Friday, January 18, 2019

Guarding against inventory disruption.

Anglia Components is offering users of its Anglia 80/20 inventory management system the opportunity to hold increased levels of inventory at no cost, ahead of any potential Brexit disruption. This additional inventory is still invoiced as it is used – eliminating any call on the customer’s financial capital.
Anglia's Steve Rawlings guarding against possible Brexit disruption.
Anglia 80/20 offers customers an agreed level of inventory on their regularly used commodity components that are held on their site providing instant accessibility. The level of inventory is normally scaled according to the customer’s forecast demand – but customers can increase their inventory ahead of the March 29 deadline to insulate themselves against potential customs delays following the UK’s departure from the EU. Anglia is offering 80/20 customers the opportunity to increase their stock levels at no additional cost. Once confidence returns, this additional inventory can simply be consumed as required or returned to the Anglia warehouse.

Commenting, Steve Rawlins, CEO of Anglia, said, “Anglia is committed to the success of its customers, and we are always thinking forward about ways in which we can protect their supply chain. We were able to help many customers during the recent component shortages – and we are looking to help them again in the event that Brexit disrupts the supply chain.”

Anglia 80/20 brought a new level of flexibility to the supply chain, which was previously only available to large volume users through consignment/Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI). There is no start-up cost. Participating customers receive inventory in line with their forecast usage, which is invoiced as it is used. Customers can track component usage in real time through an intuitive web-based dashboard, eradicating the need for manually updated usage reports. Inventory can also be replenished daily, weekly or monthly with monthly consolidated invoicing if required. This simple but effective process is further complemented by a ‘single scan’ booking in system allowing users to book in a delivery containing multiple parts quickly and error free.

@angliaComponent #PAuto # Automation #Breatimeacht #Brexit

Optical turbidity measurement.

The new OPTISYS TUR 1060 optical turbidity measuring system has been introduced by Krohne. The main application areas are quality monitoring or filter monitoring in drinking water, or in cooling water circuits or demineralisation processes.

The new analytical system employs 90° scattered light technology and is compliant to US EPA 180.1 and EN ISO 7027. It comes with 4…20mA and Modbus RS485 communication and features improved usability, fast measuring response time, simple and cost-efficient calibration, data logging, and low maintenance requirements.

Although OPTISYS TUR 1060 shares components with its predecessor OPTISYS TUR 1050 and can be retrofitted, the system has been completely redesigned: it provides improved usability due to cursor keys and simple start-up and operation without special knowledge. For flexible use, the measuring ranges can be adapted according to the application. It can be calibrated with reusable calibration cuvettes in less than 5 minutes, without dangerous formazine contact.

The new system has an integrated data logger for storing measurement readings and the last four calibrations up to one year, depending on selected logging interval between 1…60 minutes. Calibration data and logged data can both be downloaded via USB interface. OPTISYS TUR 1060 has the lowest maintenance requirements on the market due to a long lasting light source and automatic ultrasonic cleaning of the measuring cuvette that provides for minimal wear, high long-term stability and short downtimes.

• DWN Products are marketed in Ireland through DWN Instrumentation.

@krohnegroup #Water #PAuto 

Sensing CO2, Humidity and Temperature digitally.

The EE850 duct mount sensor from E+E Elektronik combines the CO2, relative humidity (RH) and temperature (T) measurement in a single device. The sensor can be easily integrated into a bus system via the RS485 interface (Modbus RTU or BACnet MS/TP). The 3-in-1 device is dedicated for building automation as well as for demanding process control.

The EE850 features the E+E dual wavelength NDIR CO2 sensing cell, which is particularly insensitive to contamination. The CO2 auto-calibration and temperature compensation lead to high accuracy and long-term stability over the entire working range of 0…10,000 ppm CO2 and -20 °C to +60 °C (-4...140 °F).

The RH and T sensing element located inside the probe is optimally protected from dust, dirt and corrosion by the proprietary E+E coating. The coating improves the measurement performance and long-term stability in harsh environment by preventing stray impedances caused by deposits on the active sensor surface.

The CO2, RH and T measured data as well as the calculated dew point temperature (Td) are available on the RS485 interface with Modbus RTU or BACnet MS/TP protocol. Alternatively, the EE850 features current and voltage outputs. The digital interface provides also other parameters such as absolute humidity (dv), mixing ratio (r), water vapor partial pressure (e) or enthalpy (h).

Configuration and adjustment can be performed with an optional adapter and the free EE-PCS configuration software.

The functional enclosure facilitates mounting the EE850 with closed cover. This protects the electronics from construction site pollution during installation. A mounting flange is included in the scope of supply.

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

 #epluse_at #PAuto @Instrum_Tech 

Detecting PCBs using RFID.

An RFID system in which PCBs communicate with their SMT production line and contain all the relevant manufacturing data has been developed by Harting. Based on the company’s RFID-4-SMT auto-ID solution, the new system cuts error rates, radically simplifies documentation requirements and forms the basis for automated PCB production in a batch size of one.

When the PCB is first produced, a small UHF RFID chip is inserted in the blank or attached as a component later on. From this point, manufacturing data can be written to and read from the RFID chip at each station in the manufacturing process. Even unplanned events such as machine malfunctions can be stored.

This is all enabled by the cutting-edge UHF RFID technology from Harting. Thanks to the coaxial-cable-based Ha-VIS LOCFIELD® antenna and the Ha-VIS RF-R350 flexible UHF RFID reader based on their MICA® industrial computing platform, realisation involves a minimum of effort. The antenna field follows a coaxial conductor and allows communication with several PCBs in a single PCB panel at full manufacturing speed.

The reader and antenna can easily be integrated into both new and old systems. The compact design and IP67 protection class also facilitate upgrading. Full data integration in the manufacturing system is therefore made possible - but not absolutely necessary - at any time.

Thanks to the modular and open software architecture of the Ha-VIS RF-R350 UHF RFID read-write device, the data can be pre-processed in the reader. The data is stored in line with ISO standards and the GS1 standards applied to commercial goods transport. This applies not only for the ID of the PCB itself, but also for the processing and manufacturing data stored in the user memory of the RFID chip. This data is all transparent and can thus easily be used later by a third party.

Once the UHF RFID technology has been fitted on the PCB, it can be used throughout the lifetime of the PCB. It is possible for several PCBs to be read in bulk without optical contact: for example, through foil and cardboard packaging, which makes the technology eminently suitable for warehouse and logistics processes. In addition, the information can also be read when the PCB is already installed in the application. Provided that the housing does not consist entirely of metal and certain basic physical principles are adhered to, the information on the RFID chip can continue to be used and updated. The options offered by the UHF RFID technology remain available until the PCB is disposed of, and can enable and improve a range of different applications.

@Harting #Manufaturing #RFID

Future proofed I/O systems.

Pepperl+Fuchs is connecting LB remote I/O systems to the PROFINET world with their new LB PROFINET gateway. End-to-end communication also ensures optimal use of existing intelligence in the field, representing a crucial step toward making plants suitable for future requirements and Industry 4.0.

In early 2019, Pepperl+Fuchs is to launch the new LB PROFINET gateway, delivering not only conventional PROFINET functionality but also full access to all connected HART devices. In practical terms, this will give users access to HART auxiliary variables as a second measuring value in addition to process variables. Furthermore, the diagnostic data from the field devices can be read out via HART IP, thus significantly increasing transparency and plant availability. The new gateway also offers maximum flexibility since different protocols can run via the same cordset (e.g., PROFINET and HART IP), and, of course, it represents a high-performance solution: up to 80 field devices can be connected to a fully occupied remote I/O system. These devices communicate without a time delay.

Another highlight of the gateway is the intelligent redundancy concept. An integrated switch ensures the functionality of the network at all times based on the medium redundancy protocol (MRP). If a line fails, the ring network is reconfigured to send the data packets via the alternative route. Since the potential for hazards increases as a result of big data being used alongside increased networking of industrial plants, the new PROFINET gateway also fulfills the appropriate safety requirements. The large display, the largest available on the market for this device type, is another highlight that makes the new gateway from Pepperl+Fuchs easy to use. The device status and additional diagnostic data can be read at a glance via RGB LEDs.

@PepperlFuchs #PAuto

Head of Innovation and Enterprise.

Dr Paul Maguire has been appointed as Head of Innovation and Enterprise at Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) – City Campus*.

Dr Paul Maguire
Paul Maguire has extensive experience of the commercial start-up environment. He was CEO of med-tech company Arann Healthcare from 2010 to 2013. Prior that role, he led Lexas Research, a start­up and technology company providing process control and diagnostic systems to the semiconductor industry and was part of the negotiation team involved in the trade­sale of the technical assets to a US company in February 2010. Paul joined DIT Hothouse in 2013 where he launched 13 spin­ outs, negotiated and executed 30+ licences and assignments, and secured over €4.5m in commercial research funding.

In 2017, Paul was named as the Knowledge Transfer Ireland Achiever of the Year. Paul has a PhD. in Optical Communications from DCU and an MSc. in Technology Management and Innovation from the Smurfit Business School, UCD.

As Head of Innovation and Enterprise, Paul will provide strategic and managerial leadership for knowledge transfer, innovation and enterprise support across TU Dublin (City Campus) and the partnership comprising the Dublin Region Innovation Consortium. He will lead a high-performance team of professionals that delivers best-in-class innovation and enterprise supports to academics, students and industry, with a keen focus on knowledge transfer, industry partnerships and entrepreneurship, all leading to real, measurable, impacts within Dublin and nationally.

* TU Dublin, Ireland’s first Technological University, is where career-focused students, dedicated staff and academic excellence in science, the arts, business, engineering and technology converge to create the leaders of tomorrow. We offer an inclusive and open learning experience with pathways to graduation, from Apprenticeship to PhD. Our 28,500 students learn in a practice-based environment informed by the latest research and enabled by technological advances.

TU Dublin hosts a thriving research community engaged in applying innovation and technology to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. We are deeply committed to collaborating with our national and international academic partners and our many networks in industry and civic society to create new learning experiences and develop impactful research.

TU Dublin is an exciting new milestone in Irish Higher Education. With campuses in Dublin City, Tallaght and Blanchardstown, it spans the largest population centres of Ireland’s capital city. Building on the rich heritage of its founding organisations - DIT, IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght – TU Dublin will be inclusive and adaptable, creating educational opportunities for students at all stages. TU Dublin students will be socially responsible, open-minded global thinkers who are ambitious to change the world for the better. As graduates, they will be enterprising and daring in all their endeavours, ready to play their part in transforming the future.

@WeAreTUDublin #Ireland

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Moisture in gas application in US.

Michell Instruments has won a bid to supply three OptiPEAK TDL600 moisture analysers to a gas processing plant in the United States.

Working closely with the plant operator, Michell’s system engineering department designed a customised sampling system to meet the specific requirements of the application. These include extra filtration to avoid dust carryover from the molecular sieve beds as well as additional safety features to protect the analyzers in the event of high process temperatures.

Taking advantage of the latest developments in laser spectroscopy, the OptiPEAK TDL600 has an unrivalled accuracy for any process moisture analyzer of ±1% of the reading or 1ppmV verified by calibration traceable to NPL (GB) and NIST (USA). Its lower detection limit of 1ppmV makes it the most sensitive instrument in its class on the market, as well as being one of the most reliable. Michell has developed a unique laser lock system to ensure the laser remains locked to the correct water absorption signal, maintaining a high integrity measurement at all times. In some earlier TDLAS moisture analyzer designs, drift in laser wavelength over time may cause gradual deterioration in measurement performance.

• Michell Instruments Products are available in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

@Michell_Inst #PAuto #USA

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Cables in space!

Intelliconnect have had a number of custom-designed, flexible cables successfully launched into space as part of VESTA-1, a 3U nanosatellite technology demonstration mission. VESTA-1 was manufactured for Honeywell under funding from the British Space Agency.

Intelliconnect’s customer, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), launched the satellite into a “575km sun-synchronous orbit as part of Spaceflight’s SSO-A SmallSat Express Mission”. It was launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base on board the Falcon 9 on December 12th, 2018.

The purpose of the mission is to test a two-way VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) payload. This VDES has been developed by Honeywell Aerospace UK and aims to increase connectivity into remote maritime locations beyond phone networks as well as broader remote communication systems.

The brief provided by SSTL required Intelliconnect to manufacture a number of specific cables suitable for use in outer-space. Intelliconnect’s design team worked closely with SSTL engineers to define their design and manufacturing and to provide flexible cables suitable for the environmental conditions found in space.

“Our design team used all of their technical skills and experience to propose suitable materials and manufacturing processes for this application” Comments Roy Phillips, Managing Director of Intelliconnect. "Our outstanding on-time delivery record ensured we could meet a time-critical delivery schedule that adhered to the testing and launch needs of the satellite.”

@Intelli_Connect  #Astronautics @SurreySat

A Falcon 9 launch!

Metal surface inspection.

An informative guide for metals manufacturers looking to achieve both high quality and yield optimization is now available from Ametek Surface Vision.

The Metals Surface Inspection Guide is a ready reference for Surface Vision’s SmartView® surface inspection system, one of the most trusted and valued automatic surface inspection solutions in the world.

A proven partner for increasing efficiency and improving product quality in the metals industry for over three decades, SmartView continues to be a market leader in the highly precise real-time detection and classification of metal defects.

The new guide outlines the benefits of the system’s real-time video and modular design flexibility for steel, aluminum and alloy manufacturers looking to improve the quality of their production through the highly configurable inspection and reporting SmartView offers.

Highly customizable to individual customer process needs, SmartView’s reliable top and bottom real-time optical inspection provides surface quality visibility in even the most-demanding metal processing environments. Combining powerful software, line-scan camera technology, high intensity lighting, and supported by industry-leading application knowledge and engineering services, SmartView’s automatic detection, classification and visualization of metal defects make it effective in a wide range of metal process applications, including scalpers, hot mills, cold rolling mills, annealing lines, coating lines and slitters.

“No other solution offers the flexibility and ease-of-use that SmartView delivers, and our new guide makes that clear. Our approach is simple: to provide the latest and best inspection solution for each application, delivered with the highest consistency and without compromise” commented Jason Zyglis, Divisional Vice President of Project and Product Management, Ametek Surface Vision.

@surfacevision #PAuto

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Director of vision sales.

Ametek Surface Vision has appointed Francois Levac as the Director of Sales to help strengthen and grow the company’s global sales presence.

Francois Levac
Formerly Manager of Sales for the Paper Industry in the Americas and Canada, Mr. Levac will support Surface Vision’s existing customer base and grow new relationships by enhancing representation across North America and Latin America. Highly-experienced in understanding the quality challenges facing the metal, paper, plastic and non-woven production industries, Mr. Levac and his team will improve access to Surface Vision’s world-leading SmartView® and SmartAdvisor® solutions for surface inspection, monitoring and process surveillance applications.

A graduate in Mechanical Engineering based in Montréal, Canada, Mr. Levac has a successful track record in industrial technology sales spanning 20 years. Prior to joining Ametek Surface Vision, he held a variety of successful roles with Cognex, Honeywell and Honeywell-Measurex.

“The surface inspection and process monitoring market is showing immense growth, mainly due to the growing need for automation as manufacturers demand products driven by higher quality requirements,” said Ben Wileman, Divisional Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for Ametek Surface Vision and Ametek Land. “Francois’s proven experience in large complex projects involving multiple decision makers makes him the perfect choice to lead our sales operations and ensure great relationships with satisfied customers.

 “This is a fantastic opportunity for a senior leader to oversee our sales and distribution strategy in the Americas, as we continue to meet the growing vision automation challenges for our existing and future customers with our market-leading solutions.”

@surfacevision #PAuto

Self-programmed camera functions.

When users want to execute self-created functions on intelligent cameras, they face two challenges: on the one hand, they often only have access via proprietary interfaces, which makes it more difficult to process data in third-party applications; on the other hand, only few models offer a high-speed data interface such as GigE Vision. However, industrial applications often require both. IDS Imaging Development Systems therefore combines standard vision industrial cameras with the vision app-based IDS NXT concept.

Thanks to a Smart GenICam App, data generated by customer-specific programming can be used in exactly the same way as if they were part of the manufacturer-independent standard functional scope of the industrial camera.

GenICam as a camera interface provides standardized camera functions as well as the so called Feature Node Map (camera API) which allows camera manufacturers to integrate special functions. IDS is currently developing a "Smart GenICam" vision app, with which customers can also integrate and use camera features they have created themselves in a vision-compliant manner. The function is available from Q2/2019.

Users simply upload the new camera function to their IDS NXT camera as a vision app. The camera firmware then integrates the application code into the range of functions. Configuration, control and results of the vision app can easily be processed via the camera's XML description file in any GenICam-compliant third-party application, such as HALCON, using the full GigE bandwidth at the same time.

The use of vision-compliant applications on the IDS NXT platform offers a further benefit, because application processes can be scaled between camera and host PC. As powerful embedded systems, models such as IDS NXT rio and rome offer the option of partially or completely shifting decision processes from the host PC to the camera ("on the edge"). Advantages include lower network load, hardware-accelerated processing, lower energy consumption and lower system costs.

 @IDS_Imaging #PAuto 

Integrated cyber threat intelligence.

Arctic Security has added Akamai and Group-IB cyber threat feed integrations in their Arctic Hub and Arctic Node threat intelligence products.

Arctic Hub
Both Akamai and Group-IB operate world-wide and offer leading knowledge on the cyber threats around the world. In addition, Arctic Security continues to support plenty of other commercial threat feeds, such as Blueliv, Fitsec, OpenPhish, Team Cymru and Zone-h, as well as a range of open source threat feeds.

Threat feeds provide important input for Arctic Security customers who have a full control over which feeds they select to use and how. The feeds help both threat intelligence sharing organizations, such as commercial or national cyber security centers, as well as enterprises have a better understanding on the cyber threats around them. Arctic Hub harmonizes the threat data collected from multiple sources, maps it to the right customers and shares it automatically to be immediately actionable for the companies. The enterprises get to know exactly which cyber threats they are facing and which issues, such as vulnerable services, they need to fix.

David Chartier, CEO at Arctic Security, comments: "With the recent additions of Akamai and Group-IB threat feeds we are happy to reach close to 100 feed integrations in our Arctic Hub and Arctic Node products. We feel it is important to have a big selection of feeds for our customers to choose from so that they can customize the best cyber threat intelligence for their needs."

“Actionable and up-to-date threat intelligence is a backbone of successful cyber defense strategy. It enables companies to better prepare for the attacks in advance, keep up with evolving hackers’ tactics and tools and always be a few steps ahead. The expertise from our analysts, unique topology and threat actor centric approach to our research is exactly the value we are going to bring to Arctic’s customers under the new cooperation,” highlights Nicholas Palmer, VP of International Business at Group-IB.

Lars Engdahl, Akamai Regional Sales Manager adds: "Arctic Security brings specialist knowledge and expertise to threat intelligence. They can further customize the unique, high quality data feeds that Akamai provides from interacting with billions of client devices every day, as the world’s largest Content Delivery Network. This combination will help customers make improved security decisions based on the actionable data provided by Arctic Security”.

@ArcticSecurity #PAuto #Cybersecurity @GroupIB_GIB @Akamai

Monday, January 14, 2019

Integrated touch control.

Zytronic has launched its Hybrid Touch technology, fully integrating touch and physical controls into the sensor’s active area.

The hybrid touch allows tactile buttons or mechanical dials to be incorporated in and around the active area of the projected capacitive touchscreen and which are connected invisibly through the viewable area of the screen. It is the first time that the two most used control technologies in the world have been closely integrated in this way.

Ian Crosby, Sales and Marketing Director of Zytronic, said, “Touch sensors offer enormous flexibility and reliability – but physical controls offer much greater tactile feedback which can be valuable in many situations. We’ve brought these two different forms of control completely together blending tactile response with touch interactivity. For example, industrial instruments are often operated with the user looking away from the screen. In game consoles, players appreciate having a physical ‘bash’ button to hit when placing a bet. Hybrid Touch gives system developers the best of both worlds.”

Zytronic designs and manufactures Hybrid Touch sensors with precisely machined apertures in the touch sensor located and shaped according to the system designers’ specifications, allowing their chosen dials or switches to be placed exactly where required. They then deposit power and data lines to the mechanical controls embedded within the touch interface using the same proprietary approach as it uses to deposit the touch electrodes, ensuring that they are invisible to the user of the system. These microfine traces are taken to a flex tail at the edge of the screen, where a connection can be implemented to the electromechanical controller. The system’s response to the mechanical control can be context sensitive – giving a very high degree of flexibility in user interface design.

Sensor electrodes in the screen are deposited around the physical holes required for the dial or the switches. Touches around the holes are processed by the touch controller in the usual way, but custom firmware in the controller is programmed to ignore the area of the holes themselves.

Hybrid Touch is available only on their new Zytronic ZXY500 family of touch controllers.

@Zytronic #PAuto 

Compact linear motor.

A completely new modular concept for tubular linear direct drives is available from Dunkermotoren. The highly dynamic three-phase linear motors, SA/SC 38 series, deliver up to 3690 N and accelerate at over 200 m/s².

The modular design is currently available as actuator version SA (with maintenance-free plain bearing system) and component version SC (for modules). If the linear motor should sweat during its efforts, the standard water connection ensures cooling and doubling of the continuous force. In addition to the integrated SIN/COS linear encoder, further motor feedback variants (SSI, BISS & TTL) will be available next year. Due to the encoder system (patent pending), commercially available servo controllers (up to 800 VDC link voltage) can position the compact linear motor quickly, precisely and reliably.

One of the main applications of the SA / SC 3806, 3810 or 3814 will be high-speed applications in the food and packaging industry. Since Dunkermotoren has been a system supplier in drive technology for decades, it will not remain just a solo motor. Pick & Place modules, complete linear axes and a version designed for the food industry will soon follow to facilitate system integration at the customer's site.

@Dunkermotor #PAuto