Sensors Expo Fall 2002: NI, 12 vendors advocate smart analog sensor adoption

09/26/2002


Boston, MA— National Instruments (NI, Austin, TX) introduced its new Plug & Play sensors program on Sept. 24 at Sensors Expo Fall 2002 . Plug & Play is a collaborative effort between NI and a dozen sensor vendors to gain widespread adoption of IEEE P1451.4. Using this proposed sensors standard, systems integrators and developers can automatically configure measurement and automation systems for analog sensors, making data acquisition systems easier to set up, configure and maintain.

Plug & Play is an initiative to create and promote an open standard for intelligent and easy-to-use analog sensor, which users can integrate into their measurement systems as easily as connecting a mouse to a computer. IEEE P1451.4 proposes that sensors include an embedded, low-cost memory chip, which contains standardized transducer electronic data sheets (TEDS) that store important sensor information and parameters for self-identification and self-description. TEDS eliminate the need to manually input this data when configuring a system.

"Our customers have long needed these 'intelligent' sensors to automate calibration of data input,' says Martin Armson, Sensotec's marketing director. 'Embedded, standardized TEDS information in IEEE P1451.4 sensors not only reduces system configuration time for our customers, but also increases the general integrity and reliability of their systems by reducing human error.'

So far, 12 sensor vendors have joined the Plug & Play program to integrate new sensor technology and promote widespread adoption of the IEEE P1451.4 standard, so they can deliver improved system configuration and diagnostics, reduced downtime, and improved sensor data management to their customers.

These 12 initial vendors are:

  • Celesco,

  • Endevco,

  • Kistler,

  • Lebow,

  • Macro Sensors,

  • Measurement Specialties,

  • PCB Piezotronics,

  • Sensotec,

  • Transducer Techniques,

  • Watlow,

  • Weed Instrument, and

  • Wilcoxon.

In another part of the Plug & Play program, NI and these sensor vendors are exploring how to expand plug and play capability to legacy sensors. Using a proposed online database of sensor vendors' model data at www.ni.com, users will be able to download TEDS binary files or Virtual TEDS to their systems to instantly give plug and play capabilities to legacy sensors. With Virtual TEDS, engineers can take advantage of new sensor technology with their traditional measurement hardware, providing a smooth transition to the next generation of measurement and automation systems.

In addition, NI has introduced two new engineering tools to easily integrate plug and play sensors into computer-based data acquisition applications. With the TEDS library for LabVIEW, users can implement basic TEDS management functions into LabVIEW applications, and can read and write TEDS information from those applications. NI also created the NI Plug & Play Sensor Development Kit, a complete data acquisition system for evaluating, using, and developing technologies based on the IEEE P1451.4 specification. This system communicates with smart TEDS sensors, reads and manages TEDS data, and even creates and reprograms TEDS sensors.

"By establishing the IEEE P1451.4 standard; creating new sensor technology using TEDS data; and developing new software and hardware to implement smart sensors into data acquisition systems, the Plug & Play program delivers benefits for users of next-generation sensors, as well as for the large base of installed legacy sensors,' says John Graff, NI's marketing vp.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor
jmontague@reedbusiness.com





The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by Control Engineering subscribers. Vote now (if qualified)!
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Maximize ROI with integrated control system approach; Microcontrollers vs. PLCs; Power quality; Accelerate and rewire IIoT; Traits for excellent engineers
HMI effectiveness; Distributed I/O; Engineers' Choice Award finalists; System Integrator advice; Inside Machines
Women in engineering; Engineering Leaders Under 40; PID benefits and drawbacks; Ladder logic; Cloud computing
Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) represent the logic (decision) part of the control loop of sense, decide, and actuate. As we know, PLCs aren’t the only option for making decisions in a control loop, but they are likely why you’re here.
This digital report explains how plant engineers and subject matter experts (SME) need support for time series data and its many challenges.
This article collection contains several articles on how advancements in vision system designs, computing power, algorithms, optics, and communications are making machine vision more cost effective than ever before.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Control room technology innovation; Practical approaches to corrosion protection; Pipeline regulator revises quality programs
Cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by Control Engineering subscribers. Vote now (if qualified)!
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Maximize ROI with integrated control system approach; Microcontrollers vs. PLCs; Power quality; Accelerate and rewire IIoT; Traits for excellent engineers
HMI effectiveness; Distributed I/O; Engineers' Choice Award finalists; System Integrator advice; Inside Machines
Women in engineering; Engineering Leaders Under 40; PID benefits and drawbacks; Ladder logic; Cloud computing
Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) represent the logic (decision) part of the control loop of sense, decide, and actuate. As we know, PLCs aren’t the only option for making decisions in a control loop, but they are likely why you’re here.
This digital report explains how plant engineers and subject matter experts (SME) need support for time series data and its many challenges.
This article collection contains several articles on how advancements in vision system designs, computing power, algorithms, optics, and communications are making machine vision more cost effective than ever before.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Control room technology innovation; Practical approaches to corrosion protection; Pipeline regulator revises quality programs
Cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by Control Engineering subscribers. Vote now (if qualified)!
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Maximize ROI with integrated control system approach; Microcontrollers vs. PLCs; Power quality; Accelerate and rewire IIoT; Traits for excellent engineers
HMI effectiveness; Distributed I/O; Engineers' Choice Award finalists; System Integrator advice; Inside Machines
Women in engineering; Engineering Leaders Under 40; PID benefits and drawbacks; Ladder logic; Cloud computing
Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) represent the logic (decision) part of the control loop of sense, decide, and actuate. As we know, PLCs aren’t the only option for making decisions in a control loop, but they are likely why you’re here.
This digital report explains how plant engineers and subject matter experts (SME) need support for time series data and its many challenges.
This article collection contains several articles on how advancements in vision system designs, computing power, algorithms, optics, and communications are making machine vision more cost effective than ever before.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Control room technology innovation; Practical approaches to corrosion protection; Pipeline regulator revises quality programs
Cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me