Friday, January 4, 2019

Simple, low cost means of integrating MiniPID sensors.

Increasing demand from the global heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), agricultural and general manufacturing industries for measurement of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) has led Ion Science to launch a high performance Sensor Development Kit (SDK).

Comprising integration and sensor printed circuit boards (PCBs), the new Sensor Development Kit facilitates simple, low cost integration of Ion Science’s well proven MiniPID sensors into existing OEM products across a diverse range of applications.

Duncan Johns, Managing Director at Ion Science comments: “For OEMs and systems integrators, the Ion Science Sensor Development Kit is the simplest, quickest and most flexible way to incorporate VOC monitoring into new and existing gas detection applications.

“They will be able to add PID technology to their systems at a relatively low investment cost. This will reduce their expenditure on development programmes.”

Due to its small size and number of interfaces, the Sensor Development Kit will enable OEMs to easily incorporate the company’s MiniPID technology into their systems and applications that require the sensitivity of photoionisation detectors (PIDs) but without significant investment in engineering and R&D.

A low cost alternative to fixed and portable gas detection systems, the Sensor Development Kit will be supplied ready for immediate integration. This allows engineers who need to measure VOCs as part of air filtration or fume extraction, for example, deliver their solution to market in a shorter time frame. The MiniPID sensor and integration boards handle the intricacies of PIDs reducing the need for design and development.

Coupled with the company’s market leading MiniPID technology, the Sensor Development Kit provides real time, highly accurate data. Plus it offers industry standard protocols and interfaces for seamless connectivity.

The integration board provides data logging as well as flexible 4-20mA input and Modbus RTU output for connection to PLCs, building management systems (BMS) and other equipment for rapid prototyping and product development.

Having been developed for OEMs, the target markets for the Sensor Development Kit are likely to vary greatly. However, there has been growing demand for VOC monitoring from the HVAC industry with BMS manufacturers increasingly likely to integrate it into their systems to check room pollution levels.

In most modern commercial buildings, there are relatively few indoor sources of inorganic gaseous pollutants and the primary indoor generated airborne pollutants affected by ventilation are particles and VOCs.

The existing particle filters in building HVAC systems remove indoor generated particles using far less energy than ventilation. To complement particle filtration, effective and energy efficient air cleaning methods are needed for VOCs.

Recent studies have tested granular activated carbon (GAC) filters for VOC removal in non-industrial buildings and have proposed test methods to evaluate the performance of such air cleaning technologies for reduction in ventilation. Similar to GAC, activated carbon fiber filters (ACF) can be implemented to efficiently remove VOCs from indoor air.

As a result, low power PID sensors giving a continuous reading positioned pre and post filter screen will allow effective break through monitoring, filter replacements and increased ventilation system efficiency.

@ionscience #PAuto #OEM @elhcomms

Using RFID provides safety in processing plants.

Safety is of utmost importance during the transport of potentially dangerous process media in chemical processing plants. To ensure safety at all times, regular inspection and maintenance of hoses is required by law.

RFID handhelds from Pepperl+Fuchs and ecom paired with custom software from Neoception allow for convenient and efficient maintenance, even in hazardous areas. Each hose is clearly identifiable via a UHF RFID tag, which includes the following information:
• Equipment number
• Test date/time
• Hose length and diameter
• Conductivity
• Test pressure
• Date of the next inspection

Using the RFID handheld and the "hose manager" software from the Pepperl+Fuchs start-up Neoception, the auditor is guided through the maintenance procedure step-by-step. Automatic identification and user-friendly software virtually eliminate errors. The results of the test can be seamlessly transferred to a back-end system and serve as the documentation and proof of the tests carried out. During the process of designing the user interfaces, care was taken to ensure that they were ergonomical and glove-operable.

Additional functions help support work processes even better. A localization function, which evaluates the strength of the tag's response signal, helps to significantly reduce the time needed to search for a test object. In addition to RFID, all optical 1-D and 2-D codes can also be read via the integrated imager.

@PepperlFuchs #PAuto #Safety #RFID

Industrial IoT Company of the Year.

Emerson has been named the ‘Industrial IoT Company of the Year’ by IoT Breakthrough for the second year in a row. The honour recognises Emerson’s innovation and leadership in driving Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies and strategies for customers in manufacturing industries such as oil and gas, power, chemical, life sciences and others.

The IoT Breakthrough Awards, which received more than 3,500 nominations in 2018, recognise innovators, leaders and visionaries from around the globe in a range of IoT categories, including industrial, smart city technology, connected home and others. Selections are made by a judging panel of IoT professionals and experts with hands-on experience within the Internet of Things market, including journalists, analysts and professionals from top start-ups and Fortune 100 companies.

With IIoT capabilities, industrial companies have more potential than ever to collect real-time data. However, turning that data into actionable information and game-changing operational performance can be a complex process. To help customers implement IIoT technologies seamlessly, Emerson pioneered its Plantweb™ digital ecosystem, a scalable portfolio of technologies, software and services that enables performance improvement in production, reliability, safety and energy management.

“As IIoT technologies continue to evolve, customers are relying on us more and more to help them evaluate and implement digital technologies to show business performance and value,” said Lal Karsanbhai, executive president of Emerson’s Automation Solutions business. “Our goal is to deliver deep industry expertise and automation technologies that empower customers to leverage these capabilities and optimise plant performance.”

A recent Emerson study of industry leaders responsible for digital transformation initiatives showed that merely 20 percent of respondents had both a vision for digital transformation and a clear, actionable roadmap to implement. Absence of this practical roadmap was cited as the No. 1 barrier for digital transformation projects.

To help customers realise the promise of digital transformation, Emerson’s Plantweb digital ecosystem uses a structured, scalable approach that enables companies to focus on priority areas with a practical roadmap tailored to their business needs and readiness. Ultimately, these Plantweb solutions help customers reach Top Quartile performance, measured by optimised production, improved reliability, enhanced safety and minimised energy usage.

“It is abundantly clear that digitisation is radically changing the face of entire markets, and the level of IoT innovation continues to deliver impressive results in particular for manufacturing, enterprise and industrial customers worldwide,“ said James Johnson, managing director at IoT Breakthrough. “In this new world of Industry 4.0, it becomes increasingly difficult for IIoT suppliers to stand out in the crowded market, and Emerson has successfully demonstrated a level of innovation and success in the industrial IoT market for a second consecutive year to bring home our Industrial IoT Company of the Year designation. Congratulations to the Emerson team on their 2019 IoT Breakthrough Award and well-deserved industry recognition.”

@EMR_Automation  #PAuto #IIoT @IoTBreakthrough @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The next-generation purge and pressurisation system.

Pepperl+Fuchs has introduced an advanced Bebco EPS® purge and pressurization system, designed for Class I or II/Div. 2 and Zone 2/22 locations. This innovative and compact manual or automatic system delivers all the features needed for reliable hazardous location protection within a small, streamlined solution.

“The new, compact 7500 series is easy to use, offering absolute reliability and efficiency. When fully automated it provides excellent enclosure protection for electrical equipment like motors, drives, control panels and cabinets, and gas analyzers,” said Kristen Barbour, Marketing Manager. “Whether you need gas or dust protection in the oil and gas, chemical, maritime, or offshore industry – the Bebco EPS 7500 can be used in process industries around the world for applications that previously required heavier and more expensive explosion-proof protection.”

The 7500 series Ex pzc/Type Z purge and pressurization system can be fully automatic or manual and purges a common enclosure of hazardous gas or dust to maintain positive pressure. It effectively reduces the classification within the protected enclosure to a non-hazardous area. The 7500 carries ATEX and IECEx certifications and is UL listed. It operates within an extremely small footprint of only 5.8” x 3.8” x 1.9”.

The 7500 Series includes intelligent automatic monitoring and control of enclosure pressure with dilution and continuous flow functionality. The system makes automatic adjustments and provides an alarm output for reliable protection. It is designed in marine-grade chromate aluminum – making it rugged enough to withstand the harsh conditions of many process industries. The 7500 uses universal AC/DC power and is available as both a panel mount and external mount. The large touch screen enables quick and easy setup while also providing status LEDs, a bar graph for pressure, and multiple program selections.

@PepperlFuchs #PAuto

Locking connector.

Cliff Electronics, have added a locking connector to their very successful CLIFFCON power connector range. The CLIIFCON-P range is comprised of a power input plug and socket, a power output plug and socket and an inline cable extension coupler.

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments; “Our CLIFFCON power connector range is very well established provides a variety of different high quality, robust and reliable options. The new CLIFFCON-P provides installers of fixed and temporary installations a simple to use, safe and reliable locking power connector with the option of extending cable runs for use at different locations. The CLIFFCON-P XLR sized sockets match our very wide range of other connector types simplifying panel design”

The ergonomically shaped locking power input and output plugs are colour coded, blue for power in and grey for power out, and feature different keyways to prevent accidental insertion of the incorrect plug. The chassis mounting sockets are designed to fit into industry standard 26mm XLR cut outs, matching the very wide range of standard and FeedThrough connectors already available from Cliff.

The CLIFFCON-P input/output coupler may be used to extend cable lengths and features dust caps on both sockets to prevent the ingress of dust or contamination when not in use.

The CLIFFCON-P range is rated at 20A rms at 250VAC and may be used in applications including broadcast, auditorium installations, lighting, LED display, signage and videowall systems and industrial equipment.

Cliff’s XLR format connectors take advantage of the standard 24mm panel cut out widely used in audio and broadcast systems and which is finding increasing popularity instrumentation, medical and industrial applications due to the format’s flexibility, security and reliability. Blank socket plates are also now available for customers to create custom connector solutions.

The Cliff FT series of true, feed through, data connectors for electrical and electronic instrumentation are perfect for developing custom I/O configurations for wall plates, enclosures, rack panels, etc. All fit within a standard XLR panel cut-out and use common standard cabling for front and back connections with no soldering or screw terminal connections required. FT connectors may be mounted from the front or back of a panel and a low rear profile accommodates the tightest behind-the-panel spaces. Pre-assembled 19” rack panels fitted with a range of FT and standard connectors are available from Cliff to simplify end system assembly.

Versions available include GJ45, HDMI, BNC and USB3.0 compliant single and dual USB versions in addition to the existing range which provides Analogue, Digital and Optical Feed-Through connectivity in formats including Firewire, HDMI A-A and metal or plastic 50 ohm BNC versions, USB2 A-to-B and B-to-A “gender change” sockets high speed USB Type – C, USB3 to USB3 in all gender changing configurations - A-A, A-B and B-A. Also available are all popular data and Ethernet connectors including USB 2.0 and 3.0, LC and SC fibre (Duplex & Simplex), UTP and FTP RJ45s in both Cat6 and Cat5e (shielded and unshielded), CAT3 RJ11 and RJ14 6P4C, Toslink, RCA Phono and HDMI and blanking plates. Dust covers are now available for many of the connector range.

 #CliffElectronics #PAuto

“Snap on, snap off” detachable HD video camera.

THine®, California Eastern Laboratories (CEL), and Keyssa®, have announced a HD Camera Proof of Concept solution for ruggedized detachable HD cameras. The detached HD camera enclosure can be water and/or oil proof to accommodate severe outdoor environment conditions.

Higher resolution cameras are critical to accurate operation and great user experience. Our unique detachable HD camera solution solves the following problems required by advanced vision systems:



  • Provides high resolution, high frame rate, and low latency to capture and display an accurate image


  • Performs under severe environments including those requiring water and oil-proof enclosures


  • Delivers quick video streaming immediately after “snap-on” connection of the rugged detachable camera


  • The cable-less connection to the camera provides a safer environment for wearable applications by avoiding accidents from cables getting interlaced with clothing or nearby objects

    The Proof of Concept solution uses one of THine’s newest chipsets with a MIPI CSI-2 interface, which is a common output of high-resolution cameras, and outputs V-by-One® HS video.

    The V-by-One® HS protocol is a standard developed by THine Electronics for video transmission up to 4 Gbits/second per lane for greater than 10 meters. It uses a proprietary encoding scheme along with a clock data recovery- (CDR-) based serializer/deserializer (SERDES) technology. A single Keyssa chip wirelessly transmits V-by-One® HS with 60-GHz technology over about a centimeter, which penetrates plastics. The system can operate with no compression-induced delay due to the highspeed signal transfer capability of the Keyssa and THine technologies.

    The Proof of Concept shows that the combination of these different technologies from Keyssa and THine will achieve these demanding requirements. At CES 2019, Keyssa will have a private suite to demonstrate many unique solutions including this Proof of Concept.

    “The impact will be significant when you think about the numbers of potential use cases for this solution. The gaming and AR industry have more than 12 million people that could use such devices. Endo/laparoscopic surgery takes place more than 15 million times a year in the US,” said Tak Iizuka, Chief Solution Architect of THine.

    Also, by enabling quick and smooth video streaming initialization, the Proof of Concept allows unique system architectures; such as multiple Snap-on Cameras with one Contactless Interface, and one Snap-on Cameras with multiple Contactless Interfaces. Applications include, but are not limited to, wearable/body-top devices for XR (AR/VR/MR), smartphones, tablet-type or lap-top computers, surveillance cameras, home/business security cameras, machine vision, document scanners, medical equipment, and automotive devices.

    “THine’s V-by-One® has become a de facto standard for delivering HD video content in consumer and commercial applications,” said Eric Almgren, CEO of Keyssa. “Our wireless connector works seamlessly with THine’s technology to enable new and innovative product designs that require HD video streaming.”

    “We are very excited to introduce an unprecedented solution where V-by-One® HS goes over the air thanks to Keyssa’s unique technology,” said Yasuhiro Takada, President and CEO of THine, and “We believe people from many markets will be very impressed with the potential of our state of the art solutions.”  

    #THine @KeyssaTech @CELWireless #PAuto
  • Strain sensors in concrete pumps.

    The trend on truck-mounted concrete pumps is for greater reach with less weight. Technical advances at Schwing are currently making it one of the market leaders in this field. In order to raise operator comfort levels on truck-mounted concrete pumps with large booms, the company has launched an innovative vibration damping system. In partnership with Baumer Electric, the company has developed a new strain sensor with an IP69K protection rating and an exceptionally broad measuring range to provide precise signaling of deflections as they occur in the boom.

    Since its formation in the 1930s, they have been designing, constructing and selling pumps, machines and plant equipment for the production, transport and reprocessing of concrete: batching plants, truck-mixers, stationary and truck-mounted concrete pumps as well as recycling plants. Whether concreting a swimming pool in the front garden of a family home or realizing prestigious public projects such as the One World Trade Center in New York (USA), or the third Bosporus bridge in Turkey, the machines and plant are deployed wherever concrete is used to provide permanent stability. With six manufacturing sites and subsidiaries or representatives in more than 100 countries, the company provides efficient, reliable and long-term solutions throughout the world. Extensive in-house production capacity for core components guarantees strict inspection processes and high product quality.

    Truck-mounted concrete pumps of various sizes and types are manufactured at sites in Herne (D), Chennai (Ind), and Sao Paulo (BZ). The models with the longest placing booms are manufactured at the Group’s German headquarters. With a new boom drive concept, high-strength steel, less weight, and more operator comfort, they are Schwing’s answer to the market's increasing demands in terms of economics, ecology and ergonomics.

    Modern placing booms have a reach of almost 65 meters. With highly efficient twin cylinder piston pumps and a pressure of up to 85 bar, they pump concrete at up to 164 m3 per hour. This obviously causes vibrations in the boom. In order to be able to offer end users improved operator comfort at the end hose, Schwing has developed an innovative vibration damping concept which has included a complete revision of the hydraulic elements. A precision transducer was required which could pick up the elongations from the signal boom caused by movement of the whole placing boom, and which would then transmit the command variables for the vibration damping. A force sensor would have to be mechanically built into the direct flow of forces from the arm and then exactly matched to the machine geometry. It was possible to significantly reduce the development effort by absorbing the movement over the elongation. The effect of a force always produces elongations in a mechanical structure. These elongations depend on the geometry of the structure to be measured and the modulus of elasticity.

    “We developed a customer-specific, innovative strain sensor in close collaboration with Baumer Electric AG which comfortably overcomes all the challenges,” explains Reiner Vierkotten, Senior Engineer Control Systems at Schwing GmbH. “The new high-strength steels we have used allow the mechanical stresses and elongations to take place in higher areas than in previously used materials. Conventional strain sensors cannot operate in these areas.”

    A completely new set of sensor mechanics was developed using FEM simulations with a measuring range of ± 2000 µm/m. The easy-to-mount sensor with long-term seal functions perfectly in multi-shift operation in spite of the tough conditions on building sites. It is calibrated at the factory which speeds up installation and any possible replacement work. The new sensor, with its on-board electronics, supplies a high-resolution digital CANopen signal directly to the truck-mounted concrete pump’s control system.

    Compared to force sensors, which have to be precisely adjusted to the machine geometry, the strain sensor can be easily mounted at the optimum position with just two bolts. This does not affect the structure of the machine, save times in development and makes mounting easy. The robust design of the sensor makes it impervious to shocks, impacts, and other mechanical influences and is therefore ideal for use in the construction environment. At the same time, it is very gentle, reacts quickly, and can accurately detect even the slightest elongation or compression. It is resistant to wind and weather due to its a corrosion-resistant housing. With a certificated protection class of IP69K, its seal is absolutely guaranteed and can be cleaned with high-pressure or steam cleaning systems.

    “We are very pleased with our collaboration,” confirms Vierkotten. “The innovative damping system is also available for the latest S 65 SXF truck-mounted concrete pump from SCHWING which was launched at the beginning of 2018 at the World of Concrete trade fair in Las Vegas. Following comprehensive prototype testing and optimization during the development phases, the new DST55R strain sensor was successfully put into volume production by Baumer. We can imagine using Baumer sensors for future projects on our truck-mounted concrete pumps.”


    @BaumerGroup #PAuto #Construction