Saturday, April 21, 2018

Ex tablet!

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

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

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

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

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

@PepperlFuchs #PAuto #Ex

Friday, April 20, 2018

Process Optimisation and Reliability.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Passing the torch!

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

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

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

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

@LaserComponents #PAuto

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Another network connection makes total 17!

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

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

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

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

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

@HMSAnybus #PAuto @EPSG

Flowmeter right on the dot!

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

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

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

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

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

 @Endress_Hauser #PAuto @reddot

Automation and reporting software.

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

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

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

Customers enjoy enhanced user-friendliness
in Extended Trend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

@copadata #PAuto @StoneJunctionPR

Sponsor for control system conference.

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

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

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

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

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

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

@SeeqCorporation #PAuto @CSIAtweet

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Smart camera with choice of software.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

@stemmerimaging  #PAuto @ADLINK_Tech 

Gold for 3D cameras.

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

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

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

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

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

@IDS_Imaging #PAuto @Vision_Systems

CAN FD monitoring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

@Yokogawa_Europe  #PAuto #Automotive

Power System Manager enables monitoring.

The Power by Linear™ LTC2972, a 2-channel power system manager, featuring current, power and energy monitoring of the intermediate bus input to point-of-load (POL) converters has been launched by Analog Devices. Monitoring circuit board power and energy use is a prerequisite for managing, optimizing and reducing their consumption in order to lower server rack and data center cooling and utility costs. The LTC2972 relieves the host of burdensome polling and computation by conveniently providing the input energy, reported in joules, and the elapsed time through a PMBus interface.

When combined with its digital measurements of POL output voltages, currents, and power, the LTC2972 enables long-term monitoring of a power system’s conversion efficiency. The LTC2972 adds comprehensive software-based monitoring and control to the power systems of FPGA, ASIC, and DSP boards, accelerating time to market, enhancing system reliability, and optimizing board energy consumption.

Supply output voltages are trimmed, margined, and monitored using a best-in-class 16-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) with 0.25% total unadjusted error (TUE), improving board yields and long-term performance. Supply output currents are measured using a sense resistor, inductor DCR, or the IMON output of a power supply. Supply sequencing, supervision, and EEPROM fault-logging are built in. Faults trigger EEPROM black box recording, simplifying failure analysis while providing insight into future system improvements. Programmable power good, or general-purpose input/output (GPIO), pins are available with each channel. The LTC2972 connects with other power system managers to coordinate sequencing and fault management of more than two rails. PMBus-compatible commands are used for flexible programming and data readback of the power system. Configuration is accomplished through the LTpowerPlay® development environment, which supports all Power by Linear power system management (PSM) devices. Once programmed, no software coding is needed for autonomous operation.

Specified over the 0oC to 70oC commercial and −40oC to 105oC industrial temperature ranges, the LTC2972 is offered in a 44-pin 6mm x 7mm QFN package.

@ADI_News #PAuto

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

New generation in active harmonic filters.

Schaffner is setting a benchmark with its product offering for harmonics mitigation solutions. ecosine® active sync uses superior technology to reliably mitigate excessive harmonics with an evolutionary modular product concept.

With the new ecosine® active sync filters FN3530/31/40/41, FN3532/42 and FN3545 Schaffner now offers the most effective harmonic mitigation solution available, especially for mixed load and dynamic load profiles. By deploying ecosine® active sync filters it is possible to achieve a THID ≤ 5%. They also guarantee compliance with the toughest requirements of IEEE-519 and other stringent international power quality standards while being the most effective and compact active harmonic filters available in the market. The filters demonstrate excellent performance over an extended temperature range (power module 0 - 50°C full performance, up to 55°C with derating).
Ecosine® active sync filters FN3430/31/32 are designed for 50Hz and 60Hz, 380VAC to 400VAC 3-phase 3-wire power grid, while the FN3440741/42 is designed for 50Hz and 60Hz, 380VAC to 415VAC 3-phase 4-wire grid. Power modules and DPP are available as protection category IP20 (IP21 as an option), while cabinet versions are of IP54. All filters are CE marked and RoHS compliant. Ecosine® active sync filters are simple to install and maintain and are fully integrated in Schaffner’s popular and simple to use online power quality simulator the SchaffnerPQS3.

With the installation of the new ecosine® active sync filters, harmonic current mitigation, reactive power compensation as well as load balancing can be efficiently achieved and international power quality standards complied with. Furthermore, the electrical infrastructure is unburdened and its utilization is much more efficient and reliable.

With their modular concept ecosine® active sync filters offer a unique market leading flexibility, which enables optimal customer-tailored solutions. Ecosine® active sync filter systems can be easily installed as wall-mount devices based on 60Arms power modules. These modules are available in IP20 and IP21 protection class and in 3-phase 3-wire and 3-phase 4-wire configurations. Two power modules in a master-slave architecture can be configured as a dedicated solution for 120Arms. The Double Power Pack (DPP) offers real 120Arms without derating up to+ 50°C. For higher current ratings, up to 5 ecosine® active sync power modules can be connected in parallel to mitigate harmonic current up to 300Arms. This can be done either as a wall-mount solution or within Schaffner’s new IP54 air-cooled cabinet. Aligning product offerings with the international market requirements and customer expectations, the new Schaffner modular filters ensure the best tailored solutions and optimal fit for demanding applications and networks.

 @SchaffnerGroup #PAuto

New Head of Optical Coatings Department.

Christian Grunert has been appointed Director of Production for Laser Optics at Laser Components. The 37-year-old engineer succeeds Uwe Schallenberg, who has been working in thin-film coatings since 1977 and served as head of this key department since 2014.

Grunert & Schallenberg
Grunert is not new to the world of dielectric coatings, beam splitters, and mirrors. At university, he focused on lasers and optotechnology. After that, these technologies remained at the center of his professional career. He can draw on more than ten years of experience in the field of optical thin-film technologies – three of them in the R&D department. During this time, he has worked closely with his colleagues from production.

According to CEO Patrick Paul, this internal succession proves the success of close interaction of scientific research and practical implementation, which has always been an integral part of the company philosophy.

@LCGermany #PAuto  

Connectors for medical devices.

With the introduction of the JMX plastic Push-Pull series, Souriau has made a distinguished entry into the market for connectors for electronic medical equipment. As well as superior technical characteristics, the perfectly-adapted design corresponds to medical device manufacturers' requirements in terms of aesthetics and functionality.
ISO 13485 is the system standard which applies to the manufacturing of all medical devices. As a component manufacturer, Souriau is not obliged to comply with this regulation. However, from marketing as well as an ethical point of view, the decision to apply ISO 13485, already in the design phase and later in the production and quality control phases, was never a question for the company.

In contrast to other industrial fieldsdomains, where connector standards are extremely strict, in the medical fsectorit is mainly a question of respecting complementary user risk analysis requirements. For every function and every part of the product; contacts, mating system, polarity key, cable strain relief, sterilization, waterproofing, each aspect the JMX plastic connectors has undergone in-depth study and rigorous testing throughout the design process. Souriau, which works under the most stringent norms, both in production and also in its products, was able to rapidly gain ISO 13485 qualification.

Connectors in the JMX plastic family are waterproof (IP68 or IP50), sterilizable, ergonomic, bio-compatible (no irritations or allergies caused through skin contact) and reliable in the connection/disconnection operations performed by healthcare personnel. The series consists of 9 configurations ranging from 2 power contacts to 12 signal contacts. In this context, it is significant that Souriau has been manufacturing connectors with Push-Pull locking for many years, in the form of the JDX and JBX metal series for industrial applications.

Qualified in accordance with the UL 1977 and IEC 60601 standards, the target market for JMX connectors includes all types of medical devices which are in contact with patients; diagnostics and monitoring equipment, scanners, mammography, and artery monitoring. They can also be found in surgery applications, catheters, chromatography, analysis laboratories, physiotherapy, laser generators and liposuction equipment. The constant evolution of medical devices and the continuous stream of new types of equipment open up a large spectrum of opportunities for these connectors.

This connector series ensures that the equipment can be connected safely and easily. Easily, because a JMX connector needs only two fingers to connect or disconnect the system. This operation can be done in complete safety by nurses, doctors or even by patients. When you push to connect, an audible click confirms the connection had been made. The corresponding socket for each plug can be identified by colored rings. To disconnect, a simple Push-Pull on the connector is all that is needed.

@SouriauSunbank #Medical

Monday, April 16, 2018

Quality & Environment standards certified!

Following a comprehensive overhaul of the company’s business processes, Air Monitors has been awarded both ISO 9001:2015, the Quality Management Standard, and ISO 14001:2015, the Environmental Management Standard.

Commenting on the awards, Karen Allwood said: “At Air Monitors, we have always aimed to achieve high levels of customer satisfaction through the consistent provision of high quality products and services. It is therefore highly gratifying for our work to be assessed and approved by an independent third party.

“As a leading business in the environmental sector it is obviously important for us to be able to demonstrate the highest levels of environmental performance, and the process of achieving ISO 14001 has helped us to find new ways to improve performance. For example, we have invested in a fleet of hybrid cars, we have changed office lighting to LED, and we have implemented a rigorous waste management strategy that promotes waste reduction, reuse and recycling, whilst minimising waste for landfill.”

@airmonitors  #PAuto 

Making vision visible!

Over 50 of the leading machine vision companies from around the world will be exhibiting at the UKIVA Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition which is taking place at Arena MK, Milton Keynes (GB) on Wednesday May 16th 2018. The Exhibition is co-located with the seven Conference Theatres, meaning that there will be plenty of opportunity for visitors to see all of the stands either during the official Conference breaks or if they have a vacant slot in their personal seminar itinerary.

It has a truly international flavour with exhibitors from Canada, France, Germany, People's Republic of China and the USA in addition to the many from within Britain. Event organiser, Chris Valdes, commented: “It is testament to the success of the inaugural event last year that this year we have attracted a larger proportion of exhibitors from overseas. Not only that, we are delighted to welcome twelve new exhibitors. The line-up represents an excellent cross-section of the industrial vision industry.”

A large number of vision component manufacturers will be showing products such as cameras, optics, illumination, controllers, frame grabbers, software, 3D systems, cables and components. Many of the Britain’s leading vision technology suppliers and distributors for these and other vision systems and components will also be exhibiting. A number of vision systems integrators will also be available on their stands to discuss how their specialist expertise can help integrate vision inspection systems in to existing or new production lines or OEM equipment.

The prime objective for the event is to create an informative and educational environment. With 55 technical seminars being delivered at the Conference, including the 2 Keynote presentations, there will be an impressive array of very experienced and knowledgeable vision specialists gathered under one roof. This provides the perfect opportunity for attendees to network both with these specialists and with each other about any aspect of machine vision.

With seven presentation theatres hosting 55 technical seminars, the Conference offers a stimulating program, with content suitable for every type of visitor, ranging from those completely new to vision to highly experienced practitioners in the subject. The programme is generating a lot of interest, with almost twice as many people already registered for the event compared to the equivalent time in 2017.

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Innovators honoured!

Endress+Hauser submitted 261 patent applications in 2017. The company owns a total of 7,479 active property rights around the world. Innovators are honoured at the Group’s annual Innovators’ Meeting.
Innovators meet!
In 2017 the Endress+Hauser Group once again invested more than seven percent of sales in research and development. “With 261 patent filings, as well as 467 approved patents, we are innovating at a high level again this year,” says Angelika Andres, head of the patent law department at Endress+Hauser. Many of the developments stemmed from liquid analysis, level and flow measurement technologies.

“In order to strengthen the Group’s position in this competitive environment, we protect our innovations with patents in the very early stages,” says Dr Andreas Mayr, Corporate Director Marketing and Technology at Endress+Hauser. 2017 saw several new innovations, as Endress+Hauser introduced 57 new products to the market, including the self-calibrating iTHERM TrustSens thermometer and the Promass Q, which delivers highly precise mass flow, volume flow and density measurements.

Apart from the extensive research and development activities, close cooperation with select universities and research institutes is another factor that helps the Endress+Hauser Group maintain a high level of innovation. The company also established a sensor automation lab on the campus of the University of Freiburg (D),  where a team of scientists, researchers and developers will be tasked with creating innovative sensor technologies for the Group.

Endress+Hauser has traditionally placed a high value on research and development. Employees who make significant contributions to a patent filing are invited to an annual Innovators’ Meeting. Patents with particularly high business impact are recognized with special awards. This year’s event was held in mid-April in Denzlingen near Freiburg (D).

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Pressure switch for high electrical loads.

WIKA has extended its family of pressure switches with a heavy-duty instrument for machine building. The model PSM-520 can switch electrical loads of up to AC 230 V/10 A.

The robust instrument has been designed, in particular, for use in the pump and compressor industry. The switch point can be individually set on site, while a protection cap prevents any accidental alteration.

The model PSM-520 can be delivered with setting ranges from -0.4 ... +7 bar to 6 ... 30 bar. It operates with a non-repeatability of the switch point of ≤ 2 % of span.

• WIKA products are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology

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