Friday, February 16, 2018

Dissolved Oxygen in food, pharmaceutical and biotechnology.

The sensor accurately measures oxygen and temperature in demanding fermenter, bioreactor, water treatment and boiler feedwater applications.

The Memosens COS81D hygienic optical sensor for measuring dissolved oxygen in fermenters and bioreactors has been released by Endress+Hauser. It is for use in the food, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, as well in drinking water and boiler feedwater applications. It can be used in all measuring points from lab fermenters to production processes.
The Memosens COS81D measures dissolved oxygen, gaseous oxygen and temperature with accuracy up to ±0.2%. It works in process temperatures from 15 to 280 °F and pressures from 0 to190 psi. The sensor also provides temperature and partial pressure, as well as raw measured values. The sensor connects to a transmitter via a cable that transmits an optical digital signal.
The sensor accurately measures oxygen and temperature in demanding fermenter, bioreactor, water treatment and boiler feedwater applications.
The sensor withstands CIP and SIP procedures, and resists halogen-containing solvents, ketones and toluene. The sensor is a compact stainless steel 12mm design with lengths currently up to 220 mm. The sensor has a low sampling volume, making it well suited for residual oxygen measurement in water treatment and boiler feedwater.

The stainless steel sensor meets EHEDG (type EL class I) and ASME BPE (including USP class VI and FDA conformity) hygienic requirements to avoid product contamination, and meets the requirements of GMP and GLP. It also has a Certificate of Compliance for biological reactivity tests as per USP (United States Pharmacopeia) part 87 and part 88 class VI, with batch traceability of materials in contact with product.

Two spot cap versions are available with the sensor: a C-shaped cap and a U-shaped cap. The first is particularly well suited to measurements in liquids, specifically in fermenters and bioreactors. The distinctive design of the U-shaped cap protects the spot from abrasion that can occur, for example, in gas measurements. The caps, specially designed for hygienic applications, reduce blockages and the adherence of air bubbles. Thanks to these caps, the sensor delivers extremely stable measured values across the entire measuring range. This stability is maintained even after dozens of CIP and SIP cycles.

The sensor can be replaced within seconds. The user simply calibrates the sensor in the lab, and then inserts it into the sensor holder assembly. It does not require any polarization time and is immediately ready to measure. The sensor has integrated electronics that store calibration data and other information, such as total hours of operation and operating hours under extreme measuring conditions. Once the sensor has been connected, the sensor data is transferred automatically to the transmitter and used to calculate the current measured value. Because calibration data is stored in the sensor, the sensor can be calibrated and adjusted independent of the measuring point.

Measured and calibration values in the sensor are sent to the transmitter using a non-contact connection that is free from potential interference. Memosens technology in the transmitter generates an automatic error message if the sensor fails, or if the connection between sensor and transmitter is interrupted.

The optical signals are continuously monitored and analyzed. The transmitter detects implausibly high or low measured values, irregular values due to incorrect measured values, and aging of the sensor cap. When errors are detected, the transmitter displays a warning and generates an error message.

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Air quality training!

Reflecting the level of support and expertise that Ashtead Technology has been able to provide for its sales and rental customers over the last year, TSI has renewed Ashtead’s Gold Partnership status. The achievement of this level of support triggers higher levels of engagement with TSI, resulting for example, in joint activities such as free air quality training events.
One such event took place in January, focusing on both indoor and outdoor air quality. “Previous training days have taken place at TSI’s headquarters in High Wycombe, but this year, to give our customers in the north of the UK the same opportunity, we moved it to the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham,” explained James Carlyle, Ashtead Technology General Manager. “We were delighted with the level of enthusiasm for the day, and feedback from delegates was extremely positive,” he added.

Two of the attendees from WSP, a 7,640 strong British engineering consultancy, travelled to the Magna Centre from their Cardiff office. Luc Porter, a Principal air quality consultant at WSP, said: “It was great to gain some practical hands-on experience with a variety of technologies, and to see the latest TSI models. We also found it useful to engage with the other delegates; sharing knowledge and experience.”

The day began with a presentation by Ashtead’s Josh Thomas, who outlined the reasons for monitoring particulates; including the management of indoor air quality and regulatory compliance. He explained which instruments are most appropriate for specific applications, citing examples in applications such as cooking, soldering, construction, manufacturing, animal husbandry and even smoke management during the filming of feature films.

The next speaker was Nicholas Baxter from the Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL), which is the science division of the Health & Safety Executive. He described the requirements for Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE), including an explanation of the terms ‘adequate’ and ‘suitable’ with respect to RPE. He also highlighted the importance of the CE mark, correct storage of RPE, and Fit Testing, as well as employer and employee responsibilities. This was followed by a practical demonstration of FFRED (HSL's Face-Fit Respirator Demonstrator) which highlighted the problems caused by badly fitted masks.

Technical presentations were also provided by TSI – Maxine Dolloway described the DUSTTRAK and SIDEPAK range of particulate monitors, and Nick Brown outlined the advantages of the Environmental DUSTTRAK. The participants were given numerous opportunities throughout the day to work with all of these instruments.

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Appointment in Food & Drink ops.

Todd Gilliam has been appointed to the position of US segment leader for ABB’s food and beverage operations. He succeeds Cliff Cole, who has taken on the role of leader of commercial and strategic integration after three years in the position.

Todd Gilliam
Gilliam joins ABB from Schneider Electric, where he was a food and beverage industry manager since September 2014. He has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, having been a global account manager for brands such as Coca-Cola and Microsoft.

In his new role at ABB, Gilliam will lead a team that represents all of ABB’s current business units. The team will take responsibility for educating and informing food manufacturers on the impact digitalization is having on the industry and what long-term solutions are available to improve efficiency and profitability.

“Digitalization has been at the forefront of manufacturers’ minds for a number of years now, and many are inter-ested not only in optimizing existing assets to keep up with their competitors, but also leveraging new technologies to gain a strategic advantage,” said Gilliam. “As an industry, food and beverage has traditionally been a slower adopter of new technologies when compared with sectors such as energy or processing. Rather than playing catch up, manufacturers are now looking at what the future holds and how they can make their own facilities smarter.

“At ABB, our aim is to assist manufacturers in futureproofing their operations. For the vast majority, building a new facility isn’t an option. Industry 4.0 has led to the creation of a wealth of technologies that can enhance existing operations, improve efficiencies and minimize production downtime.

“Big data, a phrase that is commonly thrown around, will play a big part in this. In the industrial context, many manufacturers collate data from disparate sources, but few are able to truly understand it and use as actionable operational information. We want to change this.”

“Todd brings a wealth of experience to the role that will be invaluable to ABB,” added Markus Brettschneider, senior vice president and general manager of ABB’s global food and beverage applications. “His ability to develop rela-tionships and look at the bigger picture for clients will be important to the development of ABB’s work in the US food and beverage industry. We’re delighted to have him on board and look forward to seeing the changes that he will bring.”

Gilliam will be based at ABB’s Atlanta office in the United States. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of South Carolina.

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Essentials for calibration.


The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its Beamex partner have released a new, free eBook called Calibration Essentials. The eBook is an informative resource with 60 detailed pages covering all essential topics relating to calibration.

Get your copy!
In keeping with their ongoing partnership, ISA and Beamex continue to co-develop essential educational resources focused on the vital issues in calibration and instrumentation process improvement—all offered at no charge.

The eBook includes six chapters that address calibration best practices and strategies and contain guidelines on effectively managing a facility-wide calibration program. 

“ISA is pleased to collaborate with our Beamex partner in developing and publishing this new calibration eBook,” says Rick Zabel, ISA Group Publisher. “We believe it will serve as a valuable resource on calibration techniques and technologies to our members and customers and to other automation professionals. It’s also representative of ISA’s commitment to deliver useful technical content to the global automation community.”

“We exist to provide better ways to calibrate. This was our founding principal and still guides everything we do. The creation of this book supports our mission to provide not only the best solutions to our customers, but to also pioneer the best practices of calibration,” explains Greg Sumners, President of Beamex, Inc.


Obtain it today!


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Speedy mobile test device.

Anritsu has worked with Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, to successfully demonstrate peak download speeds of 2 Gbps. The demonstration uses a mobile test device, powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X24 LTE modem and a network simulator using 5x carrier aggregation (5CC) with 4x4 MIMO, and 256-QAM modulation on all 5 carriers. Using the mobile test device and the Anritsu MT8821C LTE Simulator, Anritsu is able to successfully demonstrate stable physical layer download speeds of 2 Gbps.

“Anritsu is pleased to once again work with Qualcomm Technologies in support of our latest advancements – breaking the multi-gigabit barrier for wireless communications,” said Paul Innis, Vice President and General Manager of Anritsu Company. “This achievement builds on our previous announcement with Qualcomm Technologies of LTE Category 16 in February 2016. We look forward to continuing to provide test solutions that enable the development of consumer mobile devices that use this new data rate breakthrough.”

Utilising newly introduced capability enables a multi-box configuration of MT8821C to simulate three contiguous LTE baseband cells on a single RF carrier. With 3 MT8821C simulators in a “master/slave” combination we can offer more aggregated carriers with higher-order MIMO than other solutions on the market. Cells can be placed in any licensed or unlicensed band using the RF capability to cover 350 MHz to 6 GHz.

The MT8821C is a scalable LTE network simulator, product for RF parametric testing and verification of 2G/3G/4G smartphones, tablets, M2M modules and IoT devices. It supports the latest 3GPP technologies including VoLTE, Gigabit LTE, and Cellular IoT applications.

• The solution will be demonstrated in Anritsu’s booth (Hall 6, Stand F40) at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, (Cat).


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OEM Lifecycle – The Past, Present and Future.

A new keynote address entitled “OEM Lifecycle – The Past, Present and Future” will set the scene for this highly topical seminar addressing the key practical issues arising from the use of digital communications technologies in automated manufacturing and process industry applications, with particular attention to Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Draft Agenda
Covering key application areas such as mechanical handling and logistics, robotics, automotive engineering, electrical and electronics assembly, control systems and energy management, pulp & paper, chemical, utilities, pharmaceutical, packaging and printing, it focuses on the practical aspects of using PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link, from system design and safety considerations through to fault-finding and maintenance.

Supported by an exhibition with demonstrations of actual tools used in configuration and maintenance, the seminar will be of great value to Designers, Production/System Engineers, Instrument Technicians/Engineers, and C&I Engineers involved in the design, operation and maintenance of modern automated factories and process plant.

With nearly 80 million nodes installed worldwide, PROFIBUS, PROFINET and IO-Link are truly market leaders, providing state of the art digital communications addressing all the needs of manufacturing and process industries, significantly lowering capital expenditure on installation, commissioning and maintenance. They offer unprecedented integration of automation, control, monitoring and safety systems using standardised and widely supported communications and networking solutions.

This seminar is ably presented by specialists from PI UK member companies. Attendance is free of charge to pre-registered delegates from the User community, i.e. companies that own, operate, design, build or maintain automated plant. The event will provide delegates with an excellent networking opportunity and the ability to speak to experts.

AFRC, Catapult Centre, Inchinnan, April 17th, 2018

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Seamless integration of pneumatic systems and process control.

The ASCO Numatics 580 CHARMs node enables simple Electronic Marshalling of pneumatic systems

Pneumatic systems are an essential part of many process plants, in industries such as chemical, life science and food & beverage, particularly those where ancillary machines are used. Although an essential part of the process, these machines are often stand-alone and are not connected back to the process control architecture. This could mean that should there be a problem with the machine’s pneumatic systems, it may not be communicated back to the control system, therefore leading to a breakdown of the machine. The plant may then continue to produce products that cannot go on for further processing or packaging.

Current architecture
Process control systems are normally able to accommodate pneumatics systems through the implementation of an additional fieldbus network, such as PROFIBUS-DP® or Modbus® TCP. However, this approach adds complexity through additional configuration and data mapping, and whilst supplementary diagnostics is possible, a second programming environment, with its associated costs, is not desirable and may not easily support communication and power redundancy.

In 2016 Emerson introduced electronic marshalling for pneumatic systems. This solution enables users to easily integrate the ASCO Numatics 580 Series valve islands, with Emerson’s DeltaV control system for a complete Emerson Automation I/O and pneumatics system solution for process plants.

What is Electronic Marshalling?
Control engineers and project managers working on continuous or batch-oriented processing plants will be familiar with the problems associated with commissioning I/O in distributed control systems. The traditional method involves field device connection through multi-cored cabling, wired to terminal blocks in control cabinets, with each connection then manually cross-marshalled to its appropriate I/O card. As system complexity increases and the number of connections accumulates – inevitable I/O changes abound – thus, difficulties arise in keeping track of each and every physical connection in the marshalling panel. Every change adds cost, delays, and most importantly risk to the project. Adding redundancy causes even more headaches. Furthermore, future maintenance and system modification is often made difficult with staff changes and system unfamiliarity, which can adversely affect down-time.

Whilst manual marshalling is still considered adequate for small projects, large-scale batch and continuous processes in areas such as chemical, pharma, and food manufacture - where lost production can result in truly excessive costs - increasingly turns to more risk averse and reliable process system design strategies.

Electronic Marshalling does away with the manual and labour-intensive practise of cross marshalling. The cables from the field are still wired in to the marshalling cabinet, but from there on in the connections to the controllers are handled electronically. It is now possible to map each I/O channel to any controller. Emerson manage this mapping with their CHARMs (CHARacterisation Modules). These are essentially analogue to digital conversion cards that may be characterised to perform any signal function (AI, AO, DI, DO, RTD etc.). They are ‘clicked’ on to CHARM I/O Cards (CIOC), which are in-turn mounted on DIN rail terminal blocks where field wiring is arranged; the field device is identified and the appropriate CHARM card is set up and Electronically Marshalled through a hidden digital bus to ANY controller in the system. Fully redundant power and communications connection is included, and autosensing each I/O channel means that identification, configuration, diagnostics and design changes are easily carried out by the DCS.

The technology provides many benefits, from the first design stages, to commissioning, and through the lifetime of processing oriented manufacture. As digital or analogue I/O of any type can be bound to specific controllers at any stage in the project without manual rewiring, hardware and design costs can be more predictable from the outset. Design changes – adding new I/O or changing I/O types - can be catered for without intensive labour and disruptive re-wiring costs. Projects become easier to scale, safety is assured. Configuration and diagnostics are taken care of by a single integrated software platform – Emerson’s DeltaV Explorer. Importantly the Total Cost of Ownership is significantly reduced, measured by increased operational certainty, process reliability and increased machine availability.

Integrating pneumatic valve islands into automation systems with CHARM technology
The 580 Series CHARMs allows control engineers and project managers working on continuous and batch-oriented manufacturing projects a straightforward, cost saving and fast-track approach to the integration of pneumatic systems within the process control environment. The node facilitates single connection from the field to Emerson’s DeltaV™ DCS offering Electronic Marshalling, native configuration and diagnostics plus built-in redundancy - for a truly integrated system architecture.

With the introduction of ASCO Numatics’ 580 CHARMs node, pneumatic systems’ integration with Electronic Marshalling is made possible within a single network platform – a one package and one supplier solution - for the first time. The 580 CHARMs node directly links to the DeltaV system via the CHARM baseplate and natively combines autosensing and Electronic Marshalling through redundant power and communication connection, harnessing the full native diagnostic capabilities of the DeltaV. From the DCS, each pilot valve is managed in exactly the same way as the other system I/O. The DCS can identify and marshal all the pneumatic connections through a single redundant connection with up to 48 valve solenoid outputs connected to each CHARM node.

The 580 CHARMs node interfaces with ASCO Numatics 500 Series valve islands. These high performance, “plug-in” directional control valves feature the highest flow capability for their product size, helping to keep machine footprints compact and lowering system costs, whilst a comprehensive range of accessories and options makes for easy installation, configuration and modification.

The cost and time benefits of simplified machine architecture
When compared to a manually, cross-marshalled, process manufacturing system for batch and continuous production scenarios, the benefits of a CHARMs technology based solution with Electronic Marshalling are apparent and compelling. When pneumatics require integration, and the solution is compared with the introduction of a fieldbus such as PROFIBUS-DP®, the benefits are even more convincing with the easy-to-use, task-based engineering environment that the DeltaV offers.

The elimination of a secondary network allows substantial savings in components, associated I/O, wiring, and commissioning time. The Emerson single network solution means single point responsibility for products, documentation and support, with savings for personnel, programming resources and system training. Reduced component count and direct connection equals a reduced risk of system failure. Design changes throughout project development and future troubleshooting is made easier with embedded intelligent control with autosensing and plain message workstation diagnostics. Shutdown time is significantly reduced thanks to integral diagnostics directly on the valve island or displayed on the DeltaV systems workstation. Reliable redundant connection ensures safety and reduces maintenance down time. Further compelling benefits include flexibility in process control thanks to every CHARM I/O from voltage and current sensors to alarms and pilot valves sharing the same DeltaV Explorer configuration, and being available in the ‘cloud’ to any controller in the network.

These factors combine for a tightly integrated solution for I/O and pneumatic valve islands that delivers more complete project and operational certainty, comprehensive control optimisation and processing reliability.

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