Friday, 10 July 2020

Finding hot- and cold-spots.

FLIR Systems has announced the TG165-X MSX® Thermal Camera for electrical contractors, machine technicians, facilities maintenance engineers, home inspectors, and HVAC professionals. Engineered for tough work environments, this upgrade to the popular TG165 provides an all-in-one diagnostics tool with a spot temperature gun and thermal imager, enhanced by FLIR’s patented Multispectral Dynamic Imaging (MSX).

“With the addition of MSX, the TG165-X offers improved identification of hot spots that indicate electrical or mechanical failures, and the cold spots that indicate water or air leaks,” said Rickard Lindvall, General Manager, Solutions at FLIR Systems. “Further, the TG165-X visually guides professionals to the source of common system failures so they can diagnose the problem and begin repairs more quickly.”

Built around a true thermal 80 × 60 camera sensor with 4,800 pixels, FLIR MSX’s two-camera technology makes images easier to understand by adding visual details to full thermal images and making them sharper to recognize physical features. A new laser-projected bullseye target aids in pinpointing areas of concern, while the bright 2.4-inch LCD color display and wide 51 degrees × 66 degrees field-of-view provide a comprehensive view of the area of interest.

The TG165-X includes an IP54 enclosure for protection against dust and water and a drop-rating of two meters (6.6 feet), making it ideal for both indoor and outdoor inspections. The camera can store up to 50,000 images and data to an embedded four-gigabyte flash memory which can be downloaded to FLIR Tools to create professional reports.

@flir #PAuto #HVAC #MEpax

Safety and EMC for BEV charging.

It is estimated that by 2030 there will be 20 million BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicle) sold per year. This means that around 140,000 DC fast charging stations will have to be installed by that year.

Schaffner has produced a Whitepaper for designers of battery and hybrid electric vehicle charging stations, providing guidance on the following key topics:

• Which safety requirements must be met in EV charging.
• Which EMC limit values are set for EV charging stations.
• The critically important requirements for galvanic isolation in EV charging stations
• What options are there for customer-specific developments in the field of EV charging

Schaffner’s long experience and expertise in safely meeting the most stringent EMC requirements in the electrotechnical world provides designers with the means to make
the energy revolution possible.

Holger Urban, Product Marketing Manager of Schaffner, comments, “Electromobility is considered one of the main drivers in current global megatrends - Electrification, Urbanisation, Digitalisation and Climate Change. For this reason, we see it as our task to provide cutting-edge technology to this critical market.”

Download the white paper here: EMC for EV Charging. 

#Schaffner #Transportation @proactivefleet

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Build your cybersecurity culture.

In the world of automation, a cybersecurity breach can have serious consequences—so cybersecurity is seriously important. Every level of your organization plays an important part in protecting industrial control systems from cyber threats.

A large-scale breach of cybersecurity has been called one of the five most serious risks facing the world today. In the automation industry, with critical operations relying on digitalized industrial control systems, the stakes are higher than ever.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) just released a new whitepaper with actionable insights into how the strongest cybersecurity cultures are made. Titled “An Industry Imperative: Build a Standards-Based Cybersecurity Culture for Employees, Customers, and Partners,” this whitepaper dives into the importance of maintaining industry standards and employee cybersecurity education.

@ISA_Interchange #PAuto

Hyperware smart buildings.

Aruba has joined the EnOcean Alliance as a participant member. When used together, the Aruba Wi-Fi infrastructure and EnOcean energy harvesting wireless solutions enable customers to create hyperaware smart buildings that are cognizant of, and responsive to, their changing operating environment and occupant needs.

Aruba Access Point
Aruba, is a leading provider of AI-powered network infrastructure for campus, data center, branch and remote worker applications. Aruba delivers a cloud experience at the edge that can be consumed either as a service in the cloud or on-premises, as a managed service delivered through Aruba partners, or via network as a service through HPE GreenLake.

The EnOcean Alliance is an international association of over 400 leading companies in the building and IT industries founded in 2008. The non-profit organization is committed to enabling and promoting interoperable, maintenance-free and proven eco-systems based on the wireless EnOcean radio standard (ISO/IEC 14543-3-10/11). The EnOcean Alliance eco-system offers more than 5.000 multi-vendor interoperable sensors enabling data collection for multiple applications, such as room or desk/chair occupancy, temperature and air quality, energy usage and restroom usage.

EnOcean Alliance member IoT devices are the eyes and ears of smart buildings. By securely interfacing those IoT devices with new and existing Aruba Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6 Access Points via a plug-in 800/900MHz radio, building control and business applications can become hyperaware of their operating environments. This information can be used to better model cloud-based digital twins, and to optimize human activity monitoring, organizational redesign, augmented reality, human productivity, and occupant health and safety.
EnOcean European Starter Kit

"A building becomes smart by virtue of being instrumented with IoT devices so applications are cognizant of the contextual status of the environment, occupants, energy requirements, service needs, security, and safety,” said Michael R. Tennefoss, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Aruba. “The richer the set of available IoT data, the more cognizant and adaptive the building and associated digital twins can become. The goal is to make hyperawareness simple and inexpensive, and that is what the mash up between Aruba and the EnOcean Alliance achieves. An inexpensive 800/900MHz plug-in radio brings existing and new Aruba customers access to thousands of IoT devices, including BACNet and multiple other protocol gateways, and software applications (both local and cloud based.) In turn, Alliance members gain access to Aruba’s installed base of education, enterprise, government, healthcare, hospitality, industrial, manufacturing, retail, and transportation customers.”

Graham Martin, Chairman and CEO of the EnOcean Alliance, continues: “Our collaboration opens up exciting new market opportunities for the Alliance members and the Aruba community by combining Aruba’s extensive network power and the flexibility of energy harvesting wireless sensors. The simplicity of the solution makes it now possible for facility, IT and other managers to easily add services, collecting data from “peel and stick” sensors across an entire building without pulling any new cables nor ever having to change a battery.”

 @EnOceanAlliance @ArubaNetworks @HPE@NeeshamPR #PAuto 

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Best in bioprocessing supply.

Werum IT Solutions has been honoured with the "Best Bioprocessing Supplier Award: Automation – Software" for the second consecutive year at the 7th Annual Biologics Manufacturing Asia 2020 conference, which was held virtually in July 2020.

Teerapong Cheepchol, MD Werum, Thailand
Werum receives the award for its market-leading PAS-X MES solution, comprising the PAS-X software product, pre-configured content for pharma and biotech processes, as well as consulting, training, and support services. PAS-X supports pharma and biotech manufacturers to gain operational excellence by increasing efficiency, improving productivity and meeting regulatory requirements – factors that are all essential for a company's performance in these highly regulated industries.

"We are honored to be named Best Bioprocessing Excellence Supplier for the second consecutive year," states Teerapong Cheepchol, Managing Director, Werum IT Solutions Ltd., Thailand. "The recognition encourages us to continue providing the best digital solutions and services as a strategic partner to pharma and biotech manufacturers in Asia Pacific. I would like to thank our customers, partners and employees for their commitment and trust."

The Asia-Pacific Bioprocessing Excellence Awards honor bioprocessing leaders from over nine different regional biologics hubs across Asia Pacific. The virtual award ceremony was held in parallel with the 7th Annual Biologics Manufacturing Asia and the 4th BioLogistics World Asia, bringing together over 500 pharma industry experts online.

@Werum #PHarma #Asia 

All-in-One Engineering Tester.

Following the successful launch at pilot customers, the new generation of the high-performance and use-case-optimized Softing Diagnostic Tool Set (DTS 9) is now available. New functionalities enable even faster and more cost-efficient diagnostic development – exactly what is needed for the growing complexity of E/E architectures and shorter product development cycles Softing DTS.monaco makes it possible for developers, engineers and technicians to create consistent diagnostic functions and sequences on the basis of international standards and to ensure that diagnostic communication works reliably over the entire value chain.

Softing DTS 9
The highlights of the new product generation include, in particular, remote diagnostic support in the engineering network (remote diagnostics) and the display and recording of Ethernet communication (DoIP - Diagnostics over Internet Protocol). New functions in the area of OTX support, based on the latest standard, enable a perceptible increase in the speed of work thanks to automation and the ability to precisely solve individual problems with self-generated user interfaces. In addition, the integration of function-oriented diagnostics with the Smart Diagnostic Engine (Softing SDE) has already made the leap to the next generation of diagnostic systems.

Proprietary user interfaces are created in OTX whenever the intuitively usable and flexibly configurable interface elements (SmartDiagnostic controls), available for all frequently used diagnostic functions, need to be extended. This means that entire release sequences, continuous operation controls and certifications can be safely incorporated into the Monaco workspaces to prevent operating errors.

DoIP continues to gain importance not only because of the high bandwidth required – especially in flash programming. DTS is perfectly prepared for this in all applications. The product now also enables the remote access of test specimens. This can save a lot of time and money, especially in globally operating teams, as travel can be avoided and expensive test resources shared.

Alongside system-specific licensing, the additional floating license mechanism ensures flexibility and saves customers both time and money. Furthermore, the new DTS 9 platform offers international users multilingual capability with the provision of a German, English and Japanese translation of the user interfaces. This not only reduces the amount of training required but also leads to increased acceptance of the whole system, particularly in globally operating teams.

Incidentally, today's customers don’t need to worry about migrating to the new generation: Both existing DTS projects and OTX processes can be migrated and reused with the new software.

The Softing Diagnostic Tool Set 9 offers an all-in-one diagnostic solution for all use cases from ECU engineering and development to vehicle integration and SOP – future-oriented, efficient and safe.

@SoftingAE  #Automotive #MEpax

Robotics aid safety in oil & gas.

Throughout unmanned facilities within the oil and gas industry, a human presence is generally still needed for regular inspection work, so deploying Ex certified robots (ATEX and IECEx Zone 1) incorporated with the ION Science Falco, can have a significant positive impact on safety by minimising worker field trips, which in turn reduces operating costs.

ION Science’s Falco VOC (volatile organic compound) monitor boasts fast response times and several innovative design features. The instrument’s typhoon technology prevents condensation forming on the sensor making it ideal for use in high humidity and harsh weather conditions.

Ian Peerless, Operations Director at ExRobotics comments: “Our robots are used in the oil and gas industry mainly for first response, fugitive emission and preventative maintenance. The introduction of more stringent fugitive emission regulations and the subsequent opening up of new markets prompted the need for a fixed gas detection instrument that could be incorporated into our remotely operated ExR-1 robot.

“The ION Science Falco VOC monitor was recommended by a significant player in the oil industry who conducted extensive performance tests and trials at a large refinery where the Falco came out on top. When ExRobotics did testing of its own, we also found the detector to be robust and reliable.”

The ExRobotics ExR-1 robot is equipped with camera’s for visual inspection, microphones for sound monitoring and the Falco gas detector for leak detection. It sends an alarm to the control room if a leak is detected.

ExR-1 with Falco navigates autonomously through installations and find its way back to its docking station to recharge. This means that inspectors and operators can reduce their visits to remote or hazardous locations, greatly improving their work safety.

@ionscience @ExRobotics @elhcomms #PAuto #Oil

Software and services enhance onshore exploration. .

Jaguar Exploración y Producción (Jaguar), an independent oil and gas company based in Mexico City, will use Emerson's  exploration and production (E&P) software and services to maximise the potential of Jaguar’s onshore assets and projects.

Jaguar plans to utilise Emerson’s E&P software solutions for seismic and well data analysis, multi-survey seismic and geologic interpretation, petrophysical analysis and subsurface modelling to improve performance, enhance operational certainty and support effective asset management.

“Emerson is a leader in the space and a good long-term partner who will help Jaguar transform Mexico’s energy future,” said Victor Vega, executive vice president at Jaguar.

Having been awarded 11 of the 24 blocks offered, Jaguar was the biggest winner of the sixth and seventh auctions held since the Mexican government opened the country’s energy industry to private competition in 2013.

Jaguar will use Emerson’s E&P software to help safeguard its investment in Mexico by reducing uncertainty in its exploration projects and development fields. Jaguar has also chosen Emerson to provide hosting services so that its E&P team can have remote access to all Emerson applications from multiple geographic locations via the internet.

“We have had a long and rewarding working relationship with Jaguar,” said Kurt Machnizh, Mexico country manager, E&P software solutions, Emerson. “We are pleased and proud to receive this endorsement as a testimony to the value of our software, the comprehensiveness of our geoscience services, and the flexibility of our hosted environment.”

@ParadigmLtd @EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis #PAuto #Oil #Gas #Mexico

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Glass and epoxy coated thermistors.

Expanding its wide range of temperature sensing components and devices, measurement specialist Variohm EuroSensor has launched a new range high sensitivity NTC thermistors in a choice of hermetically sealed glass or epoxy encapsulation. Manufactured from European sourced components, the high quality and competitively priced ENTC series is aimed at tight tolerance instrumentation tasks requiring outstanding reliability and/or where small temperature changes need accurate control.

Epoxy encapsulated ENTC-EB bead thermistors (top)
& glass encapsulated ENTC G1B (below)
The ENTC EB series with colour-coded epoxy encapsulation and Alloy 180 leadwire is available for low to mid-range measurement from -40° C to +150° C, and features a dissipation factor of 2 mW/°C and a thermal time constant of 10 to 15 seconds. The higher performance specification for the ENTC G1B glass sealed thermistor version includes a faster time constant of 7 seconds, a dissipation factor of just 1mW/°C and an elevated temperature range -40° C to +250° C. The glass encapsulated version also has dumet leadwire for optimal glass-to-metal sealing. Initial launch availability includes six resistance options for the epoxy sealed version from 100 Ω to 50 kΩ and seven range models for the glass encapsulated version from 1 kΩ to 100 kΩ. Resistance tolerance, beta values and resistance vs. temperature tables etc. are specified in new datasheets, downloadable here.

The epoxy encapsulated ENTC EB thermistor is especially suited to non-condensing moisture environment temperature sensing tasks in automotive heating and climate control systems, medium temperature industrial processes, medical equipment and measurement devices. The glass encapsulated ENTC G1B series will also cover these application areas with superior precision, and with its higher temperature range and elevated specification will suit engine temperature controls and instrumentation system management in refrigeration and boiler control, air conditioning, medical equipment and more.

For higher-volume applications, Variohm can supply competitively priced custom specification variants and these thermistors can be adapted into temperature measurement probes such as ring terminals, bolts, pipe clamps or other components to facilitate straightforward customer installation.

@Variohm #PAuto #OEM #MEPax

New look for design engineering site celebrations.

RS Components (RS) is celebrating 10 years of DesignSpark, the company’s online design engineering platform, with the introduction of brand new features for its website and a new design, to reflect the usability and functionality requirements of its 970,000+ community members. To mark its 10th anniversary, RS will be hosting a number of celebratory initiatives throughout the rest of 2020.

The new-look DesignSpark website, which has localised versions available in China, France, Germany, Japan, North America and Great Britain, has been developed with the help of user feedback to create a cleaner, simpler interface for finding and using content. Enhanced search and filtering tools and colour-coded sections will also ease navigation and improve the user’s experience onsite.

Since its launch in July 2010, DesignSpark has become recognised across the global engineering community as a high-value resource, providing design solutions and support for accelerating cycle times through rapid prototyping, to bring ideas to market quickly. The freely available professional DesignSpark software suite of PCB, mechanical and electrical tools provide the accessibility that has enabled millions of design projects across the world to come to fruition, with professional engineers, tech makers and students all playing a part.

With a new engineer signing up to the DesignSpark platform every two minutes, the DesignSpark community is rapidly approaching one million members. Some notable statistics demonstrate the very high levels of online engagement and popularity of DesignSpark, such as: every 20 seconds and engineer opens its professional design software; design support assets such as CAD-neutral models and footprints are downloaded every 12 seconds, and; a piece of content shared by the engineering community is viewed every 4 seconds.

In addition to offering 24-hour online design support, DesignSpark has hosted many entertaining initiatives over the decade, including the launch of a Superman action figure into outer space with the aid of a Raspberry Pi module, and working with technology entrepreneur Richard Browning to showcase his innovative human propulsion flight suit. The DesignSpark Podcast series, which takes a light-hearted approach to technology, has proved so popular that it reached a high of number 4 in the Apple Podcasts Technology Chart.

DesignSpark is also an educational platform, hosting projects and competitions to inspire the younger generation to get involved in STEM activities. A number of competitions will be launched over the course of the year on the new DesignSpark website, and across the DesignSpark social media channels, as part of the 10-year celebrations, offering prize-induced interactive design challenges for engineers of all ages.

Mike Bray, Group VP of Innovation and DesignSpark, commented: “When we launched DesignSpark back in 2010, it was to support design engineers at every level, from student and hobbyist to professional engineers, who were facing the challenges of reduced design teams and the need to complete their designs more quickly amid rising competition. Those foundations still hold true today, and through active and continual engagement with our community, and acting on feedback from our members, we have gone further to establish DesignSpark as a trusted online support destination for engineers everywhere.”

@RSComponents; @designsparkRS #PAuto  #Website

Monday, 6 July 2020

Instrumentation scholorship announced.

ProComSol has announced the continuation of the ProComSol Instrumentation Scholarship Program. This year the award will be $1500. According to Jeffrey Dobos, President of ProComSol, Ltd, “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.”

Annika Olson - Last year's winner.
Interested candidates should visit the site here which has the requirements and the application form. The deadline for submission is November 1, 2020 with the award announced on December 1, 2020. The winner can use the funds for the winter 2021 school term.

They encourage colleges and universities to promote this program to their students. Promotional materials and other help reaching students are available.

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.

"Last year's winner was Annika Olson, who is studying Industrial Engineering at Colorado Christian University. We wish her well in her studies and technical career."

 @ProComSol #PAuto #Communications

Error detection extended.

Anritsu Corporation has released an FEC symbol capture function and Bathtub test capability for its 116-Gbit/s PAM4 Error Detector (ED) MU196040B, offering more functionality for developers of 400-GbE*1 and 800-GbE*2 devices. Installed in their flagship Signal Quality Analyzer-R MP1900A series, these functions can be downloaded from the MP1900A website.

The spread of commercial next-generation 5G mobile communications services enables faster sending and receiving of large video and data files. To support larger and faster transmissions, data centers, which are key infrastructure in 5G mobile networks, are also investigating speed upgrades from the current 100 GbE*3 to 400 GbE and in future to 800 GbE/1.6 TbE standards.

PAM4*4 used in 400 GbE is easily affected by noise and transmission path losses, making it difficult to achieve the previous level of error-free transmissions and requiring use of FEC (Forward Error Correction*5) to correct generated errors and maintain transmission quality.

Consequently, there is increasing need for quantitative measurement of jitter-related signal quality, such as jitter tolerance*6 measurement for evaluating the performance of high-speed devices and transceivers for 400-GbE.

To meet this need and support 400G network evolution, Anritsu has added two new features to its MP1900A - the FEC symbol capture function to evaluate FEC-based network elements, and the PAM4 Bathtub*7 test capability.

In today’s high-speed networks, some low-probability errors are expected in data traffic, errors that are corrected using FEC. The new MP1900A ED function determines if the errors can be corrected by FEC and starts capturing data streams only when the burst errors exceed the FEC uncorrectable threshold. From the captured data, a user can discover what kind of data steam caused the uncorrectable burst errors.

Since the impact of jitter becomes severe as the data-stream baud rate is increased to achieve a higher traffic capacity, Anritsu has added the PAM4 Bathtub test capability to evaluate and quantify the jitter phase margin.

The modular MP1900A running embedded Windows 10 can easily be expanded. As well as supporting 400-GbE and 800-GbE PAM4, it is a market-leading bit error rate tester (BERT) for various high-speed interfaces, including PCI Express Gen5 and USB4, using a full line of modules and application software.

In addition to offering more accurate BER measurements, the MP1900A helps shorten development times for high-speed devices and transceivers.

@AnritsuEMEA @Anritsu #TandM 

VOC emissions analyser for standard.

As a developer and manufacturer of gas analysers, Signal Group follows the emergence of international Standards very closely. This is because Standards ensure that monitors are fit for purpose, and also because regulators require operators to employ suitably certified equipment.

Signal Group confirms that the latest version of its portable FID analyser, the 3010 MINIFID PURE is being submitted to TÜV for QAL1 testing. This is a procedure to demonstrate that the instrument is suitable for its intended purpose, and meets required performance standards and the uncertainty allowances specified in EU Directives.

Previous versions of this instrument were certified in Britain according to the MCERTS requirements. However, performance requirements have since been unified in Europe, and at the same time product development work has enhanced the capabilities of this product line, so the time has come for us to seek certification to the latest Standards.

Which Standards apply to the discontinuous measurement of TOC emissions?
There are two European standards that apply to the use of portable FID analysers. BS EN 15267-4:2017 specifies the performance levels and test procedures for automated measuring systems used for discontinuous (periodic) measurements of stationary source emissions. It applies to testing based on techniques specified by a standard reference method (SRM) or an alternative method.

BS EN 12619:2013 specifies the flame ionisation detector (FID) method, and is intended for use as a SRM for the measurement of the mass concentration of gaseous and vaporous organic substances in stationary source emissions up to 1,000 mg/m³. This Standard specifies the requirements for a FID instrument with results expressed in mg/m³ as total carbon (TVOC).

Why monitor the emissions of organic compounds?
A wide variety of industrial processes produce emissions that contain organic carbon. For example, volatile organic carbon compounds (VOCs) are a common constituent in the emissions of processes that involve petrochemicals, paints, coatings, adhesives and cleaning chemicals. In many of these processes, solvents play a major role and the release of VOCs represents a risk to health and the environment. Similarly, combustion processes give rise to VOC emissions, particularly where combustion involves the use of an organic fuel. This includes fossil fuels such as petrol, diesel and oil, as well as wastes and biofuels. Organic carbon can exist in emissions as a gas or a vapour; the latter being characterised as a substance that is a mixture of two phases - gaseous and liquid.

By monitoring total organic carbon (TOC) concentration in emissions, process operators can demonstrate compliance with relevant legislation, as well as provide insights for process optimisation, because the presence of organic compounds is an indicator of incomplete combustion. In addition, it is common practice to monitor TOC in order to measure the effectiveness of abatement processes.

Transportable Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems (T-CEMs) are generally employed for regulatory monitoring; verifying and calibrating installed CEMs, according to the requirements of BS EN 14181, and for providing temporary back-up when permanent CEMs are not operating.

How to monitor TOC emissions
As a Standard Reference Method, TOC measurement with a FID is generally preferred. However, where there is a potential for the emission of particularly toxic VOCs, the site permit may include a requirement for the monitoring of individual organic compounds, which means that a monitoring technology capable of speciation will be necessary. Alternatively, it may be necessary for the monitoring activity to distinguish between methane and non-methane VOCs. Where speciation is required, technology such as Gas Chromatography, FTIR or Mass Spectrometry may be necessary. However, if speciation is required, a continuous emissions monitoring system (CEMS) will almost always be necessary.

Choosing the right instrument
If monitoring is being undertaken for compliance purposes, the environmental permit will indicate the certification required for the emissions monitoring equipment. This will limit the number of suitable suppliers, but a number of other issues will need to be addressed when choosing the most appropriate instrument.

If a transportable instrument is required: is it suitably robust? and has it been designed for portability? Keep in mind that it may be necessary to transport the equipment from site to site, and to carry the instrument up ladders in potentially inclement weather.

Price is of course a major consideration, but it is best to compare lifetime costs that take operational costs into account as well as the purchase price. So, issues such as calibration and service requirements will need to be addressed. It is also advisable to examine the supplier’s reputation – do they have support capability? do they have longstanding experience in the supply of portable FIDs? and what has been the experience of previous users?

With over 40 years of experience in the development and manufacture of FIDs, Signal Group can claim to score very highly in such comparisons with the well proven and competitively priced Model 3010 MiniFid. Once this transportable FID has passed through the QAL1 process, Signal’s SOLAR Series IV permanently installed FID will also be submitted for certification.

The prospect of the latest FID technology with TÜV certification for QAL 1 of EN 14181 will be of major interest to stack testers and process operators with a requirement to monitor TOC emissions.

 @GasAnalysers @_Enviro_News #Environment 

Friday, 3 July 2020

Certification Body under the CB Scheme.

Emitech has had its own international certification service called Emitech Certification since 2014. It has now been recognized as an NCB (National Certification Body).

Pascal Bonnenfant - Emitech Certification
As an ISO 17065-accredited product certification body, Emitech Certification has initially become a Notified Body for CE marking. As such, it issues certificates of conformity under the RED 2014/53/EU directive for radio communication equipment, and the EMC 2014/30/EU (electromagnetic compatibility) directive. This involves assessing the conformity of a product for which there are not yet any harmonised standards, extending the validity of a test report to an entire range of products, validating the integration of sub-assemblies by partial tests or a voluntary approach by a manufacturer.

Emitech Certification supports manufacturers who want to market their products internationally. It takes care of the technical and administrative formalities, arranges for local tests to be carried out if necessary to obtain approval, and chooses the most suitable procedure. The CB Scheme (CB Scheme) is thus the most efficient way to approach export markets in more than 50 countries throughout the world. Within the framework of the CB Scheme, Emitech's international certification service has just been recognised as an NCB (National Certification Body). It can now manage its network of CBTLs (Certification Body Testing Laboratories), and deliver, based on their reports, the CB certificates recognized in the member countries.

The CB scheme, a process of mutual recognition of test results between participating countries
The CB scheme is an international certification program for the exchange and acceptance of product test results from recognized participating laboratories, "CBTLs", and National Certification Bodies, "NCBs" in more than 50 countries around the world. The goal of the CB Scheme is to constantly harmonize electrical product safety and electromagnetic compatibility requirements at international level, while also taking national deviations into account.

Thanks to mutual recognition of CB certificates between countries, the tests performed are recognised in these member countries. This makes it easier to place products on the market abroad and opens the way for manufacturers to obtain certification marks (NF, etc.).

Within this context, four of Emitech's laboratories have already been recognized for several years as CBTLs in the categories for medical, laboratory, multimedia and information processing equipment. A CBTL has to depend on a single NCB. Since April 2020, Emitech's certification service has been recognized as a National Certification Body under the NCB scheme. This means that this service can now issue CB certificates from its own CBTL laboratories.

Emitech supports its customers in a global approach to marketing their products abroad. As this process is fully controlled under the framework of the CB Scheme it is largely autonomous and its reactivity is augmented. This recognition is part of the strategy to internationalise Emitech's service offering, established when Emitech created its certification service.

@EMITECH_SA #MEPax#PAuto #TandM 

Essential pressure transmitters.

A new range of pressure transmitters designed to meet key requirements in most manufacturing and production industries has been launched by ABB. The PxS100 range is suitable for use in the water, wastewater, metals, mining, pulp and paper, cement, and power ancillary sectors.

Rugged, resilient and easy to configure, the PxS100 range will fulfil all routine requirements for pressure measurement. Unique features include QR codes for easy access to online operational instructions and advice; abrasive resistant technology to protect the metallic diaphragm and extend working life; and ABB’s H-shield to protect against monatomic hydrogen and ensure measurement accuracy.

Eugenio Volonterio, Global Product Line Manager for Pressure Products at ABB, said: “The PxS100 range offers abundant features and functionality in a flexible and adaptable design that is easy to configure and quickly available. It sits alongside our more specialised 266 series which can be engineered for specific applications.”

Using ABB’s range of adaptable connectors and flanges, the PxS100 series can be rapidly configured to accommodate hundreds of mountings, spans, and certification-equivalent options. The simple HMI (Human Machine Interface), rotates for visibility from any angle, features ‘through the glass’ configuration capabilities and can be ordered with easily accessible backlight for low light environments.

In compact and robust stainless-steel housing, the PxS100 range offers IP66, IP67, IP68 and IP69K protection for operability in high humidity or where there are high levels of dust concentration. The ingress protection makes it suitable for clean-in-place applications in the food and beverage sector.

In alignment with specifications requested by its reference market, the PxS100 provides base accuracy of 0.25% of span, with the option of improvement to 0.1%. It is available in both Gauge and Absolute sensor variants and offers five different measurement ranges, covering applications from 40 mbar (16in H2O) up to 100 bar (1450 psi) thanks to its 10:1 turndown capability and full rangeability.

@ABBgroupnews @ABBMeasurement #PAuto 

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Strong player in flame & gas detection.

A new company, Teledyne Gas & Flame Detection, has been established under the Teledyne banner following Teledyne’s acquisition of 3M’s gas and flame detection business. The business has a long and successful track record spanning more than 100 years, supporting a wide range of industries and customers with their gas and flame detection needs. So, the big question is will Teledyne Gas & Flame Detection bring differentiation to this competitive marketplace?

With the formation of Teledyne Gas & Flame Detection, the market can indeed expect a major USP that sets it apart from existing players: the company has become the specialized brand in gas and flame detection, offering wide product knowledge and expertise in this niche area. A proven and extensive range of measurement, detection and wireless technologies, set alongside the unrivalled skills and innovation of employees who have been with the business for many years, can meet the needs of customers in all market segments. Teledyne Gas & Flame Detection is adopting a dedicated, one-stop supplier strategy that delivers the optimum solution for the application, every time.

Teledyne is not unfamiliar with this blueprint, as the Gas and Flame Detection business utilizes similar technology, which compliments its portfolio of environmental instrumentation products and services supplied to related markets and have proven to be highly successful for many years.

The high-quality products of Teledyne Gas & Flame Detection comprise both fixed and portable instruments designed for demanding applications in sectors such as oil & gas, food & beverage, marine and public utilities. These rugged yet reliable and precise gas and flame detection solutions offer fast response times, durability and intrinsically safe instrumentation, while satisfying multiple international certification standards.

Based on a culture of safety, the company has pledged to bring stability to the established brands of Oldham Simtronics, Gas Measurement Instruments (GMI), Detcon and the former Scott Safety gas detection range, which together have amassed over 100 years of experience across a wide range of standard and customized products, solutions and services.

Teledyne Gas & Flame Detection unifies these four industry leaders, creating a strategic insight that provides smart, first-in-class solutions with a future focus. Teledyne Detcon, for example, is a leader in fixed gas detection and innovative wireless solutions for use in harsh environments, while the Teledyne Oldham Simtronics brand specializes in high-end gas and flame detection solutions using advanced technologies and multi-market, cost-effective fixed gas detection solutions. The former Scott Safety gas and flame portfolio, now under the Teledyne Gas & Flame Detection brand, is rooted in the safety of people and plants in an industrial setting, and completing the picture Teledyne GMI is an expert in portable gas detection and a market leader in the gas distribution/utilities sector.

Every second of every day, the dependable Gas and Flame Detection systems and portable gas monitors manufactured under these brand names are making workplaces safer around the world. For this reason, Teledyne Gas & Flame Detection has introduced a new global tagline that captures the capabilities of the business: ‘Always sensing safety, every where you look’™.

Despite the company’s comprehensive and proprietary portfolio of innovative solutions, one size does not always fit all. If a standard solution cannot be identified, the Application Engineering group within Teledyne Gas & Flame Detection can provide a bespoke offering based on complete end-to-end consulting that embraces design, equipment specification, installation, maintenance and service. The in-house team, which comprises a global network of professionals with more than 50 years’ combined experience in fixed gas detection and integration consulting, has the capability to assess hazardous environments anywhere in the world. Working alongside client teams in a consultative approach, the expert perspective offered by the Application Engineering group ensures that custom solutions are according to specific requirements such as advanced technology within nuclear research and space exploration. As part of this customer-first strategy, projects are kept on track using proactive analysis that harnesses the benefits of advanced technologies such as 3D simulations, custom wireless solutions and gas-plume modeling.

Importantly, Teledyne Gas & Flame Detection can leverage its global network of distributors offering sales and service expertise – alongside its manufacturing excellence and custom engineering – to provide turnkey gas and flame detection solutions for a vast range of hazards. With an industry-leading, comprehensive portfolio of products and services, its commitment to cross-platform integration is purpose-designed to provide protection for today and confidence for tomorrow.

#Teledyne #PAuto #Safety

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Voltage sensors.

The DVC 1000 series of voltage sensors for insulated nominal voltage measurements in rail traction and industrial applications has been introduced by LEM.

The DVC 1000 series offers panel mounted voltage measurement in a compact package, measuring only 29 x 51 x 89 mm, giving a total volume of only 131.6 cm3.

Designed to measure a nominal voltage of 1000 VRMS, the DVC 1000 series uses an isolating amplifier, providing very high levels of isolation with a safety insulation voltage of 4.2 kV. The use of an isolating amplifier offers significant space savings over other sensors of similar capacity, which use bulky galvanic insulation.

As well as being highly robust, the DVC 1000 series also offers high levels of accuracy and temperature stability. An optional DIN rail mounting adaptor makes it easy to integrate into users’ own applications.

LEM developed the DVC 1000 to be fully compliant with the International Railway Industry Standards (IRIS). Engineers in the railway industry working with both rolling stock and sub-stations can use these versatile new sensors to measure DC links, the output voltages of inverters, the input voltage of 4 quadrant converters, or the battery voltage of Light Rail Vehicles. The features of the DVC 1000 voltage sensors also make them ideal for a broad range of small-to-medium voltage measurements in industrial markets such as DC power supply monitoring, EV chargers and battery storage applications.

DVC 1000 sensors measure voltages by a direct connection on their primary sides, through an internal resistor network and other components designed to feed the signal to an isolation amplifier.

An isolated signal is recovered and then conditioned in order to supply a voltage or a current at the sensor’s output connections, which is an exact representation of the primary voltage. No additional components are needed – the connections are simply connected between the voltage to be measured and the control device.

The DVC 1000 family can supply instantaneous +/- 30 mA current output (DVC 1000) or +/- 10 volt voltage output (DVC 1000-B) at +/- 1500 volt peak. The DVC 1000-UI model supplies a unipolar instantaneous 4-20 mA current output at 0…+1000 Volt DC (Unipolar DC Voltage measurement only).

All models deliver excellent overall accuracy, of +/- 1 % at +25°C with a high stability in temperature, leading to an overall accuracy of +/- 1.7% with an operating temperature range from -40°C to +85°C.

Measurement frequency bandwidth (-3dB point) is 35 kHz and the DVC 1000 models consume only 12 to 22 mA at no primary voltage, depending on the model and the power supply used - from +/- 15 to +/- 24 volt for the DVC 1000 and DVC 1000-B models and from a unipolar +15 to +24 V power supply for the DVC 1000-UI model.

With their compact size and weighing only 57g, the DVC 1000 series is unique on the market. Other key features include compliance to a range of internationally recognised safety standards in addition to their adherence to IRIS specifications. They also exhibit a fast response time of 12 to 17 µs at 90% of nominal voltage.

Designed by LEM in accordance with the latest standards applicable for traction and industry, the DVC 1000 models use materials that comply with all relevant fire and smoke requirements (EN 45545), mandatory in railway applications. They are CE marked and are supplied with a five-year warranty, as are all LEM sensors.

@LEM_Inc @NapierPR #PAuto 

Mini-strain sensors.

The miniature-format strain sensors DST20 complement the Baumer portfolio by adding a compact and cost-efficient solution for measuring large forces above 10,000 N even in confined spaces. With their dimensions of 28x12x10 mm, the DST20 miniature strain sensors offer space savings that are unmatched by any other screw-on strain sensor on the market. At the same time, their stainless steel housing and a certification for the IP 65 degree of protection make them excellently suited for use in rough production environments and for a large range of applications, such as mechanical and equipment engineering as well as process automation.

The DST20 strain sensor can be integrated into a machine with minimum engineering effort and offers a lasting solution that can serially replace cold bonded strain gauges in limited installation spaces, based on initial tests in the experimental laboratory.

Similar to other strain sensors in the Baumer portfolio, the compact DST20 sensors are based on the strain gauge technology with a strain gauge and a strain body. The soft geometry on the inside minimizes hardening of the structure to be measured. This makes the miniature strain sensor suitable for static as well as dynamic applications. Thin structures can also be monitored because of the limited reaction forces on the screws.

Ex factory the strain is typically measured with an output signal of around 1.0 mV/V, which frequently eliminates the need for calibration with a separate force sensor. This allows users to benefit from simple and quick commissioning coupled with high measurement accuracy in the micrometer range, which saves valuable time in the case of emergencies.

The sensors come in two measurement ranges: 500 and 1,000 µm/m, for different customer requirements in terms of the expected strains and permitted mechanical tension, depending on the steel quality. This way, a single sensor can be used to cover a large number of applications, allowing users to reduce costs and warehouse space.

With the DST20, Baumer rounds off its strong portfolio for force measurement with force and strain sensors. In addition to robust strain sensors for outdoor and industrial applications, Baumer has thus combined robustness and precision with exceptionally compact dimensions, effectively enhancing the scope of application of strain sensors. Users can now also optimize their process safety and quality in areas where the smallest dimensions matter.

#Baumer #PAuto #MEpax

Handheld temperature and pressure.

RS Components (RS) stocks the new DPI 705E family of handheld pressure and temperature indicators from Druck, a world leader in piezo-resistive sensors and test and calibration instruments.

The range comprises two versions – the DPI 705E for use in safe areas and the DPI 705E-IS (Intrinsically Safe) for use in hazardous areas. These models combine a tough, durable design and build on and replace the highly regarded DPI 705 family. The instruments are designed for single-handed use and introduce new and improved features to ensure even greater accuracy and reliable pressure or temperature monitoring during commissioning, fault finding, and system testing, including leak testing.

A key advantage of the DPI 705E family is its enhanced accuracy, providing 12-month uncertainty up to 0.05% full scale (FS) over a temperature range of -10°C to +50°C. An extensive pressure range is covered – from 25mbar to 1400bar in Absolute, Gauge or Differential configurations.

The DPI 705E and DPI 705E-IS both have integrated pressure sensors and are designed to interface directly with external remote pressure or optional remote plug-and-play Resistance Temperature Detector (RTD) sensors, providing even more flexibility whilst out in the field. Each pressure sensor holds integral calibration data, meaning a single DPI 705E can be used with multiple remote sensors, allowing various ranges to be measured in seconds. The sensors hold a record of the calibration date, which is relayed to the operator through the ‘calibration due’ countdown shown on the pressure indicator's display.

The leak test function is rapidly configurable between one, three or five minutes. The power-efficient design means that the indicators can be used for eight hours per day, six days per week for one year using a single set of batteries.

DPI 705E products are rugged, simple to use and suitable for widespread applications in industries such as utilities, HVAC, medical equipment, metrological laboratories and clean rooms, as well as for service and maintenance.

@RSComponents; @designsparkRS #PAuto #TandM

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Protocol translators.

A new Intesis™ protocol translator for communication between PROFINET PLCs on factory floors and Building Management Systems with BACnet IP/MSTP has been announced by HMS Networks. With this, full data integration, monitoring, and control is enabled between factory floors and building facilities.

In factories, it is essential that environmental dimensions such as temperature, humidity, and air quality are controlled and monitored automatically to ensure optimal conditions for manufacturing and working staff. And, by ensuring efficient control of facilities such as HVAC and lighting systems, factory owners can save a lot of energy and manage emergency situations in a safe way.

However, when system integrators plan for factory-to-building integration, they normally face a heterogeneous and challenging communication situation. BACnet is typically the protocol used in the Building Management System (BMS) to control the facilities inside the building, and PROFINET is one of the most used factory networks for controlling production processes.

Focusing on this situation, the new Intesis PROFINET - BACnet IP/MSTP protocol translator from HMS Networks is a cost-effective and easy-to-install gateway solution that offers bi-directional communication between PROFINET PLCs and BACnet controllers. Able to connect up to 1200 data points, the gateway is BACnet IP/MSTP server/slave on one side and PROFINET I/O device on the other, featuring independent Ethernet ports. The gateway has been BTL certified for BACnet and carries the UL mark in order to guarantee the highest communication and quality standards.
Thanks to its strategic placement between the factory and building systems, the gateway becomes an enabler of very interesting applications such as energy metering of devices and machines in the factory from the BACnet-based BMS system, HVAC monitoring, and control from the PROFINET PLC, as well as easy alarm definition and management.

Intesis MAPS, the common configuration tool for all Intesis protocol translators, offers a very intuitive configuration process for system integrators covering both sides of the gateway. MAPS help integrators further in their projects by providing valuable EDE files for the BACnet integration, as well as GSD files and TIA portal TAG files for fast configuration of any connected PROFINET PLC controller.

Extending the comprehensive range of existing Intesis BACnet protocol translators, the new PROFINET - BACnet version is the first product in a new line of Intesis gateways for factory to building integration that will be released step by step by HMS Networks. In these gateways, HMS combines its proven Anybus® and Intesis communication technologies for industrial and building-oriented communication respectively, trusted by customers in millions of installations worldwide.

@intesis @hmsnetworks #PAuto #Communications

Gas sensor.

Cranberry CO2 gas sensor
Cranberry CO2 NDIR gas sensor from the eLichens' gas sensor range has been selected by Honeywell to power its latest portable CO2 detector for Industrial Safety, Honeywell BW™ SOLO CO2 Serviceable Single-gas Detector.

Cranberry CO2 gas sensor is the first carbon dioxide 1-Series NDIR industry standard: it is ultra-low power, auto calibrated, high performance, ATEX & IECEx certified.

@eLichensEN #PAuto #OEM

Covered on track!

Two LTE routers have been added to the Westermo Ibex range of wireless solutions for reliable and secure data communications within rail applications. The Ibex-RT-330 and Ibex-RT-630 are compact LTE routers developed to meet the growing demand for continuous coverage onboard trains, and support applications such as data offloading between stations, monitoring and remote maintenance access.

The LTE routers ensure reliable, continuous, high-speed remote access data communications in extreme operational environments, connecting the moving train with the signalling control centre over a mobile network.

The Ibex-RT-330 is a mobile LTE router offering high bandwidth to support multiple applications, such as data offloading and remote monitoring. The Ibex-RT-630 is a mobile LTE and WLAN router/gateway, which offers outstanding performance and rugged internet connectivity back-up to enable hybrid train-to-ground installations with a single device. Both routers support hardware offloaded VPN, for high performance capabilities.

The routers support LTE CAT12, which provides ultra-high data throughput and aggregation of carrier frequencies to serve the most bandwidth-demanding applications worldwide. Multiband GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) support enables the use of multiple frequencies for extremely high accuracy positioning and deployment worldwide.

The routers have EN 50155 approval for onboard applications and are designed to withstand the challenging environments and demands of rail applications, including constant vibration, extreme temperatures and humidity. The devices are IP66-rated for prevention of water and dust ingress and have an operating range of -40°C to +70°C. High-level isolation between all interfaces protects against overvoltage and flashover. These features increase reliability and extend the mean time between failure.

A compact design enables quick and easy installation into the tight spaces of trains, while configuration and unit replacement is simplified by a SIM card memory for configuration parameters. Dual SIM ability allows for further performance optimisation. A unique SIM card tray makes SIM handling in the field effortless.

The Ibex product family, which includes wireless access points, clients and bridges, has been developed for rail applications such as​ train-to-ground systems​, wireless inter-carriage links​, WLAN solutions for public onboard wi-fi, remote access and vehicle positioning. Together with Westermo’s extensive range of Ethernet devices, this forms the world’s most complete data communications portfolio for the rail industry.

In addition to rail applications, the products are ideally suited for deployment in applications with severe operating conditions and tough environments, such as traffic systems, mining, maritime and factory automation.

@westermo @HHC_Lewis #Transport #Communications

Accurate barcode verification.

Cognex Corporation has recently launched the new DataMan® 475V Inline Barcode Verifier. Providing contract-compliant assurance in adherence with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), this high-speed system delivers the most reliable code verification and quality reporting for 1D, 2D, and direct part mark (DPM) codes.

“Barcode verification is critical for ensuring high code quality throughout the supply chain, preventing product waste, chargebacks, and loss of customers,” said Carl Gerst, Cognex Senior Vice President and Business Unit Manager of Identification Products. “The DataMan 475V automates barcode verification, bringing quality assurance out of the lab and into production.”

The DataMan 475V is equipped with precision optics, powerful lighting, robust grading algorithms, and a high-resolution camera to capture and grade even the most difficult codes. The system uses a proven high-speed, multi-core processing engine to ensure ISO compliance at production line speeds.

When code quality drops, users can now get immediate feedback to quickly identify printing and process control issues, as well as diagnostic tools needed to correct them. Combined with advanced data delivery capabilities, the DataMan 475V ensures informative, repeatable results for a range of industries including automotive, medical device, consumer products, pharmaceutical, and logistics.

@Cognex_Corp #PAuto 

New gas sensors.

New gas configurations for use with its fixed-head, addressable Xgard Bright gas detector, extending the versatility of the innovative one-stop solution detector for a wide range of gas hazards are being released by Crowcon.

The New Sensors:
• PID sensor 0–1000ppm for isobutylene in safe areas.
• IR sensors for methane (0–100% LEL in hazardous areas) and propane (0–100% LEL in hazardous areas).
• Electrochemical sensors for ammonia (0–50ppm and 0–100ppm in safe areas) and chlorine (0–5ppm and 0–10ppm in safe areas).
These sensors are in addition to the new Xgard Bright sensors added just a couple of months ago, and have potential for use in several new industrial sectors and applications. Crowcon staff believe that the latest batch of sensors will prove particularly useful in wastewater, education, medical, tunnelling, food and drink and chemical plants.

William Allum, Product Manager for Crowcon, puts it, ‘Crowon’s Xgard Bright is a one stop solution for the detection of flammable, toxic and oxygen gases. We are happy to announce this new phase of gas releases for the Xgard Bright, since these sensors are likely to be used in new applications and industries. Over time we will release even more sensors, allowing even more sectors to benefit from this flexible and practical detector.’

@Crowcon #PAuto

Monday, 29 June 2020

Autonomous building sustainability solution.

The Honeywell Forge Energy Optimization, a cloud-based, closed-loop, machine learning solution, announced earlier this year, continuously studies a building's energy consumption patterns and automatically adjusts to optimal energy saving settings without compromising occupant comfort levels. It is the first autonomous building solution focused on decreasing energy consumption, may deliver double-digit energy savings, decrease a building's carbon footprint, and can be implemented without significant upfront capital expenses or changes to a building's current operational processes.

During a pilot at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) in Dubai, (UAE), Honeywell Forge Energy Optimization demonstrated an initial 10% energy savings. HBMSU is the first accredited smart university in the UAE and is known for its technology and innovation programs.

Honeywell Forge Energy Optimization was applied to HBMSU's existing building management system, which uses competitor technology to demonstrate the platform's open architecture and hardware-agnostic capabilities. The additional energy savings is especially significant because HBMSU is regarded as a highly smart, energy efficient building with fully connected lighting, cooling, building management, power and efficiency control that is optimized based on real-time occupancy. The pilot also uncovered local control issues with the chiller plant and fresh air handling unit that were not adjusting to set points.

"As a smart university, we look to deploy the latest technology across our campus and ensure our buildings are efficient. We were pleasantly surprised by the results we saw from Honeywell Forge and its ability to drive further energy savings beyond our achievable optimization with the techniques we have," said Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University. "Our further partnership with Honeywell will help to support the advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) modeling for building automation and provide our students with first-hand applications of how AI and machine learning (ML) will drive operational efficiencies in buildings. Our goal is to collaborate with leading organizations like Honeywell that support our vision of educating the innovators of tomorrow."

"Buildings aren't static steel and concrete – they're dynamic ecosystems and their energy needs fluctuate based on ever-changing variables like weather and occupancy," said David Trice, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Connected Buildings. "With Honeywell Forge Energy Optimization, we're evolving building operations far beyond what would be possible even with a robust team of engineers and the rules they code in their building management system. By employing the latest self-learning algorithms coupled with autonomous control, we can help building portfolio owners fine-tune their energy expenditures to drive efficiencies and create more sustainable practices for our customers."

Energy consumption in commercial buildings is a significant issue because these buildings account for more than 36% of global final energy consumption and nearly 40% of total direct and indirect CO2 emissions.1 Additionally, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) often presents the largest opportunity for energy savings in a commercial building.2

Honeywell Forge Energy Optimization autonomously and continually optimizes a building's internal set points across hundreds of assets every 15 minutes to evaluate whether a building's HVAC system is running at peak efficiency. When Honeywell's solution finds a need to make an adjustment, it analyzes factors such as time of day, weather, occupancy levels, and dozens of other data points to determine the optimal settings per building and makes calculated decisions 96 times per 24-hour period for every building in a portfolio, 365 days a year across the system of assets. Repeated results have shown double-digit reductions of HVAC-related consumption while not impacting customer comfort.

Traditional HVAC control solutions incorporate varying levels of sophistication. The most basic involve static set points that don't account for variable factors such as occupancy or weather. The second, and most common, rely on scheduled set-point adjustments using estimated occupancy and climate conditions. Finally, set points can be managed by a certified energy manager; however, most facilities have not found this solution to produce a viable return on investment due to the sheer volume of variables involved and the difficulty in producing accurate calculations in any scalable manner.

Honeywell Forge Energy Optimization is simple for building portfolio owners to deploy with plug-and-play capabilities. No changes to business mechanics are needed and there's no need to rip and replace systems to add Energy Optimization to a building.

@honeywell @HBMSU #BAS #HVAC #Environment

Innovative field shelter keeps cool.

A field equipment shelter fitted with fault-tolerant cooling is ensuring the reliability of a wireless communications link that connects instrumentation on a new gas pipeline crossing a Middle Eastern desert to the remote control room. Fabricated from tough glassfibre-reinforced polyester (GRP) materials, the shelter houses a TETRA basestation powered by solar panels - in order to function reliably in an off-grid location some 50 km from the nearest town.

Intertec's shelter employs a 'hybrid cooling' system to safeguard the 56 m2 shelter's electronics equipment, and battery power storage compartment - a Zone 1 area. The system consists of a water-based passive cooler assisted by dual-redundant electrically-powered water coolers. This approach combines the intrinsic reliability of passive cooling with active water refrigeration to increase cooling efficiency on hot days. The system can handle a cooling load of around 1.9 kW, ensuring that even during this Middle Eastern climate's summer - when ambient temperatures can climb as high as 55 °C - interior shelter temperatures will always stay below a worst-case peak of around 35 °C. At other times of the year, internal shelter temperatures are maintained far below these levels.

"Hybrid cooling for field shelters and cabinets is a major enabler for process plant operators that need to install electronics equipment in remote off-grid locations, and hostile environmental conditions", says Intertec's HVAC Project Manager, Simon Marlier"The very high level of reliability that can be achieved by hybrid cooling, and its suitability for applications in hazardous areas, can greatly simplify many common remote and unmanned applications. Among the applications potential are wellhead control systems, SCADA stations on pipelines, battery shelters - especially for lead-acid and lithium-ion types - and off-grid mobile basestations."

The remote location means that the basestation is far from the electricity grid, and must be powered by solar energy. The passive cooling system, based on a water tank with internal and external heat exchangers, exploits the desert climate's daily temperature swing to store the coolness of the night and use it to moderate internal temperatures during the day. The water circulates around the system by natural convection, without electrical power or moving parts. This system alone manages the shelter's cooling needs during the winter months - typically keeping temperatures at around 18 - 20 °C. The two powered water coolers increase the efficiency of the cooling system during the hottest months - operating in an alternating sequence for fault tolerance - typically maintaining temperatures in the 20 - 30 °C range. Even if both water coolers were to fail, Intertec's passive system has enough cool water capacity to maintain low shelter temperatures for many days - giving maintenance staff plenty of time to access the remote site and make repairs.

The water coolers are a new variant of Intertec's novel Hybricool range that operate directly from a DC power supply - making them an efficient solution for solar-powered installations. These cooling units are specially designed to supplement passive coolers operating in process plants, with a heat exchanger element that can be installed inside the water storage tank of a passive cooling system to decrease temperature. This interior element is isolated from the rest of the externally-mounted refrigeration system, making it both an efficient and economic solution for explosion proof applications such as the battery compartment of this shelter.

Hybricool water coolers operate on the refrigeration principle. They have a closed loop system with four main components: compressor, condenser, expansion valve and coil. The coil is a heat exchanger element that can be installed inside the water storage tank of a passive cooling system to decrease temperature. The interior and exterior compartments are completely isolated from each other to stop any weather elements from entering the shelter.

Cooling efficiency is aided by the shelter's construction, which uses composite wall panels with GRP sheets 'sandwiching' an embedded 85 mm layer of polyurethane foam insulation. In conjunction with a sunshade, this delivers very stable interior environmental conditions compared with conventional metal-based shelters. Intertec's manufacturing process allows it to fabricate composite GRP panels with many different material layers. In this application, the outer GRP layers provide exceptional resistance to corrosion - as GRP does not rust or degrade in any meaningful way. A further gel-coat layer on the exterior surface provides protection against the climate's very high levels of ultraviolet light, and abrasion from dust or sand. The externally-mounted water coolers additionally feature a centrifugal sediment separator that removes dust and sand, and flaps that close when the cooler is not operational.

A passive cooling system can typically limit the maximum internal temperature of cabinets or walk-in shelters to around 10 degrees Centigrade above minimum night-time temperatures - making it ideal for applications in arid and desert climates. The addition of Intertec's Hybricool water cooler technology reduces the dependence on low night-time temperatures, opening up applications in a much broader range of climates and geographical locations.

#PAuto #Intertech 

Components for automation and machine builders.

Foremost Electronics has a wealth of experience supplying components to designers and manufacturers of automation systems and machine builders. Key components in this market include rugged and reliable HMI solutions including emergency-stop switches and status indicators, secure rugged and flexible cable entry systems and connectors.

Emma Kempster, Key Account Manager, of Foremost Electronics, comments: "Industrial automation systems and machine building require high quality and rugged components to ensure reliable operation over long periods of time. Safety of operators and protection of machines from damage are also critical design considerations. Foremost have been working with machine and automation system designers for many years and have an unsurpassed range of HMI, cable access and safety components which greatly simplifies our customer’s sourcing process."

The IDEC CW switch range offers designers stylish, compact and space-saving switches and pilot devices. The innovative two-step locking lever integrated with a guard provides a higher level of safety, and the low projection hight from the panel surface reduces the possibility of unexpected activation or operator damage. The CW series add a sleek and stylish image to any panel with black or metallic bezels. The shortest depth behind the panel in its class contributes to reducing machine and control panel size. Up to 6 direct opening NC (normally closed) contacts rated at 10A are available per switch with the choice of black and metallic bezels. Options include illuminated push buttons, push buttons, pilot lights, selector switches and key selector switches.

To ensure operator safety and prevent damage to equipment the IDEC E-Stop Switch XW Series includes revolutionary new technology that has changed the way E-Stop switches are designed. This “safe break action” concept provides greater levels of human safety and is the first of its kind in the world. The “safe break action” design, found only in the IDEC products, reverses the energy direction and uses the spring-pressure to assure that the NC contacts will open if the emergency switch is damaged or the contact blocks separate due to excessive force. The NC contacts will reliably open, even if they are welded, and stop the machine. Combined with IDEC quality, this is the go-to E-Stop switch for any life-threatening situation.

For clear indication of the status of a machine, factory automation or industrial system the IDC LD6A SignaLight Towers offer new concept and innovative, ergonomically designed system for instant visual and audible status recognition. LD6A SignaLights combine the latest LED technology with IDEC safety technology. The stylish design includes an LED lens shape providing visibility in all directions. 5 different mounting styles, custom arrangement of LED units and a powerful alarm which can easily be heard in noisy areas.

Secure, rugged and flexible cable and pipeline entry system are key for installing, upgrading and maintaining industrial systems and Foremost can supply a wide range of entry systems from market leader icotek. The IMAS CONNECT is a modular designed grommet system for mounting circular connectors, keystone jacks, push-pull connectors, hose fittings, pressure compensation elements and much more. By utilising a modular adapter system, the split icotek cable entry frame becomes a hybrid system allowing pre-terminated and standard cables or hoses to be routed.

The icotek EMC KEL U 24 is a split cable entry system for routing cables with connectors and provides an IP54 / UL type 12 rating. The cable entry system is easy to install and provides routing, sealing and strain relief for cable diameters from 1 to 35 mm. The KEL-U 24 frame has the same cut-out dimensions as standard 24-pin industrial connectors, is fast and easy assembly, offers high cable density, and strain relief according to EN 62444

For secure power connection to machines and industrial equipment Foremost offers the Neutrik powerCON TRUE 1 TOP. Suitable for heavy-duty and harsh environment applications This lockable, ruggedised and sealed power connector features IP65 protection and UV resistance according to UL50E. It is made from high impact UV-resistant materials, rated to 16A and it also features a unique cable retention system.

 @4MostElectronic @proactivefleet #PAuto