Friday, April 12, 2019

Self-laminating SBP labels.

Wrap-around markers for wire and cable print easily and able to withstand extreme heat to 110 Deg C.

TE Connectivity (TE) has made improvements to its SBP vinyl label liner to work seamlessly with TE thermal transfer printers having movable sensor positions. These labels are used to identify wire and cable in harsh industrial environments.

TE’s SBP labels are now available in two liner formats. For thermal transfer printers with a movable sensor, the left edge sensor slot on the liner provides the sensor detection for printing accuracy. Our original liner for SBP labels is still available for printing with thermal transfer printers having a fixed sensor position. These labels have three reference holes for printer sensor detection. When ordering SBP labels, a ‘T-200’ is used at the end of its description to reference the three hole liner.

The SBP labels withstand temperatures from minus 40 degrees Celsius up to 110 degrees Celsius (minus 40 F to 230 F). The label also is qualified against standards for flammability, resistance to harsh chemicals and weather. In addition, the labels have certification under the UL 817 standard for power cords as well as the UL 2238 standard for cable assemblies. The UL 817 category recognizes the flexibility of SBP labels to wrap around cables, so they are more logical and straightforward for buyers.

SBP labels can be applied indoors or outdoors as self-laminating wrap-around labels that sit flat around cables for a tidy finish or as flagging labels that stand out from cables so that maintenance technicians can sort them with ease. Their ability to withstand exposure to oil, solvents and water makes them ideal for defense, industrial, telecoms, electrical, electronics and automotive applications.

The SBP labels are based on a thermal transfer printable vinyl film with a permanent acrylic adhesive. They have a white printable area that can be over-laminated with a transparent section. The over lamination protects the printed area and enables a higher level of print durability. TE’s SBP labels come in a variety of sizes and are usable down to a 2.0mm diameter, even on Fluoropolymer wire jackets.

The labels are fully free of substances of very high concern (SVHC), in line with TE’s drive to comply with the European Community’s REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) legislation. SBP labels do not contain any declarable or prohibited substances from the UNIFE Railway Industry Substances List. See further information covering RoHS and REACH compliance here.

@TEConnectivity #PAuto 

Cybersecurity strategies & tips.

Since 2017, has published a series of Advancing Automation eBooks, several of which have focused on Cybersecurity. Each year, we see cyber threats continue to evolve, with more and more businesses finding themselves falling victim to attacks.

The have now compiled the 3rd Cybersecurity edition of this series. After working with prominent industry experts and leaders, the latest preparation strategies and technology tips have been compiled in order to help ward off cyber threats. This eBook includes security roadmaps and resources in order to ensure an active and successful cyber defense strategy for any organization.

@automation_com  #PAuto #Cybersecurity

Promoting STEM and women in the Netherlands.

‘We Love STEM’ event in recognition of Girlsday* sees students enjoy interactive educational activities at Emerson facilities across the Netherlands
Continuing its global commitment to promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and women in STEM, Emerson hosted a “We Love STEM” event in recognition of Girlsday at five of its facilities in the Netherlands. A total of 190 girls aged 10-17 from local primary and secondary schools visited the Emerson facilities in Rijswijk, Ede, Breda and Boxtel for a fun-filled and educational day, focused on providing exposure to STEM careers.

The students from GSR Randstad, Pieter Groen, Het Streek, Veluws College and Twizon/De Wentelwiek took part in factory tours and enjoyed a varied programme of activities and interactive workshops, giving them an insight into how the STEM subjects are applied to real-life situations in the manufacturing sector. The workshops demonstrated how automation technologies enable modern production plants to operate more efficiently, including ways that different instrumentation accurately measures parameters such as flow rates and density, and why valves are critical to plant safety.

“Emerson is renowned for the extensive support it gives to STEM education, and we greatly appreciate our students being invited to attend this exciting event,” said Jasper Vlierberg, team leader at Het Streek. “It was not only great fun, but also enabled them to engage with industry professionals, and showed how the knowledge they gain from STEM subjects can be applied in real work scenarios. The students really enjoyed their day and found the activities stimulating and highly beneficial.”

Although young women are increasingly being encouraged to study STEM subjects, there is still a significant gender gap in engineering. Emerson is committed to helping close that gap, and through its acclaimed global “We Love STEM” initiative, aims to encourage talented women students to pursue a career in engineering. In addition, Emerson’s “Women in STEM” group promotes opportunities for employees to connect, grow and promote opportunities for women in STEM at the organization and in the community.

“Manufacturing is not only facing a shortage of engineers, but also a gender gap because not enough girls are pursuing STEM subjects,” said Ximena Ariasm, regional leader for Emerson’s Women in STEM organisation in the Netherlands. “Emerson is proud to support STEM initiatives around the world and places great importance on engaging with girls to highlight the importance of STEM and develop their interest in these subjects. We hope this will lead to more talented young women joining the workforce of tomorrow, closing the gender gap and creating innovations to help the industries Emerson supports.”

* See The Netherlands Girlsday on April 12th.

#STEM @Emerson_News @WiTECeu #Netherlands

Level in IoT.

Pepperl+Fuchs new level sensor, transmits its data to a secure remote station in the industrial Internet of Things. The IoT sensor WILSEN.sonic.level is bundled into a starter package with the WILSEN.service and a business data platform, making it easier to gain an introduction to the technology. This allows users to more quickly determine the value of the IoT system for their own company.

The industrial Internet of Things connects the virtual world of information technology with the real world of machine and plant engineering and opens up new possibilities for process automation. With the help of radio sensors that transmit their data to the Internet, it is also possible to control assets that are either widely distributed or seem impossible to connect due to their mobility.

With the WILSEN.sonic.level, Pepperl+Fuchs presents an ultrasonic wireless sensor for monitoring fill levels in mobile containers, tanks, and silos. In addition, the battery-operated device determines the geolocation of the container and transmits the collected data via a GSM or LoRaWAN connection to a defined collection point on the Internet. The WILSEN.service not only ensures the secure exchange of data, but also allows centralized management of all IoT sensors in the field. In turn, software systems and data platforms for business data processing can be connected to the service.

Pepperl+Fuchs has compiled an entry-level starter kit that includes all of the components required to form a working IoT system. This time-limited, fixed-cost package allows interested parties to get started with the Internet of Things even without prior knowledge, so that they can gather experience in their own process environment as quickly as possible.

@PepperlFuchs #PAuto

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Operational technology cybersecurity.

SolutionsPT and its partner Datto, a world leader in business continuity, will host an Operational Technology (OT) Cyber Security Seminar in May. The seminar will be held at the Reading (GB) the British headquarters of Datto, whose hybrid cloud technology drives SolutionPT’s Proteus disaster resilience managed service.

The event will offer pragmatic guidance on how to protect against the growing cyber security threat and embed disaster resilience in operations – the reality of which was highlighted by the recent ransomware attack suffered by Norwegian aluminium maker Norsk Hydro, which impacted 160 of its plant worldwide and has cost the company an estimated $40 million.

Detect and Recover will be key themes of the seminar, with a focus on pragmatic advice, a hands-on workshop and a real-time demonstration of technology at work.

Lee Carter
SolutionsPT’s Industrial Network and Cyber Security Product Manager, Lee Carter, says: “Protecting information control systems is a key concern for OT management and information security leaders across all industries.

“Additionally, the risk of being unable to respond instantly and effectively to potential disaster cannot be ignored, as Norsk Hydro discovered to its financial and reputational cost.

The OT Cyber Security Seminar will bring together Datto’s best in class business continuity and disaster resilience technology with SolutionPT’s operational technology expertise, to provide managers with real insight into the steps they can take to ensure that their systems can detect and protect against potential threats and demonstrate resilience in the face of potential disaster."

SolutionsPT and Datto specialists will open the seminar with a discussion about the cyber threat in 2019 and outline the technical solutions offered by the SolutionsPT and Datto partnership.

Delegates will then be guided through the five pillars of a staged approach to OT cyber security – identify, protect, detect, respond and recover.

They will learn how to detect and respond to OT cyber threats and gain insight into two key solutions that can help their company create a ‘secure by design’ framework:

Claroty continuous threat detection software – a hands-on workshop will explore Claroty’s remote access and intrusion detection functions. These offer deep visibility into industrial control networks and provide an early warning of both malicious and accidental threats, so preventive action can be taken to protect other OT networks.

Proteus managed disaster resilience, powered by Datto hybrid cloud technology – a demonstration will show how Proteus backs up operational data and stores it securely, enabling operational systems to be restored in a matter of minutes in worst case scenarios.

The experience of leading organic food producer Yeo Valley will also be shared with delegates. Yeo Valley upgraded its legacy SCADA systems and installed the Proteus managed disaster resilience service, creating a ‘virtual factory’ on a different site and reducing its recovery time objective (RTO) from several hours to just a few minutes.

The SolutionsPT OT Cyber Security Seminar will run from 10 am to 4 pm on Thursday, May 23rd at Datto’s British HQ in Longwater Avenue, Reading, GB. Attendance is free but delegates must register here.

* See "Cybersecurity chief appointed." (4/4/2019)

#cybersecurity @SolutionsPT  #PAuto @datto

Spectrum analyser.

A new Spectrum Analyzer MS9740B has been developed by Anritsu, for evaluating the output characteristics of optical active devices used by optical communications systems. The instrument keeps the same measurement-sensitivity performance, functions, and size as the predecessor MS9740A while shortening measurement processing times by 50%, further improving production-line efficiency by optimizing the Spectrum Analyzer MS9740B optical receiver bandwidth settings, most commonly used by customers. This performance upgrade slashes optical active device inspection times and increases mass production-line efficiency.

The spread of next-generation 5G mobile and Cloud communications services is expected to increase data traffic volumes massively. Networks supporting this infrastructure are experiencing explosive jumps in network traffic, which demands both increased module production and shorter inspection times to allow in-time delivery required for the rapid expansion and adoption of faster rate optical modules at 10G, 100G, and 400G bit.
Key features of The Optical Spectrum Analyzer MS9740B
Wide dynamic range and high-speed measurement at optical receiver bandwidths used commonly by customers within production lines for optical active devices
- SMSR measurement at 45 dB minimum
- Fastest measurement speed (Sweeping in Fast mode; total time required for wavelength sweep, analysis, and data transfer to remote server) of 0.35s (sweeping 30-nm wavelength)
Same key functions and performance as predecessor, supporting various production-line environments
- Wide wavelength band (600 to 1750 nm) for evaluating all optical active devices
- Nine application menus for LD-module, WDM, etc., measurements
The benchtop Optical Spectrum Analyzer MS9740B features wide dynamic range, high resolution, and fast sweep speeds over a wavelength range of 600 to 1750 nm. The device supports multimode fiber input and is ideal for manufacturing and evaluating 850-nm band VCSEL modules.

As well as keeping the same functions and performance as its predecessor, the MS9740B slashes measurement processing times by up to half (Rx bandwidth setting: 1 kHz or 200 Hz) while overcoming problems of decreased measurement sensitivity caused by increased processing speed.

Moreover, the MS9740B retains optical active device (LD-Module, DFB-LD, FP-LD, LED, WDM and Optical Amplifier (NF and Gain) measurement menu screens for evaluating devices. The device supports all-at-once measurements of key evaluation items, such as optical center wavelength, level, OSNR, spectrum width, etc., and displays these results on one screen.

@AnritsuEMEA  #TandM @NapierPR

Plant product of the year.

Seeq Corporation has earned the Gold award for Plant Analytics & Design in Plant Engineering magazine’s 2018 Product of the Year program. Plant Engineering’s Product of the Year is the premier award program for new products in manufacturing and non-manufacturing industries. The annual reader-choice award program gives Plant Engineering’s audience the opportunity to select the top new products in their fields. With 88 finalists in 15 categories, the 2018 awards mark 31 years of the Product of the Year program.

Seeq earned a Gold award in the category of Plant Analytics & Design. Seeq is an advanced analytics solution for engineers and scientists in process manufacturing organizations to rapidly wrangle, investigate, and share insights on manufacturing data. Recent releases of Seeq reflect both the growing use of Seeq for publishing analytics-based views to other employees, and the increased complexity of the use cases where engineers use Seeq.

For publishing insights, Seeq has expanded “scorecards,” a feature for the display of calculated tables in Seeq Workbench and Organizer. Scorecards are used for tabulated metrics, measurements, and other summary data, and may be presented in tables with conditional formatting support and user-defined columns—for example, roll-ups by batch or plant.

“We are pleased that Seeq was recognized by Plant Engineering readers,” said Michael Risse, Chief Marketing Officer for Seeq. “We are helping process manufacturers accelerate their digital transformation efforts. It is an honor to join the other vendors of the best products in this space as part of the Product of the Year program.”

Seeq supports all leading data historians, making it the most widely accessible and extensively used advanced analytics solution in process manufacturing companies. Supported historians include the OSIsoft PI System, GE Proficy, AspenTech InfoPlus (IP) 21, Emerson DeltaV Continuous Historian and Ovation DCS Historian, Honeywell Uniformance PHD Historian, Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk Historian, Inductive Automation’s Ignition Historian, DataParc Historian, Aveva’s WonderWare Historian, Citec SCADA, and eDNA Historian, with others in development.

@SeeqCorporation #PAuto @PlantEngMag

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

National sales manager with lights.

LED Eco Lights has appointed Frank O’Donnell as National Sales Manager in Britain.  He brings an excellent track record of success in LED lighting sales to the company and will play an important role in identifying strategic new business opportunities for the company’s Goodlight range.

Frank O'Donnell
Commenting on Frank O’Donnell’s appointment, Saima Shafi, Sales and Marketing Director of LED Eco Lights said, “We are delighted to welcome Frank on board.  With over 15 years’ experience and knowledge of the LED lighting industry, he is exactly the right person to generate further business and build awareness of our new technologies.  He will be extremely valuable to us in further strengthening our position as a leader in the LED lighting market.”

Frank O’Donnell added, “I am thrilled at the opportunity to be working for such an exciting and forward-thinking company that is recognised for its outstanding quality, proven performance and comprehensive range of products.  Goodlight is an exceptional range of innovative lighting solutions and the great thing about this role is that I will have flexibility to explore all sectors in every part of our industry, which is fantastic.  This new role will be an exciting challenge and I feel that I’ve joined at the perfect time to drive sales forward in 2019 and beyond.”

Frank O’Donnell joins LED Eco Lights with extensive experience and in-depth understanding of the industry after working for over 25 years in the LED lighting and electrical wholesaler markets developing and furthering his sales career.

@Goodlight_LED #Britain

Measurement and monitoring of cell growth.

Exner’s new generation of the EXcell sensor series not only provides the end user with higher flexibility during application, but at the same time allows safer processing.

These sensors provide safe and reliable measurements in the fields of pharmaceutics and biotechnology. Their 12mm design makes them completely ideal not only for use in laboratory fermenters, but also in the later production process. The sensors allow the absorption of liquids to be determined reliably. The employed wavelength of the 850 nm LED light source also eliminates any colour influence. The sensors have thus proved their worth inter alia for the measurement of cell growth of yeast and mammal cells, concentration measurement of microorganisms such as bacteria and algae concentrations, establishment of the optimum time for feeding or cell harvesting as well as the monitoring of fermentation processes.

The launch of product categories EXcell 231 and EXcell 241 has immediately made available the new generation of the aforementioned sensor series. Updates of software and connections not only provide the end user with higher flexibility during applications, but at the same time make processing safer.

The new plug is equipped with a standard cover flap to protect the electrical contacts in autoclaving processes. Thanks to the revamp of the connections, the sensors can be implemented in a more compact way. Software innovations provide the user with more adjustment options when using the Modbus interface as well as new features when applying the EXNER ECI-03 communications interface.

#Exner #Laboratory

MES for Pharma in Middle East & Pakistan.

Werum IT Solutions has announced a new partnership with Emad Trade House. Emad Trade House is a leading trading company with over 40 years of experience in providing cost effective solutions such as raw and packaging materials as well as process equipment to the pharma, cosmetics, food and beverage industry in Pakistan and the Middle East region.
LtoR: Orchun Thakral, Senior Manager of Sales & Marketing WErum; Emad Shabbir, Director Emad; David Margetts, Managing Director Werum.

Werum’s PAS-X MES enables pharmaceutical and biotech facilities to run manufacturing processes completely paperless at the highest level and to be compliant with international GMP guidelines and FDA regulations. The requirements of the pharma industry are directly addressed by Werum’s out-of-the-box PAS-X solution without any need for expensive and time-consuming customization. Based on standard functionality and best practice content, pharma and biotech manufacturers will be able to have the number one global pharma MES up and running in a very short time.

“We’re very pleased that Emad Trade House will join us as a sales partner to expand our presence in the Middle East region and to be able to support our first activities in Pakistan to grow the PAS-X user base. We look forward to working closely with their team and to learn from their excellent understanding of the market”, says David Margetts, Managing Director, Werum IT Solutions Ltd, Thailand. “Together with Emad Trade House we will be able to increase the availability and access to cutting-edge manufacturing IT that will dramatically improve the quality and efficiency of producing important medicines in Pakistan and the Middle East.”

Mr. Emad Shabbir, Director, Emad Trade House, adds “We are looking forward to this collaboration with Werum IT Solutions having no doubt that this partnership will yield great success. With Werum's technical expertise and our strong outreach in the market, surely we will achieve new milestones together."

 @Werum #PAuto #Pharma

Ground vibration monitor.

AcSoft Sound & Vibration has recently supplied two Menhir (Modular Enhanced Intelligent Recorder) ground vibration monitors from Semex Engcon to their long-standing customer, Pace Consult, for a Rydon Construction Ltd project at The Broadway in Ealing (GB), which comprised demolition work on residential properties and derelict warehouses.

Pace Consult is a market leading multidisciplinary consultancy, offering a full suite of ‘concept to completion’ services across three dedicated divisions: acoustics, vibration and air tightness. From consultancy practices nationwide, Pace Consult delivers innovative, competitive and practical solutions, ensuring projects achieve the necessary compliance on time and within budget.

The simple, flexible and robust Menhir ground vibration monitor efficiently measures vibrations, shocks and tremors generated by construction and building works, as well as mining, demolition and quarrying activities.

Joan-Carles Blanco, Associate Director at Pace Consult commented: “We have been working with AcSoft’s sister business Svantek for five years and used its leading noise and vibration instrumentation very successfully across a wide range of projects during that time.

“When we were asked to provide ground vibration monitoring to satisfy both resident and local authority requirements during major demolition works, Svantek referred us to AcSoft and its web-based, high resolution Menhir system.

“When used in conjunction with smart data centre software, the Menhir is capable of accurately recording, analysing and transferring data from complex vibration monitoring applications in harsh environments.”

The two AcSoft Menhir systems were installed at an adjacent property within the residential corridor of the construction site and inside the derelict warehouse being demolished where they provided continuous ground vibration monitoring for five months.

An optional complete analysis module is also available, allowing reports to be automatically generated and transmitted electronically in freely adjustable intervals. It incorporates a selectable alarm output to designated personnel using SMS or email.

Joan-Carles again: “The smart data centre software offers a fully integrated cloud solution which proved invaluable when power to the Menhir devices on the demolition site was cut for a period of time. It enabled us to still get quick access to data and device status at any time from PC, tablet or smartphone.

“At one point the Menhirs detected increased ground vibration when heavy plant machinery was being used and immediately sent an alarm to the site manager via SMS.”

Allowing easy operation with minimal training, the intuitive Menhir can be customised to suit individual monitoring requirements and configured for immediate set up and use. A simple configuration tool means settings can be changed at any time, with quick and full access to the monitor’s parameters and values, as well as all analytical options and results.

For maximum flexibility, the Menhir is available with internal and external SIM card slots. The latter enables the user to determine which provider is transmitting data, without having to open the device. The system can also be equipped with a low cost M2M solution.

An internal battery provides up to 48 hours operating autonomy, depending on transmission requirements. The Menhir can be placed with up to 15° offset on the ground. The innovative measurement device detects the offset and corrects it automatically. It can also be aligned with the three integrated levelling screws so no mounting platform is required.

The Menhir offers a dynamic range > 130dB at 100 measurements per second per channel, as well as a bandwidth from 1 to 400 Hz.

“Overall the Menhir ground vibration monitors worked extremely well across this project and we were given the same excellent level of service and support from the team at AcSoft that we have come to expect of their sister business, Svantek.”

@Acsoft_Sound #BAS #PAuto @_Svantek @elhcomms

@Acsoft_Sound #BAS #PAuto @_Svantek @elhcomms

Brewing at college!

Emerson is to collaborate with Colorado State University (CSU), in the United States, to build the Emerson Brewing Innovation Centre, where students will get hands-on experience using the latest automation technologies. Funded by a joint investment, the centre will serve as the main educational hub for the Fermentation Sciences and Technology programme and will reinforce advanced competencies for digital transformation as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) era continues to evolve the industry.

With the number of US breweries increasing at a rate of 321 percent from 2007 to 2017, there is growing demand for highly skilled workers with expertise in fermentation sciences and proficiency in automation technologies. Emerson’s advanced automation solutions enable brewing companies to optimise operations, detect and address quality issues in real time, reduce downtime and shorten changeovers that occur when one beverage is changed out for another in production.

The CSU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition attracts diverse, top-notch students to address the industry’s growing technology demand.

“Partnerships like these enable us to give our students experience with industry standards and help them prepare for the job market,” said Jeff Callaway, associate director of Fermentation Science and Technology at CSU. “The new centre will enhance our fermentation science academic programme while strengthening ties to the industry.”

The Emerson Brewing Innovation Centre will open this autumn in the Gifford Building on CSU’s main Fort Collins campus and feature two brewing systems that will allow students to gain experience using the latest real-world technologies driving innovation in the industry. Emerson Impact Partner Lakeside will build the systems that feature elements of Emerson’s Plantweb™ portfolio of IIoT technologies used in brewing automation: a DeltaV™ distributed control system, Micro Motion™ flow meters, Rosemount™ measurement technology and ASCO™ and Baumann™ valves.

Emerson’s collaboration with CSU is one of more than 350 secondary education partnerships worldwide that support finding solutions to address the skills gap in digital automation technologies.

“We are focused on helping train the digital workforce of the future while advancing education, innovation and diversity in the industry,” said Lal Karsanbhai, executive president of Emerson’s Automation Solutions business. “The Emerson Brewing Innovation Centre will mark the beginning of a strong and continued partnership with CSU.”

Emerson is donating $10,000 towards a CSU diversity fellowship to help set up the Brewing Innovation Centre and a scholarship for the fermentation programme.

@EMR_Automation #PAuto @ColoradoStateU #USA @HHC_Lewis 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Gas detection expert to watch!

Ion Science featured as one of The Sunday Times Profit Track Ones to Watch, in the 20th annual Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100*, published in the Business section on Sunday 7th April 2019.

The Profit Track Ones to Watch represents the best of the rest of the companies whose profit growth falls just short of the main league table, but who have shown good profit growth in the past and are set to grow rapidly in the future.

Ion Science products are used in the manufacturing, automotive and oil and gas sectors, and in research laboratories, airports and even high-rise buildings.

Growth has been driven by the increasing awareness of environmental harm that can be
caused by certain gases, and underpinned by health and safety regulation.

China and India are among Ion Science fastest-growing markets, and 70% of sales are international.

* Read their Profile .

 @ionscience #PAuto @thesundaytimes

Machine vision conference.

The 2019 Stemmer Imaging CVB Technical Summit is scheduled 22-23 May 2019 near Munich (D). The meeting is designed to provide delegates with a rich program of events involving the Common Vision Blox machine vision programming library. These will include hands-on demonstrations, technical presentations, training and application examples. There will also be invaluable opportunities to network and share experiences with the CVB user community and experts from the company.

Topics to be covered include a preview of CVB's upcoming DNC 3D tool and how rapid prototyping can be facilitated through Python support in CVB. There’s also a chance to find out how the new CVB OPC UA tool allows information to be communicated and shared in a connected factory environment. For those interested in the innovative Intel 400 Series of RealSense stereo cameras and depth modules, Stemmer Imaging has created a GenICam Transport Layer so that they can be handled in the same way as GigE Vision and USB3 Vision cameras.

Many interesting application areas will be covered from the state of modular embedded systems to the use of hyperspectral imaging to open up applications that have not previously been possible, especially in the food and pharmaceutical industries. The interactive application sessions also provide the opportunities to hear how other users have created innovative solutions using CVB and for any participant to present their own application experiences.

The event will feature a number of useful training sessions to help users to get the most out of CVB. In addition to a training course for complete beginners, there is also the opportunity to find out how to get started with 3D applications. More advanced users can find out how to use machine learning methods within CVB and how the new CVB++, CVB.NET/ CVBpy APIs can make life easier.

@stemmerimaging #PAuto

Rugged Single Board Computer.

Abaco Systems has announced the SBC3511 3U OpenVPX rugged single board computer, which provides a unique combination of high performance, advanced security and leading edge thermal management. Target applications for the new platform include C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) and the most demanding industrial applications.

The SBC3511’s high performance derives from the new, highly integrated Intel® Xeon® E-2176M 6-core/12-thread processor (formerly known as Coffee Lake) operating at 2.7GHz with TurboBoost up to 4.4GHz, 32 GBytes of DDR4 RAM and the inclusion of up to 256 GBytes of nVME SSD. It also features a 40 Gigabit Ethernet data plane, delivering not only a high speed interconnect but also alignment with the SOSA™ technical standard.

SOSA – Sensor Open Systems Architecture - creates a common framework for transitioning sensor systems to an open systems architecture, based on key interfaces and open standards established by industry-government consensus.

The new single board computer includes a range of security features designed to assist with user-defined Anti-Tamper and Information Assurance strategies. The onboard Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC’s built-in security capabilities include a physical unclonable function (PUF), user-accessible hardened cryptographic blocks, asymmetric authentication, side channel attack protection, and other silicon-based AT features. It can be utilized to instantiate a range of Abaco-defined security features, or by customers to embed application-specific features. Support is also provided for Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology.

The SBC3511 features a unique thermal management design which allows deterministic high performance even at the extended temperatures typical of deployment on space-constrained platforms in combat zones. This is in contrast to less efficient thermal management designs that see a processor’s performance throttled back at high temperatures.

“The SBC3511 is the result of extensive feedback from our customers about what they want,” said Peter Thompson, Vice President, Product Management at Abaco Systems. “Their priorities are maximum processing power under all conditions for advanced applications; comprehensive provision for security; and interoperability. The SBC3511 not only delivers on these requirements, but is also supported by Abaco’s extensive ecosystem that includes graphics processors, FPGA and DSP boards, switches and carrier cards to enable the creation of complete systems.”

Development kits, including starter cages and accessories, are also available.

The SBC3511 also includes a x8 PCIe™ Gen 3 XMC site; one USB 2.0 port and one USB 3.1 port; a DisplayPort™ interface; two serial ports; a SATA port; and up to eight GPIO pins.

Also included is a rich range of software options. AMI UEFI includes support of BIOS Guard for signed image execution. Open Linux® (Fedora), Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS (Linux), Wind River Linux, VxWorks® 7, Windows® 10 will also be available, as will comprehensive deployed test software (PBIT, CBIT and IBIT).

@AbacoSys #PAuto 

New automation on-line periodical!

InTech Focus is an e-magazine to cover fundamental automation topics, applications, and strategies to enhance automation professionals’ on-the-job success. It will be a great source for "inside knowledge from industry thought leaders and subject matter experts in an easy to read digital format."

The inaugural issue of InTech Focus, which is from the ISA stable of automation publicationscovers flow and level instrumentation. "From real-world case studies to strategic maintenance tips and expert analysis of the new tools, this issue has everything that today’s process professionals will need to safely and efficiently enhance the value of their organizations."

@ISA_Interchange  #PAuto

Monday, April 8, 2019

Flexible particle monitoring.

As concern grows with the effects of both indoor and outdoor particulate pollution, Air Monitors has launched a new range of advanced monitors, Particles Plus monitors,  that improve the flexibility with which measurements can be undertaken.

Compliant with strict international standards, the Particles Plus monitors employ a range of patented technologies to simplify the collection of accurate air quality data including particulates, temperature, and relative humidity. The instruments monitor PM1, PM 2.5, PM5, PM10 and TPM (and any other PM size specified by the user) with an easy-to-use Channel Management control panel. Each instrument has alarm capability and also monitors flow, sensor status, date of last calibration, serial number and laser on-time.

Particulates are measured by passing the sample through a thin laser beam and scattered light is measured by a sensitive optical detector. The signal is amplified into an electrical pulse, the height of which corresponds to the size of the particulate. The height of each pulse is measured and ‘binned’ according to size and counted, and at the end of the sampling period, the counts in each bin or channel are reported. This provides users with detailed measurement of the size fractions, which is vitally important because of their health implications, and because size apportionment helps with source attribution.

A key feature of the Particles Plus instruments is their connectivity – they can be connected to a PC, a router, and the internet via an Ethernet connection. The instruments are also supplied with internal Wi-Fi or RS-232/RS485 capability. This means that users can access their monitors remotely, and also enables remote connection for updates, diagnostics and configuration.

Advanced, patented, power management is designed to extend battery life and ensure long runtimes. This is achieved with features such as sleep mode and a lower power profile when idle.

Each instrument can store up to 45,000 data records, so at 1 sample per minute, the instrument can record a full month’s worth of data before older records are overwritten. 15 minute sampling would facilitate the storage of more than 15 months of data from up to 1,000 user defined locations. Furthermore, data can be annotated – to note sampling conditions for example.

Summarising, Air Monitors MD Jim Mills says: “The Particles Plus monitors are a major addition to our product portfolio, offering customers enormous flexibility in the measurement of workplace and ambient dust and aerosols. With a range of instruments available, we will be able to recommend the best instrument for applications ranging from the heaviest PM pollution to the cleanest of cleanrooms.

“The instruments are small enough to be used as survey instruments, but powerful enough to be left to log data for extended periods, with remote communications reducing significantly lowering costs and labour requirements.”

@airmonitors  #Environment

Plea to US and EU co-operation on tariffs.

Joining a roundtable with the US government’s Department of Commerce to discuss US/European Union trade arrangements during the Hannover Fair, Analog Devices urged both sides to step up efforts to break down non-tariff barriers to trade in technology components and systems.

Patrick Wilson US Dept of Commerce
with Josef Lechner, Analog Devices
Analog Devices told Patrick Wilson, Office of Business Liaison Director at the Department of Commerce, that regulatory burdens imposed by both the EU and the US impeded the transatlantic exchange of components and systems in important markets for high technology such as industrial and building automation, communications, automotive, and aerospace and defense equipment.

The Department of Commerce had invited Analog Devices to participate in the roundtable discussion. It was part of a four-month long consultation organized by the Office of Business Liaison, the goal of which is to help US trade negotiators better understand the issues that US exporters and multinationals, such as Analog Devices, face when doing business in the EU.

This consultation follows a pledge made by President Donald Trump in October 2018 to negotiate a trade agreement with the EU. Trade between the EU and the US is worth some $1.1tn a year.

As part of his consultation with large US-based multinationals, Patrick Wilson visited the company Stand at Hannover Messe, which had earlier been on the route of a tour of the exhibition made by Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel. Mr Wilson saw how the company’s sophisticated solutions consisting of semiconductor hardware and software, including embedded artificial intelligence, are integrated into robotics, wind turbines and smart asset management tools. End products such as these depend on a fast-moving and intricate transatlantic supply chain for high-technology components and systems.

Analog Devices’ representative at the roundtable, EMEA Senior Sales Director Josef Lechner, said to Mr. Wilson that while electronics components such as semiconductors were not subject to damaging tariffs, compliance with onerous regulations such as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) or the US’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) inhibited the export trade in technology components and systems.

Mr Lechner told Mr Wilson that Analog Devices would like to see ITAR compliance streamlined for certified companies operating in member nations of the NATO alliance.

Analog Devices also called for EU funding for technology and innovation initiatives to be available as readily to the European subsidiaries of US companies as it is to large indigenous European companies.

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Software acquisition to accelerate digital transformation.

Emerson has acquired KnowledgeNet™ (KNet) software from Tunisia-based Integration Objects. KNet’s unique analytics application software accelerates digital transformation initiatives for process and hybrid industries.

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“The acquisition of KNet’s application software will further enable Emerson to deploy our industry expertise and solution capabilities to help customers decrease energy use and increase safety, asset availability and production,” said Jim Nyquist, group president of Emerson’s systems and solutions business.

KNet is used to extract, clean, transform and analyse operational and manufacturing data. Using libraries of advanced statistical and machine-learning algorithms, the software consumes large quantities of diverse information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) data into actionable knowledge that drives real-time decisions to improve process and asset performance.

“Emerson has had a long-standing alliance with Integration Objects and has used KNet to solve complex operational challenges for its customers,” said Pat Fitzgerald, vice president and general manager of Emerson’s reliability solutions business. “We are excited to leverage KNet’s easy-to-use advanced analytics and automated root cause identification to provide differentiated insights into operational health to improve uptime and performance.”

KNet will be integrated with Emerson’s leading Plantweb™ digital ecosystem, which helps customers deliver measurable business outcomes from digital transformation initiatives. Combined with Emerson’s extensive Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Library and consulting services, KNet will enhance the comprehensive analytics solution Emerson offers to customers.

“Integration Objects is proud of KNet’s industry impact and excited to see the future of this unique software,” said Samy Achour, CEO and founder of Integration Objects. “The integration of KNet into Emerson’s Plantweb ecosystem will help companies continuously improve their operations by making informed decisions with the latest real-time data and expert knowledge, and migrate from reactive to proactive operations.”

In addition, Emerson will hire several team members from Integration Objects and open a new branch office in Tunis, Tunisia, to support the integration of KNet.

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