Friday, September 21, 2018

Space-saving optical sensor.

Leuze electronic has a new cylindrical optical sensor which, with its compact, space-saving design, benefits in applications where little installation space is available.
This slim, cylindrical M12 sensor design with the 412B series in metal housing is especially well suited for use in tight installation spaces, as occur in, e.g., material handling or in packaging machines.

Compared to the previous series, the new series of switching optical sensors for object detection has an even more compact design and is available with various functionality: as throughbeam photoelectric sensor, energetic diffuse reflection sensor and as retro-reflective photoelectric sensor. In addition to improved performance such as operating range, response time and glass optics, laser variants as well as models with NPN switching outputs are available for the throughbeam photoelectric sensors. Focus of the new development was primarily on the simple and intuitive set up use by means of 270° potentiometer.

@Leuzeelectronic #PAuto 

Most accurate precision power analysis!

In early September the global launch of Yokogawa's much-anticipated Precision Power Analyser was attended by technical journalists at a press event in central London (GB).

Yokogawa's Anoop Gangadharan
The new instrument was introduced by Product Manager Anoop Gangadharan. "It features multichannel mechatronic insights and a modular architecture and offers unprecedented levels of accuracy, stability and flexibility in power measurement, making it suitable for applications in a number of industries including automotive, energy, consumer electronics and industrial automation."

The Yokogawa WT5000 is the first of a new generation of Precision Power Analyser that offers exceptional measurement accuracy of ± 0.03% combined with stability, noise immunity and plug-in modular flexibility to meet the measurement needs of today’s developers of energy-efficient systems.

In rapidly evolving industry sectors like electric vehicles, renewable energy and energy efficient technologies, the need for reliability in testing to enhance safety, efficiency and performance has never been greater. Changing application needs and evolving international standards call for custom measurements and consistent accuracy, and in the WT5000 Precision Power Analyzer, engineers have a versatile platform that not only delivers reliable measurements today, but is ready for the challenges of tomorrow.

The WT5000 achieves the world’s highest measuring accuracy: ±0.03% of total at 50/60 Hz. As a result, it has become possible to evaluate the power consumption, loss, and efficiency of electrical and electronic devices. In particular, its wide dynamic current range is indispensable for tests on energy-saving designs.

One of the essential elements for determining the performance of a power measuring instrument is the A/D converter that performs analogue-to-digital conversion. In order to obtain the world’s highest measurement accuracy, the WT5000 uses an 18-bit converter with a sampling frequency of maximum 10 MS/s. As a result, it becomes possible to accurately capture waveforms from the latest high-speed inverter devices. It is very effective for stable measurement results.

While the WT5000 has the same dimensions as existing models in Yokogawa’s WT series, it incorporates up to seven input channels, allowing it to support applications that previously could only have been measured by synchronising several separate instruments. As a result, it offers considerable savings in installation space, communications overheads and cost-effectiveness. Further benefits result from the use of plug-in modular input elements, which can be swapped directly by the user.
The 30 A and 5 A elements, for example, can be switched for applications involving electric vehicles or fuel-cell vehicles, where developers are increasingly required to evaluate a number of different motors. Using the WT5000 equipped with the /MTR1 and /MTR2 options, it is possible to evaluate up to four motors simultaneously with one unit. Since these options allow the input of four channels, flexible measurement of the A, B, C and Z phases of each motor can be carried out.

With a 7 elements input capability, multi-system measurement is increased in harmonic measurements on 3-phase systems, for example. The WT5000 can carry out two harmonic measurement functions simultaneously, each at up the 500th order and up to 300kHz fundamental waveform. This makes it possible to measure the carrier frequency component from the rotational speed of the motor in the inverter drive and also to check the influence of the carrier frequency on the motor drive.

An increasing number of applications require the evaluation of larger-current devices, typical examples being electric vehicles and large-scale solar installations. In these cases, external current sensors are often used. An external current sensor input function is fitted as standard in the input element of both the 30 A and 5 A input elements of the WT5000. For much higher currents (up to 2000 A RMS) dedicated high-current sensors are available. Yokogawa AC/DC current sensor CT series is current output type in order to prevent noise influence.

@Yokogawa_Europe #TandM #PAuto

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Tech Day informing choices on Industry 4.0.

Manufacturers are being invited to explore the technologies that are making the industrial landscape more connected, efficient and secure at a SolutionsPT ‘Tech Day’ on October 2nd in Cork (IRL).
The day will be divided into sessions to help delegates make informed choices about meeting the challenges of Industry 4.0, with hands-on practical workshops and demonstrations led by SolutionsPT systems architects.

Activities on the day will include:
  • An exploration of the benefits of upgrading to Wonderware’s latest SCADA software, System Platform 2017, including increased operator effectiveness and low development costs. A system integrator will also share their experience of completing a recent System Platform 2017 upgrade
  • A talk by SolutionsPT’s Technical Manager, Ken Molloy, about overcoming the key challenges posed by Industry 4.0, such as the integration of OT and IT applications
  • A case study from a food and beverage company on its successful implementation of Wonderware System Platform 2017 and InTouch OMI
  • A look at how using Cloud-based technology to host data can enable businesses to make faster, smarter decisions, including testimony from a renewable energy supplier that embraced Cloud technology to drive their IIoT optimisation
  • Two sessions focussing on industrial cyber security, the steps manufacturers can take to ensure their SCADA is protected and the benefits comprehensive continuous threat detection and vulnerability monitoring will deliver
  • A series of afternoon breakout sessions which will enable attendees to build on the knowledge gained during the morning with optional, hands-on workshops and demonstrations.
The Cork Tech Day will run from to 8.45am to 3.45pm. Attendance is free but delegates must register here in advance.

@SolutionsPT  #PAuto #Industrie4

Selecting heavy duty connectors.

The Harting Han® Configurator is a new interactive tool designed to speed the selection of heavy-duty industrial connectors by allowing engineers to quickly access all the necessary information and relevant data on the individual interface components prior to producing a design that can be viewed as a 3D model in real time.

This tool is an advance in the digital transformation of product development. It helps generate the best solutions from an extensive portfolio, without the user having to be or become a component specialist himself.

The Han® Configurator is geared towards real-world practice. It is designed so that a user can quickly put together all the interfaces necessary for a particular configuration. The designer starts by selecting three inputs (contacts, voltage and current) to generate the first possible solution. At each stage of the process the user can receive suggestions for alternative interfaces and via the “smart assistant” feature the configurator will only allow valid configurations to be implemented, saving valuable design time.

Despite increasingly complex requirements and a high level of product diversification, the smart configurator makes the connector selection process easily manageable. The current configuration can be viewed in real time in the form of a 3D model in a separate window, and the configurator will never display components that cannot be combined with a selection already made.

By selecting “expert” mode, users who already know the product numbers or names they are looking for can set up their interfaces in the configurator, making them easily manageable for subsequent processing. The choice of housing (top/bottom) or insert (pin/socket) is all that is necessary to begin the configuration process.

The Han® Configurator allows users to quickly and intuitively arrive at the best interface solution without the need to search for components and their specifications. It is easy to add and remove alternative interface solutions that comply with the latest connector developments, all with the click of a mouse.

Designers also benefit from the on-screen 3D visualisation of the current configuration, allowing the design to be viewed from a range of angles. Each configuration is assigned its own number, allowing it to be saved for revision at a later date.

All documentation can be downloaded with a single click (including STP files) for saving, loading and sharing among members of a design team, including those working remotely.

#Harting  #PAuto

Complying with automotive industry standards.

E+E Elektronik has recently completed the certification according to IATF 16949:2016. It confirms that the company’s quality assurance system complies with the high requirements of the automotive industry. The new standard follows the previous ISO/TS 16949 and is recognised by the world's leading automotive manufacturers.

Josef Hartl
"With the IATF certification, E+E Elektronik qualifies as a reliable partner for the automotive industry. This is proof that we strive and are able to offer our customers the highest quality standards", states E+E Managing Director Josef Hartl.

E+E Elektronik develops and produces sensors and transmitters for humidity, temperature, CO2, air velocity, dew point, moisture in oil, mass flow and pressure. The highly accurate measurement devices are used all over the world in various applications, such as building automation, process control, meteorology, environmental technology, agriculture and clean rooms.

In the automotive industry, the humidity sensors from E+E Elektronik are part of control systems for the fuel mixture, the air conditioning or the windscreen fogging prevention. For quantities of several millions of units, highest quality level is a must. Therefore, the company has already been certified according to the automotive standard ISO/TS 16949.

Twenty five years ago, E+E Elektronik established a quality assurance system in compliance with ISO 9001 and thus anchored the quality aspect in the corporate strategy. The company is now certified according to the latest ISO 9001:2015, which is also mandatory for the new IATF standard.

Besides innovative products and high quality standards, E+E Elektronik also takes environmental protection and the sustainably use of resources very seriously. Membership in the Austrian Climate Alliance and an environmental management system according to ISO 14001 are therefore a matter of course for the company.

• E+E Electronik products are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

#Epulse #PAuto #Automotive

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Surface mounted indicators.

The latest LED surface mount indicators from IDEC have been introduced by Foremost Electronics.

Alan Vincent, Sales Director of Foremost, comments, “The extended range of surface-mount industrial LED indicators from IDEC are ideal for panel and machine builders offering status and emergency information signals which can be mounted on any surface, whether a control panel, the arm of a robot or even an emergency exit. The wide number of colours and ability to add custom legends and symbols makes them suitable for a very wide range of applications. These industrial LED indicators fit in very well with our other HMI product ranges.”

The LH1D series of LED Spider Lights are a slim and stylish design ideal for mounting on the surface of equipment or panels and offer excellent visibility from the front and the side. The surface-mount design does not affect the location of other panel components and requires only a small space behind the mounting surface.

LH1D Spider Lights can be used in many applications that do not have space behind the panel to mount conventional indicators. Typical applications include robotic arms, product picking machines, door monitoring and other applications where designers require dual-colour pre-wired LED Spider Lights rather than having to mount individual status indicators.

Key Features include LED indicators in seven colours and dual-colour as standard in flat or dome designs with three-colour illumination available in the jumbo dome model. An integrated 1m connecting cable is provided as standard with 3m and 5m available as options and a 30cm M12 connector terminated cable is available for the jumbo dome version. Marking film can be inserted into flat Spider Lights allowing customer legends and symbols to be printed and displayed.

The 24V AC/DC Spider Lights provide an impressive 50,000 hour lifespan while consuming low levels of energy and are UL Listed, CE marked and TUV rated. All Spider Light LED indicators are NEMA Type 4X and IP67 rated for protection against exposure to water or oils.

#4mostelectronics #PAuto 

Asset Purchase Completed.

Solar Light Company have now advised that the assets of Gooch and Housego (Orlando) have been acquired. The new entity will operate as Optronic Laboratories from its facility in Orlando, Florida, USA. Optronic Laboratories, Inc. will become an affiliate of Solar Light Company, Inc.
Optronic Laboratories, Inc., was founded in 1970 by two eminent researchers at NIST (originally National Bureau of Standards). The company quickly became recognized for its expertise in light measurement and commercial metrology. Today, Optronic Laboratories and its business partners provide a comprehensive line of high-performance, optical radiation measurement systems, sources, standards, and calibration services with a worldwide reputation for excellence in light sciences.

Highlighting the importance of this acquisition for its global customers, Jay Silverman, President of Solar Light Company, Inc., stated, "Since 1970, Optronic Laboratories has been improving the way the world measures light. This acquisition ensures that Optronic Laboratories can continue to provide the critical light measurement systems and the support necessary for our customers to develop and manufacture their innovative products and processes."

See also:
• Relief for optics facility. (21 Aug 2018)
• Facility closes down. (25 June 2018)

@SolarLight_Co #PAuto #USA @ghphotonics 

Photoionisation detector.

"Exciting new supply agreement allows Blackline to add Ion Science photoionisation detector to G7 sensor portfolio through revenue-sharing rental service!"

Ion Science has signed a supply and revenue-sharing agreement with Blackline Safety Corp. to bring an affordable photoionisation detector (PID) to market.

Hazardous to the short-term and long-term health of employees, VOCs are emitted by a variety of liquids and solids that can impact the respiratory system, skin and eyes, as well as cause fatigue, memory loss and affect the nervous system and function of internal organs.

Specialised PID sensors use high-energy ultraviolet light to ionise gases into negatively-charged electrons and positively-charged components. VOC levels are measured by monitoring the current flow between electrodes inside the sensor.

“Ion Science supplies more PID sensors than any other manufacturer and our MiniPID 2 eliminates two key challenges — humidity and contamination,” said Duncan Johns, Managing Director at Ion Science. “In order to bring our proven technology to a wider audience, we forged a unique relationship with Blackline. Rather than a traditional sensor sale to an OEM customer, we offer our PID sensors to Blackline as a rental, complementing how they bring gas detection to the market as an overall service offering.”

“Until now, PID technology has been less affordable for large workforce deployments with instruments often costing several thousand dollars each,” said Cody Slater, CEO and Chairman for Blackline Safety. “Advanced Ion Science PID sensors are now part of our overall G7 gas detection portfolio and services that include a lifetime sensor warranty. Businesses that have not been able to justify the expense of PID technology can now affordably deploy across their teams with known costs. Further, our G7 Complete leasing program can provide these capabilities with affordable monthly payments and zero startup fees.”

PID sensors are highly sensitive devices and occasionally require cleaning of the internal ultra-violet bulb, bulb replacement and replacement of the electrode stack. Blackline’s G7 gas detector features a plug-and-play cartridge interface that enables any G7 device to be equipped with a PID sensor while also limiting maintenance. When a PID sensor requires servicing, Blackline customers simply replace the G7 cartridge in seconds, eliminating downtime. In contrast, traditional PID instruments take tens of minutes each to be disassembled, PID sensor removed and taken apart, parts cleaned and then reassembled.

Mr. Slater added: “Included in our relationship with Ion Science is lifetime sensor maintenance, performed at their facility. Every time that a customer installs a new PID sensor cartridge, they benefit from a factory-certified replacement that is maintained by expert technicians.”

The Ion Science MiniPID 2 sensor takes advantage of patented Fence Electrode Technology that eliminates the common problem of humidity influencing VOC readings, while an internal membrane reduces contamination. MiniPID 2 is now available for Blackline’s G7 Single-gas Diffusion Cartridge and Multi-gas Diffusion Cartridge, plus the upcoming Multi-gas Pump Cartridge, scheduled to be released this fall.

@ionscience #Pauto #Safety @blacklinesafety @ionscienceusa

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Top load turbine flow meter.

Badger Meter has just intruduced the Blancett® Top Load Turbine Flow Meter.  Designed to withstand the demands of the most rigorous flow measurement applications, this meter was originally intended for the secondary oil recovery market but provides an ideal solution for liquid flow measurement on or off the oil field.

Since 1975, Blancett turbine meters have delivered accurate, consistent, reliable and informative flow measurements for liquid and gas applications. These turbine meters are popular velocity flow-measuring devices with the ability to measure wide flow ranges with good accuracy. They are known for their fast speed of response, low pressure drop, and durable construction.

For customers looking for a better turbine solution, the top load meter’s new, innovative design provides the proven performance expected from the Blancett brand with the ability to reduce repair times by over 70 percent. A new replaceable insert assembly kit allows users to quickly and easily replace the rotor and blade assembly in the field without having to remove the meter from the line. The meter is constructed with a rugged 316 stainless steel housing, rotor shaft and rotor support assemblies; 17-4 PH stainless steel rotor; and hybrid ceramic ball bearings. It maintains measurement accuracy and mechanical integrity in the corrosive and abrasive fluids commonly found in oil field water flood projects, as well as many other industrial applications.

Key features of the new Blancett meter include:

  • Reduce repair time by 70 percent
  • Simple field maintenance by a single technician
  • No special tools necessary for disassembly
  • Long service life with no rusting in severe operating environments
  • Electronic integration with state-of-the-art flow monitors and K-factor scaler, or an F-to-I/F-to-V Intelligent converter
  • Helical blade design
  • Repair kit for turbine replacement without loss of accuracy
  • High 15:1 turndown ratio for extended flow range
  • Installed either horizontally or vertically

Badger Meter's top load turbine flow meter can be paired with a Blancett B2900 flow monitor, which provides advanced communication capabilities over an RS485 bus using Modbus remote terminal unit (RTU) and control outputs. This allows operators to connect meters to a network for process automation and/or remote flow monitoring. The Modbus RTU connection can be configured with user-selected baud rates.

The Blancett Top Load Turbine Flow Meter is available in one- and two-inch nominal pipe sizes with an accuracy rating of ±1 percent of reading and a repeatability of 0.1 percent of reading. Ideal flow ranges vary between 5...225 gallons per minute (GPM)/18.9...851.72 liters per minute (LPM) depending on line size. The meter comes calibrated and traceable to National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards.

With quick product availability and advanced electronic integration options, backed by experienced application support personnel, Badger Meter offers an optimal solution for critical flow measurement requirements. The Blancett Top Load Turbine Flow Meter is in stock and ready to ship.

@Badger_Meter #PAuto #Oil @BadgerMeterDE 

Identify the first signs of machine failure.

Senseye,  provider of predictive maintenance analytics, is rolling out new Trend Recognition algorithms capable of automatically identifying machine problems at an earlier stage than was previously possible.

Simon Kampa
Simon Kampa, CEO of Senseye, comments: “The earliest warning signs of machine failure tend to emerge very gradually and have previously been difficult for an A.I. application to spot. Our new algorithms can reliably and automatically identify problems several weeks earlier than was previously possible. This reduces the cost of downtime by providing a greater window of opportunity for engineers to apply the right maintenance remedy without impacting on production schedules.”

Senseye’s new Automatic Trend Recognition algorithms use Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) to monitor very gradual changes in the condition of industrial machinery. The algorithms analyze basic diagnostics data from machine sensors to spot small but significant variations in vibration, pressure, temperature, torque, electrical current and other sources that indicate deterioration in machine health.

Senseye has invested more than 8,000 work hours from its data scientists, mechanical engineers and application developers in developing its Automatic Trend Recognition algorithms, which are the first automated offering of its kind to be deployed as a SaaS application. The algorithms will be made available to all Senseye customers around the world by the end of the month (September 2018).

@senseyeIO #PAuto

Monday, September 17, 2018

Security certification confirmed!

The remote management solution, eWON Argos, from HMS Industrial Networks, is now ISECOM STAR security certified.

The eWON Argos Product Manager, Anders Stålheden comments: “We are very proud to have successfully passed the ISECOM STAR security certification, and we are committed to continue with regular security assessments to ensure that we provide the highest possible security to protect our customers.”

The eWON Argos remote management service is an important part of the eWON remote solutions from HMS Industrial Networks. Argos offers users a secure monitoring and control to field equipment via eWON Netbiter gateways. Accordingly, Argos is regularly tested by independent companies to maintain a high security level in today’s fast-evolving technology environment.

Argos has become ISECOM STAR certified after passing an assessment performed by the company admeritia GmbH, a vendor-independent German cybersecurity company specialized in IT Security assessment (ethical hacking) and KPI-based security measurement. The assessment was done through an OSSTMM 3.0 and OWASP audit process which included penetration tests of Argos targeting the cloud-based infrastructure.

 @ewonrouters #PAuto @isecom

Defining the Principal Roles in Cybersecurity.

Overview Planning, operating, and maintaining an effective response to cybersecurity risks can be a daunting exercise for many asset owners. They must address the cybersecurity of automation and related systems across their entire life cycle, from specification and development to operations and maintenance. Although they are not directly responsible for all activities, asset owners must understand the requirements and translate these into responsibilities for those performing the tasks required.

Eric Cosman
This report is authored by Eric Cosman an expert on the subject. ARC Advisory Group clients can view the complete report at ARC Main Client Portal. Eric Cosman was one of the speakers at the ISA Food and Pharmaceuticals Industries Division Symposium (FPID) on Cybersecurity held in Cork two years ago.

The lifecycle of an automation solution provides the context or back-ground for defining processes and associated roles. If defined in sufficiently general terms, it can be applied easily across a wide range of situations and help improve communications and cooperation between the various contributors and stakeholders. This is a major goal for people involved in standards development efforts since it would enable broader use of their work.

Many of the available standards, frameworks and guidelines for cybersecurity stress the need to address the people and process elements of the response in addition to technology. However, it is often left up to the reader to define the needed processes and associated roles. This requires a detailed understanding of business processes and organizational structure, including identification and definition of roles and responsibilities. Although the details may vary by situation, the fundamentals are often common.

A general-purpose lifecycle model includes the definition of several principal roles that are not industry specific. By using these general definitions, it is possible to provide guidance that can be applied broadly.

#Cybersecurity #PAuto @arc_advisory

End-to-End SCADA Security.

Bedrock Automation is demonstrating commercially available end-to-end SCADA security built on the cyber secure root of trust embedded in their control system at this year’s Inductive Automation Ignition Community Conference (ICC) this week in Folsum (CA USA). In this application, Bedrock® Open Secure Automation (OSA®) provides secure, high-performance control of industrial field devices, while also authenticating and encrypting OPC UA communications across Ignition SCADA using the Bedrock Certificate Authority (CA) and public key infrastructure (PKI).

“OPC UA enables open and secure communications across industrial devices. OPC UA’s highest level of security, however, requires authenticating all communications against a cyber secure root of trust, which is what Bedrock uniquely provides. We are pleased to continue working with Inductive Automation to help them deliver authenticated and encrypted SCADA,” said Bedrock CEO and founder Albert Rooyakkers.

At ICC, Bedrock and Inductive are demonstrating a process control application in which a Bedrock® system is sharing production data across a plant network with an Ignition Server. The Bedrock control system provides an authenticated and encrypted message signed by the cryptographic keys built into the Bedrock controller itself and validated against the Bedrock Certificate Authority. Through an exchange of electronic certificates, the Bedrock PKI verifies both the source and the integrity of all data transmitted.

In addition to OPC UA, OSA supports standards such as IEC 61131-3, MQTT and Ethernet IP, with- software selectable universal digital, discrete and analog I/O. The Bedrock® OSA infrastructure is used to authenticate hardware, firmware and software. Users interact with the cyber functions via a simple dashboard.

Bedrock Automation and Inductive Automation have now implemented this architecture at many sites and are in the process of installing at many more. “Cyber security is critical to the next generation of industrial productivity, and we have extensive programs in place to secure our customers’ applications. The industrial certificate authority that Bedrock provides augments the capability, helping to deliver the efficiency and profitability benefits of open connectivity with minimal risk of cyber intrusion,” said Don Pearson, Chief Strategy Officer at Inductive Automation.

 @BedrockAuto #PAuto @InductiveAuto @TizianiWhitmyre  #Cybersecurity