Wednesday 30 June 2021

Last mile connectivity.

Analog Devices has expanded its ADI Chronous™ Industrial Ethernet portfolio with solutions that bring long-reach Ethernet connectivity from the edge to the cloud and enable real-time configurability, lower energy consumption, and increased asset utilisation. The new ADI Chronous offerings support the 10BASE-T1L physical layer Ethernet standard allowing new data streams from edge nodes in remote and hazardous locations across process and building facilities. This previously unavailable data can now be seamlessly accessed across the network and used to assess factors such as asset health, raw material usage, and process parameters enabling cleaner manufacturing.

“Many process plants and buildings are struggling with constant manual local intervention required by service personnel and limited ability to optimise assets at an enterprise level,” said Mark Barry, General Manager of Automation and Energy at Analog Devices. “By providing long-reach Industrial Ethernet solutions that adhere to the 10BASE-T1L Ethernet standard, we’re making it possible for our customers to achieve reliable communications over much longer distances, covering the last mile in connectivity. This truly enables the benefits of digitalisation through seamless access to edge data and improved control of remote assets.”

The newest ADI Chronous offerings enable customers to reduce energy consumption in buildings as well as their overall carbon footprint through improved control of building parameters. The ADI Chronous ADIN1100 and ADIN1110 Industrial Ethernet solutions can transfer data over 1.7 kilometres or more than a mile (a significant increase from previous Ethernet standards) through a single twisted pair of Ethernet cables, which helps reduce space, weight, and cost. These cables are lighter and more malleable than traditional Ethernet cables, and can support reuse of existing cabling infrastructure, reducing commissioning cost and complexity.

The new Industrial Ethernet solutions are offered in two flexible options: MAC PHY and PHY. The MAC PHY (ADIN1110) enables the industry’s lowest power systems, which simplifies retrofitting for Ethernet in field sensors or actuators and preserves existing investment in software and processor technology. The PHY (ADIN1100) provides standard Ethernet interfaces and supports use in more complex designs such as field switch developments or building controllers.

@ADI_News #PAuto #Ethernet

EMC filter for LED lighting.

Schaffner has extended its range of filters for LED lighting applications with the introduction of the new FN2560 filter range. Specifically designed for attenuation requirements in the lighting industry the performance of the filter starts at frequencies as low as 9kHz. The new filter comes in an attractive space saving compact package and has single strand solid wire terminations providing simple, flexible and reliable installation.

Typical applications are LED equipment, LED driver and displays, streetlamps and signage, industrial and architectural lighting, fluorescent lamp ballasts or any other application requiring high differential mode performance. The Schaffner FN2560 has an operating temperature range of -40°C to 100°C.

At common mode attenuation performance, a choice of 3 different performance levels is available providing 3 different leakage ratings.

  • C00: no leakage current, medical applications
  • C11: low leakage current, safety applications
  • C16: standard version, best filter performance

For applications where low reactive currents are needed, an alternative version “FN2564” is available. The FN2564 has no X-capacitance between grid and neutral line and has therefore no HF-current between the lines. This is helpful in applications with reactive current restrictions.

The FN2560 is suitable for typical European voltages of 300 VAC / 300 VDC and has current ratings of 1 A, 2 A, 5 A and 8 A, while the alternative FN2580 is rated at 350 V to suit typical international voltages.

All new Schaffner filters are designed for a maximum continuous operating voltage of 300VAC, 50 / 60Hz and for nominal currents up to 10A. They have worldwide approvals in accordance with ENEC, CQC, UL, UKCA and CSA and meet the requirements for RoHS and REACH regulation.

@proactivefleet #Schaffner #PAuto #LED

Tuesday 29 June 2021

Bimetal Thermostats.

Small compact thermostats KTO 111 and KTS 111 from STEGO feature a practical innovation: Push-In terminals ensure faster and tool-free connection. The small-sized regulators can be quickly connected within an enclosure or control cabinet to switch heating and cooling systems. These provide a constant climate, prevent the formation of harmful condensation, and enable trouble-free operation of sensitive electronics.

Push-In terminals for faster connection
With the new KTO / KTS thermostats, STEGO has taken the opportunity to adapt its regulators to meet the requirements of the enclosure manufacturing industry. KTO 111 and KTS 111 connect to the power supply tool-free using Push-In terminals on the front of the housing. The terminals provide constant pressure on the connection wires ensuring safety even during transportation of preassembled enclosures. It prevents wires from becoming loosened. Another advantage of the Push-In terminals is a 2/3rd reduction of installation time due to tool-free wiring.

NC and NO Contacts for optimal climate
The mechanical thermostat may appear to be small and possibly unspectacular, however only at a first glance! Thermostats are important components in every enclosure. They regulate the climatization of electronic components within the desired temperature range and thus help protect against harmful condensation. The two new thermostats are designed as two-state regulators with a sensor element made of thermostatic bimetal. The flexible bimetal bends under the influence of temperature and switches a snap-action contact. The KTO 111 is a contact breaker (NC – normally closed - the contact opens when the temperature is rising) for regulating heaters. The KTS 111 is a contact maker (NO – normally open, the contact closes when the temperature is rising) for regulating filter fans, heat exchangers, cooling appliances, or switching signal devices. So, what is the advantage of using a thermostat duo over a thermostat with change-over contact? The combination of two single thermostats (NC and NO) is more economical and allows the user to individually set the temperature ranges for heating and cooling. On the other hand, the change-over contact provides a specific changing point between heating and cooling and is a good choice when space is at a premium.

More air to “breath”
The company has put a lot of effort into the re-design of the thermostat housing. Now the thermostat has “more air to breath”. Enlarged air gaps on the rear of the thermostat housing ensure an optimized air intake and thus improved response time to temperature changes. Noticeable is also the curved, ergonomic housing design on the front with a large setting dial, which is easier to read and increases safety against unintentional adjustments: the temperature setting can only be changed with a screwdriver. STEGO´s Head of Development Peter Witsch points out the company’s special relationship to the enclosure and cabinet thermostat: “Our company co-founder and former Head of Development Hartmut Eisenhauer developed the bimetal thermostat for enclosures and control cabinets around 30 years ago. Since then, this product invention has become an established industry product. Therefore, we are committed to further extend the product benefits for customers with each re-design.”

Tried and tested in harsh environments
The operating temperature of the thermostats ranges from -45 to +80 °C (-49 to + 176 °F) in an environment with a maximum of 90 % relative humidity (non-condensing). KTO / KTS are developed for protection type IP20 and protection class 2, achieve a verified service life of 100,000 cycles, and are suitable for the following switching currents: AC 250 V, AC 120 V, and DC 24 to 72 V. The maximum inrush current is AC 16 A for 10 seconds. The switch temperature difference is 7 K with a tolerance of ±4 K. They are mounted by the clip for a DIN rail. A special feature of the new thermostats is their suitability for use in high altitudes. The thermostats can be used up to 5,000 meters (in overvoltage category II) and up to 2,000 meters (in overvoltage category III), thanks to the optimized air gap and increased creepage distance. The thermostats KTO 111 and KTS 111 have standard agency approvals, such as safety approvals by UL and VDE.

@stego_de @PresseBox #PAuto 

Greenfield cell and gene plant in China.

Körber and Immunotech Biopharm are to implement Werum PAS-X MES in a greenfield cell & gene site in Beijing. This step is an important milestone to start Immunotech’s digital journey towards intelligent manufacturing.

As the China domestic leader in cell & gene therapy, Immunotech regards digitization and intelligent manufacturing as one of the company’s core strategies. By introducing Körber’s Manufacturing Execution System (MES) Werum PAS-X in the greenfield site in Beijing, Immunotech will build a new smart factory that takes into account safety and efficiency, while enabling interconnection and data transfer during the entire production process. In this way, the company can accelerate the strategic process of digitization and intelligence, and provide more high-quality products and services to the market.

Jerry Zheng, (left) General Manager China Hub, Körber Business Area Pharma, and Dr. Wang Yu, CEO, Immunotech Biopharm

“We are very pleased to reach a comprehensive cooperation with Körber,”
says Dr. Wang Yu, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Immunotech Biopharm Ltd. “As the market leader, Werum PAS-X MES has unique advantages, which offers us innovative concepts and industry best practices. PAS-X combines software, content and services, and ensures fast deployment. I am looking forward to our joint cooperation, laying a solid foundation for Immunotech to accelerate product commercialization as well as to provide strong technical support to achieve our ultimate goal of curing patients.”

Jerry Zheng, General Manager China Hub of Körber Business Area Pharma, adds: “Against the backdrop of Industry 4.0, the strategic plan ‘Made in China 2025’ and the integration of digitization and intelligence in various industries across China, leveraging technology to assist the pharmaceutical industry is the trend of the future. Our PAS-X software solution has always been focusing on the factory and supply chain, while taking into account the specific requirements of the regulatory agencies and the industry itself. MES is an important entry point and breakthrough to drive intelligent manufacturing, and it is an important vehicle for the digital transformation of pharmaceutical companies.”

@KoerberPharma @WerumKarriere #PAuto #Pharma #MES

Monday 28 June 2021

CAN communication via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Since its launch five years ago, the Anybus® Wireless Bolt™ has provided thousands of industrial applications with wireless Ethernet access. With a rugged and unique form factor for bolt-on-machine mounting, it is today proven and trusted in the most demanding industrial applications. Use cases vary from warehouse installations and AGVs to manufacturing of food, underground mining or rough outdoor applications. Building on the success, HMS now launches the Anybus Wireless Bolt CAN, featuring CAN-based communication to the host equipment.
The new Anybus Wireless Bolt for CAN enables CAN-based, heavy-duty machinery and applications to transfer CAN data over a robust wireless link. Wireless communication is established either over a fast Wi-Fi connection or a reliable Bluetooth link. The CAN data is transported over a TCP/IP link which enables other standard Wi-Fi infrastructure to also connect to the wireless link if desired.

A typical use case is wireless access to CAN data from an industrial vehicle, such as a bulk material transport truck. For example, with the Anybus Wireless Bolt CAN, J1939 CAN data is easily communicated to a handheld tablet which gives the operator full control and visibility of the ongoing bulk material filling process.

Anybus Wireless Bolt CAN is fully transparent when it comes to transporting CAN data, meaning that it works with any CAN-based protocol, including CANopen. This opens the possibility to create mobile automation islands in any manufacturing process – the Anybus Wireless Bolt CAN will bridge the CANopen line wirelessly.

A wide range of wireless connectivity options for industrial networks and IoT applications In addition to the new Anybus Wireless Bolt CAN, the Wireless Bolt product family includes other versions which can connect to the host equipment using serial and industrial Ethernet connectivity. On the wireless side of the Wireless Bolt, the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth options were recently complemented with a version that supports the new LTE standards NB-IoT and CAT-M1, targeting IoT applications.

@hmsnetworks @CANopen @mepaxIntPR  #PAuto #Communication

Solving the air quality monitoring dilemma.

The British Institute of Air Quality Management (IAQM) recently organised a webinar in which Bruno Beloff from the company South Coast Science examined the thorny issue of whether low-cost air quality monitors are able to offer data of sufficient accuracy and reliability to be comparable with reference grade monitors.

Bruno explained that his company was established in 2016 to offer a common digital front-end for electrochemical sensors, together with an open data management framework. Early field work was conducted in cooperation with academia, research organisations and the United Nations, and Bruno emphasised the importance of this field work in the development of monitors that are suitable for real-world applications.

Low-cost air quality monitors employ electrochemical sensors for gas measurements and optical particle counters for the measurement of particulate fractions. These sensors are provided by Alphasense, which in the case of the gas sensors, have demonstrated an ability to measure concentrations to within +/- 5 ppb. “The Alphasense sensors are ubiquitous in the market,” explains South Coast Science Commercial Director David Johnson. “Without reliable sensors, it would be impossible to develop effective algorithms, so it was important for us to partner with Alphasense from the outset.”

Alphasense sensors are highly repeatable in the laboratory, but the outputs from electrochemical sensors are affected by a number of environmental factors, such as temperature and humidity, and in some cases interfering gases. Working in different locations around the world, South Coast Science therefore employed machine learning techniques to improve and speed up the process of algorithm development. As a consequence, the company was able to develop monitors that were able to apply these refined algorithms in real-time and within the monitors themselves; delivering data with extremely low levels of interference or noise.

There are no formally recognised performance standards for low-cost air quality monitors, so it is incumbent on instrument developers to conduct trials in a variety of different environments to validate the claims made on websites and in brochures. South Coast Science has therefore conducted over three years of co-location studies with reference air quality monitoring stations provided by Ricardo. This work has demonstrated a high degree of correlation with data from the reference stations (see graph). In addition, there is an MCERTS performance standard for indicative ambient particulate monitors, and Bruno is hopefully that Praxis will be the first low-cost monitor to achieve the required level of performance without the need for a heated sample inlet (to remove moisture).

South Coast Science launched the ‘Praxis’ air quality monitor in 2017, and Bruno explained that the open data management framework provided by these monitors means that users, if they wish, can use both raw and corrected data in order to evaluate the algorithms.

The Praxis/Urban offers sensing for gases (CO, H2S, NO, NO2, O3, SO2, CO2, VOCs) and particulates (PM1, PM2.5 and PM10). The device supports multiple analysis techniques including any sampling rate and real-time data access. Consistent device function is possible within a broad range of climatic conditions. This includes continuous operation for up to two hours in the event of external power loss, as well as a 24 month Warranty.

One of Bruno’s first presentation slides showed a small Praxis device fitted to the top of a large reference air quality monitoring station. This image, Bruno explained, clearly demonstrated the main advantages of low-cost monitors, because it showed how easy it is to install them almost anywhere. This flexibility means that low-cost monitors can be installed at pollution hot-spots, alongside developments or where remediation measures need to be assessed.

Summarising Bruno says: “Our development work has achieved remarkable results in that we have managed to create monitors which provide data that correlates very well with reference monitors, but at a fraction of the cost. Nevertheless, we do not believe that low-cost monitors should replace reference monitors; we believe that they should supplement them, by enabling the creation of monitoring networks that measure air quality in the locations that matter the most.”

 @_Enviro_News @IAQM_UK #Alphasense #SouthCoastScience #Environment 

Computerised maintenance management system software partnership.

Fluke Reliability has announced a partnership with RS Components (RS) to provide eMaint computerised maintenance management system (CMMS) software to RS’ customers. By adding eMaint, RS is providing a world-class CMMS solution that helps its customers better manage work orders, predictive maintenance schedules, and parts inventory to improve reliability.

“Fluke Reliability is excited to team up with RS to expand its cutting-edge maintenance engineering services with eMaint’s award-winning CMMS software,” said Fluke Reliability Solutions President Ankush Malhotra. “RS delivers robust maintenance solutions and expert knowledge to its customers, and we are pleased to have eMaint part of the RS offering.” Richard Jeffers, Director of Industrial Digital Solutions, RS Components, said: “At RS, we have always strived to bring best-in-class maintenance engineering services and solutions to our customers so they can keep their operations running as efficiently as possible. eMaint not only brings world-class reliability solutions, but also world class customer service to help our industrial customers succeed.”

eMaint CMMS enables maintenance professionals to manage work orders and requests, preventive maintenance, purchasing and inventory control, planning and scheduling, asset history, cost tracking, condition monitoring, and document storage, as well as create robust reports. The software saves companies valuable time and money by improving the organisation, planning, and optimisation of maintenance activities.

eMaint was one of the first providers of CMMS to offer a completely web-based software as a service (SaaS) model. Since 1986, the company has leveraged continuous software updates combined with exceptional support to expand its global footprint. The company’s diverse global client base consists of small, midsized and enterprise organisations in industries such as manufacturing, facilities, services, fleet, energy, packaging, government and education.

@FlukeCorp @emaintCMMS @RSComponents @NapierPR #TandM #PAuto

Evaluating 5G video quality.

A new solution for evaluating the video quality of 5G devices has been announced by the Anritsu Corporation. This lab-based solution was developed in partnership with Spirent Communications plc  and TOYO Corporation  and uses their SmartStudio NR Network Simulator and Spirent’s Attero and Umetrix Video software, providing a new integrated 5G video quality system.

Development Background
The accelerating shift from 4G to 5G mobile communications, combined with increasing adoption of teleworking, are leading to more streaming of video content as well as greater use of online meeting tools. As a result, the quality of the video is a key factor in users’ choice of 5G mobile operator and smartphone brand. Consequently, mobile operators, 5G device vendors, and content providers urgently need a solution to evaluate the video quality of 5G devices.

Integrated Solution
This solution integrates Anritsu’s MT8000A Radio Communication Test Station and SmartStudio NR (SSNR) control software with Spirent’s Attero Network Emulator and Umetrix Video system for evaluating video quality.

The MT8000A operates as a 5G Call Box by simulating a 5G base station and core network using a state-machine-based GUI. Users can simulate a full range of 5G network conditions including both Standalone (SA) and Non-Standalone (NSA) topologies at FR1 or FR2 frequencies, all without creating protocol scripts. Testing of throughput, mobility, VoNR, EPS-Fallback, SMS, CMAS, CDRX, and other functions can be performed easily using SSNR’s GUI.

SSNR’s flexible network settings as well as its simple reproduction of a live 5G network environment allow easy and effective analysis of video quality. Moreover, a customer’s automation environments can be configured more quickly due to its support for numerous APIs.

Spirent’s Attero allows users to emulate a network or a network element in an accurate and repeatable way to fully stress-test the transport of real-time services such as video and VoIP over Next-Gen IP platforms and networks. Filters can be set to test the effect of impairments on specific packets or types of traffic.

Spirent’s Umetrix Video evaluation system measures the receive-side quality of streamed video content by scoring QoE (Quality of Experience) using Video Mean Opinion Scoring (V-MOS) from the receive-side only. It supports video-streaming services and video-content analysis by scoring the original video without prior display, allowing faster and lower-cost repeatable design tests, regression tests, and competitor benchmarking.

@Anritsu @AnritsuEMEA @Spirent @NapierPR #Toyo #TandM #5G

Smart gadget!

SHT40 Smart Gadget from Sensirion is now available globally through their distribution network. The SHT4x Smart Gadget is a reference design circuit board which demonstrates the outstanding performance and ease of use of their SHT4x humidity and temperature sensors in connected devices.

The Smart Gadget comes with a SHT40 humidity and temperature sensor and measures ambient humidity, temperature, and dew point in Celsius and Fahrenheit. Furthermore, it is able to communicate with Bluetooth low energy devices, such as smartphones, while offering data-logging capabilities. The gadget consists of a main PCB equipped with an SHT40 sensor, LCD display, push-button, and BLE module, including battery, supports, and a user guide.

As part of Sensirion’s next generation humidity and temperature sensors, the SHT40 builds on a completely new and optimized CMOSens® chip offering ultra-low power consumption and industry-leading accuracy specifications. Sensirion’s CMOSens® technology provides a complete sensor system on a single chip, with a fully calibrated digital I2C fast-mode plus interface. The sensor covers operating ranges from 0 to 100 % RH and from -40°C to 125°C with accuracies of ±1.8% RH and ±0.2°C. With an extended supply voltage range from 1.08 V to 3.6 V and 400 nA average current, the SHT40 is perfectly suited for mobile and battery-driven applications. The exceptionally small size encased within a robust DFN housing enables robust integration into challenging designs while meeting the highest reliability demands, as demonstrated by the JEDEC JESD47 qualification.

Sensirion offers the MyAmbience app for viewing live data from all gadgets or tracking history and export data. Download the MyAmbience app for your iOS or Android system, connect your Sensirion Smart Gadget via Bluetooth to your mobile device and start getting to know your environment.

@sensirion #PAuto #Communications

Multiprotocol support.

PROFINET, EtherNetIP und EtherCAT supported.

The connection of SoM modules (Stack on Module) has been extended by port to the STM32 MCU family from ST Microelectronics. With the firmware extension µGOAL, all derivatives of the STM32F, STM32G, STM32L and STM32H families can now be connected to the SoM (Stack on Module) via SPI. The user is now able to offer PROFINET (incl. MRP), EtherNetIP (incl. DLR) and EtherCAT for all named derivatives.

The firmware extension µGOAL describes a software package that enables the integration of the SoM module in applications without using a complete GOAL framework platform. As a result, for example. 8 bit CPUs with 2KB RAM can also be connected via SPI with the multi-protocol support technology SoM (Stack on Module). This makes it possible to enable low-cost or low-performance CPUs to be integrated into PROFINET, EtherNetIP and EtherCAT environments quickly and easily. µGOAL mimics the required functionality from the GOAL framework, which is specifically required by the application controller framework. It is configurable in a number of ways to ensure compatibility with a wide variety of destinations. Most of the CCM-specific examples for fieldbus applications can be reused without modification.

By using the module, no investment costs in the form of licenses are necessary. The module is cUL / CE certified. The PROFINET, EtherNetIP and EtherCAT protocols are “PRE-Certified” and therefore easy to integrate.

An extensive tool chain such as the ICE (Industrial Communication Explorer - is included free of charge) and the ICC (Industrial Communication Creator - optionally available) make integration much easier.

#port #PAuto #fieldbus

Friday 25 June 2021

Diaphragm monitoring system.

The requirements of digitalised sterile processes are met by a new diaphragm seal system from WIKA with process transmitter, diaphragm monitoring and HART®7 protocol. The model DMSU21SA has approvals for all common hygiene standards and is available in a version with explosion protection.

The complete measuring arrangement is parameterised via a single cable outlet and HART®7. The communication protocol transmits the measured values as well as the alarm signal from the diaphragm monitoring. The patented safety function is based on a double diaphragm with evacuated intermediate space and a pressure switch. In the event of a rupture of the process-side diaphragm, the switch sends an immediate damage message while the second diaphragm continues to monitor the pressure.

The new diaphragm seal system measures pressures between -1 bar and 25 bar with an accuracy of 0.1 % of span. The model DMSU21SA is available with all sterile connections and the application-specific system fill fluids.

• WIKA products are marketed i n Ireland through Instrument Technology.

@WIKANews #PAuto #PAuto #Wireless

Expanded linear position sensors.

Ixthus Instrumentation has expanded its range of linear position sensors with the new heavy-duty, inductive technology equipped ILT series for measurement stroke length from 25 mm to 600 mm. An exceptionally durable and compact 35 mm diameter anodised aluminium casing offers IP67 / IP69K environment rating whilst integrated sensor electronics allows a wide choice of industry standard voltage and current outputs without the need for signal conditioning. 

These non-contacting and therefore long-life sensors feature absolute position output on power-up for calibration-free measurement with an effectively infinite resolution and linearity error of +/- 0.25%. The ILT series is particularly suitable for harsh environments in industrial and agricultural machinery or for special vehicle construction.

The technology offers many advantages other non-contact sensors including superior accuracy, robustness and a generally more compact stroke to overall length. Furthermore, the interfacing electronics offers high EMC protection and adaptability for a wide range of electrical I/O options to flexibly suit customer requirements.

The sensor boasts impressive environmental specifications. The operating temperature range is specified up to -40° C to +125° C. Full specifications are available in an Ixthus datasheet – available on request or download here, and full technical and application support is of course available from Ixthus.

The ILT series is offered in measurement stroke lengths of 25 mm and 50 mm, then 50 mm stroke increments up to 300 mm with 100 mm increments to 600 mm. The sensor is available with steel or plastic 8 mm diameter rod ends or M8 female threads at both ends. The minimum distance between rod ends for the longest (600 mm) stroke option is 810 mm whilst the 25 mm stroke version has a 185 mm dimension. The standard electrical interfacing option is 2 m screened cable. OEM customers can specify custom stroke length, and alternative mountings or electrical interfacing on application to Ixthus.

@IxthusInst @mepaxIntPR #PAuto #Agriculture

Positive trade show news.

It is arguable that Germany is the best country at organising and holding exhibitions or trade fairs in Europe and perhaps the world. This industry is on of the most effected by the global pandemics and our mail box has been pepperd with notices of cancellations or alternative (and less satisfactory or fulfilling?) web events. So this is a good new story.
On the way back!
Trade fair events will once again be possible in Bavaria (D) as of September 1, 2021. This was announced last week by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs together with Messe München. As a result, the world’s leading trade fair for electronics development and production can take place as planned from November 16 to 19 in Munich. Companies still have the possibility to take part in productronica 2021 as exhibitors.

The in-person event next fall will also feature a digital supplement in the form of online offerings. Industry representatives will have the opportunity to take part in productronica in person or virtually, regardless of the conditions in place. Falk Senger, CEO of Messe München, is optimistic about the industry meeting in November: “In the past few months we have been working hard on the safety standards and are now excellently prepared for the new start with an optimal safety and hygiene concept. We are looking forward to once again welcoming lots of exhibitors and visitors to productronica in person.”

Comprehensive safety and hygiene concept
Messe München has developed a comprehensive safety and hygiene concept in close cooperation with the relevant authorities: This includes important new elements in addition to basic provisions, such as maintaining the minimum distance, the wearing of FFP-2 masks and the traceability of all participants. This includes the VCR concept: Access to the exhibition grounds is only granted to people who have been proven to have been vaccinated, checked or recovered. These data can already be entered at the online registration stage. In addition, Messe München is making test capacities available on site. Modern ventilation systems that guarantee a regular and reliable supply of fresh air provide additional protection for exhibitors and visitors in the exhibition halls.

Positive signals from the industry
The current development in the area of electronics development and production gives hope for a successful event in fall, as Reinhard Kurtz, CEO of the Kurtz Ersa Group and Chairman of the Advisory Board of productronica explains: “In the first half of 2021 incoming orders in the industry developed very well for the most part. As the pandemic slows down, exhibitors expect a continued positive business trend for this year and the next. In this respect, productronica 2021 has every chance of being a wonderful reunion for the entire global electronics production industry.”

Thilo Brückner, CEO of the trade association Electronics, Micro and New Energy Production Technologies (EMINT), shared a similar comment at VDMA: “As an ideal sponsor of productronica we are counting on a successful trade fair in November. Personal contact with customers and networking are the key ingredient for a successful trade fair business. This only works with an in-person event.”

More than 500 exhibitors registered
Nearly five months until the start of the event, more than 500 companies have already confirmed their participation: leading key players such as ASM Assembly Systems, F&K Delvotec, Komax, as well as Kurtz Ersa and Rohde & Schwarz will be represented at productronica 2021. Interested companies still have the possibility to register for this trade fair in November.

@productronica @messemuenchen #PAuto #Germany

Low pressure sensor.

STW's modular sensor system is optimized for the needs of mobile hydraulics, and the sensors enjoy wide acceptance and strong demand. To meet increasing demand, the long-standing automation company from Kaufbeuren (D) has optimised the design and availability of its low-pressure sensors.

Large infrastructure projects are fueling demand for modern construction machinery, precision agriculture requires highly automated machinery, and in intralogistics autonomous vehicles are becoming increasingly common. These developments are leading to strong demand for high-performance and robust sensor technology. The data from these sensors form the basis for the assistance systems of modern mobile machines.

In order to meet current high demand for low-pressure sensors, STW has revised the products of the proven M01 series for pressure ranges down to 150 mbar. A new design from the automation specialists from Kaufbeuren enables optimization of the manufacturing processes and significantly increases production capacity. With the M01 sensors from 150 mbar, STW rounds off its comprehensive pressure sensor portfolio with very low-pressure ranges. Low-pressure sensors are used, for example, as reference sensors for absolute pressure measurement in mobile hydraulics, in attachments such as field sprayers, and in many areas of process automation.

The STW modular sensor system for mobile hydraulics offers highly robust products for the detection of temperature, pressure, strain, inclination and angular velocity, and pressure switches, also in functionally safe implementations. All products have CE and the E1 test mark (approval according to the German Federal Motor Transport Authority). The sensors have been developed for use in harsh environmental conditions, including dirt, vibration, heat and cold.

@Sensor_Technik @PresseBox #PAuto #Hydraulics

Simulation and testing of 5G automotive applications.

Anritsu Corporation and dSPACE will jointly demonstrate an unparalleled integration of a 5G network emulator in a hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) system to develop next generation automotive applications for connected vehicles. Visitors of the Virtual showroom at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2021 will experience a showcase with virtual test drives for end-to-end testing of vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) applications for traffic optimization and sensor sharing – all powered by realistic simulation of the vehicle and the environment with smart infrastructure as well as real 5G communication. 
View the demo here!
The combination of 5G and Edge Cloud, which promises high data throughputs and low latencies, has the potential to allow for completely new applications, such as sharing raw sensor data with vehicles and infrastructure. This can enable cooperative perception, swarm intelligence based on shared AI or real-time traffic optimization to make automated driving even safer, more comfortable and ecofriendly. However, without a suitable 5G test bed infrastructure, the development of associated applications can be challenging.

The exhibit showcase integrates the Anritsu Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A, an all-in-one 5G radio frequency (RF), functional, and protocol test solution, with a dSPACE SCALEXIO real-time system for demanding HIL simulation or rapid prototyping. For a realistic test of a V2X device and application, SCALEXIO is complemented by the simulation of virtual test drives with dSPACE Automotive Simulation Models (ASM) – open Simulink models for simulating the vehicle and environment, such as road, traffic and infrastructure. In addition, a dedicated software interface was developed to connect the Anritsu Test Station and control the 5G mobile data link to the back end during real-time simulation.

Gregor Hordys, responsible for connectivity at dSPACE, stated: “This solution enables the early development of applications for connected and cooperative automated driving based on 5G and edge computing in the lab, without being dependent on the local infrastructure.It also allows validation of the entire vehicle-to-network processing chain.”

“This joint integration, and the power of such a solution, will provide a significant step forward for the testing and emulation of 5G V2X. This industry-leading demonstration represents a very exciting platform for the development of 5G V2X applications,” stated Jonathan Borrill, Head of Global Market Technology at Anritsu.

@AnritsuEMEA @Anritsu @MWCHub @NapierPR #5G #Automotive

Apprenticeship program win for sensor manufacturer.

Sensirion is one of the best employers in Switzerland – not only among permanent employees, but also among apprentices. Following Great Place to Work® naming Sensirion the second best employer in Switzerland, the high-tech company has now also received Great Start! certification.

Sensirion’s commitment to apprentice training is highly valued internally and has now also been honored with the Great Start! certification. All apprentices say that Sensirion is overall a very good place for an apprenticeship. We are very proud of this 100% approval.

Sensirion currently supervises 20 apprentices. Apprentices are given responsibility and trust. They are treated like permanent employees right from the start, are well integrated into their teams and can work on exciting projects. Cohesion among the apprentices and their well-being are top priorities at Sensirion. For this reason, an apprentice excursion, an apprentice camp and monthly meetings among the apprentices are organized every year. More results from the Great Start! survey show that credibility and open communication are integral parts of the corporate DNA at Sensirion. In addition, special occasions are celebrated and everyone works together with the same goals in mind.

"As an apprentice, you feel welcome here." 94% of Sensirion apprentices agreed with this statement. An equal number of apprentices say they are proud of what they do and the contribution Sensirion makes to society as an organization.

This year, twelve programs have already been awarded the "Excellent Training Companies in Switzerland" certificate. Sensirion is proud to be one of them. In an anonymous survey, the apprentices rated Sensirion as an employer, the collaboration with the vocational trainers and practical instructors, and the corporate culture. For the overall assessment, the company’s apprenticeship concept was also evaluated. This documents all vocational training measures, processes and tools in detail.

"Young talent is important for the successful future of an international company. That’s why we are happy to invest time in the training and development of young professionals and train apprentices," says Morena Casarico, Vocational Training Manager.

@sensirion #PAuto #Switzerland

Reseller agreement expands to China.

Europlacer has expanded its 20+ year reseller relationship, for Aegis’ FactoryLogix® Digital Manufacturing Engineering software module to include China. Additionally, Europlacer is the first placement systems provider to achieve IPC Connected Factory Exchange (CFX) qualification, thereby enabling “plug & play” IIoT connectivity with Aegis’ FactoryLogix Platform, as well as any CFX-qualified factory information systems. "With Europlacer and Aegis Software, manufacturers can effortlessly leverage IIoT data to monitor, control, and improve factory automation without requiring IIoT middleware or custom coding."

“Expanding the relationship to China was the next logical step in helping electronics manufacturers seamlessly implement Industry 4.0 best practices to drive a smarter factory,” John Perrotta, Group Sales and Services Officer , stated. “Additionally, Europlacer and Aegis were among the founding members of the IPC select committee formed to define and develop the CFX standard. It is great to see the standard come to life and witness first-hand the tangible benefits our joint customers can achieve. We are very proud to be the first placement systems provider to achieve IPC CFX qualification and provide “plug & play” data exchange capabilities with other CFX-compliant machines and systems, like Aegis’ FactoryLogix platform.”

“Now more than ever, manufacturers are seeking ways to become more agile and resilient. Foundational to achieving that desired agility and resiliency is a factory that can support seamless connectivity of machines, systems, and devices to provide the necessary levels of control, visibility, and efficiency without complexity, endless customization, or high costs. Europlacer and Aegis share a common goal of enabling factories of any size worldwide to achieve Industry 4.0 benefits. We are very proud of the long-standing synergistic and collaborative relationship that we have with Europlacer and look forward to continued success,” stated Jason Spera, CEO, and Co-Founder, Aegis Software.

@FactoryLogix @europlacer #PAuto #Manufacturing

Ensuring top quality cotton swabs!

Smart Manufacturing Integrates Machine Vision and Industrial Robots 
Many people cannot imagine a day without using cotton swabs. Behind such a small product, there is extensive know-how from production to packaging. Since the unit price is relatively low, the investment in time and resources is highly sensitive. To optimise results, the cotton swabs must be quickly placed into a package in order. This is a challenge for traditional manufacturers that mainly rely on manual labor.

Yet another challenge, is that there is an ever increasing shortage of manpower in the manufacturing industry. To enhance productivity and maintain a consistent product quality, many manufacturers adopt automated equipment and processes. On top of that, smart manufacturing is becoming an unstoppable trend. To prepare for this new era, building highly automated production lines has become a necessary move for the future.

Delta recently built a cotton swabs’ automatic inspection and packaging solution for a packaging partner working with a cotton swab manufacturer. The solution integrates a vibration bowl, conveyor belts, industrial robot, and machine vision for an all-in-one automatic machine. It improves overall performance with higher productivity and longer runtime. In addition, the adoption of machine vision avoids the inconsistencies of manual inspection and ensures product quality.

The solution includes the High-Performance Slim PLC DVP-SV2 Series that delivers cotton swabs from a vibration bowl and transfers them to the inspection spot under the Machine Vision System DMV2000 Series. The SCARA Robot DRS40L Series then tracks the conveyor and picks-and-places the qualified ones into the case in a set order. While the robot sends a signal to the PLC for counting, the pick-and-place movement stops when it reaches the set number. The PLC controls the positioning cylinder to switch to a new case and enable a smooth process for packaging and inspection.

Delta cotton swabs automatic inspection and packaging solution provides the following benefits and advantages for the manufacturer and users:

Automated production line enhances productivity
The automated production line integrates the 10.1-inch Widescreen Ethernet HMI DOP-110 Series, High-Performance Slim PLC DVP-SV2 Series, and SCARA Robot DRS40L Series. It extends runtime and enhances productivity.
• Machine vision maintains consistent product quality
Unlike manual inspection, the Machine Vision System DMV2000 Series avoids distraction and can quickly and precisely detect defects and maintain the consistency of product quality.
• Quick pick-and-place ensures the package counts
Delta’s SCARA Robot DRS40L Series quickly tracks the conveyor and sends signals to the High-performance Slim PLC DVP-SV2 Series to count whether the quantity of cotton swabs has reached the set number, and ensures the accuracy of each case.

Delta’s cotton swab automatic inspection and packaging solution integrates PLC, machine vision, and industrial robot in an all-in-one machine. It decreases the need for space and is capable of quick and precise packaging. Besides, it helps users overcome labor shortage challenges. The solution is highly automated and flexible for industrial 4.0, which may help users embrace the potential and opportunities of smart manufacturing.

@DeltaEMEA @mepaxIntPR #PAuto #Robotics

Thursday 24 June 2021

Agreement targets used but rarely recycled plastic.

Emerson has signed of a multi-year agreement with PureCycle Technologies, Inc. to provide advanced digital technologies and automation for a network of global facilities enabling large-scale recycling of a common – but rarely recycled – plastic.

Emerson's Mike Train, & Dustin Olson,
PureCycle Technologies, sign the agreement
to create ‘born digital’ facilities to transform
polypropylene recycling.
Emerson’s Plantweb™ digital ecosystem was chosen for its breadth of digital solutions, including intelligent sensors and control valves, advanced operations software and systems, cloud data management and analytics.

“Unlike traditional manufacturing facilities coping with transforming legacy platforms to digital, PureCycle’s progressive approach will enable all future facilities to be born digital,” said Dustin Olson, chief manufacturing officer of PureCycle Technologies. “With Emerson’s help, each PureCycle facility is expected to start up with the most advanced digital automation technologies available, allowing for faster project completion, fully integrated systems, and world-class operating performance.”

Polypropylene, identified as resin recycling code #5, is one of the world’s most frequently produced, versatile and widely used plastics. Despite more than 170 billion tons being produced each year, less than 1% is reclaimed annually for recycling and reuse. Polypropylene is commonly used in production of food and cosmetics packaging, toys, automobile parts and more.

“PureCycle’s first-of-its-kind technology purifies waste plastic to remove colour, odour and other contaminants to create a near-virgin Ultra-Pure Recycled Polypropylene suitable for nearly any application,” Olson said. “This provides a pathway to reverse low rates of global polypropylene recycling and opens new opportunities for the plastics supply into all polypropylene applications.”

“Sustainability is driving incredible innovation across the industry,” said Mike Train, chief sustainability officer of Emerson. “New policies and long-range goals for decarbonisation give us vision and direction that are important to the industry and to society. Emerson’s digital automation software and technologies are helping companies like PureCycle make practical and measurable progress toward these goals today.”

@EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @PureCycleTech @HHC_Lewis #Pauto

Wednesday 23 June 2021

Gas analysis supplier strengthens service.

Servomex has strengthened its Service capabilities in China, with the appointment of Louie Luo (Hong Luo) as Service Manager.

Louie Luo (Hong Luo)
As part of the global business strategy, Servomex is growing the Service business to enhance its customer offering and increase its customer intimacy across all geographical areas and industries in China. Reporting to Michael Xie, Business Unit Director – China, Louie’s role will support this aim, strengthening the service business in this developing region.

“Louie comes to us with a serious pedigree in instrumentation," he said. "We are looking forward to his valuable input in developing the Service business in China, where his knowledge and skills will help the Servomex team deliver a world-class service business.”

The role will include responsibilities for the successful management of the Service team in the region, working closely with Mark Calvert, Global Head of Service, to align global service goals with the regions.

Customers will benefit from Louie’s extensive instrument experience from working at PerkinElmer, Thermo Fisher, Bruker and AppTec in service, service sales and service management.

With a B.S. in Automation from Harbin Engineering University, Louie worked in Shanghai after graduation and has been married for 17 years. His favourite sport is soccer, and he enjoys reading and traveling with his family.

Louie Luo said, “I’m looking forward to bringing the expertise that I’ve gained in other companies to Servomex, working with the regional and global team, and with customers, to build on the success of the Service team so far.”

@Servomex #PAuto #China

Security Risk Assessment for Design.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) and the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance (ISAGCA), with contributing author Harold Thomas, have released a white paper entitled "Leveraging ISA 62443-3-2 For IACS Risk Assessment and Risk Related Strategies." *

The white paper provides the reader with an overview of ISA 62443-3-2, “Security Risk Assessment for Design,” as well as a summary of some of the methodologies that can be used to assist the execution of the industrial automation control system (IACS) cybersecurity risk assessment work process requirements, detailed in the standard.

The major steps include:
  • Identification of the System under Consideration (SuC)
  • Perform an Initial Cyber Risk Assessment
  • Partition the SuC into Zones and Conduits
  • Perform a Detailed Level Cyber Risk Assessment
  • Document Updated Cyber Security Requirements for Detailed Design

“ISAGCA’s mission is to enable and accelerate adoption of cybersecurity practices for all stakeholder groups based on the ISA/IEC 62443 family of automation cybersecurity standards,” commented Andre Ristaino, ISAGCA Managing Director. “Our member companies are working in collaboration with one another, industry partners, and regulatory/legislative bodies to secure automation that affects our everyday lives.”

*In addition to the white paper, ISAGCA and Harold Thomas have previously released a May 6th 2021 webinar on the subject, as well as a blog entitled “Getting Started With Cybersecurity Risk Assessment: When It’s Not About Information Technology” published later in the same month.

@ISA_Interchange #ISAGCA #PAuto #Cybersecurity 

Migrating to the cloud simplified.

Seeq Corporation has launched a new program, the Seeq SaaS Workshop. In collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), the Seeq SaaS Workshop simplifies the migration path to the cloud for Seeq’s on premise customers. Seeq SaaS on AWS benefits for manufacturing organizations include ease of deployment, added support, and faster access to new Seeq capabilities.

Eligible customers participating in the Seeq SaaS Workshop will benefit from a no-cost SaaS migration service, along with additional pricing options for Seeq subscriptions. In addition, Seeq's dedicated support team will assist in efficiently migrating on premise Seeq implementations, data connections, and workloads to the AWS cloud. Program eligibility includes current Seeq customer with on premise deployments, who can easily sign up for this limited-time program to accelerate their digitalization initiatives.

Seeq’s rapid growth is being fueled in part by its commitment to cloud-based computing. Seeq is available on AWS Marketplace, has AWS Industrial Competency status, and supports many data storage services, including Amazon Redshift, Amazon S3, plus machine learning in Amazon SageMaker, and other services.

“Customers go to AWS Marketplace to find solutions that provide advanced analytics and real-time collaboration to support their journey to the cloud,” says Mona Chadha, Director, AWS Marketplace Category Management. “We are pleased to support Seeq customers’ migration to the cloud through the Seeq SaaS Workshop.”

Allnex, a global leader in industrial coating resins, is an example of pairing secure cloud services with innovation in advanced analytics with their migration to Seeq SaaS on AWS.

“Allnex utilised Seeq as an on premise application during the pilot project,” relates Diego Gravina, IT Coordinator at Allnex. “But we decided to rollout Seeq as a cloud application due to the advantages this model brings to our business. Our cloud migration was quick, easy, and reliable.”

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

“Seeq’s advanced analytics on AWS combines flexibility and scalability,” says Dustin Johnson, Seeq’s Chief Architect. “And partnering with AWS to streamline our customers’ journey to the cloud will quickly empower each of them to unlock the value in their data.”

@SeeqCorporation @awscloud @allnexResins #PAuto #Cloud

Fully automatic cleaning control.

The range of functions of Exner Process Equipment's EXmatic 470 cleaning control for the automation of pH measuring points has been expanded.

One special feature of the system offered by this equipment is its openness, that means the cleaning control is not tied to a specific manufacturer of pH sensors or transmitters. Operation of the EXmatic 470 is also very easy for the user thanks to a clear menu structure and the use of a touch-sensitive color display. As an alternative to this, a wireless network connection together with a mobile device can also be used for the parameterisation.

In addition to the freely programmable cleaning cycles with up to three different media, a definable pause time and operating modes as well as a switchable sealing water function, the EXmatic 470 is now available with a so-called measuring time delay. This makes it possible to delay the signal output by the control until the measured value of the sensor in the process medium has stabilized. A "Measure" signal is only output after the set time has elapsed.

The EXmatic 470 is used in a wide variety of areas. For example in water and wastewater treatment, in the paper and sugar industry and in thermal power stations.

#e-p-e @Pressebox #Pauto

Wireless connectivity test set.

The launch of a new option to extend the functions of the Anritsu's Wireless Connectivity Test Set MT8862A by supporting evaluation of IEEE 802.11ax*1 6-GHz band WLAN TRX characteristics has been announced by Company President Hirokazu Hamada.

Following FCC approval in April 2020 for unlicensed use of the 6-GHz operation band as the first new WLAN frequency band in almost 20 years, countries worldwide are starting device testing and deployment. The IEEE 802.11ax WLAN standard regulates this 6-GHz band and the Wi-Fi Alliance is starting its Wi-Fi 6E certification program for IEEE 802.11ax 6-GHz devices.

The MT8862A is designed to evaluate RF TRX performance of IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax WLAN devices. Additionally, as well as implementing all-in-one 2.4, 5, and 6-GHz band RF TRX measurements, the MT8862A also supports performance evaluations defined by IEEE 802.11 standards and Over-The-Air (OTA) performance tests defined by both CTIA*2 and the Wi-Fi Alliance.

By using this option, the MT8862A can evaluate the RF characteristics of IEEE 802.11ax 6-GHz devices using either the Network Mode*3 or Direct Mode*4. In addition to shorter evaluation time using the Direct Mode, the Network Mode facilitates evaluation under actual operation conditions using signaling messages*5.

While developing this 6-GHz band option, Anritsu also added support for 160-MHz wide channels. Since the 6-GHz band covers a 1200-MHz wide operation band, use of 160-MHz wide channels becomes practical, which is expected to facilitate streaming of higher-definition video and larger-capacity data than previously possible.

By supporting measurement and testing of 6-GHz band WLAN devices and 160-MHz wide channels, Anritsu expects its MT8862A to play a key role in development of next-generation communications devices.

Development Background
Along with the spread of IoT devices, WLAN functions are being built increasingly into more mobile products, such as tablet PCs and smartphones, as well as into home electronics, including printers and TVs, automobiles, industrial machines, sensing equipment, etc.

On the other hand, communications environments with a high density of WLAN devices are suffering from a shortage of communications resources for WLAN connections, resulting in challenges such as slower communications speeds and unstable connections.

Solving these many challenges, especially the shortage of communications resources, by using the 6-GHz band will help drive development of novel applications to promote leading-edge industrial development, which in turn, increases the urgent need for measuring instruments supporting evaluation of the RF TRX characteristics of IEEE 802.11ax 6-GHz band devices.

Anritsu has developed this option to extend the MT8862A functions by supporting performance evaluation of IEEE 802.11ax 6-GHz band devices.

*1 IEEE 802.11ax - One WLAN standard defined by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) supporting ultra-high speeds up to a theoretical maximum of 9.61 Gbps.
*2 CTIA - Abbreviation for Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association—a nonprofit international organization composed of wireless and related operators, manufacturers, and service providers.
*3 Network Mode - Also called Signaling Mode–a mode for measurement under actual operation conditions using signaling messages.
*4 Direct Mode - Also called Test Mode—a measurement mode for testing by controlling devices using special commands and requiring a physical connection using a command line.
*5 Signaling Message - Communications data defining procedure and control for connecting with device; can be used to capture information, such as device communications bandwidth and encoding method.

@AnritsuEMEA @Anritsu @NapierPR #TandM 

AC energy calibration service launched.

A new AC energy calibration service has been announced by Yokogawa. The launch of the new service follows the company's accreditation (K164) to ISO17025, allowing the calibration of AC energy measuring devices at up to 40 MWh at a maximum time of 1000 hours.

This is ideal for manufacturers of products, equipment, or appliances where the measurement of energy efficiency is critical to meet efficiency goals, for proving product specifications or meeting regulatory requirements such as energy labelling of consumer products.

It is also vital for applications for usage-based billing of electrical energy between supplier and user, not only for houses and offices but also for other applications, for example charging of electrical vehicles. Other uses include renewable energy projects such as photovoltaic and wind installations and end tests and type rating where energy is involved.

With the new service, Yokogawa’s European Standards Laboratory, based at the company’s European Headquarters in Amersfoort, Netherlands, now offers comprehensive energy and power calibration, customized to meet the needs of specific applications. Erik Kroon, Yokogawa’s European Standards Laboratory Manager, commented: “We are one of a few laboratories able to calibrate in the frequency range 40 Hz to 1 kHz.
“This makes us particularly attractive for engineers working on applications in Automotive, Aviation and Marine and who can now more easily source ISO17025 accredited energy measurements for 400 Hz systems. Using our precise and accurate energy and power calibration services ensures that their designs and instruments meet engineering and quality control requirements.”

“We are proud to be able to extend our calibration services to include AC energy,” said  Terry Marrinan, Yokogawa’s Vice President, Global Marketing. Test & Measurement, “and now also support customers that need to maintain the accuracy and trusted repeatability of their testing instruments to meet regulatory needs for their application.”

@Yokogawa_Europe @NapierPR #TandM #PAuto

Analysis sensors future-proofed and IIoT ready!

Process plants typically use a multitude of sensors, each of which is normally connected to a transmitter. Older sensor technologies use analog signals to communicate with transmitters, but more modern models employ digital technology to improve accuracy, ease calibration, simplify troubleshooting, and reduce required maintenance.

Endress+Hauser Memosens technology converts the measured value to a digital signal and transfers it inductively to the transmitter, offering safe data transfer for increased availability of the measuring point and trouble-free operation. With Memosens 2.0, liquid analysis measuring points now become completely future-proofed and ready for IIoT. This new technology is available for pH/ORP, conductivity, and dissolved oxygen sensors—and it will be extended to the complete sensor portfolio for liquid analysis.

Unlocking the potential of measurement data
Memosens 2.0 sensors store numerous relevant data points, such as operating hours, minimum and maximum temperatures, measured values, calibration histories, and load matrices. All this data can be used and processed for comprehensive analysis and more precise process management. The sensors also provide a sound basis for predictive maintenance strategies when used in conjunction with Endress+Hauser’s Heartbeat Technology, along with enhanced IIoT services via the Netilion ecosystem.

Simplifying liquid analysis
The unit combines cutting-edge technology with maximum practicability. Because the Memosens sensors are equipped with highly integrated electronics, they can be calibrated and adjusted under lab conditions that are favorable for the operator, and stable for precise results. Replacing sensors in the field is a simple process and can be performed in a timely manner thanks to the lockable bayonet connector and automatic sensor identification by the transmitter.

Increasing process safety
Non-contact digital data transmission eliminates the effects of moisture, corrosion, and salt bridges—with alert messaging if the signal transmission is disturbed by other factors. Galvanic isolation ensures accurate measurement in the presence of electromagnetic interference and other electrical noise. Memobase Plus software provides full traceability of all sensors used, supporting operation according to the strict guidelines applicable to various regulated industries. Memosens 2.0 offers error-free flexibility for measuring points in hazardous areas because all explosion proof sensors can be connected to all Endress+Hauser transmitters with the same ratings.

Field replacement is simple and quick because Memosens 2.0 sensors are pre-calibrated in the lab, reducing process downtime. Unlike conventional analog sensors, these digital models store calibration data internally, and regular regeneration extends sensor lifetime.

@Endress_Hauser @Endress_US @Endress_UK @Endress_CA #PAuto #IIoT

Tuesday 22 June 2021

3D USB camera.

Crowd Supply now supplies the Onion Tau LiDAR Camera, a USB-based plug-and-play 3D depth camera. The Tau LiDAR Camera brings the functionality of an everyday webcam to 3D depth data, as it begins sending data immediately upon being plugged into a computer with a USB cable.

Onion’s Tau LiDAR Camera

Users can interact with their data through the Tau Studio Web App or through the Python API; both tools are open source, allowing developers to tailor them to their specific needs and applications. The Tau LiDAR Camera supports a range of applications including augmented reality, environment mapping, as well as computer vision applications such as object detection and robotics.

This camera outputs 160 x 60 pixels of depth data in real time, with a range for depth sensing of 0.1 m to 4.5 m. The camera’s frames can be realized as 2D depth maps, regular 2D images, 3D point clouds, and array or matrix objects within programs. The Tau Camera works independently of ambient light and supports key functions including detection of thin objects, panning around a room, and detection of moving objects. The highly versatile Tau LiDAR Camera can be integrated with other sensors and cameras to support expanded use cases.

@crowd_supply @TechWireIntl #PAuto

Monday 21 June 2021

Fibre-optic connectors.

Cliff Electronics have introduced a new addition to their market leading FeedThrough connector range. The MTP®/MTO (multi-fibre push on) FT connector allows fast and reliable through-panel connection of standard 12-72 multimode optical fibre cables.

John Hall
, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments, “The latest data processing technologies require the fastest transfer speeds and interconnects that can be relied on for trouble-free operation. Our new fibre-optic FeedThrough connector gives system builders an ideal solution for control and patch panel assembly and may be mounted on rack panels alongside other connectors from our wide FT range.”

Demand for MTP®/MTO connectivity is being driven by the development of 40G and 100G transceivers with MPO ports commonly used for data transmission over short distances to connect ports in switches in data centres, and to connect multimode transceivers added to existing networks to other 10G host equipment such as routers, switchers, servers and storage.

To ensure reliable connectivity the connector body is made from black nickel-plated die-cast metal and the insert made from ABS/PC rated to UL94-VO, and features a restraining clamp for secure cable connection. For system security a dust cover is available for when the connector is not in use.

The standard range of FeedThrough connectors from Cliff mount into an industry standard XLR, 23mm, cutout allowing 16 connectors, from a wide range of variants, to be conveniently mounted on 19” rack panels which Cliff can supply pre-assembled. Applications include audio, broadcast, AV and communications installations, medical, education and research and industrial control.

The recently introduced space saving DualSLIM FeedThrough connector series is just 19mm wide allowing 20 connectors to be assembled on a 19” rack panel. In addition to the applications above the DualSLIM is commonly used for NUC computers and mini-PCs, such as Raspberry Pi.

@proactivefleet #CliffElectronics #Communications

Din mounted PSU with indication.

The latest addition to PULS Power's CP20 series of high efficiency and compact 24V, 20A 1-phase DIN-Rail power supplies is now available. The new CP20.248 extends their portfolio by adding a power supply with an integrated display. The LED display means a reliable and inexpensive condition monitoring feature can be integrated into almost any system allowing users to benefit immediately from faster fault diagnosis and increased system availability.

Marco van der Linden, UK Country Manager for PULS Power, comments, "The display on our new CP20 20A DIN-Rail power supply provides panel builders, system designers and integrators with a unique system monitoring tool without having to find extra space to add additional measuring or monitoring equipment to a system. Secure power for the data store ensures all measurements are available in the event of a system failure. A further model in the series, a 24V, 10A version will also be available soon."

The display shows important status information about the power supply for commissioning and maintenance and can display real-time information and recorded data. The real-time data supplied by the CP20.248 includes the input and output voltage, output current, operating hours and temperature inside the device. The recorded data gives users insight into the number of transients on the input side as well as minimum and maximum voltage and temperature values fand more. This information can help the system engineer optimise an entire application in terms of reliability and to identify the cause of faults or errors more efficiently. The display and data storage have an independent power source ensuring that all the information is still available, even if the power supply fails.

For remote status monitoring two relay contacts for DC-OK and alarm signals are provided. Two additional inputs allow the power supply to be put into an energy-saving standby mode using the remote ON / OFF function and automatic load sharing in parallel operation for greater power output can be realised. Parallel operation ensures an optimised temperature balance between the connected power supplies, prolonging the service life of the devices.

All CP20 versions share the same compact housing with dimensions of 48x124x127mm (WxHxD) which includes the space required for the integrated display. This is made possible by a very high efficiency of 95.6%. As a result of the low power losses, less heat is generated in the housing and the clearance and creepage distances can be reduced.

The PULS CP20has an operating temperature range from -25°C to +70°C, 50% extra output power for up to 5s, has fully international safety agency approvals and a 3-year warranty.

Applications for the PULS CP20 include industrial systems and machine building, SMART buildings and factories, Industry 4.0, security and CCTV, instrumentation and measuring systems.

@PULSPowerSupply @proactivefleet #PAuto