Friday, October 20, 2017

Software support for machine designers.

Supporting its comprehensive range of electric, wireless and air actuated foot and hand switching controls, Herga Technology has added an easy-to-use 3D product viewer and CAD file download facility to its website.

In addition to downloadable PDF datasheets, designers and engineers can now further speed product development with one-click interactive 3D models and downloadable STEP format CAD files for use in their own design software. The 3D viewer is fully compatible with PCs, tablets and smartphones and is of course completely free to use. As well as image rotation, numerous other features include overall size, sectional views and image screenshots.

Herga is a designer and manufacturer offering a comprehensive range of ergonomic single- or multi-pedal switching technologies for medical equipment, home & commercial automation and industrial machinery applications. The range spans electrical/electronic, pneumatic, Bluetooth® wireless and USB switching.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

MES for pharma & biotech manufacturers in China.

Werum IT Solutions has expanded further its PAS-X Service Partner network. They have signed a partnership agreement with Neotrident. Based in Beijing with several local offices in China, Neotrident is a leading IT solutions provider to the Chinese life sciences industry.

Reiner Kühl (Werum), Jefferi Zhao (Neotrident),
Olivier Néron (Werum), Lingxiao Cao (Neotrident)
 and Torsten Isenberg (Werum)
As a certified “PAS-X Endorsed Service Partner Local”, Neotrident will support Werum customers in the People’s Republic of China during the on-site implementation of Werum’s PAS-X MES. For instance, Neotrident will provide resources for project management, MBR design, system configuration, installation, training and the integration of automation and equipment.

“We selected Neotrident among many candidates based on long-time experience in the life sciences industry and because of their complementary capabilities in terms of ISA-Level 3 systems,” says Olivier Néron, Senior Vice President China Operations at Werum IT Solutions. “Neotrident has an excellent reputation in China and successfully managed a wide range of services from single site projects up to large roll-outs. Furthermore, the Neotrident management has been working with foreign companies for decades which enables them to overcome cultural differences. Therefore, Neotrident will provide our pharma and biotech customers with high-quality services and support for the years to come.”

Lingxiao Cao, CEO of Neotrident: “Neotrident’s long experience in offering IT solutions to the pharmaceutical market makes us a stable and reliable partner for Werum and its customers during the implementation of PAS-X MES. With our deep understanding of the daily operations in the industry we can perform the transition from a paper-based to a digital-based quality control system more efficiently and in high quality.”

“PAS-X Endorsed Service Partners” meet all requirements of Werum’s PAS-X Service Partner Program. The main objective is to offer the same quality and competence of services to Werum customers all over the world – through reliable, experienced and certified partners. The Service Partners need to have comprehensive PAS-X knowledge, participate at PAS-X trainings on a regular basis, possess experience in the regulated industry and use a quality management system. The certification has to be renewed on a regular basis.

@Werum #Pauto #China #Pharma

Industrie 4.0 award in China.

Advantech has received an award from ROI Management Consulting for its Industry 4.0-compliant digital factory. The “ROI Industry 4.0 Award China” was given to Advantech at the awards ceremony in Shanghai on 17th October to honor its Industry 4.0 achievements as a pioneer in the practical implementation of “real-time equipment and resource monitoring.”

Timo Schneemann, Vice-General Manager of ROI Management Consulting, stated, “What Advantech has achieved is an outstanding example of what can be done in terms of quality and utilization by providing real-time production insights. While today, other companies have key machines connected to a central system, Advantech stands out because they have not only connected sophisticated equipment like SMT lines, but have also upgraded and connected conventional machines, such as stamping machines, to get a full picture of what is happening in production—from start to finish. Whilst connecting machines is one thing, the crucial step other companies are missing is making this data easily accessible to the people who need it, and here is where Advantech scores high again with their data consolidation and visualization framework.”

Industry 4.0 Situation Room Enables Real-time Management
From many years, Advantech has consistently optimized its production line in manufacturing centers to improve efficiency. “The Industry 4.0 situation room is Advantech’s most important upgrade to Industry 4.0. The situation room is the factory’s nerve center where data is collected, analyzed, and visualized for real-time management and data-driven decision-making. This award has demonstrated that we are on the right track with our Industry 4.0 blueprint,” said Allan Tsay, Vice President, Advantech Industrial IoT Group. Advantech’s Industry 4.0 journey begins with equipment connectivity and process visualization solutions, and continues with optimization processes. Data is the key to improving efficiency in Advantech’s smart factory.

“Advantech is not only an end user, but a provider of Industry 4.0 solutions. Advantech has primarily used its own products and solutions in the planning and implementation of the smart factory. Advantech’s smart factory is evidence of how iFactory solution-ready platforms (SRPs) and products can be used to implement Industry 4.0 in practice. Advantech’s iFactory SRPs are quick-start tools that enable a step-wise approach to achieving Industry 4.0,” said Jonney Chang, Associate Vice President, Advantech Industrial IoT Group.

Accelerating Industry 4.0 - Advantech in the Fast Lane
2017 has been an important year for Advantech to continue driving Industry 4.0 growth. Advantech upgraded its manufacturing centers to real Industry 4.0 demonstration sites and has opened them to external visitors in an attempt to accelerate digital transformation and inspire the development of other smart factories. Additionally, Advantech hosted several Industry 4.0 forums in China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Brazil, Turkey and Dubai to share the latest iFactory applications with representatives from industry, government, and academia; collaborating closely to establish a local Industry 4.0 ecosystem. This July, Chaney Ho, the Cofounder, Executive Director, and Acting General Manager of Advantech Europe, received a special award for, “Industry Leader of the Year” from Asian Manufacturing Awards 2017 for his considerable effort in pushing Industry 4.0 in the Asian region. Advantech has not only realized the intelligent factory from a practical perspective, but also encourages customers to embrace Industry 4.0.

“Industry 4.0 is a dynamic process that has no downtime and is constantly advancing and changing,” said Mr. Chang. As Industry 4.0 continues to evolve, Advantech will continue developing its smart factory and Industry 4.0 solutions with the aim of providing a brand-new in-depth experience for end users in 2018.

@AdvantechIA #PAuto #Industry4 #China

New rental partnership for NDT prods.

Ashtead Technology has been appointed as the preferred rental partner in Britain for all Silverwing products, a line of NDT inspection equipment by Eddyfi Technologies. The agreement represents another new partnership with Eddyfi Technologies; Ashtead recently signed a five-year collaboration agreement for TSC products – also by Eddyfi Technologies.

Steve Drake, Jim Costain & Allan Pirie
As part of the agreement, Ashtead will be extending their rental fleet to include the Silverwing Floormap 3DiM Tank Floor Scanner, Handscan Mini Tank Floor Scanner and Vacuum Boxes. “The addition of these instruments demonstrates our commitment to support the technologies that meet our customers’ asset integrity inspection requirements,” says Ashtead Technology Regional Sales Manager, Steve Drake.

Jim Costain, VP Sales for Eddyfi Technologies adds: “The Silverwing products are well designed, high quality instruments and following a long relationship between our two companies, we are happy to recommend Ashtead Technology to customers, confident in the quality of service and support that they are able to deliver.”

@ashteadtech  #Pauto @eddyfi #NDT

Flow computer & terminal unit!

The Y-Flow® product family from Yokogawa consists of the Y-Flow® YFFC (Field Flow Computer) and Y-Flow® YRTU (Remote Terminal Unit). The Y-Flow® YFFC is a low power orifice flow computer designed to measure AGA 3 orifice gas flow and the Y-Flow® YRTU is a low power remote terminal unit designed to measure various complex AGA gas flow calculations as well as remote control applications.

Development Background
The overall basic function of an electronic flow computer is to calculate and record flow rate using industry standard algorithms as natural gas and other hydrocarbons pass through a meter of a segmented section of pipeline. These meters could include, but are not limited to, orifice meters, linear meters, ultrasonic meters, or Coriolis meters.

A typical orifice measurement application requires a differential pressure transmitter, static pressure transducer and temperature probe. Many flow computers use a multivariable transmitter that can measure differential pressure and static pressure in one transmitter to reduce cost.
The Y-Flow™ YFFC is a co-innovation development between Eagle Research Corporation and Yokogawa. The Y-Flow® YFFC utilizes Yokogawa’s highly accurate and reliable EJX910A multivariable transmitter capsule and communication board. The EJX910A uses the established DPharp pressure sensor technology that allows for simultaneous measurement of differential pressure and static pressure (absolute or gauge) from one sensor. The multivariable capsule and communication board are integrated into the flow computer as a single unit, thus reducing the cost of ownership and providing an accurate and precise measurement.

The Y-Flow® YRTU is a remote terminal unit that allows an external turbine meter, ultrasonic meter, multivariable transmitters and Coriolis meter to be connected to measure complex AGA gas flow calculations. In addition, the Y-Flow® YRTU can measure, monitor and control other remote applications.

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Coaxial contact for RG 179 B/U.

LEMO has launched a new 3GHz contact that can be used in various insulator types, providing an alternative solution to HD – BNC in the broadcast market (HDTV, 4K, 8K).

This coaxial contact can be used in various insulator configurations: 3 x coaxial, 4x coaxial, 10 x coaxial, as well as in combinations of coaxial and low voltage signal contacts.

Finally, these new contacts can be built into watertight connectors (IP 68) such as the LEMO Push-Pull connectors of the K, T or even W series.

@LEMOConnectors #Pauto 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Preventing transmission loss for television OBUs in wet weather.

Harting expanded beam fibre-optic cable assemblies prevent transmission loss for television outside broadcasts in harsh environmental conditions.

As the demand for high-definition broadcasting signal transmissions has increased and the transition to DTV/HDTV has been fully realised, the role of fibre optics as the signal transmission medium continues to grow.

Fibre-optic infrastructures offer the advantage of higher bandwidth, optical signal clarity and more reliable real-time transmissions, enabling providers to service even more applications for emerging technologies such as 4K and 8K ultra high-definition television (UHDTV), Internet-protocol television (IPTV) and multi-channel audio.

Fibre-optic cables have been used in outside broadcast installations since the 1990s but, as the industry makes the transition to 4K and UHDTV there is a greater reliance on using them outdoors. Viewers increasingly want to watch major sporting events and concerts in 4k definition, and many large stadiums and concert venues have invested in the necessary fibre-optic infrastructure in anticipation of the arrival of the broadcasting operators.

However, there are numerous other venues that host smaller or less frequent events where large-scale permanent fibre infrastructure is too costly or impracticable, and here the concept of temporary or “tactical” cables becomes attractive.

While modern transmission technology allows outside broadcast companies to send all the necessary video, audio and data down one cable, the temporary nature of such installations – plus the fact that they are often exposed to the vagaries of the weather and the stresses of assembly and installation on site - means that any connectors used need to be both robust and “idiot proof”. Crews are also under increasing time pressure for faster set-ups and tear-downs, especially in and around public places, and therefore need connectors that are quick and easy to connect as well as being secure and resilient.
Connection technologies

For TV studio and internal outside-broadcast vehicle conditions, various traditional standardised butt-joint fibre-optic connection technologies are increasingly preferred to copper types, as they offer improved bandwidth signal handling over larger distances and different signal types can be multiplexed over a single fibre-optic cable. In addition, fibre optics allow bi-directional communication whereas copper systems can only transmit in one direction.

In addition, fibre-optic cables are small and lightweight compared to copper alternatives: a particularly important point inside outside-broadcast vans in order to save space and minimise the overall weight of the installed vehicle. Finally, fibre-optic cables are inherently immune to EMI/RFI interference and cannot contribute to ground loops.

One of the other key benefits of fibre optic systems is their general immunity to interruption by moisture or immersion in water, as there is no electrical current to cause short circuits.

However, it is the environmental operational conditions that need to be considered carefully when installing fibre-optic cabling systems in the field. Particular attention has to be paid to the potential for ingress of dust and dirt, especially for multiple mating situations: so much so that butt-jointed fibre-optic connector types are only normally suited for controlled environment conditions, where dirt and dust is minimised and connectors can easily be routinely cleaned. Nevertheless, it is possible to apply fibre optics in much harsher environment operating conditions, such as those experienced in outdoor installations, by utilising expanded-beam fibre-optic connector design technology.

Expanded-beam connectors
In an expanded-beam connector, the diameter of the optical beam is expanded by approximately 40 times, and this expanded beam is coupled into the opposite connector before being collimated back down to the original beam size and re-coupled into the fibre. Since the beam size is expanded by as much as 40 times, the influence of a 0.02 mm piece of dirt between a pair of ceramic ferrule-based connectors is reduced by 40 times in a pair of expanded-beam connectors.

It is this effect of collimating and greatly increasing the optical beam diameter that results in the connector being less sensitive to small particles of dust or other contamination, which could completely obscure transmission in butt-joint type connectors.

The aluminium shell housings of these expanded-beam fibre-optic connectors have a hermaphroditic mating design which means that there is no possibility for mismating. As a result, they allow easy “daisy chaining” of end-to-end terminated cable assemblies in accordance with the allowable power budget. This means that multiple mating can be achieved, supporting repeated temporary outside-broadcast field installation conditions to an IP 68 protection degree.

Harsh environments
Such expanded-beam FO cable assemblies can be safely applied even in the harshest of conditions. For example, even the unmated open face of a lensed connector can be totally immersed in mud and this will cause minimal damage to the optical faces within the insert. The affected open connector can initially be cleaned by rinsing it in water and then the inner optic faces dried and simply wiped clean with a cloth or tissue, fully restoring signal transmission operation.

Daisy-chain and through bulkhead I/O cable assemblies are supplied with fitted covers, as it is always good practice to minimise the ingress of dirt and dust in any fibre-optic connector where possible, thus further extending its lifetime.

The aluminium shell housings and covers have a shock-protected rubber boot, and the interlinking fibre-optic cable includes an inner Kevlar crush-resistant sleeving that provides cushioned protection to the integrated optical fibres. As a result, the daisy-chain cables offer a rugged and robust field installation solution. The distinctive yellow colouring of the Harting expanded-beam FO cable assemblies enables users to easily identify them as containing fibre-optic components and sets them apart from other copper-based cables. Users can then ensure that they take account of the allowed fibre-optic bend radius characteristics for the installed laid cables.

The Harting expanded-beam fibre-optic connectors and cables described in this article provide outside-broadcast systems integrators with full assurance of their long-term reliability, ensuring continuity of service even under harsh environmental installation and operating conditions.

@harting #broadcasting