Thursday, 9 February 2023

Valve service provider acquired.

Coulter Valve Service (“CVS”), the specialty valve field services provider, has been acquired by Trillium Flow Technologies (Trillium) .

CVS specializes in on-site nuclear and commercial maintenance, repair, and modifications for Main Steam Isolation Valves, Feedwater Check Valves, and Free Flow Reverse Check Valves for major utilities across the United States. This acquisition strengthens Trillium's aftermarket business in North America and demonstrates continued commitment to investing in and further developing our global nuclear and commercial service capabilities.

Founded in 1998 by Felix Coulter, CVS has been a consistent partner of Trillium for many years. Coulter has built a business on long-standing relationships and has an excellent reputation for meeting customer demands, adapting to market changes, and continuously delivering outstanding performance in the space they serve.

This acquisition further expands Trillium's global service growth strategy. Trillium remains well-positioned to continue building its global service business to deliver unmatched support to our customers.

David Paradis said: “The acquisition of CVS adds extraordinary talent and technical knowledge to our North American service team. Integrating CVS with our Ipswich, MA, USA service team will allow us to provide our customers with a greater level and range of services during their regularly planned maintenance cycles.”

@Trilliumflow #PAuto #USA

Wednesday, 8 February 2023

Multi-site digitalization.

One of the world’s largest cement producers reports enhanced productivity, streamlined processes, reduced maintenance and energy savings through Industry 4.0 solutions

Advanced automation and digital technologies from ABB have been delivered to global building materials and sustainable solutions company Votorantim Cimentos, as it embraces Industry 4.0 in cement to simultaneously optimize production and decarbonize operations.

Industrial companies, including Votorantim Cimentos Europe, Asia and Africa Region (VCEAA) – which has the worldwide capacity to produce 55.7 million tons of cement per annum, are ramping up their efforts to ensure lower emissions as governments and international organizations push for net-zero emissions by 2030.

“Votorantim Cimentos has committed to a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030,” said Juan Antonio Gimenez Soriano, VCEAA Maintenance and Sustaining Capex Manager. “We are increasing our efforts to drive energy efficiency to meet our emissions targets. With the recent ABB installations showing better than expected results, our other plants are also pushing for the implementation of the ABB solutions.”

Digital solutions ABB Ability™ Expert Optimizer and ABB Ability™ Knowledge Manager have recently been installed in the customer’s plants in Spain, Turkey, Tunisia and Morocco with proven impacts for enhanced productivity, streamlined processes, reduced maintenance and energy savings. Expert Optimizer, deployed in Votorantim plants since the 1990s, ensures optimization of the complete process and reduces emissions significantly while Knowledge Manager helps in standardizing and ensuring consistency in collecting and analyzing laboratory data across the plants.

Expert Optimizer will minimize energy costs while maximizing the use of alternative fuels and at the same time maintaining and improving the quality of the product. Working closely with Votorantim in engineering and project management, ABB has also provided the Expert Optimizer RMP module to the raw mix to enhance the quality of raw material products going to the kiln. Regarding cement, discrete lab data is combined with continuous process data to optimize production while maintaining cement quality.

“ABB has proven for many years to be a reliable partner in developing one of our strategical pillars, to be the best-in-class in operations,” said Jose Maria Hidalgo, VCEAA Process Manager. “This, together with the ability of their managers and technicians to understand the cement process challenges and needs, has made us decide to continue with them in the current projects on digitalization and decarbonization.”

“Votorantim Cimentos is placing more focus on running an intelligent plant and this will ensure less impacts on the environment,” said Marie O’Grady-Hills, Global Sales Manager, Process Industries, ABB. “We are working with a forward-thinking and modern company focused on productivity but also on contributing to building a sustainable and safe planet. We look forward to supporting Votorantim in future digital endeavors while ensuring their operations remain economically viable.”

ABB has the expertise to ensure higher efficiency in the cement industry using tailored processes and laboratory reporting products. The variability of the feed and fuel will be optimized with the main aim to save money for the plant. During all this, the emissions will be controlled and reduced making the process more environmentally friendly. The company's Sustainability Strategy 2030 includes achieving carbon neutrality in its own operations and helping its customers reduce their CO2 emissions. ABB’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets have been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative as being in line with the 1.5°C scenario of the UN Paris Agreement.

@ABBgroupnews @ABBMeasurement @abb_automation  #PAuto #EMEA #Cement

General-Purpose RF testing.

The Field Master™ MS2070A handheld spectrum analyzers has been introduced by Anritsu. This provides the performance and field-proven durable platform of Anritsu’s Field Master family at an economical price. Providing necessary features and performance up to 3 GHz, the MS2070A conducts reliable and accurate RF measurements in a variety of general-purpose field, lab, and manufacturing environments.

With dynamic range of >105 dB at 2.4 GHz, typical DANL with a built-in optional preamplifier of -167dBm, coupled with a Third Order Intercept (TOI) of +11 dBm, and typical level accuracy of ±0.5 dB enable a full range of signals to be analyzed by the handheld spectrum analyzer.

The MS2070A is designed for standard swept spectrum analysis up to 3 GHz. It features sweep speeds of up to 32 GHz/s in common low noise configurations. A number of “smart” measurements, including occupied bandwidth (OBW), channel power, and adjacent channel power (ACP), are standard in the Field Master MS2070A.

The Field Master MS2070A provides many capabilities typically found in higher priced instruments. A zero span displays TDD and pulsed signals with narrow resolution bandwidth (RBW) of 10 Hz to 5 MHz for accurate measurements of power over time. Spectrograms are also standard for accurate detection of intermittent interferers.

As many as 6 traces can be set simultaneously with different detectors. Averaging can be applied to each, as well. Up to 12 markers are provided, so signals of interest can be highlighted and monitored how they vary over time, relative to themselves and other signals. Alerts for new interfering or lost signals are generated automatically. For long-term spectrum monitoring applications, the MS2070A has upper/lower, envelope, and alarm limits standard.

A ruggedized battery-powered instrument, the Field Master MS2070A has IP52 environmental protection when it is contained in the supplied soft carry case. A 5-watts RF input damage level protects the instrument from accidental overpower.

The handheld spectrum analyzer also has a durable IK08-rated 10-inch display with 1280x800 resolution that displays measurement results in large and clear formats. Common functions are always accessible and side menus collapse to maximize graphical results, as well.

The MS2070A measures 290 x 212 x 96 (mm) and weighs 3.8 kg. Its compact size and light weight make it easy to transport the handheld analyzer to remote sites.

Ethernet and USBTMC interfaces are standard on the Field Master MS2070A. A Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/a/n interface is available as an option to connect to wireless routers for common applications, including downloading digital maps and automatic software updates.

The Field Master MS2070A can be used for a variety of field applications. It can conduct basic transmitter testing, as well as interference hunting. Cellular network operators can configure the MS2070A with a PIM stick for PIM hunting, as well. In lab and manufacturing environments in which portability and space are at a premium, the MS2070A can be used for standard RF measurements.

@AnritsuEMEA @Anritsu @NapierPR #TandM #PAuto

Device configuration environment software.

FDT Group's PACTware consortium has released its latest software version, PACTware 6.1, based on the latest FDT3 standard. PACTware 6.1 is one of the first FDT3 stand-alone device configuration environments available. The software tool’s source code is available to the PACTware Consortium membership consisting of 22 automation vendors who offer the FDT-enabled hosting product to the user community at no cost. 

By leveraging the modern FDT3 Unified Environment for intelligent device management, PACTware 6.1 users will enjoy the ability to support their current FDT DTM install base and support modern FDT3 web-based DTMs that are scalable for IIoT architectures. This release also supports integration with FDI Device Packages.

Suppliers of industrial automation systems and devices want to provide solutions that enable the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). To meet their customers’ needs, it is vital for suppliers to enhance their system and device offerings with standards-based, platform-independent, information-driven business models. The new FDT3 standard is accelerating the digital manufacturing journey by enabling an ecosystem of FDT-based solutions providing a unified environment for industrial device management with IT/OT data-driven operations.

“Upgrading to FDT3 is a critical step to serve the best interest of the broad automation market and diverse membership looking for next generation intelligent device management solutions.” States Holger Sack, chairman of the board for PACTware consortium. “The updated PACTware 6.1 application empowers users with the flexibility to deploy their choice of device data model that now supports both FDI and FDT3 DTMs with a simple and recognizable tool to configure a wide range of field components, independent of the manufacturer or protocol deployed. This minimizes the amount of work involved, ensures application safety, and reduces training requirements.”

In addition to the new FDT3 standard that fully describes the FDT Desktop environment and FDT web-based device DTM, the standard also defines a cloud-based FDT Server environment for distributed control. The new FDT3 DTM and FDT Server are OPC UA- and -mobile ready without any coding, allowing users an easy to use and scalable migration path of OT data to IT enterprise applications.

“The PACTware consortium is a leader for products based on the FDT standard. The solution is widely deployed today as the most popular FDT Desktop point-to-point application simplifying configuration, operation, and maintenance practices,” observes Steve Biegacki, FDT Group managing director. “By supporting FDT3, PACTware 6.1 future proofs its platform and expands integration capabilities while supporting the millions of device DTMs in service today. Additionally, it creates a path for the FDT Server environment providing workforce mobility solutions, as well as data harmonization for enterprise-wide applications. This is a huge win for the industry."

@FDTGroup #PAuto 

Operating site compliance with the international cybersecurity standard.

The International Society of Automation (ISA), along with the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI), is to create an all-new conformity assessment scheme for automation systems deployed at operating sites—a critical and long overdue addition to the landscape of operational technology (OT) cybersecurity solutions.*

Based on the world’s only consensus-based automation and control systems cybersecurity standards—ISA/IEC 62443—the OT cybersecurity site assessment scheme will apply to all types of automation and control systems in industries ranging from traditional process industries to critical infrastructure such as oil and gas, chemicals, and water/wastewater.

Suppliers have broadly adopted the leading international standard for OT cybersecurity, ISA/IEC 62443, as well as its certification scheme, ISASecure, for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) automation and control system products and supplier’s security development practices. ISASecure recently released an IIOT component and gateway certification program (ICSA) to remain current with new technology advances. However, asset owners and plant managers have yet to coalesce around a single cybersecurity assessment scheme for OT deployed at operating sites, relying instead upon a patchwork of third-party specifications that may not promote industrial control system (ICS) security best practices, leaving operating sites vulnerable.

“The proposed site assessment scheme will have a critical role in the OT cybersecurity landscape—the automation systems at the operating site itself,” said Brandon Price, ExxonMobil Senior Principal Engineer for ICS Cybersecurity and current ISCI Board Chairman. “This standards-based program is unique, and we anticipate it will become the global standard used by operating sites, certification bodies, internal auditors, and public policy makers.”

The program will encourage the broad industry adoption of the ISA/IEC 62443 operating site cybersecurity standards and best practices. ISA and ISCI plans include building and overseeing a related training and credentialing program for site assessors. ISA and other training organizations already offer training for the ISA/IEC 62443 operating site standards.

“We are inviting companies who are interested in supporting and promoting this program to participate; particularly end-users whose support is critical to this program’s success. Supporters may participate in specification development, provide funding, or simply provide public support,” said Andre Ristaino, Managing Director of ISA Consortia and Conformity Assessment Programs. “We anticipate a development schedule of 12-14 months and expect to formally launch the program in Q4 2023 or early 2024.”

*An informational webinar will also be held on 28 February at 11 am Eastern - Register here!

@ISA_Interchange @ISA_Secure #PAuto #Automation #Cybersecurity

Enhanced US Service Center meets international standards.

Service and calibration center helps customers get the best performance from their instrument.
AMETEK Land has enhanced its support for customers in the US with its state-of-the-art calibration and service facility. Located in Pittsburgh (PA USA) the center is a high-temperature infrared calibration and service facility, providing inspection, calibration, certification and repair for all Land pyrometers, scanners and thermal imagers.

Through their highly trained field service engineers and in-house service technicians, customers will receive the highest standard of after-sales services as well as general maintenance and support. The team proactively maintains products and systems to minimize downtime and maximize performance. Customers will also benefit from expert advice and skills through access to the service team, improving their knowledge in the process.

Approved and traceable certification equipment is used by fully trained technicians to carry out services, with specially manufactured standards that enable the accurate reporting of measurement uncertainties. Features of the service center include: Temperature calibrations accredited by ANAB in accordance with the internationally recognized ISO/IEC 17025:2017.

Extensive calibration temperature range for infrared pyrometers, thermometers, thermal imagers and scanners from 0°C to 2300°C / 32°F to 4172°F Opacity monitor certification to US EPA Performance Specification 1, using NIST-traceable standards

The US service center uses NIST traceable standards accredited to the international standard ISO 17025 (general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories). The calibration service verifies the accuracy of the instrument by quantifying errors and reporting them in a certificate.

The benefits of certification for instruments are numerous. Firstly, quantifying an instrument’s temperature measurement errors enables the operator to apply the error data to compensate and improve the practical measurement uncertainty. Also, performing traceable certification confirms compliance of the instrument, offering improved insight into its long-term performance, aiding process stability, improving quality, and minimizing expense.

Certification also means traceability to national and international standards - for measurements to be interchangeable, they must relate to a common standard. For temperature measurement, this standard is the International Temperature Scale of 1990 (ITS-90) and traceability refers to a chain of measurements linking an instrument’s performance to ITS-90. Certification under the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard assures the user that their instrument’s certification is traceable, giving continued confidence in interchange of measurement.

Larry Smith, Director of US-Sales, said, “Customers can be assured that our service center technicians carry out servicing and repairs to the highest standards to ensure safety and efficiency in your process. Approved and traceable certification equipment is used by fully trained technicians to carry out services, with specially manufactured standards that enable the accurate reporting of measurement uncertainties.”

@landinst @codacomms #PAuto #USA #Standards

Access to process data available via XML files.

dataFEED OPC Suite Extended, from Softing Industrial, is an all-in-one solution for OPC communication and cloud connectivity, providing access to controllers and IoT devices of leading manufacturers. With the new File Read functionality, the suite ensures access to brownfield PLCs, devices and machines that deliver data via XML files.

File Read allows process values from XML files to be integrated quickly and securely into production control applications such as MES or OEE via the standard OPC Classic or OPC UA interfaces. The production data can also be integrated into IIoT cloud solutions via MQTT or REST. Furthermore, there is the option of data logging for documentation, analysis, or verification in a separate database.

The dataFEED OPC Suite enables access to the controllers of leading manufacturers such as Siemens SIMATIC S7, Rockwell ControlLogix, B&R, Mitsubishi as well as Modbus controllers (e.g., from Wago). It acts as a gateway between the two OPC standards so that existing OPC Classic components and applications can be integrated into modern OPC UA solutions for Industry 4.0 applications. Production data is transferred to IoT Cloud or Big Data applications via the MQTT and REST protocols. 

The suite supports the storage of production data in a file, in an SQL database, or in MongoDB and CouchDB. Thanks to the extensive data pre-processing functionality, data can be easily and flexibly customized. With OPC UA Reverse Connect functionality, the suite also ensures secure communication between OPC UA components separated by firewalls or DMZs.

@SoftingIA @mepaxIntPR #PAuto #Communications 

Tuesday, 7 February 2023

Switches improve network security and reliability.

The Red Lion NT5000 switches and their gigabit speed are designed to improve network security and reliability for industrial organizations of all sizes and environments. They maximize operating performance and system uptime through seamless integration, offer advanced management and diagnostic capabilities as well as network redundancy and layered security, and help organizations to meet with information technology and operational technology needs for dependable communication.

The N-Tron® Series NT5000 switches are available in 6, 8, 10, 16 and 18 port configurations in all copper or a mix of copper and fiber options that can meet specific installation requirements. With a durable, metal enclosure and wide temperature range, the NT5000 is a compact solution for reliable operation in harsh, industrial environments, including factory automation, robotics, food and beverage, oil and gas, marine and rail.

Configuring switches can be a confusing and time-consuming process. The NT5000 is engineered for fast and easy deployment right out of the box. Its modern, graphical user interface includes a configuration wizard that walks users through initial setup.

Today’s cybersecurity threats can result in severe consequences. Not all switches have the layered network security to help prevent unauthorized access. The NT5000 features password encryption, multilevel user access and MAC security, IEEE 802.1X with RADIUS remote authentication and more. Administrators can view the event and syslog to clearly see the state of the network in real time and receive notifications about access attempts or configuration changes. The switch can be set to automatically disable user or port credentials after failed access attempts.

• Red Lion instruments are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

@redlioncontrols #PAuto #Cybersecurity.

Seamless and secure access to an extended digital ecosystem.

Process controller increases performance and enables plant-wide digitalization, offering a non-invasive modernization of the installed base.

ABB has launched its latest release of ABB AbilityTM Symphony® Plus distributed control system (DCS) to further support digital transformation for power generation and water industries. With more than 40 years’ experience of total plant automation, the latest version of Symphony® Plus will further support customers’ digital journey through a simplified and secure OPC UA1 connection to the Edge and Cloud, without interfering with core control and automation functionalities.

“In developing the latest release of Symphony® Plus, our focus has been on creating innovative technology that gives customers access to an extended range of digital applications,” said Joerg Schubert, Head of Product & Portfolio Management, Process Automation Systems, ABB. “Our ultimate goal is to help society and industry achieve a more productive, sustainable future through safe, secure and seamless operations.”

The new Symphony® Plus delivers customers access to digital solutions, such as fleet asset management enabled by ABB Ability™ Genix Asset Performance Management. It also enables users to access process and alarm data from mobile devices through the ABB Mobile Operations application, allowing them to stay updated to react faster, reduce downtime, and save costs.

View anywhere
Critical data can now be viewed anywhere, anytime, thanks to HTML5 web-based operation and engineering tools, promoting collaboration, improving plant uptime and performance. Flexible field device management has also been enabled with ABB’s Field Information Manager (FIM)[2], making the configuration, commissioning, diagnostics, and maintenance of fieldbus instruments quicker and easier.

A newly added SD Series e-Class process controller offers a low-risk, low-disruption retrofit solution for traditional Harmony Rack (HR) installations. It brings increased speed, higher capacity, and more functionality to HR systems. In doing so it delivers innovation with continuity, enabling plant-wide digitalization while minimizing impact on process operations and system infrastructure.

Colloboration strengthens development of digital twin technology.

Digital Twin Consortium® (DTC) and OPC Foundation announced a liaison agreement to accelerate the development and adoption of digital twin-enabling technologies during this months ARC Forum 2023. The DTC and the OPC Foundation have worked closely in several open-source reference implementation projects on GitHub and have agreed to collaborate even closer.

“We are excited about working with OPC Foundation,” said Dan Isaacs, GM, and CTO of DTC. "Through our collaboration, we will influence interoperability standards and processes that will advance the use of digital twins in manufacturing across many industries.”

The DTC and OPC Foundation have agreed to the following activities:

  • Collaborating on standardization requirements
  • Realizing interoperability by harmonizing technology components and other elements
  • Aligning work in horizontal domains for adoption in vertical domains and use cases, proof of concepts, and Value Innovation Platforms (VIP) programs, including:
    • > Technology, terminology, and taxonomy
      > Security and trustworthiness
      > Conceptual, informational, structural, and behavioral models
      > Enabling technologies, such as simulation and AI
      > Technology stack across the digital twin lifecycle
      > Case study development

  • Developing and understanding open-source reference implementations
Stefan Hoppe, President OPC Foundation, said, “The OPC Foundation maintains the global standard for secure industrial interoperability for information modeling and data exchange, which, as part of this relationship with DTC, benefits all who wish to create semantically identical digital twins. Our involvement to liaise with DTC further strengthens the user’s ability to model each data aspect quickly and precisely, creating and interacting with any digital twin. Digital twins will be fully compatible with the OPC UA framework used in the run-time components within the operational domain.”
“As one of the key contributors to Digital Twin Consortium’s open-source program, Microsoft saw the rising demand for open digital twin technology and industrial interoperability standards like OPC UA. The collaboration of OPC Foundation and DTC will continue to elevate the impact of digital twin technologies. These two organizations have already started collaborating on open-source projects and these projects will expand to include emerging technologies,” said Erich Barnstedt, Chief Architect Standards, Consortia and Industrial IoT, Azure Edge + Platform, Microsoft Corporation.

Both consortia will exchange information through regular consultations, joint contributor relations, seminars, open-source projects, and other activities.

@OPCFoundation @DigitalTwinCon @arc_advisory #PAuto 

Attending to process health.

Seeq Corporation announced the Seeq Process Health Solution for advanced process monitoring and diagnostics at the 2023 ARC Industry Forum*, an annual manufacturing conference focused on the acceleration of digitalization, sustainability, and energy transition initiatives. This innovative solution leverages advanced analytics and machine learning to address high value, complex process manufacturing challenges related to production, quality and optimization.

As the process industries continue to invest in digital transformation initiatives to increase profitability and sustainability, the demand for easy-to-use solutions that rapidly derive value from time series data grows in parallel. The Seeq Process Health Solution leverages advanced analytics enhanced by new machine learning technology, to fulfill these demands. The new solution, which includes Seeq ML, a no code multivariate pattern learning and diagnostic technology, empowers organizations to monitor complex manufacturing processes and optimize key performance indicators in near real time for batch and continuous processes.

For oil and natural gas provider Williams Company, the Process Health Solution accelerated the company’s transition from a reactive to a proactive process monitoring approach.

“The Seeq Process Health Solution enabled our team to switch from a rules-based approach, which was difficult to implement and maintain at scale, to an engineer-friendly and transparent, multivariate machine learning approach,” says Oscar Lewis, a senior process operations leader and Technical Specialist at Williams Company. “This identified various process upsets, generating significant savings for our large gas gathering operations.”

With the Process Health Solution, users can leverage their domain expertise and process knowledge, without any prior machine learning experience, to improve their discovery, detection and diagnosis of process performance issues. The new solution extends Seeq’s current market leading capabilities for connecting data, teams and insights across a spectrum of analytics and machine learning. Engineers and process experts benefit from accessing Seeq ML add-on capabilities and multivariate visualizations from within Seeq’s easy-to-use and collaborative advanced analytics platform. Templated solution workflows also enable teams to quickly identify issues and root causes and accelerate improvements in process performance.

“Placing advanced multivariate, machine learning capabilities directly in the hands of frontline process experts and decisions makers aligns perfectly with the Seeq machine learning strategy,” says Mark Derbecker, Chief Product Officer at Seeq. “Providing the Process Health Solution within the Seeq self-service, advanced analytics platform will enable organizations to gain insights and take transformational actions within hours.”

* Seeq is a gold level sponsor at the 2023 ARC Industry Forum.

@SeeqCorporation @arc_advisory #IIoT #PAuto 

Monday, 6 February 2023

Four new top-level appointments in company reorganisation.

In an effort to streamline processes, pursue Operational Excellence and execute the outcomes of its internal strategic review, Servomex now has four new directors overseeing commercial, sustainable, strategy and sales operations.
The Servomex Four!
Martin Cox has been appointed the new Commercial Director, responsible for all business units, research, manufacturing engineering and product compliance. Having been with the company for 40 years, starting as a 16-year-old electrical engineering apprentice and working across multiple departments and countries over the years, Martin and his management team will be tasked with monitoring and responding to major market changes within the industry.

Taking on the new role of Director of Sustainability and Strategic Projects is Mike Proctor, who will spearhead the delivery of the company’s net-zero aspirations, having been an active leader in the division for some time. His remit also includes ensuring the company’s products and applications can better assist Servomex customers to maximimse the efficiency of their operations and improve emissions to address the growing global demand for cleaner air.

Sang Won Park takes on the role of Global Sales Director, overseeing the market-to-order process. Having only been with Servomex for six years, he has risen from the Asia sales team to the IP&E business leader and will undertake his new global position in Asia to further enhance Servomex’s offering to the region and help align the company’s output to the needs of its existing and potential customers.

Sarah Chalk has been promoted to Director of Strategy and Marketing, ensuring Servomex meets its strategic objectives and develops its expertise. Having now worked for Servomex for 20 years, Sarah began her career as an electrical engineer and has worked in Asia and the US and is well-placed to drive key objectives for the company as it strives to maximise its operational efficiency.

All will report to Servomex’s President, Andy Cowan. Andy said: “This reorganization is the direct result of a major strategic review which has been undertaken to ensure all projects and operations are streamlined to maximise Operational Excellence. We believe this will further enhance best business practices and, as a direct result, our reputation as the global experts in gas analysis.

“I would like to extend my congratulations to each new director whom I am confident will help drive Servomex forward in each of their remits, and wish them all the very best in their new roles, which are well-deserved.”

@Servomex @codacomms #PAuto 

Visibility and Security Platform for Industrial IoT.

The security benefits provided by Cisco Cyber Vision are now available from Impulse Embeded. Cyber Vision is a suite of products and services aimed at providing OT network visibility and actionable insights.
The implementation of Cyber Vision helps IT and OT teams collaborate towards a shared goal.

The visibility offered by Cisco Cyber Vision enables three key value propositions:

  1. NETWORK INSIGHTS - Improve network performance and security by identifying all devices connected to an OT industrial network to drive segmentation projects and troubleshoot issues. Also highlights security issues to identify and prioritise risks.
  2. REDUCE DOWNTIME - Monitor all OT events to spot device problems before they disrupt production and troubleshoot operational issues faster, and gain insights into the industrial process.
  3. SECURITY POSTURE - Reduce the attack surface. Identify risks to take early corrective actions and implement best practices to maintain system integrity and production continuity. Also offer initial inputs for a formal risk assessment.

After an initial meeting with an Impulse Embedded, Cisco certified, Engineer to discuss the expectations of the Cyber Vision deployment, a list of required information is developed to ensure all areas of risk are covered. A range of Cyber Vision sensors will be connected to the customer’s network and data collected for analysis at the customers site or Impulse Embedded dedicated Innovation Hub in Staffordshire (GB) and recommendations will be made about any actions required.

Impulse Embedded has over 20 years of experience designing, building and supporting embedded computing solutions. Their embedded systems capabilities creates reliable, repeatable, and revision-controlled systems which can reduce project costs and development time. Their team of in-house engineers and specialists, all with decades of experience, can offer customers fully deployable embedded computing solutions straight out of the box.

@ImpulseEmbedded @CiscoUKI #PAuto #IIoT

Friday, 3 February 2023

Renewable power technology and software portfolio.

Helping producers navigate the emerging sustainable energy economy.

Combining its comprehensive power expertise and renewable energy capabilities into the Ovation™ Green portfolio, Emerson is helping power generation companies meet the needs of customers navigating the transition to green energy generation and storage. By uniting the recently acquired Mita-Teknik software and technology with its own industry-leading Ovation automation platform, deep renewable energy knowledge base, cybersecurity solutions and remote management capabilities, Emerson has created a new extension of its power-based control architecture. The resulting portfolio focuses on the emerging clean energy market to provide simplified renewables automation to help power producers build and scale sustainable operations.

Renewable electricity capacity has seen record growth in recent years. However, transitioning to cleaner energy systems or scaling up existing ones is a complex undertaking for power producers. Wind turbines, solar arrays, lithium-ion batteries, hydrogen electrolysers and hydroelectric power all use a wide variety of automation software and technologies. As renewable portfolios grow, the number of applied technologies will multiply, increasing learning curves and adding complexity to operations as solutions from different vendors require additional integration. While some existing systems can provide layers of connectivity between very specific assets, the Ovation Green portfolio will deliver a single set of purpose-built software and solutions that supports different technologies in one standardised, intuitive system.

“Countries around the globe are focused on transitioning to a clean energy economy in the coming decades, and while green energy is a simple concept everyone understands, the road to implementation is not always clear,” said Bob Yeager, president of Emerson’s power and water solutions. “With the Ovation Green portfolio, our software, support and solutions are unified in one system from a single trusted provider to help power producers more quickly, easily and reliably manage their renewable electricity operations.”

Full access to real-time and historical operations information empowers owners and operators with greater visibility and control of all renewable assets across the enterprise. Through an integrated portfolio of data-driven asset control and management solutions, Ovation Green technologies provide secure, standardised access to data, independent of equipment manufacturer or system type, across a single or multiple sites.

By gathering, collating and contextualising vast amounts of data created by renewable generation and storage assets, the Ovation Green portfolio provides a clear view of renewable operations in a seamless space. The portfolio will empower actionable intelligence from a unified platform to drive faster, more informed decisions to increase availability and production while reducing operations and maintenance costs.

• Emerson’s Ovation Green portfolio will be featured at the Intersolar and Energy Storage North America Conference, February 14-16, in Long Beach (CSA USA)

@EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @EmersonExchange @MitaTeknik @HHC_Lewis #Sustainability #Power #PAuto

Thursday, 2 February 2023

System integrator acquired.

Safety-related automation solutions specialists, the HIMA Group, has acquired the British system integrator Sella Controls. Representatives of both companies signed an agreement recently in Manchester (GB). Both companies intend to continue their growth strategies and expand their range of solutions for railway technology and the process industry following this agreement.

LtoR: Jörg de la Motte, Eddy Turnock, Ian Wright, Steffen Philipp, Chris Parr, Dr. Michael Löbig, John Blackwell 

"HIMA has had a long-standing and close relationship with Sella Controls and shares the same vision and values. With Sella Controls the HIMA Group will accelerate its international expansion and strengthen its global competitiveness," said Steffen Philipp, Shareholder HIMA Group. 

HIMA and Sella Controls will maintain their focus on safety-related automation, control solutions and the digitalisation of functional safety. "The acquisition of Sella Controls is an important milestone in our HIMA growth strategy. By joining our forces we will enhance our global position as a leading supplier for safety-related automation solutions for the process and rail industries", stated Jörg de la Motte, CEO HIMA Group.

Sella Controls is in a leading market position in Britain and Ireland. In particular, Sella Controls' expertise and portfolio of solutions in the rail sector is an excellent addition for HIMA, which intends to push ahead and market internationally. Business in the process industry is also to be further expanded in these countries. One focus here is the digitalisation of functional safety, which HIMA is pushing under the motto "Safety goes digital".

HIMA's existing customers will benefit from even more intensive support as a result of the acquisition, while Sella Controls' customers will benefit from a larger service portfolio.

HIMA will ensure continuity of the management: John Blackwell (CFO) and Eddy Turnock (CSO), both previous owners, will continue to lead Sella Controls. In addition, Chris Parr, who previously led the Process Division at Sella Controls, will join the Management Board as CTO.

Sella Controls' 118 employees will be retained and additional hires are planned. The three locations will also be retained. Sella Controls has two divisions: the "Centre of Excellence Rail Solutions" with locations in Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Coalville, near Leicester, and the "Process Solutions" division, which is based in Stockport near Manchester. The company will continue to trade under the name "Sella Controls" with the addition of "A HIMA Company".

"It’s a Win-Win-Situation for HIMA and Sella Controls, with multiple synergies: HIMA will benefit from the long-term experience of Sella Controls in the development of solutions for the rail industry and we at Sella Controls will be able to utilize HIMA’s global sales and service to boost our international business," said Eddy Turnock, CSO Sella Controls.

"As a family-owned company, the HIMA Group is long-term oriented and stands for customer orientation, sustainable growth and people-focus. That’s why HIMA is offering great opportunities for further development of the Sella Controls team," added John Blackwell, CFO Sella Controls.

"The investment in Sella Controls is a clear signal that growth by acquisition is an important element of the HIMA growth strategy," said Dr. Michael Löbig, CFO HIMA Group. 

#Hima #Sella #Safety #PAuto

Change in leadership.

Walter and Peter Kurz have retired from the operational side of the business and take up advisory functions as Chairman and Deputy Chairman of an Advisory Board at thin film and finishing technology enterprise Leonhard Kurz. Dr. Andreas Hirschfelder, previously Senior Vice President of the Business Area Plastic Decoration, becomes the Chief Executive. Dr. Hirschfeld has been with the company for 26 years, working in various roles including as CEO of the subsidiaries PolyIC and BURG DESIGN. Since 2018. A Doctor of Organic Chemistry he has also been responsible for the Business Area Plastic Decoration as Senior Vice President and a Member of the Management Board.

Dr. Andreas Hirschfelder
“I’m delighted by the confidence the Kurz family have placed in me. Continuing the company's success story is both an honor and an incentive – especially in the challenging times we currently live in. But I am convinced that, as an international team, we can meet this challenge and continue to delight our customers in future,” said Dr. Hirschfelder

In a joint statement, Walter and Peter Kurz stated, “We are handing over a highly innovative company that is financially very healthy. We have every confidence that Dr. Andreas Hirschfelder will lead Kurz to continued success.”

Since the early/mid 1970s, Walter and Peter Kurz have developed their family business, which was founded back in 1899, into one of the world’s most successful experts in attractive, functional surface finishing. The decorative, functional layers applied to carrier foil are used in countless everyday products such as cosmetics packaging, wine bottle labels, household devices, and in plastic components for cars. One mainstay is the creation of security features, for example for documents. The Kurz Group is represented in more than 30 locations worldwide and employs over 5,500 people.

In recent years, the Group has consolidated its position as a trailblazer in the sustainable finishing industry. For example, in 2021 Kurz joined the UN Global Compact Network, the world’s largest, most important initiative for sustainable, responsible company management. A comprehensive sustainability report was published in 2022. Their range of products and services is also continually being made more environment- and climate-friendly.

The newly founded Leonhard Kurz Advisory Board will comprise Walter Kurz, Peter Kurz, Andreas Kurz, Dr. Katharina Kurz, Anja Kurz and two external members. This will ensure that the company continues as a family business.

The company Management Board is also being partly reorganized as a result: Thomas Hertlein, previously Executive Vice President of Kurz Transfer Products USA, becomes a Member of the Executive Board of the Group from the beginning of the 2023 fiscal year. Rainer Süßmann succeeds Dr. Hirschfelder as Senior Vice President of the Business Area Plastic Decoration. Both add their strength to that of existing Management Board members Werner Adel, Markus Hoffmann, Ralph Hopfensitz and Dirk Bockwinkel.

 @LEONHARD_KURZ @KURZUSA @PresseBox #PAuto #ThinFilm

Powering the future of machine performance.

The Danfoss range of hydraulic, fluid conveyance, and electrification products and services at the 2023 International Fluid Power Exposition in March, (Las Vegas,NV USA)a. At its booth, S80515, Danfoss will demonstrate how the company is “Powering the future of machine performance.”

“Autonomy, electrification, connectivity, and digitalization aren’t just buzzwords. They’re enabling original equipment manufacturers to develop machines with better productivity, safety, efficiency, precision, and operator experience,” said Mike Hill, senior vice president, OEM sales, Danfoss Power Solutions. “At Danfoss, we’re helping OEMs harness these trends and working with them to design, iterate, and validate their machines faster. It’s how we’re powering the future of machine performance.”

Visitors can also see Danfoss’ fluid conveyance and industrial hydraulics portfolios. The company’s comprehensive offering of hose, tubing, fittings, and connectors will be high-lighted. In the industrial zone, the Vickers by Danfoss line of pumps, motors, valves, cylinders, and brakes will be on display.

With dedicated booth areas for autonomy, connectivity, and digital tools, plus the company’s Editron electric powertrain systems, Danfoss will highlight how it’s paving the way to autonomous machines and zero-emission construction sites as well as delivering next-generation performance through smart, connected solutions. Stations showcasing system solutions for excavators, telehandlers, skid steer loaders, and wheel loaders will demonstrate Danfoss’ application expertise and how it helps OEMs increase speed to market. A variety of the company’s key products will be on display in these areas, including two of its newest releases: Thorx™ cam lobe motors and the Dextreme™ system for excavators.

Danfoss Thorx cam lobe motors reduce shock at speed changeover by 70%, improving machine handling and operator comfort. With an integral parking brake, the motor is 33% shorter in length than other cam lobe motors, reducing space requirements. In addition, the motor’s optimized brake technology lasts 20 to 25 times longer than competitive products, extending the motor’s service life.

Based on Digital Displacement® technology, the Dextreme system provides a pathway to 50% energy savings by tackling losses in the whole excavator hydraulic system. With the most efficient and controllable hydraulic pump at its heart, the Dextreme system provides unique digital flow control, resulting in vastly improved system efficiency and faster operator response times. Through the fast response and digital control of the hydraulic pump, engine loading can be controlled, providing significantly reduced fuel consumption without compromising on productivity.

@Danfoss @NapierPR  @IFPEShow#PAuto #Manufacturing #Event

Robotics in the cloud ...

Robotics programming software expands into the cloud with powerful new functionalities.

ABB has enhanced its industry-leading RobotStudio® robot programming and simulation software with cloud-enabled functionality. The new RobotStudio Cloud enables individuals and teams to collaborate in real-time on robot cell designs from anywhere in the world, on any device. New features such as automatic version control increase transparency and productivity across teams. The software’s simplified interfaces and intuitive navigation allow users of all skill levels to work on robotic projects.

“At ABB Robotics, we continue to develop innovative and flexible solutions to help businesses overcome challenges, respond to changing customer needs and thrive in an age of increasing digitalization,” said Marc Segura, President of ABB Robotics division.

“New web-based tools like RobotStudio Cloud bring a new level of agility and flexibility to manufacturers in how they plan and design their robotic automation solutions. Offering a simplified user experience, RobotStudio Cloud helps to increase collaboration and reduce complexity, enabling both novices and experts to push the boundaries of robotics programming.”

Already the world’s leading robotic programming software, the new and enhanced cloud based RobotStudio software can help companies program robots more collaboratively while cutting the time, cost and disruption associated with physical testing and commissioning. Now system integrators and engineering teams can collaborate in real-time to design, develop and enhance robotic automation solutions.

New features in RobotStudio Cloud include version control, which allows users to keep track of changes and have full transparency of any amendments. With complete knowledge of who edited the program and when, developers can cut the time needed to resolve errors and performance issues.

Incorporating RobotStudio’s cloud-based virtual controllers, developers have a rapid and powerful robot simulation tool to tune and test programs. By producing an exact digital twin, the virtual controllers give developers complete confidence that – once installed in the real world – the robot will move as precisely as in the simulation. This allows for the fine-tuning and optimization that can help minimize waste or problems when production begins.

The software’s simplified interface makes it easier than ever to produce and change programs, enabling users with little engineering expertise to program robot applications rapidly and with minimum effort. Meanwhile, enterprise-grade protection ensures high security and productivity.

This is the latest chapter in the ongoing development of ABB’s RobotStudio software, which already offers over 500 integrated productivity-enhancing functions.

@ABBRobotics @ABBgroupnews @ABBMeasurement @abb_automation #Robotics #PAuto

Wednesday, 1 February 2023

Celebrating seventy years of measurement and automation technology.

Endress+Hauser is heading into its special anniversary year with momentum. In 2022 the measurement and automation technology specialist increased consolidated sales by almost 17 percent to more than 3.3 billion euros. Nearly 16,000 people are employed worldwide by the Group. The family-owned Swiss company also has a confident outlook for 2023, a year in which it is celebrating its 70th birthday.

From start-up to global player.

G.Endress + L. Hauser
On 1 February 1953, Georg H Endress and Ludwig Hauser officially registered their enterprise. The company has since grown from a two-man operation to a leading global provider of process and laboratory instrumentation, automation solutions and services. The Group boasts sales and support organizations in 125 countries and manufactures in all major economic regions, thus making the family-owned company a genuine global player.

Strong growth, positive outlook.
“2022 was marked by strong growth. We continued to reliably support our customers despite strained supply and logistics chains,” reports CFO Dr Luc Schultheiss. Thanks to a further increase in incoming orders, Endress+Hauser is heading into its 70th anniversary year with strong momentum. “We expect double-digit sales growth in 2023 as well,” says the CFO. The company is looking to create new jobs around the world and is planning to invest heavily in buildings and equipment.

Focus on long-term success.
Endress+Hauser has nearly doubled its sales volume in the last ten years and grew its headcount by more than 50 percent. Far more than 1.5 billion euros from the Group’s own financial resources was invested in new buildings and equipment in the same period. “Our customers value us, our employees are dedicated to the company and our shareholders think long term,” emphasizes CEO Matthias Altendorf. “We can be proud of what we have achieved and can look into the future with confidence.”

Anniversary celebration. Employees will be celebrating the Group’s 70th anniversary through both small and large events and activities all over the world. From 26 to 28 June 2023, Endress+Hauser is inviting customers, partners and industry experts to attend the Global Forum in Basel, (CH), to jointly discuss the sustainable transformation of the process industry.

@Endress_US @Endress_Hauser @Endress_UK #PAuto #Automation

Hydrogen production at lower cost.

Agreement for energy management system to optimize hydrogen production costs for industry and mobility.

Hynamics has signed an agreement to collaborate with ABB and test the ABB Ability™ OPTIMAX® for Green Hydrogen energy management system (EMS), which was launched to market in November 2022, across Hynamics’ plants to help optimize electrical costs of hydrogen production by up to 16 percent, according to ABB modelling.*

In order to optimize production costs for low carbon and renewable hydrogen, the performance of the electrolyser process – which uses electricity from renewable sources to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen – can be improved. ABB Ability™ OPTIMAX® supports this by serving every aspect of a hydrogen plant lifecycle, from simulation at design and engineering phases to real-time monitoring of energy consumption when in operation. ABB Ability™ OPTIMAX® is already available for five other industrial applications.

The system provides data which can help determine optimal energy consumption levels required to produce hydrogen and minimize waste. The tool considers, among other things, the variability of electricity prices, asset availability and other associated factors.

The companies have agreed to share respective resources to determine the compatibility of their solutions. ABB Ability™ OPTIMAX® for Green Hydrogen EMS will be deployed at Auxerre (F), Hynamics’ first production and distribution site in Northern Burgundy, approximately 170 km southeast of Paris. The 1 MW hydrogen station for the urban community will supply five buses of the Leo network (Transdev), as well as light commercial vehicles and trucks, removing 2,200 tons of CO2 emissions from the road each year.

“With complementary areas of expertise, the cooperation between ABB and Hynamics will enable us to accelerate the deployment of hydrogen projects on an industrial scale,” said Christelle Rouillé, General Manager of Hynamics. “The integration of ABB's world-class power management system is a necessary step to improve the performance of the water electrolysis process and thus optimize the cost of hydrogen production.”

“We have recently pioneered our ABB Ability™ OPTIMAX® system specifically for green hydrogen to help production companies overcome the challenges of electrolysis in the way of high costs and energy intensive processes,” said Bruno Roche, Global Head of Energy Transition at ABB. “This first deployment of our EMS for green hydrogen is significant and hopefully the first of many if we are to achieve our collective goal of building a resilient global hydrogen ecosystem for a clean energy future.”

The scope of the agreement also includes the deployment of the cloud for the EMS at the Hynamics operation control center, potential performance and reliability tests carried out by EDF and deployment on further Hynamics production sites in 2023.

* 16% saving has been calculated by ABB Corporate Research Center in 2022 and is based upon an optimized versus an unoptimized operation of a hydrogen plant. The results showed an estimated reduction of >14% in electricity costs and >2% in electrical consumption. Thus the lower boundary of OPTIMAX reduction of electrical cost is up to 16%.

@ABBgroupnews @ABBMeasurement @abb_automation @EDF_Solutions #hynamics  #Transport #PAuto

Distributor of the year!

LtoR: Michaela Senior, Sales Director Anglia, Bev McKnight, Distribution Sales Manager EMEA Bourns, Jaqui Fretwell, Sales Director Anglia
Anglia Components has been awarded Regional Distributor of the Year in North Europe 2022 by Bourns, the manufacturer and supplier of electronic components.

John Bowman, Marketing Director of Anglia, said, “We are honoured to receive this award from Bourns, an exceptional manufacturer in the electronic components market. Throughout our 20-year partnership, Anglia and Bourns have shared a commitment to providing exceptional customer service. We look forward to continuing our work together and showcasing their innovations to our customer base.”

The Award crowns a year of significant milestones for both companies, as Bourns celebrated its 75th anniversary, Anglia its 50th anniversary and the two companies marked a successful partnership of 20 years. Last year, Anglia was also recognised as the company’s Highest Performing Distributor, Regional Partner, in North Europe.

Commenting on the award, Bev McKnight, Distribution Sales Manager EMEA at Bourns, said, “Anglia has been integral to Bourns’ success in North Europe. In particular, its exceptional relationships with its customer base have been key to our increased market share in this region. We are delighted to present Anglia this award in recognition of the strength of our long relationship with them and a commitment to continuing the partnership in future.”

@angliaComponent @Bourns @NeeshamPR #Electronics

Home & Distribution and Power head appointed.

Schneider Electric has appointed David Williams to the newly created role of Vice President of Transactional Business in Britain & Ireland.

David Williams
“David is very well prepared for this new role,” said Kelly Becker,  Zone President, Schneider UK & Ireland. “He is a transformational leader, passionate about sustainability, with a deep understanding of our business and a proven track record of building successful teams. I would also like to take the opportunity to congratulate Stewart Gregory on his retirement after more than 35 years with Schneider Electric, including almost twenty as Vice President of our Power Products division. I thank him for his hard work, dedication, and commitment, which has left a long-lasting positive impact on our customers and the industry.”

Having joined Schneider Electric in 2011, David has held roles across several business units, including Solar, Smart Buildings, Digital Power Solutions and Power Products. For the past three years, he was Vice President of Marketing across the UK and Ireland, responsible for Schneider’s offer, channel, segment, and digital marketing strategies, alongside running the zones Data Hub.

In his new role, David will lead Schneider Electric’s Home & Distribution and Power Products businesses, supporting the holistic needs of customers and channel partners and driving exceptional customer experience across the zone. This new business covers Schneiders’ end-to-end Low Voltage electrical distribution product offering, from large air circuit breakers, through its market leading Acti 9 Offer right to residential consumer units and wiring accessories.

“I continue to be impressed by the knowledge, expertise and talent of my colleagues past and present, and the innovative energy management solutions being delivered by our valued customers and partners,” said David Williams. “The energy and climate crises have created unprecedented challenges for businesses and consumers alike but knowing our capabilities I am excited by the challenges ahead and the difference we can make together.”

@SchneiderElec @teamlewisglobal #Pauto #Ireland #Britain

A first in industrial computing.

Moxa has delivered the world’s first host device to attain ISA/IEC 62442-4-2 certification with its its newest Industrial Linux 3 (MIL3) platform — the UC-8200 Series computer. IEC 62443-4-2 certification ensures that Moxa UC-8200 computers incorporate an advanced suite of secure-by-design hardware and software features to protect data and infrastructure against the rising threat of cyberattacks.
UC-8200 Series Highlights.

Developed according to IEC 62443-4-1 standard and compliant with IEC 62443-4-2 industrial cybersecurity Security Level 2 standard
IEC 62443-4-2 compliant diagnostic tool and security-hardening guide
Automatic failover between Wi-Fi, cellular, and Ethernet connections for reliability and high availability
Automatic system failover for system recovery and file backup
TPM 2.0 for hardware root of trust authentication to prevent malware takeover or tampering
A host-based Intrusion detection system (HIDS) and network security monitoring
Optional built-in cellular and additional Mini PCI Express (mPCIe) slot for Wi-Fi modules
Moxa Industrial Linux 3 with 10-year long-term support

“The IEC 62443-4-2 certified UC-8200 Series computer makes it faster, easier and more cost-effective to integrate IIoT applications by providing a secure platform that has already been tested and validated,” said George Hsiao, Product Manager of Industrial Embedded Computer at Moxa. “Without this certified platform, asset owners and system integrators would need to spend a significant amount of time testing and validating the security of the computing platform and its components before integrating their applications.”

Built around a Cortex-A7 dual-core processor and offering flexible interfacing options, Moxa UC-8200 Series embedded computers serve as reliable and secure gateways for data acquisition and processing at field sites as well as versatile communications platforms for many other large-scale deployments.

Increasing Operational Resilience.
As Operational Technology and Informational Technology (OT/IT) continue to converge, the need for enhanced network security, endpoint protection, strong reliability, and a long lifecycle becomes critical for the development of next-generation industrial IoT systems that can effectively defend against cyber threats.

The UC-8200 Series computer comes with a security-hardening guide to help maintain it throughout its entire lifecycle — from integration and installation to operation, maintenance and decommissioning. It also includes a security diagnostics utility that allows customers to confirm that the UC-8200 Series computer remains compliant with IEC 62443-4-2 during the integration stage. Powered by an Armv7 Cortex-A7 dual-core 1 GHz processor, it also has Dual SIM slots and a microSD socket, two auto-sensing 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet ports, one CAN port, and a DIN-rail mountable IP30 metal housing with a wide temperature range of -40° to 85° C.

Additional security features include:
• Hardware Root of Trust.
The UC-8200 Series computer incorporates a one-time programmable (OTP) fuse and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 technology to establish a hardware-based chain of trust that safeguards the Secure Boot process and software updates. This blocks hackers from taking control of the device during boot time and prevents malicious updates from being used for malware exploitation.

• Reliable and Fast Recovery.
Device availability is critical in industrial automation and control systems (IACS). That is why Moxa Industrial Linux 3 (MIL3) comes equipped with quick backup and restore utilities, as well as automated system recovery features based on an overlay file system architecture. This helps to reduce downtime in the event of a security breach, process failure, or file corruption, such as a power outage during a critical update.

• Robust Connectivity and Network Management.
MCM (Moxa Connect Manager) easily optimizes LAN and WAN network availability by automatically switching between Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and LTE connections, which can minimize downtime caused by network unavailability or DOS attacks.

• Superior Long-term Support.
Moxa provides long-term after-sales support and Debian-based distributions with 10-year life cycles to support UC-8200-equipped systems, including security patches, bug fixes, and access to the Moxa Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) that takes a proactive approach to protect Moxa products from cybersecurity vulnerabilities and effectively mitigate and manage security risks.

Pascal LeRay, Head of Cybersecurity at Bureau Veritas (BV), the global certification body that issued the ISASecure CSA Security Level 2 certification for the UC-8200 Series industrial computers, commented: “It is a great honor to assist Moxa in successfully obtaining IEC 62443-4-2 certification and to empower the company in better grasping the overall security issues and quality of product development through IEC 62443 to enhance its competitiveness. IEC 62443 universal standards for industrial control and information security have become mandatory technical requirements in many countries. Furthermore, as demand for product security increases, the importance of IEC 62443-4-2 has increased significantly, resulting in a growing number of customers requiring proof of security level from manufacturers for their Industrial IoT equipment."

@MoxaInc @OConnellPR #Pauto #Manufacturing #Cybersecurity

Tuesday, 31 January 2023

Industrial display.

Review Display Systems (RDS) has announced the introduction of a new 18.5-inch TFT display module from industrial display manufacturer Tianma. The P-series P1850FHF1MB01 features Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), a wide 16:9 aspect ratio and in-plane switching (IPS) technology which provides excellent optical performance.

Justin Coleman
, displays division manager, RDS said, “The Tianma 18.5-inch P-series display offers a strong feature set that provides excellent optical performance that delivers bright, saturated colour display images that can be easily seen from all viewing directions. Tianma’s wide range of P-series display modules has been purposefully designed for use in a wide range of human-machine interface applications where reliable, long-term operation in demanding application environments is required.”

Tianma P-series (Professional series) TFT display modules have been designed and developed to deliver high levels of optical performance and meet the demanding needs of industrial, medical, and in-vehicle display markets and applications where reliable and consistent operation is considered essential.

The 18.5-inch display features Tianma’s proprietary SFT (Super Fine TFT) wide viewing technology which enables viewing angles of 88 degrees in all viewing directions (left, right and up, down). A contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a white LED backlight, with an integrated driver and 50K hour half-brightness lifetime, provide a specified brightness rating of 400cd/m² and ensure that the 18.5-inch P-series TFT module produces display images that are colourful, bright, and highly consistent.

The 2-channel LVDS data interface supports 8-bit RGB which enables a colour palette of up to 16.7M colours. The 18.5-inch display module features mechanical outline dimensions of 430.4mm (w) x 254.6mm (h) x 13.5mm (d) and an active display area of 408.96mm (w) x 230.04mm (h). An extended operating temperature range of -20°C to +70°C is supported.

Tianma’s Professional-series TFT display modules are suitable for many varied applications including industrial process control, factory automation, in-vehicle systems, instrumentation, point-of-sale systems, digital signage, and medical equipment.

@ReviewDisplays #PAuto #Manufacturing

Cryogenic chair!

Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd has announced that Dr Ziad Melhem, Non-Executive Director of its CryoCoax division, has been appointed as Chair of the British Cryogenic Council.

Dr Ziad Melhem
Ziad is the Founder and CEO of Oxford Quantum Solutions Ltd (OQS) and has more than 30 years of experience in all things cryogenic. He is active at National and International levels and member of a number of committees, organisations and advisory boards. He has been welcomed at the BCC where he joins Dr Andy-Blackett May the new Secretary on the BCC committee.

QQS is focussed on innovations and advanced solutions, strategic business development, strategic road mapping and technical authority on superconducting, cryogenics, instrumentation in quantum and nanotechnology applications for quantum, energy, life sciences, physical sciences, transport and power applications.

Gareth Philips, Managing Director of the Intelliconnect Group, says, "All at Intelliconnect offer our huge congratulations to Zaid on this honour and the important position he now holds in the development of cryogenic research and industrialisation of this cutting edge technology. We are now positioned to maintain our leading position in the global market for cryogenic connectors and cable assemblies.”

Dr Melhem was previously the Strategic Business Development Manager of Oxford Instruments NanoScience (OINS), implementing alliances and collaborative R&D projects on quantum, nanoscience, and nanotechnology applications. He has experience on new product design and business development activities in applied superconductivity, low and high temperature superconducting (LTS & HTS) materials, cryogenic, quantum and nanotechnology applications for scientific, medical, energy and industrial sectors.

• See also Connecting in freezing conditions (12/8/2018).

@Intelli_Connect @BCryogenics @proactivefleet #OQS #Pauto #Britain