Friday, 19 August 2022

"Robot leading the charge!"

Addverb Technologies has released a new sorter robot called SortIE – a fast-moving scalable solution for rapid and efficient order fulfilment. As a fully automated robotic put-to-wall sorting system, SortIE is capable of performing SKU-wise intelligent sortation at very high speeds and at different height levels.
Additionally, it enables easy and rapid picking. It can be easily integrated with existing conveying systems such as conveyors, robots, and manual transport with no impact on ongoing operations.

“We are excited for SortIE to reach the market because there is nothing like it,” says Pieter Feenstra, Addverb’s CEO of the EMEA region. "This robot increases productivity with up to 450 sorts per hour, meaning up to 250 orders fulfilled at any given time, and increases order cube utilisation by up to 20%. The entire sorting system is simple and fully automatic, which shortens the return on investment and requires no human intervention. We’re proud to have led the charge on a robot like this coming to the market.”

@Addverb_Tech @PRLab_Hub #Robotics #Warehouse

Thursday, 18 August 2022

Throttle position sensors at Le Mans.

Gibson Technology, based in Derbyshire (GB), is a world leading manufacturer of motorsports powertrains encompassing engines, electronics, and electronic gearshift systems. In abundant action across the globe supporting teams in many major race series’, its latest development 4.2 litre GK458 engine is the exclusive choice for LMP2 class racing - competing amongst others in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) which includes the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hour Race where this year’s competition fielded no less than 28 Gibson Technology equipped cars.

Gibson's GL458 engine - 28 competed in the 2022 Le Mans 24 Hour Race

As part of the electronic fuel injection equipment on the naturally aspirated 90-degree, DOHC V8 engines Gibson Technology chose Variohm EuroSensor’s Euro-XPD series Hall Effect angle sensors (pictured below right) to provide precise throttle position feedback. As with all Gibson Technology powertrain systems, long endurance and extreme reliability are key factors and over the complete duration of this year’s 24-hour race, the 28 cars competed without any issues.

Based on Variohm EuroSensor’s motorsports-proven Euro XP range of Hall Effect non-contacting angle sensors., the Euro-XPD features an 8 mm diameter D-shaft drive which, without the need for a separate coupling, is easily adapted and extensively used for throttle position sensing in motorsports. The sensor is supplied as standard with an electrical angle of 360° or may be optionally ordered with a programmable angle from 30° to 360° in 10° steps. Its redundant CW and CCW ratiometric output has optional interfacing parameters of 5 to 95% or 10 to 90% of the 5V DC supply voltage with independent linearity to within +/- 0.5% of each signal range.

The non-contacting Hall Effect design offers an almost unlimited life with up to 50 million movements and, with the optimum magnet to sensing-element gap maintained within the IP68 sealed assembly, its extreme robustness is complemented with an extended vibration rating and operating temperature durability from -40° C to +125° C (short term to 150° C). These specifications combine with a choice of 32 or 38 mm PCD slotted hole mounting for M4 screws to provide wide-ranging application flexibility as well as form-fit interchangeability with competitive models. Electrical connection is via 500 mm long sleeved cable with customised connector options such as the motorsports industry standard Deutsch DTM available on request.

The Euro- XP family of Hall Effect non-contacting rotary sensors also include shaft driven Form ‘U’ and spring coupling alternatives as well as separate puck and magnet versions. This product family is widely used in motorsports for steering angle, ride height, pedal, and gear position as well as throttle position. Variohm EuroSensor also manufactures miniaturised sensors with Hall Effect technology as the Euro-CMR series offering similar specification characteristics in micro-sized packages as flange or screw-mount sensors in shaft driven and puck/magnet styles.

@Variohm @gibsontech1 @mepaxIntPR #Position #Automotive

Remote I/O Modules for RTD measurement.

Acromag’s newest addition to the Busworks® NT Series of expandable remote Ethernet I/O modules is the NT2620 Series RTD/resistance module. Designed to be a cost-effective modular solution, it supports four RTD/resistance inputs and two bidirectional discrete digital I/O channels to monitor temperature limits with conditional logic. NTE Ethernet I/O models have dual RJ45 ports and a webserver with Modbus TCP/IP or EtherNet/IPTM communication to monitor or control the internal I/O channels.

“Now Acromag can interface a wider variety of temperature sensors and offer discrete signals to monitor threshold levels or control alarms,” states Robert Greenfield, Acromag’s Business Development Manager.

The Modbus TCP/IP or EtherNet/IPTM communication is field-selectable saving costs of additional modules. An integrated DIN rail bus allows a connection of up to three NTX expansion I/O modules. The space-saving design requires only 25mm of DIN rail per module. Ethernet I/O modules distribute 9-32V DC power along the DIN rail bus to expansion modules. Hazardous location approvals, high noise immunity, and -40 to 70°C operation make this I/O ideal for use in harsh environments.

Profinet communication is planned for release soon. Each module will support all three protocols which are selectable using any web browser to configure the network settings and I/O operation. The modules typically function as a network slave, but also offer Acromag’s i2o® peer-to-peer communication technology to transfer data between modules directly without a host or master in between. Multicast capability is included.

@Acromag #PAuto #Communications

Sustaining a fen and capturing carbon dioxide.

In 2001, five organisations came together to set out a vision for the Great Fen, with the aim of providing a more sustainable future for the area. In many respects, this work focuses on restoration by managing water levels, so a network of monitoring wells has been established. In this article, Wendy Strain from OTT HydroMet explains how this monitoring program is helping to achieve the ambitious goals that have been set for the Great Fen.

The Great Fen is an expanse of nationally significant fen landscape between Peterborough and Huntingdon in the East of England. The area contains many farms and villages as well as two National Nature Reserves; Woodwalton Fen and Holme Fen. Holme Fen and Woodwalton Fen are both part of the Great Fen, a habitat restoration project, involving the local Wildlife Trust, Natural England, the Environment Agency, Huntingdonshire District Council and the Middle Level Commissioners.

The Great Fen covers 14 square miles of land that is being restored to wild fen over a 50-100 year timescale, creating a huge nature recovery network, providing a Living Landscape for fenland species including threatened fen wildlife, such as bitterns and otters. A mosaic of different wetland habitats has been established to support a wide variety of wildlife, such as dragonflies, butterflies and amphibians. This habitat is also suitable for flowers and other plants, some of which are found almost nowhere else in Britain such as the Fen violet and the Fen woodrush.

In 1630 a group of wealthy landowners, headed by the Earl of Bedford, set out to drain the fens for agriculture and to minimise winter flooding. Many of the local people were fiercely opposed to the draining, believing it would deprive them of their traditional means of livelihood from wildfowling, fishing and reed cutting, and a group known as the ‘Fen Tigers’ vandalised the dykes, ditches, sluices and reedbeds. Nevertheless, by the end of the 17th Century the drainage project was complete.

This drainage caused more problems, such as peat shrinkage, and more drainage projects followed. In the 1800s, conscious of the likely shrinking effect of draining the peaty soil around Whittlesea Mere, William Wells, another wealthy landowner, instigated the burial of a measurement post at Holme Fen, which was anchored in the bedrock and cut off at the soil surface. Today, around 4 metres of the post is showing above ground, recording the ground subsidence since 1852. The ground level at Holme Post is now 2.75 metres below sea level – one of the lowest land points in Great Britain.

Several issues have arisen as a result of the drainage. Firstly, there has been a huge impact in local ecology and biodiversity with the loss of a large area of wetland. Also, as the ground level subsided it became less sustainable to pump water up into the main drain. The loss of peat has become a major concern, because, as a carbon sink, peat is hugely important in the fight against global warming.

Peat forms in waterlogged, acidic conditions when layers of partially decomposed mosses and other bog plants accumulate. The process is very slow; it can take up to 1,000 years to form just one meter of peat. Nevertheless, around 60% of the world’s wetlands are made of peat. The plants which form peat capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and as a result, large quantities of carbon are trapped in the peat. However, if the peat is drained, it decomposes much faster; releasing the stored carbon. Peat burning has the same effect, but much faster.

It has been estimated that the reduction of peat loss in the Great Fen, coupled with the capturing of carbon by vegetation is saving 325,000 tonnes of CO2 from being released each year.

The project is also a good example of natural flood management (NFM) because it provides extra water storage after heavy rainfall, which slows water flow and helps to protect surrounding towns, villages and farmland from the risk of flooding.

Water level management.
The drainage of the fens incurred widespread ecological harm, but the solution is significantly more complicated than simply raising water levels to create wetlands. Henry Stanier explains: “There are a number of factors that impact the restoration process. Firstly, the geology of the area is like a layer cake, and each layer has different hydrological properties. Secondly, the Great Fen includes a number of commercial farms, so it is important to understand and manage their groundwater status. Thirdly, the surface water requirement varies according to the time of year, due to the needs of a wide variety of flora and fauna, including breeding birds. Fourthly, along with various partners, we are conducting numerous research programs, most of which are affected by water level. For example, we have trial plots with raised water levels, in which we are investigating the performance of different plant species. These include Sphagnum or ‘bog moss’ which stores water, prevents the decay of dead plant material and eventually forms peat, and we are also trialling the wetland cropping potential of Glyceria fluitans, a robust perennial aquatic sweet grass.”

Water level monitoring.
Working with a team of over 60 volunteers Henry delivers a monitoring program for the project area, which is currently around 3,700 Hectares. 40 wells have been installed in strategic locations, each to a depth of around five metres. 37 of these have OTT Orpheus Mini water level loggers, which record groundwater level every hour, every day of the year. Henry collects the data from these loggers once or twice per year, or more frequently where the data is of greater significance.

Three of the wells have been fitted with OTT ecoLog water level loggers. These devices have the ability to transmit both stored and live data to a secure website which Henry can access with any internet-enabled device at any time, and from anywhere. “This is a tremendous advantage,” he explains. “With such a large area to cover, field visits can be time-consuming and therefore costly, so we install the OTT ecoLogs in the wells of greatest interest, so that we can, for example, view the effects on groundwater levels when we transfer surface water into an area.”

Henry’s team operates a number of trial plots by the dipwells; investigating how the vegetation is changing. His team also correlates groundwater levels with vegetation growth, in order to better understand optimal growing conditions.

The Great Fen area includes a number of commercial farms, which operate both drainage and irrigation processes, so the groundwater monitoring program also helps to understand the effects of these activities. In addition, new farms are regularly acquired and incorporated into the Great Fen, so the monitoring work helps to manage the restoration of this land from agriculture to fenland.

Henry says: “Fenland restoration depends heavily on a deep understanding of the geology and the water table, and the effects of water status on the local ecology. The water level monitoring that we undertake provides the data that underpins the science that informs the important management decisions that are made. The quality and reliability of the OTT water level loggers is therefore vital, and we look forward to expanding our network of monitors as the project continues to grow.”

@OTTHydromet @WildlifeTrusts @_Enviro_News #Environment #Britain

Verify active and passive devices more efficiently and accurately.

Anritsu Company has enhanced its VectorStar™ vector network analyser (VNA) family with comprehensive spectrum analysis capability creating the world’s first single sweep VNA-spectrum analyser solution that supports 70 kHz to 220 GHz.* With the spectrum analyser option installed, VectorStar can conduct single connection VNA and spectrum-based measurements to create a more efficient and accurate testing environment to verify active and passive devices during the design, troubleshooting, or characterization stages.

The spectrum analyser option is compatible with all baseband VectorStar models – broadband and banded system configurations. Integrating VNA/spectrum analyser capability provides engineers with an innovative method to quickly transfer a challenging VNA measurement to the spectrum analyser – without changing the test setup or using multiple instruments. It is particularly beneficial for applications involving mixers and amplifiers, including those with multiple outputs or input-output comparisons.

Simultaneous, sequential S-parameter and spectrum analysis are possible with the VNA-spectrum analyser instrument. Spectral domain measurements of harmonics, spurious, other distortion products, and general frequency content can be made effectively with the single-instrument solution. It allows engineers to analyze VNA-like and spectrum-analyser-like response of a device under test (DUT).

The VNA-spectrum analyser solution is ideal for on-wafer measurements, as it leverages VectorStar’s inherent advantages of making a direct connection to an on-wafer device. Mounting and demounting of on-wafer devices, which can cause major errors in measurement, are eliminated with the solution. Power calibration can be conducted at the probe tip for greater accuracy and repeatability.

Engineers can also use the VNA source as a stimulus and any port as a receiver for scalar measurements. Using the multiple test ports on the VNA delivers multi-channel spectrum analysis that is synchronized with the internal swept signal generators. Spectrum analysis for broadband and banded is also available with Anritsu or other millimeter (mmWave) modules.

Two configurations are available in the spectrum analyser option. The standard VNA mode supports point-based spectrum analysis for faster measurements, making it well suited for known signal analysis. For unknown signal analysis, the solution can be configured with a traditional sweep-based spectrum analyser.

* This spectrum analyser (and other Anritsu products) will be on display at the European Microwave Week will be taking place in Milan, Italy between the 25 and 30 September 2022.
@AnritsuEMEA @Anritsu @NapierPR #TandM 

VOC Analysers for certification.

Signal Group has submitted both portable and fixed VOC analysers for MCERTS certification.

The 3010 MINIFID rugged, portable, heated FID VOC analyser has been designed to demonstrate compliance by hydrocarbon emissions measurements from multiple stacks or sites. The S4 SOLAR heated FID VOC analyser is a rack-mounted instrument for continuous monitoring, offering the accuracy and reliability that Signal customers expect, but with the additional benefits of a detachable tablet and software for RS232 or Ethernet connectivity.

The company’s stand (D11) at AQE 2022 will feature both instruments. Visitors will also be able to see the new S4 SOLAR XPLORE portable heated FID, and anyone with an interest in QAL2 audits will be able to see the 821s Gas Divider and the NOXGEN NOx converter efficiency tester. They will see first-hand, how an innovative detachable tablet makes emissions monitoring easier and safer – putting data where it matters… in the customer's hands!

@GasAnalysers @IET_online @_Enviro_News #PAuto #Environment

Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Data centre automation business enhanced.

ABB has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement with ATS Global* to extend the reach of the ABB Ability™ Data Center Automation (DCA) business. The company has become a Global System Integrator (GIS) and will work with ABB to combine expertise and resources, testing the advantages and effectiveness of potential collaborations for data center customers and growing their respective businesses.
DCA is ABB’s industrial solution for on-premise and hybrid cloud environments. It is a controls, hardware and software solution for control, monitoring and optimization of data center infrastructure, with mechanical control in building management system (BMS), electrical power management system (EPMS), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and data center infrastructure management (DCIM) capabilities in a single, ruggedized industrial solution.

ABB and ATS Global will jointly strengthen their distribution channels, improve industry knowledge and increase lead generation. ABB will gain representatives familiar to local standards, laws and regulations where it does not always have a presence. Over the long term, the two parties intend to explore new business opportunities for data center customers across a wide range of industries.

“Our client base, some with multiple sites across geographies, has increasing requirements for reliable automation in their data center facilities as their volume of data rises,” said Martin Matse, Global Business Development Manager, Data Centers, ATS Global. “Now we have the opportunity to deploy the same standard of ABB Ability™ Data Center Automation in all of our regions, enabling improved performance and competitive advantage through technology updates, optimization solutions and continual customer engagement alongside ABB.”

“The demand for reliable data center automation solutions and digital transformation expertise is continuing to rise,” said Madhav Kalia, Global Head of Data Center Automation at ABB. “ABB and ATS Global can work to our respective strengths and deliver complete solutions to customers in Europe, the Americas, across Asia and Australia. We are committed to aligning and growing with our new channel partner.”

ATS Global’s next steps with ABB’s industrial-grade, cyber-secure and digital-ready integrated automation solution follows the successful execution of more than 100 data center sector projects worldwide. The GIS will ensure fast mobilization for ABB and existing and new customers in ATS Global’s network, maximizing uptime and availability in customer facilities.

* Founded in 1986, ATS Global, based in the Netherlands, is known for digital transformation and offers data center management and control services and solutions. The team’s expertise includes building, cooling, energy, capacity and billing. The company works with partners to ensure expert automation, quality and IT for customers.

@ABBgroupnews @ATS_Int #Automation, #PAuto #EurAsia

On-line natural gas analysis.

The new gas analyzer DynamiQ-X NG2210 from Sensirion, provides fast and accurate on-line monitoring of natural gas and delivers calorific values for composition control and custody transfer purposes. Meanwhile, the DynamiQ-X NG2220 performs the same analysis for natural gas containing hydrogen at concentrations as high as 20 % using only one carrier gas. The DynamiQ-X NG2210 and DynamiQ-X NG2220 can be integrated into many locations of the natural gas infrastructure, including natural gas city gate stations, blending stations, natural gas conditioning stations, offshore systems and power-to-gas systems.

With a volume of only 10 L and weighing less than 15 kg, the instruments are easy to transport and can be deployed anywhere for analyses, if local power and gas bottles are available.

The instruments can accommodate two or three gas chromatograph (GC) units working in parallel, each performing a different GC analysis under individually optimized conditions. Each GC unit contains a state-of-the-art microchip-based injector and a thermal conductivity detector (TCD) combined with a proven microbore GC column and is set with optimal chromatography conditions. This configuration enables an accurate instrument as well as a very short analysis time of less than a minute.

DynamiQ-X is designed as a stand-alone working instrument that uses an integrated processor on a future-proof platform, so that it can carry out continuous monitoring. The instrument contains an easily exchangeable GC cartridge that allows fast local maintenance. In addition, a PC can be connected to the analyzer at any location via a network connection.

Sustainability and the facilitation of the energy transition are of global importance today. Qmicro by Sensirion has therefore developed the DynamiQ-X NG2210 and NG2220: as solutions to increase gas analysis capabilities and cover green gases, minimizing the total cost of ownership to gas distributors. The analyzers’ ability to store data for at least two years, also facilitates compliance with legislation and enables observation of long-term trends.

@sensirion #Energy #PAuto

Predictive maintenance of computers for IIoT.

Predictive maintenance of computers is critical to IIoT-Enabled systems says Johnny Fang, a Product Manager with Moxa.*

Businesses are striving to achieve intelligence at the edge of their industrial networks by deploying computers that can collect, process, and analyze data in unmanned or remote sites. The consequences are dire when these computers have a performance issue or run out of memory, therefore preventing them from performing their role efficiently, if at all. Industrial processes come to a halt, leading to huge financial losses. If an industrial process malfunctions because of a failure to detect and fix computer issues on time, it could also lead to accidents that result in employee injuries. For these reasons, computers used in IIoT- enabled systems must be treated as critical equipment that require a higher level of maintenance strategy than non-critical devices.

Traditionally, manufacturers have maintained their assets using manual processes that are time-consuming and resource-intensive. The IIoT brings with it a paradigm shift with respect to the operation and maintenance of industrial equipment. Now, instead of waiting for equipment to fail before fixing it, or scheduling time-based maintenance that sometimes leads to unnecessary maintenance of equipment and downtime, companies are adopting predictive maintenance strategies to stay ahead of the game. These same practices should be applied to industrial computers.

Predictive maintenance tools for a computer can keep track of any variance from expected behavior for key parts, such as CPU usage, CPU temperature, memory usage, and disk usage. Predictive analytics empowers users to explore potential root causes and apply appropriate remedies. By identifying issues early on and allowing repairs to be scheduled in an orderly fashion, predictive maintenance provides lead time to purchase parts for the necessary repairs and reduces the need for maintaining an inventory of key parts. Hard drives, processors and other damaged parts are replaced before failures occur, and since maintenance work is only performed when needed, production capacity is likely to increase as well.

The goal of any predictive maintenance program is to enable proactive access to data for each piece of critical equipment, enabling the monitoring of its realtime health status, analyzing historical trends, and planning maintenance downtime based on the data.

Predictive maintenance tools for industrial computers monitor its health in order to make repairs well in advance to maximize system uptime. The tools will feature a well-designed dashboard that helps operators keep an eye on key indicators such as CPU loading and memory usage, plus an alarm function to trigger audio or visual alarms and SNMP traps when parameters go over predetermined thresholds.

Additional tool capabilities that aid in predictive maintenance are:

  • Easy-to-use remote monitoring functions
  • A ready-to-use tool that runs on a Windows or Linux OS
  • RESTful APIs that give access to key-part parameters.

Predictive maintenance in action.
Below are demonstrated the importance of predictive maintenance for rail, marine, and power segments using remote-site scenarios.

Railroads: In a metro transit system, computers are widely deployed in onboard control and video recording systems. Because space is limited on refurbished traincars, computing systems are often installed in places that are hard to reach and even more difficult to maintain such as cabinets, compartments under passenger’s seats, or on the ceiling. Having ready access to a computer’s current condition so that you can implement a preventive maintenance routine is an important aspect of ensuring a smooth transit system.

Marine Bridges: An electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) is one of the most important systems on a ship’s bridge. An ECDIS system takes real-time information from sensors deployed on equipment, including speed logs, radar, wind stations, AIS, and gyrocompasses, into consideration when planning the ship’s voyage. It combines the data from sensors with information on dangerous areas or areas of special attention on the route to chart a safe course for the ship. Therefore, a reliable and durable computer is crucial for running the ECDIS system. Information on the status of the key parts of the ECDIS computer can be monitored by integrating the computer’s key-part data with the bridge system using monitoring APIs or by another means. In addition, an alert function can help provide warning messages when a parameter associated with a key part goes over a preset threshold. One example is when CPU usage exceeds a threshold due to system software errors. When this happens, an alert message is sent out so that the crew can deal with the problem.

Power Stations: Unmanned power stations are increasingly becoming the norm, and are often located in remote, hard-to-reach sites. A predictive maintenance tool is required to monitor, control and maintain critical equipment, including computers, in an unmanned substation so that it functions smoothly.

Built-in Maintenance tool.
Rugged industrial computers typically feature built-in proactive monitoring solutions that help reduce the costs of remote system maintenance and maximize system uptime. The computer's dashboard may graphically display CPU usage, memory usage, storage partition usage, operating temperature of the CPU and motherboard, and the redundant-power monitor, and trigger relay outputs to provide either visual or audio alarms, or send out SNMP traps. Most of these tools also provide for setting-up the threshold and time period for the key parts to monitor.

The relentless pursuit of excellence in the IIoT world has renewed an interest in predictive maintenance solutions that ensure higher equipment reliability and system uptime. Since computing systems are the pillars of the IIoT, implementing predictive maintenance for them is essential to realizing the full potential of the IIoT.

*See also Countries Investing the Most into Predictive Maintenance from Automation-com (15/8/2022).

@MoxaInc @OConnell_PR #PAuto #IIoT 

Sensor holder for disinfection and water treatment applications.

New Liquid Analysis disinfection sensors and accessories have been released by Endress+Hauser. These are for measurement in more applications, adding the CCS55D Memosens Free Bromine sensor, CCS58D Memosens Ozone sensor, and Flowfit CYA27 assembly to the product family.
The CYA27 assembly is designed to be freely configurable, accommodating a wide range of sensors, including disinfection, pH, conductivity, and dissolved oxygen. It also offers flow monitoring and diagnostic indicator options to ensure reliable measurement, covering a wide range of disinfection applications.

CCS55D Memosens amperometric Free Bromine sensor.
The Memosens CCS55D is a diverse solution for measuring free bromine in seawater, swimming pools, process and cooling water, fish farming applications, and more. The membrane-covered, low-maintenance sensor is built for stable and long-term measurement, while tried-and-true Memosens digital sensor technology ensures maximum process uptime.

With a growing global population and ever-changing environmental conditions, the demand for potable water is on the rise, and the need for seawater treatment is becoming increasingly important. Apart from desalination, systematic disinfection is an essential step and legal requirement in water treatment to protect people and systems from illness and harm.

Why measure free bromine in seawater disinfected with chlorine?
Potassium bromide, when dissolved in seawater, is present in the ionic forms of K+ and Br-. In seawater, the natural concentration of bromine ions (Br-) is very small, while the concentration of chloride ions (Cl-) is significantly higher—over 300 times the bromide concentration. Additionally, chloride ions have a much higher electron affinity than bromine ions, causing the chlorine to exist as standalone ions while the bromine combines with hydroxyl (HO+) in seawater to form toxic hypobromous acid (HOBr).

Therefore, when chlorine in its various forms—including sodium hypochlorite (bleach), calcium hypochlorite, and others—is added to seawater, the result is HOBr, not hypochlorous acid (HOCl), due to the presence of Br-.

Free bromine measurements are also made where bromine is used as a disinfection agent in fresh water, such as in swimming pools. With its wide measurement range options—from trace levels of 0 to 5 mg/L (ppm), on up to 200 mg/L—and a maximum measured error of ±2 %, or ±5 µg/l (ppb), Endress+Hauser’s Memosens CCS55D Free Bromine sensor is the ideal measuring solution for monitoring bromine levels in almost any application.

CCS58D Memosens Ozone sensor.
Numerous agents are used today for water disinfection, including chlorine—the most widely employed in the US—chlorine dioxide, bromine, and ozone. Worldwide demand for ozone, in particular, is increasing, and the Memosens CCS58D Ozone sensor supports this trend with inline measurement using the Liquiline transmitter and Memosens digital sensor technology platforms.

This sensor is capable of measuring ozone concentrations in the range of 0.1 to 2.0 mg/L, with an error of ±2 %, or ±5 µg/l. This range is ideal for monitoring ozone levels in drinking water, wastewater, and utilities to ensure efficient and safe disinfection.

CYA27 Flowfit assembly – maximum flexibility, safe measurement, and easy maintenance.
Endress+Hauser’s new modular Flowfit CYA27 flow assembly enables measurement of up to six parameters in process and drinking water, enabling adaptation to many process requirements. The CYA27 provides a flexible basis for the measurement of disinfection parameters, including chlorine, chlorine dioxide, ozone, bromine, and further parameters of liquid analysis, such as pH, ORP, dissolved oxygen, and conductivity. The assembly features a status light that provides clear indication of the measuring point’s operational state. This light can be used to display flow status, showing a red light if the flow is too low, or it can be connected to a transmitter’s alarm relay to indicate the NAMUR status of the measuring point. This informs operators of process conditions at a glance, helping optimize production and mitigate potential problems.

@Endress_US @Endress_Hauser @Endress_CA @EndressUK#PAuto @Endress_DE #Water #PAuto 

Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Excellence in the service of automation!

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has announced the 2022 ISA Celebrating Excellence award recipients. The ISA honors and awards program is the Society's opportunity to formally showcase and celebrate the remarkable achievements and contributions of its members, partners, and other automation professionals.

"The Celebrating Excellence awards endeavors to stimulate, enhance, encourage, acknowledge, and reward outstanding contributions to our society and the automation profession by providing an avenue for individuals to compete for recognition within established categories. The Honors & Awards Committee annually receives all award nominations for defined Society awards, reviews the candidate qualifications, and recommends to the Executive Board honorees for approval.

"Congratulations to our 2022 awardees for their outstanding achievement—a recognition well deserved!"

2022 Celebrating Excellence Honorees

Excellence in Technical Innovation, Endowed by Honeywell UOP
Uday Sheorey
Nagpur, Maharashtra, IN
For the design and development of a high-resolution micro tool for retinal surgery procedures

Excellence in Corporate Technical Innovation
BBA Canada
Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, CA
For the development of a new technology which auto converted existing camera feed into a sensor using computer vision and artificial intelligence

Excellence in Technical Presentation
Brad Carlberg

Hoodsport, Washington, US
For an outstanding article entitled The Autonomous Mill: Utilizing Digital Twins to Optimize the Pulp & Paper Mill of the Future

Excellence in Education
Cesar de Prada Moraga

Universidad De Valladolid, Valladolid, ES
For the development of CAD software, for teaching purposes, that has been used in various universities in Spain

Mentoring Excellence
Richard Tunstall

Lee College, Baytown, Texas, US
For his excellence in mentoring students and young professionals

Excellence in Enduring Service
Mary Cannon

Houston, Texas, US
For years of dedicated service and leadership to the Society and the ISA Houston Section

Philip Evans
Calgary, Alberta, CA
For years of dedicated service and leadership to the Society and the ISA Calgary Section

Excellence in Society Service
Jose Salinas

Mexico City, MX
For his distinguished and dedicated volunteer service to the Society

Division Excellence
Water and Wastewater Industries Division

Division Leader Excellence
Simon Lucchini

Director, Safety and Security Industries Division
Calgary, Alberta, CA
For his outstanding efforts and contributions as a Division Director for the Safety and Security Industries Division

Section Excellence
Spain Section

Section Leader Excellence
Hanumant Pansare

Pune Section President
Pune, Maharashtra, IN
For outstanding efforts to increase the membership for the Pune section, who won the 2021 President’s Membership Challenge

Standards Excellence
Angela Summers

Houston, Texas, US
For dedication in the development of ISA standards and technical reports related to Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS)

Volunteer Leader of the Year
Bradley Churchman

Katy, Texas, US
For outstanding service and leadership to the Houston section

@ISA_Interchange @ISA_SecEsp @isamexOficial @HoustonISA @ISACalgary #PAuto #Automation

Connector for e-mobility.

Han® HPR is a globally recognised standard for connector housings which require special protection against environmental influences in power generation plants, rail vehicles or ships. To expand the connector range to cover harsh environments with limited installation space, HARTING is adding Han® HPR Compact hoods and housings to the series.
Han® HPR Compact benefits:
•Smaller mounting dimensions
•High flexibility due to the use of extenders, each adding 3cm of height
•Time savings: shorter installations in environments with limited space
•16 coding options allow safe mating process even in environments with limited space
•The entire Han® B compatible connector portfolio can be used, from standard inserts to Han® HC Modular, except for the insulation body of Han® HC 650 Modular

The Han® HPR series is already a proven solution for the railway, ideal for transmitting high power, high voltage, signal or Ethernet data in exposed areas. They are suitable for bogie mounting, roof mounting and as jumper cables between carriages.

The new high-density panel footprint of the Han® HPR Compact can also provide a highly reliable alternative to plastic housing style High Voltage (HV) connectors for use on electric/hydrogen bus and truck powertrain interconnection cabling systems.

Electric drives, battery units and hydrogen fuel cells can often come into contact with potentially damaging harsh environmental conditions. Underneath a vehicle, stone damage, water and winter salt spray can occur whilst high humidity water creepage can occur along cables behind protective access panels. On the roof, high UV levels can be a particular issue. The Han® HPR Compact has been specially designed to minimise repairs and maintenance in these areas.

The Han® HPR Compact requires 20% less installation space and is 25% lighter than conventional solutions. The product is available in sizes 6, 10, 16 and 24B and has a special feature that enables the housings ‘to grow with demand’, even after installation.

Up to two frame extenders can be attached to the bulkhead mounted housing, each frame expanding the height of the enclosure by three centimetres, increasing the space available for connections and reducing cable stress.

Thanks to savings in installation space and weight, Han® HPR Compact housings also contribute towards sustainability by reducing energy consumption.

Carbon fibre inspection.

The quality of aerospace-grade carbon fibre is still largely assessed manually, a process often rife with human errors. Automated monitoring solutions are necessary to ensure high-quality standards during production continuously.

Building off the success of the AirCarbon II automatic inspection system introduced in 2016, Fraunhofer IGCV, Europe's largest application-oriented research organization, partnered with SGL Carbon GmbH and Chromasens GmbH to develop the next generation AirCarbon III for monitoring carbon fiber production and adjacent processes. The AirCarbon III system relies on the Chromasens allPIXA wave line scan camera and a Chromasens Corona II LED line scan light to achieve seamless and continuous surface monitoring.

AirCarbon III detects protruding filaments, lint, and similar foreign bodies and distinguishes the types of defects in carbon fiber. Combined with data management and a user-centered interface, the AirCarbon III system enables carbon fiber production processes to be continuously and automatically monitored from precursor production through the various intermediate steps to the final sized fiber.

Compared to conventional CCD sensors, the significantly higher resolution of the Chromasens allPIXA wave camera's CMOS color line sensor makes the detection of the protruding filaments, which range from 7-12 µm in diameter, possible. To expand the sensor's measurement width, a novel and patented optical concept was designed and implemented that triples the Chromasens camera's field of view while keeping the data volume the same. The system was designed primarily for large-format line sensors up to 85 mm. However, it is transferable to smaller sensors or area sensors. To integrate the system quickly and easily into the process, it also provides autofocus, which also allows process-related fluctuations in the object plane to be compensated for.

Chromasens allPIXA wave camera
Since deep black materials such as carbon fibers absorb an extremely large amount of light, they are difficult to make visible in image processing. The particularly dark surface of the fibers therefore requires special industrial lighting to ensures that a high-contrast image is generated on the sensor. With the Chromasens Corona II illumination system capable of up to 3,500,000 lux, high-contrast images are provided that enable excellent fiber monitoring. The high resolution of the camera sensor allows defects to be made visible down to almost the filament level (up to 10 µm). In this way, even the smallest anomalies can be detected.

An image processing algorithm developed for fiber production was ported to a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA). This is because high-volume image data is captured at up to one gigabyte per second. Thanks to FGPA, data can be processed in real-time. Downstream data processing was implemented in software developed in-house by Fraunhofer IGCV, which reliably handles defect detection. With a machine learning approach and selected training data, the reliable differentiation of the detected defects is successful. Thus, not only defects on the fiber material can be reliably detected, but also a separation according to defect types can be performed automatically. This eliminates the need for manual analysis while increasing the information content.

Fraunhofer equipped its own vision PC for AirCarbon III with all the necessary interfaces for CameraLink cameras, lighting control, Gig1000 Ethernet, and an enclosure to protect against flying fibers. After filtering and preprocessing, the image data is stored in a database on the PC. Data is analyzed using INFIMO (Inline Fiber Monitoring) software, which provides both roving-specific viewing of defects and a deeper understanding of the data.

The partners and scientific participants are already in the final phase of the project. Here, tests are being carried out at the pilot plant of the SGL Carbon, and data is being evaluated. The developed systems are being tested and improved both in the laboratory and in the pilot plant.

@chromasens @FraunhoferIGCV @sglcarbon @OConnellPR #Manufacturing #PAuto 

Fire! Fire!

Fire spreads quickly, destroying buildings, assets and lives. However, thermal imaging cameras from Teledyne FLIR can help prevent fires by detecting hot spots before they ignite. These automated, non-contact temperature measuring devices are prolific in potential fire detection, ensuring their increasing popularity in a host of industrial safety applications.

Fuel storage applications are a case in point. With this flammable commodity, corrosion, leaks and human error can lead to explosive, sometimes catastrophic consequences. Automatically monitoring temperature changes in fuel storage depots with FLIR thermal imaging cameras can avert disaster, satisfy insurer oversight and improve safety for workers and the public. Solutions such as FLIR A50 and A70 smart sensor cameras are ideal for fuel depots requiring built-in, on-camera analytics and alarm capabilities for early fire detection - regardless of light conditions.

Warehouses present another well-established fire risk, despite most being equipped with fire alarms and firefighting systems. FLIR thermal imaging cameras can identify hot spots and provide an early warning response to avoid full-on conflagration before fire ignites. Solutions such as the compact and cost-effective FLIR AX8 thermal imaging camera, with its streaming video output, can provide broadcasts to a control room monitor that directs personnel to the exact location of a hot spot. Users can adjust preconfigured temperature alarms to compensate for temporary changes such as the presence of a forklift or worker.

In a further application example, the storage of certain material, such as coal, wood chips and fertilisers, invites the risk of spontaneous combustion. Here, a thermal imaging camera can provide continuous, remote, 24-7 temperature monitoring of these materials when stored in piles or travelling on conveyor belts. A rugged solution such as the FLIR FH-Series R multispectral fixed camera is ideal. The 4K visible imaging of this product provides rapid verification hot spots, sending images to an operator through a connected video management system (VMS) for instantaneous assessment and deployment of response tactics. The VMS can be part of a Teledyne FLIR end-to-end solution or combine with preferred third-party solutions.

Similar to combustible pile applications, bunker waste is potentially flammable when stored. Self-combustion, heat development due to pressure, spontaneous chemical reactions between disposals and the accumulation of methane gas are all potential fire hazards. Glassworks, foundries, cement plants and municipal waste incinerators can all therefore safeguard their assets and personnel using FLIR technology. Here, it is possible to network solutions such as FLIR A50 and A70 thermal image cameras, providing a scalable system with high spatial resolution and thermal sensitivity.

Remote firefighting provides yet another application where thermal imaging cameras can prove highly beneficial. After all, identifying a hot spot is only part one of a fire prevention solution. Part two is remediation, which can be challenging in remote monitoring scenarios. FLIR thermal imaging cameras and software not only pinpoint hot spots, they can initiate an automated firefighting response, such as turning on a sprinkler system, shutting down a system, or targeting the hot spot to be soaked in firefighting foam - all controlled remotely over the Internet. Here, FLIR offers its A310 ex ATEX-compliant thermal imaging camera mounted in a flame-proof enclosure and featuring an integrated controller with several digital I/O channels and sensors for temperature, humidity and pressure.

Fire can destroy multiple buildings or installations within an extremely short timeframe. The value of the goods that perish during a fire can be tremendous, while the cost of a lost life is impossible to calculate. FLIR thermal imaging cameras help prevent fires by detecting hot spots before they ignite, ensuring there is no longer any need to take that risk.

@flir @mepaxIntPR #Safety #PAuto

Friday, 12 August 2022

Excellence in Automation Winner.

EnQuest UK has won the 2021 ISA100 Wireless Excellence in Automation award, joining a list of distinguished end users which include Fuji Oil Company, Ltd.; ILBOC; BAPCO; Alcoa; Phillips 66; PETRONAS; and Nippon Steele & Sumikin Engineering.

Each year, the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute (WCI) presents the ISA100 Wireless Excellence in Automation Award to a global end-user company that has demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation with ISA100 Wireless technology. This award was presented to EnQuest UK for leadership and creativity in the design and implementation of ISA100 Wireless Applications for Safe Gas Detection.

Join ISA on August 17th, 2022, at 11 AM ET for a live webinar where we will be presenting this exciting case study, “A new approach to gas detection - Achieving a safe and secure system upgrade on a vast scale.” Register here.

Draeger have designed and implemented, in collaboration with EnQuest UK, the largest ISA100 Wireless gas detection system in Britain, one of the largest in the world, at the EnQuest UK-operated Sullom Voe (Shetland Islands, Scotland) Terminal. The system includes 122 Wireless gas detectors and employs dual redundancy, retaining complete safe gas detection coverage following any component failure.

The ISA100 Wireless system represents an estimated 70-80% cost saving, confirmed by the customer, compared with a hard-wired gas detection system due to removal of the cost of extensive civil ground works and above ground cable containment at a site covering 640 acres/2.6sq/kms. This is the first British site where Wireless gas detection is the dominant technology, present on an original late 1970’s processing plant, covering a large geographical area with limited field cabling availability. It represents a huge leap forward in terms of maintaining high safety standards with reduced costs. Wireless gas detection solves a problem SVT had been wrestling with, justifying a large capex spend project on an ageing limited life asset. The system was interfaced direct to the site’s distributed control system (DCS) for operator and emergency response alarm interface.

@ISA_Interchange @EnQuestplc @DraegerNews #PAuto #Wireless

IIoT gateways.

Remote industrial sites need to be monitored in real time using data from multiple sensors that measure parameters such as temperature, fluid levels, and gas concentrations. This data is then transferred to a cloud platform via IIoT gateways for monitoring. Because of the mission-critical role gateways play in the process, operators need to choose rugged models that ensure continuous connectivity from the edge to the cloud, and ones able to be remotely upgraded and managed for minimal system downtime.

Moxa AIG-300 Series IIoT gateways, with robust hardware design and rich software functions, are ideal for use in distributed and unmanned sites in harsh operating environments where they help in reducing unplanned downtime. The gateways come equipped with the powerful Arm® Cortex-A7 dual-core 1 GHz processor featuring 2GB DRAM, along with the flexibility of one CAN 2.0 port, four Digital Inputs, four Digital Outputs, two RJ45 Ethernet ports, two serial ports, and a USB 2.0 port, along with connectors for Wi-Fi, LTE Cellular and GPS.

Most IIoT gateways are installed in remote, unmanned sites where they are subjected to harsh environmental conditions and exposed to potentially flammable liquids and vapors. That is why Moxa AIG-300 Series IIoT gateways are housed in a rugged metal DIN-rail case that is IP30 rated and able to withstand operating temperatures from -20° to 70° C (-4° to 158° F). Upmost reliability is further ensured through the gateway's resistance to damaging shock, vibration, humidity, and EMC. The gateways are Class I Division 2 and ATEX certified for deployment in hazardous locations, such as remote oil and gas fields, petrochemical processing plants, and wastewater treatment centers.

Moxa ThingsPro Edge and Azure IoT Edge software comes preloaded on AIG-300 Series IIoT gateways, enabling reliable, yet secure sensor-to-cloud connectivity for data acquisition and device management using the Microsoft Azure Cloud solution. Since it is critical that IIoT gateways do not disconnect while a remote upgrade or patch application is in progress, AIG-300 Series IIoT gateways feature a robust software OTA function. During an unexpected disconnection, ThingsPro Edge will automatically switch between the transmission interfaces, Wi-Fi, LTE, and Ethernet, to ensure uninterrupted data transmission.

@MoxaInc @OConnell_PR #PAuto #IIoT

How to build a custom embedded stereo system for depth perception.

Depth perception can be achieved by a variety of 3D sensors ranging from stereo vision with cameras to lidar and ToF sensors, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. While several off-the-shelf options exist, a custom embedded solution can cater to specific application requirements better. Our embedded depth perception solution provides a high-resolution colour point cloud using custom stereo setup with cameras. Depending on factors such as accuracy, baseline, field-of-view, and resolution, such a solution can be built using relatively inexpensive components and open-source software.

In this article, machine vision engineers at Teledyne FLIR share an overview of stereo vision while taking you through all the necessary steps to design your own depth perception solution. The article also covers pros and cons of 2 design options depending on space and computational requirements: with detailed steps for building, calibration and real-time depth mapping using one of the options. The setup does this without a host computer and uses off-the-shelf hardware and open-source software options. Read along to learn more. 

The article covers:

  • A simplified overview of a stereo vision system
  • How machine vision cameras can be used to build a depth perception solution
  • Two design options depending on your space and computational requirements
  • Step-by-step guide with sample code for building one of the options
  • Off-the-shelf hardware and open-source software required to build the system
  • Steps for calibration and real time depth mapping
  • Unique features, ease of use and integration enabled by Spinnaker SDK.
@flir @mepaxIntPR #Automation

Thursday, 11 August 2022

Managing complex system architectures in OT/IT integration.

Softing offers a flexible, container-based solution for managing complex system architectures in OT/IT integration all the way to edge and cloud applications with their new edgeAggregator.

Data exchange plays a particularly important role in the integration of production and management levels up to edge and cloud applications. Already with a small number of servers and clients, the architecture becomes very complex. With the new edgeAggregator, Softing provides a central data integration layer that reduces complexity while addressing the large number of variables as well as managing access rights and special security requirements.

The edgeAggregator has three key functions:

  1. As an OPC UA aggregation server, it handles the aggregation of up to 100 OPC UA servers and supports up to 25 OPC UA server endpoints.
  2. As an IoT cloud gateway, it handles bidirectional data transmission with cloud applications via MQTT Publisher/Subscriber functionality.
  3. As Security Supervisor, it is responsible for the central management of the security parameters of the OPC UA and MQTT connections, such as users and certificates, and acts as an "OPC UA Firewall" for protection against attacks.

As a Docker container, edgeAggregator can be easily configured and deployed as an edge solution or with central cloud platforms. The interface abstraction of edgeAggregator allows continuous adaptation and scaling of IoT solutions based on OPC UA and MQTT throughout the entire lifecycle. Users thus gain a high degree of flexibility while significantly reducing integration and configuration costs.

@SoftingIA @mepaxIntPR #PAuto 

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Automation conference.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has announced its 2022 Automation and Leadership Conference, to be held 7-9 November in Galveston, Texas, USA.

Carlos Mandolesi
“On behalf of ISA leadership, I am delighted to invite the automation community to this brand-new event,” said Carlos Mandolesi, ISA President. “The Automation and Leadership Conference combines ISA’s leadership conference with two days of technical presentations on trending industry topics including digital transformation, cybersecurity, IIoT, smart manufacturing, and process automation.”

Attendees may participate in person or virtually, and will have opportunities to interact and network with ISA leadership and subject-matter experts from the US, Canada, Middle East, Brazil, Malaysia, Spain, and India. In addition to conference sessions, attendees can visit exhibitor booths and attend the ISA Honors and Awards Gala.

Members of the 2022 ISA Executive Board* will attend the Automation and Leadership Conference.

*ISA Executive Board 2022:
President: Carlos Mandolesi, Trinity College Dublin
President-elect Secretary: Marty Bince, EECOL Electric
Past President: Steve Mustard, National Automation, Inc.
Treasurer: Scott Reynolds, Johns Manville
Executive Director: Claire Ramspeck, ISA
Ardis Bartle, Apex Measurement and Controls LLC
R. Donald Bartusiak, Collaborative Systems Integration
Ken Belteau, Belith Consulting Services
Paulina Chan, Global Mutual Innovation Consortium
Jim Garrison, aeSolutions
Vivek Gupta, DCM Shriram Ltd
Eddie Habibi, Hexagon PPM
Maxym Lachance, BBA Inc.
Claudio Makarovsky, Microsoft
J. Parsons, LONG Building Technologies
Rajesh Rathi, Control Infotech, Inc.
Debashis Sadhukhan, NASA Glenn Research Center
Jagdish Shukla, Servilink Systems Ltd.
Prabhu Soundarrajan, Republic Services

@ISA_Interchange #PAuto #Automation

Tuesday, 9 August 2022

"We've got the power!"

The LCC1200 series of fully-enclosed, conduction-cooled AC-DC power supplies from Advanced Energy is now available from TTi Europe. Rated at 1200W and boasting 93.5% efficiency, these power supplies incorporate a thermal baseplate and can deliver full output power over a wide operating temperature of -40°C to +85°C without derating. The target applications for the power supplies include telecommunications antenna and base station equipment, control consoles, and outdoor/indoor signage. A constant current mode is also available for LED lighting and horticultural lighting applications.

Housed in a robust metal case, the LCC1200 series is available with standard input/output connectors or in fully sealed versions with integral cables that carry an IP65 rating against water or dust ingress. Their fanless operation also makes them suitable for environments where acoustic noise or dust disturbance would be an issue, such as in offices or medical facilities.

Operating from a universal 90Vac to 264Vac input, the series can be used anywhere in the world without adjustment. Comprising four models, the LCC1200 series offers main output voltages of 24Vdc, 28Vdc, 36Vdc, and 48Vdc. The main output is adjustable across all models for maximum design flexibility, except the 28Vdc model. Each model also provides an additional 5Vdc standby output.

Standard features include AC OK and DC OK signals, remote inhibit, and differential remote sense on the main output. The power supplies feature overtemperature and output overcurrent protection circuitry, with latching overvoltage protection of both the main and standby outputs. The LCC1200 series also supports active current sharing, allowing parallel connection of up to three units for high current applications.

All models in the LCC1200 series come with a three-year warranty, are fully approved to the IEC 62368-1 ITE safety standard, and carry cUL, CE, UKCA, and CCC certifications. The built-in PMBus™ interface provides flexible and comprehensive digital communication with control and monitoring functions for voltage, current, and temperature, as well as reporting of fault conditions.

“With Advanced Energy’s LLC1200 series of conduction-cooled AC-DC power supplies, We’ve got the Power!” said Oskar Czechowski, Technical Development Manager for Power, TTI Europe. “While other power supplies require output derating above 55°C, the LCC1200 can maintain its full 1200W load capacity across a wide baseplate temperature at up to +85°C without forced air, reducing overall system cost. In addition, with its high power density of 15W/in3, engineers save space in their end-application.”

@ttiinc @Publitek #Electric #Power

Safety system.

The Acti9 Active Safety System, the latest in Schneider Electric's Acti9 range of safety system controls, offers a digitally enhanced connected system with complete visibility at final distribution.

“The Acti9 Active Safety System brings unprecedented visibility and connectivity for electricians, without compromising on safety. The electrical industry is undergoing monumental changes, and this solution helps electricians to navigate the complex changes by providing a ready-made offering compliant to the latest regulations.” says Nico van der Merwe, VP Home & Distribution at Schneider Electric

The next generation of Acti9 Active, which features the hybrid Acti9 Active arc fault distribution board (AFDD), brings an innovative addition to the Acti9 Isobar P range of distribution boards, incorporating efficiency, safety, and best-in-class connectivity compliant with the latest wiring regulations BS7671 18th Edition Amendment 2.

Through alarms and pre-alarms, the Acti9 Active Safety System alerts and protects against electrical faults, providing electricians with the ability to detect a fault and work efficiently and safely to fix it. 

The Active Safety System consists of three elements that simplify what would be a complex connected system:

  • Acti9 Active device and Hybrid distribution board – a single 36mm device that acts as an Active all-in-one breaker offering enhanced visibility and greater protection from arc-fault related fires.
  • EcoStruxure Panel Server – the gateway allowing the connectivity down to the final circuit in the distribution board.
  • EcoStruxure Power Monitoring Expert – the software platform that enables electricians to easily view the information coming from the distribution board at final circuit levels.

Historically, energy meters were used in distribution boards to show an aggregated view of multiple circuits. However, the Acti9 Active Safety System’s total integration of circuit protection, gateway, and software mean that, for the first time, enhanced visibility is available at the final circuit level. This allows electricians to be one step ahead of the electrical system so they can proactively address potential faults and issues before they occur.

Furthermore, the level of information provided by the Acti9 Active improves operational resilience and reduces overall downtime for the electrical system. By having complete visibility of what is happening within the system itself, electricians and building owners have unprecedented control, allowing them to make informed decisions to achieve their energy efficiency goals and make changes to support their sustainability journeys.

@SchneiderUKI @SchneiderElec @teamlewisglobal #Electric #PAuto

Antenna operations appointment.

The Antenna Company has appointed Justin Diederix as VP of Operations. In this role, Justin will lead the company’s global operations team including quality, new product introduction and supply chain management, succeeding Andre van Hees who is retiring from The Antenna Company.

Justin Diederix
Justin brings 20 years of international operations experience for both scale-up and multinational corporations. Justin has an extensive background in Far-East manufacturing, procurement, supply chain management and customer service.

Prior to joining The Antenna Company, Justin was with Samsung Group for over 10 years, in a broad range of procurement, logistics and opeations roles. Most recently, Justin held the positon of Director of the European Operations Group at Samsung SDS, where he managed a large team across Europe, making the company more effective and profitable. Justin holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology and speaks five languages.

David Favreau, CEO at The Antenna Company said, “Justin’s appointment comes at a time of significant growth and diversification in Antenna Company’s business. Justin’s experience with Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma will enable Antenna Company to meet the expanding needs and expectations of its customers.”

“I am very excited to be joining The Antenna Company”, said Justin in response to his appointment. “I believe our operations, quality and supply chain capability must be a strategic asset for the company and I am driven by the desire to exceed our customer’s expectations in each of those areas.”

@antennacompany @SRSTechPR #Communications

Modules have conditional logic computing.

Acromag’s new BusWorks® NT series remote I/O modules are now enhanced with conditional logic. The conditional logic increases the functionality with a system of rules that allows extremely complicated decisions based on relatively simple “yes/no” questions. For example, reading an analog or digital input value can trigger an action to happen as a result. This value could be used to control a relay when one or more conditions occur. Another example would be when a discrete input is ON and a temperature threshold is crossed. More complex math computation and logic are also an option.

“With this new conditional logic capability, users can easily implement rule-based control functions without programming,” states Robert Greenfield, Acromag’s Business Development Manager.

Conditional logic is configured on the NT’s built-in web configuration page. No programming is required. The modules support up to 64 conditions using IF/THEN/ELSE statements.

NTE Ethernet I/O models have dual RJ45 ports and a webserver with Modbus TCP/IP and Ethernet/IP communication to monitor or control the internal I/O channels. An integrated DIN rail bus allows connections of up to three NTX expansion I/O modules. Each I/O module adds up to 16 input or output signals allowing a mix of voltage, current, temperature, TTL, and relay control signals networked on one IP address. The space-saving design requires only 25mm of DIN rail per module. Ethernet I/O modules distribute 9-32V DC power along the DIN rail bus to expansion modules. Hazardous location approvals, high noise immunity, and -40 to 70°C operation make this I/O ideal for use in harsh environments. 

The NT2000 Series offers a broad variety of I/O signal processing options. Nine I/O configurations are available as either NTE Ethernet I/O or NTX expansion I/O models. Analog I/O models feature eight differential or sixteen single-ended inputs for monitoring current or voltage signals. Discrete I/O models provide 16 tandem input/output channels with either active high/low input and sinking/sourcing output. A six-channel mechanical relay output model is also available. For temperature monitoring, a thermocouple input model supports many sensor types and also millivolt ranges. More models will release over the coming months for additional I/O functions.

Profinet communication is planned for release soon. Each module will support all three protocols which are selectable using any web browser to configure the network settings and I/O operation. The modules typically function as a network slave, but also offer Acromag’s i2o® peer-to-peer communication technology to transfer data between modules directly without a host or master in between. Multicast capability is included.

@Acromag #PAuto #Communications