PACE https://pacetoday.com.au Process & Control Engineering Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:44:59 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 https://pacetoday.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/prime-creative-media-50x50.png PACE https://pacetoday.com.au 32 32 Analyser for rugged conditions https://pacetoday.com.au/analyser-rugged-conditions/ https://pacetoday.com.au/analyser-rugged-conditions/#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:43:32 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=44499 Olympus’ new L Series Vanta handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyser is designed for customers that need ruggedness, power, speed and ease of use. Joining the range of M Series and C Series analysers, the L Series is designed for applications such as positive material identification (PMI), quality assurance (QA), metal fabrication, scrap metal and car catalyst … Continue reading Analyser for rugged conditions

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Olympus’ new L Series Vanta handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyser is designed for customers that need ruggedness, power, speed and ease of use.

Joining the range of M Series and C Series analysers, the L Series is designed for applications such as positive material identification (PMI), quality assurance (QA), metal fabrication, scrap metal and car catalyst recycling, precious metal analysis and environmental inspections.

These units can be calibrated for alloy, precious metal and geochem applications and are built for maximum uptime and reliability.

Rugged features include:

  • IP65 rated for protection against dust and water
  • Drop tested (MIL-STD 810 G)
  • Built to withstand a temperature range of -10 °C to 50 °C (14 °F to 122 °F)

In addition to being so rugged, L Series analysers offer advanced technology and connectivity features. The analysers incorporate Olympus’ Axon technology, a breakthrough in XRF signal processing for stable results in any environment, and features including:

  • Optional Wi-Fi and cloud connectivity for fast decision making and easily accessible results
  • Fleet management tools and a customizable user interface to help minimize operator training
  • Intuitive interface and responsive touch screen, enabling users to spend more time interpreting results than operating the analyzer

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Shaping Australia’s future https://pacetoday.com.au/shaping-australias-future/ https://pacetoday.com.au/shaping-australias-future/#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:10:47 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=44496 A collective of more than 50 business, research and non-government leaders have begun work on the second Australian National Outlook to explore nationally significant issues, risks and opportunities – and how as a country, Australia might respond. Brought together by CSIRO and NAB, project participants will explore issues affecting Australia’s long-term future growth and prosperity … Continue reading Shaping Australia’s future

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A collective of more than 50 business, research and non-government leaders have begun work on the second Australian National Outlook to explore nationally significant issues, risks and opportunities – and how as a country, Australia might respond.

Brought together by CSIRO and NAB, project participants will explore issues affecting Australia’s long-term future growth and prosperity across a range of scenarios. This, the second Australian National Outlook, will focus on three major themes of Natural Resources and Energy, Productivity and Services, and Cities and Infrastructure.

“Australian National Outlook brings together science, business, research and community leaders to collaborate and identify what will make the biggest difference to our country’s future prospects,” said David Thodey, chairman of CSIRO.

“As the national science agency, CSIRO will use its unique ability to collaborate to deliver excellent science and research to inform how Australia might respond to future challenges and opportunities.”

The project will draw on CSIRO’s world-leading integrated modelling and assessment capabilities to model outcomes for a number of scenarios that Australia is likely to face, as we look ahead to 2060.”

Modelling results will be interrogated and distilled by project members, with the goal of identifying specific actions that can help ensure Australia has prosperous and globally competitive industries, inclusive and enabling communities, and sustainable underpinning foundations including natural resources, environment, public institutions and social capital.

Questions that will be explored include:

  • how Australia attracts investment to continue to build globally competitive industries;
  • the role a world-leading education system can play in creating opportunity for all Australians;
  • how the jobs of the future will evolve; and
  • how Australia’s cities and regions might accommodate a growing population, while maintaining strong connectivity and liveability.

“The Australian business community has a key role to play in shaping Australia’s future,” NAB Chairman Dr Ken Henry said.

“All of Australia’s past successes have had in common a compelling narrative that articulates a vision of what we could be and how as a country, we can achieve that vision. We have to act now to secure Australia’s long-term prospects.

“By discovering what some of Australia’s future could look like, the Australian National Outlook has the capacity to guide all decision-makers – business, universities and other research institutions, community groups, and government – in developing actions today that will shape a strong and prosperous future for all Australians.”

The research builds on CSIRO’s 2015 Australian National Outlook which explored the link between resource consumption and environmental pressures and pathways to economic growth.

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New approach eliminates cost from automated and manual testing https://pacetoday.com.au/new-approach-eliminates-cost-automated-manual-testing/ https://pacetoday.com.au/new-approach-eliminates-cost-automated-manual-testing/#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:44:13 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=44493 Basis Technologies, an innovator in DevOps for SAP, has announced the expansion of its DevOps Toolset with Testimony, a solution that offers a new approach to functional regression testing of SAP environments. Testimony introduces a transformative new testing paradigm, Robotic Test Automation (RTA). RTA reduces the risk of change and protects critical business processes from … Continue reading New approach eliminates cost from automated and manual testing

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Basis Technologies, an innovator in DevOps for SAP, has announced the expansion of its DevOps Toolset with Testimony, a solution that offers a new approach to functional regression testing of SAP environments.

Testimony introduces a transformative new testing paradigm, Robotic Test Automation (RTA). RTA reduces the risk of change and protects critical business processes from unintended consequences of change by reducing the time needed for regression testing, while simultaneously increasing test coverage and decreasing costs.

Testimony uses RTA to deliver an automated solution that learns how systems operate. It configures, executes and updates tests without user input, automatically creating a test suite that validates new releases against real-world use. End-user interviews, technical scripting and user recording are eliminated allowing system-wide SAP regression testing to begin in a matter of days.

RTA eliminates the challenges and expense of traditional test automation and provides a highly efficient alternative to manual methods. This new approach frees up valuable functional experts to be focused on core, value-adding activities, and removes the challenging test data problems common to traditional approaches.

Testimony provides the means to make agile development and DevOps for SAP more effective, supporting continuous testing and faster, more frequent delivery of change. It significantly accelerates transformation projects like re-platforming to the cloud, while essential SAP updates and upgrades become quicker and safer.

Coverage beyond the user interface (UI) is essential for effective testing but other automation tools typically focus only on “outside-in” interactions at the UI layer. Testimony also monitors SAP® software at a code-and-system level, exercising a wide variety of execution paths and technical interactions and automatically including them in the overall test plan to ensure far greater coverage.

In addition, Testimony uses service virtualization to automatically isolate SAP systems from others, providing the means to fully test business processes that involve external interactions without replicating external systems in the test environment.

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IIC launches smart factory machine learning testbed https://pacetoday.com.au/iic-launches-smart-factory-machine-learning-testbed/ https://pacetoday.com.au/iic-launches-smart-factory-machine-learning-testbed/#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:34:04 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=44490 The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), a global organisation transforming business and society by accelerating the adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), has announced the Smart Factory Machine Learning for Predictive Maintenance Testbed. The testbed is led by two companies, Plethora IIoT, a company, designing and developing solutions for Industry 4.0, and Xilinx, provider of all programmable … Continue reading IIC launches smart factory machine learning testbed

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The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), a global organisation transforming business and society by accelerating the adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), has announced the Smart Factory Machine Learning for Predictive Maintenance Testbed. The testbed is led by two companies, Plethora IIoT, a company, designing and developing solutions for Industry 4.0, and Xilinx, provider of all programmable technology.

This innovative testbed explores machine-learning techniques and evaluates algorithmic approaches for time-critical predictive maintenance. This knowledge leads to actionable insight enabling companies to move away from traditional preventative maintenance to predictive maintenance, which minimises unplanned downtime and optimises system operation. This would ultimately help manufacturers increase availability, improve energy efficiency and extend the lifespan of high-volume CNC manufacturing production systems.

“Testbeds are the major focus and activity of the IIC and its members. We provide the opportunity for both small and large companies to collaborate and help solve problems that will drive the adoption of IoT applications in many industries”, said IIC executive director Dr. Richard Mark Soley. “The smart factory of the future will require advanced analytics, like those this testbed aims to provide, to identify system degradation before system failure. This type of machine learning and predictive maintenance could extend beyond the manufacturing floor to have a broader impact to other industrial applications.”

“Downtime costs some manufacturers as much as US$22 000 (A$27 600) per minute. Therefore, unexpected failures are one of the main players in maintenance costs because of their negative impact due to reactive and unplanned maintenance action. Being able to predict system degradation before failure has a strong positive impact on machine availability: increasing productivity and decreasing downtime, breakdowns and maintenance costs,” said Plethora IIoT team leader Javier Diaz. “We’re excited to lead this testbed with Xilinx and work alongside some of the leading players in IIoT technologies. This is a unique opportunity to test together machine learning technologies with those involved in the testbed at different development levels starting from the lab through production environments, where a real deployment solution is utilised. As a result, from these experiences, we can significantly reduce the time-to-market of Plethora IIoT solutions oriented to maximise smart factory competitiveness.”

”Xilinx is committed to providing the Industrial IoT industry with our latest All Programmable SoC and MPSoC platforms – ideal for sensor fusion, real-time, high-performance processing, and machine learning from the edge to the cloud,” stated Dan Isaacs, Director of Corporate Strategic Marketing and Market Development for IIoT and Machine Learning at Xilinx. “The combination of these highly configurable capabilities drives the intelligence of the smart factory.”

Additional IIC member companies participating in this testbed are: Bosch, Microsoft, National Instruments, RTI, System View, GlobalSign, Aicas, Thingswise, Titanium Industrial Security, and iVeia. They provide technologies to enable the Smart Factory Machine Learning testbed, including:

  • Factory automation
  • OT and IT security
  • Edge to cloud machine learning and analytics
  • Time-sensitive networking (TSN)
  • Data acquisition
  • Smart sensor technology
  • Design implementation
  • Embedded programmable SoC technology
  • Secure authentication

Plethora IIoT and Xilinx are currently participating at EMO Hannover 2017 and will provide more information on this testbed at the trade show. IIC testbeds are where the innovation and opportunities of the Industrial Internet – new technologies, new applications, new products, new services, new processes – can be initiated, thought through, and rigorously tested to ascertain their usefulness and viability before coming to market.

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Storing lightning inside thunder https://pacetoday.com.au/storing-lightning-inside-thunder/ https://pacetoday.com.au/storing-lightning-inside-thunder/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:16:48 +0000 http://pacetoday.com.au/?p=44479 Researchers at the University of Sydney have slowed digital information carried as light waves by transferring the data into sound waves in an integrated circuit, or microchip. It is the first time this has been achieved. Transferring information from the optical to acoustic domain and back again inside a chip is critical for the development … Continue reading Storing lightning inside thunder

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Researchers at the University of Sydney have slowed digital information carried as light waves by transferring the data into sound waves in an integrated circuit, or microchip. It is the first time this has been achieved.

Transferring information from the optical to acoustic domain and back again inside a chip is critical for the development of photonic integrated circuits: microchips that use light instead of electrons to manage data.

These chips are being developed for use in telecommunications, optical fibre networks and cloud computing data centres where traditional electronic devices are susceptible to electromagnetic interference, produce too much heat or use too much energy.

“The information in our chip in acoustic form travels at a velocity five orders of magnitude slower than in the optical domain,” said Dr Birgit Still, research fellow at the University of Sydney and supervisor of the project.

“It is like the difference between thunder and lightning,” she said.

This delay allows for the data to be briefly stored and managed inside the chip for processing, retrieval and further transmission as light waves.

Light is an excellent carrier of information and is useful for taking data over long distances between continents through fibre-optic cables.

But this speed advantage can become a nuisance when information is being processed in computers and telecommunication systems.

To help solve these problems, lead authors Moritz Merklein and Stiller, both from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) have now demonstrated a memory for digital information that coherently transfers between light and sound waves on a photonic microchip.

The chip was fabricated at the Australian National University’s Laser Physics Centre, also part of the CUDOS Centre of Excellence.

“Building an acoustic buffer inside a chip improves our ability to control information by several orders of magnitude,” said Merklein.

“Our system is not limited to a narrow bandwidth. So unlike previous systems this allows us to store and retrieve information at multiple wavelengths simultaneously, vastly increasing the efficiency of the device,” said Stiller.

Fibre optics and the associated photonic information – data delivered by light – have huge advantages over electronic information: bandwidth is increased, data travels at the speed of light and there is no heat associated with electronic resistance. Photons, unlike electrons, are also immune to interference from electromagnetic radiation.

However, the advantages of light-speed data have their own in-built problem: you need to slow things down on a computer chip so that you can do something useful with the information.

In traditional microchips this is done using electronics. But as computers and telecommunication systems become bigger and faster, the associated heat is making some systems unmanageable. The use of photonic chips – bypassing electronics – is one solution to this problem being pursued by large companies such as IBM and Intel.

“For this to become a commercial reality, photonic data on the chip needs to be slowed down so that they can be processed, routed, stored and accessed,” said Merklein.

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