Thursday, December 21, 2017

LED panel mounted indication.

The MARL 671 Series of High Voltage LED panel mounted indicator suitable for fixed and portable equipment and is internally potted making it suitable for high vibration applications is now available through Foremost Electronics.

Alan Vincent, Sales Director of Foremost, comments, “MARL 671 Series of High Voltage LED panel mounted indicators provide a high visibility status indicator for a very wide range of indoor and outdoor equipment with the outstanding reliability required in safety critical systems."

Key features include high optical performance, outstanding reliability and sealing specifications in excess of IP67. The indicator features Bi-Polar circuitry making it suitable for AC or DC operation and is supplied complete with full mounting hardware.

These vandal resistant high brightness LED lamps are available in 5 colours (red, yellow, green, blue and white) and are suitable for installing in industrial equipment, defence platforms and naval systems, fairground and leisure equipment, heavy plant and industrial vehicles, power stations and steel foundries and coal mines. RIA 12 approved versions are available for rail (rolling stock and plant) applications.

The MARL 671 LED series of professional LED Panel Indicators feature a high intensity LED element with a raised, coloured diffused lens assembly to provide excellent wide angle viewing. The internal circuitry is designed to operate over a wide range of voltages. Termination is achieved by standard screw terminals, which accept ring crimps and meet safety “creep and clearance” requirements. The precision turned housing is manufactured from aluminium with a high quality, black anodised finish and fits into a standard industrial 25.4mm mounting hole.

Operating voltages available include, 24-28Vdc, 110Vac, 125Vac, 230Vac, 277Vac and 440Vac, for 3 Phase Applications.

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First Globally in DCS.

With around 20% market share across industries, ABB is the leader of digitally enabled control and automation according to the ARC Advisory Group's  “Distributed Control Systems Global Market 2016-2021” report.

ABB remains the number one in the market for distributed control systems (DCS) globally. The group has effectively maintained its market-leading position since 1999, according to ARC’s research analysts. Their analysis takes into account multiple factors including market size and segmentation, market forecast, industry structure, supplier market shares, and supplier profiles.

This report also recognizes ABB for the launch of ABB Ability™, its unified, cross-industry digital capability. ABB Ability helps customers in utilities, industry, transport and infrastructure develop new processes and advance existing ones by providing insights and optimizing planning and controls for real-time operations. The results can then be fed into control systems to improve key metrics such as factory uptime, speed and yield.

“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 of industry,” says Peter Terwiesch, President ABB’s Industrial Automation division.

This recognition by ARC follows the recently announced award by business consultants Frost & Sullivan, naming ABB as 2017 Company of the Year. ABB has been commended for setting the benchmark for digitalization with its DCS portfolio. With its deep domain knowledge and unparalleled digital experience, ABB partners with its customers to best meet their needs, delivering sustainable progress for power, water and process industries.

ABB’s leadership in DCS stems from countless ground-breaking projects around the globe. ABB Ability System 800xA plays a key role in securing the success for Sadara, the world’s largest chemicals complex built in a single phase. The monitoring and automating of the entire production process is fully integrated with System 800xA, all coming together in 18 control systems and 260 operator work stations. The integration capabilities also helped the Garpenberg mine to become one of the world's most cost-effective and modern mines in the world. Hoists, mill drives, ventilation, dewatering, substations, conveyors, crushers, ore storage, and maintenance, as well as document management and communications are seamlessly integrated to the automation system. Very recently Emami Cement has chosen System 800xA to automate its new production plant which will help boost infrastructure growth in India.

ABB Ability Symphony® Plus is, for example, the core solution for integrating new emission control technology at a power plant in Wisconsin, US; for protecting the UNESCO World Heritage site of Venice, Italy from high water by controlling the city’s MOSE flood barrier system; for providing the automation and electrification solution for Adani, the world’s largest solar power plant in a single location, in Kamuthi India; and for enabling the Vietnamese utility Saigon Water Corporation (SAWACO) to control and operate its infrastructure in real time, significantly reducing the amount of non-revenue water.

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

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Communications co-operation.

Local Interconnect Network (LIN) is an internationally standardized automotive communication technology. Originally supported and maintained by the LIN Consortium, which closed the related LIN website a couple of years ago. In the meantime, LIN became an international standard (ISO 17987 series).

LIN like CAN is not just used in automotive applications, but also in some other application fields.

ISO has nominated the CAN in Automation (CiA) nonprofit association as the Registration Authority (RA) for the required LIN Supplier ID. Legacy LIN Supplier IDs needs be re-registered before they are listed on the website. Nevertheless, it is guaranteed that legacy IDs are not assigned to other parties.

CiA publishes the LIN Supplier ID on the newly released LIN website. The website comprises also some basic information about LIN and related news. It will be extended in the next year, in order to give the LIN community a home again.

There is not much competition between CAN and LIN, but most of the chipmakers and tool providers are the same. Thus it makes sense to use an already well-established administration for this purpose.

@CANopen #PAuto #Automotive

LDAR returns to Texas.

The International Society of Automation's Leak Detection and Repair/Fugitive Emissions (LDAR) Symposium returns to Galveston, (TX USA) in 2018.

Abstracts to Committee Chair — 12 January 2018
Draft Paper/Presentations — 26 January 2018
Reviewers’ Comments to Authors — 9 February 2018
Rights and Responsibilities Form — 16 February 2018
Final Electronic Presentation Materials — 23 Feb 2018
The organisers invite industry professionals to share their expertise in air compliance and LDAR program solutions with other industry experts presenting on best practices, technology advancements, compliance requirements and regulations at the 2018 LDAR Symposium.

This annual technical conference and exhibition will be held in Galveston, Texas—with training courses on 5 & 8 March, and the conference on 6-7 March.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Linear actuator.

The new 35DBM high power Stepper Can Stack Linear Actuator has been introduced by Portescap.

This 35mm linear stepper motor offers an enhanced design ideal for applications demanding high linear force. The new 35DBM features an optimized magnetic circuit powered by high energy neodymium magnets. The 7.5 deg step angle provides finer incremental movement with a high degree of accuracy and repeatability.

With a holding force of 112N, the 35DBM stepper linear actuator is ideally suited for use in applications such as auto injectors, laboratory automation, medical pipettes and valve actuation. Portescap’s 35DBM high force actuators are fully customizable for adaptor tips, stroke lengths, windings, flanges and end of motion detection sensors.

The 35DBM is available in captive and non-captive versions with various leadscrew pitch and winding options on our online motor selection tool, MotionCompass™. They are manufactured in an ISO certified facility and are RoHS compliant.

@Portescap #Pauto

Cloud Analytics.

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The advent of IIoT in the industrial space has unleashed a flood of technologies and opportunities for today’s factories, with new breakthroughs happening on a seemingly daily basis. The unlocking of terrabytes of potential data from these factories have many business leaders simultaneously excited about the possibilities for enhanced productivity and profits, while also overwhelmed with questions on how to effectively leverage that data and wary of the potential security risks in a continuously connected environment.

In order to help organizations leverage that data in an efficient and secure way, has created this Cloud Analytics eBook as a resource showing organizations both the technologies that can help efficiently leverage all their data, as well as strategies to fully connect and secure systems in the process.

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System includes Intrinsic Anomaly Detection.

Bedrock Automation has announced its Bedrock™ Open Secure Automation (OSATM) firmware will include intrinsic Anomaly Detection (AD).  Bedrock OSA AD will be available as standard integrated functionality that continuously monitors the controller’s network and system time to detect intrusions and anomalous behavior.

“Preventing control system intrusion is fundamental to holistic cyber security.  In addition, users need to know when the system security is being challenged.  This is the role of anomaly detection.  At no additional cost or complexity for the user, Bedrock’s AD delivers additional assurance that no one is tampering with your automation,” said Albert Rooyakkers, Bedrock founder and CEO.  Bedrock Anomaly Detection includes the following functionality:
  • Dynamic Port Connection Monitoring, which records all attempts to connect any controller or communication point and captures identifying information on the intruder
  • Network Port Scanning, which detects if hackers are scanning for open ports that might provide access to the control network
  • System Time Monitoring, which detects attempts to manipulate log files to conceal malicious activity
  • Cryptographic Controller Engineering Key Lock, which permits only users with valid user credentials to change the configuration and operation mode of the controller and records all access 
  • Intrusion Event Logging, which records all detected anomalies and reports them to SCADA  software through OPC UA and standard database access for historian, alarming, and trending functions.  Additionally, a tri-color status LED on the faceplate of Bedrock Controllers provides indication locally whenever an intrusion is detected. 

Anomalous behavior detected at the controller level signifies a high likelihood of a cyber security event. Embedding detection into the controller provides advanced cyber defense while reducing complexity and lifecycle cost.  Bedrock AD will be standard on all Bedrock systems and is available as a free firmware upgrade to installed systems as part of Cybershield 3.0 in next March (2018).

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Time sensitive networking.

Time-sensitive networking (TSN) is a promising technology drawing a lot of attention at the moment, especially in the context of Industry 4.0, where it is generally viewed as the opportunity for better integration of OT networks into the IT networks of companies.

TSN offers great potential for PROFINET. It aims to combine the wide range of IT networks with the robustness and determinism of automation networks. In short: hard real-time via standard IT networks. But this doesn’t signal a revolution for PROFINET. Rather, it represents a visionary architecture upon which PROFINET is building. Through further development of Ethernet in IEEE 802.1, future devices with standard Ethernet controllers can be developed that still meet all the robustness and determinism requirements of industrial automation.

This video shows you what requirements Industrie 4.0 has and how real-time communication with PROFINET based on TSN fulfil it.

 @ProfibusUK #PAuto @AllThingsPROFI D

Wireless Test Set.

Anritsu Corporation has announced a LTE Category M software release for the Universal Wireless Test Set MT8870A to support RF tests of LTE Category M devices. The release includes Category M FDD Uplink Tx measurement software (MX887065A), Category M FDD Downlink Waveform files (MV887065A) and Fully Automatic Measurement Program, providing fast and automatic testing (Tx power, frequency, modulation accuracy, modulation sensitivity, etc.) in accordance with the 3GPP LTE Category M RF test specifications.

LTE Category M, a Cellular IoT standard included in LTE-Advanced Pro, is a wireless technology based on License Band LPWA in parallel with NB-IoT. As well as anticipated smart city and freight tracking applications, it is expected to be adopted by emergency warning systems due to its support for voice communications. But a key issue for a smooth rollout of the service is assuring high mass-production efficiency to help cut terminal costs. The measurement of LTE Category M devices can be automated using a program to control chipsets built into target devices, but, until now, these programs required bespoke development for every customer.

Working closely with chipset vendors to establish measurement technologies for LTE Category M devices, Anritsu has been able to develop a turnkey solution to support automated evaluation at world-beating measurement speeds for up to four LTE Category M devices and chipsets without requiring a customer-developed control program.

The Universal Wireless Test Set MT8870A is a measurement instrument for mass-production of various types of wireless communications equipment and modules. Four high-performance tester units are installed in the main unit and each unit supports parallel independent measurement for evaluation of up to four wireless devices and modules. The MT8870A already fully supports 2G/3G/LTE/LTE-Advanced/NB-IoT, WLAN/Bluetooth, GPS, and FM evaluations.

Installing these software packages in the Universal Wireless Test Set MT8870A provides the world’s first turnkey automated measurement solution for testing and evaluating the RF TRx characteristics of up to four NB-IoT devices and modules at world-beating speed on mass-production lines. The automatic measurement program eliminates the need to develop control programs and cuts development time to zero.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Signal quality analyser enhanced.

The Variable ISI MU195020A-040/041 option for upgrading the Emphasis function of the Pulse Pattern Generator for the Signal Quality Analyzer-R MP1900A series has been announced by Anritsu. This with the USB Link Training Software MX183000A-PL022 supporting the USB3.0/3.1 Receiver Test.

Increasing mobile data traffic and the spread of cloud services is accelerating the introduction of 100G/200G/400G Ethernet for network interfaces along with PCI Express Gen4 and USB3.1 for bus interfaces. However, the effects of transmission path loss and noise resulting from the faster signals used by these standards and the integration of ICs and modules highlights the importance of stress Rx testing using signal sources with added transmission path loss and noise.

The MP1900A is a high-performance Bit Error Rate Tester (BERT) supporting design and testing of high-speed interfaces, such as 100G/200G/400G Ethernet, PCI Express, USB, and Thunderbolt. Using the newly developed Variable ISI option offers easier and more efficient evaluations of high-speed interfaces, backplanes, and cables. In addition, USB Link training supports high-reproducibility measurements of the PHY-layer of USB3.0/3.1 devices by controlling the MP1900A.

With a built-in PPG supporting a 10Tap Emphasis function for testing the effect of transmission path loss plus Jitter and Noise Addition functions, a high-sensitivity BER measurement function, and Link Training function, Anritsu’s MP1900A series is ideal for measuring high-speed interfaces.

The Variable ISI option uses the 10Tap Emphasis function with high and flexible signal controllability to emulate CEI-25G/28G-defined signal path transmission losses which cannot be achieved by utilizing an emphasis function with lower number of taps. In addition, Anritsu’s MP1900A can automatically calculate the Emphasis settings for compensating these losses based on transmission path S-parameter data. With these new capabilities, test signals emulating the transmission path impairments can be generated easily, allowing the impact of transmission path losses on the evaluated device to be evaluated simply without testing various PC boards, helping to cut development costs and time.

USB Link Training is important for measuring USB interfaces; the built-in Link Training function supports transitioning to the device evaluation measurement mode, and when used in combination with the LTSSM Log Analysis, it helps cut times for evaluating USB device receivers and supports cost effective and all in one measurement of high-speed interfaces such as PCI Express, USB, and Thunderbolt.

 #TandM @AnritsuEMEA #PAuto #@Anritsu

Transducer promises enhanced compatibility.

The news DRVL Rotary Torque Transducer from Applied Measurements promises greater compatibility and a larger speed range

Their brushless torque transducer range transmits signal and power using non-contact technology. This means they can operate with absolutely no maintenance, no wear and at higher speeds, saving you precious time and money.

Greater Compatibility with 2 Output Signals
Thanks to the DRVL rotary torque transducer’s integrated signal amplifier it can now output 2 standard signals (10V and 10kHz ± 5kHz) giving you greater compatibility to a variety of evaluation devices for extensive analysis. Plus, the output level for speed and angle signal can now be adjusted from 5V up to 24V making it directly compatible with a PLC acquisition unit, delivering superior logging and evaluation control. The DRVL rotary torque transducer is also directly compatible with the existing DRFL series, making installation of the improved DRVL fast and straight forward.

Optimum Performance Guaranteed
Accuracy is promised to 0.1% as standard with the new DRVL with an optional 0.05% accuracy for those higher precision measurements. We can also provide customised couplings and keyways to guarantee optimum performance and faster installation.

Greater Speed Range
The DRVL rotary torque transducer has an improved speed range for speed and angle measurements. Its increased speed range combined with its compact size, makes it ideal for lab and industrial applications.

Larger Input Voltage Range
It has an increased supply voltage range from 10V – 28.8V promising greater protection against accidental overvoltage, decreasing any potential repair costs.

Improved Electromagnetic Interference Protection
The DRVL rotary torque transducer also comes with extended surge tests to ensure better electromagnetic compatibility protecting the sensor from unwanted electromagnetic interference and damage.

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