Thursday 30 April 2020

Integrated sample planning & scheduling.

Bringing new levels of field sampling optimization, compliance and field data collection, Autoscribe Informatics has announced the integration of Trilogy TAPS sample planning and scheduling management software with its Matrix Gemini configurable laboratory information management system (LIMS). Integration of field data collection and laboratory activities is especially useful in water, environmental, waste and similar industries.
As a leading global provider of LIMS, Autoscribe understands the value of configurable data and process management systems in the laboratory, but as Autoscribe Managing Director Steve Boother says: “By integrating TAPS with our systems, we can provide a complete solution for the field-based collection of environmental or biological samples and associated data. As well as managing field-based sampling, test results collected in the field using Trilogy’s android mobile application can now pass seamlessly to the laboratory; avoiding lost results and transcription errors while maintaining a full audit trail of actions for regulatory purposes.”

The TAPS and HAND products were developed by Trilogy, a software systems and services company that shares Autoscribe’s mission to develop fit-for-purpose, configurable, future-proof database management applications. Trilogy Managing Director Alex Dare says: “Integration with Matrix Gemini LIMS allows field sampling information and on-site test result data to be in the laboratory even before the samples themselves. This reduces turn-around time and improves efficiency, whilst providing users with far greater control and visibility of their sampling and analysis activities.”
Developed in partnership with field sampling organizations, TAPS provides the ability to manage and optimize the scheduling and collection of field samples. Complex planning tools allow random site selection and timing as well as route optimization so samplers can work more efficiently. Route optimization saves time and fuel, and by effectively organizing the collection of diverse but geographically close samples the use of sampling resources is optimized.

Growing regulatory pressure across the globe is driving the requirement for fully traceable planning, collection and reporting of field-based samples and results. In addition, customers and stakeholders expect results to be delivered in the fastest possible time, and managers need to be able to accurately determine the cost of sampling operations. The integration of TAPS with Matrix Gemini LIMS is therefore a major step forward in meeting these new challenges.

Mobile friendly
The TAPS capability is significantly enhanced by ‘HAND’ which is an Android based program that delivers several significant advantages. HAND avoids the need for hard-copy worksheets and handwritten results. It also provides a higher level of data quality assurance by automatically checking the validity of entered information, and assigning date/time and GPS data to sampling and on-site test results. Analytical result limits may be defined to gain immediate on-site verification of any problems while the sampler is still at the location. Importantly, for both samplers and managers, registered users of HAND can log in and view data 24/7. Fully integrated with TAPS and Matrix Gemini LIMS, HAND helps ensure data integrity and a complete electronic audit trail.

Integration with Matrix Gemini LIMS
Samplers have the ability to enter results in the field and on return, bar-coded sample bottles can be scanned and their associated data and results automatically imported to Matrix Gemini LIMS. Any ‘failures to collect’ can be identified and rescheduled. Once the samples are in the lab and the field data has been transferred, Matrix Gemini manages any further laboratory-based testing that is required. Once the lab tests have been completed, Matrix may automatically update TAPS.

#LIMS @AutoscribeLtd @TrilogyGroup 

Multi-network routing.

The Portable BASrouter, from Contemporary Controls, is a compact BACnet multi-network router which provides versatile stand-alone routing between BACnet/IP, BACnet Ethernet (ISO 8802-3), and BACnet MS/TP networks.

This portable BACnet router is easy to carry, web page configurable and it is powered by any 5 VDC source through it's USB connection, such as the USB port of your laptop computer. It is a great commissioning and/or troubleshooting device with BACnet diagnostic capabilities. BACnet MS/TP "Status" webpage with graphical table of present MS/TP device status and network statistics, in addition to a BACnet/IP "Routing" webpage with a discoverable routing table become useful when setting up or troubleshooting a BACnet network.

The unit is housed in a compact plastic case that is powered from a USB port on a PC or laptop computer. The Portable BASrouter is equipped with one optically-isolated EIA-485 port used for BACnet MS/TP, an alternative RJ-11 MS/TP port, and one 10/100 Mbps Ethernet Auto-Negotiation and Auto-MDIX port for BACnet IP, BACnet Ethernet, and web page configuration.

The MS/TP port offers an optically-isolated transceiver. It has a removable 3-pin terminal block for the EIA-485 connection or an alternative RJ-11 can be used for MS/TP connection. The Ethernet port offers a shielded RJ-45 connector. Auto-negotiation and Auto-MDIX allow this port to automatically match connections to the attached equipment. Therefore, either straight-through or crossover CAT5/6 cable can be used for hook-up. A resident web server allows for commissioning, and troubleshooting using a standard web browser. A reset switch is provided on the router to return the unit to the factory default IP address of (/24).

Three LEDs are provided: The power LED glows green when proper power is provided. A bicolour Ethernet LED glows green for 100 Mbps, and yellow for 10 Mbps, and indicates activity by flashing. MS/TP LED flashes green when valid MS/TP traffic is received. When flashing continuously and without long interruptions, the MS/TP receive LED is a good indicator that the MS/TP network is operational.

#BAS @ContempControls

Component carrier now replacing flexible PCBs.

Flexible circuit boards offer numerous advantages. However, the mechanical fixation of these circuit boards is highly complex. Harting has developed a new solution based on 3D-MID technology that is capable of replacing flexible circuit boards. Thanks to component carriers, cost savings of up to two-thirds can be achieved.

Flexible printed circuit boards made of thin polyimide films have established themselves in many product areas thanks to their application flexibility. Populating and assembling them, however, is decidedly more complex. This is where a newly developed component carrier from Harting enters the picture.

A standardised component carrier for electronic components
By harnessing this all new Harting development, electronic components can be fitted directly onto the component carrier, thereby replacing flexible circuit boards. The component carrier serves as a connecting element between the printed circuit board (PCB) and electronic components such as LEDs, ICs, photodiodes and sensors.

Electronic components are mounted directly on the new component carrier in automated processes. The frequently complex processes involved in processing flexible circuit boards is dispensed with, thereby reducing costs by up to two-thirds.

The populated component carriers are delivered in tape & reel. In their standard design, the carriers can be processed in automatic assembly systems, just like other SMD electronic components. Two different sizes are currently available and can accommodate electronic components of standard size SOIC-8 and smaller. Moreover, the company can also produce the carriers in customer-specific sizes.

Three example applications where the component carrier can replace flexible circuit boards:
  • Components at a 90° angle to the circuit board: The component carrier is suitable for scenarios in which electrical components, such as sensors, need to be positioned normal to the circuit board. The automatic assembly process enables the placement of temperature sensors or hall sensors on the carrier to a high degree of accuracy, which in turn results in precise, reproducible measurements. Optical components are another salient example, such as LEDs or photodiodes used to generate precise light barriers.
  • Clearance from the circuit board: The component carrier also makes it possible to maintain a clearance between the circuit board and an electronic component. Consequently, a temperature sensor can be used to measure the temperature in the housing without being influenced by the waste heat from other components on the PCB. It also means that an LED can be placed clear of the circuit board, thereby avoiding the risk of surrounding components casting shadows.
  • Antenna function: The component carrier can be manufactured using different base polymers. In this way, different antenna material properties can be factored in, such as dielectric constant and loss factor. The specific antenna layout can be used for various applications in the MHz and GHz frequency range, such as Bluetooth, WiFi, ZigBee and 5G.
Thanks to the 3D-MID (mechatronic integrated device) technology, electronic components can be fitted directly onto a three-dimensional body without the need for circuit boards or connecting cables. The base body is produced through injection moulding, whereby the thermoplastic is provided with a non-conductive, inorganic additive. In order for this material to be able to accommodate electrical circuits, the additives in the plastic are “activated” through laser direct structuring (LDS). In this process, the laser beam writes the areas intended for the conductive tracks and creates a micro-rough structure. The metal particles released in the process form the nuclei for the subsequent chemical metallisation.

This process creates electrical traces across the three-dimensional base body. The plastic employed offers high thermal stability and can therefore be soldered in the reflow oven. Harting has been implementing the entire 3D-MID process chain in-house for over 10 years, from the project idea to the populated series product. The technology is finding use in application scenarios in areas such as medical technology, industrial electronics and consumer electronics and all the way through to safety-related components in the automotive industry. Their 3D-MID business unit is the largest provider of 3D-MID components outside of Asia. The component carrier developed by this process is suitable for various applications. It can be equipped with several sensors that, if desired, could be aligned in three directions to take measurements in three axes (X, Y, Z). Components can be fitted simultaneously on two parallel surfaces on the front and back sides, as well as on the end face. The company has submitted a patent application for the component carrier.

In an automated process, they fit electronic components such as LEDs, ICs, photodiodes and sensors directly on the component carrier. The total cost of the component carrier is two-thirds lower than those of flexible PCB solutions. This is due to the fact that it eliminates the frequently complex handling involved with flexible printed circuit boards, e.g. populating, gluing and assembling. The process even delivers benefits in small volumes, as the component carrier can be used for different applications without adaptation, thereby eliminating the costs of a new injection mould. Compared with flexible printed circuit boards, this process achieves more precise component positioning, greater repeatability and better quality.

The company has identified another advantage of the component carrier, namely the short timeframe required to deliver finished components. Since the plastic carrier remains unchanged, all that is needed are specifications for placement of the electronic components. Experts in 3D-MID can use this to create a production-optimised layout proposal. Adjustments of the laser program are all that is needed to tailor the electrical traces to the respective application. Once the customer has approved the product and components have been received, initial production samples can be dispatched within two to three weeks – and even faster, if necessary.

#PAuto #Electronics @HARTING_Group @mepaxIntPR

Wednesday 29 April 2020

Easy commission and control of robots.

ABB has simplified the use of its popular SCARA robots by giving users the ability to commission and control the robots from their PC through RobotStudio®, their simulation and offline programming software.

“Simplifying the installation, programing and operation of robots offers our customers so many benefits, including offsetting talent shortages and helping SMEs become new robot users,” said Darren Hung, ABB’s Global Product Manager for small robots. “Adding our new Robot Control Mate functionality to RobotStudio will make it even more straightforward to set-up robotic automation solutions, while users can enjoy the increased flexibility of operating their robots from their laptops.”

Robot Control Mate is an add-on to RobotStudio, enabling users to jog, teach and calibrate robots from their computer, making it easier than ever to control a SCARA robot’s movements. For the first time, ABB’s offline programming software can be used to control the physical movements of a robot in real-time. Robot Control Mate also makes robot programming possible when a FlexPendant is not in place.

Robot Control Mate will first be available on the IRB 910INV ceiling-mounted robot and will be expanded to other robots in ABB’s portfolio later this year.

RobotStudio is the industry’s leading PC-based solution for programming, configuration and virtual commissioning before installation. ABB’s offers a complete digital twin of physical assets or systems on a production line. The offline programming tool enables users to create, simulate and test a complete robot installation in a virtual 3D environment without disturbing their actual production line. This means that new production lines can be installed faster and ramped up to full speed without surprises during commissioning – a critical competency for manufacturers given the shift to mass customization and shorter product life cycles.

#PAuto #Robotics @ABBgroupnews @ArmitageComm

Remote valve service!

Remote Assistance service is supported by augmented reality to deliver secure and cost-effective real-time expert valve repair

Emerson has announced its new Remote Assistance service capability to help plant operators immediately respond to industrial valve issues by using augmented reality (AR) technology. The AR technology uses a robust, secure channel certified as ISO 27001-compliant. Valve repairs are advised and guided by Emerson experts as part of the company’s expanding Connected Services portfolio in its Plantweb™ digital ecosystem.

“Our customers are supporting critical infrastructure through the global health crisis that we’re experiencing, but they still encounter issues where they need outside help. We’re able to continue our promise of support while protecting essential on-site staff and Emerson technicians through the use of this technology,” said Clint Schneider, director of Emerson’s digital valve services.

Using a mobile device, plant personnel can securely share their field of view through the AR software as Emerson valve experts help troubleshoot and solve valve problems. Step-by-step instructions are overlaid in the field-user’s application to support installation, calibration or repair actions.

Valves play a key role in reducing variability and increasing reliability in production because they touch so many areas of operations. In any given process facility, there could be hundreds to thousands of valves in operation. Depending on the criticality and the application, the maintenance plans could vary from daily monitoring to less-frequent inspections and repairs. Ensuring valves meet operational standards requires detailed record-keeping and right-skilled talent to oversee the repair.

Real-time video communication enables users to resolve issues faster and minimise instruction errors that often occur with audio-only support while eliminating travel time and the cost of getting technicians to the work site. In addition, operators can expand their in-house knowledge base and staff skillsets through on-the-job troubleshooting guidance and recommendations to remediate issues, up to and including oversight of the final repair.

The Remote Assistance service is available for Emerson valve, actuator and regulator product portfolios – and in some instances can cover non-Emerson products, as some Emerson technicians have extensive backgrounds in repairing products from other manufacturers.

Plantweb leverages IIoT technologies, software and services to expand digital intelligence throughout a workforce, enhancing workflows and processes to provide personnel with the insights needed to accelerate performance improvement.

#PAuto @EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis

Plug-In Easy-Test Terminal Blocks.

New disconnect terminal blocks implement plug-in technology, safe design, and space savings with testing capabilities for use in CT and VT secondary circuits.

Dinkle International has announced the availability of its DPT DIN rail disconnect terminal blocks to provide efficient, safe disconnect and testing of current transformer (CT) and voltage transformer (VT) circuits.

CTs and VTs isolate a primary power feed from a secondary circuit, permit grounding of the secondary circuit, and step-down the current or voltage to an appropriate level for measurement. Terminal blocks are then used as the termination points for instrument loops on the secondary circuit.

Panel builders have traditionally incorporated barrier-type terminal blocks in CT circuits—but these are challenging to access, require proper tools, and take time for backplane mounting and screw-down wire terminations. Additionally, there is always the danger of under-torqueing and loose wiring connections, or over-torqueing and stripped screw threads.

Dinkle’s DPT DIN rail series terminal blocks address these issues by providing easier access, DIN rail mounting with no tools required, and push-in design to ensure secure wiring connection while reducing time and tools required for termination.

The DPTD6 model block also provides direct-testing technology, enabling a user to test the circuit current without undoing any wired connections. To perform direct-test for a single or three-phase circuit, the user switches a lever on the terminal block to disconnect a de-energized circuit. The user then places a current-measuring device across the block at its test points using either 4mm test probes or securely fastened 2.3mm test plugs. The DPTL6 model version is similar to the DPTD6 but without a disconnect lever for testing.

Both blocks are UL rated up to 30 amps at 600 VAC. The blocks are DIN rail mountable and measure 8mm in width by 103.2mm in height by 50-57.5mm in depth (depending on DIN rail depth), allowing for easier installation and space saving compared with traditional barrier-type terminal blocks.

These push-in style blocks accommodate wire sizes from AWG20 to AWG8, and also feature plug-in slots for bridges (jumpers), providing reliable continuity between any combination of blocks on the same DIN rail. They are completely touch-safe—back of hand and finger protection—and operate at temperatures from -40°C (-40°F) to 120°C (248°F).

Users can employ these DPT series blocks to safely disconnect secondary circuits between measuring instruments and safety equipment in CT shorting and other applications. A safe disconnect can be achieved by placing the block in front of the measurement instrument.

#PAuto #Dinkle

Contribution to COVID-19 emergency recognised!

Anglia Components  has been ranked for the first time on the 21st annual Sunday Times Profit Track Covid-19 based on its financial performance over the last three years. The Sunday Times Profit Track ranks Britain’s most successful privately owned companies.

“We are proud to be featured in the Sunday Times as one of Britain’s top private companies with a track record of success over a three year period. Appearing on this list recognises the dedication and effort put in by the entire Anglia team and has allowed us to continue investing in the business for the benefit of our staff, customers and suppliers” commented Steve Rawlins, CEO, Anglia Components.

This year’s Profit Track league table is sponsored by Santander Corporate and Commercial and UBS Wealth Management, and compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based research and networking events firm. Hamish Stevenson, founder and chief executive of Fast Track, said: “These Profit Track companies make an important contribution to our economy, paying taxes that support the NHS and other public services we are relying on at this very difficult time. We hope their impressive profit growth will give them resilience in the face of the serious economic disruption caused by the pandemic.”

Anglia was ranked number 42 out of 70 companies. The citation noted Anglia’s efforts in establishing a task force to help coordinate and allocate components and FAE resources to customers who are designing or manufacturing ventilators and other vital medical equipment to help address the COVID-19 emergency.

The Profit Track Directors’ Dinner will be held on Thursday 15 October at The Savoy in London, if social distancing restrictions allow.

 #PAuto @ST_FastTrack @angliaComponent

Ventilator pressure switches.

World Magnetics has for many years been actively involved in the supply of its DesignFlex brand pressure and vacuum switching products for medical markets including mechanical filtration and ventilation equipment. Recently the leading USA manufacturer has been working round the clock to fulfil large volume orders to meet the significantly increased demand for ventilator pressure control systems following the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a substantial proportion of these orders have originated from medical equipment manufacturing sources outside of the USA, Variohm EuroSensor - World Magnetics’ exclusive European distributor and a global service partner - has also embraced the challenge and is now working 7 days a week to keep up with the increased demand, performing pre-delivery calibration and quality checks for these important components.

As the seriousness of the pandemic set in during March, World Magnetics was asked to supply much increased volumes from existing and new customers across the globe with ‘as immediate as possible’ delivery requests. The northern Michigan manufacturer’s proud workforce pulled out all the stops and rallied to the task – working extended overtime shifts and weekends to fulfil this increased demand – and to cover the flood of new orders have increased its capacity to now produce up to 3000 of these urgently needed pressure switches per day.

Martin Paul the President of World Magnetics comments. "We can help the people on the front lines who deserve our respect, and our thanks for being there and treating these patients – hopefully this is our way of making a difference. If each ventilator saves 10 lives, we can save 80-thousand lives."

World Magnetics is almost 100% vertically integrated with practically all production processes being carried out in-house including moulding, pressing and calibration before final inspection and shipping. Housed in tough moulded polycarbonate casings and with a working life in excess of 10 million cycles, the full DesignFlex range includes high sensitivity pressure, vacuum and differential pressure switches from -822 to 4137 mbar across several product lines offering the widest possible installation flexibility. Customised versions are also available to meet specific electrical or mechanical interfacing needs - and application-adapted flow and pressure switching assemblies as well as pre-calibrated special switches are available from Variohm EuroSensor to facilitate straightforward commissioning in customer’s equipment.

As well as wide use in medical equipment pressure switching tasks these durable and highly reliable switch components are in use for many other demanding application areas.

#Health #Medical #PAuto #World_Magnetics @mepaxIntPR @Variohm 

Tuesday 28 April 2020

Rear mounting option.

In addition to solutions for the Han® B and Han-Eco® B standards, rear-mountable interfaces for trouble-free data transmission are also available via the Han® B/EMC Rear-Fit from Harting. Simplified handling speeds up the process of equipping control cabinets with interfaces and offers new installation options to manufacturers of robotics and automation technology.

The new Han® rear-mount connectors are compatible with previous connector generations. All contact inserts and modules from the Han® line can be used without restriction in the new rear-fit mounted housings. ‘Effective immediately, manufacturers of robotics and automation technology now have a new alternative in the Han® portfolio,’ says Gero Degner, Technical Application Manager Installation Technology Han® at Harting Electric.

Han® industrial connectors are particularly suitable for environments that require the simplest possible installation yet place high demands on component robustness. Until now, installing control cabinet interfaces required cables to be routed through a cutout in the outer panel. Assembling the inserts then took place outside the control cabinet.

With the new Han® solutions, the prefabricated inserts can be snapped directly into the bulkhead housing from inside the control cabinet, resulting in both time and cost savings.

The contact inserts are mounted in a plastic mounting frame that snaps securely into the rear-fit mounted aluminum housing and, if necessary, the frame is just as easy to disassemble. The attachment of the PE connection to the metal housing is structurally ensured. To achieve an IP65/66 degree of protection and to protect against UV radiation and ozone emissions, a flange rubber seal runs the whole way around the rear-fit mounted housing.

The rear-fit option makes the assembly of prefabricated units more efficient. Connections for control cabinets and machine modules can largely be pre-assembled separately. This results in cost savings.

#PAuto @hartinguk @Harting

75 Years leading in professional automation.

This year, ISA celebrates 75 years. ISA was established on 28 April 1945 in Pittsburgh, (PA USA)

It has spent those 75 years:

  • Advocating for the people and technology that move societies and economies forward.
  • Creating and supporting industries that power the world.
  • Providing and sponsoring difference-makers and risk-takers on whose shoulders we stand today.

Members, volunteers, and communities have supported ISA for 75 years. Their support, passion, and dedication ensure that ISA will spend the next 75 years advancing our vision – to create a better world through automation.

The Ireland Section was founded in 1977. Several members of the Ireland section have served in leadership roles in the society internationally. In 2017 Brian Curtis, a section member, served as International Society President.

Happy Birthday ISA

Video for manufacturing analysis & troubleshooting.

High-speed video capture helps engineers troubleshoot manufacturing processes, and assists researchers in analyzing fast acting events. However, traditional large-format high-speed cameras quickly run out of internal storage, delaying work while data is being transferred.

Mikrotron has solved that problem with its MotionBLITZ CVR recording system that combines an EoSens 4MP CoaXPress color camera remotely connected to an industrial-grade DVR. The MotionBLITZ CVR is capable of recording video sequences of up to 12 seconds at 560 fps and 2,336 x 1,728 pixel resolution directly into RAM. As the result of the fast download of the RAM into the internal RAID drive, the recorder is reset in under four minutes and ready for use. Exceptionally flexible, the camera and recorder system can be configured to record up to 35,000 fps in smaller image formats, as well. The detachable camera can be easily fitted into tight spaces, observing the event where it is happening up to 20 meters away.

By using the MotionBLITZ CVR, every critical detail can be captured, identified and eliminated if necessary, during event analysis in industries such as automotive, electronics, pharmaceutical, packaging, robotics, and factory automation, helping plant managers gain new research insights and decision-making visibility. For example, individual production steps of highly complex, extremely fast production processes can be recorded at resolutions down to the micrometer scale and precisely analyzed for flaws.

The system's recording station features 2TB storage capacity, and an onboard ring buffer that allows buffering of triggered events up to 12 seconds at full resolution and full speed. MotionBLITZ Director2 imaging software, which is included, has recording and triggering settings, viewing and editing functions, image correction, market and comment functions, image data export, and multiple sync and trigger options.
#PAuto #Manufacturing @mikrotron 

Industrial relay range.

Anglia Components has been appointed distributor for Hongfa Europe in Britain & Ireland for its full range of electro-mechanical relays. Anglia is holding inventory on the most popular Hongfa relays at its distribution centre available on Anglia Live.

David Pearson, Technical Director of Anglia, said, “We are delighted to be launching this new relationship with Hongfa. The company is a world leader and well-established internationally across America, Europe and Asia. Expanding our range of relay products means an increased choice for our customers, ensuring that Anglia Live can cater for all design challenges and offer the right solution for every project.”

Commenting on the agreement, Greg Ward, Senior Sales Manager for Hongfa Europe GmbH said, “Anglia is a strategic local partner for Hongfa, with great links into the UK customer base. They excel at building fantastic relationships with customers and the service offered by their design-in team is outstanding. We look forward to expanding our UK business with them.”

Hongfa is the world’s largest relay manufacturer by number of units produced and offers competitively-priced and high quality devices. Their range of relays is extensive covering signal, power, industrial, latching and automotive types along with accessories including relay sockets. Hongfa high quality relay products can be found in a wide range of markets from home appliances, industrial controls and energy meters to electric vehicles and chargers.

Hongfa operates one of the largest and most comprehensive testing centres in the Chinese relay industry, which can self-certify to VDE, UL/CSA and CNAS. The company implements over 10 international standards, such as EN61810 and UL508.

#PAuto #Hongfa #Ireland #Britain @angliaComponent @NeeshamPR

Monday 27 April 2020

Pressure sensors SENT!

A new interface has been added to the Sensor-Technik Wiedemann(STW) modular sensor system for mobile hydraulics. For the pressure sensors of the M01 series, the SENT protocol will be additionally available in the SAE J2716, Rev 2016 variant from Q3/2020. This protocol allows the unidirectional transmission of pressure and temperature values as well as other sensor status information using a cost-effective unshielded three-wire technology, which also enables the power supply of the sensors.

In contrast to analog interfaces, SENT (Single Edge Nibble Transmission) allows several measurement variables, status information and other parameters, such as diagnostic values, to be transmitted via a line which is largely insensitive to electrical interference. SENT is particularly suitable for automotive applications and e.g. mobile machines. As a very simple digital protocol with high data rates, SENT is particularly advantageous in this environment if a connection via field busses is out of the question, but direct digital processing in the control unit is nevertheless required.

STW control units of the ESX device family also support the SENT interface, thus enabling an optimum interaction of the various components.

The modular sensor system for mobile hydraulics offers various products for recording physical variables such as temperature, pressure, strain, inclination and angular velocity, as well as pressure switches also in a functionally safe design. In mobile machines, the measurement values are used, among other things, for monitoring and controlling the drive, the work function or the energy management and can also be made available online with onboard software and cloud solutions from STW, e.g. for predictive maintenance measures. In addition, STW sensors are characterized by their particular resilience and durability.

The ESX control devices family includes robust and efficient safety and non-safety control units. In addition to control units with flexible adaptation possibilities via expansion boards, compact control units with fixed pin assignments are also available. To implement safety applications, the control units are equipped either with a multicore processor (fourth generation) or with a second additional processor (third generation). In both cases, various system voltages and the program sequence are monitored internally. Digital and analog feedback for almost all signal branches allows comprehensive diagnosis of the system including inputs and outputs.

The application software for the ESX control units can be created very efficiently either in "C" or according to IEC61131 (with CODESYS or logi.CAD). Additionally, depending on the control unit, Matlab support packages are available. Numerous comfort functions are already integrated in the programming interface, such as current controller and ramp functions for outputs or frequency averaging for inputs. Various additional libraries, for example for CANopen, J1939 or error handling, simplify the system integration.

#PAuto @Sensor_Technik @pressebox

Friday 24 April 2020

Automation events disrupted.

The 75th anniversary of the formation of the International Society of Automation is certainly proving to be memorable for all the wrong reasons. The public health emergency which has disrupted the whole world has not left the Automation world unscathed.

All of ISA’s face-to-face conferences in 2020 will be cancelled or moved into virtual platforms. The health and safety of our members and customers is most important, and we will leverage digital and virtual platforms to deliver valuable content instead of holding in-person events.

The following face-to-face events will be cancelled for 2020:
  • ISA Analysis Division Symposium
  • ISA Cybersecurity Standards Implementation Conference
  • ISA Energy & Water Automation Conference
  • ISA Digital Transformation in Deepwater Production Conference
  • ISA IIoT & Smart Manufacturing Conference
  • ISA Annual Leadership Conference
  • ISA Process Industry Conference
Refunds will be automatically processed for these events.

Looking for ways to get engaged, despite the COVID-19 pandemic? ISA is offering a collection of digital and virtual resources to help professionals to track and anticipate trends. Free, on-demand web seminars may be viewed on the ISA Automation Education Network, and  brand new series are in planning on these hot topics:
IIoT & Smart Manufacturing
Digital Transformation
Process Control & Instrumentation
The Society palns to launch all-new virtual events with interactive networking and learning sessions on topics like cybersecurity and digital transformation.

#PAuto #Automation @ISA_Interchange

Camera Powered by Deep Learning!

Cognex Corporation has introduced the In-Sight® D900 embedded vision system. A first-of-its kind solution, the In-Sight D900 features Cognex’s ViDi™ deep learning software inside an In-Sight industrial-grade smart camera. The self-contained system is designed to solve a broad range of complex in-line inspection applications including optical character recognition (OCR), assembly verification, and defect detection.

“Sophisticated manufacturers are increasingly turning to deep learning vision to solve inspections that are too complicated, time-consuming, or costly to program using human or rule-based machine vision,” said Joerg Kuechen, Senior Vice President of Vision Products at Cognex. “By embedding our ViDi deep learning software on In-Sight, customers can solve even the most complex visual inspections quickly, easily, and more cost-effectively.”

Combining the self-learning ability of a human inspector with the robustness and consistency of a vision system, the In-Sight D900 expands the limits of what can be inspected in factory automation. The system, which can be setup using a small number of sample images, leverages Cognex’s familiar and easy-to-use spreadsheet platform and does not require a PC or deep learning expertise to deploy.

The In-Sight D900 is ideal for automating complex inspection applications across a range of industries including automotive, consumer electronics, consumer products, packaging, food and beverage, medical devices, and logistics.

#PAuto #Manufacturing @mepaxIntPR @Cognex_Corp 

Thursday 23 April 2020

Compact pressure transmitter.

OPTIBAR PM 3050 is a new compact pressure transmitter for pressure and level applications with 2-wire 4…20mA HART communication from Krohne. It aims at general applications in the food & beverage, water & wastewater, iron & steel, OEM/ Automation and other process industries. Typical applications include absolute and gauge pressure measurement of gases, vapours and liquids, hydrostatic level measurement in open tanks, pressure monitoring in pipelines, dry-run protection of pumps or compressor monitoring.

This transmitter is a cost efficient device fitting between Krohne's ultra compact pressure transmitters and the high-end process series OPTIBAR 5060. It features a robust and fully welded stainless steel design with a metallic diaphragm and is available with a variety of (hygienic) front flush or recessed threaded and flange process connections starting at DN25/ 1". Available approvals include 3A, FDA, EHEDG, EG 1935/2004 and ATEX / IECEx Ex ia.

OPTIBAR PM 3050 can be used for process temperatures up to -40...150°C / -40...302°F without additional diaphragm seal. For aggressive media and/or higher temperatures, it can be combined with OPTIBAR DSP series diaphragm seal assemblies, providing a wide range of special materials as well as a temperature decoupling up to 400°C / 752°F.

The measuring range reaches from 0.1…100 bar / 1.45…1450 psi, with a smallest measuring range of 100mbar / 1.45 psi and a measuring accuracy up to ±0.1% of set span. It offers high overload factors especially for small measuring ranges, and a quick step response time < 80 ms.

Internally located push buttons allow for easily setting the offset correction, zero point and measuring range for a quick start-up. Alternatively, an optional LCD display offers convenient commissioning and setup of all configuration parameters via 4 push buttons. The 2-wire device comes with 4...20 mA output and HART 7.5 communication.

#PAuto  #Food @krohnegroup

Unmanaged Ethernet switches.

Moxa has extended its connectivity portfolio with the new EDS-2000 series of unmanaged Ethernet switches featuring up to 16 Ethernet ports and two Gigabit combo ports to meet increasing needs for additional nodes and bandwidth. Slim enough to fit into crowded control cabinets and machines, these plug-and-play switches allow for easier deployment and upgrading of existing devices without configuration hassles.

These switches are inexpensive solutions for implementing industrial control and data acquisition over a LAN and require virtually no IT skills. Serving as a network's backbone, the switches connect a wide variety of data devices, such as meters, sensors and cameras, so that organizations can gain greater visibility into core processes. Long distance fiber uplinks of over 100 meters are made possible by the two Gigabit combo ports available on several EDS-2000 models.

The Moxa EDS-2000 Series is designed to push IIoT innovation beyond the performance limitations of current switch technology. For example, network operators can simply flip the DIP switches on the top panel to enable Quality of Service (QoS) and Broadcast Storm Protection (BSP) and help achieve more efficient data streams by reducing delays and failures. QoS guarantees high priority for critical industrial protocol data, while a relay alarm keeps field workers alerted of power disruptions or port disconnections.

Moxa is making the series available in five unique designs within two families: the EDS-2000-EL and the EDS-2000-ML. The EDS-2000-EL Series is an entry-level model ideal for general automation, while the EDS-200-ML is a mainstream switch for mission-critical automation that complies with industry standards in hazardous locations, including process automation, oil & gas, transportation and marine applications. Both feature high EMC resistance and an IP40-rated housing to withstand harsh environments, extreme temperatures (-40 to +75° C), vibrations, and shocks.

#PAuto @MoxaInc @OConnellPR

Low loss cable assy.

A new flexible low-loss cable assembly with performance up to 67 GHz has been announced by Samtec. The RF047-A cable assembly, using 1.85 mm male and female connectors, operates to 67 GHz with a maximum VSWR of 1.4:1 or better. The connectors are solder clamp designs with fully captivated center contacts. The body components are passivated stainless steel with gold plated brass solder ferrule and beryllium copper contact.

Other connector options offered include male and female 2.92 mm series, as well as male and female SMPM series. Custom connector options are also available. These high-performance assemblies are ideal for space-limited applications requiring high flexibility.

#PAuto @SamtecInc @TechWireIntl

Wednesday 22 April 2020

Unique calibration laboratory.

E+E Elektronik operates an EN ISO/IEC 17025 accredited calibration laboratory for humidity, dew point, CO2, air velocity, mass flow, temperature and pressure at its headquarters in Engerwitzdorf (A). Accredited calibrations are needed wherever particularly high accuracy of the used measuring instruments is required. The calibration certificates issued confirm the traceability of the measured values to the national standard to comply with globally recognised standards.

Measuring equipment monitoring plays a central role in modern, automated production processes. If measuring instruments do not deliver the required accuracy, this endangers a smooth process flow, safety and also the quality of the end product. For this reason, regular calibration of the used measuring instruments is an essential part of most quality assurance systems.

Thomas Blumhagel
"Due to the current corona pandemic, many companies have currently shut down or stopped production. This interruption can now be used to have the measuring instruments used in the production process checked and calibrated", recommends Thomas Blumhagel, Head of Sales and Marketing at E+E Elektronik. The accredited E+E Elektronik calibration laboratory offers an option to do so.

Their calibration laboratory is accredited by Akkreditierung Austria/Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW) according to EN ISO/IEC 17025 under the identification number 0608. The E+E Calibration Service includes manufacturer-independent measuring instrument calibrations for the measurands humidity, dew point, CO2, air velocity, mass flow, temperature and pressure.

The decisive feature of an accredited calibration is the traceability of the measurement results to a national standard, as it takes into account the measurement uncertainties of the entire calibration process. In contrast to ISO or works calibration certificates, only accredited calibration certificates are internationally comparable.

Since 2004, the E+E calibration laboratory, as a Designated Institute of the Austrian Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying (BEV), has provided the "National Etalon" (measurement standard) for air humidity. In 2011 the designation for air flow velocity was also assigned. The calibration experts in Engerwitzdorf are thus the highest metrological authority in the country for these two measured variables.

As a Designated Institute, the E+E calibration laboratory can carry out special calibrations for humidity and air flow velocity at the level of a National Metrological Institute (NMI). This is of particular interest for other accredited calibration laboratories, Designated Institutes or NMIs.

Especially for the calibration of high-precision dew point mirrors, the metrological capabilities of the Designated Institute are in demand internationally. "In Europe and even worldwide, only a handful of laboratories cover a comparable scope of calibration", says Dietmar Pachinger, head of the E+E Elektronik calibration laboratory.

• E+E Electronik is represented in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

#PAuto #TandM #Epulse

New COO appointed for components leader!

Electrocomponents has promoted Mike England to Chief Operating Officer (COO). Mike will remain a member of the Senior Management Team and will continue to report directly to Lindsley Ruth, Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Mike England
In his new role, Mike will help to drive the Group’s long-term strategy, aligning go-to-market, digital and customer and supplier centric activities across the globe. He will continue to lead the EMEA region in the near term until a new President EMEA has been appointed.

Mike joined the Electrocomponents Group in November 2015 to lead the turnaround of their British business and has been President EMEA for the last two years where he has been responsible for the commercial operation and business transformation of the EMEA region.

Lindsley Ruth, Electrocomponents CEO, said: “Mike’s energy and passion has been instrumental in driving significant outperformance and market share gains in EMEA. In his new role as COO, he will be executing on our vision to drive a more aligned offer, go-to-market approach, and customer and supplier experience across the globe. This new approach will not only improve performance and drive economies of scale but will also accelerate our journey to become first choice for our customers, suppliers and people.”

#PAuto @RSComponents @Publitek

Injection moulding process control.

ComoNeo, Kistler’s cavity pressure monitoring and control system, has now been made even more effective with the integration of ComoNeoPREDICT, a DoE (Design of Experiments) model based system that enables injection moulders to achieve zero defect production. The entire injection moulding process can be sustainably optimised to eliminate scrap and pseudo scrap to enhance plant productivity.

With ComoNeoPREDICT, machine settings can now be improved to the point where quality, cycle time and process reliability are all optimised. Based on the cavity pressure curve, it generates reliable statements about each manufactured part in advance.

The quality predictions are based on DoE models that calculate the characteristics of each injection-moulded part. This cutting-edge technology makes use of supervised machine learning algorithms based on neural networks. The first step is to generate a statistical test plan (DoE) which is worked through with ComoNeo on the machine. ComoNeoPREDICT then uses the parameters obtained (such as pressure and temperature curves) and the measured quality characteristics of the part to create a prediction model that serves as a reference for subsequent production runs. If a part is outside of the defined tolerance band limits, it can be separated out automatically. Custom PC software is provided to generate the DoE and the prediction model.

ComoNeoPREDICT adds a range of practical benefits to the ComoNeo system including:
• Accurate scrap separation method from complete quality records
• Users acquire know-how from direct monitoring of predicted quality characteristics
• Pseudoscrap is minimized
• Tolerances and scrap criteria are easily defined
• Relevant curve points for calculation are selected automatically
• No special knowledge of maths or statistics is needed to operate the software
• Ongoing training of models results in continuous improvement
• Significant reduction of manual measuring operations in production.
This standardised and documented procedure means that tests and model calculations can be performed regardless of who is operating the system. The transparency of the method gives users a detailed understanding of the whole process. Injection moulders producing precision components for medical technology and other critical high-calibre sectors will value the capability of ComoPREDICT to deliver extensive control of all quality parameters of the moulding process.

 #PAuto #Kistler 

Humidity in the cloud!

Operational cost savings and convenience through remote access. 

Vaisala has launched a cloud-based monitoring system for humidity measurements. Mobile measurement data provides efficiencies in applications, like construction moisture measurement, where real-time humidity and temperature monitoring translates to saved money.

The company has introduced a new cloud-based Vaisala Jade Smart Cloud system for professionals who want to access high-quality measurement data anywhere, at any time. The data can be viewed on the go; on a mobile device, such as mobile phone or tablet, and on a pc or laptop. The Jade Smart Cloud is ideal for any structural moisture or ambient humidity measurement monitoring needs on the go, because it keeps users updated on critical measurements continuously.

Typical applications for the Vaisala Jade Smart Cloud system are, for example, concrete moisture measurements on construction sites and ambient humidity measurement monitoring in data centers, museums or other public buildings, and livestock production facilities.

“Cloud-based monitoring makes the actual operations more efficient, as time is no longer wasted in setup and pairing of hardware with software, or frequent visits to the various measurement sites,” explains Product Manager Lars Stormbom from Vaisala.

In addition to streamlined work, the system brings benefits in terms of providing regular automated software updates without any downloads, and increased collaboration by making it easy to share live or stored data with colleagues and customers. Additionally, the cloud-based system increases data safety and control.

“All measurement data is stored safely in the cloud where it can be viewed through the web browser on mobile devices. Cloud data can be accessed in real-time using a computer or a smart-phone and downloaded for further analyses. All data is stored in a tamper-proof format in the cloud, with a timestamp of the measurement,” Stormbom continues.

The system consists of CWL100 Wireless Dataloggers with probes, a CA10 Access Point and the Jade Smart Cloud software license. When measuring concrete moisture, probes can be placed directly inside boreholes, or they can be mounted on the wall.

“There are already more than 100,000 borehole measurements made annually with Vaisala instruments. With the Jade Smart Cloud, we’re providing the same measurements our customers already trust, in a smart new way that just simply makes life easier,” Stormbom concludes.

Vaisala Jade Smart Cloud uses Vaisala proprietary LoRa-based radio protocol. Data encryption is used end to end, and the data is saved securely in the cloud. It will be available in June 2020 in Finnish and English.

 #PAuto #Climate @VaisalaGroup @_Enviro_News

Cloud connected radar level sensor.

The Micropilot FWR30, Endress+Hauser's  first cloud-connected radar provides full transparency in the storage and transport of liquids. As the world's first 80 GHz wireless IIoT sensor, it combines high-end technology and user-friendly digital services in one cost-effective device. The instrument’s continuously recorded measurement data can be accessed at any time, from anywhere due to the device's cloud connection, with communication made possible by an integrated SIM card.

Installation is easy and can be done in less than three minutes. An integrated battery allows operation without an external power supply, a particular advantage for measuring points that are difficult to access. This compact device is a perfect fit for stackable tanks and enables a plug-and-play solution for flexible and easy installation.

In addition to the measured level, users receive information on the location of their storage tanks and containers via the cellular communication system. The instrument provides facts where previously only assumptions were possible, helping users optimize logistic and storage processes and save valuable time by providing continuous and easy access to inventory information.

The Micropilot FWR30 can be used for level measurement and inventory management of mobile and stationary plastic tanks. In addition, the tracking of mobile storage tanks is also possible. The free radiating measuring device covers measuring ranges up to 50 feet and temperatures between -4°F and +140°F. Because it uses non-contact measurement, the Micropilot FWR30 can be used in all liquid media. It is resistant to corrosion, abrasion, viscosity or toxicity and can be used in a variety of industries.

Depending on individual requirements, users can choose from a broad portfolio of services, that include Netilion Value and SupplyCare Hosting. All digital software applications can be used on various end devices such as desktop, tablet or smartphone, and comply with the highest security and data protection requirements.

#PAuto @Endress_US @Endress_Hauser

Tuesday 21 April 2020

Leadership of Chinese subsidiaries.

The two Chinese subsidiaries of the Baumüller Group, Baumueller Automation (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. and Baumueller Automation Equipment Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. have a new Managing Director.

Steffen Horn
On April 1st, 2020 Steffen Horn took over the leadership from Mr. Fabian Krane after a two months transition period. "We would like to thank Mr. Krane for his excellent work and contribution to the very positive development of Baumueller China", says Andreas Baumüller, Managing Partner of the Baumüller Group.

With the two subsidiaries, the Baumüller Group offers in China the complete range of drive and automation technology with sales, application, service and production. Baumüller started its steady growth in China in 2003. The company supports its customers with products, systems and services that cover the complete life cycle of industrial plants and machines as well as vehicles, ships and mobile working machines.

#PAuto @be_in_motion @PresseBox

Monday 20 April 2020

Pay as you sense!

Equipment rentals are increasingly helping companies overcome the hurdle of finding investment capital to fund development and verification projects.

The current phase of the economic cycle, recovery from a slowdown, is always difficult and frustrating, as Mark Ingham of Sensor Technology identifies, “Companies are seeing their markets improve, but don’t have the reserves to finance all the activities that will kickstart their sales. What money there is has to be used carefully, which usually means funding some projects but not others. As a result opportunities have to be missed.”

Typically projects may include verification or reverification of a product range to an international standard, development of a new sized unit within a product range to address an emerging market requirement, modification of a design or a whole new development.

“The devil is in the details: enterprising companies can usually see new gaps in their markets and envision a product to suit. But these need to be tested and proven, and that often involves acquiring sensors and test equipment.”

Having survived more than one downturn and recovery, Sensor Technology already has a rental option in place for its TorqSense range of torque sensors. Potential users can choose to rent the equipment, rather than purchase it, thus circumventing the bottleneck of raising capital purchase approval. And to help companies along, if they decide that they want to hold onto their TorqSense for longer than they had anticipated, Sensor Technology are happy to convert the rental to a sale, with a percentage of the hire fee already paid offset against the purchase price.

Interestingly, Mark says that rentals are a popular option at all times: “Many of our customers have a project where they need to measure torque, but know that when the project is concluded they will have no further need for a TorqSense. For them, renting is very attractive.”

This is particularly true in academia and the high tech industries. Brunel University has used Sensor Technology’s rental service on a developmental project for a motor sports client, while Oxford University is a regular and canny user. Another is a West Country satellite technology developer which had a need to test ballscrews to the point where they could be confident that they would work once blasted into orbit.

“A regular comment we hear is that customers would like to rent equipment from other suppliers too. There is definitely a fundamental need in the market; it probably increases in the recovery phase of the economic cycle and tails off later on, but it is always there.

“I am aware that some other companies are following our lead in this. Others are finding other creative ways to seed their markets, for instance energy saving equipment can be paid in instalments at a rate related to the reduce power bills.”

#PAuto #Rental @sensortech 

Contract for water pressure sensors.

Following a competitive tendering process, the British Environment Agency has awarded OTT Hydrometry with a national contract to supply submersible pressure sensors to be used in water level measurement applications associated with surface water, groundwater and tidal water monitoring.

The contract is part of a joint procurement exercise with SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency) and NRW (Natural Resources Wales).

The contract applies to Lot 6 of a telemetry and control equipment tender, which covers digital output ceramic diaphragm sensors with SDI:12 and Modbus output, for use where sensors require regular cleaning or where surrounding water is susceptible to freezing during the winter.

Under the contract, OTT will supply the OTT PLS sensors until November 2022, with options to extend for a further two periods of 12 months thereafter. The PLS is a robust ceramic pressure cell, providing long-term measurement stability. Resistant to physical force (5 x burst pressure) and with an enclosure made of high-quality saltwater resistant steel, the PLS is suited to a wide variety of freshwater and marine applications.

As a vented probe, the PLS maintains measurement accuracy by automatically compensating for changes in barometric pressure, and a built-in microcontroller compensates for temperature effects. The sensor also applies correction values for gravitational acceleration and water density. The sensor’s robust cable has a Kevlar core, and with flexible output formats, it can be connected to a wide variety of dataloggers and outstations.

#Environment #Water @OTTHydromet @EnvAgency @ScottishEPA @NatResWales #Britain 

Friday 17 April 2020

Ethernet switch platform.

Westermo has developed a next generation industrial Ethernet switch platform to meet the needs of future data communication networks. The platform is ideal for handling big data and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications driven by global developments such as urbanisation and infrastructure investments. Integrating hardware, software and network design support, the new switch platform offers advanced capabilities, the lowest total cost of ownership and will create the most reliable networks across more industries.

The new hardware further enhances the company's reputation for offering robust and resilient networking technologies to withstand the most challenging environments and applications. Designed to meet increasing demands for greater bandwidth and uninterrupted 24/7 service, the hardware provides higher levels of cybersecurity, class-leading operational life, and easy configuration, operation and maintenance. The platform will offer a broad range of solutions for every industrial network requirement and will include devices for specific industry applications, such as managed PoE switches approved for onboard rail applications and substation automation solutions.

The new switch platform is powered by the next generation WeOS operating system, which maximises the potential of the new hardware. As with previous generations, WeOS continues to ensure robust interoperability and provide multi-media support, while also helping to provide greater network resilience and cybersecurity. Switches using this latest version of WeOS are backward compatible, future-proofing existing industrial networks and simplifying their design, whilst the web interface has the same look and feel to ensure easy device management

Supporting the implementation of resilient networks consisting of new and previous generation switches, the WeConfig network configuration tool provides a seamless user experience that helps to minimise project engineering time. To ensure improved cybersecurity levels, a new background scan function supports security hardening, and a newsfeed alerts the user to software updates and security advisories.

The first of the next generation Westermo devices is the Lynx 5512, which is the most compact 12-port high-performance switch on the market, and the RedFox 5528, a high-performance 28 Gigabit port switch for aggregating large industrial networks over long distances.

The Lynx 5512 is a very robust and reliable switch, suitable for a broad range of applications and offering complete layer 2 functionality and rapidly increasing layer 3 functionality. The device has four SFP fibre ports and is suitable for operation in temperatures ranging from -40 to +74°C without the need for cooling or protection cabinets. Offering a market leading MTBF (mean time between failure), the switch is designed to maximise service life and minimise operational costs.

The RedFox 5528 is designed for bandwidth consuming applications with high equipment density and network traffic. Also offering full layer 2 functionality and expanding layer-3 functions, this very reliable device features a redundant power supply, low power consumption, and offers considerable application flexibility, with a variety of power options and port configurations, including up to 16 Gigabit fibre ports.

Both switches have extensive industrial, trackside and marine approvals, enabling installation in a broad range of demanding applications. Intuitive set-up and configuration, that requires no special training or IT staff, makes them easy and cost-efficient to install. The switches are also prepared for routing acceleration, extended cybersecurity and time synchronisation IEEE 1588v2 applications, making them an ideal solution to meet future security and bandwidth requirements.

#PAuto #IIoT @westermo @HHC_Lewis

LIMS for West Africa.

Autoscribe Informatics has appointed Promatics Technologies Nigeria as our distributor in Nigeria to sell, configure and support the Matrix family of Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) products. Based in Abuja, Promatics Technologies provide a range of technology services and consulting solutions, including healthcare and clinical systems, to clients across the region.

Steve Boother, Managing Director at Autoscribe Informatics, said “In order to grow our market in West Africa we needed to find a distributor that knew laboratories and appreciated the power that software/informatics solutions can bring. Its software system knowledge and location in one of Africa’s most modern and fastest growing economies makes Promatics Technologies Nigeria an ideal choice.”
David Banjo, CTO and Abigail Anugengen, Partner and Business Development Manager at Promatics Technologies
Matrix Gemini LIMS is particularly suitable to this market because of its unique ability to be configured, with no changes to underlying software code, for a wide range of industries. This feature provides the ability to modify screen designs, terminology, reports, workflows and more, within the LIMS to quickly meet user requirements. This allows Promatics Technologies Nigeria to tailor LIMS solutions to the exact needs of individual laboratories in their local markets.

Promatics Technologies Nigeria has two offices in Nigeria, Abuja and Lagos, and a third in Ghana. Nigeria is the largest trading nation in Africa (€420M in 2019) and is also the most populous with 206 million (2020) people providing an ideal location from which to expand LIMS business across West Africa.

“Our vision is to use technology and solutions such as Gemini LIMS to transform the healthcare delivery and laboratory landscape in the region,” said Abigail Anugengen, Partner and Business Development Manager at Promatics Technologies Nigeria. “We choose our platform partners carefully to provide best-in-class enterprise solutions. Matrix Gemini provides us a user-friendly LIMS solution that we can quickly adapt to meet the needs of our clients and provides great growth opportunities here in Nigeria and across West Africa.”

#LIMS @AutoscribeLtd @promaticsNG #Nigeria

Image processing systems in the medical sector.

Health has become the dominant topic worldwide. Research and development to protect the physical well-being of each individual as well as the entire population have an unprecedented significance. More than ever, laboratories and pharmaceutical companies are striving to accelerate their processes, for example by increasing the throughput of tests or speeding up the production and distribution of medicines. Airports are making increasing use of access controls, whether in the form of ID checks or temperature measurement devices, to identify travelers with symptoms of illness.

In all these areas, image processing can make an important contribution to protecting people and thus also saving lives. The possible applications are already almost unlimited and are becoming increasingly diverse in the age of Industry 4.0 - not least due to the use of artificial intelligence.

A British company is currently using IDS cameras together with thermal imaging cameras to detect people with elevated temperatures and so potentially have the corona virus. The non-contact thermal imaging and measurement system designed for mass screening, detects temperature differences of less than 0.6 °C and with an accuracy of less than 0.3 °C.

"The Thermoteknix FevIR Scan software tracks people in real time as they walk in front of the camera and shows their maximum face temperature on screen," Richard Hames, Sales Director at Thermoteknix Systems Ltd., explains.

The FevIR Scan 2 system consists of a thermal imaging camera and a visible USB 2 uEye LE CMOS camera in a sealed housing that is connected to a laptop PC running Thermoteknix FevIR Scan 2 software. The USB 2.0 uEye LE board-level version is particularly lightweight and compact – ideal for finding a place next to the thermal imaging camera in the small FevIR Scan 2 housing. A thermal reference source with constant temperature is included in front of the thermal imaging camera. It allows for constantly calibration of the thermal imager for accurate temperature measurement to detect persons with elevated skin temperature. The UI-1642LE-C model is used to detect people passing through the system. It is equipped with a 1.3 megapixel CMOS sensor from ON Semiconductor, which has a resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels and a frame rate of 25 frames per second. This frame rate enables screening in places with a high volume of people, such as airports or entrance halls.

Other IDS solutions also provide valuable services in medical technology. For example, the GampBOX image processing system from i-mation GmbH makes it easier for the pharmaceutical industry and its suppliers to optimise processes while complying with strict quality guidelines.

"In this way, we can contribute to considerably shortening the time to market for drugs, for example," says Kai Weisser, project manager at i-mation GmbH. Along the entire life cycle of drugs and pharmaceutical products, from research into new active ingredients and therapies, through production and packaging, to distribution and application, the use of new machine vision technologies opens up numerous opportunities for process optimization. Thus, IDS industrial cameras can also help the healthcare sector to optimize processes, ensure quality, advance research and ultimately serve people.

#Medical #Imaging @IDS_Imaging @mepaxIntPR @Thermoteknix