Friday, 17 September 2021

Deep learning and traditional vision.

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

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

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

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

@Cognex_Corp @mepaxIntPR #Pauto 

Precise optical spectrum analyser.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

@Yokogawa_EU  @Yokogawa @NapierPR #TandM 

Bringing intelligence into buildings.

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

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

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

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

@EnOceanAlliance @SBCShow @NeeshamPR #BAS #Smart

Thursday, 16 September 2021

75 years in ultrasonic cleaning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

@Emerson_News @EMR_Automation @mepaxIntPR #PAuto #Branson

Valve company to develop DTMs meeting industrial application demand.

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

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

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

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

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

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

@FDTGroup #VALTEKSUL #PAuto #Brazil

A fast, comprehensive overview of the plant.

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

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

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

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

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

@Pilz_INT #PAuto #Modbus

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Modular transmitter family.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

@VaisalaGroup @_Enviro_News #Pauto 

Thermal imaging benefits glass pharmaceutical packaging.

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

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

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

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

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

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

* The complete case study may accessed here (pdf)

@landinst @codacomms #PAuto #Pharma

EX remote camera for monitoring hazardous areas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

@MeteorComms @_Enviro_News #Ex #PAuto 

Overcoming high current mixer start-up problem.

A tank agitator with a demanding high torque at start-up was causing production problems for the manufacturer of specialist automotive cleaning products.

Mexico-based Margrey, which manufacturers chemicals and products used for cleaning and detailing in the automotive sector, was struggling to find a variable frequency drive (VFD) capable of handling the high start-up current and demanding mixing application.

“The mixer motor needed to reach 75HP. However, the density and volume of the liquids being mixed placed high levels of stress on the mixer blades at start-up,” said Marcus Silva, Invertek Drives Head of Sales in Latin America.  “This meant a high-powered motor and VFD was needed to handle the start-up current required.”

InnovationCom, a sales partner of Invertek Drives, worked with Margrey in Jalisco to develop a solution. They identified the Optidrive P2 as a VFD more than suited to the application. It would control a 480V, 3 Phase motor.

“The agitator mixes a range of substances with different densities. So, it was important to have complete control at all stages of the mixing process, from start-up with a high-current, through to variable speed control during each stage of the mixing process, or where additional substances are added,” added Marcus.

“In addition, the enclosure protection of the drive, due to the environment it was operating in, and its physical size were also importance factors. They wanted a drive that could be easily installed into an existing cabinet on the mixer. A combination of these meant the company was struggling to identify a suitable VFD.”

The Optidrive P2 is one of the most powerful VFDs in its class. It combines high performance with ease of use. It can handle 150% overload for 60 seconds. In this instance, an IP55 rated, Frame Size 6 with 110A, 380V-480V, 3PH input was chosen.

“The customer was impressed with the speed of the installation and commissioning, something the Optidrive range is well known for. Its ability to handle the large capacity and powerful motors without any problems was also a major plus for the business which has been able to continue production without any issues,” added Marcus.

@Invertek_Drives #Pauto  #Drives #Mexico

Printed and flexible sensors - forecast.

Printed and flexible sensors constitute the largest printed electronics market outside of displays. Indeed, we forecast that the market for fully printed sensors will reach 4.9 billion by 2032. This growth is despite the sustained displacement of its largest market - printed glucose test strips - with continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) approaches. Market growth of the overall category is therefore enabled by the rise of many new applications and technologies.

The new report from IDTechEx, “Printed and Flexible Sensors 2022-2032: Technologies, Players, Markets”, comprehensively explores the printed and flexible sensor landscape covering both established and emerging technologies with an extremely broad range of applications. Specifically, the report covers:

  • Piezoresistive sensors
  • Piezoelectric sensors
  • Printed photodetectors
  • Temperature sensors
  • Strain sensors
  • Capacitive touch sensors
  • Gas sensors
  • Biological sensors
  • Flexible wearable electrodes
Motivation for printed and flexible sensors
Printed sensors span a diverse range of technologies and applications, ranging from image sensors to wearable electrodes. Each sensor category seeks to offer a distinctive value proposition over the incumbent technology, with distinct technological and commercial challenges on route to widespread adoption.

Despite this diversity, there are multiple factors that are driving the adoption of many types of printed/flexible sensors. Most important is the increasing adoption of ‘IoT’ and ‘Industry 4.0’ since they will require extensive networks of often wirelessly connected low-cost and unobtrusive sensors. Additionally, the thin-film form factor and conformality of printed/flexible sensors enable them to be incorporated within smaller devices, thus providing increased freedom for designers to differentiate their products and potentially new use cases.

Printed and flexible sensor technologiesPrinted and flexible sensor technologies
Some of the most commercially promising printed and flexible sensor technologies covered in the report include: 

Capacitive touch sensors - well-established and widely used for transparent touch sensors such as smartphones and tablets. However, there is still extensive scope for innovation within capacitive touch in terms of the transparent conductive materials used, the ability to sense touch over large area displays, and alternative applications for capacitive sensing such as leak detection and interactive surfaces.

Piezoresistive force sensors - a longstanding application, widely used today in car occupancy sensors, musical instruments, industrial equipment, and some medical devices. While these markets are somewhat commoditized, the sector is innovating to access new, differentiated, higher-value applications. One example is 3D touch panels that can measure applied force as a function position, thus enabling the recognition of complex HMI gestures than the incumbent capacitive touch panels. Suppliers are continuing to target phones, computer gaming, and automotive interiors.

Gas sensors - an area undergoing continued innovation, with emerging approaches utilizing functionalized carbon nanotubes and solution-processable semiconductors. Gas sensors are already used in many industrial contexts and are likely to be increasingly adopted as concern about air pollution grows. Another promising long-term application in which printed gas sensors offer unique capability is directly printing onto food packaging to measure food degradation.

Temperature sensors - can be printed, for example using either a composite ink with silicon nanoparticles or carbon nanotubes. Their main challenge is the low cost, lightweight, and ubiquity of very mature solutions such as thermistors and resistive temperature detectors. As such, printed temperature sensors have the clearest value proposition applications that require spatial resolution using a conformal array, such as monitoring wounds or skin complaints. Monitoring batteries in electric vehicles is another highly promising application that is receiving increased interest, with the lightweight and ease of integration with pouch cells the main attractions.

@IDTechEx #PAuto 

High-Purity Ethanol, ethanol blends and buffer solutions for the world.

Greenfield Global Inc., the global leader in the production of ethanol, high-purity speciality alcohols and solvents, today announced the official start of its EU Manufacturing Headquarters operation in Ireland. The facility, which has been commissioned and validated, is set to supply life science customers with its Pharmco® products in Ireland, Europe and elsewhere around the world.

“We are beyond excited to supply new and existing life science customers with Pharmco-branded products, especially in times of globally damaged supply chains as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” enthused Ken Finegan, Managing Director of the Irish plant.

Greenfield is strategically positioned to serve life science customers throughout the country as well as the rest of Europe. With direct access to the Dublin port, the company is equally prepared to supply customers across the globe. The facility sources both ethanol and isopropyl alcohol from its dedicated storage tanks. The ethanol is distilled at Greenfield’s manufacturing operations in Canada before it’s shipped to Portlaoise (IRL).

Greenfield Global has supplied essential alcohols, solvents and bio-processing materials from our North American operations to customers in the life science industry for more than three decades and the new plant in Ireland is now fully validated, and ready to supply these mission-critical products to their pharmaceutical and biotech customers with operations globally.

#GreenfielsGlobal #Pharma, #Ireland 

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Electric mobility explored.

Currently, and in the years to come, the provisions for reducing CO2 emissions will lead to an increase in electric mobility of 10% by 2025. A key player in this technological transition is the electronics manufacturing industry. From November 16 to 19, 2021 in Munich (D), productronica will show what opportunities the electrification of the automotive industry offers the electronics manufacturing industry. VDMA Productronic is an ideal, specialist sponsor of the trade fair.

Electric Mobility Exhibitors

    • Manz (Hall B2, Booth 416)
    • KOMAX (Hall B4, Booth 263)
    • Festo (Hall A3, Booth 263)
    • LPKF (Hall B2, Booth 303)
    • Viscom (Hall A2, Booth 177)
    • Hesse Mechatronics (Hall B2, Booth 221)
The coronavirus pandemic is also leaving its mark on automotive markets. The trend toward electric mobility, meanwhile, has once again picked up significant speed. Especially in Germany, a larger selection of electric mobility solutions together with government subsidies are leading to dynamic growth.

Roland Berger’s “E-Mobility Index 2021” showed that nearly 400,000 electric vehicles received registration approval in 2020 – three times as many as in the previous year. Their share of the total market rose to 12.6% (2019: 2.9%). The German market for electric mobility ranks second in the world behind China.

According to the German Federal Motor Transport Authority, it was also possible to achieve the goal of one million electric vehicles (54% purely electric / 46% plug-in-hybrids) on German roads that had in fact been envisaged for 2020. Now the current German transport minister Andreas Scheuer  says the number is to increase to 14 million by 2030.

Private and public charging
In order to keep pace with the registration approvals of electric vehicles, the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) claims that the country needs more than a million freely accessible charging points by that time. This is also the case in the “Climate Protection Program 2030” and in the “Charging Infrastructure Masterplan.” In the same period, consulting firm PwC only expects a demand for “more than 700,000 charging points in public spaces. This is the case even if a lot of charging processes will take place at home (60-70%) and at work (15-25%).” However a current listing from the German Federal Network Agency shows that, as of August 1, only 40,000 slow charging points and 6,750 rapid charging points are in operation.

In order to change this quickly, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is making an additional 500 million euros available by the end of 2025 with the reissued “Publicly available charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in Germany” support program. There are grants for normal charging points with a charging performance up to 22 kW and for rapid charging points with a performance greater than 22 kW, at which it is only possible to charge with direct current (DC). This should result in at least 50,000 charging points (of which at least 20,000 rapid charging points) by the end of 2025.

In order to at least partly solve the problem of private charging, the German government has put an additional €300 million aside for the funding of wallboxes. Applications can be made under the following conditions: The charging station must be supplied with 100% green electricity, have a performance of 11 kW and be controllable in order to avoid overloading the local power grid.

Solid-state battery provides hope
However, a complete charging infrastructure alone won’t help against the limited ranges that exist today. High-performance batteries with longer service lives are at least as important. In Germany, they are also currently enjoying the spotlight. Car manufacturers and investors are regularly announcing new battery cell factories. According to the European Transport & Environment (T&E) association, there are plans for 38 battery factories across Europe with an investment volume of around €40 billion.

Nearly all of them are relying on established lithium-ion technology. But there is hope for the future in the form of solid-state batteries such as those being developed by Daimler, Volkswagen and Toyota. Compared to the current technologies, they promise twice the range at the same size. The first vehicles, including test vehicles from Toyota and Volkswagen, are already on the way. However, it will be some time before this new type of battery hits the road on a large scale. The analyst firm Yole Developpement expects the technology to hit the market in 2025 and reach an overall performance of 2.36 GWh by 2027. That’s just enough for almost 50,000 electric cars with a 50 kWh battery.

Increased range with silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN)
But batteries aren’t the only lever for increasing the range of electric vehicles. In fact, it is a matter of optimizing the entire powertrain. To that end the Fraunhofer IZM, together with Bosch and Porsche, are developing converters with lower-loss semiconductors made of silicon carbide (SiC) in the “SiCeffizent” project. This makes it possible to achieve an up to 6% larger range. The first mass-produced vehicles are already using the SiC and GaN transition semiconductors, which are superior in terms of power density, longer service life and reliability.

@productronica @transenv @BMVI @BMWi_Bund @RolandBergerDE @bnetza @VDA_online @PwC #Automotive #Transport

New home for automation.

The Executive Board of the International Society of Automation (ISA) has decided to sell the building that currently houses ISA Headquarters and transition to a more modern, efficient space just a few miles away in North Carolina USA.

The Society considered these priorities when making the decision:

  • ISA’s need to right-size and modernize a headquarters collaboration and training space
  • ISA’s desire to divest an underutilized asset and avoid future major expenditures in capital and remodeling costs
  • ISA’s opportunity to use the space for local section meetings and alliance partners’ needs

The new headquarters will be a multi-use leased space with areas for teams to collaborate, rooms for meetings and training sessions, and warehouse space for inventory and storage. It is hoped to complete the move in early 2022.

@ISA_Interchange @IrelandISA #Pauto #Automation

Furnace tracking systems.

The new thermal profiling solutions feature new sealed quench thermal barriers and IP67 rated data logger.

The Datapaq Furnace Tracker System is designed to be used repeatedly, in-process in the most hostile manufacturing environments, providing accurate and reliable through-process temperature surveys. Each system can help users improve process performance, decrease downtime, reduce temperature uniformity survey (TUS) reporting times and more.

The first component of the system is the Datapaq® TP6 Data Logger, which can withstand the longest, most-demanding operating conditions. The Datapaq TP6 features a 316-grade, stainless-steel case and a IP67 rating, making it water resistant. This datalogger is available with either 10 or 20 thermocouple inputs and can be specified for use with base or noble metal thermocouples.

The latest thermal barrier models are ideal for high-temperature heat treat processes and have been designed to provide maximum thermal protection – including applications such as vacuum and controlled atmosphere, slab reheat and solution aging, among others. The new patented quenchable thermal barriers eliminate the need for fiber blankets. Fluke Process Instruments also offers bespoke design services to create a solution that specifically fits a customer’s process.

To complete the system, Fluke Process Instruments offers the Datapaq Insight™ Software which transforms raw data into actionable analytics, clear user interface, context sensitive help screens and assistance options for infrequent users. Three software options are available and the complimentary Datapaq Insight for mobile is offered for free. This mobile application allows users to reset, download and analyze right on the factory floor and check thermocouple operation before a thermal profile run. The advanced TUS software also provides full temperature profiles and traceable reports for industry regulations like AMS2750 and CQi-9.

“The latest Datapaq Furnace Tracker System offers customers a robust solution that is designed for harsh environments like quenching and high temperatures,” says Rob Hornsblow, Product Manager at Fluke Process Instruments. “Whether users are working with raw materials or finished products, measuring product and atmosphere temperatures throughout the furnace is critical in ensuring both product quality and process efficiency. Datapaq continues to provide real-time, repeatable temperature data that can help improve performance and system accuracy, decrease downtime and much more.”

“We’ve really focused on what customers wanted in when engineering this new system and we are excited to introduce the patented quenchable thermal barriers, an IP67 rated data logger and the Insight for Mobile application that will allows users to check thermocouple operation before each run”.

@FlukeCorp @FlukePI #PAuto #Furnace

Frequency inverters for conveyor technology applications.

NORDAC FLEX frequency inverters offer a wide power range, and also work very economically.

The large power range, up to 22 kW, is characteristic for the frequency inverter. In addition, the NORDAC FLEX SK 205E is compact and enables high precision in synchronous and positioning applications via the integrated POSICON control Another advantage is the precise and rapid current vector control: It ensures constant speeds in case of fluctuating loads. The NORDAC FLEX SK 205E also offers maximum flexibility and due to its high energy efficiency enables energy savings, especially during partial load operation. This even applies to applications that technically do not require an inverter.

Users are provided with complete flexibility when it comes to installation: Inverters can be both installed close to the drive in the field and integrated into the motor. Power and data cable connections are available as plug-in versions. The decentralised system enables short motor and encoder cables as well as short supply cables to sensors. The inverters can be used to control standard asynchronous motors, high-efficiency synchronous motors and brake motors. Encoder feedback can be realised, for example position-controlled transport systems. The large operational overload characteristics of the NORDAC FLEX SK 205E makes dynamic movements with short start and stop times or cyclic operation possible.

NORDAC FLEX SK 205E series frequency inverters feature 4 digital inputs and 1 digital output (e.g. for error messages). The inverter can be monitored via an optional Bluetooth interface using the NORDCON APP software. This way, possible errors can be quickly diagnosed and remedied. Drive parameterisation is possible as standard via the integrated diagnostic interface with the free NORDCON software tool.

The inverter features a total of six digital and two analogue interfaces, two encoder interfaces and one integrated PLC for programming of functions close to the drive. A wide range of extensions through option modules are possible as accessories, for example a communication interface that supports commercially available Ethernet dialects as well as extensions for functional safety such as PROFIsafe and STO.

The NORDAC FLEX SK 205E series has been specially designed for use with baggage transport systems at airports or conveyor systems in parcel distribution centres.

@NORD_Drive @mepaxIntPR #Drives #Transport

Monday, 13 September 2021

Fast & secure connections.

Cliff Electronics offer a wide range of Single-Pole Spring Terminals which provide simple, fast and reliable connection for a wide range of applications.

Dan Walker, General Sales Manager of Cliff Electronics, comments, “Single-pole spring terminals are used in a huge number of applications where fast, and often repeated, connections have to be made quickly and reliably. We can supply a range of mounting options to allow system designers and panel builders to find the best fit for their needs.”

Cliff Single-Pole Spring Terminals may be designed into professional and consumer audio systems, test and measurement instruments, power supplies, industrial equipment and pyrotechnic installations. Terminal spindles and mounting hardware are manufactured from high quality solid brass and nickel-plated. Plastic parts are moulded from tough glass reinforced nylon or polypropylene and mounting hardware is normally supplied unassembled

Three models are available featuring a spring in the top of the binding post for quick release and all are rated at 48V, 1A. The SPT1 has an M3 thread fitting and the SPT2 is mounted by a short M4 threaded stud and both are available in red or black. The SPT3 type features a long M4 thread fitting and may be ordered in red, black, blue, green, white and yellow. All types are designed to be screwed down on bare cable ends and can also accept a 4mm plug.

@proactivefleet #Cliff_Electronics #PAuto 

Water, wastewater, air and environment technology event.

For many years the AQE (Air Quality & Emissions) and WWEM (Water Wastewater & Environmental Monitoring) events have been important dates in the diaries of anyone with an interest in environmental monitoring. In 2021 (13/14 Oct.) WWEM and AQE will both take place online, providing registered participants with free, exclusive access to both live and recorded presentations from the comfort and convenience of their own PC, tablet or smartphone.

WWEM and AQE visitors can now register here (free of charge) for the virtual conference and exhibition. Pre-registration will provide free access to a comprehensive conference programme that will address all of the most topical environmental monitoring issues. Virtual attendees will be able to dip in and out of their chosen presentations, as well as visiting the virtual booths of the world’s leading organisations in air quality, emissions, water and wastewater monitoring, and related products and services.

The event platform will provide networking and match-making opportunities for all visitors, speakers and exhibitors, with facilities to quickly and easily arrange appointments/ meetings/ calls with exhibitors or other visitors in advance of the show. In total, there will be over 60 hours of free LIVE technical content, virtual exhibits from over 150 world-leading organisations, and technical experts will be available on the virtual exhibition booths to answer questions and provide demonstrations. Registered visitors are therefore urged to pre-book appointments with their chosen exhibitors.

The air quality conference will address three major themes: air quality regulations; air quality and climate change, and indoor air quality and public health.

The emissions conference will also address three themes: the measurement of low emissions; biogenic carbon measurement, and mercury monitoring.

The three main themes of the analytical conference will be the challenges involved with the laboratory analysis of microplastics, PFAS, and coronaviruses in wastewater.

The WWEM instrumentation conference will cover highly topical issues in the water sector such as pollution control in receiving waters, CSO spills, data management, climate change and stakeholder engagement.

By pre-registering for either of the virtual events, visitors will be able to assimilate all of the latest findings from some of the world’s leading researchers, and at the same time be able to discuss the practicalities of environmental testing and monitoring with some of the sector’s leading experts.

@_Enviro_News #aqe #wwem #Environment 

Friday, 10 September 2021

Texas centre serving process industry.

Process Insights has opened a new facility in Houston (TX USA), to better support its customers, distributors, contractors, and suppliers with improved delivery times, as well as on-site engineering, application consulting and process control solutions.

“Our new Center of Excellence in Houston, Texas, represents a very important milestone in the expansion of our manufacturing and logistics capabilities,” said Scott Fleishner, EVP & GM, for Process Insights Americas. “We are committed to exceeding the expectations of our customers and channel partners every day and offer technologies known for their breakthrough performance.”

This new Center of Excellence, supported by a COSA Xentaur manufacturing facility, will allow Process Insights to ensure better delivery times for high-tech instrumentation and state-of-the-art moisture measurement systems, as well as to showcase a world-class suite of gas, water, and liquid analysis solutions.

Supporting process industries including petrochemical, energy, environmental, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, laboratory, chemical, agriculture, and wastewater, the Center provides an array of customer-centric resources and expertise. A full-access demonstration suite, training and other services combine to deliver new technologies critical to keeping process plants up and running efficiently and safely with minimal unplanned downtime.

The Center integrates the best ‘hands-on’ engineering, application consulting and process control solutions including the COSA Xentaur solutions for SF6, dew point, purity and decomposition and Alpha Omega Instruments’ trace and percent oxygen analyzers.

Other solutions include the ATOM Instrument total sulfur and nitrogen analyzers, Extrel CMS mass spectrometers, LAR water quality analysis analyzers, MBW Calibration precision humidity measurement and calibration systems with chilled mirror technology, and the Tiger Optics laser-based gas analyzers for ultra-high-purity parts-per-trillion levels measurement using cavity ring-down spectroscopy.

“Global operators depend on the Process Insights and COSA Xentaur technologies to meet their production targets year after year,” said Joe Schwab, Chief Commercial Office for Process Insights. “We continually reflect on how COVID has impacted our customers, and we are excited to be able to expand our Center of Excellence to include a world-class testing lab, interactive training center, and showcase our market-leading process control solutions.”

@ProcessInsights @codacomms #PAuto #Research #USA

Thermal imaging offer!

A promotion offering customers a free thermal imaging lens when they buy a Fluke thermal imaging camera between 1 September and 15 December 2021 has been announced*. The lenses provide greater flexibility across the range of applications for thermal imaging cameras by delivering increased accuracy and precise image quality. All lenses are interchangeable and compatible with Fluke’s range of thermal imaging cameras.

Nicolas Bravo de Medina, Marketing Director EMEA at Fluke said: "In offering a free lens with a selected range of Fluke thermal imagers, our customers can capture the high-definition thermal images needed to complete reliability inspections, make industrial maintenance decisions, conduct building diagnostic testing and troubleshooting. There is no need for customers to use their lens straight away. All lenses are compatible with our range of thermal imaging cameras, so it is possible to claim the free lens now and use it when it is required. Our thermal imaging cameras are designed for reliability and ease of use to ensure our customers can easily implement safe preventative maintenance programs."

Thermal imaging applications
Thermal imaging cameras offer a fast assessment of the health and condition of assets and are widely used in industrial maintenance and facilities management applications. Through infrared image capture, the cameras are used to spot a lack of uniformity in equipment by indicating hot and cold spots in surface temperature. Heat is often an early symptom of equipment damage or malfunction, making it an important factor to monitor in preventive maintenance programs. Thermal imaging technology is also used for predictive maintenance in process plants, industrial quality control, utilities and building inspection.

Lens benefits
The Wide-Angle Infrared Smart Lens offers a greater field of view which is particularly useful when scanning large areas like ceilings or roofs, as well as when monitoring assets in tight spaces. The 2x Telephoto Infrared Smart Lens magnifies two times more than a standard lens allowing the thermographer to remain at a safe distance from the target being scanned.

* How does it work?
Customers purchasing a qualifying Fluke thermal imager between 1 September and 15 December 2021 from an authorised distributor can claim a lens of their choice (either a 2x Telephoto Infrared Smart Lens or a Wide-angle Infrared Smart Lens) from the site here. The qualifying thermal imaging cameras include the Fluke Ti300+, Ti401Pro, Ti480Pro, Tix501 and Tix580 thermal imager. A receipt or invoice must be uploaded to verify proof of purchase. The free lens will be dispatched from Fluke within three weeks of the claim being made.

See also: Buy one get one free! (1/9/2021)

@FlukeCorp @FlukeCal @NapierPR #PAuto #Camera

Thursday, 9 September 2021

Data-driven shop floor integration in the pharma sector.

Körber offers its customers a best-practice solution by adding a state-of-the-art historian function to the Werum PAS-X MES Suite, which enables archiving of structured data. With their partnership, Körber and inmation are striving to achieve a high degree of integration on the shop floor in brownfield pharmaceutical production.
(LtoR) Jens Woehlbier, CEO Software, Körber Business Area Pharma, Timo Klingenmeier, CEO, inmation Software, and Reinhard Adam, Supervisory Board, inmation Software.

“With this agreement, we continue to pursue our best-of-breed partnership strategy and will offer our clients all components for Pharma 4.0 in a one-stop-shop,” says Jens Woehlbier, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Software of Körber Business Area Pharma. “The solution enables a high level of integration in pharmaceutical production in a fast and cost-effective way. This provides customers with an integrated MES-historian solution from a single source, helping them move towards a data-driven future.”

“Our software solution enterprise:inmation has seen spectacular growth in the regulated life science industry recently,” explains Timo Klingenmeier, CEO of inmation Software. “One of the main drivers for our customers is the platform’s ability to integrate all production systems and create a fully contextualized ‘digital twin’ of pharmaceutical production data. The MES plays a key role in the system orchestration, and we are very proud to enter into a close partnership with Körber, the leader in the field. We will further drive the integration of both platforms and align closely to leverage both companies’ strength for the next-generation system architecture in life science.”

@WerumKarriere @inmationinfo #PAutp #Pharma

Telecentric measurement system.

Keyence has introduced a new range of inline telecentric measurement system which employ highly advanced silhouette-based analysis for guaranteed accuracy.

Richard De Courcy, Product Specialist, Keyence UK Vision and Measurement, commented: “Accurate measurement of parts is vital to guaranteeing quality and consistency, and for identifying any possible production issues at the earliest possible opportunity. Our new portfolio harnesses the power of state-of-the-art silhouette-based technology to deliver exceptional accuracy alongside ease of set-up and use, ensuring consistent, reliable measurement of a wide range of parts. This will bring peace of mind to manufacturers seeking to reassure their customer of the quality and consistency of their offering.”

Designed specifically to measure parts rapidly and consistently as they pass through the system, the TM-X5000 line-up boasts an exposure time of just 25 μs – 40 times faster than conventional models, allowing accurate measurement of high-speed targets by eliminating blur from the image.

It provides a versatile solution for a broad spectrum of industrial measurement applications, offering geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T); outer diameter and profile measurement; abnormality detection; and runout and positioning.

The specially designed telecentric optics greatly improve measurement repeatability by increasing uniformity throughout the field of view. Compared with conventional telecentric optical systems, the TM-X5000 Series offers around 100 times greater telecentricity – just 0.0001°, ensuring confidence in results even for misaligned targets.

The dual telecentric silhouette-based system provides exceptional stability while the large ±15 mm depth of field, based on telecentric lenses in both the transmitter and receiver, provides clear, sharp edges and stable measurement results, even where the target position may vary.

Users can select from two installation methods – with or without the included base. A handy optical alignment function enables rapid, simple installation, while the user interface features a wide variety of measurement tools, enabling intuitive configuration of settings.

The range consists of three models to cater for a wide variety of requirements: the compact, ultra-high accuracy TM-X5006; the standard TM-X5040 model; and the TM-X5065 fore wide field applications.

@Keyence_Int @mepaxIntPR #telecentricity #PAuto

Making robotics accessible for everyone.

The Franco-American start-up  Fuzzy Logic originated in the French start-up ecosystem (Agoranov and Wilco), and is developing an "all-in-one" software platform that dramatically simplifies every step of robotisation, from robotic cell design to daily reprogramming in the factory by operators. It reproduces a virtual environment in which the robot in the factory can be controlled "on the fly" and as simply as a video game.

A €2.5 million seed round of financing from two European DeepTech funds: 42CAP, an industry-specialized German fund based in Munich, and Karista (via the Paris Region Venture Fund), an early-stage VC firm based in Paris for the start--up has been announced.

A scalable software platform
Fuzzy Studio™ and Fuzzy RTOS™ are currently being deployed at customers in France and Germany, who were specifically chosen for their flexibility and precision requirements. Thanks to awards and support from the French public investment bank, Bpifrance, as well as the European Union, the company has accumulated more than 600,000 euros in pre-seed financing. The current round of fundraising will help them strengthen the technical team in order to deploy to new customers, "Platform Ambassadors", throughout Europe. The Fuzzy Logic mission: unlock flexible production for any manufacturer, by making the robot a simple tool - accessible to any operator.
Fuzzy Studio™ (desktop application) and Fuzzy RTOS™ (embedded software) are no-code platforms, allowing users to control any make of industrial robot, without the need for training or complex programming. Non-roboticist users can intuitively design robotic cells and production operators increase their scope of activity: a clearer and simpler software solution for interacting with robots and “crushing” their complexity. It's the new standard for flexible automation.

Robotics in the service of operators
The platform is attracting strong interest from large companies, especially for applications with many different part types to be programmed or which have demanding quality requirements.

But as well as current users of industrial robots, Fuzzy Logic intends to open up a market that is still in its infancy, that of small and medium-sized industrial companies. The platform removes the complexities of robotic integration and eliminates the need for robotics expertise throughout the service life, two obstacles that until now have often been prohibitive barriers for SMEs and SMBs.

Ryan Lober (left) and Antoine Hoarau, respectively CEO and CTO, co-founders of Fuzzy Logic, state: “We help SMEs to power up their competitiveness and autonomy, by making robots adapt to them - not the other way around. This round of fundraising will allow us to strengthen our R&D teams and deploy our vision of intuitive and flexible robotics among client ambassadors throughout Europe.”

“Fuzzy Logic will be one of the key enablers of the flexible production paradigm changing the industry as we know it today. We were deeply impressed by Ryan Lober’s and Antoine Hoarau’s deep knowledge of the industrial robotics space, as well as the powerful solution they have built. They were able demonstrate everything we seek in entrepreneurs and bring their technology into the hands of industry leaders in real-world use cases. We are more than excited for what lies ahead and are proud to back the team on this journey.” declared Julian von Fischer from 42CAP.

Fuzzy Logic arrives on the market with a perfect timing given the mass-adoption of industrial robotics and underlying applications. Yet projects remain complex, pricey, and lengthy to implement. We immediately shared Ryan Lober and Antoine Hoarau ’s vision: make robotics accessible for everyone, not only for experts, and revolutionize the way people interact and use industrial robotics. In addition, we have identified a stellar team of entrepreneurs with impressive tech expertise around software and robotics. We are very proud to back them in this new phase” commented Benjamin Zerbib, Investment Director and Yvan-Michel Ehkirch, Managing Partner at Karista.

@fuzzylogicrobot @42Cap1 @KaristaVC @mepaxIntPR #Robotics #PAuto #France

Cloud based condition monitoring.

Machine Sentry® has enhanced its cloud-based condition monitoring offering with the launch of Machine Sentry® 2.5.

Ian Newby, IS Development Manager of AVT Reliability®* said: “Machine Sentry® is one of the most advanced cloud-based condition monitoring systems on the market but our ongoing aim is to make it simple and cost-efficient to use.
“The new capabilities offered by Machine Sentry® 2.5 not only expand the range of options to customers, but also make it easier to adopt them, without the need for detailed technical knowledge of the system.
“As always, customers have the additional option of direct support from our in-house team of reliability experts, from installation onwards, providing a 360° service to their condition based maintenance programmes.”

The latest developments deliver key enhancements to Android™ applications of the system, including:

  • Integration with Bluetooth® low energy (LE) sensors from any manufacturer
  • Support for new, advanced oil quality and vibration sensors
  • A simplified measurement import application programme interface (API)

In addition to the option of employing MSF-1, a Machine Sentry® sensor, companies using the Machine Sentry® Android™ application can now add any brand of sensor to the system. By simply copying the sensor definition to the Android™ device’s internal storage and opening it. Once loaded, the new sensor will be able to collect measurements in exactly the same way as MS-F1.

Machine Sentry® 2.5 also enables enhanced oil quality and vibration monitoring capability with the addition of two new compatible sensors. The Tandelta oil quality sensor, connected via the Tandelta OQD Express display, allows the condition of oil to be monitored in situ without the need to extract a sample and send it to an oil lab. Wear or contamination is measured in real time to an accuracy of 0.001%.

The CTC WA102-1A transmitter, for AC312 and AC314 accelerators, has a higher maximum temperature range than MSF-1, with the potential to reach 125°C, and is capable of a higher sample rate, delivering a maximum F-Max value of just over 15kHz.

The simplified measurement API has been developed to make it easy to import devices, channels and measurements from other systems to Machine Sentry®. Data uploaded via the IPA is automatically added to the database.

*AVT Reliability® has a base in Midleton, Co. Cork (IRL)

@AVTLtd @Android @RightAgency #PAuto #Cloud

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

IIoT solutions empowering the intelligent enterprise.

FDT Group™ has released of a new video describing open automation transformation enabled by next generation FDT 3.0 Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions.

The FDT 3.0 distributive platform is accelerating the evolutionary journey into the Fourth Industrial Revolution with its newly released, data-centric, server-based architecture empowering IT/OT harmonization and web services mobilizing the industrial workforce. FDT 3.0 is a completely platform-independent, single-server, cloud-based solution offering the freedom to use innovation to support new and existing manufacturing infrastructure through a smart, connected ecosystem of integrated machines and devices for the process, hybrid, and discrete industries.

FDT Group’s new video explains FDT 3.0’s unique position in the industrial automation marketplace and how it is helping to meet emerging IIoT and Industry 4.0 automation requirements.

“Innovation doesn’t come from one technology, one solution, or one person; instead, it’s a collaborative result of technologies, solutions, and people working together with an innovative mindset supporting a great mission,” said Glenn Schulz, FDT Group managing director. “That’s just what our organization and collaborative technology standard does, and what our video demonstrates. FDT’s secure, data-centric platform runs behind the scenes at the core of any automation architecture, harmonizing technologies, solutions, and people for today’s infrastructure and tomorrow’s intelligent enterprise.”

FDT 3.0 Server- and FDT 3.0 DTM-based architectures securely unlock open automation transformation employing a natively integrated OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) Server for enterprise access to IT/OT real-time device data and a Web Server mobilizing field device operation with browser access for modern asset management practices. FDT 3.0 Desktop environments ensure backwards compatibility, allowing the industry to freely mix and match different generations of DTMs and other device representations utilizing familiar, user-friendly device management interfaces. The standard employs robust, multi-layered security to safeguard critical automation information and operating data.

With the updated FDT 3.0 standard, the FDT solution has become platform independent by transitioning the fundamental technology on which it is built from the Windows based .NET Framework to an open .NET Core as well as HTML5 and JavaScript. The use of these underlying technologies allows FDT to empower the intelligent enterprise with innovative business models supporting the new era of automation.

@FDTGroup @indsource #Pauto #IIoT

Ethernet IO module.

Targeted for a Wide Range of Factory Automation and Industrial Process Control Applications

Supports i-Wire, SNMP, HTTP API, & Modbus TCP/IP
Teracom Systems has announced the availability of the highly reliable, affordable, and easy to integrate TCW241 Ethernet IO Module for a wide variety of ethernet IO monitoring and control applications. The Teracom TCW241 includes a three-year warranty.

Supporting Modbus TCP/IP connectivity, the device has four digital inputs, four analog inputs, and four relays. Its 1-Wire interface supports up to eight 1-Wire sensors (with 16 parameters) for measuring temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, AC or DC current, etc.

The relays of the Ethernet IO module can be activated either remotely or locally. So-called remote activation includes a friendly WEB interface or M2M protocols. The local activation is possible from a schedule, the status of a single parameter, or by custom-made functions. The function can include up to four parameters.

For advanced relay scheduling, the module includes a real-time clock for time server synchronization. This advanced scheduling can be used for one-time or repetitive (weekly) tasks to turn on and off at set times and days.

The TCW can initiate an HTTP Post connection with either XML or JSON post payloads to remote dedicated servers.

Additional Features

  • Friendly WEB interface for simple configuration and control
  • 4 digital “dry contact” inputs for direct monitoring of relay outputs
  • 4 analog inputs with 0 to 60VDC range for telco battery monitoring
  • Multiplier and offset for analog inputs and some sensors
  • 4 high current relays with normally open and normally closed contacts
  • SNMP v2 support with trap alerts to up to 5 recipients
  • 4 schedules for real-time control of relay outputs
  • Custom made logical functions for flexible activation of relay outputs
  • Secured email transfer with TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1, and TLS 1.2 support
  • XML/JSON and HTTP API commands for client-server systems
  • Dynamic DNS support for DynDNS, No-IP and DNS-O-Matic providers
  • Network time protocol (NTP) support for time synchronization
  • Remote firmware update via standard browser
  • Rugged DIN-Rail/wall-mountable enclosure.
#Teracom #PAuto #Communications

Light industrial camera.

The latest additions to the FLIR Blackfly S GigE camera line – the BFS-PGE-50S4M-C (Mono) and BFS-PGE-50S4C-C  (Colour) have been introduced. These 5 MP models are particularly well suited for integration into small handheld devices with their impressive low weight of 53 grams and high pixel density ideal for integrating with compact, less expense lenses. Leveraging Sony’s IMX547 sensor they deliver exceptionally low-light performance with superior quantum efficiency and very low absolute sensitivity making them suitable for a range of challenging applications from biometrics to scientific research and more.

These new GigE cameras with power over ethernet also take advantage of their Lossless Compression feature, delivering 25% higher frame rate of 30 FPS without compromising on image quality. Read along for more detailed specs, pricing and to consult a specialist about your project requirements.

  • 5 MP global shutter CMOS
  • At 53 grams, the lightest weight camera with IMX547
  • Lossless Compression enables 25% higher FPS (from 24FPS to 30 FPS @ full resolution)
  • High QE and low noise yield a low Absolute Sensitivity Threshold (4.4 photon AST)
  • Superior quantum efficiency (68% QE @ 525nm)
  • Excellent low-light performance (2.49 e- read noise)
  • Small pixel size enables less expensive, more compact optics
  • High sensitivity (High QE and Low AST) reduces lighting system requirements

Customization Options and Special Requests
Researchers, manufacturers, and diagnosticians in specialized fields know the smaller the scale, the more important it is imaging devices are free from any particles that might obstruct or blur a magnified sample. Teledyne FLIR cleans and assembles all its machine vision camera optical assemblies in an ISO certified clean environment (ISO7 - Class 10000). This standard level of dust control is sufficient for most uses however, some applications require an even higher standard. In such cases, their Enhanced Dust Control Service is available on all area scan machine vision cameras except Blackfly S Board Level (USB3/GigE) and Firefly models.

@flir @mepaxIntPR #PAuto 

Faster battery test for electric vehicles.

Joint effort to help improve efficiency and power capacity for EV battery testing to address climate change.

NI has collaborated with EA Elektro-Automatik (EA) to offer bidirectional power supplies that support battery cycling and power-level test for electric vehicles (EVs). EA’s best-in-class power supplies will be integrated into NI’s software-connected toolchain as part of NI’s power electronics offering to optimize battery test workflows. This joint effort accelerates the path to Zero Emissions by shortening time to market and improving safety and performance throughout the lifecycle of the battery.

The U.N. 2021 Climate Report’s findings that global temperatures will reach critical levels in the next 20 years have accelerated the demand for broad-scale implementation of EVs as a critical step to limit greenhouse gas emissions. However, validating EV batteries remains a critical factor in scaling this technology, as the battery makes up 70% of the cost of EV development.

Power electronics are essential for EV battery testing to meet safety and performance expectations, without compromising on the flexibility that rapid innovation requires. Integrating EA’s devices into NI’s toolchain gives EV test engineers and lab managers more flexible battery cycling configurations for their test labs, and quicker response time for new power level test requirements.

“NI and EA Elektro-Automatik share the same vision of providing high performance and flexibility for test engineers to ensure test labs meet their evolving needs,” said Noah Redding, NI senior director of validation for NI’s Transportation Business Unit. “As demand for electric vehicles continues to grow, we at NI understand it is our responsibility to help the market Engineer Ambitiously to meet this moment and accelerate the path to Vision Zero. We are looking forward to the opportunities that will come through this collaboration with EA in helping engineers move faster and optimize battery test workflows to bring this important technology to the market.”

“This partnership combines industry-leading control, measurement and power into state-of-the-art test systems. These systems allow customers to speed up time to market while driving corporate zero emissions initiatives,” says Eric Turner, Managing Director of EA Elektro-Automatik, Inc USA. “The renewable energy test market is an essential step in product development and production. EA is proud to be a technology enabler via power regeneration technology that reduces energy consumption by up to 96%.”

@NIglobal @niukie @UNFCCC #elektroautomatik #TandM #Transport