Friday, February 15, 2019

Process analysis added to event!

PEFTEC 2019 has been expanded to include a full Process Analysis Conference, as well as the hugely popular Analytical Conference. In addition, both conferences will merge for a joint session on ‘Big Data/Big Analysis’.

Taking place on 22nd & 23rd May in Rotterdam (NL) PEFTEC 2019 will be the 3rd international conference and exhibition on testing and monitoring in oil, petrochemical, refining and environmental applications. Organiser Marcus Pattison says: “With expanded conferences, a new venue, and as the only major European analytical conference and exhibition this year, PEFTEC 2019 will provide a unique opportunity for visitors.

“The new larger Exhibition will provide access to innovation from over 250 world-leading companies, and the Conferences will provide the latest information on process monitoring and control, regulations, standards, methods, technologies, and analytical techniques, in addition to case studies and reports on current research.”

The Analytical Conference will cover the latest developments in mass spectrometry as well as recent developments in GC and GCxGC applications with a range of detection systems including the barrier ionisation discharge detector, MS and VUV spectroscopy.

The Process Analysis Conference will include sessions on process gas analysis using online techniques such as GC, Optical Feedback Cavity Enhanced Absorption Spectroscopy, VUV Spectroscopy and Open Path FTIR. Presentations will address the re-emergence of Supercritical Fluid Chromatography as well as the application of both molecular and atomic spectroscopic techniques. There will also be presentations on process liquid analysis applications using a range of spectrometric, chromatographic and sensor based technologies.

PEFTEC will also incorporate an Industrial Methane Measurement Conference featuring a wide variety of speakers reporting on projects and technologies involved with initiatives to measure and mitigate global methane emissions.

PEFTEC 2019 will be a ‘must go’ event for anyone involved with analytical chemistry, quality control, research, process development and control. The exhibition will provide an ideal opportunity to meet existing and prospective instrumentation and service providers – all under one roof at the same time.

#Peftec #PAuto @_Enviro_News 

Precision RF connectors.

A new precision connector series to meet the increasing demand for proper RF-connections up to 90 GHz has been introduced by Rosenberger. The newly developed RPC-1.35 connector series – the “E connector” – is characterized by a highly robust mechanical design, minimum 3000 mating cycles, high connector repeatability, maximum return loss values and is designed for high-performance RF measurements in the E-Band.

The product range covers semi-rigid and flexible cable assemblies, PCB connectors, test PCBs, cable connectors, in-series and inter-series adaptors, test port, floating and waveguide-to-coaxial adaptors as well as gauge and calibration kits.

A working group, consisting of PTB (Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt), Rosenberger, Rohde & Schwarz and Spinner, has designed the new 1.35 mm connector to close the gap between 1.85 mm and 1.00 mm connectors. The interface standardization is in progress.

 #Rosenberger #TandM

OPC Unified Architecture.

Red Lion Controls has announced new capabilities for their award-winning Crimson® software, including an OPC UA Client driver with encrypted password support, OPC UA Historical Access, an MQTT connector for Google Cloud and store and forward buffering for all Crimson cloud connectors.

Unlike other OPC UA clients which may only allow access to a preexisting list of data items, with just a few clicks, Crimson 3.1’s new OPC UA client driver captures the rich attributes such as diagnostic and performance information, of a target OPC UA server’s data tags.

With this added capability, most Crimson 3.1-based devices can act as both OPC UA server and OPC UA client. “This can dramatically simplify system architectures, increase scalability and accelerate data integration initiatives with no additional hardware or expensive software customization required,” said Paul Bunnell, product management director for automation products at Red Lion Controls. “In addition, OPC UA Historical Access ensures the reliable transmission of real-time and historical data directly to enterprise business systems using a single, easy-to-use environment.”

See how simple it is to configure communication between OPC UA clients and servers here.

On devices with an SD card, Crimson’s MQTT connectors can be configured to buffer data within the device when a connection to the target platform is not available. This feature can be set to indicate whether data should be buffered just to memory, or whether the device’s SD card should be used to provide further storage that will survive a power cycle – enhancing reliability and increasing system resilience.

• Red Lion products are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

@redlioncontrols  #PAuto @Instrum_Tech

Connecting solar power plants.

TE Connectivity (TE) has introduced the new TE ENTRELEC PI-Spring range of terminal blocks ZK-PV, dedicated to large commercial and utility-scale photovoltaic installations. The PI-Spring range have voltage of 1500V DC (IEC) / 1000V DC (UL), complementing the existing 1500V offering including DBL distribution blocks and SNK screw power terminal blocks ZS150 / ZS240.

“Over the next five years, most solar power plants will use increased voltages to reduce installation and operational costs. Even thou other solutions do exist on the market for 1500V DC, the terminal blocks are one of the safest and most reliable way for connecting electrical circuits inside PV panels, combiners and central inverters,” said Gael Grenat, head of global product management for TE’s ENTRELEC products.

The ZK-PV range of terminal blocks makes connecting photovoltaic systems quicker and more reliable. The smart two-in-one connection gives installers more flexibility, real time savings and higher quality results.

The ZK-PV range for photovoltaic installations is as compact as the rest of the PI-Spring terminal block range, adding only 2mm to the unit’s depth. For differentiating positive and negative poles, grey and blue colors are available: The distribution blocks are suitable for conductors with maximum cross-sections of 10mm² / 6AWG and 16mm² / 4AWG. The range provides two and three connections so that two circuits can be grouped in parallel in one line. To group more than two circuits, several ZK10 PV terminals (10mm² / 6AWG) can be interconnected by means of convenient plug-in jumpers.

The range´s unique design gives installers two different ways to connect wires quickly and securely. A Push-In mode lets installers just push solid wires into the terminal – ENTRELEC’s patented design automatically clamps the wire to create a strong, reliable connection. In Spring Mode, non-prepared, stranded wires can be inserted just as easily. The installer just needs to slide a screwdriver into the adjacent slot, insert the wire and the connection is secured.

@TEConnectivity #PAuto #Power

Thursday, February 14, 2019

New electronics components website!

JPR Electronics has launched a new website. Its modern design offers customers simple navigation, fast response, a great user experience and simple online purchasing.

Paul Raynor, Director of JPR Electronics, comments, “JPR Electronics have been supplying electronic components since 1979 and now stock over 14,000 products. We have recently fully updated our infrastructure and are now pleased to offer our customers a much improved and simple to navigate website to simplify and streamline their enquiry and purchasing experience. We are an independent distributor with a global network of franchises, which enables us to offer an extensive range of products from recognised quality manufacturers to manufacturers, OEM’s, sub-contractors, designers, distributors and education.”

Many key component and enclosure manufacturers are among the 70 plus brands stocked by JPR Electronics, all are supported by their experienced Sales Team and securely shipped from their EN ISO 9001:2008 approved warehouse.

Product ranges include cables and connectors, enclosures, passive and Emech components, electrical, solar and power components and test equipment, educational computing, tools and equipment.

JPR are main stockists for CamdenBoss and Salecom switches and offer a full range of Hammond enclosures including modification services.

Other key suppliers include Schützinger, manufacturers of market leading connectors including Kelvin Four-Wire Measurement types, a wide range of relays from global suppliers Hongfa and Finder, opto-electronic components from LED supplier Kingbright and Winstar displays.

@Jprelec #Electronics

Asset management made less complex.

AMS Device Manager reduces device data complexity and strengthens the field device data foundation that is critical for embarking on digital transformation

A new release of Emerson’s AMS Device Manager helps improve plant reliability with better organised data for more informed and proactive management of field devices. New embedded tools allow project and operations teams to customise plant device hierarchies, project tracking, and device alerts, delivering improved decision support - a key competency of digital transformation. With AMS Device Manager, Emerson is helping teams effectively use device data to deliver more reliable operations and shorten project engineering timelines.

“An accurate data backbone all the way down to the device level helps build the foundation for digital transformation with a more accurate picture of asset health,” said Mani Janardhanan, vice president, Plantweb™ product management. “With the new AMS Device Manager, users can prepare their plant’s data infrastructure for technologies such as Plantweb Optics that will digitally enhance maintenance practices with data they can trust for decision making.”

Many plants struggle to manage thousands of devices in complex and often out-of-date plant device structures (hierarchies) - often using long, disorganised lists that make it hard to find and identify critical devices. Without having devices organised by zone, asset, unit, or other category, teams have access to health data, but little insight into where a faulty device is located or how it is impacting production data. However, creating or rearranging this hierarchy used to be a time-consuming, manual process, for which few organisations had the spare time or resources.

AMS Device Manager’s enhanced bulk transfer functionality changes this paradigm, providing the tools to configure whole systems automatically - including set-up of device alert monitoring and plant hierarchies. Users can simply export a tag list and open it in a spreadsheet application to enter a location and alert group for each device. Then, using bulk transfer, users can instantly set up the system with an accurately populated hierarchy and alert monitor. With a correctly defined plant hierarchy, maintenance teams can visualise device data in targeted views, allowing them to better evaluate and manage the reliability of specific areas of the plant. This is particularly useful during shutdowns and turnarounds when selected plant areas are down for maintenance.

Maintenance teams commonly have difficulty separating critical alerts from irrelevant alerts. With the updated AMS Device View - the browser-based interface for AMS Device Manager - maintenance can assign devices to specific projects and track them on separate project dashboards, avoiding the distraction of alerts flooding the operations dashboard. This organised alert delivery allows more efficient response during periods with significant changes, like shutdowns, turnarounds and outages.

The newest version of AMS Device Manager also increases safety and security with system-wide automated locking of devices. Organisations can protect against unauthorised changes to devices without relying on physically adding or removing jumpers. Customisable software-based locks can be enabled for select personnel for specific amounts of time, after which the system will automatically relock the devices to ensure that device configurations are protected.

 @EMR_Automation  #PAuto @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis 

Systems software group expands European team!

Lynx Software Technologies has expanded its European team with the appointment of Andrew Turnbull as Senior Director, EMEA Sales and Tim Loveless as Principal Solutions Architect. They both report to Lee Cresswell, vice president of global sales at Lynx.

Andrew Turnbull
Lee Cresswell commented, “Lynx is seeing significant opportunities in Europe with interest from automotive, aerospace and defence and industrial markets in particular. We’re scaling up our presence in the region to enable us to engage successfully with these customers. Lynx is delighted to welcome two individuals of exceptional calibre to its global team. Andrew Turnbull has extensive experience of key account management, including leading engineering and marketing teams. Tim Loveless is a deeply experienced FAE in the embedded real-time and safety-critical arena. We are confident that both will contribute significantly to our future success."

Tim Loveless
Andrew Turnbull takes responsibility for Lynx customers in the EMEA region. He joined Lynx from Oracle, where he was Senior Sales Manager, MySQL Embedded Europe. He has exceptional experience of sales and marketing in the software and semiconductor industries, including roles with Integrated Device Technology (IDT), Tundra Semiconductor, Wintegra, Wind River, Integrated Systems and Motorola Semiconductor.

Tim Loveless will work closely with Andrew, offering providing technical leadership in solution design and development for EMEA customers. He has over 20 years’ experience of embedded real time and safety critical systems development, including ten years leading an FAE team at Wind River (Intel).

@LynxSoftware #Europe

Cybersecurity standards in medicine.

The Medical Device Innovation, Safety, and Security Consortium (MDISS), a major nonprofit public health and patient safety organization based in the US, has announced it is developing a set of recommended practices and profiles for securing medical systems based on the normative requirements in the widely used ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards for industrial automation and control systems cybersecurity.

The intent is to share the information across the network of MDISS member organizations, which includes medical device manufacturers, healthcare software companies, hospital networks, and insurance companies.

“MDISS is committed to improving the state of cybersecurity in medical devices and systems to reduce risks to patients. We view the ISA/IEC 62443 standards as providing a solid basis for the development of comprehensive profiles and recommended practices in this area,” states Dr. Dale Nordenberg, MDISS Executive Director.

The ISA/IEC 62443 standards are developed primarily by the ISA99 committee of the International Society of Automation, with simultaneous review and adoption by the Geneva-based International Electrotechnical Commission.ISA99 draws on the input of cybersecurity experts from across the globe in developing standards in a balanced, consensus process that is accredited by the American National Standards Institute. The standards 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.

Application to connected medical devices reflects the growing use of the standards across multiple sectors worldwide, points out long-time ISA99 co-chair Eric Cosman. “When we first formed the ISA99 committee, we deliberately stated our scope in terms of potential consequences rather than limiting ourselves to specific industries. This decision has served us well as the ISA/IEC 62443 standards not only have been applied across traditional manufacturing and industrial processing sectors, but also extended to rail transportation, building automation, and now medical systems.”

The MDISS announcement follows another recent indication of the widespread adoption of the ISA/IEC 62443 standards in which the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe confirmed it will integrate the standards into its forthcoming Common Regulatory Framework on Cybersecurity (CRF). The CRF will serve as an official UN policy position statement for the massive EU trade markets. (See Standards for cybersecurity regulatory framework - 8 Jan 2019).

#ISAuto #Medical #MDISS

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Dive into industrial automation software.

SolutionsPT is hosting a free Tech Day event for manufacturers, allowing them to take a deep dive into the latest Wonderware software, explore the digital modelling of operational assets and the very latest OT cyber security advancements.

The event, which will be held on Tuesday, February 26th, at SolutionsPT’s Cheadle headquarters (GB), will offer a look at the latest Wonderware software advancements and cyber security solutions, through a combination of demos, case studies and hands-on workshops.

Attendees will explore the latest Wonderware developments in Operational Control, and the improved alarm management and real-time operator awareness offers by the newest InTouch and System Platform. Another session will allow delegates to explore how they can model their operational assets digitally using Wonderware System Platform 2017, enabling them to gain operational insight that goes beyond that offered by traditional SCADA visualisation.

For those looking to mitigate the cyber security risk to their Industrial Control Systems, SolutionsPT will introduce its partnership with OT cyber security specialists, Claroty. A pre-lunch session will look at how Claroty’s anomaly detection solution can deliver a deeper insight into ICS networks, helping manufacturers to achieve complete visibility of their assets and any threats.

A series of afternoon breakout sessions will enable those attending to build on the knowledge gained during the morning with optional, hands-on workshops and demonstrations.

Reserve your place here!

@SolutionsPT  @Wonderware #PAuto 

Robust switchgear passes tests!

Many of the switchgear series from the .steute "Extreme" range are suitable for use in damp, wet or even saltwater environments. Corresponding corrosion tests, for example the saltspray test to DIN EN ISO 9227, control the quality of such devices and make them comparable to others regarding these features.

But how do the switching devices perform in practice? How are they really affected by intermittent waves or underwater fouling, for example? These are crucial questions for steute because the steute "Extreme" switches are often used in maritime applications – on ships, on oil rigs, in quayside anchoring systems, or at seaport container terminals.

In order to find answers to these questions, steute commissioned the Fraunhofer IFAM (Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials) in Bremen (D) to conduct a 1-year exposure test at its site on the small German island of Helgoland. The test procedure was as follows: several samples from each selected "Extreme" switchgear series – including position switches, foot switches and pull wire switches – were fastened to the exposed South mole, where the North Sea waves splashed them for one year. Some of the devices were installed in the tidal range, meaning that they were sometimes submerged and sometimes not. Any potential limitations of the devices in moving saltwater would thus be revealed. Where would fouling be evident, and would it affect the functional capacity of the switches?

These are ambient conditions which switching devices are hardly ever exposed to in practice. Dipl.-Ing. Rainer Lumme, steute Product Manager "Extreme": "The objective of these tests was to expose the switchgear to conditions so extreme that they went beyond all tests required by the approval bodies, allowing us to better understand any possible weak points."

These threshold tests have now been completed. The final IFAM report is not yet available, but the appearance of the switching devices after one year of exposure to saltwater and spray, as well as some initial tests at steute of their functional capacity, have revealed the following: in all the different series, the devices are saltwater-resistant and still completely functional 12 months on. Even the labels and the laser-inscribed lettering are still legible. The pre-treated and powder-coated housings, for example of the foot switches, presented in a very good condition, and the "inner workings", such as switching inserts, plungers and pedal axes, are also free of corrosion. This is testament to the high quality of both the surface coatings and the sealing.

steute will evaluate the IFAM test results in detail as soon as they are available, and will use them for further optimization of existing switchgear series, as well as the development of new "Extreme" devices. Rainer Lumme: "We now have the confirmation we needed that the plastics we use for our housings and actuators are unrestrictedly suited to Extreme requirements. We shall therefore intensify our efforts to replace metal with plastic – also in our more heavy-duty devices."

#.stuete #Marine @FraunhoferIFAM

Power devices & developments kits stocked!

Anglia is now offering an extensive stock profile of Analog Devices’ (ADI) Power by Linear devices and development kits.

Commenting, Steve Rawlins, CEO of Anglia, said, “We’ve had a close relationship with Analog Devices for over six years, and the partnership has gone from strength to strength. The addition of the Power by Linear product range represents a huge vote of confidence in Anglia, and is a testament to the work that the demand creation and logistical fulfilment teams have done in identifying new opportunities for the line.”

Alastair Boyd Director of Sales Northern Europe at Analog Devices added, “Anglia has demonstrated conclusively that it is able to support customers in implementing complex technologies to enhance their projects and designs. We have every confidence that the flair and energy that have been central to their approach with the ADI range will bring them success with the new extended portfolio.”

After the acquisition of Linear Technology in 2017, Analog Devices introduced the Power by Linear brand for the combined companies’ power product portfolio. Anglia was appointed as an Analog Devices distributor for the UK in 2012.

Anglia has made a large investment in inventory across a broad range of the Power by Linear products including development tools to support customers with new designs. Many of these solutions can be accessed through Ezysample, giving same day shipment of free samples and development kits of selected design-in products.

 @angliaComponent #Electronics @ADI_News

Current sensors based on AMR Technology.

Aceinna has announced its new MCx1101 family of ±5A, ±20A, and ±50A Current Sensors for industrial and power supply applications. The first high accuracy wide bandwidth AMR-based current sensors on the market, units and evaluation boards are available now for sampling and volume shipments.

“Our new integrated, AMR based Current Sensor family provides the best performance for the price in the industry,” says Khagendra Thapa, VP Current Sensor Product for ACEINNA. “There are other AMR based current sensing solutions on the market, but they require a great deal of integration to make them work. Ours are plug and play.”

The MCx1101 are fully integrated, bi-directional current sensors that offer much higher DC accuracy and dynamic range compared with alternative solutions. For example, the ±20A version has a typical accuracy of ±0.6% and are guaranteed to achieve an accuracy of ±2.0% (max) at 85°C.

These new current sensors also guarantee an offset of ±60mA, or ±0.3% of FSR (max) over temperature, which means that high accuracy can be achieved over a roughly 10:1 range of currents. This is a roughly 10x improvement in dynamic range vs. leading Hall-sensor-based devices.

These devices deliver a unique combination of high accuracy, 1.5MHz signal bandwidth with industry benchmark phase shift vs. frequency and 4.8kV isolation making them ideal for high- and low-side sensing in fast current control loops for high performance power supplies, inverters and motor control applications.

The fast response and high bandwidth of the MCx1101 is also ideal for fast switching SiC and GaN based power stages enabling power system designers to make use of the higher speeds and smaller components enabled by wide band-gap switches. Output step response time is 0.3us. The MCx1101 also provides an integrated over current detection flag to help implement OCP (Over Current Protection) required in modern power systems. Over current detection response time is fast 0.2us.

The family includes ±50, ±20, and ±5A ranges, and is offered in both fixed gain (MCA1101) and ratiometric gain (MCR1101) versions. It is packaged in an industry standard SOIC-16 package with a low impedance (0.9 milli-ohm) current path and is certified by UL/IEC/EN for isolated applications.

@MEMSsensortech #Power

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Board-level cameras.

USB 3.1 Gen 1 board-level cameras from the uEye LE family from IDS are available as variants with the use and control of liquid lens lenses. The cameras focus in milliseconds on different object distances – for millions of cycles, wear-free and without moving parts. This makes them particularly suitable for applications where the working distance changes frequently.
With the models offered by IDS, the focus can be readjusted by software, using either the uEye Cockpit user interface or API. This allows users to change the focus even in applications where the lens can no longer be reached manually.

Currently, uEye LE AF ("Active Focus") board-level cameras with the 6.4 MP IMX178 rolling shutter colour or mono sensor from Sony or the 18.1 MP AR1820HS rolling shutter colour sensor from ON Semiconductor are available. Models with IMX265 (3.17 MP Global Shutter), IMX290 (2.12 MP Rolling Shutter) and the ON Semiconductor PYTHON 480 (0.49 MP Global Shutter) are planned.

The models are equipped with S-Mount or CS-/C-Mount, a twist-proof USB Type-C connector and a 10-pin I/O SMD connector for GPIO, trigger and flash. At the same time they enable IDS-typical "Plug and Play". USB Power Delivery enables variable power to be supplied for peripheral devices at the I/O port.

The board-level cameras are used, for example, in logistics systems (e.g. for parcel receipt and sorting), for tasks in the fields of microscopy and traffic monitoring or for installation in small medical or industrial devices.

@IDS_Imaging #PAuto #Medical

CO2 sensor on track!

The EE8915 from E+E Elektronik meets all relevant railway standards for reliable CO2 measurement in railway vehicles, e.g. in the passenger compartment or driver's cab. On-board sensors ensure high CO2 measurement accuracy independently of temperature, altitude or weather conditions. Due to excellent measurement performance in harsh environment, the sensor is also suitable for demanding process and climate control.

The E+E NDIR dual wavelength infrared measuring principle is particularly insensitive to contamination and automatically compensates for ageing effects. The EE8915 thus offers excellent long-term stability even under harsh conditions. The multi-point CO2 and temperature factory adjustment ensures high measuring accuracy over the entire temperature range from -40 °C to +60 °C (-40…+140 °F).

Due to its innovative design, the CO2 sensor offers a unique combination of short response time and high protection class IP65 / NEMA 4.

On-board sensors allow for active temperature and pressure compensation. The EE8915 therefore provides accurate CO2 readings even under changing environmental conditions.

The CO2 measured data in the range 0...2000 / 5000 / 10000 ppm is simultaneously available as current and voltage output. The USB service interface facilitates the configuration and adjustment.

The EE8915 is available for wall or duct mount, with M12 connector or fixed cable. The robust polycarbonate enclosure remains closed during installation, which optimally protects the electronics.

• E+E Elektronik are represented in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

 #EPulse #Transportation @Instrum_Tech

Process measurement video channel!

Krohne has opened a new dedicated YouTube channel, "KROHNE Tutorials," for explanatory videos on industrial process measurement devices. It contains user-oriented Installation-Commissioning-Verification (ICV) videos, starting with H250 M40 and OPTISWIRL flowmeters.

ICV videos have been developed by KROHNE to illustrate the first steps a user performs after receiving a new device in a short video. Depending on the device type and its characteristic features, each video covers the typical procedures of unboxing, mechanical installation, electrical installation, commissioning and verification.

The introductory unboxing part provides an overview of all the components and documents included with the meter as standard. The mechanical installation part shows the correct installation of the particular meter, considering alignment, inlet and outlet sections, connection options, pipe insulation, positioning of a control valve, etc.. The electrical installation part indicates the correct wiring of e.g. power supply or limit switches. The commissioning part demonstrates the first settings of the device, e.g change the language, change the user access level or configuration of the current output. The verification part shows e.g. device verification with OPTICHECK or how to check if the device works as expected.

The first ICV videos are on H250 M40 variable area flowmeter and OPTISWIRL 4200 vortex flowmeter and are available on the KROHNE Tutorials YouTube channel in 8 languages: English, Chinese, Czech, German, French, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

• Krohne products are marketed in Ireland through DWN Instrumentation

 @krohnegroup #PAuto 

Robust laser module.

The FLEXPOINT® laser module ILM12IP from Laser Components is specially designed for outdoor use. Its housing complies with protection class IP67. This means that even the finest dust particles cannot penetrate the housing.

Even a half an hour of submersion in water does not bother the module. This has been confirmed by DIN-EN 60529:2014-09 tests performed by the TÜV inspection board.

With its M12 external thread made of stainless steel, the ILM12IP can be screwed in and connected quickly and easily. This makes it particularly suitable for adjustments or the alignment of machines (e.g., when positioning a drill on a workpiece). The module is available with green (520 nm) and red (635 nm) dot, cross-hair, and line lasers. The focus can either be set to a fixed distance or to infinity.

@LCGermany #PAuto 

Quick release terminals.

JPR Electronics offers a wide range of quick-release terminals manufactured by market leading connector manufacturer Schützinger. Since the launch of their first quick-release terminal an entire product family has emerged and successfully established itself in the market. Quick-release terminals provide the ideal connection in any situation where a safe and rapid connection must be created quickly between a conductor or cable and another device.

Paul Raynor, Director of JPR Electronics, comments, “Schützinger quick release terminals are particularly suitable for quick connection and testing of electronic products and electrical appliances as they come off the end of production lines. They can be used for both functional testing and burn-in if required.”

Typical applications for quick release terminals include instrumentation, burn-in, test and repair bays or any test applications in which cables, conductors or electrical devices need to undergo functional testing.

Wires are connected to the terminals by pressing on the head of the terminal post and inserting them between the connection jaws where the strong internal compression spring guarantees good contact. Versions are available with 2 apertures as well as shock-proof versions for applications operating above protective low voltage levels. Quick release Kelvin four-wire terminals are also available allowing measurements to be made without errors caused by transition resistance of the measuring leads and any thermovoltages.

Schützinger quick release terminals are rated from 5A to 16A can accommodate panel thicknesses from 0.8 to 7mm and are available with options of termination safety shield and 4mm plug connection for converting existing terminals to quick release. Standard colours are blue, green, yellow, grey, brown, white, purple and green-yellow.

In addition to the wide range of standard quick release terminals JPR can supply customised Schützinger products. Custom options include reduction of the spring force for frequent use with low electrical load, increased spring force for higher electrical loads, additional colours and colour combinations for casing and button, customised connection types and alternative typeface or customer logo.

Other Schützinger products available from JPR include a wide range of 2mm and 4mm terminal posts, safety sockets and plugs including stackable variants, standard and safety crocodile clips, packaged 2mm and 4mm test lead sets and a comprehensive multimeter test lead and probe kit.

@Jprelec #PAuto 

Measuring many gases!

Pyroelectric detectors are ideally suited for gas analysis. Until now, this has been complicated if many gases should be measured. There were often simply too few measuring channels for this purpose. The new LRM-278 from InfraTec now offers exactly the right solution for this. Combining eight channels in a TO8 housing with a diameter of 15.2 millimetres this detectors is the first of its kind worldwide. As a result, the number of gases that can be measured with a single detector of this size has doubled in one fell swoop.

When looking at the design of the single supply detector, two details become clear, which make a significant contribution towards ensuring that such a powerful solution fits into such a small space. The first detail is the central window built directly in the cap, which all other models of the series of miniaturised multi channel detectors have, too. The correspondingly large aperture of 8.5 × 8.5 mm2 means that the LRM-278 has a very large field of view (FOV). This gives rise to its outstanding signal-to-noise ratio.

The second detail is concealed inside the detector. There, on special chip carriers, the sensitive pyroelectric sensors, the compensation elements as well as the 2 × 2 mm2 filters are positioned directly on top of each other. Due to this stack design, there is sufficient space for all other components.

The frames with sensitive elements and filters are arranged in a square each with three times three fields. With a total of eight channels, one field thus remains free – the one in the middle. At this position there is a temperature sensor. With gas sensors, the temperature is usually measured as well. Until now, this has not been possible directly in the detector, however. Measuring the temperature inside the detector, for example, provides the option of compensating the typical temperature drift of the filters very accurately by means of a calibration.

In addition to the measurement accuracy, there are also the benefits resulting from the current mode of the LRM-278. This means that it impresses particularly by its fast displaying of signal changes and dynamic response behaviour. The resulting high signal voltage simplifies the circuit design and allows the detector to become more resilient against disturbances. The higher signal levels support the easy integration of the detector into measuring modules.

Thanks to all these benefits, the LRM-278 is predestined for extremely complex tasks within the gas analysis. This includes the analysis of medical and technical gases, the measurement of emissions as well as applications in the field of safety technology.

@InfraTec #PAuto #Medical

Monday, February 11, 2019

Power monitoring in Data Centre.

The HuiShang bank enhanced 24/7 operational security mains power quality monitoring in a data centre using with Camille Bauer instrumentation.

Data centres exist all over the world, not only as stand-alone operations but also in many other types of activity. These include banks, insurance companies, industrial companies, hospitals, airports, energy suppliers, administrations, etc. The enormous energy requirements of these data centres confront both operators and energy suppliers with major challenges. Additional factors which can randomly lead to problems and serious damage are becoming more and more the focus of attention.

The HuiShang bank in Hefei in the Anhui province in China decided to invest further in securing its 24/7 operations. To do this, they installed extra equipment to monitor the electrical power quality.
The energy for the data centre is distributed over more than 50 switchgear controlled circuits in the medium and low voltage domains.

As with any data centre operation, 24/7 availability is a fundamental requirement. Contracts have been signed with energy suppliers and measures to introduce further redundancy have systematically been put in place in order to ensure an uninterrupted supply of energy. These include battery storage as well as generators and redundant supply lines into the data centre. However as well as ensuring the supply of energy in sufficient quantity, the quality aspect has to be considered as well. This includes, depending on whether IEC standardisation is specified or not (for example according to IEC 61000-4-30, part 5.1 - 5.12, Class A) harmonic voltages, flicker, voltage dips and swells, transient voltages, rapid voltage changes (RVC), etc. These phenomena can cause lasting damage to servers and the infrastructure (for example uncontrolled machine shutdowns, generation of system defects, etc.) and it is essential to detect them early.

To allow these phenomena to be detected in a timely manner, the power quality needs to be continuously analysed due to the fact that mains power supplies behave dynamically as a result of the constantly changing consumption and power feed-in situation caused by non-linear consumers (for example LED lighting, frequency-controlled air conditioning systems, the switching power supplies of the servers, etc.) and decentralised energy sources (for example if there are PV systems on the roof of the data centre, etc.).

The management of HuiShang Bank quickly realised that along with data security and energy availability, it is essential to take the power quality parameters into account as well. To do this, a network quality analyser was installed in the control cabinet of each of the 52 bases currently installed the medium and low voltage domains. The criteria for choosing to deploy SINEAX AM3000 were the price/performance ratio and the availability of the required measurement data. A further evident advantage was that setting the parameters of the power quality analysers was simple and user-friendly and could be integrated in the overall system via WebGUI. Furthermore, via Modbus TCP/IP, all data and information can be visualised in the WebGUI interface without using any additional software. This obviously means considerable savings in extra effort and costs.

"Thanks to continuous monitoring of the waveform and the power quality events, the engineers of HuiShang bank were able to directly increase system stability while explicitly lowering the risk of failure of the equipment used", stated the responsible project manager Ms. Hu, in a clear summary of the objective.

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

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New larger training centre.

A new, larger training facility and office for the International Society of Automation (ISA) has been opened in Eindhoven (NL).

The new training facility, just a short walk from Eindhoven's international airport, is six times larger than the previous ISA training facility in the city.

"We're pleased and excited about our new facility, which enables us to better serve the training needs of automation and control professionals throughout Europe and from other countries in the world-from the Middle East to Russia, China, and Singapore," says Pieter H.W. van der Klooster, ISA's Director, International Business Development.

In addition to the providing greater, more suitable space for training classes and hands-on laboratory exercises, the facility offers flexible workspaces for on-site trainers, additional parking, a storage area, a shared kitchen, and a lunch room.

"With our larger and improved training facility here in Eindhoven, we're committed to broadening access to the world-class, expert ISA training proven to improve operational efficiency, safety, and security in manufacturing," emphasizes van der Klooster.

@ISA_EU #Training #Pauto #Standards #Europe @ISA_Interchange 

Remote camera systems appointment.

Responding to continued growth in demand for its remote camera systems, Meteor Communications has appointed Chris Kaye as Business Development Manager with specific focus on the Drainage Authority sector.

Chris Kaye
Welcoming Chris to the company, Managing Director Matt Dibbs says: “With over 20 years of experience, supplying water boards, water companies and industry with telemetry equipment, Chris has a keen understanding of the applications for which this equipment has been designed. He is therefore in an ideal position to help customers choose the most appropriate equipment, and derive maximum benefits from the technology that is now available.

“This is a new post created specifically to handle the growing demand from customers needing visibility of remote infrastructure such as flood channels, trash screens, storm culverts, pump stations, weir gates and sluices.”

The Meteor Communications remote camera systems enable the acquisition of high quality real-time images from locations where no local power or data infrastructure exists. They can be integrated into existing systems, used as standalone units or supplied and installed as a complete web hosted solution.

Images can be taken on a timed interval basis or they can be triggered by an input from a sensor such as water level or movement, or by a digital output from the telemetry system.

Chris says he is delighted with the new role, adding: “This is an exciting position because we are now able to deliver good quality images from sites that were previously considered too difficult or expensive to monitor using cameras.

“Hundreds of these systems are already in operation, dramatically improving the management of site services; helping to determine which locations require a visit and providing vital information when an urgent response is required.”

@MeteorComms #Waste

Reliable turbidity measurement.

In its EXspect 271 backscattering sensor, Exner is launching a compact measuring device for reliable and economical turbidity measurement. One major benefit of the new sensor is in the spherical design of its optical measurement system. This minimises the attachment of air bubbles and the build-up of deposits.

The focussing of the beam due to the sapphire lens allows for a measurement right on the barrier layer of the medium, meaning only the reflection is measured, and not the proportion of the light beam absorbed. Both the attachment of all kinds of things to the measurement system and the measurement of absorbed proportions are drawbacks on the current market.

The measurement takes place in the near-infrared region (NIR) at a wavelength of 880 nm, which allows for colour-neutral measurement. The LED light source being used guarantees a long-lasting and stable signal. The stainless-steel case of the EXspect 271 has a hygienic design and is suitable for CIP/SIP. As another special feature, NIST-traceable reference standards can be obtained for calibrating or checking the sensors in the field.

Due to its hygienic and robust design, the EXspect 271 sensor is suitable not only for many applications in the food and drinks industries, but also for diverse applications in the processing industry. This includes, for example, yeast recovery, phase separation, purification processes in dairy plants, and the measurement of cellulose concentrations.

#EXner #PAuto #Food

Anti-cavitation valve trim.

Valve trim reduces or eliminates cavitation to improve rotary valve performance and extend operating life.

Emerson’s Fisher Vee-Ball™ Rotary Control Valves are now available with Cavitrol™ Hex Anti-Cavitation Trim to reduce or eliminate vibration caused by cavitation. The Cavitrol Hex trim option provides improved performance in severe service applications while maintaining valve efficiency, resulting in increased safety.

Cavitation is the formation and collapse of vapour bubbles (cavities) in liquid flow streams caused by changes in pressure and velocity. There are three primary negative side-effects of uncontrolled cavitation in control valves: excessive vibration, equipment damage and deterioration of flow control.

Vibration can damage equipment and shorten operating life. When equipment deteriorates, flow can’t be controlled properly, negatively impacting plant availability, efficiency and output. Left unchecked, excessive vibration can create unsafe working conditions. The Cavitrol Hex Anti-Cavitation Trim substantially decreases vibration and reduces or eliminates cavitation to improve plant safety.

Cavitrol Hex trim is available on Fisher V150, V200 and V300 rotary control valves. It can be easily retrofitted into previously installed Vee-Ball valves after minimal modifications to the valve body. The trim option is available on Vee-Ball valves in sizes NPS 4 through to 12, providing high capacity for gas, steam and liquids. To meet specific application requirements, a variety of metal and soft ball seal materials are available. Cavitrol Hex trim will not affect valve shut-off or valve temperature limits and does not influence the primary ball/seal interface.

@EMR_Automation  #PAuto @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis 

Biogas flowmeter.

Krohne has updated the OPTISONIC 7300 Biogas ultrasonic flowmeter for the measurement of dry and wet (raw) biogas with variable composition. Besides the standard temperature sensor, it now features a pressure sensor that can be ordered optionally with the flowmeter and comes mounted on the flow tube.

In combination with the integrated flow computer, the additional sensor provide for advanced biogas measurement: since the methane content of biogas may vary, it may be required for the operation of the biogas facility to know the exact methane content in a methane/ CO2 mixture, e.g. when the gas is used as fuel for gas engines in a CHP unit. Here, a temperature sensor in combination with the measured velocity of sound enables direct measurement of methane content via calculation of the molar mass. By using an additional pressure sensor, OPTISONIC 7300 Biogas can also provide calculation of gas flow volume to standard conditions.

For optimal integration, all devices are offered from the own product range: for applications 0…100°C, Krohne offers an OPTITEMP TRA-P10 Pt100 sensor with OPTITEMP TT22 C (Ex-i) or an Ex-d temperature sensor with OPTITEMP TT30 C transmitter. The optional pressure sensor is an OPTIBAR P1010 (Ex-i) with 0…1.6 bara range. OPTISONIC 7300 Biogas is available in line sizes DN50, 80, 100, 150, 200 / 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8".

• Krohne products are marketed in Ireland through DWN INstrumentation.

@krohnegroup #PAuto

Connector stack heights added.

Harting has added two new stack heights to its compact har-flex® 1.27 mm pitch connector family, allowing designers to optimise the use of space in PCB and device design by enabling a broad range of PCB spacings from 8 to 20 mm.

The new stack heights add further to the flexibility provided by the har-flex® PCB connector family, which already offers a uniquely wide range of pole counts, fixings, design heights and reliable parameters for soldering.

The new PCB spacings are achieved by the use of straight male connectors with a stack height of 4.85 mm and female connectors with a stack height of 13.65 mm. These are complemented by har-flex® IDC ribbon cable connector assemblies to allow for the wider spacing between PCBs.

The resulting flexibility is essential because every instance of industrial device design is unique and each piece of housing needs to allow for different sizes, formats and requirements, with the PCBs inside the unit designed to offset other space factors.

Each PCB must include a defined position for interfaces to the housing wall or other electronic components and these will vary according to the device and its application. In har-flex®, Harting is offering a miniaturised interface that is without parallel in its flexibility. A compact pitch of 1.27 mm, pin counts ranging from six to 100 as required, finely graded stack heights of male and female connectors from 8-20 mm and fixings with SMT or THR hold-downs satisfy every conceivable requirement. har-flex® fits in almost any application, no matter how small, while at the same time being very robust.

har-flex® is also suitable for use with pick-and-place equipment, and can be soldered in reflow soldering processes. Harting gives high priority to faultless precision in its components, further aiding their use in automated manufacturing processes.

 @HARTING  #PAuto 

Integrated systems for power distribution.

With the new Rittal VX25 large enclosure system, low-voltage switchgear and distribution boards can now be easily and safely manufactured in accordance with IEC 61439. This means that electrical engineering companies can set up central and compact power distribution systems ideally, with a rated current of up to 2,100 A using the “VX25 Ri4Power 185 mm busbar system”. Similarly, the VX25 Ri4Power ISV, as a distribution enclosure for facility management applications, can be integrated into the VX25 in an instant.

VX25 Ri4Power 185 mm is the system for manufacturing safe, low-voltage switchgear or power distributors with design verification in line with IEC 61439. It can be optimally integrated into the new Rittal VX25 large enclosure system. Standardised installation kits for every enclosure width make it easier to assemble, particularly because no holes need to be drilled. The other system components of the two systems can be integrated quickly and easily using installation kits.

The VX25 Ri4Power 185 mm system meets the highest safety requirements thanks to its encapsulated design and the use of components for operator-independent disconnection and switching. Proven adaptor technology makes even compact air circuit-breakers simple to install. The 185-mm system is easy to assemble due to the comfortable product selection and Rittal Power Engineering software.

Similarly, the VX25 is ready for the VX25 Ri4Power ISV modules so that distribution enclosures can be set up in industrial buildings technology. Rittal provides special installation kits so that these modules can be easily installed within the enclosure. The system is compliant with the IEC 61439 standard and includes a design verification certificate. Tested combinations of the Rittal VX25 enclosure system and the modules enable high protection categories. The distribution enclosure can also be integrated into standard VX25 stainless steel enclosures for particularly tough environments. Its modular design can be quickly and easily planned, using the Rittal Power Engineering software.

This means that the many benefits of the VX25 large enclosure system can also help in manufacturing tested low-voltage switchgear and distribution enclosures. The new Rittal VX25 large enclosure system offers electrical engineering companies significant added value thanks to its technical features, ease of assembly and high levels of safety.

@Rittal #Power

Brexit! Robots to the rescue!

At a time when apprehension about Brexit is reaching fever pitch, an innovation company is helping British businesses to stay competitive by launching a robotics hire scheme alongside its existing robotics sales operation.

Under the scheme, Bots Automation is offering a range of robotic arms for hire that can help perform tasks including assembly, CNC machining, painting, injection molding, screwing, picking and placing.

Furthermore, Bots Automation aims is to disrupt the services and entertainment industry by introducing a range of humanoid robots that can serve drinks, take photos, print on a variety of media, display digital messages, provide consultative information, and even act as a receptionist.

With manufacturing businesses reluctant to make significant investment in capital equipment until the full implications of Brexit have been identified, Bots Automation’s range of collaborative robots can be hired on a flexible, zero investment scheme from as little as £2.70 per hour of use, with no minimum hire period.

Targeting owners and operators of hotels, restaurants, warehouses and manufacturing facilities, as well as any business wanting to make a big impression at an event or exhibition, Tim Warrington, Chief Executive Officer of Bots Automation, said: “Whether a customer is taking their first steps into robotics, or wishes to increase their existing automation levels, we are able to advise the most suitable way to implement the robot into the business. Whether you are buying or hiring, we offer training and programming upon delivery, and each robot comes with a Productivity & Measurement App that monitors and reports its performance.

“Most clients will start out with one robot, to see how it goes, usually before hiring or buying multiple numbers.”

Robot rental is already popular in the US thanks to businesses such as Hirebotics, but Tim believes Bots Automation is the first in Britain to offer such a scheme to businesses. He has secured a £1m investment to help drive forward this exciting new venture, and says: "Bots Automation wants to advance its partnership with the UK robotics and entertainment industry in the future.”

He has identified the entertainment sector in particular as an opportunity for his company to bring robotics into affordable everyday use. Bots Automation offers a range of interactive, customisable service robots designed to help stand out from the crowd and enhance customer engagement.

With the ability to engage with their audience, these humanoid robots can help market a customer’s brand by performing functions such as carrying out reception duties, delivering food and drink, gathering data, creating an interactive shopping experience, providing consultative and informative explanations, playing music and adverts, printing vouchers, helping with navigation, and acting as a guide – one model even uses facial recognition technology to capture and distribute images of consenting guests.

Additionally, the company is currently working on a Robot Bar, in which a robot mixes and serves cocktails for the guests. These service robots are designed to roam safely around a space using infra-red sensors for navigation, and are fully GDPR compliant.

@bots_uk #Robotics #PAuto