Thursday, October 4, 2018

LoRaWan applications.

Advantech has expanded its range of wireless products with the launch of the WISE-6610 LoRaWAN gateway and Wzzard LRPv2 LoRa WAN node.

As the demand for intelligent monitoring and warning systems increases, Advantech understands the difficulty involved in replacing or rewiring existing devices. Because such systems are often installed in remote areas or harsh environments, it is critical that any wireless data communication solutions have a rugged enclosure and flexible software design.

Wzzard LRPv2 Node is a highly integrated LoRaWAN sensing platform for applications ranging from I/O sensor data management to network protocol conversion. The Wzzard LRPv2 Node can be utilized to form a private sensor network, yielding immediate dividends by cutting maintenance costs while increasing overall productivity. The WISE-6610 LoRaWAN Gateway connects to a user’s application server or SCADA for data access using the MQTT protocol.

The wireless telecommunication is designed for long-range, low-bit-rate communication among “things” (i.e., connected objects such as battery-powered sensors). Because the Advantech Wzzard LRPvw Node and WISE-6610 LoRa WAN Gateway support long-range WAN communication, there is no need to pay additional telecommunication costs, which can reduce costs considerably.

Advantech’s Wzzard LRPv2 Node can connect up to four sensors simultaneously and is ideal for production lines that have many sensors or for applications where there is limited space for additional devices. The software is specifically designed to be customisable so as to accommodate the most sophisticated of monitoring plans.

Because the Wzzard LRPv2 Node offers high flexibility in both hardware and software aspects, it frees users from having to deploy an infrastructure-heavy wireless network, meaning that resources can be allocated to other more critical investments.

The Wzzard LRPv2 Node has two modes: sleep mode (for when the node is idle) and operation mode (for data transmission). It comes with an embedded alarm system to notify users when a threshold has been exceeded so that action can be taken. The smart design of the operation modes and alarm system helps control the budget by saving the power it consumed and notifying users if any emergency actions are required.

With an IP66 rating, both devices are protected against ingress from dust and powerful water jets. Furthermore, their dual-power design (BC/battery for the Wzzard LRPv2 Node) provides multiple deployment options.

@AdvantechIA #PAuto #Wireless 

Smart electric valve actuator.

Badger Meter  has introduced the second stage of its Smart Electric Valve Actuator (SEVA). The device now offers Modbus RTU, Modbus TCP/IP and SoloCUE® connectivity. SoloCUE is a software solution that provides easy access to the setup of both the feature-rich SEVA and its protocols.

This custom-built, bulletproof platform allows end-users to visualize SEVA’s performance and setup characteristics.

The free SoloCUE software can be downloaded from the website. Created with the customer in mind, it has the ability to easily set up SEVA and monitor industrial valve applications.

SoloCUE allows end-users to perform the following actions:

  • Adjust operating speed and thrust
  • Set up all available protocols (Ethernet/IP, Modbus TCP/IP and Modbus RTU)
  • Adjust deadband to fine-tune the application and valve
  • Set up split-range feature
  • Set up reverse acting feature
  • Set up loss of power feature
  • Set up loss of signal feature
  • Set up operation limits
  • Configure real-time dashboard to communicate position command, actuator position, signal applied, internal temperature, tag ID, serial number, power input and mode selection

Modbus RTU
Modbus RTU is an open, serial (RS-485) protocol derived from the master/slave architecture. It is a widely accepted protocol due to its ease of use and reliability. Modbus RTU is commonly used within Industrial Automation Systems (IAS).

Modbus TCP/IP
Modbus TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol) is simply the Modbus RTU protocol with a TCP interface that runs on Ethernet. This protocol gives a truly open, accessible network allowing blocks of binary data to be exchanged between devices. It is simple to implement for any device that supports TCP/IP sockets, with a switch and cable available to each device.

Coming Soon: Full Diagnostics and Hart

@Badger_Meter  #PAuto 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Acquisition strengthens service to descrete markets.

Emerson has announced that it has acquired HTE Engineering Services Ltd., which will join the Assembly Technologies business within Emerson’s Automation Solutions platform. HTE Engineering Services is headquartered in Dunboyne, County Meath (IRL).

“HTE builds upon and strengthens Emerson's capabilities and solutions for plastic joining with a unique technology to serve our customers in discrete end markets,” said Lal Karsanbhai, executive president of Emerson Automation Solutions.

HTE offers heat staking technologies, a method of joining two or more parts when at least one is made from plastic. The applications for heat staking – which include automotive interiors/exteriors, electronics and PC boards, and medical devices – help the company more effectively tap new market opportunities by further enhancing the company’s joining technologies solutions.

“The acquisition of HTE allows Emerson to fill out our Branson plastic joining portfolio and continue to offer a process-neutral approach for our customers’ advanced material joining applications in key market segments like medical equipment, packaging and automotive assembly,” said John Meek, president of Assembly Technologies, Emerson Automation Solutions.

“We are pleased to join Emerson and look forward to the opportunity for growth that comes from being a part of a company with significant global scale and reach to better serve our customers,” said Patrick Wood, managing director and founder of HTE Engineering.

Terms of the acquisition, which closed on October 1, were not disclosed.

@EMR_Automation #PAuto #HTE_Engineering #Ireland  #EMrex

In line scan cameras.

Stemmer Imaging is now marketing the Teledyne e2v high-performance line scan camera portfolio, including the entry level UNiiQA+ and ELiiXA+ series of multiline CMOS cameras.

Christof Zollitsch, CEO of Stemmer said: “We are delighted to be able to add these high performance cameras to further strengthen our product portfolio. Teledyne e2v is an acknowledged manufacturer of class leading CMOS sensors and line scan cameras and we look forward to a long and productive partnership.”

Jon Kemp, Head of Business Communications at Teledyne e2v commented: “STEMMER IMAGING AG will provide us with an extensive sales network across 19 different countries in Europe. Their experience and knowledge of established and emerging machine vision markets, coupled with their technical excellence will ensure that our line scan cameras will be used in the widest range of applications.”

The Teledyne e2v branded cameras are available in a wide range of formats, in monochrome and Bayer colour versions and with a choice of CameraLink or GigE Vision over NBASE-T (5 Gb/s) interfaces. Together with the Teledyne DALSA camera range, they provide a versatile platform for a wide range of applications. These include surface roughness and scratch detection in glass, paper, metals and textiles; presence control in pharmaceutical inspection; damage detection in rail inspection applications and character recognition in document scanning, parcel and postal sorting.

“This latest agreement further strengthens our relationship with the Teledyne group of companies,” concluded Christof Zollitsch. “For many years we have marketed high quality cameras manufactured by Teledyne DALSA and now we can also take advantage of the expertise provided by Teledyne e2v in line scan camera technology.”

 @stemmerimaging @e2vteledyne #PAuto 

Helping customers seize €22 billion ($25b) savings!

Emerson has introduced a new specialised framework of services and solutions for digitally transforming the way companies plan and execute turnarounds. This new offering is enabled by the Plantweb™ digital ecosystem and includes use of wireless sensing, location awareness, predictive diagnostics and data analytics combined with Emerson’s turnaround expertise and proven seven-step turnaround process. This new approach will provide scope assurance, schedule assurance and improved labour effectiveness while minimising emergent and discovery work. The result is reduced labour and materials costs of up to 10 percent and shortened schedules of up to 6 percent.

Johan Claassen
“About 25 percent of turnaround projects run over-budget, and more than 50 percent fail to meet targeted schedules - mainly due to discovery and emergent work during turnaround execution,” said Johan Claassen, vice president, Global Lifecycle Services, Emerson Automation Solutions. “We can now provide customers scope assurance across all their asset classes to avoid last-minute surprises during turnaround execution.”

Market research indicates that 60 percent of the turnaround cost comes from fixed process assets such as distillation columns, heat exchangers, piping, and structural supports. Emerson is expanding its capability to provide predictive diagnostics, data analytics, and scope planning expertise to these critical assets. Emerson’s comprehensive strategy is to leverage the investment in automation and analytics used to operate the plant to transform the planning and execution of turnarounds by combining this with deep industry expertise, proven work practices and a broad portfolio of lifecycle services offerings.

On an average turnaround, these benefits could save $3.1 million in labour and materials and shorten the schedule by at least two days. According to Emerson, these savings multiplied across an estimated 8,000 turnarounds performed annually could save customers as much as $25 billion per year in opportunity costs across all process industries worldwide.
Industrial plant workers like these will find Emerson’s new framework of services and solutions for digitally transforming how they plan and execute turnarounds will help to accurately determine scope for a safer and more efficient turnaround.
Other elements of the new framework include:

  • Scheduling early engagement with Emerson’s Operational Certainty Consulting and turnaround experts to perform a discovery workshop.
  • Emerson performs walkdowns using a digital mobile app to digitise the installed base and provide a visual inspection of the asset with report and recommendations.
  • Applying turnaround expertise to optimise budgets and scheduling based on existing resources and production requirements.
  • Leveraging Emerson’s Location Awareness, a new personnel location system within the Plantweb digital ecosystem, to manage safety by reducing labour congestion and inefficiencies of not only employees, but also contractors and temporary workers onsite during turnarounds.
  • The new Mobile Service and Command Centre acts as a central point where all turnaround asset data is monitored and analysed through Emerson’s experts. It also serves as an inventory warehouse stocked with parts. For unplanned needs, it provides a direct factory link to expedite parts for shipping through the Emerson QuickShip programme.

“By providing a consistent, effective, decision-driven solution grounded on a solid digital technology foundation, we can revolutionise turnarounds for the global process industries,” said Claassen, “This empowers customers to reduce cost and schedule, ensure worker safety, and create a path to peer-leading performance, recouping billions of dollars in lost profits in the process.”

@EMR_Automation #PAuto #EMREX @HHC_Lewis @Emerson_News

PSUs for medical applications.

DIN Rail power solutions for medical applications where which specific special approvals and strict safety standards apply are now available from Puls Power. Medical products and systems generally have very little space available for the power supply and associated hardware, leaving the medical OEM the choice of plug-in or panel-mount power supplies, frequently being an expensive customer-specific solution.
The PULS CP Series of medical power supplies offer designers an advanced alternative: users can design-in an efficient standard power supply that meets the highest technological standards and is permanently available from stock. The high industrial standard, low heat loss design has many advantages including high efficiency and no noise fan-less continuous convection cooling which supports a healing environment.

The uncomplicated DIN-rail assembly permits flexible positioning of the devices. Optional wall and side mounting brackets offer alternative mounting options. Installation is intuitive with spring-clamp terminals facilitating easy wiring without tools and creating a shock and vibration resistant solution.

PULS DIN-Rail power supplies are exceptionally durable with a high lifetime expectancy making them ideally suited for many years of use in technical medical devices. They also provide maximum protection for patients and operators by meeting:

  • IEC 60601-1, 3rd Edition - the requirements for electrical safety, in particular relating to protective measures for patients and operators.
  • IEC 60601-1-2, 4th Edition - product standard for the EMC test on medical devices or systems.
  • 2 MOPP (Means Of Patient Protection) - a duplicate measure for patient protection.

Marco van der Linden, UK Country Manager, for PULS comments, “Medical electronic products and systems can range from patient home and hospital bedside monitoring through to multi-million pound diagnostic systems. They all have two key requirements, high reliability and safety. PULS DIN-Rail power supplies have reliability and safety designed in from the beginning with our no compromise design philosophy and component selection.”

@PULSPowerSupply #Medical #PSU

Cracking egg weighing!

Damtech Egg-Handling BV specialises in automated egg processing machinery and recently, with the help of load measurement specialists Zemic Europe, developed its latest E-Grader 40 egg weighing, sorting and packaging system. With a maximum capacity to grade 28800 eggs each hour and scalable up to six lines, the state-of-the-art machine utilises Zemic’s L6N series single-point load cells in combination with its Top-Sensors T1 weight transmitter to provide high-speed processing at the rate of one measurement per 300 ms.

Zemic through Variohm EuroSensor, works closely with its customers to provide solutions that differentiate their market position. As weighing was not a technology area that Damtech had encountered previously the two companies’ combined their respective skills in automated machinery and force sensors to develop the E-Grader 40 which is aimed at farmers that sell their commercial egg produce straight from the farm. These supply sources are becoming increasingly popular for consumers but are still subject to the rigorous quality and legislative regulations required of large producers. The machine can handle 5 different grade classes between 43 and 73 grams. Consequently the design brief included not only accuracy, reliability and straightforward integration in the machines’ architecture but also ease of maintenance and, of course, competitive cost.

Zemic’s L6N load cell and the T1 weight transmitter provided best fit components for the machine where the anodised aluminium-alloy and IP65 rated single point load cell with OIML approval offered a maximum platform size of 350 x 400 mm. This load cell is well proven for use in a variety of applications and has a pedigree of use in the medical weighing market. The measurement ranges available span 0…3 kg up to 100 kg, and with a combined error of less than 0.02% FS the L6N features industry leading precision, build quality and long reliable life.

The T1 weight transmitter is DIN rail mounted, has an integral 6-segment semi alphanumeric display and takes care of set-up and calibration - with a wide choice of output configurations including analogue (voltage and current) as well as USB and many commonly used fieldbus protocols. For use with 1, 4 or 8 load cells, it provides excitation voltage and load cell signal conversion making integration with the customers’ control system straightforward as well as scalable.

@Variohm  #PAuto #Food @ZemicEurope

Compact load cells.

The Burster 8427 series tension and compression load cell offers nine measuring ranges from 0 … 20 N to 0 … 10 kN and is available with a choice of fixing options for maximum application flexibility from Ixthus.. Its rapid response to fast force measurement events is especially suited to high-throughput automation tasks such as robot assembly where its compact size allows easy integration for multi-tool systems.

This load cell measures tension or compression force between axially mounted metric internal threads at either end of its cylindrical housing which includes a hexagonal flange for spanner mounting.  With a full-bridge strain gauge membrane type sensor element the compact unit has a welded high-strength stainless steel construction for maximum durability and IP68 class protection rating. Optionally available threaded inserts may be used or other adapter parts such as eye brackets for cable/chain mounting or load pins for direct axial measurement. These adapter options combine with a good price/performance ratio to expand the application range across laboratory, industrial or safety related load measurement tasks.

The sensor electronics requires stable excitation with a rated value of approx. 1.2 mV/V with non-linearity of 0.5% over a -30 ... +80 °C operating temperature range. Excitation is 5V DC and electrical interfacing is made easy with a Mini PG screw connection that is radially fed from the housing via a shielded PTFE cable that is drag chain qualified. A standard calibration is available or the unit can be supplied with burster’s TEDS which allows plug & play connection with sensor specific data stored in the sensor for automatic configuration for faster set up. As with all burster sensors, DAkkS and factory calibration certification is available on request.

The compact load cell measures just 30 mm in diameter for the smallest load range with a nominal housing length of only 16 mm. For the 10 KN range diameter is 50 mm and length is 32 mm. The sensors feature internal threads (M4 or M10 respectively) for mounting with an external thread accessory available.

The 8427 is part of a wide range of load, force, torque and displacement sensors designed and manufactured by burster, which are supplied and fully supported by Ixthus Instrumentation. The range also includes process control instruments, amplifiers, panel meters and other instrumentation components that allow complete system solutions from a single source.

@IxthusInst #PAuto @burstermeasure

Current transformers.

Customers can now choose from a wide range of current transformers available from Camille Bauer Metrawatt. These include standard current transformers in the SIRAX CT series with 1A or 5 A output, available in 4 variants.

These variants are: wound current, bushing-type (single-phase or three-phase), split core and compact SC series core-balanced current transformers. The DACT and KBU series, which are essential for measuring residual current in electrical systems, were recently added to the portfolio of residual current transformers. With an RCM (Residual Current Monitor), even the smallest residual currents (leakage currents) are detected with high precision by the residual current detector and transferred to a higher-level measurement device (for example SIRAX AM1000/3000, PQ3000/5000, etc.). This is to prevent damage to people and to system hardware before it can occur. Typical areas of application are data centres, hospitals, factories, public buildings, shopping centres, etc.

To complement the portfolio of residual current transformers, Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG is introducing unique and intelligent AC/DC current transformers to the market. Their advantage is being able to measure single phase currents up to 300AAC (max. 800VAC), or 400ADC (max. 1000VDC) in different frequency ranges which gives planners and system builders maximum flexibility. Energy meters integrated in the transformer are also optionally available. These save buying separate energy meters for internal invoicing, which simplifies the installation task and saves cost as a result.  Intelligent current transformers are thus ideal in applications for monitoring photovoltaic systems, battery charging systems, UPS systems as well as processes with changing frequencies. The transformer parameters can be configured either by DIP switches or through Modbus RTU, using a free, user-friendly software utility.

• Camille Bauer products are marketed in Ireland through Irish Power & Process.

#CamilleBauer #PAuto #TandM @irishpwrprocess 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Solderless RF connectors win!

Intelliconnect  have won the Interconnection Product of the Year award at the recent Electronic Industry Awards ceremony with their innovative 2.9mm Solderless RF Connectors.

“We are pleased and proud that our industry peers have voted our new 2.9mm solderless connector series Interconnection Product of the Year for 2018.” Comments Roy Philips, Managing Director of Intelliconnect (Europe). “This new connector offers our customers an exciting alternative for assembling connectors to 0.085"(RG405) and 0.141" cables with no loss in performance or reliability. Solderless assembly speeds manufacture and facilitates field replacement in the event of wear or damage to the connector.”

The cost effective 2.9mm connectors provide solderless attachment to 0.085"(RG405) and 0.141" cables. System designers will find the main advantages of these connectors are faster assembly time, repeatability and performance and they also provide field replaceable connectivity.

Intelliconnect’s newly developed unique clamping technology provides similar I/L and VSWR results to standard soldered connectors. No special tooling is required and cable retention force is similar to soldered versions.

These stainless steel 2.9mm connectors have been designed for applications where reliability, durability, robustness and high frequency performance are very important. Typical applications include civil and military telecommunications, civil and military aeronautics, military equipment, space and measurement systems.

@Intelli_Connect  #PAuto 

Automation authors recognised.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has published the names of the recipients of its 2018 author awards presented annually by ISA’s Publications Department.

“Each year, ISA is proud to recognize and thank all of the talented authors and contributors who help develop, review and deliver outstanding ISA publications and technical resources to automation and control professionals throughout the world,” says Rick Zabel, who as ISA Group Publisher manages all of ISA's publishing resources.

Winners are recognized for their editorial contributions to a wide range of ISA publications, including ISA books; InTech, ISA’s bi-monthly magazine for automation and control professionals; and ISA Transactions, ISA’s monthly professional journal dedicated to the science and engineering of measurement and automation.

Winners will be honored at a 14 October 2018 awards ceremony held during ISA’s 2018 Annual Leadership Conference in Montreal, Canada.

The Raymond D. Molloy Award
The Raymond D. Molloy Award is presented annually in honor of Raymond D. Molloy’s contributions to the automation profession. Molloy was dedicated to the ISA publications program for more than 20 years, maintaining a keen interest in developing high-quality publications that met the needs of measurement and control professionals.

This year’s award recipient is William (Bill) L. Mostia, Jr., for his book, Troubleshooting: A Technician's Guide, Second Edition, which outsold all other ISA books published in 2017.
Mostia possesses more than 45 years of experience in the process industries, primarily at petrochemical companies. Selected an ISA Fellow in 2013, he has published more than 100 articles and papers on instrumentation subjects.

The Keith Otto Award
This award is presented by the ISA Publications Department in honor of Keith Otto, a member who served the Society for many years, particularly as the chair of the InTech Editorial Advisory Board. The Keith Otto Award recognizes the author(s) of the best article in InTech.

This year’s winners are Peter Fuhr, Ph.D., and Sterling Rooke, Ph.D., for their article titled, “Is it time for a change in cybersecurity?,” which was published in the November/December 2017 issue.
Dr. Fuhr has been involved in industrial wireless, sensors, and secure systems as a NASA space optical physicist, university professor, serial entrepreneur, and a US National Laboratory researcher.
Dr. Sterling serves as a Cyber Operations Officer within the US Air Force Reserve, supporting USCYBERCOM and Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx). He is also Director of ISA’s Communications Division.

The Nels Tyring Award
The Nels Tyring Award recognizes the author or authors of the best published article in one of the Society’s journals. The award category was established in honor of Nels Tyring, an ISA member who served the Society for many years, particularly as the Chair of the Journals Editorial Advisory and Oversight Committee.

The recipient of this year’s Nels Tyring Award is Dean Ford, CAP®, for his Special Section article, “We have a demand problem with the automation profession,” published in the September/October 2017 issue of InTech.
Ford, an active senior member of ISA, participates in many ISA standards committees and serves on the Automation Federation’s Government Relations and Workforce Development committees.

ISA Transactions Best Paper Award
ISA Transactions Best Paper Award recognizes the best technical paper published in ISA Transactions, the ISA professional journal dedicated to the science and engineering of measurement and automation, during the previous year.
By showcasing advances that bridge the theory and practice gap, ISA Transactions plays an important role in enhancing the visibility and reputation of automation and control professionals.

The recipients of the ISA Transactions Best Paper Award are Julian Barreiro-Gomez, Ph.D.; Carlos Ocampo-Martinez, Ph.D.; and Nicanor Quijano, Ph.D.; for their paper titled, “Dynamical tuning for MPC using population games: A water supply network application,” published in ISA Transactions, Vol. 69, pages 175-186, July 2017
• Dr. Barreiro-Gomez is a Post-Doctoral Associate in the Learning & Game Theory Laboratory at the New York University in Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), United Arab Emirates. His primary research interests are evolutionary game dynamics, mean-field-type games, and distributed control and optimization.
• Dr. Ocampo-Martinez is Associate Professor of Automatic Control and Model Predictive Control within the Automatic Control Department of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). His primary research interests include constrained model predictive control, large-scale systems management, and industrial applications.
•Dr. Quijano is a Full Professor at the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia. His primary research interest focuses on hierarchical and distributed optimization methods using bio-inspired and game-theoretical techniques for dynamic resource allocation problems, especially those in energy, water, agriculture, and transportation.

#PAuto #ISAuto

Gas detector enhanced!

United Electric Controls has expanded the capabilities of its Vanguard WirelessHART gas detector. Highlights include an expanded temperature operating range, enhanced stability across temperature ranges, improved handling of WirelessHART commands, and capability for interchangeable sensors.

“As our customers begin to see return on investments in WirelessHART gas detection, they are looking to apply it in more diverse settings and applications. This latest Vanguard version meets customer demands for operation in more extreme climates and improved connectivity, while also providing a foundation on which they can add new capabilities in the future,” said Andrew Liptak, United Electric Controls Product Manager for Gas Detection.

The Vanguard Gas Detector interfaces with existing networks to provide continuous detection of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and methane (CH4) gases, which are among the most widely produced and most dangerous industrial gases. Among the highlights of the latest upgrade are expanded temperature range, improved zero stability over those ranges, and capability for interchangeable sensors.

  • Broad operating temperature range. With new ambient operating temperatures from -40°C to 65°C, Vanguard sensors now have one of the highest operating ranges in the industry, making them suitable for extreme temperature ranges in areas such as India and Alaska.
  • Enhanced zero stability. Minimal zero shift with changing ambient temperature reduces the chance of false alarms and provides faster connection to the gateway. Updated WirelessHART commands allow quicker connectivity to networks and commissioning of a gas detection system.
  • Updated FlexSense firmware. New sensor interchangeable firmware will accept new sensors to measure additional gases without changing the base unit.

Additional upgrades include improvements in span repeatability over temperature, sensor stabilization time, and installation. United Electric Controls’ Vanguard Gas Detector Version 1.1 is available for immediate shipping.

@UEControls  #PAuto #HART

Crocodile Clips, Test and Kelvin Connectors stocked.

JPR Electronics stocks a huge array of crocodile and test clips and kelvin connectors from leading manufacturers.

Paul Raynor, Director of JPR Electronics, comments, “The Mueller and Schützinger product ranges allow us to satisfy just about any test clip requirement from education to research and development and test and repair. The wide range of products ensures our customers can select the quality and cost which best suits their requirements.”

The founder of Mueller Electric, Ralph Mueller, is credited with the invention of the “alligator clip” in 1908 and their products today are renowned for the wide range of rugged, durable and excellent value for money crocodile clips of all shapes and sizes. Schützinger GmbH is a family company which since 1951 has been manufacturing a wide range of high-quality standard products for test and measurement applications.

JPR electronics stock over 30 variants of Mueller crocodile clips and accessories. These include standard and miniature crocodile clips and pre-wired lead sets rated up to 300V @ 7A, heavy duty, plier, battery and automotive analyser clips and a range of single and dual 4mm “banana” clips and BNC to double banana plug adaptors. A wide range of insulated shrouds are available to fit Mueller clips.

The Schützinger test clip range from JPR includes a wide range of 2mm and 4mm terminal posts, safety sockets and plugs including stackable variants, standard and safety crocodile clips, packaged 2mm and 4mm test lead sets and a comprehensive multimeter test lead and probe kit.

Schützinger also manufacture a market leading range of simple to use and space saving Kelvin four-wire connectors allowing measurements to be made without errors caused by transition resistance of the measuring leads and any thermovoltages. Due to the coaxial arrangement of plug contacts the Schützinger Kelvin Plug System requires minimal space in the measuring tool housing enabling a simple set up of measuring leads. As the Kelvin system is compatible with standard 4 mm safety plugs other measuring tasks can be easily be carried out using just 2 sockets.

Quick release Kelvin terminals are also available from JPR allowing measurements to be made from test objects with unterminated wires. Quick-release terminals are ideal for situations where a lead or cable needs to be connected to an instrument safely and quickly and is especially useful for inspection during production because it can be installed permanently and used to clamp a lead between two poles.

JPR can also supply the Kelvin-Adapterbox. Initially designed for demonstrating the different types of connections on accessories for Kelvin measurement, the box is increasingly used as an adaptor for connecting specific test accessories to sensing systems made by different manufacturers. The Kelvin-Adapterbox allows connections from four individual standard 4-mm plugs to two standard BNC sockets on an instrument or two bare wires to a multimeter by using on-board Kelvin quick-release terminals.

@Jprelec #TandM #PAuto

LIMS for horses.

Scone Equine Group has chosen the Matrix Gemini Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) from Autoscribe Informatics to handle the workflow and test management of the samples for its veterinary laboratory at the Scone Equine Hospital located in Scone, New South Wales in Australia. The order follows a LIMS configuration requirements workshop held on-site for Scone staff by Autoscribe Informatics, which included detailed discussions of their actual workflows and the benefits that a LIMS could bring.

“We chose Matrix Gemini Veterinary LIMS as it fits the needs of Scone Equine Group perfectly,” said Managing Director, Dr. Cameron Collins. “Its flexible configuration tools will allow us to implement the many workflows specific to our laboratory, particularly those required during the busy breeding season. After the on-site workshop with Autoscribe Informatics, it was clear Matrix Gemini would provide the best LIMS solution to transform our laboratory business, improving efficiency and turnaround times for results to our clients.”

Matrix Gemini LIMS can be used to control, manage, organize and document the receiving of samples into the veterinary laboratory; allocate resources; schedule tests; enter raw results; calculate final values and compare to expected values, and generate and issue reports. Features such as rapid barcode scanning, automated invoicing and short code dictionaries (animal species, etc.) reduce the time needed for tracking work in the system. This in turn allows a higher volume of business to be undertaken and enables easy record management.

The powerful and easy to use configuration tools provided by Matrix Gemini provide the flexibility to meet the requirements of any veterinary laboratory. These tools allow the setup and modification of workflows, screen designs, menu designs, terminology, numbering schemes, report designs and much more without the need for programming or esoteric scripting languages.

Bob Blunden, Director Australasia at Autoscribe Informatics, said: “I am delighted that Scone Equine Group has decided to order the Matrix Gemini LIMS from us. It reflects both on the versatility offered by Matrix and the local presence and support being provided by Autoscribe Informatics Pty Ltd as a permanent base in the Australasia region. We have recently taken on additional staff to meet the increasing business opportunities in both Australia and New Zealand.”

Located in the heart of Australia’s thoroughbred breeding country and across four key horse regions in NSW and Victoria, Scone Equine Group delivers excellence in equine veterinary health. Scone Equine Hospital is the largest equine veterinary practice in Australia, delivering service and care to all horses, from the elite athletes to children’s ponies and from new-borns to retirees. With registered specialists in Equine Surgery and Equine Medicine and highly experienced senior veterinarians, Scone Equine Hospital provides a world-class service including full equine surgery, equine medicine, diagnostic imaging, equine reproduction, neonatal, intensive care, laboratory, pharmacy and a referral service.

 @AutoscribeLtd  #Laboratory #Australia #LIMS

Roadmap towards digital transformation.

A Digital Transformation Roadmap with consulting and implementation services has been launched by Emerson. This will help companies develop and execute a tailored digital transformation plan to reach Top Quartile performance.

Lal Karsanbhai at EMREX Americas (Oct'18)
(Pic @GIndustriesMEX)
The manufacturing industry is focused on digital transformation, leveraging new technologies to boost operational performance. But there is no consensus on how to get there – or what success looks like. With no industry standard, it is hard for companies to know whether they are on the right track or when they have arrived. Operations technology (OT) and information technology (IT) leaders are often siloed, not collaborating toward one central mission to achieve digital transformation.

“Our customers have different starting points and levels of maturity when it comes to evaluating and implementing digital transformation strategies,” said Lal Karsanbhai, executive president of Emerson Automation Solutions. “Emerson’s proven digital transformation approach provides the ultimate flexibility while pinpointing the optimum path for each customer, based on their objectives, readiness and overall digital maturity.”

Emerson Survey: 8 out of 10 Lack Digital Transformation Roadmap
In an Emerson study of industry leaders responsible for digital transformation initiatives, merely 20 percent of respondents said they had a vision, plus a clear and actionable roadmap for digital transformation. Additionally, 90 percent stated that having a clear roadmap was important, very important or extremely important. Absence of a practical roadmap was also cited as the number one barrier for digital transformation projects; cultural adoption and business value round out the top three barriers to progress. While all respondents were actively conducting pilot projects, only 21 percent had moved beyond that stage into new operating standards.

Leveraging customer engagements with successful digital transformation programmes, Emerson defined a structured, yet flexible approach to help customers focus on priority areas with a practical roadmap tailored to their business needs and readiness. The goal is to help companies use technology to reach Top Quartile performance, measured by optimised production, improved reliability, enhanced safety and minimised energy usage.

“There is a clear global urgency among executives to harness innovation to improve performance, but many companies feel stalled for lack of a clear path,” Karsanbhai said. “Customers who engage with our operational certainty consultants quickly gain clarity on their best bets for digital transformation and a realistic implementation plan to accelerate time to results.”

Digital Roadmap Combines Technology with Industry Expertise
Emerson’s Digital Transformation Roadmap has two focus areas: business drivers and business enablers. Business drivers look at capabilities and performance relative to industry benchmarks in key areas: production management, reliability and maintenance, safety and security, and/or energy and emissions. The business enabler focus looks at capabilities in organisational effectiveness and systems and data integration. For each, Emerson has identified detailed criteria to measure customer performance along the digital journey – from conventional to best-in-class to the highest level: digitally autonomous operations.

Companies can start the digital transformation journey wherever they are, from starting small in one facility to address key issues, such as pump health or personnel safety mustering; to exploring companywide programmes across an entire business driver, such as reliability of critical assets; to driving enterprise-wide adoption of cloud-based technologies and analytics for overall business transformation.

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High speed power meter.

The OP740 from OptoTest, Laser Components offers a high-speed solution for measuring the power of optical fibers from multiple channels. This device makes it possible to measure up to 125,000 samples per second with up to twenty-four fibers. In contrast to other systems, a separate, independent measuring unit is used for each fiber. This not only increases the speed but the accuracy of the measurement results as well.

The relative measuring accuracy of the OP740 is ±0.02 dB. Thanks to this combination of high sampling rate and accuracy, even short signal dropouts in individual fibers can be detected as part of a dropout test.

Depending on the application, the OP740 is available with four to twenty-four ports per U2 rack. It can be optionally equipped with silicon (400 nm - 1100 nm) or InGaAs detectors (830 nm - 1700 nm).

The four-color touchscreen display allows the user to display the measurement results in real time and to choose how many channels are displayed. Several pass/fail measurements can be performed simultaneously without additional software. The color coding provides information about the performance of the overall system. The threshold values are defined by the user.

The OP740 is in demand wherever fast optical performance monitoring of many channels is required. For example, in the production of splitters, the cores of several fibers are fused together and twisted until the correct splitting ratio is achieved. This is best achieved when all outputs of the splitter can be monitored simultaneously.

In combination with the OPL-LOG software, this device is also suitable for long-term tests: for example, if the behavior of fibers is to be tested over the course of several weeks in a climate chamber.

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Detecting risky residual currents.

Residual currents in low voltage networks represent a fundamental safety risk, if they go undetected or if they are detected too late. They may cause operations to be interrupted unexpectedly, incurring damage to man and machine and in the final instance, leading to high costs. "Detect early, warn and take action" are the watchwords in risk prevention. Permanent monitoring of residual currents is essential and is used to detect deterioration in the distribution system's insulation in a timely manner.

The residual current module for the SINEAX AM/DM, LINAX PQ and CENTRAX CU series is being introduced by Camille Bauer Metrawatt to detect residual currents in electrical systems. It provides an RCM (Residual Current Monitoring) function as well as direct measurement of the earth conductor currents in electrical systems. The RCM function is based on Kirchhoff's First Law (Junction Law). This rule states that in a junction in an electrical network, the sum of the incoming currents is equal to the sum of the currents leaving the junction. If there is a difference cause by leakage current flowing through the earth, then a residual current is detected and reported. The operator is then requested to take action. The causes of residual current in a system can often originate in defective components, for example in switching power supplies (LED lighting, computers, photovoltaic rectifiers, rapid charge points, etc.), or defective insulation in electrical connections and devices, defective PEN connections, etc.
In the optimum case, six current channels are used for monitoring, as shown here. Channel 5 is used for RCM and Channel 6 is used to directly measure the earth current (up to max. 1,000A).
The residual current module lowers the safety risk in electrical installations in low voltage networks and provides an early warning when gradual deviations occur.  
Measurement of residual currents is performed by residual current transformers. To provide this function, Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG has included residual current transformers to its product portfolio, in bushing-type and split-core versions. An individual alarm threshold and early warning threshold can be defined for each residual current channel. When the alarm threshold is violated, or if the measurement (RCM) conductor is broken, this activates the device's group alarm. Additionally, in devices with a data logger, all status changes are logged in the alarm log and early warning threshold violations are recorded in an event list. The alarm signal can be routed to digital outputs and displayed by the SMARTCOLLECT database software. The residual current values that are currently being measured can be visualised directly on the device display or on the device website (WebGUI) and can also be output on analogue outputs. The values can also be read via bus interfaces.

By recording the average value of the residual current, it is possible to detect a gradual change in the residual current.

The advantages of permanent residual current monitoring are evident. On the one hand, it can eliminate costly periodic manual inspections, which only indicate the status quo at the time of measurement. On the other hand, continuous monitoring improves fire protection and also makes a significant contribution to protection against personal injury and damage to property. Applications for RCM, which is often in used in an energy metering and network quality analysis context, are frequently to be found in data centres, hospitals, hotels and other public buildings (for example shopping centres, airports, etc.), industrial installations, sensitive production units, banks etc. In such cases, to avoid any safety risk, threshold values in compliance with EN 62020 are applied (for example 100 mA).

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Bluetooth speakers to celebrate anniversary!

Until 31st December 2018, as part of its 70th Year celebrations Fluke is offering a FREE Bluetooth speaker to purchasers of a Fluke 179 true-RMS Digital Multimeter (DMM) while stocks last (using order code FLK-179EDSNF/SP). The Fluke 179 DMM is the industry-standard troubleshooting tool for electrical and electronic systems. With its precision, reliability, and ease of use, it includes the features needed to troubleshoot and repair electrical and electronic systems, plus it has a backlit digital display, analog bar graph, and built-in temperature measurements. The Bluetooth speaker is rugged and splashproof and features an AUX input. More information about this and other offers here: Autumn Fluke Special offers.

The rugged Fluke 179 Digital Multimeter is a full-featured, precision multimeter for industrial troubleshooting, or electrical and electronic system installation or maintenance. It delivers accurate true-RMS AC current and voltage plus frequency, capacitance, resistance, continuity and diode measurements. It increases productivity by means of features such as manual and automatic ranging, Display Hold, Auto Hold, and Min/Max-average recording. It also includes a built-in thermometer to measure temperature without having to carry a separate instrument.

It is independently tested for safe use in CAT III 1000 V, CAT IV 600 V environments and is backed by a lifetime warranty. It also comes with an ergonomic case with integrated protective holster.

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Programme fast-tracks digital transformation.

A new Engineered Solutions Provider programme designed to help Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) optimise automation and instrumentation to improve the reliability and performance of the modular process systems they design and manufacture, often referred to as skids, has been announced by Emerson.
These strategically-minded OEMs are identified by the company as being Engineered Solutions Providers to represent their commitment to staying ahead of the technology curve in their respective industries. The programme helps them simplify technology adoption and streamline interactions with Emerson, making it easier to get access to the information and support they need. This arms the Engineered Solutions Providers with the knowledge, confidence, and strategic benefits necessary to ensure short-term impact and long-term success.

Under mounting pressure from end users pursuing their own digital transformation, Engineered Solutions Providers are looking to build easily replicated, technologically advanced, IIoT-enabled solutions for their customers. They must navigate a rapidly changing marketplace where differentiation among competitors can be difficult, shrinking budgets strain production, and cybersecurity threats hinder their ability to provide reliable equipment to end users quickly, efficiently and at a cost that meets uptime expectations.

“By collaboratively solving business problems, Emerson’s new programme helps our Engineered Solutions Providers optimise the automation, instrumentation, and remote monitoring capabilities of their engineered solutions,” said Melissa Holler, vice president of the Engineered Solutions Provider programme, Emerson Automation Solutions. “It also creates opportunities to pass those benefits on to their customers, which ultimately strengthens their position to win more business.”

Additionally, Engineered Solutions Providers can differentiate themselves among competitors by leveraging solutions such as those found in Emerson’s Plantweb™ digital ecosystem. The ecosystem is a portfolio which offers a robust software, data analytics and product technology and services portfolio, all integrated and optimised to harness the power of digital transformation to improve reliability and performance of engineered solutions.

For example, from acquiring the right data using Emerson’s extensive portfolio of wireless transmitters - which providers can easily retrofit to existing skids - in combination with Plantweb Insight applications to remotely monitor critical equipment on supplied skids, Engineered Solutions Providers can help their customers shift from outdated reactive maintenance approaches to predictive maintenance strategies complete with sensors and remote monitoring.

Emerson’s new programme includes a series of tailored workshops to help Engineered Solutions Providers simplify and accelerate the evaluation of new technologies. Workshop participants will collaborate with Emerson experts during in-depth sessions. Topics include best practices for the automation of technology platforms, using pervasive sensing and remote monitoring as a differentiator, and application-specific technology options and pilots.

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Components remove measurement complexity.

W1 coaxial components that are metrology-grade designed and manufactured to deliver precision performance and repeatability for high-frequency measurements have been launched by Anritsu Company. Comprised of a W1 connectorized power splitter, power divider, directional coupler and attenuators, the new family removes measurement complexity, reduces measurement setup time, and improves accuracy, making them a superior alternative to millimeter-interfaced solutions.

Unlike other solutions that are based on banded waveguide frequencies that require a waveguide interface, the W1 components are not band limited and support a frequency range from DC to 110 GHz. The industry-best frequency coverage eliminates the need to de-embed adapters between native coaxial interface types, thereby removing the need for calibrations between coax to waveguide. The result is a solution that saves time and money and is more efficient.

These new W1 components include a three-resistor power divider, two-resistor power splitter and a set of attenuators that provide coverage from DC to 110 GHz, along with a 20-110 GHz directional coupler with typical performance down to 110 MHz. Because the components are designed with W1 connectors (1.0 mm compatible) intended for broadband scalability and mode-free performance to 110 GHz, measurement accuracy is improved for better device under test (DUT) characterization. They are designed to perform with excellent VSWR and low insertion loss.

The high performance of the W1 connectors makes them well-suited for a variety of high-frequency designs. They can be used for on-wafer characterization and measurements; to characterize amplifiers and sub components in automotive radar; and for instrument calibration and characterization in metrology labs.

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Business development at noise & vibration experts!

MB Dynamics has announced the appointment of Craig Aszkler as its new director of business development.

Craig Aszkler
MB Dynamics president, Richard McCormick, noted, “MB Dynamics is pleased to welcome Craig Aszkler to our team. He brings to his new position an already deep working knowledge of our offerings, customers, and the marketplace. This allows him, and MB Dynamics, to hit the ground running with an expanded world-class team, while immediately offering new and existing customers those value-added benefits.”

In this new role, he will be supporting MB Dynamics’ strategic sales growth objectives via the expansion and diversification of the company’s vibration, shock and acoustic test systems business, as well as its calibration and engineering service offerings, all within target markets and geographies of focus. Those efforts shall further include the building of strategic alliances with industry partners to create leading-edge solutions. Mr. Aszkler will also support customer technical troubleshooting requirements, acting as a liaison between sales and engineering.

Mr. Aszkler is a 25-year veteran of the testing and instrumentation space. He has served in a progressive series of leadership roles across the industry, including 13 years as the former vibration division manager at PCB Piezotronics (PCB). During his PCB tenure, He achieved an unprecedented 15% year-on-year worldwide growth metric across all product lines of responsibility, while continuing to evolve the company’s shock, vibration and acoustic sensing technologies for automotive, aerospace, power generation, test and measurement and industrial requirements. His proven operational and executive leadership expertise led to subsequent roles as the president of the Tulsa, OK-based Gunnebo Johnson; and most recently, as president and general manager of Stahl Truck Bodies.

He is Bachelor of Science in Physics from Siena College; a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo; and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Rochester William E. Simon Graduate School of Business.

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