Friday, 24 September 2021

Virtual real world torque measurement!

Student engineers are using a newly launched torque sensor for predicting the energy efficiency of a competition-grade electric car.

Young technologists from the University of Sheffield alleviated their disappointment at the Covid-cancellation of Shell Eco Challenge Rally by instead developing a computer simulation tool for predicting electric cars’ energy efficiency.

The university has a long association with the Shell Eco Challenge, in which student teams from around Europe compete to see whose car electric will cover the greatest distance on a single charge. So, when Covid shut down the event, rather than abandon their efforts Team Sheffield shifted their focus and set about a related project.

“We have been developing our own computer simulation tools for predicting our electric vehicle’s (EV’s) energy efficiency,” says student Lucy Edwards. “This has let us calculate our vehicle’s competition score for the 40 minute/15km competition run.”

To put the competition into context, Shell Eco EVs achieve upwards of 800 km/kWh, whereas the EVs on the road today may achieve only 15 km/kWh (at the same 25 kph). The competition EV are of course ultra lightweight, very aerodynamic single seaters and the drivers chosen by weight, whereas their road-going counterparts are better adapted for say a family day out. However, the competition demonstrates the potential of electric propulsion and, over the years, has undoubtedly helped development of the technology.

Sheffield’s involvement is extra-curricular but provides a great opportunity for the students to apply what they have learnt in lectures in a practical context.

To build the simulation tool, the students used their knowledge of engineering theory to create a mathematical representation of all the energy losses present in the car. A key piece of data was the motor efficiency curves, which were derives using a dual-purpose powertrain test rig and motor dynamometer. This was developed in-house and based around a TorqSense SGR521, the latest product from from Sensor Technology Ltd.

In fact, Sensor Technology is a regular supporter of Shell Eco Challengers; over the years it has supported several teams from mainland Europe and now one from Britain. “The student teams basically need to run lots of tests on their drive motors and map out the results,” explains Mark Ingham of the company. “As such they are really no different from motor test engineers the world over.

“We are far and away the most active supplier of torque measuring technology and expertise to the Eco Challenge. It is very gratifying to know we give young engineers at the start of their careers a solid grounding in such an important subject, which they will be calling on for decades to come.”

Like their professional counterparts, the young engineers tend to want to develop a test rig that is accurate and easy to use. Usually, they also have space and time constraints, so want a compact design which is quick and easy to set up for each test.

“Our new SGR510/520 range fulfils all these requirements,” says Mark. “It’s only been on the market for a couple of months but is already proving itself to be a favourite in EV test labs around the world – and that is a rapidly growing market at the moment.”

For the Shell Eco Challenge, teams across Europe have to design and build their own electric cars and motor controllers in-house. Typically, powertrains are based on either a brushless DC, or PMSM motor - and complex control algorithms are needed for precision control. This requires custom electronics, typically based on MOSFETs and other carefully chosen low power loss components.

In fact, the rules of the Challenge are such that the controller is included in the motor testing that is done on each teams’ entry. In effect, the capabilities of each piece of hardware are quantified so that the teams can see how they compare with each other.

Lucy sums up the team’s year: “With the tools and hardware we have developed we have posted competitive competition scores. Of course, we are all hoping that soon Covid restrictions allow us to meet our competitors face to face and compete car against car. That will be real world engineering at its best.”

@sensortech @shell_ecomar @sheffielduni #Education  #Transport 

Locating methane leaks reliably.

Sensirion has developed a stationary methane leak detection system - Nubo Sphere. It is designed as a future-proof, end-to-end solution offering high performance at low total cost of ownership, thus changing the state-of-the-art in methane leak detection. It has never been easier to reliably locate and quantify unintended methane emissions across various industries. The deployment of real-time, continuous methane concentration data enables leak detection much earlier than was previously possible through human interaction, ensuring fast, accurate and cost-saving damage control through rapid incident response actions for increased safety and a reduced environmental burden.

Methane (CH4) concentrations in the atmosphere have increased by more than 150 % since 1750 and are considered a major contributor to global warming. CH4 has been identified as an even more powerful greenhouse gas than CO2, making an immediate reduction of emissions necessary. Given its short-lived nature, there are actionable options that reduce the environmental burden on a short timescale. In the US alone, around 13 million tons of CH4are being released into the air each year - enough to heat ten million homes for a year. Studies show, however, that only about 40 % of CHin the atmosphere originates from natural sources such as volcanoes or permafrost soils, while the remaining percentage is caused by human activities. Reducing that portion of the total CH4 emissions has thus become a priority for leading nations across the globe, as only then will it be possible to achieve the goals of climate initiatives like the Paris Agreement. And although anthropogenic emissions come from a variety of sources, the oil and gas industry represents the energy sector's largest source of emissions, holding the key to responding to the world's climate challenge.

Relying on Sensirion's market-leading environmental and air quality sensing know-how paired with expertise in scaling solutions into high volumes, Sensirion is therefore developing a stationary methane leak detection system, "Nubo Sphere", for use along the whole oil and gas value chain. It is an end-to-end solution for real-time monitoring of methane emissions, offering high performance at low total cost of ownership. The compact and robust system design enables reliable and highly accurate data from any natural gas infrastructure at all times via data upload to the Nubo cloud. It is fast to deploy and easy to use, while two exchangeable sensor cartridges ensure low maintenance expenses and provide a future-proof, sustainable set-up. The system follows the concept of plug and play: mount the Nubo Sphere nodes on-site and start measuring within minutes.

"With Nubo Sphere, we enable various industries, including oil and gas, to locate and quantify methane leaks reliably and cost-efficiently. Sensirion's offering is unique: cost-efficient yet highly reliable, easy to use and maintain, and based on yet another innovative sensor technology from Sensirion. It makes me very proud to provide the oil and gas industry with the right tool to enable its efforts in methane emissions reduction and thus contribute to stopping climate warming", says Susanne Pianezzi, Sales Director at Sensirion. 

On October 12 and 13, Sensirion will participate in the CH4 Connections 2021 conference in Fort Collins (CO USA) The methane emissions conference will highlight energy industry players promoting methane emissions reductions across the energy value chain as a pathway to a low-carbon world by addressing how effective regulations, science-based methane accounting principles, advances in methane emissions research, and leak detection technologies can accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world. Visit the event to talk to Sensirion's experts about the Nubo Sphere solution.

@GasTechnology #sensirion  #Pauto #Environment

Temperature systems Global sales appointment.

AMETEK Land has appointed Jesper Kristiansen as its Senior Director of Global Sales.

Jesper Kristiansen

In his new role, Jesper will have full responsibility for leading AMETEK Land's commercial strategies, working with the global sales teams to maintain its market-leading position in metals and power markets. He will also have the goal of accelerating growth in the glass, hydrocarbon, and industrial processing markets. The appointment is part of an organisational change that will see the Directors of Sales in America and Asia, and all European Regional Sales Managers, report directly to this new position.

A member of the AMETEK team for 17 years, Jesper has held a variety of sales and marketing management roles and was most recently Director of Global Sales for the AMETEK Sensor Test & Calibration. He has a degree in business studies from The Esbjerg Business Academy (DK), and lives in Hareskovby, north of the Danish capital Copenhagen, with his family.

Jesper will report directly to Justin Smith, Divisional Vice President/Business Unit Manager of AMETEK Land, who said: "I'd like to congratulate Jesper as he takes on this new leadership responsibility. He brings a wealth of expertise and experience in channel management to his new role. Jesper has a truly global perspective of our operations. He will be focused not only on our worldwide business strategy but also on supporting, driving, and strengthening our regional sales partners."

@landinst #PAuto 

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Remote monitoring of HVAC systems.

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems play an important role in the everyday operation of commercial and industrial buildings. They ensure comfortable temperatures and good air quality for occupants, as well as appropriate climate control for merchandise. But how do you know if your HVAC system is operating normally and whether it is running optimally to save energy and money?


According to Moxa remote monitoring systems that allow facility managers to visualize the status of various HVAC equipment and environmental parameters can help prevent potential system failures and improve operating efficiency.

HVAC equipment is usually controlled by a building management system (BMS) or building automation system (BAS). Various sub-systems go into a BMS. The mechanical system is where the actual physical operations of the building take place. These operations include cooling, pumping, and ventilation, involving many pieces of mechanical equipment. The electrical system, as the name suggests, involves electrical and power equipment, such as transformers, panels, generators, and uninterrupted power supplies (UPS). Along with boilers, generators, heat pumps, fans, chillers, and pumping units, all these critical sub-systems need to be monitored to detect any abnormal readings and alert building operators so that they can perform proactive maintenance.

Therefore, connectivity is the first and foremost step in developing a remote monitoring system for your HVAC system. To make the installation and operation of your connectivity solution hassle-free, Moxa suggests you keep the following considerations in mind:

Interoperability Made Easy
The purpose of a connectivity solution is to make remote field information available to building operators. The monitoring devices chosen must be able to retrieve data from numerous HVAC equipment and sensors that communicate through a variety of protocols, such as Modbus TCP or BACnet/IP. For equipment that does not have a communication interface to output status data, additional hard-wired sensors are needed to capture equipment data and environmental conditions. Environmental monitoring applications often require sensors to measure CO2 density, water pressure, airflow, temperature, and humidity. For equipment monitoring, vibration, power failure, and power consumption are also commonly measured in the field. Advanced sensors often come with networking interfaces that can directly connect to the main communication backbone. If such sensors are not available, then remote I/O units might be required.

Connectivity Solutions That Simplify Configuration and Troubleshooting
Depending on the project scope, an HVAC system might require a large number of monitoring devices. The larger the implementation scope, the more installation and configuration effort is required. Wiring is also something to consider when you are planning your monitoring network. Some features, such as Ethernet cascading, could go a long way in increasing installation efficiency.

Configuring monitoring devices one by one can be painstakingly slow if no user-friendly tools are available. Routine maintenance tasks, such as configuration backups or device firmware upgrades, are often time-consuming and cumbersome if performed manually. Therefore, when selecting connectivity devices to monitor your HVAC system, consider solutions that already come with easy-to-use configuration tools and troubleshooting utilities that can help you quickly pinpoint the cause of a communication problem and minimize downtime.

Pay Attention to Cybersecurity
Although enabling remote connectivity for all your devices allows you to benefit from the convenience of real-time information, it also exposes you to additional cybersecurity risks. Always make sure the selected devices come with basic built-in security features, such as password protection, secure network protocols, and data logging for events. Besides security on the device level, the system level should also be protected by firewalls and regular vulnerability scans to minimize potential risks.

Case Study: Supermarket Savings
Moxa has helped customers around the world develop reliable communication for remote monitoring their HVAC systems. For example, in Taiwan, Moxa assisted the operator of major grocery chain in monitoring the power usage in their HVAC systems in order to optimize energy consumption. Specifically, the operator wanted to enable automated demand response control — based on the real-time temperatures in the hypermarket during business hours — to decrease the activation time of chiller systems and help save energy and reduce operating costs. To automatically enable the settings adjustment of the chiller, pump, and fan, Moxa ioLogik 2500 smart remote I/Os were deployed to provide programming-free control logic through Moxa's Click&Go Plus function. Also, Moxa ioLogik E1200 Ethernet remote I/Os were used to collect serial, digital, and analog data from chillers, pumps, power meters, and resistance temperature sensors (RTD). Moxa remote I/Os come with MX-AOPC suite, making the integration of a variety of field data acquisitions into MYSQL or other databases easy.

@MoxaInc #PAuto #BMS #Food

Only a joystick required!

Lifting a steel beam, moving a container or controlling a crane does not require much raw strength nowadays. On the contrary, what is required is dexterity and a joystick. Kristianstads Lyftdon AB in Sweden has long experience of producing ergonomic solutions for the operator cabins from which you control cranes and industrial operations. With the help of HMS Anybus technology, their new joystick can be used in industrial applications using PROFINET.

Kristianstads Lyftdon AB, or KLAB, are experts in ergonomic lifting and driver’s chairs for industrial use. They develop and build operator cabins for larger cranes used in the steel industry, heating plants, waste-handling stations, etc. With a focus on ergonomics, they produce everything needed inside an operator’s cabin — the most important operational part being the steering device itself, the joystick, which the operator uses to control the machine.

“We have been making joysticks since the start in 1978 and have a good idea of what the industry needs,” says Sven Holmer, owner and chairman of KLAB. And continues “When we designed our latest joystick, we wanted to provide it with bus communication. Previously, these solutions have often been hard-wired. As the industry is increasingly moving towards Ethernet communication and several of our major customers are in central Europe, PROFINET was the network we mainly wanted the joystick to communicate on. ”

Any network
KLAB’s technology partner recommended them to use Anybus CompactCom from HMS to enable the joystick to communicate on PROFINET. Just as the name suggests, Anybus allows the joystick to communicate on any network — fieldbus or industrial Ethernet. You can easily switch to another Anybus CompactCom and thus communicate on other networks such as EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, Modbus-TCP or CC-Link IE Field. This opens up opportunities to sell the joystick in new markets, in other parts of the world.

“We start with PROFINET,” says Sven Holmer at KLAB, “but of course we also see new opportunities now that the joysitick can communicate on other industrial networks in other markets.“

Any form factor
Anybus CompactCom is also flexible in terms of form factor. Users can choose to integrate a chip that contains all the necessary software, or a so-called Brick including hardware and software for PCB mounting. A third alternative is a complete CompactCom Module which is simply plugged into the end product.

KLAB chose the Brick solution — Anybus CompactCom B40 — which suited the joystick well in terms of size, functionality and price.

Embedded web server makes data available
Another major advantage of the Anybus solution is that it has a built-in web server that allows KLAB to store data from the joystick — both for control and analysis. This means that KLAB and their customers can gain important insight into how the joystick is used by operators. This opens opportunities to refine and improve the product for different applications. The web server also makes it possible to access and configure the solution from anywhere.

Sven Holmer describes the implementation of Anybus technology as relatively easy — From idea to finished and working product in about a year. “We could definitely have done it faster, but we have a lot to do and development projects like this often have to wait a bit,” says Sven Holmer. “However, we have not encountered any major problems and with good support from HMS, the communication solution came into place smoothly.”

@HMSAnybus @AllThingsPROFI @mepaxIntPR #KLAB #PAuto #HMI

Environmental sensors for air quality monitor.

The next-generation indoor air quality monitor Atmocube from ATMO® relies on Sensirion environmental sensors for the measurement of CO2, formaldehyde, particulate matter, temperature and humidity.

In recent times, air quality has become an increasingly important issue. It affects not only the way people live, travel and eat, but also the manner in which buildings are designed. Modern buildings strive to achieve high energy efficiency to save natural resources used for heating. But more airtight buildings can often mean that there is less air exchange through walls, roofs, windows or cracks, reducing access to fresh air that is essential for a healthy indoor environment. The consequence is that airtight buildings are often too insulated for healthy living, trapping not only heat but also increased levels of air pollutants. Monitoring indoor air quality makes it possible to control it by optimizing ventilation to avoid symptoms that come from high air pollution levels, such as sensory irritation, disrupted cognitive abilities and "sick building syndrome".

This is where Atmocube from ATMO®  comes in. Atmocube, a next-generation indoor air quality monitor, tracks a wide range of air pollutants - such as CO2, formaldehyde, PM1, PM2.5, PM10 and VOCs - and vital environmental parameters, such as relative humidity, temperature, atmospheric pressure, ambient noise and light levels.

Thanks to Atmocube's hardware design and its linked mobile app, building occupants can easily check the safety of the surrounding environment and be more confident in their health and well-being. Atmocube helps building owners implement their indoor air quality strategies to comply with healthy and green building standards more effectively. The product also helps increase the efficiency of facilities operations, because the device controls HVAC through building management systems. Prior to its official launch, Atmocube's product design was acknowledged by the world's oldest independent design institution, iF International Forum Design GmbH in Hanover (D). Atmocube won the iF Design Award 2021 in the "Professional Concept" category.

"We've been using Sensirion sensors in multiple products, primarily due to their accuracy, overtime stability and small footprint. Having integrated the newest sensors from the Sensirion portfolio, such as the CO2, and formaldehyde sensors, along with its traditional sensing solutions into Atmocube, we've created an all-in-one monitoring device with extensive functionality and great performance," says Alex Pyshkin, R&D Director at ATMO® .

Sensirion, the leading expert in environmental sensing, offers innovative sensor solutions that provide detailed and reliable data on key environmental parameters, such as humidity, temperature, carbon dioxide (CO2), formaldehyde, particulate matter and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Highest-level design flexibility thanks to compact and miniaturized sensor solutions, reliable, long-term and stable technology and the most accurate measurements - combined with unique expertise - make Sensirion the partner of choice and leading provider of environmental sensor solutions.

"Being able to count ATMO® among our customers fills us with pride. Atmocube is an ideal application for our environmental sensors. Sensirion and ATMO® are united by the will to enable smart and innovative applications that increase the health, comfort and safety of end users," says EunJo Lee, Key Account Manager at Sensirion.

@atmotube @sensirion #Automation, #BAS

Most accurate hydrocarbon sensor.

The “MPS™ Mini” a miniaturized version of NevadaNano's highly popular Molecular Property Spectrometer™ (MPS™) Flammable Gas Sensor has been launched*. The new sensor is "the world’s most accurate hydrocarbon sensor in its class" and eliminates the need for maintenance during its 10+year lifetime.

“We have extended our market-leading reliability, accuracy, and lifetime with enhanced algorithms which extends our market-leading position of detecting 19 of the most common combustible gases found in residential, commercial, and other general use environments,” said Ralph Whitten, President, and Member of the Board of Directors, at NevadaNano. “This new product in a lower cost package specifically targets IoT and high volume applications. This enables our customers to set new standards in connected gas sensors and helps companies create safer working environments in industrial, commercial and consumer applications.”

The newest addition to NevadaNano’s MPS Product family, the MPS Mini Flammable gas sensor measures the thermodynamic properties of the air-gas mix and accurately reports 0-100% LEL across 19 flammable gases without the need for field calibration. This performance meets the need for flexible sensor platforms in a wide range of non-industrial applications and makes it ideal for residential and commercial applications like smart meters and IoT devices. In essence, the Mini Flammable creates safer environments for people and their surrounding communities.

Integrated, real-time measurements and built-in compensation for temperature, pressure, and humidity enhance the accuracy of all NevadaNano’s MPS flammable gas sensors. Gas concentration readings are accurate across the entire environmental range, including rapid environmental transients, delivering best-in-class accuracy. The Mini Flammable, like all MPS sensors, is inherently immune to drift, decay, or poison.

*The sensor will debut this week at Sensors Converge in Booth #733 (21-23 Sept 2021 - San Jose CA USA).

#nevadanano #PAuto #Hydrocarbon

Robotics for recycling & waste.

AMP Robotics Corp. has installed its first AI-guided robotics systems with Recyco,  the leading recycling and waste management business in Northern Ireland (Omagh, Co Tyrone).

An AMP robot in operation on a fibre line
The project includes two robots—a single AMP Cortex™ unit along with a tandem unit—installed on Recyco’s fibre lines for quality control to improve pick rates and bale purity. Recyco is the first deal closed with REP-TEC Advanced Technologies, AMP’s recently appointed official reseller and integrator for customers in Britain or Ireland, with several other projects in negotiation.

“We’re delighted to bring our first robots to the UK and Ireland as we continue to see strong demand for our AI and automation solutions and build our pipeline in Europe,” said Gary Ashburner, European general manager for AMP. “Recyco has been a superb partner in this process, and recognizes our technology addresses chronic staffing challenges it and many recyclers face, while aligning with its goals of maximizing recovery, increasing landfill diversion, and advancing sustainability.”

AMP’s proprietary technology applies computer vision and deep learning to guide high-speed robotics systems to precisely identify, differentiate, and recover recyclables found in the waste stream by color, size, shape, opacity, and more, storing data about each item it perceives. AMP’s sorting technology can pick upwards of 80 items per minute, about twice the pace of a human sorter, and the company has recorded up to 150 picks per minute with its tandem units. The company’s AI platform can quickly adapt to packaging introduced into the recycling stream with recognition capabilities to the brand level—increasingly critical as demand for sufficient quantities of high-quality recycled material grows to meet consumer packaged goods companies’ commitment to use of post-consumer recycled content.

"AMP's robots have quickly doubled the pick rates we were accustomed to, maintaining and even improving the purity of our bales, which we depend on to maximize prices with our end-market buyers," said Michael Cunningham, owner and CEO, Recyco. "We're proud to be leading the way for AI-powered recycling in these islands, and look forward to continued gains in productivity and efficiency."

“It’s great to have our first robotics installation go live this month, with the project running very smoothly from start to finish,” said Colm Grimes, founder and CEO of REP-TEC. “We started the installation on a Friday evening, and by Sunday evening, we had both Cortex systems ready for the shift starting the next morning.”

AMP now has more than 160 systems installed globally, covering North America, Asia, and Europe. The company’s AI platform, AMP Neuron™, encompasses the largest known real-world dataset of recyclable materials for machine learning, with the ability to classify more than 100 different categories and characteristics of recyclables across single-stream recycling; e-scrap; and construction and demolition debris, and reaching an object recognition run rate of more than 10 billion items annually.

@AMPRobotics @REP_Technology @letsrecycle #Pauto #Recycling #Ireland

Instrumentation scholarship awarded.

The winner of the 2021 ProComSol Instrumentation Scholarship Program this year is Jaxon Few of Oklahoma (USA). 

Jaxon Few
Jeffrey Dobos
, President of ProComSol stated “We received a record number of applicants this year. Jaxon’s essay stood out from the rest and it was an easy decision for the scholarship committee. I wish Jaxon success in his Instrumentation studies and with his future career in the process industry.”

Jaxon grew up in a small town in southeastern Oklahoma. He was raised on a small cattle ranch where his family raises and sells cattle. In high school he participated in sports and FFA (Future Farmers of America). He is currently enrolled in the Instrumentation program at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology and looks forward to a rewarding career in instrumentation.

"We are already making plans for the 2022 scholarship program and encourage colleges and universities to promote this program to their students."

ProComSol intends to continue and grow this program to make awards every semester. Hopefully both students and education administrators will take advantage of this program.

@ProComSol @okstate #Pauto #Education #USA

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Process data and diagnostics from many field radar level transmitters.

Gathering and communicating critical measurement and diagnostic data in oil and gas applications can be extremely challenging due to the harsh and remote conditions associated with these operations. A company in Kuwait recently needed a way to acquire data from dozens of radar LEVEL transmitters in the field, and in addition, provide power to these transmitters because there were limited power sources available at the site. Moore Industries HES HART to Ethernet Gateway System was able to fulfill both of these requirements.

The client multi-dropped six output loop-powered radar level transmitters to each single-channel HES for data acquisition, and utilized the HES transmitter excitation power supply feature to power the transmitters. The gathered process and diagnostic data was then sent over MODBUS/TCP from the HES back to the client’s BPCS (MODBUS/TCP Host) for higher level control, data acquisition and monitoring functions.

The HES offers a flexible and economical way to gather process data and instrument diagnostics from smart HART instruments and share it over an Ethernet infrastructure via its embedded web server or with MODBUS/TCP and HART-IP hosts. This enables fast and seamless connectivity for advanced monitoring of critical process variables and parameters. In addition to the single channel configuration outlined above, the HES is also available in a four channel configuration supporting up to 64 HART devices. The HES communicates with all HART 5, 6 and 7 devices including smart valves, multivariable flowmeters, pressure, pH, level, and temperature transmitters and more.

@MII_Worldwide #PAuto #Oil_Gas #Kuwait

Architecture and specification approved.

FDT Group™ and OPC Foundation have announced their memberships have approved the update to the FDT OPC Unified Architecture (UA) companion specification (CS). The new specification launches the only protocol-agnostic, server-level, universal Device Information (DI) Model for both process and discrete manufacturing applications, empowering next-generation, open automation FDT architectures.

The updated FDT OPC UA companion specification is a key technology development unifying data for both IT and OT while enabling the transmission of uniform, real-time process, network, and device information for any OPC UA Client in the enterprise.

FDT Server-based distributed architectures with a built-in, “pre-wired” OPC UA Server seamlessly allow access to all device and network information and metadata via any authenticated OPC UA Client or application. Standard OPC UA browsing techniques are used to expose this information so that authorized OPC UA Clients can connect to the FDT Server to browse, collect, and act on the data as needed. Optional support for a Publish-Subscribe environment allows for efficient, real-time data monitoring and exchange.

“The new companion specification matches the strengths of the FDT 3.0 IIoT platform by harmonizing IT/OT data access for any OPC UA Client supporting smart manufacturing practices,” said Thomas Hadlich, chairman of FDT architecture and specification. “Based on the new OPC UA ‘System Architecture’ template, the updated CS now references OPC UA for Device 1.01 and supports new process device data along with mapping for protocol support files as outlined in FDT 3.0. These important use cases, driven by the automation industry, meet the FDT 3.0 Server architecture requirements and have been strengthened by mapping of Device Type Manager [DTM] static functions and by describing I/O signals for configuration and observation of production process and/or of device performance. The enhancements included in the universal information model will drive industrial automation monitoring and visualization optimization for the enterprise.”

Since 2011, FDT Group and OPC Foundation have collaborated in support of a unified DI model to promote device- and network-level data access in a uniform way for higher-level enterprise applications. The two organizations first announced the release of their joint DI model companion specification in 2016 based on the FDT 2.0 client/server architecture, and as of today, FDT 3.0 Server distributed architectures are supported by a new server-level universal DI model enabling end users to freely mix and match any device with any device information model, from any vendor, and communicate on any network while the FDT Server transparently unifies all the device information and pushes the data to the enterprise for any OPC UA Client in real-time.

“Without interoperability and reliable information, we can’t open automation to innovation,” said Jim Luth, OPC Foundation CTO. “Both OPC Foundation and FDT Group are key industry organizations and leaders in their respective IT and OT interoperability and data domains. Harmonization introduced via the collaborative universal device information model in the new FDT OPC UA companion specification solidifies IT/OT convergence and the path opening automation innovation for both the process and discrete markets. The result empowers a data-centric powerhouse core for any application, allowing the industry to evolve manufacturing best practices with a service-oriented architecture securing the exchange of data to effectively make use of valuable information.”

FDT’s secure, data-centric platform runs behind the scenes at the core of any automation architecture, harmonizing technologies, solutions, and people for today’s infrastructure and tomorrow’s intelligent enterprise. Visualization capabilities with the Universal DI Model are closely aligned with the requirements of major end user associations and their recommendations for an open architecture to make production data easily and securely usable for asset monitoring and optimization. These collaborative efforts supporting new FDT 3.0 architectures are another example of technologies, solutions, and people working together to help achieve a brighter future in industrial manufacturing.

See: IIoT platform enables uniform IT/OT data access to enterprises. (10/06/2021)

@FDTGroup @OPCFoundation #PAuto

Circular portfolio.

Dinkle International's circular connector portfolio, provides dependable connectivity options to ensure increased equipment productivity, even in the most challenging conditions.

Circular connectors for power, signals, and networking are easy to install and maintain for industrial applications, even in the most challenging field and factory environments.
Products are available in M12 and M8 sizes with a variety of pin arrangements, each following standard coding protocols to facilitate integration with industrial control systems, sensors, and actuators of all types. Various configurations are available for single-ended and double-ended cordsets, with straight or angled male or female connectors. Also available are casing-mount device connectors (front lock and rear lock) with pigtails, and solderable PCB connectors.

Nickel-plated die-cast fittings deliver a positive mechanical connection even in applications with high humidity, large temperature changes, and/or excessive vibration. Copper alloy gold-plated contacts for conductors and grounding pins provide reliable electrical connectivity, and sealing rings ensure that installed connections are airtight and waterproof.

Circular connector products are UL Listed, RoHS compliant, waterproof and dustproof to IP67 and above, and all are designed to resist corrosion from salt spray for 96 hours. They also are designed in accordance with appropriate standards, such as IEC 61076, 60512, and 60529.

High-quality cables are constructed in various materials to suit a wide variety of industrial applications. PVC is best when high rigidity and solvent resistance are required—and for high-temperature, high-pressure washdown environments. PUR exhibits high tensile strength and tear/bending/abrasion resistance, good for applications with frequent movement, such as robotic arms, with some models rated for bending over four million times.

Power connectors are offered in S- and T-Code. Signal connectors are configured for A-, B-, and D-code. Network connectors are available for PROFINET, Ethernet, CC-Link, CANopen, and PROFIBUS DP. The communication cables are shielded and meet the growing demand for integrating more sensors and actuators in the field.

#DinkleInternational #PAuto #Connectors

Industrial display.

Review Display Systems (RDS) has announced the introduction of a new 13.3-inch TFT display module from industrial display manufacturer Tianma. The P-series P1330FHF1MA00 features Full HD (FHD) resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), a wide 16:9 aspect ratio and in-plane switching (IPS) technology which provides excellent optical performance.

Justin Coleman, displays division manager, RDS said, “The Tianma 13.3-inch P-series display offers a strong feature set that provides excellent optical performance and a colour gamut that delivers bright, saturated colour display images that can be easily seen from all viewing directions. P-series display modules have been specifically designed for use in a wide range of human-machine interface (HMI) applications where reliable, long-term operation in challenging application environments is required.”

Tianma P-series (Professional series) TFT display modules have been designed and developed to deliver exceptional optical performance and meet the demanding requirements of the industrial and medical display markets and applications where reliable and consistent operation is considered paramount.

The 13.3-inch display features a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a white LED backlight, complete with integrated driver, provides a specified brightness rating of 1000cd/m² and a 50K hour half-brightness lifetime. In-plane switching (IPS) technology enables a wide viewing angle of 88 degrees in all viewing directions (left, right and up, down). These key characteristics ensure that the 13.3-inch P-series TFT module produces display images that are bright, colourful, and highly consistent.

The 40-pin LVDS data interface supports 8-bit RGB which enables a colour palette of up to 16.7M colours. The 13.3-inch display module features mechanical outline dimensions of 308mm (w) x 188mm (h) x 10mm (d) and an active display area of 293.76mm (w) x 165.24mm (h). An operating temperature range of -20°C to +70°C is supported.

These Professional-series TFT display modules are suitable for many varied applications including industrial process control, factory automation, in-vehicle systems, instrumentation, point-of-sale systems, digital signage, and medical equipment.

#RDS #PAuto

Sensor manufacturer opens plant in Hungary.

Due to positive business development and the increased demand for sensor solutions, Sensirion Holding decided to establish a new production site in Debrecen, (H). Location factors such as proximity to European customers, the level of training of potential employees and support from local partners justify this choice as an ideal location.

The Debrecen subsidiary, which was built using sustainable methods, was completed at the end of July this year. This new production site is a strategic expansion, meaning existing jobs in Switzerland or at other sites will not be affected. Sensor production has started successfully and the first mass flow meters have already been shipped to customers.

"I'm delighted with the extremely successful start in Hungary. We've laid an important foundation for expanding our module production capacities and responding to the growing demand for sensors in various markets," says Johannes Bleuel, VP Operations at Sensirion.

Construction work began on June 30 last year and proceeded without complications. The first sensors came off the line in the new production hall at the end of August, and the first mass flow meters for ventilators have already been shipped to customers.

"We're very pleased to have welcomed many new employees in Debrecen. However, we still have vacancies advertised and are happy to accept further applications," says Laszlo Abraham, General Manager at Sensirion Hungary Kft.

Sustainability plays an important role at Sensirion. The production site was designed to be completely fossil-free (geothermal energy/heat recovery coupled with a storage system), following the example of the production site in Stäfa, and has been built accordingly.

"The idea of sustainable development is also reflected in the use of state-of-the-art LED lighting and the recycling of packaging and paper. In addition, a company-owned park with native fruit and ornamental trees, as well as an orchard meadow and an apiary, complements the new production site," says Patrick Good, Head of Infrastructure at Sensirion.

At the beginning of September, it was also decided that in the future a new development team would be established for Sensirion Automotive Solutions in Debrecen. The broad expertise of this seven-person team will allow it to independently handle fully comprehensive modular projects that meet the standards required by most European automotive customers.

@sensirion #Pauto #Hungary


Emissions Monitoring in accordance with evolving standards.

Equipped with automated validation capabilities, the Rosemount™ XE10 system provides reliable measurement data to help prevent shutdowns and simplify compliance.

The new Rosemount™ XE10 Continuous Emissions Monitoring System (CEMS) recently announced by Emerson, is designed to help industrial plants meet increasingly stringent environmental regulations and evolving sustainability demands. With its built-in performance analytics and automated validation capabilities, the new system ensures accurate emissions monitoring and reporting to help plant operators reduce the risk of non-compliance shutdowns and penalties.

The Rosemount XE10 CEMS is certified 
to the  European  emissions directives
EN 14181 & EN 15267 & complies with 
U.S. EPA 40 CFR Part 60 
and Part 75 regulations..
Designed for rapid deployment, the new system is a compact and standardised solution certified to the European standards EN 14181 and EN 15267, which govern the quality assurance requirements for automated measurement systems of stationary source emissions. The system also complies with the emissions reporting requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“Real-time data reporting and quality assurance are critical to regulatory compliance,” said Iain Howieson, vice president and general manager for Emerson’s gas analysis business. “The new Rosemount XE10 CEMS is equipped with fully automated calibration to facilitate drift checks. This ensures reliability and helps operators prove to regulators that the ongoing operational performance of the system meets the mandated quality assurance requirements, such as the Quality Assurance Level 3 test of the EN 14181 standard, which saves operators time and money and gives them the peace of mind for continuous, reliable monitoring of emissions.”

The XE10 CEMS also provides simplified web-based access to built-in performance analytics, enabling visualisation of actionable process information for faster and smarter decision-making. This empowers plant operators to shift their strategy from reactive to proactive environmental compliance.

As a modular, integrated emissions monitoring system, the Rosemount XE10 is simple and fast to configure and comes complete with a gas sampling and conditioning system and up to three gas analyser modules. Each module can accommodate different measurement ranges for different gas components, including CO, NOx, SO2, CO2, and O2.

To reduce risk and complexity, the system is backed by an integrated service approach that provides end-to-end support, including start-up and commissioning, installation in accordance with regulatory assurance standards, and support for the mandated annual surveillance tests to verify the continuing validity of the system’s calibration function.

"The XE10 CEMS is the latest example of Emerson’s commitment to helping customers navigate environmental and regulatory challenges as part of an overarching environmental sustainability framework, an approach that includes supporting industrial manufacturers with the deployment of low-carbon fuels and power sources, reducing emissions leakage, improving energy and resource efficiency, and decreasing waste."

@Emerson_News @EMR_Automation @Rosemount_News @HHC_Lewis #Pauto #Environment

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Supporting technology start-ups!

Anglia Unicorn is a dedicated division to help technology start-ups get off the drawing board and into the market faster from Anglia Components. It was conceived to provide start-ups with the innovative technology ideas they need and offers engineering resources, evaluation hardware and software tools along with samples from Anglia’s world class technology partners, all free of charge.

Commenting on the launch, John Bowman, Chief Technology Officer at Anglia Components, said, “The support offered by Anglia Unicorn has been carefully curated to help technology start-ups and university spin-outs all the way through to venture capitalists, investors and equity funds who are working with technology companies that need help getting to the next level. We want customers to think of the Anglia Unicorn team as their technology adviser alongside their legal and financial advisers. This service isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ solution. We listen to what companies need, and provide a bespoke programme to meet those specific requirements.”

Although the partnership between Anglia Unicorn and the start-up ideally begins with a concept, in practice, the customer may already have a proof-of-concept based around an off the shelf solution such as a credit card sized single board computer or Arduino-type platform.

Anglia Unicorn is able to offer help regardless of what stage the project is at, they offer start-ups a free confidential consultation where they can discuss the concept, the key project milestones and the ultimate vision for the product. This meeting will yield key technology recommendations to help deliver this vision as quickly, reliably and cost-effectively as possible. This proposal is backed up with support from Anglia’s extensive engineering resource, which includes a highly skilled and experienced field application engineering team, along with access to other specialisations from the Anglia eco-system if needed.

@angliaLive @NeeshamPR #Pauto 

Monday, 20 September 2021

Starters with with digital innovation.

A new generation of TeSys Giga series Motor Starters has been launched by Schneider Electric.

The iconic TeSys Giga series has been reimagined with the latest smart digital innovations to deliver a simpler, more sustainable, safe and secure customer experience for panel builders, consulting engineers, system integrators, facility managers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) further building on proven reliability and high electrical durability.

“We are proud to continue delivering ground-breaking digital innovation addressing our customer’s most pressing needs,” said Rohan Kelkar, EVP Power Products Division at Schneider Electric. “In today’s rapidly changing world, we strive to equip our customers and partners with solutions that enable full control over the safety and reliability of mission-critical operations, with the ability to detect and resolve faults at pace.

With 56 patents under the belt, TeSys Giga series Motor Starters is designed to serve the needs of the process machinery, water and wastewater, metals, minerals and mining as well as various manufacturing and processing industries. It reduces engineering time and complexity, whilst improving machine reliability and driving down maintenance costs, reducing downtime through a number of unique benefits and features:

  • Modular design: The unique set up enables easy replacement of spare parts, improving the reliability and robustness by up to 90% with up to 50% faster integration and commissioning time.
  • Compact footprint: Compact design with 40% size reduction to enables optimal cabinet installation space.
  • Self-diagnosis: Predictive maintenance can be achieved through contact wear diagnostic and coil over/under voltage detection. A unique calculation method provides a more precise status, significantly reducing the downtime and optimizing site operation with tips wear level indicator, coil under/over voltage indicator, internal fault indicator, and contactor open & close status indicator. This feature significantly maximizes resilience and uptime for an efficient site operation.
  • Full-scale protection: Initial settings guarantee a safe customer journey when it comes to overload relay protection, including overload protection, ground fault protection, and phase imbalance protection, to guarantee a safer customer journey.
  • QR Codes: Delivers technical documents, technical video guides, and counterfeit safeguards which improves customer experience.
  • Highly reliable and ready for harsh environment: Improved auxiliary contacts (17V,1mA,10-8) enable better reliability in harsh environment and conform to high density PLC input applications

“Our goal is to enable a streamlined and optimized manufacturing process with safe, reliable, and integrated solutions. We are excited that machine builders and panel builders can now maximize efficiency with faster machine integration and enjoy a more solution-oriented service.”

@SchneiderElec @SchneiderUKI #Pauto

Friday, 17 September 2021

Deep learning and traditional vision.

VisionPro® 10.0 and VisionPro Deep Learning 2.0 are two new releases in the Cognex VisionPro line of vision software.

“As deep learning gains a foothold in the factory, we are seeing that many applications require more than just traditional vision or deep learning alone - they need both for the best solution,” said Joerg Kuechen, Sr. Vice President of Vision Products. “The new VisionPro makes it easier for users to leverage the full range of powerful Cognex vision technology to address new and increasingly complex vision challenges.”

VisionPro 10.0 is a major update of the company’s industry-leading PC-based platform that delivers faster application performance and simpler application setup. VisionPro Deep Learning 2.0 is designed to integrate tightly with VisionPro 10.0, enabling customers to combine deep learning and traditional vision tools in the same application.

The new releases also introduce advanced vision tools for precision gauging and inspection applications. SmartLine is the industry’s first hybrid smart tool. It combines deep learning enhanced line finding for complex scenes with precise positional data from traditional vision algorithms. The new VisionPro Deep Learning high detail segmenter is designed for demanding medical and electronics applications that require precise measurement of scratches, contamination and other defects.

@Cognex_Corp @mepaxIntPR #Pauto 

Precise optical spectrum analyser.

Yokogawa has launched a new optical spectrum analyzer (OSA) designed to offer the extreme high precision demanded by researchers developing the next generation of optical communication components.

With the exponential growth in the Internet of Things, as well as cloud computing services, video broadcasting and conferencing, and the rise in access to mobile broadband, demand for data capacity will expand hugely over the next few years. High capacity optical backhaul networks will be needed to serve this growing traffic density. Dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) is an optical multiplexing technology used to increase bandwidth over the existing fiber network.

As data hungry applications push the performance requirements of DWDM systems, telecommunication channels become ever more closely spaced, making it more difficult to separate the individual channels in the wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) analysis on an OSA.

The Yokogawa AQ6380 OSA offers unequaled optical performance to allow engineers and scientists to develop and improve the speed, bandwidth and quality of the next generation of communication networks, while its ease of use ensures it can be operated quickly and efficiently.

“The AQ6380 is demonstrably the world’s best grating based OSA, outperforming its nearest competing solution on wavelength accuracy, resolution, dynamic range, and actual measurement speed,” says Terry Marrinan, Yokogawa Test & Measurement’s Vice President, Marketing. “The new product also offers a highly capable alternative to other measurement technologies, comparing favorably on wavelength range and actual dynamic range, and offering superior measurement speed and application adaptability, as well as a highly competitive price.”

The AQ6380 has excellent optical wavelength resolution down to 5 picometers (pm), allowing optical signals in close proximity to be clearly separated and accurately measured. With the AQ6380, waveforms that were previously not even visible in a typical OSA, such as modulation side peaks in the laser spectrum, can now be accurately visualized. It also offers a wavelength range of 1200 to 1650 nm, allowing one unit to meet diverse wavelength measurement needs. With the ability to alter the wavelength resolution from 5 pm to 2 nm, a wide range of applications can be supported, from narrowband peak/notch measurements to wideband spectral measurements.

A major challenge for optical researchers has been maintaining the accuracy of their instruments, with ambient temperature change, vibrations, and shock all potentially affecting the measurement accuracy of optical spectrum analyzers.

To maintain consistently high accuracy, the AQ6380 features on board calibration based on a built-in light source. Wavelength calibration is automatically performed at set intervals by switching the optical path with an internal optical switch. Another important parameter in optical waveform analysis is close-in dynamic range, defined as the difference in power level measured from the peak of the signal to the noise at a specific distance from the peak wavelength.

The AQ6380 features a newly designed monochromator with sharper spectral characteristics than previously available, achieving a close-in dynamic range of up to 65 dB. The result is that signals in close proximity can be clearly separated and accurately measured. The new monochromator also offers very high stray light suppression, an important criterion in optical measurement. For example, in situations such as laser SMSR measurement, where several optical spectra with different levels are measured at the same time, the stray light may interfere with the measurement. The AQ6380 offers a best-in-class stray light suppression value of 80 dB.

Fast measurement speed is another major benefit, with the AQ6380 capturing data points in only 0.23 seconds compared to 5.4 seconds for the existing model (AQ6370D) in certain conditions.

The new AQ6380 is also designed for ease and efficiency of use, ensuring the measurement scheme can be set up rapidly and data can be acquired easily. The high-resolution, responsive 10.4-inch touchscreen LCD makes the device as easy and intuitive to operate as a tablet.

When it comes to analyzing results, the AQ6380 has built-in analysis functions to characterize optical spectrum from a variety of optical systems and devices, such as WDM system, DFB-LD, EDFA, and filters.

Analysis functions include: DFB-LD; FP-LD; LED; Spectral width (peak/notch); SMSR; Optical power; WDM (OSNR); EDFA (Gain and NF); Filter (peak/bottom) and WDM filter (peak/bottom). The AQ6380 also features an application menu “APP mode”, which makes measurement set-up much easier. Pushing the APP button brings up an overview of the pre-installed testing apps – WDM, DFB-LD, FP-LD and LED testing. A guide through wizard leads the user through an easy set up process for specific measurements and analysis.

New or additional testing applications will be made available for download from the Yokogawa website and can be added to the AQ6380 by future firmware updates.

@Yokogawa_EU  @Yokogawa @NapierPR #TandM 

Bringing intelligence into buildings.

The EnOcean Alliance and its member companies Eltako, EnOcean and TechData will demonstrate how their solutions enable smart buildings, creating a highly comfortable living and working environment with better health and productivity, a more efficient use of energy as well as a higher level of security on a joint booth at Smart Buildings Show (London GB 6-7 Oct 2021)*. Additional member companies such as Pressac, IA Connects, Beckhoff, Contemporary Controls, Sauter, Schneider Electric, Distech Controls and Belimo will also be represented.

The EnOcean Alliance, which has more than 400 members worldwide, is one of the most successful alliances in the area of smart building monitoring and control. The non-profit organization standardizes and develops intelligent building solutions with integrated energy harvesting technology based on the EnOcean wireless standard (ISO/IEC 14543-3-10). More than one million buildings all over the world now have wireless networks of this type, making EnOcean the international reference technology when it comes to wireless standards for building automation.

The EnOcean ecosystem currently consists of 5,000 product variants that build on 1,500 basic products, with new ones being added all the time. Thanks to their standardized sensor profiles, the products can be combined with each other. These interoperable system solutions lower installation and maintenance costs and provide significant benefits when it comes to energy efficiency, security and comfort. Using EnOcean based maintenance free wireless sensors, data can be provided in real time via an IoT gateway to an IoT cloud platform where the data is analyzed, whilst a dashboard visualizes the results for decision-makers and building owners. 

 * Smart Buildings Show at ExCel, London, connects visitors to the latest information and technology in the smart buildings industry. The event on October 6-7,2021 covers all key aspects of creating and managing a smart building, including building automation, energy efficiency, health and safety as well as security.

@EnOceanAlliance @SBCShow @NeeshamPR #BAS #Smart

Thursday, 16 September 2021

75 years in ultrasonic cleaning.

Branson combines breadth of technologies and a problem-solving approach to deliver advanced solutions to automotive, medical, electronics industries worldwide

The 75th anniversary of the Branson™ brand of Emerson, a name that has become synonymous with ultrasonic technologies for plastics and metal welding, and precision cleaning is being celebrated this year. The Branson portfolio has led the industry with expanded offerings beyond ultrasonics, developing nine other material joining technologies including laser, vibration and infrared welding.

The anniversary was marked at its new $49 million global headquarters for welding and precision cleaning technologies that opened in January. The new facility bolsters Emerson’s continued innovation in advanced design, engineering and joining technologies that support such complex and fast-growing industries as medical devices, existing and new bio-based plastics packaging, electric cars and next-generation batteries.

“We are extremely proud of our history and how we revolutionized the use of ultrasonics in so many remarkable ways,” said Vernon Murray, president of Emerson’s assembly technologies business. “Our goal has always been to deliver proven performance, unequaled expertise, and the broadest technology portfolio for material joining and precision cleaning applications. We look forward to continuing our stewardship in the field as we make advancements that benefit everyone.”

The Branson brand traces its history to Norman G. Branson, a research engineer who founded a company in Danbury, Connecticut, in 1946 to harness the power of high-frequency ultrasonic energy for cleaning and degreasing applications as well as nondestructive testing and gauging. But it was ultrasonic welding — developed in 1963 at Branson Sonics and Materials, which was acquired by Emerson Electric Co. (Emerson) in 1984 — that represented the real breakthrough for the company and for manufacturing. It set in motion a monumental change in the way plastics, and later metals, were joined.

Since its beginning, Branson has been driven by the spirit of innovation, and today ultrasonics is just one of many cleaning and joining technologies offered by Emerson’s Branson portfolio. Other welding methods include spin and vibration welding, staking and swaging, and a new patent-pending “dynamic mode” of ultrasonic welding that can automatically adjust itself to part-to-part variabilities and unique materials. “Clean welding” approaches, such as Contoured Laser Technology, Clean Vibration Technology and Contoured Infrared Technology, are being adopted with ever greater frequency.

Continuing the Commitment
Given this depth of technical resources, Emerson application engineers are able to utilize a process-neutral approach to help manufacturers evaluate, select, implement, and optimize the right joining solution, regardless of the application or complexity.

This high level of customer support is enhanced by the technological capabilities available at the new 146,000-square-foot Branson headquarters. The facility includes an expanded research and development lab, increased manufacturing space, a dedicated training workspace for seminars, and training classes, technical services and other resources.

The 75th anniversary represents a milestone that Emerson will recognize throughout the next several months as the company continues its path of inventiveness, delivering advanced Branson products to solve critical industry challenges.

@Emerson_News @EMR_Automation @mepaxIntPR #PAuto #Branson

Valve company to develop DTMs meeting industrial application demand.

Valtek Sulamericana (VALTEKSUL), a developer of mainland control valves, is the newest member of the FDT Group™. The company will be developing Device Type Managers™ (DTMs™) for its valve positioners to meet customer application demands.

Founded in 1979 in São Paulo, Brazil, VALTEKSUL serves the oil & gas, mining, pulp & paper, power, chemical and petrochemical industries and has received market recognition for the design, geometry, and shape that differentiates its control valve line in the commercial market. VALTEKSUL’s control valves for industrial processes and co-generation power plants are used worldwide.

End user requests for FDT device DTMs is a common trend in the industrial automation marketplace, and especially for critical actuator device types, where a single device can bring a process to a halt due to malfunction.

“Uptime is key in today’s industrial environment where demand is high and downtime leads to major losses,” Glenn Schulz, FDT managing director said. “FDT DTMs provide the smarts for any process or discrete device, providing operators with a comprehensive diagnostic view of the health of the device, network, and process. We are pleased to welcome VALTEKSUL to the FDT family of leading manufacturers flourishing in the market with FDT-enabled devices.”

“Application requirements for DTM support for our control valve family used both domestically in Brazil and internationally was a driving factor in our decision to become an FDT member,” commented Daniel Andrade, technical coordinator for VALTEKSUL. “We look forward to offering the standardized and enhanced technical benefits of FDT DTMs along with customized parameter functions that match our differentiation philosophies. The result will be a superior solution for our customer applications across the diversified automation markets.”

From planning, configuration, and commissioning to diagnostics and maintenance, the FDT DTM is the sole intelligent device software-based driver that empowers plant and factory operators with seamless access to industrial lifecycle functions and device data. This includes online and offline configuration capabilities from any FDT-enabled hosting environment (e.g., desktop, PLC, asset management application) and holds true for both on-premises and remote access depending on the setup and needs of the application. Millions of DTMs are currently in use around the globe.

@FDTGroup #VALTEKSUL #PAuto #Brazil

A fast, comprehensive overview of the plant.

The web-based visualisation software PASvisu now with Modbus/TCP interface and Secure-Client – Open for all visualisation tasks - but secure

Obtain a fast, comprehensive overview of a plant: that’s the purpose of Pilz’s web-based visualisation software PASvisu. The new version of PASvisu now also supports the Modbus/TCP protocol. The protocol enables all controllers to be connected quickly, along with other industrial components. The update also includes a secure Client/Server connection, enabling data from the PASvisu Server to be transferred safely to the user's visualisation system.

From the new version v1.10 for PASvisu, the web-based visualisation software supports not only OPC UA but also the Modbus/TCP protocol. This enables a simple exchange of process data between PASvisu and almost any control system. It is also possible to process data from different controllers simultaneously in one visualisation project.

As an open system, there is no need to change the existing automation infrastructure when using PASvisu: PASvisu can be used on existing machines with the available controllers. It can also be used via almost any end device, e.g. HMIs already integrated within the machine, external PCs or tablets.

“Secure-Client” ensures greater security during data exchange.  The “secure” Client/Server connection is also new. All data traffic between PASvisu Clients, Builder and the Server is now fully encrypted. At the same time user authentication has been increased: only authenticated Clients can log in to the PASvisu Server. That prevents manipulations and guarantees secure data transfer within the overall visualisation project.

@Pilz_INT #PAuto #Modbus

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Modular transmitter family.

The new Vaisala Indigo510 transmitter, which is compatible with all Indigo smart probes has been launched and will be available globally in the fourth quarter of 2021. The features include modular support for one probe at a time, and a large touchscreen display for local data visualization.

It is the latest addition to Vaisala’s top-of-the-line Indigo transmitter family, all of which are compatible with their industry-leading Indigo measurement probes. The Indigo510 builds on the same modular platform and includes the same metal casing, software, and display as the flagship Vaisala Indigo520 Transmitter. It is available also without a display.

Purpose-built performance
The Indigo510 Transmitter is an ideal choice for demanding industrial applications where precise and accurate measurements are needed for a single parameter at a time. Its rugged IP66 and NEMA4-rated metal enclosure ensures reliable performance in the toughest environments.

The streamlined transmitter has been designed to meet customer demands. “Not all customers require the full range of functionality offered by the state-of-the-art Indigo520 transmitter. A simpler solution with single-probe support and without compromising the benefits of modularity was required by some customers. With the Indigo510 we are answering their needs,” says Juhani Lehto, Product Manager, Industrial Measurements at Vaisala.

Attaching any Indigo-compatible measurement probe to the Indigo510 transmitter is easy and convenient. “With the Indigo510 our customers can measure humidity, dew point, moisture in oil, temperature, carbon dioxide, and vaporized hydrogen peroxide with the assurance of reliability, accuracy, and the strong chain of data provided by the Indigo ecosystem. The new transmitter provides the quality and performance that Vaisala is renowned for in a more affordable, but equally robust package,” Lehto concludes.

The  transmitter extends the options for data visualization, connectivity, supply voltage, and wiring compared to using a stand-alone probe. In addition, customers benefit from regular platform and software updates.

A smart choice for industrial customers
Vaisala’s unique and growing Indigo product family ensures stable and reliable measurements in diverse industrial applications and environments.

The Indigo family forms a modular ecosystem with interchangeable smart probes, robust transmitters, and intuitive Vaisala Insight PC software. The probes can be used independently without a transmitter, or together with the Indigo500 or Indigo200 series transmitters to extend their features. The modular plug-and-play design makes the Indigo probes and transmitters easy to install, use, and maintain.

@VaisalaGroup @_Enviro_News #Pauto 

Thermal imaging benefits glass pharmaceutical packaging.

In-furnace thermal imaging to optimise the borosilicate glass production at a major facility in France has been provided by AMETEK Land.

SGD Pharma, a global leader in glass pharmaceutical packaging, chose AMETEK Land’s Near Infrared Borescope (NIR-B-656- Glass) in-furnace thermal imaging system to optimise the production and quality of borosilicate glass from its newly rebuilt 50tpd oxy-gas furnace at its plant in St Quentin Lamotte (F). The new system replaces the company’s existing CCTV system*.

Obtaining clear images from the furnace using the CCTV system proved challenging due to the highly aggressive furnace atmosphere, which often resulted in blurry images and inconsistent, inaccurate measurements.

The NIR-B-656- Glass solution provides SGD Pharma with a true-temperature radiometric image, so live continuous temperature values can be obtained. The high quality of the purge applied on the lens delivers a clear image, providing the same views as the previous CCTV system managed at its best.

The most important benefit is the capability to obtain a furnace thermal profile continuously in the oxy-gas furnace, confirming the hot spot locations are well aligned with the furnace design and batch line. This supports the optimisation of the production and quality of the borescope glass while also helping extend the furnace’s campaign life.

Francois Deblock, Glass Melting Director at SGD Pharma, said: “We are very pleased with the results we have achieved so far from AMETEK Land’s Near Infrared Borescope, as it has allowed us to improve response times, identify and troubleshoot furnace operations to achieve improved yield and higher pull, as well as lower specific energy usage. We expect this will mean high cost and efficiency savings over the lifetime of the furnace.”

* The complete case study may accessed here (pdf)

@landinst @codacomms #PAuto #Pharma

EX remote camera for monitoring hazardous areas.

The MCE-MRC-EX camera, which is ATEX approved for use in Zone 1 & 2 hazardous areas has been launched by Meteor Communications

“Hundreds of our cameras are currently in operation all over the UK; helping to monitor and protect remote assets such as grilles, screens, channels, culverts and drains,”
explains Meteor MD Matt Dibbs. “However, many of our customers in the water, waste, construction, rail and aviation sectors need to also monitor hazardous areas, so the MCE-MRC-EX camera was developed specifically to meet that requirement.”

Zone 1 & 2 hazardous areas are those in which there is a risk from the accumulation of an explosive gas. Typical locations therefore include confined spaces where there is a source of gases such as methane or petrochemicals, so the main applications for the MCE-MRC-EX camera will be in sewage and wastewater infrastructure, as well as in underground assets such as drains, culverts and pumping stations. Remote cameras can now be deployed in these locations to provide remote visibility of threats such as flooding.

The new camera is housed in an IP66 Ex-rated enclosure and an inbuilt IR or white light illuminator provides excellent low-light performance for clear, crisp images in any conditions. Images are transferred in real time via 4G with 3G/GPRS fallback, providing robust image transfer even from areas with poor mobile coverage. Images are sent to the ‘Meteor Cloud’ for secure viewing and analysis online, and there are options for those users wishing to integrate the images with their own applications.

The main advantage of remote cameras is that users are able to view sites remotely before deciding whether a visit is necessary, and also to determine what resources would be necessary for that visit. This means that less site visits are necessary, and wireless connectivity also means that operations such as camera configuration and firmware updates can be conducted remotely.

Importantly, all Meteor cameras allow direct connection of local sensors such as level switches and PIR sensors. Images can be delivered at scheduled intervals and be configured to trigger automatically from local sensors; providing additional images and alerts to users and entering enhanced polling modes.

Summarising, Matt Dibbs says: “The MCE-MRC-EX remote camera has a very low power requirement, whilst delivering high-quality, real-time images from remote assets within Zone 1 & 2 hazardous areas where data and mains power connections may not be available.”

@MeteorComms @_Enviro_News #Ex #PAuto