Monday 30 April 2018

DIN-Rail PoE Injectors.

Two new high quality 8-port Power over Ethernet (PoE) power injectors are now available, from PULS Power, with either an integrated premium power supply or as stand-alone device.

System builders looking for high reliability and efficient solution to supply a multitude of PoE devices will be impressed by the new PULS designs. With up to 8 ports and an integrated premium power supply at just 77mm wide, the AC input injector can do what normally requires a combination of at least two devices, reducing costs and space required on the DIN Rail. For systems with an existing system power supply the PULS stand-alone DC input PoE injection device is just 39mm wide offering designers’ maximum space savings.

Using plug-and-play automatic device detection and classification, together with proven DIN rail mounting, PULS PoE Injectors are user friendly and easy to install. As layer-2 switching methodology is not required, real-time and security critical applications can be powered with the highest levels of confidence.

The new PULS PoE devices provide high performance capacity with PoE+ and Gigabit Ethernet and are of a robust and flexible design, making these injectors suitable for a variety of applications worldwide including; industrial process and factory automation, medical and health care, smart offices, VoIP and telecoms, surveillance, airports and Factory 4.0 infrastructure.

PULS DIN rail PoE Injectors are equipped with up to 8 ports and each port delivers a power of 30W (25.5W at load) and is compliant to IEEE Standard 802.3at. This enables PoE
communication with a high number of devices using just one PoE Injector.

System designers can specify a version with or without built in power supply depending on their application and variants with less than 8 ports are available on request. Standard DIN rail mounting allows an simple and fast installation of the PULS PoE Injector in customers’ application. No complicated setup or integration into network is required.

Key features include high efficiency up to 95.5%, advanced inrush current limitation, active power factor correction small size of just 117x39x128mm for PoE Injector (DC input), 117x77x131mm PoE Injector (AC input), operational temperature range between -45°C to +85°C PoE Injector (DC input) and -25°C to +70°C PoE Injector (AC input)

Large biomanufacturing facility annouced.

A Hong Kong-listed global open-access biologics technology platform company, is to invest €325 million and create 400 new jobs over five years in a new biologics drug substance manufacturing facility in Dundalk (IRL). This was announced by the Taoiseach, Mr Leo Varadkar, Head of the Irish Government, on Monday 30th April 2018.

Taoiseach at inauguration of WuXi project.
Headquartered in Wuxi City, China, WuXi Biologics is a global leading platform company providing end-to-end solutions for biologics with a mission to accelerate and transform biologics discovery, development and manufacturing to benefit patients around the world.

This state-of-the-art facility-of-the-future will be built upon the novel approach WuXi Biologics has pioneered deploying multiple single-use bioreactors for commercial biomanufacturing and is also designed to be able to run continuous bioprocessing, a next generation manufacturing technology to be first implemented globally in this campus. A total of 48,000L fed-batch and 6,000L perfusion bioreactor capacity will be installed, representing the world’s largest facility using single-use bioreactors.

The manufacturing project in a 26-hectare campus, the company’s first site outside of China, is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

Speaking at today’s announcement in Dundalk, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: “This is the start of something special. We will see the Factory of the Future, right here in Dundalk. It’s the first sizable Greenfield project from China in the pharma sector and I am delighted to see it located here in Dundalk. It’s also the latest in a number of investments in this town which has become a hub for a range of sectors, mainly in the new knowledge based and pharmaceutical sectors.

Louth hosts National Pen, PayPal, Xerox, Wasdell and Prometric, to name just a few. In 2017 there were 24 IDA-supported companies in the county, and the number of jobs created by them has tripled from 1,300 in 2010 to almost 4,000. It’s all part of the Government’s goal to increase regional investment and associated jobs by up to 40 per cent.”

Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD welcomed the announcement, saying: “I was delighted to join the Taoiseach for the official announcement of WuXi’s significant investment in Dundalk. This huge €325 million investment is a great vote of confidence in Ireland and reinforces our image as a global centre of excellence in Biologics. This investment will result in the creation of over 400 highly skilled jobs over 5 years as well as approximately 700 construction jobs. This development is a further example of the success of our commitment under the Regional Action Plans for Jobs to provide quality jobs in regional locations.”

“We have been engaging IDA and ISIF for several years before finalizing today’s exciting investment in this community. This is our second major partnership in Ireland, following on WuXi NextCODE's work with Genomics Medicine Ireland (GMI). These ventures showcase how competitive Ireland is for global enterprise and investment, and we are grateful for all the support local agencies and the talented people here have provided us,“ Dr. Ge Li, Chairman of WuXi Biologics, commented.

Dr. Chris Chen, CEO of WuXi Biologics, added: “We are all excited to initiate our first global site to enable local companies and expedite biologics development in Europe. In addition, this is the start and a critical part of our global biomanufacturing network to ensure that biologics are manufactured to the highest quality and with a robust supply chain to benefit patients worldwide. We are committed to Ireland and will work with all local partners to build this state-of-art next generation biomanufacturing facility as a showcase to the global biotech community.”

Mr. Martin Shanahan, IDA Ireland CEO continued: “This investment is a significant win for Ireland and for the BMW Region particularly as it is WuXi Biologics’ first manufacturing facility outside of China. It also shows that our strategy of market diversification is working. WuXi Biologics is a strong addition to Ireland’s growing cluster of next-generation biopharmaceutical companies and will be an excellent reference seller for new greenfield Asia Pacific Investment into Ireland. The selection of a BMW regional location is a strong endorsement of IDA’s regional strategy and property strategy to acquire and secure pre-approved planning for biopharma strategic sites. The 400 jobs being created, along with some 700 jobs at the construction phase, will be of substantial benefit to the Region. The company has shown great commitment to Ireland with this project which represents an investment of €325 million. IDA is delighted to support this project and I wish the company every success here in Ireland and in this Region and will follow their progress with interest.”

“ WuXi Biologics has been our long-term strategic collaborator as contract manufacturer for our Pompe biologic, ATB200. We are excited to witness this new investment and support from the company to ensure robust commercial supply for our critical program ATB200,” said Dr. Enrique Dilone, SVP of Technical Operations at Amicus Therapeutics, Inc., a global biotechnology company at the forefront of advanced therapies to treat a range of devastating rare and orphan diseases.

This announcement expands upon the partnership established among IDA, ISIF and WuXi AppTec group companies. WuXi Biologics’ sister company, WuXi NextCODE, has partnered closely with GMI and ISIF since inception. Both investments and collaborations share a common goal: to advance cutting-edge technologies and high-value-added jobs based in Ireland and serve customers and markets worldwide.

 #WuXiBiologics #PAuto #Pharma @IDAIRELAND @campaignforleo

Saturday 28 April 2018

Low-Mass VC Response Accelerometers.

Silicon Designs has announced the recently enhanced performance of its compact, low-mass, single axis Model 2220 series.

Design of the enhanced Model 2220 series incorporates Silicon Designs’ new proprietary high-performance MEMS chip, along with high-drive, low-impedance buffering, for industry-exclusive improved bias and scale factor over temperature performance. These specifications are unmatched among other industry MEMS VC accelerometer manufacturers yet are still offered by Silicon Designs at a highly competitive price point.

The Model 2220 series is available in seven unique models, with standard measurement ranges from ±2 g to ±200 g, each with a wide frequency response measuring down to zero hertz. Each accelerometer module is housed within an epoxy-sealed rugged anodized aluminum housing, with mounting via two M3 screws. Its lower mass (10 g) and compact size (1" x 1" x 0.3") can help to minimize mass loading effects, making it ideal for zero-to-medium frequency acceleration and vibration measurements within a variety of industrial and commercial applications. The Silicon Designs Model 2220 series can respond to both DC and AC acceleration, either with two analog ±4V (differential); or 0.5 to 4.5V (single-ended) outputs that vary with acceleration. At zero acceleration, differential voltage output is nominally 0 VDC (DC response), with typical 1% cross-axis sensitivity. Onboard voltage regulation minimizes supply variation effects. Units are designed to withstand shock inputs of up to 2000 g over a standard temperature range of –55°C to +125°C. Each module is serialized for traceability and calibrated prior to factory shipment.

The combined low mass, small dimensional size, and low-impedance outputs of the Model 2220 make the series particularly ideal for flight test, aircraft flutter testing, vibration monitoring and analysis, robotics, biomechanics, automotive RLDA, machinery and equipment control, modal analysis, crash testing, and general in-laboratory applications. Non-standard g ranges, packages and connector configurations are available upon request.

#Silicon_Designs #Pauto @EmbassyGlobal 

Friday 27 April 2018

Delivering advanced analysis!

Radix and Seeq, both sponsors of PI World, will partner to deliver advanced analytics solutions to their customers. The goal of the partnership is to accelerate digital transformation and harness the capabilities of advanced analytics to deliver greater operational efficiency and deeper insight across the organization.

Radix has extensive experience and understanding of the enterprise operational data platform. Combined with Seeq’s advanced analytics solution, it is a natural extension that will enhance the digital transformation of customer’s operations.

Radix CEO, Joao Chachamovitz, views Seeq as a best-in-class software technology enabler to the PI Platform that will augment Radix’s solutions suite to their customers. “Seeq is well known in the industry as a PI process analytics catalyst/accelerator. Our companies will use our ability to innovate and execute in terms of expanding and extending margins for our customers.”

“Solution providers like Radix Engineering are critical to the delivery of Seeq as an advanced analytics solution. Our customers rely upon the experience and expertise from partners like Radix to enable solutions that deliver insight and drive results,” highlighted Steve Sliwa, CEO of Seeq.

Radix and Seeq chose the timing of the announcement to coincide with OSIsoft’s premier User Conference, PI World. With many joint customers attending PI World and both of their company’s commitments to the PI platform from OSIsoft, it was a natural opportunity to highlight the capabilities that they bring together.

@SeeqCorporation @RadixEng #PAuto 

Thursday 26 April 2018

Irish co-operation on Brexit.

Irish project managers are establishing a cross-border working group to address Brexit. This was announced at the Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute’s (PMI) annual conference. The new all-island working group will make recommendations on how Brexit’s impact on cross-border projects can be minimised.

The group, consisting of members from the Ireland Chapter of PMI, the largest professional organisation for project managers in Ireland with over 1,300 members, and the PMI Northern Ireland Committee, will put in place recommendations on how to navigate Brexit. The British formal exit from the European Union takes place in 2019.

Gerald Fleming, former head of forecasting at Met Éireann, and chair of the Public Weather Services Programme at the World Meteorological Organization; Dr Norah Patten, who is on course to become Ireland’s first ever astronaut; Pat Lucey, President, Ireland Chapter of PMI; Marcus Gageby, EY Ireland advisory partner; and Ariadna Groberio, Chair, PMI Northern Ireland Committee.
The announcement opened the Ireland Chapter of PMI’s annual conference at the Aviva Stadium (Dublin, IRL) with headline sponsor EY Ireland. This Stadium is the HQ of the Irish Rugby Football Union which is itself an all island body which predates the Border. The event, titled The Change Makers, was attended by almost 400 business leaders, with guest speakers including Irish astronaut hopeful, Dr Norah Patten; former head of forecasting at Met Éireann, Gerald Fleming; and EY Ireland advisory partner, Marcus Gageby.

Speaking on the announcement, President of the Ireland Chapter of PMI, Pat Lucey said: “This cross-border, all-island strategy on Brexit is incredibly important, especially given the current talks on the customs union. So many all-island projects are in jeopardy if a strong and definite strategy is not put in place now before a border, of any kind, becomes a reality.”

This is the first working group of the Ireland Chapter of PMI and the PMI Northern Ireland Committee since their Memorandum of Understanding was signed in 2016.

PMI Northern Ireland Committee Chair, Ariadna Groberio added the development of the cross-border strategy will benefit project managers that work in Northern Ireland and the Republic. “By engaging in this cohesive and strategic all-island approach, the two PMI branches will assist and help project managers in futureproofing against Brexit uncertainty.”

Speaking on the new all-island working group, Marcus Gageby stated: "A collaborative approach outlined by project managers either side of the border is very much welcomed, as joined-up thinking is needed to minimise the impact of Brexit on north-south projects.”

@PMI_Ireland #PAuto @PMI_UK_Chapter #Breatimeacht #Brexit

Access all major protocols!

Softing is the first company to offer access to the major process automation protocols HART, Foundation Fieldbus and PROFIBUS PA with one single interface. mobiLink communicates via USB or Bluetooth and is perfectly suited for commissioning and maintenance with handheld host devices.

“In the past, customers had to care around an interface for each protocol. Now with mobiLink, Softing is the first company to offer access to three protocols with one single device. Thanks to mobiLink, our customers can access field devices with maximum flexibility and mobility and carry out a large number of configuration tasks,” says Thomas Hilz, Program Marketing Manager at Softing Industrial.

Softing’s mobiLink simplifies mobile access to field devices for plant operators, system integrators, device developers and other users in the process industries. In combination with the relevant software, e.g. Softing’s Communication Configurator, it is suitable for configuration, commissioning, diagnostics and monitoring. mobiLink supports FDT Frame Applications and major engineering tools. It allows access to HART and Foundation Fieldbus devices such as transmitters or valves. Access to PROFIBUS PA devices will be possible on July 1st, 2018.

mobiLink is battery-operated, extremely robust and suitable for use in explosive areas. It communicates with handheld host devices like smart phones and tablets via Bluetooth and has a USB interface for bench host operation.

 @SoftingIA #PAuto

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Industrial computer range extended.

Harting has added a number of new models to its MICA industrial computer product to further its development into a universal modular platform to capture data, process it at the machine level, and exchange it in wireless and wired fashion.

The new MICA versions include the MICA 2, which offers three to five times the computing power of the MICA Basic for demanding data acquisition and processing; the MICA Wireless with 2G/3G/4G, 802.11a/b/g/n and Glonass for data acquisition and communication without cabling; and the MICA Energy, which allows data from current meters and current transformers to be read, compressed and transferred to MES, ERP and Cloud systems.

By integrating the InfluxDB OpenSource time-series database and the Grafana dashboard software, analysis and visualisation can also be performed directly on the MICA. For OEMs, customers, and third-party developers, Harting also offers MICA kits which can be equipped with customer-specific function boards.

Implementing sensor and data fusion with the MICA can quickly add value, particularly in the production of circuit boards and other manufacturing and quality-assurance processes. For example, with a combination of RFID tags on circuit boards fitted with energy, compressed air and optical sensors, a production line can be monitored, production steps can be correlated with energy consumption at any time, and data for predictive maintenance can be collected and pre-processed.

Initial trial runs at Harting’s own manufacturing facilities have clearly shown that integrating these applications makes it extremely easy to add other KPIs such as machine running times or asset management of tools using the modular MICA architecture.

#Harting #PAuto

Network function added to digital indicator.

A network function has been added by Yokogawa, to the UM33A digital indicator with alarms, a product in the UTAdvanced controller series, and will be released to the market early next month.
1. Easy to introduce/improved monitoring of data.
The enhanced UM33A supports the master function and the data monitoring function of the Modbus/RTU communication protocol, and is able to connect up to eight sensors and sequentially display data from those devices. The UM33A is thus able to monitor data from multiple field sensors without requiring the installation and engineering of a separate device with user interface and controller functionality. It can also function alongside already installed systems that employ such specially configured hardware. With its ability to remotely connect with multiple sensors throughout a site, the enhanced UM33A makes it easier for plant personnel to check measurement data from these devices.

2. An enhanced field digital solution.
In plants, progress is being made in the introduction of field digital solutions that rely on digital communications between intelligent field devices and control systems. Field digital solutions allow the transmission of significantly greater amounts of data, including not only data on process parameters but also instrument status information. The ability to monitor this information online improves maintenance efficiency. Thanks to its functional enhancements, the enhanced UM33A can handle both digital and analog communications with sensors, and is well positioned to facilitate the introduction of field digital solutions at plants.

With this network function, a single UM33A digital indicator can receive, process, and sequentially display data from up to eight sensors. The enhanced UM33A is an easy to install and cost effective solution that enables the monitoring of data from multiple field sensors. By improving the functions of its UTAdvanced product line, Yokogawa aims to satisfy the latest customer needs and expand its controller business.

In recent years, there has been a growing need to strengthen the monitoring of data from field sensors. For safety and other reasons, operators need the ability to remotely monitor data from sensors that are installed high up, in confined spaces, and other locations where it is difficult to visually check the readings on the sensor displays. The UM33A digital indicator that Yokogawa offered until now accepts analog data from sensors that measure parameters such as temperature, pressure, and flow rate, converts this data into digital signals, and displays the readings. It can also issue an alarm if an input signal falls outside a preset range. However, it is only able to accept data from a single sensor. To check data from multiple sensors, it is necessary to install and configure other equipment such as a touch panel with an embedded controller or some other type of user interface used in combination with a programmable controller (PLC). This equipment is both expensive and requires large amounts of engineering.

Yokogawa has strengthened the functions of the UM33A to satisfy the needs of customers who want to check measurement data from multiple sensors in the field. The enhanced UM33A can be installed easily and at a lower cost.

Companies that design and manufacture machinery, air conditioning systems, power equipment, tanks, and other items for use in industries such as electrical equipment, machinery, chemicals, foods, semiconductors, and automobiles will find this useful.

It will be used for the display of temperature, pressure, and flow rate; alarming; and display of operating conditions in heating, cleaning, sterilization, cryogenics, refrigeration, wastewater treatment, and other manufacturing and R&D processes.

Agreement makes connections.

Rosenberger and Molex have signed a dual-sourcing agreement allowing Molex to produce High-Speed FAKRA-Mini automotive coaxial connectors based on the Rosenberger HFM® design. Enabling fast transmission of high data rates up to 20 Gbps, the Rosenberger HFM FAKRA-Mini system is designed for a range of existing and future automotive applications, such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), navigation, infotainment and intelligent connected vehicles.

With the dual sourcing agreement, Rosenberger and Molex provide a high-quality, high-speed, cost-optimized intermateable interface with identical mechanical and electrical performance and features. The solution delivers seamless backward compatibility for the automotive market.

“Molex is excited to collaborate with Rosenberger to launch the dual-sourced HFM solution that enables high-speed data transmission fundamental to connected vehicle technology,” said Ryan Price, networking segment director, Molex. “Our shared vision is to deliver a high value, cost effective solution that provides design flexibility and backward compatibility.”

With the increasing bandwidth and safety critical needs of connected and autonomous vehicle architectures, it is necessary to have a robust infrastructure that can operate a multitude of devices, screens and cameras. HFM FAKRA-Mini connectors allow for the highest bit rate data transmission while saving up to 80 percent of installation space and significant weight compared to the conventional FAKRA generation.

“Ensuring safety is the ultimate priority of ADAS and autonomous driving systems, and HFM connectors play a key role in processing the high data volumes from cameras, sensors, navigation sources and other external objects in real time,” said Dr. Tosja Zywietz, CEO, Rosenberger. “We are pleased to collaborate with Molex on making this next-generation coax connector widely available to the automotive industry as a quasi standard.”

There is no investment relationship between Rosenberger and Molex under the terms of the product dual-sourcing agreement.

@MolexConnectors #PAuto

Measuring stress under pressure!

When Terex Pegson® MPS needed a reliable and flexible system to measure stress on its LJ5139 stone crushing machine, it turned to HBM to provide a comprehensive and effective solution.

Following a thorough study of the issues faced by Terex Pegson® MPS, HBM specified its rugged DAQ, SomatXR series, which is particularly suitable for use in harsh environments. To compliment this package, HBM also suggested the Somat MX1615B-R module and related accessories, which included RF-9 strain gauge rosettes.

Given the demanding environment, it was important that Terex Pegson® MPS specified the correct equipment. “Often faced with wet and arduous conditions, the ability to operate reliably under harsh conditions and sudden impacts was a key consideration for the customer when it came to suggesting the SomatXR system” explains Gregg Todd, HBM Mobile Data Acquisition Specialist.

The powerful SomatXR data acquisition system is specifically developed for use in harsh environments. The modules provide a wide temperature range and are protected from humidity, dust, shock and vibration.

The data acquisition system provides a web interface for simple operation without any software installation. This allows for convenient channel parameterisation, monitoring of measurement jobs and visualisation of measured data far away from the measuring point. This was a particularly significant feature for Terex® MPS, given the nature of the measurement task.

Another factor which was taken into consideration when specifying the Somat XR series was the operating conditions. For instance, when operating under such extreme conditions, it’s often hard to anticipate all of the problems that may occur, such as losing measurement data due to unforeseen events, such as a power failure. The SomatXR system enables data to be continuously recorded. This means that should a failure interrupt a test, recorded data up until that point will be saved. This was a particularly relevant feature in terms of the long term tests, typically performed by Terex® MPS.

HBM data acquisition systems are suitable for a wide range of mobile testing applications. Despite the immense load requirements and extreme environmental conditions, HBM was able to provide Terex® MPS with a reliable and flexible solution.

In addition to specifying and supplying Terex® MPS with a system to meet its needs, HBM also provided engineers with valuable training and continued support, where needed.

@HBMmeasurement #PAuto #Mining

Investment in gas detection!

Following a move to new premises with custom built service facilities, Ashtead Technology has extended its RAE/Honeywell servicing capabilities to help customers ensure the accuracy and reliability of their gas detection activities.
RAE Systems products are used in more than 120 countries by many of the world's leading corporations and government agencies. As such, enormous numbers of people rely on these instruments in a wide range of personal and plant safety applications. However, Will Russell a Technician from Ashtead Technology, warns: “There is a danger that investment in monitoring equipment can create a false sense of security. All instruments require regular health and calibration checks to ensure that readings remain accurate, because incorrect data can mislead users into believing that conditions are safe, with potentially disastrous consequences. Instrument maintenance might not seem like a life and death issue – but if you think about it; it actually is.”

The service and calibration of gas detection equipment requires specialist skills, equipment and gases, so it is vital for the operators of these instruments to implement appropriate procedures to ensure that they remain in optimal condition.

“Many Ashtead customers undertake routine calibration themselves and only return their instruments to us for service. However, the proportion of clients that prefer to rely on us for all of this work is constantly growing. This is because we have the equipment and skills required to undertake the work, and loan instruments available to rent with a rapid turnaround, so we are able to ensure that monitoring is not interrupted and safety is protected.”

Ashtead Technology has invested heavily in its new dedicated service facility, which is fully equipped with all the necessary service and calibration tools, including specialist gases and Honeywell approved parts. The service team benefits from regular Honeywell training courses and the company is certified to ISO9001.

A wide range of gas detection instruments are available for hire or purchase from Ashtead. Customers can also purchase instrument calibration and health check with the additional option of a full service. Employing courier collection/delivery, typical turnaround time is just 5 days.

The products covered by this service include the BW GasAlert, MiniRAE 3000, MiniRAE 3000 Lite, RAE Systems UltraRAE 3000, RAE Systems ppbRAE and the AreaRAE Steel.

In summary, gas is only potentially fatal when it is either not monitored, or monitored by equipment that has not been correctly calibrated and maintained.

@ashteadtech  #PAuto 

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Clamp-on flow.

Versatile instrument provides cost-effective solution for measuring water flow in industrial applications

Badger Meter has introduced the Dynasonics® TFX-500w Ultrasonic Clamp-on Flow Meter for use in building automation, heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC), water & wastewater treatment and water distribution.  This meter is designed for non-invasive, ultrasonic transit time flow measurement.

The TFX-500w Ultrasonic Clamp-on Flow Meter is a cost-effective solution for measuring water flow bi-directionally in a variety of applications. Typical examples include water systems, wastewater effluent, agricultural irrigation and industrial discharge.

As a clamp-on flow measurement instrument, the TFX-500w is ideal for users requiring a high level of applicability, functionality, economy and performance, said Cheryl Ades Anspach, marketing manager, Badger Meter. "The meter resides outside the pipe and is compatible with a wide range of pipe sizes. It has no pressure head loss, no contact with internal liquid and no moving parts to maintain. The TFX-500w is quickly and easily installed without cutting or tapping process piping, and can be retrofit in existing installations without shutting down system operations – reducing both installation time and material costs."

With the TFX-500w Ultrasonic Clamp-on Flow Meter, ultrasonic waves transmit upstream and downstream through the pipe wall and liquid flowing in the pipe. By measuring the difference in the travel time and knowing the pipe size, the meter accurately determines the rate, total and velocity of water flow.

The TFX-500w flow meter features a large, easy-to-read display. It provides Modbus RTU and BACnet MS/TP connectivity, and integrates with the Badger Meter BEACON® and AquaCUE® Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA) cloud-based software suites. Programming of the meter is through the front panel or USB cable using SoloCUE® configuration software.

Available in sizes of 1/2...10 in. (15...250 mm), and handling flow ranges of 0.1...9,800 gal/min (44,700 l/min) and temperature ranges of -40...250° F (-40...121° C), the TFX-500w is a versatile flow metering device that can be used in almost any industrial environment.

@Badger_Meter #PAuto #HM18

PXI Fault Insertion Switching.

Pickering Interfaces has expanded their range of PXI Fault Insertion Switching.

These new PXI Fault Insertion Switches (model 40-202), available with 22 or 11 fault insertion channels, were primarily designed to simulate fault conditions in automotive and avionics test applications involving the reliability testing of safety-critical controllers. They are specifically designed for differential signaling requirements, with capabilities to insert three different types of fault condition between the test fixture and the equipment under test; open-circuit, short-circuit between signal pairs and short-circuit to user applied fault conditions such as power or ground.

These new models complement Pickering’s large range of PXI Fault Insertion Switches, which are typically used in Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation applications for Electronic Control Unit validation.

Relays in-line with the signal paths allow open circuit conditions to be simulated on either side or both sides of a signal pair. Relays between each channel pair enable adjacent signals to be shorted, and relays between signal paths and the “Fault” connection allow the application of external fault conditions.

The switching topology of the 40-202 fault insertion switches allows switching channels to be interconnected so that complex fault insertion channels can be constructed.

These products are supported by Pickering’s eBIRST Switching System Test Tools, which provide a quick and easy way of finding relay failures within the modules. In addition, Pickering’s signal routing software, Switch Path Manager, may be used to simplify signal routing through complex switching systems.

@Pickeringtest  #PAuto #PXI

Hermes for sell-calibrating temperature probe!

Endress+Hauser has been recognized by Hannover Messe with the prestigious Hermes technology award for iTHERM TrustSens, the world’s first self-calibrating temperature probe for industrial applications.

Hermes Award for iTHERM
“The award-winning product makes a major contribution to the deployment of the Industrial Internet of Things throughout the process industry,” said Jochen Köckler, CEO of Deutsche Messe.

The award was presented at the opening of Hannover Messe 2018 in front of many guests, among them Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Hermes Award is one of the most respected technology contests worldwide and recognizes products and processes characterized by innovation, efficiency and application benefits.

The compact thermometer iTHERM TrustSens has been designed especially for hygienic and aseptic applications in the food & beverage and life sciences industries. With automated and fully traceable self-calibration during production, the sensor eliminates the risk of undetected non-conformities, resulting in maximum product safety and process efficiency. The integrated Heartbeat Technology additionally allows for continuous device diagnostics and verification without interruption of the process.

iTHERM TrustSens relies on an integrated reference sensor. The developers used the so-called Curie point physics principle, in which the magnetic properties of a material abruptly change at a specific temperature point. This point is determined for the reference sensor. As soon as the temperature falls below this value, such as following a steam sterilization, both sensors are adjusted. Since the Curie point remains constant, the reference sensor as a master provides a stable comparison value.

The probe thus calibrates itself each time the system is cleaned or sterilized as is usual in processes in the food & beverage and life science industries. The added value for customers is huge. Large systems often include hundreds of temperature sensors that have to be calibrated several times a year. To date, this has required stopping the process and removing the instruments. iTHERM TrustSens omits that.

@Endress_Hauser #PAuto #HM18

IT & Automation expertese for Ireland & Britain.

Novotek has launched its Britain and Ireland brand following the acquisition of Glasgow-based Kerrco Automation. The rebranded Novotek UK and Ireland will help businesses across the manufacturing, utilities, process and energy sectors to improve all aspects of operational effectiveness. The company aims to deliver this through smart use of both existing and new technologies to connect, analyse and visualise operation data.

Tobias Antius - CEO Novotek
Novotek UK and Ireland will fulfil the growing demand for digitalisation and interconnectivity in the UK market. The company channel partner in these territories for GE Digital and GE Automation and Controls, allowing Novotek to supply businesses there with fourth generation HMI and SCADA systems, such as the iFix HMI software, as well as the Predix industrial internet of things (IIoT) platform.

In addition to its GE offerings, Kerrco Automation’s rebranding gives it access to a selection of new digital products and systems through the Novotek Group.

The full portfolio of Novotek includes the Kepware suite of connectivity and Auvesy’s market leading versioning product for automation equipment as well as Novotek’s specially designed components for iFix and Historian by GE Digital. These components packages provide additional functionality to the standard products, allowing plant and facilities managers to improve the effectiveness of their systems.

“There has been a transformation in the UK IoT market in the past twelve months,” explains George Walker, managing director of Novotek UK and Ireland. “More sectors are now identifying the value to be found in the convergence of IT and operational technology (OT). It’s no longer a predominately industrial movement; we’re seeing a growing interest in the digitalisation of critical infrastructure and utilities, such as energy and water, with automation technologies.

“As part of the Novotek Group, we can apply the company’s insight into similar projects across Europe to better meet the needs of the UK market. Novotek has a history of providing creative solutions to customer requests in other regions, with the company often guiding customers out of their typical comfort zone to think differently and achieve more. By bringing this approach to the region, we can help businesses across the UK and Ireland to realise their full potential with modern, digital technologies.”

According to a recent global IoT survey, roughly one third of businesses will be looking to invest between $100,000 and $1 million over the next five years. However, Novotek argues that the amount that businesses are willing to invest in IoT is not necessarily as important as how the technology is implemented and how adoption is handled.

“The key to successfully adopting digitalisation is expertise and experience,” says Tobias Antius, CEO of Novotek. “Kerrco Automation and Novotek both had the technical capabilities, product portfolio and industry experience to provide this expertise. This brought the two companies together and, by pooling our resources, we are able to help more UK businesses lead from the front of the IoT market, as well as better serve our existing customers in the region.”

@Novotek #PAuto #Britain #Ireland @StoneJunctionPR

Monday 23 April 2018

Module Systems with Higher Performance.

Baumüller is introducing new axis units for its module system b maXX 5000. The new units are suitable for a performance range with a peak performance of up to 240 kW.

The entire range of b maXX 5000 devices covers a nominal power range of 1 to 100 kW and thus displays a suitable solution for various applications in machine and plant construction.

The converter series b maXX 5000 includes feed-in and regenerative units as well as drive units, which can be quickly and easily combined by an integrated drive connect system. For the machine builder and operator this means less installation effort and short start-up and service times. The controllers are available in the air, water and cold plate cooling types and score with minimal assembly space thanks to high performance density. With plug-in modules the devices can be equipped with safety functions according to IEC 61800-5-2. The machine builder can choose from four different modules to adapt the safety functions to his specific application. The plug-in modules enable a fast and flexible reaction to new requirements.

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50 years underground substations.

Gas-insulated switchgear transformed power grid possibilities and continues to enable grids and smart cities

Fifty years ago, ABB (then BBC) installed the first GIS in an underground substation in the heart of Zurich (CH),  enhancing the city’s power supply, conserving space and starting a revolution that continues to shape the way power is transmitted and distributed.

GIS is a compact, metal encapsulated switchgear that uses pressurized insulating gas, enabling safe operations in confined spaces while significantly reducing equipment size. This revolutionary technology was a key enabler for urbanization. Occupying only 10 percent of the space of an AIS substation, it allows substations to be built within cities to supply safe and reliable power. Substations are no longer taking up acres of open spaces but can hide within buildings, underground or on rooftops.

Prior to the advent of GIS, air-insulated switchgear (AIS) was the norm, using air as the insulation medium. This meant more exposure to the elements of nature and required more space and safety considerations. With GIS, a substation the size of a football field can be shrunk to a tennis court, allowing cities to preserve valuable space and maintain urban aesthetics.

“Pioneering GIS technology in the 1960s was a ground breaking milestone in our constant quest for innovation”, said Giandomenico Rivetti, head of ABB’s High Voltage Products business unit, within the company’s Power Grids division. “50 years of continued innovation has enabled a stronger, smarter and greener grid, bringing reliable supply of electricity to hundreds of cities and millions of people around the world.“

Over the last five decades, having installed more than 30,000 bays worldwide, ABB has continued to innovate and make significant advances in this technology, including higher transmission capacity with ever reducing footprint, digitalization and eco-efficiency. Voltage levels have gone up from 72.5 to 1,200 kilovolts (kV) to secure greater power transmission with minimal losses. 1.2 million volts is the highest alternating current (AC) level in the world – like a giant switch capable of switching on and of the average annual consumption of a country like Switzerland and facilitating transmission of power across 2,000 kilometers

@abb, #POwer

Saturday 21 April 2018

Ex tablet!

The industrial tablet Tab-Ex 02, from Pepperl+Fuchs, combines top performance with innovative applications such as augmented reality. It is ideally suited for IoT-capable applications and simplifies data exchange with SCADA / DCS systems, enterprise resource planning systems (SAP, IBM Maximo), project management systems and computer-aided system planning.

As a compact lightweight tablet, the Tab-Ex 02 is the perfect companion for a wide range of tasks such as inventory, material tracking, maintenance, and supply chain or asset management.

Based on the latest Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2, the Tab-Ex 02 commands the high-performance Android 7.1 Nougat operating system and features a powerful Octa Core processor with 1.6 GHz and 3 Gigabyte RAM. Thereby ecom provides the technological basis for complex applications that connect people, processes and systems through the Internet of Things and will be a decisive factor for a company's success in the coming years. The improved hardware of the Tab-Ex 02 enables, for example, to identify objects in an installation via augmented reality applications. The software delivers all the underlying, existing data directly into the user's field of vision in real time, while also making it shareable within the company network. Augmented reality ensures greater transparency, higher availability and faster as well as safer processes – from the planning to the operation and maintenance of a plant.

The Tab-Ex 02 is part of ecom´s wirelessly interlinked, explosion-proof Mobile Worker Ecosystem that includes smartphones, tablets, peripherals as well as software applications.

• Pepperl+Fuchs' products are marketed in Ireland through Insteco

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Friday 20 April 2018

Process Optimisation and Reliability.

Baumüller has developed a tool as part of its Industry 4.0 solution that can be operated via the cloud or local predictive maintenance or that can be used to determine potential for process optimization.

The task of BAUDIS IoT is to collect, analyze and communicate data. The software either runs as an integrated version e.g. on an industrial PC or on the retrofittable BAUDIS IoT box. The interface of choice for transmitting data to the cloud at Baumüller is OPA UA, but other interfaces can be chosen.

BAUDIS IoT is designed for two application scenarios: one for reducing downtimes from unplanned service cases and one for optimizing process and machine utilization. Data is recorded by local sensors e.g. on the drive or also via access on other electrical or mechanical components.

Relationships in the production process can be detected and evaluated through the continuous acquisition of data. This makes it possible, for example, to determine reasons for idle times and thus to improve the machine utilization. Data from several production lines, even globally, can be compared and thus standardizations can be made possible. All data can be prepared for communication to different user levels, from management to machine operator, customized in terms of representation and scope.

The second major strength of BAUDIS IoT is that service can be planned. Due to the continuous collection of data from the process or the drive system BAUDIS IoT enables an early warning regarding possible problems, such as bearing damage. In this way, maintenance intervals and service capacities can be planned in the long term and unexpected failures can be avoided. By monitoring data, such as regarding vibrations and machine utilization, the wear reserve of the monitored components can be largely completely utilized.

All data recorded via sensors or directly in the drive can be collected, analyzed and stored directly by the operator, or for example can be transmitted through the cloud to the service provider or the company headquarters. The algorithms on which the data analysis is based can be constantly updated in the cloud.

BAUDIS IoT is therefore ideal for both greenfield and brownfield systems. The system is either based on software on an industrial PC or the BAUDIS IoT box, which is a retrofittable hardware component. The system can be used independently of the manufacturer of the automation components and the sensors. When analyzing the data through the cloud, the latest algorithms are always available and the system constantly becomes more intelligent.

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Passing the torch!

After 35 years at the helm of the Laser Components Group, company founder Günther Paul (72) is taking full time retirement. In 2014 he transferred his company shares to his sons Patrick (40) and Felix (38).

On 18 April the entire staff said goodbye to their long-time boss with a surprise celebration at the company headquarters in Olching, Germany. Once again, they reviewed the most important milestones in the company‘s history – from the beginning as a two-man business in the family home in 1982 to today’s international group with branch offices and production facilities in five countries. Long-standing companions and representatives of the overseas branches sent video messages to wish Günther Paul all the best for this new chapter in his life.

In a short address, Patrick Paul emphasized the successful handover process. Over the years, more and more competencies have been transferred from one generation to the next, thus avoiding any negative effects on the company‘s growth.

The future retiree, who was busy working in the garden just before the unexpected invitation to lunch, was deeply touched by his farewell party and thanked his employees for the successful surprise. He promised to remain in touch with the company, as long as his numerous hobbies gave him time to do so.

@LaserComponents #PAuto

Thursday 19 April 2018

Another network connection makes total 17!

Ethernet POWERLINK* is the 17th industrial network to be included in the Anybus® X-gateway™ offering. The new gateways enable system integrators and machine builders to connect POWERLINK-systems to any other fieldbus or industrial Ethernet network.

This is the 17th network to be supported by the Anybus X-gateway concept from HMS. The new X-gateway versions enable system integrators and machine builders to easily connect POWERLINK systems to and from any other fieldbus or industrial network. The new Anybus X-gateway enables communication between Ethernet POWERLINK and PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, Ethernet Modbus-TCP, CC-Link IE Field, PROFIBUS, DeviceNet, CANopen, Modbus RTU and CC-Link among others.

The new X-gateways come with a USB interface for easy configuration via the Windows-based tool Anybus Configuration Manager. No programming is necessary. The X-gateways for POWERLINK come with dual-port Ethernet interfaces and an integrated switch, removing the need for external switches.

“Ethernet POWERLINK is one of the growing Ethernet networks on the market and is especially strong with machine builders in central Europe,” says Christian Bergdahl, Product Marketing Manager at HMS. “We have offered POWERLINK connectivity in our embedded Anybus CompactCom modules for several years and now see the need to expand the offering to our Anybus X-gateways. The new gateways will enable machine builders and system integrators to connect to POWERLINK in a quick and easy way.”

* Ethernet POWERLINK is an industrial Ethernet network originating from the Austrian automation company B+R, established as a leading network for machine building and system integration around the world.

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Flowmeter right on the dot!

The jury of the Red Dot* Design Awards was impressed enough with Endress+Hauser's Picomag flowmeter  to award it the Red Dot seal of quality in the product design category. The smart plug-and-play instrument scored equally well for its functionality and compact design.

The Red Dot is an internationally recognized award for products that feature high-quality design and optimally meet the needs of customers. “We are pleased that the Picomag persuaded the jury with its compact format, flexible installation possibilities and intuitive operation,” said Dr Bernd-Josef Schäfer, Managing Director of Endress+Hauser Flowtec, the Group’s center of competence for flow measurement technology based in Reinach (CH).

Professor Dr Peter Zec, initiator and CEO of the Red Dot Award, congratulated Endress+Hauser: “The winning products are marked by outstanding functionality and an attractive appearance, which proves that the designers understood their customers.” Among other things the products are evaluated according to the level of innovation, functionality, design quality, ergonomics and durability. A roughly 40-person jury selected the winners from 6,300 objects that were submitted for consideration.

In industrial process measurement and automation, demand is steadily rising for simple, reliable and maintenance-free measuring instruments in a pocket-sized format. The new Picomag from Endress+Hauser fulfills these requirements and can be deployed across all industries. It measures not only the flow in electrically conductive fluids, but also the process temperature. In addition, Picomag offers customers easy commissioning with Bluetooth using its SmartBlue App, as well as seam­less system integration thanks to IO-Link technology.

*The Red Dot Design Award is one of the world’s biggest design competitions. The award, which stands for outstanding design quality, is divided into three categories: product design, communications design and design concept. Winners will be honored at the beginning of July during the Red Dot Gala, which will be held at the Opera House in Essen, (D). All of the winning innovations will be displayed during a special four-week exhibition and also presented in the Red Dot Design Yearbook.

 @Endress_Hauser #PAuto @reddot

Automation and reporting software.

New versions of Copa-Data's automation and reporting software with zenon 8.00 and zenon Analyzer 3.20 have been announced. Users will benefit from a number of performance improvements, extensive functionality for smart factories and energy distribution, as well as new predictive analytics calculations.

As well as module and industry-specific extensions, the focus of this year’s release is fundamental adaptations to product infrastructure. In future, zenon customers can take advantage of improved performance in the areas of data distribution, grids and redundancy, as well as cycling archiving. For example, through optimized data distribution between driver and Runtime, zenon 8.00 processes more than 10,000 variable changes per second in one screen. Thanks to multi-threading, grid redundancy performance is improved by up to 50 percent. In stress tests, cycling archiving performance of 250,000 variables written per second has been demonstrated.

In addition, further zenon developments lay the foundation for a new licensing system which makes license management more flexible, quicker and clearer for customers. In the future, zenon users can manage their software licenses more independently and enjoy more flexibility and time savings thanks to automated digital processes.

Customers enjoy enhanced user-friendliness
in Extended Trend

“With our short release cycles, we support the innovation capability of our customers. The increasing volumes of data from the digital transformation of industry demand reliable applications. Thanks to design thinking and agile software development, we guarantee the continual development of zenon while bringing reliable new technology promptly to the market,” explains Reinhard Mayr, Head of Product Management at Copa-Data.

New features in zenon 8.00
The Extended Trend module in zenon presents recorded values graphically in the shape of a curve. It shows historically recorded data, as well as online data that has not been saved. Project creators and users enjoy enhanced user-friendliness in zenon 8.00 due to many new features and optimizations in Extended Trend. Increases in engineering efficiency are delivered through, for example, index substitution of curve variables – a form of object-oriented engineering. Graphical renderings of archived data can be engineered faster and more intuitively – the project engineer is provided with the best possible assistance when creating effective diagrams. It is even simpler for users to receive customized and relevant information. For a quicker overview, variables can now be pulled natively by drag and drop into the diagram window. A configurable pop-up window provides supplemental information on a specific value, which reflects the trend.

Equipment Modeling in zenon organizes a physically existing system into any number of hierarchically structured groups and units. Variables, recipes, functions and archives, and other meta-information can be assigned to these equipment groups over several projects. This allows for data modeling in the development environment, as well as the user environment. This way, the module offers an optimal overview of the status of equipment used. In zenon 8.00, the Industrial Maintenance Manager module is now comprehensively coupled with Equipment Modeling. Machine and maintenance data can, therefore, be managed that much easier. Service intervals can be conveniently planned and clearly represented.

zenon Batch Control is a solution for batch-based production in a variety of industries. Its intelligent design and seamless integration in zenon as a process control system provide for quick implementation and efficient validation. With zenon 8.00, master recipes can now be automatically released. In addition, a recipe can be created in an external program, then automatically imported and released for production. This allows for a consistently automated workflow. Moreover, touch operation for batch recipes has been improved.

zenon 8.00 also brings essential new features for shift management. Process data in the Alarm Message List, the Chronological Event List, and in Trends and Reports can now be filtered based on shifts. As a result, informative production analysis with consideration of shift data is an option, which can be particularly helpful in large production facilities.

zenon Process Recorder offers the possibility to transparently analyze errors and problems after the event. It supplements existing zenon tools for even more precise error analysis. With zenon 8.00, the evolution of a project can now be illustrated. Any deviations from the current state are highlighted in the replay mode tables. That way, several project development stages can be consistently analyzed using one tool.

New features for the energy industry
For energy automation, COPA-DATA has developed additional functionality with regard to a comprehensive Distribution Management System. Two new modules, Load Flow Calculation and State Estimator enable grid calculations in the context of energy distribution. Load Flow Calculation benefits smaller energy grids in which all inputs and charges can be properly measured. The State Estimator plays a role in larger energy grids in which complete measurements do not take place. Furthermore, calculations can now be made to optimize grid operation, such as topologic interlocking from the grid calculation or the (n-1) calculation to assess faults in subcomponents of the grid.

If invalid data is sent from a Remote Terminal Unit (RTU), this can lead to widespread loss of function at the operator site. The newly developed Alternative Data Points (ADP) driver helps avoid this issue and provides improved data consistency and operation safeguarding through robust data flow. The alternative data points jump in during an RTU fault and maintain the data flow either with redundantly collected data from other RTUs or through programmable simulation data. Moreover, the ADP driver is also useful for control systems in other industries.

Based on historical values, and with the help of prediction models, better decisions can be made in the manufacturing industry using the Predictive Analytics Reports included in zenon Analyzer.
New features in zenon Analyzer 3.20
To measure and ensure production quality, the Statistical Process Control – SPC is frequently used. The most common SPC reports can be created and analyzed in the new version of the COPA-DATA reporting software, zenon Analyzer 3.20. These include process capability analysis to assess quality stability in pilot production, control charts for quality checks in series production and a histogram to render the distribution of measured values around the average value. Additional statistical reports such as box plot, trend with limits, or the XY trend, supplement the already extensive analysis offered to optimize production quality.

In addition, zenon Analyzer 3.20 offers smart analysis tools thanks to the new Predictive Analytics Reports. Based on historical values, and with the help of prediction models, better decisions can be made. The requirement for meaningful predictions is a comprehensive and solid database, which is made possible through consistent digitalization of production. zenon Analyzer offers two types of predictions. Time-based predictions provide an outlook of how a variable will develop in the future. Value-based predictions show how a value will develop if another value is changed, for example, to assess energy consumption following a fictitious change in production volume.

In the future, the project engineer will configure the prediction model in the Prediction Model Manager. This newly introduced tool is a part of the zenon Analyzer Management Studio. It includes helpful wizards for step-by-step creation of prediction models.

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Sponsor for control system conference.

Seeq will sponsor this year’s Control System Integrators Association annual conference as it grows its worldwide partner network.

Seeq will join more than 500 control system integrators from around the globe on April 24-27 in San Francisco (CS USA) for the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) Executive Conference. Seeq is excited to be a member of CSIA and participate in the annual Executive Conference where members meet, collaborate and learn from each other.

“System Integrators are critical to the delivery of Seeq as an advanced analytics solution. Our customers rely upon the experience and expertise of CSIA members to enable solutions that deliver insight and drive results,” highlighted Michael Risse, CMO and VP of Strategy for Seeq.

“We are excited to welcome our system integrators, as well as CSIA members like Seeq that contribute to our theme of ‘Growth Through Innovation and Sound Business Practices.’ Each year our members are excited to get together, share best practices, and learn about the latest technologies contributing to their success and growth,” commented CSIA Board Chair, Jeff Miller, from Interstates Control Systems.

In addition to training workshops and educational sessions, CSIA will host their Annual Industry Expo where Seeq will be featured in Booth 37. Seeq will also be sponsoring and participating in the CSIA Fun Run/Walk.

“CSIA not only provides a great environment to learn from others, but also to identify emerging technologies like Seeq. Customers are demanding insights into the data they collect and utilizing Seeq along with our operations expertise to make their companies more data driven and agile” according to Nick Wiley, Executive Vice President at Casne Engineering, a CSIA member since 2008.

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Wednesday 18 April 2018

Smart camera with choice of software.

Users can choose, for the first time, the image processing platform that best suits their application needs and be guaranteed a rich range of image processing functionality.

Stemmer Imaging can offer Adlinks's x86 NEON-1021 smart camera pre-loaded with a choice of Teledyne DALSA Sherlock, Stemmer's Common Vision Blox or MVTec Merlic embedded software.

The NEON-1021 features Intel® AtomTM quad core 1.91 GHz processors for increased computing power. FPGA coprocessors and GPU deliver advanced image processing capabilities, both beyond the performance of conventional smart cameras. This allows the camera to process multiple complex inspection tasks simultaneously.

By offering ADLINK NEON smart cameras with a choice of pre-loaded machine vision software, Stemmer Imaging is giving system integrators and developers the option of selecting the development environment that most closely meets their needs. While saving them the time and effort for porting software from other x86 platforms, they can also provide advice on the most suitable image processing platform for developers, if required.

Sherlock is an extremely popular and flexible imaging development environment for vision integrators. Its rich suite of proven vision tools and advanced algorithms can be applied to a wide variety of automated inspection applications, while a graphical point and click program construction enables rapid prototyping. Standard tools within Sherlock include:
  • Search (pattern finding)
  • ID readers
  • Character readers (OCR)
  • Measurement and counting tools
  • Contour tools
  • Texture and colour classifiers.
A variety of speciality tools have also been included to simplify difficult inspection tasks such as the inspection of beads of material or measuring the height profiles of parts using laser lines.

Stemmer’s own Common Vision Blox is a powerful programming library for fast and reliable development and implementation of vision solutions. Common Vision Blox not only provides a range of optimised tools, but also offers the freedom to embed user’s own algorithmic know-how and to implement innovations quickly. These tools for machine vision professionals include:
  • Unique tools – premium tools for applications that are not available elsewhere
  • Search and read
  • 3D analysis
  • Recording
  • Surface inspection 
  • Colour processing
MVTec MERLIC is an all-in-one tool for quickly building machine vision applications with no programming requirement. The PC-based complete software solution features an image- centric user interface, intuitively guiding the user through the application.

The NEON-1021 features 2MP global shutter image sensors. A built-in PWM lighting control module eliminates the need for additional lighting controller equipment, reducing total cost of ownership. Optimized I/O includes one additional slave GigE Vision camera connection, 4x isolated input, 4x isolated output, and VGA output for maximized integration with external devices. Rugged construction with IP67-rated housing and M12 connectors enables the camera to withstand the harshest industrial environments 

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Gold for 3D cameras.

The American trade magazine Vision Systems Design has, for the fourth time, presented the Innovators Award to products and solutions in the field of image processing. The Ensenso X series from IDS Imaging Development Systems has been awarded "Gold" in the "3D cameras" category and is thus considered one of the most innovative products in image processing.

Criteria such as originality, innovation and use of a novel technology as well as the benefits for designers, system integrators and users and the effects on productivity are evaluated.

Ensenso 3D cameras score with a jury of 16 experts in every respect: they represent a solution for 3D image capture that is particularly fast, simple, precise, flexible and cost-effective.

The 3D camera system works according to the "Projected Texture Stereo Vision" principle. Each model is equipped with two monochrome GigE uEye cameras with 1.3 MP or 5 MP CMOS sensors and a projector that uses a pattern mask to project high-contrast textures onto the object to be captured. The powerful projector unit with 100 W LED projector output and integrated GigE switch enables perfectly matched settings.

The award was presented by John Lewis, editor-in-chief, and Alan Bergstein, editor of Vision Systems Design. Jeremy Bergh, IDS Sales Director North America, accepted the award at the Vision Show in Boston. "We are very pleased about the award. It recognizes what confirms the strong global demand: Our Ensenso X series makes 3D vision applications easy and flexible to use. Precise 3D data is already indispensable for many applications today - this will increase further in the future”.

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CAN FD monitoring.

A new CAN FD monitoring module for its ScopeCorder family of portable data-acquisition and recording instruments has been introduced by Yokogawa Europe. Their new 720242 plug-in module is compatible with the DL850EV (Vehicle Edition) instrument and the new DL350 ScopeCorder fitted with the /VE option.

Using a ScopeCorder together with bus monitor modules to decode data from automotive serial buses such as CAN (Controller Area Network) enables engineers to display information such as engine temperature, vehicle speed and brake pedal position as trend waveforms and compare this with the analogue data coming from the actual sensors. This enables automotive engineers to gain a thorough insight into the dynamic behaviour of the complete electromechanical system.

First announced in 2012, CAN FD (CAN With flexible data rate) is an extension format for CAN in which the transfer rate and data length of the data field has been increased while still following a protocol common to CAN. It enables data rates higher than 1 Mbit/s to be transmitted on a CAN bus and is thus able to deliver the higher bandwidths now required by the automotive industry for in-vehicle networks. Yokogawa already supports CAN FD triggering and decoding in its range of DLM mixed signal oscilloscopes for physical layer bus development.

Some automotive manufacturers in the US, Europe and Asia are planning to implement CAN FD as early as model year 2018 with a wider adoption expected in 2020. This means that automobile engineers are now free to consider CAN FD as the solution to meet the needs for higher data rates in automotive buses especially with regard to electric/hybrid vehicles where new powertrain concepts demand a much higher bit-rate and utilisation.

“The implementation and commissioning of CAN FD systems into actual vehicles requires either multiple instruments or a single versatile multi-channel instrument like the ScopeCorder to monitor the signals on the bus and display these together with those from the sensors along with data from the engine control unit (ECU)”, says Terry Marrinan, Vice-President Yokogawa’s Test & Measurement Business Unit for Europe & OCEANIA and South-East Asia. “This is necessary in order to analyse the complete system and check that it and its latencies, for example, are operating as predicted and to find the cause of errors. Yokogawa is the first test and measurement company to offer this level of CAN FD capability on an instrument of this type.”

“Our many automotive ScopeCorder customers recognise that a ScopeCorder offers them a one-box solution for their testing needs and enables them to easily analyse data without the need to synchronise and import data from multiple instruments and devices.  They have been considering the use of CAN FD, and in advance of their actual testing requirements they have been asking us to add the capability for CAN FD to the ScopeCorder so that it is available when they need it. We are pleased to be able to satisfy these requests..”

The new module is also compatible with classical CAN and will replace the existing 720240 CAN-only model.

Yokogawa was the first test & measurement manufacturer to provide automotive serial bus analysis on any oscilloscope. The introduction of support for this extension of the CAN bus is an indication of the company’s ongoing commitment to satisfy the needs of the automotive and transportation industries.

@Yokogawa_Europe  #PAuto #Automotive