelligent inline spectrometers.

Blue Ocean Nova AG, a manufacturer of innovative inline spectrometers for monitoring quality-relevant process parameters has been acquired by Endress+Hauser, adding to its portfolio of products, solutions and services in the field of process analytical measurement.

The company’s 15 employees located in Aalen (D) will be retained. Blue Ocean Nova will operate under the umbrella of Endress+Hauser’s center of competence for liquid analysis headquartered in Gerlingen (D) .

Dr Manfred Jagiella
“The intelligent process sensors developed by Blue Ocean Nova will enhance our offering in the field of process analytical measurement, adding a strategic building block,” says Dr Manfred Jagiella, Managing Director of Endress+Hauser Conducta GmbH+Co. KG. As a member of the Group’s Executive Board he is also responsible for the analytics business.

Innovative concept
The process sensors developed by Blue Ocean Nova cover the relevant optical spectroscopy regions of UV-VIS, NIR and MIR to analyze liquids, gases and solids inline. The innovative technology allows the spectrometer to be directly integrated into the measurement probe, even in explosion-hazardous areas. The sensors can furthermore be automatically cleaned and easily integrated into process control systems.

The systems from Blue Ocean Nova are utilized in the food & beverage, oil & gas, chemicals and life sciences industries for applications such as concentration and moisture measurements and for measuring relevant quality parameters. The technology enhances the Group’s portfolio, which already encompasses Raman spectroscopy, tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) and process photometers.

Extensive experience
Blue Ocean Nova was founded by Joachim Mannhardt and Stefan Beck in 2015, bringing extensive product development experience in the field of industrial spectroscopy and process analytical measurements to the company. “Endress+Hauser opens the door to international markets and customers for us,” explains Stefan Beck. Joachim Mannhardt adds: “We’re convinced that our technology will be an ideal enhancement to Endress+Hauser’s optical portfolio.”

Endress+Hauser acquired Blue Ocean Nova effective 31 October 2017. Both parties agreed not to disclose the details of the transaction. Joachim Mannhardt and Stefan Beck will remain on the management team of the innovative company. “With this acquisition, we are continuing to pursue our strategy of strengthening the process analytical measurement portfolio and in the future supporting our customers from the lab to process,” says Manfred Jagiella.


 @Endress_Hauser  #Pauto 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Ethernet datalogger.

TCW220, manufactured by Teracom and marketed in the USA by Paralan has two analog inputs with 10-bit resolution and two discrete inputs. It supports a 1-Wire interface for up to eight Teracom 1-Wire sensors – carbon dioxide, 0/20mA, AC/DC current, temperature, humidity, etc.

All monitored parameters can be logged on previous set time intervals and/or on alarm conditions. The memory is large enough for at least 36 days with records recorded every minute, up to 70,000 records. The log file can be periodically uploaded on a dedicated server using HTTP Post.


The relays can be activated either remotely (WEB, SNMP, HTTP, MODBUS TCP/IP, etc.) or locally – providing status of monitored parameters. For every parameter, email and SNMP trap can be sent to up to five recipients. Alarm alerts also can be sent by HTTP Post with XML/JSON status files.


#PAuto #Teracom #Paralan

Enhanced testing.

XJTAG and Systech Europe have announced the availability of an integrated solution using XJTAG boundary scan and Takaya’s flying probe system.

Based on strong customer demand XJTAG has worked with Takaya’s European distribution partner, Systech Europe, to create a powerful combination by integrating JTAG boundary scan with flying probe testing capabilities. With many devices now being manufactured in BGA or extremely fine pitched leaded packaging, the need to have boundary scan to control these devices is critical to achieving the best coverage. Furthermore being able to use flying probes to reach parts of the circuit with no JTAG access allows boundary scan testing to achieve maximum coverage. The integration allows test engineers to shorten test cycle times at the same time as increasing test coverage.

Commenting on the collaboration with XJTAG, Jörg Lewandowski, Managing Director, Systech Europe, says: “Test engineers face increasing pressure with devices that have little or no access to their pins, and space for test points is under pressure. At Systech Europe we are constantly looking out for the best test solutions for our clients and found that XJTAG boundary scan is easy to use, offers great functionality at a very competitive price, and comes with a flexible licensing model.”

Test cycle times are reduced by optimising the number of probe movements carried out by the flying probe machine. Test coverage is increased by combining the physical access facilitated by the flying probes with XJTAG’s ability to control the boundary scan technology built into many of today’s processors and FPGAs to control the signals on those devices.

Simon Payne, CEO of XJTAG, says: “We are delighted to be working closely with Systech Europe. They have a great understanding of the challenges faced by the electronics industry across many sectors including defence, aerospace, automotive, medical, industrial and semiconductor throughout Europe.


@XJTAG #TandM #PAuto

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

To honour the late Dick Morley!

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has created a named scholarship fund in honor of Dick Morley, a longtime ISA supporter, founder of Modicon (now part of Schneider Electric) and the initial designer of the first Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)—a primary component in modern-day automation. Morley, 84, passed away on 17 October. An obituary published in The Los Angeles Times may be found here.

Dick Morley - 1932 - 2017
Morley was an engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, consultant and author who contributed significantly to a wide range of revolutionary, high-technology advancements over more than four decades. An internationally recognized visionary and expert in computer design, artificial intelligence, automation and factories of the future, Morley held more than 20 US and foreign patents.

The scholarship fund, named the Richard E. “Dick” Morley Innovation Scholarship, will be funded by ISA with a $50,000 endowment. ISA has also pledged to match the next $50,000 of donations. Those who wish to partcipate in increasing the value of this scholarship and honouring a true automation pioneer may do so here.

Tributes!
The father of the PLC lives on in all the lives he touched—and will continue to touch. - Jim Montague (Control 1/12/2017)
May your Harley ever run sweet, Dick. - Walt Boyes, (Insider 4/12/2017)
“Dick Morley wasn’t just the inventor of modern-day automation—he was also a mentor and a friend to many of our members and leaders around the world,” said ISA President Steve Pflantz. “He was a one-of-a-kind person, someone you could never forget. His humor and wit, along with his incredibly creative way of looking at life, made him a force for good in our industry, our society, and the world. He will be missed.” Morley is best known for developing the programmable logic controller (PLC), a breakthrough in the growth and advancement in industrial automation. PLCs are integral to factory automation and industrial processes, controlling a wide array of applications from lighting functions to environmental systems to chemical processing plants. His initial PLC—which he designed for continuous processing applications—was demonstrated at GM in 1969 as Bedford Associates Modicon 084 solid-state sequential logic solver. Driven by his inventiveness and ingenuity, Morley founded numerous technology companies. His breakthroughs in research and development blazed a pathway for ongoing discoveries and innovations. For many years, Morley hosted the annual “Geek Pride Day” festival in New Hampshire, where he lived with his late wife, Shirley. Morley and his wife had three biological children and 27 foster children. There is a move among his friends to continue the Geek Pride Celebration next year - watch this space. “We know that one of the most important parts of Morley’s life was his work with young people,” commented Pflantz. “He was passionate about giving kids a chance to innovate, to redefine their lives, and to make a difference in the world. We intend to make sure that this scholarship fund continues that legacy in some small way.” ISA will announce more details about the application process for the scholarship fund in the coming weeks. To make an individual or corporate donation, visit the Richard E. “Dick” Morley Innovation Scholarship fund page. • For questions, contact ISA’s Director of Marketing & Communications, Jennifer Halsey, at jhalsey@isa.org or +1 (919) 990-9287.More about Morley’s contributions and honors Morley was awarded patents on products such as the parallel interface machine, hand-held terminal and magnetic thin film and storage (floppy disk). He also played an important role in the development of anti-lock brakes, automated vehicle control, building automation and the cool shaft. His education in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology formed the basis for his interest and expertise in computer design, artificial intelligence, automation and futurism. For many years, Morley was a contributing columnist to Manufacturing Systems Magazine. He also wrote articles for magazines and journals worldwide, including Manufacturing Automation Magazine and Wired, Control, and InTech magazines. He also authored a number of books including the unforgettable compendium of wisdom, "Out of the Barn!," a work in the words of Dr John A Decaire, of the MCMS, which is "..done with an insightful and entertaining style -from one who has continuously 'lived in the future'..." Morley’s peers acknowledged his outstanding contributions with numerous honors and citations. Morley has been honored by several leading organization, such as Inc. magazine, the Franklin Institute, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Engineering Society of Detroit. He also has been inducted into the Manufacturing Hall of Fame. Other awards and recognitions he received include:
  • ISA and SME life member
  • SME Manufacturing Enterprise Council Member
  • Process Automation Hall of Fame (Control magazine)
  • Automation Hall of Fame Prometheus Award
  • SME Fellow
  • Parallel Processor Design — Flavors
  • Howard N. Potts Award
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Gould Science & Engineering Fellow
  • Boeing Technical Excellence Award
Morley previously served as: Chairman of the Board of National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Inc. (NCMS); Director at Large for the Society Manufacturing Engineers (SME); Member of the Manufacturing Advisory Board for Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI); Member of Advisory Board at Agilepath Corporation; and Director of Memex Inc. May he rest in peace!
#ISAuto #PAuto #PLC

Multi-gas analysis!

Servomex has launched the SERVOPRO MultiExact 4100: a high-performance multi-gas analyzer offering up to four simultaneous digital gas stream measurements and configurable to a wide range of industrial gas and pharmacopeia applications.
The MultiExact 4100 utilizes Servomex’s world-leading range of digital sensor technologies to offer stable, selective measurements for a range of gases including oxygen, nitrogen, methane, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, argon and helium. Built-in support is also provided for the new Servomex AquaXact 1688 moisture sensor, further expanding the MultiExact 4100’s extensive range of measurement possibilities.

The successor to the successful SERVOPRO 4100 and SERVOPRO MultiExact 5400 multi-gas analyzers, and backwards compatible with installations utilizing these landmark products, MultiExact 4100 brings customers the improved measurement stability of digital sensor technologies alongside the new advances in communications and control. Operation is simple, offering users immediate access to control functions and data-rich reporting via a high-brightness color touchscreen display and an intuitive, icon-driven user interface.

A full range of analog and digital communications protocols, including 0-10V DC, 4-20mA, RS232, RS485, Serial Modbus, Ethernet Modbus TCP/IP and PROFIBUS, enable simple integration with new or existing analysis systems. Low cost of ownership is delivered through Servomex’s ultra-stable non-depleting digital sensing technologies, while an independent auto-calibration function helps keep operational and maintenance costs minimal.

The flexibility of MultiExact 4100 therefore makes it suitable for an extensive range of applications, particularly for pharmacopeia applications and in the production and distribution of industrial and medical gases.

Servomex’s Global Market Sector Manager, Jim Belanger, said: “Servomex’s analyzers are an industry standard reference for many leading gas manufacturers, and MultiExact 4100 is a new milestone in our continued leadership of multi-gas analysis.


“By listening to these customers, MultiExact 4100’s next-generation platform delivers a new level of performance that further optimises processes, improves product yields and ensures high product quality.”

@Servomex  #PAuto

Empowering the Agile and Connected Factory.

AegisSoftware has announced the general availability of FactoryLogix® 2017.1.  As an industry leader in MES, Aegis continues to innovate and deliver unparalleled capabilities enabling complex discrete manufacturers to connect, manage, optimize and digitally transform their manufacturing operations.

FactoryLogix 2017.1 delivers many noteworthy advancements, across the entire platform, below is a fraction of the industry-leading features and benefits offered in this new release:

·       Streamline Production Engineering & Planning – As customers demand higher quality at faster speeds and lower costs, manufacturers are continuously looking for new ways to optimize capacity and resources while reducing lead times.  With Batch-to-Batch Dependencies, planners can schedule production batches that have a network of inter-dependencies to other batches, ensuring sufficient time and inventory thereby minimizing scheduling conflicts and production delays.  The new Site-to-Site Portability feature enables manufacturers to effortlessly transfer production processes and accompanying documentation from one factory to another eliminating the need to build from scratch. Manufacturers can leverage engineering expertise regardless of location, accelerate time to production and time to market ultimately creating a competitive advantage.

·       Develop On-the-Fly, Adaptive Processes – Engineer-to-Order (ETO) provides the ability to develop fully managed process exceptions with complete conformance management including product tracking, material and process traceability, provision of documentation, etc.  By leveraging the ability to create on-demand production operations, flows and instructions for units that travel outside the main process manufacturers can support personalization/customization, mitigate process disruptions, improve quality, and reduce costs.

·       Improved Shop Floor Ergonomics for Boosted Throughput – FactoryLogix 2017.1 delivers more barcode and keyboard shortcuts to frequently used functions and now also supports voice control, making it easier for operators to perform activities faster without sacrificing accuracy.  Reducing errors, training time, and eliminating bottlenecks are just some of the benefits.

·       Out-of-the-Box Compliance Reports – To meet the growing demand to simplify compliance with regulatory requirements, Aegis continues to build upon its comprehensive capabilities of advanced analytics, alerts, triggers and escalation workflows, and now has out-of-the-box AS9100 reports, pre-configured eDHR reports for medical applications, and Real-Time Statistical Process Control Dashboards.

·       Plug & Play Connectivity Backbone for the Connected Ecosystem  Aegis offers unmatched capabilities when it comes to plug & play machine, device, and business software connectivity.  The FactoryLogix platform includes a proven real-time Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) backbone enabling data collection from millions of machines and devices providing the actionable intelligence needed to drive manufacturing excellence.  With FactoryLogix 2017.1, Aegis introduces more plug & play connectors to its already extensive library to further enable the connected ecosystem.

“FactoryLogix 2017.1 is an extensive release providing numerous breakthrough innovations fueled by continual collaboration with our global customer base of complex discrete manufacturers in the military, aerospace, electronics, medical, and automotive industries,” said Jason Spera, CEO, Aegis Software.  “Building upon our extensive history and robust MES platform, this release adds new capabilities enabling manufacturers to elevate their manufacturing operations while giving them the foundational platform critical to support their Industry 4.0 initiatives.”


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FactoryLogix is a holistic and modular platform which delivers leading-edge technology with easily configurable modules to support and execute a discrete manufacturer’s strategy towards Industry 4.0.  FactoryLogix manages the entire manufacturing lifecycle: from product launch to material logistics, through manufacturing execution, to powerful analytics and real-time dashboards.  This end-to-end platform is helping companies accelerate product introductions, streamline processes, improve quality and traceability, reduce costs and gain greater visibility for competitive advantage and profitability.

@FactoryLogix  #PAuto #MES

Automated reporting & data analysis software update.

Ocean Data Systems (ODS), has announced that Dream Report version 4.81 is posted and available for download.

Version 4.81, technically a maintenance release, is available to all 4.8 customers. Along with a broad array of Customer Software Change Requests (SCRs), this release delivers on a theme of Productivity. As customer applications grow and evolve, users benefit from search and replace tools, and export and import functions to replicate reports and dashboards across assets and sites. This release delivers on both fronts with significant enhancements to Search and Replace, and the addition of Exports and Imports to many areas of Dream Report configuration. Other new features include a “Difference” statistic, and enhanced connectivity to Wonderware Online InSight and Citect SCADA, by Schneider Electric.

“In our experience, Dream Report is typically justified through the creation of a half dozen or so reports,” explained Roy Kok, VP Sales and Marketing for Ocean Data Systems. “As our customers continue to leverage the many data sources that Dream Report can support, across similar assets or many sites, we are seeing applications with dozens, and even hundreds of reports in a single Dream Report installation. The payback of Dream Report, even in the smallest of applications is in weeks or months. In larger applications, Dream Report becomes an indispensable tool for compliance, continuous improvement, and data analysis and troubleshooting, for any organization and all applications.”


@OceanDataSys  #PAuto 

MES in Pharma plant.

In the context of a tendering process, the Spanish pharmaceutical company Almirall opted for Werum’s PAS-X Manufacturing Execution System to be installed in the German plant in Reinbek near Hamburg. Almirall is the market leader for skin medicine in Germany and e.g. produces the Balneum® skin care products.

Stirrer for semisolid dosage forms, © Almirall
PAS-X will be rolled out as a full-scope MES for the entire manufacturing process – including weighing, mass production and packaging. It will replace the legacy production management system. The new review and release workflows will lead to more effective processes as well as compliance with regulatory requirements.

PAS-X will be implemented out of the box and according to Werum’s unique implementation method “Ready”, “Fit”, “Build” and “Run”. The benefit for Almirall: short project term and significant cost efficiency.

“We are already thrilled about the Fit Phase,” says Maik Weber, Head of Production at Almirall. “Together with the Werum consultants we matched our business processes in the Reinbek production site with the best-practice-based PAS-X workflows. Both the approach and the expertise of the consultants and the results of this phase were really convincing!”


@Werum #PAuto #Germany #Spain #Pharma

Testing, analysis and monitoring.

PEFTEC 2017 is scheduled for Antwerp (B) from 29th to 30th November 2017, and with four Conferences, over 60 Seminars and an international Exhibition, the organisers are urging visitors to plan their time carefully. Registration for visitors is available on-line.

PEFTEC is a specialist event focused on the testing, analysis and monitoring of downstream oil products, chemicals and petrochemicals, created to provide the latest guidance on regulations, methods and technologies for analytical chemists, scientists, process operators, laboratory personnel and environmental managers.

Located at the Antwerp Expo in Belgium, PEFTEC 2017 will be situated at the centre of one the world’s largest clusters of petrochemical companies. The four Conferences will address analytical techniques, environmental monitoring, methane measurement and safety issues in hazardous situations.

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

The cost of admission to the PEFTEC Conferences is €125/day, but entry to the Exhibition is free of charge for those that pre-register on line.

 #PAuto #Oil #Chemical

Concept for IA and Control enterprises.

Yokogawa has announced Synaptic Business Automation™ a new industrial automation and control business concept that expresses the company’s commitment to working with its customers to sustain their creation of corporate values. Based on the ideals expressed in the Synaptic Business Automation concept, Yokogawa will help companies transform how they conduct their business.

A Closer Look at Synaptic Business Automation
Manufacturers face a variety of challenges today, ranging from volatile shifts in the price of crude oil and other raw materials and stiffening environmental and safety regulations to structural changes in their industries. To remain competitive, they must have the agility to adapt quickly to change.

To guide its efforts to assist companies in meeting such challenges, Yokogawa adheres to a vision statement that reads, “Through ‘Process Co-Innovation,’ Yokogawa creates new value with its customers-for a brighter future.” We help companies improve efficiency and profitability by bringing together business units to work more effectively and by eliminating barriers that impede the flow of information and goods throughout the supply chain and between companies.

As the Internet of Things gains traction, a digitalisation of processes is underway whereby the use of big data and artificial intelligence is yielding valuable insights needed to make business decisions. The Synaptic Business Automation concept clearly expresses Yokogawa’s commitment to using the latest information technologies and its decades of experience with plant management and industrial processes, portfolio of automation solutions, and consulting expertise to help its customers transform their businesses.

The Synaptic Business Automation concept takes its name from the synapse, a structure in the nervous system that plays a role in the transfer of signals to other parts of the human body. Synaptic Business Automation expresses an ideal state for a business whereby the synthesising of data, systems, organisations, knowledge, and supply chains adds value and strengthens competitiveness. The linked data on manufacturing processes, plant operations, human resources, and supply chains can be organised, integrated, controlled, broken down, and analysed to yield insightful decisions at various levels in the organisation, from operations in the field to corporate management.

Ways in which Synaptic Business Automation creates corporate value for customers:

1: Resilient operation
Adapt more flexibly to changes in areas such as health, safety, security and the environment (HSSE), organisational optimisation, and regulatory compliance.
2: Optimised production
Optimise the total expenditure (TOTEX) components of capital expenditure (CAPEX) and operational expenditure (OPEX) over the entire lifecycle of a plant, and improve reliability. Also, directly create value by solving issues and optimising operations throughout a supply chain, thereby enhancing productivity and profitability.
3: Business innovation
Work with specific customers to create new business models that foster manufacturing excellence by such means as supplying cloud-based services that drive collaboration with their customers and suppliers and to introduce environmentally friendly manufacturing practices that are essential for a sustainable society.

Yokogawa has many years of experience in working with operational technology (OT). By combining its in-depth knowledge of plant management, operations, industries, and processes, its portfolio of automation and other information technology solutions, and its consulting expertise, the company is uniquely positioned to create new value. Working together with its customers based on the Co-innovating tomorrow ®corporate brand slogan, Yokogawa is committed to helping them achieve the ideals expressed in its Synaptic Business Automation concept.

@YokogawaIA #PAuto 

Ireland honoured at international automation event.

The International Society of Automation held its Autumnal Governance meeting in Tampa, Florida (USA). The Ireland Section took an active part as usual. This year the section was represented by Brian Curtis, (Society President Elect), John Murphy, Section President, Billy Walsh, Executive Board Member and David O Brien, District 12 (EMEA) Vice President. Not shown is Declan Lordan also a member of the Executive Board.

Brian Curtis, John Murphy, Billy Walsh and David O'Brien with awards
In integral part of this meeting ins the ISA Honours & Awards Gala Banquet when the members honour their peers.  The ISA Ireland Section won an award as a recognition of the work put in by the Section Committee in organising and hosting the FPID Symposium in Cork during March 2016. This was the first time that this symposium was held outside of North America.

Additionally the FPID Division itself won an award as well. André Michel from Canada, the Division Director, collected this award. He was one of the main organisers of this symposium from the other side of the Atlantic.
Bill Dugary, David O'Brien, John Murphy, Andre Michel, FPID Director, Brian Curtis, and Billy Walsh
Two of the North American FIPD Committee, Bill Dugary & André Michel 
Three of the Irish FIPD Committee, John Murphy, Billy Walsh, David O'Brien
Besides the excitement of the Honours & Awards, there was business transacted at this meeting and no doubt we will learn more of actual decisions during the coming year when Brian Curtis will be serving as Society President.
Back L to R: Chang Miller  (Saudi Arabia), Billy Walsh (Executive Board), John Murphy (Ireland), Francisco Diaz-Andreu (Spain), David Board (England) 
Front L to R: Brian Curtis (President-Elect), Ugo Baggi (Italy), David O'Brien (D12 DVP), Pino Zani (Society President 2002 - Italy)
District 12 held a meeting and some of the delegates are in the group picture above.

Finally many of the District 12 Member posed with Brian Curtis after he was presented with the gavel as President of the Society. His term commences 1st January 2018.
John Murphy, Billy Walsh, David O'Brien, Brian Curtis, Pino Zani, Chang Miller, Francisco Diaz-Andreu, Jean Pierre Hauet & Ugo Baggi. 
Some other pictures may be seen here - District 12 Pictures.

The Official Pictures from the ISA Honours & Awards Banquet 2017 may be found here:


@IrelandISA #PAuto #ISAuto

Monday, November 6, 2017

Chair announced ag Industry 4 event.

Richard Halstead of the manufacturers’ organisation EEF is to be Chair of the first day of the second annual Industry 4.0 Summit.

Richard Halstead, EEF
The 2nd edition, which takes place on the 28th Feb – 1st March 2018 in Manchester (GB) , aims to build on the success of the inaugural event that attracted almost 300 conference delegates and a plethora of great speakers from government, industry associations and manufacturers & technology leaders such as Airbus, ABB, Siemens, TechUK, Gambica, IBM & Unilever.

The Industry 4.0 Summit is again aiming to set the bar high with outstanding speakers showcasing adoption of industry 4.0 which will help British manufacturers get a better understanding about implementing it across their organisations.

Running alongside the summit is its sister event the Factories of the Future Expo, which will showcase cutting edge technologies & solutions to enable companies to transform their manufacturing operations and make them smarter.

EEF Membership Engagement Director of the North, Richard Halstead will oversee proceedings on the first day of the Summit and looks forward to sharing experiences with a stellar line-up of speakers from leading companies who have adopted industry 4.0 and have real cases studies to share. Companies confirmed to speak include GE Digital Europe, Schneider Electric, TRUMPF UK, Babcock, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) & INTEL.

Jo Britton, Marketing Director at EEF commented “The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is the biggest change in UK manufacturing in a generation. Our survey of manufacturers reveals that 80% believe that 4IR will be an industry reality by 2025. At EEF, we’re working with manufacturers to ensure they are on the right track to take advantage of the opportunities that new technologies bring and to prepare and train the workforce with the types of skills needed for the future”

Hosted in Manchester - the world’s first industrial city – the Industry 4.0 Summit will attract manufacturers from around Britain and further afield to see how industry 4.0 will impact their operations and provide business models, and technology solutions to do so. The last event attracted visitors as far afield as Australia, Brazil, Vietnam, Myanmar and Japan to see how the British industry is adapting for the 4th industrial revolution.

Emma Hilditch, Conference Director, commented “Building on the success of this year’s inaugural event has been challenging. Industry 4.0 is a growing area of concern for manufacturing companies, large and small. Clearly the big players are further down the road but the fact that these leading global companies wish to share stories and knowledge only confirms the importance of this topic. We even have some hard-won case study presentations showing that UK manufacturing is not just talking about Industry 4.0 they are also putting it into practice and reaping the benefits.”

She added “We are absolutely delighted that we have received the support of EEF and that Richard Halstead has accepted our invitation to chair. In addition, EEF will have an exhibition booth where their experts will be available to provide visitors with advice on digital transformation.”

The organisers will be delivering 40 leading speakers on industry 4.0, IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and smart factories. The event aims to attract 300 conference delegates as well as 80 exhibiting companies & 2,000 visitors to the free-to-attend trade exhibition.

@Industry_4 @EEF_Insights #PAuto