Friday, December 9, 2016

The latest technologies and the future of engineering.

National Instruments reports that over 600 delegates from across Northern Europe attended this years NIDays in London (GB) in November. They collectively represented a vast field of industrial and professional sectors.

Engineering Impact Awards
The previous evening, the Engineering Impact Awards took place at the RSA House and showcased the most innovative projects based on NI software and hardware.
The University of Bristol and Lund University won “Application of the year” Award for the world records in 5G wireless spectral efficiency using massive MIMO. Read more about the winners below:

- Electronical test & measurement - Train Zero Model Based Design Facility
- Student Design (People’s Choice) - Colorophone: Enabling Blind People to Listen to Light

- RF & Wireless communications/ App of the year - World Records in 5G Wireless Spectral Efficiency Using Massive MIMO
The event dedicated to technological innovation and discovery in science began with the keynote ‘Impacting Today’s Business’ hosted by Neil Crossan, RF and core test Technical Marketing Engineer for Northern Europe. Delegates also heard from Colin Freeman of Frazer Nash consultancy about the Train Zero model that had won an award the previous evening at the prestigious Engineering Impact Awards.

56 exhibitors demonstrated their work in the main exhibition hall with everything from Quicksilver who quest to break the world water speed record, Quadbots; a kick-starter campaign to inspire makers of all ages to other incredible customers, partners and alliance partners on display. The expo floor also had ‘Meet the Engineer’ booth was able to help those on the spot with their most technical challenges. Track sessions including LabVIEW community sessions and user group sessions were popular sessions with engaged participants. In-depth presentations filled the day too with presenters such as Maxime Lecuona from JLR and Daniel Jubb from the falcon project, one of the world’s leading rocket scientists.

‘‘NIDays is an opportunity to unleash game-changing technologies to the engineering and scientific communities, but the day wouldn’t mean anything without the technical professionals who attend. There was an incredible atmosphere throughout the day and we are thrilled to be connecting great minds from industry and academia under one roof... that’s how true innovation begins,’’ says Richard Roberts, Academic Technical Marketing Engineer for Northern Europe

The afternoon keynote welcomed Joel Gibbard, CEO and co-founder of Open Bionics: he presented his open source, 3D printable bionic limbs that rival the current style, price and design of those available on the market today. Keynote speaker Richard Roberts also emphasized how the Internet of Things is profoundly impacting product design, manufacturing, education and infrastructure and how technology must evolve to realise the true potential of the IoT. With the future technology of Time Sensitive Networking being discussed, future engineers and the Software Tech Preview, the afternoon was filled with a comprehensive outlook into upcoming trends in engineering, science and beyond.

 @NIukie #TandM #PAuto

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Open integration group!

Endress+Hauser’s Open Integration Partner Program strives to mitigate risks when commissioning customer plant by ensuring that operators can easily integrate their devices and components into automation systems. To date eight companies are in the program: AUMA Riester, HIMA Paul Hildebrandt, Honeywell Process Solutions, Mitsubishi Electric, Pepperl+Fuchs, Rockwell Automation, R. STAHL and Schneider Electric. These are now joined by Phoenix Contact and Flowserve.

Although today’s communication components (HART, PROFIBUS, FOUNDATION Fieldbus, EtherNet/IP or PROFINET) are rigorously tested, there are still countless ways in which they can be combined and there is a residual risk that minor issues may appear when they are installed on site. “With the Open Integration Partner Program, we mitigate that risk”, says Peter Rippen, Director Strategic Alliances, at Endress+Hauser. “Users can benefit enormously from combining best of breed automation components to an optimal solution for their application.”

The program partners go well beyond traditional testing methodologies by verifying the functionality of specific system architectures in a laboratory environment. “We ensure quick commissioning and start up and save customers resources, time and thus money,” he explains. “Everybody benefits, our customers as well as the automation suppliers as it is so much more efficient to discover any issues to be jointly solved before the equipment is being installed and commissioned in the customer’s plant.”

Reference topologies are the key
The partner program does this by defining reference topologies – exact combinations of automation products that are to be found in a particular industrial application or are favored by a specific customer. The selected components then are installed in a control cabinet and the resulting system is commissioned and tested. All steps are thoroughly documented and any issues can be quickly solved by the partners involved.

After a successful test, the reference topology is published as a joint recommendation, giving customers concrete and successfully validated suggestions for automating their plant. To date four reference topologies have been published with several others in the pipeline.

Strong new partners on board
The two new partners bring with them differing automation know-how and broaden the product and solution ranges covered by the Open Integration Partner Program. “Phoenix Contact is an important partner in many projects and their system products are favored by a number of important customers,” explains Joerg Reinkensmeier, Marketing Manager Open Integration, at Endress+Hauser.

“Flowserve also operates worldwide and their valves and pumps are often to be found working alongside Endress+Hauser measuring instruments.” A stronger partnership brings benefits to all parties, but customers in particular can now expect many more validated reference topologies that pave the way to quick and easy system integration.

@Endress_Hauser #PAuto #SystemIntegration

Electronic components company strengthens in SE England.

Anglia is investing in its customer service team with the appointment of Arthur Champ as Key Account Manager to support customers in the Kent, Sussex and Surrey regions of England, reporting to Jaqui Fretwell, Business Development Director.

Arthur Champ
Steve Rawlins, Anglia’s CEO commented, “We have especially high standards for our customer facing team at Anglia. Our Key Account Managers are a central part of our commitment to delivering exceptional service. Arthur Champ completely embodies the Anglia service ethic, as well as offering an exceptional level of experience in the industry. He is a very strong addition to our team.”

Arthur Champ added, “Anglia has a fantastic reputation in the market. They epitomise excellence in customer care. It is great to be part of a warm friendly team where everyone wants to help and provide a fantastic service. I am delighted to join an independent distributor with a strong customer focus.”

Arthur Champ brings the Anglia team 35 years’ experience in distribution sales, and joins from Flint Distribution, an Avnet Company, where he spent 13 years. Previously, he held sales positions with Eurodis and Townsend Coates. Champ started his career as a Buyer at BAE in Rochester.

@angliaComponent #PAuto @angliaLive

Partnership to advance the IIoT!

National Instruments (NI) has announced that SparkCognition is partnering with NI and IBM to collaborate on the Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance Testbed. The goal of the collaboration is to deliver an unprecedented level of interoperability among operational technology and informational technology as organizations search for better methods to manage and extend the life of aging assets in heavy machinery, power generation, process manufacturing and a variety of other industrial sectors.

In a new age of Big Analog Data™ solutions, users can take advantage of machine learning to harness value from information. They can collect raw data and derive insights to improve operations, equipment and processes. Users can also realize huge cost savings and competitive advantages as artificial intelligence-driven prognostics warn of component failures before they occur, identify suboptimal operating conditions and assist with root-cause analysis.

NI’s open, software-centric platform creates the foundation of the Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance Testbed, which delivers on the opportunities present in machine learning. Customers can apply SparkCognition’s cognitive analytics to proactively avoid unplanned equipment fatigue and failure of critical assets; thus, enhancing system capabilities by gaining advanced insights into equipment health and remediation solutions. These capabilities help increase operational efficiencies and safety, and decrease maintenance costs.

“With IIoT technologies driving vast sensorization of industrial equipment, and massive amounts of data being collected on those assets, the collaboration between NI and SparkCognition powers the complex and intelligent processing of information to produce valuable insights,” said Stuart Gillen, director of business development at SparkCognition.

“We are excited that our platform can acquire the data and extract the features to drive SparkCognition analytics for IIoT solutions,” said Jamie Smith, director of embedded systems at NI. “Combined with existing technologies in the testbed, the addition of SparkCognition presents new ways to help automate the process of turning sensor data into business insight.”

With this software-defined approach, viewing, managing and refining a broad range of assets stands in direct contrast to the traditional, fixed-functionality methods of the past, which often take too much time, rely on hard-to-find talent and require custom model building for each type of asset.

@niukie #PAuto @IIConsortium @SparkCognition #IoT

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Japanese Award for automation and control manufacturer.

IDEC Corporation’s MicroSmart FC6A PLC has received the Good Design Award from the Japan Institute for Design Promotion, a public interest foundation. Its precursor, the Good Design Selection System (or G Mark System), was founded in 1957 by the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry (the current Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry), and has been engaged in design evaluation for about 60 years. Japanese products are synonymous with high quality and good design worldwide, and only the best of the best receive this award.

Submissions for this award come from more than 4,000 entries submitted by over a 1,000 companies each year in a wide range of fields. These entries are screened by distinguished design experts selected from various industries. The main deciding factor for the award selection is based on whether or not product can enrich society and people's lives through its design. Recipients of a Good Design Award are granted use of the G Mark symbol, an emblem of good design for over half a century worldwide.

The FC6A MicroSmart PLC received this award because it combines the power of a PAC (programmable automation controller) in a low-cost controller with a small form factor, making it an ideal fit for demanding applications. Before the FC6A was introduced, designers often had to choose between expensive PACs and micro PLCs lacking in features. The FC6A solves this dilemma by offering many of the features formerly found in PACs in a micro PLC.

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

Industries particularly well suited to the FC6A MicroSmart PLC include oil & gas, chemical, solar, marine, packaging, food & beverage, material handling, utility vehicles, and OEM machinery and process skids. Within these industries, a wide variety of applications are a good fit for the FC6A MicroSmart PLC—especially those requiring control of standalone machines, process skids, vehicles and small-scale systems.

The FC6A MicroSmart PLC is programmed with IDEC’s WindLDR PC-based software, which includes no cost updates for the life of the product, and which can be used to program IDEC’s entire line of controllers in a simple and intuitive manner.

IoT capability is provided by custom web pages which can be configured for remote monitoring and control. Web pages are created using simple drag and drop functionality with no HTML programming required, a major advantage over competing products. These web pages are stored in the MicroSmart PLC, which functions as a web server when its built-in Ethernet port or the HMI Ethernet port is connected to the Internet. These web pages can be accessed via any web browser running on any Internet-connected device such as a remote PC, a tablet or a smartphone.


Compact connector.

Harting’s new Han® Q 1/0 Axial Screw Protected connector is a compact single-pole unit that enables the transmission of high currents – greater than 100 A – within the small footprint of a standard 3 A housing.
A key feature of the Han® Q 1/0 is the use of an angled male contact which is fed out of the application at a right angle and forms a relatively flat structure. Compactness is further achieved because contact is established on the connection side by a female contact and not, as usual, via the cable. Harting pre-assembles the angled male variant, so that it does not need to be assembled by the user. On the connection side, a straight female insert with the axial screw technique is used.

Harting is also offering a straight male contact version of the Han® Q 1/0 Axial Screw Protected connector which permits straight feed-outs in bulkhead-mounted housings as well as “flying” cable-to-cable connections. In this variant, no female contact is used in the wiring zone, and contact is established via the usual cable.

Harting chose the axial screw technique for the Han® Q 1/0 connector because this termination technique enables assembly in the field without the use of special tools.

The Han® Q 1/0 Axial Screw Protected connector can be used with cables having conductor cross-sections between 16 mm² and 25 mm². The new connector can be coded with separate pins: a total of 16 different codings are possible. All male and female inserts are touch-safe according to IEC 60 529.

@harting #PAuto

Workshop on dust, arosols & particulates!

Following the success of a similar event last January, TSI and Ashtead Technology have organised another workshop focusing on workplace dust, aerosols and environmental particulates. The event, which is free to attend, will take place on Wednesday 11th January 2017 at TSI’s headquarters in High Wycombe (GB).

Ashtead’s Regional Sales Manager Josh Thomas recommends early booking: “This is a very popular event but places are limited and we had to decline late applications last time, so I would urge delegates to reserve their places as soon as possible.”

The Workshop will include practical monitoring sessions with the latest technologies, in addition to presentations by technical staff from TSI and Ashtead. In addition, a speaker from the Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL), which is part of the Health & Safety Executive, will deliver a presentation on PPE and Respiratory Protection, including a practical session on HSL’s Face Fit Respiratory Equipment Demonstrator (FFRED). The practical sessions will include introductions to the latest AM520i personal dust/aerosol monitors and the MCERTS approved Environmental DustTrak.

Starting at 9.45am and finishing at around 3pm, this free training event has been designed for anyone responsible for protecting health against the effects of dust, smoke and aerosols. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Book here!

@ashteadtech  #Pauto 

Wireless vibration sensor.

Yokogawa has developed an ISA100 WirelessTM-based field wireless vibration sensor with the ability to quickly update data as well as a long battery life.

ISA100 Wireless is a technology that is based on the ISA100.11a standard. It includes ISA100.11a-2011 communications, an application layer with process control industry standard objects, device descriptions and capabilities, a gateway interface, infrared provisioning, and a backbone router.

By providing real-time updates on vibration levels in plant facilities, the new sensor helps users quickly detect equipment anomalies and enables predictive maintenance.

Development background
With a field wireless system, plant field devices and analysers are able to communicate wirelessly with host-level monitoring and control systems. The rising need to improve productivity and enhance safety by collecting more data on plant operations is driving the demand for field wireless devices, which can be installed even in difficult to access locations. Field wireless devices have the added advantage of reducing installation costs.

Vibration sensors are useful for the condition monitoring and predictive maintenance of plant machinery such as compressors, pumps, and motors. Conventional methods for monitoring vibration include the use of vibration sensors that rely on wired communications with a host system, and patrols by maintenance staff to collect vibration data. With the widening use of field wireless systems and the need to reduce installation costs, there is an increasing demand for wireless vibration sensors.

Since releasing the world’s first ISA100 Wireless-based field wireless devices and wireless systems, Yokogawa has expanded its lineup of field wireless devices that measure temperature, pressure, flow rate, and the like. This new vibration sensor will meet the company’s customers’ needs for a device that can provide the quick updates on vibration levels needed to detect anomalies at an early stage.

Product features
The principal components of this field wireless vibration sensor are the FN510 field wireless multifunction module, the LN01 piezoelectric type acceleration sensor, and the FN110 field wireless communication module. Via a gateway device, the FN510 uses the ISA100 Wireless communications protocol to exchange data with a host-level system such as a DCS. The data collected with this vibration sensor enables plant operators and maintenance staff to monitor vibration levels in real time. Both explosion-proof and non-explosion-proof types are available. Key features of this sensor are as follows:
    1. Fast data updates: The sensor can be set to update data as quickly as every 10 seconds. This update time is ideal for monitoring vibration levels in plant facilities. 
     2. Long battery life and easy maintenance: When the vibration sensor is set to update data once per minute, it can operate on a single set of batteries for up to 10 years. In addition to eliminating the cost of providing replacement batteries, this reduces maintenance workload. 
     3. Highly reliable and versatile system: Thanks to the features of ISA100 Wireless and Yokogawa’s technical know-how, the company has achieved a highly reliable wireless network with fully redundant communications that is capable of sending and receiving different types of sensor signals over long distances.
Major target markets
Industries such as oil, petrochemicals, chemicals, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, food, and iron and steel

Measurement of vibration levels of equipment such as compressors, pumps, motors, and fans.

@YokogawaIA #PAuto #ISA100

Embedded Industry Technologist appointed!

Mrinal Iyengar has been appointed as Vice President, Product Management with Abaco Systems.

Mrinal Iyengar
Iyengar’s most recent assignment was as Director, Advanced Systems at UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS), one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products, where she was responsible for product development of new reconnaissance and surveillance sensor systems.

With bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Massachusetts and NorthEastern University and an MBA from MIT, Iyengar was previously with Goodrich Corporation and Northrop Grumman.

In her new role, Iyengar will bring her in-depth understanding of the needs of customers in the embedded computing industry with a brief to drive the creation of innovative, mission-ready systems that will minimize program risk, accelerate time to deployment and reduce long term cost of ownership.

In the past ten months, Abaco has added significantly to its talented team which has grown from ~600 to over 800 as the company looks to put in place the resource necessary to deliver market-leading customer service and support.

“We are delighted to strengthen our leadership team still further with the recruitment of Mrinal who brings outstanding vision, market/customer/technology understanding and extensive industry experience to our product management function,” said Bernie Anger, CEO, Abaco Systems. “Her focus will be on managing the introduction of an accelerating stream of innovative new products, with particular emphasis on minimizing the lead-time between conception and delivery. She will play a vital role in supporting our customers’ success.”

“I’ve grown to know Abaco well over the years, and I’m thrilled to be joining at such an exciting time in the company’s rapid development,” said Iyengar. “This is a dynamic organization with customers at its heart, and ambitious plans to make a real difference to the industry. That’s something I’m really looking forward to, and to which feel I can make a significant contribution.”

@AbacoSys #PAuto 

Moving From Data Paralysis to Predictive Analysis.

The National Maritime College of Ireland was the venue last month (Nov 2016) for a joint seminar organised by the Irish Affilate of the ISPE and the Ireland Section of International Society of Automation (ISA). The topic, "Moving From Data Paralysis to Predictive Analysis," proved very attractive and attracted a large number of delegates. The following report is from the ISA.

Click to see pictures taken at event! (D. Lordan)
"20 years ago Kaizan, LEAN, 5S and 6 sigma were the techniques being applied to improve efficiency, reduce waste and remove variability in processes. We analysed and recorded data and measured our successes, however that analysis tended to be historical and was most effective on processes that were well understood. These techniques still apply to manufacturing facilities today, however now we have added a mountain of data to be recorded, analysed, interpreted and presented in real-time, on processes that have become more complex and are less understood.

The nature of the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare manufacturing Industry is changing. We are seeing an increased number of multi-product process trains, coupled with more complex manufacturing processes in the biotech/biologics market. The challenge for the pharma sector today is to take the mountain of data and apply the correct data analytics tools/techniques to provide a meaningful and useful output. When you have hundreds of potential variables in a process train knowing which ones are the most critical to achieve optimum efficiency and output is difficult.

It is no surprise to see pharma companies and manufacturing facilities at very different stages of the journey, not only in the application and approach but also in terms of the technology, connectivity and availability of data. The recent ISA/ISPE Seminar: “Moving from Data Paralysis to Predictive Analysis” in Cork gave an insight into how companies are approaching this challenge in different ways. It also highlighted that despite different approaches the challenges facing the industry were common.

At an organisation level the main reoccurring challenge is making data analytics a key cross functional goal with senior management buy-in across the organisation. Many speakers identified the need to identify smaller projects and clear organisational wins to help establish a business case and clear ROI for larger projects. At a technical level one of the advantages of using smaller projects before launching an organisation wide project, is that you get to proof out the processes, techniques and systems at a smaller scale.

Another major challenge is the need to change the culture of the company. That is the need to transform users to “Citizen Data Scientist”, moving them from an understanding of univariate analysis to an awareness of multi-interdependent-variable analysis. Data analytics projects need to be driven by these user groups. “Citizen Data Scientist” has not only an understanding of the process or business functions but also can identify where data analytics can help solve problems or increase knowledge to optimise processes or workflows. This can be achieved by the use of education, coaching, and mentoring but also by running smaller projects to show people the possibilities.

As the proportion of drugs manufactured using a biotech process increases, the level of risk in our drug supply chain increases due to the complexity, variability and current understanding of these processes. The data captured around these processes hold the key to gaining control and minimizing risk and delivering stable regulatory compliance. Without understanding the operational risk of the hundreds of interdependent variables in the biotech process, a manufacturing site will struggle to maintain efficiency and financial success and runs the risk of falling foul of regulatory authorities .

The world of Smart data has only just begun. Grasp the opportunities."

@IrelandISA #PAuto #ISAuto

Highly integrated communication with 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.
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.

Easier system integration
“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.”

@hmsnetworks #PAuto 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Advanced vibration monitor for rent!

Ashtead Technology has added the Vibrock V9000 Ground Vibration Monitor to its rental fleet of instruments. Portable, lightweight and battery powered, the V9000 is supplied fully calibrated and ready for immediate use, making it ideal for a wide variety of site investigation applications.

“Typically, we supply vibration monitoring equipment to companies undertaking demolition, blasting, piling or construction work that involves hard break out, ground excavation or materials processing,” commented Ashtead’s Josh Thomas. “In most cases vibration levels are monitored as a planning condition or in nearby buildings to create a permanent record of vibration during a project so that such work can be eliminated as the cause of any subsequent structural issues that may arise for other reasons.”

Capable of running for up to 30 hours, the V9000 can trigger and record PPV (peak particle velocity) vibration intensity, acceleration and displacement parameters. An impulse mode is typically used for blast monitoring, and a continuous mode can be used for piling, rail, construction and road vibration monitoring.

Ideal for long-term, unattended monitoring, the V9000 is available to rent with 2 accelerometers which enable the simultaneously measurement of ground vibrations in two separate locations.

The triggering range is from 0.1 mm/s to 200 mm/s and the auto-record length is 2 to 18 seconds in impulse mode. The unit can also measure in ‘Vibration Does Value’ (VDV) to BS 6472 Part 1:2008. Live monitoring information can be viewed on the instrument’s screen, but data can be transferred to a PC via USB and exported in Excel.

@ashteadtech #PAuto

White paper on FTIR.

A free White Paper on the simultaneous measurement of multiple gases in a wide variety of applications using FTIR (Fourier Transform InfraRed) technology has been published by Quantitech.

With the ability to measure almost any gas, FTIR monitoring technology is employed in an enormous variety of applications including Continuous Emissions Monitoring, Stack Testing, Process Control, Industrial Hygiene, Engine Emissions, Semiconductor Manufacturing, Emergency / First Response, Greenhouse Gas Monitoring, Carbon Capture, Fire Testing, Research and many more.

The same FTIR technology can be deployed in fixed, mobile or portable versions and configured to analyse specific target compounds. However, FTIR can also be used to look for unknown compounds.

The White Paper answers the 22 most commonly asked FTIR questions, such as:
    • How is the IR spectrum used for the gas quantification?
    • What is the performance of FTIR in emissions monitoring?
    • When should a Gasmet FTIR be calibrated?
    • What is the typical response time?
    • What is a reference spectrum and what effect is there from the use of a reference spectrum from a different analyser?
The FTIR White Paper can be downloaded for free from the Quantitech website here!

@Quantitech #PAuto #Environment

Mini card enables PCs to communicate.

HMS Industrial Networks has expanded the IXXAT INpact multi-protocol card series with a PCIe mini variant for PROFINET IRT Fiber Optic.

Designed for secure data transmission in harsh environments

The IXXAT INpact enables easy implementation of a PROFINET IRT Fiber Optic Slave interface and can be used in compact industrial PCs as well as in mobile devices. Typical use cases are coupling of subsystems with superordinate networks, visualization of process data on human machine interfaces (HMIs) as well as data acquisition in PC-based process devices. IXXAT INpact is fully compliant with the requirements of the AIDA (Automation initiative of German automobile manufacturers) for a PROFINET interface.

PROFINET IRT via fiber optic meets the highest requirements for interference immunity and data transmission. It is often used in critical areas in the automotive field, e.g. in robotic cells for car body construction, in automated welding systems and other areas with high electromagnetic interferences.

Hardware concept of the IXXAT INpact multi-protocol card series

The new PROFINET IRT Fiber Optic card is the newest member of the IXXAT INpact series which supports a variety of Industrial Ethernet and fieldbus protocols, such as PROFINET, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, Powerlink, Modbus-TCP and PROFIBUS. The multi-network capability of INpact is based on the proven Anybus CompactCom technology from HMS – used within millions of devices globally.

The FPGA-based Anybus NP40 network processor includes all functions required to handle the communication between the Industrial Ethernet or fieldbus network and the PC-based customer application. The FPGA has a low latency and a deterministic real-time behavior, making it ideal for demanding industrial applications. The PROFINET IRT FO connection is made via SC-RJ connectors. Other network standards are supported by corresponding Sub-D9 or RJ45 Ethernet interfaces.

The IXXAT INpact is offered as a dedicated version for each network with pre-installed network protocol. Furthermore, INpact is also available as a Common Ethernet version, a highly flexible and open version in which the desired industrial Ethernet protocol can be flashed by the user.

Connection to the customer application

The IXXAT INpact is supplied with a comprehensive driver package for Windows and Linux, which allows a fast and easy development of customer-specific applications, regardless of the used card type or protocol. Thanks to a universal programming interface, users can change between INpact cards and protocols without changing the customer software, which leads to increased flexibility and a significant reduction of the development costs. Support for real-time operating systems such as RTX, Intime, VxWorks and QNX is available on request.

@HMSIxxat #PAuto #Fieldbus

Monday, December 5, 2016

Air pollution conference at show!

AQE 2017, the international Air Quality and Emissions show (Telford, GB, 24th- 25th May 2017) has partnered with IAPSC (Investigation of Air Pollution Standing Conference) to deliver the conference on the second day of the AQE event.
Administrative services for IAPSC are provided by Ricardo Energy & Environment. Their Alison Loader says: “Combining the IAPSC conference with the AQE Show will provide delegates with greater visibility of the technical solutions available for air quality monitoring, testing, analysis and treatment, whilst also creating more opportunities to discuss key issues with those at the forefront of the sector.”

The first day of AQE 2017 will focus on emissions monitoring - regulations, standards, methods and technologies, and the second day will address ambient air quality monitoring and real-world emissions monitoring.

IAPSC is a twice-yearly, one-day conference aimed at organisations involved in the monitoring and management of air pollution, from local authority personnel in environmental health, pollution control and planning through to industry and academia. It provides a rare forum for delegates from across the sector to share expert insight on new developments and best practice in air quality assessment and control. The conference will feature nine expert speakers who will provide topical guidance on solutions to the challenges faced by the air quality community.

AQE 2017 organiser Marcus Pattison says: “We are delighted to be working with IAPSC; air quality is constantly in the news lately and it makes sense for events like ours to come together so that delegates can find everything they need in one place and make the best use of their time.”

@AQE_Show #IAPSC #AQE2017