Friday 31 July 2020

Flood protection in Scotland!

In recent years the development of flood warning systems has benefited from advances in sensor, datalogger and communications technology. The expansion of mobile telecommunications has meant that more locations now benefit from increased coverage, so that water level and meteorological monitoring systems can now be installed in remote locations. 

"In the past, data would have to be collected manually," explains Robin Guy from OTT Hydromet. "However, this is both time consuming and costly, so modern systems employ telemetry to communicate with remote stations to lower costs and dramatically improve the speed and value of data.

"The most recent advance in remote communications has been the development of low-power, datalogging, satellite transmitters which are able to transmit sensor data from almost any location on earth. In the early days, satellite transmission of data was prohibitively expensive, but costs have lowered considerably; to the point where satellite telemetry competes directly with cellular communications."

Scotland's water is famed worldwide, and performs vital roles both in tourism and in the production and branding of some of the country's greatest exports. Water resources are monitored closely by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) to inform water management and to protect the environment; by detecting trends from climate change for example. Part of this monitoring activity is undertaken to provide a free advance flood warning service known as Floodline. This is a 24/7 telephone and website service providing advance notice of flooding, with advice on how to be prepared. 

Floodline provides regional flood alerts which cover a wide geographic area and provide an early indication of potential flooding. This raises awareness and enables the public and emergency response services to prepare for possible flooding. Floodline also issues flood warnings for specific smaller areas where messages can be issued for local communities.

SEPA's Flood forecasting and warning relies on a network of water level and precipitation monitors, some of which are located in remote areas of catchments, where the communications infrastructure can be less reliable. The SatLink3, a combined datalogger and satellite transmitter, was therefore trialled at a site in Boat of Garten, near Aviemore. The logger is SDI12 compatible, and an OTT PLS sensor was used to monitor water levels and temperature, in addition to a raingauge and an air temperature sensor.

The SatLink3 is also Wi-Fi enabled which means that users are able to wirelessly set up and download the logger/transmitter with Android, iPhone or Windows devices. This also means that field staff can connect with the logger wirelessly from the comfort and safety of their vehicle - in any weather.

In the same way as a fee is payable for data transmission via mobile networks, many operators of satellite transmitters pay a small fee to transmit data via satellite. However, public organisations transmitting environmental data are able to use the EUMETSAT service free of charge. This provides reliable and consistent one way transmission of data, and it is also possible to implement 2-way communications using the paid-for Iridium satellite service.

Following 2 months of successful operation in Aviemore, the monitoring and satellite communications equipment was transferred to a site near Aberfoyle to serve as part of a flood warning system for a period of 2 months. It was also deployed near Charr in Aberdeenshire at a primary flood warning station for a further 2 months because mobile communications at this location had been hindered by a new wind farm. After the success of the trials the latter 2 locations have since had agreement to install permanent SatLink3 dataloggers.

At each of the trial locations, data were transmitted every 15 minutes, and whilst 2-way communications were not available, the logger could be set to respond to certain conditions - to log at a faster rate for example. No maintenance issues occurred during the evaluation and as a result, around 20 new monitoring stations will be installed with satellite telemetry during 2020.

Commenting on the expansion of remote monitoring, Robin Guy says: "There are obvious cost advantages to be gained by collecting data remotely, but the effectiveness of flood prediction is greatly enhanced by the ability to gather timely data continuously from remote monitoring stations. This enables organisations such as SEPA to monitor at locations which are ideal for informing flood prediction models and warning systems.

"Advanced satellite telemetry is just one of the ways in which remote monitoring is enhanced; the latest sensors and loggers operate on very low power, with extended periods between service and calibration. Most sites can therefore operate from solar power and the necessity for site visits is dramatically reduced.

"The quality and reliability of cellular communications can vary in remote locations - often because the signal is reliant on a single mast. So, when a local mast has a problem or is out of service, the signal will be lost. Satellite telemetry has proved to be extremely reliable and is therefore becoming a useful tool in many locations; helping to improve the reliability and resilience of monitoring networks."

@_Enviro_News @ScottishEPA #OTThydromat #Environment #PAuto

Cables for railways.

Harting UK have been awarded the prestigious Silver Quality Performance Level award from the International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS)*. This is a globally recognised standard which evaluates management systems for the railway sector.

Stuart Fisher, Director of Operations at Harting Manufacturing UK Ltd, was delighted with the award and said: “To receive such a prestigious award is great testimony to everybody at Harting and really endorses our commitment to quality. It also clearly demonstrates our passion for quality throughout the business and offers our customers great confidence in our products. It's also clear that as a business we have a culture of continuous improvement and that we will strive to get even better at what we do.”

Silver Performance is currently the highest performance level issued by IRIS and is a significant achievement for Harting, making them one of only 60 companies worldwide to receive Silver status and putting them in the top 3% globally of all IRIS certified companies.

Harting's British manufacturing facility in Northampton produces bespoke cable assemblies and intercar jumpers for the rail market, based on the extensive Harting product portfolio. Additional services include full design and development support and onsite testing of cabling and wiring. As well as the IRIS Silver Quality Award, the facility also holds ISO 9001 certification for Quality Management, the ISO 14001 Environmental Standard and UL certification for Wiring Harnesses ZPFW2 / ZPFW8.

* IRIS is established as a European Rail Industry Association (UNIFE) group and is recognised by both system manufacturers and railway operators. It was set up with the aim of establishing higher quality and reliability of rolling stock and infrastructure in the railway industry. Via an efficient system for auditing railway suppliers, the aim is to create transparency throughout the supply chain.

@hartinguk @Harting @UNIFE #Transport #IRISCertification

Digitilising mining.

One of the key players in mining in Latin America has selected ABB to provide state-of-the-art industrial automation systems for existing and new operations

An ambitious digital transformation program in Latin America by Nexa Resources partnered with ABB. The first step will be the modernization of existing mining and smelting process installations in Brazil and Peru, which will form the foundation of digitalised and cost-effective operations.

Aligned with Nexa’s Directive Automation and Information Master Plan, ABB will install ABB Ability ™ System 800xA as part of a five-year agreement. It is the most powerful Distributed Control System (DCS) automation platform in the market and is ranked by ARC advisory group as the world’s #1 over the last 20 years. This technology is the basis for the digital transformation and will serve as a common operations platform to support all technology upgrades as the plants evolve into digital mines of the future.

“One of the main immediate gains will be employee safety as the modern automation platform allows remote monitoring and control. The platform also increases productivity by applying modern control techniques and creating value for the company and local community,” said Marcos Hillal, Global Product Line Manager Automation & Digital for Mining, Aluminium and Cement at ABB.

“As part of the journey, we are providing Nexa with a thorough training and communications plan to support them through the transition.”

In addition to automating existing sites, ABB will be responsible for the delivery of automation platforms at the Aripuanã site, the new Nexa expansion investment in Brazil.

The Aripuanã project is a polymetallic extraction of zinc, lead and copper, located near the city of Aripuanã in the State of Mato Grosso in Brazil. The plant is a greenfield site in which Nexa is investing in operations infrastructure, engaging ABB from the start. There, ABB will deliver automation solutions that result in high levels of productivity, safety and cost savings.

The scope includes a comprehensive automation platform, based on ABB Ability™ System 800xA, and equipped with ABB Ability™ MineOptimize solutions such as the Minerals Process Control Library, Power Control Library and camera connection. Together, these will make Aripuanã one of the most modern operations in Brazil.

@ABBgroupnews @ABBMeasurement #PAuto #NEXAResources #Brazil

Wednesday 29 July 2020

Quality control of meat products.

A manufacturer and supplier of meat products to the food industry is using two ABB RVG200 paperless data recorders to help ensure its products are produced to the highest levels of safety and quality. Used by the food producer to monitor and record temperatures in different parts of its factory, the two recorders are helping to ensure that the right ambient conditions are maintained throughout its production lines, freezers, raw meat chillers and despatch area.

The meat products produced here are then used by other food manufacturers as part of products, such as sandwiches and canned goods. It supplies a range of processed meat products that can be delivered chilled, frozen, cooked or raw to suit customers’ production and packaging needs.

Accurate temperature control is vital in helping to ensure the quality of the company’s products. Previously, temperature monitoring across the site was decentralised, with separate monitors indicating any temperature variations in particular areas. If an unexpected variation occurred, the QA department would need to spend time finding out when it started and which batches of product may have been affected.

To help overcome the problem, the company wanted a central monitoring system but had judged PLCs as too expensive for the application. A solution that could remotely change the set points of the temperature monitors was desirable, as some are sited in areas where access is difficult.

ABB recommended its RVG200 paperless recorders to meet the needs of the application. With 24 inputs enabling direct connection of mA, mV, TC, RTD, voltage and digital signals, the recorders provide the ability to collect reliable, highly accurate data from connected process instruments.
Together, the two recorders are used to collect data from across the site. One recorder monitors temperatures in high risk areas while the other deals with low risk areas.

Both are mounted in a panel which has a beacon light that is activated upon the occurrence of a temperature alarm to attract the attention of the QA staff. The panel also has a dedicated button to acknowledge alarms. The appropriate recorder shows the area where the temperature alarm occurred, together with the time and duration and the recorded temperature variation. In the event of a temperature variation outside of normal working hours, the production manager and QA staff can also now be notified by emails sent by the RVG200s to their smart phone.

Compared to the company’s previous set-up, the new temperature management system provides a much greater degree of intelligence, with the costs involved being a fraction of those of purchasing and setting up a PLC-based system. The Technical Manager for the meat producer, reported: “Using the RVG200 recorders has provided a simple and cost-effective solution to our needs. Using the recorders, it is now much easier for us to keep on top of alarms and get the data to prove we are keeping production areas at safe temperature limits.”

If there is a problem, the company’s QA staff can now quickly identify and isolate the production batch and test it to ensure it reaches the standard required. By using the RVG200’s icon-based menus or by swiping through the screens, the QA staff can quickly find the data they need. The data can be viewed in a variety of formats, including individual or grouped data in chart, bar graph or digital indicator displays. The RVG200’s ethernet connection is used to transfer data to ABB’s DataManager Pro PC software for analysis. DataManager Pro provides fully automatic collection of data, ensuring its database is kept fully up to date at all times.

This allows trend data to be analysed and makes it easy for the company to perform the due diligence tasks demanded by its customers. It can respond to requests to show particular temperature records of specific areas for periods specified by the customer, allowing it to prove that it has full control of its temperature regime.

Alarms can be disabled for scheduled events such as cleaning. The system can also distinguish between temperature variations caused by a chiller door being left open and the rise in temperature caused by a scheduled defrost cycle, ensuring time is not wasted investigating events with a known cause.

“Using the recorders has given us a much greater understanding of the causes and sources of temperature conditions around our site,” says the company’s Technical Manager. “We’ve also been able to further improve our quality control by making it quicker and easier to find and remove any batches that might have been affected by a temperature variation. Now, for example, if an alarm condition was flagged up at 11.30 am, we can immediately see how long the temperature was beyond the set limits and can take action to check the quality of any products that may have been affected.”

The RVG200 is part of ABB’s ScreenMaster family of paperless data recorders, offering a flexible solution for a range of industrial and commercial applications.

@ABBMeasurement @ABBelec #PAuto #Food

Tuesday 28 July 2020

Advanced networking and powerful automation in one operating system.

Red Lion’s FlexEdge™ Intelligent Edge Automation Platform now combines the scalability of Linux® with the power of Crimson® 3.2 software into one user-friendly operating system. This fusion enables a single FlexEdge controller to provide advanced networking, security, and automation.

By integrating information technology and operational technology, FlexEdge helps customers reduce costs, improve data security, and increase productivity.

Powered by Crimson 3.2 software, the platform provides customers with maximum flexibility to easily modify controller functionality as application needs change. From advanced networking to automation, one controller does it all. Customers can enable additional functionality through field-unlockable software upgrades that eliminate the need to purchase or add more equipment, saving both money and unnecessary downtime.

These new capabilities open doors to new product combinations, further expanding the applications to which the FlexEdge platform can be deployed. With FlexEdge’s modular communications sleds, users can now deploy multi-cellular radio gateways for critical communications applications. And, for environments with demanding requirements, the platform offers multiple isolated serial ports, routable Ethernet ports, optional serial, USB, Wi-Fi, and cellular communications sleds, and field-installable I/O.

• Red Lion products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

@redlioncontrols #PAuto

Miniature industrial connectors.

Ethernet-based data networks have become indispensable in the industrial arena. Ethernet networks are connecting sensors, machinery, control systems, computers and data centres. Harting is now also offering expedient interfaces in the form of its Han® 1A series of miniaturised industrial connectors.

Han® 1A benefits
• A connector for all three lifelines of industry.
• Modular system: all data insert attachments and accessories can be used for power and signal versions. In this respect, the series follows the principle of a small number of components facilitating a wide range of different versions, thereby reducing storage costs.
• Han® 1A features fast, simple and secure locking systems: a snap-in latch or a locking lever.
• Compared to circular connectors with metal housings, the high-performance plastic in the Han® 1A series also delivers the benefits of lower weight.
• Virtually unlimited applications: in shielded (e.g. control cabinets) and unshielded industrial settings. IP20 and IP65 solutions can be configured as desired.
• The Han® 1A series is also ideal for the rail sector; the series meets the requirements for R22 (interior) / R23 (exterior) in accordance with EN 45545-2 as well as shock and vibration resistance requirements as stipulated by EN 61373, Cat. 2.
The series features two new inserts to facilitate fast and secure data transmission. A D-coded version can provide end devices with up to 100 Mbit/s Cat 5 Fast Ethernet, thereby facilitating Profinet-based communication. The second, X-coded version can provide end devices with up to 10 Gbit/s, Cat 6A connections - High-Speed Ethernet. This performance is required, for example, by applications involving live camera systems. Both data versions feature complete shielding and are fitted with crimp contacts.

The Han® 1A series impresses with compact, lightweight and highly versatile connectors in a rectangular plastic housing. It is particularly well suited to connecting decentralised devices, promoting modular system design and supporting miniaturisation in machine building automation. Han® 1A solutions require up to 30% less space by comparison with the next-smallest rectangular connectors in their current portfolio.

With the introduction of these new plug-in data connectors, the series is now offering solutions spanning all three lifelines in automation technology – data, signal and power.

@HARTING_Group @HARTING #PAuto #Ethernet 

Patente am laufenden Band.

Mit einem besonderen Programm stärkt Endress+Hauser den Schutz des geistigen Eigentums

Bei E+H betrifft eine wachsende Zahl von
Patenten Entwicklungen für die Industrie 4.0.
Mit einem besonderen Programm stärkt Endress+Hauser den Schutz des geistigen Eigentums Innovative Produkte sind grundlegend für den Erfolg eines Technologieunternehmens. Deshalb schenkt die Endress+Hauser Gruppe dem Schutz des geistigen Eigentums seit mittlerweile zwei Jahrzehnten besondere Aufmerksamkeit. Die jüngsten Zahlen belegen den Erfolg dieser Initiative: 318 Erstanmeldungen im Jahr 2019 sowie ein Portfolio von mehr als 8.000 Patenten und Patentanmeldungen weltweit markieren neue Höchststände.

Seit 20 Jahren kümmert sich bei Endress+Hauser eine eigene Abteilung ausschließlich um den Schutz des geistigen Eigentums. 1999 wurden sämtliche Aktivitäten auf diesem Gebiet zusammengefasst und neu ausgerichtet. Heute beschäftigen sich 30 Mitarbeitende – 26 in Weil am Rhein (D), vier in Greenwood (IND USA) – mit Patentenfragen, Markenschutz und Vertragswesen. Zeitgleich startete das „Patent Rights Incentive Program“. Es ermuntert die Mitarbeitenden der Firmengruppe zu Erfindungsmeldungen.

„Wenn wir uns vor unerwünschten Nachahmern schützen möchten, müssen wir alle relevanten Entwicklungen kennen“, sagt Dr Angelika Andres. Die Physikerin und Patentanwältin leitet das Patentwesen der Firmengruppe seit 1999. Ihr Team prüft die gemeldeten Erfindungen jeweils auf ihre Schutzwürdigkeit und -fähigkeit. In vier von fünf Fällen ist dies gegeben. Dann formulieren die Spezialisten eine Patentanmeldung, die die Erfinderleistung möglichst umfassend schützt.

Erfolg lässt sich in Zahlen messen
1999 reichte Endress+Hauser 55 Erstanmeldungen für ein Patent ein – 2019 waren es stolze 318. „Wir haben gleich im ersten Jahr nach Einführung des ,Patent Rights Incentive Program‘ einen Sprung gemacht und fast doppelt so viele Patente angemeldet“, sagt Chief Operating Officer Dr. Andreas Mayr. „Seitdem wachsen die Zahlen stetig.“ Immer größer wird der Anteil der Patente, die das Thema Digitalisierung betreffen, und auch das Feld der Analysetechnik – ein strategischer Schwerpunkt – gewinnt an Gewicht.

Weltweit 677 Patente wurden Endress+Hauser vergangenes Jahr erteilt. Diese schützen die Produkte des Unternehmens in den wichtigsten europäischen Märkten sowie in China und den USA. Das gesamte Schutzrechte-Portfolio der Gruppe umfasst heute über 8.000 Patente und Anmeldungen. Dahinter steht vor allem die Arbeit der mehr als 1.100 Beschäftigten in Forschung und Entwicklung. „Aber eine Erfindungsmeldung kann jede und jeder Mitarbeitende machen“, betont Andreas Mayr. „Innovation ist nicht auf bestimmte Bereiche beschränkt.“

Preise fürs Erfinden und Nicht-Erfinden
Zum 20. Mal hätte 2020 das Endress+Hauser Innovatorentreffen stattfinden sollen – es fiel wegen der Coronavirus-Pandemie aus. Dort steht der Austausch der Erfinderinnen und Erfinder im Mittelpunkt. Zugleich werden Preise vergeben: Endress+Hauser zeichnet wirtschaftlich wichtige Patente aus, besonders fleißige Innovatoren, die Verbesserung von Verfahren und Abläufen – ebenso das Zurückgreifen auf bereits erteilte Patente. Angelika Andres: „Wir müssen das Rad nicht immer neu erfinden!“

@Endress_Hauser @Endress_US @Endress_UK #PAuto

Protecting innovation.

Endress+Hauser strengthens the protection of intellectual property with a special program!
Registering patents non-stop
Innovative products are essential to the success of a technology company. That’s why the Endress+Hauser Group has been paying special attention to the protection of intellectual property for two decades now. The most recent figures confirm the success of this initiative: 318 initial applications in 2019 and a portfolio of more than 8,000 patents and patent applications worldwide mark new highs.

For 20 years now, a separate department at Endress+Hauser has been dealing exclusively with the protection of intellectual property. In 1999, the company merged and realigned all activities in this field. Today, 30 employees – 26 in Weil am Rhein (D), four in Greenwood (IND USA) – take care of patent issues, trademark protection and related contracts. The Patent Rights Incentive Program was launched at the same time. It encourages the Group’s employees to submit invention disclosures.

Dr Angelika Andres
“If we want to protect ourselves from unauthorized imitators, we need to be aware of all relevant developments,” says Angelika Andres. The physicist and patent attorney has headed the Group’s IPR department since 1999. Her team determines whether the submitted inventions are worthy and eligible for protection. This applies in four out of five cases. The specialists then draft a patent application that grants comprehensive protection for the invention.

Success can be measured in numbers
Dr Andreas Mayr
In 1999, Endress+Hauser submitted 55 initial patent applications – in 2019 there were an impressive 318. “We took a leap forward in the first year after the introduction of the Patent Rights Incentive Program and registered almost twice as many patents,” says COO Dr Andreas Mayr. “Since then the numbers have been steadily growing.” The share of patents related to digitalization is increasing, and the field of analytical technology – a strategic focal point – is also gaining importance.

Endress+Hauser was granted 677 patents worldwide last year (2019), protecting the company’s products in all major European markets as well as in China and the USA. Today, the Group’s entire IPR portfolio comprises more than 8,000 patents and applications. This is mainly due to the work of the more than 1,100 employees in research and development. “But any employee can file an invention disclosure,” emphasizes Andreas Mayr. “Innovation is not limited to certain areas.”

Awards for inventing and not inventing
2017 E+H Innovators Meeting
The Endress+Hauser Innovators’ Meeting should have taken place for the 20th time in 2020, but it was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The meetings focus on the exchange between inventors. At the same time, prizes are awarded: Endress+Hauser honors economically important patents, particularly active innovators, the improvement of processes and procedures – and the reuse of patents already granted. Angelika Andres: “You don’t always have to reinvent the wheel!”

@Endress_Hauser @Endress_US @Endress_UK #PAuto

Monday 27 July 2020

Optimum thermal management.

Customised heatsinks are now available as part of the Anglia Inception range to complement its wide range of standard thermal management solutions available from a line-up of world class suppliers.

Anglia Inception
Customised heatsinks from Anglia will prove invaluable where standard products are not suitable for a design, such as when a specific thermal performance is required or where there is simply not enough space to accommodate a standard product. Heatsinks can be customised terms of surface finish, drilling patterns, tapping, milling, custom length and shapes with a choice of anodised colours or bare finishes. Pre-applied thermal interface materials can also be specified as an option, these make production processing and material management much easier.

Commenting on the custom service, David Pearson, Technical Director of Anglia, commented, “Where thermal management is concerned, finding the perfect fit for a design is crucial. This is an increasing challenge for designers. The reduced size of electronics both increases the concentration of heat and makes it harder to find space for heat sinks and other standard heat dissipation solutions. Meeting the thermal demands of an application is critical to ensure the long term reliability of the product, and therefore Anglia is pleased to provide customised solutions that will help meet these demands.”

Anglia’s standard thermal management product range is very extensive and includes a number of world leading thermal management companies offering dedicated solutions for a wide range of applications including LED lighting, high power IGBT modules and many others. The range is supported by extensive UK inventory and competitive volume pricing, with popular solutions covered by the Anglia EZYsample free sampling service.

@angliaLive @NeeshamPR #PAuto 

The Second Coming of the Maginot Line.

ISA Fellow and cybersecurity expert Joe Weiss of Applied Control Systems, LLC gave a one hour presentation on control system cyber security for the Purdue University Summer Seminar Series recently. This was entitled Cyber Security of Control Systems: The Second Coming of the Maginot Line.

Joe Weiss
Critical infrastructures such as electric power, oil/gas, water/wastewater,pipelines, transportation, and manufacturing utilize process control and safety systems to monitor, control, and assure safe operating conditions. Control systems consist of Internet protocol (IP) networks and HMIs to provide operator input and big data analytics. These systems have been designed with cybersecurity and authentication. However, what makes control systems unique are the control system devices such process sensors, actuators, drives, power supplies,etc. that have no cyber security or authentication and are a direct threat to personnel and equipment safety. Control system cyber security impacts are real.

There have been more than 1,250 actual control system cyber incidents with morethan 1,500 deaths and more than $70Billion in direct damage. There is a need to get the computer scientists/network engineers that understand networks and thedomain engineers that understand the physical processes to work together orthere is no hope in securing the critical infrastructures.

There were 119 participants from 16 countries throughout the world.

There were several questions questions raised which were not dealt with on the webinar. These questions and responses are now available here online.

@cerias @ControlGlobal #PAuto #Cybersecurity

Friday 24 July 2020

Maintaining physical distancing!

Organizations can Automate Capacity Counting for High Foot-Traffic Spaces to Maintain Social Distancing Compliance

FLIR Systems has announced availability of the FLIR Occupancy Management Solution for their Brickstream 3D Gen2 to automate occupancy counting within high-traffic and capacity-limited areas. To support social distancing guidelines during and following the COVID-19 pandemic, the Occupancy Management Solution provides organizations with an easy-to-use, real-time capacity counting and display tool for multiple entries and exits.

“Many organizations are manually measuring occupancy, but this process is often inaccurate, cumbersome and expensive,” said Paul Clayton, General Manager, Components Business at FLIR Systems. “FLIR addressed this challenge by introducing a cost-effective, scalable, self-contained, and automated monitoring solution suitable for a variety of locations from grocery stores, stadiums, theaters, transportation hubs, to manufacturing plants, and office spaces.”

The Occupancy Management Solution is platform agnostic with an integrated IoT architecture, which can be implemented within existing Wi-Fi access points, offering a complete edge-based solution with the Brickstream 3D Gen2 hardware. It provides a simple display dashboard for capacity updates that can be viewed by staff or customers on devices with a web browser. It may be used as a stand-alone or integrated into existing perimeter systems, making it ideal for most environments where occupancy must be closely managed. Current Brickstream 3D Gen2 customers can purchase and add this feature with via a remote firmware upgrade.

This solution is part of FLIR Systems’ COVID-19 response product portfolio, which includes the FLIR EST camera series, to help organizations improve safety in public places and other high traffic areas. The FLIR Occupancy Management Solution for Brickstream 3D Gen2 is available today from FLIR and its global Brickstream distribution partners.

 @flir #Safety #MEpax #coróinvíreas #COVID19 #coronavirus

A hand for safe automation.

Industrial change has accelerated, demanding a new level of interaction between people, machines and data. Within its Bionic Learning Network, Festo has been studying and developing safe automation systems to relieve people of monotonous or hazardous tasks. The BionicMobileAssistant is a prototype robot system that deploys artificial intelligence to move independently, identifying and gripping objects and adaptively working with humans.

The entire system has been developed in collaboration with ETH Zurich (CH). It has a modular design consisting of three subsystems: a mobile robot, an electric robotic arm and a pneumatic gripper – the BionicSoftHand 2.0 – an earlier version of which was first presented by Festo in 2019. It uses a combination of compact valve technology, sensors, electronics and mechanical components integrated in the tightest of spaces in order to emulate the movements of a human hand.

BionicSoftHand 2.0 wears a tactile glove with force sensors on the fingertips, the palm and the outer sides of the robot hand. This allows it to sense the nature of the item to be gripped, and to adapt its gripping force accordingly – just as the human hand does. Thanks to a 3D-printed wrist with two degrees of freedom, the hand can also move both back and forth as well as to the left and to the right. This means that gripping smaller objects is now possible. In addition, the hand has a depth camera on the inside of the wrist so it can visually detect the objects to be gripped – even if these are partially obscured. The information is processed by a neural network, which has been trained in advance with the aid of data augmentation. Once the hand has been correctly trained, it uses the intelligence gathered to assess objects.

The system would be perfect for differentiating good product from bad product, or for use as a personal assistant: for example as a service robot helping in assembly or assisting workers in carrying out ergonomically monotonous tasks. It could also be used in environments where people cannot work because of hazards or restricted accessibility. This includes maintenance or repair work, data measurements or visual inspections. It is also possible to imagine mobile robots carrying out tasks in areas where there is an increased risk of infection: delivering medicines to hospital patients, supporting the delivery of care in old people’s homes, or waving ultralight sterilising wands within wards.

@festo_global @Publitek #PAuto #Robotics

Process sensors with digital communication interface. #Baumer #PAuto

Pressure sensor PP20H and conductivity sensor CombiLyz AFI now add on the Baumer portfolio of process sensors with digital communication interface.

Digital communication opens up many opportunities – but only sensors that reliably deliver precise measured values offer real added value by IO-Link. Well established and appreciated by many users, both pressure sensor PP20H and CombiLyz AFI conductivity sensor excel by outstanding measuring performance and IO-Link interface, but now they offer even more interesting features such as simple and fast parameterization- even during operation. This way, secondary data like different process data output simultaneously or diagnostic data only accessible this way can be communicated from sensor to controller or even retrieved from the sensor memory if required. Further to the digital interface, the sensors also provide one or more conventional analog outputs for maximum user flexibility.

Dual Channel enables analog as well as digital sensor operation or both at the same time - this way, Baumer process sensors such as conductivity sensor CombiLyz AFI and pressure sensor PP20H work both in conventional control topologies and digital IO-Link control environments. In process automation, the proven analog interface is helpful for sensor integration into existing control concepts. Nevertheless, in sensor commissioning, IO-Link advantages such as easy and fast parameterization or access to secondary data are a valuable help. For process control, parallel readout of conductivity or pressure value is enabled via 4... 20 mA analog output.

IO-Link provides access to valuable secondary data: process data including sensor temperature respectively process temperature of PP20H. Such information allow for interesting conclusions, e.g. unusual temperature rise in containers or pipes. And, such data are basic for predictive maintenance. CombiLyz AFI conductivity sensor delivers information on media concentration in addition to media conductivity. By doing so, the medium in process and its concentration is precisely identified. Pressure sensor PP20H delivers ambient pressure information in addition to process pressure. Therefore, the sensor can be deployed for both absolute and relative pressure measurement.

IO-Link allows for mutual and bidirectional sensor communication via the controller. This way, every sensor can utilize the measured values of other sensors to solve complex measuring tasks or for optimization of processes and production flow. Using conductivity sensor AFI for example, transmission of the measured temperature value would reduce response times of temperature compensation to 15 seconds or even completely circumvent them. In level detection in closed tanks, two fusioned pressure sensors enable direct indication of the filling level. The head pressure sensor transmits the measured value to the pressure sensor at the tank bottom for zero point adjustment. This way, the actual pressure is determined.

With CombiLyz conductivity sensors and PP20H pressure sensors now featuring this digital communication interface, Baumer further adds on their portfolio of IO-Link process sensors. And, solutions for flow and level detection using this digital communication standard are also available.

Thursday 23 July 2020

Improved optical sensor modules.

Yokogawa is launching new, more capable versions of its AQ2200 optical sensor modules. The AQ2200-212 is a single channel optical sensor module, complete with an analog output port, while the AQ2200-222 offers two channels. Designed to work with the AQ2200 series frame controllers, the new modules offer improved performance over the existing AQ2200-221.

“Our AQ2200 series Multi Applications Test system is already a highly capable and accurate solution for the measurement and analysis of optical devices and transmission systems,” says Terry Marrinan, VP Sales & Marketing Yokogawa Europe and South-East Asia: “With the addition of the AQ2200-212 and -222 optical sensor modules, we have taken these capabilities to new heights, offering optical manufacturers the most versatile and accurate optical sensors on the market.”

Both modules have superior measurement performance, including low uncertainty and a wide power range. The AQ2200-212 and the AQ2200-222 both offer a wide power range of +15 to -90 dBm, compared to the AQ2200-221’s figure of +10 to -70 dBm. The modules can also achieve a seamless measurement of approximately 30 dB without switching the measurement range.

The new modules also have an improved uncertainty of ±2.5%, compared to their predecessor’s figure of ±3%. Minimum averaging time has been halved to 100 µs, compared to the AQ2200-221’s 200 µs. Other performance figures include a wavelength range of 800 to 1700 nm and a polarization dependence of 0.02 dB.

The new AQ2200 optical sensor modules are ideal for manufacturers of active optical devices and components who need to test products such as lasers, optical transceivers, and optical amplifiers. They will also suit the needs of passive component manufacturers producing items such as optical fibers, optical connectors, and optical couplers, as well as manufacturers of optical transmission systems. The capabilities of the new modules make them suitable for a range of applications demanding high accuracy.

One of the main applications of the new products is I/L curve (drive current/optical power) measurement of laser diode modules. Because the single-range power range of the new sensor module is as wide as 30 dB, the I/L curve characteristics can be measured accurately, quickly and seamlessly.

Another is stress testing of an optical fiber cable. The ability of an optical fiber cable to resist impact is evaluated by measuring the momentary optical interruption and optical attenuation, as well as the degree of impact. Multiple AQ2200-212s allow optical inputs from the fibers to be measured following the application of a shock load, with the corresponding data sent to a data recorder via the analog outputs.

@Yokogawa_Europe @Yokogawa_UK_IRE #TandM 

Website with richer insights into MES platform.

Aegis Software, a global provider of Manufacturing Execution Software (MES),has launched its all-new and redesigned website. The site features a streamlined design with easier navigation with a great deal more information providing a more comprehensive understanding of Aegis’ FactoryLogix® IIoT-based MES platform, its benefits to manufacturers, and how it delivers unique advantages.

This is a vibrant and engaging site which offers content-rich thought-leadership information to help any manufacturer, of any size, digitize manufacturing excellence, and stay up to date on trends and best practices.

“Our IIoT-based MES platform is very compelling and quite objectively unique in the market. We knew we needed to redesign our site to better reflect and communicate this to visitors and make clearer the benefits we deliver to manufacturers,” stated Jason Spera, CEO of Aegis Software. “This new site is well-timed as it launches during strong growth at Aegis in part driven by an unprecedented increase in market interest in MES and IIoT. This new website is just another example of our innovation, differentiation, and domain expertise that will further accelerate our growth by helping manufacturers better understand Aegis’ value compared to both legacy and the new ‘buzzword’ alternative approaches.”

“After many months of hard work and dedication from our team, we are excited to debut our new company website to our customers, partners, media, and visitors seeking to understand the breadth and depth of Aegis’ FactoryLogix IIoT-based MES platform. Visitors will also gain access to a rich repository of informative and educational content,” said Deb Geiger, VP Global Marketing, Aegis Software. “We believe this energetic and sleek redesign will provide an informative and engaging experience and clearly communicate our rich product capabilities and associated benefits to manufacturers.”

Aegis Software’s new website will also be available in German, French, Chinese, and Spanish and available in the upcoming months. The Company will continue to make regular updates on news, content, events, product, and industry information. Visitors to the new site can stay informed by subscribing to the online blog, which will also ensure you receive their quarterly newsletter that includes insights on how manufacturers can drive operational excellence.

@FactoryLogix #PAuto #MES #MEpax

Digital service expanded.

Digital commissioning application and Netilion turnover package provides added value services to ensure projects stay on time, on-budget, and up to date on project steps.

Project benefits include:

• Real time visibility and insights of work progress, issues and completion
• Efficient project setup, automatic data sheet, tag lists and template uploads for improved work planning
• Collaborative, dynamic digital guide for work process execution
• Intuitive, easy app for all techs and supervisors to learn, use and enjoy
• Evergreen digital turnover package powered by Netilion IIoT connected services.
Endress+Hauser's end users’ digital experience on instrument projects has been expanded with the release of their digital commissioning application and Netilion projects digital turnover package. These new capabilities empower the plant startup team to mitigate project risks while staying on time and budget, and to track progress in real time.

The digital service experience enables users to digitize projects for efficiency, eliminating time consuming manual coding and progress reports. Users are able to see project work progress across the field devices startup phases in real-time and can flag any potential issues on the commissioning app. Visibility to issues enables users to reallocate resources to keep the project on time. The web-based application workflow is tailor built to field technician and project manager user’s needs for greater productivity.

Instead of manual loop folders, documentation is generated digitally and stored in the Netilion Library digital service application. This paperless storage eliminates manual retrieval to facilitate development of a turnover package complying with project deliverable requirements.

Netilion Library helps users organize asset records, drawings, pictures, files, and turnover package documents. It is a file sharing and data management service for the complete life cycle of an instrument. This saves significant time when carrying out maintenance or engineering activities since the often-tedious search for information is eliminated.

@Endress_Hauser @Endress_US @Endress_UK #PAuto 

Miniature-format strain sensors.

Similar to other strain sensors in the Baumer portfolio, the compact DST20 sensors are based on the strain gauge technology with a strain gauge and a strain body. The soft geometry on the inside minimizes hardening of the structure to be measured. This makes the miniature strain sensor suitable for static as well as dynamic applications. Thin structures can also be monitored because of the limited reaction forces on the screws.

The miniature-format strain sensors DST20 complement their portfolio by adding a compact and cost-efficient solution for measuring large forces above 10,000 N even in confined spaces. With their dimensions of 28x12x10 mm, the DST20 miniature strain sensors offer space savings that are unmatched by any other screw-on strain sensor on the market. At the same time, their stainless steel housing and a certification for the IP 65 degree of protection make them excellently suited for use in rough production environments and for a large range of applications, such as mechanical and equipment engineering as well as process automation. The DST20 strain sensor can be integrated into a machine with minimum engineering effort and offers a lasting solution that can serially replace cold bonded strain gauges in limited installation spaces, based on initial tests in the experimental laboratory.

Ex factory the strain is typically measured with an output signal of around 1.0 mV/V, which frequently eliminates the need for calibration with a separate force sensor. This allows users to benefit from simple and quick commissioning coupled with high measurement accuracy in the micrometer range, which saves valuable time in the case of emergencies.

The sensors come in two measurement ranges: 500 and 1,000 µm/m, for different customer requirements in terms of the expected strains and permitted mechanical tension, depending on the steel quality. This way, a single sensor can be used to cover a large number of applications, allowing users to reduce costs and warehouse space.

With the DST20, Baumer rounds off its strong portfolio for force measurement with force and strain sensors. In addition to robust strain sensors for outdoor and industrial applications, Baumer has thus combined robustness and precision with exceptionally compact dimensions, effectively enhancing the scope of application of strain sensors. Users can now also optimize their process safety and quality in areas where the smallest dimensions matter.

#BaumerGroup #PAuto 

Upgrade for Single Board Computer.

Abaco Systems has announced that its SOSA aligned rugged 3U VPX SBC3511 single board computer is now in production. This major advancement gives users variability by aligning with defense standards while improving lifecycle and supportability, lowers the total cost of ownership, and reduces risk.

“We’re delighted to announce this important milestone,” said Peter Thompson, Vice President, Product Management at Abaco Systems. “Many manufacturers are talking about SOSA alignment – but few, if any, are actually shipping product. We believe the many organizations committed to SOSA will very much welcome this news, as it allows them to move forward with real, deployable hardware.”

“The SBC3511 has attracted substantial interest since its announcement, because of its unique combination of capabilities. The SBC3511’s alignment with the SOSA standard, its leading-edge performance, its innovative thermal management, and its monitoring/reporting functionality, unite to deliver a platform that is unmatched in the industry.”

The SBC3511 is based around the highly integrated Intel® Xeon® E-2276ME 6-core/12-thread processor ('Coffee Lake Refresh') which operates at 2.8 GHz with TurboBoost up to 4.5 GHz, and is supported by a Xilinx Ultrascale+ FPGA which acts as the boards security hub, capable of hosting Abaco, third party or customer IP.

The SBC3511 was originally announced with support for 32 GBytes of DDR4 RAM and 80 GBytes of NVMe SSD. This has now been extended to 64 GBytes of DDR4 RAM and 256 GBytes of NVMe SSD, providing increased platform performance and throughput. In addition, the SBC3511’s IPMI subsystem has been upgraded to allow operation from 3.3V AUX power only, further enhancing its alignment with the SOSA standard.

The SBC3511 can also be supported with one or more elements of the Abaco software suite, including PBIT for early monitoring and reporting; CIBIT for non-intrusive ongoing and on-demand monitoring and reporting; and Health Toolkit, which acts as a system monitor to collect and report the health of all elements in the system, thanks to the VITA46.11 tier 1 and tier 2 interface over IPMI. All are fully compatible with the most frequently deployed operating systems and applications for defense and industry.

As well as leading edge performance, the SBC3511 features a unique thermal management design which allows deterministic high performance even at the extended temperatures typical of deployment on space-constrained platforms in combat zones. This contrasts less efficient thermal management designs that see a processor’s performance throttled back at high temperatures.

@AbacoSys #PAuto 

High performing gateways.

2nd generation Anybus Communicator - 20 years of HMS experience put in a powerful new package

20 years after the original release the second-generation Anybus® Communicator™ – a line of high-performing gateways for connecting devices and machines to industrial networks has been announced by HMS Networks. Anybus Communicator for EtherNet/IP is now available and versions covering additional networks will be released later in 2020 and 2021.

On the market for almost 20 years, the Anybus Communicator line from HMS Networks is the market-leading gateway family for serial to fieldbus and industrial Ethernet connectivity. Popular among device manufacturers, machine builders and system integrators all over the world, millions of devices and machines today rely on Communicators for network connectivity in a wide variety of industrial application areas.

The new line of second-generation Communicators to be released during 2020. The first version for EtherNet/IP is now available and it will be followed by versions for Modbus TCP, PROFINET and PROFIBUS. The new Communicators are modern, high-performing gateways which incorporate all experience gained by HMS Networks in the interaction with customers about the original Anybus Communicator line over the last two decades. The two generations will co-exist according to a separate product life cycle plan.

All 2nd generation Communicators are powered by the award-winning Anybus NP40 industrial network processor used in all HMS’ embedded solutions, which ensures that the Communicators will match demanding requirements in terms of performance, reliability, and security.

Depending on use case, data cycle times are up to 10 times faster than with the 1st generation Communicators thanks to the new hardware and software. Users can also benefit from significantly increased data exchange support as up to 1 448 bytes can be transferred from the connected PLC to the gateway, as well as from the gateway to the PLC.

Furthermore, in order to meet current and future security challenges, all products are equipped with a security chip. A secure boot ensures that the firmware has not been tampered with.
The Communicators are packaged in a new attractive slim housing for straight-forward DIN-rail mounting. Carrying all relevant industrial certifications such as CE- and UL-marking, a temperature range of -25 to +70 °C is supported to ensure that the Communicators stay operational in very demanding industrial conditions.

Before connecting the gateway to an uplink PLC, the user configures the Communicator to communicate with a subnet of one or more devices/machines. This is done by connecting to the Ethernet configuration port from a PC, after which the user can open any browser of choice to access the new graphical, responsive web-based 2nd gen Communicator user interface. Configurations are simply done using drag and drop and no additional software is needed.

Initially, the 2nd gen Communicator is primarily focusing on Modbus RTU communication to connected equipment. Up to 150 Modbus commands are supported which allows very complex configurations with multiple nodes. Final configurations can be stored and managed in a secure way for future use. When done, the gateway is ready to be included as a node in the PLC-system on the other side of the gateway.

The configuration port and its web interface also enable the user to monitor and diagnose network traffic. The user can immediately see the status of the industrial network connection, the serial connection, as well as individual serial node status. Communication logs are provided for further analysis by the user.

Anybus Communicator is fully prepared to be delivered together with a device or machine as a preconfigured, external communication module. Manufacturers interested in this option benefit from a wide range of services from HMS related to OEM personalization, brand-labeling, and gateway pre-configuration.
System Integrators will primarily benefit from the above mentioned, versatile way of configuring the gateway to communicate with any device or machine in a factory – perfect for retrofitting situations when existing equipment needs to be connected to new industrial networks fast and seamlessly.

The first gateway version released now is Anybus Communicator for EtherNet/IP. Users benefit from a full pre-certified EtherNet/IP implementation by HMS, including support for Device Level Ring with Beacon Mode for media redundancy, network fault detection, and network fault resolution. With this, communication can continue to flow even after a cable break.

During 2020 and 2021, HMS will release additional 2nd generation Communicators for the popular networks Modbus TCP, PROFINET, and PROFIBUS.

@hmsnetworks  @HMSAnybus #PAuto #Communications

Hygienic temperature sensors.

A new line of OPTITEMP TRA-H6x/-C6x temperature sensors has been introduced by Krohne. Designed for hygienic applications in the food and beverage industry, the devices come with 3A, FDA and EHEDG approvals.

The new line includes standard temperature assemblies and compact designs, featuring a fast responding sensor tip with reduced heat conducting error for high accuracy at short immersion depths. They can be ordered with replaceable Pt100-inserts, or non-replaceable Pt100 for even faster response. All devices are designed vibration proof and rated IP69.

Process connection options include a modular adaptive system using G½ hygienic process connection as basis, both in versions “steel to steel” & “steel to PEEK”. A broad variety of hygienic process adapters is also available. For the US market, a welded clamp connection in two sizes is available; the 3A approval for clamp sensors is in preparation.

All devices feature 4…20 mA output; options for OPTITEMP TRA-H6x include HART, Bluetooth and NFC. As an alternative to commonly used cable gland, an M12 connector is available. Wireless configuration, monitoring and basic verification is possible via OPTICHECK Temperature Mobile App when selecting OPTITEMP TT 33 or TT 53 as temperature transmitter.

@krohnegroup #PAuto #Food

Wednesday 22 July 2020

Portable 400G network tester.

Anritsu expects its 400G Ethernet MT1040A to help customers achieve widespread roll-out of high-speed networks.

Anritsu Corporation starts selling its Network Master Pro MT1040A for 400G networks. As well as supporting 400G Ethernet, this new battery-powered tester with directly mounted QFSP-DD optical modules also has a simultaneously installable 10M-to-100G interface for access, metro, mobile fronthaul/backhaul, and data-center transmission quality tests - BER, throughput, frame loss, and latency measurements. Combined with the easy-to-use GUI, remote-control-over-network option, and auto-test functions, Network Master Pro MT1040A is a tester with unparalleled measurement efficiency.

The start of commercial 5G services and the spread of cloud computing is leading to large, continuous increases in communications traffic. Moreover, the rapid spread of teleworking and online work is causing challenges for communications operators, who are faced with reinforcing their bandwidth. 400G Ethernet is a key technology in strengthening support for this rising traffic, and there is an urgent need for a portable 400G tester to help in commissioning and maintenance of 400G Ethernet networks. Anritsu previously launched its popular MT1000A tester for communication speeds of up to 100 Gbps for networks and data centers - the new MT1040A, the world's smallest B5-size 400G Ethernet tester, maintains its predecessor's easy usability while adding new functions for even more efficient testing, installation, and maintenance of faster networks up to 400G speeds.

The 400G Network Master Pro MT1040A is a portable tester for evaluating the communications quality of networks operating at speeds from 10 Mbps to 400 Gbps. Always-on Forward Error Correction (FEC) is a key technology for achieving 400G Ethernet speeds. With built-in FEC analysis functions, the MT1040A is the ideal tester for evaluating the communications quality of optical modules, such as QSFP-DD, and the performance of 400G devices. Moreover, simultaneous installation of any of the optional OTDR modules (MU100020A - MU100021A - MU100022A - MU100023A) provides measurement of optical fibre lines for fault finding.

Additionally, users can improve the efficiency of on-site testing work through remote operation using Anritsu’s SORA Internet subscription service, as well as through the one-button automatic testing function for Pass/Fail evaluations at multiple tests.
@AnritsuEMEA @Anritsu #TandM #5G

Cloud support for process manufacturers.

Seeq Corporation now provides expanded support for Microsoft Cloud services.

“We’re expanding our support for the Microsoft Cloud to better serve the digital transformation needs of our process manufacturing customers,” says Megan Buntain, Director of Cloud Partnerships at Seeq. “Seeq’s success is a credit to our team’s investments in integration with Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, and other Microsoft cloud offerings.”
Seeq support for Azure-based services includes
• Azure Data Explorer is a fast, fully managed data analytics service for near real-time analysis of large volumes of data from IoT devices and industrial assets. Seeq integration enables process engineers to query Azure Data Explorer to support a full range of Seeq analytics types and features: predictive, descriptive, diagnostic, collaboration, etc.

• Azure Time Series Insights enables faster decision-making with IoT and industrial data as the preferred storage service for Azure IoT Hub. Seeq users will be able to leverage Azure Time Series Insights as a data source for near real-time data insights and interactive analytics to accelerate data-based decision making within their organization.

• Microsoft Power Automate boosts productivity by enabling users to automate manual tasks in a low-code/no-code service for time-saving workflows. Seeq integration will enable Seeq analytics and insights to be the starting point for these secure workflows to share insights and actions across organizations.

Seeq has been available as a SaaS application in the Azure Marketplace since 2018 with support for many Azure cloud services including Synapse, Azure Data Lake, and Azure Notebooks for machine learning integration, in addition to on premise support for Windows Server, Active Directory, and SQL Server. Seeq is now adding connectivity to Azure Data Explorer, the latest release of Time Series Insights, and Power Automate. Power Automate is Microsoft’s low code/no code service for defining custom workflows, enabling Seeq users to automate processes based on their insights and events.

Seeq’s comprehensive set of applications for analyzing and sharing insights on process manufacturing data include Workbench for easy to use advanced analytics, Organizer for publishing reports and dashboards, and Data Lab for accessing Python libraries. Seeq applications empower engineers and subject matter experts to rapidly investigate, collaborate, and distribute insights to improve operations and business outcomes.

Seeq enables engineers and scientists in process manufacturing organizations to rapidly analyze, predict, collaborate, and share insights to improve production outcomes. Customers include companies in the oil and gas, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, mining, food and beverage, and other process industries. Specific examples of Seeq usage include diagnostic analytics for well completions and intervention campaigns, predictive analytics on equipment failure, and sustainability and optimization efforts for energy and carbon reduction initiatives.

“Seeq’s focus on driving advanced analytics innovation in process manufacturing organizations makes it an ideal addition to the Azure ecosystem,” says Julia White, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Azure. “As Microsoft enables digital transformation initiatives in process manufacturing and IIoT customers, we are excited for the insights Seeq will deliver.”

All of the browser-based Seeq applications—Organizer, Workbench, and Data Lab—connect to a shared Seeq server to enable collaboration, provide access to connected data sources, and enable administrative control. For example, graphics created in Data Lab may be viewed in Organizer Topics, data modeled in Workbench may be accessed by Data Lab users, and Data Lab algorithm results are available for use in the other Seeq applications.

"Seeq continues to release compelling analytics solutions for customers in process manufacturing and Industry 4.0 engagements," comments Janice Abel, Principal Analyst at ARC Advisory Group. "The need for the faster and better insights provided by Seeq is a consistent requirement for customers investing in IIoT and Smart Manufacturing."

• In addition to Microsoft Azure support, Seeq partners with many process automation vendors to support on premise deployments by connecting to systems sold by OSIsoft, Siemens, GE, ABB, Honeywell, Inductive Automation, AVEVA, AspenTech, Schneider Electric, and others.

@SeeqCorporation @AzureMktPlace #PAuto 

Building managemnt appointment.

Howard Wilson is the new sales manager for Siemens Building Products in Ireland. He is responsible for promoting the Desigo Building Management System and associated peripheral devices. He also has responsibility for the Siemens Gamma KNX product range and the Cerberus PRO fire detection systems through the expanding Siemens partner network.

Howard Wilson
Siemens Smart Infrastructure is shaping the market for intelligent, adaptive infrastructure for today and the future. Our Building Products portfolio provides customers with integrated building management software and platforms for automation, fire safety, security and other domains and we intend to grow our network of partners who can supply and deliver these solutions,” he said.

Howard has extensive experience in the BMS industry working for over 14 years for both manufacturers and systems houses. He graduated from the Technological University Dublin with a B.Eng. in Control and Automation Systems.

@Siemens #BAS #Ireland

Tuesday 21 July 2020

Special connector for battery storage.

Harting is now offering the Han® S, the first ever large-scale special connector for battery storage modules. The new series meets the technical requirements set down in the latest standards for stationary energy storage systems (including UL 4128) and offers users optimal reliability for connected units. The series features housings with space for a heavy-current contact up to 200 A.

The contacts are mounted in a housing, which is freely pivotable. The locking system engages intuitively. The use of red for plus and black for minus, combined with the mechanical coding system, means that the interfaces cannot be confused. Han® S thereby facilitates fast and reliable mating for energy storage modules and helps to process high numbers of connections. Alternatively, the new series can also be installed as part of a control line (BUS system) for the battery management system. It features special contacts in the housing to support this.

Interfaces in modular energy storage systems are subject to special requirements. For instance, the wiring for lithium-ion batteries requires compact plug connections that do not heat their surroundings even when transmitting high currents. The connector housing must move as freely as possible to serve storage units effectively in terms of enhancing performance and efficient cooling.

The Han® S series combines straight attachment housings with angled ‘sleeves’ that have integrated pivotable protective elements for the contacts. This combination can be rotated 360°, a key feature given the very limited space between the door opening and energy storage modules in a storage cabinet. This results in flexible connectors with high current load capacity, enabling the integration of the maximum number of storage components in the available space.

@HARTING @hartinguk  #PAuto