Friday, July 24, 2015

Moisture calibration subject of new e-books.

Michell Instruments has issued two e-books which cover different aspects of humidity and moisture calibration. The e-books are available for free from Michell’s website.

The Fundamentals of Moisture Calibration explains the basic principles of moisture and humidity calibrations. It’s designed to help users understand their requirements and help them make informed decisions about their calibration needs.

The second e-book, Choosing The Correct Moisture Calibration System, clearly explains the equipment needed to perform humidity calibrations, and what users can expect from the different configurations available.

Both e-books are available to download from Michell’s website, along with several white papers on a range of topics.

• Michell products are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

Founders' achievement recognised!

Bob Swanson and Bob Dobkin, co-founders of Linear Technology, were presented with UBM Canon’s EDN and EE Times ACE Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony this week during the Embedded Systems Conference in Santa Clara (CA USA).
Bob Swanson (L) and Bob Dobkin
“Bob Swanson and Bob Dobkin are unique as individuals in their decades-deep contributions to integrated electronics, as well as their longevity in Silicon Valley,” said Steve Taranovich, Senior Technical Editor for EDN. “The talents and experiences of these two leaders, in my estimation, have brought about a corporate culture unlike most of the companies in the electronics business today. This culture encourages innovation and strongly values and recognizes the company’s engineering talent so that when a good idea emerges, management recognizes it and ‘gets out of the way’ to allow the engineer to bring it to fruition.

"They are also exceptional as a team because of their unprecedented continuity of management at a semiconductor company, as well as their refreshing style of management, amplifying Linear Technology's engineering talent. For these reasons and many more, EE Times and EDN chose to honor Bob Swanson and Bob Dobkin with the 2015 ACE Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Lothar Maier, Linear Technology CEO, stated, “Linear Technology’s exceptional performance for more than three decades is a testament to the standards of excellence, quality and innovation that Bob Swanson and Bob Dobkin have instilled in this company. The unique culture they’ve inspired encourages design innovation, unprecedented and continuing product and technology development, and excellence in financial performance. I add my congratulations to Bob Swanson and Bob Dobkin on this well-deserved honor.”

Bob Swanson and Bob Dobkin founded Linear Technology in September 1981. Bob Swanson, Executive Chairman of Linear Technology, previously served as CEO and President, and has been a director of the company since its founding. Bob Dobkin is Chief Technical Officer of Linear Technology. He holds over 100 patents pertaining to linear integrated circuits, has authored over 50 articles and papers, and is co-editor of the Analog Circuit Design book series published by Elsevier.

“The advances made each day by engineering and design are outstanding, bettering every aspect of life for today and tomorrow,” said Suzanne Deffree, Executive Editor, EDN & UBM Canon. “At the ACE Awards, we celebrated some stellar examples of creativity in design, innovation, and technology. We congratulate and thank this year’s ACE Awards nominees, finalists, and winners.”

• A panel of EDN and EE Times editors, as well as independent judges chose the finalists and winners.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

SIL2-certified wireless gas detection system for LNG facility!

Yokogawa and GasSecure AS, a Dräger owned company, announce the delivery of the world’s first SIL2-certified wireless gas detection system for use at an LNG facility in Northern Europe. On this date, the two companies will begin promoting the unique capabilities of this system solution to companies that have a strong interest in maintaining safe and secure operations.
Yokogawa has been developing a wide variety of ISA100 Wireless technologies and field wireless devices such as adapters that enable conventional wired devices to access wireless networks, and provides them to plants and other facilities primarily in the upstream oil and gas sector. GasSecure has developed ISA100 wireless gas detectors that can detect leaks of explosive hydrocarbon gases and are certified for compliance with the ATEX directive and the IECEx Certified Equipment Scheme, and installs them on offshore oil and gas drilling platforms and at tank farms, industrial plants, and the like. GasSecure has already supplied a number of these products to leading oil and gas companies around the world.

In 2014, GasSecure and Yokogawa concluded an agreement under which the two companies jointly developed a wireless gas detection system that would meet their customers’ requirements.

Overview of the system
This system uses GasSecure’s GS01 wireless gas detectors to measure hydrocarbon gas concentrations. Using the ISA100 Wireless communications protocol, the GS01 establishes a link with a Yokogawa YFGW510 access point and sends data to a host system via a Yokogawa YFGW410 field wireless management station. Although the GS01 uses a low-power infrared sensor and is very energy efficient, it has a very fast response time. This capability of the GS01 and the utilisation of dual redundant communications by Yokogawa’s field wireless products make them essential components for the construction of a fast and highly reliable monitoring solution.

To meet its customers’ safety requirements, GasSecure has made enhancements to the GS01 to obtain SIL2 certification for this device. For its part, Yokogawa has modified the YFGW410 so that it now supports the PROFIsafe safety communication standard, and has verified that both companies’ products perform and operate as specified.

Future direction
In the oil & gas, chemical, and other industries, safety is a paramount concern at production, storage, and processing sites. Field wireless systems can be installed in difficult-to-wire locations and have lower cabling costs than wired systems. For these reasons, field wireless solutions are ideal for systems that collect production information such as flow rate, pressure, and temperature. And unlike other wireless technology platforms, they can be used to construct systems that perform gas detection and other safety functions, and are well suited to this purpose. With the release of SIL2-certified wireless gas detection systems, Yokogawa will actively promote its field wireless equipment and systems, and will expand this business.

Collaboration ends - but still good friends!

Usually our pages feature amalgamations or new partnerships. This time we report on a parting of the ways - albeit an amicable one.

Industrial camera manufacturer IDS Imaging Development Systems and Stemmer Imaging, IDS partner of many years, are bringing their collaboration to an end. For many years, Stemmer Imaging has played an important role in the success of IDS being their retail partner for Great Britain, France and Scandinavia. IDS industrial cameras have enabled Stemmer Imaging to deliver on its strategy of being an independent core technology supplier for machine vision, offering all necessary products and services to build optimised machine vision solutions.

Torsten Wiesenger
As the market landscape for industrial cameras has changed in recent years, both company´s goals have become less aligned and hence the agreement to change the relationship.

A transition period of two years will guarantee that existing customers receive the best possible support and that current projects are brought successfully to a close. As of now, the camera manufacturer is accepting new projects directly. As of 1 July 2017, IDS products will be available solely from the manufacturer in the countries listed above. However, the two companies may still draw on each other's expertise for future customer-specific projects where a combined solution is in the best interests of the customer. IDS plans to expand its bases in Britain and France and to invest in the Scandinavian market.

 “Separation always comes with a taste of failure but I want to emphasise that wasn't the case this time”, explains Torsten Wiesinger, CEO of IDS. “Even now, we continue to work together very harmoniously and successfully. Despite that, market forces have dictated this next step. We believe this is the only way to ensure that our customers remain front and center. And this will serve as a basis for the future growth of both companies.” 

Christof Zollitsch, CEO at Stemmer Imaging, explains his company's position as follows: “The focus of the two companies is moving in different directions. That's why we, like IDS, are convinced that our customers will ultimately benefit most from each company focusing on its individual strengths.” 

Adapters allow different mounting options for Ethernet switches.

The new Ha-VIS MK3000 range of mounting adapters from Harting offers a number of different mounting options for the company’s Ha-VIS eCon 3000 family of Ethernet switches. As a result, users no longer face any limitations to the optimal integration of the switches in field installations.

Adapters in various widths are available for simple attachment to walls and flat surfaces, for a flat attachment to a top-hat rail with lateral port orientation (vertical) and for flat attachment to a top-hat rail with port orientation downwards (horizontal). An integrated cable manager fixes the data cable directly at the switch, thereby minimising the negative effects of external shock and vibration influences and ensuring reliable and stable operation in the most demanding environments.

A further variant is provided by a mounting adapter that allows the attachment of Ha-VIS eCon/mCon Ethernet switches to a S7-300 profile rail. This mounting adapter can also be used with all other top-hat rail devices. The adapter is simply hung on the S7-300 profile rail and fixed with screws.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Receiving the keys...

Emerson has been presented with the keys to its new Solutions Centre in Aberdeen (GB) by Miller Developments. Before the end of the year, Emerson sales, engineering and service teams will move into this custom built facility, which will provide a platform for delivering an enhanced portfolio of solutions and services to customers in Scotland and the North Sea. The facility is expected to be fully operational next December (2015).
(Left to right) Mark Boyes - Director Operations North Sea Lifecycle services, Emerson Process Management, Stuart Brown - General Manager of Emerson Process Management UK and Ireland, Francis Barkey - Project Management Director of Miller Developments.
A 2600 square metre office facility has been constructed alongside a 3065 square metre regional service centre, providing capacity for up to 200 engineers and support personnel. The new complex will provide the space and infrastructure to demonstrate the full scope of Emerson’s process management capabilities, including engineering services, operational support, and measurement and control solutions.

The Emerson Solution Centre will combine classroom-based theory with hands-on practical training, providing an extensive portfolio of courses tailored for the needs of North Sea operators.

“This new facility will provide a comprehensive educational offering to ensure our customers will continue to have a fully trained and skilled workforce, while reducing time and expenses,” said Stuart Brown, General Manager of Emerson Process Management UK and Ireland. “Consolidating three existing facilities in the Dyce area into a single leading-edge building close to the Aberdeen airport demonstrates Emerson’s commitment to support our Scotland and North Sea customers.”

The investment will also ensure that Emerson employees are equipped with the technology, training and collaboration tools required to solve customers’ toughest problems and supports customers’ drive for continuous productivity improvement.

The Emerson Solutions Centre is located within the D2 Business Park in Dyce, Aberdeen (GB), a major business hub developed by Miller Developments, one of the Britain’s largest property development companies.

“We are delighted to have worked alongside Emerson and to now hand over the keys to their new Solutions Centre,” said Francis Barkey, Project Management Director of Miller Developments. “D2 has established itself as a prime location for business in Aberdeen and we are pleased Emerson is part of it.”

Primary construction was carried out by contractors Bowmer & Kirkland, who were also represented at the handover ceremony on Monday (20 July).

Precision liquid injection!

The CHEM-PRO® M series diaphragm metering pump from Blue-White, is engineered and designed for precision liquid injection in municipal water treatment applications, exceeds industry standards.
Features include NSF 61 listing- a water treatment must; 200:1 turndown; a large, easy to read LCD screen that displays the pumps’ output rate; a 4-20mA output is standard on all models; a robust #316 Stainless Steel pump head cover for added strength; and a comprehensive 3 year warranty.

The CHEM-PRO® M also features Blue-White’s exclusive DiaFlex® Diaphragm. The single piece DiaFlex is manufactured 100% in house of molded PVDF. There is zero delamination or breakdown with DiaFlex.

Optional advanced communications include: Industrial Ethernet, Modbus TCP, ProfiNet, Modbus, and Profibus.

CHEM-PRO® M is sold and serviced exclusively by highly skilled, factory authorised technicians.

Positions available in supplier to environment & occupational health sectors.

Leading designer and manufacturer of gas detection equipment for the environment and occupational health, Ion Science has announced a recruitment drive across a number of departments at its facility in Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire (GB) as a result of recent growth.

Ion Science has a number of key position vacancies including:

Trainee Production Assistant,
Company Buyer,
Quality Control Technician,
Trainee Marketing Assistant,
Trainee Accounts Assistant,
Customer Services Administrator 
Building & Maintenance Person.
Although relevant experience will be required for some of the vacancies, full training and guidance will be given for the trainee roles especially and those with a ‘can-do’ attitude will be given every opportunity for career progression.

Madeleine Reynolds, Buyer & HR Administrator at Ion Science comments: “We are thrilled that the on-going success of Ion Science has meant we are able to recruit further and offer a number of positions across virtually all departments.

“It is an exciting time for the business with work recently starting on our new 1500 square metre facility in Fowlmere and we would encourage those looking for a new career path to apply immediately.

“We’re looking to attract candidates from a range of backgrounds and sectors who can demonstrate the relevant passion, skills and commitment to succeed in an extremely friendly, courteous and progressive environment.

While industry knowledge is valuable, Managing Director Duncan Johns, believes that a cultural fit is more essential. “We are looking for people who actively demonstrate our core values so that they will fit in with the Ion Science family. Along with a helpful, friendly and positive attitude, the right mindset is vital. We are looking forward to welcoming new members to the team as we move the business forward and by doing so, continue to contribute to the local economy.”

Ion Science offers a number of employee benefits including private healthcare, pension scheme, life assurance, bike purchase scheme, share options and bonus based on profitability and performance. The company also prides itself on an active social calendar including an annual UK or overseas short break for all staff.

Proportional valve with an external sensor input.

A new proportional valve VPPX with an external sensor input has been launched by Festo. It offers users improved performance, maximum flexibility and excellent process quality.

The valve is a proportional integral derivative (PID) controller ideal for use in industrial control systems found in process, packaging and water and wastewater applications. The incorporation of an external sensor, means friction, hysteresis and leakage are effectively cancelled out which enables engineers to build faster and more accurate machines and systems, while enhancing the quality and efficiency of their processes. Significant time savings can also be made, even in simple pressure regulation, with the sensor integrated into the system.

The VPPX valve is easily programmable using Festo Configuration Tools (FCT) and the user can select the control circuit (internal/external), the control behaviour (direct/inverted), the setpoint value, actual value and sensor signals (current/voltage). Previously, users had to specify whether the control signals were provided as current or voltage when designing the system. However, now users have increased flexibility as they can decide at the last minute how the signal should be transferred to the control system.

The setpoint value, initial pressure and external sensor’s signal can be viewed in real time on the oscilloscope, and parameters can be easily adjusted for the optimum control characteristics, with set values recorded for future use.

“The valves can be easily adapted to specific tasks, and its simple operation with self-explanatory graphical support reduces the effort required during programming and speeds up commissioning,” says Steve Sands, product manager at Festo. “Plant managers and operators can now be constantly aware of the internal pressures of their systems, and as such, use this valuable data to ensure they are operating efficiently. The VPPX gives users increased freedom and flexibility and can also be used for more complex applications with FCT.”

The proportional valve VPPX is ideal for use in many applications, for example, it can be used as a level controller in bottling systems, to control reservoirs, or for powders and granules with the aid of a pinch valve. The valve is also suitable for use in simple positioning tasks in process automation, for speed adjustment in pneumatic motors, and for pressure control with internal or external sensor, force, torque, vacuum and flow control.

Optical & wireless comms laboratory.

The Tektronix European Optical and Wireless Innovation Laboratory.

Tektronix, and IRCICA, a major French research laboratory, have opened a new optical and wireless communications innovation laboratory at the University of Lille (F). Fully outfitted with the latest Tektronix high-speed test solutions, the new laboratory will focus on coherent optical and THz wireless transceiver technology research while also making its facilities available to external companies working to develop high-speed optical and wireless technologies. The new facility will be named The Tektronix European Optical and Wireless Innovation Laboratory.

Fueled by the insatiable demand for ever-faster data transmission capacity around the world, the new lab will explore such technologies as spatial division multiplexing and multicore fibers in an effort to drive optical data transmission rates beyond the petabyte per second range (PB/s) – significantly faster than what’s possible currently.

To support such advanced research, the lab will be outfitted with the most capable coherent optical test solutions available in the industry. End-to-end transmit and receive test solutions in the lab will include a Tektronix AWG70001A 50Gs/S waveform generator, OM5110 46 Gbaud multi-format complex optical transmitter and their DPO77002SX ATI 70GHz real time oscilloscopes.

“Pushing data rates over PB/s is major challenge that requires the best of the best,” said Nathalie Rolland, IRCICA director. “For this new lab, IRCICA brings its expertise in modeling, optical characterization and state-of-the-art active and passive fibers manufacturing while Tektronix brings its industry leading next generation test equipment that will enable us to quantify signal quality in terms of BER, EVM and eye diagrams.”

Rolland also noted that the research is being conducted within the framework of the CPER (Les contrats de plan État‐Région ) “Photonics for Society,” Labex CEMPI (Le Laboratoire d'Excellence Centre Européen pour les Mathématiques, la Physique et leurs interactions, and Equipex “FLUX(Fibres optiques pour les hauts Flux).”

“This collaboration with IRCICA to open the Tektronix European Optical and Wireless Innovation Laboratory aligns well with our focus to enable innovation,” said Pat Byrne, President Tektronix. “We have a strong commitment to drive critical advancements in coherent optical and THz transceiver technologies in support of industry needs.”

New member for ICSI.

Bedrock Automation has become a member with the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI). This is the latest in a growing number of companies to support the ISASecure® Cyber Security Conformance Scheme.

About Bedrock Automation

Bedrock Automation, based in San Jose, California (USA), is the maker of Bedrock™, the world’s most powerful and cyber secure automation platform. This Silicon Valley company has assembled the latest technologies and talents from both the automation and semiconductor industries to build an unprece-dented automation solution for industrial control based on three prime directives—simplicity, scalability and security. The result is a system with a revolutionary electromagnetic backplane architecture and deeply embedded cyber security, which delivers the highest levels of system performance, industrial cyber security and reliability at the lowest cost of ownership.

For more information about the Bedrock revolution, download the first white paper in our series: Revolution – Chapter One: The Backplane.
Bedrock has developed a next-generation industrial control system with a revolutionary electromagnetic backplane architecture and deeply embedded cyber security.

“Bedrock is looking forward to engaging actively in ISASecure’s efforts to provide security best practices and compliance to automation,” said Albert Rooyakkers, Bedrock CTO, VP Engineering.

This solution includes layers of patented communication and silicon technologies that result in unprecedented power and flexibility. Software-configured universal analog and discrete I/O with unmatched accuracy and speed provide users the technology to command their process applications.

Bedrock's unique platform provides unparalleled and integral safety and reliability. It starts with redundant controllers running a SIL-certified RTOS, redundant smart power supplies and single/dual/triple I/O. All system modules interconnect on a patented electromagnetic backplane, a never-before-seen technology that eliminates I/O pins, providing a new level of reliability, availability and performance.

It enables transparent instant cyber security that provides 24/7 protection. Traditional industrial control systems are vulnerable to multiple forms of cyber attack, IP and counterfeiting theft. Black Fabric™ Cybershield is Bedrock's embedded deep trust cyber defense using patented processor, memory, communications, interconnections, backplane and packaging technologies to integrate cyber security into every module.

The company provides support for both applications and security. Through a growing network of world-class system integrators and automation solution providers, complete system application and project management are available.

“Bedrock is looking forward to engaging actively in ISASecure’s efforts to provide security best practices and compliance to automation,” said Albert Rooyakkers, Bedrock CTO, VP Engineering.

“Bedrock’s control system represents the future paradigm for cyber security,” stated Andre Ristaino, ISCI Managing Director. “We are pleased to include Bedrock as a new supporter of ISASecure and look forward to certifying this exciting new control system.”

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Display backlight lifetime extended.

Ginsbury has announced that Kyocera is to increase the LED backlight lifetime in twenty-six of its TFT LCD modules. The Japanese display manufacturer will increase the backlight lifetime to 100,000 hours across a range of displays to provide greater usability and improved reliability.

The long-life backlight portfolio includes display modules from Kyocera's range of Advanced Wide View (AWV) displays, Super High Brightness (SHB) panels and a number of popular standard modules. Display module sizes range from 4.3-inch to 12.1-inch displays. All extended lifetime modules feature an extended operating temperature range of -30°C to +85°C.

Neville Milward, Director, Ginsbury explained, “Kyocera's display development strategy is to design and produce displays for the industrial market. In simple terms this means display modules with high reliability characteristics and an extended operating lifetime."

The improved efficiency of the backlights in the Kyocera display modules has enabled an increase the lifetime of the display. The enhanced modules are particularly suited for applications that require continuous 24-hour operation over extended periods in harsh environments.

Kyocera is also starting to employ a company-wide environmental strategy to reduce electrical waste, produce more reliable, longer lasting displays and ensure the long term availability of existing display modules.

All Kyocera TFT displays with extended backlight lifetime are available from Ginsbury immediately.

Virtual information portal opens possibilities for automation sector!

A world class maintenance tool for the industrial automation market has been announced by Wunderlich-Malec Engineering Inc. (WM). VIP Services® (Virtual Information Portal) is a mobile app that was designed to improve efficiency, reduce downtime, attain Key Performance Indicators and increase productivity – All in the palm of your hand!

“We are very excited about our VIP Services® Initiative. We are confident that with the combination of our new mobile app plus our proven integration and programming capabilities, our customers will realize true savings and productivity. Our value-added efforts will focus on custom reporting and informational dashboards addressing our customer’s Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The real time information will greatly assist our customers in their pursuit to save time and money.” says Joel Gil, Director of Business Development, VIP Services Business Unit, WM.

Reducing Downtime Saving Time and Money
Time is often lost when technicians leave the work area to find resources, such as schematics, procedures or other data to complete a task.

VIP Services®
Links all equipment to all its relevant data and information resources via a programmed VIP POI (Point of Interest). Each VIP POI provides specific and accurate information for the technician at the equipment where needed information is time critical.

Improving Communication for Quicker Decision Making
Communications about production downtime issues and their resolution using traditional channels (email or phone) is often unclear or delayed until the correct resource can come onsite and ‘see’ the issue in real time.

VIP Services® - Shows the problem, complete with all relevant process data and resources to the subject matter expert who can support the local technician with better communications for quicker problem resolution.

“For over 33 years, WM’s success has been built around our strong customer commitment. VIP Services® solidifies this commitment by creating a technology-based solution that helps our customers reduce unscheduled downtime and increase their productivity.” says Neal Wunderlich, President, WM.

• Wunderlich-Malec has created a new VIP Services® business unit headquartered in Houston, Texas to deliver complete turnkey VIP Services® Solutions.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Operators can create log entries, manage tasks, and collaborate directly.

Emerson Process Management’s Logbooks, an electronic database of operator log entries, can now be embedded in the DeltaV distributed control system interface to improve task management and enable more effective shift handovers with real-time visibility to active entries. Users can access Logbooks directly from their DeltaV workstations to view shift-based dashboards that highlight relevant log entries for the operations team.

“Emerson is committed to making the daily life of plant operators easier,” said Claudio Fayad, director DeltaV platform management, Emerson Process Management. “By integrating electronic logbooks in the control system and automating creation of log entries, we can help operators not only gain a knowledge base of events, but also improve event response”

Task management with Logbooks helps operators respond more quickly to high priority tasks. With event monitoring, logbook entries are automatically created from DeltaV events. These entries can then trigger additional tasks in the system or flag issues to raise attention. The shift dashboard displays task status and existing flags to ensure necessary work is not missed.

Operators can easily identify their priority tasks with Logbooks with a customised dashboard for each user. Relevant log entries and assigned tasks are displayed and responsibilities are clearly defined for the operator. Communication between operators and managers is streamlined and operators can more effectively plan and prioritise work. The task-based actions make work planning, comment capture, and report generation easy.

CO2 Detector launched!

Oldham has launched the CTX 300 CO2 detectorThe CTX 300 is a 4-20 mA analog detector designed for industrial applications in areas without explosion hazard classifications. The detector can connect to more than 30 different factory pre-calibrated sensors to prevent exposure to highly toxic and/or corrosive gases.

Designed to detect toxic gases, oxygen and refrigerant gases, the CTX 300 uses a new sensor for CO2 detection over three different ranges: 0-5000 ppm, 0-5% vol. and 0-100% vol.

The output signal is now open-path over the three measurement ranges, without the need for a supplementary processing card. A version with a display is also available, and accessories for the standard CTX 300 are compatible with the CTX 300 CO2.

For versions without displays, the operating temperature range is from -40°C to +50°C, allowing for new applications in extreme cold areas.

Radiometer/ Photometers range to be discontinued!

As a result of G&H Instruments' continuing effort to optimise the value and performance of their instrumentation solutions, we announce the immediate discontinuation of the OL 730 Radiometer/Photometer Series, including the following models:

  • OL 730C
  • OL 730CV
  • OL 730D
  • OL 730
The OL 731, as well as their line of detectors and detector packages, are still available.  The company will continue to provide services for all of these products to accommodate the current and future needs of their customers.

As part of this commitment, They will offer a last time buy opportunity as specified below:
  • All purchase orders must be received within the next six months (final order date 31 Dec 2015)
  • We guarantee service for the next seven (7) years, through 2022
  • We will continue to recalibrate and recertify radiometers 
"This change is part of a strategic shift in our product line strategy to provide a broader focus on other areas of photonics and to allow us to offer newer products in keeping with customers' changing requirements.  As we strive to enhance and introduce our latest innovations, we will continue to maintain our commitment to our customers.  We regret any inconvenience this may cause, and we look forward to continuing to support your test, measurement, and analysis needs.  We hope that our new product lines will allow us to strengthen our working relations and provide you with better solutions in the future."

Ethernet switches permit flexible communication.

Siemens is expanding its range of managed Industrial Ethernet switches with a new product line. The cost-effective Layer 2 Scalance XB-200 switches provide high data rates up to 100 Mbps and a multitude of functions. They support, for example, both the Profinet standard and the EtherNet/IP standard. Users can choose between both standards using a switchover function. As a result, the devices can be used for real-time communication in a variety of automation environments. The space-saving switches provide comprehensive functions for increasing safety and for configuration, diagnostics, and management of networks.

Typical applications include machine networking in plants of the manufacturing industry and of the process industry such as oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals. In addition, the switches can be used in logistics, building technology, and transportation.

The compact switches support VLANs (Virtual Local Area Networks) and are also certified for use in hazardous areas (IECEx/ATEX Zone 2/UL HazLoc). Security functions such as multicast blocking, loop detection and access control via Radius Server allow them to be integrated into security concepts for the protection of networks. Comprehensive SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) functions such as SNMP V3 allow the monitoring of large networks with monitoring tools such as Sinema Server.

The four device versions in a plastic enclosure with widths of 40 mm, 80 mm, or 120 mm save space in the control cabinet. With up to 16 electrical and three optical connections (SC, ST/SC, and SC LD), the devices offer great flexibility in choosing the right switch and can even cover distances up to 26 km in single mode. A new slide on the enclosure simplifies unlocking and allows easy manual installation of switches on the DIN rail.
Network communication is not interrupted even during a power failure due to the redundant power supply with two 3-pin connectors. The console port allows users to connect to a terminal for configuration, diagnostics, and management of the network using a CLI (command line interface). Alternatively, these settings can be made via the web interface of the Scalance XB-200.

• A five-year warranty applies to the new Scalance XB-200, as for all Scalance products with delivery date January 1, 2015 or later.

Entrained Gas Management now available for twin straight tube Coriolis flowmeters.

The OPTIMASS 1400 and OPTIMASS 2400 with the new signal converter MFC 400 has been introduced by Krohne. Thereby, the Entrained Gas Management EGM feature is now available for the twin straight tube sensors, providing no loss of measurement with gas entrainment up to 100%.

In the past, gas entrainments in liquid media presented a huge challenge for mass flowmeters because the relative movement between gas and fluid dampens the amplitude of the measuring tube. This dampening leads to inconsistent sensor amplitudes, which interfere with the electronics’ capability to determine the actual resonant frequency. While other mass flowmeters simply "freeze" their last stable reading to cover this "loss of measurement", OPTIMASS flowmeters with EGM are able to follow and correct for the varying amplitudes. This is achieved for entrained gas up to 100% of volume and continues to present an actual measured reading, together with an indication or configurable alarm for the user. This indication can be very helpful to improve processes by identifying transient gas entrainments. The EGM feature is mainly relying on the fast, completely digital, signal processing of the MFC 400 signal converter. The MFC 400 also provides enhanced diagnostic and status indications according to NAMUR NE 107.

OPTIMASS 1400 is a universal coriolis mass flowmeter for standard applications with liquids and gases. With its stainless steel twin straight tube design, it can be drained and cleaned easily, and presents a cost effective solution for accurate measurement of mass or volume flow, density and temperature in a variety of applications up to 130°C / 266°F. OPTIMASS 1400 features an optimised flow divider for minimum pressure loss. Next to standard flange process connections DN15…80 / ½...3", it supports a wide range of industry standard hygienic connections.

OPTIMASS 2400 is a coriolis mass flowmeter for bulk mass and volume flow of liquids and gases. Originally developed to meet custody transfer applications in the oil and gas industry, it suits bulk, storage/loading/unloading and high volume measurement of products like syrup, molasses and raw chemicals as well. For flow rates up to 2,300,000 kg/h / 84,510 lbs/min, OPTIMASS 2400 is available in sizes DN100…300 / 4…12" with NACE compliant stainless steel measuring tubes. The Super Duplex option offers a maximum operating pressure of 180 barg / 2,600 psi. For bulk measurement in the food and beverage industry, hygienic connections are available (DN100 / 4" only).

About KROHNE: KROHNE is a full-service provider for process measuring technology for the measurement of flow, mass flow, level, pressure and temperature as well as analytical tasks. Founded in 1921 and headquartered in Duisburg, Germany, the company employs over 3,500 people all over the world and is present on all continents. KROHNE stands for innovation and maximum product quality and is one of the market leaders in industrial process measuring technology.