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HARTING UK awarded prestigious IRIS Silver Quality Performance Level

HARTING UK are delighted to announce that they have been awarded the prestigious Silver Quality Performance Level award from the International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS). This is a globally recognised standard which evaluates management systems for the railway sector.

Silver Performance is currently the highest performance level issued by IRIS and is a significant achievement for HARTING UK, making them one of only 60 companies worldwide to receive Silver status and putting them in the top 3% globally of all IRIS certified companies.

IRIS is established as a European Rail Industry Association (UNIFE) group and is recognised by both system manufacturers and railway operators. It was set up with the aim of establishing higher quality and reliability of rolling stock and infrastructure in the railway industry. Via an efficient system for auditing railway suppliers, the aim is to create transparency throughout the supply chain.

HARTING UK manufactures bespoke cable assemblies and intercar jumpers for the rail market.HARTING UK manufactures bespoke cable assemblies and intercar jumpers for the rail market.

Stuart Fisher, Director of Operations at HARTING Manufacturing UK Ltd, was delighted with the award, saying:

“To receive such a prestigious award is great testimony to everybody at HARTING and really endorses our commitment to quality. It also clearly demonstrates our passion for quality throughout the business and offers our customers great confidence in our products.  It's also clear that as a business we have a culture of continuous improvement and that we will strive to get even better at what we do.”

The HARTING UK manufacturing facility in Northampton produces bespoke cable assemblies and intercar jumpers for the rail market, based on the extensive HARTING product portfolio. Additional services include full design and development support and onsite testing of cabling and wiring. As well as the IRIS Silver Quality Award, the facility also holds ISO 9001 certification for Quality Management, the ISO 14001 Environmental Standard and UL certification for Wiring Harnesses ZPFW2 / ZPFW8.

To learn more about HARTING UK’s manufacturing capabilities, please visit www.harting.com/UK/en-gb/solutions/harting-customised-solutions-uk

About HARTING:

The HARTING Technology Group is one of the world's leading providers of industrial connection technology for the three lifelines of Data, Signal and Power and has 14 production plants and 44 sales companies. Moreover, the company also produces retail checkout systems, electromagnetic actuators for automotive and industrial series use, charging equipment for electric vehicles, as well as hardware and software for customers and applications in automation technology, mechanical and plant engineering, robotics and transportation engineering. In the 2017/18 business year, some 5,000 employees generated sales of EUR 762 million.

For further information visit https://www.harting.com/UK/en-gb

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ABB’s new analytics and AI software helps producers optimize operations in demanding market conditions

ABB launches analytics software and services that combines operational data with engineering and IT data to deliver actionable intelligence

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The ABB Ability™ Genix Industrial Analytics and AI Suite is a scalable advanced analytics platform with pre-built, easy-to-use applications and services. It collects, contextualizes and converts operational, engineering and information technology data into actionable insights that help industries improve operations, optimize asset management and streamline business processes safely and sustainably.

Analyst studies suggest that industrial companies typically are able to use only 20 percent¹ of the data generated, which severely limits their ability to apply data analytics meaningfully. ABB’s new solution operates as a digital data convergence point where streams of information from diverse sources across the plant and enterprise are put into context through a unified analytics model. Application of artificial intelligence on this data produces meaningful insights for prediction and optimization that improve business performance.

“We believe that the place to start a data analytics journey in the process, energy and hybrid industries is by building on the existing digital technology – the automation that controls the production processes,” said Peter Terwiesch, President of ABB Industrial Automation. “We see a huge opportunity for our customers to use their data from operations better, by combining it with engineering and information technology data for multi-dimensional decision making. This new approach will help our customers make literally billions of better decisions.”

ABB AbilityTM Genix is composed of a data analytics platform and applications, supplemented by ABB services, that help customers decide which assets, processes and risk profiles can be improved, and assists customers in designing and applying those analytics. Featuring a library of applications, customers can subscribe to a variety of analytics on demand, as business needs dictate, speeding up the traditional process of requesting and scheduling support from suppliers.

Scalable from plant to enterprise, ABB Ability™ Genix supports a variety of deployments including cloud, hybrid and on-premise. ABB Ability™ Genix leverages Microsoft Azure for integrated cloud connectivity and services through ABB’s strategic partnership with Microsoft. 

“The ABB Ability™ Genix Suite brings unique value by unlocking the combined power of diverse data, domain knowledge, technology and AI,” said Rajesh Ramachandran, Chief Digital Officer for ABB Industrial Automation. “ABB Ability™ Genix helps asset-intensive producers with complex processes to make timely and accurate decisions through deep analytics and optimization across the plant and enterprise.

“We have designed this modular and flexible suite so that customers at different stages in their digitalization journey can adopt ABB Ability™ Genix to accelerate business outcomes while protecting existing investments.”

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A key component of ABB AbilityTM Genix is the ABB Ability™ Edgenius Operations Data Manager that connects, collects, and analyzes operational technology data at the point of production. ABB Ability™ Edgenius uses data generated by operational technology such as DCS and devices to produce analytics that improve production processes and asset utilization. ABB Ability™ Edgenius can be deployed on its own, or integrated with ABB AbilityTM Genix so that operational data is combined with other data for strategic business analytics.

“There is great value in data generated by automation that controls real-time production,” said Bernhard Eschermann, Chief Technology Officer for ABB Industrial Automation. “With ABB AbilityTM Edgenius, we can pull data from these real-time control systems and make it available to predict issues and prescribe actions that help us use assets better and fine-tune production processes.”

Further details can be found online:

ABB Ability™ Genix

ABB Ability™ Edgenius

ABB Industrial Automation ABB’s Industrial Automation business offers a broad range of products, systems, and solutions for customers in the process and hybrid industries. These include industry-specific services, as well as measurement and analytics, marine and turbocharging offerings. ABB’s Industrial Automation business is #2 in the market globally. With deep domain knowledge, experience and expertise, ABB Industrial Automation helps customers increase their competitiveness, improve their return on investment and run safe, smart, and sustainable operations.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 110,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com

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Warren Controls Announces ILEA 5800E Series Electrically Actuated Valves

Warren Controls, a leading manufacturer of control valves and specialty fluid handling products, announces its new ILEA 5800E Series of high-quality, modulating, linear, electrically actuated industrial globe control valves.

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The E5800 Series features bolted bonnets and cage-retained seats in rugged, high-efficiency bodies of steel or stainless steel for ease of maintenance in a variety of trim materials and port sizes. The equal percentage and linear plugs provide excellent modulating control of a wide array of fluids. The 5800E Series is ideally suited for applications including but not limited to the chemical, district energy, food and beverage, general service, marine, pulp and paper, refining, and pharmaceutical industries.

The 5800E Series performs for temperatures from -20 to 800o F – handling severe service, dirty fluids, high pressure drops, and corrosive fluids. Available styles are a 2-way unbalanced cage-retained seat and a 2-way cage-balanced cage-retained seat. Sizes range from ½ to 4 inches with ANSI Class IV and Class VI leakage and with a rangeability of 50:1.

For more information visit Warren Control’s website.

About Warren Controls

Warren Controls is an industry leader in Industrial Control Valves, Building Automation Valves, Deaerator and Boiler Level Controls, and Military/Marine Valves. For more than 70 years, the company has maintained a strong commitment to providing specialty alloys, quick deliveries, and knowledgeable customer service. Warren Controls has earned a sterling reputation as a quality provider of valve specialties to OEM’s and USA military programs. From its state-of-the-art 60,000 square foot industrial complex, the company offers its experience, product design excellence, and superior production capabilities to the open market. At Warren Controls, the most technically qualified representatives in the industry are available to assist customers develop cost-effective, dependable solutions. Learn more at www.WarrenControls.com.

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Industry partners with University of California in nanoscale study on advanced batteries

A team of scientists from the University of California is set to unlock the inner workings of lead batteries with the help of nanoscale technology.

Working with the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI), the new industry-academia partnership based in Los Angeles will explore the fundamental processes occurring inside lead batteries as part of the Consortium’s plans to deliver performance improvements in the technology for the growing automotive and utility grid storage sectors.

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) will use an innovative implementation of Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM) that allows researchers to observe the crystallization and dissolution of the phases involved in the charge and discharge of a lead battery during operation at the nanoscale.

This image of Pb dendrite growth and collapse were acquired in real time with a transmission electron microscope. Certain nucleation sites consistently nucleate larger dendrites. For more information see doi:10.1021/nn3017469This image of Pb dendrite growth and collapse were acquired in real time with a transmission electron microscope. Certain nucleation sites consistently nucleate larger dendrites. For more information see doi:10.1021/nn3017469

This pioneering work, spanning 18 months, will provide deeper understanding into sustaining these materials to deliver improved battery performance and longer lifetimes.

Prof. Chris Regan, who leads the research team from UCLA said: “Lead batteries have been a mainstay technology for more than a hundred years, but there is a significant amount that is still to be understood about the fundamental reactions occurring in this chemistry. We believe this new technique will help unlock new technological data to improve the performance potential.”

Dr Alistair Davidson, Director of CBI, said: “This kind of fundamental research is key to designing the next generation of advanced lead batteries. As demand grows for ever more sophisticated and high-performance rechargeable batteries, we are ensuring that the science supports new innovation.”

Rapid technological advances and falling costs for installed grid battery storage underpin predictions that energy storage in the U.S. alone will reach 100 GW of new energy storage by 2030. By providing flexibility for the grid and protecting against vulnerabilities, the role of batteries is central to the transition to low-carbon energy systems across the globe.

As the world’s only pre-competitive lead battery research hub, research undertaken by the Consortium has a ripple effect allowing its global membership of battery manufacturers, recyclers, material suppliers and testing institutes to benefit from new insights gained through its extensive suite of technical projects.

As demand continues apace for high-performing batteries for clean mobility and more reliable utility grid storage, CBI is undertaking groundbreaking research to continue to push the boundaries of advanced lead battery technology, building on the key research goals set out in its technical roadmap.

About CBI:

  1. The Consortium for Battery Innovation is the world’s only global pre-competitive research organization funding research into lead batteries for energy storage, motive and automotive applications. For more than 25 years, with its global membership of battery manufacturers, industry suppliers, research institutes and universities, CBI has delivered cutting-edge research pushing the boundaries of innovation in lead battery technology, setting the standard for advanced lead batteries and the next generation of energy storage. For more information, visit our website: www.batteryinnovation.org
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Shining a light on the importance of functional safety

Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron science facility located in Oxfordshire, has appointed Inspec Solutions, a leading independent control, safety & automation systems supplier to the UK's energy, metals, chemicals, oil & gas and manufacturing industries, to provide Functional Safety Services across its operations. 

Inspec Solutions was approached by the organisation to help meet its demanding proof test schedule as Diamond recognised the importance of effective high integrity automatic safety systems to protect hazardous processes.

Because of its expertise in delivering customer-critical infrastructure, Inspec Solutions will be able to deploy a team and begin testing, which would allow Diamond staff to focus on their core working duties.

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Mark Ritson, Managing Director of Inspec Solutions, explains: “We are really excited to be working with Diamond Light Source on this important project.  Diamond should save a significant amount of time by outsourcing this service. They will benefit from our ability to operate as a highly qualified independent company to verify the integrity of their safety system. By having certified Functional Safety Engineers in the team, we will provide a fresh, thorough, and ongoing review of the existing proof test procedures, highlighting opportunities for improvements.”

Diamond is one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world and its pioneering capabilities are helping to keep the UK at the forefront of scientific research. Its technology accelerates electrons to near light speeds so that they give off light 10 billion times brighter than the sun. This allows scientists to use the light to study a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology.

The Inspec Solutions team supporting Diamond includes certified TÜV Functional Safety Engineers, as well as highly experienced offshore technicians with backgrounds in supporting critical infrastructure in the UK North Sea.

Inspec Solutions has over 15 years of Functional Safety experience in many different industries, focusing on both continuous process and machinery installations.

This experience means the company can carry out proof testing on safety critical systems to a very high standard and to work with clients to improve their own procedures. Including a certified Functional Safety Engineer in the team provided a fresh and thorough review over the existing proof test procedures, highlighting opportunities for improvements.

The company provides high integrity, SIL rated systems and offers every stage of the safety lifecycle from Risk Assessment / HAZOP / LOPA, SRS, through design, installation, validation or and SIF proof testing services.

For further information please contact Inspec Solutions Ltd on sales@inspecsolutions.co.uk

More details about the work of Diamond Light Source can be found at  https://www.diamond.ac.uk/