Friday, September 15, 2017

Strain gauge bonding service.

Applied Measurements offer a complete design, bonding and wiring service from one-off projects to high volume applications. What’s more, they can even bond and wire onto their customers' own free-issued hardware.

Their In-House strain gauging team provides:

  • Dedicated In-House Bonding Room
  • Expert Guidance an Advice
  • Full Design, Bonding & Wiring Service
  • One-Off to High Volume
  • Delivery Dates to Suit You
  • Temperature Compensation
  • Protective Coatings
  • Signal Conditioning Integration
  • Special Environmental Protection Options
  • High Temperature Versions for use at up to 200°C!

In-house strain gauge facility
All train gauge bonding is carried out in their strictly controlled on-site strain gauging room. The temperature, humidity and airflow are continually monitored to ensure optimum gauging conditions.

Flawless bond
A flawless bond is guaranteed by our strict ultrasonic cleaning procedures and use of special adhesives. The bond is carried out immediately after surface cleaning and, along with high accuracy marking techniques, delivers precise positioning and optimum sensing performance.

Design consultation
A complete design, strain gauge and wiring service is offered to meet exacting needs. They offer full, half and quarter bridge configurations, metalwork heat treatment, preparation and machining, bead blasting, anodising, and welcome enquiries for strain gauging requirements.

@AppMeas #PAuto 

Pressure sensor with E1 automotive approval.

With E1 automotive approval, a wide selection of pressure ports and electrical interfaces plus an extensive choice of range options, Variohm’s new and competitively priced SMO3100 series ratiometric transducer (pdf) will suit applications in demanding automotive environments such as motorsports, off-road vehicles, construction and agricultural machinery.

Durability is ensured with a high strength 304 stainless steel housing including optional IP69K environmental protection. The excellent EMC properties of the 0.5 to 4.5 V output sensor include successful model testing up to 300V/m. High resistance to shock and vibration coupled with generous over-range and burst pressure and up to 10 million pressure cycles, plus a 100 year MTTFd factor demonstrate its endurance. Further environmental specifications include measuring medium temperature range from -40 to +125 °C with a compensated range from -20 to +85 °C. The sensor is based on well proven technology with a piezo resistive sensing element and latest ASIC circuitry to provide high accuracy, linearity and repeatability through twenty pressure range options from 0.5 to 4000 bar.

The SMO3100 is available for absolute, gauge and vacuum pressure measurement. Nine port configuration options include most commonly required types in NPT, UNF and metric thread sizes whilst electrical interfacing covers cable, miniature and standard EN175301 plus M12 and Packard Metripac connectors.

@Variohm  #Transport  #PAuto

Switches, sensors & touchscreens showcased!

A new website has been launched by Hoffmann + Krippner. This showcases their complete product portfolio, including membrane switches, potentiometers, touchscreen solutions and various sensors.

Easily accessible product information, including possible custom specifications listed for each of the product categories, allows the customer to spend less time searching for the perfect solution and more time testing and implementing the actual products. Data sheets, real-life case studies and the latest product news, as well as the assistance of our engineering team, provide important tools that enable product developers to quickly go from the initial concept to a finished product/solution.

A direct link to the online shop offers a selection of standard products for initial testing and prototyping purposes as well as for applications with only small quantity requirements. The various lengths and technologies provide a good overview of functionality and accuracy and can be used as guidelines for customized versions.

@HK_Controls #PAuto

Zone President for Britain and Ireland.

Schneider Electric has appointed Mike Hughes as Zone President of Britain and Ireland.

Mike Hughes
Hughes, who has worked with the company for 15 years, most recently as Executive Vice President of Segments and Strategic Customers, will be responsible for driving the region’s business at a time when organisations are seeking profitability and sustainability, amid the challenges and opportunities of the digital economy.

Hughes will report into Leonid Mukhamedov, EVP Europe Operations, Schneider Electric, who commented: “We are very pleased to be announcing Mike as President of the UK and Ireland, a key market for Schneider Electric. He brings over 25 years of industry experience to the role, and has established himself as a valued member of the organisation, growing customer relationships across multiple sectors across the globe.”

Mike Hughes, said: “I am very excited to be taking this role at such an important time for both the region and business. Now more than ever, organisations are looking to increase their overall efficiency and we are best placed to work alongside them. At Schneider Electric, we plan to deliver new and innovative services that will help organisations prepare for the rapid growth in energy, digitisation and a world of renewable, decentralised energy.”

In 2003, Hughes was appointed Global Sales Manager for Schneider Electric Motion control systems based in Germany. In 2005, he took responsibility for Schneider Electric Taiwan, based in Taipei and in 2008 he moved to Shanghai to head up the Schneider Electric Industry Business Unit in China. In 2012, he was appointed to lead the secure power and data centre business in EMEA Zone based out of Paris and in 2014 was appointed Executive Vice President to lead the Segments and Strategic Customers organisation.

Hughes studied Electronics and Telecommunications at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland and obtained his MBA from Kingston University, London, England.

@SchneiderElec #PAuto @SchneiderUK #Ireland @tomalexmcmahon

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Approaching safety instrumented system design.

A new book intended to help companies achieve cost-effective safety improvements through a performance- and standards-based approach to Safety Instrumented System design has been published by the International Society of Instrumentation (ISA).

“By following the Safety Lifecycle (SLC) design and engineering methods, and functional safety standards described in the book, companies can implement a SLC process that works better, saves project time and improves safety,” says William M. Goble, Ph.D., PE, CFSE, who, along with Iwan van Beurden, MSc, CFSE, co-wrote Safety Instrumented System Design: Techniques and Design Verification.

Starting with a description of the entire SLC process, the authors illustrate the advantages and importance of performance-based design, from conceptual design to design verification. In addition to explaining the design phase of the SIS safety life cycle as defined in IEC 61511:2016, the book brings clarity to some of the potentially confusing language in the standard.

Appendices include statistics, probability, failure-rate data tables, and system architectures. Each chapter contains questions and answers similar to those found on professional certification exams for functional safety—making the book a valuable resource for those seeking to achieve certification.

#ISAuto #Pauto 

Award for sustainable business processes.

Endress+Hauser has received a Gold Recognition Level certificate in the EcoVadis audit, improving on the previous year’s result with 66 points. The result illustrates the high importance Endress+Hauser places on its corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the structured, foresighted approach it takes.

“As a family business, the concept of sustainability is anchored firmly in our values,” emphasizes Matthias Altendorf, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group. “For this reason we have made the EcoVadis rating one of our strategic key figures. The gold certificate confirms that we are moving in the right direction. At the same time, it serves as an objective evaluation of our social responsibility for our customers.”

Broad audit
Twenty-one criteria were assessed in the audit, including environment, labor practices, fair business practices, and sustainable procurement. The company achieved an above average rating for all categories, receiving the gold certificate. Endress+Hauser is therefore among the leading two percent of all suppliers evaluated by EcoVadis.

Social responsibility at Endress+Hauser
The concept of responsibility is firmly anchored in the company values at Endress+Hauser. Since 2015, the Group has published a sustainability report that examines social, environmental and economic aspects of company management, giving a holistic view of the Group’s development.

The EcoVadis rating
EcoVadis runs a platform that allows companies to assess the environmental and social aspects of their suppliers. Structured scorecards make it simple to track and improve environmental, social and ethical performance worldwide. Over 20,000 companies use EcoVadis in order to reduce risks, improve innovation and create trust and transparency between business partners.

 @Endress_Hauser #PAuto @ecovadis

Free lens with thermal imager.

Fluke is offering thermal imager kits which include a free telephoto lens (FLK-TIxx0 9HZ/T2) or wide-angle lens (FLK-TIxx0 9HZ/W2) with a Fluke Ti300, Ti400 or Ti450 Thermal Imager to extend the focus and the desired viewing angle until 31st December 2017.  These thermal imagers are part of the rugged Fluke Professional Series and compatible with Fluke Connect®, enabling users to share information with others direct from the job site.

The Fluke Thermal Imagers included in the offer all feature LaserSharp® Auto Focus which offers laser speed and accuracy when focusing on a designated target. A built-in laser distance meter calculates and displays the distance to the designated target with pinpoint accuracy. They feature a high resolution LCD touchscreen to clearly see what is being measured and to quickly navigate the menu with one hand, and feature Fluke IR-Fusion® technology with AutoBlend™ mode to detect problems faster.

The Fluke Ti450 Thermal Imager takes focusing to a higher plane with MultiSharp™ Focus. MultiSharp Focus is a technology that rapidly takes multiple images focused from near to far and combines them to produce one image with all objects in focus. The advanced focusing system enables users to capture an automated, in-focus image of all potential targets, delivering the image clarity needed by professional thermographers and maintenance managers to provide better images and avoid costly rework. SuperResolution mode on the Ti450 increases image resolution to 640 x 480. This delivers images with four times more pixel data than normal resolution. The higher resolution enables users to see even more detail for greater analysis capability and better reporting.

The wireless Ti300, Ti400 and Ti450 are part of Fluke Connect, a system of wireless test tools that communicate via the Fluke Connect app, or Fluke Connect Assets software, a cloud-based solution that gathers measurements to provide a comprehensive view of critical equipment status. With Fluke Connect, infrared images can be uploaded from anywhere and combined with measurement data from multiple Fluke Connect test tools to create and share comprehensive reports from the job site via email and collaborate in real time with other colleagues, increasing productivity in the field.

 @FlukeCorp  #Pauto @TandM

Controller designed for automation versatility and IIoT-enabled.

Emerson is launching the DeltaV™ PK Controller, making the advanced automation of its DeltaV distributed control system (DCS) available to fast-growth industries traditionally less reliant on large-scale automation.

“The DeltaV PK Controller delivers a business-effective solution for organisations of all sizes to improve automation control and integration,” said Jessica Jordan, Emerson product manager. “The controller is capable of powerful standalone control for advanced automation on skids today while still being able to easily integrate into a full-scale DCS for total plant production control.”

The next-gen controller provides scalable automation control to all process industries, particularly parts of the life sciences, oil and gas, petrochemical, and discrete manufacturing industries that have relied on complex, non-integrated programmable logic controllers (PLCs) with limited operational capabilities. The fit-for-purpose DeltaV PK Controller is the process industry’s first controller that manufacturers can scale down for skid units or scale up to be natively merged into the DeltaV DCS in a larger plant.

Today, these industries tend to use PLCs for smaller applications, which can create disconnected ‘Islands of Automation’, and limits plant production improvements. The DeltaV PK Controller is the first controller to truly bridge small and large control applications. Organisations can leverage the DeltaV PK Controller for effective, easy-to-implement standalone automation control akin to a PLC but with the features of a full-scale DCS, including advanced batch production, recipe management, execution, and historisation. Users can then choose to leave the DeltaV PK Controller standalone, or natively merge it into their DeltaV DCS. This capability eliminates operational complexity and dramatically improves the performance, safety, and efficiency of their entire project and operational lifecycle.

The DeltaV PK Controller is the latest addition to Emerson’s Project Certainty initiative, targeting radical transformation in capital project execution. The new controller will simplify capital projects by enabling OEM skid-builders to design and produce skids in the same way they do today, while eliminating the costs, time, and risks associated with integrating a PLC into their control system.

The DeltaV PK Controller was designed from the start with connectivity, particularly into the IIoT, in mind. The scalable controller leverages an assortment of communication protocols, including the first Emerson controller with a built-in OPC UA server. It is also the first Emerson controller with six Ethernet ports and can operate using any Emerson DeltaV I/O type, including DeltaV Electronic Marshalling, traditional marshalled I/O, wireless I/O, and integrated safety instrumented systems. In addition, it has built-in protocols to communicate with Ethernet devices such as drives and motors. Together, these features make connectivity easier at every stage and help plants achieve operational benefits of cloud-based tools and analytics through the IIoT. The DeltaV PK Controller also features built-in redundancy for controllers, communication, and power supplies, allowing organisations to improve uptime without adding to complexity or footprint.

 @EMR_Automation #PAuto #DCS @HHC_Lewis 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

VP Sales for embedded software.

Lynx Software Technologies has promoted Lee Cresswell to a worldwide role as Vice President of Sales. Lee was previously Sales Director, EMEA at Lynx and brings over 20 years’ experience in embedded software markets.

Lee Cresswell
Discussing the promotion, Gurjot Singh, CEO, Lynx said, “Lee has been central to Lynx’s success since he joined in 2013 and we are looking forward to benefitting from his insight at a strategic level in his new role. We are seeing ever growing opportunities for the safe and secure software platforms that Lynx delivers. Lee’s vision and his understanding of our customers will be invaluable as we move to serve these new markets and address new opportunities.”

Lee Cresswell added, “This is a very exciting time for Lynx, as we leverage our military-grade security and aviation-grade safety technologies to deliver some much needed innovation in the embedded market. This will enable Lynx to deliver more value to its existing customers in the safety-critical avionics and security-critical defence markets, and to offer the same benefits to new customers in markets such as unmanned systems, automotive and industrial IoT, where safety and security are becoming necessities. I am excited to be offered the opportunity to lead the strong Lynx sales team as they take our advanced kernel technologies to customers around the world.”

Lee Cresswell joined Lynx Software Technologies as Sales Director, EMEA in 2013. Prior to that he was Director, International Sales at Real-Time Innovations (RTI), where he had responsibility for sales in the EMEA region including both direct and indirect accounts. Previously he held European sales positions with Texas Instruments and Wind River. Lee Cresswell has a BSc in Computer Science from the University of York and an MBA from the London Business School.

 @LynxSoftware #PAuto 

A glimpse into the future.

National Instruments is hosting NIDays Conference and Exhibition, "the ultimate learning experience that unites the brightest minds in engineering and science." This year, NIDays London (GB) is scheduled for a new venue, Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher (GB), on Tuesday 28th November 2017.
At NIDays, scientists and engineers will learn about the latest technology to accelerate productivity for software defined systems in test, measurement and control, in a full day of interactive, technical and networking sessions from industry leaders and NI experts.

Hosted by National Instruments, NIDays is an international event ideal for engineers, scientists and academicians, supplying the tools and knowledge to develop applications faster and smarter. This year’s ‘Thought Leadership Keynotes’ aim to inspire, giving those in attendance a glimpse at the latest, cutting-edge innovations that demonstrate how engineers and scientists use NI technology to change and improve the world we live in. The morning keynote ‘Impacting Today’s Business’, demonstrates how the NI platform is accelerating innovation in applications ranging from transportation safety, wireless communication, space travel and the IIoT. In the afternoon, see how NI continues the LabVIEW legacy with the evolution of the world’s most productive and efficient engineering software, in the keynote ‘A Glimpse into The Future’.

Attendees can tailor the event to their specific industry, application or interest and can choose from a vast array of Targeted Application Area Tracks including IIoT, Test & Measurement and Big Data Management. Delegates can also gain valuable experience and get Hands-On using NI technologies including LabVIEW NXG, CompactRIO and CompactDAQ. In addition, LabVIEW users can start their certification journey by sitting the NI Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer Exam, the first step in the three-part LabVIEW certification process.

Members from the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre will be discussing the latest trends in Industry 4.0 and how companies across all industry areas can take advantage of these trends. Saab Aeronautics will also present their innovative hardware-in-the-loop test system for their brand new Gripen E fighter jets. In conjunction with these amazing presentations, several other NI customers and partners will take to the stage with their engineering innovations, that will inspire and provide an insight into how NI is engineering a better life for us all.

@niukie #NIDays #PAuto #TandM @NIukie

Sensors aid tidal turbine development.

Non-contact torque sensors from Sensor Technology are playing a key role in the development of commercial-scale in-stream tidal turbines produced by OpenHydro. The company is using these novel sensors, which are based on surface acoustic wave (SAW) technology, to accurately measure rotational speed and frictional forces in a simulator for the turbine bearings, thereby allowing it to optimise the performance and reliability of its innovative products.

OpenHydro, headquartered in Dublin (IRL), is a technology company that designs and manufactures marine turbines to generate renewable energy from tidal streams. The company's vision is to deploy farms of tidal turbines under the world's oceans, where they will dependably generate electricity with no cost to the environment. This method of producing electricity has many benefits.

Because the turbines are submerged, they are invisible and they produce no noise. And because they are submerged at a considerable depth, they present no hazard to shipping. An advantage that is possibly the most important, however, is that the tides are completely predictable, which means that the energy output of the turbines is equally predictable. There are no large seasonal variations and no dependence on the vagaries of the weather, as there are with many other renewable energy sources.

Reliably and efficiently harvesting energy from the tides, however, requires the use of novel technology and, in the case of OpenHydro, this takes the form of open-centre turbines that can be deployed directly on the seabed. Clearly, installation in such an inaccessible location makes reliability a prime consideration in the design and construction of the turbines. For this reason, OpenHydro carefully and comprehensively evaluates the performance of all of the components used in its turbines.

For the bearings, this evaluation involves the use of a simulator that allows the company's engineers to determine how frictional forces in the bearings vary with different loads and rotational speeds. Central to the operation of this simulator is the measurement of torque in a shaft from the motor that drives the bearing under test. With conventional sensors, it is hard to carry out this type of torque measurement accurately and reliably, but OpenHydro found that Sensor Technology's TorqSense RWT420 series sensor provided an ideal solution.

Like all TorqSense sensors, the RWT420 units depend for their operation on surface acoustic wave (SAW) transducers. These transducers comprise two thin metal electrodes, in the form of interlocking "fingers", on a piezoelectric substrate such as quartz.

When an RF signal of the correct frequency is applied to the transducer, surface acoustic waves are set up, and the transducer behaves as a resonant circuit.

If the substrate is deformed, however, the resonant frequency changes. When the transducer is attached to a drive shaft, the deformation of the substrate and hence the change in resonant frequency will be related to the torque applied to the shaft. In other words, the transducer operates as a frequency-dependent strain gauge.

Since the transducers operate at radio frequencies, it is easy to couple signals to them wirelessly. Hence TorqSense sensors can be used on rotating shafts, and can provide data continuously without the need for the inherently unreliable and inconvenient brushes and slip rings often found in traditional torque measurement systems.

"We chose the RWT420 because of its convenient wireless operation, and because it was easy for us to fix in line with an existing shaft in our experimental set up," said Kevin Harnett, Mechanical Engineer at OpenHydro. "In addition, this model of sensor has integral electronics and a serial output, which means that we can link it directly to a laptop computer in our test laboratory. This is a very straightforward and convenient arrangement.”

OpenHydro uses the RWT420 sensor in conjunction with Sensor Technology's TorqView software. This offers a choice of dial, digital bar and chart graph format display for torque, RPM, temperature and power. It also provides facilities for realtime plotting and for data recording, and can output stored results as files that are compatible with Matlab and Excel.

"We have found both the sensor and the software very easy to work with, and the sensor has proved itself to be well able to withstand the tough operating conditions in our laboratory. We've also received excellent technical support from Sensor Technology, which was very helpful as we have never previously worked with sensors of this type. Overall, we're very happy with product and the service we've received, and the sensor is providing invaluable data for our development work."

Proof that this development work is yielding dividends was amply provided late in 2009, when OpenHydro deployed the first commercial-scale in-stream tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy, Canada, on behalf of its customer, Nova Scotia Power.

@sensortech #PAuto #Power @openhydro 

Symposium unaffected by Harvey!

The International Society of Automation remain committed to bringing their support to Heuston in the wake of huricane Harvey with their International Instrumentation Symposium (IIS), 7-8 November. "We’ve been assured that our venue is unaffected, and we are ready to welcome you as we celebrate our industry and the resilience of this beautiful city," a statement says.
Supercharge your learning experience with ISA Technical Training!
This valuable, expert-led ISA training class—being held in conjuntion with the 2017 ISA International Instrumentation Symposium (IIS) will be held a new course:
CyberSensors: Advancements in Automation CyberPhysical Security (IC87C) (Monday, 6 November)
This course will cover

  • An Overview of Automation Networking & Communications
  • CyberSecurity Fundamentals
  • Network Designs & Topologies: Old, New, and The Implications of The Industrial Internet of Things
  • Reference Designs & Practices: Successes and Failures
  • Advanced CyberSensor Communications & Networking Concepts
  • Case Study of CyberPhysical Security for Automation Systems Circa 2017
@ISA_Interchange #PAuto #ISAIIS #Cybersecurity

Advanced visualisation enabled.

Seeq Corporation has announced a technology integration with business intelligence provider Tableau. With the integration, Seeq customers can leverage Tableau’s advanced visualisation tools for their time series data, and Tableau users can leverage Seeq for data wrangling and modeling prior to visualization in Tableau.

Organizations in manufacturing, mining, pulp &paper, food & beverage, and other process industries use Seeq Workbench to rapidly find analyze time series data leading to better production outcomes including improved asset availability, product quality, and process efficiency.

“The partnership between Tableau and Seeq provides our customers faster access and incorporation of time series data, while eliminating the tasks of manual data extractions and time-consuming data cleansing,” says Sunil Sanghani, Head of Global ISV’s and Technology Alliances at Tableau. “With this partnership, engineers, analysts and operations managers can leverage Tableau to uncover insights within their time series 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 partner with Tableau, and look forward to helping our shared customers get even more value from their data,” says Steve Sliwa, CEO and co-founder of Seeq Corporation. “The innovative approach Tableau has taken in building modern business intelligence software is impressive, and it’s exciting to be a part of their ecosystem of partners."

Tableau Software helps people see and understand data. Tableau helps anyone quickly analyse, visualise and share information. More than 57,000 customer accounts get rapid results with Tableau in the office and on-the-go. Over 300,000 people use Tableau Public to share data in their blogs and websites.

Seeq and the Tableau platform, working together, enable customers to get the best of both an innovative monitoring and a data management platform in Tableau, as well as rapid, interactive analytics on collected data provided by Seeq. Customers can achieve insights to improve production results, a task often too time consuming with spreadsheets and other general-purpose tools.

Customers with an interest in using Seeq with Tableau should contact Seeq for information on Seeq Workbench and connectivity options. In Seeq’s most recent release, R18, new features enable support for the integration of structured data from SQL Server, MySQL, and CSV files. This means data from these data sources may be seamlessly integrated with Tableau for analytics and insights.

@SeeqCorporation #PAuto @tableau

European Rail Industry award.

The Harting Technology Group has received the  Railsponsible CSR Award in Berlin. “The company has been committed to sustainability for over 20 years and is a pioneering force in the field of environmental management. We can rely on Harting products and services – not least because of their externally audited CSR Management System”, is how Uwe Günther - CPO Deutsche Bahn AG and Chairman of Railsponsible - described the Technology Group’s achievements at the award ceremony. In his own speech, Deutsche Bahn Chairman Dr Richard Lutz highlighted the importance of a sustainable supply chain to Deutsche Bahn and congratulated Harting on its achievement.
Chairman Philip Harting (second from right) receives the Railsponsible CSR Award at the Deutsche Bahn Railway Forum in Berlin. Gisela Eickhoff (right), CSR Consultant at HARTING, Deutsche Bahn Chairman Dr Richard Lutz (second from left) and Uwe Günther, Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) Deutsche Bahn AG and Chairman of Railsponsible.
In his acceptance speech, Harting Charmain Philip Harting remembered his grandfather Wilhelm Harting, who - as a railway engineer himself - would certainly have been very proud of the award. The Charmain of the Board stressed that the Railsponsible CSR Award came as a source of both duty and encouragement. “Harting is the ideal partner for quality and sustainability”, said Philip Harting.

The selection was made by a cross-disciplinary jury from the European rail vehicle industry sustainability initiative - Railsponsible. The initiative set itself the goal of implementing minimum social and ecological standards and fair competition practices at all stages of the supply chain. Railsponsible members use a common tool to assess their suppliers’ sustainability performance.
The Transportation market is one of most important markets as far as the Harting Technology Group is concerned. At this year’s 5th Railway Forum Berlin, the Technology Group is exhibiting digitalisation solutions for the rail sector, such as RFID-based wireless temperature monitoring.

Harting supplies connection technology for the transmission of data, power and signals. Today’s rail vehicles are modular - as a solution to the huge time and economic pressures on operators and manufacturers. Harting is pursuing the trend with connectors that enable modular construction. Whether it’s braking, train protection, monitoring and passenger information systems or robust drive links – Harting has the right connectivity solution for every scenario.

@Harting, #Transportation #Europe

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Touchscreen solutions!

A new manufacturing partnership has been announced by Hoffmann + Krippner. It is with leading German manufacturer OKW Gehäuse GmbH.

“We are very excited about this new value-added product line in our portfolio,” says Jens Kautzor, CEO of Hoffmann + Krippner, Inc.

OKW develops and markets design-oriented plastic and aluminum enclosures and turning knobs with numerous manufacturing and finishing techniques such as mechanical processing, varnish, print and EMC coating. They offer standard units and custom designed products.

Hoffmann + Krippner can now offer complete, modular touch systems consisting of the following components and processing steps:

  • Front glass with frame according to customer design
  • Bonding of touch sensor with front glass (optical bonding)
  • API (Application Programming Interface) and PCAP evaluation / controller
  • Commercially available displays / display controllers
  • Enclosures with various mounting and electrical output options
  • Some models provide unused space inside of the enclosure for additional boards / components
  • By combining expertise of two reputable manufacturers, H+K is now able to offer their customers a one-stop shop for touchscreen solutions with elegant and durable enclosures, reducing time and money invested by customers for product development.

The high-quality appearance of aluminum enclosures and absence of visible screws are only a few of the characteristics that make OKW enclosures an eye catcher. The enclosure portfolio by OKW offers solutions suited for wall, desk and mobile applications, and in combination with the integrated operating unit, they provide optimum functionality and individual design solutions.

@HK_Controls #PAuto 

Controlling IR Sensor arrays.

Laser Components has introduced TEESS (TEmpe Electronics & Software Set), an electronic control module for its own IG series of complex IR sensor arrays.

This OEM solution is a modular kit comprising a sensor board, a CPU in a metal casing, a heat sink socket for the array, a set of cables, and user-friendly software.

The sensor board converts the analog output signal of the x-InGaAs line sensors into a digital signal, and communicates with the CPU. Zeiss and Polytec optics can be easily integrated to the array.

@LCGermany #Control

Communicator app for HART.

The first iOS based Smart Device Communicator Application for HART instruments has been announced by ProComSol. The App uses the Device Descriptor (DD) for the connected HART device so the user has full access to every Parameter and Method in the device.

Jeffrey Dobos, President of ProComSol says, “When our DevComDroid App for Android was released in 2014, we immediately received requests for an iOS version. It is now here. The power and convenience of small, powerful, and readily available mobile devices can now be applied to work on HART devices. With just a few swipes of your finger, on hardware that can fit in your pocket, full HART device configuration is now available using your Apple devices.”

The iOS App (DevCom.iOS), in combination with a Bluetooth Low Energy HART modem, is a full functioned HART Communicator. The entire DD Library from the FieldComm Group is provided. New DD’s can be added very simply by the user. A HART communicator that uses DD’s can perform full configurations of Valves, Multi-Variable devices, and complex devices such as Radar Level and Coriolis Flow meters.

The Bluetooth Low Energy wireless interface between the HART modem and iOS device provides user safety and comfort. There are no wires to tangle or trip over.

DevCom.iOS allows the user to view and edit device parameters and even save all the device parameters as a PDF file. The PDF file can then be shared with anyone in the world via the mobile network connections available to an iOS device. Saving and sharing HART device configurations is now faster and more convenient.

The App is available on the Apple App store as a free 10 day trial. After 10 days, an in-app purchase is required to activate the App permanently. The HM-BLE HART Modems are available directly from ProComSol or authorized distributors.

@ProComSol #PAuto 

Where sensors come to life!

Sensors & Instrumentation is Britain's only dedicated sensors show. It is scheduled for Birmingham's NEC later this month (26/27 September 2017).
This year’s show is expected to host an exemplary line up of exhibitors showcasing some their latest developments.

With the new opening time of 9am, visitors are invited to start their day right with Sensors & Instrumentation as the first 200 visitors before 10am on each day will be treated to a complimentary breakfast sponsored by Keller. The show will close at 5pm on Tuesday and 4pm on Wednesday.

Two brand new feature areas will be debuting at Sensors & Instrumentation 2017; Connecting Industry L!VE, where visitors will be able to see live on stage demos from exhibitors and leading suppliers, and the Drone Zone, a dedicated area focusing on real life applications of advancing drone technology with exciting demonstrations of drone agility and opportunities for visitor participation.

Returning for 2017 is the ground-breaking CPD accredited seminar programme, which will be presented by exhibitors and prominent figures within the industry and will address contemporary issues and topics. At 14:00 on Tuesday, Seb Amos of GAMBICA (The Institute of Instrumentation and Control and The Worshipful Company of Scientific Makers) will present a seminar entitled “A Brief History and Future of Instrumentation” that examines how we got here and how our Industry needs to engage to become leaders in the march for the Digitisation of Industry.

With backing from high profile sponsors, Britain’s leading industrial publications and co-located alongside Interplas, PPMA Show and TCT Show – Sensors & Instrumentation is set to be the must-attend industrial event of the year.

@SensorsShow @GAMBICA #PAuto

Old publication new format!

Read-out first appeared around forty years ago. It was founded as a house journal for the company Industrial Instruments Ltd (IIL) in the seventies, edited first by the late Maurice W Bryan and then by Eoin Ó Riain. It was published periodically until IIL closed in 1987.

The First Read-out
It was published regularly again, this times as an independent publication, from 1989 and it was distributed by post to 2000 named professionals throughout Ireland. The last print issue appeared in January 2017.

With the advance of time and the advent of electronic communication , the cost of distribution, and the success of our internet presence we have discontinued the paper edition. In its place we are publishing an e-newsletter.  The first issue in this format was distributed in early September 2017.  It may be viewed online here - eRead-out.

If you wish to be added to our email list click this button.  Note that this list will only be used for distribution of Read-out (about every 2 months) and nothing else.

#PAuto #TandM #Ireland

Monday, September 11, 2017

Cloud based asset management service.

Microlease Ltd has unveiled LEO 2, a new cloud-based Asset Management solution, which can be used to manage any moveable or fixed asset, including test instruments. LEO 2 allows every business to implement best in class through-life management of its assets, creating an accurate inventory of assets held, managing the acquisition of further assets, the maintenance of the asset base, and the identification and disposal of surplus equipment.

LEO 2 captures Microlease’s extensive asset management experience built up through the management of its wide-ranging rental fleet, allowing every company to implement best in class practice. It offers complete management of internal and deployed assets such as instruments. LEO 2 supports the creation of an accurate inventory of all assets held, tracking configurations and reducing turn-around times. It provides complete visibility for the maintenance of the asset base including spares, and communicates this information through the use of a secure shared logistics framework offering innovative KPI dashboards and standard reports.

“Too often, major financial decisions on the acquisition and divestment of fixed assets such as test instruments are made without adequate data on lifetime costs and utilisation. Data is held in spreadsheets that are not necessarily up to date and don’t always provide a complete picture. LEO 2 is a single centralised database which provides clear visibility of assets and physical tracking with easy dashboards, giving a clear picture of the asset investment and its current status including configurations, capabilities, condition and location,” said David Whitfield, CEO Asset Management Services, Microlease. “The structure of the database captures Microlease’ extensive expertise in ‘Through-Life’ management of assets, allowing customers to optimise their asset base for their business and improve performance.”

LEO 2 is a combination of specialist software built on Microlease expertise, helping customers manage complex challenges and asset configurations. Modules capture data relating to asset detail and configuration, asset movements, tracking and logistics, calibration and repair management, real time management dashboards, and utilisation management. It features a completely new and intuitive interface that allows users to search for parts, assets and locations quickly and easily – drilling down to the exact building and the rack where an asset is being held.

Data driven workflows enable users to configure LEO 2 to reflect their in-house processes. Its’ open database is built on Oracle technology compatible with SAP, Oracle E-Business Suite and other major ERP and financial systems. LEO includes standard MoD form reports and KPI dashboard.

Microlease is offering LEO 2 in three formats. LEO Standard for customers who simply want to log and record assets and access basic asset management functions. LEO Select which in addition allows customers to understand utilisation by tracking assets and LEO Elite which provides full management of assets through workflows. LEO Standard and Select are cloud based, and LEO Elite can optionally be hosted internally or via MoD secure cloud.

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Narrow surge protection!

With the Termitrab complete product range, Phoenix Contact now offers the narrowest surge protective devices on the market. They are suitable for measurement and control applications starting from an overall width of just 3.5 mm. This means that the protective devices can protect up to 572 signals against surge voltages on just one metre of DIN rail.
The integrated disconnect device ensures safe behaviour in the event of overload. It signals the status on each individual protective device mechanically without auxiliary power.

Optional remote signalling modules monitor the status of up to 40 neighbouring surge protective devices by means of a photoelectric barrier. Installation is simplified as a result: no additional wiring or programming is required for the protection modules.

Protective devices in a narrow design, products with protective plugs that can be tested, signalling, and optional remote signalling modules can be selected according to your specific requirements thanks to the tailor-made product range.

The surge protective devices are available with Push-in connection technology as well as screw connection. Versions are also available with innovative knife disconnection and for Ex applications.

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Spectrum analysis on the road!

Anritsu Corporation will be hitting the road again this October to talk to engineers about how they can address the ever-increasing complexity and performance requirements of Spectrum Analysers.

Click for dates & venues!
There will be 36 events in 15 countries across Europe, each taking the form of a one-day seminar which will be divided into several parts designed to cover the key aspects of Spectrum Analyzers and the testing challenges they need to know in order to stay ahead of the game.

Presentations will include:

  • Research towards 5G: 28 GHz channel sounder & OTA MMW measurements
  • Harmonic versus Fundamental mixer approach
  • High-Accuracy level measurement
  • RF demodulation of the new standards (5GNR)
  • Swept versus FFT versus Real-Time approach

With the increasing number of new applications in wireless technologies, the Spectrum Analyzer has evolved to address the new testing challenges. The key topics of discussion at these events will address some of these challenges and include: implementing a simple channel sounding/measurement system using a standard Vector Signal Analyzer; OTA (Over-The-Air) and Field Test measurements in mmW bands including a look at an innovative drone-based measurement solution; techniques for high-performance mmW measurements using external mixers; the importance of amplitude level flatness in wideband Signal Analyzer measurements; a review of the requirements of 3GPP 5GNR RF measurements; the differences in Spectrum Analyzer architectures; and much more.

The Anritsu “Spectrum Analyzer” European Roadshow will be held at multiple locations across Europe, Britain, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, the Nordic Countries, and more.

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US flow in high temperatures!

An inline 2-path ultrasonic flowmeter for flow measurement at elevated process temperature and pressure has been introduced by Krohne. Their OPTISONIC 4400 is available in two versions: high temperature (HT) and high pressure (HP).

With a full bore/unobstructed sensor tube and their large dynamic range, both OPTISONIC 4400 versions feature an excellent long term stability and perform with minimum operational and maintenance costs. The dual parallel path design provides information about the flow profile and can also compensate for varying flow profiles. The rugged and fully welded construction without moving parts is complemented by protected cables that are insensitive to electrical interference and/or environmental conditions. Wet calibration is standard for both versions. Options include e.g. redundant designs for safety applications with complete separation of electronics. Next to 4…20mA outputs, OPTISONIC 4400 features HART 7, ProfiBus PA/DP, Modbus RS485 and Foundation Fieldbus communication (NAMUR NE 107 compliant).

There are two models. The OPTISONIC 4400 HT is the successor of UFM 530 HT. With a temperature range of -45…+600°C/ -49…+1112°F, it is aimed at flow applications such as molten salt or synthetic thermal oil/HTF in concentrated solar power plants (CSP), hot liquid hydrocarbons in oil refineries, or feed water measurement in coal fired thermal power plants. It features an accuracy of ± 0,5% ± 5 mm/s in a measurement range of 0.5…20 m/s/ 1,7…66 ft/s, and foil wave guide transducers with standardized length and flexibility in frequency depending on the application. Sensor material is ASTM A1106 Gr B/ A105N as standard in a diameter range DN25…1000/ 1…40".

With a pressure range up to 490 bar/ 7107 psi, OPTISONIC 4400 HP aims at high pressure applications, e.g. water/chemical well injection or transportation networks in the oil and gas industry up to usage in petrochemical/refinery units or chemical plants. It features an accuracy of ± 1% of m.v. ± 10 mm/s. As standard, sensor material is stainless steel AISI 316(L), in a diameter range DN25…200/ 1…8".

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Irish candidate for leadership in automation society.

Elections are being held for officers for the International Society of Automation at present. Eligible voting members of ISA have the opportunity to elect the Society’s leaders, and directly influence the future of the organisation.

Among the positions being voted on is that of President-Elect of the Society. The person elected will become President for the year 2019.

Billy Walsh
Billy Walsh B.Sc., a member of the Ireland Section, is one of three candidates. He is the only candidate this year from District 12. Glancing through his biography - Full candidate statements are included in the ballot - one is immediately struck by his impressive experience in various governing committees of the Society.

He has served as an Executive Board Member for several terms (2005-2006, 2012-2013, 2015-2017) and on the powerful Executive Committee (2006, 2012-2013). He was also the first chair of the newly established Operational Assembly.

He has also served on Assorted Task Forces which produce reports for development of the society and also was Vice-President of the Strategic Planning Department (2012-2013). He has also served as chair of the Department Vice-Presidents and District Vice Presidents.

In addition to this he has served in various roles in the EMEA District (District 12) of the society and of course is very active in the Ireland Section.

As he says himself, "I have extensive experience serving in several senior roles throughout the society which has prepared me to continue the process of leading change and innovation while setting ISA’s strategic direction. I have a resolve to harness the potential and optimism that exists within ISA as the strategic planning process has been woven into all society meetings."

A native of Co Waterford (Condolences on the All-Ireland!) he is the Instrument Engineer at the School of Food & Nutritional Sciences, UCC. He served on the Governing Body of the University for four years.

He has a B.Sc. (Honours) in Applied Physics & Instrumentation, Cork Institute of Technology (CIT)and more recently Degree Module in Computers & Information Systems at UCC.

There are two other candidates nominated for this position. They are Antonio Alves from Quebec, Canada and Paul Gruhn, P.E., CFSE, of Houston, Texas, USA.

There are several other officer positions to be filled in this ballot as well. They are as follows:
• Executive Board Member/Geographic.
• Executive Board Member/Operational.
• Executive Board Member/Technical.
• Image & Membership Department Vice President-elect.
• Industries & Sciences Department Vice President-elect.
• Professional Development Department Vice President-elect.

If you are a voting member of the society you may vote here:
All ballots must be cast by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 30 September 2017

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