Friday, January 20, 2017

Acreditation recognises high-quality lifelong automation training expertise.

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded accreditation status to Endress+Hauser.


One of E+H’s Process Training Units.
IACET Accredited Providers are the only organizations approved to offer IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The accreditation period extends for five years, and includes all programs offered or created during that time. These CEUs are recognised, accepted and, even required by many state agencies and credentialing organisations.

“Endress+Hauser is proud of our education programs which train instrument technicians and engineers from the process automation industry in important installation, programming and troubleshooting skills so that our customers stay on the cutting edge,” stated Jerry Spindler, Customer and Field Service Training Manager, Endress+Hauser. Spindler added, “Our partnership with IACET is a demonstration of our commitment to lifelong learning and high standards for all of our programs, and we are very pleased to remain with such a prestigious organization and the elite group of organizations that offer excellent continuing education and training programs.”

“We are pleased to continue our relationship with Endress+Hauser as an Accredited Provider,” stated Lori Schnaider, president of IACET. Schnaider added, “Endress+Hauser joins nearly 600 organisations around the globe that have had their programs audited by third-party continuing education experts to ensure the highest possible standards are met.”

Upcoming classes in 2017 which offer CEUs at Endress+Hauser include I-101 Basic instrumentation in January, March, June, and September in Greenwood (IN USA).

Endress+Hauser completed a rigorous application process, including a review by an IACET site visitor, to achieve its Accredited Provider accreditation. The organization successfully demonstrated adherence to the ANSI/IACET 1-2013 Standard addressing the design, development, administration, and evaluation of its programs. Endress+Hauser has pledged its continued compliance with the Standard, and is now authorized to use the IACET name and Accredited Provider logo on promotional course material. In addition, Endress+Hauser is now linked to the IACET web site and is recognized as offering the highest quality continuing education and training programs.

#PAuto @Endress_Hauser @IACETorg

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Examining the fourth industrial revolution!

Key companies at the forefront of the 4th industrial revolution have confirmed their participation at the Industry 4.0 Summit. This is scedulee to be held in Manchester (GB) on 4th-5th April 2017.  A combined high-level conference & trade exhibition the event is attracting support of many leading automation & technology companies such as Schneider Electric, Rockwell Automation, SMC Pneumatics, Panduit, EPlan, Murrelektroik and Bosch Rexroth, who are also the headline sponsor.
The four industrial revolutions.
B&R Automation, are another leading automation company exhibiting at the event, and their Regional Manager Andrew Norcliffe commented on the reason for their involvement  "B&R provides manufacturers with innovative hardware and software solutions to bring their factory into the 21st century. What better place to promote our technology than in the heart of the Northern Powerhouse, Manchester, at the Industry 4.0 Summit. We are delighted to be involved in the event look forward to sharing our own experiences of modernising our 65,000 square metre factory in Austria with visitors to the show."

Event Director Gary Gilmour commented “We have been really encouraged by the level of support that this new event has received. With support from trade associations such as Gambica and the Industrial Internet Consortium, to endorsement from the government’s Innovate UK, through to incredible speakers from Airbus, Siemens, Unilever and of course all the exhibitors we have secured, we believe we have a great event that will educate British businesses on what the benefits of Industry 4.0 can deliver, and to see the latest technology from companies driving the 4th industrial revolution.”

The organisers will be delivering 40 leading speakers on industry 4.0, IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and smart factories. The event aims to attract 300 conference delegates as well as 60 exhibiting companies & 3,000 visitors to the trade exhibition.

@Industry_4 @BR_Automation #industrie4 #PAuto

Installing a power-off brake!

Thomson Industries, has released an educational video for design engineers, illustrating how to properly install its SB Series power-off brake. Thomson’s SB Series is designed as a servo brake with low backlash splines for high-performance applications such as robotics, medical equipment and packaging.
SB power-off brakes are typically mounted on the back end of a motor that requires the stopping and/or holding of a load in the absence of power. The video describes the installation of these brakes in simple and clear steps.

Thomson’s SB Series includes a spline drive, which is constructed to withstand high-impact stresses and minimise system backlash. The spring-set, electromagnetic power-off brakes provide a safe and efficient way of stopping or holding load in the absence of power. Low-inertia, rotating components enable higher acceleration rates for design engineers to consider using for their specified application.

Thomson strives to continually innovate and lead the marketplace in linear motion solutions and share their application engineering and technical expertise. To that end, Thomson has authored a wide range of educational videos, webinars and technical white papers available on their website to inform and guide design engineers, explain technology alternatives and simplify the linear motion component selection process.

@Thomson_Ind #Motion #Pauto

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Agreement on co-operation on automation opportunities.

Bedrock Automation has signed a memorandum of agreement with Jacobs Engineering Group, one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and construction services. Under the agreement, the companies will pursue selected projects with automation system requirements for potential implementation of the Bedrock Open Secure Automation (OSATM) system.

“Our clients are increasingly concerned about both cyber security and advanced automation and we have been creating innovative service packages to meet these needs. Bedrock Automation has excellent experience and superior designs in this area. I am impressed with their comprehensive background and knowledge in the industrial DCS and PLC arena,” said Jacobs’ Mission Solutions Chief Technology Officer Dr. Tommy Gardner.

The BedrockTM control system is known for its patented Black FabricTM Cybershield architecture, which provides an intrinsic cyber secure automation platform to protect user hardware, software and applications. Unlike other conventional industrial control systems, Bedrock was designed from a clean sheet of paper with advanced components and architecture to be simple, scalable and secure.

“Jacobs is taking a leadership role in integrating the next generation of information and automation technologies for its clients,” added Bedrock Automation President Bob Honor. “We see this as a tremendous opportunity to bring our technology and our vision of holistic cyber security to a much larger audience. We look forward to an exciting and mutually beneficial relationship with Jacobs.”


#PAuto @BedrockAuto #JacobsEngineering

Pipeline management & control system order.

Yokogawa has received an order from the British Pipeline Agency Limited (BPA), that country's leading provider of engineering and operational services to the oil and gas pipeline sector, to supply a management and control system for a major multi-product fuel pipeline system. This project will replace BPA’s existing pipeline management and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.

The pipeline system consists of three integrated multi-product fuel pipelines that, altogether, are some 650 km in length and extend from Ellesmere port in northwestern England to the country’s southeastern coast. The pipelines connect to the City of London’s major airports and are a critical part of the Britain’s infrastructure,

This order is for Yokogawa’s Enterprise Pipeline Management Solution (EPMS), which will manage functions such as delivery scheduling and oil storage, and the FAST/TOOLS SCADA software, which will monitor and control the oil pipelines and related equipment such as compressors. The EPMS supplements a basic pipeline management system with specific gas and liquid applications that enable a pipeline operator to manage delivery contracts and associated logistics in a time and energy efficient manner. With the SCADA system covering monitoring and control, the EPMS will integrate the management of the SCADA data.

Yokogawa United Kingdom Ltd. will be responsible for the engineering, installation, and commissioning of these systems. Yokogawa Europe Solutions B.V., which has a wealth of oil and gas pipeline project experience, will provide support. Delivery of these systems will be completed by March 2018.

In accordance with its Transformation 2017 mid-term business plan, Yokogawa targets the entire energy supply chain. The company is strengthening its efforts to drive up sales by providing solutions for oil and gas pipelines and other midstream applications. Encouraged by its success in winning this order, Yokogawa plans to expand its control business in the midstream applications segment.

@YokogawaIA  #PAuto #Britain #BPA

Connectors to simplify panel building & system integration.

Cliff Electronics has introduced a 1U 19” rack mounting panel to aid system builders with integration of their very successful range of XLR-Format FeedThrough connectors. The panel has a black anodized finish and will accept 16 FeedThrough connectors and features a labelling strip for end users to identify the function or individual connectors. The panel is also fitted with a strain-relief bar for tying internal cables to, relieving pressure on internal cable assemblies and improving system reliability.

John Hall, General Manager of Cliff Electronics, says, “The introduction of our new FeedThrough connector mounting panel enables us to supply system builders with a complete panel mounting interconnection system. Demand for our FT connectors continues to grow and we are being asked to support more applications on a regular basis. The industry standard XL format speeds up our development time and allows our customers to simplify and standardise their panel design, improving flexibility and reducing cost. Our FeedThrough connecters are being employed in our traditional audio broadcast market and many more applications in instrumentation and industrial markets where our ability to provide custom solutions is welcomed.”

Cliff’s Feedthrough connectors provide one of the widest ranges of digital, optical and analogue available to system builders. The range now includes Firewire, HDMI A-A and 50 ohm BNC versions, USB2 A-to-B and B-to-A “gender change” sockets, high speed USB Type – C, USB3 to USB3 in all gender changing configurations - A-A, A-B and B-A. Also available are all popular data and Ethernet connectors including USB 2.0 and 3.0, LC and SC fibre (Duplex & Simplex), UTP and FTP RJ45s in both Cat6 and Cat5e (shielded and unshielded), Toslink, RCA Phono and HDMI and blanking plates. Further options will continue to be introduced throughout 2017 and custom design enquiries are welcomed.

Cliff’s very extensive FT connector range is designed to fit into the industry standard 24mm diameter XLR connector panel cutout simplifying panel design and manufacture and improving design aesthetics. Models are available with plastic or rugged zinc/nickel XLR housings finished in nickel or black to enhance the high quality, high performance and prestige image of the product range. All models may be front or rear mounted to control panels and the Firewire and HDMI models may be specified with an optional socket sealing cover to prevent the ingress of dust when not in use or when in transit.

The FT connector range allows designers to integrate audio, video, digital, optical, networking and data feeds into professional equipment for broadcast, lighting, audio, home theatre, automation, solar power and a growing range of industrial applications including instrumentation, industrial control and data acquisition.

.All versions, metal and plastic, share the same features and dimensions and offer a complete range of very cost effective audio, data, and fibre connectors, all of which can both front or rear mounted into industry standard 24mm XLR connector mounting holes. For ease of assembly the Cliff FT Series are available with standard or countersunk mounting holes. Bezels are available in 7 colours to identify the function of FT connectors when fitted to a control panel

The FT Series offers true feed-through connection, allowing standard cabling to be used to connect at both front and rear, eliminating the need to solder or terminate the connections and simplifying and speeding up assembly.

#CliffElectr #PAuto 

OPC Communication with Secure Link to IoT Clouds.

The new version of Softing’s dataFEED OPC Suite now includes an MQTT connector. This makes transfer of data to IoT Clouds simple and secure.

With Softing’s dataFEED OPC Suite, a secure IoT cloud data application can now be easily implemented. The new MQTT Connector enables the integration of automation devices via MQTT Publisher functionality in IoT cloud applications, e.g. IBM Bluemix Cloud. Highest security during transmission is guaranteed through the encryption of the data using SSL/TLS.

“A key issue for the successful implementation of Industrie 4.0 is the provision and analysis of production data. For system builders, operators and IT administrators, the crucial question is how and where to store and analyze large amounts of data safely and cost-effectively. This is where we come in with our solution”, says Andreas Roeck, Product Manager Data Integration at Softing Industrial.

Softing's dataFEED OPC Suite combines OPC Server and OPC Middleware functionality into one compact software solution. The integrated MQTT gateway allows easy integration of legacy and new controllers into IoT solutions. It is also possible to integrate components without MQTT support such as, for example, Siemens, B&R and Rockwell controllers. The state-of-the-art user interface with intelligent, common sense default settings and intuitive user guidance is designed to make it exceptionally easy for plant manufacturers and maintenance engineers to quickly and easily configure their IoT communication. The modular design of the suite offers the user the greatest possible flexibility since only the required functionality has to be licensed.

@SoftingIA #PAuto @OPCFoundation