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Moxa offers an Integrated Data Acquisition Solution to Simplify Industrial IoT

Moxa’s newly launched ThingsPro Suite is an integrated solution for distributed data acquisition and device management that can immensely simplify your Industrial IoT deployments. Built on an open Debian Linux platform, the ThingsPro Suite enables the integration of Modbus communications and device management, data acquisition and processing, and wireless networking, in a few simple steps.

Moxa, with its experience in Industrial IoT project installations over the past few years, is aware of the challenges companies have been facing while deploying Industrial IoT solutions. According to Ryan Teng, product manager, Moxa’s Embedded Computing Division, “For an Industrial IoT application, the value is in the data. Before the data can be used however, it must be gathered from thousands of devices. This is often a drain on engineering resources. ThingsPro Suite aims to provide a simple, integrated data-acquisition and device-management solution to speed up the development of these devices, thus shorten the time-to-market.”

Featuring the Data Logger and Wireless Manager utilities, ThingsPro Suite empowers users to focus primarily on their applications instead of the complex process of integrating the field devices with the applications in the centralized control facility. ThingsPro Suite is currently available with Moxa UC-8100-CG series computers.

ThingsPro Suite Highlights:

  • Ready-to-Run Data Acquisition Engine with Data-Logger Utility
  • Data polling engine for Modbus/RTU and Modbus/TCP
  • Modbus API to interface with user applications, providing greater programming flexibility
  • Data logging software that can interface with remote databases, easing data acquisition

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Saelig introduces High Accuracy, High Resolution Thermal Calibrator

The PIEcal Model 525B Automated RTD & Thermocouple Calibrator is an industrial temperature sensor calibrator that accommodates RTDs (resistance temperature detectors) and thermocouples with its built-in NIST-traceable cold junction sensor. The PIE 525B is also suitable for use in calibration labs since its high accuracy and resolution are achieved by using an extremely stable, low drift circuit design featuring a +/- 0.05degC reference thermistor. In addition to registering actual temperature, the PIE 525B shows the precise resistance value when displaying RTD temperature. It features patented automatic detection of 2, 3 or 4 wire RTD connections and also detects when individual wire connections are open circuit. Inputs are protected up to ±60VDC against possible misconnection.

The 525B fits in the palm of a hand and weighs less than a pound. Its rugged design allows for safe and easy use in the field with its protective rubber boot, low profile switches, easy-access AA battery compartment, and a brightly backlit display. The double-click menu system allows for quick setup, fast switching between functions, and simple pre-programming of set points or step/ramp times. Standard functions include sourcing and reading of 14 thermocouple types, 12 RTD curves, millivolts and resistance. Additional features include the ability to turn cold junction compensation on/off, the display of cold junction temperature, and a secondary display showing corresponding mV/Ohm temperature values.
For trouble-free temperature control in an industrial environment, it pays to have a well-designed calibrator on hand to quickly evaluate and check process control issues.

  • Increased number of T/C types from 10 to 14
  • Added RTD types for Platinum 10, 50, 200 & 500 Ohm for the 1.3850 (IEC 751/DIN) curve
  • More accurate & stable cold junction compensation -NIST Traceable Cold Junction Sensor in isothermal block
  • Secondary display - Shows millivolts and cold junction temperature while displaying thermocouple temperature and shows ohms while displaying RTD temperature
  • Troubleshoot RTD Sensors & Instruments - Automatic detection of 2, 3 or 4 wire connections indicates when individual wire connections are open. Verify proper instrument operation by measuring the excitation current.

New I/O Breakout Boards from Opto 22 Increase Current Switching Up to 12x

New SNAP-UDC-HDB-G4 and SNAP-UDC-HDB breakout boards from industrial automation manufacturer Opto 22 boost the capabilities of 32-point SNAP digital I/O modules, simplify field wiring, and save panel space. With the SNAP-UDC-HDB-G4 breakout board, OEMs, machine builders, and automation professionals can connect 32-point SNAP digital I/O modules to higher loads and gain the reliability of fused outputs and isolated inputs, while the space-saving SNAP-UDC-HDB breakout board provides convenient spring-clamp connectors for up to 32 field devices, all in a small footprint. Both new breakout boards are part of Opto 22’s SNAP PAC System, which includes programmable automation controllers (PACs), Ethernet-based I/O systems, and PAC Project automation software.

The SNAP-UDC-HDB-G4 breakout board holds up to 32 popular and guaranteed-for-life Opto 22 single-point G4 digital I/O modules (sold separately). These modules can provide up to 3 amps current switching or sensing per point, fused outputs, isolated inputs, and per-point LED indicators, depending on the G4 modules selected. For example, using G4 digital output modules on the breakout board lets a SNAP-ODC-32-SNK 32-point module switch up to 12 times its regular current load of 0.25 amps. Spring-clamp connectors secure field wiring and reduce installation time.

“The SNAP-UDC-HDB-G4 breakout board lets us keep the original field wiring when we retrofit older thermoforming machines with modern SNAP PAC control systems,” says Chuck Phillips, Director of Electrical Engineering at Thermoforming Systems in Union Gap, Washington. “This reduces the labor and materials required,” he continues, “so we can submit lower and more competitive quotes for retrofit jobs.” Having G4 I/O modules on the breakout board is another benefit, says Phillips, pointing out that the single-point modules are convenient and easily changed if needed.

The SNAP-UDC-HDB breakout board consolidates wiring for a 32-point SNAP digital I/O module into a compact 4.0 in. x 3.3 in. (101 mm x 83 mm) board, which simplifies installation, reduces labor costs, and saves valuable space inside enclosures and machines. The SNAP-UDC-HDB board includes convenient per-point LED indicators that show point status and are invaluable for troubleshooting and maintenance. Easy-to-use spring-clamp connectors hold field wiring securely in place.

Supported I/O Modules and Required Cables

SNAP-UDC-HDB-G4 breakout boards connect to SNAP-IDC-32DN and SNAP-IDC-32N digital input modules, and SNAP-ODC-32-SNK and SNAP-ODC-32-SNK-FM digital output modules. SNAP-UDC-HDB breakout boards work with all SNAP 32-point digital input and output modules. Both breakout boards connect to these 32-point SNAP digital I/O modules using the SNAP-HD-BF6 cable, available separately from Opto 22.

Bunker fuel metering systems

Endress+Houser bunker fuel metering system is based upon the tried-and-tested Coriolis mass measurement, which has been used successfully in custody transfer applications in the oil and gas industry for decades. It eliminates problems with traditional measurements and ensures maximum transparency during the bunker procedure. This system, developed and patented by application specialists, ensures that air pockets are included correctly in the measurement when emptying tanks.

  • Confidence and profitability at the same time guaranteed thanks to accurate and indisputable billing of the supplied bunker fuel quantity
  • Increased transparency by monitoring simultaneously multiple process parameters during the entire fueling process and detecting air pockets, as well as potential "cappuccino effects" that occure when stripping tanks
  • Higher and sustainable efficiency with shorter idle times thanks to accurate direct mass measurement without converting volume
  • Unlimited security with a measuring system certified in accordance with MID (MI-005) and recognized for commercial use by the Maritime Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore
  • Time-saving because of simple operation and optimal control with an easy-to-understand control panel for tracking important parameters directly, or print them out at any time for consulting as evidence in case of ambiguities

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Utilize braking energy effectively: B&R expands its ACOPOS P3 servo

The new 2-axis modules from B&R's ACOPOS P3 series feed braking energy back into the mains. This function significantly improves the overall effectiveness of a machine. With just 500 watts of regenerative braking power, the function pays for itself in only a year.

A prime candidate for this function are machine tools, whose headstock spindle drives generate large amounts of braking energy that would otherwise go unused. The function is also well suited for conveyor systems that move heavy loads vertically. Without power regeneration, not only would the braking energy go to waste, but the resulting heat would require additional cooling and consume even more power.

Regenerative braking is implemented particularly efficiently in the new 2-axis modules from the ACOPOS P3 series. One of the axes is configured as the feedback path to return excess power to the mains.
Additional functions with ACOPOSmulti

Like the new ACOPOS P3, the active power supply modules from the ACOPOSmulti series also support regenerative braking. These models also offer other helpful functions such as stabilization of the DC bus voltage and compensation of the reactive power.

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