Friday, January 11, 2019

Optimised control valve maintenance.

Emerson has released its Severe Service app developed for process control engineers in need of quick and easy control valve diagnosis and maintenance for the most difficult installations within process plants.

The free mobile app enables engineers to quickly perform initial sizing for Fisher globe control valves, as well as diagnose potential valve problems before damage occurs. Once sizing and diagnosis have been completed by entering the valve and application specifics, the app will display a Cv value and potential issues that can arise, such as cavitation or noise. Users can then share the results with their internal maintenance teams or their local Emerson sales office for efficient maintenance management.

Features of the app include instant access to a Fisher control valve sizing tool, severe service control valve diagnosis information, a large technical library and a severe service industry application library to keep users up-to-speed on severe service topics with educational videos and reference collateral.

Severe service control valves are used in the most difficult installations within process plants and can fall victim to common issues, such as cavitation, erosion, high pressure, and other environmental challenges. The Severe Service app can help maximise the longevity of these critical assets so end users get the most from their investments, while protecting employees, the environment and other plant assets.

• The Severe Service app is available for iOS and Android devices. Download it from the App Store or Google Play

@EMR_Automation  #PAuto @FisherValves  @HHC_Lewis 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

2019 President announced.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has welcomed Paul Gruhn, PE, CFSE, and ISA Life Fellow, is its 2019 Society President.

Paul Gruhn
In his role as Society President, Gruhn will lead the ISA Board of Directors, which is responsible for governing, setting policy and establishing the strategic direction of the organization. ISA is a nonprofit professional association that provides technical resources and programs for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure.

“I’m honored to be the 2019 Society President,” said Gruhn, a globally recognized expert in process safety and safety instrumented systems who has played a pivotal role in developing ISA safety standards, training courses and publications. “Like any organization over the last 30 years, ISA has naturally had its ups and downs. To grow and remain relevant, we must adapt to both the changing times and the changing demographics of our industry.”

Gruhn is a Global Functional Safety Consultant with aeSolutions, a process safety, cybersecurity and automation consulting firm. He serves as a Co-Chair and long-time member of the ISA 84 standard committee (on safety instrumented systems), and continues to develop and teach ISA courses on safety systems. He also developed the first commercial safety system modeling program. Gruhn has written two ISA textbooks, numerous chapters in other books and dozens of published articles.

Gruhn earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Texas, and both a Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE) and an ISA 84 Safety Instrumented Systems Expert.

He suceeds Brian Curtis the 2018 whose term ended at the end of 2018.

@ISA_Interchange  #Pauto #Automation

Encapsulated switch mode power supplies.

Myrra 47000 series encapsulated Switch Mode Power Supplies, available from JPR Electronics, are a range of encapsulated, PCB mountable power supplies from 1W up to 60W. The range includes power supplies with VDE & UL approvals, CE marked and meet class B EMC standards without any additional external components.

Paul Raynor, Director of JPR Electronics, comments, “Myrra encapsulated power supplies allow customers to upgrade their products without having to redesign PCBs. In the same package as an EI30 transformer, they can replace a transformer, bridge rectifier -filter capacitor and fuse, additionally in regulated power supplies the linear regulator and heatsink can be eliminated.”

The power supplies offer an alternative to traditional discrete component designs providing an immediate solution with increased efficiency, reduced component count and save PCB space. The 2.4W to 5W range provides a form-fit-and-function replacement for EI30 type transformer-based power supplies.

The 48000 series is a very compact design (25 x 25 x 16mm) and provides power from 1W to 3W. The series also has VDE and UL certification and is EMC compliant.

The 47000 series are compact PCB mount devices and are available with output power from 2.4 to 60 Watt and single outputs from 5.0 to 24VDC. The input range is 85VAC - 265VAC at 47-63Hz or 120-370VDC. Their very low standby power consumption and high efficiencies ensure the series meet the requirements of Energy Star.

The encapsulated Switched Mode Power Supplies are based on flyback topology with the enclosure manufactured from UL 94-V0 plastic and resin. They meet all requirements of IEC/EN61558-2-16, IEC/EN62638, IEC/EN60335, UCUL60950 and are CE marked. Conducted and radiated EMC emissions conform to EN55014, EN55032, CLASS B, EN61000-3-2 CLASS A, EN61000-3-3, IEC61000-4-2, IEC61000-4-3, IEC61000-4-4, IEC61000-4-5, IEC61000-4-6 and IEC61000-4-11

Applications include alternatives to linear transformer designs in many AC/DC power supplies, replacements for DC/DC converters for point of load power sources, industrial, domestic and consumer electronics, standby devices and DC or AC auxiliary supplies.

#JPRelectronics #PAuto

Cryptocurrency Power Supply.

The Coolisys’ CBTM1800-12 1800-watt AC/DC power supply from Gresham Power,  is a fully DSP controlled, highly efficient enclosed 12 VDC power supply. It incorporates resonance-soft-switching technology to reduce component stresses, providing increased system reliability and very high efficiency.

The CBTM1800-12 combines best-in-class, 80 PLUS “Platinum” Efficiency and good dynamic performance into a power dense package. Key features include wide input voltage design with over voltage, under voltage protection and overcurrent protection, temperature-controlled cooling fan and thermal protection.

The Coolisys CBTM1800-12 provides the most suitable architecture of 1800W at 12V for use with the most powerful cryptocurrency ASIC Bitcoin mining systems solve Bitcoin blocks. The CBTM1800-12 can also be provided with different configurations and additional features such as controls, redundancy and other DC output voltages serving other applications in other markets.

System communication signals and commands provided are inhibit (on/off), active low for output shut down, DC Fail via TTL level open collector active low when there is loss of regulation, AC Fail (option) open collector active low, I²C passive data, serial number, model number and revision.

Standard features include auto-selected input voltage ranges: 90 - 140VAC, 180 - 260VAC, AC Input with power factor correction, 1800W Continuous output power capability (@ high-line input), output voltage 12VDC, output current 150A, high density design of 44 W/in3, high efficiency up to 96%, ±10% voltage input range, noise level:<43db 100="" 10="" 47-63hz="" 50="" ambient="" br="" frequency="" input="" interface="" output="" pci-e="" pin="" range="" rated="" to="" up="" x=""> 
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“The Coolisys CBTM1800-12 is a fully DSP controlled, highly-efficient, enclosed 1800-watt 12VDC power supply. It incorporates resonance-soft-switching technology to reduce component stresses, providing increased system reliability and very high efficiency.” Comments Amos Kohn, President & CEO of Coolisys

 @GreshamPower #PSU #Bitcoin
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Connector in the IEC 61076-2-111 standard K-coding.

Harting has introduced a new version of its popular M12 circular connector in the IEC 61076-2-111 standard K-coding. The new configuration enhances the M12, already well known as an interface for data and signals transmission, by offering a similar compact interface for energy-intensive applications. With four power contacts and a protective earth contact, it is possible to safely transmit 7 kW at 630 V and 16 A: a considerable amount of power in a very compact interface.

The ongoing trend towards miniaturisation is having an increasing impact on the space-saving supply of voltage to compact drives as well as on networks. The step towards developing and standardising the K-coding is therefore a logical and necessary one for Harting. Previously, higher-powered supplies for circular connectors have normally been handled via PROFINET, of which the M12 L-coding device with 0.75 kW at 63 V and 16 A is a well established standard.

In order to offer the widely-used M12 form factor to device manufacturers for voltage supply, Harting will be supplying the K-coding product with 7 kW at 630 V and 16 A from Spring 2019, allowing the integrated transmission of data, signals and power. The logical consequence for housing manufacturers will be simplified planning and cost savings.

With power of this magnitude in a compact M12 housing, particular attention has to be paid to clearance and creepage distances to protect users properly. This is accomplished with a PE contact attached to the housing which is configured as a pre-leading pin in the mating face in order to bleed off voltage and conduct away flashovers on the housing or between contacts.

With the high voltages, the PCB socket must be protected from flashover on the contact side. To this end, all the hold-downs are separated from one another with an insulator. K-coded cable is available in a crimp version. The connection will be secured with the familiar screw fitting typical of the M12 design. There will also be a new PushPull variant which clicks audibly into place.

@HARTING_Group #PAuto

Non-domestic gas installation in Ireland.

​The Non-Domestic Installation Gas Market from January 2019 will now be regulated by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities [CRU]. The RGII who over the years have brought the Gas Domestic Industry to the highest and safest standards it is today and will now be in charge of the licensing scheme for Registered Gas Installers for Non-Domestic Gas Works.

To date, any competent person could work in the Non Domestic Gas Industry without specific training or registration. Now anyone working in the Non Domestic Gas market must be certified and registered with the RGII in 2019 or may face legal repercussions .

Hanley Controls have been supplying Gas products and equipment to the main Gas utility as well as Mechanical contractors in the Gas Industry for almost 30 years . As the leading suppliers of Gas Equipment to the Industry, the sale is the last step in the process.

They pride themselves on the knowledge and expertise they offer Contractors, Consultants & Maintenance personnel with up to date current standards on design, Gas flows, line sizing, meter sizing , piping systems, safety inspections, purging, pressure skids & gas detection to mention some of our services .

Their success in obtaining the Non Domestic Gas Certification recognises this competence. The company's gas department personnel have Engineering or trade certifications at a minimum and combined have over 80 years of experience.

#Ireland @hanleycontrols  #PAuto 

Tough travel.

Not strictly instrumentation but if you love competition, fascinating landscapes and roaring tours..!

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. FPT Industrial is taking part in the annual, world-famous Dakar rally, and is a 2019 sponsor, equipping the four trucks of the Petronas Team De Rooy IVECO with its Cursor 13 engines.

The Dakar rally is one of the most extreme competitions in the world, but it is not for the fainthearted: it requires passion, technology and endurance, and the FPT Industrial Cursor 13 has all of these features. While the FPT Industrial engine was conceived to deliver high performance and top efficiency, all while respecting the environment, in industrial applications, it has also proven itself in racing. The IVECO vehicles’ Cursor 13 engines were especially engineered for such a challenging rally.

The customization was undertaken at the FPT Industrial Arbon Research & Development center. The 13-liter engine is renowned for its reliability in on-road long haul missions, as well as in agricultural applications, such as for large tractors and harvesters. The IVECO vehicles’ Cursor 13 engines were especially engineered for such a challenging rally and can reach a maximum power of up to 1,000 hp. The engines have proven their reliability, robustness and top performance by conquering the most challenging stages and terrain in past Dakar rallies. FPT Industrial specialized technical staff will support the team for the entire duration of the rally.

The 2019 Dakar rally marks the 41st running of this annual event, and this year will cross Peru for an epic adventure: 5,000 km, 10 stages (from January 6 to January 17), across dunes, sand and rocky terrain. It will start in Lima, the Peruvian capital city, and then move to Pisco, on the Pacific Ocean. Then the tour will bring the trucks to Arequipa, also known as the White City, at almost 2,300 meters above sea level and this terrain will be the toughest for the trucks. The most extreme stages need a powerful engine and the Cursor 13 responds optimally to high altitude, maintaining the same turbo speed and providing full control of this feature. The rally will finally end in Lima on January 17.

"Stay tuned on our social networks and follow the De Rooy team’s performance during the Dakar rally. If you love competition, fascinating landscapes and roaring tours, follow FPT Industrial and #FPTracing: you can even experience life on board and be part of the exciting Dakar experience through the stories from FPT Industrial special correspondents."

@FPTIndustrial #Transport

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Standards for cybersecurity regulatory framework.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has confirmed it will integrate the widely used ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards into its forthcoming Common Regulatory Framework on Cybersecurity (CRF). The CRF will serve as an official UN policy position statement for Europe.

At its recent annual meeting in Geneva (CH), UNECE’s Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies recognized the ISA99 standards development committee for its leading role in conceiving and developing the widely used standards, while formally accepting review input presented on behalf of ISA99 by committee member Pierre Kobes of Siemens.

The ISA/IEC 62443 standards are developed primarily by the ISA99 committee of the International Society of Automation (ISA), with simultaneous review and adoption by the Geneva-based International Electrotechnical Commission. ISA99 draws on the input of cybersecurity experts across the globe in developing consensus standards that are applicable to all industry sectors and critical infrastructure, providing a flexible and comprehensive framework to address and mitigate current and future security vulnerabilities in industrial automation and control systems.

“The Common Regulatory Framework will serve to establish a common legislative basis for cybersecurity practices within the massive EU trade markets,” points out Glenn Merrell of Industrial Control System Security. “This formal recognition is greatly valued and appreciated as another important validation of the industry-leading work of the experts on ISA99 who have contributed their knowledge and time in developing the ISA/IEC 62443 series,” adds Merrell, an ISA Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) who was instrumental in representing ISA99 to UNECE.

“This recognition reflects the growing and widespread adoption of ISA/IEC 62443 by government organizations and manufacturing sectors throughout the world,” emphasizes ISA Executive Director Mary Ramsey. “Beyond our role as a global standards developer, ISA is fully cognizant of and has prioritized our responsibility as an international nonprofit association of automation professionals to support and advance the understanding and application of these critical standards through our supplier-neutral cybersecurity education and training programs, developed with guidance from leading ISA99 experts.”

@UNECE @ISA99Chair #Cybersecurity#Europe 

New Board member.

Mr. Uwe Gräff has been appointed to the Board of New Technologies & Quality at the Harting Technology Group. He follows Dr. Frank Brode, who has retired.

Uwe Graeff
"I’m particularly pleased that we were able to fill this position internally, as it’s so important for the technology group. This demonstrates the continuity and long-term nature of our actions and the quality of our management," said Board Chairman Philip Harting.

Gräff assumed the position of Managing Director at Harting Technology Group at the beginning of 2015, and was initially responsible for the Market and Development area at Harting Electric and the Development division at Harting Electronics. He is currently Managing Director of Harting Electric and Harting IT Software Development at the Espelkamp-based (D) family-owned business.

After studying engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Bingen and obtaining his first professional experience at an engineering firm, Gräff moved to Festo in Esslingen in 1993. He worked there until the end of 2014, most recently as "Director of Global Development Automation".

Dr. Frank Brode
"We look forward to constructive cooperation with Mr. Gräff. Above all, he will continue to drive forward the topics of digitisation and Industry 4.0," says Philip Harting.

On behalf of the family and the Management Board, Philip Harting thanked Dr. Ing. Brode for his successful work and many years of trusting cooperation. After joining the Technology Group in July 2011, Dr. Brode was particularly instrumental in continuously developing quality standards. His tenure witnessed the construction and opening of the Harting Quality and Technology Center (HQT). At the same time, he implemented important technological innovations. Dr. Brode further provided impetus as a member of numerous important bodies and associations and through his contacts with universities and other research institutions.


Certification for Cyber Hardening.

Bedrock Automation has received Achilles® Level 2 certification from GE Digital (Wurldtech) on its OSA Remote controller.

The OSA Remote delivers the intrinsic cyber security protection for which Bedrock Automation is known in a compact unit that provides powerful PLC and SCADA RTU functionality for monitoring and control of up to 20 universal I/0, as well as serial and industrial Ethernet I/O. The Achilles certification provides users with greater assurance that they can implement their open applications remotely, secure from cyber threats.

“The demand for a secure remote controller is high – especially from the oil and gas market and water treatment plants needing to implement SCADA RTU and PLC applications. Achilles Level 2 provides independent validation of our unique approach to intrinsic cyber hardening,” according to  Bedrock Automation Founder and CEO, Albert Rooyakkers.

Like all Bedrock products, the compact OSA Remote embeds more than 30 cyber security technologies, including public key infrastructure (PKI) with secure keys inserted at birth, and advanced authentication and encryption capabilities for SCADA. All of this is in a system device that fits in the palm of the hand and at prices often below conventional PLCs or RTUs.

The Achilles Test Platform helps manufacturers of mission critical infrastructure solutions ensure that their products are not vulnerable to cyberattacks. It tests communications robustness of networks and operational parameters, identifying vulnerabilities and reproducing, isolating and resolving faults that cause them. The test battery is based on extensive experience in working with critical infrastructure systems and with manufacturers of devices that automate them to verify and validate performance under real-world conditions, such as denial of service (DoS) attacks.

The OSA Remote, is manufactured with a secure supply chain at a Bedrock secure facility. The results are layers of cyber protection and due diligence that are unmatched in its industry. It is now shipping in volume.

@BedrockAuto #PAuto #Cybersecurity @Wurldtech

Integrating any desired piezoelectric sensors directly.

Kistler Instruments has a wide range of options for using sensors and process monitoring systems to support Industry 4.0, all of which are developed to deliver gains in quality and efficiency. Production monitoring systems combined with a wide range of sensors are the basis of enhanced digital system integration.

Their sensors are used in a variety of assembly processes to provide intelligent monitoring and control of production, generating improved product quality and enhanced productivity.

The maXYmos range of monitoring systems allow highly dynamic force and torque signals to be monitored and controlled with high precision, even where space is limited and forces and torques are small. The graphic presentation makes the optimization of the production processes both simple and accurate whilst the integrated sequencer mode ensures reliable control of sequences across multiple measurement programs without any additional PLC programming. The option to configure the system entirely offline from a PC means that the machine or plant needs to be stopped only briefly to upload or download the revised configuration when changes are made to the production process.

Using the Kistler Type 5074A digital charge amplifier, piezoelectric sensors can be integrated directly into the machine control via Ethernet. For the first time, plant and machinery manufacturers can now integrate any desired piezoelectric sensors directly into a real time-capable Ethernet system (PROFINET, EtherCAT or EtherNet/IP).

@Kistler_Group #PAuto 

Complete range of inductive components.

Anglia Components has announced they now stock the most popular ranges of inductors from leading Taiwanese manufacturer Chilisin to help it gain growth in the British market, following its appointment as distributor for Britain and Ireland. Chilisin is a rapidly growing global inductor manufacturer. It is a ‘one-stop shop’ offering a complete range of inductive components including power inductors and chokes, EMI suppression filters, general purpose inductors and RF inductors.

Commenting, Jerry Kuo, COO of Chilisin said “We have enjoyed good growth in mainland Europe but feel the UK market is still an untapped market for Chilisin. Our decision to partner with Anglia is based on its excellent reputation in both customer engagement and engineering design support. Most importantly their knowledge of the UK market will help grow our share of the inductor sector.”

Anglia now stocks the most popular ranges of Chilisin inductors and will offer samples to support new designs.

David Pearson, Technical Director, Anglia added “Chilisin has an exceptionally wide range of inductive solutions, with a particular strength in industrial, networking, power and LED Lighting applications. They bring Anglia a truly comprehensive offering, and are a very good fit for many of our customers. We are proud to have been chosen by Chilisin to help them build their UK business and look forward to helping our customers gain access to their inductors and get them swiftly designed-in.”

@angliaLive #PAuto #CHILISIN #Britain #Ireland

Monday, January 7, 2019

Automated driving.

Xilinx and ZF have announced a new strategic collaboration in which Xilinx technology will power ZF’s highly-advanced artificial intelligence (AI)-based automotive control unit, called the ZF ProAI, to enable automated driving applications.

ZF is using the Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC platform to handle real-time data aggregation, pre-processing, and distribution, as well as to provide compute acceleration for the AI processing in ZF’s new AI-based electronic control unit. ZF selected this adaptable, intelligent platform because it provides the processing power scalability and flexibility essential for the ZF ProAI platform to be customized for each of its customer’s unique requirements.

"The unique selling proposition of the ZF ProAI is its modular hardware concept and open software architecture. Our aim is to provide the widest possible range of functions in the field of autonomous driving," explained Torsten Gollewski, head of ZF Advanced Engineering and general manager of Zukunft Ventures GmbH. This approach is unique compared to other systems on the market, which use a fixed combination of hardware and software architecture – a solution that can potentially limit functionality and add more cost.

“We are proud to partner with ZF on its ProAI platform and help solve the challenges associated with autonomous vehicle development,” said Yousef Khalilollahi, vice president, core vertical markets, Xilinx. “By providing an adaptable hardware platform, ZF can design flexible and scalable systems that seamlessly incorporate AI compute acceleration and functional safety (FuSa) through diversity in processing engines. We look forward to expanding our collaboration with ZF to take autonomous and AI innovation to the next level.”

@XilinxInc @ZF_Group

Digital capture of plant conditions safe & reliable.

Emerson today released AMS Inspection Rounds, a new application for the AMS Trex Device Communicator that will make it easier for operations teams to capture, report, and respond to abnormal plant conditions that pose risks to reliability, safety, and performance. The new application allows personnel to accurately record field condition data and automatically deliver that data to other plant systems where decision makers can drive effective action.

Most plants rely on manual inspection rounds to detect abnormal plant conditions not identified by sensors. With AMS Inspection Rounds, operators on rounds can electronically record any abnormal or hazardous conditions immediately, such as unusual equipment noise, spills, smells, excessive corrosion or safety hazards. Condition data can be entered on the ruggedised AMS Trex in real-time — timestamped for compliance and audit requirements.

AMS Inspection Rounds delivers condition data to other plant systems via a wired or secure wi-fi connection, eliminating the need for manual entry. It also provides automated workflows to operations and maintenance personnel while they are in the field, ensuring complete, consistent and repeatable collection of condition data.

“Route-based inspections are a key line of defense for identifying abnormal and unsafe conditions that may reduce efficiency or put personnel in danger,” said Mani Janardhanan, vice president of product management, Plantweb and reliability solutions, Emerson Automation Solutions. “AMS Inspection Rounds helps ensure that issues impacting safety and reliability are detected, reported, and resolved earlier.”

With clear dashboards of routes, status, alerts, and action items, users can identify, schedule and coordinate steps for resolving issues more quickly. Electronic recording of route data saves hours of time typically lost in transcribing paper notes to electronic media and simplifies the generation of audit trails — freeing personnel to focus on more important tasks. Operations and maintenance teams can also access historical data to identify and eliminate root causes of recurring problems.

@EMR_Automation #PAuto @HHC_Lewis 

Special interest group established.

The nonprofit CiA (CAN in Automation) international users’ and manufacturers’ group has established the CAN XL Special Interest Group (SIG).  Several OEMs, Tier1s, chipmakers, and other interested parties including tool suppliers discussed in a two-day meeting the desired features of the CAN XL data link layer. The 35 participants elected Dr. Arthur Mutter (Bosch) as chairman; Reiner Zitzmann (CEO of CiA) is the SIG secretary.

The SIG experts requested for the CAN XL protocol backwards compatibility with CAN FD. In order to keep the data link layer as simple as possible, only one frame format with an 11-bit priority identifier is supported. The CAN XL data link layer is intended for TCP/IP communication, simple radar sensors, and eCall devices.

“In this two-day inaugural meeting, the experts evaluated already very detailed protocol features,” said Holger Zeltwanger, CiA Managing Director. Additionally, the participants discussed about the requirements on the Physical Media Attachment (PMA) sub-layer – normally implemented in a transceiver chip. The desired speed is in minimum 10 Mbit/s. The SIC (signal improvement circuitry) transceivers as specified in CiA 601-4 already achieve 8 Mbit/s. In particular, the edge symmetry and the voltage amplitude need to be improved to go beyond nowadays limits. “Perhaps we can learn from the Flexray physical layer,” said Zeltwanger.

The SIG will also organize plug fests to prove the prototype implementations. First FPGA implementations of the CAN XL protocol could be used for such interoperability tests. “If we are fast, we can schedule a first plug fest beginning of 2020,” said Zeltwanger.

@CANopen #PAuto