Friday, March 29, 2019

Proximity sensor shaft calibration.

Metrix’s newly announced 9060-SCTS shaft calibration system pairs with the industrial condition monitoring system manufacturer’s Digital Proximity System (DPS) and associated Metrix hardware to enable custom shaft calibration in the field even when shaft material is not known. Available with full support in Britain from Ixthus Instrumentation, the 9060-SCTS (Shaft Calibrator Touch Select) is used to adjust the gap in pre-set micron level increments for calibrating proximity probe systems and thanks to the powerful DPS software, allows the user to change the configuration.

The Metrix DPS combines the performance of a fully API 670 compliant eddy-current proximity measurement system with the flexibility of digital configurability. The field-configurable measurement system for position, radial vibration and speed is well proven where critical plant equipment such as motors, compressors, pumps and other rotating machines or piston based machines need to be closely monitored for optimal reliability. Typical systems for use with the DPS comprise a digital proximity transducer, interfacing cable and a choice of signal conditioner - available as a driver for a machinery protection system or as a transmitter with a 4-20 mA signal to a PLC/DCS or SCADA system.

Together with the latest free-of-charge software version of the Metrix DPS, the 9060-SCTS is used to determine the actual proximity probe system output in mV/mil or mV/μm of a machine shaft or piston rod. Comprising a self-aligning cradle and a precision ‘micrometer head’ that positions the inserted proximity sensor under test in fixed 200 micron or 0.010” increments, the system measures output at these fixed increments and is capable of ‘straight-line’ re-calibration where material properties are not known. In this way the complete DPS system is capable of supporting a multitude of older probe systems, cable lengths, and target materials with just a single device.

The 9060-SCTS is compatible with 5 to 22 mm probe tip diameters and with a special adapter plate works with reverse mount probes. For ease of use, the displacement is adjusted by twisting a gap adjustment ring and feeling for set ‘clicks’ that correspond to the required probe calibration increments. After each increment is completed the DPS software, which has probe characteristics and part number recognition built-in, is manually commanded to record the output value. An adjusting strap allows the mounting adapter to fit on shafts from 25 mm up to 300 mm diameter. The shaft calibrator is manufactured in composite plastic material that does not affect probe sensitivity.

@IxthusInst  #TandM #Metrix

Hydrocarbon gas analysers.

Signal Group has launched the new ‘SOLAR’ range of fixed hydrocarbon monitors. The SOLAR instruments employ flame ionisation detectors (FIDs) and are supplied in a standard 19” rack, with heated and non-heated options. A dual detector version is also available for the simultaneous measurement of both methane and non-methane hydrocarbons.

Managing Director James Clements, who led the development team, said: “We have focused on the needs of our customers, and designed analysers that are: simple to run, employ cutting edge technology, deliver high levels of accuracy and reliability, and operate with remote connectivity via almost any communications technology.”

The SOLAR analysers can be operated via an intuitive colour touch-screen display. However, a non-screen version is available for systems integrators.

Typical applications include research and development, emissions compliance, gas purity, engine emissions, air quality, process control and combustion monitoring. Alternatively, a 24V version of the instrument is available for Real-world Driving Emissions (RDE) tests.

#SignalGRP #PAuto

Mini toggle switches.

The Salecom range of high quality panel mounting Miniature Toggle Switches availble from JPR Electronics find many applications in industrial, commercial, telecoms, test, aerospace instrumentation, medical equipment, networking products and consumer goods.

Salecom Electronics was established in Taiwan in 1976 and has amassed a vast store of experience in designing and manufacturing an extensive range of switches and supplying leading OEM Brands worldwide. Their factory is ISO9001, TS16949 and ISO14001 certified and products carry UL, CSA, ENEC, TUV and CQC quality assurance approvals.

Salecom Miniature Toggle Switches have a 10.41mm actuator length and are available in single pole single throw (SPST) and double throw double pole (DPDT) versions with contact forms including on-off, on-on and on-off-on. Momentary action biased versions are also available.

Key specifications of the Salecom T80-T series include, rated to 5A 120VAC/28VDC 2A 240VAC, operating temperature range -30° to +85°C, contact resistance <10m 50="" 6.35mm="" and="" approved="" are="" at="" body="" br="" break="" compliant.="" contact="" cut="" cycles="" diallyl="" electrical="" full="" initial="" life="" load="" make="" material="" maximum="" out="" panel="" phthalate="" plated="" rohs="" silver="" ul=""> “Salecom is a major manufacturer of switch products whom JPR have represented for nearly 30 years.” Comments Paul Raynor, Director of JPR Electronics,” Their business is based on innovation and customer satisfaction making them an ideal partner for our customers. With over 1,000 different permutations of switch available we are confident that we can provide our customers with exactly the right switch for their application..”

The complete Salecom switch range consists of high-quality toggle, rocker, slide, pushbutton, tact and key switches, dip switch, micro switch, illuminated switches. Salecom products are available in many variants from ultra-miniature and sub-miniature to miniature, with versions available for through hole and SMT assembly and are available Sealed, Washable and Dustproof depending on product.
<10m 50="" 6.35mm="" and="" approved="" are="" at="" body="" br="" break="" compliant.="" contact="" cut="" cycles="" diallyl="" electrical="" full="" initial="" life="" load="" make="" material="" maximum="" out="" panel="" phthalate="" plated="" rohs="" silver="" ul="">

<10m 50="" 6.35mm="" and="" approved="" are="" at="" body="" br="" break="" compliant.="" contact="" cut="" cycles="" diallyl="" electrical="" full="" initial="" life="" load="" make="" material="" maximum="" out="" panel="" phthalate="" plated="" rohs="" silver="" ul="">@Jprelec #PAuto

Machine vision lighting controllers.

Gardasoft Vision has announced the launch of the FP220 series of high speed lighting controllers for machine vision. This new generation of dual channel controllers uniquely combines capabilities for high frequency, high power LED pulsing with outstanding low output current performance, making them suitable for a huge range of machine vision applications.

Designed for use with any LED lighting rated up to 3A, the FP200 series provides reproducible current control to deliver continuous or pulsed light output. It utilses enhanced technology for faster pulse rise times, with trigger frequencies up to 10kHZ for high speed pulsing applications such as line scan imaging. With a maximum pulse current of 20A, applications requiring high power, long lighting pulses such as UV curing can also be easily handled. Naturally full control of overdriving, pulse width and pulse delay are provided.

With overdriving capabilities up to 999% of the continuous LED rating value for high intensity short pulses, FP220 users benefit from Gardasoft’s patented SafeSenseTM and SafePowerTM technologies. SafeSenseTM regulates the pulse width timing and duty cycle according to the amount of overdriving in order to deliver the maximum light possible for the application without any possibility of damage to the LED. SafePowerTM provides automatic flexible operation with low heat dissipation for the controller itself.

The FP220 Series also offer excellent performance for low current applications, extending the application range for these controllers. Output current below 300mA can be controlled in 100µs steps and in 6 mA steps for higher currents. The accuracy and repeatability of output current below 300mA is ±1%, providing the levels of control needed for applications that are very sensitive to lighting variation.

Integration into machine vision systems is made easy since the FP220 can be configured using a web browser and with Ethernet or RS232 commands in the same way as Gardasoft’s other controllers. Versions compatible with Gardasoft’s triniti™ intelligent lighting platform are also available. The triniti platform provides an API and GigE Vision interface to control the light, and LEDs featuring a ‘triniti chip’ can exchange relevant performance data with the FP220 controller.

@Gardasoft #PAuto #Manufacturing @DenisBulgin

Essential calibration!

The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its Beamex partner today announce the release of a new, free e-book called Calibration Essentials – Managing Your Program.

“ISA is excited to build upon our partnership with Beamex, one focused on delivering valuable educational resources for driving best practices in calibration techniques and instrumentation process improvement,” says Rick Zabel, ISA Group Publisher. “By offering these resources at no cost, we can make them widely available throughout the automation community.”

The e-book—featuring 23 concise pages covering essential topics related to effectively managing a calibration program—is a follow up to Calibration Essentials, the first collaborative publication on calibration between ISA and Beamex that was made available in February of 2018.

While both e-books are complementary resources, it’s not necessary to read the first one before reading the second. The first edition highlighted many of the cutting-edge tools and approaches proven to alleviate many of the labor-intensive calibration processes in industrial plants and factories.

The second edition explores those strategies and technologies—applicable to both executives and technicians—that support a comprehensive calibration program, ensure efficiency and effectiveness, and help facilitate ongoing gains in productivity. Obtain it today!

“At Beamex, we harness the power of automation to improve calibration processes while saving time and expenses,” explains Greg Sumners, President of Beamex, Inc. “Our collaboration with ISA in developing these informative e-books leverages our mutual strengths and expertise. Together, we clearly outline the value and benefits of automating and digitalizing a calibration program along with the tangible guidelines for doing so.”


@ISA_Interchange #PAuto @BeamexGlobal 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

PLC portfolio adds more comprehensive control.

New motion and machine controls to deliver comprehensive plant control to Emerson’s end users in power, life sciences, food and beverage, packaging, and renewables

Emerson is adding a new portfolio of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) that will enable more comprehensive manufacturing control and production optimisation. End users will be able to expand operations and supply chain control – the process manufacturing of goods all the way through to assembly and packaging – by partnering with a single automation provider.

With the addition of the new PLCs, part of Emerson’s acquisition of General Electric Co.’s Intelligent Platforms group, Emerson is bringing more end-to-end automation solutions to its existing process control market. The addition also expands its production optimisation and control capabilities in the rapidly growing hybrid and discrete markets, and in industries where PLCs are sometimes preferred or required for faster response and machine control.

The new portfolio of cloud-connected controllers, industrial PCs, and devices for smart plants complements Emerson’s Plantweb™ digital ecosystem, adding another layer to Emerson’s focus on helping customers leverage automation technologies to pursue digital transformation. The automation and control portfolio will enable more operational performance and efficiency for customers in life sciences, metals and mining, power and water, food and beverage, and packaging, which often blend process and discrete machine control to manufacture and deliver finished products.

“We’ve reinvested heavily in the ability of our control systems to bring new capabilities to help organisations optimise their capital project and operations performance,” said Jim Nyquist, group president of Emerson’s Systems and Solutions business. “With this new portfolio, we’re expanding our automation expertise and bringing new digital solutions to market that will integrate plants seamlessly and accelerate improvements in operational performance, safety and reliability.”

Future interfacing with Emerson’s DeltaV™ and Ovation™ process control systems is also planned to help process industries eliminate many of the islands of automation within plants that create data silos in organisations and limit their ability to cost-effectively execute digital transformation initiatives and IIoT-driven capital improvements.

The new portfolio includes a comprehensive offering for machine control and discrete applications with products such as PACSystems, PACMotion, VersaMax IO, and QuickPanel+, which will remain powerful standalone technologies for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) machinery and edge applications.

#PLC #PAuto @Emerson_News

Automation on show in South East Ireland.

The inaugural South East Business Expo is scheduled to take place on the 3rd of April at WIT Arena, Waterford. The one-day event is designed to bring together the key stakeholders from Business, Industry, Academia and Government to discuss and debate the key issues facing the region.

Among those with a presence there will be the Ireland Section of the ISA (International Society of Automation). Declan Lordan and Billy Walsh will be available to extol the benefits to the gained by membership of this vibrant award winning section of a worldwide organisation.


The South East region with a population of 510,333 consists of five counties Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary. The region is home to 75 multinational companies employing over 15,000 highly skilled people. Key clusters include Technology, Financial Services, International Business Services, Technology, High Value Manufacturing including Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices, Food and Engineering.

This event is all about connecting business people in the region, encouraging local commerce, inward investment and sharing knowledge. The exhibition will feature a number of dedicated zones including Manufacturing, Technology, Business Services, Food & Tourism, Sales & Marketing & Innovation. Each zone will feature key note speakers who will deliver talks displaying in-depth knowledge and valuable insights.

Total employment in IDA Ireland client companies in the South East is up 7% to 15,580 employees in 2018. The economy of the South East (SE) region is now recovering strongly from the lows of 2012 and there has been strong and sustained GDP growth and declines in unemployment. Across the region there are a number of flagship developments recently that are likely to feed through into economic growth such as a major new employer West Pharma commencing operations, MSD’s investment in Carlow, the New Ross bypass, the resumption of UK flights at Waterford Airport, the mooted investment in the Waterford/S.Kilkenny North Quays, the Questum centre in Clonmel, Smithwick’s Visitor Experience in Kilkenny, all of which is underpinned by greater coordination between the region’s local authorities and chambers of commerce. The structural economic issues within the region will be a core part of the themed seminars including insights into investment in higher education capacity, acute hospital services, IDA and Enterprise Ireland (EI) activity drives ever higher job quality.

The region faces economic headwinds shared with the State (such as Brexit and the fragile EU recovery); but the structural economic issues within the region continue to assert themselves as the dominant economic trend.

 @IrelandISA  #PAuto #ISAuto @waterfordit #Ireland

Safe & fast predictive maintenance!

By using the capacity of cloud-based software to combine the real-time and historical data from Fluke Connect™-enabled tools and sensors, Fluke now enables maintenance engineers and managers to monitor a comprehensive picture of equipment health throughout the facility. The introduction of condition monitoring products that wirelessly transmit data from the field, combined with Fluke Connect Condition Monitoring (FCCM) software, has enabled safe, cost-effective maintenance programs.
Maintenance teams can remotely detect potential equipment failures and remedy them before they cause costly downtime. Predictive maintenance is now not only simplified, but it is safer and faster.

Monitoring all plant equipment can be difficult, especially when working with shrinking budgets and limited personnel. Quite often, critical equipment in commercial and industrial settings may display symptoms that indicate a future failure, but those indications go undetected. While many critical pieces of equipment may have fixed monitoring systems, many other important assets, such as pumps, heat exchangers, compressors, motors and blowers, may not be monitored and can require an extra level of monitoring to identify intermittent events. For this less critical, but still essential equipment, it isn’t always possible to catch events before they result in failure or downtime. This is where condition monitoring can help.

Fluke’s latest condition monitoring systems are easy to install and move around. They are changing the way the industrial world performs maintenance activities with portable, wireless sensors and connectivity gateways - a versatile system that a team can easily move around a plant. This technology enables teams to continuously monitor assets, so they can log vibration, electrical and temperature data from anywhere in a facility. The measurements can be monitored via real-time alarms sent to a phone or other mobile device. By correlating historical trends and tracking current conditions, faults can be detected, and equipment uptime increased.

Fluke has introduced two new condition monitoring products that alert maintenance team members to abnormalities before they cause equipment failures. The new Fluke™ 3561 FC Vibration Sensor is quick and easy to install and allows maintenance teams to improve uptime by adding remote, continuous vibration monitoring to virtually any rotating equipment. Vibration data from the 3561 FC is wirelessly transmitted via a Fluke 3502 FC Gateway to Fluke ConnectTM Condition Monitoring (FCCM) software allowing maintenance teams to remotely monitor asset health anytime and virtually anywhere, whether on the desktop or a smart device. The new Fluke 3540 FC Three-Phase Power Monitor is a portable device offering a scalable, remote power monitoring solution. Current, voltage, frequency, and energy consumption fluctuate when machinery experiences excess load. The Fluke 3540 FC monitors equipment for changes in key electrical variables, thus assets can be screened for performance, premature wear, or power cleanliness.

 @FlukeCorp  #TandM #PAuto #Power

Easy access to Industry 4.0.

Aegis Software has announced the unique combination of critical technologies of IIoT connectivity and supply chain optimization that enables the market catch up on business goals related to Industry 4.0.

Industry 4.0 has been evolving for some time, though many companies continue to experience declining productivity as product-mix increases. Two fundamental issues preventing the establishment and growth of Industry 4.0 have been identified, and now resolved.

Firstly, unlike other MES, PLM & MOM solutions, that are founded upon a code-base dating back many years prior to IIoT technology, the unique Aegis FactoryLogix digital MES platform has been specifically developed as an IIoT platform, and is the first to support the IPC Connected Factory Exchange (CFX) IIoT standard. With machines reporting consistent, fully detailed data, FactoryLogix provides contextual qualification, through a combination of visibility across all machines and processes, creating a meaningful live view of manufacturing that aids advanced manual and automated decision-making, as well as edge-based data preparation for transfer to the cloud, avoiding the issue of “digital landfill”. With the impediment of lack of operational data quality resolved, today’s high-mix and demand-volatile assembly factory can now retain world-class productivity levels, with the ability to adapt and re-optimize at a moment’s notice.

With the digital MES and IIoT platform established in assembly, the second impediment to Industry 4.0 is the extension of such flexibility to the supply-chain. Aegis FactoryLogix provides perfect accuracy of material accountability and predicted consumption, which is now used to drive Just In Time (JIT) material flow management, back to material suppliers and distributors. CircuitByte’s BOMConnector product is used by both material purchasing and EMS quotation teams, to automatically discover and select, through internet-based services, the most cost effective, quality, and available materials available within heavily constrained lead-times, ensuring customer-driven demand change requirements can be met without risk. Together with data from FactoryLogix, BOMConnector allows purchasing to react to the need for urgent material requirements, as well as cope with potential material shortages in the market, providing the necessary supply-chain flexibility enhancement to ERP and MRP, making Industry 4.0 possible.

Anyone considering a current or future Smart Industry 4.0 project, establishing practical digital manufacturing and supply-chain “best practices”, must first understand the most significant step forward in terms of IIoT available for everyone, and the realization of Supply-Chain 4.0.

 @FactoryLogix #MES #PAuto #IoT

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

4-channel oscilloscope.

Anritsu Corporation announces the introduction of the four-channel (4ch) sampling oscilloscope option for the BERTWave™ MP2110A, enabling integration of multi-channel oscilloscope and BERT (Bit Error Rate Tester) in an-all-in-one unit.
Backbone networks and data centers increasingly use 100G Ethernet to meet anticipated traffic demand for services such as 5G and are considering implementing 400G Ethernet. The functionality of the optical modules used in these networks includes NRZ/PAM4 signaling, multiple channels, and different wavelengths, which previously required expensive high-performance test systems. The pressure to reduce pricing requires more cost-effective test solutions that retain flexibility to support future technologies.

The BERTWaveTM MP2110A Features:
• Built-in oscilloscope and BERT with selection of 1/2/4 channels for development and manufacturing of 25G to 400G optical devices
• Sampling oscilloscope: World’s highest sensitivity supporting wide optical signal analysis from 25 Gbaud NRZ to 53 Gbaud PAM4 with built-in clock recovery option
• BERT: Same waveform quality and sensitivity as R&D module, with clock recovery built-in as standard
• Fast stable measurement using built-in PC
The new 4ch oscilloscope option halves the unit cost per channel, while maintaining the same performance, enabling manufacturers to remain price-competitive.

With genuine multichannel support in hardware as well as software, the new oscilloscope option enables high-efficiency measurement, not only of multichannel modules, but also of multiple single channel modules for high-usability evaluation environments.

The new 4ch option offers a high-performance, economical, all-in-one instrument configuration for combined 1/2/4 channel oscilloscope and BERT, making it the ideal, flexible and cost effective test solution for both development and manufacturing applications.

With this new oscilloscope option, Anritsu further extends its line of test solutions for development and production of optical modules.

@AnritsuEMEA  #TandM 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Detect temperatures using direct media contact.

Balluff is expanding their range of sensors for media-contacting temperature detection, in hydraulic power units for example. New are a temperature sensor with display, a temperature transmitter as well as a PT1000 sensor .The version without display is especially compact and vibration-resistant, whereas the versions with the turnable and highly readable display offers high operating convenience and flexible installation.

Depending on the version, the BFT sensors provide PNP switching outputs, analog signals 0-10V or 4-20mA or work as a PT1000 sensor. They are simple to install by threading into the process using a standard process connection with G- and NPT threads. Integrating them requires just a 4-pin M12 plug on the sensor.

Continuous monitoring of process media on machines and equipment contributes greatly to process security. Values that need to be maintained are pressure, level and temperature. When for example in a hydraulic system you need to monitor the temperature of the hydraulic fluid, you can do this reliably using our BFT media-contacting temperature sensors. Monitoring the temperature within the hydraulic loop guarantees correct fluid viscosity and thereby the best performance of a machine. Critical process conditions such as a temperature limit can be controlled directly via the switching output. An analog output provides continuous measurement results. The BFT temperature sensors also stand out when it comes to monitoring the cooling water, lubricants and compressed air, making them ideal for a variety of applications.

@Balluff #PAuto

Precision RF and Microwave Adaptors.

Intelliconnect (Europe) is expanding its RF and Microwave precision connector and adaptor range. The company now offers a wider range than ever of high specification stainless steel connectors as well as in-series and between-series adaptors.

Their attenuators and adaptors are used where signal integrity and quality are important, and a high level of reliability is required. Connector interfaces available include: N, SMA, TNC, 2.9mm, 2.4mm, BMA and SSMA types operating at high frequencies including 18, 40 or 50GHz.
A recently introduced and innovative solderless interconnect for semi rigid cables is now features in the Intelliconnect precision range and waterproof designs are available.

Roy Phillips, Managing Director of Intelliconnect, comments, "We supply a large range of very competitively priced RF, microwave and coaxial components and all of our products are designed and manufactured in our own UK and US factories. We supply both standard and custom products on competitive lead times and our recently awarded SC21 Silver accreditation offers designers and buyers additional confidence in our products."


 @Intelli_Connect  #PAuto

Analytical instrumentation and LIMS.

The new MIDAS (Matrix Instrument Data Acquisition System) module for the Matrix Gemini LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) from Autoscribe Informatics improves on the existing methods of interfacing of a wide variety of analytical instruments and equipment to Matrix Gemini. Direct entry of results data into Matrix Gemini provides higher levels of automation, eliminates transcription errors and improves laboratory efficiency.

By recording measurement data at the point that it is generated, MIDAS helps meet data integrity and validity requirements, for example as defined by the acronym ALCOA (attributable, legible, contemporaneous, original and accurate). Automated data capture also simplifies the result review and approval process. Any need to manipulate data in third party packages such as Excel is eliminated. MIDAS provides a defendable, robust and effective methodology to ensure compliance with standards such as ISO17025 and GxP.

Many laboratory instruments are able to output result files, usually in the form of a CSV or text file. Running in the background, MIDAS monitors the creation of these files and imports results directly into Matrix Gemini LIMS when a new file is detected. This includes result files based on worksheets created by the Matrix Gemini worksheet functionality. Relevant data is extracted from the instrument file, and associated with the correct data in Matrix Gemini LIMS Results are automatically checked against relevant specification limits as the data is imported. 


The MIDAS module is available for all Matrix Gemini LIMS customers and, like Matrix itself, may be configured either by Autoscribe Informatics or by the users. In this way, Matrix Gemini LIMS users can setup or modify instrument interfaces themselves allowing them to easily adapt to changing operational needs in a timely and cost-effective way. 


@AutoscribeLtd  #LIMS #Laboratory

Serving renewable energy, pharmaceutical, and food industries in Norway.

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced its new subsidiary in Norway to engage in the sale of control products and provision of related services. The subsidiary, Yokogawa Norge, was established lastr month (February 2019).

Renewable energy, pharmaceuticals, and foods are targeted under Yokogawa’s Transformation 2020 mid-term business plan, and each of these industries enjoys good prospects for growth in Norway. The country has played a leading role in Europe’s transition to a low-carbon economy and is diversifying its economy to lessen its dependence on natural resources.

In the Norwegian market to date, Yokogawa has relied on its distributors and a representative office to provide and promote control systems, field devices, and related services to the oil & gas industry’s upstream and downstream sectors, including refining and LNG.

In July 2017, Yokogawa acquired TechInvent2 AS, a Norwegian company with advanced chemical injection technology that helps to prevent blockages and corrosion in oil wells and pipelines and renamed it Yokogawa TechInvent. Through the establishment of Yokogawa Norge and the creation of synergy with Yokogawa operations in Aberdeen, Scotland, Yokogawa will be able to solidify its sales and service organisation in Norway and accelerate growth not only in existing markets but also in the renewable energy, pharmaceutical, and food industries. Yokogawa Sales and service operations in Fornebu, Norway will begin from April 2019.

#Norway @YokogawaIA  #PAuto 

Passive harmonic filters expanded.

FN 3442 and FN 3443 for 380 VAC to 415 VAC 60 Hz networks expands Schaffner’s unparalleled range of harmonic filters for improving power quality

Schaffner has extended its well-known and best-in-class ecosine evo line passive harmonic filter series to 380 VAC to 415 VAC, 60 Hz. The product range combines superior technology to reliably mitigate excessive harmonics with an evolutionary modular product concept and broadens the availability of Schaffner filter solutions for customers and applications.

The new ecosine evo FN 3442 and FN 3443 are dedicated passive harmonic filters for three-phase diode and thyristor rectifiers. They can achieve a THID ≤ 5% with and without a DC-link choke included in the drive. They guarantee compliance with the toughest requirements of IEEE-519 and other stringent international power quality standards while being the most dedicated and compact passive harmonic filters available in the market. The filters offer excellent performance at rated power with minimal reactive power, even at partial or no-load conditions. When incorporating ecosine evo filters the electrical infrastructure is unburdened and its utilization is much more efficient and reliable. In addition, the service life cycle of electrical equipment is extended, and energy costs can be reduced.

Adding this extension to the existing six product families of ecosine evo filters FN 3440/41, FN 3450/51 and FN 3452/53, ecosine evo can now cover networks of 380 VAC to 500 VAC, 50 Hz/60 Hz.

Thanks to the modular concept including dedicated filters for drives without (FN 3440, FN 3450, FN 3442, FN 3452) and drives with (FN 3441, FN 3451, FN 3443, FN 3453) included DC-link choke ecosine evo filter series offers a market unique flexibility. It allows Schaffner to provide an optimal solution by offering base modules that are dedicated to the drive technology and can additionally be adapted to application and customer needs as well as installation requirements by simply “plugging in” add-on modules. The new Schaffner modular filters allows for the best tailored solutions for applications, aligning product offerings with international market requirements and customer expectations.

Ecosine evo filters FN 3442/43 are available with standard power ratings from 1HP to 240HP (0.9 to 177kW). They are available as open frame IP 00 (-E0XXXXX, -E0FAXRX, -E0FAJRX) and IP 20 (-E2FAJRX) versions. All FN 3442/43 filters are CE-marked, UL listed and RoHS compliant. Ecosine evo filters are easy to install and maintain. They are fully supported in Schaffner’s well known power quality simulator SchaffnerPQS3.

@SchaffnerGroup #Pauto 

Monday, March 25, 2019

Communicating VA meter!

The functionality of the Foundation Fieldbus (FF) module for Krohne's H250 M40 variable area flowmeter has been updated from Interoperability Test Kit 5.2 (ITK 5.2) to ITK 6.3. The new version has been tested and registered with the FieldComm Group, and has also passed the stress test on a DeltaV control system.

Since the introduction of the FF interface in 2012, several thousand devices have been put into operation. Customers who would like to update existing H250 M40 FF devices to ITK 6.3 can do so by ordering a new ITK 6.3 module and simply change it in the field without removing the device from the pipeline. As it is only a new firmware, all 32 international Ex approvals of H250 M40 are still applicable.

With ITK 6.3, NE107 compliant diagnostic messages have been implemented, and execution times of the function blocks have been significantly improved so that more devices can be polled for a given schedule (total cycle time of the bus system). It is possible to operate FF ITK 5.2 and ITK 6.3 devices simultaneously in one system. Each version requires its own driver (CFF/ DD/ DTM), which must be installed once per device type.

• Krohne products are marketed in Ireland through DWN Instrumentation.

 @krohnegroup #PAuto @FieldCommGroup 

Bringing Your Data Center into the IoT Era.

Delta has announced that it kicked off its Solution Day World Tour in March (in Madrid ES) under the theme of “Bringing Your Data Center into the IoT Era”. The purpose of this event is to share Delta’s insights and global success stories with key data center partners in this area. Starting from March, 2019, Delta will host its Data Center Solution Day in major cities in EMEA, Asia, and North America.

Invitation
"Would you like to see how Delta’s data center infrastructure total solutions can bring real-world success? We invite you to join our Data Center Solution Day, where all VIP guests will enjoy exclusive access to our data center expertise, including market trends, solution capabilities, and global success stories. 
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet with our data center experts."
According to Gartner the research company, there will be 20 billion connected devices by 2020, up from only 8.4 billion devices in 2017. The rapid digital transformation known as the Internet of Things (IoT) is bringing huge volumes of data and massive data traffic, which further challenges IT infrastructure for real-time and always-on connectivity and services. Since data centers are the backbone of IT operations, how to build a reliable and efficient data center has become the focus of most companies’ IT strategies.

“The future is now. As industries prepare for the IoT, our job is to help our partners build reliable and future-proof data centers to counter their foreseeable IT challenges, while also maintaining lower TCO. We stand behind our partners to ensure they can leverage the latest technologies such as IoT and 5G technology into business profits,” said Dr. Charles Tsai, CTO of Information & Communication Technology Infrastructure Solutions Business Group (ICTBG) at Delta Electronics.

According to the latest survey of CIOs, the 3R challenges of Reliability, Resiliency, and ROI are causing them the most concern. Delta will provide an in-depth analysis of how each challenge affects data center industries, and equip our partners with unique insights and relevant success stories that will help them overcome these challenges step-by-step. Power capacity and system resiliency are two key considerations for data center builders and owners, which affect whether they decide their data centers will be on-premise, prefabricated or even colocations. With Delta’s broad industry experience, we are able to help our partners identify their business goals and requirements, and deliver optimized data center solutions.

Would you like to see how Delta’s data center infrastructure total solutions can bring real-world success? We invite you to join our Data Center Solution Day, where all VIP guests will enjoy exclusive access to our data center expertise, including market trends, solution capabilities, and global success stories. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet with our data center experts.

@DeltaEMEA #IoT

Resource for designers and engineers.

RS Components (RS) has partnered with TE Connectivity to launch the TE Learning Centre on DesignSpark, the global platform and community for design engineers. The courses will enable designers and engineers to obtain a fast overview of many advanced products, technologies and solutions.

Commenting on the launch, Mike Bray, Vice-President of DesignSpark, said: “We aim to give our audience access to the best new learning and training resources that will help them progress their designs. We’re delighted that TE Connectivity shares that vision and has chosen to work with us on the release of the TE Learning Centre on DesignSpark.”

This resource provides easy access to a host of interactive online micro-courses. Designed to accelerate engineers’ knowledge and understanding, the bite-sized sessions last between five and ten minutes long and provide information on a range of different technologies and applications, as well as offering several product-specific tutorials. In addition, available within each course are extra resources that enable engineers to go much deeper into a subject if they wish to do so.

The library of micro-courses already available in the TE Learning Centre includes tutorials on: pressure sensors; USB Type-C receptacles; micro-motor connectors; heat-shrink tubing; wire markers; straight and right-angle connectors; and circular hybrid connectors, among many others. The library will be augmented with new courses being added on a regular basis.

@DesignSparkRS #Automation @RSIreland


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Gold plated connections!

A Gold Plated 75Ω BNC Connecter offering a 12GHz bandwidth suitable for 4K format video and other high frequency signals is now available from Cliff Electronics. The new BNC to BNC FeedThrough connector is mounted in a recessed socket plate which fits the industry standard 24mm XLR panel cut-out adding this BNC connector to the very successful Cliff FeedThrough connector range.

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments;“Our new gold plated BNC connector offers our customers a 4K video standard connector future-proofing broadcast systems and patch panels and offers industrial users a high-reliability, low contact resistance connector for sensors, instrumentation and test and measurement. We can also supply our new gold BNC connectors pre-assembled into rack panels offering systems integrators fast and convenient system assembly.”

The Cliff FT series of true feed through data connectors for audio, video, electrical and electronic instrumentation are perfect for developing custom I/O configurations for wall plates, enclosures, rack panels, etc. All fit within a standard XLR panel cut-out and use standard cabling for front and back connections with no soldering or screw terminal connections required. FT connectors have countersunk mounting holes may be assembled from the front or back of a panel while a low rear profile accommodates the tightest behind-the-panel spaces.

Key specifications include; 12GHz, 75Ω impedance, frequency range 0-18 GHz, dielectric withstand voltage 1500Veff, insulation Resistance 5000MΩ, operating temperature range -35°C to +70°C, contact retention 10N min, mating cycles 500 cycles.

Cliff’s XLR format FeedThrough connectors take advantage of the standard 24mm panel cut out widely used in audio and broadcast systems and which is finding increasing popularity instrumentation, medical and industrial applications due to the format’s flexibility, security and reliability.

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

#CliffElectronics #PAuto

Advancing cybersecurity standards.

Johnson Controls has joined the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) as a strategic level member.

The IEC 62443 program most requested by end users
ISASecure® is an industry-led initiative established to independently certify the cybersecurity of control systems, automation, and IOT technology. The program strives to include a balance of stakeholders and ensures that end-users fill leadership roles in the ISASecure decision-making; including leading in certification specification development processes.

The ISASecure scheme has been well-vetted by end-users, certification bodies, and control system suppliers from many industry sectors including traditional process industries and building control industries.

ISASecure has been active for over 10 years with the first certificate of conformance issued in early 2011. The certification scheme is based upon international ISA/IEC 62443 standards developed by subject matter experts from many industries around the globe.
“Joining ISA Security Compliance Institute demonstrates Johnson Controls commitment to advancing cybersecurity standards and certification for the global community of manufacturers and customers of intelligent buildings and smart city technologies,” stated Jason Christman, vice president and chief product security officer, Johnson Controls.

As a strategic level member of ISASecure, Johnson Controls joins thought leaders who are taking action to secure automation and control systems around the world, including support for product conformity assessment to ISA/IEC 62443 standards. The ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards is designed to provide a flexible framework to address and mitigate current and future security vulnerabilities in industrial automation and control systems (IACS).

The addition of Johnson Controls provides leadership for establishing ISA/IEC 62443 standards and ISASecure as the basis for securing smart buildings and smart cities around the globe.

“We welcome the Johnson Controls team and look forward to working with them here at ISCI. Johnson Controls is a leader in cybersecurity for buildings technologies and solutions. Johnson Controls' newly minted leadership role in the ISASecure program is a demonstration of its continued commitment to ensuring safe and secure operations at customer sites around the globe,” stated Andre Ristaino, ISCI managing director.

#cybersecurity @johnsoncontrols #PAuto 

PushPull metric circular connector.

Harting has launched a new M12 PushPull metric circular connector solution that is compatible with the needs of factory automation applications. The new connector adds the benefits of fast and easy handling to the existing advantages of PushPull locking technology in a “Plug&Produce” approach to sensor or control installation.

The entire field of circular connectors is in transition. Manufacturers of connection technology are taking great strides towards tool-free PushPull locking techniques. Now, as part of ongoing standardisation efforts - which Harting is actively promoting - the push is on to find suitable universal standards for M12 PushPull interlocks. These create investment security for the customer and meet the requirements of the M12 as a familiar, standardised interface.

While previous solutions have snapped into place on the outside on protruding sockets with a characteristic ‘click’, the first steps have been taken on the road to M12 PushPull sockets which feature internal locking and which can be installed in very flat configurations without an outer collar - one of the key requirements of the automation industry.

More and more manufacturers of industrial connection technology rely on time-saving and easy-to-use PushPull concepts for their connectors. In this context, the classic screw lock of the M12 circular connector is becoming an annoying time-waster when it comes to mounting numerous interfaces. In a direct comparison of M12 PushPull to the familiar screw locking arrangement, the new locking technology can be connected some 75% faster.

In response to this trend, Harting entered the rail market segment just under three years ago with an M12 PushPull solution. In the interim, the Harting solution has become an established solution that is specially tailored to the needs of railway users.

Similar requirements have become increasingly apparent in some areas within the automation sector, offering the benefits of simple and safe operation, acoustic feedback, and time and cost savings. Harting is now meeting these demands and is actively promoting the standardisation of a comprehensive M12 PushPull market standard. The eventual aim is a single IEC 61076-2-010 standard that will provide one comprehensive solution for transportation and one for factory automation, creating investment security for users.

@harting #PAuto @hartinguk 

TFT Display.

KOE has announced the introduction of a new 8.0-inch Rugged+ TFT display module. The TX20D207VM0AAA features WXGA (1280 x 768 pixels) resolution, a 15:9 wide aspect ratio, IPS (in-plane switching) technology which provides exceptional image quality when viewed at any viewing angle, zero bright dot defects and robust operating characteristics.

Jason Tsai, Marketing Manager, KOE, said, "The latest Rugged+ display employs IPS technology, which delivers excellent optical performance with wide viewing angles and highly consistent colour presentation. KOE's Rugged+ displays have been specifically designed and developed to have robust mechanical, electrical and environmental characteristics that are highly resistant to vibration, shock, electro-static discharge and temperature change."

The Rugged+ 8.0-inch display is designed for use in high reliability industrial, medical, in-vehicle, marine and aerospace applications where consistent and guaranteed operation under extreme temperature, mechanical shock and vibration conditions is paramount. KOE's Rugged+ display modules share their optical and environmental characteristics with the same demanding standards used in automotive specification display modules.

For dedicated human-machine interface applications, IPS display technology delivers exceptional colour saturation and image stability, high contrast and deep black levels with 176° wide viewing angles (vertical and horizontal). The 8.0-inch display features a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a white LED backlight with a brightness of 1000cd/m² and a specified 70K hour half-brightness lifetime. The display module also features an integrated LED backlight driver. These key attributes deliver display images that are crisp, colourful and bright.

The TX20D207VM0AAA also features an enhanced cosmetic specification which defines zero bright dot defects i.e. no dead pixels with a bright failure mode. Display modules with dot defects are hugely undesirable if the dead pixels are in the central part of the viewable display area and easily observed. KOE's zero bright dot defects specification provides users with greater confidence and the peace of mind delivered by a premium display.

The 20-pin LVDS interface supports 8-bit RGB colour data which enables a colour palette of up to 16.7M colours. The 8.0-inch display module has mechanical outline dimensions are 189.5mm (w) x 119.4mm (h) x 11.5mm (d) and an active display area of 173.95mm (w) x 104.37mm (h). An extended operating temperature range of -30°C to +85°C and storage temperature range of -40°C to +90°C is supported.

KOE is committed to ensuring long-term product availability, with continuity of supply essential for many industrial products and equipment. The latest KOE Rugged+ displays can be sourced and supplied for a minimum of 5 years. The new 8.0-inch Rugged+ TX20D207VM0AAA TFT display module is available immediately from KOE's sales channel distribution partners.

 #KOE #JDI

Hands on training!

This complete functional system lets engineers and developers train, experiment and even develop proof of concept projects right on the workbench

The groov EPIC® Learning Center has been announced by Opto 22. This is a comprehensive hardware and software benchtop system for learning and development. The fully operational package lets engineers, technicians, and developers initialize, configure and program the control, visualization and communication aspects of their groov EPIC systems. The Learning Center is an ideal companion for Opto 22’s free online self-guided groov EPIC learning modules, and it includes two seats for premium on-site training at company headquarters in Temecula, California.

Hardware in the Learning Center includes a groov EPIC processor, power supply, four-position chassis, DC input and output modules, a temperature input module and an analog input module. Hardware is assembled on a desktop operator load panel accessorized with two illuminated pushbuttons, a potentiometer, a temperature probe, a Sonalert alarm and a red/blue/green LED indicator. All of this is delivered in a robust Pelican™ case, and it even comes with a screwdriver for releasing and tightening terminal connectors.

The groov EPIC processor pre-loaded with software packages enabling a wide range of functionality.




  • groov Manage — to configure, commission and troubleshoot the processor


  • PAC Control Engine —a real-time control engine to run flowchart-based control programs


  • CODESYS Runtime Engine —a real-time control engine to run IEC-61131-3 compatible control programs


  • groov View —to build and view mobile and browser-based operator interfaces


  • Ignition Edge® —from Inductive Automation®, provides drivers to PLCs


  • MQTT with Sparkplug —a secure, bi-directional, lightweight publish/subscribe protocol


  • Node-RED —an open-source, multi-platform IIoT tool to connect databases, cloud apps and APIs


  • SSH —Secure Shell access to download and run your custom application written in languages like Python, C/C++ and others

    Free software packages to perform development and testing available to download.


  • PAC Control —a flowchart-based industrial automation programming tool


  • PAC Display —to build HMI operator interfaces for Microsoft® Windows®-based computers


  • CODESYS Development System —a software platform for factory automation, providing IEC-61131-3 support


  • Opto 22 Library Package for CODESYS —a library package to add to the CODESYS Development System
  • The groov EPIC processor is supplied pre-loaded with software packages enabling a wide range of functionality (see box).

    Whether taking advantage of free self-guided OptoU Online Training learning modules or experimenting on their own, engineers will benefit from the practical hands-on experience gained with the Learning Center. Some initial steps include organizing access levels, establishing network connectivity, calibrating the integrated touchscreen and using groov Manage to configure I/O.

    Comprehensive control programs can be developed and executed using PAC Control or any IEC 61131-3 compliant language, including ladder logic. Simple examples are provided, and engineers can build and create their own applications as desired. Even more advanced custom programs are possible using the optional SSH access to the Linux operating system. Rich HMI displays with graphics and trends can be developed using groov View and viewed using the integrated display, mobile devices and web browsers.

    Communications are easily set up using Ignition Edge Gateway for connecting to legacy PLCs. The Learning Center is an ideal environment for exploring the collecting and publishing of tag information to cloud services with MQTT and Sparkplug, as well as obtaining other cloud data like database and weather information through Node-RED.

    Engineers can create Proof of Concept projects, like confirming how to install hardware on a machine, using the integrated touchscreen display as an HMI, connecting an external monitor, and establishing remote connectivity to a computer or mobile device. The Learning Center is thus perfectly suited for supporting pilot project development.

    The Learning Center is an essential and complete way for engineers and developers to fully understand the many ways that groov EPIC can improve their automated operations and connectivity. Based on Opto 22’s 45 years of experience as an automation manufacturer, the Learning Center is not just a product sample, but instead delivers the same actual field-proven hardware and full-featured software used all over the world to automate and communicate with various machines and processes.

    Wednesday, March 20, 2019

    Safe fun at the fair! !

    Force Engineering, based near Loughborough (GB), develops and manufactures customised Linear Induction Motor (LIM) based motion systems, serving a wide base of industries with applications as diverse as medical scanning equipment and baggage handling conveyors.

    As a world leading expert and innovator in the field of LIM technology, a large part of Force Engineering’s activities centres on the amusement ride industry - adding heightened levels for thrill-seekers through ride launch and in-ride acceleration to 1.2 g, and equally rapid braking performance along roller coaster tracks. To help ensure the extreme levels of electrical safety and performance required for these high power systems which typical run from very high current three-phase supplies, Force Engineering embed temperature controls in its LIM winding assemblies and has chosen Variohm EuroSensor as its main supplier of customised wiring harnesses that include glass encapsulated NTC thermistors configured as temperature probe assemblies.

    Fully sealed in copper tube housings
    The special temperature probes are similar to standard components available as stock items from Variohm EuroSensor, however with 10K3976 series thermistors which offer a higher temperature range and stability specification than the standard probe. With the NTC chip encapsulated in hermetically sealed glass packages, these thermistors - which are supplied to Variohm from TE Connectivity, the global sensor and measurement systems company - are in turn encapsulated and fully sealed in copper tube housings by Variohm EuroSensor.

    Stainless steel housing 
    The 10K3976 glass thermistor has a temperature range of -40 to +250 ⁰C and is specified in applications where a fast time response is required at high levels of thermal shock. Three special probes are each wired with different length leadwires and coloured insulated, all finished with rubber shrink-sleeving. Additional cabling, without thermistors, is also included in the harness to facilitate straightforward assembly into the LIM’s manufactured by Force Engineering.

    Whilst Variohm stocks and supplies a comprehensive range of glass or epoxy coated thermistors with NTC and PT sensors as components, the specialist sensor manufacturer has developed many standard products like the probes for Force Engineering as convenient assemblies that may be integrated directly into the customer’s application.

    Variohm’s ETP series temperature probes
    These assemblies take the form of electrical ring terminals, hexagonal bolts and pipe clamps as well as cylindrical probes finished in PTFE, stainless steel, brass and other materials. These assemblies for instance help power amplifier manufacturers directly sense chassis or heatsink temperature through ring terminal probes. In this way the customer can overcome the potential problems of handling and installing tiny NTC or PT type temperature sensor, reduces components and suppliers from more streamlined production and reduces maintenance.

    In addition to specialist temperature probe assemblies, Variohm also includes customised production by transforming other components from its wide range of sensors for linear and rotary position, pressure, load/force, and vibration etc. Modifications can range from alternative electrical connection or a modified mounting arrangement to integrating sensors with significant redesigns or combining multiple sensor technologies and other electromechanical components as fully tested sub-assemblies.

    @Variohm  #PAuto 

    Cable assembly capacities.

    Rosenberger has taken-over the German harness maker Holocher & Bauer  and integrated the company into the Rosenberger group under the new name Rosenberger Automotive Cabling GmbH (RAC).

    Managed by Robert Holocher, RAC will provide excellent customer support and services to existing customers in close cooperation with the Rosenberger headquarters in Fridolfing (D) .

    Through the acquisition of Holocher & Bauer, Rosenberger extends its competence profile and increases the harness making capacities in its Hungarian plant, especially for the automotive cable assemblies of HFM® and H-MTD® connector series. Furthermore, expansion of assembly capacities and investments in production automation systems are planned for the future.

    #Rosenberger #TandM #PAuto 

    Compact high-dynamics scan head for labeling applications.

    Scanlab GmbH is expanding its lineup of entry-level scan heads with the new basiCube 14. This compact-class scan system features excellent price/performance and a 14-mm aperture for high-precision marking using small spots. That makes it ideal in electronics labeling applications.

    The consumer goods and electronics sectors are governed by high volume production and unrelenting price pressure. In manufacturing, every core component is subject to demanding expectations regarding throughput, reliability and low cost.

    It has extended its product portfolio via the ultra-compact basiCube 14 scan head, a price-effective variant that features a larger 14-mm aperture and mechanical compatibility with the well-established SCANcube series. This new model assures 600-cps writing speeds, additional productivity can be realized through its automated on-the-fly functionality. It will be manufactured in Germany under strict quality standards.

    #Scanlab #Manufacturing

    Inspection & measurement.

    SmartRay the manufacturer of 3D sensors for quality inspection and measuring technology, has launched a new addition to its highly successful ECCO sensor family, optimally balanced for the diverse application requirements of consumer electronics manufacturing.

    Delivering high-speed 3D scanning performance in an economical and compact design, ECCO 95.020 provides an ultra-high resolution and superior 3D image quality that ensures faster production lines and throughput.

    Utilising SmartRay’s sharply focused, brilliant blue laser technology for exceptional image quality and repeatability, even for applications with low field-of-view, ECCO 95.020 offers high speed 3D scanning of up to 20 million points per second. Delivering speeds up to 10 kHz in full HD, for up to 1920 points per 3D profile, the high-resolution performance of ECCO 95.020 has a lateral resolution of 13 µm, vertical resolution of approximately 1.3 µm, and Z-repeatability of 0.2 µm.

    A 25 mm field of view (FOV) at mid-field positions the performance of ECCO 95.020 between the ultra-high-resolution ECCO 95.010 and the high-resolution ECCO 95.040, providing consumer electronics manufacturers with the ideal balance between FOV, measurement range (MR) and resolution typically required for their manufacturing applications.

    ECCO 95.020 also provides a larger measurement range of 20 mm, which ensures superior 3D data quality, repeatability and improved sensitivity, and is ideal for scanning thicker components with a larger MR. For example, it enables determination of a height offset between two levels on a consumer electronics part, or can find the volume of glue dispensed on the component edges during assembly. These applications usually require an MR ranging anywhere from 2 to 20 mm.

    Offering a high-speed gigabit ethernet interface for real-time data transmission capability, the identical housing dimensions to the ECCO 95.010 mean upgrading existing installations to the ECCO 95.020 is fast and simple. As the sensor has a direct interface to the host computer, there is no need for any additional controllers.

    ECCO 95.020 is consequently the ideal 3D inspection and measurement solution for a range of consumer electronics manufacturing applications, including SIM card holder/slot dimensional checks, smartphone glue guidance and inspection, metallic ring dimensional inspection, and smartphone housing dimensional inspection.

    ECCO 95.020 operators and integrators are supported through the SmartRay DevKit 5.1 (SDK 5.1 SP2) installation package, which offers diverse support for sensor set-up, including third-party drivers such as HALCON from MVTec, Matrox Imaging Library (MIL), SAC Coake or NI LabVIEW.


    #SmartRay #Electronics

    Tuesday, March 19, 2019

    MI-004 for Mag meters.

    Electromagnetic flowmeters WATERFLUX 3300, WATERFLUX 3070 and OPTIFLUX 4300 are now available with approval according to MID 2014/32/EU annex VI MI-004 for thermal energy meters.

    Together with ultrasonic flowmeter OPTISONIC 3400 District Heating, they form Krohne's flow meter portfolio to be used as part of a heat metering system. Typical applications include custody transfer (fiscal metering) in district heating networks, commercial and industrial heat metering or general energy and utility applications in combined heat and electricity generation.

    The MI-004 calibration can be realized through either Module D or Module F. With Module D, the calibration is performed by KROHNE Altometer in Dordrecht, The Netherlands, which has been accredited by the NMI to perform MI-004 calibrations. With Module F, the calibration is performed by a notified body specifically requested by the customer, e.g. MID-Cert in Germany.

    • Krohne Products are marketed in Ireland through DWN Instrumentation

    #PAuto @KROHNE_USA #DWN

    Flammable & toxic gas connection.

    Crowcon has developed an addressable fixed-point gas detector with local display which offers both flammable and toxic gas detection and oxygen monitoring.

    Crowcon’s Louise Early explains, “We originally developed the Xgard Bright specifically for China four years ago and due to its success, particularly in regard to its addressable functionality, we have now released Xgard Bright internationally.”

    Lowering the cost of installation, the three-wire addressable implementation reduces cabling requirements. The large OLED display allows users to work with Xgard Bright during install, calibration and routine maintenance without the need to open the housing.

    Xgard Bright offers analogue 4-20mA and RS-485 Modbus signals as standard, along with an alarm and fault relay and optional HART communications. It is suited to both small and large installations using point-to-point or multi-drop methodologies. Target applications include oxygen depletion in laboratories (educational, medical and research), toxic and flammable gas monitoring across the automotive, steel, chemical, food and beverage industries.

    “We have already achieved significant success with Xgard Bright in China, across the waste water, gas distribution and construction industry and as a result, took the decision to extend our regional certifications, widening the suitability of this successful addressable gas detection solution”.


    @Crowcon #PAuto #Safety

    High-accuracy laser levels.

    Fluke has introduced a new series of point, line, and rotary laser levels with improved durability, accuracy, and performance. These new professional-grade tools have been engineered by their company Pacific Laser Systems (PLS) to meet Fluke's high standards for accuracy, ruggedness, and dependability to ensure the lasers will maintain their precision for years to come.

    They are designed to meet the demands of harsh construction environments while easing interior and exterior layout work. The 11 new lasers provide bright, crisp reference points and lines for quick and accurate indoor and outdoor layout, helping to complete projects on time.

    Studies have shown that green appears up to four times brighter than red to the human eye, which makes the green lasers more visible on the jobsite, so most models are available as red (R) and green (G) variants. The new PLS 3R and 3G, PLS 5R and 5G, PLS 6R and 6G, PLS 180R and 180G Laser Levels are accurate to ≤3mm at 10m and are built to provide IP54 dust and water resistance and to withstand a 1 metre drop. Each model features a fast settling, self-levelling pendulum to give accurate point and reference lines almost instantly. All are equipped with a pendulum lock, ensuring safe transport and to avoid potential wear.

    The PLS 3R & 3G Point Lasers offer 3 point directions; the 5R & 5G Point Lasers offer 5 point directions; the 6R & 6G Line and Point Lasers offer 4 point directions plus a 180° horizontal and vertical line; the 180R & 180G Line Lasers offer a horizontal and vertical line. Fluke has also introduced three PLS Rotary Laser Levels – the HV2R and HV2G which emit a laser line in the horizontal or vertical plane; and the H2, horizontal-only, red laser level.

    Optional accessories include laser detectors and reflective targets, a floor stand, a wall mount and a UB9 Universal Ceiling/Wall Bracket. All PLS laser levels are backed by a three-year best-in-class warranty.

    @FlukeCorp  #Construction @PLSLaser

    Monday, March 18, 2019

    Hybrid laser process gas analyser.

    In the midst of increasing compliance demands for emissions monitoring and nitrogen oxide (NOx) measurement in industrial applications, companies now have the opportunity to move beyond costly consumables and complex gas sample treatment associated with ageing, legacy measurement systems.

    Emerson’s new Rosemount™ CT4400 Continuous Gas Analyser is the world’s first purpose-built Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) and Tunable Diode Laser (TDL) analyser designed to help plants reduce ownership costs and report emissions accurately in environmental monitoring applications measuring standard components, such as nitric oxide (NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulphur dioxide (SO2), carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), and oxygen (O2).

    Optimised for cold and dry applications running at ambient pressure, the Rosemount CT4400 analyser offers the benefits of QCL/TDL technology, including high sensitivity, accuracy, improved stability, and low-drift performance in a configuration that allows fast, easy integration into existing plant infrastructure.

    “Our customers are looking for a better way to measure emissions without the ongoing high costs or need for frequent calibration and complex sample preparation that requires NOx converters or ozone generators,” said Paul Miller, managing director for Rosemount Quantum Cascade laser analysers, Emerson Automation Solutions. “The Rosemount CT4400 Continuous Gas Analyser gives them an answer to their exact requirements in a configuration they can just plug into their existing systems and be off and running – at a lower cost than previously possible. The reduced complexity of the system over what most companies are used to, results in higher reliability and analyser availability with a lot less personnel time required.”

    Because the system can hold up to four laser modules, it can measure up to seven application-specific gas components simultaneously, providing great flexibility in continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS) applications. This simultaneous, multi-component analysis within a single analyser reduces the need for multiple analysers, and thus the cost.

    At the heart of the Rosemount CT4400 is Emerson’s QCL technology, which detects gas molecules in both the near- and mid-infrared wavelength range. The system employs a patented laser chirp technique that enables detection of individual gas species, free from the cross-interference effects of other gas components in the stream, making the measurement highly accurate and stable down to sub ppm concentrations. This high performance ensures operators meet increasingly demanding regulatory requirements, while real-time reporting provides critical insight into process performance.

    Due to its purpose-built design, which produces enhanced performance at a lower cost, the Rosemount CT4400 Continuous Gas Analyser ensures reliable detection and monitoring of gases and allows operators to avoid costly regulatory fines or unexpected shutdowns.

    @EMR_Automation  #PAuto @Emerson_News

    Friday, March 15, 2019

    SCADA system integrator acquired.

    HMS Industrial Networks AB has acquired 74.9% of all shares in the German company WEBfactory GmbH located in Buchen (D), a leading provider of web-based software solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT.

    Founded in 1994 as a system integrator within SCADA, WEBfactory released its first own software in 2000. Today, WEBfactory is a well-established software company with customers worldwide, primarily known for its i4 suite of software products. The i4 portfolio addresses IIoT-related customer challenges such as data collection, analysis and visualization, and includes the following main components:

    • i4connected – a flexible IIoT platform that connects plants, machines, systems, and buildings digitally, enabling smart applications such as remote monitoring, predictive maintenance and energy management. KPI data from connected equipment is provided in real time, after which it can be processed, analyzed and integrated any IIoT/IT applications.
    • i4SCADA – a web-based software which enables tailor-made data and process visualization related to machines, production plants and building management systems.
    • i4BACnet – a web-based management and operations software for building management systems which is certified according to the BACnet standard.

    “With WEBfactory, we add a very competent and future proof software dimension to HMS’ offering for IIoT” says Staffan Dahlström, CEO of HMS Networks. “The i4 software products will enable a straightforward path for HMS’ customers and partners to realize truly smart manufacturing and services. We are also excited about the synergies that can be achieved by using our Anybus, Ixxat, Ewon and Intesis hardware products to feed data to the i4 suite from devices and machines in manufacturing sites and buildings.”

    “We are very excited to become part of HMS. Together with HMS’ complementing industrial hardware and software technologies, we will be able to provide very attractive solutions for IIoT, ready to be integrated into any 3rd party IT/IIoT system.” says Bernhard Böhrer, CEO of WEBfactory GmbH.

    • WEBfactory GmbH, including its fully owned subsidiary in Romania, employs 27 people and is expected to have sales of €2.5 million in 2019. The acquisition will have a limited impact on HMS’ earnings per share in 2019. HMS has acquired 74.9% of all shares in WEBfactory. The remaining 25.1% is owned by CEO Bernhard Böhrer who also stays as managing director. The deal is expected to close on April 1st, 2019.


    @HMSAnybus #PAuto #SCADA