Friday, November 23, 2012

Keeping hydraulic projucts on course!

Innovative TorqSense wireless sensors from Sensor Technology are playing an important role in new product development for Hydraulic Projects Limited (Hy-Pro), one of Britain’s leading developers and suppliers of hydraulic drive units for marine steering and autopilot systems.

The sensors, which accurately measure shaft torque in rotary drive systems, are providing the essential data that Hy-Pro needs to refine the design of the electrically powered pump assemblies used in the high-performance hydraulic steering systems that the company supplies for use in yachts and other small pleasure craft.

Developing suitable pump assemblies for these marine applications in small vessels is challenging. The motors must operate economically as electrical power is usually derived from 12 V or 24 V storage batteries with limited capacity, yet the pump systems must be able to supply high power when called upon to do so, to ensure that the steering systems continue to operate reliably in heavy seas and bad weather.

To ensure that its products offer the best possible performance in relation to these seemingly conflicting requirements, Hy-Pro is constantly evaluating potential improvements to its pump drive systems. A crucial part of the evaluation process is accurately measuring the torque delivered by the electric drive motor to the pump, under varying load conditions and over a wide range of speeds, in a purpose-built test rig.

“We considered various ways of measuring the torque in the motor shaft on the test rig,” said Barry Wynn, Senior Design Engineer at Hy-Pro, “but all were either inconvenient or were incapable of delivering the accuracy and fast response that we needed. Then we looked at TorqSense sensors from Sensor Technology, and realised that they offered a reliable, easy-to-use and cost-effective solution that would meet all of our requirements.”

TorqSense sensors, which are covered by patents, depend for their operation on surface acoustic wave (SAW) transducers. These transducers comprise two thin metal electrodes, in the form of interlocking “fingers”, on a piezoelectric substrate such as quartz. When an RF signal of the correct frequency is applied to the transducer, surface acoustic waves are set up, and the transducer behaves as a resonant circuit.

The key feature, however, is that if the substrate is deformed, the resonant frequency changes. When the transducer is attached to a drive shaft, the deformation of the substrate and hence the change in resonant frequency will be related to the torque applied to the shaft. In other words, the transducer, in effect, becomes a frequency-dependent strain gauge.

Since the transducers operate at radio frequencies, it is easy to couple signals to them wirelessly. Hence, the TorqSense sensors incorporating the SAW transducer technology can be used on rotating shafts, and can provide data continuously without the need for the inherently unreliable brushes and slip rings that are often found in traditional torque measurement systems.

In the Hy-Pro application, a TorqSense sensor is used to measure the torque applied to the pump over the critical speed range of 500 to 4,000 rpm. The results are displayed in real time, so that the progress of tests can be readily monitored, and are also captured and stored for more detailed analysis later with Labview software.

“The TorqSense sensor has proved to be completely dependable and very accurate,” said Barry Wynn. “The data it has provided us with has played an important role in helping us to refine our systems by ensuring an optimum match between the characteristics of the pump and motor over the full operating range.”

“In fact, the insights we’ve gained during our tests have enabled us to further enhance the performance and reliability of our steering and autopilot systems, which, of course, means big benefits for our customers and a very useful boost to our own competitive position.”

Communications platform enhanced!

KEPServerEX 5.10 Features new ABB TotalFlow communications Driver, additional support to the Electronic Flow Measurement (EFM) option, and EFM support to the Fisher ROC and ROC+ drivers for the Oil & Gas industry.

Kepware® Technologies also made enhancements to its entire library of communication drivers covering all industries to ensure optimal performance and reliability and enhanced the KEPServerEX communications server platform to streamline management and diagnostics of devices.

“Connecting disparate automated devices and systems is our business, and we excel at identifying and deploying the right solution to meet the specific challenges of every industry we serve,” said Tony Paine, President and CEO of Kepware Technologies. “The experience we bring to the Oil & Gas industry is backed by our proven interoperability, centralized communications and scalability.”

Keeping track of who provided how much product to a pipeline is a laborious and difficult task associated with custody transfer in the midstream and upstream markets. Kepware’s KEPServerEX helps streamline the delivery of information across the Oil & Gas supply chain by automatically polling the pipeline’s Flow Computers and collecting their historical flow data. This data is then formatted properly and stored locally for input to the industry’s leading flow analysis and accounting solutions such as Flow-Cal and PGAS, via KEPServerEX’s enhanced EFM Exporter. The EFM Exporter now includes the ability to export user-configurable CSV files for use in custom flow-analysis solutions, operational monitoring and analysis, as well as easy data storage.

Kepware continues to enhance its core server with a focus on deployment, management, and diagnostics. All drivers in Kepware’s EFM Suite now offer both EFM and real-time data, allowing customers to consolidate their data into a single-server communications platform. Additional KEPServerEX 5.10 features include:

-New driver for ABB Totalflow devices.
-New EFM support to the company’s existing Fisher ROC and ROC+ drivers, further enhancing communications to Flow Computers.
-Added COM port sharing for serial-based drivers. This new feature serializes multiple communication protocols over a single network in order to streamline telemetry over radio or modem systems. This functionality is particularly relevant for telemetry applications, including Oil & Gas, Water/Waste Water, and Power Distribution.
-New organizational views in the server Configuration enables more efficient management of large projects. The added feature enables users to “Organize by Driver” and “Organize by Connection,” helping individuals efficiently diagnose and correct network issues. In addition, users now have the ability to view shared connections as well as what Network Interface Cards and virtual networks are being used.

Aside from Kepware’s new products for the Oil & Gas industry, the company is also announcing its preparation for Rockwell Automation’s ControlLogix v21 firmware update. Kepware is working closely with Rockwell in order to implement the new Symbol Instance Addressing, which replaces the Direct Memory Access (DMA).

Distributor for British market

Beijer Electronics announces the signing of a new British distributor, TLA. The signing of TLA is a stepping stone in the continuing growth of Beijer Electronics in that market and follows the company’s expansion of their direct sales staff earlier this year.

TLA will market and support Beijer Electronics’ range of HMI (human-machine interface) products which includes operator panels, HMI software and industrial PCs for industrial and rugged environments.

Richard Ainley, UK Sales Manager for Beijer Electronics, commented: “TLA are an excellent fit to Beijer Electronics and the UK operation, which is now expanding very rapidly. TLA’s extensive sales force will have a positive impact in the UK market place and they will add value to the products by offering ex stock delivery, technical support and even full project design and programming."

Angle sensor

The PRDS1 is an extremely compact magnetic angle sensor in M12 housing from ASM, which sets new standards. The angle is measured without contact and wear-free over the entire measuring range up to 360° via a separate magnet.

From the POSIROT® family of magnetic angle sensors ASM presents an especially compact sensor. Only 12 mm in diameter and 50 mm depth the PRDS1 is suited to particularly compact applications where access is difficult. The complete measurement range of 0° to 360° is totally non contact utilising an independent magnet with an air gap between the sensor. This overcomes any connection or alignment problems often experienced if sensors have output shafts.

The PRDS1 has a range of incremental digital outputs RS5V, RS24V and HT24V with other alternatives being continuously developed. The sensor is manufactured from stainless steel with an integral M12 thread incorporated into the M12 body giving sealing options from IP67 to IP69K.

The extremely compact designed PRDS1 angle sensor can be used for all applications where angle detection and angle monitoring is required, such as assembly lines, valve flap settings, packaging machines, medical equipment, etc.

Packaging height & volume measurements enhanced

A new measurement tool for the LMI Gocator range of 3D smart cameras (available from Stemmer Imaging), improves the accuracy of height and volume measurements on packages that travel along a conveyor belt in a random orientation. This new ‘Rotated Box’ tool works in conjunction with the Gocator ‘whole part measurement’ capability.

Whole part measurement is ideally suited to production line environments. It involves capturing a sequence of laser profiles, identifying discrete objects, and measuring the properties of those objects, such as volume or maximum height. Multiple measurements can be performed on each object. Volumetric measurements such as volume, centroid, orientation, etc can be made to provide important information on packaging lines such as dimensions, location, and orientation.

The whole part measurement process is achieved by automatically detecting the start and end point of a single or multiple components travelling along the conveyor. The new Rotated Box tool makes it possible to accurately measure an object in whole part mode even if it is not perpendicular to the laser line during scanning. It can be used to measure the orientation angle, width and height of boxes in packaging applications if the boxes are not be precisely lined up as they come down the line.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Digital panel meters

The new Junior JR/JR20-E series digital panel meters is now available from sensing & instrumentation specialists Vydas International Marketing. Manufactured by Ditel (ES) the instrument is one of the KOSMOS series of digital panel meters and carries a three year warranty.

The JR/JR20-E has the benefit of programmable multiple inputs and is designed for measuring DC VOLTAGE (±600V, ±200V and ±20V), DC CURRENT (±5A, ±1A} ±100mV and ±60mV), AC VOLTAGE (0-600V, 0-200V and 0-20V), AC CURRENT (0-5A, 0-1A, 0-100mV and 0-60mV)

JR-E and JR20-E models are easy to scale into desired engineering units, directly by front panel keys or real input signal value in teach mode. A universal power supply is also a feature offering aux supply from 20-265VAC and 11-265VDC.

The JR-E is a 4 digit indicator with 14mm digit and -9999 to 9999 display range and the JR20-E has a 4 digit indicator with 20mm digit and -1999 to 9999 display range.

Both models allow configurable decimal point by three front panel keys and has 2 led for set points status indication (if output 2RE option card is installed).

Detection, saving, later recalling and resetting of maximum and minimum values reached by the input signal since last reset activation. Reset function sets automatically memorized value to current input signal value when maximum or minimum value are displayed. Maximum and minimum values recalling to display and reset functions are directly available through frontal keys.

Capable of measuring AC/DC voltage in 600V, 200V and 20V ranges, AC/DC current directly or through a current transformer in 5A and 1A ranges or through an external shunt in 60mV and l00mV ranges.

Water/Wastewater event success!

The organisers of WWEM 2012, the Water Wastewater and Environmental Monitoring event in Britain, have announced that visitor numbers were up by 22% in comparison with 2010. On behalf of the organisers, Marcus Pattison expressed his delight with this success, adding: “We are extremely pleased with the number of people that took advantage of everything that WWEM 2012 had to offer and it is very satisfying to receive overwhelmingly positive feedback from both visitors and exhibitors.”

WWEM 2012 attendees were provided with a wide choice of activities including a Process Monitoring Conference and a Laboratory Analysis Conference (both CPD approved), a ‘Meet the (international) Buyer’ event, a meeting on water sector innovation, over 80 Workshops, free training courses on gas detection and safety, and an exhibition featuring over 130 stands representing more than 250 of the world’s leading providers of test and monitoring equipment and related services. As a result of the wealth of information available, many visitors found it necessary to attend both days of the event.

The next WWEM event will take place on the 5th and 6th November 2014 and over one third of the 2014 exhibition stands were re-booked at the 2012 event, so the organisers have warned that the best positions are going fast.

Interface connections

EtherCAT interface connects sensors to factory automation

Included in RDP Electronics Ltd’s extensive range of transducers is a comprehensive programme of products from MTS. Thanks to the ability to measure very long displacements, versions are particularly suited to measurements both inside and outside hydraulic cylinders. Devices are available with analogue and various digital communications options, including an EtherCAT version for connection to the open field-bus system implemented as Ethernet for Control Automation Technology.

The R-Series EtherCAT sensors are simple to connect to this Ethernet-based fieldbus system and operated as a slave on this bus system which benefits from a high data rate, short response time and a good real-time performance.

The absolute Temposonics linear position sensors are based on the MTS developed magnetostrictive measurement principle that combines various magneto-mechanical effects and precise speed-measurement of an ultrasonic wave for position detecting. Sensor integrated signal processing transforms the measurements directly into standard outputs. The contactless principle - an external movable magnet marks the position - eliminates wear, noise and erroneous signal problems.

Management of IP-based communication networks

The Harting Ha-VIS Dashboard is a software system for the monitoring, installation and servicing of IP-based communication networks incorporating up to 256 network devices.

The new system detects manageable network members and can automatically map the network topology. Intelligent Harting network components as well as network devices from other manufacturers can be monitored and managed centrally.

The Ha-VIS Dashboard makes it possible to configure detected network devices centrally via the web, SNMP, Telnet or SSH interfaces. Events such as link-down detection are automatically detected and can trigger configurable actions: for example, notification by e-mail. In addition, the Ha-VIS Dashboard provides analysis services for the simple monitoring and management of Ethernet networks. The network load can be retrieved cyclically port by port for selected connections and then mapped in a diagram.

Benefits include centralised management of managed Ethernet devices, the ability to carry out Ethernet network monitoring, event and alarm management, and performance monitoring.

Applications include network infrastructure management in industry, energy technology and transportation.

New base station

Mantracourt has announced the addition of a new base station to its T24 range of wireless equipment.

The new base station (T24-BSue) offers an extended range, with a line of sight range of up to 200m (650ft) for T24 acquisition modules. The T24-BSue interfaces to a PC via USB, has an IP65 (equivalent to environmental NEMA 4 rating) enclosure and is powered via USB, enabling ease of installation and ease of use.

It is also compatible with their T24 repeater technology, enabling impressive -line of sight operation for the T24 series of instrumentation.

"The T24 wireless instrumentation range is proving a big success for us," said Kelly Voysey, Sales and Marketing Manger at Mantracourt. "We have been working closely with our customers around the world, so that we can continue developing better instrumentation technology. The T24-BSue is yet another step forward and will give engineers a lot more flexibility when implementing wireless measurement or control systems."

The T24-BSue is supported by Mantracourt's Log 24 and Log 100 software toolkits and also with a .DLL (Dynamic Link Library), allowing customers using VB (Visual Basic) to develop their own custom software for their applications. The T24 range of products operates using a licence exempt 2.4GHz radio frequency and provides 16 channels of data. With an operating temperature of -40 to +85°C, the T24-Bsue is able to cope with extreme temperatures and is already in use monitoring levels of snowfall on high altitude roads.

"It is clear to us that the advent of wireless instrumentation is enabling new and innovative approaches to engineering challenges that require some level of instrumentation," said Kelly Voysey. " Whether it is a remote location, moving machinery or simply a temporary installation, equipment such as the T24 range has many advantages over 'wired' installations, especially now battery life can span years if the equipment is configured appropriately."

Phase reference module

Tektronix has a new Phase Reference Module, the 82A04B, for the DSA8300 oscilloscope available that when combined with new electrical sampling modules provide instrument jitter of greater than 100 femtoseconds, typical. This represents the lowest instrument jitter of any multi-channel oscilloscope on the market, sampling or real-time, making the DSA8300 the instrument of choice for design, debug and characterization of critical 100G transmitters and links on up to 6 channels as defined in the IEEE802.3ba & 32G Fibre Channel test specifications.

For designers working on 100 (4x25) Gb/s communications systems, a key test challenge has been acquiring high bit-rate signals with sufficient fidelity to allow precise characterization of the device under test in the presence of real-world signals. As clock speeds continue to increase, the bit period at 25Gb/s is just 40 picoseconds, making it critical to minimize instrumentation jitter and noise while providing enough bandwidth to fully characterize signals.

“The new phase reference module, upgraded electrical sampling modules and other enhancements establish Tektronix as the clear leader in high-speed data communications,” said Brian Reich, general manager, Performance Oscilloscopes at Tektronix. “We offer customers significant advantages in measurement system fidelity, versatility and usability; all at very competitive price points.”

Designed for use with the DSA8300 mainframe, the new 82A04B Phase Reference Module supports input clock frequencies from 2-32 GHz with an option available to support up to 60 GHz.

In addition to the new phase reference module, Tektronix announced 6 new electrical sampling modules that support bandwidths from 20 to 70 GHz. These modules use unique remote sampling heads that place the measurement acquisition point at or near the device under test to minimize signal degradation due to cabling. Taken together, these capabilities provide a unique combination of low vertical noise, low intrinsic jitter and bandwidth performance to enable engineers to fully characterize signals (3rd harmonic) to data rates up to > 45 GHz for the latest IEEE and Fibre Channel standards.

The DSA8300 can support simultaneous acquisition of up to three differential (or six single-ended) signals with ultra-low jitter for multi-lane system testing common in today’s 100G electrical designs. In contrast, competitive alternatives can only acquire two single-ended signals, at a maximum 50 GHz and lack support for remote sampling, leading to significant signal impairment.

To boost designer productivity, Tektronix also released application software and firmware updates for the DSA8300 Series to improve timing analysis, setup and test execution. Notable features include guided channel acquisition and TDR step alignment, user channel delay and TDR deskew in time units, and quantitative and descriptive information on how to get the best jitter performance when using the new 82A04B Phase Reference Module.

High performance inverters

Beijer Electronics has expanded its drives offer with a new range of high performance inverters of own brand.

Beijer Electronics Performance Inverters P2 combine premium control with high performance, reliability and ease of use.

P2 inverters are capable of controlling both standard induction motors and permanent magnet motors. The inverters offer open loop vector control of standard induction motors providing up to 200% torque from zero speed as well as closed loop encoder feedback capability.

For the latest generation of high efficiency PM motors the inverters offer open and closed loop control. The choice of control method and motor type provides premium control and optimum energy efficiency for the actual application.

Extensive I/O and communications interface capabilities ensure the drive can be integrated quickly and efficiently into a wide variety of control systems and the simple parameter structure with carefully selected factory settings provide fast and easy commissioning.

The Beijer Electronics Performance Inverters P2 are available in different frame sizes in the range of 0.75-160kW with a range of options as e.g. single or three phase input, main switch, Ethernet and fieldbuses, etc.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Success in oil and gas

Yokogawa has published a 70 page e-book that discusses the use of its innovative VigilantPlant automation concept for safe, reliable and profitable plant operations in the oil and gas industry. Complete with customer testimonials, full colour photos of the applications plus an executive summary for each project, this book is free to download here from Yokogawa’s website.

It can be viewed online, as a PDF, or opened in applications such as Kindle, iBook and Aldiko, so it can be read on the move.

The e-book contains details of over 30 projects where Yokogawa’s expertise in automation control technology has been used in applications including the installation of ICSS systems in the largest LNG terminal in Europe, on an FPSO project and on offshore platforms.

With a new focus on its business in the North Sea, Yokogawa UK believes that this book will give prospects and customers an insight into the complexity of work carried out by its engineers to ensure an efficient and profitable oil and gas production and processing

Compact motor starter

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has added the particularly compact Sirius 3RM1 motor starter to its switching technology portfolio. The module has been designed as both a direct-on-line starter and a reversing starter with integrated overload protection for smaller motors with a rating of up to 3 kW, used, for example, for fans, pumps and lifting gear as well as in machine tools. At just 22.5 mm wide, the Sirius 3RM1 requires very little space in the control cabinet. The motor starter therefore meets the requirement in modern plant and machinery construction for space-saving components.

Besides its narrow profile, the Sirius 3RM1 is also characterized by economical hybrid technology that combines the benefits of semiconductor and relay systems in one device: the low-wear semiconductor components are responsible for connection and disconnection operations while an energy-efficient relay system is used during operation. This extends the motor starter's service life and reduces maintenance demands. Siemens also offers a special infeed system for the new motor starter which permits fast and simple implementation of assemblies. As the main circuit is centrally connected to the infeed system, there is no need for separate wiring of the individual motor starters. The assembly with the infeed system is particularly suitable for conveyor systems in which a large number of motors are used on one conveyor belt. When maintenance is required, the individual motor starters from an existing assembly can be removed from the group with little effort thanks to the infeed system. Moreover, the motor starters can also be simply slotted in in the main circuit using a device connector, so there is no need for extensive manual power supply wiring between the motor starters in the assembly. Wiring errors cannot therefore occur and commissioning of the motor starters is speeded up.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Wireless System simplifies troubleshooting!

Fluke has introduced their CNX Wireless System, the first set of test tools that wirelessly connects multiple measurement modules and sends simultaneous readings to a master device up to 20 metres away, allowing users to troubleshoot problems quickly and efficiently. Ideal for industrial maintenance technicians, electricians, control technicians and facilities maintenance technicians, the rugged, customisable tool set allows users to choose various measurement modules based on their specific troubleshooting needs.

At the core of the Fluke CNX Wireless System is a CAT III 1000V / CAT IV 600V multimeter with a screen that displays its readings along with live readings from up to three other measurement modules. For more complex troubleshooting, users can view live measurements from up to 10 modules simultaneously on a computer equipped with the CNX PC Adapter.

The modules, which include AC Voltage, AC Current Clamp, iFlex AC Current Clamp, and K-Type Temperature units, can take live measurements or log up to 65,000 sets of data. Logged data can be saved to a computer in .csv format.

The Fluke CNX system allows users to place modules in hazardous or awkward places and then watch the readings from a safe distance. For example, a technician can de-energise a panel, connect voltage or current modules to all three phases, close and re-energise the panel, and then conveniently read the measurements outside the arc flash zone.

By leveraging the most common electrical test tool – the multimeter – the Fluke CNX system allows technicians to extend their existing capabilities and skills, helping them meet market

Hydrogen monitor

Continuous hydrogen monitor improves refinery isomerisation efficiency

Quantitech launched a range of hydrogen –specific gas analysers in Britain and Ireland in 2007. Since that time Managing Director Keith Golding says “The solid-state sensor technology from H2scan has proved highly popular in a wide variety of applications, but online process monitoring is becoming the most popular because of the rapid return on investment that this technology can deliver. For example, an oil refinery in California recently purchased an explosion proof version of the online analyser, the HY-OPTIMA™ 2700, for its isomerisation plant and this has improved process efficiency, extended catalyst life and allowed longer process runs.”

The HY-OPTIMA™ 2700 is the latest development in the H2scan advanced range of accurate hydrogen leak detection and process gas monitoring analysers, which have recently been included in the Honeywell UOP Schedule A list.

Designed primarily for hazardous environments in the oil and gas, hydrogen production and chemical industries, the HY-OPTIMA™ 2700 is available as a standalone instrument or as part of a complete, integrated process monitoring system providing a wide measurement range from low concentrations (0.5%) up to 100%. The solid-state sensor does not incorporate any consumables or moving parts and provides a 10 year expected lifespan. Mounted in an explosion-proof housing, there is no requirement for additional protection, and up to one year of data logging capacity is included.

At the California (USA) refinery, the analyser provides crucial information on the partial pressure of hydrogen across the catalyst. If the partial pressure were to drop below 125 psi, rapid coking of the isomerisation catalyst would occur. This makes the H2scan analyser a vital tool for confirming the condition of the catalyst and detecting any potential problems, ensuring the proper operation of the isomerisation reactors.

Explaining the advantages of being able to monitor in-process hydrogen continuously, the refinery supervisor of maintenance and instrumentation, said: “Our first H2scan sensor has been in service for 4 months. It has added significant efficiency to the process and is helping to extend catalyst life, which enables longer runs between regenerations or change-out. The analyser offers a much simpler installation, better functionality and significantly less maintenance in comparison with the thermal conductivity analyser which was used previously. We are extremely happy with the performance of the HY-OPTIMA™ 2700 and are actively looking for further opportunities to exploit the advantages of this technology.”

Strategic Collaboration to assist production co-ordination

Siemens and Bentley Systems have just announced a strategic collaboration to advance the integration of digital product design and manufacturing processes design with information modeling for facilities lifecycle design. According to the Memorandum of Understanding the collaboration will enable the two companies to deliver intelligent and sustainable digital factory infrastructure. Initially the companies will focus on the digital factory for automotive and discrete manufacturing.

The Siemens Division Industry Automation and Bentley Systems will initially, based on their longstanding commitment to openness in information technology, collaborate on common file formats and content, integrated workflows for factory layout, and the convergence of process and layout. This work is an extension of earlier collaborations between the two organizations that resulted in each deploying technology offerings developed by the other. In the longer term, the companies will explore opportunities for jointly developed technology to expand industry-centric solutions and further collaboration interoperability between Siemens' Teamcenter and Bentley's ProjectWise software.

Teamcenter product lifecycle management software helps companies deliver increasingly complex products while maximizing productivity and streamlining global operations. It provides the right information for people to make the right product decisions – from planning and development through manufacturing and support. The ProjectWise system of collaboration servers and services empowers work sharing, facilitating the use of virtual talent, dynamic review for improved project quality, and content reuse for extended value.

Dick Slansky, senior analyst, PLM research director, ARC Advisory Group, said, "ARC Advisory Group has long advocated for a common, interoperable environment for sharing and exchanging equipment design information and facility design information. We believe this announcement of a strategic collaboration between Siemens and Bentley Systems should go a long way toward enabling the integration of digital equipment design and manufacturing process information with the AEC and infrastructure design/build information solution. Specifically, this collaboration will enable Siemens' design/build solutions such as Teamcenter, NX, and Tecnomatix to openly interoperate with Bentley solutions such as ProjectWise, MicroStation, and AssetWise. ARC will be following this collaboration closely to gain a better understanding of the overall, and potentially significant, benefits to all of the industrial sectors affected."

Siemens Industry Automation Division CEO Anton S. Huber said, "Together we will drive the paradigm shift that will establish unified and fully collaborative product and production lifecycles for our customers. This will facilitate workflow efficiencies moving our users to the next level of productivity. Today, it is more important than ever to make full use of all optimization opportunities over the entire lifecycle of a machine or plant. This starts with planning and engineering, and continues into operation and maintenance right through to expansion and modernization. Now, as we seek to extend this to include facilities lifecycles, we have determined that Bentley Systems is the right partner to help us bring this new value proposition to realization."

Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley said, "We at Bentley have redefined asset performance management to span OPEX and CAPEX and are bringing our information mobility technologies to bear on the unification of the project and asset lifecycles. With Siemens converging product and manufacturing process lifecycles, the digital factory seems the ideal inaugural target application for a combined and expanded unification effort. Working smarter, together, Bentley and Siemens will empower our shared users to speed the delivery and outfitting of manufacturing facilities, accelerate the start of production, reduce design, construction, and operating expenses, and improve the operational and energy performance of their factories. We've also identified fruitful future endeavors involving our AssetWise software for asset lifecycle information management, including our new Ivara EXP asset performance management software that helps owner-operators obtain the best performance, reliability, and safety from their assets."

Monday, November 19, 2012

Communication equipment for rail cars

Beijer Electronics has through its subsidiary Westermo won a large order of some 30 million SEK ($4 million) from Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) as the end customer.

The order is a breakthrough for Beijer Electronics and Westermo's new solution for IP communication to the railway segment (Westermo IP-train solution) and it confirms the group's world leading position in this area. The order is also one of Beijer Electronics' single largest orders.

The order comprises communication equipment such as switches and routers for 364 rail cars. First deliveries will take place during the fourth quarter 2013 and deliveries will run for 2.5 years. There is a potential for additional orders as part of WMATA's upgrade of Washington's metro and train network.

Beijer Electronics' order for communication equipment is a part of an information system for the trains that will be delivered by Toshiba, thus Westermo's direct customer. Crucial for Toshiba's choice of Westermo's IP-train solution is the system's robustness and reliability in very harsh environments. The communication system also comprises specific functions for control and surveillance which will bring enhanced security.

Westermo has for nearly two years pursued an intensive work in developing the new solution for IP communication within the railway segment. Launch took place at the end of last year. In 2012, Westermo has also received two smaller orders for the system to new customers. The large order from Toshiba and WMATA testifies that the transition to IP based communication within the railway segment now has begun in earnest and Beijer Electronics sees a great potential in the global market.

Integrated water resources management

On November 21 and 22 at the IWRM Congress in Karlsruhe (D), the Siemens Industry Automation Division will be presenting its portfolio for the planning, engineering and efficient operation of complex water management systems. Showcased at the Siemens booth will be a range of high-performance solutions for water and waste water treatment facilities as well as desalination plants. The Congress will be focusing on issues surrounding the protection and sustainable utilisation of water as a resource.

The growing global requirement for drinking water has triggered a continuing rise in the number of large and complex water treatment plants. Alongside new water and waste water treatment facilities, in many parts of the world the planning and implementation of desalination plants is also on the rise. Visitors to the exhibition staged alongside the IWRM Congress will have a chance to visit the Siemens booth to find out more about the concept of integrated engineering. Integrated engineering offers operators an efficient solution encompassing not only the planning and engineering of new plants but also their subsequent automation. Plants of all different sizes and levels of complexity can be effectively planned and designed using the Comos engineering software. Using a newly established interface, prepared engineering data can be transmitted directly to the Simatic PCS 7 process control system, substantially simplifying and speeding up the process of plant commissioning. The Comos engineering software solution also permits the selection and configuration of field devices. The PIA Life Cycle Portal online configurator supports the simple selection and fault-free collation of device order numbers both quickly and accurately. When it comes to rapid engineering of field devices across the whole life cycle of a plant – whether at the detail engineering, plant expansion or maintenance stage – the new interface to the PIA Life Cycle Portal makes available the necessary technical data.

The Congress
With five keynote speeches as well as 15 workshops encompassing over 60 presentations, the IWRM 2012 will offer participants the opportunity to find out everything they could wish to know about water resources management. Together with the trade exhibition staged at the same time, the Conference is a key international information and communication platform for the water industry. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research will also be present at the event to report on its integrated water resources management-related activities. The IWRM 2012 will be rounded off by the presentation of the NEO Innovation Prize for outstanding work in research and innovation.

With participants from more than 25 countries expected to attend this year’s event, the IWRM Karlsruhe 2012 creates the ideal link between science, practice and politics.