Wednesday 31 July 2019

Water hardness analysis.

The Liquiline System CA80HA hardness analyzer has been launched by Endress+Hauser. This instrument provides precise online analysis of water hardness in drinking water and process water. It helps optimize the control of water softening processes such as ion exchange or reverse osmosis, ensures quality of products influenced by water hardness, and analyzes feedwater used in boilers.

The CA80HA colorimetric analyzer uses the phthalein purple method, ensuring direct comparability to lab results. It measures calcium carbonate (CaCO3) over a range of 0 to 80 mg/l with accuracy of ±0.5 mg/l. The analyzer has up to two measuring channels and up to four digital inputs for optional Memosens sensors such as pH, ORP, conductivity, oxygen, chlorine, turbidity, etc.

With optional sensors, it can:
• Measure and calculate pH from two conductivity values according to VGB Standard 405 for boiler feedwater
• Measure the difference between two measured values from different sources to monitor membranes
• Calculate differential conductivity to monitor the efficiency of ion exchangers
• Calculate degassed conductivity for process controls in power plants
• Calculate rH from the measured values of a pH and an ORP sensor

Outputs from the CA80HA can be used to directly control water processes as the process variables in a control loop, be assigned as a measured variable to a limit contactor, trigger cleaning, be sent to a control system for further analysis, and/or be displayed on the local graphic readout. The local graphic display has 240 x 160-pixel resolution, a red display background for alarms and user-definable measuring menus.

Outputs include PROFIBUS DP (Profile 3.02), Modbus TCP, Modbus RS485, EtherNet/IP and up to four 4-20mA current outputs that can be used in parallel.

When Memosens sensors are installed in the system they are auto-recognized by the Liquiline electronics, making for plug & play operation and quick commissioning. Any changes to the electronics can be made by simply adding or subtracting I/O modules, making this plug & play as well. The analyzer is designed for automatic cleaning and calibration, eliminating the need for user intervention to perform these activities, reducing the overall operating cost.

The CA80HA meets the requirements of harmonized European standards and Canada and USA standards: CAN/CSAC22.2 No. 61010-1-12 UL Std. No. 61010-1 (3rd Edition).

@Endress_Hauser #PAuto #Water @Endress_US

Advancing Automation.

Advancing Automation: IIoT and Industry 4.0

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The "industrial" in Industrial IoT encompasses tools that simplify instrument maintenance, extended-life batteries that enable remote wireless devices, edge programmable industrial controllers and more. Explore a range of tools and techniques from some of industry’s IoT leaders in this sponsored ebook (Vol XVIII) from

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Tuesday 30 July 2019

Streamlining sensor calibration.

A new in-line strain gauge amplifier from Mantracourt Electronics is set to streamline the calibration of a sensor thanks to its digital potentiometers and extremely simple and intuitive toolkit.

Kelly Voysey, Sales & Marketing Manager at Mantracourt commented: "We are delighted to be bringing our new small format signal conditioner to market. Based on the popular ICA range, it can be customised to suit the user's requirements simply by selecting the relevant sensitivity, trim range & bandwidth (unipolar and bipolar). We've been developing this new piece of kit for quite some time and feel it's the ideal device for anyone working in the machine building, lifting & handling, silo & weighing and automotive industries that require quick and easy calibration of their sensor."

Designed to convert strain gauge or load cell inputs into a 4-20 mA output, it provides more filtering than the existing embedded strain gauge amplifier range (ICA), and due to its small design, it can be easily integrated into compact installations. It is compatible with a wide range of inputs including strain gauges, load cells, pressure and torque transducers.

The ILA benefits from several important features including stable, high accuracy measurement with low drift and extensive EMC filtering. Reverse polarity protection, short circuit protection and input and output protection ensure this robust design, and, thanks to its Molex Lite-Trap push in connectors, can be installed effortlessly.

With the Mantracourt ILA, gain and offset calibration is performed by dual 256-step non volatile digital potentiometers allowing fast, semi-automatic calibration via Mantracourt's proprietary Custom Programming Module and ILA Toolkit.

Kelly continued: "The Toolkit, which is free to download is the real game changer here, allowing for quick and painless set up. The intuitive interface of our well designed interface guides you through calibration of the ILA. All our toolkits are designed with user familiarity in mind – so if you've used any of our other toolkit software, this will simply be second nature to use.”

The ILA Toolkit software for Windows connects with the ILA via the programming module (ILA-PGMD). The toolkit allows the ILA to be configured and provides both manual calibration (and semi-automatic calibration). Calibration is simple with the semi-automatic calibration and the software does all the thinking for you, calculating gain and offset values based on the output required.

The ILA is available in the following standard sensitivities – 1 mV/V, 2 mV/V, 2.5 mV/V, 3 mV/V and 4.5 mV/V, cased and as an OEM version depending upon your requirements.

Kelly concluded: "In addition to our toolkit software there is also an I2C Driver available so you can run the programmer from your own software for specific product line applications should that be your preferred option."

@mantracourt #PAuto #TandM @InPressPR

Humidity & Temperature website.

Process Sensing Technologies (PST) companies, Michell Instruments and Rotronic, have launched a new microsite focusing on their combined ranges of instruments for humidity and temperature calibration.

With their shared industry experience and combined product ranges, they offer the most comprehensive range of humidity and dew-point calibration equipment on the market today.

The microsite not only collects information on both companies’ products in one location but will also act as a platform for industry tips, insights and white papers on the topic of humidity calibration.

To ensure that customers don’t miss out on any new content  the will be issuing regular newsletters – sign up here to receive these newsletters from the Michell and Rotronic Humidity Calibration Team.

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Tackling the global cyber threat!

The first Founding Members of the International Society of Automation's Global Cybersecurity Alliance (GCA) have been announced. They are Schneider Electric, Rockwell Automation, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Claroty, and Nozomi Networks.

ISA created the Global Cybersecurity Alliance to advance cybersecurity readiness and awareness in manufacturing and critical infrastructure facilities and processes. The Alliance brings end-user companies, automation and control systems providers, IT infrastructure providers, services providers, and system integrators and other cybersecurity stakeholder organizations together to proactively address growing threats.

ISA is the developer of the ANSI/ISA 62443 series of automation and control systems cybersecurity standards, which have been adopted by the International Electrotechnical Commission as IEC 62443 and endorsed by the United Nations. The standards define requirements and procedures for implementing electronically secure automation and industrial control systems and security practices and assessing electronic security performance. The standards approach the cybersecurity challenge in a holistic way, bridging the gap between operations and information technology.

Leveraging the ISA/IEC 62443 standards, the Global Cybersecurity Alliance will work to increase awareness and expertise, openly share knowledge and information, and develop best practice tools to help companies navigate the entire lifecycle of cybersecurity protection. The Alliance will work closely with government agencies, regulatory bodies, and stakeholder organizations around the world.

"Accelerating and expanding globally relevant standards, certification, and education programs will increase workforce competence, and help end users identify gaps, reduce risks, and ensure they have the tools and systems they need to protect their facilities and installations," said Mary Ramsey, ISA Executive Director. "Through the proliferation of standards and compliance programs, we will strengthen our global cyber culture and transform the way industry identifies and manages cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities to their operations."

The first Founding Members of the Alliance are leading multi-national, industrial-technology providers with deep expertise in technology and applications, and they'll apply their experience and knowledge to accomplish the Alliance's priorities.

"Participating in the Alliance truly shows the commitment our founding members have to the safety and security of the industrial ecosystem, as well as the criticality of collectively moving forward together to ensure the standards, best practices and methods are applied," Ramsey said.

"ISA engaged with discussions, initiated by Schneider Electric, to create an ISA-led global, open and industry-wide alliance comprised of all cybersecurity stakeholder companies. ISA quickly expanded those conversations to include Rockwell Automation, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Claroty, and Nozomi Networks. These first Founding Members have since worked together to help us define the Alliance's objectives. We are thankful for their collaboration and commitment. Together we welcome companies and organizations from all segments of industry to join our efforts."

The Alliance is seeking additional members to support its initiatives. End-user companies, asset owners, automation and control systems providers, IT infrastructure providers, services providers, and system integrators and other cybersecurity stakeholder organizations are invited to join. Annual contributions to fund initiatives are based on company revenues and are tax-deductible.

GCA Founders' statements
"Over the last few years, global industry has recognized that taking on increasingly dangerous cyber risks can't be limited to a single company, segment, or region. However, until now, there has been limited ability to respond as a unified whole to these worldwide threats.
But by establishing an open, collaborative, and transparent body, with a focus on strengthening people, processes, and technology, we can drive true cultural change. We are pleased that ISA has stepped forward, and we look forward to working openly and collaboratively with them, our fellow Founding Members, and many others affiliated with global industry, especially end users. Together we will bring to bear the standards-based technology, expertise, and special skills required to better secure and protect the world's most critical operations and the people and communities we serve." ---
Klaus Jaeckle, Chief Product Security Officer, Schneider Electric

"Cybersecurity is critical to digital transformation. It's critical not only for the protection of information and intellectual property, but also for the protection of physical assets, the environment, and worker safety.
We make it a priority to collaborate with partners and research institutions to develop secure products. Rockwell Automation participated in the development of the 62443 standards from the beginning and continues to support ISA cybersecurity initiatives. Our engagement with the Global Cybersecurity Alliance will be another important step in our efforts to help customers identify and mitigate risks." ---
Blake Moret, CEO, Rockwell Automation

"At Honeywell, we see cybersecurity as a core part of the future we are making, and we see the Global Cybersecurity Alliance as an important way to work together to make that happen. Cybersecurity is critical to the connected world we live in and the cornerstone of trust that the world needs to be able to operate.
Whether protecting critical infrastructure or managing a building's operations, users need to do this with the confidence that the employed systems are robust and secure. We are committed to and proud to work together with ISA and the GCA members to continue to drive the adoption of the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards and identify further ways to secure and protect the connected world. Honeywell has a robust history with ISA and is also founding member of the ISA Security Compliance Institute." --
Matthew Bohne, Vice President and Chief of Product Security, Honeywell Building Technologies

"Digital transformation in the building sector continues to accelerate, which heightens the urgency for cybersecurity across the industry and beyond. As a leader in the industrial automation controls business,
Johnson Controls is already a strategic member of the ISASecure program and is consistently taking proactive actions to protect customers against cyber-threats and risks. Joining ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance is a necessary and meaningful step as it supports our company values, customer adoption of the ISA/IEC 62443 standard and efforts to educate global government and regulatory bodies. We are proud to solidify our commitment to this important effort." ---
Jason Christman, Vice President, Chief Product Security Officer, Global Products, Johnson Controls

"One of the most effective ways to drive consistency in an industry is by putting standards in place, and we're looking forward to collaborating with all of these founding members, as well as future Alliance members, to help drive global best-practices forward in this historically standard-less environment.
Claroty is committed to the mission of protecting all IoT and OT networks from cyber risks. Through our work with the Global Cybersecurity Alliance, we will be able to help shape the future of cybersecurity in these high-risk industries." ---
Dave Weinstein, Chief Security Officer, Claroty

"Nozomi Networks believes real community collaboration, actionable standards and effective education are key ensuring a secure future for industrial organizations around the world.
That's why we are helping develop secure-by-design standards as a working member of ISA99 standards committees, why we've designed our industrial cyber security solutions for easy integration across the broadest possible set of industrial and IT technologies; and why we are thrilled to help establish the Global Cybersecurity Alliance. Together we will build a secure future for the industrial infrastructure that runs the world." --- 
Andrea Carcano, Nozomi Networks Co-founder and Chief Product Officer

Companies interested in joining the Alliance should contact Rick Zabel at

@ISA_Interchange #PAuto #BAC #Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity in water & power.

Emerson Selects Dragos to Collaborate on Cybersecurity Protection for Power and Water Industries.

Emerson and Dragos (developer of the Dragos Platform for industrial cybersecurity asset detection, threat detection and response), have signed a global agreement that will enable power producers and water utilities to further strengthen the security of their critical assets. Emerson will integrate threat detection technology from the Dragos Platform into its Ovation™ automation platform and Power and Water Cybersecurity Suite. Beyond this agreement, Emerson and Dragos will continue to explore additional areas of collaboration with regards to solutions used by Emerson power and water industry customers.

“We recognise the importance of continuously enhancing our security capabilities to address the shifting cybersecurity landscape,” said Bob Yeager, president of Emerson’s power and water business. “This collaboration is the latest example of Emerson’s ongoing commitment to helping our customers provide services that are so critical to the public wellbeing.”

The Dragos Platform passively identifies assets and monitors network communications, giving customers greater visibility into their environments and insights into threats through intelligence-driven analytics, as well as prescriptive guidance in the form of playbooks and other tools to help them investigate and respond to cyber incidents more effectively. This additional layer of protection complements Emerson’s robust portfolio of security offerings for industrial control systems in the power and water industries.

“With Dragos’ purpose-built platform for the industrial environment and Emerson’s automation expertise, we’re able to help power producers and water utilities effectively detect and respond to evolving threats and avoid unexpected disruptions to their operations,” said Robert M. Lee, founder and CEO of Dragos.

@EMR_Automation #PAuto @Emerson_News @OvationUsers @HHC_Lewis

Friday 26 July 2019

How does your salary compare?

It's that time of year again when, ISA and InTech survey automation professionals about salary and career information.

To see how your salary and company compare to others in the industry, please take a few minutes to complete the survey.

As an incentive for your participation, you will be entered into a drawing to win one of five US$50 Visa gift cards. Please take about 5 minutes to complete this important survey.


Results will be published in the Autumn issues of InTech and Automation Insights e-Newsletter.

 @automation_com #PAuto  @ISA_Interchange

Connections in metal casting production facilities.

Harting’s Han® High Temp connectors are being used in metal die-casting production systems to minimise adverse environmental effects and reduce maintenance and service periods, line downtime and hence operating costs.

Metal casting manufacturers are continually looking at ways to reduce environmental damaging emissions from their production process to satisfy increasingly more stringent environmental regulations and minimise resultant air pollutants.

For example, in order to produce metal cast automotive engine component parts, sand is typically used with a mixture of organic binders as an important constituent part of the casting process. During this high-temperature process these organic binders can lead to the release of hazardous levels of air pollutants.

To reduce the level of these pollutants there has been a move in the industry to apply certain types of inorganic binder materials mixed with sand. Such a change also requires slight modification to the die-cast tooling and the applied processes. This has involved adjustment to the applied electrical heating processes to the tools. As a direct consequence, higher temperature levels are reached which have a detrimental impact on the life of such tools based on the limited operating temperature range of the electrical interface connections.

Using Harting’s new Han® range of high-temperature connectors can help to reduce this negative impact condition and maximise the lifetime of the electrically heated metal sand casting tools. This, in turn, supports the trend to a significant reduction in the environmental impact of the metal die casting production process. As such, it reduces potential tooling maintenance and service periods, line downtime and hence operating costs.

New sealing materials
For example, bulkhead-side connector seals must not melt or adhere to other integrated component parts over the full operating temperature range. Consequently, Harting has opted for a non-stick coated high-temperature-resistant rubber version, which avoids bonding between the hood and housing even if they are left mated for a number of years.

Many of the hood and housing coatings and lacquers available on the market are not suitable for long-term use at high temperatures as they can cause melting, which can in turn lead to mated parts sticking together. Thanks to the application of a special surface treatment of the aluminium die-cast hoods and housings, Harting has been able to dispense with any potentially detrimental additional protective coating finish.

The insulating body and contacts must withstand both the high ambient conditions of the location and the additional heat generated inside the housing when under mated load. Harting has selected high-temperature-resistant copper alloy contacts that maintain constant electrical properties when heated. In addition, high-temperature LCP plastic insulators ensure long service life.

As a result of the above-mentioned features, Harting’s Han® High Temp connectors are able to permanently withstand operating ambient conditions of +200°C, providing extended operating lifetimes and ensuring reduced line downtime compared to alternative solutions.

@HARTING_Group #PAuto @ArmitageComm

Thursday 25 July 2019

Suppliers honoured.

Analog Devices (ADI) recently hosted its inaugural Supplier Day event to honour and recognise its suppliers. Held in Boston (MASS USA), the event brought together 100 of the semiconductor company’s top suppliers for a day of recognition, celebration and relationship building. A total of 18 awards were presented for outstanding performance and contributions.
National Instruments CEO Alex Davern (centre) accepts the Supplier of the Year Award from John Hassett (right), Senior Vice President Global Operations and Technology at Analog Devices. Also in pic is Kevin Bisking, Global Account Manager for NI.
The first event of its size and scope for ADI, Supplier Day 2019 was hosted by John Hassett, Senior Vice President Global Operations and Technology at ADI, alongside key leaders from the Global Operations and Technology group. In his opening address, Hassett shared ADI’s business strategy and its impact on the supply chain, and discussed the challenges the company faces as it continues to strengthen its core business while extending its value.

“Each of our suppliers plays a critical role in ADI’s overall strategy by offering differentiated, reliable and cost-effective solutions,” said Hassett. “This year we’ve recognised a number of our supplier partners, who have individually and collectively done a tremendous job of enabling ADI’s strategic objectives and providing outstanding support to our team as we compete, thrive and grow as a solutions company to stay ahead of what’s possible.”

The awards recognised excellence across five categories, including Quality, Delivery, Service/Responsiveness, New Product Time to Revenue and Corporate Social Responsibility. National Instruments Corp. was awarded Supplier of the Year for its exceptional performance in the development and delivery of innovative test equipment and solutions, supporting test for many of ADI’s existing and emerging product requirements.

The Awardees:

Supplier of the Year
National Instruments Corp.

Top Performer Contracted Manufacturing – Front End
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Top Performer Contracted Manufacturing – Back End
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc.

Top Performer Equipment & Services – Front End
Evatec AG

Top Performer Equipment & Services – Back End
National Instruments Corp.

Top Performer Materials – Front End
GlobalWafers Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Top Performer Materials – Back End
C-Pak Pte Ltd.

Outstanding Support for ADI/LTC Integration
United Test & Assembly Center, Ltd.

Outstanding Support for ADI/LTC Integration
Vanguard International Semiconductor Corp.

Best in Quality – Established Supplier
Tokyo Electron, Ltd.

Best in Quality – Niche / Developing Supplier
Chipbond Technology Corp.

Best in Delivery – Established Supplier
Coilcraft, Inc.

Best in Delivery – Niche / Developing Supplier
ASTI Telford and Reel Service Group

Best in Service & Responsiveness – Established Supplier
ASM Pacific Technology, Ltd.

Best in Service & Responsiveness – Niche / Developing Supplier
Vanguard International Semiconductor Corp.

Best in New Product Support – Established Supplier
Photronics, Inc.

Best in New Product Support – Niche / Developing Supplier
Compass Technology, Inc.

Corporate Social Responsibility Award
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

 @ADI_News #Semiconductors #USA

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Touch switch!

A new touch operated sensor launched by Omron Electronic Components Europe is a drop-in replacement for a mechanical switch, but delivers all of the reliability and flexibility of touch.
Capacitive touch sensors deliver a great many benefits in terms of longevity and user-friendliness, but usually require careful work at the design stage and proper set up to ensure that they work reliably in the application. By contrast, mechanical switches are very simple to design in and assemble. The new Omron W7ED touch sensor combines the simplicity of a mechanical switch with the enhanced performance and flexibility of touch control.

Suitable for almost any application in which a mechanical switch is currently used, the W7ED is just fastened to the touch electrode with a screw. It reliably detects the capacitance change brought about by the presence of a finger without the need to design or incorporate a control PCB or to perform sensitivity adjustments. There are no moving parts to wear out.

Gabriele Fulco, European Product Marketing Manager, Sensors at Omron said, “With the W7ED we truly are giving control panel designers the best of both worlds. They can eliminate moving parts and the contact wear associated with mechanical switches without going through the somewhat laborious process of designing in a touch sensor and setting it up. This is an ideal solution for a great many applications – but especially useful in environments from domestic kitchens to industrial and R&D applications including elevators where the control panel is exposed to fluids and other contaminants.”

The Omron W7ED can be operated from a supply of 5-15V DC. The maximum output current is 10mA.

@OmronEurope #Electronics @NeeshamPR

Hot spots in London!

As London is featuring in the news headlines these last few days it is interesting to read something about air quality in this great metropolis.

AQMesh pod in London
From today detailed information on the city's air pollution will be published on, the website for a new collaborative project to paint a clearer picture of London’s air quality. The readings are being provided by a network of AQMesh air quality monitoring pods supplied and installed by Air Monitors, part of the ACOEM Group.

The AQMesh pods are stationary – mostly mounted discreetly on lamp posts, but the pod data is being supplemented by measurements from instruments that have been installed by Air Monitors in two Google Street View Cars, as they travel the city’s streets.

Visitors to the Breathe London website will be able to view almost live data (within an hour) on nitrogen dioxide; one of the urban pollutants of greatest concern.

“This is a major step forward,” says Felicity Sharp, Air Monitors Managing Director. “The availability of highly localised air quality data is critical to the empowerment of citizens so that they can make choices that affect the quality of the air they breathe.

“In the past, air quality data has not been sufficiently local to allow most citizens to change the way they live their lives, but with the benefit of this website they will be able to choose where they want to walk, run, play, go to school or even buy a house.

“The data will also help to raise awareness and thereby encourage citizens to choose more environmentally friendly transport modes, particularly in pollution hotspots.

“Importantly, the data will also help national and local government to assess the effectiveness of air quality improvement measures. So this is great news for London, and we hope that it will be replicated in similar smart city projects around the world.”

@airmonitors #Environment @_Enviro_News

Protecting against sophisticated cyber attacks.

The global economy is at a critical junction, compelled by the imperative to take advantage of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). But an increasingly digitalized world has also increased the risk of mega attacks against critical infrastructure, which threaten to affect operations, create financial losses, and even put lives at risk.

As these physical and digital worlds converge, the reality of more frequent and sophisticated industrial cyber attacks makes evident that the operational technology (OT) cyber threat has become greater than the information technology (IT) threats.

Siemens and the International Society of Automation (ISA) have partnered to create this guide to provide oil and gas professionals at every level a starting point to prepare for potential OT cyber threats while still reaping the benefits of digitalization.

Contents include:

• The State of Cybersecurity in the Oil & Gas Industry: United States
• Industrial Cybersecurity for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses
• What Executives Need to Know About Industrial Control Systems
• Assessing the Cyber Readiness of the Middle East’s Oil and Gas Sector

@ISA_Interchange @Siemens @PonemonPrivacy

Tuesday 23 July 2019

Consolidation testing of soils.

ELE International has launched the AUTO Soils Consolidator (ASC), which is the company’s latest addition to the ELE Soiltest PRO range of advanced soils testing equipment.

“By automating the test, we can create new levels of accuracy and reliability in the test results,” says ELE MD Tony Power. “However, a key benefit is that staff are freed for other duties which saves time and money.”

Compressible soils can be subject to long-term consolidation under the loads imposed by foundations and above ground structures, so the one-dimensional consolidation test (Oedometer) is vitally important for many construction projects. Traditional test methods involve manual changes to the loading of suspended weights; often 4 or 5 times, but ELE’s new ASC completely automates the process without the need for a compressor. This means that load resolution is maintained across the full 15kN range.

The ASC is also able to incorporate two external manual consolidation frames, which is a major advantage for laboratories wishing to upgrade their consolidation test capability, without making their manual frames redundant. This will also be useful for educational laboratories needing to demonstrate first principles as well as the latest technology.

The ASC features a large splash proof colour touchscreen which provides tabular displays of logs and calculations, as well as user-defined tables, with on-screen T50 and T90 values.

The ASC has been launched alongside the latest version of ELE’s DataSystem soil test management software (DS8) which is loaded with the latest BS, ISO and ASTM standards. With Ethernet connectivity, DS8 is able to manage up to 16 machines simultaneously, so with a small footprint it is simple to set up and run a comprehensive geotechnical testing facility in a small laboratory. This connectivity also enables users to monitor tests remotely 24/7, and provides an opportunity for remote service diagnostics.

Real-time graphical outputs are available in the DS8 software, and operators now have the ability to make changes to tests as they proceed; target loads for subsequent stages can now be changed after a test has started, without having to restart the test from the beginning.

The reporting capability of DS8 has been significantly expanded over previous versions. For example, users now have the ability to select consolidation plots to be included in the report, and templates can be slightly modified with results presented in an editable pdf format.

Summarising, Tony Power says: “This is great news for soils testing laboratories. The launch of the ASC will substantially improve the efficiency of testing, and the new DS8 geotechnical software will improve the management of a wide variety of tests.

“The ASC is the first in the series of new products in our ELE Soiltest PRO range and I look forward to announcing further launches in the coming months.”

@ELE_int #Environment @_Enviro_News 

Surface defect identification.

AMETEK Surface Vision offers a precise and accurate method of detecting key surface defects of interest, utilising a new color classification option available in Surface Vision’s industry-leading SmartView® defect inspection system.

“Customers are looking for a dependable, accurate defect detection solution, particularly as market drivers focus increasingly on packaging and materials that need to be safe or sterile,” said Satoshi Suzuki, Director of Sales - Japan, AMETEK Surface Vision. “It’s important to them that contaminants are detected quickly and accurately, and SmartView is able to deliver the detailed real-time results that maintain their quality, reduce wastage and maximize uptime.”

Claimed to be the most advanced surface inspection platform available, SmartView combines powerful software, linescan camera technology, high-intensity lighting and industry-leading engineering for trusted automatic defect detection. Color classification extends SmartView’s abilities by enabling the recognition of common contaminants in the production process, particularly blood, oil spots, water spots and dirt: substances that, even in minute traces, can compromise the quality of food or medical grade materials.

SmartView’s color functionality works by identifying, cross-checking and classifying a specific defect through a color feature set integrated into SmartView’s comprehensive defect libraries. By classifying and distinguishing each defect, users are supported in making production decisions that maintain high product quality and improve productivity. For example, as SmartView is able to distinguish water drops from oil spots, users can improve winder operation efficiency, as the ability to dry water drops later in the process means the paper does not need to be stopped at the winder.

Users get the immediate benefits of SmartView’s SmartLearn functionality, which provides an advanced classification solution that classifies easily distinguishable defects, with real-time results at any production speed. Unlike systems that require the user to set the parameters manually by building a manual classification table, SmartLearn’s patented automatic multi-step classification technology enables much quicker start-ups.

SmartView’s color option is applicable in manufacturing light coated papers; food package grade paper; fine and light coated paper used in magazine printing and office copying; coated board for high grade packaging; and nonwoven materials such as medical cloth.

SmartView’s color functionality is fully compatible with the most recent iterations of the software.

@surfacevision #PAuto

Powerful IoT sensor solutions.

Sensera has signed a global agreement with Arrow Electronics, Inc. to distribute its high-precision, real-time location and location-aware smart wireless sensor solutions*.

Ralph Schmitt, CEO of Sensera Ltd., said, "Arrow is a global leader in IoT solutions and we are delighted to work together with them to bring our IoT sensor technology to a broader base of customers around the world. Their extensive team of sales and applications professionals will allow us to deliver our mission-critical sensor technology to significantly more customers. The agreement was founded on a history of successful cooperation in a few countries, and we have already engaged in a set of new customers in the expanded geographic footprint which will provide near term revenue."

Under the new agreement, Arrow's IoT group will provide consultancy, and will assist with designing and delivering solutions based on Sensera products, including system integration and deployment. The agreement covers Sensera’s IoT Solutions division and its MicroDevices division.

Prior to the current agreement, Arrow distributed nanotron Technologies, Sensera’s IoT Solutions division, in limited geographies winning multiple customers. Arrow will now provide Sensera’s entire product portfolio to its extensive worldwide customer base enabling the delivery of IoT solutions for mission-critical applications. Its technical sales teams and field application engineers will provide customers with design-in and product support.

*Sensera Ltd is a leading designer and manufacturer of end-to-end sensor solutions and services for the rapidly growing IoT market, which combines precise proximity detection and tracking in real time with smart IoT sensors. Arrow is one of the world’s largest technology solution providers, with annual sales of $29.7 billion (€26.6b), and over 200,000 customers.

@Sensera_SE1 #Wireless #IoT @Arrow_dot_com

Mini-Distillation Analyser.

ISL's latest version of its robust and portable micro-distillation analyzer, OptiPMD, has been intriduced by PAC. OptiPMD combines 15 years of experience with the latest technology to offer a user-friendly solution that significantly reduces the need for training. OptiPMD follows ASTM D7345, which is approved in more than 10 fuel specifications, including gasoline with up to 20% ethanol, diesel, jet fuel, kerosene and bio-diesels.

OptiPMD performs a physical atmospheric distillation in just 10 minutes using only 10 ml of sample. This allows faster decisions for process optimization and potentially saves millions in off-spec products.

It is designed to be a true "one-push-button" solution, with a fully automated test sequence, allowing minimal operator attendance. Simply prepare the sample and load into the analyzer. Type in a sample ID, select it from the pre-loaded options, or scan it with the barcode reader. Then, just press START to run the sample. The results can be stored, printed or shared via ethernet, LIMS or with a USB drive.

The fastest way to perform a distillation of petroleum products, this analyzer saves between 25 to 35 minutes per distillation, compared to D86 analyzers.

The robust design and compact size makes it ideal for mobile lab applications. It also includes the highest safety standards including an optical flame detector, a built-in fire suppression system, and quality control functions, which allow users to enter specification limits by product.

The unit is compliant with: ASTM D7345, IP 596 and in perfect correlation to: ASTM D86, D1160 (biodiesel B100), ISO 3405 & IP123. It's also included in 10 ASTM fuel specifications as an alternative to D86 for product certification and compliant with international fuel specs in Canada, Mexico, Chile, India as well as Def Stan 91-091 for jet fuel.

#PAC #PAuto 

Helping optimise gas production system.

Emerson has completed its $48 million (€34m) contract for automation systems and cloud engineering software-as-a-service for the Shah Deniz 2 project in Azerbaijan and is fulfilling an ongoing five-year services contract to help ensure reliable, safe operations. Emerson’s support services, predictive reliability software and digital twin solutions will help optimise operations and achieve reliable performance.

“Emerson’s Project Certainty model is designed to help companies ensure that complex projects do not overrun timelines and budgets, and Emerson’s MAC services are a core element of that strategy,” said Jim Nyquist, group president of systems and solutions for Emerson’s Automation Solutions business. “We are proud to have helped complete this project ahead of schedule and excited to provide continued support to promote long-term successful operations.”

The $28 billion (€25b) project includes the first subsea development in the Caspian Sea. At plateau, the BP-operated Shah Deniz 2 is expected to produce 16 billion cubic metres of gas per year incrementally to Shah Deniz 1 production.

Emerson served as the main automation contractor (MAC) for the megaproject, with the company’s Project Certainty approach supporting a reduction of global automation engineering complexity, which contributed to production starting more than four months ahead of schedule.

Emerson’s advanced predictive reliability software and dynamic simulation software, parts of its digital twin solutions, will help anticipate upcoming reliability concerns before they impact production and simulate the impact of production performance improvements safely prior to execution.

Emerson’s MAC services and cloud engineering services helped incorporate multiple projects, global contractors and suppliers into a unified programme to ensure standardisation and maintain the project timeline. Virtualisation and implementation of the DeltaV™ distributed control system with Electronic Marshalling helped the project team eliminate design rework by making it easier to fit automation systems into the platform’s limited space.

 @EMR_Automation #PAuto #Azerbaijan @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis

Monday 22 July 2019

PSU and battery charger range.

Anglia has added a comprehensive range of battery chargers and power supplies to its product line up following its appointment as Britain and Ireland distributor by leading Norwegian manufacturer Mascot.

David Pearson, Technical Director at Anglia Components, commented, “Mascot is a company with an outstanding pedigree in power supplies and we are proud to add their range. Mascot utilises cutting edge design techniques to provide robust, reliable, high performance products with excellent efficiency. The portfolio meets global regulatory requirements and green energy standards capturing the mood of our times and meeting customers’ demand for energy efficient products.”

Graham Lee, Sales Manager for the territories, for Mascot, added, “Anglia is known throughout the industry for its high standards of service and support. Mascot shares this culture, and we believe that, with our industry leading products, the two companies will prove a winning combination.”

Mascot offers chargers for lead acid, NiMH, Lithium-ion and LiFePO4 batteries and perfectly complements Anglia’s extensive range of batteries. In addition, Mascot offers DC/AC inverters allowing mains powered 110 / 230V AC equipment to be driven from a DC supply such as a battery or a renewable source like a solar panel. A range of reliable desktop and wall-plug power supplies and DC/DC converters rounds out the Mascot portfolio to be offered by Anglia.

@angliaLive #PAuto @NeeshamPR

Solderless connectors extended!

Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd has extended its award-winning range of solderless, field-replaceable connectors which provide solderless attachment to semi rigid cables to include .047” as well as its existing .085” and.0.141” cables. This innovative clamp connector series offers customers an alternative for assembling connectors to semi-rigid cable with no loss in performance or reliability.

Roy Philips, managing Director of Intelliconnect (Europe), comments, “Our solderless connectors provide customers with a very useful alternative to conventional types 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 stainless-steel 2.9mm and SMA 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.

The Intelliconnect solderless connector range has many key features including field replaceable capability, guaranteed equivalent performance to solder connection, no special tooling required, and cable retention force is similar to soldered versions.

System designers will find the main advantages of these solderless connectors are faster assembly time, repeatability and performance and they also provide field replaceable connectivity in the event of wear or damage to the connector.

@Intelli_Connect #PAuto @proactivefleet

Towards a universal measuring instrument.

Frequency is a crucial parameter for efficient level detection. Just how crucial, however, was surprising even to VEGA as a manufacturer of measurement technology.

Level (L) and Solid applications
80-GHz radar technology found market acceptance at a pace nobody had expected. It quickly replaced the previous 26-GHz technology standard in many areas. With more than 100,000 80-GHz radar instruments already sold, there is good reason to celebrate at the company headquarters.

80-GHz radar sensors can be used universally for the majority of industrial level applications. VEGAPULS 64 detects liquids with unwavering accuracy, even with condensate or buildup on the antenna. Since the sensor can also be equipped with the smallest antenna of its kind, there’s hardly a mounting location where it doesn't fit.

80-GHz sensors also set standards for applications with bulk solids. It doesn't matter if there’s a lot of dust in the air or material sticking to the sensor: VEGAPULS 69 has the performance reserves needed to reliably handle measuring situations like these.

• VEGA products are marketed in Ireland through Hanley Controls.

 @VEGAControls #PAuto @EolasTec

Thursday 18 July 2019

Head for EMEA section of power and thermal management leaders.

Delta has appointed Dalip Sharma to the role of President & Regional Head for Delta Electronics Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region. Mr. Sharma will be responsible for enhancing Delta’s growing presence in EMEA, a key region for Delta’s worldwide business development. He is based in Hoofddorp (NL), home to Delta EMEA’s headquarters.

Dalip Sharma
Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Sharma stated: “My vision for Delta EMEA is to further develop its status as a provider of IoT-based Smart Green Solutions developed to drive energy efficiency and lower carbon emissions in cities across EMEA. To realise that vision, I believe that we can leverage Delta’s formidable global resources to further accelerate the company’s growth and success across EMEA.”

While Europe, Middle East and Africa are some of the world’s most diverse regions with numerous untapped opportunities, they are also among its most complex. His vision is to work with Delta’s internal and external partners to implement strategies and local-market focus tailored to the needs of each territory, as they are strategic for Delta’s future growth.

Delta’s resources and unparalleled engineering expertise, will enable him and his team to respond successfully to the needs of customers in EMEA, by localizing products and tailoring support to suit the market’s requirements. To ensure Delta’s competiveness in the EMEA region, another key priority for Mr. Sharma will be to nurture innovation and agility within Delta, in order to respond to an ever-changing and evolving market and business landscape.

Mr. Sharma is an Electronics and Communications engineering professional with more than 27 years of experience and success in business execution, management and strategic development. His wealth of experience has been gained from working with pioneering companies prior to joining Ascom Energy Systems in 1999. Mr. Sharma joined Delta in 2003, when it acquired Ascom Energy Systems. In his previous role, he has acted as Managing Director of Delta India, and successfully led the company to become the market leader in various business areas by consistently delivering a strong performance over the years.

This appointment to the role of President & Regional Head for Delta Electronics Europe, Middle East & Africa Region is due to his proven and exceptional leadership qualities, and the pivotal role he has played in the continued success and development of the organization. Delta is confident that his skills and talents will ensure that he will deliver great value, while succeeding in further driving the progression and execution of the Delta’s corporate strategy both now and in the future.

#deltaww #PAuto #EMEA

Test probes, clips and plugs.

Cliff Electronics manufactures test leads for a number of market-leading electrical test equipment OEMs. In addition, customers can buy a wide range of test probes, croc-clips and plugs manufactured by Cliff for use with their own test equipment or as replacements for lost or damaged items.

Cliff probes and connectors are suitable for use by design and test engineers, PAT testers, electrical contractors and electrical test and repair facilities and are available direct or from a number of major distributors throughout Europe.

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments;“We have a great deal of experience in manufacturing high quality test lead sets for many well-known brands of test meters. Supplying test plugs and probes direct to end users not only widens the market we can service but also gives test equipment users an alternative and lower cost source for replacement components.”

Straight and right-angle test plugs are available with 2mm and 4mm diameters with options including spring loaded safety shrouds and stackable models which allow multiple connections to a single socket mounted on a panel or PCB.

Their test plugs are available for low and high voltage applications and comply with EN 61010 including section 2-031 for high voltage versions. Contacts are made from brass, nickel silver and phosphor-bronze, plated with tin, nickel or gold as appropriate. Standard colours are red, black, blue, green and yellow.

The test probes and crocodile clips have a 4mm connection socket, are designed to exceed the requirements of EN 61010 section 2-031 and are intended for use with instrumentation and test and measurement equipment. All materials used are tough and durable and suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Standard colours are red and black with other colours available on special order with minimum quantity requirements. Cliff test probes can be supplied to OEMs assembled to PVC or silicone cables.

Crocodile clip connectors can be used to connect to leaded components, terminals or busbars and can be supplied with a standard shaft for touchproof connection or an extended shaft for use with unprotected plugs.

Test probes are used in a variety of applications and provide a reliable means of testing bare or loaded circuits where a number of contact points must be accessed. They are supplied ready for direct cable connection or with collet strain relief, removable tip cover or retractable tip shroud and an option of an inbuilt 1000V fuse. Various sizes of spiked or lantern tips may be specified, and versions are available meeting CAT III 600V and CAT III 1KV.

#CliffElectronics #TandM #PAuto 

Structural health monitoring.

New from Leine Linde and available with full support from Mclennan, the ESR strain sensor is measurement concept that offers a novel alternative to conventional strain gauges through improved accuracy, signal quality and especially durability. Particularly suited to large-scale machine structural health tasks where load or force needs to be reliably monitored, the ESR utilises Leine Linde’s robust optical encoder technology coupled to a mechanical measuring arm arrangement which is fixed to the structure’s strain-prone components.

With its integral EnDAT bi-directional digital interface, the ESR’s high resolution output of 0.025 μɛ (μm/m) can be connected to almost all available machine control systems and additionally can offer stored application-specific data that may be used for machine functions, for instance for safety or other operational tasks. Application areas for the ESR can include but are not restricted to structural monitoring on bridges, cranes and towers, wind turbine blades, large machine frames, construction equipment, bulk material conveying lines and more.

The strain sensor arm design features passive temperature compensation, and its stress-free measurement principle offers a practically unlimited operation life. Operational temperature can be designed for -40°C to +100°C and the measurement range covers ± 5 000 µɛ with a working range of ± 17 500 µɛ. The unit will fit into a volume envelope of approximately 340 x 80 x 85 mm (L x W x H). The ESR also boasts an impressive shock and vibration rating to ISO 60068-2-26, and its IP66 environmental rating offers trouble-free use in harsh environmental conditions.

For use as a temporary strain measurement tool or for permanent installation, the ESR’s measuring arm design and mechanical interface can be custom-adapted to the application with variant options and accessories available for adhesive, screw, or magnet installation. Other options include various measurement reports, quality control certifications or DAkkS calibration.

 #Mclennan #BAS @LeineLinde @mepaxIntPR

Wednesday 17 July 2019

Level gauge optimises separation performance.

Emerson has enhanced its Rosemount™ 5300 Guided Wave Radar Level Transmitter to optimise separation process performance and prevent costly product ingress by accurately measuring a thinner top liquid layer in interface applications. The Rosemount 5300, which is the market leading guided wave radar for liquid level measurement (VDC Research 2017), can now also perform measurements to the top of a tank, enabling increased throughput and profitability. Additional new features provide greater ease-of-use, increased safety and enhanced performance in the most challenging level and interface applications.

Operators have long struggled to obtain the most accurate level interface measurements to increase the efficiency of separators and maximise profits. In addition, with large tanks able to contain millions of gallons of liquids, even a small volume inaccuracy can translate into millions of dollars in lost revenue.

In interface measurement applications such as separators, the top product layer must be of a certain minimum thickness for a guided wave radar transmitter to distinguish between the echoes from the two liquids. Previously, this minimum detectable thickness would be between 50 and 200 millimetres. Emerson’s unique patented Peak in Peak interface algorithm now enables the Rosemount 5300 to detect a top liquid layer of just 25 millimetres. This further prevents unwanted product ingress and enables the performance of a separation process to be optimised, helping users maximise operational efficiency and profitability.

The Rosemount 5300 can provide accurate and repeatable measurement to the very top of a tank when used with a large diameter coaxial probe, enabling users to optimise tank capacity and increase throughput. These probes provide the strongest return signal, have no upper dead band and are not affected by obstacles on the tank wall. High amplitude noise created as microwaves pass through the process seal between transmitter and probe has traditionally affected measurement accuracy at the top of the tank. Enhanced process seal design has enabled Emerson to eliminate this noise, facilitating accurate measurement to the top of the tank during both filling and emptying phases.

To increase measurement reliability and ease-of-use in upstream oil and gas applications, the Rosemount 5300 features a new factory-configured threshold setting, where the echo below the threshold is assumed to be oil and the echo above the threshold is assumed to be water. This eliminates double signal bounces that can be mistaken as an interface level measurement and enables more predictable behaviour. This creates a true plug-and-play device that simplifies installation and operation.

“Maximising tank capacity and increasing throughput are important objectives for end users, as this leads to increased profitability,” said Christoffer Widahl, product management lead with Emerson’s measurement and analytical business. “The ability of the Rosemount 5300 to accurately and reliably measure a thinner top liquid layer and right to the top of the tank, enables them to achieve this, even in the most challenging level and interface applications.”

To ensure the integrity of the transmitter in safety-critical applications such as overfill prevention and dry pump protection, verification reflector functionality enables comprehensive remote proof-testing of the device with 94% test coverage. This can be performed in minutes from the control room during operation and without having to raise the tank level to a potentially hazardous point, thereby reducing downtime, minimising risk and maximising the safety of both plant and workers. Compared with traditional diagnostics, which only monitor the transmitter electronics, verification reflector functionality can also be used to diagnose problems with the upper parts of the probe inside the tank, such as corrosion monitoring and other process-related conditions.

Further supporting increased ease-of-use, the Rosemount 5300 is now fully and easily configurable using a broad range of customer tools, with both the Device Descriptor and Device Type Manager configuration methods updated to the latest device dashboard. The device’s configuration software can now switch between Rosemount and NAMUR (Normenarbeitsgemeinschaft für Messund Regeltechnik in der Chemischen Industrie) alarm limits, thereby providing users with increased flexibility of choice.

@EMR_Automation  #PAuto @Rosemount_News @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis

Tuesday 16 July 2019

Switch for e-bikest!

E-Bikes are becoming a more commonplace form of transport on our roads. The growing sales figures and increasing market share highlight their importance within the biking industry. E-Bike manufacturers are continually launching new innovations and technical advancements, such as manufacturer TQ-Systems who have initiated and established the market sector for premium class E-Bikes. They have technically revolutionized the market with its TQ HPR120S-Motor. An important component is the E-Bike sensor from ZF used for the measurement of the current riding speed.

For premium E-Bikes, all components must be qualitatively and functionally at their finest, from the drive to the battery and wiring. This is also valid for the speed sensor from ZF that in the TQ application delivers 18 pulses per rotation with 18-fold coding. This results in a much higher resolution as with standard sensors which in practice leads to a finer, more direct appeal of the E-Bike drive – especially at lower speed (e.g. for hill starts). The speed sensor mounted on the back wheel provides the system with precise information on the current speed. In combination with a torque sensor it enables a better alignment of the overall system. In addition, the ZF sensor is tamper-resistant and always submits precise results.

The E-Bike sensor is developed based on Hall technology and allows the customer to decide if the sensor should have a connector or a cable. The sensors need a continuous power supply of 4.5 – 20 VDC and measures frequencies between 1 and 2,500 Hz. They are designed for a temperature range from -20°C to +100°C and fulfill the requirements of IP67.

Originally, the ZF sensor has been developed for ABS applications. In addition to E-bikes, E-scooters are also a typical target market for the small and efficient sensor.

@zfswitch_sensor #Transport

TSN integration for Bus.

The goal set by PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) to integrate TSN as additional Layer 2 technology in the PROFINET architecture has been reached with the current PROFINET specification V2.4. The specification work has been completed and the three parts of the document are available for download on their website.

Manufacturers and users alike can interoperably implement the advantages offered by TSN, such as future-proof IEEE Ethernet technology with higher bandwidth, deterministic, flexible network configuration and a large range of chips already available.

The user interface remains unchanged, i.e., the use of IO data, diagnostics and parameterization, since the new TSN mechanisms act largely on the underlying communication layers. This makes it easier for users to get started with the new technology.

Through the dedicated work of experts from many companies, the specification was prepared in just over a year in an intensive development and review process. The open discussion and many years of experience of the expert contributors in the respective working groups ensure an accurate and complete technical description.

In addition, both the initial implementations as well as concepts for the certification were created early on in parallel. The stability of the specification could thereby be tested and also demonstrated at trade fairs. For easy understanding of the functionality, a guideline is also available that clearly explains the fundamentals of TSN.

PROFINET specification 2.4 and IEEE specifications are necessary fundamentals above all for the developers of the basic technology of hardware and firmware. The device manufacturers then simply use the corresponding stacks or modules and no longer need to understand the details or even implement them themselves. As a result, device manufacturers can simply expand their existing PROFINET portfolio with TSN.

Of course, the specification will continue to be maintained in the familiar annual maintenance process so that new customer requirements, experiences from the field or technological developments can be integrated in an open and easy-to-understand way. This process supports the “living” PROFINET standard, which has proven itself a million times over and is still developed continuously, according to user needs and compatibility.

@AllThingsPROFI  #PAuto