Friday, November 17, 2017

MagMeter Market study.

Flow Research have completed  and published a new Magnetic Flowmeter study.   It contains some surprising and unexpected results. As it turns out, the magnetic flowmeter market was more affected by the downturn in oil prices than was anticipated. Applications for water measurement in the hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” industry are among the reasons. The study contains hard data on the changes in the market since 2013, and quantifies these changes by region, by segment, and by technology.

The World Market for Magnetic Flowmeters, 6th Edition is now ready for shipping. The on-line overview may be read here (pdf).

The magnetic flowmeter market has many unique aspects that make this study of vital importance to anyone competing in this market. Liner types, line sizes, coil power types, and battery operation are among the segments considered. Unlike many flowmeters, magnetic flowmeters do not measure the flow of gas, steam, or hydrocarbon liquids. Yet they loom large in water and slurry flow measurement, in hydrofracking, in pulp and paper, and in many other areas. Magnetic flowmeters are especially popular in Europe, and major suppliers are located there, in the United States, and in Japan.

Some of the important trends identified are the growing use of insertion meters, wireless technology, and battery operated magnetic flowmeters. The study has also segmented the clean water from the wastewater market in this study.

Some say that water is the new oil. Whether or not this is true, there is no question that water flow measurement is more critical than ever in a world in which clean and potable water is an increasingly scarce commodity. This study makes it clear that magnetic flowmeter technology is changing, and that it is more important than ever today. This study will be of special interest to any companies looking to expand their magnetic flowmeter product line, or potentially to add magnetic flowmeters to their current offerings.

#FlowResearch #PAuto

New man in mechanical division.

Martin Ralph has joined the Hanley Controls sales team in Clonmel (Irl). He is to specialise in their Mechanical Division representing Pneumatics/Vacuum and associated products in which he has great experience in his field and we hope that he enjoys working with us at Hanleys.

Before joining HCL he was was with a pneumatic sales and distribution company for over 29 years which gave him vast and wide experience.

He said that his aims are "To grow, develop and expand my product knowledge, to increase Hanley Controls presence within the market place. To increase our customer base with Hanley controls with our customer services team."
He particularly enjoys, "Meeting new people and going out visiting customers. Also the staff at Hanley Controls - they are very approachable and there is always help at hand."

Martin coaches under 10 and under 14 soccer and he also plays golf and enjoys DIY.

@hanleycontrols #PAuto #Ireland

Batch reporting halves reporting time.

Emerson is expanding its alliance agreement with Informetric Systems, a leading developer of data collection and reporting applications, to help life sciences companies deliver a more than 50 percent reduction in batch reporting time while getting rid of bottlenecks in batch release processes. Emerson’s Syncade™ manufacturing execution system (MES) is integrating Informetric’s InfoBatch™ - flexible electronic batch reporting technology - to improve operational efficiency and eliminate reporting roadblocks in the batch release process.

Purpose-built for life sciences and targeted at Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) production, InfoBatch offers the automated security and traceability necessary to help pharmaceutical and biotech products pass regulatory scrutiny. Using this reporting functionality, Syncade will break down silos of information, facilitating easier reporting and reducing the time required for the batch release process. Users will no longer need to integrate multiple systems across the operations landscape to collect data for reporting, delivering faster and easier report generation.

This integration will also allow Syncade users to incorporate alarms and events directly from the DeltaV™ Batch Historian as well as graphical trends from DeltaV. Moreover, InfoBatch’s easily configured report generation tools help Syncade deliver more agility around batch report design.

“Life sciences organisations need to reduce the time spent on reporting activities without compromising product quality and compliance,” said Tom Snead, president of life sciences and partnerships at Emerson. “The incorporation of Informetric’s reporting technology with Syncade allows companies to eliminate critical complications in batch review and release processes while still ensuring clear, accurate, and compliant reporting.”

As the number of pharmaceutical manufacturers around the globe continues to increase, shortening a product’s time to market is more important than ever. In the early stages of project design, streamlined configuration of reports will get projects up and running faster. These same benefits will continue to provide value throughout the lifecycle of the project, helping users adapt as product and processes mature, ultimately reducing delays and errors that can hold up the manufacturing process and reduce a company’s ability to deliver life-saving medicines to patients.

The batch review solution is part of an expanded alliance agreement between Emerson and Informetric Systems. With the agreement, users experience the same reporting environment in the DeltaV distributed control system (DCS) and Syncade MES, establishing one common, simple solution for batch release.

“Life Sciences organisations see tremendous benefits to increases in operational efficiency, but silos of data surrounding different departments make these improvements hard to implement,” said Bob Engel, CEO of Informetric. “Our partnership with Emerson opens up a whole new range of applications and opportunities targeted at delivering intuitive, enterprise-level reporting, adding to the value chain of bringing a product to market.”

@EMR_Automation #PAuto #MES @Emerson_News

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Self-calibrating RTD.

The iTHERM TrustSens hygienic RTD from Endress+Hauser, is the world’s first self-calibrating temperature sensor. TrustSens’ self-calibration process functions in situ and provides the necessary documentation to meet the conformance requirements for various regulatory agencies.

Traditionally, calibration cycles for standard temperature sensors in critical service are every six to twelve months. This leaves the potential for undetected drift in the sensor between cycles. Such undected drift could lead to product quality issues or even a complete loss of the production run.

Many hygienic and aseptic processes require equipment cleaning on a regular basis with Sterilize in Place (SIP) procedures, typically after every batch. With TrustSens, the temperature sensor is calibrated after every SIP cycle. TrustSens, therefore, eliminates the risk of an undetected calibration drift and the risk of bad batches. It also reduces the need for frequent calibrations by verifying the sensor is working as designed in between manual calibration cycles.

TrustSens has a built-in, high precision ceramic reference based on the Curie Point of the reference material; that is, the temperature at which its ferromagnetic properties abruptly change. The change can be detected electronically. For applications using SIP operations—where steam at 121°C (250°F) is used to sterilize equipment—TrustSens uses a reference material with a Curie Point of 118°C (244°F).

When the SIP process reaches 118°C, the reference sensor in TrustSens sends a signal. Simultaneously, the TrustSens RTD measures the temperature. Comparison between these two values is a calibration identifying errors in the temperature sensor. If both sensors see 118°C, the RTD sensor is still in calibration. If the measured deviation is outside set limits, the device issues an alarm or error message, which is also displayed via a local LED.

The TrustSens calibration procedure can store up to 350 calibrations which can be submitted to various regulatory agencies for verification of compliance issues. It can also produce printable and uploadable audit-proof calibration certificates using asset management software such as Endress+Hauser’s FieldCare.

TrustSens has built-in Heartbeat Technology to monitor the sensor and send warnings when it detects a sensor failure, drift or other measurement errors. The TrustSens sensor measures temperatures from -40 to 160°C (-40 to 320°F), works in pressures up to 725 psi, and provides a 4-20 mA output with HART. The 4-20 mA output represents the measured process variable, and the HART signal contains diagnostic and status information.

The sensor is available with a variety of hygienic process connections (e.g., 1/2 to 3-in. Tri-Clamp, Varivent, etc.). It can also be configured for direct immersion measurement or with a protective thermowell for easy removal from the process.

@Endress_Hauser #PAuto

Appointment for international sales activities.

Moore Industries-International has announced it promoted executive Gary Prentice to a new role as Vice President of Sales. In his new role, Prentice will be managing all of the company's sales activities and responsibilities including direct sales management of Moore Industries’ international offices located in Britain, Belgium, The Netherlands, China, and Australia.

Gary Prentice
Prentice has been at Moore Industries since 1993 and has over 36 years of experience working in the process control industry. Previously Mr. Prentice served as National Sales Manager in charge of the company’s regional sales manager teams within the United States and Canada and has served as the sales manager in New England and eastern Canada.

"Gary has delivered reliably excellent training, sales management and strategic planning for the company for nearly 25 years. I am confident that Gary will excel in this new position and will continue helping the company grow for the foreseeable future." said Scott Saunders, CEO.

Prentice has shared his extensive knowledge on process-industry related topics by writing articles like A Practical Guide to Improving Temperature Measurement Accuracy and authoring the book Moore Industries’ Temperature Reference Guide, 2017 edition. He graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania (USA).

 @MII_Worldwide  #Pauto 

Graphical design of Ex control boxes.

Your own specific control box or control station for hazardous areas within glasfibre reinforced polyester as well as in stainless steel enclosures can be designed using this Android App from Quintex.

The use is very easy: the design is based on a graphical interface . You define the quantity of functions (up to 15) you need based on their standard pre-defined enclosures used for control boxes. By clicking the needed build up, you reach another screen where you can place the function you need by selecting them and draging the function to the position required.

If you want to know the function of the selected item in detail just touch the picture a bit longer and a short explanation is given. If you select switch functions or illuminated pushbuttons you will be asked for the characteristic of the switching module (NC, NO...).

You can also define your needed glands (quantity and size) on top and buttom side of the enclosure. During all stages of your design you can see the actual price of your control box. When you are ready with your design steps you can save the picture of this control box or directly send it as an inquiry to Quintex.

@quintexgf #PAuto 

Measuring & monitoring heavy current networks.

The SINEAX AM series from Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG is a range of compact devices for measuring and monitoring heavy current networks. The quality of the display, intuitive controls, and measurement precision are all signs of the Swiss comprehension of product quality.

The measurement part of the device can detect more than 1500 measurement parameters which can be used to determine the mains supply status, energy consumption and mains quality. The parameterization is done either by control buttons and the intuitive TFT display or else using a web browser. In low voltage networks, nominal voltages up to 690 V with measurement category CATIII can be directly connected. By logging relevant data when an event occurs it is also possible to safeguard the mains quality (Power Quality).

The devices offer a wide range of functions which can be further extended with optional components. They can be integrated into the process environment by means of communications interfaces, digital I/Os, analogue outputs or relays. The universal measurement system can be applied directly to any type of power network. It is suitable of all kinds of power network from single phase up to 4-wire unbalanced circuits.

The devices are designed for versatile use in industrial systems, building automation or energy distribution. The SINEAX AM series devices are available in two different sizes for control panel installation and three different versions (AM1000, AM2000, AM3000) depending on the application and space requirements. The flexibility of the technical features of the AM series allows the device to be integrated in a high-level control and management system (for example a SCADA system or SMARTCOLLECT from Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG).

• Camille Bauer Metrawatt products are marketed in Ireland through Irish Power & Process.

#PAuto #CamilleBauer @irishpwrprocess 

UV keeps Nirvana pure.

Nirvana Spa in Berkshire is one of Britain's most prestigious spa facilities, frequented by elite athletes and celebrities. The facility has a reputation for using crystal clear natural mineral water drawn from the same pristine source 700 feet beneath the spa. To maintain the purity of the water within each of its nine pools, the spa is using the latest ultraviolet (UV) disinfection systems from Hanovia.

The spa has a broad range of pools, including Roman and surf rooms, a plunge pool, fitness pool, outside pool and hydrotherapy pool. Each has a specifically-sized Hanovia UV system installed to treat the water, ensuring the high level of quality and disinfection required.

“The Celestial Floatation Pool, which is the UK’s largest hydrotherapy pool, is unusual because it contains salt imported from the Dead Sea,” commented Neil Phelps, Nirvana’s Maintenance Manager. “We match the specific gravity of the Dead Sea. The high salt concentration makes objects very buoyant in the water and floating in the pool is perfect for spinal alignment. Bathers in the warm, mineral-rich waters are removed from most external stimuli and a gentle current gives the sensation of floating in space. This provides both mental and physical benefits and many sports men and women, including international rugby players, skiers and rowers, use the pool to enhance performance and reduce injury time.”

“UV disinfection systems allow us to run the chlorine at the right levels and there is no way we would be able to achieve the level of water purity without them. As the water temperature is kept at a constant 35°C, which is higher than in leisure pools, there is an increased risk of infection from microorganisms such as bacteria and moulds which thrive in warm water. Microbiological control is a key aspect of the water quality. UV plays an important part in that control and bacteriological checks are carried out regularly.

“Hanovia’s UV systems enable us to achieve exemplary water quality in all of our pools. This, coupled with Hanovia’s outstanding aftersales service, gives us, the maintenance team, the reassurance to maintain the high level of water quality and disinfection required,” concluded Neil.

UV is highly effective at killing any bacteria, viruses or moulds in the water, including Cryptosporidium and its spores, which are chlorine-resistant. This reduces problems associated with chlorine by-products such as chloramines, which are formed when free chlorine reacts with sweat or urine in pool water. Trichloramines in particular are powerful irritants which are responsible for eye and respiratory complaints and the unpleasant ‘chlorine smell’ commonly associated with indoor pools. It also means the water is much clearer than that found in traditionally chlorinated pools.

Each Hanovia UV system installed at Nirvana Spa consists of a stainless steel chamber containing a medium pressure UV lamp housed in a special quartz sleeve to protect it from the pool water. The chambers are carefully designed by Hanovia engineers using advanced flow calculation methods. This ensures maximum performance by making sure all the water flowing through the chambers receives the correct UV dose. UV technology provides a cost-effective and low-maintenance alternative to other water treatment systems such as ozone.

@Hanovia_UV  #Pauto @HHC_Lewis 

Connectors for higher cable cross-sections.

Harting has expanded its Han-Eco® series of lightweight connectors with two new hoods in sizes 6 B and 10 B with M40 cable entry, allowing users to take advantage of larger cable cross-sections and more cabling space within the same compact dimensions. As a result, customers can transfer more power in the same installation space.

The two new Han-Eco® hoods offer the optimal solution for power transmission applications where large cable cross-sections are required but the available space for the interface is limited. In the small space available, up to four modules from Harting’s Han-Modular® connector series can be accommodated. The M40 cable entry provides enough space for appropriate cabling, even for high-current ranges.

The Han-Eco® 10 B enlarged hood offers significantly more cabling space than the standard type. The lengthened hood can meet the most demanding cabling requirements within its interior, thereby avoiding cumbersome solutions with adapters and/or extensions. Ultimately, this saves the user time and money.

In addition, the key advantages of the Han-Eco® series have been retained: the light plastic connectors are extremely easy to install and corrosion-resistant, and offer the customer flexible assembly possibilities. The integrated frame and optionally enclosed cable gland reduce the number of items that need to be used.

#PAuto @harting 

Non-contact level of bulk solids!

A dedicated version of the Rosemount™ 5408 Non-Contacting Radar Level Transmitter to meet the specific demands of bulk solids level measurement has been launched by Emerson. Through advanced technology and Human Centered Design principles, the SIL 3-capable device delivers enhanced accuracy, reliability and ease-of-use, supporting improved process optimisation and plant safety across a wide range of industries.

“Improving bulk solids process optimisation requires greater level measurement accuracy and reliability,” explained Margit Rastas, product manager, Emerson Automation Solutions. “The Rosemount 5408 non-contacting radar delivers this performance, while simplifying installation and operation within the toughest applications.”

Measuring solids level in vessels, bins and silos presents various challenges, the most fundamental of which is the inclining or sloping nature of the material surface. The peaks and troughs of uneven surfaces deflect energy away from a radar signal and can generate false signal reflections which affect measurement accuracy. By using a signal processing algorithm that merges surface peaks, the Rosemount 5408 provides a high level of accuracy. The device’s two-wire Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) technology produces a continuous echo to maximise radar signal strength and produce a more robust and reliable measurement.

The considerable amount of dust created during the fill cycle in solids applications creates a further challenge for measurement technology. Non-contacting transmitters usually handle dust in the vapour space well, but a heavy layer of dust on the antenna could block the signal. The Rosemount 5408 overcomes this with an integrated air purging system for cleaning the antenna.

Advanced surface tracking and a condensation-resistant cone or parabolic antenna enable the Rosemount 5408 to provide reliable measurements in very demanding applications. In addition, radar-on-chip technology replaces a circuit board, removing sources of EMC noise which cause signal disturbance, and leading to improved measurement accuracy and reliability. To further enhance device reliability, a unique embedded power back-up removes vulnerability to intermittent power losses.

Two-wire technology enables simple installation - using the plant’s existing cable infrastructure rather than having to lay additional cabling - while still providing the same high amount of data and diagnostics that would normally require four-wire connections. ATEX and IECEx approvals allow installation in hazardous locations and the device’s SIL 3 capability enables seamless integration into safety instrumented systems, supporting efforts to increase plant safety.

The Rosemount 5408 employs Human Centered Design principles to enhance ease-of-use. Pictorial instructions and a highly intuitive software interface guide the operator through installation, commissioning, proof-testing, operation and maintenance. Advanced on-board diagnostics support preventative maintenance and provide actionable information, streamlining the troubleshooting process. The ability to perform proof-testing and site acceptance tests remotely saves time and increases worker efficiency and safety by keeping them out of hazardous areas.

One of our most viewed posts might also be of interest: 
Radar level measurement best practice (2010)
by Sarah Parker, Applications Manager, Emerson Process Management, Rosemount division.

#PAuto @EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Serving the North American market for automated test solutions.

Konrad Technologies has completed the acquisition of V I Engineering. This acquisition  provides Konrad  with two strategic attributes to enable the acceleration of the expansion of Konrad capacity to serve the North American market for automated test solutions; industry acknowledged expertise in the National Instruments toolchains & platforms and local access to the vibrant technology hub in Detroit focused on Autonomous Driving and Electric Vehicles.

Dave Loadman, President & CEO of Konrad Technologies, Inc., stated that “as a result of our accelerating success in providing automated test solutions to the Automotive, Consumer Electronics and Medical Devices industries we were faced with a decision as to how to efficiently and quickly scale our operations to best serve our customers. In considering possible acquisition candidates it became obvious that the best and only choice was VI Engineering. Given our success in providing validation and manufacturing test solutions for ADAS related technologies, having a local presence in Detroit is an absolute requirement. As our turn-key automated solutions are based on the National Instruments platform, we are excited to add a world class development team with decades of LabVIEW™ experience and PXI knowledge. Most importantly, we are pleased to have Diane Tibbs (formerly President of V I Engineering) join the executive management team at Konrad Technologies, Inc. as our COO. Diane brings an operations and business acumen to Konrad that is necessary for us to achieve profitable growth at scale.”

Diane Tibbs, President of V I Engineering stated that “Konrad Technologies perfectly aligns with our cultural values and industry focus and provides our team with the global footprint and value-added solution portfolio to drive significant disruption to the North American market. I am confident that our employees and customers are in good hands by joining the Konrad team. Customers both existing and new will continue to receive the high level of service and satisfaction V I Engineering has become known to deliver. Both our customers and employees are in good hands with Konrad team, it is an exciting move for both companies.”.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Plant information management.

The latest version of the Exaquantum plant information management system (ExaquantumTM R3.10) from Yokogawa,  comes with stronger security and improved compatibility through the support of OPC Unified Architecture (OPC-UA), the latest OPC communication standard. It is directed at Process industries such as oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, iron and steel, non-ferrous metals, electric power, pulp and paper, foods, pharmaceuticals, and water treatment.

What is Exaquantum?
Exaquantum is a plant information management system (PIMS). The large amount of data stored in a control system is an important asset that can be used by management to improve produc-tivity, quality, and safety. Exaquantum acquires, processes, and stores control system data and provides it to applications in the manufacturing execution system (MES) domain for use in managing and analysing operations. 
Exaquantum provides an environ-ment in which data can be analysed, not only from the viewpoint of plant operations and management, but also from a business perspective, facilitating the flow of information at field and management levels and making real-time management a reality.
Among manufacturers, there is an increasing need to store and analyse large amounts of data on temperature, pressure, and other variables that can be used to improve the efficiency of plant operations. To facilitate the collection and storage of this data, there is a rising demand for plant information management systems (PIMS). Yokogawa has developed the Exaquantum PIMS to meet this need, and has been improving its functions. The Exaquantum PIMS can be used in a wide range of industries, including oil, refining, petrochemicals, iron and steel, non-ferrous metals, electric power, gas, pulp and paper, foods, pharmaceuticals, and water treatment.

With the rising use of information technology in production management and control applications, maintaining the security of plant information and control systems is a growing challenge. And as companies seek to introduce the latest network technologies, security becomes an even more pressing concern. To meet such needs, Yokogawa has added support for the latest communication standard to Exaquantum R3.10 and has upgraded its security features.

1. Support of OPC UA for improved security and compatibility with other systems
Exaquantum R3.10 supports OPC UA and can now securely exchange data with a wider range of data sources, including OPC UA-compliant devices such as the Yokogawa SMARTDAC+ series data acquisition systems.

2. Strengthened system security
Based on a review of the vulnerabilities in the previous version of this software, the program paths (routes to files and folders) and the authorisation of access rights have been tightened in Exaquantum R3.10. Exaquantum is now less vulnerable to computer viruses and cyber-attacks.

3. Support of the latest operating systems
Exaquantum R3.10 supports the latest versions of operating systems and other kinds of software, including Windows Server 2016 (a server operating system), Windows 10 Enterprise 2016 LTSB (a PC operating system), and Microsoft SQL Server 2014 (a relational database management system).

Object linking and embedding for process control (OPC) is the de-facto standard for interoperability in the industrial automation industry and other fields, enabling data to be exchanged securely and reliably, and OPC Unified Architecture (OPC-UA) is the latest version of this standard. OPC UA is independent of any specific hardware or operating system platform, and ensures high security and extensibility. As such, this communication standard holds great promise for Industry 4.0.

@YokogawaIA  #PAuto #PIMS

Digital communication.

Parker Software is releasing a book about the future of business to customer communication. The book is titled, The Conversation Engine: A Shop Assistant of the Smart Age, and explores the next frontier of digital communication.

To be released on Wednesday 22 Nov 2017
The book centres around technology and how technology advances are changing the way we interact. Chatbots, artificial intelligence and automation are taking the digital communication landscape by storm. The Conversation Engine examines the practicalities of these emergent technologies and explores potential future applications of artificial intelligence in a customer services environment.

The Conversation Engine also addresses the issue of how we can blend technology with a much-needed human touch in customer services. The book emphasises the importance of businesses implementing new technology without losing sight of the customer.

“The ‘conversation engine’ concept came about from considering that, in the future, communication technologies will converge to provide customers with the ultimate collaboration — technological efficiency and human understanding,” said Stephen Parker, CEO of Parker Software and author of The Conversation Engine.

As well as insights from Stephen Parker, The Conversation Engine features contributions from thought leaders across the tech world. Throughout its nine chapters, the book explores key themes such as big data, sentiment analysis, smart customer service and the evolution of user experience. Participating businesses include The Institute of Customer Service, Buzz Radar, IFB, Snowflake, COPA-DATA, Trust Company of America and Ocado.

“Customer service is changing, and businesses must prepare,” said Parker. “Even modern methods of customer communication like SMS, telephone and email are beginning to decline like their forerunners. We’ve written The Conversation Engine to investigate what comes next, and to help companies prepare for the next era of communication.”

@ParkerSoftware @StoneJunctionPR

Easy scheduling of LIMS activities.

Matrix Scheduler is an optional module for the Matrix Gemini LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) from Autoscribe Informatics. Users can automatically schedule reports, worklists, registration of samples and more. In this way activities can be managed more efficiently and significant savings in staff time can be made.

An easy to use interface allows flexible scheduling in a number of ways, based on dates, times, days of the week and other parameters. Examples include daily (such as ‘every day at 16:19’) and yearly (such as ‘every year on the 3rd Tuesday in November at 09:30’) as well as many other combinations. Period schedules can also be set, such as ‘every 5 days, 19 hours and 7 minutes’.

Multiple jobs such as sample/batch registration can be scheduled to save personnel time. Staff holidays can be specified to ensure tasks are not scheduled then or at other times when personnel are not available such as weekends. Any repetitive tasks that might fall in these periods are automatically moved to the next available date.

Reports can be set up to run at any date or time, including ‘out of hours’ periods to save time. Similarly, work lists, summary reports and the operational status of samples/tests can be run so they are ready for the next working day or the required operational deadline.

In addition to scheduling tasks within Matrix Gemini, Scheduler can also trigger external programs. These could include email reminders, reports, backups, any Microsoft program etc. so that they are ready for staff arriving at work or prior to important meetings or deadlines.

Current and future schedules can be viewed from anywhere on the network to verify and check logs to confirm that schedules have been run. Matrix Scheduler also supports a full audit listing, allowing all changes made to a schedule to be seen and reviewed, making it suitable for use in regulated environments.

 @AutoscribeLtd  #Laboratory #LIMS

3-Phase power quality loggers.

The measurement, understanding, and reporting of power quality in distribution systems requires capturing large amounts of data and then spending hours to analyse and report. With powerful software that automates setup, analysis, and reporting, the Fluke 1740 Series Power Quality Loggers simplify the collecting and reporting of critical utility power quality trends.

The compact Fluke 1740 Series Power Quality Loggers are used for studying and monitoring utility power quality and demand to industry standards. They offer advanced data aggregation and analysis that saves time, reduces manpower, and eliminates errors associated with traditional data collection and reporting.

The Fluke 1740 series loggers are fully compliant with the international power quality standard IEC 61000-4-30 and meet Class A requirements. They are capable of simultaneously logging more than 500 parameters for each averaging period, allowing technicians to analyse power quality in detail and to correlate intermittent events with detailed waveform data to identify the root cause of disturbances.
The included software makes it quick and easy to setup the logger, and automates the complex task of analysing and reporting the data. The software features:

  • Easy setup in the field or workshop with PC application software: connect using Wi-Fi, wired Ethernet connection, or USB cable to setup the instrument, download logged data or download directly to USB memory stick.
  • Energy Analyze Plus application software: download, analyse and report every measured detail of energy consumption and power quality state-of-health with automated reporting.
  • One touch reporting: create standardised reports according to commonly used standards like EN 50160, IEEE 519, GOST 33073, or export data in PQDIF or NeQual compatible format for use with third party software.
  • Advanced analysis: choose any available logged parameter to create a highly-customised view of logged measurements for advanced correlation of data.

An optimised user interface, flexible current probes, and an intelligent measurement verification function that allows technicians to digitally verify and correct connections makes setup easy and reduces measurement uncertainty. Connection errors are automatically indicated via an amber light on the unit’s power button which turns green once corrected. Because measurement and logged data can be viewed using a wireless Wi-Fi connection, the 1740 Series minimises technicians’ time in potentially hazardous environments and reduces the hassle of suiting up in personal protective equipment.

The loggers are rated 600V CAT IV/ 1000V CAT III for use at the service entrance and downstream.
Fluke is the market leader in portable power quality instrumentation solutions and the Fluke 1740 is the latest product in a range of products that includes the Fluke 430-II series analysers.

 @FlukeCorp  #TandM #PAuto

Checking Russian leaks.

Having increased the number of gas generators and argon tanks in its bioanalytical laboratory, Russia-based Quinta-Analytica Yaroslavl, purchased an advanced GasCheck G gas leak detector from leading global specialist in gas detection instrumentation for occupational health and environmental monitoring, Ion Science.

Quinta-Analytica Yaroslavl is using the handheld GasCheck G gas leak detector to monitor its liquid chromatography (LC), tandem mass-spectrometry (MS/MS) laboratory, which performs the analytical aspect of clinical research studies, for nitrogen and argon leaks.

Founded in 1997, Quinta is an established provider of multiple R&D and regulatory services for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and generic drug industries. The company’s main activities are pharmacokinetics and BA/BE clinical studies (EMA, FDA, CAN, Russia), bioanalytics, drug analysis, including method development and transfer (GMP/GLP analytics of drug substances, final dosage forms and metabolites), batch QC release, stability studies, analytics in inhalation antiasthmatics, peptides and proteins.

“Monitoring nitrogen and argon leaks is an important part of our gas management system,” comments Yuri Dzhurko, Ph.D, Senior Analyst at Quinta-Analytica Yaroslavl. “We chose the Ion Science GasCheck G gas leak detector on recommendation.”

Ion Science’s GasCheck G gas leak detector represents the latest in handheld gas detection technology. Its advanced system of micro thermal conductivity enables advanced sensitivity for the rapid, effective detection of gas leaks down to cc/sec, mg/m³ or parts per million (ppm) levels.
Quinta Analytica is using the GasCheck G monitor on a regular basis with data being manually recorded in a log book.

Yuri adds: “The GasCheck G has met our requirements in terms of ease of use, functionality, quality and cost effectiveness. It is also extremely reliable and accurate, which ensures the health & safety of laboratory staff.”

Designed for the search and location of gas leaks, the GasCheck G leak detector provides effective detection of almost any gas or mix of gases. Robust and reliable, the GasCheck G leak detector gives stable, repeatable readings. The instrument’s LCD display, LED indicator, and audible sounder clearly indicate when a gas leak is present.

GasCheck G automatically zeros to the ambient air around it when switched on and is ready to detect immediately. The instrument’s easy to use graphical interface and intuitive keypad allows for simple function, selection, and adjustment.

Upgradeable throughout the range, the GasCheck G gas leak detector is available in three distinct versions; G1, G2 and G3 with varied capabilities. Features can be easily added by upgrading the instrument without it having to be returned to the factory.
@ionscience #PAuto #Russia

Monday, November 13, 2017

Automation & Services in drug plant awarded.

The Global healthcare company Novo Nordisk has awarded Emerson a $40 million (€34 m) automation systems and services contract for a new US-based drug manufacturing facility to help battle the global diabetes epidemic. The largest project in its history, Novo Nordisk’s new $2 billion (€1.7b) plant in Clayton, (NC USA), will leverage Emerson’s Project Certainty methodologies and automation technologies to help ensure the plant meets its operational target of 2020.

Mike Train at the NBIRT Life Science Event 
in Dublin earlier in 2017.
The new 825,000-square-foot production facility will help the Danish drug company increase manufacturing capacity and meet its goal of doubling production of diabetes drugs over the next decade. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes, with another 86 million living with prediabetes.

“Our extensive experience in the life sciences industry and integrated offering for capital projects and automation perfectly positions us to help Novo Nordisk deliver its largest project in history,” said Mike Train, executive president, Emerson Automation Solutions. “Together we can design and deliver this world-class manufacturing facility to be ready on time, and to quickly bring these important diabetes medicines to patients.”

Novo Nordisk will implement elements of Emerson’s Project Certainty approach to help reduce project complexity and achieve the tight project schedule. This transformational approach leverages automation technology, which serves as a central nervous system in a plant, and new methodologies, to reduce costs and complexity and accommodate late-stage project changes.

Novo Nordisk selected Emerson’s integrated portfolio of automation technologies and services, including its DeltaV™ distributed control system (DCS) and Syncade manufacturing execution system (MES). Emerson will also provide smart automation technologies including valves and measurement instrumentation.

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Two Birds with One Stone.

The new PMI F90 inductive positioning system from Pepperl+Fuchs can precisely detect the absolute position of one actuator as well as the distance between two. Thanks to IO-Link technology, the system has comprehensive communication functionality and is equipped for I4.0 applications.

Patented multi-coil technology guarantees maximum measurement accuracy.

The new PMI F90 inductive positioning system works with a unique, patented multi-coil system. The absolute position of the actuator is precisely detected from the measuring signals of a single coil. In addition to sending the analog position signal, switch points can also be defined. The sensor can detect two actuators as well as the distance between them, meaning that dynamic positioning tasks can be completed with the smallest amount of measuring technology.

• Position detection independent of distance
• Programmable measurement range and switching range
• Measuring and switching functions in a single device
• Parameterization via IO-Link
• Versions for ATEX Zone 2/22
The device enables continuous data flow thanks to its IO-Link interface, in particular for applications featuring Industry 4.0 architecture. Event logs, error messages, signal quality data, device status, and operating hours can all be read directly by the IO-Link master.

The PMI F112 and PMI F166 sensors from this product family are available for confined areas and harsh environments. The compact design allows these sensors to be installed in even the tightest of spaces while the robust metal housing protects them from external influences.

The advantages of the inductive measuring principle apply to all devices: noncontact, low-wear and maintenance-free, dirt-resistant, and resistant to interference. All steel components or objects can generally be used as actuators since the inductive system is not reliant on a magnetic actuator.

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Ensuring quality of domestic appliances.

Manufacturers of large household appliances such as washing machines, refrigerators and freezers have to constantly monitor the energy efficiency of their products during production. These days, the focus is on energy consumption as well as pollution of the main supply by current and voltage harmonics. Exact measurements avoid rejected goods and thus lower production costs.

Staying marketable
To ensure that products stay marketable, measurements need to be carried out in a straightforward and cost-effective manner in the development phase, during production and in final test. The APLUS from Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG is a complete device that fulfils these requirements. The APLUS is designed to perform measurements on three phases even with different loads on the conductors. So this efficient device can be used to test three products simultaneously. This immediately reduces by two-thirds the space needed in the test stations and the cost of purchasing measurement devices.

Efficient accurate and durable
The APLUS is suitable for measuring power consumption, ranging from more than 500 W when the household appliance is in operating mode, down to a target consumption of less than 1 W in standby mode. The measurement data provide a clear indication of whether the product is in compliance with the energy consumption requirements. Faulty devices can thus be detected while they are still in the production phase. The APLUS has a significant price advantage compared to DIN IEC 62301-compliant measurement instruments, while still delivering 0.1% accuracy in voltage and current measurements and 0.2% accuracy in power measurements.

The efficiency of the measurement device (besides its three-phase measurement capability) can be further enhanced by means of individual parameter settings. Measurement data can be captured in a straightforward manner during the various production phases.

Companion software
The CB Manager software from Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG can be used to parameterize several devices locally in a straightforward manner. CB Manager can be used to easily create visualizations, simulations as well as utility functions.

Multifunctional - worldwide
Daniel Wehrli, Regional Sales Director for Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG, is familiar with every detail of the APLUS measurement device and the application possibilities it offers. "With its automatic scaling function, the APLUS guarantees outstanding accuracy for both large and small measurement ranges. The measurement times can be set individually and our customers can test their products according to their specifications. The configuration of the APLUS is quick and easy to manage so the device is equally suitable in the development phase, quality control and final test."

Feixang Luo, Manager for Quality Assurance at BSH Hausgeräte has deployed the APLUS in their China factory: “The "Messenger" satisfies all our requirements, for example when testing our refrigerators and freezers. In comparison to the devices generally used, it is much more cost-effective and nevertheless very accurate, has stable operation and it also makes a good visual impression.“

• Camille Bauer Metrawatt products are marketed in Ireland through Irish Power and Process Ltd.

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HMI/SCADA distributorship in Japan.

Effective immediately, Yokohama-based LINX R&D Corporation has become the new Japanese distributor for zenon, the software system developed by Copa-Data. Founded in 1990, the corporation specializes in the distribution of state-of-the-art automation technology within Japan. In the process of distributing zenon, LINX will leverage its wide and well-established sales and partner network.

Kei Murakami, CEO of LINX (left) 
& Stefan Reuther, CSO of Copa-Data
“We are delighted to be entering the Japanese market through our new distributor, LINX. Our zenon-based solutions are the perfect fit for a high-tech country like Japan. We believe that this market holds significant potential and hope to provide the experts at LINX with the best possible support,” says Stefan Reuther, Chief Sales Officer at Copa-Data.

Several of LINX’s technicians have already received training in zenon, immediately putting them in a position to pass their knowledge on to customers and partners. What’s more, the first zenon projects have already been launched with a system integrator from Japan.

Experienced, networked, specialised
As a zenon distributor, LINX will exclusively market and distribute the software in the Japanese market in the future. LINX brings several years of experience as a distributor of automation solutions and machine vision systems to the partnership. In addition to its Yokohama headquarters, the corporation operates three sales offices in Japan. Technical training is conducted every month, ensuring that expertise is communicated quickly to project-leading partner companies. At the annual LINX Days event, more than 1,000 participants from partner and sales companies find out about the latest developments in industrial automation.

With the addition of LINX, COPA-DATA’s international sales network now encompasses 17 distributors worldwide. Their work, together with that of the eleven COPA-DATA subsidiaries, enables COPA-DATA’s software solutions to be sold in 60 countries. This sales network is supported by over 200 partner companies in the COPA-DATA Partner Community.

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