Friday, February 16, 2018

Dissolved Oxygen in food, pharmaceutical and biotechnology.

The sensor accurately measures oxygen and temperature in demanding fermenter, bioreactor, water treatment and boiler feedwater applications.

The Memosens COS81D hygienic optical sensor for measuring dissolved oxygen in fermenters and bioreactors has been released by Endress+Hauser. It is for use in the food, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, as well in drinking water and boiler feedwater applications. It can be used in all measuring points from lab fermenters to production processes.

The Memosens COS81D measures dissolved oxygen, gaseous oxygen and temperature with accuracy up to ±0.2%. It works in process temperatures from 15 to 280 °F and pressures from 0 to190 psi. The sensor also provides temperature and partial pressure, as well as raw measured values. The sensor connects to a transmitter via a cable that transmits an optical digital signal.

The sensor accurately measures oxygen and temperature in demanding fermenter, bioreactor, water treatment and boiler feedwater applications.

The sensor withstands CIP and SIP procedures. The sensor is a compact stainless steel 12mm design with lengths currently up to 220 mm. The sensor has a low sampling volume, making it well suited for residual oxygen measurement in water treatment and boiler feedwater.

The stainless steel sensor meets EHEDG (type EL class I) and ASME BPE (including USP class VI and FDA conformity) hygienic requirements to avoid product contamination, and meets the requirements of GMP and GLP. It also has a Certificate of Compliance for biological reactivity tests as per USP (United States Pharmacopeia) part 87 and part 88 class VI, with batch traceability of materials in contact with product.

Two spot cap versions are available with the sensor: a C-shaped cap and a U-shaped cap. The first is particularly well suited to measurements in liquids, specifically in fermenters and bioreactors. The distinctive design of the U-shaped cap protects the spot from abrasion that can occur, for example, in gas measurements. The caps, specially designed for hygienic applications, reduce blockages and the adherence of air bubbles. Thanks to these caps, the sensor delivers extremely stable measured values across the entire measuring range. This stability is maintained even after dozens of CIP and SIP cycles.

The sensor can be replaced within seconds. The user simply calibrates the sensor in the lab, and then inserts it into the sensor holder assembly. It does not require any polarization time and is immediately ready to measure. The sensor has integrated electronics that store calibration data and other information, such as total hours of operation and operating hours under extreme measuring conditions. Once the sensor has been connected, the sensor data is transferred automatically to the transmitter and used to calculate the current measured value. Because calibration data is stored in the sensor, the sensor can be calibrated and adjusted independent of the measuring point.

Measured and calibration values in the sensor are sent to the transmitter using a non-contact connection that is free from potential interference. Memosens technology in the transmitter generates an automatic error message if the sensor fails, or if the connection between sensor and transmitter is interrupted.

The optical signals are continuously monitored and analyzed. The transmitter detects implausibly high or low measured values, irregular values due to incorrect measured values, and aging of the sensor cap. When errors are detected, the transmitter displays a warning and generates an error message.

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Air quality training!

Reflecting the level of support and expertise that Ashtead Technology has been able to provide for its sales and rental customers over the last year, TSI has renewed Ashtead’s Gold Partnership status. The achievement of this level of support triggers higher levels of engagement with TSI, resulting for example, in joint activities such as free air quality training events.
One such event took place in January, focusing on both indoor and outdoor air quality. “Previous training days have taken place at TSI’s headquarters in High Wycombe, but this year, to give our customers in the north of the UK the same opportunity, we moved it to the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham,” explained James Carlyle, Ashtead Technology General Manager. “We were delighted with the level of enthusiasm for the day, and feedback from delegates was extremely positive,” he added.

Two of the attendees from WSP, a 7,640 strong British engineering consultancy, travelled to the Magna Centre from their Cardiff office. Luc Porter, a Principal air quality consultant at WSP, said: “It was great to gain some practical hands-on experience with a variety of technologies, and to see the latest TSI models. We also found it useful to engage with the other delegates; sharing knowledge and experience.”

The day began with a presentation by Ashtead’s Josh Thomas, who outlined the reasons for monitoring particulates; including the management of indoor air quality and regulatory compliance. He explained which instruments are most appropriate for specific applications, citing examples in applications such as cooking, soldering, construction, manufacturing, animal husbandry and even smoke management during the filming of feature films.

The next speaker was Nicholas Baxter from the Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL), which is the science division of the Health & Safety Executive. He described the requirements for Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE), including an explanation of the terms ‘adequate’ and ‘suitable’ with respect to RPE. He also highlighted the importance of the CE mark, correct storage of RPE, and Fit Testing, as well as employer and employee responsibilities. This was followed by a practical demonstration of FFRED (HSL's Face-Fit Respirator Demonstrator) which highlighted the problems caused by badly fitted masks.

Technical presentations were also provided by TSI – Maxine Dolloway described the DUSTTRAK and SIDEPAK range of particulate monitors, and Nick Brown outlined the advantages of the Environmental DUSTTRAK. The participants were given numerous opportunities throughout the day to work with all of these instruments.

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Appointment in Food & Drink ops.

Todd Gilliam has been appointed to the position of US segment leader for ABB’s food and beverage operations. He succeeds Cliff Cole, who has taken on the role of leader of commercial and strategic integration after three years in the position.

Todd Gilliam
Gilliam joins ABB from Schneider Electric, where he was a food and beverage industry manager since September 2014. He has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, having been a global account manager for brands such as Coca-Cola and Microsoft.

In his new role at ABB, Gilliam will lead a team that represents all of ABB’s current business units. The team will take responsibility for educating and informing food manufacturers on the impact digitalization is having on the industry and what long-term solutions are available to improve efficiency and profitability.

“Digitalization has been at the forefront of manufacturers’ minds for a number of years now, and many are inter-ested not only in optimizing existing assets to keep up with their competitors, but also leveraging new technologies to gain a strategic advantage,” said Gilliam. “As an industry, food and beverage has traditionally been a slower adopter of new technologies when compared with sectors such as energy or processing. Rather than playing catch up, manufacturers are now looking at what the future holds and how they can make their own facilities smarter.

“At ABB, our aim is to assist manufacturers in futureproofing their operations. For the vast majority, building a new facility isn’t an option. Industry 4.0 has led to the creation of a wealth of technologies that can enhance existing operations, improve efficiencies and minimize production downtime.

“Big data, a phrase that is commonly thrown around, will play a big part in this. In the industrial context, many manufacturers collate data from disparate sources, but few are able to truly understand it and use as actionable operational information. We want to change this.”

“Todd brings a wealth of experience to the role that will be invaluable to ABB,” added Markus Brettschneider, senior vice president and general manager of ABB’s global food and beverage applications. “His ability to develop rela-tionships and look at the bigger picture for clients will be important to the development of ABB’s work in the US food and beverage industry. We’re delighted to have him on board and look forward to seeing the changes that he will bring.”

Gilliam will be based at ABB’s Atlanta office in the United States. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of South Carolina.

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Essentials for calibration.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its Beamex partner have released a new, free eBook called Calibration Essentials. The eBook is an informative resource with 60 detailed pages covering all essential topics relating to calibration.

Get your copy!
In keeping with their ongoing partnership, ISA and Beamex continue to co-develop essential educational resources focused on the vital issues in calibration and instrumentation process improvement—all offered at no charge.

The eBook includes six chapters that address calibration best practices and strategies and contain guidelines on effectively managing a facility-wide calibration program. 

“ISA is pleased to collaborate with our Beamex partner in developing and publishing this new calibration eBook,” says Rick Zabel, ISA Group Publisher. “We believe it will serve as a valuable resource on calibration techniques and technologies to our members and customers and to other automation professionals. It’s also representative of ISA’s commitment to deliver useful technical content to the global automation community.”

“We exist to provide better ways to calibrate. This was our founding principal and still guides everything we do. The creation of this book supports our mission to provide not only the best solutions to our customers, but to also pioneer the best practices of calibration,” explains Greg Sumners, President of Beamex, Inc.

Obtain it today!

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Speedy mobile test device.

Anritsu has worked with Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, to successfully demonstrate peak download speeds of 2 Gbps. The demonstration uses a mobile test device, powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X24 LTE modem and a network simulator using 5x carrier aggregation (5CC) with 4x4 MIMO, and 256-QAM modulation on all 5 carriers. Using the mobile test device and the Anritsu MT8821C LTE Simulator, Anritsu is able to successfully demonstrate stable physical layer download speeds of 2 Gbps.

“Anritsu is pleased to once again work with Qualcomm Technologies in support of our latest advancements – breaking the multi-gigabit barrier for wireless communications,” said Paul Innis, Vice President and General Manager of Anritsu Company. “This achievement builds on our previous announcement with Qualcomm Technologies of LTE Category 16 in February 2016. We look forward to continuing to provide test solutions that enable the development of consumer mobile devices that use this new data rate breakthrough.”

Utilising newly introduced capability enables a multi-box configuration of MT8821C to simulate three contiguous LTE baseband cells on a single RF carrier. With 3 MT8821C simulators in a “master/slave” combination we can offer more aggregated carriers with higher-order MIMO than other solutions on the market. Cells can be placed in any licensed or unlicensed band using the RF capability to cover 350 MHz to 6 GHz.

The MT8821C is a scalable LTE network simulator, product for RF parametric testing and verification of 2G/3G/4G smartphones, tablets, M2M modules and IoT devices. It supports the latest 3GPP technologies including VoLTE, Gigabit LTE, and Cellular IoT applications.

• The solution will be demonstrated in Anritsu’s booth (Hall 6, Stand F40) at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, (Cat).

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OEM Lifecycle – The Past, Present and Future.

A new keynote address entitled “OEM Lifecycle – The Past, Present and Future” will set the scene for this highly topical seminar addressing the key practical issues arising from the use of digital communications technologies in automated manufacturing and process industry applications, with particular attention to Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Draft Agenda
Covering key application areas such as mechanical handling and logistics, robotics, automotive engineering, electrical and electronics assembly, control systems and energy management, pulp & paper, chemical, utilities, pharmaceutical, packaging and printing, it focuses on the practical aspects of using PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link, from system design and safety considerations through to fault-finding and maintenance.

Supported by an exhibition with demonstrations of actual tools used in configuration and maintenance, the seminar will be of great value to Designers, Production/System Engineers, Instrument Technicians/Engineers, and C&I Engineers involved in the design, operation and maintenance of modern automated factories and process plant.

With nearly 80 million nodes installed worldwide, PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link are truly market leaders, providing state of the art digital communications addressing all the needs of manufacturing and process industries, significantly lowering capital expenditure on installation, commissioning and maintenance. They offer unprecedented integration of automation, control, monitoring and safety systems using standardised and widely supported communications and networking solutions.

This seminar is ably presented by specialists from PI UK member companies. Attendance is free of charge to pre-registered delegates from the User community, i.e. companies that own, operate, design, build or maintain automated plant. The event will provide delegates with an excellent networking opportunity and the ability to speak to experts.

AFRC, Catapult Centre, Inchinnan, April 17th, 2018

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Seamless integration of pneumatic systems and process control.

The ASCO Numatics 580 CHARMs node enables simple Electronic Marshalling of pneumatic systems

Pneumatic systems are an essential part of many process plants, in industries such as chemical, life science and food & beverage, particularly those where ancillary machines are used. Although an essential part of the process, these machines are often stand-alone and are not connected back to the process control architecture. This could mean that should there be a problem with the machine’s pneumatic systems, it may not be communicated back to the control system, therefore leading to a breakdown of the machine. The plant may then continue to produce products that cannot go on for further processing or packaging.

Current architecture
Process control systems are normally able to accommodate pneumatics systems through the implementation of an additional fieldbus network, such as PROFIBUS-DP® or Modbus® TCP. However, this approach adds complexity through additional configuration and data mapping, and whilst supplementary diagnostics is possible, a second programming environment, with its associated costs, is not desirable and may not easily support communication and power redundancy.

In 2016 Emerson introduced electronic marshalling for pneumatic systems. This solution enables users to easily integrate the ASCO Numatics 580 Series valve islands, with Emerson’s DeltaV control system for a complete Emerson Automation I/O and pneumatics system solution for process plants.

What is Electronic Marshalling?
Control engineers and project managers working on continuous or batch-oriented processing plants will be familiar with the problems associated with commissioning I/O in distributed control systems. The traditional method involves field device connection through multi-cored cabling, wired to terminal blocks in control cabinets, with each connection then manually cross-marshalled to its appropriate I/O card. As system complexity increases and the number of connections accumulates – inevitable I/O changes abound – thus, difficulties arise in keeping track of each and every physical connection in the marshalling panel. Every change adds cost, delays, and most importantly risk to the project. Adding redundancy causes even more headaches. Furthermore, future maintenance and system modification is often made difficult with staff changes and system unfamiliarity, which can adversely affect down-time.

Whilst manual marshalling is still considered adequate for small projects, large-scale batch and continuous processes in areas such as chemical, pharma, and food manufacture - where lost production can result in truly excessive costs - increasingly turns to more risk averse and reliable process system design strategies.

Electronic Marshalling does away with the manual and labour-intensive practise of cross marshalling. The cables from the field are still wired in to the marshalling cabinet, but from there on in the connections to the controllers are handled electronically. It is now possible to map each I/O channel to any controller. Emerson manage this mapping with their CHARMs (CHARacterisation Modules). These are essentially analogue to digital conversion cards that may be characterised to perform any signal function (AI, AO, DI, DO, RTD etc.). They are ‘clicked’ on to CHARM I/O Cards (CIOC), which are in-turn mounted on DIN rail terminal blocks where field wiring is arranged; the field device is identified and the appropriate CHARM card is set up and Electronically Marshalled through a hidden digital bus to ANY controller in the system. Fully redundant power and communications connection is included, and autosensing each I/O channel means that identification, configuration, diagnostics and design changes are easily carried out by the DCS.

The technology provides many benefits, from the first design stages, to commissioning, and through the lifetime of processing oriented manufacture. As digital or analogue I/O of any type can be bound to specific controllers at any stage in the project without manual rewiring, hardware and design costs can be more predictable from the outset. Design changes – adding new I/O or changing I/O types - can be catered for without intensive labour and disruptive re-wiring costs. Projects become easier to scale, safety is assured. Configuration and diagnostics are taken care of by a single integrated software platform – Emerson’s DeltaV Explorer. Importantly the Total Cost of Ownership is significantly reduced, measured by increased operational certainty, process reliability and increased machine availability.

Integrating pneumatic valve islands into automation systems with CHARM technology
The 580 Series CHARMs allows control engineers and project managers working on continuous and batch-oriented manufacturing projects a straightforward, cost saving and fast-track approach to the integration of pneumatic systems within the process control environment. The node facilitates single connection from the field to Emerson’s DeltaV™ DCS offering Electronic Marshalling, native configuration and diagnostics plus built-in redundancy - for a truly integrated system architecture.

With the introduction of ASCO Numatics’ 580 CHARMs node, pneumatic systems’ integration with Electronic Marshalling is made possible within a single network platform – a one package and one supplier solution - for the first time. The 580 CHARMs node directly links to the DeltaV system via the CHARM baseplate and natively combines autosensing and Electronic Marshalling through redundant power and communication connection, harnessing the full native diagnostic capabilities of the DeltaV. From the DCS, each pilot valve is managed in exactly the same way as the other system I/O. The DCS can identify and marshal all the pneumatic connections through a single redundant connection with up to 48 valve solenoid outputs connected to each CHARM node.

The 580 CHARMs node interfaces with ASCO Numatics 500 Series valve islands. These high performance, “plug-in” directional control valves feature the highest flow capability for their product size, helping to keep machine footprints compact and lowering system costs, whilst a comprehensive range of accessories and options makes for easy installation, configuration and modification.

The cost and time benefits of simplified machine architecture
When compared to a manually, cross-marshalled, process manufacturing system for batch and continuous production scenarios, the benefits of a CHARMs technology based solution with Electronic Marshalling are apparent and compelling. When pneumatics require integration, and the solution is compared with the introduction of a fieldbus such as PROFIBUS-DP®, the benefits are even more convincing with the easy-to-use, task-based engineering environment that the DeltaV offers.

The elimination of a secondary network allows substantial savings in components, associated I/O, wiring, and commissioning time. The Emerson single network solution means single point responsibility for products, documentation and support, with savings for personnel, programming resources and system training. Reduced component count and direct connection equals a reduced risk of system failure. Design changes throughout project development and future troubleshooting is made easier with embedded intelligent control with autosensing and plain message workstation diagnostics. Shutdown time is significantly reduced thanks to integral diagnostics directly on the valve island or displayed on the DeltaV systems workstation. Reliable redundant connection ensures safety and reduces maintenance down time. Further compelling benefits include flexibility in process control thanks to every CHARM I/O from voltage and current sensors to alarms and pilot valves sharing the same DeltaV Explorer configuration, and being available in the ‘cloud’ to any controller in the network.

These factors combine for a tightly integrated solution for I/O and pneumatic valve islands that delivers more complete project and operational certainty, comprehensive control optimisation and processing reliability.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Toolkits added to program.

Softing's OPC Development Toolkits are now listed in Rockwell Automation's Encompass Partner Program.

Rockwell Automation has included Softing's toolkits for integrating OPC Classic and OPC UA in automation applications into its Encompass Partner Program. The program encompasses products from partner companies that strengthen Rockwell Automation's own portfolio and support the company’s product development capabilities.

Softing's toolkits help to speed up development of OPC Classic and OPC UA servers. They provide a comprehensive collection of annotated libraries which facilitate the launch of products with OPC functionality.

Through its subsidiary Softing Inc., Softing Industrial has been a long-time member of the Rockwell Encompass Partner Program. Other Softing products listed in the program are: mobile testers for cable testing and certification (WireXpert, NetXpert) as well as interface cards.

@SoftingIA #PAuto @ROKAutomation 

Switch manufacturer recognised.

ZF Switches & Sensors has been awarded SPDEI award for quality of support and collaboration with its distribution network. SPDEI honoured 26 suppliers out of 110 nominees and ZF was one of three winners in ten electromechanical categories.

ZF Switches & Sensors has been awarded the SPDEI award for the quality of support and collaboration with their Distribution network. The award is of particular value as it is voted on by the Distributors themselves.

The product range consists primarily of switch and sensor products previously sold under the former CHERRY brand, following ZF’s acquisition of the company in 2008.

SPDEI (Professional Union of Industrial Electronics Distribution) is the French Association set up to promote the development of the profession in economic, technical and regulatory areas. Electromechanical Components is one out of ten product categories voted on, others include passives, connectors, standard components and high end digital.

This was the 22nd year of the awards and the presentation of the 2017 SPDEI trophies took place, as in previous years, at the Automobile Club de France (Paris), under the leadership of Pascal Fernandez, the President of the Union. This year SPDEI honoured 26 suppliers out of 110 nominees, chosen for their support and partnerships with this profession. There were 10 electromechanical categories and ZF was one of 3 winners.

 @cherryswitches #PAuto

Programmable controller with EDGE.

Completely new system brings the future of automation to the present by combining guaranteed-for-life I/O, real-time control, local and remote HMI, and industrial/IT data exchange in a compact, industrial package.

Experienced industrial automation manufacturer and industrial internet of things tools developer Opto 22 today announced a groundbreaking new industrial system to address the needs of automation engineers and developers solving the challenging automation and industrial internet of things (IIoT) problems in today’s fast-moving, data-centric environment.

“We are a company of engineers inspired and driven to create products that unleash our customers’ imaginations,” says Mark Engman, Opto 22 CEO. “groov EPIC is a culmination of that mission, a response to industry requests to more wholly integrate IT and OT technologies, simplify development and deployment, and provide a platform for long-term growth now and well into the future.”

Current IIoT solutions typically require multiple moving parts, including stitched-together software technologies, bolted-on communications protocols, legacy controllers and I/O, and a medley of gateways. These solutions are expensive to build, difficult to troubleshoot, require multi-domain expertise, and are unsustainable over the long term. The new groov EPIC® system helps solve these problems by combining I/O, control, data processing, and visualization into one secure, maintainable, edge-of-network industrial system. groov EPIC lets engineers and developers focus on delivering value, not on triaging loosely connected components.

Combining reimagined intelligent I/O with an embedded Linux® real-time controller, gateway functions, and an integrated display, groov EPIC offers field-proven industrial hardware design with a modern software ensemble, to produce the results that visionary engineers want today. Connecting legacy systems, controlling processes and automating machines, subscribing to web services and creating mashups, acquiring and publishing data, visualizing that data wherever it is needed, and mobilizing operators—all of these are now within reach. In addition, groov EPIC simplifies commissioning and wiring and helps engineers develop rapidly and deploy quickly.

“The groov EPIC system incorporates in one unit everything needed to connect and control field and operational devices and data, through on-premises IT databases, spreadsheets and other software, to cloud storage and services—and back again,” says Benson Hougland, Opto 22 vice president of Marketing & Product Strategy. “This ability to easily exchange data and use it where needed opens opportunities automation engineers have not had until now. This is a truly new system that builds on the past but looks fundamentally to the future of our industry.”

The groov EPIC system will be of particular interest for process control, machine control, OEM, manufacturing, SCADA/RTU, building and facilities, and IIoT applications. Commercial, retail, warehousing, and distribution customers will also find that the system opens a wide variety of new options for tracking, storing, and visualizing data—all of which are essential to developing more efficient operations.

Of particular interest to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) will be optional access to the Linux operating system through secure shell (SSH). This access, along with toolchains and interpreters for Java, C/C++, Python, JavaScript/Node.js, and more allows OEM developers to execute their own custom developed applications on this ruggedized, edge processing control system.

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Personal sampling pump.

Casella’s latest air quality sampling pumps have been added to the Ashtead Technology fleet of instruments for measuring occupational exposure to airborne contaminants.

The Apex2 Pro is the most advanced sampling pump that we offer,” says Ashtead’s Josh Thomas. “Compact and lightweight, the Apex2 Pro is unobtrusive and offers extremely reliable flow through a variety of filters. The major new feature of this new instrument is its Bluetooth capability, which means that it can be monitored remotely with the Airwave App without disturbing the wearer, and with a built-in motion sensor, the accuracy and validity of results are significantly improved.”

Under the British Workplace (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, employers have a legal duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of employees. Furthermore, their Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to assess and control risks to protect their employees. A key element of this is the requirement to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH). Under the COSHH Regulations 2002, employers need to either prevent or reduce workers’ exposure, so monitoring is essential for the determination of risk and the assessment of controls. Summarising, the Health and Safety Executive says that exposure measurement is required:

• For COSHH assessment, to help select the right controls
• Where there is a serious risk to health from inhalation
• To check that exposure limits are not exceeded
• To check the performance of exposure controls
• To help select the right respiratory protection equipment
• To check exposure following a change in a process
• To show any need for health surveillance; or
• When an inspector issues an ‘Improvement Notice’ requiring monitoring

This sampling pump is fully compliant with ISO 13137:2013 Workplace Atmospheres, which provides independent assurance that the pump complies with the relevant performance requirements. In addition, all models are certified Intrinsically Safe (IECEx), which means that they can be used in potentially explosive areas such as the oil and gas industry and in confined spaces.

The Apex2 Pro personal air sampling pump controls the flow of air very carefully to ensure that a known volume of air is sampled. Importantly, when monitoring for dusts, where the back pressure increases as dust is collected, the pump automatically maintains flow at the correct level, and the built-in motion sensor provides confirmation that the pump has been worn throughout the test; thereby increasing the reliability of results.

Dust monitoring is usually achieved by sampling air onto a filter, which is then weighed and the dust concentration calculated. Monitoring for gases and vapours uses the same air sampling pump, but generally at lower flow rates and using sorbent tubes or other media.

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Appointments at Industrial IT provider.

SolutionsPT has bolstered its senior product team with a new appointment and two internal promotions.
LtoR: Ian Bailey, Chris Whitehead & Phil James
Joining the company as Growth Project Manager, Ian Bailey is tasked with overseeing all aspects of organisational growth at SolutionsPT, focusing on new customer acquisition, retention, and prioritising growth-specific product improvements. Ian will also focus on growing the user base for SolutionsPT’s ever-expanding industrial IT product set, which includes managed services, high availability and cyber security solutions.

Phil James swaps his role as a member of the sales team to take up the newly created position of Availability and Industrial Computers Product Manager. Phil will have overall responsibility for a group of products which enable customers to keep their critical systems running and operational, championing the company’s product portfolio to end users and system integrators.

Chris Whitehead, a Systems Architect who has been with SolutionsPT for six years, takes over as Managed Platform Product Manager. In his new role, Chris will be responsible for the growth and development of the Managed Platform service, and will continue to develop and expand the offering, both technically and commercially, to meet the needs of new and existing customers.

SolutionsPT specialises in providing industrial IT services to assist manufacturers in improving operational efficiencies, through operational intelligence, disaster resilience, cyber security and mobile technology solutions. The company is also the sole-authorised distributor of Wonderware in Britain and Ireland.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Instrumentation apprentice competition.

This year’s Water Wastewater & Environmental Monitoring (WWEM 2018) Conference will take place in Telford on 21st - 22nd November 2018 and see the return of the WWEM Instrumentation Apprentice Competition which is organised by the Water Industry Process Automation & Control Group (WIPAC).

This year’s competition will see apprentices from both water companies and wider industry compete over three tasks on Thursday 21st November.

The competition is being sponsored and supported this year by a number of water industry organisations including ABB, Analytical Technology (ATi), Partech, RS Hydro, Siemens, Siris, SWIG, Vega and WRc.

Potential competitors need to be actively working within the water industry and on a registered apprenticeship programme. In order to participate in the competition, applicants should register with the organiser by emailing Here are the Terms of reference for the competition.

WWEM 2018 will also feature the WIPAC Learning Zone which puts apprentices, technicians and engineers together with technical experts within the water and wastewater supply chain to learn about different aspects of instrumentation and control.

Throughout the two days of the WWEM 2018 Conference & Exhibition there will be a total of 40 free workshops available. Attendees can pre-register to attend these hour-long sessions to learn about different aspects of instrumentation and control within the Water Industry. To register interest in attending theses workshops, contact to receive details as they are released and to receive priority booking for the sessions.

@WIAutoCntrl #WWEM2018 #PAuto #Water 

Laser power detectors.

Gentec-EO’s latest high-power series of PRONTO measurement tools is now available at Laser Components. These new models are going to replace the successful FLASH series, while also featuring some major improvements such as factory-provided calibration for wavelengths between 250 nm and 2,500 nm and an optional calibration for 10.6 μm.

The improved control and display unit has been equipped with a color touchscreen for easier control, allowing the user to set all necessary parameters with just a few clicks. The devices also feature micro USB interfaces for the transmission of measurement data to any connected computer. Gentec-EO also announced that computer-to-PRONTO transfers and USB-based “remote control” are soon to be available.

The new series provides the same measuring performance and high detector damage threshold users already know from the FLASH series. Its four models cover a power range from approximately 2 W to a maximum of 10 kW and offer a particularly low noise level (0.1 W for PRONTO-500) to guarantee maximum precision. Measuring is completed within a few seconds, allowing several measurements to be made before the device has to cool down. The PRONTO high-power series works without water cooling, which makes it the tool of choice for service technicians who conduct precise measurements with high-power industrial lasers.

@LaserComponents #PAuto #Power

Alliance to deliver digital technologies.

Emerson and AspenTech have teamed up to deliver asset optimisation software solutions along with global automation technologies and operational consulting services. Together, the two industry leaders will help customers optimise production and drive operational excellence.

AspenTech’s broad suite of asset optimisation software creates value across all phases of the asset lifecycle – design, operate and maintain – in capital-intensive and complex projects and operations, supporting Emerson’s Project Certainty and Operational Certainty initiatives. Emerson’s global footprint, automation engineering services and software, extensive large-scale project execution and consulting capabilities complement AspenTech’s technology footprint. Collectively, these capabilities can be deployed as solutions in both conventional and cloud-based architectures.

“Emerson and AspenTech are both highly focused on digital technologies and services that deliver measurable improvements and value to our customers’ bottom line,” says David N. Farr, chairman and CEO of Emerson. “Together, we are well positioned to help our customers navigate the best path in this era of digital transformation and achieve Top Quartile performance.” Top Quartile is defined as achieving operations and capital performance in the top 25 percent of peer companies.

The alliance will initially focus on three key areas: engineering software, including high-fidelity simulation to help validate project design and train operators before start-up; manufacturing and supply chain software, including advanced process control software designed for highly complex operations; and asset performance management software to improve plant reliability.

“Working with Emerson, we will help more organisations drive higher total shareholder returns with a relentless focus on operational excellence,” says Antonio Pietri, president and CEO of AspenTech. “We look forward to helping make the best companies even better by optimising the design, operation and maintenance lifecycle with software and insight to run assets faster, safer, longer and greener.”

Together, the two companies will provide holistic optimisation strategies that rely on real-time data, advanced analytics enabled by machine learning, and rich process knowledge to bring measurable business improvements in production, as well as in the areas of reliability, safety and energy management.

@Emerson_News #PAuto @AspenTech 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Country manager for Ireland.

Jacinta Roche has joined Anglia Components as Country Manager for Ireland to boost their focus in that territory. Jacinta will report to Michaela Senior, Sales Director.

Jacinta Roche
Michaela Senior, Sales Director at Anglia commented, “We are delighted to have Jacinta on board as Country Manager for Ireland. There are exciting demand creation opportunities and with Anglia’s technology strengths we are in a strong position to support our customers. Jacinta will give our customers local support, technically and commercially, strengthening existing relationships, I have no doubt that she will drive our Irish business forward and contribute to our 5 year business growth plans.”

Jacinta Roche added, “Anglia has a great reputation in the industry and the fact that it’s an independent distributor, really appeals to me and also to their Irish customers. They always put their customers’ needs at the heart of what they do and I’m excited to join the team and make a difference in Ireland.”

Jacinta Roche brings a wealth of distribution expertise to the Anglia team, with over 20 years’ experience across Industrial, Automotive, Medical and Telecoms sectors.

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Technical innovation acknowledged!

National Instruments (NI) has honored the “ADAS iiT Consortium– Innovation in Test” with its 2018 Technical Innovation Award. The prize is awarded to partner companies who employ new NI technologies at an early stage, thereby reflecting their roles as early adopters who promote innovation in particular. The four partner companies in the ADAS iiT Consortium have pooled their expertise to create a unique one-stop solution for simulating and validating Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) for autonomously operated vehicles.
(l. to r., back to front): Ingo Schumacher (National Instruments), Dr. Gerd Schmitz (S.E.A. Data Technology GmbH), Georg Plasswilm (National Instruments), Michael Konrad (Konrad Technologies GmbH), Michael Dams (National Instruments), Tony Vento (National Instruments), Frank Heidemann (SET GmbH), Robert Morton (National Instruments), and Josef Eiswirt (measX GmbH & Co. KG).

On National Instruments (NI) Alliance Partner Day in Fürstenfeldbruck, a town outside Munich, NI has honored the ADAS iiT Consortium with its 2018 Technical Innovation Award. In so doing, NI has recognized the innovative approach taken by the consortium, founded in 2017, in pooling their expertise to offer their customers a synchronized one-stop testing solution for the simulation and validation of autonomously operated vehicles in a virtual environment. The test solutions that were developed are based on the standardized platforms of National Instruments.

NI’s Technical Innovation Award has been awarded since 2013. It honors partner companies that, in their role as early adopters, have deployed new NI technologies early on and have thereby particularly distinguished themselves in promoting innovation.

Consortium offers innovative test solution for driver assistance systems
“ADAS iiT – Innovation in Test” is an amalgamation of four NI partner companies (Konrad Technologies GmbH, SET GmbH, S.E.A. Data Technolgy GmbH und measX GmbH & Co. KG) formed with the goal of making autonomous driving even safer. By cooperating, the partners have pursued a unique strategy to develop test solutions for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) in autonomously driven vehicles and in doing so, have pooled their skills and their many years of experience in the areas of sensor and radar simulation (Konrad), Hardware-in-the-Loop (SET), V2X communication, GNSS simulation (S.E.A.) and data management (measX).

“Autonomous driving is one of the most discussed subjects of our day. The development of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems is moving forward rapidly — but until now, the testing procedures for it were always very expensive”, emphasizes Michael Konrad, Managing Director of Konrad Technologies GmbH. “That is precisely where ADAS iiT comes in, It offers the customer an integrated test solution based on the NI platform under real-life conditions — that is something that is unique in the marketplace.”

Speeding up development programs for autonomous vehicles
ADAS iiT offers virtual test drives to check modern sensors and Sensor Fusion Electronic Control Units (ECU) and delivers turnkey-ready, flexible ADAS end-to-end solutions from a single provider — starting with system architecture and continuing through development, implementation, and validation, all the way to production. Such pooling of skills results in a one-stop offering that portrays real-life test conditions in the laboratory and thus offers the customer great technical, financial and time-related added value.

Frank Heidemann, Managing Director of SET GmbH, puts it this way: “Our innovative approach makes efficient testing of the systems possible in less time and at significantly lower cost. The reliability of the test increases at the same time which helps make it possible to bring autonomous vehicles to the market more safely and quickly than had been expected. That is a big added value for our customers.”

Customer needs recognized and worked out jointly in the consortium
Ingo Schumacher, Systems Engineering Manager CER at National Instruments highlights in particular the focus on customer value: “The consortium has correctly recognized customers’ needs and together developed an integrated test solution that offers the automobile industry a significantly more robust and more effective architecture while shortening and streamlining the development times for automobile manufacturers. Such a targeted collaboration by the NI partner companies is absolutely exemplary.”

ADAS iiT has already introduced its approach at many big events, including NI-Week in Austin, Texas and the Automotive Testing Expos in Stuttgart and Shanghai. 

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