Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Vacuum transducer evaluation kit.

An evaluation kit for the Posifa Technologies PVC4000 series of digital MEMS Pirani vacuum transducer is now available. This promises to disrupt the portable vacuum gauge market by enabling low-cost, easily replaceable sensor probes that can be switched without requiring the vacuum gauge itself to be recalibrated, since all the calibration data is stored within the probe itself.

The PVC4000EVK evaluation kit announced today allows OEMs to quickly test drive Posifa's MEMS vacuum sensing technology for digital vacuum gauge and related applications. The PVC4000EVK kit consists of a PVC4000 transducer packaged in a brass housing with a 1/4 SAE male flare fitting, or a stainless steel housing with a KF16 fitting that allows it to be installed into any vacuum environment for quick evaluation. The PVC4000 transducer in the kit is calibrated and provides a digital output in microns. The kit's PC-based diagnostic software gives users access to different sensor readings and configuration data stored in the transducer.

"With the PVC4000EVK, vacuum gauge OEMs can find out in an hour's time what our digital Pirani vacuum sensor technology can do to help them offer customers more flexible and versatile end products that build brand loyalty," said Peng Tu, president and CEO at Posifa Technologies.

The PVC4000EVK's sensor element is based on Posifa's second-generation MEMS thermal conduction chip, which operates under the principle that the thermal conductivity of gas is proportional to its vacuum pressure. The transducer's microcontroller-based measuring electronics amplify and digitize the senor's signal, providing a digital output via an I²C interface.

The MEMS Pirani vacuum transducer included in the evaluation kit is calibrated for the vacuum range between 1 micron and 760,000 microns. Through the transducer's digital I²C interface, the user can access the sensor's raw output as well as the calibrated vacuum reading. The evaluation kit includes a custom wire harness that connects the sensor and the I²C to a USB adapter board, allowing the user to read sensor data from a PC in minutes.

#PosifaTech #Pauto 

Supporting green hydrogen for decarbonization.

Endress+Hauser has announced that it is now a sponsor of the Green Hydrogen Coalition (GHC). The manufacturer has donated to the nonprofit and is committed to supporting the GHC’s vision to deploy green hydrogen at scale to accelerate multi-sectoral decarbonization.

“Sustainability is deeply rooted in our company culture,” says Cory Marcon, Power and Energy Industry Manager, Endress+Hauser. “We are proud to support the mission of the GHC as it closely aligns with our company brand and core values. As one of the pioneers in developing cutting edge technologies, Endress+Hauser’s product portfolio supports online measurement of quantity and quality parameters in the hydrogen production, storage, transportation, and end-use processes.”

The GHC is the only 501c3 educational nonprofit dedicated to advancing green hydrogen adoption at scale. Green hydrogen can be produced using renewable energy sources, through means such as electrolysis. Hydrogen fuel has been referred to as the “Swiss Army Knife” for hard-to-decarbonize industrial sectors such as agriculture, steel manufacturing, and cement production, and even aviation. The only byproduct is water, oxygen, and heat.

“As a family-owned company, we see the importance of responsible corporate management and know we have a part to play,” says Marcon.

As a Champion Circle sponsor of the GHC, Endress+Hauser is helping to build top-down momentum for scalable green hydrogen projects that leverage multi-sector opportunities to simultaneously scale supply and demand.

@Endress_US @Endress_Hauser @Endress_UK @Endress_CA  @GHC_hydrogen #Pauto #Environment 

Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Precise individual pulse measurement.

Pulsed lasers can be analyzed with pulse precision even at high repetition rates using Gentec-EO’s QE12HR and QE25HR product series pyroelectric energy detectors,. The different models are based on the requirements of standard laser specifications and applications:
  • The MB version supports repetition rates of up to 1 kHz and is equipped with a robust broadband absorber.
  • Models with a QED attenuator are also suitable for high energy and power densities. For high repetition rates of up to 10 kHz, models with a metallic absorber are available.
Until recently, it has not been possible to measure the energy of individual pulses in fast pulsed lasers. This energy was only calculated from the average power. Now, even the smallest deviations such as weaker or missing pulses can be detected. This offers advantages in development and during operation, for example when it comes to assessing the reliability of pulsed lasers. In industrial lasers, corrective measures can be initiated during operation before an error affects the performance of the entire system.

@LCGermany @LaserComponents @PresseBox #Energy #Pauto 

Smart thermal view of your premises!

Octopus Energy is on a mission to make renewable energy affordable for all. In fact, they’re so serious about helping their customers cut costs, they loan out the FLIR ONE Pro completely free of charge.

Using this thermal camera app, anyone with a compatible smartphone (iOS or Android) can look at their house in a thermal view and quickly spot where heat is either escaping or entering. Chimneys, attics, wall vents, windows, and badly sealed doorways are common culprits for letting cold infiltrate a house but can be extremely difficult to detect. Other common problems a FLIR ONE can reveal include where insulation in the walls or ceilings may not have been installed properly, or single-pane windows that are causing a major energy (and consequently money!) drain.

Octopus Energy has 200 FLIR ONE Pros that they lend to their customers for seven days. In that time, homeowners can find out for themselves where the problem spots in their homes are, and either apply a DIY fix or call in a professional if more work needs to be done.

Greg Jackson, chief executive of Octopus Energy, said in an article by This is MONEY: “While other energy providers might pray for a cold winter, we are committed to keeping customer costs down. We are proud to launch this initiative and show that Octopus isn't afraid to do things differently.”

The thermal camera lending program was a huge hit with customers, who shared pictures of the energy leaks in their homes (or pictures of their dog, equally as important) via Instagram and Twitter. Customers were excited to see the program return this past October with extra COVID-19 precautions in place to keep everyone safe.

@flir @OctopusEnergy @mepaxIntPR #Energy #Pauto 

New board member.

On 1 August, the shareholders of IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH appointed Alexander Lewinsky to the management board. The engineer (BEng, MSc) will take over the operational management of the industrial camera manufacturer together with Jan Hartmann. Managing partner and company founder Jürgen Hartmann remains responsible for development and product management.

Alexander Lewinsky
The company thus relies on internal staff: Alexander Lewinsky has been part of the IDS team since 2012, first as product manager, then as purchasing manager and division manager for production/logistics and quality assurance. In Obersulm (D), he will continue to be mainly responsible for purchasing, production, logistics, quality assurance and infrastructure. "With Alexander Lewinsky, IDS is getting an experienced employee in the industry as Managing Director, who has accompanied the development of the company for 9 years and has had a significant influence on the entire Operations division, not least through structuring and optimisation measures," says Jürgen Hartmann. His son Jan Hartmann is responsible for administration, sales, system consulting and marketing.

"I am very pleased about the appointment and look forward to working even more closely with Jürgen and Jan Hartmann," explains Lewinsky, who has been part of the extended management team as an authorised signatory since March last year.

Early preparation for a generational change in one's own family business is close to the heart of founder Jürgen Hartmann: "Continuity and reliability are particularly important to us in relation to our partners and customers. With the rejuvenation of the IDS management, we are very optimistic about the future". The positive order situation and the strong development of foreign business give the camera manufacturer every reason to do so, despite the challenging procurement situation.

Since its foundation in 1997 as a two-man company, IDS has developed into an independent, ISO-certified family business with more than 330 employees. 

@IDS_Imaging @mepaxIntPR #Pauto 

Monday, 2 August 2021

Gas sensors accuracy.

PemTech has added NevadaNano’s Molecular Property Spectrometer™ (MPS™) technology into its Ultra1000 Series Fixed Gas Sensors.*

“PemTech has earned a global reputation for developing products and systems that are extremely reliable and cost-effective,” said Ralph Whitten, President of NevadaNano. “Their selection of NevadaNano’s MPS sensor to bring next-generation accuracy and performance in environments where multiple gases pose potential hazards is a testament to the advanced technology and gas detection breakthroughs we made with our MPS sensor.”

The MPS sensor’s environmental robustness has proven to be the most stable hydrocarbon sensor in the world’s hottest and most humid environments, such as the gulf region in the USA, Saudi Arabia, and UAE. The sensor accomplishes this with the built-in environmental compensation for temperature, pressure, and humidity. Additionally, it eliminates the concern of false positive alarms due to sensor drift. With MPS technology, the PemTech Ultra1000 series of fixed gas sensors meet PemTech’s customers’ precise requirements and deliver unprecedented value.

“Sensor accuracy is the highest priority for PemTech when selecting sensors for our range of products,” said Rizwan Mistry, President of PemTech. “MPS technology delivers the most accurate results for over a dozen of the most common combustible gases with a one-time factory calibration good for the life of the sensor, referred to as TrueLEL™. This extraordinary performance removes the downtime associated with false alarms and frequent calibrations. Our Ultra1000 series with MPS has performed extremely well even in our customers’ harshest environments.”

* PemTech is a US-based global gas monitor and detector manufacturer that started operations in 1989.

#NevadNano #Pemtech #PAuto #Safety

Saturday, 31 July 2021

Innovation lab opened.

Ireland's Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys T.D. has officially opened the innovation laboratories facility developed by Údarás na Gaeltachta in gteic@An Spidéal in Co Galway (IRL).  The laboratory facilities have been developed as an innovation facility for businesses located in the digital hub who would be undertaking concept development or product testing. The Minister opened the three laboratories in which two separate companies are currently operating.

Minister Humphereys said how delighted she was to open the innovation laboratories and to see see how the gteic digital hub uses both technology and science to promote remote working. She continued. "This project demonstrates the power of excellent connectivity in attracting high quality businesses to rural communities such as An Spidéal in the Connemara Gaeltacht. Companies such as HiTech Health and Epitheal prove how businesses can grow and develop while working from rural hubs. It shows to no end how proximity to large cities and towns is no longer a prerequisite for a successful business.
Remote Working and the building of a nationwide network of over 400 hubs is a central part of the Government’s Rural Development policy, Our Rural Future. We are delighted to support Údarás na Gaeltachta as its gteic network continues to grow in Gaeltacht areas around the country.”

The innovation laboratories located in gteic@An Spidéal encompass 86 sq metres and are being used for various lab functions providing the perfect eco-system for start-ups. The laboratories are fitted out with water and sink facilities and work benches with ventilation systems that allow for specialised equipment to work effectively in the laboratory. Being equipped to a very high standard allows for Physical, Chemical and DNA analysis in the laboratories and related technical areas and provides excellent facilities to serve the operational needs of HiTech Health and Epitheal, which are both based in the laboratories.

gteic@An Spidéal was developed with substantial part funding approved under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund in recent years and further funding (over €424,000) announced under the Department of Rural and Community Development’s Connected Hubs Scheme to make improvements to 15 gteic units for energy efficiency upgrades, bike shelters, video conferencing facilities and modern door access technology including other improvement works.

Údarás na Gaeltachta’s Chief Executive Officer Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh also spoke saying: “We are delighted that the innovation laboratories have been officially opened today paving the way for a new type of development at our gteic hubs. These facilities provide added value and opportunities to businesses functioning from the gteic hub. Developments like these will enhance our communities, grow businesses and sustain employment in rural Gaeltacht areas. The funding our organisation has received under RRDF funding has been vital to the expansion of our gteic digital network, a network which has proved to be hugely beneficial to people through the pandemic and will do so for many years to come.”

@UdarasnaG @HHumphreysFG @DeptRCD @HealthHitech #Ireland #Health #Laboratory