Saturday, May 18, 2019

Control & Automation Hall of Fame induction.

Earlier this month (May 2019) during the Measurement, Control and Automation Association’s Industry Forum in Tucson, (AZ US), the distinguished achievement award of membership of the MCA Hall of Fame was presented to Ken Hoffer, Chief Executive Officer of Hoffer Flow Controls, Inc.

Ken Hoffer, is the 8th inductee into
the MCCA Hall of Fame. He joins
Gordon Arnold (Sierra Monitor),
Wade Mattar (Schneider Electric),
Richard Morley (Father of the PLC, RIP),
Robert Deane (Fluid Components Int)
Malcolm McQueen (Fluid Components Int),
Judy Stevenson (Magnetrol Int, RIP),
Dr. Peter G. Martin (Schneider Electric)
Founded in 1969, Mr. Hoffer’s  flow meter company, Hoffer Flow Controls, is an innovative leader in solving critical and demanding flow applications. In the early years, Hoffer Flow Controls specialized in cryogenic flow measurement systems and pioneered the use of the turbine flowmeter in cryogenics. Today the company manufactures high precision turbine flowmeters, not only for the cryogenic industry but is a world leader in turbine flowmeter technology for the measurement of clean liquids and gases throughout the processing industries.

Mr. Hoffer’s technical achievements include the pioneered use of self-lubricated ball bearings in turbine flowmeters. He developed the first HART-enabled device to receive official certification by the HART Foundation and also created the first portable field calibration system for cryogenic flowmeters. Mr. Hoffer also developed the first and only turbine flowmeter to receive certification by the United States Navy for use in nuclear propulsion service as well as to pass shock and vibration certification for unrestricted naval shipboard applications.

Mr. Hoffer has received many honors and awards over the years including North Carolina’s Small Business Exporter of the Year, Schlumberger GOLD Level Supplier, and was awarded the Distinguished Supplier Award by the United States Navy for maintained ballast flow control/flow measurement onboard the USS Cole following its bombing in October, 2000 which was critical to the ship's survival.

@THEMCAAorg  #PAuto #HofferFlow

Friday, May 17, 2019

A revolutionary new idea

Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG sets a new standard for creating mains quality compliance reports, conveniently and without expensive software

An EN50160 NS compliance report
An exciting new innovation from Camille Bauer Metrawatt allows the generating of either standard-compliant or user-specific statistical reports directly from the measurement instrument. All this can be done completely autonomously without using proprietary software which sometimes makes life complicated for both users and IT departments. The function is easy to use and is called PQ EasyReporting.

The issue of power quality is frequently dealt with in isolation from other issues such as performance monitoring, load regulation, energy management or energy automation. However, because both mains supplies and consumers are increasingly affected by noise levels, it is essential to have a view of the total context. This means that power grid operators and increasingly also major consumers are faced with a difficult problem: this applies to all applications, no matter how different they are. Often, each one has a different software solution for performing measurements and ratings. Achieving compatibility between the various software solutions is frequently very difficult and expensive. And in some case it is even impossible. So, to solve this Camille Bauer Metrawatt has provided an ingenious solution. PQ EasyReporting.

The PQ3000 and PQ5000 mains quality measurement devices have a web-based feature for generating power quality reports directly from the measurement device. Standardised reports in PDF format are generated and made available to the user. Statistical standards according to EN50160, IEC61000-2-2, IEC61000-2-4 and IEC610002-12 can be selected directly on the instrument or externally via a web browser. It is also possible to enter and select individual limiting values. The time periods for the statistical evaluation is flexibly adjustable by the user, but should not be less than 7 days. The scope of the reports can be selected from three levels: a compliance summary, an overview with detailed statistics and an overview with both detailed statistics and a summary of events. Customers can also generate reports using their own company logo.

When upgrading or installing new equipment, or when performing ad hoc measurements, there is no need to purchase or upgrade expensive software solutions. PQ EasyReporting offers a simple method of generating compliance reports at any time without the need for additional software. It is very easy to use and it saves an enormous amount of time and money. And the guarantee that compliance reports contain accurate data according to the IEC61000-4-x test and measurement procedure is provided by Camille Bauer Metrawatt´s unique metrological certification according to IEC62586-2. This is virtually equivalent to having the measurement device officially calibrated for compliance with the relevant standards. "It couldn´t be more secure and simple!"

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

Cybersecurity and lifecycle costs reduced at British power supplier.

Westermo has helped Electricity North West (GB) to enhance cybersecurity and reduce the lifecycle costs of a data communications network which supports the electricity distribution network in the North West region. Westermo industrial networking technology has been used to create a resilient IP-based network that has enabled the implementation of services such as NMS (Network Management Service) and CLASS (Customer Load Active System Services). These support Electricity North West’s goals of improving reliability of supply and creating operational savings that can be passed on to customers.

The IP-based data network connects well over 500 primary substations across a vast geographical area, enabling monitoring and controlling of equipment which reroutes power should problems arise. Previously, a VF Serial-based network offered limited bandwidth, no redundancy and insufficient resilience. A lack of network reliability created high operational costs and resulted in regular faults that affected capital projects supporting Quality of Service programmes.

Westermo Wolverine Ethernet Line Extenders, based on SHDSL communications, enabled the Ethernet network to be created using existing copper cabling.

“Replacing the 11,000km of ageing copper cabling with fibre optic infrastructure was unfeasible in terms of budget and timescale,” explained Lee Wakefield, Telecoms Transmission Engineer, Electricity North West. “The use of Westermo’s Wolverine Ethernet Line Extenders eliminated the need to replace the cabling and made the project feasible by significantly reducing costs.”

“Almost 1000 Wolverine devices were installed over a two-year period at the primary substations. With both time and engineering resources limited, it was crucial to minimise the number of visits to each site. Westermo’s WeConfig configuration software supported this by enabling the configuration, diagnostics and testing tasks to be performed at a central location. An estimated 2100 engineering hours (300 work days) were saved and this efficiency improvement was critical in enabling the project to be completed on time and to budget.

“The Westermo technology provides Electricity North West with the capability to monitor and trend the performance of the network connections to the primary substations. This enables potential issues to be identified at an earlier stage and better scheduling of cable maintenance to prevent unexpected network downtime. Better planning reduces the cost of doing the work and enables better use of our internal resources.”

“Using the performance data, we identify areas that are problematic and make a business case for investment in new cabling. Work may be brought forward to enable a new communications cable to be installed sooner,” explained Paul Gornall, Network and Field Operations Manager, Electricity North West. “The result has been an improved communications network, which in turn helps to improve the overall power delivery service.”

The combination of implementing a reliable IP network and, the ability to identify cable issues, has reduced the time spent on callouts maintaining the data network by approximately 2100 working hours a year. This has not only reduced operating costs, but also allows engineers to focus on capital investment improvement projects that contribute towards better quality of service for customers.

“The use of Westermo’s WeConfig network configuration tool was a key factor in the success of the project, helping the telecoms team to configure, test and implement network security," explained Gornall. “Having installed the network, the technology has continued to support efficiency savings and plays a vital role in keeping the network secure.”

Network security is enhanced by `locking down’ the configuration settings, changing the factory passwords and blocking all unused ports of the Wolverine devices. The Westermo WeConfig tool simplified this task, ensuring a uniform approach, with consistent steps for every device that removed the possibility of human error. Over 500 working hours would have been required to perform this task, which may not have been feasible, thus WeConfig was essential to maximising network security.

WeConfig has enabled firmware updates for groups of installed devices over the network, without the need to visit the substations. The task is performed from the office and when the firmware is being uploaded the engineer is free to do other tasks. This has helped to save around 140 working hours to date.

“WeConfig has been an extremely valuable tool when performing firmware upgrades that provide us with greater network functionality and security,” said Wakefield. “By automating the process, we have not only increased worker efficiency considerably, but also minimised the possibility of human error.”

 @westermo  #Power  @HHC_Lewis 

American user group for Texas in September.

The 2020 Yokogawa Users Conference and Exhibition is scheduled for August 31 - September 3, 2020 at the Woodlands, (TX USA). Additional details and registration information for the 2020 event will soon be available at on the website.

This North American biennial conference and exhibition provides an unparalleled opportunity for Yokogawa users to network with fellow professionals, industry and business leaders, as well as numerous product and solutions experts. Individuals gain in-depth, quantified insight into how their peers are using automation technologies to deliver industry-leading results that positively impact their bottom line. The 2018 event, held in Orlando (FL USA) over four days in September, attracted hundreds of professionals across multiple industries.

The 12,000-square-foot OpreX Showcase and Exhibition featured solutions across Yokogawa’s extensive portfolio. Eighteen Yokogawa partners contributed to the exhibition showing value-added solutions alongside Yokogawa. Conference attendees had a wide range of sessions to choose from, and there were several impactful keynotes including Adam Stelzner from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, who spoke about collaborative innovation and what it took to get to Mars; “Ram” Ramasamy of Frost & Sullivan, who went in depth about digital transformation and how to be ready for the future of IIoT; and Jeff Warmann of Monroe Energy, who gave insight into how to drive excellence in the face of disruptive forces. The 2020 Users Conference promises another great line up of informative sessions and engaging speakers. Information will be posted on the event website as it becomes available.

* More about Yokogawa User Group.

@YokogawaIA  #Pauto 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Level of powdered and fine-grained solids.

The Nivector FTI26 point level switch from Endress+Hauser is for the detection of all types of powdered and fine-grained solids such as plastic granules, detergent, grain, sugar, spices, milk powder, animal feed and other dry materials. The switch can be installed at the top of a tank to indicate high level, or at the bottom of a tank to indicate low level.

For example, the Nivector FTI26 can be used during the production process of milk powder. Installed at the top, the device prevents the silo being overfilled by switching to stop the filling process. When the point level switch is installed at the bottom of the silo to detect the minimum level, it avoids dry running and thereby protects pumps and subsequent plant equipment.

The capacitance device fulfills all hygienic requirements, such as 3A, EHEDG and FDA. It is also cleanable up to protection class IP69. No additional or individual adjustments to different media are necessary.

The function of the point level switch can easily be checked via LED signalization without dismounting the device. In addition, the FTI26 is Industry 4.0 ready due to IO-Link communication. IO-Link reduces costs and complexity with an easy configuration of the devices via engineering tools.

Depending on the fail-safe mode selected and the level, the FTI26 activates when the point level is reached, in the event of a problem, or in the event of a power failure.

@Endress_Hauser  @Endress_US  #PAuto #Food

Displaying connectors.

A Mini Displayport has been added to Cliff Electronics' range of FeedThrough connectors. Assembled into an industry standard XLR connector panel cut out the Mini DisplayPort (MiniDP or mDP) is a miniaturised version of the widely used DisplayPort audio-visual digital interface.

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments; “We have a large market supplying pro-audio, broadcast and audio-visual OEMs and systems integrators. Our new Mini Displayport adds to our very successful range of FeedThrough connectors and comes a step closer to making us a one stop shop for system designers. All of our FeedThrough connectors are mounted in the widely used XLR footprint simplifying panel design and manufacture and improving system aesthetics. We can also supply our new Mini Displayport connectors pre-assembled into rack panels offering systems integrators fast and convenient system assembly.”

Frequently fitted to PC and notebook motherboards and AV Systems, unlike its Mini-DVI and Micro-DVI predecessors, the Mini DisplayPort can drive display devices with resolutions up to 2560×1600 (WQXGA) in its DisplayPort 1.1a implementation, and 4096×2160 (4K) in its DisplayPort 1.2 implementation. With an adapter, the Mini DisplayPort can drive display devices with VGA, DVI, or HDMI interfaces.

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.

A true FeedThrough connector, the new Cliff Mini Displayport is connected on both sides of the control panel using standard cables, greatly simplifying system assembly. It is available with a plastic or metal faceplate, may be front or rear mounted to a panel and offers plain, countersunk or M3 threaded mounting holes.

Cliff’s Feedthrough connectors now provide Analogue, Digital and Optical Feed-Through connectivity in formats including Firewire, GJ45, 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.

#CliffElec #PAuto 

New CEO at MES innovator.

Jens Woehlbier has started as new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Werum IT Solutions. He succeeds Rüdiger Schlierenkämper who has worked for Werum in managerial positions since 2000 and will retire at the end of June 2019.

Jens Woehlbier
Before joining Werum, Jens Woehlbier worked for more than 20 years in various management positions at the management consultancy Accenture where he was responsible for IT transformation projects of industry customers. Most recently, he was Head of Front Office Digitization and Automotive managing the global technology portfolios of several Accenture key accounts and taking care of their digital transformation.

“As a profound IT and digitization specialist, Jens Woehlbier is a perfect match for Werum,” says Jörn Gossé, CEO at Körber Medipak Systems. “He will actively drive forward the further development of Werum's product portfolio realizing the Factory of the Future of our pharma and biotech customers.”

At the same time, Jörn Gossé thanks Rüdiger Schlierenkämper for his successful work and his commitment: “Rüdiger Schlierenkämper has had a strong influence on the internationalization of Werum and the great success of the company as the global market leader for pharma and biotech Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES).”

@Werum #PAuto #MES

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Digitalisation for manufacturers.

A free roadshow will be hosted by SolutionsPT on Tuesday, June 18th, allowing attendees to explore the latest industrial technology trends that are improving efficiency and productivity in the manufacturing industry.

Taking place at the Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland, the roadshow will explore:
  • the latest developments in cyber security and disaster resilience solutions that help safeguard industrial operations;
  • the ways in which operational lifecycles can be enhanced using digitally modelled assets, and
  • how cloud technology can provide attendees with greater insights into their assets and capabilities.
Attendees will learn about the latest Wonderware SCADA developments and how these enhance real-time operator awareness, data presentation and alarm management, as well as how Wonderware System Platform 2017 helps manufacturers digitally model their operational assets, enabling them to see beyond standard visualisation and receive context of their assets across key areas of their business.

They will also hear about an innovative use case study from the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), who selected Wonderware’s Next Generation client software to support a smart manufacturing initiative, and the benefits the software has delivered to their project.

Following lunchtime demonstrations, which will give attendees the chance to see the latest technology solutions in action, two afternoon sessions will explore the benefits that embracing cloud technology can deliver and the importance of using cutting-edge anomaly detection and disaster resilience software to maintain a secure environment.

A series of workshops in the afternoon will then provide attendees with the opportunity to get hands-on with some of the technologies that can help secure and optimise their operations.

Book Here!

@SolutionsPT #Event #PAuto #Ireland 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Two wire Coriolis meter.

The Micro Motion 4200 2-wire loop-powered Coriolis transmitter is to a new design that makes it possible to replace existing 2-wire flow devices with minimal effort and without incurring additional power or cabling costs. The device can accommodate the largest line size (4 in) of any 2-wire flow meter on the market and is the only such product to offer an onboard real-time clock for improved diagnostics. The unit is available in a remote-mount option for applications that require the transmitter to be located separately from the sensor.

“Coriolis 2-wire flow meters offer an accurate and repeatable flow and density measurement that can maximise plant efficiency and reduce waste,” said Anthony Gentile, product marketing manager at Emerson Automation Solutions. “By replacing unreliable legacy 2-wire flow meters with Coriolis 2-wire, the existing wiring can be reused, lowering planning, engineering and installation costs.”

The 4200 transmitter provides a viable migration path where Coriolis meters were previously not practical as a 2-wire solution, either due to restrictions on running additional wiring or a lack of power sources. By using existing wires and eliminating the need for AC panels and transformers, the 4200 shortens engineering and planning time and reduces installation safety hazards. The unit is also an ideal solution for greenfield applications where it is necessary to minimise wiring costs without compromising on measurement performance.

The new meter provides highly accurate and repeatable mass flow and density measurements, which enables users to optimise production, improve safety by preventing spill hazards due to overfilling, improve cost allocation and product usage, improve throughput and optimise reaction time. To ensure reliability, the device comes standard with Smart Meter Verification, the only 2-wire Coriolis meter diagnostic tool on the market that checks the structural integrity of the tubes. The data historian, with up to 14 days of storage and a real-time clock, facilitates troubleshooting by time-stamping process data, audit trails and reports. A touch control display provides a simplified user experience and reduces commissioning time. The 4200 is also SIL 2-capable with single use and SIL 3-capable with multiple meters.

@MicroMotion #PAuto @EMR_Automation 

Test instruments for university lab.

Rohde & Schwarz  has won a contract to supply test equipment for the newly refurbished Electronic Engineering teaching laboratory at the University of Essex (GB). With 16,500 students from over 140 countries situated across three campuses, the University of Essex is internationally diverse and rated as one of Britain’s top universities. The new lab is central to the University’s teaching of Electronic Engineering, and is used by undergraduate, MEng and Masters Students.

Professor Anthony Vickers, Head of the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE) at the University of Essex, commented, “We have made a considerable investment in our main teaching laboratory and created a facility that we are truly proud of, which fully meets the expectations of our new cohorts of students. Rohde & Schwarz stood out as delivering exceptional quality, service and measurement performance. Its test solutions are smart and connected, with specific features to help our teaching staff guide the learning experience.”

Phil McCluskey, Sales Engineer, University Business Development, Rohde & Schwarz UK added, “We are delighted that Rohde & Schwarz has been chosen to equip the main teaching lab in one of the UK’s top electronic engineering schools. This laboratory is used by over 450 students a year as they start their careers in this wonderful discipline, and we are excited that they will be learning their subject on Rohde & Schwarz equipment.”

The University of Essex has equipped each workstation with an R&S RTB2000, which offers an oscilloscope plus logic and protocol analyzer, waveform and pattern generator and digital volt-meter in a single compact case. This not only reduces the overall investment in test equipment, but also saves valuable space at each workstation. The built-in web server functionality enables students and lecturers to display their oscilloscope screen content to the classroom and over a network. Other features of the oscilloscope that appeal particularly to students include gesture recognition.

The university has also implemented a lab management software solution with Rohde & Schwarz to streamline lab setup between classes. It automates lab bench assignment and instrument configuration, as well as presenting remote screen content.

The R&S NGE100 DC Power supplies purchased by this University offer high efficiency combined with low ripple, plus a variety of comfort functions that are not usually found in this class of power supplies. R&S HMC8012 Digital Multimeters are also installed at each workstation.

@RohdeSchwarz #Laboratory #TandM @Uni_of_Essex

Train connections!

Data networks in trains can now be implemented reliably and in a future-proof manner using the preLink® system and EtherRail® cables, which are specially designed for railway requirements. With Ethernet delivered via one pair of wires, rail operators can reduce their operating costs and optimise production.

These products have been developed to meet the demands of train travellers, who now expect high-performance internet access during their journey. Railway operators must therefore offer an appropriate data infrastructure to meet these requirements. This requires new cabling systems, which Harting has developed to ensure reliable and fast internet in trains.

The central component of the preLink® system is the termination block, which allows the cable connection to be performed quickly, simply and reliably. The miniaturised size of the preLink® contact block makes it possible to prefabricate data cables separately from the train car before installation. A minimum hole diameter of just 12 mm is enough to insert and route the cables. Once the cables have been laid, the appropriate connector is attached, depending on the network device to be connected. Both RJ45 and M12 D- and X-coded connectors (socket or pin) are available for data transmission of up to 10 Gbit/s. This unique range of mating faces, in conjunction with standardised preLink® connection technology, offers unparalleled flexibility and investment security, especially over long periods of use within railway scenarios. The system simultaneously simplifies assembly, making it both faster and more reliable.

A further innovation allows M12 sockets to be connected via preLink®. The newly designed sockets can be used both as a loose cable coupling, as well as a housing feedthrough, whilst a preLink® printed circuit board socket allows the user to connect pre-assembled preLink® cables directly to the printed circuit board without the need for detours. As a result, there is no need for a permanent connection to a housing, meaning Ethernet connections can be quickly and cheaply brought directly to the circuit board. The combination of the modular preLink® system and Etherrail cable is the ideal solution for cabling rolling stock. With easy-to-install connectors and cables, trains can be equipped with future-ready Gigabit Ethernet, making an important contribution towards delivering the infrastructure required for the mobile workplace of the future.

Ethernet through Single Twisted Pair (SPE)
The goal of Ethernet via Single Twisted Pair cable and small connectors according to IEC 63171-3 is to achieve weight savings while offering identical performance. Under IEEE 802.3bp (1000 BASE-T1), cable lengths up to 40 metres can transmit 1 Gbit/s while the cable length is about one-third less than conventional 8-wire Ethernet cable. A standard Ethernet cable with four wire pairs for 1/10 Gbit/s Ethernet weighs about 45 kg per kilometre. In contrast, a Single Pair cable with the same bandwidth weighs only 30 kg per kilometre. Since several kilometres of cable are installed in the cars of passenger trains alone, this offers considerable savings in terms of vehicle weight.

Tool-less installation with PushPull
Harting offers its PushPull solutions to simplify assembly and service in the railway sector while improving reliability. The solutions consist of the circular M12 PushPull connector in a rugged metal housing, as well as the lightweight, easy-to-use rectangular variant 4 connector. Securely transmitting power, data and signals up to Category 6A presents no difficulties with M12 and variant 4.

The advantage of PushPull connectors lies in the tool-free installation, regardless of whether circular or rectangular versions are used. The connectors are simply gripped and attached. The connectors produce an audible “click” indicating that they have been securely locked and correctly mated, saving up to 75% of installation time. Both connectors feature robust IP protection class 67 and are tested in accordance with fire protection standard EN 45545-2. Not only does PushPull offer time savings, its compact design and tool-free installation means it’s easier to fit in space-restricted areas such as roof cavities, underfloor areas and control cabinets.

@HARTING  #Transport

Scholorships awards.

The ISA Water & Wastewater Industries Division (WWID) has anounced the winners of the 2019 WWID Student Scholarships. The scholarships are given out to promote higher learning and to encourage students to pursue technical careers in the municipal water/wastewater sector.
This year’s recipients are Ivana Tieu and Jared Hunter. Each will receive a $1000 USD scholarship prize to help with their school costs.

Ivana Tieu, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
“I sincerely thank all the committee members for awarding me as one of the recipients of the ISA’s 2019 WWID Michael Fedensyzen Memorial scholarship. I am truly honoured to be recognized for my hard work and continued efforts to make a difference. This generosity is greatly appreciated and contributes to my completion of my undergraduate degree. I hope to support the water and waste water industry in the future. Thank you again for this scholarship that will aid in my endeavors as a prospective civil environmental engineer.”

She is a second year Civil: Environmental Engineering Co-op student at the University of Alberta. She is passionate about water resources engineering and was a volunteer for the Faculty of Engineering’s DiscoverE camp, the Engineering Students’ Society (ESS) art show, ESS Career Fair, ASSIST Community Services summer camp, and other non-profit organizations. On an undergraduate team, she has entered in the ISA Industry Challenge Competition to apply technical knowledge outside of the classroom. Through her interest in entrepreneurship, she was Vice-President Finance of 3 student led Junior Achievement companies, an Off-Site Advisor for two junior high in-school company programs and sat as an Advisory Council Board Member as Achiever of the Year from the 2017 program term. She has interned for Core Real Estate Group and is currently interning with Junior Achievement Northern Alberta & NWT. With an understanding of social responsibility, she acted as a member of City of Edmonton Youth Council Social Equity Sub-Committee for 2017/18 and is a member of the Urban and Regional Planning Sub-Committee for the 2018/19 term to vocalize youth issues and empower youth through initiatives and events.

Jared Hunter, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, USA
“I want to thank everyone who considered me to be a winning candidate for the scholarship. It means so much to me, as I am working on a Bachelor’s Degree from Weber State University. I am majoring in Computer Science, so it’s important for me to look forward to a career in that field with as much skills as possible. Scholarships like this are the reason I keep succeeding in college, even after getting the Associate’s Degree from Salt Lake Community College.”

He grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. In high school he took several advanced placement courses and was heavily involved with Boy Scouts. He received his Eagle Scout in 2015. Jared completed a diploma at Salt Lake Community College, and is currently working on his Associates Degree in Computer Science at Weber State University. He looks forward to contributing to the water sector.

• 2020 ISA WWID Student Scholarship: Applications will be due January 31, 2020 and the Scholarship Application form will be available shortly.

 #ISA #Water #Wastewater #WWID

Whether fieldbus? - a study.

More and more industrial equipment is being connected to industrial networks. In 2019, the number of new connected nodes is expected to grow by 10%. Industrial Ethernet and Wireless continue to grow fast, but 2019 also marks the first year of fieldbus decline. These are the main findings in the annual study of the industrial network market by HMS Networks. Industrial Ethernet now accounts for 59% of new installed nodes (52% last year), while fieldbuses are on 35% (42). EtherNet/IP is still the most widely installed network at 15%, but PROFINET is closing in at 14%. Wireless technologies continue to develop strongly and are steady at 6% of the market (6).

HMS Networks' annual analysis of the industrial network market focuses on new installed nodes within factory automation globally. As an independent supplier of solutions for industrial communication and the Industrial Internet of Things, HMS has a substantial insight into the industrial network market. Here are some of the trends they see within industrial communication in 2019.

Continued growth for industrial Ethernet
Last year, HMS concluded that Industrial Ethernet had surpassed traditional fieldbuses for the first time, and this development continues in 2019. With a steady growth rate of 20% (22), industrial Ethernet now makes up for 59% of the global market (compared to 52% last year). EtherNet/IP is the largest industrial Ethernet network with 15% of the market, but PROFINET has almost closed the gap and is now at 14%. Ethernet runners-up globally are EtherCAT at 7%, Ethernet POWERLINK at 5%, and Modbus-TCP at 4% all of which are showing stable growth.

Fieldbuses are declining
For the first time ever, fieldbuses are declining by -5% (compared to a 6% growth last year), now accounting for 35% of new installed nodes. The dominant fieldbus is still PROFIBUS with 10% of the total world market, followed by CC-Link at 6% and Modbus-RTU at 5%.

Reflections on the industrial Ethernet growth and the fieldbus decline
Anders Hansson
“The transition to industrial Ethernet continues and is driven by the need for high performance and the need for integration between factory installations and IT-systems/IIoT applications,” says Anders Hansson, Chief Marketing Officer at HMS. “For the first time we see that traditional fieldbuses actually decline in terms of new installed nodes. When it comes to industrial Ethernet, we see good growth for many networks – for the established Ethernet/IP, PROFINET, EtherCAT, POWERLINK and Modbus-TCP, as well as for the networks grouped in the ‘other Ethernet’ category. This fragmented Ethernet picture is very interesting, and it goes to prove that industrial Ethernet never standardized on one network as many predicted when the Ethernet-based networks first evolved in the 1990s. Just like the fieldbuses, the various Ethernet networks serve different purposes depending on industrial application.”

Still a strong drive for wireless solutions
Wireless technologies are also growing steadily by 30% (32) and accounts for 6% (6) of the total market. Within Wireless, WLAN is the most popular technology, followed by Bluetooth. “Wireless is increasingly being used by machine builders and system integrators to realize new, innovative automation architectures. Users can reduce cabling and create new solutions for connectivity and control” says Anders Hansson. “We also see increased activities globally around cellular technologies (e.g. Private LTE/5G networks) as enablers for Smart and Flexible Manufacturing in factories.”

Regional network variations
In Europe and the Middle East, EtherNet/IP and PROFINET are leading and PROFIBUS is still widely used. Other popular networks are EtherCAT and Ethernet POWERLINK. The US market is dominated by the CIP networks, with a clear movement towards EtherNet/IP. EtherCAT is continuing to gain market share. In Asia, no network stands out as truly market-leading, but PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, PROFIBUS, EtherCAT, Modbus and CC-Link are widely used, with the Ethernet version CC-Link IE Field also gaining traction.

@hmsnetworks #PAuto #Fieldbus

Monday, May 13, 2019

Prescriptive analytics for rotating machinery.

PeakVue™ Plus, a technology enhancement that brings prescriptive analytics to the field to help users improve the availability of rotating machinery has been launched by Emerson. The firmware streamlines the path from data collection to action and enables users to make timely, corrective decisions when analysing machinery vibration.

By embedding expertise into analysis algorithms, PeakVue Plus enables AMS 2140 Machinery Health Analyzer users to see at a glance not only whether a machine is in good working condition, but also the severity of an issue and whether it is related to a bearing defect or lubrication. This helps field technicians determine root causes and quickly resolve equipment problems before failures occur and cause unplanned downtime.

“PeakVue Plus prescribes to the user the necessary corrective actions to preserve bearing life and ensure long-term availability of their assets,” said Robert Skeirik, director of machinery health product management at Emerson. “It’s like having an expert available at the touch of a button.”

PeakVue Plus builds on proven PeakVue technology that filters vibration signals to focus on impacting, a leading indicator of overall asset health on any type of rolling element bearing machine.

New AMS 2140 analysers will include PeakVue Plus. Current AMS 2140 users will be able to upgrade their units to add PeakVue Plus, if they have an active Guardian Support subscription. Guardian Support is a service that helps optimise the reliability and performance of systems by providing a single online location where users can see the health of all their Emerson devices, receive around-the-clock technical support, and download software updates.

Emerson plans include adding PeakVue Plus to other Emerson machinery health products, allowing analytics to report into the Plantweb™ Optics asset performance platform so users can better manage asset health across the enterprise.

@EMR_Automation  #PAuto  @HHC_Lewis 

Focussed on optics.

Anglia has added an exceptionally extensive range of secondary optics to its LED lighting portfolio with the addition of Khatod a world leading manufacturer of reflectors, lenses, diffusers and other accessories for LED Lighting, Infra-Red (IR) and Ultra-Violet (UV) applications. Khatod design and manufacture all products 100% in-house at their modern facilities in Milan, Italy.

Extensive range of Khatod secondary optics
Commenting, David Pearson, Technical Director of Anglia, said, “Anglia offers a broad range of LED products for creating light – but that light still needs to be adapted, directed and optimised to the requirements of the final application. Using appropriate optics can increase the amount of useable light available in the system and also protect the light source against potential damage. This is what Khatod products do. Its lenses and reflectors are the perfect complement to our established optical portfolio and help us provide our LED lighting clients with a more complete solution.”

Giuliano Cassataro, Sales Manager at Khatod added, “Khatod is investing heavily in the further development of optical products, with a focus on energy-saving and environmentally friendly production processes. Anglia is the perfect UK channel partner to help us take these innovative solutions to market. The company already offers many complementary products and we believe that our new partnership will benefit Anglia’s customers, Anglia and Khatod.”

Anglia will be stocking an extensive range of popular Khatod solutions including its REELENSES optics for Mid Power LEDs supplied on Tape and Reel packaging for high volume manufacturing. It will also be stocking silicone material lenses which enable designers to seal lighting fixtures to IP ratings and also provide impact protection to IK standards.

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Vision sensing!

The new Teledyne DALSA BOA Spot XL and XLE smart vision sensors, from Stemmer, bring great versatilty for error proofing, identification, general inspection and robotic guidance applications in manufacturing. These new models offer more features than previous models, allowing an even wider range of automated inspection and identification tasks to be performed, yet retain a highly competitive price point.

With a rich array of embedded vision tools and scripting options that allow these tools to be deployed in combination to solve simple or complex inspection tasks, BOA Spot is a vision sensor with many of the capabilities of a smart camera. This functionality has been further enhanced through the introduction of periodic and event driven scripting in the new XL and XLE models. Tools for part locating, feature finding, counting, measuring and code reading can now be linked together to createeven more flexible routines for manufacturing, error proofing, robot guidance or tracking applications.

The new XL vision sensors offer an embedded vision tool set exceeding those available on the BOA Spot EL and IDE vision sensors combined, with the QuickBarcode Direct Part Marking algorithm available on XLE version. New for the XL and XLE models is automatic reading of characters (OCR) based on a trained inference network built from Artificial Intelligence technology and an image calibration process that improves measurement accuracy by correction of perspective image distortion along with coordinate system mapping for robot guidance.

The new models are available with monochrome or colour sensors with a 640 x 480 pixel resolution, and also with a higher resolution 1280 x 960 pixel monochrome sensor. All versions are available with an integral M12 lens and ring light featuring a choice of white, blue or red LEDS. Alternatively they can be purchased with a C mount adapter and no lens, lens cover or light.

Built-in Ethernet factory communication protocols, versatile I/O for control and interfacing, flexible mounting options and a slim line form factor make them ideally suited for factory floor deployment. Further flexibility is provided through the option to upgrade existing BOA Spot models such as the EL/DIE to XL/XLE functionality.

Inspected images can be transferred to a networked drive using the FTP protocol. Easy set up is achieved via a web browser and a suite of support utilities is provided to centrally view and manage multiple cameras across a factory.

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Tribute to environment veteran.

After a distinguished career in air quality instrumentation, Colin Craggs has retired from his longstanding role as a senior member of the Air Monitors sales team. Colin retires on a high, having personally achieved over £1 million in sales during 2017 and significantly more in 2018. This success is partly due to the growing concern with air pollution which is driving the need to monitor, but is also testament to the depth of knowledge and experience that Colin was able to share with his customers.

Born in Wolsingham, County Durham (GB) in 1956, Colin first worked in the minerals processing industry, attending night school in Consett, but this was followed by a career in environmental instrumentation that lasted for 36 years. Coincidentally, he has been married to his wife Christine for about the same period of time. Christine attended the same school in Wolsingham, but being significantly younger was unaware of Colin’s existence until he sidled up to her in a pub and employed his best negotiating techniques to persuade her to go out with him. Happily, he was successful, and for most of their married life the family home has been near Selby, where Colin and Christine raised their two children Andrew and Catherine. Through a wry smile, Christine says, “Sadly, that means both my kids are ‘Yorkshire’.” However, this did enable Colin to pursue his passion for Rugby League as a season ticket member of the Castleford Tigers club. Colin was therefore deeply moved to be presented, on his retirement from Air Monitors, with a rugby ball signed by the Tigers first team.

Colin’s first instrumentation job was with Instrumentation Laboratories, which subsequently became part of the Thermo group. At that time, another member of the sales team was a young man from Glasgow, named Jim Mills, who became head of Thermo’s environmental division. Then, when Jim left, Colin was promoted to this position and spent many years with the group. In recognition of his success in various roles at Thermo, Colin was recently the recipient of a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

The two young (ish) salesmen acquired a healthy respect for each other, so when Colin left Thermo in 2010, Jim snapped him up immediately, giving him Air Monitors’ sales responsibility for the north of England.

Jim is a great believer in the experience and expertise necessary to build trust with customers, so he says: “The decision to offer Colin a job was one of the easiest I have ever had to make. He is very well liked and respected in the air quality sector, and his technical knowledge is excellent, so we were thrilled when he agreed to join Air Monitors.

“The great thing about Colin is that he is happiest when he is with customers; helping to solve their measurement problems. He is a straight talking, genuine guy with the integrity that generates trust and respect.

“It is very sad that Colin is now retiring – after nine hugely successful years with Air Monitors there are some big shoes to fill, but he has laid the foundation for a very strong business, and we are hugely optimistic about the future.”

Apart from his family, Colin’s pride and joy is a twelve year old Golf R32. As a purveyor of environmental instrumentation, this classic vehicle (with a 3.2-litre V6 engine), is Colin’s guilty secret, and Christine says that it’s so special he rarely takes it out of the garage. Doubtless, Colin plans to spend much of his retirement in the R32 burbling around the rural lanes of Yorkshire. However, Christine has conveniently prepared a list of activities for Colin – mainly jobs that were left unattended while he was busy breaking sales records, so Colin does not have to fear for the possibility of boredom.

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