FOCUS ON PROCESS CONTROL: INTERNET OF THINGS Multi-parameter transmitter for process applications Mettler Toledo Process Analytics has launched a new version of its multiparameter M400 transmitter series for process analytics applications. The updated version M400 features a combined touchscreen and tactile soft-key user interface, says Mettler Toledo, adding that the high-contrast screen permits viewing in all light conditions and the soft keys allow operation even if protective gloves are being worn. The series is compatible with analogue sensors and Mettler Toledo’s digital Intelligent Sensor Management (ISM) probes. ISM features boast advanced sensor diagnostic tools that can be displayed on the M400 and accessed remotely via asset management software. The HART communication protocol provides integration of the diagnostics into process control systems. In addition, ISM sensors can be calibrated away from the process in any convenient location, then connected to the M400 which will set itself up appropriately. A software tool supplied with the transmitter enables configuration of the M400 via PC and USB stick. The configuration can then be shared among other M400s. www.mt.com/pro Industrial IoT Solutions International technology Group Andritz has combined its Internet of Things (IoT) solutions under the technology brand Metris – Industrial IoT Solutions. Andritz describes Metris technologies as the “very latest state-of-the-art in the IoT/ Industry 4.0 sector” and can be tailored to individual customer requirements. Metris is based on three pillars of technology: Smart Sensors, Big Data, and Augmented Reality. In addition to the use of conventional Smart Sensor technologies for analysis of measurements and signals, Andritz offers micro and wireless sensors as well. This can be used to optimize operation of the plants or systems by analyzing specific parameters that are freely selected by the customer. In the Big Data sector, Metris products calculate production deviations through simulation processes and use them to derive the control actions required. In this way, for example, production downtime can be avoided or the use of consumables reduced, notes Andritz. With Augmented Reality applications, information is made visible where it is needed, which is on the spot at the plant itself. The technology focuses on showing the information in context so the operator gets the best possible support, particularly for complex control actions. www.andritz.com Cloud-based predictive analytics platform Clockwork Solutions describes its Clockwork Advanced Analytics Platform as incorporating the latest machine learning, artificial intelligence, and advanced analytics techniques to develop repeatable prognostics for use with Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) and Predictive Health Management (PHM) programs. The platform, according to Clockwork Solutions, provides asset managers with a unified tool set to combine asset information from multiple sources, including real-time sensor data and historical data to create granular long-term predictions on future maintenance requirements and long-term demands on parts, processes, and people. “This new release combines our proven high-fidelity predictive analytics with the ability to ingest, and make sense of, the massive streams of sensor data that these organizations have spent millions of dollars on,” said Eric Newman, CEO of Clockwork. www.clockwork-solutions.com Wireless e-stop system for emergency shutdowns Laird says its wireless emergency-stop (e-stop) system – Safe-E-Stop – further enhances on-the-job safety by allowing an individual or group of operators to immediately shutdown a production line without having to run to a hard-wired e-stop station. According to the company, it can be integrated with existing hard-wired emergency stop systems for assembly lines and other production systems. In some cases, the closest machinemounted e-stop could be in the same danger zone created by the emergency, and rushing to the next available e-stop can also be a hazard — adding precious time to the emergency response time. The system provides continuous status indicators with LED and LCD displays, and the EtherNet/IP port on the Machine Safety Device (MSD) can be used to report the status of actuated wireless e-stops to operations personnel. Up to five Personal Safety Devices (PSDs) can be simultaneously linked to the MSD, which permits multiple operators to work independently or collaboratively to oversee an operation or solve a problem. If an e-stop on any of the linked PSDs is activated, the MSD commands a stop. All PSDs are immediately notified of the stop condition, the machine is shutdown, and the system identifies the PSD responsible for the stop. www.lairdtech.com
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