The EA-ECOM communication expansion module provides Ethernet capability to the C-more Micro line of operator interfaces. Designed for all of the newer EA3-series of 6", 8" or 10" C-more Micro panels, the EA-ECOM adds an Ethernet (RJ45) port for programming and PLC communications at 10/100 Mbps. The module attaches to the rear of the EA3-series panel and requires no external power. The EA-ECOM module provides faster project download and firmware update speeds and supports multiple connections to multiple PLCs and protocols. The Ethernet port supports automatic MDI/MDI-X crossover detection for plug and play capability and allowing crossover or straight-through CAT5 cables to be connected. The EA-ECOM communication module is $50.00. Software and firmware version 4.0 or later is required.
Mining operations are extremely hazardous and take place in unpredictable environments. In fact, mining operations are always in a state of change, with frequent expansions and changes to the drilling site and internal passageways.
A leading mine operator in eastern Europe decided to implement a reliable remote IP-based communication networking system for control and monitoring. The system is intended to ensure that the mine’s controller/sensor system is reliable and productive, and that the CCTV system is real-time. One of the main interests is protecting the safety of miners working in such a harsh and dangerous environment. However, as the numbers of drilling sites and internal passageways increase, more and more sensors, I/O points, and cameras need to be deployed, and consequently more networking devices and network ports need to be added, and the bandwidth of the backbone network needs to be increased.
Remote sensors, I/O points, and cameras need to be able to communicate over the network, and since the distance between devices could be hundreds of meters, or even several kilometers, you might think that fiber optic cabling is appropriate for this application. However, temperatures in the mine could get so high as to damage or even melt the fiber optic cabling, and generally speaking, the curvature of many of the tunnels is so high that it’s not practical to deploy fiber. Moreover, a remote industrial network management system that gives mining operators the ability to monitor the network’s operational status and react in an instant is needed to increase productivity and reduce the amount of time that network engineers need to spend onsite at dangerous drilling sites to check network issues. You should also be aware that because of the need for cross-site communications, layer 3 networking devices must be used. Read More
Due in part to population increases, public transportation is becoming more important for meeting the everyday
needs of people around the world. Rolling stock, including subways and trains, are an extremely common form of
transportation, and providing a reliable IP CCTV system onboard is critical to maintaining the safety and security
of passengers. Rolling stock environments tend to be critical and harsh, and to ensure onboard safety, Moxa’s IP
camera solutions are industry-certified to comply with onboard requirements. Read More
The end goal of IEC 61850 is to transform the electricity distribution industry by building more intelligence and more complete automation into power substations. With intelligent electronic devices (IED), it’s possible to extend new controls and automation deep into the substation’s process layer, thus allowing for real-time monitoring and management from a central, remote station. According to IEC 61850, an intelligent substation is characterized by these three basic features:
Industrial network management software is usually installed in the control room, or integrated with an existing SCADA system. Unfortunately, when you’re out of the control room or on the move, you could miss important messages such as network changes or errors, and fail to respond quickly enough. As the number of devices connected for railway communication networks is continually increasing, the ability to monitor and maintain your network—anytime, anywhere—is becoming more crucial than ever before to ensure that your operation is reliable and runs smoothly.
In this article, we consider the traditional challenges of railway network management, and show how a mobile monitoring tool can keep you informed of network status, even when you’re on the move. In addition, we’ll share some experiences we’ve had helping our end users reduce system downtime by providing them with the right mobile tools to allow them to quickly respond to network changes. Read More
It is well understood that friction is a fact of life. Any mechanical device with components in relative motion must cope with both the beneficial and detrimental aspects of friction in all of its forms. With regard to gearboxes, four specific types of friction must be accounted for in order to understand their potential impact on gearbox efficiency. These include friction that stems from the meshing of gear sets, bearing friction, seal friction and viscous friction, which occurs due to lubricant action.
Knowing the relative impact of these friction variables—in addition to understanding no-load torque and thermal considerations—will help you select the most efficient gearbox for your next application. Read our latest white paper to find out everything you need to know about gearbox friction.
Industrial wireless technology provides a competitive edge to operators and plant managers around the world as they seek innovative ways to improve the quality of communication in their production and distribution units. An effective communication infrastructure can make it possible for industrial equipment to deliver high levels of reliability, availability, and maintainability, thereby reducing operational and support costs, and minimizing capital investments.
In spite of its popularity in day-to-day usage, many plant operators and managers are still hesitant to deploy wireless technology at their facilities. In addition, facilities that have adopted wireless technology may not yet have realized the full potential of the technology or derived the benefits that they could from it. In this article we provide eight useful tips to help industrial-wireless users identify and fix problems in their network infrastructure. Read More
In order to unlock valuable information from collected data and attain centralized management in control rooms, many businesses are upgrading their existing systems to IP-based networks and connecting their devices and applications, such as video surveillance, to the Internet. However, in the age of the IIoT, simplifying network deployments and upgrades has become a big challenge for engineers. Furthermore, system upgrades usually require huge investments in new cables. As an alternative to investing in new cables, industrial Ethernet extenders allow users to extend Ethernet networks over 100 meters via 2-wire copper cables to fulfill various project requirements, especially for long-distance communication. In this article, we discuss four scenarios where Ethernet extenders benefit operational efficiency. Read More
Visualized Box HMI & Communication Gateway with WebAccess/HMI Runtime
The WA-HU HMI standard series is a complete application-ready-package which includes Embedded Automation Box PC with palm/regular form factors, 32GB mSATA, Microsoft Windows embedded 7 Pro and WebAccess/HMI Runtime. This allows users to easily achieve efficient, integrated HMI solutions for production information visualization and multiple protocols translation in automation industries. The Embedded Automation Box PC with Intel® Celeron/Core i3™ or relevant processor provide computing performance and various mounting options for any field side operation.
The built-in Open HMI Runtime features with rich object library, online/offline simulation, and over 450 industrial protocols and drivers. It is dedicated to a wide range of HMI control and visualization providing powerful, user-friendly and reliable solutions in most sophisticated applications.
Ready-to-go Open HMI Solution Package enabling Industry 4.0 includes:
6.5"~21.5" TFT LCD Windows-based Thin Client Terminal with WebAccess/HMI Runtime
The WA-HT HMI standard series is a complete application-ready-package which includes a Thin Client Terminal with panel sizes from 6.5"~21.5" TFT LCD, 32GB CFast card, Microsoft Windows Embedded 7 Pro and WebAccess/HMI Runtime. This allows users to easily achieve efficient, integrated HMI solutions for flexible system integration in automation industries.
The Thin Client Terminal with Intel® Atom™ or relevant processor providing computing performance in a compact fanless system for any field side operation.
The built-in Open HMI Runtime features a rich object library, online/offline simulation, and over 450 industrial protocols and drivers. It is dedicated to providing a wide range of HMI
control and visualization for powerful, user-friendly and reliable solutions in most sophisticated applications.
Ready-to-go Open HMI Solution Package enabling Industry 4.0 includes:
Over 135 NEMA 3R enclosures in new sizes, galvanized, no knockouts, double doors and other features have been added to the Hubbell-Wiegmann enclosure lineup. Seven new small single-door NEMA 12 enclosures with quick-release latches have also been added. NEMA 3R enclosures are typically used in outdoor applications for wiring and junction boxes providing protection from falling rain, sleet, snow, and external ice formation.
NEMA 12 enclosures are most often used for indoor applications to prevent the ingress of dust, water, and oil. AutomationDirect offers over 1,900 Hubbell-Wiegmann® enclosures across NEMA 1, 3, 3R, 3S, 4, 4X, 6P, 12, and 13 standards. A full line of accessories, including steel, fiberglass, and aluminum subpanels are also available. Same-day shipping on select enclosure models and accessories is available.
When the monitoring system along a key harbor corridor in a major American city needed updating, the system manager decided to use existing copper wiring to transmit data over significantly longer distances. As this project needed to integrate more systems into one network, serial networks were no longer sufficient to support the expanded network, which is why an industrial Ethernet technology over copper wires via a DSL was required to support more bandwidth over longer distances. In addition, VPN connections and firewall protection were required to ensure network safety and data integrity. Read More
For subsea control applications, great efforts are made to install industry-specific cables under the sea. In this project, the number one requirement is to leverage the existing infrastructure to reduce costs and time spent on installing cables. In addition, oil & gas environments are extremely hazardous due to the high pressures the products are subjected to, so the installation has to be quick and must support remote management and diagnosis. Read More
InduSoft | The Department of Defense IT system is 53 Years Old – What’s your Plan for Legacy Systems?
According to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office, the reported age of the IT infrastructure in place for the United States’ nuclear program is 53 years old, and uses 8” floppy disks for critical storage. While there are … Read More
Micro PLCs from IDEC control 70,000-lb doors at a giant airplane maintenance hangar in San Francisco.A Boeing 747-400 is 232 ft. long, has a wing span of 212 ft. and a tail height of 64 ft.. It weighs close to 875,000 lbs. at takeoff. The Superbay Maintenance Hangar at the San Francisco International Airport can accommodate up to four of these massive airplanes at one time. The hangar has eight doors—four on each opposite sides—allowing access to this huge space measuring 500 x 540 ft, about the size of two football fields.
Each hangar door (Figure 1) consists of two inner and two outer doors, each measuring 130 ft wide and 90 ft high to allow the planes to be towed in and pushed out using tow vehicles. Each door is made of two halves, each 65-ft wide, and weighs 74,000 lb. The door sections are mounted on dedicated rails (much like a train track), and the rails are offset so that adjacent doors can open and close without interfering with their neighboring door. Read More