Friday, September 1, 2017

Industrial computer system certified.

Harting’s MICA industrial computer system has been certified as meeting the requirements of Microsoft’s “Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT” programme.

Microsoft’s certification process places certain demands on end devices which work with Microsoft Azure services. As a result, MICA has gone through a series of tests provided by Microsoft in order to evaluate the functionality of the hardware. The results have been validated by Microsoft, meaning that MICA meets the requirements of the programme.

The “Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT” programme is also intended to help speed up IoT projects with Azure by providing a set of available sensors and devices that are tested for usability and compatibility with the Azure IoT Suite.

Harting’s MICA (Modular Industrial Computing Architecture) is an edge computing device based on a modular open computing platform which can be customised as required, including the hardware, software and interfaces, making it compatible with the world of Integrated Industry.

MICA functions as a small, robust computing unit between physical devices and the higher-level IT system. It provides a cost-effective solution that allows users to run computing power at all levels as well as communicating with central IT systems and the cloud, offering fast data analysis and decision-making at the field level network edge along with storage and data-collection capability.

 @Harting, #PAuto @Azure

Thursday, August 31, 2017

New IR Catalogue.

Laser Components has issued a new catalog covering its extensive portfolio of infrared components on more than 130 pages. Many of the products are manufactured at the company’s own sites in the United States – including pyroelectric detectors, PbS and PbSe detectors, and most of all the highly successful (x)InGaAs photodiodes and sensor arrays. Other components are provided by renowned companies such as Alluxa, NOC, Xenics, and Helioworks.

“Infrared technology has always been one of the most important divisions at Laser Components”, says Johannes Kunsch, Head of Business Unit Infrared Components. “Today, we also profit from the expert knowledge accumulated within the last decades. Therefore, our catalog not only offers an overview of our products, but also technological background knowledge.”

Recently, the Laser Components Pyro Group proved that the company significantly pushes the borders of IR technology. Thanks to integrated differential amplifiers, their new LD2100 series of detectors achieve a signal to noise ratio of 1.4 and higher.

The catalog is available for download on their website, or it can be ordered as a free printed version.

 @LaserComponents #PAuto

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Partnership addresses changing cybersecurity landscape!

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has announced that it has formed a global partnership with Siemens—the worldwide technology leader in electrification, automation and digitalization—to improve awareness of the need for industrial cybersecurity.
The partnership, forged in response to the changing industrial security landscape and growing cyber-threats to automation networks and systems, specifically focuses on broadening understanding and adoption of industrial automation security standards.

Both organizations will share expertise in protecting automation environments based on ISA/IEC 62443, the world’s only consensus-based series of industrial cybersecurity standards, and appropriate security measures through co-sponsored events, webinars and additional educational resources Together, ISA and Siemens intend to raise awareness and share best practices of industrial security with owner/operators of industrial equipment.

The first activity between Siemens and ISA will be two live webinar sessions, titled “Cybersecurity for Control Systems in Process Automation,” with Siemens Plant Security Services Product Solution & Security Officer (PSSO) Robert Thompson and ISA 99/IEC 62443 Committee Co-Chair Eric Cosman. Click here to register for the European session and here for the North American session.

"Cyber Security needs to be addressed by industrial companies as recent global ransomware attacks have demonstrated the possible impacts in the last weeks. Our customers need to adequately manage the associated cyber risk, arising from the vulnerabilities of IT technology combined with the increased connectedness in our digital age,” says Henning Rudolf, Global Head of Siemens Plant Security Services.

The ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) operates one of the first standardized assessment schemes for the ISA/IEC 62443 IACS cybersecurity standards, and this program has been heavily adopted by Siemens as a leading provider of automation equipment and industrial security services, as well as being a global manufacturing company.

Siemens Plant Security Services adhere to the ISA/IEC 62443 guidelines and are available for existing Siemens customers and third-party equipment, providing a multi-layer protection-level approach, asset inventory and tracking, patch and vulnerability management, network segmentation, industrial security management, incident handling and security consulting services. Siemens also provides a comprehensive Product Computer Emergency Response Team (ProductCERT) for Siemens solutions.

Siemens operates several “Cyber Security Operation Centers” (CSOC) for the production of industrial facilities, with joint locations in Lisbon (PT) Munich (D) and Milford (OH USA). Siemens industrial security specialists based at these sites monitor industrial facilities all around the world for cyber threats, warn companies in the event of security incidents and coordinate proactive countermeasures. These protective measures are also part of Siemens extensive Plant Security Services.

@siemensindustry #PAuto #ISAuto @siemens_press

The Industrial Wireless Reliability Conference.

This daylong event, organised by The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute,  will be held in Taipei, Taiwan, and will feature a keynote presentation from Taiwan's Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs, as well as presentations from industry leaders in the field of Industrial wireless communications. The event also includes a complimentary catered lunch for all registered attendees!

Attendees will learn about Industrial Wireless technology, reliability & safety applications of Industrial Wireless technology, and ISA100 Wireless technology through real world use case examples. The conference will also feature hands-on product displays. The language for the conference will be English. See programme below!

This is a great opportunity to learn how Industrial Wireless technology is already being used in industry.

#ISAuto #PAuto #Taiwan

Acquisition strengthens sensor technology and test automation offering!

Kistler Group has acquired Vester Elektronik GmbH. This acquisition – Kistler’s third this year – adds a company that has successfully specialised in sensor technology and test automation to the group.
CEO of the Kistler Group Rolf Sonderegger and the existing owners of Vester Elektronik GmbH, Ulrich Renger and Thomas Vester, are looking forward to successful completion of this acquisition (from right).
Taking over Vester, Kistler is not only acquiring decades of knowledge in the field of test automation and sensor technology, it also facilitates the establishment of a centre of excellence for optical measurement in Germany. “This new technology is the perfect ad-dition to Kistler’s traditional measurement technology. It gives us access to new applica-tions that enable us to meet the demands of new and existing customers even more ef-fectively”, says Rolf Sonderegger, CEO of the Kistler Group.

Innovative systems in process monitoring
Since its founding 50 years ago, the family-owned company Vester Elektronik GmbH has specialised in high-quality optoelectronic sensors for controls and process monitoring in the field of punching and forming technology. Testing and sorting facilities for the 100% examination of metal and hybrid parts complete the company’s product portfolio. Its prod-ucts are primarily used in the punching and forming as well as turned parts and fastening sectors. The company is known for its innovative and well-engineered systems for the quality assurance and surveillance of punching and forming processes, as well as for the high level of continuity and quality from a single source.

Local operations with a global network
The takeover benefits both companies and their customers: Vester Elektronik GmbH gains access to a global corporate structure and new resources aimed at increasing its business and developing new markets. With 1,800 employees the world over, the Kistler Group provides the necessary structures and processes for the company, which primarily operates in Germany, to grow. Kistler has branches in 58 locations in more than 30 coun-tries, thereby providing the Vester portfolio access to a global market. Customers in turn will benefit from the Kistler Group’s global service and sales network. Outside managing director at Vester Frank Oppenländer will continue to lead the company and its 80 full-time staff members from the Straubenhardt facility. In the medium term, the site itself and its skilled workforce will be expanded.

#Kistler #Pauto #TandM

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Oxygen analysis in boilers.

Michell Instruments has announced the launch of the XZR250 oxygen analyzer for monitoring combustion control in industrial boilers. It was developed to meet customer demand for a cost-effective, easy to operate instrument with a probe designed to cope with the high temperatures in the flue. Effective combustion control has growing importance for operators as it not only helps increase fuel efficiency but also ensures compliance with legislation on allowable emissions.
The XZR250 uses a zirconium-oxide sensor with a life span of up to seven years (depending on the fuel used) to maintenance to a minimum. A key benefit of the sensor is its fast response of less than fifteen seconds to changes in oxygen concentrations of 90% of the range. It is also accurate to less than 0.25% O2  allowing optimum combustion control.
The instrument is easy to install as it requires no specialised tools, it is also very light to handle and has a fast start-up routine. The probe can be inserted directly into boilers up to 700°C and uses the Pitot effect to ensure the sample gas is sufficiently cooled to protect the sensor from damage without the need for complex sample conditioning. As with any process instrument, regular calibration is necessary to ensure the accuracy of the measurements. It can use air as a calibration gas, making calibration highly cost effective and simple to perform.
The robust sensor ensures maintenance is minimal, but when it does need replacing, this can be done with minimal process downtime. The company has extended its popular sensor exchange programme for dew-point transmitters to customers of the XZR250. Under this scheme, operators order a new sensor block from Michell, which arrives ready to fit. Once fitted, the old sensor block can be returned in the same box and the customer receives a credit.
Typical applications for the XZR250 include oil, gas and biomass boilers.

• Michell products are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

Software company locates to Cardiff.

The move to Cardiff, the Welsh capital, by Copa-Data UK will allow more space to expand. The new office is based in the heart of the city and will provide the company with greater opportunities on its doorstep, for new business, new partnerships and collaborations, and for recruiting the expanding team.

The move to Cardiff coincides with ten years of Copa-Data’s presence in the British manufacturing and utility industries. In the same year the company celebrates its 30-year anniversary of the company being founded in 1987 by Thomas Punzenberger in Austria.

Martyn Williams
“Cardiff has always had a special place in my heart, having lived and studied here,” explained Martyn Williams, Managing Director. “It’s incredible to see how the city has experienced major transformation in recent years and is fast becoming a hub for digital and technology industries.

“The new office space provides us with room to expand the team as the business continues to grow and, being situated in the heart of the city, the space provides the team and clients alike with an easily accessible, vibrant and dynamic environment to conduct business.”

Copa-Data’s headquarters are based in Austria, but the company sales its software in over 60 countries. The Bristish office handles all sales and services of the company’s software system, zenon, in the Britain and Ireland.

 @copadata  #PAuto #Wales @technicalPR

Monday, August 28, 2017

High-power RF amplifier temperature monitoring.

To maintain the optimal performance and reliability required for its high power amplifier stages, Bonn Elektronik choose Variohm EuroSensor for the supply of custom modified temperature sensors that are an integral part of the amplifier’s performance monitoring.

Variohms’ ETP-RT ring terminal temperature
sensor mounted on BONN Elektronik’s BLWA
 series high power amplifier module
Bonn Elektronik GmbH, based in the southern German town of Holzkirchen, is a designer and manufacturer of RF power and microwave systems with a reputation for exceptional quality and reliability. The company produces standard and customised power amplifiers using solid state, TWT and pulsed amplifier technologies for communications applications that span low frequency subsea to broadband, GPS and satellite - with frequency ranges from the low kHz up to 50 GHz, and power ratings from a few Watts to over 30 kW.

Especially at very high power levels, maintaining amplifier temperature and heating levels is a critical part of the amplifier’s monitoring system – ensuring reliability and preventatively maintaining the long service life required for their customer-oriented specifications. Convenient mounting for the probe is an important consideration and the Variohm ETP-RT ring terminal mounted temperature probe perfectly suits the open chassis design of these power stages. In addition the ring terminal design lends itself to straightforward adaptation for EMC shielding in the very direct vicinity of the potentially high levels of electromagnetic radiation from the power amplifier module.

Variohm adds EMC shielding to the temperature sensor and wiring by adding a coaxial screened cable which is extended circumferentially over and around the encapsulated sensor element and soldered to the actual ring terminal which is then bolted to the chassis’ earth, The complete assembly is then insulated and protected with heat-shrink sleeving.

The Variohm ETP series probes are part of a range available as ring terminal, hexagonal bolt, and PTFE, stainless steel or brass tube designs. They are all available as PTC and NTC versions with a wide selection of standard options for general industrial or scientific precision temperature measurement applications. They are designed for convenient mounting and precision temperature measurement performance in applications from HVAC to industrial or scientific processes. All the various ETP designs include IP67 sealed thermistors with improved encapsulation techniques for best thermal conductivity to ensure fast response times. Typical temperature range is -40 to +125 °C for the 10K3A1B version and -40 to +250 °C for the PT version. As illustrated by this application, they are also available as custom modified temperature probes with higher temperature ranges, modified mounting, connection options and electrical characteristics.

 @Variohm #PAuto