Friday, February 20, 2015

Saving 500 tonnes of CO2 per year at new sustainable housing development.

500 tonnes of CO2 per year is expected to be saved at Kingston Heights, a new sustainable housing development in south west London (GB), thanks to its pioneering use of water from the River Thames to supply heating, hot water and cooling. When completed, this state-of-the-art estate will be heated and cooled by a pioneering open water heat pump system, with virtually no on-site carbon emissions. When it came to choosing a drive solution for this highly-efficient system, automation provider Electraspec specified WEG’s innovative variables speed drives (VSD). The company installed four highly-efficient CFW11 VSDs within the control panel that will operate the heat pumps.

Kingston Heights is a €95million (£70 million) development in Kingston-Upon-Thames that will comprise 137 residential units, including 81 private apartments, 56 affordable homes and a 142 bedroom hotel. The development relies on a sustainable open water heat pump system, which provides heating, hot water and cooling to the buildings.

The system works by recovering the solar energy which is naturally stored in the Thames, with up to 150 litres of water a second being extracted after passing through a two-stage filtration process. The water then passes through heat exchangers to harvest the low grade heat before being returned to the river with a temperature change of no more than +/- 3°C. The process is totally environmentally-friendly and produces zero on-site carbon emissions, in contrast to the estimated 500 tonnes of CO2 that would otherwise be emitted by a combustion-based system, and is expected to reduce energy bills on the development by around 16% per annum.

To reach these ambitious energy saving targets a drive solution was needed that ensured reliability while offering ease-of-use. Thus, the company turned to automation company Electraspec, who designed a bespoke pumping system control panel, equipped with two 18.5 kW and two 30 kW CFW11 drives. “Kingston Heights is an ambitious and pioneering project, so we were keen on providing WEG’s VSDs because of their efficiency, reliability and ease-of-use,” comments Eric Knight of Electraspec. “By effectively controlling the flow according to temperature, WEG VSDs will contribute to boosting the pump system’s energy efficiency and will play a key role in helping Kingston Heights achieve its ambitious energy saving targets”.

WEG’s CFW11 drives are designed to ensure a precise control of pressure, flow and temperature while optimising power consumption through speed control, particularly in applications such a pump control systems. With intelligent thermal management features providing automatic cooling to the internal components, the CFW11 also ensures reliable operation.

Additionally, the drive offers a user friendly HMI with large character graphics, enabling quick and easy installation. The product also features the SoftPLC function that attributes PLC functions to the inverter and can be operated remotely. This function contributes to reducing maintenance and associated costs thus enhancing productivity and efficiency. “We are able to control the system from our laptops and are immediately alerted if there is a problem,” comments Eric. “For example, this function enables us to operate speed and run commands without having to be physically on site”.

Thanks to its Multi-pump Control feature, the CFW11 is able to control up to five pumps and keep constant pressure regardless of flow fluctuations. The VSD also monitors suction pressure and tank levels, alternating the pumps according to their operating time, and ensuring uniform wear and tear for motors and pumps.

Optical spectrum analyser offers higher performance and new functions.

A new version of Yokogawa's AQ6373 optical spectrum analyser has been released It incorporates a new monochromator with a sharp passband filter edge plus a number of new features including a double-speed measuring mode, a multipeak/bottom search function and a data-logging function.
The new AQ6373B is designed for measurements in the short wavelength region, from 350 nm to 1200 nm, and is based on the same proven platform of the AQ6373, featuring a fast start-up time - about two minutes including self-calibration - and fast measurements, with only 0.5 sec for a measurement covering a 100 nm span. The sharper passband filter edge of the new monochromator is helpful for clearly separating spectral signals in close proximity to one another.

Like the AQ6373, the AQ6373B offers a high resolution of up to 0.01 nm in the 400-470 nm range, a high close-in dynamic range of up to 60 dB, and a high sensitivity down to -80 dBm in the 500-1000 nm range. It also includes a free-space optical input, enabling the instrument to accept optical fibres with core diameters from 9 µm to 800 µm, and a colour analysis function for determining the exact colour of the input light, as experienced by the average human eye sensitivity (according to the CIE 1931 XYZ standard). Wavelength calibration on the AQ6373B can be performed using the emission line of a common low-cost xenon lamp.

The AQ6373B is ideally suited to testing optical devices and systems over the visible spectrum (from 380 to 700 nm) and the first window of optical communications (around 850 nm). 

In the visible spectrum, the AQ6373B can be used to test and characterise LEDs used in the lighting, automotive, consumer electronic and signage industries and LASERs used in the optical storage sector (DVD and Blu-Ray disc readers and writers), in medical applications such as ophthalmology, surgery, dental and skin treatment and thermotherapy, in computing devices such as optical mice and barcode readers, and in devices for entertainment including laser shows and games, laser beamers and laser pointers. .

In the first window of optical communications, the AQ6373B can be used to test and characterise the laser transmitters emitting around 850 nm, which are the most common transmitters installed in the multimode short-distance communication networks over glass or plastic fibres deployed in intra-building communication systems over FTTH networks.

The AQ6373B should also be very useful for the R&D activity associated with new technologies for optical communications based on wireless transmission, including Visible Light Communication (VLC), Light Fidelity (Li-Fi) or Free Space Optical (FSO) communication.

Dual input Smart HART temperature transmitters.

The THZ³ and TDZ³, Moore Industries' next generation of Smart HART temperature transmitters have been released. These products feature durability and reliability combined with several new features that increase usability and functionality including a new dual sensor input.

The THZ³ and TDZ³ 2-wire (loop powered) transmitters provide an isolated and linear 4-20mA output proportional to input. They configure quickly and easily to accept a direct signal input from a wide array of sensors and analog devices including:
  • 14 RTD types and nine thermocouple types
  • Resistance and potentiometer devices
  • Direct millivolt sources
The dual sensor input allows the THZ³ and TDZ³ to offer backup and fail-over protection, with either of the sensors or inputs designated as the primary measurement and the secondary input acting as a backup sensor in case of a primary sensor failure. Additionally, by utilizing this dual input capability, 15 THZ³ or TDZ³ transmitters can be multi-dropped on one digital HART loop to monitor 30 temperature points. This substantially lowers wiring costs.

Other benefits associated with the dual input sensors include:
  • Average and Differential measurement to average the two input measurements or select either the differential (A-B or B-A) or absolute difference between the two inputs.
  • High-Select and Low-Select features which enable the transmitter to continuously monitor two separate inputs and designate either the highest or lowest input as the source for the analog output or PV.
  • Dynamic Variable Mapping that permits the user to assign either the input or the calculated result of the inputs to any of the four HART variables (PV, SV, TV and QV) that can be read by any HART-compatible host system.
The THZ³ and TDZ³ come with Device Intelligence, a series of features for smarter control and monitoring including:
  • Sensor drift and corrosion detection that checks and alerts users when the sensor is drifting out of a preset range or when the resistance due to corrosion exceeds set parameters.
  • Smart range alarms with four HART alarms – set to any input or calculated input – that detect when the variable is within or outside of user preset limits.
  • A High Availability option that enables the selection of how the AO behaves when there is an input failure or out-of-range value detected by the transmitter. This prevents nuisance alarms on startups or batch process shutdowns.
  • Input simulation capability allowing manual input of a direct or calculated value. This essentially simulates a real input, allowing users to test the AO or any HART diagnostic and range alarms.
Users can rely on the accuracy and dependability of the THZ³ and TDZ³. Their input-to-output analog accuracy of up to ±0.014°C (±0.025°F) utilizing sensor matching and trimming over a 100°F span is the absolute best in the industry. The transmitters feature 20-bit input resolution and deliver exceptional input accuracy for all sensor types.

Plus, Moore Industries’ patented continuous sensor diagnostics feature can save you from costly lost production and hours of troubleshooting. Advanced RFI/EMI protection and ambient temperature compensation guard against environmental factors that can quickly degrade measurement accuracy, while long-term stability provides up to 5 years between scheduled calibrations.

The THZ³ and TDZ³ transmitters are HART 7 compliant with exception-based reporting and dynamic variable mapping. They are HART and DTM programmable with user-oriented basic configuration for fast and accurate setup. Utilizing the HART DD they can be configured and interrogated on the 4-20mA loop via any HART handheld communicator or HART compatible host. Users can also program or monitor the transmitters with any FDT compliant host or program, such as PACTware using the THZ³/TDZ³ DTM.

Succesful Food & Pharma Symposium completed!

Nearly 130 professionals within the automation and control field and the pharmaceuticals and food industries gathered in Philadelphia last week to explore solutions to the critical challenges relating to automation in food processing and drug manufacture and distribution.
The second annual ISA Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Division (FPID) Symposium delivered best-practice insights and approaches to leaders of pharmaceutical and food processing companies seeking to improve quality, safety, reliability, profitability, cost control and production throughput.

The meeting’s content-rich technical program, titled a “Pharmaceutical Automation Technology Update: Control, Optimization, Measurement, and Serialization,” highlighted the latest trends, innovations, strategies and techniques in process automation through expert-led technical sessions and numerous roundtable discussions.
A spectrum of technical sessions covered key topics and issues of importance, such as:
  • Measureable Business Value Improvement from Automation Investments
  • Implementing Electronic Record Systems - Through an Operations Information Infrastructure
  • Benchmark Summary of Automation in Pharmaceutical and Biotech Manufacturing Operations
  • Automation, Disposables, and Factory of the Future: What Does it Mean to Automate a Flexible Facility?
  • How to Pick an MES or Batch Execution System
  • Using Data to Optimize the Product Life Cycle
  • Serialization Training
  • Serialization Case Study with Global perspective
  • Recent Trends in Data Integrity
  • Compliant Optimized Business Processes within a Regulated Industry
  • Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) – A Perspective
  • Integrated Factory Infrastructure - Mitigating Security Risks (Cyber Security)
  • Alarm Management Reflection and Update
  • The Future is Now - Integration of Process, Electrical and Process Control Engineering
Other valuable components of the 2015 FPID Symposium included:
  • Featured presentations by two visionary experts in automation and control: Paul McKenzie, Ph.D., (Vice President of Manufacturing and Technical Operations at Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) and Peter Martin, Ph.D., (Vice President of Business Value Solutions at Schneider Electric). Dr. McKenzie’s presentation, titled “Using Data to Optimize Product Life Cycle,” illustrated how organizations are recalibrating their knowledge management strategies through better use of information technologies. Dr. Martin’s presentation, titled “Applying Control Theory to the Real-Time Value Chain,” revealed how industrial companies can more effectively apply automation strategies and solutions to achieve optimum results.
  • A vendor exhibit featuring the products and services of 19 leading companies.
  • The opportunity to gain professional development hours (PDHs). Each attendee  could obtain up to 16 PDHs.
“I want to take this opportunity to recognize the pharmaceutical and food industry subject-matter experts—particularly the end-user presenters—the event speakers and the ISA professionals and volunteers whose time and contributions made the symposium so rewarding and successful,” said Bill Dugary, the Conference Chair of the 2015 ISA FPID Symposium. “I also want to sincerely thank the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), the Philadelphia Drug Exchange (PDE), other sponsors and the many automation companies and suppliers on hand for their involvement and vital support.”

Dugary, a Life Member of ISA who serves as an automation consultant and Senior Business Development Manager at Applied Control Engineering, Inc., emphasized that ISA is committed to continually enriching the content and broadening the appeal and reach of its FPID event.

“First of all, there is no substitution for a live, in-person gathering,” he insists. “Attending, in person, an event provides the personal interaction and emotional resonance that are so essential to learning and building relationships. The feedback I received from attendees at this year’s FPID Symposium made that clear.”

Dugary encouraged all professionals in the automation community and throughout the pharmaceutical and food industries to explore ways that they can contribute to next year’s FPID event.
“FPID is a unique opportunity because, to great degree, it’s designed to furnish the real-world perspectives of end users, to illustrate what challenges they’re facing and what solutions they need,” he explained. “Whatever your role—supplier, system integrator, engineering firm or other—we invite you to get involved, whether it’s by attending, volunteering, sponsoring or speaking. Our focus is on continuing education and learning and bringing value to everyone.”

• ISA’s 2016 FPID Symposium is tentatively scheduled to take place 15-16 March 2016 in Cork (IRL). Symposium organisers are already recruiting volunteers, participants and speakers for the event.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Error-free configuration and ordering of pneumatic systems.

The new Festo Design Tool 3D configuration software reduces the risk of errors when designing and ordering pneumatic actuator assemblies. Specifying system modules as a complete package with a unique product key simplifies design, logistics and assembly operations.

The Festo Design Tool 3D allows users to select their required pneumatic drive easily and then automatically places any chosen accessories on the cylinder in accordance with their needs. The tool can be simply installed with a few easy-to-follow steps by visiting the website.

The new CAD configuration tool can be accessed through the Festo online shop suite or downloaded for offline use. It offers users, including engineers, buyers and installation technicians, more confidence and a reduced workload. Featuring a simple graphic overview, the tool enables automatic and error-free selection and placement of accessories such as mountings, clevises, sensors and fittings and eliminates the need for individual file downloads. FDT 3D is a highly efficient way to place an order, saving time for all involved.

“Until now there was always a risk when selecting, configuring, modelling and ordering all the individual parts surrounding pneumatic drives,” says Steve Sands, Product Manager at Festo. “Many individual system components have to be placed manually by CAD designers, compiling long bill of material lists to be ordered with plenty of potential for error. Using the Festo Design Tool 3D, these inadvertent errors can be avoided and the days of ordering each individual component are over. Producing complete assembly models in a wide variety of native CAD formats significantly reduces the number of CAD model downloads and the time to produce a complete drawing of the assembly.”

Once the order is complete, the FDT 3D generates a product key for each complete solution as opposed to one for each component. Designers are then given a choice of how they would like to receive all the parts - either pre-assembled in accordance with their design or as a ‘PrePack’ of individual components ready to assemble in-house. Online they can immediately obtain their company’s pricing and delivery lead time information.

“Offering users zero configuration errors, a single part number per solution and just one package for all components, the Festo Design Tool 3D is the modern, lean and efficient way to order cylinder assemblies with accessories,” concludes Sands.

Airborne pathogen measurement!

Many traditional methods for detecting airborne sources of contamination rely on the deposition on these materials on to a surface. For example, surface swabs might be taken, or bioaerosol sampling might be undertaken with a sampler that relies on the impact of biological particles on to a solid growth medium. “These methods are unable to deliver an accurate measurement of airborne load,” says Air Monitors MD Jim Mills.In contrast, the ‘Coriolis µ’ employs a wet-walled cyclone technology that improves bioaerosol sampling for bacteria, pollen, endotoxins, viruses and fungal spores.”

By passing sample air through liquid in a cyclone, the Coriolis µ is able to collect airborne particles in a liquid at a high flow rate (300 l/m) with validated efficiency. The liquid containing the particles can then be tested using one of a number of the latest rapid microbiological analysis methods.

The Coriolis µ offers advantages for sampling air with a high bioaerosol burden (which would saturate traditional solid media) because the liquid can be divided into multiple agar plates. However, this technology is also ideal for cleanroom applications in which air has a low burden, because the Coriolis µ can sample for an extended period.

Summarising, Jim Mills says “This technology is ideal for a wide variety of applications including pharmaceutical manufacture, hospitals, surgeries, care homes, cruise ships, animal housing, composting and any other facilities in which airborne pathogens represent a risk.”

CPD Accredited Employer standard awarded to Irish PSU company.

Excelsys Technologies has been awarded the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Accredited Employer standard by Engineers Ireland.
(LtoR) Shane Callanan, Excelsys Director of Applications Engineering, Diarmuid Hogan , Excelsys R&D Manager, Excelsys Brian Mulcahy, Product Development Manager, John Power, Director General Engineers Ireland , Sinziana Cionca, Excelsys Design Engineer.
Excelsys, a leading power supply manufacturer and designer of high efficiency, low profile power supplies for a variety of markets, recognise the value of CPD as essential in achieving growth and success.  

Commenting on the achievement, John Power, Chartered Engineer and Director General of Engineers Ireland said: “Investment in professional development is essential for engineering organisations to gain a competitive edge and achieve results on both a local and international level. Well done to all those at Excelsys who have dedicated time and resources into securing the CPD Accredited Employer status.”

Speaking about the award, Gary Duffy, CEO said, “At Excelsys we have an uncompromising commitment to maintaining technology leadership and ensuring employees are equipped with training in sustainability issues. Our employees play a vital role in the organisation’s success and it is important that they are fully involved in delivering the group’s organisational vision and goals. The Engineers Ireland CPD framework provides support to assist us in achieving these goals. And we are proud to be accredited.”

Centre of excellence awarded! #PAuto

MCP has been awarded Centre-of-Excellence status by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for providing high quality training courses for electrical installers and contractors.

The Institution recognises training providers that consistently achieve high standards of training delivery for electrical installers and contractors on a range of courses at craft and technician levels. One of the many benefits for customers is that this means MCP’s courses will develop and deliver skills and knowledge that can be efficiently transferred to the workplace.

Universal LightProbe tests colour and intensity of LEDs.

The Universal LightProbe Spectra USB Sensor from Optomistic Products, designed for the colour and intensity testing of LEDs, is now available exclusively in Britain from Peak Test Services

Universal LightProbes are small, highly versatile programmable sensors for the reliable testing of LEDs, addressing many different LED test environments and requirements - whether a simple check for a specific colour, or identifying the correct colour and intensity from a wide spectrum of colours, including white LEDs - while offering the choice of digital or analogue outputs.

Optomistic has recently introduced a version of the Universal LightProbe Sensors with a serial digital output and a sleek user-friendly USB interface incorporated into the sensor. Without losing the ease of use of the existing range, the new Universal LightProbe Spectra USB Sensor delivers a fast and simple serial-digital output directly to a PC. 

Universal LightProbe sensors have the unique advantage of operating at any voltage from +5 V to +40 V, and they can withstand reverse polarity up to -18 V without suffering permanent damage. The range also includes one of the smallest sensor sizes on the market today, making it ideally suited to the requirements of high-density fixture designs. 

Web pages renewed and introduce new products!

Fluke has renewed and extended its Solution Centre web pages. Now there is even more information on choosing and using thermal imagers, as well as full details of Fluke’s Performance, Professional and Expert Series thermal imagers. The all-new Solution Centre introduces several new models, and has an interactive screen to show the best camera for a particular application.

Introducing new Fluke thermal imagers 
• For engineers, researchers, designers and advanced thermographers, Fluke’s latest top-of-the-range Expert Series  shows stunning images up to 640x480 pixels. The cameras have an extra-large 14.5cm articulating colour TFT LCD display with daylight operation. They are for advanced applications like R&D, quality control and predictive maintenance, and particularly for demanding sectors like industrial, oil & gas, utilities, medical and biological/ sciences. Field swappable lenses extend applications.
• For professional, in-house, contract and service thermographers, the Professional Series  gives you crisp, detailed images for more in-depth studies like reliability inspections. These models show high quality images and advanced features like LaserSharp™ Auto Focus. They have a one-handed easy-to-use touch screen interface.
• For routine maintenance by technicians and contractors, the affordable Performance Series models show images up to 160 x 120 pixels. The cameras feature easy operation for quick scans and/or intermittent inspections.
All models have Fluke’s IR-OptiFlex™, IR-Fusion® with AutoBlend™, Fluke Connect™, and SmartView® software. 

Choosing and using thermal imagers 
The Center outlines eight reasons for choosing Fluke thermal imagers, lets you work out ROI with a useful calculator, gives advice on where to buy, and provides a link to request a demo.

There are short videos on how to prevent downtime, how to predict equipment faults, and how to ensure equipment is energy efficient. Webinars summarise how to perform a qualitative electrical inspection, how to detect electrical energy losses, and how to inspect electromechanical equipment. There are links to detailed data sheets and application notes to help you get the best from your thermal imager.

Industry's broadest range of card edge connectors.

EDAC has enhanced its already extensive range of card edge connectors to include 8,000 standard styles and 435,000 customised variations in what is today the broadest range of card edge connectors available in the industry.

EDAC cardEDGE+ connectors offer a choice of 2 to 188 contacts in single and dual rows, with contact spacing spanning 1.27mm through to 5.08mm. Version are available with or without card guides. These connectors tolerate operating temperatures from -65oC to 105 oC and require an insertion force of only16oz (4.45N), which ensures high contact reliability and connection retention. Contact resistance is as low as 10mΩ.

The cardEDGE+ connector range also offers specialised contact options, including PCB through-hole, wirewrap, solder eyelet and extender board tail - and to meet customer-specific interconnect design requirements - and includes devices with extra row spacing, multiple PCB footprints, polarising options, extra mountings, additional high temperature insulators, multiple insulator colour& dimension options and extra contact plating.

According to Alex Grout - who took over as EDAC's European Managing Director last April - the cardEDGE+ and cardEDGE+ Press Fit products enable electronics designersto include more options in an interconnect model tailored for specific interconnect requirements: "cardEDGE+ products are priced to enable designers to affordably include the differentiating features they need in space constrained power supplies, storage devices, navigational equipment, industrial controls and medical equipment."

Measuring with Piezoelectric Sensors has never been so easy!

The new Kistler LabAmp Type 5165A is an  amplifier designed specifically to combine impressive flexibility with convenient usability for the measurement of dynamic signals. Compatible with piezoelectric, Piezotron® (IEPE) and voltage output sensors, the input signals can be routed to a choice of either 24-bit digitized data via Ethernet or analogue outputs.

The new measuring amplifier provides exceptional flexibility for dynamic measurements with universal sensor inputs, integrated data acquisition and an intuitive user interface to allow quick results and a lean measurement setup. The new LabAmp has been designed for use in research, development and laboratory applications where dynamic signals need to be measured precisely and with high signal quality. Typical applications include acceleration and vibration measurements, pulsating pressure applications and force measurements of fast machining processes.

Advanced signal processing technology offers impressive flexibility. The frequencies of the highpass, low-pass and notch filters can be directly entered as numeric values in Hertz and virtual channels allow mathematical calculations in real-time. The input signals and the virtual channels can be flexibly routed to the analogue outputs.

Ethernet communication with the one or four-channel amplifier permits user-friendly operation in a conventional web browser – the simplest method for rapid configuration of the Kistler LabAmp. The standard software interface to the widely used LabVIEW™ graphics development tool simplifies the integration of the amplifier directly with an existing application to process the flow of data. Users who prefer to use the analog ±10V output signals, will appreciate the fully flexible 2-point scaling capability.

The technical specification of the new amplifier is impressive. Its wide charge and frequency range, the 24 bits digitization plus the extensive filter options make it a versatile partner for laboratory work. Processing measurements using piezoelectric sensor charge signals is easier than ever before. In addition the amplifier practically configures itself when connected to Piezotron sensors (IEPE) with integrated TEDS.

The Kistler LabAmp Type 5165A is not only an outstanding low-noise charge amplifier for dynamic signals but also a powerful data acquisition device delivering the digitized measurement values directly to a host computer for further analysis. It is configured and operated in a web-interface, conveniently accessible by a standard web-browser.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"Technology Modernisation of Plant Automation Systems" ISAIreland Seminar filling up!

Spaces are limited, early booking is advised.

ISA Members are eligible for a 50% discount on registering. 

Please use discount code ISAMAR15 when prompted on Eventbrite.

Time capsule burial marks start of construction of tank gauging/management products facility!

Construction has been started of a new €22 million (US$ 27m)  office and manufacturing centre to be built in Gothenburg (S) for Emerson. The new facility is part of the company's ongoing commitment to expand its manufacturing operations and increase the availability of local support, training and services for its customers.
Holding the straps of the time capsule buried during Emerson’s  groundbreaking ceremony  (from left to right), Rasmus Johansson, MD Rosemount Tank Radar AB, Stephan Woodbridge, regional manager from Veidekke (the construction company), Ed Monser, president and COO of Emerson, and Maria Kornevik Jakobsson, chairman of the municipal council in Härryda'
“This new facility will provide users of our tank gauging and tank management products within the terminals, processing and shipping industries, with faster deliveries and an enhanced range of services and support,” said Rasmus Johansson, ‎managing director of Emerson’s Rosemount Tank Radar business. “Gothenburg has been the centre of excellence for our tank radar-based products for many years and this investment demonstrates our continuing commitment to our growing number of customers.”

The new facility will comprise two buildings with a total area of approximately 17,000 m2 including offices, training and conference facilities, customer inspection and testing areas, and an extensive production area. The facility will be built in accordance with Sweden’s Green Building standard and will support a range of services including sales and marketing, engineering and development, and production.

“The new building provides more flexible and efficient production facilities and it offers opportunities for expansion as demand warrants,” said Johansson. “The facility is being designed to meet the latest regulations for air freight which, combined with its proximity to a major international airport, will help to speed the delivery of customer orders.”

The company held a groundbreaking ceremony in December 2014 which was attended by senior Emerson executives and local dignitaries. These included Ed Monser, president and COO of Emerson, Maria Kornevik Jakobsson, chairman of the municipal council in Härryda and Stephan Woodbridge, regional manager for Veidekke, the company constructing the new building.

The new facility in the Härryda municipality to the east of Gothenburg will replace Emerson’s existing manufacturing unit in Gamlestadsvägen.  When it is opened in January 2016, it will accommodate about 420 employees.

Successful audit!

Following a three day on-site audit Stadium United Wireless, a leading provider of connected M2M (machine to machine) wireless solutions, have been re-awarded ISO/TS16949 certification - a global capability for their customers in the niche automotive sectors.
Stadium United Wireless's Craig Helm, Managing Director; Paul Lomax, Quality Manager; Tony McFadden, Managing Director 
ISO/TS16949:2009 applies to the design, development and production of products in the automotive space, a strategically important market sector for the company which delivers end-to-end connectivity solutions for OEMs in automotive, telematics, fleet management, asset tracking, handheld devices, infotainment and security systems.

Stadium United Wireless has unparalleled knowledge and experience in developing and manufacturing world class GSM and GPS wireless devices for automotive OEMs.
Tony McFadden, Managing Director at Stadium United Wireless, comments, “The TS16949 re-accreditation demonstrates that we can provide our automotive sector customers with agile wireless product manufacturing and delivery of highly flexible, complex supply chain solutions to ensure competitiveness on a global scale. Our engineers work closely with our customers to help launch new wireless product designs that are leading edge and competitive while supporting their global requirements for volume manufacture and associated cost down strategies, a particular focus in the automotive sectors.”

The accreditation also demonstrates Stadium Group’s commitment to becoming a fully integrated, design-led global technology group as the capabilities at Stadium United Wireless are closely aligned to those of the wider group operations. Stadium’s China operation in Dongguan has also achieved TS16949 accreditation assuring customers consistent quality and expertise from Britain and China.
Stadium’s global footprint allows the company to provide their customers with seamless transition from concept through to rapid prototyping, or low/medium to high volume manufacturing from the region that provides the best landed cost or near-to-market geography to meet the customer’s dynamic requirements at their point of need.

TS16949 is an ISO technical specification aimed at the development of a quality management system that provides for continual improvement, emphasizing defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain. It is based on the ISO 9001 standard and the first edition was published in March 2002 as ISO/TS 16949:2002. It was prepared by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) and the "Technical Committee" of ISO.

Industry forum for Amsterdam next month!

ARC Advisory Group will host its European Industry Forum (EIF) in Amsterdam (NL) during March 4-5, 2015. 

The European Industry Forum is part of ARC’s successful series of worldwide conferences in the USA, India, China, and Japan. The European forum builds on the ARC Process Management Academy (PMA) broadening the scope to cover a larger variety of current topics from the process, hybrid, and discrete industries alike.

With its substantial experience, ARC unites all experts at one place.  End users and solution providers come together in Amsterdam to network with other automation experts to exchange ideas and to discuss experiences and needs.

At the two-day forum participants will be invited to attend a series of exclusive plenary and breakout sessions. In these sessions, ARC analysts and other automation experts will analyze trends and drivers in manufacturing and tell the inside story of successful operations and applications.

Among others the forum will be joined by experts from Siemens, The Dow Chemical Company, NOVARTIS, BSI, ISA, OPC Foundation and MESA. ARC Advisory Group will present its ARC market trends and outlook 2015 – 2025. In addition to industry-specific automation questions and information technologies, the conference takes a holistic look at current issues that keep producers and automation suppliers busy.

Furthermore ARC’s European Industry Forum features dedicated workshops, offering ample opportunity to learn and discuss about trends and developments and to lay the foundation for changes that can benefit all stakeholders.

Workshops are planned on the following relevant topics:
  • Cyber Security
  • Engineering and Lifecycle Management
  • IoT and Industrie 4.0, Big Data, Analytics, and Cloud
  • Energy Management
"It was my very first time at the Forum.  My general impression was extremely positive about the content, speakers, and event organization.  Really well done, indeed." Sebastian Fabio Agnello European Fluid Control Project Manager SMC, who attended the EIF 2014.

Benefit from ARC’s vast experience and unbiased market analysis, gain insights in world-class applications and take advantage of great face-to-face networking opportunities with your peers.

VP Sales chiefv for EMEA!

Paul Tanner has joined Red Lion Controls as Vice President of Sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In this role, Paul will drive the company's efforts to provide sales, service and support to customers seeking industry-leading solutions for automation, Ethernet and cellular M2M.

Paul Tanner
“Paul brings a strong history of leading effective sales organizations in an industrial environment,” said Mike Granby, president of Red Lion Controls. “We welcome him to our executive team, and look forward to his leadership and vision as we continue to expand Red Lion’s growth worldwide. He knows how to bring value to customers and in doing so he will bring great value to our company.”

With 25 years of engineering, product management and sales experience, Paul has led cross-functional teams throughout his career, most recently as Group European Sales Manager for the EMEA region for Moog Components Group, a division of Moog Incorporated. He has created strategies to work with distribution partners, end users and system integrators, driving sales growth in positions of progressive responsibility. Prior to Moog Components Group, Paul was Sales Director, EMEA & APAC, for two divisions of the Danaher Corporation - Gems Sensors & Controls and West Control Solutions. He holds an M.Eng. Mechanical Engineering from The University of Hertfordshire (GB) and an MBA from The University of Leicester (GB).

“This is a great opportunity to apply my experience of driving international sales growth by working collaboratively with Red Lion’s team and our network of distribution partners,” said Tanner. “Companies across the EMEA regions are faced with diverse requirements and seek innovative, reliable industrial products. We look forward to not only providing automation and networking solutions that help meet their needs, but also to developing new partnerships in this market.”

• Red Lion products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Aspiration smoke detection applications guide!

Choosing the right fire detection method for a specific environment can have wide-reaching benefits not only in terms of the level of protection provided but also economic advantages such as reduced downtime and improved maintenance.
Aspiration Smoke Detection (ASD) – where air is drawn through sampling holes in a pipe network for smoke particulate analysis – has become one of the premier detection methods in challenging applications, due to its adaptability for diverse applications.

A new in-depth FAAST Aspiration Smoke Detection Applications Guide has been released by Honeywell this month, in order to aid system integrators, consultants, specifiers and installers during the specification, design, installation and commissioning process. The guide details aspiration device benefits and application considerations, along with best practices for installation, commissioning and maintenance. It draws on industry codes of practice and guidance from key associations and focuses on the FAAST Fire Alarm Aspiration Sensing Technology range. Key applications covered include: Telecoms, Large Open Spaces, Extreme Temperature Locations, Dirty Environments, Transportation Facilities, Historic and Cultural Sites, Ducts & Lift Shafts and many more.

Gintare Budriunaite, Marketing Manager, Speciality Products, Honeywell Fire Safety, said: “We developed the guide to provide a detailed, informative resource for anyone interested in learning more about the implementation of Aspiration Smoke Detection in specific environments. It provides particular value to those working in areas where earliest detection is required, interior design aesthetics cannot be compromised, standard detection methods fail, and areas with restricted or limited access. We are seeing significant growth in the use of aspiration technology in these applications and many more for its ability to meet specific challenges.

“Ever-evolving safety standards and insurance prerequisites are driving fire protection to new levels, which is in turn increasing the demand for advanced detection technologies. Next generation ASDs such as FAAST from Honeywell, go one stage further, incorporating state-of-the art technologies designed to deliver the earliest and most accurate fire detection in the most challenging applications, while removing the false alarm issues that plague so many sites and industries.”

Small but perfectly formed for measuring pressure!

The new Type 9215A miniature force sensor from Kistler Instruments is only 23.3mm long and 6.0mm diameter and weighs only 2.5g making it ideal for both laboratory and industrial applications where space is at a premium. This highly sensitive, piezoelectric force sensor is suitable for measuring quasi-static and dynamic tensile and compression forces from 1mN to 200N in three calibrated ranges. The sensor has a sealed DIN 1.4542 stainless steel body with an M5x0.5 external mounting thread and an M2 tapped bore for force input.

The highly sensitive measuring element fitted under low preload gives the sensor very high rigidity with simultaneously low sensitivity to transverse force and acceleration over the -50°C to +180°C operating temperature range. The versatility offered by the three measuring ranges, 2N, 20N and 200N, and the low force sensitivity make the new sensor exceptionally suited to a wide range of applications in product testing and for highly sensitive force measurements in research and development. Typical applications include:

Medical device testing
Contact force measurement on keys, switches, relays and similar components.

  • Measurement of spring characteristics
  • Measurement of electrical connector contacts extraction forces
  • Construction of highly sensitive miniature force plates for wind tunnel measurements.
  • Force measurements on automatic assembly machines, robots and micromanipulators.

The sensor comes with a force introducing cap and a fork wrench as standard whilst connecting cables from 1m to 10m are available options. With the cable connected and the O-ring correctly fitted in the cable connector, the plug connection is splash proof to IP65.

Housing offers versatile mounting possibilities!

Harting has introduced a new angled Han® 3A housing panel mount with a square mounting flange that permits attachment in either a vertical or horizontal configuration in conjunction with the identical panel cutout. As a result, the cable outlet direction can be adapted in an extremely flexible manner.

Featuring M25 cable entry, the new metal hood is the first of its kind to offer the capability to use cables with larger diameters: up to 25% larger than existing solutions.

The ability to use larger-diameter cables is particularly appropriate for systems featuring inserts from Harting's recently introduced Han® Q series, such as the Han® Q3/0, Han Q4/0 and Han® QHD, which require a wider cable entry.

The new hood is compatible with all existing Han® 3A contact inserts, and meets the requirements of IP 65/67. The recessed flange seal also guarantees optimal electrical contact between the connector housing and motors or other connected equipment, and features excellent EMC characteristics.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Intelligent cooling concept!

This is an interesting product for Aavid Thermalloy. It is an intelligent, innovative, high performance Liquid Cooling System which aims to replace existing air cooled systems. The company claims "HydroSink™ is the most efficient and convenient solution for medium and high power electronics!"

Three advantages
It drastically reduces the cost in comparison to traditional air cooling systems. This is the result of the three main advantages that it provides: compactness, high-reliability and optimised thermal performance.

First of all, it is very compact. Its largest component is the heat exchanger which includes a smaller fan compared to other market solutions.

Second advantage, the estimated life-span of the HydroSink™ exceeds 50,000 hours thanks to the control board’s ability to reduce the fan and pump’s usage. Therefore it provides higher reliability as there is less stress to components when the system achieves the required performance.

Lastly, HydroSink's™ thermal performance is also enhanced. The control board accurately modifies fan and pump speed in order to perfectly adapt to operating conditions. The HydroSink™ control board allows the thermal performance to be modified according to “boundary conditions” at any given moment. It strategically manages the system’s components and sensor signals, ensuring the consistent monitoring of the system’s performance.

High efficiency 800W, micro redundant 1U industrial PC PSU!

An 800 watt M1V2-5801V4H 1+1 micro redundant 1U industrial PC power supply is now available from Stadium Power. This is ideal for secure bulk power applications including digital imaging, file servers, storage systems, workstations, blade servers, communication systems, telecom/broadcast systems, and industrial PCs.

Standard features of the Stadium Power M1V2-5801V4H include 90~264VAC universal input voltage, typical efficiency 88% @ 230VAC and operating temperature range 0℃~50℃, UL, CUL and TUV safety agency approvals and dimensions of just 355 x 106 x 41.8mm

Features of note to systems integrators include a power good signal, over power protection, over voltage protection, short circuit protection with led, buzzer and TTL signal of any fault condition. The Stadium Power M1V2-5801V4H has a PMBUS. All power supplies from this range have a 3 year warranty as standard.

The M1V2-5801V4H comes from a range of other redundant power supplies from 150W to over 3000W. Formats in the range include 1U, 2U, 3U mini 1U single, 1U, 2U, 3U, Mini, Micro and N+1 redundant. All models in the range provide constant true wattage (not peak) power handling capability.

Single, non-redundant models and DC input versions are also available and M1V2-5801V4H products can be customised; including tailored output power looms and ruggedisation. To discuss any application specific requirements contact Stadium Power’s customer engineering support team.

"Changing technology tends to be much easier than changing people and processes!" (Martin)

A new book, written by renowned automation expert and innovator Peter G. Martin, Ph.D., reveals how industrial companies can unlock the full power of automation systems to drive higher levels of industrial performance and also help solve many of the world’s most critical challenges.

In his book, The Value of Automation: The Best Investment an Industrial Company Can Make, Dr. Martin contends that the immense capabilities of automation systems are untapped because their true potential value is not adequately measured or recognized.

Dr Peter G. Martin
“Industrial automation systems are underutilized and underappreciated for two critical reasons,” points out Dr. Martin, widely recognized as one of the most influential professionals in automation and control. “First, the value provided by automation systems and solutions in brownfield environments is typically not measured and visible. This means that management does not know whether or not value is generated. Secondly, the business processes associated with capital budgeting are set up to limit the value delivered by automation systems. Both of these barriers to business value must be overcome to get the true potential value from automation.”

Improved business value, he says, is attained by “measuring industrial businesses in real time and in an ongoing manner through real-time accounting. These measures make value visible and are essential for driving appropriate changes into traditional capital budget processes.”

Leveraging automation systems’ real-time control capabilities beyond their traditional role of improving operational efficiency is vital, Dr. Martin insists.

“Expanding the domain of real-time control to include security risk, safety risk, environmental risk, asset performance and profitability will drive much higher levels of industrial performance,” he says. “As this takes place, industrial automation also will be in a much better position to help address and solve some of the most daunting challenges the world faces, such as low-cost globally available energy, clean water, food, clothing and consumer goods. In essence, advanced automation may well be the key to solving world hunger, among the other ‘mega challenges’ before us.”

Dr. Martin acknowledges that changing the ingrained business processes that are inhibiting measurable value generation will not always be quick or simple.

“Changing technology tends to be much easier than changing people and processes,” he says. “Although the prescription presented in this book may appear to be very simple, it can work against the culture of many industrial businesses. As a result, the efforts involved with implementing the suggested approaches should not be underestimated.”

FDT Group Sponsoring Member announced!

M&M Software GmbH of St. Georgen (D), has elevated it membership status to that of sponsoring member of the FDT Group. In raising its support to the highest level possible, M&M Software will take a seat on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the FDT Group.

"I am delighted to have M&M Software as a sponsoring member," comments Glenn Schulz, Managing Director of the FDT Group. "M&M Software has been active in the FDT Group since its inception and has played key roles in our Architecture and Specification working group, our Test and Certification working group, and various marketing committees. The M&M Software commercial products and services are major components of the FDT® ecosystem. Their executive leadership is a welcomed enhancement of their support of FDT."

"FDT is the most important technology standard used in our business unit software solutions for device integration," observes Mr. Andreas Boerngen, Director of Sales and Marketing at M&M Software. "In the past years we already have contributed a lot on working group level. With the introduction of FDT2™, we see a huge potential to take the standard a step further by integrating and combining of latest trends and technologies like mobile and cloud computing. We want accelerate the FDT 1 to FDT2 transition. Most importantly, we want to listen closely to the system providers and end users of FDT to learn more about their requirements and needs on device integration."

M&M Software has nominated Mr. Andreas Boerngen to the Board of Directors and Mr. Frank Schmid to the Executive Committee of the FDT Group.