Friday, June 30, 2017

Training in digital communications.

These free-to-attend seminars, organised by PI UK,  address the key practical issues arising from the use of digital communications technologies in automated manufacturing and process industry applications, with particular attention to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0

Covering key application areas such as mechanical handling and logistics, robotics, automotive engineering, electrical and electronics assembly, control systems and energy management, pulp & paper, chemical, utilities, pharmaceutical, packaging and printing, it focuses on the practical aspects of using PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link, from system design and safety considerations through to fault-finding and maintenance.

Supported by demonstrations of actual tools used in configuration and maintenance, the seminar will be of great value to Designers, Production/System Engineers, Instrument Technicians/Engineers and C&I Engineers involved in design, operation and maintenance of modern automated factories and process plant.

The seminars are presented by specialists from PI member companies in Britain. Attendance is free of charge to pre-registered delegates from the User community, i.e. companies that own, operate, design, build or maintain automated plant. The event will provide delegates with an excellent networking opportunity and the ability to speak to our experts whom, we promise, will not force you to buy anything.



@ProfibusUK  #PAuto #Britain

Second generation industrial PC.

Phoenix Contact has introduced the 2nd generation of its successful Basicline industrial PC product line.

The new, affordably priced BL2 family includes box PC’s and resistive touch panel PC in several display sizes, all powered by the latest 7th generation Intel Core processors. All models are available with Windows 10 IoT and choice of several M.2 SSD sizes. A choice of 2 different performance models provides the ability to address a wide variety of automation, process visualization and control applications.

The various models in the BL2 family of industrial PC’s are designed, built and tested with the same stringent standards as other Phoenix Contact industrial PC products. The robust set of I/O, including RS-232/422/485 ports, USB ports, LAN ports and WLAN options make the BL2 models a solid platform for many IIOT (Industry 4.0) applications. All BL2 models are also passively cooled without the need for a fan. DisplayPort connections are also available for connectivity to external displays.

Phoenix Contact’s streamlined manufacturing process allows for fast delivery times of custom configurations to satisfy the customer specific application requirements. The rugged design and flexible configuration makes 2nd generation Basicline products suitable for a variety of applications. Phoenix Contact industrial PC’s, together with the wide array of other Phoenix Contact automation products, creates a complete, competitively priced automation solution.

@phoenixcontact  #PAuto 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Analyser for NOx detection.

As part of its comprehensive emissions monitoring analyser range, Servomex, the world leader in gas analysis, provides a key solution to cover the broadest range of emissions applications involving oxides of nitrogen.


The SERVOPRO NOx is a versatile analyser which uses the time-proven Chemiluminescence Detection (CLD) method to measure NO or NO/NO2/NOx concentrations, all in one package. The standard analyzer can be equipped with the Servomex Paramagnetic O2 sensor, and in addition there is a heated CLD version available for vehicle or engine certification testing.

The analyser is ideal for continuous emissions monitoring of industrial stationary sources, as well as ambient air monitoring. Using a photodiode equipped with a Peltier cooler to detect chemiluminescent light at speeds up to 5Hz, the NOx is a perfect solution for emissions testing in engines and vehicles.

Delivering an excellent linear range from trace levels to 1000s of ppmv concentrations, the NOx allows for user-selectable measurement ranges from 0-3ppm to 0-3,000ppm, all of which can be changed and recalibrated in the field, manually or remotely.

The standard version includes a Paramagnetic oxygen channel, internal zero/sample/span valves, and an internal sampling pump. A wet to dry conversion option is also available.

Barbara Marshik, Servomex’s Market Segment Manager - Power, said: “The SERVOPRO NOx is a must-have solution not only for any industrial stationary source but it is also an excellent choice for any mobile-source NOx emissions application. Using a high-sensitivity photodiode detector instead of a standard photomultiplier type ensures a long-lasting detector that requires no maintenance. With flexible ranges, ultra-low detection limits and a high dynamic range to meet any application requirements, the analyzer offers the highest level of performance for a low cost of ownership.”

The NOx joins the SERVOPRO SO2, which uses pulsed Ultraviolet (UV) Fluorescence technology, the SERVOPRO HFID which uses a heated-oven, Flame Ionization Detection-based detector for total hydrocarbons, methane and non-methane hydrocarbon detection, and the SERVOPRO 4900 multi-gas analyzer. These analyzers offer a comprehensive solution for monitoring NO, NO2, NOx, SO2, methane, total hydrocarbons, and non-methane hydrocarbons in stationary and mobile-source emissions applications that require the ultimate in low-level emissions monitoring.

@Servomex  #PAuto 

Indicators, Controllers and Monitoring Systems for safe & hazardous areas.

The F-series product range from Fluidwell offers you an extensive selection of Indicators, Controllers and Monitoring Systems for liquid and gas flow applications, as well as for Level, Pressure and Temperature Measurement in safe and hazardous areas. The F-Series are available with intrinsically safe approvals according ATEX, IECEx, FM and CSAC-US for gas and dust applications.



Robust enclosures 
The most visible feature of the Fluidwell F-Series is the one of a kind enclosure. These robust enclosures are available in “Glass fiber Reinforced Polyamide” or durable “aluminum”.
The reinforced glass fiber enhances the strength and the elasticy of the polyamide tremendously, making this enclosure a sturdy, light-weight and budget friendly enclosure.  Even more rugged is the durable aluminum enclosure with various entry threads. In fact, the F-Series is so rugged, even a truck can stand on it!

The 3 extremely rugged push buttons, won’t wear out on harsh treatment or environmental conditions.  The F-Series withstands extreme weather conditions as rain, snow, sun, salty atmospheres or temperatures as low as -40°C or as high as 80°C, which is -40°F to 178°F.

Easy to install 
The F-Series is suitable for any field mount application, it can be panel mounted, wall mounted, pipe mounted or mounted directly on your sensors or other equipment. In fact, mounting, installing and programming your F-series is so unparalleled easy and user-friendly, it can be done by your own crew. Saving yourself all the cost and troubles of arranging expensive specialists.

Bright and clear display 
Most F-Series have an advanced dual line display with a seven, 17mm/0.7” numeric main digits and an eleven, 8mm/0.3”,  digit lower display which ensures simultaneous flow rate and total indication. The basic displays have 5 large 26mm/1.0″ high digits and a pie-graph.  The F-Series shows all key information at a glance: process variables, displayed function, measurement units, trend indication arrows, clear alarm messages and status indicators.  The bright backlight ensures good readings in all lighting conditions.  An alarm condition is indicated by a “clear red flashing backlight” which can be seen from great distance, ensuring a quick follow up when necessary.

Easy to operate
The intuitive and user-friendly menu structure, saves significant time and cost in installation and programming. Use the “Prog-Enter” button and the “arrow”-buttons to enter the configuration menu and to change and store the settings.  “Fluidwell users all around the world” appreciate the clearly indicated, alphanumerical descriptions. Those familiar with a Fluidwell product, can therefore also program and install all F-Series “without a manual” or “hiring technical experts”: “Know one, know them all!”

One indicator for any sensor 
For flow measurement, the F-Series accepts most signals from almost any flowmeter.  The various pulse input signals are easy configurable in the setup menu like Coil, Namur, PNP, reed-switch, NPN or active input signals. A “noise reducing low-pass filter” or “linearization of the flow curve” are available for more accurate flow measurement.  For applications with analog 4 – 20mA inputs, like “differential pressure flow transmitters”, the analog input is adjustable from “linear” to “square root” calculation.  This results in optimal compatibility with almost any flowmeter for volumetric and mass flow applications.

Analog 4 - 20mA inputs are available for level, pressure and temperature measurement. A PT100 Resistance thermometer input is also supported.  Linearization of the input signal is available for level applications to compensate the tank shape. This optimal sensor compatibility turns the F-Series into a powerful instrument for every flow, pressure, temperature or level measurement application.

Versatile and multi-applicable
The outputs and options within the F-Series are impressive.
• Power options include: 110 to 230V, 8 to 24V DC, “analog ‘input or output’ Loop powered” for easy installation and “Long-life Lithium battery” for wire-free displays or off-grid locations.
• Output options include: “passive, active or isolated analog outputs”, “multiple digital outputs” or “isolated relay outputs”.
• The more advanced models, are optional available with Modbus or HART communication.
Even that doesn’t include all the features for specific targeted applications such as “Overrun Correction” for Batch Controllers, “Fuel Consumption Calculation” with Flow Computers or “Temperature and Pressure Compensation” for accurate flow measurements… and many more.

@Fluidwell #PAuto

Extending circular display range into a new technology.

A round AMOLED display has been added by andersDX to its range for wearable and instrumentation applications, complementing the circular PMOLED and touchscreen modules that it already offers. andersDX launched AMOLED (Active Matrix OLED) technology for the industrial market in October 2016.

Paul Hooper, Display Group Manager at andersDX said, “The new circular colour AMOLED module brings the coolest display technology around to the wearable and hand held instrument market. I can’t overstate the impact this technology makes on the user: with all-round viewability, a high contrast ratio and exceptional appearance. As a result of our relationship with Truly Semiconductor, these displays are economic for relatively low volume applications, allowing industrial, medical and specialist consumer customers to create a user interface that puts their product in a class of its own.”

The new colour AMOLED display module is 1.3” in diameter, but can be customised to suit the individual application. It features a 360(RGB) × 360 dot matrix display with a brightness of 350 cd/m2. The module is just 0.6mm thick and has a rated operating temperature of -20° to 60°C. andersDX is also offering a 1.13” diameter Passive Matrix OLED TFT from Truly. A new range of circular TFT displays will be added to the portfolio in the coming weeks.

• andersDX has been offering AMOLED displays since its manufacturing partner Truly opened a 4.5G production line supporting this technology. Truly AMOLED display technology is based on a Low Temperature Poly-silicon (LTPS) backplane with a pixel density up to 500 PPI. The Truly line also supports for TFT production, based on an amorphous-silicon backplane with a pixel density up to 300 PPI. In addition to the new round modules, andersDX is offering AMOLED displays of up to 6" initially, increasing to 10.1"in the future.



@AndersElec #PAuto #HMI

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Industrial flow monitor.

The Blancett® B3100 Series flow monitor has been introduced by Badger Meter. It is a flexible, durable, easy-to-use digital signal processing platform for demanding flow metering applications. The B3100 flow monitor incorporates advanced options with user-friendly full operation through the glass. Data logging, and remote data access and programming are available without opening the enclosure. Programming software makes remote configuration easy and efficient.

This flow monitor processes a frequency output from a flow meter and interprets the signal to calculate flow rate and total flow simultaneously with 16-point linearization of the flow curve (with interpolation) for improved accuracy. The unit features simplified K-factor and engineering unit configuration for volumetric or mass readings.

It is explosion-proof for harsh surroundings in accordance with ATEX, IECEx, FM and CSA c-us. A rugged one-inch NPT thread is provided for flow meter mounting. The flow monitor's large backlit LED display provides seven-digit flow rate/total and 11-digit accumulated total. The display shows flow rate, total, measuring units and a flow rate-indicating speedometer, with hourly flow totals and settings easily logged in an archive. Each log contains flow rate, flow total, accumulated total, time/date stamp and log number. Logged data can be viewed through the display, or via Modbus RTU Communications or free PC software options. Interval logs are available by minute or hourly increments, with daily and event logs also provided. The flow monitor's user-friendly programming software enables log data to be downloaded as a .csv file.

The B3100's remote programming capability is a key product feature, which allows for full configuration of the flow monitor. Software automatically detects the monitor and downloads its data. Configurations for multiple units can be saved on a PC, and configuration data can be changed and easily downloaded back to the monitor. Field operation is via a through-the-glass keypad. The flow monitor has multiple power supply options, including a long-life battery supply.

The enhanced functionality of the flow monitor is ideal for use with automated systems in remote locations, such as monitoring of meters in oil fields. With the monitor's robust data logging feature, Blancett now offers Contract Hour Support. Hourly flow totals can be easily logged in the archive on the hour. Other typical applications include secondary oil recovery, remediation and reclamation, fracture/refracture, coal bed methane, regulatory compliance and environmental accountability, chemical processing, semiconductor manufacturing, fertilizer production and dispensing, pesticide manufacturing, and liquid batching and water-cooling.

 @Badger_Meter #PAuto

Progress at ISA section in Spain.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) Spain Section's annual Assembly and Conference 2017 was held earlier this month in Madrid (ES). The main subject was “Automation and Control in the SMART era”.

Attentive delegates at ISA Spain Assembly
Honeywell, OSIsoft, Logitek, Microsoft and REE gave some of the sessions during the day discussing Industrie 4.0, IIoT, Industry Big Data, etc.

Francisco Arista was awarded the section's annual prize in recognition of a Control professional.

The afternoon colloquium was an interesting debate about “Employment challenge in the new digital era” where we had the participation of representatives of the Government, Trade Unions and Industry.

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ISA-Spain past and new Executive Committee

#PAuto #ISAuto #Spain

Software for Ignition SCADA system.

Seeq Corporation have announced the availability of a Seeq connection module for Inductive Automation’s Ignition SCADA system. This new integration module simplifies integration of Seeq Workbench into Ignition displays and server gateways. Ignition customers in manufacturing, mining, pulp &paper, food & beverage, and other process industries use Seeq Workbench to rapidly find insights in their data leading to better production outcomes including improved asset availability, product quality, and process efficiency.


“The easier deployment of Seeq and integration into Ignition Vision displays provides tremendous opportunity for Inductive Automation’s system integrator partners,” says David Schmidt, Controls Engineers at Industrial Automation Group, a systems integrator partner of Inductive Automation. “Customers are always seeking more insights, faster, from their data, so this is a win for the vendors, partners, and customers.”

Seeq is a software application for engineers in process manufacturing organizations to rapidly wrangle, investigate, and share insights on production data. Seeq has been recognized by multiple analyst firms for its modern approach to the pressing problem of finding actionable insights in complex data sets.

“We are very pleased to increase our support for Inductive Automation, and look forward to helping our shared customers get even more value from their Ignition SCADA systems,” says Steve Sliwa, CEO and co-founder of Seeq Corporation. “The innovative approach Inductive Automation has taken in building modern industrial software is impressive, and it’s exciting to be a part of their ecosystem of partners."

Ignition is an innovative SCADA platform used in more than 100 countries, and is the first universal industrial application platform with unlimited potential. Ignition empowers industrial organizations around the world and in virtually every industry, with an outstanding software platform and top-notch support.

"We are very happy to have Seeq’s support for the Ignition platform, which we describe as The New SCADA because it redefines SCADA technology and licensing," notes Don Pearson, chief strategy officer for Inductive Automation. "Many attendees at our annual Ignition Community Conference were very pleased with the flexibility and productivity offered by Seeq."

Seeq and the Ignition SCADA platform, working together, form a great combination, enabling customers to get the best of both an innovative monitoring and a data management platform, as well as rapid, interactive analytics on collected data. Customers can achieve insights to improve production results, a task that was often too time consuming.

“This collaboration between Seeq and Inductive Automation will benefit the mutual customers of both organizations because it will make it easier to gain additional real-time intelligence from their data,” according to Craig Resnick, Vice President, ARC Advisory Group. “Enabling engineers in industrial organizations to use Seeq to more rapidly leverage the critical information in their Ignition SCADA system provides them the opportunity to make more intelligent decisions faster, resulting in greater positive impact to the customers production and profits.”

@SeeqCorporation #PAuto @InductiveAuto ‏ #SCADA

Racing in Clonmel!

Congratulations to the staff at Hanley Controls Clonmel Ltd who were recent winners of Division Five, Morrison Mini 6K Series Road Race in their native Clonmel (IRL).
Pictured are Rory Sheehan (Temetra), Aoife Condon, Noel O Neill, Nick Breen ( Hanley Controls Clonmel Ltd) and Clonmel Athletics Club Rep Nicola Maunsell.

@hanleycontrols #PAuto

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Motor offers precision valve control.

The new Limited Angle Torque (LAT) Motor, BEI Kimco model LAT22-18, for motorised valve control has been released by Sensata Technologies. This low cost, direct drive motor can be integrated into a valve assembly for thermostat control as well as fuel metering, air intake shut off, fuel shut off, or air start control applications.

Measuring just 2.2” in diameter by 1.8” in length, the motor features a coil assembly that is completely encapsulated to withstand the harsh chemical environment of the application.

The coil assembly also includes threaded mounting holes for easy installation into the valve assembly. The desired size and weight requirements were achieved by attaching permanent magnets directly to the butterfly valve shaft. The keys to the motor’s design are torque capabilities greater than 50 oz-in over an excursion angle of 90 degrees, operating temperature ranges from ambient to 257°F (125°C) and compact size.

In this valve control application, LAT technology was chosen over other solutions because the motor was designed to be used as a direct drive device. Direct drive motors eliminate gear boxes or other mechanical linkages that can break and wear, offering higher reliability and less maintenance. Additionally, because LATs are single phase, they are also simple to control and install.

“LATs are robust and more reliable when compared to other mechanisms such as stepper or other gear motors, and operate smoothly with zero cogging,” said Jim McNamara, Sensata Applications Engineer. “These features make them an excellent choice for precision control. If an LAT can provide the performance level needed for the application, it’s definitely the best way to go.”


@BEIKimco #PAuto @Sensata

Online resource for lamp and luminaire afficianados!

Cortet™ by CEL announces a new online resource for manufacturers, integrators, installers and reseller of lighting systems, luminaires, lamps and control/management systems for industrial and office facilities, warehouses, and other large facilities.

“Businesses and manufacturers looking to expand their product lines within the Smart Building Technology space face a fractured and disorganized cornucopia of suppliers – with many products that do not talk to each other,” says Erik Davidson, Cortet’s Director of Marketing and Product Management. “The newly launched resource provides an easy way to find a complete selection of Smart Building solutions and products from various manufacturers that can be managed and controlled by a single technology and are all certified to work together, taking the guesswork and experimentation out of the product/technology selection challenge.”

In addition to blogs, resource libraries, FAQs, support center, etc., the new site features special “Powered by Cortet” and “Cortet Certified Partner” sections. 

The “Powered By Cortet” partnership program enables lamp and luminaire OEMs to provide and market a full range of local and IoT-connected control systems, integrated solutions and lighting accessories to their clients and customers. The “Powered by Cortet” program will also enable them to expand their next generation product offerings into additional automated and smart systems such facility security, air conditioning and heating, building communications, and other emerging industrial IoT solutions.

Cortet by CEL has partnered with a range of various equipment OEMs and suppliers to create a one stop shop that provides lamp and luminaire manufacturers with a complete selection of products and technologies, all tested and certified to work together.

To become a Cortet Certified device, a device must undergo a rigorous testing and certification program in the Cortet Test & Integration lab. Cortet engineers work closely with Cortet Certified Partners to ensure that the hardware and software for every device is reliable in a large scale wireless system. Once a device is certified, customers of Cortet solutions can buy it for use in commercial deployments. This includes products such as Leviton light switches and sensors, ILLUMRA self-powered lighting control devices and Magnitude Lighting LED drivers. Details here.

According to Mr. Davidson, “We are rapidly expanding our network of partners and are looking for others to join us in this tech umbrella. Feel free to contact us if you are interesting in knowing more about our partnership program.”

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) offers industrial lighting companies an exciting and highly effective way to manage an entire building’s various systems. More information about Cortet Lighting Control solutions can be found here. All Cortet Partnership and Certified products will interoperate with this new building control management technology.

Companies developing wireless products can find IoT Hardware products here.


Finally, engineers, developers and managers interested in the latest trends and technical developments regarding IoT, lighting control, and smart building technology can learn a lot from their new blog

@CortetbyCEL #PAuto

Quality accrediditation for photonics leader.

Gooch & Housego Orlando (FL USA) has received ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from international registration body NVLAP (National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program).

Specifically, they are accredited for Spectral Irradiance and Total Spectral and Luminous Flux calibrations. This confirms the company's quality management system meets the requirements of the international standard.  (ISO/IEC 17025 covers general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.)

Prior to this accomplishment, the Orlando facility's QMS was certified to ISO 9001:2008 in 2012 through LRQA and maintains that certification in addition to the newly acquired 17025 accreditation. The facility has earned a worldwide reputation for high quality instrumentation and unique solutions to the most difficult and complex light measurement challenges.

@ghphotonics @usnistgov #Calibration #PAuto

Coping with high temperatures!

The latest range of C Series Strain Gauges (SG’s) from HBM, is specifically developed to cope with modern temperatures (below 250 ° C) and minimise strain due to expansion.
Strain measurement at high temperature are among the most difficult issues for test engineers, as the basic strain gauge can often not distinguish between strain imposed by the intended mechanical process and expansion of the test material, due to its temperature coefficient of expansion.

As temperature changes during a measurement with strain gauges, this can have undesirable effects on the result. With this in mind, the latest range of Strain Gauges from HBM has been specifically developed for high and low temperatures from -269° C to +250 ° C – and is available with various geometries and temperature adjustments.

Featuring good mechanical flexibility and optimum adaption to the material measured, the measuring grid of the latest C Series consists of a distinctive, chrome-nickel alloy on a polyimide foil and is ideal for structural tests at exceptional temperature conditions.

Also suitable for applications in research and development, the automotive industry, and power plants and superconductors, the latest C Series of Strain Gauges provides a flexible and cost effective solution for tests in both high and low temperature environments.

@HBMmeasurement #PAuto

Partnership delivers modular data centre solutions.

Rittal and HPE offer solutions for IoT and Edge
From left: Andreas Keiger (Rittal), Mark Lepore, Brian Whelan, David Winn (HPE), Markus Fischbach (Rittal), Mike Fallos (HPE), Ray Snider, Thomas Schreiner and Dirk Miller (Rittal). 
Foto: Rittal GmbH & Co. KG
Rittal is to partner with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to jointly deliver modular data center solutions for the global market. Rittal will bring to the joint market approach their broad portfolio of modular and scalable datacenter solutions from a micro data center to largely scalable container solutions. This will be complemented by HPE Pointnext-services.

“Hewlett Packard Enterprise is a valuable partner for Rittal, bringing us a broader reach to help customers quickly with high end complete datacenter solutions according to their needs”, said Andreas Keiger, Executive Vice President Sales, Rittal.

The partnership will offer complete IT solutions and competencies, bringing customers worldwide the support, equipment and consultancy that is needed to take advantage of the latest IoT and IT Edge requirements.


Commenting on this partnership Brian Whelan, WW Director Data Center Facilities, HPE, said: "Rittal´s modular "lego-style" system for IT Infrastructures fits perfectly with our own offerings and capabilities, helping to provide customers a simplified and seamless experience."

This partnership will focus on markets requiring "plug and play" Hybrid Cloud and Edge solutions. Customer benefits are core data center performance at the edge, agility, proven technology, fast and easy deployment, and cost and energy efficiency.

@rittal #PAuto @HP

White sockets.

The successful Dual DC Power Socket is now available in white to facilitate design into medical, domestic and personal electronic products. The white Dual DC Sockets, from Cliff Electronics,  are available with solder tag or 90° PCB mounting and both feature on-board switch contacts. Matching white power leads also available to provide OEMs with complete power connection solutions.

John Hall, Director of Cliff Electronics, comments; “Our patented Dual DC sockets have been a great success and we are pleased to be able to offer them in white to increase the markets available to us. We are leaders in the design, development and manufacture of connectors for power and audio markets and supply major international OEMs. This is an excellent example of the benefits of being UK manufacturer which allows us to respond quickly to our customer’s needs.”

Designed for portable and rechargeable products CLIFF’s unique, patented and highly successful dual socket is rated at 12V/5A and accepts both 2.5mm power plugs, which are standard in the USA, as well as 2.1mm plugs used in all other markets. Being able to accept the two most common power connector plug sizes used worldwide simplifies system design and manufacture and offers OEMs reductions in inventory and suppliers.

#CliffElectrics #PAuto @proactivefleet 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Methane gas detector.

Ashtead Technology has launched an advanced natural gas detection system that is able to differentiate between different gases and does not require a hydrogen source gas. Developed and manufactured by Inficon, the IRwin® is a portable, intrinsically safe methane specific gas detector with additional capability for LEL, oxygen and toxic gas measurements.

“We have been hugely impressed by the IRwin,” says Josh Thomas, Ashtead Technology’s Regional Sales Manager. “It has been designed to improve the quality of measurements whilst also making the process quicker and easier – by using an advanced infrared sensor the IRwin avoids the need to carry hydrogen, and in combination with a special gas filter, it prevents interference from water vapour, ethanol or exhaust gas.

“The instrument is lightweight and battery powered, so it is simple and comfortable to use, and a wide range of modular accessories are available with different probes for almost any surface or application."

This video below provides a more detailed explanation of the probe options provided by the IRwin.”
Highly sensitive, with a measurement range of 1ppm to 100% methane, the IRwin’s infrared sensor system (patents pending) has a very short reaction and recovery time, which dramatically improves the speed and accuracy of leak detection, whilst preventing false leak alarms. A specially developed GC and sensor combination allows fast distinction between marsh gas and natural gas from all known natural gas sources.

For survey work, an integrated GPS chip allows reliable tracking and wireless Bluetooth communication enables quick and easy data transfer to PC at the end of the day.

Ashtead Technology will offer the fully featured IRwin SXG model for hire, but this, and a range of other models, is also available for purchase. In addition to methane, the SXG is also able to measure ethane, propane, butane, CO2, CO and H2S. “This ability to speciate makes the SXG ideal for a range of environmental applications including landfill, composting and biogas sites in addition to leak detection from piped natural gas networks,” Josh adds.

“By offering rental instruments in addition to every model in the IRwin range for purchase, we aim to meet every individual customer’s financial and application-specific needs, and our team of trained advisers are available to help in the choice of the most appropriate model.”


@ashteadtech #PAuto

Soft starters.

WEG has recently launched the SSW900 series of soft starters. These compact soft starters, which replace the current SSW06 soft starter series, are designed for industrial and commercial applications. As high-performance top-end devices with integrated PLC functionality, they provide fully programmable algorithms for regulating induction motors as well as fully flexible torque control.

The new series covers output currents from 10 A to 412 A in the wide voltage range of 220 to 575 V AC (three-phase) with four case sizes. Thanks to soft starting and integrated protection functions, the SSW900 ensures energy-efficient and reliable operation of electric motors. The device is suitable for a broad range of applications, including blowers and ventilation fans, axial, radial and centrifugal pumps, metering pumps, stirrers and mixers, conveyor belts, extruders, dryers and industrial ovens, turntables, and ball or hammer mills.

Johannes Schwenger, Head of Product Management Low Voltage and Medium Voltage Drive Systems Europe at WEG, comments: “The SSW900 series of soft starters expands our portfolio in an area which was previously not a focus of our activities in Europe. The new SSW900 devices are easy to use, and the integrated PLC allows the output torque to be adapted to the load and the start-up current to be kept as low as possible. Numerous protection functions are also integrated to ensure reliable operation of electric motors.”

The soft starter supports direct motor connection in wye or delta configuration, as well as wye/delta switching with six motor leads. This allows the three motor phases to be wired directly to the three thyristor pairs of the SSW900. As a result, the soft starter only has to provide 58% of the rated motor current (corresponding to the phase current), allowing a smaller device to be used for the same power level. The device has an integrated bypass contactor for longer service life, optimal space utilisation and lower heat dissipation (nearly zero) in the switchgear cabinet. Ease of use is further enhanced by a real-time clock as well as diagnostic and status query functions. Three different stop methods and a kick-start function expand the scope of potential applications.

The LCD display and a new user interface simplify operation and make programming changes quick and easy for users. Commissioning and programming are assisted by wizard functions. USB functionality integrated in the user interface enables configuration of the soft start parameters using the free Windows-based WPS software, as well as programming of the internal SoftPLC using the free WLP software.

The user interface language options include English, German, Portuguese and Spanish. Users can choose from Modbus RTU, Profibus DP, DeviceNet, Ethernet/IP, Modbus TCP and Profinet I/O industrial communication protocols for device connectivity.

@WEG_Europe  #PAuto 

Quality with power!

Powerstax has been awarded ISO 9001 on its recently combined manufacturing facility in Wickford, Essex (GB).

The long-term home to the ‘Drake’ brand of power conversion products now also houses production of the Powerstax range of ultra-high efficiency DC:DC converters and front-ends and value-added system assembly. After due process the complete facility is now ISO 9001 approved.

Powerstax acquired Drake power products and their manufacturing facility in in 2012 and the recent relocation of the Powerstax manufacturing completes the planned restructuring of the company to manufacture and support all Powerstax products from this one facility.

Tim Worley, CEO of Powerstax, comments, “When we acquired Drake we knew that eventually all of our manufacturing and support would be best served by being located under one roof. We have now realised this objective and expect that the efficiencies of scale and combining our engineering and commercial teams will bring added benefits to our customers, ensuring we offer them the best possible service from a single location. The same sales and engineering personnel will continue to support customers via our normal channels”

Powerstax designs and manufactures an extensive range of standard, value-added and custom AC and DC power solutions for a broad range of fixed and mobile applications including hot-swap front-end AC-DC bulk power, DC-DC converter bricks and modules and programmable, modular, rack mounted power supplies.

Drake® range of transformer rectifiers from Powerstax offers output currents to 5,000A and output power up to 1000kVA and beyond. Power solutions are available for harsh (marine, offshore, desert) and hazardous (Zone 1 and Zone 2) environments and can be oil, air or water cooled and can be sealed up to IP65 if the environment dictates with purge and pressure systems and heat exchangers incorporated if required

The main markets served by Powerstax include high-end industrial, defence, vehicle and transportation, defence and avionics, impressed current cathodic protection, water treatment, test, measurement and control and medical equipment.

@PowerstaxLtd #PAuto 

The (small) force be with you!

The U1A Force Transducer is the latest addition to HBM's comprehensive range of force sensors and load cells.

This series of force transducers are specifically designed for the measurement of static, as well as compressive forces up to 50 N and dynamic tensile, even when lateral forces are present.

Featuring a compact design and IP40 protection, the U1A series of force transducers is particularly suitable for testing in laboratory settings and environments with high technical specifications.

With 65 years of experience firmly under its belt, HBM, which placed its first sensor on the market in 1958, has all the required key technologies in-house to develop sensors, strain gauges, wiring and calibration, which can be offered for the force range of 10 N to 5 MN.

@HBMmeasurement #PAuto 

Top woman engineer !

Lucy Ackland, Senior Development Engineer at Renishaw,  has been selected as one of Britain's Top 50 Women in Engineering in 2017.

Lucy Ackland
The initiative is organised by The Daily Telegraph in partnership with the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and employers in the industry. Results were announced on June 23, 2017, to coincide with International Women in Engineering Day.

The Daily Telegraph’s Top 50 Women in Engineering was launched in 2016 to celebrate women’s achievements in the industry. The 2017 list is made up of outstanding female engineers under the age of 35, who have all made a significant contribution to the field.

Ackland joined Renishaw aged 16 as an apprentice and went on to study Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of South Wales, where she achieved a First Class Honours degree. Ackland has worked on several exciting projects during her time at Renishaw, including leading the project team for the RenAM 500M, Renishaw’s latest metal additive manufacturing system, which was fully designed in-house. She has also helped partner universities, colleges and businesses to help develop technology and training.

Ackland is actively involved in Renishaw’s education outreach programme, where she has been a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) ambassador for nine years. She now runs weekly events to inspire young girls to consider engineering careers and show young people where an apprenticeship can take them.

“Historically, women’s achievements in STEM have gone unnoticed, and this needs to change,” explained Ackland, “The Top 50 Women in Engineering celebrates the great work done by women in the engineering sector.

“The awards showcase the amazing work that women are doing, highlighting how women are performing and achieving so much. Showcasing these achievements gives young women role models, challenges stereotypes and shows that engineering is an exciting career path.”

“We are very proud of this recognition for Lucy, who works tirelessly to promote engineering to young people. Only nine per cent of engineers in the UK are female, a figure which puts us behind the rest of Europe,” explained Chris Pockett, Head of Communications at Renishaw. “It is important to promote the achievements of female engineers to change the status quo and open up a new pool of talent to help solve the engineering skills shortage.”

Ackland was also recognised for her engineering successes in 2014, when she won the WES prize at the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Young Woman Engineer Awards, and was a finalist in the Young Woman of the Year category. In 2016, she was highly commended in the Woman of the Year category at the Bristol and Bath Women in Business Awards.

@renishawplc #Britain #PAuto @Telegraph

Friday, June 23, 2017

Heading for Data Centres event!

The utilities department of Hanley Controls Clonmel have signed up to exhibit at Data Centres Ireland Exhibition & Conference in November at the RDS in Dublin. They intend to showcase the following: Nobel Fire Suppression , IGD Gas Detection and Water Leak & Humidity Detection Systems.

DataCentres Ireland is in it’s Sixth year this year and combines both a dedicated exhibition and an adjacent multi-streamed conference, giving attendees access to the latest in information, best practice, products, services and solutions. The Conference is an opportunity to hear the latest in ideas, best practice and case studies presented by leading industry experts and part in facilitated discussions.

@hanleycontrols #PAuto @datacentresire

Tiny iInductive path sensors.

The new Inelta ILAT Series Miniature LVDT Sensors provide precision measurements of position and path in the range of single-digit millimeters. The sensors of this series are available in Models ILAT 2, ILAT4 and ILAT10 for the exact measurements of ±1 mm, ±2 mm or ±5 mm traveling distances.
Owing to their tiny dimensions with a housing length of 79 mm and a diameter of only 8 mm at a weight of 30 g (including cable), the sensors will navigate even within very tight-fitting conditions.

Because of the inductive LVDT principle (Linear Variable Differential Transformer), in which a coil within the sensor with a primary winding and two secondary windings transforms the linear motions of the measuring sensor contact-free into a single electronic signal, the ILAT Sensors operate free from wear and provide a linearity tolerance of >0.25 They are also available with an even smaller linearity tolerance of >0.1%.

Even with their tiny dimensions, the ILAT Sensors are distinguished by their robust design with a stainless-steel housing in protection class IP65 – optionally also in IP67. Nominal temperature rating is 0° – 70°C. The carefully designed linear guiding operates by virtue of a locking mechanism of the probe and can provide more than 10 million cycles. These versatile sensors are suitable for many applications, including medical technology, engineering, agriculture and navigation up to testing facilities or manufacture of special purpose machinery.

Fitting the ILAT Path Sensors are the Inelta external sensor amplifiers IMA2-LVDT, available for signals in the ranges of 0..5V, 0..10V, ±5V, ±10V, 0/4..20mA and ISM-LVDT for 0…10V- or 0..20mA signals. Our print module IVM-LVDT with a readout of 0..10V signals, is also available, suitable for integration into your electronics.

Additionally, Inelta can provide custom sensor designs with further optional features such as custom-made calibration, cable lengths and expanded temperature ranges.

 #HoffmannKrippner #PAuto

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Grandmother retires!

After almost 20 years of reliable service a Gasmet FTIR multigas analyser has finally been retired. The instrument, which is a Gasmet 9540 was purchased at the end of the last century by VTT, the Technical Research Centre of Finland.

“We have utilised this analyzer in a variety of research projects over the years and it has performed extremely well. However, some of the spare parts are no longer available so we have purchased a new Gas DX4000 as a replacement,” comments Mari-Leena Koskinen-Soivi, a Research Scientist at VTT working in sustainable syngas R&D and analytics.

Mari-Leena Koskinen-Soivi
The old Gasmet 9540 was originally purchased for online wet gas analysis on a pressurised flat bed reactor conducting research work on catalysts, providing simultaneous analysis of compounds such as ammonia, hydrogen sulphide, methane, ethane, ethene, benzene, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and others.

Mari-Leena says: “We affectionately call this instrument the ‘Grandmother’ - the main advantage of the old Gasmet 9540 over our laboratory instruments was its speed and simplicity. We still have a requirement for the continuous analysis of multiple gases – usually over 60 compounds – so we are excited to see how the new Gasmet DX4000 will perform.”

Jari Jaakkola, from Gasmet says: “The core technology is still the same, but our FTIR instruments have continued to develop and improve since VTT bought their first instrument. Apart from the new instruments being smaller and lighter, VTT will see a vast improvement in performance. However, I am sure that Mari-Leena will be pleased to discover that the newer instruments have retained the speed and simplicity of their ancestors.”

Established in 1942 and employing over 2,400 staff, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is the leading research and technology company in the Nordic countries. VTT has a national mandate in Finland, using research and knowledge to provide expert services for domestic and international customers and partners in both the private and public sectors.

VTT develops new smart technologies, profitable solutions and innovative products, production processes, methods and services to produce technologies that benefit society. Much of Mari-Leena’s work is focused on efficient methods for the generation of renewable energy, and is therefore contributing to the global fight against climate change.

Mari-Leena has worked at VTT since 1979; starting in peat research and later moving to gasification. For the last 15 years she has been working with catalysts and synfuels. “Accurate multigas analysis is therefore a crucial element of our work,” she adds. “Continuous online monitoring provides much greater insight into process conditions and helps us to understand the chemical processes that are taking place. With the ability to fulfil this role on hot, wet complex gas mixtures, FTIR is one of our most important analytical tools, and with proven reliability lasting 20 years we don’t have to worry about the quality of Gasmet instruments!”


@Gasmet_Tech  #PAuto #Finland @VTTFinland

Modular cable interface.

Modular connector interface enables compressed air delivery with thousands of mating cycles

Harting has developed a new compressed air module to meet the increased demands on pneumatic interfaces in flexible production processes.

The new Han® Pneumatic Module Metal uses robust, durable high-mating-cycle metal contacts that can be plugged and unplugged at least 10,000 times. It means that users can exploit the benefits of compressed air technology in frequently converted production facilities – in order to supply drive units, control units, brakes, holding and unloading units, for example.

The new interface operates at a high maximum pressure: instead of the previous upper limit of 8 bars (for the Han® Pneumatic module with plastic contacts), contacts can now withstand permanent pressures of up to 10 bars. This means that the Han® Pneumatic Module Metal now covers the entire low pressure range, extending the possible applications for pluggable compressed air systems.
Harting has used flow simulations to minimise contact pressure loss. Pressure loss in the socket contacts with internal valves is now half that of conventional pneumatic interfaces.

This innovation opens up new combination possibilities for pneumatics in modular connectors for high connection cycles (HMC). Electrical contacts for the transfer of signals and power can now be combined with contacts for the transfer of fibre-optic signals and compressed air in HMC connectors for the first time – saving users valuable build space and assembly time.


@harting #PAuto

Early-bird registration deadline for Water/Wastewater symposium.

The deadline for early-bird registration for the 2017 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium has been extended to 1 July 2017. The original deadline was 15 June 2017.

ISA members who register by Saturday, 1 July will pay only $350—a discount of $150 off the regular rate. Additional registration discounts are available for AWWA, WEF and ITA members.

The 2017 ISA WWAC Symposium, to be conducted 8-10 August 2017  in Orlando (FL USA), is expected to draw between 200 and 250 attendees. The event is presented by the ISA Water/Wastewater Industries Division (WWID), in collaboration with the Florida Section of the AWWA (FSAWWA), the Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA), the WEF Automation and Info Tech Committee, and the Instrumentation Testing Association (ITA).

Some of the most highly regarded experts, including six distinguished speakers, will address the critical issues and challenges in automation facing the water/wastewater industry. Speakers and sessions will highlight the importance of instrumentation, SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) and automatic control applications to the safe, effective treatment and distribution of water, and the collection and treatment of wastewater.

Attendees will gain the latest news and trends in automation and control systems, instrumentation, cybersecurity, alarm management, and emerging technologies across the industry. Twenty-four technical presentations will be delivered on various aspects of automation and control.

In addition to an acclaimed keynote speaker and five notable guest speakers and the extensive technical program, the symposium will feature a hands-on instrumentation workshop (introduced for the first time), an exhibit showcase, a tour of a nearby water facility, high-value training opportunities and more.

The symposium also provides an excellent opportunity to gain valuable technical information, networking, professional development and continuing education credits (CEUs and PDHs).

“I continue to receive feedback that this event is truly one of the best of its kind due to the fact that the attendees and exhibitors are focused on solutions to real-world challenges and what’s actually experienced in on-the-job settings,” reports Kevin Patel, Director of the 2017 ISA Water/Wastewater Industry Division. “Adding to its value are the training opportunities, and the networking, professional development and continuing education credits.”

“Our secret is our focus,” says Patrick Gouhin, CEO and Executive Director at ISA. “Our annual ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium specifically caters to the needs of professionals involved with automation, instrumentation and SCADA in the municipal water and wastewater sectors. It is a unique niche event and we are proud of its increasing popularity. There is no other event like it in North America.”


#WWAC. #PAuto #Water #ISAuto

Wireless area gas monitor approved to INMETRO standards.

The BM25 & BM 25 Wireless area gas monitor, from Tyco Gas & Flame Detection, have been INMETRO* approved as per governmental regulation n°179-2010 and has received certification N°15.0200 X.

The BM 25 packs the benefits of a fixed system area monitor into a rugged, user-friendly and transportable instrument. It was designed to detect one to five gases for mobile or temporary work applications, team protection, area surveillance, or places where fixed detection systems are not suitable. The Wireless version allows several BM 25 devices to communicate on the same network or to send information wirelessly to a controller.

Less than 7 kilos, the BM 25 is easily transportable and its robustness makes it resistant to harsh environments. The monitor emits a powerful audible alarm of 103 dB @ 1m and has an ultra-bright flashing signal viewable at 360°. The BM 25 Wireless version allows an alarm transfer up to 1 km line of sight with the network. With 170 hours autonomy, the BM 25 allows to work longer in dangerous area.

* INMETRO The National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology was created by Federal law in December, 1973, to support Brazilian enterprises, to increase their productivity and the quality of goods and services.


@TycoGFD #PAuto @Inmetro

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Dual-mode wireless gateway.

New gateway provides ISA100.11a users a path to industry-leading WirelessHART® portfolio

A new dual-mode wireless gateway which supports both IEC 62951 WirelessHART® and ISA100.11a industrial wireless communications standards has been announced. This latest addition expands Emerson’s wireless portfolio and provides customers an easy way to take advantage of WirelessHART technologies from many suppliers.

“With our new dual-mode gateway, we’re excited to give ISA100.11a users an easy path to the improved operating performance they are seeking,” said Bob Karschnia, vice president and general manager, wireless, Emerson Automation Solutions. “WirelessHART has proven in 10 years of successful deployments around the world to provide the highest reliability and most robust self-organising, self-healing network, for the lowest cost.”

With more than 31,000 WirelessHART installations worldwide and over 9.1 billion operating hours, Emerson leads the automation industry in wireless networking. Emerson’s wireless portfolio helps customers extend their automation ecosystem for improved operating reliability with sensing, monitoring and control technologies such as temperature, pressure, level, corrosion, flow, acoustic, gas and vibration, plus wireless adapters for valve positioners and digital valve controllers.

Serving as the backbone of a wireless infrastructure, wireless gateways and access points increase the amount of real-time information available to automation systems, applications and analytics tools to help organisations improve responsiveness and decision-making. Critically, they must possess robust, ‘always-on’ security to limit network vulnerability. When deployed efficiently, they can require the least hardware necessary to keep costs low while keeping operating reliability high. Lastly, customers consistently seek ease-of-deployment as a key consideration.

A future release of Emerson’s dual-mode wireless gateway will be integrated into the Cisco 1552WU, a combined WirelessHART and WiFi solution for industrial hardened wireless, and will seamlessly integrate into Emerson’s industry-leading security and network management tools, including Emerson’s Plantweb™ Insight applications for Industrial IoT, which help industrial facilities improve operations and maintenance by simplifying asset monitoring.

• You may also find this account of the recent Emerson - NIBRT Life Sciences event in Dublin (IRL) of interest.

@EMR_Automation #PAuto #Hart @ISA100WCI

DP Transmitter on very long train!

ADZ NAGANO develops and manufactures pressure sensors and transmitters that meet the highest industrial requirements for standard and specialist applications ranging from mobile machinery to aerospace equipment. Represented in Britain by Variohm EuroSensor, ADZ is especially active in technologically demanding projects such as the following railway braking application that call upon its considerable expertise to solve unusually challenging tasks.

On very long railway trains, the multiple locomotives positioned at the beginning and in the middle and probably at the end of a train, usually communicate via radio. Commands for braking or accelerating, for instance, are transmitted in that way. However, in difficult terrain such as in the mountains or in tunnels, communication may be interrupted or not sufficiently reliable. This may result in severe problems. A back-end train segment, for example, that is not braked or whose speed in a bend is too high, involves a risk of accident that must not be underestimated.

Remedial help can be provided by ADZ’s SMD Differential Pressure Sensor, which measures the flowrate in the braking system. The values will determine whether a signal for braking or for releasing the brakes is required. The locomotive in middle position or at the end of the train, which then has no radio link, receives this information and initiates braking or loosening the brakes for the respective train segment.

The sensors are additionally used to make sure prior to departure from a station that the brake system is completely tight and has no leak. The proof that such a test is performed before leaving a station and the measured data recorded is statutorily required in Canada and the US, for example.

The sensor must withstand typical rail requirements with a view to prevailing temperatures, vibrations and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). This in turn requires the sensors neither to be interfered by mobile phone signals or other radio sources nor to influence them.

The sensor design is custom-made, individually fitting the respective requirements regarding the available space, necessary connecting configurations or electrical contacts.

@Variohm  #PAuto #Transport

CompEx Competency Validation.

Martin Jones* of JT Limited is to discuss the development of competency after the Piper Alpha Disaster in 1988 at a technical meeting of the Ireland Section of the International Society of Automation (ISA). The meeting is scheduled for Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork Wednesday 12th July 2017, 19:30pm.

Piper Alpha, North Sea 1988
He will examine how major users assisted the development moving on to the methodology of validating core competency and why it is important for employers to maintain a safe workplace to protect staff, contracting staff and the capital asset. The importance of utilising an accredited scheme will be stressed to ensure variability is reduced to a minimum as well as an overview of where the CompEx Scheme currently addresses competency and its strategy moving forward.

Peadar Walsh (Jones Engineering Group) will also be in attendance. Jones along with their partners ExVeritas operate the first and only CompEx certified training center in Ireland.

Pre-registration on the section website would be helpful (not necessary to attend) as it would give an indication of how many to expect on the night.

*About Presenter and Company
Martin Jones is the CompEx Operations Manager of the Internationally Accredited CompEx Scheme which validates core competency for Responsible Persons, Application Design Engineers and Operative/Technicians who work in explosive atmospheres. Martin has worked in heavy industry most of his working life, 20 years in British Coal Corporation from a Craft/Student Apprentice to Electrical Engineer, then General Manager / Production Director at Europe’s largest board panel producer.

Studying an MBA whilst working at Marlin Industries, he left to take up an Operations Directorship with NWP in Commercial Electrical and Mechanical Contracting which led to his current role. He joined JTL, the UK’s largest work based learning provider and the CompEx Certification Body in 2006 and took up the CompEx Scheme responsibilities in 2007 where he has grown the CompEx Scheme from 11 center’s to 56 center’s worldwide and in 2010 achieved ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation for the scheme with the British Accreditation Service UKAS.

#ISAuto #PAuto #Ireland #EX

Extensometer for vehicular safety applications.

The VPG Transducers brand of Vishay Precision has announced the global market introduction of its Model 182 extensometer, a specialty high-performance strain gage-based force sensor, expressly designed for industrial, EN15000 and EN280 compliant off-highway vehicle and equipment safety applications.

The Model 182 extensometer accurately measures deformation, or changes in the length of a solid structural body, with a 500 μƐ full-scale sensing range and necessary redundancy for EN15000 and EN280 compliance in safety applications. Its robust design consists of a high-quality strain gage sensing element, housed in a highly corrosion resistant coated alloy steel, with mounting via two bolt holes (M10 12.9 required). Units are IP67 rated for dust and moisture protection, ensuring their continued reliability and repeatability in demanding environments. Multiple output choices, including mV/V, 4-20 mA and 0-10 V, are available as standard, along with alternate connection options. For vehicle safety applications, customers can select from either a CAN Open or SAE J1939 protocol, with further choice of a DT or M12 connector. Please consult VPG Transducers for details.

Typical applications for the Model 182 include off-highway vehicle, telescopic handler and lifting machinery measurements. The extensometer is especially well-suited for applications where safety and device stability are of critical importance for operator injury risk mitigation and prevention, including where stringent vehicle compliance with EN15000 and EN280 standards may be required. It may be further specified for the accurate onboard vehicle machinery and chassis safety monitoring of construction equipment, scissor lifts, boom lifts, forklifts, and materials handling equipment. Here, the extensometer effectively supports various lifting and loading scenarios, including overload measurements.

 @VishayIndust #VPG #Transportation

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Free chlorine analysis.

Free Chlorine Analysis Systems, compliant to EPA Method 334.0 have been introduced by Endress+Hauser. The systems eliminate the need for costly reagents and accompanying required maintenance, making the system ideally suited for applications in drinking water, industrial water, power and other industries where water is disinfected using chlorine.

Each turnkey system is panel-mounted with an amperometric free chlorine sensor and a pH probe mounted in an integrated flow assembly, sensor cables, and an Endress+Hauser Liquiline transmitter, either the CM442 or CM444. An integral flow switch mounted in the flow assembly monitors for proper system flow, and provides an alarm at the transmitter if flow is interrupted. A lead-free regulator sets system pressure to 15 psi.

The CM442 transmitter has two sensor input channels and two 4-20mA HART outputs, while the CM444 transmitter version comes standard with two sensor input channels, and can handle up to eight sensor inputs if desired, two 4-20mA HART outputs, and additional I/O, such as digital communications. Each transmitter has a NEMA 4X (IP66) rating and all other components are waterproof, making the transmitter suitable for installation indoors, outdoors or in an enclosure.

System tubing is 3/8-inch stainless steel. All components are installed on a 20 x 20-inch stainless steel panel prepared with 3/8-inch ID mounting holes, for secure mounting to a vertical surface.

Stainless steel inlet and outlet shut off valves, with 1/2-inch female NPT fittings, allow for system isolation during routine sensor maintenance. The pH-compensated measurement ensures accurate DPD verification, and a separate 1/4-inch sample valve allows a DPD verification test for residual chlorine to be performed without interrupting system measurement. The independent DPD verification test capability also ensures compliance with EPA requirements.

A built-in needle valve in the flow assembly provides flow control between 30 and 120 L/hour, and an inductive low-flow alarm switch indicates when flow is too low for proper measurement.

Both the free chlorine and pH sensors are industry-standard Memosens digital sensors that eliminate problems associated with analog sensor technology. The systems are equipped with a Cloromax CCS142D Memosens Free Chlorine sensor in ranges of 0.01 to 5 ppm or 0.05 to 20 ppm, while the Orbisint CPS31D Memosens pH sensor measures 1-12 pH. Optional Memobase Plus hardware and software enables intelligent sensor management.

 @Endress_Hauser  #PAuto 

British manufacturers plan for transition from Europe.

During the period that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are working through their exit from the European Union (EU) we will endevour to bring items of particular interest and/or relevence to the automation sector in the process/nogotiations.

The engineering equipment manufacturers’ taskforce, EURIS* - of which GAMBICA is a member - believes that a 5 year transition period for the full implementation of Brexit is necessary to minimise economic disruption to British manufacturing companies as they adjust to life outside the EU. This extended period beyond March 2019, would allow industry to develop new relationships and solutions with respect to the comprehensive and complex nature of European legislation and related standards. It is understood that such a transition period would need to be agreed as part of the negotiations, but EURIS encourages all parties to work towards this end.

Without such a transition period, the British Government risks a situation where failure to reach an agreement would result in barriers to trade for British companies that import from or export to the EU.

EURIS manufacturers maintain that the structure of the single market and customs union should remain intact, allowing businesses to operate in the current efficient and seamless manner. In addition, the status of EU nationals employed in the British should be guaranteed in order to provide certainty and continuity of skilled labour.

EURIS has a membership consisting; BEAMA, GAMBICA, EAMA, REA, CESA, FETA, covering some 2500 companies across electrotechncial, electronics, renewables and mechanical engineering products.  It has a focus on product manufacturers covered by the Single Market and all the supporting regulations. The member associations have extensive relationships with equivalent European trade bodies, and parts of the European Commission. The Taskforce produces position papers relating to the Brexit process relevant to the manufacturing section. It is also an advisory body for the potential impacts of the changing relationship between the UK and EU for the UK Government, press and manufacturers.
EURIS issues a weekly economic report to its members based on a tracked set of macro market indicators ranging from international trade and the general economy through to productivity costs and price indices.


See also our initial reaction to the Brexit decision: Nobody knows! (30/6/2017)


 @gambica  #EURIS #Brexit