Friday, May 20, 2016

Tool-free quick termination.

Harting has announced the introduction of its new Han® ES Press contact inserts with tool-free quick connection technology. These new inserts significantly reduce assembly time during wiring. In addition, jumpers offer the possibility of potential multiplication in the connector.

The secret of the design lies in the innovative cage clamp. The Han® ES Press’s cage clamp is delivered open so that the conductor can be inserted directly and without effort. Once the installer presses the actuator into the contact chamber, the cage clamp returns to its starting position, fixing the conductor end so that the conductor is electrically connected to the contact. This connection technique permits faster termination during wiring.

The Han® ES Press is also the first product in the Han E® product family that enables bridging of individual contacts for potential multiplication. Various longitudinal and transverse bridges are available, which for example, also enable star and delta circuits for motor control.

With a current capacity of 16A, the Han® ES Press is available in models 6, 10, 16 and 24 for housing sizes Han® 6 B, 10 B 16 B and 24 B. The contact inserts are mating compatible with the corresponding inserts in the Han® E, ES and ESS series. The cage clamps used are suitable for wire cross-sections between 0.14mm2 and 2.5mm2 and can be used with both solid and stranded wires (with or without ferrules).

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Inert media separation valves.

Humphrey Products is expanding the line of products suitable for use in the medical and analytical markets with the introduction of the iDP Valve family. Humphrey iDP are a series of inert media separation valves, specifically designed for aggressive liquids and gases.

The 300 and 350 Series iDP models are efficient 2-port valves constructed of material suitable for bodily fluids, aggressive chemicals and cleaners, and elevated liquid temperatures. The flexing diaphragm-poppet isolates media from the solenoid, within an inert body material, ensuring long life and sustained performance. 3-port models coming soon.

Typical markets and applications include: Clinical Diagnostics, Analytical Chemistry, Agent Detection,
Environmental Monitoring, Food and Beverage, and Gaseous Flow Control.

• The valves were developed and marketed by South Bend Controls for several years, and moved to
Nogales, Mexico when they were acquired by Curtiss-Wright. After Humphrey acquired the products in 2015, the manufacturing moved to Humphrey’s Kalamazoo, Michigan facility.
Founded in 1901, Humphrey Products is a leading producer of pneumatic and fluid handling products, including valves and cylinders, and the design and manufacturing of valve systems via their Engineered Solutions group. Humphrey’s products are proudly made in the USA and used in a variety of applications in medical, process control, manufacturing automation, transportation, analytical instrumentation, packaging and material handling.

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MagMeter for concrete batching applications.

The M7600 electromagnetic flow meter has been added  to Badger's accurate, high-performance ModMAG® family. The Badger Meter M7600 Flow Meter combines the most advanced electromagnetic flow metering technology, with a simple, yet robust output, providing an easy-to-use flow measurement solution for use in a wide range of concrete batching applications.
• Pipe size: 1/2...4 in. (15...100 mm)
• Accuracy: ± 0.5% of rate for velocities greater than 1.64 ft/s, ± 0.008 ft/s for flow rates less than 1.64 ft/s
• Repeatability: ± 0.1% of reading
• Flow range: 0.14...1320 gpm (0.53...5000 lpm)
• NEMA 4 and NEMA 4X weather-resistant transmitter enclosure options
• Power supply: 92...275V AC (9...36V DC)

Features & Advantages:
• Ability to recognize empty pipe
• Open cross-section design: no pressure loss, no moving parts, no maintenance required
• Unaffected by the presence of most suspended solids in the liquid
• Pulsed DC magnetic field for maximum zero point stability
• Two standard pulse outputs: solid-state relay and open collector output, compatible with most batch controllers and totalizer displays
• Programmable scale factor for batch accuracy compensation
• Long life, corrosion-resistant liner (PTFE)
• Complies with NIST Handbook HB44 for batching meters
The M7600 electromagnetic flow meter achieves an accuracy of ± 0.5% of rate for velocities greater than 1.64 ft/s and ± 0.008 ft/s for flow rates less than 1.64 ft/s with a repeatability of ± 0.1%. Its rugged design ensures exceptional reliability in demanding environments. The meter features a non-intrusive open flow tube that virtually eliminates pressure loss, and with no moving parts to impede the flow stream, maintenance is kept to a minimum — even in less than ideal fluid conditions. The M7600 is the ideal metering device for clean or reclaimed water batching in ready mix, precast, prestress, and block plants, and requires minimal maintenance over a long operating period.

Greg Perona, product manager, Badger Meter, commented, "The M7600 electromagnetic flow meter was specifically developed for applications in harsh environments, such as concrete batching. Its fully-enclosed transmitter protects an internal LCD display and electronics from dirt, debris and other hazardous conditions. Plus, its rugged construction makes the meter ideal for operation in the concrete industry."

With a robust design, advanced electronics and signal processing, and the ability to perform unaffected, even with the presence of suspended solids in the pipe, ModMAG M7600 electromagnetic flow meters are an excellent choice for concrete batching applications. Reliable and accurate flow measurement in concrete batching enables companies to control material costs and ensure optimal finished product quality.

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Best & brightest in Water/Wastewater!

The best and brightest minds—including five eminent speakers—will address the critical issues and challenges in automation facing the water/wastewater industry at the 10th Annual ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium, 4-6 August 2015 in Orlando (FL USA).

Attendees will gain the latest news and trends in automation and control systems, instrumentation, cybersecurity and emerging technologies across the water/wastewater industry. More than 30 technical presentations will be delivered, along with a forum session that will allow attendees to have a voice in the future of automation.

ISA training Courses
Add value to your attendance at the symposium by taking an on-location ISA training course. 
2 courses will be offered during the week.

3-4 August
Asset Management and Enterprise Integration Using the ANSI/ISA95 Standard (IC55)
Instructor: Paul Nowicki
Credits: 1.4 CEUs /14 PDHs

4 August
Introduction to the Management of Alarm Systems (IC39C)
Instructor: John Bogdan
Credits: 0.7 CEUs / 7 PDHs
A strong emphasis will be placed on recent advances and innovations in applying security to control systems; improving operator situational awareness; and monitoring and diagnosing plant equipment and system reliability issues through smart technology.

The exhibit showcase will feature the latest product and service information at engaging vendor and supplier exhibits, and daily networking luncheons and an evening reception will set the stage for mingling, meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends.

The symposium, which will be held at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando, Florida, USA, is expected to draw between 200 and 300 attendees and is presented by the ISA Water/Wastewater Industries Division, in collaboration with the Florida Section of the AWWA (FSAWWA), the Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA), the WEF Automation and Info Tech Committee and the Instrumentation Testing Association (ITA).

Five outstanding opening session presentations and speakers
John S. Young, Jr. P.E., will help to kick off the conference, delivering a presentation focused on the numerous challenges which must be addressed for water/wastewater utilities to be sustainable and provide safe, reliable service.

Mr. Young has worked in the water utility industry his entire career. In 2010, Young retired from American Water, the largest water/wastewater utility in North America, after a 33 year career. At American Water, he served in numerous technical and management positions including Vice President–Engineering, President–American Water Works Service Company, Chief Water Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Recently, as a utility consultant, he has supported or assessed numerous water utilities including the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (during the Detroit bankruptcy) and PRASA.

In addition to Young’s address, the following prominent speakers will also give presentations during the event:

“Open Secure Automation: Observations for Improved ICS Reliability, Security and Performance”
Speaker: Albert Rooyakkers
Albert Rooyakkers will deliver a talk about the importance of cybersecurity beyond the network. This presentation will discuss how the reduction in the system attack surface can impart simplification while hardening embedded systems from the inside out to cyber, electromagnetic pulse and other forms of malicious nation state attacks resulting in improved reliability and mean time between failures.
Rooyakkers is the Founder, CTO, and VP of Engineering of Bedrock Automation. Albert’s recent technical endeavors include developing parallel processors for video, hybrid propulsion systems for transportation and currently, as a Bedrock founder and CTO, designing and commercializing a revolutionary cyber secure automation platform for the global market.

“Situational Awareness – The Next Leap in Industrial Human Machine Interface Design”
Speaker: John Krajewski
John Krajewski will discuss how the HMI should be designed to optimize the operator’s interpretation of the vast amount of data being displayed. The cornerstone of improving the overall HMI design is to deliver Situational Awareness (SA). Only by achieving the proper Situational Awareness can the operations team make effective decisions that will deliver overall business success.
Krajewski has 19+ years of experience in industrial automation and control systems. Krajewski began his career working as a control system engineer in the potable water industry. Subsequently, he worked as an application engineer for a system integrator who primarily focuses on the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.
He joined Invensys Wonderware in April 2000 as a Senior Application Developer in the Product Marketing Department. Shortly thereafter, he assumed the role of Product Marketing’s Functional Manager of Infrastructure. He spent 5 years as a domain architect with responsibilities for architectural and functional definition of InTouch and ArchestrA technologies. For the past 5 years, he has served in multiple product management roles for Invensys HMI/Supervisory Control products.

“WEF Current News and Trends”
Speaker: Tom DeLaura, P.E.
Thomas DeLaura, P.E. is the Vice President of Eramosa International, and the Executive Director of the Instrument Testing Association. DeLaura has 40 years of experience with automation, and has seen firsthand how it can support and enhance all facets of the wastewater business. His career has focused on influencing and comprehending industry best practices to enhance performance, enable well-informed decision making, and utilize human and automation resources to produce optimum results.
His active roles at the local and national levels of ISA, WEF and AWWA are examples of his dedication to the industry and give him a true appreciation for the need to keep automation relevant during the many challenges and changes the wastewater industry is facing. DeLaura is a member of a number of committees in AWWA and WEF, including the AWWA I&C Committee, and he was WEF’s Chair of the Automation & Information Technology Committee.
DeLaura has worked in all facets of automation associated with water/wastewater systems, from down in sewers, to out in the plant, and all the way up to the boardroom. He has written and presented on numerous topics of interest to the water and wastewater industry, and has received awards from the industry for his dedication and service.

“AWWA Current News and Trends”
Speaker: Michael Sweeney, P.E., Ph.D.
Michael Sweeney, P.E., Ph.D. has served as the Deputy Executive Director of Toho Water Authority and has 30 years’ experience with water and wastewater utilities serving Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Louisville. He has also provided consulting services concerning utility management and technology throughout the U.S. and Canada and has served as Adjunct Professor at Purdue University and University of Louisville.
He is a registered professional engineer and holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from Purdue and a B.S. degree in Public Health from Indiana University. Memberships include ISA, AWWA and he is WEF’s immediate past chair of the Utility Management Committee and current chair of the Literature Review Committee.

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New Micro PLC provides PAC power plus...

The FC6A MicroSmart is a powerful PLC with up to 520 I/O just released by IDEC Corporation. The MicroSmart PLC provides the power of a PAC (programmable automation controller) in a low-cost controller with a small form factor, making it an ideal fit for demanding applications.

Industries particularly well suited to the MicroSmart PLC include oil & gas, chemical, solar, marine, packaging, food & beverage, material handling, utility vehicles, and OEM machinery and process skids. Within these industries, a wide variety of applications are a good fit for the MicroSmart PLC—especially those requiring control of standalone machines, process skids, vehicles and small-scale systems.

Basic instructions can be executed in 0.042 microseconds, and program memory is 640 kB. There are 1,024 timers, and six of the 512 counters are high-speed at rates up to 100kHz. These capabilities are combined with extensive data and bit memory, double the capacity of a typical micro PLC. These features allow the MicroSmart PLC to handle large programs with complex control requirements such as PID, flow totalization and recipes.

Three models are available, each with 24 Vdc or 100-240 Vac input power. The 16 I/O model has 9 inputs, and 7 relay or transistor outputs. The 24 I/O model has 14 inputs, and 10 relay or transistor outputs. The 40 I/O model has 24 inputs, and 16 relay or transistor outputs. Each model also includes an integral 0-10 Vdc analog input. The 16 and 24 I/O models can accommodate one plug-in analog cartridge, and the 40 I/O model can accommodate two plug-in analog cartridges. Each cartridge has two analog I/O points, either two inputs or two outputs.

Up to 12 expansion modules can be added to the 16 I/O model, and up to 15 expansion modules can be added to the 24 and 40 I/O models. These modules can be of any type with no restrictions as to the number of analog and specialty modules. This gives the 40 I/O MicroSmart PLC the capability to handle up to 520 I/O with a maximum of 126 analog I/O, much more than a typical micro PLC.

The MicroSmart PLC is programmed with IDEC’s WindLDR PC-based software, which includes no cost updates for the life of the product, and which can be used to program IDEC’s entire line of controllers in a simple and intuitive manner. Software programs from IDEC FC4A and FC5A PLCs can be automatically converted by the WindLDR programming software for execution on the FC6A MicroSmart PLC.

PLC programming languages include ladder and Script, the latter similar to the C programming language. The Script language can be used to create more complex programs, particularly those with multiple sub-programs and custom function blocks.

All models have a built-in RJ45 Ethernet port, and an RJ45 RS232C/RS485 serial port. A plug-in cartridge adds an additional RS232C/RS485 port. An SD memory port and a mini-B USB port can each be used for data logging, program storage/transfer, firmware updating or recipe storage. The Ethernet port supports the Modbus TCP protocol, and the serial port supports the Modbus RTU protocol.

An optional HMI module can be added to the CPU to provide operator interface via its display and control buttons. The HMI module can also accommodate an optional plug-in analog cartridge, and it has an integral Ethernet port. Using the operator interface functionality, any PLC parameter can be updated.

IoT capability is provided by custom web pages which can be configured for remote monitoring and control. Web pages are created using simple drag and drop functionality with no HTML programming required, a major advantage over competing products.

These web pages are stored in the MicroSmart PLC, which functions as a web server when its built-in Ethernet port or the HMI Ethernet port is connected to the Internet. These web pages can be accessed via any web browser running on any Internet-connected device such as a remote PC, a tablet or a smartphone.

Connecting the MicroSmart or the HMI Ethernet port to the Internet also provides email and text notification functionality, which can be used with third-party email servers such as Gmail and Yahoo.

The 40 I/O model can be powered by 12 Vdc, making it an ideal fit for solar- and battery-power applications. The 40 I/O model also includes support for the Society of Automation Engineers (SAE) J1939 protocols. The SAE J1939 protocol is often used in diesel engine applications for various types of vehicles and vessels, and for mobile power generators.


Precision laser module.

The origin of their precision is their alignment. In practice, this means that the laser beam of precision lasers is emitted parallel to the housing. Contrary to popular belief, this is not a given.

Standard laser modules exhibit an angular error of 0.5° or more. This means that at a distance of 1 m, the laser beam lands almost 10 mm away from the axis of the housing. If the laser is mechanically adjustable, this does not matter. If, however, the alignment of the laser is not possible because, for example, it is placed in a fix bore hole or adjustment is too complex, then Laser Components' precision laser is used.

The angular deviation of the LT-PLM-532 amounts to 0.05 mrad or ± 0.05 mm at a distance of 1 m. This is an improvement of 200 times over the example shown above – and essential if machines or components have to be aligned very precisely.

A precision laser is also available with a 532 nm green laser light for mere visual alignment in a bright environment. The ability to recognize green light over red light on very dark surfaces or under daylight-like conditions is vastly improved. In addition, the dot is smaller and appears sharper, especially at shorter distances.

The precision laser is available with two types of housings: round with a diameter of 24 mm or square with a 32 mm edge length. The round lasers have an h6 fit for assembly at zero clearance. The power supply of up to 30 VDC is in the form of an integrated M12 connection. With an output power of 1 mW, these laser modules are eye safe in accordance with laser class 2.

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Pneumatic process actuator turns heads!

Festo has leveraged its design capability, manufacturing scale and logistical strengths to offer customers a modern quarter turn actuator  - DFPD, with price reductions of up to 20% compared with previous models, as well as next day delivery.

Festo’s new configurable quarter-turn actuator DFPD for use in process industry automation

The DFPD fits into the range alongside analogue position controllers and ball and butterfly valves giving customers matched components that are easy to configure, purchase and assemble.
It fits into the range alongside pilot solenoid valves, switch boxes, and ball and butterfly valves giving customers matched components that are easy to configure, purchase and assemble.
As a leading provider of industrial automation solutions, Festo is no stranger to process automation. The DFPD fits into the existing range alongside pilot solenoid valves, analogue positional controllers, switch boxes, and ball and butterfly valves giving customers matched components that are easy to configure, purchase and assemble.

“This important update to Festo’s range of actuators for the process industry not only sets new standards for quarter turn actuators, it also delivers improved affordability and easy online ordering, with global next-day availability,” says Steve Sands, product manager at Festo.

The updated configurable DFPD sets a new benchmark for quarter turn actuators and offers a simple, compact and modular design. The DFPD is ideal for many tasks in the process industry, including automating butterfly or ball valves and air dampers in the chemical, beverage and pharmaceutical industries, as well as in water treatment. It can be used as an individual actuator or combined with other components, such as sensor boxes, positioners and pilot valves, as part of a complete, integrated single manufacturer automated process valve system, delivering reliability and ensuring that everything works together perfectly.

With a torque range from 10 to 480 Nm, a rotation angle of up to 180° and corrosion-resistant versions, the versatile and modular single or double-acting DFPD performs well across a broad range of applications and industries. Its compact rack-and-pinion combination is easy to install, even when space is at a premium. Both the end stop positions can be adjusted by ± 5° for increased flexibility during commissioning. The direction of rotation can be selected and the rotation angle for standard sizes is up to 90°, rising to 180° for the 40, 120, 240 and 480 sizes.

Thanks to its innovative spring cartridge design, the single acting DFPD’s pressure range can be easily optimised for the task in hand. Nine different spring combinations allow pressures from 2 to 6 bar to be efficiently configured in increments of 0.5 bar to meet the most precise operating pressure requirements. The standard version is suitable for temperatures between -20 and +80 °C, with variants also available to operate reliably at either low or high extreme temperatures, ranging from -50 to +150 °C.

With optional corrosion-resistant surface coatings, the DFPD can also be reliably used in harsh conditions. It can be mounted anywhere and its range of variants, the standardised hole patterns to NAMUR VDI/VDE 3845 for pilot valves, as well as its many compatible peripheral components mean that it can fulfil a large variety of applications.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Integrated production control system.

The CENTUM VP® R6.03, a new version of the Yokogawa's integrated production control system has been announced. It wwill be available from 1st June.

Yokogawa has been continually making improvements to its flagship CENTUM VP integrated production control system as part of its VigilantPlant® vision for the control business. As well as providing an enhanced product for new customers, R6.03 offers a smooth upgrade path to existing users of CENTUM CS, CENTUM CS 1000, and CENTUM CS 3000 systems.

Development Background
CENTUM VP provides an optimum operation, monitoring, and engineering environment for every phase of the plant lifecycle, from initial design, engineering, installation of systems and equipment, and start-up to full operation and the ongoing performance of renovations and modifications, through to eventual withdraw a facility from service.

Over the several decades that a plant will remain in use, upgrades will need to be performed to replace ageing control systems software and hardware, hold down maintenance costs, improve production capacity, and comply with new regulations. To minimize disruptions to production operations, such system upgrades should be quick and trouble-free. CENTUM VP R6.03 was developed to ensure quick and smooth system upgrades, and therefore upgrades of integrated production control systems such as CENTUM also need to be seamless.

The features provided in R6.03 will make it possible for users of CENTUM CS (released in 1992), CENTUM CS 1000 (released in 1997), and CENTUM CS 3000 (released in 1998) systems to quickly and smoothly upgrade to CENTUM VP.

The key features and enhancements of CENTUM VP R6.03 include backwards compatibility with all key components of earlier versions. For example, the CENTUM VP input/output (IO) device and application programs have been developed to improve compatibility with CENTUM CS, CENTUM CS 1000, and CENTUM CS 3000 hardware and software, thus easing the system upgrade process and reducing associated risks.

Compatibility with existing cabinets, terminal blocks, and field instrument cables is also assured. The primary components of a CENTUM system are the human interface stations (HIS) that serve as a monitoring and control interface for operators in a central control room and the field control stations (FCS) that control the actual operation of plant facilities. Each FCS has a controller and numerous IO devices that are connected to valves and the sensors used to measure flow rate, pressure, temperature, and other variables of the production process.

The functions and shape of the CENTUM VP R6.03 IO device have been designed to be fully interchangeable with RIO, the IO device used with CENTUM CS, CENTUM CS 1000, and certain CENTUM CS 3000 systems. The CENTUM VP R6.03 IO device is thus fully compatible with the FCS cabinets and terminal blocks used with these earlier CENTUM systems. Upgrading to the new CENTUM VP IO is simple: just replace the existing IO module in each FCS cabinet with the new IO module. There is no need to reconfigure the wiring that connects the IO to sensors and valves. Thanks to the modifications made to the CENTUM VP R6.03 IO, users of legacy CENTUM integrated control systems can perform quick and minimum-risk upgrades to CENTUM VP.

Compatibility with application software developed for earlier CENTUM releases has also been accommodated within CENTUM VP R6.03 which has been developed to ensure enhanced backward compatibility with the application programs used with CENTUM CS, CENTUM CS 1000, and CENTUM CS 3000. The HIS graphics and control logic programs developed for these earlier CENTUM systems can also be used with CENTUM VP R6.03. This allows for increased efficiency in the use of application programs, facilitates quick and minimum-risk system upgrades, and reduces plant downtime.

Masatoshi Nakahara, a Yokogawa director and executive vice president who heads the Industrial Automation Platform Business Headquarters, comments as follows on this new release: “Yokogawa has continually striven to improve its core CENTUM platform while maintaining backwards compatibility with previous system versions. In the development of CENTUM VP, the following four innovations have been emphasized: Advanced operation [which] empowers operators to make smarter decisions; Smart engineering, a new engineering ecosystem that delivers certainty and confidence; System agility [providing] flexibility, adaptability, and extensibility for plant upgrade and expansion, changes in plant operations, and business exigencies; and sustainable plant [ensuring] optimum system performance throughout the entire lifecycle of the plant.

“In keeping with its VigilantPlant initiative, Yokogawa will continue to develop and bring to market new products and other types of solutions that will help our customers realize the ideal plant.”

Major target markets and applications
Yokogawa’s CENTUM VP R6.03 is designed for use in process industries such as oil and natural gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, electric power, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, foods, iron and steel, and water and wastewater. It is used for the operation, monitoring, and automatic control of process plants.

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Test Solution for 802.11ax High-Efficiency Wireless.

National Instruments (NI) has announced an early access version of the WLAN Measurement Suite with support for the IEEE 802.11ax (draft 0.1) high-efficiency wireless draft standard. The WLAN Measurement Suite, combined with NI’s RF vector signal transceiver (VST), empowers engineers to measure the performance of their 802.11ax designs confidently in the presence of significant new changes to the 802.11 physical layer specification.

The WLAN Measurement Suite gives researchers, engineers and technologists the power and flexibility to generate and analyse a wide range of 802.11 waveforms, such as 802.11a/b/g/n/j/p/ac/ah/af. Now, with the measurement suite’s latest update targeting 802.11ax, these users can speed up development work on 802.11ax devices. The software supports key features of 802.11ax including narrower subcarrier spacing, 1024-QAM and multi-user orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA). The updated measurement suite also includes LabVIEW system design software example code to help engineers automate WLAN measurements quickly and easily.

“The fast pace of evolving wireless standards demands instrumentation that can evolve at the speed of software,” said Charles Schroeder, Vice President of RF Marketing at NI. “Our support for the latest 802.11ax draft standard in the WLAN Measurement Suite is part of the evolution of a platform that scales with changing connectivity standards and provides our customers with superior RF performance in lab and production environments.”

NI’s platform-based approach helps ensure that engineers can update their existing PXI RF test systems to support 802.11ax device testing with a simple software update, and continue to do so as the 802.11ax standardisation process evolves. Engineers can take advantage of this smarter approach to RF test to help lower their cost of test and better prepare for future connectivity and cellular standardisation initiatives, such as 5G.

• See White Paper: Introduction to 802.11ax High-Efficiency Wireless

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Remote I/O modules for Ex i solenoid valves supplant valve islands.

The DOMV solenoid valve block for integration into the Zone 1 IS1+ Remote I/O system saves space, reduces costs and enhances availability

R. Stahl's 8-channel intrinsically safe discrete output module for valves (DOMV) combines electronic and pneumatic control technology to form a compact unit. Thanks to its optimised design, eight pilot valves fit onto one 9478 series DOMV with the same dimensions as any standard I/O module for IS1+.

Unlike conventional solenoid valves or valve islands, no field wiring is necessary, and no additional enclosures requiring extra space must be accommodated. Greatly simplified engineering, faster commissioning and less extensive documentation work also contribute to overall cost savings in excess of typically 20% compared to conventional solutions. The Ex i components give users great flexibility by allowing for hot swaps in Zone 1 hazardous areas at any time.

As a component of the IS1+ remote I/O system, the DOMV can be combined with any other I/O modules for analogue and discrete signals. Since no separate field wiring is necessary for the DOMV, and since IS1+ features extensive diagnostic functions, the overall plant availability is enhanced as well. Approved for functional safety applications up to SIL 2, the module comes with a separate shutdown input that can be triggered via an intrinsically safe input with a pushbutton or switch. This ensures a safe deactivation of all eight solenoid valves.

The integrated 3/2-way solenoid valves are suitable for switching at pressures from 2.5 to 7 bar at a Qn value of 300 l/ min and approximately 1000 switching c.p.m. Thanks to its full integration into the IS1+ remote I/O, the DOMV 9478 can be operated in networks with almost all kinds of control systems via PROFIBUS DP, MODBUS RTU, Modbus TCP, PROFINET or EtherNet/IP. Field enclosures for operation in Zone 1 or Division 1, including accessories such as valve restrictions or push-in bulkhead fittings, are fully fitted and assembled at R. Stahl's Automation Competence Centre.

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

Emerson Process Management and Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore)  have entered into a Research Collaboration Agreement under which they will create a new centre for research and development on the methods of using 3D printing for the manufacture of industrial control valves.

The objective of the agreement and development centre is to develop high value technology and personnel talent to enhance safety, competiveness and innovation in the control valve industry. The research projects are aimed at developing methods to design and manufacture control valves for the process industries much more quickly, economically, and with better mechanical properties than were possible in the past. Much of the technology to be developed will also be applicable to other areas of manufacturing in multiple industries.

For over 135 years, Emerson has provided customers worldwide with Fisher™ control valve solutions for the power generation, oil and gas, refining, chemical, and petrochemical industries. Its solutions address general service and critical flow control applications for the process industry in a wide range of industries. By harnessing the power of additive manufacturing technologies, Emerson will design and manufacture control valve solutions to solve their customers’ toughest flow control problems. The joint laboratory will be set up at Emerson’s Singapore facility at Number 1 Pandan Crescent. The centre will be equipped with a variety of cutting-edge additive manufacturing technologies.

“Having strong industry partners like Emerson creates product research opportunities and provides a synergistic research environment to translate the research programmes into final commercial products,” said Professor Chua Chee Kai, the Executive Director of Singapore Centre for 3D Printing at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore). “The new Emerson facility will offer real-world training and exposure to our students and better prepare them to meet the needs of the industry.”

“Collaborating with NTU will help Emerson utilise a larger pool of resources to help speed the development of commercialising 3D printed components in the industrial market,” said Vincent Tan, Vice President of Operations and Manufacturing Engineering for Fisher valves in Emerson Asia Pacific.

The joint lab programme is set to start on 1st October 2016 and continue for five years. The research projects involving postgraduate students from NTU will commence in January 2017 and the students are expecting to complete their PhD research project by their fourth year.

The agreement was signed yesterday (17th May 2016). The signing parties were: from Emerson Process Management, John Wilson, Vice President and General Manager overseeing Fisher valves and Bettis™ actuators in Asia Pacific; from NTU, Chief of Staff, Professor Lam Khin Yong, who is also the Governing Board Chairman of Singapore Centre for 3D Printing.

@EmersonProcess @NTUsg #Pauto @FisherValves 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Partners "Growing together," in Munich!

COPA-DATA is inviting its worldwide certified COPA-DATA Partner Community members to the Global Partner Academy (GPA) from June 15-16, in Munich (D). The two day event focuses on open discussions about the newest technologies and solutions in automation with the software systems zenon and straton.

With the motto “Growing together” international representatives from participating partner companies can expect a comprehensive, cross-industry program with the goal of increasing mutual knowledge from a technological and sales driven aspect.

At this year's GPA we're expecting over 100 representatives from more than 50 partner companies spanning almost 20 countries. This includes partners from China, South Korea, Taiwan and Britain as well as the rest of Europe. "They`re all joining together in Munich to gain first-hand insight into our products and solutions, to have personal discussions with our experts and to give us their valuable feedback,” explains Lisette Lillo Fagerstedt, Partner Program Manager at COPA-DATA.

CEO Thomas Punzenberger and numerous COPA-DATA employees from Development, Consulting, Technology Services, Sales and Marketing will be there to share their knowledge during the event. Participants can choose from various presentation channels. Furthermore, exclusive one-on-one meetings can be arranged with the experts in advance.

General presentations on strategies for software development and technology trends as well as an in-depth exchange of solutions with zenon will also be included.

The agenda is divided into two main blocks which are broken down into a variety of sub-topics. Presentations in the “Smart Factory” block take a close look at automated engineering, mobile apps, Predictive Analytics, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), cloud technologies and Big Data integration with zenon.

The block covering “Substation Automation” focuses on applications with zenon in the energy industry. Automated engineering is a further focus here, as well as topics such as IEC 61850 Edition 2, command sequences, security and general helpful tips and tricks to extend zenon know-how for participating partners.

“We will show practice-oriented examples and demos which also deliver a great deal of added value for our Partners` customer projects,” adds Lisette Lillo Fagerstedt. Each participant at the GPA will be given the appropriate credits towards their personal zenon Certification. This shows how valuable the knowledge gained from this event will be.

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Photoionisation detector used in subsoil assessment.

Spanish geological and environmental consultancy, GeoAmbient, is using a Tiger PID (photoionisation detector) from Ion Science – leading specialist in gas detection instrumentation for occupational health and the environment – as part of its subsoil investigation activities. Chosen for its humidity resistant, ATEX accredited MiniPID sensor, the high performance, handheld VOC (volatile organic compound) detector is being used across outdoor sites, on a year round basis.

Barcelona-based GeoAmbient conducts subsoil investigation, remediation of polluted sites, waste management and technical assessment. The company is using the cost effective Ion Science Tiger VOC detector instrument across one or two field campaigns per month, with each project taking between two and five days. The data is recorded manually by its technical teams.

Albert Sabanès i Fiter, Director de projectes, GeoAmbient comments: “At GeoAmbient, we keep updated on the latest technical developments for our industry through regular communication with suppliers, the internet and by maintaining professional relationships. As a result of this on-going research we became aware of the benefits offered by the Ion Science Tiger system, including its very good, market-leading MiniPID sensor.

“We conduct subsoil investigation so it is very important to have in situ information of polluted soils to help us decide the best place to take a sample. Our technical teams work on outdoor sites during all weather conditions so the Tiger’s humidity resistant sensor was the most important feature for our business. Of course, the anti-contamination design was also vital to avoid cross pollution and ensure data integrity.

 “So far, I can report that the Tiger is easy to use with high levels of accuracy. It is too early to comment on the calibration and maintenance but initial feedback is positive.

Independently verified as being the industry’s best performing PID, the Tiger provided the most stable, repeatable readings, when tested against competing instruments in humid and contaminated conditions.

The instrument incorporates Ion Science’s well proven MiniPID. This simple plug and play sensor has been specially developed to deliver a dynamic and reliable response to thousands of VOCs.
Designed for rapid, accurate detection, with an unrivalled response time of just two seconds, and the widest measurement range of one part per billion (ppb) to 20,000 parts per million (ppm)*, the robust Tiger is ready to use, straight out of the box, and extremely simple to set up.

It offers worldwide Intrinsic Safety (IS) certification, making it suitable for use in potentially explosive, hazardous environments, and also meets ATEX, IECEx, UL and CSA standards.

The Tiger has been designed for use with long life rechargeable Li-ion batteries that give up to 24 hours usage and offer fast battery charging. Plus, inexpensive disposable parts such as filters and lamps are easy to change, minimising downtime. Simple connectivity to a PC via the USB allows data to be downloaded quickly.

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Configuration tool makes cyber security easy for large industrial networks.

Westermo has released the latest version of its WeConfig network configuration management tool, which allows users to save significant time and costs when configuring large and complex industrial data communication networks. WeConfig 1.4 not only enables the configuration of these networks to be implemented quickly and reliably, it also features enhanced functionality to bolster cyber security.

WeConfig simplifies the initial installation and configuration of single or multiple Westermo devices, plus ongoing maintenance through the life of the network, improving network management efficiency. Once devices are configured and the network commissioned, a back-up of all the device configuration files can be easily made and stored. In the event that a switch or router needs to be replaced in service, the saved configuration can be easily downloaded to the new unit, resulting in a faster network repair, helping to save time for maintenance engineers.

The new version enables users to configure and maintain cyber security features on devices delivered by the Westermo Operating System (WeOS). Powerful spoofing protection features such as MAC address filters and the configuration of IEEE802.1x port access authentication can be easily deployed and maintained. This helps to prevent unauthorised access to the network. It is also possible to scan and then harden the security features of switches with factory default passwords or which use unsecure protocols. It is possible for the default password of all switches across a network to be changed simultaneously and also for unused ports to be disabled, further securing the network from unauthorised intrusion.

“WeConfig 1.4 is available to users of WeOS devices and is a really powerful tool supporting more efficient network configuration and increased cyber security functionality,” said Bo Jansson, Westermo Product Manager. “Critically it makes industrial cyber security easier, helping to provide peace of mind for our customers, but it also delivers huge savings in terms of network configuration, commissioning and maintenance time.”

For increased network security WeConfig has a configuration baseline feature which creates alerts in an alarm window if changes have been made to network settings. When firmware upgrades are made available to address potential device security vulnerabilities, WeConfig 1.4 makes it easy to manage a system-wide implementation.

WeConfig also features comprehensive diagnostics to aid troubleshooting should network problems arise. Network failures can be visualised and diagnostic information displayed at the click of a button to enable rapid and effective maintenance.