Friday, December 1, 2017

Flow for hygienic applications.

Endress+Hauser has announced updates to its Proline 300 smart Coriolis and electromagnetic flowmeters for the hygienic industries. Their compact hygienic 316L stainless-steel housings are robust and optimized for highest reliability. Additionally, they have been designed to support an optional IP69 ingress protection rating, impervious to water ingress from high pressure wash-down.
The sensors are designed according to ASME BPE, EHEDG and 3A standards, and provide full GMP compliance for sterile processes. They offer seamless integration into applications through a wide range of digital conductivity protocols including EtherNet/IP.

The Coriolis flowmeters have several surface finish options including stainless-mechanical or electropolished wetted parts and low delta ferrite content that fulfils the most stringent requirements for GMP design and cleanability. The design is optimized for cleaning and sterilization, offering full drainability even in near horizontal installations. The Proline Promass Coriolis mass flowmeters are available in 11 models ranging in sizes from 1/24 to 14 inches in diameter, for measuring flows up to 100,000 tons per day.

Proline Promag 300 flowmeters are available in two models in sizes from 1/12 to 24 inches for volume flows up to 42,000 gallons per minute.

Both the Coriolis and electromagnetic flowmeters are available in models suitable for CIP/SIP processes in hygienic and sterile process applications.

Life Sciences.
Food and beverage.
Proline instruments connect to control systems via 4-20mA HART, PROFIBUS PA, FOUNDATION Fieldbus, Modbus, EtherNet/IP or PROFINET. Both families provide access to users via the device’s display, a web server, wireless LAN, handheld devices, asset management or process automation solutions, and Fieldbus protocol. Each provides fast commissioning, in-situ device verification during operation, continuous self-diagnostics and automatic on-board data storage.

Robust transmitter housings are available in aluminum, and hygienic or severe service stainless steel. Each housing has a two-chamber system with a front-mounted compartment for connecting source power, wiring the analog and/or digital inputs and outputs, and accessing the Ethernet service access port or device display. The second chamber permits service technicians to access the electronics modules for repair functions while maintaining protection against dust and contamination.

Local or remote four-line backlit optical displays with a WLAN connection allow access from a handheld device such as a smartphone or a tablet.

All Proline instruments have custody transfer approvals and meet the requirements of cCSAus, ATEX, NEPSI, INMETRO, EAC, IEC/EN 61326, NAMUR NE21, and EU and ACMA directives. They are also approved for use in SIL 2 and SIL 3 applications.

Smart Instrument Functions
Each Proline instrument has a HistoROM function to protect data storage automatically. This includes an event logbook and data logger that can be accessed locally or remotely, and storage of calibration and verification information. This onboard data storage makes it easy to replace and commission a new flow sensor.

The built-in web server provides universal browser-based access to device, diagnostics and process information from any device with an internet or Wi-Fi connection. Typical access devices include laptops, PCs, smartphones and tablets.

Endress+Hauser’s Heartbeat Technology package addresses device diagnostics, monitoring and verification functions used to satisfy regulatory, contractual, quality, safety or fiscal requirements.

Heartbeat Diagnostics provides self-monitoring for all Proline instruments, meeting NAMUR NE107 requirements for clear and unambiguous categorization of events and device remedies for quick resolution of problems.

Optional Heartbeat Monitoring allows for customer identification of device trends from process influences such as buildup, settling solids or liquids, erosion, corrosion and multi-phase fluid flows.

The TÜV-attested Heartbeat Verification is the only method to have achieved third-party accreditation per traceable ISO metrological standards in operation. In-situ verification can be triggered at any time, from anywhere, to provide electronic quality reports.

The Proline instrument portfolio also connects directly to Endress+Hauser’s W@M lifecycle management software which tracks all necessary information about device calibrations, verifications, maintenance, and other functions over the life of the sensor and instrument.

@Endress_Hauser  #PAuto #LifeSciences #Food

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Connector housings.

Harting’s new Han® HP Direct series of connector housings dispenses with the classical bulkhead mounted housing and replaces it with two mounting flanges. As a result, the standard hood forms a seal directly on the switch cabinet wall, leading to beneficial space savings.

Installation requires only that the mounting flanges are screwed to the switch cabinet wall, which can be carried out using the standard panel cutouts of the Han® B housing series. One side of the contact inserts is secured to the mounting flanges and the other side is screwed into the hood.

After mating, the hoods are attached to the mounting flanges via robust screw locking. Incorrect plugging can be prevented by using two coding elements on the side of the mounting flanges as well as on the side where the hood is.

The classic sizes of 6 B, 10 B, 16 B and 24 B are available. All sizes are available with side or top entry in sizes M20, M25, M32 and M40.

The new Han® HP Direct housing system is available in three versions: a standard variant for indoor industrial applications featuring a grey powder surface with classic NBR seal; an EMC variant featuring an electrically conductive surface and seal for applications where a high degree of EMC protection is required; and an outdoor version featuring a black powder surface and UV and ozone-resistant FPM seals.
All variants come with IP protection classes IP66, IP68 and IP69K in the mated state. The hoods are made of corrosion-resistant, die-cast aluminium.

The Han® HP Direct housing series is mainly intended for the machinery, robotics and energy application sectors, but can easily be used in other applications.

@harting #PAuto

Profile for contrast-media injector updated.

CAN in Automation (CiA) has released the version 2.4 of the CANopen profile for contrast-media injectors. The newly introduced functions include the mandatory time synchronization between scanner and injector. Several other parameters have been updated including some editorial improvements and clarifications.

Now, the profile supports an automatic configuration of the contrast-media injector. Another new function is the sampling of Hounsfield Units.

Since its introduction in 2005, all market-leading manufacturers of contrast-media injectors support the CiA 425-2 profile. The suppliers of medical scanner devices provide a CiA 425-2 compliant CANopen interface, too. Recently, the supporting companies agreed on the shown logo: CANopen med.

CANopen is a standardized application layer protocol and communication profile (EN 50325-4). It is used in many different application fields. Often it is not visible, because it is embedded and deeply embedded in medical devices including in computed-tomography (CT) scanners. Most of the market-leading medical device suppliers use CANopen to control several parts, especially for all moving parts. The CiA 425-2 interface is an exception: It is visible for the medical staff. This is why a logo has been introduced.

@CANopen #Medical

Dragons in Formula E.

Mouser Electronics sponsor the Dragon Racing team throughout the 2017–18 FIA Formula E racing season. The season kicks off December 2 and 3 at the Hong Kong ePrix doubleheader.
Formula E
The 2017–2018 season marks the fourth edition of Formula E racing and the fourth-straight year that Mouser Electronics will be a team sponsor. Formula E features cars powered solely by electric power and represents a vision for the future of the motor sports industry, serving as a framework for research and development around zero-emission motoring. Mouser will sponsor Dragon Racing team throughout the 14-race season in collaboration with TTI, Inc. and their valued supplier Molex. More about Formula E on Wikipedia.

“We are very proud to continue to sponsor Dragon Racing and to be a part of this forward-looking technology,” said Todd McAtee, Vice President, Americas Business Development for Mouser Electronics. “The Dragon team finished strong last year, and we look forward to another great season ahead.

“Formula E cars require the latest sustainable and — most importantly — high-performance components to gain the competitive edge. By teaming up with TTI and Molex to sponsor Dragon Racing, Mouser shows its commitment to keeping engineers up to date with these innovative technologies.”

“TTI is proud to once again support this thrilling team and the sustainable automotive technologies of the future,” stated Mike Morton, President, TTI Global Sales and Marketing.

“All of us at Molex are pleased for the opportunity to again team up with Mouser and TTI in sponsoring this pioneering venture,” said Fred Bell, Vice President of Global Distribution for Molex. “We are thrilled to be involved in the development of the innovative technology behind Formula E.”
• Founded by Jay Penske, Dragon Racing earned second place in team points in the inaugural 2014–2015 season, after clinching first and third finishes at the Berlin ePrix and another double-podium at London. This season’s drivers — Jerome D’Ambrosio, who won the 2015 Berlin ePrix and who had several strong outings with Dragon Racing last year, and Neel Jani, winner of the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans and 2016 FIA WEC Drivers’ Championship — look to rack up more points with new Formula E races in Zurich and Rome.

Following the season opener in Hong Kong, the series heads to Marrakesh, Morocco on January 13; Santiago, Chile, February 3; Mexico City, March 3; São Paulo, March 17; Rome, April 14; Paris, April 28; Berlin, May 19; Zurich, June 10; and New York City, July 14 and 15 before ending the season with two races in Montreal on July 28 and 29.

@MouserElecEU #Pauto @DragonRacing ‏@FIAFormulaE

Bringing intelligence to industrial plants.

Partnership to provide actionable insights across industrial plants, cloud and on-premises data centers for higher productivity and innovation.

ABB and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) have announced a strategic global partnership that combines ABB’s industry-leading digital offerings, ABB AbilityTM, with HPE’s innovative hybrid information technology (IT) solutions. The partnership will provide customers with solutions that generate actionable insights from vast amounts of industrial data to increase the efficiency and flexibility of their operations and create competitive advantage.

ABB's Ulrich Spiesshofer
“This strategic partnership marks the next level of the digital industrial transformation. Together, we will bring intelligence from cloud-based solutions to on-premises deployments in industrial plants and data centers for greater uptime, speed and yield,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer“ABB and HPE will deliver solutions that span the entire range of computing required by enterprises today, from the edge to the cloud to the core.”

Customers will benefit from ABB’s deep domain expertise in operations technologies (OT) and HPE’s leadership in information technologies (IT). ABB and HPE will deliver joint industry solutions that merge OT and IT to turn industrial data into insights and automatic action, combining widely-adopted cloud platforms like Microsoft Azure with IT systems running in corporate data centers and at the edge of the network. Employing the right mix of IT platforms will accelerate data processing in industrial plants and at the same time enable effective control of industrial processes across locations.

With an installed base of 70 million connected devices, 70,000 digital control systems and 6,000 enterprise software solutions, ABB is a trusted leader in the industrial space, and has a four-decade-long history of creating digital solutions for customers. HPE in turn is a global leader in helping customers optimize their IT environments with secure, software-defined technologies that seamlessly integrate across traditional IT, multiple public and private clouds and the intelligent edge to drive key business outcomes.
HPE's Meg Whitman

“This alliance between two global leaders is unprecedented in terms of breadth and depth, and it will be ground-breaking for the progress of the Industrial Internet of Things,” said Meg Whitman, CEO, HPE. “Together with ABB, we will shape a digital industrial future where everything computes, equipping machines with intelligence to collaborate, allowing plants to flexibly adapt to changing demands, and enabling global supply chains to instantaneously react to incidents. This partnership will create exciting business opportunities for our joint customers.”

To provide a true end-to-end experience for customers, the ABB-HPE partnership will include co-innovation, co-development, joint go to market and service.

Research firm IDC forecasts that worldwide spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) will grow to $1.4 trillion in 2021 from an expected $800 billion in 2017. The largest investments are being made in areas such as manufacturing, transportation and utilities.1 To tap into the opportunities of the IoT, companies are investing in new solutions that digitize their industrial equipment and integrate it with their broader IT environments. By joining forces, ABB and HPE are bringing together the capabilities needed to accelerate this transformation.

Computing where it is required
Running data acquisition, analytics and control processes near industrial equipment helps customers avoid the latency, security and reliability issues associated with data communication through remote IT systems. ABB and HPE will jointly develop, market and service digital industrial solutions that help customers:

  • Create deep insights and automatic action from industrial data – by running ABB AbilityTM applications on enterprise-grade IT systems close to the industrial equipment to accelerate the processing of vast amounts of data; and
  • Manage and control industrial processes across the supply chain – by leveraging hybrid IT to provide a seamless experience from edge to cloud to core, making critical data available across locations.

The partnership will enable ABB Ability™ solutions to run on hybrid platforms such as HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack, enabling customers to deploy applications to their preferred location – on HPE infrastructure in industrial plants and data centers or in the Microsoft Azure public cloud – to meet the specific requirements regarding performance, security or cross-site collaboration.

ABB and HPE will also deliver joint solutions for data centers, including

  • Data center automation – to enable data center power, cooling and building systems automatically adapt to changing IT demands or incidents. To that end, ABB and HPE will integrate ABB AbilityTM Data Center Automation, which controls, monitors and optimizes mission-critical data center facilities infrastructure, with HPE OneView, HPE’s IT infrastructure automation software.
  • Secure edge data center – specifically designed to run in harsh industrial environments, bringing enterprise-grade IT capacity closer to the point of data collection and machine control. This solution is being developed in collaboration between ABB, HPE and Rittal, the world’s largest manufacturer of IT racks, and will be an off-the-shelf ready IT data center solution for industrial customers enabling real-time insight and action.
 @ABBgroupnews #PAuto @HPE

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Trips and tricks on-line!

HBM has upgraded their customer support services by including a ‘Tips and Tricks’ section on their official website. They provide an extensive collection of technical articles, tutorials, check lists and videos covering topics on data acquisition, measurement technology, stress analysis and industrial process control.

To cater to all customers HBM offers technical support for all measurement tasks via in person meetings, telephone calls, email correspondence or live chat.

Paul Beardsworth, Sales Manager of HBM, commented, “The merit of any company is not just based on the quality of its products but also the importance that it places on servicing its customers. Our priority has always been solving problems for our customers, keeping them abreast of important industry updates and educating them about relevant topics to make their processes easier and simpler. We are happy that this service helps add to their knowledge bank.”

Included in the wide range of material available online are articles and webinars about topics including torque measurement and torque measurement technology. Ranging from introducing the basics of torque measurement to more advanced and specific white papers, the material online is helpful and informative.

Also addressed in the material available are other topics such as strain measurement in experimental stress analysis; load measurement in weighing technology; and data acquisition systems.

 @HBMmeasurement #Pauto 

IP67 Edge Nodes for IIoT.

The IC-3173 Industrial Controller, National Instrument’s first IP67-rated controller has been announced. The new controller is ideally suited to act as an Industrial Internet of Things edge node in extremely harsh locations including spray down manufacturing environments, test cells and outdoor locations without the need for a protective enclosure. The IP67 rating helps ensure reliable operation in the presence of dust and water, in accordance to IEC standard 60529.

Industrial Controllers are high-performance, fanless devices that deliver high levels of processing power and connectivity for automated image processing, data acquisition and control applications in extreme environments. These controllers feature up to a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 dual-core processor, 8 GB DDR3 RAM, 64 GB storage, four Power over Ethernet (PoE) GigE ports, two USB 3.0 ports and two DisplayPorts in a rugged design with no moving parts, and now with an IP rating up to IP67. Industrial Controllers also include a user-programmable Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA, which improves system performance by providing custom I/O timing, synchronization, control and image coprocessing capabilities.

“NI’s Industrial Controllers have a robust set of I/O resources that allow us to use one controller for every facet of our automation needs including testing, vision, motion control and digital I/O,” said Jordan Larson, manufacturing engineer at Federal-Mogul Powertrain. “By utilizing the built-in EtherCAT Master for motion and conditioned I/O, we have greatly reduced the wiring and debugging time of the automation machines that we build. With Industrial Controllers, we also have brought the cost per camera down tremendously compared to other cameras previously used for machine vision. Using NI’s Industrial Controllers, we have reduced the number of components inside our machines and have all our control software on one platform, which was something we were unable to do previously.”

• Industrial Controllers are part of a growing number of products from NI that support Time Sensitive Networking (TSN), the next evolution of the IEEE 802.1 Ethernet standard that delivers distributed time synchronization, low latency and convergence of time-critical and general networking traffic. In addition to using TSN for controller-to-controller communication, engineers can also integrate highly synchronized sensor measurements using the new TSN-enabled CompactDAQ Chassis released earlier this year. 

#IIoT. @niukie #Pauto 

Energy meter accessory!

The LP980 Transient Absorption Spectrometer from Edinburgh Instruments now offers calibrated, software-controlled energy meters to monitor experimental conditions in real time. The meters are fitted inside the sample chamber of the instrument and provide the energy of each individual excitation pulse, as well as the energy after the sample. This makes absorbance measurements and photobleaching tests easier than ever.

@Edinst #Pauto #TandM

Safe Strain Gauge Load Cell Product Families.

BLH Nobel has announced that four of its strain gage load cell product families are now available with EN ISO 13849 and IEC 61508 functional safety certifications.

The EN ISO 13849 functional safety standard incorporates statistical analysis to help better predict component, device and circuitry reliability within the safety-related parts of industrial machinery control systems. This determination represents the probability of failure to danger over time, expressed as a performance level (PL). The IEC 61508 standard for electrical/electronic/programmable electronic safety-related systems further defines methods to achieve product functional safety. This allows OEMs to demonstrate a certain overall safety integrity level (SIL) within their system designs.

The strain gage load cell product families from BLH Nobel now available with functional safety certifications include models with or without current loop output, as well as those featuring redundant configurations. Most families with functional safety certifications are further available with ATEX, CSA, FM, IECEx, cFMus and CE approvals. These certifications allow the BLH Nobel load cells to be specified within a wider range of critical applications, including crane weighing and overload monitoring; process industry weighing and monitoring; offshore tank weighing; machinery monitoring; and safety-critical weighing and force measurements.

For more than 40 years, the BLH Nobel brand of VPG has specialized in the design, development and manufacture of high-quality and high-accuracy process weighing and force measurement technologies and related control systems. BLH Nobel load cells maximize accuracy and minimize the effects of mixing, agitation, and temperature changes within critical process stages. BLH Nobel products and customized solutions are designed to comply with stringent requirements in the food and beverage, pulp and paper, pharmaceutical manufacturing, medical equipment, process, mining, steel, and offshore industries. The brand further offers a wide variety of communication protocols for seamless integration within complex production lines. It also supplies system solutions, products, and services in more than 100 countries worldwide. Each BLH Nobel custom solution is derived from more than 40 years of engineering expertise, gained from across thousands of successful applications.

@blhnobel #Pauto

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Flue gas desulfurisation system.

A control system for a flue gas desulfurisation system that is to be installed at the Ugljevik coal-fired power plant in northeastern Bosnia and Herzegovina will be delivered by Yokogawa. This flue gas desulfurisation system, which will be the first of its type to be installed in the West Balkans, is scheduled to start operation in October 2019.

The Ugljevik power plant has a capacity of 300 MW, sufficient to supply a quarter of the total electrical generation capacity for the Republic of Srpska, which is one of the constituent entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since it burns brown coal with high sulfur content, the emissions from its flue stack contain high levels of sulfur dioxide. Installation of the flue gas desulfurisation system is expected to improve the environment and help satisfy environmental standards, which is required for joining the EU.

The main product delivered by Yokogawa will be a CENTUM® VP integrated production control system for the monitoring and control of the flue gas desulfurisation system. The project will be managed by Yokogawa GesmbH, the company’s subsidiary in Austria and Central East Europe, and Ogranak Yokogawa Europe Branches Beograd, the Serbia office of Yokogawa Europe Branches B.V. Delivery of the CENTUM VP system will take place by August 2018.

The order for this system came from Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd., a member of the consortium that will deliver the flue gas desulfurisation system, and it was placed with Shinkawa Electric Co., Ltd., which is a distributor for the Yokogawa subsidiary Yokogawa Solution Service Corporation.

In line with growing environmental concerns, power plants around the world expect to install an increasing number of flue gas desulfurisation systems. Yokogawa offers field devices, analysers, and control systems, as well as software-based solutions that can help to optimise the operation of flue gas desulfurisation systems and other types of plant facilities. Yokogawa has an installed base of over 100 control devices at flue gas desulfurisation facilities around the world. In Central and Eastern Europe, Yokogawa products are currently used in flue gas desulfurisation systems at large coal-fired power plants in Bulgaria and Romania. Yokogawa continues to actively propose solutions for flue gas desulfurisation systems and other projects that will help to protect the environment.

@YokogawaIA  #PAuto #Power #BosniaHerz

Convection cooled PSUs.

Excelsys Technologies has announced the availability of new output module for its revolutionary CoolX series of convection cooled modular configurable power supplies. The new CmE bulk power module provides up to 600W power from one module (occupying three slots). The addition of this module greatly increases product and system flexibility while significantly reducing total cost through reduced component count and simplifying configuration and system integration.

Initially available with a 24V output, the bulk power module provides up to 25A output current capability. It is ideal for applications requiring one higher power output with additional lower outputs, which can be configured between 2.5V and 58 V using the existing CoolX modules.

“We have many applications where customers configure a number of outputs in parallel to provide high power outputs,” comments Dermot Flynn, Sales Director of Excelsys Technologies. “We expect that the same will be the case with CoolX and have therefore developed the CmE CoolMod” continues Flynn. “It is a 24V, 600W module and rather than having three isolated outputs to be connected, adjusted and set up to current share etc. customers will now have just one power connection point and a single connection for control etc. This new high power module along with existing output modules allows customers to centralise all their power requirements in a one power supply, greatly simplifying system integration.”

Typical applications
medical clinical diagnostic equipment, medical lasers, dialysis equipment, radiological imaging and clinical chemistry. Industrial test and measurement, industrial machines, automation equipment, printing, telecommunications, audio equipment and high reliability harsh industrial electronics, radar, (Naval, Ground Based), communications, test and measurement
The Excelsys CoolX600 power supply series offers system integrators unparalled flexibility with analogue and digital management with PMBus monitoring and control capability and is user field configurable with Plug and Play power. All outputs are isolated and may be connected in series or parallel to achieve higher output voltages or currents. Mounting options include base, side and Din Rail alternatives

The CoolX600 is available with full safety certifications to UL/EN60950 and UL/EN60601 3rd and 4th Edition (EMC) for both industrial and medical applications. Stand-out medical features include BF rating (Body Floating), dual fusing, 2 x MOPP.  <300ua 150ua.="" as="" br="" current="" leakage="" of="" optional="" ultra-low="" well="">Additional features include SEMI F47 compliance and operation at 5000m altitude. A 24W standby power output (available as either 12V or optional 5V), offering effectively another output, for system intelligence, cooling fans, displays etc. is a standard feature.

The CoolX600 can be populated with up to 4 CoolMods, providing up to 5 isolated DC outputs ranging from 2.5V to 58.0V. Following the tradition of Excelsys, the CoolX600 offers customers the greatest flexibility and is completely user and field configurable. Outputs can be configured to the required set point voltages and connected in parallel of series for higher output current and/or higher output voltages.
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<300ua 150ua.="" as="" br="" current="" leakage="" of="" optional="" ultra-low="" well=""> #ExcelsysT #PAuto #PSU

Data acquisition software.

Simultaneous Recording and Analysis of Up to 48 Channels and 50,000 Samples Per Second with Fast, Easy Setup and Minimal-to-No Downtime

The global market launch of the Micro-Measurements® StrainSmart® 9000 dynamic data acquisition software has been announced. The software allows for the simultaneous sampling of up to 48 channels, at speeds of up to 50,000 samples per second, with fast, easy setup and minimal-to-no downtime.

Traditionally, the inherent complexities of dynamic test setups and programming, as well as repetitive manual measurement tasks, have created up to days, or weeks, of unwanted downtime. With StrainSmart 9000, it is now possible to perform accurate, real-time data recording, analysis, display and export within just minutes of software setup, with one-touch autobalance and post-processing data filtering. Designed for ease of use by students, engineers and scientists alike, StrainSmart 9000 offers an intuitive, complete turnkey Windows® based software platform for accurate, dynamic data acquisition, reduction, download, and display. The software easily translates end-user concepts into application-specific needs, with assured data accuracy through automatic error checking and calibration. A “verify” tool at setup allows the end-user to perform early error and omission pre-arm checks. Bridge excitation functions may be easily disabled for a complete pre-test noise evaluation scan. Visual representations provide instant access to hardware wiring and configuration validation data, with choice of either local or remote real-time display viewing.

Channel settings within StrainSmart 9000 are performed automatically from sensor properties, largely without manual intervention. Direct calculations of engineering units, including strain gage rosette principal and failure criteria stresses, along with input shunt calibration and user-defined assignments, are possible. Sensor-specific input assignments of strain gages, thermocouples, and other sensing types offer ease of mathematical data manipulation. Individual strain gage engineering data entry is also possible, with automatic error corrections for transverse sensitivity, Wheatstone bridge nonlinearity, and lead wire resistance. Parameters, such as thermal output, gage factor variation with temperature, and thermal coefficient of gage factor, are easily corrected via the assignment of a temperature sensor.

Unique signal visualization algorithms within StrainSmart 9000 provide in-depth insights, including full graphical representations of channel assignments, for reduced potential connection errors. Individual test setups and common parameters may be stored and saved by the end-user for later reuse. Larger data sets may be exported to multiple files automatically, as either ASCII text files, .csv files, or Microsoft® Excel documents.

StrainSmart 9000 is designed for seamless and direct compatibility with the Micro-Measurements System 9000 data acquisition system, as well as both Micro-Measurements and other industry strain gages (strain gauges), strain gage- based transducers, thermocouples, temperature sensors, high-level voltage sensors, and piezoelectric sensors. The software is now available as a no-charge upgrade for customers with legacy software versions. As it is site-licensed, StrainSmart 9000 may be installed on an unlimited number of PCs within the same facility or department. Typical applications include experimental stress analysis; electronics drop testing; printed circuit board (PCB) and finished product component reliability and subassembly testing; engine vibration monitoring; and fatigue life testing. The StrainSmart 9000 software system can further support virtually any dynamic data acquisition task, in which the simultaneous sampling of up to 48 channels, at speeds of up to 50,000 samples per second, is required.

@Strain_Gage #Pauto

A smart collaboration.

Copa-Data is inviting plant managers and engineers to register for its upcoming webinar ‘Smart Factory solutions with Copa-Data and Microsoft Azure’. The webinar, created in collaboration with Microsoft, will be held on 7 December 2017 at 10am. Participants are invited to register for the free smart factory webinar in advance via the COPA-DATA website.

zenon, their industrial automation software, provides seamless integration with Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. In fact, the company was named 2017 Microsoft Partner of the Year in the ’Internet of Things’ category. The webinar will be hosted by Lee Sullivan, Regional Manager at Copa-Data UK and expert in zenon implementation. Sullivan will discuss how ambitions of a smart factory can be made a reality by combining zenon and Microsoft Azure.

The webinar is recommended for existing zenon customers, plant managers and engineers curious about the potential of the software for smart factory implementation. It will explain how manufacturing intelligence, such as predictive analytics and preventative maintenance, can be easily achieved with the collaboration of these two systems.

“Storing manufacturing data in the cloud allows organisations to access their information anywhere at any time — which means that they don’t need to eat away at their own infrastructure,” explained Lee Sullivan. “That said, the integration of Azure and zenon can provide a greater benefit than simply saving on-premises storage.

“In the webinar on December 7, we will demonstrate how effective supply chain management, global benchmarking and real-time key performance indicator (KPI) calculations can be put into practice using the combination of this technology.”

• Copa-Data has been an active member of the Microsoft Partner Network since 2005. Its software, zenon, is based on Microsoft’s latest technology, so data collected by the system can be easily integrated into the Azure cloud platform.

@copadata  #PAuto @Azure

Infrared cameras.

Fluke has introduced upgraded versions of two of its best-selling infrared cameras. The new Fluke® Ti450 PRO Infrared Camera offers increased thermal sensitivity, providing sharper on-screen images which makes it easier to visualise and diagnose issues.

The new Ti450 PRO and Ti480 PRO feature a more intuitive touch screen interface with a higher contrast display and compatibility with optional smart telephoto, wide-angle and macro lenses which can be interchanged without calibration. Both cameras also extend their temperature range upwards, the Ti450 PRO to 1500degC and the Ti480 PRO to 1000degC. The cameras provide fast, one-handed operation to perform multiple inspections quickly and accurately.

Both the Fluke Ti450 PRO, with 320 x 240 resolution, and the Ti480 PRO, with 640 x 480 resolution, feature MultiSharp™ Focus, delivering exceptional image quality to industrial, process, utilities maintenance and building inspection professionals who need high measurement accuracy to quickly detect problems. It is an advanced focus system that takes multiple images with a press of a button. The camera combines them to produce one focused image of both near and far objects, delivering precision image clarity guaranteeing an in-focus image when back in the office, no matter what the conditions.

Both infrared cameras feature:
  • SuperResolution, which captures multiple images and can combine them to create crisp, sharp images with four times the original pixel data
  • LaserSharp® Auto Focus, which uses a laser distance meter to calculate the precise distance to the designated target for sharper, more accurate images
  • Fluke IR-Fusion® technology, which captures a visible light image in addition to the infrared image and combines them with three different operating modes: Picture-in-Picture, full visible light, and AutoBlend™
  • Fluke Connect SmartView® Desktop Software, for optimising and analysing thermal images, generating customisable reports and exporting images in multiple formats to the Fluke Connect Cloud.
Fluke Connect Compatible
The new infrared cameras integrate into Fluke Connect® - the company’s full-feature platform that permits Fluke tool users to receive, store, visualise, and report electronic measurement data from more than 40 Fluke Connect wireless test tools. This allows technicians to record and share thermal images, along with electrical and other measurements, in real time via their smartphones or tablets and automatically upload them to the cloud.

The Fluke Connect system provides access to maintenance records simultaneously at the inspection site and from the office or an off-site location, enabling faster decision making. It also enables real-time collaboration between team members with ShareLive™ video calls, increasing productivity in the field.

Images sync wirelessly direct from the camera to the Fluke Connect system, so images can be attached to an asset record or work order. Reports can be created and shared directly from the job site via email.

@FlukeCorp  #PAuto 

Amplifiers for universal and fieldbus sensor data acquisition.

Recently announced by Burster the new 9250 and 9251 series amplifier module and bus controller bring new levels of flexibility to sensor data acquisition. These products are available in Britain from Ixthus Instrumentation.

Burster’s 9250 sensor amplifier is manufacturer independent and suitable for single or combined measurement of bridge, potentiometer, voltage and digital transducers for force, pressure, displacement, rotational speed, and torque etc. Notable features include automatic sensor recognition and fast pushbutton set-up for simple commissioning with up to two real-time signals/limit switches per amplifier module. The 9251 bus controller supports synchronous export of up to 8 modules/measurement channels. The module also provides Ethernet based fieldbuses including PROFINET, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP over I/O interface – facilitating sensor data transmission to PLCs and other machine controllers where they can be combined, monitored and linked efficiently to other processes.

Many additional features optimise the use and versatility of the range including editable configuration and adjustable cut-off frequency using Burster’s DigiVision PC software via an integral USB port where full measurement data export is also available. A Tare facility via pushbutton or I/O signals is also provided.

The compact design perfectly suits DIN rail cabinet mounting and the combined amplifier module and bus controller system is easily integrated and provides a scalable solution for existing or new instrumentation setups.

@IxthusInst  #PAuto #Burster