Monday, March 27, 2017

Toxic gas in freight containers.

Dangerous levels of toxic gases in freight containers represent a major threat to port and transport workers, customs officials, warehousemen, store employees and consumers. However, the risks posed by these gases can be effectively assessed with Gasmet FTIR multigas analysers.

Gasmet has therefore published a video, a white paper and a case study; providing comprehensive help and advice for any employers that need to assess such risks in order to protect the health and welfare of staff and customers.
The air quality inside freight containers varies enormously, depending on the goods, the packing materials, transit time, temperature, humidity and the possible presence of fumigants. Consequently, many containers contain hazardous levels of toxic gases.

Traditional monitoring techniques employ a ‘hit and miss’ approach, but in the new video published by Gasmet Technologies, the advantages of simultaneous multigas analysis are explained. This monitoring capability is provided by the Gasmet DX4040, a portable FTIR analyzer capable of detecting and measuring hundreds of compounds. This ability is demonstrated in the video with containers ‘spiked’ with common contaminants.
@Gasmet_Tech  #PAuto #Safety

Toolkit for OPC UA development in embedded systems

Softing’s OPC UA embedded toolkit is based on the ANSI C standard and features a low memory footprint as well as minimal requirements for computing power. This makes it particularly suitable not just in firmware development for sensors and field devices but also for use in control or I/O systems with limited resources.

Users benefit from the utilisation of predesigned and tested toolkit functions and can use these to significantly shorten the time-to-market of their development projects. The toolkit supports the OPC Foundation’s Nano Embedded Device Server Profile security features and publisher functionality from the UA v1.04 (release candidate) specification. Support is also available for developing service functionality for client/server communication.

Hans-Werner Auberg, Managing Director, Softing Industrial: “By offering support for the OPC UA pub/sub model, the new embedded toolkit considerably extends the deployment options available for OPC UA in automation. This already applies for applications without stringent real-time requirements. But the development of TSN (Time-Sensitive Networking) as an underlying standard for time-deterministic Ethernet communication is now hinting at a wider range of interesting deployment options. Softing Industrial is at the cutting edge of developments here and aims to make OPC UA also usable with pub/sub functionality in automation.”


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Measuring corrosion under insulation.

Ashtead Technology has expanded its equipment rental pool following a significant investment in the latest Pulsed Eddy Current (PEC) technology to deliver faster, more accurate asset integrity inspections.

The company will now supply the Eddyfi Lyft™, an inspection tool for identifying corrosion under insulation (CUI), a major asset integrity issue for the oil and gas, and petrochemical sectors.

CUI is a type of corrosion that occurs as a result of a moisture build-up on the external surface of insulated equipment. The corrosion is most commonly galvanic, chloride, acidic, or alkaline, and if undetected, the consequences can lead to the shutdown of a process unit or an entire facility.

Lyft™ can be used to accurately measure corrosion and wall thickness on insulated pipes without the need to remove insulation, significantly reducing time and costs. It’s suitable for use on a number of materials including metal, aluminium, stainless steel and galvanised steel weather jackets, to provide real-time C-scan imaging, wall thickness measurements and fast data acquisition (up to 15 readings per second).

Allan Pirie, chief executive of Ashtead Technology said: “This investment underlines our commitment to the subsea and non-destructive testing markets, by offering the latest, cost-effective technologies ensures our customers are getting the most efficient, reliable solution available.
“CUI is one of the most difficult processes to prevent. No matter the precautions taken, water invariably seeps into the insulation and corrosion occurs.

“With traditional methods it was near on impossible to identify and measure the severity of corrosion without physically removing the insulation, however Eddyfi Lyft™ provides a fast, reliable and flexible solution.”

Headquartered in Québec (CDN), with offices in France, USA, and the UAE, Eddyfi focuses on offering high-performance eddy current and electromagnetic solutions for the inspection of critical components and assets.

Jim Costain, vice president of sales for Eddyfi, said: “We are thrilled that Ashtead Technology has added the Lyft to its range of Eddyfi inspection tools. This provides Ashtead’s large customer base with access to this unique, cost-effective technology, alongside its highly skilled technical support team.”


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Dedicated test & measurement support section.

HBM has content focussed website, which enables visitors to simply and conveniently searches for support material and downloads, such as relevant product information, relevant software and firmware information and product data sheets.

As more and more new product developments are being produced electronically by Computer aided Engineering (CAE) systems, customers can also save valuable time by simply signing in to obtain immediate access to important CAD models and drawings.

In addition to this, visitors can also quickly and conveniently search for important calibration certificates by serial number and simply download, eliminating the need to search manually for important documentation.

For immediate access to all technical information, visit the site and simply register with an email address and password.

Covering a range of sensors, transducers, strain gauges, amplifiers and data acquisition systems and relevant software, HBM's product range comprises solutions for the entire measurement chain, from virtual to physical testing.

 @HBMmeasurement #TandM #Pauto

Panel LED.

Wilbrecht LEDCO has introduced its new 14mm mount CL series panel LED for industrial and outdoor applications.

The CL series incorporates a 10mm LED available in red, green, yellow, blue and bicolor options. Pre-wired with internal resistors, the indicators can be configured for voltages up to 60 VDC or 120/240 VAC.

The robust M14 size metal housing is designed for panel thicknesses up to .394" (10mm) and is resistant to shock and vibration. Fully filled with epoxy and equipped with a front sealing gasket, the indicator offers IP67 front and back sealing for outdoor use.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Agreement introduces corrosion measurement.

Yokogawa has signed a mutual sales agreement with Rohrback Cosasco Systems, a leading US-based manufacturer of corrosion monitoring systems and equipment.

Under this agreement, Yokogawa will distribute Cosasco’s ISA Wireless™-based MWT-3905 and CWT-9020 corrosion monitors and Cosasco will distribute Yokogawa ISA Wireless-based field wireless system devices. ISA100 Wireless is a technology that is based on the ISA100.11a standard. It includes ISA100.11a-2011-communications, an application layer with process control industry standard objects, device descriptions and capabilities, a gateway interface, infrared provisioning, and a backbone router.

Yokogawa can thus add corrosion sensors to its lineup of field wireless devices that help customers efficiently maintain facilities and ensure safety at their plants. For Cosasco, the ability to offer its corrosion monitors in combination with Yokogawa field wireless devices is expected to increase sales.

Yokogawa has developed ISA100 Wireless-based technologies and products such as wireless access points and management stations, and Cosasco has a long global track record in supplying various kinds of corrosion monitors to the oil and gas, petrochemical, chemical, and other industries.

Through this agreement, Yokogawa aims to increase sales for its field wireless business by being able to offer a wider field wireless device lineup. Cosasco, on the other hand, aims to drive up sales for its wireless corrosion monitors by being able to offer them in combination with Yokogawa field wireless devices that are used to link field devices with host systems. Monitoring of corrosion is vital in facilities at offshore platforms and other types of oil and gas installations, petrochemical plants, chemical plants, and water and sewage treatment plants

Features of Cosasco’s Wireless Corrosion Monitors
Corrosion sensors monitor the thinning or deterioration of the metal walls of pipes and other installations. A variety of technologies are employed, including electrical resistance and ultrasonics. Cosasco’s MWT-3905 and CWT-9020, the devices covered by this sales agreement, are direct measuring type corrosion sensors that use high speed electrical resistance and linear polarisation resistance (LPR) technology. The major features are as follows:

  • Corrosion rate measurement for all process environments
  • Highly secure and reliable ISA100 Wireless networks
  • Low installed cost
  • International hazardous area certifications

Yokogawa is to continue to expand its lineup of ISA100 Wireless transmitters and other devices such as adaptors to develop best-in-class solutions.

@YokogawaIA @COSASCO  #PAuto 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

New pressure and temperature sensor for composite moulding.

A novel, combined low pressure and high temperature sensor specifically to support new, automated resin transfer (RTM) and wet moulding composite manufacturing methods has been intrioduced by Kistler Instruments.
For some years the aerospace industry has been using composite materials to save weight without compromising strength but now the automotive industry is rapidly catching up in the quest for lower fuel consumption and emissions. Unlike the aerospace sector where a relatively few, large items can be produced by expensive, labour intensive methods, the automotive sector needs to produce large quantities of much smaller components cost effectively. The techniques used for high volume composite production demand monitoring and control similar to conventional injection moulding to ensure consistent, high quality output. With its long experience of developing systems and components for the injection moulding industry, Kistler Instruments is ideally placed to provide the process monitoring systems needed by low pressure composite moulding techniques.

Much like injection moulding and other filling processes, the cavity pressure curve is a key factor in process optimization and production monitoring. Characteristic process phases such as evacuation, filling and curing can easily be identified from the pressure curve allowing process parameters to be easily optimized to make production more cost-effective.

The pressure signal can also be used as a control variable for individual process steps for online process control. Anomalies in the pressure curve show whether defects can be expected in the final part which, if out of tolerance, can be ejected. The pressure signal is also captured and recorded to allow traceability of individual process steps. For these reasons, the pressure curve is an essential tool for quality assurance. Due to the much lower cavity pressure experienced in composite moulding systems, the cavity pressure sensor needs to measure low pressure with high resolution to reliably detect even the smallest pressure or vacuum changes. The new Type 4001A sensor meets all of these demands plus the integrated temperature element, accurate up to 275°C, monitors the temperature conditions inside the mould allowing automatic temperature compensation to correct the pressure signal due to thermal changes during the process.

The new Type 4001A low pressure and high temperature sensor is a vital addition to Kistler Instrument’s range of sensors and systems specifically tailored to optimize and automate manufacturing processes, including related quality assurance requirements.

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