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PLC module coordinates real-time data in coal shipping application
A coal shipping company improved their supply chain and operations by reducing inefficiency and waste with PLC modules.
Migrating legacy PLC programs to modern PLC hardware
Zero downtime is a requirement for many water/wastewater processes, often necessitating upgrading legacy automation by migrating existing code
Moving toward self-assembly machine automation systems
Evolving PLC and PAC platforms, networking, and programming methods are leading to self-assembled machine automation systems, reducing risk and user integration efforts.
Open-source benefits for industrial controllers
New controller options make it possible to add open-source features to industrial-grade automation. Think of industrial versions of Raspberry Pi or Arduino controllers.
Modern controllers ease upgrades
Legacy industrial automation systems must eventually be ripped and replaced or upgraded. See four challenges and five benefits of upgrades using modern controllers.
Evaluate controller options for industrial applications
Choosing the best industrial controller requires evaluation of automation, communication and security needs.
GOV+ electronic speed governor by Altronic LLC
The GOV+ electronic speed governor provides closed loop speed control of an engine by controlling an actuator.
Evaluating bridge and gantry cranes
Properly sized, designed, and installed bridge and gantry cranes dramatically increase production, significantly reduce material handling costs, and substantially lower the risk of employee injury. A properly maintained crane lasts at least 20 yr, could reach 50 yr or more, and occasionally outlives the structure or company originally housing or using the equipment.
Model 80 series mass flow controllers for precise gas measurement are now available in stainless steel. These controllers provide stable control of gas flow ranges as low as 0 to 50 sccm. Units are also available with aluminum construction for added value; displays are optional on all configurations.
Software is abundant for plant engineers
Plant engineers continue to demand efficient, affordable, and well supported software. And software suppliers are keeping up with plant engineers' demands. Here's a sampling of recent software offerings plant engineers should find useful.Software tracks employees' timeEmployee Proj Clock software is an employee project time tracking tool.
2018 Programmable Controllers Study
Five industrial controller findings
Manufacturing off to a strong start in 2018
PMI Index remains above 59% as employment, new orders and production remain in a growth mode.
2017 Top Plant: Data-driven pioneers
The Rockwell Automation plant in Twinsburg, Ohio combines its in-house technology, the power of Lean manufacturing and a relentless attention to training and waste reduction.
Electric devices provide a better connection to smart maintenance systems
Smart actuators provide the capability for variable maintenance functions. Smart actuators and other electrical devices lower maintenance and manufacturing costs.
Manufacturing growth keeps blazing through 2017
PMI slips to 58.2% in November, but index is well above 10% growth rate for the year
Hurricanes create an ill wind, but PMI remains strong
Manufacturing index falls to 58.7% but stays in growth mode despite price increases.
A NEW approach to the Skills Gap
For over a decade, the Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Manufacturing Alliance has been working to address the region's shortage of skilled labor and redefine the manufacturing industry's image.
How to run effective food processing equipment design meetings
Efficient and effective design meetings play a huge role in ensuring your schedule doesn’t stall and that the best decisions are made.
Hidden Figures no more; Infor names AI platform for NASA mathematics pioneer
Coleman platform announced at Inforum event in New York
Choosing the right PLC panel
Programmable logic controller (PLC) panels come in almost every shape and size with some of them being freestanding and others being wall-mounted and choosing the right solution for a particular application can be difficult.
The human-human interface
While machines generated a great deal of attention at IMTS, the human element remains a key component of manufacturing.
IMTS returns to Chicago for 2016
Largest North American manufacturing show features 2,000 exhibitors.
Machine vision devices in high I/O applications
The BitBox is controlled solely by a BitFlow frame grabber, using the same API, driver and manual.
Smart manufacturing: What if they threw a revolution and nobody came?
Let’s face it: The majority of manufacturing organizations just isn’t realizing the promises of “smart manufacturing.” We aren’t seeing the improved productivity, optimized production, higher levels of safety, enhanced security, accelerated decision-making, reduced regulatory effort or faster market response times that current technology enables.
Input DIN rail signal conditioner
The DRSL-U isolated universal input DIN rail signal conditioner provides technology for galvanic isolation of process signals to SCADA systems or PLC equipment.
Honoring manufacturing’s future
Infor receives Product of the Year Grand Award, Phoenix Contact accepts Top Plant, Leaders Under 40 honored.
Compressed air monitor for plant, machine operations
The MSE6-E2M automatically monitors and optimizes compressed air use and alerts plant personnel to system leaks for reduced energy consumption and improved machine operation.
Compact generator for sterilization, humidification applications
CSM-C 600’s compact generator produces up to 1,275 lb/hr of clean steam at 45 psig and is ideal in any applications that relies on sterilization or humidification.
As Partner Country, U.S. to showcase manufacturing strength, growth
As Partner Country, U.S. to showcase manufacturing strength and growth as the world's largest manufacturing economy at the world's largest industrial technology event.
Manufacturing Day touts strong jobs, technology
Across America, students and political leaders get a first-hand view of U.S. plants
HMI panel for communication protocols
TP30000 series HMI panel that consumes less energy and produces less heat to support various communication protocols.
Current transducer for measuring current in three phases
The RCTrms 3-ph current transducer delivers a convenient, safe, and accurate solution for measuring current in three phases.
2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Brian Zakrajsek
Senior Electrical Engineer; Koch Modular Process Systems LLC; Paramus, N.J.
Pennsylvania schools benefit from STEM donations
Bosch, Siemens contribute to help advance software use, get more women in manufacturing
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 5-11
Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, May 5-11, including articles about energy efficiency in pneumatic systems, Schneider Electric accelerating its transformation, strategies for using Microsoft Windows XP after its support ends April 8, contract maintenance, and improving PPE usage for manufacturing safety.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 10-16
Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, March 10-16, including articles about remote monitoring, manufacturing growth, autonomous maintenance, PLC programming, and reshoring.
As manufacturing changes, it’s time to take some risks
Futurist Jack Uldrich sees what's coming next, and encourages manufacturers to jump on the trends while presenting at the MFG Meeting in Phoenix.
Manufacturing is back. Now what?
Three manufacturing-association presidents, NTMA, PMA, and AMT, discuss ways to ensure the manufacturing sector’s long-term growth. Manufacturing Skills gap Jobs Technology Tooling Machining Metalforming Tax reform Manufacturers Fabricating
Top five Plant Engineering stories, Jan. 20-26, 2014
Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, Jan. 20-26, 2014, including articles about Schneider Electric and Invensys, safety compliance, PLC programming, burner replacement, and eye wash safety.
PLC programming: 5 mistakes to avoid
Stick with your architecture and remember to reuse your code
After 2012 slip, motion control business headed higher
MCA report finds orders are up after 1% sales decline in 2012
Additive manufacturing is shaping the future
3D printing technology will change the way we make things
Personal air conditioner
The Dual Action PAC is a lightweight vest designed to deliver cool or warm air to a user's torso neck, allowing users to work in tough conditions and hazardous conditions regardless of the season.
LED revenue will peak this decade
The 2012 market size is projected to be about $10.9 billion, with $2.9 billion in lighting and $8.0 billion in all other applications.
Siemens, Bentley Systems to partner on digital factory systems
Goal is toi create 'digital factory infrastructure'
2012 POY Finalists: Electrical Controls
Finalists in the Electrical Controls category for the Plant Engineering 2012 Product of the Year competition.
2012 POY Finalists: Material Handling Systems
Finalists in the Material Handling Systems category for the Plant Engineering 2012 Product of the Year competition.
PV module prices continue to slide, but signs of recovery appear on the horizon
A decline in pricing as well as slowing growth in key worldwide markets will serve to keep the global photovoltaic (PV) market for solar modules depressed for the rest of the year, according to IHS.
Daily Insight for August 7, 2012
Chrysler puts 3D manufacturing to the test; pharma manufacturer to expand three plants
10 tips to measure training ROI
If you can’t prove a return on your training program – real learning that is adopted and applied—then you run the risk of having it cut back or even losing it.
ADAS raw data driving up demand for MCUs
The microcontroller market is expected to grow from $70 million to over $150 million by 2019 thanks to growing demand for raw data processing from associated driver assistance sensors.
Cloud-based transportation management suite
Release from Descartes Systems Group integrates transportation management, small package shipping, fleet routing, mobile applications and telematics.
PV module suppliers switch tactics as wafer prices fall 70%
The average price of photovoltaic wafers in the first quarter of 2012 fell by more than 70% due to a global oversupply leading companies to buy in their wafer supply according to the latest research released by IMS Research.
LED lighting to drive $3 billion power semiconductor market in 2016
A recent report reveals a rapid uptake of LED lighting will result in a potential market of 19 billion power semiconductor units by 2016.
Robotic palletizing components
The PalletPack 460 is a pre-engineered package of robotic palletizing components featuring the IRB 460 robot.
Rite-Hite's Split Second and FasTrax doors are designed to be extremely fast and safe while minimizing energy loss and unwanted air filtration.
Designing new SCADA systems
Reduce design time and achieve better results when developing a new SCADA project for Windows or Windows Embedded platform.
Ethernet grows but Fieldbus is alive and well!
Ethernet is on the rise and is growing faster than Fieldbus, but overall Fieldbus usage is still greater than Ethernet.
Precision gearing – ‘Value lines’ growing faster than lowest backlash
Recovery in the machine tool and robotics sectors suggest a slow, but steady growth for the precision gearing industry, though it will not exceed 2008 levels until 2013.
2011 POY Finalists: HVAC
Finalists in HVAC in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition
Flexera Software launches InstallShield 2012
InstallShield 2012 has a Suite Installation feature that can bundle multiple products together into a single installation. It also feature a new setup launcher that can conditionally run multiple installations.
In depth: Partnerships as a growth opportunity
Plant Engineering asked Doug Woods, president of AMT, about productivity, manufacturing recovery, and the challenges he’s faced in 2011.
Integrate maintenance, automation for success
Engineering solutions are important to preserving capital and productivity.
Johnson Controls builds automotive battery distribution center
The 400,000-sq-ft distribution center can handle up to 14 million units per year and create up to 225 jobs in Middletown, Del.
Power firm gets NERC-CIP boost
PAS inked a deal with a power generation producer in the Southeast of the U.S. to help manage process alarms and automation configurations at 15 of its sites, as well as aid in compliance with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection standards.
National manufacturing survey finds two-thirds intend to raise prices over next six months
Number planning price increases nearly doubles from six months ago as raw material and energy prices cause worry
AutomationDirect Renews Partnership with Kepware for Communications
AutomationDirect selects Kepware as an OPC server partner, delivering communications to their line of DirectLOGIC PLCs, Ethernet remote I/O, and Productivity3000 PACs.
Stuxnet Report II: A Worm’s Life
Stuxnet is a computer worm designed to infect Siemens SIMATIC WinCC and S7 PLC products, either installed as part of a PCS 7 system, or operating on their own
Bus coupler connects EtherNet/IP with modular, extendable electronic terminal blocks
The Bus Coupler from Beckhoff recognizes the terminals to which it is connected, and performs the assignment of the inputs and outputs to the words of the process image automatically.
Get connected to your data
MES helps sort through information to deliver measured performance
Energy management, analysis tool for energy intensive industrial processes
The Production Energy Optimization solution, from Schneider Electric, provides visibility to measure and analyze energy consumption to maximize industrial processes
BAT Controllers enable centralized management
Belden produces three new Hirschmann BAT WLC Controllers, providing fast data communications, optimum network availability for large WLAN networks
Alabama Robotics Technology Park to Educate in Emerging Robotics, Automation Technologies
Three-phase project will provide in-depth training on all aspects of robotics, including safety, with safety solutions provided by Omron STI.
Flowmeter ideal for spraying, coating equipment, test stands
The compact Cubemass Coriolis flowmeter from Endress+Hauser is ideal for OEMs that build spraying equipment, coating equipment, test stands and process skids. Suitable for use in hazardous environments worldwide.
What is happening to third-party I/O suppliers?
Traditional PLC system suppliers still hold a dominant position in the I/O modules market, facing increasing competition from “non-traditional” PLC suppliers or “third-party” I/O suppliers, which took over one quarter of the world market for remote PLC I/O modules
Motion controller provides complete control, monitoring
New controller extends advanced control, monitoring and communications functionality to 1 and 1.5 axis applications.
Packaged LED market shares
We have recently updated market shares for a new report, both for 2009 as well as a provisional market share for 2010. For Samsung LED and LG Innotek, we looked at the values of packaged LEDs even those contained in a module and counted all of their packaged LED business, whether merchant or captive.
2010 POY Finalists: Software
Plant Engineering's 2010 Product of the Year finalists featured in the Software category.
Infor Express to offer pre-configured solutions suite
Fast implementation one of the keys to new engineering/business package
Cat gets ready to dig into Texas
Company to build 600,000 sq ft manufacturing facility to build excavation equipment
Compressed air audits let you find the leaks in your system
An easy first step in improving system efficiency in this type of system is to identify and eliminate any false demand in the system such as dormant processes that are still connected to the air system or infrequently used processes that constantly draw air.
The potential — and potential pitfalls — of the Smart Grid
The main challenges facing Smart Grids – doing more with less and improving efficiency, reliability, security and environmental sustainability, will depend on a combination of sensor, communication, information and control technologies to make the whole grid smart
Special Report: Signal conditioners ensure signal integrity
Employed wherever temperature, pressure, flow, speed or other process values are measured and controlled, signal conditioners help protect these measurements from being corrupted as they transmit the measurement data from the field where the sensors collect data to the plant control room.
Universal signal conditioners
Universal signal conditioners convert, isolate and transmit signals from a wide variety of process sensors and controller I/O. The DIN-rail mountable models support scalable input signals including mA, Vdc, thermocouple, RTDs, linear resistance and potentiometer signals. These models feature mA and Vdc outputs, while the 84116 model adds two individually programmable relays for alarm and contro...
Signal conditioners ensure signal integrity
Like a fuel injector in a high-performance engine, signal conditioners perform a critical, yet often under-recognized function. Signal conditioners isolate, transmit and convert a wide range of process signals into a format that is compatible with the receiving device such as a programmable logic controller.
Temperature measurement handbook
Omega's newly released "Temperature Measurement Handbook, 7th Edition" features more than 2,000 full-color pages of detailed information and specifications on more than 40,000 products for process measurement and control.
USB-based DAQ and control I/O modules
This line of small form factor USB-based data acquisition and control I/O modules features a high-speed USB 2.0, multifunction board with 16 channels of 16-bit resolution analog outputs along with two 16-bit analog inputs and 16 digital I/O lines packaged in a small, rugged, industrial enclosure.
ARC: Process automation sector facing pricing, growth pressures
Automation supplier revenues continued to fall throughout 2009 as compared to 2008. Dedham, MA-based ARC Advisory Group expects that year-on-year comparisons between 2008 and 2009 will experience a decline, with modest growth in 2010. ARC sees signs that the manufacturing recovery has begun but its continued success depends on the ability of the financial markets to return to normal functioning. Small, medium, and large businesses have all been strained by the inability to access short-term capital.
ARC: Process automation faces growth decline
Automation supplier revenues continued to fall throughout 2009 as compared to 2008. Dedham, MA-based ARC Advisory Group expects that year-on-year comparisons between 2008 and 2009 will experience a decline, with modest growth in 2010. ARC sees signs that the manufacturing recovery has begun but its continued success depends on the ability of the financial markets to return to normal functioning.
Control system lifespan: How long is long enough?
At a recent control system supplier’s user group, the presenter laying out the technology roadmap said that the company is designing its systems for at least a 30-year lifespan. Is that possible, and is it a good idea? If you’re trying to determine what the practical lifespan for a control system is, you may have to wait a few more years.
The next big thing in plant communication networks
Communications networks are viewed like highways. We need them, but who really thinks about them? Not viewing communication networks as strategically important to plant operations, however, closes off conceptually a whole new world of automation capabilities and effectiveness. In the 1950s, there were numerous roadways, and commerce thrived in the United States.
Industrial Hotspots bring 802.11n technology to high-capacity industrial automation networks. The family of radios provides reliable I/O message delivery, industrial temperature range and hazardous location ratings, as well as RADIUS security for centralized management of security policies, VLANs for network traffic segmentation and quality of service for data prioritization and dual radio func...
Push-in terminal blocks
Modular PIT terminal blocks use push-in technology to reduce insertion force by 50%. The terminal blocks are easy to operate, reduce fatigue and are suitable for installations with limited space or hard-to-access wiring. Available in a 2.5-square-mm cross section, the terminal blocks accept ferrules of 22 to 14 AWG.
Optimize your process; manage your assets
Whether managing changes to automation systems or responding to control loop behaviors, one thing is certain: As automation systems increase in complexity, performance expectations also increase. And as performance expectations become more demanding, maintaining these automation assets has never been more critical.
DeviceNet baghouse controller
The B-PAC series of baghouse performance analyzers and controllers feature advanced intelligence such as the ability to instantly detect and locate failed solenoids and filter leaks. The controllers also lower energy use by employing intelligent pulse cleaning. DeviceNet communications allow integration with Allen-Bradley PLCs and access to information in the intelligent controls.
Feeder control module
This single-feeder control module is a closed-loop rate controller designed to be used with auger, belt and vibratory-based feeders, and mounts directly into an Allen-Bradley ControlLogix chassis.
Compact temperature controllers
This compact temperature controller family features universal temperature sensor inputs, an informative display that can show alarm or change of status without a separate HMI and a 1/32 DIN panel face with short mounting depth.
Bosch-Rexroth opens new Website
Offers access to production information and literature
Automated independent backup system
This automated independent backup standalone safety instrumented system backs up current process control trip logic and meets the requirements of IEC 61511. The system includes an IEC 61508 logic solver that is functionally independent from the process control system, supplements existing logic and meets all appropriate safety standards.
Take a closer look at your alarm management system
When was the last time you really looked at your facility’s alarm management system? Is it doing the job it is supposed to do? Is it doing the job it could be doing? Good alarm management practices can benefit any facility: They promote better use of resources, allow the plant to operate more efficiently, and, perhaps most critically, help it achieve the competitive edge needed to survive...
Tube, ceramic heaters
Space-Ray Infrared Heaters will show its complete line of tube and ceramic heaters including its recently introduced positive pressure low intensity tube heaters with its patent-pending Innovative Tube Integrity Safety System at the upcoming AHR Expo in Orlando at booth 1410. In 2009, Space-Ray celebrated its 60th Anniversary since it manufactured its original gas-fired burner, entering the bus...
PAC packs seven communication ports
This PAC is a modular, rack-based system of up to 116,000 I/O points with local, expansion and remote I/O bases and an assortment of discrete, analog and specialty I/O modules.
Find, track the right metrics
Performance monitoring is not new. The concept of regular reporting has been around for as long as manufacturing operations have been in place. However, the pursuit of real-time performance management (RPM) requires managers to actively consider which metrics effectively track key processes and enable process improvements.
New generation of PACs
This programmable automation controller product line integrates control, information processing and networking in a single control system with a unique, scalable, dual controller architecture.
Manage energy, accountability with automation integration
Energy in all its forms (i.e., electricity, water, compressed air, gas and steam) may be the lifeblood of manufacturing, but information – and more specifically, the ability to turn information into results – is proving to be the linchpin for managing energy costs. Why? The old adage is true: Information is power.
OEE: achieving real-time process visibility
While most modern equipment on the factory floor offers some degree of performance and productivity monitoring, tying equipment and devices together for meaningful and immediate expressions of productivity often remains a hurdle. However, overcoming this challenge pays big dividends. In a 1999 SMRP conference presentation on Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), Rohm and Haas Corp.
Sorting out PID controller differences
Back in college, I learned that the ubiquitous proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control algorithm consists of three operators or terms acting on the error signal as shown in the “Theoretical PID algorithm” graphic.
E-Stops and Your Compliance
STOP! Are you confusing stopping categories and risk categories? Do you wire your e-stops to a standard (non Safety) PLC or controller in order to comply with the mandatory category 0 or 1 stop? And, does your identified hazard require redundant circuits with continuous self checking and automatic diagnostics? Think twice is my advice! Yes, safety standards such as NFPA 79, clause 188.8.131.52.1.3 requires that an e-stop “shall function as either Category 0 or a Category 1 stop” as determined by the risk assessment. These are stopping functions with categories as defined by NFPA 79, clause 9.2.2. Furthermore, your required risk analysis may require mitigation of a risk or hazard identified as Cat. 3 or 4.
Compact multi-axis robot
Robot features compact wrist design, vision guidance and network connectivity.
The A100 advanced plastic air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pumps can now be electronically controlled with a PLC for use where an electrical interface is needed. This capability makes them ideal for batching applications. The pumps are equipped with a two-position, four-way solenoid valve that has a single operator and spring return.
High-density, 16-point I/O modules
The 16-point I/O ribbon-cable modules offer compact solutions for streamlining control-to-machine wiring. With the flat ribbon cable, the modules facilitate the use of pre-wired assemblies to minimize wiring time and errors.
The new design of the bag compactor offers many advantages. The bag compactor can be connected directly to the side of the bag dump station so that the operator can insert the empty bag directly into the bag compactor and utilizing the effects of the integral dust collector to avoid spilling any excess powder on the floor.
GE Intelligent Platforms bornas FANUC joint venture ends
GE and FANUC announced today that the two companies have agreed to dissolve the GE Fanuc Automation Corporation joint venture. This agreement would allow each company to refocus its investments to grow its existing businesses and pursue its respective core industry expertise. GE and FANUC expect the transaction to be completed by the end of this year, subject to satisfactory customary closing c...
GE, FANUC dissolve joint partnership
GE Intelligent Software division to focus on enterprise software, automation
Integrated Safety – or Not! …Plus 6 Comments; Do You Agree?
We’ve all heard lots of arguments both for and against a fully integrated architecture for safety and general control. In the process world they’ve maintained a separate SIS (Safety Instrumented System) solution for safety creating a separate layer in their architecture for performing the safety functions. However, in the machine world when PLC’s were introduced in the 1970’s, standards groups rushed to exclude PLC’s from anything safety because the early technology wasn’t very reliable.
Robotics orders continue to show decline
Decreased buying by auto industry, OEMs offset other gains
Compact motor starter
This compact weld-free starter offers the combined functionality of a circuit breaker, contactor and electronic overload relay to reduce engineering and assembly costs while simplifying commissioning.
Free RS-Logix 5000 instructions
The free Add-On instructions for Allen-Bradley RS-Logix 5000 allow Allen-Bradley PLC users to implement control logic that supports the functionality of certain distributed I/O modules.
Temp control selection commercial, not technical
A recent study conducted by VDC Research Group indicates that the global market for the industrial electronic temperature controllers under the study is forecast to decline at a 0.7% per year rate through 2013.
Rockwell Automation offers free software
Free software, available by download, is designed to help MicroLogix users reduce acquisition and installation costs, as well as streamline programming and troubleshooting.
PLC market sees sharp decline for 2009
ARC study says growth will accelerate over next five years
500 MHz Pentium-class SBC
This Singe-Board Computer includes the CPU, video, Ethernet, USB, COM ports, EIDE controller, digital I/O, mouse, PC 97 audio and keyboard controllers on one board.
The new ILC 170 ETH 2TX controller features two Ethernet ports, allowing easier networking for small applications. The ILC 170 is the latest addition to the ILC 1xx series of small, programmable controllers from Phoenix Contact. The ILC 170’s two Ethernet ports come with a built-in Ethernet switch, eliminating the need for a separate Ethernet switch in certain applications.
Electrical rules of the road
The National Electrical Code definition of overcurrent includes short-circuit, ground-fault, and overload situations, with overcurrent protection typically being provided by fuses or circuit breakers known as Overcurrent Protection Devices (OCPD).
Removable data storage
Support has been added for microSD flash memory cards on SNAP PAC controllers, providing high volume data storage capabilities, as well as new options for distributing and testing control strategies and firmware.
Letters to the Editor – 2009-03-01 – 2009-03-01
Readers sound off on relays and PLCs; water and waste water redundancies
Downturn a good time to review, improve process optimization
The global economic slowdown seemed to hit with full force this past fall. Financing for capital projects began to tighten, and hurdles to justify capital projects began to rise. For many process manufacturers, these economic conditions have caused a shift in business objectives from increasing production to decreasing the costs of goods sold.
ARC study: Discrete automation spending to slump, then rebound
Emerging economies still driving growth, study concludes
deviceWISE makes connection to Oracle
System testing earns ILS Technology product Oracle certification
Wireless I/O module pair
This pair of wireless I/O modules requires no software or PC connection and can be driven by either dc or ac signal sources.
Motor control relays: Workhorses of the control world
Motor control relays are heavy-duty relays used to control motor starters and other industrial components. More specifically, they are typically used to energize the coil of a motor starter or contactor, which in turn starts a motor. A motor protective relay is a type of motor control relay used to prevent the coil of a motor starter or contactor from being energized.
Study: Wireless use in food, beverage
KEYWORD: WIRELESS Increasing population and growing consumer demand for packaged foods has forced the food and beverage industry to look at new technologies that provide flexibility, easiness of operation and constant tracking of the production process. This demands continuous monitoring and efficient traceability of the entire production process in the food manufacturing plant.
Leveraging the economics of small PLCs
Can't afford a high-end PLC, but still need the functionality?
Circuit breaker with adjustable amp rating
The Guard family of circuit breakers features an electronic chip and magnetic control to provide precise overload protection and allow the user to achieve exact trip time.
Water/wastewater: achieving the three levels of redundancy
To provide reliable water and wastewater treatment, municipalities must provide a 24-hour operation on a shoestring budget while battling constantly changing regulations, influent criteria, new security concerns and aging infrastructures. To address these challenges, many facilities are either considering an upgrade of their current automation system or installing automation for the first time.
The ShopTek lubricated rotary screw air compressor combines rotary screw technology in a compact belt-drive package suitable for light manufacturing and numerous other applications.
Do PLCs eliminate need for a DCS?
A PLC for process control can appear to be less expensive, but… Bill Lydon, contributing editor at Automation.com has talked with a number of control engineers that are trying to sort out this issue to make decisions.
Four signal conditioner channels in a 1-inch footprint
These multi-channel analog signal conditioners can be used to isolate, convert, boost and split analog signals.
Temperature, process controller
The EZ-ZONE RM is a configurable rail mount multi-loop temperature/process controller that integrates an entire assembly of control loop functionality into one DIN-rail mounted package.
The 250 I/O-size, Proficy process system is a single-computer product, targeted at smaller applications and OEMs. The system’s multi-disciplined PACSystems controller handle process, discrete and motion control applications. The system’s control features include a comprehensive set of function blocks for regulatory control, user-defined function blocks designed to control algorithms and system integrators that lock the blocks to protect intellectual properties.
Using condensing and modulating boilers to increase operating efficiency
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, almost 60% of boilers in the United States are more than 25 years old.
I/O modules added to micro PLC line
New I/O modules have been added to the SIMATIC S7-200 micro PLC product line. The EM231 series eight-channel analog input module supports industry standard unipolar 0-10 Vdc; 0-5 Vdc; 0-20 mA and bipolar +/- 5 Vdc; and +/-2.5 Vdc input signals. The EM232 series four-channel analog output module supports both 0-10 Vdc and 0-20 mA output signals.
Compact Ethernet expansion chassis
The NI 9144 expansion chassis adds deterministic Ethernet I/O to NI CompactRIO or NI PAC system. The eight-slot chassis for NI C series modules communicates over EtherCAT. The expansion chassis features real-time distributed I/O over standard Ethernet cable; compact size; two Ethernet ports; and industrial specifications for harsh environments.
HVAC – 2008-11-01
Evaporative cooler The KUBE low-profile evaporative cooler is 48 inches tall and employs the patented FreshWater slinger wheel technology, which distributes evaporative, atomized water across all air inlets to provide efficient cooling. The unit can provide from 3,000 to 30,000 cfm with variable-speed control. Heating is provided via an indirect heat exchanger, up to 400,000 BTUs per unit.
Drivex creates win-win with visualization software
Leo Willis and the small three-man engineering team at Drivex Inc. are heading back to the future, where his industrial control systems business is primed for growth reminiscent of its heydays during the 1980s and 1990s. “We’ve got the perfect Petri dish for innovation and success here in Livermore, California.
Micro-brick PLC line
The CLICK PLC is the first in a new generation of inexpensive PLC components designed to offer practical features in an easy-to-use, compact yet expandable design. This line of micro-brick PLCs with stackable I/O modules is suitable for first-time users as well as experienced programmers. By itself, a powered CLICK CPU unit can function as a complete PLC system.
Temperature controller in 1/16 DIN package
This single-loop process temperature controller can operate in ON/OFF or PID modes, accepts multiple sensor types and can do auto-tuning.
The GP-Pro EX version 2.2 application development software features a combination of HMI functions, including multimedia capability, remote PC access, high-speed device linking and built-in control logic editor. The software’s designed users include OEMs that need to speed application development and end-users that need to standardize on one HMI package. The software features enhanced local remote security traceability, direct interface to a range of devices, including PLCs, motion controllers, vision systems and bar code scanners, smart simulation, shortcuts and expanded object animation capabilities.
Ethernet adapter for ABB drives
This Ethernet adapter connects ABB’s ACS350 drives with EtherNet/IP and Modbus/TCP networks.
ISA celebrates 40 years of PLC technology at ISA EXPO 2008
PLC showcase will highlight the very first PLC and its evolution over the past 40 years.
Manual mistake: New survey proves the need for automated time & attendance
A new survey by workforce management solutions specialist CyberShift and the American Payroll Association (APA) on employee time-entry management finds continued usage of relatively antiquated methods of recording time—e.g., manually recording employee hours on paper-based forms or Excel spreadsheets—a practice that results in plenty of errors.
Process manufacturing, automation, DCS market remain strong
The market for process manufacturing and automation remains strong despite global economic concerns. A leading indication of this strength is the global distributed control system (DCS) market, which grew by almost 13% between 2006 and 2007 and is expected to grow through 2012 with the overall CAGR of just under 10%, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study.
Ramp/soak temperature controllers
This controller series accepts most temperature sensor and voltage inputs, has 16 segments and mounts in a 1/16 DIN space.
The ILC 150 VLC is a compact embedded control platform for small- to medium-sized applications. A built-in Ethernet port accommodates networking and data exchange to a supervisory system. All VLC control platforms have integrated EtherNet/IP capability for either scanning I/O or for providing application status information to supervisory systems.
The Rota-Rack parts accumulator enables bar-fed CNC lathes to run unattended for extended amounts of time.
Robotic welding package
The Power Wave i400 and AutoDrive 4R system integrate with the FANUC R-30iA controller or as a separate configuration to meet weld cell requirements. Waveform Control Technology enables processes such as Rapid Arc, Power Mode and TOTAL s2f. The digital communication connects via ArcLink over a CAN connection or with ArcLink XT, which connects via Ethernet.
The CE-compliant LVCN414 is a non-contact level controller for continuous and switching applications. The 4-20 mA output can drive a local display or PLC to monitor process level or control automation applications. Configurable through a USB connection, the controller comes with a software calibration kit that is compatible with Windows XP.
Sustainable production commitment addresses manufacturing challenges
Multiple converging drivers are culminating in the move toward green manufacturing and sustainable production – and the global push for sustainability is demanding that companies manufacture their products in a more responsible manner. One such driver is consumer demand for products from companies involved in sustainable business practices.
HUG announcements focus on wireless, safety, training
Honeywell announced technology advances in a variety of areas at its annual Honeywell Users Group (HUG) event in Phoenix. The June 16 and 17 announcements include an operator training system for refining processes; wireless networks, and safety products.
Information exchange: Honeywell user group forum serves as venue for controls, instrumentation advances
Phoenix, AZ — As ideas and insight are exchanged this week among end users, system integrators, and technology developers at the Honeywell Users Group Americas Symposium (HUG), Honeywell announced technology advances in multiple areas. The June 16 and 17 announcements include an operator training system for refining processes; microwave radar level sensors, wireless networks, and safety products; as well as pharmaceutical MES, data analysis, and process automation software introductions.The annual HUG conference , June 15-20,Concurrent Honeywell Process Solutions announcements included the following: Honeywell says its updated wireless products will upgrade to the promised standard with an over-the-air software update. Shown are the Honeywell XYR 6000 wireless transmitters and OneWireless multinode. Wireless is ready to comply with ISA100 standard: Updated Honeywell OneWireless industrial wireless network equipment ( see photo ) is designed to be compatible with the end user-driven ISA100.11a industrial wireless communication standard.
Enhanced Ethernet I/O modules
These Ethernet I/O modules have a new firmware enhancement that adds advanced Peer-to-Peer and Graphic Condition Logic functionality.
Honeywell Users Group: Controls, instrumentation advance
As ideas and insights are exchanged this week among end-users, system integrators, and technology developers at the Honeywell Users Group Americas Symposium, Honeywell announced technology advances in training, process sensors, wireless, safety, and MES software.
Global manufacturing strength helps PLC market grow
ARC study projects 33% growth; market wants programmable automation controller (PAC)
Cooper Bussmann adds Ethernet/IP to wireless monitoring system
Cooper Bussmann has added Ethernet/IP communication to its Cooper InVision System, which uses clip-on wireless sensors, wireless mesh routers and the Cooper InVision gateway to monitor critical electrical circuit activity in any facility.
The 2320 large-character inkjet printer provides high-resolution on-line printing of variable data on corrugated shipping containers for applications that require code heights of up to 2 inches.
The Matrix System Gateway is an intelligent Ethernet-to-485 converter/switch that automatically maintains connections between the system’s third-tier intelligent door controllers and second-tier building controller.
UniSort sliding shoe and linear belt sorters provide automated calibration, monitoring and diagnostic testing to monitor and manage sorting systems.
Series device servers
The EKI-1521 and EKI-1522 allow RS-232/422/485 serial devices to remotely monitor, manage, and control Ethernet and IP networks.
RoHS compliant temperature and limit controllers
A line of on-off temperature control and limit control products are now compliant with the RoHS directive.
The HMI offers more that 64,000 colors, and is available in 12-inch TFT-displays, and 15- and 19-inch touch screen models to handle complex visualization tasks.
Kepware, GE Fanuc integrate products, software
A joint development team from Kepware Technologies and GE Fanuc worked to integrate KEPServerEX and drivers into GE Fanuc's Proficy Machine Edition View software.
Acument acquires, reopens Camcar
In a move that will create jobs and open a new chapter in the city’s long history of supplying assembly systems and technology to global producers of commercial and military aircraft, Acument Global Technologies Inc. announced it will re-enter the high-performance aerospace threaded fastener market with the opening of a production complex in Rockford, IL.
New white paper additions provide a variety of plant-floor knowledge
White papers and case studies provide a wealth of knowledge on specific subjects for busy plant engineers. From issues ranging from OEE to spray performance, from Fieldbus to insulation, this site offers a growing library of white papers to help bring online users up to date on the latest innovative thinking.
Application of RFID technology in the manufacturing process
The use of RFID technology in the manufacturing process can bring many benefits and potential cost savings. RFID technology has been more rapidly accepted in the manufacturing process because the RFID technology can be a reusable product when the RFID tags are embedded into fixtures used in the manufacturing process.
Moving toward PACs
Years ago, it was easier to delimit the scenarios that mandated use of a programmable logic controller versus those of some sort of PC-based control.
PLC touch panels
PLC touch panels are designed to enhance data acquisition, and include Ethernet connectivity options and simple programming.
Dealing with moisture inside electric heaters
Those who work with electronics usually equate water and electricity as a bad combination – and for good reason. Labels can be found on many kitchen appliances and bathroom electronics such as electric knives and hair dryers, warning users that a shock can occur if the device comes into contact with water.
The DL8000 microprocessor-based batch delivery controller is designed to resolve batch control requirements for liquid custody transfer applications. The controller is configurable for different batch loading applications using ROCLINK 800 software and is programmable for PLC tasks. Emerson Process Management www.
The Smart Gripper is designed to deliver precise gripping capabilities and can be integrated with various robots.
Kevin Parker: Gauging the changing nature of change
Given a constant interplay between ruling management concepts—such as lean production or globalization—and an information technology (IT) infrastructure integral to the business process, manufacturing systems are always changing. This is a good thing, as evidenced by productivity statistics, which reveal the very real gains in productivity growth experienced in the manufacturing i...
BL programmable gateways are IP67-rated and use local network logic to perform complex tasks.
Reduced size PLC
The reduced size PLC features four controller styles, remote communication, easy connectivity to drives and I/O and a built-in display.
China developing strategic strength in PLC market: ARC
Buoyant foreign direct investment flowing into China, accompanied by rising consumer demand, is propelling the country’s manufacturing sector, which in turn is driving the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) market in China. The China market for PLCs is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 12.
The CX1010 mid-range embedded PC features Windows XP Embedded or Windows CE and a 500 MHz Pentium MMX-compatible processor. It offers CPU performance suitable for a range of automation and control applications. Bundled with TwinCAT PLC software and Windows operating system, the EtherCAT-ready embedded PC can operate as a high-performance PLC and motion controller that can be used with or withou...
EtherNet/IP safety I/O module
The Allen-Bradley CompactBlock Guard I/O on EtherNet/IP detects failures at the I/O and field-device level while enhancing operator protection in many applications including robotic, point-of-operation, guard-monitoring and remote control applications. It communicates over the EtherNet/IP network using CIP Safety protocol, making it compatible with Ethernet infrastructure devices including wire...
* ARC: China's strength in PLC market * IFS with top international award * Hannover Fair update
High bay fluorescent fixture
The GreenBay high bay fluorescent fixture features high-performance reflectors; are available in a variety of photometric distributions and spacing criteria; and are finished with a polyester powder-coating system. Channel and socket brackets are manufactured from 22-gauge galvanized material. Standard ballasts are Class-P, HPF, non-PCB, Sound Rated A and UL/CSA certified where applicable.
Two new DeviceNet gateways come in K20 housing styles, are available in single- or dual-channel versions and connect AS-Interface to upper-level controllers.
Rockwell partners eye information management
The industrial machinery and equipment skid partners that use Rockwell Automation controllers in their products are still the bread and butter of Rockwell's Automation Fair, but not all exhibitors at this annual event are hardware-focused. This year's event, held in mid-November in Chicago—saw increased population by exhibitors that stress information management.
The Profibus USB Adapter is designed to interface PLC or PC-based applications with industrial devices. It is RoHS compliant, supports USB 2.0, has a robust aluminum housing and is powered via USB. The adapter runs on Windows 32-bit architectures. The included software contains protocols; a graphical console for configuration; diagnostic tools; and a set of data servers, which includes OPC DA, ...
The model 5300 Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) features advanced motion control and next-generation programming tools. It controls up to 64 axes, has multiple CPU capability with up to 1,024 I/O points per CPU, a built-in Web server, a modular architecture, Ethernet QuickLink remote I/O, a rugged industrial design and a removable Flash disk with up to 2 GB of storage.
Spill containment system
Spill Preparedness Control Center enables the user to identify which Spill Pac to use for a spill or leak. The product is available in a visible 18 by 18 by 3-inch, color-coded bag, which is designed to be placed on machinery or equipment. The Spill Pac can contain as much as 10 gallons, and the vacuum-packed, foil-laminated unit can be customized to fit PPE suits, extra gloves and goggles, and...
The Modicon M340 Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) simplifies setup and implementation by means of a single programming tool. The PAC can be configured using the Unity software suite, which offers a choice of five IEC languages, graphic programming and online help. It has 4 MB of internal memory, upgradeable to 16 MB.
The 771 Milliamp process clamp meter measures 4-20-mA output signals from transmitters in process and industrial control system applications without breaking the current loop. The meter measures with an accuracy of 0.2%, with resolution and sensitivity to 0.01 mA for testing and troubleshooting PLC and control system analog I/O.
Controller – 2007-11-15
The AirTouch Analyzer PLC offers monitoring and operational capabilities on regenerative dryers. Its color touchscreen allows the operator to monitor the state and conditions of the dryer in addition to facilitating troubleshooting. Its ladder logic programming can be advanced one line at a time, and by switching from automatic to manual mode, the operator can advance one command line at a time...
Sudipta Bhattacharya appointed president of Wonderware
A veteran of SAP, Bhattacharya joined the Invensys business unit in August and succeeds Mike Bradley in its top post.
Drum crusher/in-drum compactor
The drum crusher/in-drum compactor is suitable for use in Class I, Division I areas and reduces waste volumes for disposal. The compactor is explosion proof and features 60,000-pounds of compaction force, along with a welded-steel construction and a non-sparking compaction chamber. The compactor crushes drums to as small as 4 inches.
Language barriers: Is ladder logic all you need?
Since there continues to be a large installed base of PLCs that have been programmed using ladder logic, this well-accepted software remains a staple in the industry. Ladder logic definitely has time on its side. But there's a feeling within the industry that limiting PLC programming software language to only ladder logic could be counterproductive in some applications. It’s useful to examine both ladder logic and the other programming languages defined by the IEC, as well as their benefits.
Reader Feedback – 2007-10-15
Readers share more Tips, Tricks After Tips & Tricks ran in the August issue, we got a few more great ideas to share with readers: A great way to remove broken bolts is to use an AIR scribe (not electric) with a sharp point to back the bolt out. It acts as a miniature impact. I used this technique at Caterpillar for 30 years with great success.
The new robotic layer-forming palletizing solution uses a four-axis robot to positively orient and position cases or packages when forming layers on pallets.
Custom flat cable fabrication
Custom cable assembly fabrication services provide custom shaped flat silicone cables that allow for very precise cable routing without folding, kinking or pinching and contribute to the elimination of signal failures.
Advantech, University of Cincinnati partner to create e-Manufacturing Lab
The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech and the University of Cincinnati have formed a partnership to create the Advantech e-Manufacturing Lab to promote research, development and educational programs for students and professionals.
PMMI bundles event and media properties into integrated package
The packaging trade association puts its trade shows, Web site and magazine together in an all-in-one package for buyers and sellers.
Industrial control shipments surge
NEMA’s Primary Industrial Controls Index increased 7% between the first and second quarters of 2007 up 8.6% year-over-year.
Dofasco licenses oil-spray monitoring technology
IQ Manufacturing Solutions (IQMS), a provider of intelligent machine vision solutions, is expanding its product offering with Dofasco’s oil-spray monitoring technology.
ABB partners with LeMatic to provide solutions to baked goods industry
ABB Robotics and LeMatic, Inc. have formed a “preferred partnership” to design and implement product handling, packaging and palletizing solutions for the food industry
Denso Robotics opens training center
Denso Robotics recently opened a new customer training center at its manufacturing plant in Maryville, TN.
By now, every electrical engineer has heard something about harmonics. Harmonics are generated by nonlinear loads such as traditional variable-speed drives, uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems and any other power conversion device that changes ac into dc with some form of rectifier bridge. Any device that draws a pulse of current from the electrical network for less than the entire volta...
Dream It. Do It. videos focus on career motivation
A series of new videos at www.dreamit-doit.com feature young plant engineers and manufacturing workers talking about their career goals and motivations for choosing manufacturing careers. The videos include young men and women with careers in brewing, winemaking, bioprocessing, aerospace engineering and discrete manufacturing.
Partinence, Intercim announce merger
Pertinence has signed an agreement to merge with US based Intercim. The combined company , Intercim, LLC, will offer an enterprise execution solution combining Intercim's manufacturing execution software and Pertinence's manufacturing intelligence capabilities."This business merger truly emanates from Intercim's and Pertinence's greatest strengths: our mutual focus on customer success," said Intercim President and CEO, John Todd. "The uniqueness of Pertinence's causal and proactive analysis solution added to Intercim's current suite of process planning, MES, emergent process and quality management capabilities fills a vital need for manufacturers of advanced products."In addition to broadening Intercim's and Pertinence's global presence, Intercim, LLC will offer a unique set of capabilities to manufacturing customers where time and yield are critical: aerospace and defense, semiconductor, automotive and life sciences.
Apprion’s Lambright discusses wireless issues, new system
Next generation ION system addresses security reliability and scalability in large process manufacturing plant wireless network applications.
Sadlowski, Batra reflect on UGS acquisition
Speaking on June 12 at Siemens Automation Summit in Orlando, FL, Dennis Sadlowski, president and CEO, Siemens Energy & Automation (effective July 1, 2007) said, “Combined portfolios of (Siemens) A&D and UGS will enhance customer efficiency and success throughout the entire product life cycle."
Infrared temperature sensor
The ILA series non-contact sensor measures temperatures from 32 to 932 degrees F and provides linear 4-20 mA, 0-5 Vdc or thermocouple output. The two-wire signal is compatible with most indicators, controllers, recorders or data loggers, without the need for special interfacing or signal conditioning. The sensor is suitable for most materials, including food, paper, textiles, plastics, leather, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, rubber, coal and asphalt. Dwyer Instruments, Inc.
NAM: Slowing manufacturing growth may accelerate later in 2007
The May 2007 economic outlook from the National Association of Manufacturers pointed to an economy currently stuck in low gear, that should accelerate slightly in the second half of 2007. “An improved trade picture and positive consumer spending will continue to be offset by a downturn in housing, pullbacks in inventories and sluggish business investment, notably in industrial equipment,&...
OEE: Using metrics to manage, improve performance
Overall equipment effectiveness has become one of the most popular manufacturing metrics in recent years. Plant and operations managers use OEE to measure performance at the machine, line and plant levels. Operational executives use OEE to set stretch objectives for the organization at the plant and enterprise levels.
The importance of reassessing MES value after deployment
One of the hot technologies in manufacturing is manufacturing execution systems, and one of the hot questions is how you measure value for the investment in MES.
IP20 block I/O system
The Ethernet Modbus TCP (UDP) connectivity with the IP20 BradControl block I/O system connects industrial I/O devices to a PLC or PC controller over industrial networks. The TCP (UDP) network adapter operates as a slave device in an Ethernet control system, gathering signals and data from local field devices through the expansion modules. The network adapter module manages all communications with the expansion modules and supplies dc power to the attached local processors.
The SBC operates in temperatures ranging from -40 to 85 degrees C without needing a fan. It integrates the CPU, video, Ethernet, USB, COM, LPT, mouse, audio and keyboard controllers onto one board that measures 3.6 x 3.8 inches. PPM-GX runs x86-compatible software for space and power-limited embedded designs.
Schneider, Citect release integrated software
Since its acquisition of Citect Pty Ltd a year ago, Schneider Electric has begun integrating Citect’s automation offerings with the Telemecanique and Modicon brands. The most recent integrated introduction is Vijeo Citect supervision software. The HMI/SCADA software is to be unified in Schneider-preferred architectures.
Controller – 2007-05-11
The ModCon 75 is a preprogrammed PLC designed to work specifically with the Ultima X gas monitor with X3 technology. A self-configuring and compact device, it can control and display up to 25 Ultima X3 gas monitors. The controller offers ModBUS RTU output and an optional Ethernet interface.
Single-axis motion control
The IndraMotion for Trans system, scalable single axis control solution is specifically designed to replace legacy motion controls found in thousands of metal cutting tools. The system consists of the power amplifier and a scalable controller section, which offers an integrated IEC61131-3 PLC and includes ready-to-use software. Project data management, startup, adaptations and reuse of engineering are easy to do with the uniform engineering software.
The RIDERSERIES II relays are comprised of a line of base sockets combined with a line of industrial relays that can speed installation for the OEM and provide reliability and ease of maintenance for process industry users. The sockets feature connection technology choices including Weidmuller’s Push-In connection technology that can reduce installation time up to 75%. The relay contacts can switch loads up to 16A at 24VDC or 230VAC for power or signal switching.
Motor testing system
The Micro Dyne System is designed specifically for testing micro, low-torque motors, resolving to 0.0004 mN%%POINT%%m on a 2 mN%%POINT%%m scale. It has a maximum kinetic power rating of 4 watts and a maximum speed rating of 100,000 rpm. The system includes a Hysteresis dynamometer; a motor fixture; an electronics unit featuring a dynamometer controller, a wattmeter, a power relay and a USB interface; testing and calibration software; and connection cables and calibration weights.
AristaControlCenter software works in conjunction with ArtistaNET or ArtistaUSB display controllers to control multiple displays simultaneously, displaying similar or different content with just one user PC via connection to a LAN or USB interface. The functionality eliminates the need for client PCs at each monitor, simplifying installation.
The Airplus machine can produce ½-inch wave cells or ¾-inch quilt cells at a speed of 30 FPM using ambient air. On-demand production frees warehouse space. A 30-pound roll of 13-inch film produces a full 12-inch web, which is perforated every 6 inches, yielding 95 cubic feet of quilt cushioning or 75 cubic feet of wave cushioning.
Motion control design module
The SoftMotion development module empowers machine builders and original equipment manufacturers to create customized motion controllers using software and deploy them for any NI hardware platform. OEMs and machine builders can use a range of pre-built motion functions and control algorithms to quickly create motion controllers based on specific application requirements as well as price and per...
NEMA predicts continued demand for industrial controls, drives
A recent NEMA study indicates a strong demand for industrial controls. From Sept. through Dec.
UPS on the front line
Computers in industrial plants and other types of technical operations have moved to the production floor. And with millions of dollars at stake in guaranteeing near-absolute power reliability for production lines, UPS manufacturers have been tasked with creating hardy systems that can withstand the extreme environments of manufacturing facilities.
Safe operator panels
The Termex family of intrinsically safe text and graphic operator panels feature a monochrome LCD for flexible and cost-effective PLC and computer-based operation and monitoring of machines and processes located in hazardous areas. ATEX-certified for Zone 1 hazardous area use, the panels are well suited for fixed or mobile use in oil and gas applications.
Firmware version includes advanced diagnostics
The 9000 Series Version 3 firmware Ring Manager, which uses N-TRON’s N-Ring technology, offers expanded ring size capacity, detailed fault diagnostic and a standard heal time of 30 ms. For managing, detecting and restoring ring breaks, the device configured as a Ring Manager sends out “Self Health” and “Ring Control” periodically around the ring. If these packets are successfully routed around the ring within the allocated time window, the ring is declared to be intact.
Maintenance software – 2006-12-15
FilterWare for baghouses and most types of dust collection systems enables automating process control, maintenance management and EPA compliance needs. FilterWare provides instant maintenance diagnostics, process visualization, report generation and remote services. The HMI/SCADA and reporting software interfaces with the company’s range of baghouse controllers, sensors and CEMs.
Corporate citizenship, community outreach at BMW Manufacturing
While innovation, new technologies and best practices are key components of a plant’s production, its community outreach contributes significantly to its public identity. Being a good corporate citizen is a big part of what makes a Top Plant, and BMW Manufacturing Company in upstate South Carolina accomplishes that in a variety of ways: Corporate giving totaled $8.7 million from 1996 through 2005, with contributions going to organizations that include the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, several local hospitals, healthcare groups, research organizations, conservation foundations and chambers of commerce, among many others The Classroom Guide Program invites educators to expose their students to real-world manufacturing, providing the students an opportunity to apply what they learn in math, science and technology classes to an earnest industrial environment BMW Manufacturing sponsors the annual Teacher of the Year Award It supports Leadership Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER), an inquiry-based science kit program that’s designed to help teachers instruct students effectively while making learning science fun. The program is integrated with reading, writing and math to engage students’ interest BMW Manufacturing has donated numerous robots and robot controllers to a variety of learning and/or vocational institutes The annual BMW Charity Pro-Am at the Cliffs Golf Tournament brings in celebrities to raise money and awareness for local charities.
Compact CNC platform
The IndraMotion MTX compact is a CNC solution for high-production machining centers, handling systems or simple auxiliary units. It provides high performance in a small footprint while improving machine cycle times and part quality. Capable of controlling up to eight axes in two NC channels with an IndraLogic PLC, it can process up to 200 NC blocks per second and has a 30-block look-ahead rate ...
Business is booming at Lincoln Machine, a 70-employee machine shop at the east end of Nebraska's state capital. With local clients such as Kawasaki, Goodyear and Square D, the facility hums with activity. It is a highly-specialized business: custom automated manufacturing equipment, machine re-tooling and retrofit.
Watlow opens factory in China
Watlow has opened a new manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China to serve its customers that currently have a presence there. It will manufacture tubular heaters at this facility, which held a grand opening event on Oct. 30, 2006.
Plug connector system offers connection choices
COMBI plug connectors, is a modular‘plug-and-play’ system available in three connection technologies:screw, spring and IDC.It is the latest addition to the Clipline Complete System, and its connectors plug into any DIN-mounted pluggable terminal blocks, regardless of the connection technology. The connector system uses the same plug-in zone in all basic terminal blocks, whatever the connection technology.The standard plugs (UP, SP, QP) feature the wire exit on top, while plugs with screw and spring-cage technology (UPBV, SPV) feature additional plugs with side wire exit. Standardized bridging, marking and testing accessories are available.The user can choose between two options for wire entry: the space-saving top entry, or the low-profile side entry.The system allows quick change or replacement in plug-and-play applications.Plugs are available in pre-assembled position sizes or individually for self-assembly, enabling the user to create unique solutions based on application requirements. Phoenix Contact Inc. www.phoenixcon.com.
NEMA index shows decline in economic growth, industrial control prospects
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s Primary Industrial Controls Index fell 2.8% between the second and third quarter of 2006. This marks the second consecutive quarter-to-quarter decline in the index since the second half of 2002. Conditions have clearly cooled down from the torrid pace of last year as the topline index dropped 0.1% on a year-over-year basis, which represents the first such decline in three years.
Integrated temperature power control
The EZ-ZONE ST integrated control loop integrates temperature control, power control, safety shut-down and power disconnect in a single package. It features a PID temperature controller already connected to a high-amperage, solid-state relay (SSR), with the option of adding a properly-sized heat sink, current measurement, an over/under temperature limit, a definite-purpose mechanical contactor ...
Integrated motion and sequential control
CompactLogicx 1768-L43 programmable automation controller provides integrated motion and sequential control in one unit. The PAC is capable of controlling up to four axes of coordinated motion over a SERCOS network and provides connectivity to EtherNet/IP, ControlNet, or DeviceNet networks. Motion and sequential functions are programmed with a single programming environment using descriptive tags.
Strategic maintenance, plant floor integration drive improvements
With maintenance-related activities accounting for a substantial portion of the total operating costs for manufacturing plants, manufacturers are placing increased emphasis on effectively managing production equipment and achieving the optimum level of asset utilization. While maintenance departments are relying on increasingly more powerful data collection and process tools, manufacturers can ...
Encoderless belt scale
The AIScale self-powered conveyor belt scale incorporates a dc generator that provides varying dc excitation voltage for the load cells and wireless transmitter. Rotary encoder or special integrators are not necessary because the dc generator senses belt speed. Weight per unit can be displayed on a panel meter or used as a PLC input for further conversion, display or control.
Schneider’s Initi@tive 2006 showcases company’s solutions
Nearly 1,400 Schneider Electric North American Operating Division customers packed the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, FL, from Sept. 28–30 attending “Initi@tive 2006: the Gateway to the New Electric World.” Schneider Electric showcased its applications and solutions in power, automation and control to its customers and partners.
PLC Test is designed to measure knowledge and skills in repair and maintenance of Programmable Logic Controllers. The test covers PLC and I/O Basics, Ladder Logic, Programming Basics, Peripherals and Systems and Troubleshooting PLCs. This test was professionally developed with items of known and documented reliability and validity and is objectively scored with one answer per question.
The ActivApplications throughput analyzer identifies resources that are constraining product flow within high-volume, discrete manufacturing facilities. A prepackaged application, it features the patent-pending throughput capability metric, which uses information captured from the automation layer in the plant to identify and qualify a resource's performance against the overall plant Takt time.
UPS for the Mac
MGE UPS Systems introduced what is reported to be the industry's first universal support for Macintosh OS X with the latest release of its Solution-Pac Power Management Software. For Intel-based and legacy Mac hardware protected by an MGE UPS, the software assures added security for connected systems by verifying the UPS connections and, in the event of a prolonged power outage, initiating a graceful shutdown when the UPS battery level is low. Although the Mac OS is very stable in many ways, any Unix-based OS can be especially susceptible to system corruption resulting from any hard shutdown such as those that occur when power fails.
Schneider Electric launches Motion Competency Center
The North American Operating Division of Schneider Electric announced the launch of the Schneider Electric Motion Competency Center, with headquarters in Plymouth, MI. Schneider Electric is drawing on the motion control expertise of Berger Lahr, a company of Schneider Electric, and its existing assets, to create a single resource in the U.
Block I/O system
The Block I/O system is designed for industrial in-cabinet use. The IP20 system is an effective way to connect industrial I/O devices to a PLC or PC controller over an industrial network. Standard DIN-rail mounting makes it convenient to install, and adds flexibility to the design.
Technology, culture changes drive improved maintenance
An audit completed recently at the utilities section of a large U.S. paper mill revealed that overtime was accounting for 38% of maintenance activities. Work orders were backlogged and costly reactive (corrective) maintenance was rampant. Employees were spending so much time 'fighting fires’ just to keep the boilers operating that they didn’t have time for most of the maintenance ta...
Motion control package
Controller-based Motion Logic platform highlights the IndraMotion MLC system, providing real-time motion control for up to 16 axes per controller in applications such as cartoners and form/fill/seal machines. The MLC is a high-value controller-based motion control system specifically designed for packaging machines with centralized or distributed architectures and a maximum of 16 axes per contr...
EZ-ZONE ST is the first product to integrate temperature control, power control, safety shut-down and power disconnect in a single package. It features a PID temperature controller already connected to a high amperage solid-state relay with the option of adding a properly sized heat sink, current measurement, an over/under temperature limit, a definite purpose mechanical contactor and digital c...
The GuardPLC handheld terminal helps maintenance workers program and configure Allen-Bradley GuardPLC safety controllers and I/O modules without the hassle of bringing a personal computer to the plant floor. The handheld terminal can connect to any GuardPLC device on an Ethernet network. Programs can be stored on the terminal’s onboard flash memory or on removable multimedia memory cards,...
Siemens partners with Control Engineering magazine to produce FactoryVisionTM, an online, interactive medium for delivering engineering information
FactoryVisionTM helps engineers find solutions for today's challenges through a state-of-the-art portal containing products, applications, and live tutorial sessions Hosted by Control Engineering, Siemens’s FactoryVisionTMpresents different overviews of live control and HMI applications from an end user, original equipment manufacturer, system integrator, and supplier point of view. The engaging Flash technology interface gives each engineer a unique automation experience with a customized system as his/her final destination. FactoryVisionTMshows how integrated control and HMI systems enable the engineer to visualize his/her factory at its full capabilities. FactoryVisionTMoffers information on manufacturing applications for control and visualization, such as localized machine control, control rooms, assembly and test, water treatment, and remote access via the Web.
DuPont selects Siemens as global process control alliance partner
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. announced that it has been selected as one of two guidelined distributed control systems suppliers for DuPont. "DuPont selected Siemens as one of its process control suppliers based on a Six Sigma project that evaluated technology, five-year life-cycle costs and long-term benefits to DuPont," said Dennis Inverso, DuPont alliance manager. "Siemens distributed control systems, the latest addition to the list of Siemens products used by DuPont, provides an integrated approach that most effectively meets DuPont's changing business needs." Through this global alliance, Siemens has earned the distinction of being the only DuPont process control supplier selected in all three categories: distributed control systems, programmable logic controllers and PLC-based process control systems. "It is an honor to be selected as one of only two distributed control systems suppliers for DuPont," said Gene Wills, Siemens global corporate account manager for DuPont.
Robust market continues for industrial controls
NEMA’s Primary Industrial Controls Index increased 6.1% between the fourth quarter of 2005 and the first quarter of 2006, marking the 10th consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in the index and its highest reading since the first quarter of 2001. “While a portion of this growth reflects a typical seasonal demand growth, market conditions for industrial automation and controls...
Parker Hannifin acquires Crane’s Resistoflex Aerospace business
Parker Hannifin has acquired Resistoflex Aerospace, a $16 million business, from the Crane Company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Resistoflex Aerospace has served the specialized needs of aerospace customers for 70 years,” said Greg A. Ward, president of Crane Aerospace.
NEMA’s Primary Industrial Controls Index increases 6.1% during first quarter
NEMA’s Primary Industrial Controls Index increased 6.1% between the fourth quarter of 2005 and the first quarter of 2006. This marks the tenth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in the index and its highest reading since the first quarter of 2001. “While a portion of this growth reflects a typical seasonal demand growth, market conditions for industrial automation and controls equipment clearly remain strong as sales jumped more than 12 percent compared to the same period a year ago,” said Brian Lego, director, economic analysis for NEMA. At the same time, the Primary Industrial Controls and Adjustable Speed Drive Index touched a new all-time high for its five-year history.
Closed-loop control takes on new form
Watlow EZ-ZONE ST integrated control loop architecture combines multiple control functions into a single package. The integrated controller combines a PID temperature controller, solid state power controller, properly sized heat sink, over/under temperature safety limit, definite-purpose mechanical contactor/disconnect, current measurement and digital communications into one package.
Siemens exec named to Fieldbus board
The Fieldbus Foundation has named Hans-Georg Kumpfmueller, president of the Siemens AG Process Instrumentation & Analytics Division, to its board of directors. In addition to Chairman John Berra of Emerson Process Management, current foundation members include: Kenneth Deken, Rockwell Automation; David Eisner, Honeywell; Motofumi Matsumura, Fuji; Shuzo Kaihori, Yokogawa; Jim Porter, DuPont; Claude Ricaud, Schneider Electric; Ron Szanyi, ExxonMobil; Mark Taft, ABB; Hirozume Sone, Yamatake Corporation, John Eva, Invensys; and Kumpfmueller. "Hans-Georg Kumpfmueller will be a valuable asset to our organization as a director. He is a well-respected industry figure with extensive experience in the fields of instrumentation and analytical sciences,” said Fieldbus Foundation president and CEO Richard Timoney. “We welcome his contributions to the Fieldbus Foundation, as well as the continued support of Siemens AG." Kumpfmueller holds a degree in electronics engineering, and has an extensive career history in the automation industry.
Specialty machine builders: A view from the supplier
I call it the Growth Mode Effect. Companies small and large are getting into financial trouble, ultimately filing for bankruptcy. As a supplier of automation equipment, specialty machine builders are some of our most important customers and at times our biggest worry. When their business models fail we also must deal with the consequences: financial losses due to unpaid invoices and the loss of...
Newark responds to UK’s RoHS interpretation
Newark InOne, a subsidiary of global distributor Premier Farnell plc has implemented a comprehensive quality assurance policy to help its customers mitigate compliance risks associated with the European Union's Restriction of certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive. The RoHS Directive restricts the use of lead and five other substances in electrical and electronic products sold into all EU countries after July 1, 2006, but each country is left to decide how compliance should be demonstrated. In the UK, its appointed RoHS compliance enforcer, the National Weights and Measures Laboratory, has stated that a producer will need to show more than certificates of compliance if its product's compliance status is contested. The producer will need to demonstrate that it has taken undefined "reasonable steps" to confirm the accuracy of the documentation it received for the parts that were designed in, or assembled into its finished product. To meet this requirement from the UK, Newark InOne and its sister European distributor, Farnell InOne, have developed a 10-step quality assurance policy with due diligence procedures that serve to give their customers confidence in the RoHS compliance status of parts they purchase from them.
New Energy Policy Act sparks a fresh look at HVAC efficiency
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 encourages industry businesses to enter into voluntary programs with the Department of Energy to reduce energy consumption by at least 2.5% annually. In addition, the policy not only creates energy conservation standards for products including commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, commercial refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, and...
Maximize your industrial Ethernet performance
A successful plant floor Ethernet deployment involves increasing system performance, leveraging switch capabilities, understanding standardized protocols and making diagnostics and network management software work for you. Switch selection The decision of which switch type to use for a particular application depends on your networking needs and your plant automation strategy.
Eight new multi-channel monolithic digital-to-analog converters pack the highest concentration of analog signal processing performance in a single device to resolve design challenges in industrial and instrumentation applications. New programmable on-chip features, such as calibration registers (to compensate for signal errors) and automatic shutdown, ensure system reliability in harsh, high vo...
Low-flow meters and controls
Emerson Process Management's latest models of its Brooks Instrument QUANTIM Coriolis family of low-flow meters and controllers have a NEMA 4x/IP65 weatherproof package, and are fully approved for service in Class 1 Division 2 / Zone 2 or Class 1 Division 1 Groups C&D / Zone 1 explosion-proof environments.
Web Exclusive: Maximize your industrial Ethernet performance
You’ve learned all the basics about Ethernet over the last three months in a special PLANT ENGINEERING magazine series. Now how do you effectively take that knowledge to the plant floor? In the Web-exclusive final part of his series, Larry Komarek of Phoenix Contact takes a look at how to make the right choices to maximize your Ethernet system. Maximize your industrial Ethernet performance Phoenix Contact, Inc. A successful plant floor Ethernet deployment involves increasing system performance, leveraging switch capabilities, understanding standardized protocols and making diagnostics and network management software work for you. Switch selection The decision of which switch type to use for a particular application depends on your networking needs and your plant automation strategy.
ARC study finds PLC growth ‘robust’
As the world economy rebounded to a strong year in 2004, the heightening demand from various emerging markets created robust growth for the worldwide Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) market. The worldwide market for PLCs is expected to grow at a annual growth rate of 5.9% over the next five years.
Software hosts interactive HMI projects on CTC controllers
The CT webHMI software program allows users to create an interactive HMI project and then download it to a CTC Blue Fusion Automation Controller for access on browser-based devices. This eliminates the need for a dedicated HMI device at the machine. It also allows an operator to monitor all machines through multiple browser windows.
Networked motor management system improves boiler cleaning system
Burning fossil fuels efficiently and economically is vital for power companies when it comes to meeting the ever-increasing demand for electricity by a growing world economy. The efficiency of a boiler is determined largely by the cleanliness of its heating transfer surfaces. This is why power companies spend increasingly more effort in modernizing their boiler cleaning systems.
Flexible PAC has Ethernet interface
cFP-2120 Compact FieldPoint programmable automation controller (PAC) manages up to eight analog and digital I/O modules. Features include small, rugged platform; stand-alone, embedded real-time controller or PC-based distributed I/O Ethernet interface; redundant dual 11–30 Vdc supply inputs; low power consumption; communication bus isolated from I/O; data logging capability; and self diag...
Nano PLC offers Bluetooth, Ethernet
Twido nano PLC with Bluetooth wireless gateway can be programmed through either Bluetooth wireless or Ethernet. This allows wireless control up to 30 feet from PLC and the capability to monitor diagnostics and troubleshoot using a PDA, simplifying maintenance and troubleshooting for plant personnel. Features include four high-density analog I/O expansion modules and enhanced processor with embe...
Automatic calibrator for gas detection
Galaxy automated record keeping and calibration test system for portable gas detection instruments. Users place instruments in the test stand and the system performs tests automatically. The system does not require a computer, controller or network interface. Other features include instrument charging, battery pack, memory card, test receipt printer and an inline gas cylinder holder.
Controller – 2005-10-01
Omega's PHUCN600 and PHUTX600 Series are packaged in NEMA 4X polycarbonate enclosure for heavy-duty applications such as industrial wastewater neutralization, municipal water and wastewater, pulp and paper and process control. The PHUCN600 Series multi-parameter controller is a microprocessor-based controller capable of measuring one of the following parameters, pH, ORP or conductivity.
Schneider Electric expands Telemecanique PLC distribution
Schneider Electric will supply Telemecanique PLCs and related automation products through its Square D distribution channel, effective July 1. According to Schneider Electric, this decision followed growing customer demand for automation products outside traditional industrial applications. Bill Snyder, Vice President, Channel Development, for Schneider Electric said that the company will conti...
Insider tips on buying a SCADA system
One of the most important and difficult decisions is often the very first decision: do you upgrade with internal resources or hire an outside consultant?
Portable AC units MovinCool's Office Pro 36 portable air conditioner protects against heat-related problems, especially data loss to computer and telecom equipment. The Office Pro 36 provides 36,000 Btu/h of cooling and operates on 230V power. Simply attach a duct to remove the heat and it will keep electronics operating by providing air-conditioning down to 65°F.
Instrumentation – 2005-04-01
Networked sensor R-Series magnetostrictive position sensor is now offered with standard CANbus, DeviceNet, and Profibus outputs. Sensor is available in flexible, hydraulic, profile and high-pressure sensing element application housings. Fieldbus models also offer multiple magnet sensing with up to 15 positions and five velocities simultaneously. MTS Systems Corp.
Factors affecting life cycle of motor control centers
This is part two of a two-part series. The first part appeared in the February issue. Maintaining electrical infrastructure in the manufacturing plant is a challenge. In this environment, electrical gear is subjected to every extreme of heat, dirt, chemicals, misuse, abuse, and good old-fashioned hard use.
Software and computers – 2005-01-10
PDA calculation software The Electrist is an industrial software suite for the Palm PDA operating systems. Software contains electrical and electronic calculations, and more than 90 formulas and variations. Electronic calculators include Ohm's Law, resistor color code, inductance, capacitance, and dB.
Understanding surge suppression
When thunderstorms occur, do you watch the natural pyrotechnics in awe and wonder? Or do you dread what could be happening back at the plant? Many plants are protected from the effects of lightning and other electrical surges by only luck and hope — thin comfort considering that North America is one of the most lightning-prone areas on the planet.
Electrical Power – 2004-11-10
Fuse flags failure Global Pro is a fuse and holder system with remote blown-fuse indication capability. The compact touch-safe system connects to a PLC or automation system and remotely alerts maintenance people that a fuse requires replacement. Other indication methods include status light, red flag, and a popup indicator pin that protrudes out of the top of the fuse. Littelfuse, Inc.; POWR-GARD Products : littelfuse.com TO VOTE, WRITE 95 ON BALLOT For more information, write 95 on card Fuse protects motor controllers Amp-Trap high-speed Class J (HJH) fuses are UL 248-8 listed and combine the overload capacity and dimensions of a standard Class J fuse with the performance of a semiconductor fuse to provide protection for electronic motor controllers as well as branch circuits as required by NEC.
Electrical – 2004-10-10
Switch relay Latching Switch Relay (LSR) can be used for latching, reclosing, or a programming relay for local or remote SCADA-compatible switch. Relay can open, close, and maintain up to 20 normally open (NO) and normally closed (NC) contacts. Electroswitch , electroswitch.com , Write 309 on PE card Adjustable speed drive SECO SV3000 ac adjustable speed flux vector drive performs like a dc drive but can be used with equipment driven by conventional ac drives. Drive features NEMA 4/12 enclosures through 40 hp, and line fuses standard through 100 hp. Danaher Motion, Linear Motion Systems , DanaherLinear.com , Write 310 on PE card Turbine generators GPB family of turbine generators produces power outputs from 1072 to 17,000 kW and heat recovery from 11.1 to 79.4 MBtu/hr for onsite power generating applications.
Basics of testing flame detectors: Part 1
Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part series on how to test and troubleshoot various types of industrial flame detectors. The second part will appear in the October issue. The flame detector is one the most important safety devices within the combustion chamber of industrial heating equipment such as steam boilers, drying kilns, or industrial ovens.
Instruments & Controls – 2004-08-09
IR-to-TC converter OSM101 infrared-to-analog converter module is a portable, miniature, low-cost, battery-powered unit that converts noncontact infrared energy to a compensated K-type thermocouple output. It operates with thermocouple metering, display, or recording devices. Unit uses laser circle/dot sighting for ease of aiming.
Building a better sensor safety network
Actuator sensor interface (AS-i) is a 2-wire networking solution for discrete I/O, analog data, encoders, and intelligent sensors. When the first components were introduced, AS-i was quickly accepted as a fast and low-cost method of transmitting binary I/O data from the field to the PLC. With 31 I/O nodes, the system handled a total of 124 inputs and 124 outputs (4 I/O for each I/O node).
Instruments and Controls – 2004-05-10
Safety networking system Safety at Work (SaW) system integrates standard mechanical safety devices into most standard PLCs and operates on one 2-wire flat cable that carries power and signal to each safety device, eliminating the need to wire them to the main cabinet individually. Using the AS-i protocol, the system is comprised of a safety monitor, control platform interface, safety input modules, and SaW e-stop buttons. Safety monitor and control platform interface reside in main control cabinet and are responsible for translation of network safety messages.
2003 Shingo Prize Winners
The Shingo Prize promotes awareness of lean manufacturing concepts and recognizes companies that achieve world-class manufacturing status. It is named for Dr. Shigeo Shingo a leading expert in improving manufacturing processes. The prize is presented to manufacturing sites that have achieved dramatic performance improvements.
New organization addresses safety
Siemens Energy & Automation announced recently the formation of Safety Integrated U.S.A., an organization that brings together multidimensional safety teams, technology, and products serving both the process and discrete industries. It was formed to maximize Siemens' proprietary Safety Integrated technology across all U.
Instruments and controls – 2004-03-10
Pressure gauges Thermoplastic pressure gauges monitor vacuum and positive system pressures up to 15,000 psi and feature 41/2 and 6-in. dial sizes. Gauges have lower back mount and bottom mount configurations, and are available with male NPT or tube adapter end connections. Swagelok Co.
Instruments & Controls – 2004-02-10
Intelligent IR camera sounds alarms ThermoVision A20 intelligent infrared (IR) camera allows users to remotely monitor and instantly identify thermal anomalies and irregular heat patterns in devices, events, and processes before failures occur. The ultracompact IR camera accepts interchangeable lenses and features high-resolution IR video, extensive output functionality, and locally or remotely configurable logic. Camera is web-enabled and provides for remote monitoring, multivariable alarms, and advanced control capabilities, which include autonomous reaction to programmable thermal parameters.
Data collection: Improving efficiency on the plant floor
We need to breathe life back into manufacturing! I realize that the answers to manufacturing's problems are not simple or straightforward. The complexities of a global economy along with the thirst for constantly increasing profits and stock prices has forced many companies to change their ways of doing business.
Managing compressed air systems
In a period that has seen increased revenue hard to come by, companies have been forced to squeeze even tighter on operating expenses. When you look behind the scenes of a 'healthy company,' you may see double-digit earnings but with revenue increases as low as 2%.
Instruments – 2003-11-01
IR camera is easy to use IR FlexCam infrared camera for noncontact temperature measurement and predictive maintenance use is ergonomically designed for ease of use. The 180-deg articulating lens joint and large display facilitate scanning of awkwardly positioned targets. Camera includes FlexView image storage and analysis software, which retains the 14-bit temperature values and provides image and problem analysis capabilities. Infrared Solutions : infraredsolutions.com , TO VOTE, WRITE 16 ON BALLOT For more information, write 16 on card Flowmeter saves space DIVA compact flowmeter for saturated steam features density compensation, wide turndown and exceptional accuracy.
Managing Predictive Maintenance
In many companies today, maintenance is not treated as a strategic business function. Over the last decade, however, it has been clearly shown that maintenance has tremendous impact on a company's profitability. In cases where maintenance doesn't seem to contribute to a company's profitability, it is usually due to the fact maintenance is never developed strategically.
Instruments & Controls – 2003-09-10
RTD transmitter SPRTX Series of high performance, low cost, industrial RTD two-wire transmitters feature a hermetically sealed miniature signal conditioner built into a connector housing. The transmitter connects directly to a 3-wire RTD probe, and conditions and linearizes across a dedicated temperature range providing a standard 4_20-mA current output, which can be transmitted thousands of feet away from the sensor over two wires to an indicating meter, controller, PLC, computer, datalogger, or chart recorder. OMEGA Engineering, Inc. , omega.com , Write 323 on PE card.
PLCs vs. PCs for industrial control
Since the dawn of the programmable logic controller (PLC), plants have come to expect reliability, stability, and simplicity from them. However, software controls running on personal computers (PCs) have made inroads to industrial automation and process control in recent years.
Instruments and Controls – 2003-06-12
IR thermometer Model IR201 is a small, lightweight noncontact infrared (IR) thermometer with laser pointer. The thermometer measures surface temperatures from -58 to 518 F with 1-deg resolution. The narrow field of view measures a 1-in.
Installing precision air conditioning systems
Computers, workstations, industrial controllers and other sensitive electronic equipment require high-performance precision air conditioning systems to maintain stringent control of temperature and humidity. For example, what happens if there is too little or too much humidity in the air? Excessively low humidity can cause static electricity that can interfere with proper equipment operation.
Suggestions & Solutions – 2002-04-15
Flex your cables Chainflex continuous-flex cables are designed specifically for use in cable carrier applications. All aspects of design and materials have been optimized for long service life in demanding flexing applications. Chainflex is available from stock in more than 400 sizes and styles, from shielded and unshielded power cables to twisted pair to bus cables.
Innovative compressed air solutions
As the cost of energy continues to rise, so does the cost of operating a compressed air system. Floor space in plants has become increasingly expensive as well. Cost pressures like these force plant managers to identify and employ innovative methods to cut compressed air costs.Fortunately, air compressor technology continues to improve.
Using infrared heating
When considering a new heating system or modifications to an existing one, cost and efficiency are paramount. In addition to the actual cost of a system and the energy to run it, consideration must be given to decreased morale and productivity when workers are uncomfortable in their environment.
Compressed air controls: simple to state-of-the-art
Controls of a compressed air system requires knowledge of how the system works. R. Scot Foss of Plant Air Technology explains various control systems, how they work, and their suitability in various applications. Some examples help to illustrate system effectiveness.
Control systems introduced for coal mining conveyor applications
New control systems from Rockwell Automation simplify maintenance, reduce downtime and increase product selection, service and support for coal miners
Product Intros – 2001-09-01
Collect multifunction vibration data The Vibscanner lightweight data collector features built-in sensors for 10 important machine parameters, including vibration acceleration and displacement and velocity according to ISO standards. Also measured is shock pulse for bearing damage and lubrication condition, pump cavitation, process parameters, inspection codes, temperature, and rpm. Ludeca, Inc. ludeca.com Circle 371 Bin tilters save backs Bin tilters for ergonomic work positioning come in 2000-lb and 4000-lb capacities with 87-deg of tilt. Two portable models handle bins, two portable straddle models handle pallets, and two stationary models handle containers.
Automation issues: SCADA and surveys
Lord Corporation, Erie, PA, produces parts for the aerospace industry. They must be manufactured to precise standards and are unusable if specific production data are not available. The company is required by the FAA to collect and maintain detailed records. In the past, it kept those records by hand.
Guide to instrument and control buses
Key concepts GPIB and serial buses are the most common instrument interfaces. Bridge products convert equipment from one bus type to another. The future of instrument control will be that of a mixed I/O world. General purpose interface buses (GPIBs), also called (IEEE 488), and serial buses have been around for more than 20 yr and are the most common types present in instruments.
Plant Engineering Software – 2001-05-01
Program recommends welding practices Arc Works WeldSelector and WeldCalculator have been added to the company's line of software products. WeldSelector is a knowledge system that suggests suitable electrodes, American Welding Society (AWS) recommended practices, and pre/post weld heat treatments. WeldCalculator allows users to compare weld processes and to develop an effective cost-reduction p...
Plant Engineering Software – 2000-12-01
Scheduling software manages resources Resource Manager 2001 is a low-cost planning and scheduling software package designed as an add-on to Excel.
Compressed Air – 2000-11-01
Two-stage air compressor is oil-free KNW Series is the world's only oil-free, two-stage, rotary screw air compressor in 20, 25, 30, and 40-hp sizes. It is available in air and water-cooled versions.
Understanding programmable controllers
A programmable controller, or PLC as it is commonly known, is the heart of an industrial control system (Fig. 1).
Take steps to travel the write road to success
It's an all too familiar story. Dateline: Buffalo, NY -An assistant plant engineer approaches his boss about a recently announced promotion to project supervisor.
Primer on compressed air filtration
Key concepts Compressed air filters must remove solids, aerosols, vapors, and gases. Contaminants come from intake air, the compressor, and the piping system.
This 469-p catalog is an information-packed guide to automation products and services. Products include controllers, motion control systems, software, operator control stations, and more.
VersaMax Micro PLC combines powerful control and I/O functions in a compact, low-cost device that fits into the palm of your hand. The device is available in two sizes with I/O counts of 14 and 28 points.
Integrating plant systems puts data where you need it, when you need it
No one disputes the notion that desktop computing is changing plant and facility engineering as dramatically as PCs changed accounting.
PC and measurement advances provide tools for better maintenance
Recognizing opportunities in new instrumentation designs can provide the basis for greater productivity throughout the industrial plant, particularly in maintenance.
HMI software increases performance, productivity
SIMATIC WinCC 5.0 is scalable, client-server based HMI software running on Windows NT.
Toolset provides DCS power at PLC cost
Procidia leverages the web to provide a powerful set of easy-to-use tools throughout a system's life cycle -- from specification to startup through production and maintenance.
Manager corrects Ethernet faults
RM-1 is designed for Ethernet redundant ring systems using rail hubs and switches. It automatically supervises the ring structure and is responsible for detection and bypass of network faults within 300 ms of their occurrence.
Multifunction protective relay reduces wiring
Siprotec 4 family of multifunction protection and automation products operates as protection relays, RTUs, programmable logic controllers, meters, equipment monitors, local annunciator/controllers, and fault record- ers.
A 76-p product catalog features several new items, plus a broad range of VMEbus boards, PC (PCI/ISA bus) cards, and IndustryPack (ANSI/VITA 4) mezzanine modules. The boards perform analog I/O, digital I/O, and serial communication functions.
Testing control circuits
Problem: How can you test 12 and 24-V control circuits in discrete relay and PLC control panels? Solution: A 24-V LED panel lamp assembly with a concentric Fresnel lens and 6-in.
Dust collectors save floor space
The 1100 Series dust collectors combine the efficiency and operating economy of a cyclone separator in a com- pact, space-saving size that makes them well suited for small machine tools, especially in areas where floor space is limited.
Comprehensive catalog offers a line of temperature control solutions. The 168-p publication includes microprocessor and analog temperature/process controllers, solid-state relays, temperature sensing devices, and more.
HMI software promotes simple controller setup
Watview, HMI software to set up and monitor Watlow temperature and process controllers, operates under Windows 95, 98, and NT 4.0 and provides a pictorial view of key control parameters for up to 32 controllers.
Achieving real-time measurement and control in a Windows environment
Real-time measurement and control, depending on the particular application and its requirements, means different things to different people. Users who require a response time in microseconds see their application as real time.
A comprehensive catalog features an entire line of temperature control products. The 168-p publication includes microprocessor and analog temperature/process controllers, hot runner controllers, SCR controls, and solid-state relays.
PLC programmer is fast and easy-to-use
VersaPro PLC programming software for Windows-based PCs boosts productivity with easy-to-use graphically-based configuration tools.
Give security measures top priority when implementing internet applications
It has often been said that a business' most valuable asset is the data it generates, and nowhere is that statement more true than in the manufacturing and process industries.
Selecting compressed air system controls
Compressed air systems are critical for most manufacturing facilities. They are typically the third most expensive operating system after HVAC and lighting, and in some industries, the most costly utility.
Module allows PLCs to interface with major controls
The 1560-PDP Profibus DP Module allows Profibus-based PLCs to interface directly with SCANport-based devices, SMC Dialog Plus motor controllers, and SMP-3 Smart Motor Protector.
Module offers communication to gas sensors
Addressable Output Module is the first gas risk management system offering digital communications from the sensors to the controller.
Integrated control station operates on networks
Operator Control Station is a logic controller with integrated operator interface and networking. A single software package allows users to configure OI screens, develop ladder logic, and configure the communication network.
Open architecture system adapts to control applications
Modicon Momentum open architecture control system fulfills many roles in a variety of automation strategies from PC-based control systems and DCSs to traditional, stand-alone PLC control systems.
Intrinsically safe controllers rated for hazardous environments
Intrinsically safe remote controllers for hazardous environments do not cause sparking or ignite combustible gases or flammable materials.
System extends open control networks to existing components
LonPoint System integrates new and legacy field devices to interoperable control systems. Distributed system eliminates the need for centralized controllers and lowers installation costs.
PC-based control system improves boiler operation, efficiency
A new boiler control package installed as part of a PC-based control system solved operating problems for the Roanoke, VA, Locomotive Shops of Norfolk Southern Corp.
Humidity controller mounts remotely
RHCN-3 relative humidity controller has a probe that uses a thin film polymer capacitive sensor that can be mounted thousands of feet from the controller box.
A 6-p brochure on Pirani vacuum gauges includes applications, technical overview, specifications, and dimensions. The brochure describes sensors for the range 10-(super 4)-100 Torr, and includes digital and analog controllers.
A 200-p catalog presents detailed product and application information on temperature, power, and process controls, systems, and peripherals.
Initiate those honesty tests!
Absolutely not!" That was Chief Executive Officer John Fowler's response to Plant Engineer Vince Wilcox's suggestion that honesty testing be added to other assessment criteria in screening and hiring job applicants.
All kinds of instruments
Analytical and Environmental Electronics, a 32-p selection of instruments, features handheld and industrial meters, controllers, preamps, transmitters, and recorders for pH, ORP, conductivity, humidity, dissolved oxygen, and related measurements.
Getting ready for the next 100 yr
The Temperature Handbook, 21st Century Preview Edition contains up-to-date listings for thermocouple probes, sensors, connectors, and wire.
Optimizing building automation system performance
Nearly all industrial facilities have a building automation system (BAS) of some kind. The question is: How well are they using it? The answer, unfortunately, is that in most cases plants are not applying these assets to their full capability.
Portable vibration analyzer stores data
Bal Pac 1000 reads vibration from two pickups and measures both displacement and velocity amplitudes as low as 0.000005-in. displacement. Collected data can be stored and later downloaded to a PC for use with PM programs.
PLC regulates up to 256 I/Os
VersaMax PLC can control up to 256 I/Os and be used in standalone or distributed applications. The unit offers plug-and-play simplicity and auto configuration for automatic recognition of system changes and additions.
A thoroughly illustrated 8-p brochure presents a PLC selection guide. The literature includes descriptions of a complete line of micro, small, midsize, and large PLCs.
Looking to the next century
The Temperature Handbook 21st Century Preview Edition includes listings for thermocouple probes, sensors, connectors, and wire; and sections covering meters, recorders, transmitters, controllers, instrumentation, and data acquisition products.
Controller stores values in nonvolatile memory
PS4A open loop controller features a scalable output and display, digital display of setpoint, nonvolatile memory for all adjustable values, and setpoint security. Accuracy is ± 0.25% full scale. Barksdale, Inc.
Interface panel connects to most process controls
Paradigm Family of operator interface panels can be programmed by EDICT-97 to provide for intuitive configuration of the operator interface's behavior.
Interface connects devices to Ethernets
Serial EDAS interface connects RS-232 machines, instruments, PLCs, controllers, scales, gauges, smart sensors, and other devices directly to Ethernet networks.
Level indicator sends remote signal
Mini SureSite Indicators have electrical output transmitters that continuously send level data to remote receivers, recorders, or controllers. Transmitter accuracy is 3/8 in. Units operate with liquids pressurized up to 400 psi and heated to 400 F.
A full-color, 256-p databook features the Infinity series of microprocessor-based digital instrumentation. The catalog includes detailed specifications on panel meters, controllers, signal conditioners, and transmitters.