Thursday, February 18, 2016

Accredited Calibrations for CO2.

The Austrian sensor specialist E+E Elektronik offers now accredited calibrations also for CO2-fraction in gas. The E+E calibration laboratory is accredited by Akkreditierung Austria according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 and is the only facility in Austria which can carry out CO2 calibrations at this high level.

The E+E calibration laboratory offers accredited CO2 calibrations for gas concentrations in the range 5 … 300,000 ppm (μmol/mol), as well as for the equivalent volume fraction in μL/L. Due to the wide calibration range it is possible to calibrate all common CO2 measuring devices such as sensors, handhelds, data loggers and spectrometers.

The calibration is performed as comparative measurement with a constant CO2 reference concentration. The CO2 reference concentration is generated by a special gas mixing pump according to DIN 51898-1_2015-05 and is freely selectable. The piston pump works with four high-precision pistons. The gas volume flow is precisely defined by the diameter of the cylinder, the stroke and the frequency, and can therefore be traced back to length, which is a fundamental physical quantity of the International System of Units (SI).

According to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) agreements, only calibration laboratories accredited according to EN ISO/IEC 17025 can ensure the traceability of measurement results to SI and full international comparability. The accredited calibration certificate states the measurement uncertainty associated to the specific calibration process.

Accredited CO2 calibration certificates are generally required for measuring devices used for safety or for the control of key manufacturing processes. Accredited CO2 calibrations are of interest for instance in the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) regulated industries such as food and pharmaceutical. Reliable CO2 monitoring and control is paramount for biological incubators. In building automation, the accuracy of CO2 measuring devices impacts directly on the efficiency of demand controlled ventilation systems.

In addition to CO2, the calibration laboratory of E+E Elektronik GmbH is accredited for humidity, dew point, temperature, pressure, air velocity and mass flow by Akkreditierung Austria / Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 with identification number 0608.

• E+E products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

 #Epulse #Pauto 

Life safety enhanced through analyser upgrade.

Servomex has launched its upgraded SERVOTOUGH OxyDetect life safety oxygen monitor.

Now available as either a hazardous or safe area version with updated communication relay options, the upgraded OxyDetect builds on the success of the original analyzer, offering a high accurate oxygen measurement - without the sensor deterioration that degrades the performance of traditional electrochemical sensors used in competitor detectors.

OxyDetect utilises the market-leading performance of Servomex’s Hummingbird Paracube Micro Paramagnetic sensor, whose industry-leading levels of linearity, accuracy and reliability have ensured its use as a trusted oxygen sensor for the OEM medical market.

As the Paracube Micro sensor utilizes Servomex’s patent Magnetodynamic Paramagnetic technology, the sensor never depletes and the measurement remains accurate. This avoids false readings and false alarms caused by depleted cells, as well as the serious safety risk caused by life safety systems being turned off or ignored because of constant false alarms.

Alongside these safety and performance benefits, the OxyDetect offers users a considerably lower cost of lifetime ownership. The ongoing costs associated with the regular replacement of electrochemical cells, as well as the recognized problems of cell degradation when in use or kept as a stock item, are eliminated. As the OxyDetect's Paramagnetic measurement stability also eliminates the requirement for frequent calibration, users avoid the labor and downtime costs incurred through regular calibration requirements or replacement due to anticipated cell expiration or sudden failure.

As well as significantly reducing the cost of ownership, the OxyDetect utilizes advanced microprocessor diagnostics that are safe, reliable and easy to access via a simple front panel digital interface. With an output range of 0-25% O2, Servomex OxyDetect can be used for indoor environments ranging from 5°C-45°C. Integration is simple using an isolated 4 – 20mA output with linear measurement, and mains-rated relay outputs for instrument fault, low alarm one and low alarm two. An optional Ethernet output is also available.

Two versions of OxyDetect are available: a General Purpose version suitable for safe area environments such as laboratories, pharmaceutical and industrial gas production; and a Hazardous Area version, suitable for hydrocarbon processing environments.

“The OxyDetect is the life safety product that the market has been waiting for: reliable, stable oxygen sensing that keeps on working,” says Rhys Jenkins, Market Sector Manager, Servomex.

“Paramagnetic oxygen sensing finally brings a measurement performance that facilities and operations managers can truly trust, making the safety of people and plant safer, easier and more cost-effective than ever before.”

@Servomex  #PAuto 

Automation for more than half of North American LNG export capacity decided!

Emerson Process Management has been tapped by Cameron LNG to help automate its new liquefaction project, adding three LNG trains to facilitate export of domestic natural gas to international markets. Because of its LNG expertise and proven track record in delivering complex projects on time, Emerson has been awarded automation contracts for more than half of all North American LNG export capacity.

Cameron has chosen Emerson to provide automation expertise and technologies that will help Cameron manage the LNG facility’s operations safely and efficiently. The estimated value of the project to Emerson is $20 million.

Three new liquefaction trains will give the Hackberry, (LA USA), facility the flexibility to export up to 12 million metric tons per year of US-produced natural gas. The plant can also continue to import LNG for domestic use, or re-export LNG from other countries.

Emerson will provide its DeltaV™ distributed control and DeltaV SIS integrated safety system for both new and existing portions of the facility, plus its AMS Suite predictive maintenance software to optimise the availability and performance of key production assets. Project specialists in Houston (TX USA) and in Pune (India), will provide related design and configuration services to help accelerate the project schedule.

@EmersonProcess  #PAuto

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Electrical linear actuators. @Thomson_Ind #PAuto

Thomson Industries has developed an entirely new platform of electric linear actuators, which enable design engineers to convert a wider range of hydraulic applications to electric and substantially improve application control. The new Electrak HD™ electric linear actuator offers a new level of electronic functionality with the introduction of the Electrak Modular Control System. Electrak HD boosts power to 10 kN (2250 lbs.) with stroke lengths up to 1000mm (39 inches). It has been tested successfully to meet the toughest OEM environmental and electronic component acceptance tests, including IP69K, confirming that the Electrak HD provides maximum performance and continuity in the harshest environments.

“Many industries are moving towards enhanced controllability and a better user experience. Design engineers should consider the Electrak HD if an application requires the enhanced functionality that an integrated control system can provide. This includes SAE-J1939 CAN bus communication, position feedback, dynamic braking, low level power switching, and end of stroke output,” said Chad Carlberg, Product Line Manager at Thomson.

The new Electrak HD™ electromechanical actuators are designed to perform in heavy-duty applications such as mobile-off-highway vehicles, utility vehicles, emergency and rescue vehicles, railroad equipment, roadwork and construction site equipment and logistic systems. They have the unique capability to withstand some of the harshest environments, as well as flexible onboard intelligence, providing a better user experience in all environments.

Onboard intelligence
With enhanced functionality provided by the integrated Electrak Modular Control System
(EMCS) and its optional features, the Electrak HD offers a simpler method of control and communication, which reduces operating costs, requires less space and simplifies setup and installation. Optional out-of-the-box SAE-J1939 CAN bus communication enables enhanced controllability and diagnostics on machines compatible with the SAE-J1939 CAN bus protocol. Optional low level switching, end of stroke indication output, and a choice of analogue or digital position feedback provide additional versatility.

Heavy-duty capability
Electrak HD actuators can handle bidirectional loads up to 10 kN (2250 lbs.) with stroke lengths up to 1000mm (39 inches), opening a new, wider range of hydraulic to electric conversion. The new design utilises a high quality ball screw assembly, reducing current draw by up to 20% over previous models. The new line also offers a wide range of speed options, up to 75 mm/s (3 in/sec) on some models.

Tested to meet the toughest OEM environmental protection requirements
Electrak HD actuators also feature Thomson’s unique environmental resistance and protection characteristics. Its IP69k (static), IP67 (static) and IP66 (static/dynamic) IP ratings enable maximum performance and continuity in the harshest environments. The actuators operate in temperatures ranging from - 40 to + 85 °C (- 40 to + 185 °F), can withstand salt spray for 200 hours, and are CE, RoHS and REACH (EU) certified.

Built in Thomson quality

The Electrak HD comes standard with manual override, anti-rotation features, integral thermal overload protection, load lock in case of nut overload failure, high quality ball screw, and flexible front and rear clevis options. Also the retracted minimum length for a given stroke is the same, no matter what control option is in use.

@Thomson_Ind #PAuto 

Simply speedy electro-mechanical troubleshooting.

Today’s industrial machinery is more reliable and efficient, but can also be more difficult to troubleshoot because of the complexities of its advanced systems. The new ScopeMeter® 120B Series Industrial Handheld Oscilloscope from Fluke, is designed to address these challenges with innovative features that improve the speed, efficiency, and accuracy of troubleshooting complex electro-mechanical systems.

The compact ScopeMeter 120B Series features Connect-and-View™ technology that recognises signal patterns and automatically sets up the scope’s triggering, amplitude, and time base, eliminating the typical trial-and-error setup process. Once the waveform is captured, the new IntellaSet™ intelligent measurement detection automatically selects key measurements based on the acquired waveform type and displays the most relevant measurement values (for example, Vrms and Hz for a line voltage signal, or Vpeak-peak and Hz for a square wave), helping technicians easily identify and characterise potential signal faults.

The 120B Series also features an Event Capture function that captures and identifies elusive intermittent events and lists all those events that exceed a predetermined threshold. This lets technicians identify key events quickly, rather than combing through large data sets, reading by reading.

As part of Fluke Connect®, a system of wireless test tools that communicate via the Fluke Connect® app, or Fluke Connect Assets software, a cloud-based solution that gathers measurements to provide a comprehensive view of critical equipment status, the 120B Series can automatically record waveform data to the Fluke Connect app on smartphones or tablets ensuring accuracy and eliminating manual recording of data. Those measurements are then wirelessly uploaded to the cloud and can be combined with measurement data from multiple Fluke Connect test tools to create and share reports from the job site via email and collaborate in real time with other colleagues, increasing productivity in the field.* Storing then comparing and contrasting waveforms of specific asset test points over time enables maintenance engineers to better identify and troubleshoot conditions that can lead to failures.

The wireless 120B Series also allows technicians to place the meter in locations that are difficult to access or are potentially hazardous, then take measurements from a safe distance.

 @FlukeCorp #TandM #PAuto

Name change signifies strength of brand!

The COPA-DATA Group is strengthening its presence in France. Since 2002, COPA-DATA has held the majority stake in the COPALP company based in the South-East of France. The company has now been renamed COPA-DATA France.

Jérôme Follut
“We are taking over the sales management of zenon for France and are excited to represent zenon in association with straton on the French market”, says Jérôme Follut, CEO of COPA-DATA France (right).

The name change of the branch in France has resulted in the eleventh COPA-DATA subsidiary being established worldwide.

"The integration of COPALP in the COPA-DATA Group is a future-oriented step for our company in this important European market. We can also continue working on the basis of the successful software development of straton,” explains COPA-DATA CEO, Thomas Punzenberger. “For several years, COPALP has been developing the hardware-independent software solution, straton, which offers an integrated development environment where PLCs can be tailored to specific customer needs. The embedded software is implemented worldwide and controls machines in various industries. straton will continue to be developed in France as well as sold from there.”

@copadata #PAuto #France

Gas analyser builds complete picture of contamination.

Occupational health specialists from Wisconsin, USA, are utilising FTIR gas analysis technology to identify and quantify both known and unknown gas species in a wide variety of applications in which workers are potentially at risk.

The FTIR instrument, a DX4040 from Gasmet, is owned by North Shore Environmental Construction (NSEC), a specialist in the management of hazardous materials response and environmental challenges. NSEC routinely employs specialist consultants for the more technically complex investigations and Michael McCoy, M.S., CIH, CHMM, CSP from GZA GeoEnvironmental provides a high level of expertise in these applications, which includes evaluation of the data.

NSEC specializes in hazardous materials response and clean-up and field-based environmental construction. Much of GZA’s work involves site investigation to characterize levels of environmental contamination and human exposure to potentially hazardous or toxic substances. In some cases, such as a chemical spill, the contaminant is known, but in others the source of contamination may not be known. For example, land may have become contaminated by a number of different industrial sources over many years, and waterborne pollution can travel long distances and therefore be derived from unknown sources.

As a portable FTIR gas analyser, the DX4040 effectively enables laboratory grade analysis onsite which dramatically increases the speed with which contamination can be assessed, and avoids the problems, costs and delays associated with transporting samples to a laboratory. Explaining the advantages of FTIR, Michael McCoy says: “Many portable gas monitoring instruments either just measure an individual gas or provide an aggregated reading for a group of compounds – VOCs for example. In contrast, the DX4040 is able to measure up to 25 individual compounds simultaneously. It achieves this by producing a spectrum for the measured compounds, which means that we can set the instrument to display almost live readings for the compounds of potential interest.

“A major advantage of Gasmet’s FTIR analyzers, however, is their ability to identify unknown compounds. Calcmet software facilitates the identification of unknown peaks in a spectrum by comparison with Gasmet’s vast library of stored spectra.”

Michael is board certified in the fields of Industrial Hygiene, Hazardous Materials Management, and Safety. However, he is also a Medical Technologist with a Masters in Pharmacology and Toxicology. Consequently, he is able to provide advice on the toxicological and safety implications of the readings provided by the DX4040. “The ability of the FTIR to analyse multiple compounds is a major advantage; firstly because it enables us to analyse complex mixtures and secondly because it also facilitates the measurement of breakdown products,” Michael says, adding: “Once the contaminant profile and concentrations are known, my job is to compare these with internationally accepted safe levels, taking into account the effects of gas mixtures and to advise on any potential health and environmental effects.”

GZA has developed a strong working relationship with NSEC over the last 6 years; NSEC providing emergency response, and GZA delivering clean-up monitoring and site clearance. The DX4040 was purchased from Gasmet in October 2015 and since that time it has helped validate clean-up activities and provide confirmation of safe working conditions during remediation work.

The DX4040 is a relatively recent addition to NSEC’s equipment fleet, however, it has already been employed in a wide variety of applications. For example, it was deployed in a health and safety investigation to measure fumes and breakdown products following a nitric acid leak, and it has also been used to characterise the emissions profile of different processes within a specialist paint factory; analysing a variety of VOCs in the evaporative emissions. In a similar application, the DX4040 was used to characterise the emission from a ceramics manufacturer. In line with the USEPA’s approach to pollution monitoring, such investigations help manufacturers to identify the fate of different chemical species.

Michael says: “In addition to the practical advantages of FTIR analysis, a major benefit for us is the competitive advantage that this technology delivers; clients are really impressed with the quality and speed of the data, which provides reassurance that risks are being effectively managed.”

Prior to the purchase of the DX4040, a practical demonstration was provided by Gasmet’s Jim Cornish at a coffee roasting factory in Wisconsin. Articles in the media had raised concern about lung disease caused by high levels of diacetyl in popcorn manufacturing facilities and coffee roasters. As a result, NSEC and GZA were asked to investigate and this provided an opportunity to evaluate the benefits of portable FTIR. As a result of this investigation it was possible to list the components of the emissions from coffee roasting and to provide reassurance to the factory’s workers that they were not at risk.

Summarizing, Michael says: “Portable FTIR, in the right hands, is a very powerful tool, helping to define the composition of the gaseous contamination, which reduces risk and builds assurance in remediation activities. Looking forward, I believe that this technology will be employed in an increasingly larger number of even more diverse applications.”

• See also The Gasmet Story posted in 2013!

#Gasmet #PAuto #Environment

Data analytic software.

Seeq R12 is an application empowering engineers and operations analysts in the process industries from Seeq Corporation. It is designed rapidly to achieve insights into asset and operations data.

First released at the Emerson Exchange user conference in October, 2015, Seeq has introduced a new generation of advanced trending functionality with innovative search, data visualization, collaboration, and knowledge capture features. For engineers investigating or charged with improving yield, quality, margin and/or safety issues - it provides a breakthrough in productivity, enabling them to do in minutes what used to take days.

The intuitive visual interface and tools helps process professionals get the most out of their data without the need for programming by connecting them directly to process information stored in any historian.

The rapid release cycle of Seeq subscription offerings means that new capabilities can be delivered to customers in a matter of weeks instead of years. “Our software subscription and delivery model means we are delivering new features and value very quickly,” says Steve Sliwa, CEO and co-founder of Seeq Corporation. “We expect R12 to be the first of several releases in 2016 that address customer feedback to deliver new areas of innovation."

Seeq is available on a free trial basis by clicking on this link

Features include:

Composite Search: Combine results from multiple time-series searches to narrow in on a problem. For example: “show me when temperature is greater than 100 degrees F and relative humidity is below 90%”.

Time Series Interface: Delivers greater precision when working with date ranges and selections via the Range Selector and Timebar, which are intuitive, interactive tools for selecting, visualizing, and manipulating data.

Capsule Logic: Capsules are data objects representing a time period of interest and related data. With Seeq R12, they may be added or compared to each other. For example: For example, “compare the capsules created to define when asset X was in operating versus recovery states, and sensor A was greater than 100 degrees Celsius”

OData Support: Fast, simple methods to see your Seeq worksheet data in Tableau, Spotfire, Excel Power Query and any other analytics package that supports OData.

@SeeqCorporation #PAuto

Seminar on building a case for calibration system.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its Premier Strategic Partner for calibration, Beamex, will co-host a free webinar 8 March 2016 on how to build a business case for a calibration system.

Dr Peter Martin
The webinar, which will be held from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, will feature three automation experts: Peter Martin, Ph.D., Vice President at Schneider Electric*; David Hunt, Power Generation Supervisor at Tucson Electric Power; and Alex Maxfield, Vice President at Beamex.

Building a calibration system business case is now a relevant and much-talked topic within industrial companies. Just like any other business investment, investment in calibration in general and more specifically to a particular calibration system must be economically justified. This webinar addresses and discusses both viewpoints: how an industrial company can justify an investment in calibration and the aspects to be considered when building a business case for a particular calibration system (e.g. financial, compliance, risk mitigation, system lifecycle). The webinar will also present a case story from the power generation industry.

“ISA is pleased to continue to collaborate with Beamex on these free webinars that educate our members and customers and others in the automation community on topics of significant interest and value,” says Jennifer Infantino Halsey, ISA's Director of Marketing & Communications. “Given the essential role calibration plays in modern process automation, it’s important to recognize the critical factors involved in developing a calibration system.”

“Simply put, this could be the most important calibration webinar of 2016, so you don’t want to miss it. The topic is very relevant and interesting among industrial companies and it is brought to you by leading industry influencers and experts,” says Greg Sumners, President of Beamex, Inc. (USA).

* Dr Peter Martin is scheduled to be a keynote speaker at the first ISA FPID Conference being held outside of North America in Cork, Ireland 14th-16th March 2016.

 @BeamexGlobal #ISAuto #FPID16 #PAuto

Highlighting performance improvement opportunities in energy sector!

Emerson is to serve as Foundational Partner for IHS CERAWeek 2016, seizing this important opportunity to engage with energy industry leaders on the predominant topic on their minds: the future of the industry in an era of historic low oil prices.

This year’s IHS CERAWeek theme, “Energy Transition: Strategies for a New World”, addresses the challenges facing the global industry at a time of major change and uncertainty. Emerson sees this turbulent market as an impetus for transforming outdated project and operating models with new technologies and approaches that create business impact. Energy producers are increasingly seeking new ideas and fresh perspective on how to achieve capital efficiency, production optimisation, employee safety and emissions reduction.

“Emerson has long served as a trusted partner to the industry, helping energy leaders harness automation and predictive analysis to drive better project and operations performance,” said Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson Process Management. “That goal has never been more important than it is today. It is Emerson’s responsibility to help customers extract the greatest value from their assets and utilise game-changing technologies to accomplish that. We look forward to contributing to this important discussion at CERAWeek.”

Emerson will have an extensive executive presence throughout the conference, participating in a range of strategic dialogues and expert sessions, including “Operational Strategies for a Low Cost World”, “Squeezing More From Brownfields”, and “The Intersection of Technology and Projects for Capital Efficiency”. Throughout the event, Emerson executives will join other industry leaders in thought-provoking dialogue on how energy producers can weather market challenges with greater capital efficiency and improved operational performance.

“Energy industry leaders are laser-focused on lowering costs and improving production and operational efficiency,” said James Rosenfield, IHS senior vice president and co-chair of CERAWeek. “Technology is at the heart of the energy transition. We welcome Emerson as a Foundational Partner and look forward to the insights and perspectives they will bring to the CERAWeek community.”

“The energy industry is impacted by many external factors, but each company still has a tremendous amount of control over its own destiny,” said Sonnenberg. “The time is right to transform capital project and operations performance for the new reality.”

@EmersonProcess @CERAWeek #PAuto #OIl

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

PSU manufacturer joins PMBus.

Excelsys Technologies has signed the PMBus™ adopter agreement and is now a full member of the Systems Management Interface Forum (SMIF). Excelsys currently offers the PMBus interface on its Xsolo series of 1U, single-output PSUs (Power Supply Units).
In becoming a full member of the SMIF, the company aims to expand its role in the development of future, standardized digital power management platforms.

“We are excited to become a SMIF member, which allows us to join forces and share ideas with other top electronics companies and customers who have adopted the PMBus standard,” says Gary Duffy, Excelsys Technologies’ Chief Executive Officer. “Adopting this open industry standard will facilitate power management at the systems level and will enable us to offer new features and functionality in upcoming product introductions."

Typical applications for Excelsys power supplies include industrial applications, such as test and measurement, automation, semiconductor production, robotics, printing equipment and lasers, and medical imaging and diagnostic equipment. As a world-class power supply manufacturer, Excelsys has a global applications team to support and assist customers with their specific system needs.

#Excelsys @PMBus #PAuto 

MiniPID sensor in focus!

Ion Science is refocusing on its range of MiniPID (miniature photoionisation detection) sensors during 2016. As part of this latest R&D initiative, the company is set to introduce a series of enhancements designed to further strengthen the plug and play sensor’s performance and efficiency. They state that this is "further underlining our position at the forefront of gas detection monitoring instrumentation for occupational health and the environment!"

Ion Science’s well-proven, ATEX accredited MiniPID is a simple plug and play sensor that has been specially developed to deliver a dynamic and dependable response to thousands of VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

The MiniPID is widely used across a range of global occupational health and environmental monitoring applications, including personnel safety, industrial hygiene, site soil and air sampling, fugitive emissions and VOC spills, law enforcement and emergency response.

Available with a 12-month warranty but with an impressive five-year life expectancy (excluding replaceable lamp and pellet), the complete MiniPID series boasts Ion Science’s patented Fence Electrode Technology for industry-leading humidity resistance performance. In addition, the sensor’s clever anti-contamination design protects it from moisture, dust and aerosol ingress.

Specially developed for both diffusive and in-line pumped sampling, Ion Science’s MiniPID delivers an exceptional response and clear down time.

With highly efficient lamps that offer excellent brightness and stability, the MiniPID is able to reliably detect less volatile and readily sensed compounds over an extended period of time. It also features a removable, pneumatically sealed sensing pellet and series four / A1 format.
There are currently several models in the Ion Science MiniPID range. The 0.1 to 6000ppm (parts per million) sensor is configured for a dynamic, accurate and repeatable response to VOCs at elevated concentrations. The ppb (parts per billion) MiniPID offers a minimum detection limit of 1ppb and is designed to deliver a very low background current for optimum low end sensitivity.

The 10.0 eV MiniPID, which offers a range of 5ppb to 100ppm, is the latest addition to the three pin family and is used for selectivity of VOCs with lower ionisation potentials. A common application for this sensor is the determination of ambient levels of aromatic compounds.

Ion Science also offers an 11.7 eV MiniPID. With a range of 0.1 to 100ppm (isobutylene equivalent), the 11.7 eV lamp extends the amount of VOCs detected to include chloro-carbons, CFC, formaldehyde and chlorine.

Optional accessories available with the MiniPID range are PPB and 10.0 eV pellets, lamp cleaning kit, pellet removal tongs and 10.6 eV lamp and HPPM stack.

Ion Science’s Managing Director, Duncan Johns, comments: “Our MiniPID has been extremely successful since its launch in 2007. However, as a technological leader in the gas detection instrumentation market, we felt it was time to refocus on this key sensor. As a result, we are currently investing in several enhancements that we believe will further improve its sensitivity and reliability.”

@ionscience #PAuto

Fluorescence spectroscopy systems in Thailand.

Edinburgh Instruments have accomplished installation of our top end fluorescence spectroscopy systems at the brand new Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC) in Thailand.

VISTEC is funded by PPT, a petroleum company, with the aim of high impact research publications in the science and technology field. The University has invested heavily in state of the art scientific facilities and recruited some of the best professors and researchers, including NRCT Research Award and Outstanding Scientist Award winners.

The FLS980 Fluorescence Spectrometer and the LP980 Transient Absorption Spectrometer will be used to investigate and improve the efficiency and photochemical characteristics of organic solar cell technology. The group researchers are aiming to reduce global consumption and dependence on fossil fuels through improving the overall light-collection efficiency and simplify the manufacture of this type of organic solar cell.

Our engineers attended a week-long installation and training seminar at the University to provide the local research group with systems operation and servicing training.

@Edinst #PAuto 

Brussels in April!

Three-day conference in Brussels provides opportunity for delegates to learn from their peers about extracting the most from their automation investment.

Brussels is to host the 2016 Emerson Global Users Exchange*, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and online registration is now open. The three-day event aimed at existing and potential users of Emerson Process Management products and services will be held from 12th to 14th April 2016 at Square Meeting Centre.

Roel van Doren at last
EMREX EMEA Stuttgart
The third Global Users Exchange in Europe promises to surpass the successful events held in Germany, with even greater interest from presenters and delegates wanting to participate,”
said Roel van Doren, President, Emerson Process Management Europe. “The theme of this year’s event is ‘New Reality, New Opportunity’ reflecting the challenges that a rapidly changing world is creating for the process industry, the new opportunities that are emerging and the right approaches to take to ensure improved performance and profitability.”

During the event - which will be tailored to meet the needs of users from the three regions - delegates will have the opportunity to attend over 100 presentations, predominately from Emerson users, describing current projects and applications. Presentations will enable delegates to find out how to dramatically enhance safety and compliance; reduce complexity, accommodate change and cut the costs of major projects; become top quartile performers through integrated reliability programmes; develop more effective energy management strategies; optimise operations and ensure the most efficient use of capital and resources; minimise downtime and risk during control system migrations.

The conference programme will also include industry forums, allowing open discussions between delegates and experienced industry professionals, plus a solutions exhibition, where delegates can receive hands-on demonstrations of Emerson’s latest and most innovative products and services. Delegates will also be able to interact and network with their peers, business partners and other industry leaders, meeting the experts behind the technologies and learning how innovations can be used in practice.

For a flavour of the last EMEA Emrex in Stuttgart (D) take a peek at our account (7/4/2014). We hope to attend this year again so look out for us!

* Shaped by users, for users, the Emerson Global Users Exchange is managed by a board of directors, comprising users from a range of industries, who formulate the conference content and guide the direction of the users group at large

 #PAuto #EmRex @EmersonProcess 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Safety comms standard, first in China.

Following successful standardisation of PROFIBUS and PROFINET in China, PROFIsafe – the first and only communication-based safety standard – has now been elevated to the status of a Chinese national standard. 

This is further evidence that PI technologies are highly regarded in China – not least because of their high quality but also based on their large installed base and reliable organization. Functional safety has long played a very important role in production facilities in industrialized nations. The importance of functional safety in China has risen enormously in recent years.

The use of fieldbus-based functional safety not only enables the setup of simple safety functions that initiate safe stopping of equipment under hazard conditions in order to protect humans and machines. It also offers intelligent methods for prevention of hazards without having to stop production with a shutoff device. An example of this would be to reduce the speed of robot motions or self-driving vehicles to an extent that people moving in their vicinity can easily evade them. PROFIsafe provides a very sound technological basis for this and supports these functions within the framework of profiles.

After successful conclusion of all standardization activities and votes in the national standardization committee, establishment of a certification lab for PROFIsafe devices, and successful development and certification of an initial product  by an original Chinese company, PI has met all requirements for the status of a national standard and is listed under designation GB/T 20830-2015.

This was acknowledged in an official ceremony in the presence of more than 100 high-level representatives of the Chinese economy and universities in which PI Chairman Karsten Schneider participated. Leading up to this, experts from PI and the PI Competence Center and ITEI test lab (Instrumentation Technology & Economy Institute, P.R. China) in Beijing collaborated closely with the Chinese national standardization committee SAC/TC124 Industry Process Measurement and Control.

@AllThingsPROFI  #PAuto

2015 EMC Distributor of the year!

After remaining a distributor of Roxburgh EMC products for over three years, CP Automation, a supplier and repair specialist of industrial equipment, is now being awarded for their dedication to the Roxburgh EMC brand.
(L-R) Louise Underwood, Accountant at CP Automation, Tom Downing, Roxburgh EMC Product Manager and Gary Cook, Internal Sales Engineer at CP Automation. 
Tom Downing, Product Manager of Roxburgh EMC commented; “CP Automation stocks an extensive range of our industrial filters and they have gone from strength to strength since the beginning of our partnership. Their growth has enabled Roxburgh EMC to enter new markets and we presented this award to them in recognition of their commitment and effort. We have enjoyed working with CP Automation and hope to see continued success in the future.”

CP Automation stocks over 40 of Roxburgh EMC’s industrial filter lines, including the popular three phase filters, three phase and neutral products, plus, high current single-phase ranges. The team also comprises skilled engineers, who can offer technical advice that proves extremely valuable to customers.

"Since our partnership with Roxburgh EMC, we have been able to help our customers by solving their EMC issues, which makes it a great fit to CP Automation's portfolio," explains John Mitchell, Global Business Development Manager of CP Automation.

CP Automation specialises in universal peripheral equipment for variable speed drives as a core part of its offering to include dynamic braking resistors, external brake choppers, regenerative units, harmonic filters - both passive and active - line, motor, sine wave chokes and motors.

"Our decision to stock from 1A to 820Amps has given our customers the ability to win projects when they have been let down by their current suppliers due to lead-time issues,” continues Mitchell. “We work closely with OEMs in helping them design the right product into their application. Roxburgh EMC's manufacturing ability to design custom filters with brand labelling, as well as responding to time pressures, has also been key to our customers’ requirements."

Tony Young, Director of CP Automation Ltd, concludes; "The synergy to market between aspects of both businesses has resulted in this success utilising the key people in sales, marketing, engineering, procurement and manufacturing. We look forward to continuing the growth we have seen into the future."

@CP_Automation @RoxburghEMC #Pauto #EMC 

Airborne imaging!

Headwall Photonics, Inc., the leading provider of spectral imaging solutions, has introduced a new, powerful data processing unit specifically designed for UAV airborne applications requiring sensor fusion. The small size and weight of HyperCore combined with its powerful data processing and high capacity storage connections offers the industry's only processing platform for fusing hyperspectral sensing data with many other sensor payloads on the aircraft.

Utilising Hyperspec III, Headwall's powerful spectral imaging application software, HyperCore™ serves as the central connection point for remote-sensing instruments such as multiple hyperspectral sensors, LiDAR, thermal cameras, RGB instruments, GPS/IMU units, and many more.

Designed for harsh airborne environments and only the size and weight of a Rubik's Cube, HyperCore stores 500GB of incoming airborne data and features two Gigabit Ethernet connections, one base CameraLink connection, and a multi-purpose I/O port to handle GPS/INS, sensor commands, etc. Depending on the instruments being connected, Headwall supplies HyperCore with the necessary Hyperspec III software modules to provide a comprehensive operational platform. HyperCore is the industry's first true data processing hub specifically designed for use aboard today's small and light UAVs.

"Headwall leads the industry in developing hardware and software solutions for remote sensing applications," said CEO David Bannon. "The convergence of small UAVs and the need for different but complementary instruments such as LiDAR, GPS, thermal, and others led us to develop a single point of fusion for the data streams from each instrument." HyperCore puts a focus on managing and synthesizing the data streams that are so crucial for developing imagery in remote sensing applications. 

"A precision agriculturalist wants to know if there is an invasive disease posing a threat to his crops, HyperCore gives the user community a processing solution for managing those data streams in a small and light UAV-friendly package." The product weighs only 1.4 pounds (0.64 kg), measures 3.5" x 3.0" x 3.0", and draws only 12W. It is designed to work with Headwall's Hyperspec® family of sensors, plus a wide range of instruments by notable third-party vendors.

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