Thursday, March 8, 2018

Ethernet transmits humidity!

Beside the RS485 interface with Modbus RTU protocol, the EE310 humidity and temperature transmitter and the EE360 moisture in oil transmitter from E+E Elektronik now feature an Ethernet interface with Modbus TCP protocol.

The EE310 and EE360 represent the latest generation of industrial transmitters from E+E Elektronik. A multi-functional 3.5" TFT colour display provides a comprehensive overview of the measurement task and allows the user to perform all settings directly on the device. An integrated data logger stores up to 20,000 values per measurand.

As a standard, the measured data is available on two voltage or current outputs. The devices can be optionally fitted with an RS485 module with Modbus RTU protocol or with an Ethernet module with Modbus TCP protocol. The interface settings can be performed with a PC using the free configuration software or directly on the device via display and push buttons. The Ethernet module features Power over Ethernet (PoE) and an IP65 rated RJ45 connector. Both interface modules are available also for retrofitting.

The EE310 measures relative humidity and temperature and calculates dew point temperature, frost point temperature, wet-bulb temperature, water vapour partial pressure, mixing ratio, absolute humidity and specific enthalpy. The transmitter is available for wall or duct mount, as well as with remote probes. The probes can be employed up to 180 °C (356 °F) and 20 bar (290 psi). Pluggable probe versions allow for quick and easy replacement.

The EE360 is dedicated for monitoring the moisture content in hydraulic, lubrication and insulation oils as well as diesel fuel. The device measures water activity (aw) and temperature (T), and calculates the absolute water content (x) in ppm. The stainless steel probe can be installed into the process with an ISO or NPT slide fitting, which facilitates the accurate control of the immersion depth. Using the optional ball valve, the probe can be mounted or removed even without process interruption.

The modular IP65 enclosure facilitates installation and maintenance. The active part of the device, which accommodates the electronics and the probe, can be replaced within seconds while the back cover and the electrical connection remain untouched.

E+E Electronik products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

 #epulse #PAuto 

Mercury emissions monitoring.

Gasmet Technologies will focus on mercury emissions monitoring at CEM 2018. Technical support staff will be available at the company’s exhibition booth (#40) to discuss the latest regulatory developments and how Gasmet’s recent certification achievements enable compliance with current and future monitoring requirements.

Gasmet’s Emilia Jyrkiäinen has been invited to speak at the CEM Conference at 11am on 17th May. Her presentation will provide an overview of the regulatory environment relating to mercury emissions, and she will explain why recent performance certification for the Gasmet Continuous Mercury Monitoring system (CMM) is so important.

As part of global initiatives to reduce mercury pollution, emission limits are under constant pressure to reduce, so there is a demand for continuous mercury monitors that are able to measure at these lower levels. The Gasmet CMM now provides the world’s lowest EN15267 certified range - 0 to 5 µg/m3, which means that the operators of combustion plants will be able to demonstrate effective control of mercury emissions.

Gasmet’s Ken Roberts will also speak at the CEM Conference; at 11:40am on 18th May, Ken will deliver a presentation covering three ‘Energy from Waste’ case studies in which operators have employed customised CEMS to demonstrate multiparameter regulatory compliance and improve process control.

@Gasmet_Tech  #PAuto @_Enviro_News 

High-current connector on rail vehicles.

Harting has extended its Han® HPR connector series with the Han® 22 HPR slim: an ultra-slim high-current device optimised for up to four 250 A contacts. Equipped with a robust HPR housing made of die-cast aluminium, the new connector is ideally suited to use in high-power motor connections in the restricted spaces available in the underfloor areas of rail vehicles.

The new connector was originally developed for a tram project in Vienna. Working in close co-operation with the customer, Harting was able to fit the connector into the narrow gap of roughly 8 cm between the carriage body and the bogie. Other housing dimensions were also optimised, with the result that the space requirement was reduced by some 40% compared to conventional solutions.

Manufacturers of rail vehicles are faced with increasing constraints on available space to house a rising number of electrical components. An ultra-slim solution such as the Han® 22 HPR slim, with its significantly reduced dimensions, meets this need for solutions offering compact dimensions with no compromise on performance.

#Harting #Transport 

Board elected!

The members re-elected the three members of the board at annual CiA General Assembly: Uwe Koppe (Technical Director), Christian Schlegel (Business Director), and Holger Zeltwanger (Managing Director).
Left to right: Uwe Koppe (MicroControl), Holger Zeltwanger, and Christian Schlegel (HMS)
Besides the board-of-directors, the general assembly elected the members of the CiA Technical Committee and of the CiA Business Committee. Bosch, Emtas, Esacademy, HMS, and Janz Tec are the elected members of the CiA Technical Committee. Additionally, the committee comprises representatives of the Interest Groups CANopen, CAN FD, and Commercial Vehicles. The Business Committee is build by representatives of the Marketing Groups Lift and CANopen FD (in foundation) as well as the elected members (Emtas, ESD Electronics, Janz Tec, MicroControl, and Vector).

In the annual meeting also those companies having not paid their membership fee for 2017 were excluded. The proposed budget for 2018 was accepted.

This year, CiA will exhibit at Hannover Messe and SPS IPC Drives (both in Germany) as well as at IAS and Bauma China (both in Shanghai).

The budget for developing CANopen FD related specifications was increased compared to the previous year.

@CANopen  #PAuto 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

MagMeter for water.

The Picomag electromagnetic flowmeter is an in-line transmitter for measuring temperature and flow of conductive liquids in pipe sizes ranging from ½” to 2”, such as drinking and industrial water just announced by Endress+Hauser. It measures flow up to 198 gal/minute with ±0.5% full scale accuracy and ±0.2% repeatability, and temperatures from 14 to 158°F (-10 to 70°C) with ±4.5°F accuracy.

The instrument combines a sensor and transmitter in the same housing, with a 1.4-inch TFT color display showing flow, totalizer and temperature readings, as well as warning and alarm messages.

Outputs include 4-20mA, pulse, switch and 2-10V. IO-Link connectivity provides flexible integration into automation systems. The Bluetooth wireless interface allows direct access to process and diagnostics data, and enables the user to configure the measuring device on the fly. The device can be operated and configured on Android and iOS devices via the free SmartBlue App.

The IO-Link interface allows installation into fieldbus and other existing infrastructures. The IO-Link Master allows data access from the control room, and automatically transfers configuration parameters after a device replacement.

The flowmeter is ideal for use on process skids, where space is often limited, or in difficult to reach locations. Picomag can be installed into any pipe up to 2-in. (50 mm) diameter, even in confined spaces. Various process connection adapters are available, including NPT-thread, R-thread, internal thread, Tri-Clamp or Victaulic, and it is available in models that accept ½-, ¾-, 1- or 2-inch process connections.

The stainless steel Picomag flowmeter has high shock and vibration resistance, IP65/67 protection and a PEEK measuring tube. It fulfills EMC requirements according to IEC/EN 61326. It also conforms to the requirements of the EU and ACMA directives, and has a cULus listing.

@Endress_Hauser  #PAuto #Water

New HQ opens in Dublin's pharma district.

Atlas Copco Ireland has officially opened its new state-of-the-art headquarters in Dublin. The building is an ample 560 m2 in size and will be the permanent new workplace for the company’s 32 local employees. The move provides a wide range of benefits, including excellent transport links, an open-plan office area to enable staff to communicate and work more effectively; as well as a large purpose-built workshop and warehouse area that ensures customer requirements are met efficiently.

Micheál McGuinness - Country Manager for 
Compressor Technique and Anna Brand,
The Swedish Ambassador to Ireland.
The grand opening of the building, which is located in the heart of West Dublin’s Pharmaceutical district, took place on 26th January and was host to The Swedish Ambassador to Ireland, Her Excellency Anna Brandt, and to Market Area Director at Business Sweden, Gustaf Bergström.

The special guests were hosted by senior spokespeople from the global Atlas Copco Group, which is the world’s leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions. This included Andrew Walker – President of the Atlas Copco Power Technique business area, Alain De Dauw - Vice President of Human Resources for the Atlas Copco Oil Free Air division and Alexander Pavlov - Former Country Manager for Atlas Copco Ireland and current General Manager for Atlas Copco Compressor Technique in the United Kingdom. This was in addition to all of the management and staff who will be situated at the office in Dublin.

The advantages to be gained from the move will play strongly into the company’s customer focussed vision, as Micheál McGuinness, Country Manager for Compressor Technique at Atlas Copco Ireland commented: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers, past and present, for their custom over the years and look forward to welcoming them to our new head office in Dublin. Our mission is to help customers protect their investment in high quality machinery, avoid unexpected situations and increase uptime – a goal we feel we are expertly placed to fulfil even more effectively from our new premises.”

210 m2 of Atlas Copco Ireland’s Head Office is dedicated to a large workshop and warehouse area. The purpose-built workshop facility provides a safe working environment for service technicians and contains state-of-the-art power tools and lifting equipment to ensure quick turnaround times when performing maintenance and overhauls of major pieces of customer equipment; such as compressor blocks, industrial air elements and gear box assemblies.

Meanwhile, the warehouse area contains a generous amount of racking space to store equipment, together with an improved flow of parts inventory to further ensure Atlas Copco Ireland is able to provide the best possible lead and service times for customers and maintain its position as a market leader.

Atlas Copco Ireland foresees many aspects of its new headquarters that will offer benefits for both staff members and customers alike. For instance, the building’s convenient proximity to the M50 motorway will ensure that deliveries are more efficient and travel is easier for anybody visiting the company’s head office.

In addition to the external benefits of the location, the newly overhauled open plan office enables team members to fully embrace an activity based working style; which has been shown to lend itself to easier communication and increased productivity.

The opening ceremony was attended by all of the Atlas Copco management and staff 
who will be situated at the office in Dublin. (Click to enlarge)
@AtlasCopcoUKIRE #PAuto #Ireland #Sweden

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Five million deliveries!

HMS Industrial Networks has shipped its five-millionth Anybus product to Parker Hannifin — a Fortune 250 global leader in motion and control technologies. The five-millionth Anybus is an Anybus CompactCom B40 which is to be used in one of Parker’s new valve control unit. Anybus CompactCom will enable these valve controls to communicate on any fieldbus or industrial Ethernet network and consequently be used in any type of application, anywhere.
The 5,000,000 Anybus unit is presented!
From left: John Garbarino, Business Development Manager, Tim Faillo, Global Program Manager,Erick Rudaitis, Senior Market Development Engineer, all Parker Hannifin; Kevin Knake, Executive Vice President & General Manager HMS Americas; Dan Maurer, Sourcing Manager, Parker Hannifin; Rob Lodesky, Sales, HMS Americas
Anybus CompactCom products are interchangeable communication products which are integrated into industrial devices to provide connectivity to different fieldbus and industrial Ethernet networks. Once the Anybus concept is implemented, it is possible to switch to another network by simply changing to another Anybus module.

The five-millionth Anybus product that was delivered to Parker Hannifin is an Anybus CompactCom B40. This is a stripped-down version of CompactCom without housing, connectors and network isolation giving the user a lot of freedom when designing the product. The Anybus CompactCom is to be used in Parker’s new valve control system which is just going into production.

Parker Hannifin and HMS have been working together successfully for more than 10 years.

John Garbarino explains why they have chosen Anybus for their new valve controls: "Parker Pneumatic Division North America and Europe chose the Anybus CompactCom B40 from HMS for several reasons. It provides network flexibility because it can be flashed to meet regional fieldbus or Ethernet protocol preferences. CompactCom also provides design flexibility since form factors include chip, brick, and module versions.”

Kevin Knake, Executive Vice President of HMS Market Unit Americas comments: "The Anybus communication products have support for all the major fieldbus and industrial Ethernet networks that Parker Hannifin requires in their valve controllers and this enables them to connect to the various control systems used in automation technology. We are very happy that Parker Hannifin continues to trust in HMS as their industrial communication partner when launching this new state-of-the art valve controller."
@HMSAnybus #PAuto @ParkerHannifin 

Optical spectrum analyser.

Yokogawa Test & Measurement, has for the first time, released a cost-effective instrument optimised for testing telecom devices during and after production.

The new AQ6360 is a benchtop optical spectrum analyser targeted mainly at the production testing of datacom and telecom devices such as laser diodes, optical transceivers and optical amplifiers. It offers a sweep speed twice that of other OSA models designed for R&D purposes, thus improving production throughput, and features the convenient free-space optical input which supports both single-mode and multimode fibre testing.

“In production testing, it is factors such as the speed of measurement, robust design and lower capital cost that make a test instrument appealing to customers”, says Terry Marrinan, Vice-President Sales & Marketing, Yokogawa Europe & South-East Asia: “With the AQ6360, we have produced an instrument that will satisfy the requirement of cost-effectiveness requested by our customer base working for mass production companies without compromising on the quality and reliability for which our instruments are renowned.”

Key performance features include a wavelength range from 1200 to 1650 nm, a selectable wavelength resolution from 0.1 to 2 nm, a high wavelength accuracy of ±0.02 nm, a high dynamic range of 55 dB, and a wide measurement range from +20 to -80 dBm. The wavelength resolution and accuracy are maintained over the whole wavelength range. The AQ6360 has sufficient optical performance to perform accurate measurements on the side-mode suppression ratio (SMSR): a key parameter of laser testing on a production line. The instrument can also be used in conjunction with bit error rate test (BERT) equipment to measure the centre wavelength and spectral width of transceivers and laser diode modules.

The AQ6360 incorporates a new type of monochromator with a simpler design and which is lighter in weight than that fitted to earlier Yokogawa models. As a result, it is more robust and does not require re-alignment if the instrument is moved.

With a compact housing measuring only 4U in height, the AQ6360 is ideally suited to use in space-constrained production environments. The high resolution, responsive 8.4-inch multi-touch capacitive touchscreen makes the operation of the instrument simple and intuitive.

Different from other OSAs having a fibre-coupled input, the AQ6360, thanks to its free-space optical input structure, accepts a multimode optical fibre without being affected by high insertion loss which results from the mismatch between multimode and single-mode fibres. Therefore a free-space laser beam from wafer, chip, or device package can efficiently be captured using a multimode fibre, resulting in further improvements in measurement throughput.

The AQ6360 is ready for remote operation, being equipped as standard with Ethernet and GPIB interfaces for remote access and for building automated test systems. Thanks to the optional built-in wavelength reference source, which enables the wavelength calibration function, the AQ6360 wavelength accuracy is always guaranteed.

@Yokogawa_Europe  #PAutp #TandM

Strain guide!

HBM has launched its new Online Guide to Strain Measurement which contains a wealth of practical information and valuable tips from industry leading experts.

The new online portal, which looks at selection, installation, data acquisition, and analysis of electrical as well as optical strain gauges - namely those based on Fiber Bragg Grating technology (FBG) -, provides users with an easy and intuitive step-by-step guide.

Strain gauges have been around for almost 80 years and continue to be key assets for measuring fatigue and testing materials for productivity and safety reasons. However, when it comes to strain measurement, businesses and asset owners can sometimes feel intimidated due to a lack of information, or even information overload and might give up their attempts to learn more about this topic. The effects of this could jeopardise future decisions when it comes to choosing the right measuring instrument, which could in turn, lead to potential financial implications.

Featuring easy to find dedicated sections, the new online portal from HBM provides answers to some of the most talked about questions on strain measurement. For further reference, the guide also includes a list of links to relevant webinars and case studies to illustrate potential applications. Featuring a comprehensive format, the new portal from HBM is regularly maintained to provide users with the most up to date information possible.

HBM has been a leader in Strain Gauges for over 60 years. Its extensive range allows for an exceptionally wide range of differing strain measurement applications, from experimental stress analysis, durability testing through to transducer manufacturing. Additionally, HBM provides all the necessary accessories and components for the installation of Strain Gauges, for maximum convenience. HBM also supports its customers with training and contract installation to ensure optimum operational usage.

@HBMmeasurement #Pauto