Friday, November 24, 2017

World's smallest EtherCAT drive.

High-end positioning applications where space is critical now find an optimal solution in the incredibly small iPOS2401 servo drive from Technosoft, with an EtherCAT interface.

Small and light, 19 x 50 x 10 mm, and weighing only 12 g, the iPOS2401 MX-CAT drive can be used in high precision positioning applications with any motor technology (brushless, stepper, DC/voice coil or linear) that requires no more than 1 A continuous at 24 V.

Users can achieve an optimal mechanical integration, due to the plug-in design of the iPOS2401 that offers full flexibility in terms of motherboard design and connectors choice, for either single or multi-axes applications.

A miniaturized drive, yet with no compromise in performance, the iPOS2401 MX-CAT sup-ports full CoE (CAN application protocol over EtherCAT) protocol, which makes it the ideal solution to medical, robotics, instrumentation or automation projects where a high-end Swiss product can make the difference in terms of quality and performance of the application.

A lighter, CAN version is also available, embedding a motion controller that can execute complex motion sequences programmed in TML (Technosoft Motion Language), stored at drive level and called by specific CANopen commands to reduce the bus traffic in multi-axis applications.

In both EtherCAT and CANopen versions, the iPOS2401 completes the extended Technosoft offer (from 25 W to 1.6 kW) in terms of intelligent drives with embedded motion controller for high-end positioning applications.

@TECHNOSOFT_MT  #Pauto @EtherCAT_Group

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Load cell for harsh conditions.

The new DBBSUB s-beam load cell from Applied Measurements, is guaranteed to measure tension and compression in continuous submersion in potable water to depths of up to 10 metres / 1 bar. Its IP68 long-term immersion sealing and rugged stainless steel body makes it is ideal to use in many submersible applications.

This load cell has a glass-to-metal seal construction providing a complete hermetic sealing. This hermetic sealing guarantees its safe performance in highly aggressive environments whilst still maintaining its high ±0.02 % accuracy.

Robert Davies, Applied Measurements’ Production Director says, “The DBBSUB S-beam permanently submersible load cell is the perfect choice for tension and compression loading in many underwater, offshore and harsh industrial environments.”

Applied Measurements’ specially designed rod end bearings and fixtures deliver optimum accuracy of the load cell by directing the tensile force through the centre of the load cell which reduces any unrelated forces.

Their wide range of mounting bases and fixtures make installation into your application fast and easy, without the worry of lengthy time consuming delays and expensive setup costs.

@AppMeas #PAuto 

High-Speed RF Measurements for NB-IoT Devices.

The NB-IoT Uplink Tx Measurement MX887067A software and NB-IoT Downlink Waveforms MV887067A package supporting 3GPP RF measurement tests for NB-IoT devices and further strengthening the functions of the popular Universal Wireless Test Set MT8870A has been launched by Anritsu Corporation.

Installing the NB-IoT options in the MT8870A enables evaluation of communications equipment with built-in NB-IoT functions as well as tests of the RF TRx characteristics of modules. These same options are bundled with a PC application supporting signal analysis to assist customers with development work and design testing. Additionally, a fully automatic measurement application is provided for controlling measuring instruments and chipsets at prototyping and mass-production testing. These application software packages can be used to simplify test program creation and automate measurement, cutting customers’ test software development man-hours by about 90%.

Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) is the latest standard of wireless technology that has been developed to support IoT devices and services. NB-IoT offers several advantages, including improved power consumption, extended in-building coverage, lower cost and improved security and privacy features. But to be able to meet to growing demand for NB-IoT modules, chipset vendors are looking at cutting the cost of manufacturing by improving measurement efficiency. Anritsu has worked closely with chipset vendors to develop a turnkey system supporting fully automatic measurement. These latest options make full use of optimization technology developed as a manufacturing solution for 2G/3G/4G terminals and have been developed as a multi-device test solution for cutting measurement costs per device as far as possible.

The MT8870A is a Universal Wireless Test Set designed for the mass-production of wireless communication devices, including 2G/3G/LTE/LTE-A, W-LAN, Bluetooth, GPS and FM technologies. Up to four high-performance test units can be installed in one main chassis, with each unit performing completely independent parallel measurements to evaluate up to four wireless communications devices simultaneously.

Installing the developed NB-IoT measurement software (NB-IoT Uplink Tx Measurement MX887067A and NB-IoT Downlink Waveforms MV887067A)in the MT8870A supports fast and easy 3GPP NB-IoT RF tests, including power, frequency, modulation accuracy and Rx sensitivity.

@AnritsuEMEA  #TandM #IoT #Pauto

Supporting IoT protocols.

HMS Industrial Networks supports the IoT protocols OPC UA and MQTT within the Anybus CompactCom range of embedded networking solutions. With OPC UA and MQTT in the portfolio, device and machine manufacturers who use CompactCom are offered a straight-forward path to providing secure data to the IIoT factories of tomorrow - already today.To achieve the vision of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), device and machine manufacturers are required not only to connect their hardware to different industrial networks on OT (operational technology), but also to provide data to IT systems and IoT software.

Anybus CompactCom now opens a new door to IIoT, thanks to the support for OPC UA and MQTT. Thousands of device manufacturers and machine builders who use CompactCom can now make their data available to IT systems and IoT software in an easy and secure way.

The support for OPC UA and MQTT in CompactCom greatly facilitates communication with IT-systems and IIoT applications, offering data straight from a device or machine. Users will be able to analyze data from CompactCom-equipped devices and machines for the purpose of e.g. predictive maintenance and manufacturing optimization - key elements for realizing the vision of IIoT.

Availability of OPC UA and MQTT in CompactCom
HMS is recognizing OPC UA and MQTT as two of the most important protocols for data and information exchange within the smart industrial solutions of the future. Accordingly, OPC UA and MQTT is implemented into the CompactCom industrial Ethernet offering, starting with the EtherNet/IP and PROFINET versions end of 2017.

Additional IIoT solutions using CompactCom
In addition to supporting OPC UA and MQTT, CompactCom offers several other ways to connect industrial hardware to IT-systems and IoT software, with features such as integrated, customizable web pages and support for web services, email and FTP. Users with specific demands regarding communication between OT and IT, can do-it-themselves using the CompactCom socket interface or the Transparent Ethernet functionality. These methods allow users to develop their own IT-connection while CompactCom handles the network communication.


• Read more in the publication »Into the future with Anybus CompactCom.».


@HMSAnybus #PAuto

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Partners in reporting & dashboards!

WellinTech has joined the Dream Report Proven Partner Program and is recommending Dream Report as a solution for reports and dashboards.

WellinTech, makers of KingSCADA, is a leading supplier of HMI/SCADA technology in China and other parts of the world. As a member of the Dream Report Proven Partner Program, WellinTech customers will benefit by having a jointly endorsed solution for compliance, performance and ad-hoc; reports, dashboards and data troubleshooting interfaces.

“We have tested Dream Report OPC DA connectivity with KingView," explained Roy Kok, VP Sales and Marketing for Ocean Data Systems. “Dream Report offers the ability to acquire data from KingView and store that data for future reporting. The OPC DA interface also enables Dream Report to monitor events for batch reporting, alarm reporting and triggers from any other SCADA event. As our relationship matures and customers benefit from the value of Dream Report, we will expand our connectivity to WellinTech products, specifically KingHistorian.”

“Dream Report is the leading industrial report solution on the market and we see customers that would like to integrate data from many data sources, including KingSCADA into one report or dashboard,” explained Li Heng(Eric), Sales manager of overseas department at WellinTech. “With their broad base of vendor partnerships and over 80 proprietary, industrial standard and business standard interfaces, they are a natural partner for us and we are happy to be integrated with their Proven Partner Program.”


@OceanDataSys #Pauto #SCADA

Wireless gateway module for small-scale field wireless systems.

Yokogawa has developed an ISA100 Wireless™ gateway module for field wireless communications that integrates the functions of an access point and a gateway which will be released later this month (Nov 2017). Compact in size and easy to set up, this gateway module is ideal for building small-scale field wireless systems for upstream (oil and gas field development and production) and other types of applications where data is typically collected from a small number of devices and distributed across a wide area.

Field wireless systems allow field devices to communicate wirelessly with host systems that perform functions such as monitoring and control. There is an increasing need for the collection of data that can help to improve productivity and enhance safety in plants and other types of industrial facilities. For such purposes, the demand for field wireless devices is particularly strong because they cost less to install and can be installed in locations that cannot be accessed using conventional wired devices.

They released the world’s first ISA100 Wireless-compliant wireless devices in July 2010. Since then, the company has added field devices to its field wireless lineup that can measure flow rate, temperature, pressure, and vibration, gateways, and adapters that enable conventional field devices to communicate wirelessly.

ISA100 Wireless systems are fast and reliable, and can link devices that are scattered over a wide area. Yokogawa already offers a range of ISA100 Wireless products that can be used to construct large-scale field wireless systems, and is now adding this product to its lineup to satisfy the demand for a gateway that is suited for the construction of small-scale systems with fewer measurement points.

Product Features
1. Small form factor
Existing field wireless systems consist of wireless transmitters that can measure flow rate, temperature, pressure, and vibration in a production process; access points for receiving signals from wireless sensors; and management stations that function as gateways for the collection of sensor data via access points and send the data to a host system. This new gateway module is able to function as both an access point and gateway because it incorporates a FN110 field wireless communication module with a built-in gateway. *In its original configuration, without the gateway, the FN110 is mounted on field wireless devices and functions solely as an antenna. The FN110 dimensions are unchanged, with a diameter of 23 mm and a length of 90 mm. When used together with an LN90 interface adaptor that incorporates a power supply adapter and a host system communications interface, the new gateway module can link up to 20 field wireless devices with a host controller or other device via the RS-485 Modbus general-purpose communications protocol.

2. Easy to set up
This gateway module requires the input of just a few items to set it up. A clear line of sight between the wireless sensors and the gateway module must be secured to connect to a host system. Technicians who have no previous experience with wireless systems can easily set up this system.

3. Low power consumption
This compact module draws just 0.3 watts of power.

Commitment to This Technology
This new gateway module opens up new applications for our wireless systems. ISA100 Wireless field wireless systems of all sizes can now be built to suit a wide variety of customer needs. Yokogawa will continue working to offer its customers best-in-class solutions that deliver great value by introducing new ISA100 Wireless field wireless devices and wireless system devices, and in so doing will broaden the use of this wireless technology.

@YokogawaIA #PAuto #ISA100

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Level switch with IO-Link.

Baumer has announced the immediate availability of LBFH and LBFI level switches with IO-Link and ATEX approval. The IO-Link interface allows the user to automate the configuration of sensors.The inclusion of ATEX also enables the use of commercially available barriers. The sensors are suitable for hygienic and industrial applications.

Thanks to IO-Link integration, the level switches are Industry 4.0-ready. The communication interface enables each application to be configured quickly and easily using standard network components. This ensures error-free duplication of the system and device replacement without the need for additional programming, thereby saving time. Diagnostic data can be called up and evaluated at any time, which increases system availability.

Just like their predecessors, LBFH and LBFI level switches meet the criteria for ATEX categories 1 and 2 for gas and dust. The reduced current consumption of their more advanced electronics means that commercially-available standard barriers can now be used in addition to the Baumer barriers. This increases flexibility in terms of integration even in existing plants, and reduces installation costs.

Two switching outputs make it possible to set independent trigger thresholds. This means two different process steps, such as production and cleaning, or two media groups, such as water and oil, can be monitored with one sensor. Additionally, the two switching outputs facilitate a plausibility check of the sensor. Complementary trigger point setting ensures wire breaks are reliably detected, thus guaranteeing effective monitoring of all programs.

Both variants are suitable for use in temperatures up to 135 °C while the variant for hygiene applications also has SIP capabilities.


@BaumerGroup #PAuto #Ex

Network-based control system enhanced.

Yokogawa will release an enhanced version of the STARDOM™network-based control system in the first quarter of fiscal year 2018. This new version of the STARDOM system will include a new E2 bus interface module that has been developed for use in FCN-500 autonomous controller extension units. This enables the construction of systems that have more I/O points and cover a wider area.

STARDOM is a network-based control system that consists of the FCN autonomous controller, the VDS web-based HMI, and the FAST/TOOLSTM SCADA package. Since first releasing STARDOM in 2001, Yokogawa has continued to improve the functions of this system to satisfy its customers’ evolving needs.

One such recent need is for the collective monitoring and control of applications where many different input and output devices are distributed over a wide area, in locations where conditions are often harsh. Other needs have included the reduction of wiring and maintenance costs while ensuring high reliability. Based on its twin goals of achieving excellent scalability and excellent reliability, Yokogawa has sought to satisfy these needs by strengthening the functions of its STARDOM system.

Enhancements
1. Excellent scalability: Three times the number of connectable units, one hundred times the transmission distance
The FCN-500 is a modular type controller. It consists of a control unit with a CPU module mounted on the unit’s base module. (An additional CPU module may be installed for dual redundancy.) Extension units that accommodate I/O modules can also be utilized. To connect a control unit with an extension unit, Yokogawa has developed the E2 expansion bus. The E2 bus consists of an E2 bus interface module that is installed on each unit and a general-purpose Ethernet cable. With this E2 bus, up to nine units can be connected (including the FCN-500 control unit), a threefold increase. As a result, the maximum number of allowable I/O points has been tripled. Using the high-speed CPU module that was released in March 2016, a much larger system can be constructed based on the FCN-500.

In addition, the maximum possible transmission distance between individual units has been increased to 100 meters. Therefore, with a 9-unit configuration, the maximum transmission distance is 800 m, which is 100 times longer than what was previously possible. Using commercial fiber optic cables and media converters, a STARDOM system spanning distances of several kilometers can be constructed. The installation of extension units near sensors reduces wiring costs and maintenance workload.

Three different types of base modules are available: a long base module with slots for 10 modules, a short base module with slots for five modules, and a new compact base module with slots for three modules. Customers can combine these three different base module types depending on the required number of I/O points and the amount of space available for installation.


2. Excellent reliability: Duplexing of bus and improved environmental resistance
The new E2 bus as well as the CPU, power supply, control network, and internal bus of the FCN-500 can all be duplexed. Thus, even when a large system is configured using the E2 bus, high reliability is assured.

Maintenance is also a key factor in ensuring high system reliability. As with previous STARDOM versions, it is possible to check the operating status of the modules in the extension units and quickly detect any malfunctions using the VDS HMI, FAST/TOOLS SCADA, and other means, and any damaged modules can be replaced without having to shut down the FCN-500 controller. In addition, the new extension bus interface module has been built to withstand ambient temperatures as extreme as −20°C and 70°C. (Our existing interface module supports a range of 0–55°C.) This enhancement will make it possible to install extension units in locations where environmental conditions are extremely harsh.


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• This new STARDOM version will be exhibited at the System Control Fair 2017/Measurement and Control Show 2017 TOKYO, which will be held from November 29 to December 1 2017.

@YokogawaIA  #PAuto

PLC with up to 2,060 local I/O.

MicroSmart FC6A Plus is a powerful PLC with up to 2,060 local I/O from IDEC Corporation. With its expanded I/O capacity, the unit can control and monitor the largest machines or entire small-scale manufacturing facilities, a capability seldom found in a micro PLC.

To ensure high-level performance with this expanded I/O count, basic instructions can be executed in the extremely fast speed of 21 nanoseconds, and program memory is 800 kB (100K steps), much larger than competitors’ micro PLCs. These capabilities are combined with extensive data memory, more than double the capacity of a typical micro PLC. These features allow the FC6A Plus to handle large programs with complex control requirements such as PID, flow totalization and recipes.

Two models are available, each with 24 Vdc input power. The 16 I/O model has 8 inputs, and 8 relay or transistor outputs. The 32 I/O model has 16 inputs, and 16 transistor outputs. Each model also includes an integral 0-10 Vdc analog input with 12-bit resolution. Each model can accommodate up to three plug-in discrete, analog, serial communication or Bluetooth cartridges. Each discrete cartridge has 4 discrete I/O points, either 4 inputs or 4 outputs. Each analog cartridge has 2 analog I/O points, either 2 inputs or 2 outputs.

Up to 63 I/O expansion modules can be added. This gives the FC6A Plus the capability to handle up to 2,060 I/O with a maximum of 511 analog I/O, much more than a typical micro PLC.

The FC6A Plus also includes an optional Bluetooth wireless communication adapter, giving users the power to monitor the PLC and download/upload programs from any PC or laptop with Bluetooth capability. This eliminates the need to stock, locate and connect a cable to the PLC for these tasks, and provides access to the PLC from a distance up to 10 meters. In addition, any device with Bluetooth capability, such as a bar code reader, can also be configured to communicate with the PLC.

FTP communication allows users to configure the FC6A Plus as a FTP Client or Server for transfer of programs and logged data between a server and the PLC, providing a convenient and effective way to remotely communicate with the PLC. Up to 16 users can be managed simultaneously, and access folders can also be managed. Files can be stored at the PLC or logged to the PLC’s SD memory card for transfer to an FTP server.

All models have two built-in RJ45 Ethernet ports. Optional Plug-in communication cartridges can be added to create two additional RS232C/RS485 ports. With the addition of serial communication modules, up to 33 RS232C/RS485 serial ports are supported

The PLC’s Ethernet port supports the Modbus TCP protocol, and the serial port supports the Modbus RTU protocol. Support for the BACnet communication protocol will be available in mid-2018 to provide communications with building automation components and systems. An SD memory port and a mini-B USB port can each be used for data logging, program storage/transfer, firmware updating or recipe storage.

An optional HMI module can be added to the CPU to provide operator interface via its display and control buttons. The HMI module can also accommodate an optional plug-in analog cartridge, and it has an integral Ethernet port. Using the operator interface functionality, any PLC parameter can be updated.

App Access - one of the first!
The FC6A Plus is one of world’s first micro PLCs with full-featured app access from any iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. These WindEDIT Lite apps can be downloaded for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play. Although browser-based access is also included, many users will prefer the one-touch access and superior speed of the app.

With the WindEDIT Lite app, users can upload and download user programs; monitor and control any parameters in the PLC; monitor and clear PLC error status; start and stop the PLC; send and retrieve program and logged files to a cloud database; and manage the SD memory card. Access control can be configured with different layers of user privilege and password. Connection from a PLC to the WindEDIT Lite app can established using Wi-Fi (internet) or Bluetooth.

IoT Ready
IoT capability is provided by default web pages or by custom web pages, each of which can be configured for remote monitoring and control. Web pages are created within standard IE, Firefox or Chrome web browsers using pre-built objects and symbol factories via simple drag-and-drop functionality. No HTML programming is required, a major advantage over competing products.

Web pages are stored in the PLC’s user web page 5 MB of memory space, or in the optional SD card’s 32 GB of memory space. Using this storage capacity, users can create professional web pages with high levels of graphical content without worrying about memory limitations.

These web pages allow the PLC to function as a web server when one of its two built-in Ethernet ports or the HMI Ethernet port is connected to the Internet. These web pages can be accessed via any web browser running on any Internet-connected device such as a remote PC, a tablet or a smartphone.

Connecting the Ethernet port on the PLC, or on the optional HMI module, to the Internet also provides email and text notification functionality, which can be used with third-party email servers such as Gmail and Yahoo.

Upward Compatibility
The FC6A Plus is programmed with IDEC’s WindLDR PC-based software, which includes no cost updates for the life of the product, and which can be used to program IDEC’s entire line of controllers in a simple and intuitive manner. Software programs from IDEC FT1A, FC4A, FC5A and FC6A PLCs can be automatically converted by the WindLDR programming software for execution on the FC6A Plus.

PLC programming languages include Ladder, Function Block Diagram and Script, the latter similar to the C programming language. The Script language can be used to create more complex programs, particularly those with multiple sub-programs and custom function blocks.

Industries particularly well suited to the FC6A Plus include oil & gas, chemical, solar, marine, packaging, food & beverage, material handling, utility vehicles, and OEM machinery and process skids. Within these industries, a wide variety of applications are a good fit—especially those requiring control of standalone machines, process skids, vehicles and small-scale systems. With its expanded I/O capabilities, the FC6A Plus is also capable of controlling entire small-scale manufacturing and other industrial facilities.

 @IDECUSA #PAuto #IoT #PLC

Reliable positioning.

The PXV 2-D absolute positioning system from Pepperl+Fuchs sets new performance benchmarks when it comes to reliability and handling. With its large reading window, the system keeps a sufficient number of codes in view, even in relation to track switches and changes to the code tape. Precise positioning is guaranteed at all times.

DataMatrix-Codeband SafePXV
Six years of experience with the PCV system have helped to shape the development of the PXV. The reading window of the PXV has been enlarged to 120 x 80 mm, meaning that the Data Matrix code tape is always located within the detection range. Mounting and commissioning are easier, and plant availability is further improved. The reading window has an increased depth of focus range, allowing it to capture even more codes simultaneously and also guarantee position detection through multiple redundancy.

Unlike other systems available on the market, the PXV requires only a 2-D camera, ensuring that irritation relating to track switches is excluded. To prevent this, the cameras in the two-camera systems can receive the relevant differing position signals in these areas.

A certain degree of contamination on the code tape is often unavoidable during everyday operation. For this reason, the codes for the PXV have been expanded to 15 x 15 mm without compromising the resolution, and the "coarse-grained" design ensures that they are unaffected by pollution. Thanks to redundant detection, the system also cannot be disrupted by the destruction of individual codes. The code tape can be interrupted by a stretch of up to 80 mm without affecting position detection.

Innovative Safety Technology
The new safePXV manages all that a single positioning system can with just one sensor. The new safety technology combines a 2-D reader with a three-colored Data Matrix code tape. The special code tape contains two overlapping Data Matrix codes in red and blue. The 2-D reader is equipped with two different colored LED rings—also red and blue. These rings are activated separately and then read just one Data Matrix code each. An SIL 3/PL e absolute position is always provided as the result.

• Pepperl+Fuchs are marketed in Ireland through Insteco.

@PepperlFuchs #PAuto @PepperlFuchsUSA 

Combustion control in crematoria!

Michell Instruments has released a new application featuring two case studies of combustion control in crematoria.

Cremator operators not only need to comply with local emissions guidelines, but also have to take into consideration the social and emotional well-being of local residents and mourners. Careful control of combustion plays an important part in reducing emissions as well as keeping costs and use of fuel to a minimum. The application note explores the unique challenges faced by cremator operators to monitor combustion including dealing with high temperatures and corrosive gases.

Two case studies also demonstrate how Michell’s XZR500 combustion analyser provides reliable and accurate measurements of oxygen in this application. The analyser has been designed specifically to withstand high temperatures and corrosive atmospheres, while still sampling directly from the stack.

• Michell Instrumentas are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.


@Michell_Inst #PAuto

Debugging pioneer joins international architecture foundation.

Ashling Microsystems has joined the RISC-V Foundation, a non-profit corporation controlled by its members to drive the adoption and implementation of the open, free RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA) forward.

Born in academia and research, RISC-V ISA delivers a new level of free, extensible software and hardware freedom on architecture, paving the way for the next 50 years of computing design and innovation. Ashling will demonstrate its first RISC-V IDE to coincide with the 7th RISC-V Workshop Nov. 28 – 30, 2017 in Milpitas (CA USA).

“As a reputable provider of debug tools, we are delighted to welcome Ashling to the RISC-V Foundation as a silver member,” said Rick O’Connor, executive director of the non-profit RISC-V Foundation. “As the RISC-V community continues to grow, the requirement for a complete ecosystem containing a strong suite of support tools is critical.”

“By joining RISC-V, we are demonstrating our support and commitment to open architectures and corresponding ecosystems. We see RISC-V as a great way of leveraging cooperation between industry and academia to advance innovation and prevent vendor exclusivity,” said John Murphy, Managing Director, Ashling Microsystems. “We believe that Ashling has the experience and focused expertise to address all aspects of the RISC-V ecosystem as RISC-V usage extends to cover the whole gamut of applications, from high computing servers to low power embedded systems and IoT.”

In addition to developing custom RISC-V embedded solutions for semiconductor companies leading the way in RISC-V, Ashling can also manage all aspects of the RISC-V ecosystem by providing specialized service and support. This greatly alleviates the support burden for adopters of the RISC-V open architecture, as it frees up developers to focus on product design and launch.

#AshlingMicrosystems #PAuto  @risc_v

Monday, November 20, 2017

Compact, robust, compression load cells.

Flintec’s RC3 compression load cell has been re-developed, providing customers with a modern alternative. The RC3 and RC3D are compact, robust, compression load cells manufactured from high-grade stainless steel and hermetically sealed for reliable performance in the harshest environments.

With capacities ranging from 7.5 – 300T the RC3 is traditionally used in high capacity scales for the static weighing of trucks or railroad vehicles, as well as silo weighing systems.

The RC3D supplements the RC3, by providing a more cost-effective solution to customer applications within the 30 – 50T capacity range.

New electronics allow the RC3D to be fitted as part of a single link (daisy chain) system, eliminating the need for expensive junction boxes. With RS485, M12, connectors, this new generation load cell is quick and easy to set up and benefits from extensive diagnostic capabilities to identify faults. With improved corner adjustment and system calibration, the RC3D allows for a single load cell to be replaced without compromising the entire weighing system.

Other features include an IP69K hermetic seal rating and integrated surge protection in accordance with EN61000-4-5. Complementing the new RC3D, and the already established RC3 is a wide range of mounting hardware and electronics, allowing customers to create a complete weighing system for any application.

@Flintec #PAuto @InPressPR

An innovation in energy automation.

Camille Bauer Metrawatt has combined, for the first time, the functionality of a highly accurate measurement device for heavy current applications with the capabilities of an integrated programmable logic controller. With this solution, closely coupled automation tasks can be carried out directly and flexibly by programmable logic. The advantage is evident. With this 2-in-1 concept, there is no need for additional components to implement the control task.

The CENTRAX CU5000 is a measurement device based on the successful SINEAX DM5000. In the measurement part of the device, more than 1500 measurement data values can be collected to evaluate the mains status, energy consumption and mains quality. The measurement parameters can be controlled either using buttons on the intuitive TFT display or by means of a web browser. In low voltage networks, nominal voltages up to 690 V in measurement category CAT III can be connected. In addition, by logging relevant data for each event, it is also possible to safeguard the mains quality (Power Quality).

The integrated function of a softPLC based on CODESYS allows the CENTRAX CU5000 to flexibly link energy measurement data to the available I/Os or provides it on digital interfaces. As an automation component, the CENTRAX CU5000 is easy to program.

Digital inputs and outputs, analogue outputs as well as a Modbus/RTU and a Modbus/TCP interface are available. In the ADVANCED version, additional field instruments can be easily networked with the controller via the Modbus interfaces. In this way, other data such as energy consumption, status or measurement data can be collected and processed. In the PROFESSIONAL version it is also possible to create your own web pages and define your own visualisations on the local display screen.

In energy automation for example, the CENTRAX CU5000 includes applications for mains loading symmetry, load management, capturing all different types of energy consumption for industrial energy management, for monitoring production equipment such as transformers, motors or generators, for reactive power compensation, or explicit process control. Furthermore, the variety and sheer number of all the capabilities of the device make it possible to create independent system solutions. These in turn can very easily be linked to higher-level control and management systems (for example a SCADA or SMARTCOLLECT from Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG).

• Camille Bauer Metrawatt products are marketed in Ireland through Irish Power & Process.


#PAuto #CamilleBauer @irishpwrprocess #PLC

Leading in DCS.

Frost & Sullivan has named ABB,  DCS company of the year for addressing automation market challenges with innovative technologies like cloud engineering, digital marshaling, virtualization, automated data management

The award recognizes ABB’s digital leadership, not only when compared to other industrial automation suppliers, but also against non-industry peers. The report highlights how ABB meets customer needs for improved performance in tough market conditions, at a time when process and power industries’ production assets have never been larger or more complex.

Frost & Sullivan states that The company's penetration and expansion in emerging markets have helped it dominate the DCS market with a 20.5% market share in 2016. It notes that ABB’s two closest competitors hold market shares of 15.2% and 14.5%.

"ABB has unswervingly led the DCS market across the power end-user segment," stated the Frost & Sullivan report"Its expertise in developing innovative solutions that match the needs of energy and energy-intensive industries like oil and gas, utilities, and mining operations has reinforced its significant global market share. ABB has the best and widest DCS portfolio across the industrial automation market. The organization offers the customer-specific control platforms ABB Ability System 800xA, ABB Ability Symphony Plus, Freelance and Compact Product Suite."

“With our installed base of over 70 million connected devices and 70,000 control systems, and an annual investment of $1.5 billion in research and development, ABB is leading the digital transformation taking place across all process industries,” says Bernhard Eschermann, Technology Manager of ABB’s Industrial Automation division.

“We are uniquely positioned to create additional customer value by sharing best practices across industries while tailoring solutions to specific end-user needs. By partnering with ABB, customers have access to decades of proven, digital solutions which will help them achieve unprecedented improvement in productivity and performance.”

Frost & Sullivan’s market research analysts attribute ABB’s success to its alignment with market Mega Trends and developing industry-specific DCS solutions to address the demands of different end-user market segments, thereby enabling them to create new opportunities and values for their customers. This, they say, has helped ABB stay ahead of competition and retain a leadership position in the DCS market. With market growth drivers such as advanced control strategies, software-based services, value-added services and lifecycle cost optimization, ABB is well positioned to retain its leadership position.

"While many competitors have had flat growth in recent years, ABB continues to steam ahead and build on its existing installed base," concludes the report.

ABB’s 2017 launch of the ABB AbilityTM platform is commended for providing comprehensive, unified and cross-industry digital capabilities. This launch, together with the availability of more than 180 ABB Ability solutions customized for individual end markets, ensures ABB continues to set the benchmark for digitization, enabling its customers to accelerate towards achieving operational excellence, says the award citation.

This is augmented by self-learning to harvest data better and do more with ABB than competing systems, which Frost & Sullivan says distinguishes ABB from the rest of the competition.

The report also praises ABB Ability Collaborative Operations Centers for helping customers improve performance. This is achieved by connecting them instantly, 24/7, to ABB experts who use remote diagnostics and analytics to solve problems before they become failures. Likewise, ABB’s lifecycle service policy which maximizes the life of a customer’s investment, and its one-of-a-kind third-party Value Provider Program with channel partners located near end-users to provide a superior experience, are applauded.

ABB is a leading provider of integrated power and automation solutions with unparalleled experience in partnering with the process and power industries, bringing them improved operations and sustainable progress. We deliver integrated and secure digital systems, services and solutions to automate and optimize the performance of industrial facilities.

Also recognized is ABB’s position as one of only two companies capable of acting as a Main Automation, Electrical and Information Contractor (MAEIC). Such a service cuts the cost, schedule and risk of new projects through single-source accountability. The latter is bolstered by digital innovations such as cloud engineering and configurable I/O channels which decouple software from hardware design, speeding up project execution and minimizing the impact of late-stage design changes.

The award also recognizes that, faster than many other automation vendors, ABB embraced the need to invest in start-ups as a way to foster innovation and scale up digital offerings quickly. The partnership with ABB and Microsoft, announced October 2016, is also identified by Frost & Sullivan as another way ABB is leading the way in nurturing a broader ecosystem of applications to drive digital excellence.

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Toggle Switch fror PCB.

The Salecom TS40-T range of sub-miniature toggle switches are marketed in Britain by JPR Electronics. This compact switch offers designers space savings on PCB layouts and reductions in control panel size. The TS40-T switches are available in horizontal and vertical styles and feature gold plated terminal pins on a standard 2.54mm pitch for direct PCB mounting.

Paul Raynor, Director of JPR Electronics, comments, “The Salecom TS40-T range of sub-miniature toggle switches are a cost effective and reliable signal or power switch for a very wide range of applications and very popular with our customers.”

Salecom Electronics has been established over 40 years and designs and manufactures a very wide range of switches in ISO9001 and ISO14001 certified factories and their products carry UL, CSA, ENEC and CQC approvals.

Typical applications for the TS40-T range of sub-miniature toggle switches include consumer goods, telecommunications, instrumentation, medical equipment, telephone and cable modems, computer peripherals and network products.

Contact forms available are single pole double throw (SPDT) and double pole double pole (DPDT) with switching options of on-off or on-off-on. Standard features include contact rating of 20V AC/DC at 0.4VA maximum, temperature range -30 to +85°C, operating life of >30,000 cycles at full load and RoHS compliance.

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Flowmeters for wellhead allocation.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Producer Bonanza Creek Energy is taking advantage of the Entrained Gas Management (EGM) that ensures both stable and uninterrupted measurements of oil with high gas content. Integrated in Krohne's OPTIMASS Coriolis flowmeters, the technology provides a cost effective, rugged, and reliable measurement for accurate well allocation information.

Denver-based Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc. is an exploration and production company focused on extracting oil and associated liquids-rich natural gas in Colorado's Denver-Julesburg Basin. The company required an accurate and reliable way to measure how much oil and water each well was producing. Tank gauging is the standard method for these challenging applications, but while simple and relatively accurate, it is time consuming, costly, and entails some safety risks. Bonanza Creek was looking for a cost effective alternative way to provide an accurate oil meter at each wellhead, where the oil flows into a separator that separates the water, gas, and oil. They anticipated there would be gas entrained in the fluid coming out of the separator, so they needed an option that could handle entrained gas.

“We knew the new technology would be the best way for them to handle entrained gas in this application, and the demonstration showed them clearly how the meter could help,” says Bob Phagan, technical sales representative with ICS, Krohne’s agent in Colorado. “The OPTIMASS meters were installed on the crude oil leg of the oil/water/gas separator, and the customer compared the tank volume versus the metered volume over a 24 hour period and found only minor differences. These differences were due to the phenomenon known as shrinkage. In conclusion, Bonanza Creek found entrained gas management to be huge benefit to their operations.”


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Coriolis flow innovation recognised!

Endress+Hauser has won the Swiss Technology Award in the Innovation Leaders category with their Promass Q. This Coriolis-based flowmeter, developed especially for applications in the oil & gas and food & beverage industries, was cited for its outstanding measurement accuracy, even in difficult operating conditions. The prize was awarded recently during the Swiss Innovation Forum.

Developers Dr. Wolfgang Drahm (L) &
Dr. Martin Anklin with the Award. 
 
The Swiss Technology Award is considered Switzerland's most important innovation and technology prize. Endress+Hauser was one of nine finalists out of 60 applicants who were selected to present their product or technological innovation to the main jury. The winners were chosen and recognized in front of more than 1,000 guests from business, science and government during the Swiss Innovation Forum in Basel, (CH).

"With the Promass Q, we managed to combine state-of-the-art technology, innovative design and superior quality in a single instrument. We are proud that our efforts have been recognized with the Swiss Technology Award," says Dr. Martin Anklin, who is responsible for the development of Coriolis instruments at Endress+Hauser Flowtec in Reinach, the Group's center of competence for flow measurement technology.

E+H places a high value on research and development. In 2016, global R&D investments at the Group were 7.8 percent of sales. The consistently high number of patent filings in all application areas of measurement technology furthermore illustrates the family-owned company's sustained innovation strength.

Promass Q – the specialist for demanding applications
E+H Promass Q
A high degree of measurement accuracy is extremely important in a wide range of industrial applications. In the past, however, this required an ideal environment with stable process conditions and single-phase, homogeneous media. With the Promass Q, Endress+Hauser guarantees unrivalled accuracy when measuring mass flow, volume flow and density, even under fluctuating process conditions.

With the Promass Q, Endress+Hauser has forged a new approach for precisely measuring gaseous media. The innovative multi-frequency technology (MFT) for Coriolis flow measurements makes it possible to actively compensate for measurement errors caused by entrained gas trapped in the medium, all in real-time. Integrated diagnostics and Heartbeat technology furthermore allow verification of the sensors, measurement tubes and measurement electronics while the process is running. This guarantees maximum product and process safety.

• The Swiss Technology Award recognizes innovative technology projects from businesses and universities. The prize, which has been awarded by organizers of the Swiss Economic Forum since 2007, identifies technology innovations and developments that make an important contribution to industry and society. From all the projects submitted, an interdisciplinary panel of experts select nine finalists, three each in the categories Inventors, Start-ups and Innovation Leaders. The awards are presented during the Swiss Innovation Forum in Basel. 


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Flare gas measurement.

Combined ultrasonic portfolio and proper flare gas meter consulting yields significant operational efficiencies through optimised energy usage, gas capturing and reuse, and accurate emissions reporting.

Emerson and Fluenta are collaborating to provide ultrasonic flare gas measurement solutions for the oil and gas and chemical industries to improve energy efficiency and comply with increasing regulations across the globe to measure, monitor, and report flare gas emissions.

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This collaboration enables Emerson to better serve its customers through a single supplier agreement to provide the most comprehensive flow solutions to address the toughest challenges. In conjunction with Fluenta, Emerson is now able to offer customers a full suite of ultrasonic fiscal meters for custody transfer and flare gas metering applications.

To better comply with these environmental regulations and optimise energy usage, customers are seeking advanced flare gas monitoring and energy management solutions. Emerson’s broad flow metering portfolio combined with Fluenta’s flare gas metering product line enables customers to control mass balance, monitor CO2, detect abnormal process changes to prevent leakage, and limit excessive steam consumption for smokeless flaring.

“Ultrasonic metering is the most proven, robust technology for meeting the measurement challenges and regulatory requirements in flare gas applications. We are pleased to be working with Fluenta to provide our clients with the most appropriate flow solution technology early in their project cycle to assist them in achieving Top Quartile performance through streamlined, cost effective project execution,” said Rob Sedlak, general manager of Daniel flow products, Emerson Automation Solutions.

Fluenta will partner with Emerson to provide ultrasonic flare gas measurement to the oil, gas and chemical processing industries,” said Tom Pugliese, vice president Americas, at Fluenta. “Fluenta ultrasonic flare gas meters complement the Emerson portfolio, allowing them to provide their customers with a complete process control and measurement solution. Accurate measurement of flare gas emissions is becoming an increasingly important issue in process industries and Fluenta can offer a flexible solution to meet the industries’ needs.”


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