Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Standard extended for safety.

The CiA 306-1 CANopen electronic data sheet (EDS) specification was first published in 2005. Its predecessor, the CiA 306 specification, was used for more than 20 years to provide an electronic description of CANopen device interface functionality. New published versions of the CiA 306 series have been extended in respect to the CANopen Safety protocol as standardized in EN 50325-5.

CANopen is one of the most successful embedded control networks. It is standardized as EN 50325-4. To simplify system design, standardized electronic descriptions are needed. The CiA 306 electronic data sheets have been used for many years. It describes the CANopen device interface functions by means of a standardized text file. In order to use it also for CANopen Safety standardized in EN 50325-5, the recently released CiA 306-1 specification introduces functional safety attributes.

CiA 306-2 specifies an Excel-based database format for CANopen device profiles. A specific profile description can be used to test a dedicated EDS on conformity. CiA’s CANopen conformance test tool requires such Excel sheets. The nonprofit CAN in Automation (CiA) association provides them.

Part 3 of the CiA 306 series describes the network variable handling and the tool integration. Originally, some contents of this document were part of the CiA 405 CANopen programmable logic controller specification. The new version introduces reference designators for the purpose of tool integration. This is especially important for Internet-based remote configuration and diagnostics.

#Pauto #Standards @CANopen 

Mobile analysis - 3D and 2D CAD Viewer.

The powerful 3D_Analyzer Viewer of CoreTechnologie (CT) comprises in the current version 4.3 a new license-borrowing function that allows to use the software for a limited time for example on a laptop. Already the inexpensive basic version of 3D_Analyzer includes 24 different interface formats, such as CATIA V5/V6, NX, Inventor SolidWorks, Creo, STEP, JT as well as FBX and OBJ. In addition, the new version also reads major 2D drawing formats.

The 3D_Analyzer professional version of the Viewer provides outstanding analysis capabilities that are usually available only in much more expensive CAD systems. For assemblies, the model comparison as well as a collision and clearance check are available. Models can also be analyzed for wall thicknesses, draft angles, undercuts and projected areas. Thus, the Viewer is the ideal tool for users who sometimes use a CAD system for viewing and detailed analysis, but in general do not design or edit the parts. The flexible viewer helps to relax the license utilization of expensive CAD licenses and thus significantly reduces costs. A special highlight of the professional Viewer is the possibility to save all imported CAD models as JT or 3D PDF files.

The future-oriented version 4.3 of the 3D_Analyzer fully supports the advanced 3D master technology. Thus CAD models from V5, NX and Creo as well as from STEP AP 242 and JT can be read including dimensions, tolerances as well as the predefined views, so-called captures. The use of the 3D Master eliminates the need for 2D drawings, since in the 3D model all information relevant for production is available and combined by means of the different captures. Among other things, intelligent 3D master models enable paperless production and avoid differences between 3D and 2D data. The clever technology is currently gaining importance for the integrated production process in the context of Industry 4.0. With the 3D_Analyzer Viewer, 3D master models can also be used on lightweight, cost-effective tablets.

#PAuto @CoreTechnologie @CoreTechnologie

Director of Technical Marketing

Industrial automation and industrial internet of things (IIoT) manufacturer Opto 22 has named Josh Eastburn as Director of Technical Marketing. In this position, Eastburn will lead the creation of useful and engaging customer content, discover and highlight Opto 22 customer applications, and work closely with industrial automation media outlets.
Josh Eastburn

“This new position builds on my interest in people as well as my experience as an automation engineer,” says Eastburn. “I’m looking forward to working more directly with customers, finding out their concerns and helping them use Opto 22’s products—especially the new line of groov EPIC® edge programmable industrial controllers and I/O—to solve their automation and IIoT challenges."

Eastburn comes to the new position after 12 years in process automation, DCS/PLC integration, HMI/logic design, engineering team leadership, and project management, most recently at Genentech. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in Spanish from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, (CA USA).

#PAuto @opto22

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Instrumentation scholarship.

The ProComSol Instrumentation Scholarship Program has just been inaugurated by ProComSol, Ltd. This year the award will be $1500.

According to Jeffrey Dobos, President of ProComSol, “There is a definite industry need for more technical personnel. The program is designed to support those already pursuing the necessary education to join the ranks of instrumentation professionals.”

Interested candidates should visit their site for the requirements and the application form. The deadline for submission is November 1, 2019 with the award announced on December 1, 2019. The winner can use the funds for the winter 2020 school term.

They encourage colleges and universities to promote this program to their students. Contact us for promotional materials and other help reaching your students.

ProComSol intends to continue and grow this program to make awards every semester. Hopefully both students and education administrators will take advantage of this program.

#PAuto @ProComSol

Communications standards upgrades.

The CAN in Automation (CiA) association has released new versions of the CANopen profiles CiA 406 and CiA 461. CANopen is internationally standardized in EN 50325-5. This European standard specifies the CANopen application layer and communication profile.

The updated CiA 406 specification provides improvements regarding the CRC polynomial for CANopen Safety encoders. Additionally, some parameters for functional safety have been introduced. The Annex C provides examples for CANopen Safety configuration handling. CANopen Safety is standardized in EN 50325-5 (formerly CiA 304).

The CiA 461 series specifies the CANopen interfaces of weighing devices. Part 1 (PDO specification) and part 2 (load cells) originally published in 2015 have been updated marginally. Just a few minor changes have been introduced. More impor
tant is the completion of the profile series. Part 3 specifies the CANopen interface for scales. This includes the process data and the mapping into PDOs as well as configuration parameters. Part 4 provides the device profile for weighing displays and indicators. It specifies the process data and configuration parameters. Additionally, it describes the PDO communication and mapping parameters.

 #Pauto #Standards @CANopen 

Greater productivity through permanent lubrication of the internal toothing.

High efficiency, better process performance and low heat development. These are just a few of the advantages of a servo pump. 

The Baumüller servo pump solution has been in use for years in a number of applications such as presses and injection molding machines. By now, their use has become part of the standard equipment of machine manufacturers, partly due to rising energy costs. End customers are increasingly taking the total operating costs into account and are finding that the purchase price for a servo pump very often pays for itself within a year due to the significant reduction in energy consumption.

Baumüller has worked continuously, together with its customers, on enhancement and has now brought its latest servo pump version onto the market.

In the latest enhancement, the hydraulic pump is attached directly to the engine with a gear tooth system. This dispenses with the coupling and pump support as is the case with classic servo pump versions, which has the advantage of a shorter installation length and therefore a smaller machine installation area. Furthermore, direct attachment eliminates the need for mechanical parts. In this way, the machine manufacturer benefits from lower storage costs.

Another advantage lies in the intelligent use of hydraulic oil. The latest version, for example, features new connections for both the motor and the constant pump so that the leakage flow of the pump can be used for the permanent lubrication of the gear tooth system. This eliminates the need for grease lubrication of the internal toothing, which is required every 3,000 operating hours on average. The machine can operate without interruption. Baumüller is the sole supplier of this solution, which also results in significantly reduced service costs for machine manufacturers and machine operators.

The structural change also offers a further customer benefit. Since the holes for the connections are on both sides, the motor can be installed horizontally or vertically, depending on the application. This means that the motor position can be freely selected and adapted to the respective machine design.

The new features are available for Baumüller's DSD2 three-phase current synchronous motor series in sizes 71 and 100 and are very well suited for plastic and die casting machines. Size 132 will be available shortly.

In addition, the customer can also use the existing bores in the motor for his own sensors. For example, pressure sensors for monitoring the oil lubrication of the internal toothing can be easily attached. The installation of leakage sensors for early indication of possible leaks is also straightforward, enabling predictive maintenance. The measured values and data recorded by the sensors minimize uncontrolled breakdown times and the machine can proactively undergo service at a pre-defined point in time.

The servo pump of drive specialist Baumüller combines the advantages of hydraulic power transmission with the benefits of electric servo drive technology. The control of the drive and the low energy consumption of the components, especially in the partial load range, results in a highly energy-efficient and yet economical solution that machine builders and users in the plastics and die casting industries can implement in their machines as a decisive competitive advantage.

The drive package consists of a constant pump, a DSx servo motor, a b maXX 5000 converter and the servo pump software module integrated in the converter. The comprehensive range of dynamic motors and converters in different cooling versions from Baumüller offers the right drive solution for an optimal and energy-efficient process design according to the respective load profile of the application. Thanks to the integrated software module of the servo pump, Baumüller's solution can be used independently of the respective manufacturer’s machine control system.

#PAuto @be_in_motion 

MES in Irish pharma plant!

Takeda Ireland Limited has implemented Werum’s PAS-X Manufacturing Execution System (MES) in a phased approach at its Grange Castle (Dublin IRL), production site. Takeda is a global, research and development-driven pharma company focusing on oncology, gastroenterology and neuroscience therapeutic areas plus vaccines.

“With the help of Werum’s PAS-X MES we were able to successfully transform our Grange Castle site into a paperless factory,” says Paul Keogh, Plant Director at Takeda Ireland,  Grange Castle. “The new digital operations provide huge quality, regulatory, operational, and data availability benefits. Example benefits include work standardization, human error avoidance, data entry reduction, batch review by exception, manufacturing decision support, material management, data visualization, etc. Moreover, the MES-based Level 2-4 integration architecture provides a solid platform for digital innovation and operational expansion.”

Werum’s PAS-X MES automatically pulls manufacturing data from the shop floor by integrating Takeda’s Process Control System via OSIsoft PI Historian. Thus, approximately 94% of all parameters in each batch record are automatically entered to the batch record. MES is configured to download recipes to the process control layer and to synchronize Electronic Batch Recording (EBR) with process controls in real-time to ensure batch data entry is contemporaneous and original as production progresses. In addition to the basic data integrity benefits, PAS-X EBR enforces additional operator confirmations and electronic signatures where required based on GxP and safety risks. Through EBR the manufacturing process is highly standardized, and batch review by exception is supported.

In addition to the shop floor integration, new PAS-X SAP interfaces were developed during the Takeda Ireland project as part of a global SAP template rollout across Takeda. These interfaces enable a seamless exchange between the global supply chain and the local manufacturing execution process.

The integrated MES template provides a basis for MES expansion to support operations for two new innovative manufacturing plants currently under construction at the Takeda Ireland Grange Castle campus. The new plants are solid oral dose and liquid vial based drug products employing high containment and cell culture technologies respectively.

#PAuto @Werum #Pharma #MES #Ireland

Connected manufacturing and IIot examined.

PI UK will be present on stand E33 in the Connected Manufacturing zone and their  Deputy Chairman, Derek Lane will be presenting a paper in the technical sessions on the subject of PROFINET on IIoT/IND4.0 including an update on TSN and APL (Time Sensitive Networking and Advanced Physical Layer).

Connected Manufacturing is one of the key zones of the Advanced Engineering exhibition and conference. This exhibition, on of Britain's bestt attended engineering events, is scheduled for the end of October 2019 and if everything we read is to be believed, the last days of Britain as a member of the European Union after over 45 years.

“Now more than ever,” say the organisers, “industrial production is a key driver for innovation, productivity, growth and job creation. As we embark on this new revolution where disruptive technologies connect information technology and operational technology, Connected Manufacturing will catalyse the business and technology opportunities that exist between innovators, customers and suppliers – including those within IIoT, big data, automation and more …”


 #PAuto #AEUK18 @ProfibusUK @advancedenguk

Interested in but discouraged from STEM?

Survey shows growing interest in STEM careers but lack of encouragement, especially for women!

As the world faces a skilled workforce gap, the fifth annual STEM survey by Emerson found that six out of 10 Americans are interested in pursuing STEM careers – but fewer than four in 10 (39%) have felt encouraged to do so. The disparity is even more pronounced among women: two out of three US women say they were not encouraged to pursue a career in STEM.

While the survey found that younger generations across the globe are three times more likely to be encouraged to pursue STEM careers than generations before them, there are still several critical gaps to address – particularly as industries continue to report that they cannot find individuals with the skills required for today’s advanced workplaces. For example, the National Association of Manufacturers found that more than 70% of manufacturers in the US are concerned about finding workers with appropriate skills.

“As automation and technology become truly ingrained in our workplaces and schools, there’s a growing urgency to prepare the workforce with STEM skills that will be critical to the continued strength of the global economy,” said David N. Farr, chairman and chief executive officer for Emerson. “We want to lead the charge in making strategic investments that will provide both the current and future workforce with the right skillsets to succeed in one of the many tremendous careers made available through STEM – from software development to new technologies in manufacturing.”

Stereotyping about gender a key barrier for women entering STEM fields!
Empowering more qualified workers of both genders to explore a STEM career could have a significant impact on the workforce gap. Of the women who said they were not encouraged to pursue STEM careers, most attributed this missed opportunity in the workforce to stereotypes against women and a lack of female role models in the field.

To keep up with the rapid pace of change, workers of both genders are increasingly looking to their employers to address these upskilling needs: 79% of global respondents said they believe companies should do more to train and prepare their STEM workforce. The growing emphasis in boosting STEM education is little surprise, as most of the world (94%) say they consider STEM education important to their respective country’s future.

Despite this universal understanding of the importance of STEM, less than half of people surveyed believe their country is ahead in STEM innovation. Creating an environment where everyone is encouraged to pursue STEM can help address this perception – and contribute to growing the global STEM workforce.

“Empowering individuals of all ages and backgrounds with the tools necessary to thrive in STEM is a crucial step in solving the growing talent gap across several key industries,” said Kathy Button Bell, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Emerson. “We have long been dedicated to fostering a culture at Emerson that attracts and advances women through a variety of initiatives, including our 4,000-member Women in STEM group, which provides support and mentoring for our female engineers globally.”

Emerson is helping to address this skills gap issue for people of all ages through its We Love STEM initiatives, partnerships with more than 350 universities and technical colleges worldwide, and investments in employee training. Emerson’s recent STEM investments include the Performance Learning Platform, which enables hands-on training for current employees; training facility and equipment updates for Singapore Polytechnic; automation training technology centres at the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M College of Engineering; and an automation technology centre at Colorado State University.

#PAuto @EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis

Friday, August 16, 2019

Huge distribution centre opened!

A day of celebrations marked the Harting Technology Group's official opening of its state-of-the-art European Distribution Centre (EDC) in Espelkamp (D). Up to 20,000 order items will be processed every day, with goods dispatched to customers on the day of order. Costing an estimated €45 million, the European logistics centre is the largest single investment in the 74-year history of Harting.
Around 10,000 packages can be shipped to customers and branches around the world every single day and the 20-metre-high shelf warehouse can accommodate approximately 7,000 pallets and 120,000 containers. A total of 2,000 containers can be taken in and out of the warehouse every hour. Installation work involved laying 100 kilometres of IT cabling, 40 kilometres of sprinkler piping and container conveyor technology with a total length of 1,000 metres.

Technical highlights include the highly-automated picking system and the storage area, which is optimally managed and efficiently utilised according to the respective order load and capacity. Cutting-edge Harting technology can be seen as soon as you enter the premises, as approaching vehicles are automatically recognised and the barrier lifted to grant access. RFID technology ensures that pallets are correctly placed and loaded. A driverless transport system is responsible for moving goods between the halls and independently selects the optimum route. The highly flexible logistics of the EDC also enable a fast response to changing economic or political framework conditions such as trade barriers.

Great emphasis was also placed on generating a sustainable energy supply. The power for the European Distribution Centre is supplied by a photovoltaic system installed on the roof, while the energy requirements for cooling and heating are covered by internally produced biomethane and a geothermal plant, for which 36 holes needed to be drilled to a depth of 150m. The implemented energy supply minimises Co2 emissions and the cost of the entire centre came in 27 percent lower than the figure originally calculated by the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). 140 employees will work in the logistics centre in a two-shift system and benefit from ergonomically designed workstations, where pallets are lifted by almost a metre for picking, preventing employees from having to bend over constantly.

#PAuto #Europe  @harting @Harting_Group

Analysers for power industry applications.

Two analyzers for power industry applications have been announced by Endress+Hauser. The CA76NA monitors sodium, while the CA80SI analyzes for silica in boiler feedwater, steam, condensate and ion exchangers. Each analyzer can accept up to six sampling inputs.

CA76NA
The CA76NA potentiometric analyzer measures the concentration of dissolved sodium ions. An increase in sodium levels in boiler feedwater indicates the presence of unwanted dissolved impurities. This can cause corrosion, leaks, serious damage and expensive repairs. The analyzer monitors the water/steam circuit in power stations, condensate systems for values indicating ruptures, demineralization systems, steam and cation systems, and mixed bed exchangers.

The measurement is potentiometric using a special electrode system comprising an Na-sensitive electrode in conjunction with an Ag/AgCl reference electrode. It measures sodium over a range of 0.1 to 2000 µg/l (ppb) with accuracy and repeatabiliry of ±2%. Outputs include up to six 4-20mA channels, along with relays for alarms and warnings. The analyzer is also available with Profibus DP communications.

CA80SI
The Liquiline System CA80SI colorimetric analyzer provides precise online analysis of silica to protect plant equipment from deposits to ensure optimum performance of turbines and ion exchangers. Deposits of insoluble silicon dioxide on internal boiler walls, heat exchangers and turbine blades have an adverse effect on the efficiency of power plants and increase the risk of unplanned downtime and repairs. For this reason, the silica content in boiler feedwater must be monitored.

The CA80SI measures silica concentration from 0.5 to 200 µg/l or 50 to 5 000 µg/l, each with ±2% full scale accuracy. This allows the analyzer to determine the purity of boiler feed water and steam, and to provide early warnings of condenser leaks or exhaustion of ion exchangers. Its standard heteropoly blue analysis method allows direct comparability to lab results.

Seamless integration into process control systems is provided by Modbus, EtherNet/IP and PROFIBUS digital communication that can transmit advanced diagnostic information in addition to the measured variable.

Remote access via any device with a web browser is provided by an optional, integral web server, enabling full and secure access to the device configuration, measured values, diagnostic messages, logbooks and service data.

#PAuto #POwer @Endress_Hauser @Endress_US

Thursday, August 15, 2019

On a voyage of discovery faciltated by cameras.

Vivid knowledge transfer in the experimenta Heilbronn (D)

The largest Science Centre in Germany, experimenta, is located in the city of Heilbronn. It offers around 275 exciting exhibits in three exhibition worlds on an area of around 25,000 square meters. A wide range of stations has been developed, from simple to more sophisticated ones, where visitors can use all their senses to experience science and technology. IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH is a partner of experimenta: cameras from their base in the nearby town of Obersulm are integrated in seven stations and contribute to exciting and sometimes amazing insights.

"The visitors are to be stimulated by unusual exhibits and an emotionally appealing design to deal interactively with topics from science and technology. We would like to encourage them to think about everyday questions just as much as they do about questions of ultra-modern research," is how Managing Director Dr. Wolfgang Hansch explains the approach of experimenta. The Science Centre wants to stand for experimentation, knowledge and innovation in a special way. This is made possible by the unusual concept with the three different areas Discoverer Worlds, Experience Worlds and Researcher Worlds. In the Discoverer Worlds, the small and everyday things that often contain great discoveries are examined – with various IDS cameras contributing in diverse ways.

The "KopfSachen" (find out how the world gets into your head), for example, show how people perceive their environment, illustrated for instance by an IDS camera on the "pushing machine".

Cameras from Obersulm can also be found in the "ForscherLand“ (Immerse yourself in adventure): Children up to the age of 10 in particular can experiment and tinker in slow motion and on a small car racetrack.

Whether in the "hurricane experiment" or in the nature laboratory, on the “WeltBlick“ (understand how science is changing us) floor, the focus is on natural phenomena with the aid of state-of-the-art camera technology.

On the camera side, the topic of "research and writing" is presented in a particularly innovative way. In the "Greenbox" and at the three layout terminals of the "Newspaper Editorial Office", visitors can intuitively become editors themselves, made possible by the latest development from IDS. The IDS NXT vegas with App-based image processing is installed for a flexible, individual range of functions. Thanks to the app concept, the IDS NXT product platform is as versatile as a smartphone. A single camera can be used to perform a wide variety of image processing tasks.

The applications become even more diverse through the installation of artificial neural networks – with the IDS NXT rio & rome models, completely new applications can also be discovered in industry 4.0. In this way, small and large researchers at experimenta can gain a concrete insight into current scientific and research discoveries with the help of IDS camera technology. In every respect this is a benefit for the region and far beyond.

 #experimenta @IDS_Imaging

Biobank management.

The Matrix Gemini Biobank Management System from Autoscribe Informatics now offers even greater versatility with the inclusion of environmental monitoring and equipment calibration and maintenance monitoring capabilities. Matrix Gemini Biobanking provides a highly configurable environment for all aspects of biobank, biorepository and clinical trials management. It provides an ideal and proven solution for managing bio-samples (such as blood, tissue, DNA etc.) to assist with compliance to regulatory requirements.
With Biobanks typically storing samples in multiple freezers and refrigerators it is extremely important to ensure that this equipment is not only operating within specification, but also that it is being properly maintained and serviced according to the manufacturers’ recommendations. The Instrument Calibration and Maintenance System (ICMS) component of Matrix Gemini allows the status of each item of equipment to be tracked automatically as to whether it is available or unavailable and identifies events such as the maintenance period being exceeded etc. An automatic change of status occurs when calibration or maintenance is overdue and when it is performed. In this way the use of freezers and refrigerators can be prevented if they are not in service, out of maintenance, or out of calibration and samples can be moved if necessary. Automatic reminders of scheduled events are provided.

The addition of the environmental monitoring module allows for rooms and storage vessels to be monitored for temperature and other environmental conditions such as sterility and contamination. It can also be used for temperature mapping within freezers and refrigerators for the identification of hot or cold spots, which can be displayed graphically.

Complete location recording from room to freezer, shelf, container and container position is made easy with Matrix Gemini’s container view allowing graphical representation of the different container types. A full audit trail of all changes is provided, together with storage location auditing and reconciliation with chain of custody reporting. Samples can be tracked when they are removed for research and are closely monitored to ensure that they are disposed of correctly.

Using the built-in graphical configuration tools, Matrix Gemini Biobanking solutions can be adapted quickly and easily to represent exact user requirements in terms of workflows, screen designs, menu designs, terminology, report designs and much more.

 #Pharma @AutoscribeLtd @DenisBulgin

Facilitating easy bump tests!

An optional Premium Plus Case has been launched for Ion Science's range of high performance Tiger handheld photoionisation detectors (PIDs).

Capable of holding various PID accessories, the rugged, environmentally sealed Premium Plus Case has been specially developed by Ion Science to accommodate a 34L gas cylinder, allowing quick and easy on-site bump testing of its well proven Tiger volatile organic compound (VOC) monitors.

A bump test is a functional test of a gas monitor. Although not a regulatory requirement, it is the only way to ensure optimum performance of both sensors and monitor before use. It checks that the instrument respond to the challenge gas, verifies the display reacts and confirms that alarms are activated properly. The recommended bump test frequency is normally set by the instrument manufacturer.

A bump test works by briefly exposing the instrument to a known concentration of the challenge gas that exceeds alarm settings to confirm the sensor’s ability to respond.

The reading is compared to the actual quantity of gas present, as stated on the test gas cylinder. The instrument is working to the required standard if it goes into alarm and reads within an acceptable range of the actual concentration.

If the bump tests are not within the acceptable range, the PID must be fully calibrated before use.

Offering a robust and reliable design, the popular Ion Science Tiger handheld PID provides the widest measurement range on the market of 1ppb up to 20,000ppm. It is easy to set up and provides advanced VOC detection and software features. It has a fast response time of just two seconds and can be connected directly to a PC via the USB offering rapid data download capabilities.

The TigerLT is a streamlined, low cost version of the Tiger instrument. The entry-level PID also offers worldwide intrinsically safe certification for use in potentially explosive atmospheres and is ideal for environmental surveys.

Another handheld gas detector, the Tiger Select boasts two mode operation for the rapid and accurate detection of benzene and total aromatic compounds (TACs). Utilising the Ion Science 10.0eV lamp, a reading for TACs is seen immediately on start-up. Should TACs be detected, a pre-filter tube can be easily attached to ensure rapid detection and selective measurement of benzene.

#PAuto @ionscience  @elhcomms

Faster integration in projects and operations.

New HART-IP support simplifies link between field devices and AMS Device Manager, reducing asset management project installation costs by up to 85%


Emerson has expanded AMS Device Manager with HART-IP™ support, making it easier to connect with devices and control systems and potentially eliminate hundreds of thousands of dollars in project hardware and engineering. AMS Device Manager is used by thousands of facilities across the globe to streamline installation of field devices during capital projects, increase safety system uptime, and quickly and safely test devices from the control room.
By eliminating multiplexers, organisations can more easily use AMS Device Manager to configure, calibrate, validate, and document more of their HART-enabled field devices and systems.

“Asset management systems help integrate data between field devices and systems, making them useful for other on-prem or off-prem IIoT software and analytics. With better plant data integration, organisations can take an early, significant step to enable digital transformation,” said Mani Janardhanan, vice president of product management for Emerson’s Plantweb and reliability solutions.

Connecting field devices to asset management systems typically requires the use of multiplexers that significantly increase hardware costs and engineering hours during the project phase. According to FieldComm Group™, more than 40 million field devices use HART, a protocol designed to allow intelligent devices to communicate with host systems. HART-IP—now native on AMS Device Manager—allows asset management systems to bypass complex and expensive multiplexers and directly access measurement and diagnostics information from HART-enabled field devices using existing plant Ethernet networking infrastructure.

The current interface has been tested for connectivity to Schneider Electric Triconex® Tricon CX safety systems, HIMA HIMax safety systems, and Phoenix Contact multiplexers. Emerson will continue to test and add new systems to the list of those officially supported by the interface.

 #PAuto @EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis

New EU regulations for airconditioning plants.

Bans on the use of certain refrigerants as well as new regulations and rules on the operation, servicing and labelling of cooling and air-conditioning plants will come into force on 01 January 2020. Rittal has the answers to the users of refrigeration equipment questions on what to do now. Thanks to personalised advice and end-to-end service, operators can make their plants fit for the future, meet the requirements of the F gases regulation and improve their energy efficiency.

Reducing fluorinated greenhouse gases is a highly topical issue that is bearing down on the users and operators of refrigeration systems such as car manufacturers. Fluorinated greenhouse gases (F gases) are used as refrigerants in cooling units and climate control systems. In the future, emitting such climate-damaging substances (either as a result of targeted substitution or through the use of alternative technologies) will have to be reduced in order to limit their impact on global warming. EU Regulation No. 517/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases (the “F gases regulation”), which has been in force since 1 January 2015, aims to help reduce industrial emissions by as much as 70 percent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. Specifically, the emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases (F gases) in the EU will need to be reduced by 70 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) to 35 million tonnes of CO2e in 2030. Bans on the use of refrigerants with a GWP greater than 2,500 as well as new and amended regulations on the maintenance, servicing, leakage checking, certification, disposal and labelling of refrigeration equipment concerned will be in force from 1 January 2020.

Due to the bans on the use of F gases and on the marketing of products containing them, companies contemplate which cooling units and chillers they will still be allowed to use after 2020. Manufacturing plants, maintenance staff and energy managers can rely on the fact that Rittal have designed their climate control solutions in accordance with the F gases regulation for years so that they do not need to take any further action. As a service partner, Rittal also provides actionable advice for all cooling system users – including non-customers: From determining the actual condition of a system, calculating its efficiency, drawing up a recommendation for action and determining potential savings, setting up and commissioning a new system (including a maintenance contract) to disposing of old devices, Rittal is supporting plant operators with personalised assistance in overcoming the hurdles of the regulations and efficiency requirements. Customers benefit from cost transparency, qualified service technicians and warranty extensions.

The EU regulation is focussed on the gradual limitation of quantities of F gases in order to protect the environment. Consequently, industry, plant operators and end users must all gradually switch over to refrigerants with a lower GWP (Global Warming Potential) value. Just how future-proof cooling units will be will depend, among other things, on the refrigerant used. Enclosure cooling units and chillers from Rittal are not affected by these use bans as they operate with a hermetically sealed refrigeration cycle and because they run on approved refrigerant. Rittal provides detailed information on the F gases regulation (EU) 517/2014 in this whitepaper.

With the inception of F gases regulation, operators of refrigeration equipment with a defined amount of refrigerant will be obliged to carry out regular leakage tests. Operators can easily determine the extent to which an existing system is affected by the consequences of the F gases regulation by using the Rittal F-gas calculator: This online tool calculates the GWP value and the corresponding carbon dioxide equivalent based on the type of refrigerant being selected and on the amount of refrigerant being used. The carbon dioxide equivalent determines the action the operator will have to take in order to comply with the regulation.

All system parameters (as shown on the rating plate), as well as the type of refrigerant and the filling quantity per circuit are entered. The result is the carbon dioxide equivalent of the system. The admissibility of refrigerant replenishment in the event of a leakage, as well as practical advice for the operation of the current system are also shown.

Investment amortisation periods are always a criterion businesses need to factor in. In addition to possible savings by replacing older climate control systems with new and efficient technology, the payback period can also be shortened by benefiting from grants and/or subsidies. Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) for instance is promoting and initiating climate protection projects throughout Germany via its National Climate Initiative (NKI). When it comes to efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction, funding is being provided to support system operators. The goal is to increase the energy efficiency, reduce the need for refrigeration and to cut fluorinated greenhouse gas emissions in the refrigeration and climate control technology sector. Plant operators will therefore find they can benefit from subsidies from the BMU or the German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) when replacing enclosure cooling units or chillers. The equipment and which activities are specifically subsidised will be surveyed and checked on a case-by-case basis. A company that specialises in making applications for funding supports plant operators at all the necessary stages and checks whether the same investment measure can be cumulated with other funding programmes. Detailed information in white paperState subsidies for the replacement of enclosure and process air conditioning."


#PAuto @Rittal @bmu @PresseBox

Protecting water resources.

The British Environment Agency has awarded a 4-year contract to Meteor Communications for the provision of telemetry systems, services and MeteorCloud data hosting for water quality monitoring systems located in English rivers and bathing waters.

The contract was awarded in June 2019 and ensures continuity of data from around 250 real-time water quality monitoring outstations. Monitoring Services Team Leader of the Agency’s National Laboratory Service, Frances Houston said: “We are now working with Meteor Communications to establish a highly effective and flexible monitoring capability that enables us to deploy real-time, remote water quality monitoring stations at almost any location. We now have the tools to better understand the dynamics of our water environment and provide our scientists with a rapidly deployable monitoring capability with which to detect a wide range of inputs to our rivers and streams.

“The kiosk systems are generally employed for longer term catchment scale monitoring whereas portable ‘suitcase’ systems enable the Agency to provide agile short term investigation and pollution response at a moment’s notice.”

All of the systems utilise 3G/GPRS roaming communications; providing 24/7 web-based access to high resolution water quality data. This provides the Agency with timely, cost effective and meaningful evidence helping to focus resources where they are most needed.

The outstations covered by the contract are ESNET (Environmental Sensor NETwork) modular monitoring systems, developed by Meteor Communications. The company’s portable and kiosk-based water quality monitoring systems employ multi-parameter sondes that can either be deployed directly in the water or installed in a specially designed chamber through which extracted water is pumped. Typical systems measure ammonium, pH, conductivity, temperature, dissolved oxygen and turbidity, with options for several other parameters including chlorophyll, and nitrate. Sondes are exchanged on a monthly basis and returned to the NLSi laboratory where they are serviced and calibrated before redeployment.

Expressing his delight with the award, Matt Dibbs, Meteor’s Managing Director, said: “Through continued development of our ESNET modular monitoring platform we are able to meet the Agency’s need for robust, reliable real-time data collection from any location. This gives us the ability to meet the requirements of anyone wishing to monitor water quality in rivers, wastewater effluent, lakes, reservoirs and bathing waters.”


#Environment #England @MeteorComms @EnvAgency @_Enviro_News

Service managers for EMEAI!

Servomex has enhanced its service support to customers with the appointment of two new Service Managers.

Neil Tiley (Upper right) is the new Service Manager EMEAI, covering Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India.

He joins the team from global medical technology company Getinge AB, where he was Service Director for the UK and Ireland, managing seven other managers and a total team of 170 field, business development and technical staff.

A keen sportsman, Neil holds an HNC in Mechanical & Production Engineering together with an Instrument and System fitter apprenticeship.

Nick Tan (Lower right) joins Servomex as Service Manager ROA, covering the Asia-Pacific region outside of China.

He previously worked at electrical equipment company ABB as Service Cluster Manager, handling the Regional Service Business in South East Asia. Nick studied at the university of western Sydney, where he obtained a degree in engineering management.

Both Neil and Nick will report directly to Global Head of Service Mark Calvert, who said: “I’m delighted that we’ve managed to secure such high-caliber additions to the global service team.

“Neil and Nick bring with them a great deal of experience supporting customers in their respective regions, and a wealth of knowledge about the specific challenges facing clients there.

“The skills and expertise they possess will greatly benefit our customers as we move forward with a global strategic approach to Servomex’s service support provision.

“Working with our existing service teams, they will ensure that our customers continue to receive the support they need to keep their processes running efficiently, with minimal downtime.”


@Servomex #PAuto @codacomms

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

IS humidity and temperature sensor.

The new intrinsically safe EE100Ex from E+E Elektronik is certified according to the European ATEX directive 2014/34/EU and the international IECEx standards for use in gas explosion hazard areas up to zone 1. The humidity and temperature sensor offers high measuring accuracy and is dedicated for demanding climate and process control.

The unit complies with temperature class T4 for intrinsically safe equipment and can be mounted directly in hazardous area. Due to the robust IP65 aluminum enclosure and the wide choice of filter caps, the sensor is suitable for various applications such as utility tunnels, hazardous storage rooms or in the pharmaceutical industry.

The sensor enables highly accurate measurement of relative humidity [RH] and temperature [T] in the range 0...100 % RH and -40...60 °C (-40...140 °F). The combination of robust sensing head, proprietary E+E sensor coating and encapsulated measurement electronics inside the probe ensures excellent measuring performance and long-term stability in harsh and corrosive environment.

The EE100Ex features two galvanically isolated, configurable 4…20 mA, 2-wire outputs. Besides RH and T, the sensor also calculates the dew point [Td] and frost point temperature [Tf].

The device can be powered by any appropriate intrinsically safe power source or via Zener barriers. An error indication at the analogue outputs according to the NAMUR standard facilitates troubleshooting in case of a malfunction.

• E+E Products are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

#Epulse #PAuto @Instrum_Tech

New Regional manager for surface inspection solutions.

AMETEK Surface Vision has appointed Éric Charette-Béchamp as its Regional Sales Manager for Canada.


Éric Charette-Béchamp
François Levac, Director of Sales – Americas, AMETEK Surface Vision, said: “We are delighted to welcome Éric to the AMETEK team. His industry experience and extensive skill set will be invaluable to new and existing customers of both AMETEK Surface Vision and Land.

“He will work closely with our regional distributors of AMETEK Land’s temperature measurement solutions, and with users of our SmartView® and SmartAdvisor® inspection systems, to provide integrated solutions for a range of market applications in Canada.”

In addition to AMETEK Surface Vision, he will also serve as Regional Sales Manager for AMETEK Land, reflecting the close application and market synergies between the surface inspection and temperature measurement process solutions provided by these two business units.

Éric has more than 20 years of experience in the manufacturing sector in Canada. His expertise in after-sales service and problem-solving will benefit both the Surface Vision and Land customers across the country.

He joins AMETEK from Albany International, where he was a sales and service engineer for 14 years. He has also worked as a paper machine superintendent for Bowater (now Resolute Forest Product), in Donnacona, Quebec.

Éric holds bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering, as well as a master’s in Business and Administration (MBA), from the Université Laval in Quebec.

 @surfacevision #PAuto #Canada @codacomms

Industrial labels.

TE Connectivity (TE) has introduced new self-adhesive polyester rating labels, PR115. These custom-designed labels have UL969 category PGJI2 file MH29684 approval, which means that they can be printed by end-use product manufacturers using thermal transfer equipment.

“The PR115 labels are part of our Specialty Product Industrial label portfolio,” says Philippe Contri, TE product manager. “They are the result of the collaboration between TE and several customers in the Industrial sector, and are priced competitively.”

Customers can use the new PR115 labels to identify such items as motors, engine starters of electric vehicles, relays, hydraulic pumps and electrical installations, as well as on solar panels in areas where there is no direct exposure to the sun. The labels can be dispensed automatically, adding to the efficiency of automated assembly and production processes. They can be directly applied from the printer to the back of a solar module.

The 50-micron polyester labels, which have an operating temperature range from -40°C to +150°C, can be customized with pre-printed designs and applied on a large range of substrates including acrylic paint, aluminum and epoxy paint. With an acrylic adhesive thickness of 20 microns, they are recommended for smooth surfaces. Available in satin silver or gloss white, the labels are thermal transfer printable using TE’s current T200 Ident, T3212 and T3224 printers, along with the previous printer range TE3112 and TE3124.

 @TEConnectivity #PAuto


Chlor-alkali Process.

Chlor-alkali refers to the chemicals simultaneously being produced as a result of electrolysis of a saltwater or brine solution. Typically, the chlor-alkali process produces two chemicals, chlorine and sodium hydroxide (caustic soda, NaOH). Over 95% of the world's chlorine is produced in the chlor-alkali process.

Monitoring the Cl2 and NCl3 impurity throughout the chlor-alkali process is vital for safety concerns, environmental regulations, and process efficiency purposes.

AAI's OMA-300-CL2 analyzer showcases a seamless dynamic range of the OMA Series from low ppm up to high % concentrations of chlorine and chlorine-based compounds. A flow diagram of the chlor-alkali process with measuring points is available upon request.

In the chlor-alkali process, using an electrolytic cell, chlorine is gathered by running an electric current across a brine solution. The 'wet' chlorine from the electrolytic cell is then purified further by removing moisture via a cooling tower, filtration and sulfuric acid drying towers. The gaseous chlorine is put through a liquefaction process where liquid chlorine is produced along with the byproduct tail gas/sniff gas stream, made up of the gas not liquified during liquefaction process. The tail gas/sniff gas stream is sent to a caustic scrubber for further gas processing. The final chlorine product from the chlor-alkali process often feeds directly into EDC/VCM plants which is a precursor to PVC.

@AAInc #PAuto


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Light on for SOLAS!*

The three months grace period on the amended Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Regulations has now expired, and exporters are now required to verify the weight of packed shipping containers. Sensor Technology is able to provide a simple, retrofittable solution for SOLAS compliance, and the company has already worked with a number of exporters who admitted to being “caught out” by the implementation of the legislation.

Tony Ingham
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) officially adopted the new SOLAS regulations n November 2014, and the legislation was fully implemented in July 2016, with a three month grace period to ease exporters through the changeover and prevent supply chain disruption or port congestion. Sensor Technology managing director Tony Ingham comments: “The intention of the SOLAS legislation is to reduce the number of accidents caused globally by containers whose weights have been erroneously declared. But many of the businesses we have spoken to have been unsure about how to implement the regulations, and worried how the legislation will be enforced.”

Under the legislation verification of the packed containers’ weight is a condition for vessel loading. Two methods of verification are acceptable: either weighing the loaded container or weighing the cargo and then adding the tare weight of the container.

“Cost of implementation has also been a concern, but Sensor Technology’s LoadSense technology provides a simple and cost-effective solution that meets the requirements of the legislation and provides a number of additional functions that will be of benefit to shipping operators,” says Ingham.

Easily incorporated within the crane hook, LoadSense allows weighing processes to be fully integrated with handling operations. All live data is captured in real time and can be transferred to a database, stored, totalised and analysed. An on-board single chip computer records, analyses and archives readings, while wireless communication capability can transfer data in real time to a host computer.

LoadSense employs internal batteries, which make its operation completely autonomous.
The LoadSense package includes the intelligent load sensor itself, plus a hand-held receiver display. The load sensor is based on proven strain gauge technology, and is calibrated as standard in the range from 1 to 20 tonnes, with other ranges up to 50 tonnes available soon.

“Safety legislation is always rigorously enforced, so exporters would be well advised to look at the SOLAS requirements very seriously,” advises Ingham. “The requirements are demanding, but they don’t have to be difficult. Our message to the industry is that we have simple solutions that meet the SOLAS requirements, which are highly cost-effective and easy to implement, and which can provide a number of features that can help exporters to further streamline their operations.”

* The word "solas" is the Irish word for "light".


@sensortech #Manufacturing #Marine

Monday, August 12, 2019

Delivering high quality regulators.

The industry-leading image dimension measurement systems Keyence design and manufacture allow its customers to perform accurate inspections at a level of speed and precision that is unparalleled.

One such customer is Pressure Tech. Established in the year 2000, Pressure Tech is a British manufacturer of high-quality stainless-steel pressure regulators for use on gas and liquid applications. Pressure Tech products provide accurate control to complex systems, and long-term reliability in service is a crucial requirement. The company´s extensive range of products is manufactured in Britain and is also covered by an ISO-9001 accreditation.

"We work closely with our customers and we listen to their specific needs to design products that deliver accurate system control" explains Keith O´Pray, Operations & System Manager at Pressure Tech. "Our business model also provides for a rapid response, enabling us to develop unique product designs within a matter of weeks for customers to evaluate." Thanks to Pressure Tech´s in-house machining and assembly, the company enjoys tight control over its production to maintain flexibility with minimal lead times.

From a technical point of view, a critical element of any Pressure Tech product is its ability to create a seal between two surfaces. Variance in the angle of a sealing part can be the difference between the part creating a seal or not. "We previously relied on a CNC programme and basic methodology to address this" continues the Operations & System Manager. "But, as we are always looking to enhance our internal processes, we were keen to source the latest measuring equipment to take this aspect of our production to the next level.

»With products being supplied throughout the world via our growing network of distributors, we were already recognised as a market leader for quality pressure regulators." And this meant an enviable reputation worth preserving.

Unsurprisingly, Keyence measurement systems became a focal point. Could a solution from the Japanese specialist meet the technical challenges Pressure Tech staff encountered on an everyday basis? For Pressure Tech, a company whose products long-term reliability is an absolute must, this was worth investigating.

After careful consideration, an IM-7000 Series Image Dimension Measurement System was acquired by Pressure Tech. The device was selected because of its range of specialist measurement tools, its built-in dimensional reporting feature and its speed of measurement - an essential feature on batch runs with low cycle times.

The new image measurement system allows Pressure Tech personnel to closely monitor the angle of all the external sealing surfaces manufactured, measuring accurately to within 0.01°. The results, according to Keith O´Pray, speak for themselves: since acquiring this system, "we have consequently been able to ensure repeatability of the machining process and the quality of the components produced."

New programmes can take just minutes to create and a full dimensional report for a part can be generated at the click of a button. "This means we are seeing benefits not only in the improvement and consistency of the parts produced, but also in the speed of measurement; given the complexity of some parts, this is imperative when working to tight deadlines," concluded O´Pray.



@Keyence_Int #PAuto 

Friday, August 9, 2019

VOC detector used by IVF facility.

The Assisted Conception Unit at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee (GB) has purchased an ION Science Tiger handheld volatile organic compound (VOC) detector in adherence with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFEA) regulations for air quality in tissue laboratories and to ensure optimum culture conditions for embryos. This follows an independent external review that recommended the facility upgrade to a more sensitive photoionisation detector (PID) that measured VOC levels in parts per billion (ppb).

Established in 1984, the Assisted Conception Unit at Ninewells Hospital is one of the oldest IVF facilities in Britain. It performs numerous investigations to ascertain why couples are not getting pregnant naturally and try to overcome fertility issues to achieve a pregnancy. Every year it has an average of 400 cycles of IVF and ICSI, and a further 250 cycles utilising previously frozen embryos.

With even low levels of VOCs potentially affecting embryo development, the Ninewells Hospital’s Assisted Conception Unit regularly monitors VOCs in its laboratories to minimise contaminants, maintain the best possible conditions and help ensure successful IVF outcomes.

Assisted reproduction is regulated and governed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) in Britain. Philip Milne from the Assisted Conception Unit at Ninewells Hospital explains: “The aim of the HFEA regulation is to implement standards of air quality in laboratories where tissues are prepared for use in humans, including assisted conception facilities. Part of this is measuring and maintaining the air found in tissue laboratories with particle and microbial counts being done on a regular basis.”

Human embryos are very sensitive to the environment and although the incubators offer a relatively clean area for culture, sperm, eggs and embryos have to be handled and processed within the laboratory, exposing them to harmful VOCs which can impact embryo development. Whilst most Assisted Conception Units will have air purification technology or HEPA filters, these do not eliminate VOCs.

As a result, the Assisted Conception Unit uses a PID to monitor VOC levels within its laboratory. However, the facility’s previous VOC instrument measured in parts per million (ppm) but an independent external review recommended it was replaced with a more sensitive ppb instrument like the ION Science Tiger which is able to detect very low levels of VOCs.

Offering a robust and reliable design, the well proven ION Science Tiger boasts a market leading measurement range of 1 ppb to 20,000 ppm*. It is easy to set up and provides advanced VOC detection and software features. It also provides a response time of just two seconds and can be connected directly to a PC via the USB offering rapid data download capabilities.

Like all ION Science instruments, the Tiger incorporates the company’s latest MiniPID sensor and patented fence electrode technology for increased resistance to humidity and contamination.

Philip continues: “We needed a cost effective VOC instrument that was accurate, repeatable and user-friendly as our older one was cumbersome and difficult to use. The ION Science Tiger, purchased from Shawcity, fitted our ergonomic requirement whilst providing an affordable and reliable replacement.

“Regular monitoring of our laboratory’s air quality with the ION Science Tiger has shown very low levels of VOCs. With major building work taking place outside the air intakes from our laboratory, the use of the instrument is even more critical to maintaining those levels.

“We have been very pleased with the ION Science Tiger to date and would not hesitate to recommend it to other facilities,” he concludes.

@ionscience #Medical @elhcomms #Scotland

Low level force sensor.

The Type 9215A miniature force sensor from Kistler Instruments  is only 23.3mm long and 6.0mm diameter and weighs only 2.5g making it ideal for both laboratory and industrial applications where space is at a premium.


Applications include
Medical device testing
Contact force measurement on keys, switches, relays and similar components.
Measurement of spring characteristics
Measurement of electrical connector contacts extraction forces
Construction of highly sensitive miniature force plates for wind tunnel measurements.
Force measurements on automatic assembly machines, robots and micromanipulators.
This highly sensitive, piezoelectric force sensor is suitable for measuring quasi-static and dynamic tensile and compression forces from -20 to +200N in three calibrated ranges. The sensor has a sealed DIN 1.4542 stainless steel body with an M5x0.5 external mounting thread and an M2 tapped bore for force input. For higher force measurements, the Type 9217A has a measuring range from -500 to +500N, an overall length of 46mm and weighs only16g.

The highly sensitive measuring element fitted under preload gives the sensor very high rigidity which provides excellent dynamic response with a natural frequency of over 50 kHz combined with low sensitivity to transverse force and acceleration over the -50°C to +180°C operating temperature range.

The versatility offered by the three measuring ranges, 2N, 20N and 200N, and the low force sensitivity make the new sensor exceptionally suited to a wide range of applications in product testing and for highly sensitive force measurements in research and development.

 #Kistler #PAuto

Urgent/11 free - reassurance!

The recent announcement of security vulnerabilities discovered in the Wind River® VxWorks® IPnet TCP/IP stack has prompted questions from Opto 22 customers about what impact this discovery may have on TCP/IP-based products developed and manufactured by Opto 22.

(Armis logo for Urgent/11)
"Opto 22 would like to reassure our customers that, after careful and thorough review, we can state that none of our hardware or software products contain the VxWorks IPnet TCP/IP stack or variants of that software and are, therefore, not directly exposed to any attacks that might target these vulnerabilities. This statement applies to the recent Opto 22 product family groov EPIC® (edge programmable industrial controller), the groov® Edge Appliance (groov Box), the SNAP PAC® System, and SNAP Ethernet I/O® products."

These security vulnerabilities, dubbed URGENT/11 by Armis, an enterprise IoT security firm that made the discoveries, have far-reaching implications and affect an extremely large array of industrial, medical, and enterprise environments. These include mission-critical systems such as SCADA, industrial controllers, PLCs, PACs, and more. Other systems outside traditional industrial devices like patient monitors and MRI machines, as well as firewalls, routers, modems, VOIP phones, and printers are also affected.

Specific information about the eleven CVEs (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) related to the URGENT/11 discovery may be found on Wind River’s webpage.

Due to the fundamental design of industrial controllers and how they connect to a wide range of devices, some may confuse firmware vulnerabilities such as URGENT/11 with better known viruses and malicious software we frequently hear about. It is important to understand that only
the devices that have embedded the affected IPnet TCP/IP stack are subject to attacks that target this vulnerability.

Opto 22 cannot respond to or address the possible risks or exposures created by hardware and software products manufactured by other companies. It’s important to carefully review the information provided by manufacturers of the hardware and software that run your applications and networks, making sure that they clearly indicate the specific model numbers or product names affected by this vulnerability.

Customers should be aware that some companies might use Opto 22 language or terms (for example, “EPIC controller”) to describe their products. These are general descriptions and have absolutely no connection to the Opto 22 groov EPIC® controller, a product name that is a registered trademark owned by Opto 22 and protected under the USPTO trademark laws of the United States. Be sure to check specific model numbers and product names, not just general descriptions, in order to minimize confusion.

For a list of affected companies and links to published advisories and their products, a visit to the URGENT/11 webpage on the Armis website for more information.

@opto22 #PAuto #Cybersecurity @WindRiver @ArmisSecurity

Protecting remote I/O installations.

Intertec is launching a range of tough field enclosures for housing remote I/O and other control and instrumentation electronics, featuring compact passive cooling to dramatically reduce costs of ownership. The new enclosures help EPCs and processing plant engineers to eliminate the need for large and costly plant buildings such as satellite instrument houses or remote instrument enclosures - which often need to be air conditioned and blast- and fire-resistant.

Fabricated from GRP (glassfibre reinforced polyester) materials, the enclosures provide rugged dust- and water-proof environments to protect remote control equipment located deep inside processing areas. Developed at the request of clients, the enclosure concept simplifies the roll-out of more versatile distributed control architectures containing field equipment such as software-configured I/O, IIoT networking and PLCs. The advance can allow field control equipment enclosures to be assembled and sealed in the factory - an efficient and cost effective process - avoiding the need for opening and exposure to dangerous local conditions at the site during installation and operation.

The ability of Intertec GRP enclosures to be fabricated with embedded insulation (a monolithic sandwich with layers of GRP sheet enclosing insulation) is a major virtue. Insulation is commonly required because modern remote I/O applications use sensitive electronic devices, with lifetimes and reliabilities that are drastically reduced by overheating. Efficient insulation helps protect against temperature extremes. This is one reason why the simple steel cabinets widely used for cabling-related field junction boxes are not adequate for some of the more sophisticated remote I/O applications now being deployed.

Because of the electronic devices used, some form of cooling may also be required. If power is available at site, this can be in the form of conventional fan cooling. However, the temperature stability of highly insulated GRP boxes also makes it possible to efficiently exploit passive cooling techniques which require no electricity and have no moving parts - also making them suitable for deployment in hazardous areas. A tank of water plus a heat exchanger utilise the coolness of the night to moderate interior temperature during the day.

As many advanced remote I/O applications will - by their nature - be compact and small, Intertec has designed new passive cooling systems for smaller-sized cabinets and enclosures. These include a passive cooling system with a heat exchanger that doubles as a sunshade. The performance of the passive cooler can also be boosted by a small active element – such as a water cooler. Intertec can fabricate passively cooled field protection systems like this in enclosure and box sizes down to around 40 litres in volume.

 #Intertec #PAuto

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Ten thousanth visitor to Industrie4.0 centre!

In July, the Haiger-based Rittal Innovation Center (D) welcomed its 10,000th visitor three years after its opening. The great interest visitors have shown in live presentations and training courses underscore the high demand for innovations in panel building and switchgear manufacturing. Rittal, Eplan and Cideon showcase consistent implementation of Industry 4.0 concepts located here on a floor space of more than 1,500 square metres. The presentation and training centre, which is unique in the industry, is constantly being further developed and expanded.

A group of visitors from the German satellite broadcaster ProSiebenSat1 Media SE were in for a surprise on 4 July 2019. Gunnar Scharf, (above left) one of its members, was the 10,000th visitor to the Rittal Innovation Center. The IT expert received a certificate and a gift from Jan-Henry Schall,  (right) Head of the Center.

“I felt honoured to be the 10,000th visitor of the Rittal Innovation Center. I think Rittal has fully understood the relevance of Industry 4.0 for its customers, ” wrote Gunnar Scharf in the guest book. Further inspiring entries of the visitors in the guest books document the uniqueness of the innovation and training centre. An African visitor group wrote: “Here we found the answer we were looking for. Thank you very much.” And a German group sums up their visit as follows: “Our shopping list just got longer and longer. Very interesting applications.”

Can the concept of Industry 4.0 be applied to panel building and switchgear manufacturing? Which process stages can be become significantly more efficient? Is it possible to manufacture batch sizes of just one efficiently? Panel building and switchgear manufacturers are facing these questions all over the world, as efficiency and cost pressures drive the need for solutions that are practical and quick to deploy. 

“We want to provide our customers with meaningful guidance on how to keep on expanding their value-added processes,” explains Jan-Henry Schall. “The great interest of people in our Innovation Center, with 10,000 visitors since September 2016, shows that there is a great demand for solutions that help to streamline processes in panel building and switchgear manufacturing. The focus of our interested visitors is on exchanging technical information with experts.”

To help achieve this, customers and visitors can see, experience and try out the latest solutions for their own value chains at this innovation and training centre, and discuss them with experts from the Friedhelm Loh Group. In order to give them a hands-on and understandable experience, the Friedhelm Loh Group set up the fictitious manufacturing operation. “This operation gives people a real-world understanding of the solutions we can offer during the individual process stages – starting with engineering, through production planning, goods receipt, machining, assembly, wire processing and wiring to the finished switchgear. Industry professionals can thus quickly recognise the advantages and how they can benefit from them,” explains Jan-Henry Schall.

Visitors gain an insight into virtual prototyping using the latest software solutions from Rittal and Eplan for electrical design, resulting in a completely digital switchgear system. Interfaces to the commercial processes and in particular to the subsequent production at the switchgear manufacturer represent another important component of the presentation. Visitors may also have a closer look at Eplan and Rittal technology that lends itself to production, i. e. the workshop of switchgear manufacturers, ranging from fully automated to partially automated systems and digitally supported solutions for manual process stages.

Rittal is constantly expanding and updating the design of the Innovation Center. The company is currently expanding its live demonstrations in the field of “digitalization of value chains” area. “We will pool Rittal’s expertise in IT infrastructure with solutions from our sister companies Innovo Cloud and German Edge Cloud and demonstrate them by using new live-use cases. We are thus presenting further future-driven industry 4.0 solutions from the Friedhelm Loh Group in the field of digitalization," says Jan-Henry Schall.

A group of visitors from the German satellite broadcaster ProSiebenSat1 Media SE were in for a surprise on 4 July 2019. Gunnar Scharf, one of its members, was the 10,000th visitor to the Rittal Innovation Center. The IT expert received a certificate and a gift from Jan-Henry Schall.

“I felt honoured to be the 10,000th visitor of the Rittal Innovation Center. I think Rittal has fully understood the relevance of Industry 4.0 for its customers, ” wrote Gunnar Scharf in the guest book. Further inspiring entries of the visitors in the guest books document the uniqueness of the innovation and training centre. An African visitor group wrote: “Here we found the answer we were looking for. Thank you very much.” And a German group sums up their visit as follows: “Our shopping list just got longer and longer. Very interesting applications.”


@Rittal #PAuto #Industrie4.0 @RittalIreland