Friday, August 3, 2018

Absolute positioning system.

The PXV 2-D absolute positioning system from Pepperl+Fuchs sets new performance benchmarks when it comes to reliability and handling. With its large reading window, the system keeps a sufficient number of codes in view, even in relation to track switches and changes to the code tape. Precise positioning is guaranteed at all times.

The safePXV and safePGV sensor Six years of experience with the PCV system have helped to shape the development of the PXV. The reading window of the PXV has been enlarged to approx. 120 x 80 mm, meaning that the Data Matrix code tape is always located within the sending range. Mounting and commissioning are easier, and plant availability is further improved. The reading window has an increased depth of focus range, allowing it to capture even more codes simultaneously and also guarantee position detection through multiple redundancy. Unlike other systems available on the market, the PXV requires only a 2-D camera, ensuring that irritation relating to track switches is excluded. To prevent this, the cameras in the two-camera systems can receive the relevant differing position signals in these areas.

A certain degree of contamination on the code tape is often unavoidable during everyday operation. For this reason, the codes for the PXV have been expanded to 15 x 15 mm without compromising the resolution, and the "coarse-grained" design ensures that they are unaffected by contamination. Thanks to redundant detection, the system also cannot be disrupted by the destruction of individual codes. The code tape can be interrupted by a stretch of up to 80 mm without affecting position detection. Innovative safety technology

The new safePXV manages all that a single positioning system can with just one sensor. The new safety technology combines a 2-D reader with a three-colored Data Matrix code tape. The special code tape contains two overlapping Data Matrix codes in red and blue. The 2-D reader is equipped with two different colored LED rings—also red and blue. These rings are activated separately and then read just one Data Matrix code each. An SIL 3/PL e absolute position is always provided as the result.

• Pepperl+Fuchs producted are marketed in Ireland through Insteco.

@PepperlFuchs #Pauto 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

System integrator acquires industrial digitiser.

The technology company Protacon has acquired ARROW Engineering Oy, which specializes in improving the productivity of the manufacturing industry through digitalisation and visual management. With the acquisition, the parties will be able to continue to offer new types of services to their current customer base. The deal is Protacon's fifth acquisition this year.

(LtoR) Timo Akselin, Lotta Akselin, Veli-Matti Nurminen, CEO, Protacon Group Oy, Pekka Pylkkänen, CEO, Arrow Engineering Oy, Sami Kajan, Kalle Häkkänen, Juho Vuohelainen, Arrow Engineering Oy

“ARROW, an internationally operating company, will bring to our customers its expertise in industrial production management and software products with a strong position and a vast array of views based on data from different industries. We can take advantage of each other's know-how, for example by offering a wider range of services and developing management by knowledge services for the future” says Veli-Matti Nurminen, Managing Director of Protacon.

Protacon will bring a new shift to ARROW's services and product development

“We share a common view of the challenges and possibilities of industrial digitalization for our customers. Our services complement each other almost perfectly. We can create entirely new types of service, for example for the paper and energy industries by combining strengths in product development, customer service and customer deliveries" says Pekka Pylkkänen, Managing Director of ARROW Engineering Oy.

“Our ability to respond to the most demanding delivery projects will rise to a new level. We can also continue to invest heavily in the development and internationalization of our services. A common vision of digitalisation and significant synergy benefits make Protacon an ideal new home for us and is an excellent innovation for our customers.”

ARROW Engineering Oy will continue as a subsidiary as part of the Protacon Group. The company has operated for 25 years and currently serves about 500 customers in 30 countries. ARROW is one of the most prominent players in its own area of ​​expertise, in the digitalization of the management of floor-level production in the manufacturing industry and in the development of operative activities in industrial production.

"We expect ARROW to strengthen our competitive position especially in the global market," says Timo Akselin, Management Board Member responsible for the growth strategy of Protacon.

“As a whole, ARROW is a unique player, as the company is offering a corresponding service package that is not in the market. We have a large and significant common customer base, but no overlaps in the offering. We are also happy to make ARROW part of the story of Protacon.”

• The deal is already Protacon's fifth this year. In January, the company acquired software company Netwell Oy and Descal Engineering Oy, which produces industrial design services. In March, Protacon acquired a significant portion of Inray Oy, a supplier of real-time measurement systems, and in April the technology company Vision Systems Oy's business operations. Acquisitions have been the focus of Protacon's growth strategy, targeting companies globally producing industrial services and products as well as on companies producing software development services in Finland and neighbouring regions.


@protacon #Pauto @arroweng_FI

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Communications buyout to benefit IIoT.

HMS Industrial Networks has acquired all shares in the German company Beck IPC GmbH located in Wetzlar (D). Beck IPC is a leading provider of technology and solutions for embedded control and industrial M2M communication, including solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT.

The base technology IPC@CHIP® is the core of Beck IPC’s product offering for industrial OEMs. With IPC@CHIP®, Beck offers a compact embedded programmable platform solution in the form factor of a chip. Tailormade for embedded IIoT applications, IPC@CHIP® can be used as a PLC, a communication controller or a combination of both, enabling OEMs to create IIoT solutions with reduced development efforts and fast time to market.

Beck IPC’s portfolio also includes the comprehensive com.tom® gateway series and the associated cloud portal. The com.tom® gateways form an extensive line of industrial networking and Edge gateways for IIoT applications, targeting factory and process automation. The cloud portal provides all elements needed to easily set up an industrial IoT application, where the com.tom® cloud broker manages all inbound and outbound data, including all configuration and security aspects.

“Beck IPC’s knowledge, hardware and software products for IIoT, especially within the embedded offering, are important building blocks to strengthen HMS’s strategy within IIoT,” says Staffan Dahlström, CEO of HMS Industrial Networks. “Beck IPC´s product and service portfolio complements our existing Anybus®, IXXAT® and eWON® solutions, and strengthens our position as a leading supplier of communication solutions for industrial applications.

“We are excited to be joining HMS. Thanks to our complementing technologies we will together be able to offer some really attractive solutions within IIoT, and HMS’s worldwide sales organization will ensure a global market reach,” says Thomas Schumacher, Managing Director of Beck IPC GmbH.

#IoT @hmsnetworks #PAuto 

Predictive maintenance service.

Alpha Drives Ltd is offering a new service in Ireland with their gearbox partner Flender.

The new DX500 smart sensor, part of the Diagnostex product series, is a plug & play solution for measurement of vibrations and temperatures on the gear unit and notifies the system operator of irregularities by app immediately via smartphone or tablet. It enables the planning of predictive service work before unscheduled interruptions or stoppages of the production process can occur and so increases system availability. The DX500 system is thus a further step towards the digitalisation of drive solutions.

A temperature and vibration sensor measures and monitors parameters on the gear unit itself and indicates changes by means of LED signals and alarm signal in the DX Assist app or the customer LAN. All alarms are recorded and the system operator can initiate the order of required replacement parts and detailed gear unit analyses by Flender experts directly with a click. The Assist app thereby provides a tool for integrated gear unit management. The operator is provided with a digital and mobile service log-book for the respective gear unit, helping to ensure optimum spare-part management and reduced maintenance and failure costs. The sensor is precisely programmed by technicians to suit the gear-unit configuration at the time of ordering, so enabling the customer to profit from our know-how in gear unit manufacturing and many years of condition monitoring experience.

#alphadrivesie #Pauto #Flender #Ireland

Centralised water information management.

The State Government of Rajasthan has entrusted Yokogawa with the implementation, operations, and maintenance of a centralised, integrated water information management system (WIMS) in Jaipur, the state capital, as part of the Smart Cities Mission. Awarded through RajCOMP Info Services Ltd. (RISL), a Government of Rajasthan company responsible for IT services, the initial commissioning of the multimillion-dollar project will be completed in November 2018, after which Yokogawa will provide 24/7 onsite facility management services for 5 years.

“Yokogawa offers effective water distribution management and energy conservation solutions, as well as integration of field data to enable predictive analysis for the water and wastewater domain. We expect the new centralised system will deliver significant savings of both water and electricity,” commented Anil Singh, technical general manager at RISL.

Water demand in Rajasthan, the largest state in India, has continued to rise along with the growth in population, and already exceeds supply in many areas, making it increasingly difficult for the state’s Public Health Engineering Department to deliver the quantity and quality of water required. With the present public drinking water systems, which supplies more than 370 million litres per day, most of the data collection has been done manually or using supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems where information is stored locally. This means measurement frequency is limited, recorded data is sometimes inaccurate, and central decision-making cannot be carried out in an effective, timely manner.

The WIMS initiative aims to establish a centralised monitoring system for both the potable water supply and industrial and municipal wastewater systems across the state to optimise resource utilisation and improve service delivery. Yokogawa will leverage the open, scalable architecture of its FAST/TOOLSTM SCADA system to integrate legacy SCADA installations in 100 geographically remote locations into a single network. The company will also be responsible for implementing water network management and analytics software, as well as developing mobile applications for field personnel. Water flow and energy consumption data from the multiple SCADA systems will be transferred regularly to a central command center and data storage facility, named the Water Information Hub, to be built at the State Data Center in Jaipur. The new monitoring system will provide a real-time view of assets and the distribution process in dashboards that are optimised by purpose and target user. The new network will enable easier expansion of the water supply and treatment monitoring system as demand grows in the future.

“As part of the Smart Cities Mission, the Government of India is promoting models of sustainable urban development in 99 cities across India,” said Raman Garg, head of sales for non-conventional solutions at Yokogawa India. “Yokogawa is honoured to be selected for this crucial project that will demonstrate how our expertise in industrial automation and IT can deliver long-term benefits to vital social infrastructure like water supply and treatment.”


@Yokogawa #PAuto #India #Water

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Legacy PSUs.

Replacements and alternatives for legacy Kingshill linear power supplies are available from Powerstax. For many years Kingshill made a very large number of a wide variety of their very popular linear power supplies commonly used in high reliability industrial, test and measurement, instrumentation systems and offshore platforms.

These products are now supported by Powerstax who, in addition to a repair service, can offer direct replacement units in the event of repairs being uneconomic. Powerstax can also provide form-fit-and function replacements for discontinued items from Kingshill and other manufacturers. This practical, cost-effective alternative enables a quick and simple solution for replacement of existing Kingshill and other installations. Use of Powerstax replacement products helps to speed the selection process, minimise engineering disruption and reduce the large investment traditionally associated with a power supply re-design.

Tim Worley, CEO of Powerstax, commented, "We are well known for our support of Kingshill products and any kind of web search for them will send existing users to Powerstax. What isn’t so well known is that we have designed new form, fit and function versions where the circuitry is modernised but the metalwork and connectors are Kingshill standard. This is very good news for existing Kingshill customers with systems designed around their footprint and performance but also for any users of obsolete power supplies wishing to extend the life of other obsolete power supplies who now have the opportunity to come to Powerstax for a turnkey solution.”

Powerstax offers replacements and alternatives for Kingshill linear, regulated and un-regulated power supplies and other discontinued ranges including the U and W Series modular and cased un-regulated series power supplies with output power of 28W – 1600W. The Elite Series regulated series power supplies, modular cased 25W – 200W models. The L Series Open-Frame regulated series power supplies from 15W – 170W and the NS, NM, S, NTS, NTM, 3S, ST and TR Series high-specification regulated series modular power supplies with outputs from 10W – 1200W.

Powerstax designs and manufactures an extensive range of standard, value-added and custom AC and DC power solutions for a broad range of fixed and mobile applications including hot-swap front-end AC-DC bulk power, DC-DC converter bricks and modules and programmable, modular, rack mounted power supplies. Their Drake® range of transformer rectifiers offer output currents to 5,000A and output power up to 1000kVA and beyond. Power solutions are available for harsh (marine, offshore, desert) and hazardous (Zone 1 and Zone 2) environments and can be oil, air or water cooled and can be sealed up to IP65 if the environment dictates with purge and pressure systems and heat exchangers incorporated if required.

@PowerstaxLtd #PAuto

Collaboration for IIoT Connectivity Solutions.

Advantech, Behr Technologies (BTI), Hitachi Solutions America, and Microsoft are collaborating to deliver wireless communications solutions with unmatched scalability, reliability, and security for private industrial internet of things (IIoT) networks. Since no single technology provider can enable IIoT alone, this joint effort will provide the first mass-market, end-to-end wireless gateway solution to ensure connectivity with sensors for production-level industrial and commercial applications. The solution will deliver massive scalability, the deepest possible building penetration, integration and interoperability with legacy systems, along with extremely long battery life for nodes.

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This collaboration aims to meet growing demand in the marketplace for robust and comprehensive out-of-the-box wireless IIoT communications solutions to connect the various sensors used by industrial and commercial customers in their business intelligence efforts. The foundation for the joint effort is BTI MIOTY™, a low-power, wide-area network (LPWAN) communications solution that is the first and only to use the ETSI standard telegram splitting ultra-narrow band (TS-UNB) technical specification for low throughput networks, enabling organizations to deploy private IoT sensor networks with unprecedented capacity, high Quality-of-Service (QoS), and low total cost of ownership. Using industry-standard Advantech gateways, BTI MIOTY will transmit up to 1.5 million messages per day within a radius of five to 15 kilometers, with no carrier requirements. Layered atop this infrastructure, Hitachi Solutions’ IoT Service Hub will enable organizations to connect and monitor devices and analyze the data in real time to dramatically improve operational efficiencies.

First application focused on workforce safety
The first application resulting from this collaboration is a new and unique approach to workforce safety using the BTI MIOTY LPWAN wireless solution on an industry-standard gateway. Using a wearable device to monitor the heart rate of workers in industrial high-risk environments, data on the health of hundreds of workers is transmitted over unlicensed, sub-gigahertz frequencies via BTI MIOTY to a single Advantech base station. From there, it is communicated to the Microsoft Cloud, where Hitachi Solutions’ IoT Service Hub can provide actionable insights on workers’ health and send alerts when workers are in danger. Employers, such as mining site operators, can deploy this end-to-end solution to protect their workforce with unprecedented responsiveness at a fraction of the cost of previously available technologies.

“Through this collaboration with Microsoft, Hitachi Solutions, and BTI, we are working to deliver an integrated IIoT solution,” said Stephen Huang, associate vice president of Advantech’s Embedded IoT Group. “Our Edge Intelligence Server provides a device-to-cloud solution at the edge. With WISE-PaaS EdgeSense IoT software built into the gateway, we can provide connectivity and manageability at the edge to simplify IIoT applications.”

The BTI MIOTY contribution to the overall, end-to-end ecosystem with Microsoft, Hitachi Solutions, and Advantech gives customers an out-of-the-box IIoT solution that provides critical machine data and telemetry in areas they cannot currently access,” said Albert Behr, chief executive officer of Behr Technologies Inc. “BTI MIOTY has been specifically developed for massive and lowest-cost LPWAN communications and is poised to be the commercial standard for wireless IIoT connectivity. The use cases are endless and it will deliver a wireless IIoT solution that is unparalleled in the market.”

“Through this collaboration, we can add our unique and advanced analytics-based business value to the solution,” said Craig Burbidge, senior vice president of Hitachi Solutions America. “With our IoT Service Hub as the platform, customers will be able to aggregate and analyze equipment telemetry data in real time. The actionable insights provided will allow them to be more predictive and proactive, ensuring a safer and more productive environment with more efficient and cost-effective operations.”

“With Azure services and BTI MIOTY, customers can implement cost-effective and highly scalable solutions to facilitate the “last mile” of communication for messages delivered from sensors to the Cloud,” said, Rashmi Misra, general manager, IoT Solutions at Microsoft. “Working with our broad partner ecosystem, we are ushering in a new era of IoT communication that will enable organizations around the world to realize the promise of industrial automation in ways that were not previously possible.”

#IIoT #PAuto @AdvantechIA @BTIMioty @HitachiSolUS @Microsoft

Monday, July 30, 2018

Connectors range.

Two new M12 connectors from Binder are now available from Foremost Electronics.

Alan Vincent, Sales Director of Foremost said, “M12 connectors are one of the most popular types used in panel building and industrial control. These two new products between them offer simple to mount, secure and waterproof connectivity and the option of lead-through wiring to simplify system assembly.”

The new panel mounted Series 763 male M12 connector is an A-coded square flange male connector and is uniquely positionable and lockable which makes the installation of cables a simple and flexible operation.

The connector consists of separate housing and contact carrier allowing the flange housing to be mounted first and the carrier can then be subsequently installed even from various angles, a common occurrence during installation.

Available with 4, 5 or 8 gold plated contacts, the new Series 763 M12 panel mount connector is rated up to 250V and 4A and protects to IP68 when mated ensuring fast and easy termination. The male square flange panel-mount M12 connector is positionable and lockable for easy installation and handles AWG24/7 wires.

The new M12 female cable connector and RJ45 adaptor combination from binder is ideal for lead-through control panel applications across many industry sectors. The Series 825 M12 X-coded connector has 8 gold-plated contacts and is available in straight or right-angled versions.

Designed in accordance with IEC 61076-2-109, the M12/RJ45 combination is good for high data speeds – 4 paired up to 10Gbit/s – which is sufficient for most control applications.

Also available is a shieldable Series 825 M12 X-coded female cable connector featuring IDT connection and a 5.5 – 9mm cable outlet.

The new Series 825 M12 connectors are rated up to 0.5A at 50VAC/60VDC and protects to IP67 when mated. The RJ45 adaptor gives protection to IP20.

#4most #PAuto

European grant aid awarded for microscopy development.

Imec has announced that Niels Verellen, one of its young scientists, has been awarded an ERC* Starting Grant. The grant of 1.5 million euros (for 5 years) will be used to enable high-resolution, fast, robust, zero-maintenance, inexpensive and ultra-compact microscopy technology based on on-chip photonics and CMOS image sensors. The technology paves the way for multiple applications of cell imaging in life sciences, biology, and medicine and compact, cost-effective DNA sequencing instruments.

Niels Verellen, who is Senior Photonics Researcher & project leader at imec ays : “Compact, high-resolution and high-throughput microscopy devices will induce a profound change in the way cell biologists do research, in the way DNA sequencing becomes more and more accessible, in the way certain diseases can be diagnosed, new drugs are screened in the pharma industry, and healthcare workers can diagnose patients in remote areas.”

Microscopy is an indispensable tool in biology and medicine that has fueled many breakthroughs. Recently the world of microscopy has witnessed a true revolution in terms of increased resolution of fluorescent imaging techniques, including a Nobel Prize in 2014. Yet, these techniques remain largely locked-up in specialized laboratories as they require bulky, expensive instrumentation and highly skilled operators.

The next big push in microscopy with a large societal impact will come from extremely compact and robust optical systems that will make high-resolution microscopy highly accessible and as such facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of diseases or disorders caused by problems at the cell or molecular level, such as meningitis, malaria, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. Moreover, it will pave the way to DNA analysis as a more standard procedure, not only for the diagnosis of genomic disorders or in forensics, but also in cancer treatment, follow-up of transplants, the microbiome, pre-natal tests, and even agriculture, and archeology.

The topic of Verellen’s ERC grant is the development of Integrated high-Resolution On-Chip Structured Illumination Microscopy (IROCSIM). This new technology is based on a novel imaging platform that integrates active on-chip photonics and CMOS image sensors. “Whereas existing microscopy techniques today suffer from a trade-off between equipment size, field-of-view, and resolution, the IROCSIM solution will eliminate the need for bulky optical components and enable microscopy in the smallest possible form-factor, with a scalable field-of-view and without compromising the resolution,” continues Verellen.

Jo De Boeck, imec’s CTO says: “We are very proud that young researchers such as Niels Verellen are awarded an ERC Starting Grant and as such get a unique opportunity to fulfill their ambitions and creative ideas in research. At imec, we select and foster our young scientists and provide them with a world-class infrastructure. These ERC Starting Grants show that their work indeed meets the highest standards.”

The European Research Council (ERC) is a pan European funding body designed to support investigator-driven frontier research and stimulate scientific excellence across Europe. The ERC aims to support the best and most creative scientists to identify and explore new opportunities and directions in any field of research. ERC Starting grants in particular are designed to support outstanding researchers with 2 to 7 years postdoctoral experience.


@imec_int #PHarma  @ERC_Research