Monday 31 October 2022

Product line card explores motion control.

Mclennan has released a new capability brochure and a product line card that brings prospective and existing customers up to date with its wide range of electronic and mechanical motion components, and its expertise in precision motion and automation system design and build.
With its 40-year history as a supplier of precision motion control product and systems integration, Mclennan has long-established distribution partnerships with globally leading manufacturers as well as its own in-house design and production facilities. Qualified and experienced technical sales and applications support staff offer a professional specification and design service through a partnership approach.

Mclennan’s product lines extend to stepper and servo motors and drives, integrated motors, AC synchronous motors, feedback devices, motion controllers and software as well as gearboxes, actuators, positioning tables and other mechanical components. Its products are widely used and well proven for precision motion and automation and can be supplied as individual components or integrated together as part of sophisticated solutions for complex motion control systems in industrial automation, medical & laboratory equipment, process & instrumentation, scientific research, vacuum science and more.

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Wi-Fi networks in demanding and device-dense environments.

Two new access points have been added to Westermo's Ibex range of WLAN solutions to provide high-performance data communications onboard trains, industrial vehicles and outdoor applications. The Ibex-1310 and Ibex-1510 are concurrent dual band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) access points and clients designed to meet the IEEE 802.11ax standard, also known as Wi-Fi 6. By delivering enhanced performance and speed, especially in device-dense environments, the access points create networks that better support applications such as maintenance access, train data offloading and management systems, and hotspots for passenger Wi-Fi.

The Ibex-1310 is approved for use on industrial vehicles, while the Ibex-1510 has been tested and certified to meet rail standards EN 50155 and EN 45545-2, allowing deployment both onboard trains and trackside. The devices are designed to withstand the tough environment onboard vehicles, including the exposure to constant vibration, extreme temperatures, humidity and demanding electromagnetic environments. An extremely compact and power efficient design enables easy integration in space-restricted installations.

“Wi-Fi 6 is the next-generation wireless standard, that provides improved performance in areas containing lots of connected Wi-Fi enabled devices, faster data transfer speeds, and functionality to enable lower power usage from connected devices,” explained Sami Anttila, Business Development Manager, Westermo. “The new Ibex access points have been designed to deliver these benefits within the demanding environments typically found onboard trains and buses.”

A range of design and construction features helps to ensure a high degree of reliability over an extended lifecycle, which reduces total cost of ownership. A GORE-TEX® membrane prevents internal condensation, while IP66 protection prevents ingress of water and dust, even at the quick connect QMA connectors available on the Ibex-1510. A high level of isolation between all interfaces enables direct connectivity to vehicle auxiliary power and protects against overvoltage and surges.

As with all Westermo networking technology products, the access points are very easy to install, operate and maintain. The two devices are powered by Westermo’s robust and easy to use SW6 operating system, which provides the latest cybersecurity features and updates.

@WestermoUK @westermo @HHC_Lewis #Transportation #Communications #Pauto 

Friday 28 October 2022

Instrumentation excellence recognised.

The 2022 Instrumentation Excellence Awards took place at Covent Garden’s Grand Connaught Rooms (London GB) on the evening of Thursday 27th October.

The glittering awards ceremony began with the award for the Cables and Connectors Product of the Year, which was won by HARTING for their Han-Modular® Domino modules. The next category was the Calibration Product of the Year and that was awarded to Fluke Calibration 8588A.

The third category of the awards was Cases and Enclosures of the Year for which Rittal VX SE took home the trophy. DAQ Product of the Year was awarded to Dewesoft SIRIUS XHS, followed by the award for the Flow, Level and Control Product of the Year which was won by VEGA CONTROLS LTD, VEGAPULS 10 20 30 Low-Cost Compact 80 GHz Radar Level sensors.

Next in the awards programme was Gas Detection Product of the Year and of the six finalists for this category, Vaisala won with their CARBOCAP MGP261 Multigas Probe. Next was the award for IIoT Product of the Year. JR Dynamics, Trains with Brainscame highly commended in this category andifm electronic edgeGatewaywon!

Monitoring and Metering Product of the Year came next, and the winner was Metaspehre’s ART Sewer- IoT Wastewater Level Monitoring solution. After this was Sensor Product of the Year and the trophy was awarded to ESI Technology Limited - The GD4200-USB Digital Pressure Transducer.

Following this was the award for the Signal Conditioning Product of the Year. The winner was Turck Banner SNAP SIGNAL. ABB Measurement & Analytics' AquaMaster4 Mobile Comms was next to receive a coveted award for the Test and Measurement Product of the Year category.

The next category was the Thermal Imaging and Vision Systems Product of the Year. This category had five finalists in the running and of those five, Analog Devices, ADTF3175 One Megapixel Time-of-Flight Module won the trophy.

Jon Morris
After the product categories, came the award for Best Marketing Campaign, won by Tektronix. This was followed by the Digital Transformation Award which was taken home by ABB. Distributor of the Year was won by RS Components. VEGA Controls won the award for Excellence in Innovation and this year’s Manufacturer of the Year was awarded to Bronkhorst High-Tech.

The PR Agency of the Year Award accolade went to Napier, after which this year’s Sustainability Award was presented to ABB Measurements and Analytics.

The final award of the evening celebrated the wonderful individuals in our industry. The Personality of the Year was awarded to Jon Morris from ifm electronic.

#PAuto #TandM #IEA22 #Britain

New line of variable frequency drives.

A new line of VF1A Doesa variable frequency drives (VFDs) ia available from IDEC Corporation. The line offers versatile control and efficient operation of electrical motors for a wide range of applications. 

VFDs are used to control the speed and torque of AC motors so users can optimize system performance by running equipment at just the speed required to meet the demand of the load. Furthermore, VFDs are configurable to accelerate and decelerate to commanded speed smoothly, reducing the wear and tear on associated mechanical components. Among the greatest of VFD benefits is the energy savings realized by running a motor at any speed below maximum, so long as the equipment needs are met. 

Control options.
IDEC VF1A Doesa VFDs are suitable for speed control of variable and constant torque applications ranging from fans and pumps to specialized equipment. The VFD is capable of driving an induction motor (IM) or a permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM). IMs can be driven in open loop or closed loop, while PMSMs can be driven in open loop only

The product family features a compact form factor in a UL open-type construction, with nickel- and tin-plated bus bars and conformal coatings for corrosion protection. The VFD is designed for a long operating life, and provides a maintenance alarm signal.

Electrical input is nominally rated as three-phase low voltage AC 400V (with an allowable input voltage range of 380-480V AC), and the VFDs come in 14 models with a capacity range of up to 139A. Each VFD is quadruple rated for varying duties—normal or heavy overload, and mild 40DegC or high 50DegC temperatures—so users can minimize the number of models needed to handle a wide range of applications.

Other advanced functionality includes control of mechanical brakes, a built-in braking transistor, regeneration avoidance, and low-voltage ride through. Safe torque off (STO) capability ensures the VFD fulfills functional safety standard requirements while eliminating the need for external circuit breakers required by conventional VFDs.

Logic programming with 55 functions, different calculations and sequences, and fast processing intervals lets designers eliminate other small controllers, and adapt the VFD to meet special requirements. The logic is configured via easy-to-use graphical software, enabling users to create customized automation applications of up to 200 steps, including PID control. Online logic, value, and trace monitoring helps users optimize and diagnose applications. Password protection is included.

The VFD also includes seven digital inputs, two analog inputs, three digital outputs, and two analog outputs for added control functionality. A standard option port and RS-485 terminals are included, and the VFD accepts removable terminal cards for standard, 5V, and 12V/15V operation. Optional communication cards are available for easy integration of the VFD with PLCs and other intelligent devices.

An on-board keypad provides convenient status and diagnostic monitoring, along with local configuration and control capability. An optional external keypad makes it easy to set and save parameters in a convenient location—using a PC and software if desired—and then later connect this keypad locally at the VFD for downloading the configuration.

The IDEC portfolio of VF1A Doesa VFDs provide cost-effective, high-performance control for a wide variety of motor applications. IDEC offers free tech support for the VFDs, with no service or support contract required.


Thursday 27 October 2022

New head for fluid conveyance division.

Danfoss Power Solutions has appointed Ines E. Sira as the new president of its Fluid Conveyance division. Based at the company’s campus in Eden Prairie, (Minn USA)., Sira will be a key member of the Power Solutions leadership team and will report directly to Eric Alström, president of Danfoss Power Solutions.

Ines Sira
“Ines is the type of leader we need to propel Fluid Conveyance into its next chapter,” said Alström. “Her background is a perfect fit both operationally and culturally, and I have no doubt her contributions will drive growth and innovation.”

She has a strong background in business strategy development and operational execution with many years of experience in accelerating growth in developed and emerging markets. Her expertise in merger and acquisition integrations will be an immense benefit to Danfoss.

“I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to lead the Fluid Conveyance division, particularly at this stage of its integration into Danfoss Power Solutions,” Sira said. “I look forward to accelerating our strategy and proving that our people and our products, backed by the power of Danfoss, truly are stronger than ever.”

She takes over from Chris Schadewald, who has served as the interim president of Fluid Conveyance for the last five months, in addition to his role as vice president of the Rubber Hydraulic Hose and Fittings business unit.

Sira joins Danfoss from Wesco Distribution Inc., where she held the position of vice president and general manager, Global Safety Business. At Wesco, she was responsible for the strategic direction and operational execution of the business across the company’s three business units, as well as the integration of three acquisitions into an enterprise-level strategy. She also drove initiatives to increase business profitability and end-market penetration. Prior to her role at Wesco, Sira spent nearly 20 years at 3M, where she held various leadership positions.

Sira holds a master’s degree in marketing and finance from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree in administration of non-profit organizations from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in marketing and journalism from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela.

@Danfoss @Danfoss_NA @NapierPR #PAuto #Power #USA

Wednesday 26 October 2022

Software-driven, data-centric automation platform.

Driving faster, easier digital transformation to accelerate IT/OT convergence, enabling easy upgrades and modernization.

Emerson has released a new version of its DeltaV™ distributed control system (DCS). Version 15 of the DeltaV DCS helps plants digitally transform operations through improved production optimization and enhanced operator performance. New software designed to reduce the burden of IT support and modernization spend coupled with expanded analytics will help increase flexibility and speed to market and drive operational improvements.

Market forces and public expectation are putting more pressure than ever on manufacturers to drive improved performance and sustainability. Meeting these goals, especially in an era of personnel shortages, means making the most of available data. DeltaV version 15 expands access to critical data to provide every operator with actionable decision support. New infrastructure makes automation easier to set up and maintain while real-time analytics and an improved human machine interface (HMI) help operators improve situational awareness.

“As the Purdue Model of control system engineering continues to flatten and more manufacturers need visibility across the enterprise, the control system plays an increasingly important role in providing real-time access to highly-contextualized, democratized data,” said Claudio Fayad, vice president of technology for Emerson’s process systems and solutions business. “Version 15 continues our focus on intuitive, software-defined architectures to help operators and engineers meet the more sustainable, efficient future of process manufacturing.”

Project and operations teams rely on virtualization to reduce the hardware and energy footprint of the automation system while simultaneously increasing its availability. DeltaV now supports a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) virtualization option that can be deployed in half the time of a traditional virtualization setup. DeltaV HCI is easy to scale and maintain and delivers improved performance. The HCI platform is easily expandable and scalable, allowing users to future-proof their investment, and is the foundation of the DeltaV evolution into a data-centric and software-defined system.

Users can increase their speed to market through the new DeltaV Spectral Process Analytical Technology (PAT). DeltaV Spectral PAT integrates two analytics solutions with the DeltaV DCS for real-time closed-loop control. This tighter control helps reduce human error and increase speed to market of quality therapies by moving plants closer to continuous manufacturing of drugs.

Enhancements to DeltaV Live, a modern HTML5-based, built for purpose HMI, empower operators with easy access to expert insights for more effective, efficient decisions that drive better performance and help personnel of any skill level. Teams can also unlock anytime, anywhere access to digital twin simulations from across the globe with the new software-as-a-service DeltaV Simulation Cloud, saving time and money with subscription options and facilitating easier collaboration among experts.

Easier, more flexible I/O integration lowers capital costs and improves modernizations. Built-in cybersecurity remains a priority, with DeltaV version 15 being ISASecure SSA Level 1 certified, providing end-to-end cybersecurity across the whole system and at all levels.

@EmersonExchange @EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis #PAuto

Security body for greater China.

Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services (Bureau Veritas) has announced their accreditation as an ISASecure Certification Body (CB) based in Taiwan. The Bureau Veritas ISASecure accreditation audit was conducted by the Taiwan Accreditation Foundation (TAF), an ISO 17011 Accreditation Body.

ISASecure is the brand under which the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) operates its automation cybersecurity conformity assessment scheme for the ANSI/ISA 62443 and ISA/IEC 62443 standards. ISASecure CB accreditation is granted to CBs that have demonstrated full adherence to ISO 17065 and ISO 17025 standards, and ISASecure CB technical readiness requirements.

Andre Ristaino, ISA Managing Director of Conformity Assessment Programs, stated, "We are pleased to include Bureau Veritas in the ISASecure CB community. The Bureau Veritas reputation for excellence enhances the credibility of the ISASecure ISA/IEC 62443 conformity assessment scheme. We look forward to expanding our collaboration with Bureau Veritas."

As a Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) industry leader in ISA/IEC 62443 certifications, Bureau Veritas has demonstrated strong capabilities across industrial security globally. Bureau Veritas' accreditation as Greater China's first ISASecure CB expands Bureau Veritas' reach in the delivery of industrial cybersecurity solutions.

ISA/IEC 62443 is the only technical horizontal standard in industrial cybersecurity covering the full automation lifecycle, which also addresses the long update cycles typical in automation and control systems. The ISA/IEC 62443 standards address the heightened levels of vulnerabilities experienced late in the systems' lifecycles. ISA/IEC 62443 applicability spans many industry sectors including semiconductors, railway, industrial products, automobiles, smart buildings and cities, oil & gas, energy storage, and more. A recent ISCI study confirmed the applicability of ISA/IEC 62443 for the industrial internet of things (IIoT).

Paolo Ingarao, General Manager of Technology Products Taiwan, Consumer Products Division, said of the ISASecure certification, "Bureau Veritas values the solid foundation of Taiwan and the cybersecurity development of future manufacturers, and takes the lead to assist Taiwanese manufacturers to obtain ISA/IEC 62443-2-4, ISA/IEC 62442-3-3, and ISA/IEC 62443-4-2 certifications. Having accredited the testing qualification of both ISA/IEC 62443-4-2 and Component Security Assurance (CSA), Bureau Veritas can help manufacturers solve the product compliance problems on-site, shorten the testing time of cybersecurity, and make it faster to integrate with the international market to grasp business opportunities."

"After bringing our Taiwan lab to standard earlier in 2022, I am very proud that we've been recognized as the only ISASecure lab based in the Greater China area, demonstrating our continued strength in the field of industrial cybersecurity" said Pascal LeRay, Bureau Veritas Head of Cybersecurity, said of the ISASecure certification.  "In response to the fast-changing environment of information security, adopting best practices to continually strengthen information security techniques against new threats will be a great challenge. With industrial cybersecurity expected to grow further in the coming years, we will continue to assist our clients in meeting these new challenges and build safer connected systems."

@ISA_Interchange #Cybersecurity #PAuto 

Keeping data centres cool.

Around 60% of a data centre’s energy requirements are driven by its IT infrastructure, so there are energy reduction opportunities in (usually new) equipment that is more energy efficient. However, there are good opportunities for energy efficiency in the other 40% of energy demand; the majority of which comes from a data centre’s cooling and air-conditioning systems. In many data centres 99.999% uptime is expected; representing annual downtime of just a few minutes, so accurate, reliable, continuous monitoring and control is essential. Here Anu Kätkä from Vaisalaexplains what must be measured, and where.

Anu Kätkä
Data centre owners and managers are acutely aware of the need for better energy efficiency. With responsibility for around 1% of global electricity consumption, the sector is heavily affected by turbulence in energy costs, so there is a very strong demand for energy efficiency. At the same time, governments around the world are looking to energy hungry industries for opportunities to reduce the use of fossil fuels and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Around 60% of a data centre’s energy requirements are driven by its IT infrastructure, so there are energy reduction opportunities in (usually new) equipment that is more energy efficient. However, there are good opportunities for energy efficiency in the other 40% of energy demand; the majority of which comes from a data centre’s cooling and air-conditioning systems.

Efficient temperature and humidity control is important for the optimal functioning of IT infrastructure. In many modern facilities 99.999% uptime is expected; representing annual downtime of just a few minutes. These extremely high levels of performance are necessary because of the importance and value of the data and processes being handled by the IT infrastructure.

In common with all good process efficiency measures, effective energy management relies on the availability of accurate, reliable, continuous monitoring data. 

So, for data centres, what must be measured? and where?

Cooling and air conditioning is necessary to remove the heat generated by IT equipment; to avoid over-heating and prevent failures. It is therefore necessary to monitor temperature in the aisles and racks, as well as in all spaces, ducts in the ventilation system, cooling system pipes, and outdoors. Naturally, it is vital that the measurement locations are truly representative and that the network of sensors is able to detect any potential cold- or hot-spots.

Using HMT120
Larger data halls can be more challenging to monitor because they have a greater potential for spatial temperature variability, so it is important that there are sufficient numbers of temperature sensors to ensure that all servers are monitored. Some servers may be close to a cooling unit and others may be further away; some may be at the bottom of a rack, and others higher up, so there is potential for three-dimensional variability. In addition to a sufficient number of sensors, it is also therefore important for air flow and cooling to be optimally distributed throughout the server room.

Most data centres will need to monitor ‘delta T’ – which is commonly defined as the temperature difference between hot and cold aisles. However, in reality, the situation is more complex because there are actually four different delta Ts (1) that need to be monitored if cooling operations are to be as efficient as possible.

The most obvious delta T is the temperature difference in air before and after it passes through the IT equipment. The second frequently measured delta T is the temperature difference across the cooling equipment. However, in reality, the temperature of the air leaving the coolers is rarely the same as the air arriving at the IT equipment. This is usually because of issues such as obstructions, vortices, pressure differentials, air pockets etc. that cause cold air and warm air to mix. Similarly, the temperature of the air leaving the IT equipment is frequently cooler by the time it enters the coolers. This is usually because cooled air mixes with the warmed air for a variety of reasons; all of which indicate inefficiency in air flow management.

So, the four delta Ts are the temperature differences:

  1. Before and after the IT equipment
  2. Before and after the coolers
  3. Between air leaving the coolers and air entering the IT equipment
  4. Between air leaving the IT equipment and air entering the coolers

By accurately monitoring these four delta Ts, data centre managers can gain a better understanding of the factors affecting cooling inefficiency, which can then inform mitigation and improvement measures to fine tune data centre performance.

HMD Series
In dry climates evaporative cooling is effective at dissipating heat. In cold climates direct cooling with dry, cold air can be used. In recent years, liquid cooling solutions have become popular because they are more effective at removing heat. To support this trend, Vaisala has developed a new high-quality sensor for measuring cooling / heating liquid temperatures. The Vaisala TMI110 is an immersion temperature transmitter offering a fast response with high levels of accuracy. TMI110 is an addition to the extensive HVAC product offering, including e.g. the ever-popular HMD60 for air ducts, HMT120 for indoor air measurements, and state of the art Indigo platform for most precise measurements in data centres.

IT equipment can also be adversely affected by humidity; low levels increase the risk of static electricity, so spray or evaporative humidifiers may be necessary. However, high levels of humidity are also to be avoided because they can result in condensation, and the corrosion of metallic equipment.

In cooler climates it may be possible to utilize colder outside air to cool data centre equipment in a process known as economization. The absolute water content of this outside air may be low, and since the relative humidity of air decreases when it is heated, the humidity level may fall below acceptable levels unless appropriate controls are in place.

Different types of humidity measurement are required, depending on the location and application. For example, relative humidity and dew point can be measured in rooms, spaces, ducts and outdoors, whereas wet bulb temperatures would be necessary in cooling towers and evaporative humidifiers, and enthalpy sensors may be required for airside economizers. Enthalpy expresses the total heat energy (sensible heat and latent heat) involved with thermodynamic changes. These calculated humidity parameters are typically available directly from advanced humidity sensors, such as Vaisala’s.

The three most common sensor configurations for airside economizer control are dry bulb, single enthalpy, and dual enthalpy. While dry bulb control is the simplest method, it may miss potential energy savings by not opening the economizer when the ambient temperature is slightly warmer but relatively dry.

Dual enthalpy works in a similar way, except that two enthalpy sensors are employed; one monitoring outdoor air, and the other return air. The economizer will run if the outdoor air enthalpy is less than the return enthalpy.

Vaisala’s transmitters are designed specifically for applications such as air conditioning and economization; measuring humidity and temperature, with derived outputs for dew point, wet bulb temperature and enthalpy. Temperature measurements do not generally suffer from drift, but traditional humidity sensors do, so Vaisala’s humidity sensors employ HUMICAP® technology which delivers long-term stability and insensitivity to interferences such as dust and condensation. These thin-film capacitive humidity sensors have become the industry standard in a wide variety of applications where long-term accurate, reliable, maintenance-free humidity measurements are required.

Air flow in ducts allow sensors to respond quickly to changing conditions, whereas air movement in rooms and other spaces can be slow, so some data centres prefer to use dew point temperature as a humidity control parameter because it does not depend on the temperature of the sensor.

Other sensors that may be deployed at data centres measure differential pressure in ducts and between hot and cold aisles, as well as additional outdoor meteorological parameters such as air pressure, rainfall, wind speed and direction. These measurements can be undertaken by an automatic weather station, by individual sensors, or by one of Vaisala’s WXT530 instruments, which utilize solid state technologies to minimize operating and maintenance costs. Outdoor sensors should be placed in a location with free airflow, away from any surfaces that might radiate heat and disturb measurements. Naturally, outdoor measurements must be as accurate and reliable as indoor measurements, so Vaisala’s world-leading meteorological instruments provide the long-term reliability that is required in even the harshest environments.

Investments in accurate, stable measurement systems are negligible in comparison with the value of the systems and information held by data centres. Add the financial and environmental costs of energy inefficiency to the equation, and you have a hugely compelling case for a comprehensive monitoring and control system utilising the most accurate and reliable sensors.

*Anu Kätkä is responsible for Global Product Management in Vaisala’s Industrial Measurements. With her background in the management of growth companies in the field of intelligent buildings, she has extensive experience in building automation and building management systems, as well as metering and monitoring solutions. She is passionate about businesses dealing with advanced technologies that create true value on a global scale while also contributing positively to the environment. 

@VaisalaGroup @UpsiteTech @_Enviro_News #Environment #Datacentres

Environmental performance, safety and productivity in mining.

Technology leaders to collaborate to investigate ways to support the transition to carbon-neutral mining operations

Global technology companies ABB and FLSmidth will collaborate to look at ways to advance environmental and productivity solutions for our mining customers under a new agreement.

“Driving collaboration within the mining industry is increasingly important and timely if the industry is to achieve its targets in line with their own expectations, those of society and as set out in agreements like the UN Paris Agreement; the faster solutions happen, the better,” said Joachim Braun, Division President, ABB Process Industries. “ABB and FLSmidth have chosen to collaborate at this key time. If we can combine state-of-the-art equipment with digital solutions, we can better help customers achieve their business goals and carbon-free operations. Greater collaboration is key as it means fewer interfaces, reduced risk and shortened project schedules.”

The companies will jointly assess solutions for mining companies that will de-risk their operations and lower operating costs while reducing emissions, energy use and waste. FLSmidth offers market-leading products, service and digital solutions for mining from the pit to the plant and provides a deep knowledge of mineral processing. ABB complements this with state-of-the-art automation, electrification, digital solutions and advanced services from the mine to the port.

“FLSmidth and ABB already have many of the building blocks for carbon-free, resource-optimised operations. By assessing how to combine and integrate these technologies and our respective expertise we will, together with our customers, accelerate transition in mining operations,” said Mikko Keto, Group CEO, FLSmidth. “Mining is essential in the energy transition. Meanwhile, the mining industry is facing unprecedented challenges due to declining ore grade and high demand as it develops new sites, while also being asked to make existing operations more sustainable. Modern technology, expert analysis and digital solutions will help lower water and energy use and reduce waste – and FLSmidth and ABB can really move the needle in this area.”

@FLSmidth @ABB_Mining @ABBgroupnews #PAuto #Mining

Power products acquisition.

TTI, Inc. – Europe has completed the acquisition of Ecopac (UK) Power Ltd, a specialist Britain & Ireland distributor of power supplies and LED drivers and becomes the sole shareholder.

“Ecopac Power is renowned in the UK for its broad product portfolio, technical solutions and value-added service of power products, having served the industry for nearly 30 years,” said Geoff Breed, Vice President TTI, Inc. – Europe. “There are many synergies between the two companies, sharing the same principles on core distribution values, focus on customer service and total satisfaction, and so this collaboration is a natural fit. We are delighted to be bringing Ecopac Power into the TTI Family of Specialists. It’s an exciting time for power and energy as companies look to design more sustainable products, and with the evolution of electrification vehicles and infrastructure for example. Additionally, we are looking forward to enhancing our partnership with Mean Well, a core strategic supplier for Ecopac Power, TTI Europe and Mouser.”

“Ecopac Power is excited to be joining the TTI Family. We have grown consistently over almost 30 years in both product portfolio, personnel, technical ability and turnover. We have reached a size now where gaining the experience of a larger group, whilst maintaining the Ecopac Power brand and ‘business as usual’ approach for our longstanding loyal customer base, who have been the most important part of our growth so far. We look forward as a company to continue to offer our unrivalled customer care as usual and working closely with TTI to expand our business together,” said Jon Young, Managing Director of Ecopac Power.

Ecopac Power’s power supply products are available from 0.5W – 10,000W, and include a wide selection of enclosed power supplies, DIN Rail power supplies, desktop and external power supplies, medical and open frame power supply units (PSU). The power specialist also has a strong focus on lighting applications and offers the largest range of LED drivers and dimmable drivers with wattages between 4W – 600W in constant voltage and between 4W – 1000W in constant current.

Tuesday 25 October 2022

Dust pulse technology control systems.

System provides superior monitoring, optimizing dust collector system performance and increasing uptime

Emerson’s new ASCOTM DPT Control System optimizes the performance and improves the efficiency of filtration and dust collector systems by providing accurate and reliable low-level particulate monitoring, early warning leak detection, enhanced cleaning control and real-time diagnostics. The connected system serves as a cost-effective, scalable and purposeful step toward a facility’s digital transformation. It is now available in Asia-Pacific, Europe and Middle East and Africa regions, with availability in the Americas by mid-2023.

Using traditional sensing technology, low-level leakage is hard to detect in environments with high operating pressure, high humidity or oil and steam. The advanced signal processing of the DPT Control System helps ensure accurate, low-level measurement and detection of particles of less than 1 milligram per cubic meter in harsh, high-pressure (maximum 7 bar) and high-humidity applications, like those found in the cement, power plant, incineration, finishing aluminum and chemical industries.

“The digital transformation of the process industry is underway and connected facilities around the world are seeing the valuable sustainability and operation cost reducing benefits that real-time monitoring and diagnostics deliver,” said Stephan Cocciardi, director of marketing and global strategic accounts with Emerson’s discrete and industrial business. “The sophisticated monitoring capabilities of the ASCO DPT Control System can help facilities detect issues and prevent problems that would otherwise waste energy and accrue unplanned downtime, resulting in a more efficient and reliable dust collection system.”

By closely monitoring dust collector systems in real time, the DPT Control System can help users locate and address leaks before they become issues, improving energy efficiency and compressed air consumption savings. The loop-powered sensor enables intrinsically safe monitoring of difficult-to-access points of the filtration system, including coil, diaphragm and filter bag. The system’s condition monitoring and predictive maintenance capabilities can improve system reliability and efficiency while reducing maintenance costs and unplanned downtime. Its superior linear output can help users track real-time particle emissions levels and meet emissions regulations.

In addition to monitoring, the DPT Control System optimizes the performance and uptime of dust collector systems of all sizes through efficient and reliable pulse-jet filter cleaning control. For facilities that use large baghouses, application-specific control algorithms can reduce pulsing frequency, which can extend filter life and reduce the amount of compressed air consumed. The control logic can maintain quite low and stable differential pressure during operation and automatically maintains differential pressure within ±25 Pa (±0.1 inch) of water column of set point while minimizing pulsing. This ensures consistent cleaning performance, maintains a proper filter cake and can reduce compressed air use by 15% to 40% over standard, on-demand cleaning and up to 90% over continuous. It also helps ensure consistent airflow to maintain production, ventilation and dust recovery.

The system provides extensive general filter pulse jet cleaning control modes, such as easily selectable pulsing patterns and a full range of basic timing modes. Modes include continuous, high/low, single cycle and cycle down.

The complete DPT Control System solution includes the DPT P150 Particle Monitor, DPT P151 Controller and P152 DPT Particle Sensor. 

* See "Forward Focus..."  - the theme of the Emerson User Group Conference commencing 24th October 2022 in Grapevine (TX USA).

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Towards "Boundless Automation."

Software-centric architecture to democratise data and enable innovation.

Building on a deep legacy of industry-leading digital automation expertise through its Plantweb digital ecosystem, global technology and software company Emerson has shared its vision of a new software-defined automation architecture designed to catalyse the future of modern manufacturing. 


This next-generation architecture will empower companies through `boundless automation’ to manage, connect and deliver operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) data seamlessly and easily across the enterprise. Moving data freely and securely across OT and IT domains – from the intelligent field to the edge and cloud – will enable operational and business performance optimisation across the enterprise. 

Emerson, drawing upon decades of automation leadership through its preeminent Plantweb digital ecosystem, shared this vision to accelerate manufacturing today at  Emerson Exchange Americas* convening nearly 3,000 industrial experts to discuss emerging ways to optimise business and sustainability performance through advanced automation. This vision follows Emerson’s latest expansion of Plantweb with the Aspen Tech industrial software portfolio. 


“The industrial sector is facing a pivotal moment, with the intersecting priorities of safety, productivity and sustainability forcing a crossroads between ‘the way things have always been done’ and the tech-powered vision of tomorrow,” said Mark Bulanda, executive president of Emerson’s Automation Solutions business. “As an automation leader with expanding software capabilities through our AspenTech addition, Emerson is well-positioned to help the industries we serve navigate a path to a digital future.” 


The automation architecture currently used across the world’s most essential industries was purpose-built with operational data isolated from hardware and software systems. This siloed approach presents a barrier to meaningful data use because separate layers of automation – including sensors and software, cloud-based applications and artificial intelligence – block data access from one layer to the next. 


Leveraging automation to its fullest potential requires secure OT data access to put data to work across layers to optimise process, reliability, safety and sustainability simultaneously. New technologies and applications combined with market needs – including `born digital’ companies, decentralised operating models and the move toward self-optimised plants – have created demand for a new automation paradigm where a unified software environment streams data across the enterprise effortlessly, when and where it’s needed. 


This software-defined, data-centric and app-enabled architecture Emerson outlined at its conference will more easily “democratise” critical data. The automation architecture will easily gather data from devices and modern edge-based technology control systems and securely move it to today’s cloud-based enterprise for analysis, trending and forecasting – enabling tight collaboration between information technology and OT. 

“Emerson has been at the forefront of industrial automation innovation breakthroughs for the past four decades, and our commitment continues,” said Peter Zornio, chief technology officer for Emerson’s Automation Solutions business. “The shift to a software-defined architecture across the cloud, edge and intelligent field will eliminate functional and architectural silos, creating a ‘boundless automation’ platform. Such a platform is required to truly enable all the benefits promised by digital transformation applications and programs.”  

* See "Forward Focus..."  - the theme of the Emerson User Group Conference commencing 24th October 2022 in Grapevine (TX USA).

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"See, decide, act and optimise!"

Industry-leading digital automation portfolio connects intelligent field to software-centric evolution of automation architecture

Leveraging decades of digital innovation and leadership across all automation categories, global technology and software company Emerson has announced the evolution of the Plantweb™ digital ecosystem to incorporate the AspenTech portfolio of asset optimisation software powered by industrial artificial intelligence, creating the most comprehensive digital transformation portfolio in the industry.


Emerson’s Plantweb digital ecosystem, optimised by AspenTech, enables industrial manufacturers across all industries to “See, Decide, Act and Optimise” their operations. Leveraging a robust suite of sensors, software and control technologies, Plantweb now enables companies to optimise the business and sustainability performance of their plants and enterprise through advanced asset and business optimisation software.


“With the vast amounts of data created by manufacturing, the world’s most essential industries have increasingly demanded robust automation that transcends boundaries to help empower safe, reliable operations across a facility or enterprise,” said Mark Bulanda, executive president of Emerson’s Automation Solutions business. “Our Plantweb digital ecosystem, combined with the asset optimisation leadership of AspenTech, gives organisations the ability to ‘see, decide, act and optimise’ every aspect of their operations to drive exceptional returns on automation investment in productivity, safety and sustainability.”


The new Plantweb digital ecosystem, now optimised with AspenTech industrial AI software, empowers companies with an unprecedented flexibility to generate, manage and use the rapidly growing body of data each plant operation generates. As every operator increasingly uses data and software to perform their jobs, Plantweb helps make data actionable by more personnel in the context of their role, regardless of location.


Plantweb powers world-class performance by enabling: sensing and visualization, predictive diagnostics and monitoring, precision control, modelling and AI-powered analytics. These technologies include:

  • Sense & Measure: Providing the ability to SEE, sensing and measurement technologies create high-integrity data to drive all decisions. This portfolio helps customers eliminate blind spots in locations and applications previously out of reach, including modern edge computing that enables faster local response. Key capabilities include leak and corrosion detection, tank, safety and equipment monitoring, personnel awareness, process measurements, and liquid and gas analysis.
  • Automation Systems & Software: Providing the ability to DECIDE, digital automation systems enable agility through intuitive analytics and improved visibility. Advanced software drives better decisions through on-demand access to expertise, while automated workflows empower personnel to focus on high-value activities rather than low-value tasks. Software includes distributed, batch and advanced control, SCADA and PLCs, safety systems, asset and alarm management, remote monitoring, AI, machine learning and digital twins.
  • Act & Control: Providing the confidence to ACT, responsive, precision control helps maximise performance and optimise production to drive operational integrity and protect people, equipment and the environment. Technology capabilities include digital valve control, process isolation, pressure regulation, discrete, motion, fluid and drive control and air handling.
  • Industrial Software: Providing the ability to OPTIMISE across the entire asset lifecycle, modular, AI-based software features performance engineering applications to optimise and create world-class facilities. Manufacturing and supply chain applications maximise operational performance, while asset performance management applications extract the greatest return on investment from equipment and facilities. Industrial software capabilities include capital estimation, facility modelling, economic analysis, reservoir modelling, planning and scheduling, process and dynamic simulation, process knowledge management, supply chain management, process and energy analytics, management execution, electricity grid management, operations and asset performance management and digital twins.

The industry has increasingly realised advanced automation is the greatest strategic lever available to boost operating performance, improve safety and achieve sustainability targets through emissions reduction and greater energy efficiency.

“Plantweb has remained a platform for continuous innovation in the industry since its introduction in 1997, including the world’s first integrated digital safety loop, machinery health monitoring and the pervasive deployment of wireless technologies,” said Peter Zornio, chief technology officer for Emerson. “Now Plantweb sets the software foundation for the future of ‘boundless automation,’ where the intelligent field, edge and cloud become a seamless architecture for world-class responsiveness and performance.”

•  See "Forward Focus..."  - the theme of the Emerson User Group Conference commencing 24th October 2022 in Grapevine (TX USA).

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Smart factory inaugurated.

DFI's new facility in Taoyuan (Taiwan) introduces multiple automated equipment. In addition to efficiency and precision, it features more rigorous manufacturing and inspection processes. Control of the manufacturing process has been enhanced, with output increasing by 30%, material mastery reaching 99.9%, and FPYR (First Pass Yield Rate) reaching 99.6%.

The global pandemic and severe labor and material shortages have recently plagued the international supply chain. Corporate automation and smart production have become keys to increasing future competitiveness. DFI has transformed the Taoyuan plant into a high-efficiency, high-quality, and high-material management smart factory by introducing new automation equipment.

Michael Lee, Vice Chairman of DFI, stated, "a wave of new infrastructure and IoT has swept the global industry in recent years. DFI has accumulated great expertise in the embedded field. We can help customers accelerate their integration of IT and OT to improve the deployment of smart functions to respond to the rapidly changing industrial environment. We will actively face the various impacts of the post-pandemic era and economic changes."

Alexander Su, President of DFI, further shared the company's management approach. "With the trend of corporate digital transformations, DFI will implement comprehensive production and quality management through the three operating strategies of 'smart new factory,' 'AIoT product lines,' and 'flexible and stable supply chain deployment.' We will provide integrated solutions and realize exceptional product performance and stable supply services to create maximum customer value."

The New Plant is the Face of Smartification

  • Efficiency: DFI has expanded SMT production to 6 lines and has integrated high-efficiency AS/RS unmanned vehicles with an automated smart warehouse system. Results include improved material turnover efficiency by 20% and output by 30%.
  • Accuracy: An automated X-ray component counter was introduced to accurately count and calculate the number of parts after mounting. The smart feeder provides two pathways of smart confirmation. A production traceability system provides complete material and product traceability, increasing mastery of materials and parts to 99.9%.
  • Product quality: The correctness of finished parts and production quality is ensured by 2D & 3D automated optical inspection (Pre-reflow AOI/Post-reflow AOI) and X-ray inspection. A wide temperature burn-in chamber conducts aging testing according to customer needs. It can satisfy the tolerability required by various key applications, with an FPYR of 99.6%.

Creating ultra-small products and high flexibility, high stability supply chains.
In recent years, DFI has actively invested in the research and development of ultra-small motherboards and fully invested in developing Edge AI related products. We have expanded the deployment of vertical applications, such as industrial automation, Internet of Vehicles, and medical solutions. The supply of high-quality products requires a firm yet flexible supply chain for support. DFI has created a stable supply chain by enhancing smart production management capabilities.

This mart factory has successfully integrated the IT and OT systems. The production line's efficiency, accuracy, and quality have been enhanced. Hybrid cloud architecture has been established, and the connectivity and correctness of the information system has been improved. Sufficient production capacity and strong performance will drive the company's implementation of OT smart transformations.

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Delivering clean energy.

The drive for a renewable, carbon-free energy transition reaches individual residences and consumers with small-scale hydrogen production and utilization.

A White Paper* describing how Emerson assisted Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) with a hydrogen microgrid project is now available.

Hydrogen use is growing rapidly worldwide to provide a clean source of energy in a variety of industrial applications, but until now the residential market has had limited use. This situation is changing as utility companies worldwide are exploring delivery solutions to enable their customers to use hydrogen for emission reduction.

SoCalGas, a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy, is working with Emerson to deploy digital technologies, software, and services to demonstrate the resiliency and reliability of a hydrogen microgrid for southern California utility consumers.

The [H2] Innovation Experience is one of the first projects of its kind in the U.S., and it shows how this carbon-free gas made using renewable electricity can be consumed in pure form, or blended with natural gas to fuel clean energy systems of the future. Now operating, this demonstration project provides a path to reducing emissions from home energy use—another critical contribution to a cleaner energy future.

*The white paper (pdf) may be downloaded here.

•  See "Forward Focus..."  - the theme of the Emerson User Group Conference commencing 24th October 2022 in Grapevine (TX USA).

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New management team announced.

L-R: Dr Nildeep Patel, President Engineered Products Division, Eric Haag, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development,Trexon; Gareth Phillips, Managing Director – Roy Phillips, retiring CEO, Intelliconnect.
A new senior management team has been unveiled by Intelliconnect (Europe) following their recent acquisition by Trexon Global. Gareth Phillips is now Managing Director and Steve Groves takes the role of Sales & Marketing Director.

Gareth and Steve were already in place as part of the planned retirement of Roy Phillips, founder and CEO, to ensure continued smooth running of the company in line with Roy’s belief that people are the most important resource of any organisation. He will be staying on in an advisory role for a period to make his wealth of experience available to the new team.

Roy Phillips says, “So after nearly 20 years of fun, frustration, fantastic people, hard work and the utter joy of watching my baby grow from an embryo in the corner of a warehouse to the multi-national, multi-million-pound business it is today, it is time to hand over the reins of Intelliconnect to my fantastic new management team under the ownership of the Trexon Group.” 

Commenting on the acquisition Phillips says “Trexon very much have a ‘hands off’ approach to running their businesses and are about investment and growth, factors which were decisive in making our choice of acquirer. I would like to assure all of our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders that this move will only benefit all concerned. The tremendous growth that we have achieved over the past few years will continue, while retaining the unique essence of Intelliconnect.”

Commenting on the changes, the new Managing Director, Gareth Phillips, says, "I am delighted to be taking on the role of Managing Director and working with our amazing team and new owners to keep exceeding our stakeholders’ expectations. The Intelliconnect business has been built on quality and service, none of which would have been possible without its fantastic people and supply chain. Roy brought me in three years ago not only to help get this business ready for the future but because like him, I believe that we are nothing without our team and we already have some really exciting plans for the future."

Steve Groves, Sales and Marketing Director, adds, Intelliconnect have been on a fantastic journey under the guidance of Roy for many years now. Being part of the Trexon group opens up many more exciting opportunities with great synergies across the group, within the customer base and product range

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Monday 24 October 2022

Fork sensors.

The new fork sensors of the GS 04B and GS 08B series from Leuze detect even the smallest objects with absolute reliability. They are ideal for reliable detection in high speed applications

Even the smallest objects can be reliably detected - as proven by the new Leuze GS 04B and GS 08B series fork sensors. They detect objects as small as 0.05 mm in diameter. Due to their high switching frequency of up to 10,000 HZ, they are well suited for use in fast automation processes. Users benefit from a wide choice of different variants: the sensors of the GS 04B series are available in 14 different fork widths from 5 to 220 mm. The GS(L) 08B series offers four fork widths from 30 to 120 mm. This makes them suitable for a variety of industries - for example in the packaging sector or in assembly and handling technology.

The new GS 04B series fork photoelectric sensors with red light LED are also available with extra-wide fork widths of 170 or 220 millimeters. Using these, applications with larger components can also be solved with fork sensors

Quickly mounted and configured.

The compact fork shape of the sensors combines the transmitter and receiver in one device. This enables simple and quick mounting without the need for alignment and offers a high level of operational reliability. Due to their very compact design, Leuze fork photoelectric sensors can also be integrated into areas where space is limited. The extrawide fork widths of 170 or 220 mm, also allow larger objects to be detected.

The cleanroom-compatible V4A stainless steel housing of the GS(L) 08B series is ECOLAB-certified and therefore ideal for industries with high demands on hygiene and resistance to cleaning agents

The sensors of the GS 04B and GS 08B series can be configured either via IO-Link or manually via a potentiometer. Sensitivity adjustment and light/dark switching ensure maximum reliability. When it comes to high demands on hygiene and resistance to cleaning agents: the GS(L) 08B series offers a robust, resistant, and cleanroom-compatible V4A stainless steel housing. It is ECOLAB-certified and meets the high standards of protection class IP67.

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Machine reduces risk of assembly errors.

The Danfoss Power Solutions' WalformConnect machine, With an array of digital features, data tracking, and cloud connectivity, enables simple and safe hydraulic tube forming within the Walform® system — a leading cold forming metric tube fitting system — driving reliable performance and optimized production processes.

Designed to help customers ensure correct forming of high-performance hydraulic tubes, the WalformConnect machine features an array of digital capabilities and connectivity options. The new machine reduces the risk of assembly errors with a barcode scanner that verifies the correct tooling to use. In addition, the machine automatically indicates the compatible clamping jaw part number and tube parameters.

The WalformConnect machine enables in-depth production monitoring by capturing a range of real-time data, such as cycle times, machine temperature, and tool clamping status. Operators and supervisors can easily access information on what proportion of a production lot is complete, the cycle time per order, and more. The ability to monitor multiple machines in the cloud enables easier operational planning. In addition, historical production data and information on past orders can be saved on an individual machine or in the cloud, enabling easy local or remote analysis to further improve production. The machine can be fully integrated into a customer’s manufacturing process, allowing for paperless production with orders sent directly from an enterprise resource planning system.

To maximize WalformConnect machine uptime, real-time monitoring can automatically provide maintenance teams with information to support error resolution, while remote software updates and failure analysis further reduce the risk of production delays.

“Customers around the world rely on the Walform system for dependable, leak-free performance when it matters most,” said Christian Kuenstel, global product management leader, Connectors, Danfoss Power Solutions. “Our new WalformConnect machine will help make it even easier to ensure fast and safe tube assembly through its suite of digital capabilities. With complete visibility into production data, supervisors can enhance efficiency, ensure quality, and minimize the risk of unplanned downtime. WalformConnect is a win-win for anyone that wants streamlined production and absolute tube-fitting reliability in high-pressure and high-vibration applications where safety is crucial.”

The WalformConnect machine enables easy and safe forming of steel and stainless steel tubing in 6 to 42 millimeter sizes. The Walform system is widely used in demanding industry applications throughout agriculture, construction, manufacturing, transport, oil and gas, and more.

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Simple SCADA-based Software.

Modular, scalable Movicon.NExT 4.2 built on open framework improves performance, reduces deployment costs, features modern graphics and more.

Delivering the next level in plant performance, visibility, connectivity and usability, Emerson has released its advanced automation platform, Movicon.NExT™ 4.2. The software is designed to easily interface with any field device and control or enterprise system, connecting users and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with the data and insights needed to achieve operational excellence across a wide range of applications, including discrete and hybrid manufacturing, such as food and beverage and packaged consumer goods, as well as energy, infrastructure, building automation and machine automation.

Movicon.NExT 4.2 is a flexible, modular platform that provides local HMI, supervision and analytics that scale from small IIoT or WebHMI applications on embedded Linux devices to large Windows® server systems, allowing users to achieve sustainability and performance improvements, one step at a time, easily and cost-effectively.

“OEMs and industrial users today face new challenges, including skilled labour shortages, demands for higher productivity and production speed, and energy reduction goals,” said Jeff Householder, president of Emerson’s machine automation solutions business. “Movicon.NExT 4.2 provides the scalable, easy-to-use technology they need to develop advanced plant automation solutions that can improve productivity, decrease downtime and reduce development time.”

The Movicon.NExT 4.2 platform enables customers to develop solutions faster and securely through an array of new capabilities, including better performance, IEC 62443-3-3 certification for increased cybersecurity, and new flat objects for higher efficiency. In addition, the platform allows rapid application development without the need for specialised skills or customised configurations.

Improvements have also been made to each of the Movicon.NExT modules, Movicon WebHMI, NExT.AR and Pro.Lean, including connectivity enhancements to strengthen communications, new options to make licensing easier, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR - USA) Title 21 support for recipes for greater usability, and alarm notifications to reduce infrastructure cost. Among the expanded WebHMI visual capabilities is the addition of various customisable objects to further enhance ease-of-use for developers.

The NExT.AR augmented reality solution now includes new zoom functionality that allows personnel to access previously unreachable plant assets, reducing maintenance costs. The Movicon Pro.Lean productivity analytics module now includes a number of advancements that make it easier to navigate OEE metrics, manage schedules and improve scrap management.

•  See "Forward Focus..."  - the theme of the Emerson User Group Conference commencing 24th October 2022 in Grapevine (TX USA).

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