Friday, March 15, 2019

SCADA system integrator acquired.

HMS Industrial Networks AB has acquired 74.9% of all shares in the German company WEBfactory GmbH located in Buchen (D), a leading provider of web-based software solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT.

Founded in 1994 as a system integrator within SCADA, WEBfactory released its first own software in 2000. Today, WEBfactory is a well-established software company with customers worldwide, primarily known for its i4 suite of software products. The i4 portfolio addresses IIoT-related customer challenges such as data collection, analysis and visualization, and includes the following main components:

  • i4connected – a flexible IIoT platform that connects plants, machines, systems, and buildings digitally, enabling smart applications such as remote monitoring, predictive maintenance and energy management. KPI data from connected equipment is provided in real time, after which it can be processed, analyzed and integrated any IIoT/IT applications.
  • i4SCADA – a web-based software which enables tailor-made data and process visualization related to machines, production plants and building management systems.
  • i4BACnet – a web-based management and operations software for building management systems which is certified according to the BACnet standard.

“With WEBfactory, we add a very competent and future proof software dimension to HMS’ offering for IIoT” says Staffan Dahlström, CEO of HMS Networks. “The i4 software products will enable a straightforward path for HMS’ customers and partners to realize truly smart manufacturing and services. We are also excited about the synergies that can be achieved by using our Anybus, Ixxat, Ewon and Intesis hardware products to feed data to the i4 suite from devices and machines in manufacturing sites and buildings.”

“We are very excited to become part of HMS. Together with HMS’ complementing industrial hardware and software technologies, we will be able to provide very attractive solutions for IIoT, ready to be integrated into any 3rd party IT/IIoT system.” says Bernhard Böhrer, CEO of WEBfactory GmbH.

• WEBfactory GmbH, including its fully owned subsidiary in Romania, employs 27 people and is expected to have sales of €2.5 million in 2019. The acquisition will have a limited impact on HMS’ earnings per share in 2019. HMS has acquired 74.9% of all shares in WEBfactory. The remaining 25.1% is owned by CEO Bernhard Böhrer who also stays as managing director. The deal is expected to close on April 1st, 2019.

@HMSAnybus #PAuto #SCADA

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Early detection of wear!

A condition monitoring system based on Harting’s MICA Edge computer  system is being used for the early detection of wear in the overhead conveyor systems used in production lines in the automotive and other industries. The failure of individual support frames in these conveyors can lead to the stoppage of entire production lines, but the MICA-based system detects wear at an early stage and thus prevents unplanned downtime.

Overhead conveyor systems in production lines transport components or subassemblies through individual assembly sections. Worn rollers or damage to drives can lead to the failure of individual support frames, which inevitably leads to a bottleneck of the entire production line due to the serial guidance of the overhead conveyor. To prevent failures, the Harting monitoring system offers a solution for digital condition monitoring of the supporting frames. Here, creeping wear is detected and a warning of a potential failure is issued in good time. The system helps reduce unplanned failure of the overhead conveyor. Maintenance costs can also be significantly reduced by condition-based maintenance. The goal is to achieve higher overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) of the suspended conveyor. Since the condition-monitoring solution is designed to retrofit to existing systems, it is also possible to extend the lifetime of legacy systems.

The system consists of two highly sensitive sensor boxes and a MICA Edge computer which directly evaluates the sensor values and transmits them to the control system via an integrated Wi-Fi function. The sensors continuously detect vibrations on the rotors, the frequency of the motor current, the motor current, and the temperature of the drives. If a threshold value is exceeded, the moving-state monitoring set sends a message to the operating equipment via the control system. Affected supporting racks are taken out of service in a targeted manner and serviced.

The condition monitoring set can be retrofitted for all types of transport systems with slow moving components, such as escalators, elevators and conveyor belts. Thanks to the IP 65/67 protection class of the sensor boxes and the MICA, the system can be operated without problem in numerous ambient conditions.

• The monitoring solution was developed in close co-operation with an automobile manufacturer and FormsMedia, a company in the partner network. 

@HARTING_Group #PAuto @hartinguk 

Gas analysis appointments.

Servomex has enhanced its service and support for customers around the world with two new senior appointments.

Based in Houston (TX USA), Shelley Moore (left) becomes Global Head of Systems, responsible for maintaining a customer-focused approach to its systems delivery.

Shelley will also ensure Servomex sites follow best practice procedures, providing consistent, high-quality customer service at Servomex centers around the world. She will also retain her existing role as Site Leader for the Houston center.

Based in Crowborough (GB), Mark Calvert becomes Global Head of Service, responsible for the co-ordination of Servomex’s service teams around the globe.

He will ensure that customer support and service delivery are provided quickly and effectively, maintaining a consistent, high-quality approach worldwide. Mark previously held the role of Service Manager for the EMEAI region.

Servomex Global Operations Director, David Cantillon said: “Shelley has proved herself as an effective leader over the past year. She has encouraged a culture of continuous improvement among staff, while leading by example.

“Mark has demonstrated highly effective management of the entire EMEAI region over the past year, enhancing the provision of our expert support to customers. His knowledge of Servomex products and applications, along with his extensive customer support skills, will be a great advantage in this role.

“I am confident that Shelley and Mark’s appointments will help to drive Servomex’s business to reach its full potential and meet the current and future needs of our clients.”

@Servomex  #PAuto #USA #Britain

Measuring engine emissions.

As a developer and manufacturer of gas analysers since 1977, Signal Group staff possess a high level of knowledge in the sampling and analysis of gases in industrial processes and emissions. The company is therefore able to help in the development of international test standards, and was recently invited to make submissions to the SAE E-31 Aircraft Exhaust Emissions Measurement committee.

James Clements
MD Signal Group
Signal Managing Director James Clements travelled to Germany in response to an invitation from the committee to deliver a presentation on the measurement of engine emissions. Specifically, he was asked to discuss the advantages of hot vacuum chemiluminescence in comparison with cold non-vacuum chemiluminescence and other techniques.

Heated vacuum chemiluminescence is the reference method for monitoring NOx (combined NO and NO2), and James described the advantages of this technique in comparison with others. In particular, he explained that chemiluminescence under vacuum offers higher sensitivity with minimal quenching effects, and a heated reaction chamber facilitates the processing of hot, wet sample gases without condensation. The detection method is continuous with a fast response time making it ideal for real-time reporting applications.

Over 1,800 SAE standards are used in the development of a typical aircraft, helping to improve product performance and safety; promote global market acceptance of new technologies; reduce costs; and decrease time to market. The SAE E-31 Aircraft Exhaust Emissions Measurement committee addresses all facets of aircraft exhaust emissions measurement – tools, methods, processes, and equipment. It is responsible for standardizing measurement methods of emissions from aircraft, including isolated combustor systems. The group is comprised of four subcommittees dedicated to creating, preparing, and maintaining all relevant specifications, standards, and requirements for aircraft exhaust emissions measurement.

Following the presentation, the committee will decide which method would be ideal for NOx measurement (hot-wet, or cold-dry chemiluminescence) and include it in the next standard for aircraft engine emissions measurement. James was also invited to be part of the committee and to take part in future discussions.

 @GasAnalysers #PAuto @SAEIntl  @_Enviro_News 

A first in cybersecurity!

Emerson  has received the industry’s first ISASecure® System Security Assurance (SSA™) Level 1 certification for cybersecurity. This certification, for the company’s newest DeltaV™ distributed control system, is the latest step in Emerson’s commitment to help provide secure digital transformation solutions for customers.

The certification, issued by industry consortium ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI), independently certifies that Emerson’s DeltaV distributed control and safety systems are robust against network and system attacks. DeltaV, an advanced automation system that simplifies operational complexity and lowers project risk, provides smart control capabilities for key industries in oil and gas operations, refineries, chemical plants, power and life science facilities.

“The world’s leading industrial manufacturers are leveraging transformative digital technologies and methods to improve production reliability, safety and overall performance while focusing intensely on cybersecurity,” said Peter Zornio, chief technology officer for Emerson’s Automation Solutions business. “We are committed to helping our customers securely optimise their operations across the globe in an environment of increasing cyber threats.”

The ISA cybersecurity certification is designed to help the industry navigate the ever-changing digital landscape and recognise products with enhanced cybersecurity measures. ISASecure SSA Level 1 certification covers the most critical standards of the automation industry’s leading family of standards, ANSI/ISA 62443 (IEC 62443).

“ISA developed the ISASecure cybersecurity certification to give asset owners confidence in their industrial control systems and to promote supplier best practices that protect automation systems and the operations they control,” said Andre Ristaino, managing director of ISCI. “Emerson is taking a leading role that we hope other vendors will follow in further protecting personnel and processes alike from today’s increasing security threats.”

 @EMR_Automation #PAuto #ISCI @Emerson_News

Sales & Field application engineers required!

Anglia Components is expanding its sales and engineering teams as it continues to outgrow the market and deliver on its plan to hit £100 million by 2022. The company is actively recruiting sales professionals and Field Application Engineers.

Jaqui Fretwell
Commenting, Steve Rawlins, CEO said, “We have a growing base of customers and need to expand our team as our business grows, adding further exceptional people to maintain our high levels of customer service. Right now, we are seeking additional Field Sales, Field Application Engineers (FAEs), and Head Office personnel. We are working closely with our customers and helping them address changes in the market as we leave the EU and new regulations emerge. The market values our solutions-oriented approach which is having a very positive effect on our business.”

Jaqui Fretwell, Business Development Director added, “Additional sales people are a particular need for Anglia, and we have three open positions in the South of England at the moment, for example. The most important requirement for us is people with the right attitude. It doesn’t matter if they don’t have previous sales experience. We have a very different approach and are happy to provide any training required. Some of our most successful sales people have been buyers with the ambition and enthusiasm to move round to the ‘other side of the desk’.”

In 2017, Anglia announced a five-year plan to reach £100 million, and it is developing its infrastructure, inventory and tools in place as it grows towards these targets. Its’ growth is based on exceptional service delivered by exceptional people.

Steve Rawlins continued, “We’ve found that customers who export have done particularly well recently benefitting from the realistic valuation of the pound. We’ve taken several initiatives to help them stay successful and address the changes that are coming as we leave the EU. For example, customers using the Anglia 80/20 inventory management system can hold increased levels of inventory at no cost, ensuring that they are well provided with essential components to maintain production without drawing on their own company capital.”

Anglia is the Britains’s largest independently owned component distributor with a turnover of £67.1 million in 2018. It was the country's fifth largest component distributor in 2018 according to the electronic component supply network (ecsn).

@angliaComponent #PAuto #Britain

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Temperature Sensors for Building Automation.

E+E Elektronik temperature sensors are now available with RS485 interface. The Modbus RTU and BACnet MS/TP protocols facilitate the integration into a bus system. The installation-friendly, IP65 / NEMA 4 enclosure is ideal for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

The highly accurate and reliable E+E temperature sensors are optimized for building automation. The product range includes duct or immersion sensors (EE431) for temperature measurement in air and liquids, strap-on sensors (EE441) for mounting on ducts and pipes, wall mount sensors for indoors and outdoors (EE451) and temperature sensors with remote probe (EE471).

The clever enclosure design allows for easy and fast installation. Thanks to the external mounting holes, the sensors can be mounted with closed cover. This saves time and protects the electronics from construction site contamination and mechanical damage. Due to the high protection class IP65 / NEMA 4 the temperature sensors are appropriate also for harsh environment.

The E+E temperature sensors are available with active or passive output. The active sensors are fully user configurable and adjustable. They feature current or voltage output or RS485 interface with Modbus RTU or BACnet protocol. The passive sensors offer a wide choice of temperature sensing elements, such as Pt1000, NTC10k or Ni1000.

In addition to temperature sensors, these HVAC product range includes sensors for relative humidity, CO2, air velocity and differential pressure. Thus, the company offers all relevant measurands for building automation.

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

 #EPulse #BAs @Instrum_Tech

LIMS appointment for Korea.

Autoscribe Informatics has appointed Infowiz as our distributor in South Korea for the Matrix family of Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) products. Infowiz, based in Seoul, is a company focused on the delivery of specialist software for laboratories providing project management consultants and implementation experts.

Bob Blunden, Director Australasia and Asia Pacific at Autoscribe Informatics, said: “We were attracted to Infowiz because of their in-depth knowledge of laboratory informatics, as well as their understanding of the customer base in South Korea. This provides us with an excellent partner to market, implement and support our Matrix Gemini LIMS solutions to further grow our LIMS business in South Korea. The configurability of Matrix provides opportunities in a wide range of markets, by allowing the LIMS solutions to be precisely tailored to the exact needs of individual laboratories, and even in multiple laboratories within a single organization.”

The comprehensive configuration tools built into Matrix Gemini allow genuine system configuration without the need for custom software coding. The tools use an intuitive visual workflow screen editor that utilizes drag and drop and point and click methods to add fields, list boxes etc., meaning that no programming skills are required. An unlimited number of screens can be created, modified and linked together. In this way, the LIMS can be designed quickly to exactly represent user requirements in terms of workflows, screen designs, menu designs, terminology, report designs and much more.

Jangho Seo, Director at Infowiz, said “I was first attracted to Matrix by the way that it can be easily configured for a customer to provide far better functionality than that of other LIMS. My recent training from Autoscribe has shown me the full power of the configuration tool which has exceeded my expectations. With Matrix Gemini LIMS we will be able to offer our customers in South Korea professional and functional systems configured specifically for their needs, making Matrix the ideal system for Infowiz to market, install and support. We are proud to represent Autoscribe Informatics and Matrix Gemini LIMS in South Korea. “

@AutoscribeLtd  #LIMS 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Global coverage for process manufacturing data.

Seeq Corporation is expanding its global coverage and support for their process manufacturing customers with the addition of more than 50 system integration partners in the Middle East, Europe, North America, South America, and Asia—along with new offices in Malaysia and Europe. Seeq now has support offices across the United States and direct representation in Europe, as well as resale and services partners on six continents.

Seeq is an advanced analytics solution for engineers and scientists in process manufacturing organizations to rapidly investigate, collaborate, and publish insights on manufacturing data. Customers include oil & gas, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, mining, food and beverage, and other process industries.

Partners have been selected and certified based upon their experience and understanding of how to apply Seeq across a variety of technology solutions including OSIsoft PI System, GE Proficy, AspenTech IP21, Emerson DeltaV Continuous Historian and Ovation DCS Historian, Honeywell Uniformance PHD Historian, Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk Historian, Inductive Automation’s Ignition Historian, DataParc Historian, and Aveva’s Wonderware Historian, Citec SCADA, and eDNA Historian.

Seeq local resources in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) include Mike Purcell as Seeq’s Managing Director for EMEA. Mike is a longtime industry veteran who was most recently the Vice President for OSIsoft EMEA where he was responsible for partners, marketing, and sales in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

“Seeq provides advanced analytics for leveraging operational data from all major historians, and contextual data from big data, cloud, and IIoT platforms,” comments Will Knight, Head of Worldwide Partner Sales. “Partners and local Seeq resources enable Seeq to better serve our customers and deliver faster decisions to drive ROI.”

In concert with this global expansion, Seeq also launched the Seeq Analytics Engineer Certification Program for partners. The certification program enables partners to work hand-in-hand with Seeq Analytics Engineers through onsite training and custom use case development.

“Seeq’s Analytics Engineer Certification Program will enable us to boost our professional credibility and execute projects with even better efficiency. Our engineers are always eager to learn new capabilities that can deliver value to customers and help them realize the benefits of digitalization, IIoT, and Industry 4.0,” says Kai Weber, CEO of Werusys in Germany, and one of the first partners certified on Seeq.

“We see our partnership with Seeq and the Seeq Analytics Certification program as a way to demonstrate our capabilities and expertise to deliver holistic solutions to challenging problems,” observes Sulaiman Alzuhair, Managing Director of Crucial Solutions & Services (CSS), Seeq’s exclusive partner in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Seeq continues to invest in local resources, programs and partnerships to ensure customers benefit from advanced analytics. Partners deliver local insight and resources along with deep expertise to accelerate digital transformation of their customers’ operations.

@SeeqCorporation #PAuto 

Advanced, cloud-based exploration and development software.

Emerson and Repsol, an energy company, have established a strategic alliance to deliver advanced subsurface geophysical technologies to significantly reduce the time to prospect and produce first oil.

To achieve this critical industry goal, Emerson will work collaboratively with Repsol to implement and deploy advanced subsurface imaging technologies, with core technologies developed by Repsol as part of Kaleidoscope, its 10-year innovation project. These advances will be used by a broad range of the geoscience community within Repsol and in all oil and gas companies that choose to license the technologies. The solution combines the latest in high-end visualisation, high-performance computing and cloud delivery.

These technologies have contributed to the exploration success ratio of Repsol, with special significance in settings of complex geology in countries like Brazil, Peru and Bolivia.

“Emerson is helping the energy industry implement the latest digital technologies to realise significant performance improvements,” said Lal Karsanbhai, executive president of Emerson’s Automation Solutions business. “We’re proud of our collaboration, to help Repsol bring this subsurface reservoir imaging innovation to the geoscience community. It is a great example of how technology and collaboration can deliver business value for the oil and gas industry.”

The partnership, which includes a joint investment of both research and development, will enable Repsol and Emerson to produce commercially available software products for license to help other oil field operators and service companies.

“The strategic partnership between Emerson and Repsol will enable the oil and gas industry to benefit from the deployment of our proprietary core technologies related to the enhancement of seismic processing and interpretation,” said Tomás García Blanco, executive managing director of exploration and production for Repsol. “Our collaboration will build technology bridges between the domains of seismic imaging and interpretation, bringing high-end technology awareness and access to a broader geoscientist community.”

The first phase of the collaboration will provide advanced solutions for velocity determination, including full waveform inversion and advanced solutions for seismic imaging developed in the Repsol Technology Lab. In addition, the collaboration can be extended to a broader range of Repsol subsurface technologies.

Emerson’s E&P software portfolio – which integrates and forecasts oilfield data with production and reservoir engineering fundamentals – and its advanced cloud-based platform are designed to help operators increase efficiencies and achieve Top Quartile performance on investment and operational goals within new and established oil and gas reservoirs. Top Quartile performance is defined as achieving operations and capital performance in the top 25 percent of peer companies.

@EMR_Automation #Pauto @RepsolWorldwide @HHC_Lewis 

CAN board relected.

On the annual CiA General Assembly, the members re-elected the three members of the board: Uwe Koppe (Technical Director), Christian Schlegel (Business Director), and Holger Zeltwanger (Managing Director).
LtoR: Christian Schlegel (HMS), Holger Zeltwanger, and Uwe Koppe
Besides the board-of-directors, the General Assembly elected the members of the CiA Technical Committee (TC) and of the CiA Business Committee (BC). Bosch, Emsa, Emtas, ESD Electronics, and HMS Networks are the elected members of the CiA Technical Committee. Additionally, the TC comprises representatives of the Interest Groups (IG) CANopen, CANopen FD, CAN layer-1/2, CiA profiles, security and safety as well as J1939 (commercial vehicles). The BC is build by representatives of the Marketing Groups Lift and CANopen FD as well as the elected members (Emtas, ESD Electronics, Janz Tec, Microcontrol, and Vector).

In the annual meeting also those companies having not paid their membership fee for 2018 were excluded. The proposed budget for 2019 was accepted. T

his year, CiA will exhibit at Bauma, Interlift, and SPS (all in Germany) as well as at Itap (Singapore).

@CANopen #PAuto

Monday, March 11, 2019

Test & Measurement Sector Head appointed.

GAMBICA has apointed Sally Edgington as their new sector head for the Test & Measurement Sector and Axrem Director. She is completing a handover period with Alan Birks, who will retire at the end of March 2019.

Sally Edgington
Sally brings relevant association experience with her, having previously worked at the British Healthcare Trades Association with responsibility for membership engagement, retention and recruitment as well as external stakeholder engagement and event management.

In addition to supporting GAMBICA’s existing member companies, Sally will focus on increasing the representation of the Test & Measurement industry in Britain. She will also take over the role of Director at Axrem, the association for suppliers of diagnostic medical imaging and radiotherapy equipment in Britain, for which GAMBICA provides the secretariat.

Commenting, Sally said “I am excited to use my knowledge of membership organisations to fulfil this multi-functional role, and in particular my knowledge of the healthcare and assistive technology sector in my role for AXREM. I am really looking forward to meeting members and learning more about the work of GAMBICA and AXREM, and to see how I can help develop the work further.”

@gambica #TandM @sally_edgington @_AXREM

IS dust monitor!

TSI’s latest personal aerosol monitor, the SidePak™ AM520i has been added to Ashtead Technology's fleet of instruments available for both rental and sale.

“This is a major addition to our equipment portfolio,” according to Senior Sales Manager Josh Thomas. “Many workplaces include areas that contain or produce explosive or potentially explosive atmospheres, and a high proportion of these zones contain risks associated with particulates. So, an intrinsically safe monitor is required to test these areas, and the launch of the TSI AM520i makes that possible with a lightweight instrument that is ideal for personal monitoring.”

Potentially explosive atmospheres exist in locations where work activities create or release flammable gases or vapours, such as petrochemicals, VOCs from paint spraying, or in workplaces handling fine organic dusts such as grain flour or wood. Applications for this new intrinsically safe personal dust monitor therefore include a wide variety of workplaces within the oil and gas, petrochemical, manufacturing, processing, aerospace, and bulk material handling sectors, as well as those with confined spaces such as mining and wastewater.

Employers are responsible for the classification into zones of areas where hazardous explosive atmospheres may occur. Each zone’s classification and its size and location, depend on the likelihood of an explosive atmosphere occurring and its persistence. Schedule 2 of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) contains descriptions of the various classifications of zones for gases and vapours and for dusts.

DSEAR requires employers to eliminate or control the risks from dangerous substances, so monitoring is essential in ATEX zones, and the AM520i is certified for dust measurements in Zone 0. ATEX is the name commonly applied to the two EU Directives for controlling explosive atmospheres; the 'ATEX Workplace Directive' and the ATEX Equipment Directive' which necessitates the use of intrinsically safe monitoring equipment for example.

The SidePak™ Personal Aerosol Monitor AM520i is a small, single-channel, battery-operated instrument that provides real-time aerosol mass concentration readings of dusts, fumes, mists, smoke and fog within a worker’s breathing zone. Typically, the monitor is fitted to the wearer’s belt, or left in a location of concern. Alternatively, it can be used as a portable monitor providing real-time readings in survey mode.

With a built-in pump and internal datalogger, the instrument can provide continuous measurements, which provide extremely useful temporal information in comparison with gravimetric methods.

Operators are able to select from a choice of inlet conditioners providing size fraction cut points for PM10, PM4 (Respirable), PM5 (China Respirable), PM2.5, PM1 and 0.8 μm Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM).

Summarising, Josh says: “The non-intrinsically safe version of this instrument has been hugely popular for many years, so the technology is well proven, and the launch of this new EX version will mean that anybody with a potential requirement for monitoring in explosive atmospheres, can rent or purchase an instrument that can operate in all areas.

“We are also a TSI Gold Partner, so customers can be assured that we have the resources to ensure that TSI equipment is supplied and maintained in perfect condition.”

@ashteadtech  #Safety, _Enviro_News

Audio, video and industrial connectors.

Anglia has expanded its range of specialist connectors with the addition of Neutrik, leaders in interconnect for audio and video recording studios and concert sound systems, as well as industrial applications including higher current designs.

David Pearson, Technical Director at Anglia, commented, “We aim to cover the whole bill of materials in every design, and the addition of Neutrik’s highly regarded and relatively specialist interconnect allows us to offer a complete solution for even more projects. Neutrik is known and loved by our many audio and video customers, but will also prove a welcome extension for general and industrial customers who may not be aware of the capabilities that they offer. Of particular interest is the innovative range of powerCON connectors designed for handling high currents in demanding environments.”

Andy Croucher, Head of Sales & Marketing at Neutrik UK added, “As the leading UK independent authorised distributor of electronic components into the industrial, display, lighting and event sectors, we are appointing Anglia with a view to strengthening and extending distribution of our extensive range of professional interconnectivity products into market sectors beyond our established broadcast, film and television and professional audio video markets, where the Neutrik brand has long been recognised as the industry leader.” He continued, “Anglia is renowned for the exceptional levels of customer service and technical support it provides. As such, it is a natural partner for Neutrik in promoting our product range into these markets.”

Neutrik is one of the world leading manufacturers professional connectors and connector systems for the entertainment industry and other complex special applications. Their solutions cover audio, video, lighting and broadcast applications, as well as general industrial use. Included in the Neutrik line up are their XLR-type circular connectors, speakON connectors, BNC connectors and special connectors for industrial applications. Highlights include etherCON ruggedized and lockable RJ45 connector system, optimized for pro audio, video and lighting network applications. The powerCON series of lockable, robust and reliable 3 pole equipment (AC) connectors will be popular not only in entertainment but also in general industrial applications.

@angliaComponent #Entertainment #PAuto @NeutrikOfficial

MES software wins!

Werum IT Solutions has won the “Best Bioprocessing Supplier Award: Software” for its out-of-the-box PAS-X MES software product. PAS-X is widely recognized in the industry for being a highly standardized, flexible and powerful solution that is adopted by the majority of the world’s top 30 pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturers to help improve productivity, safeguard regulatory compliance and fulfill the process requirements of these industries.

David Margetts (left) with award!
“Biotech is a highly important industry segment for Werum”, said David Margetts, Managing Director, Werum IT Solutions Ltd., Thailand, at the award ceremony in Singapore. “Our PAS-X product is proven as the leading Electronic Batch Recording solution on the market. It is powering the paperless production of innovative medicines at plants across the globe with a complete and easy integration to the typical ERP, LIMS, DCS and smart devices found in bioprocessing. The complex processes required in biopharmaceuticals and cell & gene therapy are supported by PAS-X as a standard which means our clients gain the great benefits and value of digital processes with built-in compliance.

In Asia, our teams are highly experienced in supporting both regional and global biotech manufactures for many years to improve efficiency and quality using PAS-X MES. I would like to thank all of our customers, partners and employees for their continued support, trust and commitment. Such recognition encourages Werum to further advance our team’s strength and product portfolio to lead the digitization of the pharma and biotech industry.”

The award ceremony was held in conjunction with the 6th Annual Biologics Manufacturing Asia exhibition and seminar in Singapore celebrating outstanding bioprocessing organizations, technologies and individuals that contributed to achieving excellence in the biotech and pharma industries. At the ceremony more than 100 bioprocessing VIPs from over 9 different regional biologics hubs across Asia-Pacific came together to celebrate their peers’ success.

@Werum #PAuto #MES

Emissions monitoring in India.

With environmental monitoring as a central theme, an international Conference and Exhibition will take place in New Delhi (IND), 24-26th September 2019. CEM India 2019 will build on the success of a similar event that took place in 2017, with the additional theme of water effluent quality.

“New Indian regulations are affecting the environmental emissions of a wide variety of industries, so there is an enormous demand for information on continuous emissions monitoring technologies, methods and standards,” comments CEM India organiser Marcus Pattison. “Over 700 delegates flocked to CEM India 2017, and with new topics being addressed, we expect CEM India 2019 to be an even larger event.”

The first CEM India event focused on emissions to air, but the 2019 event will also address continuous water effluent quality monitoring systems (CEQMS), so a much wider spectrum of Indian industries will participate.

An international Exhibition will accompany the Conference, providing visitors with an opportunity to see the latest technologies and services from both Indian and international providers. Experts will be available offering help and advice on how to implement cost-effective monitoring, and with most of the world’s leading equipment providers available under one roof, CEM India 2019 will provide a unique opportunity to find the best solutions for visitors’ needs.

As one of the world's fastest growing economies and with the third highest level of carbon dioxide emissions, India has a vital role to play in the fight against climate change and pollution. As a result, a dramatic increase in industrial environmental monitoring is underway, as companies seek to better understand their emissions and demonstrate compliance with the latest regulations.

The themes of the CEM India 2019 Conference have been designed to provide representatives from Indian industries with help and guidance on a range of emissions monitoring related issues including: Regulations, Monitoring Guidelines, Manual and Continuous Emission Monitoring, Calibration and Quality Control, Monitoring Techniques for Key Parameters and Data Management. These presentations will address the most important water quality parameters as well as stack gases, particulates, trace metals, mercury and dioxins. A number of industrial case studies will also be provided.

 #CEMIndia #PAuto #India

Hydraulic drives on course!

TorqSense wireless sensors from Sensor Technology are playing an important role in new product development for Hydraulic Projects Limited (Hy-Pro), one of Britain’s leading developers and suppliers of hydraulic drive units for marine steering and autopilot systems.

The sensors, which accurately measure shaft torque in rotary drive systems, are providing the essential data that Hy-Pro needs to refine the design of the electrically powered pump assemblies used in the high-performance hydraulic steering systems that the company supplies for use in yachts and other small pleasure craft.

Developing suitable pump assemblies for these marine applications in small vessels is challenging. The motors must operate economically as electrical power is usually derived from 12 V or 24 V storage batteries with limited capacity, yet the pump systems must be able to supply high power when called upon to do so, to ensure that the steering systems continue to operate reliably in heavy seas and bad weather.

To ensure that its products offer the best possible performance in relation to these seemingly conflicting requirements, Hy-Pro is constantly evaluating potential improvements to its pump drive systems. A crucial part of the evaluation process is accurately measuring the torque delivered by the electric drive motor to the pump, under varying load conditions and over a wide range of speeds, in a purpose-built test rig.

“We considered various ways of measuring the torque in the motor shaft on the test rig,” said Barry Wynn, Senior Design Engineer at Hy-Pro, “but all were either inconvenient or were incapable of delivering the accuracy and fast response that we needed. Then we looked at TorqSense sensors from Sensor Technology, and realised that they offered a reliable, easy-to-use and cost-effective solution that would meet all of our requirements.”

TorqSense sensors, which are covered by patents, depend for their operation on surface acoustic wave (SAW) transducers. These transducers comprise two thin metal electrodes, in the form of interlocking “fingers”, on a piezoelectric substrate such as quartz. When an RF signal of the correct frequency is applied to the transducer, surface acoustic waves are set up, and the transducer behaves as a resonant circuit.

The key feature, however, is that if the substrate is deformed, the resonant frequency changes. When the transducer is attached to a drive shaft, the deformation of the substrate and hence the change in resonant frequency will be related to the torque applied to the shaft. In other words, the transducer, in effect, becomes a frequency-dependent strain gauge.

Since the transducers operate at radio frequencies, it is easy to couple signals to them wirelessly. Hence, the TorqSense sensors incorporating the SAW transducer technology can be used on rotating shafts, and can provide data continuously without the need for the inherently unreliable brushes and slip rings that are often found in traditional torque measurement systems.

In the Hy-Pro application, a TorqSense sensor is used to measure the torque applied to the pump over the critical speed range of 500 to 4,000 rpm. The results are displayed in real time, so that the progress of tests can be readily monitored, and are also captured and stored for more detailed analysis later with Labview software.

“The TorqSense sensor has proved to be completely dependable and very accurate,” said Barry Wynn. “The data it has provided us with has played an important role in helping us to refine our systems by ensuring an optimum match between the characteristics of the pump and motor over the full operating range.

“In fact, the insights we’ve gained during our tests have enabled us to further enhance the performance and reliability of our steering and autopilot systems, which, of course, means big benefits for our customers and a very useful boost to our own competitive position.”

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Digging in at Houston!

Endress+Hauser is investing $38.5 million into a new 112,000 square-foot Gulf Coast Regional Center Campus. The company officially broke ground on March 7, 2019, at its new site in Pearland’s lower Kirby District, just outside of the Houston area. Completion is projected by the end of 2020.

“We continue to make investments that enable growth and further expansion in the US market,” said Matthias Altendorf, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group. “The campus investment will strengthen cooperation and relationships with our sales representatives, strategic partnerships and our customers. We are excited to continue expanding our presence and business in the Gulf region and look forward to growth in Pearland.”

The new campus will offer areas for calibration, repair and training, which will include a brand new state-of-the-art PTU (Process Training Unit). The facility will house teams to support Endress+Hauser’s products, solutions and services for process automation, SpectraSensors’ gas analysis systems for the U.S. and international customers and Analytik Jena’s product lines for laboratory instrumentation. The campus will include a building and warehouse location for Endress+Hauser’s partner for Sales and Service in the Gulf Region, Vector Controls and Automation Group. The new campus will house approximately 110 employees.

Pat Irwin, Endress+Hauser’s Area Vice President for the Gulf Coast region and Jared Boudreaux, Vector Controls’ President, both agree, “As we have grown our local market presence in this critical Houston area, this investment further strengthens our position and reaffirms our growth strategies for years to come.”

The architectural project designer, Zeigler Cooper Architects, has engineered a design with emphasis on Regional Texas Architecture. Responsiveness to the local climate, use of regionally authentic interior and exterior materials and attention to scale are critical to the success of the project. The building will be designed under the guidelines of a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) “Silver” project as stipulated by the U.S. Green Building Council, reflecting Endress+Hauser’s sustainability principles. The project will be led and managed by Genesis Property Development.
The new E+H premises envisioned for end 2020

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