Thursday 27 February 2020

Seminars announced.

ProfiBus seminars with technology demonstrations and tabletop exhibition being held in Ireland & Britain  will be of great value to Designers, Production/System Engineers, Instrument Technicians, Engineers and C&I Engineers involved in the design, operation and maintenance of modern automated factories and process plant.
Birmingham, England - April 28
Inchinnan,  Scotland - May 27
Belfast,  Ireland - June 23

They will address key practical issues in automated manufacturing and process industry. Paying particular attention to Ind 4.0 and IIoT, they cover key application areas such as control systems and energy management in chemical, utilities, pharmaceutical, logistics, robotics, automotive engineering, electrical and electronics assembly, packaging, printing, pulp & paper.

  • Introduction including highlights of new supported technologies, taking a look at the protocol basics and their benefits to industry.
  • PROFINET network design covering fundamental principles and main factors that must be considered at the design stage of an automation system.
  • Network gateway technology with demonstration of PROFINET to Profibus DP, PA, IO-Link and OPC UA
  • Industrial network commissioning and testing: how to simplify the process of testing, prevent network failures and resolve cable and network issues faster.
  • PROFIBUS and PROFINET device configuration tools and FDI with a live demonstration of PROFIBUS and PROFINET configuration.
  • Industrial networks safety & security covering basics of legislation and responsibilities for cybersecurity, safety and functional safety for Industrial Automation.
  • Update on Industry 4.0, IIoT, TSN, APL and Big Data, showing how PROFINET is placed as the ideal network for all of these.
#PAuto @ProfibusUK @AllThingsPROFI

Ensuring electronic/pneumatic component availability.

Industrial automation specialist Festo has invested significantly in its core product range and related manufacturing and supply network to ensure that its electronic components are readily available worldwide, offer a long service life and are attractively priced.

The semiconductor and electronics industries have set benchmarks for continuous innovation while keeping prices low. As digitalisation increases, electronic components are rapidly finding their way into other industries too. Sectors as diverse as the automotive industry, medical technology and distribution logistics are demanding more powerful electronics and sensors for applications ranging from self-driving vehicles to artificial heart valves. Traceability techniques pioneered in pharmaceuticals are now transferring to the food and packaging industries where smart, intelligent packaging equipped with electronic chips is being rapidly adopted.

For OEMs, this means developing ever faster and more productive machines and plants in timeframes of less than 18 months. This in turn is increasing demand for reliable, compact and cost-efficient automation components that are readily available. Indeed, compact automation technology from reliable partners is the key to success.

Arian Scholz
"Large quantities, high speed, worldwide availability and attractive prices are the minimum requirements for automation technology in the semiconductor industry and electronics manufacturing, as well as many other sectors. Festo has therefore doubled its production capacity worldwide with a focus on Asia, which means it is fully prepared for the high demand for electric and pneumatic standard products," explains Arian Scholz, Head of Global Key Account and Industry Segment Management at Festo.

The automation components mentioned are part of the Festo core product range, with its distinctive blue star livery. These "Stars in Automation" comprise more than 2,200 components for every phase of the pneumatic and electrical control chain: from compressed air preparation, valves and cylinders to accessories, such as matching tubing and fittings.

Particularly attractive for the electronics industry are ADN compact cylinders, the DGST mini slide and the DFM guided drive, as well as matching proximity sensors, VUVG valves and the MS2 series of service units. All products enable a pneumatic control chain with a very compact design.

Many of the components marked with the star are ready to be shipped just 24 hours after the order is received, while configurable products are ready for delivery within five days. All products in the Festo core product range are available worldwide and with the same level of quality thanks to automated production at various decentralised locations in the core markets of Germany, China and the USA. There are also further production plants in India, Brazil, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Switzerland. Distribution is also decentralised thanks to highly automated logistics centres in Germany, China and the USA, so 70% of all customers can be reached within one day.

The hallmark of the latest components in the core product range is the collaboration between the design engineers and production planners at Festo. They worked closely together during the development of these products to ensure that the components can be manufactured in the Festo plants with a high degree of automation.

For the new DGST mini slide, for example, the yoke and slide are manufactured fully automatically as a single part. In addition, the developers successfully reduced the number of components by 60% compared with the previous model. This enables the DGST to be produced in large quantities with maximum efficiency. The same approach also allowed the cycle times for the DFM guided drive to be reduced by almost 50%. Festo plants can now produce a DFM every minute. Another example is the fully automated production line for the VUVG standard valve, which produces a fully assembled valve every 12 seconds.

#PAuto #OEM @festo_global @FestoGB

Speed & Direction sensing.

Latest addition to Allegro’s transmission speed sensor family improves system design efficiency for optimal fuel economy

The ATS19580, just announced by Allegro MicroSystems, is the industry’s first fully-integrated, back-biased giant magneto-resistive (GMR) transmission speed and direction sensor. Achieving the highest level of in-system performance for this application, the ATS19580 reduces system size, complexity and cost - resulting in improved fuel economy.

Combining GMR technology with Allegro’s transmission algorithms and packaging, the ATS19580 offers the highest performance transmission sensor to date, including:

• The widest dynamic range of operating air gap (50% larger)
• Industry-leading vibration immunity
• EMC protection
• Robust to common-mode stray fields

“By monolithically integrating our proprietary GMR technology with leading digital processing we’ve set a new standard for transmission speed sensing, achieving the highest level of in-system performance ever,” explains Peter Wells, Business Unit Director for speed sensors at Allegro. “The ATS19580’s ability to reach formerly unachievable airgaps with the best vibration performance on the market simplifies the customers Speed Sensor integration and allows them to design safe, fuel efficient systems.”

The device’s GMR technology improves performance and extends air gap capability over existing Hall solutions, which allows for more installation flexibility. Key in the automotive industry, this flexibility reduces system size, which in turn, reduces costs for automakers and improves fuel economy.

Monolithic integration not only allows for the highest levels of in-system performance - like vibration immunity, dynamic air gap capability, and accurate direction detection - it also allows for ease of design-in with IC, magnet, and protection components in a single, overmolded package. Allegro’s advanced digital algorithms in the ATS19580 also allow for flexible design-in and system compensation.

This back-biased IC is provided in a 3-pin SIP package (suffix SN) that is lead (Pb) free, with tin leadframe plating.

The ATS19580 complements Allegro’s recently released ATS19420 and ATS19520 fully-integrated, Hall-effect transmission speed sensors, as well as Allegro’s family of front-biased Hall-effect and GMR products for magnetic target sensing. These ICs, combined with the soon-to-be released ATS19480, a GMR transmission speed only sensor, provides customers the broadest portfolio of transmission speed sensors available on the market. All of these devices are built upon Allegro’s 20 years of application-specific experience and technological advancement - and in direct response to the needs of today’s automotive manufacturers.

#PAuto @allegromicro @ArmitageComm

Wednesday 26 February 2020

Coronavirus announcements.

Many organisations holding events throughout Europe and the world are keeping a close eye on developments in this unprecedented emergency - at least in modern times. Sporting events - example this afternoon the Ireland v Italy 6 nations Rugby Union game has been cancelled - are among other events been effected. Events large and small are being effected and it is worthwhile to check on the current status of these on line before travelling.

Statement 4 March 2020
As a result of the current situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), Deutsche Messe is postponing HANNOVER MESSE, originally scheduled from April 20 to 24, 2020, to July 13 to 17 2020.
Auf Deutsch
The Hannover Region Health Authority has reassessed the current situation and highly recommends that the Robert Koch Institute's guidelines for major event be observed and implemented. These include comprehensive health-protection measures when organizing trade fairs.

Other Events
Emerson User Group Meeting March - Milan 2020  POSTPONED

Control World - Kuala Lumpar - rescheduled September 2020
Those requirements cannot be met by Deutsche Messe in such a short period of time. In addition, implementing them would have an adverse impact on the smooth organization of our events to such an extent that we could no longer guarantee that our exhibitors and visitors would be able to achieve their event-related goals.

The health of our exhibitors, visitors, employees and the general public is a top priority for Deutsche Messe.The new date for HANNOVER MESSE is therefore 13 to 17 July 2020.

Your admission ticket will of course continue to remain valid. The purchase of a new ticket for the new event timeframe is NOT necessary. If you have any questions regarding your ticket, please contact our ticket hotline at +49 511 89-37777.

Statement  - February 2020
Hannover Fair's Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Deutsche Messe Managing Board has issued a staement similar to many being issued throughout the world. Further announcements on the Fair will published here as they become available.

“We are taking all developments concerning the coronavirus (Covid-19) very seriously. We are in close contact with the responsible health authorities, the HANNOVER MESSE Exhibitor Advisory Committee and our partner associations VDMA and ZVEI.

Auf Deutsch 
“On 25 February we held a meeting with the Executive Board of the Exhibitor Advisory Committee and the associations to discuss the current situation. All participants agreed that it is too early at this point to decide on postponing HANNOVER MESSE. We have received no substantial cancellations from exhibitors at the event, which opens its doors on April 20. 

We will be conducting further discussions with the health authorities this week to decide on the kind of measures that need to be implemented at HANNOVER MESSE. “Developments in Europe and the postponement of individual trade fairs in Germany however reveal that the situation can change from day to day. In that regard, we will continue to monitor and discuss the situation intensively – with the aim of re-evaluating the situation together with the health authorities and the Exhibitor Advisory Committee in mid-March, in week 12. “Irrespective of this, we will ensure the highest possible degree of hygiene, safety and medical care at the fair. The health and safety of all employees, customers, partners and guests enjoys the highest priority for Deutsche Messe.”

#HM20 COVID-19  @hannover_messe

Monday 24 February 2020

DIN rail PSU.

PULS Power has added a 40A output model to its remote-controlled DIN-Rail power supply family. The remote-control feature is particularly useful in smart buildings and industrial systems where centralised control of multiple system components is required and allows system administrators and building automation controllers to switch power supplies on or off by use of an external signal switch or transistor gate.

The new 24VDC, 40A output QS40.241 DIN-rail power supply joins the already very successful CP20.241-V1 24VDC, 20A model and both belong to the PULS DIMENSION series, which provide efficient solutions for designers and systems integrators requiring powerful and space-saving DIN rail power supplies.

The new QS40.241 DIN-rail power supply offers extremely high efficiency in a very compact footprint by using the latest synchronous rectification technology, a bridgeless PFC circuit and a number of other proprietary design details. Large power reserves of 150% and built-in large sized output capacitors support the starting of heavy loads such as DC motors or capacitive loads. In many cases this allows the use of a unit from a lower wattage class saving space reducing costs.

High immunity to transients and power surges as well as low electromagnetic emissions facilitates installation in a very wide range of environments. The integrated input fuse as well as the near zero input inrush current make installation and usage simple. Power supply status is indicated by a DC-OK relay, a green DC-OK LED and a red overload LED. A large package of international safety approvals makes the QS40.241 suitable for a very wide range of applications

Key features of the QS40.241 DIN-rail power supply include remote control of output voltage, 100-240VAC wide-range Input voltage, width of just 125mm and weight of 1.9kg, 94.6% full load and excellent partial load efficiencies, 50% BonusPower® (1440W for up to 4s), 110A high peak current for 10ms for easy fuse tripping, safe HiccupPLUS overload mode, active PFC (Power Factor Correction), negligible low input inrush current surge, full power between -25°C and +60°C, current sharing feature for parallel use, internal data logging for troubleshooting included, DC-OK relay contact, shut-down input, ATEX and IECEx approved and a 3 year warranty. Accessories available include a wall mount bracket, buffer unit and a redundancy module

“Building automation and the growth of Industry 4.0 requires the use of smart components and sub-systems,” comments Marco van der Linden, UK Country manager for PULS. “The remote-control feature designed into our DIN-Rail power supplies makes centralised control of multiple system components from a remote location or autonomous AI system very simple to implement and provides a very efficient shut-down facility in the event of system failure or emergency.”

Typical applications for PULS DIN-Rail power supplies include, smart buildings and building automation, industrial and process control, panel-building, test and measurement, instrumentation and communications systems. Versions are available approved for railway systems and ruggedised for harsh environments.

#PAuto @PULSPowerSupply @proactivefleet

Changes in management at imaging leader.

Daniel Seiler, Managing Director of IDS Imaging since 2015, will leave the company at his own request after 14 years. In various roles, he has made a significant contribution to the company's success in recent years, including the development of the North American business.

Jan Hartmann
Jürgen Hartmann, founder and owner of the leading industrial camera manufacturer, will remain Managing Director and will continue Daniel Seiler's main operational tasks from March 1, 2020. At the same time, Jan Hartmann, eldest son of the company founder, joins the IDS management board as the second family generation. This underlines the independence of the family business. In addition to his existing tasks in the recently founded sister company IDS Innovation GmbH with its associated "b39 Academy", Jan Hartmann will be responsible for the human resources, finance and IT divisions.

Alexander Lewinsky, who has been Head of Operations since 2018, joins the extended management team and will be given a procuration authority.

"We would like to thank Daniel Seiler for his successful work, which he has always carried out with great commitment and reliability. In particular, he had great success in the internationalisation of the core business. We regret his decision but we would like to wish him all the best for his private and professional future," underlined Jürgen Hartmann. "With this rejuvenation of the IDS management team, we are very confident about the future. Based on the positive order situation and the strong development of international business we are looking ahead to the VISON year with great optimism."

#PAuto @IDS_Imaging @DenisBulgin

Connectors for XLR panel cut-out.

Cliff Electronics have developed a very wide range of FeedThrough (FT) and conventional connectors designed to be mounted in the industry standard 24mm-diameter XLR panel cut-out. With over 20 different connector types now available in this standard format, panel design and manufacture is greatly simplified. Cliff’s FeedThrough connector design allows standard, off the shelf, cables to be used for internal connectivity further simplifying assembly.

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments; “As applications for pre-assembled rack panels continue to grow we increase our understanding of the market and can improve our products and customer service. We are seeing increased popularity in certain FeedThrough connector types which helps us tailor our range to best serve our customers. We are always happy to respond to individual customer requirements and our pre-assembled connector rack panels, whether audio, fibre-optic, power or USB, offer systems integrators fast and convenient system assembly.”

Cliff’s FeedThrough connector range allows designers to integrate audio, video, digital, optical, networking and data feeds into professional equipment for broadcast (studio and mobile), lighting, audio, industrial applications, instrumentation and control connectivity.

To further aid product designers and systems integrators Cliff can now supply 1U x 19” rack panels preassembled with up to 16 connectors to meet the end system’s requirements. Specifying preassembled connector panels assists systems integrators by simplifying and speeding up assembly time while reducing component count and cost. Cliff’s rack panels feature a connector labelling strip located on the front and a cable strain-relief bar is fitted at the rear to secure internal wiring against strain and vibration.

The most popular connectors in Cliff’s FeedThrough range are CAT 5e RJ45, CAT 5e Shielded RJ45, CAT 6 RJ45, CAT 6 Shielded RJ45, HDMI Female – Female, USB 3.0 A-A, USB 2.0 B-A and USB 2.0 A-A. All widely used in data and audio-visual applications.

A range of dust covers are now available to protect unused connectors from the ingress of dust. Push-in types in black or white may be used with RJ45 connectors and gasket style versions in red, black and blue are suitable for the rest of the connector range.

Preassembled rack panels available from Cliff feature 16 of their market leading FeedThrough connectors each and are available with 8 male and 8 female 3-pin front mounted XLR sockets as well as in the following configurations: 50Ω, 75Ω and 75Ω gold insulated BNC, CAT6 RJ45 and CAT6A, HDMI A to HDMI A, USB2 A to USB2 B and USB2 B to USB2 A. Fibre Optic connector types ST / BFOC, LC duplex SM and LC duplex MM. Two other non-Feedthrough versions are mounted with XLR 3DCM and XLR 3DCF connectors.

Cliff rack panels may also be supplied without connectors for end users to mount their own single or mix of connector types. Any connector with the standard 24mm-diameter XLR panel cut-out may be fitted.

#Cliff_Electronics  #Panels #PAuto @proactivefleet

Digital Factory Planning.

In digital factory environments engineers very often face the challenge of too detailed CAD models generating heavy data and therefore preventing a smooth handling in factory planning software tools. A new 3D_Evolution Simplifier function now automatically generates envelope geometry especially for all major visualization tools. Due to the strong reduction in the number of elements, the Simplifier enables a smooth and fast processing of large CAD models.

The latest version of renowned conversion and simplification software 3D_Evolution Simplifier of the German-French company CoreTechnologie (CT) is now also available with a new DGN interface, completing the wide range of interfaces and formats for all major digital factory planning tools.

The 3D_Evolution software reads 3D formats such as CATIA, JT, CREO, NX, Solidworks and STEP without a CAD license and automatically generates envelope geometries based on the exact, original model. The unique technology extracts the inner geometry of the models and creates an outer shell as a closed volume for conversion into CAD or factory planning systems such as Microstation, Process Simulate or PDMS. In addition to deleting the internal geometry, holes, fonts, radii and other details that are unnecessary for the planning process are also removed. Subsequently, the internal bodies can be identified and automatically deleted by a so called "Shrinkwrap" tool. Thereby, only bodies that are visible from the outside and relevant for the planning process, are retained. In all stages of simplification and conversion healing functions ensure that geometry errors in the CAD models are analyzed and cleaned up in order to generate volume bodies, i.e. closed solid geometry.

A new simplifier function enables even further simplification by creating minimal envelope bodies. Details such as energy chains or special section tubes are replaced by envelopes, which after simplification only contain a fraction of the original amount of data. The automatic process, which is very quick even when simplifying large amounts of data, reduces the elements of typical assemblies by up to 95 percent. Formats like DGN for Microstation or JT and STEP allow the transfer to the common visualization systems.

The simplification enables an impressive compression of the CAD models. In this way, large CAD assemblies such as robot cells or conveying systems are simplified in a very short time and can be handled after conversion in the factory planning software.

With 3D_Evolution CAD assembly structures can easily be converted into a functional product structure which necessary for the simulation. With just a few clicks, the user disassembles or "flattens" the original assembly structure in order to merge the parts of the simplified model in such a way that subassemblies and bodies that belong together in terms of the simulation are restructured in a new and now functional orientated assembly structure.

#PlantDesign #CAD @CoreTechnologie @PRSchacker

Friday 21 February 2020

Energy efficiency in Turkey.

At the invitation of the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, the Ministry and Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG will discuss Turkey's strategic goals for energy efficiency.

From left: Sascha Engel, Oguz Can,
Hilal Celik and Bilal Düzgün
The whole world is facing radical transformation. Climate change and technological innovation in an age of rapidly permeating digitalization are transforming processes and other more disruptive things that just a few years ago were considered “immutable”. Many people and especially the younger generations, not least due to the Fridays for Future movement, are concerned about their future in the face of global warming. The focus is now on energy transition, which more and more companies, private individuals as well as states are investing in, to gain in energy efficiency and conserve natural resources by using renewable energies.

Due to increases in its energy consumption, Turkey is ranked No. 1 in Europe according to the Ministry in terms of the growth in demand for energy, and No. 2 in the world after China. It is planned to reduce consumption by 20% compared to 2011. At the same time, renewable energy sources are to be given priority over traditional means of energy production to take climatic and environmental considerations into account. In addition to wind power plants, emphasis is being put on roof-top photovoltaic systems, because with the introduction of smart grid technology, decentralised feed-ins can simultaneously be used as storage. Furthermore, in the case of a decentralised supply, the power transmission infrastructure is already in place and expensive cable routes and underground lines do not have to be built from scratch.

#PAuto #CamilleBauerMetrawatt @mepaxIntPR

Thursday 20 February 2020

Cavity pressure sensors.

Two new cavity pressure sensors from Kistler have front end diameters of only 1mm, the world’s smallest, and 2.5 mm both of which can be machined up to 0.5 mm to be made flush with the cavity wall contour virtually eliminating any marking of the moulding. Both sizes come with UniSens® uniform sensitivity to simplify installation, option of Titanium Carbo-Nitride (TiCN) coating for use with abrasive media and 2,000 bar pressure range.

The availability of Titanium Carbo-Nitride coating, rather than hard chromium, provides optimum protection against wear, ensuring longer lifetimes. The coating delivers two decisive advantages: exceptional hardness against abrasion, and resistance to corrosion by the action of chemicals making the new sensors ideal for use with glass fiber-reinforced plastics and flame-retardant materials. The front end of the coated versions cannot be machined as this would remove the protective coating. Where front end machining is essential to match the curve of the cavity the uncoated version must be specified.

Both versions have uniform sensitivity to ensure maximum deviation of ± 3% of the nominal sensitivity (2.25 pC/bar). This simplifies installation and interchangeability of sensors, as the nominal sensitivity can be used. All versions with replaceable cable are IP67 protected. Several mounting styles and cable types deliver easy and flexible integration, especially in multi cavity moulds.

The uniform sensitivity provides excellent precision which eliminates the need for sensor detection in the system. The sensitivity of these sensors remains consistently high, so users no longer have to enter values from each sensor data sheet. This also means that replacing the sensors is very straightforward and far easier to handle, especially when multi-cavity moulds are involved. Very tight tolerance ranges and ease of handling will obviously be key advantages for manufacturers of complex high-precision parts, such as high density connectors, automotive components and medical equipment.

The new, direct measuring pressure sensors deliver simple installation due to Unisens® combined with long life in challenging applications and the virtual elimination of marking on surface of the moulding. Used in combination with the Kistler ComoNeo cavity pressure monitoring system, the new sensors add another element in the search for zero rejects in the injection moulding industry.

#Kistler #PAuto 

Magnetic encoder system interface.

The BML absolute magnetic encoder in the SGA series stands out in any application where high absolute accuracy of position and end-of-travel is required. Comprehensive diagnostics functions ensure reliable operation and more efficient maintenance. With its Drive-Cliq interface the Balluff measuring system can also be perfectly integrated into Siemens controller environments. Siemens has certified the system accordingly.
Plug and play installation makes incorporating into the drive system easy. The controller automatically detects the sensor and its basic settings. The sensor also offers great flexibility, since leaving and reengaging with the tape is permissible. This opens up simple and economical solutions for demanding applications in the field of automation as well as machine tool building, especially specialty machines.

Since the system works magnetically, it is also extremely insensitive to temperature change, dirt (such as from dust and oil), or wear. Thanks to its compact form factor the measuring system is also easy to integrate into existing applications, even in tight mounting conditions. The generous read distance of 1.3 mm makes installation easier.

In practical operation continuous plausibility checking ensures high reliability, since the system consistently check the measurement quality. Automatic condition monitoring checks the signal quality and, using the controller, is a convenient way to evaluate the function reserve.

Status LEDs and diagnostic functions ensure reliable operation and more efficient maintenance.

The linear measuring system is suitable for both long measuring lengths up to 48 meters as well as for applications which require high precision. With an accuracy of up to ± 12µm and a resolution of 1µm the measuring system meets these requirements. The system is also simple to retrofit.

#Pauto @Balluff @mepaxIntPR

Wednesday 19 February 2020

Mercury contamination monitoring.

The ergonomically designed Mercury Vapour Indicator (MVI) from Ion Science, is suitable for rapid and reliable mercury detection during decommissioning, demolition, repurposing or refurbishment of industrial plant, laboratories and other premises.

Environmental pressures and subsequent legislation* to control hazardous substances has resulted in a sharp decline in the use of mercury although it remains an important chemical in many industrial processes, including the production of chlorine, cement, caustic soda and sulphuric acid and a wide range of products.

Exposure to excessive levels of mercury can permanently damage or fatally injure the brain and kidneys. Elemental mercury can also be absorbed through the skin and cause allergic reactions.

When properly contained and controlled, mercury can be used safely. Problems start when premises that have historically used the chemical are demolished, decommissioned, repurposed or refurbished. It means mercury that has been contained for decades can be released into the environment.

Ensuring that facilities are safe during construction and that there is no health risk associated with any repurposed land and new or refurbished buildings when they are occupied places an emphasis on effective contamination monitoring.

The  MVI is a revolutionary handheld instrument that can detect mercury in just three seconds. The MVI’s dual beam UV technology eliminates the problem of saturation and the need for regeneration between readings, maximising its availability and uptime.

Fast and accurate, Ion Science’s MVI provides continuous readings and offers two detection ranges of 0 – 200 µg/m3 (res. 0.1 µg/m3) and 0 – 2000 µg/m3 (res. 1 µg/m3). These two ranges provide critical coverage for the OSHA PEL at 100 ug / m³ and the IDLH at 1000 ug / m³.

A high-performance pump ensures fast indication and recovery and the instrument’s audible alarm and large digital display clearly indicate the levels of mercury present.

Other conventional monitoring technologies have limitations. For example, cold vapour atomic absorption is excellent at detecting sub parts per billion (ppb) concentrations of mercury but is far too sensitive for use industrial premises and will over-range, making it impossible to pinpoint mercury sources.

Gold film mercury vapour instruments offer a much wider range but are quickly saturated and then have to be regenerated away from the contaminated area before they can be used again.

Ergonomically designed for simple, one-handed operation, the MVI is the ideal survey unit for rapid and reliable mercury detection. It helps to pinpoint mercury sources in even the most challenging environments.

*The (British) Clean Air Act regulates 188 air toxics, also known as ‘hazardous air pollutants’. Mercury is listed as one of these air toxics. The Act directs EPA to establish technology-based standards for certain sources that emit these air toxics. Those sources also are required to obtain Clean Air Act operating permits and to comply with all applicable emission standards

#PAuto #CleanAir @ionscience @elhcomms

Advanced analytics for process manufacturing.

Seeq Corporation is the winner of the Advanced Analytics for Process Manufacturing Data category award for Control Engineering 2020 Engineers’ Choice Awards program. Control Engineering’s Engineer’s Choice is the premier award program for new products in manufacturing and non-manufacturing industries. Their annual reader-choice award program gives Control Engineering’s audience the opportunity to select the top new products in their fields.

“We are pleased that Seeq was recognized by Control Engineering,” says 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 won in the category of Data Analytics for its Advanced Analytics for Process Manufacturing Data. 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.

#PAuto @SeeqCorporation @ControlEngTips

Wireless excellence recognised!

Iberian Lube Base Oil Company, S. A. (ILBOC), has won the 2019 ISA100 Wireless Excellence in Automation award. In so doing they join a list of distinguished end users which include BAPCO, Alcoa, Phillips 66, PETRONAS, Nippon Steele & Sumikin Engineering.
Andre Ristaino,  ISA100 Wireless MD, presented Luis Sancho Gomez with ILBOC's award at the ARC World Forum. Vicente Blazquez, CEO of Bitherm is on the right.
Each year the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute honors one end-user who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, creativity, and engineering excellence in the field of deploying ISA100 Wireless technology.

In winning, ILBOC was chosen from several potential candidates. Their use case was a 904 node ISA100 Wireless steam trap monitoring application. A steam trap monitoring application of this large size is a great example of the power of ISA100 Wireless technology. The installation also included a unique ESCO (Energy Services company) contract with Bitherm that had NO upfront costs. All payments to Bitherm from ILBOC are based upon energy savings.

Later Luis Sancho Gomez presented ILBOC's experiences at the forum in Orlando (FL USA). His presentation may be viewed here (pdf).

#PAuto #ILBOC @ISA_Interchange @arc_advisory @ARCWorldForum @ISA100WCI

Tuesday 18 February 2020

Sensor meets the growing demand for digitalisation to collect sensor data.

An ultra-compact digital temperature sensor with precise digital output and low power consumption

In today’s world, industrial, consumer and even medical sectors are adopting digitalization to collect sensor data. While certain devices are fitted with analog-to-digital converters, the market demands increased accuracy, smaller size, higher versatility and lower prices as data is used for more precise controls. To meet this emerging need, TE Connectivity (TE), has designed the TSYS03, a new digital temperature sensor with an ultra-compact design, precise multi-channel digital output and low power consumption.

“Providing sensor solutions that meet the needs of our customers is at the forefront of everything we do at TE Connectivity,” said Noel Burke, product manager of TE sensors business. “The development of the new TSYS03 sensor further enhances our position as a leader in the sensor industry and is intended for use in products across an array of sectors that require digital output and a miniature footprint including industrial, medical, automotive and consumer.”

TSYS03 is available in two different sizes – TDFN8 2.5 mm x 2.5mm and ultra-small XDFN6 1.5mm x 1.5mm – offering a large choice of integrations to any application with space constraints. Its small size enables lower thermal response time, which equates to fast temperature readings, while its improved ASIC design and reduced package size allows for an exceptional price-to-performance ratio.

TSYS03 offers a digital output allowing the I2C communication bus to be configured giving OEMs the ability to add a secondary or more I²C addresses. Additionally, TSYS03 has an enlarged supply voltage range of 2.4V to 5.5V offering a wide range of application possibilities from automotive to any other battery driven devices. Thanks to its low current consumption (stand-by <0.3µA), the TSYS03 can be used in battery applications for years without recharging or battery replacement.

#PAuto @TEConnectivity 

First for network integration.

Moore Industries has won Control Engineering 2020 Engineers’ Choice Awards for Network Integration – Signal Conditioning with the ECT-DIN 15mm in the Signal Isolator category. An engraved award for each Winner will be presented to each winning company at the 2020 Engineering Awards in Manufacturing dinner in April.

The UL approved ECT-DIN 2-Wire Isolator is now available in a narrow 15mm aluminum housing. The narrow size allows more isolators to fit in cabinets and field enclosures where installation space is a premium.

Scott Saunders, President and CEO of Moore Industries, states “The rugged narrow 15mm ECT DIN 2-Wire isolator and converter with 4-20mA, 1-5V and 0-10V inputs and 4-20mA output, permits more isolators to fit in cabinets and field enclosures where installation space is limited, saving space and money.”

The complete ECT family delivers reliable signal isolation and conversion solutions for the most demanding ambient and noisy installation conditions. Check out the details on the ECT-DIN 2-Wire Isolator in our online catalog.

#PAuto @MII_Worldwide @ControlEngTips

Uncertainties to lead to slower development in 2020.

Endress+Hauser remains on course for growth. In 2019 the Endress+Hauser Group increased its net sales by almost 8% to over €2.6 billion. The measurement and automation technology specialist created 400 new jobs worldwide. At the end of the year the company had more than 14,300 employees.

Matthias Altendorf
"We have grown across all fields of activity, industries and regions," said Matthias Altendorf, CEO of the Group. Strong impetus came from Asia. Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East developed positively, but at a much slower pace. "With good product innovations, we have set a clear benchmark in the industry."

In 2019, order entry rose faster than sales. "Endress+Hauser has started 2020 with a significantly higher order backlog than the year before,"  reported Chief Financial Officer Dr Luc Schultheiss.
"The Group was able to maintain the return on sales at the previous year?s level. We are satisfied with our profit before taxes."

However Endress+Hauser expects slower development in 2020. Sales growth in the mid-single-digit percentage range is anticipated and the group aims to maintain profitability at a good level. "However, there are still many uncertainties," stresses Schultheiss.

Endress+Hauser will present its audited 2019 financial figures  next May (2020) in Basel (CH).

#PAuto @Endress_Hauser @Endress_US

Monday 17 February 2020

Smallest camera-based positioning sensor.

The new IPS 400i from Leuze electronic.  is the smallest camera-based positioning sensor on the market for double-depth compartment fine positioning. It helps high-bay storage devices to quickly and easily find the right rack.

With the new camera-based IPS 400i positioning sensor for high-bay storage devices, Leuze electronic – the expert for sensor solutions for intralogistics – is expanding its IPS range of products with a new model for optical compartment fine positioning.

About a year ago, Leuze electronic introduced the IPS 200i, the smallest camera-based positioning sensor for single-depth, which is used for single depth pallet high racks and small-part container storage.

The new IPS400i is just as compact as its sibling, the IPS 200i, and thus requires little space on the high-bay storage device – however, it detects round holes or reflectors not only in single-depth, but also double-depth bars and thus determines the position deviation relative to the target position in the X and Y directions. This makes the new camera-based IPS 400i positioning sensor particularly suited for use in double-depth pallet high-bay warehouses.

A model with integrated heating for use in refrigerated warehouses down to -30 °C is also available.

Both variants – IPS 200i and IPS 400i – offer the user simple and fast commissioning and operation. The sensors are put into operation using a web-based configuration tool with a user-controlled installation assistant (wizard). Printed configuration codes are read in without a PC via "Code Generator," which means that configuration adjustments can be made directly on the high-bay storage device. An alignment system consisting of four feedback LEDs further facilitates the commissioning process.

Due to its powerful, ambient-light-independent IR LED lighting, fault-free use in warehouse technology is possible with just one single device for a working range of up to 2400 mm. With the integrated TCP/IP interface and PROFINET RT, the IPS 400i can be directly integrated into the network environment and enables quick, location-independent diagnostics.

Condition monitoring and predictive maintenance take place using a quality score that detects deterioration in the reading performance of the sensor at an early stage. This minimizes downtime and increases the availability and cost-effectiveness of the systems.

#Leuze #PAuto @TheSensorPeople @mepaxIntPR

Safety and cable access solutions.

Foremost Electronics offers a wide range of safety and cable access solutions for industrial and construction equipment and services.

Alan Vincent, Sales Director of Foremost, comments, “Our emergency stop switches and cable access systems are ideal for industrial and construction equipment and services. Safe, reliable and easy to find and use emergency stop switches have many applications on vehicles, machinery and site access. Icotek cable gland products offer rugged, simple to use cable and pneumatic access for terminated or unterminated cables for both site equipment and fixed installations.”

Emergency stop switches are required in many industrial and process control applications including alarms, emergency equipment and vehicle shutdown and exit access. Foremost supply a wide range of rugged, high reliability emergency stop switches from the IDEC e-stop series.

IDEC’s high reliability range of emergency stop switches have patented 3rd generation safety technology and provide optimal safety by conforming to international approvals: UL, TUV, ATEX, CE, and CCC.

9 different series of emergency stop switches offer an exceptional range and include a very wide variety of options including: 3 plunger diameters (30, 40 and 60mm), 3 plunger colors (yellow, red and grey), the availability of Illuminated versions , 16, 22 and 30mm panel cut-outs, several methods of connection, 4 types of reset functions: twist, pull, both (when required) or key, reduced size and offer greater flexibility in the number of contacts, from 1 to 4 with normally open (NO) or normally closed (NC) variants.

Because user safety is vital, IDEC has developed two patented technologies that go beyond today’s most stringent standards. Many versions are fitted with “safe brake action technology” ensuring fail-safe operation even if the switch actuator is not properly positioned, has been damaged or is detached. This technology is especially useful in emergency stop switches that are in highly prominent positions or which have a detachable contact block and are more liable to be accidentally damaged.

Other models have padlock eyelets provided so that emergency stop switches can be locked in their safety position and machines cannot be re-started whilst in use by other operators. Several padlocks can be fitted at the same time, therefore allowing several operators to work safely on different areas of the installation at the same time, without fear that one can restart the machine before the others have finished and removed their padlocks.

Wherever a secure electrical connection to machinery or equipment is required Foremost can supply a wide range of cable management and entry systems from icotek. icotek products are suitable even in applications where extreme contamination by water, dust, vibration or extreme temperatures occur.

Icotek supply completely split cable entry systems allowing pre-terminated cables with diameters from 1 - 75 mm to be routed quickly and sealed securely with up to IP66 / IP68 / UL type 4X. They can be also be installed when retrofitting or maintaining equipment.

Compact cable entry plates are ideal for routing standard cables without connectors from 1.5 to 22 mm in diameter with minimum space requirements. High certified sealing rates up to IP68 / UL type 4X are achieved and certificates can be provided upon request.

For secure and structured cable routing and strain relief of electrical lines icotek offers several strain relief plates for various mounting methods. For large-diameter cables high quality cable clamps and cleats are available.

icotek also provides innovative solutions for EMC/EMI cable earthing applications. The icotek SKL shield clamps are made for reliable and effective earthing of high frequency interferences and allow safe operation of machinery and equipment.

#PAuto #Construction #Switches @4MostElectronic

Odour control in Guernsey.

Handheld PID instrument used on outlets of odour control system to assess utilisation of carbon media filter.

Guernsey’s States Works is using an Ion Science  handheld photoionisation detector (PID) to measure volatile organic compounds (VOCs) being emitted from an odour control system installed at Guernsey’s waste transfer station. Supplied by distributor Shawcity and chosen for its portability, high detection rates and range of response factors, the instrument is helping to prevent the escape of malodours into the surrounding environment.

States Works is using the Ion Science TigerLT PID instrument at three outlet ports on each of the transfer station’s odour control carbon filter vessels where it is monitoring VOCs being emitted at quarter, half and three quarters depths of the carbon filter media. It enables States Works to estimate usage of the media so they can be replaced to ensure malodours are not being released into the air.

Yannic Bearder, Senior Environmental Monitoring Technician at States Works, comments: “Part of our role is to ensure that the new waste transfer station and old landfill sites are not affecting the environment or impacting the local community.

“The company that installed the odour control system at the waste transfer station recommended we use Ion Science’s Tiger PID to measure VOCs from the three outlet ports to help assess utilisation of the carbon filter media.”

This instrument is being used by States Works for weekly monitoring of VOCs with the data downloaded manually via USB and logged onto a spreadsheet.

TigerLT, which offers worldwide Intrinsic Safety (IS) certification for use in potentially explosive atmospheres, is a streamlined, low cost version of Ion Science’s well proven Tiger PID model.

Like all Ion Science PID instruments, the TigerLT incorporates the company’s PID technology with advanced patented fence electrode system. This three-electrode format ensures increased resistance to humidity and contamination for ultimate reliability and accuracy in the field.

With a detection range of 0.1 - 5,000 ppm utilising a standard two-point calibration protocol, Ion Science’s robust TigerLT also offers an unrivalled industry response time of just two seconds and equally quick clear down.

Both simple to operate and service, the TigerLT offers easy access to the lamp and sensor with batteries that can be safely replaced in hazardous environments. The intrinsically safe instrument also meets ATEX, IECEx, UL and CSA standards.

Yannic continues: “Ion Science’s distributor Shawcity recommended the Ion Science TigerLT VOC monitor as it met our requirement for portability, high detection rates and range of response factors. Although the instrument is only being used outdoors for short periods of time, it also has a reassuringly rugged design.”

The TigerLT six pin MiniPID detector cell with anti-contamination design dramatically extends run time in the field. Low cost filters and lamps can be easily changed in minutes, minimising downtime.

It features long life rechargeable Li-ion batteries which give up to 24 hours usage. Fast battery charging allows the instrument to be fully charged in 6.5 hours, while eight hours of use can be achieved from 1.5 hours of charging time.

It features a protective, removable boot for harsh environments while a large, clear back-lit display allows for easy viewing in any light condition. It is IP 65 rated against water ingress. An integrated torch is designed for directing the instrument’s probe into dimly lit areas. Other features include a loud 95 dB audible alarm and multiple language support. Ready to use, straight out of the box, the instrument does not require complicated set up procedures via a PC to perform basic functions.

@ionscience @StatesWorks #Enviornment #Guernesy

Visioning growth continues.

IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH has exceeded industry expectations in 2019 as in previous years. With a sales increase in the higher single-digit percentage range, the company has held its ground well in the market, contrary to the 7% sales decline forecast by the VDMA for machine vision. The increase in sales was particularly strong in North America compared to the previous year.
"We continue to grow, develop innovative products and therefore remain a reliable and powerful partner for the future," explains managing director Daniel Seiler"Thanks to high investments in our infrastructure in 2019, we are ideally positioned for the increased order intake and a further increase in demand”.

For 2020 the camera manufacturers from Southern Germany are again aiming for double-digit growth. This is based on the positive order situation, with a 16% increase over the previous year, and the strong development of the foreign business. Delivery of the 1.5 millionth camera is expected in the second quarter.

Overall, the foreign presence at almost all locations was further strengthened by new hires in the areas of sales and machine vision consulting. The relocation of the subsidiaries in the USA, Japan, UK and Korea to larger premises reflects these developments and paves the way for further growth.

The growth forecast for the VISION year 2020 is based primarily on the new IDS NXT cameras with artificial intelligence and the high demand in the 3D segment. New products will complement the IDS product range especially in these areas. The IDS NXT ocean all-in-one solution has already been on the market for a short time and promises the user AI-based image processing without specialist knowledge.

The new Innovation and Technology Center "b39" will be ready for occupancy in the course of the second half of the year. In addition to IDS Imaging, the main user of the 4,500 sqm complex, in which jobs for 200 employees will be created, will be the sister company IDS Innovation GmbH, which will operate the "b39 Academy", specialising in the teaching of digital professional, methodological and technical skills.

#PAuto #Camera @IDS_Imaging

New location reflects and facilitates significent growth.

Abaco Systems has completed its move into its new headquarters, which significantly expands its footprint in Huntsville (AL USA).  The new location hosts a significant new Engineering Innovation Center, a purpose-built training facility, and close proximity to key customers. Abaco’s new headquarters has space available for further expansion in line with the company’s continued growth.

The move provides Abaco with the head room and resources that will allow the company to continue to develop the innovative embedded computing technologies and solutions that have enabled it to become a leading supplier to the defense market, with longstanding relationships with all major primes and tier-1 suppliers.

“Increased demand for electronics content to power contemporary platforms is driving significant growth at Abaco,” said Rich Sorelle, President and CEO. “Our expertise in areas such as modular, open-standards architectures; rugged reliability and advanced thermal management; artificial intelligence, machine learning and autonomy; software tools; high performance video and graphics; and advanced, secure networking has earned us positions on national asset platforms. Our new Engineering Innovation Center will accelerate these efforts and bring more value to our customers.”

Acquiring the new facility enables Abaco to expand the company’s manufacturing capacity at its original headquarters at Memorial Parkway SW. It also allows Abaco to respond to growing customer demand for shorter lead times as defense technology programs come under increasing pressure to move from conception to deployment more rapidly.

“This expansion is a milestone for Abaco and evidence of the continued success and growth of our business,” continued Sorelle. “We look for the most talented people to join us in our mission to solve our customers’ most complex embedded computing challenges. We believe the quality of our new facilities and the attractive location will prove to be a major draw to prospective employees.”

Huntsville is well known as a key location within the aerospace and defense industry, with high profile companies including Boeing, DRS, Georgia Tech Research Institute, L-3, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon – all of whom Abaco counts as customers – having a presence in the city.

 #Systems #Aerospace #Pauto  @AbacoSys

Friday 14 February 2020

Non destructive testing.

Following a rapid growth in demand during 2019, Ashtead Technology has significantly increased the number of flaw detectors in its fleet of rental instruments. Many of the new additions were Sonatest’s latest instrument; the Masterscan D-70 ultrasonic flaw detector, which was specified on numerous occasions, including one particularly large inspection project. “As an equipment specialist we track the latest developments in the market and invest in the best technologies for our customers’ applications,” comments Ashtead’s NDT Market Manager, Steve Drake.

“The popularity of the Sonatest D70 results from its advanced defect sizing tools with A-Scans, B-Scans and thickness logs. The new reporting software (UT-Lity) is also very popular with customers because it allows them to create customised inspection report templates; cutting and pasting information to other applications and creating printable pdf documents.”

Key features of the D70 include high levels of near surface resolution, penetrating power (450V pulser - square and spike) and an excellent signal to noise ratio. Rugged and reliable, the instrument offers outstanding battery performance with up to 18 hours of operation from full charge.

Typical applications include bond testing and the inspection of welds, corrosion, forgings, castings and composite materials, as well as UT and EMATS inspections in the power sector.

Summarising, Steve says: “The main benefit of adding the D-70 to our comprehensive rental fleet of NDT instruments, is that customers have an even greater choice of instruments without the capital cost of ownership. However, our customers also tell us that the availability of instruments at short notice, such as same- or next-day, can sometimes be of enormous value to them.”

#NDT @ashteadtech @_Enviro_News

Thursday 13 February 2020

Robust US flowmeter.

This robust ultrasonic gas flowmeter has integrated pressure and temperature sensors to provide a wide array of highly accurate measured and calculated values.

The Proline Prosonic Flow G 300/500 flowmeter has been launched by Endress+Hauser. This instrument can be supplied with either of two different transmitters: as a compact version (Proline 300), or as a remote version (Proline 500) with up to four inputs and outputs. These inputs and outputs provide flexibility with the ability to output not only flow, but also pressure, temperature, and numerous other process variables.

This flowmeter is ideal for demanding applications, measuring both dry and wet gases with high precision (±0.5%), unmatched repeatability, and high reliability—even when process and ambient conditions fluctuate significantly.

Robust industrial design makes it possible to operate the flowmeters long term without maintenance, saving time and money. The meter operates at process temperatures up to 150 °C (302 °F) and pressures up to 100 bar (1450 psi) and can be ordered with built-in pressure and temperature sensors. The input from these sensors can be combined with the measured sound velocity to calculate additional gas properties, often important for process control.

An optional “Extended Gas Analysis” function package is available for special applications and to meet process control requirements. Depending on the selected gas type (pure gases, gas mixtures, coal gas, natural gas, customer-specific gases, etc.), this function enables the calculation of additional parameters and process variables. Some examples are volume flow, corrected volume flow, mass flow, energy flow, calorific value, Wobbe index, gas type, molar mass, methane content (%), and density or viscosity.

A very high degree of robustness is realized because all wetted parts are made of stainless steel, and the flowmeter provides compliance with the stringent requirements of NACE MR0175/MR0103. The meter’s ultrasound transducers are available in titanium Grade 2.

The Prosonic Flow G measuring system has been developed in accordance with IEC 61508 (SIL), making it suitable for use in many safety-related applications. It also has Heartbeat Technology integrated into the flowmeter, like all Proline measuring devices, which enables permanent self-diagnostics with the highest diagnostic coverage, as well as a TÜV-certified and metrologically traceable device verification without process interruption.

The flowmeter transmitter includes a web server as a standard, enabling direct data from any connected device capable of hosting a web browser. The flowmeters unique data storage concept (HistoROM) ensures maximum data security before, during, and after service.

#PAuto @Endress_US @Endress_Hauser @Endress_UK

LTE testing automatic and fast.

Fast Automatic LTE-V2X Device Evaluations to Increase Mass-Production Productivity

Two new software options for Anritsu Corporation's Universal Wireless Test Set MT8870A to measure RF characteristics of 3GPP-compliant LTE-V2X (PC5) devices have been announced.

The new software options are LTE-V2X Tx Measurement MX887068A and LTE-V2X Waveforms MV887068A and offer the industry's fastest, fully automatic, non-signaling based LTE-V2X TRx tests.

Customers already using the MT8870A can extend its functionality simply by installing the software, with no need to invest in new equipment.

With four TRX measurement modules installed in the MT8870A, four DUTs (devices under test) can be connected and measured simultaneously. Different wireless systems can also be measured in parallel, cutting measurement time and the space taken up by test equipment.

The new software expands the capabilities of the Universal Wireless Test Set MT8870A, which is designed for mass-production test of multi-standard wireless systems. In addition to LTE-V2X and IEEE 802.11p(DSRC) for automotive solutions, the test set also supports the latest 5G sub-6 GHz, LTE, NB-IoT, Cat-M, WLAN and Bluetooth standards.

The MT8870A solution was developed to increase the mass-production efficiency of V2X devices and chipsets and help to accelerate the launch of commercial C-V2X services.

#TandM @AnritsuEMEA @Anritsu @NapierPR

Wednesday 12 February 2020

EMC from Data Portal.

Schaffner has announced its presence on the EPLAN portal with immediate effect. EPLAN is a powerful information source for global design engineering. The data portal offers customers shared by Schaffner and EPLAN benefits from the integration of device data and CAD which can be used digitally and efficiently in design engineering.

EPLAN is a powerful planning tool that is used as a worldwide standard design platform. The widespread access to EPLAN supports Schaffner’s global sales of EMC filters providing customers with an even better service.

The EPLAN Data Portal provides web-based device and article data internationally. At the present time more than 110 component manufactures with more than half a million articles and product data are represented. Due to the deep integration of the portal into the EPLAN CAD platform, the information is directly available in engineering formats. More than 92,000 users around the world already access the electronic product catalogues of circuit diagram designs featured.

#PAuto #Shaffner @EPLAN_UK

Simple gas alalysis calibration.

Signal Group has launched a new highly accurate but simple to operate version of its Gas Divider, the Model 821S. Designed for testing the linearity and calibration of almost any gas analyser, the 821S only requires one calibration gas and a zero gas in order to conduct a full range calibration check.
The linearity of all gas analysers should be checked regularly as part of an effective QA/QC regime. To conduct a reliable, accurate check, users simply connect the calibration gas, the zero gas and the outlet flow connector to the analyser to be tested, and then switch the calibration gas in 10 equal steps from zero to the full concentration.

“These steps are accurate to within 0.2% and a calibration certificate is supplied with each instrument,” comments Signal MD James Clements. “Repeatability is 0.5% of the dilution step, and the European and US standards specify 2% accuracy, so if the 10% dilution is selected, 500ppm will be diluted to 50ppm with an uncertainty of 0.25ppm – significantly better than the +/- 1ppm required by international standards.”

#PAuto #TandM @GasAnalysers @_Enviro_News

Partner conferences to launch SCADA systems.

SolutionsPT is to unveil the latest 2020 releases of AVEVA SCADA systems at a series of free events for Systems Integrators and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).
Designed in partnership with multinational information technology company AVEVA to help Systems Integrators and OEMs adapt to the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the SolutionsPT AVEVA Partner Conferences 2020 will take place at The Belfry Hotel & Resort, Sutton Coldfield (GB), on the 23rd and 24th of March, and at the Montenotte Hotel in Cork (IRL), on the 25th and 26th of March.

The two-day events will feature an exciting line-up of speakers including AVEVA’s global SI/OEM Program Director, Tim Black; AVEVA System Platform Product Manager, Ernst van Wyk; and SolutionsPT’s Technical Strategy Manager, David Baskett.

The conferences will also feature a range of training and hands-on sessions that introduce attendees to the latest industrial technologies, with 15 workshops taking place at each event. Highlights of the agenda will include:
  • A first look at the 2020 releases of AVEVA’s System Platform and InTouch HMI SCADA technologies, with attendees receiving training on how to use them effectively
  • Practical learning sessions exploring how maximum value can be extracted from collected data using AVEVA’s cloud and edge services
  • Live demonstrations of AVEVA’s latest Model Driven manufacturing execution systems (MES) which minimise custom coding between systems
  • One-on-one support and training on subjects including cyber security, industrial hardware and asset performance management.
Experts from SolutionsPT, AVEVA and electrical equipment specialist Schneider Electric will then deliver a series of presentations on topics including the challenges the Fourth Industrial Revolution presents for Systems Integrators, and how to enable IIoT applications to reach their full potential.

The events are free to attend and include dinner and evening entertainment but delegates must register in advance here. Delegates who sign up in advance and attend will also receive 50% off SolutionsPT’s Virtual Training Courses.

#PAuto #Ireland #Britain @SolutionsPT @RightAgency #SCADA