Friday 28 June 2024

International distributor incentive scheme launched.

As a specialist manufacturer of gas analysis equipment, Signal relies on distributors to service its customers around the world. Managing Director James Clements says: “In recent years, we have expanded our number of global partners, and we are keen to ensure that we help them in every way possible. Equally, they need to be pro-active in their local markets, so we created an ‘Authorised Distributor Scheme’ to give them the tools that they need, and to incentivise positive action.”

Those distributors that sign up for the scheme will become eligible for a range of benefits, some of which are dependent on performance. For example, over a 12-month period each distributor will be assessed and graded into one of three categories: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Those achieving the Gold level will receive a 3% (of annual sales) credit on their account, with those in the Silver level receiving 2% and Bronze 1%.

The distributor evaluation criteria will include: training, either in Britain or in webinars; audits focusing on People, Processes, and Product representation; engagement with customers; commitment to the Signal Group brand, and of course sales.

By joining the scheme Signal’s distributors will unlock a suite of benefits designed to accelerate growth and improve the levels of service in their domestic markets. Enrolled distributors will be listed on the Signal Group website, and be provided with access to regular training webinars, marketing collateral, and priority in service, sales and marketing support.

Summarising the scheme, Signal’s Simon Corrigan says: “The ultimate goal is to deliver the best possible products and services to our global customers. To achieve that we need to ensure that our distributor staff are highly trained and equipped with the latest information on our gas analysis equipment. This will give them confidence to be pro-active in the market and to be able to respond quickly and effectively to customer needs.”

@GasAnalysers @_Enviro_News #PAuto #Marketing

Sensors for pneumatic applications.

Compact pneumatic applications require space-saving pressure sensors.

Analog Microelectronics GmbH has expanded its AMS 6915 pressure sensor series with I2C output by a new package variant with metal pressure port. The new sensors are available for relative pressure measurements in several pressure ranges from 0 ... 1 bar up to 0 ... 16 bar. Other pressure ranges are available on request. Due to the special design, these sensors have an increased media compatibility and can be used with gases and non-corrosive liquids.

All new sensors in the AMS 6915 series come in a board mountable DIL-8 package. They are digitally calibrated, linearized and temperature compensated over a temperature range of 0 ... 60 °C, resulting in a low total error band of TEB < 0.5 %FSO over the entire compensated temperature range. The pressure data of the AMS 6915 have a resolution of 14 bit and can be read out via the integrated I2C interface. In addition, the sensors provide temperature data with 11-bit resolution. The AMS 6915 sensors are available for 3.3 V or 5 V supply.

For quick and easy evaluation, Analog Microelectronics offers a USB starter kit for the AMS 6915. The starter kit also allows the programming of an individual I2C address, which is necessary to operate several AMS 6915 on the same I2C bus.

@AnalogMicro @PresseBox #PAuto

Detect and locate methane leaks.

Delivering 24/7 Coverage of Methane Production, Transmission and Storage Infrastructure

ADGiLE is a fixed-mounted methane monitoring solution just unveiled by FLIR. Featuring optical gas imaging (OGI) with comprehensive edge detection analytics, ADGiLE is the oil and gas industry’s solution to meeting environmental stewardship and efficiency goals. The system, featuring a pan-tilt gas imaging camera, edge computing device, connectivity, and FLIR United VMS software within a ruggedized package, can help companies address the ever-evolving requirements for reducing methane gas leaks within oil and gas production, transmission, and storage infrastructure.

Designed for wide-scale site video monitoring and continuous leak detection applied to storage tanks, compressors, separators and many other equipment in the oil and gas industry, ADGiLE offers an industry-first, end-to-end fixed methane detection solution that leverages FLIR’s uncooled GF77a OGI technology, and is consequential to industry demands concerning methane mitigation.

This pairs the GF77a with platform analytics processed at the edge to detect emissions through automatic early detection, quickly pinpointing the leak source. It provides the critical situational awareness on the emission event that isn’t possible with other methane detection technologies, such as satellite and aerial-based detection methods. Data is displayed via the FLIR United VMS software back at the control room, which can be configured with custom alerts, areas of interest, and pre-set imaging pathways for a truly automated experience.

The solution primarily focuses on midstream and high-concentration methane upstream applications. It works to detect and prevent high volume emission events, compared to the company's existing cooled handheld OGI technology, leveraging their edge detection analytics built upon decades of detection data and experience to deliver consistent, accurate results. The system increases both site efficiency and safety, as it operates equally well during the day and in total darkness at safe distances, pending atmospheric and site conditions.

“The industry knows FLIR as the world leader in handheld OGI detection, and now they can access lower cost technology via a completely automated, fixed solution with ADGiLE, featuring everything they need out of the box to quickly pinpoint and then fix large methane leaks,” said Craig O’Neill, Business Development Director, FLIR. “ADGiLE is purpose-built for mid- and upstream methane operations to deliver game-changing results to achieve methane mitigation demands along with internal emission reduction goals. This makes ADGiLE a market leading solution for well site operators, compressor stations, and storage facilities that must invest in methane detection and monitoring technologies.”

FLIR ADGiLE uniquely meets the most serious methane leak detection challenges while providing operational insight to understand emissions that are a part of routine industry processes versus fugitive emission events. The system can also help prevent false readings, saving time and resources by avoiding the need to manually investigate and confirm specific leaks. At the same time, it can still detect intermittent leaks that happen and are too often missed by deployed aerial detection technologies using a wider temporal frequency. It can generate situational awareness that addresses the full range of challenges stemming from various methane emission scenarios.

@flir @mepaxIntPR  #PAuto

Thursday 27 June 2024

Communicating sustainability.

Schneider Electric has been honoured with the 10,000,000th Anybus Module award by HMS Networks. The award ceremony took place at the Schneider Electric headquarters in Paris. Present at the ceremony were Magnus Jansson, Product Marketing Director at HMS Networks, Jean-Louis Guillou, VP Drives at Schneider Electric, and Peter Greenfort, Strategic Account Manager at HMS Networks (see pic)

By integrating Anybus network connectivity interfaces into its line of variable speed drives, Schneider Electric empowers its customers with a diverse range of drives that can be fine-tuned for both performance and energy efficiency. This dual benefit not only enhances customer operation performance but also contributes to a greener planet.

Sustainability lies at the heart of Schneider Electric’s mission. The company employs multifaceted strategies to promote a sustainable world. One key approach involves assisting customers in reducing energy consumption while maximizing the impact of the energy they use. As a trailblazer in the transition to a cleaner and more equitable industry, Schneider Electric’s significant contributions to carbon emissions reduction are publicly disclosed every quarter.

Jean-Louis Guillou, VP Drives - Industrial Control & Drives, highlights the remarkable impact of Variable Speed Drive. Currently, 42% of the total avoided carbon emissions in the Schneider Electric carbon emission report can be attributed to Variable Speed Drives and the more efficient utilization of electrical motors—an achievement that Jean-Louis describes as “absolutely fantastic.”

He observes that the trends in drives align with broader industry shifts. Intelligence is increasingly embedded in products, and with each new drive generation, processing power doubles—a deliberate effort to improve monitoring and control to further improve overall efficiency. To achieve optimal motor performance, continuous monitoring and adjustment are crucial. This necessitates smart automation equipment that can be intelligently controlled. In certain industries, up to 50% of total energy consumption is attributed to electrical motors. By employing smart drives to regulate these motors, energy consumption can be reduced by up to 20%..

Schneider Electric and HMS Networks have maintained a strategic partnership for two decades. During this time, HMS Networks has been instrumental in developing network connectivity solutions for Schneider Electric’s popular variable speed drives, enabling seamless connectivity to industrial control networks. These networks span various protocols, including PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, Modbus TCP, and more. The collaboration between Schneider and HMS Networks has been essential in achieving a solution for supporting multiple industrial communication protocols.

Connectivity: A Vital Requirement for Efficiency and Sustainability
As the world moves toward greater efficiency and sustainability, digitalization is becoming ubiquitous. Connectivity is no longer a luxury—it’s a necessity. In the future, everything will be interconnected. Schneider Electric and HMS Networks share a vision of continued collaboration to drive this transformation forward. Jean-Louis Guillou sums it up: “Digitalization is happening all around us. Connectivity isn’t just nice to have; it’s an essential requirement. Let’s continue working together to shape a connected and sustainable future.” 
@hmsnetworks @SchneiderElec @mepaxIntPR #PAuto

Batteries and humidity!

The climate crisis is driving demand for the electrification of transportation and energy infrastructure, which in turn is accelerating the need for more powerful and safer rechargeable batteries, including li-ion, sodium-ion, and solid-state. However, one of the key issues affecting battery quality is accurate humidity monitoring and dry control during manufacture, and in the following article, Antti Viitanen from the measurement technology company Vaisala, explains why.

The importance of humidity.
Battery manufacture is a delicate process performed in a highly controlled, ultra-low humidity environment. Stable, accurate, fast-response dew point probes are therefore an essential component of control systems that help improve safety, yields and energy efficiency.

The midstream stage of battery manufacturing involves electrode production, cell assembly, and cell finalization. It is during these steps – in dry rooms, dry booths, and glove boxes – that humidity control is especially important to prevent unwanted reactions. These include lithium forming lithium hydroxide and hydrogen gas, lithium salt forming hydrogen fluoride (HF), and electrolyte generating corrosive byproducts. Efficient and effective drying ensures:

  • protection of people and materials, because the chemicals used are sensitive to moisture and present an explosion risk if exposed to elevated moisture levels
  • yield maximization whilst maintaining product quality, because excessive moisture negatively impacts the quality and therefore the lifetime of batteries
  • energy optimization by maintaining dry room ambient dryness at optimal levels. This avoids over-drying and under-drying, both of which are extremely costly

Dew point measurement in solid state battery manufacturing.
The ambient dew point temperature in dry rooms is typically maintained within the range from -30°C to -40 °C, and these low humidity levels are controlled by high-end dryers. This is one of the most energy-intensive parts of the battery manufacturing process, so minimizing over-drying is key to the plant’s overall energy efficiency.

The dew point sensors in the dryer need to be highly responsive to control the dryer quickly and accurately, but it is important to note that sensor accuracy is not the only factor affecting drying efficiency. A probe with a fast response time, and without the complex internal measurement control loops of some analyzers, makes all the difference in dryer and overall dry room control. The volume of air being dried and pushed through the process is very large, so energy consumption can easily skyrocket if the drying process is not optimized.

Newer technologies such as all solid-state batteries may require drier conditions with the dew point temperature as low as -80 °C in individual processing steps. Typically, these steps are performed inside dry booths or glove boxes because it is not usually economically viable to dry the whole dry room to the same extremely low dew point level. Humidity levels in dry booths and glove boxes are therefore monitored at critical points.

Today, the most used measurement device for dryer monitoring and control is a dew point sensor based on thin-film polymer technology. Previous instrumentation suffered from drift, especially at low humidity levels, but the development of Vaisala’s DRYCAP® technology has enabled accurate, stable, and fast-response dew point measurement with minimum drift.

Maintaining accuracy in dew point sensors.
Battery manufacturers use large numbers of sensors throughout their processes to measure, monitor and control humidity levels. The cost of these sensors is negligible in comparison with the value of the assets and products that they protect. Nevertheless, it is vitally important that sensors are accurate and stable in the long-term, so it is important to select the right sensors, and to implement an effective program of calibration checks.

A key factor in choosing dew point sensors is the availability of proven reliability. This means that the providers of sensors should be able to demonstrate long-term accuracy and stability over many years, and in a wide variety of changing environments.

All sensors may deliver measurement results outside of acceptable limits for a number of reasons that may not be immediately apparent. The most important function of calibration is therefore to check results against a known standard. However, all measurement devices drift over time to a greater or lesser degree, so ensuring these sensors are properly calibrated at appropriate intervals is essential if their readings are to be reliable in the long term.

The dew point sensors used in the midstream processes of battery production are sensitive and highly accurate instruments, but calibration is necessary for more than just the avoidance of drift. For example, the accuracy of sensors can be compromised by physical damage or other environmental factors.

Calibration programs for dew point sensors.
A variety of calibration options exist for dew point sensors at battery manufacturing facilities. Handheld devices are available for quick and convenient spot-checking and on-site calibration. The advantage of this method is that probes do not need to be removed from the process and downtime can be kept to a minimum. In addition, some devices, such as Vaisala’s Indigo80, can be used as a reference probe and sent for factory calibration complete with a certificate for full calibration traceability.

Some sensor manufacturers operate accredited service centres to which swapped-out sensors can be sent for routine calibration checks. Alternatively, many battery manufacturers find it more convenient and economical to contract their sensor supplier to provide a fixed price calibration program.

The purpose of this article is to highlight the potentially serious implications of failing to implement an effective humidity measurement program in battery manufacturing plants. Dew point sensors perform a critically important role, so it is vitally important to install the right sensors and to ensure that they deliver stable, long-term accuracy and reliability. To achieve this, no matter which sensor is deployed, an effective calibration routine is essential for the efficient, sustainable operation of the plant; protecting safety, energy efficiency and battery product quality.

@VaisalaGroup@_Enviro_News #PAuto

Wednesday 26 June 2024

Battery system for data centre power management.

Energy solutions for enhanced operations.

The launch of Delta's latest innovation, the UZR Gen3 Series UPS Li-ion Battery System has been announced. Designed specifically for the data centre industry, this state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery rack solution is engineered for unmatched safety, reliability, and total cost of ownership (TCO) reduction. The UZR Gen3 Series represents a significant leap forward in critical power management, offering seamless integration with existing Delta solutions, including electrical power equipment, cooling systems, and other essential electrical hardware.

Commenting on the introduction of the UZR Gen3 Series, James Chen, General Manager of Energy Storage Product Business Development, Delta Electronics Inc., stated: “With the introduction of the UZR Gen3 Series, Delta now offers its data centre customers a complete integrated solution, that is comprised of its own branded lithium battery, electrical power equipment, cooling systems, UPS and other electrical hardware equipment. The introduction of the UZR Gen3 Series complements these existing solutions. Customers can now choose a Lithium-ion battery that benefits from the engineering knowledge and global support that is associated with the Delta brand.”

UZR Gen3 Series users also benefit from:
• Advanced safety and optimised reliability:
The UZR Gen3 has been engineered to provide optimised operational safety. It has finished UL9540A testing with no fire observed nor propagation occurring. No dangerous gasses are emitted under normal operation, and it conforms to a comprehensive array of international safety standards, including UL1973, IEC62619 and IEC60730. They confirm that the UZR Gen3 offers safety-oriented design in both its hardware and BMS integration. With durability of up to 2-3 times that of similar solutions, the UZR Gen3 Series is a reliable, long-term investment that matches the replacement cycle of other core IT infrastructure solutions. It also delivers a service life of up to 10 years operation, ensuring it is dependable and worry-free.

• Economic benefits:
With its smaller footprint, long service life and high energy efficiency, the UZR Gen3 Series delivers significantly reduced customer capital investment and operation expenses. Furthermore, with less self-discharge and heat dissipation, the UZR Gen3 Series helps save OPEX, and its long service life makes budgeting and IT investment planning easier.

• Usability and efficiency:
Enclosed in a Standard 19” rack cabinet, the robust battery cabinet offers top cable entry and front access, making maintenance easy. A third of the size of alternative UPS solutions, the UZR Gen3 Series’ excellent space management enables convenient placement against a wall, optimising floor space use. It is 45% lighter than a VRLA battery, which further simplifies installation and upkeep. Despite its compact size, performance has not been compromised; the UZR Gen3 Series delivers the highest power density battery system for a data centre UPS. It delivers up to 470kW output with rated energy of 62.1kWh. It also charges up to ten times faster for improved charge times (2C vs. 0.2C).

The UZR Gen3 Series offers data centres a powerful tool for boosting efficiency and reliability while substantially lowering costs. Its innovative design and integration capabilities make it a vital component in modernizing power management infrastructures.

@DeltaEMEA @mepaxIntPR #PAuto #PSU

Tuesday 25 June 2024

Connector design trends, tradeoffs and emerging technologies.

Uniting ruggedization and miniaturization in connector design.

A report that explores the ever-increasing role of ruggedized, miniaturized interconnect solutions in unlocking new possibilities for electronic device innovation across a growing swath of industries has been published by Molex. The report, entitled “Breaking Boundaries: Uniting Ruggedization and Miniaturization in Connector Design,” looks at the trends, tradeoffs and enabling technologies that remove roadblocks while helping shape the future of electronics.

“Increasing demand for electronics in new vehicle platforms has intensified the need for smaller and rugged interconnects designed to withstand the harshest environments,” said Carrieanne Piccard, VP and GM, Transportation Innovative Solutions, Molex. “As a result, the ruggedization of miniaturized connectors has emerged as an overarching design principle, requiring a holistic approach across the entire lifecycle of components to achieve optimal product reliability, performance and longevity.”

Critical connectivity enablers.
In this industry report, Molex defines miniature connectors as having a pitch of 2.54mm or less while ruggedness refers to features for withstanding the harshest environments and mechanical stresses. The convergence of interconnect ruggedization and miniaturization has enabled major innovations in the automotive industry, especially in supporting electric vehicles (EVs) and zonal architectures. Now the trend is permeating other industries, including consumer electronics (e.g., fitness trackers, smartwatches and smart home devices); industrial automation (e.g., industrial robots, touchscreens and sensors); as well as medical devices (e.g., endoscopes, insulin pumps and wearable health monitors).

Growing adoption of compact, durable connectors is gaining traction in other application areas, such as smart agriculture. Vertical farming systems with dense sensor and lighting installations require space-efficient connectors that work in wet, humid environments without interruption. Smaller, lighter and rugged connectors found in agricultural drones or “flying tractors” also must be protected against extreme temperature and excessive vibration, along with exposure to moisture, dust and corrosive chemicals.

Pushing design boundaries.
Molex’s new report explores best practices for clearing major design and manufacturing roadblocks to facilitate the design of increasingly smaller, lighter and more reliable connectors. Aluminum alloys and specialized, high-strength steel, as well as high-performance polymers, offer exceptional durability and lightweight construction. Processing these materials into complex connector geometries, however, often calls for specialized techniques, ranging from micro-molding and high-precision machining to laser welding or selective plating.

In addition, dense pitch layouts enable higher-contact density to accommodate smaller device footprints, but they require high-precision manufacturing and assembly. Increased risk of crosstalk and ineffective heat dissipation also can occur. To mitigate these issues, engineers can rely on advanced signal routing techniques, shielding and isolation methods, along with advanced thermal management strategies like heat sinks or thermal vias. Molex DuraClik Connectors feature housings made from high-temperature PBT material and secure terminal retention to withstand extreme automotive environments.

Multi-Functional Terminals (MFTs) represent a significant leap forward in miniaturized connector technology by integrating multiple functionalities — power, signal and even mechanical features, like locking mechanisms, into a single compact connector. Molex’s new report also investigates top environmental factors that can compromise component reliability while offering strategies and solutions to ensure optimal connector performance in harsh conditions. Strain relief features and contact design help optimize connector performance despite constant exposure to the stresses of vibration, shock and repeated mating cycles.

At Molex’s Global Reliability Lab, engineers simulate real-world vibration, temperature cycling and exposure to harsh chemicals. Molex Micro-Lock Plus Connectors address vibration challenges with a positive locking mechanism to ensure secure mating while averting accidental uncoupling in high-vibration environments. The connector's metal solder tabs provide added strain relief to solder joints for enhanced resistance to mechanical stress and vibration.

Since even a single drop of water or speck of dust can create corrosion, shorts, and ultimately, device failure, ingress protection is essential. Molex’s Squba Connectors feature IP68-rated seals certified as resistant to nearly five feet of water for 30 minutes. These compact connectors optimize power delivery in one of the smallest, most durable form factors available.

As devices continue to shrink in size yet grow in functionality, Molex engineers are pushing the design boundaries of miniaturization and ruggedization to solve real-world business problems and exceed customer expectations.

@MolexConnectors @NapierPR #Automotive #PAuto

Drives for Texas!

At the end of May, NORD Drivesystems celebrated the opening of its new factory in McKinney (TX USA)*. This is the fourth US site for the complete supplier of drive technology. Nord will offer pre-sales, warehouse, assembly and aftermarket services in the Southern region of the USA from this new site. NORD will primarily supply its motors, gear units and frequency inverters to customers from logistics, food, electronics or mechanical engineering industries. It will thus complement the other sites in supporting customers throughout the entire United States.

NORD opens factory in Texas
The McKinney site is located northeast of Dallas. Capacities for assembly, service and customer experience are located on an area of 7,900 square metres. Immediately after the completion of the first construction phase in June 2023, the manufacturing of unpainted gear units started. During the second construction phase, further assembly areas were added, so that the factory now features ten assembly cells. With the completion of the last construction phase, the site got a painting system with which gear units can now undergo different surface treatments. In the future, up to 200 units will be completed per shift.

Building a close relationship to the McKinney community.
Apart from the NORD Managing Directors Ullrich Küchenmeister and Gernot Zarp from the headquarters in Bargteheide, many representatives of industry associations, customers, suppliers and politics had come to celebrate the opening. Among them was Congressman Keith Self. During the following “open house”, the guests got to know the new factory first-hand, and learned how NORD offers appropriate drive solutions and service close to the customer. 

“With the new factory, we will be able to keep our customer promise and continue to offer very short delivery times”, says Torsten Schultz, president of NORD USA. “The city welcomed us with open arms, and we look forward to build a close relationship to the community.”

Worldwide presence ensures better focus on the customer.
Customer proximity is essential for NORD DRIVESYSTEMS. With its global network, the drive specialist is represented in more than 80 countries. With this, NORD offers short delivery times, competent advice and rapid on-site service to its customers. Our own production and assembly facilities as well as our service centres in all key industrial nations ensure smooth collaboration on site and a better focus on the customer.

*Texas is considered one of the current booming regions in the USA. With a gross domestic product of about 2.6 trillion US dollars (2023, Statista), the State ranks among the top 10 national economies. Funded by investment-friendly politics, many companies from national and international traditional and future-oriented industries currently locate here.

@NORD_Drive @mepaxIntPR #PAuto #Drives

Monday 24 June 2024

New dosing system.

DataPhysics Instruments and the start-up droptical from Nuremberg *D) are bringing the FlexDrop dosing system to market. The FlexDrop dosing system is compatible with all contact angle meters of the OCA series and can dose tiny drops in the picolitre and nanolitre range. The two companies are thus setting new standards for contact angle and 1-click surface energy measurements, especially on very small surface areas.

The start-up droptical, which develops drop dispensers and camera technology in miniature format, and the measuring device manufacturer DataPhysics Instruments are jointly setting new standards in liquid dispensing for surface science applications. With the FlexDrop, an innovative dosing system has been developed for the contact angle meters of the OCA series from DataPhysics, which can dispense particularly tiny drops on smallest surface areas.

The contact angle measuring devices in the OCA series are high-precision systems for characterising interfaces and surfaces. They combine high-quality optics, pinpoint dosing, and precise sample positioning to create high-performance, reliable measuring systems. The FlexDrop dosing system expands the possibilities of liquid dosing for contact angle and surface energy measurements.

Measurement on the smallest surface areas possible.
The innovative piezo dosing technology of the FlexDrop dosing system and its precise drop control make it possible to position drops on smallest surface areas. The FlexDrop dosing system can reproducibly dispense drops with minimal volumes, in the picolitre and nanolitre range, and with pinpoint accuracy. For the first time, users can carry out measurements on two drops which have a distance of just two millimetres, without having to reposition the dosing unit. Such close positioning of droplets was not possible with previous dosing systems as a one-click measurement. This way, the smallest surface areas can be analysed quickly and precisely – on electronic components as well as on curved or structured surfaces.

The simultaneous dosing of two drops with minimal spacing is particularly advantageous for determining the surface energy of solid surfaces, for which at least two test liquids are required. With contact angle meters from the OCA series, equipped with a FlexDrop dosing system, it is possible to measure the surface energy with just one click.

Outstanding user-friendliness: easy cleaning and quick cartridge change.
The small droplet size makes cleaning the sample particularly easy, as the droplets evaporate from the surface. This is a particular advantage if the measurement is part of the quality control of components, which are subsequently used further.

The FlexDrop dosing system is equipped with interchangeable cartridges for the test liquids. Users can change the cartridges in a few simple steps; cleaning is not necessary. The use of individual cartridges for different liquids also eliminates the risk of cross-contamination.

Standing at back:Dr Sebastian Schaubach and Nils Langer Managing Directors of DataPhysics Instruments ans seated from left: Daniel Föste, Jonas Heelein and Matthias Leininger, the founders of droptical.

Successful collaboration between droptical and DataPhysics Instruments.
    With FlexDrop, droptical and DataPhysics Instruments have realised the first joint product ready for series production. “During development, the focus was on ensuring that the dosed drop volumes can be generated reproducibly. This enables users to achieve extremely precise dosing, especially for particularly small droplets,” says Matthias Leininger, co-founder of droptical, and continues: “In collaboration with DataPhysics Instruments, we were able to develop the prototype of our droplet generator into a market-ready product.”

    Dr Sebastian Schaubach, Managing Director of DataPhysics Instruments, adds: “We are delighted that, together with droptical, we have achieved this breakthrough in the development of dosing systems for contact angle measurements. We believe that we can offer our customers a tangible advantage over other systems with the FlexDrop dosing system. This concerns both the reduction of sample cleaning processes after the measurement and the 1-click measurement of the surface energy.” 

FlexDrop allows extremely accurate measurements on the smallest surface areas with reproducible drop volumes in the picolitre and nanolitre range. The superior technology makes FlexDrop a valuable tool for laboratories, research institutes and development departments.

@PresseBox #DataPhysics #droptica. #PAuto

Pneumatic auto-retraction system.

A retraction system for thermal imagers has been launched by Ametek. This will safeguard the instrument and preventing overheating or damage in the event of loss of power, purge flow loss or cooling. It complements the thermal imager range, adding another level of safety and damage prevention.

Their Land Pneumatic Auto-Retraction System (LPAR) is ideal for a wide range of furnaces and other applications due to its seamless integration with both water-cooled and air-cooled furnace camera systems.

Developed for use with the NIR-B-656, NIR-B-2K, NIR-B-640 and the MWIR-B-640, the LPAR is supplied as part of a complete furnace camera systems or as an upgrade to existing systems.

Manfred Hayk, Head of Product Management at AMETEK Land, said “The LPAR is a highly engineered system, operating reliably 24/7 in the most challenging industrial environments. It’s the preferred system of choice for all applications as it operates using pressured air and electricity alone.”

The LPAR system will remove the instrument from the process if air pressure to the cylinder is lost, the cooling or purge flow drops below requirements or exceeds media temperature limits. It will also activate if the NIR-B lens system temperature reaches its alarm level, mains power is lost or the camera temperature exceeds the limit (NIR-B 656 & NIR-B 2K only).

Ametek Land has developed a range of thermal camera systems with advanced spectral responses and temperature ranges from 300 to 2000 °C (572 to 3632 °F). These systems can be equipped with either water cooling and air purging or air cooling and air purging, tailored to suit specific application requirements.

@landinst @codacomms #PAuto

The Power of Quantum Computing.

Production facilities can achieve greater throughput, product quality, and cost-efficiency than ever before through a flexible manufacturing approach.

The newest issue of Mouser's Methods technology and solutions journal explores Engineering the Quantum Future. The first issue of volume five offers a collection of articles that explore quantum computing and the seemingly limitless potential it holds.

Quantum computing uses specialized technology, including computer hardware and algorithms that take advantage of quantum mechanics, to solve complex problems that standard computers or even supercomputers can't solve, very quickly. This issue, available with a free subscription, offers a series of perspectives on the pros and cons surrounding quantum, as well as their implications for a variety of industries and applications.

"Quantum computing is on track to be one of the world's most groundbreaking advancements, and its deployment could redefine our technological future," said Kevin Hess, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Mouser Electronics. "Our newest issue of Methods helps readers to understand the changes that quantum computing will bring through the help of added context and deep insights provided by some of the industry's leading experts."

Engineering the Quantum Future features multiple articles on the technological advances and engineering challenges of quantum, including the myriad ethical dilemmas that face developers in this field. The issue also includes a detailed infographic and information about select Amphenol products available from Mouser Electronics.

@MouserElecEU @TechWireIntl #PAuto #Computing

Digital transformation in factory automation.

Moxa is now an official partner in the Mitsubishi Electric e-Factory Alliance Program, an ecosystem of best-in-class digital leaders committed to transforming the factory automation space. By serving as a third-party reference program for its members' products, the e-Factory Alliance Program enables customers to choose the best options for handling their automation-related challenges. The Alliance tests the hardware and software of its more than 450 members with Mitsubishi Electric FA equipment to guarantee compatibility.

Jack Lin, Global Project Lead of Moxa’s TSN initiative, said: “By working together with other e-Factory Alliance Program members, Moxa aims to promote innovation and excellence in application areas including time-sensitive networking, cybersecurity, and industrial computing that will bring unprecedented levels of efficiency to industrial automation.”

The e-Factory Alliance Program offers complementary products from member companies to increase productivity from the device to the business system level. For Mitsubishi customers, that means ready access to Moxa’s broad range of compatible network infrastructure solutions including switches, routers, x86 and ARM-based computers, IIoT gateways, servers, and automation-friendly software for the secure, high visibility management of industrial networks.

One of the key areas of automation where Moxa has proven itself a leader is Time-sensitive Networking (TSN). This deterministic technology synchronizes critical data to enable real-time communication and network convergence in sectors as diverse as utilities, machine OEM, automotive manufacturing, and semiconductor fabrication. Moxa TSN solutions are CC-Link IE (Control and Communications Link Industrial Ethernet) certified, meaning they comply with this fast-growing open network protocol. Moxa CC-Link IE certified solutions provide data transmission rates of 1 Gbit/s via Industrial Ethernet as the transport medium.

Tom Burke, global director of industry standards at Mitsubishi Electric Automation and global strategic advisor for the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) Americas, commented: "Mitsubishi is excited to have a technology innovator of Moxa's caliber become a member of the e-Factory Alliance, as well as for its ongoing support of CLPA and MELCO Factory Automation. By joining the alliance, Moxa has united with our other partners in forging a new age of industry that transforms traditional manufacturing processes into smarter models of operation."

@Moxa_Europe  @Mitsubishi_FA @OConnellPR #PAuto

Template configuration for marine applications.

A free template configuration for marine applications, based on Emerson's Movicon.NExT™ HMI/SCADA system, and its PACSystems™ edge controllers, industrial panel PCs, and other control and networking products. This marine demonstration configuration provides a comprehensive user visualisation and interface experience, and it is available free of charge so designers and shipbuilders can accelerate their efforts to deliver a thoroughly modern and unified “single pane of glass” shipboard monitoring and control system.

Marine industry vessels like superyachts and ships may encompass as much automation complexity as a factory or a small city. Monitoring and control requirements are diverse, including subsystems used for propulsion, power delivery, climate control, machinery health supervision, security, and more. However, functionality is typically fragmented, and integration efforts must employ various digital communication protocols and hardwired signals. Furthermore, any visualisation system must be designed for always-on operation, even under challenging marine conditions.

These superyacht and ship characteristics are remarkably similar to the conditions found in a typical manufacturing factory, so it makes sense that industrial-grade Emerson automation technologies are an ideal fit for robust shipboard monitoring and control. The marine demo runs on redundant edge controllers and industrial panel PCs, which is a proven architecture well-suited for reliable and resilient operation.

Emerson edge controllers incorporate operational technology (OT) communication protocols, and they are adaptable to specialized marine industry protocols, so all instruments, devices, and subsystems can be integrated. Information technology (IT) protocols are optimized for conveying a large amount of data efficiently to and among PCs, supporting historizing, alarming, visualization, and other functionality. A self-healing PROFINET ring for accessing remote I/O, and redundant IT switches and rings, ensure uninterrupted communications amongst all devices. Data security is addressed because the HMI/SCADA solution carries IEC 62443-3-3 certification.

The marine demo has been developed by Emerson with numerous sample dashboards and displays, following a modern aesthetic to deliver unprecedented amounts of information in a streamlined format. Examples of systems and equipment supported include propulsion and Marex controls, electrical power generation/management, valve controls and tank volumes, schematics, fire detection, exterior/navigational lighting, interior lighting, CCTV, HVAC, alarms, data logging, and more. Here is a video depicting the marine demo.

Digital transformation is being implemented throughout factories worldwide so users can experience better visualisation and gain access to valuable data-driven insights. These same technologies are coming to seagoing vessels, and industrial automation and HMI/SCADA platforms are a superior choice. The Emerson marine demo combines proven hardware, software, and networking—providing a wealth of sample displays and concepts, which marine developers can use as templates for accelerating their designs.

@Emerson_News @EmersonExchange @mepaxIntPR  #Marine #Automation

Saturday 22 June 2024

Cybersecurity to ensure a more resilient and secure future for all.

The future of intelligence evolution and IoT cybersecurity relies on a strategic approach that integrates supply chain sustainability and security. By leveraging intelligent technologies and prioritizing standards and conformance, we can create a more resilient and secure future for all.

This important topic was the subject of the 2nd ISA OT Cybersecurity Summit held in the historic IET bulding on the banks of the River Thames in central London. The conference was followed by two days of training.

Here are a few pictures taken at the event.

The ISA's own assessment of the event was published in the June issue of InTech, the magazine of the society. "At its second-annual OT Cybersecurity Summit in London this month, ISA treated 260 attendees—a 117% increase in attendance year over year—to 34 sessions, 44 speakers and 14 technology-rich sponsor exhibits.

Attendees shared their positive feedback:
• “Cybersecurity is really a team sport, so there needs to be more ongoing collaboration between product vendors and asset owners. This event provides just the right environment for these conversations.”
• “Being part of ISA is all about knowledge sharing, community and collaboration. The collaborative community sets ISA events apart—the event doesn’t ‘end’ because we stay in touch and continue to work throughout the year to help solve some of the big challenges in cybersecurity.”
• “I love ISA events! The people are awesome—they are warm-hearted, intellectual and passionate about engineering. They are people that definitely know their stuff, but they aren’t know-it-alls, so it’s a really cool environment.”
“This is only the second year that ISA has hosted the OT Cybersecurity Summit, but already this event is recognized as the leading venue for conversations about operational technology and industrial cybersecurity,” said Claire Fallon, ISA CEO and executive director. “As developers of the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards, ISA is uniquely positioned to provide thought leadership, training and certification on these critical standards that are used the world over to ensure that industrial facilities are safe and secure.”

The event included two tracks on intelligence evolution and Internet of Things (IoT) cybersecurity, as well as an exclusive cybersecurity escape room experience designed specifically for ISA.

In addition, ISA offered its most popular training courses—Using the ISA/IEC 62443 Standards to Secure Your Control Systems (IC32) and Assessing the Cybersecurity of New Existing IACS Systems (IC33)—as well as a workshop on the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards.

The next OT Cybersecurity Summit will take place in Brussels, Belgium, on 17-19 June 2025. 

More information about the event and more photos.

The ISA issued a press release on the event 2oth June 2024.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) is a non-profit professional association of engineers, technicians, and management engaged in industrial automation. As the globally trusted provider of foundational standards-based technical resources for the profession, ISA strives to build a better world through automation.

@ISA_Automation @ISA_EU @England_ISA #Cybersecurity #PAuto 

ISA District 12 Leaders Meeting 16-17 June 2024 London, England.

The ISA District 12 covers Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Pakistan. Meetings of the committee are held regularly but usually on-line. A physical leaders' meeting (DLC meeting) is held usually annually. Over the years they have been held in many different locations throughout the "district" but of course not every section can send a delegation (they are volunteers of course) to each meeting but they may participate electronically.

This meeting was hel prior to the 2nd ISA OT Cyber Summit which was held 18-19 June 2024 in the historis IET building on the banks of the river Thames in the heart of London. Pictures taken at that event may be seen here.

These pictures were taken mostly by Eoin Ó Riain (Ireland Section) but some have been shared from other attendees. See how many people you recognise!!!
Pic ISA Staff

Pic by Olwale Akande (Nigeria Section)

The International Society of Automation (ISA) is a non-profit professional association of engineers, technicians, and management engaged in industrial automation. As the globally trusted provider of foundational standards-based technical resources for the profession, ISA strives to build a better world through automation.

Friday 21 June 2024

Hydraulic remote control portfolio.

Danfoss Power Solutions has announced the global launch of its portfolio of high-performance hydraulic remote controls. Designed to withstand extreme and harsh environments, the Danfoss DHRC line increases machine productivity through superior controllability and operator comfort, plus customizable, robust designs offering high reliability. Danfoss’ hydraulic remote control range includes the DHRCJ joystick, DHRCP foot pedal, and DHRCD sectional valve. The controls are ideal for excavators, skid steer loaders, backhoe loaders, wheel loaders, forklifts, truck cranes, aerial work platforms, telehandlers, and drilling machinery.

“Danfoss has over 30 years of experience in developing hydraulic remote controls. We’ve offered these products on a limited basis to select customers, but we’re now ready to scale production and bring the benefits to the broader global market. OEMs need robust systems and reliable performance, and we’re ready to deliver with our DHRC joysticks, pedals, and valves,” said Seonghun Lee, senior product portfolio and marketing manager, Connect and Control Solutions, Danfoss Power Solutions.

With low leakage and hysteresis plus good linearity, the DHRC line delivers precise and repeatable operation for superior machine controllability. The joystick valve’s body and spool provide smooth and sensitive operation while minimizing internal leakage.

Flexible, customizable designs enable original equipment manufacturers to tailor the controls to the application. DHRCJ joystick options include seven switch boxes, four grips, four boots, and four bodies. The DHRCP pedal is available in seven styles, including single and double pedals, with five bellows and seven body options. The DHRCD sectional valve offers 11 lever and bar designs, four boots, and six body options.

The Danfoss DHRC range is designed for comfortable use with minimal effort, which increases productivity. The joystick features an ergonomically designed handle with a comfortable hand rest. Its grip can be configured with a comprehensive set of finger functions, enabling true personalization based on individual preferences and operational requirements.

With its robust designs, DHRC controls ensure high quality and reliability. The joystick’s valve is protected from dust by outer and inner boots. It features a strong rod seal that provides long life and low friction sealing. The DHRCJ joystick switch box is rated to IP68, while the proportional switch is rated to IP69K, offering high levels of ingress protection.

The joystick and double pedal have a rated flow of 20 L/min, while the sectional valve has a rated flow of 10 L/min. Various output pressure and operating torque options are available, and consistent performance is guaranteed over a wide operating temperature range of -40°C to 60°C.

@Danfoss @NapierPR #Pauto #Hydraulics

Chief of revenue!

DataGuard, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company for security and compliance, has appointed Johannes Kamleitner as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). In this role, Kamleitner, based in Vienna (A), will oversee all revenue operations for the company, guiding DataGuard’s multinational sales organization and driving its go-to-market strategy.

Johannes Kamleitner
Kamleitner brings a wealth of experience in building and leading high-performing sales and marketing teams within the SaaS technology sector. He joins DataGuard from N-Able (formerly SolarWinds MSP), where he served as Group VP Sales for APAC, EMEA, and LATAM. His prior roles at GFI software included Interim GM, CRO, and SVP Global Sales, where he was instrumental in driving global vision and strategy across sales, marketing, product, engineering, and finance. His expertise will be critical in propelling DataGuard through its next growth phase following the notable acquisition of Stockholm-based privacy management software company, DPOrganizer.

“I am thrilled to be joining DataGuard and look forward to contributing to its journey,” said Kamleitner. “Serving all our customers to help them mitigate risks and achieve compliance is a top priority. The DataGuard platform is an excellent product for organizations of all sizes seeking a robust security and compliance solution. I am eager to get started and together with my teams make a significant impact.”

Kamleitner will report to Thomas Regier, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of DataGuard. Regier commented: "We are excited to welcome Johannes to the team. His expertise aligns perfectly with DataGuard’s ambitious mission of providing 100,000 customers with a best-in-class security and compliance offering. Johannes’ leadership will be a crucial contributor to our growth trajectory. We are thrilled to have him on board."

@DataGuard #Software #Security

Brains of a flow measurement system.

Measurements conforming to AGA, ISO, API standards

The SFC3000 flow computer from Ex-i Flow Measurement Ltd,. is a highly versatile liquid hydrocarbon and gas flow measuring device capable of operating in a stand-alone single stream flow measurement system or as part of a highly complex multi-stream system. The unit is far more than just a dedicated flow computer. It can operate on a number of levels from a supervisory machine to a standalone flow computer or as a system component. With its touch screen VGA display and extensive processing capabilities, combined with simple to use controls and unique operating software, it can function as a complete station supervisor integrated into a flow computer housing.

Designed specifically to meet the needs of the worldwide liquid hydrocarbon and gas measurement markets, the SFC3000 is intended to positively contribute to both management and conservation of the world’s dwindling energy resources by providing both versatile and accurate measurement and incorporating state of the art designs and components.

The flow computer should be considered the “brains” of a flow measurement system and requires a number of peripheral components to take measurements. In its simplest form, a flow measurement system will consist of:

  • An SFC3000 flow computer with 1 I/O option board
  • A flow meter (turbine, ultrasonic, differential pressure or Coriolis)
  • A pressure sensor (HART or 4-20mA)
  • A temperature sensor (Hart, 4-20mA or PT100 Platinum Resistance Thermometer).
    Note: pressure and temperature sensors are not needed with a Coriolis flow meter, and additional pressure sensors are required for a differential pressure meter.

    Turbine, ultrasonic and Coriolis flow meters can be connected using a pulse input, either as a single or dual pulse train. Alternatively, ultrasonic and Coriolis flow meters can be connected via the RS232/485 serial port available on each of the IO option boards.
    Additional functionality can be added to a basic system including optional I/O boards. With the addition of a communication board data can be obtained from a gas chromatograph or other sources via the serial or ethernet ports. Flow measurement data can also be passed to other systems, such printers or DCS, via the communication board ports. Logged data can be stored internally or in an optional SD card. A density measurement cell can be connected to a pulse or 4-20mA input.

    SFC3000 flow computer key features:

  • Measurement conforming to AGA, ISO, API standards of: dry and wet natural gas, hydrocarbon liquids, other gases e.g. nitrogen, other liquids e.g. water.
  • NMi Certificates to: WELMEC 7.2 and 8.8, OIML R117, MID 2014/32/EU
  • Standard Features: standalone flow computing function, flow computing combined with supervisory function, up to 2 G-byte additional memory for Alarm, Audit and Data Logging, optional SD card required.
  • Meter types: pulse generating flow meters, most common ultrasonic flow meters, dp transmitters with orifice or venturi measurements
  • Configurable Display: system diagrams, Trending and graphical displays, Language options, Interfaces to most types of metering equipment and all popular GC’s, Easy Installation and interfacing
  • Supervisory Features: Alarm/Event/Data Logging and Recording, Printer Report Generation, System Diagram Display, Network Communication, Station Controller Functions, Valve Control and Remote Operation.
  • Maintenance Functions: stream summation, pid/sampler functions, flow computer specification.

    The SFC3000 is packaged in an industry Standard Half Width 3U High 19” rack construction suitable for panel or chassis mount. It can accommodate up to 6 user plug-in cards and up to five measurement streams in the same chassis. Operating temperature ranges; PRT Inputs, -10°C to 55°C (15°F to 130°F), Hart® and 4-20mA Inputs -25°C to 55°C (-15°F to 130°F). Operating humidity to 90% non-condensing and meets environmental classes M2/E2. 

    The future of gas and liquid measurement and flow control innovates through a continuous process of evolution. As leading flow computer manufacturers, Ex-i Flow Measurement specialises in researching, developing and manufacturing products for the gas and liquid measurement industry, with a focus on continuous project development and enhancement. EX-i offer customers market leading performance, quality, reliability, cost and response.
    @ExiFlow #PAuto