Friday 30 October 2020

Sales director for automation platform appointed.

Bedrock Automation has appointed Tony Mannion Director of Sales.  He will direct North American sales of Bedrock’s Open Secure Automation platforms including control, flow, RTU and power. Tony  brings 29 years of automation sales and marketing experience, including leadership roles at Wika Instruments, Emerson Process Automation, Danaher and Yokogawa. 

“With his experience in large project pursuits and local, national, and industry vertical sales strategies, Tony will bring the right skills for Bedrock to capitalize on the opportunities before us to deliver advanced solutions to industry. He demonstrates a keen understanding of the technical and commercial needs of our customers and a passion to align them to our OSA products. We are pleased to have him on the team,”
said Bedrock founder, CEO and CTO Albert Rooyakkers

Tony Mannion has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology. He will be based in Houston (TX USA).

@BedrockAuto @TizianiWhitmyre #PAuto  #USA

Cybersecurity guide.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) and the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance (ISAGCA) have released a new guide to the security lifecycles outlined in the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards and technical reports. ISA/IEC 62443 constitutes the world’s only consensus-based series of automation cybersecurity standards.

“Security Lifecycles in the ISA/IEC 62443 Series: Security of Industrial Automation and Control Systems,” now available for download,  provides a high-level view of the product security lifecycle and the automation solution security lifecycle. The guide defines principal roles and responsibilities in industrial automation and control systems (IACS), and it explores how to apply specific standards documents to each phase within the security lifecycles.

This new guide answers some of the most common questions about security lifecycles in the ISA/IEC 62443 Standards, including:

  • How can various roles share the responsibility of IACS cybersecurity?
  • What are the differences between the product security lifecycle and the automation solution security lifecycle?
  • Who should be accountable for cyber risk?
  • How does an organization maintain effective, resilient IACS cybersecurity?

The ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance’s Training and Education work group coordinated the development of the guide, which was authored by Johan Nye and reviewed by the ISA99 committee. Nye is an independent consultant specializing in industrial control systems (ICS) and cybersecurity. During his career spanning more than 38 years, Nye has designed ICS system architectures, created company standards and policies, implemented major ICS projects, supported ICS site engineers, and contributed to the design of several ICS products.

“Automation cybersecurity standards are crucial in this increasingly connected world,” says Mary Ramsey, ISA executive director. “The ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards leads the way as the world’s only consensus-based standards that focus on automation cybersecurity. One goal of the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance is to raise awareness of these standards and encourage their adoption across a wide range of industries. We are grateful to the ISAGCA Training and Education work group, the ISA99 committee, and Johan Nye for creating a guide to exploring security lifecycles in the ISA/IEC 62443 series in a user-friendly format.”

@ISA_Interchange @IrelandISA #Pauto #Cybersecurity #Standards

Thursday 29 October 2020

New generation of thermal mass flowmeters.

The Proline t-mass F/I 300/500 flowmeters has been launched by Endress+Hauser. These thermal mass flowmeters are reliable and versatile for measuring pure gases and gas mixtures, and each has numerous alarm functions, as well as bidirectional measurement capability and reverse flow detection.

Whether compressed air, natural gas, protective gas or oxygen, end users wanting to record gas flows with proven and robust state-of-the-art measuring technology no longer need to make compromises. The ingenious, all metal sensor design and one-of-a-kind monitoring functionality of the t-mass F/I 300/500 leaves nothing to be desired in terms of optimum process measurement. Even when process conditions fluctuate significantly, gas flows can be measured with unmatched accuracy.

In numerous industries, thermal flow measuring technology has long been used for measuring pure gases and gas mixtures. For example, in research and development labs, measuring flare stack and flue gases, in utilities with compressed air, oxygen, nitrogen or argon, etc. As a result, when combined with the comprehensive functionality of the Proline 300/500 transmitters, such as WLAN, configurable I/O, etc. this opens possibilities for process control, quantity measurement, leak detection, cost allocation, energy management, and other applications.

Even when process and ambient conditions significantly fluctuate, t-mass ensures high measurement accuracy (±1.0%) with excellent repeatability (±0.25%). Gas flows with low pressure and a low flow velocity can also be measured easily thanks to a high turndown ratio. The robust industrial design makes it possible to operate the device over the long-term with minimal maintenance, saving time and money. t-mass F and I can operate at process temperatures up to 356°F and pressures up to 580 psi.

The t-mass 300/500 measuring system is equipped as standard with a “Gas Engine.” This software model enables, among other things, calculation of the mass flow of a gas under current process conditions. The Gas Engine offers other advantages:

• Calculates flow velocity, reference density, corrected volume, and energy flow for current operating conditions
• Exact measurement of pure gases and gas mixtures by selecting from up to 22 standard gases, as well as gas mixtures created by combining up to 8 of these 22 gases (special gases on request)
• Dynamic correction for changes in pressure, temperature, and gas composition
• Change programmed gases without recalibration
• Switching function for two predefined gas groups via the status input, e.g. for flushing processes with an additional gas

The t-mass 300/500 measuring system has been developed in accordance with IEC 61508, SIL 2 and can serve thus be used safety-related applications. Any device or process errors that may occur are indicated and clearly categorized to NAMUR NE107 standards. The t-mass 300/500 is equipped with alarm functions used for immediately detecting unwanted condensate drops on the sensor or pulsating flow, and it can measure and account for gas flows in both flow directions and detect reverse gas flows. It is equipped with Heartbeat Technology—enabling permanent self-diagnostics with the highest diagnostic coverage—as well as metrologically-traceable device verification without process interruption.

@Endress_Hauser @Endress_US @endress_uk @Endress_CA #PAuto  

Augmented reality in packaging.

Harpak-ULMA announced that the company is extending its platform capabilities to support Augmented Reality on its Rockwell Automation-enabled packaging solutions. The company has entered Beta-phase testing and is targeting commercial availability for its Augmented Reality (AR) option next year. AR represents a leap forward for staff knowledge transfer — employing digital visual overlays through a combination of both handheld and hands-free devices. It supersedes traditional approaches to operator training and maintenance of industrial assets.  

AR presents a powerful solution for producers seeking to alleviate the well-known upskilling issues associated with high labor turnover, productivity, and error proofing. According to a study by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, by 2025, almost 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will become available, of which 2 million will remain unfilled. AR can help producers bridge the skills gap at the root of this major disconnect. By 2025, three out of every four workers will be millennials who will be driving new workplace expectations. The Journal of Organizational Learning and Leadership reveals that millennials’ innovation and exploration traits are best enhanced through active learning (pdf).

While AR has not yet been widely employed in packaging markets, other industrial experiences indicate that real-time “active-learning” dramatically accelerates front-line staff learning curves and reduces error. For example, Boeing workers completed intricate wire harnesses assemblies using AR-based work instructions, cutting assembly time by 25%, and reducing error rates to nearly zero. Staff with little or no formal training can be rapidly up-skilled to perform nonrepetitive complex activities — the kind of work inherent in many unfilled manufacturing positions today. When a machine malfunctions or a tool change is required, AR guides the operator or maintenance worker visually step by step through task execution.

In 2018, Harpak-ULMA launched its strategy to produce smart, connected platforms that deliver packaging as an integral part of the manufacturing digital thread. These platforms enable emerging Internet of Things (IoT) software applications (such as AR) that leverage production data to digitally transform traditional plant asset maintenance and operational processes. However, simply enabling the utilization of such applications is insufficient to help producers realize value. The combination of skill sets required to develop AR content is not only atypical of producer staffing models – they’re in short supply altogether. 

Harpak-ULMA’s Innovation Engineer, Alexander Ouellet, leads the company’s AR development effort. He explains, “AR requires new roles such as UX or UI designers, graphic designers to create assets, and 3D modelers who understand how to turn an engineering data set into production-ready, user-facing graphics. You also need IoT software architects to define AR experience data flows to ensure experience scalability. We quickly understood that it wasn’t enough to simply enable AR on our platforms – our customers want more than a toolkit. That’s why we are building out fully contextualized, solution-specific AR content. When our customers opt for AR as part of their purchase, we intend to provide a library of experiences for tool changes, maintenance, expert capture of training processes, and related device recommendations. We do the heavy lifting so customers can deploy a complete AR experience along with asset commissioning. We also anticipate that customers may request custom AR content, which will be accommodated as well.” 

Ouellet noted he will present the opportunities and challenges associated with deploying AR solutions as part of the upcoming PackExpo Innovation stage on November 9th at 2 pm Central Standard Time (CST).

Harpak-ULMA utilizes applications such as FactoryTalk Innovation Suite, powered by PTC and PTC’s popular ThingWorx IoT solution platform and Vuforia AR platform. All leverage a Rockwell Automation controls platform to optimize IoT data availability and scalability. Vuforia enables the rich, contextual digital overlay users demand for a true AR experience. Kevin Roach, CEO of Harpak-ULMA, notes that “While we believe our vision and role is critical to accelerating digital transformation of producer packaging processes, ‘it takes a village’ to bring these disruptive technologies to market today. Rockwell Automation and PTC are both major, well-known vendors in our markets. Together we will continue to build out compelling value that’s easy for our customers to implement and use.”

Jim Heppelmann, PTC’s president and CEO, offered additional insight, “Succeeding in our new normal demands that we bring digital to the 75% of workers – 2.7 billion globally – who are part of the front-line workforce. Knowledge workers have tools like Microsoft Office, Zoom, and others that work great on a computer screen – but not on the plant floor. Front-line workers need a way to collaborate, publish, and share ‘how-to’ digital data and content mapped onto the real world rather than a computer screen – and that’s the very definition of augmented reality. AR is essentially the front-line equivalent of those tools on which knowledge workers rely so heavily.”

Blake Moret, Chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation, also commented, “Manufacturers around the world are seeking integrated approaches to digital connectivity and automation controls to unlock unprecedented operational productivity, bring their products to market faster, and increase asset utilization while lowering risk. Our connected enterprise vision embraces practical approaches that make these concepts real. Including working collaboratively, as we have in this case with Harpak-ULMA and PTC, helps more producers leverage innovative technologies to deliver tangible improvements in production operations. Together, we’re combining our strengths to bring a more connected enterprise to life.”

@HarpakULMA @ROKAutomation #Packaging #PAuto #AR 

Tuesday 27 October 2020

Faster and simpler connectivity couplings.

Eaton has expanded its fluid conveyance portfolio with a new Multiplate system for its Flat Face (FF) Series Quick Disconnect Couplings. The new offering enables more compact, powerful and fuel-efficient machines in industries like agriculture, construction and commercial transport.

The innovative Multiplate system supports two to six FF Quick Disconnect Couplings simultaneously and makes connectivity both faster and simpler during assembly and maintenance. Its compact design offers manufacturers greater design flexibility and allows for the creation of smaller, lighter and highly energy-efficient machines. Manufacturers can benefit from the system`s optimized weight, and the ability to easily move attachments and create connections in the field. Simple assembly, installation and maintenance is further supported by an internal mechanism that lowers the force to connect by 40 percent and the ability to integrate Eaton’s Flat Face Series Disconnect couplings.

“Our new Multiplate system enhances all the benefits of our market-leading FF Series Quick Disconnect Couplings,” said Christian Kuenstel, product manager, Connectors, EMEA, Eaton. “With many industries seeing growing demand for more compact and powerful machines, our innovative system enables greater flexibility in machine design, as well as ease-of-use for operators and outstanding reliability and corrosion resistance. Our wide range of customization options can meet the needs of just about any application, with the added peace of mind that comes from our global footprint, comprehensive supporting services and broad fluid conveyance portfolio.”

Currently, Eaton’s FF series support 60 percent higher working pressures and up to 74 percent higher flow rates compared to ISO 16028 standards, which result in lower energy loss and optimized fuel consumption. The new Multiplate system further maximizes machines performance, and also enhances machine reliability and safety by eliminating the risk of crossed lines.

The Multiplate system is made with Eaton’s eco-friendly and nickel-free Guardian Seal™ coating, which comes standard on the Quick Disconnect Couplings in the system’s fixed and movable plate. This coating enables up to 1,000 hours of corrosion resistance even in the harshest environments. The Multiplate system’s fixed plate, moving plate and handle also come in anodized aluminum to ensure longevity.

Cleanliness is another crucial factor to the performance and operational lifetime of hydraulic systems. When using Eaton’s connect-under-pressure plug, FF Quick Disconnect couplings can be connected at up to 350 bar residual pressure without leaking or taking in air and contaminants. This enables faster maintenance by not requiring the time or specialized tools needed to depressurize the entire system. Eaton’s Multiplate system further reduces the risk of contamination thanks to an integrated sealing band between the plates and a dust cap that automatically closes when couplings are disconnected. Designed to be highly customizable, Eaton’s Multiplate system also offers optional electrical connectors, specialized couplings for water or air and flat face couplings in alternative materials.

@eatoncorp @NapierPR #PAuto #Transport #Agriculture

Protocol for security.

The cryptography working group within the IETF standards organization (Internet Engineering Task Force) has chosen the Endress+Hauser-developed CPace protocol as a recommended method for use in internet standards. After undergoing extensive security analyses, the CPace protocol emerged as the winner in a competition among submissions from developers at several well-known companies. (See glossary below!)

Dr Björn Haase
Secure access to field instruments is of the highest priority for operators across all branches of the process industry. Modern plants contain hundreds or thousands of measurement and control instruments that must be accessed remotely with growing frequency. These field instruments also have to be installed, monitored or serviced on a regular basis. Secure password-based user authentication plays a special role today, especially when devices with digital interfaces are involved.

“We had to look internally to find a solution for establishing secure connections to the instruments. Previously available secure methods could not be used because of the limited processing power and storage capacity of field instruments. Password verification would have meant a login delay of two minutes or more,” explains Dr Björn Haase, head of the project at Endress+Hauser.

In order to utilize Bluetooth communications technology in industrial environments, security experts at Endress+Hauser identified a need for additional protection. The result was the development of a solution called CPace, which belongs to the class of PAKE (password-authenticated key exchange) methods. Among other things, PAKE technology is used with the German electronic ID cards as a means of largely decoupling the cryptographic security level from the length of the password. 

The advantage of CPace is that the processing power of even the smallest of field instruments is sufficient to provide devices, and the industrial systems, with the best level of protection against cyberattacks. CPace also enjoys a high degree of acceptance among users as the desired level of security can be achieved without relying on long passwords.

The security of the PAKE-based solution with Bluetooth technology from Endress+Hauser was previously verified in 2016 as part of an analysis by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security (AISEC). The institute classified the protection level of the Endress+Hauser security layer, the core component of which is recommended for use in internet environments, as ‘high’.

Glossary - terms:
Password-authenticated key exchange refers to a group of protocols that verify access authentication passwords without enabling hackers to mount so-called offline attacks against passwords with hacker tools.

The PACE protocol (password-authenticated connection establishment) is a password-based authentication and encryption method developed by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) for use with the new German ID card.

Composable password-authenticated connection establishment refers to an Endress+Hauser-based enhancement of the BSI PACE protocol that adapts the PACE approach to the limited resources of small field instruments.

@Endress_Hauser @Endress_UK @Endress_US @ietf #PAuto #Cybersecurity

Monday 26 October 2020

High reliability fast beam-steering mirror control systems.

Kaman Precision Products' recently launched high-reliability version of its fast beam-steering mirror measurement system is now available with full support from Ixthus Instrumentation. The upgraded KD-5100+ enables high-precision position feedback for control systems used in mirror steering and scanning tasks for laser communications on satellites and ground stations, airborne and shipborne directed energy systems and image stabilisation systems.

Typical inductive sensor configurations used with the KD-5100+ include Kaman’s 15N or 20N series offering non contacting measurement ranges of +/- 0.9 mm and +/- 1.9 mm respectively. Arranged in precisely matched pairs on the X and Y mirror axes with each pair acting as a balanced bridge circuit on either side of the mirror, these sensors detect the differential distance as the mirror rotates about its pivot, providing an output voltage from the KD5100+ which is proportional to the mirror’s angular displacement. The resulting resolution and precision for each axis is in the sub-micro radian range - providing the means for exceptional accuracy.

The KD5100+ measurement system features an operating temperature range of -20°C to +60°C (sensors are -52°C to +105°C) with excellent thermal and long term stability in a small and easily installed package size. The highly durable measurement system is designed for long trouble-free operational life for maximum high-reliability usage.

The upgraded KD5011+ features an identical Mil-PRF-38534 Class H proprietary hybrid microcircuit as the KD5100 ‘standard’ version with the addition of high-rel diodes and capacitors plus an upgraded aerospace specification for circuit layout, ground connections and sensor connectors. The KD5100 is already providing nanometre level precision for control systems used, for example, in laser focussing for micro-column architecture in semiconductor wafer manufacture as well as precision long-range telescope positioning and many other applications were differential inductive measurement is contributing to an advance in precision measurement technology.

Throughout ISO 9001-200 certified Kaman’s comprehensive range of sensors and measurement systems, customisation is available for application areas as diverse as cryogenics, high-vacuum, radiation tolerance or other severe environment position measurement tasks across all types of industry and research settings. A lower cost industrial specification version for fast beam steering mirror position control, utilising inductive eddy current sensors, is also available as the Kaman DIT-5200. Ixthus Instrumentation provide complete service from the first enquiry to delivery and after sales support for Kaman’s specialised range of products.

• Bolstering its commitment for aerospace related applications across its wide range of inductive sensors and measurement systems, Kaman recently took affiliate membership with the Satellite Industry Association (SIA) – the USA based organisation that provides support and representation for operators, service providers and equipment suppliers for the commercial satellite industry.

@IxthusInst @KamanSensors @mepaxIntPR #PAuto #Transportation

Friday 23 October 2020

Detachable screen puts gas data where it matters … … in your hands.

The technology development team at Signal Group have announced the launch of a market leading innovation for its Series IV gas analysers – a completely detachable screen. 

“We noticed that it was either inconvenient or impossible for many of our customers to be physically next to their analysers in order to view displayed readings and to conduct some of the main management activities,”
comments Signal MD James Clements. “So we developed a removable touchpad display screen, which, we believe, is a first in the gas monitoring market.

“These screens are rugged with an IP67 rating, which means that they can even be used outdoors. Typically, customers will find them useful when it is necessary to install the analyser in a location with difficult access – such as: in an ATEX enclosure; in vehicle exhaust gas test cells; with a raised gantry on a stack; in a combustion test rig, or on any site where the location of analysis is not an ideal or safe working space.”

The new screen connects wirelessly to the analyser via an inbuilt 802.11 wifi which can connect up to 50 metres away. This provides users with the ability to view live data in a different location, and even manage data logging, alarms and calibration. 

In addition to wireless connectivity between the analyser and the display, all Series IV instruments have their own IP address, and are compatible with 3G, 4G, GPRS, Bluetooth, Wifi and satellite communications. This provides users with simple and secure access to their analysers at any time, from anywhere.

The new removable screens will be supplied as standard on all new orders for the Series IV gas analysers, which includes the QUASAR, PULSAR, AURORA and SOLAR models, and James says: “Customers will be pleased to learn that all of this new functionality comes at no extra cost!”

@GasAnalysers @_Enviro_News #PAuto

Thursday 22 October 2020

Easier remote access to machine data.

Ewon® DataMailbox, a secure freemium cloud-based solution allowing machine builders and factory owners to easily access data from their machines anywhere in the world has been launched by  HMS Networks . It is an online data buffer that enables easy retrieval of data from machines. It is a part of the Ewon Talk2M cloud service.

“In a time when it is risky and expensive to allow people into factories, it is our duty to provide customers with an easy, secure and scalable solution to collect data from several sites, allowing users to improve their efficiency”, 
says Francis Vander Ghinst, General Manager of HMS’s Business Unit Ewon.

The Ewon routers Cosy and Flexy connect to a remote machine and send data via Ethernet or cellular connection to the Talk2M cloud. The DataMailbox is a part of Talk2M allowing application developers to easily retrieve historical data from multiple Ewon gateways using a simple API call.

Customers can collect data from multiple machines anywhere in the world in a highly secure process in order to analyze this data at their convenience. This allows for big data analytics and dashboards for predictive maintenance and operational intelligence.

It is possible to set up a data connection in a couple of hours, no matter how complex the IT environment is, and also scale up when necessary. Users can add machines to the process in a couple of clicks.

With the DataMailbox as a data buffer, users will avoid losing data, no matter how many sites they are collecting from as data is automatically stored and forwarded if the internet connection is down.

Users also always have access to a clean historical dataset for analytics applications.

The DataMailbox is a freemium service within the Ewon Talk2M cloud, meaning that customers can utilize it for free for an unlimited time. By moving to the Pro version, customers get covered by a unique Service Level Agreement and can process even more data.

The Freemium approach and ease of access in no way compromises the security as Ewon solutions are trendsetters in cybersecurity.

By adding this innovative service to its range of hardware, Ewon proposes an easy and scalable integrated solution to collect and process data from an unlimited number of sites, allowing customers to increase their efficiency.

To help customers maximize the power of their data, Ewon has established a robust ecosystem of 2000 experienced partners, ready to quickly create efficient and integrated solutions based upon customer needs.

@ewonrouters @hmsnetworks @mepaxIntPR #PAuto 

MES partnership agreed.

Enlight Technology Co., Ltd. has partnered with Aegis to resell FactoryLogix® software in Taiwan, extending Enlight’s solution portfolio from its focus on design and PLM to manufacturing operations in both the factory office and the factory floor.

Dennis Su, General Manager of Enlight Technology Co. Ltd. stated, "We are very excited to include Aegis’ solution as part of our offering to our customers in Taiwan, with the leading-edge Industry 4.0 intelligent factory solutions they require to achieve higher productivity, quality, and faster time to value. With the PCBA design, DFM, and analysis solutions we presently offer, FactoryLogix serves as a natural complement to rapidly transform ECAD/CAD data into superior data preparation, intelligent documentation, and configurable build processes in the Digital Manufacturing Engineering (DME) solution module. Additionally, FactoryLogix MES further enables our customers to manage their manufacturing operations on a single platform and serves as an essential system alongside their ERP and PLM platforms.”   

Bob Miklosey, Managing Director Asia, of Aegis Software stated, “Aegis is fortunate to be working with Enlight, whose experienced team can introduce our powerful, best-in-class solution to manufacturers of all types throughout Taiwan. We look forward to making their customers’ factory operations more agile, responsive, smarter, and connected to humans and machines equally.” 

@FactoryLogix #ENLIGHT #Pauto #MES #Taiwan

MEMS Capacitive Accelerometers.

The Model 2422 Series from Silicon Designs, offers low-noise, low-voltage (5 VDC) and low-cost acceleration and vibration sensing within zero-to-medium frequency instrumentation applications. 

Series models are available in eight standard ranges, from ±2 g to ±400 g. They are further offered with choice of either a ±4V differential or 0.5V to 4.5V single ended output. Series modules can reliably measure and respond to both DC and AC acceleration (0 Hz to more than 3000 Hz). Their robust design seamlessly combines both a micro-machined capacitive sense element together with a custom integrated circuit. Series internals are packaged within a lightweight, epoxy sealed, and rugged anodized aluminum case, further terminating in a 3-foot integral shielded cable. Units are relatively insensitive to temperature changes and gradients over a range of -55°C to +125°C.

The low-noise internal MEMS capacitive sense element contained within the Model 2422 Series is 100% designed and manufactured at Silicon Designs global corporate headquarters and R&D centre. As the OEM of its own MEMS capacitive sense elements, Silicon Designs is able to carefully regulate its own R&D and manufacturing processes, thereby ensuring that each Model 2422 Series module is manufactured to be virtually identical within any given g-range. It also allows Silicon Designs to offer a standard product range with both long-term stability and enhanced bias and scale factor over temperature performance specifications that are unmatched. All Silicon Designs MEMS capacitive accelerometers are in-house tested, programmed, calibrated, and verified to ensure their utmost measurement accuracy and reliability. They are also fully serialized for traceability before shipment.

In addition to its Model 2422 Series, Silicon Designs offers a specialty hermetic model variation, the 2422H Series, also as standard product. The Model 2422H Series incorporates all of the same low-noise, high-performance internal components as its non-hermetic counterpart, with the additions of enhanced temperature compensation; a rugged, IP67 rated, hermetically sealed lightweight titanium housing; and IP61 rated connector. These added features afford the accelerometer module added protection from moisture, dust, corrosion, and contaminants, all of which can affect measurement integrity. Other standard and custom accelerometer design modifications are available upon request. Please consult the factory for details.

The Model 2422 Series is ideal for the support of a variety of in-laboratory zero-to-medium frequency instrumentation requirements in automotive, aerospace, industrial, power generation, and test and measurement, and particularly, where low-noise, a +5 VDC regulated power supply, and long-term stability are needed.

#SiliconDesigns #PAuto 

USB 3.0 improvement on USB 2.0.

The advantages of USB 3.0 technology compared to USB 2.0 in terms of transfer rates of up to 5 Gigabit leads to a significantly higher demand for this type of transfer method. The growing demand for universal interfaces connected by the way of USB cable and connector allows for the development and use of devices to be connected to most peripheral devices for simplicity and clearer imagery, especially in the field of real-time imaging for medical applications that require brilliant clear images.

"The precision of the manufacturing processes and the selection of impedance-relevant materials have a considerable influence on the transmission characteristics", says Marc Gerlatzek, product manager for the medical technology division at SAB Bröckskes GmbH & Co KG"Through targeted signal integrity engineering and comparison with our documented empirical values from a large number of measurements, we ensure homogeneous transmission values over the entire cable length."

When designing USB 3.0 cable there are several challenges to consider for optimum performance and application compatibility. For example, for medical applications USB 3.0 cables should be lightweight, very flexible without memory effect to avoid kinking or craning. In addition, the cable should be autoclavable and flexible enough to be used with hand held devices. In order to ensure these characteristics, the choice of raw materials and manufacturing processes must be precisely coordinated. 

Asymmetries in cable can quickly lead to interferences due to differences in propagation time and signal radiation, while large process tolerances lead to mismatching and reflections. As a consequence, this can lead to transmission losses, distortion of the signal, runtime and data errors and ultimately to reduced image quality.

Length-dependent factors such as "voltage drop" or attenuation are limiting factors. Cable cross sections for increased power transmission are just as much a part of the requirement profile as are tolerated outer diameters.

In order to create or customize customer-specific specifications the cable specialist from Viersen rely on close customer contact. Once custom cable solutions are agreed upon cable manufacturers should guarantee exclusive manufacturing to dedicated production lines otherwise knowns as serial production to ensure from prototyping to mass production the manufactured process is controlled with no variances from separate production batches. Custom Cables with production minimums as low as 100 meters can be tested under real time conditions which enhances the experience between  customers and SAB specialists therefore addressing improvements and continuous success.

 @SAB_Broeckskes #Medical #Pauto

Basic circuit components.

BEC Distribution has announced the availability of new ranges of basic circuit components which combine cost-effectiveness with high quality and short lead times. The initial product ranges include RJ45 Ethernet connectors, PCB blocks and 1000Base-T magnetics. More ranges will follow.

Sourced from many established manufacturers around the globe, the components offer high-quality, very cost-effective alternatives to market-leading brands, often at less than half the price. 

Quality has not been sacrificed. Quite the reverse in fact - for example, error-reduction designs have been utilised in the components. Many products feature gold-plated contacts and robust, rugged designs, ensuring long life.

The products cover RJ45 Ethernet connector terminal blocks, 2-4 ports; PCB terminal blocks, sockets and plugs; and 1000Base-T Magnetics Modules supporting 1:1 Turns Ratio Transceivers, IEEE802.3 Compliant.

From a commercial perspective, short delivery times of 2-3 weeks are offered, with many products ex-stock. Low MOQs of just 10 pcs are also offered on many products. The policy of sourcing from many different countries around the world ensures continuity of supply without compromising quality.

BEC is also a franchised distributor of resistors, inductors, coils, chokes, power supplies, LAN Magnetics and Transforms. 

@BECDistribution #PAuto #Electronics

Wednesday 21 October 2020

Narrow feed through connectors.

The new SLIMS FeedThrough Connector range has been announced by Cliff Electronics. Offering a more compact alternative to their very popular 26mm wide XLR form factor product range, the new SLIMS connectors are just 19mm wide allowing up to 20 to be mounted in a 1U, 19” rack panel, rather than just 16 of the existing XLR design with cut out dimensions of 17.15mm (0.675in) x 22.86mm (0.9in) with mounting hole centres of 29mm.

The narrow form factor is widely used by audio, broadcast and communications manufacturers in the USA and becoming more popular in Europe for increasing panel density and for products being exported to North America.

“North America is the largest market for audio, broadcast and entertainment systems and has many data and industrial control system manufacturers.” Says John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics.  Our new SLIMS FeedThrough connectors will not only grow our component sales in the USA but will also be welcomed by other system builders selling their products there.”

Their first SLIMS versions to be made available are the widely used data connector types RJ45, HDMI and USB 2 and 3. Mounted in a black plastic shell the new SLIMS connectors may be mounted to the front or rear of control panels, have assembly options of 3.2mm plain holes, countersunk holes or 2.5mm plain self-tap holes. The mounting holes are on the central vertical axis of the connector.

Cliff’s FeedThrough connectors allow standard, off the shelf, connecting cables to be used for internal connectivity, simplifying and speeding up system assembly and facilitating easy repurposing of equipment.

Leaders in the design and manufacture of FeedThrough connectors, Cliff’s wide range of XLR form factor types allows designers to integrate audio, video, digital, optical, networking and data feeds into professional equipment for broadcast (studio and mobile), lighting, audio, medical diagnostic and treatment equipment, PoE and industrial applications, instrumentation and control connectivity.

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

#CliffElectronic #PAuto #Audio 

Don’t Look at the Sun—Look at the Data!

Seeq Corporation has released a new success story bylined by their customer DEPCOM Power and system integrator Vertech. Titled “Don’t Look at the Sun—Look at the Data,” the story shows how DEPCOM, based in Scottsdale (AZ USA), uses Seeq to improve operating efficiency and optimize maintenance across multiple solar generation sites. The story further describes how DEPCOM Power found a better way to create insights from the wealth of data sourced from multiple solar generation sites. 

At DEPCOM, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, and historians were already providing extensive weather, power controller, and position tracking data and automation. The performance engineering team had invested years of effort creating and fine-tuning spreadsheets to view and analyze this data, both live and historical.

But the spreadsheets became enormous, making this approach burdensome in practice and difficult for collaboration, and introduced delays and the possibility of user error. DEPCOM desperately needed to efficiently apply their deep expertise.

Realizing there must be a better way, DEPCOM engaged Vertech, a systems integrator based in Phoenix AZ, to develop a solution based on Seeq’s Server, Workbench, and Organizer applications. Seeq empower engineers and subject matter experts to rapidly investigate, collaborate, and share insights to improve operations and business outcomes.

Seeq was selected for its abilities to:

  • Connect with most any type of historian
  • Work well with time-series process data
  • Cost-effectively be procured, installed, run, and maintained
  • Scale for any size application
  • Flexibly enable users to configure, run, and report on varying assets

 An architecture consisting of a centralized enterprise “hub” and many local site “spokes” was quickly established, and Seeq was linked to Canary Labs historians. Seeq connected to and indexed the source data for best fidelity—never moving, copying, or transforming the data. Modular and hierarchical asset tree model structures matched the available data with the physical world in a logical way, aiding with identification, deployment, and re-use of configurations.

Analyses and dashboard displays were readily arranged to evaluate operations against industry-standard benchmarks and calculations including expected performance level, instantaneous generation, and other energy key performance indicators. Users can delve into the details and share their investigations as they develop insights.

Seeq has been instrumental for empowering DEPCOM’s experts to apply their expertise and provide timely reports to their solar site clients for optimizing operations, while freeing up performance engineers to work on other tasks.

@SeeqCorporation @VerTalk @DepcomPower #PAuto #PLC #Solar USA

Contract for Caspian oilfield automation awarded.

A $14 million contract to provide automation technologies for the new Azeri Central East offshore platform in the Caspian Sea has been awarded to Emerson, the latest development in the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli oilfield.  Emerson will serve as the main automation contractor, providing its Project Certainty methodologies and digital technologies that transform capital project execution to help BP bring this fast-track project onstream in 2023.

“This latest project builds on the successful collaboration between BP and Emerson on the West Chirag and Shah Deniz Stage 2 developments,” said Jim Nyquist, group president for Emerson’s systems and software business. “Our extensive experience helping organisations achieve capital project success has enabled us to become a trusted partner to digitally transform mega projects such as Azeri Central East.”

Digital twin solutions and cloud engineering services, part of Emerson’s Project Certainty methodologies, will help accelerate project execution. Emerson’s digital twin solution enables virtual testing and system integration while the platform is being built and provides a simulated environment for platform operators to train, helping ensure a safe, smooth start-up and ongoing operational excellence. Cloud engineering reduces engineering costs and time by enabling global teams to collaborate and engineer in parallel, regardless of location.

Emerson will apply its portfolio of automation software and services to help BP achieve greater production and safe operations. This includes Emerson’s DeltaV™ automation system that controls critical safety functions in addition to wellhead production, drilling and the transfer of oil and gas to the onshore Sangachal Terminal.

Automation technologies also anticipate safety risks and enable remote monitoring, which reduces exposure of people and extends intervals between major maintenance turnarounds. Wired and wireless networks will connect more than 1,000 Emerson measurement instruments to monitor pressure, flow, temperature and pipework corrosion. Emerson will also provide all critical control, emergency shutdown and isolation valves, connected by its digital positioning technology.

@EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis #PAuto #Oil #Azerbaijan

Tuesday 20 October 2020

Industrial Partnership network quintupled.

The SPE Industrial Partner Network has more than quintupled the number of its members within the first year. The seven founding members have now grown to 37 members since the SPS Fair in November 2019. Each company on its own is a technology leader and specialist in the various fields needed to strengthen and complete the SPE Ecosystem. The common unifying basis is the international standardization for SPE infrastructure according to IEC 63171-6 as well as IEC 11801-x, IEEE 802.3 to which all members refer.

SPE Pioneer Summit 2020!
From 3-4 November, the SPE Industrial Partner Network will host the SPE Pioneer Summit 2020, where leading SPE pioneers and experts will show through tech-talks, panel discussions and webinars how SPE can bring companies into the Industrie 4.0 age.

The seven founding members of the SPE Industrial Partner Network e.V., who joined together to form the SPS in November 2019 in order to successfully establish the SPE technology on the market, have already become 37 member companies before their first birthday in 2020. A success of which the network is very proud. "37 members - this is an outstanding success, which shows us that we have done some things right", says Frank Welzel, chairman of the SPE Industrial Partner Network e.V. "Our holistic approach of a comprehensive SPE ecosystem, which connects all necessary manufacturers, applications, standards and components, meets the confidence of the companies as well as the fixed form of the network as a registered association. It is always important for us to emphasize this point. We are not, like other SPE interest groups, just a collection of companies that pay lip service to each other. We are a fixed network in which each member represents rights, duties and expertise. Thus, within the first year, an active association culture has already developed in the two working groups Marketing and Technology. Our experts maintain an active exchange of knowledge across company boundaries, bring the first applications to the market and drive the further development and dissemination of SPE".

The SPE Industrial Partner Network unites large and small companies and brings together expertise from the fields of automation technology, connection technology, cabling, sensor technology, microchips, magnetics, test equipment, device construction and IIoT solutions, to name but a few. At the centre of all efforts is the Single Pair Ethernet technology, which transmits Ethernet over just one pair of twisted copper wires. This technology is one of the most important steps on the way to continuous data cabling from the cloud to sensors at field level. This makes SPE one of the most important drivers for IIoT.

@mepaxIntPR #PAuto #SPE

How to Streamline Complex Natural Gas Analysis and Reduce Costs.

Current gas quality measurement requirements are driving the need for analysis of both sulfur compounds and natural gas composition in pipeline and gas processing applications using a gas chromatograph (GC). Conventional air-bath oven GCs capable of supporting these measurements are expensive, complex large platforms unsuitable for field-installation without elaborate analyser shelters, adding significant capital and operating costs. 

This white paper from Emerson explores the industry’s first field-mountable, transmitter-style gas chromatograph capable of providing measurement of sulfur compounds and energy content of natural gas in a single, compact explosion-proof analyzer, reducing cost and footprint.

#PAuto @EMR_Automation @Rosemount_News 

First charge amplifier with IO-Link.

A new flexible, miniature charge amplifier with IO-Link, a world first from Kistler, complies with industrial communications networking standard (IEC 61131-9) and combines analogue and digital communication technology to pave the way for Industry 4.0. The new charge amp is ideal for applications over a wide range of industry sectors, including robotics, packaging, food and beverage, as well as OEM’s. Its small size L 38mm x W 25mm x H 31.4mm including the output connections and its low weight of only 30g means that the amplifier can be installed where space is at a premium, such as robotic heads and other moving parts.

The 5028A charge amplifier is the first of its type to use IO-Link technology where analogue output signals from piezoelectric sensors sends digital communications data. The new amp delivers digital data that is resistant to interference from disturbance variables and end-to-end communication all the way through to sensor level. IO-Link technology opens the way to highly reliable, predictive maintenance allowing maintenance tasks to be initiated automatically when data is regularly outside a setpoint range. 

When the IO-Link component is replaced, the new parameters are transferred automatically.

By incorporating a digital interface into the 5028A charge amplifier, Kistler is taking another step towards the fully networked factory in keeping with the goals of Industry 4.0. Users receive reliable data for immediate process evaluation as the raw analogue signal is digitized in the amplifier. The disturbance variables that occur in conventional analogue systems due to inductive or capacitive couplings are avoided and the need for complex and costly individual cabling for analogue and control signals is eliminated. The charge amp is equally suitable for use as an analogue charge amplifier with reset/operate input, it delivers proven performance for controlling fast processes with low latency and jitter. The 5028A charge amplifier is the world's first amplifier for measurement data from piezoelectric sensors with communication based on IO-Link. This device will fit easily into almost any industrial application that calls for small, lightweight components and simple solutions.

As well as its extended functional scope, the 5028A charge amplifier offers customers another decisive benefit;: the interfaces with the upstream sensor as well as the customer's downstream system are compliant with industrial standards. This means that the charge amplifier can be integrated into any existing network that supports IO-Link. This advantage guarantees easy, cost-efficient installation – and users can be sure that data is transmitted reliably and securely. Kistler is thus taking another step towards the harmonization of proprietary connector types according to commonly used standards making the products easier to use. Even on the smallest of Kistler's amplifiers, customers themselves can now adjust the settings in line with their own requirements. This innovation is Kistler's response to an industry-wide trend for more flexible use of components in different systems.

Much valuable space can be saved thanks to the compact dimensions of the 5028A charge amplifier, which can easily be positioned on robot heads or other moving parts. The new device can be used generally in mechanical engineering applications and is also suitable for sectors such as medical technology, because it allows verification of changes to settings at any time. This product's favorable cost-to-benefit ratio underscores the economic advantages of IO-Link technology – an aspect that is also highlighted by the IO-Link Consortium.

#Kestler #PAuto 

Monday 19 October 2020

Strain measurement resource website.

The new BSSM website is now live! 

Packed with useful features and resources, visitors to the British Society for Strain Measurement (BSSM) site may book events and training courses, look through event archives, learn about their corporate members, 'Ask an Expert' and much, much more. 

Details of their offer for early career development may be accessed also and registration for conference and other additional upcoming features such as their Strain Resource Centre.

@BSSMStrain #PAuto 

Position sensor range expanded.

Recently announced by Novotechnik and available through their distribution partner Variohm EuroSensor, LWG series linear position sensors are now available in six additional standard measurement lengths. Adding increased flexibility for closed loop position feedback and other precision measurement tasks in industrial automation, mobile machinery, high-speed robotics and more, the well proven LWG series now has twenty specifiable measurement ranges from 50 mm to 750 mm with a choice of 4-pin M12 connector or flying lead electrical connection. 

LWG series linear position sensors feature a durable conductive plastic resistance element and elastomer-damped multi-finger wiper system with precious metal brushes for a highly repeatable and precise potentiometric output. The rod and cylinder design is easily mounted via rod end bearings with a typical and generous pivot angle of +/- 12.5 degrees. 

The robust sealed aluminium housing protects the sensor and supports the stainless steel rod with twin slide bearings and lip seal providing IP65 protection (IP67 is available on the heavy duty LWX version). The LWG sensor provides position output with a typical resolution of better than 0.01 mm and independent linearity up to 0.05 % of full scale for the 750 mm version. Its absolute measurement principle suits control tasks where a reference position is required on power-up – with no homing required and no fear of position loss when re-starting after power loss. 

With a temperature range from -30 ⁰C to +100 ⁰C, and with a generous shock rating of 50 g and vibration to 9 g at 2000 Hz, the LWG linear position boasts an operational life of more than 50 million movements. Accessories include IP67 rated M12 connectors, output displays and a choice of signal conditioners for panel and Din-rail mounting.

@Variohm @NovotechnikUS #Pauto 

OTA testing with 5G.

Just launched is Anritsu's newly developed DUT Holder MA8179A-AK011 to increase the usability of its CATR Anechoic Chamber, the MA8172A.

The MA8179A-AK011 is a compact jig that allows the MA8172A to support the DUT (Device Under Test, e.g. smartphone or tablet), in the positions and orientations specified by the 3GPP Alignment Option 1/2/3. Additionally, it both satisfies the Quality of Quiet Zone recommendation for the 3GPP RF/RRM Conformance Test, as well as simplifying test-terminal mounting/dismounting in the test chamber compared to earlier jig designs. The accuracy of the mounting enhances measurement and positional reproducibility.

5G mmWave (FR2) services are expected to become gradually more widespread, especially in developed economies, such as N. America and Japan. This will lead to more development and certification testing of 5G mmWave terminals.

mmWave terminals must be tested in an OTA environment, but, due to the mmWave and OTA characteristics, obtaining reproducible test results is difficult unless the test terminal is mounted in the test equipment at exactly the same position each time. As a result, not only must terminal mounting and dismounting be easy, a highly reproducible mounting position is also key to obtaining good measurement results. Moreover, accurate results can only be obtained if the best Alignment Option can be selected according to the terminal design and in particular the mmWave antenna position. The DUT Holder MA8179A-AK011 meets these requirements in a single product and facilitates the introduction of mmWave terminals to the market.

The DUT Holder MA8179A-AK011 is built into the CATR Anechoic Chamber MA8172A, which meets the 3GPP RF/RRM Conformance Test recommendations, as a fixed jig for test terminals and is mounted on the Positioner MA8179A to auto-control the test-terminal position.

Designed  specifically for the Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A / New Radio RF Conformance Test System ME7873NR, the OTA chamber has excellent compatibility with 5G mmWave test equipment.

@AnritsuEMEA @anritsu @NapierPR #TandM #5G

Precision acoustic imager.

 The new Fluke™ ii910 Precision Acoustic Imager uniquely enables the detection of corona and partial discharge from a safe distance of up to 120 metres. Teams can operate safely, minimise the risk of fires and help reduce outages. It also offers greater sensitivity to detect compressed air, gas, and vacuum system leaks, again reducing potentially costly downtime. 

The handheld operation of the rugged Fluke ii910 means problems can be identified from a safe distance without the need for cumbersome cords or accessories. Its intuitive operation means no training is required – it is simple to learn and easy to use. Electrical discharge detection or leak checking can be carried out as part of a regular maintenance routine, the handheld imager enabling users to quickly, and visually, pinpoint the location of faults from a safe distance and record data for later analysis. Even small, low-pressure or low-density leaks are now detected easily. The straightforward, intuitive interface allows technicians to isolate the sound frequency of the leak and filter out background noise in even the noisiest environments. The ii910 provides video recording of up to 5 minutes and has a battery life of at least 6 hours.

The seven-inch LCD touchscreen overlays a SoundMap™ on a visual image, for rapid identification of discharge or leaks between frequencies of 2-100kHz. The array of integral microphones converts ultrasound signals into clear visual images on the backlit touchscreen. Captured data can be transferred via an integral USB socket direct to a PC. From here the data can be uploaded to the Machine Learning PDQ Mode™ Reporting Platform. This will provide the most important partial discharge insights, including partial discharge type identification, indicating the relative severity of discharges and hence prioritising their repairs. LeakQ™ reporting software enables the prioritisation of leak fixing. 

Fluke’s innovative SoundSight™ technology now enables corona and partial discharge to be easily located with the ii910. Aimed at technicians working with high voltages in power generation and transmission and with industrial high voltage equipment, the Fluke ii910 provides more sophisticated detection than standard ultrasonic tools while offering the visual performance of more expensive UV cameras. It detects, locates and provides visual reporting and severity assessment of corona and partial discharges. 

Technicians in production locations can isolate the sound frequency of air, gas or vacuum leaks and filter out background noise in even the noisiest environments. Industrial maintenance technicians can identify leaks at a safe distance considerably faster than using traditional diagnostic methods even during peak production periods.

@FlukeCorp @FlukeCal #TandM #PAuto 

Friday 16 October 2020

Sensors in water and wastewater.

IoT solutions are found in every single industry. Homeowners, for example, can use a range of internet-connected devices to help them monitor their home, to have updates on gas or electricity usage, and plan accordingly. Water companies are catching up, with many now putting smart meters into customer homes, to help them better monitor their water usage. The  report includes market forecasts, player profiles, investments, and comprehensive company lists. This report is an essential read for those looking for a deep understanding of the use of sensors in the water and wastewater industries.

But could these utility companies do more? In short, yes, they could, and they should. The technology exists, it just needs to be implemented into their systems. The technology to track leaks, identify pollutants, and monitor water treatment processes is available across many applications. However, many companies are slow to adopt this new innovative technology. In their new report "Sensors in the Water and Wastewater Treatment Industries 2020-2030", IDTechEx aims to give users a deep understanding of the market, where the sensors can be used, and a holistic overview of how sensors can be implemented in water and wastewater markets.

It is possible with technology to better predict how people use water and monitor its quality. This technology currently exists. For example, manufacturing industries such as semi-conductor manufacturing monitor water for trace metals. The same sensors can be in a water network pipe. Furthermore, these methods of sensor detection have been shown to work. Companies such as Suez have implemented smart water meters to track user's water consumption in some locations in France, providing them with a better understanding of how the users consume water, and more importantly, when. IDTechEx research predicts that in the water pipe network alone, the industry of sensors will grow to over  €3bn ($3.5bn) by 2030. This area is a growing industry, and it is at the forefront of the Smart Cities and IoT technology areas.

Data brings understanding and understanding brings better management of a system. Collecting data on the flow in water pipes allows companies to quickly identify regions where there is an increase in demand, and as a result, lower pressure in the pipes. Utility companies can correlate their use age data with current events. They can then answer questions such as: On average, how much water is used per day in a heatwave? Who uses the most water? What times of the day is the network strained? 

There are many different properties and measurements recorded in a water supply or a wastewater network, including the following:
  • Pressure Measurements (static, stagnation, head)
  • Flow levels (depth, pressure, velocity)
  • Flow meters (velocity)
  • Acoustic emission (leakage)
  • Temperature measurements −
  • Chemical measurements (Ph, trace metals e.t.c)
Their research has covered and analysed all these different types of measurement sensors in the report.
There are many players in the water and wastewater industries. The figure below shows some of those mentioned in the report.

The need is, therefore, creating a smart water network, but it will only happen with investment. IDTechEx Research predicts there will be a change in regulation in 5-10 years. This change will push for smarter sensor-based networks. Moreover, the benefits of these systems will pay off any investment, providing a more efficient, safe, and monitored network.

As an emerging technology, digitising and adding sensors to the water and wastewater networks may have both benefits and hindrances. Hindrance, as companies may not wish to spend large sums on new sensors, pipes, or technology, and the barriers for entry into the water and wastewater networks are already high.
The benefit of adopting sensors into the networks outweigh these barriers. There is a real need for remote monitoring. Monitoring removes the need for maintenance staff to check pipes as regularly, or to collect samples for lab monitoring. It speeds up the identification of pollution events reduces fines incurred by the water companies. It improves the efficiency of the treatment plants. It provides a better service for customers. A steep investment, but the dividends pay off for many years to come.
@IDTechEx #Water #Wastewater 

VA meter switch.

Krohne's variable area (VA) flowmeters DK46/47/48/800 with glass tube are now available with SIL 2 compliance. They are the first and currently the only SIL 2 glass tube purgemeters on the market.

The SIL option is applicable for devices with stainless steel or brass process connections with bistable NAMUR limit switches and junction box. It can be combined with ATEX certifications and also applies to VA flow controllers with individual probability of failures.

Typical applications for the SIL 2 glass tube flowmeters are sample flow monitoring for process analyser systems, gas or liquid supply monitoring for mechanical sealing systems, purging monitoring for measuring systems (e.g. dP flow measurement), or nitrogen inertisation.

@krohnegroup #Pauto #SIL

Analyser to deliver highest sensitivity for trace elements.

Spectro Analytical Instruments has introduced the newest version of its SPECTROGREEN inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) analyzer: the SPECTROGREEN TI*, featuring Spectro’s proven twin interface (TI). 

This twin interface automatically combines both axial and radial plasma views — looking both across the plasma and from end-to-end — optimizing sensitivity, linearity, and dynamic range while avoiding matrix effects like EIE. The result: SPECTROGREEN TI offers the highest sensitivity for trace elements, as well as freedom from matrix interferences plus good accuracy for challenging environmental matrices.

It is the third and newest version of the SPECTROGREEN compact midrange ICP-OES analyzer. It delivers numerous advantages for a wide array of routine laboratory analyses — innovation and versatility; top-flight functionality; solid simplicity and ease of use; ensured durability and reliability; fast analysis for high productivity; and affordability.

Other models include the  DSOI, with its unique radial dual side-on interface that provides twice the sensitivity of conventional radial views — equaling the sensitivity of newer vertical-torch dual-view systems while avoiding their complexity and headaches. The SOP features a dedicated radial, single side-on interface for stability and precise performance where the added sensitivity of the DSOI is not needed.

All three SPECTROGREEN versions deliver ultra-reliable, accurate analyses of elements — trace as well as higher concentrations — in challenging matrices, such as certain wastewaters, soils, and sludges, as well as organic, high-salts, and metal samples. The range is ideal for routine elemental analyses in environmental and agronomy, consumer product safety, pharmaceutical, chemical/petrochemical, and food applications.

It offers a competitive price/performance ratio and perhaps the lowest operating expenses in its class. All models save on consumables with innovative no-purge UV-PLUS and require no added cooling — eliminating the need for expensive, breakdown-prone external chillers.

Additional features include SPECTRO’s ORCA optical technology that maximizes light throughput, stability, and sensitivity. SPECTROGREEN’s transparency and light throughput provide a best-in-class performance for UV elements, and a DSOI model, delivering twice the sensitivity of a conventional radial view across the whole spectral range. With access to the entire wavelength range via a single analysis, there’s no need to choose a viewing mode or make multiple analyses — a critical advantage for high-productivity laboratories.

The analyzer’s GigE readout system significantly boosts spectra processing and transport speeds for faster analysis, shorter sample-to-sample times, and more samples per hour. The thermal stabilization of the optical system is achieved without sub-zero cooling. The analyzer’s optimized spectral range CMOS line array technology avoids blooming while providing a fast readout and a wide dynamic range. The latest LDMOS 1700 W generator helps analyze difficult sample matrices in lower dilutions to lower limits of detection while staying cool and trouble-free, ultimately delivering a fast warmup for higher productivity.

SPECTROGREEN provides an easy-to-use experience. All sample introduction components are readily visible and accessible with its clean, compact design. Its new SPECTRO ICP Analyzer Pro operating software streamlines workflows. A modular plug-in architecture allows for individual customization. Processing speeds are ultrafast, even with large amounts of data. The analysis process is fully transparent and traceable with version and user management, plus excellent audit trail functionalities.

*The new instrument will be presented at the analytica virtual (October 19-23).

@SPECTRO_AI #TandM #Analysis #tizinc

Environmental accreditation.

Accreditation to ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 has been awarded to Intelliconnect (Europe). This adds to their existing ISO 9001:2015 quality standard and SC21 silver performance standard for  the Aerospace, Security and Space Industry Supply Chain Programme.

Roy Phillips
, Managing Director of Intelliconnect, comments, “Intelliconnect is completely signed up to high quality, responsible and ethical manufacturing practices and ensuring the best conditions in the workplace for all of our Team. With these new accreditations, together with our existing ISO 9001 and SC21 approvals, we aim to exceed all relevant working practices and product quality required by our customers and society at large, including being accredited Living Wage employers.”

ISO 14001 provides assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved. This ensures that best practice manufacturing processes and materials management are assured.

ISO 45001 specifies the requirements for an occupational health and safety (OH&S) management system, and gives guidance for its use, to enable organisations to provide safe and healthy workplaces by preventing work-related injury and ill health, as well as by proactively improving its OH&S performance.

@Intelli_Connect @proactivefleet #PAuto #Environment 

Thursday 15 October 2020

ISO accreditation for calibration lab.

Yokogawa’s European Calibration Laboratory has achieved accreditation to the latest revision of ISO 17025:2017 standard, for power measurements at up to 100 kHz. This accreditation offers quantifiable proof of the laboratory’s advanced calibration offering, ensuring users of the facility achieve the world’s most accurate measurement results from their power measurement equipment. It offers quality assurance and a trust in measurement results, allowing engineers to develop the next generation of technologies that combine energy efficiency with leading performance.

Erik Kroon
(pictured right), Yokogawa’s European Standards Laboratory Manager, says: “The new accreditation confirms the European Standards Laboratory as the world’s leading power calibration facility and ensures we continue to offer the best possible service to test engineers across many industries.”

The standard ISO/IEC 17025:2017, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, enables both Yokogawa’s European Standards Laboratory and its customers to demonstrate that they operate competently and generate valid measurement results, promoting confidence in their work both nationally and around the world. 

As a result, test reports and certificates can be accepted from one country to another without the need for further testing. This makes ISO/IEC 17025 accredited calibration useful for any R&D team, university, research center or product certification organization that performs testing, sampling or calibration and which requires reliable measurement results. 

Yokogawa’s laboratory, based at the company’s European Headquarters in Amersfoort, Netherlands, is one of the few industrial (i.e. non-government or national) organizations in the world to offer accredited power calibration at frequencies up to 100 kHz. As such, it forms a key part of Yokogawa’s strategy to maintain and grow its market-leading position in the European digital power analyzer market. 

These abilities are driven by a growing market demand to remove uncertainty in power measurements, caused by inverters used in automotive, railway or aerospace applications that switch at high speeds, introducing harmonics at higher frequencies. These effects have led to a demand for high-frequency power measurements on devices such as switch-mode power supplies, electronic lighting ballasts, soft starters in motor controls and frequency converters in traction applications. 

As a result, power calibration at 50 Hz is no longer sufficient, and accredited power calibration at up to 100 kHz is necessary to ensure the accuracy of the measurement results. This accreditation is in addition to the laboratory’s unique ability to offer high-accuracy calibration at 50 Hz, particularly at very low power factors (down to 0.0001) and at high currents, used for example in power transformer applications.

Obtaining this new accreditation for the laboratory is proof of Yokogawa’s continuing commitment to giving engineers confidence that the measurements they make are correct.

Without high-quality in-house calibration facilities, most other power instrument manufacturers cannot provide the sort of evidence that is available to Yokogawa to show that their instruments offer stability of measurement and perform within their specifications. 

 “Yokogawa is determined to stay at the forefront of testing and providing the most precise and accurate instrumentation on the market,” says Terry Marrinan, Yokogawa’s Vice President, Test & Measurement, for Europe & Africa. “By achieving accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2017, we have shown we are keen to take on new concepts and maintain our facilities in the front rank of calibration service providers.”  

@Yokogawa_Europe @Yokogawa_EU @Yokogawa_UK_IRE @NapierPR #TandM #PAuto #Europe