Thursday, October 27, 2016

User group for LIMS success.

Users of Autoscribe Informatics’ Matrix LIMS (Laboratory Information Management Systems) recently attended a busy User Group Meeting in Oxfordshire (GB). Presentations from users and Autoscribe technical specialists were interwoven with live link-ups to Autoscribe experts at a number of locations in the US to provide a varied perspective on current and future uses of Matrix.

The key theme that ran through the meeting was the flexibility provided by the Matrix Gemini configuration tools to allow users to organise their LIMS to their exact needs. There were some enthusiastic presentations from users in vastly different industries who were carrying out all of their own configuration.

Autoscribe specialists contributed a number of useful hints and tips on the use of configuration tools to build checklists, forms or task lists and the use of bulk sample registration. Another session focused on ways to reduce the number of steps required for users to interact with Matrix in order to decrease the number of decisions needed and minimise the chance of making mistakes.

Autoscribe Informatics President, John Boother, commented: “It was a very enjoyable day and very rewarding to see many of our customers so actively embracing the use of our configuration tools. All of the systems we saw today looked very different and yet all use exactly the same underlying code that forms Matrix. Because each individual system has the same code, Autoscribe can support all of our customers’ own configurations provided they have an annual support contract with us – they don’t have to rely on us to configure their system for them.”

“It was also significant that our very first customer for the Autoscribe Matrix V2 system was there to make a presentation,” he continued. “Having purchased Matrix twenty years ago, and having had a regular maintenance contract, they have benefitted by automatically receiving each new iteration of Matrix as it has evolved over the years without ever having to purchase a new system, and are now running the latest version, Matrix Gemini V5. That level of commitment from a customer is testament both to the continuing quality of the product and the importance we attach to customer satisfaction.”

@AutoscribeLtd  #Laboratory 

ICE Box-PC building block system!

Rugged computing is a must for lots of new IoT, M2M and Big Data applications deployed in extreme environmental conditions. Hardly any embedded computing hardware, however, is equipped to operate in minus 60°C, let alone - 100 °C or to be immersed in water. To enable passively cooled standard hardware to nevertheless be operated in such extreme environments, ICOP Technology has developed the ICE Box, a new modular building block system with IP67 protection (majorly hosting PC-104 form factor boards inside) and active heating, which automatically activates if the temperature drops below a configurable minimum temperature (standard value is -20 C).”

Owing to the modular build of the building block system, OEMs can order their individual ICE Box-PCs in numerous different configurations. Any required system configuration can be ordered from batch sizes of just one, including individual I/O covers and laser engraving of the housing and can be delivered within one week after specification approval. Applications can be found in outdoor, vehicle and marine deployment, as well as in refrigerated warehouses.

Amongst the standard components, which ICOP Technology offers for the ICE Box-PC building block system with passive cooling and active heating, are around 20 different standard CPU components with SFF, low power DM&P Vortex86 processor technology, power supplies as well as numerous I/O extensions for Ethernet and wireless (IoT) interfaces, USB, digital and analog I/O, fieldbuses as well as motion control applications. The interfaces can be mounted on the front or back panel according to requirements, paving the way for highly individual OEM configurations. The ICE-104 building block enclosure is suited for OEMs without MOQ needed.

Customers opting for ICOP Technology’s systems with DM&P Vortex86 processors profit from a rich, established ecosystem which has been developed over decades and can be immediately deployed. Besides these extremely energy-efficient x86 processors – which are equally suited to new IoT applications and long-tail deployments including ISA support – there exist countless special “off the shelf” solutions which still have to be developed for comparatively less established processor technologies. OEMs can also expect a much more stable expansion of the ecosystem, the advancement of DM&P Vortex86 processors caters for the long-term requirements of industrial computing with x86 technology and not for commercial mainstream demands, where tomorrow completely different features could be relevant.

@iCOPTechnology #PAuto 

Expansion to support European growth.

Microlease has opened a major extension to its Harrow, London head office and warehouse. The company has leased an adjoining unit giving it an additional 1,500 sq mt (16,000 sq ft) of office, warehouse and laboratory space to support its expanding European business and 225 strong European team.

Nigel Brown, Microlease CEO said, “To grow successfully and drive ever higher standards of customer service and of quality we are expanding our capability at every level. Extending into the unit adjoining our existing headquarters gives us the headroom to grow further and consolidate the integration of the Livingston team and inventory on to the Harrow site. It also helps accommodate the additional stock needed to support our growing distribution relationships.”

The unit allows Microlease to expand at every level. Nigel Brown continued, “Our multi-lingual team of instrumentation specialists is increasing to provide applications and procurement advice to help customers as well as providing technical and logistical support. The additional warehouse helps to accommodate our expanding stock of instruments for rental and for sale in the most efficient way. At the same time, the laboratory area is being extended to service, calibrate and prepare an increasing number of instruments for our customers.”

Microlease has invested over £500,000 in fitting out the new unit, which provides additional office, warehouse and laboratory space. Its European team is now 225 strong, with 175 people based in the Britain. The Harrow based team includes native speakers of most major European languages, and provides support to customers throughout Europe.

The worldwide Microlease team is now 370. The expanded warehouse area has allowed an additional six Kardex Remstar XP500 shuttle storage systems to be installed, providing secure, efficient and climate controlled storage for the Microlease rental fleet and sales stock of over 57,000 instruments and 8,000 different lines. Twenty extra bays of high bay racking have also been added. The new unit also includes a third laboratory area for the servicing, calibration and preparation of new, used and rental instruments.

 @microlease #PAuto #TandM 

Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) Gigabit Products.

Three new additions to their N-Tron® series of industrial Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) Gigabit products: NT24k-16TX-POE, 1008TX-POE+ and 1000-POE4+ have been announced by Red Lion Controls. These new POE+ switches and injectors complement Red Lion’s industrial networking portfolio to offer customers additional PoE options that drive operational efficiencies while addressing industry demands.
“PoE simplifies installations and reduces costs by eliminating the need to run extra wires for electricity or to get permits to run wires,” said Diane Davis, director of product management, networking at Red Lion Controls. “With more and more industrial devices using PoE, customers demand a broader range of products packaged in a variety of PoE configurations to meet specific application requirements.”

Built on Red Lion’s foundation of reliable performance and easy configuration, Red Lion’s IEEE 802.3af/at compliant PoE offerings are designed to deliver robust and reliable connectivity for industrial applications. The following new PoE products offer metal DIN-Rail mountable enclosures and plug-and-play installation combined with wide operating temperature ranges and industry-leading shock and vibration tolerances:

  • NT24k-16TX-POE: Layer 2 managed Gigabit switch provides 16 10/100/1000BaseT(X) RJ45 ports. Advanced PoE management allows quick and easy allocation of the switch’s 240 Watt PoE power budget to any of its 16 ports (up to 30 Watts per port). Additional comprehensive features include auto IGMP configuration, N-Link™ and N-Ring™ technology, RSTP, N-View™ monitoring, CIP messaging, SNTP, IEEE802.1x and Radius remote server authentication.
  • 1008TX-POE+: industrial unmanaged Gigabit switch provides 8 10/100/1000BaseT(X) RJ45 ports, including 4 PoE+ capable ports (up to 30 Watts each), jumbo frame support and LED link/activity and PoE status indication.
  • 1000-POE4+: 8-port Gigabit mid-span PoE+ injector provides 4 10/100/1000BaseT(X) RJ45 ports (data in) and 4 10/100/1000BaseT(X) RJ45 PoE+ ports (data and power out) that support 30 Watts per port.

All three PoE models include a built-in power boost circuit that allows 24VDC power input to meet PoE voltage requirements.

• Red Lion Products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

@redlioncontrols #PAuto 

TFT display!

KOE has announced the introduction of a new 10.4-inch TFT display module. The TX26D203VM2BAA features XGA (1024 x 768 pixels) resolution, a 4:3 aspect ratio and excellent optical performance characteristics.

A contrast ratio of 800:1 and a high brightness specification of 1200cd/m² ensure that bright, clear and concise display images are delivered all ambient light environments. The white LED backlight features a half brightness lifetime of 70K hours.

Jason Tsai, Marketing Manager, KOE, said, "The new KOE 10.4-inch TFT produces exceptional optical performance and is suitable for use in many different application environments where the quality and clarity of the display image is paramount."

A 20-pin single channel LVDS interface supports both 6-bit and 8-bit RGB data enabling a colour palette of up to (6-bit) 262K or (8-bit) 16.7M colours. The optimum viewing direction is specified as 12 o'clock.

The 10.4-inch display module features mechanical outline dimensions of 235.0mm (w) x 180.2mm (h) x 9.5mm (d) and an active display area of 211.2mm (w) x 158.4mm (h). The display module supports an operating temperature range of -20°C to +70°C and a storage temperature range of -30°C to +80°C.The display module weighs 370g.

Typical applications for the 10.4-inch XGA display include point-of-sale systems, process control, medical instrumentation and public information terminals. KOE's new TX26D203VM2BAA TFT display is available immediately from KOE's distribution sales channel partners.

#koe.j-display #PAuto 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Two gas detectors in one!

The iTrans 2 fixed gas detector has been introduced by Tyco Gas & Flame Detection. It features a unique intelligent electronics platform that provides up to two points of detection from a single device.

This state-of-the-art gas detector is able to monitor a combination of gases using a combination of available sensor technologies to include electrochemical, catalytic bead, and infrared. The iTrans 2 boasts a wide range of safety features including automatic sensor recognition, access code security, and zero and calibration fault protection. A single or dual-channel, split screen LED display provides optimal visibility in dark places with operator interface made simple using a magnetic wand.

Available in aluminum or stainless steel enclosure, the explosion-proof device is designed for use in a wide range of applications and harsh environments. Other options include HART communications protocol, RS-485 Modbus, programmable relays and remote sensing. Certifications include CSA, ATEX, IECEx, INMETRO, CCC and China Ex.

@TycoGFD #PAuto

Are you sitting comfortably?

For advanced and sophisticated seat pressure mapping Interface Force Measurements announce the availability of a new range of systems from XSensor. Incorporating the new LX series of capacitive pressure sensors, these systems provide seating engineers with highly accurate, repeatable and durable testing. 

Pressure mapping is increasingly being used in seating design and test, as customers demand more comfort and safety and more options are offered. By providing customised solutions with highly sensitive and accurate sensors, the XSensor pressure mapping systems are an invaluable tool for assessing automotive and aerospace seat designs, ingress/egress testing and manufacturing quality control.

At the heart of the systems is the X3 LX sensor series, a range of pressure sensors that have been proven to be extremely accurate due to high repeatability, low hysteresis and low creep characteristics. What makes these sensors particularly suitable for pressure mapping is that they demonstrate unrivalled durability, conformability and image detail, making the ideal for engineering research and design. 

The new LX series provide accurate measurement of the interface’s true pressure by conforming to the topology of the surface and is able to minimise sensor effect, while maintaining spatial integrity – with no compromise to image quality. Cost of ownership is also reduced as the improved calibration stability leads to consistent data over thousands of cycles.

As part of the system, Interface Force offers the latest X3 Pro V7.0 software that focuses on offering more effective process and reporting tools for the test engineer. The new Pro V7 enables users to overlay pressure images on photos or graphics and adjust the pressure image size and positioning to specific h-point references, as well as a host of other features. 

@interfaceforce #Transportation #Automotive