Friday, October 12, 2018

Integrated MES and Material Handling & Storage.

Aegis Software and Inovaxe, a world leader and provider of innovative material handling and inventory control systems, have teamed up to provide an integrated solution that delivers ultra-lean material handling, storage, and production capabilities. This complementary combination will help manufacturers improve productivity, reduce labor and inventory costs, maximize yield, optimize floor space, and minimize unplanned downtime, ultimately increasing quality, revenues, and customer satisfaction.

Inventory management on the factory floor is a tremendous area of lost opportunity for organizations to realize a direct effect on the bottom line profit and customer satisfaction. Yet, for many manufacturers, this is an area that is often viewed as a chasm that consumes finances and resources. The partnership between Aegis and Inovaxe eliminates that chasm, thereby driving out cost and inefficiencies that can now be redirected to growing the business. The Inovaxe product line provides Single Package, Single Location storage Carts, and bins that dynamically optimize storage space while intelligently ensuring the right part is picked at the right time. Users can now add the functionality of the MES and QMS (Quality Management System) platform from Aegis, FactoryLogix®, which manages the complete manufacturing production lifecycle: from product launch to material logistics, through manufacturing execution, ensuring that production is in line with demands. This powerful combination can lead to significant improvements such as improving inventory accuracy, reducing non-value-added labor costs, increasing the use of production space, and driving real-time visibility across the supply chain.

“Aegis offers a holistic platform that includes robust lean materials management capabilities that manage factory floor materials using a lean ‘pull-based’ approach. Due to FactoryLogix’ unique ability to provide complete material awareness, at the lowest level of component, including location, real-time consumption, and machine utilization manufacturers are able to drastically reduce inventory costs and maximize utilization,” said Jason Spera, CEO of Aegis Software. “By partnering with Inovaxe, we are providing a complementary offering that further assures the right part is picked at the right time and that real-time information is being communicated across the supply chain to drive down inventory costs and increase production throughput.”

“At Inovaxe we are committed to providing lean, innovative Material Handling Solutions that deliver streamlined material handling and accuracy for low to high volume/high mix manufacturing. The integration between Inovaxe and FactoryLogix eliminates the traditional challenges of excessive inventory stores due to lack of material awareness, quality mistakes due to picking the wrong materials, and increased labor costs due to inefficient inventory management,” said Ben Khoshnood, President of Inovaxe. “Leading manufacturers can now leverage this joint solution to address a pressing business challenge – inventory management - and transform into Smart Factories that are lean and more aligned and connected with the overall supply chain.”

• Aegis Software and Inovaxe will be at SMTA International 2018 to discuss and highlight how Aegis and Inovaxe together can reduce labor costs, improve inventory accuracy, optimize production space, and increase throughput. You can visit Aegis Software at Booth #909, and you can visit Inovaxe Corporation at Booth #715.

 @FactoryLogix  @Inovaxe #PAuto 

Wireless sensor suppliers opens branch in Scotland.

Flicq has opened a British subsidiary - Flicq UK Ltd - and has chosen Dr Roddy Urquhart to lead it. The first Flicq UK office will be located in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Dr. Roddy Urquhart
“We are delighted to expand our worldwide presence by opening our first office in Europe”, said Karthik Rau, CEO, Flicq Inc. He added, “Having already seen strong interest for our remote sensing solution in the oil and gas sector, Aberdeen was a logical location for our office”.

Flicq sensors utilize leading edge design techniques to minimise power thus providing outstanding battery life. They bring algorithms and analytics to the edge of the IIoT, thereby providing the lowest possible latency and minimising the quantity of backhaul data. Flicq’s algorithms and platform detect, analyze and curate data and extract valuable information that enables customers to create new revenue streams and improve operating efficiency.

Roddy Urquhart, a veteran of the electronics industry, joins Flicq UK as managing director after a series of international management roles in semiconductor, electronic design automation and intellectual property companies.

@flicqinc #PAuto #Wireless #Britain

Strain gauge with wireless.

Sensor Technology has a new range of transmitters that can add wireless capabilities to any make of strain gauge. The WSG series transmitters allow any manufacturer’s strain gauge to send readings to their wide range of displays and readouts, which can be located at a distance from the gauge itself.

Alternatively, they can be used with Sensor Technology’s PC-based software so that, as well as direct read out, analysis and interpretation can be completed instantly.

The transmitters are for use with 350 ohm strain gauges and above. Calibration data is set using simple interface software. The wireless signal transmission is based on the unrestricted 2.4GHz technology, so does not need an operating licence.

In use because there is no need to install and protect long cable runs from the gauge to the readout, the WSG units create a versatile and easy to install system. This also makes it simple to move the equipment between installations if required.

There are various models available within the range. The WSG-STD unit is DIN rail mountable and powered by a standard 11-32V DIN rail supply. The WSG-STM variant is designed for bench or wall mounting and has an internal rechargeable battery; it also has a socket so that it can also be powered from an external 11-32V supply.

Both versions have a USB port for connection for a PC.

@sensortech  #PAuto #Wireless

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Working with large datasets - Webinars.

A significantly improved user experience working with large datasets is among important new features introduced with the new version 2.8 of C Visual Explorer (CVE) from Process Plant Computing Limited (PPCL).

A series of global webinars on 24 October will give process and control engineers the opportunity to interrogate the new features and learn about benefits specific to their own applications.

CVE is a unique process visualization tool that allows engineers to display hundreds of thousands of measurements across hundreds of variables, allowing them to interrogate historical process and laboratory data. CVE allows users to easily explore operating windows and operating envelopes based on their domain knowledge and without the need for deep understanding of higher mathematics.

Predictive Analytics is a time-consuming method which requires a data scientist to interpret the results, and which provides generalized answers through simplifications which can destroy much of the richness of the data. By contrast, Geometric Process Control (GPC) – a technology developed at PPCL – avoids these pitfalls.

By providing engineers with graphical tools to work with datasets spanning their entire plant, it allows them to create low-cost predictive models, without equations, to develop new process understanding quickly and easily.

24 October webinar registration is open now. Choose from four time slots which are suitable for users in all parts of the world: 06.00 (British time), 09.00, 14.00 or 21.00.
The 24 October webinars will explain how to approach big datasets and explore them visually, using operating envelopes and finding interactions between variables.

GPC allows engineers to fully explore their data and make discoveries that they can’t now. It covers the entire process from incoming analysis through processing conditions to final quality variables, KPIs and performance variables.

Engineers have been using the basic features of CVE for many years to work more efficiently with their plant data. It allows faster and easier management of key areas including alarm rationalization, process optimization and plant troubleshooting as well as building and evaluating real-time operating envelope models from C Process Modeller (CPM), PPCL’s online real-time process monitoring and event prediction product.

The new features introduced with CVE 2.8 represent advances in three key areas: improved user experience working with large datasets; across the board display improvements; and new options for alarm-based variables. These will be demonstrated in real time during the October webinars, starting with analysis of a process with 750 variables over a year at 10-minute intervals.

For improved working with large datasets, network versions now use a 64-bit executable, effectively allowing datasets limited only by the computer’s memory. Datasets in excess of 200 million values (product of variables and time points) have been routinely used on typical desktop machines during the development of version 2.8. To help users work with these large datasets, many common tasks have been simplified or automated, including bulk file join and append and bulk creation of function variables. Variable names can be colored, allowing classes of variables to be defined, for instance-controlled variables, valve positions, or even definition by unit.

Display improvements include normalization options on distribution plots, which allow much easier comparison of populations within the operation. More query colors are also now included, along with the ability to visually remove background data without using focus, as well as many new plot options, including cumulative distributions.

New options for alarm-based variables (alarm count and annunciation rate) now allow direct comparison of alarm performance across different modes of operation, in addition to the existing capability of comparing different alarm sets. For the user the benefit is much quicker evaluation of existing and proposed alarm limits across the range of plant operation. Summary statistics, such as total alarms and clean board rate, are always displayed.

A pre-processing filter has also been added to read the output from the online monitoring tool, C Process Modeller (CPM). This makes it much quicker and easier to analyze replay results and evaluate model performance.

New licencing options make CVE more easily affordable for geographically dispersed organizations.

@ppcl_news  #PAuto #Training

Tiny cutting force!

Kistler has launched MicroDyn, the world's smallest series-produced cutting force meter. This now provides manufacturing companies and research institutions with a solution for highly precise measurements of cutting forces in the development of micro tools.

The machining of very small workpieces puts high demands on the tools used. In order to examine cutting forces in micro machining applications for example, in watchmaking, highly compact and sensitive measuring instruments are needed. With the new MicroDyn 9109AA dynamometer, Kistler is creating new capability in the fields of ultra-fine machining, micro-precision machining and ultra-precision machining, especially in the development of tools for machining brittle-hard materials and the optimization of machining processes.

Measuring only 30x30 mm, the MicroDyn is the smallest dynamometer in the world. Thanks to the high natural frequency of 15 kHz in all three axes, an increase of about a factor of 2.5 compared to its predecessor, highly dynamic forces up to 500 N can be measured very accurately and the resulting torques of up to 50 Nm calculated. This makes it possible to detect forces with tool speeds of up to 120,000 RPM on individual blades of the tool. The piezoelectric crystal measuring rings ensure high sensitivity and a very low threshold. They are also installed in such a way that temperature influences are largely compensated.

The new MicroDyn 9109AA is equipped with a variety of mounting options. It can be mounted both vertically and horizontally to the machine tool table and the workpiece can be clamped accordingly; this benefits measurement accuracy. For quick and error-free data recording and analysis, the combination of MicroDyn with multi-channel charge amplifiers, in particular the high-end solution 5080A; is recommended. Kistler offers corresponding complete packages including the Dynoware software for an easy and error-free configuration in which the rules for the force and torque calculation are already stored.

#Kistler #PAuto

Diagnostics and commissioning networks.

Softing has introduced an enhanced version of the proven PROFINET commissioning and diagnostics tool Analyzer IE. The new version is called Analyzer PRO and allows the measurement of passive parameters that give a more detailed insight into the PROFINET network.

As an enhanced version of the commissioning and diagnostics tool Analyzer IE, Analyzer PRO includes a TAP (Terminal Access Point) device called “profiTap”. profiTap records network communication such as jitter, load ratio and device update rate. These so-called passive parameters cannot be determined via actively communicating to devices. With the help of profiTap, all packets traveling to and from the controller are analyzed and network communication is recorded. Eventually, the parameters are integrated in the acceptance report and add an additional layer of information which provides more detailed insights into the PROFINET network.

Analyzer PRO is the combination of Softing’s products TH SCOPE software and TH LINK PC. It monitors and diagnoses the health of industrial networks so that field devices continue to communicate with PLCs which would otherwise cause plant downtime or outages. The generated acceptance reports correspond to the recommendations of the "PROFINET Commissioning Guideline" from PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI). Analyzer PRO is tailored to the needs of maintenance and production operations and requires no IT or network expertise on the part of the user. In addition to the PROFINET standard, EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP and PROFIBUS are also supported.

 @SoftingIA #PAuto

RH & Temperature transmitters.

The EE23 industrial transmitters from E+E Elektronik measure relative humidity and temperature and also calculate the dew point and frost point temperature. The new model EE23-T5 is suitable for a temperature range of -40 °C to 180 °C (-40 °F to 356 °F) and thus expands the application range of the proven transmitter series. The high-quality E+E humidity sensor with optional sensor coating ensures most accurate and long-term stable measurements.

The EE23 series includes models for wall or duct mount as well as different remote probe versions. This makes the transmitter series particularly versatile. Depending on requirements, the devices are available with a robust IP65 / NEMA 4 rated polycarbonate or metal enclosure.

The three parts enclosure design facilitates easy installation, service and replacement of the EE23. The enclosure consists of the back cover with the terminals for wiring, the pluggable active part with the electronics and the probe, and the front cover. For service only the active part needs to be replaced, while the back cover with the wiring remains untouched.

The E+E proprietary coating protects the sensing elements against corrosive and electrically conductive pollution, which leads to outstanding long-term stability even in harsh environment. There is also a wide choice of filter caps available.

The measured data is provided on two current or voltage outputs. An optional relay can be used for alarm and control tasks. A display and an integrated power supply module are further optional features of the EE23 devices.

The user can easily perform a two-point humidity and temperature adjustment. The analogue outputs and the relay output can be freely configured.

• E+E Elektronik products are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

#epulse #PAuto 

Multi-function environmental sensor.

A USB version of its multi-function Environmental Sensor that quickly allows designers to monitor seven parameters has been announced by Omron Electronic Components Europe .

Like the previously available Omron 2JCIE-BL01 Sensor, the new 2JCIE-BU01 offers multiple sensors in one unit that has built-in memory and connectivity through beacon communication.

Omron’s Environmental Sensor is available for the first time as a USB unit measuring just 14.9 x 29.1 x 7.0mm and can monitor temperature, humidity, light, UV, barometric pressure, noise, seismic and air quality (VOC gas). The sensor can accumulate data for approx. 3 months (based on a communication frequency of once every 5 mins) and connect to multiple devices, such as smartphones, via Bluetooth 5.0.

Despite their compact size, the 2JCIE sensors feature their own embedded memory for data logging to keep track of the surroundings. Potential applications include monitoring and controlling both industrial and office environments to improve the work space. It is also suitable for home and outdoor applications.

Data from the modules can be downloaded over Bluetooth (BTLE) allowing designers to easily access recorded data. The 2JCIE Environmental Sensors are cloud compatible with no need for additional hardware. Bespoke threshold values can be set to provide alerts that notify the user of any abnormal sensor readings.

Commenting, Gabriele Fulco, European Product Marketing Manager of Omron Electronic Components Europe said, “Our multi-purpose Environmental Sensors make it very easy for the designer to deliver a wide range of measurement functions from just one small sensor. This will save development time by providing numerous options that can be tailored to the user’s needs. The USB version offers even more convenience to suit every application. Whether it’s a question of simply making sure the office environment is kept at the optimum working temperature or ensuring that say a museum has the correct humidity and lighting to protect the exhibits, these sensors offers easy to interpret data that can then be analysed, stored on the cloud and used to set parameters and make real-time adjustments.”

Certified for all required regulations/directives in the EU, US and Japan, the 2JCIE range is FCC approved and CE marked. The BTLE link has a range of approximately 10m and the sensor has an operating temperature between -10 and 60 degrees Celsius.

@OmronEurope  #Environment

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

New office reflects Indian environmental emphasis.

The Indian Government is giving increasing importance to the control of air, water and noise pollution.  Ion Science  continuing to expand globally has opened  an office in Hyderabad.

KS Chari
Ion Science India Pvt. Ltd will primarily focus on sales of its wide range of volatile organic compound (VOC) monitors within pharmaceutical, refinery and petrochemical applications across the Indian subcontinent.

The new Indian office will be headed up by KS Chari who comments: “Establishing Ion Science India will allow us to reach up to 70% of our customers directly and offer an added level of assurance regarding product quality and commitment to service.

“It will be especially beneficial to the major refinery and petrochemical customers that prefer direct contact with instrument manufacturers. We will also be developing relationships with regional sub dealers in due course.”

The newly established business will also target the region’s growing indoor air quality (IAQ) market with demand for photoionization detectors (PIDs) from HVAC, glass and ceramic manufacturers, chemical processors, institutions, pollution control boards and Indian Green Building Council rating systems (IGBC) requiring VOC-free paints and varnishes.

India’s Environment bodies have guidelines such as USEPA Clean Air Act for National Ambient Air Quality, Continuous Emissions Monitoring, Factory Directorate monitors factories on various problems concerning safety, health, efficiency and well - being of the persons at work places, that covers Occupational Safety and Health aspects of workers.

In addition, all major commercial spaces, factories and office buildings apply for Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) rating which requires monitoring of toxic gases.

Ion Science chose Hyderabad for its central location to the industrial hubs of Chennai, Vizag, Raipur and Mumbai, as well as its excellent rail, road and air connections. Recent estimates of the economy of the city’s metropolitan area have ranged from $40 billion to $74 billion (PPP GDP) and have ranked it fifth or sixth most productive area of India.

@ionscience #PAuto #India @elhcomms

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

H2S Sensor.

Crowcon has developed a high-temperature hydrogen sulphide (H2S) sensor to work alongside its XgardIQ fixed point detector and transmitter to support the oil and gas industry in the Middle East.

Ala Ayoub, Regional General Manager at Crowcon, explains, “The Middle East oil and gas industry contends with high levels of H2S in their gas production operation. More recently, oil production is experiencing increased risks from H2S gas, as they extract more, heavier oils. Employees working in these extreme conditions need reliable, effective equipment to help minimise risk.”

Detection of H2S and protection of workers is a high-profile safety issue at well heads, and further down the pipeline (unless the gas or oil has been ‘sweetened’). Hydrogen sulphide is a highly toxic gas which is lethal at 1,000 parts per million (or 0.1%). Traditional H2S sensors do not survive well in the hot, dry environments, increasing the risk of an accident.

The company has developed a sensor capable of operating at 70°C, improving on electrochemical technology to produce a sensor to retain moisture levels, so preventing evaporation of the electrolyte, even in the harsh Middle Eastern climate.

Crowcon's new HT H2S sensor works with the XgardIQ. The optional remote sensor housing means the sensor can be installed for optimal leak detection, while the transmitter's display screen and push-button controls are located for easy and safe to access, up to 15m away.

The technology reduces expensive maintenance downtime. A combination of high-temperatures and low humidity can cause the electrolyte to dry out in the traditional sensor design, impairing performance so they must to be frequently replaced. This incurs excessive costs in replacement sensors and in the time and manpower. The new sensor avoids this occurrence.

@Crowcon #PAuto #Oil #Safety

Head of Lab technology Sector.

Jacqueline Balian is the new sector head for the Laboratory Technology Sector with Gambica.

Jacqueline Balian
Jacqueline has been tasked with developing the value of Gambica membership, in line with the organisation’s strategy of:

  • providing concise information, statistics and market reports to help Gambica members plan future strategy;
  • helping members develop their business by giving real assistance with exporting, overseas events and media campaigns;
  • developing a community of members and stakeholders who share knowledge and best practice; and
  • influencing policy, standards and regulation for the benefit of the industry.

She has previously held roles at representative bodies including the British Institute of Facilities Management and the Chartered Institute of Building. She also has experience in sustainability and carbon management having had senior roles at OFGEM, which operates a number of the British Government’s green schemes, and at the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

Jacqueline commented: “It is hugely interesting to come to Gambica at this pivotal point, when the laboratory industry is growing quickly but faces a number of challenges and significant uncertainty. As well as continuing to support GAMBICA’s existing member companies, I aim to increase the representation of the broader laboratory technology industry in the UK. The lab tech sector is one of the country’s good news stories and I aim to make it my business to ensure that even more people recognize that.”

@GAMBICA #Laboratory 

Smart data logger.

Eurolec Instrumentation is strengthening its product portfolio with the addition of the precision-led Solert Smart Data Logger.

A must for instrumentation specifiers, quality and test engineers and lab managers, the Solert gives peace of mind for customers by eliminating risk and contamination from their research and manufacturing processes.

Managing Director Chris Mears said: "The Solert is an amazing product that should be a mainstay of anyone who works in quality control, manufacturing and product safety. Its capabilities and reliability eliminate the need for multiple products when it comes to smart data logging."

Solert is already being positioned as a potential market leader thanks to its precision and ability to measure both temperature and pressure. It is particularly suited to critical food industry measurements, environmental data requirements, pharmachem research, general laboratory, industrial R&D, as well as comparison/reference calibrations.

Solert Smart Data Logger also allows users:
  1. To produce accurate data – eliminating readings that could mean products are unsafe
  2. To enjoy unparalleled reliability with instrumentation that can perform repeat/comparative measurements
  3. The ability to keep logs of test results as proof that key processes were followed
  4. To eliminate costs and time-wasting from investing in multiple systems, when Solert offers everything in the one instrument
Its auto-detect smart probe technology saves users time and its self-calibration function ensures the accuracy of its data. Its data logging capability and software reporting package for record keeping and data analysis allow users to research behaviours over time and pinpoint any issues earlier.

Like its  sister company, Cirrus Research, Eurolec is also able to offers its customers AuditStore™-like technology to guarantee Solert's results, and one machine providing a single source of measurement data.

The arrival of Solert follows a strong year for Eurolec, which has enjoyed significant investment in equipment, infrastructure and marketing. More than £50,000 was invested into the company, which has already produced dividends with an extended distributor network, a new five-year warranty offer and increased international sales.

Chris Mears added: "The Solert launch to market follows hot on the heels of enhancements we've made recently to other products in our range of portable thermometers, manometers and temperature calibration sources."

"Our established portable thermometer (TH & PC Temp series) and manometer (PR and PC mano series) portables have already been restyled and we have invested in new reference instrumentation in Eurolec's calibration laboratory, resulting in an improved temperature calibration service. Stated uncertainties of measurement are now as low as ± 0.04°C."

• The Solert will be debuted on the Eurolec stand (G18) at the Lab Innovations Exhibition at the Birmingham NEC 31st Oct – 1st Nov. The team will also be showcasing the portable PC Temp PT2 thermometer, CS series temperature calibration sources and accompanying RT162 reference thermometer.

@Eurolec #Pauto #TandM #Laboratory

High temperature accelerometer.

Kistler has added the world’s first high temperature accelerometer to its pressure sensor for the monitoring of gas turbines. Both the new accelerometers and pressure sensors are designed for long-term use at up to 700°C and are certified in accordance with the European ATEX guide lines for explosion prevention (Ex-nA and Ex-ia). The piezoelectric accelerometer is not pyroelectric and does not show any moisture-induced stress (popcorn effect) offering manufacturers and operators of gas turbines new options for monitoring the combustion stability.

Pic: Kistler Group
The efficient and secure operation of gas turbines relies upon stable combustion processes. These have to comply with increasingly strict regulations, including flexible operation on different fuels and minimal emissions. At the same time, there is an associated risk of unstable combustion processes and pressure pulsations. Reliable and continuous monitoring systems are required to monitor and control these combustion processes.

The new high temperature accelerometer from Kistler is the only accelerometer designed for permanent operation with a lifespan of three to five years at temperatures up to 700° C. The patented PiezoStar crystal technology from Kistler used in the new sensor is neither pyroelectric nor does it produce any popcorn effects. As a result, the sensor is highly reliable and generates high-quality signals for the interference-free monitoring of combustion dynamics.

The Swiss-made sensor completes the modular thermoacoustic portfolio from Kistler, including pressure sensors and accelerometers for long-term monitoring of gas turbines and combustion dynamics in high temperature surroundings. Both high temperature sensors from Kistler are certified in accordance with the European ATEX guide- lines for explosion prevention (Ex-nA and Ex-ia).

#Kistler #PAuto

Is it really gold?

Responding to customer demand from a wide variety of sectors, Ashtead Technology has added additional Niton XL3t GOLDD+ XRF Analysers to its rental fleet of test and inspection equipment.
“This instrument was chosen because of its advanced capabilities,” comments Ashtead’s NDT Market Manager Steve Drake. “The XL3t is able to measure a broad spectrum of elements and most exotic alloys, stainless steels, low alloy steels, and many other alloys. This makes it ideal for rental because it is well suited to a wide variety of applications.”

Portable XRF analysers are used to measure metal content quickly and simply in applications such as recycling, manufacturing quality control (incoming and outgoing), mining and exploration, contaminated land and positive material identification (PMI) in oil, gas, petrochemical and power plants. They are also used to test lead in paint and metals in toys and consumer goods, as well as analysing materials such as bauxite and slag. Additionally, they are employed in niche applications such as precious metals exploration and the determination of metals in spent automotive catalytic converters.

GOLDD technology (Geometrically Optimized Large Drift Detector) represents one of the most significant improvements to XRF analysis, delivering dramatic performance enhancements, including sensitivity, speed and precision. Users are therefore able to undertake laboratory-grade measurements. Battery powered and weighing just 1.6Kg, the XL3t is able to measure up to 30 elements, including light elements (Mg to S) without the use of helium or vacuum assistance, and heavy elements (Mo to Ba).

An integrated camera makes it possible to store photographs of the measurement area with the data, and a tilting, colour, touch-screen, combined with the ability to store over 10,000 readings, makes the instrument quick and easy to use in the field.

@ashteadtech  #PAuto #TandM

Tech Day for system integrators.

Following the success of its recent Tech Day event in Cork (IRL), SolutionsPT is hosting another Tech Day, designed for systems integrators, at its Cheadle (GB) headquarters on October 16th.
The Tech Day will give attendees an in-depth understanding of the benefits of using Wonderware System Platform 2017, the world’s only responsive, scalable solution for supervisory, HMI, SCADA and IIoT.

The day will begin with a technical look at System Platform, exploring how systems integrators can use it to model their customers’ physical assets digitally to help increase their operational efficiency. This will be followed by a session focussed on Wonderware’s Operations Management Interface (OMI) looking at how the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) has implemented OMI to support a new smart manufacturing initiative.

The morning will conclude with a demonstration and workshop further exploring System Platform. The demonstration will show attendees exactly how to design digital assets using the software, how they link to the functional levels within their customers’ industrial environments and how they will be displayed in the different available clients.

The workshop will take attendees through how the digital assets can be used within the InTouch Web client and give them the opportunity to explore how to deliver ArchestrA Symbols via a HTML 5 compliant browser.

The Tech Day will run from to 8.45am to 12pm, with lunch afterwards and an opportunity to take a look around demonstrations of the solutions discussed during the day. Attendance is free but delegates must register in advance on the website.

@SolutionsPT  #PAuto 

Monday, October 8, 2018

Dependable & responsive delivery!

Emerson has announced the new QuickShip fulfilment programme offering customers a range of parts and product shipment service options to meet specific project requirements. The new programme leverages Emerson’s global production and shipping infrastructure to deliver a high level of dependability and responsiveness, making it easier to accommodate change orders, minimise downtime and improve project return on investment.

“Emerson’s global reach and comprehensive portfolio of Lifecycle Services can meet even the toughest unplanned logistical challenges,” said Johan Claassen, vice president, Lifecycle Services, Emerson Automation Solutions. “Our goal is to ensure project managers can meet their scope and schedule expectations by offering them fast and reliable shipping of parts and products.”

For turnaround projects, discovery and emergent work not initially included in the original scope of a project are often a leading cause of turnaround schedule and budget overruns, costing the process industries billions of dollars in lost profits each year. Emerson’s QuickShip provides instant access to on-site operators 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for online chat, call and quick order processing to ensure on-time delivery when unanticipated problems require immediate attention, reducing the impact of late changes to project scope.

The QuickShip programme offers three tiers of shipping services to meet specific needs:

  • QuickShip Everyday provides fast, easy and reliable delivery of commonly-ordered items at no additional cost. Customers can select from an extensive list of available items through Emerson’s online store and receive immediate confirmations and shipping quotes within 24 hours.
  • QuickShip Expedite leverages Emerson’s worldwide manufacturing resources to reduce production time and enable fast, flexible delivery for any of our products, from instruments to complex assemblies and other long-lead items.
  • QuickShip Emergency enables the fastest order fulfilment shipment speed – typically same day or next day – of critical parts and products by connecting customers to Emerson representatives who can help identify correct parts, evaluate viable options, and process the order quickly through front-of-line factory assembly or Emerson’s dedicated local QuickShip fulfilment offices, enabling the item to be rushed directly to site.
@EMR_Automation  #PAuto #EMrex

Connection to take the next step in digital transformation.

Emerson has announced new connections for Plantweb Optics, the asset performance platform for the Plantweb™ digital ecosystem, that will help organisations take the next step in their digital transformation to a more efficient, reliable operation. The latest release adds connectivity to computerised maintenance management systems (CMMS) to create, prioritise, execute and track actions. It also includes a native historian for deeper analysis, and additional connectivity to plant floor data sources.

“Connection between operations and enterprise systems is a requirement to digitally transform your operation,” said Peter Zornio, chief technology officer, Emerson Automation Solutions. “By providing better workflows between systems and leveraging performance analysis, organisations can move away from often unsafe and inefficient run-to-failure reliability approaches to strategies based on insight and analytics.”

Effective predictive maintenance strategies demand that operations teams can efficiently respond to the most urgent issues in the plant. By integrating with IBM Maximo and SAP CMMSs, Plantweb Optics becomes a single platform where personnel can see operational issues, collaborate on a solution, and manage maintenance response, parts ordering, scheduling, and work order execution – enabling a fully automated workflow loop for reliability from the prediction of problems to the execution of prescribed, preventative tasks to avert failure.

The native historian provides operators and reliability teams with the ability to validate maintenance and operational response based on past asset behaviour and assess future performance of the asset. Now coupled with the automated workflows to their CMMS, personnel can more efficiently respond to reliability issues that affect production and ensure critical issues don’t go unresolved.

Plantweb Optics is also expanding the supported asset classes by adding access to Plantweb Insight applications, another component of the Plantweb digital ecosystem. The edge analytics provided on steam traps, pumps, and heat exchangers is channelled to the operations team, so they can determine effective strategies for these essential assets.

With this new release, Plantweb Optics expands its view of asset health - connecting more applications to one centralised location for better insight into asset and plant health. The asset performance platform helps customers improve reliability and promotes Operational Certainty, Emerson’s programmatic approach aimed at helping customers define and implement pragmatic strategies for improving performance.

@EMR_Automation #Pauto  

Motor drive analysers.

The portable Fluke MDA-510 and MDA-550 Motor Drive Analyzers save time and eliminate the hassle of setting up complex measurements, while simplifying the troubleshooting process. Guided graphical test set-ups show where to make connections and a built-in report generator provides records of actions taken.

The Fluke MDA-510 and MDA-550 Motor-Drive Analyzers save time and simplify the troubleshooting process for variable frequency drives. The user selects a test and the step-by-step guided measurements show where to make voltage and current connections, while the preset measurement profiles ensure the capture of all the data needed for each critical motor-drive section - from the input to the output, the DC bus, and the motor itself. From basic to advanced measurements, the MDA-500 Series provides the solutions, and with a built-in report generator as-found, and as-left reports can quickly and easily be generated with confidence.

The MDA-510 and MDA-550 are the ideal portable motor-drive analysis test tools and can help safely locate and troubleshoot typical problems on inverter type motor-drive systems. They can:
• Measure key motor-drive parameters including voltage, current, DC Bus voltage level and AC ripple, voltage and current unbalance and harmonics (MDA-550), voltage modulation, and motor shaft voltage discharges (MDA-550).
• Perform extended harmonics measurements to identify the effects of low and high order harmonics on the electrical power system.
• Conduct guided measurements for motor-drive input, DC bus, drive output, motor input and shaft measurements (MDA-550) with graphical step-by-step voltage and current connection diagrams.
• Use simplified measurement setup with preset measurement profiles to automatically trigger data collection based on the chosen test procedure.
• Create reports quickly and easily that are perfect for documenting troubleshooting and collaborative work with others.
• Measure additional electrical parameters with the full 500MHz oscilloscope, meter and recording capability for a complete range of electrical and electronic measurements on industrial systems.

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4-Port Serial Communication Module.

The groov serial I/O module, GRV-CSERI-4 has been announced by Opto 22 . This module plugs into a groov EPIC® chassis alongside Opto 22’s new groov Edge Programmable Industrial Controller (EPIC) and discrete and analog I/O modules, to provide the mix of analog, discrete, and serial signals you need at any location.

Many industrial automation applications require communication between the controller and multiple serial devices. This new module provides four independent and isolated serial ports for this purpose, communicating with RS-232 or RS-485 serial devices. Up to 4 modules can be installed in one groov EPIC chassis, providing a total of 16 serial ports to support these communication requirements.

Each port is selectable for RS-232 or RS-485 mode, with programmable termination and bias as well as half- or full-duplex options in RS-485 mode. Baud rates of up to 1 Mbps are supported.

For serial devices communicating via standard protocols, the included PAC Control flowchart-based programming software offers communication handles to serial devices. Or use groov EPIC’s Ignition Edge® from Inductive Automation®, which provides support for hundreds of communication drivers. For serial devices requiring the development of custom drivers, groov EPIC supports secure shell access, SDKs and a cross-compiler for custom user-written applications.

Once communication is established with serial devices, multiple programming options are available with groov EPIC to link devices. PAC Control provides English-language commands, and the included Node-RED, a flow-based development environment and runtime for edge data processing, handling, and communications, offers serial nodes you can download.

The rugged module operates in temperatures from-20 to 70 °C (-40 to 85 °F) and relative humidity(non-condensing) of 5-95%. Agency approvals include UL/cUL (Class 1 Div. 2); CE, ATEX (Category 3, Zone 2), RoHS; DFARS; and CB Scheme.

The GRV-CSERI-4 plugs into a groov EPIC I/O chassis. The module pivots into a slot on the chassis and is held securely in place by a captive retention screw. Wiring is simplified with a top-mounted connector and spring-clamp terminals for easy connection to all types of RS-232 and RS-485 devices. The connector is held in place by a single, captive retention screw—but can be removed with field wiring intact for wiring in advance or easier module field replacement.

A swinging, two-position cover protects wiring from inadvertent contact, as does the dead-front design. The two positions of the cover offer the option of more space to accommodate wire sizes from 28-14 AWG. The module cover provides a touch-sensitive pad; simply touch the pad and the groov EPIC processor displays information about the module, including specifications and wiring diagrams. The module cover also provides a large LED to indicate module health at a glance, plus a transmit and receive LED on each port.

The GRV-CSERI-4 I/O modules are hot swappable—which means they can be installed or removed without turning off the unit or stopping control—and self-identifying; as soon as you mount the module on the chassis, it communicates to the processor and identifies itself.

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Tech Advancement Expands Plantweb™ Digital Ecosystem, Creates Secure, Cost-Effective Way to Safeguard Industrial Manufacturing Workers

Location Awareness, is a new offering in Emerson's Plantweb™ digital ecosystem that advances industrial safety to protect employees at refineries, chemical plants and oil and gas platforms. By leveraging the secure industrial wireless infrastructure, this personnel location system offers industrial companies an enhanced option to protect their most important asset – workers.

Emerson’s Location Awareness technology could assist employees in more than 70 percent of common personnel-recordable incidents. Used for safety mustering and man-down events, Location Awareness gives managers a snapshot of employee locations through rechargeable wearable tags. In an emergency, when every second counts, managers can quickly account for employees’ locations in the plant or facility and act to ensure safety.

“Safety is one of Emerson’s core values, and this latest technology advancement will help us bring new levels of safety to manufacturing workers across the globe,” said Lal Karsanbhai, executive president of Emerson Automation Solutions. “We know that installation complexity has been a major roadblock to sites considering similar solutions. With its fast, simple installation, Location Awareness is making it easier than ever before to implement a best-in-class safety system to protect employees.”

With scalable features, Emerson’s Location Awareness is the first personnel safety technology powered by the WirelessHART° infrastructure, a secure standard adopted in tens of thousands of plants and facilities worldwide. It can be installed in just days, compared to weeks for existing systems, and costs less than half of traditional, existing alternatives.

The Location Awareness system combines a new software application in Emerson’s Plantweb Insight suite with gateways, access points, location anchors and personnel tags certified for hazardous conditions. The software includes: a safety-mustering feature that shows which employees have or have not checked in to their muster points during an emergency; man-down alerts that allow personnel in dangerous situations to initiate an alert for emergency response teams; and a geofencing feature that designates perimeters around areas and sends an alert if and when that perimeter is crossed.

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Scalable Digital Twin to Bridge Plant Design.

Emerson today announced the first offering to come from the 2018 alliance between Emerson and AspenTech - a new integration technology that will make it more practical and efficient for organisations to create digital twins for use across an entire plant’s lifecycle. With the new capabilities and expertise achieved through this joint development, process industry organisations can now use data from the standard digital twin created during plant design engineering to easily create a real-time digital twin for training operators and optimising production. This development lowers two of the most significant barriers to digital twin utilisation: total cost of ownership and maintainability.

Emerson is natively integrating its Mimic™ simulation software with Aspen HYSYS® Simulation Software, widely used in project engineering. Combining with Mimic adds real-time process optimisation and training and makes building and maintaining an operations digital twin much easier for thousands of organisations already using AspenTech’s HYSYS software.

“Organisations can now maximise the digital value of their investment by creating a digital twin once during plant design and using it across the lifecycle of their operations,” said Jim Nyquist, group president for Emerson’s Systems & Solutions business. “This makes digital transformation via digital twin more real and practical for the process industries.”

Digital twin technologies are a component of Emerson’s Plantweb™ digital ecosystem, a scalable portfolio of solutions that enable digital transformation, and are increasingly sought-after solutions for organisations looking to utilise energy and materials resources more efficiently to lower costs and increase output.

The Mimic HYSYS Link software includes automated configuration tools that enable bulk data transfer between Emerson and AspenTech systems, reducing integration time and engineering hours. Built-in readiness for virtualisation and cloud technologies in Mimic software make it easier for users to maintain up-to-date engineering and training environments and avoid the large capital expense of creating duplicate physical hardware systems. Organisations can continuously update their digital twins for greater decision integrity and thereby use real-time dynamic models to test performance improvements safely in a cloud-based simulation before deploying at their actual plant.

One of the prime barriers to digital transformation - including adopting a digital twin - is how to scale the technologies for an operating unit, a site, and enterprises. Mimic’s selective fidelity process modelling allows organisations to choose the design detail of their digital twin’s simulation scaled to the organisation’s budget and potential return on investment. Operations that have a foundation of HYSYS models can economically expand their model base to include more of the operation.

The simulation software works natively with Emerson’s DeltaV™ distributed control system or connects into third-party control systems, giving organisations added efficiencies when using DeltaV or the ability to model different areas of their operations that may use different control systems using only one simulation interface.

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PLC technology company to be acquired.

Emerson has agreed to acquire Intelligent Platforms, a division of General Electric . Intelligent Platforms’ programmable logic controller (PLC) technologies will enable Emerson to provide its customers broader control and management of their operations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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“Adding GE’s Intelligent Platforms business makes Emerson an even stronger player in the automation space and expands our capabilities to serve the needs across process, hybrid and discrete markets,” said Emerson Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David N. Farr“This is another important investment in our global portfolio of automation technologies, offering discrete and machine control capabilities that complement our process control expertise to provide better solutions to our customers.”

The acquisition expands opportunities for Emerson in machine control and discrete applications across process industries and target hybrid markets, such as metals & mining, life sciences, food & beverage and packaging. By interfacing Intelligent Platforms’ PLC technology with Emerson’s leading distributed control systems, customers will be able to connect “islands of automation” within the plant to further enhance operational performance, safety and reliability.

Both Emerson and Intelligent Platforms are focused on leveraging automation technologies to drive digital transformation in their end markets. Intelligent Platforms recently developed a new family of cloud-connected controllers and devices to enable smarter plants, a strong complement to Emerson’s focus on digital transformation and the Industrial Internet of Things through its Plantweb™ digital ecosystem.

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