Friday, 27 November 2020

Connections to the moon!

Within a short time SMP connectors from Rosenberger will be taking a long trip: the first ever LTE cellular network on the moon will be operational by the end of 2022. Long-term tested and successfully qualified SMP connectors for aerospace applications will be core components for enabling fast, precise and highly reliable satellite communication across the universe. LTE cellular networks provide the technology required for high-speed transmission of huge data rates: necessary for vital command, control functions and remote control of lunar vehicles for scientific research applications; real-time navigation; and streaming of high definition videos from the lunar surface to earth. 

Rosenberger is the only manufacturer of SMP connectors certified by ESA (European Space Agency) for space applications. Further connector series from Rosenberger - SMA, RPC-2.92 and TNC - are also qualified by the ESA standard ESCC 3402 (European Space Components Coordination) and fulfill the high requirements of the aerospace industry.

For many years, Rosenberger connectors have been providing a precise and reliable service in various space missions. For example, since 2013, the company has supplied 25,000 SMP connectors for Iridium satellites. Furthermore, Rosenberger connectors have been incorporated into Global Star and Galileo projects for several years.

For the ExoMars mission 2020 - postponed to 2022 - SMP as well as SMA connectors are qualified for use on board. Connectors from Rosenberger will therefore play an essential role in the scientific search for biological life on the red planet.

In 2016, Rosenberger had been part of the Russian-European ExoMars mission: On 14 th March 2016, ESA launched the “Trace Gas Orbiter” and the landing demonstrator module “Schiaparelli” to Mars. On board were ESA certified SMP connectors from Rosenberger which supported the communications with ESA ground control.

The goal of the next ExoMars mission in 2022 is to search for evidence of methane and other trace atmospheric gases that could be signatures of active biological or geological processes. The testing of key technologies in preparation for ESA's future missions to Mars will also be an important goal of the expedition.

One challenge in developing and producing connectors for spaceflight applications is the selection of appropriate materials and their assembly to meet the strict requirements for cleanliness. Rosenberger's connectors have therefore been comprehensively tested for compliance with the high electrical requirements of aerospace applications.

@ESA_ExoMars @esa @mepaxIntPR #Rosenberger #Aerospace

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Change at top in connectors leader.

Harting Ltd, the British arm of the German owned electrical and electronic connector technology company, will be under new management from January 2021. Current Managing Director, Peter Hannon, announced his retirement earlier this year and will step down in December. He will be succeeded by Simon Asbury, who will step up from his current role as Director of Sales and Marketing.

Simon Asbury
Simon Asbury has worked in the electronics and electrical sector since 1988, gaining experience in a range of engineering and sales roles. He joined Harting Ltd in 1997 as a Sales Engineer, before taking over management of Harting’s distributors.

In 2001 he became Field Sales Manager, with responsibility for the electrical arm of the business, before a promotion to Director of Sales and Market Development in 2007. Since 2018, he has held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing.

Following the announcement, Simon commented; “I would like to begin by thanking Peter for his successful time as Managing Director of Harting Ltd; myself and the team wish him a long and healthy retirement. I am delighted to be appointed as the next Managing Director of Harting Ltd. Alongside the great team in the UK, we will continue to develop our digital strategy including marketing, ecommerce and technical support. We will bring market-leading connectivity and networking solutions to our customers to enable them to digitise, modularise, miniaturise and customise their products and operations. We will also continue to invest in our manufacturing facility in Northampton to bring design support and manufacturing close to our UK and Ireland customers.”

Simon has worked alongside with Peter for several years, which will allow a smooth transition of the business and continuity of leadership. 

Peter Hannon
Peter Hannon has worked for Harting for over 22 years, joining initially as Financial Controller in September 1998. Three years later he became Finance Director, before being appointed Managing Director in October 2005.

Commenting on his time at Harting, he said: “Fifteen years has flown by and a lot has happened during that time. The company has matured and grown significantly and it has exciting plans for the future. I thought it was time for someone else to have a go and I am delighted that Harting have chosen Simon as the next Managing Director. I am proud of what the Harting UK team has achieved together and there are excellent prospects for the future under Simon’s leadership.”


Oscilloscope probes.

Yokogawa has launched a new range of high frequency, high voltage differential oscilloscope probes, combining proven features of its existing probes with new capabilities. The new range replaces six probes with three, offering a simpler choice for development engineers looking to test high performance systems.

“These new probes take our already excellent products to new levels,” says Terry Marrinan, Yokogawa’s Vice President, Test & Measurement, for Europe & Africa. “Manufacturers needing accurate testing of high voltage, high frequency signals or precision monitoring of very low currents now have the features they need in convenient, easy to use probes. With these tools, manufacturers can easily test a wide range of products to meet the needs of new industries and consumers.” 

Recent trends for higher voltages in electric vehicles, railway inverters, new energy sources such as renewable solar and high-voltage commercial power lines such as 400 Vrms have shown the need for oscilloscope probes that can handle these high voltages.

Building on the proven 701927, the 701977 is designed for the evaluation of inverters, including 3.3 kV railway drive inverters, as well as the measurement of high voltage surge noise waveforms.

The 701977 offers a maximum input voltage of 7,000V peak at 50 MHz, with an attenuation ratio of 100:1/1000:1. High voltage black and red alligator clips are supplied as standard. 

701978 differential probes

Another development of the 701927, the 701978 meets the needs of renewable energy, high voltage photovoltaic systems. The 701978 offers a maximum differential voltage of 1,500V at 150MHz, with an attenuation ratio of 50:1/500:1. The new probe offers the same accessories as the existing 701927 – Pinchertip (Red, Black), a 1 m extension lead, a 100 Ω resistance adapter and a 150 Ω resistance adapter.

Both these probes are powered from the power terminal of DLM oscilloscopes’ or from separate external power supply and use BNC type connecters.

The 701925 is a new high frequency differential probe. It offers a 500 MHz bandwidth and a wide input voltage range of +/- 35V, with an attenuation ratio of 50:1. This makes the probe ideal for measuring high-speed floating and differential signals such as CAN FD, making it possible to measure large surges accurately, something which existing differential probes can struggle to achieve.

Accessories are as supplied with the 701924 and include 10-cm pair leads, 5-cm pair leads, red and black micro clip and 6-cm ground extension lead. The 701925 is powered through the Yokogawa probe interface of DLM oscilloscopes.

Also launched are two new current probes, offering a wide range combined with high-sensitivity current measurement.

The 702915 and 702916 are three-range current probes designed for low current measurement in the development of consumer products, IoT devices and automotive systems. The new probes offer 10 times the sensitivity of conventional current probes as well as having a higher Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) than existing products.

The bandwidth of the 702915 is DC to 50 MHz (-3 dB), with that of the 702916 being DC to 120 MHz (-3 dB). With three ranges - 0.5A, 5A and 30A - the probes enable a single instrument, an oscilloscope or a Yokogawa ScopeCorder, to analyze all current levels from standby to inrush. 

This makes the probes ideal for many current measurement applications, from measurement of standby-current of home appliances, automotive parts such as ECUs and industrial equipment, measurement of current consumption and standby current for low power IoT devices and control signal currents and inrush currents in motors and industrial equipment.

For example, combining the high sensitivity of the Yokogawa DLM5000 and the new probes allows manufacturers to measure very low currents of less than a milliamp, providing analysis of the extremely low standby currents found in vehicle keyless entry systems.

@Yokogawa_Europe @NapierPR #TandM #PAuto

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Marine power supply and battery charger.

Delta has announced the successful completion of a joint development project with WhisperPower, a leading Netherlands-based manufacturer of ultra-quiet off-grid power electronics, on the new WP-BC Supreme Pro battery charger. Combining the expertise of both companies, led to the successful development of the premium marine power supply and battery charger, which is ideal for systems in commercial shipping, industrial applications and the leisure marine markets. 

Unique in its size, versatility and robustness, the Supreme Pro Battery Charger pushes technological boundaries and sets a new industry benchmark.

“Within our market sector, we see that little is being renewed in the field of charging technology for professional applications," explained Roel ter Heide, Director-Owner of WhisperPower. "That is why, a few years ago, WhisperPower’s design team set about developing a new range of safe and robust 24V WP-BC Supreme Pro chargers. They ensured the highest interference suppression (Class B) and standard UL conformity. For the professional maritime sector, the chargers offer full DNV, GL, and ABS certification. The compact and silent Supreme Pro is equipped with the required alarms and a volt/ampere meter at the front. It’s the perfect main charger/power supply for a GMDSS system with back-up battery.”

“WhisperPower reached out to Delta for its expertise in power supplies, product development, and manufacturing,” said Kevin Hsu, Engineering Manager at Delta Electronics. “The marine environment presents unique challenges when it comes to power supply. This collaboration was a great experience for us, as both companies could learn from each other’s expertise and the result was a truly exceptional product.”

The WhisperPower engineering team and Delta Power Supply R&D engineers needed to ensure the new charger matched the high performance and quality standards of a truly premium product. The products were developed through detailed simulation and selection of performance-driven components. Delta’s team assisted to meet EMI Class B, IP23, thermal and impressive acoustic requirements on the battery chargers and utilized its signature energy efficiency capabilities to make the product environmentally friendly. Both companies set out to create not only a market-conformant product, but a really innovative solution. After optimisation and multiple safety approvals, an uncompromising result that fully reflected WhisperPower’s vision was achieved.

The 24-volt WP Premium Pro BC is designed for systems in commercial shipping, industrial applications, and leisure marine markets. It can charge any type of battery including wet led acid, AGM, gel, and li-ion. The completely silent unit is the most compact of its type and delivers high efficiency. The new battery charger comes with a five-year warranty and is available immediately through the global WhisperPower distribution network.

@DeltaEMEA @WhisperPowerIbe @mepaxIntPR #PSU #Marine #PAuto

Analogue-to-digital converter.

Analog Devices (ADI) has introduced the AD7134 alias-free analogue-to-digital converter (ADC) that significantly simplifies front-end design and speeds up time to market for precision DC-350kHz applications. Traditional precision data-acquisition signal chain design is a time-consuming activity as designers balance anti-alias filter requirements, passive component tolerances, phase and gain errors, as well as high-speed ADC drive requirements. The AD7134 introduces a new architecture for precision ADCs that fundamentally changes the design process. The new device removes the need for anti-alias filter, and its resistive input significantly simplifies ADC drive.

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• Read the technical article about AC and DC data acquisition signal chains
The AD7134 is a quad-channel, 24-bit precision ADC with output data rate scalable from 10SPS to 1.5MSPS. Inherent anti-aliasing up to 102 dB eliminates the need for an external anti-alias filter, thus requiring 60 fewer passive components and five fewer active components. It also saves 70% board area, relative to a typical alternative implementation. Asynchronous sample-rate converter, simplifies multi-device synchronization, enables user to achieve coherent sampling system with ease, and simplifies isolation requirements.

AD7134 Key Features: • Alias-Free: inherent antialias rejection up to 102.5dB, typical • THD: -120dB typical (ideal for AC, vibration or acoustic measurements) • 108dB Dynamic Range (at ODR = 374kSPS) • Multiple Linear Phase Digital Filter Options (SINC6 for low latency, FIR for passband flatness) • Offset error drift: 0.7uV/°C typical • Gain drift: 2ppm/°C typical

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Nothing fishy about these awards!

Seeq Corporation has announced that it has ranked 76 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, and energy tech companies in North America now in its 26th year.

Seeq also announced it was chosen as a 2020 Red Herring Top 100 North America Winner which recognizes the continent’s most exciting and innovative private technology companies. 2020 Red Herring Top 100 winners were chosen from thousands of entrants, whittled down to hundreds, and then judged on a wide variety of criteria including financial performance, innovation, business strategy, and market penetration.

Earlier this year, Seeq landed at No. 261 on the Inc. 5000 list, a prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies published by Inc. magazine.

Seeq enables engineers and scientists in process manufacturing organizations to rapidly analyze, predict, collaborate, and share insights to improve production outcomes. Seeq customers include companies in the oil and gas, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, mining, food and beverage, and other process industries.

Now in its 26th year, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 provides a ranking of the fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, and energy tech companies — both public and private — in North America. Technology Fast 500 award winners are selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2016 to 2019.

In order to be eligible for Technology Fast 500 recognition, companies must own proprietary intellectual property or technology that is sold to customers in products that contribute to a majority of the company’s operating revenues. Companies must have base-year operating revenues of at least $US50,000 and current-year operating revenues of at least $US5 million. Additionally, companies must be in business for a minimum of four years and be headquartered within North America.
“Analytics software for manufacturing customers is an area overdue for innovation,” says Steve Sliwa, CEO and Co-Founder of Seeq. “Spreadsheets replaced pen and paper 30 years ago for analytics and haven’t changed much since. By leveraging big data, machine learning and computer science innovations, Seeq is enabling a new generation of software-led insights.”
Seeq’s innovation and market traction enabled it to close a Series B expansion in September with an investment from Cisco Investments and existing investors. Renewed participation came from Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, Altira Group, Chevron Technology Ventures, Second Avenue Partners, Next47, the venture group for Siemens, and other existing investors. The Series B expansion increased capitalization by approximately $30 million, which is in addition to previous Series B funding led by Altira Group and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, bringing the total investment in Seeq since its inception to approximately $65 million.
Seeq’s rapid growth is being fueled in part by its partnerships and commitment to cloud-based computing. Seeq is available in the AWS marketplace, is an AWS Industrial Competency Partner, and supports many AWS services including Redshift, Timestream, SageMaker, and others.
On Azure, Seeq has been available in the Azure Marketplace since 2018 and was recently recognized as a 2020 Microsoft Energy Partner of the Year Finalist. Support for Azure services includes Azure Synapse, Azure Data Lake, Azure Data Explorer, Azure Time Series Insights, Azure Notebooks for machine learning integration, and Power Automate.
In addition to cloud data services, Seeq connects to an extensive set of data storage platforms from vendors including OSIsoft, Siemens, GE, Honeywell, Inductive Automation, AVEVA, AspenTech, Yokogawa, InfluxDB, Snowflake, and others.
Seeq is available worldwide through a global partner network of system integrators, which provides training and resale support for Seeq in over 40 countries, in addition to its direct sales organization in North America and Europe.

@SeeqCorporation @DeloitteUS @digitalherring @Inc  #PAuto #USA

The right cable clamp.

Integration of electrical and electronic systems always involves wiring issues regarding such matters as strain relief, accessibility, routing, security and similar, so this new “Guide to choosing the right cable clamp” from Essentra Components (Ireland) is likely to be of interest to all relevant assembly and installation engineers.

This new guide discusses options for mounting cables on the panel boards of various types of enclosures, such as data centre server cabinets or outdoor telecom equipment cabinets.

The guide points out that using a cable clamp has some distinct advantages over cable mounts. For example, if you need to move, adjust, or add to the bundle while using a zip tie mount, you must cut the tie. On the other hand, many cable clamps can be opened to allow for easy adjustments. While ties can still be used for bundling, you'll often find you need fewer of them when bundles are secured with clamps. 

In many instances, they advise that making up a new enclosure is faster when using cable clamps. For example, once the wire cable clamp installation is complete — guided by a good set of layout diagrams — cable and wire installation consists of simply routing the cables and conductors and snapping them into place.

Many clamp designs are illustrated with notes on applications, while CAD downloads are indicated to assist in the design stages of a project.

@EssentraC @tradeandtech #PAuto