Friday, January 26, 2018

Pipeline management.

Yokogawa has announced the release of Enterprise Pipeline Management Solution (EPMS) R1.03, the latest version of an enterprise level pipeline applications suite that was first released to the market in June 2015. The EPMS suite is the product of over 20 years of Yokogawa experience in implementing oil and gas pipeline management solutions across the globe and is particularly targeted at oil and gas upstream/midstream pipelines and associated facilities.
Shigetsugu Betchaku, Yokogawa’s global business development manager for the oil and gas midstream sector, had the following to say about this new release: “With multi-product pipelines, EPMS R1.03 will bring significantly enhanced flexibility in the management of batches, interfaces, and scrapers.”

Developed for deployment at the heart of the pipeline operations management environment, the EPMS supplements a core SCADA platform with specific gas and liquid applications that enable a pipeline operator to manage delivery contracts and associated logistics in a safe, cost effective, and efficient manner.

Many pipeline SCADA systems that are in use today have been tailored to suit a specific set of circumstances. They lack both a standard system foundation for supporting pluggable application modules and a core design that ensures interoperability with enterprise IT environments and policies. The maintenance and upgrade of tailor-made applications that often have a complex system architecture for protection from security breaches poses increasing challenges for pipeline operators.

The EPMS suite is a sustainable solution made up of pipeline applications that may be used in combination with common supervisory and monitoring functions, and is based on a well-designed modular platform that is both IT friendly and secure. As no two pipeline applications are identical and operational philosophies can differ from one pipeline operator to the next, the EPMS suite allows the easy modification of templates and functions, without having to call in pipeline application experts. Furthermore, the EPMS can be offered in combination with advanced pipeline simulation solutions that both reduce commissioning time and enable the full simulation of the pipeline operations management environment for the training of operators.

New Functionality:
1. Enhanced interface management
When transitioning from one product to another in a pipeline, a trans-mix that is of a certain volume, and varies in quality, will be formed at the interface between the adjacent fluids. With EPMS R1.03, multiple product cuts from the same interface can be performed, for the easy management of quality gradations. Furthermore, the use of product density meters to detect variations in interface quality based on color and sulfur content are now supported.

2. Shared use of physical devices
For the delivery of products to different tanks, EPMS R1.03 allows multiple flow paths to share use of the same physical meter. This is made possible by the assignment of a so-called “logical meter” to each flow path. The assigned logical meters are then associated with a specific physical meter. This is cost effective as it reduces the number of physical meters that are required to cover a specific application.

3. Enhanced batch management
For greater flexibility, continuity, and energy efficiency, EPMS R1.03 supports side stream injection and stripping as a product batch passes an intermediate delivery or receiving site. The main benefits here are the opportunity to easily adjust the volume of a main batch and to more efficiently manage sudden changes in demand. For further optimisation, enhancements are provided for split/merge and local batch operations.

@YokogawaIA  #PAuto #Oil 

Mini-vacuum pump.

After the launch of the LEM, a new generation mini vacuum module integrating, in a smaller size, all the functions of the vacuum pump, COVAL has entered a new phase with the LEMAX. Emphasis with this new product is on energy saving through continuous monitoring and regulation.

Areas of use
COVAL recommends using the LEMAX for gripping airtight pieces in the following materials: glass – plastic – treated wood – sheet metal …
Industries concerned are: Packaging - Robotics - Plastics
Applications: Clamping, transfer.

What makes the difference
• ASC technology : energy consumption reduced by 60 to 97%
• Integrated regulation : energy savings, reduced consumption and noise level
• Reduced size : assembly near the suction cups for better efficiency
• Holding time : Two times faster than multi-stage technology
• Non-clogging : Thanks to the through-type silencer, no maintenance necessary
With this new mini-pump, the guiding principle is energy saving. The LEMAX integrates ASC (AIR SAVING CONTROL) technology for the very first time. It generates energy savings of between 60 to 97%, depending on the applications.

Air is only consumed to create the vacuum and to enable gripping and moving the piece. Once the regulated vacuum level has been reached, a valve closes, enabling the piece to be held without any consumption of energy. If the vacuum level drops, an air intake is generated until it returns to the initial value.

The ASC analyses the application and adapts to airtight or porous pieces in order to optimize energy use and consumption.

Compactness: the LEMAX integrates all the main functions in a single module: pressure control, pilot solenoid valves, non-clogging through-type silencer, electronic vacuum switch, M8 connector (Plug & Play direct connection), and adjustable blow-off. Its reduced size and weight (130 grams) enables it to be connected as close as possible to the suction cups for reduced gripping time without drop in pressure.

Communication: The LEMAX supplies accurate information to the user at each operation phase. It has a dialogue façade which operates directly on the electronic card, controlling the main functions and settings.

Modularity: the LEMAX adjusts itself to the needs of the integrator and user. It is available in 6 configurations: three standard nozzle diameters (1; 1,2; 1,4 mm) allowing an intake flow of 29 à 70 Nl/mn (90% maximum vacuum).

It can be provided with a normally closed (NC) or normally open (NO) solenoid valve. This alternative is recommended for applications where safety of the gripped piece must imperatively be ensured during an inadvertent power failure, this even in the case of leakage (fail-safe).

It is possible to combine several LEMAX on island assemblies with a single pressure supply.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Coriolis massflow meter with ProfiNet I/O.

The Krohne MFC 400 signal converter is now available with PROFINET I/O option. Hereby, all OPTIMASS x400 Coriolis mass flowmeters (compact and field versions) can be equipped with Industrial Ethernet communication, complementing the existing HART 7, FOUNDATION Fieldbus, PROFIBUS PA and DP as well as Modbus communication options.

With PROFINET I/O, all measuring, process and diagnostic information from the meters is available real-time via a single communication channel, allowing for convenient integration of new meters: the MFC 400 supports network functions such as Auto-Negotiation, Auto Crossover, Auto Polarity and Network diagnostics, and is is automatically added to the communication path topology when connected to the network. It also supports Media Redundancy Protocol: in the event of a line or device failure the MFC 400 instantly switches to an alternative communication path when installed in supporting topologies. A web server is not required, standard functions such as zero flow calibration or counter reset can be performed directly.

One or two M12 (D coded) connectors allow installation in all topologies with data transfer speeds of up to 100 MBps. An additional external switch is not required as it features an integrated managed Ethernet switch, providing additional functionality including diagnostics: conforming to the NAMUR standard NE 107 for status and error handling, the MFC 400 provides extensive self-checking of internal circuits and information regarding the health of the measuring sensor as well as information about current process conditions, e.g. indication of 2-phase flows, density or temperature.

@krohnegroup #PAuto 

Training military veterans!

Endress+Hauser is to provide training to military veterans on process instrumentation, as part of the twelve-week Academy of Advanced Manufacturing (AAM) program offered by Rockwell Automation and ManpowerGroup. Professionals from Endress+Hauser will be teaching process instrumentation as part of the larger AAM curriculum starting in January 2018, and being offered at no cost to veterans.

“We are very excited to be collaborating with Rockwell Automation on this project. Our customers continue to tell us they have difficulty finding skilled workers to fill the many open positions that are created by the large number of personnel retiring from the workforce,” said Jerry Spindler, customer and field service training manager, Endress+Hauser. “We are proud to be involved in helping to solve this skills shortage by providing quality training on our instrumentation. With the training classes, we not only get to help our customers, we are helping those who have served our country.”

The technical curriculum being taught by Endress+Hauser will offer in-depth training on technology and instrumentation for monitoring and managing temperature, flow and pressure for machinery and equipment in industrial process industries. Endress+Hauser will lend its time and expertise in process instrumentation to help train military veterans for careers in advanced manufacturing, while enhancing the technical talent pool and helping to bridge the skills gap that exists globally.

“We are pleased that Endress+Hauser is part of the ranks of the AAM, and are bringing their instrumentation and process automation expertise to the program,” stated Joe Allie, business manager, global competency, Rockwell Automation.

According to a white paper published by ManpowerGroup, more than 21 million military veterans live in the United States and more than a quarter of a million service members are discharged every year. That number represents one of the largest sources of highly-skilled and loyal talent in the country.

Over the next decade, the United States manufacturing sector is estimated to produce up to 3.5 million highly-skilled, technology-based jobs. Nearly 2.5 million manufacturing workers will be retiring by 2025. With the skill shortages in the U.S. this leaves up to 2 million manufacturing positions unfilled and forecasts a major challenge that needs to be addressed with a solution. The AAM program is aimed at reducing these potential future challenges.

@Endress_US  #PAuto @Endress_Hauser 

Massive turnover increase reported.

The Management Board of the HARTING Technology Group pushed the button launching the Harting Digital Business Platform (HDBP):
Dr. Michael Pütz, Dietmar Harting, Margrit Harting, Maresa Harting-Hertz, Philip Harting, Andreas Conrad and Dr. Frank Brode
The Harting Technology Group in Espelkamp (Kreis Minden-Lübbecke) massively increased its turnover for trading year 2016/17 (to 30 September). The family owned and managed global company saw a 14.7% in turnover, taking it up to €672 million (previous year: €586 million) – the highest figure in the company’s 72-year history. The increase exceeded the Management Board’s forecast at last year’s annual press conference in December 2016 by some way.

Digitalisation: vital area driven forward
The company sees digitalisation as a major issue for German industrial policy over the next ten years. Everything that can be connected will be connected. Harting addressed the issue closely at an early stage. “The company is highly aware of the consequences of the effect that digitalisation will have. We know that, in order to remain competitive, we need to digitalise all the necessary processes,” said the Chairman of the Board, taking a clear position at the annual conference and seeing it as the duty of the German Federal Government to invest in the country’s digital infrastructure.

And the issue is being driven forward overseas. Harting is also looking for momentum as a member of the Robotation Academy, founded in Foshan, Southern China in October, where around 1,000 industry representa-tives will be working on seminars and conferences on technology trends every year. ”We want to work with our customers to expand our Industry 4.0 skills and technology,” said Philip Harting. But he sees the increasingly strict Cyber Security Regulations in China as burdensome. And not just there - increasingly complex data protection rules and protectionist requirements are hampering free trade in other regions, too.
“We are really pleased with the growth in business”, enthused Company Chairman Philip Harting. “We are still on course towards becoming a global company. More than ever before, our success relies on our global corporate network of development, production and distribution companies. Customers see our products as some of the world’s best connectivity solutions and services in our industry.”

The Technology Group is progressing its international growth strategy and extending its global production network, with new plants in Chennai (India) and Agnita (Romania). There was also major expansion in Sibiu. Components for charging points for electric cars are manufactured in Sibiu and Agnita. Harting produces encapsulated cables and cable harnesses at the new plant in Silao, Mexico. Following the initial “ramp-up phase”, staff numbers are scheduled to be increased significantly from the current 35 over the next three years. Mexico is the partner country for HANNOVER MESSE 2018. “And we are expecting plenty more momentum from this”, says Philip Harting.

Strong turnover growth and investment in the future have had a positive effect on personnel development, explained Dr Michael Pütz Senior Vice President Human Resources. The number of employees (including trainees) rose to 4,639 in the 2016/17 trading year (previous year: 4,286) – an increase of 8.2%. 104 (4.3%) new jobs were created in Germany, and 249 (13.2%) new people were taken on at international production plants and subsidiaries. As of 30 September 2017, a total of 2,500 people were working at German Harting locations (Espelkamp, Minden and Rahden) and the overseas figure stood at 2,139. Outside recognition for personnel development

Training and further professional development have enjoyed high status at the Technology Group for decades now. 152 commercial and technical/business trainees and dual students across 22 different professions are currently preparing for a future career at Harting – twice as many as in 2009. Numerous awards and excellent exam results are evidence of the high quality of training, as illustrated by Dr Michael Pütz, Senior Vice President Human Resources. Pütz was delighted with
the 45 trainees who graduated with an average grade of 2.0 (“more than ever before“) and when four trainees were honoured at an award ceremony in Bielefeld by the East-Westphalia Chamber of Commerce (IHK).

Harting has overhauled the careers pages on the homepage to make the company an even bigger attraction to potential applicants: they’re fresh, bold, modern and inspiring. They also offer new digital services to simplify the application process.

Partner Margrit Harting talked about how the Harting Technology Group always stands up to the competition, performing as an excellent employer and source of momentum for the local area. Awards from around the world for quality, products and sustainability and the Group’s local and regional commitments were the main drivers. “We cannot rest on our laurels and must continue to prove ourselves. This is the only way to the future and long-term security for the company and its employees.”

@harting #PAuto

MES software makes manufacturing data work smarter.

Lighthouse Systems has released version 7.0 of Shopfloor-Online MES Software. The new application delivers a completely new user experience, with increased configurability, enhanced analytics and reporting functionality. Built to run on any devices, Shopfloor-Online 7.0 supports the mobility of workers in the manufacturing environment without any limitations whilst delivering real-time factory information to managers and executives, anywhere. Manufacturing organisations have the choice to host the MES on premise, in the corporate data centre or in the Cloud.

"This is not just another release of Shopfloor-Online MES. We have rebuilt the application from the ground up in HTML5 so that Shopfloor-Online 7.0 breaks away from its original dependency on browser technology. Whatever devices and platforms manufacturing organisations may choose for the delivery of their plant operations data, i.e. Safari/Apple; Chrome/Android; Edge/Microsoft, etc. Shopfloor-Online 7.0 makes it accessible," says Garry Marshall, Technical Director of Lighthouse Systems.

A great number of jobs on the factory floor are still carried out at PC stations when these could be done far more efficiently using a mobile device at the location where the activity is taking place. This applies for exampLightle to maintenance engineers carrying out checks and procedures on machines, and quality engineers doing inspection and audits on the lines, or in the warehouse or WIP location for picking, deliveries, receipts and shipping.

For shift supervisors and production managers, Shopfloor-Online 7.0 provides easy access to real-time shift data anywhere on the shop floor, directly improving control level and responsiveness.
Management at all levels can make decisions based on key data updated in real-time and 24/7, on their mobile or tablet across a range of KPIs.

Lighthouse Systems have pioneered web-based MES since Shopfloor-Online version 1.0. As organisations gradually turn to cloud-based infrastructure, Shopfloor-Online MES 7.0 becomes an even more relevant choice. "We support customers in their Cloud strategy. Shopfloor-Online can be moved from on-premise hosting, to the corporate data centre, to their Cloud provider of choice, seamlessly, and we also have customers who choose Cloud first," comments Garry.

With Shopfloor-Online 7.0 Lighthouse Systems is continuing its commitment to delivering a world-class Enterprise MES Platform that enables manufacturing organisations of any size to embrace the Smart Manufacturing revolution through a flexible approach to the digitisation of plant operations, standardisation of processes, and data analytics.

@ShopfloorOnline #Pauto  #MES

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

IIoT Gateway for Machine Builders.

The eWON Flexy 205 is a versatile Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) gateway and remote access router from HMS that is designed for machine builders. In addition to VPN remote access with eWON Talk2M remote connectivity services, it allows you to enable alarm notifications, machine data reading, historical logging in order to monitor and collect vital key performance indicators (KPIs) for analysis and predictive maintenance.

On top of these functionalities, it can be tailored to meet your specific connectivity needs by adding extension cards, now or when a future need arises. You can make it as simple or full-featured as you need it to be. In addition, it is also possible to integrate data into your own systems or cloud platforms using the Talk2M application programing interface (API), HTTPs scripting or MQTT to name a few protocols that are supported.

“Machine builders are now looking to include value-added services by collecting data in addition to remote access. At the same time, it needs to have a compact form factor to fit inside their electrical cabinet” says Jon Jacobsen, Marketing Manager for the eWON Business Unit. “Combined with the selection of extension cards and the compatibility with major PLC brands, it makes this device the ideal IIoT gateway for machine builders”.

HMS and eWON are also proud to team up with world-class IIoT Software partners to provide turnkey, secure and powerful IIoT solutions for performance monitoring, reporting, analytics and maintenance features to give sense to data collected from industrial equipment. All these IIoT partner software are tested and verified to be used with eWON Flexy 205.

 @ewonrouters #Pauto #IoT

Partnership renewed.

Beamex is to continue as an ISA partner for the fifth year in a row.

The company will continue to work with ISA to co-develop informational and educational resources, such as custom webinars on vital issues in calibration and instrumentation process improvement—which are offered at no charge to ISA members and customers worldwide.

To date, ISA and Beamex have co-developed 15 free webinars attended by 5,625 registrants. The recorded versions of these webinars, accessible on ISA’s YouTube Calibration Channel, have been viewed nearly 84,000 times. In addition, complimentary “how-to” videos can be found on Beamex’s own YouTube channel.

As a thought leader in calibration solutions and process instrumentation, Beamex is uniquely positioned to communicate to ISA and its stakeholders and to contribute to the knowledge and understanding of ISA’s members and customers in this important field.

Beamex specializes in calibration solutions for pressure measurement, electrical measurement, frequency measurement and temperature measurement. The company’s team of experts also focuses on calibration process improvement services, calibration software and intrinsically safe calibrations.

“Beamex brings a unique view of calibration to the automation world, and its customers value precise, accurate measurement to improve efficiency and quality in their plants,” says Jennifer Infantino Halsey, ISA’s Director of Marketing & Communications. “These are goals that our members and customers share, so it’s a great fit for a partnership.”

“Our mission at Beamex remains to be the benchmark in providing the most innovative calibration solutions that improve efficiency and quality. This can only be done with the right partners and ISA is for us, a perfect match. We are very pleased to continue our partnership with ISA and look forward to working together to introduce new concepts and practices as well as positively impact the people working in the field,” states Greg Sumners, President of Beamex, Inc.

• The ISA Corporate Partnerships Program offers companies a customized, tailored approach to sponsorship within the organization. Partnership packages include year-round promotion, prominent association-wide access and recognition, and turnkey service from a dedicated team of professionals.
Companies can bundle ISA products and services with marketing opportunities, providing a more streamlined approach to corporate sponsorship. 

@ISA_Interchange #PAuto #TandM @BeamexGlobal 

Developing, deploying and managing automated T+M systems upgrade!

A new release of LabVIEW NXG, the next generation of LabVIEW engineering system design software is now available. Engineers can now test smarter with LabVIEW NXG - quickly set up your instruments, customize tests to your device specifications, and easily view results from any web browser, on any device.

This new version of LabVIEW NXG introduces key functionality and reinvents long-standing benefits, particularly for engineers developing, deploying and managing automated test and measurement systems. This release introduces the WebVI, a VI type for building web-based user interfaces (UIs) that can be deployed to any web browser – PC, tablet or phone – with no plug-ins or installers. Additionally, to reduce hardware configuration time, the new SystemDesigner feature automatically discovers connected hardware, displays installed drivers and directly links to available NI and third-party instrument drivers if they are not yet installed.

Furthermore, this latest release expands hardware support to thousands of box instruments and NI’s high-performance PXI modular instrumentation. Now, LabVIEW NXG also delivers programming capabilities such as object-oriented programming and integration with the industry-leading TestStand test management software.

NI designed several features in LabVIEW NXG, such as the WebVI, for use with existing LabVIEW applications without the need for extensive software refactoring. Engineers can reuse test code, including code written with LabVIEW NXG or LabVIEW, through a new package manager interface built on industry-standard package formats.

“By building test systems using LabVIEW and LabVIEW NXG, I can work with both versions and take advantage of the unique strengths of each,” said Brian Hoover, test software architect at Samsung SDI. “With this next phase of LabVIEW NXG, I can integrate new ways to visualize data, either on the desktop with vector-based UI graphics or in the browser for secure hosting, into my existing LabVIEW applications to simplify reporting test results.”

As NI builds on its more than 30-year investment in software, this latest update to the next generation of LabVIEW continues a series of fast-paced releases aimed to expand engineering capabilities from design to test. Whether you are buying LabVIEW for the first time or have been on an active service contract for years, you can access both the new version of LabVIEW NXG and LabVIEW 2017. From simple DAQ applications to building complex test systems and smart machines, LabVIEW helps reduce time to market and accelerate engineering productivity.

@niukie #TandM #Pauto @NIGlobal

Asset optimisation software supports digital transformation.

The new ABB Ability™ Ellipse software solution delivers a cross-enterprise approach to connected asset lifecycle management. The comprehensive solution suite will enable electric power utilities to optimize asset utilization, drive down maintenance costs and reduce equipment failures and system outages.

Electric utilities are increasingly challenged to maintain high asset availability, performance and reliability against the backdrop of aging infrastructure and financial pressures. In addition, the number of new assets entering the grid is exploding – from smart meters and switches, to distributed energy sources such as solar and wind, to electric-vehicle charging stations.

Meanwhile as grid complexity grows, utilities face rising customer expectations and new regulations requiring higher levels of service reliability and resilience.

“We understand the challenges electric utilities face in driving greater levels of performance in an increasingly complex grid" said Massimo Danieli, head of ABB’s Grid Automation business within the company’s Power Grids division. “With ABB Ability Ellipse, utilities can now use a single, streamlined solution for the management, maintenance and monitoring of assets enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.“

The new ABB Ability Ellipse solution offers utilities a proactive approach for predictive maintenance that combines an asset management system with collection and analysis of performance data and a comprehensive workforce management solution for dispatching crews and maintaining critical assets. Specifically, the solution unifies the functionality of ABB’s world-class solutions for Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), Workforce Management (WFM) and Asset Performance Management (APM).

“The biggest risk utilities face on the journey to digital transformation is the inability to unify applications and data,” said Kevin Prouty, Vice President IDC Energy Insights. “One of the most obvious starting points for utilities is to address the silo approach to asset management and workforce management in their organizations. As Asset Performance Management becomes a focal point for transforming the modern grid, it is vitally important that utilities manage their assets and labor with a cohesive strategy.”

ABB Ability Ellipse is the latest offering in the ABB Ability™ family. The solution embeds industry best practices and business processes and leverages real-time equipment data and the Industrial Internet of Things to connect predictive analytics and asset management systems to the mobile worker in the field. It is available either as an ‘on-premise’ or ‘Software as a Service’ solution for electric utilities and other asset-intensive sectors like renewables, transport and mining.

 @ABBPowerGrids #PAuto @ABBgroupnews

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Vibrators for concrete.

The Wyco® Sure Speed® 2.0 and 995 Electric Motor Vibrators have been released for use in the concrete finishing industry. They are designed for effective consolidation of concrete to help optimize quality and production on demanding construction projects. Wyco is part of the Badger Meter group.

The Sure Speed 2.0 Electric Motor Vibrator provides a solution for the most challenging concrete consolidation applications, including difficult advanced mixes. The vibrator employs computer control to automatically maintain head speed in varying conditions, and requires less power consumption by using only the energy necessary for job completion. Its innovative "square head" design produces uniform and repeatable vibration every time, and maintains a longer life span than competing products. The user only needs one motor to power any shaft length and head size. The Sure Speed's lightweight, ergonomic configuration minimizes labor hours and fatigue, and a soft-start brush extends brush life.

The 995 Electric Motor Vibrator builds on the legacy of Wyco's proven 994 vibrator, which offers legendary Wyco performance. The 995 provides greater durability than the earlier model while incorporating the latest features from the Sure Speed line, including a rugged molded motor enclosure, reliable electric switch and easy-to-service motor brushes.

Both of the new Wyco vibrators meet the highest safety standards in the industry, including UL60745 Electrical Certification, Conformité Européene (CE) Listing and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Certification to ensure job site safety. They also comply with the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 CFR 1910.95 regulation for noise levels.

Mike Pilger, product manager, construction, Wyco, said, "Industry experience shows that the quality of concrete can be significantly enhanced by vibration. The advantages of this technique are now so well established that vibration is an accepted job site practice. Badger Meter, through its best-in-class line of internal vibrators, is committed to helping customers achieve consistently superior concrete finishes, while providing greater durability and ease of use."

The Sure Speed 2.0 Electric Motor Vibrator has all the state-of-the-art capabilities contractors need to improve their concrete finishing performance. For example, users can maintain head speed regardless of slump, load, shaft or head size. The vibrator is lightweight with an ergonomic handgrip and shoulder strap, and provides quiet operation to eliminate the need for hearing protection. It handles easily to reduce operating fatigue, and consolidates concrete quickly and efficiently.

The 995 Electric Motor Vibrator offers utmost versatility to power through rigorous concrete consolidation tasks. The unit allows operators to easily change from quick-disconnect to threaded shafts, and drive any head and shaft combination, with a single motor meeting all of their consolidation requirements.

#Pauto @Badger_Meter

Integration of ERP and DCS in anesthesia plant.

B. Braun successfully updated their existing Werum PAS-X system from PAS-X V2 to PAS-X V3 in plant A at their headquarters in Melsungen (D). Braun is one of the world's leading healthcare providers offering products and systems for anesthesia, intensive care, cardiology, extracorporeal blood treatment, and surgery.

Production at plant A in Melsungen,
© B. Braun Melsungen AG
In plant A, the company produces anesthesia – i.e. tranquilizers and hypnotics – for all surgical processes. In order to meet the growing global demand, it was necessary to extend and partly automate the weighing process (e.g. dosing of raw material).

"A Fit/Gap analysis with Werum experts showed that many of our required functions are included as standard functions in the latest PAS-X version," says Mike Werner, Engineer for Control Systems, B. Braun Melsungen AG. "As an adjustment of our old system would have resulted in higher costs, the decision for an upgrade to PAS-X 3.1.8 was quickly taken."

The upgrade is B. Braun's first PAS-X 3.1.8 project. The new version is implemented close-to-standard. PAS-X is fully integrated with SAP ERP on Level 4 and with Simatic Batch DCS on Level 2.

For the future, B. Braun plans to gradually extend their PAS-X system to a functionally complete MES and to roll-out PAS-X 3.1.8 to further sites in Melsungen and Berlin. Apart from the improved upgrade capability, this is also intended to harmonize the production IT infrastructure.

 @werum #PAuto 

Looking ahead to top developments of 2018.

Mouser Electronics has published the first issue in volume two of its popular Methods e-zine. This latest issue, titled "2018 Look Ahead: Design & Technology," explores key developments to come this year as well as their social ramifications.

"The industry expects to see many exciting developments in 2018, and this new issue of Methods will be an essential tool for anyone interested in learning what may lie ahead," said Kevin Hess, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Mouser Electronics. "We hope our designer and developer audience will use Methods as a reference guide throughout the year."

In volume two of Methods, Mouser's industry experts explore the latest development boards, rise and role of artificial intelligence (AI), biggest gaps to fill in data security, most important advancements in 5G and wireless technology, and more. Readers can also learn more about the coming year in open source hardware and the latest in high-performance development kits.

"At Mouser we provide more than the latest and widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components," Hess added. "We provide the tools, the insight, and the know-how to succeed."

In 2017, Mouser released volume 1 of Methods, offering three issues devoted to subjects important to engineers, including Bluetooth® 5 technology and data security, plus Mouser's best technical content from 2017.

With its broad product line and unsurpassed customer service, Mouser strives to empower innovation among design engineers and buyers by delivering advanced technologies. Mouser stocks the world’s widest selection of the latest semiconductors and electronic components for the newest design projects. Mouser Electronics’ website is continually updated and offers advanced search methods to help customers quickly locate inventory. also houses data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, and engineering tools.

@MouserElecEU  #PAuto

Monday, January 22, 2018

Sales Director/Managing Director designate appointed.

Gresham Power Electronics has appointed Martin Brabham as Sales Director. Martin has a wealth of experience in the power conversion industry having held directorships with major international power supply manufacturing companies and distributors.

Martin Brabham
Jake Moir, Managing Director of Gresham Power, comments, “Martin joins us at an exciting time. Our defence markets are performing well and our increased commercial product offerings and continuing investment in people will make 2018 a standout year. Martin is our new Managing Director designate and we plan for him to take up this position in the summer of 2018.”

Gresham Power has over 60 years’ experience of manufacturing power conversion products and has recently joined the Power Solutions Group of Coolisys Technologies which will increase their product offering and presence in 2018.

The Coolisys Technologies Power Solutions Group has been formed after recent international acquisitions by its US holding Company. Gresham has widened its technology base and taken advantage of the expertise and synergies of a new ensemble of companies including Microphase Corporation, Digital Power and Power-Plus.

Commenting on his appointment Martin Brabham said  "I am very happy to be joining a company with the credentials of Gresham Power and leverage the new resources at our disposal to greatly increase commercial sector sales as part of the expanded Coolisys Technologies Power Solutions Group. We will now be able to offer a global resource that will benefit all of our customers.”

Inward investment in Gresham Power will include increasing engineering resources, expanded product offering and increased distribution channels. An immediate expansion of a mature product portfolio will include a range of Ultra High Density (UHD) AC/DC Power Supply Series that meet international safety requirements serving medical, industrial and commercial applications. Expansion of in-house capabilities includes custom design and modification, value-added technical support will stem from synergies within the globally staffed Power Solutions Group for Coolisys Technologies

Gresham Power already offers industrial, medical, CompactPCI, rail, transportation, test and laboratory power solutions from world-class manufacturers. The present market leading and cost competitive open frame power supplies, modular configurable and encapsulated power supplies, programmable power supplies, electronic loads and DC:DC converters will now be rapidly expanded by leveraging the access to products of their new Power Solutions Group partners.

 @GreshamPower #Pauto

Contribution to solar PV industry commended!

Frost & Sullivan has selected CyboEnergy to receive the 2017 "Global Solar Inverter Technology Innovation Award". The award recognizes CyboEnergy's achievements and excellence in innovation, leadership, and growth. CyboEnergy will be presented this award at Frost & Sullivan's Awards Gala to be held in Anaheim (CA USA) at the end of January 2018.

CyboEnergy CEO Dr. George Cheng said, "Our customers, partners, shareholders, and team members are a crucial part of this latest recognition and achievement. Frost & Sullivan is the most well respected market research company in the world. This prestigious award inspires us to be even more diligent in our quest to help build a cleaner and greener world."

Frost & Sullivan's Chairman, David Frigstad quoted, "To achieve excellence in technology innovation is never an easy task, but it is one made even more difficult considering today's competitive intensity, customer volatility, and economic uncertainty—not to mention the difficulty of innovating in an environment of escalating challenges to intellectual property. Within this context, your selection as recipient of this Award signifies an even greater accomplishment."

To win the Technology Innovation Award, a company must demonstrate excellence in innovation, leadership and growth. This kind of excellence typically translates into superior performance in three key areas: demand generation, brand strength, and competitive differentiation. This three-fold focus must ideally be complemented by an equally rigorous focus on visionary innovation to enhance customer value and impact.

CyboEnergy offers on-grid, off-grid, and on/off CyboInverters. First released in 2013, the patented CyboInverter is the world's first solar power Mini-Inverter that possesses the key merits of both central / string inverters and microinverters. CyboInverters offer better safety, scalability, grid-flexibility, DC-source flexibility, high efficiency, long life, easy installation, and good per watt price. In June 2015, CyboEnergy released the groundbreaking On/Off-Grid CyboInverter that can operate in either on-grid or off-grid mode, switching between the two modes automatically, depending on the grid condition. This enables the same solar power system to generate power to the grid and also act as a power backup system when the grid is down. In July 2017, CyboEnergy released a family of battery-less off-grid and on/off-grid CyboInverters that can run Inverter-Air-Conditioners (IAC).
These visionary innovations are direct results of CyboEnergy's technology excellence focused on developing solutions that increase customer value multifold. Frost & Sullivan's Industry Principal Gautham Gnanajothi said, "Due to grid capacity limitations, on-grid solar systems are no longer welcomed or cost much more to implement in many parts of the world. CyboEnergy's unique battery-less off-grid CyboInverters for electric water heaters and for Inverter-Air-Conditioners (IAC) can change the landscape of the solar industry."

For this Technology Innovation Award, the following criteria were used to benchmark CyboEnergy's performance against key competitors:
(1) Addressing Unmet Needs,
(2) Visionary Scenarios Through Mega Trends,
(3) Blue Ocean Strategy,
(4) Price/Performance Value,
(5) Customer Ownership Experience, 
(6) Brand Equity.
Gnanajothi of Frost & Sullivan added, "CyboEnergy's contribution to the solar PV industry is highly commendable. The smart and scalable CyboInverters with multiple input channels enabled by Model-Free Adaptive (MFA) control are expected to become fundamental building blocks for advanced renewable systems of the future."

@CyboEnergy #PAuto @Frost_Sullivan

Long term pump & valve performance.

Serial innovators Manchester (England) based Bifold Group has adopted radio frequency based torque transducers from Sensor Technology Ltd for two of its specialist test rigs, to analyse the long term performance and reliability of hard working valves and pumps.

An inter-generational commitment to advancing science and engineering has seen Bifold transform from a 19th century mining lamp maker into a leading manufacturer of instrument valves and accessories, piping valves and pumps for the oil, gas and wider industrial markets. It has particular expertise in subsea and wellhead control systems and has also developed market leading technology in areas such as solenoid valves with ultra-low power requirements.

Its corporate development is just as impressive as its technical advancements. Over the last 10-15 years it has consistently grown profits by 50% a year, and is on course to clear £33m (€37.4m) this year. During this period it has moved into bespoke premises, created about 250 high value jobs, developed new products and technologies and entered high tech markets around the world. Today 95% of its output is exported.

By using the power of computer aided design many of Bifold’s products are built to custom designs, yet they are produced to very short lead times thanks to the efficiency of internet communications. To maintain this standard, sample products and components are comprehensively tested so that their reliability and capabilities are never in doubt.

Bifold is as innovative in developing its test regimes as it is in advancing its product technologies and business systems. So when it wanted to assess the effects of wear on its long-life valves it set about designing a special test rig.

Engineer Andrew Laverick recalls: “We wanted to measure the power required to operate the valve to see how it changed over time and with long term use. It was clear that the best way to do this was to measure the torque input over an extended period.”

“We were open to any design concept for the test rig, but soon found ourselves gravitating towards a TorqSense solution because the Sensor Technology engineers were so helpful and really knowledgeable about test rigs.”

TorqSense transducers lend themselves to test rig uses because they are non-contact measuring devices. Attached to the surface of the transducer shaft are two Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) devices, when torque is applied to the shaft the SAWs react to the applied strain and change their output. The SAW devices are interrogated wirlessly using an RF couple, which passes the SAW data to and from the electronics inside the body of the transducer.

Sensor Technology’s Mark Ingham explains: “All you have to do is set up a TorqSense transducer in the test rig and fire it up. The SAW frequencies reflected back are distorted in proportion to the twist in the test piece, which in turn is proportional to the level of torque. We have some clever electronics to analyse the returning wave and feed out torque values to a computer screen.

“TorqSense has been used on many test rigs over the years and I was delighted to hear the Bifold engineers say how easy it is to use and how robust the software is.”

Laverick again: “As a test engineer you are almost resigned to long set up procedures and software that falls over at the drop of a hat. But Sensor Technology has designed these problems out of their TorqSense equipment, with the result that we were able to complete our long term test procedures with the minimum amount of fuss and heartache and well within the allotted time schedule.”

In fact Bifold has since bought a second TorqSense which is being fitted to a new test rig used to assess the performance of mission critical chemical injection pumps, as used at oil and gas wellheads and on process pipelines.

“This project is proceeding well,” says Laverick, “and is allowing us to further develop our abilities to quickly provide bespoke equipment for ultra demanding applications, safe in the knowledge that it will perform faultlessly over a long working life.”

@sensortech #PAuto @BifoldGroup48Hr

A quantum leap!

Twenty years ago, the engineer Michael Prokopp co-developed a new concept of electric motor, which was supposed to be far superior to the traditional motor. The synchronous torque motor should achieve a much higher torque at low speeds and thus be more efficient than traditional motors. If the best German manufacturer in this industry achieves an efficiency of 76 percent, then the EMF motor is 94 percent - "A quantum leap," says Prokopp confidently. At the same time half of the costs are saved!
Michael Prokopp and his colleagues continue to work for no less than a milestone: It's all about replacing the conventional electric motor and mechanical gearbox. "The traditional system is noisy, consumes a lot of oil, is subject to wear and must be constantly maintained," says Prokopp, now Managing Director of EMF97 Gmbh.

He patented the EMF Motor principle and in 1997 together with the co-inventor Jurgen Lindner and two other partners, founded the company EMF97 GmbH. As innovative as the new electric motor was, the potential customers responded cautiously: They looked on with skepticism at the small recently founded company and the new mode of motor operation.

Functionality was not trusted. "Nobody took us seriously," said Prokopp. The turning point came at a special meeting at the Hannover Fair in the year 2002. In the Turkish businessman Hasan Kayakiran, the founders of EMF found something they did not see in Germany. Namely belief in their product and the courage to take risks. In cooperation with Kayakiran, a production facility was set up in Istanbul (Turkey), while at the same time the development remained at the Worms location in Germany.

Today, 15 years and some 10,000 motors later, EMF has earned the trust of its customers. The motors are used in many applications, but at the moment the biggest markets are Elevators and Extrusion machines. For "EMF Motor" International cooperation was an opportunity to realize the idea to build a new kind of motors and bring it into the market. Exactly these advantages of a German-Turkish cooperation are supported by the network Global Success Club. In March, EMF was honored in Istanbul with a "German-Turkish Innovation Award". It is not the first award that EMF has received in Turkey.

The company has many plans for the future. In November 2016, a new patent was filed, the new motor principle should be particularly well suited for Wind Power applications. "We are growing extremely fast," says Prokopp, this year sales near doubled compared to the previous year. And in the coming years this growth should continue.

What is so special about the new EMF Motor principle?
The wound stator of the EMF Motor is almost the same as a traditional motor. Magnets are glued to the rotor. If the motor is supplied with a voltage and a frequency, a magnetic flux is created which magnetizes the motor. As the frequency increases, the electric field in the wound stator begins to turn. The rotor moves in the opposite direction to the rotating field and is much slower. The number of magnets and the geometry of the motor defines the speed ratio.

With this new Motor Principle a very high torque is achieved with a low number of poles on the winding. The low copper and hysteresis losses result in very high efficiency values.

Due to the high number of magnetic poles a smooth ripple free rotation and a highly dynamic performance is achieved.

With these motors no additional cooling is required. The result is that there is no other motor principle with comparable efficiency or such a high ratio between torque and weight.

@emfmotor #PAuto