Friday, October 18, 2019

Challenge to make splash.

Being active together for a good cause: this is the idea behind the Endress+Hauser Water Challenge. In local events, employees donate a fixed amount for every kilometer covered, and the company doubles the amount raised. The money will be used for water aid projects in Asia, Africa and South America. After the kick-off in Reinach (CH), the initiative will now be carried around the world by the Group’s companies.

“For many people, clean drinking water is a valuable and scarce commodity,” explains Matthias Altendorf, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group. For decades, the company has supported safe, efficient and environmentally friendly water supply and treatment with its products, solutions and services. “Now we are transferring this commitment to the non-profit sector,” said the CEO. The aim is to give more people access to clean water.

The Endress+Hauser Water Challenge is open to all employees of the company who like to move and at the same time want to do something good for other people. “The shared experience is more important than a quick time,” emphasizes Matthias Altendorf. The routes should always be close to water. The activities can vary – from hiking and cross-country skiing to swimming, everything is possible. The money collected will always be used for a specified water aid project.

At the kick-off of the Endress+Hauser Water Challenge on 10 October 2019 in Reinach, 250 employees ran and walked a total of around 2,300 kilometers. Smaller runs took place on the same day on the fringes of company events in Vienna and Freiburg, (D). In the end, around 10,000 CHF (€9100) was collected from the first charity run. Further campaigns at international locations are being planned.

With the money from the Reinach run, a well is to be drilled in the village of Dak Lak in the Vietnamese province of Kon Tum, which will ensure the water supply even in periods of drought. There are also systems and installations planned to treat and store the water. Endress+Hauser employees in Vietnam will make sure that the donation goes entirely to the water aid project.


@Endress_Hauser

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Open communication standard in pharma recognised.

OPEN-SCS and Werum IT Solutions successfully staged the “OPEN-SCS plug fest” at Werum’s headquarters in Lüneburg (D).  The OPEN-SCS working group is partnered with the OPC Foundation to develop an open source standard covering the complete business transaction for the data exchange in pharma packaging serialization.

OPEN-SCS honored with Pharma 4.0 Award
During the plug fest the interfaces between the ISA levels 2-3 and 3-4 and the different vendors have been tested. Besides Werum (manufacturing IT including serialization solutions) the companies ACG (end-to-end pharmaceutical solutions), ADVANCO (packaging/distribution serialization and track and trace level 3 and 4), and WIPOTEC (serialization provider of level 2 systems) took part in the interoperability tests. Complex data containing, for instance, serialization mass data, were exchanged and the compliance with the OPC UA standard checked.

“The results are very satisfactory,” says Costantino Pipero, leading the event on behalf the OPC Foundation. “We fully achieved our goals, testing the interfaces, interoperability, and compliance adherence. The specification is viable, that means no changes are needed. For OPEN SCS this is the basis to now start and speed up implementation.”

In recognition of its efforts to develop an open communication standard, the OPEN-SCS working group was honored with the Pharma 4.0 Award by the Pharma MES / Pharma TRACKTS! conference. The award will further boost OPEN-SCS to realize its vision: to reduce the total cost of ownership for packaging serialization in the pharma and biotech industry.

 #PAuto #Pharma @Werum @OPCFoundation

Connection and cable facility opened.

To support the unprecedented growth of its Benelux business, LEMO has invested in a new, purpose-built, hi-tech and eco-friendly facility near Amsterdam.

"With 2,500 m2 (doubled in size), we have plenty of growing room to triple assembly and double office staff," says Niels Zonneveld Managing Director of LEMO Benelux.

Their Dutch subsidiary was opened in 2005 initially to cover the Benelux market. Meanwhile, its staff grew from 2 to over 50 people. Today, LEMO Netherlands has a cable assembly department as well and is home to the LEMO European Distribution Centre, supplying several European companies. It also hosts the European stock of LEMO’s Northwire Cable.

Located in Haarlem, the new, pure contemporary style 3-storey building has been designed for efficiency. Expert support was provided to the architects in order to optimise the flow of goods and people. The facility also offers expanded inventory and expedited delivery services.


#PAuto #Benelux @mepaxIntPR @LEMOConnectors

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Powering the food chain...

On a trip to Rome some years ago we were introduced to the extraordinary food enterprise called Eataly* - a sort of IKEA for food albeit Italian food and drink (is there any better sort!). This made this story more interesting to us.

Have you ever wondered how much work is hidden behind a glass of wine? Or how wheat is sown, harvested and transformed into a pasta dish? FPT Industrial and Eataly announce a three-year partnership to recount the food chain, from farm to table. The two companies have chosen an exceptional stage for this world premiere: Eataly Smeraldo in Milan, where, throughout the month of October, visitors can learn about the ingredients of this special story.

The special Cursor X framework in the Eataly Smeraldo store in Milan

The Milanese store is welcoming visitors in a tailor-made setting representing vine shoots to celebrate the month of wine. Cursor X - the engine concept of the future, a symbol of how FPT Industrial conceives technology, innovation and sustainability - is displayed hanging from Eataly Smeraldo's stage, among the roots of a vine tree. The engine, designed for Planet Earth and for greener agriculture, is Multi-power, because it can be powered by natural gas, electric batteries and hydrogen; Modular, easy to install and quick to maintain; Multi-application, adapted to any vehicle and mission; Mindful, capable of self-learning, predicting and programming its own maintenance. The set-up has been designed to be sustainable as the emissions for its production will be offset by the planting of trees.

From seeds to high-quality food on our tables, FPT Industrial and Eataly divide the story of the virtuous production process in the store into four thematic areas dedicated to typical products of Italian cuisine: wine, pasta, tomatoes and cheese.

With its engines, FPT Industrial helps to plant, harvest and deliver high-quality products to our table, placing sustainability at the heart of its research. Throughout its history, the Brand has been a key player in the changes of agriculture, thanks to its innovative and increasingly environmentally friendly engines.

Today, 40% of the wheat and 80% of the wine grapes in the world are harvested thanks to machines powered by FPT Industrial. “The partnership with Eataly is one that once again makes us proud of our products and our mission, because we can recount and explain the role of our engines along the entire food chain”, says Carlo Moroni, Head of Communication for FPT Industrial. “From farm to table, FPT Industrial is the sustainable and innovative engine of agriculture”.

“The earth is tired. Therefore, technologies that express environmental responsibility are very welcome”, explains Francesco Farinetti, CEO of Eataly. “The agricultural sector production chain is witness to virtuous changes through technologies that express respect for the environment. If we can also do our small part by telling our customers about these new frontiers, then we do it very willingly. For us, the ideal scenario is to innovate while preserving traditions”.

The story of this chain is also broken down into two events at Eataly Smeraldo. The first one will be held on October 18th at 6:30 p.m. with Chiara Maci, the new TV face of Food Network with the series "L'Italia a morsi", presenter of the show "Cuochi e Fiamme" and author of various cookbooks. She will be the key figure of a cooking show that will engage the public in the preparation of original dishes.

I'm hungry already.... Sláinte!

* We understand that their are branches of Eataly in the USA and possibly in other countries.

@FPTIndustrial @EatalyIT #Food #Italy

Industry leader recognition.

Delta has just been recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) 2019 assessment as the industry leader within the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components sector for the fourth time.

With the global challenge of climate change and strong competition among peers, Delta has now been included in the DJSI World Index for the 9th consecutive year and in the DJSI Emerging Markets Index for the 7th consecutive year. The 2019 DJSI survey not only underscores Delta's continuous dedication towards climate change action and superior performance in economic and social dimensions, but also rewards the Company with the highest score in 8 criteria, outperforming the previous years. The DJSI assessment recognizes Delta’s efforts in the three dimensions of ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance). With its focus on climate change action, in 2018, Delta reduced its carbon intensity by 16.8% in efforts to achieve the Science Based Target (SBT) set in 2017 of reducing its carbon intensity 56.6% by 2025.

Mr. Jesse Chou, Delta's chief sustainability officer, highlighted, "Our long-term commitment is to realize Delta's corporate mission, 'To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow', by leveraging our core competence in high-efficiency power electronics, developing comprehensive energy-saving solutions capable of lowering mankind's carbon footprint, implementing carbon reduction, and fully disclosing our goals and progress in ESG. Delta achieved its scheduled milestone of 16.8% science-based carbon reduction in the first year. In 2019 our cooperation with the Delta Electronics Foundation in the promotion of environmental education and green buildings and transportation concepts helped us achieve full credits in “Innovation Management”, “Environmental Reporting”, and "Social Reporting”. Delta also led the electronics industry in 5 major criteria for the 2019 DJSI corporate sustainability assessment: “Materiality”, “Risk and Crisis Management”, “Codes of Business Conduct”, “Product Stewardship”, and “Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy”. Delta’s dedication to innovative development, enhancing eco-efficiency, increasing its percentage of renewable energy, and balancing the development on ESG, have supported us in achieving this year's industry leadership position."

Delta has focused on climate change issues and passed the review by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) in 2017, while proposing the goal of reducing the carbon intensity by 56.6% by 2025 with 2014 as the base year. Delta became the first enterprise in Taiwan and the 87th in the world to pass the SBTi review. Through internal efforts to implement 1,846 energy-saving solutions at its plants in 2018, Delta increased its global use of renewable energy ratio to 22%. With the purchase of International Renewable Energy Certificates (I-RECs), Delta’s carbon intensity was decreased by 16.8% in 2018, surpassing the original SBT of carbon reduction by 16.5% for 2018.

To accelerate the transformation to low-carbon transportation in response to the UN's goal of keeping global temperature rise below 2°C, in 2018 Delta took the lead in joining the EV100 initiative for international electric vehicles, and is the first member globally that provides energy infrastructure for electric vehicles. Delta has also introduced the climate-related financial disclosure protocol as a supporter of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), and continues to be proactive in implementing mitigation and adaptation work in response to climate change.

Delta has recently issued its 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report. Delta's high energy-efficient products have helped its clients save 28.1 billion kWh of electricity from 2010 to 2018, reducing 15.06 million tons of carbon emissions. From 2011 to 2018, a total of 1,846 energy-saving solutions were implemented at its major plants, saving 230 million kWh of electricity and reducing about 186,000 tons of carbon emissions. As for energy conservation through green buildings, the 15 certified factories and 5 academic buildings that Delta has sponsored to build have saved 17.83 million kWh of electricity and reduced about 11,200 tons of carbon emissions. Delta is dedicated to fulfilling it corporate mission "To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow" and is committed to making greater achievements in energy conservation and carbon reduction.

#PAuto @DeltaEMEA @SPDJIndices 

Simplified motor integration for linear motion systems.

Mounting kit featured in improved Thomson Linear MOTIONEERING® online sizing and selection tool.

Thomson Industries has launched an upgraded RediMount option, a pre-engineered, modular adapter kit for seamlessly installing motors or gears in less than five minutes. The improved option is now the default for Thomson linear motion systems and precision linear actuators, and its capabilities are factored into optimal sizing recommendations generated through the company’s Linear MOTIONEERING product sizing and selection tool.

According to Alexander Schollin, Product Line Specialist EMEA & Asia at Thomson, “Lead time is minimised significantly as the motor or gear and systems can now be shipped with RediMount pre-installed. Whereas design engineers previously spent valuable time searching for the optimal motor flange kit and installing the individual components upon receipt, now they can order our upgraded solution, significantly reducing lead time and having only the simple task of bolting on their motor upon receipt.”

RediMount accommodates a wide range of motor types and sizes or gears, which can be mounted to linear motion systems and actuators faster and with less effort than ever before. “RediMount also includes updated smart part numbers with a specific motor ID, which reflect the motor or gear manufacturer and type,” added Schollin. “For engineers with old product numbers, we developed a translator, which converts the old product number to a new one including motor ID.”

Furthermore, by using the Linear MOTIONEERING tool, customers can now check if their motor is powerful enough and meets the specifications of their application. This is a critical enhancement for project-based machine builders and automation partners. Products now available with the enhanced RediMount kit include:


  • M (Movopart®) linear units: These are ideal for economical, transport-grade applications such as packaging, material handling and factory automation.
  • WH (SpeedLine) linear units: The units are designed for high-speed material handling and packaging.
  • WM (PowerLine), WV units (DynaLine) and MLS units (ForceLine) linear units: These units are developed for applications such as machine tool automation and test/measurement.
  • T-Series actuators (T60/T90/T130): These rod-style precision linear actuators are designed for use in material handling, machining and factory automation applications. They are ideal for replacing hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders.

RediMount facilitates various Thomson linear motion systems and precision linear actuators.

Finally, apart from reduced lead and engineering time on the overall system, RediMount is also designed with a flexible coupling that matches or exceeds the high input torque of the linear unit.

#PAuto @Thomson_Ind  @bcm_pr

Photoionisation detector.

Latest TVOC 2 incorporates well proven MiniPID 2 sensor technology for continuous detection of total volatile organic compounds

Ion Science has redesigned its TVOC fixed photoionisation detector (PID). Developed for continuous monitoring of total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs), the TVOC 2 features eye-catching new branding and incorporates the company’s latest market-leading long life MiniPID 2 sensor.

Their TVOC 2 has three selectable detection ranges of 0 – 10, 0 – 100 and 0 – 1000 parts per million making it ideal for monitoring applications in a range of industries including manufacturing, processing, offshore, refineries, petrochemical, chemical, waste and water treatment, indoor air quality and pharmaceutical.

By incorporating Ion Science’s MiniPID 2 sensor, TVOC 2 boasts Fence Electrode Technology for increased resistance to humidity and contamination allowing extended operation in the field. A robust and rugged design helps ensure accurate results in the harshest of working environments.

Ion Science’s TVOC 2 utilises a diffusive sample technique resulting in less contamination issues compared to pumped systems which reduces lamp cleaning and servicing requirements. The 4-20 mA analogue output enables TVOC 2 to be integrated into a Distributed Control System (DCS) to give warning or control of high VOC levels in the working environment.

The ATEX approvals enable a three wire TVOC system to be used in Zone 2 hazardous areas, without safety barriers. Plus, ATEX and IECEx approvals allow TVOC to be used in Zone 1 hazardous areas, with safety barriers.

Ion Science’s TVOC 2 is simple to install, service and calibrate and does not require a hot work permit. The MiniPID 2 sensor is accessible and changeable in a matter of seconds.

@ionscience @elhcomms #PAuto #TVOC

Chemical manufacturers applications discussed at Autumn events.

Seeq is expanding support for the chemicals industry and is currently working with over 30 of the top chemical companies in the world to help them leverage their process data to improve processes and profitability.

Seeq builds on machine learning and big data technologies to speed time to insight for diagnostic, descriptive, and predictive analytics. “The rapid pace of Seeq innovation is leading to bigger customer engagements and even faster insights and impact from production data,” says Steve Sliwa, CEO and Co-founder of Seeq Corporation. “We are growing the organization quickly to keep up with customer needs in training, use case development, and core feature development.” 

The company will have employees presenting use cases at several of the leading chemical events this autumn.

Julianne Wagoner, an Analytical Engineer at Seeq, will present Leveraging Advanced Analytics to Improve Production Outcomes at the Chem Show in New York (NY USA) on October 24th from 10:55-11:15 am. This presentation will feature use cases highlighting best practices in maintenance, repair, and overhaul as well as optimizing process efficiency, and will discuss solutions to common processing problems.

The AIChE Annual Meeting in Orlando (FL USA) will feature Seeq’s VP of Analytics Engineering Lisa Graham, PE and PhD, who will be presenting Big Data Impact on the Future of Manufacturing on November 11th at 9:20am. This presentation will focus on the opportunity for innovation in chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing processes through the integration of human intuition and experience with big data, machine learning, and other software innovations.

Brian Parsonnet, Seeq’s CTO, will present at Advances at Process Automation & Control 2019 in Manchester (GB) on November 20th from 9:00-9:50 am. His plenary session, titled Addressing Practical Challenges of Process Analytics, will cover the opportunity for innovation in chemical manufacturing processes through the integration of human intuition and experience with big data, machine learning, and other software innovations.

 #PAuto #PHarma @SeeqCorporation @chemshow @ChEnected @IChemE

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Software-configurable analog front end.

New solution enables designers to create “platform” input modules for multiple product iterations, reducing cost and speeding time-to-market.

Analog Devices has introduced the AD4110-1 Analog Front End with integrated 24-bit ADC for industrial process control systems. AD4110-1 is a universal input AFE with an integrated ADC that allows customers to design a "platform" input module that they can configure for multiple functions. This saves significant R&D cost, reduces time to market and requires less design resources.

The high voltage inputs of the AD4110-1 are fully software configurable for current or voltage signals, allowing direct interface to all standard industrial analog signal sources. One reference design replaces many, reducing module size and decreasing cost of ownership. Software-configurable I/O is a key factor in the implementation of Industry 4.0.

The AD4110-1 is available today in 40-lead LFCSP packages. Key features include:
• Integrated, fully differential programmable gain amplifier (PGA) that offers 16 gain settings from 0.2 to 24
• Provides internal, front-end diagnostic functions to indicate overvoltage, undervoltage, open wire, overcurrent, and overtemperature conditions.
• The high voltage input is thermally protected, overcurrent limited, and overvoltage protected.

#PAuto @ADI_News

Touch operation made easier.

Touch operation is made possible by Algra Group's innovative strain gauge technology, Dynaforce, which turns rigid surfaces into an input front in the blink of an eye.

Strain gauge technology detects even the slightest deformation
Whether on your smartphone, at public machines or around the house - for many people, touch-based operation has become a firmly established part of everyday life. The Algra Group's strain gauge technology makes touch operation possible on more atypical surfaces such as metal, wood or even ceramics.

"The strain gauge technology recognises even the smallest deformations in the material layer," explains Dieter Matter, CEO of the Algra Group. "This is enough to activate the button and trigger a function." This technological feat is made possible by intelligent software and a sensor network that is made up of strain gauges. These can determine where you are touching and thus activate the button.

Freely combinable options
The Dynaforce sensors are extremely touch-sensitive and function without problems on sheet thicknesses of between 0.3 and 1.2 mm. There is one of these sensors for each button on the circuit board. This network of sensors then detects even the finest mechanical deformations and uses the intelligent software to filter out interfering signals.

As these sensors are force sensors, functions can be differentiated based on the force exerted upon the sensor. With a lamp, for example, a hard press of the button may cause the light to turn on, while a gentler press of the button could lower the brightness.

Another possibility is visual feedback through an LED or a display. In addition, you can choose any sound to play as acoustic feedback. With Dynaforce, these variants can be combined in any way you wish.

Design that is pleasing on the eye
Typical applications are designer products that are used around the house, in an industrial setting, or in a public space, as well as applications with high demands on robustness and water resistance. The input technology will blow you away with its elegant design, its easy installation process (peel-and-stick), its operational capability in a wide range of temperatures (-40° C to +85° C), and the fact you can operate the buttons even when you are wearing gloves.

#AlgraGroup #HMI #Switch

Ethernet switch for VME.

Abaco Systems has announced the GBX25 Level 3 Managed 6U VME NETernity Ethernet Switch. It provides unprecedented flexibility, delivering new levels of simplicity in configuring 6U VME network support and handling almost any network configuration while delivering industry-leading performance. The GBX25 represents the optimum switch solution for any user planning to create new systems based on the 6U VME architecture, or planning to refresh existing systems.
Supported interfaces include 10/100/1000BASE-T, 100BASE-FX, 1000BASE-SX, 1000BASE-LX, 10GBASE-SR and 10GBASE-LR.

Typical applications for the GBX25 include mission computing; fire control; radar; sensor/video aggregation and networking; and radar. It is also appropriate for industrial and automation applications.

For existing users of Abaco’s GBX24 and RM921B, the GBX25 represents a 100% pin-compatible technology insertion opportunity, delivering a simple, straightforward, cost-effective upgrade in capability and performance, while guaranteeing long term availability. It also represents an ideal enhancement for systems using Abaco’s RM922, GBX16 and GBX16A switches.

The GBX25 also provides support for the latest release of Abaco’s OpenWare switch management environment designed specifically for the military/aerospace environment, bringing new levels of flexibility, manageability and security.

A single flexible platform, the GBX25 allows virtually all 6U VME Ethernet switch solutions to be architected with a single product, whether front or rear (or both) I/O, copper or fiber, 1G or 10G. Up to four 10G SFP+ modules brings the ability to aggregate multiple 1G channels together. The 10G functionality makes it possible to use the switch as an aggregator of multiple video/sensor data streams to be sent via one or more 10G uplinks to other systems such as data servers or mission computers.

The use of SFP modules also brings the ability for customers to configure the GBX25 to fit their application precisely, and not be constrained by fixed configurations. Having a common platform allows for engineers to use the GBX25 in multiple systems without the need to relearn the capabilities of the product or how to configure the management software.

The dual I/O variant will offer up to 40 switched ports (24 rear VME ports and 16 front panel ports), potentially allowing for a single switch to replace two others that would need to be configured independently in existing systems. It can also make an important contribution to minimizing slot usage in a system, reducing its SWaP (size, weight and power) profile.

“While other companies are allowing their 6U VME offering to decline in competitiveness, Abaco remains committed to ensuring that users of VME systems continue to have access to the latest cutting edge switch fabric technologies, providing not only high performance but also longevity,” said Peter Thompson, Vice President, Product Management at Abaco Systems. “It is also further evidence of our commitment to our customers that we will help them minimize their long term cost of ownership.”

“The GBX25 offers increased capability in port density and data rates; lower power consumption than previous products; and the ability to guarantee the highest levels of security through the use of the latest release of OpenWare. It is a further demonstration of our belief in the long term viability of the VME architecture.”

The maximum non-blocking switching bandwidth of 340Gbps in the highest density version of the product provides more than sufficient headroom for even the most demanding applications.

Precision angle sensing.

Novotechnik has launched a variant of its RFC-4800 series with a CAN SAE J1939 interface that offers manufacturers and equipment designers of all types of commercial vehicles the vehicle network technology of choice for this well accepted industry standard. They are available in Britain through Variohm EuroSensor.

RFC-4800 application example:
steering feedback measurement
on agricultural machinery
Novotechnik's RFC-4800 series touchless technology angle sensors are well proven for industrial and mobile equipment measurement tasks.

The impressive specification for the new CAN SAE J1939 interface protocol version offers high immunity to interference, convenient cabling and diagnostic options and follows the comprehensive RFC-4800 series with a full 360 degrees rotation angle, angular positioning resolution of up to 14 bits, independent linearity of +/- 0.5%, and repeatability to 0.36 degrees. With the sensor to magnet air gap tolerance of up to 5 mm and relatively un-critical alignment requirements, installation is made easy - and with neither shaft nor bearing necessary, the installed costs are minimised. Measurements can equally be made through an air gap or through any non-ferromagnetic material.

Durability is guaranteed with vibration rated up to 20 g (IEC 600658-2-6) and shock up to 50 g (IEC 68068-2-27) whilst a choice of IP67 or IP6K9K protection and permissible ambient temperature between -40 °C and +105 °C ensures use in the most arduous vehicle conditions. As the two-part sensor and magnet design is completely contactless, the MTTF life is specified in units of tens and hundreds of years rather than hours. The compact sensor is installed within a 50 mm diameter and a height of less than 14 mm with various magnet/position marker options or separate magnets for direct fitting to the customer’s shaft or measured component.

The CAN SAE J1939 interface protocol version will provide precision measurement solutions for steering angle, throttle, and other angular position feedback tasks on commercial vehicles including trucks, vans, coaches, buses, and trailers as well as off-road mobile construction equipment, agricultural and forestry machinery, and more.

#Automotive @Variohm @mepaxIntPR @NovotechnikUS

Monday, October 14, 2019

Software framework tool for CNC machine tools.

NUM has launched a powerful new software framework tool that enables users of CNC machine tools to generate and test ISO part programs offline. The tool looks set to win across-the-board approval in busy machine shops, where an uninterrupted workflow can provide a key productivity advantage.

The new Flexium Office framework software runs under Windows 7/8 or 10 on any standard PC. It allows any of NUM’s technology HMIs (Human-Machine Interfaces) to be used for specific projects – without requiring access to the target CNC machine tool. The corresponding ISO part program can be created offline, and can also then be tested offline using NUM’s Flexium 3D simulation software, before being transferred to the target machine.

NUM’s application-specific technology HMIs form part of the company’s Flexium CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacturing) software suite. The HMIs cover every type of CNC machining operation, including hobbing, shaping, milling, threaded wheel grinding and cylindrical grinding.

After selecting the most appropriate technology HMI for the task, the user simply carries out basic data definition tasks for the project in hand, using the highly intuitive tools and workflow commands provided by Flexium Office. Multiple projects can be started and saved at any time – allowing collaborative team development if desired – and the framework software provides support for 14 languages. As soon as the user is satisfied with the process and workflow of a project it can be used to generate the corresponding CNC part program – entirely automatically.

The CNC program can either be transferred directly to a nominated machine in the production plant, usually via a TCP/IP network, or input to the Flexium 3D simulation software for thorough evaluation before being issued for production purposes. The key advantage of simulation is that it enables users to optimise any ISO-code part program offline, further helping to maximise productivity by leaving the CNC machine tool free for manufacturing purposes.

This simulation software is extremely powerful. It provides full visualisation of the tool centre point path and workpiece material removal, backed by automatic checking for collisions between machine components, the tool and the workpiece. The software creates a dynamic colour image, showing the workpiece as a 3D volume than can be rotated and viewed from any perspective.

Flexium Office framework software runs on any standard PC and has no special graphics handling requirements. It needs approximately 30 MB of free space on the PC’s hard disk or SSD, and a minimum of 4 GB of RAM due to the Flexium 3D simulation software. For maximum performance, an i3 or i5 dual core processor configuration is recommended.

#PAuto @NUM_CNC

Buzzers!

Anglia has greatly enhanced its range of magnetic and piezo buzzer products following the signing of a distribution agreement with Cre-sound, a leading global manufacturer.

Commenting, David Pearson, Technical Director, explained that the move was in response to growing demand for smaller SMD sounders, driven especially by IoT applications. He explains, “Sound components are widely used where a product needs to give the user or operator an audible status sound such as on control panels. Buzzers are a quick, simple and economical way of providing a warning or confirming an operation. Cre-sound is an established, quality manufacturer, which exports over 95% of its production all over the world.”

Rose Song, General Manager at Cre-sound added, “Cre-sound is proud to partner with Anglia, a top distributor with a reputation for great service and strong technical support. We are an international business focussed on expanding our global sales, and we believe that Anglia will take us to new customers in the UK and Ireland.”*

* From 31st October there will be additional customs paperwork and possibly duties and/or VAT implication for shipments to Ireland (and other EU member countries). See out Brexit Deal or No Deal Page with  useful links


#PAuto  @angliaLive #Cre_Sound


Industrial thermal imaging camera.

The new Ti300+ professional 320 x 240 resolution thermal imaging camera has been introduced by Fluke.

The Fluke Ti300+ has the resolution and accuracy needed to clearly reveal temperature differentials or demonstrate progressive heat changes over time. Equipped with LaserSharp™ AutoFocus, the Ti300+ ensures focused images every time and enables the user to get clear images while maintaining a safe distance from operating equipment.

The Fluke Ti300+ Thermal Camera features 320 x 240 resolution, can measure temperatures up to 650°C, is engineered and tested to withstand a 2-metre drop and has manual or automatic focus. The Ti300+ offers the ruggedness and ease-of-use that professionals expect from Fluke for exacting reliability inspections, industrial maintenance, building diagnostics and troubleshooting.

Patented Fluke LaserSharp Auto Focus uses a built-in laser distance meter that provides both speed and precision. The laser-driven target detection pinpoints the target while the camera focuses to capture a precise, high-quality image. This offers:

  • easy capture of high-quality, focused images of the desired target with the push of a button
  • capture of infrared images through common obstacles like chain link fences
  • avoidance of skewed temperature measurements by precisely choosing the target
  • performing the same inspections multiple times as a part of a preventive maintenance programme - the built-in laser distance meter calculates and displays the distance to the target, making repeatability much easier.

The Ti300+ thermal camera is compatible with Fluke Connect™, the largest integrated system of maintenance software and tools in the world. Fluke Connect desktop software helps manage data, capture multiple measurements (mechanical, electrical and thermal), and organise them by piece of equipment into professional reports.

Fluke has revamped its entire line of industrial thermal cameras with more premium features packed into every model, providing higher value for the customer and allowing the company to reduce the number of cameras it offers to simplify the buying process.

#PAuto @FlukeCorp

Friday, October 11, 2019

Instruments for Texas refinery.

Endress+Hauser has secured the Main Instrument Vendor (MIV) contract at a large Texas refinery.

Endress+Hauser defines MIV services as a contract placed with a single instrumentation specialist partner to provide a total solution for a project including valves. From feed to operation, customers can save time, reduce cost and mitigate risk with one partner to ensure consistency and avoid ambiguities.

Endress+Hauser and its representative, Vector CAG, will support the refinery’s project. “Our customers are looking for a single point-of-contact to support all field devices required, consistent documentation, and consolidated freight with clean tagging,” said Jason Knuteson, VP Marketing, Endress+Hauser. “They want to leverage purchasing for multiple suppliers and at the same time have the ability to reprioritize as the project shifts. As a focal point of the project, we are able to build relationships with the other vendors to execute the scope effectively.”
Project services will include:
• Project Management
• Embedded Engineering
• Smart Plant Integration (SPI)
• Quotation
• Reporting
• Procurement
• Expediting & Prioritization
• Documentation
• Warehouse support with receiving, inspection, tagging and shipping
• Onsite Construction Coordination

As the industry implements IMO 2020 regulations, expansions such as these help refiners add capacity to meet the needs of the industry. IMO 2020’s proposed regulations aim to reduce sulfur content in fuel of marine vessels and limit future greenhouse gas emissions. Endress+Hauser and Vector CAG will closely support the project timeline to help the refinery maximize its potential.

“Through our partnership with our clients and manufacturing suppliers, the MIV concept is successful given the flexibility and adaptability to what our customers need to be successful on this project,” said Jared Boudreaux, President, Vector CAG. “After listening to what they needed, we adapted our process to match those needs. Working with the engineering firms and our client together to have a successful outcome is our goal.”


#PAuto #Oil @Endress_Hauser @Endress_US @Endress_UK @vectorcag

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Plug and play suite of kits and tools.


MeasureWare has been released by Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI). This is a plug and play suite of hardware measurement kits and software studio tools to help fulfil the growing need for precision measurement across multiple industries including precision agriculture, machine health monitoring, electrochemistry and other areas requiring precise measurement. The introduction of MeasureWare marries ADI’s electronic engineering experience with those who require real-time data insights yet may lack the time or expertise to digest corresponding datasheets or do complex firmware development.

ADI’s MeasureWare solutions are built to interface devices with the world around them, allowing users to more effectively measure the datasets necessary to their respective projects, such as temperature, weight, humidity, pH, pressure, etc. MeasureWare also offers flexibility to adjust and change measurement parameters as a project evolves. These solutions are currently being applied across such diverse applications as bee health monitoring, industrial monitoring, beverage production and cold chain for medication.

“We created MeasureWare to provide precision measurement solutions to a growing customer base seeking to leverage the best of ADI’s technology without needing to become fluent in component and hardware specifications, said Lorna Keane, Director of MeasureWare, Analog Devices. “With MeasureWare and our associated partner network, we support users throughout their entire measurement journey, with solutions that scale from idea to production.”

The intuitive MeasureWare Software Studio includes:
·      MeasureWare Designer: Provides hardware recommendations to support the customer’s specific needs of their application.
·      MeasureWare Lab: Once the hardware is received customers can quickly stream and view monitoring results in measurement units.
·      MeasureWare Developer: For the more advanced users; support preferences for host microcontroller and integrated development environments for application coding. Initially offering an ARM® Mbed sample project and API but other IDEs will be supported in the future.

The MeasureWare web ecosystem is a hub where customers can learn and share experiences while receiving support and ultimately get their prototype to production.

#PAuto @ADI_News

Rugged DC UPS.

Bicker Elektronik has introduced two new uninterruptible DC power supplies for use in extreme environmental conditions: the UPSI-1208IP-23UW with 12VDC output (8A) and UPSI-2406IP-24UW with 24VDC output (5.42A) for reliable protection against power failure, flicker and voltage fluctuations

The outdoor DC UPS units are dust and waterproof in accordance with protection class IP67. The robust aluminum housing contains the complete DC UPS control and charging electronics as well as the maintenance-free Longlife Supercap energy storage. The well-engineered circuit design and the high quality of all components used in the closed system allows fanless 24/7 continuous operation in the extended temperature range from -20 to +70 °C. The intelligent DC UPS with tailor-made software provides a well featured complete system with added value for demanding customers and applications.

Typical applications of UPSI-IP-2 series include i.a. heavy industry, petrochemical industry, tunneling and mining, safety and building technology, offshore / onshore energy, communications, commercial and special vehicles, industrial trucks, food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, agriculture, medical and laboratory technology. The UPS systems ensure the uninterruptible and safe DC power supply of sensitive and process-relevant control modules, embedded computers, actuators, sensors, motor drives, etc.

Unlike batteries, which store energy by the detour of a chemical reaction, ultracapacitors (Supercaps) are based on the electrophysical principles of the double-layer capacitor and are charged and ready for use within a very short time, operate in a wide operating temperature range and convince with a high current-carrying capacity, power density and reliability. Due to the high cycle stability (> 500,000 charge and discharge cycles), energy storage units with Supercaps have a particularly long service life and are practically maintenance-free. For the supplied application, this means an increase in long-term availability while minimizing maintenance efforts.

On the input side, both DC UPS systems have a high-efficiency DC-DC converter with ultra-wide-range input from 7 to 36 VDC (UPSI-1208IP-23UW) or 8 to 36 VDC (UPSI-2406IP-24UW). To suppress network-sided electromagnetic interference, an additional EMC filter module is upstream of the converter.

In normal operation, the μC-controlled system electronics of the integrated UPS module provide the nominal output voltage, charge the supercapacitors and monitor the voltage thresholds at the input. If the voltage falls below the defined voltage threshold, the system switches to the UPS backup mode within fractions of a second and ensures the uninterruptible and regulated output voltage for 12VDC or 24VDC consumers. The intelligent distribution of charging currents (PowerSharing) ensures that the input power is kept constant and distributed accordingly to the supplied load and the Supercap charger. With a lower load at the output, more energy flows into the Supercap charger and vice versa.

The minimum load detection monitors the supplied output load during UPS backup operation. If the load at the output falls below a certain limit, the longlife Supercaps are automatically disconnected from the control unit so that the energy storage device is not unnecessarily emptied by the DC UPS electronics.

The integrated reboot function can be used to activate the automatic restart of a supplied computer system as soon as the mains voltage returns during a shutdown or at a later time. For example, self-sufficient IPC or embedded box PC systems can be shut down in a controlled manner after a power failure and then restarted independently without any intervention of a service employee being necessary.

To set and pre-program the UPS parameters as well as for energy storage monitoring, the UPS software "UPSI HID Configuration" is available for free download at the respective product at www.bicker.de. For data communication with controllers or PC-based systems, the UPSI-IP-2 series has an integrated USB communication interface. In addition, a comprehensive instruction set enables the direct readout of sensor values and setting of parameters. The open communication protocol offers system developers individual possibilities of connection to their own system.

A robust aluminum housing with pressure compensation element protects electronics and energy storage against mechanical effects. The sealed housing elements and connections are resistant to water, ice, oil and dust according to protection class IP67. Mounting brackets are already mounted on the housing for quick and secure installation.

A three-year warranty is provided on the UPSI-IP-2 series, as well as a long-term availability of at least 5 years. For applications with long running time an optimal investment protection is given. System developers also benefit from personal design-in advice and first-class service and support from Bicker Elektronik's power supply specialists. On request, the R&D engineers realize customer-specific special solutions and also offer extensive laboratory and measurement services for complete customer systems.

For even longer bridging times, Bicker Elektronik also offers the UPSI-IP-2 system with lithium-ion battery technology based on particularly safe and long-lasting lithium iron phosphate cells. Compared to LCO / NMC cells, the LiFePO4 cells have a much more stable chemical compound of the cathode material and convince with increased safety and a roughly ten times higher cycle stability (6,000 charging and discharging cycles). Bicker's high-quality BP-LFP battery packs also feature an integrated high-performance battery management system (BMS) to maximize service life.

#PAuto @bicker_de @PresseBox

Optical analysis added.

Kistler Instruments has added optical analysis to its extensive range of combustion analysis solutions with the acquisition of SMETEC.

The growing demands for zero-emission operation of combustion engines can only be met with high-performance measurement technology. To optimize engine designs, automobile manufacturers must rely on precise analyses of the combustion process. With the visual combustion analysis from SMETEC, processes in the combustion chamber can be visualized allowing the quality of the combustion process to be analysed in real time.

The new technology complements Kistler’s measurement technology, especially in the area of pressure sensors, and adds further options in combustion analysis. This technology provides engine development and research technicians with the widest combination of combustion analysis options for understanding and optimising the combustion process.

The foundation of the new optical measurement technology is a multifunction measuring spark plug combining cylinder pressure measurement and visual combustion analysis in one product. A range of support equipment includes highly sophisticated optical probes that precisely detect the origin of combustion knock, as well as the origin of pre-ignition events and even soot formation within the combustion chamber. Where needed, high-speed imaging cameras for recording fast injection events and flame propagation processes and high sensitivity light amplifiers for fibre optic applications with up to 16 light input channels may be specified. A high intensity, high-performance light source may be used as a continuous or pulsed light source to provide high light output and, in pulse mode, high repetition rate.

In addition to hardware and software, Kistler SMETEC can supply a range of engineering support services from advising users on the most effective techniques for applying optical measuring to the engine to a full on-site engineering service. Experienced combustion measurement engineers support the user from preparing the engine through advising and installing the measuring equipment to conducting the process on the test bed and on road followed by the presentation of a detailed analysis of the results. In addition, where the analysis equipment is required only for a short term project, both hardware and software may be rented so avoiding capital investment.

#Kistler #PAuto #SMETEC

Self-adjusting double-acting air cylinders.

RS Components (RS) has expanded its offering from factory automation manufacturer Festo to include new double-acting pneumatic cylinders in the DSBC product range. Aimed at both machine builders and maintenance engineers, DSBC air cylinders are convenient, reliable and economical linear motion generators featuring patented self-adjusting cushioning technology.

Double-acting cylinders feature dual compressed air ports to develop a linear output force during both extension and retraction as well as a braking force toward the end of each stroke. However, setting them up manually does not necessarily optimise for individual applications, resulting in setting errors in up to 80% of cases.

With Festo’s self-adjusting end-of-stroke pneumatic cushioning method, known as PPS, the cross-section of the air ports is adjusted automatically to vary the braking effect according to changing loads and speeds. PPS even reacts to changes in friction and working pressure, optimising cushioning without the need for manual adjustment. This saves time during both installation and maintenance of DSBC cylinders, while minimising wear, noise and vibration and allowing continuous operation over a long service lifetime.

A magnetic high-alloy steel piston rod allows contactless position detection via proximity sensors in the cylinder body, while further enhancing service life.

The DSBC range comprises over 300 variants, with stroke length and cylinder bore size configured to suit a broad range of applications via a quick online selection tool. Cylinder bore size options are 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 63mm, 80mm, 100mm and 125mm, while numerous stroke length options are available from 1mm up to 2800mm. Cylinder output force ranges between 483N and 7363N.

The round actuators of the DSBC range conform to ISO 15552 specifications, providing interchangeability with commonly used hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders such as Festo’s previous-generation DNC and DNCB series. Optional mounting accessories allow the cylinder to be attached with a swivel bracket for free movement, foot mounted to support high loads, or combined with other actuators to give a wider range of movement.

The DSBC range is part of an ongoing introduction of over 10,000 new Festo devices to the RS product range and is available now in the EMEA region.

#PAuto #Automation  @RSComponents @FestoAG

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Keeping it hot!

Hazardous area certified heaters deliver high temperatures in small form-factors

Intertec's new Hot Box for outdoor process sampling applications can deliver high temperatures up to 150°C/300°F in compact footprints. The new hot boxes employ a combination of conduction and convection heating assisted by a novel air circulation system.

Protective enclosures are usually necessary for analyzer applications, and are a major contributor to overall costs. The compact hot boxes make it possible to provide elevated temperature environments for sampling systems in small form factors, This greatly simplifies installations close to the process lines being tested - to minimize sample lag time and substantially reduce the hidden costs of analyzer installations such as heated sample lines.

For many instrumentation applications in chemical and petrochemical plants, and especially for analyzer sample conditioning systems, it is essential to maintain an elevated temperature in order to prevent condensation or crystallisation of the media and corresponding inaccuracy of results. Complete insulation of measurement and analysis stations is rarely possible due to requirements for maintenance and calibration. Intertec's easy-access hot boxes provide an efficient heating solution thanks to the way they are constructed, using high-performance insulation sandwiched between sheets of GRP (glassfiber reinforced polyester). All of the materials have low thermal conductivity, and the sandwich construction means that enclosures can be fabricated using bonding techniques, avoiding the 'thermal short cuts' between inner and outer shells that metal enclosures and metal fixings create. The overall thermal insulation of a sandwich-construction GRP enclosure is typically more than twice as good as a steel enclosure with the same insulation thickness, and provides a highly stable environment for maintaining elevated temperatures. Among many applications, the hot boxes are helping plant operators to implement the monitoring and analysis required to meet new flare stack combustion rules.

The new hot boxes use electric heaters that have a flat side for conductive heat transfer, and a finned side for efficient heat transfer to the internal atmosphere using convection. The conductive face of the heater is attached to an aluminium plate. The sampling equipment is assembled onto a second detachable plate, which bolts onto the heated plate with the assistance of thermal transfer paste for optimal heat conductivity. The heaters are designed for hazardous area (potentially explosive) applications and employ positive temperature coefficient or PTC cartridges. As their electric resistance increases with rising temperature, the heaters are self limiting, ensuring that the surface temperature will never exceed the maximum temperature of the listed temperature class. Intertec's electric heating systems meet an exceptional range of hazardous area approvals including IEC, ATEX, CSA/NRTL, EAC, and many other national certificates for countries including China, Brazil and South Korea.

The exact temperature inside the hot box is controlled by Intertec's explosion proof smart controller, which provides programmable digital PID (proportional-integral-derivative) control. The temperature sensor for the controller can be mounted at the optimum position in the enclosure to ensure accurate control.

As the style of self-limiting heater used reduces heat output as temperature increases, Intertec has designed a novel feature to improve operational performance. A processing plant's instrument air service can be connected to provide a very low flow, which is introduced into the enclosure via perforated tubing that releases the air between the fins of the heater(s). This air flow continually moves the warmer air away from the heater, which as a result then maintains a higher heat output. With the heating system running at a higher rate, hot temperatures can be achieved both more quickly and very evenly throughout the enclosure's interior, and measurement cycle times can be reduced. Hot Box enclosures will also support purging if required.

In this way, Intertec can make hot boxes capable of providing certified hazardous area electric heating for temperatures up to 150°C/300°F in small footprints, complete with doors for simple maintenance and operator access. These highly insulated GRP hot boxes can be designed to be completely weather resistant, allowing large savings to be made in the installation and ownership costs of process analyzers.

Another major possibility of Intertec's GRP-based hot boxes is shape optimization. The construction techniques used for GRP make it simple to create special shapes - further simplifying online analyzer and sampling applications located close to the process.

#PAuto #Intertec

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Connecting, streaming and controling operational data.


ADLINK Technology has released its ADLINK Edge™ IoT solution which enables industry to gain maximum business value from rapidly deploying IoT technology. 

Following market leading R&D investment, extension of its partner ecosystem and successful global customer IoT deployments in 2019, ADLINK Edge™ has proved to be faster, easier and more cost effective to deploy than its rivals based on industry feedback. 

“ADLINK Edge™ can quickly and securely connect, stream and control operational data - whatever industrial equipment, systems, databases or cloud platforms are already used,” said Lawrence Ross, General Manager of Software & Solutions at ADLINK.  “Using that data our end-to-end industrial IoT solution enables rapid, real-time intelligent decision-making empowered by AI, analytics tools and machine learning.  This means our partners and customers can quickly find and use the data they need to achieve real business value and ROI whether their objectives are optimizing efficiency, predictive maintenance or identifying new business models.”

The solution’s capability has been developed and deployed in a variety of highly diverse use cases delivering valuable ROI including:

- Automating warehouse logistics with smart scanning of pallets
- Enabling predictive maintenance and a new business model for a gas turbine manufacturer
- Optimizing efficiency for a race car engine performance with machine condition monitoring, machine vision and machine learning
- Enabling automation and reducing time to market for a new product with barcode smart scanning for a meat supplier
- Reducing downtime and optimizing efficiency in a defense industry materials testing facility
- Enabling smart remote monitoring of mobile generators providing continuous power during recovery from a natural disaster     

With no programming necessary, ADLINK can quickly connect previously unconnected operational equipment, sensors and devices. Then, by tapping into native communication protocols, data can be captured and streamed at the edge. From the edge, this data can then be streamed securely between devices - databases and to the cloud, enabling analysis and easy visualization to inform
decisions and optimize operations in real time.

ADLINK Edge™ is deployed via the company’s innovative Digital Experiments methodology which can include hardware, software and support elements for easy integration with any existing IT and OT system. This provides a secure and cost effective approach to validate business value from IoT and define a roadmap before investing time and resources in a full-scale implementation.

Users are also able to benefit from IoT expertise within ADLINK’s extensive partner ecosystem which includes AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google, Thingworx, IBM Watson, FogHorn, Intel and SAS.

ADLINK Edge™ is built upon the ADLINK Data River™ which simplifies complex data network programming and enables data to flow freely but securely northbound or southbound, to any cloud analytic platform database and even east to west between devices, databases and the cloud.
The ADLINK Data River™ is heavily utilized and trusted within the military and aerospace industries to deliver mission critical data securely in real time.

ADLINK Edge™ also includes the ADLINK Marketplace containing apps which are connectors enabling third-party services to translate between devices and applications, or devices and peer devices. Using these apps, IoT Architects are free to implement best-in-class technologies appropriate to solve the particular business problem they face.

The ADLINK Profile Builder is also contained in ADLINK Edge and is a tool that very simply helps users configure and deploy all the apps to communicate with end-points, devices or applications into the platform deployed across a customer’s ecosystem.

#IoT #PAuto @ADLINK_Tech

Service centre opened!

Advantech has opened its new Japan Service Center located in Fukuoka Prefecture. With the completed acquisition of OMRON Nohgata shares in February 2019, now known as Advantech Technologies Japan (ATJ), and it has the largest campus in Advantech group. The Advantech Japan Service center will embrace OMRON Nohgata’s quality of excellence, own fully enough expandable size of its warehouse and see production capacity nearly tripled, helping Advantech drive regional growth and meet customers’ growing Industry 4.0 needs through “Configured Order to Service (CTOS)”.

According to Mike Koike, President of Advantech Japan “The Advantech Japan service center in Nohgata leverages the CTOS know-how and Advantech brand for the same global standard of excellence offered in other regions like the U.S. and EU under Advantech in-house operation.”

In the production area of the plant, Advantech practices Industry 4.0 with highly customized CTOS Manufacturing Execution System (iCTOS MES), with real-time data monitoring, to help managers take action, speed improvement cycles and support a high degree of product customization.

This new CTOS production plant will enable Advantech to offer custom assembly of equipment ranging from an industrial-grade small edge, desktop, panel, and rack-mounted PCs, up to server assembly. Advantech will also provide custom assembly including GPU cards required for acceleration of AI and computing processing and FA/industrial applications, frame grabber card for camera input, AI/IoT, selection of sensor input and output cards needed to suit customer needs in the IoT era.

In addition to the new CTOS production plant, the logistics warehouse will also be integrated into this plant, and the Advantech Group will operate as a production and logistics base in Japan, out of 27 countries around the world. In this way, we will provide the world-class technology of Advantech, a global brand, with the fine quality of Made in Japan. In addition, by having logistics functions, it will be possible to quickly respond to the needs and demands of Japanese customers.

#PAuto #TandM #Japan @AdvantechIA @iAutomation_EU

Monday, October 7, 2019

Managing lab information in China.

Autoscribe Informatics has appointed Mediproview Technology as their distributor in China for the Matrix family of Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) products. Mediproview, based in Shanghai, provides one-stop information solutions, focused on the delivery of specialist software for laboratories.

Bob Blunden & Wenyu Chang
sign the agreement!
Bob Blunden, Director Australasia and Asia Pacific at Autoscribe Informatics, said: “To target the China market we needed to find the best distributor who understood laboratory informatics as well as general laboratory requirements. Mediproview’s in-depth knowledge of laboratory informatics, as well as their understanding of the customer base in China, provides us with an excellent partner to market, implement and support our Matrix Gemini LIMS solutions in China. The configurability of Matrix Gemini provides opportunities in a wide range of markets, by allowing the LIMS solutions to be precisely tailored to the exact needs of individual laboratories, and in multiple laboratories within a single organization.”

The comprehensive configuration tools built into Matrix Gemini allow genuine system configuration without the need for custom software coding. The tools include an intuitive visual workflow screen editor that uses drag-and-drop and point-and-click methods to add fields, list boxes and other sophisticated controls, without the need for programming skills. An unlimited number of screens can be created, modified and integrated. In this way, the LIMS can be quickly implemented to meet the user requirements in terms of workflows, screen designs, menus, terminology, reports and much more.

Wenyu Chang, Director at Mediproview, said “Autoscribe impressed me by its focus and experience in developing and improving LIMS since 1985. It drives the information revolution which we want to bring to Chinese Pharma, Biotech and many other industries. Matrix Gemini is so user friendly with the system’s configurability compared with other products. Mediproview see Autoscribe as a perfect partner and we are really proud to represent Autoscribe Informatics and Matrix Gemini LIMS in China. We are sure we can do a great job together.”


#China #LIMs @AutoscribeLtd