Friday, August 21, 2015

Scholorships in automation!

The International Society of Automation (ISA) is accepting applications for its wide range of 2016 educational scholarships, which will be awarded to college and university students who demonstrate outstanding potential for long-range contributions in the fields of automation, instrumentation and control.

ISA educational scholarships, which fund tuition, related expenses and research initiatives, are distributed annually to undergraduate students in two-year and four-year colleges and universities, and to graduate students.

More than $65,000 in scholarships funds are expected to be distributed in 2016. The two top undergraduate winners will receive $5,000 each. Other award amounts will vary. For answers to frequently asked questions regarding ISA educational scholarships, click here.

Interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible by submitting a completed application form or by calling ISA at +1 919-549-8411. The application deadline is 15 February 2016.

ISA awards scholarships from the ISA Educational Foundation Scholarship fund; through the ISA Executive Board; through ISA technical divisions, sections and districts; and through endowments of generous gifts from supporters. More details on these various scholarships are included below.
Educational Foundation Scholarship

Recipients of awards are full-time college or university students in either a graduate, undergraduate, or two-year degree program with at least an overall GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Students should be enrolled in a program in automation and control or a closely related field.

ISA Executive Board Scholarship
These funds are provided by past and present members of ISA's Executive Board. Preference is given to applicants with demonstrated leadership capabilities. Award amount varies.

Funds are provided by families or groups in honor of specific people.

Funds are provided by specific ISA divisions. Scholarships are given to outstanding students pursuing careers in the area pertinent to the division’s activity. Certain divisions, such as the Chemical and Petroleum Industry Division, the Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Division, The Power Industry Division and the Water and Wastewater Industry Division, request that completed applications be sent to the specific contact person identified on each respective division’s scholarships page.

Funds are provided by specific ISA sections and districts.

UL-Listed control panels for Alaska.

aeSolutions has obtained NNNY and NRBX UL listings certifying industrial control panels for use in hazardous locations and shipped their first NNNY listed Burner Management System (BMS) panels to an oil and gas customer in Prudhoe Bay, (AK, USA).

UL certifies that equipment meets certain safety standards. aeSolutions pursued the extensive testing and documentation required to obtain the following additional UL listings:

  • NNNY - UL listing for industrial control panels and assemblies for use in hazardous (classified) locations - Explosion proof (UL1203), Purged and Pressurized Enclosures (NFPA 496), and Nonincendive (ANSI/ISA 12.12.01).
  • NRBX (698a) - UL listing for industrial control panels relating to hazardous (classified) locations - Intrinsically safe barriers for circuits located in classified areas (will not cause an ignition source)

All aeSolutions industrial control panels are built to UL 508a standards. With the recently acquired NNNY and NRBX listings, aeSolutions’ equipment is now also certified for use in hazardous locations.

When panels are designed and installed for classified locations, safety requirements go beyond the normal standards for industrial control panels. Additional listings are required by applicable codes and per the authority having jurisdiction. With these additional listings in place, aeSolutions will be able to efficiently design and install industrial control systems that meet these classified location requirements, and provide safety controls customers need to protect their people; their facilities and processes; and the environment.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tool update from FieldComms.

Automation suppliers can download the latest version 1.1 of the FDI Tools and Components to take advantage of feature enhancements and general bug fixes

The FieldComm Group has announced the release of the first update to its newest tool deliverables, the FDI Package IDE and the FDI Common Host Components. Version 1.1 of the development tools introduce exciting new capabilities for FDI product developers including an automated device package test tool, support for PROFINET based device packages, and support for developing device packages capable of offline configuration, including upload and download features.

Since the dissolution of the FDI Cooperation July 28, 2015, both PROFIBUS and PROFINET International and FieldComm Group, as co-owners of the tools and components, have partnered together to support, maintain and enhance FDI products. Development of a single software product across all protocols will be performed at FieldComm Group in collaboration with PROFIBUS and PROFINET International through the Group’s working group model. FDI tools and host components are currently available for purchase from FieldComm Group across FOUNDATION Fieldbus, HART and PROFIBUS/PROFINET protocols. (see also our story last month: Enabling innovation for Industrie 4.0).

FDI makes it easier for automation suppliers to develop and integrate intelligent devices because suppliers only need to create a single, unified package for each intelligent device that can work with all host systems and tools. This reduces overall development costs, while preserving and expanding existing functionality. Users will also find it easier to manage information from intelligent devices with a single device package, instead of managing multiple file types for disparate solutions and investing significant capital in custom integration efforts to connect multiple technology platforms.

FDI Package IDE 1.1 has been feature enhanced with the following improvements;
• Device Package Test Tool
o Enables automated testing of device packages
• Support for PROFINET
o Tool now supports HART, FOUNDATION Fieldbus, PROFIBUS and PROFINET
• Offline Configuration Capability of Devices
o Enables configuration of devices prior to connection to the system
• Upload/download Features
o Enables offline configuration to be downloaded/uploaded on the system
• Bug Fixes

The FDI Device Package IDE is a tool for device developers to create FDI Packages and includes everything a host system needs to integrate the intelligent device into their system. With FDI, a single FDI Device Package makes it easier for device suppliers to develop and integrate their device across a wide range of host systems and protocols.

FDI Common Host Components 1.1 have been feature enhanced with the following improvements;
• Offline Configuration Capability of Devices
o Enables configuration of devices prior to connection to the system
• Upload/download Features
o Enables offline configuration to be downloaded/uploaded on the system
• Bug Fixes

The FDI Common Host Components are software components for host system manufacturers that allows for rapid development and support of FDI device packages into their host systems. The components help system suppliers ensure they properly comply with the standard and consume device packages correctly. The FDI Common Host Components fully support both the new unified EDD file format as well as legacy EDD formats to protect end user investments.

Choosing the right pot!

Hoffmann + Krippner  has posted a new white paper on their whitepaper page on-lineHow to Choose the Right Potentiometer for Reliable Position Sensing. 

Click image to download paper!
Created to help design engineers understand how membrane potentiometer sensors work and how to pick the right type of membrane potentiometer for their project, this new Hoffmann+Krippner white paper covers the various types of potentiometers, potentiometer development history, their various components and materials, and an overview looking at the technical issues of printed potentiometers and foil (membrane). The paper also covers the various tech specifications of accuracy and linearity when specifying potentiometers.

“Specifying or designing a potentiometer sensors is a complex challenge for many developers, especially those now looking to create Internet connected devices and solutions,” says Jens Kautzor, CEO of Hoffman + Krippner, Inc. “This new guide provides an easy to understand high level look at these technologies as well as a detailed explanation of the most important technical specifications and how to understand them.”

Raising the alarm in extreme conditions!

The new ‘Yodalex Super Series,’  from Stahl, comprises a suite of signalling devices designed for use in hazardous areas and harsh environments. The units are equipped with a lightweight GRP “Ex d” flameproof enclosure which provides a strong, robust, and safe housing designed to withstand the environmental demands of extreme temperatures and sealed against water and dust ingress according to IP66 and IP67. The series is ATEX and IECEx-approved for use in zones 1, 21 and 2, 22 for gas and dust atmospheres. Additional global onshore and maritime approvals (GL, CUTR, INMETRO, PESO) will follow shortly, enabling operation across many industries throughout the world.

The omnidirectional horn featured on the YL6S and YA6S units has a maximum sound output of 110 dB at one meter. Its patented product design, unique to the Yodalex range, disperses sound radially outwards, providing excellent sound coverage, which ensures maximum safety within the designated area. A further feature of the sounder is that the user can control the release of a sound tone over three individual stages, allowing a system for managing test and real time emergency procedures. The user can individually select the tone for each alarm stage from 32 internationally recognised frequencies. The FL6S beacon is fitted with a 5 Joule Xenon strobe. When used in conjunction with the new lens designed specifically for the Super Series, it produces a 49 effective candela flash at a rate of 1 Hz. Whether used individually or as part of the combination unit, the beacon is available with a choice of seven different lens colours including magenta.

The YL6S combines all of the features present in both the YA6S and FL6S, housed within a single enclosure. This unique, light-weight and cost-effective design reduces the amount of field cables and installation time compared to individual devices. The units are suitable for an extremely wide operational temperature range of -55 °C to +70 °C. With voltage options starting at 24 V DC, R. STAHL also provides variants suitable for 48 V DC and 115 or 230 V AC power supplies. All mechanical fixings including the lens guard are manufactured from 316/V4A stainless steel, ensuring optimal resistance to salt water in coastal, offshore or marine applications.

The release of the Super Series completes the new line of GRP signalling equipment offered by R. STAHL that also includes the YA90 directional sounder, the MCP manual interface, and the FX15 beacon. Together, these robust products provide customers with the complete range of audible and visual signalling as well as manual interface equipment for ATEX and IECEx hazardous zones 1, 21, 2, 22 in extreme conditions and aggressive environments.

• Stahl products are marketed in Ireland by Douglas Controls & Automation.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Power product provider acquired!

The Stadium Group  has acquired Stontronics Ltd, a leading global provider of power supplies, AC-DC adapters, LED drivers, DC-DC convertors, transformers and other specialist power products, based in Reading (GB). The deal follows a sequence of technology acquisitions by the company as it pursues a growth strategy in the electronics arena.

Charlie Peppiatt, CEO of Stadium Group Plc commented: “This exciting acquisition supports our Group strategy to build a leading design-led electronic technology solutions group with a portfolio of value-adding complementary products, design and integration capabilities. Supported by a global footprint, we aim to simplify the supply chain and reduce time to market for our customers.”

Stontronics will join Stadium’s Technology Products division and work closely alongside their existing Power Products business, Stadium Power. Stadium Power has over 30 years’ experience designing and manufacturing custom power solutions for niche vertical markets, fully supported by a dedicated R&D Centre in Norwich leading Stadium’s technology developments in power management, wireless connectivity, green products and miniaturisation.

Paul Branston, Managing Director of Stontronics added: “Stontronics’ extensive range of power products, strong supplier network and established distribution partnerships complements Stadium Power, offering synergies, economies of scale and a much stronger proposition to our mutual OEM customers. We are delighted with the benefits this acquisition will bring to Stontronics through product and sector synergies, cross-selling opportunities and improved economies of scale.”

Prototyping a Batch Process Control System!

Cormac Garvey
The Ireland Section of the International Society of Automation will host a technical presentation in September entitled: Prototyping a Batch Process Control System using ISA-S88 and ISA-S95. This is the start of this very active section's programme for the 2015-2016 season. Later in the season they are hosting the international ISA Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Division (FPID) Symposium.

Cormac Garvey
Cormac graduated from University College Dublin, Ireland, in 1992 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Since then, he has worked in both Engineering and IT software fields for the last 23 years. He is a qualified project manager (PMP®), Security specialist (CISSP®) , and published author on websites. As well as architecting and programming control systems, Cormac has managed the design , implementation, commissioning and validation of Control and MES systems in the pharmaceutical, Oil&Gas, and Semiconductor industries. His speciality is: Simplifying the industrial Automation and information system landscape through the use of open standard data modelling and implementation of design patterns.
In this presentation Cormac Garvey, Chief Technology Officer, Hal Software,* will discuss the concept of using prototyping for a batch control system. Prototyping is a relatively new concept in control systems, but is standard in many other industries.

He will cover what exactly prototyping can be used for in process control, what are the benefits of prototyping, and, how one would go about using prototyping.

Cormac will then give a practical demonstration of how one would build a prototype of a simple batch process control system using the ISA-S88 design pattern.

*Hal Software
Hal Software is a 100% owned Irish company that provides software to assist in the design, programming and test of Industrial Control and MES systems. The company was founded in 2012, and launched its first product, Spike Prototype, earlier this year at the Hannover Fair. They also exhibited at Achema in Frankfurt/Main (d). They plan to participate in next years Hannover Fair as well.

• Meeting Details: Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork on Wednesday, 16 September 2015 @ 19.30hrs. Tea and Coffee @ 19.15hrs.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PROFINET conformity declaration for connectivity products!

Harting has issued a conformity declaration which certifies that its new connectivity products conform with the current Cabling and Interconnection Guidelines for the PROFINET Industrial Ethernet system.

With a market share of around one third of all Industrial Ethernet applications and over 10 million PROFINET nodes installed worldwide, PROFINET is one of the most successful Industrial Ethernet systems.

The new conformity declaration certifies that all existing and new products for Ethernet applications from Harting conform with the requirements for the use of PROFINET. The new products which extend the PROFINET Portfolio include the entire preLink® cabling system, the M12 “Press and Go” connector and the new X-coded M12 plug.

preLink® creates a modular Ethernet cabling system in which cable and connector are conveniently divided into two independent and continually reusable components. M12 “Press and Go” is a ready-assembled connection of cable and connector without overmoulding. It makes the PROFINET capable M12 connector suitable for quick and easy assembly and delivery in all desired lengths. The new X-coded M12, with a transfer rate of Category 6A and transfer class EA, is the ideal solution for high-speed Ethernet systems including PROFINET installations.

With PROFINET conformity, Harting enables its Industrial Ethernet customers to take a major step on the way to the smart factory and then to Industry 4.0:

Smart energy saving in the home!

An entirely new range of easy-to-use energy saving products that could help to reduce energy bills in households by as much as 20%1 in a simple yet effective way has been launched by Energenie.

The Mi|Home range of adapters and monitors, allows greater control over heating, lighting and electrical appliances that is truly accessible to everyone.

Working remotely through either an iOS and Android app or a PC, users can simply scan the Gateway with their phone and immediately begin using the central hub of the system to control the full range of easy-to-use retrofit actuators.

The modularity of the system means that users can add products as and when they want, in the knowledge it will be compatible with existing products in the home, and provide a strategic and cost-effective way to gauge energy use and expenditure.

The Mi|Home range can monitor the energy usage of individual sockets, groups or scenes in real-time or over time to see which devices consume the most power and should be turned off.

Its Smart features mean users can easily set timers and programmes to fit Mi|Home into their schedule, while geofencing enables control of the products from a remote location and IFTTT means triggers can be anything from the weather to Facebook.

Oliver Tadd, commercial director at Energenie: said: "Mi|Home gives consumers back control over their energy consumption. Once the devices have been installed, it allows households to change their energy usage as well as shifting their behaviour towards consuming less energy.

“Through the Internet of Things, the devices can be linked to other devices in the home and applications within them talk to each other.

“With low installation costs and the best value entry model considered cost-effective given it’s a modular system, households can choose elements from a range of devices depending on the need.

“For example, zoned-controlled heating when it’s cool in the morning, or lighting in rooms that are only occupied at night. The devices could even be used to turn your washing machine on, or your oven off, straight from an iphone or PC when you are out of the house.”

Energise to break reed relay.

Pickering Electronics have announced the addition of Form B (energise to break) reed relays to their new Series 119 high voltage micro-SIL relay range. This is the industry’s smallest high voltage Single-In-Line Reed Relay now available. The relay is intended for voltages considerably higher than standard small SIL relays, ideal for Cable and Backplane Testers, Mixed signal ATE or other applications where High Voltage capability is required.

The vacuumed sputtered ruthenium reed switches have a superb low level performance also, making them an ideal choice where a wide range of signals are involved. The range is based on the long established Series 109P style of plastic package with an internal mu-metal magnetic screen, allowing for high packing density. All Pickering Reed Relays have full magnetic screening which permits side by side operations. The Series 119 is also made using Pickering’s unique SoftCenter® construction.

The new Form B reed relays increase the scope of the range which already includes four versions, all with either 3, 5 or 12 volt operating coils. The 1 Form A, 1kV version has a package and pin configuration compatible with the Pickering’s standard 109P Reed Relay, i.e. 4 pins on 0.15 inches (3.8mm) pitch. These can be stacked side-by-side for maximum packing density. The other types have package lengths and pin configurations appropriate for their voltage ratings.

Pickering Electronics are worldwide manufacturers and distributors of instrumentation grade Reed Relays for ATE, Low thermal EMF, RF switching and other specialist applications. The relays available in Surface Mount, Single-in-Line (SIL), Dual-in-Line (DIL) and many other popular package styles.

The company has seen a large boost in sales in the first two quarters of 2015, which can only be due to their high quality, innovative product offerings, along with impressive technical support services, and custom designed products. Research suggests this growth is set to continue for the balance of 2015.
To find out more about Pickering and the new 119 Series High Voltage Micro-SIL Reed Relay visit:

CANopen profile for weighing devices. @CANopen #PAuto

The device profile family for weighing devices specifies the CANopen interface including the PDO mapping and the necessary configuration parameter. Part 1 and part 2 have been released CiA internal as Draft Standard Proposal (DSP) in August 2015. Part 3 not yet developed will deal with scale devices, and part 4 is intended for special human machine (HMI) interface and indicator devices related to weighing applications.

• Part 1 of this series provides some general definitions including several legal for trade (LFT) modes. It describes also the data encryption and data exchange procedure. Additionally, the sealing and the password changing procedure are described briefly. Of course, this part specifies some common communication parameter of the CANopen interfaces for weighing devices. Legal for trade (LFT) weighing devices are intended for use in commercial applications, in which products are sold by weight. Often, LFT devices comply with Handbook 44 by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology). In the USA, they may be certified under the National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP). CiA 461-1 specifies several LFT modes with and without protection, for example, with CRC signature or Trivium encryption.

• Part 2 specifies the CANopen interface for load cells. Load cells are transducers that generate an electrical signal with a magnitude proportional to the measured force. There are described eight devices classes. The profile specifies several compensation techniques for gravity, inclination, temperature, and movement acceleration. In case of external compensation, the compensation values are mapped into the four default RPDOs. The two specified default TPDOs provide the load cell weight output value plus weight status and alarm information respectively the weight status and the process data random number as well as the process data signature. The configuration parameters include data sample rate and filter settings, for example, for Bessel, Butterworth, or Notch characteristics.

Natural gas analyser in hazardous area!

Michell Instruments’ OptiPEAK TDL600 moisture in natural gas analyzer now has a variant specifically designed to meet US NEC500 requirements for hazardous area installation.

The complete analyser, together with sample conditioning system, meets Ex certification requirements for Class 1 Division 1 areas with gas groups B, C and D. The system also conforms to NEC505 for Zone 1 installation.

A NEMA4X enclosure provides protection and allows the analyzer to be installed near to the process sample tapping point. This ensures maximum benefit from the fast, optical response of the OptiPEAK TDL600 by reducing sample transport times to a minimum. Standalone, outdoor installation also keeps installation costs low for both new plant projects and retrofits to existing plants.

To complete the installation package, Michell offer accessories such as factory fitted trace heated sample tubing, floor standing mounting frame with sun protection and optional enclosure cooling to tailor the system to individual site location and customer requirements.

• Michell Instruments are marketed through Instrument Technology in Ireland.

Stopper cylinder!

Festo has launched the DFSP, a reliable, robust and cost effective series of stopper cylinders which are the most powerful cylinders of their type in the market. This new cylinder can withstand up to 200% more impact force than its predecessors, meaning that engineers can now benefit from a more powerful stopper but at an affordable price.

DFSP Stopper Cylinder
“The DFSP is able to handle and stop heavy loads of up to 6,280N and is suitable for separating, stopping and indexing functions,” says Steve Sands, product manager at Festo. “These benefits make the series an ideal solution across many industries, including materials handling, machine tools, automotive and all sectors that utilise conveyor technologies.”

The cylinder has an increased service life, enabling engineers to reduce costs associated with maintenance and downtime. The new DFSP is also available with an internal thread in the piston rod. This allows the possibility of mounting customer specific parts and tooling, for instance plates for braking systems. Other key features include reduced clearance between the piston rod and bearing, improving the accuracy of the cylinder, and protection against rotation, meaning the rod will always align the stopper blade precisely with approaching carriers.

“Compared with our previous stopper cylinders and others on the market, the DFSP meets a wider range of application requirements. The additional features combined with an attractive price, and improved reliability means the DFSP will be the best performing stopper cylinder on the market,” continues Steve.

Multi-parameter analysers with fieldbus interfaces.

Measuring technology specialist Knick's Stratos series analysers for pH level, conductivity and dissolved oxygen measurements are widely used in the chemical industry, in process engineering, power plant technology, and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector due to their exceptional versatility, high reliability and full-fledged compatibility with conventional sensor types (analog, digital, Memosens).

The company now introduces Stratos series analysers with integrated bus interfaces for PROFIBUS DP, PROFIBUS PA or FF (Foundation Fieldbus).

Stratos Evo DP, Stratos Pro PA and Stratos Pro FF are easily integrated into new and existing host systems (PROFIBUS PA profile 3.02; FOUNDATION Fieldbus ITK 6.1.1). Smooth integration with all common automation systems has been ensured by comprehensive compatibility and interoperability tests. Stratos Pro devices for PROFIBUS PA or Foundation technology are available in versions for both hazardous areas and non-hazardous areas, while Stratos Evo DP for PROFIBUS DP is only suitable for use outside of hazardous areas. All settings can be configured directly on the device or with standardized Engineering Tools via Enhanced EDD or DTM. All process and diagnostic data as well as information regarding sensor wear or predictive maintenance (CIP/SIP) is reliably communicated via bus system to the control station. The devices comply with NAMUR NE 107 and support pro-active diagnostics.

All bus devices feature intuitive handling with color-assisted user guidance. The high-contrast widescreen display signals operational status in six different colors: the standard measuring status is backlit in white, the information mode is green. The diagnostics menu, need for maintenance and hold status are each assigned a color as well. Bright red signals alarm status, while a display flashing in red indicates invalid inputs or faulty passcodes. Looping menus and self-explanatory pictograms further contribute to easy operation. Stratos devices are suitable for wall mounting, pole mounting or panel mounting. Pre-assembly of the rear unit is also possible; all parts are easily accessible due to the large terminal compartment.

Linear units for washdown.

Thomson Industries has released a new video to showcase the benefits of its prism guided linear units for wash-down applications.

Kyle Thompson, Global Product Line Manager, Systems at Thomson, explains in the video, “The M75 Movopart belt-driven, prism guided linear unit is ideally suited to applications where shock loads, low noise, wash-down or caustic environment requirements are present. Thomson prism guides can work in multiple wash-down applications like food and beverage, packaging and material handling.”  

Prism guides offer a cost efficient, smooth and reliable guiding system. Kyle explains, “Both belt-drives and prism guides can help save costs by requiring minimal maintenance.” Thomson prism guides have a unique self-aligning guide system with shaped polymer bushings running directly on the anodised profile surface.

Thomson strives to continually innovate and lead the marketplace in linear motion solutions and also share their application engineering and technical expertise. To that end, Thomson has authored a wide range of educational videos, webinars and technical white papers available now on the website to inform and guide design engineers, explain technology alternatives and simplify the linear motion component selection process. 

• To view this and other videos visit this page on their website.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Getting handy with water treatment!

Chem-Aqua (part of NCH), has launched HandiChem, an innovative solid-concentrate water treatment system. Consisting of HandiPak and HandiFeed, the new system reduces the weight and handling burden in water treatment facilities and can also help reduce customers' carbon footprint. 

A case of 4x5kg jars of HandiPak provides the equivalent of 120L of traditional liquid treatment, containing similar actives as liquid formulas. It helps manage mineral-scale build-up, metal corrosion and microbial growth, which can all lead to higher energy and water costs if left untreated.

The new HandiChem system eliminates the traditionally arduous task of transporting, handling and storing large, often 200L, drums of liquid chemicals. The eco-friendly formula is less hazardous to use and more degradable after discharge.

HandiChem consists of HandiPak, a solid concentrate and HandiFeed, an automatic dispensing system. All water treatment processes in commercial buildings and plant facilities will be able to use the new product, including boilers, cooling and process water systems.

HandiChem is ideal for traditionally hard to access places, such as rooftop cooling towers, making it ideal for cooling tower treatment. It provides the same high performance as traditional liquid programmes.

"Water treatment is a fact of life for most commercial buildings and plant facilities that use water, electricity and steam for heating and cooling," explained Brian Booth, VP of the Water Treatment Innovation Platform at NCH Europe.

"The high concentration of chemical in HandiChem products is inherently efficient. The dosing equipment, being wall mounted, frees up valuable floor space.

"To complement HandiPak, we've developed HandiFeed, an automated dispensing system that uses a clever design to spray a jet of water into the jars of solid-concentrate. The resulting solution formed in the Handifeeder is far more dilute than the traditional liquid concentration in the drum, thereby reducing the risks of chemical exposure."

Process intensive applications can yield a higher return on investment by eliminating the costs associated with drum and packaging disposal. HandiChem also eliminates chemical waste disposal, delivering 100 per cent consumption of chemical at the point of use.

Robust 3D stereo cameras to IP65/67 standard!

The new N30 and N35 Ensenso 3D stereo cameras from IDS Imaging Development Systems are ideally suited to applications in demanding industrial environments. With IP65/67 protection, a high speed GigE interface and a choice of focal lengths and convergence angles, these new cameras bring a good deal of flexibility for imaging both moving and static objects. The N35 model offers the additional benefit of an enhanced pattern projector to give double the resolution in X, Y and Z for static objects.

The compact (52 x 50 x 175 mm) N30/N35 series fully meet the requirements of IP65/67 for dust and water ingress. They are equipped with a Harting Push/Pull adapter and screw-on GPIO connectors for trigger and flash, and have PoE (power over Ethernet) to minimize the number of cables required. The cameras feature two built-in 1.3 MP CMOS sensors which combine high-resolution imaging with high frame rates and the GigE interface provides data transmission over 100 metre cable lengths.

The Ensenso cameras are equipped with a random pattern generator which provides texture on the scanned object to ensure that each object point is well characterized for stereo camera images to allow a complete 3D model to be created. The N35 cameras are also equipped with a FlexView pattern projector for use with static objects, which doubles the effective resolution of the 3D point cloud, ensuring more exact object contours, finer image details and more robust 3D data. The FlexView generator uses a piezo-mechanical process to rearrange re-arrange the projection pattern to achieve a higher resolution. The system can generate up to eight different patterns producing up to 8 stereo image pairs. All of the additional data is used to generate a single 3D point cloud, giving more robust data on difficult surfaces.

The N30 and N35 utilise the same SDK used on the entire Ensenso range. Optimised for use with the fourth generation of Intel i5/i7 processors to reduce processing time by up to 50%, the EnsensoSDK features a log mode for capturing images in scenes with high dynamic range to reduce reflections on shiny surfaces. This is ideal for capturing 3D images of products made of metal or stainless steel. The wide dynamic range also means the camera can be used in outdoor areas with large light/dark contrasts. The optimized SDK also allows the cameras to detect simple 3D shapes such as surfaces, spheres and cylinders even better.

Leading DCS vendor in China sharpen cutting edge.

The latest release of SUPCON's DCS (Distributed Control System) asset management application, SAMS, includes full FDT2 functionality. SUPCON is a member of the China FDT Group Association. SUPCON is widely recognized as having supplied some large scale projects in China using the FDT standard at Tianjing LNG and SINOPEC Shijiazhuang, China. The largest coal chemical project in the world is planning to use SAMS by the end of this year.

“As the leading DCS supplier based in China, we of course must integrate a wide variety of devices into our solutions.” comments Mr. Huang Wenjun, Vice President of SUPCON. “We have used the FDT standard since 2013 and it has been a significant enhancement to the asset management capabilities that we deliver to our customers. The latest release of our SAMS asset management application using the FDT2 standard ensures backward compatibility to previous versions of the FDT standard while giving our customers the latest state of the art capabilities for intelligent device management.”

The new SAMS application makes full use of the FDT Group developed and tested Common Components to ensure the best compliance and interoperability. “SUPCON prides itself in being a technology leader – this latest release of SAMS ensures we maintain this position," concludes Mr. Huang Wenjun.

“SUPCON has been a significant member of our China FDT organization since the beginning.” states Glenn Schulz, Managing Director of the FDT Group. “Their new release of SAMS using the FDT2 standard demonstrates their continued leadership position for delivering state of the art intelligent device management to their customers. We are delighted to have them as a strong supporter of the FDT standard.”