Monday, 14 June 2021

Flurry for noise and dust measurement!

Responding to a flurry of recent customer requests, Ashtead Technology has developed a remote monitoring solution for the continuous measurement of both noise and dust.

“These are two of the most important pollutants – especially at construction and demolition sites,” explains Senior Sales Manager Josh Thomas. “So it made sense to develop a single system that could accurately monitor both parameters simultaneously and deliver continuous data remotely. Our engineering team therefore developed a solution that combines the key advantages of two separate TSI technologies, and I am delighted to confirm that it is now available to all of our customers for rental or purchase.”

Dust and noise monitoring are required at sites where they present a potential hazard to site workers and the local community. Consequently, these monitors will be employed for health & safety purposes, in environmental investigations and in compliance with planning requirements stipulated in a site’s permit.

The TSI DustTrak & SoundPro remote dust and noise monitoring system is supplied in a weather-proof, lockable enclosure, complete with the EnviroNet software platform which enables users to access the data with any web-enabled device. This wireless, cloud-based management system provides secure access to data at any time from anywhere, and enables the configuration of text and email alerts when noise or dust levels meet user-set conditions.

The TSI DustTrak complies with the MCERTS performance standards for measuring PM2.5, PM10 and total PM across a broad range of 0 - 150mg/m3. The TSI Quest SoundPro offers class/type 2 noise monitoring with 1/3 Octave Band analysis.

The unit can be powered via mains, solar panels or leisure battery, making it suitable for indoor and outdoor monitoring requirements.

Summarising, Josh says: “This is a great example of Ashtead Technology responding to customer needs; utilising its experience and expertise to deliver a solution that will be ideal for a wide variety of applications.

“With this technology, our customers will be able to quickly and easily deploy the latest monitoring technology in almost any location, with immediate access to continuous data, which will reduce the requirement for site visits and save costs. However, the greatest benefit will be the confidence and assurance that the site is in compliance with noise and dust regulations.

@ashteadtech @_Enviro_News #Environment #Construction

USB Connecting cable.

Versatile cable supports Power Delivery (PD) charging, USB 3.1 5Gb/s data transfer speeds, can be used for Thunderbolt 3 video output and audio transmission

A versatile USB-C male - female connecting cable which supports Power Delivery (PD) charging at 60 watts (20v/at3A), USB 3.1 (Gen 1) 5Gb/s data transfer speeds has neen introcuced by Cliff Electronics. This may be used as a video cable for 5k@60Hz video output (Thunderbolt 3) and for audio transmission.

When used in a system equipped with Cliff FeedThrough connectors, both the XLR and SLIM versions, the cable can be used to connect to a monitor in the same way as existing HDMI and VGA FeedThrough connector versions. Cable lengths available include 0.3, 0.5, 0.75, 1, 1.5 and 2m

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments, “USBC ports are now appearing on many new devices including monitors, laptops and flash drives, and 25 % of new cars are predicted to have them by 2025. Major mobile phone manufacturers are now designing USBC connectors into their latest models enabling high speed charging and a one cable solution for charging.”

The new Cliff USB-C cables can be used with a wide range of Cliff USBC XLR and DualSLIMS footprint female to Male FeedThrough connectors, available in metal or plastic and with many assembly options.

@proactivefleet #CliffElectronics #Communications

Component carriers.

Replacing flexible printed circuit boards in linear measuring systems. 
Harting has developed a component carrier that can be used directly with electronic components eliminating manual assembly and replacing flexible PCBs. Increasing precision and reducing assembly costs. By harnessing this all new Harting development, electronic components can be fitted directly onto the component carrier, thereby replacing flexible circuit boards.

Component carriers are equipped with measuring sensors for detecting position The component carrier serves as a connecting element between a printed circuit board (PCB) and electronic components (such as LEDs, ICs, photo–diodes or sensors).

The measuring sensors of a scanning head for position detection, for example on a linear slide with guide rails, are often mounted onto flex PCBs. As magnetic, optical or inductive systems, they record the exact position of the slide. To do this the sensors must be positioned exactly at a 90 degree angle. The capability to mount these as precisely as possible improves the accuracy of the measurement results. A second sensor is often installed in the measuring head for redundancy. In addition, the status of the evaluation electronics is displayed using LEDs; these are mounted onto a flex PCB.

With Harting's component carrier the flexible PCB can be replaced completely. The injection-moulded plastic body already provides very precise 90-degree angles for mounting sensors. The component carrier eliminates the need for time-consuming manual assembly of the flex PCB. In addition, the sensors are positioned more precisely. Another advantage of the component carrier is that the width of the sensor modules can be further reduced to less than 8 mm.

The component carrier with the assembled electronic components, comes in a blister pack for further processing in SMD assembly facilities, and the soldered components are secured with an adhesive so that they cannot detach from their position while in the reflow oven.

@HARTING_MID @HARTING @hartinguk @mepaxIntPR #PAuto #Electronic

Friday, 11 June 2021

Magnetic components manufacturer acquired.

KAMIC Group AB has acquired all the shares in Talema Group LLC (“Talema”). The seller is an owner consortium consisting of the Park and Daily families.

Selection of Talema Components
Talema manufactures magnetic components such as transformers, toroids, inductors and chokes with associated design work. The majority of components are developed specifically for bespoke customer applications but standard components are also offered. The company’s customers are found across a broad spectrum of sectors where the most important include logistics and warehousing, freight and transport, audio, and renewable energy.

Talema was founded in 1975 and has its registered office in the USA but operational management is based at the head office in Gaoth Dobhair  in north-west Ireland. The company has its own production facilities in the Czech Republic and India. Sales are conducted through own sales offices in the USA, Germany, Czech, India and Ireland as well as a global network of agents and distributors. Talema has approximately 750 employees and annual sales of about EUR 12 million.

“Talema is a highly respected global player with strong skills in the design, development and production of magnetic components. They have an experienced and powerful management and the company’s customer base and geographic presence provide an ideal complement to our existing business in this area. Talema therefore is ideally placed to be a valuable addition to our corporate group,” says Fredrik Celsing, President and CEO of KAMIC Group.

Together with their skilled employees, Talema’s current management team will remain with the company as a unit within KAMIC Group’s Magnetics business area. The former part-owner and Talema’s Vice President Operations, Madison “Mac” Daily, comments on the deal: “We are very pleased to have Talema Group join KAMIC Group. We share similar technology and knowledge but serve different markets. I would like to thank Fredrik and the KAMIC team on behalf of the Talema group for their professionalism through this process. Talema is a good fit for KAMIC and looks forward to growing together.”

#kamicgroup @TalemaGroup #Electronics #Ireland

A first in food & drink level measurement.

Emerson's Rosemount™ 1408H Level Transmitter has been designed to meet the need for highly accurate and reliable level measurement in hygienic applications. It is the world’s first non-contacting radar device designed specifically for the food and beverage industry. Dedicated features include a hygienic compact design, fast sweep technology, exceptional radar beam focusing and IO-Link communications, helping manufacturers to optimise the efficiency of their operations, reduce product losses and ensure food safety.

Testament to its innovative design, the Rosemount 1408H has received the 2021 Red Dot Award for product design. The annual international awards, adjudicated by a jury of significant engineering and design professionals who assess thousands of new products each year, recognises those products which demonstrate outstanding design and innovation.
Non-contacting radar is an ideal level measurement technology for applications that require stringent hygienic facilities and equipment. It is virtually maintenance-free, which helps it to ensure long-term reliability, in sharp contrast to legacy technologies. It has a top-down installation that reduces the risk of product loss through leakage, and it is unaffected by process conditions such as density, viscosity, temperature and pH. The compact and robust form of the Rosemount 1408H makes it a suitable solution for the small tanks and space-constrained skids commonly used in food and beverage production. The hygienic antenna is flush with the process connection that ensures the removal of process residue during clean-in-place and sterilise-in-place processes, and is insensitive to condensation and build-up. The hygienically approved, IP69-rated device has a stainless steel housing with minimal crevices to withstand external washdowns and ensure cleanability.

This is the first level transmitter to use 80 GHz frequency modulated continuous wave technology on a single electronic chip with embedded smart algorithms. This enables exceptional radar beam focusing, so that internal tank obstructions such as agitators can be avoided, and greater measurement accuracy achieved. Fast sweep technology makes the Rosemount 1408H the quickest level measurement technology on the market, collecting up to 40 times more information than legacy transmitters. This increases measurement accuracy, enabling manufacturers to reduce the amount of product lost through wastage, maximise production capability, and reduce production variations, leading to increased product quality and batch consistency. The technology also enables measurements all the way to the top of the tank, with this elimination of radar dead-zones enabling users to maximise vessel utilisation.

It is also the first non-contacting radar transmitter with connectivity to the IO-Link communication protocol, making it easy to integrate with any automation system. The transmitter provides both conventional 4-20 mA, switch outputs and digital high-speed communication. It features innovative technology and smart algorithms to ensure installation and commissioning are made easy, saving time and helping ensure trouble-free operation. Together with the new Rosemount IO-Link Assistant software, which sets the parameters via IO-Link, the experience of using Rosemount IO-Link devices is enhanced even further.

“The Rosemount 1408H is the latest addition to Emerson’s range of measurement devices designed with the requirements of hygienic applications in mind,” said Melissa Stiegler, hygienic business director for Emerson’s Measurement Solutions business. “By meeting the strict safety requirements of the food and beverage industry, this level transmitter minimises contamination risk, while its accuracy and reliability ensures the production of consistent, high-quality products that consumers expect, providing a compact and cost-effective alternative to legacy technologies.”

@EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @Rosemount_News @HHC_Lewis #PAuto #Food

Industrial network management software with wireless add-on.

The MXview Wireless add-on module for MOXA's MXview industrial network management software has been released. MXview streamlines network management by visualizing networks, helping non-IT staff simplify operations and improve network uptime. This software has successfully helped many customers from around the world in different industries, such as in power, intelligent transportation, and manufacturing. Today, with the rise of smart manufacturing, intelligent and reliable industrial network communication has become the cornerstone for nearly every smart application.

In response to the transformation of the industrial environment and increasing number of Wi-Fi applications, the new MXview Wireless add-on module fulfills the different requirements of both static and dynamic wireless applications in smart manufacturing. With reliable network communications as a foundation and real-time network management from a single pane of glass, business owners can focus on improving operational efficiency and achieving maximum system uptime.

Visualize Wi-Fi Networks for Optimal Operational Efficiency
Intelligent process control is a typical static wireless application in smart manufacturing where customers use Wi-Fi to establish the communication between the clients installed at production lines and the control centre.

However, an unstable wireless connection might lead to wrong decision-making due to incomplete on-site information or dropped connections, affecting optimal production processes. It’s often difficult to know the exact status of the Wi-Fi connection and fix issues immediately the moment they occur. The MXview Wireless add-on module simplifies network management by allowing users to get detailed device information and performance indicator charts for individual AP and client devices from the device dashboard.

“A major benefit of this module is that users can now view the wireless and wired network status from a single main control dashboard. This feature not only lets you quickly understand the network conditions of the factory, but also makes network management much easier.” says Lyra Li, product manager at Moxa.

Furthermore, users can monitor connectivity patterns and customize alert settings to immediately notify you of any problems. In turn, this allows engineers to perform on-site troubleshooting quickly and efficiently, ensuring maximum network availability.

Easy Troubleshooting for Maximum System Uptime
In automated material handling (AMH) systems, the Wi-Fi connections must be able to dynamically adapt to the constantly moving vehicles. An unstable wireless signal could easily disrupt the operation of these systems. However, wireless connections are invisible and affected by a lot of different factors. The MXview Wireless add-on features a dynamic topology view to let users see the status of wireless links and connection changes at a glance. Moreover, since automated vehicles constantly roam between different APs around the facility, users can overlay the network topology on top of a floor map of the facility to easily locate the vehicle by just checking the client’s wireless connection. This helps save a great deal of time when trying to identify a malfunctioning client device. “The roaming playback function lets users review a client’s roaming history of the past 30 days to repeat an incident. Users can leverage this function to find and address the root cause more efficiently, instead of having to consolidate and examine individual device logs.” says Lyra. Exclusively developed by Moxa, these two functions are specially designed to fulfill the growing requirements of automated factories, smart logistics, and other intelligent applications. 

This video says more about their wireless AMH solutions

Leveraging our experience in wired network management with MXview, the newly released MXview Wireless add-on module was created to get the most out of your Wi-Fi applications. To encourage everyone to experience the power of this industrial network management software, Moxa is also launching a special promotion program. From now until December 31, 2021, users can fully enjoy the MXview Wireless add-on for free for one year by simply activating the MXview Wireless add-on module for MXview.

@MoxaInc @OConnell_PR #PAuto #wireless

Leadership in MES recognised!

The technology group Körber is pleased to announce that it has been named a Leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) for its market leading Werum PAS-X MES for pharmaceutical, biotech and cell & gene therapy manufacturing. PAS-X is modular and cloud-ready, built for collaboration and integration and offers powerful capabilities for data visibility and analytics.

Jan-Henrik Dieckert
“MES Leader for pharma, biotech and cell & gene – we are delighted to have received this outstanding recognition from Gartner, the leading global research and advisory company,”
 says Jan-Henrik Dieckert, Executive Vice President Global Sales & Marketing Software, Körber Business Area Pharma. “With our Werum PAS-X MES Suite and Werum PAS-X Intelligence Suite, we are continuously developing our offering to drive the digitization of industry and facilitate our customers' business. For example our customers will benefit from the use of artificial intelligence, electronic GMP archives, digitization in cell and gene therapy, digital twins in process characterization, data collection and analysis as well as shop floor integration.”
The industry leading Gartner report Magic Quadrant for Manufacturing Execution Systems recognizes leading MES vendors, based on Gartner’s evaluation criteria analyzing the Completeness of Vision and the Ability to Execute. Leaders combine the uppermost characteristics of vision and thought leadership with a strong Ability to Execute. Leaders in the MES market are present in a high percentage of new MES deals, and they win a significant number of them. They have robust core MES and offer reasonable capabilities in extended MES/MOM areas (Manufacturing Operations Management). Specialized in pharma and biotech, Körber’s Werum PAS-X has successfully asserted itself in the overall MES segment.

With Werum PAS-X MES, the Körber Group has offered an MES for pharma, biotech and cell & gene. Körber’s Business Area Pharma combines a unique portfolio of integrated solutions along the pharma value chain. Customers benefit from easy access to integrated solutions and complementary products from the entire area of competencies from a single source: consulting, inspection, handling, packaging machines and materials, track & trace, and software.

@KoerberPharma @WerumKarriere #PAuto #Pharma #MES

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Increased dimensions for pipes & fittings.

SANHA is introducing a new dimension of pipes and fittings to its existing stainless steel series. While both systems – NiroSan® and NiroTherm® – already provide installers with a large and flexible range of pipes and fittings including for example tees, couplings, elbows, flanges or wall plates between 15 – 108 mm, the new addition complements the portfolio. With the two XXL dimensions 139.7 and 168.3 mm, even very large risers can be easily realised, for example in high-rise buildings.

“With this latest addition to our portfolio and the introduction of dimension 168 mm earlier in 2020, we can fully cover the demands for larger piping, for example risers in tall buildings”, explained Mathias Van den Broeck, Product & Business Development Manager at SANHA. The demand has been growing in the past years in many parts of the world and are expected to grow even further.

Both dimensions are introduced in two types of material. “In this way, we give our customers the opportunity to choose the most suitable and economically advantageous system, depending on the application.”

• All NiroSan® press fittings and pipes are made from the premium stainless steel type 1.4404 / AISI 316L (for pressing components). The material 1.4404 contains at least 2.3 % molybdenum, yet less carbon than the conventional type 1.4401. For this reason material no 1.4404/316L is a superior material with higher corrosion resistance than standard stainless steels. This is mainly an advantage in critical applications, such as drinking water installations.

• The NiroTherm fittings and pipes are produced from the material 1.4301 (AISI 304). The system offers a safe and reliable solution, especially in humid environments, without the risk of external corrosion and thus offers an excellent alternative to carbon steel systems. Thanks to the high corrosion resistance, there are large savings in personnel and material costs for the insulation against humidity. Furthermore, NiroTherm is also an ideal solution for compressed air systems and for cooling applications with glycol and similar media.

@pressebox #SANHA #PAuto #HVAC

Detect and respond to cyber threats.

Honeywell has introduced the Advanced Monitoring and Incident Response (AMIR) service. The service provides 24/7 operational technology (OT) cybersecurity detection and rapid response for current and emerging cyber threats.

AMIR is a cost-effective, easy to deploy, scalable cybersecurity service that is tailored to help IT and OT security teams that may struggle to keep up with the continuing evolution of today's cyber-attacks that target industrial control systems (ICS) and operational technology networks due to a lack of expertise or budget constraints. AMIR is part of Honeywell Forge Managed Security Services (MSS), an end-to-end security as a service solution that helps protect OT environments, control systems and operations. In comparison, other third-party MSS providers and in-house solutions may rely either on basic monitoring that doesn't employ a proactive approach to securing critical OT assets and operations or on IT security operation centers that lack OT domain knowledge and expertise in different industrial protocols and assets.

"Honeywell's Advanced Monitoring and Incident Response solution provides a combination of advanced cybersecurity software, experts, and playbooks with remediation guidance in order to better detect, prevent, analyze, evaluate and coordinate the response to cybersecurity threats occurring within OT environments," said Jeff Zindel, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Connected Enterprise Cybersecurity. "Staffed by cybersecurity experts with specific OT experience, AMIR offers a tremendous resource to complement any existing IT/OT cybersecurity program and help ease the burden of cybersecurity challenges."

AMIR continuously monitors OT environments by "hunting" for anomalous behavior, including both known and emerging cybersecurity threats. It analyzes indicators of compromise and alerts operators to potential problems before significant damage can occur. Through the use of proprietary technology, AMIR collects, correlates, prioritizes and analyzes security events and log data from multiple sources, providing a comprehensive approach to better minimize cyber risk and support cybersecurity compliance.

The AMIR offering is already being deployed at multiple sites worldwide to help companies boost their cybersecurity maturity.

@honeywell #PAuto #Cybersecurity

Chemical show highpoint approaches.

The highpoint of ACHEMA Pulse is approaching: on 15 and 16 June 2021, decision-makers, international experts and the more than 950 exhibitors at ACHEMA Pulse will get together during the live days to provide information, inspiration and food for thought for all players in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries.

Around 400 hours of programme on three live stages, in 8 congress channels, 8 exhibitor channels and 6 parallel workshop channels await the audience. From visionary discussions on the digital process industry or the hydrogen economy, to practical talks on laboratory automation and recycling, to product presentations, there is everything to interest plant planners and operators, process developers and producers. Numerous company executives and experts from BASF, Bayer, Clariant, Covestro, Ekato, Emerson, Evonik, Excellence United, GEA, Genomatica, Linde, Merck, Microsoft, OPC Foundation, Romaco, Samson, Siemens, Syngenta and many others will share their insight on panels or in interviews. In addition, thought leaders from international research institutions will describe their visions for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries of the future. Live demonstrations will be broadcast on some topics such as the laboratory of the future, 5G or gas leakage. Thanks to the live format, participants can actively contribute to the discussions with their questions.

"The fact that both we as organisers, who are deeply rooted in the community, and the exhibitors and many partner organisations jointly design the program means that we cover the entire range of currently relevant topics," says Dr. Thomas Scheuring, CEO of DECHEMA Ausstellungs-GmbH. Thus, in addition to the highlight sessions, topics such as sustainable pharmaceutical packaging, flow chemistry, modularisation, vaccine development and production, or new raw materials for the chemical industry will be addressed both in high-level panel discussions and in expert presentations by exhibitors or interactive workshops. "No matter how deeply individual participants want to delve into a topic, the many different formats mean there is something for everyone," he explains.

With the Global Insights, ACHEMA Pulse also shines a spotlight on some regions that are currently undergoing transformation processes. These include, for example, the decarbonization of Singapore as a chemical location, the green raw materials wave in Scandinavia or sustainable agrochemicals in South America.

Those who miss parts of the extensive program in real time have the opportunity to watch the recordings in the platform until June 30 and can, of course, still get in touch with the contact persons for the topics. Only the workshops are exclusively live. 

Since May 31, more than 950 exhibitors have already been presenting products and solutions for the process industry on the ACHEMA Pulse platform. "The variety of offerings is really impressive," says Björn Mathes, Member of the Board of DECHEMA Ausstellungs-GmbH and project manager of ACHEMA Pulse. "The exhibitors have quickly settled into the platform and attractively showcased their innovations. We can see from the steadily increasing visitor numbers that this unique opportunity to gain a comprehensive overview of the current state of the art is gladly taken." 

Although there had been some faltering in electronic ticket sales at the very beginning, these difficulties have since been overcome. "Now we are excited about the upcoming live days and are looking forward to full virtual halls," says Björn Mathes.

• See also The pulse of processing (31/5/2021)

@ACHEMAworldwide @Pressebox #PAuto #Pharma

IIoT platform enables uniform IT/OT data access to enterprises.

The FDT Group™ has announced that in cooperation with the OPC Foundation it has developed an update to the FDT OPC Unified Architecture (UA) companion specification merging the IT and OT domains within a new server-level Universal Device Information (DI) Model. The companion specification is now under member review with both associations for 90 days.

Since 2011, FDT Group and OPC Foundation have collaborated in support of a unified DI model to promote device- and network-level data access in a uniform way for higher-level enterprise applications. The two organizations first announced the release of their joint DI model companion specification in 2016 based on the FDT 2.0 Client/Server architecture. However, to meet the demands of next-generation, cloud-based computing applications, the companion specification has been updated to support digital transformation use cases matching the strengths of the FDT’s 3.0 IIoT Server platform, which unifies the availability, transport and visualization of data for business and operational stakeholders in the process, hybrid and discrete automation markets. It is a key technology development unifying data for both IT and OT while enabling the transmission of uniform, real-time process, network, and device information for any OPC UA Client in the enterprise.

“The new FDT OPC UA server-level universal DI model further unifies FDT’s strength as the standardized, data-centric IIoT platform serving uniform IT/OT device-data to the enterprise,” said Glenn Schulz, FDT Group managing director. “With the launch of the FDT 3.0 Server architecture natively integrated with an OPC UA Server, end users in the process, hybrid and discrete automation markets can freely mix and match any device with any device information model, from any vendor, and communicate on any network while the FDT Server transparently unifies all the device information and pushes the data to the enterprise for any OPC UA Client in real-time. This is an important win for the industry.”

Launching mid-year after approval by both FDT Group and OPC Foundation memberships, the new companion specification will provide the only protocol-agnostic, server-level device information model for both process and discrete applications. With the built-in, “pre-wired” OPC UA Server, the FDT Server environment seamlessly allows access to all device and network information and metadata via any authenticated OPC UA Client or application. Standard OPC UA browsing techniques are used to expose this information so that authorized OPC UA Clients can connect to the FDT Server to browse, collect and take action on the data as needed. Optional support for a Publish-Subscribe environment allows for efficient, real-time data monitoring and exchange.

Plant and factory operators require proven asset management monitoring solutions. Visualization capabilities with the Universal DI Model are closely aligned with the requirements of major end user associations and their recommendations for an open architecture to make production data easily and securely usable for plant and asset monitoring and optimization.

@FDTGroup @OPCFoundation #PAuto 

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Single board computer.

The PICO-ITX Single Board Computer is now available from Impulse Embedded. The PICO-TGU4 is a compact PICO-ITX single board computer built around the Intel 11th Generation "Tiger Lake" U processor, which offers up to 23% more performance than previous generations.

Robert Plant, Sales Director at Impulse Embedded, comments, “As with all our embedded board range, Impulse can fully configure the PICO-TGU4 single board computer to our customer’s exact specifications in our UK based engineering facility, including preferred choice of processor, memory, storage, peripherals and embedded operating system. We also have a capability to design custom enclosures, pair boards with LCD touchscreens and offer software integration as a service”.

With a form factor of just 2.5" it may be deployed in almost any tight space, yet is packed with high-performance features rarely seen in a PICO-ITX single board computer, including LPDDR4x, M.2 Expansion, 10gbps USB 3.2 Gen2 and 2.5Gigabit Ethernet.

The computer leverages the power of 11th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 and Celeron processors that achieve speeds of up to 4.8 GHz, and combined with up to 32GB LPDDR4x onboard memory, making it able to deliver exceptional computing performance.

The PICO-TGU4 has an M.2 2280 PCIE4.0 [x4] slot, which can be used for super-fast storage, or to provide additional AI acceleration from AI co-processors like Intel Movidius Myriad X, Google TPU and Kneron KL520.

Featuring dual LAN ports , one offering super-fast Intel i225 network control with 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet, and the other featuring the Gigabit Intel i219 network controller with VPro, the PICO-TGU4's connectivity is as flexible as it is powerful. A full-size mini PCIe card slot is also available for the addition of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The unit takes advantage of the new Tiger Lake technology by offering an extensive selection of I/O features. On the rear it has two super-speed+ USB3.2 Gen 2 ports that offer 10Gbps, and on the board itself there are additional headers for two USB3.2 Gen 1 ports and four USB2.0 ports.

One interesting and powerful feature is the HDMI port on the rear, which supports 4K resolutions at 60 fps, and along with the eDP port on the board for pairing with LCD panels, the PICO-TGU4 is ideal for innovative multimedia applications. Additionally, there is a SATAIII port with a 5V SATA power, two com ports supporting RS-232/422/485, 8-bit DIO and an I2C/SMBUS for connection to a wide range of devices.

@ImpulseEmbedded @proactivefleet #PAuto #Embedded

Innovative robot and automation technology recognised!

ABB’s PixelPaint robotic non-overspray technology for the automotive industry has won this year’s  Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics & Automation (IERA) Award for Outstanding Achievements in Commercializing Innovative Robot and Automation Technology.

Launched in 2020, PixelPaint uses inkjet head technology to directly apply high resolution two-tone or individualized designs to a car body in a single pass, enabling manufacturers to easily meet the rising demand for customized paint jobs while eliminating wasteful overspray.

“We are delighted that our PixelPaint solution has been recognized for its innovative, sustainable technology that helps our customers respond to consumer requests for more personalized design. With PixelPaint, 100 percent of the paint can now be applied in half the time compared to the previous method used for custom paint jobs, with a much better finish quality,” said Joerg Reger, Managing Director of ABB Robotics Auto OEM Business Line. “For our customers, this provides the triple bonus of saving millions of dollars per year through reduced paint consumption, improved efficiency and improved environmental performance through reduced VOC and CO2 emissions, while meeting their customer needs.”

Traditionally, applying a two-tone or customized design onto bodywork has required a vehicle to be put through a painting line twice, once for the first layer and then, after the areas have been masked, again for the second color. Typically, masking the bodywork has needed around 10 to 20 operators per shift, with two operators also needed to de-mask it after the second color had been applied.

With only 70 to 80 percent of the paint being applied to the bodywork surface when sprayed, wastage levels have been significant, increasing costs through recycling and having to purchase additional paint.

PixelPaint overcomes these issues, providing a faster, highly accurate and more sustainable solution for customized painting. The PixelPaint cell comprises a high DPI inkjet head, two IRB 5500 paint robots, dosing control package, and RobotStudio® programming software for two tone and decorative painting applications.

The ability to combine improved efficiency, flexibility and environmental performance was a key factor in the jury’s decision to bestow the award to PixelPaint.

“The jury is pleased to honor ABB’s PixelPaint technology, with the 17th IERA Award,” said Jury Chair Rob Ambrose. “The innovative solution for automated car painting combines more flexibility and customization with reduced wasted paint for the wellness of the environment.”

The IERA Award highlights and honors the achievements of innovators with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products. The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE/RAS) and the IFR jointly sponsor the award - underlining their determination to promote stronger collaboration between science and industry in robotics.

@ABBRobotics @ABBMeasurement @ABBgroupnews #Robotics Award

Clean pH probes.

Through the combined use of an automatic cleaning control unit and a retractable probe housing, the necessary maintenance steps on pH sensors can be minimised.

The option of controlling all pneumatically operated retractable probe housings of Exner's EXtract series fully automatically is given with the EXmatic 470 cleaning control unit.

Compared to conventional, permanently installed measuring points, retractable housings offer the system operator many advantages. Used correctly, for example in pH measurement technology, maintenance work at the measuring point is significantly reduced, the service life of the sensors used is extended and the reliability and availability of the measured value are increased. An efficient cleaning control is of essential importance for the safe and economical automation of the retractable probe housings.

Operation of the EXmatic 470 is very easy for the user thanks to a clear menu structure and the use of a touch-sensitive color display. Optionally, a wireless network connection together with a mobile device can also be used for parameterisation.

Another special feature is the openness of the system, that means the cleaning control unit is not tied to a specific manufacturer of sensors or transmitters. The EXmatic 470 is used in a wide variety of areas. For example in the paper and sugar industry, water and wastewater treatment and in power stations.

#e-p-e @Pressebox #Pauto

Rotary position sensors for mobile machinery.

As mechanisation and automation systems for mobile machinery used in construction, agriculture, municipal and related industries become progressively more sophisticated, the need for fit for purpose position sensor technology increases. Addressing these challenges, where some of the toughest environmental conditions combine with the need for upmost reliability, compact installation, safety and cost-efficiency, Novotechnik manufactures precision magnetic rotary position sensors in long-lifetime, non-contacting and touchless designs. These sensor technologies are showcased in a new video that demonstrates their principle of operation, application potential as well as their development, production, and testing.
With comprehensive sales and technical support from Variohm EuroSensor, Novotechnik’s exclusive British distribution partner, these sensors feature shaft-driven designs with housed, non-contacting magnet and sensor electronics - or completely touchless design with separate position marker magnets and fully encapsulated sensor electronics. Especially robust and well suited to mobile machinery positioning mechanics for lift and link arms, cams, cranks and steering etc., typical specifications throughout the range include rotation angle up to 360 degrees with 14-bit resolution and IP67 to IP69K protection ratings and operational temperatures from -40 to +125° C. Flexibility to match all control systems includes a choice of voltage, current and ratiometric outputs as well as CANopen or CAN SAE J1939 bus interfaces with Micro Quadlock and other industry-standard connectors for installation convenience. In addition, their durability is assured with vibration ratings to 20 g (IEC 600658-2-6) as well as shock to 50 g (IEC 68068-2-27).

@Variohm @novotechnik @mepaxIntPR #PAuto #Agriculture

Battery powered Mag Meter.

The extraction and transport of water often takes place in remote areas where there is no possibility to supply measuring instruments with power or to transmit data via wired connectivity. It is precisely for such applications that Endress+Hauser has developed the innovative Promag W 800 flowmeter with battery-powered operation. It provides maintenance-free operation for up to 15 years, as well as worldwide secure data transfer via cellular radio.

This electromagnetic flowmeter ensures not only reliable monitoring of water supply networks, but also efficient and time-saving maintenance. Leaks can be located reliably, and non-billable water losses (non-revenue water) can be avoided.

It is suitable for measuring lake, river, spring, or groundwater flows for drinking and process water, as well as for applications in distribution networks subject to fiscal metering. Likewise of great importance are consumption measurements when irrigating the frequently huge agricultural areas in climatic dry regions.

The unit has a backlit display, making it quick and easy to read measured values. Endress+Hauser’s SmartBlue app can be used to interact with the flowmeter for operations, and to provide more comprehensive data retrieval on site. It is also available with various drinking water approvals such as KTW/W270, WRAS BS6920, ACS, or NSF 61. These features combine to provide reliable monitoring of water flows and long-term economical operation:

• Seamless consumption measurements with a maximum measured error of ±0.5%.
• Exact cost allocation and billing in accordance with various laws and regulations.
• Monitoring of important characteristic variables such as water volume, totalized flow, flow limits, etc.
• Targeted leakage detection, e.g., by water balancing between two measuring points or by detecting pressure changes caused by water losses.

Secure worldwide data transmission and access
For future-oriented communication and connectivity, the Proline 800 transmitter includes everything needed within its minimal footprint: measuring electronics, batteries, data logger, and a cellular radio module to send and receive data worldwide via LTE Cat M1, LTE Cat NB1, or EGPRS. Furthermore, it can provide measured values and status messages online, such as flow, pressure, totalizer, device and process status, alarm messages, level of battery charge, and many others.

Various Endress+Hauser solution tools are available for this purpose. The Netilion Value app provides easy access to the most important measured values of a specific device. Netilion Water Network Insights, a cloud-based solution for monitoring and visualizing extensive water networks in which Promag W 800 is employed, is used to communicate with the flowmeter, store data, and provide worldwide secure access.

A built-in data logger safely stores up to 10,000 measured values or entries, with an optional extended data logger capable of storing up to 50,000 values. With a SIM card, it is also possible to integrate Promag W 800 into end user SCADA systems. For all connectivity options, global end-to-end encrypted data transmission provides maximum cybersecurity. 

Long-term operation underground or under water
Flowmeters are often exposed to heat, dust, and climatic variations—and are often installed under water or underground. The robust and fully welded Promag W sensor operates in such environmental conditions without any problems.

The Promag W can be ordered with a specially certified corrosion protection (EN ISO 12944) and IP68 (Type 6P) degree of protection, which completely prevents water ingress. Both order options guarantee long-term operation, even in salty environments, or in climatic regions with significant fluctuations in humidity and/or temperature.

Heartbeat Technology – for reliable measurements and maximum operational safety In fiscal metering transactions, the smallest inaccuracies in flow measurement can cause massive shortfalls in annual billing, either for suppliers or for consumers. In the 24/7/365 operations common to the water industry, however, it is seldom realistic to remove flowmeters for test measurements or recalibration, particularly in large water pipelines.

To address this issue, integrated Heartbeat Technology makes it possible to monitor Promag flowmeters continuously and verify their functional capability at the press of a button, thus providing evidence of consistently high measurement accuracy within specifications. This enables assured compliance with regulations applying to fiscal metering measuring points, without interrupting the process. If Promag W 800 is part of the Netilion Water Network Insights solution, users can initiate and view this metrologically traceable verification directly over the cloud, anytime and from anywhere.

Verification logs are generated automatically and stored securely, providing the data often needed for later audits, or for drafting documentation to comply with statutory requirements. In consultation with regulatory authorities, this feature may enable legally required calibration intervals to be extended. For water system operators, this provides significantly lower costs when operating measuring points for fiscal metering.

@Endress_Hauser @Endress_US @Endress_UK @Endress_CA #PAuto  #Water

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Image processing examined.

For the successful implementation of image processing applications, it is not only important to choose the right camera and a suitable image sensor. In order to capture light without interference and convert it into usable information, suitable optics and high-quality filter glasses also play a decisive role. 

The focus event "Capture the Light" on June 24th at 2 p.m. BST addresses this topic in three exciting sessions. Over the course of around 90 minutes, participants can expect an introduction to the possibilities of modern sensor technologies; in addition, there will be an explanation of the options available when every single pixel is needed for an extremely clean image and what should be considered when choosing the right lens. IDS specialists will be available to answer individual questions between the sessions and in a panel round at the end. Registration and participation is free of charge via the IDS Vision Channel.

With the IDS Vision Channel, camera manufacturer IDS created an online platform at the beginning of the year for sharing knowledge on industrial image processing topics. The company regularly offers virtual live events where speakers pass on their expertise to participants free of charge. Particularly convenient: at various virtual tables, participants can get in touch directly with the specialists, ask questions or exchange experience with other participants. Anyone who has missed a session can simply view the recording in the media library at a later date.

The focus event "Capture the Light" will first deal with the topic of "Inside sensor technology", followed by a discussion of the maximum possible image cleanliness in "When clean is not enough". Before the final panel discussion, "Would you like a lens with that?" will question selection criteria when buying lenses. To participate, all that is required is a free registration in the IDS Vision Channel. Afterwards, all upcoming events can be conveniently added to one’s own calendar and past sessions can be accessed in the media library.

@IDS_Imaging @mepaxIntPR #PAuto 

Smart industrial switches.

The partnership between Schneider Electric and ZF Friedrichshafen AG leads to a new level of smart industrial switches. With the help of the compact generator from ZF, Schneider Electric has released the new industrial Harmony ZBRT wireless and battery-less interface. This self-powered transmitter is fully modular and compatible with industry top-class Harmony XB4 and XB5 control units. It will support industrial enterprises to improve their profitability in several ways.
Flexibility is an essential feature for industrial enterprises. Logistical changes are often required in these environments, which can lead to an inevitable upgrade of equipment and control systems. Using a wireless and battery-free pushbutton is the simplest and quickest way to modify existing control units.

New functions can be added to the system by simply adding an energy harvesting pushbutton. Each RF switch has a unique ID and can be associated to a specific function or machine. This retrofit option saves time and costs in wiring, programming, and it avoids maintenance work for changing batteries. As the Harmony ZBRT interface is compatible with standard electrical contacts, it can be set up very quickly. A duplication of function is also possible to control additional equipment with an existing pushbutton. While attaching the self-powered pushbutton on an existing switch, there is the possibility to initiate two associated processes with one push, for example. The advantage: No change for the existing wiring and no new wiring is required.

The ZF energy harvesting switch can be integrated directly into the plastic housing of the Harmony ZBRT, due to its very compact design (20.1 x 7.3 x 14.3 mm). The ZF radio switch generates a voltage pulse by mechanical actuation, as it relies on the inductive principle and without any additional power source. Therefore, RF commands can be reliably sent via commercially available radio protocols such as Zigbee Green Power at 2.4 GHz (IEEE 802.15.4), which is used by the smart Harmony system of Schneider Electric.

@zfswitch_sensor @SchneiderElec #PAuto

Power relays.

Omron Electronic Components Europe has launched PWM controlled versions of three of its most popular power relays offering coil power levels 75-90% lower than comparable standard versions.

Omron G2RL, G5Q and G5NB relays are now available in types supporting pulse width modulation (PWM) of the coil holding current, reducing the duty cycle and hence the average current. This decreases the power consumption and hence the heat developed in the relay, improving efficiency and reducing thermal load especially in applications where banks of relays are employed.

The high capacity 16A G2RL-PW1, a low profile power relay, just 15.7mm in height, features a coil power consumption of just 120mW, compared to 400mW for the standard version. The SPDT G5Q-PW, a miniature power relay with a 10A switching capacity, has a coil power consumption of just 36mW in PWM form, compared to 400mW for the standard version. The G5NB-PW, an efficient single pole, 3A / 5A relay with a 10kV impulse withstand voltage, offers the lowest coil power consumption of just 32mW, compared to an already efficient 200mW for the standard model. All three families are optionally available in IEC/EN 60335-1 conformant versions.

@OmronEurope @NeeshamPR #Power #Electrical

Delivering dam water.

The Moore Industries'  PTT, Potentiometer Transmitter, was in use at a large dam on a branch of the Colorado River as part of a system to deliver water and power via one of the largest public power utilities for consumers and businesses in the southwest USA since 1984. The facility has many PTTs in use today.

All of the PTT units had operated flawlessly in service, even after they were sent back for refurbishment due to capacitor wear out (dry out of electrolytic) four years after the calculated 15-year lifespan.

The customer inquired of whether or not we had a site programmable potentiometer transmitter that was line powered that he could start keeping in stock and consider replacing the PTTs over time. This would alleviate the downtime he has while waiting on PTT refurbishment.

Moore Industries recommended the CPT, PC-Programmable Temperature Transmitter and Signal Isolator/Converter, as a replacement. The 4-wire (line/mains-powered) CPT can be field programmed for various potentiometer input ranges and provides an isolated and linear current or voltage output (any range within 0-20mA or 0-10V) proportional to the input. The signal is ready for direct interface with readout instruments, recorders, PLC, DCS, or PC-based SCADA systems. All operating parameters configure quickly and easily using Intelligent PC Configuration Software downloadable from our website.

@MII_Worldwide #PAuto #Water

User-friendly fibre-optic instruments.

The Quantifi Photonics’ MATRIQ series is a cost-effective testing and measurement equipment for laboratories, universities, and research facilities in which the physical properties of light are used, modified, or measured from Laser Components.

These platform-independent devices connect directly to a computer or network via USB or Ethernet and feature an easy-to-use graphical user interface. Extensive control and display elements can therefore be eliminated. The design of the measuring systems deliberately focuses on the essentials. Thus, the MATRIQ series closes the gap between expensive benchtop systems and handhelds for mobile use.

The MATRIQ series is continuously being expanded. Currently, it includes fibre-optic laser sources, tunable lasers, EDFAs, power meters, inline power meters, BER testers, O-E converters, polarization scramblers and controllers, and a photon Doppler velocimeter.

@LCGermany @Pressebox #PAuto #TandM

e-learning for electrified powertrain.

The e-learnings of the Embedded Academy center around the topic “Development of Hardware and Software for Electromobility” and are tailored to the needs of their target group: engineers and those seeking a career change are schooled in technical contents presented in a modular structure. As the first provider of e-learnings in this field, Embedded Academy’s mother company Eclipseina GmbH is now officially one of the 270 full AUTOSAR members worldwide.
At the moment, two factors slow down the development of modern mobility concepts: The lack of electronic components and the lack of knowledge in this domain. Experienced developers of automotive control units might not be familiar with the technologies behind e-mobility; people with an electrotechnical background in contrast might be lacking knowledge on the standardized software architecture of the automotive field.

This is where the e-learnings of the Embedded Academy come into play: A straightforward module structure allows to process the technical contents step by step and highlights important connections. Quizzes and exercises are interspersed between new content to allow learners to keep track of their learning process. The modules adhere to the newest didactical criteria and incorporate diverse multi-media technologies. Moreover, the learners can determine their own speed of learning and adjust their learning schedule to their available time.

For development engineers in the field of the electrified powertrain, the Embedded Academy e-learnings already serve as a benchmark. AUTOSAR shares this opinion and therefore welcomed Eclipseina as one of their associate partners. This guarantees Eclipseina unlimited access to all AUTOSAR standards, which in turn ensures extensive up-to-date AUTOSAR e-learnings.

A great advantage of the Embedded Academy e-learnings is that learners are not required to buy individual modules, but instead can choose between a monthly or yearly subscription with unlimited access to all available trainings. This subscription model not only supports the ability to think outside the box, which has become increasingly important in the context of interconnected mobility as developers of modern control units are nowadays required to have additional knowledge on topics such as data safety and security. It also allows learners to steadily enhance their knowledge in a rapidly changing world. The contents are available in German and English, cancellation is possible at any time.

Currently Embedded Academy e-learnings for the following topics are available: Automotive Spice (development process of embedded systems in the automotive field), AUTOSAR (software architecture of control units in vehicles), electrified powertrain, EV charging communication, basics of embedded software development, vector control and cryptography.

Trailers and further information on e-learning contents are provided on the Embedded Academy website as well as a free sample lesson on AUTOSAR basics to try out the Embedded Academy e-learning experience

Besides e-learnings, the Embedded Academy portfolio also includes classroom seminars in the training centre in Regensburg (D) or in-house seminars at the customer’s location.

 @Eclipseina #Powertrain #Automotive

The progress of US flowmeters.

Flow Research has been following the ultrasonic flowmeter market since 2000, and we have seen many changes occur during that time. It's been more than three years since their most recent study of this market was published - the 5th Edition. A new study "The World Market for Ultrasonic Flowmeters, 6th Edition." has now been issued.

This study consists of three separate studies which are now available:

• Core Study: The World Market for Ultrasonic Flowmeters, 6th Edition
• Module A: The World Market for Inline Ultrasonic Flowmeters
• Module B: The World Market for Clamp-on and Insertion Ultrasonic Flowmeters

These gathered data for both 2019 and 2020 and gives a clear picture of the market in 2019, along with data on how the pandemic affected the market in 2020. With conditions gradually improving, this study gives a sound footing for the rebound that is already occurring in 2021 and is likely to continue through the forecast period of 2024. In the past few days oil prices have reached a two year high and are now near $70 per barrel. Demand for natural gas is growing, and the next few years should be strong ones for ultrasonic flowmeters. Ultrasonic flowmeters will also be a major factor in the growth of renewable energy.

The ultrasonic flowmeter market has proved, along with Coriolis, to be one of the fastest growing flowmeter markets in the past 20 years. Ultrasonic flowmeters are unique in that they have three distinct mounting types: Inline, Clamp-on, and Insertion. This gives them a versatility that other flowmeters lack, and makes them ideal for check metering, measuring flare gases, and highly accurate Inline flow measurement. What ultrasonic meters are perhaps best known for is their ability to measure custody transfer of natural gas and petroleum liquids.

New Product Developments in Inline Meters
The Inline Ultrasonic market is especially important because these meters are used for growing custody transfer applications for both oil and natural gas. Ultrasonic meters are holding their own against competing turbine and differential pressure flowmeters because these other flowmeter types still present challenges for certain applications. Inline meters offer greater security and typically greater accuracy than clamp-on and insertion meters, and they are the largest market of the three types. Many of the new developments, like twin transmitters and more accurate multipath measurement, are occurring with inline meters.

Insertion and Clamp-on Markets: A Critical Part of the Picture
The insertion and clamp-on markets are also an increasingly important part of the ultrasonic picture. Insertion meters are widely used to measure flare and stack gas emissions. These meters are increasingly important in a world of tightening environmental regulations. They also are more economical than inline meters, since they can be hot tapped or cold tapped and do not have a meter body.

Clamp-on meters have the unique feature that they can measure flow with no pipe penetration - they simply clamp on to the outside of a pipe and send ultrasonic signals to a receiver on the other side of the pipe. Clamp-on meters are widely used as check meters and to spot check flows where inline meters are not needed or are impractical. The technology of clamp-on meters continues to improve.

Module B presents the data for insertion and clamp-on meters in their own separate dedicated chapters, complete with their own growth factors and detailed segmentation. Companies that only manufacture clamp-on or insertion flowmeters will find this module especially attractive.

The Ultimate Package: Putting it All Together
The Core Study takes the most critical data from Modules A and B and puts it together into a picture of the entire ultrasonic flowmeter market. The Core Study allows you to compare inline, clamp-on, and insertion meters in terms of market size, growth rate, and market shares. It also contains all the company profiles from both Modules A and B, and also the product analyses. The Core Study is great as a standalone study, but even better together with Modules A and B.

Flow Research is making a special offer on the ultrasonic studies they call the "Ultimate Package" that enables ordering of all three studies for the price of two. With this order, they offer a substantial discount on their new study, published in April, called "Flowmeters in the Oil & Gas Industry."

@flowresearch #PAuto #Research

Monday, 7 June 2021

Combustion engine development.

Since Kistler launched its KiBox in 2009, it has become a market leading measurement system for combustion engine development. Kistler is now launching the next generation, KiBox2, a new and completely redesigned version featuring the latest advances in connectivity, usability and software with the capability to meet the needs of powertrain analysis of internal combustion, electric and hybrid power units. Designed as a modular, extendable platform, KiBox2 opens the way for development engineers to attain unprecedented levels of efficiency in powertrain optimization.

In vehicle powertrain measurement
Automotive design is undergoing a radical transformation: electric and fuel-cell vehicles are gaining ground on global markets but internal combustion engines will continue to play a key part, with plenty of scope for ongoing optimization. To meet the challenges of this new era in the evolution of the automobile, development engineers need measurement technology that is flexible and easy to use. Kistler's response: the all-new KiBox2, a comprehensive powertrain diagnostics system for engine development. Based on an innovative open architecture, the new KiBox2 is a complete solution for electric as well as non-electric powertrains which will help users minimize time to market putting them one step ahead of the competition:

• Versatile in-vehicle and test bench testing, irrespective of electrification level
• Verified real-time performance for both closed-loop and in-cycle engine control
• State-of-the-art user interface with active user guidance
• Maximum connectivity including WLAN, hotspot capability and GPS
• Full backward compatibility with the original KiBox
• Extendable with software upgrades
• Future-proof system architecture based on flexible hardware and software modules

New modular system architecture featuring state-of-the-art technologies

Full connectivity & Usibility
Modularity is a key advantage of the KiBox2, with both hardware and software designed according to the modular principle. The new solution from Kistler also includes the KiBox Cockpit software: an open ecosystem for parametrization, visualization and analysis that ensures seamless connection to third-party devices. The advanced data management functions, included as standard, ensure that the testing efficiency is optimised. The user experience is now enhanced by active-intuitive guidance with voice control and audio feedback to guarantee safe and efficient operation while driving. The list of new benefits include: improved signal conditioning for the crank angle sensor, bidirectional CAN-FD interface and cascading of up to four KiBox2 units.

The key to maximum efficiency in engine development
By integrating measurement and analysis capability for both electric and combustion-based powertrains in the KiBox2, Kistler has developed one of the most versatile and comprehensive powertrain diagnostics systems available on today's market. Outstanding usability, advanced data management features and modular expandability make this solution even more attractive.

An added benefit is that users can enhance their engine development capabilities by using metrics for electric machine efficiency characterization, as well as in-cylinder pressure metrics for “normal” and “abnormal” combustion, including new synthetic fuels. The new KiBox2 is a paradigm shift for propulsion system measurement, providing a complete, highly efficient powertrain diagnostic and optimization solution.

#Kistler #Automotive #Powertrain

Your IIoT may be ready for today ... but tomorrow?

Moxa offers three tips to getting industrial IoT networks ready for the future.

It may be tempting to rest on your laurels when you finally have your IIoT networks up and running. Nonetheless, change remains the only real constant in life, and the world of industrial networking is no exception. Your IIoT network may be sufficient for your current needs—it may even be ready for your foreseeable application requirements over the next several years. But what about the next decade or more? Change is always on the horizon, and we need to be prepared.

Since the early days of industrial automation, manufacturers have adopted a variety of purpose-built protocols and systems, instead of standard Ethernet technologies, for highly specialized industrial control applications.

However, as the IIoT market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 24% by 2023, industrial networks of the future will in all likelihood be required to transmit large amounts of data between interconnected devices or collect data from remote devices. With these growing demands on the horizon, how well-prepared you are for the future of industrial networking may determine your success in tackling new challenges. This section provides three considerations to help you prepare your IIoT-ready industrial networks for the future.

Greater integration with unified infrastructure
Over the years, various devices using different industrial protocols have been deployed on industrial networks to provide diverse services. Under these circumstances, network integration usually costs more than expected or becomes more difficult to achieve. Manufacturers can either choose the status quo, that is, maintain their preexisting isolated automation networks with numerous purpose-built protocols of the past, or alternatively seek solutions to provide deterministic services and integrate these “islands of automation”.

If our goal is to be ready for the growing demands on our IIoT network in the future, the choice is obviously the latter. The rule of thumb is to take potential industrial protocols into consideration and ensure you can redesign your networks in case any new demands arise in the market. Time-sensitive networking (TSN) is a set of new standards introduced by the IEEE 802.1 TSN Task Group as an advanced tool box. With TSN, you can build open, unified networks with standard Ethernet technologies that reserve flexibility for the future. Furthermore, you may consider selecting solutions offered by the key players who are advocating this new technology because they actively participate in TSN plugfests to complete the ecosystem and ensure compatibility among different vendors.

Access anywhere to remote machines with hassle-free cloud services
Cloud-based remote access offers many benefits to IIoT customers, such as reducing the traveling time and expenses of sending maintenance engineers to multiple remote sites. Furthermore, cloud-based secure remote access can provide flexible and scalable connections to meet the dynamic, changing requirements of the future. However, operational technology (OT) engineers for water and wastewater treatment plants, machine builders, and other IIoT customers may find it cumbersome to set up and maintain their own cloud servers to provide new services and applications. Indeed, considerable efforts are associated with setting up new infrastructure, even if it is in the cloud. Fortunately, OEMs and machine builders can now deliver secure cloud-based services and remote access to their customers without having to maintain their own cloud servers.

One key issue you should definitely scrutinize is the cloud server license scheme. Often, upfront costs may seem low for limited server hosts. However, these apparent cost savings on server hosts may actually make your project uneconomical due to a limited scale of connections. Secondly, you may also need to consider central management capabilities in order to flexibly expand remote connections in the future. With this said, carefully weigh the costs and benefits of incorporating secure remote access to your industrial networks. Always select solutions that can eliminate the hassles mentioned and help you focus on delivering more value and benefits to your customers.

Visualize network status for both OT and IT professionals.
You may have seen the following scene in a movie or photograph in the news. The control room of a metro system has a group of monitors showing the current status of each metro station in the system, the locations of all the moving trains, and so on. Managers or operators need to quickly judge the current situation and take action according to the information aggregated on the screens in front of them. This visibility helps them keep everything under control. When complexity increases with greater connectivity on industrial networks, it can become very difficult to identify the root cause of problems and maintain sufficient network visibility. Control engineers often have to revert to trial and error to get the system back to normal, which is time-consuming and troublesome.

Moxa's free eBook on industrial networking
Therefore, in order to facilitate and manage growing industrial networks, network operators need an integrated network management software to make more informed decisions throughout network deployment, maintenance, and diagnostics. In addition, as your systems continue to grow, you will need to pay attention to a number of network integration concerns. First, only managing industrial networks in local control centers may not be feasible three or five year later, especially when existing systems need to be integrated with new ones. It is therefore important to use network management software with integration interfaces, such as OPC DA tags for SCADA system integration or RESTful APIs for external web services. Furthermore, an interface to facilitate third-party software integration is also a key criteria to ensuring future flexibility.

@MoxaInc @OConnell_PR #IIoT #PAuto #TSN #Automation 

Friday, 4 June 2021

Excellence in serving telecommunications in Europe.

Delta has been named the winner of the “Excellent Technical & Service Partners” at China Telecom Global’s (CTG) inaugural award program. The award presented at CTG’s Annual Supplier & Partner Excellence Conference on 28th April 2021 honours not just the service and solutions Delta provides to CTG, but also recognises the long-standing relationship between the two esteemed organisations. Delta is a total solutions partner for CTG in power and data center infrastructure, providing a wide range of solutions from Delta Group in support of CTG’s requirements.

Rakesh Mukhija, Head of Mission Critical Infrastructure Solutions (MCIS) at Delta EMEA, said: “Delta is thrilled to have won such a high profile award from an organisation as prestigious as CTG. This accolade reiterates our commitment to being a trusted advisor and value-enhancing partner for our key accounts like CTG. Delta has put in considerable effort to ensure that it is not merely a component supplier, but a true solution provider with in-depth local market and technical knowledge. This award reflects the maturity of our experience and our offerings today, and it will inspire us to continue to strive for success in all that we do.”

Among highly respected competition in its category, Delta was selected as the winner of this award for its established presence in the market, its expertise, technical knowledge and local market understanding. CTG was also impressed by the internal integration within Delta which sees different parts of the business working as one, which makes engaging with Delta an effortless, seamless and efficient process. Delta offers a wide range of products, including Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) and Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software solution, to protect hardware and mission critical applications, as well as to increase the ease of management on a comprehensive platform.

The award is an independent acknowledgement of Delta’s strategy of constantly investing to make on-going improvements to its solutions and services. By doing so, Delta delivers further benefits to the environment and end users alike, enabling them to be more efficient and productive, while reducing their energy costs and carbon footprint.

@DeltaEMEA @chinateleglobal @mepaxIntPR #TandM #Europe

Barrier terminal blocks.

The DKU series of screw type barrier terminal blocks, from Dinkle International, are typically used for power transmission in control panels and power distribution cabinets, and they have been upgraded for easier use with various types of cable lugs. They are particularly suitable for high vibration industrial applications, including transportation and railway.

Traditional designs for screw terminals required workers to entirely remove screws and washers when connecting ring-lugged wires, which is time-consuming and can lead to dropped and lost screws.

New DKU screw type terminal blocks use a spring-guided system where the screws are integrated and captive within the terminal enclosure. These screws can be backed out so that ring- or U-shaped cable lugs can be inserted, without the possibility of losing the screw. The housing also ensures proper alignment of the screw and lug. Connection screws are integrated with washers to deliver secure connectivity and vibration resistance, even in harsh environments. The screws and washers are made with zinc-plated steel to inhibit rust.

The DKU terminal housing is designed to enclose the screws and conductors, providing better protection for the user and equipment than traditional designs that lack a cover. DKU terminals are available in DIN rail and panel-mount configurations, and are offered with accessories to improve installation convenience, such as jumpers, marking labels, end caps, and end brackets.

DKU terminals are offered in five sizes ranging from 15A for M3 and 26-14AWG, up to 60A M5 20-6AWG, all rated for use up to 600V. They carry approvals from UL and cUL recognized, and and the materials are RoHS compliant.

#DinkleInternational #PAuto #Transportation