Friday, 24 June 2022

Experience, test and further develop safety and security solutions in new facilities.

With the simultaneous opening of Customer Solutions Centers in Brühl and Singapore, HIMA is creating completely new opportunities to experience, test and further develop safety and security solutions together with customers. By locating the experts in one place, discussions can be more illuminating and customers’ questions can be answered and validated more effectively.
200 participants from 13 countries celebrated the opening of the Customer Solutions Center in Brühl. Those invited were able to gain an insight into how HIMA is strengthening its partner-ship with custo-mers. In practical demons-trations, solution examples on topics such as digitali-zation of the safety life-cycle, safe remote access, automated testing, digitiza-tion of the field level with Ethernet APL & modular automation MTP were pre-sented. Keynote speeches by BASF, Bayer, Max Bögl & genua rounded off the program. On the same day, the opening of the Customer Solutions Center in Singapore with over 100 participants from Southeast Asia taking part in a similar program was live-streamed. Safety consulting for hydrogen production, safe signaling systems for the railway industry, digital twins for operator training and innovative burner control methodologies were all demonstrated and keynote speeches were given by PETRONAS, PT Len Railway Systems and Mangan Software Solutions.
Five disciplines are combined in each Customer Solutions Center: Consulting, Applications, Academy, Security Lab and the Experience Room. Flexibly configurable rooms with state-of-the-art technology are set up to most effectively facilitate each type of meeting. Networking and catering areas, carefully designed to optimize interaction, invite visitors to exchange ideas in an inspiring environment. Furthermore, the employees’ work environment has been designed to enhance creativity and teamwork.

"As shareholders, we are convinced that the new Customer Solutions Centers are an investment in the future of our globally positioned family-owned company. We made this choice as our customers’ business partner to actively drive customer partnerships and innovations forward, while providing an exceptional working environment as a modern employer," explains Steffen Philipp, Managing Partner of HIMA.

In Brühl, near Mannheim (D), a completely new world was created for customers, partner companies and employees in a newly rented building of 2,000 square meters. In Singapore, the existing space was doubled in order to set up an independent Customer Solutions Center for the strategically important Asia region.

"The new Customer Solutions Centers in Europe and Asia are important milestones in the implementation of our strategy," explains Jörg de la Motte. "We create innovative solutions there that can be experienced by our customers on site. This applies in particular to the cooperation with our strategic partners such as Mangan Software Solutions and genua."

In joint workshops on site, customers will be able to shed light on their questions, and find better answers, together with respective safety experts. The solutions that are developed can then be tested in the Experience Room to enable direct validation using state-of-the-art hardware and software as well as innovative digital approaches for customer processes.

"For security, for open integration, and for the digitalization of the safety lifecycle, the Customer Solutions Center offers practical solutions that are developed together with the customer," explains Sergej Arent, Director of HIMA’s Process Applications Center and responsible for the Customer Solutions Center in Brühl. "In this way, real added value is generated for, by and with our customers," adds Sergej.

Friedhelm Best, Vice President of the Asia Pacific Region and responsible for the Customer Solutions Center Asia in Singapore, sees the creation of the center as an important milestone in strengthening the company’s presence in the market of Asia: "With the Customer Solutions Center in Singapore, we are building a base that enables us to intensify our cooperation with our customers and simultaneously demonstrate that there is a firm focus on the Asian market."

@HimaGroup #PAuto #Digitalisation #Germany #Singapore

Camera integration for ADAS and autonomous vehicles.

Prism AI, a software framework that provides classification, object detection, and object tracking, enabling perception engineers to quickly start integrating thermal cameras for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicle (AV) systems has been released by Teledyne FLIR. Built for automotive perception system developers, Prism includes features such as visible-and-thermal image fusion and advanced thermal image processing capabilities that provide superior pedestrian and animal detection in challenging lighting conditions. This feature is especially effective at night, which is when more than 79 percent of pedestrian deaths occurred in 2020.

“The Prism AI software model has performed successfully in third-party, NCAP automatic emergency braking (AEB) tests and will now help perception engineers create more effective systems,” said Michael Walters, vice president product management, Teledyne FLIR. “Combining the Prism AI development tools, plugins, and dataset development offers integrators a route to quickly test and decrease development cost for thermal-enabled ADAS or AV that will help save lives.”

Developers can use Prism AI as the primary perception software or as reference software during in-house development. A suite of Prism AI tools provides simplified data integration with the recently released Teledyne FLIR Conservator data lifecycle management software as well as the industry’s largest thermal-and-visible training dataset. Compatible with Teledyne FLIR market-leading thermal cameras including Boson®, Tau® 2, and the FLIR ADK™, Prism AI also includes production-required features including authentication between the thermal camera and the electronic control unit, further simplifying development.

By providing the basis for efficient perception model development, Prism AI can also help lower compute cost for commonly used desktop and embedded processors from NVIDIA, Ambarella, Qualcomm, and more. Paired with the Teledyne FLIR expert technical services team available for integration support, perception engineers from academia to OEMs now have a complete ecosystem to build thermal-enabled ADAS and AV systems.

In the United States, preliminary data from the first half of 2021 from the Governors Highway Safety Association estimated a 17 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities compared to the previous year and a 46 percent jump from 2011. Thermal-enhanced ADAS and AV systems can play a crucial role in driving down the unacceptable number of pedestrian traffic fatalities and will aid automotive OEMs to meet upcoming regulatory testing procedures that include nighttime pedestrian front crash prevention.

@flir @mepaxIntPR #Transport #Automation

Handheld videoscope.

The global market introduction of the TVM Series, a family of accurate, cost-effective, handheld industrial videoscopes has been announced by Titan Tool Supply.

Offered in four standard models, TVM Series industrial videoscopes provide high-quality, speedy remote visual inspection and diagnostic capabilities across a diverse array of applications. All TVM Series models feature a 4.3-inch monitor and user-friendly button technology. Individual models are further offered with a choice of either a 4.5 mm or 6.2 mm diameter cable, and either a 1.5 m or 3 m working cable length. All TVM Series cabling further includes a Tungsten braided sleeving for added durability and reliability within dirty or harsh industrial applications.

The mechanical joystick that is incorporated into each Model TVM Series unit is expressly designed for ease of operator control. It offers full-360° four-way articulation, as well as operator-applied and guided input capabilities, for smooth, accurate, and direct control of both the camera and articulating camera tip during remote visual inspections. The camera can also accurately hold its designated position after joystick pressure is released. Design of the articulating camera tip incorporates a series of high-intensity LEDs with five-step intensity control. The LEDs allow the joystick to guide the videoscope more accurately and easily through narrow bores, channels, curves, and other complex geometries, and including in areas where diminished lighting conditions may otherwise be of concern.

Typical applications for the TVM Series include aviation MRO, automotive service inspections, casting inspections, cavity inspections, diesel and gasoline engine repair, locomotive maintenance, ship maintenance, industrial machinery and equipment monitoring, manufacturing quality control, or virtually any other industrial application requiring accurate, cost-effective remote visual inspection.

@TitanToolSupply #Maintenance #PAuto

Carbon canister performance.

Many Signal Group customers employ the company’s gas analysers to measure the combustion emissions from engines that are under development. However, internal combustion engine vehicles also represent an opportunity for evaporative emissions, so vehicles are fitted with a carbon canister to prevent such releases. MAHLE ANAND Filter Systems, a leading global manufacturer of carbon canisters is using a flame ionisation detector (FID), Signal’s S4 SOLAR analyser, as part of its ongoing research and development programme, to optimise the performance of the carbon canisters which it supplies to global and domestic automotive manufacturers.

Based at the MAHLE ANAND Filter Systems facility in Pune,(IND), test laboratory manager Sagar Awate has been using Signal’s heated FID analyser for over two years for measuring total hydrocarbons (THC). “The S4 SOLAR FID Analyser is an important instrument within our research and development programme,” he explains. “We are constantly trialling new fuels and investigating the emission level (DBL – diurnal breathing loss) of our carbon canisters over a range of different temperatures as per the CARB and EPA procedures which are used worldwide. A temperature profile gradient is created with the use of a programmed environmental chamber.

“By collecting and analysing evaporative emissions from the carbon canister over a specific temperature profile, we are able to fully assess the canister’s bleed emission level. The analyser therefore plays a vital role in finding the THC ppm value from the gas sample collected inside a Kynar bag, and we are pleased to report that S4 SOLAR FID Analyser has performed very well. With a user-friendly interface and operating software that is simple to configure, our staff are very comfortable with the use of the instrument.”

Carbon canisters
The main function of carbon canisters is to reduce the amount of air pollution that vehicles create, whilst also increasing fuel efficiency. Hydrocarbon vapours arise from fuel in the fuel tank, even when the engine is turned off, and carbon canisters are designed to trap that vapour and feed it back into the engine.

Carbon canisters are filled with charcoal or carbon pellets that are able to adsorb hydrocarbon vapours. The canister input (tank port) connects to the fuel tank, while the canister output (purge port) connects to the purge valve in the vehicle's intake manifold. The vent port of the canister is open to the atmosphere.

When a vehicle is turned off, there is a pressure imbalance within the fuel tank which causes fuel to evaporate. As the tank is connected to the canister by means of hoses/pipes, all of the vapours generated inside the fuel tank enter the carbon canister. In line with the canister’s design capacity, it holds the vapours coming from tank whilst the vehicle is in the parked condition. Whenever the engine is started, the purge valve opens and the vapours inside the canister are desorbed into the air passing to the engine, where they are combusted. This process is known as “purging” of the carbon canister. During the purging process, fresh air from the atmosphere enters into the canister through the vent port and flows toward the engine, carrying fuel vapour with it. It takes a few minutes to complete the purging process; after which the ‘fresh’ canister is able to absorb vapour from subsequent cycles. Canisters remain functional while vehicles are running.

Monitoring evaporative hydrocarbons
The carbon canister tests are based on the procedures outlined in the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) LEVIII / TIER 3 Bleed Emission Test Procedure (BETP)) Recommendations.

The USCAR procedure enables equipment manufacturers to produce repeatable and reproducible results. Two methods of hydrocarbon capture are specified in the document; the Bag Method and the SHED (sealed housing evaporative determination) Method; both of which require the use of a FID. Signal Group is able to provide FID analysers for both methods.

FID is a standard reference method for the analysis of gaseous hydrocarbons. The FID is a highly sensitive but non-selective sensor which employs a flame to strip hydrogen atoms from a hydrocarbon molecule, forming carbon radicals and electrons. This is usually a short-lived condition with the charged components quickly recombining, however, in an electrostatic field, components with opposite charges are driven towards electrodes. This creates an effective current within the flame, which is proportional to the number of molecules of hydrocarbon present.

The SOLAR range of FIDs are the latest 4th generation design; benefitting from knowledge and experience gained over 40 years to deliver accuracy, reliability and ease of use. Commenting on the advantages of this latest technology Signal Group Managing Director James Clements says: “Every S4 analyser is supplied with software to enable operation of the analyser remotely using LAN/RS232. This means customers can access their monitoring data from anywhere and at any time, and if they have any service questions, we are able to log in remotely.”

@GasAnalysers @ANANDGroupIndia @_Enviro_News #PAuto #Environment #India

Runtime membership assembly.

UniversalAutomation.Org (UAO), an independent, not-for-profit association managing the implementation of an industrial automation shared runtime, hosted its first annual membership assembly on the 24th of May 2022 in Frankfurt, (D).

The physical and virtual event invited all members of UniversalAutomation.Org to discuss the future implementation of UAO runtime based on the IEC 61499 standard for distributed information and control systems. The meeting provided an opportunity for members to explore the current challenges and future trends facing the industry, including the importance of plug and produce and flexible approaches to Industrial automation.

The board was announced for the year ahead, with ESA, ExxonMobil, Intel, Kongsberg, Wood and Schneider Electric filling the positions.

Beginning with a roundtable discussion and updates on the UAO setup, the day comprised of individual company updates and a discussion on the future of UniversalAutomation.Org.

IEC 61499 defines a generic architecture and presents guidelines for the use of function blocks in distributed industrial-process measurement and control systems (IPMCSs). This architecture is presented in terms of implementable reference models, textual syntax and graphical representations

“We were delighted to hold our first annual membership assembly with our UniversalAutomation.Org members. This year we’ve made great strides in enabling vendors, end-users, OEMs, and academics to share a common automation runtime engine across their automation technology,” said John Conway, President of UniversalAutomation.Org. “We’re excited to see what this next year holds for all our members and the future of technological collaboration.”

“It was great to be able to discuss the future of UniversalAutomation.Org with all its members,” said Sølve Raaen, Principal Architect at Kongsberg Maritime & Board Director at UniversalAutomation.Org. “This type of collaboration is what we need to continue making strides in advancing industrial automation and creating a market of “plug and produce” automation solutions to benefit our customers.”

UniversalAutomation.Org enables vendors, end-users, OEMs, and academics to share a common automation runtime engine across their automation technology regardless of brand. The technological collaboration creates an entirely new category of industrial automation device where the decoupling of software from hardware drives the development of an ecosystem of portable, interoperable, “plug and produce” software components.

@Join_UAO @teamlewisglobal #PAuto #Industrie4

Thursday, 23 June 2022

Safety for first responders.

The Gas Laser has been introduced by Teledyne GMI. This has highly advanced laser technology designed to detect natural gas with the aim of enhancing safety and improving detection for fire services, and first responders.

Frequently fire personnel and first responders are called to natural gas emergencies using equipment that puts them close to potentially dangerous structures. The Gas Laser supports remote detection allowing the operator to work at a safer distance from the hazard location.

When access to a property cannot be established, the Gas Laser can operate through glass, giving the user an audible and visual indication to the presence of methane. This quick scan permits fire personnel and first responders to make rapid decisions and establish control of the gas and ignition sources should a gas escape be detected.

@mepaxIntPR #Teledyne #PAuto #Safety

Towards industrial webcam.

Unlike webcams from the consumer sector, the IDS uEye XC is specially designed for industrial requirements. Its components score with long availability – a must for industrial applications. It is used, for example, in kiosk systems, logistics, in the medical sector and in robotics applications.

Thanks to the integrated autofocus module, the Vision standard-compliant USB3 camera can easily manage changing object distances. In terms of appearance, it is distinguished by its elegant and lightweight magnesium housing. With dimensions of only 32 x 61 x 19 mm (W x H x D) and screwable USB Micro B connection, the camera can be easily integrated into image processing systems. Its 13 MP onsemi sensor delivers 20 fps at full resolution and ensures high image quality even in changing light conditions thanks to BSI ("Back Side Illumination") pixel technology.

Useful functions such as 24x digital zoom, auto white balance and colour correction ensure that all details can be captured perfectly. With the IDS peak software development kit, users can configure the camera specifically for their application if required.

From process and quality assurance to kiosk systems, logistics automation and medical technology: the autofocus camera can be used in a variety of ways in both industrial and non-industrial areas. With the quick-change macro attachment lens, users can easily shorten the minimum object distance of the camera. This makes it also suitable for close-up applications, such as diagnostics.

@IDS_Imaging @mepaxIntPR #PAuto 

Hydrometric services for coal.

Meteor Communications has been awarded a framework contract by the Coal Authority to supply a range of hydrometric services, dataloggers and sensors to enable the continuous monitoring of mine water.

They successfully bid for Lot 3 of the Hydrometry Framework, which is comprised of 7 lots and will run for four years with an estimated total budget of £400,000 (€466k).

“Meteor are delighted to have been selected by the Coal Authority for this framework contract,” explains Meteor’s MD Matt Dibbs. “Our systems and services are utilised across the UK by the Environment Agency, Water Utilities and Consultants and it’s great to be able to bring our expertise to the Coal Authority.”

The Coal Authority seeks to enhance the future prospects for people and the environment in mining areas, and to contribute to the delivery of the British Government’s industrial strategy and the environmental, social and economic priorities of the British, Scottish and Welsh Governments. This includes managing the effects of past coal mining and dealing with mine water pollution and other mining legacy issues.

@MeteorComms @CoalAuthority @_Enviro_News #PAuto #Environment 

Best in three years running.

Anglia Components has been named Regional Distributor of the Year for the third year running by Panasonic Industry Europe, once again achieving an exceptional sales performance compared to the rest of the network in a challenging market. The award was presented during the recent Panasonic Distribution Conference in Napoli (I).

Ian Needham, Section Head of Sales Distribution at Panasonic, congratulated the team on winning the award despite tough competition. He commented, “I’d like to extend a big thank you to the whole team, for their support and ongoing opportunities they bring. This success belongs to everyone, from the warehouse operatives who continually offer our end customers first class logistics, through the order entry team, to the FAE and sales teams who have simply delivered throughout the year. Anglia’s continuing willingness to invest in inventory, whilst others waited to see how the market performed gave them a competitive advantage on which the team’s collective hard work was built.”

John Bowman, Marketing Director at Anglia responded, “We are proud to be a distribution partner for Panasonic Industry Europe, one of the best-known names in our industry, and particularly proud to be setting the performance bar for their outstanding distribution network. As an independent distributor, Anglia can continue investing in people, systems and inventory even in difficult markets. It is this that is driving our success.”

Panasonic is highly regarded for its innovation and is continually introducing new technologies such as its new Panasonic WICO wireless connectivity solution. Anglia has been a Panasonic Industry distributor since 2000 and promotes Panasonic’s full portfolio of capacitors, resistors, inductors, switches, thermal materials, circuit protection, sensors, batteries and wireless connectivity devices. Anglia holds inventory on a wide selection of the top selling products and provides application design support for the most popular product ranges. All stocked Panasonic products are available for same day despatch from Anglia's British distribution centre with competitive pricing and free delivery.

@angliaLive @PanasonicUK @NeeshamPR #PAuto #Components

Position filled at position technology company!

Septentrio has appointed of Peter Fairhurst as new Vice-President of Sales. In this role Peter will lead the sales and application support teams at Septentrio globally. Peter succeeds Neil Vancans, who is retiring at the end of June, and who has led Septentrio sales for the last 5 years.

Peter Fairhurst
Peter joins Septentrio with 15 years of experience in the GNSS* industry. He most recently was head of Product Strategy at ublox. Prior to that, he worked many years at Leica Geosystems.

“Peter is an experienced business leader with a proven track record of creating value for customers and fits perfectly in our vision to help our customers be successful in their markets”, said Antoon De Proft, CEO of Septentrio. ”Peter will play a crucial role in implementing our growth strategy and empowering our sales teams to solve our customers’ mission critical positioning challenges.”

Peter Fairhurst himself said: “I am thrilled to join Septentrio and to bring their world-class GNSS solutions to industrial customers around the globe. Septentrio has unique capabilities and products and is an ideal partner for industrial OEM’s for whom reliable and accurate positioning is crucial for their success.”

* GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) including the American GPS, European Galileo, Russian GLONASS, Chinese BeiDou, Japan’s QZSS and India’s NavIC. These satellite constellations broadcast positioning information to receivers which use it to calculate their absolute position.

@Septentrio #Communications #Position

LIMS in metallurgical testing.

Autoscribe Informatics has released a new case study focusing on how Matrix Gemini LIMS transformed AMS Testing and provided a solid quality framework for its metallurgical testing. Using the new LIMS avoids the need to manually collate and create final reports, enables the creation of quotes and invoices directly from the LIMS, and automatically generates management reports as required.

“Clients like AMS Testing are a pleasure to work with because they come to us with very specific user requirements, and a clear vision of what they want”,
said Tim Daniels, Marketing Manager at Autoscribe Informatics. “This allowed us to configure Matrix Gemini to their needs and go live within six months of starting the project. The resulting efficiency gains have been clearly demonstrated, allowing AMS to plan to further expand the scope of the LIMS.”

AMS Testing is a specialist metallurgical ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratory based in the Britain. Testing services include metallurgical, corrosion, mechanical, and chemical tests on metals and alloys. The laboratory now benefits from a simple to use laboratory information management system that has allowed them to adopt more efficient working practices. The resulting increase in efficiency has allowed AMS to grow rapidly, providing big returns for the business.

The company decided on Matrix Gemini LIMS from Autoscribe Informatics after assessing three different Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) vendors. “Choosing a LIMS was a learning process for us,” explained the Operations Manager at AMS Testing. “We really appreciated the open and helpful feedback we got from Autoscribe during that journey”. The Autoscribe solution was not chosen on cost, but because AMS Testing felt they could work with the LIMS vendor to implement the system they needed, and because the configurable nature of Matrix Gemini LIMS could meet their specific requirements.

A wide range of metals and alloys are analyzed, on behalf of clients, for quality control and failure analysis. Examples include weld testing where both the quality of the welding performed by individual welders and the quality of the welding operational procedures themselves are verified and approved. Processes on materials can be evaluated to ensure the procedures worked correctly. Both raw materials and final products, such as industrial valves, are assessed for a broad range of industries. Failure investigation and analysis services help provide the root cause of failures, preventing similar incidents occurring, and improving the quality of client products. AMS has successfully developed a unique position within the laboratory testing scene providing immediate friendly, personal, and professional advice from extensive experience of metallurgical testing.

@AutoscribeLtd  @AdvMedServ #TandM #LIms 

e-Bike sensors!

With the increasing popularity and growing trend of e-bikes, bicycle system suppliers have set goals to optimize power and performance of their drive systems. In order to support the driver in the best possible way, sensors are needed to deliver the required data and therefore adapt the engine's power support. An essential component is the ZF e-bike sensor for measuring the current speed, which is based on Hall technology with significant advantages over conventional reed switches.
Especially for high-quality e-bikes, all components need to be functional, from the drive to the battery and cabling. This is also the case with the ZF e-bike sensor. Speed sensors of the GS series have been specially developed for use in Pedelecs and S-Pedelecs. The extremely compact design meets the necessary requirements for the use in e-bikes. 

The sensors are based on the principle of Hall-effect and therefore they are non-contact and durable. In combination with ferromagnetic target wheels, a high-resolution speed measurement with over 50 pulses per revolution can be implemented without any problems. In practice, this leads to a finer and quicker response from the e-bike drive - especially at lower speeds (e.g. when starting up a hill). The differential measurement of the magnetic flux also increases the robustness of the sensor against vibrations. In addition, there is no need for an external magnet, which is used with conventional reed switches. These are frail against even slight shifts on the spoke, which leads to functional failures and shut down of the drive unit.

The GS82-AA02 sensor is compact at 21.75mm length, 9.35mm diameter. As an interface to the drive system, the Higo connector has a cross-section of only 0.14mm² and due to its small size is prevalent in the e-bike industry. Depending on the customer's requirements the contact via connector, as well as the cable length, can be preselected individually. The sensor requires a constant voltage supply of 6.5 - 20 VDC and measures frequencies between 1 and 2,500 Hz. They are designed for a temperature range from -25 ° C to + 85°C to fulfill the declaration of conformity in the e-bike industry. This sensor was originally developed for ABS applications. In addition to e-bikes, other target markets include e-scooters and various sports equipment for this small and efficient sensor.

@zfswitch_sensor #Transport 

New range provides diverse display compatibility.

A new family of TFT display modules have been introduced by Review Display Systems (RDS). Display manufacturer Chefree has designed and developed the Family Model Series of compatible TFT displays that all feature a common, universal 30-pin data interface.
The Family Model Series includes display modules with traditional 4:3 and 16:9 wide aspect ratios, and a range of sizes and resolutions including: 
5.0-inch WVGA (800 x 480 pixels), 7.0-inch WVGA (800 x 480 pixels), WXGA (1280 x 800 pixels), 8.0-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 8.4-inch SVGA (800 x 600 pixels), 10.1-inch WXGA (1280 x 800 pixels), WUXGA (1920 x 1200 pixels) and 10.4-inch XGA (1024 x 768 pixels), 12.1-inch WXGA (1280 x 800 pixels) & 15.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)

The Family Model Series product range implements a universal 30-pin connector which supports a 24-bit LVDS interface, enabling a colour palette of up to 16.7 million colours, a 3.3v power circuit, a 12v LED backlight driver providing backlight dimming, and an EETI touch controller offering support for USB or I²C interface for projected capacitive touchscreens.

The display modules also provide excellent optical performance with the implementation of IPS (in-plane switching) LCD technology which enables highly consistent colour and image reproduction, and wide viewing angles. High brightness options are available with brightness specifications ranging from 350cd/m² up to 1000cd/m². Operation in extreme environments is supported with a wide operating temperature range of -30°C to +85°C.

Justin Coleman, display business manager, RDS said, “One of the significant benefits of the new Family Model Series is the wide range of display sizes and resolutions available which enables the ability to easily migrate between different display formats and yet still retain the same drive electronics and display interconnect. The Chefree range of TFT display modules provides a simple, reliable, and cost-effective solution that can be used across a wide range of products and systems.”

@ReviewDisplays @ReVis_Solutions #Pauto 

Test offering strengthened by agreement.

Seica has entered an exclusive sales, support, and distribution agreement with Focused Test, Inc. (FTI) of Boulder, (CO USA).

This partnership offers new and existing customers in North America the strengths of two diverse, uniquely positioned companies. Mr. David Sigillo, Vice President of Seica. says, “We are excited to offer not only Seica OEM branded test solutions, but also FTI’s test solutions for Gallium Nitride and Silicon Carbide power devices and MEMS Sensor and handling with factory automation.

"Seica welcomes the opportunity to combine its 22 years of experience with that of FTI, to expand both companies’ marketplace in North America.” Mr. Peter Hancock, President of Focused Test says, “…we are happy to be working with Seica who has a large North American operation and as an OEM are able to support our products from applications to service and field installations.”

#seica #TandM  #NorthAmerica

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Rating is testament to company's sustainability work.

Vaisala has received an ESG Risk Rating of 9.7 and was assessed by Sustainalytics* to be at negligible risk of experiencing material financial impacts from ESG factors.

This means that, when it comes to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risk factors, Vaisala is a very low-risk investment thanks to its strong ESG risk management. Vaisala’s ESG Risk Rating places it in the 2nd percentile in the electronics equipment industry assessed by Sustainalytics. More information about the analysis and Vaisala’s rating can be found on Sustainalytics website. In addition to Sustainalytics, Vaisala’s sustainability work also received the Carnegie Sustainability Award 2022 in May 2022.

Marjo Hietapuro
“We have been continuously improving our sustainable business practices, and I am happy to see all the work we have done reflected in Sustainalytics’ ESG evaluation. Nonetheless, while ESG risk management is important, it is also crucial that businesses align their strategies with our planet’s challenges. Vaisala’s greatest sustainability impact stems from the use of our products, as our customers can study, mitigate, and adapt to climate change, for instance,” comments Marjo Hietapuro, Sustainability Manager at Vaisala.

Sustainalytics’ ESG Risk Ratings measure a company’s exposure to industry-specific material ESG risks and how well a company is managing those risks. This multi-dimensional way of measuring ESG risk combines the concepts of management and exposure to arrive at an assessment of ESG risk, i.e., a total unmanaged ESG risk score or the ESG Risk Rating, that is comparable across all industries. Sustainalytics’ ESG Risk Ratings provide a quantitative measure of unmanaged ESG risk and distinguish between five levels of risk: negligible, low, medium, high, and severe.

In the rating, Vaisala receives great scores in all categories ranging from carbon footprint and supply chain management to employee matters. However, sustainability is all about continuous improvement.

“The ESG rating by Sustainalytics is a testament to the sustainability work we do in Vaisala every day. We also want to continue developing, and most recently, we committed to setting a science-based target and have put more focus on diversity and an inclusive work culture,” Hietapuro summarizes.

* What is Sustainalytics?
Sustainalytics, a Morningstar company, is a leading independent ESG research, ratings and data firm that supports investors around the world with the development and implementation of responsible investment strategies. Sustainalytics works with hundreds of the world’s leading asset managers and pension funds who incorporate ESG and corporate governance information and assessments into their investment processes. The firm also works with hundreds of companies and their financial intermediaries to help them consider sustainability in policies, practices, and capital projects.

@VaisalaGroup @Sustainalytics @_Enviro_News #PAuto #Environment

Automation for biorefinery.

Fintoil, together with Neste Engineering Solutions, has selected Emerson’s automation software and technologies to maximize the operational performance of its biorefinery being constructed in the port of Hamina-Kotka, (FIN). The plant is to be the third-largest crude tall oil (CTO) biorefinery in the world and produce advanced biofuel and biochemical feedstocks that help lower emissions and reduce reliance on fossil-based fuels.

The plant will refine CTO, a by-product of the wood pulping process, to produce a sustainable feedstock for renewable second-generation diesel, as well as rosin, sterol pitch and turpentine used in the chemicals, foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals industries. These CTO derivatives have a carbon footprint up to 90% smaller than their fossil-based equivalents.

“This state-of-the-art facility, which utilizes Neste Engineering Solutions’ NEXPINUS™ technology, uses 40% less energy than a conventional tall oil refinery, and is the perfect example of efficient and sustainable production that supports the circular economy,” explained Fintoil CEO, Jukka Ravaska. “Working with Neste Engineering Solutions and Emerson to implement the latest digital automation technologies will enable us to operate the plant safely and efficiently, minimize operating costs and deliver large-scale production of biofuel and biochemicals as a viable alternative to fossil-based products.”

To reduce project risk and ensure schedule and budget are maintained, Emerson will apply its Project Certainty methodology, which digitalizes project execution and uses practices such as remote testing of equipment. And to enhance plant security performance, Emerson consultancy services will advise on the implementation of cybersecurity best practices.

“Emerson expertise and technologies are playing a significant role in helping companies achieve their ambitious decarbonization and environmental sustainability goals, including the accelerated transition to cleaner fuels,” said Mark Bulanda, executive president of Emerson’s Automation Solutions business. “Our project expertise and latest advanced digital solutions are not only helping Fintoil develop the production capacity of a sustainable fuel, but also optimizing plant efficiency to lower its overall environmental impact. We are very pleased to have Neste Engineering Solutions as a partner in this project because of its extensive experience in the CTO business.”

In addition to providing NEXPINUS, engineering procurement and construction management for the project, Neste Engineering Solutions will also be responsible for delivering the entire application software for the new CTO biorefinery.

Fintoil, together with Neste Engineering Solutions, will implement Emerson’s DeltaV™ distributed control system, DeltaV safety instrumented system and DeltaV Live operator interface software to enable efficient production, greater visibility of operational performance and process, and emergency shutdown for improved plant and worker safety. Advanced measurement technologies that have minimal maintenance requirements and diagnostics made available through Emerson’s asset management software will enhance equipment reliability and performance, contributing to greater plant availability and throughput, and lower cost of ownership.

Construction of the facility is expected to be completed in 2022. The expected annual capacity of 200,000 tons will create a 400,000-ton reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, which is roughly 1% of Finland’s total emissions.

@EMR_Automation @EmersonExchange @NesteGlobal #PAuto #Finland

Monday, 20 June 2022

Pioneering medical application for industrial imager.

A pioneering application of the Fluke™ ii900 Industrial Acoustic Imager has enabled a world leader in patient care to improve safety levels across multiple hospital sites while also being able to meet its own demanding sustainability targets.

The Mediclinic Group, an international hospital group with operations in South Africa, Namibia, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates, is focused on continually improving patient outcomes. It is also committed to maximising safety levels in all its hospitals while improving sustainability to ensure a positive impact on the environment.

When a specialist thermography consultancy, KN Thermography, was called in to inspect the thermal efficiency of a South African Mediclinic hospital, it was using the Fluke ii900 Industrial Acoustic Imager. Discussions between the thermography company and Mediclinic Southern Africa’s Sustainability Manager Petrus Swanepoel quickly identified the possibility of using the equipment to detect leaks of medical gases within the hospital.

Reducing waste
Mediclinic was aware that by fixing leaks in the distribution of oxygen and nitrous oxide across all their hospitals it could not only make significant improvements to patient safety but could also substantially reduce its carbon footprint and boost its sustainability levels by reducing the use of natural resources.

Nitrous oxide (N2O) and medical oxygen (O2) are used extensively in hospitals. High levels of energy are used to separate air and produce medical gasses. Preventing leaks in hospitals has positive implications for the environment but a significant leak of either gas in a hospital can represent a serious health hazard.

The ii900 Industrial Acoustic Imager has been used to carry out rapid visual inspections on all pipes that send nitrous oxide from hospital basements to operating theatres and deliver oxygen to patient beds. This has enabled all leaks to be dealt with, reducing wastage percentages, and boosting Mediclinic hospitals’ levels of patient safety.

Improving sustainable operations
Committed to the efficient use of natural resources to improve patient care within Mediclinic, Petrus Swanepoel, said: “There is a pressing need for companies around the world to act more sustainably and the Fluke ii900 Industrial Acoustic Imager enabled us to do this by minimising the leakage of any medical gases and our increased use of oxygen during to the pandemic, with its associated costs, focused our attention on the benefits of identifying leaks. We are delighted that the equipment has been able to make such a big difference to patient safety and to minimising wastage.”

Francesco Pagin of Fluke added: “The ii900 Industrial Acoustic Imager has become highly popular as a tool for detecting leaks in compressed air systems, so this innovative application at the Mediclinic hospitals for identifying medical gas leakage is a really interesting new area of use. It opens up opportunities for maintenance and sustainability teams across a range of other sectors to boost efficiencies and sustainability levels by incorporating this powerful yet easy to use tool into their inspection and testing regimes.”

With its seven-inch LCD touchscreen and battery life of at least six hours, the Fluke ii900 Industrial Acoustic Imager is designed for use in range of challenging environments where testing can be carried out from a safe distance. Using a SoundMap™ on a visual image for rapid identification of discharge or leaks between frequencies of 2-100 kHZ, the ii900 makes video recordings of up to five minutes.

@FlukeCorp @Mediclinic #Medical #PAuto #SouthAfrica

Mass flow range extended.

Sensirion mass flow controllers have been available to customers quickly and easily for evaluation and initial testing from their catalogue. The company is now expanding its product range with two additional mass flow controllers from the successful SFC5500 series and four new mass flow meters in the SFM5500 series. The new mass flow controllers and meters are ideally suited for analytical, medical and industrial applications.

The high-performance mass flow controllers and meters are calibrated for multiple gases and come with push-in fittings, which can be easily swapped out by the user from the list of compatible parts. Thanks to the ultra-wide range, each device can cover several of the flow ranges found in conventional devices. The versatile SFC5500 mass flow controller is now available in ranges from 50 sccm to 200 slm. In addition, a new mass flow meter series – the SFM5500 – is being launched; it is a valveless sibling of the SFC5500, featuring the same excellent performance. These pressure-resistant mass flow meters are now available in the following four flow ranges: 50 sccm, 0.5 slm, 2 slm and 10 slm.

The SFC5500/SFM5500 series represent the culmination of Sensirion’s excellent 20-year track record in precision control of the flow of gas. The sensor is based on the microthermal measurement principle and makes use of Sensirion’s proven CMOSens® MEMS Technology. This allows us to build radical mass flow controllers and meters with best-in-class performance and excellent reliability, which do not drift and do not require in-service re-calibration – unlike most other devices on the market.

Thanks to the exceptionally high control range enabled by the CMOSens® MEMS flow sensor, the SFC5500/SFM5500 series can cover several of the flow ranges of a traditional mass flow controller/meter in a single device. Coupled with multi-gas calibration and exchangeable fittings, the SFC5500/SFM5500 mass flow controllers/meters are the first on the market to be available as standard, off-the-shelf products suitable for applications in medical, analytical and industrial sectors. Thanks to this versatility, they are also the first mass flow controllers available via catalog distribution.

The SFC5500/SFM5500 series is suited to a broad range of applications where the highest accuracy and speed and the widest dynamic range are needed: gas mixing in medical and analytical instruments, flow control in bioreactor and semiconductor applications and process control in industrial automation, research and development and prototyping.

@sensirion #PAuto 

Friday, 17 June 2022

Service technician.

Developer and manufacturer of technologies seeks technician to help detect floods, make solar power more efficient, protect the environment, and ultimately save lives.

Following growth in the OTT HydroMet business in Britain, they are seeking a new service technician to add to their team there.

OTT HydroMet’s Service Technicians are the custodians of the company’s long-standing customer relationships. The successful applicant will be responsible for supporting the Senior Field Service Technicians, both in the field and the workshop. This role has direct customer contact as well as high visibility and exposure to all departments in the organisation. The medium to long-term goal for this role will be to reach a comfort level to work independently in the field.

This position will be based at OTT’s Sheffield (GB) facility, with 70% - 80% travel to customer sites. Most travel will be local day trips, but some may require an overnight stay.

Applicants must have completed studies or technician training, preferably in the field of electrical engineering, information and communication technology, or hydrometry/ meteorology.

A competitive salary is available, along with the benefits of working for Danaher - a global organisation with over 80,000 employees.

@OTTHydromet @_Enviro_News #Environment #Safety  #Britain

Improving wire connections.

A complete product line of S3TL series ferrules, wire strippers, crimpers, and screwdrivers has been released by the IDEC Corporation. Properly installed ferrules provide dependable wire terminations to both screw and push-in terminals, but installers and technicians need suitably rated parts and associated tools for making these connections, which are provided by this new line of products.

A ferrule is a metal tube crimped over the end of a stripped stranded wire to secure the strands together, preventing stray strands, increasing conductivity, and decreasing resistivity. Ferrules provide improved mechanical and electrical connections as opposed to using just bare wire. Ferrule use is identified by UL 508A section 29.3 “wiring methods”.

The IDEC S3TL ferrule product line includes various sizes accommodating wire gauges from AWG 26 to AWG 8, each with one or two wires, depending on part number. Each ferrule incorporates an electrically insulated cover, which is color-coded using the German Weidmüller standard, for easy recognition by installers. The ferrules are UL 486F certified when used together with S3TL series crimping tools.

For optimal and efficient installation, the company offers two wire strippers (6-10AWG and 10-28AWG ranges), three crimping tools (6-10AWG, 10-24AWG, and 12-30AWG ranges), and three insulated screwdrivers (60mm, 75mm, and 100MM shaft lengths).

The strippers and crimpers are ergonomically designed for comfortable function with minimal required force. Crimping tools include a ratchet function that does not release until the connection is fully completed, ensuring work quality by eliminating errors and avoiding crimp faults. Screwdrivers are IEC60900:2004 and VDE certified with insulation of up to 1000V AC and 1500V DC, providing safe user protection against electrical shock.

IDEC offers a wide variety of other control panel components using push-in terminals, such as buttons/lights, relay sockets, safety relay modules, power supplies, RFID readers, and PLCs. The S3TL series ferrules and tools are an ideal way for installers and technicians to electrically connect these and other devices.

IDEC provides a wide range of quality connectivity products, so users can select what best meets their requirements for standards, features, and pricing. As with all its products, IDEC offers free tech support for its S3TL ferrule products. 


IIoT suitable now, but in the future?

Future-proof IIoT networks require unified infrastructures, support for remote access applications, and powerful management tools

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

Since the early days of industrial automation, manufacturers have adopted a variety of purpose-built protocols and systems, instead of standard Ethernet technologies, for highly specialized industrial control applications. However, as the IIoT market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 24% by 2023, industrial networks of the future will in all likelihood be required to transmit large amounts of data between interconnected devices or collect data from remote devices. With these growing demands on the horizon, how well-prepared you are for the future of industrial networking may determine your success in tackling new challenges. This section provides three considerations to help you prepare your IIoT-ready industrial networks for the future.

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

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

Access Anywhere to Your Remote Machines With Hassle-free Cloud Services

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

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

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

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

As a pioneering expert in industrial networking, Moxa provides a number of innovative technologies and solutions, such as secure cloud-based remote access and a network management tool, that will help accelerate network readiness for future IIoT applications.  Download their E-book.

@MoxaInc @OConnell_PR #PAuto #IIoT

Thursday, 16 June 2022

Underwater pressure transmitter.

A new pressure transmitter specifically aimed at gas and liquid pressure measurement tasks in submerged instruments and equipment used in marine and offshore applications has been launched by Positek. With its protection rating of IP68 sealed to 10bar/IP69K, the new S401 series brings together their extensive application experience in challenging environment sensor technologies with a robust and durable 35 mm diameter, 316 stainless-steel housed construction and a high accuracy piezo resistive sensing element coupled with the latest ASIC circuitry.

The new pressure transmitter is available with gauge pressure measurement ranges set to customer requirements from 0.6 to 2000 bar and with a wide choice of high level ratiometric voltage, current outputs – some with a low power consumption option for use with battery powered wireless transmitting systems.

The S401 series has a specified range accuracy of less than 0.5% and a stated non-linearity of less than 0.15% of range. Repeatability and stability/year both at less than 0.10% of the measurement range. The transmitter is designed for use in temperatures from -40 to +125°C (compensated range -20 to +85°C) with temperature coefficients at less or equal to 0.15% for both offset and range. These specifications combine with a fast response time and generous burst and overpressure ratings plus exceptional shock and vibration characteristics to ensure precise and stable pressure measurement over a wide working range with an estimated life of more than 10 million pressure cycles. Installation flexibility is aided by a choice of 1/4" NPT or G1/4" threads for the wetted components and electrical interfacing is via a moulded cable to customer’s length requirement with connector/mating connector option.

The new pressure transmitter accompanies Positek’s wide range of linear, rotary and tilt position sensors, and other sensor technologies which are extensively used across oil & gas, motorsports, mining, marine, agriculture, construction, transportation, and many other demanding industries. The ISO9001:2015 designer and manufacturer has ATEX, IECEx and CSA certification across many product lines.

@positekltd @Variohm @mepaxIntPR #PAuto #Marine

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Industrial lighting.

Their range of LED products for sophisticated industrial lighting solutions has been extended by Ledvance. The range of sensor luminaires, flex luminaires and compacts are designed with high IP ratings, easy installation fittings and long lifetimes for demanding applications where the quality of light is crucial not only for good production results but also for health and safety. They are suitable for damp environments and high ceilings of up to 12 metres, in areas including warehouses, supermarkets, logistics halls and underpasses.

The upgraded damp proof sensor luminaire allows for swift installation with simple 5-way wiring to establish a network of intelligent luminaires, based on the leader-follower or leader-leader principle. Toggle switches provide quick configuration of sensor detection areas, hold times and daylight threshold. The luminaire has an impressive efficiency of 139 lm/W and its IP65 protection makes it suitable for a range of environments including underpasses, garages and car parks.

The Low Bay Flex luminaire is designed to evenly illuminate areas with ceiling heights of between four and ten metres. It offers three different beam angles at 160 lm/W and provides easy installation with four mounting options, end caps and connections that are accessible without tools. The luminaire has a cost-effective lifetime of up to 100,000 hours and is equipped for complete through-wiring in both ON/OFF and DALI operation. Standard applications for the Low Bay Flex include storage facilities, discounters and supermarkets.

The High Bay Gen 4 Sensor luminaire significantly reduces operating costs in high-ceiling spaces of up to 12 metres thanks to increased luminaire efficiency and a configurable sensor. Such spaces may include airports, warehouses and logistics halls. The integrated corridor function provides increased light on demand without the need for any additional devices. To simplify system programming, an optional remote control permits further customisation of lighting levels and timings, extending these settings to all other luminaires installed in just one click.

The High Bay Compact luminaire has a modern, exclusive design of black aluminium housing and tempered glass cover, permitting operating temperatures of -20°C to 45°C. The high bay compact luminaire gives energy savings of up to 60% compared to conventional high bay luminaires and is a suitable replacement for existing high bay luminaires with mercury vapor or metal halide lamps. Potential applications include warehouses, logistics halls and other industrial spaces with high ceilings like lobbies and shopping malls.

These lighting solutions come in environmentally friendly cardboard packaging with all relevant product information immediately visible on the outside of the box.

@LEDVANCEUK @Ledvance @NeeshamPR #Lighting #PAuto 

Shorter deliveries for temp & humidity sensors.

Sensirion is shortening the delivery time of its humidity and temperature sensors to 14 weeks. The resulting increased sensor availability ensures stable supply chains and provides customers with additional flexibility.

Sensirion is shortening the delivery times for humidity and temperature sensors to 14 weeks thanks to intensive collaboration with its suppliers and expanded production capacity. This boost to the security of the supply chain and Swiss-based production enable the sensor manufacturer to meet even short-term fluctuations in customer demand. 

“By optimizing our supply chain and increasing our production capacities, we are able to offer the shortest lead times for semiconductor sensors worldwide. With our market-leading humidity and temperature sensors, we are improving the delivery situation for our customers,” says Maximilian Eichberger, Director Product Management Humidity and Temperature Sensors at Sensirion.

The SHT4x and STS4x humidity and temperature sensors are based on Sensirion’s patented CMOSens® Technology and are suitable for standard SMD assembly processes. The sensors also offer maximum reliability, as demonstrated by extensive accelerated service life tests. They feature a complete sensor system on a single chip with a fully calibrated digital I2C interface and are available in different accuracy versions.

@sensirion #PAuto

Unmanaged Ethernet switches

Unmanaged switches are increasingly being deployed across networks to connect the edge devices that make up the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Inexpensive and simple to install, unmanaged switches enable Ethernet devices, such as surveillance cameras or sensors, to communicate with each other so IIoT networks can reliably stream data for improved decision making.

At first glance, unmanaged switches may appear similar. Yet a plant or factory floor is physically very different than an office environment. Unhardened switches cannot withstand extreme temperatures, humidity, vibrations, dust, chemical substances, and EMI. Antaira unmanaged switches, however, are specially engineered to be resistant to unforgiving industrial environments.

Antaira's latest unmanaged switch models are the LNP-0800G and LNP-0800G-24 series. Housed in rigid, IP30-rated DIN-rail metal cases, these fanless switches deliver long-term reliability in harsh industrial settings, including extreme applications where temperatures range from -10°C to 65°C (LNP-0800G) or -40°C to 75°C (LNP-0800G-24). Both support eight Gigabit Ethernet connections with the added benefit of 30W per port PoE+ (802.3af/at) power for remote devices, eliminating the expense of electrical wiring. Both also support 9.6Kbytes Jumbo Frame to improve network performance by making data transmissions more efficient. Store-and-forward transmission ensures minimal collisions and frame errors, while high EFT and ESD protection prevents interference in automation, ITS, solar or other high electromagnetic environments.

The key difference between LNP-0800G and LNP-0800G-24 switches is that the LNP-0800G-24 supports dual 9-55VDC power inputs for power redundancy, while the LNP-0800G has a range of 48-55VDC for basic power requirements. As a result, the LNP-0800G-24 helps users gain greater flexibility in automation systems.

@AntairaTech @OConnellPR #PAuto #IIoT

Net zero goals announced.

Advanced industrial software and technologies are helping make the world healthier, safer, smarter and more sustainable.

The sustainability strategy of Emerson, to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions by 2045, has just been published. The company has detailed its goal to reach net zero and its environmental, social and governance progress in its 2021 ESG report.

“We help enable the low-carbon transition of some of the largest companies and most critical industries around the world,” said Lal Karsanbhai, Emerson’s president and chief executive officer. “Our net zero goal is a vital step forward as we evolve our business and contribute to a more sustainable world.”

Emerson has aligned its sustainability approach to the Net-Zero Standard set by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi), the leading organisation driving science-based target adoption. By 2030, Emerson plans to reach net zero across its own operations for Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions and drive a 25% reduction in its Scope 3 value chain emissions compared to a 2021 baseline. These 2030 near-term targets have been approved by SBTi as consistent with the 1.5°C trajectory required to meet the goals of the Paris agreement. Emerson has also committed to validate its long-term 2045 net zero target, in line with the SBTi’s Net-Zero Standard.

“In addition to the depth of our own sustainability roadmap, Emerson’s products, software and services help enable our customers, suppliers and partners to achieve their sustainability objectives,” said Mike Train, Emerson’s senior vice president and chief sustainability officer. “In the face of climate change, we believe driving at-scale adoption of energy transition solutions can make a net zero future a reality.”

Emerson’s 2021 ESG report also highlights social and governance progress. Emerson hired its first chief people officer, continued to expand the use of ESG metrics in its compensation programmes, and advanced its diversity, equity and inclusion goals and employee programmes.

“The support and energy from the board of directors and the management team is setting the tone for the future direction and culture of Emerson,” said Elizabeth Adefioye, Emerson’s senior vice president and chief people officer. “I am excited by our ESG goals and the progress we are making on so many fronts.”

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

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Trend-setting cooperation in the field of automated welding technology.

SmartRay has entered a global partnership with the international expert and technology developer for welding technology Abicor Binzel.
Abicor Binzel, CTO Prof. Dr.-Ing. Emil Schubert, Bernd Lorösch, Business Unit Manager for JOSY - weld seam inspection at SmartRay and Dr. Andreas Kahn, Director Global Laser and Sensor Business at Abicor Binzel
This cooperation creates synergies for smart automation in welding technology, for example, for the automotive industry and other manufacturing sectors. In January 2020, SmartRay agreed to cooperate with Abicor Binzel in individual countries, particularly in the USA, Canada, Mexico and China. Now the partnership has been confirmed, sealing the cooperation globally.

The demands on functionality, safety and the quality of welded components are increasing worldwide. The decisive factor for long-term safety is the weld seam and combining welding technology directly with weld seam inspection was the next logical step. Abicor Binzel has been setting the industrial standard in arc welding technology and process expertise in both MIG/MAG and laser welding technology, as well as other welding processes, since 1945. Throughout this time, the experts at Abicor Binzel have developed expertise for complex manufacturing processes, such as battery trays for electromobility, where different welding processes are used on the same component.

SmartRay's highly efficient 3D inline inspection system JOSY delivers the highest precision in laser-based weld inspection for this purpose. Numerous leading companies from the automotive industry rely on Abicor Binzel for welding technology and on JOSY for the inspection of weld seams. The cooperation is intended to make the combination of the systems even more efficient and to link them in a future-oriented way. All 38 worldwide service and sales companies of Abicor Binzel, with a team of highly qualified experts, help through their proximity to the customer using existing experience with laser triangulation sensor technology.

Bernd Lorösch, Business Unit Manager for JOSY - weld seam inspection at SmartRay - said: "We are proud to implement these projects with Abicor Binzel. Through this partnership we gain valuable professionals in the field of welding technology who contribute important insights. Furthermore, by networking with Abicor Binzel, we can act better and more efficiently for our customers worldwide."

CTO of Abicor Binzel, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Emil Schubert added: "We are glad to have found the ideal partner in SmartRay as a global technology leader in the field of optical weld inspection, which adds the crucial point of "end-of-line" inspection to our broad portfolio on welding technology and makes us the only full-service provider in welding technology."

"The cooperation also adds an important piece of the puzzle to our activities to bring welding technology into the age of digitalisation. We can feed the inspection data directly back into production in order to understand and control the influence of the various process parameters on the welding result even better. In this way, the welding processes of our customers can be optimised sustainably and continuously.", explained Dr. Andreas Kahn, Director Global Laser and Sensor Business at Abicor Binzel.

@AbicorBinzel #SmartRay #3D #Welding