Friday, June 22, 2018

From weaving to optical sensors.

The 55-year success story of Leuze electronic began with the "cono-pack", an electromechanical packaging machine. With the development of what at the time was the world's smallest reflex head, the key step into the market of industrial automation was taken. Numerous innovations followed. For example, the ASi bus is a Leuze electronic invention, as is the safe ASi. Safety monitors of a wide variety of labels come from the production facilities of Leuze electronic.

The company was directly involved in the development of the I/O link and is also playing an active role as a driver and pioneer of Industry 4.0. Clear focusing and differentiation has turned Leuze electronic into an expert in usability, industrial interfaces and communication and connectivity. Today, the company's main focus is on the areas of intralogistics, the packaging industry, machine tools and the automotive industry, as well as laboratory automation.

The product range of Leuze electronic includes switching and measuring sensors, identification systems, solutions for image processing and data transmission and also occupational safety components and systems. Many years of double-digit growth have meant not only an increase in turnover figures, but also the number of employees. Today, more than 1,200 sensor people at 22 locations are involved in development, production, sales and service – supported by more than 40 sales partners around the world. Leuze electronic demonstrates its consistency in the creation of new jobs.

• Leuze is looking for specialists in all areas, from skilled production workers to product managers and national and international sales managers. Growth also means that more space is needed. Which is why the company will continue to invest in new international facilities. At its headquarters in Owen/Teck, (D), not only additional office space and new staff parking places are currently being created, investments are also being made in the production and logistics departments.

@LeuzeUK #PAuto 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

London's clean air!

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a new, street-by-street monitoring system that will help to improve that capital’s air quality. From July 2018, and operating for a year, London will benefit from what is being described as the world’s most sophisticated air quality monitoring system. A consortium involving academia, an environmental charity, and commercial partners will install a network of 100 multiparameter AQMesh air quality monitors, whilst also operating two Google Street View cars that will map air pollution at an unprecedented level of detail.
Air Monitors will supply the AQMesh pods and a comprehensive suite of analysers that will be fitted to the Google Street View cars. In addition, Air Monitors will be responsible for the wireless collection of data, so that air quality can be visualised and mapped in almost real-time. Working closely with the Greater London Authority, the project will be run by a team of air quality experts led by the charity Environmental Defense Fund Europe, in partnership with Air Monitors Ltd., Google Earth Outreach, Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants, University of Cambridge, National Physical Laboratory, King’s College London and the Environmental Defense Fund team in the United States.

Air Monitors Managing Director Jim Mills says: “It is difficult to underestimate the importance of this project – traditional monitoring networks provide essential information to check compliance against air quality standards, but this network will be ‘hyperlocal’ by which we mean that it will deliver street-level air quality data, which will be of tremendous interest to the public and also enable the effective assessment of air quality interventions.

“The Google Street View cars will take readings every 30 meters, helping us to find pollution hot-spots, so that AQMesh pods can be positioned in these locations. However, the pods are wireless and battery-powered, so they can also be quickly and easily fixed to lamp posts in other sensitive locations such as schools.”

In addition to nitrogen dioxide and particulates, which are the pollutants of greatest concern, the pods will also measure ozone, nitric oxide, carbon dioxide, temperature, humidity and pressure. Data will be automatically transmitted to Air Monitors’ cloud-based data management system, which can be accessed by PC, tablet or smartphone.

The monitoring data will provide baseline air quality data that will be essential in the assessment of mitigation measures, particularly in London’s expanding ultra-low emission zone. For example, on 20th June 2018, Sadiq Khan, announced the creation of the largest double-decker electric bus fleet in Europe, and the new monitoring network will enable the assessment of this initiative’s impact on air quality.

“This project will provide a step change in data collection and analysis that will enable London to evaluate the impact of both air quality and climate change policies and develop responsive interventions,” said Executive Director for Environmental Defense Fund Europe, Baroness Bryony Worthington. “A clear output of the project will be a revolutionary air monitoring model and intervention approach that can be replicated cost-effectively across other UK cities and globally, with a focus on C40 cities.”

Mark Watts, C40, Executive Director said: “Almost every major city in the world is dealing with the threat of toxic air pollution, which is taking an incredible toll on the health of citizens, public finances, quality of life and contributing to climate change. London is already a world leader in responding to this global threat and with this initiative it will set a new global standard for how street level air quality monitoring can inform strategic policy making. Cities across the C40 network and around the world will be watching closely to understand how this monitoring can deliver cleaner air for their citizens.”

 @airmonitors  #Environment @_Enviro_News 

Efficient connections for the Ex zone.

In environments where there is a high explosion risk (known as Ex zones), connectors must fulfil special safety requirements. Here Howard Forryan of Harting discusses how these challenges may be met.

Harting offers a range of connectors - the Han® Ex series - that meet the safety requirements for ignition protection in Ex zones 1 and 2. The use of such connectors, featuring innovative termination techniques supporting unskilled assembly and flexible hood and housing mating solutions, allows end users and installers more installed site flexibility and keeps costs down through time saving in various hazardous application areas including process automation in the petrochemical, chemical and mining sectors.
Condition monitoring
Operators of oil and gas platforms need to continuously monitor their sites’ ambient condition status through parameters such as gas concentration levels, differential pressures and temperatures. Mobile explosion-proof detectors and transmitters allow such measurements to be made at various different key locations on the platform and then be re-positioned as required. The readings from these instruments are switched and recorded via an explosion-proof central controller. These pre-existing detectors and central controller enclosures will typically already have glanded conduit access points. Because of the stringent requirements of explosion-proof equipment, users need to avoid making any modifications to such certified equipment.

In order to save valuable installation time and to maximise location flexibility of such a mobile detection system onto an oil or gas platform installation, Harting offers an exposion-proof connection solution with the compact Han® Ex 4A cable-to-cable connector system, a product that can be retrofitted without compromising the equipment’s Ex certification compliance. Because all detectors are provided with pre-fitted connector cable ends, they are supplied to site fully pre-tested, which ensures fast pluggable installation.

For the links to the central controller enclosure already located on site, cables can be wired through existing glands and conduits, leaving free ends for cable-to-cable connector termination. Harting provides its mating cable-to-cable connector with tool-less quick-lock termination connector inserts, allowing for quick and simple non-specialist wiring on-site installation.

The application of the Han® Ex 4A cable-to-cable connector system allows the connection between the controller and the detectors to be made outside the explosion-proof enclosure, hence ensuring that there is no modification done to the enclosure and no need for re-certification of equipment.

Lifting cranes
Another offshore oil and gas platform related application where connectors offer significant benefits over hard-wiring is on mobile heavy lifting cranes, which may need to be frequently removed and re-installed at different locations. While the crane platform and operator cabin are installed in the so called “safe zone”, the boom is operating in the hazardous zone, thus making it mandatory to use ATEX approved components. The boom carries a number of different sensors (for detecting angle and load, for example) and a light bar at its tip; near the cabin various connectors are used at a panel where all the sensors are wired up.

Across the general “Ex” sector, the replacement of defective loads such as low-voltage switchgear, generators or pumps is complex: the power has to be switched off before the defective equipment can be uninstalled and replaced. With a hard-wired installation, all cores would have to be screwed or connected individually. Connectors, on the other hand, reduce downtime and support modern and flexible machine configuration through modularisation in hazardous areas. Harting’s Han® Ex series connectors are available in different tool-less contact wiring termination designs, so that no specialist skilled personnel are needed for initial assembly and replacement of components. Similarly, the installers require no special tools, thereby accelerating the switch-out operation while maintaining all safety functions. Crimp termination is also an option for the volume OEM manufacturing producer.

Meeting protection requirements
Intrinsically safe explosion protection is based on the limitation of the power circulating in intrinsic circuits, permitting electrical devices to be operated safely even in an explosive environment. Han® Ex connectors meet the standards for materials that are permitted to be used in potentially explosive atmospheres (DIN EN 60 079-0). Air clearance and material creepage distances are in accordance with the intrinsically safe circuit requirements for zones 1 and 2. Their blue colour provides easy identification of inherently safe circuits and they ensure protection class IP65 when mated or unmated in conjunction with appropriate lanyard attachable loose covers (plastic for Han® Ex B and powder coated blue zinc die-cast for Han® Ex 3A series).

 @HARTING_Group #PAuto #EX #Offshore

40 years serving automation in Ireland.

In May 1978 ​​Pat​ ​J Bonner established the company P.J. Bonner & Company. He had vast experience in the area of​ ​​instrumentation and​ automation behind him and formed the company to utilise that experience for the benefit of Irish industry. Pat still maintains an interest in the company although day to day management​ ​​and ownership has been passed to the next generation.

The company is thus celebrating the achievement of the first 40 year in business this year. From a humble front room start-up to the large, modern offices and industrial unit in Ballymount (Dublin Irl) and to their recently opened new premises in Cork, the company is rightly proud of what has been achieved during their first 40 years.

Managing Director, Patrick M. Bonner, son of the Founder told Read-out, "Our success could not have been achieved without all of our colleagues both past and present that have worked so effectively and professionally, our customers that remain at the focal point of everything we do and support from our long-term supplier partnerships. We have been fortunate that the ethos of the company is only as valid as the staff who work here, and by putting our clients at the first point of everything they do – all the team have developed the company’s reputation that is second to none in our industry."

As they head into the next 40 years, they intend to build on the firm foundations and "look to the future and acting on the potential for the betterment of our staff, our customers and our suppliers."

@pjbonnerco  #PAuto 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Safety relays are diagnostics enabled!

The new KFD2-RSH safety relays from Pepperl+Fuchs combine a diagnostic function, line fault transparency, and dual redundancy in a 1oo3 (one out of three) architecture. During each switching operation, the function of the switching contacts is automatically checked.

This drastically reduces the effort required for proof testing. Thanks to line fault transparency, the entire signal circuit can be monitored for line faults without the need for additional wiring. The relays are immune to test pulses and are therefore compatible with digital output cards for all common control panels.

The 1oo3 architecture with dual redundant switching contacts is at the core of the new modules. For DTS (de-energized-to-safe) applications, there are three serial contacts. For ETS (energized-to-safe) signal circuits, there are two groups of three contacts each, arranged in parallel. The safety function is ensured, even if up to two contacts in a group fail.
The integrated diagnostics function moves the three contacts successively with a time delay during each switching operation. In ETS applications, all three relays of both contact groups are initially closed with three consecutive switching events. During the delay period, the device checks whether this contact closes the circuit and detects any faulty circuits.

DTS device diagnosis takes place during the restart process. Initially, two relay contacts are closed simultaneously, then the third contact is closed after a time delay. The idea is that there is no current flowing before the third contact closes, otherwise this relay is defective because it no longer disconnects the circuit. Another relay is checked during every switching cycle.

After switching three times, the relay module is fully tested once without any additional effort. The diagnostics results are provided:
• via the LED on the module
• as a collective error message on the power feed module
• by evaluating the test pulses from the control panel
• on the additional relay output

The KFD2-RSH safety relays provide comprehensive line fault transparency. As a result, short circuits and lead breakages can also be detected on the field side through the control system's digital output card (DO card) and assigned to a specific signal circuit. No additional wiring is required.

DO cards on control panels often offer built-in diagnostic functions. The module input effectively filters the test pulses coming from the DO card. This prevents an unintentional switching of the field device as a result of a diagnosis measure or the unintentional display of a line fault in the control panel.

The single-channel devices are certified in accordance with the ATEX/IECEx Zone 2 and UL standards and are suitable for DTS and ETS applications up to IEC61508 SIL 3. The DTS modules are also suitable for applications up to EN ISO 13849 PL e.

@PepperlFuchs #Pauto 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Loadcells for harsh but hygenic applications.

The new Z6R Bending Beam Load Cell now available from HBM, has been specifically developed for use in harsh environments and applications with high requirements for hygiene.

Designed for maximum capacities ranging from 20 to 200 KG and featuring an accuracy class of C3, the Z6R is particularly suitable for use in food processing, production of pharmaceuticals or packaging of building materials.

Manufactured in stainless steel, the robust enclosure can withstand mechanical stress and is not affected by dirt, humidity or aggressive environments with acids and alkalis. Featuring an innovative design, without any gaps or edges, the Z6R is easy to clean and can therefore help to reduce costly downtime. Furthermore, the new Z6R is also ingress protected to IP68, with IP69K as an option for added protection. In addition, as with most load cells from HBM, the Z6R is also suitable for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (IECEx: Zone 1 + 21, Zone 2 + 21).

Mechanically and electrically compatible with the market leading Z6 load cell from HBM, which has been successfully incorporated into various projects throughout the world, integration with existing systems or load cell replacement is quick and simple. This, combined with a long service life, puts the Z6R bending load cell at the top of its game.

 @HBMmeasurement #PAuto

Industrial thermal imaging.

The ThermoView® TV40, a high-performance industrial thermal imager designed for the most challenging environmental conditions has been announced by Fluke® Process Instruments. Supported by intuitive and powerful analysis software, the new thermal imager provides a fully integrated solution for temperature control, monitoring and data archiving to ensure process traceability and product quality.

Backed by 150 years of industrial application experience, the ThermoView offering consists of the rugged TV40 thermal imager and ThermoView software. It was developed to meet today’s demanding industrial automation requirements and can be used in applications where multiple thermal imagers need to be displayed and operated together.

According to Jeff Kresch, global product manager, Fluke Process Instruments, the ThermoView TV40 provides a thermal imaging solution for monitoring, analyzing and resolving in a wide range of industrial environments. “The TV40 developed software is a turnkey solution intended for factory automation, process inspection and process monitoring applications, which Fluke Process Instruments has served for many years. This versatile thermal imager has the performance and personalization capabilities needed for continuous process monitoring and control.”

The standard TV40 thermal imager is offered with an “on-board” lens, which means that there are no external moving parts. It operates in ambient temperatures up to 122° F (50° C) and is housed in an IP67 enclosure using industrial sealed connectors. The camera has a web interface, and basic setup can be done via any personal computer (PC) with web browser. Remote motorized focus is utilized with sighting options based on IR-Fusion® technology — simultaneous thermal and visible remote sighting for easy alignment and continuous monitoring of process conditions. The camera’s GigE interface allows for high-speed data transfer at 60 frames per second and a Power over Ethernet (PoE) option.

ThermoView full system software offers a variety of analysis and process monitoring tools in a single package. It runs on Windows 7, 8 and 10 operating systems, and multiple language versions are available. Features include

1) Continuous or intermittent inspection of temperature events.
2) Independent emissivity for each Area of Interest (AOI) and user-configurable setup of temperature conditions to trigger events or alarms, which can interface to discrete input/output (I/O) devices.
3) Software designed to interface with process control equipment, receiving synchronization inputs and providing pass/fail logic outputs; perform product inspections, temperature alarming and monitoring; and enable process temperature archiving.
4) Temperature analysis tools for trending and product troubleshooting, as well as I/O alarming for over and under heating conditions.
5) Analysis capabilities for real-time isotherm, subtraction, histograms and trending analysis.

A lite version of ThermoView software is available to help users become familiar with the features and benefits of the TV40 thermal imager. The software displays thermal images from the imager, loads off-line images/sequences and copies images to a clipboard.

ThermoView TV40 Thermal Imagers are available with environmental outdoor enclosures, air purge and other accessories. They are shipped with manuals, calibration certification, a quick reference guide and a safety sheet. All ThermoView thermal imagers are offered with a two-year warranty.

@FlukePI #PAuto

Monday, June 18, 2018

Thermowell reduce fatigue failure in challenging processes.

Emerson has released the Rosemount™ Twisted Square™ Thermowell line, a solution that reduces dynamic stress, simplifies process calculations and provides more accurate temperature measurements. This new thermowell design was developed to address these issues while meeting demanding production requirements, increasing output and ensuring high product quality.
“We wanted to offer a solution that would give our customers more options for thermowells when they run into process design challenges,” said Jack Reuvers, Emerson senior lead engineer. “When changes happen during the late phases of projects it can delay start-up times and add a lot of extra cost and stress. Twisted Square Thermowells not only provide more options, but they can also save on design costs while supplying high-accuracy temperature measurements with a safe, robust design.”

Twisted Square Thermowells improve reliability and reduce risk of fatigue failure through their ability to dampen dynamic stresses caused by oscillating vortex pressures. These dynamic stresses can result in vortex-induced vibration (VIV), which is the primary source of thermowell stress failures.

The new design reduces VIV by over 90 percent. This helps to simplify process calculations by eliminating the need to size thermowells to reduce dynamic and frequency limits, saving engineering time and lowering costs without requiring design changes. It is ideal for use where conventional thermowells fail to meet the globally-accepted ASME PTC 19.3 TW standard for safe and reliable thermowell design.

Twisted Square Thermowells solve these challenges at a time when manufacturers are relying more on applications that require thermowells to withstand harsh or changing process conditions.

Typically, conventional thermowells are shortened and/or the outer diameter is increased to avoid VIV. These changes can result in decreased accuracy and/or slower response times for the measurement point. The dimensional adjustments recommended by the ASME PTC 19.3 TW calculations are often acceptable to maintain an appropriate measurement point, but in some cases, they may compromise temperature accuracy, making it difficult to implement.

 @EMR_Automation  #PAuto @Emerson_News

Flexible probe for hard-to-reach places.

Fluke is now including an iFlex® flexible current probe with its 279 FC TRMS Thermal Multimeter with no increase in price. The iFlex flexible current probe allows users to work in tight, hard-to-reach spaces and make current measurements up to 2500A.

Thermal imagers are invaluable to help quickly troubleshoot electrical equipment, panels and transformers but electricians and maintenance technicians often do not have access to one when they need it. The Fluke 279 FC TRMS Thermal Multimeter integrates a full-featured true-RMS (TRMS) digital multimeter (DMM) with a thermal camera in one device to speed troubleshooting.

The Fluke 279 FC now allows users to save, recall and review saved images on the meter. It is also a member of the Fluke Connect® family of wireless test tools allowing users to transmit results wirelessly to a smartphone and save time reporting to validate work is complete. Fluke is also offering a kit, which includes the 279 FC, the iFlex and a spare re-chargeable battery, all at a special discounted kit price.

The Fluke 279 FC allows technicians to quickly and safely check for hot spots in fuses, wires, insulators, connectors, splices and switches with the imager, and then troubleshoot and analyse issues with the DMM. By combining two powerful test tools into one, electricians and technicians can carry fewer tools and have a higher level of confidence they have the tools handy to solve problems.

The 279 FC TRMS Thermal Multimeter features 15 electrical measurement functions including AC/DC voltage, resistance, continuity, capacitance, diode test, min/max and frequency, with advanced capabilities such as motor drive measurements, min/max recording and display hold. The 3.5inch (8.89cm) full-colour LCD screen makes for easy, clear viewing of images.

The wireless 279 FC is part of Fluke Connect - a system of wireless test tools that communicate via the Fluke Connect app, or Fluke Connect Assets software, a cloud-based solution that gathers measurements to provide a comprehensive view of critical equipment status - allowing technicians to record and share both thermal images and electrical measurements in real time via their smartphones or tablets and automatically upload them to the cloud. Reports can be created and shared right from the job site via email, allowing technicians to collaborate in real time with other colleagues with ShareLive™ video calls, which increases productivity in the field.

The CAT III 1000V, CAT IV 600V safety rated thermal multimeter has a rechargeable lithium ion battery that lasts up to a full work day (10+ hours) under normal conditions.

@FlukeCorp  #PAuto #TandM 

Point-and-shoot thermal imaging.

The new, rugged Beha-Amprobe IRC-110-EUR Infrared (IR) Camera, designed for the professional, offers point-and-shoot functionality to give a visual heat map image for quick and accurate identification of temperature related issues.

It is an ideal tool to troubleshoot electrical connections and motors/drives, HVAC, mechanical and automotive applications, and insulation leaks around buildings to identify potential energy savings.

This thermal camera offers a visual image with five blending modes with the IR heat map overlay (at 0%, 25%, 50%, 75% and 100%) providing a quick indication to the actual hot spot location. The images are also viewable in one of three selectable color palettes for better analytical evaluation - grey scale, hot iron and rainbow. Intuitive joystick navigation enables ease of navigation through on-screen menus and settings.

It is focus free and provides a centre-point temperature measurement, with hot and cold markers instantly identifying the hottest and coldest spots within the image. The distance to spot ratio is 20:1 and the emissivity is adjustable from 0.10 to 1.00. Featuring an Auto-off function, it offers an IR temperature range from 10degC to +500degC.

The Beha-Amprobe cameras are suitable for use in industrial maintenance, commercial facility maintenance, oil & gas maintenance, reliability inspections, building diagnostics, utilities and in research & development.


"World Cup of Automation!"

The agenda for the Copa-Data Global Partner Academy 2018 included presentations and in-depth workshops with experts, practical reference visits and international networking under the event slogan "World Cup of Automation".
This year's Copa-Data Global Partner Academy (GPA) in Vienna (A) had 215 participants representing 98 companies from 30 countries. The third-annual GPA, the worldwide rendezvous for members of the company's partner community, brought together twice as many people as it did in 2016.

Johannes Petrowisch, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Copa-Data, was delighted by this growth, commenting: "This GPA shows the continuous growth trajectory that we and our partners are experiencing worldwide. It is a strong sign that our zenon software is delighting so many experts throughout the world and that automation is advancing in harmony with digitalization. We would like to warmly thank all participants."

One highlight was an insight provided by Ulrike Huemer, lawyer and CIO of the city of Vienna, into city development and planning for one of Europe's largest and, at the same time, most liveable city regions. The city of Vienna has already been following a digital agenda for increasing transparency and decreasing bureaucracy for its citizens for several years now. In the lawyer's speech, she focused on a key challenge for the coming years: interlinking all social sectors that are involved in the digital transformation. International participants at GPA 2018 agreed with her conclusion that only through open discussion and dialogue between economy, industry, society and public authorities can the advantages of digitalization take effect.

Furthermore, Copa-Data partner companies obtained extensive know-how on the new zenon 8.00 and zenon Analyzer 3.20 software versions. Example applications from around the world underscored the variety of solutions that can be implemented with zenon – from ergonomic human-machine interfaces and powerful control stations to cloud-connected production analyses across different locations. GPA participants benefitted both from face-to-face conversations with company technology experts and in-depth workshops on technical and sales topics.

The agenda was rounded off by two reference visits. In the energy distribution sector, participants at Wiener Netz's premises were able to get an idea of how 46 transformer stations and a 28,000 km distribution network provide energy to the city of Vienna and other parts of Austria. In the pilot factory for Industry 4.0, which was initiated by TU Wien, the Technical University of Vienna, GPA 2018 participants gained insights into the future of industrial production with a focus on smart, cyber-physical production systems.

The Copa-Data  British technical & sales team accompanying partners Roy Coleman and Lee Hancock of Applied Integration and Capula.
Photo:Stefanie Starz,

@copadata  #PAuto #Austria