Friday, September 21, 2018

Space-saving optical sensor.

Leuze electronic has a new cylindrical optical sensor which, with its compact, space-saving design, benefits in applications where little installation space is available.
This slim, cylindrical M12 sensor design with the 412B series in metal housing is especially well suited for use in tight installation spaces, as occur in, e.g., material handling or in packaging machines.

Compared to the previous series, the new series of switching optical sensors for object detection has an even more compact design and is available with various functionality: as throughbeam photoelectric sensor, energetic diffuse reflection sensor and as retro-reflective photoelectric sensor. In addition to improved performance such as operating range, response time and glass optics, laser variants as well as models with NPN switching outputs are available for the throughbeam photoelectric sensors. Focus of the new development was primarily on the simple and intuitive set up use by means of 270° potentiometer.

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Most accurate precision power analysis!

In early September the global launch of Yokogawa's much-anticipated Precision Power Analyser was attended by technical journalists at a press event in central London (GB).

Yokogawa's Anoop Gangadharan
The new instrument was introduced by Product Manager Anoop Gangadharan. "It features multichannel mechatronic insights and a modular architecture and offers unprecedented levels of accuracy, stability and flexibility in power measurement, making it suitable for applications in a number of industries including automotive, energy, consumer electronics and industrial automation."

The Yokogawa WT5000 is the first of a new generation of Precision Power Analyser that offers exceptional measurement accuracy of ± 0.03% combined with stability, noise immunity and plug-in modular flexibility to meet the measurement needs of today’s developers of energy-efficient systems.

In rapidly evolving industry sectors like electric vehicles, renewable energy and energy efficient technologies, the need for reliability in testing to enhance safety, efficiency and performance has never been greater. Changing application needs and evolving international standards call for custom measurements and consistent accuracy, and in the WT5000 Precision Power Analyzer, engineers have a versatile platform that not only delivers reliable measurements today, but is ready for the challenges of tomorrow.

The WT5000 achieves the world’s highest measuring accuracy: ±0.03% of total at 50/60 Hz. As a result, it has become possible to evaluate the power consumption, loss, and efficiency of electrical and electronic devices. In particular, its wide dynamic current range is indispensable for tests on energy-saving designs.

One of the essential elements for determining the performance of a power measuring instrument is the A/D converter that performs analogue-to-digital conversion. In order to obtain the world’s highest measurement accuracy, the WT5000 uses an 18-bit converter with a sampling frequency of maximum 10 MS/s. As a result, it becomes possible to accurately capture waveforms from the latest high-speed inverter devices. It is very effective for stable measurement results.

While the WT5000 has the same dimensions as existing models in Yokogawa’s WT series, it incorporates up to seven input channels, allowing it to support applications that previously could only have been measured by synchronising several separate instruments. As a result, it offers considerable savings in installation space, communications overheads and cost-effectiveness. Further benefits result from the use of plug-in modular input elements, which can be swapped directly by the user.
The 30 A and 5 A elements, for example, can be switched for applications involving electric vehicles or fuel-cell vehicles, where developers are increasingly required to evaluate a number of different motors. Using the WT5000 equipped with the /MTR1 and /MTR2 options, it is possible to evaluate up to four motors simultaneously with one unit. Since these options allow the input of four channels, flexible measurement of the A, B, C and Z phases of each motor can be carried out.

With a 7 elements input capability, multi-system measurement is increased in harmonic measurements on 3-phase systems, for example. The WT5000 can carry out two harmonic measurement functions simultaneously, each at up the 500th order and up to 300kHz fundamental waveform. This makes it possible to measure the carrier frequency component from the rotational speed of the motor in the inverter drive and also to check the influence of the carrier frequency on the motor drive.

An increasing number of applications require the evaluation of larger-current devices, typical examples being electric vehicles and large-scale solar installations. In these cases, external current sensors are often used. An external current sensor input function is fitted as standard in the input element of both the 30 A and 5 A input elements of the WT5000. For much higher currents (up to 2000 A RMS) dedicated high-current sensors are available. Yokogawa AC/DC current sensor CT series is current output type in order to prevent noise influence.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Tech Day informing choices on Industry 4.0.


Manufacturers are being invited to explore the technologies that are making the industrial landscape more connected, efficient and secure at a SolutionsPT ‘Tech Day’ on October 2nd in Cork (IRL).
The day will be divided into sessions to help delegates make informed choices about meeting the challenges of Industry 4.0, with hands-on practical workshops and demonstrations led by SolutionsPT systems architects.

Activities on the day will include:
  • An exploration of the benefits of upgrading to Wonderware’s latest SCADA software, System Platform 2017, including increased operator effectiveness and low development costs. A system integrator will also share their experience of completing a recent System Platform 2017 upgrade
  • A talk by SolutionsPT’s Technical Manager, Ken Molloy, about overcoming the key challenges posed by Industry 4.0, such as the integration of OT and IT applications
  • A case study from a food and beverage company on its successful implementation of Wonderware System Platform 2017 and InTouch OMI
  • A look at how using Cloud-based technology to host data can enable businesses to make faster, smarter decisions, including testimony from a renewable energy supplier that embraced Cloud technology to drive their IIoT optimisation
  • Two sessions focussing on industrial cyber security, the steps manufacturers can take to ensure their SCADA is protected and the benefits comprehensive continuous threat detection and vulnerability monitoring will deliver
  • A series of afternoon breakout sessions which will enable attendees to build on the knowledge gained during the morning with optional, hands-on workshops and demonstrations.
The Cork Tech Day will run from to 8.45am to 3.45pm. Attendance is free but delegates must register here in advance.

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Selecting heavy duty connectors.

The Harting Han® Configurator is a new interactive tool designed to speed the selection of heavy-duty industrial connectors by allowing engineers to quickly access all the necessary information and relevant data on the individual interface components prior to producing a design that can be viewed as a 3D model in real time.


This tool is an advance in the digital transformation of product development. It helps generate the best solutions from an extensive portfolio, without the user having to be or become a component specialist himself.

The Han® Configurator is geared towards real-world practice. It is designed so that a user can quickly put together all the interfaces necessary for a particular configuration. The designer starts by selecting three inputs (contacts, voltage and current) to generate the first possible solution. At each stage of the process the user can receive suggestions for alternative interfaces and via the “smart assistant” feature the configurator will only allow valid configurations to be implemented, saving valuable design time.

Despite increasingly complex requirements and a high level of product diversification, the smart configurator makes the connector selection process easily manageable. The current configuration can be viewed in real time in the form of a 3D model in a separate window, and the configurator will never display components that cannot be combined with a selection already made.

By selecting “expert” mode, users who already know the product numbers or names they are looking for can set up their interfaces in the configurator, making them easily manageable for subsequent processing. The choice of housing (top/bottom) or insert (pin/socket) is all that is necessary to begin the configuration process.

The Han® Configurator allows users to quickly and intuitively arrive at the best interface solution without the need to search for components and their specifications. It is easy to add and remove alternative interface solutions that comply with the latest connector developments, all with the click of a mouse.

Designers also benefit from the on-screen 3D visualisation of the current configuration, allowing the design to be viewed from a range of angles. Each configuration is assigned its own number, allowing it to be saved for revision at a later date.

All documentation can be downloaded with a single click (including STP files) for saving, loading and sharing among members of a design team, including those working remotely.

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Complying with automotive industry standards.

E+E Elektronik has recently completed the certification according to IATF 16949:2016. It confirms that the company’s quality assurance system complies with the high requirements of the automotive industry. The new standard follows the previous ISO/TS 16949 and is recognised by the world's leading automotive manufacturers.

Josef Hartl
"With the IATF certification, E+E Elektronik qualifies as a reliable partner for the automotive industry. This is proof that we strive and are able to offer our customers the highest quality standards", states E+E Managing Director Josef Hartl.

E+E Elektronik develops and produces sensors and transmitters for humidity, temperature, CO2, air velocity, dew point, moisture in oil, mass flow and pressure. The highly accurate measurement devices are used all over the world in various applications, such as building automation, process control, meteorology, environmental technology, agriculture and clean rooms.

In the automotive industry, the humidity sensors from E+E Elektronik are part of control systems for the fuel mixture, the air conditioning or the windscreen fogging prevention. For quantities of several millions of units, highest quality level is a must. Therefore, the company has already been certified according to the automotive standard ISO/TS 16949.

Twenty five years ago, E+E Elektronik established a quality assurance system in compliance with ISO 9001 and thus anchored the quality aspect in the corporate strategy. The company is now certified according to the latest ISO 9001:2015, which is also mandatory for the new IATF standard.

Besides innovative products and high quality standards, E+E Elektronik also takes environmental protection and the sustainably use of resources very seriously. Membership in the Austrian Climate Alliance and an environmental management system according to ISO 14001 are therefore a matter of course for the company.

• E+E Electronik products are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Surface mounted indicators.

The latest LED surface mount indicators from IDEC have been introduced by Foremost Electronics.

Alan Vincent, Sales Director of Foremost, comments, “The extended range of surface-mount industrial LED indicators from IDEC are ideal for panel and machine builders offering status and emergency information signals which can be mounted on any surface, whether a control panel, the arm of a robot or even an emergency exit. The wide number of colours and ability to add custom legends and symbols makes them suitable for a very wide range of applications. These industrial LED indicators fit in very well with our other HMI product ranges.”

The LH1D series of LED Spider Lights are a slim and stylish design ideal for mounting on the surface of equipment or panels and offer excellent visibility from the front and the side. The surface-mount design does not affect the location of other panel components and requires only a small space behind the mounting surface.

LH1D Spider Lights can be used in many applications that do not have space behind the panel to mount conventional indicators. Typical applications include robotic arms, product picking machines, door monitoring and other applications where designers require dual-colour pre-wired LED Spider Lights rather than having to mount individual status indicators.

Key Features include LED indicators in seven colours and dual-colour as standard in flat or dome designs with three-colour illumination available in the jumbo dome model. An integrated 1m connecting cable is provided as standard with 3m and 5m available as options and a 30cm M12 connector terminated cable is available for the jumbo dome version. Marking film can be inserted into flat Spider Lights allowing customer legends and symbols to be printed and displayed.

The 24V AC/DC Spider Lights provide an impressive 50,000 hour lifespan while consuming low levels of energy and are UL Listed, CE marked and TUV rated. All Spider Light LED indicators are NEMA Type 4X and IP67 rated for protection against exposure to water or oils.


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Asset Purchase Completed.

Solar Light Company have now advised that the assets of Gooch and Housego (Orlando) have been acquired. The new entity will operate as Optronic Laboratories from its facility in Orlando, Florida, USA. Optronic Laboratories, Inc. will become an affiliate of Solar Light Company, Inc.
Optronic Laboratories, Inc., was founded in 1970 by two eminent researchers at NIST (originally National Bureau of Standards). The company quickly became recognized for its expertise in light measurement and commercial metrology. Today, Optronic Laboratories and its business partners provide a comprehensive line of high-performance, optical radiation measurement systems, sources, standards, and calibration services with a worldwide reputation for excellence in light sciences.

Highlighting the importance of this acquisition for its global customers, Jay Silverman, President of Solar Light Company, Inc., stated, "Since 1970, Optronic Laboratories has been improving the way the world measures light. This acquisition ensures that Optronic Laboratories can continue to provide the critical light measurement systems and the support necessary for our customers to develop and manufacture their innovative products and processes."




See also:
• Relief for optics facility. (21 Aug 2018)
• Facility closes down. (25 June 2018)


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