Yokogawa wins system and integration order for Indonesian plant

PT Yokogawa Indonesia, a subsidiary of Yokogawa Electric Corporation, has received an order from PT Pertamina Geothermal Energy (PGE), a government-owned utility in Indonesia, to replace the existing control systems for the steamfield above ground system (SAGS) at the Lahendong geothermal power plant in North Sulawesi Province.

The Lahendong geothermal power plant

Powered by six generation units (1-6), the Lahendong power plant is capable of delivering 120MW of electricity, making it one of the largest geothermal power plants in Indonesia. In this project, Yokogawa will supply the CENTUMTM VP integrated production control system and a large number of wireless transmitters, pressure transmitters, and flowmeters for the SAGS of units 1-4.

In addition to supplying the systems and field instruments, the company will also manage the engineering, installation, commissioning, operator training, and oversee the integration of systems. When Yokogawa completes work on this project, both the SAGS and the power generators of units 1-4 of the plant will be controlled by Yokogawa’s systems. The newly integrated system will potentially allow the future enablement of Industrial-Internet-of-Things devices, facilitating further productivity and efficiency improvements.

Geothermal power plants can generate a stable supply of electricity throughout the year because they are not dependent on weather conditions. Also, as no fuels are burned aboveground and only minimal amounts of carbon dioxide are released, they are environmentally friendly. PGE is the fastest growing geothermal company in Indonesia, with 88% of Indonesia’s installed geothermal capacity operating in PGE working areas. The government is pursuing a variety of initiatives to support geothermal development, and aims to increase the country’s installed geothermal power generation capacity from the current 2100MW to 8000MW by 2030.

The equipment used in geothermal power plants must be robust and capable of operating in the presence of corrosive substances and gases. For such applications, Yokogawa provides highly reliable systems and instruments that support the remote monitoring, diagnosis, and adjustment of devices in the field.

Koji Nakaoka, a Yokogawa vice president and head of the Global Sales and Industrial Marketing Headquarters, commented, “In the Asia-Pacific region, Yokogawa has participated in dozens of geothermal power generation projects and we are excited to partner again with PGE. The implementation of our system for the SAGS will enable seamless integration to the power generating units and ensure more reliable operation. Geothermal potential in Indonesia is still large, so we hope through such projects we can continue harnessing geothermal power as a renewable energy source.”

To realise Yokogawa’s aspiration for sustainability, the company has established three goals to achieve net-zero emissions, ensure the well-being of all, and make a transition to a circular economy by 2050. Net-zero emissions can be accomplished through the introduction of renewable energy and efficient use of energy. The company has been recently recognised for its efforts in this area by the global non-profit CDP, securing a place on its prestigious A List for both climate change and water security.

Ixthus Instrumentation gains TRACEcertification approval

Ixthus Instrumentation has recently completed the comprehensive due diligence process for TRACEcertification and gained full approval from the world leading anti-bribery standard setting organisation. Initiated through its distribution partnership with Kaman Precision Products Inc., a world leader in high-performance and high-precision non-contact position measurement systems, TRACEcertification demonstrates Ixthus’ commitment to commercial transparency through its dealings with suppliers and customers alike.

As part of the certification process, Ixthus received TRACE’s comprehensive anti-bribery compliance training and a verified due diligence report is available from the TRACE Intermediary Directory.

Kaman Precision Products is a USA based designer and manufacturer of precision, inductive Eddy current position measurement systems that are widely applied in military and aerospace industries, and in many other challenging application areas. With ISO 9001-200 certification and Satellite Industry Association (SiA) membership, Kaman is also a leading sensor specialist for cryogenics, high-vacuum, radiation tolerance and other severe environment position measurement tasks. Ixthus Instrumentation has a long association with Kaman providing a complete UK-based, engineer-to-engineer consultancy and service across Kaman’s comprehensive product range.

Ixthus works closely with Kaman and, over several years, has developed a high level of application expertise for its non-contact displacement sensor technologies – providing comprehensive sales and support at component level or for complete instrumentation systems. Ixthus’ knowledgeable technical staff are on hand to assist with measurement solutions – from the first enquiry, to supply and to after-sales support.

Praxis/Urban monitors to be used for COVID-19 air quality research

South Coast Science has announced that Cranfield University has selected Praxis/Urban devices for use in a National Environment Research Council (NERC) funded project across the Oxford-Cambridge Arc.

The project is funded through the UKRI COVID-19 Urgency programme. It will provide much-needed analysis and insight into how to maintain the health benefits emerging from reduced pollutant emissions during the lockdown. Particulate matter data will be collected in four towns of different character and history: Bicester, Milton Keynes, Bedford and Luton.

Input from academia ensures a rigorous scientific approach

The first phase of the project involves close collaboration between Cranfield University, the University of Bedfordshire and Luton Borough Council, as the first particulate readings will be gathered from across Luton. Air quality monitoring in the town will allow researchers to understand the impact of current air quality on health inequalities for its residents.

In later phases, the project will gather air quality data in Milton Keynes, Bedford and Bicester. Collaborations with ongoing air quality studies in Oxford, Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Luton are in development to share data and maximise findings.

Deploying an Air Quality Monitoring Network

The Praxis devices will provide air quality monitoring data to determine background air quality in the areas under study. They have been chosen for their high-quality data specification, which provides a sound context within which to evaluate other measurements.

The map pictured shows the locations of monitoring devices for the project. The green circle shows the reference site at Cranfield and the yellow circles show multi-species sensor nodes. These form the core Arc air quality monitoring network and will enhance measurements from Defra managed AURN (Automatic Urban and Rural Network) sites, which are shown as red circles.

New data gathered as part of this study will be made publicly available, allowing other interested parties to conduct their own analysis. As a manufacturer that values the principles of close collaboration in the pursuit of better outcomes for all, the South Coast Science open-source system invites participation at all levels from the general public, through citizen scientists and academics.

Neil Harris, Professor of Atmospheric Informatics at Cranfield University and project lead said: “According to Public Health England, poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK. The plans for growth within the Arc, to boost the UK economy, are ambitious. Our study will help monitor air quality levels in the Arc and provide evidence on possible measures to mitigate the impact of future development on air quality.”

David Johnson, of instrument supplier South Coast Science, added “this is a high profile project and we are pleased to offer products that meet the research requirements. This measurement campaign is likely to be mirrored elsewhere in the coming months and years and now more than ever, policy must be based on robust data that can be relied upon to give context to other measurements.”

Powell Electronics signs European deal with EMC leader, P&P Technology

Powell Electronics, the supplier of connectors and more for high-rel applications including defence, aerospace and industrial, has signed a Pan-European franchise distribution agreement with P&P Technology, one of Europe’s leading and most trusted manufacturers of radio frequency and EMI screening products. As well as providing highly-effective EMC solutions, P&P also offers very fast turnaround on custom parts and competitive pricing.

Powell is stocking a broad portfolio of P&P Technology’s EMC products at state-of-the-art warehouse facilities outside Dublin, Eire. Included in the range are EMC gaskets which fit all standard connector profiles, ‘honeycomb’ EMI shielded vents and air filters, and filters produced using oriented wire in silicone rubber that combine excellent environmental protection with a high level of shielding effectiveness.

Commented Powell Electronics’ European MD, Gary Evans: “P&P offers one of the most extensive ranges of EMC filtering and shielding products on the market, offering high degrees of attenuation. They are also very responsive, offering fast turnaround and short leadtimes, and can be up to 30% more cost-effective that other producers.”

Added Lewis Richmond, Sales Manager for P & P Technology: “Most of our products are custom-fabricated so it is important that we have a distribution partner that is able to provide technical design-in support and be very flexible. With the opening of its new European HQ and warehouse, Powell is the perfect partner for P&P.”

New miniature press force sensor features high sensitivity to capture very small forces

Kistler‘s new press force sensor measures very small forces. The centrepiece of the product is a newly developed, highly sensitive crystal that guarantees extremely precise measuring results. This makes the 9323AAA ideal for use in challenging industrial environments.

The new 9323AAA miniature press force sensor from Kistler: the key to measuring extremely small forces of under 5 N. For manufacturers and suppliers of components for the automotive industry, semiconductors, electrical equipment and medtech devices, this sensor guarantees reliable processing of the very smallest parts.

The trend toward miniaturisation is unstoppable. Automotive parts, semiconductors, electrical components and medtech devices: in almost every industry, products now have to combine increasingly compact dimensions with higher performance. And that poses major challenges for manufacturers and suppliers, who have to achieve maximum accuracy when processing these high-precision lightweight parts.

Long-established force press sensor product family gains a new member

Exact force measurements play an essential role in the production of small components such as these. The Kistler Group has now responded to this need by adding a new model to its existing portfolio of force sensors. The new 9323AAA miniature piezoelectric force sensor was developed on the basis of the long-established 9323 product family. It offers an excellent solution for calibrating force sensors installed in production machinery.

Far higher sensitivity thanks to new quartz

With a sensitivity of -32 pC/N, the new sensor can accurately measure forces of less than 5 N. To achieve this, the measurement technology experts at Kistler have developed a new crystal. Kistler grows these crystals itself at its Winterthur headquarters, and they are installed in the tried-and-tested sensor cases of the 9323 product family. This gives the new sensor many of the same benefits as the established models, including proven insensitivity to lateral load and bending moment influences.

Ideal for use in highly dynamic production processes

No other product on the market can match the high-precision measuring range of the 9323AAA miniature force press sensor. This makes it the solution of choice for measuring very small forces in highly dynamic production processes where high accuracy is absolutely essential. The new miniature force press sensor is now available throughout the world.

Renishaw expands Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing data capabilities as a member of the umati community

To continue to provide customers in the CNC machining industry with vital data to help realise the benefits of Industry 4.0, global engineering technologies company, Renishaw, has become a member of the umati community, alongside its existing role on the Standards Committee of MTConnect. As an active member of both these communities, Renishaw will support the development of common language standardisation for machine tools by publishing process measurement and part quality data. This will help customers improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and interoperability.

umati, or universal machine technology interface, is an open standard backed by the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW) and the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA). Members of both organisations have worked together to develop a common information model, based on the OPC UA protocol, to simplify connectivity between equipment and software, and control data exchange between different machines.

“Renishaw offers a unique breadth of technologies that can be applied throughout the CNC manufacturing process chain,” explains Paul Maxted, Director of Industrial Metrology Applications at Renishaw. “Our technologies can collect data throughout the manufacturing process, from initial set-up to in-process measurements and final part verification. As an active member of the umati community we can provide this data to further develop the information model as a leading common standard for Industry 4.0. Publishing our data in umati will further improve interoperability between machines on the shop floor, providing users with valuable measurement information to improve quality and make informed decisions to continuously improve manufacturing operations.”

“Adoption of the umati standard into Renishaw’s manufacturing data platform, Renishaw Central, will provide enhanced connectivity between physical manufacturing processes and digital software,” says Guy Brown, Renishaw Central Development Manager. “As we work with the other umati members to help set the standard for data collection, Renishaw intends to help manufacturers clearly trace what is happening throughout the process chain, and more importantly, why it is happening.”

“Overall equipment effectiveness is a vital performance metric for our customers, but it is often misleading,” explains James Hartley, Applications and Marketing Manager. “If manufacturers do not have the quality metrics needed to calculate OEE, they are often set at 100 per cent — an inaccurate result that suggests processes are running efficiently. As a member of umati, we can help manufacturers to accurately measure OEE and optimise their process chains.”

Renishaw has supported automation and process control within the CNC manufacturing industry for over 45 years and recognises the value of data driven manufacturing to address current and future challenges to improve manufacturing efficiency.

element14 launches time of flight sensors essentials course

element14, an Avnet community, has launched an essentials course for engineers interested in Time of Flight (ToF) sensors.

Distance measurement and range detection methods have been used for decades in almost every engineering field, including robotics, presence detection, optical navigation, medical tech, and automotive applications. Distance sensors incorporate diverse technologies like infrared (IR) triangulation, laser, ultrasonic, and Time-of-Flight which can accurately detect objects in an instant.

In this essentials course, utilising ST’s ToF proximity and range sensors and its patented FlightSense™ Technology, participants will learn about the basics of ToF sensors, methods to measure the time of flight, the different techniques in range sensing, the challenges and designs of ToF sensors, and a few use case applications.

To find out more, take this essentials course or test your knowledge on Time of Flight sensors search “element14 essentials ToF” or visit the element14 Community.

Powelectrics launch new and improved MetronView

Powelectrics has announced the launch of its ‘new, improved’ MetronView.

For the last decade, MetronView has provided customers with a reliable, secure IIoT platform to receive remote sensor data and provide both data and alerts can to unlimited users on any web-enabled device.

Whilst new features were continuously incorporated in response to customer feedback, Powelectrics’ new MetronView not only has a fresh look, but the way the web GUI/interface interacts with the data platform has been completely modernised, ready for future evolutions in response to new customer needs.

It is packed with intuitive new functionality and offers exceptional security, flexibility and aesthetics. Existing users will experience easier navigation, faster operation, clearer charting and improved aesthetics, especially on smaller screens. It will also be easier to manage multiple devices and to interact with third party devices and data sources. To see an overview click here.

Powelectrics is supporting the launch with a series of free webinars. Webinars will be scheduled to last an hour. Attendees may submit questions before and during the webinar and there should be time within these webinars for queries to be answered. Zoom place a limit on the number of attendees, so we recommend early registration to get your preferred time slot.


New features will be standard and existing users do not need to do anything to access them. Simply log on after the launch and they will all be there. These exciting new features include:

  • “Chart Angel”: A fantastic feature, which will allow data from several IoT devices to be placed together on one graph for easy identification of operational issues. Customers can now compare the performance of similar assets to identify anomalies.
  • Configuration Wizard: Remotely configure devices using a simple, intuitive wizard to define units of measure, sensor types and more and save configurations for future use. No need for training or programming skills.
  • Bespoke Configuration Library: To make life easy, customers can keep a library of regularly used configurations and simply select one for simple configuration … making it incredibly easy to manage devices in the field, whenever you like. Eg) Pre-set configurations for specific tank dimensions. No need for coding skills or technical support.
  • Hover Function: Hover anywhere over your graph for exact readings of all channels at a specific.

All previous functionality of MetronView has been retained. As before, Data and alerts can be sent to unlimited users on any web-enabled device allowing multiple stakeholders to benefit from historical and current data. Users can be set up within a hierarchy, so its possible for an individual to see the data and receive alerts for one sensor, a department, a site or all the sites within a company. For example a bulk delivery company could see all their customers tanks, whilst granting each customer visibility of tank levels on just their site(s).

Primarily used as a standalone cloud, its also offers a common API to integrate sensor data to other clouds. The API allows integration to software like Navision, SAP, SCADA and platforms like IBM Watson, Microsoft Azure, AWS and Miimetiq. It also allows Powelectrics and its customers to develop application specific portals.

Powelectrics offers 30 years’ experience in sensing and remote monitoring. The company’s ‘connected sensor’ solutions are employed in many industries including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, Adblue, fuels, oils, LPG, lubricants, food and beverage, waste and recycling, landfill and leachate, agriculture, utilities, pumping and environment, rail and security.

To discuss any queries or applications with Powelectrics, please call the company on +44 (0)1827 310 666, use this contact form or send an email to sales@powelectrics.co.uk.

ABB sensor onboard SpaceX rocket to detect greenhouse gas emissions

ABB and GHGSat collaborating on groundbreaking technology to detect greenhouse gas emissions

An optical sensor manufactured by ABB was deployed with the successful launch of satellite Hugo from GHGSat, the emerging leader in greenhouse gas sensing services in space.

The ABB supplied optical sensor can map methane emissions from space at a resolution that is 100 times higher than any other sensors. Whilst previously only larger regions could be surveyed, for the first time the new greater granularity now allows the identification of the source of emissions. An additional nine units are currently under manufacture at ABB to be launched by the end of 2022 ready to be on-board across the first private satellite constellation dedicated to emission measurement.

Space offers the ideal location to freely monitor emissions across jurisdictions and quantitatively report on improvements. The ABB sensors will provide valuable insights which will enable governments and industries around the world to meet their emission reduction targets and reduce the negative impact on global warming.

“We selected ABB for its ability to deliver world-class instruments while meeting the challenges of a new space company like ours.“ said Stephane Germain, CEO of GHGSat. “We strive to innovate for the needs of the future, and we’re excited to work with ABB to achieve that.”.

“ABB shares GHGSat’s goal of reducing emissions through the creation of their greenhouse gas sensing constellation. Our selection as the manufacturer for these advanced sensors demonstrates our competitiveness and strong fit with the private space sector requirements.” said Marc Corriveau, General Manager ABB Measurement & Analytics Canada.

“The space revolution is well underway and ABB with its heritage of unique space instruments and serial production of advanced measurement sensors for industrial applications is extremely well positioned to serve this emerging sector.” he continued.

GHGSat announced the constellation contract award with ABB in October 2020, with first deliveries in 2021. The unit launched by SpaceX was a single unit procured by GHGSat from ABB two years ago ahead of a selection for the constellation.

With its involvement in the Canadian SCISAT mission and the Japanese GOSAT series of satellites, ABB has been at the forefront of the field of greenhouse gas sensing from space for more than two decades. ABB optical equipment already in space cumulates more than 100 years of reliable operation. The SCISAT sensor tracks long-term subtle composition changes in the earth’s atmosphere down to parts per trillion of more than 70 molecules and pollutants since 2003. Weather agencies across the world base their predictions on ABB equipment flying onboard the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather satellites (NPP and JPSS), which saves lives by improving the timeliness and accuracy of weather forecasts for up to seven days.

ABB is also a global leader in earthbound continuous emission monitoring with over 60,000 systems installed in more than 50 countries worldwide. Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) continuously record and evaluate emission data across all industries. They provide important information for the environmental and economic operation of production facilities. The range includes the ACF5000 that accurately and reliably monitors up to 15 gas components simultaneously.

Unlock your Industry 4.0 sensing potential

Contrinex’s new Smart Sensors brochure explains how a new class of inductive sensors can help you measure, monitor, configure and predict, allowing you to unlock your Industry 4.0 sensing potential.

Contrinex Smart Sensors have been designed with the needs of OEMs and System Integrators in mind – They have the answers when it comes to reducing complexity and cost.

By implementing multiple sensing modes into a single sensor, Contrinex has given designers additional freedom, offering exceptional versatility and simplified integration.

Let Contrinex Smart Sensors supercharge your IoT strategy; enjoy all the advantages of the industry-standard IO-Link SSP 3.3 interface, plus the option of high-speed sensor-based decision-making using SIO. The only limit is your imagination.

The Smart sensors also feature in Contrinex ‘s 2021 catalogue at www.Cat.PLUSAx.co.uk