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New Whitepaper From SPECTRO Analytical Instruments #pauto #automation #analysis #manufacturing

From the release:

A new whitepaper detailing how new ICP-OES spectrometer technologies are substantially cutting operating costs in environmental, industrial, and academic laboratories is available to download from SPECTRO Analytical Instruments at

Controlling costs associated with the operation of ICP-OES instruments is a continuing challenge for laboratories, regardless of application, given the variety of operational, maintenance and hidden expenses that dramatically increase their total cost of ownership.

Traditional spectrometers bear the burden of a number of inherent problems in their design. A new whitepaper, titled “How New Spectrometer Technologies Substantially Cut Operating Costs,” explores how engineering innovations have addressed design issues to enable significant savings while improving performance. The advancements, detailed in the paper, include:

New system designs that deliver improved uptime and throughput while reducing operating costs.
A unique sealed optical system that abolishes the need for the constant purging of argon or nitrogen, eliminating purge gas consumables cost and purging delays.
Improved spectrometer technology that removes the need for a separate, external, water-based cooling system along with the associated purchase, installation, power and maintenance costs.
Innovations in optical technology that improve performance measures such as sensitivity and stability.
A robust generator design that provides ample power reserves, so it can handle extreme plasma loads, and adapt to quickly changing demands.
Such advancements, according to the whitepaper, cut operating costs by enabling easier, less expensive installation, operation, and maintenance, while improving both ICP-OES performance and usability. Download “How New Spectrometer Technologies Substantially Cut Operating Costs” at

The paper is authored by SPECTRO Analytical Instruments, a leading global supplier of analytical instruments for optical emission and X-ray fluorescence spectrometry.


SPECTRO, a unit of the Materials Analysis Division of AMETEK, Inc., manufactures advanced instruments, develops the best solutions for elemental analysis for a broad range of applications, and provides exemplary customer service.

SPECTRO’s products are known for their superior technical capabilities that deliver measureable benefits to the customer. From its foundation in 1979 until today, more than 30,000 analytical instruments have been delivered to customers around the world.

AMETEK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical products with over 15,000 colleagues at more than 120 manufacturing and sales and service operations in the United States and 30 other countries around the world.

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Honeywell's ASM Consortium Celebrates 20 years #pauto #automation #safety

From the ASM press release:

The ASM® Consortium – 20 Years of Thought Leadership in Managing Abnormal Situations

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the Abnormal Situation Management (ASM®) Consortium ( The ASM Consortium has been working continuously together for more than 20 years to maximize safety and performance by preventing or minimizing the impact of abnormal situations.

In the early 1990’s, a number of leading companies along with universities and research centers joined forces to advance the cause of industrial safety. Honeywell spearheaded the development of a proposal to the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Advanced Technology Program (ATP) to form a Joint Research & Development Consortium. The proposal addressed the challenging problem of abnormal situation management. Initial funding from members was matched by the US NIST ATP to fund its first three years. In November 1994, the ASM research joint venture began its research with $16.6 million in funding for a three-year study program, including $8.1 million from ATP and industry cost-sharing of $8.5 million.

Over the 20 years, the ASM Consortium has developed knowledge, tools, and products designed to prevent and manage abnormal situations in the process industry. The Consortium continues to develop best practices based on research and in-plant development. The best practices developed by the Consortium are completely available only to members (Know the ASM Membership), giving them a competitive advantage in safety and performance. The Consortium also periodically publishes guidelines which are available to the public so that the non-members can benefit from ASM Research as ASM Effective Practices Guidelines for Alarm Management, Console Operator HMI Design and Procedural Practices (Purchase Guidelines).

The global process industry alone averages one serious event or an abnormal situation in every three days (Incidents List). An abnormal situation occurs whenever an automated control system is unable to return the plant to its normal state without human intervention. The Consortium uses the science of human factors to improve the interaction between the automated control system and the human operators to resolve abnormal situations. The ASM Consortium has had a direct impact on reducing incidents. As the Consortium research and practices gain acceptance, so does the opportunity to increase safety for people and plants around the world.

The ASM Consortium is virtually unique in its methods which include academic rigor in its research followed by practical application via in-plant trials, testing, and development. The Consortium’s partnership with universities and human factors professionals provides the basis for rigorous, peer-reviewed cutting edge research. This human factors based research is tested in user member plants before being accepted as an ASM best practice. The in-plant testing takes place in user member company facilities around the globe so that cultural bias is eliminated.

The ASM Consortium has always been open for new operating companies who are interested in joining the Consortium to become part of the efforts to improve the safety and efficiency of process plant operations by improving Abnormal Situation Management. Please contact the ASM Consortium Director to discuss your interest.

ASM® is a registered trademark of Honeywell International Inc.

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Rockwell and Cisco release new white paper on 802.11 Wireless deployment #pauto #autofair

From the press release:

Today at the 2014 Automation Fair event, Rockwell Automation and Cisco announced the release of a white paper and design and implementation guide titled, “Deploying 802.11 Wireless LAN Technology within a Converged Plantwide Ethernet Architecture.” The detailed design guidance will help control system engineers, IT network engineers, and system integrators implement standard, IP-based wireless networks in a more robust, secure and scalable way.

The guide provides in-depth information on 802.11 wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions within a Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) architecture, including design considerations for fixed position, nomadic and mobile equipment use cases. It also includes explanations for how to configure, maintain and troubleshoot WLAN for each use case, and detailed documentation on how the architectures were tested and validated by Cisco and Rockwell Automation. With this new resource, network designers can create a small network within a plant using a single autonomous access point, and scale up to create a larger, unified WLAN architecture.

“Wireless has an increasingly important role in the industrial network infrastructure,” said Ashok Patel, network architect at Owens Corning, the world’s largest manufacturer of fiberglass technology. “Managing both data collection and automation control over 802.11 is viable today if you understand and deploy the architecture and design best practices outlined in the new resources from Rockwell Automation and Cisco.”

“Wi-Fi networks (or IEEE 802.11) are incredibly useful in factory and plant applications – so useful that manufacturers must thoughtfully plan their Wi-Fi networks as an infrastructure serving all types of applications,” said Harry Forbes, senior analyst, ARC. “This new and timely resource from Rockwell Automation and Cisco incorporates lessons that many manufacturers learned through experience.”

The recommendations provided in these documents are demonstrated in the Industrial IP Advantage booth at this year’s Automation Fair event in Anaheim, California. The entire booth is a small-scale representation of the CPwE architecture, featuring a plant operations control room equipped with a WLAN controller and Cisco Lightweight Access Point. The network extends to process and packaging areas in the booth via the Allen‑Bradley Stratix 5100 wireless access point/work group bridge, which was jointly developed by Rockwell Automation and Cisco.

Rockwell Automation and Cisco are committed to being one of the most valuable resources in the industry for helping manufacturers improve business performance by bridging the technical and cultural gaps between plant-floor automation and higher-level information systems. Through successful collaboration on products, services, validated architectures and educational resources, the two companies help manufacturers converge their network infrastructure, and bring together IT and operations using a secure, IP-based network to help drive the vision of The Connected Enterprise.

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New Post from Nick Denbow: Siemens and British Glass Announce Partnership #pauto

INSIDER European Editor Nick Denbow posted:

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.

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Schneider releases Wonderware SmartGlance 2014 R2 #pauto #automation #manufacturing

Schneider Electric Software Supports Wearable Technology

Wonderware SmartGlance makes monitoring, visualizing and analyzing real-time plant and industrial process data via mobile devices easier than ever

HOUSTON - November 18, 2014 - Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, has released Wonderware® SmartGlance™ 2014 R2 mobile reporting software. The updated version includes a host of new features that make monitoring, visualizing and analyzing real-time plant and industrial process data via mobile devices easier than ever. These features include support for wearable technologies, a modern user interface for any browser, self-serve registration, support for multiple time zones for a global user base and full import and export capabilities for even faster deployment.

“Plant personnel are now mobile so they require immediate access to real-time operations information via their smart phone, tablet or whatever mobile device they carry,” said Saadi Kermani, Wonderware SmartGlance product manager, Schneider Electric. “Wonderware SmartGlance 2014 R2 software delivers highly relevant information coming from industrial data sources to targeted plant workers in the form of personalized charts, reports and alerts. It provides them with the flexibility they need to view and instantly collaborate around real-time plant data on any device so they can make rapid, effective decisions.”

With a small install footprint and no additional hardware requirements, the Wonderware SmartGlance implementation process is fast and simple. MyAlerts, the software’s newest mobile app feature, proactively notifies users of process events so they can stay current with real-time information based on configurable thresholds for tag reports. The software can be used with smart watches to alert mobile and remote field workers, plant supervisors and managers of critical production and process information in a real-time, hands-free manner.

By leveraging the combined power of mobility and Schneider Electric’s cloud-hosted managed services, the software empowers mobile and remote users with the right information at the right time, without disruption or distraction, so they can quickly assign resources and resolve issues. It also features an open interface to connect and push data to mobile devices from virtually any data source, including historians, manufacturing execution systems, enterprise manufacturing intelligence systems or any real-time system of record. It also provides connectors for accessing data from any SQL database and any OPC-HDA-compatible system for better access to third-party data sources and systems. This most recent version also extends connectivity to key Schneider Electric software products, including its Viejo Citect SCADA offering, InStep PRiSM predictive asset analytics software and the InStep eDNA historian.

About Schneider Electric

As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructure, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Buildings, Data Centers & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the company’s 150,000 plus employees achieved sales of 31 billion US dollars in 2013, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.

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Charlie Gifford Wins ISA's Thomas Fisher Award for Best Standards-Related Book #pauto @ISA #mfg

The International Society of Automation (ISA) congratulates Charlie Gifford, General Manager & Senior Advanced Manufacturing Consultant, Intelligent Manufacturing Institute and 21st Century Manufacturing Solutions LLC, as the recipient of the “Thomas G. Fisher Award of Excellence for a Standards-Based Reference Publication” presented by the ISA Publications Department.

Gifford’s book, selected for the award as the best new standards-based book of 2013, is "The MOM Chronicles: ISA-95 Best Practices Book 3.0".

“I sincerely thank ISA for this prominent award named for a distinguished man, Tom Fisher,” Gifford said.

“As Primary Contributing Author and Chief Editor, I am accepting this award for all of 50 contributing expert authors and reviewers of the ISA-95 Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) Best Practices Working Group,” Gifford said.

“This is the second time the working group’s work products have been recognized
for this award. In 2011, "When World Collide in Manufacturing
Operations, Book 2.0", was also selected,” he concluded.

ISA continues to support the group’s work products of twenty-three applied technology white papers and three books to manufacturing systems professionals worldwide to become a primary reference resource over the last 10 years.

Title: The MOM Chronicles: ISA-95 Best Practices Book 3.0 (Published
February 2013)

The following are the white papers as book chapters:
Chapter 1: Applying Global MOM Systems in a Manufacturing 2.0 Approach
Chapter 2: The Role of Semantic Models in Smarter Industrial Operations
Chapter 3: Applying Manufacturing Operations Models in a Discrete Hybrid
Manufacturing Environment Chapter 4: Defining an Operations Systems
Architecture Chapter 5: A Workflow-driven Approach to MOM Chapter 6:
Scheduling Integration Using an ISA-95 Application in a Steel Plant Chapter
7: Intelligent Integration Interface: I3, A Real-world Application of ISA-95

Title: When Worlds Collide in Manufacturing Operations: ISA-95 Best
Practices Book 2.0 (Published January 2011) This book was awarded ISA’s
“Thomas G. Fisher Award of Excellence for a Standards-Based Reference
Publication” as best standards book of 2011
Chapter 1: SOA for Manufacturing Overview
Chapter 2: Data Architecture for MOM: The Manufacturing Master Data Approach Chapter 3: Building a Manufacturing Transformation Strategy with ISA-95 Methods Chapter 4: Work Process Management for Adaptive Manufacturing
Chapter 5: B2MML, Integration Patterns, and Data Mapping
Chapter 6: Integration of Manufacturing Intelligence with MOM
Chapter 7: Lifecycle of Service Creation using the ISA-95 MOM

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Rockwell introduces Software Studio 5000 Logix Designer v24 #pauto #autofair #automation #manufactur

From the release:

With the Rockwell Software Studio 5000 Logix Designer v24 software from Rockwell Automation, engineers have new design capabilities that can dramatically increase automation productivity, improve start-up time and reduce costs throughout a project’s life cycle. The new additions include an application-centric view of code, enhanced work flows for more efficient re-use of content, and new collaborative tools that make it easier for multiple people to work together.

“Many machine builders and manufacturers struggle to support production changes due to unstructured code that is not easily understood and organized,” said Mike Brimmer, product manager, Rockwell Automation. “The Studio 5000 Logix Designer v24 software improves the design experience by more intuitively aligning the control system with the manufacturing operation, thus leading to enhanced automation productivity.”

As part of a contemporary automation engineering design environment, the Studio 5000 Logix Designer v24 software is used to configure Allen-Bradley Logix5000 controllers from Rockwell Automation for discrete, process, batch, motion, safety and drive control.

The Studio 5000 Logix Designer v24 software features a new logical organizer that arranges program code based on the users’ applications – rather than how the programmable controller executes. Logical organization of program code can help users identify and troubleshoot code faster for improved downtime recovery.

New library management work flows, meanwhile, ease the ability to store and re-use intellectual property. Users can simply drag and drop modules of code from the Studio 5000 Logix Designer v24 library into a new project. The new work flows enable design engineers to re-use sections of code, which reduces design time and eases the ability to make future operational changes.

Automation system design and maintenance teams are increasingly global and specialized by function. This highlights an increasing need for more powerful collaborations tools. The Studio 5000 Logix Designer v24 software is addressing this need by building on its already strong baseline of multiuser capabilities, which allows many users to work separately and then bring their work back together.

In addition, the Studio 5000 Logix Designer v24 software supports the Allen-Bradley Kinetix 5500 servo drive with integrated safety to help machine builders reduce development and installation time. It also provides support that allows the Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 527 AC drive to be the first variable frequency drive to exclusively use the motion instruction sets within the Studio 5000 Logix Designer v24 software for machine control and motor synchronization.

Additionally, the Allen-Bradley Dynamix 1444 integrated condition-monitoring system allows manufacturers to leverage the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture system, rather than an isolated condition-monitoring device. It helps assess current equipment health, predict potential issues, and help avoid damage to critical machinery.

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Belden introduces Hirschman Security Operating System Version 2.0 #pauto #autofair #cybersecurity

From the press release:

Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, has introduced the newest version of its Hirschmann Security Operating System known as HiSecOS. With the HiSecOS Version 2.0, customers now have greater levels of insight into network data, as well as the ability to more easily create network routes and connect to multiple secure sites.
The key new features available with the HiSecOS 2.0 software include:
Simpler network configuration options through the Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) dynamic routing protocol, which allow customers to set up network routes without any manual configuration required. The OSPF protocol also offers a seamless connection to the network’s backbone.
Safer, more secure remote connections to the network via encrypted Virtual Private Network (VPN) communication. The VPN connection also makes it possible for customers to connect to two different secured sites using corporate networks.
Protection against unwanted network traffic through an Intrusion Detection System (IDS), which enables customers to analyze ambiguous traffic, detect issues early and prevent those issues from replicating by identifying the root cause.

“The dynamic routing options, in combination with firewall functions, make this security operating system truly unique. Many firewalls do not provide them. The ability to connect seamlessly over VPN connection also enhances the security of the network,” said Product Manager Vinod Rana.

Similar to previous versions, HiSecOS 2.0 is exclusively developed with Hirschmann’s multi-port firewalls, the EAGLE20-0400 and EAGLE30-0402, in mind – to heighten overall network performance and offer more robust security features. These multi-port firewalls with router redundancy and wide area network (WAN) interface save significant time and costs, while helping achieve maximum network availability and reliability for industrial settings.

Due to robust design, EAGLE firewall products with HiSecOS 2.0 operate in various harsh industrial environments, including automotive, power transmission and distribution, oil and gas, and mining.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that security risks are present across all industrial settings. Our customers require networking equipment with reliable security features, so keeping our security product families up-to-date with the newest technology is key,” adds Rana. “HiSecOS 2.0’s new security and routing features not only improve uptime and reliability for customers, but also bring them enhanced ease-of-use and more understanding of the activity on their networks.”

Click here to learn more about the new Hirschmann operating system – HiSecOS 2.0.

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