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SIL (Safety Integrity Level) Part 1: Random Hardware Integrity

SIL achievement requires that the design of a safety function meets three specific criteria as outlined in the standard. This section will concentrate on number 1 – Random Hardware Integrity. What is functional safety? Functional safety is the active detection of potentially dangerous conditions, resulting in a demand for a protective mechanism or function to prevent or reduce the impact of hazardous events that might occur. Forming part of the overall safety of equipment under control (EUC), functional safety has focused on electronics and related software. IEC 61508 is an international standard for “Functional Safety or electrical/electronic/programmable electronic safety-related systems”.

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Horner

The Importance of Industrial Automation

Why Industrial Automation Is Needed The idea of automation has a history of making workers anxious. This is because when some people hear “automation” they think “layoffs”, but the truth is that industrial automation can make their jobs easier and increases productivity. The addition of automation to an existing manufacturing workforce increases 2% on average per year. Industrial Automation Tools Industrial Automation uses control systems such as computers, robots, and information technology. An example of this is our Horner OCS controllers which are used to control different types of processes and machinery. These control systems are used to perform tasks

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Programmable Logic Controller (PLCs)

How To Convert Analog Signals Into Engineering Units

Utilizing Scale Instructions to convert analog sign into engineering units Relating 4-20mA Analog input signals to engineering units has proven to be difficult for users. At first glance, this seems like a simple task- apply a mathematical formula to an analog input value to convert the result into engineering units. The execution of this “simple task” rarely seems simple at all. Thankfully with Horner’s Cscape SCALE instruction, the need for algebra or any math is eliminated. Utilizing Scale Instructions Scale instruction is configured in ladder logic. The Scale instruction has the following parameters (see table 1 below): This will allow

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Gas Mixing Chambers for Homogeneous Gas Mixtures
Gas Mixing

Gas Mixing Chambers for Homogeneous Gas Mixtures

Gas Mixing Today we want to discuss Gas Mixing. This has become a popular application for our clients. Bronkhorst is a market leader in Thermal Mass Flow Meters/Controllers and Electronic Pressure Controllers. Bronkhorst has vast experience in designing precise measurement and control devices. Our partnership with Bronkhorst is able to offer innovative solutions for many different applications for many different markets Homogenous Gas Mixtures We have noticed an increasing demand for special gas mixtures. Our Bronkhorst products are ideal for such applications. The process of gas mixing is more than just taking two different gas flows. There are many factors

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CEM

Benefits Of Using A Controlled Evaporation vs. a Bubbler

Vapors are normally created using a bubbler system. There are many household items that can be used to create a bubbler systems, but an advanced bubbler will cost thousands of dollars. Bubbler Systems still have their advantages when vaporizing very corrosive fluids. These systems can be used with corrosion resistant tubing from the liquid source to the customer process. While it has this advantage, it also has a list of disadvantages compared to the Controlled Evaporation Mixer. What is a Controlled Evaporation  Mixer System? The CEM System designed by Bronkhorst is a Liquid delivery system that can be applied to

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Programmable Logic Controller (PLCs)

Why Industrial Automation is Crucial To The Success Of Your Business

Automation has been a hot topic of discussion for a large part of the last couple of decades. It’s a topic that has a way of making workers feel uneasy. When workers hear Automation, they tend to think “Layoffs”, but the truth is that automation makes the workers job easier and increases productivity. Automation leads to higher Productivity Industrial automation uses control systems such as computers or robots and information technology, like Horner’ s OCS controllers, for controlling different types of processes and machinery. These control systems can perform tasks that humans simply cannot on their own. An example of

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Programmable Logic Controller (PLCs)

5 Keys To Overcoming Traditional PLC Limitations

Traditional PLC configurations struggle to meet automation requirements without adding external, sometimes third-party hardware and software to complete an entire control system. Automation systems are no longer solely about simple ladder logic used to replace relays- modern automation systems are designed for speed of implementation, flexibility, scalability, and connectivity; all while providing detailed user-facing information, in real-time. To meet these requirements, engineers and integrators have become adept at coupling many different products from multiple manufacturers to appear seamless. When multiple software and hardware solutions are combines from different manufacturers or even disparate products from the same manufacturer, the level of

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Programmable Logic Controller (PLCs)

Large & In Charge: The Horner EXL10 OCS Controller

The EXL10 OCS Controller is powerful, rugged, and the second-largest model (after the new XL+) in our popular XL line of products. With a 10” LCD TFT color graphics display, 5 function keys, 2 RS-232/485 ports, 1MB of application memory, and supported Online Programming Mode, the EXL10 is a premium choice benefitting most industrial applications. You can also perfectly pair the EXL10 with the remote capabilities of WebMI – empowering you to take control of the unit right from your smartphone! Logic engine features 1MB of application memory with a 0.013mS/K logic scan. Online Programming Mode (making logic changes on

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Programmable Logic Controller (PLCs)

Red Lion Expands CR3000 HMI Platform

New J1939, CAN, PROFIBUS® DP, HSPA+ and DeviceNet™ Plug-In Modules Offer Additional Equipment Integration Choices Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced that it has expanded its CR3000 Human Machine Interface (HMI) operator panel capabilities with five new communication modules, offering support for some of today’s most popular industrial protocols. Designed for use with the CR3000 HMI platform, the plug-in modules provide the connectivity customers need to add powerful monitoring and control functionality to their automation systems. Red Lion’s new modules support the rising demand for device interoperability, allowing

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