Friday, November 24, 2017

World's smallest EtherCAT drive.

High-end positioning applications where space is critical now find an optimal solution in the incredibly small iPOS2401 servo drive from Technosoft, with an EtherCAT interface.

Small and light, 19 x 50 x 10 mm, and weighing only 12 g, the iPOS2401 MX-CAT drive can be used in high precision positioning applications with any motor technology (brushless, stepper, DC/voice coil or linear) that requires no more than 1 A continuous at 24 V.

Users can achieve an optimal mechanical integration, due to the plug-in design of the iPOS2401 that offers full flexibility in terms of motherboard design and connectors choice, for either single or multi-axes applications.

A miniaturized drive, yet with no compromise in performance, the iPOS2401 MX-CAT sup-ports full CoE (CAN application protocol over EtherCAT) protocol, which makes it the ideal solution to medical, robotics, instrumentation or automation projects where a high-end Swiss product can make the difference in terms of quality and performance of the application.

A lighter, CAN version is also available, embedding a motion controller that can execute complex motion sequences programmed in TML (Technosoft Motion Language), stored at drive level and called by specific CANopen commands to reduce the bus traffic in multi-axis applications.

In both EtherCAT and CANopen versions, the iPOS2401 completes the extended Technosoft offer (from 25 W to 1.6 kW) in terms of intelligent drives with embedded motion controller for high-end positioning applications.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Load cell for harsh conditions.

The new DBBSUB s-beam load cell from Applied Measurements, is guaranteed to measure tension and compression in continuous submersion in potable water to depths of up to 10 metres / 1 bar. Its IP68 long-term immersion sealing and rugged stainless steel body makes it is ideal to use in many submersible applications.

This load cell has a glass-to-metal seal construction providing a complete hermetic sealing. This hermetic sealing guarantees its safe performance in highly aggressive environments whilst still maintaining its high ±0.02 % accuracy.

Robert Davies, Applied Measurements’ Production Director says, “The DBBSUB S-beam permanently submersible load cell is the perfect choice for tension and compression loading in many underwater, offshore and harsh industrial environments.”

Applied Measurements’ specially designed rod end bearings and fixtures deliver optimum accuracy of the load cell by directing the tensile force through the centre of the load cell which reduces any unrelated forces.

Their wide range of mounting bases and fixtures make installation into your application fast and easy, without the worry of lengthy time consuming delays and expensive setup costs.

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High-Speed RF Measurements for NB-IoT Devices.

The NB-IoT Uplink Tx Measurement MX887067A software and NB-IoT Downlink Waveforms MV887067A package supporting 3GPP RF measurement tests for NB-IoT devices and further strengthening the functions of the popular Universal Wireless Test Set MT8870A has been launched by Anritsu Corporation.

Installing the NB-IoT options in the MT8870A enables evaluation of communications equipment with built-in NB-IoT functions as well as tests of the RF TRx characteristics of modules. These same options are bundled with a PC application supporting signal analysis to assist customers with development work and design testing. Additionally, a fully automatic measurement application is provided for controlling measuring instruments and chipsets at prototyping and mass-production testing. These application software packages can be used to simplify test program creation and automate measurement, cutting customers’ test software development man-hours by about 90%.

Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) is the latest standard of wireless technology that has been developed to support IoT devices and services. NB-IoT offers several advantages, including improved power consumption, extended in-building coverage, lower cost and improved security and privacy features. But to be able to meet to growing demand for NB-IoT modules, chipset vendors are looking at cutting the cost of manufacturing by improving measurement efficiency. Anritsu has worked closely with chipset vendors to develop a turnkey system supporting fully automatic measurement. These latest options make full use of optimization technology developed as a manufacturing solution for 2G/3G/4G terminals and have been developed as a multi-device test solution for cutting measurement costs per device as far as possible.

The MT8870A is a Universal Wireless Test Set designed for the mass-production of wireless communication devices, including 2G/3G/LTE/LTE-A, W-LAN, Bluetooth, GPS and FM technologies. Up to four high-performance test units can be installed in one main chassis, with each unit performing completely independent parallel measurements to evaluate up to four wireless communications devices simultaneously.

Installing the developed NB-IoT measurement software (NB-IoT Uplink Tx Measurement MX887067A and NB-IoT Downlink Waveforms MV887067A)in the MT8870A supports fast and easy 3GPP NB-IoT RF tests, including power, frequency, modulation accuracy and Rx sensitivity.

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Supporting IoT protocols.

HMS Industrial Networks supports the IoT protocols OPC UA and MQTT within the Anybus CompactCom range of embedded networking solutions. With OPC UA and MQTT in the portfolio, device and machine manufacturers who use CompactCom are offered a straight-forward path to providing secure data to the IIoT factories of tomorrow - already today.To achieve the vision of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), device and machine manufacturers are required not only to connect their hardware to different industrial networks on OT (operational technology), but also to provide data to IT systems and IoT software.

Anybus CompactCom now opens a new door to IIoT, thanks to the support for OPC UA and MQTT. Thousands of device manufacturers and machine builders who use CompactCom can now make their data available to IT systems and IoT software in an easy and secure way.

The support for OPC UA and MQTT in CompactCom greatly facilitates communication with IT-systems and IIoT applications, offering data straight from a device or machine. Users will be able to analyze data from CompactCom-equipped devices and machines for the purpose of e.g. predictive maintenance and manufacturing optimization - key elements for realizing the vision of IIoT.

Availability of OPC UA and MQTT in CompactCom
HMS is recognizing OPC UA and MQTT as two of the most important protocols for data and information exchange within the smart industrial solutions of the future. Accordingly, OPC UA and MQTT is implemented into the CompactCom industrial Ethernet offering, starting with the EtherNet/IP and PROFINET versions end of 2017.

Additional IIoT solutions using CompactCom
In addition to supporting OPC UA and MQTT, CompactCom offers several other ways to connect industrial hardware to IT-systems and IoT software, with features such as integrated, customizable web pages and support for web services, email and FTP. Users with specific demands regarding communication between OT and IT, can do-it-themselves using the CompactCom socket interface or the Transparent Ethernet functionality. These methods allow users to develop their own IT-connection while CompactCom handles the network communication.


• Read more in the publication »Into the future with Anybus CompactCom.».


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Partners in reporting & dashboards!

WellinTech has joined the Dream Report Proven Partner Program and is recommending Dream Report as a solution for reports and dashboards.

WellinTech, makers of KingSCADA, is a leading supplier of HMI/SCADA technology in China and other parts of the world. As a member of the Dream Report Proven Partner Program, WellinTech customers will benefit by having a jointly endorsed solution for compliance, performance and ad-hoc; reports, dashboards and data troubleshooting interfaces.

“We have tested Dream Report OPC DA connectivity with KingView," explained Roy Kok, VP Sales and Marketing for Ocean Data Systems. “Dream Report offers the ability to acquire data from KingView and store that data for future reporting. The OPC DA interface also enables Dream Report to monitor events for batch reporting, alarm reporting and triggers from any other SCADA event. As our relationship matures and customers benefit from the value of Dream Report, we will expand our connectivity to WellinTech products, specifically KingHistorian.”

“Dream Report is the leading industrial report solution on the market and we see customers that would like to integrate data from many data sources, including KingSCADA into one report or dashboard,” explained Li Heng(Eric), Sales manager of overseas department at WellinTech. “With their broad base of vendor partnerships and over 80 proprietary, industrial standard and business standard interfaces, they are a natural partner for us and we are happy to be integrated with their Proven Partner Program.”


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Wireless gateway module for small-scale field wireless systems.

Yokogawa has developed an ISA100 Wireless™ gateway module for field wireless communications that integrates the functions of an access point and a gateway which will be released later this month (Nov 2017). Compact in size and easy to set up, this gateway module is ideal for building small-scale field wireless systems for upstream (oil and gas field development and production) and other types of applications where data is typically collected from a small number of devices and distributed across a wide area.

Field wireless systems allow field devices to communicate wirelessly with host systems that perform functions such as monitoring and control. There is an increasing need for the collection of data that can help to improve productivity and enhance safety in plants and other types of industrial facilities. For such purposes, the demand for field wireless devices is particularly strong because they cost less to install and can be installed in locations that cannot be accessed using conventional wired devices.

They released the world’s first ISA100 Wireless-compliant wireless devices in July 2010. Since then, the company has added field devices to its field wireless lineup that can measure flow rate, temperature, pressure, and vibration, gateways, and adapters that enable conventional field devices to communicate wirelessly.

ISA100 Wireless systems are fast and reliable, and can link devices that are scattered over a wide area. Yokogawa already offers a range of ISA100 Wireless products that can be used to construct large-scale field wireless systems, and is now adding this product to its lineup to satisfy the demand for a gateway that is suited for the construction of small-scale systems with fewer measurement points.

Product Features
1. Small form factor
Existing field wireless systems consist of wireless transmitters that can measure flow rate, temperature, pressure, and vibration in a production process; access points for receiving signals from wireless sensors; and management stations that function as gateways for the collection of sensor data via access points and send the data to a host system. This new gateway module is able to function as both an access point and gateway because it incorporates a FN110 field wireless communication module with a built-in gateway. *In its original configuration, without the gateway, the FN110 is mounted on field wireless devices and functions solely as an antenna. The FN110 dimensions are unchanged, with a diameter of 23 mm and a length of 90 mm. When used together with an LN90 interface adaptor that incorporates a power supply adapter and a host system communications interface, the new gateway module can link up to 20 field wireless devices with a host controller or other device via the RS-485 Modbus general-purpose communications protocol.

2. Easy to set up
This gateway module requires the input of just a few items to set it up. A clear line of sight between the wireless sensors and the gateway module must be secured to connect to a host system. Technicians who have no previous experience with wireless systems can easily set up this system.

3. Low power consumption
This compact module draws just 0.3 watts of power.

Commitment to This Technology
This new gateway module opens up new applications for our wireless systems. ISA100 Wireless field wireless systems of all sizes can now be built to suit a wide variety of customer needs. Yokogawa will continue working to offer its customers best-in-class solutions that deliver great value by introducing new ISA100 Wireless field wireless devices and wireless system devices, and in so doing will broaden the use of this wireless technology.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Level switch with IO-Link.

Baumer has announced the immediate availability of LBFH and LBFI level switches with IO-Link and ATEX approval. The IO-Link interface allows the user to automate the configuration of sensors.The inclusion of ATEX also enables the use of commercially available barriers. The sensors are suitable for hygienic and industrial applications.

Thanks to IO-Link integration, the level switches are Industry 4.0-ready. The communication interface enables each application to be configured quickly and easily using standard network components. This ensures error-free duplication of the system and device replacement without the need for additional programming, thereby saving time. Diagnostic data can be called up and evaluated at any time, which increases system availability.

Just like their predecessors, LBFH and LBFI level switches meet the criteria for ATEX categories 1 and 2 for gas and dust. The reduced current consumption of their more advanced electronics means that commercially-available standard barriers can now be used in addition to the Baumer barriers. This increases flexibility in terms of integration even in existing plants, and reduces installation costs.

Two switching outputs make it possible to set independent trigger thresholds. This means two different process steps, such as production and cleaning, or two media groups, such as water and oil, can be monitored with one sensor. Additionally, the two switching outputs facilitate a plausibility check of the sensor. Complementary trigger point setting ensures wire breaks are reliably detected, thus guaranteeing effective monitoring of all programs.

Both variants are suitable for use in temperatures up to 135 °C while the variant for hygiene applications also has SIP capabilities.


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