Friday, March 2, 2018

Emissions monitoring event filling fast!

CEM 2018 is scheduled for Budapest (HU) from 16th to 18th May as we reported last month. The organisers report that the number of visitor registrations is growing fast. With 51 speakers from 11 countries, the CEM 2018 conference has wide international appeal and this is reflected in the registered visitors, which will be coming to Hungary from all over the world.

Registration can be conducted online with options to attend the full Conference and Exhibition, or individual days, and even half days. In addition, for those that only wish to visit the Exhibition, day passes are available, which include lunch and refreshments.

The CEM 2018 international Exhibition will run alongside the Conference, with over 60 stands featuring most of the world’s leading organisations in emissions monitoring and control.

The conference will provide an overview of regulations in the European Union, covering emissions from the process and power industries, but also including emissions from road, river and sea transport. Issues such as standardization, calibration and quality assurance will be addressed, in addition to sessions on innovative measurement technologies. On the second day there will be two parallel sessions. The first will address the monitoring and abatement of mercury, fine particulates and gaseous species at low concentrations. The alternative session will address fugitive and fence-line monitoring. Abstracts are available for all of the presentations here at the CEM 2018 website.

Visitors to CEM 2018 will include anyone with a professional interest in emissions to air from industry, vehicles and ships. This will include regulators, process operators, manufacturers, fleet operators, energy companies, engine manufacturers, waste management organisations, standards organisations, testing contractors, academia, researchers, instrument manufacturers, analytical companies, abatement companies and many more.

 #CEM2018 #Pauto @_Enviro_News 

MES for pharma manufacturers in France.

Werum IT Solutions is increasing its activities in France with the expansion of its subsidiary Werum IT Solutions SARL.

Marc Meyer
“We have been able to gain Marc Meyer as Managing Director for our French subsidiary,” says Richard Nagorny, CFO, Werum IT Solutions GmbH. “For many years, Marc Meyer has worked in leading positions at several French companies in the field of production management software for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Thanks to this long-year experience, he is very familiar with the pharma MES sector and is well-networked within the industry. He is the best choice we could hope for to expand our French business.”

“I am looking forward to contributing my skills to our ambitious French company,” says Marc Meyer, Managing Director, Werum IT Solutions SARL. “As Europe’s second largest market for prescription drugs, France is very attractive for us. Our goal is to help both global customers with sites in France and French pharmaceutical and biotech companies to optimize and digitize their production processes.”

Werum IT Solutions SARL is headquartered in Toulouse and supported by a France-wide network of sales and consulting employees. In addition to that, Werum is present in many locations in Europe, North and South America, as well as in Asia.

@Werum #Pauto #Pharma #France

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Detecting tiny objects and gaps.

The new O300 miniature laser sensors with IO-Link by Baumer are the specialists for the reliable detection of very small objects and gaps.

Thanks to a laser beam which focuses to within 0.1 mm and the high repeat accuracy of 0.1 mm, objects can be positioned with high precision and follow-up processes controlled exactly. The extremely short response time of less than 0.1 ms ensures that the sensor reliably detects even closely spaced objects, thus allowing fast processes and high throughput rates. A big advantage is the exact alignment of the laser beam to the fixing holes by design (qTarget). Thanks to qTarget, detection with pinpoint accuracy can be guaranteed over the entire series.

The wear free teach-in method (qTeach) allows easy, user-friendly commissioning of the laser sensor. The weak point of the pushbutton or potentiometer is ruled out with the tamper-resistant teach-in method qTeach, thus offering maximum reliability and system availability.

The O300 laser product portfolio impresses with its great diversity, offering tailor-made solutions for precise detection tasks. Among the five sensor principles to choose from, SmartReflect, the original light barrier without a reflector, must be highlighted. Even reflecting objects with a size of 0.5 mm can be reliably detected within a sensing distance of 250 mm. Stainless steel variants in a rugged washdown and hygienic design extend the typical applications of the O300 laser sensors for packaging plants in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Thanks to IO-Link integration, the O300 laser sensors are “Ready for Industry 4.0”. IO-Link allows the quick and easy configuration of sensors for all applications using standard network components. In addition, available additional data, e.g. for predictive maintenance processes, can be evaluated.
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#Baumer #PAuto  #Laser

Acquisition to support Middle East enterprises.

Edinburgh Instruments parent company, Techcomp (Europe) Ltd (TEU), has acquired Dubai based AASolutions FZCo and re-named the business Techcomp (Middle East) FZCo (TME).

Chris O'Connor
This new Middle-East office enables Edinburgh Instruments to have a local platform in the region for supporting future sales and service requirements. In addition, TME will offer sales and service support for other leading Techcomp brands such as Scion Instruments, Precisa Gravimetrics, Froilabo and Techcomp’s strategic partner Hitachi HKK Centrifuges.

Commenting on the transaction, TEU Group CEO Chris O’Connor explained, “This is a very exciting time for Techcomp. This acquisition secures an excellent platform for us to expand our presence and support in the region for all of the Group businesses”.

TME will be launched at ArabLab in Dubai on March 18th where all of the existing brands and the full range of Techcomp businesses will be represented.

@Edinst #PAuto #Laboratory #Middle East

Excellence in wireless automation.

Alcoa Corporation (Alcoa) was presented the 2017 ISA100 Wireless Excellence in Automation Award for “Leadership in Development and Implementation of Wireless Applications for Mining/Refinery Operations.”

Andre Ristaino (right), Managing Director, ISA100 WCI,
presents 2017 ISA100 Wireless Excellence in Automation
Award to Chester Davidson, Global Services Manager, Alcoa.
The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute presented Alcoa the award at the February 2018 ARC Industry Forum in Orlando during the 'Smart Field Systems Creating Business Value for Process Industries' session, hosted by Tim Shea.

The presentation was on Wireless applications for Alcoa.

Alcoa is recognized for its visionary work with wireless technology. In 2014 Alcoa established ISA100 Wireless technology as its global standard across refinery operations. The company established engineering standards, installed wireless infrastructure and monitoring equipment, and developed wireless training modules and support processes. In 2015 Alcoa established a wireless advisory board to provide corporate governance for wireless technology implementation and developed instrumentation selection criteria.

From 2016 to 2018, the company has worked with its vendor to develop new ISA100 Wireless instruments for its specific needs, including a lower cost, lightweight wireless pressure transmitter, a wireless safety shower panic button, a multi-use wireless push button, and an ISA100 Wireless serial interface for use on in-house specialty analyzers. Additionally, it enabled Wi-Fi in the process area, supporting a global, corporate connected worker initiative.

Alcoa’s objectives in selecting ISA100 Wireless as an enabling technology were to:

  • Provide an engineered, secured, managed and integrated wireless network into alumina refinery process areas.
  • Support mobile operators using handheld devices.
  • Allow for wireless connectivity of PCS/EHM equipment that is either remote or mobile.
  • Enable IIOT and IOT in the future.

The adoption and implementation of ISA100 Wireless has reduced capital expenditure related to installation of process/condition monitoring instruments, increased deployment speeds, facilitated troubleshooting via mobile/temporary sensors, and extended monitoring applications to moving equipment.

The complete presentation on Alcoa’s work can be found here.

“Our engineered wireless infrastructure has provided the necessary foundation for us to introduce digital transformation initiatives such as Connected Worker & Connected Plant to our operations and pave our way toward the refinery of the future vision,” said Alcoa representative Ali Nooraii, Ph.D., Director, Global Alumina & Bauxite Process Systems.

Working with wireless instrumentation suppliers to develop new, innovative and lower cost sensors will be key to our success in improving plant performance through improved data-based predictive maintenance and diagnostics. The next wave of disruptive technology is one good idea away,” said Alcoa representative Robert Polinelli, Manager, Global Alumina PCS Infrastructure.

“We are now seeing large-scale deployments of ISA100 Wireless technology, and the Alcoa approach is a good example of company-wide wireless technology adoption in order to ensure 100 percent instrumentation coverage at operational sites,” said Andre Ristaino, Managing Director, ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute.

@ISA100WCI #PAuto @Alcoa

Industrial Ethernet is now bigger than fieldbuses.

Industrial Ethernet has overtaken traditional fieldbuses in terms of new installed nodes in factory automation. This is the main finding in HMS Industrial Networks’ annual study of the industrial network market.

Industrial Ethernet now accounts for 52% of new installed nodes (46% last year), while fieldbuses are on 42% (48). EtherNet/IP is now the most widely installed network at 15%, followed by PROFINET and PROFIBUS, both at 12%. Wireless technologies are also coming on strong with 6% market share.

HMS Industrial Networks has presented their annual analysis of the industrial network market, which focuses on new installed nodes within factory automation globally. As an independent supplier of products and services for industrial communication and the Internet of Things, HMS has a substantial insight into the industrial network market.

Here are some of the trends they see within industrial communication in 2018, also looking back on the network market share evolution during the last 5 years.

Industrial Ethernet has been growing faster than traditional fieldbuses for a number of years and has now overtaken fieldbuses. With a growth rate of 22%, Industrial Ethernet now makes up for 52% of the global market compared to 46% last year. EtherNet/IP has emerged as the largest network with 15% of the market. Ethernet runners-up globally are PROFINET, EtherCAT, Modbus-TCP and Ethernet POWERLINK.

Anders Hansson
“We have seen the transition to industrial Ethernet for a long time, but it isn’t until now that it has actually overtaken fieldbuses when it comes to number of new installed nodes,”
says Anders Hansson, Chief Marketing Officer at HMS. “The transition to industrial Ethernet is driven by the need for high performance, integration between factory installations and IT/IoT-systems, as well as the Industrial Internet of Things in general.”

Boosted by a strong industry and cyber-security concerns in the industry, fieldbuses are still growing slightly. However, despite an increased growth rate at 6% (4 last year), the number of fieldbus installations are expected to decline steadily over the next few years. The dominant fieldbus is still PROFIBUS with 12% of the total world market, followed by Modbus-RTU and CC-Link, both at 6%.

Wireless technologies are also growing by 32% (32) and accounts for 6% (6) of the total market. Within Wireless, WLAN is the most popular technology, followed by Bluetooth. “Wireless is increasingly being used by machine builders and system integrators to realize innovative automation architectures. Users can reduce cabling and create new solutions for connectivity and control, including Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) solutions via tablets or smartphones,” says Anders Hansson.

In Europe and the Middle East, PROFINET and EtherNet/IP are leading and PROFIBUS is still widely used. Other popular networks are EtherCAT, Modbus-TCP and Ethernet POWERLINK.

The US market is dominated by the CIP networks, with a clear movement towards EtherNet/IP. In Asia, no network stands out as truly market-leading, but PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, PROFIBUS, EtherCAT, Modbus and CC-Link are widely used, with the Ethernet version CC-Link IE Field also gaining traction.

A special feature in this year’s study is that HMS is looking back on 5 years of steady industrial network growth. HMS concludes that during 2017, industrial Ethernet finally passed fieldbuses in terms of market share. “The growth of industrial networks has been steady over the last 5 years, and it is interesting to see that industrial Ethernet now has passed fieldbus, currently accounting for 52% of the market with EtherNet/IP as the leading network," according to Anders Hansson.

“Nevertheless, our study confirms that the network market remains fragmented – users continue to ask for connectivity to a wide variety of networks, depending on application. Looking ahead, it is clear that industrial devices will become increasingly connected, boosted by the Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0. From our point of view, we are well-suited to grow with these trends, since HMS is all about ‘Connecting Devices.’

@HMSAnybus #PAuto 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Connectors for medical applications.

Foremost Electronics is supplying a new easy locking connector system (ELC) from Binder Connectors. Designed for a wide variety of applications in the critical area of medical systems, the binder ELC series 570 has an intuitive locking system to ensure positive mating with miss-mating being prevented thanks to a mating position clearly defined by the “shape” of the mating area.

Alan Vincent, Sales Director of Foremost, comments, “Clinical and patient monitoring equipment is often portable and used in many locations. A reliable and fool-proof connector system is a must in these environments. The mating system on the new Binder ELC connector satisfies these requirements as well as being proofed against water splashing when in use."

The new ELC series 570 connector rom Foremost features a PA66 plastic housing, has 12 gold plated contacts for 0.25mm² wires and is rated at 2A, 150V. The connector has been designed to have a working life of over 5000 mating cycles to ensure long and reliable operation in applications where equipment is regularly connected and disconnected, a common requirement in applications across the medical sector.

The female panel mount connector provides protection against the ingress of liquids, water splash and accidental electrical contact and when mated the new easy locking connector offers protection to IP54.

#4mostElectronics #Medical

The largest specialist tsunami simulator in Europe.

How a Tsunami is created is well understood and, whilst the devastation they cause is all too familiar, there has been little reliable data available to guide the design of coastal defences. This deficiency is now being addressed by UCL (University College London) and HR Wallingford, the specialist hydraulic research and consultancy organization, in a collaboration which has constructed the largest specialist tsunami simulator in Europe; 70 m long and 4 m wide.

One of the principal aims of the simulation project is to develop an understanding of how coastal defences might amplify the destructive effects of the tsunami by causing waves to build up until they suddenly fail causing devastation to be increased on the land side, even in areas previously considered safe. To simulate this effect, the team constructed a “wall” that can be made to fail under control. The point at which the wall can be made to fail was originally equipped with several pressure sensors to monitor the build-up of force of the wave but this proved to be too simplistic as the forces acting on the wall were three dimensional.

To solve this problem, the wall was fitted with a Kistler Type 9327 force link which accurately measures the forces at work in three, perpendicular directions. This data, together with that from the pressure sensors, provides a clear model of all the forces acting on the wall as the wave builds up and the wall is overtopped or fails.

The tsunamis created in the simulator at a scale of 50:1 have been compared with data from actual events showing a very close match. The data that will be produced from the collaboration should provide a reliable guide to the design of future coastal defences to deliver better protection for areas currently at risk.

 #Kistler  #PAuto @ucl @hrwallingford

Pressure switches.

Variohm EuroSensor has launched a new range of robust diaphragm-type pressure switches aimed at demanding HVAC and industrial processes for air, water, hydraulic fluid and other oil mediums in measuring ranges from 0.3 to 10 bar. Available in a choice of brass (EPS01) or stainless steel (EPS02) housings, these competitively priced switches offer generous overpressure limits and a choice of NBR or Viton® diaphragm materials for maximum application flexibility.

The new EPS01 and EPS02 series pressure switches feature a G 1/8 pressure port as standard with other fastening thread options available for larger quantities. Designed for any mounting orientation, versions are available for single pole operation with NC or NO contacts in pressure ranges of 0.3 to 2 bar and 1 to 10 bar. The integrated micro switch is available with silver plated contacts as standard for the EPS01, and with silver or gold plated switches optionally available for the EPS02.

The media temperature range of -25 to +85 °C and a switch point accuracy of under 10% will suit a wide range of switching tasks whilst a mechanical life of over 1 million cycles and a switching frequency of 200/min helps to ensure more than satisfactory performance requirements.
Both models also feature a maximum switching load of 2.0 A (resistive), a 100 VA breaking capacity and reference voltage of 42 V. Electrical connection is via flat 6.3 mm terminals. The slightly smaller, brass-housed EPS01 has a 17 mm AF hexagonal fixing whilst the stainless steel EPS02 model has 19 mm AF fixing.

The EPS01 and EPS02 are part of a universal family of pressure switches from Variohm EuroSensor. A third range, the EPS03, covers spring-loaded diaphragm or piston actuation with a micro switch switching element in a tough galvanised steel housing for pressure switching up to 350 bar.
The new pressure switches are part of a wide range of position, force, pressure, load, and temperature sensor technologies available from Variohm EuroSensor - a manufacturer, distributor and supply chain partner providing complete sales and application support for demanding measurement applications across industry, construction, agriculture, motorsports, research and more.

@Variohm  #PAuto

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Major investment to optimise Ireland's vibrant Pharma sector.

Automation software and systems to a value of US$ 1m (approximately €820,000) is being provided to Ireland’s National Institute of Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) by Emerson. This is to help train next-generation workers on the latest technologies designed to optimise pharmaceutical production.

Dominic Carolan, CEO of NIBRT; Mike Train, executive president of Emerson Automation Solutions; and Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, attend a ceremony at the NIBRT facility in Dublin to mark the start of their collaboration aimed at upskilling Ireland’s biopharma workforce.
The collaboration will bring one of the most extensively used automation platforms in the biopharmaceutical industry, Emerson’s DeltaV™ distributed control system, to NIBRT’s Dublin facility to prepare students for automation technologies at the forefront of manufacturing digitisation.

Emerson technologies valued at €800k will help NIBRT prepare workforce for transition to manufacturing digitisation for production of new biopharma therapies for patients.
Emerson’s collaboration with NIBRT follows a 2016 NIBRT study of the biopharma manufacturing industry that found more than half of respondents have a high degree of difficulty recruiting and developing bioprocess engineers.

They were also involved in a cooperative event in 2017. This introduced many to the state-of-the-art facility of NIBRT on the UCD campus in Dublin. It provided an unique opportunity to examine bio-science industry, processes and looking into the future. See our report "Permission to change and develop in the Life Sciences!"

“NIBRT is leading the way in helping Ireland, its universities, and Europe meet the demand for the skilled biopharmaceutical manufacturing workforce the industry needs,” said Mike Train, executive president of Emerson Automation Solutions. “This collaboration reinforces Emerson’s commitment to support global workforce education, as well as the bioprocessing industry where our automation systems have become the industry standard.”

Pharma in Ireland
The planned Emerson Room at the NIBRT facility will simulate an innovative bioprocessing environment and feature a fully operational DeltaV system to provide real-life training in a safe environment.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Emerson, which is providing its best-in-class control and automation solutions for the NIBRT pilot plant. We look forward to delivering innovative training and education to our clients using the Emerson platform to help the biopharma industry gain the many advantages from increased digitisation and automation of core manufacturing processes,” said Dominic Carolan, CEO of NIBRT.

Commenting on the announcement, Martin Shanahan, CEO of the IDA Ireland, said: “The biopharmaceutical industry is extremely important to Ireland, and is worth over €40 billion in annual exports. It is essential that we continue to provide the appropriately skilled workforce capable of operating these state-of-the-art processing plants for many years to come. Emerson’s significant investment will help us support this continuously evolving industry.”

#Pharma @EMR_Automation  #PAuto @NIBRT_  @IDAIRELAND

Test Solution for Sub-6 GHz 5G.

National Instruments (NI) has just announced a sub-6 GHz 5G test reference solution compliant with the 3GPP Release 15 specification for 5G New Radio (NR).

With commercial 5G NR deployments below 6 GHz on the horizon, engineers are actively developing sub-6 GHz 5G RF components and devices. The accelerated pace of 5G standardization is driving intense pressure to bring products to market quickly. NI’s sub-6 GHz 5G NR reference solution is a cost-effective and high-performance option for test that helps engineers quickly characterize their designs and more easily transition from R&D to production test environments.

The new reference test solution from NI is well-suited for testing new wideband RFICs, especially those operating in the 3.3 – 4.2 GHz and 4.4 – 5.0 GHz bands. Engineers can test devices operating with 400 MHz of continuous signal bandwidth and beyond with the PXIe-5840 Vector Signal Transceiver (VST), which includes 1 GHz of instantaneous signal generation and analysis bandwidth up to 6 GHz. With the NI VST, the solution delivers residual EVM performance better than 0.32 percent (-50 dB) for 100 MHz NR signals along with faster measurement speed.

A critical component of this solution is NI-RFmx NR measurement software, which has evolved in conjunction with the 3GPP specification. The latest version of NI-RFmx NR measurement software offers 5G NR waveforms and measurement capability compliant with the first official specification of 3GPP Release 15 for non-standalone NR, which empowers engineers to test both OFDMA and DFT-s-OFDM carrier aggregated waveforms with flexible subcarrier spacing from 15 kHz to 120 kHz.

“Our new offerings for 5G test are just the latest in a long line of NI innovations helping engineers bring 5G technologies to market more quickly,” said Jason White, director of RF and wireless test at NI. “By combining high-performance RF measurement capability with extremely fast and flexible measurement software, we are helping engineers reduce time-to-market and measurement correlation time by reusing the same instrumentation and measurement science in multiple phases of product development.”

NI’s new technology for 5G test also supplements a comprehensive product portfolio for RF and semiconductor test, including measurement software for 2G, 3G, LTE-Advanced Pro, WiFi 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5 and more. In addition, engineers can use the NI VST alongside more than 600 modular PXI products, spanning DC to mmWave, to create comprehensive semiconductor characterization and manufacturing test systems.

@niukie #TandM #PAuto

Multifibre connector inspection.

Testing Twelve Fibers in Less than Twelve Seconds.

The first handheld tool for the automated inspection of each single fiber of MPO and other multifiber connectors has been introduced by Laser Comonents: the FiberChek Sidewinder by VIAVI Solutions.
A pass/fail analysis of a standard twelve fiber MPO connector can be conducted in less than twelve seconds. Instead of four hours, service technicians now only need 20 minutes to check one hundred MPO connections. There is also the option to apply tips and bulkheads for other connectors such as MTP or even single fiber connectors.

With features like auto-focus, auto-pan/scroll, and fiber end-face analysis, the FiberChek Sidewinder provides all the data required for certification according to IEC-61300-3-35 or specific customer requirements.

Thanks to an integrated touchscreen, on-board storage capabilities, and a battery lifetime of five hours, the Sidewinder is apt for completely autonomous operation. Its USB and WiFi connectivity allow for interaction with PCs or mobile devices.

@LaserComponents #TandM @ViaviSolutions

New member of electronics trade body.

Pickering Electronics, designer and manufacturer of Reed Relays, has announced they are now a member of the Electronics Representatives Association (ERA), the international trade organization for professional field sales companies in the global electronics industries, manufacturers who go to market through representative firms and global distributors.

Since 1968, the company has been manufacturing high quality Reed Relays for Instrumentation and Automatic Test Equipment (ATE), High voltage switching, Low thermal EMF, Direct drive from CMOS, RF switching and other specialist applications.

Pickering Electronics has developed a solid customer base in a wide range of industries/applications, including their sister company; Pickering Interfaces; designers and manufacturers of modular PCI/PCI/LXI Switching Systems. Pickering Interfaces are a large Reed Relay customer who work very closely with Pickering Electronics on leading edge Reed Relay designs, reliability testing, life testing, production engineering, amongst other things. This close relationship greatly benefits both companies and gives Pickering Electronics a strong insight into demanding functional test Reed Relay applications.

Consecutive years of double-digital growth in sales, and recent investments to expand the capacity of the organisation, have led Pickering Electronics to update their strategy in the USA, to begin establishing strategic partnerships with representatives and distributors that are focused on the electronic components/test and measurement market.

#electronics @PickeringRelay #PAuto @era_org

MES & Manufacturing IT served on line.

Werum IT Solutions, the supplier of manufacturing execution systems (MES) and manufacturing IT solutions for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries, has launched a self-service portal for its customers. Werum is offering a modern web portal with a wide variety of services and information regarding its products and solutions. The offering comprises current product information, databases for know-how and configuration management, troubleshooting as well as a download area for software and documents.

Torsten Isenberg
“We want to offer our pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical customers the best possible support on their way towards Pharma 4.0. For that purpose, we develop new digital services to facilitate the processes with our customers,” declares Torsten Isenberg, Senior Director Services, Werum IT Solutions GmbH. “With our Self-Service Portal, we grant our customers direct access to solutions and information which are relevant for them. If you have any questions regarding the operation of the PAS-X installation in your plant, this portal will offer you basic information to help you solve potential problems that may arise. Additionally, we provide proactive services such as the assessment of Microsoft patches. Of course, our Service Desk is also integrated into the Self-Service Portal, together with our Incident Management System (IMS).”

All self-services can be reached from a single access point. The offering initially includes content for PAS-X KPI, Werum’s software product for the monitoring and assessment of pharmaceutical production, and will be expanded continuously. In the future, the portal will provide customized content not only for customers, but also for PFU members, UGM participants and Service and Sales partners. 

 @Werum #PAuto 

Muting reinvented.

“Smart Process Gating” is the name of a new process from Leuze electronic through which muting processes are made more economical, simpler and safer.

In intralogistics as well as in the automotive and packaging industry, material locks often need to be safeguarded against unauthorized access by means of safety sensors. Previously, muting processes with muting sensors were required in order to clearly identify when transported goods are approaching a protective field and to bridge the passing of these goods through the protective field at the correct moment.

As a result of the SPG (Smart Process Gating) method developed by Leuze electronic, signal-emitting sensors are no longer needed. Based on the MLC safety light curtains, conveyor systems can thus be made more compact. The risk of misalignment or damage to the sensors is eliminated as is the costs for their maintenance and servicing. Furthermore, the purchasing costs, the wiring and risk of manipulation are reduced which increases the availability of the complete safety device.

In the case of typical intralogistics applications particularly, the height of the protective device is entirely dependent on the safety-related requirements. Synchronization beams do not have to be taken into consideration. With SPG, the first muting signal comes from the process control (PLC), while the second muting signal is generated by the protective field itself. Smart Process Gating requires a detailed knowledge of the process so that the necessary SPS control signals are made available in the expected time window.

@Leuzeelectronic #SPG #PAuto 

Precise heavy current transducers.

The DM5S transducer is the latest addition to Camille Bauer Metrawatt's large product portfolio. Just like the SINEAX M1000, the predecessor model, and a world first for this type of device, the main function of the DM5S is highly accurate representation of the basic parameters of an electrical network. It then transmits this representation securely via analogue outputs or a digital interface.

The basic accuracy of the DM5 is 0.15% for current and voltage, 0.2% for power ratings and 0.5S for energy counters. The highlights of the new series are its many selectable options and the fact that measurement values are captured continuously (zero-blind measurement). In addition, the device can be individually configured even without being connected to auxiliary power. The optimised and compact design not only saves space, but also reduces cost. DM5S supports up to 32 counters with up to 16 tariffs, while the DM5F delivers very high processing speeds of up to 15 ms. This makes it easy to implement even the most demanding applications such as turbine control systems.

The free "CB Manager" software is not just used to set up the device parameters, it also provides utility functions to support the user to get started, such as printing product identification labels, checking connections, recording measurement values as well as simulation and trimming the analogue outputs. Users can freely define the Modbus mapping of the optional Modbus interface. This ensures optimised data retrieval by fetching all the relevant data in a single access.

DM5 series devices are UL-certified and are regularly audited by an independent test lab. This ensures that they are always compliant with the latest standards and that each device works perfectly. The UL certification is combined with end-to-end monitoring of the whole production process. This ensures that only qualified components are used, and only documented production processes are performed. It allows for a constantly high level of product quality, in conformity with all safety and EMC standards.

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

#CamilleBauer #PAuto @irishpwrprocess 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Wireless Connectivity and Sensors guide.

Anglia is supporting customers designing connected devices for the Internet of Things (IoT) with a new Wireless Connectivity and Sensors guide covering the wide range of solutions available from industry leaders like Analog Devices, Gemalto, Honeywell, Renesas, Littelfuse, Murata, Omron, Panasonic, Rohm, STMicroelectronics and TDK. The Guide also includes battery solutions for powering IoT devices from Varta.

David Pearson, Technical Director of Anglia, said, “The IoT is spreading rapidly, and delivering new services that improve everyone’s quality of life and productivity. Many of our customers are at the forefront of this revolution, and our FAEs are involved in many innovative IoT enabled projects. Anglia has a comprehensive range of solutions to support them, which are detailed in this new guide.”

Anglia’s comprehensive portfolio of wireless modules, sensors and battery solutions is brought together in a new 68 page printed and digital guide. The first section of the book highlights Anglia’s wireless module and chipset offering. Anglia is a member of the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) and a LoRa Alliance™ Adopter. Besides Bluetooth® and LoRa® protocol modules, Anglia also offers GSM, ISM and Wi-Fi modules alongside fully embedded solutions which include cloud services.

The sensors section of this brochure details some of the key sensors from Anglia’s wide portfolio. Anglia has a comprehensive range of sensors from industry leading suppliers to support most sensing requirements from proximity, humidity, temperature and pressure, to MEMS, light and imaging and much more.

Anglia is supporting its wireless connectivity, sensor and battery range with extensive UK inventory and competitive volume pricing. Some popular solutions are covered by the Anglia EZYsample free sampling service. All in stock products can be shipped the same day for free next day delivery.

 @angliaLive #PAuto #IoT

Finger clicking good!

A new series of DIP switches with 18 models delivering improved reliability and usability has been introduced by Omron Electronic Components Europe.

Commenting, Andries De Bruin, Senior European Product Marketing Manager, Omron, “The new Omron A6FR series DIP switches are more convenient to configure with the finger, due to their piano style buttons, which is a welcome feature for most users. The range is available in either ON or OFF set soldering making them very easy to design in.”

The A6FR offers higher reliability through its twin slide contact mechanisms that give better contact than standard single contact push motion plates. The series has 18 models with between 2 and 10 poles and either short or long actuators, catering for a wide range of applications. The new range of Piano DIP switches is offered with through hole terminals, contact resistance of 200mΩ max and ratings of 25mA 24VDC. The series is perfect for applications in industrial equipment, commercial devices and computer peripherals.

For surface mounted applications, Omron also offers the A6SR full pitch and A6HR half pitch. If a sealed type is required, the A6DR through hole terminal is available allowing immersion cleaning without taping.

@OmronEurope  #PAuto 

Speaker at innovation event.

Among those participating at the upcoming InnovationsFORUM event to be held next week (March 7th 2018), at the Kongressehalle Boeblingen (D) will be Aegis, the innovating MES software supplier.

Organised by EPP magazine, the event aims to help attendees minimise risk and potential costs of Industry 4.0 activities, which seek to raise competitiveness and flexibility in electronics manufacturing. Under the theme “‘Process Optimization and Data Integration’”, the comprehensive program offers insight from a broad spectrum of industry leaders who will share their perspective on how Industry 4.0 can be implemented as part of an effective business model.

  Dr. Friedrich Nolting will address event delegates in a presentation that illustrates proven solutions that will help participants understand how to gain value from the multitude of digital information potentially available in the factory, promoting compliance, productivity and flexibility.

An expert in his field, Dr. Nolting’s decorated career has earned notable recognition in the electronics manufacturing industry. Today, his ideas and concepts such as cluster analysis for set-up optimization are utilized by some of the world’s top manufacturers.

 @FactoryLogix #PAuto

Bragg meters.

The new FS22 Industrial BraggMETER optical measurement units now available from the HBM FiberSensing industrial interrogator range. These units are specifically designed to interrogate Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG)* based sensors in industrial environments.

HBM FiberSensing Industrial BraggMETER optical interrogators have an Ethernet interface, which enable remote connection to any standard PC through TCP/IP. Featuring easy to use software, which can be installed on the control PC, data acquisition and archiving and definition of measurement configurations can also be easily achieved.

Available in different versions, the FS22 industrial BraggMETER is available in two versions; static (1 S/s) and dynamic (50 S/s, 100 S/s, 200 S/s, 500 S/s and now 1000 S/s), with 1, 4 or 8 channels. Furthermore time synchronisation over the network can now be improved with the integration of the NTP protocol in the interrogator internal processing unit.

In addition, for reliable peak value detection, a Smart Peak Detection function has now been incorporated into the FS22 (static) BraggMETER interrogators’ real-time operating system.

Easy to install, the new industrial optical interrogator range meets the required reliability and versatility required to be used in both laboratory testing and field deployment in civil, aeronautics, energy and R&D. HBM FiberSensing interrogators are available in standard, rack-mountable and portable models.

BraggMETER interrogators employ proven continuous swept laser scanning technology. They include a traceable wavelength reference that provides continuous calibration to ensure system accuracy over long term operation.

@HBMmeasurement #PAuto 

Gold standard in cloud!

In addition to classic automation projects at field level, the demand for scalable solutions that offer connectivity from the sensor to the cloud and with mobile devices is increasing among industrial manufacturing firms. COPA-DATA is responding to this demand by integrating its zenon software with the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Thanks to its knowledge and wealth of experience in cloud-based smart factory and smart city solutions, the company has now achieved Gold status in the Microsoft Cloud Platform competency.

Stefan Reuther
With the awarding of competencies, Microsoft is supporting its partners in the Microsoft Partner Network to advertise their industry-leading skills and specialist knowledge in a professional manner and to clearly set themselves apart from the competition.

In order to achieve one or more of the 18 competencies in the six categories available at present, it is necessary to meet certain requirements and to evidence these in annual reviews. Depending on the extent to which these requirements have been met, a company may be awarded either a Gold or a Silver competency. Only partners that have shown consistent high performance and exceptional commitment are given Gold competencies.

After achieving Silver status in the Cloud Platform competency in 2016, COPA-DATA has now satisfied all the requirements for the highest level – Gold – in this category.

“The requirements for achieving Gold status in this competency are high,” explained Johannes Petrowisch, Global Partner & Business Development Manager at COPA-DATA. “One of the criteria, for example, was to have achieved Microsoft Azure sales amounting to at least 100,000 US dollars within the last twelve months. This shows that companies have to implement customer projects on a relatively large scale and in a relatively short space of time to obtain the necessary competency. We are therefore particularly pleased that we have been able to evidence this and put ourselves forward as an expert partner for cloud projects.”

As zenon is seamlessly integrated with Microsoft Azure, data can be retrieved and further processed centrally and in real time. This means, for example, that relevant production, performance, or consumption indicators from various locations can be captured, collected, processed further, and compared in order to identify potential for improvement and to take corresponding optimization measures. Thanks to connectivity from the field level up to the cloud, the interaction between the two technologies presents an entirely new range of applications which sees classic automation projects merge with typical IT or business intelligence projects. As a result, production efficiency can be increased, use of resources optimized, and completely new service or business models implemented, to name but a few benefits.

Integration between zenon and Microsoft Azure started back in 2014. Initially, the main reason for integrating selected Microsoft Azure services was to provide a scalable solution for storing the large volumes of data collected in industrial projects centrally in a cost-effective infrastructure.

“In today's industrial applications, which extend up into the cloud, the delivery model is mainly used for calculations across systems or locations, and for predictive analyses,” explains Stefan Reuther (Pictured above right), Chief Sales Officer at COPA-DATA. “In order to capture, collect, aggregate, further process, and present data, users require a high-performance piece of software like zenon to obtain valuable insights into production output, energy consumption, and quality indicators.”

In addition to its Gold Cloud Platform competency, COPA-DATA is also listed as a Microsoft Gold competency partner for Application Development.

@copadata #Pauto @Azure

Automation technologies & ongoing support in North Sea oil.

Emerson has completed its multi-year, $90 million (€73 million) automation project for BP’s Glen Lyon floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel west of Shetland (GB).

The company is now providing ongoing operational support services to help BP achieve its goal of producing 200,000 barrels a day from the North Sea by 2020.

Photo courtesy of BP
Emerson has served as the main automation contractor (MAC) for the Glen Lyon, which is expected to produce 130,000 barrels of oil a day at plateau.

“By leveraging our project certainty model through expert partnering, we collaborated to achieve a truly world-class mega project that will help BP remain a North Sea energy leader,” said Mike Train, Emerson Automation Solutions executive president. “With first oil from the Glen Lyon accomplished, our focus now turns to helping BP achieve operational certainty, with maximum asset reliability and uptime, reduced risk of safety incidents and optimised production.”

Its construction and commissioning were central to BP’s multi-billion-dollar Quad 204 project, which involved the redevelopment of the Schiehallion and Loyal fields to target 450 million barrels of oil and allow production from the hub to be extended to at least 2035.

As part of an additional five-year contract, Emerson will provide ongoing operational support services, remote monitoring and predictive maintenance technologies for the Glen Lyon and BP’s other North Sea mega project Clair Ridge, which is due to come on stream this year.

Emerson’s lifecycle services will help BP ensure ongoing safety, improve reliability, maximise availability and reduce operating costs.

BP uses Emerson’s automation technologies including the DeltaV™ and DeltaV SIS integrated control and safety systems to help optimise production and yield, avoid environmental impact and operate safely.

BP also uses the Emerson high-fidelity dynamic simulator to train its operators and engineers in real-world scenarios before system changes go live.

In addition, BP has selected Emerson to manage its fiscal metering systems on all North Sea assets, which is essential for fiscal accounting, custody transfer and taxation purposes.

Their metering consultants, engineers and specialist metering experts will validate and report measurement data, sampling, analytical and test equipment, as well as plan and carry out offshore metering maintenance and verification activities. In addition, the company will provide comprehensive auditing services for BP’s North Sea pipeline operations.

#Oil @EMR_Automation #PAuto @BP_plc

Highlighting true Fog Computing.

AdLink Technology will demonstrate Fog Computing during the week  (Embedded World 2018). the company believes this will be the first demonstration of true Fog Computing, i.e. including not only device monitoring, but also the management of the orchestration of embedded device…all at the Edge.

This demonstration is based on ADLINK’s prototype (and open source) Fog Computing platform (code-named fog∅5) that provides the end-to-end virtualization of compute, storage and communication resources from Cloud services to connected embedded devices. They will also demonstrate its implementation of SGeT’s Universal IoT Connector (UIC) specification as a plug-in to the fog05 platform. Together, fog05 and SGeT/UIC go well beyond providing standard device connectivity to bring true Fog Computing to embedded computing.

“We’re very pleased to be able to demonstrate true Fog Computing and thus highlight our leadership in Edge Computing,” said Angelo Corsaro, CTO, ADLINK. “Also our developments in UIC connectivity and XRCE data communications give our embedded computing customers a good view of the future and thus opportunities to plan for their next-generation IoT solutions. For ADLINK, Edge Computing is connected-embedded-computing, so pioneering seamless connectivity solutions from Cloud Services to Fog Nodes to embedded systems (also known as Fog Computing) is a strategic priority for us.”

@ADLINK_Tech #IoT #PAuto @embedded_world