InduSoft Web Studio software

InduSoft Web Studio software has been declared the winner of the Automation Inside 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards in the Best Automation Software category. InduSoft was selected from among 26 automation product competitors based on votes from Automation Inside readers in 36 countries. As a Readers’ Choice award, this recognition indicates a high degree of end user satisfaction with Web Studio, and is thus particularly important.

InduSoft Web Studio v7.1+SP3 gives a powerful collection of automation tools that provide the automation building blocks needed to simplify the creation of HMI and SCADA applications. This comprehensive development and runtime HMI/SCADA software solution provides over 240 built-in communication drivers allowing easy connection to a wide variety of PLCs and controllers. The full-feature set software includes all the tools users need to develop, deploy and present HMI graphics, alarms, trends, reports, recipes, and historian and database data.

Easy integration to the latest web, cloud, and mobility technologies allows users to create screens, widgets, animated graphics and controls that can be displayed, monitored and controlled, using the HTML5 standard, on a wide variety of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. The HMI/SCADA application can truly be deployed and accessed from almost anywhere.

InduSoft is grateful to all the end user customers, OEMs, certified system integrators, and distributors who use their products, and appreciate the continued support provided by InduSoft Web Studio.

About InduSoft

InduSoft, a Schneider Invensys company, offers a powerful family of HMI software products for industrial machines, embedded systems, intelligent embedded systems, and M2M. InduSoft develops tools and technologies that empower machine builders, OEMs, and other industrial automation customers to develop graphical interfaces for embedded PCs, PCs, industrial machines, and mobile devices. Today more than 250,000 InduSoft systems are operating worldwide through direct and partner sales.

 

 

GE event: Improving Profitability with Big Data

In January, GE will launch a new Roadshow at three European centres: London, Paris and Milan. The event title is “Predict for Profit”- the GE Intelligent Platforms business will present their most advanced solutions to allow customers to transform the industrial internet information into reality, to gain valuable insights from the internet “Big Data” available from their processes and machines.

Big Data sets with no apparent value for the enterprise can be transformed into real Insights and information that customers can catch at the right time, and when the correct information is needed for decision makers.

The Industrial Internet is a key part of the GE strategy: it satisfies the need to combine machines, data, insights and people together in a connected infrastructure, a network that can be accessed by all operators regardless of the geographical position of devices and plants.

Every “intelligent” machine generates data that can be captured with the right devices and applications: these data can be represented through metrics along a time gap. The correct analysis and understanding of these data allow operators and managers to anticipate faults before they happen, and to plan the corrective action needed in advance.

The main benefit of predictive analysis is overall cost reduction, – or even cost avoidance – and profit increase, thanks to scheduled maintenance and leaner and more optimized operations.

‘Predict for Profit’ is an unmissable event for users that want to learn real application stories of companies that gained competitive advantage from the quantifiable production, profits and asset management improvements available using GE Solutions. It will be specific for professionals that want to know how to leverage the Big Data asset that each enterprise already owns.

Key insights are often hidden in the data storage, and can be extracted only with specific, user friendly and easy-to-implement Solutions. During these Roadshows, GE will show how to do this, and make Solutions Experts available from different geographical regions to show how it is possible to generate a real technology revolution in the industry.

The Roadshows will take half a day, finishing with a lunch, and will take place in: London on January 27th, Paris on January 28th, and Milan on January 29th. Apply for a place to attend at one of these events via:

http://www.ge-ip.com/ge-predict-profits

MTL and Yokogawa launch Universal I/O for Hazardous Areas.

In the INSIDER for November this year, it was reported how Honeywell have used the Universal I/S interface module from P+F, and that MTL were happy to remain with the dedicated function units. Well now a new PR from MTL – as you know part of Cooper Crouse Hinds, part of Eaton, who say they are a ‘Power management company’ – so that has got their corporate rubbish out of the way. MTL announced today that it has been supporting Yokogawa in the development of their next generation integrated production control system, Centum VP R6.01.  This is also reported on in the November INSIDER.

However, Yokogawa wanted to design a new system with an intrinsically safe universal input/output (I/O) module for greater efficiency in system configuration and engineering: so they approached MTL, for its expertise in intrinsic safety devices for hazardous area and general process control applications.

“We have a long standing relationship with Yokogawa, having worked together globally for more than 20 years on various projects, so we were delighted once again to partner with them on the Centum VP R6.01,” said Riccardo Codega, MTL marketing director.  “We worked closely with them to understand their requirements for a universal I/O module and recommended our MTL4500 intrinsic safety isolators, which have been adapted to work in a universal environment.  The backplane mounting series is designed with systems vendors in mind and is perfect for DCS applications such as this.”

Yokogawa, a leading manufacturer of process control instrumentation, distributed control systems (DCS) and test and measurement instruments, launched its first version of Centum in 1975, and the company has continued to improve the platform by applying the latest technologies. Recognising the challenges faced by today’s manufacturing plants for increased flexibility as well as improved process efficiencies, with the need to maintain safe operations, Yokogawa wanted to develop an intrinsically safe universal I/O module that would allow its customers to reduce the time required for installing and configuring a control system.

“We chose to work with Eaton MTL for its credibility and expertise in intrinsic safety,” said Nobuaki Konishi, vp of the Yokogawa Industrial Automation Platform Business. “The company is recognised in the industry as being a key supplier and we were confident we could rely on them to provide a high quality and safe solution.”

Now for the required PR paragraphs, first, from MTL:

“As part of the Centum VP R6.01, Yokogawa has expanded its range of I/O devices, which are critical control system components, and a key feature is a new N-IO field I/O device with an I/O module that can easily handle multiple types of I/O signals.  As such, it eliminates the need for I/O modules to be replaced according to the signal they convey, which reduces rewiring, footprint and the time spent on installation and associated costs.

MTL product specialists added additional diagnostic features and functionality so line fault detection is integrated into the Yokogawa system.  Now, there are channel level diagnostics in the control system that help users avoid downtime and increase plant productivity.

A key benefit of the MTL4500 Series isolators is that the base plate does not require intrinsic safety certification. The field connection is on top of the module, so it does not need any additional accreditations and it is accessible to all regions worldwide.  As a result, the approval process into a plant is simplified in virtually any application.

The MTL4500 isolators are a compact integrated solution for flexible cabinet layout.  Incorporating advanced circuit design, a common set of components and innovative isolating transformer construction, the isolators achieve a significant reduction in power consumption while increasing channel packing densities. The 16mm wide design reduces weight and gives exceptionally high packing density.

MTL4500 isolators are plug-and-play with easy commissioning and set up, therefore simplifying project engineering and reducing installation and maintenance costs.  The design is based on existing, proven technologies and provides a reliable solution for manufacturing plants and process industries including oil and gas, petrochemicals, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Eaton continues to work closely with Yokogawa in its development of control systems that will provide customers with an improved operating environment by increasing the safety and efficiency of their operations and achieving greater synergy between their control system and field devices.  In addition to improving production efficiency, this will allow the optimisation of maintenance of the production control system, safety instrumented system, programmable controllers, all field devices, and other components, thereby reducing costs and ensuring the long-term stability of operations.”

Second, a precis of the Yokogawa PR:

Yokogawa launched the new version of Centum VP, the Series 6, this month. Centum was launched in 1975 as the World’s first DCS system, and Yokogawa are proud to claim progressive compatibility and upgradability across all Centum systems over these 40 years. Over 25,000 Centum systems have been installed worldwide in this time, with 88% of these concentrated in Europe and Asia.

The R6 version introduces N-IO, Network IO, which “fulfills the functions of universal I/O and a signal conditioner, enabling configurable software and flexible I/O assignment”. As discussed in the INSIDER report on the Honeywell HUG EMEA meeting in November, Yokogawa also have established agreements with P+F and MTL to enable intrinsically safe interfaces for the N-IO. A FieldMate Validator software tool is also available, enabling the field instrument and wiring loop to be checked before there is any connection to the control system.

The Centum VP R6 also includes an ‘Automation Design Suite’ that facilitates project execution, including program templates for heat exchangers, filters, and other types of equipment commonly used in the field. The database structure facilitates the reuse of valuable engineering knowhow, centrally manages the functional design documents needed, eliminates inconsistencies between the design information and the actual system, manages change, and supports the automation lifecycle, for example in maintenance and expansion phases.

The INSIDER Newsletter is a Spitzer and Boyes publication, which includes reports from Nick Denbow as a European Correspondent. See http://www.iainsider.co.uk

Siemens and British Glass announce partnership

The close ties between Siemens and trade body, the British Glass Manufacturers’ Confederation, have been further strengthened with the announcement of a new technology partnership between the two organisations.  Over the next five years, Siemens will invest up to GBP4m as a key strategic partner to the UK glass sector, providing a range of technology, research & development and skill support services.

As British Glass embarks upon the next phase of its development to ensure the UK glass industry remains globally competitive, Siemens will work alongside the organisation in a variety of critical areas.

A central element to the strategic growth plan for the sector will be the establishment of the new British Glass Innovation Centre, Sheffield – the first of its kind anywhere in the world – which will provide a centre of excellence for glass manufacturers and support the development of an innovative culture and skills for the sector.  The Centre, planned to be built on the Phase 2 site of Sheffield Business Park, will include fully functioning glass production plants, as well as promoting leadership in important areas such as new product development and fast prototyping.

It will also be home to The Glass Academy, the training and skills development initiative set up by British Glass to train the next generation of engineers and technicians entering the sector with the relevant fit-for-purpose skills and qualifications, and to continue to upskill the industry’s current workforce, encouraging a culture of lifelong learning in the sector. Siemens will provide a wide range of technical, product and manpower support to ensure British Glass’ plans benefit from world-class manufacturing expertise, technical excellence and global sector knowledge.

Dave Dalton, left, and Brian Holliday of Siemens

Dave Dalton, left, and Brian Holliday of Siemens

Brian Holliday, Managing Director, Digital Factory – Siemens UK & Ireland, comments: “We are delighted to announce this substantial investment in the future of the UK glass industry.  We are impressed by the strategic ambition of British Glass to develop an innovative culture and to make British glass-making a globally competitive leader. Siemens has a long established relationship with the glass industry across the UK. By developing this technology partnership we want to ensure glass manufacturing is at heart of the future of manufacturing agenda. The newly proposed British Glass Innovation Centre at Sheffield is a prime example where the leaders in the sector are setting out a clear vision for the future and this must be applauded and supported.”

Dave Dalton, CEO of British Glass, says: “Siemens is the first major partner to commit to working with us on the journey to an exciting and highly competitive future. The breadth of Siemens’ technical expertise and support offered to us through the partnership will be vital if we are to successfully transform our industry for the twentyfirst century.  In addition, the concerted efforts by Siemens to help us develop the skills of people in the sector, as well as those entering it, ensures we have a powerful combination to push our industry forward over the next five years.”

Councillor Leigh Bramall, Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Development at Sheffield City Council, commented on the announcement: “This is great news for Sheffield. The investment on its own is excellent news and is creating high quality job opportunities. But  when linked to similar developments along the arc of the junction 33 and 34 of the M1, the city is beginning to realise its  potential as one of the major clusters of high value engineering and innovation in Europe if not the world.”

Emerson acquires Paine Electronics business

Emerson has acquired the Paine Electronics business from Paine Electronics LLC, and it will become part of Emerson Process Management. Paine Electronics, a leading manufacturer of pressure transducers, is recognised worldwide for its pressure and temperature instrumentation used in some of the most challenging environments, for example in subsea and downhole measurement for the oil and gas industry.

With this acquisition, Emerson Process Management extends its leadership in providing measurement technologies for the oil and gas industry with expanded upstream capabilities in subsea and downhole drilling operations. The Paine products will join the Rosemount portfolio of measurement technologies.

“Paine products are a natural complement to our already-strong measurement technologies for the oil and gas industry,” said Tom Moser, Emerson group vp for Measurement and Analytical technologies. “We are excited about the synergy between our two companies and the opportunities for global business growth.”

Since 1951, Paine has manufactured pressure and temperature sensors designed for long-term stability, accuracy and reliability in physically harsh environments. Headquartered in East Wenatchee, Washington, USA, Paine Electronics earlier this year opened a new research and development centre that offers advanced design capabilities as well as simulation and testing facilities. Paine has more than 100 employees at manufacturing facilities in East Wenatchee and Renton, also in Washington, USA.

Rockwell Automation Acquires ESC Services

Rockwell Automation Inc has announced that it has purchased the assets of ESC Services Inc, a global hazardous energy control provider of lockout-tagout services and solutions.

Matt Fordenwalt, Rockwell Automation consulting business manager said  “ESC Services will enable Rockwell Automation customers to increase asset utilization and strengthen enterprise risk management, while adding safety to our growing portfolio of data-driven, cloud-enabled services.”

The unique ESC methodology utilizes Quick Response (QR) codes that can be scanned to obtain asset information and streamline compliance with both external regulations and internal safety policies. “The global use of lockout-tagout is expanding among multi-national corporations, and represents a great growth opportunity,” said Kelly Michalscheck, president, ESC Services. “This acquisition enables us to extend the ESC Services lockout-tagout procedures and ScanESC solutions to tens of thousands of additional OEM machines, delivering more value and unique offerings to the extensive global channels of Rockwell Automation.”

ESC Services, based in Franklin, Wisconsin, will be integrated into the Rockwell Automation Control Products & Solutions segment as part of its customer support and maintenance business unit. The ScanESC lockout-tagout technology and solutions will be on display at the upcoming Rockwell US Automation Fair, scheduled for November 19-20, in Anaheim.

Dynamo passes 100 applications

Honeywell Process Solutions announced today that its DynAMo alarm management technology is improving safety and productivity at more than 100 process plants and pipelines around the world by helping operators better and more quickly evaluate alarm situations in control rooms.

Plants and pipelines are increasingly relying on numerous automation systems, which can produce more than 1000 system alarms in a given day. The number of alarms can often overwhelm operators, a problem that leads to lower production and increased safety incidents that cost the process industry billions of dollars every year, according to the Abnormal Situation Management (ASM) Consortium, an industry group dedicated to advancing process technology.

“The Dynamo solution, which was launched in November 2013, allows plant operators to tune out noise and focus on critical situations by more efficiently managing and evaluating alarms,” said Ali Raza, vp and gm at Honeywell Process Solutions. “This allows operators to more easily detect and prevent problems, and to develop and implement effective alarm management strategies aligned with industry-recognized guidelines and standards.”

Dynamo is based on Honeywell’s 20-plus years of alarm management experience in the process industries. Dynamo reduces control room alarms by up to 80% by allowing operators to create customized dashboards on computers or mobile devices that allow them to view the alarm system health at a glance. This allows operators to better and more quickly diagnose alarms and their causes and consequence on one console.

Honeywell has licensed Dynamo technology at plants in Australia, Canada, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom, among others, as companies work to increase the efficiencies of their control rooms.

Richard Wawrzon, process engineering and control team leader for Qenos Pty Ltd, Australia’s leading supplier of polyethylene and polymers, said, “High quality tools to manage and maintain process alarm systems are critical to running petrochemical plants. The Honeywell Dynamo Alarm Suite has sensibly integrated analysis, documentation and notification tools to provide support engineers with an efficient way to stay in control of process alarm systems. Once process safety is being looked after, key resources can focus on production efficiency.”

As a global alarm management solution provider, Honeywell recognized the severity of alarm problems at industrial sites and delivered an effective tool for assisting in optimizing alarm management programs, which are intended to prevent alarm floods and reduce operator loading. With the Dynamo Alarm Suite, personnel can monitor alarm issues based on their specific roles and take action before abnormal situations escalate. A new, customizable, role-based dashboard enables operators, engineers and managers to view the health of their alarm system at a glance. The software has added mobile device compatibility for viewing alarm metrics at any time, from almost any location.

Chris Lucas, gas control team leader for Alliance Pipeline in Canada, said, “We chose Honeywell to provide our alarm management solution because its Dynamo Alarm Suite will help us meet our alarm philosophy and control room management plan objectives. Honeywell’s involvement with the ASM Consortium and the American Petroleum Institute also weighed into our decision, as did integration with the control system of our choice.”

Dynamo Alarm Suite works with any control system as well as complementing the Honeywell Experion PKS system. The alarm software provides a single window into alarm system performance and regulatory compliance, helping companies adhere to industry standards such as ISA 18.2, EEMUA 191, API 1167, and PHMSA.

Honeywell also provides a variety of services to help customers get the most out of their alarm management strategy. This includes alarm rationalization, alarm philosophy and strategy, workshops, best practices training and other services to enable customers to focus on alarm management priorities.

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