Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Finalists for awards.

Intelliconnect (Europe) have been nominated as finalists in four categories in the prestigious Electronics Industry Awards 2019.

• Interconnection Product of the Year for their Pisces Waterproof SMA RF and Microwave Connectors and Adaptors for harsh environments. Ideally suited to a vast range of applications including mil-aerospace, SCADA, marine, medical, transportation and oil and gas.

• Electronics Manufacturer of the Year. As one of the very few interconnect companies that continue to design and manufacture the majority of their products in their own factories

• Excellence in Innovation recognises the innovation that comes from within Intelliconnect across all departments and the company is very pleased to have this recognised by our customers and industry colleagues.

• Best Customer Service is of paramount importance to Intelliconnect and the company is dedicated to customer service above all else. Intelliconnect provides dedicated, expert support from initial enquiry, through the design and manufacture process and beyond.

Roy Phillips of Intelliconnect comments, "Our recent award of the SC21 Silver performance standard is a measure of the care and effort we put in to ensuring our customers get the best possible service from all aspects of our business and its good to see the results being recognised in this year’s awards. We continually strive to maintain our total commitment to innovation, high quality manufacturing and customer support and are diversifying into new, fast growing, markets including medical and cryogenics.”

@Intelli_Connect  #PAuto @proactivefleet

New brand, continued standard!

LEM has launched a new group brand identity.

Frank Rehfeld, Chief Executive Officer at LEM tells us that the changes come at an exciting time in LEM’s evolution and coincide with new prospects for the business. “Today is the starting point of a refreshed LEM. Given the changes in our markets, the time is right to improve the visibility of LEM with all of our stakeholders.”

The new group brand identity aims to improve LEM’s visibility and clearly define the LEM story for customers, suppliers, associates and employees.

The logo has been refreshed and includes a tag line which reflects LEM’s “Life, Energy, Motion” strapline.

• Life: How many of us desire life unplugged? Even brief downtimes can be quite unsettling. We love the ease, convenience, colour, brightness, speed, mobility, on-command, real-time connectedness that electricity provides. Streams of steady, safe, uninterrupted electric flow runs our devices, powers our vehicles, drives our factories, enhances our healthcare, recharges our batteries, sends our communications, lights our communities, warms and cools our buildings, and captures our imaginations.
None of this would be possible without electric sensors., many provided by LEM. As our quality of life improves, energy consumption per capita rises. LEM products help control this consumption and encourage renewable energy, providing continuous power supply.

• Energy: Smart grids, microturbines, wind and solar power all provide affordable and clean energy which is critical for a sustainable future. LEM is addressing this challenge by developing sensors that meet the most demanding standards of accuracy and safety, whilst adapting to higher power densities in battery and charging systems. LEM is also engineering a range of compact semiconductor-based sensing solutions.

• Motion: Train, trams, buses, conventional cars, green cars, elevators. The world’s demand for electrical motion is ever increasing. LEM provides sensor solutions for mobility applications which can play a remote or close role in our everyday lives. LEM has a strong heritage of nearly 50 years as market leaders with best-in-class products. Today LEM is at the forefront of new sensors, combining hardware and software with added functionalities and value, to create new business opportunities for its customers.

Frank Rehfeld explained further,  “Electrical sensors are in high demand for renewable energy, reliable energy, distributed energy, energy efficiency, mobility, automation, and digitalization. The time is right to tell our story and give LEM the vibrant dynamic identity it deserves. We will continue to leverage our strengths, our heritage, market leadership, our technical knowledge, a broad portfolio and closeness to our customers. Moreover, in response to our fast-changing industry, and to ensure we keep pace with today’s shorter development and production cycles, we are improving our organization’s agility and speed to market. We are proud of our legacy and positive about the future. We are playing our part in helping our customers and society accelerate the transition to a sustainable future.”

@LEM_Inc #TandM  @NapierPR 

Phenomenal growth in China for systems house.

Zenith Technologies has reported 400 per cent growth in its Chinese operations in the last 3 years.
The company now has a presence working on sites across five Chinese cities – Shanghai, Suzhou, Xi’an, Hangzhou & Guangzhou - and employs a growing team to work across its client base supporting pharma and biotech companies with the implementation of technologies to improve manufacturing efficiencies such as Automation, IT, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Digital and Data Analysis.

Liang Zhou, China Manager with 
Trevor Marshall, Global Engineering Director.
With the Chinese life sciences market currently set as the world’s second largest national market, and with an expected value of $220 billion by 2022, Zenith plans to double its operations in the country over the next three years and expand its work with local companies as well as continuing to support global multinationals.

Liang Zhou, General Manager of Greater China said: “The Chinese market has been leading the way in revolutionary cell therapy innovations, which are changing the face of medicine delivery. There is growing interest in the adoption of automating processes in this area as companies build a new generation of facilities in line with stringent international standards with a view to supplying across the world.

“We are well placed to support clients here who would like to adopt these solutions and have already played an integral role in the development of technologies to oversee these key cell therapy innovations.”

Zenith’s success in China represents the company’s latest endeavour in the Asian market having first set up a presence on the continent in 2002 with the opening of its regional headquarters in Singapore.
In 2008 the company set up an office in India, which now hosts more than 100 employees and serves as a global support hub to deliver software projects anywhere in the world, featuring a remote engineering centre and 24/7 IT support desk service.

Zenith, founded in Ireland in 1998, has 16 offices worldwide with over 900 skilled employees delivering manufacturing software to the life sciences industry. Across Asia the company now has a total workforce of more than 200 professionals and is actively looking to new Asian markets to expand its footprint to support the burgeoning number of life science hubs.

Bryan McSwiney, Asia Director said: “After more than 15 years in the Asian market, a quarter of our global operations are now based here and the latest growth figures from China demonstrate that we go from strength to strength.

“We now have an established presence in five Chinese cities – a significant footprint within a relatively short space of time – as well as a thriving support hub in India and a widely recognised HQ in Singapore.

“With a solid foundation now firmly established in the Asian market, we look forward to building on our successes and working closely with local and multinational companies on the continent who can benefit from the diverse range of technologies we can introduce into manufacturing facilities.”

 @ZT_Global  #LifeScience #PAuto #Systems #China

Key appointments at platform software technologies leader.

Lynx Software Technologies has made key appointments to its leadership team and significantly expanded headcount at its headquarters in San Jose (CA USA). Neeraja Vemulapalli joins Lynx in a newly created role as Vice President, Program Management and Quality, and David Beal joins as Director of Product Marketing. Lynx has also significantly expanded its core software engineering team to support program delivery.

Neeraja Vemulapalli
Gurjot Singh, CEO at Lynx Software Technologies, said, “Lynx is at an exciting point in its history. We have launched and delivered Lynx MOSA.ic, a unique software development framework for developing and deploying comprehensible software systems, bringing capabilities that have allowed us to secure key subsystems within major US government and automotive industry programs. Neeraja and David are exceptionally talented individuals, and I look forward to their contribution as we work together to build on these successes and the positive momentum we are currently experiencing across our major markets.”

Neeraja Vemulapalli added, “Lynx has a reputation for exceptional quality and high standards in industries where safety and security are fundamental. I’m excited to be part of the team where my experience and industry background will bring improved program management, quality and support to our customers. Lynx culture of openness and willingness to change allows us to continuously improve, adapt, and help our customers succeed.”

David Beal
David Beal commented, “The Lynx MOSA.ic launch was a great step for the company. This unique and modular system approach has the potential to fundamentally change the way in which the industry builds and certifies complex systems in any market where safety and security are important. I’m looking forward to working with our teams and partners to make this a success.”

Neeraja Vemulapalli was at Wind River for 21 years. Her most recent position was Engineering Director, managing a large engineering team responsible for end-end development and delivery of core products.

David Beal joins from Xilinx, where he spent over seven years as Senior Product Manager, Embedded Products. David Beal brings over 25 years of embedded, field engineering and product management experience.

@LynxSoftware #Pauto 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

25 years in sound & vibration.

AcSoft Sound & Vibration is celebrating 25 years as one of Britain's leading specialists in high performance sound and vibration instrumentation and sensors for a wide range of sectors including environmental, automotive, aerospace, transport and telecommunications.

The company was established in 1994 by Managing Director, John Shelton, working from his home. Having spent many years with a competitor business in Britain and Denmark, he recognised that software-based measurement systems were the future.

Reflecting on the company’s early years, John comments: “There was definitely a demand for new, more innovative ways of doing things such as audio recording for noise nuisance and portable real-time analysis. Most of our software was in DOS then but we were the first business to offer a Windows-based laptop system that met the sound level meter standards.

“A firm believer in the power of marketing, we were also one of the first businesses in the industry to launch a website and produced regular newsletters which were very well received at the time.”

In those days, recording signals to disk, and real-time frequency analysis required high specification hardware and digital signal processing, but modern PCs easily outpaced dedicated hardware of even a few years ago.

During the past 25 years, John and his team have built on contacts in the industry and experience of advanced applications to develop a complementary range of products and software from top quality transducers through to final analysis and reporting software.

AcSoft has now grown into a multidisciplinary company offering solutions to large multinational businesses and small consultancies alike, along with applications advice, to ensure maximum return on investment.

In 2016, AcSoft opened an air conditioned, purpose-built noise and vibration calibration laboratory at its facility in Bedford. It can calibrate a variety of acoustic and vibration equipment to nationally traceable standards, including microphones, preamplifiers, calibrators and pistonphones, accelerometers, analysers and dosimeters, whilst offering competitive rates and fast turnaround times.

AcSoft also boasts a growing rental division designed to make it easier for customers to hire instrumentation, software and sensors to meet short and long term project monitoring needs. If fact, the company recently announced that revenue from its rental business doubled during 2018, with more growth forecast for the year ahead.

John continues: “We are delighted to be celebrating 25 years in business. Along with our loyal customer base, we attribute a lot of our success to our dedicated employees. We’ve always strived to put people first, building a talented workforce and nurturing a culture of first class customer service, loyalty, best of breed products and strong values.

“Plus we have always chosen our partners carefully which has allowed us to offer a high quality, solution-based approach, ensuring long-term growth and close relationships with both suppliers and customers alike.”

AcSoft offers a large portfolio of cutting-edge products from major brands, including Sinus Messtechnik, gfai tech, Microflown, Listen Inc., SEMEX EngCon, Sensidyne, Crystal Instruments, Look Line and Sources Line.

Long-standing customer Andy Officer, Senior Engineer at Arup says: “I have known John Shelton for over 35 years, since his early days at Bruel & Kjaer. As a fledging new kid on the very competitive noise and vibration block, he quickly managed to establish AcSoft as the ‘go to’ for an alternative suite of powerful instrumentation. As a result, AcSoft is now recognised internationally as an established and well respected company with real integrity.

“The team are very professional, providing excellent customer care, support and technical advice, alongside great products, which I have purchased from Acsoft from the very outset, starting all those 25 years ago with the ground breaking Svan 912. The company’s latest venture into the sound level meter calibration field is another testament to their commitment to providing customers and others with a competitive alternative for traceable calibrations, and backed by fast and efficient turnaround times.

“In fact, we have been so impressed with this new service that AcSoft now calibrates all our noise instrumentation. I look forward to the time when they perhaps provide UKAS calibrations too.”

AcSoft Sound and Vibration now has two sister companies. Svantek UK was formed in 2011 to expand the market for high quality noise and vibration instrumentation for environmental and occupational health monitoring applications.

GRAS Sound and Vibration UK Ltd, was established in 2014. A subsidiary of Denmark-based G.R.A.S Sound and Vibration A/S, it is a leading specialist in measurement microphones and related acoustic equipment.

“As a business we are in good shape for the future and we want to thank our customers, suppliers and employees. Without them, we would never have reached this significant milestone,” John concludes.

@Acsoft_Sound #PAuto @elhcomms 

87 million nodes.

ProfiBUS & ProfiNet International (PI) has concluded its annual notarised count of the installed base of devices with interfaces using communication technologies from PI. As in previous years, the numbers from 2018 indicate a very positive trend.

ProfiNET Nodes 2018
In the case of ProfiNet, the 5.1 million devices delivered in 2018 represent an increase of 0.6 million over the previous year’s record. By the end of 2018, a total of 26 million ProfiNet devices were working to automate production. Even the number of ProfiBUS devices installed during the year – 2.4 million – represented a rise compared to the previous year. Reaching nearly 61 million, the overall number passed yet another threshold. The total of the two annual figures of 7.5 million also represents an all-time high.

ProfiBUS’s trend in process automation also remains stable. Though the actual number delivered in 2018 – 0.8 million – was slightly less than the previous year, a total of 12.3 million ProfiBUS devices (i. e. 20% of the overall total of 61 million) are now being used in process systems.

With 2.2 million PROFIsafe nodes brought to market in 2018, which corresponds to growth of nearly 25% as compared to the previous year, PROFIsafe also saw its highest annual gain ever. In total, PROFIsafe passed the 10-million hurdle by a considerable margin with its 11 million nodes.

3.3 million IO-Link nodes were brought to market in 2018. The overall count amounts to 11.4 million IO-Link nodes.

ProfiBUS devices in PA 2018
As in the previous years, IO-Link likewise achieved two landmark achievements in 2018. On the one hand, 3.3 million IO-Link nodes were delivered, which amounts to growth of more than 40% year-on-year. And the overall count of 11.4 million IO-Link nodes means that the 10-million hurdle was passed by a considerable margin.

This motivates us to continue with resolve and to implement step by step the strategy presented at the PI Konferenz in Frankfurt (March 2019)," said Karsten Schneider, Chairman of ProfiBUS & ProfiNet International (PI). "The record-setting PI Konferenz attendance also confirms the broad acceptance of our technologies today and the trust in our organization to make the right decisions in the future as well, which in turn will be a crucial element for the economic success of our member companies. "

@AllThingsPROFI  #PAuto #Fieldbus  @ProfibusUK 

Sensors for small-scale process.

Balluff is expanding their range of sensors for media-contacting temperature detection, in hydraulic power units for example. New are a temperature sensor with display, a temperature transmitter as well as a PT1000 sensor .The version without display is especially compact and vibration-resistant, whereas the versions with the turnable and highly readable display offers high operating convenience and flexible installation.

Depending on the version, the BFT sensors provide PNP switching outputs, analog signals 0...10V/4...20mA or work as a PT1000 sensor. They are simple to install by threading into the process using a standard process connection with G- and NPT threads. Integrating them requires just a 4-pin M12 plug on the sensor.

Continuous monitoring of process media on machines and equipment contributes greatly to process security. Values that need to be maintained are pressure, level and temperature. When for example in a hydraulic system you need to monitor the temperature of the hydraulic fluid, you can do this reliably using our BFT media-contacting temperature sensors. Monitoring the temperature within the hydraulic loop guarantees correct fluid viscosity and thereby the best performance of a machine. Critical process conditions such as a temperature limit can be controlled directly via the switching output. An analog output provides continuous measurement results. The BFT temperature sensors also stand out when it comes to monitoring the cooling water, lubricants and compressed air, making them ideal for a variety of applications.

@Balluff #PAuto