Friday, November 11, 2016

Level switches.

The CleverLevel series from Baumer has been expanded with two new variants – the LBFH and LBFI. They are available with two switching outputs, qTeach and a 360° output status indicator. In the same way as their predecessors the level switches are based on frequency deviation technology and are suitable for both hygiene and industrial applications.

They offer various programming options to suit different requirements. The convenient qTeach procedure is of great advantage especially for small installations with simple control systems. The sensors can be easily adjusted with any ferromagnetic tool, thus making it possible to quickly adapt to changing process requirements on site.

The two switching outputs make it possible to set two trigger thresholds. This means two different process steps, such as production and cleaning, or two media groups, such as water and oil, can be monitored with one sensor. This saves on storage and costs. The two switching outputs facilitate a plausibility check of the sensor. Complementary trigger point setting ensures sensor faults and wire breaks are reliably detected, thus guaranteeing effective monitoring of all processes.

The multicolored switching status indicator provides reliable feedback on all parameterization steps to support effective process control.

Both variants are suitable for use in temperatures up to 135 C while the variant for hygiene applications has SIP capabilities.

#Baumer #PAuto

Realising the Digital Enterprise.

Industrial companies are revisiting their own business processes and technology approaches as competitors and partners start to employ 'digitalized' business processes and exploit the increasing convergence between operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) on the plant floor.

Andy Chatha
On May 16-17, 2017, ARC Advisory Group will host its European Industry Forum (EIF) at the Meliã Hotel in Sitges (ES). The forum will include exclusive sessions on major issues facing our industry, with multiple tracks and workshops that enable executives to explore topics such as Industrie 4.0, IIoT & Smart Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, IT/OT Convergence, Energy & Sustainability, among others.

Andy Chatha, President and Founder of ARC Advisory Group, will give a keynote speech at ARC’s European Industry Forum 2017. Andy will share how industrial companies can leverage new technologies and processes to transform their business and manufacturing operations.

@arc_advisory #PAuto #Europe

Connector & cable range continues to grow.

Cliff Electronics has over 40 years’ experience in supplying cost effective and high reliability connectors to OEMs and System Integrators around the world. Markets served include industrial, building automation, video installations, medical, instrumentation, test and measurement, broadcast and professional audio the company is well placed to fulfill new demands in the marketplace.

Recent innovations include their highly successful XLR-Format Feedthrough Data Connectors offering a very wide range of audio and data connectivity in the industry standard 24mm diameter XLR connector panel cutout. The standard format offers designers simplified panel layout and manufacture. The improved design aesthetics provided by the products have been very well received by product designers and system integrators.

Models in the Cliff FT range now include Firewire, HDMI A-A and 50 ohm BNC versions, USB2 A-to-B and B-to-A “gender change” sockets high speed USB Type – C, USB3 to USB3 in all gender changing configurations - A-A, A-B and B-A. Also available are all popular data and Ethernet connectors including USB 2.0 and 3.0, LC and SC fibre (Duplex & Simplex), UTP and FTP RJ45s in both Cat6 and Cat5e (shielded and unshielded), Toslink, RCA Phono and HDMI and blanking plates.

Cliff FT connectors are available in plastic or rugged zinc/nickel XLR housings finished in nickel or black and may be front or rear mounted to control panels. The Firewire and HDMI models may be specified with an optional socket sealing cover to prevent the ingress of dust when not in use or when in transit.

The FT connector range allows designers to integrate audio, video, digital, optical, networking and data feeds into professional equipment for broadcast, lighting, audio and industrial applications.

John Hall, General Manager of Cliff Electronics, comments; “As a UK manufacturer we have to be able to respond to changing market requirements quickly and provide cost effective solutions for our customers. Our FT connectors are a perfect example of this. The XLR format has been used in the audio industry for decades, the evolution into digital communication and control markets continues to grow and we are being asked to support more applications on a regular basis. Standardising on the very popular XL format speeds up our development time and allows our customers to simplify and rationalise their panel design, improving flexibility and reducing cost.”

All versions of Cliff FT connectors share the same features and dimensions and offer a complete range of very cost effective audio, data, and fibre connectors, all of which can both front or rear mounted into industry standard 24mm XLR connector mounting holes. The new FT Series are simple to mount into any panel designed to accept XLR connectors including instrumentation, control and rack panels, wall-plates, etc. For ease of assembly the Cliff FT Series are available with standard or countersunk mounting holes. Bezels are available in 7 colours to identify the function of FT connectors when fitted to a control panel

The FT Series offers true feed-through connection, allowing standard cabling to be used to connect at both front and rear, eliminating the need to solder or terminate the connections and simplifying and speeding up assembly.

Cliff’s FT series has already found widespread use in a multitude of system integration applications for custom I/O solutions. Typical applications include broadcast, AV installations, systems integration, home theatre, automation, solar power and a growing range of industrial applications including instrumentation, industrial control and data acquisition

Cliff Electronics are market leaders in the design, development and manufacture of connectors, leads, test lead sets and accessories for a wide range of markets and supply major international OEMs. As a UK manufacturer Cliff are able to respond quickly to customer’s needs for both standard products and custom designs. Cliff manufactures audio, optical and power connectors and accessories, general industrial connectors, foot pedals, lighting connectors, terminal posts and connection blocks, motors, fans and assembly aids. Cliff can also provide a wide range of leads including test and instrumentation, audio, instrument and power.

#CliffElectronics #PAuto 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Linking automation to communication platforms.

New Anybus CompactCom enables automation devices to communicate on CC-Link IE Field

HMS Industrial Networks now extends the Anybus® CompactCom™ 40-series family with a new version which enables any automation device to communicate on CC-Link IE Field. This means that HMS now offers both embedded and stand-alone gateway solutions for any CC-Link-related communication issue, including CC-Link IE Field.
The new Anybus CompactCom for CC-Link IE Field. In the background, HMS other communication solutions for CC-Link and CC-Link IE Field.

Anybus CompactCom is a range of embedded communication interfaces which provides automation devices with connectivity to any industrial network – fieldbuses as well as industrial Ethernet. HMS now expands the Anybus CompactCom 40-series to include connectivity to the gigabit CC-Link IE Field network.

Available in two certified form factors
Fully certified by the CC-Link user organization (CLPA), the Anybus CompactCom 40-series offers CC-Link IE Field connectivity in two formats:

  • Module format, which enables instant connectivity for existing CompactCom users by simply plugging in the CC-Link IE Field module.
  • Brick format, ideal for users who have limited space or want to add their own choice of network connectors.

Fast communication with CC-Link IE Field
CompactCom is designed to be embedded into a host automation device to enable fast communication with any industrial network. Designing in the Anybus CompactCom into an automation device is quick thanks to the accompanying example driver code and configuration file (CSP+) provided by HMS.

Designed for slave communication on CC-Link IE Field networks, Anybus CompactCom can handle up to 1536 bytes of process data in each direction making it suitable for most slave devices. The module supports generic device profiles and comes with a dual port switch implemented in HMS’ award-winning network processor — Anybus NP40.

Access to all industrial networks
By implementing the Anybus CompactCom concept, users get access to all major industrial networks, now including CC-Link IE Field. Since Anybus CompactCom products are interchangeable from a hardware and software point of view, users can connect to any network by simply selecting the CompactCom of choice. Available networks in the 40-series are: PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, Modbus TCP, Powerlink, PROFIBUS, DeviceNet and CC-Link. Ten other networks are also available through the Anybus CompactCom 30-series.

Completing the Anybus offering for CC-Link-based networks
With the new Anybus CompactCom for CC-Link IE Field, HMS further strengthens the offering towards automation device manufacturers in general, and for those wishing to connect to CC-Link networks in particular,” comments Leif Malmberg, Product Manager at HMS. “We see CC-Link IE Field as one of the growing Ethernet networks in the future and we already have several other connectivity solutions in place for both CC-Link and CC-Link IE Field, enabling communication with, for example, Mitsubishi PLCs.”

HMS now offers both embedded and stand-alone gateway solutions for any CC-Link-related communication issue. Apart from the new CompactCom for CC-Link IE Field, HMS also offers:

  • Stand-alone Anybus Communicator gateways for connecting any serial device to both CC-Link and CC-Link IE-Field.
  • Anybus X-gateways for connecting CC-Link and CC-Link IE Field to 11 other industrial networks.

@hmsnetworks #PAuto

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

High-Speed, High-Resolution, High-Voltage Oscilloscope.

National Instruments (NI) announced the PXIe-5164 oscilloscope. The PXIe-5164 is built on the open, modular PXI architecture, and includes a user-programmable FPGA to help aerospace/defense, semiconductor and research/physics applications that require high-voltage measurements and high levels of amplitude accuracy.

“PXI oscilloscopes from NI reduce test time, increase channel density, and now, deliver even better measurement flexibility with the combination of high bandwidth, resolution and input voltage,” said Steve Warntjes, vice president of R&D at NI. “Our new PXIe-5164 oscilloscope can make some measurements that box instruments today just can’t handle. If you want to measure a high-voltage signal of up to 100 Vpp at up to 1 GS/s, you can now use the same instrument to see small signal details that would normally be hidden by the noise of the instrument thanks to the 14-bit ADC.”

The PXIe-5164 features:

  • Two 14-bit channels sampled at 1 GS/s with 400 MHz bandwidth
  • Two Category II-rated channels with voltage input range to 100 Vpp with programmable offsets allowing measurements up to ± 250 V
  • Up to 34 channels to build parallel, high-channel-count systems in a compact form factor in a single PXI chassis
  • A 3.2 GB/s streaming data rate enabled by 8 lanes of PCI Express Gen 2 bus communication
  • A Xilinx Kintex-7 410 FPGA to create custom IP, including filtering or triggering, programmed through LabVIEW
PXI oscilloscopes deliver the ease of use expected from a box oscilloscope. Engineers can use the interactive soft front panels in NI-SCOPE software to make basic measurements, debug automated applications or view the scope data while the test program runs. The driver includes help files, documentation and ready-to-run example programs to assist in test code development, and includes a programming interface that works with a variety of development environments such as C, Microsoft .NET and LabVIEW system design software. Engineers can also use PXI oscilloscopes with TestStand test management software, which simplifies the creation and deployment of test systems in the lab or on the production floor.

PXI oscilloscopes are an important part of the NI platform and ecosystem that engineers can use to build smarter test systems. These test systems benefit from more than 600 PXI products ranging from DC to mmWave and feature high-throughput data movement using PCI Express bus interfaces and sub-nanosecond synchronization with integrated timing and triggering. Supported by a vibrant ecosystem of partners, add-on IP and applications engineers, the NI platform helps to dramatically lower the cost of test, reduce time to market and future-proof testers for tomorrow’s challenging requirements.

• Read this white paper to explore ways to reduce cost of test and build a smarter test system with PXI oscilloscopes.

@niukie  #TandM

Scheduled move in the spring.

Ion Science has confirmed it is on schedule to move into its new state-of-the-art plant in May 2017.

Ion Science MD, Duncan Johns, in front of the new building
Representing a £4.5 million investment by Ion Science, construction of the purpose-built facility, which is located off Butts Lane in Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire (GB), is well underway, with external walls completed and work about to start on the roof.

Duncan Johns, Managing Director at Ion Science comments: “We are delighted to be able to confirm that we are on target to move into our much larger, highly specified head office and plant next spring. We are hugely grateful to the project management company, contractors and Ion Science staff for their support and assistance in meeting critical deadlines.”

In addition to meeting all Ion Science’s current and short/medium term needs, the space and flexible design of the new building also allows for future expansion.

There will be no change of commute over the existing location for employees and it provides visitors with a site that is fitting of the technologically advanced gas detection products supplied by Ion Science.

Duncan continues: “With record sales over the past three months and an annual growth rate of 30%, we have more than outgrown our current facility which can no longer accommodate our needs. The design, manufacturing, sales and administrative capabilities we will be able to access at the new building will allow Ion Science to progress to the next stage of its development.

“It means we can expand our production and sales operations and gives us the necessary space to meet our ambitious growth targets.”

@ionscience #Pauto #Britain

Wanted Dead or Alive.

Ashtead Technology is offering a trade-in for old emissions analysers, no matter what their condition or manufacturer. As part of the deal, customers will receive money off a new Testo 350 or Testo 340.

The Testo 350 is an industrial emissions and combustion analyser, capable of measuring up to six gases simultaneously from a selection including O2, CO, COlow, NO, NOlow, SO2, H2S, CO2 and CH. Typical applications include service measurements on industrial engines, compliance testing on gas turbines and efficiency testing for industrial burners. The instrument complies with the MCERTS performance standards for Portable Emission Monitoring Systems (Certificate: Sira MC090159/03) which means that its performance has been tested and verified by a respected third party and can be employed for regulatory compliance monitoring. The Test 340 is a smaller, more economical instrument, capable of measuring up to four gases simultaneously.

Explaining the advantages of upgrading to a new instrument, Ashtead Technology’s Josh Thomas says: “This is a great opportunity to save money on a brand new instrument; there are more sensor options and thanks to a patented automatic dilution function, it is now possible to measure high gas concentrations, with easier application-specific menus and data export via Bluetooth, USB or the Testo Printer.

“Portable instruments are often exposed to a variety of demanding field conditions so with a robust housing and built-in impact protection the Testo 350 is ideal for customers with multiple measurement locations.”

The Testo 350 is available to purchase with a choice of unheated or heated sampling probes and Ashtead’s staff can advise on suitable probes for measurements involving high temperatures, high dust loads or wet flue gas. Rental units are also available with a 335mm Flue Gas Probe (Max Temperature 500°C). Alternatively, there’s an optional 700mm Gas Sampling Probe (Max Temperature 1000°C).

Ashtead’s ‘Dead or Alive’ analyser offer is open until the end of 2016.

Anyone wishing to cash in their old analyser and upgrade to the latest Testo instrument, should   email . As Josh says: “It’s worth a quick call; alive or dead, your old analyser could be worth a lot of money!”

@ashteadtech  #PAuto 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

New network member!

IDEC Technical Services, a specialist in the design and installation of high voltage protection and control system integration has joined the Copa-Data Partner Community, the worldwide network of certified specialists in Copa-Data’s software, zenon.
As a new member of the  Partner Community, IDEC Technical Services will have access to a range of knowledge exchange initiatives provided by COPA-DATA with the aim of improving the ergonomics and productivity of partners automation projects.

“IDEC’s commitment to provide its customers with ‘the most flexible and cost-effective solution, giving full account of existing control systems and future expansion possibilities’ completely resonates with how we drive our business here at Copa-Data UK,” explained Adrian Kimberley, Regional Sales Manager at Copa-Data UK. “With two of the Engineers at IDEC Technical Services fully trained and certified in zenon Basic and zenon Energy Edition, I am highly optimistic about the longevity of this partnership.”

IDEC was originally founded in Teesside, in 1976, as a result of the booming chemical and steel manufacturing industry and a growing need for skilled workers in electrical engineering design and project management.

Throughout its 40 years of successful operations, IDEC has experienced exponential growth not only within Britain but also overseas, resulting in the expansion into new markets and formation of new companies.

IDEC Technical Services Limited was established in 2003, in order to strategically focus on control system integration, electrical high voltage protection systems and electrical distribution. Since it was set up, IDEC Technical Services has delivered numerous projects in substations, gas turbines, wind turbines alike.

@COPADATAUK #PAuto #Idec @StoneJunctionPR

Single-cable solutions.

Single-cable solutions are increasingly gaining traction in the field of servo drive technology. In addition to the growing number of drive manufacturers offering single-cable solutions, this trend is fuelled by the increasing number of manufacturers of rotary encoders that allow the implementation of such solutions in the first place. They differ not only in the protocol used, but also in technical details such as resolution and stability. Helukabel GmbH and Hengstler GmbH are two well-established companies that tackle this topic from different vantages. However, they are united in their common mission of providing customers with high-quality components that are innovative, effective and safe and that harness the tremendous potential offered by the single-cable technology.

Hengstler AD37S Encoder
In single-cable solutions, the cores for the encoder’s signal transmission are integrated into the servo cable, which means that two cables are thereby combined to form a hybrid cable. This solution’s success is down to the benefits of space and weight optimisation, and in particular to the reasonable price and reduced connection technology. In areas with limited space, this translates into additional advantages for machinery, control cabinets and drag chains, for example.

Basic requirement for the set-up of a single-cable solution between a servo motor and a servo controller is a digital encoder that is specifically developed for this type of communication. The encoder is permanently connected to the servo motor. For this reason, the manufacturer of the servo motor needs to provide its customers with an end-to-end solution: Not only the servo motor needs to be equipped with a rotary encoder, the controller needs to be adapted to the concept of a single-cable solution as well - as communication is always established between two units. Hengstler offers special rotary encoders in its new product range that use the ACURO®link interface, an open protocol, creating the ideal symbiosis to meet the high requirements of single-cable solutions. “The ACURO®link interface was specifically designed to support two- and four-wire applications,” explains Johann Bücher, Director of Encoder Strategy at Hengstler.

Helukabel’s challenge as cable manufacturer consists in securing a sustainably stabile and fail-safe data transmission. The two-cable solution uses up to three shields to protect the signal pairs from the disruptive influences of the power cores in the traditional set-up. In addition, it is generally recommended that the maximum possible distance between the servo and encoder cables is considered when laying the cables. However, the feedback cores of a hybrid cable are routed into the servo cable directly. It reduces the physical distance almost entirely and the requirements for EMC shielding attain a new quality level.

 Helukabel Topserv Hybrid
Whether the motor rotates or not is based on the signal’s quality that arrives at the receiver. The fewer external disruptions that penetrate the signal element, the better the data quality is that arrives at the receiver. The shielding of the data cores accounts for the protection from EMC emissions. The longer the shielding remains intact while in use, the longer the protection will be maintained. The service life of the shielding can be nearly “infinite” if the hybrid cable is installed in a stationary application. The service life only starts to shorten when mechanical load is placed on the cable in a dynamic application, such as a drag chain. The reliability and fail-safe quality of data transmission is a product of the individual disruptions, which means that the longer a cable, the more critical the application. Hengstler’s research & development team tests two- and four-wire versions of their encoder using a 100-m cable in each case under load. Based on the acquired practical experience, these tests provide adequate assurance that the cables can withstand even future challenges arising in increasingly complex applications. It is now possible to have high-performance multi-turn control thanks to the Hengstler AD37 rotary encoder. It sets new standards with a 10-Mbaud transfer speed and data exchange rates reaching 32 kHz, while combined with the transfer of entire positioning data providing an extremely high electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). In addition, the data protocol of the electrical interface fulfils the requirements of SIL3 in accordance with IEC 61508 and Cat. 3PLe, in compliance with EN ISO 13489, while the AD37 rotary encoder itself and the IP core in the control can meet all requirements from non-SIL, SIL1, SIL2 to SIL3, depending on the customer’s specific application.

The loads that cables are subjected to in the field are growing as the market requirements of the manufacturers of machinery and plants increase. Machine designs are smaller than ever before, as the axes in the field of traditional machine tools become more dynamic and faster. These developments reduce the available space to a minimum, and the bending radii of the drag chains become tighter. Cables and wires need to be tailored to the specific application in order to provide with high stability in drag chain applications while maintaining competitive prices, which means that the design team at Helukabel GmbH selects different designs for specific requirements. They depend on parameters such as movement distance, minimum bending radius, speed, acceleration and minimum number of cycles. In addition to the design, the choice of materials also plays a decisive role. They primarily depend on external factors such as ambient temperatures and/or the required durability of the materials (aggressive coolants and lubricants, for example). In addition, there are other properties that need to be taken into consideration such as flame-resistance and halogen-free design.

The different performance requirements of the motors translate in different cross-sections for the supply cables. The larger the cross-section, the thicker the cable. It is necessary that the tests include different bending radii in order to draw conclusions for all other cross-sections, as it is not enough to test one cross-section and cable construction in a drag chain. The Helukabel Group tests cables on nine different testing systems that can differentiate between the lengths and the acceleration and speed parameters when testing. These tests are very intricate and require constant monitoring and supervision. However, they are also necessary in order to ensure the quality and stability of data transmission.

Helukabel was the first cable manufacturer who confirmed the durability of its hybrid cables with a system test involving more than five million cycles. In the meantime, several hundreds of kilometres of these hybrid cables have been installed and are in use in different applications around the world.

“We are the cable manufacturer with the greatest advantage in terms of experience. We invested a great deal of time in this solution from a very early stage and have gathered vast experience in the field to be able to develop working, reliable solutions for drive specialists. Our Topserv Hybrid has become established as the standard for the two-wire solution”, says Thomas Pikkemaat, Product Manager for Drive Technology at HELUKABEL® GmbH.
Drag chain test systems at Helukabel’s research and development center
@Hengstler_GmbH  #PAuto @HelukabelGroup

Linearisation and Teach.

Thanks to linearised calibration curves and very low standard dispersion rates, the new distance-measuring inductive sensors IR08, IR12 and IR18 from the Baumer AlphaProx family offer easy and reasonably priced analysis of the measurement results without any additional cost or effort for programming. Complex reference measurements are also things of the past.

A simple and innovative 1-point teaching process makes it possible to set or adapt the sensors to a special application quickly and easily, more or less at the press of a button. The sensor is only taught at one certain position. The output signal from the teaching point is linear, with the required steepness. This means that the sensor can also be installed wherever the teaching of a second point is not possible on account of the dynamic range of the application. An example of this is the measurement of the deformation of a shaft. Installation tolerances are eliminated directly in the sensor, guaranteeing reproducible measurements and reducing installation costs.

The steepness of the calibration curve can be adapted individually to different applications using an easy-to-operate 2-point teaching function. The sensors assume an exactly defined value at the minimum and maximum distances, and between these the output signal is linear. For applications in which, beside the analog signal, a switching signal is to be generated at certain points on the calibration curve, for example to indicate a critical range, Baumer also offers AlphaProx models with an additional digital output. This combination of two outputs in one sensor allows the sensor to be installed even in places where there is no room for two sensors, thus cutting costs as well.

@BaumerGroup #PAuto 

LED indicators for thick panels.

Microprecision Electronics has introduced a new long body nickel-plated panel mount LED. The housing is designed to easily fit panel thicknesses of up to 9.0mm even with additional washer. The front mounted prominent and recessed bezel shaped forms come with termination options leads or Faston style quick connects. The fully potted leads version with additional gasket offers front and backside IP67 sealing for water resistance and outdoor use.

Long Body LEDThe rugged vibration and water resistant LED indicators are well suited for a number of applications, including industrial control panels, transportation dashboards, gaming/vending machines and aircraft/military instrumentation. The products are US made and can be modified to fit custom needs for special wires, connectors or marking.

All versions are available in a broad range of colors and intensities, including daylight readable red, yellow, green, orange as well as bicolor, blue, white, flashing, infrared and night vision compatible LEDs. They can be supplied with an additional built in resistor for voltages up to 48VDC.

@MPMicroswitches #PAuto 

Dual range torque sensor.

The new Type 4503B dual range torque sensor from Kistler Instruments has a wide measurement range of 0.2 to 5,000 Nm, high resolution rotational speed/angle measurement and high speed ranges of up to 50,000 rpm. For highly dynamic measurements the cut-off frequency of 10 kHz may be user customized by an integrated, digital, low-pass filter and the second measurement range can be flexibly scaled up to 1:10 or 1:5 of the rated torque.

The new, fully scalable magnetoresistive speed and angle measurement system has a pulse frequency up to 8,192 pulses per revolution, with twin tracks displaced by 90° to provide clockwise and anticlockwise indication. A reference pulse is also available.

The fully digital, contactless signal transmission delivers a standard accuracy of 0.05 percent with ± 0 – 5/10 V DC signal outputs, an RS-232C serial data output and a USB interface.

The new, robust design is ideal for use in oil mist and other contaminated environments and overload protection of the lower range ensures reliable measurement with the greatest possible dynamics and accuracy in the most demanding industrial applications. The IP40 protection and anodised aluminium housing minimise routine maintenance needs in real world, production applications.

The new Type 4503B torque sensor provides industrial users the benefits of sensors which enable reliable measurement results and provide a solution that can be tailored to each application. Being compatible with previous versions, the new torque sensor can be integrated into existing systems with minimal effort. More information is available on the Kistler web site at

#Kistler #PAuto

Leveraging for IIot!

Yokogawa has established a new division known as the Architecture Development Division California: an organisation that is dedicated to the development of architecture for the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This division commenced operations on the 1st November 2016.

To improve operational efficiency and productivity by using the IIoT, a robust and flexible architecture is required. For this purpose, Yokogawa has set up the Architecture Development Division California to pursue the development of core technologies. The new division will function as a unit of Yokogawa’s Marketing Headquarters’ Business Development Center, and will keep up with the new technologies being developed every day in the IIoT sector and facilitate close co-ordination with partner companies.

The new division is based on the West Coast of the United States, which is a centre of research and development activity for numerous technology firms. The new division is staffed by engineers from Yokogawa who have an extensive knowledge of Yokogawa systems and services, and locally recruited engineers who are conversant in a range of IT fields. To start with, the division is located at the engineering office of a partner company, and it is scheduled to open its own office in April 2017.

The division will later add functions for planning services that use the IIoT and cloud computing, and it is expected that the number of staff will be increased to around 50 over the next five years. With this new division, Yokogawa will accelerate its development of cutting-edge IIoT architecture with the aim of offering its customers safer and more user-friendly solutions.

@YokogawaIA #PAuto #IoT

Monday, November 7, 2016

Broadband bridge for train networks.

Westermo has launched an Ethernet broadband bridge designed especially for the rail vehicle market. The DDW-002-B1, part of the Wolverine series of industrial Ethernet extenders, can be used to interconnect Ethernet networks within rail cars using the existing cables in the train coupling. This provides considerable savings for refurbishment, negating the need to rebuild or replace the train coupler.

The DDW-002-B1 uses power-line communication technology according to IEEE 1901 and is able to support data communication networks by propagating high bandwidth Ethernet traffic over almost any 2-wire cable. This communication technology is well proven, highly robust and able to negate problems with degraded legacy cabling, such as oxidised connectors.

The unit requires no configuration, and plug-and-play simplicity allows rapid installation and commissioning, providing a cost-effective and more robust solution compared to wireless technologies.

The unit has been designed to meet the full requirements of the rail vehicle market and has been tested and certified to meet and exceed EN 50155. It is also approved for trackside deployment according to EN 50121-4.

The DDW-002-B1 also has potential for use in a variety of non-rail applications, e.g. involving communication over slip rings. Its compact and robust construction makes it well suited for deployment in areas with severe operating conditions and extreme environments.

By using the highest quality components the DDW-002-B1 delivers extended Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) figures. Features like a GORE-TEX® membrane in the IP67 enclosure to prevent water build-up, and the vibration-safe integrated connector threading, further contribute to high MTBF and long service life.

@westermo_global #Ethernet #Pauto #Transport

"Maths in the Pipeline" for students!

A 'Maths in the Pipeline' STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) event has been held at the new Emerson Solutions Centre in Aberdeen (GB). The one-day workshop, organised by Aberdeen-based charitable organisation TechFest, gave pupils from five schools an insight into how mathematics applies to real-life situations within the oil and gas industry.

Maths in the Pipeline business challenge winners with Emerson STEM Ambassadors.
The students, aged 14-15, from Northfield Academy, Fraserburgh Academy, Meldrum Academy, Kemnay Academy and The Gordon Schools, were introduced to key industry topics by Emerson’s STEM Ambassadors and solved problems on these whilst developing their team working skills. The day culminated with a demanding business challenge, with deadlines and presentation requirements.

“Maths in the Pipeline is a full day of workshops giving students a practical application of the maths they have learnt in school in an industry setting,” said Sarah Chew, TechFest Managing Director. “The event encourages students to engage with industry professionals from local oil and gas companies, such as Emerson, and apply what they learn in school to solve problems tackled daily by these professionals.”

Special guest Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of the trade association Oil & Gas UK, gave an overview of the oil and gas business, and spoke about the important role Aberdeen has played within the industry.

“Events like this Emerson workshop really help to connect with the engineers, scientists, technologists and mathematically adept workforce of tomorrow,” said Ms Michie. “Oil and gas may be experiencing a challenging time right now but it remains an exciting and innovative industry with opportunities that can take you all over the world. I certainly hope this event will have helped encourage some students to view our sector as a great career choice.”

“Maths in the Pipeline events are a great way to engage with the next generation and highlight the importance of STEM subjects and the opportunities that exist within the oil and gas industry,” said Graham Baldwin, Emerson Human Resources Manager. “Emerson regularly hosts STEM events and the new Solutions Centre provided the ideal environment for this one.”

The Emerson Solutions Centre, located in the Dyce area of the city, opened in April and provides North Sea oil and gas industry operators with access to engineering, training facilities and operational support.

@EMR_Automation #TechFest #Pauto

Cutting age cybersecurity for IIoT.

Yokogawa has made a strategic investment in Bayshore Networks, a US technology innovator that is developing cybersecurity software for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). With this investment, Yokogawa will help Bayshore Networks continue development of its IIoT security technology, and will benefit from Bayshore’s communications control and other technologies. The partnership is expected to help speed Yokogawa’s development of the IIoT architecture needed to expand its solutions lineup.

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in the Washington DC metropolitan area, Bayshore Networks offers cybersecurity system solutions for industrial applications. The firm has a number of strategic partners in the IT sector and has gained recognition for its expertise in IIoT cybersecurity.

Bayshore Networks has created communications control technology for Layer 7 of the open systems interconnection (OSI) reference model: a model in which the functions of communication devices are divided into seven layers. This model was defined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to facilitate data communication among different communication systems. As well as offering cybersecurity technology, this capability can also be employed in safety solutions for monitoring and controlling production facilities. As this technology has the potential to become a crucial component in Yokogawa’s IIoT architecture research and development efforts, Yokogawa has invested US$900,000 in this company.

Tsuyoshi Abe, a Yokogawa vicepresident and head of the company’s marketing headquarters, comments: “Yokogawa’s control business offers solutions ranging from field sensors to control systems, manufacturing execution systems (MES), and management information systems that help its customers improve their operational efficiency and safety and make more effective use of their business assets. We are looking forward to creating new value by providing further innovative solutions and services to our customers by partnering with Bayshore Networks and its cutting-edge technologies for IIoT security.”

“Yokogawa shares our vision for a secure IIoT enabling new applications that will increase safety, optimise processes, and drive efficiencies” said Mike Dager, CEO of Bayshore Networks: “We are proud and excited to partner with such a renowned global leader in industrial controls.”

Recent advances in the IIoT field are making it easier to obtain information through networks and apply it in various solutions. With this investment, Yokogawa and Bayshore Networks will share knowledge and expertise in plant process control and operation, including the latest IIoT security and communications innovations, in support of Yokogawa’s IIoT architecture development. Based on these technologies, Yokogawa aims to expand the lineup of operational technology safety solutions that it will offer to its industrial customers to help optimise their plant operations.

Yokogawa has drawn up a long-term business framework and formulated a vision statement that reads: “Through Process Co-Innovation, Yokogawa creates new value with its clients for a brighter future. Process Co-Innovation is a concept for an automation business that will utilise all of Yokogawa’s measurement, control, and information technologies." According to this statement, Yokogawa will seek not only to optimise production processes but also the flow of material and information within and between companies, including their value and supply chains. This concept covers all the solutions offered by Yokogawa, which is committed to working with customers to create value. The effective use of IIoT is key to Process Co-Innovation.

Based on its corporate brand slogan of “Co-innovating tomorrow”, Yokogawa plans to leverage Bayshore Networks’ technology to develop new solutions and create new value in collaboration with its customers and partners.

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Week to highlight robotics!

The second annual UK Robotics Week (24th – 30th June 2017) is set to be even bigger and better, building on the huge success of the inaugural event at the end of last June. Any institutions or organisations planning to hold their own robotics events – either in the run-up to and during the UK Robotics Week - can also apply now to be included in the official Programme of Activities.

The first ever UK Robotics Week proved a huge success, encompassing a host of events up and down the UK, including public lectures, open labs, hackathons, tech weekends, conferences, and a state-of-the-art robotics showcase held on the last day. This initiative is jointly spearheaded by founding supporters, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), The Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the UK-RAS Special Interest Group, and is being coordinated by the EPSRC UK-RAS network.

As part of the official launch, this year’s School Robot Challenge is now open for entries to all schools nationwide. The competition offers schoolchildren the opportunity to design their own virtual robot bug and teach it to move, with the option of printing their bug in 3D. The challenge aims to develop children’s interest and skills in digital technology, design, science, engineering and biology. This year’s competition has been split into two age group categories – 4-12 years and 13-18 years – with top prizes to be awarded in each. School are actively encouraged to register their interest on the website now to access the information packs and software.

The first Surgical Robot Challenge attracted participation from the world’s leading institutions, with top robotics research teams travelling to Britain to demonstrate their outstanding innovations during last year’s competition finals. The 2017 competition is now open for entry, and any international researchers interested in participating in this prestigious challenge can download all the competition information at

The second Autonomous Driving Challenge is also launched today. This is an international competition to inspire the next generation of designers and engineers, and involves designing your own vehicle and teaching it to drive autonomously. The challenge is open to everyone: children and adults, amateurs and professionals.

Commenting on today’s official launch, Professor Guang-Zhong Yang PhD, FREng, Director and Co-founder of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, at Imperial College London and Chair of the UK-RAS Network, said: “We have been delighted with the response to UK Robotics Week, which looks set to become one of the key highlights in the science and technology calendar. This is a unique opportunity to celebrate the UK’s technology leadership in robotics and autonomous systems, and for individuals and institutions to get involved – hands-on – with robotics development.”

Professor Philip Nelson, Chief Executive of EPSRC, added: “From inspiring the nation’s budding engineers in STEM subjects to engaging people of all ages in a national debate about the contribution robotic technology can make to society and our economy, we’re looking forward to creating even more of a buzz with UK Robotics Week this year, and shining an even bigger spotlight on the fantastic robotics innovation being driven from the UK.”

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RF connectors accessible through new website!

Intelliconnect (Europe) has launched a completely new website offering visitors easier navigation and search facilities and a new “Quote Basket” facility allowing customers to automatically request a quotation for selected products. A brochure detailing all Intelliconnect products may also be downloaded from the homepage. The new online cable selector enables customer to build a custom cable assembly the website and send it to Intelliconnect for a quotation by return.

A key element of the new website is the launch of the Taurus Range of RF connectors. This brand new range of low cost high quality standard coaxial connectors and adaptors is generally available from stock on a 1 to 3 day lead time. Taurus connectors are supplied with the same high level of quality control as Intelliconnect’s market leading Precision and Pisces ranges. Taurus connectors are available in formats including BNC, SMA, SMB, MCX and N Type

The new Intelliconnect website has full information on their established and very successful Precision Range, Pisces IP67/IP68 Waterproof Range, Covert, Triaxial and Multipin connector ranges.
Custom cable assemblies may also be designed by visitors using the cable selector which enables bespoke cable assemblies to be specified online and submitted for quotation by return. Customers can choose required connectors and cable and specify other relevant information in order to receive a quote.

“We are very well known for our custom connector designs which we can turn around in just seven weeks.” said Roy Philips, Managing Director of Intelliconnect Europe Ltd. “Our new Taurus Range of RF connectors broadens our product offering, are available ex-stock and makes us a one stop shop for our customers.”  

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