Friday, May 4, 2018

Towards ruminant gas emissions reduction!

Scientists in South East Asia have measured greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from goats and cattle in a series of research projects investigating the effects of different feeding regimes. By changing the animals’ diets, GHG emission reductions of up to 60% have been achieved.
21 different research projects have been reviewed by Gasmet Technologies* which supplied the portable FTIR gas analyzer that was used in the work. The research papers have been published by Livestock Research for Rural Development,a peer-reviewed international journal for research into sustainable developing world agriculture.

Prof. Reg Preston, who participated in much of the research, says: “With an understanding of the enteric fermentation processes that result in the formation of methane, it is possible to speculate on the effects of changes to the diets of ruminants, so these research projects were designed to test our hypotheses. In each case, the effects of various diets were measured in terms of animal performance criteria such as feed conversion and growth rates, but also in terms of GHG emissions.”

Major concern exists relating to recent increases in global methane emissions. However, livestock play an important role in Asia, which extends beyond the supply of meat and milk; they are also used for purposes such as draft power, transportation, capital, credit, social value, hides, and as a source of organic fertilizer. Nevertheless, ruminants are significant contributors to atmospheric GHG emissions. It is essential therefore to find ways to reduce these emissions, and the research projects mentioned above demonstrate how significant reductions can be achieved while improving animal production and utilising low cost, locally available resources.

* A full review of the research is available on the Gasmet site here: Managing livestock diets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
@Gasmet_Tech  #Asia #Agriculture #Research @_Enviro_News

Personal VOC monitor.

Ion Science has upgraded its well proven Cub personal volatile organic compound (VOC) detector. For improved worker and plant safety, the cost effective instrument now features an even more robust design, new PC software and louder 95dB sounder alarm for use in noisy environments.

Extremely comfortable to wear and easy to use, Ion Science’s Cub is the world’s smallest, lightest and most sensitive personal photoionisation detector (PID). Boasting market-leading anti-contamination technology and humidity resistant operation, the Cub is ideal for the protection of workers in chemical, petrochemical, oil & gas and pharmaceutical processing facilities, as well as health & safety, hazardous materials, first response and environmental applications.
As part of this latest upgrade, the Cub offers a more rugged and robust design ensuring best possible performance in the toughest environments, including increased resistance to chemical exposure during decontamination procedures.

The new sound chamber has been developed to maximise noise output, allowing the Cub to reach over 95dB. Updated within the latest firmware V0.0.80, the alarm sound produces alternating frequencies which enables it to be more easily recognised in noisy environments.

For applications where noise levels are quieter, it is possible to reduce the sound using the volume control within the Cub PC.

The updated Cub PC software offers a series of enhancements including the option to carry out bump tests using the selected gas or calibration gas, new gas table, the ability to send configurations to multiple Cubs at once and Cub PC lock with restricted user version.

The instrument has a dynamic range of 1 parts per billion (ppb) to 5000 parts per million (ppm) sensitivity - giving an early warning of exposure to hazardous gases, including benzene.

When worker exposure exceeds pre-set limits the Cub’s upgraded audible, vibrating and flashing LED alarms provides an alert to the gases present. Readings are displayed on a bright, back-lit LCD display with selectable data logging time. An independent alarm sounds to the employee but also records a quantifiable measure of exposure to VOCs.

The Cub is available as a ppm instrument with 10.6 eV lamp for accurate detection of a wide range of VOCs to ppm levels. The CubTAC ppm variant with 10.0 eV lamp accurately detects total aromatic compounds (TACs), including benzene, down to ppb levels. It can be upgraded to ppb sensitivity quickly and easily via Ion Science’s micro website. Docking stations are available for USB communication, charging and calibrating the Cub.

The instrument’s patented MiniPID sensor technology has been independently verified as best performing for speed, accuracy and humidity resistant operation. The Cub’s innovative anti-contamination and patented Fence Electrode Technology provide extended run time in the most challenging environments.

It meets ATEX, IECEx standards and responds to hazardous gases and vapours in less than 13 seconds. A two-year warranty is available when the Cub is registered online.

@ionscience  #PAuto #Safety

New partner announced!

Stratus Technologies is now an ISA Promotional Partner it has been announced. 

Eric-Jan Schmidt - Stratus
Stratus, based in Maynard, (MA USA), has been providing technology platforms that keep business critical applications running 24/7 for more than 35 years. The company’s hardware and software solutions proactively prevent unplanned downtime and maintain data integrity, both in the data center and at the edge.

Under the partnership agreement, Stratus will work with ISA to co-develop a range of informational and promotional resources, including: ad inserts within ISA’s bi-monthly InTech magazine; and a diverse range of online and e-newsletter ads, video alerts, and ebook sponsorships delivered on and through, ISA’s online publisher of automation-related content.

“We are excited to be partnering with ISA to further educate the industrial automation and control systems industry on the value that Stratus products can bring to their environments,” said Eric-Jan Schmidt, vice president of marketing for Stratus.  “From process to discrete manufacturing, Stratus provides the solutions to modernize and reduce the complexity of industrial control systems. With ISA’s commitment to the industrial automation and control industry, this partnership will help bring our message to this critical market.”

“The partnership brings together two organizations committed to the viability and protection of industrial automation and control systems,” says Jennifer Infantino Halsey, ISA’s Director of Marketing & Communications. “ISA’s worldwide leadership in industrial automation and control systems cybersecurity and training is underscored by the global acceptance of the ISA/IEC 62443 series of security standards. Stratus hardware and software technologies are designed to improve the operating reliability, efficiency and management of these systems.

“Given the vital role industrial automation and control systems play in critical infrastructure and modern manufacturing,” Halsey continues, “we expect our members, customers, and other stakeholders will benefit from learning about solutions like these.”

The ISA Corporate Partnerships Program offers companies a customized, tailored approach to sponsorship within the organization. Partnership packages include year-round promotion, prominent association-wide access and recognition, and turnkey service from a dedicated team of professionals.

Companies can bundle ISA products and services with marketing opportunities, providing a more streamlined approach to corporate sponsorship.

@StratusAlwaysOn #PAuto #ISAuto

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Modbus interface transmitters.

Knick Elektronische Messgeräte have expanded their slim Memosens transmitter series MemoRail for control cabinet installation with a Modbus interface version. The MemoRail Modbus A1405N is the first multi-parameter analyzer that provides operators with an economic, compact transmitter for full-featured integration of Memosens monitoring stations into the fieldbus standard. Up until now, operators could only choose between comprehensively equipped analyzers with a display or compact transmitters with limited functionality.

The new MemoRail Modbus modules from Knick, which feature a modular housing with a width of just 17.5 mm, not only transmit measured values and diagnostic data to the Modbus master, they also enable unrestricted access to device configuration and sensor calibration through the Modbus RTU protocol. Up to 32 transmitters can be connected to a Modbus master. For the measurement of pH/ORP, conductivity or oxygen, MemoRail Modbus can be combined with all Memosens sensors, whether pH glass, IsFET, oxygen, or conductivity (conductive and inductive). What's more, the DIN rail module is the only analyzer of its class that enables the connection of LDO sensors (luminescent dissolved oxygen) for the optical measurement of oxygen. The new devices come as single- or dual-channel versions with freely combinable parameters or sensors. Either two freely selectable Memosens sensors or a Memosens sensor and a SE 740 LDO can be connected. Additionally, the transmitters allow for the connection of the new SE 554 X/1-AMSN and SE 555 X/1-AMSN combination sensors that synchronously measure pH and ORP values. In this way, a dual-channel MemoRail model provides four readings as well as temperature.

The network address for rapid Modbus configuration is set via DIP switches on the front panel. The 24 V DC supply can be connected either via TBUS or via a cable connected to the terminals at the back. Red and green LEDs indicate the device status, communication interruptions, defective sensors or device settings unsuitable to the sensor as well as the device's maintenance requirements. Knick provides a 3-year warranty on the MemoRail Modbus transmitters.

#Knick #PAuto

Global Sales Manager appointed.

ETAL Group has named Humberto Salgado as its new Global Sales Manager, reporting to the President of ETAL Dan Phelan and leading its international sales team. Based in Stockholm, Humberto Salgado brings ETAL an exceptional track record in international industrial sales development.

Humbert Salgado
Commenting he said, “For me this is a great opportunity to join a successful technology business, and support its worldwide expansion. ETAL has a strong team, impressive technology and an enviable position in the market. The increasing interest in renewable energy and electric vehicles as well as growing investment in railways is creating a very positive environment for ETAL to flourish.”

Dan Phelan added, “Humberto Salgado brings ETAL’s sales team the benefit of twelve years of international sales and business development experience in a range of industrial and technology sectors. His fresh thinking and dynamic approach will add a new dimension to our business as we move forward and execute on our ambitions. We have expanded our manufacturing capacity and are well-positioned to grow to the next level.”

Humberto Salgado’s international experience covers North America, the European Union, Latin America and the Middle East. He joins ETAL from NCS Colour, where he was International Sales Manager for its colour management solutions for over four years. Previously, he spent four years with fire and explosion protection specialist Firefly AB as Global Business Development Manager and Sales Manager for Latin America and Iberia. Humberto Salgado has an MBA from the EADA Business School in Barcelona. He also has an MSc in Industrial Engineering and a Degree in Trade and International Finance from the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City.

@ETALGroup #PAuto

New manufacturing service.

"Industry contributes to our country's innovation, full employment and competitiveness. Switzerland's manufacturing base is indispensable, but industry must seize on the opportunities of digitisation". Thus states a video message by Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann to the Industry 2025 initiative, published in the October 2017 issue of swiss technology magazine.

Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG, based in Wohlen in Aargau (CH) is following precisely this objective, by building on its strength, namely the competence of company's internal workforce. For years the company has been living the Lean culture, based on the Toyota Production System. Thanks to this system, the Swiss company has succeeded internationally and competes successfully in the world market.

Important factors for its success are total customer orientation, innovation and continuous improvement at all process levels. Along with this goes the implementation of digitisation throughout the entire context of industrialisation and manufacturing, which Camille Bauer Metrawatt knows how to deal with on a daily basis. A major milestone was already reached in June 2017, the migration to 100% paperless manufacturing. To make this possible, all processes in the ERP system were connected together in a network, which had a lasting, positive effect on the environment, flexibility and speed in the whole value-added chain. Uncompromising quality standards and performing a large percentage of production internally are an important foundation for satisfying customer demands with optimum delivery performance.

As well as its own products, which Camille Bauer Metrawatt has successfully developed, manufactured and marketed worldwide since 1944, the company is firmly committed to Switzerland as a manufacturing base and has broadened its offer to include manufacturing services. These manufacturing services can be used to handle production bottlenecks, take charge of test and validation processes, or perform industrialisation and repair services as well as logistical tasks.

They conform to relevant standards, regulations and certificates such as ISO 9001:2015, ISO14001:2015, RoHS, REACH, ATEX, UL, GL IPC-A-610-D etc. The services are tailored to individual customer requirements and cover the following core areas: (1) Flexible and customised testing and validation of electrical assemblies and terminals with reliable test procedures and test equipment; (2) Manufacture of electronic assemblies in various production technologies; (3) Assembly of terminals using the cell production method; (4) Consulting in the areas of logistics, packing, warehousing, Kanban, lean management, paperless production, industrialisation, etc. Safety and reliability in each case provide the assurance of customer satisfaction.

#CamilleBauer #PAuto #Switzerland

More interconnecting options.

Cliff Electronics’ range of 24mm-diameter XLR Panel cut-out connectors has been further extended to now include mono and stereo ¼” jack sockets and high current terminal posts.

XLR connectors are widely used in audio and broadcast systems and are increasingly popular in instrumentation, medical and industrial products due their flexibility, security and reliability of the format. By utilizing the XLR chassis and standard panel cut-out Cliff’s wide range of standard and FeedThrough connectors can all be mounted on control panels with the same hole punched for every connector required. This simplifies panel design and allows connectors to be mixed-and-matched during assembly as required by individual system requirements.

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments; “Standardising on the XLR mounting footprint allows system integrators a very wide range of standard and FeedThough (FT) connectors from Cliff simplifying panel design and improving product aesthetics. Our XLR connector range continues to grow and find new applications and we are always looking for new connector options to develop.”

The new industry standard ¼” jack sockets are available as either a 3.5mm Mono Jack Socket or a 6.35mm Stereo Jack Socket. Both models feature plug operated switching contacts and solder-tag connection.

The TP6 Single Terminal Binding Posts are available in red and black and intended for high current applications up to 30A. They incorporate top and cross connecting holes with a diameter of 4mm. They are connected to the system via a plain threaded spindle and are flammability rated to UL94HB minimum.

The new Cliff jack sockets and terminal posts may be ordered with either a 3.5mm countersunk mounting hole or a 2.5mm plain hole.

The Cliff range of XLR Format Feedthrough connector range allows designers to simply integrate audio, video, digital, optical, networking and data feeds into professional equipment for broadcast, lighting, audio, instrumentation and industrial applications.

Versions available include GJ45, HDMI, BNC and USB3.0 compliant single and dual USB versions in addition to the existing range which provides Analogue, Digital and Optical Feed-Through connectivity in formats including Firewire, HDMI A-A and 50 ohm BNC versions, USB2 A-to-B and B-to-A “gender change” sockets high speed USB Type – C, USB3 to USB3 in all gender changing configurations - A-A, A-B and B-A. Also available are all popular data and Ethernet connectors including USB 2.0 and 3.0, LC and SC fibre (Duplex & Simplex), UTP and FTP RJ45s in both Cat6 and Cat5e (shielded and unshielded), Toslink, RCA Phono and HDMI and blanking plates.

1U, 19” rack panels pre-assembled with up to 16 XLR panel cut-outs are now available to order from Cliff offering systems integrators simple system assembly, reduced manufacturing time, component count and cost.

#CliffElectronics #PAuto

Repair of thermal power detectors.

Gentec-EO has appointed Laser Components as an authorized repair center for their measuring instruments. This strengthens the company's position as the main European support partner for the Canadian manufacturer.

Since 2004, the family-owned company from Olching (D) has been operating one of the world's three Gentec-EO calibration centers for laser and power measurement devices and has established itself as a Europe-wide technical support partner.

Minor maintenance work had already been carried out as part of this calibration and adjustment service. Now its capability has been expanded. In the future, defective power detectors can be repaired directly in Germany. Employees qualified by the manufacturer have access to an extensive stock of original spare parts.

 @LaserComponents #PAuto @GentecEO #Germany

Zoned Safety Valve Island.

The ability to integrate multiple safety zones within a single ASCO Numatics™ Series 503 valve island has been introduced. This enables the creation of up to three independent electro-pneumatic safety zones, while also allowing independent non-safe sections to co-exist within one valve island assembly. Alternative solutions enable the isolation of one zone only per island. The zoned safety approach helps the design engineer satisfy the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and comply with ISO 13849-1 while eliminating the components and complexity commonly found in existing safety circuits.
“With this functionality, the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and end user can easily and cost-effectively configure up to three safety circuits in a machine using a single ASCO Numatics Series 503 valve island with G3 fieldbus electronics,” said Scott Weickel, Vice President of Engineering for Machine Automation applications at Emerson. “Our simple, user-friendly zoned safety approach reduces components, saves space and improves design flexibility.”

The ASCO Numatics zoned safety valve island ensures the operator does not have to shut down the entire machine by releasing compressed air with a redundant safety/control dump valve. Instead, the valve island can be configured to shut down pilot air and power only to the group of valves that controls the machine’s motion in the operator’s vicinity.

“Because zoned safety capability is designed into the standard ASCO Numatics Series 503 valve island platform, no redesign is required and the user has optimal choices when selecting valve options, accessories, and flow requirements,” said Weickel. “The flexible approach also significantly reduces safety system cost and enables valuable machine space to be saved for other purposes.”

• The ASCO Numatics zoned safety valve island has been evaluated by TÜV Rheinland (Report No. 968/FSP 1228.00/16) and is compatible with category 3 PLd.

@ASCOValve #PAuto @ASCO_EU 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

WLAN Access Points.

HMS Industrial Networks has introduced two new Anybus® WLAN Access Points – industrial-grade infrastructure hubs for long range Wireless LAN connectivity. The products are ideal for collecting data wirelessly from any machinery or system, especially those equipped with Anybus Wireless Bolt™ or Bridge™

The Anybus Wireless LAN (Local Area Network) Access Points allow users to set up an industrial wireless infrastructure for multiple wireless clients. Available in two different versions, one for IP30 applications and one for IP67 (outdoor and water resistant), both products feature the same characteristics in terms of range and functionality. The Access Points enable wireless connectivity to all types of industrial equipment but are especially suited to connect to machinery and systems that are communicating wirelessly via the Anybus Wireless Bolt and Bridge from HMS.

Technical highlights
• Wireless range up to 400 meters
• Rugged design with IP30 or IP67-classed housing
• PoE (Power over Ethernet) supported by the IP67 version
• Easy configuration via a web-based interface
• Wireless LAN interface with up to 300 Mbit/s link speed
The WLAN Access Points fit seamlessly into any automation architecture, enabling high performance wireless connections to a multitude of wireless clients. By supporting up to 1000 Mbit/s wired Ethernet LAN connection and up to 300 Mbit/s wireless connections, high data throughput is ensured for each client. Configuration is done via a web-based interface and secure wireless connections are achieved thanks to support for WEP/WPA/WPA-PSK(TKIP,AES)/ WPA2/WPA2-PSK(TKIP,AES)/802.1X.

“We have seen a steadily growing interest in wireless connectivity through our Anybus Wireless Bolt and Anybus Wireless Bridge,” says Martin Falkman, Product Manager at HMS Industrial Networks. “Therefore, we wanted to offer users robust, industrial-grade wireless access points to access many WLAN clients over long distances. The Anybus WLAN Access Points enable customers to include stable and secure wireless segments into their automation architectures. By using Anybus Wireless products, users get ready for the Industrial Internet of Things and the communication demands of the future.”

@HMSAnybus #PAuto 

LIMS in cereal & baking!

A new case study from Autoscribe Informatics discusses the use of the Matrix LIMS in the Cereal, Milling and Baking Science Laboratory at Allied Technical Centre (ATC). It illustrates how a flexible, configurable LIMS can be adapted by the users themselves to meet changing requirements. Successive versions of Matrix have been implemented at ATC for over 20 years, beginning with V2 in the mid-1990s.

Download the Paper
Allied Technical Centre, in Maidenhead, Berkshire (GB), is part of Associated British Foods plc. ATC provides technical leadership in a number of areas. These include food safety, food law, product assurance and nutrition, bakery development, environmental management, consumer contact management and cereals, milling and baking science. Matrix V2 was initially purchased for registering samples and logging jobs. Following training on the configuration of Matrix, the ATC Technical Support team took ownership of Matrix and began an internal development program that has continued to the present day, extending the scope of the LIMS and utilizing Matrix to the best benefit of the laboratory.

The case study shows how Matrix has transformed the management of sample data at ATC. The major benefit offered by Matrix is the configurability and the flexibility it brings in allowing staff at ATC to evolve the system to meet their needs. The case study also shows how many of the individual functions within Matrix have been found to be particularly useful.

John Boother, President of Autoscribe Informatics, said: “This case study is the perfect illustration of how Matrix can provide a ‘LIMS for life’. ATC has ported its data through different versions of Matrix over many years and has used the inherent configurability of the system not only to meet their needs exactly but also to adapt to changing requirements over an extended period of time”.

@AutoscribeLtd #PAuto #Food

Foot switches!

Herga Technology has launched a new range of engineered heavy-duty footswitches aimed at operator control for industrial production environments. Available in multiple configurations with slow or snap, break & make switching, the modular and robust design of the new 6256 series allows unlimited footswitch expansion and simple adaptation for optional safety guards.

Herga’s new 6256 series footswitches will suit applications where durability, reliability and long working life are key factors for plant & equipment OEMs and machine builders. Using Herga Technologies unique development gate process, the modern and aesthetic high impact injection moulded ABS/PC housing design has been extensively validated for durability, temperature, environmental conditions and is a significantly cost-effective but highly capable alternative to more expensive cast-metal footswitch solutions. Applications areas include operator enabled function switching where hand control is not feasible or safe in metal or plastics processing, laser machining, hydraulic press, welding, riveting stamping and more.

The fully waterproof IP67 protection class footswitch accommodates safety shoe use, includes a non-slip base and has through holes for direct floor mounting plus three alternative M20 conduit entry points. The design & construction allows fast assembly and easy adaptation to the application whilst quick access to the large wiring compartment with screw-terminal connection and an integral a self-lifting clamp ensure dependable installation. The 6256 footswitch suits motor and heavy duty loads thanks to a rated operational current of 6A at 250V AC (AC-15) or 24V DC (DC-13). Long electrical life is assured with a rated five hundred thousand switching cycles when interrupting 6A AC-15 at 250V.

In addition to the safety guard, the modular construction concept of the 6256 will also allow application-specific accessories to be added such as custom protective shields, safety trips, mechanical interlocks, foot rests etc. The footswitches can be manufactured locked together to form sturdy multiple footswitch groups, machine ergonomics and scalability is easily achieved.

@HergaTechnology #PAuto 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Noise monitoring terminal.

Svantek has launched the SV 307 integrated Noise Monitoring Terminal (NMT) designed for permanent noise monitoring applications. The small, lightweight system features a new Class 1 MEMs microphone for major cost benefits and sleeve type case for easy mounting.

Protected by an IP66-rated waterproof, removable casing, the SV 307 integrates a Class 1 (IEC 61672) sound level meter with 3G modem for fast data transfer over the internet to PC with standard connectivity. Offering optional airport and community characteristics, a Class 1 MEMs microphone with lifetime warranty enables wide frequency range up to 20 KHz with the measurement data stored on a microSD card.

The energy efficient NMT incorporates an innovative patented system check with an inbuilt reference sound source producing level of 100dB at 1 KHz. As an option, the SV 307 can perform real-time frequency analysis in 1/1 and 1/3 octave bands and save results with the time history data. In addition, it can record the audio signal as standard WAVE files for noise source recognition.

A large colour OLED display and 10 push buttons enable easy configuration of the NMT in the field removing the need for an external handset or reconnection to a PC. The large windscreen is highly efficient in reduction of a wind noise effects even at high wind speeds. Metal spikes protect the NMT from birds.

The SV 307’s waterproof casing can be easily mounted to a post and removed for quick access to the user interface. It also offers protection against extreme weather conditions whilst fulfilling Class 1 accuracy.

The SV 307 has an internal Li-Ion battery and interface for connecting solar panels. A waterproof mains adapter for charging the battery and powering the station is also included for continuous operation in the field.

Svantek’s SvanNET cloud service monitors the wireless communication, powering and access to the SV 307 data. The scope of the basic SvanNET can be extended with multipoint project management that offers data storage in the cloud, data sharing, advanced alarming and reporting features. SvanNET is an on-line solution which means it doesn’t require software installation and is accessible through a web browser. The responsive design enables use of SvanNET on various devices such as smartphones or tablets.

The SV 307 is available with a number of optional functions including an accurate GPS hardware module providing information on the localisation as well as measurement time synchronisation.

The SvanPC++ Environmental Measurements feature is designed for post processing of data recorded by the NMT. It offers a powerful calculator and an automated noise event finder for noise source identification.

The option for 1/3 octave real-time analysis allows measurement of the noise frequency contents and is used for verification of noise sources in the environment. Plus time domain signal recording to WAVE format works during measurement and is logged in parallel to a time history. Once downloaded to PC it can be played back.

The SV 307 is supplied with a factory calibration certificate and 36-month warranty card.

@Svantek_UK  #PAuto @elhcomms

Potential for Unconventional Oil and Gas Operators.

By adopting advanced automation technologies and new processes, unconventional oil and gas operators can move from average to top quartile performance, capturing up to $7 billion (€5.8b) in profits annually, according to a recent study conducted by Emerson and industry benchmarking firms of onshore producers in the lower 48 US states. The study consists of data and analysis compiled from publicly available industry benchmarking, financial and operational data supplied by industry producers.
In a ‘lower for longer’ oil price environment, many companies are turning to Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies and the promise of digital transformation to help embed expertise in work processes, improve production and begin the path to operational excellence. Emerson’s Operational Certainty™ programme helps oil and gas operators confidently deploy a digital transformation strategy in a targeted, scalable and measurable manner. Emerson estimates an average operator that adopts a comprehensive improvement programme could see profitability improve by as much as 10 percent.

The analysis shows higher production rates, lower lease operating expenses (LOE) and a reduction in safety risks have the greatest impact on overall operational improvements. Improvement in these areas matters most to liquids-weighted unconventional oil and gas operators and helps them achieve top quartile performance. Top quartile is defined as achieving operations and capital performance in the top 25 percent of peer companies and requires changing historic work processes across multiple functions.

For unconventional oil and gas operators, Emerson identified key technologies to quickly improve operations in a scalable way:

  • Optimising production with automated production surveillance, modelling and analytics and implementing produced fluids management techniques to reduce lost and unaccounted-for production.
  • Improving equipment reliability by leveraging analytics and automation diagnostics to lower LOE, providing greater visibility of costs per well.
  • Using prescriptive instead of reactive maintenance to improve health, safety, security and environmental compliance (HSSE) and reduce personnel exposure.

By harnessing the power of the IIoT and other transformation technologies, advanced automation systems can optimise operations with real-time information from a pervasive sensing layer and securely feed that data to robust standard analytics applications. With this data, experts – anywhere in the world – have better insight to respond quickly and confidently to changing conditions. This provides oil and gas operators the diagnostic capabilities and data insights to predict instead of react to issues, make better decisions and reduce risks.

“There’s broad knowledge among operators about improving production, yet understanding how to consistently achieve real, sustainable savings is not as clear,” said Chris Amstutz, vice president, oil and gas industry programmes, Emerson Automation Solutions. “For example, we have the software now to help production meet targets by leveraging the latest reservoir model data that shows what’s going on in the field to avoid drilling the wrong wells.”

The digital transformation of exploration and production means higher production rates, lower LOE and reduced safety risks, among other benefits. Emerson’s Operational Certainty Consulting Group advises operators to start their digital transformation by developing a practical blueprint that leads to higher production with more actionable and timely insight into the performance of the field, minimising HSSE risk by enabling the workforce with remote field intelligence and reducing LOE by optimising work processes and logistics.

@EMR_Automation #PAuto #Oil_Gas @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis 

Streamlining brewery operations.

For more than a decade, Oregon (USA) craft brewer Deschutes has employed Emerson’s intuitive automation solutions to help sustain rapid industry growth. The brewer has leveraged Emerson hardware, software and services to streamline automation, making it easier to expand production from 100,000 to more than 300,000 barrels annually. The growth will continue for Deschutes at its new facility, to be constructed in Roanoke, (VA USA).

As Deschutes grew during the last 15 years, management required an automation solution that would allow increased production without distracting focus from producing the highest-quality beers. The organisation turned to Emerson to help standardise process control. Advanced automation solutions from Emerson helped Deschutes reduce malt delivery time by 24 percent, providing the potential for an additional 450 barrels daily.

“We love making beer, but as the brewery grew, so did our need to automate to allow the brewmasters to concentrate on brewing. Emerson’s intimate understanding of our automation system hardware and organisational goals helped us find solutions to keep pace with rapidly increasing demand for our craft beers,” said Brian Faivre, brewmaster of operations. “Better visibility into process control strategy has allowed us to refine our processes to produce consistent quality beer, helping us quickly become a leader in the craft brewing industry.”

Deschutes adopted Emerson’s DeltaV™ standard configuration library, delivering control modules that are preconfigured to operate with standard software structure across a variety of basic operating facilities. These standardised control modules provided streamlined process control and Human Centered Design principles to bring the most important and relevant information to operators’ eyes, speeding decisions to ensure optimal batch quality and efficiency. In addition, Emerson’s Rosemount™ instrumentation feeds the DeltaV system vital level, temperature and flow information to ensure optimal batch quality.

To facilitate continued expansion and improvement, Deschutes will soon upgrade to the latest available release of Emerson’s DeltaV distributed control system. The upgrade will provide more efficient controller loading, improving performance as Deschutes adds another fermentation cellar to its Bend, Oregon facility in late 2018.

“Deschutes’ willingness to adopt leading technologies and explore how automation can change and improve its processes has helped improve its product and expand its reach,” said Christian Grossenbacher, vice president, food and beverages, Emerson Automation Solutions. “Together, Deschutes and Emerson can continue to develop forward-thinking solutions for production that will help Deschutes maintain its place as one of the country’s premier craft brewers.”

@EMR_Automation #PAuto #Food @Emerson_News

Monday, April 30, 2018

DIN-Rail PoE Injectors.

Two new high quality 8-port Power over Ethernet (PoE) power injectors are now available, from PULS Power, with either an integrated premium power supply or as stand-alone device.

System builders looking for high reliability and efficient solution to supply a multitude of PoE devices will be impressed by the new PULS designs. With up to 8 ports and an integrated premium power supply at just 77mm wide, the AC input injector can do what normally requires a combination of at least two devices, reducing costs and space required on the DIN Rail. For systems with an existing system power supply the PULS stand-alone DC input PoE injection device is just 39mm wide offering designers’ maximum space savings.

Using plug-and-play automatic device detection and classification, together with proven DIN rail mounting, PULS PoE Injectors are user friendly and easy to install. As layer-2 switching methodology is not required, real-time and security critical applications can be powered with the highest levels of confidence.

The new PULS PoE devices provide high performance capacity with PoE+ and Gigabit Ethernet and are of a robust and flexible design, making these injectors suitable for a variety of applications worldwide including; industrial process and factory automation, medical and health care, smart offices, VoIP and telecoms, surveillance, airports and Factory 4.0 infrastructure.

PULS DIN rail PoE Injectors are equipped with up to 8 ports and each port delivers a power of 30W (25.5W at load) and is compliant to IEEE Standard 802.3at. This enables PoE
communication with a high number of devices using just one PoE Injector.

System designers can specify a version with or without built in power supply depending on their application and variants with less than 8 ports are available on request. Standard DIN rail mounting allows an simple and fast installation of the PULS PoE Injector in customers’ application. No complicated setup or integration into network is required.

Key features include high efficiency up to 95.5%, advanced inrush current limitation, active power factor correction small size of just 117x39x128mm for PoE Injector (DC input), 117x77x131mm PoE Injector (AC input), operational temperature range between -45°C to +85°C PoE Injector (DC input) and -25°C to +70°C PoE Injector (AC input)

Large biomanufacturing facility annouced.

A Hong Kong-listed global open-access biologics technology platform company, is to invest €325 million and create 400 new jobs over five years in a new biologics drug substance manufacturing facility in Dundalk (IRL). This was announced by the Taoiseach, Mr Leo Varadkar, Head of the Irish Government, on Monday 30th April 2018.

Taoiseach at inauguration of WuXi project.
Headquartered in Wuxi City, China, WuXi Biologics is a global leading platform company providing end-to-end solutions for biologics with a mission to accelerate and transform biologics discovery, development and manufacturing to benefit patients around the world.

This state-of-the-art facility-of-the-future will be built upon the novel approach WuXi Biologics has pioneered deploying multiple single-use bioreactors for commercial biomanufacturing and is also designed to be able to run continuous bioprocessing, a next generation manufacturing technology to be first implemented globally in this campus. A total of 48,000L fed-batch and 6,000L perfusion bioreactor capacity will be installed, representing the world’s largest facility using single-use bioreactors.

The manufacturing project in a 26-hectare campus, the company’s first site outside of China, is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

Speaking at today’s announcement in Dundalk, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: “This is the start of something special. We will see the Factory of the Future, right here in Dundalk. It’s the first sizable Greenfield project from China in the pharma sector and I am delighted to see it located here in Dundalk. It’s also the latest in a number of investments in this town which has become a hub for a range of sectors, mainly in the new knowledge based and pharmaceutical sectors.

Louth hosts National Pen, PayPal, Xerox, Wasdell and Prometric, to name just a few. In 2017 there were 24 IDA-supported companies in the county, and the number of jobs created by them has tripled from 1,300 in 2010 to almost 4,000. It’s all part of the Government’s goal to increase regional investment and associated jobs by up to 40 per cent.”

Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD welcomed the announcement, saying: “I was delighted to join the Taoiseach for the official announcement of WuXi’s significant investment in Dundalk. This huge €325 million investment is a great vote of confidence in Ireland and reinforces our image as a global centre of excellence in Biologics. This investment will result in the creation of over 400 highly skilled jobs over 5 years as well as approximately 700 construction jobs. This development is a further example of the success of our commitment under the Regional Action Plans for Jobs to provide quality jobs in regional locations.”

“We have been engaging IDA and ISIF for several years before finalizing today’s exciting investment in this community. This is our second major partnership in Ireland, following on WuXi NextCODE's work with Genomics Medicine Ireland (GMI). These ventures showcase how competitive Ireland is for global enterprise and investment, and we are grateful for all the support local agencies and the talented people here have provided us,“ Dr. Ge Li, Chairman of WuXi Biologics, commented.

Dr. Chris Chen, CEO of WuXi Biologics, added: “We are all excited to initiate our first global site to enable local companies and expedite biologics development in Europe. In addition, this is the start and a critical part of our global biomanufacturing network to ensure that biologics are manufactured to the highest quality and with a robust supply chain to benefit patients worldwide. We are committed to Ireland and will work with all local partners to build this state-of-art next generation biomanufacturing facility as a showcase to the global biotech community.”

Mr. Martin Shanahan, IDA Ireland CEO continued: “This investment is a significant win for Ireland and for the BMW Region particularly as it is WuXi Biologics’ first manufacturing facility outside of China. It also shows that our strategy of market diversification is working. WuXi Biologics is a strong addition to Ireland’s growing cluster of next-generation biopharmaceutical companies and will be an excellent reference seller for new greenfield Asia Pacific Investment into Ireland. The selection of a BMW regional location is a strong endorsement of IDA’s regional strategy and property strategy to acquire and secure pre-approved planning for biopharma strategic sites. The 400 jobs being created, along with some 700 jobs at the construction phase, will be of substantial benefit to the Region. The company has shown great commitment to Ireland with this project which represents an investment of €325 million. IDA is delighted to support this project and I wish the company every success here in Ireland and in this Region and will follow their progress with interest.”

“ WuXi Biologics has been our long-term strategic collaborator as contract manufacturer for our Pompe biologic, ATB200. We are excited to witness this new investment and support from the company to ensure robust commercial supply for our critical program ATB200,” said Dr. Enrique Dilone, SVP of Technical Operations at Amicus Therapeutics, Inc., a global biotechnology company at the forefront of advanced therapies to treat a range of devastating rare and orphan diseases.

This announcement expands upon the partnership established among IDA, ISIF and WuXi AppTec group companies. WuXi Biologics’ sister company, WuXi NextCODE, has partnered closely with GMI and ISIF since inception. Both investments and collaborations share a common goal: to advance cutting-edge technologies and high-value-added jobs based in Ireland and serve customers and markets worldwide.

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