There is something wrong with the concentration of nitrate in the drinking water. That much is sure. But nobody knows exactly, how and with which this suspicion can be confirmed. For this it only takes one touch or mouse click from now on. The new Lovibond Handbook of Methods turns the search for the right testing method in water analysis into a truly simple operation. It summarises everything which is necessary for reliable and fast test results at a glance.
After shortly turning pages, the new Handbook recommends not only, which instrument and which reagents is needed so that everybody can determine the wanted parameter. Also less experienced users arrive safely, if they follow the intuitive pictograms. The Handbook explains exactly, which cuvette is suitable for the test, how which powder or tablets have to be added to the sample, which disturbances possibly arise during the test, it gives further recommendations for the analysis and adds further literature. It is a reference book, which contains much more than a compendium of all current 161 Lovibond test methods.
Between more than 900 pages the user also finds practical work faciliation. The barcodes on each front page of the test method start automatically the right test recognition in the suitable instruments. So it is possible to start the appropriate test method directly and especially fast. For own work processes the users can collect the methods including barcodes individually, which simplifies a lot. The Spectrophotometers XD 7000 (154 methods) and XD 7500 (155 methods) are the first Lovibond instruments which maintain this user-friendly operating concept.
The corresponding order number for instruments, reagents and the necessary accessories are also added as practical supports to each Lovibond method. Cross-sensitivities and literature references are additional supplements. Who wants to acquaint with the basics of water analysis finds detailed information in an introduction chapter. A glossary completes the comprehensive reference.
The printed version weights 1,25 kilo. To whom this is too heavy can download the digital edition on the Lovibond homepage and get detailed information about each test method. Incidentally the base of the new Handbook of Methods is a new form of documentation for Lovibond products: Manuals and detailed descriptions of methods are from now on offered separately.
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Bidirectional Cloud Service for Industrial Automation
Turck Cloud Solutions uses preconfigured data evaluation for industrial tasks, data security and for simple handling in visualizations. The data is transferred directly from Turck’s controller and I/O components to the cloud. For this, Turck is using the Kolibri protocol recently purchased from Beck IPC, which guarantees encrypted communication to the cloud. Users can thus save and evaluate production data in the Turck cloud – either just for monitoring tasks or for optimizing their processes and plants. The benefit compared to other systems is the fact that the relevant data can be simply selected in the controller at the click of a mouse. The cloud user interface can then arrange this data directly in clusters and logically organize it in diagrams and charts without any additional configuration.
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Dialogue between manufacturers and users
Satisfied customers through integration
35 Open Integration partners gathered together at Endress + Hauser in Reinach, Switzerland, to share their experiences and thoughts for the first time. A highlight of the event was a presentation from representatives of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries outlining how they benefit from the partner program during digitalization of their processes – and what they would like to see in the future.
The goal of the Open Integration program initiated by Endress + Hauser can be summed up quickly: the simple, fast and manufacturer-independent integration of components and devices into various automation systems. And, almost more importantly, satisfied customers.
While it sounds simple in theory, when it comes to day-to-day system operation, it’s far from that. Even the most experienced automation specialists have great respect for multi-vendor systems. That also applies to complete solutions “from a single source.” After all, digital communications – a precondition for the extensive use of existing intelligence in field devices and systems – places serious demands on integration.
With its Open Integration partner program, Endress + Hauser is inviting providers of control technology, fieldbus infrastructure, measurement technology and actuator systems to test and document the interaction of their products even more extensively in the interests of their customers. The cooperation partners include Auma Riester, Bürkert, Festo, Flowserve, Hima Paul Hildebrandt, Honeywell Process Solutions, Mitsubishi Electric, Pepperl + Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric and Turck.
Open standards as a basis
The foundation of this effort is open communication standards (Hart, Profibus, Foundation Fieldbus, EtherNet/IP or Profinet), as well as open integration standards (FDT, EDD, FDI). With a nearly unlimited selection of options, the reference topologies represent practical combinations suitable for applications in the chemical, life sciences, food & beverage, oil & gas, power & energy, primaries & metal and water & wastewater industries.
The reference topologies take into account industry-typical requirements such as explosion protection, availability and redundancy. Each topology is thoroughly tested and documented in the lab in Reinach in conjunction with the partners, after which the recommendations are published.
Interoperability tests create added value
And how do customers benefit from the Open Integration partner program? Every problem that the integration experts discover prior to commissioning can be resolved at a much lower cost compared to fixing the issue in the field at some later point. Customers receive concrete, validated recommendations for automating their systems, which go well beyond established conformity and interoperability testing while ensuring seamless integration. Last but not least, they save time and money.
With developments such as IIoT and APL, users will face new challenges, plus integration testing will be given added weight. This makes it even more important for the Open Integration partners to work together over the long term. The participating customer and provider representatives were in full agreement on this point. Cyber security, in addition to the issue of connectivity, will play a key role in the future. They furthermore agreed that effective strategies need to be developed to counter new entrants in the automation industry such as IBM or Amazon.
One thing was clear during the get-together in Reinach in early June: the process control industry wants open, interoperable systems instead of proprietary solutions. One of the users wants uniform, structured access to static information via QR- and RFID-supported type plates in accordance with DIN 91406. Standardized diagnostics in line with NE 107 is also at the top of the wish list.
In the near term, Endress + Hauser wants to work with its partners to address these and other open issues with the aim of utilizing Open Integration to offer customers even more value-add during digitalization of their processes. The common goal: satisfied customers who can extensively utilize the opportunities that digitalization brings with little risk.