Friday, March 4, 2016

Air quality workshop success.

Ashtead Technology and monitoring instrument manufacturer TSI recently co-hosted a technical workshop in England. The event focused on monitoring workplace and environmental air quality. The level of interest in the workshop was so high that some applications to attend had to be declined once registration was full.
“We were delighted with the level of interest,” said Ashtead’s Josh Thomas. “Space limitations meant that we had to limit the number of participants to 30 which sadly meant that we were unable to accommodate the later applications. However, the feedback from those that attended was extremely positive, so the event was a great success.”

Delegates included health and safety managers from a range of industries, in addition to specialist environmental and occupational health contractors and consultants. Echoing the positive response from all delegates, Richard Prestage, a provider of health & safety surveys and training, said: “The presentations were all very clear and whilst the speakers had commercial responsibilities, they were not too promotional, and demonstrated an ability to focus on the most important issues.” 

Explaining how the workshop was able to help him in his daily work, Richard said: “The demonstration of the TSI AM510 showed how it is possible to identify peak exposure levels to different particulate fractions, which will be a particular benefit in comparison with air sampling pumps.”

The day began with technical presentations explaining the reasons for monitoring including an overview of the regulatory requirements. Detailed information was provided on the latest technologies for the measurement of dust, fine particulates and other airborne contaminants. In the afternoon, practical sessions provided participants with an opportunity to operate a range of hand-held particulate monitors and discuss some of the issues that arise in their own applications.

The afternoon’s activities included a tour of the TSI High Wycombe facility with Operations Director Brian Blackburn, who outlined the company’s environmental and quality management procedures. Brian explained how quality is built into the company’s products and how the company’s business processes focus on key issues such as on-time delivery.

The workshop concluded with a presentation by TSI’s Nick Brown, who provided a live demonstration of ambient dust monitoring at a site in Germany using web-enabled technology. Nick explained how this equipment can incorporate meteorological instruments and be employed to monitor ambient air pollution issues, such as odour nuisance or dust from construction projects.

@ashteadtech @TSIIncorporated #PAuto 

Miniature IEPE triaxial accelerometer.

The new sensor from Kistler Instruments is a miniature, through hole triaxial accelerometer available with measurement ranges of ±50g and ±100g designed for dynamic vibration measurements, especially where space is limited. Full scale signal output is ±5V for both ranges. Applications include automotive NVH and durability, space and aerospace vehicle testing and subsystem vibration testing.

The Kistler ceramic shear element technology ensures high immunity to base strain and the low mass, 6 gram, minimises any effect on the item under test. The welded titanium through hole fixing housing is hermetically sealed and M4.5 and ¼-28 miniature 4 pin connector options allow 360° cable orientation for maximum installation flexibility.

The IEPE (Integrated Electronics Piezoelectric) design with the TEDS (Transducer Electronic Data sheet) option delivers small size, light weight, robustness and low cabling costs whilst the aluminium anodized base ensures ground isolation from mounting surfaces.

The slim profile, base isolation, light weight and wide frequency response in the three orthogonal directions combined with centre-hole mounting flexibility for 360° cable orientation make the new Type 8764B accelerometers easy to install where space is restricted and the robust welded titanium construction ensures a long life in hostile environments.

 #Kistler #PAuto

Technical safety and industrial cybersecurity services.

Kenexis, an independent engineering consulting firm providing technical safety and industrial cybersecurity services, has become an ISA Promotional Partner. Through the partnership, Kenexis and ISA will work together to share Kenexis’ capabilities and technical knowledge with ISA members and customers.

Kenexis works with its clients to make operations safer and more productive by helping to ensure the integrity of instrumented safeguards and industrial communications networks. The company accomplishes this by employing core skills in technical safety, risk analysis, reliability engineering and network engineering.

Kenexis consulting engineering provides Safety Instrumented System (SIS) services, including the establishment of Safety Integrity Level (SIL), and the development of Safety Requirement Specifications (SRS) and quantitative design Verification (SIL Verification). Kenexis analyzes the risks associated with process plant operations using different techniques, including PHA, LOPA and QRA. The company also provides Fire & Gas Mapping services, including performance target selection, detector placement and coverage assessments. The Kenexis industrial cybersecurity team provides industrial control system services, including design, vulnerability assessments and incident response.

Kenexis also develops software tools to improve the quality and performance of its work. Kenexis produces the tools available to the market place for others to use for the same reasons. Discover Kenexis Effigy - Performance Based Fire & Gas Detector Design and Vertigo - SIS Safety Lifecycle Software products. 

Kenexis actively participates in industry standards and best practices, including ISA84, Electrical/Electronic/Programmable Electronic Systems (E/E/PES) for Use in Process Safety Applications and ISA99, Industrial Automation and Control Systems Security.

Kenexis helps clients comply with appropriate regulations and standards, and benchmark their performance and processes against industry best practices. These services allow its clients to maintain “best-in-class” safety and reliability ratings.

“ISA welcomes Kenexis as an ISA Promotional Partner,” states Jennifer Infantino Halsey, ISA's Director of Marketing & Communications. “ISA members and the automation and control community at large will be able to learn more about the value and benefits of Kenexis’ technical safety and industrial cybersecurity services—particularly their potential to reduce operational risks and improve productivity.”

Business Development Manager for Contract Manufacturing Division.

Acromag has formed a new Contract Manufacturing Division at its 35,000 square foot facility located in Wixom, Michigan (USA). The Electronic Contract Manufacturing Division will be led by newly appointed Acromag’s Business Development Manager, Stacy Z. Moore

Stacy Z Moore
This division offers PCB Assembly to the commercial, industrial, aerospace, defense, telematics and automotive industries.

This new division is a natural expansion of their current design and manufacturing Process Automation and Embedded Solutions Divisions. Utilizing their extensive manufacturing experience they offer SMT and through-hole components, RoHS and non-RoHS compliant manufacturing, component packages down to 0402, automated optical inspection (AOI), conformal coat, potting, test services, and box builds / turn-key assemblies.

“Acromag prides itself on exceeding the quality standards that are required by its customers,” said Stacy Moore, the new Business Development Manager. “As a company, we have more than 50 years of manufacturing experience. We have the tools, the training, and the skills to bring a customer’s product to market, quickly and to their specifications.”

@Acromag #Pauto

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Three new money-saving Combo Kits.

Fluke has introduced three new money-saving Combo Kits based around the Fluke 3000 FC Digital Multimeter (DMM) which features Fluke Connect®. Ideal for use by maintenance managers, industrial electricians, or field maintenance technicians, the kits include accessories aimed at electronic or electrical applications, as well as a hanging accessory and a soft case.

Independently tested for safe use in CAT IV 600V/ CAT III 1000 V environments, the Fluke 3000 FC wireless DMM has all the features needed to troubleshoot and repair many problems in electrical and electronic systems. It gives true-RMS voltage and current measurements, 6000-count resolution, and provides frequency, capacitance, resistance, continuity and diode measurements. In addition, the Fluke 3000 FC provides higher 0.09% basic accuracy, a digital display showing up to three secondary measurements from remote modules, and features a bright white backlight.

The FLK-3000FC/1AC-II Combo Kit comprises a Fluke 3000 FC DMM, Fluke TL224 Silicone Test Leads, Fluke TP220 Industrial Test Probes and Fluke AC220 Heavy Duty Alligator Clips, together with a Fluke 1AC-II non-contact voltage tester, a TPAK ToolPak™ magnetic meter hanger and a soft carry case.

The FLK-3000FC/EDA2 Combo Kit comprises a Fluke 3000 FC DMM, TL224 SureGrip™ Insulated Test Leads, TL910 Electronic Test Probes and AC280 SureGrip™ Hook Clips, together with a TPAK ToolPak™ magnetic meter hanger and a soft carry case.

The FLK-3000FC/TPAK Combo Kit comprises a Fluke 3000 FC DMM, together with a TPAK ToolPak™ magnetic meter hanger and a soft carry case.

Using the Fluke Connect app enables users to capture and trend measurements. As part of Fluke Connect, technicians can wirelessly transmit measurement data from the 3000 FC DMM and other test tools to their smartphones for secure storage on the Fluke Cloud™, and for team access from the field. With the Fluke Connect smartphone app, technicians can combine 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 with ShareLive™ video calls, increasing productivity in the field.

 @FlukeCorp #TandM #Pauto 

Making it simple to create IoT devices.

The new Wubby platform simplifies the development of IoT and Smart Home devices and systems by providing a programming environment that supports Python code execution directly in the microcontroller of the device. This allows a broader developer audience to create new everyday objects because of the popularity of Python.

Wubby (pronounced Wha-bee - who would have guessed?) is the first platform that truly separates hardware from software, abstracting the hardware and allowing the developers to contribute by writing simple python scripts, rather having to deploy the whole device image. What iOS and Android have been for the mobile phone market, Wubby is for IoT devices.

At the core of this platform is the Wubby VM, that runs in the heart of an everyday object, the microcontroller. Its main duty is simple, to provide a hardware agnostic environment for the creation of interoperable applications inside each everyday object. Wubby VM is accompanied by the following components - Wubby IDE is a platform agnostic development environment for configuration, debugging and simulation of everyday objects; Wubby Cloud is a collection of protocols and web services for application deployment and backend device management; Wubby Client is the main tool for user interaction with everyday objects including managing them and installing/updating new apps.

“With years of successful experience developing products for the IoT market, we believe we have solved many of the problems that limit the IoT vision from being fully realized,” says Dimitris Leonardos, CEO of Wubby. “Wubby lets everyday objects quickly connect to each other by infusing them with intelligence, while making the whole process EASY. Conventional ways seem to not work - this is why we invented Wubby.”

• Wubby was created in 2015 as a spin-off of Econais. Econais had been in the IoT market since 2010 and had developed a number of Wi-Fi modules with very unique characteristics (smallest size, lowest power consumption, complete software, etc.) compared to any other competitive solutions in the market.

@wubbyio #Pauto #Smart #IoT

Switching from pneumatic to electric actuation.

Thomson Industries has helped Danish fabrics plasticator, Raaco International, achieve lower annual energy costs of 89% by switching to Thomson’s new generation electric linear actuators, the PC Series™, at its plastic welding and injection moulding factory in Denmark.

Pneumatic cylinders are susceptible to pressure loss and leakage and Raaco needed an alternative to increase performance and reduce energy costs. It turned to Thomson’s authorised Danish distributor, AVN Teknik to explore the option of switching to an electromechanical solution. “We estimated that Raaco was losing nearly a third of its compression between the compressor and the point of actuation,” said Flemming Blauert, Product Specialist at AVN Teknik.

Utilising a Thomson-supplied sizing and calculation tool, Blauert found that the electromechanical actuators offered an 80% efficiency rate compared to just 15% for their pneumatic counterparts. A total cost saving of 613 euros a year per cylinder showed that the PC Series would be able to pay for themselves within three years in energy savings alone. A test installation of the Thomson’s PC SeriesTM showed further evidence of improvements in performance, productivity and savings. The electromechanical actuators proved to be three times faster than their pneumatic predecessors and required less maintenance. Raaco expected downtime during the transition of up to two days but the process went so smoothly that the actuators were working as intended in a couple of hours.

Convinced by the potential value that resulted from the test on a key injection moulding application, Raaco has ordered electromechanical replacements for its pneumatic cylinders on all of its injection moulding line and is evaluating application opportunities throughout the rest of its plant. Energy savings, speed, and reduced maintenance were the key factors in Raaco’s decision to convert to Thomson’s PC SeriesTM electric linear actuators.

Thomson’s new generation, PC SeriesTM electric actuators are optimised to help design engineers convert from pneumatic to electric linear actuation. The units require less maintenance, simplify machine design, offer significant cost savings and are ideal for 100% duty cycle applications that require high accuracy and reliability.

@Thomson_Ind #PAuto

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Protocol expansion for flowmeters helps reduce start-up costs.

Emerson adds HART 7 to vortex flowmeters for more efficient commissioning, start-up, and configuration.

The ability to efficiently commission field devices reduces start-up costs and schedule risk for large projects. Emerson Process Management’s line of Rosemount 8800 Vortex flowmeters now offers HART® Protocol Revision 7, which allows for easier identification in the field, commissioning, and configuration.

“Making it easier to commission and start up a facility accelerates the return on our customers’ investment,” said Mark Fleigle, vice president of technology and product development for Emerson Process Management. “The extension of HART 7 to our vortex flowmeters simultaneously adds functionality and improves usability.”

Properly identifying devices both in the field and in the control room takes the guesswork out of whether or not the correct device is being configured or commissioned. The Locate Device feature of HART 7 displays a visible code on the device’s LCD screen which allows for quick field identification.

Once connected to the device, or while viewing from the control room, Long Tag allows for a detailed device name to be viewed or loaded into the flowmeter. Long Tag support increases the character limit from the current eight character tag to 32 characters, allowing the user to create more accurate descriptions necessary to track down each unique device.

HART 7 also offers greater flexibility for device configuration. For the most up to date process information, HART 7 delivers expanded burst mode capabilities to allow the vortex meter to burst up to 8 variables and to trigger messages based on process events.

In addition to the latest HART 7 features, the 8800 Vortex flowmeter now provides Sensor Signal Strength as a display and output variable. This allows for continuous health monitoring of the flow sensor both at the device and remotely as a HART variable.

More about HART revisions.

@EmersonProcess #Pauto #HART

Linear luminaires for hazardous areas.

The robust ECOLUX linear luminaires 6010 and 6610 from R. Stahl cast light on hazardous-area applications in harsh industrial environments, on production platforms and aboard ships all over the world.
They are designed for use with two 18 W or 36 W fluorescent lamps. They are available with housings made of powder-coated sheet steel, SS304 corrosion-free stainless steel or highly resistant SS316L stainless steel for marine applications. The luminaires are versatile with fixing points for mounting on walls or ceilings. Quick-release covers ensure a user-friendly handling and minimise wear on the seals. For ease of installation and maintenance, the ballast and lamp holder of the 8.5 kg luminaires are directly attached to the reflective sheet, which can be removed without tools. The devices achieve a high luminaire efficiency of more than 70 lm/W. A built-in diffuser and special plastic lens ensure that glare is minimised. The luminaires provide up to IP65 ingress protection depending on the type of installation and are suitable for use with ambient temperatures between -20 °C and + 60 °C.

The linear luminaires have an extensive track record as long-lasting, extremely reliable solutions for general lighting purposes as well as for group or centrally supplied emergency light installations in chemical and petrochemical plants, steel mills and power plants, pharmaceutical factories, distilleries, food and beverage industry plants and, of course, in marine applications. The luminaires are certified according to ATEX, IECEx and PESO (India) for use in zones 1, 21 and 2, 22 (ECOLUX 6010) or 2, 21 and 22 (ECOLUX 6610). For use outside of hazardous zones, R. STAHL provides L610 series luminaires.

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

Magnetic Resonance based multiphase flowmeter.

Free of charge eLearning course on the measuring principle of a Magnetic Resonance based multiphase flowmeter

A new course on “Magnetic Resonance based multiphase flowmeter” has been released on the Krohne Academy online eLearning platform. The free course covers an extensive introduction to the measuring principle as well as important topics related to multiphase flow measurement.

Starting with the definition of multiphase flow, the course leads into traditional measurement technology used for multiphase flow. History and basic physics of Magnetic Resonance (MR) are explained, and in more detail the physics of MR multiphase flow measurement. Construction, installation and calibration of a MR multiphase flowmeter are covered, as well as its inline-self-characterisation feature, accuracy and key benefits.

The course consists of two learning modules with corresponding tests allowing participants to assess their knowledge. Currently available in English, both German and French are planned to be released in a few weeks. The course adds to a whole range of courses on process instrumentation already available at the KROHNE Academy online.

 #Krohne #Pauto #Training @KROHNE_USA

Industrial Flow Monitor.

The new Blancett® B2900 flow monitor offers advanced digital signal processing technology in an easy-to-access package. Enclosed in a spacious polycarbonate NEMA 4X housing, the electronics are located on a single board, designed for straightforward and convenient field installation. 

The large enclosure provides more room for the user’s hands and tools when wiring the monitor in the field. The B2900 enclosure features an LCD display with push button programming as well as a pre-drilled hole for external wiring connections, such as Modbus RTU and other outputs. 

This flow monitor processes a frequency output from a flow sensor and interprets the signal to calculate flow rate and total flow simultaneously with 10-point linearization for improved accuracy. The B2900 monitor is ideal for use with low-level frequency input signals, typically found in Blancett turbine flow meters, but it can be used with almost any flow sensor producing a low amplitude AC output or contact closure signal. The monitor provides advanced communication capabilities over an RS485 bus using Modbus RTU and control outputs, allowing operators to connect meters to a network for process automation and/or remote flow monitoring. The Modbus RTU connection can be configured with user-selected baud rates.

To ensure security in remote applications, robust alarm parameters provide faster warning when something changes in the process or pipeline. Also, the keypad display can be password protected to prevent unauthorized tampering. An added benefit for remote monitoring applications is that the B2900 monitor can be configured for both loop power and battery power, with the battery rated for a six year lifespan. The battery also acts as a backup power source in the event of loop power loss or interruption.

B2900 flow monitors are hazardous location certified (Class I Division 1, Groups C, D; Class II, Division 1 Groups E, F, G; Class III for US and Canada. Complies with UL 913 and CSA C22.2 No. 153) and are suitable for a variety of critical flow measurement applications in the oil and gas, and petrochemical industries. Ideal applications include secondary oil recovery, remediation and reclamation, fracture/refracture, coal bed methane, regulatory compliance and environmental accountability, aggressive chemical processing, and industrial batching and dispensing.

@Badger_Meter #PAuto 

Gas ultrasonic flow meters.

A new Daniel gas ultrasonic flow meter platform has been released by Emerson. It elevates its well-proven British Gas design by providing two meters and transmitters in a single body to help natural gas operators and pipelines improve reliability and efficiency.

Designed to maximise capital budgets by permitting two completely independent measurements with the installation of just a single flowmeter, the new 3415 (four-path + one-path) and 3416 (four-path + two-path) gas ultrasonic flow meters combine a four-path fiscal meter with an additional check meter, while the new 3417 (four-path + four-path) meter provides two fiscal meters for full redundancy and equal accuracy within one meter body. This two-in-one redundant design delivers continuous on-line verification of custody transfer measurement integrity, device health and process conditions, and improves fiscal metering confidence while ensuring regulatory compliance.

Both Daniel 3415 and 3416 gas ultrasonic meters measure flow using four horizontal chordal paths in addition to a reflective path dedicated to verification of the primary measurement, enabling improved metering insight, more informed decision making and simplified flow meter verification. For enhanced immunity to pipe wall contamination, the 3416 meter is equipped with an additional vertical reflective path to detect liquid or very thin layers of contamination at the bottom of the meter that otherwise remain completely hidden in a direct-path meter design. This allows reliable monitoring of process changes before they affect measurement, thus reducing calibration frequency and enabling maintenance to be condition-based instead of calendar-based.

To further improve reliability and uptime in particularly demanding custody transfer applications, users can leverage the Daniel 3417 gas ultrasonic meter with its unique dual-plane configuration that combines two independent four-path British Gas fiscal meters into one meter body. The configuration ensures complete measurement redundancy with two meters of equal accuracy and the ability for each meter to operate independently of the other. This design significantly reduces cost for measurement stations that traditionally utilise two separate meters with their associated piping, calibrations and installations. The 3417 meter is ideal for border stations that are becoming bi-directional, storage applications, remote locations such as offshore platforms or for use on large compressor stations or lines without a bypass.

“Knowing if and when a gas ultrasonic meter has drifted and who is paying for the measurement shift is critically important to our customers’ business,” said Kerry Groeschel, director of engineering of Emerson’s Daniel ultrasonic meters. “Our 3417 meter addresses these needs because it can be used as a shared meter between two contracting parties for a tremendous capital savings or for complete custody transfer backup measurement should maintenance be needed. The 3415 and 3416 also deliver significant advantages, particularly in shale plays, by giving operators greater visibility into gas quality.”

All meters are approved to the more stringent class 0.5 of OIML R137 MID Accuracy. In addition, they feature redundant electronics with a patented transducer synchronisation function that is unique to Daniel gas ultrasonic technology. This function coordinates the acoustic firing of both meters to avoid interference between the two meters, allowing the highest sampling rate possible and providing stable ultrasonic signals and optimal low flow response for a more accurate and reliable measurement.

Furthermore, all meters are equipped with MeterLink™, a fully automated diagnostics software package. MeterLink allows operators access to easy-to-interpret diagnostic information, providing greater visibility to meter performance and product quality as well as alerts that are generated when abnormal operating conditions are detected. Daniel multi-path redundant gas ultrasonic meters provide additional measurement confidence by calculating corrected volume rates, mass and energy rates and real time AGA 10 speed of sound. This ensures a repeatable and accurate flow measurement, even when process conditions vary or differ from calibrated conditions.

 @EmersonProcess  #PAuto 

Centralised management of large amounts of data.

Version R3.30 of Yokogawa's Plant Resource Manager (PRM®) software tool for the centralised management of large amounts of data from plant monitoring and control devices and manufacturing equipment has been launched. PRM R3.30 is an upgrade to R3.20 and includes an improved management function for HART® and enhancements to the navigation function. With this new PRM version, Yokogawa aims to capture a larger share of the plant maintenance market.

Plant Resource Manager (PRM)
PRM is a software package that centrally manages large amounts of status and maintenance information from plant monitoring and control devices and manufacturing equipment. With PRM, users can monitor the status of their devices and perform online diagnosis via a network. In addition, PRM centrally manages maintenance information, including device ledgers, in a database, and supplies maintenance information for plant field devices and equipment to maintenance personnel.

Major Target Markets
Industries such as oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, iron and steel, pulp and paper, electric power, and wastewater treatment


Maintenance of field devices in plants and the operation of plants
Development Background
Manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to improve maintenance efficiency by using software tools like PRM that can centrally manage large amounts of maintenance and other types of data from plant monitoring and control devices and manufacturing equipment. Maintenance personnel use such data to reduce plant downtime and enhance safety by proactively spotting and responding to device failures.

To optimize plant operations, it is essential not only to keep devices in good working order but also to have up-to-date information on device status and maintain records on all maintenance work that is performed. Such information is most useful if operators of control and safety instrumented systems can view it on screen at their human interface stations (HIS).

With such needs in mind, Yokogawa has developed new functions for its PRM tool that facilitate the collection of information from field devices for use in optimizing device maintenance and plant operations.

1. Quick access to HART device status information
PRM can now obtain start-up, stop, failure, and other status information from Yokogawa HART7 compliant devices in almost real time via the N-IO (Network-IO) field input/output (IO) device that was developed for use with the latest version (R4.01) of the ProSafe®-RS safety instrumented system, which was released to the market in November 2015. For other companies' HART5, 6, and 7 compliant devices, PRM can collect information at 1 minute intervals. With PRM R3.20, data collection at intervals of 10 to 60 minutes was supported.

2. Intuitive display of device information
Icons indicating the importance of individual devices are now displayed in the device status window of the navigation screen. If a problem occurs somewhere in the plant, operators can use this information and the self-diagnostic information displayed for the devices to make a quick, priority-based response.

3. Targeted issuance of alarms
PRM has a maintenance alarm function that issues alarms for display at CENTUM® series integrated production control system HISs. Previously, alarms were issued to all HISs. With this latest version of PRM, it is now possible to specify which HIS should receive alarms from a specific device. Individual operators now only receive alarms from those devices for which they are responsible.

@YokogawaIA #Pauto 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Wireless Stack & Communication Module to standard.

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has released a new ISA100 Wireless Stack & Communication Module that has achieved ISA100 Wireless certification. The ISA100 Wireless certification provides assurance that devices using the Murata communication module will properly interoperate in all ISA100 Wireless compliant networks.

The LBBA0ZZ1EU-xxx ISA100 Wireless Stack & Communication is the newest ISA100 Wireless Compliant™ stack to be certified by the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute. 

The LBBA0ZZ1EU-xxx is a fully integrated 2.4GHz wireless module and ISA100 Wireless stack featuring a low power radio design. The LBBA0ZZ1EU module will allow device suppliers to develop ISA100 wireless products easily and efficiently.  An evaluation board, UAP sample code and an RF test tool are ready for allowing the user to implement, test and verify the ISA100 wireless device functions. View the certification by clicking here.

“The Murata communication module is the fourth ISA100 Wireless™ compliant module included in the ISA100 Wireless portfolio,” remarked Andre Ristaino, Managing Director of ISA100 WCI. “ISA100 Wireless™ uses IPv6 addressing natively in the standard, establishing the foundation for wireless IIOT well into the future.”

“The LBBA0ZZ1EU-xxx will allow users to develop ISA100 Wireless products more quickly, easily and efficiently,” said Takeshi Sato, who heads the IoT Solution Business Development Department at Murata. “We look forward to seeing new products utilizing our module in the portfolio of certified ISA100 Wireless.”

 #Murata #PAuto #ISAuto

True-RMS wireless clamp meter.

Fluke has introduced a wireless HVAC clamp meter. As part of Fluke Connect®, the new, rugged Fluke 902 FC true-RMS HVAC Clamp Meter combines functionality with form factor to create a powerful troubleshooting clamp.

It is ideal for service, installation and maintenance of industrial, commercial and residential HVAC/R systems, as well as furnaces, motors and variable frequency drives. It allows technicians to trend data, save data wirelessly to the Fluke Connect app on smartphones or tablets, stay safe with remote viewing, and share and email test results seamlessly.

The CAT III 600V / CAT IV 300V safety-rated Fluke 902 FC Wireless HVAC Clamp Meter measures DC voltage and current readings up to 600V/200micro-A, and true-RMS AC voltage and current up to 600V/600A. It also offers measurements of an extended resistance range, capacitance, and temperature from -40degC to +400degC using the supplied plug-in Type-K thermocouple probe.

Using the Fluke Connect app enables users to capture and trend measurements from a safe distance. As part of Fluke Connect, technicians can wirelessly transmit measurement data from the 902 FC HVAC clamp meter and other test tools to their smartphones for secure storage on the Fluke Cloud™, and for team access from the field. With the Fluke Connect smartphone app, technicians can combine 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 with ShareLive™ video calls, increasing productivity in the field.*

* Within the provider’s wireless service area and subject to the user’s plan’s pricing and other terms.

@FlukeCorp #PAuto #HVAC

Board of directors re-elected.

The CiA General Assembly confirmed the existing Board of Directors: Harm-Peter Krause (esd) as Business Director, Uwe Koppe (MicroControl) as Technical Director, and Holger Zeltwanger as Managing Director.
From left to right: Harm-Peter Krause, Uwe Koppe, Holger Zeltwanger

Emtas, Janz Tec, Kaba, MicroControl, and Port were elected as Business Committee members.

Elected members of the Technical Committee are Beckhoff, emtas, esd, Janz Tec, and Port.

In 2016, the CiA association is organising several CAN FD plugfests for its members as well as for CANopen FD. CAN FD is the next generation CAN data link layer overcoming the 1-Mbit/s transmission-speed and the 8-byte payload limits of the Classical CAN data link layer. In addition, CiA has scheduled several “CAN 2020” events introducing into CAN FD and CANopen FD technology.

CiA technical groups develop the CANopen FD specification (e.g. CiA 301 version 5.0), additional design recommendations for CAN FD devices and systems (CiA 601 series), and SAE J1939 mapping to CAN FD networks (CiA 602 series).

“Of course, we will maintain and update existing CANopen profile specifications,” stated Holger Zeltwanger. “We also will continue providing education services on Classical CAN and CANopen, but the future is CAN FD respectively CANopen FD.” 

Many carmakers plan to introduce road vehicles using CAN FD by the year of 2020.

CiA events

- CAN/CAN FD seminar, Nuremberg (DE), March 15, 2016
- CANopen seminar, Nuremberg (DE), March 16, 2016
- CAN/CAN FD seminar, Prague (CZ), April 05, 2016
- CANopen seminar, Prague (CZ), April 06, 2016
- CAN/CAN FD seminar, Zürich (CH), April 20, 2016
- CANopen seminar, Zürich (CH), April 21, 2016