Friday, January 31, 2020

Consolidating component buying.

Essentra Components (Ireland) offer guidance to companies worldwide who are struggling with multiple suppliers, perhaps all working to differing standards and practices – a situation where relationship benefits and cost savings can be hard to achieve in a complex web of supply channels.

The Essentra Components online guide to consolidating a company's component buying is a valuable discussion document available on their Knowledge Centre.

This useful guide covers issues which include how to benefit by streamlining component supply, building better relationships to achieve big benefits, quicker hassle-free customer service, one supplier/one component quality, assessing the latest processes, obtaining improved value for money and factors to consider with component consolidation. The guide is presented from extensive experience of teamworking through the consolidation process. Real life examples are given to illustrate this process, including companies from air conditioning and refrigeration, steel construction and metal fabrication.

The team at Essentra Components believe that by integrating manufacturing and supply with a worldwide distribution system then supplier/customer relationships can bloom to maximise benefits and minimise problems.

#PAuto @EssentraC @tradeandtech

Mag Meter with no restriction.

Proline Promag W is the world’s first electromagnetic flowmeter without measuring tube restriction, resulting in reliable measurements independent of the flow profile and the mounting location.

Promag W featuring the “0 x DN full bore” option, is a solution for a close-knit pipeline network or obstacles in pipes. This is the first mag meter of its kind in the world, providing maximum measuring performance without tube restriction, and thus without pressure loss.

Endress+Hauser's Promag W 300/400/500 flowmeters with the “0 x DN full bore” option measure with high accuracy (±0.5%), even directly downstream of pipe bends, T fittings, or insertion devices. They are particularly suitable for installation in tight spaces, such as compact systems or skids, because they do not need any inlet or outlet runs. The Promag W (0 x DN full bore) can easily handle swirls that frequently occur downstream of obstacles such as pipe bends and insertion devices, and even those downstream of unknown obstacles such as build-up on the pipe wall, protruding seals or different inside diameters.

The innovative measuring concept of the Promag W (0 x DN) features multiple measuring electrodes to detect flow. These electrodes generate a substantially higher density of measured data than standard devices. Together with the refined signal analysis, reliable measurement results are realized in swirl conditions.

Previously, in case of disturbances in the pipeline flow, plant operators either had to comply with the recommended inlet and outlet runs, or use a device with a restricted measuring tube to condition swirls within a very short tube section. In many cases, however, sufficiently long straight pipe sections are not present, and restrictions always cause pressure loss. This leads to increased energy consumption for pump operation and, as a result, higher energy costs.

The new “0 x DN full bore” option allows installation without inlet and outlet runs and without restriction, solving both challenges to deliver reliable measured values, flexible installation and cost-efficient measuring operation.

Promag W can be combined with different transmitters: as a compact version (Proline 300 and 400), or as a remote version (Proline 400 and 500) with up to four inputs and outputs. Proline transmitters make no compromises in terms of performance and accuracy. The digital signal processing begins in the smart sensor and is the basis for a reliable, highly accurate measurement. Full access to all measurement data, including diagnostic data acquired by Heartbeat Technology, is possible at any time via digital data transmission.

#PAuto @Endress_US @Endress_Hauser @Endress_UK

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Programmable power supply.

Intepro Systems' Model PSB 10000 30 KW programmable digital power supply/load has been announced. The PSB 10000 Series is a microprocessor controlled bi-directional supply that features two devices in one: an electronic DC load with energy recovery and an auto-ranging DC power supply. This allows for two-quadrant operation in an efficient and easy-to-use instrument. Combining the features of a programmable source and regenerative programmable load into one chassis frees up rack space and reduces generated heat all while recovering loaded energy back to the grid.

“If you are looking at solutions for charge and discharge testing, the PSB 10000 Series can provide you with a quick ROI and can be easily integrated into existing test environments,” said Gerard Sheehan, Intepro's Chief Technical Officer.

The unique capability of the PSB 10000 is the unit’s ability to be programmed to seamlessly switch between source and sink with no “off” time. When operating as the load, the device synchronizes with its 3-phase power input to recover upwards of 93% of the energy. When operating as a source, the unit has an efficiency of up to 93%, generating less heat in both modes. This provides further energy savings by reducing the cooling costs in the test environment

The PSB 10000 features a wide range 3-phase input voltage 342-528V, 45-66 Hz, with output voltage ratings of 60V – 2,000V and current ratings from 40A-1000A. The device includes a wide range of programmable functions to simulate complex testing such as electric vehicle load profiles, battery charging, PV simulation per EN 50530 and MPP tracking and others. Multiple PSB 10000 units can be operated in a master-slave configuration providing source/load capabilities up to 1.08 MW.

#TandM #PAuto @InteproSystems

Automated calculation of the optimal packaging.

CoreTechnologie GmbH (CT) has added another innovation to the 3D_Evolution Simplifier software: As the first software on the market, the latest version of the Simplifier now allows for a fully automatic calculation of the smallest sphere diameter that surrounds a part or an assembly. With the new function, additional to the generation of a reduced envelope geometry models the Simplifier enables a time-saving and automated calculation of the optimal packaging.

In addition to the diameter calculation according to DIN EN ISO 8062-1, minimal packaging dimensions can be calculated in the form of a box and output as a CAD model of any major format. The determination of the smallest possible packaging dimensions, i.e. the smallest possible space, is used, for example, to optimize logistics costs and to minimize the cost of materials for packaging individual parts or assemblies with a very complex shape. In the past, this used to be a time-consuming manual process that can now be carried out automatically within seconds.

The 3D_Evolution Simplifier software is used by leading companies for fast and automatic data simplification as well as for the conversion of CAD models of all common formats such as Catia, NX, Solidworks, Creo, Inventor, Step, JT and many more. The creation of an envelope geometry is the solution to work smoothly and quickly with extensive and often too detailed 3D original data in CAD, VR and simulation systems. In terms of data quality, the tool enables the conversion of perfect solid models through data analysis and correction functions. In addition to protecting the know-how by creating the envelope models, the sophisticated technology at the same time also significantly reduces the file size as well as the elements that have to be displayed.

#PAuto #CAD @CoreTechnologie @PRSchacker

Solids level switches.

Rosemount™ vibrating fork, paddle, capacitance and vibrating rod switches provide users with flexible level monitoring and overfill prevention solutions in all silo types


Emerson has introduced a range of new Rosemount™ solids level switches designed to optimise operations, increase safety and reduce waste by providing reliable point level monitoring and supporting overfill prevention. The introduction of switches based on four proven and trusted technologies enables Emerson to offer a complete product portfolio for continuous and point level solids measurement. This ensures that the appropriate solution can be deployed to meet every application requirement.

The vibrating fork, paddle, capacitance and vibrating rod switches within the new Rosemount range ensure reliable monitoring of solid materials such as powders, grains and pellets in all silo types across industries including food and beverage, agriculture, chemical, power, cement, mining and plastics. The compact, easy-to-operate switches require low levels of maintenance and are suitable for operation in extremely challenging environments, including those with high temperatures, high pressures, dust and risk of explosion.

The switches can be used to provide standalone point level monitoring to help optimise filling and emptying cycles. They can also be deployed within an overfill prevention system, helping to prevent wasted materials, environmental impact, high clean-up costs and damage to the silo.

In applications involving light, fine-grained and powdered materials where high measurement sensitivity is required, Rosemount 2511 and 2521 vibrating fork switches provide a cost-effective solution. European Commission ATEX (Atmosphères Explosibles) certification permits installation in explosive areas, and all wetted parts are made from corrosion-resistant stainless steel, making them suitable for use in hygienic applications. The Rosemount 2501 rotary paddle switch can be used as a full, demand or empty detector in storage silos or process vessels. The robust paddle design can withstand heavy loads and extreme temperatures of up to 1100° C.

The Rosemount 2555 capacitance switch can be installed in pipes as a limit switch and spillage detector. The switch is suitable for use with materials that have dielectric values as low as 1.5 and is designed to prevent material build-up in applications where there is a risk of coating. The Rosemount 2535 vibrating rod switch provides high chemical resistance due to the fact that it is completely made of food-grade stainless steel.

“The new Rosemount switches provide Emerson with an innovative and complete solids level measurement portfolio,” said Felicia Malai, project engineer at Emerson’s Automation Solutions business. “In conjunction with Rosemount non-contacting radar and guided wave radar transmitters, the switches give users the flexibility to install the point level monitoring and overfill prevention solution that best enables them to optimise operations, reduce waste, and increase safety in their specific applications.”

#PAuto @EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Robert V Gilbert. (Manotherm) R.I.P.

The death has been announced of Bob Gilbert last week.

Well known in the Irish automation industry he was founder of Manotherm in the 1960s. Originally in Corn Exchange Buildings in Dublin city centre. It then moved to its current location on the Walkinstown Road.

His sometimes gruff manner hid an honest and trustworthy business man not without a droll sense of humour. He dealt with his customers honestly and expected to be treated in the same way.

He was a staunch supporter of Read-out when it was a printed periodical and there was always a hearty welcome when the writer called. He was alway interested in what was happening in the world of Irish instrumentation.

We extend our condolences to his wife and partner, Amy and to his son Robert.

His death notice may be viewed here.

Layer 3 Ethernet switch.

Enhancing Interoperability and Management of Vital Industrial Network Infrastructure

Red Lion Controls released their innovative new NT328G Layer 3 Ethernet switch recently. Offering 28 high-speed ports (24-Gigabit, 4-10 Gigabit) and reliable wire-speed switching performance, the NT328G offers exceptional performance and reliability to meet the current and future needs of the Oil & Gas, Water & Wastewater, Energy, Transportation, and video and security sectors, as well as other bandwidth-intensive industrial applications.


“Industrial customers are demanding reliable wire-speed Layer 3 switching performance that is scalable to 10Gigabit speed to meet current and future bandwidth-requirements. Customers now have access to a future-proof and durable switch solution that addresses industrial requirements from the network edge to the core.” said Diane Davis, director of product management at Red Lion Controls.

The NT328G Layer 3 industrial Ethernet models feature a flexible mix of copper and fiber ports, allowing for a vast variety of connection options, with Layer 3 routing that provides the ability to route across VLANs or subnets—versatility that ensures scalability. The industrial-grade NT328G’s robust feature set includes network redundancy, advanced, integrated security, policy-based traffic control and easy-to-use configuration and management—reducing operating costs while providing continuous monitoring of network activity. Its sleek but rugged IP30 rackmount metal housing is constructed for long-life use in harsh industrial environments, including wide operating temperature conditions and hazardous locations—durability that ensures reduced downtime. Ideal for large-scale and/or any industrial network, the NT328G has the flexibility to meet both present and long-term speed and media requirements—delivering investment protection for years to come.

• Red Lion Controls products are marketed by Instrument Technology.

#PAuto @redlioncontrols @mepaxIntPR

Broadband vector network analyser.

The VectorStar™ ME7838G broadband vector network analyzer (VNA) from Anritsu is the industry’s first VNA capable of making measurements from 70 kHz to 220 GHz in a single sweep. By offering unprecedented frequency coverage, the new VectorStar VNA allows engineers to more accurately and efficiently characterize devices over a much broader range of frequencies to provide accurate device models, thus optimizing the chance for accurate simulations and opportunity to reduce design turns.

Consistently providing the industry’s widest single sweep broadband coverage for improved device modeling is achieved because the VectorStar VNA system incorporates the Anritsu Non-linear Transmission Line (NLTL) millimeter-wave (mmWave) modules. An innovative design allows the 220 GHz probe to connect directly to the mmWave module for accurate, stable on-wafer measurements, thereby avoiding the limits of coaxial connectors at sub-terahertz frequencies.

The 220 GHz ME7838G leverages Anritsu’s proven VectorStar broadband platform’s ability to go beyond traditional boundaries in a single sweep without the need to reconstruct the wafer probe station from 110 GHz to higher waveguide bands. Because of the design, engineers can measure a wide range of circuits on the same wafer without transferring from a coax microwave VNA to coax mmWave VNA or waveguide mmWave VNA. The system reduces measurement time of the entire wafer, improves measurement accuracy of wideband devices by eliminating the need for waveguide concatenation, and delivers wafer probe station cost efficiencies by reducing the number of VNA reconfigurations.

The ME7838G addresses the market need to conduct on-wafer measurements that span into the upper mmWave frequencies for more accurate device characterization. The VectorStar-based broadband system gives engineers confidence in the systems they are designing by characterizing the devices from near-DC to well beyond the operating frequency, for more accurate modeling.

#TandM @Anritsu @AnritsuEMEA @NapierPR

Silo weighing system.

The recently launched  S-series by VPG Transducers and available in Britain through Variohm EuroSensor is a flexible and configurable load-cell based silo weighing system with optional temperature measurement. Featuring VPG’s 178 extensometer load cells, optional PT100 sensors and a choice of three display variants, including a remote PC monitoring version, the S-series allows users to utilise weight and temperature measurements to calculate accurate fluid density, fluid mass and actual volumetric levels in up to 24 silos. The flexible and configurable system is easily adapted for process measurement tasks across a diverse range of industries including cement and minerals production, water treatment plants, agricultural produce, and food & beverage bulk material storage.

Through its three display versions, the S-series features VPG Transducers’ model 178 strain gauge extensometer load cells that have pedigree of application success for weighing, level control, stress and fatigue monitoring across many industries. Its alloy steel and IP66 hermetically sealed construction combine with a generous overload capacity to ensure accurate and low uncertainty weight measurement. Each display version offers a fixed number of load cell measurements, optional relay interfaces and bus based communications. Optional PT100 temperature sensors for up to two temperature measurements per silo can also be specified.

The entry level ST1 features a panel mounted LCD display for up to 4 weight and temperature measurements per screen and up to 8 connected silos. ST1 system options include integration of up to 16 temperature measurements, up to 4 relay interface casings (16 relay outputs per casing) and a Modbus TCP/Ethernet IP connection. French and English language interfaces are included.
The ST3 system features an RGB display with resistive touch controls for up to 24 measurements per screen, set as 8 weighing measurements and 16 temperature measurements. As standard the ST3 includes a Modbus TCP interface and, through its powerful 32-bit x86 microprocessor, supports up to 24 silo weight measurements plus 48 temperature measurements in addition to a maximum of 4 relay interface casings (16 relay outputs per casing) and Ethernet IP connections. Language interfacing for English, French and Spanish is included

For users who require remote monitoring, the S-Box silo weighing system allows a wide choice of weight and temperature measurements to be displayed on desktop browsers or portable devices. An embedded web server allows the user to access measurements from any computer connected on the same network and with multi-language (English, French, German, and Spanish) capability, the system will suit global silo measurement markets. A powerful 32-bit x86 microprocessor supports up to 24 silo weight measurements, 48 temperature measurements, as well as up to 4 relay interface casings (16 relay outputs per casing) and Ethernet IP connections.

 #PAuto @Variohm @mepaxIntPR

Monday, January 27, 2020

Vivid industrial displays.

RXi industrial displays are vivid, responsive and modular, delivering high performance even in harsh and difficult operating environments.

Emerson has released the new portfolio of RXi industrial display and panel PC products for monitoring, visualising and enhancing everyday production processes in life sciences, metals and mining, power and water, and manufacturing and machinery. A modular design is foundational to the industrial display platform, enabling users to select the right configuration based on application needs and minimising lifecycle cost through flexibility, easy serviceability, and field upgradeability. In addition, the vivid and responsive displays improve an operator’s capabilities to make better decisions.

RXi industrial displays are designed to work with both Emerson’s programmable logic control (PLC) and programmable automation control (PAC) solutions, and third-party control systems. The RXi industrial display portfolio features standardised physical designs to minimise the variety of enclosure cut-outs required for OEM applications, making each display easily replaceable and upgradeable in the field with no need to modify existing cabinets or install new ones.

“With this modular industrial display portfolio, our customers can achieve the same experience, look and feel, regardless of size or application,” said Kori Price, product manager of industrial display and computing platforms for Emerson’s Automation Solutions business. “Best of all, this new portfolio is rugged, without sacrificing performance or flexibility.”

Three display types provide options for a variety of applications:

  • RXi - Panel PC includes a high-performance and rugged industrial PC for powerful computing capabilities.
  • RXi - Industrial Monitor works with most industrial or commercial PCs for plant floor visualisation.
  • RXi - Web Panel supports web-hosted applications.

Displays are available in sizes ranging from seven to 24 inches, providing a single, scalable platform for a multitude of operations and applications. Key features for all models include vivid projective capacitive, multi-touch screens that can operate in temperatures from 20 to 65 degrees Celsius and optional sun-light readable screens on select sizes.

The portfolio carries multiple certifications for high performance in rugged environments and is IP66-certified for protection against dust and strong jets of water.

#PAuto @Emerson_News @EMR_Automation @HHC_Lewis

Compact servo drive.

Festo has expanded its range of servo drives with the introduction of the CMMT-ST. Complementing the existing CMMT-AS, this new servo drive is equally reliable but much more compact and economical. These characteristics make it ideal for point-to-point and interpolating motion in demanding applications in assembly and handling technology, packaging machines or in the electronics industry.

The CMMT-ST enables challenging dynamic motions for small servo motors and all stepper motors with a continuous power requirement of up to 300 W. It has a power capacity of 2.5 kW, so requires less cooling than its big brother and needs just half the installation space.

It is particularly suitable for various Ethernet-based bus systems and can be seamlessly integrated into the controller environments of different manufacturers. The CMMT-ST is based on the same platform as the CMMT-AS and works best in combination with the EMMS-ST stepper motor from Festo.

Commissioning the CMMT-ST takes just a few minutes with the Festo Automation Suite. Although the CMMT-ST offers a more compact, cheaper option than the CMMT-AS, the connection and communication concept, functional modules and standard safety features remain unchanged. The consistent control concept means that users can combine the CMMT-AS and CMMT-ST as a servo drive for both large and small axes.

The free Festo Automation Suite is the main software of the constantly expanding Festo Automation Platform, which is entering the automation market with numerous new products and solutions from the mechanical system to the cloud. It combines the parameterisation, programming and maintenance of electric components from Festo in one program. It also enables the entire drive package, from the mechanical system to the controller, to be commissioned in just a few intuitive steps.

The CMMT-ST servo drive is an important part of the Festo philosophy of seamless connectivity: the ability to connect a workpiece completely through to the cloud, from its mechanical connections and electrical interfaces to commissioning and controller programming. Festo simplifies the work of machine builders and automation engineers with simple connectivity spanning mechanical, electrical, hardware and software interfaces.

#PAuto  @FestoAG @Publitek

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Keynote speaker for vision conf.

The Keynote address at the 2020 UKIVA Machine Vision Conference & Exhibition will be given by Richard Love from NVIDIA. Richard is EMEA Marketing Manager for the NVIDIA's Jetson™ Embedded Processor Family.

Richard Love
The Keynote will be the first presentation of the Conference at 10 AM on 14th May 2020 at Milton Keynes (GB).

UKIVA Chairman, Allan Anderson, said: “With embedded vision currently one of the major development areas in machine vision, this will be an excellent opportunity for visitors to find out about the use of embedded platforms in a range of applications that include vision, robotics and more. This promises to be a really interesting presentation.”

Richard has over 25 years’ experience working with developers of 3D Graphics, Cloud Software and AI Hardware Technology Solutions, including Autodesk, Microsoft and of course NVIDIA. He manages the launch & marketing of AI-based solutions for Industrial Robotics, Autonomous Machines, UAVs, IVA, and Smart Cities.

#PAuto @UKIVAconfex

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Incremental encoder.

ELMA Electronic's new E18 mechanical incremental encoder is now available from Foremost Electronics.

The industry standard footprint E18 product family incorporates all of the features required for the widest range of applications while providing improved performance and manufacturability.

Typical applications include white goods, household appliances, home automation, two-way radios, power and heat distribution controls, water distribution controls, industrial controllers, audio and entertainment systems and automotive infomatics.

The new Elma E18 encoder may be THT or SMT reflow soldered to simplify PCB manufacture and supplied in tray or tape and reel packaging. Other key features include industry standard body size of 14.4 x 11.4 x 6.5 mm, rotational life up to 150,000 revolutions, resolution of 16, 24 or 30 detents, detent torque: 0.5, 1.5 or 2.5 Ncm, gold plated sliding contacts and various shaft types in brass and stainless steel are available with threaded or non-threaded bushing.

The E18 is available with an optional centre push button with the choice of 3N or 6N push force and may be further customised with bespoke shaft dimensions and shapes, user specified detent torque and IP60 or IP68 front panel sealing for rugged applications.

Alan Vincent, Sales Director of Foremost, comments, “The new E18 encoder form ELMA really does tick every box for the vast majority of domestic, industrial, audio and automotive applications. Extended lifetime and ability to assemble using re-flow soldering make the E18 the go-to decoder for all OEMs looking to speed up their manufacturing process and deliver reliable end products.”

#PAuto @4MostElectronic @elma_electronic

Measurement in all colour scales.

The OMA-300 process analyzer from Applied Analytics is proven in providing continuous, real time measurements in all color scales, including Saybolt, APHA, ASTM D1500, etc. giving an accurate and reliable measurement using spectroscopy based technology.

The production of liquid fuels is a complex process with many variables that will affect the quality of the product. The color of a liquid stream is considered an indicator of product quality. Slight changes in color can be evidence of equipment failure, dips in process efficiency, overheating, distillation column malfunction and more. The Saybolt scale allows us to measure color with a numerical value, and we can correlate the color to the overall quality of the product.

The Saybolt color scale is used for grading light colored petroleum products including kerosene, naphthas, condensates, NGL in midstream, etc. The range of the Saybolt scale is -16 (dark yellow) to +30 (nearly transparent clear). There are several widely accepted color scales, Saybolt being one of them, with the purpose of observing the product quality.

#PAuto @AAInc 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

LIMS Distributor in Malaysia.

Autoscribe Informatics has announced the appointment of Nano Life Quest SDN BHD as distributor in Malaysia for the Matrix family of Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) products.
Nano Life Quest, based in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia. While they provide complete solutions for the Molecular Diagnostics and Research, Cellular Biology, Life Sciences and Biotechnology’s market segments, they have also branched out to cover many different laboratory types including University, Veterinary, Hospitals, and more recently Oil and Gas, Food and Beverage, and Microbiological.

Bob Blunden, Director Australasia at Autoscribe Informatics, said: “Malaysia is a country that prefers to have local support for their LIMS software. The size and customer knowledge of Nano Life Quest is an excellent match with Autoscribe. We look forward to them rapidly learning and supporting Matrix Gemini to further grow our LIMS business in Malaysia. The configurability of Matrix provides opportunities in a wide range of markets, by allowing the LIMS solutions to be precisely tailored to the particular needs of individual laboratories, and even in multiple laboratories within a single organization.”

The comprehensive configuration tools built into Matrix Gemini allow genuine system configuration without the need for custom software coding. The tools use an intuitive visual workflow screen editor that utilizes visual drag and drop and point and click methods to add fields and list boxes, meaning that no programming skills are required. Using these tools the LIMS can be implemented quickly to meet the users’ exact needs in terms of workflows, screen designs, menu options, terminology, reports and much more.

Mr. WK LIM, Business Manager at Nano Life Quest, said “We have been receiving many queries about LIMS in recent times from our customers who are looking to move to more professional and functional systems. Matrix Gemini’s ability to be configured to the specific needs of our varied customer base in Malaysia makes it the ideal system for Nano Life Quest to market, install and support. We are proud to represent Autoscribe Informatics and Matrix Gemini LIMS.”


#LIMS @AutoscribeLtd @DenisBulgin

London hotspots are smart.

The Breathe London project has been announced as the winner of a SMART 50 Award by Smart Cities Connect, within the Digital Transformation category. Created to better understand Londoners’ exposure to air pollution, Breathe London combines state-of-the-art technology with new data analytics, delivering real-time air quality data at a hyperlocal level in the city.

AQMesh pod London installation
The monitoring technology employed in the project’s network of over 100 AQMesh pods and in two Google Street View Cars was supplied by ACOEM Air Monitors. Their Managing Director Felicity Sharp congratulated all of the partners in the Breathe London project. “This has been a tremendous collaborative effort, and I am delighted that our work is being recognised globally.

“The benefits of hyperlocal air quality data are already being realised in London and we hope that this can be recreated all over the world. The measurement of air pollution at an unprecedented scale and scope helps to identify pollution hotspots and informs the design and assessment of mitigation measures. It also provides local information that helps citizens take their own pollution reduction initiatives and make informed decisions such as where to walk, cycle, play and live.”

“London’s pollution problem is a health crisis, and we are proud to be part of this ambitious project shining a light on air quality,” said Elizabeth Fonseca, senior air quality manager at Environmental Defense Fund Europe, one of the project’s leading partners. “Lessons learned from Breathe London can help other cities trying to gain a better understanding of their pollution and protect public health.”

Monitoring data from the AQ Mesh pods is compared against data from London’s existing regulatory grade monitoring network. Both open-source and available for download, the stationary and mobile data are presented on an innovative platform to improve the public’s understanding of the varying presence of pollution across both time and space. See www.breathelondon.org.

By assessing and documenting the benefits of policy interventions, such as London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, Breathe London is lowering the barriers for other cities to undertake sophisticated monitoring and modelling, and informing smarter, targeted policy.

A representative from Environmental Defense Fund Europe will be presented with the Breathe London award at the 2020 Smart 50 Awards Gala, which takes place during April in Denver, Colorado.

• See also Hot spots in Loindon (July 2019)

#Environment #Breathe_London @airmonitors @smartcityc @EnvDefenseFund

Protecting offshore process analysers.

Shelters fabricated from glassfibre-reinforced polyester are protecting gas metering instrumentation from the harsh North Sea environment on an offshore platform upgrade project engineered by Oil & Gas Systems. Two outdoor shelters - supplied by Intertec Instrumentation - provide lightweight and corrosion-resistant protection for gas chromatograph analyzers and process transmitters mounted above new natural gas export pipelines connecting the platform to an onshore British gas terminal. The instrumentation provides critical monitoring data on gas quality as part of the custody transfer metering system.

Installed on North Sea platform
This particular platform upgrade project presented a number of challenges, including the harsh operating environment of the southern North Sea, and the space and weight restrictions of adding the new facilities onto a working platform. Metering systems for fiscal, allocation and custody transfer applications are a significant part of the systems integration work of Oil & Gas Systems (OGS) - which has a reputation for being able to rapidly design and build efficient solutions for complex project requirements.

Glassfibre-reinforced polyester (GRP) materials were specified to protect the instrumentation. This allowed weight to be reduced significantly compared with metal shelters. GRP construction also provided excellent protection against both the harsh weather in the offshore location, and the local environmental conditions. Intertec Instrumentation was selected to build the custom GRP shelters because of previous good experience of working with them on projects, including shelters and enclosures already installed in the same gas field.

The lightness of GRP compared to steel helped to reduce the size and weight of the metalwork structure that mounts the shelters directly above the export pipelines. The location - in the middle of a crowded working platform - also presented access difficulties. So, natural ventilation according to IEC EN DIN 61285 was specified. This eliminates routine maintenance visits that would be required with other shelter ventilation approaches such as fans or an HVAC system.

Gas chromatograph inside shelter
To support natural ventilation for safe operation in the hazardous environment, Intertec supplied explosion-proof heaters and installed louvre panels at the top and bottom of shelter walls. This maintains the interior environment a few degrees above ambient temperature, and ensures an efficient convection cycle to meet the air change requirements of OGS. All of the shelter fittings, apart from the finned aluminium bodies of the heaters, are fabricated from 316 stainless steel for corrosion resistance - including the panic bar door opening mechanism.

"It can be a significant challenge to add new facilities into existing processing plants, and especially so when they are located offshore," says Anthony Dingle, OGS's Sales Manager. "Intertec's ability to design and build custom enclosure solutions was a big help to us in meeting the design constraints of this complex and fast-track offshore instrumentation project."

In total, two walk-in shelters and two large cabinets were built by Intertec to meet the custom shape, size and weight constraints. Each shelter houses an identical instrumentation system including pressure reduction sample conditioning equipment, a Danalyzer gas chromatograph, Rosemount pressure transmitters, calibration facilities and various safety devices and accessories. The two cabinets house cylinders to supply the required gas for calibration purposes, along with associated pressure regulation, measurement instruments, tubing connection and flow control components.

The GRP material used by Intertec to build the shelters and cabinets is a proprietary multi-layer composite with moulded GRP panels enclosing polyurethane foam insulation, protected by gel-coated surfaces.

Shelter under construction in assembly facility
This composite material has a very high thermal resistance, reducing the amount of energy required to heat equipment. A further benefit of Intertec’s approach to shelter fabrication is an advanced gel-coat, which is applied in a much thicker layer than alternatives such as paint. It protects against ultraviolet (UV), and is highly effective against abrasion. It offers exceptional environmental protection and resistance to ‘corrosion’ (GRP does not rust or degrade in any meaningful way), allowing maintenance-free lifecycles of 30-40 years - more than enough to meet the anticipated cease of production date for the platform.

The gel-coat also incorporates a unique nanotechnology treatment that provides conductivity to dissipate static electric charges safely to ground - protecting against sparking in hazardous areas. Developed for Intertec by BÜFA, the coating employs single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) to provide conductivity. Because the SWCNTs are only around 1-2 nanometres in diameter, they enhance surface smoothness. The gloss retention after accelerated weathering tests of this surface is some 50% better than the previous coating technologies used. This technology is behind the significant improvement in resistance to UV of Intertec's shelters. Previously, exposure to high UV levels over the long term could lead to surface roughening - which is sometimes referred to as 'chalking' or 'frosting'. Intertec's weathering tests have demonstrated that the new coating will withstand extended exposure to very high UV levels - providing hitherto unachievable protection for GRP field enclosures destined for ultra-harsh environments such as offshore platforms, deserts and Arctic environments.

#PAuto #Oil_Gas #Intertec_Insts @OGScompanies 

Monday, January 20, 2020

Co-operation in Industrie 4.0

Dunkermotoren becomes part of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance

Nils Herzberg, Uwe Lorenz -
OpenIndustry/Dunkermotoren
The digitalisation of factories and plants as well as the Internet of Things promise ever new possibilities for the automation industry. In this development, a wide variety of technologies from the field level to the cloud and also across different stages of the value chain must be combined across manufacturers to create tangible added value for our customers. The supreme discipline here is that within such an ecosystem, all participants speak the same language and no time-consuming integration is required.

Dunkermotoren has accepted this challenging discipline. At the same time, the drive technology manufacturer has recognized that this cannot be solved by one company alone, but only in conjunction with a partner ecosystem that consists of component manufacturers, software companies, machine builders and integrators. The company has found this partner ecosystem in the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance. The goal of this alliance is to build an interoperable and manufacturer-independent ecosystem that delivers functioning industry 4.0 solutions based on existing standards.

@Dunkermotor #PAuto #IoT

Trouble shooting thermal imaging camera.

Fluke has introduced the new TiS60+ thermal imaging camera, the ideal troubleshooting and preventive maintenance tool for industrial maintenance technicians and engineers. The new Fluke TiS60+ features IR-Fusion™ technology, which blends visible and infrared images to varying degrees to help pinpoint exactly the location of a problem. This model is ideal for users who are new to thermal imaging or if being used by a team with varying levels of thermal imaging experience as the TiS60+ offers easy-to-use fixed focus.

The Fluke TiS60+ Thermal Imaging Camera features 320 x 240 resolution images for clarity and image detail on a 3.5 inch LCD screen, especially when capturing smaller temperature differences from further away. Designed to withstand a 2 metre drop and water and dust resistant to IP54, it can be used in a temperature range of -20°C to +400°C. The TiS60+ can work without a break, with a battery life of over 5 hours of continuous use. Sleep mode saves the battery life in between inspection points: simply pressing the power button one time gets the camera back up and running.

Often the next big challenge with infrared images is to make sure that the images taken by the team can quickly be added to work orders. The TiS60+ features IR Photo Notes which makes this easy. They give the camera operator a simple way to add pictures associated with the image, documenting the equipment name or the room location associated with the thermal image, so that the person creating the work order can send the technicians to the right location for repairs.

Fluke Connect™ desktop software, provided with the camera, allows users to record and share thermal images in real time via their smartphones or tablets and automatically upload them to the cloud. The software enables creation of professional reports in minutes while efficiently capturing full radiometric data to support the maintenance program.

 #PAuto @FlukeCorp

M2M wireless modules.

Anglia has significantly strengthened its M2M wireless offering with the signing of a Britain and Ireland distribution agreement with SIMCom Wireless Solutions *, suppliers of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) wireless modules and solutions.

Commenting, John Bowman, Marketing Director of Anglia, said, “SIMCom allows us to improve support for customers who are looking for cost effective, basic M2M or IoT functionality especially those still using the popular 2G networks. They also have products supporting access to the high performance 4G and 5G networks. This is a great addition to Anglia’s line card and complements our existing activities and portfolio of products. The engagement with a company of SIMCom’s stature and position in the market underlines Anglia’s commitment, strength and credibility in the M2M and IoT space”

Mr Nikola Balj, Business Development Director Western Europe at SIMCom added, “SIMCom is keen to offer customers in the UK and Ireland market the best possible access to our industry leading wireless technology platform modules and terminal level solutions. We believe that Anglia will be a great partner for us. They have shown an excellent understanding of our solutions and their customers’ needs and have very strong and well-established relationships with key accounts. We are looking forward to a successful partnership.”

* SIMCom is one of the world’s largest IoT wireless module manufacturers by number of units shipped according to ABI Research Inc. It has a range of modules covering 2G, 2G+GNSS Combo, 3G and 4G in standard form factors with sizes down to 17.6mm x 15.7mm allowing customers an easy migration path as they require more functionality or need to specify different modules for each territory. SIMCom also has modules to cover global network requirements and the new 5G standards as well as GPS and GNSS modules for tracking applications.

#PAuto #M2M #Wireless @angliaLive @simcom_m2m @NeeshamPR

Friday, January 17, 2020

Pulse valve more effective, efficient and convenient.

Emerson is introducing its newly redesigned ASCO™ Series 353 Pulse Valve, designed to help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end-users achieve a more effective, efficient and convenient bag cleaning every time.

With a higher peak pressure, wider temperature range, patented quick mount clamp connection and overall part simplification, the new series provides longer bag and filter life and lower maintenance.

The new valve can be used in a wide range of applications, including concrete processing, grain, agriculture and feed, metalworking (abrasive blasting), food processing, foundries, pharmaceutical, mining, rubber mixing/processing, metal processing, lime industry, cement factories, power plants and steel mills.

Without optimum peak pressure, dust collector cleaning becomes inefficient and the consumption of compressed air rises. Because it hits peak pressure quickly, the Series 353 creates a more effective cleaning process. The new design also leads to improved airflow through the filter bags or cartridges for optimized dust collector performance while reducing costly compressed air consumption.

“Through a rigorous engineering design and testing process, Emerson has optimized the ASCO Series 353 Pulse Valve to open, hit peak pressure and close faster than the competition. This gives our customers optimized filter cleaning and significant compressed air savings across all reverse-jet dust collector system applications,” said vice president of global marketing for Emerson’s industrial automation business, Erik VanLaningham.

In addition, the valve is designed with fewer moving parts for increased reliability and simplified maintenance. A longer valve lifespan — over one million cycles on average — results in more time between valve maintenance cycles.

The Series 353 also offers a patented quick mount clamp connection, providing faster, easier installation, as well as connection options, like the classic dresser connection and threaded version.

Emerson’s redesigned Series 353 provides a broader operating temperature range of -40°C to 140°C (-40°F to 284°F), making it suitable for moderate-to-harsh industrial and hazardous environments.

 #PAuto #OEM @ASCO_EU @EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @mepaxIntPR

Linear position sensors.

The TM1 series linear position sensors, recently launched by Novotechnik and available from Variohm EuroSensor, are designed for simple and direct integration within hydraulic/pneumatic cylinders or harsh-environment machinery. With a working range of up to 2 metres, an absolute positioning resolution of 0.1 mm and no speed limit, the new sensor features Novotechnik’s ‘touchless’ magnetostrictive measurement technology for uncompromised durability, maximum reliability and a mechanically unlimited working life.

Aimed at demanding position and speed sensing tasks on mobile construction equipment, agricultural and industrial machinery, the TM1’s installation flexibility includes integration on single- or double-acting cylinders with a choice of plug-in or screw flange mounting. The cost effective sensor is also suitable for external mounting. For in-cylinder applications, high pressure resistance is guaranteed up to 350 bar and up 450 bar for pressure peaks, with a temperature rating that covers -40 °C to +105 °C. The sensor has a standard protection rating to IP67 and optional to IP69K for the plug-in flange version. Its MTTF life rating is more than 20 years.

With a nominal supply voltage of 12…24 VDC, the output signal can be optionally specified for analogue current, voltage or CANopen and CAN SAE J1939 field bus interfaces. Working length is specified in 25 mm intervals from 50 mm up to to 2 metres. The separate ring-shaped magnetic position marker is available in a wide choice of designs to facilitate straightforward installation and both plug-in and screw mount versions can be supplied with flying leads, a bulkhead mounted connector or a cable and connector.
The new TM1 series conforms to EN 13309 for construction machinery and to ISO 14982 for agricultural machinery. RF protection is up to 200V/m meeting ISO 11452-2, exceeding the E1 requirements of the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA).

As Novotechnik’s exclusive UK distribution partner, Variohm provides comprehensive support for the TM1 series and the German manufacturer’s complete range of linear and rotary position sensors. Variohm EuroSensor is a UK-based manufacturer, distributor and supply chain partner providing wide-ranging sales and application support throughout its extensive range of position, force, pressure, load, and temperature sensor technologies - for cost effective solutions to demanding measurement applications across industry, construction, agriculture, motorsports, research and more.

#PAuto @Variohm @NovotechnikUS

Vibrating fork level high & low pressure.

The Liquiphant FTL51B and FTL41 vibrating fork (vibronic) level instruments has been released by Endress + Hauser. The FTL51B features Industry 4.0 and IIoT capabilities, including access via wireless Bluetooth technology, automatic proof tests and verification, and easy commissioning via a mobile device. In addition, operational clarity is provided by a high-visibility LED.

The Liquiphant FTL51B can be used in storage tanks, containers, and pipes for point level detection of all types of liquids. The instrument’s vibronic sensor is not affected by changing media properties, flow, turbulence, gas bubbles, foam, vibration, or build-up. The instrument works in process temperatures of -58 to 302°F (-50 to 150°C) and pressures up to 1450 psi (100 bar). It can be used in SIL2 and SIL3 hazardous locations, and has built-in automatic maintenance and verification functions.

The economical, general-purpose FTL41 is similar to the FTL51B, but works at lower pressures, up to 580 psi (40 bar), and with a narrower temperature range of -40 to 302 °F (-40 to 150 °C).

Both perform proof tests, with the FTL51B meeting SIL and WHG (Water Resources Act) requirements. The proof test can be activated remotely at a control system, or locally via a magnet or push button test. The proof test diagnoses the sensor for corrosion and build-up, and ensures the entire instrument is operating properly. Verification can be activated either manually or automatically via Endress+Hauser’s Heartbeat Technology, providing a verification report sufficient as documentation for various regulatory agencies.

Access via Bluetooth technology and a mobile device—such as smartphone—allows a user to identify each device, commission it, check the status, start a proof test, and download verification documentation. Bluetooth has a range of 33 ft, allowing a technician to access Liquiphant instruments installed in hard-to-reach locations, such as at the top of tanks.

#PAuto #IIoT @Endress_Hauser @Endress_US @Endress_UK

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Process instrumentation manufacturer has new board.

The Krohne Group has appointed a new Chairman of the Advisory Board and a changed Executive Board. The changes herald a generational change in the family-run company and ensure that the Group will continue to be successfully positioned to meet the challenges of the market in the future.

Michael Rademacher-Dubbick (left) takes
over from Prof. Dr. Rolf Theenhaus
After almost 40 years as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Krohne Group, Prof. Dr. Rolf Theenhaus is retiring. The Advisory Board and all employees thank him for his commitment and creative capabilities, with which he has continuously introduced and promoted innovations and new business areas for them. Michael Rademacher-Dubbick, who has successfully led the Krohne Group for over 25 years as managing shareholder, is the new chairman of the advisory board. With this step, he underlines the constant and close connection of the owner family with the company and its activities.

Dr. Attila Bilgic is the new Chief Executive Officer and Speaker of the Group's executive board. He has been on the Board since 2017 and has been Chief Technical Officer since 2009. Dr. Bilgic is responsible for the areas of research and development, intellectual property, production, quality management, marketing and product management. Stephan Neuburger, member of the Management Board since 1999, will drive growth in new business areas as Chief Business Development Officer.

Effective January 1st, 2020 Ingo Wald and Ansgar Hoffmann are newly appointed to the executive board. As Chief Financial Officer, Ingo Wald heads the finance and human resources departments. He has been Managing Director for Krohne Messtechnik GmbH since 2006 and will continue to hold this position in parallel to his executive board activities for the Group.

As the fourth board member, Ansgar Hoffmann takes over responsibility for sales of the Group as Chief Sales Officer and will also be responsible for IT.  Ansgar Hoffmann changed from GEA Group to Krohne and has many years of experience in leading positions, particularly in sales, most recently as Executive Vice President DACH Eastern Europe.
The new board,(LtoR): Ingo Wald (CFO), Ansgar Hoffmann (CSO), Dr. Attila Bilgic (CEO and speaker) and Stephan Neuburger (CBDO)
#PAuto @krohnegroup

Emergency switches for Ex zones.

With these two series, steute has once again expanded its range of robust "Extreme" switchgear for explosive zones. Typical applications for these devices include international mining, as well as the production of chemicals and construction materials.

The "Extreme" versions of the new steute ZS 92/ZS 92 SR emergency pull wire and belt alignment switches have already been tried and tested in practice. Design features include very robust die-cast aluminium housings with multiple coatings (passivation, base coat, powder coating), a high protection class (IP 65) and significantly reduced actuation force and actuation travel compared to their predecessors. This makes it easier to actuate the emergency stop function and also means reliable fulfilment of all relevant international standards (for e.g. emergency stop switchgear, emergency pull wire s witches or the safety of continuous conveyor equipment).

The emergency pull wire switches in the Ex ZS 92 S series will be available with ATEX/IECEx approvals for zones 1 (gas Ex) and 21 (dust Ex). The belt alignment switches in the Ex ZS 92 SR series will be approved for zone 21 (dust Ex).

Both series have very long lifetimes, even in adverse ambient conditions, and are extremely versatile, for example featuring many different mounting options. These new Ex switches are available in many different configurations for both the actuation lever and the release lever. This means that they can be installed in more or less any conceivable operational position, including for the first time at the back of a machine or belt.

Simple adjustment of the actuation point in 5o steps (between 5o and 35o for two switching inserts) further increases the versatility of the Ex ZS 92 SR in practical applications. The mounting dimensions are compatible not only with its predecessor, the Ex ZS 90 series, but also with other belt alignment and emergency pull wire switches, making it easy to retrofit the new switches on existing conveyors and machines.

The Ex ZS 92 S can be used in temperatures from -10 to +55oC in conjunction with maximum wire lengths of 2 x 100 m. The position of the Ex ZS 92 SR belt alignment lever can be adjusted in 12o steps to suit individual requirements.

#Pauto #steute @mepaxIntPR

Multipoint analogue alarm.

The NET Concentrator System® (NCS) from Moore Industries now has a new versatile Multipoint Analog Alarm (–MAA) option that allows users to quickly set up simple or dynamic alarming schemes. The -MAA option utilizes a built-in ISaGRAF program providing a flexible alarm configuration that is accessed via easy to use web pages through the on-board web server.

The -MAA option allows users to configure up to 32 alarms that can be freely assigned to any of the eight relay outputs on the Relay Output Module (ROM). This enables each relay output to be driven by one input/alarm or multiple inputs/alarms. Each alarm can be configured as high or low with its own deadband setting and can optionally include alarming on any NCS system faults.

Designed specifically for demanding industrial applications, the modular and smart NCS remote I/O system provides a real-time signal gateway between the field or factory floor and your control strategy and handles a wide-range of signal inputs and outputs including current, voltage, relay, RTD, discrete, thermocouple, resistance or potentiometer.

The rugged NCS features robust RFI/EMI protection, Peer-to-Host and Peer-to-Peer operation, full channel-to-channel isolation, data logging capabilities, superior 20-bit input and 18-bit output resolution, and installs in harsh ambient temperature conditions. The NCS is the ideal solution when you need to network new and existing legacy process sensors, instruments, and final control elements with monitoring and control systems.

#PAuto @MII_Worldwide

Risk assessments of on-site contamination.

IGE Consulting, is using a TigerLT handheld photoionisation detector (PID) from Ion Science – leading global manufacturer of high-performance gas detection instrumentation for environmental or occupational health applications – to provide comprehensive risk assessments of on-site contamination.

Supplied by Shawcity, the instrument was chosen for its flexible lamp design options that target different ranges and types of gases, and is monitoring potentially dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in soils which may cause harm to human health or compromise safety.

IGE Consulting undertakes desk studies and intrusive site investigation works on sites to be developed into residential or commercial developments. The company operates across Britain and provides a tailored service to meet client requirements such as pre-acquisition / planning development, abnormal costing evaluations, site investigation works and construction efficiency savings.

Molly Brown, Geo-environmental Engineer at IGE Consulting comments: “We previously hired the Ion Science TigerLT  for monitoring VOCs in soils so have used it numerous times with great success. To save costs in the long term, it made sense to purchase one of the instruments. It also adds value to our site investigations and reports as we are able to provide a more comprehensive risk assessment.

“One of the most appealing features of the TigerLT for us is the different options for lamps which allow various VOC gases to be detected. For example, we can choose lamps that give us a wide range or target specific ranges if we need to look for a particular type of VOC gas.”

The unit offers worldwide Intrinsic Safety (IS) certification for use in potentially explosive atmospheres, is a streamlined, low-cost version of Ion Science’s well proven Tiger PID model.

Like all Ion Science PID instruments, the TigerLT  incorporates the company’s market-leading PID technology with advanced patented fence electrode system. This three-electrode format ensures increased resistance to humidity and contamination for ultimate reliability and accuracy in the field.

With a detection range of 0.1 - 5,000 ppm utilising a standard two-point calibration protocol, it also offers an unrivalled industry response time of just two seconds and equally quick clear down.

Both simple to operate and service, the TigerLT  offers easy access to the lamp and sensor with batteries that can be safely replaced in hazardous environments. The intrinsically safe instrument also meets ATEX, IECEx, North American and Canadian standards.

Molly continues: “The TigerLT instrument is working well and enables us to provide a more comprehensive risk assessment of on-site contamination and the associated human health risk.
“In fact, the TigerLT PID instrument has already reduced costs for one of our clients by locating a VOC hotspot and proving blanks elsewhere on site meaning they did not have to install a VOC barrier on proposed plots. This client now only has to install VOC barriers on four out of 54 locations.”

The key advantage of TigerLT over other similar, low-cost handheld PID instruments is its market-leading accuracy and run time due to its anti-contamination and humidity-resistant design. Another attribute is its global Intrinsic Safety certification. Although the accreditation process can differ from country to country, the unit can be used in explosive hazardous areas such as within petrochemical plants that are located anywhere in the world.

The TigerLT six pin MiniPID detector cell with anti-contamination design dramatically extends run time in the field. Low cost filters and lamps can be easily changed in minutes, minimising downtime.

It features long life rechargeable Li-ion batteries which give up to 24 hours usage. Fast battery charging allows the instrument to be fully charged in 6.5 hours, while eight hours of use can be achieved from 1.5 hours of charging time.

TigerLT features a protective, removable boot for harsh environments while a large, clear back-lit display allows for easy viewing in any light condition. It is IP65 rated against water ingress. An integrated torch is designed for directing the instrument’s probe into dimly lit areas. Other features include a loud 95 dB audible alarm and multiple language support.

Ready to use, straight out of the box, it does not require complicated set-up procedures via a PC to perform basic functions.

“The TigerLT  is performing well and as expected from our previous experience. The service provided by Shawcity was good with fast delivery. Overall, we are very happy and would recommend the instrument to other environmental and geotechnical consultancies,” Molly concludes.

#Environment #Safety @ionscience @shawcitylimited @ConsultingIge @elhcomms

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Training neural networks!

IDS NXT ocean is an all-in-one solution that makes it particularly easy for users to get started with AI-based image processing. From camera hardware including a self-developed AI core to intuitive training software for creating individual artificial neural networks and support, everything comes from a single source. This is unique in the image processing market. Users only need their application expertise and sample images to create a neural network.

With the help of the IDS NXT lighthouse cloud software, even non-experts without prior knowledge of artificial intelligence or camera programming can train an AI classifier with their own image data. Since it is a web application, all functions and the necessary infrastructure for creating the neural network are immediately available. This means that users do not have to set up their own development environment first, but can start training their own neural network right away. This involves three basic steps: To upload sample images, to label the images and then to start the fully automatic training. The generated network can then be executed directly on the IDS NXT industrial cameras, turning them into powerful inference cameras.

An inference camera can apply the "knowledge" acquired through deep learning to new data. This makes it possible to automatically solve tasks that would either not be possible with rule-based image processing, or would require great effort. Since IDS NXT industrial cameras have a special AI core, neural networks are hardware-accelerated and run directly on the devices – enabling inference times of just a few milliseconds. With features such as C-mount, robust housing, GigE network connection with RJ45 or M12 connectors, RS232 interface and REST web interface, they are also fully-fledged industrial cameras. The IDS NXT rio and rome models are now available as serial cameras with different sensors and protection classes.

IDS also offers an IDS NXT ocean design-in kit which is particularly useful for anyone who wants to test the potential of AI for individual vision tasks. It provides all the components a user needs to create, train and run a neural network in his productive environment. In addition to an IDS NXT industrial camera with 1.6 MP Sony sensor, lens and cable, the package includes six months of access to the AI training software. The use of deep learning-based image processing for individual applications can thus be realized in a short time.

#Pauto @IDS_Imaging

Noise, vibration and harshness.

Kistler has launched KiNOVA, a noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) data acquisition and analysis system. The new system provides a consistent level of precision throughout the measuring chain from sensor to analysis; a fully integrated and supported capability which extends from a wide range of sensors and powerful data acquisition hardware and sophisticated analysis software to on-site engineering support.

As legislation pushes for more efficient and environment friendly transportation and customer expectations regarding comfort increase, recent automotive developments has focused strongly on new and more efficient propulsion systems; hybrid and electric motors. The challenge for vehicle and powertrain manufacturers is not only to measure NVH with high accuracy, but also to analyse and interpret data in the most efficient way. To support this approach, the Kistler KiNOVA has been designed specifically to assist NVH engineers in the key phases of powertrain development and refinement no matter if it is a conventional, hybrid or electrical propulsion system.

Starting from the sensor, KiNOVA covers the complete workflow seamlessly - through measuring and analysing by means of the advanced application specific software: Using powerful and convenient application modules, the user can perform specific NVH testing on the powertrain. KiNOVA is compatible with a wide range of Kistler sensors and accelerometers and other third party sensors with IEPE / Voltage signals.

KiNOVA comes in two formats:
KiNOVA Lite Ultra-portable, pocket-size and light-weight with 4 channels of voltage or IEPE inputs and analog inputs configurable for dynamic analysis or tachometer. Remarkable precision and signal conditioning with 24-bit resolution and 100 kHz sampling frequency combined with USB control and power. KiNOVA Capture software package provides data acquisition and signal processing tools comes as standard.The light-weight and USB-powered format makes KiNOVA Lite an ultra-portable device that does not compromise on accurate signal acquisition and processing and
KiNOVA Pro A rugged and solid stackable unit with16 channels of Voltage or IEPE inputs that can be expanded to 32 channels per unit with 24-bit resolution, 100 kHz sampling frequency plus 2 dedicated tachometer channels. USB and Ethernet communications, a programmable standalone function, built-in solid state storage and internal battery deliver a flexible and powerful capability. The standard KiNOVA Acquisition software package provides comprehensive data acquisition and signal processing tools.

Whether it’s conventional, hybrid or pure electric propulsion systems, KiNOVA can make a major contribution in the NVH area by supporting the development of advanced propulsion systems that not only meet legislative regulations but also provide the right sound and comfort experience.

The combination of the new KiNOVA data acquisition and analysis system and Kistler sensors delivers a powerful, new tool for engineers tasked with minimising unexpected noise and vibration under real world driving conditions.

#PAuto #Kistler

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Dew point transmitters.

New fast-responding dew-point transmitter controls efficiency of twin-column compressed air dryers

The new SF82 Dew-Point Transmitter for Compressed Air Dryers from Michell Instruments features an ultra-fast response to moisture changes to increase the efficiency of energy use in dew-point dependent switching (DDS) dryer control systems.

With DDS, the twin columns of a heatless regenerative desiccant dryer switch from drying to regenerating based on the dew point of the air leaving the dryer. This precisely indicates when the desiccant is saturated and needs to switch from the drying to the regenerating cycle, and is more energy-efficient than timer-based switching. As well as desiccant dryers, the SF82 is suitable for a whole range of industrial dryers including refrigeration dryers, membrane dryers and absorption dryers.

Conditions in compressor rooms can reach temperatures up to +50 °C. Michell’s engineers have taken this into account in designing the new sensor and designed the new sensor to operate in these temperatures with no loss of accuracy at its lower measurement range of 60 °C dew point. The new unit has dual analog and digital outputs which are compatible with almost any electronic monitoring and control systems.

Applications for the new sensor include medical and surgical air, breathing air, plastic injection moulding as well as compressed air used for instrumentation.

• Michell Instruments are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

#PAuto @Michell_Inst

Wireless connectivity test set.

A new option for Anritsu Corporation's Wireless Connectivity Test Set MT8862A has been introduced to support the latest IEEE 802.11ax.

The Wireless Connectivity Test Set MT8862A is a WLAN tester supporting the IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax standards. With built-in Network and Direct test modes, it supports diverse measurement of WLAN products, including RF TRx characteristics (Tx power, modulation accuracy, Rx sensitivity, etc.).

The WLAN Tester is for measuring the RF TRx characteristics of WLAN IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax devices. With the support of IEEE 802.11ax, the MT8862A is the industry's first WLAN tester that can evaluate signal quality in all data rates of major WLAN standards currently used. By using this option, RF evaluation of IEEE 802.11ax-equipped devices can be performed in both direct mode and network mode. In addition to the quick evaluation in the direct mode, the evaluation can be performed under the realistic operation conditions using the communication protocol in the network mode.

In addition, IEEE 802.11ax uses two transmission modes: Single User and Multi User. Single User is the same transmission method (OFDM) as the conventional standard and is the base mode of IEEE 802.11ax. Since the signal quality of WLAN has different characteristics for each data rate, signal evaluation at each data rate is very important. The MT8862A is the only instrument that can be controlled at all data rates of major WLAN standards, including 11ax Single User data rates.

This option improves the quality of IEEE802.11ax-equipped devices.

With the spread of IoT, in addition to mobile terminals, home appliances such as printers and TVs, in-vehicle devices, industrial devices, sensor devices, and other devices are rapidly incorporating WLAN functions. On the other hand, Excessive traffic saturates available WLAN spectrum in high-density environments. This results in reduced connectivity.

Adopting the IEEE 802.11ax standard expected to be completed in November 2020 improves communications efficiency by enabling simultaneous connection of multiple WLAN products to an access point (AP) as well as improved spatial usage efficiency, and is expected to resolve inadequate spatial resource problems. The IEEE 802.11ax standard has already been adopted by the smartphone and PC markets and is expected to become the main standard within several years. In these circumstances, demand for TRx evaluations of IEEE 802.11 WLAN products to assure performance is expected to increase.

#WLAN #PAuto @Anritsu @AnritsuEMEA @NapierPR