Thursday, February 1, 2018

Continuous Emissions Monitoring event unveiled.

The CEM events focus on industrial Continuous Emissions Monitoring, but this year there will also be presentations on emissions from road, river and marine transport, all of which have a significant impact on air quality.
The Conference programme for CEM 2018 has been announced, with 51 speakers from 11 countries providing an opportunity for delegates to learn about the latest developments in emissions monitoring. Coming from academia, energy providers, regulators, process operators and commercial companies, the speakers will provide a broad range of perspectives across the most topical issues.

Taking place in Budapest from 16th to 18th May, the CEM 2018 Conference will be accompanied by an Exhibition featuring many of the world’s leading providers of emissions measurement equipment and services. Day passes, including lunch, are available for those just wishing to visit the exhibition, network and see the latest products.

The first conference session will provide an overview of emissions regulation in the European Union and address a number of issues relating to industrial emissions, such as black carbon emissions characterisation. There will also be presentations on vehicle emissions, especially diesels, in addition to a comparison of emissions from road, river and sea transport.

The second session will provide an update on research and standardisation on the measurement of stack emissions in Europe. The performance of emissions measurements over the last decade will be assessed, and there will be a presentation on measurement uncertainty. Other speakers will cover issues such as calibration and quality assurance, and two speakers will address the measurement of HCl and GHGs.

On the second day of the event, there will be two parallel sessions. The first will address the monitoring and abatement of mercury and fine particulate emissions, followed by presentations on the monitoring of gaseous species at low concentrations (HCl, HF, NH3, SO3, CH4, N2O, CHOH, TOC). The alternative session will address fugitive and fence-line monitoring. Later in the afternoon, the two groups will merge to hear four presentations on innovative measurement technologies.

On the third and final day, the Conference will again focus on innovative technologies. The final three presentations, which conclude at 12 noon, will provide industrial case studies.

Abstracts are available here for all of the presentations.

 #CEMs2018 #Pauto 

Lift and platform weighing sensors.

As part of its comprehensive range of load cells, strain gauges and force sensors, ZEMIC Europe offers complete weighing kits for straightforward installation on elevators and weighing platforms where safety and overload protection, added passenger comfort and lift availability are critical factors. The economically priced kits are available in Britain from Variohm EuroSensor and are designed for cabin, under-spring and into-spring installation. They include durable load cells, wiring, connection box, and a pre-calibrated weighing indicator with relay outputs.

By combining these separate ZEMIC components as a complete and ready to install kit, user advantages include guaranteed system accuracy and reliability through factory production. This also contributes to extremely keen pricing for the elevator kits which start from around £200.00.

For the cabin installation version, four 70 mm diameter load cells provide an accuracy class of 0.5% and a total load capacity of 4000 kg. With a temperature compensated working range of -30 to +50 ⁰C plus a short time overload of 300%, the load cell performance will suit a wide range of elevator car and user-customised platform weighing applications. Relay outputs are pre-set for 90% of the full load capacity without stopping or 110% (alternatively 110% + 75kg) overload. A third relay indicates a >15 kg load for unaccompanied light goods or child passenger availability. Furthermore there is an energy saving potential where motor power regulation can be included in-line with actual measured load.

Further specifications for the compression load cells include full Wheatstone bridge circuitry encapsulated in durable aluminium housings with IP65 humidity protection. With integrated rubber pillows for dynamic overload protection, their round shape does not depend the angle of the applied load - compensating for parasitic non-axial force effects.

The ‘plug-and-play’ cabin weighing kit includes four 1.6 m long cables terminated in a sturdy junction box with a pluggable connector to each load cell and a separate 5 m long cable connecting to a pre-configured Top-Sensors EWS-1 weighing indicator.

The under-springs and into-springs versions have a similar kit construction with the appropriate number of load cells to suit the application - in line with elevator or platform load requirements. Details the complete range including full specifications, load cell dimensions, wiring etc. are available, as individual datasheets or as a combined brochure covering all three installation types, from Variohm EuroSensor who provide complete technical support across the entire ZEMIC range.

@Variohm  #PAuto 

Miniaturised PCB connectors.

The Harting har-flex® series of miniaturised PCB connectors are now available with pre-leading contacts which offer sequential switching that can protect sensitive electronics from damage during operational plugging and unplugging.

Thanks to their robustness, the miniaturised 1.27 mm-pitch har-flex® SMT connectors are seeing increasing use in modular electronic systems. End-users can often enhance their systems in the field by adding additional function modules or replacing existing modules. The har-flex® connectors guarantee a secure electrical connection between the main module board and smaller boards.

In the event that the user neglects to first switch off the system and consequently plugs it in under load, sensitive electronics can be damaged. To avoid this, Harting can now supply all angled har-flex® male connectors in two different contact lengths, allowing the production of connector types with pre-leading contacts.

These contacts are 0.3 mm longer in the mating face and ensure that grounding contacts are the first to make contact during insertion and the last to disconnect during unplugging.
Thanks to flexible contact loading, the angled male connectors can also be configured as variants with lagging contacts. During unplugging, these lose electrical contact before the other contacts, so that a system with the appropriate logic can detect imminent contact disconnection and execute certain functions such as data backup.

Harting is offering the angled male connectors with pin counts of 6-100 on request, in custom contact configurations. The new variants enable Harting to integrate even more intelligence at the field level and thereby enable appropriate solutions for Industry 4.0.

@Harting #PAuto 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

LIMS Frequency Testing.

The Frequency (or Selective) Testing Module for the Matrix Gemini LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) from Autoscribe Informatics,  further enhances the versatility of the LIMS. It allows the definition of flexible testing regimes for samples and batches of samples to provide users with time and cost saving benefits during testing.

Frequency, periodic or skip lot testing is a sampling technique that saves time and money by reducing the number of tests carried out for some samples. It is generally used when there is an established history of item quality or the items come from a trusted supplier. However, it also provides for more rigorous testing of new products, as well as products from new suppliers and allows for increased future testing if a batch fails its specification.

The Matrix Gemini Frequency Testing Module can be easily set up using standard settings in the Substance Maintenance screen. It is possible to specify the testing frequency for each test on a substance or product e.g. perform all test(s) every ‘n’ samples registered. The system can also ensure that the first ‘n’ samples of a new substance or product undergo full testing before reduced testing begins.

Full testing can automatically be allocated if a specified time period has elapsed since the last sample of a particular substance or product was tested, or if the test results for the current batch exceed the specified limits.

Matrix Gemini’s built-in configuration tools allow a LIMS to be configured for individual laboratories in a host of industries and frequency testing can be applied to any testing regime from raw materials through to final packaging. The requirements for frequency testing will vary from industry to industry and from product to product and the Frequency Testing Module provides the flexibility to meet such varied demands.

 @AutoscribeLtd #TandM #LIMS

Tackling urban air pollution.

Barely a day goes by without a news item publicising the number of premature deaths caused by urban air pollution, and by particulates in particular. It is pleasing therefore to note investment in an air quality monitoring network.

The British Environment Agency has awarded a contract to Air Monitors to supply real-time particulate matter (PM) monitors to support the Automatic Urban and Rural Network (AURN). According to the terms of the contract, Air Monitors is to supply FIDAS 200 PM monitors for the continuous measurement of particle size for PM10, PM2.5 and as dual instruments which measure both PM10 and PM2.5 size fractions at the same time.

“This is an extremely important award,” says Jim Mills, Air Monitors Managing Director. “Not just because of the size of the award, but also because this new technology will provide greater insight into PM - one of the air quality parameters of greatest concern.”

The FIDAS 200 is certified as equivalent to the PM10 and PM2.5 reference methods both by TÜV and to Defra's MCERTS for UK Particulate Matter Standard. In the process of achieving this certification, the FIDAS passed the field tests with the lowest expanded uncertainty for PM10 of any PM monitor approved for use in the UK by Defra and the Environment Agency. In addition to the performance advantages of this technology, Jim says: “The operating costs are also extremely low; the requirement for consumables is almost nil, no filter is necessary for example, and its power consumption is a fraction of most other monitors. In addition, calibration can be conducted quickly and easily in the field with a simple monodisperse powder test which is only required once every 3 months.”

Employing a well-established measurement technology - optical light scattering of single particles – the FIDAS 200 is equipped with a high intensity LED light source, which is extremely stable, delivering a long lifetime, with minimal service requirements. An optical aerosol spectrometer determines the particle size using Lorenz‐Mie scattered light analysis of single particles. These particles move through an optical measurement volume that is homogeneously illuminated with white light, and each particle generates a scattered light impulse that is detected at an angle of 90 degrees. The particle number measurement is based on the number of scattered light impulses, and the level of the scattered light impulse is a measure of the particle diameter. The mass concentration is then derived by a proprietary algorithm from the number and size distribution.

Designed for reliability, the FIDAS 200 operates two sample pumps in parallel, providing redundancy protection, and the instrument continuously monitors status and calibration. As a result, field installations can exhibit data capture rates exceeding 99%.

Operating with a volume flow of approx. 0.3m3/h the FIDAS 200 is equipped with a Sigma‐2 sampling head, which enables representative measurements even under strong wind conditions. The sampling system includes an intelligent air drying system (IADS) which prevents measurement inaccuracies caused by condensation from high humidity. This means that it will continue to function correctly in misty or foggy conditions but without the loss of semi-volatile fractions of the PM. In situations where users require chemical analysis of the aerosol, it is also possible to fit an inline filter which collects the PM after the optical analysis chamber.

Summarising, Jim says: “This contract could lead to a potential 70 PM monitors being ordered from us over 4 years (2 years plus two 1 year extensions). An alternative type of PM monitor will also be supplied as part of the Environment Agency contract, but in the light of the advantages delivered by the FIDAS 200 we believe that the FIDAS 200 is the instrument of choice. As soon as the contract was awarded we received orders for multiple FIDAS monitors, valued at over £300k, and we look forward to installing many more over the coming years.”

@airmonitors  #Pauto #Britain @_Enviro_News 

See also application is a Scottish Urban area:  Ensuring pure air in Scottish towns. (15/1/2018)

Diagnostics, verification and monitoring.

Endress+Hauser offers Heartbeat Technology with its Liquiline CM44 and CM44R transmitters for use with Memosens pH and conductivity sensors. Heartbeat Diagnostics’ continuous analysis of transmitter/sensor system health status during operation enables recognition of related events when they occur. Heartbeat Diagnostics follows the NE-107 standardized NAMUR-compliant message structure for categorized event severity level with clear remedy instructions provided for operations or maintenance.

Heartbeat Monitoring minimizes the probability of a sudden breakdown or failure of the measurement point, and helps define when maintenance may be needed. For example, detecting increased glass impedance in the pH sensor may indicate glass breakage. In a conductivity sensor, if the coil current is out of range, this may indicate a short circuit or broken wire in the sensor. Monitoring function benefits are sensor health trending, tracking the quality of calibrations and integrating a maintenance timer to ensure optimal sensor performance is delivered.

Heartbeat Verification permits a measurement point to be assessed at any time in situ, without removing the sensor or shutting down the process. This qualitative function checks the entire measurement loop, verifying sensor and transmitter performance. Verification results are provided via an audit safe report automatically generated by the transmitter. The report is saved in PDF format and can be preserved on an SD card for transfer to a computer. These reports can be used when regulatory, quality or safety documentation is needed.

When the Liquiline transmitter is connected to a PLC, SCADA or distributed control system via fieldbus digital communications, Heartbeat Technology provides the host system with a wide range of sensor information that can be combined with process data to identify trends. This information, along with key performance indicators can be used for process optimization and predictive maintenance. Heartbeat Monitoring information is available over Profibus DP, EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP or Modbus 485 protocols.

This technology is now available as an option in Liquiline CM442, CM444 and CM448 transmitters and all DIN-rail mount versions, and works with Memosens pH and conductivity sensors, and Liquistation CSF34 and CSF48 samplers. In the future, Heartbeat Technology will be available in Endress+Hauser’s dissolved oxygen, turbidity, nitrate, chlorine sensors and Liquiline System CA80 analyzers. The Heartbeat Technology option can also be added to existing Liquiline transmitters or samplers by the application of an activation code (Requires firmware version 1.06.04 or higher firmware in the Liquiline platform device.)

@Endress_Hauser  #PAuto @Endress_US 

Temperature & Humidity Data Loggers.

Teracom Ltd. has announced the availability of highly reliable (3-year warranty), affordable and easy to set up and use TCW210-TH data loggers for remote temperature and humidity monitoring applications.

Each TCW210-TH can monitor up to 8 temperature and/or temperature-humidity sensors of various brands and types (up to 24 different parameters each) via either 1-Wire interface and/or the more robust MODBUS RTU over RS485. For example, 4 sensors can connect via MODBUS and another four can connect via 1-Wire, all at the same time.

“Our new TCW210-TH data logger device has a very intuitive setup process and is so easy to configure that most customers will never need to open up the manual,” says Ognyan Dimitrov, CEO of Teracom. “The humidity and temperature records can be monitored on the WEB interface of the device. There is no need for special software and conversions – you only need a standard web browser like Chrome, IE or Firefox.”

Utilizing an Ethernet interface for web and network connectivity, the device monitors real time data for temperature, humidity and dew point, and records all monitored parameters using internal FLASH memory. The records can be made on set time intervals and/or on alarm conditions. The capacity of memory allows at least 36 days logged with data recorded once every minute. The log file can be periodically uploaded on a dedicated server by HTTP Post.

The device is supported by Android and iOS applications, as well as by Teracom’s remote and monitoring software TC Monitor, which provides a free license for up to 10 items.

The logger utilizes a circular buffer in FLASH memory (up to 70,000 records). When it is full, the new data overwrites the oldest one. In this manner FLASH memory can store a full log all the time. For security reasons, there is not a command to clear the log. A copy of the full log is always available for download.

The TCW210-TH can initiate a connection (HTTP Post) to remote dedicated servers. The payload of this post are XML or JSON files. Standard protocols as SNMP, MODBUS TCP/IP, and HTTP API are also available for M2M applications. TCW210-TH also supports communication with ThingSpeak servers. Four different parameters (channels) can be processed simultaneously.

 @TeracomBulgaria #Pauto

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Effective mercury emissions monitoring certified.

The Gasmet Continuous Mercury Monitoring system (CMM) is the first instrument to be certified for monitoring at the low levels required by industry and regulators.

“This is extremely important news,” says Ken Roberts,  Managing Director of their British subsidiary Quantitech. “In the past the low concentration levels in industrial emissions have represented a challenge to monitoring technology, and instruments have been unable to monitor at the low levels that are required. This announcement means that, at last, monitoring technology is available that will enable effective regulations to be implemented in the fight against global mercury pollution.”

The Gasmet CMM has successfully completed EN15267-3 testing using CVAF (Cold Vapor Atomic Fluorescence) technology for the analysis of Mercury. The CMM now provides the world’s lowest EN15267 certified range for measurements of Mercury. The instrument is certified for operation across a number of different ranges up to 1000 µg/m3, but importantly, the lowest range is 0 to 5 µg/m3.

Meeting regulatory requirements
The award of an MCERTS EN15267 QAL 1 certificate means that the Gasmet CMM meets the monitoring range requirements of EU Directives, and is considered suitable for use on waste incineration and large coal-fired combustion plant applications. It also presents an opportunity for effective mercury emissions monitoring at other types of combustion plant.

Large combustion plants (LCPs) are combustion plants with a total rated thermal input equal to or greater than 50 MW. The Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2017/1442 established best available techniques (BAT) conclusions, under Directive 2010/75/EU for LCPs and the BAT conclusion was published on 17th August 2017 in the Official Journal of the EU and will come into effect with a four year transition period.

The LCP BREF (Best Available Technology Reference document) includes new BAT-associated emission levels (BAT-AELs) e.g. for mercury, and helps European countries to lower the environmental impact of around 3500 LCPs.

“The new ELVs (Emission Limit Values), set by national authorities, will be based on BAT-associated emission levels. The BAT AEL-ranges will be the reference for setting the ELVs, taking into account fuel type, combustion technology and other relevant conditions,” says Roberts. “According to the new BAT conclusions, Mercury should be measured continuously in the LCPs with a thermal input equal to or greater than 300MW. Also, ammonia needs to be measured continuously if SCR (selective catalytic reduction) and/or SNCR (selective non-catalytic reduction) are used.”

“Now that proven technology is available for continuous mercury monitoring at low levels, the operators of combustion plants have an opportunity to implement control measures and demonstrate effective mercury emissions control. It is clear that stricter emission limits will be in place, as described in the LCP BREF document, so process operators can now take steps to ensure that their monitoring is future-proof.”

The Gasmet CMM is a complete emission monitoring system designed to meet the regulatory requirements for continuous mercury measurement at different combustion sources. The new certification also confirms that the Gasmet CMM offers the lowest measurement uncertainty of any other continuous mercury monitor. The system also has a low maintenance requirement and has been designed for the most demanding industrial measurement conditions.

@Gasmet_Tech  #PAuto  @Quantitech @_Enviro_News 

Durable tactile switch.

Omron Electronic Components Europe has released a new ultra-thin sealed surface-mounting tactile switch rated at 1 million operations.

The new ultra-thin Omron B3SE delivers amazingly high durability with a minimum of 1 million operations, offering a long product life cycle. The tactile switch height of just 2mm contributes to the development of incredibly slim devices. The button gives the user positive tactile feedback, contributing a quality feel to the user interface. With a surface-mounting pin type, it’s suitable for high-density mounting. The silver plated switch is sealed conforming to IP67 (IEC 60529) standards providing high contact reliability in dusty environments and sealing against ingress of flux or fluids during manufacturing. The B3SE can withstand temperatures between -25C to +70C degrees with no icing or condensation.

Andries de Bruin, European Product Marketing Manager, Omron comments, “The B3SE will allow designers to really challenge themselves to develop ultra-thin products with absolute confidence in the long term durability of the switch. The crisp click during operation will reassure end users that this is a high quality product.”

The B3SE is perfect for applications including instrumentation, factory automation, consumer electronics, white goods and more.

@OmronEurope #PAuto @OmronAutomation

SIL certified Vortex flow meters.

Facilities with safety instrumented systems can now take advantage of the new SIL 2/3 functional safety certification of Emerson’s Rosemount™ 8800 Vortex flow meters, per IEC 61508, which can help mitigate risk, enhance plant safety, and protect personnel.

“The new addition of SIL 2/3 certification allows Emerson to offer the most comprehensive Vortex portfolio to address the importance of plant safety, process availability, and measurement stability,” said Wally Baker, director of product marketing for Rosemount Vortex flow meters.

The non-clog Rosemount 8800 Vortex portfolio offers safety and reliability features such as online removable sensors to reduce process downtime and a critical process valve for aggressive applications which increases personnel safety by preventing exposure to hazardous fluids. A variety of configurations are available to suit a variety of requirements, including flanged, wafer, reducer, dual, and quad meter body styles, supporting installations up to 12in (300mm) line sizes.

Per an accredited third-party assessment, a single Rosemount 8800 Vortex meter may be used up to SIL 2. The Dual Vortex meter is capable of up to SIL 3 and offers a simple drop-in solution to reduce installation costs. This configuration includes a single or dual shedder bar(s), dual sensing elements, and dual transmitters for redundancy and 1oo2 voting to reduce unexpected shutdowns.

Exclusive to Emerson, the Rosemount 8800 Quad Vortex uses a dual shedder bar, quadruple sensor, and quadruple transmitter configuration to meet hardware fault tolerances and eliminate the need for multiple flow meters. This option offers the highest level of reliability to guard against spurious trips using 2oo3 voting and includes a fourth transmitter for process control.

@EMR_Automation #PAuto @Emerson_News #Safety

Ambitious plans for Irish instrument manufacturer.

Eurolec Instrumentation has enjoyed significant investment in equipment, infrastructure and marketing following on from a successful buyout by Scientific Measurements Pte Ltd in 2017 (see Irish instrument company acquired April 2017),

More than €57000 (£50,000+) was ploughed into the growth of the temperature and pressure instrumentation manufacturer at the end of last year, which has already produced dividends with an extended distributor network and increased international sales.

Eurolec is now represented in more than 20 territories globally and its Ireland-based lab has been technologically enhanced increasing Eurolec's overall capacity for precision calibration certification and product service requirements.

Managing Director Chris Mears said: "2017 was a very exciting year for Eurolec but it looks like that is going to be exceeded by further improvements and progress in 2018.

"Thanks to the investment and support by Scientific Measurements we have been able to introduce Eurolec's first five-year warranty which has boosted interest in our portable thermometers and probes, particularly within the highly competitive HACCP and food markets."

He added: "We also have new product development well under way, together with further enhancement to our existing product range across portable thermometers, manometers and temperature calibration sources.

"Our established portable thermometer (TH & PC Temp series) and manometer (PR and PC mano series) portables have already been restyled and have received something of a makeover in advance of new ranges to be announced in the near future.

"Investment in new reference instrumentation in Eurolec's calibration laboratory has also resulted in an improved temperature calibration service from the company with stated uncertainties of measurement now as low as ± 0.03°C."

Eurolec is also the official Britain and Ireland distributor for the Ono Sokki range of specialised engine tachometers, FFT analysers, rotary encoders and linear gauges with further announcements due shortly on developments in this promising sector.

@Eurolec #PAuto #TandM @cirrusresearch

High performance optical sensor head.

The AQ2200-232 is a new high-performance optical sensor head which joins Yokogawa’s existing family of optical power meters modules (AQ2200-215 and AQ2200-221) in the company’s modular optical test platform.

The sensor head is used in conjunction with the dual-port AQ2200-202 interface module, and is targeted at making accurate measurements in challenging applications such as power testing of laser chips in free space light, I/L curve measurement of laser-diode modules and multicore fibre measurements (with an MPO connector adapter).

Key features are a 5 mm diameter cooled detector, ideal for measurements in free space, a wavelength measurement range from 800 to 1700 nm, and a power measurement range of +15 to -90 dBm. It also offers best-in-class uncertainty of ±1.8%, high stability with constant-temperature control, and a wide single-range power range of 30 dB.

“With the launch of the new optical sensor head, Yokogawa is expanding its multi-application modular optical test platform in line with market demands for higher-speed automatic testing of optical devices in free space, which helps to reduce testing time - and hence costs - compared to fibre-coupled tests.”, says Terry Marrinan, Vice-President Sales & Marketing, Yokogawa Europe & South-East Asia: “Post-production testing of laser diodes needs to be fast because the increasing market demand requires higher quantities and cheaper products, and the fastest way to measure their output is by measuring it in free space to eliminate the time involved in connecting and disconnecting the optical fibre to each laser produced.”

Until now sensors currently available on the market were not sensitive enough to obtain high-precision test results. The sensor's reading should also be as accurate as possible because certain lasers emit low power by design (to respect international safety regulations) and their characterisation must be very precise to be sure the laser is emitting the highest possible power without breaking the relevant safety laws.

“Yokogawa recognised these challenges and have addressed them by working closely with the manufacturers of laser diodes in order to develop the AQ2200-232,” adds Terry Marrinan: “The combination of a large-diameter photo-detector surface and the 30 dB power range of the new sensor head allows it to measure signals at high resolution under optimum conditions – hence the best-in-class sensitivity and accuracy.”

 @Yokogawa_Europe  #TandM

Happy 50th birthday.

Founded in 1968, by the late John Moore, the future of the business Mr Moore built, Pickering, is bright, with sales in 2017 up by 30% on the previous year.

“Fifty years of designing, manufacturing and distributing Reed Relays means that we have a very good understanding of the product we are selling and consider ourselves to be the leaders in Reed Relay technology” said Graham Dale, Technical Director at Pickering Electronics. “Since 1968, we have gradually evolved our Reed Relays from very large, relatively crude parts to the small, ultra-reliable parts we have today. Production methods and quality systems have improved a great deal over that time, and costs have been radically reduced.”

“When I started designing Reed Relays in the late 1970 some were saying that these electromechanical devices would have a limited lifetime. Instead, the market for high-quality reed relays has increased into areas that were inconceivable in those days.”, he added.

In 1983, Pickering established SoftCenter® technology, as well as the former-less coil construction which really set them apart from other reed relay manufacturers. Softcenter® protects the sensitive glass/metal seal of the reed switch capsule, thereby increasing contact resistance stability and improves the life expectation of the relay. Former-less coil construction maximizes magnetic drive and increases packing density.

Pickering has now become renowned for designing Reed Relays for high density applications. Just last year at Semicon West they released the World’s smallest footprint Reed Relay – the Series 120 4mm²™, switching up to 1 Amp, whilst stacking on a 4mm x 4mm pitch.

The Pickering Group is now comprised of two privately owned companies, who are leading suppliers of high reliability switching solutions; Pickering Electronics, the leaders in Reed Relay design and manufacture, and its sister company; Pickering Interfaces, who since 1988, have been designing and manufacturing modular signal switching and simulation for Switching Systems. The Pickering Group now employ over 380 people worldwide, with manufacturing facilities in the Czech Republic, along with additional representation in countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australasia.

The company’s success is due to its unique ability to design high quality products, a strong vision from their founder, the speed in which they get innovative designs to market, a good relationship with their suppliers and commitment from their much-valued staff.

To celebrate 50 years in business Pickering Electronics have various celebrations planned, including a party for all their staff, as well as publishing a book about the company’s first 50 years. The book features various milestones in Pickering Electronics’ history, along with stories, quotes and personal photographs from their founder, directors and employees. The book will be available to download from the Pickering Electronics’ website from the beginning of February.

@PickeringRelay #PAuto 

Monday, January 29, 2018

IoT solutions to improve uptime and operational performance.

Covestro, one of the world’s largest polymer companies, has selected Emerson to provide Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to help the chemical manufacturer achieve its goals of minimising risk and improving uptime at nine high-utilisation plants. As part of the €11.30 million ($14us million), five-year contract, Emerson will provide remote monitoring and predictive maintenance to help Covestro optimise these manufacturing facilities for improved production, safety and reliability.

The Emerson programme is a tenet of Covestro’s comprehensive digitisation programme called Digital@Covestro that considers and implements new Industrial IoT strategies and operating procedures to deliver improved performance and meet defined financial targets. Covestro’s reliability programme will leverage strategies, solutions and technologies in Emerson’s Operational Certainty programme designed to help manufacturers achieve Top Quartile performance. Emerson data shows that Top Quartile companies spend half as much on maintenance compared to average performers and operate with an additional 15 days of available production each year.

Emerson will remotely monitor and maintain 40 of its DeltaV™ distributed control systems at Covestro plants in China, the United States and Germany. Remote teams at Emerson’s Innovation Centre in Austin, Texas, will monitor and provide best practices-based maintenance strategies for local Emerson teams to implement at each Covestro plant.

“By collaborating with Emerson to stay proactive about plant availability, we can drive toward always-on production and continue to satisfy customers in our high-demand market,” said Klaus Schaefer, chief technical officer, Covestro.

The Emerson-Covestro agreement reflects an emerging business model in industry, where manufacturers rely on a strategic supplier’s software solutions and deep automation expertise to monitor and execute maintenance, equipment health or energy management programmes, allowing customers to focus their attention on critical operating functions that drive plant performance.

“Covestro and Emerson have a shared focus on driving Top Quartile operational performance,” said Jamie Froedge, president of Emerson’s Process Systems and Solutions business. “Connecting Covestro’s global product manufacturing expertise with our remote and local service capabilities allows the right expert to be available, real time, to ensure reliable operations.”

This global reliability programme is the result of a long-term strategic relationship between Emerson and Covestro. In 2015, the two organisations embarked on a 17-system pilot programme with Emerson’s lifecycle services, including Guardian™ Support and DeltaV System Health Monitoring Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions that resulted in higher plant utilisation and a clear return on investment.

Covestro is the global leader in polyurethane, polycarbonates, and raw materials for premium coatings, adhesives, and sealants used in every aspect of modern life from mattresses and building insulation to cosmetics and cell phones.

@EMR_Automation  #PAuto @Emerson_News #IoT

Strengthing display range.

Anglia Components has signed an agreement to distribute and support the Mitsubishi Electric range of displays in both Britain and Ireland. The agreement greatly strengthens Anglia’s display portfolio, and extends its 10-year partnership with Mitsubishi covering RF devices.

LtoR: Yoshiaki Okamoto (Manager, Product Marketing Europe Industrial TFT – LCD. Mitsubishi), Xuesong Liu (Application Engineer Industrial TFT-LCD. Mitsubishi), Dr Ashley Rhodes (UK Sales Manager. Mitsubishi) and David Pearson (Technical Director, Anglia Components Limited)
Steve Rawlins, CEO, Anglia, said, “We are delighted to have added a world class range of industrial displays to our strong display portfolio. Mitsubishi is highly regarded around the world for the quality, reliability and performance of its display products, and we are confident that Anglia customers will welcome this addition to our range. Potential applications include designs for factory automation equipment, test instruments, medical systems, transportation systems, marine electronics, avionics, point of sale terminals and kiosks.”

Mitsubishi’s new relationship with Anglia will help it gain greater penetration of the industrial display market. Dr Ashley Rhodes, UK Sales Manager, Mitsubishi commented, “Anglia has an outstanding and proven track record in designing in display solutions, especially into the industrial market which is core for Mitsubishi. They are ideally placed to achieve long-term growth with our displays in this market. Our relationship with Anglia is strong and successful and it is good to be able to expand on this.”

The new agreement covers the full range of Mitsubishi display products for industrial and other applications. Mitsubishi’s display range includes TFT-LCD modules with standard operating temperature range of -30 to +80 degrees and -40 to +85 degrees for models utilising Mitsubishi’s Toughness Technology. The displays have long life LED backlighting with optional integrated resistive and projected capacitive (PCAP) touch screens. Other features include high brightness (>500cd/m²) or super high brightness (>1000cd/ m²) line-ups for use in all light conditions including outdoor sunlight readability, and a 170-degree super wide viewing (SWV) angle architecture. Mitsubishi offers display modules in standard and wide aspect ratio formats in all the standard resolutions with sizes from 3.5 inch up to 19.2 inch.

Anglia Components will offer the most popular models from the Mitsubishi display range on its Anglia Live platform.

@angliaComponent #PAuto @MEUKAutomation @NeeshamPR

Setting new benchmarks in China.

Only five years after the most recent expansion in China, the Endress+Hauser Group has once again increased production capacity with a third plant in Suzhou, 100 kilometers west of Shanghai. The 16,500-square-meter facility will help the Group meet disproportionately high growth in the Far East.
The opening of the new building, which is situated in Suzhou Industrial Park, a 450-square-kilometer campus that is home to more than 20,000 companies, was celebrated today in the presence of representatives from government and business, as well as customers and employees. The new plant will give the centers of competence for flow measurement engineering, liquid analysis and temperature measurement engineering additional capacity.
Suzhou Plant

“The roughly 44 million euros investment underscores the tremendous significance of the Chinese market,” said Dr Bernd-Josef Schäfer, Managing Director of flow measurement technology specialist Endress+Hauser Flowtec, headquartered in Reinach, Switzerland. The spacious, modern and well-lit production halls and offices provide the ideal conditions for continuing to fulfill the requirements of the Chinese market and the wishes of the customers.

New flowmeter calibration system sets new benchmarks
Apart from an extensive portfolio of measurement instruments, Endress+Hauser also offers a wide range of global services that allow customers to optimize their processes along a plant’s entire life cycle. The result is increased productivity and competitiveness through features such as the fully traceable calibration of measurement instruments.

To date the facility in Suzhou has been capable of calibrating flowmeters with nominal diameters between 2 and 1,200 millimeters. The Group’s largest and most modern calibration facility is now setting new benchmarks. In the future, the company will be able to calibrate electromagnetic flowmeters in China with a nominal diameter of up to 3,000 millimeters with a maximum measurement uncertainty of ±0.05 percent. That corresponds to a variance of only 100 milliliters for 200 liters of medium – or one champagne glass for a bathtub full of water.

Water and wastewater industries driving growth
Electromagnetic flowmeters with large diameters are commonly used in the water and wastewater industries. One of China’s most important goals is the improvement of water supply across the entire country. Over the last few years, Endress+Hauser has established itself in this growth market through high-quality measurement instruments that reliably and precisely measure the flow of water in treatment plants and distribution stations.

“In order to react quickly and flexibly to regional changes and growth opportunities in local markets, and to stay constantly close to our customers, we are continually expanding production facilities around the world,” explains Matthias Altendorf, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group, reflecting the Group’s sustainable growth strategy. “This is particularly important in a highly-dynamic market like China.”

Laboratory analysis specialist Analytik Jena also maintains a strong presence in China with around 100 employees. The Endress+Hauser subsidiary has operated four locations in the Middle Kingdom since 2001 with a focus on analytical instrumentation and life sciences business.

#China @Endress_Hauser  #Pauto 

The Threat Within - OT Cybersecurity.

SolutionsPT, together with Schneider Electric, is hosting an OT cyber security event in Cork (IRL), aimed at helping manufacturers protect their industrial control systems and critical infrastructure.
Taking place on Thursday 15th March 2018, the event will address why industrial environments are becoming more vulnerable to cyberattack, while also providing guidance on securing OT architectures and defence in depth solutions.

Keynote speaker Jay Abdallah, Global Security Director at Schneider Electric, will discuss ‘The Threat Within’, covering how the move to open standards such as Ethernet, TCP/IP and web technologies has allowed hackers to take advantage of industrial control systems and critical infrastructure, before moving on to ‘Defence in Depth’. Other sessions to note include guidance on building secure OT architectures, disaster resilience, managed services and a panel discussion.

The afternoon session will then give attendees the opportunity to take part in a series of workshops. The first will focus on Wonderware System Platform 2017, SolutionsPT’s responsive control platform for SCADA, MES and IIoT solutions, before concluding with optional Citect SCADA and ThinManager hands-on workshops.

Susan Roche, General Manager of SolutionsPT, said: “Following the success of last year’s roadshow, which was well received by Irish manufacturers, it was an easy decision to bring our OT Cyber Security event back to Fota Island. This event will help manufacturers secure their operations and ensure their systems are more secure than ever.”

The event runs from 8:30am until 5:15pm and is free to attend. Delegates must register in advance.

 #Cybersecurity @SolutionsPT #PAuto @SchneiderElec

Strain gauge webinar.

Following on from a successful series of webinars, HBM has announced the date for its latest free webinar, ‘Minimising Measurement Uncertainty: how to set up strain gauge based precision measurement chains’, which will take place on February 22nd 2018 at 9am (GMT).

Aimed at all measurement engineers in charge of planning or taking measurements, as well as users performing measurement data analysis, this latest webinar from the HBM Academy, will offer a general introduction to strain gauge based high precision measuring chains and is designed to help individuals choose the right reference transducers (force, torque and pressure).

Presented by Dr. André Schäfer, Development Manager for High Precision Measurement Chains at HBM, this 30 minute webinar will discuss the factors which can influence strain gauge based measurements and reveal the requirements for precision bridge amplifiers. Also offering a selection of valuable tips and tricks, this webinar will also provide participants with a series of practical application exercises.

Designed to fit in with the challenging time constraints, which can often make attending relevant training courses difficult, this webinar can also be easily accessed at a later date or simply used as a refresher course. As an added benefit, all registered participants will receive a link to the webinar, via email, after the presentation.

All HBM webinars are free of charge and open to anyone, regardless of experience. However, spaces are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

@HBMmeasurement  #PAuto