Friday, December 16, 2016

Paper call on air quality and industrial emissions.

AQE 2017, the international Air Quality and Emissions conference (Telford, UK, 24th & 25th May) has issued a call for Papers on emissions monitoring and ambient air quality monitoring.

Organiser Marcus Pattison says: “Air quality and its effects on both human health and climate change has been a politically hot topic for good reason lately, so AQE 2017 will provide a great opportunity for experts to share knowledge and learn about the latest developments.”

Anyone interested in presenting a Paper or a Poster should submit an abstract of up to 100 words via the website  by 20th January 2017.

The main themes of the conference will include international regulations, monitoring methods, technologies and standards relating to ambient air quality and industrial emissions. The industry sectors covered by the conference will include power, incineration, manufacturing and waste, as well as processes regulated by local authorities. The presentations will cover the monitoring of particulates and the main gas species including acid gases, ammonia, formaldehyde and trace species such as mercury.

The Conference will run alongside an Exhibition featuring almost all of the world’s leading suppliers of stack emissions and ambient monitoring equipment and services, including workplace, fugitive and discontinuous monitoring.

 @AQE_Show #AQE2017 #AirQuality

Energy award for Irish PSU manufacturer.

Excelsys Technologies are winners of a Top Supplier award in the Energy category at the 21st Annual SPDEI Awards ceremony held in Paris (F) on the 2nd of December.

Members of Syndicat Professionnel de la Distribution en Electronique Industrielle evaluated all suppliers nominated on a number of key criteria: partnership with the distributor, innovation, price, quality, and durability of products; product range; resources to support the distributor; as well as protection and traceability of designs.

Conor Duffy, European Sales Manager for Excelsys Technologies, received the award on behalf of Excelsys at the ceremony, and commented “It is an honour to win this prestigious award from the SPDEI. The award really highlights everything that is great about Excelsys and our commitment to design and manufacture power conversion products offering the best possible energy efficiency levels and reliability. The close relationship between our design, sales and customer service teams and our Distribution Partners ensures our customers get a best-fit power supply for their end products with unsurpassed customer support and a secure supply chain.”

Typical applications for Excelsys high efficiency configurable power supplies include medical clinical diagnostic equipment, medical and cosmetic lasers, dialysis equipment, radiological imaging and clinical chemistry, industrial test and measurement, industrial machines, automation equipment, printing, telecommunications, audio equipment and high reliability harsh industrial electronics, radar, (Naval, Ground Based), communications, communications, IT, wafer fabrication, optical inspection, wire bonding, automated test equipment and test and measurement systems.

#Excelsys #PAuto #Ireland

Rotation speed monitor enhanced.

The SC-System's family of signal conditioners by Pepperl+Fuchs can now be used even more comprehensively: the single rotation speed monitor with just a 6 mm installation width processes digital input signals of all binary sensors currently on the market and is now fitted with a restart inhibit. This feature enables the module to have to be activated via a reset input after limit values have been exceeded for a short period of time so that possible faults are found and rectified before restarting.

The design of the rotation speed monitor meets the philosophy that all signals of a signal type currently on the market may be processed with just one module. Signals from NAMUR and SN sensors including line fault detection and short-circuit detection, as well as the measurement data from the 2-wire DC sensors may be processed in accordance with EN 60947-5-2. Signals can be transferred safely in the control level from S0 sensors for measuring the water volume and from 3-wire sensors with PNP or NPN switching outputs. With its S0 interface the rotation speed monitor is also of interest for areas outside industrial automation, such as building automation. The module can safely detect any signal up to 30 V with an input frequency up to 50 kHz. The device is set using a DIP switch or PC software. A start-up override is available to restart the system when standstill monitoring.

The SC-System from Pepperl+Fuchs includes a wide portfolio of signal conditioners for nonhazardous areas. With its space-saving enclosure design that is 6 mm wide and 97 mm high the modules are among the most compact on the market. They can be used at ambient temperatures of up to 70°C. The signal isolators are characterized by 3-way isolation withstanding a working voltage up to 300 V and a test voltage up to 3 KV. Optionally, they are supplied by terminals or a power bus.

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NDIR sensing.

Since the 1940s Non-dispersive Infrared (NDIR) sensing has become an important, safe, reliable and accurate method for the detection of gases such as CO, CO2, CH4 and various refrigerants. In essence, one version of this equipment, consists of an infrared lamp, a sample chamber or light tube, a light filter and an infrared detector. The IR light is directed through the sample chamber towards a dual detector. One element of the detector is covered by an optical filter that passes light that is absorbed by the gas being detected the other element is covered by an optical filter that passes light that is not absorbed by the gas being detected.

A gas such as sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) is an extremely potent greenhouse gas and therefore leaks to the environment must be minimised. Inorganic, colourless and odourless it does however absorb strongly in the infrared, so NDIR sensors of the type described above are ideal for detection at very low ppm concentrations of this and other important gases.

NDIR technology has now been widely accepted and standardised by gas sensor manufacturers worldwide and our diverse range of robust OEM Gas Sensors and Gas Monitors enables fast, reliable and continuous gas detection which has given Edinburgh Sensors a truly global reputation for accuracy, safety and reliability. Applications are many and including horticulture, brewing, agriculture, process control, biogas, personal safety and indoor air quality.

The Guardian NG NDIR gas monitors from Edinburgh Instruments, typify their commitment to customers convenience and safety, backed by over thirty years of sensor design and manufacturing experience. They are wall-mounted and easy to install, detecting gases from sampling points up to 30 metres away, using the built in sampling system. Monitors are housed in robust plastic IP54 rated enclosures to prevent the ingress of particulates and water and have an integral LCD display with digital alarm set-point controls and password protection to prevent accidental or deliberate change of settings.

The Guardian NG infrared gas monitors provide near-analyser quality, offering continuous sampling, measurement and display of target gas concentrations for either CO2 or CH4 gases, where detection level ranges of between 0 – 3000 ppm and 0 – 100% by volume are required. Data can be easily transferred via an on board RS232 I/F with optional Ethernet I/F and relay outputs for control of external devices. Graphical display of historic readings is also possible over a period defined by the user.

These infrared gas monitor also offer near-analyser quality continuous sampling, measurement and display of CO2 concentrations between 0 – 3000 ppm by volume but from low voltage DC (18-30V) supplies. Like the AC Guardian NG these monitors offer long-term stability plus low maintenance, all part of our commitment to our customers that has helped make Edinburgh Sensors a leader in the field of gas sensing.

@Edinst #PAuto

Beta testers wanted for WirelessHART gas detector.

United Electric Controls has announced the availability of beta versions of its Vanguard WirelessHART gas detector. The new detector, which has a five-year battery life, is designed to maximize toxic or explosive gas detection points but eliminates the need for costly and fixed wiring. United Electric Controls is offering free beta trials to gain additional feedback on customer experience and product performance prior to the official product roll-out in early 2017.

“Our new Vanguard gas detector has received approvals from all relevant safety agencies, and we now want to utilize the time we have, before officially releasing the product next year, to learn as much as we can about how it performs in the field,” said Wil Chin, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, United Electric Controls.

United Electric developed the Vanguard detector in response to the market need for a cost effective way to add multiple gas measurement points. The cost of adding one new gas measurement point, including the cost and labor of obtaining ‘hot’ work permits, running conduits for wires, and burying them, can exceed $10,000 per device for land-based systems and as much as five times more for offshore applications. Wireless technology can reduce that cost up to 90-percent while also making the plant much safer.

Vanguard field-interchangeable gas sensor modules detect and record hydrogen sulfide (H2S) or methane (CH4) gas in parts per million (PPM) or percent of lower explosive limits (LELs) respectively, along with network and battery status. WirelessHART 7.2 technology carries signals to local 128 x 64 pixel digital displays or other IEC 62591 compatible connections — all of which integrate seamlessly with existing supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) or asset management (AMS) systems.

Potential Applications
The Vanguard beta program will provide companies running operations that generate (H2S) or (CH4) an opportunity to try it out in various settings, including the following applications:

  • Wireless remote and local gas detection, such as tank farms, oil and gas production facilities, refineries, pipelines, abandoned wells and waste treatment plants.
  • Temporary situations in which the cost of setting up a wired solution is completely unfeasible, such as a maintenance turnaround, natural disaster, security breach or plant expansion.
  • Asset management initiatives, where trending of emissions over time through the deployment of multiple wireless sensors can initiate the necessary predictive and preventive maintenance, or pollution control monitoring.
60-day beta period
Companies who agree to complete feedback surveys, will get free use of a system for 60 days. 
A United Electric Controls installation team will assist in the commissioning at the end users’ facility. 
Those interested in being considered for participation in the beta program should contact our Directors of Functional Safety Technologies - Scott Pierce ( or Gregg Parsons ( to find out more about becoming a beta partner.

EMEA/SAARC sales chief appointed.

Red Lion Controls has appointed Bruce Macpherson as Vice President of Sales for the EMEA and SAARC regions, where he will oversee customer relationships and business growth. Bruce reports directly to Red Lion President Jack Lee and serves on the company’s leadership team.

Bruce MacPherson
“I look forward to this exciting opportunity to work with the EMEA and SAARC teams to serve new and existing customers,” said Macpherson. “Our goal is to continue providing reliable automation and networking solutions that allow users to drive efficiencies across a range of industrial applications, enabling our customers to become more successful.”

Prior to joining Red Lion, Bruce was Managing Director for SMAC Inc. In this role, he managed all aspects of sales, software development, machine design and customer support for the EMEA and APAC regions. Previously he held positions of increasing responsibility with Automatic Sea Vision S.A., High Integrity Solutions Ltd., Mercury Computer Systems Inc. and Datel Technology Ltd.

“As Red Lion continues to expand across the globe, we are adding top-notch executives to Red Lion’s leadership team to support our growth,” said Lee. “Bruce’s 25 years of industrial computing and automation experience coupled with an impressive background in systems and hardware sales make him the perfect fit to lead our EMEA and SAARC sales efforts.”

Bruce began his career as an Electronics and Communications Engineer with the British Army, where he served for nine years before moving into technology sales and senior leadership roles. His experience includes building new organizations, as well as turning around underperforming operations.

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

 @redlioncontrols  #Pauto

Impressive showing for photoionisation detectors.

Ion Science has doubled sales of its high performance fixed photoionisation detectors (PIDs) compared to 2015. This latest success is being attributed to the launch of the company’s Falco series of fixed continuous volatile organic compound (VOC) monitors and MiniPID 2 sensor earlier this year.

Duncan Johns, Managing Director commented: “We continue to see the industry respond favourably to our latest innovations in gas detection instrumentation. This increase in sales of our fixed PIDs reflects the breadth of knowledge in the business and the proven success of our sensor technology. It also underlines our commitment to driving new product development for the on-going protection of workers, plant and the environment.

“Finishing the year in such a great position provides an excellent platform for further growth in 2017.”

Designed for the protection of workers operating in potentially hazardous environments, such as refineries, petrochemical plants, chemical facilities and laboratories, Ion Science’s Falco incorporates first of a kind ‘typhoon’ technology for added reliability and accurate operation in condensing atmospheres and extreme weather conditions.

At the heart of Falco is Ion Science’s unrivalled PID technology with advanced patented fence electrode system. The three-electrode format also ensures increased resistance to humidity and contamination for ultimate safety, reliability and accuracy in the field.

An externally located intrinsically safe sensor ensures quick and easy servicing without the need for a hot work permit. It is operated using an intuitive user interface with a high contrast OLED display. Unique and highly visible red, amber and green status LED’s provide a warning to personnel so they can quickly react to unsafe conditions. With Modbus® and 4~20mA communications as standard, Falco can be incorporated into existing DCS and SCADA systems to provide ‘real-time’ process feedback.

Falco is supplied as either a diffusive or pumped sample unit. There are four detection ranges in the Falco series going as low as 0 - 10ppm with ppb sensitivity or as high as 0 – 3000 ppm. The Falco’s flame and explosion proof enclosure is certified to EX d IIC T4 II and the external sensor to EX ib IIC T4 Gb II.

Their MiniPID 2 sensor provides improved temperature stability, greater sensor-to-sensor consistency and more repeatable performance, as well as a new long life 10.6 eV lamp for 10,000 hours continuous operation. An innovative self-diagnostic feature also indicates whether the lamp is failing to illuminate or the electrode stack is contaminated.

The fixed instrument range also includes TVOC, for accurate measurement over three different detection ranges. A user adjustable duty cycle means TVOC can be used for a diverse range of applications within intrinsically safe environments. TVOC employs a diffusive sample technique or an optional flow adaptor can be purchased so the instrument can be used with a pumped sampling system. The 4-20 mA analogue output enables the TVOC to be integrated into a DCS or SCADA system to give warning of high VOC levels or to provide loop feedback for process.

@ionscience #PAuto 

Call for Analysis Papers! #PAuto #ISAuto

The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its Analysis Division invite authors, innovators, thought leaders, and other professionals in the process and analytical sciences industry to submit abstracts for presentation consideration at the 2017 Analysis Division Symposium. This 62nd annual technical conference and exhibition will be held 23-27 April 2017 in Pasadena, CA.

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This annual event is recognized as the outstanding forum for discussions of new and innovative analytical techniques, developments, and applications. A worldwide array of speakers and attendees alike have the distinct opportunity to participate in informal discussions and social gatherings to acquire the latest information about analytical sciences.

Papers are currently being accepted which address topics in chemical analysis including methods, applications, hardware and software, systems and operation, and maintenance. Subject content may concern technology in development or technology applied in industry practice. Proceedings from this event are marketed and sold globally, where an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) will be assigned for distribution.

#PAuto #ISAuto

Servicing & maintenance in hazardous areas!

The IS1+ Remote I/O System from R. Stahl enables preventive maintenance implementations in zone 1 and 2 hazardous areas, where servicing systems and components is particularly challenging and expensive.
Preventing severe malfunctions and downtime via advance notifications and timely intervention not only helps reduce regular operating costs, but also and especially reduces the risk of incalculable losses due to unscheduled shutdowns. This is achieved through innovative IS1+ features: notably, intelligent self-diagnostics ensure an early identification of errors, so users can be alerted before malfunctions lead to serious problems. Such alerts can be triggered up to 12 months prior to an expected failure. The Remote I/O System continuously monitors all internal components such as the redundant integrated BusRail as well as operating parameters and external conditions. The latter include, for instance, ambient temperature, thermal shock, the electrical load of the I/O modules, or on/off switching. Based on such data, a smart algorithm calculates the remaining lifespan of components.

User alerts comply with the widely accepted NAMUR NE107 standard on "self-monitoring and diagnosis of field devices". On the one hand, a blue LED on the I/O module is used to show "Maintenance" requirement on location. A diagnostic message is also passed on to control and asset management systems. The blue maintenance message with the defined symbol and an explanatory text appears in the IS1+ DTM. In addition to maintenance notifications, IS1+ intelligent diagnostic functions provide a range of other information. For instance, signal errors are reported via red LEDs for specific channels as well as via error telegrams. Moreover, for IS1+ for PROFIBUS DP in particular, application creation in the control system is facilitated through a signal status bit – much like the status byte for systems such as PROFIBUS PA, it serves to supplement 'good' or 'bad' (for example, in case of line errors) status information that is cyclically transmitted for each process value.

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

#PAuto #Safety @STAHL_UK

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Solar panel safety.

Omron is addressing the challenge of de-energizing solar PV panels and other renewable energy sources with the launch of a new high power DC relay capable of rapidly interrupting 25A at 1000V DC in the event of an emergency.
According to Steve Drumm, European Marketing, Sales Development & Project Management, at Omron, “Rooftop solar panels are becoming increasingly popular in offices and homes, and as a result the issue of their shut-down in the event of a fire in the building is moving up the agenda. Rapid PV shut-down is moving from being highly desirable to mandatory in some markets in order to protect fire fighters and other first responders.”

In response, Omron has launched the G7L-X relay, with a rated load of 1000V DC at 25A and a release time of just 30ms. This relay can be installed close to a PV panel or other renewable source, and disconnect it quickly in an emergency, to permit maintenance or in response to utility requests. The G7L-X conforms to UK and IEC solar inverter standards, as well as applicable UL and VDE electrical standards.

Features of the design include an assisting magnetism circuit, to help achieve a very quick switchover. The relay contacts have been specifically designed to handle the very high DC loads that are a feature of this application, and have a contact gap of 6.0mm for safety.

the G7L-X is rated at 6,000 operations at 600V DC, and 100 operations at 1000V DC – more than enough for its envisaged emergency cut-off application. The device is compact for a relay with this capacity: it’s size is just 52.5 x 35.5 x 41.0 mm. The relay is ideal for outdoor installations, and can operate in ambient temperatures of between -40 and +85 deg C. Omron is also offering a general purpose version of the relay, with a capacity of 20A at 1000VDC.

#PAuto @OmronEurope #Safety

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Encoders using BiSS.

In 2015, the Safety Communication Layer of BiSS Safety was confirmed by TÜV Rhineland for suitability for safety-relevant communication up to and including SIL3. In the future, Hengstler will offer this protocol for its rotary encoder portfolio in order to meet the steady growth in safety applications.

Since 2007, Hengstler has been offering encoders which use the open communication standard BiSS C. A continuous data connection to the bus participants, high transmission rates and free licenses are to be mentioned as clear advantages. The newly introduced BiSS Safety Protocol is 100% based on BiSS C. Hengstler has an enormous experience of countless successful applications in which their encoders play a reliable role.

The company sees enormous potential in the field of functional safety in combination with ever-increasing machine guidelines, increasing number of safety applications. For this purpose, the internal system structure of the encoder is expanded by a combination of available blocks. The Safety Communication Layer of BiSS Safety has been certified according to IEC 61784-3: 2010 ans IEC 61508 Part1-7:2010. It is therefore suitable for safety-relevant communication up to SIL3.

This means that BiSS Safety, combined with Hengstler rotary encoders, will combine positive effects from two worlds. As a customer, one can be sure that Hengstler will successfully extend the encoder portfolio with BiSS Safety, thanks to its decades-long BiSS experience. On the other hand, users benefit from different providers, which offer a manufacturer-independent protocol for secure data transmission.

#Hengstler  #PAuto 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Light & vision sensors.

The light section sensors from the Pepperl+Fuchs SmartRunner range uniquely combine a high-precision light section sensor and vision sensor into one compact device.
The main part of the SmartRunner technology is the laser light section method which is optimal for detection, observation and protection of even small objects.
These ready-to-use, plug&play devices from Pepperl+Fuchs are optimized at the factory for a specific field of work. Unlike conventional "general purpose" devices, commissioning and parameterization is extremely simple to carry out using teach-in or via data matrix control codes, and does not require trained and qualified personnel.

Thanks to powerful LED lighting, SmartRunner devices are capable of capturing images for the visual documentation of errors, process conditions and quality attributes. The integrated data matrix decoder allows the user to parameterize the sensor simply via data matrix control codes - without using a PC. The light section sensors supply the detection result as a good or bad signal to the switching outputs, which can be processed using any control panel.

The first representatives of the device family to be available are the SmartRunner "Matcher" and the SmartRunner "Detector". The Matcher is optimized to recognize a previously taught-in reference contour. Typical tasks include checking the position and accuracy of objects with high precision, to verify whether the robot can grasp body components, for example.

In contrast, the SmartRunner Detector monitors the taught-in scene for the entry of foreign bodies that pose a danger to sensitive machine parts, such as expensive lenses and precision tools. It detects objects with a size range of up to 1 mm with high accuracy, using a trapezoidal measuring range that is 350 mm wide and 700 mm deep.

The SmartRunner has numerous areas of use, such as in the automotive industry and in many areas of plant and mechanical engineering.

@PepperlFuchs  #PAuto @PepperlFuchsUSA

Bidirectional data memory module.

A compact memory module with IP 67 protection is just 34 x 16 x 8 mm in size is available from Balluff.  It can be used as a memory storage device on interchangeable units such as milling heads on gantry type machining centers.

This means the assemblies can carry their actual operating data along with them. With the following advantage: When a machine is changed, all the data such as the number of use cycles, shock and vibration values or lubrication and oil change intervals are directly loaded.

The work required to install and parameterize the module is minimal. Only a single standard cable is required for stable, fault-free, bidirectional data transmission between the milling head and controller. The cable is connected to the milling head interface in the system ring. Data transmission is noise-immune as well as resistant to EMC effects. The module can hold a total of 14 segments of 64 bytes each.

Machine operators will profit from the fact that when a milling head is switched from one machine to another, all the identifying and usage data will be automatically copied and loaded from the milling head memory into the NC controller through a cable. When maintenance or repair work is needed, the service personnel can read out all the data from the memory chip on a PC or laptop and update it as needed. This gives the plant operator continual and transparent information about the current status of the milling head.

@Balluff #PAuto