Thursday 28 March 2024

Long reach transmission.

Turnkey kit includes transceiver, receiver, mounting hardware.

Antaira Technologies has launched a turnkey solution kit that extends the reach of 10/100 Ethernet and 802.3at PoE over UTP copper cabling up to 800 meters for reliable point-to-point connectivity. Eliminating the need for a local power supply, Antaira LEP-401M-KIT LAN extenders are ideal for deploying remote PoE (15W) and PoE+ (30W) powered devices, such as IP surveillance cameras, access points, and VoIP phones, beyond the 100-meter distance limitations of Ethernet cabling.

Antaira's LEP-401M-KIT contains a long-reach transceiver and receiver, both housed in IP30-rated metal enclosures hardened to withstand harsh industrial conditions and a wide temperature range (-40° to 75° C), along with all necessary hardware for wall mounting. There is no easier way to tackle the challenges of extending Ethernet infrastructure in industrial automation, traffic surveillance, city-wide security, and many military and utility applications where environmental conditions exceed commercial product specifications.

Supported by 55-57VDC, the transceiver has one RJ-45 10/100 Ethernet port with Auto MDI/MDIX and a single PoE injector port, while the receiver is equipped with one RJ-45 PoE/PSE port and one PoE extender port with auto-negotiation technology. Diagnostic LEDs on the front and back panels convey local operation status and help technicians troubleshoot network faults.

@AntairaTech @OConnell_PR #PAuto #Communications

Synchronized communication protocols.

New communication protocols that support easier integration with third-party controllers while delivering industry-leading performance.

Kollmorgen has announced the latest update to its AKD2G servo drive. With the introduction of these new features, Kollmorgen has broadened its offerings to additionally support PROFINET IRT and Ethernet/IP with CIP Sync alongside CANopen®*, EtherCAT®*, and FSoE time-synchronized communication protocols. Each protocol is rigorously tested with a variety of motion controllers and certified by industry standards organizations.

The AKD2G servo drive update allows for synchronized motion between multiple drives using a wide variety of control architectures. Thanks to its flexibility and high performance, AKD2G is the ideal drive for use in applications that require highly precise coordination across multiple axes of motion.

The drive features industry-leading power density in a compact package and is easy to mount — with one- and two-axis variants available. Engineers can leverage single-cable Smart Feedback Device (SFD) or HIPERFACE®* DSL connections or choose from a wide range of other feedback devices.

Finally, the drive features an optional SafeMotion® Monitor (SMM) firmware with a safety level of SIL3/PLe to meet functional safety needs and enable a wider range of applications.

“The AKD2G servo drive is an ideal option for automation designers and OEMs that are actively optimizing their designs — offering increased performance, a smaller footprint, and greater design flexibility,” said James Davison, Senior VP/GM at Kollmorgen. “It’s a system designed with our customers in mind to make automation engineering easier, more efficient, and more powerful.”

The AKD2G paired with AKM2G motors is part of the 2G Motion System, a suite of motion products designed to work together for ultimate ease of setup and higher performance. Engineers also can take advantage of the drive’s compatibility with a wider range of controllers and feedback devices — or with other motors, as needed.

@AboutKollmorgen @mepaxIntPR #PAuto

Wireless air treatment.

Emerson is creating sustainable solutions for their customers with CoreTigo's wireless industrial automation technologies. The collaboration tackles the challenges of Compressed Air Management in machinery, ultimately reducing energy waste and CO2 emissions, while enhancing maintenance efficiency and operational processes.

The solution enhances Emerson’s AVENTICS high-end air flow and pressure regulation units, by supplementing and retrofitting these into wireless units with CoreTigo’s IO-Link Wireless products. Named the “Energy Saver”, the solution provides a holistic approach that creates the most cost-efficient and simple way to enhance production lines with an advanced air treatment application.

The Aventics AF2 Air Flow Sensor and EV12 Pressure Regulator are each connected to CoreTigo’s IO-Link Wireless Bridge (TigoBridge), which instantly converts it into a wireless device with industrial-grade communication capabilities. The TigoBridges transmit wirelessly to CoreTigo's IO-Link wireless gateway, while the Energy Saver provides a constant stream of airflow from “Floor to Cloud™” for analysis and monitoring. In addition, the solution from EMERSON controls the pressure regulation unit independently from the machine’s PLC or the air compressor, allowing intelligent operation without machine downtime or PLC programming. Maintaining control over air pressure is essential for ensuring the machine remains in a stable and secure state during periods of inactivity, while also minimizing pressure to prevent unnecessary air wastage.

The Energy Saver solution offers a range of benefits, including a reduction in CO2 emissions through minimized air leakages and optimized machine idle mode operation. It ensures sustainability and compliance with regulatory standards, promoting environmentally friendly manufacturing. By preventing prolonged non-optimal air flow, it minimizes unplanned downtime and maintenance requirements, while reducing cable wear and tear thanks to its wireless setup. Its simple deployment requires no modifications to the PLC setup or complex cabling layouts. Furthermore, it contributes to cost savings by lowering energy expenses and reducing maintenance and deployment costs overall.

Emerson’s IO-Link Wireless based Energy Saver solution was developed with a major food and beverage manufacturer and is expected to continue revolutionizing various industries in the near future.

@CoreTigo @EmersonExchange @Emerson_News @EMR_Automation @mepaxIntPR #PAuto

Wednesday 27 March 2024

Flying probe test on screen!

The latest video showcasing the capabilities of the RAPID H4 Flex has been unveiled by Seica. This is a unique solution dedicated to test flex PCBs directly in the production Reel. The RAPID H4 Flex is the most versatile and high performance flying probe test system in the world for fixtureless test technology.

Seica has designed the system RAPID H4 FLEX for flex PCBs with a dedicated vacuum plate in the test area to minimize board warpage for the extremely thin flex circuits, our response to the constant demand for testing FLEX PCBs, which are rapidly spreading around the consumer electronics, automotive, medical, smart home industries and others. These are designed to fit into small areas with bending improving the miniaturization process and the high-density mounting design.

@seica #Electronics #TandM

Appointment for enhanced global sensors' sales.

Hummingbird has appointed James Adams as Global Sales Manager, to provide a worldwide focus and enhanced sales support across the team.

James Adams
James first joined Hummingbird as an apprentice in 2007 and developed his career over 13 years. He returns to the company with a broader experience and a wealth of knowledge from the industry, which will benefit the Hummingbird team and both existing and new customers.

Commenting on the role, James said: “I’m excited to be back and share my product and industry knowledge helping to drive sales success on a global scale.”

Hummingbird has a global sales network of experienced managers who help customers integrate sensing solutions into their product designs across a range of industrial and medical OEM partners. James is part of a wider team that is trusted by customers globally to ensure the right solution is developed to deliver their technical and commercial needs.

Chris Edwards, Hummingbird Business Unit Manager, said: “It’s great to have James back on board. He’s increased his commercial and industrial knowledge which will be invaluable to Hummingbird and our customers.”

Hummingbird continues to develop ground-breaking gas sensing technologies for the world’s leading-edge healthcare and industrial manufacturers, helping to solve their challenges.

@HBSensing @codacomms#PAuto

Metal-free pumps.

Electrophoresis with agarose gel is an important method for analysis and quality control in the life sciences. The basis for precise results is the accurate filling of the agarose columns. This process works with metal-free pumps from HNP Mikrosysteme GmbH.

Pumps from HNP Mikrosysteme are used for demanding filling tasks in various industrial sectors. One task is the production of agarose columns for electrophoresis applications. Here, a low-percentage agarose solution is filled into plastic capillaries at up to 65 °C in dosing quantities of 30 µl - 50 µl. The modular pump mzr-2942 is used. It is a metal-free pump. The wetted parts of this pump are made of ceramic and PEEK to prevent transfer of metal ions.

Agarose gels are used, for example, for the quality control of DNA and RNA samples after critical work steps during the production of genomic libraries. Sample volumes of only 2 µl - 5 µl are required. The results are available after just 20 to 30 minutes.

HNPM pumps ensure process reliability in applications where extremely small quantities of liquids are required. Five series of micro annular gear pumps (mzr-pumps) enable the smallest dosing volumes from 0.25 µl and volume flows from 1 µl/h to 1152 ml/min.

@PresseBox #HNPM #Pharma #LIfeScience

Computer almost outside!

A robust, efficient, and user-friendly touchscreen computer solution for semi-outdoor applications.

DFI has introduced its latest KS101-EHL industrial touchscreen PC designed for reliability and durability in semi-outdoor applications. Equipped with energy efficient Intel Atom® Processors, the Panel PC provides the high performance required by various industries such as automatic car wash machines, ticket machines, and parking payment machines. Combined with its rugged design and intuitive interface, the KS101-EHL ensures operational and energy efficiency.

With sustained growth in recent years, the car wash industry has a growing demand for the optimization of human-machine interfaces and other equipment. Various environmental conditions such as high temperature, strong light, high humidity, and road dust can cause damage to sensors, connections, and screens. Therefore, products used in car wash systems must meet industry requirements of different application environments to maintain the safety, durability, and efficiency. Industrial-grade touchscreen tablets with robust designs play a crucial role in similar applications.

The KS101-EHL is IP65 rated for protection against dust and water. The wide operating temperature and wide voltage design also guarantee reliable operations with the fluctuating temperatures of different operating environments. The shock and collision resistance per IEC standards further ensures that the Panel PC can endure the exertions of industrial environments. Equipped with projected capacitive touchscreen technology, users can directly touch the screen even when wearing different material gloves or with wet hands. Furthermore, the KS101-EHL supports ten-point touch for greater intuitiveness and convenience. Additionally, the KS101-EHL provides a brightness of 500 nits to ensure clear visibility.

@DFI_Embedded @mepaxIntPR #PAuto

New comprehensive automation platform.

SCADA, MES and operations management software technologies to promote smarter, safer, optimised and more sustainable operations with new DeltaV.

As part of its Boundless Automation™* vision for helping organisations deliver more seamless operations, Emerson is evolving its DeltaV™ brand into the DeltaV Automation Platform. The newly expanded automation platform will include supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, manufacturing execution systems (MES) and operations management software alongside the distributed control systems (DCS), safety instrumented systems (SIS) and other technologies that have been part of the brand for decades. The evolution builds a more comprehensive automation platform to make it easier for users to deliver smarter, safer, more optimised and more sustainable operations.

Organisations across nearly every industry including life sciences, specialty chemical, mining and extraction, food and beverage, energy and more are experiencing new complexities as they face the modern challenge of improving throughput, performance and quality while simultaneously increasing the sustainability of operations. Navigating this increased complexity requires seamless mobility of data, reliable performance and advanced control strategies from the plant floor to the corporate boardroom. The comprehensive nature of the new DeltaV Automation Platform will empower users to move away from ‘plant-by-plant’ strategies to ‘site-by-site’ or even enterprise automation solutions – the more advanced, integrated automation strategies that are increasingly necessary to compete in a complex global marketplace.

“In an era of increased demand and higher sustainability targets, today’s organisations are looking for ways to manage and contextualise data across the many software solutions they use to help unlock easier, faster and safer decisions,” said Nathan Pettus, president of Emerson’s process systems and solutions business. “The DeltaV Automation Platform will combine a flexible, fit-for-purpose portfolio of DCS, SIS, SCADA, MES and operations management software with unmatched application and cross-industry expertise to help cross-functional teams across the enterprise more easily achieve their goals.”

With an extensive portfolio unified under one brand, users will have access to a comprehensive technology ecosystem that provides a broader suite of solutions. Organisations will more quickly and easily find the right solutions to meet their specific needs and will gain easier access to service, training and support.

All solutions in the DeltaV Automation Platform will be seamlessly supported through the Guardian™ digital customer experience. Users will have a single point of access to Guardian’s digital tools and subscriptions for all their solutions, providing easy access to real-time monitoring, in-depth analytics and actionable insights.

The continuing evolution of the platform will also extend to future Emerson products. Development for DeltaV Automation Platform offerings will focus on products and systems that communicate and work better together, offering users a more cohesive and streamlined experience.

* See also "Towards "Boundless Automation." (25/10/2022), "Towards next-generation automation platform." (EMREX Americas - 4/10/2023), " Boundless exploration, engaging and evolution on the Rhine!" (EMREX EMEA 4/3/2024)

@EmersonExchange @Emerson_News @EMR_Automation @HHC_Lewis #PAuto

Tuesday 26 March 2024

Robotic automation into the building process.

ABB Robotics has announced it is collaborating with tech start-up AUAR, to advance the use of robotic micro-factories to build affordable, sustainable low energy timber homes.

AUAR’s transformative approach to integrating robotic automation into the building process will tackle skills shortages, boost sustainability, and improve health and safety by deploying robots in a global network of local micro-factories. These micro-factories will construct energy-efficient, affordable buildings from sheet timber. AUAR reports today that it has completed a £2.6M (€3.03M) seed round led by deep-tech and AI fund Miles Ahead, alongside ABB Robotics & Automation Ventures and several other investors.

“The increasing capabilities of robots enabled by vision and AI, coupled with their inherent speed, flexibility and consistency, makes them the ideal solution for meeting the growing need for affordable, high quality, sustainable housing,” said Craig McDonnell, Managing Director Business Line Industries, ABB Robotics. “With 95 percent* of building firms in our recent market survey describing sustainability as ‘important’ or ‘very important’ to their businesses, and 38 percent* seeing robots as a way of reducing waste, our collaboration with AUAR opens new possibilities for homebuilders to deliver affordable sustainable homes at scale.”

ABB is already heavily involved in helping construction companies automate their processes. ABB robots are widely used in a range of modular assembly and 3D printing building projects worldwide, as well as academic projects researching new ways to integrate robotic automation into construction.

The collaboration with AUAR follows the announcement by ABB working with German management consulting firm, Porsche Consulting, to develop innovative new practices in modular housing manufacture.

AUAR is the brainchild of two architects, Mollie Claypool (CEO) and Gilles Retsin (CTO/Chief Architect) who have worked for over 10 years on robotics, automation, construction, and architecture. During that time, they have relied extensively on support from ABB Robotics to realize their vision.

The relationship has already seen ABB Robotics win the prize for ‘Best Use of Robotics or Automation in Construction’ at the 2023 Robotics & Automation Awards. AUAR’s automated micro-factory approach provides a solution to many of the challenges facing building companies, including supply chain issues, project delivery and quality and skills shortages.

Conventional buildings consist of thousands of different components shipped from around the world, making it almost impossible to automate construction. In contrast, AUAR’s goal is to work with one type of material and one type of machine to dramatically simplify the supply chain.

The production process uses standard sheets of timber. A robot cuts the sheets into components and assembles them into units that are transported to site, enabling complete customized homes to be built in a matter of weeks.

While many of the assembly tasks are automated, AUAR’s approach supports local jobs by promoting the use of micro-factories close to construction sites, where local contractors and suppliers can coordinate delivery.

The micro-factory approach is flexible enough to meet whatever each market demands. Each facility can be scaled to reflect local needs, with the ability to ramp up production by adding modular robot cells.

“With the focus on the dual needs of building more affordable homes and minimizing the environmental footprint of buildings throughout their lifetime, automated modular construction presents a great opportunity to rethink the way that the buildings are constructed,” added McDonnell. “Our collaborations with AUAR and Porsche Consulting mark an exciting step in our efforts to accelerate the use of robotic automation in the construction industry to help address its challenges and deliver the sustainable buildings of the future.”

*ABB Robotics global market survey, 2023

@ABBRobotics @ABBgroupnews @ABBMeasurement @abb_automation @NapierPR #AUAR #Robotics #Construction

2D vision with the generation of 3D depth.

The Topaz5D™, a full-HD CMOS image sensor designed to combine 2D vision with the generation of 3D depth maps has been announced by Teledyne e2v. A single Topaz5D sensor used in challenging lighting conditions delivers 3D object visualisation based on the contrast detected, ideal for various logistics applications, AR/VR headsets, access control devices, household vacuum robots, and Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR).

Topaz5D combines a small 2.5 µm global shutter pixel with a post-processing diffraction layer to create angular sensitive pixels. This enables 3D angular signal raw data to be generated and then processed by a 5D compatible SDK. Topaz5D is a 3D-enabled variant of Teledyne e2v’s popular Topaz 2M, which is widely used in logistics/retail markets and smart factories.

Topaz5D has a 2 megapixel (1,920 x 1,080) resolution and is currently available in both monochrome and color. Its tiny form factor (7.65 mm x 4.45 mm) makes it easy to integrate into space-constrained optical engines or modules and it consumes only 200 mW of power to run at full frame rate. It generates 3D depth maps and displays the contrast details of any kind of object, even black or very shiny ones, or those seen through sheets of glass or transparent organic material (e.g., plexiglass or plastic bottles).

Unlike other 3D technologies, which rely on illumination of the scene, Topaz5D can be used in very diverse operating conditions, including indoor lighting or direct sunlight. Compared to a stereoscopy solution, only a single sensor plus a lens is required, without the need for complex dual-lens system alignment and there is no risk of optical occlusion. In addition, Topaz5D delivers an unmatched cost of ownership compared to other competitive 3D vision technologies.

Laurent Appercel, Senior Marketing Manager at Teledyne e2v, said, “Topaz5D has the unique ability to deliver crisp 2D images in full-HD, along with detailed contrast-based 3D depth maps in real time, at high frame rates, and without latency. 5D processing SDK integration on several SoC vendor platforms is also readily available. All these unmatched benefits come from a single sensor which can be deployed with lower costs, minimal power consumption, no illumination and with simplified hardware and software.”

@e2vteledyne #PAuto #Manufacturing

Camera driver and Linux.

The Linux kernel driver for THine’s ISP THP7312 is available now in the Linux mainline kernel. The driver development finalization and upstreaming were done under partnership with Ideas on Board, one of the most reputable Linux consulting service companies for camera and display systems.

There had been no production-ready driver for standalone ISPs in the mainline Linux kernel up to now. It has always been a heavy burden for system design engineers to develop and integrate a Linux kernel driver for the ISP, because it requires deep architectural understanding of the ISP and the Linux kernel structure. THine THP7312 is the first standalone ISP whose Linux driver is available in the mainline kernel. This now makes it easier to use their standalone Image Signal Processor (ISP) with high performance image sensors in various SoC platforms to achieve high image quality.

The driver being upstream is beneficial not only for system design engineers but also to SoC platforms suppliers. MediaTek has integrated this driver into the Software Development Kit (SDK) for their Genio family of edge-computing platforms targeting AI and IoT. Pumpkin Evaluation Kits (EVK) for MediaTek Genio with THine THEIA-CAM™ Kit are available from OLogic, Inc.

“For 15 years, we have assisted many different clients with their camera needs in Linux,” said Laurent Pinchart, Company Owner at Ideas on Board Oy. “It will be a great improvement for users who want to use a high-performance standalone ISP without spending considerable amount of time and effort.”

MediaTek’s Senior Director of Technology Stéphane Le Provost said, “Now that the THine's driver is available in mainline kernel, we could easily integrate it into our Linux SDK for MediaTek Genio SoC family and use standard V4L2 controls. Customers can quickly develop high resolution camera systems based on THine’s reference camera boards and OLogic’s EVKs.”

“It is a great honor that our Linux driver is now accepted in the mainline kernel thanks to Ideas on Board’s expertise,” said Tak Iizuka, Chief Solution Architect, THine Solutions, Inc. “As a result, numerous industry device manufacturers are now able to easily integrate our Image Signal Processors into their embedded vision products and applications.”

#Thine #Automation #Linux

Monday 25 March 2024

Water quality monitoring blueprint.

A continuous water quality monitoring project has recently been completed on the River Kent near Kendal, in the England's Lake District. The monitoring was implemented for United Utilities (Water Company for North West England) by the environmental consultancy APEM, with Meteor Communications responsible for instrumentation installation and calibration, as well as real-time web-based data provision, event visualisation and reporting.

“Monitoring was required to help protect water quality during the operation of a temporary outfall pipe,” explains Joe Allaby, APEM’s Principal Aquatic Scientist. “The monitoring programme was a complete success, and I believe that water companies will be interested in this project because it represents a blueprint for the requirements of Section 82 of the Environment Act 2021.

Atlantic Salmon
“Multiparameter water quality monitors were installed upstream and downstream of a temporary discharge from United Utilities’ wastewater treatment works in Kendal to ensure that it did not negatively impact the water quality of the River Kent.

“Each monitor measured the key water quality parameters including dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, conductivity, turbidity and ammonium. In this project, we were also required to measure un-ionised ammonia, because of its potential effects on sensitive migratory fish species such as Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and sea trout (Salmo trutta).”

Passing through the Lake District National Park, the River Kent flows for around 20 miles into Morecombe Bay. The River Kent is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). In the section of the river, the project monitored two protected species: bullhead (Cottus gobio) and white clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes).

Kendal WwTW outfall.
Kendal WwTW outfall
As the main treatment facility for the Kendal area, the WwTW services a large residential and tourist population equivalent of around 90,000, discharging to the River Kent. Prior to December 2015, the effluent outfall pipe from the plant passed under the river adjacent to the WwTW and discharged approximately 1.3 km downstream, but this pipe was destroyed by the flooding that followed Storm Desmond in 2015. United Utilities therefore constructed a temporary outfall structure to maintain the ongoing operation of the works.

The temporary outfall was located much closer to the works, in an impounded reach upstream of a weir, where flow rates were lower. Consequently, the Environment Agency required as a condition of the permit for the temporary outfall, that United Utilities carry out upstream and downstream continuous water quality monitoring.

The environmental consultancy APEM was tasked with the monitoring and protection of the River Kent at Kendal whilst the temporary discharge was in operation. “At first, this mainly involved ecological investigations to check the health of the river,” explains APEM's Joe Allaby. “However, in 2022, continuous multiparameter water quality monitoring systems were installed to provide access to continuous data 24/7. This included an upstream monitor, and two downstream monitors; one in slack water and the other in turbulent water, to give us a complete picture of any potential water quality effects from the temporary discharge.”

‘Water quality as a service.’
APEM’s expertise was employed in the identification of suitable monitoring sites, and Meteor Communications was contracted to install and maintain the monitoring stations under a ‘water quality as a service’ (WQaaS) contract. Joe says: “It would have been possible to purchase the monitoring equipment, but WQaaS is ideal for temporary contracts, because Meteor is then responsible for maintaining the equipment.”

Under a WQaaS contract, Meteor Communications installs the monitors and then visits the site every 4 to 6 weeks to swap in pre-calibrated sondes. Meteor’s monitoring stations, known as ESNETs (environmental sensor networks), are fully equipped with solar panels and remote communications technology, so that collected data can be automatically transferred to the MeteorCloud® platform, which provides secure data visualisation, analysis and alarms.

ESNET systems are available in kiosk or portable formats, and sondes can be located in-river or within flow-through chambers measuring water which is pumped from the river. The Kendal sondes were located in the river, fixed securely to local infrastructure. Continuous water quality monitoring data are stored in the sondes and transferred every 30 minutes to the MeteorCloud web portal, providing APEM, United Utilities and the Environment Agency with real-time access to water quality data.

Continuous water quality monitoring enables the detection of water quality incidents as well as the detection of trends. “In the past, our consultants have used portable instruments, but we are increasingly being asked for continuous data,” explains APEM’s Jack Hambridge. “So, our partnership with Meteor Communications has worked very well, delivering accurate, reliable data for us and our clients.

“In addition to the quality of the instruments, what really sets Meteor apart is their calibration service. They have invested in a bespoke calibration laboratory and a team of field engineers, capable of servicing large numbers of sondes so that data are accurate and the ESNET systems are maintained in optimal condition.”

Proactive maintenance.
Meteor Communications was responsible for maintaining the condition of the monitoring equipment, and checking the validity of the data to ensure a continuous dataset was provided for almost 2 years. In addition, APEM checked the readings three times per day, every day, as part of its proactive maintenance service, which, if measurements exceed pre-set values, could also include mitigation measures such as aeration and fish rescue.

With the benefit of Meteor’s monitoring systems, APEM also provided United Utilities with weekly water quality reports, and incident notices with visual checks when any of the pre-set measurement values were breached. “This was important for all stakeholders,” explains Joe Allaby. “Continuous monitoring with real-time access to data meant that the water utility, the regulator and local residents could all rest assured that river water quality was being maintained, and that a rapid response would be available if an alert was issued.”

Meteor Communications MD Matt Dibbs says: “This project exemplifies everything that a water utility would need to comply with Section 82 of the Environment Act, and with over 700 ESNET systems already installed across the UK, we have the scale of operations to help utilities comply with their obligations.

“In applications such as this, it is great to see consultants using their expertise to leverage the value of continuous water quality data. I should mention however, that our water quality monitors are being used in many different water quality monitoring applications beyond storm overflows. For example, ESNETs are also used for final effluent monitoring and catchment surveys, as well as short-term investigations and research projects.

With almost two years of continuous monitoring upstream and downstream of the temporary discharge at Kendal, the data demonstrated that there were no significant detrimental effects on water quality. “We did detect occasional breaches of the values that we set as early warning levels for response,” explains Joe Allaby. “However, these were usually found to be due to sediment, or due to a dissolved oxygen dip during warm periods in the summer.

“For us, the continuous dataset was essential because it gave us peace of mind when things were going well, and provided an early alert when conditions changed, and a rapid response was necessary.”

@MeteorComms @unitedutilities  @APEM_Ltd @_Enviro_News #Environmental #Water #Britain

Friday 22 March 2024

Enabling system upgrades reusing existing cabinets, field wiring, termination units and cabling.

Boosts plant reliability with seamless automation system upgrade.

The Ability™ SymphonyÒ Plus SDe Series from ABB is a portfolio of hardware products that help modernize existing process control system installations with minimal risk and disruption to plant operations. The new series enables plant operators in industries such as power, water, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals and pulp & paper to upgrade installed control systems to the latest technologies, driving efficiency and productivity improvements.

Offering innovation with continuity, the new SDe Series addresses one of the biggest challenges for control system owners: upgrading existing infrastructure without disrupting operations. SDe solutions enable stepwise evolution with minimal impact by preserving field wiring, termination units and module cabling, helping plant owners protect their SymphonyÒ Harmony and INFI 90Ò investments as process controllers, I/O modules and automation technology evolves.

“ABB’s modular approach to multi-year evolution facilitates strategic upgrades over a realistic, cost-effective timeframe, enhancing operational productivity and sustainability for plant managers,” said Stefan Basenach, Senior Vice President, Process Automation Technology. “With the new SDe Series, we are helping customers across industries ensure their plants continue to meet regulatory requirements while increasing efficiency and adapting to changing markets.”

Providing seamless interconnections with smart field and electrical devices, as well as higher-level applications, the rugged control and I/O products of the SDe Series offer an extreme operating temperature range and a scalable architecture within a compact, modular footprint. Additionally, the series features sustainability improvements such as reduced power consumption and the use of standards-based technology that reduces plant owners’ total cost of ownership.

The key principles behind the SDe Series focus on evolving, enhancing and expanding ABB’s existing INFI 90Ò, Harmony and SymphonyÒ DIN (SD) systems, which are currently installed in over 7,000 sites around the world. For Harmony Rack installations, the SDe series offers increased modularity, enhanced functionality, 1-to-1 module replacements and space-fit mounting options to ensure seamless evolution. Full compatibility with the SD series enables the expansion of SD systems using the latest technology and I/O hardware and software, delivering higher performance, reliability and capacity.

@abb_automation @ABBgroupnews @ABBMeasurement @admiralpr #greenhydrogen #PAuto

Energy meter.

TE Connectivity’s DRS-100-3P 100A 3-phase energy meters with easy programming, DIN-rail mounting and user-friendly navigation is now available through TTi Europe. The units offer a wide range of energy measurements when importing and exporting energy from energy storage systems (ESS) to the three-phase network where billing is required.

“Energy storage systems are crucial to providing the much-needed flexibility, stability and reliability for the renewable energy and infrastructure of the future,” says Markus Lorenz, Director, Industry Marketing, Industrial EMEA, TTI Inc. “We continue to support new energy development by stocking components solutions like TE Connectivity’s DRS-100-3P energy meters to enable seamless and accurate billing for imported and exported power to the three-phase network.”

The units measure and display the characteristics on single-phase two-wire (1P2W), three-phase three-wire (3P3W) and three-phase four-wire (3P4W) networks. Measuring parameters include voltage (V), current (A), frequency (Hz), power (kW/KVA/KVAr), power factor (PF), and imported, exported and total energy (kWh/kWArh). The units also measure maximum demand current and power over pre-set periods of up to 60 minutes. The energy meters are tamper-proof with a password-protected set-up menu for added security.

The DRS-100-3P energy meters offer the option of an RS485 communication facility for direct connection to SCADA or other communications systems using the Modbus Protocol in remote terminal unit (RTU) mode for remote monitoring and control. The energy meters meet the requirements set forth by the European Union.

@ttiinc @TEConnectivity @Publitek #Energy #PAuto

Reliable and accurate flammable gas detection.

The high-performance OLCT 100-XP-MS range of flammable gas detectors from Teledyne Gas and Flame Detection now incorporates cutting-edge MEMS (Micro-ElectroMechanical Systems) sensor technology. Delivering the market’s most accurate readings for over 14 of the most common combustible gases and gas mixes — including hydrogen, methane, propane and butane — MEMS technology adds to the capabilities provided by conventional sensors. Users also enjoy notable advantages regarding ‘poison’ immunity and operating life, particularly in environments that sometimes prove challenging for catalytic sensors.

“Our flammable gas detector with thermal conductivity technology supported by MEMS sensor provides accurate, automatic readings without correction factors, along with automatic gas classification,” says Régis Prévost, Product Line Manager, Teledyne Gas and Flame Detection. “Delivering unprecedented reliability and accuracy, the device reduces false alarms thanks to integral compensation for environmental parameters that include temperature, pressure and humidity.”

Traditionally, industry professionals select a flammable gas detector housing a catalytic sensor calibrated for a specific gas, or an infrared (IR) sensor. Although these conventional solutions are still highly beneficial, they are not always optimal. Catalytic sensors require bump testing, for example, to check they remain free from sensor poisoning, while IR technology is unable to detect hydrogen. The use of Hydrogen is rising as the focus to find a cleaner alternative to natural gas continues across the industry, in turn driving the need for high-capability hydrogen detection solutions.

MEMS technology take gas detection to an even higher level of capability, providing precise readings in % LEL correlated with the specific gas or blended gas/vapour clouds present in the environment. By offering catalytic oxidation, IR and MEMS sensor technologies in a single device, the OLCT100-XP-MS represents a holistic solution that provides a revolution in flammable gas detection, regardless of environmental or operational constraints.

Ideal for use in energy sectors, including petrochemical and oil and gas, the new OLCT100-XP-MS also offers multi-gas protection in applications that include lithium-ion BESS (Battery Energy Storage Systems), industrial manufacturing, wastewater treatment and fire response.

In some environments, extreme pressure, temperature and humidity can damage or even poison other sensor types, compromising performance and incurring unwanted cost. In contrast, MEMS sensor technology is poison-immune, operating reliably with an integral self-test for failsafe operations and complete peace-of-mind.

“With its robust design and highly engineered construction, our low-maintenance OLCT100-XP-MS comes with a two-year warranty,” says Régis Prévost. “Indeed, such is our confidence in this innovative flammable gas detector that users can expect many years of reliable and accurate operation in the most demanding industry applications.”

@mepaxIntPR #TeledyneGFD #PAuto #Safety

Lower cost hose breaks through.

Backhoe loader manufacturer embraces hoses of a different stripe!

Replacing spiral hose with Danfoss EC881 braided hose has helped a major machinery OEM reduce costs while still meeting the high-pressure requirements of the application. The lighter, more flexible hose also proved beneficial for installation, maintenance, and future machine design. For the OEM and its supplier, thinking outside the spec delivered a value engineering win.

For many years now, hydraulic system pressures have been increasing in mobile machinery – all in the name of improving productivity. The hydraulic pump and downstream components have to deliver the power the machine needs to move faster, lift heavier loads, and meet other end-user requirements. This is no different on electric machines. Buyers expect the performance of an electric machine to at least match the equivalent diesel machine.

In designing a new generation of its electric backhoe loader, a major U.S. OEM specified the same high-pressure fluid conveyance components as the previous generation machine. The outcome, however, was far from the same – the result of a surprise development in the routine RFQ process.

Spiral performance from braided hose.
High-pressure applications require spiral hose. This is common knowledge based on the fact that hose pressure ratings increase with each added layer of wire. Spiral hoses commonly have 4 or 6 layers of wire reinforcement while braided hoses have only one or two layers.

Needing a hose capable of meeting working pressures of 3,800 psi, the backhoe OEM specified SAE 100R12 four-wire spiral hoses for the high-pressure line between the machine’s hydraulic pump and the main control valve. Per its usual process, the OEM issued an RFQ for these hoses to multiple suppliers.

It was during the RFQ process that Danfoss engineers identified a value engineering opportunity. The company recently launched its Aeroquip by Danfoss EC881 Dynamax hose, a two-wire braided hose with a 35% higher pressure rating than other hoses of the same type. EC881 hose is qualified to 1 million impulse cycles, a rating that traditionally requires spiral construction. With its higher pressure capabilities, EC881 hose can replace four-wire spiral hose in certain applications, providing direct cost savings as well as several design benefits. Braided hose is much more flexible than spiral hose, which makes it possible to reroute and even reduce hose lengths, contributing to further cost savings. Braided hose is also lighter in weight than spiral hose, which reduces the overall weight of the machine, contributing to fuel efficiency improvements.

The OEM’s RFQ called for size 12 (0.75-inch inner diameter) 100R12 hoses. Danfoss EC881-12 hose met the working pressure, burst pressure, and other specifications for the application, but at a much lower cost. Recognizing the potential, the project team suggested a deviation to the OEM’s engineering team. Deviations at the RFQ stage are relatively common. What made this situation unique was the switch to a different hose construction.

“The mentality has been, if I want spiral performance, I need a spiral hose. And now we’re saying there’s this braided hose that can do the same. They’re skeptical,” said Scott Larson, senior engineer, Danfoss Power Solutions.

Hose testing
To convince the OEM, Danfoss engineers needed to prove the hose’s capabilities. This involved supplying vast amounts of test data to demonstrate the hose’s performance – for instance, how many impulse cycles the EC881 hose could withstand at specific pressures.

“Once they saw the test reports and given the history and relationship we have with [the customer], it was accepted and approved,” said Travis DeBoer, senior account manager, Danfoss Power Solutions.

Danfoss provided a quote and was ultimately awarded the business. The switch from four-wire spiral hoses and fittings to two-wire braided hoses and fittings resulted in a 31% cost reduction for the manufacturer. In addition, the hose’s greater flexibility will enable easier installation on the OEM’s assembly lines. When it comes time to change hose assemblies, end users will also benefit from the hose’s increased flexibility and lower cost.

The 100R12 hose performance specification was used to determine the hose routing on the electric backhoe, and the OEM was too far along in the design phase to change this. On future generations or for other machines where space is limited, however, engineers can now design the routing based on the greater flexibility of EC881 hose.

As a result of the backhoe project, the OEM is actively looking at other applications where it can use EC881 hose in place of four-wire spiral hose. And as these successful integrations increase, Danfoss representatives anticipate other OEMs will do the same.

“It's a breakthrough, in my opinion, because we've taken the industry norm of four-wire spiral hose – which is perceived as stronger and more durable – and come out with a product that still meets those requirements, but in a lower-cost hose construction,” DeBoer concluded.

@DanfossPower @Danfoss @NapierPR #Construction #Automation

Thursday 21 March 2024

Fibre optic testing.

Easy automated a checks for higher network performance.

The Tempo Fibre Inspection Probe (FIP) from Laser Components which is a fully automated inspection tool that provides fast and reliable analysis of fibre optic connectors and associated bulkheads.

This tool can assist with verification of connector cleanliness before connecting to minimise losses and connector damage avoidance. It is also useful in certifying connector condition on installation and identifying connector damage when troubleshooting.

With a single button press, the FIP automatically focuses, captures an image, and provides a pass/fail result. The pass/fail status of the connector is instantly reported via a red/green LED on the probe. The small form factor enables inspection of difficult to reach ports.

Detailed results are shown on the iOS or Android app, which provides a report and image sharing. Both apps are readily available and come pre-loaded with pass/fail requirements from IEC 61300-3-35.

Interchangeable adaptor tips support fibre connector inspection for a wide range of patch cords and bulkhead-mounted connectors having either PC/UPC or APC polished end-faces.

@LCGermany @lasercomp_uk @PresseBox #Automation #TandM

A new approach in industrial connectivity.

Delta has announced the launch of its DX-2400L9 Series Industrial 4G/WAN DIACloud Routers, poised to significantly impact industrial automation with unparalleled features designed to redefine remote control and monitoring. The new DX-2400L9 promises to emerge as a beacon of connectivity in the industrial automation sector.

The DX-2400L9 is designed to resonate with a diverse array of businesses involved in industrial automation seeking reliable solutions for remote control and monitoring of automation systems. From manufacturing facilities to energy plants, logistics hubs, and agricultural operations, the DX-2400L9 is tailored to meet the connectivity needs. Designed to fit any cabinet, the DX-2400L9 offers flexible connection options, including 4G cellular network or WAN broadband interfaces, with configurable WAN/LAN ports. It establishes a secure tunnel between the user and the remote site through Delta DIACloud servers, eliminating the need for an additional VPN server. Its built-in firewall, stateful packet inspection, and advanced security protocols provide robust protection against cyber threats, ensuring safe data transmission. Additionally, the DX-2400L9 is compatible with leading PLC brands and offers DIACloud integration, enhancing operational efficiency and the cloud experience.

Redefining Connectivity. In a world where accessibility is paramount, the DX-2400L9 offers unprecedented benefits to its users. It enables users to monitor and control equipment from anywhere in the world, while robust cybersecurity measures ensure data integrity and confidentiality. Despite its advanced features, the DX-2400L9 remains cost-effective, presenting an optimal balance between affordability and functionality. It boosts operational efficiency by enabling secure remote connections, ensuring real-time data visibility and control, all without requiring an IT background. Robust cybersecurity measures fortify this system, minimizing downtime through efficient monitoring and control capabilities.

Ufuk Ozer, Cloud and Connectivity Specialist, Industrial Automation Business Group at Delta EMEA, shares his insights on the introduction of the DX-2400L9 Series, “We keep working hard to continuously improve remote access and IIoT solutions to enhance productivity. With Delta DX-2400L9 Series, we offer a robust IIoT platform for businesses to enhance their productivity and minimize downtime, all while ensuring the highest standards of data security.”

Delta's DX-2400L9 Series heralds a new era in industrial connectivity, offering unparalleled features that meet the evolving needs of the industrial sector. For businesses seeking to leverage the latest in IIoT technology to secure remote connection, reduce downtime, and streamline operations, the DX-2400L9 Series presents a comprehensive solution. 

@DeltaEMEA @mepaxIntPR #PAuto #Communications

Open innovation space laboratory.

Collaboration aims to revolutionize space system development and testing through advanced technology and strategies.

Emerson’s Test & Measurement Business Group, formerly NI*, and the the European Space Agency (ESA), have announced collaboration to create the new Open Innovation Laboratory located in Debrecen, Hungary. This facility will help redefine space system development and deployment by introducing advanced test strategies aimed at reducing costs and mitigating risks. This cooperation is also in line with the industrial policy objectives of the Hungarian government.

Lab Demonstration LtoR: Rafael Lucas Rodriguez, Head of NAVISP Technical Programme Office, Prof. Dr. Manuel Lopez Martinez, Senior Technology Officer, EUSPA, Raffaele Fiengo, BDM, NI ( Emerson), Lorenzo Danelli, Radio Navigation Engineer, Thales Alenia Space and Samah Chazbeck, Application Engineer, NI (Emerson)
Located within Emerson’s Test & Measurement offices in Debrecen (H), the Open Innovation Laboratory is accessible to projects that meet specific criteria established by the ESA’s Navigation Innovation and Support Program (NAVISP). The lab is outfitted with the latest modular instrumentation and application software, ensuring that it remains at the forefront of technological advancements in the space market.

“The new lab embodies the shared vision of Emerson’s Test & Measurement business and the European Space Agency to accelerate innovation within the space industry,” said Ritu Favre, group president, Emerson’s Test & Measurement business group. “By focusing on the development of comprehensive test strategies from the early stages of development, engineers can avoid late-stage problem discovery, which can lead to significant cost overruns and delays.”

“We are pleased that the ESA’s NAVISP has supported the establishment of the new Open Innovation Laboratory in Debrecen. This builds on a productive relationship established over several years between our organizations, and I am confident it will pave the way to new market opportunities for innovative Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions and services,” said Rafael Lucas Rodriguez, head of ESA’s NAVISP Technical Programme Office. “The infrastructure for PNT is rapidly evolving, and the laboratory will provide industry with the tools to test and prototype new technologies addressing the emerging market areas such as Controlled Radiation Pattern Antennas (CRPA) to provide resilient positioning to the users.”

Key to the laboratory’s capabilities is the use of Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiL) test systems, an enabling technology that replicates the operational environment for subsystems under test. The lab is also equipped with modular instrumentation and application software for the company’s Wideband Multichannel Phase Aligned Transceiver (MPA) System, S-Parameters, pulse-to-pulse stability, power added efficiency measurement and capability to emulate a Wideband Satellite Link.

By leveraging Emerson’s modular and scalable approaches, the facility aims to transform the design of complex satellite system-of-systems. This includes a focus on RF/micro-wave payloads based on wideband and active multi-beam antenna, on-board digital processor and regenerative software defined radio.

*See : Diversifying technology Into test and measurement automation. (12/4/2023)

@Emerson_News @NIglobal @EMR_Automation @esa  #TandM #Space

Wednesday 20 March 2024

Automation support for green hydrogen.

ABB is collaborating with Green Hydrogen International (GHI) on a project to develop a major green hydrogen facility in south Texas (USA). As part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) ABB’s automation, electrification and digital technology will be assessed for deployment at GHI’s Hydrogen City project. The Power-to-X facility will use solar and onshore wind energy to power a 2.2 GW electrolyzer plant to produce 280,000 tons of green hydrogen per year, which will be turned into one million tons of green ammonia annually.

The project is to use underground salt cavern storage, which is seen as an efficient way to store large volumes of hydrogen onshore. The planned storage of up to 24,000 tons of green hydrogen will help balance out the intermittency of the renewable energy sources powering the operation and allow for a lower levelized cost of hydrogen.

A 120-kilometer pipeline to the nearby Corpus Christi energy port, approximately 300 kilometers southwest of Houston, will transport the green hydrogen to an ammonia production facility for conversion and subsequent global export to serve demand in Europe and Asia. GHI is also in discussions with potential off takers of green hydrogen as a feedstock for sustainable aviation fuel and e-methane production.

ABB has already completed a feasibility study to develop an electrical system architecture that optimizes return on investment for the project and supports compliance with EU legislation governing Renewable Fuels of Non-Biological Origin (RFNBO) and the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). ABB plans to supply its Integrated Control Safety System with the distributed control system ABB Ability™ System 800xA® to improve efficiency, operator performance and asset utilization. MoU scope also includes electrical motors and drives, measurement and analytics solutions, and power and process optimization solutions.

“We are proud to collaborate with GHI on Hydrogen City, to explore how our automation, electrification and digital technology can support and scale this ambitious green hydrogen production facility,” said Brandon Spencer, President of ABB Energy Industries. “Together, we will enable efforts to decarbonize global industry and progress towards a net-zero future.”

The global green ammonia market, valued at $0.3 billion in 2023, is set to reach $17.9 billion in 2030, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 72.9 percent. Ammonia has the potential to support decarbonization efforts as part of the energy transition through its use as an alternative fuel for heavy transport such as shipping, as well as its current major use in fertilizer production.

“GHI is honored to be partnering with ABB on our Hydrogen City project,” says Brian Maxwell, CEO of GHI. “Their top-notch expertise in power systems architecture, automation, electrical and digital systems provides enormous advantages for this complex project and supports our goal of producing the lowest-cost green hydrogen in South Texas.”

Construction is planned to start in 2026 with first production expected in 2030. Hydrogen City is being designed as a phased project, with plans to add additional trains of production as the market for green hydrogen develops.

@ABB_Energy @ABBgroupnews @ABBMeasurement @abb_automation @admiralpr #greenhydrogen #PAuto

Tuesday 19 March 2024

Safety and automation systems for energy leader.

Origo Solutions has been awarded a new framework agreement by Equinor for the delivery of Safety and Automation Systems as well as related engineering and services. The multi-year agreement is effective from January 2024 and regulates deliveries of safety-critical solutions onshore and offshore, as well as deliveries of automation solutions with associated electrical and instrument scope.

"This provides fresh confirmation that Origo Solutions is considered as an important long-term supplier for Equinor. It consolidates our position as a significant supplier to Equinor for Safety and Automation Systems. We have established a large installed base of our products and services over many years and see growing interest in our expertise on both onshore facilities and offshore platforms," says Bjørn-Tore Lenes, CEO of Origo Solutions.

Origo Solutions is part of HIMA Group since February*. Jörg de la Motte, CEO of HIMA Group commented: "This agreement confirms that Origo’s solutions are world class, and we are proud to contribute to the safety of people and the environment on many of the Equinor assets, both onshore and offshore."

The agreement gives Origo Solutions a solid platform to continue investing in the future. During the agreement period a turnover of at least one billion Norwegian kroner is expected.

"Our employees do a fantastic job of completing the projects in a quality way and on time, with minimal customer involvement. When we have finished delivering a project, the customer can be sure that everything works and is documented correctly," says Rune Reinertsen, Director of Sales and Marketing at Origo Solutions.

* Expansion of process safety in Scandinavia. (5/2/2024)
@Equinor #HIMA #Origo #PAuto #Safety #Norway

Characterising gas detecting light source.

One of the most effective tools in the fight against air pollution and carbon emissions is the technique of gas absorption spectrometry. Used to detect gases such as carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2)and nitrogen oxide (NO), the technique is widely used in factories and processing plants, including semiconductor fabrication plants.

Gas absorption spectrometry takes advantage of the optical properties of gases in the Mid Wavelength Infra-Red (MWIR) wavelength band. Many gases of interest absorb light at a specific wavelength, with tuned lasers being a common light source – when compared to a reference medium, a gas of interest will absorb some of the laser light, and the detected optical power of the source will be reduced.

The value of the absorption peak allows the accurate detection and identification of a specific gas.

MicroPhotons, based in Shanghai (CN), is a distributor of optical products as well as supporting its customers in the development of optical technology applications such as spectrometry and gas analysis and detection. The company was approached by a customer to help it with a project that called for accurate measurement of optical systems in the MWIR portion of the spectrum.

The challenge for MicroPhotons was that existing technologies for detecting gas absorption rates require the use of liquid nitrogen to cool the emitters. MicroPhotons planned to replace the super-cooled emitters with a super-continuum light source, allowing gas absorption measurements to be performed at room temperature.

Although more convenient and saving a large amount of test time, this approach requires very high measurement accuracy in the optical spectrum analyzer (OSA) used to characterize the light source. The gases to be monitored had absorption peaks at wavelengths across the whole MWIR spectrum, from 1.9 to 5.5 μm - most OSAs are designed for use in telecoms systems, which only require measurement of wavelengths up to 1.7 μm.

MicroPhotons was looking for a single instrument that could cover the entire MWIR spectrum. This could dramatically reduce test time and effort, avoiding the need to set up and calibrate more than one measurement instrument when testing equipment for the detection of gases with different absorption peaks. They chose the AQ6377 OSA from Yokogawa to meet its customer’s needs. Across the 1.9 to 5.5 μm range, the AQ6377 is the only OSA capable of analyzing the entire wavelength spectrum.

The AQ6377 is the latest version of the Yokogawa AQ6300 series of OSAs. The world’s first OSA offering side mode analysis of MWIR lasers, it offers extended wavelength coverage into the MWIR region from 1.9 to 5.5 μm. Its long wavelength range makes the AQ6377 ideal for environmental sensing and medical applications.

The device also achieves wavelength measurement accuracy of ±0.5 nm and provides a close-in dynamic range of 50 dB, thanks to the sharp spectral characteristics of the AQ6377’s monochromator. This means that signals in close proximity can be clearly separated and accurately measured.

According to Mr Wang, CEO of MicroPhotons, the AQ6377 OSA has provided outstandingly accurate measurement of the emissions of both tunable lasers and the super-continuum light source. This accuracy was proved by a measurement exercise performed after characterization of the super-continuum light source using the AQ6377. Mr Wang says that MicroPhotons ran measurements of the absorption of emissions from the characterized super-continuum light source. ‘We measured the absorption spectra of a range of gases including C2H2, C3H6, C2H8, and NH3.

‘The measurement results very closely tracked the data provided by the SpectraPlot online tool, which provides a reference for the optical characteristics of gases. This gave us great confidence that the measurement output from the AQ6377, on the basis of which we characterized the light source, is extremely accurate and repeatable over its very broad measurement bandwidth.’

@Yokogawa, @Yokogawa_EU, @Yokogawa_Europe @NapierPR #Automation #TandM

Industrial-grade computers provide scalability and cost savings.  

Deliver Powerful Performance to Satisfy Evolving Automation Requirements.

Industrial automation continues to evolve, ushering in the necessity for more powerful yet cost-effective computers equipped with flexible interface options to accommodate control system expansion and scalability. Moxa meets those needs with its new BXP-C100 Series of box-type form factor computers. Driven by Tiger Lake 11th Gen Intel® Celeron® or Intel® Core™ i5, or i7 processors, Moxa BXP-C100 Series computers offer exceptional performance capabilities tailored for managing automation workloads, AI applications, robotics, and edge computing tasks with efficiency and reliability.

Like all Moxa network solutions, BXP-C100 Series computers are engineered to provide seamless connectivity with multiple IoT peripherals. Interface options include up to 10 software-selectable RS-232/422/485 serial ports, 10 gigabit Ethernet ports, 4 digital inputs, and 4 digital outputs, along with dual-storage CFast and SD slots supporting high-capacity memory requirements. The strategically located I/O ports, both on the front and rear sides, ensure streamlined access for technicians, enhancing operational efficiency. BXP-C100 Series computers also incorporate USB, HDMI, and VGA ports to facilitate video monitor connections. Plus, several models within the BXP-C100 Series integrate Intel Iris® Xe graphics, delivering up to 2.95 times faster graphics performance, elevating visual experiences, and enhancing productivity.

Despite their compact footprint, Moxa BXP-C100 computers deliver maximum durability in harsh working conditions. Reliability, longevity, and energy efficiency are all increased by a sophisticated heat transfer system that safely distributes heat from the interior and allows for a fanless design in a temperature tolerance range of -30° to 60° C (-22° to 140° F). The computer's IP20-rated, all-metal housing features a unique fastening cover over the battery slot that ensures stability and a secure fit even under extreme vibration. In addition, the built-in TPM 2.0 module enhances platform security against unauthorized access.

Industrial automation technicians can meet their IT and OT needs seamlessly with the intelligent computing solutions offered by the BXP-C100 Series. Moxa's new line of x86-based industrial computers delivers a perfect blend of performance and responsiveness, empowering operators and users to run multiple workloads, including AI and deep learning applications, on a single platform. To satisfy specific needs, Moxa offers its BXP-C100 computers in fifteen different pre-configured and ready-to-ship models, each meticulously engineered to excel in diverse automation environments.

@Moxa_Europe @OConnellPR #PAuto #Energy #AI

Acoustic particle monitor.

Monitor entrained sand in real-time, providing data essential to improving well throughput, safety, and uptime.

The Rosemount™ SAM42 Acoustic Particle Monitor for measuring the amount of entrained sand in the output from oil and gas wells has been announced by Emerson. The monitor can detect extremely low concentrations of entrained sand in challenging conditions with a high level of measurement repeatability and sensitivity. Accurate real-time data helps minimize erosion risk, allowing producers to maximize throughput without compromising asset safety. An all-in-one design features onboard data processing, explosion-proof protection, and simple installation with no pipe penetration needed.

The output from oil and gas wells often contains varying amounts of entrained sand that can pose a serious erosion risk and lead to equipment damage, loss of containment, environmental risk, costly repairs, curtailed production, and reduced profits. Effective sand management depends on knowing the amount of entrained sand flowing through the topside piping infrastructure in real time.

Many facilities rely on “grab-samples” to characterize and quantify the entrained sand, which only measures the entrained sand for that one moment in time. This method is ineffective as sand production can fluctuate significantly, posing safety risks to personnel and equipment through delayed decision making. Failure to act quickly exposes assets to excessive erosion, increasing maintenance expenses and the risk of unexpected shutdowns.

The Rosemount SAM42 Acoustic Particle Monitor addresses these issues by sending critical data instantly to staff onsite and to asset management systems via a Modbus® RTU RS485 digital wired connection, where it is used to adjust production flows as needed. A compact and non-intrusive design makes the device easy to install without pipe modifications, simplifying field deployment and reducing maintenance costs.

The Rosemount SAM42 is available in two versions that are designed to accommodate pipe surface temperatures between -40 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 Celsius) and 554 F (290 C), making it suitable for oil and gas applications and geothermal energy production. It can be mounted on pipes with diameters between 2-48 inches and is rated for use in hazardous areas with Ex d (Flameproof) approvals, including ATEX, IECEx, USA, and Canada; and Ex i (Intrinsic Safety) approvals, including ATEX, IECEx.

@EmersonExchange @Emerson_News @EMR_Automation @futuresagency @HHC_Lewis #PAuto #Oil #Gas