Friday, October 26, 2018

Advanced digital services in papermill.

ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations has been added to ABB's service deliverables at a major paper mill in East Java, Indonesia. The site produces a variety of printing and writing paper, other paper-related products, and packaging products including cardboard boxes. With an annual capacity of 320,000 metric tons, the mill is one of the world’s largest single-site producers of writing stationery.

Automating production requires processing large amounts of data. As complexity increases, so does the volume of data. Collaborative Operations helps paper producers to make productive use of this data to identify and address production, quality and cost issues that can inhibit peak performance. This improves return on capital. Collaborative Operations helps to maximize business value by turning data insights into direct action.

At the mill, Collaborative Operations is reducing cycle times on product grade changes, resulting in higher production. It is also stabilizing moisture and other additive levels using multivariable predictive controls. Specific improvements include increased production due to higher equipment availability, fewer sheet breaks, lower chemical costs and reduced paper quality variation. These improvements all lead to better product quality and consistency, fewer rejects and more sales.

This project builds upon ABB’s 15-year history of delivering traditional and advanced services to the mill. Collaborative Operations enhances ABB’s ability to positively impact daily mill operations to ensure that results achieved over the years will continue and improve.

ABB has three Collaborative Operations Centers dedicated to pulp and paper industry customers in Finland, the United States, and now Singapore, as well as many more that serve other industry segments. All three pulp and paper centers may be involved with delivering advanced services to this mill in order to leverage various skill sets in each region.

@ABBMeasurement #PAuto 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

CAN Seminars to end of year.

CiA has five CAN-related seminars to the end of the year. Those interested in getting a better understanding of CAN-related topics, can participate. These seminars are about Classical CAN, and CAN FD, CANopen (CiA 301), and the specific use of CANopen in car add-on modules (CiA 447).

In CAN in Automation’s (CiA) CAN/CAN FD seminars attendees learn how CAN works, which possibilities it offers, and in which markets CAN is used. The seminars introduce CAN as it is specified in the updated ISO 11898 standard series. This comprises the Classical CAN, the CAN FD protocol, as well as the updated CAN physical layer specification. Hence, impacts on CAN-based higher layer protocols are discussed. Two of these seminars are scheduled in the last quarter of 2018.
 One on 20 November 2018 in Antwerp (Belgium) in English language, 
The second one on 04 December 2018 in Nuremberg (Germany) in German.

In CiA's CANopen seminars attendees learn the basic principles of CANopen in order to select the right CANopen devices for their applications, to integrate their devices in a proper control application, or to design the intended CANopen network behavior. In addition, attendees get an overview on CANopen application fields as well as a base for assessing the effort of introducing CANopen in their projects. 
The first seminar takes place on 21 November 2018 also in Antwerp and 
the other one on 05 December in Nuremberg.

Attendees of a CANopen car add-on modules seminar get a basic understanding of CANopen system design in the application field of car add-on devices (e.g. interfacing the in-vehicle network, adding bluelights, printers, radio, etc.).  In addition to this insight to CiA 447, the seminar covers a brief introduction to the basic CANopen services as well. It will take place in Nuremberg on 15 November.

 #PAuto #CAN

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Industrial Ethernet connecting.

Harting has enhanced its simple, process-safe field installation preLink industrial Ethernet cabling termination system. Alongside its range of 10/100 Mbit/s M-12 D-Code, 10 Gbit/s X-Code and RJ45 connectors and extenders, the product family now includes a preLink PCB jack version which enables flexible cable-to-board connectivity within a device or machine. All the preLink connector parts are produced in rugged metal housings, enabling robust end-to-end mating.

RJ45 preLink male plugs also incorporate stronger latches for extra field-installed reliability, minimising the chances of system downtime which often occurs when fragile, consumer-grade RJ45 cabling systems are used in industrial installation environments.

The functional principle of the preLink system is based on two parts: the connector carrier and the plastic terminal module. The module has eight entry holes for finger insertion of insulated solid or stranded cable conductors, and is pressed together in a single operation with a simple 360̊ hand press tool, providing dependable IDC termination. It is then simply clicked into the connector carrier to produce a highly reliable, repeatable field termination cabling system, saving costs by minimising assembly time without the need for costly skilled installers. The terminal module with the cable attached can be removed or replaced at any time from the connector carrier, allowing easy system alteration on-site for only the loss of the comparatively low-cost plastic part.

Data cables with pre-terminated modules will fit through even the tightest gaps and can be clicked into the carriers in seconds during installation, resulting in significant time savings. In addition, worn cables on moving equipment can be changed quickly and independently of the connector, further reducing operating costs.

The terminal modules come in three different types: 8-pin yellow devices for cable with conductors of AWG 23/22 stranded/solid, 8-pin white for AWG 27/26 stranded/solid covering with Cat 5e to Cat 6A performance compliance, and 4-pin Black AWG 27/26 stranded/solid for AIDA/Profinet performance networks.

The new complimentary Harting preLink PCB jack ensures a more stable and flexible Ethernet data transfer from the main internal control board to the panel I/O link. It also satisfies the preLink functional design principles outlined above. In addition, it allows direct cabling links to external sensors or other devices through IP65/67 panel-mounted cable glands, thus resulting in further cost savings by removing the need for additional mating plug-ins.

The pre-terminated preLink terminal module is clicked into the tensile load-absorbing PCB jack carrier, with a cable tie providing extra strain relief. The preLink assembled terminal modules can also be “unclicked” from the jack carrier, allowing fast, reliable repair or removal of the device for improved serviceability and reduced system downtime.

Typical applications include devices such as door telephone systems, ticket machines, surveillance camera systems, building automation controls and industrial machinery-based solutions in areas such as packaging, multi-weighing and handling systems, and print processing.

In conclusion, Harting’s preLink connection system provides the ideal process-safe field-installation industrial Ethernet cabling solution for production-line refurbishment, extension, maintenance or repair - from a centralised device or machine right out to the field sensor level.

#Harting #PAuto 

Contract LIMS laboratories.

The Matrix Gemini LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) from Autoscribe Informatics can offer contract laboratories much more than the day to day management of laboratory workflows. It also provides the functionality for management of a variety of activities essential to running the business, such as the creation of quotations, order booking, allocation of appropriate prices, generation of results and customer reports and the production of invoices, either directly or in conjunction with a corporate accounts system.

Contract laboratories serve a wide variety of industries, carrying out a diverse range of tests. Matrix Gemini can therefore be supplied with a typical contract laboratory process flow which can be further configured, using the built-in configuration tools, to specific customer requirements. In this way, every aspect of the LIMS can be adapted to fit the particular process flow of the application from quotation generation and management, to sample registration and invoicing. This flexibility of configurability gives the added bonus that the system can be easily modified at any time as the contract lab expands into new areas of testing or needs to incorporate of additional sites.

A series of maintenance tables allows the management of tests and the grouping of tests into test packages. Product and customer details, including any discounts and special requirements that may apply are also managed. Test limits may be applied in a variety of scenarios. This can be linked to an ERP system. The fully configurable pricing part of the system allows the monitoring of profitability right down to the test level.

Matrix Gemini also features a web-based interface. This can be used to give contract laboratories’ customers controlled access to register samples, check on the work status and obtain results. This can be very useful if they need rapid access to key results in a large batch without having to wait for a final report.

The web or desktop interfaces offered by Matrix Gemini, based either locally or in the cloud, provides flexibility for any size system. This makes it equally suitable for laboratories with a single user to large multinationals with multiple concurrent users connected via multiple sites. Access rights can be controlled so that different types of users and/or different sites can only access certain workflows, screens and data.

@AutoscribeLtd  #PAuto  #LIMS

Gas table.

A free gas table is being offered to Ion Science customers who register their well proven Tiger and Tiger Select handheld volatile organic compound (VOC) detectors online to receive the company’s industry-beating five-year extended warranty.

Customers will benefit from the five-year extended warranty by registering their Ion Science Tiger or Tiger Select Photoionisation Detector (PID) within one month of purchase via this online form. A confirmation email advises that the extended warranty period has been activated and processed.

Ion Science’s VOC Gas Table provides information on a wide range of potentially hazardous gases and vapours, with advice on the most suitable instrument for the application. It also contains vital detail on PID response factors.

Duncan Johns, Managing Director at Ion Science comments: “Ion Science’s Tiger and Tiger Select handheld PIDs have established an unrivalled reputation for high performance, durability and reliability. The five-year extended warranty shows that we trust our products and have confidence in their longevity.

“Instrument registration takes minutes with those customers being the first to receive product updates and notification of special offers. It also ensures a quick, hassle-free repair in the event of a service issue.”

Ion Science provides a full calibration, maintenance and repair service for all its instruments. The company’s skilled engineers identify and resolve issues quickly for a fast turnaround to ensure instruments are operational as soon as possible.

Taking advantage of the extended warranty is an effective way for customers to have peace of mind for a significantly longer period of time, at no extra expense.

@ionscience #PAuto #VOC 

Producing fine cheese!

A new case study, How the P53 Ultrasonic Sensor improves professional cheese making by providing hygienic measurement of curd levels (pdf), from Hoffmann + Krippner illustrates how the P53 Ultrasonic Sensor by PIL can improve hygienic conditions and equipment for safe and high-quality cheese making processes.

Any equipment used in food production must meet the highest standards of hygienic design; food safety and quality depend on it.

As shown in this case study, the hygienic ultrasonic sensor series P53 by PIL are used for level detection in a coagulator system designed by ALPMA (Alpenland Maschinenbau GmbH).

Fully encapsulated in edgeless a stainless-steel housing (rated up to IP68/IP69K) with a EHEDG-certified holder, the P53 ultrasonic sensor provides a highly accurate and reliable sensing solution that can withstand thorough cleaning with highly acidic and/or alkaline cleaners as well as high-pressure or jet-steam cleaners.

@HK_Controls #PAuto #Food

Next generation oscilloscope!

DLM3000 features improved precision and productivity from a compact package with interactive touch-screen display.

The new Yokogawa DLM3000 is the first of a new generation of Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes featuring the familiar “look and feel” and small footprint of the earlier DLM2000 Series but with a complete hardware redesign with higher measurement speed and precision plus an intuitive touchscreen display for enhanced ease of use and improved productivity.

The DLM3000 builds on Yokogawa’s oscilloscope legacy with new features focusing on quality, flexibility and usability to increase users’ productivity and meet the advanced needs of today’s designs, particularly in the mechatronics and automotive sectors. Integrating the latest in touchscreen operation, solid-state storage and high-speed signal processing, the DLM3000 enhances productivity by providing “clean” noise-free signals, extensive processing, and ease of operation.

“Where other oscilloscope manufacturers emphasise increased bit resolution and bandwidth at the expense of precision and signal fidelity in the final measurement application, Yokogawa concentrates on meeting the real-world needs of engineers in the automotive and mechatronics sectors”, says Terry Marrinan, Vice President Europe, ASEAN & Oceania, for Yokogawa’s Test & Measurement Business Unit: “As power devices are increasingly switching faster and with higher voltages, capturing and analysing waveforms reliably with detail and precision requires better noise performance from the measuring instrument. With the DLM3000 Yokogawa - well known for its leading power analyser technology and years of experience with oscilloscopes - has again improved its measurement performance to achieve higher precision.”

The new instrument has a bandwidth of up to 500 MHz and a high sampling rate of 2.5 GS/s, making it ideally suited to precision waveform analysis in measurements on fast switching signals in inverter drives, for example. The high sample rate is combined with an onboard memory capacity of 250 megapoints and an increased voltage range, leading to lower residual noise and increased sensitivity. The DLM3000 also incorporates a variety of real-time lowpass filters to ensure the fidelity of captured signals.

The combination of the interactive touchscreen interface with a traditional oscilloscope control panel allows users to seamlessly transition between the two modes of operation, while a variety of communication and storage options make it easy to access large data sets.

In the multi-channel mixed-signal capability of the DLM3000 series, four channels of analogue input signals are converted to 8-bit logic, so that the instrument functions as a 3-channel analogue oscilloscope combined with an 8-bit logic analyser. As a result, up to 11 input signals can be observed simultaneously as three channels of analogue signals and an 8-bit logic input.

This means that the instrument can be used not only for the observation of data and control signals or as a trigger source, but also for the logic input analysis of I2C, SPI or other serial buses, removing the limitations imposed by the four channels of a standard oscilloscope in applications where the functioning of multi-channel digital control circuits needs to be examined.

The channel count and memory depth options combined with optional power math and serial bus features - including major automotive buses - result in an oscilloscope that can be configured for a variety of needs.

The ‘best-in-class’ memory capacity of up to 500 Mpoints allows the instrument to maintain its high sample rate in long-term measurements. A zoom and search function allows the user to select and display two zoomed waveforms with different time axis scales at the same time, searching captured waveforms in the long memory and displaying waveforms that meet a wide of range of search criteria in the zoom area.

The powerful history memory function automatically saves up to 100,000 previously captured waveforms in the acquisition memory and subsequently displays just one or all of them on screen. The user can then perform cursor measurement, computation, and other operations on history waveforms, allowing rarely occurring abnormal signals to be analysed.

The DLM3000 series comes with a variety of easy-to-configure triggers combining analogue and logic inputs such as edge, enhanced, and B triggers.

Also included is a real-time filter with optimum noise reduction supporting a wide range of frequencies from 8 kHz to 200 MHz. The DLM3000 series has two types of filters, one processed at the input circuit and one based on mathematical functions. These filters are effective for rejecting unwanted signals, allowing observation of only the desired bandwidths.

A range of functions that help operation efficiency include:
• Display trends of peak-to-peak or pulse width values per cycle
• Automatic measurement of voltage and time differences
• Analysis of frequency spectra
• Single-push snapshot of waveforms
• Display of stored waveforms in thumbnail format
• “Go/No-go” function
• Checking functions with graphical online help.

Dedicated serial analysis function options (/F01 to /F05) are available for embedded systems and in-vehicle bus signals along with decode display analysis. The logic input can also be used for specific serial buses including UART, I2C, SPI and SENT. Complicated trigger and decode settings such as bit rate and threshold level are automatically detected. Simultaneous analyses of four different buses can be carried out, with waveforms and analysis results from buses with different speeds being displayed using dual zoom windows.

Dedicated power supply analysis options are available (for 4-channel models only) for measuring switching loss, joule integral (I2t), SOA (safe operating area) analysis, harmonic analysis of power supply current based on EN61000-3-2, and other power parameter measurement such as active power and power factor.

Utilising the long memory capability, voltage and current waveforms over long cycles can be input for computation of switching loss. Values can be statistically processed and calculated.

A wide range of interfaces and software are available to provide broad connectivity and easier control. The DLM3000 is equipped with Gigabit Ethernet and USB3.0*1 as standard communication interfaces to provide smoother linkages with PC applications.

The DLM3000 features an 8.4-inch capacitive touchscreen, and is housed in a compact package with a portrait format that is approximately two-thirds the size of an A4 sheet of paper (with a depth of approximately 200 mm) to save space on the desk or test bench.

@Yokogawa_Europe #TandM #Pauto

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Advanced data manager.

Endress+Hauser has released the Memograph M RSG45 Advanced Data Manager DIN rail version, an intelligent remote device with extensive communication capabilities, making it ideal for IIoT applications and use as an edge device for getting data to cloud-based servers.

It is able to acquire data from up to 20 HART or universal analog input channels and 14 digital inputs, has two analog outputs and up to 12 relay outputs, and makes its data available to IIoT systems and all major automation system architctures via multiple communication interfaces and protocols. Interfaces and protocols include 4-20mA HART, Modbus RTU/Modbus TCP/IP, PROFIBUS DP, PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, Ethernet TCP/IP, USB, RS-232C/RS485 and OPC.

With all these interfaces, the Memograph M easily communicates with new and existing PLCs, SCADA systems, distributed control systems, historians and cloud-based data structures. It also has an embedded web server that can be accessed by any web browser via the internet once proper security procedures are followed.

The Memograph M mounts on a standard DIN rail, is powered by standard 24Vdc or 230Vac power supplies, and has IP20 protection. All connections on the front of the device are designed as pluggable screw or spring terminal blocks, with reverse polarity protection in either case, making connections quick and easy. The spring terminals are unlocked with a slotted screwdriver.

It provides tamper-proof data recording on 256MB of internal memory compliant with various legal directives, a 32GB SD card and a 32GB USB drive. Built-in software includes FDM Field Data Manager for visualization, analyzing, backup and reporting; audit trail software consistent with FDA21 CFR part 11; and Itherm TrustSens temperature sensor calibration. Application packages include mathematics, Telealarm, batch management, wastewater + RSB (rain spillway basin) and energy calculations.

The Memograph M can generate e-mail or SMS messages to alert users of alarm conditions or process events. Messages can be sent to several recipients simultaneously or automatically forwarded to a recipient/destination. Messages can be confirmed, relays controlled remotely and current values queried by any web browser.

@Endress_US  #PAuto @Endress_Hauser 

Direct RFSoC Processing System.

Abaco Systems has announced that, not only have they begun full production of its newly-announced VP430 Direct RF Processing System – first customer shipments occurred in September - but that it is actively creating inventory for those customers needing short-turn delivery before the end of the year.

“We’re seeing enormous demand for the VP430 - beyond even our expectations – with numerous enquiries as to whether we can deliver by the end of December,” said Peter Thompson, Vice President, Product Management at Abaco. “I’m delighted to say that our answer to that question is that we can indeed. We’re getting excellent service from Xilinx, providing all the production parts we need in order to manufacture boards and provide our customers with the fast-turn shipment they say they need.”

As well as having comprehensively characterized the performance of the VP430 (the data is available upon request), Abaco has published a white paper designed to help developers understand the capabilities of the system. ‘Technologies for responding to rapid developments in cognitive RF and EW’ describes strategies to address emerging EW threats by leveraging reconfigurable hardware in a multi-processor system architecture, employing a low latency processing powerhouse with FPGAs and RFSoCs, and how to select the right processor architecture for the job.

The VP430 is capable of enabling the most advanced electronic warfare applications, as well as many others. Examples of the applications either under development, or planned for development, include a real time passive optical network, a next generation direction finding system for battlefield communications and a new electronic attack system. 

Designed for advanced electronic warfare applications requiring MIMO (multiple input/output), beamforming, sensor processing and radar signal processing capabilities, the VP430 is a major step forward in performance and density, enabling the use of fewer boards and much less power while delivering increased processing throughput. In fact, for comparable capability, it occupies one fourth of the slots that earlier generation solutions would require.

The VP430 includes the option to be built with a FireFly™ 8-channel VITA 66.4 fiber optic interface for transfers of greater than 12 GBps for applications in which the throughput of the native VPX PCI Express® Gen3 data plane is inadequate or when a remote client requires streaming data.

Responding to the cost- and complexity challenge of RF systems with multiple channels - more channels means more expensive and large RF signal up/down conversion and signal conditioning - the VP430 enables direct RF sampling which can be implemented in the digital domain, bringing greater flexibility to the signal processing chain. Additionally, simplified integration with RF sampling devices removes the complexity of JESD204B high speed serial interfaces

The new Xilinx RFSoC is a revolutionary step in integration technology bringing a combination of Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) processing capability, a multi-processor embedded ARM® Cortex-A53 Application processing unit (APU), an ARM real time processing unit (RPU) and eight input analog-to-digital converter and eight digital-to-analog converter channels. Additionally, the Zynq® Ultrascale+™ architecture integrates all this with features to enable high security IP protection. The RFSoC brings extreme analog bandwidth with a sustained throughput of 6 GSPS per channel and greater than 12 GBps per channel digital offload capability.

• Acronyms? See our Acronyms Page

@AbacoSys #FPGA

Software for fixed power monitoring systems.

PQView® DE replaces Encore Series Software as the web application for use with the Dranetz fixed monitoring systems. PQView DE features a modern responsive web design that allows users to interact with their monitoring system from virtually any platform, including desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

It has been introduced as a replacement to its Encore Series Software (ESS) for use with its power quality, demand and energy monitoring systems. ESS relied on Java plug-ins which are no longer supported in newer web browsers. PQView DE with its new look and modern design offers the complete feature set with which long time Dranetz software users had become familiar while leveraging a modern cross-browser supported features and a responsive design. PQView DE is fully compatible with all of the Dranetz products that were supported by ESS, including the 61000 family, ES meters and legacy 55xx series DataNodes. PQView DE is based on the enterprise software platform PQView developed and supported by affiliate company Electrotek Concepts where it is used by utility customers globally. As a result, PQView DE users will have a seamless migration path to the more scalable and feature-rich PQView enterprise software platform as their needs grow.

“We are excited to offer this new product to existing Dranetz customers” said David Ellis, President & CEO of Global Power Technology (parent company). “We believe our customers will like the new modern design and responsive web interface. Those considering Dranetz will immediately see the benefit of working with an information rich platform that will scale and will help them to remain well informed as their needs grow or become more complex. PQView DE offers a seamless upgrade path from the legacy Encore Series Software product that it replaces”.

Dranetz was the first to pioneer permanently installed or fixed power quality monitoring systems. Its industry leading permanent monitoring system includes the Dranetz HDPQ Power Quality DataNodes, the 61000 family (61STD, 61SG, 61SGD) of Power Quality instruments and the ES series family of Demand and Energy meters. All are fully compatible with the new PQView® DE (supersedes ESS) and PQView web enabled system software.

@DranetzTech #PAuto #POwer

Adapting production processes to REACH.

The European REACH regulation, which aims to ensure a high level of protection for human health and the environment, imposes strict rules on the use of chemical substances. In order to protect employees in its production sites in Champagné and Marolles en Brie (F), Souriau is making changes to its production processes in response to these new regulatory constraints and at the request of its customers. Olivier Cresson, Hygiene,Safety and Environment manager at Souriau's Champagné site, talks about the challenges of compliance with the REACH regulation and the steps taken to radically transform an essential part of the production line.

Olivier Cresson
Could you summarise what REACH is all about?
To protect human health and the environment without harming the competitiveness of industry, Europe adopted the REACH regulation in 2006 which aims to identify all the chemical substances used in Europe, evaluate their hazard class and to authorize or prohibit their use. The European chemical agency (ECHA) was then founded, and put in charge of the application of this new regulation called REACH.

What has been the impact of this regulation on Souriau?
OC: Our company is impacted by this regulation because we use hexavalent chromium for electroplating our connector housings. However, because the regulation applies only in Europe, it doesn't apply to our American or Asian competitors, who expect products of the same quality, with or without hexavalent chromium. So we had to rapidly deploy industrial processes which comply with this new constraint, in a concerted effort with our suppliers in the chemical industry and with the users of our products.

The deadline seems a bit short, wouldn't you agree?
OC: Actually, it was in 2006 that the European agency first asked these manufacturers to make a list of all the products by November 30, 2010, starting with the largest tonnages of the most dangerous substances and then followed by the intermediate tonnages. By the end of May 2018, the small tonnages were evaluated and it had a global view of all the chemical products used in Europe, both in terms of quantity and their hazard class.

Doesn't this regulation apply only to the product as such?
OC: No, in a product sold to the general consumer or for an industrial process, several factors must be taken into account; tonnage, hazard class, application domain, etc. And although the substances themselves have to be examined, it's important to also take into account how they are distributed. The greater the quantity and the wider the distribution of a chemical product, the greater the risk that it will be prohibited. To give a concrete example, a lipstick, the ink in a pen or a paint sold in the consumer market do not represent the same level of risk for the population and environment as the electroplating of connectors in an enclosed system.

What is the relationship between electroplating and hexavalent chromium?
OC: Electroplating is a surface treatment which protects the connector housings, insures electrical continuity and gives them the finished appearance that our customers expect. Hexavalent chromium is used in the so-called passivation process to facilitate the adherence of the protective coating on the composite connectors. The finished product is stable and non-leaching. Nevertheless the use of hexavalent chromium was prohibited in manufacturing processes since September 2017.

How far have you got in your research for meeting the ECHA requirements?
OC: As soon as the ban on hexavalent chromium was announced, the research and development teams of Souriau started to work on replacement solutions. The work is complete for composite connectors because a new process, released into production, has been accepted by our customers. But for other connector manufacturing processes, compromises are necessary, and our R&D teams are still looking for replacement solutions.

It must be an enormous task for each manufacturer...
OC: All our European competitors who manufacture connectors were naturally faced with the same issue, so we formed a consortium and asked the ECHA to authorize us to use hexavalent chromium for a few more years. This delay was really essential in order to have enough time to put the new processes into place, get them released internally and qualified by our customers. The ECHA was well aware of the difficulties and that by allowing this delay we could avoid relocating factories abroad or losing markets not just in Europe but all over the world. By authorizing us to use this substance in our manufacturing processes, the ECHA made it possible to keep our R&D, know-how and production jobs in France and in Europe, with skilled personnel who now are working together every day to find a replacement for hexavalent chromium.

Are there some changes in your company visible already?
OC: Our factory in Champagné plant has been certified ISO 14001 since 2001 and has a highly modern electroplating workshop equipped with a ventilation system which changes the air out every eight minutes. The air passes through cleaning towers which treat all the effluents. The residual wastes are treated by a specialized company. Souriau is a global supplier of connectors for harsh environments; we manufacture 13 million connectors annually and use approximately 8 tons of hexavalent chromium. This consumption is currently being reduced by 50% due to the change in the industrial process.

And what will be the consequences over the long term?
OC: REACH is having a major impact on the industrial base, necessitating major investments in R&D to maintain conformity with the standards on one hand while on the other minimizing the impact on the electroplating process. Thanks to these efforts, we now have replacement solutions for hexavalent chromium but we need more time to validate them. The decision taken by ECHA will allow us to continue to advance in the market our connectors for harsh environments while still preserving our manufacturing base in France.

• See also interview "Interview: REACHing for safety." (15/10/2018)

@SouriauSunbank #PAuto @EU_ECHA

Megaproject safely and successfully delivered.

North West Redwater Partnership leverages Emerson’s capital project and automation expertise to reduce project complexity and improve engineering consistency
Emerson has completed a $73 million (€64m) contract for automation systems and cloud engineering services, helping North West Redwater Partnership design, execute and complete its first-of-a-kind Sturgeon Refinery. The Alberta, Canada refinery uses innovative technology designed to produce ultra-low sulphur diesel for local consumption as well as for export to markets that demand low sulphur fuel.
Using key elements of Emerson’s Project Certainty methodology, North West Redwater Partnership reduced global automation engineering complexity and completed the instrumentation and control scope for refinery automation. Emerson completed its entire scope of work with zero safety incidents.

The project team selected Emerson’s automation technologies and petrochemical project expertise to manage the refinery’s process control and safety system scope and help it safely begin producing diesel from synthetic crude oil in late 2017. This Refinery relies on an innovative, one-step process that, when fully operational, will convert diluted bitumen feedstock directly into ultra-low sulphur diesel while capturing carbon dioxide emissions.

“The unique nature of this refinery makes it important for us to manage all of the project components to minimise complexity,” said Jim Quinn, vice president of engineering for North West Redwater Partnership. “Emerson did an excellent job as the main automation contractor and continues to offer us exceptional support for the systems and services they delivered.”

As main automation contractor responsible for the entire instrumentation and control scope, Emerson provided integrated project management to reduce complexity and support North West Redwater Partnership with the alignment of multiple contractors. Cloud engineering using Emerson’s Remote Virtual Office technology enabled rapid mobilisation of resources and collaborative engineering, ensuring on-time automation delivery from experts around the globe.

“We’ve built world-class project execution and automation delivery capabilities throughout Emerson, and this truly unique project demonstrates the results of that vision,” said Jim Nyquist, group president for Emerson’s Systems and Solutions business. “Combining Emerson’s cloud engineering technology and Project Certainty methodologies helped support North West Redwater Partnership in delivering innovation to the entire oil and gas industry.”

The Sturgeon Refinery uses Emerson automation software and technologies, including DeltaV™ control and safety systems and AMS asset management software, as well as Rosemount™ instrumentation and Fisher™ control valves. The project team also leveraged DeltaV Operator Training Solutions and hands-on training to ensure operator readiness from the first moments of commissioning and start-up.

The refinery will process 79,000 barrels per day of diluted bitumen, while simultaneously capturing an estimated 1.2 million annual tonnes of carbon dioxide, which will act as a valuable feedstock to assist in enhanced oil recovery of up to a billion barrels of light oil that would otherwise have been unreachable.

@EMR_Automation  #PAuto  @Emerson_News #Canada

Monday, October 22, 2018

Detecting risky residual currents.

Residual currents in low voltage networks represent a fundamental safety risk, if they go undetected or if they are detected too late. They may cause operations to be interrupted unexpectedly, incurring damage to man and machine and in the final instance, leading to high costs. "Detect early, warn and take action" are the watchwords in risk prevention. Permanent monitoring of residual currents is essential and is used to detect deterioration in the distribution system's insulation in a timely manner.

The residual current module for the SINEAX AM/DM, LINAX PQ and CENTRAX CU series is being introduced by Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG to detect residual currents in electrical systems. It provides an RCM (Residual Current Monitoring) function as well as direct measurement of the earth conductor currents in electrical systems. The RCM function is based on Kirchhoff's First Law (Junction Law). This rule states that in a junction in an electrical network, the sum of the incoming currents is equal to the sum of the currents leaving the junction. If there is a difference cause by leakage current flowing through the earth, then a residual current is detected and reported. The operator is then requested to take action. The causes of residual current in a system can often originate in defective components, for example in switching power supplies (LED lighting, computers, photovoltaic rectifiers, rapid charge points, etc.), or defective insulation in electrical connections and devices, defective PEN connections, etc.
In the optimum case, six current channels are used for monitoring, as shown here. Channel 5 is used for RCM and Channel 6 is used to directly measure the earth current (up to max. 1,000A).
Measurement of residual currents is performed by residual current transformers. To provide this function, Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG has included residual current transformers to its product portfolio, in bushing-type and split-core versions. An individual alarm threshold and early warning threshold can be defined for each residual current channel. When the alarm threshold is violated, or if the measurement (RCM) conductor is broken, this activates the device's group alarm. Additionally, in devices with a data logger, all status changes are logged in the alarm log and early warning threshold violations are recorded in an event list. The alarm signal can be routed to digital outputs and displayed by the SMARTCOLLECT database software. The residual current values that are currently being measured can be visualised directly on the device display or on the device website (WebGUI) and can also be output on analogue outputs. The values can also be read via bus interfaces.

By recording the average value of the residual current, it is possible to detect a gradual change in the residual current.

The advantages of permanent residual current monitoring are evident. On the one hand, it can eliminate costly periodic manual inspections, which only indicate the status quo at the time of measurement. On the other hand, continuous monitoring improves fire protection and also makes a significant contribution to protection against personal injury and damage to property. Applications for RCM, which is often in used in an energy metering and network quality analysis context, are frequently to be found in data centres, hospitals, hotels and other public buildings (for example shopping centres, airports, etc.), industrial installations, sensitive production units, banks etc. In such cases, to avoid any safety risk, threshold values in compliance with EN 62020 are applied (for example 100 mA).

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

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Mag meter certified to European chemical standerds.

Emerson’s Rosemount™ 8700 Series of Magnetic Flow Meters has been certified to comply with NAMUR (Normenarbeitsgemeinschaft für Messund Regeltechnik in der Chemischen Industrie) recommendations, expanding the automation supplier’s portfolio of advanced process measurement solutions approved for use in the European chemical market.

“The new certification positions Emerson to better serve users in the European and global chemical market, helping to take their operations to the next level of performance,” said Scott Dudek, product manager for Rosemount magnetic flow meters at Emerson Automation Solutions. “This achievement is a testament to our commitment to meeting the toughest safety, reliability, and operational requirements while offering a comprehensive magnetic flow meter portfolio.”

NAMUR, the international association and standards body for automation technology users in the process industry, establishes recommendations for equipment deployed in the European chemical market based on operating norms and user requirements. Emerson’s certification is the culmination of rigorous testing by an accredited third party, which allow the Rosemount 8700 Magnetic Flow Meters to be deployed in chemical industry applications.

The 8700 series’ hardware and software features, such as all-welded construction and self-diagnostic capabilities for verifying calibration, accuracy and overall device health, are designed to ensure reliable flow readings, ease installation, reduce maintenance costs, and improve operational performance in demanding process applications.

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