Friday, May 18, 2018

Protecting I/O connectors from surges.

Modern highly automated production plants rely on industrial connectors for the supply of energy, the communication of data and, above all else, the reliable and efficient transmission of signals from measuring, control and regulation technology. Here, transmission quality depends on the performance of both the key interconnection devices for inputs and outputs in the central electrical control cabinet and the protective devices applied within signal circuits.

Catastrophic damage to electronic circuitry
as a result of voltage transient effects
Minimal downtimes for machines and plants are a decisive factor in maximising productivity and as a result directly affect a company’s operating profitability level. In particular, unpredictable failures such as those caused by voltage transients in control circuits can have a critical negative impact on plant operation. Even relatively small voltage peaks (i.e. anything higher than the maximum continuous operating voltage of the protected device) can cause catastrophic damage to some of the most up-to-date electronic components.

In order to avoid plant stoppages and the associated production disruption that could arise in such failure conditions, electrical control cabinet designers and builders normally integrate separate DIN-rail mounted surge arrester devices to offer in-line protection to the most sensitive circuits. These typically consist of multiple I/O sensors and switches which are generally installed in the control cabinet, each taking up around 6-12 mm of DIN rail mounting space. More significantly, they require time and wiring effort, and involve noteworthy extra cost.

To address this challenge, Harting has developed an interesting new approach that saves important internal control cabinet space and enables a potentially more cost-efficient higher density cabinet design. This solution moves the in-line surge protection circuitry out of the cabinet and integrates it directly into the I/O interlinked connector. This is achieved through an innovative new surge-protection module that has been added to the well-known Han-Modular® range of connector inserts. As a result, potential overvoltage transients are effectively stopped at the cabinet wall.
The Harting Han® Surge Protection module is available in two different versions to allow protection for both digital and analogue binary I/O sensor circuits: a “common mode” E-Type asymmetrical voltage type, for binary signals with common ground-like digital circuits and a “differential mode” symmetrical voltage version, for closed signals like analogue circuits. Both versions have integrated protective circuit designs, as developed by surge protection specialist partner Dehn + Soehne to ensure total fail-safe operation, independent of the cause of failure within the surge protection module.

The transients, which can interrupt signal circuits and destroy electronic devices, are discharged to ground within the connector via an innovative spring element that makes conductive contact with the Han-Modular® hinged frame, which holds the modules in position. For the correct discharging of the signals, it is essential that the frame is connected with the ground.

Typical applications for the “common mode” type include protecting digital I/O sensors such as inductive or ultrasonic proximity switches, often used in general factory automation production environments. The “differential mode” type is often used in industrial manufacturing sectors including chemical, pharmaceutical and food & beverage processing, as well as wind energy.

In conclusion, by integrating Harting Han® Surge Protection modules into panel mounted I/O connectors, it becomes possible to effect significant improvements in the cost-effective design flexibility of electrical control cabinets. Not only are potentially damaging transient voltage surges prevented in signal circuits, but if very high voltage transients such as lightning strikes occur, any possible EMI/RFI interference is prevented from being transmitted over internal cabinet wiring. This prevents the interference reaching the DIN rail-mounted surge arresters and possibly affecting sensitive internal electronic control circuits. The Harting Han® Surge Protection module is the first such smart module that can be integrated into a panel-mounted sensor circuit I/O connector, with its modular connector design also allowing for easy replacement at end-of-life.

 @HARTING  #PAuto 

Smart pressure measurement!

The Rosemount™ Smart Pressure Gauge , introduced by Emerson,  is to help users gain better visibility of field changes.

Smart Pressure Gauge expands
Emerson gauge portfolio.
“The industry response to the Rosemount Wireless Pressure Gauge has been positive, and now with the addition of the Smart Pressure Gauge, our customers have even more options for upgrading their problematic gauges,” said Sven Hendrickson, product manager for pressure gauges.

The Smart Pressure Gauge utilises their industry-proven pressure sensor technology to deliver reliable pressure readings. With the flexibility to accommodate changing process conditions, the Smart Pressure Gauge gives up to 150X overpressure protection and provides a safer field environment. By utilising two layers of process isolation, the Smart Pressure Gauge can help prevent process failures from becoming dangerous by preventing employee contact with process fluid by keeping it safely inside the pipe.

The gauge’s Rosemount pressure sensor technology replaces 100-year-old bourdon tube gauge technology, eliminating weak points common to mechanical gauges. Mechanical gauges are plagued with quality and reliability issues associated with overpressure, vibration, corrosion, extreme temperatures and accidental damage, and can contribute to numerous reliability and safety issues in plant environments. Additionally, mechanical gauges are unable to communicate device status.

With up to a 10-year life, which reduces maintenance cost and time, and increased visibility from a large 4.5-inch face with status indicator light, the gauge provides easy field visibility.

 @Rosemount_News #PAuto @EMR_Automation 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Programmable Signal Splitters.

Acromag’s new uBSP signal splitter/duplicator acts as a carrier for their microBlox line of plug-in signal conditioning modules to drive two scalable 4-20mA or 0-10V control outputs and an auxiliary 5V third output from a single input.

Users can select from more than ten miniature signal conditioning modules to process inputs from RTDs, thermocouples, two-wire transmitters as well as a variety of current, millivolt, or voltage sources. The interchangeable input modules snap into the uBSP carrier which provides input and output terminal blocks plus a USB port for easy software configuration from a Windows PC or Android mobile device.

“This modular, programmable approach provides an extremely flexible solution to many complex signal splitting applications,” explains Robert Greenfield, Acromag’s Business Development Manager.

The uBSP signal splitter’s USB port allows users to customize the I/O ranges, scaling, and other operations driven by the inserted microBlox signal conditioning module. The powerful configuration software is free and a common mini-B USB port eliminates the need for expensive proprietary cables or adapters to connect with your PC, smartphone, or tablet.

With the plug-in microBlox modules, users can change the input type quickly and inexpensively as requirements change. 1500V isolation safely separates the input from each output circuit to prevent damage to other instruments from surges. Two-wire transmitter input modules provide field excitation for the transmitter. RTD input modules support 2, 3, or 4-wire sensors with excitation, linearization, lead-wire compensation, and break detection functions. Thermocouple input modules support types J, K, R, S, T and E with linear or non-linear output.

To ensure reliable performance, units are highly immune to electrical noise and operate from 40 to 75°C. Power sources from 6-32V DC are supported to simplify battery and solar-powered applications. Units mount securely on a DIN rails with 25g shock and 4g vibration resistance. Hazardous location approvals are pending for UL/cUL Class 1 Div 2 and ATEX/IECex Zone 2 standards.

@Acromag #PAuto

Connector and Cable Solutions for EV Applications.

Inelco Hunter has announced the availability of Amphenol’s complete range of EV connectors and cables, designed to meet Electric Vehicle applications, from charging to motor control and power distribution. The Amphenol EV range includes power connectors, signal connectors, rugged cables and complete cable harnesses. The Electric Vehicle market is developing at a very rapid rate (a worldwide increase of 58% from 2016 to 2017), and Amphenol has invested heavily in the development of rugged, high-quality connector and cable solutions, powered by their own patented RADSOK® Technology.

RADSOK® Technology uses a flat stamped grid, twisted into a hyperbolic geometry to provide highly-reliable socket contact with unique characteristics. The key benefits are higher amperages within smaller envelopes combined with higher current ratings. The hyperbolic geometry also provides a highly-reliable connection with a low insertion force. The end-result is a rugged connector providing high durability and long life.

Amphenol’s electric vehicle products come as IP2X touch-proof as standard. They are sealed to IP67 / IP6K9K specifications and are capable of taking shielded and or unshielded cables. An added benefit is the option of “HVIL” high voltage interlock safety contacts that are “last-to-mate” and “first-to-break” on connection/disconnection. Cable sizes vary between 2.5mm² and 150mm² with operating voltages up to 1,500V and 1,200A continuous at 85°C.

David Bushnell, Managing Director of Inelco Hunter commented, “EV vehicle owners will require 100% reliability and Amphenol products have always offered exceptionally-high reliability. With their RADSOK® Technology they aim to meet the needs of the EV market with dependable, rugged durability”.

Lee Griffiths, Amphenol Industrial Regional Sales Manager for Britain and Ireland supported David Bushnell’s comment in saying “Amphenol is seeing unprecedented growth in the electric vehicle market sector. EV represents an extremely exciting emerging market for Amphenol Industrial and we are very pleased to have the technology to support a wide variety of applications, from charging and battery systems, all the way through to PDU (power distribution unit) and MCU (motor control Unit) systems. Amphenol really does have the largest range of any connector supplier for this emerging market”.

Inelco Hunter as a fully-franchised distributor can supply the complete Amphenol industrial product portfolio, from the newer EV ranges just coming onto the market to the more traditional well-known ranges, such as Ecomate, Heavy Mate and C091 M16 product series.

In addition, Inelco Hunter can supply complementary EV components such as displays for charging systems and ticketing systems, making them a comprehensive “EV Total Solution” supplier.

 @InelcoHunter #Transport @AmphenolLtd

Wind by wireless!

A new Wireless Wind Speed System from Mantracourt is set to become an industry leader within the crane industry. The new out of the box solution, comprising the wireless wind speed display (T24-DWS) and transmitter module (T24-WSSp), is pre-calibrated, making it simple and easy to use. It is a perfect solution for tower cranes, mobile cranes and crawler cranes, effectively monitoring wind speeds, transmitting the data to a display and fully conforming to the Radio Equipment Directive (RED).

Kelly Voysey, Sales & Marketing Manager at Mantracourt explained: "This new piece of kit has been developed in direct response to demand for a wireless wind speed solution which complies to the Radio Equipment Directive”.

The system, with its surface mounting display module for exclusive use with the wireless wind speed transmitter module, provides high accuracy measurement, offers a quick and effective solution for monitoring wind speeds in a variety of lifting and handling applications and boasts exceptional battery life.

Kelly continued: "We've worked hard to develop a system that runs uninterrupted and reliably for as long as possible. The new kit can provide battery life (using 2 standard alkaline D Cells) in excess of 12 months, when constantly on ".

The in-cab display shows a rolling average wind speed which is updated at the transmission rate of the wind speed sensor (which is once per second out of the box). Meanwhile, the display, which has an optional backlight, can be toggled between m/s and mph. Measuring wind speeds from 5mph to 125mph.

Kelly added: "Another feature which will undoubtedly prove useful to our customers is the internal buzzer and relay which can be configured to different trigger points to control external equipment. For example when wind speeds rise above an assigned limit an alarm can be configured to sound a buzzer and trigger a beacon to alert users”.

The T24-WSSp is designed for mounting to moving booms, with a pivot design to ensure the sensor always remains upright. It uses a low power mode between transmissions to maximise battery life in the field, whilst offering class leading wireless coverage range of up to 800 metres (2,600ft). The display module is externally powered and comes complete with 3m cable and ball jointed cab mount/ wall mount. Its high quality 3-cup rotor anemometer provides measurements in m/s and mph and, forming part of the T24 modular telemetry system, the data transmitted by the T24-WSSp can be received by multiple T24 displays, as well analogue outputs, relay modules and computer interfaces.

She concluded: "We've aimed to tick all the boxes for our customers with this new sensor and display. It's a simple, easy and ready to use solution, though additional configuration is available if that's what a customer requires, with the use of a T24 base station. An additional visualisation tool is also offered via our free, intuitive logging and mapping software"

@mantracourt  #PAuto 

All change!

"Leadership is not just a position, it is also the act of leading!"

Successful organizations never stop leading change. Thus in our constantly changing world, an organization’s ability to lead change is critical to its success. In fact looking at the operations of any successful organization, one constant is apparant - that constant is change.

Leading Change, A Practical Guide for Change Agents , authored by Dr. Peggie Ward Koon*, an executive strategist, change leadership and management consultant and coach, is about leading change. She is a past President of the International Society of Automation (ISA) and past Chairman of the Automation Federation.

Leading change is hard. Change leadership—that is, the way the change is led—directly affects the outcome of the change effort. And yet so often, leaders struggle with their change efforts. It’s important to note too that leadership is not just a position (as in a role), it’s also the act of leading!

Change of course impacts and is impacted by people. How people respond to change often determines whether change is successfully adopted and implemented, or if it remains merely an idea or concept. Because of this “people factor,” change must be led. Knowing this, why do change agents repeatedly fail to address the “people factor” as they lead change?

How is change successfully led?  Are there some practical ways to lead change in an organization?  First recognize it is imperitive that leading change is much easier when there is a commitment from the top. Other change agents across the organization should be identified as well – key stakeholders who will both advocate, support and evangelize the change.

The key attributes of change ought to be fully understood. These attributes are called key change factors (KCFs) because they help see how change factors into  - or impacts - the organization, its employees, customers, products and services, processes, and operations. The pages of this book provide examples of companies and individuals who have or are currently leading change successfully. Discover how the KCFs apply to each of these real case studies of change leadership (including some examples from my own professional experience) and learn practical ways to use the KCFs to make your own change leadership initiatives more successful.

Industry Specific Topics include:
Academia, Agriculture, Aviation, Government, Healthcare, IT, Manufacturing, News/Media, Sports…and more.
Technology Specific Topics include: 
Automation, Cybersecurity, Digital Badges, AI, Drones, Robotics, Lightweight Metals, IIoT, IoT, 4IR, Precision Ag, Reality (AR, VR, & MR), Additive Manufacturing (3D & 4D Printing), Automation IT and Containers.
Management topics include:
Change Leadership, Change Agents, Vision, Strategy & Goals, Key Change Factors, Jumpstarting the Change Effort, Culture, D&I, & Change, and Human Capital Management (HCM).

There is a plethora of books and papers devoted to change, change management, making change, managing change, and similar subjects. Leading Change is different. Instead of focusing specifically on one of these topics, this book focuses on leading change from a practical/practitioner’s point of view.

Each section includes CAPs or Change Agent Perspectives that provide a quick summary of key take-aways for change leadership and change agents. Key Thoughts and Questions at the end of each section help the reader probe more deeply into change opportunities in his or her organization. Section Resources are listed as footnotes at the end of each page to enhance the ease with which you can find additional details related to key concepts and/or topics presented.

"You’ll discover what’s trending now – changes that are occurring right around us—and begin to think about how these changes might impact your operations now and in the future." says author Dr Ward Koon

"What have you changed lately? My hope is that the change agent perspectives and examples of change leadership in this book will encourage and inspire you to lead and/or help make change happen in your organization."

*The Author: Dr Peggie Ward Koon.
Dr. Koon is the CEO and Founder of Leading Change, LLC. She is also the former Vice President of Audience at Chronicle Media, Morris Communications, Augusta, GA (USA). She was the 2014 President of the International Society of Automation (ISA) and the 2015 Chair of the Automation Federation (AF). She has more than 30 years of experience in change leadership for IT and OT systems, with specific expertise in the automotive, aerospace, nuclear reprocessing, insulating products, textile, and media industries.
Dr. Koon received a B.A. in mathematics from Smith College in Northampton, Mass. (USA). She completed 2 years of graduate study in Applied Statistics in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA (USA). And she received a PhD in Management Information Systems from the School of Business at Kennedy Western University in Cheyenne, WY (USA).

Signal routing!

Pickering Interfaces has introduced version 6 of their signal routing software, Switch Path Manager™ (SPM), with a range of new capabilities as well as a new “lite” version.
This signal routing software simplifies signal routing through complex switching systems and speeds up the development of switching system software.

The latest version, Switch Path Manager 6, offers two major updates.
• The software evaluation period is now 14 days, but the time is based on the number of days the software is actually used rather than a fixed period of time; users are now able to fully evaluate the software as their schedule allows.
• The addition of Switch Path Manager Lite, a low-cost solution that is fully functional but with an operational limitation of two active switching modules in the configuration. Larger configurations with more than two modules can be created, loaded and edited—but not executed. In contrast to the SPM full license, SPM Lite is not connected to a dedicated computer, once purchased it can be used as a site license.

In addition to the major updates above, there is also a range of new capabilities including:
• The software evaluation period is now 14 days, but the time is based on the number of days the software is actually used rather than a fixed period of time; users are now able to fully evaluate the software as their schedule allows.
• The addition of Switch Path Manager Lite, a low-cost solution that is fully functional but with an operational limitation of two active switching modules in the configuration. Larger configurations with more than two modules can be created, loaded and edited—but not executed. In contrast to the SPM full license, SPM Lite is not connected to a dedicated computer, once purchased it can be used as a site license. An enhanced System Configurator Editor which gives the user the ability to apply standard functionality like copy, paste, delete, find, replace and cell manipulation. It also offers better filtering technology to filter dedicated pins, and it now has added display options, so the user can decide what will be displayed in the configurator.
• Introduction of Multipoint Routes—in the past, if a user wanted to create fixed routes for multipoints (e.g., A connect to B & C), two single routes (A-B, B-C) had to be created and combined into groups—this is now possible in one step.
• A new and very effective API function has been added: IsConnectedStatus (EndpointA, EndpointB). With only one simple function call, a user can find out whether given endpoints have been connected by SPM. This functionality is important when a route uses multiple relays, and on that route, there are more endpoints connected to each other than a user is thinking of. Example: A and B have been connected, but C is on the route and connected as well. It is not obvious the user would know about the route A-C-B unless you call IsConnectedStatus()

@Pickeringtest  #PAuto #TandM

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

High accuracy pressure sensing.

Variohm EuroSensor has expanded its range of pressure sensors with the new and robust EPT7100 series featuring 316 grade stainless steel wetted parts and an integral Packard connector for excellent durability and convenient installation at competitive cost.

With a choice of four hermetically sealed pressure ports and five standard pressure range options from 0.01 to 10 bar, the EPT7100 is an excellent choice for gas or liquid pressure measurement for on- and off-highway automotive, HVAC, compressors, industrial hydraulics and more.

The new sensor is based on a well proven piezo-resistive sensing element and latest ASIC circuitry which does not rely on O-ring sealing or silicon oil. This combines with IP67 environmental rating, additional EMI / RFI protection and MIL-STD shock and vibration specifications. Suitable for gauge, absolute and sealed gauge pressure measurement (gauge only on 0.01 pressure range), the EPT7100 series offers a compensated temperature range between -20 °C to +85 °C where the tolerance band including thermal effects is within ± 1% of span. Error-free operation is guaranteed for media or environment temperatures between -40 °C and +125 °C. Accuracy at room temperature is +/- 0.25 % BFSL. The output signal is 0.5…4.5 VDC from a 5 VDC supply. The new sensor is available as a stock delivered item with an M10 x 1 pressure port and a zero to 3.5 bar pressure range.

The EPT7100 is also available specifically configured for use in motorsports as an absolute pressure map sensor. With a pressure range from 0 to 3.5 bar this version includes all of the features of the full range model.
The new sensor series is 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

Device calibration with accuracy and speed.

The AMS Device Manager asset management software from Emerson is now updated to support the Beamex MC6 documenting calibrator, adding electronic workflows that eliminate up to 50 percent of time spent on each calibration.

Beamex MC^ Calibrator
AMS Device Manager’s Calibration Assistant SNAP-ON application interfaces with the Beamex MC6 documenting calibrator to manage the calibrations of HART®, Foundation™ Fieldbus, and conventional devices. Users can define, track, and test calibrations with a seamless interface between AMS Device Manager and the Beamex MC6. The entirely paperless system eliminates transcription mistakes and calculation errors for better accuracy and generates automated records to simplify and streamline compliance with regulatory requirements by FDA, OSHA, EPA and more.

“Organisations have come to rely on AMS Device Manager calibration management to maintain measurement quality while saving valuable time,” said Mani Janardhanan, director of product management for Emerson’s Plantweb digital ecosystem. “The addition of Beamex MC6 support will ensure that these organisations can take advantage of Beamex’s newest and most accurate calibration hardware alongside the powerful calibration software of AMS Device Manager, helping drive more efficiency in their calibration programs.”

Users of the Beamex MC6 also gain access to improved calibration features with AMS Device View, which brings AMS Device Manager to mobile devices through intuitive dashboards and focused alerts. AMS Device View calibration dashboards simplify compliance, displaying the status of devices in the calibration management program. Users can quickly and easily access schedules showing when devices are due - or overdue - for calibration.

Using AMS Device View, Beamex MC6 users can access calibration dashboards that quickly and clearly display schedules showing when devices are due - or overdue - for calibration.
 @EMR_Automation  #PAuto #TandM @BeamexGlobal 

Programming software combines real-time control, HMI and data handling.

PAC Project Software Suite R10 has just been announced by Opto 22. This release supports their new groov EPIC® system, adds eight new control commands, and provides the ability to designate individual I/O and variable tags as Public Access for read-only or read-write use in IIoT data communications via MQTT/Sparkplug. As in previous versions, HMI programming is included, and it uses the same tag name database as the real-time control engine, creating automatic integration between the two functions.

In the past, many process automation projects were solely focused on real-time control, but nowadays operator interface and data handling are often just as critical, sometimes more so. Therefore, it’s more important than ever for programming software to include not only a powerful real-time control engine, but also closely integrated human machine interface (HMI) and data handling functions, all in one integrated development environment.

Opto 22’s industrial controllers—SNAP PAC programmable automation controllers and now groov EPIC edge programmable industrial controllers—are typically programmed using the PAC Project Software Suite. PAC Project Basic, free for download, includes flowchart-based control programming with optional scripting, a configuration utility and HMI development. PAC Project Professional adds an OPC server, database connectivity, PC-based control configuration and support for legacy Opto 22 I/O units. The Pro version sells for just under $1000.

The suite’s control programming software, PAC Control, is full-featured and easy to use, with more than 450 commands in plain English, plus graphical PID tuning and debugging.

HMI programing is provided with PAC Display. PAC Display Basic is a user-friendly HMI package for building operator interface applications to communicate with groov EPIC processors, SNAP PAC controllers and Ethernet-based I/O units. PAC Display offers rich features including alarming, trending, security and a library of over 3,000 industrial automation graphics.

PAC Display Professional adds the capability to use redundant scanners and redundant Ethernet links on groov EPIC processors and SNAP PAC controllers. PAC Display Professional also enables logging of SuperTrends, historical logs and runtime operator logging data files to an ODBC database.

The most important new feature with this new release is support for groov EPIC. Its control logic and I/O can be programmed with PAC Control, and customers can use PAC Display to develop a Microsoft Windows-based HMI to run on a separate PC. The groov EPIC’s integrated high-resolution touchscreen is not configured with PAC Display, but is instead configured with groov View software, supplied free with groov EPIC.

New commands added to PAC Control include two specifically for groov EPIC: Get I/O Channel Quality and Get I/O Unit Quality. The groov EPIC I/O modules incorporate LEDs that change color based on the health of the module, revealing data quality to a local technician, and this information can also be configured or retrieved programmatically in control logic using these two new commands.

Another major new feature is full support for MQTT/Sparkplug data communication, provided by Ignition Edge, which is embedded in groov EPIC. MQTT’s publish-subscribe communication architecture is superior to request-response methods, and Sparkplug optimizes MQTT for industrial applications.

Public Access tags are a new PAC Control capability, making it easier and more secure to use MQTT/Sparkplug. During configuration the developer can use Public Access to designate which tags to expose, and to designate each exposed tag for read only or for read-write.

Tags in PAC Control include I/O channels and program variables, some of which can be represented in the Public Access space in more than one way. For example, an integer can be represented as an integer, a Boolean value or an individual bit within the integer. A table can be represented as a table, one element in the table or even one bit of one element—providing a great deal of flexibility in how tags are exposed or protected.

PAC Project Software Suite R10 combines all of the most-needed industrial automation elements, aimed squarely at making it easier for end users to configure control, HMI and communications functionality.

@opto22 #PAuto

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Cloud-based secure remote access.

To better serve the needs of OEMs and machine builders, Moxa has launched a new Remote Connect Suite that provides an easier and more secure way to connect to remote machines and equipment for the performance of critical troubleshooting, maintenance, data acquisition, and device management, resulting in faster and smarter support.

Designed for Industrial IoT environments, the Moxa Remote Connect (MRC) is a remote connection management platform that includes server and client software along with a hardware gateway to seamlessly bridge the gap between field devices, engineers, and application servers for greater visability and support. Hosted on Amazon EC2, MRC connects Ethernet-based edge devices to the server portal with the security needed in today's networks. Client software connects the engineer's laptop to the server portal so that they can manage all devices in realtime through a HTTPS web console.

"With an easy to use design, secure connections, and flexible connectivity, the Moxa Remote Connect allows OEMs to access their remote machines effortlessly and streamline their maintenance efforts" stated Li Peng, a product manager in Moxa's Industrial Ethernet Infrastructure business unit.

The MRC Auto Configuration function makes installation "plug-and-play" simple with no need for extensive IT knowledge and no requirement to configure VPNs, perform complex firewall settings or reconfigure IP Addresses. MRC provides Smart IP Mapping to avoid IP conflicts and is firewall friendly to comply with existing IT security policies, allowing companies that need secure remote access to minimize the amount of time and effort spent on deployment.

In order to combat the numerous security risks that present themselves when data is collected through the Internet, MRC is equipped with security features including end-to-end encryption to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks. The Smart Protection function includes an embedded firewall that permits remote access under whitelist control without disrupting local networks. In order to provide an on-demand maintenance service, access to machines is fully controlled by machine operators.

MRC delivers greater flexibility by supporting a variety of connections including 1-to-1, multiple-to-multiple, and site-to-site. It empowers companies to remotely manage numerous machines and users at different locations, which makes it an ideal solution as businesses scale to satisfy growing demand.

@MoxaInc #PAuto 

Monitoring hazardous gas threats.

In response to customer demand and increased awareness of the threats posed by both indoor and outdoor pollution, Ashtead Technology has added the ‘AreaRAE Steel’ to its fleet of air quality monitors.

“With the ability to either rent or sell instruments, we are often the first point of call when customers have a new or expanded monitoring requirement,” says Ashtead’s Josh Thomas.

“Increasingly, we are being asked for devices with multiparameter capability, so that their use is not restricted to one specific job. As a portable battery-powered monitor with EX certification, the AreaRAE Steel is ideal for indoor, confined space and outdoor applications where users need to be able to start monitoring quickly and simply.” 

The AreaRAE Steel provides measurements for a range of potential threats with a PID sensor for VOCs, an LEL sensor for combustible gases, an oxygen sensor, and two toxic gas sensors for Nitrogen Dioxide (0-20ppm) and Nitric Oxide.

Housed in a rugged, stainless-steel enclosure and capable of running for up to 18 hours on a single charge, the AreaRAE Steel has a built-in logger that can store up to 20,000 readings, which helps staff avoid excessive exposure to potentially hazardous locations. In addition, the instrument is able to issue audible, visual and remote alarms for %LEL (lower explosion limit), TWA (time weighted average) and STEL (short-term exposure limit).

The rental units are fitted with sensors for VOCs, LEL, O2, NO and NO2, but customers wishing to purchase a new AreaRAE Steel are able to select from a wider range of sensors, including Carbon Monoxide, Hydrogen Sulphide, Sulphur Dioxide, Chlorine, Hydrogen Cyanide, Ammonia, Phosphine, Hydrogen Chloride and Hydrogen Fluoride. It is also possible to purchase a model with a built-in modem to enable remote connectivity for up to 2 miles.

 @AshteadTech #PAuto @_Enviro_News 

Will you be fishing for chips?

Anglia Components is advising customers that now is the time to ensure they have sufficient orders/inventory to cover their chip resistor needs. With global demand massively outstripping supply, shortages and price increases are already heavily impacting the supply chain.

Steve Rawlins, CEO, Anglia comments “We are constantly looking at ways to help our customers and ensure that they are aware of the current market conditions. We foresaw that a shortage in chip resistors was coming about 6 months ago and invested heavily in inventory in order to protect our customers. I would strongly advise our customers to get their orders in or take on inventory now whilst stock is still available.”

The demand for chip resistors has risen exponentially due to the increase in electronics content in Automotive, Industrial and Consumer applications. Material prices are also on the rise driven by the increase in demand, this is combining to create a situation whereby chip resistors will remain in short supply and prices will continue increasing in the short to medium term.

Steve further commented “It’s ironic that a chip resistor might be one of the cheapest items on the BOM, but without it, you can be looking at thousands in lost revenue if you are not able to complete the assembly of the end product it is going into. We are keen to inform our loyal customers and the industry in general, that now is the time to take action to ensure your production is not disrupted.”

• See also our story: The effects of tariffs? on the implications for manufacturers of automation products and hardware of tariff war between the US & China. (April 2018)

@angliaComponent #PAuto

New markets for miniaturised gas sensors.

There is an increasing demand for monitoring environmental air conditions both indoors and outdoors, as poor air quality is a growing threat to the public health. It has caused more deaths annually than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. Citizens are increasingly aware of this problem and are seeking low cost and user-friendly solution to monitor the air condition. This rising need will lead to a market of more than €2.5 billion ($3bn) by 2028, which is analysed and forecasted by the recently updated IDTechEx Research report Environmental Gas Sensors 2018-2028.

In this report, the focus has been on six major emerging market segments:

  • Automotive
  • Smart devices
  • Wearable devices
  • Smart home
  • Smart city
  • Air purifiers

The automotive industry currently dominates the gas sensor market with the goal of automating air flow into the drivers’ compartment. Automotive industry will remain an essential segment for the gas sensor in the coming years. However, IDTechEx expects to see a large rise in sales towards the integration of gas sensors with mobile and wearable devices. These devices will allow consumers to monitor the air conditions dynamically and then encourage them to take appropriate action Instantaneously.

Gas sensors will also play a key role in Internet of Things (IoT) development and will be used extensively in households and cities connected with digital technologies. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, air purifiers, smart windows and other applications will employ sensors to improve the quality of life across the world. We expect a growing market for gas sensors in the smart homes and cities.

These new markets have emerged because new manufacturing methods are enabling the fabrication of smaller, lower power and more selective sensors. The sensor industry is at a tipping point, from expensive, bulky, high power instruments to cheap, small and low-power components.

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and screen printing techniques facilitate the miniaturisation of gas sensors, which is the key to integrate gas sensors into consumer electronics, such as mobile phones and wearable devices. We envision a rapid growth in applying MEMS to gas sensors and making them more accessible in our daily lives.

The report lists the primary manufacturers of gas sensors and gives a SWOT analysis of ten relevant companies. A comprehensive study of current devices that rely on gas sensors for environmental monitoring is included. The report covers more than 40 profiles, gathered through primary research and interviews with the most transformative gas sensing companies across all the value chain.

An exhaustive view is given of the pivotal technologies that will be used in the next decade to monitor the air quality around the world. Ten-year forecasts across a range of market segments are provided with key trends and required technique throughout the session. IDTechEx predicts a significant rise in sales across several major segments, primarily in the mobile device and air purifier industries. Wearable devices will exhibit the fastest growth, with 40 times larger market in 2028 than now. As miniaturisation through MEMS becomes more available, gas sensors can reach their full potential, contributing to many new markets.

@IDTechEx #PAuto #IoT

Digital pharma factory of the future!

Digitization of processes, integration of software and equipment, operating concepts for the pharmaceutical shop floor or big data and analysis – Werum IT Solutions is presenting new answers for the digital pharmaceutical factory of the future.

“A Manufacturing Execution System, MES, is the first and most important step for pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturers on the way to digitizing their production,” says Lars Hornung, Senior Director Global Sales & Marketing, Werum IT Solutions GmbH. “With live demos and interactive presentations*, we will inform customers about the latest innovations around our PAS-X MES and Electronic Batch Recording – for example, KPI/OEE, Track & Trace and Finite Scheduling. A world first is PAS-X as a Service: our market-leading MES as a cloud-based solution. It allows pharmaceutical and biotech companies to save resources for their own IT data center and concentrate on their core business.”

Another highlight is the easy integration of software and equipment using PAS-X MSI Plug & Produce. The machines on the shop floor and Werum’s PAS-X can communicate directly with each other via a standardized, message-based interface. It allows to reduce the integration effort up to 75%. For this solution, Werum was awarded as Best Of at the Industriepreis 2018.

Innovative operating concepts which will improve the pharmaceutical production and increase its efficiency. Together with its partners, Werum is developing solutions to integrate these concepts into its manufacturing IT solutions.

With its solutions for Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI), Werum demonstrates how pharmaceutical and biotech companies can generate knowledge from their production data. This enables supervisors and factory managers to obtain a deeper insight in the production in real time, as a basis for well-informed decisions and the optimization of processes.

* Werum will be present at Achema both with its own stand (hall 11.1-A75) and at Körber Medipak Systems' stand, together with its sister companies (hall 3.1-J72).

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Fifty years serving process industry.

Moore Industries is 50 years in existence. 

Founder Leonard W Moore
Since 1968, Moore Industries has been serving process manufacturing businesses and fortune 500 companies in oil, gas, mining, chemical, power generation, water/waste water treatment, pharmaceutical, food, beverage, consumer packaged goods, semiconductor, and biotechnology industries with distinction. The company started out with three employees in a garage in California, and now has offices worldwide in the United States, Australia, Belgium, China, the Netherlands and Britain. In 1968 then founder and president Leonard W. Moore established Moore Industries focused on product quality, reliability, and exceptional customer service.

“After working in the instrumentation industry for a few years, I saw a market for tough, reliable, noise-resistant signal conditioners,” says Mr. Moore. Today Moore Industries is an award winning company that carries on the original mission of tough and reliable products. As a world leader in the design and manufacture of interface instruments for industrial process control, system integration, and factory automation, the company’s success wouldn’t have been possible without loyal customers.

Customer relationships are the primary focus as Moore Industries will continue to provide nothing less than the best quality in process industry products and exceptional services for customers worldwide. Appreciation for customer service and innovation over the years has led to numerous awards and recognition including multiple Control Engineering Product Recognition awards and Automation Excellence Awards. In 2009 Mr. Moore was awarded one of the process industry’s highest honors, ISA Honorary Membership. He also holds a lifetime membership in IEEE.

“Over the years, we have transformed the company’s analog instrumentation lines and solutions into microprocessor and software based smart instrumentation and control products. An overwhelming amount of the company’s long term success and tenure within the industry belongs to our devoted and hardworking employees,” comments Scott Saunders, President and CEO.

Today Moore Industries’ rugged and reliable products include alarms, HART interface devices, complete temperature sensing and transmitting products, signal conditioners and isolators with a rapidly expanding line of IEC 61508-certified Functional Safety devices.

@MII_Worldwide #PAuto 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Camera functionality enhanced!

Users of GigE Vision camera models and the IDS Vision Suite will benefit from an extended range of functions. New cameras are sold directly with the updated firmware. Those who already use GigE Vision industrial cameras from IDS can easily update them and then use helpful new functions such as extended trigger modes, programmable counters and timers as well as the IDS-specific pulse width modulation feature.

With the current GigE Vision firmware release, version 1.5, IDS has focused on making functions as useful and simple as possible. The new Trigger Controlled Exposure Mode was therefore integrated according to the Vision standard, but at the same time extended to ensure reliable camera operation even at the limits. For example, users can enter a maximum value to define a time out after which exposure is automatically cancelled even without a separate signal.

Programmable counter support has also been added. Among other things, they can control that an exactly defined number of images is captured after the trigger input. The new timer function can both stop and count down time. One of its use cases: After trigger input, users want a specified period of time to elapse before recording begins.

With the release of IDS GigE Vision Firmware V1.5, IDS has also greatly enhanced the IDS vision cameras by adding many standard features from the GenICam Standard Feature Naming Convention. With the IDS Vision Cockpit, the camera manufacturer also provides an ideal demo tool, which can be used to thoroughly test the different trigger cases.

As an IDS-specific feature, a pulse width modulation has also been integrated into the firmware. This feature can control the brightness of certain light sources, for example. The function can also be used to precisely synchronize light source and exposure time, which avoids unnecessary lighting phases.

@IDS_Imaging #Pauto 

Growing team for industrial software expert.

Copa-Data's team in Britain has been expanded with the appointment of three employees. The new recruits follow the company's relocation of its headquarters to Cardiff, which was intended to facilitate the company’s projected growth.

Alan Binning has joined as Regional Sales Manager. Boasting over 16 years of experience in automation and industrial solutions, including several, including time as an applications engineer, Binning will bring a wealth of industrial knowledge and experience to the team. This skillset is bolstered by a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Reading.

With an extensive background in multi-channel marketing, Abigail Walters-Davies will now lead the company's marketing efforts throughout Britain. Walters-Davies is responsible for communications across Copa-Data’s network of customers in the energy and infrastructure, pharmaceutical, food and beverage and automotive industries.

As Marketing Manager, Walters-Davies will also manage and maintain relationships within their extensive Partner Community, including the local promotion of Copa-Data’s Global Partner Academy (GPA) 2018, which will be held on 13 to 14 June in Vienna, Austria.

To further support the company’s technical capabilities, Aaron Cowdry will also join the team as a Technical Consultant. As a graduate in Computer Networks from University of Wales, Trinity St. David’s, Cowdry will deliver in-depth knowledge of cyber and network security to support customers of their industrial software, zenon.

Markus Hillinger has also joined the team in a move from their headquarters in Austria. Having worked at Copa-Data for over a year, Hilllinger’s experience as an international sales consultant will assist in the British team’s continual growth.

“Last year’s move to Cardiff marked ten years of Copa-Data’s presence in the UK,” explained Martyn Williams, Managing Director of Copa-Data UK. “However, it has also provided us with greater opportunities on our doorstep, including the appointment of three new members of the UK team and the chance to create new partnerships and collaborations.”

@copadata  #PAuto #Britain

More effective searching for measuring electrical parameters.

LEM has launched a new, modern, intuitive and responsive website with a focus on providing quick access to product documentation.

When asked about the changes to the site, Stéphane Rollier, Product & MarCom Manager at LEM said “The previous website was not adapted to handle the needs of today’s engineer, the new site has been simplified to make it easier for the user to find the information they are looking for. A fantastic technical query and easy to navigate menu are just some of the improvements that have been made.”

The  website is currently available in English, Russian and Japanese with Chinese launching in June 2018. LEM invites exploration of the new website using computer, smart-phone or tablet.

Alongside the recent launch of LEM’s Smart Grid dedicated platform, LEM is taking every step to make the customer experience as easy and stress free as possible.

#LEM #PAuto