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7:30 pm
May 25, 2016
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Feature-Rich PlantStruxure PES V4.2 Automation System Debuts at Schneider Electric Connect 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 2.23.04 PMSchneider Electric Connect 2016, in New Orleans, is continuing to serve up a full plate of activities and product news today.

First up was this morning’s Plenary session focussing on  cyber-related issues, starting with a presentation on  “HMI & Alarm Management Best Practices.” by Bridget Fitzpatrick, of Wood Group Mustang.

Gary Williams, senior director of Technology, Cyber Security & Communications at Schneider Electric, then took the stage to put cyber threats into context for end users by encouraging attendees to “Be as AGGRESSIVE as a Hacker, or Lose Productivity.”

On the product front, Schneider Electric has announced the release of PlantStruxure PES V4.2 that integrates new hardware with capabilities from the company’s Modicon M580 ePAC lineup to meet demands of Industrial Internet of Things applications.

According to the company, the addition of Modicon M580 redundant controllers delivers exceptional plant and asset availability for critical continuous process operations and, thus helps to improve overall business performance.

How It Works
Fifty percent of today’s PlantStruxure PES projects require at least one pair of redundant controllers within the configuration. Schneider Electric notes that PES V4.2 meets next-gen requirements with the M580 ePAC and the ability to lock down ports within a single configuration environment. The company says the high level of cyber security offered by the  PES V4.2 “ensures nearly 100% uptime for customer systems.”

A core feature of the Modicon M580 ePAC is its Ethernet-based architecture. Integration into the PES solution improves system management and provides customers with a level of standard communication, guaranteeing a future-proof system.

The Foxboro, MA-based manufacturer says new services will be available for engineering and commissioning, which will make navigating a control program easier, as well as improve performance when making project changes. PlantStruxure PES V4.2 is also equipped with ready-to-use application and industry libraries, allowing systems to be built more quickly and with lower engineering costs. By integrating energy-management features from other Schneider Electric automation and power devices, such as asset-centric Altivar drives, the system can help users realize greater energy-cost savings.

The Schneider Electric Connect 2016 Automation Conference runs through Thursday, May 26, at the Marriott New Orleans Hotel. For more information from this event, CLICK HERE.


10:58 pm
May 24, 2016
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Schneider Electric Extends Universal I/O Capability for Foxboro and Triconex

Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 4.25.03 PMSchneider Electric Connect 2016 has rolled into New Orleans in a big way this week. Organizers of this four-day automation conference at the Marriott New Orleans promised a busy, information-packed week for attendees, and if the event’s first full day is any indication, they’ve come through. In addition to an extensive slate of compelling keynotes, technical presentations, and workshops, the company is introducing several new products and technology enhancements.

Among the product announcements is today’s news of an update to the Foxboro Intelligent Marshalling solution. The new FBM 248 offering now includes redundancy capabilities that eliminate the costly, labor-intensive marshalling process traditionally required for control systems and further enhance the reliability and efficiency of control system design and operation. The company has also enhanced its Tricon CX compact safety system with the addition of the 3902X TMR universal I/O module.

Foxboro Evo FBM 248 and Tricon CX 3902X remove the dependency among control and safety system design and the installation of I/O systems. Universal I/O offerings for Foxboro Evo and Triconex enable process automation professionals to seamlessly adapt to last-minute I/O design changes and provides backup to eliminate the impact of any process downtime. of an update to the Foxboro Intelligent Marshalling solution.

Intelligent Marshalling with universal I/O and software-configurable modules allows users to configure I/O points from anywhere in the plant or in the world. They also enable flexible options for future expansions and upgrades, as well as significant cost savings by reducing marshalling infrastructure, increasing I/O density per cabinet, reducing field and maintenance labor costs and drastic reductions in the need for onsite replacement inventory.

For more information on the Foxboro Intelligent Marshalling solution, CLICK HERE.

Schneider Electric Connect 2016 continues through May 26. To learn more about it, CLICK HERE.


4:42 pm
May 19, 2016
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Schneider Electric Foxboro MagPLUS Flowmeters Solve Problems for Global Water/Wastewater and Food & Beverage Sectors

The recent introduction of Foxboro MagPLUS Magnetic Flowmeters by Schneider Electric (Foxboro, MA), represents a comprehensive lineup of flexible, easy-to-use, and reliable solutions for the water, wastewater, and food and beverage industries.

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 11.21.01 AMIncorporating multiple flow-tube sizes and an array of transmitter configurations, the new MagPLUS family allows precise, bi-directional metering of a wide range of fluids, from beverages and processed foods to potable water, industrial water, and wastewater. Units feature robust, fully welded construction, a selection of global standard flanges and end-connections, rugged liners suited to all water and wastewater applications or hygienic sanitary design, and durable exteriors suited to underground installation and constant flooding (IP 68-rated enclosure).

According to the manufacturer, an innovative virtual grounding feature in these Foxboro MagPLUS flowmeters eliminates the need for grounding electrodes or rings, thus reducing installation complexity and cost, while increasing process reliability.

Startup and commissioning is said to an easy matter given the fact all MagPLUS transmitters share a common operating concept, feature displays in 14 operating languages (including Russian and simplified Chinese), and come with a Quick Start configuration menu.

Holding approvals for electrical and sanitary certifications and drinking water applications,MagPLUS devices are available in a wide range of sizes, with large diameters for large-scale production plants.

For more information on the MagPLUS family, CLICK HERE.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For help with selection and sizing of any Foxboro flowmeter product, CLICK HERE for the online FlowExpertPro tool



5:29 pm
May 4, 2016
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United Electric Controls Offers 316 SS, Explosion-Proof Junction Box

Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 10.46.51 AMWatertown, MA-based United Electric Controls (UE,) has announced the availability of a 316 stainless steel, explosion-proof junction box with global approvals for HazLoc switches and transmitters.

With the release of this product, the company now offers complete, all-stainless, corrosion-resistant switch/transmitter units suitable for use in Class 1, Div. 1 environments. Available assembled with other UE stainless steel products, including the compact, dual-seal certified, explosion-proof 12 Series pressure and temperature switches, and hermetically sealed TX200 pressure transmitters, it also can be purchased separately as as a kit.

According to the manufacturer, the new junction box holds a variety of worldwide certifications, including cCSAus, ATEX, IECEx and PESO. It also has IP 66 certification, representing resistance to dust and inclement weather.

The unit can be ordered as junction box option M432, with ½-in. NPT threads, or as option M433, with M20 threads. Either option can be skid- or wall-mounted.

For more information on United Electrical Controls and its comprehensive product lineup, CLICK HERE.



11:33 pm
May 3, 2016
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Schneider Electric Rolls Breakthrough Premset MV Switchgear into U.S. Market

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 3.38.37 PMSchneider Electric (Andover, MA) has announced the U.S. availability of Premset, the company’s breakthrough lineup of shielded, solid insulation, medium voltage (MV) switchgear solutions for power-distribution management.

According to the company, as the first global product of its kind, the earth-shielded Premset system offers unprecedented safety, i.e., reduced internal arcing risk, along with increased efficiencies and ease of use. The main circuit components are insulated by a layer of solid material covered by an external conductive coating with ground potential. There’s no electric field in the ambient air, because live conductors and the ground are confined within the switchgear enclosure.

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Built with embedded smart technology for critical applications such as those found in data centers, industrial operations, and healthcare facilities, Premset offers, among other things, the following features and capabilities:

  • Shielded Solid Insulation System (SSIS) and screening of all live parts, ensuring exceptional levels of safety and reliability.
  • Simple, flexible, modular design with standardized dimensions, a reduced footprint, and front-accessible power connections that’s easy to install, upgrade, and maintain.
  • Advanced protection, control, and monitoring technology fully integrated for higher reliability and energy efficiency.
  • Automated redundancy (Auto Source Transfer) with pre-engineered, easily applied solutions.
  • Load management with integrated, smart metering.
  • VIP self-powered protection and communication relay for higher MV network availability.

Product Support
In addition to standard electrical, mechanical, and visual equipment inspections, to ensure equipment and components are functioning properly, Schneider Electric offers optional start-up and commissioning services for all Presmet purchases, including:

  • Confirmation that the system is installed properly and operating as specified.
  • Collection and evaluation of initial operational data to check insulation, current path, functionality, and sequencing to minimize future downtime and expenditures.
  • Verification of correct operation of interfaces between new and existing equipment.

Beyond the standard 18-month equipment warranty, Schneider Electric Services also provides a one-year extended warranty for all commissioned Premset devices at no additional cost.

For more information on Premset switchgear, including technical specifications, CLICK HERE.



6:32 pm
May 2, 2016
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Lubrication Scientifics’ Efficient MDL Dual Line System Delivers in Industry’s Toughest Applications, Harshest Environments

Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 1.24.11 PMThe MDL (Modular Dual Line) lubrication-delivery system from Lubrication Scientifics LLC  (Irvine, CA) is designed for the types of heavy duty grease and oil applications found in steel production, pulp and paper mills, cement manufacturing plants, mining, metal processing, sugar-cane refining, and other tough operations.

According to the manufacturer, dual line lubrication systems are well suited for such operations because they are capable of servicing hundreds of lubrication points over long distances, in harsh environments, and at low temperatures. Dual line systems are also simple to design, have adjustable lubrication outputs, and can be easily expanded.

How the MDL Works
Lubrication Scientifics’ MDL product line has been specifically engineered to provide the functional advantages of traditional designs without the high cost of system maintenance.

The company notes that traditional dual line lubrication-delivery systems utilize one-piece metering devices that contain between two and eight pistons/spools. When installed, those devices are connected, with pipe or tubing, to both the supply lines (2 to 4 connections) and to the bearing output lines (1 to 8 connections). Should a single piston fail to cycle, the entire metering device must be replaced, even if all remaining pistons are properly cycling. In addition to the cost of the replacement valve, each of the pipe or tube connections must be removed from the failed valve and attached to the new one. Depending on valve size and location, a typical dual-line metering-device replacement could take hours.

The MDL’s design overcomes such challenges with a modular sub-plate that can have an unlimited number of bearing-point outlets.  Because the piston section (valve) is separated from the manifold connections, the manufacturer says if a piston fails, it can be removed and replaced with a new section in less than two minutes. No supply or bearing-point connections need be removed to return the system to full function.

These products are available in both plated carbon steel and 316 stainless steel for high corrosion applications. All plated carbon steel MDL products come standard with stainless steel hardware, including adjustment housings.

For more information on Lubrication Scientifics’ MDL offering, CLICK HERE.



4:37 pm
May 2, 2016
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Enhanced NI InsightCM Condition-Monitoring Solution Tackles Big and Growing IIoT-Related Data Challenges

Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 8.20.45 AMAccording to Austin, TX-based National Instruments (NI) the recently released enhanced version of its online, fleet-wide, end-to-end NI InsightCM Enterprise condition-monitoring software addresses growing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-related challenges in todays asset-management arena. Among the most pressing is the Big Analog Data problem that’s being fueled by the variety of sensors, speed of required measurements, and vast number of commissioned equipment systems throughout plants and facilities.

The company notes that its NI InsightCM, DIAdem, and CompactRIO platforms featuring distributed sensor measurement, edge processing, analytics, and open communication and data management effectively handle Big Analog Data concerns by delivering timely information rather than large volumes of unfiltered data to subject matter experts.

The enhanced version of InsightCM Enterprise is well suited for a wide range of applications in oil and gas, power generation, mining, rail, and industrial manufacturing. NI points to a number of key benefits associated with this IIoT-technology solution, including the fact that it allows organizations to provide better coverage over more assets with existing personnel. Moreover, because the software is built on an open-technology platform, it can better adjust to how end-users operate their businesses rather than adjusting to a vendor.

Other features/capabilities include:

  • Multiple measurement tools in one. Combine physical vibration and temperature measurements with MCSA electrical measurements in the same enterprise software.
  • Complete accessibility. Get full access to your data and connect with third-party enterprise software packages, such as CMMSs, SCADA, database historians, and prognostics tools.
  • Scalability. Start with the most critical, problematic assets and then scale over time to hundreds of ancillary assets with NI InsightCM Server.
  • Flexibility. Use the new NI InsightCM Software Development Kit to add connectivity to third-party hardware, custom analytics, or support for any of the 100+ sensor modules available for the CompactRIO hardware platform.

For more information on NI InsightCM Enterprise, CLICK HERE.


12:44 am
April 30, 2016
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ITT i-ALERT2 Condition-Monitor App Now Available for All Mobile Devices, Including IOS, Android, and Tablets

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 5.44.02 PMITT’s PRO Services (Seneca Falls, NY) has announced that its i-ALERT2 Bluetooth Equipment Health Monitor is now optimized for iPad and Android devices. Originally released for iOS iPhone, the app will now make use of the larger iPad screen size for a better tablet experience and be available for free for Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, and S7, and LG Google Nexus 5x, 6, and 6p devices.

Smaller than a credit card, the i-ALERT2 condition monitor, tracks vibration, temperature, and run-time hours 24/7. According to the manufacturer, the device is the first of its type to combine the latest in Bluetooth low-energy and sensor technologies in a single industrial package.

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 5.39.07 PMRated for use in environments with explosive gases, dust, and fibers, the i-ALERT2 features a wireless range of up to 100 ft. (30 m). Syncing to the mobile app, which, in turn, can scan multiple devices at once, it enables quick, safe, accurate inspection of equipment by allowing users to view real-time and historical data, diagnostic information, and machine records, even in hazardous environments.

For more information on ITT’s i-ALERT2, CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE for videos of the i-ALERT2’s mobile app capabilities.