Friday, November 18, 2016

Security for IoT edge devices.

The Floodgate IoT Security Toolkit has bee launched by Icon Labs. The solution enables IoT edge devices to be easily and securely integrated with IoT cloud platforms, including Verizon’s ThingSpace IoT Cloud Platform, and provides security management for remote IoT devices from a single user interface.

“Security concerns are consistently cited as one of the major issues impeding IoT deployments,” says Alan Grau, President of Icon Labs. “This solution provides designers an interactive and scalable drop-in security solution that protects IoT devices from the growing threat of cyber-attacks. Icon Labs’ Floodgate IoT Security Toolkit provides robust and easy to implement end-to-end security management for IoT devices - allowing a client application to harden and manage endpoints from the cloud.”

The new Icon Labs Floodgate IoT Security Toolkit provides connectivity to the cloud platform over a secure communication link for both normal device operation and for security management. The solution includes critical security countermeasures to protect the device from attack, intrusion detection to identify when the device is being attacked, and security management to respond to attacks.

Alerts from the intrusion detection module inform the user of security anomalies. These alerts are sent to the security management systems, allowing changes to security policies to be pushed out to each device in real-time. The management system also supports software updates to be securely transmitted and installed, all using the same management interface.

Critical security countermeasures included are secure boot, encrypted communication, an endpoint firewall, and mutual authentication based on PKI certificates.

The Floodgate IoT Security Toolkit is the industry’s most complete security platform for IoT devices, providing a full suite of device protection, secure credentialing services, and integration with IoT cloud services. The toolkit includes the following Floodgate Security Framework elements: secure boot, secure software updates, firewall, intrusion detection, MQTT, TLS, key management/SCEP, and a management agent.

This solution is available today and has been integrated with Verizon’s ThingSpace IoT Platform and Verizon’s IoT Secure Credentialing Servicer (IoT SC), and demonstrated on the Renesas Synergy platform from Renesas Electronics America, Inc. The Floodgate toolkit supports any embedded OS including embedded Linux, Nucleus, ThreadX, UC/OS-III, LynxOS, VxWorks and other RTOSes.

#IconLabs #IoT #PAuto #Security

BACnet to the cloud...

Sierra Monitor's BACnet gateways, routers, and network explorers are now “IIoT-Empowered out-of-the-box” and are shipping with new software that allows customers to securely register, access, and manage their field-installed products from Sierra Monitor’s FieldPoP device cloud. By seamlessly and securely bridging BACnet-based facility networks to the cloud and using FieldPoP as a portal, facility managers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) of industrial devices such as sensors and controllers, can remotely service and support devices and gain operational insights to improve the facility’s comfort, safety and energy efficiency.

Sierra Monitor’s line of gateway products including the EZ Gateway and QuickServer products are used by OEMs and integrators to connect devices that speak a variety of protocols such as Modbus, SNMP, LonWorks, N2, M-Bus, KNX, and more than a hundred other proprietary protocols to BACnet-based networks and management systems within a building or facility. Additionally, Sierra Monitor’s BACnet Router connects BACnet devices to BACnet/IP backbones, while the BACnet Explorer assists with installation and troubleshooting by discovering devices and data points on building and facility networks. The newly-released software enables all of Sierra Monitor’s gateways, routers and explorers to be securely connected to the FieldPoP device cloud with just a few clicks. In addition to serving as a service management portal, FieldPoP also serves as a data middleware layer that collects IIoT device data from the field and lets third-party applications incorporate that data in business and analytics applications. As a result, OEMs and facility managers can gain new insights leading to improvements in product quality, innovations in products and services, and identification of new revenue opportunities.

Customers who choose to take advantage of the pre-built integration between FieldServer products and the FieldPoP device cloud have a choice of “Freemium” options. Basic connectivity to the cloud over the Internet and the ability to remotely run the standard web user interface available on the FieldServer products are part of the standard package. Value-added “fog applications” that run on the FieldServer products such as a dashboard view of field devices and data, trend logs, control logic applications, data uploads to the cloud for long-term analysis, and real-time alerts and notifications to authorized personnel are offered as premium features.

“BACnet has emerged as the leading protocol used in building and facility automation,” said David Nardonne, Membership Manager at BACnet International, an industry association that facilitates the successful use of the BACnet protocol in building automation and control systems through interoperability testing, educational programs and promotional activities. “The ability to securely and seamlessly bridge BACnet-based facility networks to the cloud is a significant addition to the BACnet toolkit.”

“This announcement underscores our commitment to be one of the leaders in bridging Operational Technology (OT) with Information Technology (IT),” said Varun Nagaraj, CEO of Sierra Monitor. “The FieldServer protocol translation gateway has long been a leader in the building and industrial automation markets. Now, with the pre-integration of FieldServer gateways, routers and explorers with the FieldPoP device cloud, we have made it extremely easy for our customers to take advantage of the cloud and the IIoT opportunity.”

@sierramonitor #PAuto #BACnet #IoT

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Safety & Quality in Food & Drink event.

Autoscribe Informatics is sponsoring the Inaugural Food and Drink Quality and Safety Summit which is being held on November 30th 2016 in the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham (GB). The Summit will bring together food manufacturers, regulatory officials and scientists to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration in order to help protect the global food supply.

As part of the conference agenda, Sarah Westall from Autoscribe Informatics will give a presentation entitled: ‘Food Safety Through Environmental Monitoring.’ This will outline how the emphasis in food safety has shifted from response to prevention, therefore placing even greater importance on environmental monitoring practices to provide an early warning of increased microbial contamination in production and storage areas.

Sarah will discuss how Autoscribe Informatics’ Environmental Monitoring solution, part of the Matrix Gemini Laboratory Information Management System, can drive good practice by helping organizations to carry out and record their preventive controls in ways that are more easily monitored and retrieved by both management and technicians.

@AutoscribeLtd @FoodBevQS #PAuto 

Infrared Cameras deliver 640 x 480 image quality.

Fluke has introduced the Fluke® Ti480 and TiX580 Infrared Cameras with 640 x 480 resolution and MultiSharp™ Focus, delivering exceptional image quality to industrial, process, utilities maintenance and building inspection professionals who need high measurement accuracy to quickly detect problems.
With the Ti480 Infrared Camera, Fluke has introduced 640 x 480 resolution into a rugged, pistol-grip form factor. The camera provides fast, one-handed operation to perform multiple inspections quickly and accurately. Now there is an “everyday” camera, with four times the resolution power of many commonly used 320 x 240 pixel cameras, for quick point-and-shoot troubleshooting.

The new TiX580 Infrared Camera features a 240-degree rotating screen that allows thermographers to easily navigate over, under, and around objects to preview and capture images with ease. The 5.7-inch screen provides 150 percent more viewing area than a standard 3.5-inch screen, enabling thermographers to quickly identify issues in the field and easily edit images directly on the camera, reducing production time back at the office.

Both cameras include MultiSharp™ Focus, an advanced focus system that takes multiple images with a press of a button. The camera combines them to produce one focused image of both near and far objects, delivering precision image clarity guaranteeing an in-focus image when back in the office no matter what the conditions.

Both infrared cameras feature:

  • SuperResolution, which captures multiple images and combines them to create a crisp, sharp 1280 x 960 resolution image - four times the pixel data of a 640 x 480 image.
  • LaserSharp® Auto Focus, which uses a laser distance meter to calculate the precise distance to the designated target for sharper, more accurate images.
  • Fluke IR-Fusion® technology, which captures a visible light image in addition to the infrared image and combines them with three different operating modes: Picture-in-Picture, full visible light, and AutoBlend™.
  • Fluke Connect SmartView® Desktop Software, for optimising and analysing thermal images, generating customisable reports and exporting images in multiple formats to the Fluke Connect Cloud.

Fluke Connect Compatible
The new infrared cameras integrate into Fluke Connect® - the company’s full-feature platform that permits Fluke tool users to receive, store, visualise, and report electronic measurement data from more than 40 Fluke Connect wireless test tools. This allows technicians to record and share thermal images, along with electrical and other measurements, in real time via their smartphones or tablets and automatically upload them to the cloud.

The Fluke Connect system provides access to maintenance records simultaneously at the inspection site and from the office or an off-site location, enabling faster decision making. It also enables real-time collaboration between team members with ShareLive™ video calls, increasing productivity in the field.

Images sync wirelessly direct from the camera to the Fluke Connect system, so images can be attached to an asset record or work order. Reports can be created and shared directly from the job site via email.

@FlukeCorp  #PAuto #TandM 

MES system in Polish pharma plant!

Polpharma will introduce Werum’s PAS-X Manufacturing Execution System (MES) in its production facility in Starogard Gdański (PL). The company is the largest Polish manufacturer of pharmaceuticals and ranks among the top 20 generic drug manufacturers worldwide. Polpharma manufactures a wide range of prescription drugs and pharmaceuticals for in-patient care.
Werum’s PAS-X will be implemented as full-scope MES out of the box replacing a legacy MES. It will support efficient operations in the production departments for parenteral and solid forms as well as in the R&D department. PAS-X shall be fully integrated with the Oracle ERP and WMS system and the scales on the shop floor level.

“We decided in favour of Werum’s PAS-X MES because it meets all requirements set forth by the approving authorities such as the FDA and the EU GMP guidelines,” says Artur Połom, Solid Forms Production Department, Polpharma S. A. “This decision was backed by a business benefit analysis. PAS-X will support our production and warehouse operators in all production and storage operations thus enabling a higher process and product quality.”

@Werum #PAuto #MES #Pharma

Test & Measurement rental companies to amalgamate!

Microlease is to be acquired from Lloyds Development Capital by Electro Rent Corporation. The transaction is expected to close during Q1 2017. Financial terms are not disclosed.

Microlease CEO Nigel Brown said the combination will create a premier platform with a global footprint.

“Both companies are leaders in testing and measurement equipment rental, sales, and asset management services,” he said. “Combined, we believe we can serve customers better through a significantly expanded equipment fleet and stronger geographical coverage, ensuring better availability levels and a higher level of technical service.”

Electro Rent is a portfolio company of Platinum Equity, which acquired the business in August 2016.

“This is a transformational opportunity that puts the combined company in a better position to serve customers in a global market poised for significant growth,” said Platinum Equity Partner Louis Samson. “We are delivering on our pledge to invest in Electro Rent’s long-term strategic plan and will continue looking for new opportunities to expand organically or through additional acquisitions.”

Mr. Brown will be appointed CEO of the combined company once the transaction is completed. The company’s North American operation will be headquartered in Van Nuys (CA USA) and its EMEA operations will be headquartered in London (GB).

@microlease #TandM #PAuto @ElectroRent

A Career in Robotics?

A >one-page guide giving advice for those interested in a career in robotics has been issued by Harmonic Drive UK. The guide details the different routes that people can take to work in the sector, routes that depart from traditional robot manufacturing. Despite the engineering skills shortage, there are still many jobs available in various areas of the robotics industry.

The guide tackles the myth that you need a specific engineering degree to have a career in robotics. It talks about four lesser-known sectors where robots are used, such as robotic rigs used in Hollywood camera equipment for their accuracy, or robots used in the medical sector to perform remote surgery.

“Whether it's the overhead cameras used to broadcast sporting events from exciting new angles, or the deep-sea remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) that help oil and gas engineers repair leaks, robots are now everywhere,” explained Graham Mackrell, managing director of Harmonic Drive UK. “The biggest challenge the engineering industry faces is attracting the most talented and passionate people into the sector.

“It's our job as employers to raise awareness about the non-traditional roles that robots operate in. No matter the sector, it is vital that the right gears are used in these exciting new robotic applications. Gears must be compact and lightweight, without sacrificing torque output particularly as we see the growth of collaborative robots in smart factories, where space is often at a premium.

"Another example is the medical sector where, apart from accuracy and repeatability, robots that contain zero-backlash gearing systems are making remote surgeries a reality. My advice to professionals in the engineering industry looking for alternative careers is to consider the many wider applications of robots."

@HarmonicDriveUK #PAuto #Robotics @StoneJunctionPR

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Energy management technology provider acquired!

The acquisition of Soteica Visual Mesa (SVM), a leading energy management technology provider, has been announced by Yokogawa Electric Corporation. This will deliver on a number of key objectives of Yokogawa’s Transformation 2017 mid-term business plan: specifically the expansion of Yokogawa’s advanced solution business, focusing on customers and creating new value.

Yokogawa's Satoru Kurosu
SVM now becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yokogawa and integrated in the cloud-based “Data as a Service” (DaaS) provider Industrial Knowledge (IK) into KBC Advanced Technologies (KBC), which was acquired by Yokogawa in April 2016. The IK business unit was established to enhance the cloud-based advanced solution business based on the technology of Industrial Evolution (IE), which was acquired by Yokogawa in December 2015. A pioneer in the use of cloud-based solutions in the process industries, IE developed a market-leading real-time DaaS solution that is deployed at many of the world’s major energy and chemical companies.

Yokogawa’s acquisition of SVM follows an earlier minority equity investment in SVM made in December 2012. SVM has a solid track record in the energy management solutions (EMS) field, and provides production accounting and scheduling solutions to the refining industry.

After acquiring KBC, Yokogawa formed a post-merger integration team that has been charged with the task of identifying various measures and setups that will create synergy and derive maximum benefit from the integration of the companies’ operations, and thereby enhance Yokogawa’s ability to offer new value to its customers. As a result of the team’s deliberations, Yokogawa has decided to integrate the operations of Soteica, a leading company in the EMS field, and Industrial Knowledge, a business unit with expertise in advanced cloud solutions, with those of KBC.

By leveraging KBC’s premier energy consulting and Visual Mesa, SVM’s best-in-class real-time energy optimisation technology, it is anticipated that the combined entity will be able to expand its position in the rapidly growing EMS market in the process industries.

In the immediate term, SVM’s advanced Visual Mesa utility optimisation software combined with KBC’s premium energy consultancy will provide comprehensive and best-in-class energy management solutions, underpinned by leading technologies and human performance improvement. Over the longer term, this acquisition supports KBC’s vision of seamlessly integrating utility system and supply-chain optimisation into KBC’s industry-leading process simulation platform for hydrocarbon processing facilities, Petro-SIMTM.

KBC, SVM, and IK will be led by KBC Chief Executive Officer, Andy Howell, and will be integrated under the KBC brand. This will significantly enhance KBC’s solutions portfolio and the energy management solutions business, enhance KBC’s ability to develop new cloud-based services, and accelerate KBC’s efforts to create and sustain new value for customers.

This acquisition and integration of these businesses into KBC is fully aligned with KBC’s mission to make and keep its clients world-class in terms of operational excellence and profitability through the actions of its people and the application of its technology. These actions also materially accelerate delivery of KBC’s vision of becoming the No.1 trusted advisor in the energy and chemical industries, delivering best-in-class operating performance to its clients.

Regarding the acquisition and integration of these businesses, Satoru Kurosu, executive vice president and head of Yokogawa’s Solutions Service Business Headquarters, commented: “Key strategic objectives of Yokogawa’s Transformation 2017 plan are to expand the solution service business, focus on customers, and co-create new value with customers through innovative technologies and services. By integrating SVM and IK with KBC, we will bring together deep and rich business, process, and operational domain knowledge across the energy and chemicals sectors, and will connect this with the cloud-based, real-time representation of plant, business, and supply chain operations to identify and implement solutions that will sustain and continuously improve performance. The benefit to our customers is unprecedented.”

Oscar Santollani, founder of SVM, commented: “We are delighted to have been acquired by Yokogawa and to be able to unite our Visual Mesa real-time energy optimisation and production accounting and scheduling technologies with KBC’s industry-leading energy and supply chain consulting practices. Furthermore, the progressive DaaS capabilities of IK enhance our offerings and enable us to be more innovative, disruptive, and agile by leveraging the cloud in delivery of solutions and sustainability services. This is the future.”

Simon Wright, founder of Industrial Evolution, commented: “The unique capabilities of these combined organisations and their respective offerings mean that for the first time customers can be confident that the investments they make today will pay off now and for the long term. We have provided real-time data as a cloud service for over 15 years. The cloud-enablement of SVM’s solutions and KBC’s energy and supply chain consulting services is a very attractive proposition for any asset owner or operator.”

Andy Howell, chief executive officer of KBC, commented: “At KBC, we holistically harness people, processes, and technology to deliver a sustainable competitive advantage to our clients. We are all about helping and empowering our clients to meet their business goals. Imagine having expertise that was previously only available on an occasional basis, continuously unleashed in an unprecedented yet very tangible way by harnessing our technologies and those of Yokogawa with a state-of-the-art yet proven cloud service model. Not only that, but new possibilities such as continuous model updating, mobile delivery, and seamless hand-off between rigorous simulation and big data analytics are also truly exciting.”

@YokogawaIA #PAuto 

Integrated communication Ethernet - Modbus.

The second product in their EtherNet/IP Linking Devices family has been released by HMS Industrial Networks. The new EtherNet/IP to Modbus-TCP Linking Device allows users to connect devices on Modbus-TCP to a Rockwell ControlLogix® or CompactLogix® PLC. Users will benefit from the unique integration to Rockwell’s Studio5000 Logix Designer, as all configuration is made from inside Studio 5000.

“We released our first EtherNet/IP Linking Device for serial communication in early 2016 and it was very well received by the market”, says Markus Bladh, Product Manager at HMS. “With the new EtherNet/IP to Modbus-TCP Linking Device, we are able to offer a cost-efficient connectivity solution between these networks supporting big data transfer. And, thanks to the very tight integration to Studio 5000, Rockwell users can easily access data from Modbus-TCP devices such as I/O systems, drives, sensors and instruments.”

The EtherNet/IP to Modbus-TCP Linking Device from HMS Industrial Networks
The new EtherNet/IP to Modbus-TCP Linking Device makes it possible to include any automation device with Modbus TCP-communication into an EtherNet/IP-based network architecture supporting over 8000 bytes of IO data in total. Besides being a more cost-effective alternative to in-chassis communication modules, the distributed EtherNet/IP to Modbus-TCP Linking Device also brings other advantages:

Improved system architecture
Contrary to an in-chassis module which is physically connected to the PLC, the EtherNet/IP to Modbus-TCP Linking Device can be mounted close to the connected devices. This means that it is possible to establish a connection via a single Ethernet cable instead of multiple network specific cables. All EtherNet/IP Linking Devices from HMS support ODVA’s Device Level Ring (DLR) for ring topology.

Easy configuration
Users access serial protocol configuration through their existing Studio 5000 software. All configuration is made inside Studio 5000 where there is support for Process Variable Data Tags, as well as manual and automatic generation of named and structured Studio 5000 Controller Tags without any required user logic.

High performance and stability
Since the Linking Device operates stand-alone (distributed), it doesn’t affect PLC backplane performance (PLC execution time), even when large amounts of data are transferred. The PLC simply scans the Linking Device as if it were any other I/O device on the network.

@hmsnetworks #PAuto @ROKAutomation 

Special solutions for analytical and medical applications

The ASCO range of valves in line with the exacting requirements of the medical and analytical sectors and suitable for these industries include a broad portfolio of miniature solenoid valve products, including isolation valves – where the fluid is isolated from the mechanical parts of the valve, proportional valves and complete customised solutions.

In excess of 80% of ASCO’s miniature solenoid valves sold into the medical and analytical sectors are customised. All of these ‘specials’ are created based on years of knowledge accumulation relating to the specialist demands of these industries. For the medical technology market, this might concern the supply of custom valves for use in dialysis machines, anaesthesia machines, ventilator systems (Emergency/ Home care and Hospital) or air mattresses for “pressure relieving” hospital beds. While bespoke valves for analytical technology applications could involve machines that analyse blood or gas samples, for instance.

Producing a special valve means taking different parts (standard or special) in order to meet perfectly the customer requirement. Customising a valve means to offer a valve with special body, electrical connection or special technical characteristics (pressure, flow…) ASCO can recount numerous recent requests for specials, such as special plastic injection blocks with several valves incorporating pressure sensors, fittings and filters.

In short, ASCO can custom-engineer just about any valve; whether the requirement is for a complex manifold interface assembly or simply a choice of solenoid valve terminations. To provide complete peace of mind, the company manufactures under clean room conditions, and tests every assembly before shipment. One part number is provided for one function (assembled and tested).

ASCO’s knowledge of the medical and analytical sectors ensure it is able to meet the high requirements for accuracy, reliability and purity demanded in these specialist fields. In addition, extensive international safety accreditations and certifications are applied to ensure the quality and safety of special products and their suitability for applications in various regions of the world.

With regard to analytical technology, special valves must not only exhibit precision and functionality, but be resistant to aggressive fluids and gases. Further requirements include a low internal volume and an easy-to-flush design, while valves with low power consumption will reduce heat transfer into the fluid. Typical applications include systems for chromatography, haematology, immunology, cytology, DNA synthesis, emissions analysis, water analysis and leak measurement.

Concerning special valves for medical technologies, the clear emphasis is on patient safety. Here, valves come partly into direct contact with fluids introduced into, or taken from patients, be it in handling medical gases in respirators, or liquids in dialysis. This field of application requires the use of inert materials, a low internal volume and low power consumption, as well as easy-to-flush internal valve or system cavities. Typical applications include equipment and devices for artificial respiration, anaesthesia, oxygen concentration, dialysis, dentistry, clinical sterilisation, minimally invasive surgery, cryosurgery and cellulitis treatment (massage).

Recent examples of ASCO expertise in special solutions include fluid isolation valves with a diaphragm mechanism for chemical analysis. Here, six solenoid-operated diaphragm valves were assembled in a star-like configuration on a manifold. In a similar application, this time for a bioanalytical system, Fluid isolation solenoid valves with low internal volume were mounted on a PMMA (acrylic) manifold. Another application with a PMMA manifold saw a rocker type fluid isolation valve with a power saving circuit board used with a cell analyser machine.

The success story is similar with regards to multi-function modules. For instance, ASCO has recently created special assemblies involving an injection-moulded manifold with a bellows seal valve used in equipment designed to handle ultra-pure laboratory water.

In a further multi-function module example, this time involving fluid isolation valves with a flapper mechanism on a blood analyser, a valve module with several fluid isolation valves and a pressure sensor was mounted on a customised acrylic manifold. Distinctive features of the innovative flapper mechanism were the low number of moving parts and corrosion-resistant fluid isolation from the solenoid operator. This design provided a high level of operational and process safety. In comparison with valves offering similar characteristics, it was possible to further improve self-draining and flushing capabilities. What’s more, due to the valves’ low power consumption of 4W (only 1.5W with optional battery operation), the temperature rise of the fluid could be reduced further.

Yet another recent customer example involved solenoid valves for fluid isolation in a dental application. Here, an injection moulded modular valve manifold was mounted with proportional and miniature fluid isolation valves. These had to shut off or proportionally control liquids and gaseous fluids.

There have also been several special solutions provided recently involving micro-valves in multi-function modules. A case in point comprised an injection moulded manifold with general service valves, a printed circuit board and tubing connection used in a dialysis system. In a further micro-valve application, a ventilator assembly included an injection moulded valve manifold with pressure sensors.

Ultimately, products for analytical and medical technology must meet very specific requirements. ASCO has proven that it can offer a variety of valve solutions that are specially adapted to gas and fluid handling in medicine, biomedicine and industrial analytics – in fact wherever standard products have shown to be unsuitable.


Corporate quality and reliability head.

Exar Corporation, the supplier of analog mixed-signal application specific technology solutions serving the industrial, infrastructure, automotive, and audio/video markets, has named David Matteucci to the position of Division Vice President of Corporate Quality and Reliability.

David Matteucci
Mr. Matteucci will be central to managing Exar’s Quality and Reliability function as well as supporting tier 1 engagements.

Mr. Matteucci has over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, having held executive positions at Power Integrations, Nano Nexus Inc., Zoran Corporation, Galileo Technology, National Semiconductor, as well as previously at Exar Corporation, where he served as Vice President of Operations Engineering and Quality and Reliability.

"We are pleased to welcome Dave back to Exar to lead our corporate Quality and Reliability Group as we ramp and support tier 1 engagements. Dave’s broad background within the industry makes him uniquely qualified to facilitate our growth strategies,” said Dan Wark, Vice President of Worldwide Operations.

@ExarCorp #PAuto 

Partner for for Analysis and Reporting programme.

WIN-911 has joined Ocean Data Systems' Dream Report Proven Partner Program and is recommending Dream Report as their solution for custom reports and dashboards.

WIN-911 is the most widely used alarm notification platform for industry and IIoT. The partnership with Dream Report enables WIN-911 users to analyze and report on the operation of WIN-911 beyond the standard reports built into the solution. WIN-911 offers alarm and activity logs available through a relational database. Dream Report, with over 70 interfaces to automation products and relational database standards, will acquire, analyze and integrate WIN-911 data with your other automation and business data, combining results into easily generated, reports and Web Dashboards.

“We are especially proud to be aligned with WIN-911 as they have a unique position in the market as does Dream Report,” explained Roy Kok, VP Sales and Marketing for Ocean Data Systems. “There is no stronger combination of products combining overall alarm notification with advanced reporting and analysis.”

“Dream Report is a quality product and we are always working to simplify the integration and on-going support of WIN-911 in conjunction with key partners,” explained Greg Jackson, CEO of WIN-911. “Customers are increasingly looking to analyze operational performance from all angles and will benefit knowing that our companies will work together in the support of joint customer solutions.”

 @OceanDataSys @WIN911Alarm #PAuto 

Linear position and angular position motion sensors.

The latest generation of linear and angular position sensors now available from ZF  (formerly Cerry) provides users with improved levels of efficiency. Based on a modular system, the sensor is available as an ANG-version for angular position measurements or as a LIN-version for linear position measurements. The ANG-series adds to the existing ZF range of angular position sensors while the new linear position sensor opens up many new market areas for ZF customers.

Typical applications for the new range of sensors include hydraulic valves, hydraulic controls, electric drives, pneumatic controls, gear selection/shifting position, ride height and level position detection, throttle valve and pedal position and steering wheel position and may also be used as a zero-contact encoder alternative.

The ZF LIN- and ANG- series sensors are non-contact linear position sensors with one or two independent outputs. The sensors operate through the use of Hall Effect technology with magnetic fields generated by permanent magnets. They provide a linear change in voltage output (ratiometric to the input voltage) corresponding to a linear displacement of the actuator magnet.

The LIN-sensor includes an actuator magnet which is specifically paired to the sensor and is required to assure proper operation. Other magnets may yield less than optimal performance.

Both sensor types offer 12 Bit resolution, IP68 protection ensuring reliable performance in harsh environments and they comply with industrial and automotive EMC/EMI directives. Both sensors are RoHS Compliant and suitable for wide air gap applications.

The LIN-series can measure a range of up to 45mm, while the ANG series provide a programmable measuring range from 0° to 360° degrees. The high quality of the components used ensures both sensors provide an overall accuracy of ±2% full scale and a linearity of the output signal with ±1% full scale. Custom programming is available for: range, slope and PWM output allowing sensors to be supplied to meet individual requirements. The sensor design has no mechanical interface eliminating wear or jamming

The compact size of the ANG- and LIN-series requires less mounting space than other sensors with a similar performance and the very flat design, mounting height of just 6.5mm simplifies design of both linear and angular position sensing. 

@zfswitch_sensor #PAuto 

NEMA compliance for RTUs.

Red Lion Controls' multi-carrier 4G LTE Sixnet® series RAM® 6000 and 9000 industrial cellular RTUs have earned NEMA TS2 section 2 compliance, which validates industrial equipment for use in Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) applications. By providing an easy upgrade path for ITS environments without communication or unreliable landline options, Red Lion’s industrial RTUs enable system integrators, municipalities, engineering firms and network integrators to benefit from easy-to-deploy cellular connectivity.

“With the RAM 6000 and 9000 industrial cellular RTUs receiving NEMA TS2 compliance, ITS engineers now have the option of industry-leading communications equipment that operates reliably in outdoor environments,” said Colin Geis, Director of Product Management, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) at Red Lion Controls. “Our rugged RTUs feature some of the widest environmental specifications for operation in harsh environments. Together with the benefits of multi-carrier 4G LTE support, the RAM 6000 and 9000 are able to reliably help serve the critical area of traffic safety.”

ITS applications often include remotely located overhead message boards, road condition and speed zone signs, traffic lights, intersection monitors and collision avoidance systems that require around-the-clock, low-latency network access. The high-bandwidth and industrially-hardened qualities of Red Lion’s RAM RTUs support reliable communication with remote sites – even those that may change in location such as mobile traffic trailers. Also supported is monitoring of multi-service applications that may include video cameras and traffic intersection monitoring. In addition, the rugged characteristics of RAM cellular RTUs support wide temperature ranges and high shock/vibration tolerance to protect against challenging outdoor environments.

Red Lion’s industrial cellular RTUs are ready-to-deploy remote monitoring and control devices that enable customers to reliably connect, monitor and control equipment in industrial environments from nearly any location. RAM industrial cellular RTUs also feature an easy-to-use event engine that can locally trigger I/O or send SMS text messages based on real-time operational data. With multi-carrier 4G LTE support, RAM RTUs provide high-bandwidth communication over cellular networks to allow customers to select the best connectivity for their applications.

• Red Lion products are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

Connector family enhanced with two shielded modules.

Harting has expanded its Han-Modular® connector family with the addition of two shielded Cat 6A data modules. These combine high mating-cycle (HMC) capability with operation at data rates in the Gigabit Ethernet range.

The introduction of the new modules is in response to the increasing modularisation of industrial facilities, which is leading to a growing demand for high mating-cycle connectors capable of handling high-speed data in addition to the transmission of power and signals.

Designed for use with the basic Han-Modular® HMC hinged frame, the two new modules are the Han® Megabit HMC module and the Han® Gigabit HMC module. Both modules provide secure and shielded data transmission at up to 10,000 mating cycles. An optimised surface in the mating area ensures long-lasting and reliable performance.

The Han® Megabit HMC module can be deployed with megabit Ethernet Cat 5E, and is especially attractive in applications that, in addition to reliable data transmission, require very high robustness of the interface. The Han® Gigabit HMC module enables the use of Gigabit Ethernet Cat 6A, and is ideal for the transfer of highly sensitive data bus signals. As a result, the Han® HMC can now supply the three lifelines of industrial applications: data, signals and power.

The two new members of the Han-Modular® product family are complemented by a selection of modules and contacts for power and signal transmission.

@HARTING @hartinguk #PAuto 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Digital Oxygen analyser.

The SERVOPRO MonoExact DF310E, recently launched by Servomex, is next generation digital oxygen analyzer that combines a highly stable trace-level measurement with enhanced performance and operational benefits.

Jim Belanger, Global Market Sector Manager at Servomex, explains: “Listening to our IG customers, we have developed a next generation platform that delivers the functionality, ease of use, low maintenance and low cost of ownership they require for efficiencies across their operations. Customers benefit from new control and maintenance benefits, while training requirements are minimized, re-testing and requalification problems are avoided and products meet the high standards of global supply agreements.”

Designed into a new platform created specifically for the industrial gas market, which is easy to operate and to integrate across a wide range of systems, the MonoExact DF310E is optimized for the measurement of trace oxygen in various IG applications including nitrogen, argon and hydrogen production, tanker transfilling, specialty gas blending and electronic gases verification. And while the MonoExact DF310E offers a number of cost saving and operational advantages over its predecessor, the DF-310E, a fully-backwards compatible design makes upgrading to the new analyzer simple for existing DF-310E users.

PPM oxygen measurements are delivered through the highly stable and accurate performance of Servomex’s tried and tested Coulometric sensor, delivering the same precise, accurate oxygen measurement as its predecessor in a more user-friendly platform.

Percentage oxygen measurements are made available through Servomex’s patent non-depleting Paramagnetic sensing technology, and the MonoExact DF310E also offers integration with the forthcoming SERVOTOUGH AquaXact 1688 aluminum oxide (Al2O3) moisture sensor. Available early 2017, the AquaXact 1688 enables two simultaneous measurements for oxygen and moisture, giving users even greater application flexibility.

Operation is simple: the MonoExact DF310E utilizes Servomex’s new advanced touchscreen user interface for immediate and responsive hands-on control via the high brightness display. Intuitive to use, the MonoExact DF310E delivers a simple user journey, with the touchscreen GUI making reporting or adjusting control parameters effortless.

Unprecedented operational flexibility is delivered through extensive compatibility and communications options: the MonoExact DF310E is fully backward-compatible with existing DF-310E installations by offering compatible hardware wiring inputs and gas inlets, and complies with existing standards and customer agreements. The introduction of native digital communications, including Ethernet, Modbus TCP/IP and Profibus alongside the standard analog and digital outputs (4-20mA, RS232 and RS485), means all advanced digital protocols are available for an extensive communication capability.

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Pressure sensors out of this world!

When the European Space Agency (ESA) team decided to crash the Rosetta spacecraft onto the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko to end the 12 year project, the required manoeuvre called for a three minute thruster burn. Data from two Kistler pressure sensors confirmed that there was enough fuel left in the tanks to complete the burn with a little left in reserve.

The two sensors had been monitoring the fuel levels continually during the 12 year, four billion mile journey allowing the mission engineers to ensure that Rosetta arrived at its destination with enough fuel to make the final corrections to put the probe into orbit.

Chosen for their proven longevity and total reliability despite high levels of vibration at lift-off and years of zero gravity conditions, the Kistler sensors, whilst not the oldest sensors still operating, they are certainly the most travelled.

#Kistler #PAuto @esa

Monday, November 14, 2016

Helping to keep patients mobile!

EOVE revolutionises the market by significantly reducing the weight of its life-saving ventilators. ASCO solinoid valves contribute to this improvement.

The EO-150 Unit
EOVE designs, manufactures, and markets medical and surgical devices used during home care. Launched in 2015, the EO-150 has a big advantage over its competitors. Weighing just 1.8 kg, it is the lightest ventilator on the market and allows patients greater mobility. "The EO-150 is designed mainly for patients with serious medical conditions, many of whom use a ventilator 24/7," explains Fabien Cotteaux, founder of EOVE. "Mobility is not just a convenience, it is also a reason for living. Patients who are active and mobile live longer and have undeniably better social relations".

"The ASCO solenoid valve is an essential component of our ventilators," says Mr. Cotteaux. "This is because it meets a twofold need -- it contributes to controlling a complex process and is light enough to ensure that our ventilators remain portable".

Expiration is achieved by a pneumatic valve on the patient circuit that is controlled by ASCO's PreciFlow IPC solenoid valve. The unit operates in a closed loop via various sensors. Control is achieved by varying the current and the function was entirely programmed by EOVE.

"The first thing we wanted was a solenoid that could combine high-precision control with high repeatability. We contacted our regular partner, ASCO, which immediately proposed a solution that proved to be ideal due to its progressive opening and excellent repeatability."

ASCO's PreciFlow IPC proportional solenoid valves are especially suited to medical and industrial analysis applications, in particular medical ventilators and mass flow controllers. The core of these solenoid valves is held in the core tube between two specifically profiled flat springs to completely eliminate friction and offer excellent control performance with a hysteresis of less than 5% and a repeatability and sensitivity of less than 1%.

"In terms of the EO-150's portability, ASCO was the only company to come up with an adequate solution. Unlike during the tests we conducted with the competitors' valves, the PreciFlow IPC does not overheat, control and reliability are not affected, and the consumption is extremely reasonable,"  commented Mr. Cotteaux.

The EO-150 consists of a portable module with six hours of battery life and a docking station. The module can be safely be removed from the docking station for easier portability. It is also networked, making it possible to obtain data remotely.

ASCO 202 PreciFlow IBC valve
The Series 202 PreciFlow IPC (Inlet Pressure Compensated) solenoid valve proportionally controls the flow of air. This innovation enables high pressures and flow rates with a low-energy coil (2.5 W max.). Although compact, it offers a high variable flow rate (190 l/min at 2.6 bar) without a minimum operating pressure. The PreciFlow IPC is available in 2/2 NC function with a 3 mm orifice and can be used over a pressure range of 0 to 7 bar with a maximum inlet pressure of 10 bar. The valves were delivered to EOVE in order to immediately meet the requested function of being fitted with an adequate connector with a specific cable length.

"Since being launched in 2015, more than a thousand EO-150s are in use. There have been zero reports of failure, which is crucial considering what it the EO-150 is used for," says Mr. Cotteaux.

These devices meet stringent safety standards and bear the CE marking for medical devices.

@ASCO_EU  #Medical #PAuto

Industrial Ethernet.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has released the third edition of Industrial Ethernet: How to Plan, Install, and Maintain TCP/IP Ethernet Networks by John Rinaldi and Perry Marshall.

Rinaldi, an industrial networking expert and owner and CEO of a company that supplies networking technology throughout the world, says an updated edition of the popular book was needed in light of the growing and increasingly complex number of networking technologies, standards and requirements.

“There have been a vast number of changes since the previous revision. Industrial automation is changing faster than ever. There are new networking technologies, new hardware platforms, new software standards, and new organizations,” Rinaldi explains. “Not only do users have more technology options and more available products to choose from, they now have vastly new and difficult-to-achieve requirements from their management, their sales teams, and their customers.”

The book addresses these changes by covering the latest advances and issues in Ethernet Ring Protection Switching, daisy-chaining Ethernet devices, synchronizing devices over Ethernet, Ethernet security and perhaps the hottest topic in automation—implementing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

The book also serves as an excellent reference tool on networking in industrial environments. Best-practice recommendations for installation, maintenance, security, and troubleshooting are clearly outlined.

#PAuto #ISAuto #IoT

0.8% RH accuracy probe.

The HygroSmart HS3 probe, the latest addition to Michell Instruments’ range of industrial humidity measurement products, is now available to order quickly and easily online from its web shop.

The HygroSmart HS3 is a fully-configurable RH and temperature probe which features an interchangeable sensor for easy maintenance. Online customers will be able to choose from four cable options for the probe as well as two optional maintenance kits, including the HS3 Probe Simulator. This allows users to completely reconfigure probes and adjust the calibration. The replacement HygroSmart HS3 sensors are also available from the web shop.

Designed for demanding industrial conditions, the HygroSmart HS3 probe features a solid corrosion-resistant body, 10 bar pressure sealing and IP67 pressure rating. In addition it also has an accuracy of 0.8%RH, making it among the most accurate and reliable RH probes on the market.

The option to buy products online is a new service provided by Michell for customers who require standard products. Michell’s sales engineers and support staff are always ready to discuss customers’ requirements and the engineering design team is also available to produce customised products to meet specific requirements or specialised applications.

• Michell Instruments are marketed in Ireland through Instrumemt Technology

 @Michell_Inst #PAuto 

Software to program PLCs.

Version 8.2.2 of IDEC's WindLDR PLC programming software has been launched. This is a PC-based platform used to program their FC6A MicroSmart PLC. The software can also be used to program IDEC’s entire line of PLCs.
IoT capability is provided by custom web pages which can be configured for remote monitoring and control. Web pages are created with the built-in Web Page Editor using simple drag and drop functionality with no HTML programming required, a major advantage over competing products.

When used with the MicroSmart FC6A PLC, these web pages are stored in the PLC, which functions as a web server when its built-in 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 to the Internet also provides email and text notification functionality, which can be used with third-party email servers such as Gmail and Yahoo.

WindLDR is an icon-driven programming tool combining logic and intuition with an easy-to-use interface. Programming IDEC’s controllers with WindLDR is simple and intuitive with either Ladder Logic or 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. Even without Ladder Logic prior programming experience, programmers can use the built-in editors, shortcuts and debuggers to quickly configure programs.

Once a program is created, it’s ready for transfer to a PLC, with the option to include accompanying comments. Programs can be downloaded with the comments attached to operands and rungs, with this information stored in the PLC processor. Using these comments, users can review programming code to provide clarification and streamlined maintenance.

Shutting down a PLC to make minor changes can be a major hassle, so WindLDR allows editing and downloading of programs while the PLC is still in Run mode. This function allows users to write new values to counters, timers and registers at any time without switching between editor mode (used for programming) and monitor mode.

Ladder programs can be simulated in WindLDR with the built-in Simulation mode. This function provides a means to test and verify functionality of ladder programs without having to download the program to an IDEC PLC. Software programs from IDEC FC4A and FC5A PLCs can be automatically converted by the WindLDR programming software for execution on the MicroSmart FC6A PLC.

As with all its products, IDEC offers free tech support for WindLDR programming software, with no service or support contract required. WindLDR PC-based software includes no cost updates for the life of the product, so there is no concern with recurring renewal fees.