Friday, August 19, 2016

Pharma systems builder expands US presence!

Zenith Technologies is expanding its US presence by opening two new offices on the West Coast of the US to meet greater demand for its automation, process control and serialization technology support services.

Mike Smith - Zenith USA
Marking 10 years since the company first opened a US base in Pennsylvania, the new sites in Oakland and San Diego will help the life science technology firm deliver a more localized service to its North American customers.

Zenith Technologies’ clients range from small and mid-sized pharma and biotech companies to contract manufacturing organisations and big pharma firms.

The decision to open the new offices comes following an increase in demand for its automation manufacturing software systems and the significant biotech sector expansions in Southern and Northern California.

Mike Smith, US sales manager at Zenith said: “We are looking forward to bolstering our US presence with the opening of these two new sites as it means we can provide complete coverage of service in the US from coast to coast.

“Expanding into such high growth areas for the life science and biotechnology industry means it is a really exciting time for our company and a great way to mark a decade of presence in North America.”

Both offices will act as a hub for critical project aid, back office assistance and managed services, allowing Zenith Technologies to provide improved service and on-the-ground support to its customer base.

The company’s US expansion initially began as a single project in Pennsylvania in 2006 but has grown into six offices across the US and close to 100 employees servicing a diverse client base.

@ZenithIre #PAuto #USA @ramarketingpr

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Analytical services for Californian water!

Adding to its fast growing list of customers in the water industry Autoscribe Informatics has won another major order in the USA to supply the Matrix Gemini Laboratory Information System (LIMS) to a large Water District that supplies 2.4 million people with water.

Matrix Gemini has been chosen as a LIMS that will contribute to the District laboratory’s goal of providing analytical services that enables the Californian District to meet the growing demand for reliable, low cost, and high quality water. It replaces an obsolete LIMS to provide a system that has an upgrade path for future developments.

The final selection process involved the submission of a technical proposal by four vendors which included a 2-hour configured demonstration. Each vendor received an individual score in 6 different categories, which ranged from project approach & schedule to record of success on similar projects. Autoscribe Informatics was rated top in 5 out of 6 of the categories, with a total winning score of 88.8%.

Autoscribe Informatics President, John Boother, said: “Obviously we are delighted to win the bid. We especially like that we scored 9 percentage points more than our nearest competitor on the overall technical score and 16% more than the next highest vendor for the 2 hour configured demonstration. This scoring reflects the ability of Matrix Gemini to be easily configured to implement the customer’s unique workflows as described in the Configured Demonstration Specifications document.”

On awarding the contract, the District cited the following reasons for choosing Matrix Gemini from Autoscribe Informatics:
    the software was most intuitive to Lab staff; Matrix ranked highest in the configured demonstration; Matrix offers District-standard systems technology; Autoscribe has experience in converting from the current LIMS; Autoscribe was responsive in presenting the proposal, and the company was specific in addressing key items in Request For Proposal.
    #water @AutoscribeLtd #PAuto 

Dairy producer reduces refrigeration energy!

A Belgium-based producer of dairy products is achieving minimum energy savings of at least 18% from its refrigeration process as a result of switching to Dyneo permanent magnet motor technology from Control Techniques & Leroy-Somer. The solution, which also features a Leroy-Somer Powerdrive high-power modular drive, is being used in an industrial refrigeration system that cools milk after pasteurisation or sterilisation.

Based near Ghent, Inex specialises in products including milk, chocolate milk, buttermilk, fermented milk, yoghurt, cream and butter. The company, founded in 1898, manufactures and packages both fresh and long-life produce for large European retail chains and multinationals. It has around 440 employees and annual sales of circa €150 million.

Since refrigeration is a key element in the manufacturing process, optimum operation and reliability is paramount. As part of a recent investment package, Inex acquired four new industrial refrigerator systems based on Sabroe SMC 106E reciprocating ammonia compressors. At the time, the company had heard good reports of permanent magnet motors and wanted to install one as a trial. As a result, three of the compressors were supplied with standard Leroy-Somer IE2 (90kW) asynchronous AC motors, and one with a Leroy-Somer IE4 (105kW) synchronous permanent magnet motor from the Dyneo range.

The refrigeration systems are used to cool water to 1°C, which in turns cools milk to around 4°C. The installation operates almost continuously, but at variable load. Here, the benefits of permanent magnet motors come to the fore as their performance retains almost constant partial load, unlike standard asynchronous motors, generally leading to a reduction in energy consumption.

To put the theory to the test, Control Techniques and Leroy-Somer’s experts visited Inex after the installation was complete. They discovered that the refrigerator operating with the Dyneo permanent magnet motor was delivering significant energy savings.

Using a digital energy analyzer, the drive and motor experts made a series of power measurements comparing two refrigeration units working at the same conditions. One featured the LSRPM280SC-T synchronous magnet motor (105kW) running at 1500 rpm and Leroy-Somer Powerdrive, while the other housed the standard LSES280MK-T (90kW) asynchronous motor running at 1487 rpm and a competitor drive.

It was found that energy savings were being achieved using the permanent magnet motor across a range of different load profiles. Depending on the type of measure – involving number of pistons, speed, evaporation temperature and condensation temperature – the calculated energy savings were between 18-21%, taking into account any losses from the drive and the motor.

@EmersonIndAuto  #PAuto @Leroy_Somer

Talking Water & Waste!

The 2016 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium recently drew 165 attendees, some from as far away as Singapore, to its annual conference and exhibition held in Orlando, (FL, USA). The event featured over 40 speakers and presenters as well as nearly 30 exhibitors/sponsors. Presentations and exhibits highlighted the latest information and technologies relevant to the water and wastewater industries.

“The 2016 Symposium was successful in many regards, from the quality of the presentations and the level of expertise among our numerous speakers to the top-notch training courses, SeaWorld facility tour and outstanding exhibitors,” said General Symposium Chair Pavol Segedy. “We’ve once again built upon the success of past symposiums and offered our attendees another unique learning and networking opportunity.”

The highly targeted Symposium focused on the needs of automation professionals and on the varied challenges associated with automation and instrumentation in the municipal water and wastewater sectors, including emerging automation and control systems trends, SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), instrumentation, systems integration, optimization, cybersecurity and alarm management.

Attendees took part in an extensive program of keynotes and technical presentations; an interactive panel discussion; a behind the scenes control systems operations tour of the local SeaWorld attraction; a vendor exposition; networking events; and two ISA training courses: Application of Industrial Wireless Systems and Using the ISA/IEC 62443 Standards to Secure Your Control System.

The Symposium’s technical speakers presented to a large audience of SCADA designers, programmers and users. Of particular note were presentations on High Performance (HP) HMI design, cybersecurity and the role of SCADA in utilities of the future.

This year’s keynote address was delivered by Steven D. Drew, Director of Water Resources for the City of Greensboro, (NC USA). Drew’s presentation addressed the importance of maintaining critical service professionals, specifically front line automation pros and maintenance technicians, in achieving efficiency goals. Those employees, he emphasized, are passionate about their work and are the agents of change and innovation that will propel a utility to the next level of efficiency.

Invited speaker Greg Lehmann spoke about the importance of standardization for Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) in process automation industries. His presentation described the call for the new ISA HMI Standard, provided a detailed chronicle of its journey from charter to ANSI approval, and addressed its ongoing activities. Lehmann is a Process Automation Technical Manager with 30+ years of industry experience. He is employed by AECOM.

Invited speaker Dean Ford discussed the background behind the Automation Competency Model (ACM) and current work going on to apply the model in industry. Noting that its application can be beneficial to workforce development challenges within organizations, Ford illustrated methods of implementing it and practical steps automation professionals can take toward implementation personally, professionally and organizationally. Ford is the Executive Vice President of Westin Engineering.

Among the guest speakers were Bryan L. Singer, CISSP, CAP, Principal Investigator with Kenexis Security Corporation and author of two books about cybersecurity; Kevin M. Morley, Ph.D., Security & Preparedness Program Manager for the American Water Works Association; Michael Sweeney, Ph.D., Deputy Executive Director of Toho Water Authority; and 40-year industry veteran Tom DeLaura from Water Environment Federation (WEF). Over 30 additional technical speakers from throughout the water and wastewater industry rounded out the Symposium’s two-day agenda.

A popular attraction was the Kickoff Networking Event which featured a behind the scenes tour of the controlled water processes at the SeaWorld attraction. Over 50 Symposium attendees participated in this unique experience.

The Symposium also received robust participation both sponsors and exhibitors. Platinum sponsors for this year’s event included Schneider Electric, Phoenix Contact and General Electric. Gold sponsors were Eramosa and Industrial Video & Control. Over 35 different exhibitors showcased their products and services during the trade show.

• The 2017 ISA WWAC Symposium, is scheduled for 8-10 August 2017, once again planned for Orlando.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Slovenian distributor!

Edinburgh Sensors  have signed up a new distributor in Slovenia.

Echo Instruments will now represent Edinburgh Sensors in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Macedonia.

Edinburgh manufacture a range of robust OEM Gas Sensors and Gas Monitors enabling fast, reliable and continuous gas detection. With a global reputation for high performance. These products are an ideal solution for those applications where accuracy, safety and reliability are paramount

They look forward to working together with Echo Instruments as experts in the industry and offer invaluable service to our customers.

@Edinst #PAuto #EchoInstruments

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Gas analysis appointment in Germany.

Servomex has appointed Felix Miklitz as Area Sales Manager, Germany South, to further strengthen sales in the South Germany region.

Felix Miklitz
With experience in gas analysis technologies from BASF, Daimler and Linde Gas plus two years as a Sales Engineer at MS4-Analysentechnik, where he covered the North and mid-Germany region, Felix is well qualified to support Servomex customers in that area.

Felix’s new role will see him work closely with customers in the South Germany region, helping him to identify new market developments and gain an ever-closer understanding of customer needs.

The added local focus will benefit Servomex’s customers in the region and will provide even greater customer-facing support in the Germany South area.

Felix holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Chemistry from the University of Applied Sciences in Reutlingen and a Master’s Degree in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry from Aalen University.

A keen traveler, Felix says: “South Germany is an important region with diverse industries. I want to focus on customer needs to ensure the best customer experience.

“My target is to establish long-lasting customer relationships so that I can better understand the challenges they face, and provide a gas analysis solution that addresses some of those challenges. To achieve this, I want to work closely with the Servomex team and our channel partners.”

Felix will report to Andreas Treder, Servomex’s Sales Manager Europe North and East, who said: “I am delighted to welcome Felix into this new role, and wish him every success.”

@Servomex #PAuto 

Signal routing software for electronic test.

Pickering Interfaces has a new signal routing software product, Switch Path Manager™. This software simplifies signal routing through switching systems and speeds up the development of switching system software. It can be used in NPI labs as they develop test procedures as well as in automated test systems.

Originally known as Tecap Switching, Pickering is adding new features to the software and renaming it to better address the market requirements as well as clearly identifying the functionality. Beginning in Q4, Switch Path Manager will be part of Pickering’s super installer, which will provide customers access for up to 90 days at no cost.

Switch Path Manager signal routing software speeds up switch system development by automatically connecting system endpoints. The software supports Pickering’s PXI, LXI, PCI and GPIB switching systems and the interconnection between them.

Within small switching system configurations, or when utilizing just single switch modules, the user typically applies device drivers with the provided API to control the relays. Simple CLOSE and OPEN commands with additional parameters like module number and channel number control the required relays. As switching systems get more complex, this seemingly simple task can get quite complicated.

The user must always take care in order to avoid shorts or malfunctions even when performing simple switching tasks. If there are many relays involved, the risk of error increases significantly. Add to this the potential complexity of test code for the overall test program, and developing and debugging of the switching portion can be lengthy and prone to error.

Switch Path Manager virtually describes any switching architecture and processes all stored project data for switching and routing at runtime. The user selects the modules from the library, and defines the physical interconnections, as well as the endpoints. Endpoints are the boundary of the system where measurement and stimuli equipment and all the UUT access points are connected. By calling Point-to-Point or Point-to-Multipoint functions the routing is processed and the required relays are controlled to establish a signal path between these endpoints. The router will never interfere with existing routes and will find an alternate bypass or will terminate with an error message if not successful. In addition, the router is intelligent enough to minimize the risk of unintended short circuits.

“By offering smooth and easy implementation of switching applications with minimal coding, Switch Path Manager is unbeatable compared to low-level programming” states Matthias von Bassenheim, Program Director for Switch Path Manager at Pickering Interfaces. “The software also offers a simple and accurate setup, further speeding up the development process”

A free 90-day trial version can also be downloaded from Pickering’s web site.

@Pickeringtest #PAuto #TandM

Multiparameter monitoring with ease!

The Liquiline CM44P multichannel analyser transmitter, from Endress+Hauser,  accepts up to 16 parameters from analytical sensors and transmits them via 4-20mA HART, Profibus, Modbus or EtherNet/IP. It accepts inputs from up to two process photometers and four analytical sensors simultaneously. Sensor types include pH, ORP, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, nitrate, turbidity, free chlorine and ion selective sensors. Mathematical functions allow the unit to calculate measured values on the basis of multiple input values.

The CM44P also performs diagnostics on all connected sensors and analysers, and transmits error messages. Some diagnostic functions include: monitoring impedance of pH glass; measuring signals for stagnation; monitoring the condition of electrodes and the degree of electrode aging; checking for overcurrent conditions; and comparing measured values of conductivity and temperature against tables defined in USP and EP specifications for pharmaceutical water.

All resulting diagnostic messages are reported according to NE107 categories. An optional web server allows operators to remotely access the transmitter. Using any web browser, measurement values or diagnostic messages can be viewed or the device configuration can be changed.

Multiparameter Monitoring
Processes such as chromatography, fermentation, filtration and phase separation require monitoring of multiple parameters. In chromatography, for example, the combination of a UV process photometer and pH, temperature and conductivity sensor inputs ensures accurate detection of the target product. It also verifies buffer quality in the column is correct, leading to optimum product yield. In addition, the CM44P detects the transition from product to cleaning phase, allowing optimisation of cleaning and flushing cycles in the column.

In fermentation, the combination of a process photometer measurement with pH and dissolved oxygen sensor inputs helps users achieve optimal growth conditions for microorganisms. Combining dissolved oxygen and turbidity measurements provides an accurate overview of a filtration process. Turbidity measurement indicates product purity, while dissolved oxygen measurement indicates if oxygen has penetrated the process, which could have an adverse effect on product quality.

The CM44P interfaces to all Memosens sensors from Endress+Hauser and other vendors. Memosens is an international standard, with all sensor-related data stored directly in the sensor head. The CM44P can access this data for analysis, mathematical calculations and diagnostic purposes, and transmit it via various interfaces. It can also store it in a tamper-proof database or SD card, export it to a CSV file for Microsoft Excel, and perform a data logger function with up to 150,000 entries in up to eight logbooks. All settings, logbooks, etc. are stored in a non-volatile memory to ensure the data is retained in the event of a power failure. Memosens lab-calibrated sensors and hot plug-and-play allow for fast commissioning.

Mathematical functions can be used to calculate up to six “virtual” process values such as a pH calculation based on two conductivity values; the difference between two measured values; rH value based on inputs from a pH and ORP sensor; calculation of the remaining capacity of a cation exchanger; and others.

With the CM44P, plant personnel can obtain all of the quality and process information needed from a single transmitter, leading to reduced installation time, lower equipment costs, no need to acquire and manipulate data from multiple instruments, and simplified maintenance.

@Endress_Hauser #PAuto 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Cable-to-cable connector hood.

Harting has introduced a new cable-to-cable industrial connector hood which offers secure moisture protection to the IP67 and IP69K, allowing the speedy installation and easy retrofitting of flexible, food-safe cable extensions to be carried out in the food and beverage industry.

The special easy-to-clean design of the Han® F+B cable-to-cable hood prevents dirt pockets from forming on the cabling, allowing the system to be used on equipment in the splash zone.

The patented design of the Han® F+B cable-to-cable hood features large radii and especially smooth surfaces, in compliance with the industry standard EHEDG guidelines. Han® F+B couplings also allow the easy upgrade of previously non-extensible connections in the food and beverage industry, facilitating the rapid installation of devices such as fans, heaters or motors.

The connectors offer a wide range of different contact configurations. Currently, 25 different inserts are available for the connection and transmission of bus systems, signals and power (up to 40 A).
The special “cap-in-cap” design of the protection caps, featuring a screwed connection between the hood cover and the gland cover, ensures the simple, dirt-pocket free storage at the point of use.

@Harting #PAuto

Total support for Total control & safety system maintenance!

Emerson has been selected by Total Exploration and Production Services to provide control and safety system maintenance services that will support Total’s upstream oil and gas operations around the world.

The ten-year frame agreement is part of Total’s Integrated Control and Safety Systems standardisation strategy. It is the first of its kind between Total and an automation systems provider and formalises the already robust relationship between the two companies.

Emerson will be responsible for servicing, maintenance, obsolescence planning, on-call application support, spare parts management, and reporting activities relating to integrated control and safety systems used in selected Total onshore and offshore sites. This includes Emerson’s DeltaV™ distributed control systems and DeltaV SIS safety systems, along with its AMS asset management software.

“This agreement strengthens Emerson’s excellent relationship with Total and enables our services team to support Total in its continuous efforts to optimise the efficiency of their operations and ensure high safety performance,” said Mike Train, president of Emerson’s Automation Solutions business. “We appreciate being trusted to maintain critical automation systems that will help Total continue to run their operations safely and reliably.”

 @EmersonProcess #Pauto oil #Gas @Total