Friday, August 17, 2018

Capturing time-critical data using GPS.

Digitization and the reliability of accurate measurement data are inherent to the constantly expanding demands of the energy distribution and production industries. And consumers are also demanding more accurate and traceable data to protect them from damage and costs as well as to continuously optimize their energy consumption. But what if systems or transformer stations are not yet linked to the digital world and time-critical data still has to be available?
To provide this capability, Camille Bauer Metrawatt equips its highly-accurate measurement devices in the SINEAX AM, SINEAX DM5000, LINAX PQ and CENTRAX CU series with GPS modules. The pre-configured GPS modules synchronize the integrated time measurement of the devices using GPS signals, to ensure that each measurement value is recorded with the globally correct date and time. Timestamps are important when performing sensitive energy measurements. And also, when problems occur, they can be promptly detected before it becomes too late. If the fault has already occurred, accurate data with a precise timestamp are essential to be able efficiently pinpoint the causes.

When there are specific network quality issues, either with respect to IEC 61000-4-30 Ed.3 norms or non-standard network criteria (for example absolute performance monitoring, individual threshold exceedances) accurate timestamps are a must. They make it possible to supply the event monitoring software reliably with time-critical data. As well as this, standardized, IEEE 1159.3-compliant, PQDIF files can be retrieved, saved and read with accurate timestamps directly from the device using PQ-DIFFRACTOR or the SMARTCOLLECT data management software. Accurate timestamps are also an essential component of automation applications; for example lighting controls, network load symmetrization and monitoring of production resources such as transformers, motors, etc.

The official designation of GPS is "Navigational Satellite Timing and Ranging – Global Positioning System" (NAVSTAR GPS) and it is now pervasive in mobile devices like smartphones and navigation devices. Each satellite is equipped with one or more atomic clocks. The major advantage of GPS signals is that GPS receivers only receive data from satellites but do not transmit. Because the position detection is normally done by computing the signal propagation times between the satellites and the GPS receiver, no information can flow to unauthorized third parties.

• Camille Bauer products are marketed in Ireland through Irish Power and Process.

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Detecting cyber threats.

SolutionsPT has become a premier partner in Britain and Ireland for leading industrial cyber security specialist Claroty’s OT Cyber Security platform.

SolutionPT's Ian Bailey
The move creates a dynamic partnership between SolutionsPT and Claroty. Claroty, which is leading innovation in the cyber security space, recently announced new investment totalling €53 million (US$60 million) from a global syndicate of investors including industrial operators, control system vendors and venture capital leaders.

SolutionsPT launched its distribution of Claroty’s Continuous Threat Detection software last May (2018). Built on its CoreX technology, Claroty’s offering provides deep visibility into industrial networks, exposing configuration issues and vulnerable assets so that protective steps can be taken against cyber-attacks.

This continuous threat detection offering also monitors industrial control system traffic, allowing for early warning of both malicious and accidental threats, preventing attacks before they affect OT networks.

Announcing the partnership, SolutionsPT’s Growth Project Manager, Ian Bailey, said: “Claroty’s OT Cyber Security Platform delivers unmatched cyber threat detection for industrial networks. We believe that establishing a secure network is the first, crucial step when building secure industrial architectures, and we are thrilled to now introduce Claroty’s offering to our significant industrial installer base.

“SolutionsPT has been bringing IT innovation to the OT world for more than three decades. Our expertise and track record as a trusted provider of industrial IT solutions is an excellent fit with Claroty’s mission to secure the safety and reliability of the industrial control networks protecting the world from cyber-attack.”

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Depth-sensing cameras.

Mouser Electronics now stocks the Intel®RealSense™ D400 product family. Built specifically to help embedded systems sense, understand, interact and learn from real-world environments, the Intel RealSense D400 product family offers designers a comprehensive platform of ready-to-use cameras, depth modules and vision processors that deliver embedded depth-sensing technology, real-time processing, and high-speed 3D imaging that is versatile and robust for a variety of indoor and outdoor applications.

This Intel RealSense D400 product family includes two depth-sensing cameras: the D415 and D435. Both incorporate the latest Intel RealSense Vision Processor D4 to handle the complex depth algorithm, and use stereo image sensors to capture and calculate disparity between images. The D415 camera features a rolling shutter stereo camera pair, standard infrared (IR) projector and a full HD RGB camera that is ideal for stationary and slow-moving applications. The D435 camera, by contrast, features a global shutter stereo camera pair, wide IR projector and a full HD RGB camera, which is more suitable for applications such as virtual reality (VR) or robotics. Both cameras deliver low light performance with less than 1 lux minimum sensitivity and use a USB 3.0 connection with power over USB. Both cameras offer a depth stream output resolution of up to 1280 × 720 px with a frame rate of 30 fps.

For higher volume embedded applications, Intel offers the Vision Processor D4 and Depth Module D400 Series, also available from Mouser Electronics. The compact Vision Processor D4 computes high-resolution 3D depth maps in real time without requiring a dedicated GPU or host processor when paired with RealSense Depth Modules. The D400 Depth Module Series can capture indoor or outdoor environments with long-range capabilities, high-depth resolution and IR stereo, and are offered with multiple options, including standard or wide field of view, rolling or global shutter technology and passive or active IR depth sensing.

The Intel RealSense Depth Camera D400 product family is supported by a cross-platform (Windows, Linux, macOS) and open-source software development kit (SDK), which features libraries, wrappers, computer vision sample code and tools to help designers start coding projects and debugging camera settings. Additionally, designers can quickly download the Intel RealSense viewer for use with either the D435 or D415 Depth Camera to quickly evaluate the D400 product family.

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Workspace offers safer, more connected operating area!

The iOps Workspace Solution is a new operator workspace from Emerson that reduces human error and creates an ideal operating environment. The integrated operations (iOps) solution combines visualisation hardware and software with an advanced technical console to enable an operator to more quickly interact with multiple information sources, improving productivity and situation resolution.
Basic Configuration
The iOps Workspace Solution - developed in conjunction with workspace providers Barco, Vertiv and Evosite - combines many operator input sources into a single, virtual workspace - integrating information at the operator interface. Operators only need to log in once, at a single workspace, to gain access to all monitoring and control areas for which they are responsible.

“Emerson’s new iOps Workspace Solution - with its customisable user interface, enables operators to securely control and monitor numerous sources residing on different networks” says Todd Brase, project services marketing manager for the iOps Workspace Solution. “This provides the operations team with a common operational picture, helping them to make better decisions faster.”

Applicable across multiple industries, the new solution especially suits oil and gas, refining, petrochemical, and life sciences operations where a centralised control room is used to manage multiple process areas and interact with a myriad of enterprise applications. The iOps Workspace Solution can manage inputs from any number of third-party software applications, live video feeds, and Emerson’s array of automation software and hardware including the DeltaV™ distributed control system. Barco’s operator workspace software, OpSpace provides an `integrated at the glass experience’ that helps control room operators work in a more intuitive way.

“We started development of OpSpace by first gathering feedback from operators in the field, describing their ideal way of working,” says Chris Sluys, vice president operator experience and chief operating officer at Barco. “Then we designed the system that answers all their needs. This vastly improves the operators’ efficiency and effectiveness, and ultimately raises the quality of decision-making.”

Vertiv and Evosite offer advanced technical furniture designed to operate 24/7 in control rooms and operations centres. Combining adjustable sit-stand settings with spacious, high-pressure laminate work surfaces gives operators an ergonomic work area that reduces strain and allows them to work more effectively.
Theatre configuration
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Time-Of-Flight 3D cameras.

Stemmer Imaging has signed an agreement with Odos Imaging for the distribution of Time-Of-Flight (TOF) 3D cameras. The cameras will be available through Stemmer's entire distribution network of 19 different countries in Europe. Odos Imaging is part of Rockwell Automation.

The Starform Swift 3D camera has a 640 x 480 pixels sensor, making it the highest resolution industrial TOF camera currently available. With integrated 850 nm LED illumination, the camera can acquire 3D point clouds for imaging at 44 fps from a range up to 6 metres. These fast frame rates can be used to track dynamic scenes in 3D or accumulate static scenes for improved precision. Fully factory calibrated, the camera can provide range (or depth) information, 3D images and measurements and 2D images.

Mark Williamson, Managing Director of Stemmer's British subsidiary, said: “The Starform Swift TOF 3D camera perfectly complements our current range of 3D cameras and opens up a diverse range of depth perception application opportunities. Our extensive technical expertise in creating complete machine vision solutions will allow us to bring added value in a wide range of industrial markets.”

Its versatile imaging capabilities and GigE Vision connectivity make the Starform Swift ideal for a wide range of factory processing, packaging and logistics applications. These include palletisation/depalletisation and pallet management, carton/object dimensioning and profiling, and package completeness checks. Camera-integrated software packages are available for completeness, height detection and box measurement. The GeniCam interface enables easy integration of Starform Swift cameras into popular machine vision software packages (such as Common Vision Blox) easing the development of machine vision solutions.

Sensors, optics, illumination, processing and power are contained in a ruggedized industrial housing. Infrared band-pass filters prevent unwanted light from reaching the sensor whilst the GPIO interface enables individual triggering and synchronization of multiple cameras.

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Versatile power supply.

The new industrial PC PSU BEA-750H from Bicker Elektronik, offers in addition to the regular ATX outputs for current mainboards a strong 24VDC output, which can be loaded with up to 7 amps and thus provides enough power to ensure the reliable supply of displays, receipt printers, card readers, coin counters, actuators, sensors and many other possible 24VDC peripherals.

In this combination "ATX plus additional 24VDC output", the IPC power supply BEA-750H is unique on the market. For applications with additional 24VDC peripherals, Bicker Elektronik offers an optimal solution for supplying all components with just one power supply. The saving of another AC/DC power supply for 24VDC not only reduces costs and allows space-saving system design, but also facilitates the optimization of EMC properties and leakage currents of the application. Possible fields of application are industrial applications, gaming systems, POS / POI applications, self-service terminals, etc.

The energy-saving power supply design of the BEA-750H achieves high efficiency of up to 91% with 80PLUS® Gold specification. All ATX outputs (-5V, +3.3V, +5V, +12V, +12V, -12V and +5Vsb) and the +24VDC output need no base load. This ensures the compatibility with latest generation mainboards (Intel® Skylake, Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake) and their special power saving and deep sleep modes.

With a power of 500 watts, the BEA-750H supplies high-performance computer systems and dedicated graphics cards with high energy requirements. The very robust IPC power supply with an extended working temperature range of -10°C to +70°C is ideally suited for 24/7 continuous operation in industrial environments. The high quality is based on the consistent use of industrial grade components and the continuous enhancement of the converter technology with regard to energy efficiency and resistance. For example, Japanese brand capacitors of +105°C rating significantly increase the life of the power supply - even at high operating temperatures. Mechanically, the FR4 board material used has a significantly higher dimensional stability. The through-hole plating of the printed circuit board ensures long-lasting and stable solder connections under shock and vibration (IEC60068-2-64). A safety bracket secures the AC power cord plug into the PSU input jack, preventing it from being pulled out accidentally. The matching 3-pin AC power cable X1-132 with IEC connector is available as an optional accessory.

On the input side, the BEA-750H switching power supply has a wide-range input 90 to 264 VAC (47 - 63 Hz) with active power factor correction (PFC) and is certified to IEC/EN/UL60950-1 and CCC. Due to the very good electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) the BEA-750H fulfills the stricter class B of EN55032. Optimized thermal airflow management ensures the efficient and safe operation of the PS/2 ATX power supply. The double-ball bearing brand fan is particularly quiet and additionally equipped with a tacho signal monitoring, which ensures the correct operation of the fan at any time. At the precisely regulated outputs, the standard integrated short-circuit, overcurrent and overvoltage protection functions assure additional operational safety.

The company Bicker Elektronik grants a three-year warranty on the BEA-750H, as well as a long-term availability of at least 5 years. In addition, Bicker Elektronik offers comprehensive value added services, especially for system developers. These include personal on-site consulting during the design-in process by experienced sales engineers and subsequent project support by the sales, development and service team of Bicker Elektronik. As part of the Power+Board program, Bicker Elektronik customers receive tested and perfectly matched bundles of industrial-quality power supplies, mainboards and accessories. On request, the specialists from Bicker Elektronik realize customer-specific special solutions and also offer extensive laboratory and measuring services for complete customer systems.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Appointment at surface inspection solutions leader.

Ametek Surface Vision has enhanced its senior management team with the appointment of Jason Zyglis to the newly created role of Divisional Vice President of Project and Product Management.

Jason Zyglis
Ametek Surface Vision (formerly Cognex Surface Inspection Systems Division) develops and manufactures software-enabled vision systems used to inspect surfaces of continuously processed materials for flaws and defects. Its in-line image processing technology detects, classifies, filters, and accurately maps specific defects over the entire surface area. End markets served include metals, paper, nonwovens, plastics and glass, delivering optimized web and surface inspection, monitoring, and process surveillance.

A graduate of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry at Syracuse University with a degree in Paper Science (Chemical Engineering), Zyglis transitions from Ametek Surface Vision’s Director of Sales - Americas to Divisional Vice President of Project and Product Management to now lead the business unit’s product management process and project engineering team. Rising from within the organisation, he brings two decades of experience focused on strategic product marketing, sales and business development.

“I am driven to solve challenges that end users encounter at critical stages in the industrial processing environment with innovative visual technology. I am delighted to lead the project and product management for the largest and most-respected surface inspection and monitoring company in the industry,” comments Zyglis.

“Although historically gross defects were deemed challenging, we are now entering the next generation of visual inspection, in which target defects are measured in microns, process speeds exceed 80 mph, and detection defects so subtle the human eye may not be able to resolve them.”

“This accelerating rate of change in surface inspection requirements means we are continually utilizing advanced technology. Now, each solution presented by our team may combine new sensors, lighting advancements, increased data rates, processing power enhancements, and complex defect clarification algorithms. Our aim is focused on achieving perfection for the end user. For example, the pride a manufacturer may have in a flawless new car exterior.”

“With hundreds of unique customers and over 2,000 installations worldwide, Ametek Surface Vision continues to lead the industry with innovative world-class technologies and customer support,” comments Scott Harrison, Divisional Vice President and Business Unit Manager for Ametek Surface Vision and Ametek  Land. “We are confident that both our internal departments and external customers will benefit greatly from Jason’s extensive technical, market knowledge and industry insight and that he will contribute greatly to the growth of AMETEK Surface Vision.”

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Cybersecurity for Industrial Environments and Critical Infrastructures.

Some experts predict that by 2020 there will be 200 billion connected things. As technology becomes more and more deeply integrated into our lives, we become more and more dependent on it. This dependence makes us vulnerable if technology fails.

A three-day workshop designed with the aim of learning the general concepts of Cybersecurity at Industrial Environments and Critical Infrastructures, as well as its most important aspects and the basic protection against attacks is scheduled for Manchester (GB) in October.It is organised by Vester Industrial Training Center (VITC). VITC aims to meet the training needs of automation and energy professionals, who face day to day challenges with industrial communication technology.

The workshop entitled "Cybersecurity for Industrial Environments and Critical Infrastructures," includes theory as well as practical work. After the workshop each student will be provided with free software with all the test tools used during the three days training.

At the end of the course, the student will have the theoretical and practical knowledge to:
  • Evaluate threats and audit their monitoring and control systems.
  • Obtain a list of critical points and their direct relationship with the applied countermeasures.
  • Protect the most critical points of your installation and know what to do with the least critical ones.
  • Install and / or configure protection equipment with physical access.
  • Anti-intrusion systems application, computer security control and equipment firewall.
  • Provide a general overview of the most important concepts associated with industrial cybersecurity.
  • Analyze the main vulnerabilities and threats that may be experienced at industrial environments.
  • Know the different types of hacker attacks that can be carried out on an OT network or a critical infrastructure.
  • Describe the main countermeasures that can be included to fortify industrial networks and protocols.
  • Provide recommendations and practical advice to strengthen the company’s industrial systems and networks.
  • Introduce the main standards and/or the current and future laws regarding the implementation of said countermeasures.
The workshop will be held over a period of three days - 23rd, 24th and 25th October in Manchester (GB). The language of the workshop will be English and it has been designed to train technicians and engineers involved in the protection of critical industrial systems and the security measures implementation for PLC/SCADA/MES environments. It is mainly aimed at technical personnel involved in the design of architectures, installation, configuration, maintenance and supervision projects commissioning and/or remote control systems automation.

Register for the course here

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Calibration service.

Laser Components is offering a comprehensive calibration service for fibre optic light sources, optical power meters and OTDRs from AFL, Greenlee, OptoTest and Viavi – and also, upon request, for devices from other manufacturers.
In accordance with DIN ISO 9001, calibration is carried out by comparison with standards or standard measuring devices which can be traced back to the national standards of the German Calibration Service (DKD) or the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB). Each tested device is returned with a calibration certificate, documenting compliance with all procedures and requirements.

Attenuation measurement sets and OTDRs are used by field technicians to determine if an optical fiber meets all the requirements of the network carrier. In order to ensure smooth network operation, it is essential that the manufacturer’s specifications are strictly met. The quality manual therefore recommends that installation and maintenance companies regularly recalibrate their equipment in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications.

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Excellence in engineering!

Engineers Ireland is calling on engineers and engineering organisations nationwide to submit their entries to the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, held in association with ESB. Deadline for entries is 15t September 2018.

Now in its ninth year, the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards are presented annually in recognition of the achievements of engineers who have demonstrated exceptional engineering skills through their work. As well as identifying leaders within the engineering industry, the awards provide an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the invaluable contribution the engineering profession makes to society and applaud the innovation and quality of work produced by engineers both at home and abroad.

The Engineering Project of the Year Award, sponsored by Transport Infrastructure Ireland, is one of the most hotly contested award categories with the winner decided by a weighted voting process involving an online public vote and a panel of expert judges.

Additional categories open for entry include the Geoscience Ireland Award, sponsored by Geoscience Ireland; the Heritage and Conservation Award, sponsored by the OPW; the Best Presentation Award, co-sponsored by Griffiths & Armour and Beale & Company; the Technical Innovation of the Year Award and the Local Authority Engineering Initiative Award. Nominations are also welcome in the International Engineer of the Year Award category, sponsored by ESB International.

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Force economically.

HBM offers a flexible solution for economical acquisition of large compressive forces with their new C6B force transducer,. The sensor is cost-effective and specially designed for rugged and dynamic applications.

The C6B force transducer acquires nominal (rated) forces from 200 kN to 10 MN with an HBM accuracy class of 0.5. Typical applications include the construction industry, heavy industry and metalworking as well as dynamic measurement tasks in research and development. C6B is extremely rugged and has a hermetically welded housing made of rustproof materials. In the version with integrated cable, the sensor achieves degree of protection IP68. Since the C6B is structured in the shape of a compression bar, the sensor has a very short displacement, enabling it to be used in very fast measurements such as impact tests.

In comparison to the predecessor model C6A, the new C6B force transducer is not only more rugged, but also more flexible. Users benefit from fast, easy start-up because the sensor is optimally adapted to the application. Different electrical connection types are available for uncompensated installation. The C6B is also available with load applications, which reduce the measurement uncertainty in the application. The transducer versions up to and including 2 MN have an internal bore that allows for the fold-back arm. Another advantage during start-up: The C6B can be mounted horizontally or upside down depending on requirements

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Crawling to safer pipelines!

Ashtead Technology’s recent move to new larger, modern facilities has enabled the development of a dedicated service/repair centre for the iPEK range of pipeline inspection equipment.

The iPEK equipment includes the popular Rovver and Rovion crawler cameras and the Agilios push rod camera. Regional Sales Manager Jay Neermul says: “We are seeing increased demand for this service as our business grows and as customers recognise the quality and speed of service that we are now able to deliver.

“In addition to investments in infrastructure, spares and consumables, our staff have also attended manufacturer training sessions. For example, James Huff recently attended the ‘Rovion – Black Belt’ and ‘ATEX Service Training’ courses in Germany, and as a result, he is now our lead iPEK repairer.

“Typical service work includes reel re-termination and camera connector replacement, as well as normal test, repair and maintenance work. In addition, our rental fleet includes replacement cameras that can help minimise downtime.”

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