Sunday, September 25, 2016

ATEX inspection tools for hire!

Responding to increased market demand for equipment that is certified for use in potentially explosive environments (ATEX), Ashtead Technology has become one of the first rental companies to heavily invest in the latest ATEX certified remote control crawlers and push-rod cameras.

“We have received a large number of requests for these specialised systems in recent months from a wide range of customers,” says Ashtead’s Sales Manager, Jay Neermul. “Increasingly, drain inspection and remediation contractors are being required to offer services in potentially explosive atmospheres so we have expanded the fleet to include a selection of camera systems for both zone 1 and zone 2 operation.”
The new purchases include multiple units of the latest inspection equipment such as EX versions of the iPEK Rovion Crawler and the iPEK Agilios Push Rod Camera, which are both Zone 1 certified. The camera on the Rovion crawler has a 10x optical zoom for clearer images and produces high-quality PAL video, and both sides of the powerful 6-wheel-drive can be controlled independently. The Agilios push rod camera also offers advanced features; with high pipe-bend mobility, it has an operating range of up to 90m and is suitable for inspections starting at a diameter of just 52mm (house laterals). It also has LED lighting, a high quality, robust, axial camera, and a constantly upright picture.

The Zone 2 certified Minicam Proteus crawler has also been added to the fleet. Engineered, built and tested for safe use in some of the most dangerous situations, without compromising on any of the features of other Proteus crawlers, the ATEX version makes working in explosion-risk environments much easier and safer than alternative methods.

Summarising the justification for this investment, James Carlyle, General Manager says: “By adding this technology to our rental fleet we are enabling our clients to bid on a wider range of projects, confident in the knowledge that they have access to all the necessary technologies without the capital cost of ownership – put simply, we invest in this equipment so that our customers don’t have to.”

@ashteadtech  #PAuto 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The automation imperative! Call for Papers!

The Advisory Board of the 4th ISA EMEA Conference, the principal event dedicated to all aspects of process automation, control and instrumentation technologies, is now accepting abstracts for the 2017 conference to be held in Bergamo (I) on 24-25 May 2017.

The 4th ISA EMEA Conference will feature the industry’s most comprehensive multi-track conferences, examining critical aspects of the process automation, control, and instrumentation technologies. Conference tracks, featuring sessions led by the world’s leading experts, will cover critical topics in the areas of instrumentation, communications, control systems, process variables, SCADA, safety, integration, and cybersecurity.
• Control systems, SCADA
• Communications, networks, data management
• Instrumentation, sensors, peripherals
• Process and functional safety
• Systems integration
• Cybersecurity
Engineers, technicians, and plant managers from the oil and gas, refining, chemical, petrochemical, power and other process industries will gather for two days to network and to learn from these technical presentations.

The conferences run alongside a wide exhibition floor featuring the leading suppliers, sub-suppliers and service providers across the entire automation and control industry value chain.

The conference Advisory Board, made up of key industry experts, will put emphasis on emerging technologies and trends. The conference featuring high–quality papers addressing strategic direction, practical implementation and technical excellence will combine to create an essential guide to the challenges and opportunities in world’s automation and control industry.

The theme for conference is ‘The automation imperative: welcome to the future of the Global Energy Industry’. The conference is an opportunity to take a health check on strategic and technical developments right across the entire automation and control industry value chain.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Data acquisition and test stand automation using an OPC UA interface. #DelphinTechnology #PAuto

Delphin Technology has extended its Expert Logger range with the new type 400 model equipped with an OPC UA Client/Server interface. This enhancement to the independently functioning data logger system ideally equips it for the universal exchange of measurement data at field level and for the requirements of Industry 4.0. The Expert Logger device is also equipped with ProfiBus, ModBus, CAN-Bus and serial interfaces. PCs are connected via USB, LAN, WLAN and LTE.

The new type 400 is equipped with 16 universally usable, differential analog inputs for measuring mV and mA signals or any type of thermocouple. 24-bit precision and a maximum rate of 1000 measurements per second meets the highest demands required from a data logger. The new Expert Logger also has the option of measuring Pt100(0) sensors using 2, 3 or 4 wire technology or DMS. The device has a total of 24 switchable digital inputs/outputs which can record edge and fault events at microsecond precision as well as output alerts. A total of 6 analog outputs enable the operation of regulating and control elements.

The Expert Logger series offer a range of model types with 16 to 46 analog inputs which are ideal for independent data acquisition and test bench automation. Monitoring functions can also be performed independently within the device. Measurement data and threshold violations can be immediately transmitted to subsystems via OPC UA. The OPC UA interface also offers data exchange to PLC systems and connecting to PLT systems.

Furthermore, the ProfiSignal Go software – for portraying and analysing measurement data online and offline – remains a fixed element of every Expert Logger device.

Radar level transmitter.

The FMR10 and FMR20 free space radar level transmitters  from Endress+Hauser measure liquid levels in storage tanks, open basins, open channels, weirs and canal systems. The FMR10 measures liquid levels at ranges up to 16 feet with 0.2 inch accuracy, while the FMR20 measures levels up to 66 feet with 0.08 inch accuracy.

The FMR10 has a 4-20mA output and comes standard with Bluetooth for configuration. The SmartBlue App that runs on any Apple or Android smartphone or tablet will provide secure communications with the transmitter in order to configure or view envelope curves. The encrypted and password-protected Bluetooth wireless connection allows operators to monitor the sensor’s output and perform configurations in hazardous or unsafe locations without exposing personnel to dangerous conditions.

The FMR20 features a 4-20mA HART smart output which will allow for configuration from an optional remote display. It also offers the option of Bluetooth configuration just like the FMR10.

Protection to IP66/68 / NEMA 4X/6P, hermetically sealed wiring and fully potted electronics eliminate water ingress and allow operation under harsh environmental conditions. Both sensors are available with a flooding tube that allows a maximum output signal to be generated even if an overflow condition causes the sensor to be completely immersed.

The level sensors work in process temperatures of–40 to 176°F (–40 to 80°C) and process pressures of –14 to 43 psi (–1 to 3 bar), are vibration resistant, and have CSA/UL approvals.

Micropilot FMR10 and FMR20 provide the best price-performance ratio. For the first time, radar technology is available in the price range of typical water and wastewater level devices. Especially for the W&WW industry and utilities in all industries, the transmitters fit the application requirements. Easy setup with just three main parameters and a remote indicator solution result in time savings and enhanced safety.

@Endress_Hauser #PAuto @Endress_US 

Chromatography mass spectrometry event.

On day one (2nd November) of WWEM 2016, Environmental and Food Analysis SIG (EFASIG), a special interest group within the British Mass Spectrometry Society, will hold a meeting that will be free to attend for those that have pre-registered to visit WWEM 2016.

Professor Luigi Mondello
The keynote presentation with be given by Professor Luigi Mondello from the University of Messina in Italy. Prof. Mondello is the author of around 400 publications and his research interests include high-resolution chromatography techniques (HRGC, HPLC, HRGC-MS, HPLC-MS, OPLC) and the development of hyphenated (LC-GC-MS, GC-GC) and multidimensional ‘comprehensive’ (GC×GC, LC×LC) techniques and their application in the study of natural complex matrices.

The presentations will focus on the analysis of water and wastewater, but will include the analysis of liquid, liquid/solid mixtures and air samples. With speakers from academia, commercial laboratories and manufacturers, the morning session will address aspects of comprehensive Chromatography Mass Spectrometry, and the afternoon session will address the application of these techniques to water and environmental matrices.

Summarising, EFASIG Leader Dr Peter Baugh says: “We have managed to assemble a group of eminent and highly respected speakers, so these presentations will be of great value to anyone involved in environmental analysis.”

#spectrometry  #WWEM #Environment

Nuálaíocht Inbhuanaithe agus Oideachas Innealtóireachta.

Tá caint le tabhairt ag Fionnbarra Ó Brolcháin, léachtaí de chuid Scoil Ghnó Smurfit agus iar-ollamh airgeadais i DCU ag Cumann na nInnealteoirí i mBaile Átha Cliath an mí seo chugainn. (Deireadh Fómhair 2016).

Seo achoimre den ábhar a bheidh á phlé faoin dtideal: "Nuálaíocht Inbhuanaithe agus Oideachas Innealtóireachta!"
Fionnbarra Ó Brolcháin ag múineadh i Scoil Ghnó Smurfit, UCD. Is  iar-ollamh airgeadais é i DCU, áit ar bhunaigh sé freisin an lár-ionad Gaeilge, Fiontar. Is comhúdár an leabhair é, Digging Deeper (le teacht, 2016), Gombeens at the Gate (2016), The Irish Edge (2013) agus Capitalising on Culture, Competing on Difference (2008). Tá céim innealtóireacht leictreach aige ó UCC agus PhD in airgeadas idirnáisiúnta aige ó Scoil Ghnó Stern, Ollscoil Nua Eabhrach (NYU). 

Cé go raibh na gluaiseachtaí a mhúnlaigh an Athbheochan (1890-1920), agus a spreag Éirí Amach na Cásca 1916 agus bunú an tSaorstáit, neamhspléach óna chéile, bhí siad idirghaolmhar agus bhí saintréithe áirithe lárnach i ngach ceann. San Athbheochan, chonaic siad siúd a bhí páirteach ann acmhainní cultúrtha agus nádúrtha mar ghnéithe rí-thábhachtacha in eitic nuálaíochta de bharr naisc idir féin-tuiscint, féin-mheas, féiniúlacht agus éiteas cruthaitheachta.

Sa lá atá inniú ann, nó go háirithe inniú, is iad na hacmhainní is luachmhaire agus is inbhuanaithí chun nuálaíocht a spreagadh ná iad atá neamhinste, an tsamhlaíocht agus an inspioráid, ach go háirithe. Ní déantán marbh frith-nua-aimseartha agus frith-gheilleagrach é an traidisiún agus cuimhne ach foinse dhinimiciúl agus uathúil, cineál gorlann cruthaitheachta agus fiontraíochta. Dá mbaintear níos mó feidhme as saintréithe mar iad, thiománfadh san núalaíocht inbhuanaithe agus todhchaí sochaí na tíre.

Luíonn gach atá anseo le nuálaíocht agus le hoideachas innealtóirí fud fad na cruinne, agus buntáistí faoi leith a bhaineann linnne in Èirinn nó as Éirinn.

18:30, Dé Céadaoin, 12ú Deireadh Fómhair 2016.

Cumann na nInnealtóirí, 22 Br. Cluaidhe, BÁC 4. 

Caifé/tae agus eile ag an mbeár roimhré agus taréis na léachta.  

Saor-chead isteach.   Fáilte roimh chách. 


Hygienic certification for sensors.

SKS Automaatio Oy has acquired a hygienic design certification for certain acid proof SKS Sensors® sensor types. This opens new sales opportunities for their sensors in Food industry, Pharmaceutical, Beverage manufacturing, Laboratory use etc.

The hygienic design EHEDG certification is for SKS Sensors® sensor types W-E-x-HST-CLAMP/51-30/1000-4-A-yy-HD. This opens new sales opportunities for their sensors in Food industry, Pharmaceutical, Beverage manufacturing, Laboratory use etc. So mostly to applications where very high hygienic level is a must.

They have manufactured similar sensors for a long time, and during recent years they have noticed increasing interest for sensors with certification. Being able to respond to this increasing need they started certification process and qualified for this certificate for theirmost common hygiene applications sensor type.

A wide range of installation accessories is also available from us for these sensors.

• SKS products are marketed in Ireland by PJ Bonner.

#SKSAutomaatio #PAuto #Food #Pharma @pjbonnerco