Friday, June 14, 2019

Safety switch with solinoid.

The IDEC Corporation has releaseed its new HS1T interlock switch with solenoid. This interlock switch delivers an industry-leading 5,000N of locking force, with many features included to maximize protection in machine and equipment guarding applications.

Interlock switches are incorporated into machinery and equipment to both monitor and lock gates, doors and similar access points. Many of these applications endure high vibration, thrown debris, physical abuse and even bypass attempts, so they must have a high locking force. Interlock switches are used to ensure guarded locations are secure before starting a machine and are also used to deny access to certain areas during operation, both critical for operator safety and protection. These devices must be strong, adaptable and secure.

This new HS1T improves performance in all these areas. Delivering 5,000N of locking force, the HS1T is much more powerful than comparably-sized devices. This is achieved in such a compact size due to a metal head integrating the locking and mounting functions, an improvement over older designs where the head could break away from the mounting body. Also, to maximize installation options, the remaining actuator portion can be independently rotated from the high-strength head using only one screw. With a slim form factor and so many mounting options, the HS1T can be installed virtually anywhere, providing greater flexibility for designers.

Much of the HS1T’s strength is provided by the metal head, but cam design also plays an important role. IDEC has included three independent rotary cams, instead of the single cam used by conventional devices. Two cams control the locking mechanism and one drives the door monitor contact. This arrangement provides redundancy, additional strength and ensures the monitoring function continues to work even if a locking cam is damaged.

The HS1T meets the requirements of ISO 14119:203 for Lock Monitoring and are marked as such. This means both the status of the position and the locking function of a protective door can be monitored through the lock monitoring contact. The net result is that fewer on-board contacts are needed to achieve redundant safety circuits and additional monitoring circuits, reducing the amount of wiring on the device. For additional integrity, the device structure is designed so the lock monitoring contact can never indicate closed if the door is not positively closed, thereby preventing the associated machine from being turned on with risks exposed.

Installers will appreciate the HS1T’s multiple available cable entry ports, with faster and more reliable wiring connections made possible by spring clamp terminals. These connections offer excellent vibration resistance, prevent wires from loosening and never need tightening. Designers can choose from spring lock or solenoid lock styles, with several options for contact configurations. These flexible installation options are complemented by an IP67 and Type 4X indoor use only rating.

An energy-efficient solenoid consumes only 200mA while actuated, reducing electricity costs and allowing controls to activate the device directly without a relay. This is 25% less power compared to other models and among the lowest rating in industry.

Structurally, the HS1T interlock switch can’t be turned on unless the door lock is positively closed. As an additional protection against improper operation, designers can take advantage of the HS1T’s compact size and mounting options to install it in normally unreachable, covered or hidden locations to minimize defeat possibilities.

Mechanical durability has been improved to two million operations, double that of other models to ensure a long operating lifetime. An optional manual rear-side unlock button allows personnel to release the device if they are inside a guarded area and need to exit. A rear unlock mechanical indicator, a first in the industry, allows the lock status to be identified from the front and the back.

The HS1T interlock switch provides safety, performance and cost advantages for equipment manufacturers, machinery builders, packaged system designers, robotics implementations and OEMs of all types. The device is suitable for many industries and can serve as the preferred model for many applications.

@IDECUSA #PAuto 

Single pair Ethernet.

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is growing at a rapid pace. Experts agree that Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) will be one of the key technologies that significantly shapes the success of the IIoT. The factory of the future requires high data streams and the industrial sector needs connectivity which adapts itself to increasingly growing demands. This is most effectively achieved via standards that are developed and advanced through partnerships in an open eco-system.  

Harting has recognised the requirements of the factory of the future, driven the development of Ethernet connectivity for tomorrow's networks and presented intelligent connectivity with solution packages for the Cloud, Edge and IIoT.

As an enabler of IIoT, the company is taking the step from a technology trend to a real application and customer solution. With an interface standardised according to IEC 63171-6, the technology group is consistently recognising trends, defining standards and delivering high-quality products.
Generations of network engineers, planners, installers and users have learned that Fast Ethernet (10/100Mbps) requires cabling with two wire pairs and Gigabit Ethernet requires four wire pairs. The new Single Pair Ethernet is pushing technology into the market that can transmit these TCP/IP-based data streams via just one pair of wires.

This technique, which is being driven by the automotive industry, is increasingly gaining importance in automation technology, where it is being further developed in a targeted manner. Due to its simplicity and the associated reduction in weight, space requirements and installation effort, this technology has a great future within industry, automation technology and the rail industry, among others.

SPE now makes it possible to bring digitisation, i.e. continuous IP-based communication, to the field level. Equipping simple sensors, cameras and reading and identification devices with Ethernet interfaces supports the implementation of Integrated Industry and IIoT. IP-based communication from the Cloud down to every sensor has long been a sought-after vision that now takes on a very real form.

A prerequisite for the widespread use and successful marketing of SPE technology is the end-to-end compatibility of devices, cables and connectors. Since the beginning of the year, an ISO/IEC international selection process has been in progress for cabling and the selection of standardised SPE mating faces, involving more than 20 national expert committees. Because of this selection, two mating faces have prevailed:
• for building wiring, the mating face according to IEC 63171-1, based on the proposal by CommScope

• for industrial and industry applications, the mating face IEC 63171-6, based on the proposal by Harting.

The core element of the new Harting T1 industrial connector family is an always-uniform SPE mating face that is used for all versions, from IP20 up to IP65/67. Harting has aligned its connector design accordingly and can achieve both 1GBit/s for shorter distances and 10Mbit/s for long distances with a mutually compatible mating face.
@HARTING_Group #PAuto #IIoT  #Ethernet

Addressing emerging high-frequency applications.

ShockLine™ VNAs Lower Cost-of-Test and Improve Time-to-Market in 5G, Satellite and Signal Integrity Applications.

A 43.5 GHz frequency option for its 2- and 4-port ShockLine™ MS46122B, MS46322B, MS46522B, and MS46524B vector network analyzers (VNAs) with guaranteed specifications using Anritsu’s Extended-KTM type connectors and components has been introduced by Anritsu. The ShockLine family becomes the first VNA to support specified 43.5 GHz functionality in a K-connector environment, creating distinct cost-of-test and time-to-market advantages in high-frequency applications, including 5G, satellite, and signal integrity.

With the introduction of the Extended-K calibration kits and accessories, the option eliminates the need to use inconvenient adaptors or completely change the connector type. It provides design and manufacturing engineers with an efficient solution that adds the critical 3.5 GHz to a test environment for verification of products used in emerging applications.

Anritsu leveraged its design and characterization capabilities to extend the K-connector frequency performance. The additional 3.5 GHz of guaranteed coverage enables customers to remain in the K-connector environment rather than transition to more expensive and less robust 2.4 mm connectors, saving cost and increasing compatibility across test environments.

The ShockLine MS46122B, MS46322B, and MS46522B are 2-port VNAs that provide a range of price and performance in three distinct configurations to meet the needs of a wide variety of applications. The MS46122B USB VNAs are packaged in a compact 1U chassis and are externally controlled via USB from a user-supplied PC. The MS46322B is designed in a self-contained, compact, and rugged 2U chassis that includes the power supply and computer. The MS46522B Performance ShockLine VNA delivers unprecedented value and performance in numerous test applications up to 92 GHz.

For 4-port test environments, there is the ShockLine MS46524B series. The VNAs deliver economical and performance efficiencies in a multiport VNA to lower the cost-of-test and speed time-to-market.

@Anritsu #TnadM @NapierPR

Process instrumentation market to grow in North America.

The Process Instrumentation and Automation market in the United States, valued at $13.9 Billion (€12.32b), is projected to grow 4.4 percent by 2023 to a total of $17.3 Billion (€15.34).

The Measurement, Control & Automation Association (MCAA) has published its Annual Market Forecast. The report, prepared by the analysts at Global Automation Research, focuses on the Process Instrumentation and Automation (PI&A) markets in both the United States and Canada. Twelve industry segments and 12 product categories are examined in-depth, with a forecast timeline extending to the year 2023.

Three industries accounted for over 50 percent of the 2018 total process automation market: Chemicals, oil refining and electric utilities. These three industries, plus food & beverage, and pharmaceuticals will be the fastest growing segments over the 5-year forecast period.

Paul Rasmusson, President, Global Automation Research LLC, said, “There are strong growth drivers in each of these industries including the build-out in ethylene plants, capacity expansions in oil refineries, new natural gas-fired generators, and the growing drive for automation to improve productivity, enhance quality and safety, and extent plant life in the pharmaceutical and food & beverage sectors.”

The report shows that O&G process automation spending recovered strongly in 2018, with most of the growth in the midstream segment. And, the U.S. steel industry spending is growing, as the companies expand capacity to meet tariff-related domestic demand.

Rasmusson cautioned, “A slowing global economy, could reduce demand for plastics, creating an excess in ethylene production and oil refining capacity causing delayed or cancelled projects. A U.S. recession would reduce demand for process industry products across the board, undermining the forecast growth in process automation spending.”

Process control systems and process control valves continue to dominate the market value, accounting for 60 percent of the total for 2018. The fastest growing product categories are electronic flow, electronic level, and Remote I/O. The report shows that the displacement of some older technologies (e.g., mechanical flowmeters, mechanical level meters, and data acquisition instruments) continue as electronic flow and level meters and expanded DCS, PLC, and SCADA capabilities are adopted by the process industry.

The Market Forecast also includes information for the Canadian Process Automation Market which is valued at $1.3 billion and forecast to grow to $1.5 billion by 2023, a five-year CAGR of 3.4 percent. Five industries—F&B, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, oil refining and electric utilities will grow above average. Two major industry sectors are struggling. The O&G sector growth is limited due to the takeaway shortfall in Alberta causing lower prices. Growth is further limited as Alberta implements curtailment rules that limit the number of new wells, in the hopes of better prices on low volume. The Canadian metals industry spending dropped after the Trump tariff, however, the most recent indications that the tariffs will be dropped could restore some spending in this sector.

@THEMCAAorg  #PAuto #GlobalAutomationResearch 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Intelligent fault indication.

The basic module CC24plus LC by UNITRO Fleischmann is a reasonably priced, intelligent fault indicating system in a wall-mounted housing that provides effective monitoring of supply and operating equipment.

It fulfils the UNITRO levels 2 and 3 of the functional characteristics for fault indicating systems: Simple group message without signal storage, or acknowledgeable flashing fault message, each with new horn value and group message. (See the level selection table here!)

Other features include:
  • Recording of 24 messages, control 24V internal (DC) or external (AC / DC).
  • Red 5 mm LED display with insertion label.
  • Power supply: Wide area network device: 110–230V AC/DC
  • A built-in USB interface for parameterization:
  • Notifications: quiescent-operating current, response delay, relevant, not relevant, display with one or two flashing frequencies.
  • Assignment of the message inputs to the two output relays with C/O can be chosen as needed,
  • Factory setting: All inputs on collective signal relay and in parallel on acknowledgeable horn signalling relay. Built-in miniature horn.
  • Membrane keys for horn and flashing acknowledgement, as well as LED test.
  • Easy to assemble screw-type terminals 1.5 mm² connection.
  • Wall mountable compact housing 233x200x100 Protection class IP54.
The CC24plus System is a web-enabled high performance ICT system and meets the highest requirements in terms of function and communication.

As an intelligent "Two in One" system, it offers multiple benefits thanks to its multifunctional and multi-communicative properties:

As an intelligent HMI station, the module enables fast on-site event assignment thanks to its bright 5-colour LED display.

As a web-enabled decentralized substation, the system is ideally suited for remote alarming and remote monitoring. In addition to the properties of the CC24plus LC, the CC24plus offers freely selectable 5-colour LED display and 4 freely assignable C/O output relays.

The following optional features are also available.

  • Battery-buffered UPS up to max.10hrs power failure.
  • Ethernet port (FTP) with Web server for remote monitoring and remote parameterization. A built-in USB interface for direct parameterization.
  • An integrated modem for the remote alarming of services via a text to speech telephone voice announcement, 24 + 4 alarm lines with 4 telephone numbers each are available, with remote acknowledgement.
  • A 2-wire LON bus output enables the control of a parallel panel and the integration into a building control system.
#UnitroFleischmann #Monitoring, #Power 

Energy harvesting experts strengthen British coverage.

EnOcean has appointed Simon Johnson to manage their sales in Britain. The specification specialist will be working to promote their successful energy harvesting technology into this fast-growing market including smart building projects and the emerging trend of modular homes. Simon will work closely together with John Corbett, Sales Director UK at EnOcean, and report to Jürgen Baryla, Vice President Sales.

Simon Johnson
Simon Johnson joins EnOcean from Theben AG, a specialist in smart home technology focussed on KNX, where he spent three years as Sales and Specification Specialist. Simon previously ran his own electrical contracting business. He has a keen interest in modern building control solutions, with a number of family home renovation projects to his name making him aware of the specific requirements.

“We are delighted to have Simon join the team with his high level of experience,” said Jürgen Baryla. “He has a successful track record of sales of smart building technology, as well as unique insight into installing these technologies and making them work in a real building environment. We believe he will be a real asset to our UK customers.”

Commenting, Simon said, “I am excited to be joining EnOcean. The company is extremely well placed to develop and manufacture the energy harvesting products needed for the smart future of our buildings. I believe EnOcean is in a unique position. It is a pioneer in energy harvesting devices and is large enough to invest in new ideas but small enough to be flexible.”

Smart building control solutions are proving popular in the territory with more commercial and residential projects adopting the technology. Legislation and tougher controls on energy usage are likely to further boost demand, which EnOcean is ready to fulfil enabling highly flexible and maintenance-free sensor solutions. “There can be huge benefits from monitoring the usage of buildings and internal environments using cleverly deployed sensors,” added Simon Johnson. “These include increased productivity, higher comfort, reduced energy costs, proactive rather than reactive facilities management and better use of space.”


@EnOcean #Appointment #Britain #BAC

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Collaboration announced in technical education.

Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) and ESB (Electricity Supply Board-Ireland) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a framework of strategic collaboration that will include three key areas - Research and Development, Talent Promotion and Diversity and Inclusion. TU Dublin President, Professor David FitzPatrick, and ESB Deputy Chief Executive, Jerry O’Sullivan announced the partnership at a celebratory event hosted by Ireland’s newest University in Grangegorman.

Jerry O'Sullivan & Professor Fitzpatrick
at TU Dublin Campus
Speaking at the MoU launch event in Grangegorman, University President, Professor David FitzPatrick outlined the value of the strategic partnership with ESB. “TU Dublin welcomes this new opportunity to work with ESB on a range of innovative projects delivering quality research outputs, nurturing a pipeline of new talent in the key areas of Engineering and related disciplines, and encouraging a diverse and inclusive student population and working environment. To date, our close working relationship with ESB has been very fruitful. One example would be the introduction of the very successful Access to Apprenticeship - a 12-week taster programme for young people who may find it difficult to access an apprenticeship due to social and economic barriers, and we are pleased to see our relationship strengthen further with today’s announcement.”

ESB and TU Dublin will explore areas of mutual interest under each of the headings covered by the MoU. For example, under Research and Development, discussions will take place around the development and operation of Electric Vehicle Fast Charging infrastructure across Ireland, real-time wind generation, and energy market modelling and battery storage.

Both parties will also focus on talent development activities, including the development of new academic programmes in power plant technology and an examination of professional roles and employability of future engineers. They will also investigate potential co-operative initiatives aimed at encouraging Diversity and Inclusion in STEM education and the workplace, building on current programmes such as TU Dublin’s ESTEeM - a mentoring programme for young women studying STEM subjects.

Jerry O’Sullivan, Deputy Chief Executive of ESB, said: “ESB is once again proud to collaborate with Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) to support the delivery of important programmes and research projects, as well as nurturing the next generation of innovators and creators. This collaboration underpins our commitment to leading the transition to a low-carbon future as we support the vital research and development work in renewable solutions such as battery storage, electromobility and electricity generation. The focus on STEAM initiatives also aligns with our own commitment to empowering young people to reach their potential and power their collective brighter future. We look forward to working with TU Dublin and the benefits this collaboration will bring to all.”
Pics: Maxwell Photography


 @WeAreTUDublin #STEM @ESBGroup

Elbow leaks!

Ashtead Technology has added the Olympus FlexoFORM™ pipe elbow scanner to its rental fleet of Non Destructive Testing equipment. “This is part of a major investment in our NDT fleet,” says NDT Market Manager Steve Drake. “The FlexoFORM is an extremely important addition because it complements our other pipe inspection equipment and provides a solution for many particularly challenging applications.

“Pipe elbows are susceptible to damage from issues such as flow-accelerated corrosion (FAC), but they can be difficult to inspect because their shape changes from convex to concave, and of course pipe diameters vary widely.”

To address these challenges, FlexoFORM integrates flexible phased array probe technology in a scanner. When combined with a water column, this solution can be used to collect easy-to-interpret data on elbows with diameters ranging from 4.5" OD upwards. The instrument also provides 100% elbow coverage, intuitive 2D C-scan imaging, high-resolution data (1 mm × 1 mm) and fast elbow wall thickness measurement.

The scanner can be used with an OmniScan® MX2 or SX instrument to measure remaining wall thickness, and detect corrosion pitting and mid-wall laminations or inclusions. High-density data combined with the multiple views available on the flaw detector or OmniPC™ software, provide clear images of the elbow’s condition and make data interpretation faster and easier.

For pipes that are smaller than 4.5 inches, the FlexoFORM can be rented with the small-diameter wedge series, which allows users to manually scan the curves or elbows of pipes from 1.3" to 4" OD, and can be fitted with a Mini-Wheel™ encoder to create an encoded one line scan.

@ashteadtech  #NDT #PAuto @_Enviro_News 

Smart technology in public ameneties.


Civica is taking part in a smart pilot project to help Belfast City Council manage its parks and open spaces.

The Amazing Spaces, Smart Places initiative will be trialled for two weeks as part of the Council’s Smart Belfast programme to gain a deeper understanding of how residents and visitors alike use green spaces in the city.


Botanic Gardens Bel Fast

Following a competition launched in October 2018, five companies including Civica were selected to explore how data and innovative cloud technologies can help Belfast City Council manage its open spaces, looking at safety and usage issues, alongside encouraging more visitors.

Civica’s Belfast-based Innovation Team created the ParkKeepr solution for the competition, based on the company’s SensAI cloud software. Civica’s pilot project is based in Belfast’s Botanic Gardens and uses a network of Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to track anonymous WiFi connection data to record footfall and better understand the flow of people through the park. Following the pilot, Civica will provide analysis and data reports into flow and occupancy which will help the Council make better informed decisions for the future.

Councillor John Kyle, deputy chair of Belfast City Council’s People and Communities Committee, said: “We’re committed to working creatively with companies to encourage innovation in areas such as big data and new technologies, to come up with smart solutions to everyday challenges for our city.

“This pilot project gives us a unique opportunity to capture important data which will help Council improve how it manages our city parks and open spaces, and further enhance the experience for all users.”

Mark Owens, Managing Director, Northern Ireland for Civica added: "We’re delighted to be working with Belfast City Council on this challenge to explore how cutting-edge cloud technologies can help build better and safer parks and community spaces. We look forward to seeing the results alongside the potential to innovate and collaborate further on digital projects across the city in the future.”

Phase one trials are taking place in Botanic Gardens, Victoria Park, Connswater Greenway, Girdwood Community Hub sports pitches and City Cemetery. The projects use a range of technologies to capture and analyse data including IoT, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and community currency apps.

The project has been jointly funded by Belfast City Council and the Department of Justice via the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), as well as funding from Dublin City Council.



@CivicaUK #IoT @belfastcc @brands2life 

Monday, June 10, 2019

Award recognises consistant outstanding performance.

Anglia Components has received its fifth TDK European Distribution Award in 2018 in the local distribution category, an outstanding achievement over the six years in which the Awards have been presented. Anglia previously won awards in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, giving it the best track record amongst TDK’s 18 local distributors in Europe.


L to R: Dietmar Jaeger, General Manager of Global Distributor Division for TDK;  John Bowman, Marketing Director, Anglia; David Pearson, Technical Director, Anglia and Warren Kennedy, Distribution Account Manager TDK.
Presenting the Silver Distribution Award in Munich (D), Dietmar Jaeger, head of the TDK's distribution business in Europe and General Manager of the Global Sales Distribution, said, “Our assessment of our distribution partners is rigorous and detailed, and winning even one award is a significant achievement. The fact that Anglia has now been recognised for outstanding business performance five times out of six demonstrates not only that they achieve very high standards, but also that they are able to maintain and improve on them consistently over many years. Congratulations to the Anglia team on a truly exceptional performance.”

Commenting, John Bowman, Marketing Director, Anglia Components, said, “Anglia is proud of the high standards of service it achieves, and we believe that our performance sets us apart. We are continually investing in improving our service, and winning this, our fifth award from TDK provides a valuable independent endorsement of our success. We were proud to receive this award on behalf of the whole team at Anglia, and look forward to building an ever closer working relationship with TDK.”

TDK’s annual assessment of distribution partners is based on its Senten Manten program, a Japanese term that stands for the perfect result that can be achieved with 1000 points. The programme assesses distributors’ performance and collaboration with TDK in four categories: business performance, inventory management, contractual terms and operational excellence.

 @angliaComponent #Electronics @TDK_Europe @NeeshamPR