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1:03 pm
September 23, 2016
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Fluke Acquires eMaint Enterprises

screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-7-50-07-amFluke Corp. (Everett, WA) has announced the acquisition of eMaint Enterprises LLC (Marlton, NJ), a leader in computerized maintenance management software (CMMS). Details of the transaction haven’t been disclosed.

screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-7-40-08-ameMaint’s software platform is used by more than 50,000 maintenance professionals in 55 countries and multiple markets, including food processing, manufacturing, fleet, services, and government, among others.

Fluke’s comprehensive line of handheld test tools and portable sensors are used by service and maintenance technicians, electricians, and plant engineers around the world. eMaint’s web-based, Software as a Service (SaaS) solution can be accessed on PCs, smartphones, tablets, and other browser-based devices.

According to the two companies, Fluke tools, software, and data expertise together with eMaint’s SaaS offering represents a critical convergence of maintenance solutions that ensure uptime and maximize return on assets for end users throughout industry.


 

 

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3:47 pm
September 14, 2016
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Schneider Electric Details Cloud-Based Process-Engineering Software Platform and Optimization Solution for Oil & Gas Sector

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-8-24-48-pmSchneider Electric Software’s three-day Process Industries Excellence Conference is taking place in Pasadena, CA, this week. News coming out of the busy conference (which is the Lake Forest, CA-based company’s 2016 SimSci Users Group event) has included information on two major product releases.

The first announcement detailed the upcoming rollout of SimSci Online, a cloud software platform for the company’s process design, simulation, training, and optimization offerings. According to the company, with this release, SimSci Online becomes the first process design and engineering software to be delivered as a service.

The second announcement highlighted the availability of Unit Performance Suite for the Oil & Gas industry. The company says this software suite is the first in the industry to package closed-loop, real-time optimization with monitoring and workflow in a single solution for refineries.

About SimSci Online
Schneider Electric’s SimSci Online is aimed at end users that are deploying and managing multiple versions of software applications in high-demand environments, including process engineering departments and engineering firms, and the power-gen, oil and gas, chemicals, and mining, metals, and minerals (MMM) industries. For smaller operations in these sectors, annual simulation-software licensing fees can become cost prohibitive.

SimSci Online changes the game by providing access to the same high-quality simulation software as its on-premise version. All that’s required is an Internet connection. Customers are charged only for usage time. Benefits and capabilities include, among others:

  • Increased accessibility anywhere and anytime with an Internet connection.
  • Enhanced availability with no system maintenance requirements from the client side, and highly scalable to allow for additional users on demand.
  • Lower cost of ownership through elimination of IT-maintenance overhead, yet still ensuring that the latest version is always available to meet customers’ needs.

The company will initially roll out SimSci Online as a platform to support cloud-based delivery of the process design and engineering portfolio. SimSci DYNSIM, a comprehensive, dynamic process simulator that enables process yield improvement and a reduction of capital investment costs, will be the first application launched. General availability of SimSci DYNSIM Online is planned for the end of 2016, with other applications to follow in 2017.

About Unit Performance Suite
According to Schneider Electric, its Unit Performance Suite can help sites better understand current operating performance and then identify future improvement in terms of operational efficiency, all without adding specialists to their organizations.

Built on closed-loop optimization driven by SimSci ROMeo, the easily configurable Unit Performance Suite offers a number of benefits and capabilities. Among them:

  • Real-time optimization (RTO) that reduces operations costs and improves refinery margins by optimizing operating conditions based on industry-leading ROMeo software
  • Intuitive dashboards to simplify how key parameters of process operation are monitored across the enterprise and ROMeo operations to achieve greater economic benefits; greater visibility can accelerate future performance improvement
  • Automated and standardized process workflows that improve collaboration for pricing changes, maintain data quality, and optimize software performance, among other parameters, to maximize the unit optimization benefit.

To learn more about the Unit Performance Suite, CLICK HERE. 

Editor’s Note: For information on upcoming Schneider Electric Software events (including conferences and Webinars), CLICK HERE.

 

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5:27 pm
August 24, 2016
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AVO Opens Cable U, Expands Testing & Diagnostics Course Lineup

Cable 2 SMAVO Training Institute (AVO) has announced the opening of AVO Cable U at its main training location in Dallas. The facility is said to offer a hands-on, technologically advanced, real-world training venue “for every electrical cable testing and diagnostic application.”

According to AVO, with the host of critical issues facing the utility and industrial cable industry, it’s important to leverage training and test-equipment technology to improve existing and future cable installations alike. The company says that’s what its Cable U field lab and enhanced course lineup are designed for: to provide a comprehensive approach to “future proofing” cable systems for increased reliability and reduced costs.

_DSC6331 smAVO Cable U Courses and Certifications
Cable U offers training in three critical areas of the “future proofing” process for new and service-aged power cables: Cable Splicing & Terminating, Cable Fault Location & Tracing, and Cable Testing & Diagnostics.

Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 12.06.46 PMAVO Training Institute offers its Cable Technician Certification through successful completion of AVO Cable U’s Cable Splicing & Terminating, Medium-Voltage, and Cable Fault Location & Tracing, Medium-Voltage courses, as well as a new certification in Cable Testing & Diagnostics. The company notes that this offering is consistent with current industry needs to provide technicians with the capabilities to “future proof” existing and future medium-voltage installations.

To learn more and/or make arrangements to attend an open house at the Cable U training facility on October 4, 2016, CLICK HERE.

About AVO Training Institute
Dallas-based AVO, a subsidiary of Megger, is celebrating more than 50 years of keeping people safe from electrical hazards. Known for its hands-on approach and wide range of training-related deliverables, from equipment application and maintenance procedures to safe work practices, online courses, arc flash studies, and engineering services, AVO characterizes itself as “a one-stop electrical-safety learning center.” Courses are available at campuses nationwide or on-site.

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12:21 am
August 24, 2016
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Use Fluke 368 FC & 369 FC Leakage Current Clamp Meters without Shutting Down Critical Equipment

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 6.56.55 PMAccording to Fluke Corp. (Everett, WA), its rugged 368 FC and 369 FC Leakage Current Clamps help electricians and maintenance technicians identify, document, record, and compare leakage current readings over time to help prevent problems before they happen. And personnel can do all this without shutting down critical equipment.

These recently released devices incorporate large-diameter jaws (40 mm for the 368 FC; 61 mm for the 369 FC) for working with oversize conductors. The clamp jaws are fully shielded and designed to accurately capture very small leakage current signals (as low as 10 μA) and minimize external electromagnetic interference. As true-rms meters, they’re designed to accurately measure complex signals, with the highest resolution of 1 µA and an upper measurement range of 60 amps.

CAT III 600 V safety rated, both models offer a forward-facing LED worklight for use in dark wiring cabinets, a backlit display with auto-off, and auto-power-off for extended battery life.

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 7.11.01 PMThe 368 FC and 369 FC are part of Fluke Connect, a system of more than 40 wireless test tools that communicate through the Fluke Connect app, or Fluke Connect Assets software, a cloud-based solution that gathers measurements to provide a comprehensive view of critical equipment status.

Fluke Connect lets technicians record and share both thermal images and electrical measurements in real time via their smartphones or tablets and automatically upload them to the cloud. Reports can be created and shared right from the job site by email. Personnel can also collaborate in real time with other colleagues through ShareLive video calls, thus increasing productivity in the field.

For more information on Fluke’s 368 FC and 369 FC Leakage Current Clamp Meters, CLICK HERE.

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11:31 pm
August 23, 2016
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Snap-On Industrial Introduces Feature-Rich Williams Wireless Borescope

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 5.43.51 PMThe Williams Wireless Borescope (JHW40282) from Snap-on Industrial (Kenosha, WI) lets technicians quickly and easily examine engines and other machinery inside and out.According to the company,  the product offers flexibility in a number of way, including wireless connectivity that allows straightforward transmission of both still and video images.

This lightweight, handheld device features a waterproof camera (IP67 standard); a detachable 3.5-in. thin-film transistor LCD monitor that runs on a built-in rechargeable Lithium battery; and a flexible 3/8-in. (3mm) X 3-ft. (1m) lens tube. A lens-mounted LED light provides adjustable brightness, while 3x zoom capability offers increased visibility.

Supporting up to a 32GB micro SD card, the Williams Wireless Borescope comes with an accessory kit (hook, magnet, mirror, and rubber ring), power adaptor, USB and AV output cables, and carrying case.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

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4:36 pm
August 11, 2016
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AutomationDirect Expands RHINO Power-Supply Portfolio

Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 11.17.22 AMAutomationDirect (Cumming, GA), has expanded its RHINO PSB series of DIN rail power supplies with a PSB48-480S single-phase-input, 48VDC- output unit. According to the company, this high-quality, 480W solution offers high performance and reliability at a lower-cost than fuller-featured power supplies.

This model features removable finger-safe terminal blocks, output voltage status LED indicator, conformal coated circuit boards, and approval for Class 1, Division 2 hazardous locations. An aluminum housing easily installs with integral 35mm DIN rail mounting adapters. The PSB48-480S also offers overload, over-voltage, and thermal protection, and is UL 508 listed, UL 60950 recognized, CSA certified, CE marked, and RoHS compliant.

To view AutomationDirect’s entire line of power supplies, CLICK HERE.

 

 

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3:52 pm
August 11, 2016
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Opto 22 Delivers Node-RED IIoT Solution for Industrial PACs

SNAP PAC_Node-RED_printTemecula, CA-based Opto 22 has announced immediate availability of Node-RED nodes for its industrial programmable automation controllers (PACs). According to the company, these nodes significantly decrease time and complexity in deployment of IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) applications.

Specifically, Node-RED nodes for Opto 22’s SNAP PAC programmable automation controllers are said to “enable nearly anyone” to rapidly prototype and develop IIoT applications by opening a path to quickly connect legacy assets to cloud services.

To download Node-Red nodes along with a RESTful API for Opto 22 SNAP PAC R-series and S-series controllers, CLICK HERE.

About Node-RED
Node-RED is an innovative visual wiring tool to connect edge computing systems such as industrial automation controllers to various cloud services, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) IoT, IBM Watson IoT, and Microsoft Azure in new and interesting ways.

This open-source, cross-platform technology is currently available through GitHub.com and npmjs.org for a variety of platforms, including OS X, Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Raspberry Pi, and cloud offerings like IBM Bluemix and AT&T Flow.

Built on the popular Node.js JavaScript runtime, Node-RED benefits from a large Node-RED library—w over 500 prebuilt and ready-to-deploy nodes—allowing IIoT application developers to leverage existing software code and deploy it directly into their applications.

 

 

 

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11:27 pm
August 4, 2016
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BEI’s Rugged, Precise TorqueTrak TPM2 Gets to Work Quickly

 

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 5.49.27 PMBinsfeld Engineering Inc. (BEI) has added the TorqueTrak TPM2 torque- and power-monitoring system for rotating shafts to its extensive portfolio of digital measurement technologies. A specialist in rotating-to-stationary-data communications, the Maple City, MI-based manufacturer notes that this recently released rugged and precise instrument is well suited for almost any torque- and power-evaluation project.

Available for shaft diameters from 0.75-in. (19mm) to 40-in. (1016mm), the all-digital TorqueTrak TPM2 features an RS422 full-duplex interface with system set-up and configuration by way of supplied computer software. Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 4.30.15 PM

As with other torque-telemetry systems from BEI, no shaft modifications or machine disassembly is required. Additional notable features and capabilities of the TorqueTrak TPM2 include, among others::

  • Easy installation with a rotating collar and stationary ring split and bolted together around the shaft using standard tools.
  • Sturdy hardware and electronics built for demanding environments.
  • Inductive power and data transfer with generous clearance between stationary and rotating parts (no wear surfaces).
  • System-status indicators that confirm proper operation at a glance, thus expediting troubleshooting.
  • High-speed bi-directional communications linking interfaces with PC or PLC.
  • User-selectable sample rate up to 4800 samples/sec.

For information on Binsfeld Engineering’s comprehensive lineup of rotating-data instrumentation, CLICK HERE.

 

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