Tuesday 31 May 2022

Valve system with OPC UA.

Emerson's AVENTICS™ Series Advanced Valve (AV) valve system with Advanced Electronic System (AES) Profinet and Ethernet/IP is now available with preinstalled Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture (OPC UA)* functionality, making it the first and only valve system to offer this directly integrated capability. The AES helps users solve interoperability challenges and access data more easily while the integration of the digital twin can improve productivity and efficiency.
“The AVENTICS Series AV System with OPC UA is a notable leap forward in the flexibility and integration of valve systems because it makes the transition to IIoT significantly simpler for engineers,” said Nils Beckmann, senior manager of product marketing, IIoT at Emerson. “With OPC UA, engineers don’t need to change a whole system or architecture to access valve data. They now have the flexibility to continue using their own cloud systems and software to gain easy access to data and analytics without disrupting or modifying the PLC.”
A valve system with integrated OPC UA functionality simplifies communication with upper systems since data and analytics are received via the valve system and communicated directly to upper systems, no gateway necessary unless deeper analysis or local dashboards are required. This can result in costs savings for users since it’s more complex and expensive to receive analytics from a valve system without OPC UA.

OPC UA functionality also expands the connected capabilities of the valve system itself, making it easier for users in industries such as automotive, food and beverage, packaging, pulp and paper industries and more to digitally transform. When organizations undergo digital transformation, key protocols such as OPC UA embedded in technologies enable device monitoring and machine connectivity when sending data from a valve system to an upper system. The AES is simple to integrate and connect to new or existing applications and machines and provides easy access to data and analytics without changing the programmable logic controller (PLC).

*Developed by the OPC Foundation, OPC UA is a platform independent, information technology standard for sensor-to-cloud data exchange that features integrated security.

@AVENTICS @Emerson_News @EmersonExchange @EMR_Automation @opcua #PAuto

Gear shift sensor.

Variohm EuroSensor has launched a new tension/compression gear shift sensor for clutch-free, flat shift, ignition cut and other gearshift applications in professional motorsports.

Their VGS-T-1000-M8 (1UAB04) combines strain gauge and integrated digital amplifier technologies to provide an analogue voltage output corresponding to typical motorsports ECU threshold values set between 2.5V DC for zero force and 0...5V DC for +/- 1000N force. Facilitating high speed gear engagement during maximum acceleration with no lost traction, the gear shift sensor also offers advantages over other shifting systems by removing the need for a torque converter and reducing fuel consumption.

Aimed at professional motorsports series such as WRC, S2000, Moto GP, etc., the IP65 rated sensor’s robust and durable design includes a stainless-steel housing with two M8 mounting threads and a 15 mm diameter anodised aluminium sleeve protecting the sensor electronics. With excellent resistance to shock and vibration, the unit has an accuracy to within +/- 5 N over a temperature range of -20 to +85 °C. Overload protection is rated at +/- 5000 N whilst zero force offset at 2.5 V output is specified to within +/- 0.025 V, and gain drift with temperature is 0.2%. The sensor’s supply voltage and current rating is 6 to 16V DC at 18 mA and electrical connection is via a 1-metre-long braided cable assembly.

This is part of a wide range of motorsports sensors available from Variohm EuroSensor, including linear and rotary position sensors, pressure sensors, temperature, acceleration & gyro sensors, plus displays and other instrumentation.

@Variohm @mepaxIntPR #Automotive #Motorsports

Monday 30 May 2022

EMC filter series.

Schaffner has announced the new FN2500 / FN2640 - EMC filter series* for robotics and datacentres. The new filters have been developed to meet the specific needs of these two important and growing markets. These markets have technical requirements in common that can now be met by these new EMC filters.

Many applications, including robotics, datacentres and autonomous machines require power supplies to be mounted in 19” rack cabinets. To accommodate this and provide systems builders with seamless integration Schaffner have packaged the FN2500 / FN2640 EMC filter series in a space saving 1U rack-mount design.

The new FN2500 / FN2640 EMC filters are available with a range of connection options. These include IEC C14 (10-15A) or IEC C20 (16-20A) input connectors for direct mains connection and with a range of output connectors. For internal assembly connection options available on input and output include push-on terminals, cable glands, screw terminals or spring terminals.

Key standard features include input voltage 250 VAC @ DC to 60 Hz (FN2500 277 VAC / 400 VDC), output current 10 to 20 A @ 40°C, MTBF > 300,000 h and operating temperature range -40°C to +100°C (with derating >40°C).

The new FN2500 / FN2640 EMC filters meet the requirements of IEC 62368-1 - Audio/Video, Information and Communication Technology and equipment and IEC/EN 60335-1 - Household and similar appliances, Climatic Category 40/10 0/21 to IEC60068-1, Certified to UL 60939-3, IEC/EN 60939-3, GB/T 15287 and Protection category IP00 / IP20 for -103 terminals. 

* Data sheets for the FN2500 and FN2640 are available to download and for further information and availability.

@proactivefleet #Schaffner #PAuto #Robotics

Monitoring conveyor belt utilisation.

The Contour2D sensor system from Pepperl+Fuchs, enables optimally efficient detection of conveyor belt utilisation. It is the only system on the market to require just one LiDAR sensor to do this. The unique performance characteristics of the R2000 LiDAR sensor and an intelligent algorithm ensure reliable shadow correction. Minimal installation effort and quick, straightforward, three-step commissioning round off this highly economical solution.

Only one 2D LiDAR sensor is required
to reliably detect conveyor belt occupancy.
To distribute packages on a conveyor belt as efficiently and evenly as possible for transport to the downstream station, the conveyor belt's current utilization must be detected reliably. The Contour2D sensor system is the most efficient solution for this on the market, comprising a single LiDAR sensor mounted centrally above the conveyor belt. The central position of the sensor means that it detects shadows of packages on the conveyor belt, which would ordinarily distort the measurement results of the system. However, the high angular resolution of the R2000 2-D LiDAR sensor combined with an intelligent algorithm makes corrections for these shadows. The sensor system's Multi Scan Evaluation Unit (MSEU) takes care of running the algorithm and the further processing of the raw data from the LiDAR sensor.

Since there are only two components (sensor and MSEU) to install, the Contour2D impresses with very low hardware costs and minimal installation effort. Unlike conventional systems, there is no need for time-consuming configuration to align several sensors with each other. And since only a single sensor is mounted centrally above the conveyor belt, installation requires no major adjustments to the conveyor belt. Therefore, even existing plants can be retrofitted easily.

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Friday 27 May 2022

Build AI vision apps without coding!

The current software release 2.6 for the AI vision system IDS NXT focuses primarily on simplifying app creation. The initial phase in development is often one of the greatest challenges in the realisation of a project. With the help of the new Application Assistant in IDS NXT lighthouse, users configure a complete vision app under guidance in just a few steps, which they can then run directly on an IDS NXT camera. With the Block-based Editor, which is also new, users can configure their own program sequences with AI image processing functions, such as object recognition or classification, without any programming knowledge. Users create simple sequences in a few minutes with this visual code editor without having to know the syntax of a specific programming language.

With the Use Case Assistant, IDS supports users in creating Vision App projects. They simply select the use case that fits their project. With queries and tips, the assistant guides them through the process of creating the Vision App project and creates the code, just like in an interview. It links existing training projects with the vision app project or creates new training projects and data sets in IDS NXT lighthouse if required.

With the combinable blocks and the intuitive user interface of the Block-based Editor, anyone can realise their own projects using AI-based image processing (such as object detection or classification) as an individual vision app without having to know the syntax of a specific programming language. Using the predefined blocks of the code editor, users build their vision app graphically, including processes such as loops and conditional statements. How this works is demonstrated, for example, in the IDS Vision Channel. The session "Build AI vision apps without coding – xciting new easyness" is available for viewing as a recording.

IDS NXT is a comprehensive system with a wide range of workflows and tools for realising your own AI vision applications. The intelligent IDS NXT cameras can process tasks "OnDevice" and deliver image processing results themselves. The tasks of the cameras are determined by apps that are uploaded to the cameras and executed there. Their functionality can thus be changed at any time. This is supported by software such as IDS NXT lighthouse, with which users can not only train neural networks, but now also create their own vision apps. The system offers both beginners and professionals enormous scope for designing AI vision apps.

@IDS_Imaging @mepaxIntPR #PAuto 

Motion control programming in manufacturing tiles.

As a material for the home, workplace, or retail environment, tiles provide a robust and durable surface that can be both practical and elegant. With earliest examples dating back to the 13th century, they last for decades with no visible loss in pattern brilliance or color fade. As good conductors of heat, they adapt to the room’s warmth and help keep your home feeling cozy. And when compared to other materials such as timber and marble, they are highly sustainable as they are made of natural material.

A core step in the manufacturing process is the application of glazes, engobe (a colored slip), and other crystalline protection. These provide adhesion to the tile body along with the required high abrasion resistance and anti-slip coatings needed for locations like restrooms and kitchens where water is present.

Companies such as E.G. Sistemi s.r.l YES! are focused on system integration for the manufacturing equipment used in today’s highly automated ceramic industry. Situated in the ‘ceramic valley’ in Maranello, northern Italy, they have recently retrofitted the multi-axis airless station with independent translators.

Such equipment is coupled with a conveyor belt that delivers tiles to the airless station where they are processed according to one of a number of recipes. Once the process is complete, the tiles are transported to the next stage by the conveyor belt. Such a dirty and dusty environment demands reliable multi-axis motion controllers and motor drives for the servos. Additionally, a robust and easy-to-use human-machine interface (HMI) is essential.

At the core of the implementation is a Delta DVP50MC series motion controller. Capable of controlling up to 24 axes in one millisecond, this solution supports both single-axis motion instructions, such as velocity, torque, and position, as well as multi-axis instructions, such as electronic cam (E-CAM) and gear. G code can also be used. On the connectivity side, CANopen, RS-232, and RS-485 are available in addition to EtherCAT for the motion control and an Ethernet port. Other signals can be wired to the 16 high-speed inputs, while eight high-speed outputs provide additional control options. The DVP50MC also supports an SSI absolute encoder and two incremental encoders to provide servo position feedback.

The multi-axis airless station only requires three axes for its three independent translators. To implement this, three ASDA-A2-E series servo drives with STO safety function were coupled with three 180 mm, 3 kW ECMA series servo motors featuring integrated encoders. The servo drives link back to the motion controller via EtherCAT. By combining these two components, the team benefitted from precise control provided by the 1 kHz frequency response and 1 ms settling time. This provided superlative vibration suppression for accurate material application during tile processing. A further benefit of these servo drives for this design was the support for up to 720 electronic cam (E-CAM) points in the ASDA-A2-E. The configuration software ensures that smooth interpolation points can be defined automatically, simplifying programming.

The DVP50MC is also responsible for controlling the conveyor belt. For this task, the team selected an MS300 series compact vector control drive to couple with the chosen motor. This variable frequency drive (VFD) series supports motors from 0.2 kW to 22 kW and is available in both single and three-phase options for everything from 115 V to 460 V systems. Remarkably space-saving at 40% smaller than comparable drives, the MS300 simplifies installation and wiring within the electrical cabinet. The unit is linked to the motion controller via RS-485.

Rounding off the implementation is a 15-inch, DOP-100 series HMI that enables the operator to select the correct recipe for the tiles being manufactured. Part of Delta’s advanced design offering, this display provides a narrower frame that leaves more room for displaying the input controls and system feedback. With an IP65 rating, it is more than ideal for the wet and dirty facilities of tile manufacturing and, thanks to multi-lingual support, ensures simple deployment across the world when required. Thanks to its power isolation, the display is also well protected from accidental surges caused by other equipment on the same electrical supply.

Beyond the hardware’s capabilities, the short learning curve for the software development of the DVP50MC really excited the team. Thanks to the ease of defining E-CAM and GEAR control, they completed around two-thirds of the software implementation within a single day. Furthermore, having all the elements sourced from a single supplier ensured that, should an issue arise, only a single contact was required to resolve it. “Sorting out development problems is also possible remotely,” says Giuliano Castioni, Field Application Engineer. “By leveraging our ASDASoft servo software, we could trace the source of a vibration issue back to the mounting bolts used. As a result, the customer saved much time thanks to our rapid problem resolution.”

With all the components coming from Delta, interoperability is given, ensuring a smooth development path. Such was the success of the initial four prototypes, E.G. Sistemi s.r.l YES! is working on building further machines. The combination of easy-to-program motion controllers and excellent support from Delta’s support team ensure that Maranello retains its status as the place to source outstanding tiles.

@mepaxIntPR #deltaww  #Automation #Manufacturing #Italy

Monitoring emissions from space!

With ABB’s technology, the GHGSat team is able to precisely locate and measure methane emissions from any given industrial site on earth*. The launch of three new ABB-built high-resolution methane sensors doubles the company’s capacity to monitor customer sites. In addition to the three units being launched – Luca, Penny and Diako – six additional units are under fabrication at ABB.
Pic: Space Flight Laboratory
Space is the only location allowing emissions to be monitored freely across jurisdictions and report on improvements or otherwise. Measuring different sites with the same sensor ensures that emissions are compared consistently. Space measurements are also especially useful for sites where ground sensors are economically not viable or too complex to deploy.

GHGSat announced the initial constellation contract with ABB in October 2020, with first deliveries started in 2021. The launch of three additional units strengthens GHGSat’s lead in-orbit, operating the world’s largest constellation in the world dedicated to GHG emission monitoring.

According to the International Energy Agency, methane is responsible for around 30 percent of the rise in global temperatures since the Industrial Revolution, and rapid and sustained reductions in methane emissions are key to limiting near-term global warming and improving air quality (Report 23/2/2022).

"Satellite data is critical for stakeholders globally to take immediate action for a sustainable future. The first full year of commercial operation for GHGSat satellites confirmed the impact our technology can have. We’re excited to double our capacity and accelerate the change needed to make a difference for our planet,” said Stephane Germain, CEO of GHGSat.

“This is an exciting milestone for our team as we witness the efficiency of applying our serial production knowhow to space sensors manufacturing which in the past have been mainly one-off contracts. Our partnership with GHGSat led to a paradigm shift in the industrial space sector. Not only does this set new standards in our space offering for the private sector which is growing at a rapid pace, but it also allows us to expand our expertise and solutions offering,” said Marc Corriveau, General Manager ABB Measurement & Analytics Canada.

*For more than two decades, with involvement in the Canadian SCISAT mission and the Japanese GOSAT satellites program, ABB has been at the forefront of greenhouse gas sensing from space. ABB optical equipment already in space cumulates more than 100 years of reliable operation. Since 2003, the SCISAT sensor tracks long-term subtle composition changes in the Earth's atmosphere down to parts per trillion of more than 70 molecules and pollutants. Weather agencies across the world base their predictions on ABB equipment flying onboard the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather satellites (NPP and JPSS), which improves the timeliness and accuracy of weather forecasts for up to seven days, helping save lives through advanced warning evacuations.

@ABBgroupnews @ABBMeasurement @ghgsat @IEA #Environment #PAuto #Canada

PACs increase ROI for machine builders.

Emerson has released its PACSystems™ RSTi-EP CPE200 programmable automation controllers (PAC). This new family of compact PACs helps original equipment manufacturers (OEM) successfully meet customer requirements by minimising the need for specialised software engineering talent. CPE200 controllers will deliver large programmable logic controller (PLC) capability in a small, cost-effective, IIoT-ready form factor so machine manufacturers do not need to sacrifice performance for price.

To stay competitive, today’s OEM machine builders must provide equipment that is ready to support analytics and give end users competitive advantage through increased efficiency, speed and quality. However, as builders develop innovative solutions for material handling, life sciences and more, they can struggle to program and deliver machine control systems on time and within budget with the performance, security and flexible connectivity customers require. The CPE200 series solves these problems with security-by-design, open programming and open communications built in to simplify connectivity to external analytics software platforms while reducing cost and complexity for OEMs and end users.

“Gaining a competitive edge in today’s marketplace means having the flexibility to connect to the wide array of equipment end users employ as part of their proprietary processes, and supporting secure, open connectivity to allow easy access to on-premises and cloud-hosted analytics platforms,” said Jeff Householder, president of Emerson’s machine automation solutions business. “The CPE200 series controllers take advantage of Emerson’s cybersecure-by-design architecture, common programming capabilities, and IIoT readiness to provide options currently missing in legacy compact PLCs.”

The controllers offer open communications through native, pre-licensed support for OPC UA Secure and other common industrial protocols for flexible connectivity over high-speed Gigabit Ethernet. IEC 61131 programming languages and C, the world’s most popular and easiest-to-use programming language, help engineers write and run the high-performance algorithms that enable proprietary production strategies and advanced automation technologies.

@EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis #PAuto #OEM

Thursday 26 May 2022

Reducing risk of failures in glass furnace refractories.

Deterioration of refractories can increase fuel costs and may cause glass breakouts or failure, which is why it is vitally important to maintain the condition of a glass furnace refractory as it will ensure safety and process efficiency.

The LWIR-640 monitoring system from AMETEK Land monitors the exterior of the melt tank and identifies any hot areas that may indicate refractory damage. It also gives an early warning of potential glass breakouts.

Philippe Kerbois, Global Industry Manager – Glass, said: “Around 70% of container glass production costs come from energy, so preventing cracks and lost heat produces significant savings. Early detection of glass breakouts enhances plant safety, so using thermal imaging solutions from AMETEK Land ensures fast detection of glass breakouts, allowing for early maintenance, increased safety, and longer lifespan of the tank.”

This long-wavelength thermal imager provides a full temperature measurement range of -20 to 1000 °C (-4 to 1832 °F) in three ranges with a choice of different optics and lenses. It combines cutting-edge, high-resolution radiometric camera technology with sophisticated data processing and powerful software support, delivering detailed thermal images with unrivalled precision.

The thermal imaging provided by the LWIR-640 camera allows a continuous view of the entire target at any distance. Thermal data generated by the camera is presented in real-time, making it faster and easier to detect anomalous hot spots, alerting plant staff to take immediate action.

In addition to providing a fast-response safety monitoring system, the LWIR-640 solution also supplies the thermal data necessary to detect damage or wear to the refractory lining. This allows corrective maintenance to be scheduled at the least disruptive times. By increasing the reliability of safety monitoring, the LWIR-640 system can also reduce insurance premiums for an added return on investment.

Continuous thermal imaging can also be used for accurate interior monitoring using the NIR-B-2K borescope thermal imaging system, establishing temperature trends throughout the furnace. It also detects cooler spots, which may indicate refractory damage.

LWIR-640 and NIR-B-2K thermal imagery can be combined within AMETEK Land’s advanced thermal imaging software, IMAGEPro, to show a view into the furnace for thermal distribution and batch coverage functions, as well as monitoring the outside of the furnace for hot spots.

@landinst @codacomms #PAuto #Manufacturing

High performance videoscope.

Rugged industrial videoscope helps professionals quickly and safely find hidden issues in difficult-to-access locations 

Teledyne FLIR has released the FLIR VS80 high-performance videoscope series, a professional inspection tool for use in a wide variety of commercial and industrial applications.

To enable the widest range of visual inspections, the FLIR VS80 is designed as the most versatile and powerful videoscope in its class. The VS80 is outfitted with a 1024 × 600 high resolution (HD) seven-inch touchscreen display and is available for purchase in seven different kits with the option to purchase waterproof, ultra-slim probes that can be swapped in and out within seconds. Probe options include a 4.5 mm diameter two-way articulating probe; a four-way articulating probe; a plumbing spool probe with a 25-meter cable; single HD and dual HD visible camera probes; a standard definition probe; and a general-purpose thermal camera probe.

“Trades and technicians need to inspect targets in tight spaces, without time-consuming disassembly in many industries including manufacturing, building, and automotive maintenance,” said Rob Milner, business development director, Teledyne FLIR. “The new FLIR VS80 meets all these needs while providing an impressive range of diagnostic versatility across the visible and infrared imaging spectrums. Professionals are better equipped to find hidden dangers and damage in locations that are difficult or inaccessible. In total, the VS80 provides inspection and repair personnel the ability to lower maintenance costs and the capital costs of replacement while improving productivity and safety on the job.”

Live Reference Simplifies Diagnostics and Repair Confirmation
Teledyne FLIR offers unique live reference image comparison on the display screen to make historical or standard image comparisons easier. Inspectors simply add a side-by-side reference image with the live videoscope imagery. They can then quickly compare the imagery to see if a component has changed since previous inspection, or if it needs repair or replacement. The information can also be added to a post-inspection report with multiple options for inspectors to capture detailed information, including through text, voice, images, and videos recorded with timestamp display.

The device is also compatible with the FLIR Tools Mobile app available for iOS and Android devices. From a mobile device, view saved images and video captured from the VS80, download files, and share them easily with customers or colleagues.

@flir @mepaxIntPR #PAuto 

Fast and reliable implementation of Ethernet-APL field devices.

Ethernet Advanced Physical Layer (Ethernet-APL) is the new standard for end-to-end digital communication in the process industry and is also suitable for use in hazardous areas. Device manufacturers will have to prepare themselves for growing demand from end-users for this modern data transmission technology.

commModule APL is a new hardware module from Softing Industrial Automation, is designed to support device manufacturers in implementing Ethernet-APL field devices for the process industry quickly and reliably.

Manufacturers face the challenge of developing and certifying new Ethernet-APL-capable devices within the shortest possible time-to-market - ideally without having to build up extensive specialist knowledge of Ethernet-APL. As a ready-to-use and pre-certified hardware for the implementation of Ethernet-APL field devices, commModule APL supports manufacturers in exactly this challenge.

The hardware module provides connectivity to Ethernet-APL as well as an application software that can be easily configured to implement the required behavior of the respective field device. commModule-APL is delivered with a pre-installed PROFINET stack. It provides a configurable application data model and commands mapping to migrate existing HART and Modbus devices to Ethernet-APL. This does not require writing a single line of code. 

The assignment to HART or Modbus commands is done with the accompanying commScripter tool. commModule APL has already passed comprehensive EMC (electromagnetic compatibility) and environmental testing, as well as conformance testing for the Ethernet-APL Physical Layer and for the PROFINET protocol with PA Profile 4.02. It is also pre-certified in accordance with ATEX and IECEx. These features drastically reduce the effort, risk and time required to develop device hardware.

NB: The Industrial Ethernet Book May/June 2022 issue has special editorial coverage of Single Pair Ethernet and Ethernet-APL.

 @SoftingIA @mepaxIntPR #PAuto #Communications

Controlling mine hoists!

ABB Ability™ NGX Hoist Control, just launched, is a global control system enabling mining companies to achieve maximum performance and safety of hoist operations. Building on ABB’s reliable and proven past generations of hoist control systems, it brings new levels of reliability, flexibility and ease of use to smaller companies on greenfield projects or upgrades. It can also help larger companies reduce costs and improve efficiencies through standardization of control systems.

ABB Ability NGX Hoist Control, which is set to be unveiled at Euro Mine Expo 2022* in Sweden next month, is adaptable to any type of hoist and can be used in upgrade projects replacing third-party control systems. The NGX Hoist Operating Station was designed with the latest ergonomic and human factors engineering guidelines and is based on the latest human machine interface (HMI) insights, offering the most modern and intuitive operator interface.

It can be easily integrated with other market leading ABB technologies including ABB Ability™ Safety Plus for hoists – the first fully SIL 3 certified hoist solutions which ensure the highest level of safety – which was first commissioned in 2019 on the world’s largest friction hoists. It is also compatible with advanced digital monitoring service ABB Ability™ Performance Optimization for hoists which continuously tracks the status of a mine hoist and improves uptime, availability, performance and productivity by providing actionable information on key performance indicators (KPIs) and provides remote access to ABB experts at all times.

“This exciting new launch follows the recent introduction of ABB Ability Safety Plus and is another milestone for greater levels of reliability, optimization and protection for mine hoists,” said Oswald Deuchar, Global Product Line Manager for Hoisting, ABB. “With ABB Ability™ NGX Hoist Control mine operators benefit from more flexibility and an improved user experience, including round-the-clock support and the ability to manage hoists for greater optimization. By implementing the same control system across plants OPEX can be further improved.”

“The health and safety of people working in mines, from our people to our customers’ employees, is of paramount importance at ABB,” said Max Luedtke, Head of Global Product Group, Mining Aluminium Cement and Vice President at ABB. “ABB Ability NGX Hoist Control is the latest example of this and follows the development of ABB Ability Safety Plus for hoists and of autonomous solutions including ventilation on demand and digital services. Together these improve the quality of the working environment, and enable remote supervision and autonomous operation, removing operators from hazardous areas.” 

* ABB will exhibit on Booth 188 in the Zink Hall at Euro Mine Expo 2022. The trade fair and conference is being held in Skellefteå Kraft Arena, Skellefteå, Sweden from June 14 to 16.

@abb_automation @ABBRobotics @EuroMineExpo #Mining #PAuto 

Wednesday 25 May 2022

Hydrogen down under!

Advanced automation technology for Toyota Australia’s hydrogen production and refuelling plant.

Emerson and Toyota Australia have collaborated to transform part of Toyota Australia’s operations into a commercial-grade hydrogen production, storage and refuelling plant. The project, supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), adopts Emerson’s automation expertise to provide the control system that helps Toyota Australia demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of manufacturing hydrogen fuels, including the use of renewable solar energy.

As low- and zero-emissions vehicles capture an ever-greater share of the market, countries around the globe need to expand access to renewable fuels like hydrogen. Sustainable hydrogen projects are challenging because they need to integrate many data sources into one balance-of-plant system, a process that’s critical for a facility’s success. For the Toyota Australia Hydrogen Centre, Emerson’s advanced DeltaV™ distributed control system gathers data from the plant’s complex equipment, making it easier to monitor production and storage of hydrogen gas, and document and validate the sustainability of operations.

“By incorporating a digital automation foundation to eliminate data silos, Toyota Australia can not only significantly reduce costs, but also gain greater visibility into system performance, making it easier to maintain and report sustainability performance and increase productivity,” said Mark Bulanda, executive president of Emerson’s Automation Solutions business. “The data foundation Toyota has built will make it faster and easier for like-minded companies to replicate success as hydrogen refuelling networks continue to expand across the continent and the globe.”

Emerson’s DeltaV systems control operations for optimal production efficiencies and help ensure safe operations. Edge control technology from Emerson’s PACSystems™ will further reduce the cost and complexity of integrating third-party systems. Rosemount™ flame detectors will help keep personnel and operations safe. The Toyota Australia team took advantage of pre-existing configuration libraries to reduce set-up time. In addition, Emerson’s technologies create a platform to add future remote operations and data analytics more easily and cost-effectively.

@Emerson_News @EMR_Automation @Toyota_Aus @ARENA_aus @Reuters @EMR_Automation @HHC_Lewis #PAuto #Renewable

Tuesday 24 May 2022

Industrial specification TFT displays.

Review Display Systems (RDS) has announced the availability of a comprehensive range of industrial specification 10.1-inch TFT display modules that are suitable for use in a broad range of industry sectors, applications, and operating environments.

Available in a range of resolutions including 800 x 600 pixels (SVGA), 1024 x 600 pixels (WSVGA), and 1280 x 800 pixels (WXGA), the line-up of 10.1-inch display modules feature traditional 4:3 and widescreen 16:9 aspect ratios.

In-plane switching (IPS) enables exceptional optical performance, wide viewing angles and highly consistent colour reproduction is also available on selected 10.1-inch TFT displays. Brightness specifications of 300cd/m² up to high luminance 1000cd/m² versions are supported with long-lifetime LED backlights. For extreme operating environments, an extended operating temperature range of -30°C to +85°C is also available.

Justin Coleman, display business manager, RDS said, “Review Display Systems can now design-in, support and supply, a wide range of cost-effective 10.1-inch TFT display modules with a variety of on-board features and value-add options. The product range enables engineers to enhance, upgrade and add new features to their products without the need to redesign their mechanical fixtures and fittings, or change the electronics driving the display. The widescreen 10.1-inch TFT display module continues to be an increasingly popular choice for many industrial-based, user interface applications and provides excellent cost performance.”

A choice of data interfaces includes 24-bit RGB, 6-bit and 8-bit LVDS, and MIPI (Mobile Industry Processor Interface) which enable support for a colour palette of up to 16.7 million colours. Interconnect options include ZIF (zero insertion force) and FFC (flat flexible cable) and connectors.

To aid and assist the development and implementation of graphical user interfaces, resistive and multi-touch projected capacitive (PCap) touch screen options are also available.

@ReviewDisplayUS #Pauto #Automation

All-in-One connectivity for power, signal and data.

Fast locking system with rotatable angled receptacles for quick and flexible mounting.

TTI is now stocking the Intercontec M12 one cable technology (OTC) motor connectors from TE Connectivity. The M12 metal connectors with IP66/77 protection, when mated, are rated for 500 mating cycles, enabling robust and reliable installation of small servo motors for applications including automation, robotics, packaging, food & beverage, and material handling.

The new connectors have a maximum rated voltage of 630V (8-pole variant) and a maximum rated current of 8A. They also cover the digital transmission of 2- and 4-wire encoder protocols like Hiperface DSL, EnDat 2.2, ACURO link and SCS open link.

“With OCT solutions, using just one interface reduces the costs for electrical engineering on the servo motors as well as the expenditure for cabling in the application,” said Markus Lorenz, Director Industry Marketing – Industrial Europe, TTI. “TE Connectivity’s Intercontec M12 motor connectors are key focus products. They are an excellent example for the wide range of solutions we offer as part of our 2022 Smart Factory – Industrial NetworkIndustrial Network initiative. Especially as a one cable solution, the new connectors enable fast termination and the flexibility to save installation time and cost further.”

The M12 Intercontec crown clamp system offers 360-degree EMC shielding without cutting the braid to help save termination time. The Speedtec fast locking system saves installation cost and is backwards compatible with standard screw locking connectors; it is designed so that locking is only possible when the connector is fully mated. The rotatable angled housing enables easy adjustment of the cable outlet direction, even for the final installation position of the equipment in use.

@ttiinc @TEConnectivity @Publitek #PAuto #Robotics

Dual connectivity protocol conformance test approved.

The Global Certification Forum's (GFC) Certification Agreement Group (CAG) has approved the industry first Dual Connectivity Protocol Conformance test for Standalone (SA) 5G New Radio (NR) on Anritsu Corporation's ME7834NR Protocol Test Platform at their CAG#70 meeting held in April 2022.

NR Dual Connectivity (NR DC) allows a device to connect to two 5G NR serving nodes concurrently enabling higher throughput, better coverage, and improved latency and reliability.

This is the first test where NR SA is operated over millimeter Wave (mmWave), and sub-6GHz frequencies simultaneously. 5G devices can now take advantage of the wider reach of mid-band sub-6 GHz frequencies along with the high data rates supported by mmWave.

The conformance tests are defined by 3GPP in TS 38.523-1 and have earlier been verified by Anritsu at 3GPP RAN WG5 (Radio Access Network Working Group 5). These tests have also been submitted to PTCRB (PCS Type Certification Review Board) PVG (PTCRB Validation group) for approval in the upcoming PVG#97 meeting.

The ME7834NR Protocol Conformance test Platform is registered with both the GCF and PTCRB as Test Platform (TP) 251.

The ME7834NR is a test platform for 3GPP-based Protocol Conformance Test (PCT) and Carrier Acceptance Testing (CAT) of mobile devices incorporating Multiple Radio Access Technologies (RAT). It supports 5G NR in both Standalone (SA) and Non-Standalone (NSA) mode in addition to LTE, LTE-Advanced (LTE-A), LTE-A Pro, and W-CDMA. When combined with Anritsu’s new OTA chamber MA8171A and RF converters, the ME7834NR covers the sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G frequency bands.

@GCF_Certified @NapierPR #TandM #Communications

Hygienic scale platforms.

In regulated, hygienic environments, ease of equipment sanitation is as important as the operational performance. It is increasingly important to streamline cleaning processes to not only eliminate contamination risk but also maximize productivity.

Mettler Toledo’s PBD659 and PBA639 hygienic weighing platforms enable manufacturers in the pharmaceutical, chemical and food industries to speed up cleaning processes and ensure regulatory compliance with an optimized hygienic design. The platforms strictly adhere to hygienic design guidelines, facilitate quick and easy cleaning, and meet higher weighing accuracy standards to expedite processing time and reduce production costs.

With PBD659 or PBA639, operators can boost cleaning speed by up to 40% with less effort compared to traditional weighing equipment. The following features of the platforms help operators to eliminate contamination risk in regulated environments:

  • No cavities, crevices or open threads
  • Open-frame stainless-steel design with rounded edges and minimal flat surfaces
  • Hermetically sealed load cell with IP68 and IP69k water ingress protection
The PBD659 and PBA639 platforms are designed to withstand impacts and ensure peak performance in challenging environments. Optimally placed and independently adjusted overload stops and additional side impact protection enable increased uptime, reduced maintenance and maximized equipment longevity.

The smart load cell used within the PBD659 platform actively corrects and compensates for measurement errors caused by external and internal factors, which improves accuracy by up to 100% to 6000e for legal-for-trade applications and 60000d for non legal-for-trade applications, compared to traditional analog weighing systems to prevent bad batches and reduce product waste.

Global approvals, which enable cross-border consistency, include OIML, NTEP, CPA (metrology); FCC, CE (EMC); IEC/EN61010, UL (safety). For firms operating globally, PBD659 and PBA639 are sold worldwide and serviced locally in over 40 countries by competent personnel. The analog version of the hygienic platform (PBA639) is also available with global EX approvals for use in Zone 1/21, Division 1 and Zone 2/22, Division 2 hazardous environments.

@mettlertoledo #Pharma #Food #Weighing

Innovation in the field of automated test systems meets most advanced ISP programming.

Digitaltest has been successfully using the FlashRunner series from SMH Technologies for its in-circuit test applications for many years. Due to its flexibility, its extensive library and it is a user-friendly software wizard, it is particularly suitable for programming multi-PCB panels and complex boards.

Flashing at maximum speed

Condor MTS 505
The SMH Flashrunner from our partner pb tec solutions has long been a reliable part of our applications for in-circuit tests. The newest programming technology makes it possible to use Flashrunner 2.0 in combination with an in-circuit test to program up to sixteen different components at the same time. This makes it ideal for programming multi-PCB panels and highly structured boards with multiple installed devices. A user-friendly operating interface also makes it possible to create a production-ready program in the shortest possible time.

True parallel testing for the panel test
Digitaltest also provides ideal support for panel testing. Parallel testing with our Lambda edition allows two or more assemblies to be tested at the same time. This optimizes the cycle times and shortens the test time. An in-circuit or function test is performed by two or more independent test heads, which reduces the inspection time by the corresponding factor. This applies to multi-panels as well as multiple individual test objects.

By combining the two technologies, Lambda edition and Flashrunner 2.0, multi-panel boards can be tested and programmed in parallel fully independently on Digitaltest test systems. This saves not only production time, but also wait, inspection and handling times. The seamless integration of both environments with respect to hard- and software also makes it the perfect solution for production systems.

Flash Programming on the Fly
Flash programming is also possible with the Condor Flying Probe from Digitaltest. Four movable test heads, the Flying Probes, can be directly programmed and autonomously controlled from above. This not only saves the costs of manufacturing the fixtures, but also the construction times that are necessarily associated with them are obsolete. The FlashRunner 2.0 from SMH Technologies is thus ideally suited for integration into Digitaltest's Condor Flying Probe and offers another way to improve quality while saving time.

@DigitaltestGmbH @PresseBox #TandM 

Monday 23 May 2022

Appointment brings emphasis on IoT and 5G antennas.

The Antenna Company has appointed Norm Smith as VP of Sales to lead the company’s Sales and Business Development efforts, with an emphasis on IoT and 5G applications.

Norm Smith
Norm brings more than 30 years of technical sales and marketing experience in the Antenna, RF/Microwave and Test & Measurement industries. He has a successful track record of developing new business and growing revenues in the IoT and 5G markets.

Prior to joining Antenna Company, Norm held Sales and Marketing leadership roles with Antenova, Maxtena, Alpha Micro Wireless and WP Wireless. Norm’s most recent role was with CETECOM Inc and he has also held management positions with Keysight Technologies and HP/Agilent.

David Favreau, CEO at The Antenna Company said, “We are delighted to have a sales executive with Norm’s broad experience join The Antenna Company. Norm’s deep technical background, ability to build long-term customer relationships and strategic approach are central to our growth strategy and we are pleased to welcome Norm to our team.”

“I am very excited to be joining The Antenna Company as it continues to rapidly scale its business”, said Norm in response to his appointment. “I believe our systems-based approach to antenna design and optimization is exactly what is needed to help IoT and 5G customers bring their products to market with best-in-class RF performance.”

 #IoT #5G #AntennaCom

Advanced airfreight technology helps vaccine distribution.

In common with many other types of pharmaceutical products, vaccines have to be stored and transported within tightly specified temperature limits. The timely launch of Envirotainer’s Releye® RLP container in May 2021 was therefore great news for COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers looking for fast, reliable deliveries to locations around the world.

Featuring Vaisala temperature and humidity sensors, the new Releye RLP had an enormous impact in the market, offering customers a wide range of features beyond accurate, verifiable temperature control. Envirotainer’s long-standing mission is to enable access to life-saving medicines. 

Vaisala Sales Manager Janne Halonen explains: “Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Envirotainer had already conducted a survey of major stakeholders, including pharmaceutical companies, airlines, forwarders, and regulators to define current and emerging needs for the airfreight of pharmaceutical products. This analysis identified five clear requirements for shipping containers that were either not currently met, or fully optimized, and these were fed into the product development program.”

The result of this development was a true market disrupter. “The Releye RLP was launched to deliver precise temperature control with built-in redundancy, remote monitoring capability and unsurpassed autonomous operation in a cost- and space-efficient solution that improves the sustainability of airfreight,” explains Bachar Chadaideh, Senior Product Manager at Envirotainer.

Temperature Sensors
For temperature-controlled transport, there are two types of packaging solutions – active or passive packaging. The difference between active and passive packaging/containers is that an active container has active temperature control, which adjusts the temperature inside the container to maintain the specified temperature range.

Precise temperature control
Pharmaceutical products are generally high in value, but if they are subjected to temperatures outside of their specification, they can be rendered worthless. It is vitally important therefore that cargo is protected from extremes of temperature throughout its journey from manufacturer/ distributor to customer/ user. Temperature measurements and datalogging help to determine whether cargo has been maintained within the correct temperature limits, but data from in-cargo dataloggers has to be collected and downloaded retrospectively. The development team at Envirotainer was therefore determined to take temperature monitoring and control to the next level, so an assessment of Vaisala’s sensors was conducted.

HMP110 Sensor
Following a thorough evaluation, Vaisala’s HMP110T temperature probes, as well as the HMP110RH+T temperature and relative humidity probes were deployed in the Releye RLP to ensure measurement accuracy. These probes were chosen for their high performance, long-term measurement stability, low power consumption, and fast response. The HMP110 probes also feature a stainless-steel body classified IP65, making it a robust choice for demanding environmental conditions. By providing validated measurements, the Vaisala sensors ensure that data can be utilized by a wide range of stakeholders across the pharmaceutical value chain.

Innovative, efficient design with built-in redundancy

Air flow

The new containers have an extensive air flow and temperature regulating system that ensures homogeneity of conditions, independent of size, mass, or load position, and regardless of exposure to extreme heat or cold ambient conditions. The monitoring is supported by eight internal Vaisala temperature sensors, one of which also measures humidity. In addition, there are two external Vaisala sensors monitoring ambient temperature and humidity. Time can be saved, and human error can be prevented with preconditioning before loading, and the temperature can be locked to prevent accidental changes during shipment.

Supported by vacuum insulated panels, a state-of-the-art wall/ceiling heating and cooling system means the entire cargo space maintains the same temperature, and the regulating system has full redundancy on all critical parts. If the container doors are opened, a novel air flow curtain reduces temperature impact to ensure that the cargo is unaffected. The innovative design of the Releye RLP container also enables the maximization of space efficiency, which accommodates three pallets with an industry-leading cargo height of 132cm. The latest addition to the Releye family, the Releye RAP, which was launched on 9th February 2022, is raising the bar for volume efficiency and sustainability even higher.

Autonomous operation
Each Releye RLP is supplied with its own rechargeable power supply, so that it is able to operate autonomously for over 170 hours (more than a week) without recharging. This is an important feature because these containers ship over continents and can undergo changes of route and delays at customs or during handovers. The ability to maintain effective temperature control during unforeseen delays is therefore a major advantage.

Remote monitoring
Temperature settings such as limit values or pre-conditioning can be managed by an intuitive keypad/screen on the Releye RLP, but users are also able to connect with their containers remotely and securely using any smart device. This live monitoring of position, temperature, battery level, humidity, door openings etc., allows users to continuously track shipments as well as the status of their cargo. Customized alerts can be configured so that users receive early notification prior to cargo arrival, which enables process improvements and delivery planning. This also leads to quicker investigations of risk assessments relating to counterfeit, security concerns or shipment processes.

With live access to shipping data, users of the Releye RLP gain peace of mind and assurance that their cargo is being maintained in the correct conditions. This facility is also ideal for simple and fast global qualification, which saves time and costs, and helps improve freight logistics as well as responses to customs requests.

In order to implement effective temperature-controlled shipping, it is necessary to be able to take accurate measurements with stable sensors that maintain high levels of performance over time. Shipping containers have a long lifespan, often more than a decade, so the critical components of the Releye RLP, such as the sensors, need to provide long-term reliability.

During the product development phase, Vaisala worked closely with Envirotainer on a number of levels; providing help and advice on issues such as sensor deployment and validation. “In many ways, Envirotainer is a similar company to Vaisala,” explains Janne Halonen. “Both companies constantly seek the highest levels of performance from their products, and both companies have a clear focus on efficiency, reliability and sustainability.

“We are extremely proud that we were able to support the development of these innovative new containers; not least because the delivery of temperature-controlled products during the COVID-19 pandemic helped to meet global demand for the rapid, safe delivery of vaccines which saved many thousands of lives.”

@VaisalaGroup @Envirotainer @_Enviro_News #Automation #LifeSciences #Medical

Friday 20 May 2022

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems take to the road.

NI and key partners have announced the deployment of a fleet of vehicles in Europe, the United States and China that will enable ADAS/Autonomous Driving engineering teams to address top challenges related to data volume, quality, access and utilization.

The vehicles are equipped with the high-performance in-vehicle data recording and storage solution from NI and Seagate Technology, with integration services from ADAS experts Konrad Technologies and VSI Labs. The collaboration further enables a connected workflow by combining best-in-class technologies across the global ecosystem.

Ensuring the safe operation of all levels of automated driving is paramount to consumer adoption and acceptance of the technology. In addition engineering teams struggle with the need for vast amounts of high-quality data to train, test and ensure higher validation test coverage of their perception algorithms and hardware.

“ADAS data recording is one of the most complex challenges for the ADAS and AD domain, as data from multiple sensor modalities (camera, radar, lidar, ultrasonics, infrared, IMUs/INS, GNSS and vehicle networks) must be logged synchronously and analyzed together to train and validate the performance of safety functions and features,” said Drita Roggenbuck, senior vice president and general manager, Transportation, at NI. “We are excited to team up with other forward-thinking companies across the ADAS and AD ecosystem to provide a solution to this challenge and bring the promise of autonomous driving safer and faster to the road.”

“The strategic partnership with NI has opened up tremendous opportunities for Seagate to take part in, like this meaningful project,” said Melyssa Banda, vice president of Lyve Mobile Solutions at Seagate Technology. “We are excited about the amount of data the research vehicles will collect, which will help take our joint ADAS solutions with NI to the next level.”

Through this initiative, NI and its collaborators will research, develop, and demonstrate industry leading capabilities involved in recording high-quantity and high-quality sensor data in the field, efficient data movement via data transfer services and increased data utilization for training, analysis and validation of algorithms in the lab.

“This collaboration is a great step forward for the development of the PXI high-performance data-logging system. Synchronized collecting of real-world scenario data from several sensors and vehicle ADAS ECUs is essential to improve the performance of autonomous driving vehicles,” said Michael Konrad of Konrad Technologies. “This data can be used for the data replay to ADAS ECUs to test perception algorithms and to improve the overall performance.”

This initiative builds on the existing work between NI, Seagate Technology and Konrad Technologies, and announces a new collaboration with US-based ADAS research firm, VSI Labs. VSI Labs will conduct research while driving their ADAS recording-equipped vehicle across the United States in an effort to improve the use of data across the entire ADAS an AD engineering workflow. The data collected on the road will also help NI and these companies further evolve their joint solutions, ranging from data recording, simulation, digital twins, and hardware-in-the-loop testing.

“VSI is thrilled to be partnering with NI to test and validate their ADAS solutions,” said Phil Magney, founder, and president of VSI Labs. “Collecting data across a diverse range of scenarios throughout the Drive Series is crucial to furthering ADAS and AD applications, and we’re looking forward to hitting the road.

@NIglobal @niukie @Seagate @KonradTech #ADAS #TandM #Automotive

Optical connectors and accessories.

Cliff Electronics have increased their range of optical connectors, cables and accessories suitable for many applications from high quality audio and broadcast systems, AV installations, automation, instrumentation, data and IT connectivity, medical equipment, instrumentation, industrial control, data acquisition and other high bandwidth signal connections.

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments; “Optical connectors are virtually unaffected by noise when transmitting and receiving signals and have been adopted as standard in many applications, including Professional Audio and Visual mixing desks and high-end consumer Audio applications and Telecom and Data Centres. Our wide range of feedthrough connector and jack options allow us to provide best-fit solutions for OEMs and Systems Integrators.”

Optical connectivity is virtually unaffected by electrical noise when transmitting and receiving digital signals and is rapidly becoming a standard feature of HDTV, high-quality audio equipment including portable products and IT systems.

Cliff Electronics optical jacks are available as single or dual optical transmitter/receiver versions with right-angle PCB mounting and a self-tapping screw hole for panel mounting. All conform to the EIAJ/JEITA rectangular standard CP-1210, RC-5720 and JIS C5974-1993 F05 standards for digital audio interfaces including fibre-optic interconnections. Standard and low-profile versions are available, and three models replace a plug-in cover with a convenient hinged shutter to protect against contamination.

Electrical specification of Cliff’s optical jacks is; supply voltage -0.5 to 7.0V maximum, input voltage -0.5 to +0.5V maximum, operating temperature -20 to +70ºC and soldering temperature 260ºC maximum.

Fibre Optic Connectors are also available in Cliff’s market leading Feedthrough connector series. SC Simplex, LC Duplex, TOSLINK EIAJ and now also the increasingly specified MTP brand MPO type fibre-optic connection options are available in plastic or rugged metal shells. Designed to fit into the industry standard 24mm diameter XLR connector panel cutout, this simplifies panel design and manufacture and improves end product aesthetics. Fibre-optic FeedThrough connectors may also be supplied pre-assembled into 19” rack panels to simplify and speed up system assembly.

To accompany their optical connector range Cliff also manufactures moulded optical lead assemblies (TOSLINK cables) for use with optical jacks. The TOSLINK (Toshiba Link) Optical Audio Data Cables conform to a standard, optical fibre, fiber,digital, audio interface and are available in 1.5 and 2.5 metre lengths. Lead terminals conform to the EIAJ/JEITA rectangular standard CP-1201, RC-5720 and JIS C5974-1993 F05 standards for digital audio interfaces including fibre-optical fiber-optical interconnections.

Completing the Cliff Fibre-Optic product range is an adapter providing a 3.5mm jack connection from a TOSLINK cable termination.

10 gigabit industrial Ethernet switch.

The new 10Gb industrial Ethernet switch from Westermo is designed to meet increasing demand for greater bandwidth, enabling modern, large-scale data communication networks to transmit more information than ever before. The RedFox 7528 provides outstanding network performance, reliability and security, making it an ideal solution for mission-critical rail trackside, energy and process industry applications.

“Many of today’s critical networking applications combine data, voice and video, and the resulting demand for high bandwidth means that high-performance, durable and reliable Ethernet switches are an essential requirement,” said Henrik Jerregård, senior product manager at Westermo. “The RedFox 7528 is designed to provide high performance for years to come, and maintain uninterrupted data communications in even the most challenging environmental conditions.”

Ensuring the security of industrial data communication networks is of paramount importance, especially with the nature of cyberattacks becoming increasingly sophisticated. To reduce risk and increase cyber resilience, the RedFox 7528 has an extensive suite of advanced cybersecurity features. These can be used to build networks in compliance with the IEC 62443 standard, which defines technical security requirements for data communication network components.

Supporting the need for seamless connectivity throughout an enterprise, the RedFox 7528 offers functionality that enables high-speed, low-latency connectivity with supervisory control and data acquisition systems, and equipment such as HD IP CCTV cameras deployed in industrial settings. Suitable for 19” cabinets, the switch provides four 10 gigabit uplink ports and 24 one-gigabit ports, customisable with SFP transceivers, and a powerful switch core that prevents congestion when network traffic spikes. The device also features configurable I/O fault contacts to support easy installation and monitoring.

The RedFox 7528 has been extensively tested to meet a broad range of industry standards relating to electromagnetic compatibility, isolation, vibration and shock. With an IP40-rated fan-less all-metal housing, the ultra-robust switch can also handle a wide operating temperature range. Superior build quality, industrial-grade components, a high-level of isolation between interfaces and a redundant power supply extends service life and creates an extremely reliable solution that contributes to a lower total cost of ownership.

Helping to reduce complexity, the RedFox 7528 is powered by the WeOS operating system, which ensures continuous operation and support for an expanding range of protocols and features, and simplifies installation, operation and maintenance. WeOS provides future-proofed network solutions with high levels of resiliency and security. Westermo’s FRNT ring protocol ensures fast recovery of networks should a node or connection be lost.

@westermo @HHC_Lewis #Networks #Pauto 

Integration into configuration platforms facilitated.

The edgeConnector products from Softing's dataFEED family now include a REST API. This makes integration into configuration platforms even easier. In addition, a new licensing model offers more flexibility when deploying the individual products.

The new REST API in version 3.0 of Softing's edgeConnector products makes local or remote configuration much easier for users. The product family currently includes edgeConnector Siemens, edgeConnector 840D and edgeConnector Modbus. The software modules are based on Docker technology and provide state-of-the-art access to process data in SIMATIC S7, SINUMERIK 840D and Modbus TCP controllers. In the past, a separate login via the local configuration interface was necessary for each product. This is now done by the new edgeConfigurator, which allows all edgeConnectors to be accessed via the REST API. 

The edgeConfigurator is also based on Docker technology and is used in parallel with the edgeConnectors. The configurator can be deployed on-premise or additionally in the Microsoft Azure cloud, allowing REST API access from the cloud to the edgeConnectors' on-premise environment. Using the REST API, edgeConnectors can now be configured even more easily from a third-party application.

The new license model of version 3.0 distinguishes between Basic (edgeConnector Modbus), Advanced (edgeConnector Modbus and edgeConnector Siemens) and Premium (all edgeConnector products). The licenses no longer refer to data points, instead they only account for the connected controllers. The user can choose between license options of 1, 5, 10 and 20 connections. This saves him the time-consuming calculations of the required data points. In addition, a 1-year software upgrade is included in the license agreement. With the Softing Floating License Server, the licenses can be flexibly used for the Docker applications currently operated by the user.

All edgeConnector products are ready for use very quickly thanks to container technology. They are operated on standard hardware and can be easily administered centrally. The integrated MQTT Publisher/ Subscriber functionality allows for flexible setup of Industrial IoT solutions (IIoT). They support state-of-the-art security standards such as SSL/TLS, X.509 certificates, authentication, and data encryption. This gives users an easy and secure way to integrate data from production into innovative and flexible IIoT solutions. The individual edgeConnector products can be downloaded from Docker Hub or the Microsoft Azure Marketplace and tested for free.

@SoftingIA @mepaxIntPR #Pauto