Thursday, May 31, 2018

Air preparation products.

The ASCO Numatics™ 653 Series air preparation products suitable for applications where high-flow-rate is required.

The ASCO Numatics 653 Series of air preparation products are announced by Emerson. Available in 3/4” and 1” port sizes, the 653 Series has a high flow rate for its size. This enables customers to power more products from the same Filter-Regulator or Lubricator (FRL), or reduce pressure drop across the system, both of which enable potential energy and cost savings. The range of the 651, 652 and 653 Series consists of filters, regulators, filter regulators, lubricators, soft starts, quick exhausts, diverter blocks and shut off valves.

“The introduction of our 653 Series greatly expands our global offering of high-flow air preparation products.” said Scott Weickel, Vice President of Engineering for Machine Automation applications at Emerson. “The addition of the new port sizes enables international manufacturers to select a comprehensive range of advanced technology air preparation products in sizes ranging from 1/8 to 1”, all from one supplier. This makes selection and purchasing simpler.”

With the industry’s highest flow characteristics, related to size, the ASCO Numatics 651, 652, and 653 Series are ideal for use in any application that requires high volumes of air or where space is limited. Original equipment manufacturers will benefit from the wide temperature range (-40°C to 80°C), and ATEX and CUTR certification, which enables this product to be used in challenging and harsh environments, and applications such as valve piloting in the process industry. The modular air preparation products have a robust construction and are easy to assemble, mount, and position. New endplate flanges allow the removal of the manifold assembly without disconnecting the piping.

The 651, 652 and 653 Series incorporate front-facing easy-to-read, low-profile gauges. Optional integral red/green pressure range indicators make it easy to monitor the desired pressure. The small footprint and clean lines help achieve robust, modern-looking equipment. Long-lasting laser-etched tags and covers ensure product information will remain visible even in challenging - environments. In addition, an optional 3-micron pleated pre-filter has been added to the line’s coalescing filters and coalescing filter/regulator combination units. This eliminates the need for a separate particulate filter unit and reduces cost, size, and weight.

@ASCO_EU  #PAuto @Emerson_News

One million cameras....

1,000,000 – is a figure of particular importance for industrial camera manufacturer IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH this year. Only three years after the production of the 500,000th camera, the company delivers the millionth IDS camera in the second quarter of 2018. A milestone that confirms the visionary strategy of the people of Obersulm (D).

Daniel Seiler (IDS MD) & Jürgen Hartmann (Founder, Owner, & MD of IDS)
IDS has always recognised customer requirements at an early stage with an instinct for technological trends.

"Cameras are already a standard component of many different applications. This will become even stronger in the future. I see great opportunities for our products, especially in the field of deep learning," explains IDS founder Jürgen Hartmann.

The completely new generation of vision app-based sensors and cameras illustrates the further development and expansion of the company by opening up new business fields. The IDS NXT platform enables and supports networked applications in industry 4.0 and is as versatile in its functions as a smartphone. However, numerous new models and features will also be developed for the rapidly growing 3D vision segment and for the portfolio of classic industrial cameras, in this VISION year of 2018.

An innovation and technology centre with an area of around 4,500 square metres is planned. "We want to start construction work in the fourth quarter," explains Jan Hartmann, Managing Director of the B39 Technology Center and son of IDS company founder. This is good news for the region. The medium-sized company is also growing steadily in terms of personnel. With the new appointments made in May, the company has passed the 250-employee mark.

@IDS_Imaging #PAuto 

Uninterruptible power at World Soccer Fest.

Delta have recently implemented their uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems to provide enhanced reliability and energy efficiency to various mission critical applications in five of the football stadiums selected to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

Mr. Victor Cheng, head of Delta’s Information & Communications Technology Business Group (ICTBG), remarked, “Delta congratulates Russia for hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup™. We are extremely pleased to have our state-of-the-art UPS systems backing up the infrastructure that facilitates a thrilling, safe and eco-friendly environment in five of the stadiums that will host football fans from all over the planet during the world’s most relevant sporting event.”

Power capacity over three megawatts (MW) in Delta’s UPS systems now ensure sound power supply to football field and emergency lighting, broadcasting and data transmission, as well as security systems in these stadiums. The extensive use of Delta’s UPS portfolio by both government and private entities in Russia, and its superior technology features, such as leading AC-AC efficiency up to 96%, were crucial factors to achieve this major milestone.

Mr. Marat Fayrushin, General Manager of Delta Electronics in the Russia & the CIS region, said, “This breakthrough is cemented by our credentials in Russia, where Delta’s UPS systems and our partners’ professional services enable higher energy efficiency and steady operations in data centres and other mission critical applications in government entities, financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies and universities.”

Within the five football stadiums, over 1.2 MW power capacity of Delta’s UPS systems support football field and emergency lighting, more than 1.5 MW sustain key infrastructure such as common area lighting and fire protection systems, and approximately 300 kW support surveillance and data transmission equipment.


@DeltaEMEA #Pauto #Sport @FIFAWorldCup

Next phase strategy in IoT development targets Europe.

Advantech has revealed its European growth strategy as it enters its next phase of IoT development. The company is targeting revenues of €350m across Europe by 2025. Advantech is accelerating the deployment of branch locations throughout the region, to better leverage its 25 years of local industry experience. A new co-creation model is also being adopted by the company to construct the Industrial IoT (IIoT) ecosystem and strengthen the influence of vertical domains. This will culminate with an IoT Co-Creation Summit scheduled for November 1-2, 2018 in Suzhou (CN), where a new vision for the next phase of IoT development will be mapped out along with industry partners.

Hans-Peter Nüdling
“Advantech’s brand recognition in IoT and Industry 4.0 has grown significantly across Europe” said Hans-Peter Nüdling, Associate Vice President eIoT. “The company opened a new European Service Center in Eindhoven recently. The completion of this center is Advantech’s first step towards becoming Europe’s most comprehensive IoT solutions provider.” This expanded, smart European HQ facility also includes a warehouse and production plant. The company employs some 400 people here in Europe and has a strong presence in 10 European countries. A new branch location was opened in Stockholm last year.

Jash Bansidhar
“Advantech customers benefit from our very large production capacity” explained Jash Bansidhar, European Sector Head Industrial IoT Group “Headquarters in Taiwan also assist with the optimization of local organizations, talent and culture, and will also seek business opportunities through a regional advisory board. An increased sales presence here is one of the company’s primary goals to actively respond to recent developments in Industry 4.0 trends in the EU.”

Various Advantech product divisions from headquarters are now fully connected with European frontline business teams, and the compound annual growth rate from 2014 to 2017 has reached 25%. Over the next three years Advantech will seek to

  1. elevate operation levels in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands; 
  2. establish branch offices in emerging European locations for conducting business and providing technical support; and 
  3. focus on key industries, such as machine and factory automation, medical, transportation and automotive, as well as expanding deployment in Germany, Britain and the Netherlands.

To assist with the company’s growth strategy for IoT development and help various fields adopting intelligence solutions, Advantech will host for customers and partners an IoT Co-Creation Summit this coming November. The summit will take place at the International Expo Center in Suzhou (CN) on November 1-2, 2018, where the results of cooperating with various eco-partners will be showcased.

@AdvantechIA #PAuto #TandM #Europe

Diagnostics-Enabled Safety Relays.

The new KFD2-RSH safety relays from Pepperl+Fuchs combine a diagnostic function, line fault transparency, and dual redundancy in a 1oo3 (one out of three) architecture. During each switching operation, the function of the switching contacts is automatically checked. This drastically reduces the effort required for proof testing. Thanks to line fault transparency, the entire signal circuit can be monitored for line faults without the need for additional wiring. The relays are immune to test pulses and are therefore compatible with digital output cards for all common control panels.

The 1oo3 architecture with dual redundant switching contacts is at the core of the new modules. For DTS (de-energized-to-safe) applications, there are three serial contacts. For ETS (energized-to-safe) signal circuits, there are two groups of three contacts each, arranged in parallel. The safety function is ensured, even if up to two contacts in a group fail.

The integrated diagnostics function moves the three contacts successively with a time delay during each switching operation. In ETS applications, all three relays of both contact groups are initially closed with three consecutive switching events. During the delay period, the device checks whether this contact closes the circuit and detects any faulty circuits.

DTS device diagnosis takes place during the restart process. Initially, two relay contacts are closed simultaneously, then the third contact is closed after a time delay. The idea is that there is no current flowing before the third contact closes, otherwise this relay is defective because it no longer disconnects the circuit. Another relay is checked during every switching cycle.

After switching three times, the relay module is fully tested once without any additional effort. The diagnostics results are provided:

  •  via the LED on the module
  •  as a collective error message on the power feed module
  •  by evaluating the test pulses from the control panel
  •  on the additional relay output

The KFD2-RSH safety relays provide comprehensive line fault transparency. As a result, short circuits and lead breakages can also be detected on the field side through the control system's digital output card (DO card) and assigned to a specific signal circuit. No additional wiring is required.

DO cards on control panels often offer built-in diagnostic functions. The module input effectively filters the test pulses coming from the DO card. This prevents an unintentional switching of the field device as a result of a diagnosis measure or the unintentional display of a line fault in the control panel.

The single-channel devices are certified in accordance with the ATEX/IECEx Zone 2 and UL standards and are suitable for DTS and ETS applications up to IEC61508 SIL 3. The DTS modules are also suitable for applications up to EN ISO 13849 PL e.

App for wireless pressure gauges.

Emerson’s Plantweb™ Insight application provides streamlined view of networked Rosemount™ wireless pressure gauges, helping maintenance personnel stay informed and safe

A new Plantweb™ Insight application for wireless pressure gauges that displays data in an easy-to-understand dashboard for maintenance leads and instrumentation and electrical (I&E) personnel has been announced by Emerson. An entire suite of Plantweb Insight applications collectively helps users quickly make sense of plant data and drive overall enterprise profitability.

This Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) application delivers field data from a fleet of wireless pressure gauges as frequently as once per minute. By keeping operators updated on changing conditions remotely, the app allows personnel to make fewer manual rounds and minimise their exposure to hazardous areas.

The gauge itself, the industry’s first WirelessHART® pressure gauge, utilises industry-proven Rosemount™ pressure sensor technology to deliver reliable pressure readings. It provides up to 150x overpressure protection compared to traditional gauges using bourdon tube technology, and two layers of process isolation for a safer field environment. The gauge, which has a 10-year life, also reduces maintenance costs by eliminating common weak points found in mechanical gauges.

The new application is the latest addition to Emerson’s Plantweb digital ecosystem, a scalable portfolio of technologies, software, and services that take advantage of IIoT innovations to extend the benefits of automation beyond process control to the entire enterprise, improving operations, strengthening decision-making, and institutionalising best practices.

Easily integrated with a variety of WirelessHART gauges and remote field sensors, Plantweb Insight applications combine continuous, real-time data provided by Emerson’s Pervasive Sensing™ strategies with predictive analytics to give maintenance and operations personnel actionable, up-to-date process information in any location, improving reliability, safety, production, and energy management.

@EMR_Automation  #PAuto #IIoT @HHC_Lewis 

Digitally retrofitting plastic injection moulding controls.

Digitally retrofitting real-time production monitoring to plastic injection moulding manufacturing lines: benefits include better productivity, cost savings and extended machine lifetimes.

One of the key issues facing today’s manufacturing industry is how to improve the productivity of existing production lines for minimum cost outlay. This article demonstrates how a “digital retrofit” of integrating additional intelligent devices and sensor technology into a well-established production line of plastics injection moulding machines can help to achieve these objectives.

Introduction
An important element of Industry 4.0 is the ability to apply digitalisation to the production environment by adding more intelligence into the existing process. Initially manufacturers have been wary of Industry 4.0, on the assumption that effective implementation would require expensive major changes to production lines. However, through a digital retrofit approach, it is possible to “smarten” up existing processes for minimal cost over a short period of time, resulting in a fast return on investment and immediate productivity gains.

Digital retrofit provides four different ways to improve production processes, increase cost savings and extend the lifetime of different types of machinery:
Legacy machine protocol conversion;
Condition monitoring
Energy measurement
Asset management and
Predictive maintenance.

Legacy machine protocol conversion
Central machine monitoring and process optimisation offer the best way to ensure that production lines and their associated constituent parts operate more effectively and economically. Many machines in well-established production lines, which may be between 15 and 30 years old, can still perform their main functional tasks successfully. However, they do so much less efficiently than their modern-day counterparts. For example, they do not have the same level of computing power, enough memory capacity to record and store relevant data, or the ability to communicate with their modern equivalents. In many cases, these machines also use data formats and operating communication language protocols from the 1980s and 1990s, which are no longer used by today’s PLCs and industrial PCs.

A prime example of a production environment that accommodates mixed protocol legacy machines would be a plastics injection moulding machine (PIMM) line. Such machines, when well maintained, can attain as much as a 30-year operational life. However, some of the older software protocol operating languages (e.g. EUROMAP 15), cannot be directly connected to a factory MES (Manufacturing Execution System) without expensive annual custom software licensing charges. In a lot of factories these machines still require individual programming by an operator, which can be very time consuming for reasonably large installations and therefore potentially requiring input from multiple personnel.

An MES keeps track of all manufacturing information in real time, receiving up-to-the-minute data from robots, machine monitors and employees. Although manufacturing execution systems used to operate as self-contained systems, they are increasingly being integrated with enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suites. The goal of a manufacturing execution system is to improve productivity whilst reducing cycle-time and the total time required to produce an order.

Harting, a world leader in Connectivity & Networks solutions, now offers a new innovative solution to these challenges. MICA (Modular Industrial Computing Architecture) is an edge computing device in the form of a digitally retrofittable IP67 package with Linux-based open-source software. Its modular software and hardware architectural design platform permits the user to choose the programming language and development environment they are most familiar with. In addition, MICA is rugged, compact and maintenance-free, meaning it is suitable for use in the harshest industrial environments.

For the PIMM specific plastic moulding component manufacturing environment, Harting has developed the “MICA EUROMAP 15” variant, which converts the legacy EUROMAP 15 TCP/IP machine operating communications protocol into OPC UA for example, via an intermediate JSON software format. In addition it offers the potential to provide IIoT web enablement and access to “Cloud” services for Big Data analysis or virtualisation, via an optional downloadable MQTT container. As a result, the “MICA EUROMAP 15” provides a customisable interface to the plant MES/ERP, configurable with any specific operational software. By digitally retrofitting a “MICA EUROMAP 15” in this way, the user can also eliminate expensive custom “MES” access software licensing charges. Of course you are also able to integrate the legacy machines for a fraction of the cost of installing a new state-of-the-art protocol operating machine.

By integrating IIoT/MES accessing edge computing devices directly with legacy machines across its own in-house production injection moulding lines, Harting has proved that a return-on-investment payback period of 6-12 months can be achieved. Machine process parameters can now be remotely monitored and modified more quickly via centralised factory control stations, reducing downtime and enabling manpower to be much more effectively employed. Machine operators could even monitor and affect the process of the production line from off-site, via a smartphone or suitable tablet device.
In the near future Harting will also be releasing a PIMM specific “MICA EUROMAP 63” variant that provides a similar solution approach for the more up-to-date EUROMAP 63 protocol based machines.

Condition monitoring / Energy measurement
Additional real-time condition monitoring of legacy machine key operating processes can help to reduce downtime and extend lifetime, thus achieving manufacturing productivity improvements. This can be accomplished by digitally retrofitting additional stand-alone MICA devices to store, analyse and process data from existing or extra retrofitted sensors. As a result, tasks such as monitoring pressure, temperature and flow rates becomes easy, whilst allowing remote centralised process control adjustment via the MES network. Communication with the machine fitted sensors is achieved via a simple Ethernet switch and interlinked active I/O blocks. Either a “MICA Basic” or “MICA Energy” can act as a suitable device in these circumstances.

Asset management
A MICA RFID variant converts the MICA device into a specific RFID Reader, which, when used in conjunction with passive UHF read/write transponders that are fitted to key replaceable mould tools, allows maintenance records to be written and stored onto that particular tool. This can ensure the optimum refurbishment scheduling of high value mould tools

Predictive maintenance
Critical operating parts of a plastic injection moulding machine which are subject to continuous wear and tear include the plasticising screw pump and associated check valves. As wear increases, this can result in a significant number of rejected parts and expensive financial losses. This situation can be resolved by monitoring the changes in the operating power curve characteristics of the screw pump and the pressure loading at the check valves.
Integration of a “MICA Energy” variant provides RS485 Modbus TCP/IP compatible I/O interfaces for linking to the appropriate functional I/O blocks on a machine that access this specific operating data. By pre-setting critical safe operational limits, the “MICA Energy” can set up alarm conditions for when these limits are breached, allowing machine operators to carry out corrective maintenance as part of the important predictive maintenance process.

Conclusion
Harting’s MICA (Modular Industrial Computing Architecture) range of rugged, compact edge computing device variants are ideal for applying cost-effective digital retrofit Industry 4.0 productivity improvements into existing plastics injection moulding production facilities. They can smarten up legacy machines, enabling users to get more out of existing and often aging assets. Through the collection of smart performance data, MICA can help to identify weaknesses in the production process and opportunities for improvement. They can also extend machine lifetime, increase machine service intervals and reduce line downtime.

MICA provides a platform to enable the best business decisions to be taken to optimise return on investment on plastics injection moulding line capital projects. Also, by following a step-by-step digital retrofit approach, companies can adjust their Industry 4.0 implementation timing and investment strategy in line with a more manageable phased modernisation approach, according to their available budget and labour resources.

@harting, #PAuto #Plastics

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Appointment in phototonics.

Marcus Gögelein is the new Head of Development at IMM Photonics, Unterschleißheim (D). He has thus assumed responsibility for the entire project‐portfolio management.

Marcus Gögelein
Following his engineering studies in the field of opto‐electronics, Mr. Gögelein worked in the area of micro‐lens development, and gained experience working in a multi‐national team both in Germany and abroad.

As an engineer focussing on optics development, he joined our company in 2008, and supervised diverse projects both in fibre optics and in the area of laser‐diode modules and collimators. Starting in 2011, he took over the production management of prototype construction, after which he took charge of the department "Optics development and mechanics" in 2015.

Thanks to his various internal positions, Mr. Gögelein is highly familiar with the close collaboration and necessary seamless transition from development to prototype construction within the company.

 #IMM_Photonics #PAuto 

Industrial compliance and performance software enhanced.

Ocean Data Systems (ODS) tells us that Dreamport version 4.82 has now been posted and available for download.

This is technically a maintenance release, is available to all 4.8 customers. Along with a broad array of Customer Software Change Requests (SCRs), this release delivers on a theme of Partner Connectivity. Dream Report is now the official solution for the Aveva - ClearSCADA solution and version 4.82 includes drivers to access historical values, historical messages and real-time values. This release also includes new connectivity for the OSIsoft - PI Historian and Asset Framework. Enhanced connectivity is also delivered for the Aveva - Wonderware Online InSight product and the Dream Report - Advanced ODBC Driver for time series data in SQL Databases.

“Each new “Purpose Built” Driver added to Dream Report enables Dream Report to ideally support a new market segment and lets those customers benefit from Dream Report – Compliance Reports, Performance Dashboards and Ad-hoc Analysis,” explained Roy Kok, VP Sales and Marketing for Ocean Data Systems. “We always include enhancements that benefit our entire installed base and this release is no different. The Dream Report release notes, in the documentation directory, will detail all changes.”

General features and benefits improvements include an enhanced Automatic Statistic Table to add flexibility for ad-hoc analysis, new access to Table Footer data delivering the ability to enhance report calculations using table footer results and support for .xlsm (Excel File Format) to support macros.

@OceanDataSys  #PAuto #SCADA


Infrared pyrometer.

The Thermalert® 4.0 is a versatile infrared spot pyrometer for automatic, noncontact temperature measurement in harsh industrial environments. Launched by Fluke® Process Instruments it is intended for use with temperatures of -40 °F to 4,082 °F (-40 °C to 2,250 °C), the pyrometer series comprises 13 models with varied spectral responses, including dedicated sensors for metals, glass, plastics, paper and food products.

Backed by 150 years of industrial experience, the Thermalert 4.0 is a smart, integrated sensor providing temperature measurement performance suitable for demanding factory automation applications. The device offers a choice of optics for long and short focal distances, and its exceptional ambient temperature range of 68 °F to 185 °F (-20 °C to 85 °C) enables measuring points to be set up without any extra cooling.

Compact and rugged, the Thermalert 4.0 provides best-in-class repeatability, response time, and accuracy. The advanced IP65/NEMA4 instrument employs real-time background temperature compensation and laser aiming, and its DataTemp Multidrop system software supports remote configuration, monitoring, field calibration, and firmware updates. These functions can significantly lower service costs and time spent on setup and troubleshooting. Plug & play operation further facilitates installation and maintenance.

Reliable and easy to operate, the new pyrometer delivers outstanding optical resolution. Two-wire loop-powered, RS-485 and analog outputs are available to meet diverse user requirements. In addition, galvanic insulation ensures correct readings. Up to 32 devices can be connected as part of an RS485 network. Additional fieldbus options are planned for the future. Moreover, retrofit of existing measuring points has been made as easy as possible.

A wide variety of options and accessories are available to customize the installation of Thermalert 4.0 sensors. Lens protectors and air purge collars offer protection under severe conditions. Water- and air-cooled housings can be specified for operation in ambient temperatures up to 315 °F (175 °C). For extremely challenging environments, the ThermoJacket is recommended. This rugged cast aluminum housing protects the sensor in ambient temperatures to 600 °F (315 °C).

The Thermalert 4.0 is backwards compatible with legacy Raytek® and Ircon®; sensors, and can be equipped with fixtures for Endurance, Thermalert TX, and XR pyrometers. Adapters are available for use with Modline® 4 and Marathon® MM fixtures.

@FlukePI #PAuto 

Distant sensors.

Leuze electronic is expanding its range of distance sensors and and can now offer its customers a solution for specific applications in pallet warehouses.

With the new ODS 110/HT 110 and HRT 25B L distance sensors, Leuze electronic is expanding its series of distance sensors and offers its customers a large selection of different designs with long operating ranges and several switching points available. Due to their compact housing size and with an operating range of up to 5 meters, they are particularly suited for use in situations with limited installation space in pallet warehouses and for applications in the field of automated material flow for which at least two different switching points are required. In addition to the multi-depth compartment occupation check, these include for example push-through or collision protection in shuttle applications.

The new distance sensors are characterized by a high repeatability of 3 mm and extremely high color and surface independence ensuring fine positioning as well as easy commissioning. Models with an analog output and IO-Link are also available.

@Leuzeelectronic #PAuto 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Optical sensors for longer distances.

The forward-thinking product design of the photoelectric sensors, R200 and R201 from Pepperl+Fuchs enables applications with longer operating distances. Just like the compact R100, R101, and R103 series, both new products consistently offer all photoelectric functional principles in a design that is now larger and suitable for specific mounting situations. Usability is intuitive and identical across all series—and the standardized IO-Link connection via the latest Smart Sensor Profiles also enables convenient and reliable integration of the sensors.

R100-, R101- and R103- with the new R200- and R201 sensors

With the R100, R101, and R103 series, as well as the new R200 and R201 sensors, choosing the relevant sensor is easier and users also benefit from maximum flexibility in every application and mounting situation. In terms of their technical features, the new series also include robust DuraBeam laser technology and high-precision Multi Pixel Technology (MPT) for distance measurement. Standardized usability across all series and functional principles plus the IO-Link interface facilitate parameterization of the sensors during commissioning and when there is a change to the functional principle or to another series.

The new R200 and R201 series offer all photoelectric functional principles: thru-beam sensors, retroreflective sensors with a polarization filter or for clear object recognition, energetic diffuse mode sensors, sensors with background suppression and foreground suppression, measuring light barriers with two switch points, and distance sensors.

All series have an intuitive and identical look and feel during parameterization. Quick and easy sensor adjustment is guaranteed by a multiturn potentiometer and a push button, which function as a combined operating element with three LEDs for visualizing the configuration, status, and diagnostics. Across all series the user benefits from standardized usability: The look and feel when parameterizing a thru-beam sensor, a retroreflective sensor, or a diffuse mode sensor for the R100, R101 or R103 series is the same as for the R200 and R201 designs. This also applies to measuring devices with multiple switch points or distance sensors.

@PepperlFuchs #PAuto

Lead acid batteries!

Rechargeable batteries from Yuasa, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of valve-regulated lead acid batteries, are available from stock from JPR Electronics.  Applications for Yuasa batteries include security, CCTV, fire protection, emergency lighting, telecoms, UPS and golf buggies and mobility scooters.

Paul Raynor, Director of JPR Electronics, comments, “Yuasa are the market-leading manufacturer of sealed lead-acid batteries and have global reputation for high quality, high reliability power sources ensuring standby power is always available for critical systems.”

The NP series rechargeable sealed lead acid battery series offers maintenance-free 6V and 12V versions in a range of capacities from 1.2 to 38 ampere-hours (Ah). Yuasa’s special construction prevents any leakage of electrolyte from the case or terminals and the batteries provide high energy density, long and reliable service life up to 5 years in standby mode and cyclic use of 180-200 cycles.

Key features include excellent performance in either float or cyclic use, up to 1200 charge/discharge cycles, excellent recovery from deep discharge. Connection is via tab terminals up to 12Ah and bolt terminals for higher power batteries.

The Yuasa Yucel range of valve regulated SLA batteries provide a reliable and long-life source of power for in electronic products and systems and standby applications. The range is available in 6 and 12V options with capacities from 1.2 to 38Ah.

@Jprelec #Pauto 

Precise positioning over long distances.

The FLEXPOINT Long Range Line Module from Laser Components is a highly-precise positioning tool for long distances. Even at 50 m, the line is only 4 m long and can be adjusted to line widths of a few millimeters with an easy-to-use focusing device.
This module is available with red (660 nm) or green (520 nm) lines. Customers have the choice of any output power in a range between 5 mW and 30 mW.

Using the optional battery packs, the laser module can also be operated without a power line - for example in mobile use. A special precision mount, allows for exact beam alignment along two axes.

The Long Range Module is ideally suited for tunnel construction, alignment of large machines, or other adjustments over long distances.

 #PAuto @LaserComponents

Secure operator identification on the pharma floor!

Development of authentication solutions for pharmaceutical and biotech production.

Werum IT Solutions and authentication expert Nymi have entered a strategic partnership. As part of their collaboration, the two companies are developing joint solutions for the smart authentication of employees on the pharmaceutical shop floor – an important prerequisite for ensuring data integrity and increasing efficiency in the pharma and biotech production.

Nymi Band enables smart authentication of users
“Together with our customers and partners, we evaluate new technologies for operating concepts on the shop floor of the future,” says Christiane Dickel, Product Manager at Werum IT Solutions. “The use of an innovative wearable for authentication has proven to be very promising. We are looking forward to working with Nymi and are confident that our new joint solutions will add significant value to customers in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries.”

Nymi offers wearable, biometric authentication solutions that are backed by Nymi’s Enterprise Management (NEM) console for ease-of-deployment, security and privacy, while greatly increasing productivity. The Nymi Band is a multi-factor biometrically authenticated wearable that is worn by shop floor workers to perform day-to-day authentication tasks, such as digital signatures within an MES. Once setup, the user simply has to put on the Nymi Band and authenticate using their fingerprint. The device will then remain authenticated for as long as it remains on the user’s wrist. As an extra layer off security, the band also has sensors to read the wearer’s electrocardiogram, this confirms that the person wearing the Nymi Band and placing their finger on the sensor is indeed the authorized person. This authentication solution will be fully integrated into Werum’s PAS-X MES and is intended for use in already existing systems as well as by new customers.

“We are excited to be bringing our wearable authentication solutions to the life sciences industry with the market leader, Werum IT Solutions. As manufacturing becomes increasingly digital, we believe the value of continuous authentication will play a critical role to increase data integrity, but also maximize productivity, providing a substantial leap forward for manufacturing IT,” says Shawn Chance, VP Strategy at Nymi.

@Werum #PAuto @nymiband #Pharma

Saturday, May 26, 2018

UHF RFID reader.

The new RF-R3x0 from Harting is a versatile UHF RFID reader that combines software flexibility with an extremely robust and compact design that enable its deployment in a wide range of application scenarios.

Thanks to the use of M12 industrial connectors and aluminium die-cast housings, the reader is rugged enough to meet the most demanding requirements – as found in railway applications, for example – while the flexible software concept means that a few clicks are all it takes to switch the unit to a completely different application.

Typical applications might range from a simple PLC connection to the integration of signals with an ERP system or a connection to a train control system.

The UHF RFID reader is based on four basic versions: the LLRP 1.1, which is also designed to connect to the Harting Ha-VIS middleware; a unit with OPC UA support that meets the Companion Specification for Auto ID Devices for uniform connection to ERP and PLC systems (interface description available at info@AIM.de or from the OPC Foundation); a Modbus TCP version for easy connection to PLC systems (which is also suitable for communication with older PLC systems); and a version containing embedded middleware for complete standards-based data pre-processing. Various communication facilities such as web services, database connections, UDP and TCP telegrams are available for configuration.

These latter capabilities make it very easy to create additional project-based or industry-specific solutions. Thanks to the software container concept of the Harting MICA® industrial computer platform, which serves as the basis of the new Ha-VIS RF-R3x0 reader family, there are virtually no limitations on the system’s versatility. Whether Harting’s own extensions, e.g. the interpretation of the sensor data from a Harting ETB sensor transponder or extensions created by system integrators – the diversity of applications knows no bounds.

For an easy start to a new project, the Ha-VIS RF-R300 contains all the basic functions listed above for testing. These can then be activated or licensed in an application-specific manner.

@Harting #PAuto 

Connecting via 4G.

HMS Industrial Networks has released the new 4G LTE (Europe, North America) for its award winning remote access gateway, eWON Cosy. This enables users to access, troubleshoot, program, monitor and control machinery remotely.


Using an eWON Cosy with a 4G cellular connection allows users to access their machinery in remote places where Ethernet is not available.

The Cosy 4G router can not only connect to the newest LTE (Long-Term Evolution) networks, but it also ensures an automatic fall-back to lower cellular connectivity. If the 4G network becomes unstable, congested or unavailable, the connection will automatically switch to 3G (HSPA/WCDMA). In other words, it ensures continuity in connectivity continuity, no matter what the network circumstances are.

4G connectivity is also beneficial when it comes to latency: there is a better interaction and compatibility with the latest equipment installed by Mobile Network Operators (MNO). Furthermore, it can also provide better network coverage depending on the mobile installations provided by the MNO. As the Cosy 4G comes in 2 variants, it ensures a wide compatibility with major MNO’s and covers Europe, the Middle East and Africa, North America.

For remote access, a SIM card with a data plan is all that is needed to connect to the Talk2M cloud-based solution and access an Industrial Control System.


@ewonrouters  #PAuto 

Fibre-optic connectors.


Recently certified to ISO9001:2015 Cliff Electronics has added the popular and widely used ST Fibre Optic Connector to its very successful range of 24mm-diameter XLR Panel cut-out connectors. These Straight Tip connectors utilise a bayonet-style coupling enabling a simple twist-on and twist-off installation. The ST connector is one of the most popular connectors for multi-mode networks in buildings and campuses.

The Cliff range of XLR Format Standard and FeedThrough connector range allows designers to simply integrate audio, video, digital, optical, networking and data feeds into professional equipment for broadcast, lighting, audio, instrumentation and industrial applications.

Cliff offer two options, the CP30218 mounted in a countersunk hole and the CP30218X with a plain hole mount. ST connectors use a 2.5mm ferrule with a round body, the connector stays securely in place with a "twist-on/twist-off" bayonet-style mechanism. The Cliff ST connector may be front or rear mounted to control panels and is available in a plastic or rugged metal housing.

Cliff’s XLR format connectors take advantage of the standard 24mm panel cut out widely used in audio and broadcast systems and which is finding increasing popularity instrumentation, medical and industrial applications due to the format’s flexibility, security and reliability.

By utilizing the XLR chassis and standard panel cut-out Cliff’s wide range of standard and FeedThrough connectors can all be mounted on control panels with the same hole punched for every connector required. This simplifies panel design and allows connectors to be mixed-and-matched during assembly as required by individual system requirements.

Versions available include GJ45, HDMI, BNC and USB3.0 compliant single and dual USB versions in addition to the existing range which provides Analogue, Digital and Optical Feed-Through connectivity in formats including Firewire, HDMI A-A and 50 ohm BNC versions, USB2 A-to-B and B-to-A “gender change” sockets high speed USB Type – C, USB3 to USB3 in all gender changing configurations - A-A, A-B and B-A. Also available are all popular data and Ethernet connectors including USB 2.0 and 3.0, LC and SC fibre (Duplex & Simplex), UTP and FTP RJ45s in both Cat6 and Cat5e (shielded and unshielded), Toslink, RCA Phono and HDMI and blanking plates.

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments; “The ST Fibre Optic Connecter is very well established and used globally in a wide range of communications systems. Including it in our XLR mounting footprint range allows system integrators to mix and match connector solutions while only having to use one size of panel cut-out. Our very wide range of standard and FeedThrough connectors simplifies panel design and improves product aesthetics. We are continuously extending our XLR connector range as we discover new applications and new connector options to develop.”

1U, 19” rack panels pre-assembled with up to 16 XLR panel cut-outs are now available to order from Cliff offering systems integrators simple system assembly, reduced manufacturing time, component count and cost.
#CliffElectronics #PAuto 

IR camersa have better intuition & colour differention.

The new Fluke Ti400 PRO and Ti300 PRO Infrared Cameras, part of their range of Professional Series of IR cameras,  feature a more intuitive touch screen interface with a higher contrast display and compatibility with optional smart telephoto, wide-angle and macro lenses which can be interchanged without calibration. The cameras provide fast, one-handed operation to perform multiple inspections quickly and accurately – ideal for predictive/preventive maintenance, for industrial, commercial and HVAC electricians, facilities managers and energy auditors.

Both the Fluke Ti400 PRO, with 320 x 240 resolution, and the Ti300 PRO, with 240 x 180 resolution, feature LaserSharp™ Auto Focus, which, with the touch of a button, uses a built-in laser distance meter to calculate and display the distance to target and snaps the image into focus. An alternative advanced manual focus mode can be used.

They also feature Fluke IR-Fusion® technology, which captures a visible light image in addition to the infrared image and combines them with three different operating modes (Picture-in-Picture, full visible light, and AutoBlend™), and are provided with Fluke Connect SmartView® Desktop Software, for optimising and analysing thermal images, generating customisable reports and exporting images in multiple formats to the Fluke Connect Cloud.

The new infrared cameras integrate into Fluke Connect® - the company’s full-feature platform that permits Fluke tool users to receive, store, visualise, and report electronic measurement data from more than 40 Fluke Connect wireless test tools. This allows technicians to record and share thermal images, along with electrical and other measurements, in real time via their smartphones or tablets and automatically upload them to the cloud.

The Fluke Connect system provides access to maintenance records simultaneously at the inspection site and from the office or an off-site location, enabling faster decision making. It also enables real-time collaboration between team members with ShareLive™ video calls, increasing productivity in the field. Images sync wirelessly direct from the camera to the Fluke Connect system, so images can be attached to an asset record or work order using optional software. Reports can be created and shared directly from the job site via email.

These two new models follow the earlier introduction of the Ti480 PRO and Ti450 PRO InfraRed Cameras both of which offer some additional features not available on the Ti300PRO and Ti400PRO such as MultiSharp™ Focus and SuperResolution.

@FlukePI  #PAuto @FlukeCal #TandM

Friday, May 25, 2018

Merger to provide sensors, data acquisition, preparation, evaluation & engineering services.

HBM is to merge its activities with BKSV (Brüel and Kær Sound and Vibration) from 1 January 2019. Both owned by the British entity Spectris Plc, the new company will be named HBK (Hottinger, Brüel and Kjær).

“Brüel and Kjær and HBM are both premium hardware providers in measurement with a strong focus on software. By combining their activities, the two companies can deliver an integrated offering, combining sensors, data acquisition, preparation, evaluation and engineering services into one solution for its customers” says Eoghan Ó Lionaird, Business Group Director responsible for the Test and Measurement segment.

They are global leaders in their respective disciplines and have complementary expertise across the measurement chain. By leveraging their respective strengths, the aim is to create a business with the capabilities, breadth and scale to deliver differentiated customer value, for example, in the domains of propulsion, durability, safety and noise, vibration and harshness.

“This merger losely with the Spectris strategy of focusing on the provision of complete solutions combining hardware, software and related services and will enable us to provide a broader service with increased value to BKSV and HBM customers,” according to Ó Lionard.

In preparation of the merge, a new management team has been selected, drawing on the strengths and expertise from both HBM and BKSV. Merger preparation activities will be undertaken from now through to the end of 2018, and during this phase, both companies will operate in existing structures. All existing HBM agreements, points of contact, procedures, partnerships etc. will continue as normal.




@HBMmeasurement #PAuto #TandM @bruelandkjaer

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Ambient gas analyser distributorship.

Air Monitors has been appointed as Ecotech's official distributor in Britain. Ecotech is a global leader in the manufacture of environmental monitoring instrumentation, including the highly regarded and MCERTS certified, Serinus® range of ambient gas analysers.
“We have worked with Ecotech for many years, so we have built a high level of confidence in their products,” says Air Monitors MD Jim Mills. “We are therefore delighted to be appointed as their distributor for the full range, and look forward to bringing the advantages of Ecotech’s levels of precision and usability to our rapidly expanding customer base.

“One of the reasons for formalising our partnership is that Ecotech is more than just an instrument manufacturer; Ecotech also installs, services and maintains its own products in the field. This provides their design engineers with a unique perspective, enabling them to develop instruments that are robust and easy to service, which lowers the cost of ownership.

Air Monitors has built a solid reputation as Britains’s leading provider of high quality air monitoring equipment and services. The success of the company is driven by a determination to help customers obtain accurate, reliable data – quickly, easily and cost-effectively. This is achieved with a focus on quality, service and innovation; a strategy that has delivered enormous growth. Turnover has doubled in the last 3 years, and the company now services the majority of the country's ambient air quality monitoring networks. As a result, Air Monitors now employs a network of more than 10 fully trained and extremely well equipped service engineers, located strategically all over Britain.

Expressing her delight with the new agreement, Felicity Sharp, Head of Ecotech Europe, says: “We have pioneered innovative solutions in environmental monitoring for over 40 years, and our strategic focus is to work with like-minded organisations with a focus on quality and service. Air Monitors is therefore our ideal distributor and we are excited and hugely optimistic about the prospects for this winning partnership!”

@airmonitors  #PAuto #Britain

Automated testing of multi-fibre connectors.

Laser Components recommends the new MPO switch from VIAVI Solutions for quick and easy OTDR testing of MPO multi-fibre connectors.

In combination with an optical reflectometer and a base unit such as the MTS-4000 V2, it ensures that all twelve fibres of the MPO connector are tested for their attenuation, as it automatically switches from one to the other. Thus, the fibres no longer have to be tested individually using fanout cables. This makes network testing a lot easier, especially when it comes to structured single-mode cabling in data centers, as well as the testing of MPO cables for FTTH/access networks and mobile phone front pods (FTTA/C-RAN).

Multipath push-on (MPO) connectors are used when many optical fibres have to be connected in very small spaces. An MPO connector usually contains twelve fibres. This not only saves space and weight but also saves installation time and costs.

@LaserComponents #PAuto

Retro enclosures!

Two new ranges of desktop enclosures from Hammond Electronics are now available from JPR Electronics . Their retro styling offers manufacturers of high-end hi-fi equipment, audio, broadcast, set-top boxes and other consumer products as well as industrial instrumentation an alternative to conventional cases in applications where appearance can be as important as function.

Paul Raynor, Director of JPR Electronics, comments, “Many high-end and prestige products require aesthetically pleasing and interesting packaging to meet the expectations of end users. Such products rarely have the volume production to justify a bespoke enclosure. The new Hammond retro styled enclosures offer an ideal solution for these low volume high quality designs.”

The HWCAS consists of a complete walnut frame fitted with aluminium top and optional base panels and is available with either a black powder coat or natural finish. The 1444CWW and the 1441CWW families are fabricated from aluminium or steel respectively and fitted with walnut end panels to the shorter sides. The aluminium version has a natural finish; the steel has a black powder coat finish.

The HWCAS is available in two sizes, either 330 x 254 x 76mm or 432 x 254 x 76mm. The chassis corners are of dovetailed construction, reinforced with corner posts fitted with brass inserts to take the panel fixings. The 2mm thick top panel will support heavy components such as transformers without bowing. The 1444 and 1441CWW units come in six sizes ranging from 178 x 127 x 51mm to 432 x 254 x 102mm. The rigid chassis is spot welded for strength and rigidity and is complete with an integral top panel, with the result that there are no visible fixings to mar the sleek appearance.

@Jprelec #PAuto 

Zoned Safety Valve Island.

Emerson has introduced the ability to integrate multiple safety zones within a single ASCO Numatics™ Series 503 valve island. This enables the creation of up to three independent electro-pneumatic safety zones, while also allowing independent non-safe sections to co-exist within one valve island assembly.
Alternative solutions enable the isolation of one zone only per island. The zoned safety approach helps the design engineer satisfy the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and comply with ISO 13849-1 while eliminating the components and complexity commonly found in existing safety circuits.

“With this functionality, the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and end user can easily and cost-effectively configure up to three safety circuits in a machine using a single ASCO Numatics Series 503 valve island with G3 fieldbus electronics,” said Scott Weickel, Vice President of Engineering for Machine Automation applications at Emerson. “Our simple, user-friendly zoned safety approach reduces components, saves space and improves design flexibility.”

The ASCO Numatics zoned safety valve island ensures the operator does not have to shut down the entire machine by releasing compressed air with a redundant safety/control dump valve. Instead, the valve island can be configured to shut down pilot air and power only to the group of valves that controls the machine’s motion in the operator’s vicinity.

“Because zoned safety capability is designed into the standard ASCO Numatics Series 503 valve island platform, no redesign is required and the user has optimal choices when selecting valve options, accessories, and flow requirements,” said Weickel. “The flexible approach also significantly reduces safety system cost and enables valuable machine space to be saved for other purposes.”

The ASCO Numatics zoned safety valve island has been evaluated by TÜV Rheinland (Report No. 968/FSP 1228.00/16) and is compatible with category 3 PLd.

 #PAuto @EMR_Automation 

BSc Degree in Process Instrumentation and Automation now recruiting.

“We have found it increasingly difficult to attract staff with qualifications in Instrumentation and Automation. We very much welcome the Learn + Work Programme in this area and it is a perfect fit for us” Chris Kennedy - Managing Director, Hanley Measurement and Control

A new BSc Degree in Process Instrumentation and Automation in the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB IRL) is kicking off in September. This is an innovative new “Learn + Work” progamme designed in consultation with industry to deliver work ready graduates to the process and manufacturing sectors. They are now looking to recruit high calibre students who ultimately will make their way out into Irish and international industries.

Key Points
3 year Level 7 BSc Degree qualification
5 months/year in college (ITB)
7 months/year in company learning (student receives min payment of €180 per week while in placement)
A limited number of places fully funded by the Irish MedTech Skillnet still available (Covers €3,000/year registration fee)
Non CAO entry route (Direct application to ITB.)
For more information contact Mark Keyes on +353 1 8851035 or Mark.Keyes@itb.ie
This is a great opportunity for prospective students to achieve a Degree qualification and extensive work experience throughout the 3 years of the programme. Fees for this course are covered by Irish Medtech Association Skillnet for a limited number of entrants in September 2018. The fact that there are fully funded places available and a payment for students while in company makes it even more attractive.

"Share this with colleagues or anyone else that you feel might know someone that this might interest. Because it is not on the CAO there are potentially many school leavers (and others) who just will not come across this programme when it might be exactly what suits them." said a spokesman in the ITB's Department of Engineering.

"Automation professionals who understand the context of the industry and the types of career opportunities in this area are best placed to advise potential candidates."

@itbdublin #PAuto #Ireland

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Din Rail PSUs.

Two new high quality Din Rail Power Supplies have been announced by PULS Power. They  feature an integrated high efficiency MOSFET based decoupling function facilitating N+1 redundant operation without an external decoupling unit or use of inefficient “OR-ing” diodes.

The CP10.241.R2 and CP20.241.R2 offer output power of 240W and 480W respectively and both feature hot-swap connectors ensuring no-break power in mission critical applications. Other standard features include universal AC input, active power factor correction (PFC), minimal inrush current surge, standard output voltages of 12, 24, 36 and 48VDC, 20% “power reserve” for peak load demands, operating temperature range of -25 to +70°C with full power available between -40°C and +60°C, operating humidity range from 5 to 95%RH, safe “HiccupPLUS” overload protection, internal “DC OK” contact and a market leading 3 year warranty. Standard spring clamp terminal connection is available as an option.

All international safety agency are met and the PULS CP series complies fully with the demands of hazardous locations – Class 1, Div 2, IECEx, and ATEX by design.

Typical applications include transportation, industrial systems, marine, water processing, semiconductor manufacture, renewable energy systems, drives and controls, robotics and medical.

Marco van der Linden,  PULS Power Country Manager for Britain comments, “These new N+1 redundant, hot-swappable DIN- Rail power supplies reduce system complexity and cost, offer shorter installation times and space savings of more than 45% over conventional power solutions. The PULS CP series are efficient, compact and reliable and have a highly sophisticated thermal design delivering the lowest cost of ownership to the end user.”


@PULSPowerSupply #PAuto 

NDT in smaller pipes.

Ashtead Technology has added the Phoenix Bracelet Scanner and the latest custom phased array probes to its fleet of rental NDT instruments as a response to an increased demand for the ability to inspect smaller diameter pipes.

“At just 13mm the Bracelet is an extremely low profile scanner for phased array or ToFD weld inspections of small bore pipes,” says NDT Market Manager Steve Drake. “Quick and easy to set up and run with one of our Olympus OmniScans or other PAUT units, the Bracelet can be used manually on pipes ranging from 0.5” upwards by simply adding extra links.”

The scanner comprises a series of links to make a flexible chain which wraps around the pipe, and a strap secures the Bracelet to the pipe once the axial position is established. The Bracelet can hold either one probe for single-sided inspections or linked with a second probe for dual-sided inspections. The ultrasonic probe and profiled wedge are fixed to one end of the Bracelet in an adjustable clasp.

To scan, the Bracelet is rotated around the pipe with rubber tyres providing axial grip to prevent slippage. A miniature encoder (42 steps/mm) is attached to the opposing end of the Bracelet with the encoder wheel running around the pipe surface collecting data from the circumferential axis.

Steve says: “The addition of the Bracelet to our rental fleet is yet another example of our determination to provide Ashtead Technology customers with access to a comprehensive range of the latest market-leading NDT technologies.”


@ashteadtech  #PAuto 

Digital signal measurement.

The MX460B-R digital measurement module from HBM,  is the latest addition to its rugged and flexible SomatXR Data Acquisition System.

Suitable for measuring torque, rotational speed, angle, position, or displacement in harsh environments, the MX460B-R is a 4-channel, digital impulse and frequency measurement module which is suitable for precise acquisition of digital signals in a range of mobile applications such as vehicle testing and test benches.

Also able to acquire information resulting from pulse width measurements or crank angle sensors to facilitate TDC (Tope Dead Centre) or angle-based data analysis in combustion testing, the latest module allows torsional vibration analysis and differential angle calculation in real time.

Designed specifically for use in harsh environments, the MX460B-R module can be operated in a wide temperature range of -40°C to +80°C. Encased in a robust design, which is highly resistant to shock and vibration, the MX460B-R is also IP65 and IP67 protection rated.

The popular SomatXR data acquisition system from HBM facilitates use in harsh environments. Extremely reliable, precise and protected from humidity, dust, shock and vibration, the modular system is well suited to be used in a variety of applications such as vehicle testing, stationary measurements and structural health monitoring. Offering a flexible solution, SomatXR modules can also be used in combination with other data acquisition systems to create an individual and modular solution. The modules can then communicate via Ethernet TCP/IP and are synchronised using IEEE 1588 (PTPv2).

@HBMmeasurement #PAuto

Digitized railway!

Meeting the need for secure and reliable data connection to support railway digitisation, Westermo has launched a range of compact data networking products for onboard and trackside applications. The RT-310, RT-320 and RT-370 wireless local area network (WLAN) devices ensure reliable, continuous, high-speed data communications in extreme operational environments, supporting applications such as monitoring train speeds and track conditions, and providing onboard video surveillance and passenger hotspots.

The RT-310 and RT-370 are WLAN access points which support multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) high-speed data transfer. The RT-320 is a multiple-mode WLAN connection point, which can be configured as an access point, or as client and bridge modes. The devices have been designed to provide robust solutions in applications where it is not possible to use network cables. These include transmitting information from a moving train to wayside monitoring stations and establishing a data connection between train carriages where a specialised coupler is not available for network cables.

Supporting reliable longer-distance communications, including those from train to ground, the RT-320 provides high output power, regardless of temperature, modulation and frequency band, to achieve stable connection. To achieve seamless communication as a train moves along the track, the device provides fast handover support, enabling it to quickly switch from one trackside access point to the next. A special Inter-Consist Link (ICL) mode meets the challenge of providing stable and secure communication between consists, without incurring the cost of installing communication cabling over the couplers.

The RT-310 is ideal for providing internet access to passengers, offering high input sensitivity that enables a good connection even to weak signals, while its fast connection support prevents passengers from enduring a long wait for connectivity to be established.

The RT-370 is designed specifically for infrastructure applications and has a direct mains input and direct fibre connection to support long distance connections typically found in trackside installations.

Long-range and optimised wireless link spans enable the devices to offer highly reliable performance in mission-critical networks. Superior radio link performance is provided through high-end radio-frequency (RF) circuitry, and high-calibre RF front-end solutions for optimised operation near other WLAN, 3G or 4G networks. 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz radar bands are supported and robust Dynamic Frequency Selection features support improved radar detection.

The devices are approved to the EN 50121-4 standard for trackside applications, with the RT-310 and RT-320 also approved to the EN 50155 standard for onboard applications. The products are designed to withstand the challenging environments and demands of rail applications, including constant vibration, extreme temperatures and humidity. They are rated to IP66 for prevention of water and dust ingress, incorporate a GORE-TEX® membrane to prevent internal condensation and have an operating range of -40°C to +70°C. High-level isolation between all interfaces protects against overvoltage and flashover. These features ensure reliability and an extended mean time between failures. A compact design enables easy installation into onboard applications and configuration is easy using a web management tool.

In addition to rail applications, all three devices are very well suited for deployment in other industries with severe operating conditions and tough environments, such as mining.

@Westermo #Transport @HHC_Lewis 

Stars in security!

Endress+Hauser has become the first industrial company to obtain the StarAudit certification. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) offering of the measurement instrumentation specialist was given four-star certification by EuroCloud. Within the framework of the certification, all areas that are relevant for the collection of data in cloud-based applications were reviewed.
--> Presentation of the StarAudit certificate in Zurich (from left): Martin Andenmatten, Glenfis; Thomas Schmidt, Project Leader StarAudit Endress+Hauser; Andreas Hofmann, Team Leader Marketing Internet Endress+Hauser; and Christian Laux, Laux Lawyers. (Picture: ©Netzmedien) The company has given top priority to data security during the development of cloud-based applications. “In conversations with customers, the second question which is nearly always asked concerns our security standards and measures to ensure them,” says Thomas Schmidt, StarAudit Project Leader at Endress+Hauser, “which is why we decided to carry out a comprehensive audit through an independent body.”

The StarAudit certificate confirms that web-based services are based on specific security standards and have been correspondingly validated. This offers a traceable quality assessment of cloud services through a transparent and reliable certification process. The aim is to strengthen the trust of customers and users in cloud services. The certificate was officially handed over in Zurich (CH) in April.

Through digital products and services, Endress+Hauser helps its customers to optimize processes and thus increase the efficiency of their plants. With the web-application Analytics all field devices in a plant, including those from third parties, can be quickly cataloged and analyzed. This considerably reduces the time required for an installed base inventory.

In addition, the application also enables the recognition of critical measuring points and indicates possibilities for standardization. Further information, for example suitable replacement products, is also shown.

EuroCloud is an independent non-profit organization for the promotion of cloud computing. It is committed to the development of a common digital European market and open dialog between all partners, in order to drive new developments.