Friday, June 19, 2015

Diaphragm valve with pneumatic actuator.

GF Piping Systems has added the new diaphragm valve type 604/605 with integrated pneumatic actuator to its product range. This long runner – available beginning of October 2015 – combines compact design with best flow performance for an economic price-performance ratio.

A spokesperson for te company stated, "Open your application in water treatment, the chemical process or other industries for the diaphragm valve type 604/605 and you will be astonished what this small valve can handle."

The valve’s compact design fits standard installation lengths. Its integrated pneumatic actuator with quick opening and closing times enables more than one million closing cycles over its long service life. That is what GF Piping Systems calls a durable hard worker. The valve is flexible in its operating modes and offers fail safe to close (FC), fail safe to open (FO) and double acting (DA) options.

The actuator housing can be opened quickly for service due to the central housing nut. The connection with the valve body is full plastic without any metal parts.Therefore all materials have the same temperature expansion coefficients which prevents leakages and avoids re-torqueing of screws. Thanks to the optimized linear flow characteristics the kv value is up to 30 percent higher than with comparable valves. The valve is available in DN15 with the pressure rating of PN6.

The small six-arms phenomena is living all over the world in equally cozy or harsh environments. Like the GF Piping Systems diaphragm valves. The wide range of materials offers highest adaption and resistance to chemical fluids and environments. The valves are available in PVC-U, CPVC, PP-H and PVDF. Diaphragms in EPDM, FPM, PTFE/EPDM and PTFE/FPM enable the handling of aggressive media as well as neutral fluids. That makes them even more flexible and reliable for all your applications. Valve type 604 can be mounted into your system with true union connection matching all standard GF unions and inserts and solvent cementing. Type 605 has a spigot for welding resp. cementing. The valves meet the standards ISO, BS, ASTM and JIS.

As communication in an ant colony is very important they share all necessary information. The new diaphragm valve will communicate with you as well. A unique QR code on the product leads to installation manuals, online training videos and certifications.

Heat monitoring system to portfolio added to range!

As part of its on-going growth plan and commitment to working with well-respected manufacturers and high quality products, world leader in occupational health and environmental noise and vibration monitoring instrumentation, Svantek has joined forces with LSI Lantem to become distributor in Britain for the Italian company’s newly-launched Heat Shield.

The compact system is designed to help reduce the risk of overheating whilst working in hot environments such as bakeries and foundries, where the use of ovens and furnaces mean that heat stress is a constant concern for employees.

John Shelton, Managing Director at Svantek, comments: “As part of our continuing expansion programme we are adding heat stress and personal air sampling monitors to our product portfolio, whilst continuing to lead the way in noise and vibration monitors for occupational health and environmental protection. 
Heat Shield is the most versatile and advanced heat stress monitor that we've seen.  As well as measuring WBGT (wet bulb temperature – the most widely used and accepted index for assessing heat stress in industry), it can also monitor Heat Index, PMV (predicted mean vote), PPD (percentage people dissatisfied), PHS (predicted heat strain) and many more parameters.”

Heat Shield’s built-in radio technology also provides an option to link two satellite stations wirelessly to the main monitoring station, allowing companies to measure simultaneously at three different heights or in three separate locations.

Built to withstand harsh environmental conditions both indoors and out, the new heat stress monitor provides a quick, reliable and accurate assessment of heat conditions.  Its HS Manager programme allows data to be transferred from the monitoring unit to a PC, in order that the information may be assessed and evaluated.  Employers are thus alerted if steps need to be taken to improve thermal comfort in the workplace.

John concludes:  “We are delighted to be working with LSI Lantem and this state-of-the-art metre.  It is one of a number of products that we expect to play a significant part in the continued growth and ongoing success of Svantek.”  

"The last piece of puzzle" in diagnosing & correcting faults in rotating equipment!

Emerson Process Management has enhanced its portable CSI 2140 Machinery Health Analyzer with a wireless interface to popular laser shaft alignment tools. This advance reduces two burdens − equipment and time − for operators performing vibration analysis and corrective tasks in the field.

The CSI 2140 already offers four-channel plus phase data collection to save time and effort, advanced vibration analysis that embeds expertise in the tool, and multi-plane balancing to correct imbalance in industrial fans. By adding a wireless link to laser fixtures, Emerson further streamlines the work process. Using the CSI 2140, personnel can perform route-based vibration data collection; analyse the root cause; and align the machine − all in one trip. At the same time, they can identify and solve machinery faults to prevent any unplanned downtime.

Tom Nelson, CSI 2140 senior technology manager at Emerson, defined the addition of alignment as, “the last piece of the puzzle to deliver a single, superior tool for diagnosing and correcting faults in rotating equipment.”

The shaft alignment option for the CSI 2140 uses the familiar, intuitive Emerson interface to guide technicians through a three-step process that quickly achieves precision alignment. The laser fixtures employ a unique Sweep technology to measure misalignment easily, even in tight clearance applications. An advanced option monitors the corrective machine moves in vertical and horizontal directions simultaneously. All data collected with the CSI 2140 can be uploaded wirelessly to a single database using the AMS Suite: Machinery Health™ Manager software. This enables the maintenance team to collect data, analyse problems, and document results in parallel.

Current clamp meter!

Fluke has introduced a Current Clamp Meter measuring up to 2000A DC that wirelessly relays measurements to other Fluke Connect™ enabled master units at a safe distance. The Fluke a3003 FC Wireless DC Current Clamp Meter is a fully functional current clamp meter. With its extra-wide jaw, it easily clamps around large conductors in utility, rail, marine, mining, or other heavy manufacturing industries where large DC currents or large current carrying cables are typically found.

Their a3003 FC Current Clamp Meter measures DC currents from 10A to 2000A. Its extra wide jaw size of 64mm enables the measurement of large-diameter, high-current conductors. Supplied with a convenient magnetic hanging strap for safe working and recording over time, the current clamp features a logging function for the recording and saving of up to 65,000 measurements.

The Fluke Connect system allows maintenance technicians to wirelessly transmit measurement data from Fluke test tools such as the a3003 FC to their smart phone for secure storage on the cloud, thus enabling access by any team member in the field. Maintenance technicians make better, faster decisions when they have field access to maintenance records and when they can review measurements in real time with team members and supervisors who may be in different locations. Fluke Connect facilitates access to records by all team members wherever they are and at the same time increases the safety of technicians working with energised equipment.

The Fluke a3003 FC Current Clamp Meter is suitable for field maintenance engineers, industrial technicians and maintenance managers working in utilities and power generation, heavy industry (such as steel mills, electroplating and mining), and with large motor and DC control systems and UPSs.

The Fluke Connect app can be downloaded free from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. More than twenty Fluke tools connect wirelessly with the Connect app, including digital multimeters, infrared cameras, insulation testers, process meters, and specific voltage, current and temperature meters.

Industrial Ethernet switches with PoE+.

Harting has extended its Ha-VIS eCon range of industrial Ethernet Switches by incorporating high-performance Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) for the supply of power to industrial devices such as vision camera on production lines.

The new devices offer a complete integrated solution for stable, high-bandwidth data communication and reliable power transfer in a single device, while reducing cabling effort and costs at the same time. With a data transfer rate of 1000 Mbit/s simultaneously on all ports and with the support of PoE+, the Ha-VIS eCon series enables the efficient and future-proof design of equipment, systems and plants.

Over and beyond the PoE/PoE+ standard, Harting is also offering the new switches with an integrated DC/DC voltage converter. In this case the switches can be supplied with 24 V instead of the 48/54 V usually required. This provides users with more flexibility in the connection of end devices and the expansion of the network, saves on components such as power supplies, and reduces assembly time and space.

Thanks to their compact dimensions, the Ha-VIS eCon family of switches of will fit into any user application. The eCon 2000 range of flat switches has up to 16 Fast Ethernet ports while the eCon 3000 slim design range has up to 10 Fast Ethernet ports to offer economical and industrial options to expand network infrastructures. Full Gigabit switches are available with up to 7 ports for applications with high data throughput. With over 200 switch models, users can select the combination of performance characteristics and port configuration that fits their particular requirements.

Additionally, Harting stocks a complete range of mounting brackets for the eCon 3000 range that provide vibration- and shockproof installation.

System-wide automation development software.

The speed and efficiency of industrial control and machinery automation projects is enhanced significantly with a major new release of ABB's integrated development toolsuite.

Automation Builder 1.1 provides an integrated development environment for solutions using the spectrum of automation components - including PLCs and safety PLCs, motion controllers, drives, robots and HMIs - substantially reducing software complexity and cutting time to market and cost of ownership.

"Software complexity is the number one project issue today for most automation OEMs and system integrators. Automation Builder gives automation developers and owners the means to simplify control engineering and standardize on a single development platform for all projects - regardless of scale," says Armin Wallnhoefer of ABB.

Among many new features, the latest release of ABB's software extends the data exchange capabilities with electrical planning and engineering software, with a new bi-directional interface to the widely-used EPLAN Electric P8. Electrical automation and PLC design data may be imported, modified and transferred back to the electrical CAD environment - eliminating any need to manually enter data and thereby ensuring synchronization of signal identification between the two software environments.

The release now includes a comparison function that allows engineers to see what might have changed since they last looked at a project, and the ability to use profiles of previous development tool versions for compatibility.

Support for new hardware includes the ability to program the latest member of the well-known AC500 PLC family - the PM595 CPU - programming ACS880 IEC61131-3 programmable drives and the DCT 880 thyristor power controller, and developing motion control systems with ABB's new MotiFlex e180 servo drives or the ACS580 general-purpose drive.

Another important new element of the software is the introduction of an easy-to-use download and licensing system. ABB offers three licensing options: a basic version suitable for first time PLC users and engineers working on smaller-scale automation, motion and drive projects - this is available at no cost; a standard version which supports integrated engineering of advanced and complex systems including the use of safety PLCs; and a premium version.

The premium version incorporates C/C+ programming tools, E-CAD interfaces and other high level features for optimal productivity and easy collaboration, and simpler management of engineering data on large-scale projects involving thousands of I/O points.

With Automation Builder 1.1, users may also automatically update the suite of software tools to the latest versions using a 'one click' mechanism, and a single license covers all of the software packages included.

ABB has also introduced many usability improvements to further enhance the user’s productivity. These include simplified drop-down menus, drag-and-drop features on the object tree, an improved device repository with search and filter functions, a powerful list editor for AC500 I/O mapping, and a re-worked help system - to name a few.

Software development is the most expensive element of the vast majority of automation projects. By providing a unified development environment for the complete scope of automation projects, ABB is helping application experts, software and hardware engineers to focus their time and effort purely on developing the application, and not waste time on the myriad of interfacing issues that can arise when building solutions using many different types of automation devices. ABB estimates that the Automation Builder environment can reduce development engineering effort by around 30% for medium complexity projects, and deliver even higher savings on large-scale projects! This is particularly the case for projects involving many different types of automation components.

Automation Builder provides powerful PLC development resources in the form of the standards-compliant IEC 61131-3 development environment, and ABB's Panel Builder tool for creating HMIs. The software suite also includes tools for configuring and programming the latest generation of ABB’s safety PLCs - the AC500-S family - the RobotStudio tool for simulating and programming ABB robot applications, and the Mint WorkBench tool with its pre-built and tested libraries for programming ABB’s servo drives.

Explosion proof linear actuator. #PAuto @ExlarActuators

The Exlar® linear actuator line from Curtiss-Wright Corporation, has been expanded to include the EL120 explosion-proof linear actuators.
Their EL120 linear actuator meets ATEX requirements for use in potentially explosive atmospheres and are in conformity with the EU ATEX Directive 94/9/EC as well as the IECEx Scheme. Additionally, it is rated for Class I, Div 1, Groups B, C, D, and T4 hazardous environments.

Features include
• Speeds up to 37.5 ips (950mm/s)
• Forces up to 4000 lbs (17kN)
• Strokes up to 18 inches
• Feedback configurations for nearly any servo amplifier
• Several mounting configurations
• Windings available from 24 VDC to 460 VRMS
• Completely sealed motor assures trouble-free operation
• ATEX Ex d IIB +H2 T4 Gb
• IP66
• CSA Class I, Div 1, Group B, C, D, and T4 hazardous environment rating
• IECEx CSA 14.0014X
• Valve control
• Damper control
• Gas turbine control
• Printing presses
• Engine test stands
• Fuel skids
• Paint booths
• Shipboard fuel management
The EL Series of linear actuators integrate a highly efficient planetary roller screw mechanism with a high torque servomotor in a single self-contained package. This highly robust design is engineered to provide reliable and precise operation over thousands of hours, handling heavy loads—even under arduous conditions.

These servo-electromechanical systems offer a clean, fast, simple, and cost effective replacement for hydraulic actuation and longer life alternative to pneumatic actuation. Superior servo-electric actuator reduces emissions, minimizes energy consumption (80% system energy efficiency), increased position control and accuracy – all leading to lower cost.

For process applications, the EL120 offers a unique combination of high speed, performance, and accuracy. High performance is achieved with respect to speed, linearity, load sensitivity, deadband, and temperature range. For gas turbines with variable guide vanes, the EL120 actuators provide precise positioning and feedback for fine tuning injector airflow to maintain CO and NOx emissions. In oil and gas applications, the EL120 effectively managed pressure drilling choke valves or any valve application that requires extremely fast response to the smallest command signal changes without overshoot, even when friction is present.

The Exlar EL Series provide, a superior and cost-effective solution even in the most severe and demanding environments.

Weighing terminals!

Siemens is upgrading its weighing technology portfolio to include two complete packages for standalone applications: The new weighing terminals Siwarex WT231 for non-automatic scales and Siwarex WT241 for belt scales combine weighing electronics and touch panel in a single unit. The two new weighing terminals can be set up as a standalone solution with the utmost speed and simplicity, and using an RS485 Modbus RTU interface they also allow integration into any commonly used control environment.

Siwarex WT231 for non-automatic scales
Due to its extensive diagnostic capability and limit value control, the Siwarex WT231 weighing terminal with integrated WP231 weighing module can be used in industries demanding a high degree of accuracy, for instance food and beverage production and the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Its primary applications include level measurement and platform scales.

Siwarex WT241 for belt scales
The Siwarex WT241 weighing terminal with integrated weighing module WP241 for belt scales offers not only a high level of measurement accuracy but also an array of supplementary functions. Six totalizers determine the required material quantity. In addition, a simulation mode for belt speeds and belt loads enables a fully fledged application test – even without the scale or speed sensor connected.

The two new weighing terminals are equipped with a 4 inch touch panel and a high-resolution TFT widescreen color display. These provide valuable support to users in the form of intuitive operation as well as rapid parameterization and commissioning. The IP65 protection rated stainless steel housing allows the new complete packages to be used without problems in a wide range of different industries: From food, pharmaceutical and chemical through to mining, cement production and steel making.

High speed strain gauge amplifier.

The SGA strain gauge amplifier, from Applied Measurements,  is claimed to be one of the most versatile amplifiers on the market. It has a wide bandwidthand wide input signal range working from extremely low level input signals from a tiny 0.06mV/V all the way up to 30.3mV/V, to give you an amplified industry standard output such as 0-5Vdc or 4-20mA and more.
This flexible device can be powered from AC or DC supplies giving you excitation for up to 4 strain gauge bridge sensors connected in parallel.

But surely it can’t be that simple?
Yes it is. The SGA amplifier’s non-interactive zero & span controls and variable low-pass filter allows you to fine tune the amplifier for any application.

Its improved waterproof IP65 rugged enclosure is robust making it ideal to use in industrial environments. And thanks to its improved enclosure it has quick release screw fittings allowing you to move the device quickly and easily.

Their SGA strain gauge amplifiers can be supplied ex-stock for NEXT DAY DELIVERY.  We can also supply theSGA amplifier fully-wired and calibrated to UKAS traceable standards with any strain gauge transducer.

Environmental monitoring equipment distributorship in Ireland.

OTT Hydrometry has appointed NVM Ltd as exclusive distributor for Ireland. Based in Drogheda, NVM will be responsible for sales and service in Ireland with immediate effect.

“We are delighted with this agreement,” says NVM Managing Director Noel Carr. “OTT products enjoy an excellent reputation around the world, and have a large installed base in Ireland, so, coupled with the introduction of OTT equipment to our existing clients, this represents an excellent growth opportunity for us.”

The OTT product range includes instrumentation for monitoring groundwater, streams, rivers, coastal water and meteorology. In addition to the OTT branded products, the range also includes Hydrolab water quality monitors and Adcon telemetry systems.

“Our business is focused on the accurate and reliable collection of field data, either manually or with logging and telemetry, so there is a good fit between our two companies,” Noel comments. “Our team have already received comprehensive training on the OTT instruments, dataloggers and telemetry systems, and we have invested in appropriate spares, consumables and calibration equipment, so we are now able to provide a full service capability.”

OTT Managing Director Nigel Grimsley says: “NVM’s appointment represents the conclusion of a comprehensive search to find our ideal partner. We have numerous clients in Ireland and have operated a local office with support from our UK based engineers for many years. It is vitally important for our customers to have a local contact for sales and service, so we are delighted to make this announcement.”

Motor protection relays!

WEG has launched a new series of highly versatile and efficient electronic motor protection relays to help engineers cut stock management costs and simplify design processes whilst ensuring high reliability according to international standards. The RW_E relays offer a wider adjustment range to suit a broad spectrum of motor powers and deliver 87% less power dissipation than conventional thermal devices, therefore providing enhanced energy efficiency, while ensuring the motor’s smooth running and enabling users to reduce maintenance costs and total cost of ownership.

The RW_E relays’ wide current adjustment range of 1:5 ratio between the lowest and highest settings allows the relays to cover an extensive variety of motor powers at rated operating voltages up to 690 VAC. This enables original equipment manufacturers to reduce their stock of spare parts and associated warehousing costs and invest less time in designing machinery to accommodate different relay models.

“In an increasingly globalized and competitive market it is common that machine manufacturers provide their customers with a wide choice of electric motors with a huge number of different models and output powers,” says Marek Lukaszczyk, European & Middle East Marketing Manager at WEG. “WEG’s solution means that machine manufacturers can now standardise their control panels, saving time.”

WEG’s new relays have ratings from 0.4 A to 840 A and protect electric motors for normal or heavy-load starting against overheating due to overload, phase drop-out or phase asymmetry. Powered by the motor’s current without any need for additional external power connections, the RW_E relays feature special thermal memory which precisely models the heat balance of the motor to ensure optimal protection.

The low power dissipation also makes a significant contribution to reducing heat load in switch cabinets and enables the replacement of corresponding equipment in switchgear sets approved to IEC 61439 without new certification.

The relays are just as easy to use as bimetallic motor protection relays, and feature manual or automatic reset after tripping. Trip classes 10, 20 and 30 for normal and heavy-load starting can be set easily on the front panel. This makes the RW_E motor protection relays suitable for a wide range of industrial applications and enables users to respond flexibly to changes in existing systems. The relays also include temperature compensation, which ensures consistently high trip accuracy from -20°C to +60°C without any restrictions.

The relays provide the highest levels of reliability worldwide and are manufactured and tested to the IEC/EN 60947 international standard (DIN VDE 0660) and UL 60947-4-1A (UL508) certification for the North American market. The RW_E electronic motor protection relays can be combined directly with WEG's CWM and CWB contactors to configure compact and reliable motor starter sets.

“These new relays fit our strategy of end-to-end energy efficiency throughout the drive chain, starting with energy-efficient IE3 to IE5 motors and extending to thermal protection by RW…E electronic relays, short-circuit protection by MPWi circuit breakers, and operational switching by low-loss CWB contactors,” continues Marek.

User conference for Orlando!

Following a successful 2014 conference held in Houston, (TX USA), Yokogawa Corporation of America is holding its 2016 Users Conference and Exhibition to be held October 3 – 6, 2016 in Orlando, (FL USA).

The bi-annual conference and exhibition provides a unique opportunity for Yokogawa users to network with fellow professionals, industry and business leaders, and Yokogawa product and solutions experts. Individuals gain in-depth, quantified insight into how peers are using automation technologies to deliver industry-leading results.

Led by users for users User Group, the 2016 conference will allow for a valuable exchange of information among process manufacturers and end-users. The main event will run from Tuesday October 4 to Thursday October 6, with pre-conference sessions beginning on Monday October 3. The conference program includes Yokogawa platform technology updates, industry and technology keynotes, workshops and panel sessions, all designed to help users and partners fully utilize automation technologies. Yokogawa will also host a welcome reception, customer appreciation night, and other networking events designed to maximize the exchange of ideas.

The program is currently being designed to help users find ways to increase quality and efficiency, and lower operating costs through proven methods of use of Yokogawa products. Conference, exhibition, and networking opportunities provide a concentrated venue for individuals involved in the upstream oil and gas, chemical, refining, and other industries to learn and share ideas and best practices among product and industry specialists, fellow users, and Yokogawa suppliers. The conference portion also features hands-on workshops and seminars in which attendees may participate to earn Professional Development Hours (PDH) certificates.

An exhibition area will consist of Yokogawa’s integrated portfolio of platforms and solutions, along with partner solutions. Users will learn more about these solutions and how they can assist in achieving safe, reliable, and profitable operations in their facilities.

• Yokogawa is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2015.

Flowmeter has no metals in the fluid path.

The F-462N Series flowmeters from Blue-White, feature metal-free wetted parts, making them ideal for use in many ultrapure applications, where contact with metal could contaminate the fluid.

Constructed of molded Polysulfone, F-462N meters offer better resistance to high temperatures and pressures, as well as many harsh chemicals, than most plastic flowmeters.

Maximum fluid temperature is 200 degrees at 0 psi. Maximum working pressure is 150 psi/ 10.3 bar at 70 degrees F/ 21c. An optional splash shield is available.

The high capacity F-462N utilizes precisely engineered ridges molded into the meter body, which guide PTFE floats. Calibration range is 2.0 to 80 GPM/8.0 to 300 LPM.

Additional features include: Polysulfone 2” F/NPT fittings with FKM O-Rings and half union adapter connections, socket fusion fittings are also available. Permanent direct reading scales are easy to read.

• Blue-White are long time supporters of Read-out - see their Advert  (it is on our home page!)

"New benchmark for standard valves!"

Festo has launched a new entry-level standard valve range, the VUVS series.  The new valves are robust and durable, providing a long service life, and are extremely easy to mount, enabling machine builders and engineers to enhance the design of their systems.

Economically priced valve series VUVS – suitable for a wide variety of applications
The VUVS valves have very high flow rates for their size, of up to 2,000 l/min with an operating pressure up to 10 bar, ingress protection to IP67and are available in optional ATEX variants. The valve range starts at 1/8” ports in a 20mm body and are simple to fit on any machine. They are ideal for vacuum and low pressure applications such as simple clamping and locking operations in semiautomatic assembly, as well as larger production lines across all industries.

“These new valves aim to fulfil all the demands made on modern valves for universal use,” says Jacqui Hanbury, product marketing manager at Festo. “Festo has offered solenoid valves for many years, however with this new VUVS series we are able to offer a robust, high quality product at an excellent price, yet guarantee simpler installation and assembly, numerous standard functions and still with an attractive design.”

The VUVS valves are available with a wide range of accessories that make them exceptionally flexible in use and mounting.  For example, they are offered with manifold rails and cover plates which enable the valves to be mounted in any orientation to best fit the machine. For additional flexibility, it is easy to change between internal or external pilot air connection, and the user can have multiple pressure zones on one manifold.

Solenoid coils can be simply swapped for different operating voltages, which reduces warehouse costs, and the rotatable coil can be adapted to make wiring easier in difficult installation conditions.

The VUVS valves are available with next day delivery, as pre-assembled units with silencers, fittings and coils, or as ready to install individual valves saving engineers time and associated costs with installation.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Valve deliveries improved!

Effective immediately, Badger Meter has established a new lead time of two weeks for Research Control® Valves (RCV) within their broad standard offering – a reduction of more than 50 percent.

For many years, lead times for RCV valve products ranged from four to six weeks. Over the past year, Badger Meter has made major customer-focused investments in its Tulsa, Oklahoma facility where RCV valves are manufactured. Through these investments, Badger Meter has optimized its inventory, enhanced its machining capability, improved its system infrastructure, and increased its staff to ensure our new two-week standard lead time.

"Our goal in reducing the standard offering to two weeks is to leverage our proven valve solution with an incredible delivery time," said Brian Kettner, marketing manager. He added, "Badger Meter's dedication to the RCV product line will help our customers get what they need, when they need it."

Valve products outside of the standard offering are available with lead times ranging from two weeks or more. Non-standard products are also eligible for "Hot Shot" expedited shipment for customers who need custom valve products within a shorter lead time.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Truck on safety, tours Ireland.

The Siemens Safety Truck is touring in Ireland and presenting customers and potential users to listen to their expert team presenting on a variety of safety issues covering both discrete manufacturing and the process industries.

The locations are:
  • Tuesday 7th July:   Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin
  • Thursday 9th July: Rochestown Park Hotel,Cork
The industrial control world today faces unprecedented levels of legislative, economic and technological change at a time when system safety engineering is increasingly becoming a no-compromise issue.

Siemens will demonstrate a different approach to safety systems with a wide portfolio from stop buttons through to intelligent safety sensors, safety integrated drive technology and world-class programmable safety systems which provide a fully integrated solution.

Places are limited so early registration is essential.
For Dublin BOOK HERE
For Cork    BOOK HERE

Registration for water & wastewater symposium!

Early bird registration deadline for 2015 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium extended!

The deadline for early bird registration for the 2015 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium has been extended to 1 July 2015. The original deadline was 15 June 2015.

Register by July 1 to get early bird pricing for the 2015 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium. Register for only $325—the special early bird ISA member rate (a $125 discount). Additionally, discounts are offered for AWWA, WEF, and ITA members.

Take advantage of two ISA training opportunities
Add value to your attendance at the symposium by taking an on-location ISA training course. Two courses will be offered during the week.

3-4 August
Asset Management and Enterprise Integration Using the ANSI/ISA95 Standard (IC55)
Instructor: Paul Nowicki
Credits: 1.4 CEUs /14 PDHs

4 August
Introduction to the Management of Alarm Systems (IC39C)
Instructor: John Bogdan

Credits: 0.7 CEUs / 7 PDHs

The 2015 ISA WWAC Symposium, to be conducted 4-6 August 2015 at Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando, Florida, USA, is expected to draw between 200 and 300 attendees and more than 30 speakers.

Presented by the ISA Water/Wastewater Industries Division, in collaboration with the Florida Section of the AWWA (FSAWWA), the Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA), the WEF Automation and Info Tech Committee, and the Instrumentation Testing Association (ITA), the ISA WWAC Symposium helps professionals in the water and wastewater industries understand how instrumentation, SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), and automatic control applications are vital to the treatment and distribution of water, and the collection and treatment of wastewater. The symposium also provides an excellent opportunity to gain valuable technical information, networking, professional development, and continuing education credits (CEUs and PDHs).

Attendees will receive 2.0 CEUs (credit equivalent units) from the ISA/Florida Section of the AWWA for attending this content-rich 2.5 day symposium. The two optional training courses also offer additional CEUs: Introduction to the Management of Alarm Systems (1-day = 0.7 CEUs) and Asset Management and Enterprise Integration Using the ANSI/ISA95 Standard (2-days = 1.4 CEUs). All CEUs and PDHs have been certified by the Florida AWWA and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

“The ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium has continued to be successful over the past three years. Our secret is our focus,” says Bob Lindeman, the 2012 president of ISA who gave the opening remarks at the 2013 WWAC Symposium. “The event caters specifically to the needs of professionals involved with automation, instrumentation and SCADA in the municipal water and wastewater sectors. It is a niche event and we are proud of its increasing popularity. There is no other event like it in North America.”

Moisture analysis!

Servomex has updated its DF-700 ultra-trace moisture analyzer range with new firmware and an improved user interface. 

Optimized for semiconductor, LED and specialty gas applications that depend on exceptional ultra high purity (UHP) gas quality, Servomex DF-700 moisture analyzers offer exceptional accurate and repeatable performance as well as proven reliability, affordability and ease of use.

The DF-700 series utilizes Servomex’s Hummingbird Tunable Laser Diode (TDL) sensing technology, which delivers robust reliability and industry-leading sensitivity when analyzing moisture at ultra-trace levels. The ultra-sensitive measurement is enabled by the direct measurement of moisture in the infrared spectrum. This means DF-700 analyzers can distinguish the most minuscule sample peaks, delivering sub-ppb moisture level readings while requiring low maintenance and low calibration.

This exceptional measurement is further improved by brand new firmware that ensures exceptional low-end stability. Specially designed to eliminate the spurious effects of background noise at very low ppb levels, the resultant performance produces a stable measurement that meets the most demanding requirements of semiconductor manufacturers.

In addition, a new graphical menu interface has been designed to give additional confidence to the end user that the system is performing to exacting standards and at peak performance.  All of the performance and graphical user interface improvements are incorporated into a smart new housing.
Seven different models are available: the DF-730 (measuring moisture in HCl), DF-740 (moisture in ammonia) DF-745 (high sensitivity electronic gases) and DF-745 SGMax (specialty gas trace moisture), DF-749 (ultra-high purity electronic gases) and DF-750 (ultra-trace quality control for semiconductor fabs). The DF-760E combines the DF-750 and the recently upgraded DF-560E analyzer into a the same 19" package for the unique combination of oxygen and moisture measurement from a single product; the new firmware not only improve trace moisture analysis performance but delivers an unprecedented trace oxygen measurement of 45ppt LDL  - the lowest trace oxygen measurement available.

“The DF-700 range has been providing sub-ppb moisture measurements for nearly 20 years.  The improvements made in 2015 will give even the most discerning customer the confidence they require that they are getting the most stable and accurate UHP moisture measurements on the market,” says Jim Belanger, Global Product Manager – Trace Products, Servomex.

“The improved low-end stability DF-700 products now give our customers even more measurement certainty, enabling to run their applications with unprecedented confidence.”

Complete EtherCAT Solution!

Rugged, intelligent with superior motion function scalability.

Adlink Technology has announced the release of their Adlink EtherCAT solution, consisting of the Talos-3012 IEC 61131-3-compliant automation controller and EPS Series time-deterministic I/O and motion control system.

The combined solution provides time-deterministic control of automatic process, featuring high performance, easy development, rugged construction, intelligent management in ultra-small form factors, and minimal total cost of ownership. Integrated hardware and software elements, fast and easy API configuration, and ADLINK’s Softmotion control kernel, all drive speedy high performance for EtherCAT applications. As well, numerous ready-to-use features speed development for next-generation Smart Factory environments.

High Performance, High Density
Their new Talos-3012 is a palm-size EtherCAT master controller based on the Intel Atom quad-core processor E3845 1.9GHz, with IEC-61131 compliant syntaxes. The Talos master controller allows easy emigration of legacy PLC programming to a PC-based environment and Softmotion function blocks, with a single master controller able to connect up to 64 axes and 10,000 I/O points of control through a daisy-chained slave system. Superior computing power enables the Talos-3012 to flawlessly perform simultaneous multitask processing for HMI, motion control, PLC, and gateway operations in industrial automation applications.

The EPS Series slave system’s modular design empowers flexible channel density in a 110 x 130 x 105 mm package. Incorporating the latest RISC processor and FPGA, Adlink EPS slave systems provide a wide variety of I/O modules, including DI/O, AI/O, thermal measurement, motion control, and EtherCAT communication modules, easily daisy-chained for system expansion with no compatibility issues.

Easy development
Adlink’s EtherCAT solutions further minimize configuration and maintenance burdens on system developers and users. This solution has been verified for interoperability with a variety of EtherCAT servo drives and 3rd party EthercAT products, providing the flexibility to select only the requisite EtherCAT elements. With Adlink’s self-developed EtherCAT configuration utility, LinkMasterPro, the master system is able to automatically detect slave systems and I/O modules of any type and create corresponding XML files to complete configuration without any additional settings.

Their EtherCAT master controllers can easily connect to existing or expanded third-party slave systems for automatic recognition and configuration with no compatibility problems. Moreover, the Softmotion utility provides a complete IEC 61131-3 edition environment supporting application-oriented function and APIs for ease of use and shortened development time.

Intelligent Management and Robust Design
Adlink’s EPS slave systems support a wide variety of I/O, including DI/O, AI/O, thermal measurement and motion control with status monitoring function of EPS modules and systems including overheating detection, low power detection, slave health reporting, error handling, and usage cycle of relay switching, as well as motion control status. All information can be retrieved for review via software or displayed by dedicated indicators, allowing the status of individual modules to be monitored. LinkMasterPro not only assists in EtherCAT configuration but also evaluates the functionality of every single EPS system, and Auto-Slave detection function makes system configuration easier than ever.

The EPS slave system significantly eases system maintenance needs, with each hot-swappable slave module replaceable with no need to power down, for a serious reduction in MTTR (Mean-Time-to-Repair). Additionally, quick-removable connectors minimize rewiring efforts. The EtherCAT products all feature compact construction with fanless design, operable at -20°C to 60°C, with integral IP31-rated metal housing withstanding the rigors of harsh operating conditions.

“Adlink industrial automation and motion control solutions have been widely adopted, to date driving over 500,000 axes industry-wide. As we introduce our completely new EtherCAT solution portfolio, we are confident that our extensive field experience, established one-stop service, comprehensive APIs, and highly integrated portfolio of off-the-shelf I/O modules and industrial computing platforms clearly set us apart from other providers. Adlink’s new EtherCAT Solution helps customers to overcome even the most critical challenges of industrial automation,” said Simon You, Product Director for Adlink’s Automation Product Center.

Encyclopedia explores temperature measurements and nanomeasurements!

The 'Handbook of Thermometry and Nanothermometry' presents and explains of main catchwords in the field of temperature measurements and nanomeasurements. This the first, well illustrated in full color, encyclopedia contains more than 800 articles (vocabulary entries) in thermometry and nanothermometry, and covers nearly every type of temperature measurement device and principles. This makes this book unique!

Written by experts, the book at the first place is destined for all who are not acquainted enough with specificity of temperature measurement but are interested in it and study literary sources in this realm. The authors tried to enter maximally on catchwords list the issues, which refer directly or indirectly to thermometry as well as to nanothermometry. The last one is the most modern chapter of thermometry and simultaneously of nanometrology.

The Handbook of Thermometry and Nanothermometry is a probably a 'must have' guide for both beginners and experienced practitioners who want to learn more about temperature measurements in various applications: engineers, students, researchers, physicists and chemists of all disciplines. In addition, this book will influence the next decade or more of road design in the nanothermometry.

• 'Handbook of Thermometry and Nanothermometry'
Publisher: IFSA
ISBN: 978-84-606-7518-1; e-ISBN: 978-84-606-7852-6; 
486 p., paperback (print) and pdf (electronic) formats.

Importing of symbols!

The new version of Softing's dataFEED OPC Suite supports the direct import of symbols from Siemens TIA Portal projects.

The new dataFEED Exporter tool, which is now part of Softing's dataFEED OPC Suite (V 4.03) allows importing symbols from Siemens TIA Portal projects (version 13 or 13 SP1) for a direct OPC Namespace configuration. The OPC Client applications receive the information for symbolic addressing from the dataFEED OPC Suite’s integrated OPC- or OPC UA Server and can use the symbolic names to access the data items of the respective data blocks. This approach overcomes the time-consuming manual configuration of data items and results in significant time- and cost savings for the user. The dataFEED Exporter supports both newer types of Siemens controllers like SIMATIC S7-1200 and -1500 as well as the older Siemens controller types SIMATIC S7-300 or -400 and is now available from Softing.

Softing's dataFEED OPC Suite combines OPC Server and OPC Middleware functionality into one compact software solution. The integrated OPC UA Server allows the simple integration of legacy and new controllers into Industrie 4.0 solutions. Components without OPC UA Server, like for example Siemens S5 controllers, can thus be easily integrated into OPC UA Client applications. The state-of-the-art graphical user interface with intelligent, practice-oriented default settings and intuitive user guidance is designed to make it exceptionally easy for plant manufacturers and maintenance engineers to quickly configure OPC communications. The highly scalable dataFEED OPC Suite provides users with the flexibility to pick and choose only those components that perfectly fit the application requirements.

Recognised for excellence!

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.

Easy safety identification labels!

The new Brady Workstation enables users to create safety signs, CLP labels, pipe markers and Lockout/Tagout procedure visualisations in just a few clicks. It is a freely downloadable app environment with a friendly user interface that places all safety identification design at your fingertips.

Easy to use label design apps
These apps have been designed to enable extremely fast label and signage creation. The Express Signs App offers safety sign templates to choose from, enables users to add custom information and to print the sign with a Brady printer in mere minutes. The Pipe Marker and Arrow Tape App work in much the same way, while the Custom Designer App offers a blank canvas for users to play with. All of these apps can be used free of charge.

Added value apps
The CLP/GHS Label App and the Lockout Writer App are two highly specialised apps available in Brady Workstation. The CLP Label App supports the creation of compliant CLP Labels, while the Lockout Writer App visualises existing Lockout/Tagout procedures for compliancy communication on the workfloor. Both of these paid apps include a 14-day free trial for users to assess their value for their businesses.

Customise, create & print
Brady Workstation does not require users to install every app but instead offers the possibility to select the apps that best suit their needs. More apps will appear in Brady Workstation in the future! Labels and signage created in Brady Workstation can easily be printed with Brady’s BBP™31 or BBP™33 Sign and Label Printer, the BBP™85 Sign and Label Printer or the GlobalMark™ Multicolour and GlobalMark™ Colour & Cut Printers. With Brady Workstation, you can have all safety identification at your fingertips!

Dust & aerosol monitors!

Ashtead Technology’s comprehensive range of portable dust and aerosol monitors is now available in a variety of flexible rent or purchase schemes

“Our objective is to offer the best solution for every monitoring need,” says Regional Sales Manager, Josh Thomas. “Instrument choice is affected by a number of factors such as the application and the target measurement parameters. As an authorised TSI distributor, we can offer short and long-term rental options in addition to outright purchase, providing customers with a flexible solution to meet their requirements.”

The instruments can be used for a range of applications, including air sampling and dust monitoring where accuracy and reliability are key. For example, they are commonly employed for occupational hygiene surveys and for both indoor and outdoor air quality assessments. Certain instruments from the range are also used to monitor emissions from industrial processes, in research, and to conduct fit-testing for respirators.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Reliable moisture readings at sub ppm levels.

Michell Instruments has launched its latest quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) moisture analyzer for demanding process applications, where reliable and accurate readings of low moisture levels are critical.

QCM is a well-established technology, often specified for gas and petrochemical processing applications. Michell’s QMA601 process moisture analyzer uses the latest generation of this technology, which gives it a lower detection limit of 0.1ppmV and an upper range of 2000ppmV.

The QMA601 also features a built-in auto calibration function – traceable to NPL and NIST – where an integral moisture generator provides a reference which is used to verify the measurements to ensure user confidence. In addition to this, precise temperature control of the moisture generator, sensor and flow control devices keeps the analyzer stable independent of changes to the ambient conditions.

The analyzer is easy to install, use and maintain. It features a full-colour touch-screen interface which allows interrogation and operation in situ, with no need for a hot-works permit. All data logging and readings are easily visible, and the main display also incorporates real-time trend graphing and alarm indicators.

Field service is also uncomplicated: the desiccant dryer is easy to remove and replace on the sampling panel. The moisture generator has an average life span of 3 years before replacement is required and the analyzer will therefore perform reliably for many years with just basic maintenance and housekeeping. A full range of service spares are also available.

The analyzer is fully certified for use in hazardous areas around the world, with accreditations from ATEX, IECEx and cCSAus.

• Michell products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

Containing wireless in process applications!

An increased customer demand for equipment housings to contain wireless process monitoring equipment in outdoor environments has been remarked on by Intertec. The company attributes this partly to increased use of industrial wireless sensor network (WSN) technology, but mainly to the growing industry awareness that the glass-reinforced polymer (GRP) composite material it uses for all its protective enclosures is electromagnetically transparent.

Electromagnetically transparent GRP
 enclosures are ideal for field
protection of wireless process
 monitoring instruments such as
pressure, flow and level transmitters.
Until recently, process industry take-up of WSN technology has been relatively slow, possibly because competing wireless standards have made systems designers wary of making the wrong choice. However for mainstream industrial process applications, the field has now narrowed to just two standards – WirelessHART and ISA100.11a. Both standards define secure, self-healing wireless mesh technology operating in the 2.4 GHz ISM band, using IEEE 802.15.4 standard radios. ISA100.11a systems use Internet protocols and are designed for multiple wireless communications purposes, while the simpler WirelessHART systems are primarily intended only for use with process instruments; they are also backward compatible with wired HART devices, which are used extensively within the process sector for remote data acquisition.

Intertec has long been aware that one of the many benefits of its GRP composite material is electromagnetic transparency – it produces a wide range of frangible environmental protection cabinets and shelters for radar and instrument landing systems at airports which are designed not to reflect or interfere with radio signals. The housings are also used extensively for cellular and satellite communications applications, as well as satellite navigation systems; the GRP material causes no measurable loss of received or transmitted RF signals, so the equipment antennas can be contained within the enclosure. However until now, Intertec has not actively promoted the fact that the non-metallic construction of its products is also ideally suited to field-based 2.4 GHz wireless sensor networks, especially for applications where external antennas are inadvisable because of their susceptibility to accidental damage.

According to Intertec’s CEO, Martin Hess, “More and more process industries are starting to deploy wireless field instrumentation, although at this stage it’s only for monitoring and diagnostics – I think that it will still be a long time before wireless is used for process control purposes. Having said that, the technology offers huge benefits for companies with large remote data acquisition needs, completely eliminating the cost and inconvenience of cables. We believe that our GRP composite enclosures provide plant engineers with a future-proof path for WSN technology – even if they choose to install cabled instruments today, by selecting the right type of enclosure at the outset they will make it easy to deploy wireless instrumentation whenever they wish, without having to change the entire installation.”

A number of Intertec’s customers, as well as manufacturers of wireless process monitoring automation, have started to evaluate the electromagnetic performance of its GRP-based enclosures for housing field-based WSN equipment. Initial results are very promising: third-party tests involving a WirelessHART gateway and a WirelessHART field device, both with built-in antennas and sited in different rooms, found that when the field device was placed inside a standard Intertec instrumentation enclosure it continued to function properly, with no measurable loss of signal.

The tests were conducted using a model from Intertec’s Multibox range, but the same results are likely to be obtained from many of the company’s enclosures that use a similar form of construction, including its popular Diabox range. Both types of enclosure are moulded from hot-pressed GRP. They are optionally available in ATEX-compliant antistatic versions for use in hazardous environments and can also be fitted with an internal layer of polyurethane foam for additional thermal insulation – all of the materials are electromagnetically transparent and have no effect on signal reception or transmission.

Many of the leading wireless process monitoring instruments on the market, including a number of pressure, flow and level transmitters, offer the option of local (on-instrument) or remote antennas. However, if the instrument needs to be housed in some form of enclosure to protect it against a harsh environment, this choice will not be available if – as is commonly the case – the enclosure is made from a metal such as steel or aluminium; its RF shielding effect will necessitate use of a remote externally mounted antenna to secure adequate signal strength. Aside from incurring additional implementation costs, use of an external antenna also involves drilling an extra hole in the enclosure – probably in its top, which is potentially the worst place for leaks – and leaves a delicate structure open to physical impact.

Intertec manufactures all its protective enclosures for field instrumentation from proprietary GRP, either in the form of a single layer or a multi-layer composite containing one or more cores of special insulating and/or fire resistant materials. As well as being electromagnetically transparent and an excellent electrical insulator, the material has multiple advantages for plant designers seeking to protect field instrumentation against environmental effects, especially for long lifecycle applications and where harsh media or severe local climatic conditions might be encountered. GRP is inherently inert and immune to damage from most common chemicals and petrochemicals. It has a similar strength to steel, but weighs about four times less, and will not corrode in the presence of salt – which is why it is increasingly becoming the enclosure material of choice for offshore and coastal oil and gas applications. GRP also has low flammability and is self-extinguishing, as well as having a very low thermal conductivity that makes it easier to implement efficient, condensation-free enclosures.

Line voltage regulator!

Economic and environmentally friendly solution for voltage control contributes to the evolution of smarter and greener grids

ABB has launched its line voltage regulator (LVR) product family for distribution networks that will boost reliability as grids receive more electricity from renewable energy installations.
Low Voltage model

Increasing amounts of energy from renewable resources, especially wind and solar, lead to more dynamic and intermittent power entering the mix. This can result in instability and frequent variation of voltage levels in the distribution network, which can pose a risk to electrical equipment if beyond the maximum allowable level set by regulators. The line voltage regulator is designed to help manage these variations and adjust the voltage accordingly.

ABB offers line voltage regulators for medium-voltage (MV) and for low-voltage (LV) grids. The MV regulator is available for ratings up to 8 Mega Volt Ampere (MVA) and the LV regulator for ratings up to 250 Kilo Volt Ampere (kVA), and both allow the voltage to be adjusted by up to +/-10%. Both products are designed for quick installation and have low energy losses.

“This latest line voltage regulator can automatically adjust the voltage based on the actual load or generation mix in the distribution system, addressing a key stability challenge posed by the increasing amount of renewables entering the power network,” said Bernhard Jucker, President of ABB’s Power Products division. "It can make an important contri-bution in the evolution of smarter and greener grids. This development is in line with our Next Level Strategy, and addresses the dynamics of the evolving power grid.”

ABB developed the LVR in conjunction with Germany’s “Networks of the future/Smart Country” initiative. It has worked with the German utility RWE AG to test it on distribution grids in Germany, as well as separately in Switzerland where since 2014 it has been successfully smoothing out the typical voltage fluctuations generated by a solar power station in a rural area.