Thursday, May 12, 2016

Measuring CO2 Concentration up to 50,000 ppm.

The modular CO2 transmitter EE870 from E+E Elektronik now measures CO2 concentration up to 5% CO2 (50,000 ppm). The extended measuring range makes the EE870, consisting of CO2 probe, conversion board and connection cable, even more versatile.

The interchangeable CO2 probe EE871 with auto-calibration uses an infrared measuring principle (dual wavelength NDIR operation principle) that is particularly insensitive to pollution. Aging effects are compensated automatically, resulting in excellent long-term stability. Thus the CO2 transmitter is ideal for demanding applications.

The multi-point CO2 and temperature adjustment ensures high accuracy over the entire temperature working range of -40...60 °C (-40...140 °F). Additionally, the IP65 probe enclosure with interchangeable PTFE filter offers excellent protection against pollution. Therefore, the CO2 probe can be used in harsh environments such as in agriculture (stables, hatchers, incubators).

The compact design, the M12 connector and the optional mounting flange allow for fast installation or replacement of the CO2 probe. An optional radiation shield is available for outdoor applications.

The measured data range of up to 5 % CO2 (50,000 ppm) is available on the analog current or voltage output and on the Modbus RTU interface of the conversion board. An optional kit facilitates easy configuration and adjustment of the EE871 probe.

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

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Photochemistry and Photophysics examined.

The first annual Edinburgh Instruments’ Lectureship in Photochemistry and Photophysics at Duke University (NC USA) was held April 29th, 2016, with great success.

The plenary speaker, Prof. Richard Eisenberg of the University of Rochester, presented his talk, titled “Fuel from Water: The Light-Driven Generation of Hydrogen.” The lecture was attended by approximately 100 faculty, students, and researchers from Duke University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University, along with a post-lecture “meet-the-speaker” event allowing attendees to interact and chat with the speaker and each other over pizza and snacks.

The annually held event, sponsored by Edinburgh Instruments and Duke University, and organised by Professor Michael J. Therien, looks to become the leading annual photochemistry lecture series in the United States and is open to the public to attend.

The 2017 speaker for the event will be Professor Harry B. Gray, from California Institute of Technology.

@Edinst #Photo 

Thermal imager + Multimeter.

Thermal imagers are invaluable to help quickly troubleshoot electrical equipment, panels, and transformers but electricians and maintenance technicians often do not have access to one when they need it. Fluke has introduced the 279 FC TRMS Thermal Multimeter, the first test tool to integrate a full-featured true RMS (TRMS) digital multimeter (DMM) with a thermal camera in one device to speed troubleshooting. It is also a member of the Fluke Connect® family of wireless test tools.

The Fluke 279 FC allows technicians to quickly and safely check for hot spots in fuses, wires, insulators, connectors, splices, and switches with the imager, and then troubleshoot and analyse issues with the DMM. By combining two powerful test tools into one, electricians and technicians can carry fewer tools and have a higher level of confidence they have the tools handy to solve problems.

This thermal multimeter features 15 electrical measurement functions including AC/DC voltage, resistance, continuity, capacitance, diode test, min/max and frequency. The optional iFlex® clamp can wrap around conductors and wires in tight, hard-to-reach spaces and expands its measurement capabilities to include AC current up to 2500A. The 3.5inch (8.89cm) full-colour LCD screen makes for easy, clear viewing of images.

The CAT III 1000V, CAT IV 600V safety rated thermal multimeter has a rechargeable lithium ion battery that lasts up to a full work day (10+ hours) under normal conditions.

The wireless 279 FC is 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 - allowing technicians to record and share both thermal images and electrical measurements in real time via their smartphones or tablets and automatically upload them to the cloud. Reports can be created and shared right from the job site via email, allowing technicians to collaborate in real time with other colleagues with ShareLive™ video calls, which increases productivity in the field (Within the provider’s wireless service area and subject to the plan’s pricing and other terms).

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Wireless module with Merged Serial and Ethernet.

The WNM Wireless Network Module from Moore Industries has been redesigned with a new, sleeker housing and now incorporates both Serial and Ethernet communications in one model. Originally released in 2011, this has been an accurate and reliable solution for sending process signals between remote field sites. It provides a low-cost wireless communications link between field sites that are in rugged or impassable terrain, with a single unit transmitting for up to 30 miles and the ability to act as a repeater for a virtually unlimited transmission range.

The bi-directional WNM employs Spread Spectrum Frequency Hopping technology to avoid interference problems caused by crowded radio spectrums. This technology allows multiple radio networks to use the same band while in close proximity. Operating at standard operating frequencies of 902-928MHz or 2.4-2.4835GHz, the WNM does not require a regulatory license and can typically be installed without performing costly RF site surveys.

When it is set in the Smart Switch Ethernet (SSE) mode, the WNM enhances the speed and reliability of data packet transmission by determining the most efficient path of broadcast (including direct to a single radio or to some or all radios in a network) on a packet-by-packet basis.

The unit is ideal for use with the Moore Industries NCS NET Concentrator System®, as well as other SCADA and distributed I/O systems. As a result of its redesign, the WNM now supports data communications networks that use Ethernet and serial (RS-485) communications in one model. In each WNM network, one module is set as a Master. This can be set to communicate with a single WNM remote unit in a Point-to-Point architecture or multiple WNM remote units in a Point-to-Multipoint architecture.

The modules are designed for long-distance data transmission; 902-928MHz units can transmit up to 30 miles, while 2.4-2.4835GHz units have a transmission range of up to 15 miles. The range can be extended indefinitely by using multiple WNM units as repeaters to relay signals. This also allows for the creation of WNM networks when a direct line of sight cannot be established.

It is easy to install and use, as it can be factory-configured to fit user specifications before being shipped. In addition, free PC configuration software allows end users to perform on-site configuration, parameter changes and add WNM modules to a network.

The WNM uses 128-bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption, 32-bit CRC (Cyclic Redundancy Check) error detection and ARQ (Automatic Resend Query) for robust and secure communications. The industrial DIN-rail mount metal enclosure also ensures that the WNM can be used in rugged environments, including ambient temperatures from -40°F to 167°F (-40°C to 75°C) and relative humidity of 5 to 95 percent.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Peristaltic metering pump enhanced.

The FLEXFLO® Peristaltic Pumps, from Blue-White, offer a design which is both self-priming and Valve-less (cannot vapor lock or lose prime). Peristaltic Design is well suited for abrasive, thick, and gaseous fluids that can foul conventional metering pumps.

Exclusive TFD system (Patented Tube Failure Detection) keeps both operators and pump rooms safe from spills. (Patent No. 7,001,153 and 7,284,964). If non-compatible chemical is detected in the head, the pump will automatically shut off, and will not restart until that chemical has been removed.

Other features include: new, easy to re-order pump tube assemblies; Feed output up to 5.17GPH (19.6LPH) working pressures to 100PSI/6.9Bar; digital models which accept 4-20mA, 0-10Vdc and pulse inputs for speed control; 1 amp alarm output relay.

 @BlueWhiteInd #PAuto 

The world's smallest ProfiBus master interface for PCs.

The PBpro USB from Softing,  has the size of a matchbox and can be easily stowed in any laptop bag - a convenient companion for mobile use.

The fast PC connection via USB high-speed makes PBpro USB the ideal interface for a wide variety of tasks from network configuration and device parameterization to plant maintenance and production data acquisition. The interface is connected directly to a device on the PROFIBUS target system, thereby avoiding circuit-induced reflections of the fieldbus signal.

The product is also well equipped on the software side. The scope of delivery includes Windows drivers for XP to Windows 10, various programming examples, a communication DTM for FDT applications and a PROFIBUS configurator with commissioning function.

PBpro USB is compatible to its well established predecessor PROFIusb and can be used directly in a variety of commercially available applications. A quick and easy integration of OPC Client applications is possible via an optional PROFIBUS OPC Server.

 #Softing #PAuto 

Simple, reliable software option provides multiple phase measurement.

The Micro Motion Advanced Phase Measurement (APM) is a software option available on the Model 5700 Transmitter. The software solution helps improve measurement accuracy across diverse industries in challenging multi-phase applications such as direct wellhead and separator net oil measurement in the oilfield and starch concentration for food and beverage plants.

This multiple phase measurement solution provides insight into the complete flow stream, including oil, water, and gas, through an intuitive, local display. Leveraging Emerson’s years of experience in providing solutions for process upsets or intermittent two-phase flow, Advanced Phase Measurement provides continuous, real-time production data for oil, water and gas void fraction.

“Advanced Phase Measurement was designed with production engineers in mind, providing insight into production trends with a single device to reduce capital and operating expenses,” said Kevin Borden, product manager. “You can track whether production is increasing or decreasing, allowing proactive management of changing field performance which ultimately equates to more dollars in your bottom line.”

Advanced Phase Measurement has also proven useful for the life sciences and chemical industries, providing critical measurement insight to reduce waste, maintain product quality, and identify process upsets even in the presence of multiple phases.

@MicroMotion #PAuto @EmersonProcess

Dreading the alarm review?

Process history is essential for alarm stewardship and formal rationalization. Alarm setpoints are far too often implemented on a “try-it-and-see” approach, causing operator load to weaken the operators’ trust in the alarm system, which leads to delays in acting and adds extra work for re-review. Current alarm reviews often avoid considering the full process history because of the complex data and overheads associated with review.

Webinar Session Times

Simply click on one of the links below to book your place.

- Wednesday 18th May 7AM BST (Dubai 10am, Mumbai 11.30am, Singapore 2pm, Sydney 4pm)

- Wednesday 18th May 9am BST (Europe 10am, Oman 12pm, Delhi 1.30pm, Perth 4pm)

- Wednesday 18th May 2pm BST (Dallas 8am, New York 9am, Europe 3pm)

- Thursday 19th May 9pm BST (Seattle 1pm, Calgary 2pm, Houston 3pm, Wellington 8am Fri 15th)

Using PPCL’s equation-less, no-maths visual technology, Geometric Process Control (GPC), in the alarm review increases effectiveness, producing limits that already consider process operation and identifying early in the process issues that are usually only seen after the new limits have been put in place. This allows necessary changes to be investigated months earlier, while producing a set of limits consistent with this operation. These methods also increase the speed of the review, allowing smaller teams to perform most of the work independently and providing a common framework for communication, dramatically improving productivity.

Most approaches to alarms fail to consider process performance and capability. This leads to unacceptable operator performance and impaired operation or safety. Including historic process data in the alarm rationalization process is required to avoid these pitfalls. The size of the required datasets, and the difficulty of visualizing, let alone interrogating, this data using traditional methods has led us to adapt the parallel coordinate projection as the enabling technique for seeing the relationship between alarm limits and operating history, operating envelopes and operator response.

A free webinar presented by Dr Alan Mahoney, Technical Director of Process Plant Computing Ltd (PPCL) on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th May demonstrates how to improve the alarm review process by including process operating envelopes at all stages. Discover how to use PPCL’s unique software to explore full data history, develop new process understanding and create low-cost predictive models without equations or advanced maths. Participants will learn why Geometric Process Control models cost so little and gets processes working perfectly more of the time!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

IS1+ Remote I/O system communicates ticks approval.

The latest generation of explosion-protected Remote I/O systems from R. Stahl, IS1+ for installation in zone 1 and zone 2 or Division 1 or Division 2, enables fast communication via Foundation Fieldbus High Speed Ethernet (FF HSE).

As the first product in its class, IS1+ has been acknowledged with the official "tick mark" for a FF HSE device following testing and registration by the FieldComm group. Featuring a transmission rate of up to 100 Mbit/s, the HSE standard has been designed by the Fieldbus Foundation – now a member of the FieldComm Group – especially with Remote I/O, wireless gateways, and similar applications in mind. FF HSE has more recently been further augmented by F-ROM (Foundation for Remote Operations Management) technology. F-ROM features a number of enhancements, which are all also supported by IS1+. These include special "RIO Function Blocks" for an effective transmission of large amounts of data, "Association Blocks" for comfortable offline configuration as, and special "HART Transducer Blocks", which – for the first time ever – enable an integration of HART field devices into FF architectures.

Remote I/O solutions with F-ROM technology are ideally suited to supplement fieldbus installations with smart H1 field devices. Using F-ROM-enabled Remote I/Os, conventional and HART field devices can be integrated into fieldbus installations alongside H1 devices. As a result, the installation effort is significantly reduced. In addition to FF HSE and F-ROM, IS1+ supports other Ethernet-based protocols such as Modbus TCP, EtherNet/IP and PROFINET for cutting-edge, fast communication in process plants with hazardous areas. Users also continue to benefit from the general advantages of the IS1+ system, namely hot-swapping capabilities for all modules in Zone 1 and Division 1, multi-functional I/O modules and preventive maintenance messages according to NE107. Moreover, R. Stahl offers a standard warranty extension for three years free of charge on all IS1+ systems.

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

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Wireless rotating torque sensor.

The Basic Line Torque Sensor from Kistler InstrumentsType 4520A Torque Sensor, uses FM wireless technology to transmit the signal from the rotating shaft and so eliminates the signal distortion and loss inherent in slip-ring sensors. 
The maintenance free, long term reliability advantages of the contactless signal transmission do not come at a premium price but at around the same cost as slip-ring types.

The Kistler Type 4520A, a strain gauge torque sensor for use at speeds up to 10,000 rpm (ten thousand rpm), is available in ten ranges from 1 to 1,000 Nm all with ±10 V analogue signal output, a TTL speed signal at 60 pulses/rev, an overload capacity of 150% and an external 100% range check input are all standard. The high frequency response and robust anodized aluminium body giving IP40 protection makes the Type 4520A ideal for static and dynamic measurement of rotating torque in assembly and quality control in production and for R & D applications in the laboratory.
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Moisture verification with NDIR measurement devices.

Pyroelectric detectors are used in gas analysis. Each gas can be detected using a very specific wavelength - the so-called absorption wavelength.

Moisture is often tested at the wavelengths 1.94 μm and 2.9 μm; however, in this case, the absorption wavelengths of CO2 overlap the signal: with these wavelengths, the moisture of the gas mixtures can actually only be determined using complex measurement equipment. With the right filters and a suitable light source it is also possible to achieve a reliable measurement with simple NDIR measurement devices.

Laser Components brings three new filters on the market that are selected in such a way as to significantly reduce the crosstalk to other gases to achieve uncomplicated measurements with NDIR measurement devices.

  • For the measurement of methane (CH4): lCWL = 7.91 μm ±160 nm
  • For the measurement of alcohol mixtures: lCWL = 9.50 μm ± 450 nm
  • For the measurement of moisture (water vapor): lCWL = 5.78 μm ±180 nm
@LaserComponents #Pauto

Accurate monitoring of indoor air quality.

AcSoft Health & Safety is targeting the facilities management industry with its range of reliable and accurate Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Monitors from E Instruments.

Aimed at facilities managers and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) professionals, these portable, handheld IAQ monitors offer real-time continuous data logging for a wide variety of buildings, namely homes, schools, offices, hospitals, laboratories and airports.

The models available in this key range are AQ Comfort, AQ PRO and AQ VOC. All boast a lightweight, durable design and provide real-time data logging for graphs, data analysis and easy reporting. They also incorporate Bluetooth for wireless communication with a PC and printer.

Depending on the model, the portable, handheld IAQ monitors measure CO2, CO, VOC, NO2, O3, humidity, temperature, air velocity, air flow, and barometric pressure. The AQ VOC instrument provides dynamic photoionisation detection (PID) volatile organic compound (VOC) sensor technology which is capable of detecting 0-20,000 parts per billion (PPB) and 0-200 parts per million (PPM).

Standard features of the range include active internal sampling pump, easy-to-use menu system, Li-ion rechargeable battery and large internal memory, whilst optional extras comprise wireless printer, handheld probe and protective rubber boot.

Paul Rubens, General Manager at AcSoft Health & Safety, comments: “Indoor air quality has a major influence on the health, comfort and well-being of building occupants.

“As a result, Sick Building Syndrome is becoming an increasing concern for employers and building owners and managers, as well as builders, architects and engineers. As specialists in occupational health monitoring systems, it was appropriate that we added IAQ monitors to our portfolio."

He concludes: “The E Instruments’ solutions have been specially developed to perform precise IAQ parameter testing for a range of toxic pollutants such as gases, VOCs, bacteria and moulds, in a bid to help avoid or identify a potentially serious health & safety issue.”

#AcSoft #PAuto @E_Instruments

American Chemical Council has new affiliate.

Yokogawa Corporation of America has been approved as an affiliate member by the Board of Directors for the American Chemical Council (ACC). The ACC is America’s oldest trade association of its kind, representing companies engaged in the business of chemistry.

About American Chemical Council
The American Chemical Council’s mission is to deliver business value through exceptional advocacy using best-in-class member performance, political engagement, communica-tions and scientific research. We are committed to sustainable development by fostering progress in our economy, environment and society.
ACC is America’s oldest trade association of its kind, representing companies engaged in the business of chemistry – an innovative, $801 billion enterprise that is helping solve the biggest challenges facing our nation and the world.
ACC supports public policies that will drive creation of groundbreaking products that improve lives and our environment, enhance the economic vitality of communities and protect public health.
“ACC had a strong year of growth in 2015 and continues to add to that with the addition of these new members,” said ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley. “As our membership expands, ACC continues to strengthen its position as the leading voice of the chemical industry throughout the value chain.”

ACC affiliate members consist of the chemical industry’s value chain partners and are not chemical manufacturers. Affiliate membership requires participation in an approved environment, health, safety, and security performance program. Yokogawa has OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 certifications.

“We are excited to strenghten our relationship with the ACC as an affiliate member,” said Daniel Duncan, President and CEO of Yokogawa Corporation of America. “We look forward to exchanging ideas, strengthening ties with chemical manufacturers, and delivering increased value in operational excellence, capital expenditure efficiency, and lifecycle sustainability as a leading automation supplier.”

@YokogawaIA @AmChemistry #PAuto #USA

Monday, May 9, 2016

Commissioning and maintenance of dew-point transmitters.

Michell Instruments has upgraded its diagnostic tool – the Universal Communications Kit – to enable users of their Easidew and Pura ranges to carry out on-site checks and reconfigure their dew-point transmitters simply and easily.

The upgraded tool comes with new application software which is backwards compatible with previous versions. This means users can use the upgraded tool with older transmitters, making it easier for service engineers who will not need to carry different pieces of kit.

The communications kit allows users to check and configure transmitters via application software installed on a PC. This allows maintenance engineers to:
  •       Digitally measure and display moisture and temperature readings for on-site transmitter spot-checking
  •       Reconfigure the transmitter output units, range and fault settings to match requirements of the process

The complete diagnostic tool is packaged in a convenient carry case and includes the software, USB cable and transmitter docking station. It is powered from a PC USB port, which, in turn, powers and receives a digital signal from the Michell dew-point transmitter.

• Michell Instruments are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

 @Michell_Inst #PAuto #TandM

Intelligent inventory management!

Anglia Components has launched a new intelligent inventory management service offering vibrant electronics manufacturers a flexible, instantly accessible inventory of commodity components on an invoice at usage basis to support their growth.

The new service aims to give SMEs the competitive advantage they need to compete with high volume manufacturers. Anglia 80/20 offers a new level of flexibility in the supply chain, which was previously only available to large volume users through consignment/Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI).  There is no start-up cost with the new Anglia 80/20 service. Participating customers receive an agreed level of inventory on their regularly used commodity components that are held on their site providing instant accessibility. The level of inventory is scaled according to the customer’s forecast demand, and is only invoiced as it is used. Customers can track component usage in real time through an intuitive web-based dashboard, eradicating the need for manually updated usage reports. Inventory can also be replenished daily, weekly or monthly with monthly consolidated invoicing if required. This simple but effective process is further complemented by a ‘single scan’ booking in system allowing users to book in a delivery containing multiple parts quickly and error free.

Commenting, Steve Rawlins, CEO of Anglia, said, “Anglia is investing for the success of its customers. Anglia 80/20 gives them zero lead-time, zero up-front cost and zero management cost. Using this new service, customers are able to grow quickly and scale rapidly to exploit demand spikes with an instantly accessible stock of commodity components on site without the need to commit valuable cash up-front. Anglia 80/20 is much more flexible than traditional VMI and available to a much wider range of customers. We manage the customer’s stock of commodity parts, reducing errors and streamlining the supply chain, reducing excess inventory and associated costs.”

The Anglia 80/20 web based management dashboard helps customers track stock and manage inventory in the light of changing demand patterns. High or low usage, leading to potential understock or overstock situations are flagged up using an intuitive colour coded system. An amber icon shows the customer that stock levels need to be reviewed and a red icon shows a potentially critical situation requiring immediate attention.

David Pearson, Technical Director of Anglia, added, “Anglia 80/20 goes beyond VMI. We track consumption and determine quantities and times of replenishment to make sure that customers’ production lines run smoothly, eliminating line stops and delivery returns. This is all supported with buffer inventories held in our UK warehouse and supplier pipeline. Customers get peace of mind, knowing that the components they need will be delivered at the right time in the right amount, to ensure that production keeps rolling without excess inventory.”

Features to support customers in managing their supply chain include an auditing and stock take mode, allowing customers to periodically verify the inventory held on their site. This information is then transmitted directly back to Anglia eliminating the need for onsite stock audits required with a traditional VMI system. A management-reporting dashboard is provided that can be customised to provide the information and reports required by each individual customer. Anglia 80/20 offers full transparency of all aspects of inventory usage down to individual part number level with full lot traceability and includes an audit trail of all user activity on each part. Anglia 80/20 is multi-currency, and can handle a combination of Sterling, Euro and Dollar inventory.

Anglia 80/20 covers all of the commodity passive, electromechanical, connector and semiconductor components on Anglia’s 800,000 strong component line card. Customers are issued with a free starter pack including a wireless 2D scanner and barcoded user cards for security, which allow selective authority levels and auditable user information. Anglia 80/20 is free to use and complements the customer’s established business management system. There are configurable, downloadable reports in standard formats that can easily be imported/uploaded to the customer’s own system. Anglia 80/20 customers receive regular contract pricing reviews ensuring that pricing is always competitive.

@angliaLive #PAuto