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

Bulk materials handling, processing, and storage solutions strengthened.

TSM Control Systems and Genesis Process Solutions announced today that the companies have entered into a strategic partnership that will see the expansion of TSM’s Global Sales Partner Network to support their existing & growing client base within the British Market. This new partnership provides Genesis Process Solutions with the ability to increase their existing product offering, adding TSM’s Patented Material Mixing technology delivered with their Gravimetric Blending Ranges, Conveying Systems and Material Management Solutions, which are all designed to meet the ever-changing needs of Extrusion, Moulding, Compounding and Recycling sectors.

LtoR: Dermot Keane, Sales Partner Development,TSM. 
Shane O’Callaghan, Commercial Director, TSM, 
Phil Cameron, Managing Director, GenesisPS
 & Simon Davis, Area Manager UK & Ireland,GenesisPS.
TSM’s Commercial Director; Shane O’Callaghan, outlined “We are delighted to welcome the Genesis Process Solutions team into TSM’s Global Sales Partner Network. Building on Genesis’s excellent track record and customer centric approach we are confident we can deliver consistent support to meet the needs of clients across the UK’’

This partnership will allow plastic processors across all sectors and industries to gain local access to an extensive supply of spare parts, leading customer and support services, and a global network of partners operating in over 76 countries worldwide.

Sales Partner Development at TSM Control Systems, Dermot Keane said, “We are looking forward to bringing our extensive experience & expertise to the UK market, offering fast support for existing TSM customers whilst harnessing local knowledge to meet the needs of potential future clients.”

An example of technology meeting the demands of the recycling sector, TSM’s new Opti-Flake Gravimetric Blender utilises patented reverse flight auger technology, providing new capabilities to pre-blend various low bulk density post customer recycle (Flake, Non-Pellet or Pelletized) into the process, flexibly. This capability directly enables producers to adapt their feedstock blends in real time as required for their recycling / compounding process.

Genesis Process Solution’s Managing Director: Phil Cameron expressed "We are pleased and proud that TSM has chosen to work with us. We know their products well as many of our Brabender feeder and Krause silo clients use their equipment so there is a clear and obvious synergy between us. We can’t wait to offer our full support to both existing and new clients alike.’’

TSM Control Systems and Genesis Process Solutions have worked within the industry for many decades, and are looking forward to engaging with end clients in exploring how TSM’s technology can reduce their costs and address challenges that are ongoing in the industry.

 @TSMControls #GenesisPS #PAuto 

Connectors for demanding environments.

The easy to use, well protected and compact PushPull connector series from Harting is expanding. The new Mini PushPull is a waterproof and dustproof version of the ix Industrial® Ethernet interface, a perfect choice for fast and reliable data connectivity in demanding industrial environments and applications exposed to the elements.

Standardised according to IEC/PAS 61076-3-124, the ix Industrial® mating face in the Mini PushPull stands for reliable transmission performance and optional power supply via PoE/PoE+. With a 30% shorter housing compared to the Harting PushPull RJ45, users benefit from a miniaturised data interface for demanding applications. PushPull is the preferential device connection technology, offering outstanding robustness in combination with simple and process-safe operation in waterproof and dustproof design to IP65 / IP67. Compact, robust jacks are available for device integration on the PCB, providing maximum stability with five THR shield contacts. The jacks are available in three different versions:
  1. horizontal jack.
  2. angled vertical jack.
  3. vertical jack.

All jacks are optionally available in the A and B codings for Ethernet and signals. The data contacts are designed as SMD contacts. This allows device manufacturers to process the PCB jacks according to the normal reflow soldering process.

The Mini PushPull add-on housing, which fits all matching jacks, is mounted in front of a rectangular mounting cut-out during device integration and connects the PCB jacks, providing IP65 / IP67 protection.

To aid integration into control cabinets and terminal boxes, the portfolio includes PushPull panel feedthroughs in A and B coding. These can be mounted quickly and easily in front of a rectangular mounting cut-out. They meet protection class IP65 / IP67 thanks to the integrated seal, whilst matching dust caps seal unused connectors and device interfaces securely.

Securely contacted plug connections are the prerequisite for stable network systems. To ensure correct connections under challenging conditions, PushPull connectors are straight forward and intuitive in their operation. Secure locking is signalled by an audible click, and the connection is released by simply pulling on the ergonomically optimised housing. To prevent unintentional disconnection, the removal of the connector can be blocked by way of a security ring.

PushPull connectors are the ideal device connection technology for all industrial electronics devices executed to protection classes IP65 / IP67, from sensors to controls and industrial computers.


Monday 30 January 2023

Acquisition provides laser powerboost.

Tunable diode lasers merge with high power fiber amplifiers

TOPTICA Photonics AG has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire the majority of the shares of French fibre laser technology company Azurlight Systems SAS.

Azurlight Systems is a French manufacturer of CW fibre lasers and amplifiers based in Pessac near Bordeaux. Tailored for high performance, their infrared (IR) lasers and visible (VIS) lasers all feature high power, ultra-low noise, single frequency, single mode, excellent power and pointing stability. At all wavelengths (488 nm, 515 nm, 532 nm, 976 nm, 1015 nm, 1030 nm, 1064 nm and other custom wavelengths), the compact architecture of the products ensures robustness and reliability. The cw fibre lasers are suited for quantum technologies, high power argon gas laser replacement, laser Doppler velocimetry, high brightness laser pumping, laser holography, metrology and interferometry.

Azurlight will continue and further foster its fibre laser business under the new name TOPTICA Photonics SAS and form the French hub of the TOPTICA brand. The parties have agreed to maintain confidentiality regarding the purchase price. The transaction is subject to the foreign direct investment (FDI) approval by French authorities.

LtoR:Dr. Wilhelm Kaenders, Founder & Member of the executive board of TOPTICA Photonics, Dr. Nicholas Traynor, Founder and President of Azurlight Systems who will become President of TOPTICA Photonics and Dr. Juergen Stuhler VP Quantum Technologies at TOPTICA Photonics to become General Manager of TOPTICA Photonics SAS.

The unique combination of world-class tunable diode lasers, highest quality frequency conversion technology and lowest-noise high power amplifiers will serve customers in the fast-growing markets of quantum technologies, biophotonics, and industrial metrology and help to establish an even stronger European position in these upcoming markets.

The combination of diode and fibre lasers with frequency conversion provides solutions ranging from low to high power and from ultraviolet to infrared wavelengths. They are invaluable tools used in a variety of industries including quantum technologies, medical research, industrial instrumentation, and in fundamental scientific research. Especially quantum technology applications and products will benefit from complete solutions in industrial footprint.

This acquisition will allow further strategic development of the combined entities. Customers will benefit from access to an experienced global team of experts covering laser technology application know-how and full technical support. The extended network is an important step towards TOPTICA's goal of providing world-leading professional-grade lasers with cutting-edge technology to scientific and industry customers.

Nicholas Traynor  from Azurlight Systems stated: “We are proud to join the TOPTICA group and excited about the opportunities this offers for the next stage in our development. Putting together the proven technologies of narrow band and tunable diode lasers with our lowest noise fibre amplifiers will be mutually beneficial for the product families of both companies. Together with the existing global sales and service network of TOPTICA, we will be able to serve customers' needs in quantum technology markets and beyond. We enthusiastically look forward to the years to come."

“We are very pleased to welcome Azurlight Systems under the TOPTICA brand, adding best-in-class fibre lasers and amplifiers to our product portfolio. We envisage further strengthening of fibre laser development in France and strong common product development including our subsidiaries in the US and Germany. This will grow our offering for industry and scientific research, especially in the growing markets of quantum computing and biophotonics and industrial metrology,” concluded TOPTICA Photonics' Wilhelm Kaenders.

@TOPTICA_AG @PresseBox #Azurlight #Pauto

Lab sensors for pH, conductivity, and dissolved oxygen measurements.

Endress+Hauser has launched five new laboratory sensors compatible with its Liquiline CML18 handheld laboratory analysis device. The Memosens CPL53E, CPL57E, CPL59E, COL37E, and CLL47E liquid analytical sensors now join the CPL51E to further amplify the company’s goals of trustworthy measurement, easy operation for end-users, and enhanced good laboratory practice (GLP).

The new sensors support data and quality management in the verification processes of online measurements, provide immediate and tamper-proof calibration history traceability, with easy data transfer using Bluetooth technology.

Using the bayonet connector, the handheld CML18 and Memosens sensors are plug-and-play, working out of the box with support for easily switching output parameters—such as pH, dissolved oxygen, and conductivity—at the measuring point. Users can begin making measurements without initial calibration because these accurate Memosens instruments are pre-calibrated at the factory.

Memosens 2.0 sensors are suited for laboratory measurement and random process grab sampling, ensuring that online measured values are always reliable. By using the same sensor type in the lab as in the process, you are assured of data and quality management in the verification process of online measurements.

CPL53E – digital pH sensor built for all-around use.
The CPL53E glass PH sensor is built for all-around use in the lab, covering everything from lab sampling to random process grab sampling. Additionally, the CPL53E has a measurement range of pH 0 to 14, a process temperature range of –5 to 100 °C (23 to 212 °F) and an application range of 0 to 80 °C (32 to 176 °F).

CPL57E – highly accurate digital pH sensor for low conductivity water.
The CPL57E pH sensor is designed for low-conductivity water applications in all industry types. This glass sensor provides long-term stability because of additional salt storage, providing high measurement accuracy in pure water from pH 0 to 14, a process temperature range of –5 to 100 °C (23 to 212 °F) and an application range of 0 to 80 °C (32 to 176 °F). Like the CPL53E, the CPL57E is a virtually maintenance-free sensor.

CPL59E – pH sensor built for harsh conditions.
The CPL59E pH sensor is built to withstand harsh conditions in chemically aggressive fluids, specifically within the measurement range of pH 0 to 14, with a process temperature range of 0 to 135 °C (32 to 275 °F) and application range of 0 to 100 °C (32 to 212 °F). With an ion trap, the instrument provides high stability to oxidizing agents, protecting the sensor from drift that can result in inaccurate measurements.

COL37E – an agile optical oxygen sensor.
The digital COL37E dissolved oxygen sensor enhances oxygen measurement with a fast response time. With a measurement range of 0 to 200 %SAT and process temperature range of –5 to +60 ˚C (23 to 140 ˚F), the sensor is primed for use in checking oxygen values in aeration tanks, fish farms, and surface water.

CLL47E – 4-electrode digital conductivity sensor.
The CLL47E is a four-electrode conductivity sensor for random sampling and measurements in the lab with a measurement range of 5 μS/cm to 200 mS/cm and a process temperature range of 0 to 100 °C (32 to 212 °F). The instrument’s four platinum electrodes allow for coverage over a large variety of samples. This sensor provides high precision at measuring point in drinking water, cooling water, wastewater, and process media (such as cleaning solutions). The CLL47E is also suited for verifying online measuring loops, analyzing grab samples, and spot-checks at critical process points.

@Endress_US @Endress_Hauser @Endress_UK #PAuto #Laboratory

Bluetooth level transmitter.

Simplifies commissioning, operation and maintenance, enhancing safety and plant performance

The Rosemount™ 3408 Level Transmitter, from Emerson, is a non-contacting radar device designed to optimise ease-of-use at every touchpoint, leading to increased site and worker safety and enhanced plant performance. It is a versatile level measurement solution, suitable for use in a wide range of industries and applications, such as chemical storage, mixing tanks and open air applications.

“The new generation of engineers expect modern automation technology to be very easy to implement, operate and maintain,” said Thense Korsbo, director of product management for Emerson’s radar level measurement business. “The onus is therefore on us to provide solutions that simplify operator tasks as much as possible, especially in safety-critical applications such as overfill prevention, and this was Emerson’s focus when designing the Rosemount 3408. This optimised ease-of-use will help organisations improve plant efficiency, reach their production targets and achieve the highest levels of safety.”

While the benefits of radar level measurement are widely acknowledged, leading to the technology’s fast-growing adoption across multiple industries, radars are still sometimes perceived as being complex to commission, operate and maintain. Addressing this concern, the device provides a range of functions that reduce complexity throughout its lifecycle, including a highly intuitive interface, Bluetooth® wireless technology remote capabilities, predictive alerts, in-situ verification, data historian and an upgradeable design.

The user interface provides clear pictorial instructions, allowing operators to be easily guided through installation, commissioning, proof-testing, operation and maintenance. This increased ease-of-use gives process and manufacturing organisations the confidence to replace time-consuming manual procedures, thereby helping to increase safety and maximise productivity.

The new device is based on frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) technology, which enables extremely accurate and reliable measurement, even in challenging process environments. It is also suitable for use in critical safety applications such as overfill prevention, as it is Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 2-certified and designed according to the International Electrotechnical Commission’s IEC 61508 standard relating to functional safety.

Emerson’s proprietary Smart Meter Verification software provides an easy means of verifying the health of the device, without interrupting the process. Official records of device verification are generated, simplifying compliance with regulatory requirements. In addition, an advanced diagnostics suite continuously monitors key device health and process parameters. This provides actionable information and predictive alerts that support preventative maintenance strategies, streamline troubleshooting and help increase process availability. A built-in historian enables users to access stored process data and alerts to gain process insights and aid troubleshooting.

The transmitter can be proof-tested remotely and in-situ, which makes the procedure quick and easy, saving time and increasing plant and worker safety. In the event of device failure, its exchangeable design enables the simple replacement of a cassette within the transmitter housing, rather than replacing the entire transmitter head. This saves both time and materials, making the device extremely cost-effective.

 @EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @EmersonExchange @Rosemount_News @HHC_Lewis #PAuto

Dr Perry L Grady - 1940-2023.

The death has been announced of Dr Professor Perry L. Grady, former President of the International Society of Automation (ISA). He was the Emeritus Associate Dean and Professor at the North Carolina State University College of Textiles (COT).

Dr Perry L. Grady
He was an expert in instrument and control system design and development, computer applications, energy utilization and conservation, electrotechnology applications, fibre and yarn production and properties, and garment and textile care. A registered professional engineer he has over eighty publications to his credit. His papers were donated by him to and encoded in the North Carolina State University some years ago.

Dr. Grady received the Outstanding Extension Award at North Carolina State University, the Fiber Society Distinguished Achievement Award, the ISA Textile Industry Division Achievement Award, and the North Carolina State University College of Textiles Cates-Rutherford Lecturer and Distinguished Alumnus in Fiber and Polymer Science Award. He was a member of Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Phi Lambda Upsilon honor societies.

He also served on many ISA divisions and departments including a period as Publications VP. During his term as Society President (2000) he fostered co-operation with other international and national automation bodies including Britain's InstMC. He was unfailingly courteous and encouraging to fellow members of the Society - including this writer. He put forward ideas and suggestions in a gentle and clear way and with humour.

We sympathise with his wife, Pat, and his family on the loss of a beloved family man.

May he rest in peace.

Friday 27 January 2023

Web Wake frequency calculation.

Online tool instead of Excel.

WIKA now provides the wake frequency calculation for thermometer thermowells in accordance with ASME PTC 19.3 TW-2016 in a web-based version.

The new programme has adopted the proven and clear presentation of results from the previous Excel software.

Users have a choice - a freely accessible version allows the calculation for a single thermowell. 

With the full version, which requires registration and user verification, an unlimited number of thermowells can be calculated simultaneously. 

For reasons of data security, this registration takes place via Azure Active Directory B2C. A PDF function for documenting the calculation is included in both versions.

• WIKA products are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

@WIKANews #PAuto 

Emerging image sensors.

The new IDTechEx report, “Emerging Image Sensor Technologies 2023-2033: Applications and Markets”, explores a diverse range of image sensing technologies capable of resolutions and wavelength detection far beyond what is currently attainable. Many of these emerging technologies are expected to make waves within numerous sectors, including healthcare, biometrics, autonomous driving, agriculture, chemical sensing, and food inspection, among several others. IDTechEx expects that the growing importance of autonomous technologies will lead the emerging image sensor market to over US$500 million (€552m) by 2033.

Broadening Spectral Range.
Conventional CMOS detectors for visible light are prevalent within robotics, industrial image inspection, and consumer electronics; however, there is extensive opportunity for more complex image sensors that offer capabilities beyond that of simply acquiring red, green and blue (RGB) intensity values. Extensive effort is currently being devoted to developing emerging image sensor technologies that can detect aspects of light beyond the visible range into the short-wave infrared (SWIR, 1000nm – 2000 nm) range. Extending wavelength detection into the SWIR range presents many benefits as it enables the differentiation of objects and materials that appear visually similar or identical within the visible range. This substantially improves recognition accuracy and paves the way for better and more functional image sensing.

Key Questions Answered in the IDTechEx Report “Emerging Image Sensor Technologies 2023-2033: Applications and Markets” Include:
What technology readiness level are these emerging image sensing technologies at?
What disruptive technologies are on the horizon?
Which companies are exploring emerging image sensing technologies
Which applications are expected to benefit the most?
How can autonomy be improved by image sensors?
What are the difficulties in commercializing these emerging technologies?

A particularly important trend is the development of much cheaper alternatives to very expensive InGaAs sensors for imaging in the short-wave infrared (SWIR, 1000 – 2000 nm) spectral region, which will open this capability to a much wider range of applications. This includes autonomous vehicles, in which SWIR imaging assists with distinguishing objects and materials that appear similar in the visible spectrum while also reducing scattering from dust and fog.

There are several competitive emerging non-InGaAs SWIR technologies. These include hybrid image sensors where an additional light-absorbing thin film layer made of organic semiconductors or quantum dots is placed on top of a CMOS read-out circuit to increase the wavelength detection range into the SWIR region. Another technology is extended-range silicon, where the properties of silicon are modified to extend the absorption range beyond its bandgap limitations. Currently dominated by expensive InGaAs sensors, these new approaches promise a substantial price reduction, and that is expected to encourage the adoption of SWIR imaging for new applications such as autonomous vehicles.

New Capabilities Enabled by Emerging Image Sensors.
In addition to imaging over a broader spectral range, further innovations include imaging over a larger area, acquiring spectral data at each pixel, and simultaneously increasing temporal resolution and dynamic range. On this front, a promising technology is event-based vision. With conventional frame-based imaging, a high temporal resolution produces vast amounts of data that requires computationally intensive processing. Event-based vision resolves this challenge by presenting a completely new way of thinking about obtaining optical information, in which each sensor pixel reports timestamps that correspond to intensity changes. As such, event-based vision can combine greater temporal resolution of rapidly changing image regions with much-reduced data transfer and subsequent processing requirements.

Another promising innovation is the increasing miniaturization and conformality of sensor technology, making it easier than ever to integrate a sensor into a robotic arm, industrial inspection machinery, or consumer electronics. These are an application the burgeoning market of miniaturized spectrometers is targeting. Driven by the growth in smart electronics and Internet of Things devices, low-cost, miniaturized spectrometers are becoming increasingly relevant across different sectors. The complexity and functionalization of standard visible light sensors can be significantly improved through the integration of miniaturized spectrometers that can detect from the visible to the SWIR region of the spectrum with high spectral resolution. The future being imagined by researchers at Fraunhofer is a spectrometer weighing just 1 gram and costing a single dollar. Miniaturized spectrometers are expected to deliver inexpensive solutions to improve autonomous efficiency through enhanced material, object, and color differentiation.

@IDTechEx @AgilityPRS #PAuto #Imagr

Gas monitoring capability expanded.

Responding to a growing demand for portable Ashtead Technology has announced a new partnership with Gas Data. The deal will significantly expand the range of applications for which Ashtead is able to offer gas monitors for either purchase or rental.

Josh Thomas, Senior Sales Manager at Ashtead Technology, says: “We’re excited to be kicking off the new year with a new distributor agreement. The portable, ATEX certified Gas Data instruments perfectly complement and expand our range of gas and emissions monitors for applications such as site investigation, risk assessments, landfill gas control, environmental compliance monitoring, and more.”

The new Gas Data portable gas analysers include the GFM 400 series analysers, the Gazoscan and the Inspectra. Combined, these instruments will provide Ashtead’s customers with a complete choice of technologies for the measurement of methane and other gases in applications such as landfill, biogas, contaminated land, petrochem, gas leaks, gas utilities and wastewater.

All of these instruments are able to measure methane, which is a powerful greenhouse gas, (around 30 times stronger than CO2), and the subject of urgent global initiatives to lower emissions. Methane is the main component of natural gas and biogas, so it is essential for leaks to be identified and prevented. The Gazoscan employs a laser to identify leaks and sources over long distances, and the Inspectra fulfils a similar function but with a sampling rod and/or wheel for surveying and pinpointing gas leaks.

The GFM 400 series are able to measure a wider range of gases and enable users to choose the instrument that best suits their application. For example, the GFM 406 has an option for hydrogen measurement, which is increasingly being introduced into natural gas supplies. Other options include LEL, O2, CO and H2S; the latter being useful in odour investigations at petrochemical and wastewater plants.

With a fixed configuration measuring and logging CH4, CO2, O2, H2S and CO, the GFM 426 is ideal for landfill applications. The GFM 436 offers similar capability with the additional capacity to analyse VOCs; offering the versatility of use in both landfill and contaminated land applications.

Graham Sanders, Sales Director at Gas Data, says: “We are delighted to be partnering with Ashtead Technology. By combining the knowledge and expertise of our companies we will enable customers worldwide to optimise their operations by accessing market-leading products and solutions for monitoring pollutants and greenhouse gases.” 

@AshteadTech @GasData @_Enviro_News #PAuto #Environment #Rental

Robust secure Gigabit Ethernet switches.

Red Lion has introduced their N-Tron® Series NT5000 Gigabit Managed Layer 2 Ethernet switches. As industries around the world digitally transform and optimize their operations, reliable and secure network access is absolutely critical. NT5000 switches and their gigabit speed are designed to improve network security and reliability for industrial organizations of all sizes and environments.

The NT5000 also features:

• Graphical dashboards
• RingTM auto
• member
• Port mirroring
• Cable diagnostics
• IGMP v1/v2/v3
• SNMP v1/v2/v3
• Fast boot allowing traffic to pass in less than 20 seconds
• Wide shock and vibration tolerance
• Extensive compliance certifications, including Product Safety: (UL/CUL) Ordinary and Hazardous locations, Emissions/Immunity: FCC/ICES/CE, ATEX/IECEx, Marine: ABS, Rail: EN 50155, EN 50121, EN 61373, UKCA

The NT5000 maximizes operating performance and system uptime through seamless integration, advanced management and diagnostic capabilities, network redundancy and layered security, and helps organizations meet information technology and operational technology needs for dependable communication.

“Clear, comprehensive and fast network management is essential for organizations to achieve maximum uptime,” said Diane Davis, director of product management, networking, at Red Lion. “The NT5000’s simple graphical user interface includes a logical view showing active ports, power supply, temperature and contact relay status of the switch and color-coded gauges for port traffic and events to allow administrators to quickly identify and address possible network disruptions in real-time, helping lower total cost of ownership.”

The 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.

Streamlined Setup.
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.

Layered Security.
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  products are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

@redlioncontrols @mepaxIntPR #PAuto #Cybersecurity

Measuring smallest laser power fluctuations.

The IS50A-1KW-RSI-INT-DO from Gentec-EO, from Laser Components, offers a measuring device that detects even the smallest fluctuations in laser power in less than 200 ms. This makes it possible to track the entire ramp-up process of a laser.

The incoming laser beam is attenuated by an integrating sphere so that the Si photodetector, with its advantages in speed and signal quality, can be used in a dynamic range between 0.2 mW and 1 kW. In a wavelength spectrum from 340 nm to 1100 nm, this also supports sources in continuous wave (cw) mode, as well as pulsed sources with a repetition rate of at least 10 kHz. It is designed for a maximum average power density of up to 5 kW/cm2.

Thus this versatility makes the system of particularl interest for laboratories and service technicians who come into contact with a wide variety of lasers and want to cover them with one device.

@LCGermany @lasercomp_uk #PAuto #Laboratory 

WEF alliance membership.

Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of Directors of Analog Devices, Vincent Roche, has become a member of the World Economic Forum’s Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders. Analog Devices is the first semiconductor company to join the Alliance, a global community of more than 120 CEOs and Senior Executives from large multinational organisations committed to accelerating the pace of climate change action across their value chains.

“Analog Devices’ core purpose is to work with our customers to create the technological breakthroughs that enrich lives and the world around us,” said Mr. Roche. “From electrification to energy management to industrial efficiency, a focus on combating climate change is woven throughout our business and operations. Joining the Alliance is a natural reflection of our ambition and actions to advance sustainable solutions globally to enable and accelerate the net zero transition. We look forward to working with and alongside Alliance members across our industries.”

Founded in 2014 as a World Economic Forum initiative, the Alliance and its members seek to involve policy makers in their shared commitment to reducing emissions by more than 1 gigaton annually by 2030 and reaching net zero by 2050. The Alliance publishes white papers and reports to guide leaders on carbon removal, as well as facilitates cross-industry collaboration and knowledge sharing.

“We are delighted to have Vince join us as a member of the Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders,” said Pim Valdre, World Economic Forum’s Head of Climate Ambition Initiatives. “Analog Devices’ commitment to achieve net zero by 2050 or sooner is just one example of its ESG excellence that can inspire others in the semiconductor industry to follow. We look forward to adding the experience and vision offered by Vince and the Analog Devices team.”

@ADI_News@wef  #Pauto #Climate

Best electrical!

The industry media of the Vogel Communications Group presented their ‘Best of Industry Awards’ shortly before the turn of the year. The Harting Technology Group emerged as the winner in the ‘Electrical Equipment’ category with its Han-Modular® Domino modules.

Norbert Gemmeke, Managing Director of the Global Business Unit Electric at Harting (r.), and Heiko Meier, Product Manager for the Han-Modular® Domino Modules (l.), celebrate the ‘Best of Industry Award’ in the ‘Electrical Equipment’ category.
This next stage in the development of industrial connectivity had already made a name for itself following its world debut in the spring, convincing the HERMES Award jury, who acknowledged it as one of the top three innovations of the year 2022. The Domino range also won the ‘Cable and Connector Product of the Year’ at the first ‘Instrumentation Excellence Awards’ in London in October.

Since 2016, Maschinen Markt (Vogel Communications Group) has annually acknowledged the best new solutions in industry. The nomination phase is followed by five months of online voting, during which around 20,000 readers of the publishing magazine MM Maschinenmarkt vote for their respective favourites. This year, for the first time, the award was presented in cooperation with other brands (PROCESS, LABORPRAXIS and DeviceMed) of the Vogel Communications Group – thereby representing an even broader section of industry.

Norbert Gemmeke, Managing Director of the Global Business Unit Electric, is delighted to have won the award: "We are very proud of this award and would like to thank the readers who cast their votes for us. This award shows that we are right on track with our customers and partners when it comes to the advantages of the Domino modules. Saving installation space and weight, as well as the associated lower costs and the conservation of resources, feature as vital trend topics that concern us all in this day and age."

Investigations into fires & explosions.

Danati Fire and Safety is a leading investigator of fires and explosions covering Southern Africa. Their first professional fire investigation was performed in 2003, and they perform an average of 250 investigations a year covering vehicles, structures and shipping vessels. 

The growth of Danati Fire and Safety can be attributed to verbal recommendations between insurance companies and loss adjusters in South Africa. A small number of private individuals may contact Danati Fire and Safety for private investigations either to counter a negative insurance claim or to simply satisfy their own curiosity.

After firefighters extinguish a fire, an investigation is launched to determine the origin and cause of the incident. Investigations are carried out using a systematic approach combined with knowledge of basic fire science. For a fire to occur, there must be fuel, oxygen and an ignition source, which must be in the specific proportions. There is a very definite science to investigating fires, and experience really counts here. The fire scene must be carefully evaluated and documented to locate the source of the fuel and possible ignition sources. Potential causes will be ruled in or out depending on the evidence presented by the fire scene, burn patterns, and physical remains. Frequently, samples are taken and sent away for evaluation, which can be a lengthy and costly process.

Danati was first introduced to the ION Science Tiger by Impact Instruments and chose the Tiger over other similar products due to its lower cost, portability and technological superiority, as well as the excellent customer service provided by thr team at Impact Instruments.

Danati’s Lead Fire Investigator, Danny Joubert, has said, “The instrument is extremely sensitive and will almost always give some level of reading when it is exposed to fire debris. Having done so on numerous occasions, I can honestly say that there are many positive aspects to the Tiger VOC detector.
“It must be understood that this instrument does not provide a definitive test for the presence of a specific accelerant or ignitable fluid. What it does do is indicate where higher than usual concentrations of VOCs may be present, and this will then prompt the investigator to take appropriate samples for laboratory testing, as per the NFPA 921 guidelines. Without the VOC detector, the average investigator can only rely on an interpretation of burn patterns and their sense of smell to detect the possible presence of a VOC.
“The Tiger adds a new dimension, and has allowed a far more thorough screening of debris to take place whilst the investigator is moving through the scene.
“The unit is very sensitive, allowing the investigators to disregard debris that might otherwise have been collected and subjected to expensive laboratory testing. Certified for use in explosive atmospheres, with high levels of sensitivity and resistance to interference from humidity or contamination, the Tiger is the only handheld instrument of its kind in South Africa, so it has allowed Danati bragging rights, which is always a morale booster!”

The biggest success of the Tiger for Danati related to a supermarket fire that was initially believed to be caused by an electrical surge following a period where the electricity was shut down.

The instrument was started up, and the investigator entered the building. The Tiger immediately gave a reading, turning left, the readings dropped, and walking further into the premises caused the instrument to give an alarm. This was the first audible alarm that the instrument had given, and the readings were extremely high. Standard human olfactory sensing could not detect anything above the normal stench of a three-day-old fire scene in a supermarket. Using the Tiger, the source of the alarm was found, and samples were taken. The samples were sent to a laboratory, and the intentional nature of the fire was put beyond any question.

The instrument shortened the investigation time considerably, and it was also noted that two other investigation firms were in attendance; their reaction to the Tiger was a combination of awe and jealousy.

@ionscience @_Enviro_News #PAuto #Safety #TandM #South Africa

Automation for petrochemical complex.

Digital automation technologies will play key role in $6 billion QatarEnergy and Chevron Phillips Chemical project!

Automation technologies, software and analytics are to be provided by Emerson for the Ras Laffan Petrochemical Complex in Qatar as part of a consortium with Viasat Energy Services, a division of global communications company Viasat. The $6 billion (€5.52b) integrated polymers project, a joint venture between QatarEnergy and Chevron Phillips Chemical, is currently under construction and scheduled to go online in late 2026.

Emerson and Viasat Executives at signing ceremony
The project is QatarEnergy's largest investment ever in the country’s petrochemical sector. The complex will include an ethane cracker with a capacity of 2.1 million tonnes of ethylene per year, making it the largest ethane cracker in the Middle East and one of the largest in the world, as well as two high-density polyethylene derivative units with a total capacity of 1.7 million tonnes per year.

“We are honoured to have been selected as the lead automation contractor for such an important undertaking,” said Vidya Ramnath, president of Emerson's Middle East & Africa business. “Emerson has been working with QatarEnergy for several years and we are proud to support the company’s long-term vision. Our advanced automation and analytics solutions will play a key role in the safe and efficient operation of this world-class facility.”

“Viasat Energy has a long history of supporting world-class energy projects in Qatar,” added Lee Ahlstrom, president of Viasat Energy Services. “We look forward to working with Emerson and our end customers to enable the network infrastructure for one of the largest and most technically advanced petrochemical facilities in the world.”

Emerson will deliver integrated process control and safety systems that leverage advanced predictive technologies to reduce operational complexity and minimise project risk through its DeltaV™ distributed control system and Rosemount™ gas analyser solutions. Viasat will design and provide an integrated telecommunications infrastructure for the entire Ras Laffan facility.

@EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @EmersonExchange @Rosemount_News @ViasatInc @HHC_Lewis #PAuto #Qatar

Change in management at laboratory analysis specialist.

The management of the Endress + Hauser subsidiary, Analytik Jena, specializing in laboratory analysis is being placed in the hands of to Oliver Klaeffling as of 1 February 2023. His predecessor Ulrich Krauss has decided to assume other responsibilities outside of the company.

Oliver Klaeffling
Oliver Klaeffling, studied industrial engineering at the Technical University of Berlin’s school of technical chemistry. He has held various positions in Germany and the US for pharmaceutical company Merck since 2004. He was most recently head of the Merck Innovation Center in Darmstadt, Germany. “We are convinced that Mr Klaeffling will continue to grow and lead Analytik Jena into a solid future,” emphasized Matthias Altendorf.

Oliver Klaeffling will be supported by the existing five-member management team. Analytik Jena plays an important role toward Endress+Hauser’s strategic goal of supporting customers from the lab to production. The Group is currently investing 50 million euros in a modern company campus in Jena-Göschwitz, (D); a new production facility is to be built in Ilmenau, (D), at a cost of €27 million.

Ulrich Krauss joined the Analytik Jena management team in 2015 and took over as managing director in 2016. “We would like to express our thanks to Mr Krauss for his commitment, in particular leading and overseeing the extensive reorganization processes at Analytik Jena, which contributed to the success of the Endress+Hauser Group,” said Matthias Altendorf, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group.

@AnalytikJena_ @Endress_US @Endress_Hauser @Endress_UK #PAuto

Thursday 26 January 2023

New business facilities align fully with the needs of customers and employees.

The recently occupied €10 million ($10.9m US) Endress+Hauser Mexico sales and service center is located in Naucalpan in the Mexico City metropolitan area. With 4,100 square meters of usable space, the center includes modern office facilities, an extensively equipped customer experience and process training center and a complete calibration lab.

The new building in Naucalpan reflects the solid growth of the Sales Center in recent years. It demonstrates a connection with the market and customers and enables further growth. At the heart of the building is a process training center where customers can practice using a variety of measurement instruments and simulate conditions similar to their own operating environments. Working together with experts from Endress+Hauser, they can then develop new solutions for their applications.

The building features numerous spaces and facilities designed with the needs of the employees in mind, allowing them to flourish and feel at home in their new work environment. The amenities include a gym, a nursing room for mothers, and a library, plus various places for individual and collective work in open spaces to ensure that the day-to-day work activities can be carried out in a productive and attractive setting.

The company places a value on sustainability and energy efficiency with all of its construction projects. The new building in Mexico thus features solar panels. In addition, a water treatment and cleaning system was developed that feeds 7.2 cubic meters of water into the climate control and plumbing systems on a daily basis. Because of these measures, the new building was certified gold under the LEED system (Leadership in Energy and Environment), proving that it achieves significant energy and resource savings over its lifetime.

@Endress_US @Endress_Hauser @Endress_MX @Endress_UK #PAuto #Mexico

Coming round the mountain - safely!

Operating the world’s steepest cogwheel railway!

The Pilatus-Bahnen railway was built over 130 years ago and is still the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. The train climbs the path from Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm (CH), with passengers able to view flowering alpine meadows, striking rock formations and snowfields. The railway has become one of Switzerland's most successful tourist attractions. Because of its popularity and large number of passengers, the railway needed larger and faster rail vehicles equipped with modern technology. Reliable and robust data network technology from Westermo was chosen to support the operation of these new trains.

Reliable data communication.
The train control system used in the original trains was based on mechanical and electromechanical control elements. For the new larger and faster trains, a modern, electronic train control system from Actemium Schweiz AG LeitTec (Actemium) was installed. In order to establish a connection between trackside control units and moving trains, reliable wireless data communication was required.

A network that offers high levels of availability is essential for automatic train operation and communication-based train control systems, such as the PbS (position-based signalling) developed by Actemium and used on Pilatus-Bahnen railway. With the exceptionally high reliability demands, a wireless network solution developed specifically for train-to-ground communication was required. Westermo was chosen for the project by Pilatus and Actemium. Westermo's extensive experience in developing high-availability data networks for railway systems and its broad range of robust data communication products that meet the reliability and availability requirements were critical factors in this decision.

"We chose Westermo because the collaboration was constructive and very engaging right from the start of our discussions. A project like this one has never been built before and is essentially a prototype. To be able to accomplish this project, we needed partners like Westermo who actively contribute their know-how and support us with planning. Ongoing project changes were always supported and professionally implemented by Westermo. We could count on them at all times," said Patrick Blaser, Operations Manager and Member of the Executive Board at Pilatus.

Secure data network.
Westermo engineers designed, delivered and installed the data network directly on the mountain in close collaboration with Actemium. Based on a redundant Ethernet ring architecture, the network consists of wireless and wired Westermo devices designed for maximum reliability.

The network had to balance two critical requirements. While high technical requirements had to be met, infrastructure costs had to be optimised to the greatest extent possible, at the same time. Network security also played a very significant role in the planning. The ICT minimum standard, the Swiss government's cyber security recommendations for critical infrastructures, was also taken into account. It was important to include network security in the planning process from the beginning and to implement it gradually. Through meticulous planning, an encrypted data network with several security zones, monitoring and surveillance systems was created.

Redundant Ethernet architecture.
FRNT (fast recovery network topology), Westermo's own ring protocol for high-availability Ethernet networks provided the network redundancy. The ring architecture ensures data transfer via other paths in the unlikely event of a device or network link failure. Furthermore, to ensure that the network can be operated securely and is protected from the outside, a number of security functions, such as data encryption, port security, active firewalls and other mechanisms for a secure data network, were already taken into account in the concept and later implemented.

Westermo Ibex-RT-370 infrastructure access points were installed trackside to provide WLAN connection to the vehicles, along with redundant routing switches with firewall functionality in the stations. The network onboard the trains is based on Westermo Viper-212A managed routing switches and Ibex-RT-320 wireless clients that communicate over Wi-Fi with the trackside access points. This train-to-ground communication network setup ensures reliable communication between the trains and the control system.

In addition, a collision warning system between the trains was implemented using Westermo wireless technology. A WLAN connection is automatically established between two vehicles when they approach each other. This connection allows the steering systems to exchange data, enabling them to travel virtually in tandem and avoid collisions.

There is often over 10 metres of snow on the Pilatus summit in winter. In order to protect the infrastructure from these masses of snow and water, it is partially dismantled in autumn and reassembled in spring. In order to simplify and streamline this process, a special `trackside radio equipment (TRE) box was developed and implemented by Westermo, containing WLAN access points, antennas and power splitters. These TRE boxes were delivered to Pilatus Bahnen fully wired, tested and configured, allowing for cost and time savings during the installation and commissioning. Thanks to a sophisticated assembly and disassembly system, the boxes can be easily dismantled in the autumn and reassembled in the spring. This also ensures that the antennas mounted on the TRE box are correctly aligned again after reassembly.

Mount Pilatus is an extremely unique place, with its highest point over 2000 metres above sea level and exposed to extreme geological weather conditions. To ensure the installation was successful, all companies involved had to work closely together. Occasionally, work could not be carried out as planned due to geological or weather conditions, requiring a high degree of collaboration and flexibility.

Peter Tschan, Project Manager at Actemium, a key participant in the project, states: "Throughout the project process, we were able to rely on Westermo and benefit from their expertise in secure, industrial networks and WLAN systems. Together, we developed network concepts with integrated cyber-security. Additionally, Westermo was on-site during commissioning to support us. This saved us a lot of time and money. We will also rely on Westermo for future projects since reliable data networks are the foundation of our success."

@WestermoUK @westermo @ActemiumCH @HHC_Lewis  #Transport #Switzerland

Friday 20 January 2023


Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems and human-machine interfaces (HMIs) are a mainstay for engineers and allow them to better perform their tasks in a variety of industries. 

This helpful eBook from Control Engineering features articles on HMI/SCADA migrations and optimizing plant operations with situationally-aware HMIs.

@ControlEngTips #PAuto 

Thursday 19 January 2023

Technology and engineering centre to project delivery across North America.

ABB has established a new regional operations center for North America, bringing technology expertise closer to customers and building on its similar resources globally. An initial $1 million investment has been made for the new Mexico Technology and Engineering Center (MXTEC) in the city of Merida, Yucatan, to help the technology leader to reach higher project delivery capacity and increase 

Mauricio Vila, Governor of Yucatán (MX) with  Anders Kornblad, ABB 
Global Operations Manager (Pic:Yucatan State)
The new center will initially serve ABB’s orders pipeline from process industries including mining, pulp and paper, battery manufacturing and metals.

The center, located within the modern SkyWork building alongside a community of technology and cyber security companies, will be a go-to resource for ABB engineers and covers disciplines including automation, electrical and software engineering. It will mean an approximate 25 percent uptick in engineering capacity, with some projects involving commissioning of ABB Ability™ System 800xA® distributed control system (DCS) at customer sites. Further competencies for supply chain, project management and sales support may be added in the future.

ABB’s move comes at a time when industrial companies are addressing their supply chains and either near shoring or near sourcing to ensure security and reliability of operations. Mexico is establishing itself as an emerging center of excellence for communications, engineering, IT and manufacturing across industries, including automotive, process industries and energy. For ABB, it is well-placed for growth and will link ongoing operations in both North America and South America.

Recruitment and employment of 30 engineers, mainly from the pool of local talents, is ongoing while ABB also establishes meaningful connections with Mexican universities. The newest employees have received training at ABB’s Czech Operations Center in Ostrava and are now onboarding using a customized development program.

“Our aims for the Mexico Technology and Engineering Center are to grow our engineering competencies and capacity to deliver projects with local resources in the same time zones as Mexico, the US and Canada, but also become part of a technology-focused community in Merida where people can stay for a long time and grow their careers,” said Michel Blondeau, Hub North America Operations Manager, ABB. “Its success relies on talents and efforts of our new local team, and we’re pleased to see them successfully onboarded and ready to complement our operations centers in Europe and India.”

“The opening ceremony in Merida provided an opportunity to meet with our implementation managers and the new crop of talents who will make this center a success,” said Vicente Magaña, Process Industries, ABB. “The location and people have been carefully selected and as a business ABB can look forward to seeing engineering projects delivered in North America primarily using regional resources. We’re part of a burgeoning technology space in Mexico and have the chance to build as part of that community.”

@ABBgroupnews @ABBMeasurement @abb_automation #PAuto #Mexico

IoT and advanced analytics software resellers and partnerships announced.

Seeq Corporation has announced its 2022 Reseller and Service Partners of the Year. These partners have been selected for their excellence in providing value to customers, their continued investments in technical expertise with Seeq-certified employees and training professionals, and for creating awareness for Seeq through collaboration in marketing activities and events.

The 2022 Reseller and Service Partners of the Year were announced at the 2023 Seeq Global Partner Symposium, held in Las Vegas (NV USA) in January 2023. Themed Elevate, Seeq shared Partner Network program updates to enhance partner operations and enablement, led interactive sessions on the company’s unified go-to-market strategy to further accelerate its global growth, and provided networking opportunities with partners and Seeq executive leadership. Attendees heard directly from Seeq leaders, including CEO Dr. Lisa Graham and Chief Revenue Officer George Skaryak.

Seeq advanced analytics SaaS software enables customers to rapidly find, share, and operationalize insights from process data stored on premise or in the cloud. Seeq customers include companies in the oil and gas, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, mining, food and beverage, and other process industries. Investors in Seeq include Insight Ventures, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, Altira Group, Chevron Technology Ventures, and Cisco Investments.

“In 2022, our global, diverse partner ecosystem empowered our shared customers to solve various advanced analytics use cases across process industries to support their top initiatives for sustainability, digital transformation, and workforce empowerment,” says Nikki Bishop, Chief Customer Officer, including global partnerships, at Seeq. “We are pleased to select six companies that set the standards for excellence in delivering the next generation of process manufacturing improvements as our 2022 Reseller and Service Partners of the Year.”

Resellers of the Year


Swan-Black is the Seeq 2022 Americas Partner of the Year. Swan-Black demonstrates consistent partner excellence with its Seeq-centric customer-success model, significant account expansions and wins, and the addition of Seeq-certified instructors to support Seeq Foundations Training in North America. Swan-Black has expertise across food and beverage, bionutrition, and industrial process-data infrastructure, with a focus on applying advanced analytics to improve business outcomes. 

Asia Pacific

Nukon is the Seeq 2022 Asia Pacific Partner of the Year. As a third-year recipient of the award, Nukon doubled its Seeq business for a second consecutive year in 2022. With more than a dozen Seeq customers across food and beverage, mining, metals, and materials, utilities, and specialty manufacturing, Nukon delivers exceptional analytics support and insight across a broad spectrum of use cases.


Tridiagonal Solutions is the Seeq 2022 Asia Partner of the Year. Tridiagonal has played a pivotal role in supporting Seeq customers through their digital transformation journeys in Asia and throughout the world. With deep expertise in data science, advanced process control, and process manufacturing, Tridiagonal delivers a full suite of solutions and services that drive return on investment for their customers across the process industries.


IT Vizion is the Seeq 2022 EMEA Partner of the Year. IT Vizion was selected for its leadership and domain expertise in the oil and gas industry, which the company has leveraged to scale their Seeq customer base throughout 2022. Additionally, the company’s expertise and support for a variety of technologies for the oil and gas and chemicals industries led to several successful migrations of end users to Seeq.  

Latin America

Vertix Technologies is the Seeq 2022 Latin America Partner of the Year. Vertix was selected for its commitment to growing Seeq’s presence in the LATAM region, including delivering high-quality training and implementation services to customers. The company provides a variety of digital solutions and services to support digital transformation journeys across the oil and gas, mining, pharmaceutical, and pulp and paper industries.

Service Partner of the Year

BKO Services LLC is the Seeq 2022 Service Partner of the Year recipient. Supporting Seeq customers such as Marathon Oil, Suncor, TexGen and Shell, BKO’s Seeq-certified partner analytics engineers provide a customer-centric approach, including hands-on analytics engineering support, that yields consistent and valuable customer outcomes. The company provides data engineering and machine learning services for the oil and gas, power, and other process manufacturing industries.

Partner Advisory Council
The event also launched the Seeq Partner Advisory Council (PAC). The PAC will bring together a distinguished and diverse group of global partners to advise on best practices to help Seeq continue to deliver the highest possible value to its partners and customers. 
Members of the Seeq Partner Advisory Council include:

·       Werusys – Köln, Germany

·       Vertix Technologies – Lima, Peru

·       Swan-Black – Brookfield, Wis USA

·       BKO Services – Houston, Texas

·       IT Vizion – Corona, California

·       Tridiagonal Solutions – Pune, India          and San Antonio, Texa,USA

·       Nukon – Melbourne, Australia

The strategic insights gathered from the PAC will directly influence Seeq’s product direction, partner programs, and customer adoption. The Seeq PAC currently consists of seven partners nominated on their tenure and proven commitment to working with Seeq and shared customers. The PAC membership will rotate on an annual basis.

“Seeq’s commitment to providing industry-leading advanced analytics solutions that deliver meaningful insights and accelerate value to customers perfectly aligns with Swan-Black's mission,” says Joseph Gardner, Principal at Swan-Black. “We’re thrilled to join the Seeq Partner Advisory Council in its inaugural year and offer our perspective to help further promote Seeq’s initiatives and drive greater value for our shared customers.”

“The Seeq Partner Advisory Council was created to provide a more direct platform to understand and ensure evolving market, partner, and customer needs are met,” says Dede Davis, Senior Director of Global Partner Development at Seeq. “The continuous dialogue and feedback from the Council will be critical for Seeq to continue building upon our world-class partner program and current technology platform to continue supporting our shared customers’ top initiatives.”

@SeeqCorporation #IIoT #PAuto