Saturday, December 9, 2017

Mixer efficiencies.

Manchester University’s School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences is leading world class developments in energy efficiency in the process industries. Researchers have incorporated TorqSense transducers into a test rig that is analysing losses in in-line mixers.

Efficient production is fundamentally important to success in the process industries, many of which serve global markets. While there are multiple elements of cost in the production processes, optimising energy consumption is seen as essential because improvements will repay dividends over many years.

The energy consumption involved in in-tank mixing processes is well researched and understood. But with in-line rotor-stator mixers the flow is often controlled independently of the rotor speed and collecting sufficient data to accurately model the process has to date required a large number of experiments.

Now researchers Dr Mike Cooke and T. L. Rogers at Manchester University (GB) have developed two simplified methods for obtaining the necessary information for particular stator-rotor mixers: one uses torque measurements, the other heat balance.

Dr Cooke explains that high shear rotor-stator mixers are widely used in process industries, including the manufacture of many food, cosmetic, healthcare products, fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Rotor-stator devices provide a focussed delivery of energy, power and shear to accelerate physical processes such as mixing, dissolution, emulsification and deagglomeration.

“To reliably scale-up these devices from laboratory size to industrial scale we need to understand the relationship between rotor speed, flow rate and the energy dissipated,” he says. “The first step is to link the energy dissipation rate to desired process results.”

The scientists created two mixing experiments and set about measuring the torque profile and heat balance. In the first experiment torque was measured by a Sensor Technology’s TorqSense in-line torque meter fitted to the drive shaft.

There are two main sources of potential error when measuring the torque on the rotor shaft: time-based zero-drift and bending moments on the shaft, both of which are easily counteracted with the TorqSense. Other corrections also have to be made for bearing losses, temperature fluctuations etc.

TorqSense proved a good choice for this work because its non-contact operation meant extra drag forces were not added to the system and also allowed rapid assembly and disassembly during the experiments. It uses two piezo-electric combs which are simply glued to the drive shaft at right angles to one another. As the shaft turns it naturally twists along its length very slightly and in proportion to the torque, which deforms the combs changing their piezo-signature. This change is measured wirelessly by a radio frequency pick up and used to monitor the torque.

Its data is output to a very user-friendly computer screen which uses graphics to aid instant interpretations and also automatically logs all data for later analysis.
In fact the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences at Manchester University is a major user of TorqSense, having many installed on permanent teaching aids and various research rigs.

“The students like the readout displays, which look no more complicated that a car’s dashboard,” says Dr Cooke. “For us researchers, the ease with which they can be mounted and removed is a God-send in experiments where you are constantly reconfiguring the rig. Also their lack of slip rings means one less set of calculations to account for – and one less fiddly fixing task.”

The conclusion from Dr Cooke’s experiments is that the performance characteristics of in-line mixers can be easily modelled. This lets industrial users calculate their optimum energy consumption and tune their mixer drives accordingly. Power and cost savings will accrue during the whole production period, and make a valuable contribution to the company’s bottom line and green credentials.

@sensortech  #PAuto 

Report generation.

Ocean Data Systems (ODS) has  announced that Dream Report is now a reference product in the Rockwell Automation Encompass™ Program.

ODS is now an Encompass Product Partner and Dream Report is a reference product in the program under the category of “Software Product – Report Generation”.  Dream Report currently supports Rockwell Automation software products through both proprietary and industry standard interfaces.  These interfaces include; a driver for the legacy RSView® History Data, OPC DA for real-time connectivity, OPC HDA for history data connectivity, and an OSI PI drivers for history data.  

Additional developments are underway to deliver even tighter integration. Through Encompass Product Partners, customers can quickly locate complementary products, now including Dream Report, that best solve application challenges. These products are critical components or connectivity solutions that extend and enhance Rockwell Automation installations.  

“It is an honor to become a member of the Encompass Program,” explained Alex Mazal, President of Ocean Data Systems.  “We will be developing direct relationships with Rockwell Automation sales channels and will be supporting them in their use of Dream Report with Rockwell Automation products.”


“Dream Report is a comprehensive out-of-the-box package that is a great fit for FactoryTalk View® Site Edition applications that require reporting,” says Sharon M. Billi-Duran, Product Manager, Visualization Software at Rockwell Automation.  “We look forward to seeing Dream Report as an additional reporting option for our customers, in all vertical markets.”


@ROKAutomation #PAuto @OceanDataSys 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Protected optical-fibre connector.

The new PushPull SFP XS fibre-optic connector, from Harting, is designed to address the biggest challenge to the use of optical connectors in industry: their susceptibility to dirt and damage to the contact surfaces forming the interface with the transceiver which converts the optical signal into an electrical signal.

Contamination in this area can result in poor or useless signals, but the PushPull SFP XS connectors do not suffer from this problem. They can be easily and quickly connected to a transceiver pre-assembled on site without having to open the optical link. The optical contacts are protected, even in dirty operating environments, to guarantee a clean signal.

Another key feature of this connector is its sophisticated locking mechanism. Despite the compact design, the connector is compatible with various transceiver lengths. It also gives clear tactile and acoustic feedback to the user to indicate a secure connection. As a result, it provides a safe and trouble-free transmission solution for fibre-optic communication in harsh environments.

The HARTING PushPull SFP XS is ideally suited to use in industrial fibre-optic systems involving data transmission rates of more than 10 Gbit/s or distances of well over 100 metres. Typical applications include telecommunications or camera-based surveillance over large areas in the process industry.

@Harting, #PAuto #fibreoptic

Transformers for the safe measurement of heavy current.

Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG is introducing the SIRAX series of current transformers, as part of their marketing philosophy "everything from one source". This represents another milestone in the expansion of their product offering for heavy current engineering.

To keep track of electrical energy consumption, the relevant currents have to be measured. This is normally done by means of current transformers, which convert the primary rated current into a usable and galvanically isolated secondary measurement current (5A or 1A). These currents can be captured accurately, visualized and further processed by our measurement devices.

Depending on the required nominal rates, the required accuracy class, the diameter of the conductor or the available installation space, Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG has a very wide range of products available. All bushing-type or split-core current transformers are IEC 61869-2 compliant.

The bushing-type current transformers represent a highly accurate and yet cost-effective solution. They are clipped onto the primary conductor (current rail or cable) directly through the opening. The secondary side (usually a measurement device, an energy counter or a display) is connected using the front and rear mounting clips.

Thanks to their compact design and simplicity of installation, split-core current transformers are particularly suited to confined spaces or those that are difficult to access. The halves of the core can be separated to make installation on a cable or mounting rail even easier. Anywhere where it is problematic to interrupt the current circuit, or when a trouble-free retrofit of a measurement device is required, split-core current transformers from Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG are the right choice.

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


#PAuto #CamilleBauer @irishpwrprocess

PROFINET I/O option for electromagnetic flowmeters.

PROFINET I/O is now available for Krohne's OPTIFLUX, WATERFLUX and TIDALFLUX electromagnetic flowmeters with IFC 300 signal converter.

As new Industrial Ethernet communication option, PROFINET I/O is now available for electromagnetic flowmeters with IFC 300 signal converter. This includes all compact and field versions of the OPTIFLUX x300 series (except OPTIFLUX 7000), WATERFLUX 3300 and TIDALFLUX 2300.

With PROFINET I/O, all measuring, process and diagnostic information from the meters is available real-time via a single communication channel, allowing for direct and convenient integration of new meters, direct identification of defective devices as well as bidirectional communication and parameter setting. Other advantages include reduced costs for wiring and connecting hardware since PROFINET uses standardised and homogenous Ethernet infrastructure from field devices to control room.

In collaboration with PHOENIX CONTACT, KROHNE has published the whitepaper “Ethernet-Based PROFINET Integration of Field Instruments in the Water and Waste Water Industry”. The free whitepaper explains the background of PROFINET and its benefits in more detail and shows different network topologies.

@krohnegroup #PAuto

Rugged, compact IoT gateway/controller.

Adlink Technology has introduced a robust and reliable IIoT-ready combination embedded controller and IoT gateway. Their MXE-210 offers a small footprint and is fully operable in harsh environments from -40°C to 85°C, making it an ideal choice for industrial automation, transportation, agriculture/aquaculture, and smart city applications.

Functioning as both a gateway and embedded controller, the MXE-210 bridges the gap between Operations Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) data interchanges, with support for third party manufacturers via its wide range of industry standard compliances; support is included for Modbus, EtherCAT, DDS, MQTT, and CANOpen by Vortex Edge Connect, as well as Wi-Fi, BT, LoRa, 3G, and 4G LTE for data communication and wireless connectivity. As a controller, the MXE-210 leverages the same protocols to directly communicate with and manage any standard industrial device.

“As Industrial Internet of Things applications continue to expand, manufacturers and other industries require functionality across a range of environments without the need to resource individual manufacturers to meet the conditions of each location.” said Ryan Huang, product manager for ADLINK’s Embedded Platform & Module Business Unit. “The MXE-210 Series provides industrial grade EMI/EMS EN 61000-6- 4/2 certified performance in extreme environments and, with EN 50155 EMC compliance, is ideally suited for use with all manner of rolling stock.”

The MXE-210 gateway’s single embedded SIM (e-SIM) automatically switches between regional networks, enabling a more secure and robust alternative to multiple SIM cards currently to deliver data as rolling stock moves between regions. The pre-installed e-SIM also eliminates time spent swapping out installed SIM cards.

The MXE-210 Series further supports a wide range of comprehensive security measures, providing protection from the inside out with the benefits of TPM 2.0, Intel® Boot Guard, and

UEFI Secured Boot. In addition, the MXE-210 comes equipped with an Intel Atom™ x7-E3950/x5-E3930 processor (formally codenamed Apollo Lake-I), one DisplayPort, two USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, two GbE ports, two COM ports(RS232/422/485), two mPCIe slots, one USIM slot, one mSATA, one SATA-III, one Micro SD slot, and support for DIN-rails and wall mounting. Optional extras include audio mic-in, line-out support, eight isolated DI with interrupt and eight isolated DO, and two additional COM ports (RS232/422/485).

 #PAuto @ADLINKTech_usa #IoT

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Design data from the Net.

Baumüller is integrating its converter family b maXX 5000 into the web-based EPLAN data portal. With all of the necessary data for over 40 products, the company is enabling its customers to save time during the design phase. Additional products from their broad drive technology portfolio will gradually be added.

The Data Portal is an integrated, web-based data platform for provision of EPLAN compatible device data from market-leading component manufacturers for direct use in EPLAN software solutions. Designers can now access all necessary data about the Baumüller products in the system, from the dimensions to the final specifications and all other required information. This use generates significant time savings in the engineering process, since the user gets product data directly from the manufacturer that is ready for use.

The converter generation b maXX 5000 is the consistent enhancement of the successful b maXX series and impresses with its high-performance power units for air, water and cold plate cooling methods as well as flexible expandability and connectivity to a uniform communication concept. The series includes module systems and mono-axes and covers the power range from 1 to 315 kW. The devices are available with or without integrated safety features and are suitable both for standardized and for complex automation solutions. With these power attributes, the controller and converter are used in many industries.

Thanks to the data provided, the design time for new machines as well as for machine versions is shortened considerably and the quality of the documentation is enhanced. The system also ensures the data is up to date and the projects are much less prone to errors overall.

Over 150,000 engineers worldwide already use the EPLAN data portal, which includes around 700,000 component data units from more than 200 manufacturers.

@be_in_motion #PAuto 

MAC layer support!

National Instruments (NI) has announced MAC layer support for its LabVIEW Communications 802.11 Application Framework*. Wireless researchers can take advantage of the new multiuser MAC layer enhancements to the 802.11 Application Framework to go beyond the PHY layer to address complex network-level problems that must be solved to make the 5G vision a reality.

5G brings the promise of unseen services and a broad range of use cases such as powering autonomous vehicles, smart factories and eHospitals. While many of these applications will be delivered over cellular links, many will also be served by private networks based on WiFi, which will make 5G a combination of both licensed and unlicensed wireless protocols.

There are many challenges that wireless researchers must address when working toward a more optimal delivery of joint WiFi and 5G cellular services. One is the ability of 5G network slicing to seamlessly deliver end-to-end orchestration across different radio access technologies. Wireless researchers can pair the 802.11 Application Framework with NI software defined radio hardware to rapidly conduct network-level, real-time, over-the-air prototyping experiments for a wide range of WiFi and 5G MAC/PHY research.

The 802.11 Application Framework also supports up to 80 MHz of real-time bandwidth and full bidirectional communications and includes MAC layer features including CSMA/CA, RTS, CTS, NAV and retransmission. Because the MAC layer is implemented on an FPGA, the 802.11 Application Framework meets the strict timing requirements of the 802.11 specification to form a complete real-time solution. With these new capabilities, users can take advantage of the 802.11 Application Framework out of the box to conduct a wide range of WiFi experiments and seamlessly integrate custom signal processing algorithms and MAC layer protocols in a fraction of the time compared to other approaches.

As participants in NI’s RF/Communications Lead User program, wireless researchers at Texas A&M University use NI’s flexible prototyping solutions for implementing and validating novel MAC-layer algorithms that can improve performance of WiFi, WiGig and 5G protocol stacks operating in unlicensed spectrum.

“The efficiency of MAC protocols is absolutely critical to the performance of wireless networks,” said P.R. Kumar, IEEE fellow and College of Engineering Chair in Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. “We have been working on MAC protocols to accommodate the increasingly dense wireless deployments while meeting the system performance demands for the next-generation of wireless networks. However, to have confidence in these protocols, we must implement them on hardware. NI’s 802.11 Application Framework provided us with the tools required to verify the performance of these MAC protocols experimentally under real world conditions.”

Overview of the LabVIEW Communications Application Frameworks.


@niukie #Pauto @labview

Smart actuators.

Thomson Industries has released an educational video that summarises the benefits of smart actuators, which feature integrated electronics. The five-minute video explores how smart electromechanical actuators are meeting demands for greater connectivity, application flexibility and cost efficiency, and illustrates their use in factories, on- and off-highway vehicles, and structural automation.
In discussing the benefits of smart actuators, Håkan Persson, Global Product Line Director – Thomson Actuators, states: “Smart actuators help OEM design engineers build smarter machines with smarter components. Their onboard electronics perform traditionally external control functions such as switching, position feedback, system diagnostics and communications. Embedding these into the actuator housing reduces component cost, installation cost and design labor that might otherwise be needed. This, coupled with concurrent advances in power density and environmental protection, allows design engineers to electrify more axes of motion than previously thought possible, putting actuators on the frontlines of Industry 4.0.”


@Thomson_Ind #PAuto

Digital innovation!

Enterprising students who are pioneering digital innovation will have the chance to win £2,500 in a new competition.

The Digital Innovation Challenge, which has been organised in association with The University of Manchester, aims to showcase and recognise the capabilities of students in digital innovation.

A prize of £2,500 will be given to the individual or team that presents the best innovation to meet any challenge relating to Industry 4.0 – the term that describes the next generation of smart manufacturing. This competition offers students the chance to present in front of a panel of Industry 4.0 experts, as well as exhibit at the Factories of the Future Expo to be hosted in Manchester.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate your innovation and also to network with companies, investors, employers, policy-makers and academics,” said competition co-organiser Dr Carl Driver from The University of Manchester (GB). Dr Driver explained that Industry 4.0 is a term that describes the technological breakthroughs that will power the next industrial revolution.

He added: “It’s about connectivity between people, machines and devices, analysing large volumes of ‘Big Data’ to boost efficiency, working with ‘cobots’ - collaborative robots which work closely with humans – as well as using augmented reality and 3D printing. It’s also about making industry smarter, more flexible and more efficient.”

The 2018 competition is open to both individuals and teams. Teams can contain up to six people but the team must be either current students (undergraduate or postgraduate from any higher education Institution) or have graduated after June 2013.

The deadline for competition entry is Monday 15th January 2018 at 23:59Hrs. • See also Chair announced ag Industry 4 event (7/11/2017).
@Industry_4 #PAuto #Britain

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Level 2 Security Development Lifecycle Assurance certification.

The Calgary, Alberta (CDN) and Lake Forest, (CA USA) process automation product development centers of Schneider Electric have been certified by exida, the globally recognized ISO 17065 certification body.

The Level 2 Cert
Complementing exida’s first certificate for Security Development Lifecycle Assurance (SDLA), awarded to three of Schneider Electric’s product development centers in 2016, Schneider Electric is also the process automation industry’s first company to receive an ISASecure SDLA Level Two compliance certification, awarded to its Calgary location.

Based on rigorous assessments during the product development lifecycle, ISASecure SDLA certifications validate that the Schneider Electric solutions developed at certified centers maintain robust security capabilities, even as the products are upgraded and maintained over their lifespans. The ISASecure SDLA certification specifications are set by the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) based upon the ISA/IEC 62443 international cybersecurity standards. ISCI is the leading not-for-profit automation controls industry consortium dedicated to accelerating industry-wide cybersecurity improvement for industrial automation and control systems (IACS).

Extending market leadership in cybersecurity certification
“Achieving the standards required for the ISASecure SDLA certification reflects Schneider Electric’s commitment to setting industry benchmarks when it comes to securing industrial automation and control systems,” said Andre Ristaino, managing director, ISCI. “By obtaining certification at two additional key development sites, Schneider Electric is better equipped to help its customers avoid vulnerabilities and ensure the integrity of machines and operations through an industry-leading product development process.”

Five Schneider Electric development centers have now obtained SDLA certifications, with its Foxboro, (MASS USA); Worthing, (GB); and Hyderabad, (IND), facilities being certified in May 2016. Since 2014, ISCI has also certified three Schneider Electric product solutions, including the company’s Triconex™ Communication Module TCM, Field Device Controller FDC280 and Field Control Processor 280.

Driving real-time cybersecurity enhancements from connectivity
“These certified development sites and products demonstrate our commitment to cybersecurity in every phase of the product development lifecycle, and prove that Schneider Electric continues to lead the way when it comes to helping our customers confront their cybersecurity challenges,” said Raja Macha, vice president, research and development, Process Automation, Schneider Electric. “Even though rapidly increasing levels of connectivity between assets and people are making our customers’ operations more vulnerable, our value-focused, secure IIoT products, complemented with robust cybersecurity services, enable them to control their safety and security risks so they can take advantage of all that connectivity.

“It’s another example of how we help our customers drive measureable improvements to their operations, safely and in real time, so they can convert their process automation investments into the profit engine of their business.”

 @SchneiderElec #PAuto @exidaLLC

6.4-inch TFT display module.

A new high resolution 6.4-inch TFT display module has been introduced by KOE. The TX16D201VM0BAB features XGA (1024 x 768 pixels) resolution, a 4:3 wide aspect ratio and IPS (in-plane switching) technology.

The 6.4-inch LTPS (low temperature poly-silicon) TFT features IPS wide viewing angle technology which ensures exceptional colour saturation and image consistency over 170° vertical and horizontal viewing angles. A contrast ratio of 800:1 and a brightness specification of 1400 cd/m² ensure excellent optical performance and bright, concise display images. The white LED backlight has a half brightness lifetime of 70K hours.

Jason Tsai, marketing manager, KOE said, "We believe that with the new 6.4-inch XGA display, designed specifically for the needs of consumer and industrial applications, KOE is continuing to support market demand for high quality, high resolution displays. Featuring the latest IPS technology enhancements, highly accurate representation of image detail such as colour gradients and authentic colour reproduction is guaranteed. These display attributes are particularly important in multimedia, medical and security imaging applications."

The 6.4-inch display features mechanical outline dimensions of 153.0mm (w) x 118.0mm (h) x 8.7mm (d) and an active display area of 129.792mm (w) x 97.344mm (h). The 6.4" display module has the same mechanical outline dimensions as the existing KOE 6.5-inch VGA TX17D02VM2CAA display module. The comparison in resolution between the 6.5" VGA (640 x 480) display and the 6.4" XGA (1024 x 768) display enables the pixel density of the new display to increase from 123ppi to 200ppi (pixels per inch).

A single channel 20-pin LVDS interface supports 8-bit RGB and enables a colour palette of up to 16.7M colours. The 6.4-inch display has an operating and storage temperature range of -30°C to +80°C. The display module weighs 170g.

Typical applications for the new 6.4-inch TFT display include multimedia monitors, medical imaging systems, security monitors, portable test and measurement equipment. The new TX16D201VM0BAB TFT display module is supplied through KOE's sales channel distribution partners and is available immediately.

#KOE #PAuto

LCI Junction Box.

The intelligent LCI junction box from Applied Measurements, delivers continuous enhanced load cell alarm and fault monitoring for up to 4 load cells. This instant and constant fault monitoring means problems are detected immediately, increasing production safety and limiting costly downtime.

For multi-load cell applications it monitors each load cell independently and tells which load cell has a fault and exactly what the fault is. This allows switching out the faulty load cell quickly for fast repairs and also prevents batch wastage and overflow due to undetected load cell and cable faults.
How this junction box promises to save money!
1. Continuous Monitoring of Individual Load Cells
2. Immediate Alarm Activation when Faults Detected
3. Instant Fault Diagnostics
4. Increased Safety
5. Equipment Failure Downtime Reduced
6. Avoids Batch Wastage and Overflow
7. 5V Supply Option = Lower Power Consumption
This junction box not only continually monitors the load cells it also acts as a summing junction box, summing the connected load cells. The number of load cells may be selected easily on the display.

It doesn't come with any power connections as it uses the same excitation supply of the connected load cells. Plus, it now supports both 5V and 10V supply requiring even less power from the connected load cell.

The red 4 digit LED display shows which load cell is at fault and why.
When the system is functioning correctly the red 4 digit LED display shows "good". If an error is detected the display shows a code telling you which load cell is at fault and what the fault is.

There is an alarm LED on the LCI junction box board that lights up when a fault is detected in the system. There is also a relay output to drive an alarm to quickly alert engineers to a fault with the system.

 @AppMeas #Pauto

Processor offers inteligent solution!

HBM has introduced its new CP52 Communication Processor (CP), which has been exclusively designed for use with the widely acclaimed MGCplus Data Acquisition System.

Successor to the CP22 and CP42, the updated CP52 which features built in intelligence, comes with a variety of flexible functions which offers users added value, such as two native interfaces. This enables users to utlise one of the interfaces for data acquisition and the other to drive the control system, for example, by a User Datagram Protocol (UDP).

Featuring improved connectivity and flexibility, further improvements to the update also mean that 512 measurement channels can now be connected to the CP52, as opposed to the previous maximum, which were only 256. Measurement data can also be recorded on a standard USB stick for additional data security.

The new CP52, which features synchronisation based on the Precision Time Protocol (PTP), also means that no matter what amplifier is used in the same measurement project, with the MGCplus, all are perfectly synchronised.

The MGCplus from HBM is a scalable and configurable data acquisition system for laboratory and test stand use which can be used to acquire data on force, strain, displacement, torque, voltage, current, temperature and many other parameters.

@HBMmeasurement #PAuto #Laboratory

Standards co-operation in communication.

The PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International)  and OPC Foundation Joint Working Group are reported to be making good progress in the preparation of an OPC UA Companion Specification for PROFINET. This team was launched following the discussions and prioritization of issues relevant to PI  in the “Industrie4.0@PI” working group in May 2017. The PI use cases Asset Management and Diagnosis emerged as especially important.
The collaboration of PROFINET and OPC experts from different firms currently concentrates on the detailed elaboration of concrete use cases, because only a clear, common understanding of users’ requirements leads to an appropriate and subsequently implemented specification.

The PROFINET specification has already performed a lot of preparatory work on Asset Management and Diagnosis use cases, which were also rated as especially relevant by the users. The scope and level of detail of these functions are unique. Thus, the required information is provided to the user in accordance with a standardized structure in the OPC UA object tree following mapping of the objects in the OPC UA Information Model made available via the PROFINET system during vertical access by an IT system via OPC UA client-server calls. This information can then be easily processed in superimposed systems.

Thanks to the TCP/IP channel in PROFINET networks, which has always been open, OPC UA access can take place via the controllers, gateways, or even directly to subordinate devices. Therefore a start in OPC UA can take place flexibly and in phases.

OPC UA is not a new topic for PI. Thus, the FDI specification energetically pursued by PI uses OPC UA services. The already applied OPC UA specification for devices is also used in the PROFINET mapping. The coordination with new activities for mapping of IO-Link in accordance with OPC-UA takes place continuously, ensuring seamless joint integration into the OPC UA Object Model.

The activities aim to create an OPC UA PROFINET Companion Specification by mid-2019. The device manufacturers can continue to integrate the proven PROFINET services without change. A display of information using OPC UA services in accordance with currently defined mapping can then take place in the corresponding devices in accordance with customer requirements.

@ProfibusUK @OPCFoundation #PAuto @AllThingsPROFI 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Remote access via smartphone or tablet.

eWON eCatcher is the software that eWON users utilise to establish a remote connection via an eWON router to their machine. HMS Industrial Networks has launched a mobile version of this award-winning remote access solution called eWON eCatcher Mobile. It is available for free for iOS and Android.

By connecting an eWON Cosy or Flexy router to a machine, it is possible to access and control the machine via the cloud service eWON Talk2M®. eWON users can then access Talk2M in an easy and secure way from a computer using the eCatcher software. Now, eCatcher is also offered as an app for mobile devices on iOS or Android.

Today, many HMI and PLC manufacturers offer apps to connect to their devices. eCatcher Mobile is designed to work as a complement to these apps. eCatcher Mobile opens a secure tunnel to the remote machinery through the Talk2M cloud, enabling users to run any device manufacturers’ app and connect, just as if they were on site.


How it works
After logging in to their eCatcher account, users validate themselves using Touch ID (or a PIN code), similar to most mobile banking applications. Just like in the desktop version, users will see all eWON routers connected to their Talk2M account. After clicking on the eWON they want to access, they are securely connected. When the eCatcher mobile app is connected, it is possible to start native HMI apps from automation vendors. Examples include Sm@rtClient Lite from Siemens, Vijeo Design'Air from Schneider Electric, or Remote HMI from Pro-face. eCatcher mobile can also be used with VNC client apps.

“The eCatcher Mobile app is ideal for remote access, maintenance and monitoring of your devices wherever you are,” says Marie-Luce Bodineau, eWON Product Manager at HMS. “We see that more and more users are starting to utilize the native apps from HMI and PLC vendors, and with the eCatcher mobile we offer them a way to operate remotely in an easy and secure way.”

The eCatcher Mobile app is available for free at Apple App Store or Google Play.

@HMSAnybus #PAuto 

SCADA systems for the power sector.

ABB has been named as the global market leader in SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems for the power transmission and distribution sector by ARC Advisory Group, a leading technology research and advisory firm for industry, infrastructure, and cities, in its newly released report titled “SCADA Systems for the Electric Power Industry Market Analysis, 2016-2021."

SCADA is a computer-based system for gathering and analyzing real-time data to monitor and control equipment that deals with critical and time-sensitive materials or events. Data is gathered, processed and presented, often to issue warnings when conditions become hazardous by sounding alarms.

According to the report, ABB is also the number-one supplier of SCADA control center solutions for Transmission and Distribution in North America and Latin America, and the global leader in large-scale SCADA projects (over USD $1 million). The report also positions ABB as the leading global supplier in terms of revenues from software, service, maintenance and customer support.

“We are encouraged by this recognition of ABB’s continued global leadership in network management solutions and our track record with the world’s leading utilities” said Claudio Facchin, President Power Grids division. “SCADA systems are becoming increasingly critical for the control and operation of an increasingly digitalized grid, and our ABB AbilityTM based solutions are ideally suited to support this transition, reinforcing our position as a partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”

“ABB moved to the top of the leader board in 2016 having picked up more than six market-share percentage points on the strength of its integrated SCADA solutions,” said Steve Couther, ARC’s smart grid analyst and the report’s author. “We expect to see continued growth in this market driven by significant global trends such as the expansion of renewable energy sources, microgrids and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). As per our estimates the SCADA market for T&D-related components of the electricity grid exceeded two and a half billion dollars in 2016 and is expected to grow through 2021.”

ABB Ability™ Network Manager SCADA is a real-time platform to securely and efficiently manage all remotely controlled operations across energy generation, transmission and distribution systems. These control solutions allow utilities to improve system reliability and resiliency, increase safety and security, and maximize operational efficiency. Key customer benefits include performance, scalability, cyber security and optimized total cost of ownership.

ABB also offers its ABB AbilityTM based MicroSCADA Pro solution for application at the station level and a distributed generation solution to integrate and manage renewables, like solar photovoltaic and wind, enabling simplified plant operations, remote monitoring, analytics, and
forecasting.

 @ABBgroupnews #PAuto @arc_advisory #SCADA

Board to measurement association announced.

MCAA President Teresa Sebring has certified the election of officers and directors of the Measurement, Control & Automation Association for 2018.


Bharat Naik
Bharat Naik, President of Reotemp Instruments of San Diego, CA, was elected Chairman. He has spent more than twenty years in the chemical industry in a variety of technical, commercial and management roles. He holds a BS degree in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MS in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He began his career in Detroit providing technical service for the coatings, adhesives, and automotive markets and in 2000, moved to San Diego to steer and grow Rhino Linings, a small private company. Naik served as Vice Chairman in 2017 and has been on the MCAA Board since 2014.

Mike Waters
James M. (Mike) Waters will serve as Vice Chairman. Waters joined SOR Controls Group Ltd as President & Chief Executive Officer in April 2012. Prior to joining SOR, Mike served in several senior leadership positions at CIRCOR International (NYSE: CIR) from 2006 to 2012, including Vice President & General Manager of Sagebrush Pipeline Equipment and Pipeline Engineering. Prior to CIRCOR, Mike was President of Flow-­‐Zone, LLC, a Texas-­‐based oilfield supply and automation company. Mike began his career with Emerson Electric Corp. (NYSE: EMR) as part of the Rosemount Measurement & Control organization. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University, and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. Waters was first elected to the MCAA Board in 2016.

Bill Edinger, General Manager for Process Instrumentation (PI) at Siemens Industry Inc., Process Industries & Drives Division was elected to the Board as a Director-­‐at-­‐Large with a term through 2020. Edinger holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Penn State and began his career in the industry at Moore Products which was subsequently acquired by Siemens.

Also elected as a Director-­‐at-­‐Large was Ron Hegyesi, President of VEGA Americas. Hegyesi held positions at BASF and Dow Chemical Company before joining Ohmart/VEGA (now VEGA Americas). He holds degrees from Texas A&M University and Northwood University. He will serve as a member of the Board through 2020.

The remainder of the Board is comprised of Immediate Past Chairman, Peter Martin, Vice President, Strategic Ventures for Schneider Electric Systems USA, Inc., and At-­Large Members Mike DeLacluyse, President, Lesman Instrument Company; Mike Gallagher, President and CEO, Centro, Inc.; Gary Johnson, President, Azbil North America, Inc; Don Maness, Senior Director, North America Channels, Honeywell Process Solutions; Scott Saunders, President and CEO, Moore Industries International, Inc.; and Jim Winter, Director of Global Process Business, Rockwell Automation.

The terms of Immediate Past Chairman, Joe Incontri, Director of Marketing, Krohne Inc. and At­Large Director, Stan Ronna, President, Automation Products Group, Inc., concludes at the end of 2017 and they received the thanks of the Association for their service.

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