Thursday 29 December 2016

Excellence in Automation in Ireland recognised!

The Ireland ISA Section, which is a voluntary organisation with a membership of over 220, received its charter in 1978. Its purpose is to bring together all personnel involved in the instrumentation and related disciplines in order to enhance their capabilities in instrumentation design, manufacture and use.

This year the 35th annual Honours and Awards Ceremony was held in the hallowed halls of University College Cork. This annual ceremony to acknowledge and encourage excellence for those training for careers in Instrumentation, Control and Automation.
This year six awards were presented, three of which have been submitted by Third Level institutions and three industry awards.

The presence of sponsors clearly showed both the industry’s awareness and its support for promoting and awarding excellence in automation. (see list at bottom). Here are some pictures of the event of varying quality.

Chris Ryan
Craft Person Award: Chris Ryan has completed his apprenticeship as an Instrumentation craftsperson. He has achieved all credits in every subject for phase 2,4,6. Chris is an excellent student. He was nominated for this award by Pat Mc Carthy & Jim Doyle of the Cork Educational and Training Board.
Chris has also completed a number of in-house and external training courses. Chris served his apprenticeship with Lotus Works and has worked on several major projects in the Dublin, Galway & Limerick areas.

Colm Prendergast
Degree Award: Colm Prendergast has been an outstanding student on the degree course in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).
This project demonstrates the automation of a grain dryer using a programmable logical controller (PLC) and creating a control interface for it using a human machine interface (HMI) for the Strawchip Ltd agribusiness based in Athy, County Kildare.
Dr. Mick Mc Keever, lecturer at the DIT had no hesitation in nominating Brian for this award.

Brian Martin
Honours Degree Award: Brian Martin, B.Sc. (Hons.) in Physics with Astronomy, worked on developing a test platform to characterise and test finger ejection systems in optical sorting devices. Ejection systems remove unwanted products from production lines at high speed and with a high degree of accuracy. As such, the components used within ejection systems must operate in a fast, efficient, accurate and predictable manner. The project was conducted in collaboration with an industrial partner, Tomra Sorting Solutions – Food based in Citywest in Dublin, and they were delighted with the project work and outcomes.
Professor Enda Enda McGlynn commented that this was an exceptional project and that Brian was a worthy recipient for the award.

Thomas Butler
PHD Award: Dr. Thomas Butler has recently graduated with a PhD in Applied Physics from Cork Institute of Technology. His thesis title was “Real-Time Characterisation of Dynamic Laser Fields”.
Many modern technologies rely on laser devices ranging, for example, from high speed communication networks to medical imaging systems. A detailed examination and understanding of the fundamental operating dynamics of these laser devices is crucial in ensuring not only the quality and effectiveness of the devices in their current applications but in also providing insight into the future development of next generation photonic devices.
Dr. Guillaume Huyet of the Physical Sciences Department at the Cork Institute of Technology recommended Dr Butler for this award.

Pioneer Award: This is one of the earliest awards given by the section since 1984. It is awarded, on the nomination of two or more Society members, in recognition of a lifetime devoted to Instrumentation / Automation in Ireland.
John Lotty
This year, members Mr. Bob Shine, himself a recipient some years ago and Mr. Declan Lordan, nominated Mr. John Lotty, through his dedicated support of the ISA Ireland Section has worked for over 35 years promoting the development and growth of Instrumentation and Control in Ireland. John is a Senior Life Member of ISA, and during his extensive career was a member of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland, the Marketing Institute of Ireland, the Institute of Public Relations and a member of the Professional Journalists Institute in Ireland. He career includes stints in the British Royal Force and then in Pfizer's plant in Cork. He was then with Marathon (now Kinsale Energy) for over thirty four years retiring earlier this year.
In 1992 – 1994 John served as Section President, uniquely the only person to serve two consecutive terms. During his terms he brought a new professionalism to the Section this resulted in a significant membership increase. His PR abilities secured high profile of the Section across the media in Ireland.
He has continued to support our annual Honours and Awards with special attention on the Honour’s Degree Award as the annual €1,000 Busary is given in memory of Ger Dullea the section president prior to John, who tragically lost his life in 1993.
He was been recognised internationally by the Society with the Distinguished Society Service Award in 2006.

Innovation Project Award: This awards recognises a project which has made a significant contribution to the advancement of industry in Ireland through the use of Automation Technology.
The JJCV Team, Aidan Jordan is second from right.
Aidan Jordan was nominated by Declan Fagan of Vision Care Ireland, Limerick. For development on the JJCV Compare tool, a software application developed by Vision Care Ireland to perform multiple compare and review functions on multiple control system platforms. Siemens/CTI APT and Allen Bradley RSLogix Studio 5000 make up the majority of control system platforms at Vision Care Ireland.
Savings in excess of €200,000 have already been realised by the company this year as a result of the introduction of this tool.

#ISAuto #PAuto @IrelandISA @_LotusWorks @ditofficial @CIT_ie

Wednesday 28 December 2016

Communication securely to IoT Clouds.

A secure IoT cloud data application can now be easily implemented with  Softing’s dataFEED OPC Suite. The new MQTT Connector enables the integration of automation devices via MQTT Publisher functionality in IoT cloud applications, e.g. IBM Bluemix Cloud. Highest security during transmission is guaranteed through the encryption of the data using SSL/TLS.

“A key issue for the successful implementation of Industrie 4.0 is the provision and analysis of production data. For system builders, operators and IT administrators, the crucial question is how and where to store and analyze large amounts of data safely and cost-effectively. This is where we come in with our solution”, says Andreas Roeck, Product Manager Data Integration at Softing Industrial.

Softing‘s dataFEED OPC Suite combines OPC Server and OPC Middleware functionality into one compact software solution. The integrated MQTT gateway allows easy integration of legacy and new controllers into IoT solutions. It is also possible to integrate components without MQTT support such as, for example, Siemens, B&R and Rockwell controllers.

The state-of-the-art user interface with intelligent, common sense default settings and intuitive user guidance is designed to make it exceptionally easy for plant manufacturers and maintenance engineers to quickly and easily configure their IoT communication. The modular design of the suite offers the user the greatest possible flexibility since only the required functionality has to be licensed.

#IoT @SoftingIA #PAuto

Enabling PCs communicate with fibre-optics.

HMS Industrial Networks has expanded the IXXAT INpact multi-protocol card series with a PCIe mini variant for PROFINET IRT Fibre Optic.

Designed for secure data transmission in harsh environments
The IXXAT INpact enables easy implementation of a PROFINET IRT Fiber Optic Slave interface and can be used in compact industrial PCs as well as in mobile devices. Typical use cases are coupling of subsystems with superordinate networks, visualization of process data on human machine interfaces (HMIs) as well as data acquisition in PC-based process devices. IXXAT INpact is fully compliant with the requirements of the AIDA (Automation initiative of German automobile manufacturers) for a PROFINET interface.

PROFINET IRT via fiber optic meets the highest requirements for interference immunity and data transmission. It is often used in critical areas in the automotive field, e.g. in robotic cells for car body construction, in automated welding systems and other areas with high electromagnetic interferences.

Hardware concept of the IXXAT INpact multi-protocol card series
The new PROFINET IRT Fiber Optic card is the newest member of the IXXAT INpact series which supports a variety of Industrial Ethernet and fieldbus protocols, such as PROFINET, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, Powerlink, Modbus-TCP and PROFIBUS. The multi-network capability of INpact is based on the proven Anybus CompactCom technology from HMS – used within millions of devices globally.

The FPGA-based Anybus NP40 network processor includes all functions required to handle the communication between the Industrial Ethernet or fieldbus network and the PC-based customer application. The FPGA has a low latency and a deterministic real-time behavior, making it ideal for demanding industrial applications. The PROFINET IRT FO connection is made via SC-RJ connectors. Other network standards are supported by corresponding Sub-D9 or RJ45 Ethernet interfaces.

The IXXAT INpact is offered as a dedicated version for each network with pre-installed network protocol. Furthermore, INpact is also available as a Common Ethernet version, a highly flexible and open version in which the desired industrial Ethernet protocol can be flashed by the user.

Connection to the customer application
The IXXAT INpact is supplied with a comprehensive driver package for Windows and Linux, which allows a fast and easy development of customer-specific applications, regardless of the used card type or protocol. Thanks to a universal programming interface, users can change between INpact cards and protocols without changing the customer software, which leads to increased flexibility and a significant reduction of the development costs. Support for real-time operating systems such as RTX, Intime, VxWorks and QNX is available on request.

@hmsnetworks #PAuto #ProfiNet

Wednesday 21 December 2016

Wireless Sensor Connection.

The new WIS 2 (Wireless Inductive System 2) is an ideal way for Pepperl+Fuchs to round off its portfolio for the wireless connection of sensors to moving machine parts with a higher-performance system, according to a statement.

The WIS 2 is used both for signal transmission and for supplying power to the sensors connected to the secondary side, making wear-prone trailing cables and slip rings redundant. The WIS 2 supports ratings of up to 12 W over transmission distances of 0...7 mm compared to the WIS 1 with a maximum of 1.5 W and 0...5 mm, which has been available for years. In addition to the 8-channel design, a streamlined 2-channel variant is now also available for small applications with up to two sensors.

All system variants use a primary and a secondary transmitter, either for two or for eight channels. They come in size M30 in a cylindrical design and fitted with 30 cm cables and M12 connectors as standard. Since the transmitters are not paired, the secondary transmitters are freely interchangeable. As a result, for example, any number of different tool carriers can easily communicate via the same system. Inductive, capacitive, optical or ultrasound models with binary switching output and standard 3-wire connection technology are suitable as sensors. Whereas the 2-channel system uses a space-saving Y-splitter, the 8-channel system has an 8-way connector box with an IP67 degree of protection that can be installed up to 20 m away from the transmitter. Pepperl+Fuchs provides a wide selection of cable lengths and connectors for every application.

The WIS 2 has numerous potential applications in rotary tables, presses and change tools, for object detection on workpiece carriers, on rotation tools, robot gripper arms and all similar devices.

• Pepperl+Fuchs products are marketed in Ireland through Insteco.

@PepperlFuchsUSA  #PAuto

Checking monoblock containers.

Fluke® Process Instruments has developed a miniature monitoring solution for monoblock cure processes. The DATAPAQ MonoPaq2 system profiles the metal temperature of coated aluminum bottles, aerosols, and collapsible tubes both in IBO and OBO lines. The thermal barrier measures merely 41 x 48 x 195 mm, making it 43% smaller by volume than the preceding generation. The temperature profiling system can be used in lines with very closely spaced pins (>45 mm) and with various product basket sizes.

This engineering success is primarily based on the development of a new data logger with a minimal footprint. The new DATAPAQ Q18 logger connects four thermocouples via micro-miniature sockets and logs up to 32,000 readings per channel with an adjustable interval of 0.05 s or more. Its accuracy of ±0.5 °C puts it squarely in the class of the best available loggers.

Downloaded to a PC or notebook, the thermal profile can be reviewed with the DATAPAQ Insight software, which includes versatile visualisation, analysis, and reporting functions. Manufacturers can thereby optimize their oven settings and ensure that every product experiences the specified time at temperature. Regular monitoring is facilitated by the compact size and light weight of the system. Mounting brackets are available in different versions for quick and secure attachment in any line layout.

@FlukeCorp @FlukePI #PAuto

Light speed for hazardous areas.

In introducing their series 9721 unmanaged switches with ATEX and IECEx certifications, R. Stahl is presenting a networking product geared towards process plants with fast Ethernet infrastructure in hazardous areas.

Series 9721 switches feature four FX ports for optical fibre cables with 'op is' (inherently safe optical radiation) type of protection according to IEC EN 60079-28:2015, which is akin to electrical type 'i' intrinsic safety. Connected lines can be plugged in and out even in explosive atmospheres in zone 1 and 2 (hot plugging). With a shutdown no longer required, changes or extensions to an installation become more cost-effective. Optical fibre cables are the best and most reliable solution for fast data communication especially in plants with distributed systems, where considerable distances must be bridged or where strong interference may be an issue.

The switches themselves can be operated in zone 2, while their fast 100 Mbit/s optical ports connect field devices such as the Ethernet-enabled R. STAHL IS1+ remote I/O system in zone 1.

Depending on requirements, switch types are available for the connection of multi-mode lines that are up to 5 km long, or single-mode fibres up to 30 km long. There is also a mixed solution: one switch type provides one single-mode port to bridge a great distance, while three other devices can be locally connected more cost-efficiently via multi-mode cables. In addition, two electric TX ports with RJ45 jacks are available for connections in non-hazardous areas.

The unmanaged switch type 9721/13-42-x4 can withstand ambient temperatures in a wide range from -30 °C to +70 °C and tolerate the otherwise harsh conditions associated with such extremes. Redundant connection of 24 VDC auxiliary power supply is possible to increase the availability. In addition to IS1+ using Industrial Ethernet protocols such as PROFINET, EtherNet/IP or Modbus TCP, the switches are suitable for HMI devices from R. STAHL HMI Systems and IP cameras from R. STAHL Camera Systems, and obviously also for a diverse range of other field devices requiring type "op is" explosion-protected Ethernet connectivity via optical fibres.

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

 #Stahl #Hazardous #Safety #PAuto

Cloud for field devices.

This solution enables the implementation of an easy-to-use, cost-effective and safe communication system between most field devices and a PC or a Smartphone. It includes Ethernet and wireless gateways, private cloud and secured VPN software solutions.
Delta’s Smart Factory and Cloud Solution provide a remote control and monitoring platform for real-time management of factory facilities. This solution integrates Delta’s brand new Industrial 3G Cloud Routers DX-2100 Series to collect facility operation data from PLCs and industrial controllers in factories, and upload it to Delta’s DIACloud internet cloud service platform for management. It allows managers and customers to acquire real-time facility operation and manufacturing execution information from worldwide factories - anywhere, anytime. With high security technologies, the DIACloud ensures data safety for all users. Currently, Delta has setup DIACloud servers in 7 locations around the globe, and will have 10 more built by 2018 to serve worldwide customers.

DIACloud is a cloud-based IoT platform developed by Delta Electronics. With this platform and the corresponding network gateways, users can communicate with field devices, collect data and push them to a cloud web portal, and push the control commands or settings to field devices at anytime and anywhere. Device status, alarms and field data will be displayed on this mobile APP, whilst control commands can be sent from the APP as well.

Innovative routers which connect all field devices to DIACloud

Delta Electronics recently launched the innovative DX-2100 series 3G Cloud Router and DX-2300 series Industrial Ethernet Cloud Router, which enable a built-in secure tunnel between the DIACloud cloud service and a set of industrial devices such as PLCs, HMIs, AC motor drives, AC servo systems, sensors and more. Designed to support fast and reliable two-way data collection, DX-2100 is a rugged wireless router that establishes a secure ‘tunnel’ between the user and the remote networked devices or PC (via the cloud server) without the need for VPN servers.

Superior performance based on quick, strong and secure connectivity is viable with these advanced new devices. Able to support Modbus TCP and RTU protocols, the DX-2100 is downward compatible with GSM/GPRS/EDGE 2G networks. Both the DX-2100 and the DX-2300 offer HSPA+ data transmission rates of up to 21.6Mbps (downlink) and 5.76Mbps (uplink). Before purchasing any router, users are advised to determine how fast it transmits data.

For the Industrial 3G Cloud Router, further benefits include automatic APN parameter matching and connection redial, therefore minimising offline time in the event of internet drop-out. In addition, there are various peripheral interfaces that include RS-485, RS-232 and Ethernet ports to meet all user device connectivity requirements, while an integral RTC also features along with support for NTP synchronisation over a network.

Data integrity
From a security perspective, the firewall offers many advanced functions, including SPI and the prevention of DoS attacks. The firewall also provides, port triggering and port mapping functionality, along with IP address, MAC address and URL filtering. Additionally, information passes through 6 levels of encryption. All of this helps to make Delta’s DX-2100 and DX-2300 some of the market’s most secure industrial cloud routers. Additional user advantages include networking failure diagnostics, device and PLC interlocking, and custom alarm conditions with email alerts.
A platform designed for smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 implementation

DIACloud includes without additional cost 1GB of data traffic, 10MB storage in the Cloud, and unlimited user accounts. This makes it possible to perform remote configuration, remote firmware upgrades, scheduled tasks and remote management operations. The device is targeted at a host of remote connectivity applications that include industrial automation, smart homes, smart buildings, smart grids, surveillance and transportation monitoring.

#deltaww #PAuto

Tuesday 20 December 2016

Connectors - waterproof when not connected!

The Binder 620 and 720 sub-miniature and miniature all-plastic snap-in modular connectors are available from Foremost Electronics. The lightweight and compact NCC (non-connected closed) design features internal seals that provide protection to IP67 with excellent electrical characteristics.

Alan Cook, Managing Director of Foremost Electronics, advises, “We have been supplying our customers with Binder connectors for many years. These new sub-miniature and miniature waterproof connectors will increase the markets we can address to include medical and end products which require colour-coordinated connectors which can be connected and disconnected frequently.”

NCC connectors are designed to protect their contacts to IP67 when not connected without the need of a protective cap, removing the possibility of damage to cables and systems by moisture ingress. They are ideal for all types of portable equipment, control devices and other applications where it is required to make rapid or frequent set-up changes. The connectors have been designed to have an industry leading working life in excess of 5,000 mating cycles.

The unique snap-in mating provides users with an extremely convenient and safe connect and disconnect action. Colour coded versions in blue, green and red are available, as are versions pre-moulded on PVC cable.

Binder 620 and 720 connectors are suitable for industrial and instrumentation applications and a new RAL 9002 colour option makes them ideal for medical equipment and industrial devices that require light coloured connectors.

The 620 and 720 connectors are manufactured from a robust polyamide 66 material that offers excellent dimensional stability and rigidity and high levels of resistance to acetate and alcohol-based disinfectants. The new bright RAL 9002 grey/white finish integrates very well with light coloured enclosures commonly found in medical equipment and aids visibility of any contamination or soiling when used for medical instrumentation.

#4most #PAuto @BinderGroup

Pharma appointment in Asia.

Werum IT Solutions strengthens its MES team in Asia by bringing in a new experienced pharma industry exper, Rajesh Vedak, who will support pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturers in the region from Werum’s Asia hub location as India – Country Manager.

Rajesh Vedak
Supported by the team at Werum’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, he will ensure a close connection to local customers delivering unrivaled customer satisfaction through Werum’s best-in-class MES solutions.

“With our new County Manager who is located in the same region as the facilities of our customers, we will be able to offer our PAS-X MES product and implementation services in India even faster and more efficiently,” says Lars Hornung, Senior Director Global Sales, Werum IT Solutions GmbH.

“With Rajesh Vedak we were able to recruit a local expert with almost 20 years of pharma industry experience,” adds David Margetts, Managing Director, Werum IT Solutions Ltd., Thailand. “This will clearly enable us to serve our customers in India even better than in the past.”

Rajesh Vedak worked in different sales, business management and development positions at Rockwell Automation and at Merck Millipore and looks back on almost twenty years of experience. Most recently, he worked as Sales Lead Life Sciences in the Indian market. He holds a Master in Business & Administration Marketing and studied Chemical Engineering before.

@WerumKarriere #PAuto #Asia

Snap-on pre-printed wire markers.

TE Connectivity has highlighted its market-leading STD and STB snap-on pre-printed markers for wire and cable identification.

The markers are ideally suited for projects in energy, such as power stations, oil refineries and offshore platforms, where maintenance technicians will need to identify individual wires and cables quickly and efficiently over the operating life of assets.

STD and STB markers are individual snap on markers that can be applied after termination or installation to identify wires and small cables permanently. STD markers are white and yellow with a black legend, whereas STB markers are color coded and a UV stabilized version is available in black with a white legend. Both are available in a range of ten sizes that expand to accommodate a full range of wire and small cables from 1.0 mm to 19 mm in diameter (0.04 to 0.75 inches).

They are applied using a dedicated applicator wand, which enables easy installation and prevents over-expansion of the markers. Once installed, the markers have a secure grip and feature chevron cut-outs on the sides to ensure the legend remains aligned and easy to read.

Both STD and STB markers are manufactured using a zero halogen polyoxymethylene (POM) compound, which is highly elastic to avoid damage to wire and cable insulation. POM guarantees strength, stability and low moisture absorption. It also has good resistance to chemicals, including key fluids found in energy, oil and gas, aviation and military installations. In terms of their flammability performance, STD and STB markers meet the US standard UL94 HB for plastic materials. Together these characteristics make them suitable to installations where a permanent cable identification solution is required.

@TEConnectivity #PAuto 

Monday 19 December 2016

PLC series covers most automation applications.

The Delta AS300 series Compact Non-backplane Mid-range PLC is a high performance multi-purpose controller designed for all kinds of automated equipment. Delta's self-developed 32-bit SoC (System on Chip) CPUs offer an enhanced execution speed (40 k steps/ms) and supports a maximum of up to 32 extension modules. The series supports up to 1,024 inputs/outputs. Response time is 1ms when LD instruction time is 25ns and MOV instruction time is 0.15 μs.

Modular and convenient programing of advanced motion systems structure
The AS300 series provides accurate positioning control for a maximum of 8 axes via a CANopen motion network and a maximum of 6 axes via pulse control (200kHz).

The AS Series supports multiple programming languages in the same project (Structured Text, CFC, SFC and Ladder). The advanced yet simple ISPSoft V3.0 editing software delivers fast hardware and network configuration with built-in function blocks for different industries. It also provides multi-layer password protection for enhanced system security.

Supporting EtherNet/IP and various fieldbuses for industrial applications, the AS Series controller is equipped with CANopen and EtherNet/IP network communication for high-speed data transmission.

Flexible and easy network system configuration
The AS300 series supports star and linear network topology for fast expansion and management on production lines. It is compatible with all IT networks and can be combined with Delta’s IES solution to construct IoT automation applications and Industry 4.0 upgrades. The AS series can be extended to up to 32 modules.

Easy implementation
Delta’s patented non-backplane assembly with its robust slot and clip interlocking design offers a more flexible configuration and simple installation process, with convenient earth protection. This new PLC features screw-less and time-saving installation. Operators just have to press the clip rings and push the module to the desired position until hearing a "click" to finish installation. Configuration changes are as easy as possible thanks to its fast disassembly. Operators are able to release the clip ring and easily remove the module from the front without moving adjacent modules.

The space-saving design enables easy installation in control panels. The simple design and dark gray exterior of the AS series help resist stains and dirt in harsh industrial environments. With recyclable and lead-free material, it is compliant with international environmental requirements for industrial products.

Supplied by Delta Electronics, the worldwide supplier of complete automation systems, this high-efficiency controller can be combined with other Delta solutions – including drives, sensors, communication devices – in order to maintain increased productivity and adaptability for demanding automation applications.

@delta_ufa #PAuto #PLC

Fault monitoring alarm system.

Mantracourt has launched a significant upgrade to its Load Cell Integrity Box and Fault Monitoring Alarm – the LCI. This innovative product has been designed to continuously monitor the condition of individual load cells and activates an alarm when faults in the system detected. The latest version now supports both 5V and 10V operation, the main advantage of which is that the new 5V operation requires less power consumption from the connected instruments and simplifies barrier selection.

The LCI is ideal for multi-load installations such as silos, tanks and other systems where the failure of an individual load cell can have serious consequences. Its fault monitoring capabilities provide an assured working system by continuous sampling of load cell channels, with an alarm being activated if any failure conditions are detected. All this results in a reduction of downtime via immediate alarm and fault diagnosis, resulting in cost and time savings.

Used in conjunction with host intelligent weighing instruments such as Mantracourt’s ADW15, LCA20, SMW, LCD20 or other third-party products, the LCI can be used to detect system failures such as material shortage, overflow or incorrect batching.

 “With the increased operating voltage range of 4-12V now supported, this opens the LCI up to a wider range of instruments and is a great addition to the Mantracourt product range” says Jonathan Purdue, Sales Manager at Mantracourt.

@mantracourt  #PAuto 

PCB & control unit assembler improves manufacturing systems.

Cimar Electronics is an assembly specialist in the production of PCB’s, control units and panels as well as numerous electronic and electrotechnical devices guaranteeing consistent quality of the entire manufacturing process from prototypes right through to final product.

“Cimar Electronics are now utilising data harvested from Aegis FactoryLogix to satisfy customer requirements and to drive internal business and process improvements. With nearly 25 years of experience and numerous quality certifications that meet strictest guidelines, Cimar Electronics have the knowhow to support and optimize the development process from prototype to final product” states Hend Dekker, SMT department.

A customer of Aegis Software since 2008 they have used V7 NPI tools incorporating iView and iTrac. This year they introduced  FactoryLogix R3 into their Veenendaal (NL) facility. FLx R3 contains a significant number of enhancements and features in addition to the new logistics module to improve the entirety of manufacturing operations — from Material Incoming Quality Control and Sampling, Material Receiving and Labelling, Automated and Manual Warehouse Management, Material Kitting and Dispatch, Production Planning and Scheduling, Mobile Material Management through to Comprehensive Programmers Interface (API).

 @FactoryLogix  #PAuto #Netherlands

Friday 16 December 2016

Paper call on air quality and industrial emissions.

AQE 2017, the international Air Quality and Emissions conference (Telford, UK, 24th & 25th May) has issued a call for Papers on emissions monitoring and ambient air quality monitoring.

Organiser Marcus Pattison says: “Air quality and its effects on both human health and climate change has been a politically hot topic for good reason lately, so AQE 2017 will provide a great opportunity for experts to share knowledge and learn about the latest developments.”

Anyone interested in presenting a Paper or a Poster should submit an abstract of up to 100 words via the website  by 20th January 2017.

The main themes of the conference will include international regulations, monitoring methods, technologies and standards relating to ambient air quality and industrial emissions. The industry sectors covered by the conference will include power, incineration, manufacturing and waste, as well as processes regulated by local authorities. The presentations will cover the monitoring of particulates and the main gas species including acid gases, ammonia, formaldehyde and trace species such as mercury.

The Conference will run alongside an Exhibition featuring almost all of the world’s leading suppliers of stack emissions and ambient monitoring equipment and services, including workplace, fugitive and discontinuous monitoring.

 @AQE_Show #AQE2017 #AirQuality

Energy award for Irish PSU manufacturer.

Excelsys Technologies are winners of a Top Supplier award in the Energy category at the 21st Annual SPDEI Awards ceremony held in Paris (F) on the 2nd of December.

Members of Syndicat Professionnel de la Distribution en Electronique Industrielle evaluated all suppliers nominated on a number of key criteria: partnership with the distributor, innovation, price, quality, and durability of products; product range; resources to support the distributor; as well as protection and traceability of designs.

Conor Duffy, European Sales Manager for Excelsys Technologies, received the award on behalf of Excelsys at the ceremony, and commented “It is an honour to win this prestigious award from the SPDEI. The award really highlights everything that is great about Excelsys and our commitment to design and manufacture power conversion products offering the best possible energy efficiency levels and reliability. The close relationship between our design, sales and customer service teams and our Distribution Partners ensures our customers get a best-fit power supply for their end products with unsurpassed customer support and a secure supply chain.”

Typical applications for Excelsys high efficiency configurable power supplies include medical clinical diagnostic equipment, medical and cosmetic lasers, dialysis equipment, radiological imaging and clinical chemistry, industrial test and measurement, industrial machines, automation equipment, printing, telecommunications, audio equipment and high reliability harsh industrial electronics, radar, (Naval, Ground Based), communications, communications, IT, wafer fabrication, optical inspection, wire bonding, automated test equipment and test and measurement systems.

#Excelsys #PAuto #Ireland

Rotation speed monitor enhanced.

The SC-System's family of signal conditioners by Pepperl+Fuchs can now be used even more comprehensively: the single rotation speed monitor with just a 6 mm installation width processes digital input signals of all binary sensors currently on the market and is now fitted with a restart inhibit. This feature enables the module to have to be activated via a reset input after limit values have been exceeded for a short period of time so that possible faults are found and rectified before restarting.

The design of the rotation speed monitor meets the philosophy that all signals of a signal type currently on the market may be processed with just one module. Signals from NAMUR and SN sensors including line fault detection and short-circuit detection, as well as the measurement data from the 2-wire DC sensors may be processed in accordance with EN 60947-5-2. Signals can be transferred safely in the control level from S0 sensors for measuring the water volume and from 3-wire sensors with PNP or NPN switching outputs. With its S0 interface the rotation speed monitor is also of interest for areas outside industrial automation, such as building automation. The module can safely detect any signal up to 30 V with an input frequency up to 50 kHz. The device is set using a DIP switch or PC software. A start-up override is available to restart the system when standstill monitoring.

The SC-System from Pepperl+Fuchs includes a wide portfolio of signal conditioners for nonhazardous areas. With its space-saving enclosure design that is 6 mm wide and 97 mm high the modules are among the most compact on the market. They can be used at ambient temperatures of up to 70°C. The signal isolators are characterized by 3-way isolation withstanding a working voltage up to 300 V and a test voltage up to 3 KV. Optionally, they are supplied by terminals or a power bus.

@PepperlFuchsUSA  #PAuto

NDIR sensing.

Since the 1940s Non-dispersive Infrared (NDIR) sensing has become an important, safe, reliable and accurate method for the detection of gases such as CO, CO2, CH4 and various refrigerants. In essence, one version of this equipment, consists of an infrared lamp, a sample chamber or light tube, a light filter and an infrared detector. The IR light is directed through the sample chamber towards a dual detector. One element of the detector is covered by an optical filter that passes light that is absorbed by the gas being detected the other element is covered by an optical filter that passes light that is not absorbed by the gas being detected.

A gas such as sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) is an extremely potent greenhouse gas and therefore leaks to the environment must be minimised. Inorganic, colourless and odourless it does however absorb strongly in the infrared, so NDIR sensors of the type described above are ideal for detection at very low ppm concentrations of this and other important gases.

NDIR technology has now been widely accepted and standardised by gas sensor manufacturers worldwide and our diverse range of robust OEM Gas Sensors and Gas Monitors enables fast, reliable and continuous gas detection which has given Edinburgh Sensors a truly global reputation for accuracy, safety and reliability. Applications are many and including horticulture, brewing, agriculture, process control, biogas, personal safety and indoor air quality.

The Guardian NG NDIR gas monitors from Edinburgh Instruments, typify their commitment to customers convenience and safety, backed by over thirty years of sensor design and manufacturing experience. They are wall-mounted and easy to install, detecting gases from sampling points up to 30 metres away, using the built in sampling system. Monitors are housed in robust plastic IP54 rated enclosures to prevent the ingress of particulates and water and have an integral LCD display with digital alarm set-point controls and password protection to prevent accidental or deliberate change of settings.

The Guardian NG infrared gas monitors provide near-analyser quality, offering continuous sampling, measurement and display of target gas concentrations for either CO2 or CH4 gases, where detection level ranges of between 0 – 3000 ppm and 0 – 100% by volume are required. Data can be easily transferred via an on board RS232 I/F with optional Ethernet I/F and relay outputs for control of external devices. Graphical display of historic readings is also possible over a period defined by the user.

These infrared gas monitor also offer near-analyser quality continuous sampling, measurement and display of CO2 concentrations between 0 – 3000 ppm by volume but from low voltage DC (18-30V) supplies. Like the AC Guardian NG these monitors offer long-term stability plus low maintenance, all part of our commitment to our customers that has helped make Edinburgh Sensors a leader in the field of gas sensing.

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Beta testers wanted for WirelessHART gas detector.

United Electric Controls has announced the availability of beta versions of its Vanguard WirelessHART gas detector. The new detector, which has a five-year battery life, is designed to maximize toxic or explosive gas detection points but eliminates the need for costly and fixed wiring. United Electric Controls is offering free beta trials to gain additional feedback on customer experience and product performance prior to the official product roll-out in early 2017.

“Our new Vanguard gas detector has received approvals from all relevant safety agencies, and we now want to utilize the time we have, before officially releasing the product next year, to learn as much as we can about how it performs in the field,” said Wil Chin, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, United Electric Controls.

United Electric developed the Vanguard detector in response to the market need for a cost effective way to add multiple gas measurement points. The cost of adding one new gas measurement point, including the cost and labor of obtaining ‘hot’ work permits, running conduits for wires, and burying them, can exceed $10,000 per device for land-based systems and as much as five times more for offshore applications. Wireless technology can reduce that cost up to 90-percent while also making the plant much safer.

Vanguard field-interchangeable gas sensor modules detect and record hydrogen sulfide (H2S) or methane (CH4) gas in parts per million (PPM) or percent of lower explosive limits (LELs) respectively, along with network and battery status. WirelessHART 7.2 technology carries signals to local 128 x 64 pixel digital displays or other IEC 62591 compatible connections — all of which integrate seamlessly with existing supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) or asset management (AMS) systems.

Potential Applications
The Vanguard beta program will provide companies running operations that generate (H2S) or (CH4) an opportunity to try it out in various settings, including the following applications:

  • Wireless remote and local gas detection, such as tank farms, oil and gas production facilities, refineries, pipelines, abandoned wells and waste treatment plants.
  • Temporary situations in which the cost of setting up a wired solution is completely unfeasible, such as a maintenance turnaround, natural disaster, security breach or plant expansion.
  • Asset management initiatives, where trending of emissions over time through the deployment of multiple wireless sensors can initiate the necessary predictive and preventive maintenance, or pollution control monitoring.
60-day beta period
Companies who agree to complete feedback surveys, will get free use of a system for 60 days. 
A United Electric Controls installation team will assist in the commissioning at the end users’ facility. 
Those interested in being considered for participation in the beta program should contact our Directors of Functional Safety Technologies - Scott Pierce ( or Gregg Parsons ( to find out more about becoming a beta partner.

EMEA/SAARC sales chief appointed.

Red Lion Controls has appointed Bruce Macpherson as Vice President of Sales for the EMEA and SAARC regions, where he will oversee customer relationships and business growth. Bruce reports directly to Red Lion President Jack Lee and serves on the company’s leadership team.

Bruce MacPherson
“I look forward to this exciting opportunity to work with the EMEA and SAARC teams to serve new and existing customers,” said Macpherson. “Our goal is to continue providing reliable automation and networking solutions that allow users to drive efficiencies across a range of industrial applications, enabling our customers to become more successful.”

Prior to joining Red Lion, Bruce was Managing Director for SMAC Inc. In this role, he managed all aspects of sales, software development, machine design and customer support for the EMEA and APAC regions. Previously he held positions of increasing responsibility with Automatic Sea Vision S.A., High Integrity Solutions Ltd., Mercury Computer Systems Inc. and Datel Technology Ltd.

“As Red Lion continues to expand across the globe, we are adding top-notch executives to Red Lion’s leadership team to support our growth,” said Lee. “Bruce’s 25 years of industrial computing and automation experience coupled with an impressive background in systems and hardware sales make him the perfect fit to lead our EMEA and SAARC sales efforts.”

Bruce began his career as an Electronics and Communications Engineer with the British Army, where he served for nine years before moving into technology sales and senior leadership roles. His experience includes building new organizations, as well as turning around underperforming operations.

• Red Lion products are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

 @redlioncontrols  #Pauto

Impressive showing for photoionisation detectors.

Ion Science has doubled sales of its high performance fixed photoionisation detectors (PIDs) compared to 2015. This latest success is being attributed to the launch of the company’s Falco series of fixed continuous volatile organic compound (VOC) monitors and MiniPID 2 sensor earlier this year.

Duncan Johns, Managing Director commented: “We continue to see the industry respond favourably to our latest innovations in gas detection instrumentation. This increase in sales of our fixed PIDs reflects the breadth of knowledge in the business and the proven success of our sensor technology. It also underlines our commitment to driving new product development for the on-going protection of workers, plant and the environment.

“Finishing the year in such a great position provides an excellent platform for further growth in 2017.”

Designed for the protection of workers operating in potentially hazardous environments, such as refineries, petrochemical plants, chemical facilities and laboratories, Ion Science’s Falco incorporates first of a kind ‘typhoon’ technology for added reliability and accurate operation in condensing atmospheres and extreme weather conditions.

At the heart of Falco is Ion Science’s unrivalled PID technology with advanced patented fence electrode system. The three-electrode format also ensures increased resistance to humidity and contamination for ultimate safety, reliability and accuracy in the field.

An externally located intrinsically safe sensor ensures quick and easy servicing without the need for a hot work permit. It is operated using an intuitive user interface with a high contrast OLED display. Unique and highly visible red, amber and green status LED’s provide a warning to personnel so they can quickly react to unsafe conditions. With Modbus® and 4~20mA communications as standard, Falco can be incorporated into existing DCS and SCADA systems to provide ‘real-time’ process feedback.

Falco is supplied as either a diffusive or pumped sample unit. There are four detection ranges in the Falco series going as low as 0 - 10ppm with ppb sensitivity or as high as 0 – 3000 ppm. The Falco’s flame and explosion proof enclosure is certified to EX d IIC T4 II and the external sensor to EX ib IIC T4 Gb II.

Their MiniPID 2 sensor provides improved temperature stability, greater sensor-to-sensor consistency and more repeatable performance, as well as a new long life 10.6 eV lamp for 10,000 hours continuous operation. An innovative self-diagnostic feature also indicates whether the lamp is failing to illuminate or the electrode stack is contaminated.

The fixed instrument range also includes TVOC, for accurate measurement over three different detection ranges. A user adjustable duty cycle means TVOC can be used for a diverse range of applications within intrinsically safe environments. TVOC employs a diffusive sample technique or an optional flow adaptor can be purchased so the instrument can be used with a pumped sampling system. The 4-20 mA analogue output enables the TVOC to be integrated into a DCS or SCADA system to give warning of high VOC levels or to provide loop feedback for process.

@ionscience #PAuto 

Call for Analysis Papers! #PAuto #ISAuto

The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its Analysis Division invite authors, innovators, thought leaders, and other professionals in the process and analytical sciences industry to submit abstracts for presentation consideration at the 2017 Analysis Division Symposium. This 62nd annual technical conference and exhibition will be held 23-27 April 2017 in Pasadena, CA.

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This annual event is recognized as the outstanding forum for discussions of new and innovative analytical techniques, developments, and applications. A worldwide array of speakers and attendees alike have the distinct opportunity to participate in informal discussions and social gatherings to acquire the latest information about analytical sciences.

Papers are currently being accepted which address topics in chemical analysis including methods, applications, hardware and software, systems and operation, and maintenance. Subject content may concern technology in development or technology applied in industry practice. Proceedings from this event are marketed and sold globally, where an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) will be assigned for distribution.

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Servicing & maintenance in hazardous areas!

The IS1+ Remote I/O System from R. Stahl enables preventive maintenance implementations in zone 1 and 2 hazardous areas, where servicing systems and components is particularly challenging and expensive.
Preventing severe malfunctions and downtime via advance notifications and timely intervention not only helps reduce regular operating costs, but also and especially reduces the risk of incalculable losses due to unscheduled shutdowns. This is achieved through innovative IS1+ features: notably, intelligent self-diagnostics ensure an early identification of errors, so users can be alerted before malfunctions lead to serious problems. Such alerts can be triggered up to 12 months prior to an expected failure. The Remote I/O System continuously monitors all internal components such as the redundant integrated BusRail as well as operating parameters and external conditions. The latter include, for instance, ambient temperature, thermal shock, the electrical load of the I/O modules, or on/off switching. Based on such data, a smart algorithm calculates the remaining lifespan of components.

User alerts comply with the widely accepted NAMUR NE107 standard on "self-monitoring and diagnosis of field devices". On the one hand, a blue LED on the I/O module is used to show "Maintenance" requirement on location. A diagnostic message is also passed on to control and asset management systems. The blue maintenance message with the defined symbol and an explanatory text appears in the IS1+ DTM. In addition to maintenance notifications, IS1+ intelligent diagnostic functions provide a range of other information. For instance, signal errors are reported via red LEDs for specific channels as well as via error telegrams. Moreover, for IS1+ for PROFIBUS DP in particular, application creation in the control system is facilitated through a signal status bit – much like the status byte for systems such as PROFIBUS PA, it serves to supplement 'good' or 'bad' (for example, in case of line errors) status information that is cyclically transmitted for each process value.

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

#PAuto #Safety @STAHL_UK

Thursday 15 December 2016

Solar panel safety.

Omron is addressing the challenge of de-energizing solar PV panels and other renewable energy sources with the launch of a new high power DC relay capable of rapidly interrupting 25A at 1000V DC in the event of an emergency.
According to Steve Drumm, European Marketing, Sales Development & Project Management, at Omron, “Rooftop solar panels are becoming increasingly popular in offices and homes, and as a result the issue of their shut-down in the event of a fire in the building is moving up the agenda. Rapid PV shut-down is moving from being highly desirable to mandatory in some markets in order to protect fire fighters and other first responders.”

In response, Omron has launched the G7L-X relay, with a rated load of 1000V DC at 25A and a release time of just 30ms. This relay can be installed close to a PV panel or other renewable source, and disconnect it quickly in an emergency, to permit maintenance or in response to utility requests. The G7L-X conforms to UK and IEC solar inverter standards, as well as applicable UL and VDE electrical standards.

Features of the design include an assisting magnetism circuit, to help achieve a very quick switchover. The relay contacts have been specifically designed to handle the very high DC loads that are a feature of this application, and have a contact gap of 6.0mm for safety.

the G7L-X is rated at 6,000 operations at 600V DC, and 100 operations at 1000V DC – more than enough for its envisaged emergency cut-off application. The device is compact for a relay with this capacity: it’s size is just 52.5 x 35.5 x 41.0 mm. The relay is ideal for outdoor installations, and can operate in ambient temperatures of between -40 and +85 deg C. Omron is also offering a general purpose version of the relay, with a capacity of 20A at 1000VDC.

#PAuto @OmronEurope #Safety

Tuesday 13 December 2016

Encoders using BiSS.

In 2015, the Safety Communication Layer of BiSS Safety was confirmed by TÜV Rhineland for suitability for safety-relevant communication up to and including SIL3. In the future, Hengstler will offer this protocol for its rotary encoder portfolio in order to meet the steady growth in safety applications.

Since 2007, Hengstler has been offering encoders which use the open communication standard BiSS C. A continuous data connection to the bus participants, high transmission rates and free licenses are to be mentioned as clear advantages. The newly introduced BiSS Safety Protocol is 100% based on BiSS C. Hengstler has an enormous experience of countless successful applications in which their encoders play a reliable role.

The company sees enormous potential in the field of functional safety in combination with ever-increasing machine guidelines, increasing number of safety applications. For this purpose, the internal system structure of the encoder is expanded by a combination of available blocks. The Safety Communication Layer of BiSS Safety has been certified according to IEC 61784-3: 2010 ans IEC 61508 Part1-7:2010. It is therefore suitable for safety-relevant communication up to SIL3.

This means that BiSS Safety, combined with Hengstler rotary encoders, will combine positive effects from two worlds. As a customer, one can be sure that Hengstler will successfully extend the encoder portfolio with BiSS Safety, thanks to its decades-long BiSS experience. On the other hand, users benefit from different providers, which offer a manufacturer-independent protocol for secure data transmission.

#Hengstler  #PAuto 

Monday 12 December 2016

Light & vision sensors.

The light section sensors from the Pepperl+Fuchs SmartRunner range uniquely combine a high-precision light section sensor and vision sensor into one compact device.
The main part of the SmartRunner technology is the laser light section method which is optimal for detection, observation and protection of even small objects.
These ready-to-use, plug&play devices from Pepperl+Fuchs are optimized at the factory for a specific field of work. Unlike conventional "general purpose" devices, commissioning and parameterization is extremely simple to carry out using teach-in or via data matrix control codes, and does not require trained and qualified personnel.

Thanks to powerful LED lighting, SmartRunner devices are capable of capturing images for the visual documentation of errors, process conditions and quality attributes. The integrated data matrix decoder allows the user to parameterize the sensor simply via data matrix control codes - without using a PC. The light section sensors supply the detection result as a good or bad signal to the switching outputs, which can be processed using any control panel.

The first representatives of the device family to be available are the SmartRunner "Matcher" and the SmartRunner "Detector". The Matcher is optimized to recognize a previously taught-in reference contour. Typical tasks include checking the position and accuracy of objects with high precision, to verify whether the robot can grasp body components, for example.

In contrast, the SmartRunner Detector monitors the taught-in scene for the entry of foreign bodies that pose a danger to sensitive machine parts, such as expensive lenses and precision tools. It detects objects with a size range of up to 1 mm with high accuracy, using a trapezoidal measuring range that is 350 mm wide and 700 mm deep.

The SmartRunner has numerous areas of use, such as in the automotive industry and in many areas of plant and mechanical engineering.

@PepperlFuchs  #PAuto @PepperlFuchsUSA

Bidirectional data memory module.

A compact memory module with IP 67 protection is just 34 x 16 x 8 mm in size is available from Balluff.  It can be used as a memory storage device on interchangeable units such as milling heads on gantry type machining centers.

This means the assemblies can carry their actual operating data along with them. With the following advantage: When a machine is changed, all the data such as the number of use cycles, shock and vibration values or lubrication and oil change intervals are directly loaded.

The work required to install and parameterize the module is minimal. Only a single standard cable is required for stable, fault-free, bidirectional data transmission between the milling head and controller. The cable is connected to the milling head interface in the system ring. Data transmission is noise-immune as well as resistant to EMC effects. The module can hold a total of 14 segments of 64 bytes each.

Machine operators will profit from the fact that when a milling head is switched from one machine to another, all the identifying and usage data will be automatically copied and loaded from the milling head memory into the NC controller through a cable. When maintenance or repair work is needed, the service personnel can read out all the data from the memory chip on a PC or laptop and update it as needed. This gives the plant operator continual and transparent information about the current status of the milling head.

@Balluff #PAuto 

Friday 9 December 2016

The latest technologies and the future of engineering.

National Instruments reports that over 600 delegates from across Northern Europe attended this years NIDays in London (GB) in November. They collectively represented a vast field of industrial and professional sectors.

Engineering Impact Awards
The previous evening, the Engineering Impact Awards took place at the RSA House and showcased the most innovative projects based on NI software and hardware.
The University of Bristol and Lund University won “Application of the year” Award for the world records in 5G wireless spectral efficiency using massive MIMO. Read more about the winners below:

- Electronical test & measurement - Train Zero Model Based Design Facility
- Student Design (People’s Choice) - Colorophone: Enabling Blind People to Listen to Light

- RF & Wireless communications/ App of the year - World Records in 5G Wireless Spectral Efficiency Using Massive MIMO
The event dedicated to technological innovation and discovery in science began with the keynote ‘Impacting Today’s Business’ hosted by Neil Crossan, RF and core test Technical Marketing Engineer for Northern Europe. Delegates also heard from Colin Freeman of Frazer Nash consultancy about the Train Zero model that had won an award the previous evening at the prestigious Engineering Impact Awards.

56 exhibitors demonstrated their work in the main exhibition hall with everything from Quicksilver who quest to break the world water speed record, Quadbots; a kick-starter campaign to inspire makers of all ages to other incredible customers, partners and alliance partners on display. The expo floor also had ‘Meet the Engineer’ booth was able to help those on the spot with their most technical challenges. Track sessions including LabVIEW community sessions and user group sessions were popular sessions with engaged participants. In-depth presentations filled the day too with presenters such as Maxime Lecuona from JLR and Daniel Jubb from the falcon project, one of the world’s leading rocket scientists.

‘‘NIDays is an opportunity to unleash game-changing technologies to the engineering and scientific communities, but the day wouldn’t mean anything without the technical professionals who attend. There was an incredible atmosphere throughout the day and we are thrilled to be connecting great minds from industry and academia under one roof... that’s how true innovation begins,’’ says Richard Roberts, Academic Technical Marketing Engineer for Northern Europe

The afternoon keynote welcomed Joel Gibbard, CEO and co-founder of Open Bionics: he presented his open source, 3D printable bionic limbs that rival the current style, price and design of those available on the market today. Keynote speaker Richard Roberts also emphasized how the Internet of Things is profoundly impacting product design, manufacturing, education and infrastructure and how technology must evolve to realise the true potential of the IoT. With the future technology of Time Sensitive Networking being discussed, future engineers and the Software Tech Preview, the afternoon was filled with a comprehensive outlook into upcoming trends in engineering, science and beyond.

 @NIukie #TandM #PAuto