Monday 31 May 2021

The PULSE of processing!

A year without trade fairs does not mean a year without technical innovations - participants at ACHEMA Pulse can get a comprehensive picture of this for themselves starting today. Numerous exhibitors are taking the opportunity to present their new products to the global process industry.

940 exhibitors from 37 countries are taking the opportunity to present their products and solutions for the process industry to interested parties worldwide. At the virtual ACHEMA Pulse, they showcase everything from gas detectors to packaging lines, from materials to IT solutions that the chemical, pharmaceutical or food industries need - including numerous innovations and new products. Until June 30, 2021, participants can find out more and talk directly to the experts.

The offerings also reflect the major trend topics of the industry. For example, many exhibitors are showing components and technology for the hydrogen economy, such as valves, electrolysers, but also entire plants. Digitalization is reflected in a wide range of software and data solutions, from laboratory information systems to artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

Well structured and informative
Of course, ACHEMA Pulse also covers the ACHEMA portfolio beyond that: Whether laboratory equipment, pumps, lightweight materials, bioreactors, simulation software or filling systems, anyone who is planning, building or modernizing a process plant will find what they are looking for here. A wide range of search and filter functions make it easy to find your way around the virtual platform: the extensive range of exhibits can be narrowed down quickly and easily by exhibition group, product category or free-text search. The well-structured exhibitor profiles provide the most important information at a glance; on the product pages, visitors can delve deeper into the details with brochures or videos. Personal contact is always just a click away: in the chat or via video calls, interested parties can get in touch with the right contacts and receive answers to their specific questions.

Preparation pays off
Taking advantage of the information opportunities from May 31 is worthwhile in more ways than one: on June 15 and 16, 2021, participants can look forward to a veritable fireworks display of live lectures, discussions and demonstrations. In addition to the stage program and the congress, exhibitors will offer numerous product presentations, expert talks and interactive workshops. It is therefore advisable to obtain the most important information in advance in order to plan participation in the two live days and make the most of the time.

Those who still can't watch every talk live will have the opportunity to view the recordings afterwards until June 30. The exhibitor profiles will also remain online, so that further questions can be clarified and discussions deepened at any time. 

@ACHEMAworldwide @PresseBox #PAuto #Event

The next meeting point ACHEMA 2022 in Frankfurt/Main (D) - 4-8 April 2022

Conveying knowledge and experience.

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The latest eBook edition "OPC UA Users and Experts – Conveying Knowledge and Experience,"  from the OPC Foundation, continues to interview industry experts and market leaders on the benefits and potential of OPC UA technology for end users, system integrators, and operators in the world of Industrial IoT.

Through their series of eBooks users earn more about Companion Specifications, the importance of OPC UA for business software, protecting against hacker/malware attacks, how to get started with OPC UA, and more.

@OPCFoundation #PAuto 

NB: The OPC International Open Day, a digital event, is scheduled from 8th to10th June 2021.
Three hours per day (2h content + 1h Q&A).
Each session twice in different time zones to serve America, Europe and Asia.

Friday 28 May 2021

New platform for operation and monitoring.

The new modular VisuNet FLX HMI operator workstation is part of a comprehensive range of operation and monitoring systems from Pepperl+Fuchs for ATEX/IECEx Zone 2/22 and Division 2 (global certifications pending), and non-hazardous areas. This product suite provides a range of solutions that allows the automation specialist to offer total flexibility in the field.

The new platform is tailored to the needs of the petrochemical, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries. The fully modular design enables the configuration of HMI solutions to maximize functionality.

The devices in the new VisuNet FLX series can be ordered in three basic configurations, depending on the user specification.

    1. HMI system: complete HMI system (various display options in Full HD) combined with a thin-client, PC, or direct monitor unit, including stainless steel housing in a hygienic design. Suitable for stand-alone installation, such as on a pedestal or support arm.
    2. Panel PC: display (various display sizes in Full HD) combined with a thin-client, PC, or direct monitor unit for panel mounting.
    3. Box PC: stand-alone PC or thin client for direct installation in a switch cabinet.
In combination with the numerous pending certifications (e.g., ATEX, IECEx, NEC500) and the extensive Pepperl+Fuchs partner network, the VisuNet FLX series offers a flexibly scalable, expanding platform for HMI solutions that can be used worldwide.

@PepperlFuchs @PepperlFuchsUSA @mepaxIntPR #PAuto #HMI

Automation trade body appointments.

Stephen Brambley, CEO
has been appointed as deputy director with GAMBICA.

Steve Brambley has worked for GAMBICA for over 14 years, initially in charge of the Industrial Automation sector and then as Director of Public Affairs. He was appointed CEO in 2017. 

The organisation has also announced Tim Collins as director of the laboratory technology sector.

GAMBICA is the Trade Association for Instrumentation, Control, Automation and Laboratory Technology in Britain. "Our insight and influence help our members to be more competitive by increasing their knowledge and impact. Together we remove barriers and maximise the market potential in our industry."

• See also: Automation association to have new CEO. (1/11/2017)

 @gambica @stevenbrambley @timcoll1gamb #PAuto #Britain

Resilient data communications network at pumping station.

Cost-Effective Upgrade of Illinois Water Pumping Station Control System

Wolverine Line Extenders (bottom right) remove
the need to install new fibre optic cabling
Westermo technology has enabled a cost-effective upgrade of the data communications network supporting new PLCs at water pumping stations in Bedford Park, (IL USA). Westermo Wolverine Line Extenders have enabled the existing cabling to be reused for a new resilient Ethernet network, helping to considerably reduce installation time and costs.

“The Wolverines can form a network over any type of copper cables, which made it possible to create a very cost-effective solution using the pre-existing telecom cable,” explained Benjamin Campbell, technical engineer at Westermo. “The WeOS operating system, which has been developed to simplify configuration and management of the devices, made the upgrade easy and problem-free.”

The ageing PLCs that controlled equipment at three pumping stations were becoming obsolete, with maintenance requirements increasing and sourcing spare parts challenging. It was decided that the PLCs would be replaced, along with the supporting data network, which was based on a proprietary protocol and did not offer the necessary reliability or functionality.

Concentric Integration, a company specialising in utility technology for governments and municipalities, was tasked with upgrading the system to increase its reliability and ensure it could be supported in the future. A new Ethernet network was required, but the cost of replacing existing cabling with fiber was not only very expensive, but also extremely time-consuming.

Concentric Integration turned to Westermo for support and the company’s Wolverine range of Ethernet line extenders provided the ideal solution to this issue. The Wolverine extenders utilise SHDSL technology on twisted pair cables to establish a high-speed remote connection between two Ethernet networks. Instead of installing fiber or radio links, the SHDSL technology provides a cost-effective solution using the existing cables.

Network architecture at the pumping station
In total, nine Wolverine DDW-142-485 Line Extenders are being used to create networks supporting PLC to PLC communications for the three pumping stations. A single line extender is installed at the main pump stations and another at each underground metering and inlet vault.

The Wolverine line extenders enabled data to be transmitted over a distance of about 0.3 miles from a remote site to each pumping station using an existing two-wire telecom cable. Critically, the Wolverine line extenders are designed to provide extremely reliable and resilient data transmission despite the noisy environment and several surge protectors at the pumping stations. The ability to adjust the data rates helped to create a very stable connection. The built-in tools within the Westermo WeOS operating system showing the signal-to-noise ratio and other statistics of the SHDSL line assisted with troubleshooting and configuring the units.

“Not only were we able to carry out the project efficiently and successfully, but the Wolverine Ethernet extenders enabled both significant project cost savings and time savings as we did not need to install new cabling,” said Michael Klein, president of Concentric Integration. “We were also very happy with the support provided to us by Westermo during the project.”

@westermo @GoConcentric @HHC_Lewis #Pauto #PLC #Water #USA

Light by wireless.

Affordable wireless light switches halve installation cost.

A new range of affordable wireless and battery free light switches offering half the installed cost of a standard wired switch has been launched by Kozee™, a new entrant to the electric wiring accessories market. These switches provide a simple and quick to install solution for controlling the lighting in a single room, but have the connectivity required to be a stepping stone to home automation with Alexa™and Google Home™.

Kozee offers the switches to installers through Tesla U.K. and Tech 4 Homes as a basic switch-transmitter pair. The installer simply connects the receiver to the ceiling rose and sticks the switch in a convenient location to complete the installation – no further set up is required. There is no need to damage the surface finish of the wall by gouging out cable routes. Kozee switches can be placed wherever they are needed – on the wall, on furniture or on a table, and moved at will to a new location. They can control individual luminaires, groups of luminaires, or all luminaires in a network or scene. The Wi-Fi® version of the receiver can be paired with an Alexa or Google Home control device if desired. It is supported by a free Kozee App allowing customers to turn their lights on and off from anywhere they have an Internet connection.

Ian Brown, Sales and Marketing Director of Kozee, explained that “The guiding principle for our design was that Kozee switches should be simple enough for my mother to use – a vision that we have fully achieved. At the same time, we recognised the needs of advanced users and the Wi-Fi version can be integrated with popular smart home technologies.”

He continued, “Kozee switches are a win-win for installers and home owners alike. Installers adopting Kozee achieve a substantial competitive advantage over those staying with wired switch technology. They will deliver a much neater and quicker job, potentially combining lower cost to the customer with higher margins due to the rapid install. Home owners are offered flexibility, controllability and most of all they aren’t faced with redecorating the room following the installation or the need to worry about replacing batteries.”

How Kozee switches work
Kozee switches are based on EnOcean™ energy harvesting technology. The action of pressing the switch creates sufficient energy for a control pulse to be sent via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to the paired receiver, actuating the lights. The PIR and multi-sensor are powered by the ambient light in the environment, but can operate autonomously without light for up to four days. The water sensor is the only Kozee product that is powered by a battery allowing it to be installed in locations with little or no available light
Description of Kozee switches
Kozee wireless, battery free light switches are an ideal, neat and cost-effective solution for retro-fit and new build installations alike. They are supplied paired with a receiver which a qualified electrician can wire discreetly into any household LED light system. It is offered in a Bluetooth® only (BT-KT07) or a Bluetooth and Wi-Fi version (BT-KT08). Bluetooth alone is sufficient where customers only require light switching control. Using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi together allows the switch to communicate with Alexa and Google and also provides customers with access to their lighting when away from the home. The Wi-Fi version of the receiver also acts as a hub for the entire Kozee Smart Home range providing safety monitoring and control of the home environment. The switch can be moved by the home owner at any time, without any safety risk.

Each receiver can control up to 120W of lighting and has two separately switchable channels. Multiple switches can be paired with the same receiver to allow lighting to be controlled from different locations within the room. Kozee currently the switch as a single-gang version (BT-UK01). A two-gang version of the UK switch is currently in development as well as a pluggable receiver and a 6-channel receiver.

Kozee also offers a range of sensors which are compatible with its receivers and its App. These include water sensors that can be placed under any appliance or pipe to provide an early indication of leaks. There is also a ceiling-mounted PIR sensor for movement detection and a multi-sensor that measures temperature, humidity, illumination and acceleration/orientation.

@TeslaUK @tech4homes @NeeshamPR #PAuto #Domestic

Automation group tops in sustainability.

Endress+Hauser has achieved 76 out of 100 points in the international EcoVadis sustainability rating, four more than in the previous year. The Group achieved a ranking in the top group for the fifth year in a row in 2021 and is now among the top one percent of the companies compared.

Endress+Hauser achieved further improvements in the areas of environment and sustainable procurement. In terms of ethics, labor and human rights, the Group was able to maintain its very good position in the benchmark comparison. As a result, Endress+Hauser entered the top group in terms of results and now achieves a platinum medal after the gold standard – the highest performance level of the EcoVadis audit.

Matthias Altendorf
Sustainable corporate culture
The idea of sustainability is deeply rooted at Endress+Hauser. “Comprehensive responsibility is a core value of our corporate culture. As a family business, we want to combine economic success with ecological and social progress,” emphasized CEO Matthias Altendorf. Since 2014, therefore, Endress+Hauser has been producing a sustainability report together with its annual report, which relates ecological, social and economic factors.

Luc Schultheiss
The annual EcoVadis audit serves as a key strategic indicator for the sustainability of Endress+Hauser’s development. The goal is continuous improvement in this area as well. “We support our customers in producing sustainably. That’s why we also want to be a leader in terms of the sustainability of our business and production processes,” said CFO Dr Luc Schultheiss.

Continuous improvement
Endress+Hauser’s products, solutions and services help customers in the process industry to use resources efficiently, reduce pollutant emissions, avoid waste and protect the environment. But the company is also continuously improving its own ecological footprint. For example, Endress+Hauser increasingly supplies buildings and infrastructure with sustainably generated energy, and video conferencing reduces travel.

EcoVadis uses 21 criteria from the environmental, social and ethical fields to evaluate companies worldwide in terms of their sustainability. In addition to a sector comparison, companies receive suggestions for improvement. They can also rate their own suppliers accordingly on an internet platform. To date, around 75,000 companies worldwide have been certified by EcoVadis.

@Endress_Hauser @Endress_US @Endress_UK @Endress_CA #PAuto @ecovadis 

Thursday 27 May 2021

Red Dots for connectors.

The Red Dot Design Awards stand for outstanding achievements in product design. The jury evaluates thousands of entries each year. For its Fischer LP360™ connectors from the Fischer Freedom™ Series, which have already won numerous industry awards, Fischer Connectors has now been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award for Product Design in two categories: the "Mobile Phones, Tablets and Wearables" category, and the new "Smart Products" meta-category. The judges praised the connectors’ unique design concept, which makes them both appealing to users and particularly easy to use.

What was rated "smart" in the Fischer LP360TM is the connectivity solution’s multifunctional integration capability and modularity. The new connector is indeed truly multi-talented. It is a miniaturized active device, a fastening mechanism and an electrical signal and power connection all in one.

The rugged, low-profile connector was expanded in 2019 into a versatile technology platform that serves as an enabler for wearables and connected ecosystems in the Internet of Things and of Humans (IoT/IoH). The breakthrough plug-and-use technology benefits both engineers and end-users. Multiple configuration options facilitate application design. The panel plug can easily be extended to multifunctional wearables, such as biometric sensors, communication systems, GPS, lighting and bodycams. These can be snapped quickly and easily onto the cabled receptacle, which is integrated into flexible structures like ready-to-use smart personal protective equipment (PPE) vests. Since the connector has no key code, it can be plugged in any position, optimizing cable routing and power management. Contacts are IP68-sealed with a membrane, ensuring that the connector is fully cleanable. The low-profile design enables easy integration into any application, such as smart work vests. Mobile workers thus benefit from lightweight equipment without cable clutter, faster and more intuitive setup, easy handling and cleaning, reliable connectivity, and fast data transmission for enhanced safety and performance.

The winners of the Red Dot Awards 2021 will be announced during the virtual Red Dot Design Week from June 21-25, 2021. During the entire week, the award winners will be given a digital stage. The event will center on a web special on the Red Dot website. All the award-winning products will be presented there. Moreover, the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, (D), will display impressions from its two special exhibitions.
These features also convinced the Red Dot Award jury. In the citation for the award in the Smart Products category, the jury said: "These connectors impress as a miniaturized and, at the same time, versatile technology platform with innovative 360-degree plug-in connectivity." For the award in the Product Design category, the LP360’s user-friendliness was particularly highlighted: “The LP360 is impressively intuitive to use. It can quickly be inserted into the socket and is integrated into a connected vest, forming a hub."

Jérôme Dabonneville, CTO and R&D Director of the Fischer Connectors Group, explains: "Initially the Fischer LP360TM design had to solve users’ pain points in a way that helped unify the connector’s form and function, transforming “how it works”. On that journey, our teams went beyond our heritage as a connector manufacturer and ended up proposing a connectivity solution platform. The Fischer LP360TM connectors are indeed more than just connectors. They are also smart devices which are opening new doors for designing devices, contributing to the development of the Internet of Things, smart electronic ecosystems, as well as wearable technology and its networking and digitalization. We are very honored to receive these two Red Dot Awards as a testimonial of the Fischer Connectors Group’s connectivity solution that goes beyond the connector."

Jonathan Brossard, CEO of the Fischer Connectors Group: “At Fischer Connectors, we have always seen ourselves as innovation drivers. The development of the Fischer LP360TM is a real milestone in our company history. We’re very proud that our developers’ outstanding performance has now been honored with two Red Dot Awards. This recognition of our achievement in industrial design by renowned experts is also an incentive for us to continue developing our connectivity solutions in such a way that they contribute to a networked industry and to the connected human".

@FischerConnect @reddot @mepaxIntPR #PAuto 

Great place to work!

Sensirion has once again been named one of the top employers in Switzerland by Great Place to Work® in the Large Company category. Sensirion also received the special Crisis Management award for bold leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. These awards reflect Sensirion’s unique corporate culture, which is shaped by the values of “teamwork”, “top performance” and “fairness and honesty”.

Over the course of its 20-year success story, as it has moved from an ETH Zurich startup to a global market leader in sensor solutions, Sensirion has been consistently committed to offering an excellent workplace. The company stands out thanks to its unbeatable combination of innovation, a unique corporate culture, and a dynamic startup mentality. This is the third year that Sensirion has taken part in Great Place to Work®’s award ceremony – and the third year that it has ranked in the top three. Participation – and the results of the survey – offer valuable insights into the continuing development of Sensirion’s workplace culture.

“We want to be an excellent employer. We are delighted that our efforts to achieve this goal are recognized and valued by our employees,” says Heiko Lambach, VP Human Resources.

Using its specially developed catalog of questions and criteria, Great Place to Work® assesses participating companies to determine to which degree they possess the key qualities of outstanding employers, for example, trust, fairness, team spirit and professional development. The global sensor manufacturer’s employees particularly value the sense of global togetherness, the scope for innovation and creativity, the open and transparent communication, and the skill and credibility of the management and executives. They are also proud to work at Sensirion and are convinced that they are making an important contribution to the company’s continuing success.

“We are proud that we were able to achieve such a positive result this year as well,” says Marc von Waldkirch, CEO of Sensirion. “Our employees are the driving force behind Sensirion’s success story. Together, they create our culture, what we call the SensiSpirit.”

“Our employees’ strong identification with our company and our excellent interdepartmental collaboration have proven themselves once again, even in a year of crisis. That’s why we’re particularly proud to be receiving the special award for the best management of the coronavirus crisis,” adds Heiko Lambach.

@sensirion #PAuto #Switzerland

Capability of calibration laboratory enhanced.

The calibration laboratory of sensor specialist E+E Elektronik has been commissioned by the Austrian Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying (BEV) to provide the national measurement standard (etalon) for CO2 gas concentration. This makes the calibration experts from Engerwitzdorf (A) the highest metrological authority in the country for a further physical quantity following humidity, dew point and air velocity. As the BEV's designated institute, E+E Elektronik is authorised to perform special calibrations at the level of a national metrology institute for these physical quantities

Dietmar Pachinger
"The fact that we are now also a designated institute of the BEV for CO2  gas concentration, following humidity, dew point and air velocity, delights us. It further demonstrates the great expertise of our calibration laboratory, something that our customers have been benefiting from for years," 
says Dietmar Pachinger, Head of the E+E Calibration Laboratory.
National Metrology Institutes or its designated institutes are at the top of a country's metrology hierarchy. By providing the binding national measurement standards (etalons), they ensure the connection between legal metrology to the internationally recognised SI system of units and thus ensure globally comparable standards.

The E+E calibration laboratory has been entrusted with this important task for humidity and dew point since 2004, and for air velocity since 2011. In April 2021, the designation for CO2 gas concentration was also granted.

As a designated institute, E+E Elektronik is committed to maintaining and further developing the national etalons in accordance with the current state and requirements of metrology. The prerequisite for this, in addition to the necessary metrological expertise and equipment, is a stringent quality management system in accordance with EN ISO/IEC 17025. In addition, E+E Elektronik is subject to regular monitoring audits by the BEV and international calibration experts.

The Engerwitzdorf  laboratory
To ensure the equivalence and international recognition of national etalons, E+E Elektronik participates in key comparisons by the CIPM/BIPM (Comité International des Poids et Mesures / Bureau International des Poids et Mesures) or EURAMET (European Association of National Metrology Institutes). Furthermore, E+E Elektronik is represented on international committees in the field of metrology for the pertinent physical quantities.

The calibration and measurement capabilities (CMC data) of the designated institute are listed in the BIPM Key Comparison Database (KCDB) under the name BEV/E+E Elektronik. According to the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA), E+E Elektronik is entitled to show the CIPM-MRA logo on its BEV/E+E calibration certificates. Calibration certificates from institutes that have this logo enjoy the highest level of acceptance and are of particular interest to accredited calibration bodies due to their traceability to a National Metrology Institute.

In addition to special calibrations as a designated institute, E+E Elektronik also offers accredited measuring device calibrations for the physical quantities humidity, dew point, CO2 , air velocity, air flow, temperature and pressure. To this end, E+E Elektronik is accredited as a calibration laboratory according to EN ISO/IEC 17025 under identification number 0608 by the Austrian National Accreditation Body/Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs. The decisive feature of accredited calibrations – in contrast to so-called ISO or in-house calibrations – is the traceability of the measurement results to a national standard and thus their international comparability.

#EplusE #Standards #BEV #Austria 

Wednesday 26 May 2021

Ultrasonic flow measuring system.

Tried-and-tested ultrasonic measuring technology and intelligent diagnostic functions ensure optimum operation, even with minimum straight inlet runs and disturbed flows

Many process plants have difficulty finding ideal installation points for flow measurement devices due to requirements for long length of inlet run and undisturbed flows. Endress+Hauser's Prosonic Flow P 500 measuring system addresses these and other issues with its FlowDC function, which is unique in the market.

The device requires only minimal straight inlet runs and it can be installed directly onto the exterior of the pipe, so there is no need to interrupt operations. Planners and operators of process plants can stay flexible and install the Prosonic Flow P 500 in just about any location, independent of the pipeline design.

Ultrasonic flow measurement with clamp-on sensors has been used successfully in the process industries for decades. In contrast to mechanical meters with high maintenance requirements, ultrasonic flowmeters have no moving parts. This non-intrusive measuring method, with sensors mounted directly on the pipe exterior, enables safe measurement of corrosive, abrasive, and toxic fluids regardless of their properties, such as conductivity and pressure. This makes Prosonic Flow P 500 ideal for monitoring and controlling processes in the chemical, petrochemical, oil & gas, and other industries. Moreover, in the energy and power plant sector, clamp-on measuring technology provides a cost-effective solution with unbeatable advantages, for example when retrofitting ultrasonic sensors on very large pressure lines with diameters of up to 4 meters (13 feet).

Prosonic Flow P 500 provides measurement for a wide variety of fluids, such as chemicals, liquid hydrocarbons, solvents, acids, bases, water, and many others. Along with the extensive functionality of the Proline 500 transmitter, this opens up a wide range of applications, for example quantity and volume measurement, totalizing and balancing, process monitoring, verification of previously installed flowmeters, detection of leaks between two measuring points in a large pipeline, and more.

The compact pipeline systems found in many process plants usually have numerous fittings and pipe bends. Disturbed flow profiles occur downstream of such obstacles and can impair the accuracy of a flowmeter. Prosonic Flow P 500 is the world’s first ultrasonic flowmeter able to detect and automatically compensate for effects of flow disturbance on the measuring signal via calculation. This makes it possible, for example, to maintain a consistent (specified) accuracy, even with a significant reduction in inlet runs, for example from 15 pipe diameters (DN) all the way down to 2 pipe diameters (DN). This capability provides maximum flexibility for planners and operators, particularly in situations where they need to equip or retrofit a plant with clamp-on flowmeters.

As a versatile flowmeter, the Prosonic Flow P 500 can be mounted on a wide variety of pipeline types and materials: on metal pipes made of steel or cast iron, plastic pipes, glass reinforced plastic pipes, and pipes made of composite materials—all with or without lining. A special, maintenance-free contact foil (coupling pad) provides optimum sound transmission between the sensor surface and the pipe. The resulting constantly high signal strength ensures stable measurements and high performance over many years. Depending on the line size, fluid, and pipe material, the sensors are delivered with different ultrasonic frequencies (0.3, 0.5, 1, 2, or 5 MHz) to provide maximum signal quality, and thus a high level of accuracy and repeatability.

The robust Prosonic Flow P sensors are made of stainless steel, and their IP68 (Type 6P) rating provides low-maintenance, long-term operation, making them suitable for the harsh ambient conditions in offshore and other demanding applications. They can be used at process temperatures between –40 to +170 °C (–40 to +338 °F). Due to the SIL-compliant device development (IEC 61508), Prosonic Flow P is also suited to be used in safety-related applications. Numerous approvals for hazardous areas (ATEX, IECEx, cCSAus, NEPSI, INMETRO, EAC, etc.) ensure safe operation in a broad range of applications.

Heartbeat Technology – for maximum operational safety
Heartbeat Technology is a testing function integrated into all Endress+Hauser Proline measuring devices, and it enables permanent self-diagnostics with the highest diagnostic coverage (>95%), as well as a traceable device verification, all without process interruption. Heartbeat Technology reduces risks and thus increases reliability and availability.

The Proline 500 transmitter includes a web server as standard. Using a standard Ethernet cable and a laptop, or wireless via WLAN, users have direct and easy access to all diagnostic, configuration, and device data from any device capable of hosting a web browser—such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet—without the need to install additional software or procure hardware. This provides targeted parameterization of a measuring point, as well as time-saving commissioning, maintenance, and service.

HistoROM data storage provides maximum data security before, during, and after service. All device parameters are stored securely on the HistoROM data storage module and are automatically reloaded after maintenance work, easing spare parts installation while increasing uptime.

The Proline 500 transmitter provides a high degree of performance and accuracy. Digital signal processing begins in the intelligent sensor and is the basis for multivariable measurement. This means that Prosonic Flow P 500 can simultaneously record multiple measured values for process control—such as volume flow, flow velocity, and sound velocity—and forward these variables to a process control system. For this and other purposes, Proline 500 has three inputs and outputs. Complete access to all measurement data, including diagnostic data acquired by Heartbeat Technology, is possible at any time thanks to digital data transmission via HART or Modbus RS485, as well as via WLAN or the freely configurable inputs and outputs.

@Endress_Hauser @Endress_US @Endress_UK @Endress_CA #PAuto 

Modules for energy storage and Ethernet.

Harting’s Han-Modular® series offers numerous connectors which sustainably increase the energy efficiency of machines and systems. The latest example of this is the Han® 300 A module. It fits in with the classic development goal for energy storage systems by enabling more capacity with less weight. Today's energy storage systems often work with outputs of 200 A / 800 V DC. Future applications with higher energy density will require transmissions of 300 A / 1200 V DC and more. The Han® 300 A module is the ideal interface to meet these demands.

The Han® 300 A module is suitable for connecting new energy storage units, as well as upgrading existing systems (being plug-in compatible with the Han® 200 A module). Equipped with touch-safe contacts, it can be connected directly to the busbar or integrated into storage drawers.

The M12 connector format is new to the Han-Modular® range. Two connectors, either X- or D-coded, each fit into one module. In this way, for example, it is possible to integrate 10 Gbit/s Ethernet into a modular interface in a particularly compact, space-saving manner. By comparison with conventional RJ45 solutions, the M12 interface is significantly more robust. All common bus systems can be easily adapted, including Profibus, Profinet, CAN, Ethernet Cat. 5 and Cat. 6A.

The trends towards greater digitization and modularization will also continue to grow. The Han® Shielded Power Module represents a space-saving and easy-to-maintain alternative to hard-wired shielded power cables. The module features three power contacts (16 A/400 V) and is suitable for connecting frequency-controlled drives, for example. Moreover, the series has also been supplemented with an EMC-protected module for signal transmission. With a large-area shield transfer and a 360° shield plate, the Han® Shielded Module Basic also enables a great deal of transmission in a compact installation space. Up to 27 shielded D-Sub contacts with 4 A/32 V can be plugged in.

There are already several solutions for 360° shielded data transmission in the Han-Modular® programme, including the Han® Megabit module. A new feature, however, is an adapter for the module that allows it to be plugged onto printed circuit boards. The module features 8 data pins and a shield contact and enables Ethernet transmission with two lines according to Cat. 5 or with one line according to Cat. 6A.

The Han® Pneumatic Double Module, a new connector for compressed air transmission will be launched in the current quarter. The contacts of the interface have a larger connection range of 8 or 10 mm. This enables the design of compressed air transmission with sufficient capacity to operate valve terminals. What’s more, the double module is also easy to assemble: a push-in solution using the proven quick connection technology or a conventional pneumatic connection are available for the hose connection, which can be inserted into the module tool-free. With this module, Harting is now further expanding its range of compressed air interfaces: Systems with internally and externally calibrated pneumatic tubing of 3, 4, 6, 8 or 10 mm can now be reliably installed with the help of pneumatic modules.

@hartinguk @HARTING #PAuto 

Distribution grid modernisation project.

Salt River Project (SRP), the largest electricity provider in the greater Phoenix area, (AZ USA), has selected Emerson’s OSI digital grid solutions to reliably manage its distribution power grid, optimise operations and incorporate a growing supply of distributed energy resources. Emerson’s technologies and smart grid platform will coordinate the utility’s distribution operations that provide power to more than one million customers in central Arizona.
This project is part of SRP’s multiyear plan to address next-generation grid challenges, including managing sustainable and fast-expanding distributed energy resources such as solar panels, wind turbines and cogeneration plants, as well as handling bidirectional power flow and allowing more intermittent sources of power into the system. Emerson’s OSI Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS), built on the monarch™ operational technology platform, enables utilities to improve system reliability, efficiency and safety by managing, analysing and optimising the entire distribution network.

“Our ADMS project with Emerson is a foundational part of our distribution enablement plan,” said Chris Campbell, senior director of distribution and telecom operations at SRP. “It will provide us with an enhanced technology platform to optimise grid asset utilisation and implement advanced grid operations.”

Emerson’s OSI digital grid technologies offer an expandable and adaptable platform that enables a reliable, efficient electricity distribution network that is flexible to real-time needs.

“Emerson, through its OSI digital grid solutions business, has been a proud partner of SRP for many years, providing our energy management system technology for transmission grid management,” said Al Eliasen, president of Emerson’s OSI digital grid solutions business. “This project expands our expertise to the distribution grid, providing a uniform, scalable and secure platform throughout SRP’s generation, transmission and distribution assets.”

As market demand grows for renewable energy sources, Emerson strengthened its capabilities through the October 2020 acquisition of Open Systems International, Inc. (OSI Inc.). Emerson’s domain expertise in power generation, combined with OSI Inc.’s complementary software and reach within the power transmission and distribution sectors, enables companies to monitor, control and optimise operations in real-time across the power enterprise.

• See also: Acquisition expands commitment to advanced software! (27/8/2020)

@EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @OSI_USA @SRPconnect @HHC_Lewis #PAuto #Power  #USA 

Tuesday 25 May 2021

Senior sales at British subsidiary.

DTM Print has appointed Guy Boxall as new Senior Sales Manager for the Britain at the company’s new subsidiary DTM Print Ltd. He is a well-known specialist in the printing industry with more than 30 years of sales and technical solutions experience in the AIDC industry with Omron Europe, Casio Electronics and more recently OKI Europe.

Guy Boxall
“We are thrilled to have Guy on board and join our sales team. He will be heading up sales in the UK, working with channel partners and end-users, providing the best specialty printing solutions our industry offers today. He’ll bring a fresh perspective and approach on sales development in that region,” says Andreas Hoffmann, Managing Director of DTM Print. “The British market has been a major one for us since the beginning. So, it is a logical step to have a permanent subsidiary with DTM Print Ltd. and a local sales representative for our customers.”

Boxall recognises short-run printed labels as a major growth sector for in-house label printing and print service providers. There is a growing need to print high-quality labels on-demand, with less stock and wastage. Before joining DTM Print, he managed the Pro1050 label printer launch at OKI, taking a conceptual product two years before launch, market testing and then growing the sales channel in EMEA. Together with the DTM LF140e Label Finisher it is now available through DTM Print.

Now that the Britain comes out of Covid lock-down, Boxall is pleased to be visiting partners and customers again, as one-on-one meetings are permitted and trade shows are opening up. He explains that: “DTM Print has some great specialty print solutions in their portfolio with the LX610e offering full-bleed label printing and any-shape cutting, direct-to-food printer Eddie and the FX-Series using metallic foiling to give brilliant ‘eye-catching’ results.” The product range includes complete label printing and finishing as well as applicator solutions, providing installations ‘tailored’ to the end-user’s requirements.

Boxall has worked with the team at DTM Print GmbH since 2019, launching the innovative DTM CX86e Colour Tag Printer, the world’s smallest LED dry toner colour label printer. He confirms: “I have always been very impressed by the customer service and solutions knowledge within DTM Print. It is now the perfect time to join the team and expand their business.”

@DTM_Print_ @PresseBox #PAuto #Britain

SBC for embedded computing.

Review Display Systems (RDS) has announced the availability of a new Pico-ITX single board computer (SBC). The AAEON Pico-TGU4 SBC is powered by Intel’s latest 11th Generation Core G processors (formerly Tiger Lake) which deliver excellent performance and flexibility for embedded computing applications.


The Pico-TGU4 offers users the choice of the latest Intel Core i7, i5, i3 and Celeron processors which deliver up to 15 to 20% improved performance than previous generation processors. These processors support a range of technologies including on-board TPM 2.0 and in-band ECC. The board features 32GB of on-board LPDDR4x memory, and SATA III (6.0 Gbps) storage.


One of the key features of the Pico-TGU4 are its two expansion slots. The M.2 2280 slot (PCIe 4.0) supports next generation AI accelerators, and the full-sized Mini Card slot supports extra storage, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. The Pico-TGU4 also features dual LAN ports, one Intel i225 2.5 Gbps port for ultra-fast LAN connectivity, and an Intel i219 port with support for Intel vPro, enabling remote system monitoring.


Peter Marchant, embedded division manager, RDS said “The Aaeon Pico-TGU4 offers many options for different levels of processor performance combined with its strong expansion capability. It provides a highly capable, but no less flexible and versatile embedded computing platform.”


The Pico-TGU4 also implements AAEON’s proprietary connector, the BIO (Board to Board I/O) connector, which enables enhanced customisation when connecting daughter boards, providing the Pico-TGU4 with excellent expansion capability.


A wealth of peripheral support is available with a total of eight USB connections, two serial port headers, 8-bit GPIO and I²C/SMBUS connectors. Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) and HDMI 2.0 outputs support external displays of up to 4K resolution.

With external mechanical dimensions of just 7.2cm x 10cm, the Pico-ITX form factor is the smallest industry-standard SBC. The lightweight board combined with compact physical dimensions enables the computing platform to be used in small, confined spaces. 

@ReviewDisplayUS @ReVis_Solutions #PAuto #Computer #Embedded

Optimised usage & safety with full Containment Storage Tanks for LNG.

Roll-over prediction added to Rosemount™ TankMaster inventory management software, increasing ease-of-use for operators

Emerson has enhanced its Rosemount™ TankMaster inventory management software package to help optimise tank usage and increase safety in full containment storage tanks for LNG and other liquefied gases. These tanks are large, complex structures with a typical capacity of up to 200,000 cubic metres, which places specific demands on tank gauging systems. By providing both inventory management and roll-over prediction in a single software solution, TankMaster reduces costs, increases ease-of-use and reduces the risk of a potential accident.

“Many industrial accidents are traceable to human factors, so vendors are increasingly required to provide software and instrumentation that reduce the risk of human error by being easier to use,” said AnnCharlott Enberg, global functional safety manager at Emerson’s Automation Solutions business. “The fact that Rosemount TankMaster now provides a single software for inventory management and roll-over prediction, for use on a single PC, not only increases ease-of-use, but also accelerates operator training and increases safety by reducing the potential for human error.”

Roll-overs are dangerous releases of boil-off vapour that can occur when LNG stratification is left unchecked. The consequences can be severe – including extensive tank damage and the release of large quantities of LNG into the atmosphere. Organisations are therefore required to implement roll-over prediction measures. Emerson’s Rosemount TankMaster software uses data from level, temperature and density measurement devices incorporated into the Rosemount Tank Gauging System, to detect layering and calculate when a roll-over might occur, enabling operators to take preventative action.

Traditionally, organisations have kept their roll-over prediction and inventory management software installed separately on different PCs. Rosemount TankMaster offers both functions in a single solution, as well as stratification monitoring and alarms, cool-down and leak detection, temperature measurement overview and remote proof-testing support. This innovation creates various benefits for end users, including lower costs, improved ease-of-use and minimal training needs, which help reduce the risk of an accident due to human error.

• Rosemount TankMaster is a powerful and easy-to-use Windows-based software package that collects real-time data from the level, temperature, density and pressure measurement technology that forms a key part of the Rosemount Tank Gauging System. It gives organisations a complete overview of their full containment storage tanks, leading to increased operational efficiency and safety. Further supporting ease-of-use, TankMaster provides simple, step-by-step configuration and set-up guidance for all measurement devices incorporated in the tank gauging system.

@EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @Rosemount_News @HHC_Lewis #PAuto #LNG

Tester for 5G Mobile Network I&M.

Anritsu Corporation has announced an upgraded synchronous measurement function for the company’s Network Master Pro MT1000A, the industry’s smallest- in-class tester supporting mobile networks up to 100 Gbps. Fifth generation (5G) networks are expected to support increasing future numbers of applications and services, such as hi-definition video streaming, autonomous driving, IoT sensing, smart factories, etc. By upgrading this MT1000A test function, Anritsu hopes to facilitate construction of time-synchronous infrastructure, a key technology supporting 5G networks.

The MU100090B is a GNSS disciplined oscillator supporting GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, Beidou and QZSS. It receives signals from each of these GNSS to output a UTC-traceable reference time signal as well as 10-MHz signals as a time-synchronous, high-accuracy reference timing supplied to the portable MT1000A, supporting SyncE Wander and PTP tests up to 25 Gbps for measuring network time synchronization. Furthermore, multiple MT1000A testers at various remote sites can be operated and monitored from the central office using the Site Over Remote Access MX109020A (SORA) software to help quickly pinpoint synchronization problems.

Deployment of 5G communications networks is spreading due to the advantages of ultra-high speeds, high reliability, low latency, and multiple simultaneous connections in various scenarios. The millimeter-wave (mmWave) band used by 5G technology employs the TDD time-division duplexing technology for managing timing of uplink and downlink signals. This technology requires that the time at all base stations is precisely synchronized, otherwise interference will cause degraded communications quality. Moreover, achieving a “smart” IoT-based society will require cooperation between devices exchanging position information acquired using OTDOA positioning technology, which is ideal for IoT applications, but high-accuracy position measurement is impossible without high-accuracy time synchronization between base stations.

Base stations can be synchronized using wired-network technologies called SyncE and PTP, which require both measurement of the network time-synchronization performance when installing and maintaining a cell site, along with guaranteed network performance by the network operator.

Moreover, the O-RAN Alliance, which is a mainstream promoter of base-station multivendor, increasingly requires tests of overall mobile network time-synchronization performance to assure interconnectivity.

Time-synchronization quality is indicated by drift from coordinated universal time (UTC), so precise time-synchronization measurement requires expensive infrastructure to acquire UTC with high accuracy. This can be a challenge at installation and maintenance of many cell sites.

Anritsu has developed many test instruments for measuring the jitter and wander of transport networks since the SDH/SONET era. Adding this new High Performance GNSS Disciplined Oscillator MU100090B to the line of modules for the portable, battery-operated MT1000A will help simplify on-site I&M time-synchronization tests.

• Our Acronyms Page may be useful.

@Anritsu @AnritsuEMEA #TandM #Testing #5G

Triangulation sensor.

Riftek RF609 series laser triangulation probes are specifically designed for precision geometric measurement and inspection of small inner diameter holes, typically from 9 mm to 48 mm. Now available through Ixthus Instrumentation, a newly released version adds a Wi-Fi interface to the device to facilitate wireless measurement of borehole diameter/ Developed for use as part of a CNC machine’s automatic tool changing system, these ultra-compact measurement probes measure the distance to the hole surface as the probe is rotated and moved axially into the hole; synchronously measuring the polar surface coordinates which are interpreted through PC software to build a 3D geometric model pattern with micron level accuracy.

The new RF609 Wi-Fi is a rechargeable battery-powered device supplied as a complete system with mains charger, cables, PC software and a detailed operation manual. The device is available in two measurement versions allowing a range of inner diameter measurements to be made: 9 to 19 mm or 16 to 48 mm diameter with maximum bore length of 139 and 143 mm respectively. Both probes feature the 48 mm diameter main controller, battery and Wi-Fi housing with an extended shaft that houses the laser triangulation sensor scanning head. A 16 mm diameter shaft facilitates straightforward collet mounting on the CNC.

An uncomplicated set-up procedure includes software download and initial wired USB connection to interface the probe followed by a simple probe calibration routine that sets the probe rotation speed, calibration diameter and tolerance parameters.

The RF609 series is also available as a self-powered device with a built-in slip ring assembly for power input and data signal output. The ultra-compact probe head has been well-proven in special custom-made equipment developed by Riftek for specific component measurement – sometimes used in conjunction with linear and rotary translation positioners to allow, for instance, scanning pipes, bushes, stepped and tapered holes and tubes etc. The principle has also been applied to special debris inspection equipment for small diameter holes where traditional vision systems can be troublesome.

The new RF609 Wi-Fi series is part of Riftek’s comprehensive range of 2D laser scanners, laser triangulation sensors, speed and length sensors, railway and other measurement instrumentation systems. Ixthus Instrumentation works closely with Riftek and many other leading instrumentation component manufacturers to supply sensors, transducers and complete systems for the measurement of displacement, force, torque and vibration.

@IxthusInst @Riftek_Russia @mepaxIntPR #Wireless #Geometric

Monday 24 May 2021

Innovative and green.

Emerson will host a series of Green Innovation Days to provide industrial companies with valuable insights about transforming their operations to achieve environmental sustainability and decarbonisation targets. The free of charge events, which will be held virtually in various languages including English, French, Italian, German and Turkish, will demonstrate how innovative automation solutions can help companies reduce greenhouse gas emissions, become more energy efficient and make the transition to renewable power sources.

The next 
Green Innovation Day is scheduled for 
May 27 2021.
“A range of pressures are forcing companies to make a strategic shift in environmental sustainability, with an increasing number setting net zero emissions targets and demanding more efficient energy management,” said Roel Van Doren, group president of global sales at Emerson. “Consequently, they are seeking to implement solutions that enable the use of alternative fuels and low-carbon power sources, the reduction of energy and material use in production systems, and the management and removal of emissions.”

The Green Innovation Days event will feature presentations and demonstrations from Emerson industry experts that explain some of the ways in which companies can benefit from adopting innovative automation technology solutions. This includes changing the way they measure, monitor and control emissions; drive energy and reliability performance through improved control; and improve energy use by optimising unit and equipment performance with real-time monitoring. The event will also discuss how automation can ensure the supply and purity of hydrogen to fulfil downstream requirements; maximise the use of lower-cost waste and alternative fuel sources by mitigating process issues; and reduce outages and extend maintenance cycles through improved control for biomass energy.

Advanced automation technology has a key role to play in helping companies achieve their sustainability goals. The deployment of measurement technologies and monitoring systems helps manufacturers to monitor environmental impact, with real-time energy management information systems automating the process of mapping and managing energy consumption across a site. Implementing tools and services to optimise processes and increase the performance of control loops directly impacts energy efficiency and consumption. The application of digital twin technology helps providers of new technologies to scale up their designs and validate optimised control and safety schemes to meet the increasing demand for clean fuels, such as green hydrogen.

“There is no time to lose when it comes to driving environmental sustainability,” Van Doren explained. “Green Innovation Days attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how to reach their environmental sustainability goals, get expert advice on regulatory requirements and solutions optimised for their specific applications, and develop strategies to create a real step-change in their operational improvements.”

@Emerson_News @EMR_Automation @EmersonExchange @HHC_Lewis #PAuto #Environment  #Training

Preparing for energy-efficient production.

High energy costs, rising cost pressure and a growing awareness of climate change have turned energy efficiency into a core business objective. For many companies, having verifiable environmentally friendly and carbon neutral credentials also gives a competitive advantage. Festo combines its Festo Energy Saving Services (FESS) with energy-saving products to help manufacturing facilities fully realise the efficiency of their compressed air system.

Dr Frank Melzer
Modern compressed air systems are generally much more efficient than older ones that have expanded over many years. As the first company in the world to be certified by TÜV Süd for compressed air audits under the ISO 11011 standard, Festo has the necessary know-how to identify potential savings and propose and implement solutions or improvement measures.

“The air itself costs nothing. However, the electrical energy required to maintain the pressure in the system is becoming increasingly expensive. With every leakage or other malfunction, the costs increase because the more often a compressor has to start, the more energy is consumed. Therefore, optimum performance of compressed air systems saves twice: in energy costs and in CO2 emissions,” says Dr Frank Melzer, Member of the Management Board for Product and Technology Management, Festo.

In addition, the overall energy efficiency of the plant and quality of its compressed air system increases machine availability and thus production reliability. Depending on the size and number of audited plants, Festo estimates that up to several thousand tonnes of CO2 and energy costs in the six-digit range can be saved per year.

A new addition to the portfolio is an AI-based software solution developed by Festo that constantly monitors the compressed air system via built-in flow and pressure sensors. The measured values are recorded, processed and visualised for the operator, providing permanent condition monitoring of their system. The system reports deviations and faults in good time so that adjustments or repairs can rectify them.

Leak detection
For example, the VTEM digital valve terminal controls the energy supply according to demand. In addition, integrated pressure sensors can provide information on leakage conditions. This data is interpreted locally on the controller and recommends planned maintenance cycles to the operator promptly. In addition, the VTEM uses energy-saving piezo valves, which consume 20 times less energy and have a 20 times longer service life.

Another smart product is the air preparation C2M energy efficiency module, which combines pressure regulator, on-off valve, sensor technology and Fieldbus communication in one unit. It monitors compressed air consumption and shuts off the compressed air during non-production periods after a defined waiting period, whilst preventing the system from falling below a defined standby pressure level.

The VSVA pulse valve is another of Festo’s newly developed, energy-efficient products. It is used for clearing chips or dust, drying and transporting parts. The pulsed air is more effective than a continuous airflow for the job and saves up to 80 percent of the energy.

Festo’s OVEM vacuum generator features an integrated air-saving circuit and can monitor the vacuum pressure. Once this vacuum is reached, it switches off and automatically switches back on if the vacuum level decays. A constant vacuum pressure is not required to hold objects securely with vacuum. For smooth, non-porous surfaces, the air-saving circuit is particularly efficient and reduces air consumption by up to 60 percent.

For an energy-optimised system design, Festo also offers both a complete pneumatic and an electric portfolio with comparative calculations for both drive types. “Finding the most energy-efficient solution depends on the application” says Dr Frank Melzer. “Thanks to our pneumatic, electric and combined solutions, we can select the best and most sustainable solution for our customers in each case – this is what sets Festo apart.” 

@festo_global @FestoGB @Publitek #PAuto #Electric

Friday 21 May 2021

Becoming climate neutral.

On the way to a climate-neutral company 

Jan Hartman
Energy and resource efficiency are the focus of IDS Imaging Development Systems . As a globally active technology company, sustainability is an essential part of the corporate strategy. 

"Technological progress and responsible entrepreneurship go hand in hand for us," said Jan Hartmann, Managing Director of the Obersulm-based (D) camera manufacturer. "Our sustainable, ethical business practices actively protect the environment" is one of his guiding principles.

With a responsible and holistic sustainability strategy, IDS aims to create long-term value while harmonizing ecological, social and economic aspects. Sustainability is practiced in all areas of the company. In the core business, this is reflected, for example, in the development and production of climate-neutral camera families or "green" logistics. However the company goes further.

For example, fair dealings with business partners, a pronounced family awareness and a good work-life balance are firmly anchored in the guidelines. IDS is also committed to environmentally friendly mobility with bike leasing offers and a job ticket for employees. The company restaurant at the Obersulm site is supplied by regional producers and thus contributes to reducing CO2 emissions due to shorter transport routes. At the same time, the paperless office makes it easier to work from home and saves resources.

Facets of climate protection at IDS

The further reduction of the company's own CO2 emissions is at the top of the corporate agenda. "We are working every day to further reduce our ecological footprint," underlined Jan Hartmann. The goal of making the entire company climate-neutral before the end of this year has almost been achieved. IDS cameras are already helping to conserve raw materials and optimize processes in almost every country in the world.

@IDS_Imaging @mepaxIntPR #Environment #Camera

International cybersecurity expert panel announced.

ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance Members Schneider Electric, 1898 & Co., Dragos, and Idaho National Laboratory will serve as members of the international Operational Technology Cybersecurity Expert Panel* appointed by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA).

“Around the world, countries are planning their approaches to the persistent and significant cybersecurity threats to critical infrastructure and industrial operations,” said ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance Managing Director Andre Ristaino. “The US government is also painfully aware of the importance of protecting critical infrastructure, as highlighted by the recent attack on the Colonial Pipeline. This incident is only a wake-up call if you haven’t been paying attention. Our organizations have been advocating for smarter cybersecurity approaches for a decade or more through our standards committee, certification body, and most recently, the founding of the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance.

The 11 panel members 

• Marco (Marc) Ayala (US), and is Director of Industrial Control System Cybersecurity (ICS) and sector lead at 1898 & Co, part of Burns & McDonnell
• Christophe Blassiau (France), an executive member of the WEF Cyber Resilience in Electricity and Oil and Gas Communities, and senior vice-president for cybersecurity and global chief information security officer at Schneider Electric
• Eric Byres (US), chief executive officer of aDolus Technology, and senior partner at ICS Secure;
• Robert Hannigan (GB), the chairman of BlueVoyant;
• Dr. Ong Chen Hui (Singapore), the cluster director for the BizTech Group at the Infocomm Media Development Authority;
• Joel Thomas Langill (US), a managing member of the Industrial Control System Cyber Security Institute, and founder of Scadahacker;
• Robert Lee (US), chief executive officer and co-founder of Dragos;
• Dale Peterson (US), founder and chairman of S4 Events, and founder and chief executive officer of Digital Bond;
• Maggy Powell (US), principal industry specialist at Amazon Web Services;
• Zachary Tudor (US), associate laboratory director at the Idaho National Laboratory's National and Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate; 
Kazuo Yamaoka (Japan), senior solution architect at NTT Security Japan.
"Nearly 50 member companies, acting individually and as a group, are serving as subject matter experts in nearly every world region to drive adoption and usage of the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards as the foundational basis for assessing and managing cybersecurity risk across all industry sectors.”

This will no doubt be of interest in Ireland following the catastrophic ransomware cyberattack that caused all of its Health Service IT systems nationwide to be shut down since last Friday (14 May). Recovery from this attack which will take weeks and months and at time of writing it is thought that the attackers will release some of the data including personal details of patients and clients of the service in the "dark web." 

It is alleged that the attack on the Colonial Pipeline systems led to a payment a ransom however the Irish Government have firmly rejected this. "The only thing paying a ransom guarantees is more ransomware attacks" says Ciarán Martin, founding Chief Executive of the Britain's National Cyber Security Centre. (Irish Times 22/5/2021). 

Singapore’s approach to global concerns over cybersecurity includes a defined plan created by their government and the country’s Cyber Security Agency (CSA.) CSA launched its OT Cybersecurity Masterplan in 2019, providing guidance to professionals working in OT environments with a focus on security industrial control systems. The three objectives of the masterplan are:

  • To create awareness of the OT challenges faced across industries within Singapore
  • To align the efforts of OT cybersecurity initiatives and to address cyber-threats, including a recommendation to leverage the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards within the Cybersecurity Code of Practice (CCOP) as one of the key components of a strong cybersecurity approach
  • To guide the development of effective cybersecurity initiatives, solutions, and to encourage partnerships with industry leaders and stakeholders

The international Operational Technology Cybersecurity Expert Panel will discuss issues ranging from governance policies and processes, evolving operational technology technologies, emerging trends, capability development, supply chain, threat intelligence information sharing, and incident response. The panel will facilitate the sharing of information between the public and private sectors with a goal of strengthening local cybersecurity capabilities and competencies, protecting critical infrastructure sectors, including energy, water, and transport.

Singapore's operational technology cybersecurity practitioners, operators, researchers and policymakers from the Government, critical information infrastructure (CII) sectors, academia, and other operational technology industries will have direct access to the experts, leveraging their knowledge to shape codes of practice, strategies for training Singapore’s workforce, the proliferation of compliance programs for devices, components, and systems, and more.

In 2019, the ISA Security Compliance Institute announced an agreement with TÜV SÜD PSB, the German training, testing, and certification giant, to conduct certification assessments using ISASecure certification specifications in South East Asia. Simultaneously, the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) and ISA signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide certification body accreditations for the ISASecure® cybersecurity certification programs in the region, including the second certification body DNV GL whose Singapore office has also signed on as an ISASecure CB.

Establishment of Operational Technology Cybersecurity Expert Panel (3/5/2021)

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