Thursday 31 October 2019

Acquisition to aid digitalisation and connectivity.

Westermo, has acquired 100% of Virtual Access Limited, an Irish-based technology company specialising in wireless industrial routers and gateways, and managed connectivity services for customers in the utility, traffic management and telecommunications sectors.

LtoR: Tom Hughes (Former Chairman), Philip Duffy (CFO) & Henry Brankin (MD) Virtual Access, accompanied by Jenny Sjödahl (CEO) Westermo, Per Samuelsson (CEO) and Joakim Laurén (CFO), Beijer Group.

“The acquisition of Virtual Access will strengthen Westermo’s offering to the power distribution and Utility markets, by providing an expanded remote access technology portfolio supported by our worldwide sales network. This acquisition supports our WeGrow strategy in a superb way. Virtual Access in Ireland will become the technology centre for cellular remote access solutions within Westermo,” said Jenny Sjödahl, CEO of Westermo.

Virtual Access has 40 employees and operations in Dublin, with annual sales of approximately €12M (~130 MSEK). With the earlier acquisition of Neratec Solutions AG, a specialist in WLAN solutions used within the railway industry, this latest acquisition provides Westermo with an extensive industrial wireless portfolio to support remote data networking applications in a broad range of demanding applications.

“I am pleased that we today announce this second complementary acquisition to the business entity Westermo. We operate in markets where digitalisation is growing rapidly in an increasingly connected world and the acquisition of Virtual Access strengthens our position further”, said Per Samuelsson, President and CEO of Beijer Group (Westermao is an entity within this group!).

“We are very happy to join Westermo and the Beijer Group. Westermo’s worldwide sales organisation will ensure further global market reach and our complementary technologies will create a strong offering to a range of industries,” said Henry Brankin, Managing Director of Virtual Access Limited.

The acquisition will have limited impact on Beijer Group’s earnings in 2019 and is expected to contribute in 2020 in line with Westermo’s profitability level.

• See also Irish Times: Irish telecoms equipment firm bought by Swedish group for €18m. (30/10/2019)

 #Ireland  #Communications @westermo @VirtualAccess

Acquires to expand condition-based monitoring range.

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) has acquired Test Motors, a company specialising in predictive maintenance of electric motors and generators. Based in Barcelona, Test Motors offers products and services that detect faults in electric motors before they cause damage to production cycles and advises on how and when to repair them. The acquisition expands ADI’s portfolio of condition-based monitoring solutions capable of identifying equipment faults before downtime and catastrophic failure occur.

“Machine maintenance relies heavily on experienced technicians and engineers able to detect and diagnose issues that can lead to unplanned downtime,” said Kevin Carlin, Vice President Automation and Energy Group, Analog Devices. “There are not enough trained professionals, however, to keep up with the demand as the number of machines to maintain rapidly grows. ADI’s condition-based monitoring applications, driven by the acquisitions of Test Motors and OtoSense, will tackle this expert resource challenge by providing customers with a system able to perform complete and early detection of anomalies to avoid unexpected and costly machine downtime.”

This acquisition builds on Analog Devices’ 2018 addition of OtoSense, a startup that developed “sensing interpretation” software able to learn and recognize sounds or vibration and identify potential problems in a factory machine or a car’s engine before they become severe. OtoSense’s artificial intelligence (AI) platform is dedicated to sensing interpretation and enabling the monitoring of any asset, wherever located. Analog Devices plans to combine software from OtoSense with Test Motors’ monitoring capabilities to create solutions that offer an advanced, holistic snapshot of machine health by capturing a wider breadth of potential faults.

The Test Motors team will join ADI’s Automation and Energy Group and operate as a key technology group. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

“We are excited to become part of Analog Devices and work with its team of industrial technology experts,” said Emili Valero, Test Motors’ former CEO. “The combining of our technology and expertise will enable us to develop the next generation of condition-based monitoring solutions designed to greatly extend manufacturing equipment life for electrical and non-electrical rotating machines and deliver significant cost savings that benefit both businesses and consumers.”

#PAuto #TandM @ADI_News @otosense

Wednesday 30 October 2019

New MD based in Thailand.

Teerapong Cheepchol (Jack) is the new Managing Director of Werum IT Solutions Ltd., Thailand. He succeeds David Margetts.

Teerapong Cheepchol
Teerapong Cheepchol looks back on more than twelve years of experience in the pharma industry and Manufacturing Execution System (MES) business. In his previous role, he served as Deputy Managing Director and Operations Director of Werum IT Solutions Ltd., Thailand, where he was responsible for service delivery and business administration since the opening of Werum's Asian hub in 2016. He had an active role in overseeing the company's overall business operations. Moreover, Teerapong Cheepchol was involved in strategic planning and organizing the company's activities to achieve its goals while building a strong team in Asia to provide high-quality service to its customers.

"We are very excited to have Teerapong Cheepchol taking on the role of Werum Asia’s Managing Director," says Jens Woehlbier, CEO of Werum IT Solutions GmbH. "He is best suited to guide and expand our business in the APAC region. Under Teerapong's dedicated leadership, Werum Asia will further develop the local team and strengthen existing relationships with its customers and partners. We wish Teerapong great success in his new position."

At the same time, Jens Woehlbier thanked David Margetts for successfully managing Werum Asia: "David Margetts has done a great job in expanding our Asian business. We wish him and his family all the best in their future endeavors."

 #MES #PAuto  #Asia @Werum

High-efficiency power inductors.

Coilcraft’s new AGM2222 Series power inductors offer current ratings up to 110 Amps and very low DCR in a package measuring just 22 X 22 X 23 mm, a 73% volume reduction from previous-generation products. This significant improvement in power density makes the AGM2222 ideal for high-current applications including automotive bi-directional 12 V – 48 V DC-DC converters.

The AGM2222 Series is available in 13 inductance values from 1.9 to 10 µH. It is qualified to AEC-Q200 Grade 1 (-40°C to 125°C ambient), making it ideal for automotive and other high-temperature applications. Soft saturation is stable over temperature and enables high peak current handling. Magnetic shielding reduces EMI at high switching frequencies.

#Automotive @Coilcraft_Inc @TechWireIntl

Water testing laboratory efficiency.

A new case study has been published by Autoscribe Informatics which shows how the Culligan Analytical Lab (IL USA) has made significant improvements in laboratory efficiency by using the Matrix Gemini LIMS.

Tim Daniels, Marketing Manager at Autoscribe Informatics, said: “This new case study is another excellent example of how Matrix Gemini provides the flexibility not only to solve real, practical problems faced by a laboratory, but also to allow it to adapt to changes over time. For example Matrix is now integrated with a new SAP implementation to ensure that all work is correctly billed for. The case study also highlights another highly successful installation for Matrix Gemini in the water and wastewater treatment industries.”

Culligan Water provides innovative water treatment solutions to domestic, commercial and industrial markets. Laboratory testing to provide an accurate analysis of a customer’s water quality is a key component of the company’s success, especially as many customers are using well

Handling around 17,000 samples per year, with each sample undergoing multiple tests and turnaround times as short as 24 hours often required, the need to drive and maintain laboratory efficiency is very important. Replacing the previous LIMS used by the laboratory, Matrix Gemini removed a major bottleneck by using barcoding to replace the manual scanning and saving as PDFs of sample request forms. In addition, the system was configured to automate the collection of test results and eliminate transcription errors by transferring data directly into Matrix Gemini from ICP, IC, UV/Vis, and titration equipment.

The laboratory is certified to be compliant with the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP), which is modelled after similar ISO standards. The audit trail provided within Matrix Gemini is completely in line with the requirements of NELAP.

Using the built-in configuration tools, screens were configured to automatically populate information from the log-in screen to make the flow more intuitive and efficient. With sample requests coming from many different Culligan dealers, Matrix Gemini was able to access all the required dealer information automatically.. The system also maintains continuity between results generated by 3rd parties and results generated internally; Matrix Gemini ensures that the full set of results are always reported.

#LIMS @AutoscribeLtd @DenisBulgin @HeyCulligan

Top supplier announced!

Bechtel, one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies and the largest construction firm in the U.S. has announced ABB as a top supplier and subcontractor in its annual Supply Chain Awards.

ABB has been awarded as a top supplier and subcontractor for exceptional contributions to one of Bechtel’s major projects and relating to mining and metals. The prestigious award was presented at an annual ceremony held this month in Reston, Virginia and recognizes supplier excellence in supporting Bechtel's landmark projects across the globe. ABB local units in the U.S., Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Switzerland and Germany have worked with Bechtel on numerous equipment deliveries over the years, which are essential to the success of their projects.

The 2019 award honors technology leader ABB for excellent contractor and supplier performance in delivering Gearless Mill Drives (GMD), 245kV Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS), 24kV Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS), Main Power Transformers, Distribution Transformers, Harmonic Filters, as well as other equipment for the Bechtel project.

“ABB has been a vital partner to Bechtel, working with us to achieve outstanding results for our customers,” said Al Hankins, Corporate Manager Procurement & Contracts. “The performance of key suppliers continues to be critical to delivering superior service to our customers and advancing innovation for the industry.”

Companies were evaluated on multiple factors including: overall performance, ability to deliver quality services/supplies on time, ability to work collaboratively to meet milestones, and meeting or exceeding project expectations in aspects of safety, performance, technical expertise, and environmental compliance. Nominations were reviewed and approved by Bechtel procurement and project managers with final approval from senior leadership.

"This prestigious award underscores ABB's ability to deliver innovation, quality and dedication to customer success and we are truly honored to be recognized by Bechtel as one of their top suppliers." said Brandon Spencer, Managing Director for ABB’s Process Industries business. “Helping our customers to succeed and take their business forward is a key priority for ABB; our ongoing work with Bechtel exemplifies this commitment.”

#PAuto @ABBgroupnews @Bechtel

Novel load sensor.

ADZ NAGANO has developed a novel load sensor that provides a high precision force output up to 500 N and a temperature compensated range of -20 to +60 °C. Available in Britain from Variohm EuroSensor, ADZ’s distribution partner, the highly durable IP69K environment-rated sensor has a wide choice of analogue or digital signal output options and features a compact screw mounted design that will easily integrate into safety-critical mechanical structures.

The new sensor is based on ADZ’s well proven load cell technology with mechanical force introduced into the output signal. An accuracy of ±2% FSO at +25 °C and ±4% FSO at -20 … +60 °C ensures practical operation over a wide temperature range. A fully sealed design with titanium wetted parts and a substantial shock and vibration rating enables use in the harshest industrial environments.

Users can choose analogue output options of 4-20mA current loop, 0 … 10V, or ratiometric whilst digital options include CANopen, J1939, and I2C. Presently, the range options available are 0 to 200 N and 0 to 500 N. Applications include industrial and construction machinery, crane and hoist, weighing technology, injection moulding machines, robotics and handling, and more.

Variohm EuroSensor supports ADZ’s full range of industrial load and level sensors and as a manufacturer and a distribution partner for other leading sensor and transducer suppliers provides complete sales and application support across a comprehensive range of sensor technologies for position, force, pressure, load, and temperature for challenging measurement tasks in industry, construction, agriculture, motorsports, research and more.

#PAuto @Variohm @ADZNAGANO #Britain

Tuesday 29 October 2019

Trusted MES software provider.

SC electronic service GmbH has selected Aegis Software as their trusted software provider, providing the full suite of IIoT-driven MES software.

The advantages for them of adoption of the single IIoT-driven FactoryLogix platform, brings unprecedented value opportunity, combining execution management, Digital Manufacturing Engineering, Lean material management, advanced quality management and analytics, all contributing to provide complete, exact traceability of materials and processes. Automated data collected natively from key machines, is fueled by the IPC Connected Factory Exchange (CFX) standard, enabling the maximum consistency and detail of live production information, with the minimum cost of ownership, for which FactoryLogix® is specifically designed, providing seamless context of visibility and control across all factory operations.

“Being a focused EMS company with an excellent reputation for capability, quality and trust, it is essential for our business that mission-critical tools meet and even exceed our standards to support quality and traceability, so that we can confidently expand our business to meet increasing customer demand, based on their satisfaction of our service,” states Raphael Mailänder, Production Manager, SC electronic service, who continues, “Aegis software has provided us the unique opportunity to realize our goals, illustrating our increased value proposition to customers.”

Daniel Walls, European Managing Director, Aegis Software, stated, “SC electronic service is an inspiring example of the excellence of local manufacturing in Germany, and how it becomes increasingly successful with the introduction of Smart software technology that directly supports current and future business needs.”

Manufacturing critical security assemblies, with increasing incorporation of electronic sub-systems, customers of SC electronic service are assured of the highest possible quality, visibility, and cost-effective manufacturing performance, delivering unprecedented product reliability.

#MES #PAuto @FactoryLogix

Thermal management.

Anglia Components has greatly expanded its range of thermal management components including board mount, extruded and BGA heatsinks following a new distribution agreement for Britain and Ireland with ABL Aluminium Components.

David Pearson, Technical Director of Anglia, commented, “We aim to offer customers a complete solution and the addition of ABL broadens our profile of these components which play an essential role in the reliability of electronic systems. This not only expands our standard product range, but also gives us access to a top quality UK manufacturer that is able to offer customisation options to suit customers’ specific design or production requirements.”

Tim Richardson, Business Development Manager at ABL Aluminium Components, added, “Anglia and ABL share a strong customer-centred business ethic and believe in delivering exceptional service and quality. We are excited to be starting a new business venture with them. They are highly regarded for their close relationships with their customers and we believe that they will introduce our high performance components to new accounts that aren’t already familiar with them.”

Anglia is supporting the new line with an inventory profile of the most popular heatsinks which are available from Anglia Live. Anglia is able to offer customisation options with ABL components, including non-standard lengths, milling and drilling options and application of thermal transfer materials and adhesive pads to assist production teams during the assembly process.

#Pauto #Britain #Ireland  @angliaLive @NeeshamPR

Friday 25 October 2019

Filter tubes offer.

For a limited time, Ion Science is offering 50 free benzene pre-filter tubes instead of the normal ten when customers purchase a handheld Tiger Select volatile organic compound (VOC) detector.  Order today to take advantage of this exclusive offer, quote SB-1119 when placing an order.

ION Science’s benzene pre-filter tubes ensure rapid detection and selective measurement of benzene when attached to the company’s well proven handheld Tiger Select photoionisation detector (PID) via a tube holder assembly. The pre-filter tubes are typically available as a pack of ten.

The unit offers fast, accurate detection of total aromatic compounds (TACs) and benzene. Utilising the high output Ion Science 10.0 eV detection system, a reading for TACs is seen immediately on start-up. Where aromatics are detected, a pre-filter tube can be easily attached to ensure fast detection and selective measurement of benzene.

It continues to display real-time data, ensuring the final reading represents the full value of actual benzene present, Benzene concentrations are displayed down to parts per billion (ppb) levels.

The instrument is capable of providing 15-minute short-term exposure limits (STELs) and 8-hour time-weighted averages (TWAs) for TACs. A 10.6eV lamp can be easily installed for the detection of a wide range of VOCs.

In addition, the market-leading MiniPID 2 sensor incorporates both humidity resistant technology and anti-contamination design for extended operation in difficult working environments.

Customers just need to quote code SB-1119 when placing an order via

 #PAuto #VOC @ionscience @elhcomms

Five year warrantee for drives.

Control Techniques has launched a free, five-year warranty for its Commander range of general-purpose drives. Anyone who purchases a drive from the Commander range will now be able to register to extend the products’ warranty from two years to five, at no extra cost.

Anthony Pickering, president of Control Techniques said: “To increase the warranty period for our Commander range signals our confidence in the product and gives drive users added security. We are particularly proud to be in a position where we can offer this.”

The new offer relates to the Commander C200 and C300 – general purpose drives designed for ease of setup and installation. The firm states the move to extend the warranty from two to five years is testimony to the products’ exceptional track record for reliability and durability. Users can now buy with confidence, safe in the knowledge that their purchase comes with the security a five-year warranty offers.

Due to an on-board PLC, both devices have embedded intelligence – removing the need for an external controller – and a 0.25kW to 132kW power range makes the products suitable for lower and high-power applications. Noted for its robust design and resilience to harsh environments, the Commander range has the smallest footprint in its class, making it is ideal for machine and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). For more complex applications, both models are compatible with Control Techniques’ plug-in option modules.

The Commander family of drives was reintroduced to the company’s portfolio at the end of 2018.

#PAuto @CT_Drives @mepaxIntPR

Customer value leadership recognised.

Award recognizes Werum’s PAS-X MES solution explicitly built for pharma, biotech and cell & gene therapy industries / PAS-X supports complex operations providing value for customers through increased productivity and adherence to regulatory requirements.

Based on its recent analysis of the global manufacturing execution system (MES) market for pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and cell & gene therapies, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Werum IT Solutions with the 2019 Global MES for Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, and Cell & Gene Therapies Customer Value Leadership Award*. Its MES solution, PAS-X, supports complex operations, higher productivity, and adherence to regulatory requirements. Its end-to-end solution comprises the PAS-X software product, pre-configured content for pharma and biotech processes, as well as consulting, training, and support services.

Shruti Singh
"Werum continuously innovates to deliver true value through market-leading solutions to create digital production processes. It has also developed an extensive ecosystem comprising warehouse management, finite scheduling, and track & trace serialization aggregation solutions for adjacent applications in pharmaceutical or biotech factories," said Shruti Singh, Industry Analyst, Frost & Sullivan. "In addition, Werum’s solutions greatly simplify the integration of machines, equipment, and automation systems into the existing production environment. Together with its customers, Werum creates the digital Pharma 4.0 factory of the future."

Jens Woehlbier
“Earning the prestigious Frost & Sullivan Customer Value Leadership Award is a tremendous achievement for which we are grateful,” said Jens Woehlbier, CEO of Werum IT Solutions GmbH. “We believe successful operation not only comes from best quality solutions but by understanding and exceeding customer expectations. Through our community-oriented approach – PAS-X users represent the largest pharma and biotech MES user community worldwide – we add value to our customers' operations and contribute to their effective and sustained success.”

PAS-X MES specifically enables pharma and biotech manufacturers to meet increasing quality and regulatory requirements through built-in data integrity. It also reduces the need for human intervention in pharma and biotech companies, thereby reducing errors. Werum's solution can help customers achieve return on investment in just two to three years. It aims to develop a continuously growing portfolio of new software products, features, and services, helping pharma, biotech, and cell & gene therapy manufacturers expand their businesses.

"The company delivers best-in-class service, helping customers engage optimally with its PAS-X solution. This software is used by the majority of the world's top 30 pharma and biotech companies and many mid-sized manufacturers in more than 1,000 installations," noted Singh. "With exceptional PAS-X quality and commitment to innovation, Werum offers outstanding customer value in MES."

*Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers with a focus on improving the return on the investment that customers make in its services or products. The award recognizes the company's focus on augmenting the value that its customers receive, beyond simply good customer service, leading to improved customer retention and customer base expansion. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

 #PAuto #MES @Werum @Frost_Sullivan

Europe demand for cybersecurity info surges!

The rising number of industrial cyberattacks throughout the world is prompting a surge in demand for ISA cybersecurity courses offered by ISA Europe.

Cyber-criminals and nation-state actors are increasingly targeting operational technology (OT), which is essential for the production and safety of critical infrastructure. Attacks against OT have ballooned from 5 percent to 30 percent in the last few years. According to a recent security survey, at least 80 percent of companies in Europe have experienced at least one cybersecurity incident over the last year.

As a result, ISA Europe reports increasing demand among global manufacturers—most notably those located in The Netherlands, Ireland, Great Britain, Germany, and Spain—for training courses based on the ISA/IEC-62443 series of industrial automation and control systems (IACS) security standards.

Pieter van der Klooster, ISA’s director of international business development, discusses the growing demand for industrial cybersecurity training and what it means for ISA Europe.

“We at ISA Europe are excited about our long-term potential for growth, particularly in meeting mounting demand for industrial cybersecurity training and education. In fact, approximately 70 percent of the ISA courses we teach in Europe are ISA cybersecurity courses,” reports van der Klooster.

“Certainly, incidents of cyber-crime are increasing all over the world. Every company is facing challenges in this area and ISA has the subject-matter expertise and unique training program in cybersecurity to help solve these challenges,” he added.

The most popular courses, based on class enrollment, offered by ISA Europe are: IC32 (Using the ISA/IEC 62443 Standards to Secure Your Control Systems), followed by: 

ISA/IEC 62443, the world's only consensus-based series of industrial cybersecurity standards and those endorsed by the United Nations, protect the IACS and networks that control operational technology machinery and associated devices within critical infrastructure and manufacturing plants. Without these defenses in place, an industrial cyberattack can result in plant shutdown, operational and equipment impairment, severe economic and environmental damage, and put lives at risk.  
This January, ISA Europe opened a larger training office and facility located in Eindhoven, Netherlands, which is well-positioned to meet the growing demands for ISA courses in Europe. In addition to providing a more suitable space for training classes and hands-on laboratory exercises, the facility offers flexible workspaces for on-site trainers, additional parking, a storage area, a shared kitchen, and a lunchroom.  

#cybersecurity #PAuto @ISA_EU @ISA_Interchange @IrelandISA

Thursday 24 October 2019

Parameterizing and commissioning field devices.

Endress+Hauser is now offering its Field Xpert together with Softing's mobiLink interface as a practical bundle for parameterizing and commissioning field devices.

The combination of Softing's mobiLink interface with the Field Xpert SMT70 or SMT77 Tablet PC from Endress+Hauser offers users a simple and safe system solution for configuring and parameterizing field devices for the most important process automation protocols - HART, PROFIBUS PA and FOUNDATION Fieldbus.

The bundle includes a Field Xpert SMT70 or SMT77 tablet with pre-installed CommDTMs (HART, PROFIBUS PA and FOUNDATION Fieldbus), a mobiLink interface that establishes the connection to the tablet via Bluetooth, and optionally a license to use mobiLink for the configuration of FOUNDATION Fieldbus and PROFIBUS PA field devices. mobiLink is now available from Endress+Hauser under the name FieldPort SFP50.

Dr. Rolf Birkhofer, CEO of Endress+Hauser Digital Solutions: “mobiLink is seamlessly integrated into our Field Xpert, which can be used as a powerful Tablet PC for device configuration in Zone 2, Zone 1 or in non-explosive areas. It provides easy access to all field instruments and is a simple, touchable tool that allows field instruments to be managed throughout their lifecycle.”

Peter Juengling, Key Account Manager at Softing Industrial: “We are proud to be able to look back on a long-standing partnership with Endress+Hauser. We already offer a range of interface products that connect to the Field Xpert SMT70 or SMT77 tablet for device configuration and to Endress+Hauser's FieldCare SFE500 Plant Asset Management Software. With mobiLink we simplify mobile access to field devices for plant operators, system integrators, device developers and other users in the process industry. Together with the Ex-certified tablets from Endress+Hauser, we now have a cost-effective and easy-to-use all-in-one solution.”

 #PAuto @SoftingIA @Endress_Hauser

Temperature probe for air gas or liquid!

The EE074 from E+E Elektronik is suitable for accurate temperature measurement of air, gases and liquids. The robust stainless steel probe can be used for climate and process control in the food and pharmaceutical industries, in clean rooms or in agriculture.

The EE074 temperature probe offers a high measuring accuracy of ±0.1 °C and a wide measuring range of up to -70...105 °C (-94... 221 °F). The IP68 stainless steel enclosure and the fully encapsulated electronics lead to an excellent measuring performance and a longer lifetime even in harsh and condensing environment. The RS485 interface with Modbus RTU protocol facilitates the design-in of the probe.

With the optionally available immersion well, the EE074 can be used for temperature measurement in pressurized liquids up to 25 bar (363 psi). The innovative clamp ring allows for fastening the probe in the immersion well without screws and thus without tools. The sensing head with 6 mm diameter is also compatible with other standard immersion wells.

Various probe and cable lengths make the EE074 a flexible and versatile temperature probe. The M12x1 connector and the choice of optionally mounting accessories minimize installation time and costs.

An optional adapter and the free configuration software facilitate the setup and adjustment of the EE074. Due to its mechanical design, the probe can be calibrated in a dry-block or liquid bath calibrator.

• E+E products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

#PAuto #Eplus

Optimising data intelligence on plant floor.

Red Lion Controls have announced updates to their Crimson® development environment, including dynamic filtering of SQL queries and the release of a German language version of their award-winning software.

The increase in global use of Crimson-based products is a testament Crimson’s ability to play a key part in delivering on the promise of the IIoT. “We’re pleased to now offer a localized user experience for our German-speaking customers who are leveraging Crimson as part of their own Industrie 4.0 initiatives,” said Kevin Good, VP of Sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

In an effort to further optimize data intelligence, the latest version of Crimson has the ability to use expressions in filters for SQL queries. This allows operators to pull a subset of data from a SQL database based on dynamic search criteria. This new feature can deliver greater efficiencies and process control, shortening response time by accessing the right data faster – which is critical when troubleshooting production or operations workflow.

“This can dramatically improve an operator’s ability to make process improvement decisions in real-time.” said Jeff Thornton, product manager for automation products at Red Lion Controls.

• Red Lion products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

#PAuto #IIoT #Industrie4 @redlioncontrols

Wednesday 23 October 2019

Heat Transfer Technique.

The German standard reference "Heat Transfer Technique with Organic Fluids" is now published as an international edition. The new, third edition - a project of the media brand PROCESS of Vogel Communications Group - is now available in English as Vogel-Reference-Book.

Heat transfer systems with organic fluids are widely used in the industry. The responsible engineers and planners must be up to date with the latest technology. In addition, they must know and observe the legal framework as well as the conditions and standards in detail.

The established standard book 'Heat Transfer Technique with Organic Fluids' by author Walter Wagner comprises the continuous technological development of this special field of process engineering. It provides detailed and well-founded information on the basics of heat transfer technology and presents current technologies and processes.

It also contained explanations of the latest regulations and standards, which are essential for the design, construction and operation of heat transfer installations. Thematically, the book is rounded off with an overview of property data of organic heat transfer fluids as well as many use cases from practical experience.

 #PAuto @vogelcomgroup @ProcessWW

Intelligent displacement sensor added.

With their BMP series Balluff has added a new intelligent displacement sensor which provides not only the absolute position signal for the stroke travel of a piston via IO-Link but also information about the sensor status and the current ambient conditions.

It monitors for example the sensor temperature, the number of starts and issues warnings when a configurable limit value is violated. An internal counter continuously monitors the operating hours over the entire life of the sensor, both since the last service and the last start-up. This makes it possible to plan for a possible needed replacement at the next service interval.

The integrated IO-Link interface also offers flexibility; it enables for example fast format changes thanks to time-saving parameterization functions. This magnetic, non-contact and wear-free sensor continuously detects the absolute position of a piston, is compatible with virtually all cylinder types and is quickly installed. Preferred applications include those where the exact execution of a defined piston stroke is essential for the process and product quality, for example in assembly, handling and factory automation.

#Pauto @Balluff @mepaxIntPR

Single automation platform for North America.

Harpak-ULMA has introduced its latest smart, connected packaging solution: the Trave® line, built by G. Mondini, which utilizes Rockwell Automation’s Integrated Architecture® (Allen-Bradley®) production control and information system.

They also announced G. Mondini’s commitment to standardizing on a single automation platform in North America. The move reflects a growing awareness that a smart, connected automation platform delivers significant competitive advantages over traditional automation approaches - which often embody a mix of components from different automation suppliers.

Kevin Roach, Harpak-ULMA’s CEO, stated that the updated Trave line also represents a great opportunity to highlight Harpak-ULMA’s Augmented Reality strategy. He complimented Giovanni Mondini’s leadership foresight. “I have tremendous respect for Giovanni’s brilliant intuition – he has a knack for identifying the “next big thing” that will shake up the packaging industry. Adopting a smart, connected strategy in North American operations helps solidify Harpak-ULMA’s thought leadership by delivering real value for customers. It also is another important milestone in Harpak-ULMA’s technology vision and roadmap to introduce disruptive innovation across our served markets.”

“Smart, connected machines play an essential role in a manufacturer’s digital transformation process,” said Mike Wagner, global OEM business manager for Rockwell Automation. The Integrated Architecture platform dramatically accelerates and eases integration with advanced software applications, such as augmented reality (AR). Harpak-ULMA’s deployment of PTC’s Vuforia AR software, part of the FactoryTalk InnovationSuite, powered by PTC, guides staff maintenance or production activities through 3D step-by-step work instructions using available tablets, smartphones, or glasses. AR applications dramatically reduce staff learning curves while improving maintenance outcomes. Harpak-ULMA joined the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork as an OEM Machine Builder to facilitate Roach’s vision for delivering smart, connected packaging solutions that leverage digital technologies to improve producer agility or emerging capabilities such as cloud-based data models that enable predictive maintenance.

Standardizing on the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture platform for controls offers several immediate, tangible producer benefits. Allen-Bradley replacement parts and controls technicians are widely available through the company’s extensive distribution network. Such widespread availability, combined with easy access and modification of the control’s software, means producers have more options when it comes to resolving maintenance issues that might otherwise result in extended line downtimes, or limit them to more costly repair options. In addition, the combination of rich information access and easier integration with other systems is proving attractive to producers that place a premium on the competitive advantages of a more connected enterprise.

“We are excited to have Harpak-ULMA in the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork. They continue to pursue innovative solutions that respond to the demand for smart, connected equipment,” Wagner said.

The approach further enhances G. Mondini’s rugged, heavy duty Trave line of tray sealing machines, already renowned for high reliability, low maintenance requirements, and the industry’s longest warranties. The Trave line uses an elegantly simple electro-mechanical lifting and sealing design that replaces failure prone pneumatics and employs a unique, patented multi-film handling system. The extremely accurate servo-screw, torque-based lifting and sealing technology ensures repeatable, high-quality sealing process control. Harpak-ULMA’s Trave line is the only domestic tray sealer available today that accommodates multiple film handling technologies on the same machine, including Sealed Air’s Cryovac® Darfresh On Tray® vacuum skin packaging that achieves zero scrap loss.

The Trave’s design enables the highest output speeds available today, and its ‘open design’, full wash down/sanitary capability is unique to the market. Mondini’s reputation for innovation-driven packaging solutions dates to 1972, when it pioneered the use of rigid packaging food containers. The company continually invests in people and technology, while constantly monitoring market trends in served geographies. Mondini executive leadership noted a surge of demand by U.S. and Canadian producers for smart manufacturing-enabled packaging solutions as the impetus for adopting Rockwell Automation’s Integrated Architecture® control and information platform in this region.

 #Pauto #Packaging @HarpakULMA @ROKAutomation

Magmeter upgraded.

Picomag plug-and-play flowmeter measures flow of electrically conductive fluids, process temperature and conductivity.

The smart plug-and-play Picomag electromagnetic flowmeter has been updated by Endress+Hauser. The Picomag update enables measurement of flow of electrically conductive fluids and the process temperature and conductivity. It enables easy commissioning with Bluetooth using the SmartBlue App and seamless integration with IO-Link technology.

Picomag can be installed into any pipe up to 2” in diameter, even in confined spaces. For this purpose, there are various process connection adapters available, such as NPT-thread, R-thread, internal thread, Tri-Clamp or Victaulic. Picomag is a cost-optimized solution for applications where the focus is on high repeatability (±0.2% o.f.s.) and reliable measured values – e.g. for correctly measuring water flows 198 gal/min or for minimizing energy costs in utility applications.

Picomag is suitable for process temperatures between 14 to 158 °F (temporarily up to 185 ºF) as well as for process pressures up to 232 psi. Picomag requires no inlet and outlet runs and thus can be mounted directly before or after a pipe bend.

The user-friendly display allows a quick and easy reading of flow, temperature, conductivity and totalizer values. Errors occurring during operations, such as a partial pipe filling or an exceeded temperature limit, are displayed via diagnostic symbols in accordance with NAMUR recommendation NE107. The screen rotates automatically depending on the installation position (horizontal or vertical). Configuration parameters can be called up and monitored by simply knocking on the device.

It is possible to carry out wireless configuration or data retrieval over a distance of 32 ft Bluetooth connection– even at installation sites which are difficult to access. Endress+Hauser’s SmartBlue App allows quick and easy navigation through all device and diagnostic functions.

Picomag provides digital data transmission to process control systems via IO-Link technology. The IO-Link master as an interface allows users to have comprehensive data access from the control room. Other advantages of the IO-Link technology include the automatic transfer of parameters after a device replacement as well as low wiring effort as compared to conventional wiring.

• See also #empowerthefield – release the potential! 

#PAuto #Flow  @Endress_Hauser @Endress_US @Endress_UK

Tuesday 22 October 2019

Three I/O modules join family!

Opto 22 will release three new groov EPIC® input/output modules later this month. They will extend an already comprehensive industrial I/O portfolio. For system integrators and engineers, the new I/O modules provide more options for bringing existing devices into groov EPIC, as well as meeting precise requirements for temperature control applications. They also include budget-beating designs for mixed signal types, signal isolation, and channel density:

GRV-IDCSW-12 (discrete input, 12 channels, DC contact switch status) monitors the open/closed status of dry contact switches, and provides the necessary excitation voltage to power the circuit. This module is ideal for monitoring distributed IT equipment, benchtop analyzers, motor run/stop relays, or any device that offers only a dry contact for status. Because there’s no need to install separate power supplies to drive these dry contacts—since wetting and monitoring are both provided—this module can save considerable time, money, space, and installation effort.

GRV-IVI-12 (analog voltage input, 12 channels, ±1.25 to ±160 V, channel-to-channel isolation): With 12 isolated channels, each configurable to one of eight ranges from ±1.25 to ±160 V, this module eliminates the need to segregate I/O signals over multiple modules, providing significant cost and space reduction for mixed voltage applications. The GRV-IVI-12 has 20-bit resolution and is accurate to 0.1% of the configured range. It includes options for scaling, filtering, averaging, and more, speeding development time and distributing computation functions down to the I/O module.

GRV-IRTD-8 (analog input, 8 channels, temperature/RTD or resistor) increases options for accuracy and I/O density in temperature applications. It provides 8 channels for 2- and 3-wire RTD inputs, with a maximum range of –200 °C to 850 °C. Users can take advantage of multiple fixed ranges or one of two auto-ranging methods to simplify configuration. GRV-IRTD-8 can also be used for high-resolution resistance measurements, with accuracy ranging from 4.2 Ohms at the 8K Ohm input range to 0.058 Ohms at the 10 Ohm range for 3-wire RTDs.

PAC Project 10.2003 or the Opto 22 Library Package for CODESYS v1.0.2.0 are required for full support of these modules.

Opto 22 designs groov I/O modules with the end user in mind, including many features to make them easy to specify, install, configure and support for even the most challenging applications. These new modules continue that tradition with the following features:
+ Two-position, hinged LED module cover that indicates module status and covers field terminations

+ Touch-sensitive pad to trigger module information display on the groov EPIC processor

+ Removable top-mounted connector with single, captive retention screw

+ Spring-clamp field wiring terminals

+ Hot swappable for installation and removal without turning off or stopping the system

+ UL Hazardous Locations approved and ATEX compliant

+ Wide operating temperature range of –20 to +70 °C

+ Individually calibrated and factory tested twice—no statistical testing

+ Guaranteed for life

With this latest module release, users can choose from almost 40 types of groov I/O modules to support their application requirements. Combined with its variety of embedded software tools for control, visualization and connectivity, this extensive I/O family makes groov EPIC one of the most versatile tools for industrial automation and IIoT (industrial internet of things) systems.

#PAuto @opto22

When cameras exceed their limits.

Custom-made products are required whenever standard industrial cameras reach their limits. Especially for small projects, however, development and cost expenditure are often disproportionately high.

Thanks to its flexible modular design principle, the new uEye ACP concept from IDS Imaging Development Systems enables individual, economical solutions to be created – even from single units. With just a few clicks, users can put together their own individual board level camera model using an online configurator and request a quote directly from the manufacturer.

"With the new uEye ACP models, we offer our customers an economical solution for obtaining individual cameras even for small quantities. They combine high quality, needs-based functionality and simple handling," explains Alexander Klingner, Project Manager Customized Solutions at IDS.

Customers can choose between USB3 and GigE Vision interfaces, extensions such as connector boards (RJ45, M12, MicroB), ribbon cables and lens mounts as well as a large number of different image sensors. This allows the board level cameras to be easily adapted to individual requirements.

The modular system ensures that long development cycles are avoided. Since almost all components are manufactured by IDS itself, the cameras are usually available at short notice. The components can be further modified by the IDS technology experts on request. Alternatively, the company also offers classic special developments – from customer-specific branding to individual designs and special software adaptations.

#PAuto @IDS_Imaging @InPressPR

Approval for signal quality analyser.

Anritsu's Signal Quality Analyzer-R Series MP1900A has been approved by PCI-SIG®*1 as a compliance test measuring instrument for PCI Express 4.0® (PCIe Gen4). The MP1900A is already approved as an R&D test instrument supporting Gen3 compliance tests and is now approved for the Gen4 test standards.

To speed-up serial-bus interfaces of communications equipment and high-end computers, the PCIe standard is transitioning from Gen3 (8GT/s) to Gen4 (16GT/s). PCIe Gen4 was adopted as a communications standard in August 2017 and has been discussed and examined for compliance testing since then. As part of this process, the MP1900A was approved as a compliance test measuring instrument for PCIe Gen4 based on the results of testing at the May 2019 PCI-SIG Compliance Workshop, and the MP1900A has been in use for certifying PCIe products since August 2019.

The PCI-SIG-approved MP1900A is a high-performance, multi-channel, bit error tester with world-beating output waveform quality, high input sensitivity, and a built-in jitter and noise source. With these high-performance hardware features, the MP1900A PCIe Gen4 test solution is ideal for automating Tx/Rx LEQ tests*2 required for compliance tests. Also, with built-in analysis functions delivering excellent reproducibility support analysis of signal quality issues caused by high-speed transmission path losses.

All Gen1 to Gen4 tests are supported by a single MP1900A, which also supports the new Gen5 standard. Additionally, 32-Gbaud PAM4 signals required by the future Gen6 standard are also supported.

As a result, the MP1900A helps cut PCIe design, inspection, and certification work burdens, while also improving quality.

* PCI-SIG Specifications.

#TandM @AnritsuEMEA @Anritsu @pci_sig @NapierPR 

Data in the cloud!

Beijer Electronics’ cloud solution with acirro+ provides a new opportunity to get insights to streamline a machine’s operation and improve operations.

The business of makers of Things, machine builders or providers of other technical equipment, runs on data. Data that can tell when machines are running efficiently and indicate when maintenance or other measures need to be introduced.

The threshold to accelerating into digital has never been lower than now, closing the gap between OT and IT. Beijer Electronics’ X2 HMIs and BoX2 devices are now IIoT ready by standard and fully prepared to help clients to move their machine data to the cloud.

A secure cloud connection is easily set up in the acirro+ platform to start moving machine data to the cloud. The solution is simple to implement on a machine without needing to re-wire an existing installation or re-program an existing application.

Data in the cloud enables customers to analyse and understand past events using large amounts of historical data. Diagnose outages quicker and shorten time to resolution. Understanding evolution patterns, average variations and peak data changes are essential. Historical data helps customers forecast future events and act upon them.

With data securely stored in the cloud, customers are able to create visual dashboards that combine different data sources, no matter how simple or complex, into a single view including bar graphs, pie charts, etc. Key performance indicators from machines can be viewed in real or near-real time using the runtime dashboard.

#PAuto @beijerinc 

#empowerthefield – release the potential!

97% of all instrument data at the field level is unused.

The new iTHERM TrustSens from Endress+Hauser, makes it possible to carry out continuous, traceable monitoring during the process thanks to a completely automated inline self-calibration function. This unique sensor technology represents a milestone in temperature measurement technology and offers added value, especially for users who need continuous monitoring of heating or sterilization processes. Apart from a high degree of process safety and improved system availability, iTHERM TrustSens furthermore eliminates the risk of nonconformities occurring during production.

97 percent of all instrument data at the field level is unused. With a live demonstration at its exhibit booth at BrauBeviale 2019 (Nuremberg {D}12-14/11/2019)*, the company will illustrate how customers can release this hidden potential. To support plant operators with the digitalization of their system components, they have developed their own IIoT ecosystem that focuses on the utilization and management of assets. In combination with the innovative diagnostics information from their Heartbeat technology, for instance, this makes it possible to determine the actual maintenance requirement or prevent unplanned system downtime.

When it comes to ensuring a consistently high level of quality during product manufacturing, inline measurement technology plays a decisive role. Whether it involves determining the pasteurization units in the heater, measuring the color in liquids or determining concentration-specific parameters via density, measurement values must be precise, reproducible and permanently stable. This is the only way to guarantee the required quality.

* Endress+Hauser will be presenting automation concepts and intelligent, self-monitoring measurement technologies that help make production processes safer and more efficient. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how they can carry out precise measurements or satisfy process and system requirements in the age of Industry 4.0 with the help of intelligent instruments, complete solutions and services. Endress+Hauser will also present innovative calibration services and demonstrate how field instruments can be utilized to enable applications such as predictive maintenance or efficient asset management.
The Picomag electromagnetic flowmeter will also be on display, which offers compact flow measurements with integrated conductivity measurements in a handheld format, is suitable for use with water circulation systems, among other applications. (See also Magmeter upgraded.)
An additional product highlight for 2019 is the Promass Q Coriolis-based mass flow measurement instrument for demanding applications. This instrument relies on multi-frequency technology that makes it possible to precisely determine the degree of foam in ice cream or cream cheese, for instance. 
Another product tailored to the needs of the food industry is the cost-efficient Nivector FT126 capacitive level switch for all powders and fine-grained solids. This instrument offers best-in-class build-up monitoring performance. Thanks to IO-Link communications capability, the FT126 is also Industry 4.0-ready.

#Brewing #PAuto @Endress_Hauser @Endress_US @Endress_UK

Monday 21 October 2019

Keeping an eye on the rudder!

TruSail is a performance sailing specialist and the name of a modular wireless sensing telemetry system that provides a unique scientific and measurable tool for racing sailboats. Used for expert training by elite sailors and coaches, typically competing at national, international and Olympic level, the system includes real-time measurement and advanced analysis of the most significant dynamic forces that influence sailboat performance. Armed with this data, which may be analysed instantly whilst on the water, sailors can react and improve their performance technique affording a solid team advantage compared to traditional and delayed classroom debriefing methods.

As part of the measurement components used on the TruSail system, Ixthus Instrumentation is supplying Euro-CMRK series angle sensors for the TruSail’s rudder and boom position feedback as well as application expertise that helped the sailing specialists meet its stringent marine environment and performance specifications.

TruSail’s technical director Glynn Lloyd explains the requirements in detail. “Our products need to be light because any additional weight on the boat will potentially slow it down or change the "feeling" of the boat to the sailor. TruSail systems have to work in all weather conditions and because the sailors perform to the limits - with meticulously fine margins between winning and losing - every fraction of a percent in performance really matters. At such extreme limits, high speed capsizing can be frequent so our systems need extreme durability and waterproofing. The Euro-CMRT angle sensors specified by the engineers at Ixthus Instrumentation have proven ideal for these conditions and their miniature design helps keep the TruSail’s size and weight to a minimum.”

At only 10 mm in diameter and 15 mm housing length, and with an M8 threaded mounting and a 3.175 mm flatted shaft, the Euro-CMRT programmable angle sensor now used by TruSail features Hall Effect non-contacting technology in an extremely lightweight IP68 sealed design. Manufactured by Variohm EuroSensor – Ixthus’ sister company in the Variohm Group – this new product is the latest version of a comprehensive range of Hall Effect angle sensors that excel for proven durability, long life, high duty-cycle and exceptional reliability. As the smallest angle sensor in Variohm’s range, it is perfectly suited to precision angle measurement tasks where light-weight and restricted installation space are important design considerations.

For the rudder sensor, the Euro-CMRT is mounted inside the TruSail housing which also includes telemetry electronics. Measuring the rudder angle through the tiller link mechanism (see image with inset below), the sensor’s angle is transmitted to a large display at the front of the boat that sailors are able to monitor as well as to a tablet on the coaches’ boat which runs the main telemetry and performance analysis application software. A similar TruSail system with a further CMRT sensor provides the team with the sailboat’s boom angle position and up to four boats may be linked at the same time with information shared between sailors and coaches. As the sailors are directly able to adapt their sailing style using the monitors, and coaches can support them on the water during the actual training session, sailing performance, boat set-up and learning are all optimised.

The Euro-CMRT is part of a new family of Hall Effect long-life angle sensors that include the 18 mm PCD flange mounting Euro-CMRS and the puck-and-magnet design of the Euro-CMRK. The new products are based on preceding Hall Effect sensors that enjoy a high reputation in measurement applications that include industrial automation, motorsports, mobile construction machinery and agricultural vehicles. Improved production and assembly techniques have led to smaller footprint products with added flexibility that allows straightforward mechanical and electrical adaptation to exactly match the customer’s requirements.

Across the new Euro-CMRx range a choice of single or dual redundant output, with CW or CCW direction, includes ratiometric or PWM signal levels from an industry standard 5 VDC input. Programmable angles from 30⁰ up to 360⁰ in 1⁰ increments are specifiable with independent linearity to within +/- 0.5% of each signal range. The CMRx family offers a vibration rating that meets IEC 600068-2-6 and a temperature range from -40° C to +125° C, with short term operation to 150° C. Working life is rated in excess of 50 million movements for the housed sensors and the completely contactless puck and magnet version has a virtually unlimited life. Encapsulated sensor electronics combined with high grade anodised aluminium housing and stainless steel shaft materials further ensure reliability and performance for the most demanding environments.

#Marine #Transport @IxthusInst @mepaxIntPR 

Miniature integrated motor.

Applied Motion Products (AMP)  has launched a Power over Ethernet (PoE) enabled integrated miniature microstepping motor package that combines a closed-loop digital drive, feedback encoder and an Ethernet-supported motion controller as a single-cable positioning solution. With PoE linked drive/controller power and Ethernet communications over a single cable the unique TSM14POE series, based on AMP’s well proven StepSERVO™ technology, will bring a new level of application capability for miniature decentralised automation tasks with time and cost savings through simplified wiring as well as compactness and location flexibility.

Available through Mclennan - AMP’s European distribution partner – the NEMA size 14 integrated motor could be applied to existing PoE-linked devices such as IP Camera systems to add positioning capability, or to miniature automated devices such as robotics, end effectors, small actuators and medical instruments.

AMP’s StepSERVO™ technology provides greater torque, higher acceleration rates, better efficiency, decreased motor heating, and less audible noise than traditional, open-loop step motor systems. For the new TSM14POE series the drive stage is combined with an integral 4096 ppr magnetic encoder providing high accuracy position and speed feedback through a choice of industrial Ethernet protocols including Ethernet TCP/IP, EtherNet/IP and Modbus TCP. Motion control via AMP’s Q Programming language enables axis positioning plus motion profiles with maths and conditional functions available along with stored program execution for machine interaction over Ethernet.

The TSM14POE is compatible with IEEE 802.3at Type 2 specifications for PoE+ and with switches and injectors that support the standard. A choice of models offer X-coded M12 or modular RJ-45 connectors for application flexibility. Both have square nominal housing dimensions of 35 mm x 35 mm with the slightly longer M12 connector option being approximately 109 mm, and 99 mm for the RJ-45 option. Speed and torque characteristics are application dependent with nominal holding torque in the region of 0.4 Nm. Additionally, AMP and Mclennan offer the TSM14POE series complete with integrated low-backlash planetary gearheads in a wide range of ratios where increased torque performance is required.

TSM series stepServo™ integrated motors are also available in larger and smaller frame sizes with conventional power supply requirements. Users can choose from NEMA size 11 to 34 packages with torque output from around 0.1 to over 8 Nm with a wide selection of control and interfacing options. Motor speeds up to 3600 rpm and encoder resolutions of 20,000 counts/rev make the range suitable for a very wide range of motion control applications.

 #PAuto #McLennan @ampmotion @mepaxIntPR