Friday, August 30, 2019

New CFO at thyssenkrup.

Daniel Wodera is to become CFO of thyssenkrupp Materials Services effective October 1, 2019. This was confirmed by the supervisory board of thyssenkrupp Materials Services at its most recent  meeting. Klaus Keysberg, who was appointed CEO of thyssenkrupp Materials Services in January this year and has additionally been acting as CFO since then, has held the post of CFO since 2014.
Daniel Wodera

“I am very pleased that Daniel Wodera is joining our board team. Each of us in the board brings different competencies and wide business experience. I am convinced that we are ideally positioned to successfully move Materials Services forward together with our employees,” says Klaus Keysberg, CEO of thyssenkrupp Materials Services.

39-year-old Wodera has a degree in business administration and has been with the Group since 2001. He is returning to Essen from the Italian subsidiary Acciai Speciali Terni S.p.A. (AST) where he has been CFO since 2015 and played a key role in the company’s successful restructuring. Before his appointment as CFO of AST, Wodera held various management roles at thyssenkrupp Materials Services, most recently as Head of Controlling from 2012 to 2015.

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New IoT adaptor for enclosure cooling units.

Machinery and equipment must be able to communicate with each other and the internet if a company is to implement Industrie 4.0. To ensure customers can integrate existing Blue e cooling units into condition monitoring and IoT systems, Rittal is now offering a special adaptor that retrofits comprehensive communications capabilities.

Digitalization is right at the top of the agenda for lots of industrial companies, but what do they do when their machinery and equipment lack adequate communications interfaces? A digital retrofit – kitting out existing machinery and equipment with suitable communications technology – can be the ideal solution. That is why Rittal has launched an adaptor for its Blue e cooling units that, when installed, ensures the units can link up to smart condition monitoring and IoT systems.

The new adaptor can be used to set up condition monitoring for up to ten cooling units in a master/slave arrangement. That means not only can data be recorded, but efficiency analyses can also be carried out on the cooling solution. A monitoring system that issues automatic notifications can also be set up to detect faults and limit breaches, thereby helping boost availability and prevent expensive machine downtime.

The new adapter is compatible with all Blue e units that use a Comfort Controller and both wall and roof-mounted cooling units can be made fit for Industry 4.0. This applies to both standard units and stainless steel versions, too. Similarly, Rittal cooling units with a NEMA 3R/4 or NEMA 4X classification – which are often used outdoors – are ideally suited for incorporation into IoT applications. Typical examples of outdoor applications for these units include renewable energy facilities such as solar and wind power plants. As these plants are usually located in isolated areas, it is essential that they incorporate remote monitoring for panel building and switchgear manufacturing.

Blue e cooling units are integrated into higher-level systems using the same IoT interface that Rittal markets for units from the successor range, Blue e+. Rittal has developed the new IoT adaptor because the older Blue e units cannot communicate directly with the IoT interface. The whole system can be configured and commissioned via the web server integrated into the IoT interface – quickly, conveniently and without the need for any programming.

#PAuto @Rittal @Rittal_Ltd @RittalNA

Low Cost, Low Profile VGA Connector.

The popular 15 pin VGA “D-Sub” to its market leading range of FeedThrough connectors have been added to the range from Cliff Electronics. All their FeedThrough connectors may be assembled into an industry standard XLR connector panel cut out, simplifying system design and improving product aesthetics.

Widely used for integration of equipment into video systems, pro-audio, broadcast, AV and data networking, the new Cliff VGA FeedThrough connector is simple to assemble and may be supplied mounted on Cliff’s purpose built 19” rack panels, offering systems integrators fast and convenient system assembly.

The front-mounted VGA connector requires less space at the rear of the panel than competitors, leaving more space for system hardware. Connection both sides is via standard 15 pin VGA male leads.

Dan Walker, General Sales Manager, of Cliff Electronics, comments; “Our new VGA connector joins our HDMI and USB versions allowing us to offer designers every type of commonly used audio-visual connector from a single source. This UK design was undertaken at the request of our customers worldwide who asked us to provide a space-saving connector which was simple to assemble and integrate. Our new design fulfils these requirements and offers competitive pricing compared to competitors’ products.”

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.

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

#CLIFFElectronics #PAuto @proactivefleet

Power supply with remote control.

PULS Power has introduced their new DIN-Rail power supply CP20.241-V1 featuring a remote-controlled ON/OFF feature. This allows system administrators and building automation controllers to switch the power supply on or off by use of an external signal switch or transistor gate. This remote-control feature makes centralised control of multiple system components very simple to implement and provides a very efficient shut-down facility in the event of system failure or emergency.

“Industrial and building automation is a high growth area with Industry 4.0 being implemented ever more widely.” comments Marco van der Linden, Manager in Britain for PULS. “Providing the ability to control the output of our new DIN-Rail power supply from a remote location or autonomous AI system will be of great advantage to systems integrators.”

Their CP20.241-V1 is part of the DIMENSION CP series, which provides efficient solutions for designers and systems integrators requiring powerful and space-saving DIN rail power supplies.

With a width of only 48mm, PULS has set a new standard in this power class. The compact design of the CP20 units is made possible due to its efficiency of 95.6%. The devices have been optimised not only for the highest possible peak efficiency at full load but also provides excellent efficiencies with partial loads. High efficiency levels across the entire load range mean lower energy costs for the users in the usage phase and lower heat generated. The CP20 power supplies also raise the bar for reliability. The units can achieve a service lifetime of at least 94,000 hours at +40°C ambient temperature, 100% load and 230VAC input.

In addition to the high-power density users benefit from a comprehensive approvals package and many useful features. These features include a power reserve of 20% (up to +45°C continuously and between +45°C and +60°C short-term), an exceptionally small input inrush current, full output power between -25°C and +60°C (with derating up to +70°C) as well as high immunity to transients.

Key specifications of the PULS CP20.241-V1 include input voltage 100-240VAC and 110V-150VDC, active power factor correction (PFC), output 24-28VDC at 480W, current sharing feature for parallel operation, safe HiccupPLUS overload protection mode, easy breaking fuse at 3 times nominal current for 12ms, remote shut-down, DC-OK relay contact and dimensions of 48 x 124 x 127mm.

Typical applications for PULS DIN-Rail power supplies include, industrial and process control, building automation, panel-building, test and measurement, instrumentation and communications systems. Versions are available approved for railway systems and ruggedised for harsh environments.

#PAuto @PULSPowerSupply

On track for £20 million turnover target.

In line with its 30% year-on-year growth objective, Ion Science is celebrating 30 years by announcing it is on target to achieve £20 million (€22m) turnover in 2019. Increasing global awareness of the need to monitor volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for indoor and outdoor air quality continues to drive demand for the company’s high performance photoionisation detectors (PIDs).

MD Duncan Johns
Further underlining its position as the world’s largest manufacturer of VOC monitors, Ion Science, which has subsidiary offices in France, Italy, Germany, India, China and the USA, is also reporting that April 2019 was a record month for the business with an unprecedented £1.3 million turnover, largely due to an order for 180 of its popular Tiger handheld instruments. The company has also benefitted from sales growth across Scandanavia and the Far East.

“There is no doubt that widening recognition of the damaging effects of VOCs on health and the environment continues to fuel our growth,” comments Ion Science Managing Director, Duncan Johns. “It means that more companies are seeking well-designed, robust and reliable gas detection instruments for ensuring the safety of employees and the wider community.

“As a technology led business, it is imperative we continue to move forward and push boundaries, which has been demonstrated by considerable investment in strategically located subsidiary offices in Europe and the Rest-of-the-World, as well as the expansion of our MiniPID sensor range, with a focus on indoor air quality applications.

“Despite being established for 30 years, we are proud that our philosophies, core values and vision are the same as ever, that we are committed to developing market leading, cost effective and efficient sensing devices for end users across the world.”

Landmarks
Ion Science was responsible for developing the world’s first truly field worthy and accurate PID detector which was patented in 1998. In 2000, it launched the PhoCheck 5000EX which was its first PID instrument designed to detect VOCs down to ppb levels and the range of hydrosteel corrosion monitors that continue to be the world’s premium hydrogen flux monitors used primarily in petrochemical streams.

Responding to its growing experience of worldwide PID applications, the company took out a global patent on its advanced PID Fence Electrode technology in 2002, which enabled VOC measurement in contaminated, hot and humid atmospheres.

The serviceability and robustness of the PID using the Fence Electrode was enhanced by the in-house manufacture of a miniaturised PID (MiniPID), as incorporated in the Tiger series and other PID instruments.

In 2007, Ion Science acquired a mercury vapour detector (MVI) which is ideally suited to chemical and petrochemical markets.

Since then, the company has dedicated considerable resources to selective PID measurements within the petrochemical industries, such as the Tiger Select.

Another key milestone for Ion Science was the move into a new state-of-the-art £4.5 million, 1500m² facility in autumn 2017.

@ionscience #PAuto @elhcomms

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Power Analysis.

Power grids ensure that consumers can be supplied with electrical energy at all times. Requirements for the quantity, availability and quality of the energy vary according to the consumer and are therefore contractually agreed between the consumer and the supplier. In this way, trouble-free operation of customer installations can be ensured without unduly influencing other energy consumers on the same network.

However, where mains power quality is concerned, the problems caused by influences are increasing rapidly. This is not least the result of consumer behaviour in terms of AC-DC voltage conversion, which makes energy planning an increasingly difficult task (for example when considering e-mobility). But also, countless and ever-increasing numbers of decentralised feed-in points, such as PV systems for example, multiply the supplier’s problems and as a result make it more difficult for them to comply with their contracts.

Two types of measurement may be useful in assessing power quality. On the one hand, a permanent measurement procedure is used to support 24/7 operation. This measurement should monitor the system as uninterruptedly and permanently as possible and continuously transmit relevant information to the operator (for example, with the LINAX PQ3000 or PQ5000). On the other hand, the so-called mobile measurement method is used to obtain an up-to-date picture of the power network on-site, in the event of a fault or during periodic checks by means of measurement campaigns. For this application, Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG has introduced the metrologically-certified LINAX PQ5000 mobile to the market.

The LINAX PQ5000 mobile series of power quality meters is based on the technological specifications of the PQ3000 and PQ5000 family for monitoring the power supply quality. The PQ5000 mobile mobile measurement solution can be used to check the operationally-relevant aspects of the energy supply. These are characterized by supply quality, supply availability, evaluation of changes or improvement measures as well as energy flow analysis. Using the recently-introduced, innovative PQ-EASY REPORT, statistical reports on the power quality can be generated directly from the measuring device via a web browser. The reports follow standards such as EN50160, IEC61000-2-2, IEC61000-2-4 and IEC610002-12, GB/T (China) and IEEE519 and can be retrieved cost-efficiently without external software. In addition, individual limit value standards can be entered and selected. The time frame for statistical observation can be flexibly set by the user, but should not be less than 7 days for it to be in compliance with the standard. The unique PQ-EASY REPORT allows customers to select the scope of the report from one of three levels: a conformity overview, an overview with statistical details or an overview with statistical details plus an event overview. Customers can also include their own company logo in the reports generated by PQ-EASY Report. Communication to a laptop, desktop, tablet or smartphone for data analysis and status reporting is possible via an integrated WLAN or LAN interface. Data export of load profiles, waveforms and event lists is possible via CSV file. During the measurement, the device does not require any external communication, as the start/stop control can be done directly on the device. This means that it can be used even in application environments where the use of LAN or WLAN is not possible.

The Linax PQ5000 Mobile is housed in a robust and waterproof lockable enclosure. Individual current measurements are performed either via a current clamp set or Rogowoski coils.
The voltage is measured directly via fused voltage taps. As an orderable option, GPS time synchronization can be added to display the field measurement data with the correct time stamp.

With the metrological certification of the  PQ5000 Mobile, Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG continues to apply the principle of not only indicating its accuracy in the data sheet, but also having it metrologically certified at the highest level. This guarantees that all standard-related data are correct and verifiable and allow users to determine the corresponding corrective actions to be taken.
Based on the latest technology standard, the unit also offers a very high level of price-performance. This is not least due to the fact that Linax PQ5000 Mobile is autonomous with no requirement for external software, because the analysis can be performed via an integrated web browser and using PQ-EASY Report. Quite simply, a complete and versatile solution!

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

#CamilleBauer #PAuto @irishpwrprocess

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Traceable calibration of noise & vibration instrumentation.

In a move to safeguard the quality of measurements and eliminate the costs associated with unreliable monitoring equipment, AcSoft is offering traceable calibration of a wide range of noise and vibration instrumentation with a five-day lead time as standard.

AcSoft’s state-of-the-art acoustic calibration laboratory is capable of calibrating a variety of noise and vibration equipment from its subsidiaries, Svantek UK and GRAS UK, as well as instruments from other manufacturers.

The laboratory calibrates sound level meters, microphones, preamplifiers, calibrators and pistonphones, accelerometers (frequency response and sensitivity), analysers and dosimeters.

The company uses the goCA calibration systems from GRAS for calibration of microphones, sound level calibrators and pistonphones.

For calibration of sound and vibration meters, AcSoft uses a bespoke calibration system from Svantek Poland. A full factory calibration is performed on Svantek products ensuring all new instruments have a fresh calibration certificate every time.

A bespoke shaker system from Data Physics is used for sensitivity calibration of accelerometers over a range of frequencies. A Dytran 3123AK reference accelerometer set is used.

AcSoft’s equipment is located in an air conditioned, purpose-built laboratory and is calibrated to nationally traceable standards. Return shipping is free of charge – within Britain – and the company can also arrange collection of kit, if required.

@Acsoft_Sound #PAuto

Confirmed quality with automated tests.

During the development and enhancement of PROFINET devices, developers and system testers have extensively and successfully used the continuously expanded Automated RT tester (ART tester) from PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International). This has become an important component of quality assurance, and an increasing number of device manufacturers are integrating it in their testing during the development process. This is the feedback of the PI community from the most recent events and meetings.

The ART tester is part of PI’s PROFINET Test Bundle, a set of software tools developed for manufacturers of PROFINET products, available free of charge to Manufacturer Members of PI.

The automated and clearly understandable test sequences help to substantially raise the quality and stability of the communication firmware. The tester recognizes errors that can typically result from adjustments for new devices – in a way that is reliable and replicable. Thus, the user receives access to a PROFINET device with guaranteed quality. Thus problems of interoperability are avoided and manufacturers can forgo the troublesome search for errors.

The tester is being developed by a team of professional developers in close coordination with standardization authorities, quality assurance committees and technology suppliers, based on the latest procedural methods (Scrum-based agile software development and the corresponding tools). The globally accredited PI test labs use this tester for their certification testing. But device manufacturers can also use this very software to carry out and reproduce identical tests in-house. The PI labs were most recently trained during the international test lab meeting in Innsbruck at the end of May 2019; the device manufacturers were likewise trained at the certification workshop in Mainz in June 2019.

Meanwhile, developers often use the ART not only to complete a project but also for parallel testing during the development process. The tester can do such things as running a test during the night for coding that was developed earlier that day, in order to get the fastest possible response concerning certifiability. A further advantage of the testing system is that it can be used as the base for one’s own test case development. A company can easily supplement its own test sequences by means of C#, using the available functions and methods.

Along with the current testing bundle – which primarily contains the new version of the ART with enhanced redundancy tests and now also with integrated topology tests – a further, separate bundle is available with the pilot version for PROFINET with TSN. This enables developers to collect initial experience at an early stage with the new system and PROFINET with TSN, which supports PI’s objective of using specific measures to implement easily understandable, replicable and consistent certification.

#PAuto #Fieldbus @AllThingsPROFI @ProfibusUK

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Signal improvement capability transceivers.

CAN FD, the next CAN generation, will be used heavily in future passenger cars. Market-leading automakers will migrate from Classical CAN to CAN FD. In order to improve the use of CAN FD networks, CiA has developed their SIC (signal improvement capability) transceivers. CAN in Automation (CiA) has released the CiA 601-4 specification standardizing these SIC transceivers recently.

“It is an important step for the automotive industry to use CAN FD also in hybrid topology networks at high bit-rates,” said Holger Zeltwanger, CiA Managing Director. “SIC transceivers from several manufacturers will be available, soon.” The released document specifies also the EMC (electromagnetic compatibility) testing."

CAN FD as specified in ISO 11898-1:2015 allows bit-rates higher than 1 Mbit/s in the data-phase of the data frame. The achievable bit-rate depends on the network topology and the selected physical layer components such as cable and connectors. Using pure bus-line topologies enables bit-rates of 2 Mbit/s respectively 5 Mbit/s. In order to enable the use of not ideal topologies, the data-phase bit-rate needs to be lowered. Another option is to use so-called SIC (signal improvement capability) transceivers, which suppress the ringing causes by the not optimized network topology. These SIC transceivers are specified in CiA 601-4. There are two implementations available: one suppresses the ringing when transmitting; the other filters the ringing when receiving.

#automotive #Standards @CANopen


Monday, August 26, 2019

Simple joining process.

Kistler's new NCFE servopress solution is specifically designed for simple joining processes to deliver a cost-effective alternative to conventional pneumatic or hydraulic systems.

Compared to hydraulic or pneumatic units, the NCFE module offers impressively low energy consumption, simple handling and fast commissioning for applications in the measuring range from 10 to 80 kN.

The NCFE module is a cost-effective, off the shelf joining system using integrated sensor technology that gives users the benefit of complete end-to-end monitoring and control of the entire joining process. Installation and handling are made much simpler, so machine builders can design custom systems which deliver low energy consumption and flexibility.

The joining process is controlled by Kistler's maXYmos NC system, which evaluates and documents the force/displacement curves for joining and press-fit processes in conjunction with the joining modules and the matching IndraDrive servo amplifier. The patterns of measurement curves can be used to monitor the quality of a single production step, a sub-assembly or an entire product, with control in real time via SERCOS III. The benefits of optimal cycle times can be achieved with maximum repeat precision. Downtime is minimized and machine availability is increased boosting productivity for the entire manufacturing process.

The Kistler NCFE module offers significantly greater efficiency than hydraulic and pneumatic joining processes. Savings potential with the electrical process is about 77% as compared to hydraulic and about 90% to pneumatic processes. Further cost savings accrue from the minimal maintenance needs of the NCFE system and 100% quality control in real time virtually eliminating rejects during production.

#Kistler #Manufacturing

Friday, August 23, 2019

Vibration control system for CNC machine tools.

NUM has launched an innovative accelerometer-based active vibration control system for CNC machine tools. Primarily designed to improve machining by virtually eliminating tool head vibration, the system further helps increase productivity by maximising material removal rate (MRR) and can also provide valuable real-time feedback for predictive maintenance purposes.

Vibration damping off  (top) and on
NUM’s active vibration control system is a very cost-effective solution that provides unprecedented dynamic damping capabilities. Most competitive accelerometers on the market are only capable of low frequency sampling rates and require additional signal conditioning electronics before they can be connected – usually via Fieldbus – to the CNC or PLC system. Typically, acceleration data can only be retrieved once every 20 milliseconds, which is inadequate for vibration damping purposes on machine tools. The accelerometer in NUM’s new system is sampled every 100 microseconds, which means that it can be used for closed loop control at bandwidths approaching several hundreds of Hertz.

The small flange-mounting accelerometer transducer can easily be attached to the machine’s tool head and has a sensitivity of 0.02 g (1.96 m/sec/sec), with a measurement range of plus/minus 2 g (plus/minus 19.6 m/sec/sec). The transducer connects directly to the digital servo drive, obviating the need for any additional signal conditioning circuitry.

The active vibration control system utilises the drive embedded macros (DEM-X) option that is available on NUM’s MDLUX high performance digital servo drives. This option enables real-time macros to be embedded within the drive in order to manipulate its regulation algorithms. The output signal from the accelerometer transducer can thus be used to directly influence the behaviour of the speed servo control loop. All MDLUX servo drive modules use advanced DSP control techniques to maximise the CNC kernel-to-drive servo bus speed, and feature high loop bandwidths and special acceleration algorithms for uncompromised speed and positioning accuracy.

One of the most interesting applications of NUM’s new active vibration control system concerns Tool Centre Point (TCP) vibration due to the various vibration modes of a machine tool's mechanical structure. Until now, even if the machine is equipped with a high resolution encoder (integrated in the servo motor) it has been impossible to damp the TCP vibration, simply because it is not measured. Although complex system modelling and state-space control could possibly provide some effective results, the complexity is very high and the compensation robustness is quite weak. For example, in the case of a small parameter change, such as inertia, the effect of the compensation would be lost entirely.

However, by using NUM’s new active vibration control system to measure and dynamically alter the TCP acceleration in each of the main X, Y and Z axis directions, it is now possible to damp the vibration very accurately. Using this approach, tool head vibration can effectively be eliminated, significantly reducing tool wear and maximising the MRR of the machining process.

All acceleration data is processed within the drive in the digital domain, which means that it can be cyclically transmitted to the Flexium+ NCK and stored in the NCK buffer. The data can then be uploaded to the Windows operating system for further evaluation, or for use with NUM’s process monitoring software. It is especially useful for preventive maintenance applications, where it can provide early indication of potential machine problems before they become expensive repair tasks. Typically these include detecting spindle vibration caused by bearing problems, detecting the onset of performance deterioration such as increased friction or backlash, and detecting excessive tool wear or breakage.

#PAuto @NUM_CNC

Wireless pressure gauges contribution to major award.

The Alaska Oil and Gas Association has awarded the ‘Alaska Oil & Gas Project of the Year for Environmental Stewardship and Innovation’ to BP Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay Unit Well Operating Limits Project. The three-year programme began in 2016 and involved the field-wide installation of Emerson’s Rosemount™ Wireless Pressure Gauges at the Prudhoe Bay field, helping transform how the wells are monitored.

Rosemount Wireless Pressure Gauges contribute to decreased personnel and environmental risk by providing improved visibility into well integrity without the need to physically enter the well, protecting personnel from potentially hazardous conditions. Additionally, automated real-time data and greater process insight provide early notification of well anomalies, reducing the risk of an event.

The Alaska Oil & Gas Project of the Year for Environmental Stewardship and Innovation honours an Alaska project that demonstrates superior environmental stewardship in design, construction, or operation, and/or an innovative approach that sets a new standard for industry design, construction, or operation in Alaska.

Working closely with Emerson and PCE Pacific, Inc., BP installed more than 3,500 Rosemount Wireless Pressure Gauges on upstream wellheads at Prudhoe Bay for year-round remote pressure monitoring. Rosemount gauges were selected because of their reliability, wireless communication capabilities, easy-to-read local display and simplified installation.

The Rosemount gauges replaced existing mechanical pressure gauges that required personnel to perform manual readings on more than 1,700 wells under potentially hazardous conditions due to the extreme weather in Prudhoe Bay, which at times can reach 50 degrees below zero Celsius.

The automated wireless data provided by Rosemount Wireless Pressure Gauges offers updates at a rate of once per minute, as opposed to the once per day frequency of the mechanical gauges. The granularity and immediacy of the data has been valuable for improving well management, decreasing response times, and preventing potential events. This has also helped to reduce manual data entry. In addition, both data quality and read frequency increased over the previous manual methods.

#PAuto  #Oil @EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @AOGA @HHC_Lewis #USA

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Hand-writeable, self-laminating labels.

TE Connectivity (TE) has released the TKM and BKM series of hand-writeable, self-laminating labels.

TE’s TKM and BKM products are self-writable clear vinyl film with a permanent acrylic adhesive. Supplied with a white hand writable area which is over-laminated upon application using the clear portion of the label. TKM/BKM are hand writable which allows for on the spot labelling, protected by the self-laminating feature. These labels are available in two formats. TKM is supplied in booklet form while BKM is supplied in sheet form.

“Self-laminating wraparound labels are ideal for identification of wires, cables and pipes,” said Robin Parella Gershkoff, TE product manager. “Also, TKM and BKM products are resistant to chemicals and frequent handling, making the labels ideal to use for job site installations. The series is engineered to withstand exposure to solvents, salts, alkalis and water, while still being free from cadmium, silicone and PTFE and is not electrically conductive.”

TKM/BKM labels can withstand temperatures of minus 30°C (minus 22°F) to 120°C (248°F).

TKM booklet labels are available in 25.0mm (0.984 in.) width and in four heights ranging from 50.0mm (1.969 in.) up to 230.0mm (9.055 in.). The booklet is ideal for remote work sites when printers are not readily available.

BKM sheet labels are available in four widths ranging from 23.0mm (0.906 in.) up to 50.0mm (1.969 in.) and four heights between 38.0mm (1.50 in.) up to 230.0mm (9.055 in.).

TKM and BKM labels are fully free of substances of very high concern (SVHC), in line with TE’s compliance with the European Community’s REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) legislation.

#Pauto @TEConnectivity #REACH

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Standard extended for safety.

The CiA 306-1 CANopen electronic data sheet (EDS) specification was first published in 2005. Its predecessor, the CiA 306 specification, was used for more than 20 years to provide an electronic description of CANopen device interface functionality. New published versions of the CiA 306 series have been extended in respect to the CANopen Safety protocol as standardized in EN 50325-5.

CANopen is one of the most successful embedded control networks. It is standardized as EN 50325-4. To simplify system design, standardized electronic descriptions are needed. The CiA 306 electronic data sheets have been used for many years. It describes the CANopen device interface functions by means of a standardized text file. In order to use it also for CANopen Safety standardized in EN 50325-5, the recently released CiA 306-1 specification introduces functional safety attributes.

CiA 306-2 specifies an Excel-based database format for CANopen device profiles. A specific profile description can be used to test a dedicated EDS on conformity. CiA’s CANopen conformance test tool requires such Excel sheets. The nonprofit CAN in Automation (CiA) association provides them.

Part 3 of the CiA 306 series describes the network variable handling and the tool integration. Originally, some contents of this document were part of the CiA 405 CANopen programmable logic controller specification. The new version introduces reference designators for the purpose of tool integration. This is especially important for Internet-based remote configuration and diagnostics.

#Pauto #Standards @CANopen 

Mobile analysis - 3D and 2D CAD Viewer.

The powerful 3D_Analyzer Viewer of CoreTechnologie (CT) comprises in the current version 4.3 a new license-borrowing function that allows to use the software for a limited time for example on a laptop. Already the inexpensive basic version of 3D_Analyzer includes 24 different interface formats, such as CATIA V5/V6, NX, Inventor SolidWorks, Creo, STEP, JT as well as FBX and OBJ. In addition, the new version also reads major 2D drawing formats.

The 3D_Analyzer professional version of the Viewer provides outstanding analysis capabilities that are usually available only in much more expensive CAD systems. For assemblies, the model comparison as well as a collision and clearance check are available. Models can also be analyzed for wall thicknesses, draft angles, undercuts and projected areas. Thus, the Viewer is the ideal tool for users who sometimes use a CAD system for viewing and detailed analysis, but in general do not design or edit the parts. The flexible viewer helps to relax the license utilization of expensive CAD licenses and thus significantly reduces costs. A special highlight of the professional Viewer is the possibility to save all imported CAD models as JT or 3D PDF files.

The future-oriented version 4.3 of the 3D_Analyzer fully supports the advanced 3D master technology. Thus CAD models from V5, NX and Creo as well as from STEP AP 242 and JT can be read including dimensions, tolerances as well as the predefined views, so-called captures. The use of the 3D Master eliminates the need for 2D drawings, since in the 3D model all information relevant for production is available and combined by means of the different captures. Among other things, intelligent 3D master models enable paperless production and avoid differences between 3D and 2D data. The clever technology is currently gaining importance for the integrated production process in the context of Industry 4.0. With the 3D_Analyzer Viewer, 3D master models can also be used on lightweight, cost-effective tablets.

#PAuto @CoreTechnologie @CoreTechnologie

Director of Technical Marketing

Industrial automation and industrial internet of things (IIoT) manufacturer Opto 22 has named Josh Eastburn as Director of Technical Marketing. In this position, Eastburn will lead the creation of useful and engaging customer content, discover and highlight Opto 22 customer applications, and work closely with industrial automation media outlets.
Josh Eastburn

“This new position builds on my interest in people as well as my experience as an automation engineer,” says Eastburn. “I’m looking forward to working more directly with customers, finding out their concerns and helping them use Opto 22’s products—especially the new line of groov EPIC® edge programmable industrial controllers and I/O—to solve their automation and IIoT challenges."

Eastburn comes to the new position after 12 years in process automation, DCS/PLC integration, HMI/logic design, engineering team leadership, and project management, most recently at Genentech. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in Spanish from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, (CA USA).

#PAuto @opto22

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Instrumentation scholarship.

The ProComSol Instrumentation Scholarship Program has just been inaugurated by ProComSol, Ltd. This year the award will be $1500.

According to Jeffrey Dobos, President of ProComSol, “There is a definite industry need for more technical personnel. The program is designed to support those already pursuing the necessary education to join the ranks of instrumentation professionals.”

Interested candidates should visit their site for the requirements and the application form. The deadline for submission is November 1, 2019 with the award announced on December 1, 2019. The winner can use the funds for the winter 2020 school term.

They encourage colleges and universities to promote this program to their students. Contact us for promotional materials and other help reaching your students.

ProComSol intends to continue and grow this program to make awards every semester. Hopefully both students and education administrators will take advantage of this program.

#PAuto @ProComSol

Communications standards upgrades.

The CAN in Automation (CiA) association has released new versions of the CANopen profiles CiA 406 and CiA 461. CANopen is internationally standardized in EN 50325-5. This European standard specifies the CANopen application layer and communication profile.

The updated CiA 406 specification provides improvements regarding the CRC polynomial for CANopen Safety encoders. Additionally, some parameters for functional safety have been introduced. The Annex C provides examples for CANopen Safety configuration handling. CANopen Safety is standardized in EN 50325-5 (formerly CiA 304).

The CiA 461 series specifies the CANopen interfaces of weighing devices. Part 1 (PDO specification) and part 2 (load cells) originally published in 2015 have been updated marginally. Just a few minor changes have been introduced. More impor
tant is the completion of the profile series. Part 3 specifies the CANopen interface for scales. This includes the process data and the mapping into PDOs as well as configuration parameters. Part 4 provides the device profile for weighing displays and indicators. It specifies the process data and configuration parameters. Additionally, it describes the PDO communication and mapping parameters.

 #Pauto #Standards @CANopen 

Greater productivity through permanent lubrication of the internal toothing.

High efficiency, better process performance and low heat development. These are just a few of the advantages of a servo pump. 

The Baumüller servo pump solution has been in use for years in a number of applications such as presses and injection molding machines. By now, their use has become part of the standard equipment of machine manufacturers, partly due to rising energy costs. End customers are increasingly taking the total operating costs into account and are finding that the purchase price for a servo pump very often pays for itself within a year due to the significant reduction in energy consumption.

Baumüller has worked continuously, together with its customers, on enhancement and has now brought its latest servo pump version onto the market.

In the latest enhancement, the hydraulic pump is attached directly to the engine with a gear tooth system. This dispenses with the coupling and pump support as is the case with classic servo pump versions, which has the advantage of a shorter installation length and therefore a smaller machine installation area. Furthermore, direct attachment eliminates the need for mechanical parts. In this way, the machine manufacturer benefits from lower storage costs.

Another advantage lies in the intelligent use of hydraulic oil. The latest version, for example, features new connections for both the motor and the constant pump so that the leakage flow of the pump can be used for the permanent lubrication of the gear tooth system. This eliminates the need for grease lubrication of the internal toothing, which is required every 3,000 operating hours on average. The machine can operate without interruption. Baumüller is the sole supplier of this solution, which also results in significantly reduced service costs for machine manufacturers and machine operators.

The structural change also offers a further customer benefit. Since the holes for the connections are on both sides, the motor can be installed horizontally or vertically, depending on the application. This means that the motor position can be freely selected and adapted to the respective machine design.

The new features are available for Baumüller's DSD2 three-phase current synchronous motor series in sizes 71 and 100 and are very well suited for plastic and die casting machines. Size 132 will be available shortly.

In addition, the customer can also use the existing bores in the motor for his own sensors. For example, pressure sensors for monitoring the oil lubrication of the internal toothing can be easily attached. The installation of leakage sensors for early indication of possible leaks is also straightforward, enabling predictive maintenance. The measured values and data recorded by the sensors minimize uncontrolled breakdown times and the machine can proactively undergo service at a pre-defined point in time.

The servo pump of drive specialist Baumüller combines the advantages of hydraulic power transmission with the benefits of electric servo drive technology. The control of the drive and the low energy consumption of the components, especially in the partial load range, results in a highly energy-efficient and yet economical solution that machine builders and users in the plastics and die casting industries can implement in their machines as a decisive competitive advantage.

The drive package consists of a constant pump, a DSx servo motor, a b maXX 5000 converter and the servo pump software module integrated in the converter. The comprehensive range of dynamic motors and converters in different cooling versions from Baumüller offers the right drive solution for an optimal and energy-efficient process design according to the respective load profile of the application. Thanks to the integrated software module of the servo pump, Baumüller's solution can be used independently of the respective manufacturer’s machine control system.

#PAuto @be_in_motion 

MES in Irish pharma plant!

Takeda Ireland Limited has implemented Werum’s PAS-X Manufacturing Execution System (MES) in a phased approach at its Grange Castle (Dublin IRL), production site. Takeda is a global, research and development-driven pharma company focusing on oncology, gastroenterology and neuroscience therapeutic areas plus vaccines.

“With the help of Werum’s PAS-X MES we were able to successfully transform our Grange Castle site into a paperless factory,” says Paul Keogh, Plant Director at Takeda Ireland,  Grange Castle. “The new digital operations provide huge quality, regulatory, operational, and data availability benefits. Example benefits include work standardization, human error avoidance, data entry reduction, batch review by exception, manufacturing decision support, material management, data visualization, etc. Moreover, the MES-based Level 2-4 integration architecture provides a solid platform for digital innovation and operational expansion.”

Werum’s PAS-X MES automatically pulls manufacturing data from the shop floor by integrating Takeda’s Process Control System via OSIsoft PI Historian. Thus, approximately 94% of all parameters in each batch record are automatically entered to the batch record. MES is configured to download recipes to the process control layer and to synchronize Electronic Batch Recording (EBR) with process controls in real-time to ensure batch data entry is contemporaneous and original as production progresses. In addition to the basic data integrity benefits, PAS-X EBR enforces additional operator confirmations and electronic signatures where required based on GxP and safety risks. Through EBR the manufacturing process is highly standardized, and batch review by exception is supported.

In addition to the shop floor integration, new PAS-X SAP interfaces were developed during the Takeda Ireland project as part of a global SAP template rollout across Takeda. These interfaces enable a seamless exchange between the global supply chain and the local manufacturing execution process.

The integrated MES template provides a basis for MES expansion to support operations for two new innovative manufacturing plants currently under construction at the Takeda Ireland Grange Castle campus. The new plants are solid oral dose and liquid vial based drug products employing high containment and cell culture technologies respectively.

#PAuto @Werum #Pharma #MES #Ireland

Connected manufacturing and IIot examined.

PI UK will be present on stand E33 in the Connected Manufacturing zone and their  Deputy Chairman, Derek Lane will be presenting a paper in the technical sessions on the subject of PROFINET on IIoT/IND4.0 including an update on TSN and APL (Time Sensitive Networking and Advanced Physical Layer).

Connected Manufacturing is one of the key zones of the Advanced Engineering exhibition and conference. This exhibition, on of Britain's bestt attended engineering events, is scheduled for the end of October 2019 and if everything we read is to be believed, the last days of Britain as a member of the European Union after over 45 years.

“Now more than ever,” say the organisers, “industrial production is a key driver for innovation, productivity, growth and job creation. As we embark on this new revolution where disruptive technologies connect information technology and operational technology, Connected Manufacturing will catalyse the business and technology opportunities that exist between innovators, customers and suppliers – including those within IIoT, big data, automation and more …”


 #PAuto #AEUK18 @ProfibusUK @advancedenguk

Interested in but discouraged from STEM?

Survey shows growing interest in STEM careers but lack of encouragement, especially for women!

As the world faces a skilled workforce gap, the fifth annual STEM survey by Emerson found that six out of 10 Americans are interested in pursuing STEM careers – but fewer than four in 10 (39%) have felt encouraged to do so. The disparity is even more pronounced among women: two out of three US women say they were not encouraged to pursue a career in STEM.

While the survey found that younger generations across the globe are three times more likely to be encouraged to pursue STEM careers than generations before them, there are still several critical gaps to address – particularly as industries continue to report that they cannot find individuals with the skills required for today’s advanced workplaces. For example, the National Association of Manufacturers found that more than 70% of manufacturers in the US are concerned about finding workers with appropriate skills.

“As automation and technology become truly ingrained in our workplaces and schools, there’s a growing urgency to prepare the workforce with STEM skills that will be critical to the continued strength of the global economy,” said David N. Farr, chairman and chief executive officer for Emerson. “We want to lead the charge in making strategic investments that will provide both the current and future workforce with the right skillsets to succeed in one of the many tremendous careers made available through STEM – from software development to new technologies in manufacturing.”

Stereotyping about gender a key barrier for women entering STEM fields!
Empowering more qualified workers of both genders to explore a STEM career could have a significant impact on the workforce gap. Of the women who said they were not encouraged to pursue STEM careers, most attributed this missed opportunity in the workforce to stereotypes against women and a lack of female role models in the field.

To keep up with the rapid pace of change, workers of both genders are increasingly looking to their employers to address these upskilling needs: 79% of global respondents said they believe companies should do more to train and prepare their STEM workforce. The growing emphasis in boosting STEM education is little surprise, as most of the world (94%) say they consider STEM education important to their respective country’s future.

Despite this universal understanding of the importance of STEM, less than half of people surveyed believe their country is ahead in STEM innovation. Creating an environment where everyone is encouraged to pursue STEM can help address this perception – and contribute to growing the global STEM workforce.

“Empowering individuals of all ages and backgrounds with the tools necessary to thrive in STEM is a crucial step in solving the growing talent gap across several key industries,” said Kathy Button Bell, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Emerson. “We have long been dedicated to fostering a culture at Emerson that attracts and advances women through a variety of initiatives, including our 4,000-member Women in STEM group, which provides support and mentoring for our female engineers globally.”

Emerson is helping to address this skills gap issue for people of all ages through its We Love STEM initiatives, partnerships with more than 350 universities and technical colleges worldwide, and investments in employee training. Emerson’s recent STEM investments include the Performance Learning Platform, which enables hands-on training for current employees; training facility and equipment updates for Singapore Polytechnic; automation training technology centres at the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M College of Engineering; and an automation technology centre at Colorado State University.

#PAuto @EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis

Friday, August 16, 2019

Huge distribution centre opened!

A day of celebrations marked the Harting Technology Group's official opening of its state-of-the-art European Distribution Centre (EDC) in Espelkamp (D). Up to 20,000 order items will be processed every day, with goods dispatched to customers on the day of order. Costing an estimated €45 million, the European logistics centre is the largest single investment in the 74-year history of Harting.
Around 10,000 packages can be shipped to customers and branches around the world every single day and the 20-metre-high shelf warehouse can accommodate approximately 7,000 pallets and 120,000 containers. A total of 2,000 containers can be taken in and out of the warehouse every hour. Installation work involved laying 100 kilometres of IT cabling, 40 kilometres of sprinkler piping and container conveyor technology with a total length of 1,000 metres.

Technical highlights include the highly-automated picking system and the storage area, which is optimally managed and efficiently utilised according to the respective order load and capacity. Cutting-edge Harting technology can be seen as soon as you enter the premises, as approaching vehicles are automatically recognised and the barrier lifted to grant access. RFID technology ensures that pallets are correctly placed and loaded. A driverless transport system is responsible for moving goods between the halls and independently selects the optimum route. The highly flexible logistics of the EDC also enable a fast response to changing economic or political framework conditions such as trade barriers.

Great emphasis was also placed on generating a sustainable energy supply. The power for the European Distribution Centre is supplied by a photovoltaic system installed on the roof, while the energy requirements for cooling and heating are covered by internally produced biomethane and a geothermal plant, for which 36 holes needed to be drilled to a depth of 150m. The implemented energy supply minimises Co2 emissions and the cost of the entire centre came in 27 percent lower than the figure originally calculated by the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). 140 employees will work in the logistics centre in a two-shift system and benefit from ergonomically designed workstations, where pallets are lifted by almost a metre for picking, preventing employees from having to bend over constantly.

#PAuto #Europe  @harting @Harting_Group

Analysers for power industry applications.

Two analyzers for power industry applications have been announced by Endress+Hauser. The CA76NA monitors sodium, while the CA80SI analyzes for silica in boiler feedwater, steam, condensate and ion exchangers. Each analyzer can accept up to six sampling inputs.

CA76NA
The CA76NA potentiometric analyzer measures the concentration of dissolved sodium ions. An increase in sodium levels in boiler feedwater indicates the presence of unwanted dissolved impurities. This can cause corrosion, leaks, serious damage and expensive repairs. The analyzer monitors the water/steam circuit in power stations, condensate systems for values indicating ruptures, demineralization systems, steam and cation systems, and mixed bed exchangers.

The measurement is potentiometric using a special electrode system comprising an Na-sensitive electrode in conjunction with an Ag/AgCl reference electrode. It measures sodium over a range of 0.1 to 2000 µg/l (ppb) with accuracy and repeatabiliry of ±2%. Outputs include up to six 4-20mA channels, along with relays for alarms and warnings. The analyzer is also available with Profibus DP communications.

CA80SI
The Liquiline System CA80SI colorimetric analyzer provides precise online analysis of silica to protect plant equipment from deposits to ensure optimum performance of turbines and ion exchangers. Deposits of insoluble silicon dioxide on internal boiler walls, heat exchangers and turbine blades have an adverse effect on the efficiency of power plants and increase the risk of unplanned downtime and repairs. For this reason, the silica content in boiler feedwater must be monitored.

The CA80SI measures silica concentration from 0.5 to 200 µg/l or 50 to 5 000 µg/l, each with ±2% full scale accuracy. This allows the analyzer to determine the purity of boiler feed water and steam, and to provide early warnings of condenser leaks or exhaustion of ion exchangers. Its standard heteropoly blue analysis method allows direct comparability to lab results.

Seamless integration into process control systems is provided by Modbus, EtherNet/IP and PROFIBUS digital communication that can transmit advanced diagnostic information in addition to the measured variable.

Remote access via any device with a web browser is provided by an optional, integral web server, enabling full and secure access to the device configuration, measured values, diagnostic messages, logbooks and service data.

#PAuto #POwer @Endress_Hauser @Endress_US

Thursday, August 15, 2019

On a voyage of discovery faciltated by cameras.

Vivid knowledge transfer in the experimenta Heilbronn (D)

The largest Science Centre in Germany, experimenta, is located in the city of Heilbronn. It offers around 275 exciting exhibits in three exhibition worlds on an area of around 25,000 square meters. A wide range of stations has been developed, from simple to more sophisticated ones, where visitors can use all their senses to experience science and technology. IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH is a partner of experimenta: cameras from their base in the nearby town of Obersulm are integrated in seven stations and contribute to exciting and sometimes amazing insights.

"The visitors are to be stimulated by unusual exhibits and an emotionally appealing design to deal interactively with topics from science and technology. We would like to encourage them to think about everyday questions just as much as they do about questions of ultra-modern research," is how Managing Director Dr. Wolfgang Hansch explains the approach of experimenta. The Science Centre wants to stand for experimentation, knowledge and innovation in a special way. This is made possible by the unusual concept with the three different areas Discoverer Worlds, Experience Worlds and Researcher Worlds. In the Discoverer Worlds, the small and everyday things that often contain great discoveries are examined – with various IDS cameras contributing in diverse ways.

The "KopfSachen" (find out how the world gets into your head), for example, show how people perceive their environment, illustrated for instance by an IDS camera on the "pushing machine".

Cameras from Obersulm can also be found in the "ForscherLand“ (Immerse yourself in adventure): Children up to the age of 10 in particular can experiment and tinker in slow motion and on a small car racetrack.

Whether in the "hurricane experiment" or in the nature laboratory, on the “WeltBlick“ (understand how science is changing us) floor, the focus is on natural phenomena with the aid of state-of-the-art camera technology.

On the camera side, the topic of "research and writing" is presented in a particularly innovative way. In the "Greenbox" and at the three layout terminals of the "Newspaper Editorial Office", visitors can intuitively become editors themselves, made possible by the latest development from IDS. The IDS NXT vegas with App-based image processing is installed for a flexible, individual range of functions. Thanks to the app concept, the IDS NXT product platform is as versatile as a smartphone. A single camera can be used to perform a wide variety of image processing tasks.

The applications become even more diverse through the installation of artificial neural networks – with the IDS NXT rio & rome models, completely new applications can also be discovered in industry 4.0. In this way, small and large researchers at experimenta can gain a concrete insight into current scientific and research discoveries with the help of IDS camera technology. In every respect this is a benefit for the region and far beyond.

 #experimenta @IDS_Imaging

Biobank management.

The Matrix Gemini Biobank Management System from Autoscribe Informatics now offers even greater versatility with the inclusion of environmental monitoring and equipment calibration and maintenance monitoring capabilities. Matrix Gemini Biobanking provides a highly configurable environment for all aspects of biobank, biorepository and clinical trials management. It provides an ideal and proven solution for managing bio-samples (such as blood, tissue, DNA etc.) to assist with compliance to regulatory requirements.
With Biobanks typically storing samples in multiple freezers and refrigerators it is extremely important to ensure that this equipment is not only operating within specification, but also that it is being properly maintained and serviced according to the manufacturers’ recommendations. The Instrument Calibration and Maintenance System (ICMS) component of Matrix Gemini allows the status of each item of equipment to be tracked automatically as to whether it is available or unavailable and identifies events such as the maintenance period being exceeded etc. An automatic change of status occurs when calibration or maintenance is overdue and when it is performed. In this way the use of freezers and refrigerators can be prevented if they are not in service, out of maintenance, or out of calibration and samples can be moved if necessary. Automatic reminders of scheduled events are provided.

The addition of the environmental monitoring module allows for rooms and storage vessels to be monitored for temperature and other environmental conditions such as sterility and contamination. It can also be used for temperature mapping within freezers and refrigerators for the identification of hot or cold spots, which can be displayed graphically.

Complete location recording from room to freezer, shelf, container and container position is made easy with Matrix Gemini’s container view allowing graphical representation of the different container types. A full audit trail of all changes is provided, together with storage location auditing and reconciliation with chain of custody reporting. Samples can be tracked when they are removed for research and are closely monitored to ensure that they are disposed of correctly.

Using the built-in graphical configuration tools, Matrix Gemini Biobanking solutions can be adapted quickly and easily to represent exact user requirements in terms of workflows, screen designs, menu designs, terminology, report designs and much more.

 #Pharma @AutoscribeLtd @DenisBulgin

Facilitating easy bump tests!

An optional Premium Plus Case has been launched for Ion Science's range of high performance Tiger handheld photoionisation detectors (PIDs).

Capable of holding various PID accessories, the rugged, environmentally sealed Premium Plus Case has been specially developed by Ion Science to accommodate a 34L gas cylinder, allowing quick and easy on-site bump testing of its well proven Tiger volatile organic compound (VOC) monitors.

A bump test is a functional test of a gas monitor. Although not a regulatory requirement, it is the only way to ensure optimum performance of both sensors and monitor before use. It checks that the instrument respond to the challenge gas, verifies the display reacts and confirms that alarms are activated properly. The recommended bump test frequency is normally set by the instrument manufacturer.

A bump test works by briefly exposing the instrument to a known concentration of the challenge gas that exceeds alarm settings to confirm the sensor’s ability to respond.

The reading is compared to the actual quantity of gas present, as stated on the test gas cylinder. The instrument is working to the required standard if it goes into alarm and reads within an acceptable range of the actual concentration.

If the bump tests are not within the acceptable range, the PID must be fully calibrated before use.

Offering a robust and reliable design, the popular Ion Science Tiger handheld PID provides the widest measurement range on the market of 1ppb up to 20,000ppm. It is easy to set up and provides advanced VOC detection and software features. It has a fast response time of just two seconds and can be connected directly to a PC via the USB offering rapid data download capabilities.

The TigerLT is a streamlined, low cost version of the Tiger instrument. The entry-level PID also offers worldwide intrinsically safe certification for use in potentially explosive atmospheres and is ideal for environmental surveys.

Another handheld gas detector, the Tiger Select boasts two mode operation for the rapid and accurate detection of benzene and total aromatic compounds (TACs). Utilising the Ion Science 10.0eV lamp, a reading for TACs is seen immediately on start-up. Should TACs be detected, a pre-filter tube can be easily attached to ensure rapid detection and selective measurement of benzene.

#PAuto @ionscience  @elhcomms

Faster integration in projects and operations.

New HART-IP support simplifies link between field devices and AMS Device Manager, reducing asset management project installation costs by up to 85%


Emerson has expanded AMS Device Manager with HART-IP™ support, making it easier to connect with devices and control systems and potentially eliminate hundreds of thousands of dollars in project hardware and engineering. AMS Device Manager is used by thousands of facilities across the globe to streamline installation of field devices during capital projects, increase safety system uptime, and quickly and safely test devices from the control room.
By eliminating multiplexers, organisations can more easily use AMS Device Manager to configure, calibrate, validate, and document more of their HART-enabled field devices and systems.

“Asset management systems help integrate data between field devices and systems, making them useful for other on-prem or off-prem IIoT software and analytics. With better plant data integration, organisations can take an early, significant step to enable digital transformation,” said Mani Janardhanan, vice president of product management for Emerson’s Plantweb and reliability solutions.

Connecting field devices to asset management systems typically requires the use of multiplexers that significantly increase hardware costs and engineering hours during the project phase. According to FieldComm Group™, more than 40 million field devices use HART, a protocol designed to allow intelligent devices to communicate with host systems. HART-IP—now native on AMS Device Manager—allows asset management systems to bypass complex and expensive multiplexers and directly access measurement and diagnostics information from HART-enabled field devices using existing plant Ethernet networking infrastructure.

The current interface has been tested for connectivity to Schneider Electric Triconex® Tricon CX safety systems, HIMA HIMax safety systems, and Phoenix Contact multiplexers. Emerson will continue to test and add new systems to the list of those officially supported by the interface.

 #PAuto @EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis

New EU regulations for airconditioning plants.

Bans on the use of certain refrigerants as well as new regulations and rules on the operation, servicing and labelling of cooling and air-conditioning plants will come into force on 01 January 2020. Rittal has the answers to the users of refrigeration equipment questions on what to do now. Thanks to personalised advice and end-to-end service, operators can make their plants fit for the future, meet the requirements of the F gases regulation and improve their energy efficiency.

Reducing fluorinated greenhouse gases is a highly topical issue that is bearing down on the users and operators of refrigeration systems such as car manufacturers. Fluorinated greenhouse gases (F gases) are used as refrigerants in cooling units and climate control systems. In the future, emitting such climate-damaging substances (either as a result of targeted substitution or through the use of alternative technologies) will have to be reduced in order to limit their impact on global warming. EU Regulation No. 517/2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases (the “F gases regulation”), which has been in force since 1 January 2015, aims to help reduce industrial emissions by as much as 70 percent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. Specifically, the emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases (F gases) in the EU will need to be reduced by 70 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) to 35 million tonnes of CO2e in 2030. Bans on the use of refrigerants with a GWP greater than 2,500 as well as new and amended regulations on the maintenance, servicing, leakage checking, certification, disposal and labelling of refrigeration equipment concerned will be in force from 1 January 2020.

Due to the bans on the use of F gases and on the marketing of products containing them, companies contemplate which cooling units and chillers they will still be allowed to use after 2020. Manufacturing plants, maintenance staff and energy managers can rely on the fact that Rittal have designed their climate control solutions in accordance with the F gases regulation for years so that they do not need to take any further action. As a service partner, Rittal also provides actionable advice for all cooling system users – including non-customers: From determining the actual condition of a system, calculating its efficiency, drawing up a recommendation for action and determining potential savings, setting up and commissioning a new system (including a maintenance contract) to disposing of old devices, Rittal is supporting plant operators with personalised assistance in overcoming the hurdles of the regulations and efficiency requirements. Customers benefit from cost transparency, qualified service technicians and warranty extensions.

The EU regulation is focussed on the gradual limitation of quantities of F gases in order to protect the environment. Consequently, industry, plant operators and end users must all gradually switch over to refrigerants with a lower GWP (Global Warming Potential) value. Just how future-proof cooling units will be will depend, among other things, on the refrigerant used. Enclosure cooling units and chillers from Rittal are not affected by these use bans as they operate with a hermetically sealed refrigeration cycle and because they run on approved refrigerant. Rittal provides detailed information on the F gases regulation (EU) 517/2014 in this whitepaper.

With the inception of F gases regulation, operators of refrigeration equipment with a defined amount of refrigerant will be obliged to carry out regular leakage tests. Operators can easily determine the extent to which an existing system is affected by the consequences of the F gases regulation by using the Rittal F-gas calculator: This online tool calculates the GWP value and the corresponding carbon dioxide equivalent based on the type of refrigerant being selected and on the amount of refrigerant being used. The carbon dioxide equivalent determines the action the operator will have to take in order to comply with the regulation.

All system parameters (as shown on the rating plate), as well as the type of refrigerant and the filling quantity per circuit are entered. The result is the carbon dioxide equivalent of the system. The admissibility of refrigerant replenishment in the event of a leakage, as well as practical advice for the operation of the current system are also shown.

Investment amortisation periods are always a criterion businesses need to factor in. In addition to possible savings by replacing older climate control systems with new and efficient technology, the payback period can also be shortened by benefiting from grants and/or subsidies. Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) for instance is promoting and initiating climate protection projects throughout Germany via its National Climate Initiative (NKI). When it comes to efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction, funding is being provided to support system operators. The goal is to increase the energy efficiency, reduce the need for refrigeration and to cut fluorinated greenhouse gas emissions in the refrigeration and climate control technology sector. Plant operators will therefore find they can benefit from subsidies from the BMU or the German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) when replacing enclosure cooling units or chillers. The equipment and which activities are specifically subsidised will be surveyed and checked on a case-by-case basis. A company that specialises in making applications for funding supports plant operators at all the necessary stages and checks whether the same investment measure can be cumulated with other funding programmes. Detailed information in white paperState subsidies for the replacement of enclosure and process air conditioning."


#PAuto @Rittal @bmu @PresseBox

Protecting water resources.

The British Environment Agency has awarded a 4-year contract to Meteor Communications for the provision of telemetry systems, services and MeteorCloud data hosting for water quality monitoring systems located in English rivers and bathing waters.

The contract was awarded in June 2019 and ensures continuity of data from around 250 real-time water quality monitoring outstations. Monitoring Services Team Leader of the Agency’s National Laboratory Service, Frances Houston said: “We are now working with Meteor Communications to establish a highly effective and flexible monitoring capability that enables us to deploy real-time, remote water quality monitoring stations at almost any location. We now have the tools to better understand the dynamics of our water environment and provide our scientists with a rapidly deployable monitoring capability with which to detect a wide range of inputs to our rivers and streams.

“The kiosk systems are generally employed for longer term catchment scale monitoring whereas portable ‘suitcase’ systems enable the Agency to provide agile short term investigation and pollution response at a moment’s notice.”

All of the systems utilise 3G/GPRS roaming communications; providing 24/7 web-based access to high resolution water quality data. This provides the Agency with timely, cost effective and meaningful evidence helping to focus resources where they are most needed.

The outstations covered by the contract are ESNET (Environmental Sensor NETwork) modular monitoring systems, developed by Meteor Communications. The company’s portable and kiosk-based water quality monitoring systems employ multi-parameter sondes that can either be deployed directly in the water or installed in a specially designed chamber through which extracted water is pumped. Typical systems measure ammonium, pH, conductivity, temperature, dissolved oxygen and turbidity, with options for several other parameters including chlorophyll, and nitrate. Sondes are exchanged on a monthly basis and returned to the NLSi laboratory where they are serviced and calibrated before redeployment.

Expressing his delight with the award, Matt Dibbs, Meteor’s Managing Director, said: “Through continued development of our ESNET modular monitoring platform we are able to meet the Agency’s need for robust, reliable real-time data collection from any location. This gives us the ability to meet the requirements of anyone wishing to monitor water quality in rivers, wastewater effluent, lakes, reservoirs and bathing waters.”


#Environment #England @MeteorComms @EnvAgency @_Enviro_News