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Yokogawa to release Multi-function Wireless Adaptor for Wired Field Instruments

Yokogawa Wireless Adopter.jpgYokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it will release a newly developed multi-function wireless adaptor on December 1. This adaptor enables wired devices that transmit/receive digital ON/OFF signals or receive 4-20 mA analog signals to function as ISA100 Wireless™* field wireless devices.

Field wireless systems enable plant field devices and host-level monitoring, control, and other systems to communicate wirelessly with each other. Driven by the need to improve productivity and safety, companies are looking for ways to collect more data on their plant operations. Consequently, there is a rising demand for field wireless devices as they can be installed in difficult-to-wire locations. Field wireless devices have the added advantage of having a lower installation cost.

In addition to ISA100 Wireless-based field devices and systems, Yokogawa offers multi-protocol wireless adaptors that enable HART® and Modbus devices to function as ISA100 Wireless devices. The development of this new multi-function wireless adaptor demonstrates Yokogawa's ongoing commitment to promoting the spread of wireless communication technologies.

Plants use communication protocols such as FOUNDATION™ fieldbus, HART, Modbus, and PROFIBUS to facilitate the exchange of data. In addition, digital ON/OFF, 4-20 mA analog input, and other types of signals are used for a variety of purposes. This multi-function wireless adaptor has been developed with this latter category of signal types in mind. The mounting of this adaptor on a wired device that transmits/receives digital ON/OFF signals or receives 4-20 mA analog signals enables it to function as an ISA100 Wireless device. This increases the variety of devices that can be used with field wireless systems, and is expected to lead to a wider use of such systems in plant operations.

Signal types: For use with limit switches, solenoid valves, analog transmitters, and other device types, the adaptor has two channels for digital input signals that are used to monitor the ON/OFF state of devices, one channel for digital signals that output the ON/OFF state of devices, and one channel for receiving 4-20 mA analog process value signals from transmitters.

Environmental resistance: An all-weather model that is waterproof and dustproof and an explosion proof model that can be used in inflammable gas environments are expected to be released by the end of 2015.



Advantech releases new Industrial PCIe Network Adapter Line

Advantech has announced the introduction of a new product range with the launch of three PCI Express adapters that will enable industrial integrators, network equipment providers and cybersecurity vendors to integrate LAN access and acceleration devices with more robust and reliable feature sets into industrial PCs, high performance servers and high-end network appliances. The three adapters, based on Intel® Ethernet controllers are designed for multi-core processing applications and optimized for virtualized environments.

Multi-core processors and virtualized applications can leverage the Intel® I/O technologies available on the network controllers for load balancing data and interrupts amongst themselves in order to optimize and improve overall system performance. The new adapters offer excellent price/performance, enhanced power-savings and are backed by industrial lifecycles along with Advantech’s comprehensive industrial lifecycle management program.

“Advantech’s industrial PCIe network adapter line introduces a whole new range of accelerators, network interface cards, and intelligent NICs for system integrators to choose from - all backed by robust driver and optimized software framework support.” said Peter Marek, senior director x86 solutions, Advantech Networks and Communications Group. ”Our goal is to offer customers greater flexibility in port count, a menu of special functions such as Advanced LAN bypass as well as offload options allowing them to match I/O and feature sets with the workload at hand, more easily, on whatever platform or form factor meets their application needs. Our “no surprises” policy for life cycle management and commitment to 5 years product delivery and beyond will help our customers to optimize their supply chain and reduce total cost of ownership. We will continue the build out of this new product line with more new product introductions over the coming weeks. In addition, equipment makers can leverage our Customized COTS framework and industry leading intellectual property for designing custom network adapters with minimum cost, risk and time to market.”

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Moxa introduces a smaller and tougher 802.11n WLAN solution for Industrial Automation

Moxa is pleased to announce the release of the AWK-1131A, a new 802.11n wireless AP/client that features a smaller housing with advanced protection technology, making continuous wireless connections a reality for your industrial applications. The new AWK-1131A is designed with galvanic isolation technology to protect devices from the electrical disturbances commonly found in industrial environments. In addition, it supports 802.11n MIMO technology to reduce multipath effects and increase data rates up to 300 Mbps for bandwidth-hungry applications, and features millisecond-level roaming to minimize packet loss for seamless connections with mobile applications.

“There are many benefits to adopting wireless devices for industrial applications. Not only do wireless devices reduce deployment costs compared to wired devices, they also increase mobility for hard-to-wire applications and enhance scalability when expanding your network backbone. However, operators must consider wireless reliability and availability when choosing wireless devices for mission-critical applications,” said Zed Shen, Moxa product manager. “Industrial wireless devices require a rugged design that includes advanced EMS protection against the electrical disturbances found in harsh industrial environments, and seamless WLAN roaming to increase network availability for rolling stock industrial applications. By offering better wireless communication than what you’d expect, the new AWK-1131A series can meet all of these requirements.”

The new AWK-1131A series features 802.11n technology, which is perfect for video surveillance applications that require up to a 300 Mbps data rate and Gigabit wired transmissions. With the release of the AWK-1131A, Moxa now offers a comprehensive portfolio with both single-radio and dual-radio IEEE 802.11n industrial wireless solutions for the bandwidth-hungry systems found in industrial applications.

AWK-1131A Series Features:

- Advanced EMS protection against electromagnetic interference

- Galvanic isolation technology on all interfaces for device reliability and longevity

- 802.11n MIMO technology reduces multipath effects and increases data rates up to 300 Mbps

- Moxa client-based Turbo Roaming with millisecond level roaming capability

- Palm-size, cost-effective solution for easy installation in space-restricted locations

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Yokogawa Meters & Instruments releases AQ2200-342 Dual Attenuator Module

Yokogawa Meters & Instruments Corporation announces the release on this date of the AQ2200-342 Dual Attenuator module for the AQ2200 multi-application test system. The AQ2200-342 is ideal for the production line testing and inspection of optical transceivers, optical amplifiers, and transmission systems that are essential components of optical communications networks.

Due to the rapid adoption of technologies such as the Internet, smartphones, and digital terrestrial TV that necessitate the high-speed transmission of large volumes of data, there is increasing demand for optical transmission systems, and the optical transceivers and optical amplifiers that are used in these transmission systems. The systems used for testing and inspecting these devices are equipped with an optical attenuator that can adjust the level of the optical signal used to measure the input characteristics of a device. To improve production efficiency, multiple optical attenuators are required to enable the simultaneous inspection of more than one device or multiple ports on a single device. And to save space, there is a need to simplify the testing system configuration. To meet these requirements, Yokogawa Meters & Instruments developed the AQ2200-342.

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Rockwell Automation collaborates with Cisco to Launch Training Course

The demand for skilled professionals who understand the exchange between information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) is increasing as the industrial plant floor and corporate enterprise become more connected. In response, Rockwell Automation, in collaboration with Strategic Alliance partner Cisco, has launched a new training course to help IT and OT professionals overcome the challenges of converging their network technologies. The new training helps candidates prepare for the recently introduced Cisco Industrial Networking Specialist certification.

The hands-on, lab-based course – Managing Industrial Networks with Cisco Networking Technologies (IMINS) – provides the foundational skills needed to manage and administer networked, industrial control systems. The first-of-its-kind course is designed to help control system and traditional network engineers in manufacturing, process control, and oil and gas environments to better understand the networking technologies required to enable a connected enterprise for more profitable, real-time decision making.

“Establishing an effective connected enterprise requires seamless collaboration and integration between IT and OT professionals,” said Gary Pearsons, vice president and general manager, Customer Support and Maintenance Business, Rockwell Automation. “Our new training course empowers IT and OT professionals with the expertise they need to position their enterprises for future technology transitions. We’re fortunate to have an established partnership with Cisco to assist with curriculum development.”

"The industrial plant floor is transforming as information and operational technologies expand IP networking and Ethernet connectivity,” said Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president and general manager, Learning@Cisco. “Today's workforce will need to prepare for tomorrow's evolving job roles. The demand for skilled professionals who understand how to interact with IT, networking and traditional control systems continues to grow. An opportunity exists here to re-skill system engineers and plant technicians on networking in order to help them more effectively do their jobs while decreasing downtime. The offerings provided by Cisco and Rockwell Automation, including the recently announced IMINS course, underscore our commitment to helping professionals overcome challenges surrounding technology transitions while also producing stronger business outcomes for organizations. Learners also gain a future-proof education, acquiring the expertise needed to perform future IT, OT and networking roles. With an anticipated 220,000 IT and OT engineers needed every year to scale the Internet of Things (IoT), Rockwell Automation and Cisco are taking the steps necessary to address the skills gap challenge."

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