Friday, January 8, 2016

New president for ISA.

James Keaveney has assumed office in the International Society of Automation (ISA) as its 2016 President.

Jim Keaveney
In this position, Keaveney will work with Society leaders and staff to increase awareness of the value and relevance of the ISA brand and build on ISA’s proven range of capabilities and resources for automation professionals, which includes standards development, education, training, certification, certificate programs, publications, and technical symposia and conferences.

Keaveney, who serves as the Northeast Regional Manager and Key Account Director at Emerson Process Management, brings a strong track record in automation technologies sales and marketing and business planning to his role as Society President. He’s been an active ISA member for over 30 years and has served in numerous leadership positions, including Society Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair and District 2 Vice President.

“I am extremely excited and honored to serve as the 2016 President of ISA, an organization that has benefited me immensely, both professionally and personally,” says Keaveney. “The automation profession continues to make our world a better place and ISA, by setting the standard for automation, plays a pivotal role in this process. Through its diverse capabilities, ISA helps its members and other automation professionals improve their technical skills and knowledge, and enables companies increase throughput, reduce waste, and improve productivity and profitability—both safely and securely.”

ISA in 2016, Keaveney states, will remain focused on achieving its five strategic goals (Content, Data, Coolest Delivery, Cybersecurity and Advocacy) while placing additional emphasis on:
  • Helping industry leaders as well as the public better recognize the value and benefits of automation.
  • Accelerating ISA’s presence and successes internationally by addressing the unique needs and challenges within different parts of the world.
  • Gaining continual feedback from its key stakeholders—members, leaders, partners, and end-user companies and professionals—to gauge progress and improve processes and solutions.
  • Encouraging more members to seek leadership positions within the Society.
“I have never been so optimistic about the future of ISA and its ability and potential to inspire technological innovation, and support growth and career advancement in manufacturing. Join us as we move the automation profession—and the world—forward,” Keaveney says.

Keaveney has received numerous ISA honors, including the Distinguished Society, District 2 Golden Eagle and Lehigh Valley Section Dannenberg Service Awards. He also received a Certificate in Instrumentation from the Philadelphia Section of ISA.

Keaveney received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Temple University and a master’s degree in business administration from Penn State University.

He chairs a new board which also came into office on 1st January 2016.

@ISA_Interchange #PAuto #ISAuto @EmersonProcess

Four new eBooks.

Yokogawa have made four new eBooks available for download this year.

Modular Procedural Automation (MPA) eBook
Download this eBook and learn:
  • What Modular Procedural Automation (MPA) is and how you can implement it
  • How to identify MPA opportunities within your plan
  • How MPA improves operational consistency, resulting in improved safety, quality and higher throughput
Agile Project Execution eBook
Download this eBook and learn:
  • Why conventional project execution no longer works
  • How agile project execution lives up to the major changes in the industrial automation landscape.
  • How you can better execute industrial automation projects

Boiler Optimization Toolkit

Billions of dollars are wasted every year due to boiler inefficiencies and dangerous accidents. 

Get your free download of the Boiler Optimization Toolkit and learn how to get your boiler started quicker and reduce accidents and unnecessary costs.

The pH and ORP Handbook

Measuring pH/ORP is a common procedure, but taking a true measurement and making the correct interpretation of the results is not always easy or simple. Part of achieving accurate and reliable pH/ORP measurements requires sufficient and correct maintenance and storage conditions. 

Download this handbook to gain a comprehensive understanding of pH/ORP measurements, the construction of the sensing elements, how to achieve reliable results, and use cases in process applications.

#PAuto @Yokogawa @YokogawaIA

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Thermography Seminars programme for 2016.

Fluke is offering a series of free Thermography Seminars as part of its programme of seminars for 2016 in Britain and Ireland. Designed to look at the benefits of thermal imaging techniques to improve maintenance practices, the seminars are one element of the Fluke Academy programme.

The seminars covering Thermography are designed to highlight how thermal imaging can be used to identify the presence of faults in equipment under normal working conditions, in new or existing installations. Each seminar will cover:

  • The difference between a visual image and a thermal image
  • What that difference means to be able to find latent electrical defects like bad connections
  • An understanding of some limitations of thermal imaging
  • An introduction to the common types of electrical defects in High, Medium and Low voltage  that can be detected with a thermal imager
  • The benefits of thermal imaging for improving maintenance practices
  • Tips and tricks on using a Fluke Thermal Imager to help detect electrical defects.

Other seminars in the Fluke Academy programme cover power quality improvement; one designed to help facilities reduce their energy costs; troubleshooting motors and drives to minimise plant downtime; calibrating and troubleshooting process instrumentation; and electrical testing.
The web page also provides access to webinars and webcasts that provide online training to obtain the maximum benefit in the application of thermal imagers, power quality meters and portable oscilloscopes, as well as highlighting training courses with partner institutions.

.@FlukeCorp  #PAuto 

Celebrating 50 years in Ireland!

Atlas Copco Compressors in Ireland rounded off its 50th anniversary year with a celebration for current and former staff members, associates and special guests at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. The company’s newly-appointed Country Manager, Alexander Pavlov hosted a gala lunch and introduced a series of stories and photographs charting 50 years of growth.
Reflecting on a 12-month of programme of celebratory events and activities, Alexander Pavlov said: “The past year has been an excellent opportunity to highlight the integral role Atlas Copco Compressors has played in Ireland’s industrial community, serving major players in the manufacturing, pharmaceutical, electronics and food sectors. However, as well as looking back, it is also a time to look forward. Considerable investment has been made in Atlas Copco’s Ireland operation during the past couple of years alone and we are now building an even stronger presence, with economic indications suggesting a bright future lies ahead.”

Commemorative activities during 2015 included a staff trip to the Mondello Park racing circuit and customer receptions at major rugby and football events.

As the largest supplier of compressed air products and services in Ireland, Atlas Copco has more than 30 technical sales, service and support staff at facilities in Dublin, Cork and Lisburn, including a fully-equipped compressor engineering workshop.

A positive year of trading was assisted in the west of the country by the appointment of Galway-based C&L Industrial Ltd as a distributor for industrial air compressors and spare parts.

Demand for equipment such as the GA VSD+ range of compressors, which reduce energy consumption by as much as 50 per cent compared with their more traditional fixed-speed counterparts, suggests that efficient production is high on the agenda of industrial companies in Ireland. Additionally, the ZS range of screw blowers, which assist in aeration processes, have been well received by industrial and municipal waste water plants.

Guests at the final 50th anniversary gala of the year included Andrew Walker, former Country Manager for Atlas Copco in Ireland and current President of the Construction Technique business area. Also in attendance was Dirk Ville, General Manager of Atlas Copco Compressors in Britain, and Alex Bongaerts, the Antwerp-based Vice-President of Atlas Copco Holdings in the Benelux countries, France, Great Britain and Ireland. Other guests included employees from Edwards, the vacuum business that Atlas Copco acquired in 2013.

New chairman selected for processing & packaging entity.

The Director- Corporate Market Development at Stemmer Imaging, Mark Williamson, has been elected as the next Chairman of the PPMA (Processing & Packaging Machinery Association). He has also been elected to serve on the Board of VDMA Machine Vision for the next three years.

Mark Williamson
The PPMA is the Britain's trade association for suppliers of processing and packaging machinery to world markets and represents over 400 member and associate companies. VDMA Machine Vision is a subgroup within the VDMA Robotics + Automation Association in Germany, with over 100 member companies supplying machine vision components and systems for both manufacturing and non-manufacturing applications across Europe.

Williamson is a former Chairman of the UKIVA (UK Industrial Vision Association) and joined the PPMA Board in 2010 when the UKIVA became a special interest group of the PPMA and continues to be an active member of the UKIVA committee. He becomes Vice-Chair to current PPMA Chairman, Grant Jamieson, from December 2015 and will take up his 2-year appointment as Chairman in December 2016. In 2018 he will revert to the position of Vice-Chair for a further year to support the then incoming Chairman.

Williamson commented: “It is a great honour to be invited to take up two such important roles in the industry. Having served for 12 years as UKIVA Chairman and been part of the PPMA Board for 5 years I have seen a significant growth in the adoption of vision technology in the processing and packaging industry. I look forward to further developing the interests of the processing and packaging sector as a whole during my tenure as Chairman.”

“As one of three non-German members on the new Board of VDMA Machine Vision, I also look forward, together with my colleagues from Belgium and Italy, to bringing a pan-European perspective to VDMA Machine Vision,” he continued. “With individual trade associations playing an important role in representing local vision companies' interests, our aim is to further broaden understanding of the market opportunities across different countries.”

NDT popularity in Scotland!

Enthusiastic appreciation for NDT Seminar
Ashtead Technology ran an extremely popular NDT seminar at its Aberdeen facility during December. Due to demand, the one-day seminar, An Introduction to Advanced UT, was run on three consecutive days. “The seminar was designed for UT NDT inspectors considering Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing (PAUT) or Time of Flight Diffraction (ToFD) qualifications,” says course leader Alison Glover. “It also provided a useful introduction for project managers to learn more about the applications, advantages and limitations of PAUT and ToFD.”

In addition to the major investments that Ashtead Technology has made in highly skilled staff and its rental fleet of advanced NDT technology, these training events form part of the company’s commitment to an NDT Centre of Excellence.

Each session was a mix of basic theory and hands-on practice with the equipment. PAUT topics included transducer construction and selection, calibration and scan plan creation. An introduction to data analysis and techniques for difficult applications such as austenitic materials and dissimilar welds were also covered, together with considerations for successfully implementing Automated UT (AUT) inspections. The ToFD sessions provided the basic theory together with demonstrations and discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the technique.

Feedback from the sessions described them as informative, well organised and presented, with Ian Thomas, from Trac Oil and Gas commenting: “The NDT Seminar was very interesting and informative; it clarified what is often seen as a ‘dark art’ and used a good combination of Powerpoint presentations and hands-on demos.”

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Top mounted valve postioner.

The new Research Control® SRD991 top-mount valve positioner from Badger pushes the limits of process control and optimization. The new valve positioner mounts directly to the top of a control valve with a rugged linear potentiometer.

While most valve positioners are side-mounted, the new top-mounted SRD991 uses a linear connection, which mitigates hysteresis between the positioner and actuator by feeding back the actual position of a valve actuator – faster, more accurate and more consistent than ever before. This provides significantly improved flow control.

Top-mount valve positioners should be used when the application calls for high positioning accuracy or when greater force is required over the standard actuator, such as in the case of high shutoff pressures or excess packing friction. The SRD991 top-mount positioner is available with a large amount of benefits including a LCD screen, protocols (HART, PROFIBUS-PA and FOUNDATION Fieldbus H1) and two levels of diagnostics. All the diagnostics features can be easily configured and displayed by the positioner DTM. Moreover, the Positioner DTM enables a complete health report of the valve with full configuration and diagnostics data. The simple installation and setup of the SRD991 positioner allows an easy upgrade of any BLRA pneumatic positioner.

Report enhances connectivity!

Ocean Data Systems (ODS) has announced the release of Dream Report version 4.7. The three themes of this release include market expansion, on-line ad-hoc data analysis and overall enhanced productivity.

This release expands markets in two ways. First, it expands connectivity to partner products, specifically in this release, those of Schneider Electric, GE, Yokogawa and the market as a whole through standards like the OPC Foundation – OPC UA. Additionally, Dream Report now offers Statistical Process Control (SPC) functions. These enhancements greatly increase the available market for Dream Report.

 While Dream Report is an exceptional document generation product, this release enhances its HTML5 based Web Portal with ad hoc analysis; drill down reports, raw data displays and exports. This benefits users with the ability to select data and analyze it quickly and easily, getting to root causes and corrections.

 Finally, a number of enhancements deliver productivity gains for all users. These include data selection through data models and user developed tag organization, and additional objects and actions to speed Web access to results.

“Dream Report is a fast moving product,” says Roy Kok, VP Sales and Marketing of Ocean Data Systems. “Connectivity is a clear differentiator in our product. We work closely with our partners to ensure that we have the best possible connectivity to their products. This release is an excellent example of that, with our enhanced GE – Historian, Plant Apps; Schneider Electric – Citect and Citect Historian; and Yokogawa Paperless Recorder connectivity. Dream Report is the logical choice for these and dozens of other products to which we offer connectivity.”

@OceanDataSys #PAuto

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Torque measuring flange.

The KiTorq torque measuring flange, by Kistler,  is now available in eight ranges from 50Nm to 5000Nm and with speed and angular measurement capability. The open stator design allows easier installation whilst minimising the risk of damage and easier visual inspection during testing.

The new range of Kistler KiTorq torque measuring flanges is available with measuring ranges of 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 3,000 and 5,000 Nm, each with accuracy class of 0.05% of range at speeds up to 20,000rpm and an excellent torque cut-off frequency of 10 kHz. The magnetic speed and angular measurement capability offers a choice of either 60 pulses per revolution or up to 8,192 pulses per revolution outputs whilst ensuring the sensor is safe for use in industrial applications where contamination from oil mist may be encountered.

The KiTorq intelligent stator can be used with any KiTorq rotor of the same speed rating and will automatically recognise the rotor measuring range. This minimises hardware investment as one stator may be used with rotors of differing ranges for different applications. Installation is simplified by the contactless, digital telemetry that does not require an antenna ring.

The stator supplies frequency, analogue and digital outputs that are fully scalable via an RS-232 or USB interface. The measuring flange has the flexibility to override the original measuring range to allow the full output signal to be available over a defined range. A second, freely selectable measuring range may also be defined. The complete sensor can be parameterized via EtherCat or Ethernet eliminating the need for a second control line. In addition, the stator can be combined with all rotors of the same speed rating and can automatically identify the respective rotor type and measurement range.

With fully digital data transfer, the KiTorq System offers excellent dynamic capability and precision with an accuracy level of 0.05% and a cut-off frequency of 10 kHz.

The KiTorq torque measuring system is ideal for use in test rigs for electric motors, internal combustion engines, transmissions, pumps and compressors.

#Kistler #PAuto 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Handheld oscilloscope for lab and field.

The R&S Scope Rider from Rohde & Schwarz is equally impressive in the lab and in the field. With an acquisition rate of 50,000 waveforms per second, a 10‑bit A/D converter developed by Rohde & Schwarz and a maximum bandwidth of 500 MHz for the analog input channels, this portable oscilloscope clearly outperforms comparable instruments.

The unit integrates five functions to offer a level of versatility not found in any other instrument. It is based on a high‑performance oscilloscope featuring a precise digital trigger system, 33 automatic measurement functions, mask test and XY diagram mode. Plus, the R&S Scope Rider can function as a logic analyzer with eight additional digital channels, as a protocol analyzer with trigger and decoding capability, as a data logger and a digital multimeter. This wealth of functions makes it ideal for a wide range of tasks.

The handheld oscilloscope is the first to be equipped with a large‑format capacitive touchscreen, allowing it to be operated as intuitively as a tablet PC. It also features large buttons for use with gloves and a practical multifunction wheel for convenient parameter adjustment. Users can confidently read their results at any time, as all measurement information is displayed in a clear, application‑oriented manner on the brilliant screen.

Well prepared for harsh environments, the R&S Scope Rider’s IP51‑certified housing offers protection from environmental hazards such as dust and dripping water. The handheld oscilloscope has passed all mechanical load tests in line with military standards. The fully isolated instrument offers maximum safety and meets the measurement category requirements defined in IEC 61010-1 for CAT IV up to 600 V and for CAT III up to 1000 V.

In addition to a microSD card, the instrument features USB and Ethernet ports for uncomplicated storage and transfer of measurement data. The R&S Scope Rider also has an integrated WLAN interface. This can be configured as a hotspot to allow the instrument to be remotely controlled via a smartphone, tablet PC or laptop. A simple web browser on the mobile device is all that is required. There is no need for additional software or apps.

With more than four hours of battery runtime, the 2.4 kg R&S Scope Rider offers users a high degree of flexibility during installation, maintenance and in emergency situations. The new handheld oscilloscope goes beyond traditional electrical engineering to serve a broad range of industries. Technicians and specialists can also use it to gain a clear understanding of the condition of electrical installations, systems and components. For everything from measurement data acquisition in industrial and manufacturing settings to repairing shipboard electrical drives and carrying out vehicle test drive analyses, the R&S Scope Rider is better suited to the needs of such tasks than any other oscilloscope in its class.

The R&S Scope Rider is available as a four‑channel or a two‑channel instrument, the latter with a digital multimeter, with bandwidths of 60 MHz, 100 MHz, 200 MHz, 350 MHz and 500 MHz. There will be trigger and decoding options available for I2C, SPI, UART, RS‑232, RS‑422 and RS-485 at the time of market introduction.

The IoT and the Explosion of Data.

The top trends driving the industry as it becomes more connected

National Instruments has announced the release of NI Trend Watch 2016. The third annual report examines a range of topics  focused on the IoT and its impact on how we manage data – from the consumerisation of software to prototyping 5G to make it a reality.

“As the world becomes more connected, the incredible amount of real-world data available today promises engineers and scientists great insight, but getting that insight can be a challenge,” said Eric Starkloff, NI Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing. “We strive to help our customers stay ahead of the deluge of analog data by investigating the trends that will help them handle the increasingly complex amount of information they’re acquiring to make the right decisions at the right time.”

NI Trend Watch 2016 explores these topics:
Prototyping Takes 5G From Concept to Reality – 5G will undoubtedly evolve our wireless networks to heights never before imagined, but its pursuit doesn’t come without challenges.
Big Analog Data of the Future: From the Edge to the Enterprise – With the proliferation of sensing and networking technologies, it’s never been easier or more cost effective to add measurements to systems.
It’s About Time: Evolving Network Standards for the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT)  Network technologies must evolve to satisfy the requirements of next-generation industrial systems and radically advance the way we operate machines, electrical grids and transportation systems.
Testing the Big Bang of Smart Devices – Instead of designing a unique test system for each device-under-test, test leaders must design smart test systems that can adapt to and test all smart devices.

The Consumerisation of Software – In a marketplace that’s rapidly demanding convergence, and the best of all possible worlds, it’s up to software vendors to answer the call.