Friday, June 15, 2018

Components award.

Harting is celebrating after winning the Interconnect and Electromechanical Supplier of the Year award at the Electrocomponents Supplier Summit in Amsterdam.
(L-R) Thomas Novak (RS Components), Simon Asbury (Harting), Eric Smith (RS Components) and Edgar P Duening (Harting) at the Electrocomponents Supplier Summit.
Over the past five years, Harting has proven itself to be a strategic partner aligned with electrocomponents worldwide. During this time, they have achieved outstanding growth of 161% in the American market, 65% across EMEA and 47% in Asia-Pacific.

In 2017 Harting was the fastest growing interconnect brand across the globe with average worldwide growth of nearly 30%. Harting has also been a major proponent of both DesignSpark and local designs for both RS Components and Allied Electronics.

Edgar P Duening, the Managing Director of Harting Technology Group and Simon Asbury, Director of Sales and Market Development at Harting LTD were on hand to accept the award.

Afterwards, a delighted Edgar P Duening said: “Harting is thrilled to receive this award from RS Components. The strategic partnership between Harting and RS has been a major contributor to the excellent growth in all regions over recent years. Key to this growth has been the pace of new product development at Harting, coupled with RS’s ability to take these products to market through its multi-channel marketing activities. We look forward to continuing and building upon this excellent strategic partnership in the future.”


 @harting #PAuto @RSComponents

AC/DC Power supply.

The new BET-0900-T, a highly efficient and very robust external AC/DC power supply unit for industrial use with an output of 90 W has been introduced by Bicker Elektronik . It meets the stringent requirements of the US Department of Energy (DoE) for energy efficiency level VI, as well as the current European energy efficiency standard EU-CoC-Tier2. This applies in particular to the power consumption in standby mode, which is less than 0.15 watts and the typical efficiency of 90%.

The external AC/DC power supply with wide-range input of 90 to 264 VAC and active PFC also impresses with its high reliability (MTBF >869,000 hours), which is ensured by the exclusive configuration with +105°C premium electrolytic capacitors and a robust circuit design. Thus, the BET-0900-T is ideally suited for 24/7 continuous operation in the wide operating temperature range of -20°C to + 60°C. Three models are available with accurately regulated DC output voltages of +12V, +19V or +24V. For additional reliability, the BET-0900-T has short circuit and overload protection with auto-restart, as well as over-voltage and over-temperature protection. The isolation voltage between input/output is 4242 VDC. The protective conductor PE (primary) is connected to -Vout (secondary). No base load is required at the output so that the latest generation Intel® Core™mainboards with special power saving modes can be supplied safely. In addition to the current energy efficiency standards, the BET-0900-T has the EN/UL60950-1 safety approvals.

The standard built-in DC hollow connector on the power supply output can be customized for specfic applications by special connectors, such as locking dc plugs. Optional accessories are available from Bicker Elektronik: The Cling Pad KP-01 for quick and easy mounting of the external AC/DC power supply on smooth surfaces, a practical adapter PSZ-1008 (DC jack to screw terminals), the three-pin power cable Y1-132 with IEC-60320-C13 and the DC extension cable CB-TRG-EXT. In addition to the long-term availability of at least 5 years Bicker Elektronik grants a warranty of 3 years on the external AC/DC power supply BET-0900T.

@bicker_de #Pauto 

Advanced manufacturing technology facility open for business.

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has opened a new £7.5 million (€8.6 millian) state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing technology facility, supporting its mission to enable more competitive supply chains with increased productivity.
L2R: Claire McAlinden, Director of Operations for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences; Professor Adrian Murphy; Professor Seán McLoone; Colm Higgins, Head of the Northern Ireland Technology Centre.
Details on the facility were announced at the university’s Manufacturing Beyond the Horizon’ conference. The collaborative investment is one of the biggest in manufacturing by Queen’s, the British Government and Northern Ireland industry partners. It has been supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Innovate UK and the Aerospace Technology Institute.
The new facility will have an open door to industry partners, currently including RLC Global Point, Moyola Precision Engineering, JW Kane Precision Engineering Ltd., Travan Precision Engineering and Retec Engineering Solutions.

Based at the distinguished Northern Ireland Technology Centre at Queen’s, the facility is part of the Centre for Intelligent Autonomous Manufacturing Systems (i-AMS), a pioneer research programme at Queen’s which is leading innovation in new technologies for advanced manufacturing. This was also officially launched at the conference.

Through i-AMS, interdisciplinary researchers, spanning the disciplines of Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics and Psychology, are working together to
tackle challenges within industry and helping to make Industry 4.0, the new industrial revolution, a reality.

Professor Mark Price, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Queen’s, comments: “I am delighted to announce the opening of our £7.5million advanced manufacturing technology facility, based at the Northern Ireland Technology Centre (NITC) at Queen’s.

“The facility will provide key support to our new pioneer research programme i-AMS. Both i-AMS and the new facility are open for business and are already making a difference to the advanced manufacturing community in Northern Ireland and the UK. This is a great example of industry, government and academia working in partnership to move Northern Ireland forward.”

Professor Seán McLoone, Director of i-AMS at Queen’s, says: “Addressing the challenges of Industry 4.0, the centre and facility are spearheading the computerisation of manufacturing. This includes the use of advanced data analytics, machine learning, intelligent system and autonomous robotics concepts, digital manufacturing and human-robot interaction.

“Through this exciting initiative, we are able to translate advanced research and new ideas in i-AMS quickly through to application in industry through the NITC. This streamlined innovation chain is key to enabling competitiveness in Northern Ireland manufacturing.

“With rapid developments in the Internet of Things (IoT) and it coming together with manufacturing Cyber Physical Systems (CPS), we are very aware of the potential impact of embedding this technology in factories of the future. It is game-changing work.”

Explaining the benefits of the new facility, Head of the NITC Colm Higgins said: “For the last 50 years we have worked closely with industry partners through the NITC to provide support and tackle challenges head on. The demands for industry are ever-changing and as a key partner to Northern Ireland companies, we are delighted to open this new state-of-the-art facility at Queen’s, which will drive forward advanced manufacturing and meet short term and future requirements."

The facility also provides Northern Ireland with an important regional link to the well-established British High Value Manufacturing Catapult and Research Technology Organisations, as well as the emerging Irish Manufacturing Research Centre. All of these help to bridge the gap in technology concept and commercialisation.

Professor Mark Price adds: “The advanced manufacturing technology facility at Queen’s will enable the local industry to be more competitive through the optimisation and digitisation of manufacturing processes, including automation. It also paves the way for more productive, flexible, resilient, responsive and energy efficient manufacturing systems and associated supply chains. This means we can drive down costs, improve product quality, minimise waste and ultimately increase productivity and competitiveness.

“Ultimately, the facility allows us to address the challenges that the industry is currently facing and plan ahead to meet future needs. It also provides an opportunity to train up the next generation of experts in manufacturing. From a very early stage, our students at Queen’s will have had the chance to use state-of-the-art industrial machines, which will be beneficial when they begin their careers in industry.

“We are delighted to be open for business and look forward to the journey ahead.”


#PAuto #Manufacturing @ManufacturingNI @QUBelfast

Strategic MES partner.

Following a global bidding process, Sharp Packaging selected Werum IT Solutions as its strategic MES partner to implement an Electronic Batch Record (EBR) infrastructure at its Netherlands facility.

Rüdiger Schlierenkämper, CEO Werum
& John Hoey, Sharp IT Business Partner
“We see MES as a strategic system that gives us competitive advantages,” says John Hoey, Sharp IT Business Partner. “Investment in EBR will serve to improve our business opportunity pipeline and digitally transform the way in which the batch record process is executed. We have chosen Werum’s PAS-X MES because of its proven ability to handle the most complex batch records without significant configuration as well as it’s track record with a number of Sharp’s existing customers.”

By using Werum’s PAS-X MES, Sharp Packaging will benefit from greater compliance adherence, improved right first time and process standardization. The company starts its MES journey with the rollout of PAS-X at its production site in Heerenveen (NL). PAS-X fully integrates the existing Navision ERP system.

@Werum #PAuto  #MES

Industrial pressure switch.

Variohm EuroSensor has expanded its range of industrial pressure switches with the new EPS03 series offering five model variants with diaphragm or piston actuation covering adjustable switching pressures from 0.5 to 350 bar and industry standard ambient temperatures from -25 °C to + 85 °C. The changeover pressure switch features a breaking capacity that ranges from non-inductive loads to AC loads up to 750 VA and DC loads to 150 VA.

The new EPS03 pressure switches are part of a universal family of pressure switches from Variohm. The recently launched EPS01 and EPS02 cover low pressure diaphragm switching to 10 bar with brass and stainless steel housings as well as Viton or NBR seals - to match performance and budget for a wide range of applications.

Aimed at continuous pressure switch applications for air, water hydraulic oil and oil emulsions etc., EPS03 series pressure switches are assembled in durable galvanised steel housings with an IP65 rating. For application and price flexibility as well as maximum reliability, the pressure switches have silver plated contact micro switches or gold-plated contacts on request in addition to a choice of NBR or optional Viton® diaphragm/seals throughout the range. Further flexibility includes a choice of port configurations covering G1/8, G1/4, M10x1 and M12x1.5. Electrical interfacing is via an integral PG9 connector with a cable gland.

For pressure ranges from 0.5 to 2 bar and 1 to 10 bar, a spring loaded membrane is used whilst for the higher pressure ranges of 10 to 70 bar, 50 to 200 bar and 150 to 350 bar, a spring-loaded steel piston performs the switching task. The EPS03 also features generous maximum and overpressure limits, a 106 switching life and a switching frequency of 200/min. The switch back differential is between 15% and 30% of the switching value. Other available options on request include a wider ambient temperature range and modification for use with other measuring mediums.

 @Variohm  #Pauto 

Powerful diagnostics for flow.

Advanced Smart Meter Verification diagnostics to deliver real-time intelligence and calibration of Coriolis and magnetic flow meters for a complete process overview and greater operational certainty

Key features
• Innovative algorithms that detect corrosion & erosion in the meter with remedial action able to be instigated immediately. This is the first company to integrate a 99 percent confidence statistical meter damage detection algorithm that enables early detection without false alarms.
• New process diagnostic capabilities that include a ‘flow range‘ diagnostic, which alerts the engineer when flow rates are not within the specified range of the meter; instrument diagnostics that can identify if entrained gas is in the process; & immediate alerts to process upsets that may affect measurement performance, such as severe aeration.
• Tube coating diagnostics that offer crucial data points and drive valuable information to the end user, alerting them when the meter is coated by something unexpected from the process line, particularly important in food and beverages and life sciences applications.
• Clear and transparent verification audit trails, & advanced visual analysis and reporting software that meets third-party regulatory agency compliance requirements in lieu of meter calibration, inspection or removal. By providing a time-stamped verification report, an increasing number of international standards and third-party agencies, such as ISO, IEC, AGA, API, NMI and others, recognise verification technologies, such as Smart Meter Verification, as a method to confirm instrument calibration & extend recalibration or proving intervals.
• Reduced meter maintenance requirements with vital variables, such as mass flow, verified to be within factory accuracy specifications. Smart Meter Verification also generates detailed information on all sensors, including serial numbers, condition temperature & calibration information, ensuring a simple path to instrument and process compliance.
Emerson has launched the latest version of its Smart Meter Verification software for Coriolis and magnetic flow meters, providing flow meter verification on demand and empowering process engineers, technicians and operators to look beyond the meter and make real-time decisions based on the most advanced meter and process diagnostics in the industry today.

New tools in the Smart Meter Verification software allow users to fine tune and adjust their engineering processes to ensure absolute measurement confidence and top performance in the chemicals, food and beverage, life sciences, oil and gas, and other process industries. In addition to onboard diagnostics, Smart Meter Verification also accelerates implementation of companies’ Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) strategies with its powerful remote diagnostics, digital intelligence and multiple data points providing users with a complete process overview and greater operational certainty.

Rather than costly and time-consuming calibrations and laboratory testing, leading to production interruptions, shutdowns and safety concerns, the advanced Smart Meter Verification provides in situ calibration verification on-demand without any impact on process or meter outputs. The new system also provides operators with crucial information on other flow issues across the plant.

“Whereas traditional diagnostics often provide just an entry point to further, time-consuming analysis, the Smart Meter Verification system generates real-time, decision-making intelligence and flow measurement confidence here and now,” said Taylor Scott, software product specialist, Emerson Automation Solutions. “For plant operators and engineers, this move from reactive to predictive diagnostics means improved knowledge, operational certainty and productivity, and the acceleration of IIoT strategies.”

• Emerson’s Smart Meter Verification diagnostics are an easy-to-use, automatic tool for Micro Motion™ Coriolis and Rosemount™ magnetic flow meters that monitor the entire flow meter’s performance and integrity and are applicable in a wide variety of process industry sectors, such as oil and gas, food and beverage and chemicals.


@EMR_Automation #PAuto @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Configuration tool enhanced!

Enhanced configuration tool simplifies the implementation and management of secure and reliable networks!

Data communication networks critical to manufacturing, utilities and transport infrastructure are becoming increasingly complex and must meet greater security and reliability requirements. To support this, Westermo has enhanced its WeConfig network configuration tool, helping to further simplify the configuration and management of secure and resilient networks.

For networks constructed using devices powered by Westermo’s WEoS network operating system, WeConfig version 1.8 makes network configuration more efficient, simple and reliable. This is achieved by automating tasks, performing bulk updates and preventing configuration errors. Supporting simpler network deployment, WeConfig now enables configuration and licence management of ring networks that use the MRP (Media Redundancy Protocol). CIDR (Classless Inter-Domain Routing) notation simplifies IP address management, enabling basic allocation and global parameter settings to be quickly assigned and further configuration easily facilitated. WeConfig 1.8 also enables CLI scripts to be sent to devices in a network, allowing more advanced device features to be configured through WeConfig.

WeConfig also optimises network security and supports hassle-free implementation of an additional cyber security layer. WeConfig enables the user to configure and maintain cyber security features available in WeOS. Spoofing protection features such as MAC address filters and IEEE802.1x authentication parameters can be easily deployed and maintained. With the latest version of WeConfig, MAC filters can be used to scan a specific section of the network, helping to save time. It is also possible to scan and harden switches with factory default passwords or switches that use unsecure protocols. This functionality has been enhanced to enable a subset of switches to be hardened instead of a complete network, increasing usability. Cyber security reports that provide a summary of all security-related information for each device on the network, including any firewall settings, can be easily created using WeConfig 1.8.

Ongoing maintenance is improved by diagnosing issues and underperforming sections of a network. To analyse network performance and identify potential instability, SHDSL diagnostics can monitor signal-to-noise ratio on multiple lines to WeOS-managed devices. For rail trackside applications, where electrical noise varies over time, a suitable data rate can be selected to ensure stable communications. This reduces costly call-outs due to communications failures. For large networks, which may have parts that need to be managed differently, WeConfig uses layer topology to both configure and manage the sections like logical islands.

Complementing the SHDSL diagnostics, WeConfig 1.8 can now be set up to run multiple diagnostics simultaneously to monitor parameters such as device and port temperature, CPU-load and PoE power. Manual or periodic back-up of all the device configuration files can be easily generated and stored. Should a switch or router need to be replaced, an optimised ‘copy and paste’ function allows the configuration of a previous device to be easily implemented on the replacement unit. By offering support for the Syslog protocol, which allows network devices to send event messages, WeConfig 1.8 provides users with an additional real-time diagnostic capability.

 @Westermo  #PAuto 

Oscilloscope family introduced!

The new high-performance R&S RTP family, introduced by Rohde & Schwarz, expands its oscilloscope portfolio in keeping with its motto "Oscilloscope Innovation. Measurement Confidence." During the development of the new oscilloscope family, the company focused particularly on measurement accuracy, speed, a wide range of functions and future-proof technology.

The R&S RTP combines various instruments better than any other oscilloscope in its class. All these features make the R&S RTP the oscilloscope of choice for debugging, e.g. embedded components with fast digital or wideband RF interfaces. The R&S RTP is now available from Rohde & Schwarz as a 4 GHz, 6 GHz or 8 GHz model. Rohde & Schwarz is continually driving innovation in the oscilloscope market, and its new high-performance models once again prove its commitment to top quality.

The R&S RTP high-performance oscilloscope family combines signal integrity with a high acquisition rate. In standard acquisition mode, it can measure a million waveforms per second, making it more than a thousand times faster than other oscilloscopes in its class. This helps users to find sporadic errors much faster.

It is the only instrument on the market that compensates transmission losses from the signal source to the oscilloscope (deembedding) in realtime. The advantage is that the oscilloscope is still extremely fast even with signal correction activated. And thanks to its unique digital trigger architecture, it can precisely trigger on compensated signals.

A further feature of the R&S RTP oscilloscope that saves developers a lot of time is hardware acceleration for a range of analysis functions. Mask tests, histograms and frequency domain analyses can be performed at high speed for fast results with high statistical reliability.

The high-performance R&S RTP combines multiple instruments better than any other oscilloscope in its class. 16 logic channels, four voltage channels and four current measurement channels are available in addition to the analog oscilloscope channels. The R&S RTP supports protocol analysis of serial bus interfaces and offers powerful spectrum and signal analysis functions. Thanks to its wide range of tools, users can test many different types of signals from complex circuits time-correlated with each other with just one T&M instrument, and find related errors faster.

The new high-performance oscilloscope from Rohde & Schwarz addresses electronics developers in the wide-base market, particularly in the fields of aerospace and defense, automotive, industry and telecommunications. It is ideal for debugging electronic circuitries with different signals during development, including high-speed buses (USB, PCI Express, MIPI, etc.), multichannel RF interfaces (radio or radar), DDR memory interfaces, complex power management units, and even simple control and programming buses (I2C, SPI, etc.). The R&S RTP can test all applications where high-resolution signals need to be measured with a wide dynamic range and high sensitivity in the time and frequency domains.

Despite its comprehensive range of functions, the R&S RTP is the most compact high-performance oscilloscope on the market, with a footprint up to 40 percent lower than conventional models. Thanks to the sophisticated cooling concept and the silent fans, the quiet instrument never disturbs lab operations.

If T&M requirements increase, the measurement bandwidth, memory depth and range of functions can easily be upgraded with hardware and software options.



• Rohde & Schwarz is planning additional enhancements to the R&S RTP family. More hardware options, such as a generator module with two analog and eight digital channels and a 16 GHz differential pulse source, are planned for 2018. Further R&S RTP models with a higher bandwidth will follow in 2019.


@RohdeSchwarz #TandM #PAuto

FPGA Board.

The VP869 high performance 6U OpenVPX FPGA processing board has been announced by Abaco Systems.  Featuring two Xilinx® UltraScale+™ FPGAs and a Zynq® 7000 Series multiprocessor system-on-chip (MPSoC), it provides a form, fit and function upgrade for the VP868, providing existing users with a cost-effective performance enhancement. The VP869 can deliver up to 3.8x more DSP resources and 2.4x more integrated memory than its predecessor.

The VP869 is designed for the most demanding mission critical applications where extreme FPGA processing and I/O bandwidth capabilities are needed. Typical applications include radar/sonar processing, software defined radio, advanced digital beamforming, multi-channel digital receivers/transmitters and satellite communications systems.

Two industry standard (VITA 57) FMC+ sites are provided on the VP869 for high performance analog I/O, digital communications or video input.

“Aerospace programs must have the latest I/O and signal processing technology available – and the VP869 delivers to that requirement, demonstrating our commitment to bringing state of the art technology to our customers as rapidly as possible,” said Pete Thompson, Vice President, Product Management, Abaco Systems. “It is flexible and cost-effective and, because it is based exclusively on industry standards, ease of integration and upgrade are assured – reducing cost and minimizing time to deployment.”

The VP869’s flexibility derives in part from the opportunity it provides to choose either of two Virtex Ultrascale+ FPGAs, allowing the optimum application-specific trade-off between performance, power consumption and price.

A key feature of the VP869 is its extreme backplane bandwidth, with over 72 high speed serial lanes routed to the backplane delivering 594 Gbps of data throughput for advanced processing and offload applications. 24 bidirectional high speed serial lanes provide up to 300 Gbps of data bandwidth to and from the FMC+ I/O modules, enabling the utilization of the latest ADC and DAC technology for next generation wideband applications.

In some applications, the VP869’s onboard Zynq 7000 device with its embedded ARM® cores can provide the control functionality that would normally be delivered by a single board computer, creating the opportunity to minimize slot usage and thus size, weight and power.

The VP869’s Zynq 7000 MPSoC also includes broad security functionality – such as encrypted bit streams and secure boot - that enables sensitive IP to be safeguarded.

Reduced time to deployment is significantly enhanced by Abaco’s provision of a comprehensive set of aids designed to simplify and speed development. These include a fully featured open board support package that provide a highly functional reference design example to simplify integration of application-specific IP. Stellar IP - an FPGA development tool – and the 4FM GUI user interface for controlling and monitoring the hardware are also provided, as are a Xilinx Vivado project and VHDL source code.

@AbacoSys #PAuto

Monday, June 11, 2018

Monitoring pump seals!

In a move to further strengthen its good manufacturing practices (GMP), petrochemical manufacturer, USA-based Monument Chemical has installed several Falco fixed continuous photoionization detectors (PIDs) from Ion Science. Chosen for its humidity resistant design and accuracy, the high performance instruments are monitoring pump seals for potential leaks of different grades of solvents in the C6-C9 total aromatic compound (TAC) range.


Headquartered in Indianapolis, (USA) Monument Chemical serves the speciality chemicals industry with locations in the heart of manufacturing hubs in the US and Europe. The company produces a variety of solvents, intermediaries, speciality fuels and other products, as well as industry leading custom manufacturing services.

False alarms on its lower explosive level (LEL) sensors and the need to improve its GMP prompted Monument Chemical to purchase Ion Science’s Falco fixed continuous PIDs to ensure reliable and accurate monitoring of potentially dangerous levels of combustible gas or solvent vapour, expressed in parts per million (ppm).

Steam quench around LEL sensors often causes false alarms even where no event has occurred. Offering the ultimate in safety, Falco eliminates false readings found with other competing PID technology.

Unlike some facilities that are legally required to have leak seal detectors based on the type of pumps in use or within areas of concern, Monument Chemical wanted to further improve the monitoring of pump seal leaks as part of its GMP programme.

Keyton Payne, Manager of Regulatory Affairs and Quality, Monument Chemical comments: “My background in industrial hygiene and experience of the PID technology market meant I knew that LEL detection on our pump seals could be improved using an alternative fixed continuous gas detection solution.”

Ion Science’s Falco boasts fast response times and several innovative design features. The instrument’s ‘typhoon’ technology prevents condensation forming on the sensor and removes the risk of the system short circuiting - making it ideal for use in high humidity and harsh weather conditions. Simple to operate, Falco has an externally located, intrinsically safe sensor which facilitates quick and easy servicing without the need for a hot work permit.

Keyton continues: “When assessing the potential hazards involved in our day-to-day operations it became evident that Ion Science’s Falco fixed PID was the perfect solution for our application. We were particularly impressed with the instrument’s patented humidity resistant fence electrode technology and ability to work continuously in condensing atmospheres.

“The operations team were concerned that a more sensitive reading in parts per million (ppm) would lead to further false alarms. However, since experiencing the unit’s performance, they have been very impressed by its stability.”

The Falco PID incorporates Ion Science’s patented Fence Electrode Technology which virtually eliminates the effects of airborne humidity and protects from contamination. This advanced feature ensures ultimate reliability and accuracy in the field, while reducing drift issues and extending run time.

Falco utilizes a diffusive sample technique resulting in less contamination issues compared to pumped systems, reducing lamp cleaning and servicing requirements. Pumped models are available for applications where a sample needs to be drawn to the unit.

There are eight models in the Falco series offering detection ranges as low as 0 - 10ppm with parts per billion (ppb) sensitivity or as high as 0 – 3000 ppm.

The Falco is operated via an intuitive user interface with OLED display and five magnetically activated LED switches – up, down, left, right and enter – which are back lit to help confirm the correct button is being pressed. For added convenience and ease of use, brightly coloured red, amber and optional pulsing green status indicators are clearly visible in sunlight allowing checks to be conducted from a distance of up to 20 metres.

Talking about the benefits of the user interface, Keyton adds: “We really like the visual display with green, amber and red indicators. Basically green is a ‘no leak’ status of the pump seal while red shows a ‘leak’ is present. This feature gives operators the chance to visually check and verify the status of the area for potential leaks from a good distance without being inadvertently or unknowingly in the hot zone.”

The Falco PIDs send data back to the DCS every minute. The DCS software allows Monument Chemical to monitor trends and identify potential problem areas on a plant wide basis.

The Falco’s flame and explosion proof enclosure is certified to EX d IIC T4 II and the external sensor to EX ib IIC T4 Gb II. A 4 – 20 mA analogue output enables Falco to be easily integrated into a DCS control system to give warning or control of high VOC levels in the working environment. Two relay outputs means it can be connected remotely plus RS485 output with Modbus protocol included as standard allows the instrument to be connected to a network.

Keyton concludes: “The Ion Science sales and technical support team was always available to answer questions and provide the help needed to set up and calibrate the PIDs in a very timely and concise manner. As a result, we would rate the service as excellent, easily a 9 out of 10, and happily recommend the company and Falco to other petrochemical businesses.”


@ionscience #PAuto #PetroChemical

Joint IIoT solutions!

Open platform concept for process industry enables seamless integration of field instruments into business processes

SAP and Endress+Hauser are to intensify their cooperation in the development of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications for the process industry. Both companies intend to work closer together in the development of joint solutions, sales and customer implementation.

Matthias Altendorf - CEO E+H
“Two innovative companies have come together here to realize the end-to-end OT/IT integration from field instrument all the way to business processes,” said Hala Zeine, SAP’s President of Digital Supply Chain and Manufacturing.  “When it comes to digitalization, successful companies will be those able to tie their systems directly to business processes, thus reliably and fully opening up or circumventing the classic automation pyramid,” explained Matthias Altendorf, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group. “We and SAP share a common vision of implementing this strategy to the benefit of our customers.”

The goal is to fully integrate the Endress+Hauser field instruments as digital twins into the SAP cloud platform. Both companies want to take advantage of the services and smart apps from SAP’s Leonardo system as well as Endress+Hauser’s IIoT offering. The idea is to tightly integrate master and sensor data, as well as measurement values, into customer business, logistics and production processes and develop new digital services focused on predictive maintenance and predictive quality. An open platform concept forms the basis for this approach.

Endress+Hauser’s role in the partnership involves delivering the field instrumentation knowledge so critical to plant operators in the form of digital services, which will be implemented by integrating the existing Endress+Hauser IIoT services and the SAP platform using a standardized approach. From the initial creation and automatic updating of a digital twin across the entire product life cycle, to end-to-end connectivity from the sensor to the SAP IT platform, Endress+Hauser is supporting the digitalization strategy of its entire customer base.

SAP demonstrates the concrete benefits of the SAP Leonardo system as an innovation platform. In the SAP Asset Intelligence Network, field instruments are represented as digital twins, which serve as a basis for integration into the customer’s business processes. Using SAP Leonardo technologies like Machine Learning, Analytics and Blockchain, intelligent services can be flexibly enabled for the production environment. Innovations in the area of maintenance and optimization will help customers achieve the two primary goals of reducing operational costs and increasing productivity.


@Endress_Hauser #PAuto #IIoT @SAP