Saturday 13 July 2024

Value provider program.

Bonner have announced the extension of their partnership with B&R Industrial Automation by joining their Value Provider Program.

Patrick Bonner (L) & Jason Johnson (B&R)
This program gives access to the latest automation solutions, allowing further support for their clients with the newest software & hardware.

Speaking at the launch, Jason Johnson said, “As a B&R Value Provider, you'll gain privileged access to cutting-edge automation solutions, a diverse range of products, and exceptional services. Partnering with B&R is the way to go to grow your business.”

Patrick Bonner, MD at Bonner said “We’re delighted to continue to work with B&R and look forward to continuing to build our joint success in Ireland, delivering our solutions for digitally integrated factories using B&R hardware and software.”

@bonner_IRL @BR_Automation @abb_automation #PAuto #Ireland

Friday 12 July 2024

Headquarters relocated.

In a strategic move aimed at fostering innovation and growth, Antaira Technologies, has announced the relocation of its Global Headquarters from Brea, (CA USA) to Las Vegas, (NV USA) one of the country's fastest growing technology hubs. In making Las Vegas the epicenter of its operations, Antaira joins a growing number of technology companies that have planted their roots in the city and throughout Clark County (the local authority district for the city).
“We are very excited to have Antaira Technologies join the Clark County business community," said Shani J. Coleman, Director, Community & Economic Development for Clark County. "As my office works to diversify our local economy, companies like Antaira that have a foot in both manufacturing and technology are exactly what Clark County needs to develop a more resilient foundation for future growth. We look forward to what Antaira will do today and bring about for years to come."

According to Joe Cook, Antaira's National Sales Manager for Security and Transportation, relocating the company's headquarters to Las Vegas helps ensure more efficient coordination and support for Antaira's expanding roster of clients in various vertical markets including industrial automation, video surveillance, transportation, water wastewater, power, utilities, oil and gas.

“With the expansion into advanced Layer 3 networking products and our continuing to add complementary networking products and software solutions, training is becoming an important component of our business. Antaira’s new Global Headquarters is conveniently located just off of the Las Vegas strip and close to the Harry Reid International Airport,” said Cook. "Las Vegas' strategic location, along with its modern infrastructure, business-friendly climate, and robust economy, makes it the ideal place for Antaira to reach its next level of growth and innovation. We are grateful to become part of the dynamic Las Vegas business community."

Effective July 15, The Antaira Technologies Global Headquarters will be located at 7660 Dean Martin Dr., Suite 201, Las Vegas, NV 89139.

In addition to the Las Vegas Global Headquarters, Antaira has offices in Taiwan and Poland.

@AntairaTech @OConnell_PR  #PAuto #Communications #USA

Product manager for connectors and test equipment.

Cliff Electronics have appointed Louis Cusack as Product Manager. Louis will be responsible for managing and growing sales in the Midlands and North of England and be involved with new product introduction and development of new markets.

Louis Cusack
John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, said, “This is a strategic appointment for Cliff and Louis will be tasked with sales development as well as with helping us develop a road map for new product development and increase the markets we serve. Louis will carry out market research to find future products for Cliff to manufacture as well as assisting with development of our website.”

Staring his electronics career in manufacturing Louis progressed to having a successful career in sales into the Military Aerospace and Defence market where he was involved with specifying and supplying cable assemblies and associated connectivity components.

Louis himself said, “I am very pleased to have joined Cliff Electronics as a Product Manager and I am sure that my experience of selling into a number of high-reliability markets for the last 8 years will be particularly useful in my new role. My background in Cable Harness Assemblies has allowed me to build a wealth of knowledge of connector and associated components which I will use in my new adventure at Cliff. I believe I will bring additional sales and innovative ideas to continue the growth of Cliff Electronics. I will use my drive and hunger for success to develop new sales leads and generate new product ranges moving forward.”

@proactivefleet #CliffElectronics #PAuto #Electronic

Thursday 11 July 2024

Compact bus coupler.

The new SX8R Bus Coupler module, which empowers users to easily deploy I/O modules throughout equipment and systems has just been announ ced by IDEC Corporation. This supports the industry design trend of using smaller, decentralized control panels to simplify installations and reduce wiring complexity, resulting in overall cost efficiency.

The IDEC SX8R Bus Coupler is an ideal way to design distributed remote I/O systems, or to expand the I/O count for controllers with limited base unit I/O points. For example, the SX8R works natively with IDEC PLC FC6A I/O modules, which are available in over 40 models encompassing a variety of discrete and analog signal types and counts. Each SX8R supports up to 7 I/O modules on the base unit, and up to 8 additional modules with the use of an expansion power supply, for a total of up to 15 I/O modules. A single SX8R can therefore support up to 480 discrete points (input and/or output), 120 analog inputs, and/or 60 analog outputs, depending on the configuration. The maximum number of SX8R nodes possible on a network is dependent on the host unit and the protocol—for instance, this means 255 nodes for Modbus TCP, 32 nodes for EtherNet/IP when using an IDEC FC6A Plus PLC, and 16 or 8 nodes for CC-Link when using specific Mitsubishi PLC models.

Universal compatibility.
Engineered for reliability and performance, the SX8R Bus Coupler Module supports major open networks, including EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP, and CC-Link IE Field Basic, ensuring seamless integration with existing systems. This means the SX8R works well with a current setup without the need to replace other PLC makes/models, if the host device supports these major open networks. Whether upgrading existing systems or building new installations, the SX8R provides the connectivity and flexibility users need.

It features one Ethernet port for the uplink connection to the host network, and a second local Ethernet port for configuration purposes. Unlike some other bus couplers, the SX8R supports multiple protocols simultaneously.

Compact and convenient form factor.
A compact form factor and direct or DIN rail mounting ensures the SX8R consumes minimal installation space, and I/O modules and the expansion power supply simply click together to save installation time. The 24V DC power connector block is detachable, and users can choose a push-in or screw terminals. With a wide operating temperature range of -25 to +65 C, the SX8R is suitable for installation in the most challenging environments, and it is backed by a three-year warranty.

Free and easy-to-use PC-based SX8R Configurator software provides a convenient way for users to make operational settings, manage project files, perform system software updates, and monitor I/O and bus coupler status. User-friendly navigation and drag-and-drop functionality aids configuration, and settings can readily be copied and re-used on projects to reduce development time and effort. Status LEDs on the SX8R, and self-diagnostics available through the SX8R Configurator software, guides users so they can rapidly detect and correct any errors.

Reliability and performance.
Remote I/O systems enhance efficiency and reliability in factory automation design. For small- to medium-sized applications in industries such as food production, packaging, material handling, machine tools, agriculture, water treatment, oil and gas, and many more, the IDEC SX8R Bus Coupler offers a powerful way to integrate trusted I/O signaling hardware with host systems using standard industrial Ethernet.

@IDECUSA #PAuto #Communications

Torque in medicine.

Medical experts and sports scientists are becoming increasingly reliant on engineers as their disciplines become more and more technical. Mark Ingham looks at some of the projects his company, Sensor Technology, has helped behind the scenes.

Mark Ingham
Like most rugby players I took my knees for granted until the day a twisting fall resulted in a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Fortunately, these days it can be fixed with surgery and nine months of physiotherapy, but I took some comfort in the fact that Sensor Technology has contributed – modestly – to the medical knowledge of this crucial joint. With the pending Olympics fuelling increased participation in sport, military personnel returning from active service with knee problems and the wear on tear on joints as people live longer the need for new knowledge is growing.

One research programme used a Sensor Technology TorqSense industrial sensor to analyse the performance of implanted replacement knee joints. To do this Sensor Technology helped develop a rig centred on a 100Nm TorqSense transducer with an extended through-shaft supporting crank arms on both ends.

The researchers very carefully align the axis of the TorqSense with the patient's knee and attach the ankle to the end of one crank. They can then use the other crank to move the knee without the patient having to put in any muscular effort, thus isolating the joint. Data collected from the TorqSense during a test sequence builds up a profile of the knee's performance.

TorqSense is based on a full four-element strain gauge bridge design, the transducers have the ability to accurately measure and record sudden spikes in torque load. This ability is becoming increasingly important in automated machinery, integrated systems, test rigs and continuously monitored plant.

TorqSense measures the torque 4000 time per second and uses high performance signal conditioning to provide a corruption-free, high bandwidth torque monitoring solution. This is further enhanced by 250% overrange and 400% overload capabilities, elimination of side and end load errors and real time temperature compensation. The non-contact signal transmission means the sensor exerts no load on the shaft it is monitoring, while maintenance-heavy slip rings have been designed out.

Drug protection.
Errors in drug delivery are being reduced year-on-year in all branches of medicine, due to advances in infusion and monitoring technologies. Most medical pumps are driven by stepper motors, which can be tested by driving them against a DC motor acting as a brake. In one programme we were involved with a TorqSense was mounted between the two motors to record the instantaneous shaft torque during test sequences. These data were then analysed and a model of the motor’s characteristics built up.

The alternative would be to use a very expensive dynamometer, which would also be slower to set up because it would need hardwiring instead of a radio link. Another drug protection related project was based on the observation that when using diagnostic fluids on ill or nervous patients, hospital staff are likely to be feeling the stress and will not take kindly to bottle tops that prove difficult to open. However, they will want the tops to feel secure enough that they can be confident of the fluid's sterility. Thus tightening bottle caps in pharmaceutical plants is a precision operation To this end Sensor Technology has helped develop specialist capping machines, which not only tighten bottle caps within precisely defined tolerance but also log every detail of every bottle. The machines are essentially simple: filled bottles are presented to a torque head, which quickly screws on a cap to a target torque.

Wireless torque sensor
However a batch size is typically 10,000 bottles, and they will have to be capped at say one per second. Every cap will have to hit target tightness, with the measurement logged for traceability. Sterility will be paramount, so the machine will probably operate in a high vacuum chamber to ensure that no bacteria or other contaminants are present. TorqSense met all criteria for this application, it being simple, robustness, high speed and wireless. Basically TorqSense could be used 'as is'; with a suitable mounting arrangements. Similarly, the associated software was ready to go after a bit of calibration and the addition of some bespoke front end graphics.

The software was required to do two things: run the torque up to 10kgcm within tolerances of 10 percent, and record the actual value achieved. This secures the cap to the bottle at a level of tightness that will ensure security and sterility, yet is at a level that can be opened relatively easily by an adult. The logged values are saved to a hard drive to provide a permanent record for traceability.

Diagnostic fluids are distributed widely, typically to every hospital in the country plus many overseas. But they may be stored for months before use. Tracing each bottle's origin would be practically impossible without full records being automatically produced and saved to a central location.

Sensor Technology helped provide a solution to this complex but critical problem using an out of the box technology.

Wheelchair reliability.
In a more conventional engineering environment a TorqSense is helping ensure the reliability of powered wheelchairs, having been incorporated into a dynamometer rolling road built by PG Drives in Dorset. The rolling road measures the torque between the motor under test and the inertia network it is driving, which is simulated by selective use of both passive and active loads. The TorqSense constantly measures the test motor’s torque at its output shaft, logging it for later analysis.

Prolonged and arduous tests are often run, simulating on and off road, every type of surface, steep gradients, gentle gradients, all sorts of extreme weather, heavy loads, shock loads and every other anomalous behaviour you can imagine.

Before the rolling road was built, the analysis regime was based on test driving around the town, but consistency and repeatability were, of course, impossible to achieve. The rolling road has been used constantly since it was built, so its reliability and ease of use are major issues, both of which are helped by the TorqSense.

As development engineers, we at Sensor Technology never know what our next job will be. But it is heartening to think that we are making such a direct contribution to healthcare and medicine.

@sensortech #Medical #Manufacturing

Heavy-duty multi-pin plastic or metal connectors.

Immediate availability of the A Series range of heavy-duty, multi-pin, plastic or metal connectors, cable assemblies and cable accessories has been announced by Inelco Hunter.

Amphenol Sine Systems’ A Series connectors are part of an ever-growing family of sealed, heavy-duty connectors made up of 20+ core product lines. The A Series family brings reliable connection and control to harsh environmental conditions. The connectors within the A Series family have been developed as a high-performance, cost-effective solution for use with heavy equipment, agricultural, automotive, alternate energy and other demanding interconnect applications.

Key features include an IP rating range of IP65-69K in a mated condition. The current range is 7.5A to 180A, with an operating temperature range of -40°C to +150°C. Safety features include an integrated latch and locking lever, a coupling ring and jackscrews. A thermoplastic or metal construction is offered.

The A Series connectors are RoHS compliant and all materials meet the requirements of the European Directive. A wide range of accessories, cable options and modifications are available. The series is compatible with existing industry-wide standard products. In addition to the standard products within the A Series family, customised connectors and cable assemblies can be designed and engineered to exact customer specifications.

@InelcoHunter @amphenol #PAuto #Industry

Circuit breakers provides system safety and power distribution.

A new series of PISA-M 4-channel electronic circuit breakers (ECBs) has been launched by PULS. These devices are the perfect safety and power distribution tool for applications with power requirements ranging from 90 W to 480 W.

These electronic circuit breakers manage the current distribution on the secondary (load) side of a control system separating it into smaller “power islands” which are easier to maintain and reduce the risk of costly total power outages.

The PISA-M ECBs provide comprehensive safety solutions for power systems. They protect system components from over-current and short-circuits as well as wiring from overheating. In addition, they also protects the system power supply from overload. The on-board protection features combine to ensure a high system robustness and reliability. This benefits users with less time spent on maintenance, lower replacement costs and more focus on operations.

The PISA-M features a digital coded interface providing an easy way for maintenance staff to remotely control the devices and to monitor the operational system status. This means power distribution can be managed easily via a PLC and a central user interface.

PISA-M is the smallest 4-channel electronic circuit breaker in the market with a width of only 22.5 mm. This compact design means it can fit into any system, freeing up valuable space in control cabinets.

Push-in connectors on the front of the PISA-M allow for a quick and tool-less installation, saving time and effort. In addition, two-colour LEDs that show the status of each output channel in real-time, and a button is provided on each channel for easy on/off switching and resetting, operating the PISA-M is straightforward and effortless.

PULS provides a number of versions of PISA-M ECB. The 4ADJ modules are adjustable, allowing each output channel to be set to the required current value from 1 to 8 A. If a plug-and-play device with fixed currents is needed, PULS offers PISA-M versions with fixed output current settings (e.g. 2 A, 4 A, 6 A, 8 A). This flexibility allows customers to choose the version that best fits their specific needs, making the installation process even faster, easier, and more secure.

@PULSPowerSupply @proactiveflee #PAuto #ECB

Wednesday 10 July 2024

Non-contact temperature measurement strengthens US support.

AMETEK Land, has strengthened its support for customers in the US with a new appointment to its sales team.

Ryan Silkworth
Ryan Silkworth has been appointed as Regional Sales Manager for the Western US, where he will work directly with representatives and distributors for all AMETEK Land products.
Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University, he previously worked for Teledyne Monitor Labs (TML) as a Sales Manager/Application Engineer.

Larry Smith, AMETEK Land’s Director of Sales – Americas, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Ryan to the team. Our business is continuing to grow in the US, so Ryan’s primary responsibilities will be to manage and support our existing customers in the region while supporting our channel partners to bring LAND’s industry-leading products and services to this underserved region of the US market.”

The full Regional Sales Manager team for the US now consists of:

  • Dennis Delmastro – Eastern US and Canada, based in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Michael Mackin – Central and Upper Midwest US, based in Cleveland, OH
  • Martin Handy – Southwestern US and Latin America, based in Houston, TX
  • Ryan Silkworth – Western US, based in Denver, CO

@landinst @codacomms #PAuto #USA

Control system update expands connectivity & streamlines control execution.

Control system software for seamless data integration and improved operational performance.

The DeltaV™ Automation Platform from Emerson is further expanded with the DeltaV Version 15 Feature Pack 2 update for its distributed control system (DCS). This feature pack release empowers users to easily transition to a DeltaV DCS from more third-party control systems, expands support for data-rich Ethernet device networks, and reduces the complexity of state-based control implementations.

As plants try to capture the most elusive performance gains to meet today’s ever-increasing efficiency and sustainability goals, they are looking for technologies that modernise control without excessive engineering risk, overhead and downtime. The latest release of the DeltaV control system continues the regular cadence between major DeltaV releases to help users more quickly realise the project savings and operational efficiencies that come with new features for their control system software.

“DeltaV Version 15 Feature Pack 2 provides users with new functionality, capabilities and enhancements to further expand seamless data and I/O integration, as well as applications to more easily modernise their operations, improve connectivity and collaboration, and lock in operational excellence,” said Claudio Fayad, vice president of technology for Emerson’s process systems and solutions business.

Today’s plants need to reap the benefits of modern, digital technologies that optimise operations and improve sustainability. However, one of the most common barriers to control system modernisation is the high cost and labour requirements of transitioning I/O. DeltaV IO.Connect, which lets users replace legacy control systems with modern DeltaV software and controllers while leaving legacy I/O infrastructure in place, now supports multiple third-party control systems.

Plants can now transition to a modern DeltaV control system from the most common third-party systems right away – immediately reaping the benefits of modern control – and transition their I/O infrastructure gradually, on their own schedule, to minimise downtime and risks.

Ethernet-based, high-speed, data-rich device networks continue to gain popularity across the automation landscape and will only accelerate as Advanced Physical Layer extends the application range in process and hybrid industries. With this latest release, the DeltaV control system has increased the types of data as well as the diagnostic capabilities of the wide range of supported Ethernet-based communication protocols, including PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, OPC UA, and Modbus TCP. These enhancements advance the solid foundation of DeltaV automation to exchange increasing volume and variety of data from the next generation of field device networks.

State-based control is a key enabler as many plants drive towards autonomous and semi-autonomous operations to reduce downtime and minimise safety risk. With DeltaV Version 15 Feature Pack 2, engineering and operations teams now have more options for how state-based control sequences execute when operations dictate a change in logic. This optional behaviour enables safe and reliable operations while improving the flexibility and maintainability of state-based logic. To improve operator situational awareness, the watch area capability of DeltaV Live has also been enhanced to persist as operators navigate between displays.

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Futureproofing industrial network security.

When deploying multi-layered network protection for OT networks and infrastructure, there are two key OT cybersecurity solutions to consider, namely industrial firewalls and secure routers.

Industrial organizations are embracing digital transformation to gain a competitive edge and boost business revenue. To achieve digital transformation, industrial operators must first address the daunting task of merging their information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) infrastructure. However, businesses trying to streamline data connectivity for integrated IT/OT systems often encounter challenges such as poor performance, limited network visibility, and diminished network security from existing OT network infrastructure.

Building a robust, high-performance network for daily operations that is easy to maintain requires thorough planning. In this article, Moxa focuses on the importance of strong OT network security and provide tips on how to strengthen cybersecurity for industrial operations.

Ramping up OT Network Security is a must.

Nowadays, industrial applications are facing more and unprecedented cyberthreats. These threats often target critical infrastructure in different industries all across the world, including energy, transportation, and water and wastewater services. If successful, such attacks can cause significant damage to industrial organizations in the form of high recovery costs or production delays. Before building IT/OT converged networks, asset owners must define the target security level of the entire network and strengthen measures to minimize the impact of potential intrusions. Poor network security exposes critical field assets to unwanted access and allows malicious actors to breach integrated systems.

As many network administrators are aware, strengthening OT network security is not that straightforward. IT security solutions require constant updates to ensure they can protect against the latest cyberthreats. Applying these necessary updates often means interrupting network services and systems, which is something OT operations cannot afford. Operators need an OT-centric cybersecurity approach to protect their industrial networks without sacrificing network or operational uptime.

Three major stages to build OT cybersecurity.
Building a secure industrial network can be done with the right approach. The key to strong cybersecurity is implementing a multi-layered defense strategy in several stages.

    Stage One: Build a Solid Foundation With Secure Networking Devices.
    When safeguarding networking infrastructure, start with choosing secure building blocks. The increasing number of cyberthreats has led to the development of comprehensive OT network security standards. Industrial cybersecurity standards, such as NIST CSF and IEC 62443, provide security guidelines for critical assets, systems, and components. Implementing industrial cybersecurity standards and using networking devices designed around these standards provides asset owners with a solid foundation for building secure network infrastructure.

    Stage Two: Deploy OT-centric Layered Protection.
    The idea of "defense-in-depth" is to provide multi-layered protection by implementing cybersecurity measures at every level to minimize security risks. In the event of an intrusion, if one layer of protection is compromised, another layer prevents the threat from further affecting the network. In addition, instant notifications for security events allow users to quickly respond to potential threats and mitigate any risk. When deploying multi-layered network protection for OT networks and infrastructure, there are two key OT cybersecurity solutions to consider, namely industrial firewalls and secure routers:

  • 1. Shield Critical Assets With Industrial Firewalls.
    An efficient way to protect critical field assets is using industrial firewalls to create secure network zones and defend against potential threats across the network. With every connected device being the potential target of cyberthreats, it’s important to deploy firewalls with robust traffic filtering that allow administrators to set up secure conduits throughout the network. Next-generation firewalls feature advanced security functions such as Intrusion Detection/Prevention Systems (IDS/IPS) and Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) to strengthen network protection against intrusions by proactively detecting and blocking threats. Advanced security functions tailored for OT environments help ensure seamless communications and maximum uptime for industrial operations. For example, OT-centered DPI technology that supports industrial protocols can detect and block unwanted traffic, ensuring secure industrial protocol communications. In addition, industrial-grade IPS can support virtual patching to protect critical assets and legacy devices from the latest known threats without affecting network uptime. Designed for industrial applications, IPS provides pattern-based detection for PLCs, HMIs, and other common field site equipment.

  • 2. Fortify Network Boundaries With Industrial Secure Routers.
    IT/OT converged networks require a multi-layered and complex industrial network infrastructure to transmit large amounts of data from field sites to the control center. Deploying powerful industrial secure routers between different networks can both fortify network boundaries and maintain solid network performance. Featuring built-in advanced security functions such as firewall and NAT, secure routers allow administrators to establish secure network segments and enable data routing between segments. For optimal network performance, a powerful industrial secure router features both switching and routing functions with Gigabit speeds, alongside redundancy measures for smooth intra- and inter-network communication.

    The demand for remote access to maintain critical assets and networks has also been on the rise. Industrial secure routers with VPN support allow maintenance engineers and network administrators to access private networks remotely through a secure tunnel, enabling more efficient remote management.

    Stage Three: Monitor Network Status and Identify Cyberthreats.
    Deploying a secure industrial network is just the start of the journey towards robust cybersecurity. During daily operations, it takes a lot of time and effort for network administrators to have full network visibility, monitor traffic, and manage the countless networking devices. Implementing a centralized network management platform can provide a huge boost to operational efficiency by visualizing the entire network and simplifying device management. It also allows network administrators to focus more resources on ramping up network and device security.

    In addition, a centralized network security management platform for cybersecurity solutions can boost efficiency even more. Such software allows administrators to perform mass deployments for firewall policies, monitor cyberthreats, and configure notifications for when threats occur. The right combination of cybersecurity solutions and management software offers administrators an invaluable way to monitor and identify cyberthreats with a holistic view.

Futureproof Network Security.
Network security is imperative for industrial network infrastructure. Moxa has translated over 35 years of industrial networking experience into a comprehensive OT-centric cybersecurity portfolio that offers enhanced security with maximum network uptime. Moxa is an IEC 62443-4-1 certified industrial connectivity and networking solutions provider. When developing its products, Moxa adheres to the security principles of the IEC 62443-4-2 standard to ensure secure product development with the goal of providing users with the tools necessary to build robust device security for their industrial applications.
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Tuesday 9 July 2024

Image sensors in colour.

Teledyne DALSA's AxCIS™ family of high-speed and high-resolution fully integrated line scan imaging modules are now available in colour. These easy-to-use Contact Image Sensors (CIS) combine sensors, lenses, and lights all-in-one, offering a lower cost inspection system for many demanding machine vision applications including battery and print inspection.

Powered by Teledyne’s multiline CMOS image sensors, AxCIS delivers superior image quality with up to a 60 kHz x 3-line rate of native RGB colours, at a pixel size of 28 µm or 900 dpi resolution, so that defects can be detected with unprecedented precision. Its unique sensor design covers the entire field of view without missing pixels, providing a 100% seamless image without any interpolation. In addition to defect detection, its unique design also supports true metrology applications.

AxCIS has been designed with scalability to various fields of view with a single 24V power supply. With a small form factor and an optical path with an IP50 dust proof design, AxCIS can fit almost anywhere in your system, even with limited vertical clearance. Its Camera Link HS SFP+ fibreoptic interface delivers high throughput data over standard low-cost, long-length cables with immunity to EMI radiation for harsh industrial environments.

@TeledyneDALSA #Manufacturing #PAuto 

Embedded computing in harsh situations.

Two new COM-HPC module from leading embedded computing solutions supplier, AAEON are now availabler through Review Display Systems (RDS). The HPC-RPSC and HPC-ADSC modules offer support for 12th and 13th generation Intel Core processors and have been designed to deliver high performance embedded computing for demanding applications. The HPC-RPSC module hosts more than 10 PCIe devices, a comprehensive high-speed I/O and expandable SSD-based storage.

Supporting CPUs with up to 24 cores and 32 threads, the HPC-RPSC can manage complex parallel simulations, analyse testing data using inference modelling, and adjust clock speeds for efficient task execution using Intel Turbo Boost Technology. The module features up to 64GB of DDR5 SODIMM memory and both PEG 5.0 and PCIe 4.0 slots, making it capable of managing large datasets and integrating specialised hardware such as high-speed data acquisition or test and analysis equipment.

The HPC-RPSC offers extensive expansion options, including a PEG 5.0 slot for advanced GPU integration, three PCIe 4.0 slots, and eight PCIe 3.0 slots. Dual 2.5GbE Intel I226-LM Ethernet ports also ensure high bandwidth for data exchange. The module provides flexible SATA and NVMe storage support, while onboard TPM 2.0 enhances data security through edge encryption.

The HPC-RPSC is equipped with six USB 3.2 and two Ethernet ports for camera and sensor integration. With Intel UHD Graphics 770 and PEG slot support for graphics cards, the board enables real-time analysis of multiple video streams.

The HPC-ADSC module provides a slightly reduced function set when compared with the HPC-RPSC. The HPC-ADSC supports 12th Generation Intel Core processors only, has 10 PCIe slots, offers just 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 port, reduced ethernet functionality through PCIe slots, and reduced support for advanced graphic cards. The HPC-RPSC is a more powerful and expandable board compared to the HPC-ADSC, with support for the latest 13th Generation Intel Core Processors, additional PCIe slots, faster USB ports, and advanced graphics support.

The key features of the HPC-RPSC and HPC-ADSC ensure that performance intensive applications such as test equipment, edge AI servers, and remote monitoring systems can be easily implemented.
The COM HPC Client Size C module form-factor has mechanical outline dimensions of 160mm (l) x 120mm (w).

@ReviewDisplays @AAEON @ReVis_Solutions #Automation

Speeding Up O-RU verification and reducing costs.

Anritsu and LITEON Technology have jointly announced the collaboration to verify performance testing for the 5G New Radio (NR) Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN). By integrating Anritsu’s MT8000A Radio Communication Test Station and MX773000PC Open Distributed Unit (O-DU) Emulator Platform Software Solution, assisting LITEON in verifying their Open Radio Units (O-RUs), working together to advance O-RAN technology development.

Ivan Chen, General Manager of Anritsu Taiwan says, “LITEON is a key partner for Anritsu in promoting O-RAN technology. This collaboration demonstrates Anritsu’s ability to verify mobile communication technology, meeting various testing needs and fully supporting 5G O-RAN test solutions, continuing to lead at the forefront of testing technology.”

LITEON provides 5G private network solutions, including Sub-6 GHz O-RUs that comply with O-RAN standards, and has completed integration testing with several commercial DU/CU vendors. Through the integration of software, firmware, and hardware, LITEON helps operators and telecommunication service providers achieve greater flexibility within an open architecture, thus accelerating O-RAN deployment.

Traditional Radio Access Networks (RANs) rely on communication devices from a single supplier. However, Open RAN interfaces are being increasingly introduced to devices, enabling the creation of more cost-effective, flexible, and scalable RANs.

As a contributing member of the Open Radio Access Network Alliance (O-RAN Alliance), Anritsu offers testing for both wireless and wired communication quality for mobile operators and wireless infrastructure equipment suppliers who are members of the O-RAN Alliance. The MT8000A test solution supports non-signaling RF testing for 5G NR mmWave and Sub-6 GHz base stations. The all-in-one MT8000A, compliant with 3GPP TS38.141-1 and TS38.141-2 specifications, reduces testing time and cost during the fabrication of 5G BTS radio units. The MX772000PC software enables automated O-RU testing, while the MX773000PC simulates O-DU operations, connects O-RUs and performs O-RAN.WG4.CONF testing to meet O-RAN Fronthaul specifications.

Richard Chiang, General Manager of Smart Life Applications SBU at LITEON, stated, “Anritsu is an important partner for LITEON in advancing 5G base station from development testing to product verification. Anritsu's test equipment accelerates the quality and stability validation of our Sub-6 RU M-Plane, CU-Plane and automated testing. LITEON continues to be committed to delivering comprehensive 5G solutions to support the industry in promoting O-RAN open architecture and assisting customers in advancing commercial deployment.”

@Anritsu @AnritsuEMEA @NapierPR #TandM #Communications

Rack-mounted UPS.

Emerson has announced the new Series D update to the family of proven SolaHD industrial rack mount on-line uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs). The new SolaHD S4KD Series replaces the current S4KC Series, offering significant user interface improvements and other design upgrades to increase reliability and product availability. The S4KD is an on-line (double conversion) UPS, providing a zero-transfer time from external to internal power upon utility power failure to deliver a seamless flow of power for critical loads. The S4KD is available in 1000-3000 VA in 120 V and 3000 VA in 230 V configurations, each housed in a slim 2U form factor.

This range of UPS is a proven performer, with rugged metal housings and hardwired connections, providing reliable power for automation, microprocessor/PC-based hardware, networking, telecommunication, medical, and other mission-critical systems. The S4KD Series builds upon the exceptional ruggedness, battery life, and power quality of the previous series, and it incorporates new hardware design updates to improve usability, efficiency, and reliability.

“Users will immediately appreciate the updates to the user experience, and advanced diagnostics which will greatly improve their overall commissioning and maintenance schedules,” said Kyle McLeod, product marketing manager UPS for SolaHD at Emerson Discrete Automation. The S4KD Series can be configured, and provide status and diagnostic information, using the on-board interface without the need of a laptop. The LCD color graphical display is gravity sensitive, properly orienting itself for easy viewing and operation regardless of the UPS’s installation position. State-of-the-art diagnostics provide alerts to users about battery health status, efficiency metrics, replacement date prediction, data logging, input/output real-time tracking, bypass operation, faults, and much more, empowering users to keep their systems operating at peak performance.

Quality UPS technology is required by specifying engineers, systems designers, original equipment manufacturers, and others developing applications for critical industries, such as energy, oil and gas, food and beverage, chemicals, life sciences, and more. The Emerson SolaHD industrial rack Mount UPS Series D meets these requirements by maintaining the rugged design and reliable performance of the preceding series, while adding significant user interface improvements and state-of-the-art diagnostics

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Monday 8 July 2024

Digital control system evolution project.

A project evolving ABB’s Distributed Control System (DCS) from a legacy version Advant MOD 300 to the new AC 800M, extending the plant’s life, as well as improving performance, availability and reliability is developing at the Naphtachimie plant in France.

The project, marking a significant evolution from Advant MOD 300 to AC 800M, is part of a plan to modernize the entire digital control system for the facility, and demonstrates ABB's commitment to helping customers extend the life of their automation investments.

Naphtachimie produces ethylene, propylene, hydrogen, methane, ethane, and fuel for the French market. Evolving the DCS will extend the life of the digital control system by decades and will help to optimize operations, minimize shutdown times, and enable more efficient project scheduling for the plant, which is located in Lavéra, Southern France, around 40 kilometers from Marseille.

“We have a long-standing relationship with Naphtachimie, going back to 1986,” said Louis-Christophe Delgado, Local Division Manager at ABB Energy Industries in France. “We have an extensive installed base with the company, and we follow an evolution plan that helps customers continue to get value from existing investments, while enabling them to evolve to new technologies.”

“ABB's comprehensive plan for technological evolution aligned with our modernization needs at the Lavéra site,” said Christophe Argenson, Purchasing Director at Naphtachimie. “We trust ABB to support us in the development of our new DCS”

The evolution on the controller layer from Advant MOD 300 to AC 800M comes with many benefits for the petrochemical facility. ABB's AC 800M enables smooth and precise system upgrades and evolutions, with minimal disruption to plant operations. Furthermore, adopting a stepwise evolution approach allows customers to plan capital expenditures in sync with and during already planned maintenance shutdowns.

Leveraging proprietary ABB tools facilitates an error-free evolution process for enhanced control system efficiency and reliability while retaining the intellectual property of the DCS control applications. The continued use of the already upgraded ABB Ability™ System 800xA® operator stations for the human machine interface reduces training needs for operators, ensuring a smooth transition and sustained operational performance.

“This project reflects ABB's leadership in control system evolution, emphasizing efficiency, strategic planning and technological excellence,” said Enrico Mantero, Hub Service Manager for Central and Southern Europe at ABB Energy Industries.

In addition to supporting the evolution to AC 800M, ABB will extend the current service agreement and provide a dedicated ABB expert stationed at the site.

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Implementing Factory of Excellence in Pharma.

Körber has signed a comprehensive strategic cooperation agreement with Tonghua Anrate Biopharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Anrate), a Chinese pioneering biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Wei Xiang, Managing Director of Anrate, and Mr. Jerry Zheng, Managing Director China of Körber Business Area, among others, attended the signing ceremony.

Körber is to provide Anrate with a series of smart manufacturing and digital transformation solutions, including but not limited to fully automated pharmaceutical machines, production software, digital solutions, comprehensive training as well as technical support services. These solutions will further enhance Anrate's Factory of Excellence level in regards of management operations. By introducing Werum PAS-X MES and Werum PAS-X Savvy, Anrate is expected to build a smart factory that balances compliance and efficiency, achieving interconnection of software and hardware data in all stages of pharmaceutical production, accelerating the company's digital process, thereby promoting high-quality sustainable development in the industry.

Mr. Wei Xiang, Managing Director of Anrate expressed with joy: "On the occasion of Anrate's tenth anniversary, we are very pleased to have a comprehensive and in-depth cooperation with Körber, whose solutions have unique innovative awareness and industry's best practice experience. We look forward to leveraging the complementary strengths of both parties to provide strong technical support for Anrate's development."

As a leading representative of the biopharmaceutical industry, Anrate has always regarded digital and intelligent construction as one of the company's core strategies. The signing of this strategic cooperation agreement will enable Anrate to leverage Körber's continuous technological innovation and solutions since 1895 in the pharmaceutical industry to further enhance the company's smart factory level and manufacturing efficiency.

"Technology-assisted is the future direction of pharmaceutical development. Our solutions not only focus on the factory level but also take into account the special requirements of regulatory agencies and the pharmaceutical industry itself," said Mr. Jerry Zheng, Managing Director China of Körber Business Area, "We are firmly convinced that together we can further establish the concept of the "Factory of Excellence" in the pharmaceutical industry and thus create a technological breakthrough that will stand for efficiency and future orientation."

The signing of this strategic agreement is an important step for Anrate towards smart manufacturing and also another important investment by Körber in the Chinese market. "New Quality Productivity" is a new goal of industrial manufacturing advocated by the Chinese government. Körber and Anrate will work together to achieve intelligence, efficiency, and green production in the biopharmaceutical industry, and strive to set an example of smart manufacturing in the Chinese pharmaceutical industry.

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Production centre in Taiwan responds to AI wave!

In response to the massive market demand driven by the edge AI wave, Innodisk has transformed the manufacturing plant into the group's AI core base. With the increased production capacity, Innodisk is ready to collaborate with global clients to deploy edge AI solutions. At the same time, Innodisk is also inviting global tech talent to join its teams around the world.

The year 2024 marks a period of innovative energy for Innodisk, with the simultaneous launch of new products and technologies. The latest manufacturing plant will begin production on various edge AI products, focusing on three core technologies: "AI Acceleration,” “Vision-Driven,” and “Custom Integration.”

For "AI Acceleration," Innodisk's subsidiary Aetina recently launched the NVIDIA MGX Server, the group's first edge AI server. Innodisk also introduced industrial-grade CXL 2.0 memory and E1.S/E3.S edge server SSDs for AI and high-speed edge computing. "Vision-Driven" showcases Innodisk's innovative development in edge AI machine vision, including the pioneering MIPI over Type-C extension patent technology for embedded cameras. "Custom Integration" embodies the group's core spirit of small-volume, diverse, and highly customized solutions. With the accelerated development of global edge AI and the increased production capacity of the manufacturing plant, Innodisk expects to speed up the realization of innovative technologies and enable the effective deployment of products and AI solutions in practical scenarios.

While promoting smart transformation for clients, Innodisk is also implementing these practices by transforming its production center into a model for smart manufacturing and management. Collaborating with Aetina, NVIDIA, and through the Metropolis for Factories framework, Innodisk developed an AOI AI secondary inspection solution for smart manufacturing to enhance production line efficiency. Additionally, Innodisk's subsidiary Millitronic, in collaboration with Schneider Electric and ASPEED Technology, developed a panoramic smart visualization remote management solution for the plant's data center. This solution transforms traditional on-site inspections into real-time remote management, displaying data and enabling remote monitoring. Furthermore, the iCAP Air solution, announced this year, will connect multiple sensors to measure temperature, CO2, and other air indicators, providing real-time alerts for abnormal values and facilitating prompt facility management. This comprehensive application will ensure employee health and product quality.

With the inauguration of the Phase II manufacturing plant, Innodisk is focusing on recruiting AI-related talent. The company, which has locations in the USA, Europe, Japan, China, and more, invites global tech professionals to join its team. This expansion supports Innodisk's goal of promoting innovation and advancing edge AI solutions worldwide.

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Precise sensor solutions for E-mobility.

Efficient and safe production at BMW Plant.

Leuze sensors perform important tasks in the cell coating line and module production at the BMW Group plant in Leipzig: They reliably detect objects and also meet high requirements, such as the detection of high-gloss surfaces. In addition, safety technology from Leuze ensures seamless safety on machines and systems. The Sensor People thus contribute to efficient processes in the automotive industry and are always on hand to support system operators in the design and implementation of sensor and safety solutions.

The site  produces both combustion engine and electric models in parallel. E-mobility requires high-voltage batteries to supply the BMW Group's electric cars or hybrid vehicles with the necessary drive energy. The automotive group also manufactures these on site. Sensor technology from Leuze makes an important contribution to an efficient and safe production line process, implemented by Schaeffler Special Machinery, the Schaeffler Group’s mechanical engineering company.

It all starts with the cell.
Three successive production steps are required from the first component to the finished high-voltage battery. Only after cell coating, module production and finally assembly is a high-voltage battery ready for use as an electric vehicle’s energy supply. Precision and reliable processes are essential at every step. Leuze supports this with sensor solutions in cell coating and module production. Cell coating is the first step in high-voltage battery production. Each battery module consists of several cells. These are delivered to BMW in large load carriers (GLT). So that the GLTs can be unloaded automatically by robot, a Leuze MLC safety light curtain secures the danger zone to prevent people from entering. Muting ensures that only the GLT can pass through. The robot always unloads 16 cells at the same time and places them on a conveyor belt. Here, horizontally installed, Leuze CSL switching light curtains detect whether the cells are positioned correctly. “The switching light curtains particularly suitable for monitoring large detection fields as they are easy to install, configure and far more cost effective than image-based systems” explains Jürgen Schweiß, KAM-Automotive and Safety Application Specialist at Leuze.

High-gloss surfaces.
Diffuse sensors from Leuze are implemented at different points: “Sensors mounted on the belt detect the presence and correct position of the cells. If they are present and correctly positioned, the process continues,” says Jürgen Schweiß. The advantage of the PRK 25C series sensors used here is that they can detect the high-gloss surface of the cells with absolute reliability and can installed even in confined spaces due to their small physical size. Despite its small size the sensor has an operating range of 16 meters. Another advantage is that the sensors can be easily adjusted for sensitivity and alignment due to their bright light spot.

A compact approach to safety.
Sensor technology from Leuze keeps an eye on every aspect of cell coating: Laser diffuse reflection sensors from the HT46CL series detect the individual cells and control the conveyor – with maximum detection reliability thanks to background suppression. Before the cells are loaded into a GLT, they are discharged through a Leuze MLC safety light curtain. Advantages of Leuze light curtains: They not only score points with their high resolution, protective field height and operating range, as Jürgen Schweiß emphasizes: “With light curtains, a compact design and short safety distances are also important. This allows them to be easily integrated into tight installation situations.”

Perfectly positioned.
Leuze laser diffuse reflection light scanners also monitor the unloading of the cells from a GLT into a module line from Thyssenkrupp Automation Engineering. Each cell also receives a “heat shield” – a protective heat insulation – which is pressed onto the long sides. Robots rotate the cells into the desired position on a circular machine. Sensors from Leuze also provide support here: PRK 25 retro-reflective photoelectric sensors detect the presence of the objects. The heat shield process runs in parallel at two stations in order to achieve a high throughput time.

From stacking to the module.
In “stacking”, as experts call the stacking of several cells to form a battery module, several cells are placed next to each other and a pressure plate is attached to each end. PRK 25C sensors from Leuze detect the height and presence of the cells and recognize whether the tool carriers are closed correctly. Sensors are also used when placing the cell contact system (ZKS) on the module. A machine lifts the entire module so that the coating on the cell base can be checked: “Here, Leuze sensors provide support for height detection and at stop positions” says Schweiß.

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Thursday 4 July 2024

Interoperable valv pneumatic valves.

Multiple interoperable valve sizes and higher flow rates in a compact design.

Emerson has just launched its AVENTICS™ Series XV pneumatic valves. Series XV valves are designed with interoperability in mind to provide machine builders across multiple industries and factory automation applications with a flexible and cost-effective valve platform. The new valves are ideal for machine builders and end users that operate across the globe, with universal threads and other features that support regional standards and global availability.

Series XV valves provide higher flow rates in a compact valve package that enables more efficient and flexible pneumatic system performance for factory automation, automotive and tire, and food and packaging applications. This helps manufacturers boost productivity and allows them to offer products customized for specific markets and customer preferences.

“In all industries, manufacturers need high-performance technology that gives them the agility and flexibility to stay ahead of rapidly changing market demands,” said Wolf Gerecke, director of product marketing for Emerson’s machine automation business. “The new AVENTICS Series XV pneumatic valves deliver that performance with optimized flow, a wide range of valves and an extensive portfolio of accessories.”

Series XV valves include the XV03, providing flow volumes up to 350 liters per minute in normal conditions (NL/min), and the XV05, scheduled for release in October 2024, providing up to 880 NL/min.

All valves in the Series XV line use proven AVENTICS core technology and include metal threads, parallel wiring, aluminum base plates and compact dimensions to make it easier to integrate into production system designs.

Series XV valves use consistent interfaces and have wide connectivity from single wiring over parallel connections such as D-SUB connectors. They also support leading fieldbus protocols, including PROFINET®, Ethernet/IP, EtherCAT, Powerlink, Modbus TCP, IO-Link, AS-I, to simplify integration into machine control networks.

Series XV valves are also easy to commission. The AVENTICS online configurator supports system layout, providing useful information, while easy-to-understand system documentation in the design phase helps speed up machine development.

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Wednesday 3 July 2024

Rugged industrial Ethernet switch.

The switch provides unmatched performance, and reliability in harsh industrial environments.

The N-Tron® NT116 unmanaged industrial Ethernet switch has been launched by Red Lion. It is designed for industrial applications needing dependable performance for mission-critical applications under harsh conditions.

“When industrial equipment operators and business leaders can access their data seamlessly and quickly, they derive more value from it. The N-Tron® NT116 unmanaged industrial ethernet switch minimizes downtime and maximizes throughput to improve efficiency and drive operational performance,”
said Diane Davis Product Manager.

This switch offers exceptional reliability and performance for data acquisition, Ethernet I/O and process control. Compact in size and including 16 high performance copper ports (10/100BaseTX RJ45), the unit is housed in a rugged industrial metal enclosure. The NT116 offers high shock and vibration tolerance, and all ports have built in ESD and surge protection. Users benefit from an exceptional 1.2M hour MTBF rating, in a slim, space-saving design that operates in temperatures from -40°C to 85°C.

For robust network support, the NT116 supports full wire speed communications of up to 3.2 Gb/s throughput. The unit uses store-and-forward technology and supports full and half duplex operation. Two 10-49 VDC power inputs are provided for redundancy.

The N-Tron® NT116 is the next evolution of Red Lion’s 116TX unmanaged industrial ethernet switch. In addition to IEEE 802.3 compliance and marine, railway and rolling stock certifications, the new switch carries UL Ordinary and Hazardous locations as well as ATEX and IECEx certification.

The switch makes critical performance data easier to gather. Its rugged and hardened design provides the durability and reliability needed to withstand the extreme conditions found on factory floor control networks and in oil and gas, utilities, wastewater treatment, alternative energy, rail, intelligent traffic control and transportation applications.

Red Lion products are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

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Workplace air quality.

A mobile fine dust measuring device designed to safeguard workers from dust exposure in industrial and craft workplaces

Due to the need to address the health risks associated with dust exposure, the idea for the Dustlight emerged. Its tri-color traffic light display and high-resolution screen provide real-time dust concentration levels, alerting workers to take appropriate protective measures. Robust and impact- resistant,  Dustlight is perfectly suited for harsh working conditions. Its single-button operation and language-neutral display make it incredibly user-friendly, ensuring that air quality is always within safe limits.

Dustlight is not just a device, it’s a commitment to ensure worker health and safety. With its specialized calibrations and intuitive app configurations, Dustlight can measure and clearly visualize dust concentrations, adhering to EU standards for PM10 and PM2.5, as well as workplace limits for inhalable and respirable dust in Germany. Whether for preventive measures or technical analysis, Dustlight provides a comprehensive solution for dust monitoring.

The Sensirion' SEN5x sensor series is the heart of Dustlight, ensuring accuracy and reliability with the patented Sheath-Flow Technology for superior lifetime of 10 years. Its internal protection mechanisms, such as the sheath flow and self-cleaning function, complement Dustlight’s patented pre-filtration systems. During extensive testing, the SEN5x demonstrated superior durability and consistent measurements, essential for maintaining high-quality standards in air quality monitoring.

Thanks to its modular approach, the SEN5x platform offers flexibility and customisation options. With just one integration, customers can serve different product levels, simplify the manufacturing process and development and implement customised solutions for specific needs. Whether fine dust measurements or various air quality parameters such as temperature, humidity, volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides are required - the SEN5x covers it all.

Moreover, the following best in class specifications 0-100ug/m^3: +-(5ug+5%) instead of +- 10ug/m^3 are met and therefore the SEN5x is compliant with RESET® and WELL Building Standard™

Additionally, the SEN5x platform eliminates the difficulties commonly encountered in sensor integration and development as it includes all the necessary algorithms. This allows customers to focus on core competencies and develop user-friendly applications without having to worry about costly and time-consuming optimisations, reducing total cost of ownership and time to market.

For Dustlight the integration of Sensirion’s cutting-edge sensors through Glyn’s broad distribution network marks an important step. It embodies Dustlight’s dedication to delivering products that are not only of superior quality but also embody reliability and precision. Furthermore, the close collaboration between Dustlight, Glyn, and Sensirion provides optimal support through know-how, efficient processes and resource allocation.

"The partnership with Glyn and the use of Sensirion sensors enable us to offer our customers high- quality and reliable products. Together we are setting standards in air quality monitoring and guarantee the highest standards and efficiency." says Till Neumeier, Co-Founder & CEO Dustlight.

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Industrial touch display.

BASDISP-AND is a 10.1’’ Industrial Touch Display with Android operating system from Contemporary Controls. It is designed to optimise display graphics by webpage from BASpi-Edge, BASview3 or any other HTML-based controller (for example Innotech Omni, Trend IQX, Cylon, Distech, Tridium, CentraLine, iSMA, DEOS, EasyIO).

This instrument offers an option to install an application Kiosk Mode (“Kiosk Browser Lockdown” available in Google “Play Store”) which is a perfect solution to fine tune what your display’s end-users will be able to do. The whole setup can be done with just a couple of taps.

The browser lockdown solution is perfect to enhance your HMI security without worrying about users amending settings of your devices. It offers flexibility in connectivity via a RJ-45 port for Ethernet cable and Wi-Fi module for wireless connection.

The Ethernet port further supports PoE+ making for a convenient option to power the display. The 10-point capacitive touchscreen with a 16:10 aspect ratio and 1280x800 resolution allows for displaying graphics accurate and precise.

Robust aluminium enclosure ensure comfort of use and long service life.

Various installation options are available: VESA compatibility and wall brackets (included) offer wall mounting of the display on any surface, snap-joint brackets (included) allow embedded mounting into the control cabinet.

Two power options are available:
• The power adapter offers a wide range of operating voltage 110V - 240V. The screen is available with an UK or EU power adapter
• PoE+ (Power over Ethernet Plus) module on board

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Power quality engineering specialist progresses.

Enspec has revealed plans to grow the business over the next several years through potential acquisitions.

A team of 30 people are employed across three offices in England and this is expected to grow between 40 and 50 by the end of 2024. The company will be opening a new and permanent base in Manchester (GB) later this year and it has a design and manufacturing site near Newcastle in the north east of England. Enspec forecasts £6 million revenues this year and £10m for 2025.

The CEO Mara Rastall and her husband CTO Tim Rastall acquired 75% of the electrical and power engineering firm in a management buyout (MBO) in February 2023. Tim is celebrating his 10th anniversary having joined Enspec as an intern in the summer of 2014.

Tim Rastall
“I’ve had the opportunity to see Enspec truly evolve over the last 10 years,” said Tim. “To have been here a decade and to also witness our growth since last year’s MBO feels like a fantastic achievement from the team. Our growth has been organic and we will continue to further this during the remainder of 2024. We will then look more actively at acquisitions to expand our value chain and reduce time to market.

“It’s a very exciting time for Enspec,” he added, “and one which has involved a little bit of reflection given it is 10 years since I joined this amazing business as a summer intern.”

Services provided by the company, which was founded in 1999, include power system studies, power quality analysis, renewable energy consultancy and site maintenance. Enspec also designs, manufactures and commissions bespoke products, including Harmonic Filters, Reactive Compensation, Power Factor Correction and Point-on-Wave Switching. Clients include large energy generators such as major wind farms, solar farms and hydro plants and major energy consumers including manufacturers and hospitals.

“After last year’s MBO Enspec reorganised the business, creating separate units for manufacturing, consulting and site services. The result has been significant growth in our customer base." he continued. Though our main focus now is the UK market, Enpec works with customers all over the world and we are in talks to expand into the US market with a potential partner. 

“Alongside Mara, the leadership team and our wider team we are very much looking forward to seeing what Enspec can achieve for its growing customer base during what will surely be the most crucial period of the energy transition.”

@EnspecPower #PAuto #Energy #Quality

Tuesday 2 July 2024

Secure and contactless shopfloor identification in pharma.

A strengthened partnership with Nymi, a biometric wearable company, has been announced by Körber. This is to deliver secure and contactless user authentication solutions in pharmaceutical production.

Building on a foundation of successful collaboration in the past, Nymi now joins the Körber Ecosystem as part of the “PAS-X K.ME-IN” partner certification program on the “Ready” level. This partnership signifies a closer collaboration between the two companies, as Nymi’s wearable technology now directly integrates with Körber’s PAS-X MES through the PAS-X K.ME-IN standard interface without the need for third-party systems.

Lars Hornung
In combination with devices from partners such as Nymi, PAS-X K.ME-IN leverages biometric authentication to simplify and speed-up user access to PAS-X MES without compromising any access rules configured in the PAS-X MES user rights management. The system seamlessly integrates with Nymi's Nymi BandTM, a comfortable and discreet wristband that can be worn under protective clothing. This unique wearable identifies each user based on their biometric fingerprint, eliminating the need for usernames, passwords, or PIN codes. Consequently, login times are significantly reduced by over 50 percent.

“We are excited to solidify our partnership with Nymi and provide our PAS-X MES users on version 3.2.8 and above as well as version 3.1.8 PE5 with this solution for secure and efficient shopfloor identification,” says Lars Hornung, Senior Principal Alliances & Technology Partners Software, Körber Business Area Pharma. “PAS-X K.ME-IN, integrated with Nymi’s wearable technology, is an excellent fit for the stringent requirements and expectations in pharmaceutical manufacturing.”

Markus Windisch
“We are proud to have a longstanding partnership with Körber, a collaboration that consistently delivers significant value to our customers. The latest example is the new direct integration between Nymi and PAS-X K.ME-IN, which simplifies the implementation of the Nymi BandTM within the pharma industry’s leading MES. We are excited about a dynamic future filled with ongoing innovation and cooperation,” concludes Markus Windisch, Director of Channel and Alliances at Nymi.

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