Friday 30 April 2021

Terminal blocks.

The 0171 series of push-in-design (PID) terminal blocks are now available from Dinkle International.  These provide  high-reliability connections and clear indication of active circuits to assist with operations, maintenance, and troubleshooting.

Dependable electrical wire terminations are necessary for all types of commercial and industrial equipment and machinery. The 0171-series incorporates PID technology, improving upon traditional screw terminals in terms of performance, ease of use, and space efficiency. The consistent clamping tension of PID terminal blocks resists vibration-related connection failures far better than screw terminals, and wires are easily pushed-in, saving up to 75% of the wiring time compared with screw terminals.

Available in various form factors and sizes, the 0171-series terminal block housings are ultra-thin. A 10mm housing accommodates two rows of 1.5mm2 wire entry and a 12mm housing accommodates two rows of 2.5mm2 wire entry. Customization of housing colors, push buttons, and label printing are available to tailor the product to each application while providing clear circuit functionality identification.

Integral light pipes route the illumination from underlying device LEDs, ensuring clear visibility for users. This indication is useful to confirm normal operation and support troubleshooting efforts.

The 0171-series terminal blocks are rated at 300V in various ampacities depending on model. They carry approvals from UL, cUL, and CE, and the material used for manufacturing is compliant with RoHS. 

#DinkleInternational #PAuto 

Securing ICS networks.

The second volume of Automation-com's e-book has been announced.

The future is here when it comes to connected plants, smart factories, and IIoT technologies, but securing today’s ICS networks is no small thing. OT systems are very different from the automation networks of 10 years ago, and they bring new cybersecurity challenges.

• Closing the IoT Security Gaps in your ICS
• From Warehouse to Enterprise with Edge Computing
• Open Secure Remote Operations: A Vision Fulfilled
• Secure Industrial Control Systems with Configuration Control
This edition of AUTOMATION 2021 shows you strategies and solutions for securing OT/ICS networks. Discover a useful security framework that presents information in matrices arranged by attack stages, how to use a risk assessment to start securing OT systems, and even how better management of code and configuration changes can reduce risk.

@automation_com @ISA_Interchange @IrelandISA #Pauto #Cybersecurity #IIoT

Out of this world camerawork!

NASA successfully landed the Perseverance Rover on Mars on February 18th 2021. 

See Landing Film
This isn’t the first Mars mission, but it was the first time that the entry, descent, and landing of a spacecraft was filmed and broadcasted live for the public to watch and virtually participate in. 6 FLIR machine vision cameras captured the event from multiple angles, documenting all stages of the thrilling touchdown. While only a few minutes long, the footage has already helped engineers evaluate how well their work performed in space, and inspired millions of viewers around the world.

The Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) of the rover may only be a few minutes long, but there’s a lot going on in those few minutes. Here’s a breakdown of what you’re seeing and from what angle.

After entering the Martian atmosphere, the parachute deploys about 7 miles (11 kilometers) from the surface. Just before this point, three up-looking cameras began recording, capturing footage of the supersonic deployment of the most massive parachute ever sent to space.

Five miles off the ground, the heat shield (used to protect the rover during entry into the Martian atmosphere) drops off and exposes the rover down-look camera, showing some of the rover’s intense ride to Mars’ Jezero Crater.

Then the rover drops away from the back shell (and parachute). From there its descent is managed by a rocket-powered descent stage called the “SkyCrane.” Here’s a view of the rover captured by a down-looking camera on the SkyCrane:

Then it’s touchdown! Here’s a view (from a camera on the rover) of the SkyCrane being swept away as the rover touches down on the surface of Mars to begin its mission:

The cameras that captured this footage are FLIR RGB machine vision cameras, and include five 1.3-megapixel cameras and one 3.1-megapixel USB camera. “Our cameras are designed for operation on Earth, and not built to operate in outer space,” said Sadiq Panjwani, VP of the Integrated Imaging Solutions (IIS) division at FLIR. “So we were quite thrilled that NASA put them to the test.”

NASA began contacting FLIR in 2015 to investigate suitable cameras for the EDL (Entry, Descent Landing) system. Engineers were looking for commercial off the shelf (COTS) hardware with an emphasis on low cost and ease of system integration.

This is the first time that FLIR machine vision cameras have been subjected to the extreme temperatures or high gravity forces experienced during the Mars landing. Everyone involved in engineering and manufacture of cameras at FLIR is thrilled about this testament to their durability and performance. And of course, ecstatic to say that their work has made it to Mars!

• See also: Previous news on this MARS Perseverance Project. (November 2020 to April 2021)

@flir @NASAPersevere @mepaxIntPR #Astronautics #Automation #Mars

Thursday 29 April 2021

Rapidly increase for biofuels.

Global renewable fuels leader will implement advanced technologies to accelerate its digital transformation and meet global demand

Emerson has been selected to support Neste’s digital transformation of its expanded refinery in Tuas (SG).  Emerson’s automation systems and software will help Neste deliver high-performance, efficient operations, supporting Neste’s plans to increase production by up to 1.3 million tons per annum by 2023. 

“By incorporating a digital foundation, advanced analytics and mobile collaboration capabilities into its expanded refinery’s operations starting from its construction phase, Neste is well positioned for long-term operational excellence,” said Ron Martin, president for Emerson’s process systems and solutions business.

Neste is the world’s largest producer for renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel produced from renewable waste and residue raw materials. At the end of 2018, Neste made a strategic decision to expand its production facility in Singapore via the Singapore Expansion Project. On top of its existing 1.3 million tons annual production capacity of renewable diesel, the expanded refinery will have additional capacity to produce up to 1 million tons of sustainable aviation fuel and renewable raw materials for polymers and chemicals, supporting the company’s goal to reduce customers’ greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 million tons annually by 2030.

To ensure the construction of the Neste Singapore Expansion Project is on time and on budget, Emerson is working with Neste to incorporate its Project Certainty methodology, the company’s approach to ensuring successful capital project execution. Emerson will help Neste complete automation system implementation smoothly to bring Neste’s expanded refinery on-line by 2023. Cloud engineering capabilities enable global engineering teams to collaborate remotely to optimise project designs and accelerate project schedules. Smart Commissioning software automates device commissioning, enabling faster, smoother start-up of the production.

Neste will apply Emerson’s DeltaV™ automation system and software to control production for efficient performance and to deliver on-demand remote access to data and analytics. Emerson’s advanced systems, software, analytics and mobility tools – part of its Plantweb™ digital ecosystem – establish the foundation to digitally transform operations by turning relevant data into new operational insights and actionable information that empower better decision-making.

@Emerson_News @EMR_Automation @NesteGlobal @HHC_Lewis #Pauto  #Singapore

Transforming the plastics industry.

Novelplast Teo*, an Údarás na Gaeltachta client company located in Co. Meath (IRL), is part of a group of organisations undertaking research with the objective of transforming the plastics industry.

In partnership with Athlone Institute of Technology, AvonCourt Packaging Ltd, National University of Ireland, Cork (UCC), Novelplast will form an integral part of this disruptive technology project which aims to drastically reduce the petroleum extracted virgin material used in the plastics industry and positioning PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) recyclate as a valuable, perpetually reusable resource.

Funding of €1.89m has been approved under the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund announced by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. The €95m fund for Disruptive Technologies which will be invested in the successful projects run by various businesses and education and research institutes over the next three years. The purpose of the Fund is to drive collaboration between Ireland’s world-class research base and industry as well as facilitating enterprises to compete directly for funding in support of the development and deployment of disruptive and innovative technologies.

Speaking about the announcement of the fund Údarás na Gaeltachta’s CEO Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh said: “It is central to Údarás na Gaeltachta’s strategy that we develop and support businesses that are based on innovation in Gaeltacht areas and this is an excellent example of the type of industry that is developing new technologies and work practices to ensure their future sustainability and ability for growth.”

*Novelplast Teoranta was established in Co. Meath in 2017. The company has seen huge growth ever since with 25 people employed there at the end of 2020. The company manufactures PET (polyethylene terephthalate) pellets/chip directly from industrial offcut filament and fibre material from PET manufacturing facilities. They provide solutions and technologies to recycle plastic material, with sustainability in mind to create a better environment for future generations.

@novelplast @UdarasnaG @UCC @DeptEnterprise #Research #Plastics #Ireland

Earnáil an phlaistigh a athrú ó bhun.

Novelplast Teo*, cliantchomhlacht de chuid Údarás na Gaeltachta, mar chuid de ghrúpa eagraíochtaí atá chun tabhairt faoi thaighde a bhfuil sé mar aidhm aige earnáil an phlaistigh a athrú ó bhun.

Labhair Príomhfheidhmeannach Údarás na Gaeltachta Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh maidir leis na bhfógra: “Tá forbairt agus cothú comhlachtaí atá bunaithe ar an nuálaíocht sna ceantair Ghaeltachta ina chuid lárnach de straitéis Údarás na Gaeltachta. Is sampla maith é seo den tionscail sin, tionscail atá ag forbairt teicneolaíochtaí agus modhanna oibre nua a bheidh inbhuanaithe amach anseo agus a mbeidh sé de chumas acu fás.”

I gcomhpháirtíocht le hInstitiúid Teicneolaíochta Átha Luain (AIT), AvonCourt Packaging Ltd agus Ollscoil na hÉireann, Corcaigh, beidh ról lárnach ag Novelplast sa togra teicneolaíochta bunathraitheach seo atá chun féachaint leis an méid ábhair peitriliam úríon a úsáidtear in earnáil na bplaisteach a laghdú go suntasach. Chuige sin léireofar PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) athchúrsáilte mar fhoinse luachmhar ar féidir athúsáid a bhaint as go síoraí.

Tá maoiniú de €1.89m ceadaithe don togra faoin gCiste Nuálaíochta um Theicneolaíochtaí Bunathraitheacha atá fógartha ag an Roinn Fiontar, Trádála agus Fostaíochta. Roinnfear an ciste de €95m as seo go ceann trí bliana ar fhiontair, institiúidí oideachais agus taighde. An aidhm atá leis an gCiste ná comhoibriú a chur chun imeasc bonn taighde agus earnála den scoth in Éirinn ag cur ar chumas fiontair dul in iomaíocht dhíreach ar mhaoiniú chun na teicneolaíochtaí seo a fhorbairt agus a chur i bhfeidhm.

*Bunaíodh Novelplast Teoranta i mBaile Ghib, Co. na Mí (Éire), in 2017 agus tá fás mór tagtha ar an gcomhlacht ó shin agus suas le 25 duine fostaithe ann ag deireadh 2020. Déanann an comhlacht millíní/sliseanna PET go díreach ó fhuíollghearrthóga filiméad agus ábhar snáithín ó áiseanna déantúsaíochta PET. Cuireann siad réitigh agus teicneolaíochtaí ar fáil chun athchúrsáil a dhéanamh ar ábhar plaisteach, iad de shíor ag iarraidh cúrsaí inbhuanaitheachta a chur chun cinn chun timpeallacht níos fearr a chruthú do na glúnta atá le theacht.

@novelplast @UdarasnaG @UCC @DeptEnterprise #Research #Plastics #Ireland

Cool computer is hot!

The CS551 from DFI is the world's first 3.5" embedded single board computer with an integral auto warm-up function enabling the processor to withstand extreme cold weather environments down to -30°C. It is now available from Impulse Embedded.

Robert Plant, Sales Director at Impulse Embedded, comments, “The CS551 provides state of the art AI smart edge computing. Combined with our advanced and flexible embedded systems capabilities we can create market-leading, reliable, repeatable and revision-controlled systems providing our customers with reduced overall project costs and development time. Our in-house team of engineers and specialists, all with decades of experience, can provide fully deployable embedded computing solutions straight out of the box.”

Aerospace, outdoor industrial applications and railway technology may be subjected to extremes of temperature and not only have to function across a wide temperature range but most importantly start up at low temperatures. The new CS551 SBC from Impulse Embedded has been designed specifically to meet these requirements and will be welcomed by OEMs and machine builders in these markets.

Built to support Intel 9th/8th Gen Core processors, the CS551 uses dynamic performance adjustment of both CPU and GPU speeds allowing it to function in an extremely wide temperature range of -30°C to +80°C which is rare in such a small form factor single board computer (SBC).

The CS551 is powered by the latest Intel Coffee Lake processors from Intel ensuring support of the latest Windows 10 IoT and Linux operating systems. The board comes with one SODIMM memory socket supporting a maximum of 32GB DDR4 2666MHz system memory. With rugged operating conditions in mind, the CS551 supports an extended wide operating temperature range of up -30°C to +80°C when using wide temperature plug-in components. In a world-first, the CS551 also utilises an auto warm-up function to allow it to support the extremely cold temperatures as standard.

In addition to the unique auto warm-up feature and extended temperature support, the CS551 is packed with expansion interfaces for Edge AI computing applications. These include dual DisplayPort+ graphical interfaces supporting resolutions up to 4094 x 2304 @ 60Hz, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and four USB3.1 ports. Internally there is SATA3.0 storage support, an M.2 2280 M-key NVMe slot and a full-size MiniPCIe slot with SIM support for cellular connectivity.

For machine builders and OEMs, the CS551 also comes with an on-board LVDS interface for pairing directly to a flat panel LCD. As part of our Embedded System Services, Impulse can offer a complete board to display pairing service including the display of your choice, a custom display BIOS plus interface cables for an all-in-one HMI solution.

 @ImpulseEmbedded @DFI_Embedded @proactivefleet #PAuto #Transport

Robotics in the summer!

The EPSRC UK Robotics & Autonomous Systems (UK-RAS Network) has announced the programme for its first Robotics Summer Showcase – a unique summer-long showcase of the cutting-edge in British robotics research and innovation. This programme will run from May to July, and launches on Wednesday 5th May with an online opening ceremony (3-4pm BST), which will feature a welcome from the EPSRC UK-RAS Network Chair, Professor Robert Richardson, keynote speakers Dr James Chandler (University of Leeds), Dr Simon Watson (University of Manchester) and Dr Katrin Solveig Lohan (Heriot-Watt University), plus exclusive event previews. 

Attendees may register for the event here

EPSRC UK-RAS Network Chair Robert Richardson remarks: “For the first time, we are offering a full three months of stimulating and unique events that will demonstrate the exceptional depth and breadth of UK robotics and autonomous systems research and innovation – from soft robotics and medical robotics to industrial robots and remote inspection robotics. We are very excited to be able to offer this fantastic, wide-ranging programme to a diverse range of audiences, and to be facilitating a much-needed virtual community platform that will accelerate and drive forward even greater advances in these fields.”

This exciting inaugural showcase will run throughout May to July and offer a variety of free-to-register lectures, workshops, demonstrations and events from across the ESPRC UK-RAS Network aimed at engaging the RAS community, and helping to create meaningful connections and foster collaboration.

Highlight events include:

- Robotics + Care Mashup (10th – 14th May) – five-day online "mashup" event bringing together care professionals, academics and technology providers to prototype new solutions to support the care sector, hosted by Britain's first National Robotarium, a collaboration between Heriot Watt University and the University of Edinburgh.

- Establishing a British Surgical Robotics Roadmap (14th May 2pm – 3.30pm BST) – workshop bringing together multi-disciplinary international experts from the domain of surgical robotics – spanning laparoscopic surgical robots, continuum surgical robots, intra-corporeal robots and microrobots – to shape science policy and funding.

- 4th UK-RAS Conference for PhD and Early-Career Researchers: Robotics at Home (2nd June 10am – 4pm BST) – virtual event specifically designed for PhD students and early-career researchers to foster research progress and offer opportunities for networking.

- Humans in the Loop and Human-Robot Teaming for Remote Inspection (15th June 11am – 12pm BST) – take part and ask questions in this interactive showcase from the Human-Robot Interaction theme of the ORCA Hub, using Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Interaction to help people manage, control, and cooperate with remote robots from the safety of a control room.

- The Ethical Black Box in Human-Robot Dialogue (13th July 2pm – 3.30pm BST) – virtual demonstration of the Ethical Black Box platform – developed by researchers at the University of Oxford and Bristol Robotics Lab – which collects data for use in the event of an accident.

The 3-month programme will culminate in virtual award ceremonies for the prestigious international Surgical Robot Challenge and Medical Robotics for Contagious Diseases Challenge, the much-anticipated launch of the UK-RAS Network 2021 White Papers, and conclude with the Robotics Summer Showcase Closing Ceremony (30th July, 4pm – 5pm BST; keynote speakers to be announced).

Alongside the Robotics Summer Showcase, the ESPRC UK-RAS Network will also be hosting the new UK Festival of Robotics – a 7-day celebration aimed at engaging members of the public in robotics and intelligent systems. This exciting programme will run from 19th – 25th June and provide online events, competitions, and activities for robot enthusiasts of all ages. Now in its 6th year, this annual celebration (formerly UK Robotics Week) is hosted by the EPSRC UK-RAS Network as part of its mission to provide academic leadership in robotics, coordinating activities at over 30 partner universities across the country.

@UKRobotics #PAuto #Robotics #Britain

Virtual stopping a robot!

RobotStudio® offline programming and simulation software from ABB has been upgraded with a new virtual robot braking distance function designed to create an exact simulation of the real-world stopping distance of a robot. Enabling the robot’s braking distance to be accurately calculated, the function overcomes the need to add safety margins into cell designs, enabling space savings of up to 25 per cent.

"Our new robot braking distance function for RobotStudio equips the user with information about a robot’s real-world movements with an unprecedented level of accuracy,” says Antti Matinlauri, Head of Product Management for ABB Robotics. “Predicting the braking behavior of a robot with its payload will help system integrators and end users save time and costs, with up to 25 per cent reduction in the footprint when it comes to designing and building a robot cell or setting up a safety zone. This will help our customers optimize their processes and get the most out of their automation solutions."

Predicting exactly where a robot will stop depends on a range of variables including speed, payload and the robot's own inertia. These factors, individually or combined, can result in the robot coming to a halt outside of its safety zone, sometimes by several meters. To compensate for the variability in stopping distances, engineers designing robot cells traditionally oversize them to allow for additional movement as the robot comes to a stop, which uses unnecessary space on the factory floor.

The new RobotStudio function uses ABB's superior motion control technology to predict the robot's movements with millimetric precision. This allows the exact movement of the robot to be simulated in RobotStudio, enabling the user to determine the correct size of the safety zone required, and the ideal location of features including light curtains, safety fencing and controllers.

For applications using ABB's SafeMove software, the data on the robot's final position can be used to determine the size of the 'green,' 'amber' and 'red' zones where the robot will either continue working, slow down or come to a halt, depending on the location of the operator. This is especially beneficial in collaborative applications where operators need to be confident that a robot has stopped before approaching it.

As a virtual environment for programming and simulating complete robot installations, RobotStudio remains unmatched in the marketplace. By enabling cell designs to be demonstrated and tested offline, it can help shorten overall project times by allowing refinements to be made before a physical cell is built.

The virtual robot braking distance function is one of a number of downloads available for RobotStudio here.

@ABBRobotics @ABBgroupnews @NapierPR #PAuto #Robotics 

Wednesday 28 April 2021

IIoT manufacturing platform selected.

Mercury Systems has selected Aegis’ FactoryLogix® platform across 16 Factory Locations. By implementing a holistic Manufacturing 4.0 platform, Mercury will rapidly achieve a digital transformation that supports global standardization and offers extensive yet effortless configurability to support unique requirements at the local level. FactoryLogix’s unparalleled, adaptable, and contextualized platform will provide Mercury with distinct capabilities and system performance levels to accelerate innovation, increase production efficiency and capacity, reduce costs, elevate quality, and amplify customer satisfaction.
FactoryLogix is a holistic and modular IIoT-based Manufacturing Operations Management platform that delivers leading-edge technology with easily configurable modules to support and execute a discrete manufacturer’s strategy towards Industry 4.0. FactoryLogix manages the entire manufacturing lifecycle: from product launch to material logistics, through manufacturing execution and quality management, to powerful analytics and real-time dashboards. This end-to-end platform is helping companies accelerate product introductions, streamline processes, improve quality and traceability, reduce costs, and gain greater visibility for competitive advantage and profitability.

“We are a fast-growing company, both organically and inorganically. Our current commercial MES solution could no longer support our increasing requirements for optimal system performance, enhanced user experience and adoption, and cross-enterprise analytics to support this accelerated growth. It was clear that we needed a robust yet agile manufacturing platform that would support our extreme requirements and easily scale to integrate new companies acquired,” stated Imtiaz Iqbal, Vice President of Enterprise Systems, Mercury Systems. “We conducted an extensive evaluation process that included a mix of many commercial MES and ERP solutions to find one that could meet our Manufacturing 4.0 digital transformation objectives. We eventually narrowed it down to Aegis’ FactoryLogix platform and a leading ERP provider. After an even more extensive performance benchmarking evaluation process, the team chose FactoryLogix because of its native flexibility, modern architecture, performance, and well-designed user interface as the ideal platform to meet our short and long-term requirements and objectives. Aegis’ proven experience and expertise in the aerospace & defense industry, their comprehensive and easily configurable solution platform, and their partnering and collaborative approach were a few of the reasons we selected Aegis.”

Mercury will implement a comprehensive mix of FactoryLogix’s capabilities such as production preparation and management, process workflow designer, interactive work instructions, manufacturing execution and tracking, IIoT connectivity & contextualization, quality management and traceability, MRO (maintenance, repair, and operation), and enterprise reporting.

“Mercury is a great example of a fast-growing, innovative manufacturer that recognizes the criticality of standardizing on the right manufacturing operations platform. A platform that will provide the adaptability, scalability, and complete visibility required to drive their ongoing differentiation, innovation, and growth. With FactoryLogix as their Manufacturing 4.0 platform, Mercury has a forward-looking, best practice framework that is ideal for their unique aerospace & defense requirements,” stated Jason Spera, CEO, and Co-Founder of Aegis Software. “We are thrilled to support Mercury on their exciting digital transformation journey as they catapult their manufacturing operations to the next level to achieve optimal outcomes and continued success.”

@FactoryLogix @MRCY #PAuto 

Controlling nitrogen oxide emissions.

Ensure mandated availability and data quality of Continuous Emissions Monitoring System (CEMS) while reducing operating costs.

Environmental regulations are changing at a rapid pace, but many emissions monitoring systems are still operating with obsolete instrumentation, increasing system availability risk, non-compliance penalties, operating costs and shutdowns. It is becoming even more critical for plant operators to select the right technology to keep pace with increasingly stringent emissions regulations.

Nitrogen oxides (NOₓ) emissions remain particularly very challenging for combustion processes. This free eBook examines new gas analysis technologies for monitoring the concentration of NOₓ in gas emissions to help you not only comply with regulations, but also control and optimize combustion processes and better manage energy usage.

This eBook from Emerson teaches

• Use the right gas analysis technology to optimize NOₓ emissions monitoring and reduce operating costs
• Ensure mandated availability, performance and data quality of your Continuous Emissions Monitoring System (CEMS)
• Leverage the integrated analytics of modern gas analyzers to improve reliability and simplify decision making
• Build value creation into environmental compliance by using measurement data from gas analyzers to reduce energy consumption and costs
• Get insights into how customers have succeeded in leveraging new gas analysis technologies to achieve more precise emissions measurement and prove full compliance

@EMR_Automation #PAuto

Low voltage test range.

Megger has announced the introduction of new solutions within their low voltage range. New power clamps meter, voltage detectors, 2-pole tester, electric vehicle charge-point and all in one TRMS clamp meter are featured in their catalogue.

Included are instruments for Ex voltage detection, an all in one TRMS electrical tester and an Electric vehicle charge point adaptor.

Down load the catalogue here.

@MeggerUK #TandM #Automotive #Pauto

Tuesday 27 April 2021

Accelerating industrial analytics.

Seeq Corporation has just announced a new offering on Amazon Web Services (AWS) to accelerate access to manufacturing data for enabling AWS analytics on industrial data. The Seeq AWS Glue integration for Enterprise Historians, available on AWS Marketplace, simplifies industrial data discovery and migration to the AWS cloud using Seeq’s proven historian data access architecture.

Seeq also announced the completion of its SOC2 Type 1 certification. SOC 2 compliance is a critical consideration for companies evaluating SaaS applications to ensure vendors have the appropriate controls to protect data handled on their systems.

“Timely, ad hoc access to operational data is essential to advancing Industry 4.0 use cases through centralized data science and machine learning efforts, yet providing this functionality continues to vex many organizations,” says Jonathan Lang, IDC Research. “Solutions which rapidly liberate this data will accelerate and expand the insights and benefits of manufacturing data science initiatives.”

Seeq enables engineers and scientists in process manufacturing organizations to rapidly analyze, predict, collaborate, and share insights to improve production and business outcomes. Seeq customers include companies in the oil and gas, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, mining, food and beverage, and other process industries.

AWS Glue is a serverless data integration service that makes it easy to discover, prepare, and combine data for analytics, machine learning, and application development. The integration of Seeq and AWS Glue creates a secure and virtualized connection to on premise historian databases, manages data discoverability, and enables data science teams to access this data for machine learning in AWS. The result is simplified access to machine data, process data, and contextual data stored in historian databases—including the OSIsoft PI system, OSIsoft PI Asset Framework (AF), AspenTech IP21—along with other data historians.

Seeq also announced the completion of a SOC 2 Type 1 attestation, performed by Tevora, an independent accounting firm which conducts audits of company practices and procedures related to customer data security. SOC 2 compliance is an important consideration for companies evaluating SaaS applications to ensure vendors have the appropriate controls to protect data handled on their systems. This audit affirms Seeq’s procedures, policies, and operations meet the SOC 2 standards relative to Security Trust Services Principle and Criteria including customer data protection, cybersecurity, and software management.

“Analytics software for manufacturing customers is an area long overdue for innovation,” says Megan Buntain, Director of Cloud Partnerships at Seeq. “By choosing Seeq SaaS to democratize innovations in big data, machine learning, and computer science, industrial organizations can easily access new capabilities to improve production and business success.”

@SeeqCorporation @awscloud #PAuto #AWS #Cloud

Simpler access to IIoT.

Harting highlight the right infrastructure for the road to the IIoT, including solutions such as the RJ Industrial® MultiFeature, a significantly improved version of the classic RJ45.

Thanks to a robust metal housing and integrated knives that automatically shorten the strands to the correct length during assembly, handling is greatly simplified. Shorter assembly time saves valuable time in system installation. Consequently, the most frequently deployed data interface has been further optimised for use in industrial environments.

Targeting designers of miniaturised devices, Harting show all the innovations and portfolio extensions revolving around the space-saving ix Industrial® Ethernet interface.

The interface is 70% smaller in size, offering Gbit Ethernet with a more compact footprint while increasing stability at the same time. Standardised in IEC 61076-3-124, ix Industrial® represents the future standard for 8-wire Gbit Ethernet in automation scenarios. 

Suitable for virtually every application.


Monday 26 April 2021

HMI in Ex Zone 1.

For toluol supply facilities in zone 1, the customer required a system with a zone 2 panel by Siemens as well as the touch function of the twelve inch widescreen TFT display retained even under harsh industrial conditions. 

Quintex GmbH was able to win an order with a leading manufacturer and OEM for sealing systems in the automobile industry together with its customer, Göhler Anlagentechnik.

Different solutions for the potentially explosive area like, for example, overpressure solutions, powder filling or intrinsically safe systems could not be realised for technical and or economic reasons, as a custom version would have been required.

For this project, this would have been too restrictive. For the customer, the Quintex Overpressure System was the most flexible and efficient. 

The advantages were obvious:
• a high degree of flexibility and design freedom
• easy installation and maintenance
• overall, more cost efficient and technically efficient than other solutions
• therefore, a standard panel by Siemens could be used
Another special feature was to realise the enclosure with a special painting in accordance with customer requirements. Local control functions provide for safe usage and allow for external operation without having to open the enclosure.

At first glance, the Quintex solution may not be different from a conventional control system. Only experts can make out the difference by spotting the compressed air supply and the Ex type label of the overpressure control for zone 1 potentially explosive areas.

There are no additional components at the exterior of the enclosure.

With the system, by automatic clearance measurement inside the enclosure with an approved, stationary gas detector, the non-existence of an Ex area can be verified and, with the overpressure during operation, a non Ex area can be retained.

Only when no flammable gas is detected in the enclosure and, in addition, the pressure inside the enclosure, as specified in the Ex standard DIN EN 60079-2, is maintained, the following electrical components will be switched on. The customer only has to ensure that, for the cabinet, electrical supply and industrial compressed air is available.

Quintex allows for the zone 2 panel to be operated with complete functionality of a touch screen in zone 1 in this special solution.

The touch screen is implemented with a special foil, which is flushed with compressed air. This design guarantees explosion protection even in case of damage. As high overpressure is not required to flush the enclosure, the foil is not endangered at no time.

To save space, all the components are premounted on plates inside the enclosure by Quintex. The costumer receives an overpressure-proof cabinet. This allows for the final installation to be carried out within the manufacturing facilities of the customer.

With this system, small enclosures as well as large floor-standing cabinets can be realised. The implementation is proven by practical experience. It offers a high degree of freedom for self-assembly, without risking the required safety. The mounting plate is delivered with all the required overpressure components, proven in accordance with the Ex criteria, by Quintex.

Specifically with the maintenance of the system and failure-free operation, the Quintex implementation offers obvious advantages and a high degree of customer benefit. It is an extremely efficient and safe solution when dealing with production down time / interruptions. The system can be easily and rapidly switched on again.

This solution is tested and certified by two independent certification bodies. Thus, safe usage is guaranteed in zone 1 and 21 as well as in zone 2 and 22.

Many of the systems sold by Quintex are application-specific solutions, with which the problem and solving the problem for the customer are the main focus.

Customers may also buy the electronic components required for monitoring the non-Ex area from Quintex and to use their own cabinet.

@quintexgmbh #Automotive #PAuto #Ex #HMI

Friday 23 April 2021

In-cylinder position sensor.

Novotechnik’s TM1 series linear position sensors are specifically designed for straightforward and direct integration within hydraulic or pneumatic cylinder pressure chambers. This recently announced sensor is available with full support from Variohm EuroSensor, this exceptionally durable sensor series is offered with CANopen or CAN SAE J1939 interfaces. 

With a wide choice of existing analogue current and voltage signal outputs, the TM1’s 2 metre working range and absolute positioning resolution of 0.1 mm combines with its excellent EMC and industry standards conformance to suit even more position and speed sensing control tasks in mobile construction and agricultural machinery, commercial vehicles and many other heavy engineering actuator applications.

The compactly designed TM1 offers installation flexibility for fast and straightforward integration in single- or double-acting cylinders. With a working range from 50 up to 2000 mm in 25 mm-steps, a choice of plug-in or screw flange mounting is available with an innovative connector system for closed or open bore cylinders featuring M12 connectors and various length cables - without the need for additional wiring. For in-cylinder applications, a protection rating of up to IP67 is offered with high-pressure resistance up to 350 bar nominal and up 450 bar for pressure peaks. A working temperature rating from -40 °C to +105 °C ensures widespread use in the harshest environments whilst the non-contacting operation of the magnetostrictive position measurement technology guarantees long and trouble-free working life.

The CAN interface options join a comprehensive list of impressive specifications for the TM1 series which also includes conformity to EN 13309 for construction machinery and to ISO 14982 for agricultural machinery. Engineered for use in applications with the highest EMC requirements, RF protection is up to 200V/m - meeting ISO 11452-2 and exceeding the E1 requirements of the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). Various mechanically decoupled, passive ring-shaped or U-shaped position markers allow flexibility for cylinder integration whilst a floating position marker suits level measurement tasks.

 @Variohm @NovotechnikUS #PAuto

Connecting PLCs to cloud!

Softing Industrial has launched an AWS Quick Start for its edgeConnector Siemens docker container application, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS). The Quick Start automatically deploys edgeConnector Siemens and AWS IoT SiteWise in the AWS cloud. It demonstrates how to connect Siemens PLCs to the AWS cloud in a secure and scalable way.

edgeConnector Siemens is Softing’s first commercially available gateway product to support container technology. By leveraging Softing’s expertise in automation technology and IT/OT integration, it offers best-in-class connectivity for Siemens PLCs typically used in brownfield projects. As a Docker container, it seamlessly integrates into the AWS solution architecture for Industrial IoT and can be operated and managed efficiently.
Customers are increasingly facing challenges in connecting the cloud to the edge in a secure way. “Many customers that we speak to, are hesitant when it comes to connecting their machines to cloud and using the Internet of Things” says Dr. Christopher Anhalt, VP Product Marketing at Softing. Industrial customers lack experience in edge computing and do not have access to reference artifacts and best-practices resources for edge computing and the Internet of Things.

The Softing edgeConnector Siemens Quick Start makes it easy for IT as well as for shop floor personnel to gain first-hand experience with a secure and highly scalable end-to-end solution for Industrial IoT. The Quick Start offers a fast and flexible way to try out edgeConnector Siemens as connectivity solution with AWS. It automates the deployment of Softing’s edgeConnector Siemens, a docker container application with gateway functionality, and AWS IoT SiteWise in the AWS cloud. A simulated Siemens S7-1500 PLC generates IoT sensor data that is sent to AWS via edgeConnector Siemens and visualized using AWS IoT SiteWise. This entire deployment on AWS takes not more than 10 minutes.

@SoftingIA @awscloud @mepaxIntPR #PAuto #PLC

Wireless load sensors and load cell telemetry.

Two new high-performance load sensor products from Strainsert Inc., based on license-free, 2.4GHz telemetry with a working range up to 800 metres, will facilitate straightforward and cost-effective installation for single- or multi-sensor use over long distances, problematic installations and otherwise challenging load measurement tasks. Especially compelling as an alternative for system set-ups where long and noise-prone cable runs in traditional wired systems prove complex and expensive, the new wireless load sensors and load cell telemetry systems are available exclusively in Britain from Ixthus Instrumentation.

The new products include wireless load pins with integrated wireless transmitters, configured as standard or custom designed clevis pins or shackle bolts for single or multiple sensor systems. Complementary to these wireless-integrated sensors, the newly available T24 series wireless load cell telemetry system comprises modular transmitters, base stations and accessories with the adaptability for conversion of existing wired Strainsert sensors with strain, current or voltage output - or for the development of completely new wireless system designs. With IP67 rated enclosures and built for the harshest conditions for weighing and load monitoring tasks in aerospace, industrial, construction, mobile machinery and more, the range is supported with comprehensive software tools for straightforward configuration and monitoring.

Strainsert’s T24 wireless transmitter modules are available in two module sizes with a choice of batteries – a compact AA cell version or for longer battery life a larger sized D cell module. The electrical and range performance specifications for both modules are similar. The 4-wire bridge measurement and 4.5 to 5.25 VDC excitation characteristics suit Strainsert sensor requirements. The modular system offers a choice of four USB powered base stations that are used for interfacing with PCs or PLCs through a choice of USB, RS232 or RS485 ports for configuration and control. They work in concert with the T24 transmitter modules, facilitating the data capture through the T24 software toolkit which is included with the wireless systems. Further system accessories include Modbus Gateway and ASCII serial interfaces, analogue and relay output modules and wireless range extenders for up to 1600 metres. Also included are wireless handheld receivers and LED display modules.

The wireless load pin has all the specification characteristics and interfacing possibilities offered by the T24 telemetry systems with the potential advantage found in its integrated load sensor component and transmitter design that can further aid installation planning and commissioning.

@IxthusInst @mepaxIntPR #strainsert #PAuto 

Interface for weighing devices/Schnittstelle für Waagen.

The CAN in Automation (CiA) association has released version 2.0.0 of the CiA 461 profile specification series. 
This series comprises four parts specifying the CANopen interfaces of weighing devices. A simple CANopen weighing network consists of load cells, compensation sensors, scales and HMIs (human machine interface) or indicators. Such a network can comprise several devices of the same kind. Load cells and scales feature optionally locally or remotely connected compensation sensors. Scales provide optionally locally or remotely connected indicators. These devices are controlled and operated by a weighing process control entity located typically in the scale. 

This device supports also CANopen manager capabilities (NMT producer, configuration manager, and error control services such as Heartbeat) to configure, control, and monitor the other CANopen devices. If a scale does not provide a weighing controller, the corresponding functionality can be implemented in a PLC (programmable logic controller) or an industrial PC.

Version 2.0.0 of CiA 461 series introduces functional safety features as standardized in EN 50325-5 (CANopen Safety). The profile documents specify SRDOs (safety-related data objects). They are mapped to two Classical CAN data frames containing bit-wise inverted information using different CAN-IDs. The trade-for-sale function is the same as in the previous version. Also, the authentication and encrypting functions have not been changed.

Weighing systems compliant with this CANopen profile are intended for industrial applications including truck scales and weighbridges. On-board weighing equipment with CANopen connectivity is specified in the CiA 459 series.

CANopen-Profil für Waagen
Der eingetragene Verein CAN in Automation (CiA) hat die Version 2.0.0 der Profil-Spezifikation CiA 461 herausgegeben. 

Die vierteilige Spezifikation beschreibt die CANopen-Schnittstellen von Lastzellen, Waagen und Anzeigegeräten. Von diesen Geräten können mehrere Instanzen an das CANopen-Netzwerk angeschlossen werden. Lastzellen und Waagen können zusätzlich über CANopen, Daten von Kompensationssensoren erhalten (z. B. bei unterschiedlichen Außentemperaturen). Diese Sensoren können aber auch bereits in der Lastzelle oder der Waage eingebaut sein.

Die Wiegesteuerfunktion für das Gesamtsystem ist typischerweise in einer Waage untergebracht. Diese Waage ist dann auch der CANopen-Manager mit der NMT-Producer-Funktion. Alternativ kann die Wiegesteuerung auch in einer speicherprogrammierbaren Steuerung oder einem Industrie-PC implementiert werden.

Die Version 2.0.0 von CiA 461 spezifiziert auch eine funktional-sichere Kommunikation entsprechend der europäischen Norm EN 50325-5 (CANopen-Safety). Dazu sind in dem Profil SRDOs (Safety-related Data Objects) beschrieben. Diese verwenden zwei CAN-Datenframes mit bit-weise invertiertem Inhalt, die unterschiedliche CAN-Identifier nutzen. Die „Trade-for-sale“-Funktion ist identisch mit der, in der vorherigen Version beschriebenen. Authentifizierung und Datenverschlüsselung wurden ebenfalls nicht geändert.

Wiegesysteme, die der Profilspezifikation CiA 416 entsprechen, sind für industrielle Anwendungen gedacht. Sie umfassen auch LKW-Waagen und Brückenwaagen. On-board-Wiegegeräte mit CANopen-Schnittstellen sind in der Profilreihe CiA 459 spezifiziert.

@CANopen #PAuto #Weighing #Automotive

Lateral excitation stand.

MB Dynamics has announced the global market introduction of its Lateral Excitation Stand.

The MB Dynamics Lateral Excitation Stand can be used to help reduce measurement errors which can arise during experimental modal surveys. It does so, by offering versatile modal exciter suspension and support, as well as by applying force to a test structure in one of two unique ways: either horizontally, into the side of a test structure; or, obliquely, beneath a test structure. The stand further allows exact modal exciter positioning, in either horizontal or vertical direction, while still accommodating a maximum suspended load of up to 60 kg.

Designed by 40-year global industry experts in experimental modal analysis, the stand offers seamless compatibility with MB Dynamics’ own industry best-selling MODAL 50A and MODAL 110 exciter systems, of which more than 1,300 remain successfully installed in the field. The main structural parts of the Lateral Excitation Stand are constructed of a lightweight, durable, and rugged aluminum, while its rubber-footed adjustable steel legs offer added stability.

The Lateral Excitation Stand may also be used in combination with tensioned piano wire or compression stingers to help reduce measurement errors arising from unmeasured transverse forces. This, given that tension-only stingers can be used to apply axial forces without the typical sideloads which can otherwise contaminate measured data. When a piano wire stinger is properly suspended via four supplied turnbuckles, it connects to a test item’s force sensor via the modal exciter’s through-hole and corresponding base, along with any required inertial masses. The piano wire stinger then wraps around a pulley. Any required static preload force is applied via a small hand winch, with a series of quarter-turn handles used to secure the lateral arm and pulley. A low gear-ratio hand crank facilitates easy vertical adjustments of the suspended stinger over a range of 305 mm to 1415 mm. Upon application of sufficient static preload forces, as to exceed dynamic force, the piano wire stinger is secured by tightening the Dumore Chuck within the exciter’s moving element. As the Lateral Excitation Stand allows the modal exciter to be set atop its lateral arm and rotated more precisely about its trunnion base, the MODAL 50A or MODAL 110 exciter system can therefore provide excitation at virtually any angle, with up to a 300 mm horizontal adjustment rate, and with exciter motion properly isolated from the test stand.

Typical applications for the MB Dynamics Lateral Excitation Stand include virtually any experimental modal survey application incorporating the company’s own MODAL 50A and MODAL 110 exciter systems. These include, though may not be limited to, aircraft and automotive testing, civil engineering, power generation, and test & measurement applications. 

@EmbassyGlobal #MBDynamics #PAuto #TandM 

Thursday 22 April 2021

Wall-mounting for connectors.

Fully EMC-shielded and highly robust outdoor housings can now be rear-mounted

The metal housings in the Han® EMV and Han® HPR series are now available in versions that enable contact inserts to be mounted from the rear, an option that simplifies the placement of interfaces on switch cabinet walls, increases the installation speed and lowers costs in the long term.

Harting has produced other connector types that feature a rear-fit mounting option. Over the past two years, the Han-Eco® A and B and the Han® B and Han® M series came out with this ‘rear-fit’ installation option. Now, the option is available for the first time for the Han® EMV and Han® HPR series.

Rear-fit mounting means that contact inserts can be installed in the housing from the rear, which is particularly important for installation in cabinets in combination with prefabricated cable assemblies. Assembling both products is further accelerated by using a mounting frame. Alternatively, the modules can be inserted directly into the housing. All Han® series that feature the Rear-Fit option make it easier to install contact inserts and cut installation times.

The ‘Rear-Fit’ housings are also interoperable with earlier versions that cannot be equipped from the rear, which translates into a cost-effective, step-by-step introduction of the new housings into production.

 @hartinguk @HARTING #PAuto #Housings

Safe current drivers.

Pepperl+Fuchs is completing its portfolio of SIL 3 isolated barriers for all types of signals—both as modules for DIN rail mounting and as isolating components for termination boards. Positioners in a SIL 3 application—which have always been available for digital signals from or into the field, and for analog measuring signals—can now be connected directly to the controller with a single interface module. A SIL 3 application must no longer be realized via the elaborate path of redundant SIL 2 devices.

SIL 3 applications are also widely used in safety-related applications in which field devices in hazardous areas must be controlled using analog signals. However, no suitable isolated barriers with the ability to transmit signals between the controller and field devices have been developed to date. It may be possible to put a workaround with redundant SIL 2 devices in place. A SIL 3-compatible interface module would require significantly less effort compared to a structure comprising two redundant SIL 2 modules. Last but not least, isolated barriers with SIL 3 suitability can even be useful in SIL 2 applications, for example, when the longest possible proof time is to be achieved.

The new, single-channel current drivers have a width of 12.5 mm, line fault detection, and a separate fault output. This allows users to build SIL 3 applications from a single portfolio, whether with SIL 3 isolated barriers or with redundant, SC3-capable SIL 2 modules.

A product selector for safety products can be found at This selector can be used to select suitable devices by function, signal type, SIL level or performance level (safety relays for safe shutdown both have SIL and PL levels).

@PepperlFuchs  @mepaxIntPR #Pauto #Safety 

Checking-in on remote assets.

In this article, Philippe Aretz, Channel Sales Director at Ovarro, previously Servelec Technologies, explains why the deployment of remote telemetry unit (RTU) and SCADA systems has been essential to support the roll out of mobile communications and broadcasting mediums, especially those in remote locations.

One of the most important demands for telemetry systems in the broadcast sector is to establish a reliable communication network. Safety and efficiency are key priorities, too, whilst organisations have legitimate concerns about security breaches.

The benefit of using RTUs in the broadcast and telecoms sector is that it helps to reduce downtime and enables more efficient preventative maintenance scheduling. This is achievable due to the RTU system’s ability to provide accurate, real time data; allowing asset management teams to make better, more informed decisions. In addition, because RTUs do everything locally, it means if communications break down, they continue to run and act autonomously, whilst maintaining a historical log, and reporting back later. In remote, harsh locations where many masts are located, communication is liable to fail regularly, although RTU’s can manage this. For instance, data acquired by the RTU can be used to support maintenance decisions, and to verify that performance obligations are being adhered to.

RTUs can be deployed on a wide range of equipment from masts, control panels and security measures through to electrical gear. Once in place, they provide remote monitoring of electrical current, temperature, smoke, power and humidity. The unit relays this information to the cloud where it can be analysed and trended, providing operators with a high degree of predictive maintenance capabilities. Where power supply from the grid is not available, they can incorporate intelligent management of power consumption as well as battery or solar power options.

The real value of an RTU is that it can perform autonomous control in real time and then report to SCADA on current status. Operators at the SCADA interface can ‘supervise’ the operations by setting new KPIs (Set Points) or updating instructions (open/close this, start/stop that, for example) for RTUs to then act upon and manage locally. These developments in RTU functionality make them particularly suited to the broadcast sector because they offer resilience to the site environment, have an ability to operate with minimal drain on local power resources, whilst retaining the processing power to perform local control algorithms autonomously.

RTUs in the European cellular network

Our TBox RTU technology has been used by one of our partners in Europe on a project with a major European telecoms company as part of its commitment to improve quality of service to its customers. The main scope of the project was to optimise and replace obsolete RTUs. They were also looking to optimise and control the equipment and installation of a large set (several hundreds) of broadcasting centres with a single solution.

The company required a telemetry solution that provided modularity, sturdiness, compact size, open and standard telecontrol protocols, logic programming and strong cyber security capabilities. Following a careful evaluation of several alternative options, they specified TBox MS and TWinSoft configuration tool because it is a highly resilient and secure automation platform suitable for their critical and demanding SCADA applications. In combination, these technologies allow users to complete their applications and dynamically control communication, alarms, data logging and logic locally or remotely in a fully-secure environment.

Protocols — IEC-60870-5-104, SNMP, Modbus RTU/TCP — were chosen to allow the management of downstream communication with the equipment, sensors and broadcasting devices, as well as to interact upstream with the SCADA control technology. These kinds of solutions are suitable for mobile telephony infrastructure, audio-visual broadcasting networks, smart grid technology, security and the IoT.

This customer went on to deploy the technology in over 250 sites and continues to use it in other locations.

‘Smart’ telecoms assets
Companies in the broadcast sector are demanding more, and ‘smarter’, information and as a result, RTUs will be deployed in greater numbers. It’s worth bearing in mind that currently most RTUs are only used for operations, although they can support maintenance teams, health and safety initiatives and environmental management.

As networks grow and increase in size through more connected devices, managing the greater number of assets will become increasingly difficult through traditional, non-technology methods such as scheduled service engineer visits. And, mergers between companies that span continents and sharing of assets such as masts will require a technological approach because central management will increasingly require remote data acquisition. Set against this is the fact that RTUs are a cost-effective way of collecting large amounts of data, meaning a relatively low investment cost for the benefits they deliver will make them a more attractive proposition on a wider range of assets.

With broadcast’s geographically spread assets and multiple process that all generate massive amounts of data, key to ensuring these improvements is being able to capture and interpret it in real-time. Latest, ruggedized RTU technology focuses specifically on that, helping operators meet their investor and customer commitments.

@ovarro_ltd @StoneJunctionPR @Servelec_ #SCADA #Communications

Connecting IO and Wi-Fi sensors to energy networks.

HMS Networks is now expanding its Ixxat® SG-gateway series for networking of energy components. Two new multi-IO versions allow traditional IO-sensors as well as sensors or devices in Wi-Fi networks to be connected to energy systems using IEC 61850 and IEC 60870. Users benefit from direct and seamless access to sensor data from the control room, as well as IIoT capabilities for monitoring, maintenance and forecasting purposes.

Enabling digital energy control

Digitalization of energy technology is important for mastering the future challenges of sustainable energy supply. With Ixxat SG-gateways, device manufacturers, system integrators, energy suppliers and network operators get instant status information into the control room through direct access to plant data from various sources. This enables efficient system operation, fast reactions to network disturbances, as well as remote monitoring and maintenance of devices and systems. The compact Ixxat SG-gateways are especially suitable for retrofitting plants and digitalization of substations, and are used in many areas of energy automation, e.g. in power plants and at large energy consumers.

All-in-one solution with all the needed connectivity
Thanks to the wide range of interfaces and protocols supported, Ixxat SG-gateways remove the need for installing several separate gateways, such as fieldbus gateways, sensor gateways, IoT gateways and firewalls. Adding to the existing support for IEC 61850, IEC 60870, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, MQTT and 4G, the two new SG-gateways feature Multi-IO and Wi-Fi capabilities (WLAN according to IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n). With this, traditional as well as wireless sensors can be easily connected to control rooms and cloud systems. Besides RS232/485 and Ethernet, eight digital inputs/outputs (24 V DC) and eight analog inputs (0-20 mA or 0-10 V) are available for direct sensor connection, all switchable via software.

Example applications are temperature monitoring of high-voltage lines via Wi-Fi using Modbus TCP, pressure and density measurement of cooling liquids using Modbus RTU, and room temperature or humidity measurement in buildings using analog or digital IO.

Efficient and secure access to all data
The acquired data from sensors, fieldbuses and energy protocols is made available by the SG-gateway in control room applications, SCADA and can also be integrated into the user’s cloud system of choice. For direct use in a targeted system and protocol, the data can be pre-processed by the SG-gateway using the integrated WEBPLC. Data security is ensured via a local firewall, access management and via encrypted data transmission. Depending on the used protocol, this is done either with openVPN or TLS 1.3.

@HMSIxxat @hmsnetworks @mepaxIntPR #PAuto 

PDOs for HMI / PDOs für Mensch-Maschine-Interface-Einheiten.

New documents of the CiA 454 CANopen application profile series for energy management systems has been released by Can in Automation (CiA). Part 3 specifying the PDO (process data object) communication has been updated. Version 3.0.0 introduces new PDOs for the HMI (human machine interface) unit. 

The HMI unit is specified in Part 9, which has been released as version 1.0.0. Also, the Part 7 has been finalized and is available as Draft Specification Proposal (CiA 454-7). It specifies the drive control unit. These documents will be referenced informatively by an IEC standard as an implementation option for light electric vehicles (LEVs).

The complete application profile specification comprises 14 parts and is not limited to LEV applications. It is a generic CANopen application profile for energy management systems, which may include several energy sources and loads. CANopen is an internationally standardized application layer (EN 50325-4), which is used in many different application fields. One of the first intentions was to standardize the communication between battery packs and chargers. 

The profile has been partly developed in co-operation with the Energybus association.

Der eingetragene Verein CiA (CAN in Automation) hat neue Dokumente der Spezifikationsserie CiA 454 herausgegeben. Teil 3 spezifiziert die PDO-Kommunikation (process data object). PDOs sind CANopen-Nachrichten, die Prozessdaten enthalten. Es ist die Version 3.0.0, die neue PDOs für Mensch-Maschine-Interface-Einheiten standardisiert.

Diese Einheiten sind funktionell im neuen Teil 9 beschrieben, der als Version 1.0.0 veröffentlicht ist. Ebenfalls in der Version 1.0.0 ist der Teil 7 erhältlich, der die Funktionen der Antriebseinheit spezifiziert. Die Dokumente der Reihe CiA 454 werden informativ von einer IEC-Norm für Leicht-Elektro-Fahrzeuge als Implementierungsoption referenziert.

Das Anwendungsprofil CiA 454 umfasst 14 Teile und ist nicht nur auf elektrische Leichtfahrzeuge begrenzt. Es ist ein generisches CANopen-Profil für Energiemanagementsysteme. CANopen ist in der europäischen Norm EN 50325-4 standardisiert, die der CiA-Spezifikation CiA 301 entspricht. Die ursprüngliche Intention war die Standardisierung der Kommunikation zwischen Batteriesystem und einem Ladegerät. 

Das Profil ist teilweise in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Energybus-Verein entstanden.

@CANopen #PAuto #HMI #Standards

Wednesday 21 April 2021

Substation switch.

A new managed industrial Ethernet switch designed to provide extremely resilient data communication networks in the most demanding substation automation applications has been introduced by Westermo. Assured network availability and zero data loss is essential to prevent disturbance to power distribution operations. The RedFox-5728 switch meets these requirements by operating and delivering the most robust networks in the extreme substation environments.

“Substations provide some of the most hostile environments for networking technology and these automation applications also demand the highest levels of network reliability,” explained Henrik Jerregård, senior product manager at Westermo. “The RedFox-5728 not only meets, but exceeds the requirements for these applications, helping to provide operators with peace of mind. With the RedFox-5728, the reliability of substation data networks is certain.
The RedFox-5728 is capable of withstanding the toughest environmental conditions, including the high EMI levels derived from load switching and lightning strikes and extreme ambient temperatures. The IEC 61850-3 and IEEE 1613 standards define the requirements and test levels for networking devices in these applications. The RedFox-5728 meets or exceeds all test levels for Class 2 fulfilment, which do not allow the loss of a single transmission package, even during the highest EMI bursts. The switch has also attained KEMA type test gold certification, ensuring zero downtime, communication losses, delays or errors.
Superior build quality, the exclusive use of industrial grade components and extensive in-house testing results in a class-leading mean time between failures (MTBF) and extended service life. The RedFox-5728 has been designed to run efficiently from either one or two power inputs, with dual internal power supplies fully isolated from each other and all other interfaces, which prevents downtime in the event of a failure. Suitable for 19” rack installations, the 28-port switch has all connectors located at the front for easy access and a range of different port configurations, customisable with SFP transceivers.
Resilient operations in substations requires both robust hardware and software. Available with both layer 2 and layer 3 functionality, the RedFox-5728 is powered by the next generation WeOS operating system, which ensures continuous operation and support for an expanding range of protocols and features. Intuitive set-up and configuration enable easy and cost-efficient installation and remove the need for specialised IT support or training. 

Recognising the growing sophistication of cyberattacks, an extensive suite of cybersecurity tools is available.

@westermo @HHC_Lewis #PAuto #Ethernet

Ex enclosures.

Pepperl+Fuchs has reinforced its position as a supplier of Ex-equipment with the introduction of the SR series. The new stainless steel enclosure series joins the GR series, made of glass fiber-reinforced plastic, in the range of the process automation specialist. The new series tops off a portfolio of highly flexible and cost-effective control and distribution solutions in type of protection Ex e (Increased Safety).

Initially, several versions of remote I/O enclosures will be available following the market launch of the SR series, which is geared toward the requirements of the oil and gas, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries. These versions will be continuously supplemented by further options, such as terminal boxes and control stations, control units, switch disconnectors and safety switches, and fieldbus solutions, so that users can benefit from a complete portfolio in the future.

The SR series—in durable stainless steel—comprises more than 30 enclosure sizes to meet the precise dimension requirements of every intended use. To further increase cost effectiveness, the IP66 / NEMA 4X enclosures are always reduced to a basic version. Any accessories, such as gland plates, hinges, ¼ turn locks, and lid security, are only integrated by Pepperl+Fuchs in accordance with the corresponding customer specification. Various international approvals permit worldwide use in a whole host of applications.

Depending on the application requirements, the enclosures, which are certified for a temperature range of -60 °C to +120 °C, can be mounted vertically or horizontally in the operating location. All SR series versions that are suitable for wall mounting can be screwed in directly using mounting brackets that rotate by 90° or rivet nuts, without further adaptation. If the SR series is used as a control station, the contact blocks can be fixed either to a rail or directly to the enclosure cover.

GR—The Sister Series Made of Glass Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Material

GR Control Station
In strategic and technological terms, the SR series complements the established GR series as an addition to the Pepperl+Fuchs portfolio. The GR series comprises a range of IP66 / NEMA 4X enclosures made of glass fiber-reinforced, antistatic, highly resistant polyester. The UV-stabilized material is highly durable and offers excellent corrosion resistance.

The innovative design of the GR series makes mounting considerably easier: decoupled mounting steps mean that even large and heavy enclosures can be installed by a single person. Like the SR series, the GR series offers many different dimensions and options to cover a wide range of application requirements.

The two Ex e enclosure series are linked by Pepperl+Fuchs' overarching service concept, which focuses on maximizing vertical integration and providing extensive support for users at all times. In addition to the regional field service, customers have access to product specialists in six globally distributed Solution Engineering Centers (SECs) who can assist with everything from the preparation of quotations to the engineering, design, and certification of customized control and distribution solutions.

@PepperlFuchs @mepaxIntPR #Pauto