Friday, August 26, 2016

High-density multi-conductor terminal blocks.

Phoenix Contact has introduced their PT 2,5/S-QUATTRO terminal blocks. These four-position terminal blocks occupy the same amount of space as the company’s two-position terminal blocks. This allows for a high wiring density without sacrificing space across the DIN rail.

Up to four 12 AWG conductors can be connected in one feed-through terminal block. The terminal
blocks feature Phoenix Contact’s push-in connection technology, for quick, tool-free wiring of the
pre-assembled conductors. Ground terminals are also available in the same shape.

These multi-conductor terminal blocks also have a double function shaft for easy potential
distribution with plug-in bridges and large-surface marking options. Each current path can be
individually tested for the terminal blocks.

As part of Phoenix Contact’s CLIPLINE complete terminal block system, the PT 2,5/S QUATTRO
accepts standard accessories and marking products, which can reduce inventory costs.

@PhoenixContact #PAuto

Oxygen measurements in natural gas.

A new application note is available to download from Michell Instruments’ website: Oxygen Measurement in Natural Gas.

There are many reasons why oxygen is undesirable in natural gas, on top of meeting the regulatory requirements for purity:

·       Oxygen combines with other chemical gases, especially H2S, to form acids.
·       Oxygen does not add to the heating value of the gas and is not of benefit.
·       Oxygen degrades amine, which inhibits the process of removing carbon dioxide and H2S from the gas chemically.
·       Oxygen can degrade some mercaptans reducing the effectiveness of these odorants in the gas.
·       Oxygen accelerates corrosion in the mechanical components that come in contact with the gas.
·       Oxygen in sufficient quantities and with a heat source can cause explosions.

The application note discusses the various oxygen measurement methods available, along with their benefits and disadvantages.

• Michell Instruments products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

@Michell_Inst #PAuto #Gas 

Next generation freezing point analyser.

The next generation of PAC's ISL FZP 5G2S, "the world’s leading Freezing Point Laboratory Analyser."

The new OptiFZP offers improved productivity with proven reliability and accuracy. The user-friendly interface on a 7” color touch-screen allows users to start a test with just the touch of a button and view a real-time graphic display of the test, improving customer experience and accelerating lab productivity.

The patented built-in cooling system, unique detection cell, and automatic cleaning help lower the cost of ownership, while producing accurate results up to -100°C (-148°F) in under 15 minutes. The new model includes all the standard data exporting capabilities (USB, RS232, network printing) as well as LIMS connectivity through the IRIS platform.

OptiFZP offers superior correlation to the manual method with excellent sensitivity to contaminated samples. This proven analyzer is compliant with ASTM D7153 and IP 529 and has perfect correlation to ASTM D2386 and IP 16.

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Record growth at noise & vibration specialist.

Svantek has reported a 20% increase in sales for the first half of 2016, compared to the same period last year.

Anticipating record growth by the end of 2016, the specialist in noise and vibration instrumentation for occupational health and environmental monitoring attributes this latest success to a series of exciting new product launches, including the introduction of the world’s first personal hand-arm vibration exposure meter. The SV103 easily attaches to the operator’s arm whilst the lightweight MEMS accelerometer straps to the hand making it the only device to accurately measure the vibration dose being received.

Another key reason for the increase in sales is Svantek’s strengthened position in the construction market which is stipulating a preference for its high performance indoor and outdoor noise and vibration monitoring stations.

Paul Rubens, General Manager at Svantek comments: “We are delighted to see such an excellent performance from Svantek with a new record in half year sales by a wide margin. The products that we introduced last year have helped set a new benchmark in noise and vibration monitoring instrumentation ensuring they have been well received by both the occupational health and safety and environmental industries as a result.
“The team has also been successful in expanding the market penetration of our products within the construction industry, with us rapidly gaining preferred supplier status with contractors.”

@Svantek_UK #Pauto @elhcomms 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

FDI technology now ready to use.

By accomplishing the development of FDI (Field Device Integration) technology PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) and its partner organizations have passed an extraordinary milestone. Not only because the technology will greatly facilitate the device integration in the future. But – and especially – because FDI is the joint result of a trusting and intensive network of manufacturers and organizations for industrial communication. "We were motivated by the strong user interest in a uniform and practical integration technology for process automation. The goal was consistent, simplified device integration. The boundary conditions were maximum manufacturer-neutrality as well as use of proven elements of existing technologies."

The IDE and the Host Component can be obtained here on the PI website:
The completion of the FDI technology is impressive evidence that a targeted intensive cooperation of different organizations in industrial automation can be successful and can provide users with operational technologies for their solutions. This includes the specification of FDI, EDDL, tools, and components to support efficient product development.

After completion of work in the FDI Cooperation LLC, the establishment of FDI technology in the market is an important next step. Key elements to promote the market penetration of FDI are the tools and components. Another element is the joint establishment of testing, certification, and registration rules. To ensure these goals in the long term, PI and FieldComm Group have signed a contract to continue their close and trustful cooperation to provide a common development, maintenance, and deployment on the market.

Karsten Schneider, PI Chairman confirms the importance of this cooperation: "The FDI project is a prime example of how users, manufacturers, and user organizations can trustfully and successfully communicate and cooperate. FDI will significantly simplify the integration task in process industries."

"This ground-breaking body of work enables the immediate adoption of FDI Technology by the automation industry,” says Ted Masters, President and CEO of FieldComm Group. “We are excited with the response this technology has received by leading automation instrumentation and host system providers.”

To support device manufacturers in integrating FDI in their devices, an across-protocol development tool (Integrated Development Environment, IDE) has been provided. It supports the efficient development, testing, and generation of FDI Device Packages, as well as a low-overhead pass-through of existing EDDs in an FDI Device Package. It enables device manufacturers to create FDI Device Packages for PROFIBUS, PROFINET, Foundation Fieldbus, and HART devices using unified processes. Another important result for FDI is definition of architecture for FDI Host Components that allow a uniform treatment of Device Integration Packages in various FDI Hosts. The implementation of such a component that has been created in the context of our activities will serve host manufacturers as a reference while implementing FDI in their tools.

 #Pauto @AllThingsPROFI 

Beating the heat!

How providing the correct PPE equipment is essential in reducing the risk of heat stress.
Though not strictly instrumentation we thought that this is a safety topic which is relevant to control & automation professionals in many process industries.

The issue of heat stress is a real concern for employers and their workforce across the world and it is easy to understand why. According to The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), June 2016 was the hottest June ever recorded worldwide, and marked 14 consecutive months of record heat for the globe. High temperatures are a cause for concern for outdoor workers and increase the risk of heat-related illness such as heat exhaustion, heat stress and heat stroke. Exacerbating this issue is the increasing trend between rapid development in hot countries and the number of labour intensive industries such as construction, mining and oil and gas operations in these countries.

According to the British Health & Safety Executive (HSE), heat stress occurs when the body’s means of controlling its internal temperature, such as sweating, starts to fail. Symptoms of the condition can include: fainting, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, muscle cramps, heat rash and severe thirst.

In addition to climatic changes, heat stress can be induced by other factors such as work rate, worker’s clothing and PPE compatibility. Therefore it is imperative that manufacturers develop equipment that uses lightweight, breathable fabrics and materials where possible. There is a responsibility too on employers to choose the most appropriate equipment for the work and to ensure the correct training is given so that the worker wears the equipment properly.

“We invest a considerable amount of time in the development of our personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure we design lightweight products. We use the best performing materials that offer the correct level of protection,” explains Chris Ellerby, Senior Global Product Manager with Scott Safety.

Ensuring workers wear PPE is an on-going challenge, especially if the pieces are not designed to work together. PPE incompatibility makes the equipment uncomfortable and can lead to the worker getting unnecessarily hot; “Our range of PPE has been specifically developed so that it complements each other and can be worn comfortably, regardless of the heat. There is much research to show that good product compatibility will improve the overall comfort for the wearer, regardless of their working environment and therefore ensure that the products will continue to be worn without detriment to the wearer.”

Scott Safety’s range of PPE includes the multiple application bump cap FirstBase 3. This innovative bump cap is designed to provide protection to the wearer against the effects of head striking against hard, stationary objects. It is made from a breathable fabric that allows high levels of ventilation that will reduce heat stress and improve wearer comfort. Additional features of the FirstBase 3 which works to reduce the effects of heat stress include the wide moisture wicking sweatband.

Chris Ellerby who has worked on the designs of this product since its inception explained: “Reducing heat and humidity on the head is a key customer need when it comes to bump or head protection in general. Scott Safety has done a huge amount of work in terms of analysing relative humidity on the head and implemented several improvements to improve airflow and permit moisture to be expelled; making the FirstBase bump cap collectively one of, if not the lowest, relative humidity bump caps on the marketplace. ”

However compatibility does not just centre on weight and comfort. There is no governing body that dictates that all equipment must meet certain compatibility standards making it harder for manufacturers to develop product compatibility. Ultimately what this means is that unless equipment is purchased from the same manufacturer and therefore designed to work together, good fit and optimum comfort cannot necessarily be guaranteed. And equipment designed and supplied from one manufacturer will most likely have been approved to work together too.

Working in environments where more substantial personal protection is required such as confined spaces or contaminated air environments is a growing trend in many countries. In these situations increased respiratory protection may well be required and this will involve wearing more complex equipment that could, if not designed well, add to heat stress levels. However, Scott Safety, renowned worldwide for its respiratory protection range, recently launched a new powered respirator specifically designed to reduce weight burden. Wearing a respirator over a period of hours can create a great physiological burden on the wearer because the sheer weight of the kit could increase the effort required to breathe. However, this new design incorporates a curved backplate and lightweight battery ensuring user comfort for long periods of use.

Scott Safety has developed a range of solutions that allow users to work comfortably in intense climates, safe in the knowledge that they are properly protected at all times.

@ScottSafetyEMEA #Safety 

Gas detector has extended life!

The PS200 portable gas detector now available from Tyco Gas & Flame Detection has a new catalytic bead sensor option that provides an increased battery life of up to 80 hours in diffusion mode and 20 hours in pump mode.

Both lightweight and durable, the instrument is ideal for protection in hotworks and confined space applications. The PS200 monitors and displays up to 4 hazardous gas conditions simultaneously, detecting all possible combinations of Methane, Oxygen, Carbon Monoxide, Hydrogen Sulfide, and a wide range of flammable gases.

Operator interface and calibration are intuitive and easy by toggling between simple one-button functions. During normal operation the large LCD screen displays battery life and real-time gas concentrations, but when a hazardous condition occurs users are alerted by three alarm functions: vibration, red flashing LEDs, and audible buzzer.

To ensure the highest level of personal safety, the PS200 is also fitted with an optional man down/motion sensor that activates alarms if the instrument is not moved within a pre-set time. Other features include an optional built in remote sampling pump for confined space entry, manual backlight screen for poor lighting conditions, a customized user identification code setup, calibration due date display and standard datalogging that can be downloaded with a USB connection to a computer. Accessory components available separately include an Auto Bump and Calibration Station, a 5-instrument multi-charger and an assortment of colored boots/instrument covers.

@TycoGFD #PAuto #Safety