Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Gas detection & monitoring in the fight against the pandemic!

Teledyne Gas & Flame Detection is very active in the fight against COVID-19, using its class-leading gas detection and monitoring technologies to not only support vaccination programmes, but prevent the potential for virus propagation.

Gas detection can play a major role in the deployment of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is manufactured in locations including the US, Germany and Belgium. This vaccine requires storage and transportation at -70°C in sealed containers due to its mRNA (Messenger RNA) molecule technology. Such a low temperature is maintained using dry ice.

Dry ice is solid, frozen carbon dioxide (CO2). However, at temperatures above -78°C, CO2 sublimates, which is when it becomes gaseous and potentially dangerous. CO2 can act as an asphyxiant and a toxicant as it is heavier than air and tends to take the place of oxygen, leading to a risk of anoxia. These dangers can present issues for factory, logistics and healthcare workers unfamiliar with handling and manipulating dry ice. Clearly, there is a global need for vaccine urgency, but this should not be at the expense of worker health and safety.

CO2 detection solutions are deployable at all stages of the deep-freeze delivery chain. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine makes use of a specially developed transport box that contains dry ice and is fitted with GPS trackers. Each reusable box can keep up to 5000 doses of vaccine at the right temperature for 10 days, if it remains unopened. In addition, destination countries can choose to store the vaccine in a freezer farm for up to six months at -70°C. For manufacturing sites, logistics centres, transport hubs and healthcare facilities, effective CO2 detection can provide high levels of site and personnel protection.

Teledyne Gas & Flame Detection understands the day-to-day dangers that can arise when using gases such as CO2. For this reason, the company offers a number of optimised solutions, including Easy Duo. The cost-effective Easy Duo package pairs the innovative MX 16 digital/analogue controller with the proven OLCT 10N fixed digital gas detector to ensure a complete solution designed with ease-of-use and installation in mind. Easy Duo requires little more than a power connection and a cable between the control unit and detector (supplied as standard). No configuration software is necessary.

Alternatively, Teledyne Gas & Flame Detection can supply its renowned CTX 300 gas detector, which uses a dedicated sensor for CO2 detection over three different ranges: 0-5000 ppm, 0-5% vol. and 0-100% vol. Users can pair the CTX 300 with the MX 16 controller (single channel, single detector), or the MX 32 (one or two channels and up to eight detectors).

As well as supporting vaccination programmes, fixed CO2 detection solutions from Teledyne Gas & Flame Detection can also serve as a weapon against the propagation of COVID-19. For instance, CO2 sensors can determine the quality of air in a room and thus identify areas that may pose COVID transmission risks. By detecting higher levels of CO2 it is possible to assume that the room has poor ventilation or too many individuals present.

Such a solution can even form part of a ‘smart system’. Here, connection to sensors can alert individuals to the risk, perhaps via a system of red/green (stop/go) safety lights, or activate environmental controls that allow outside air to access the space.

@teledynegas @mepaxIntPR #Pauto #Medical #coróinvíreas #COVID19 #coronavirus

Measuring high pressure safely.

With the launch of its new EPT31H2 and SMO31H2 series pressure sensors, Variohm EuroSensor has attained the European type-approval standards required for safe measurement and monitoring on high-pressure hydrogen generation, storage and transportation systems up to 700 bar - as well as fulfil automotive industry approval for the lower pressure ranges required for hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicles. 

Both new H2 model lines meet the EC79/2009 and EC406/2010 type-approvals for hydrogen processing and storage systems whilst the SMO31H2 also has European E1 automotive type-approval making it suitable for mobile pressure monitoring applications on cars, buses and trucks etc.

The EPT31H2 and SMO31H2 pressure sensors are based upon well-proven measurement technology with a piezo-resistive sensing element and ASIC circuitry encased in a fully sealed all-stainless steel housing. They feature IP67 protection class or optional IP69K for maximum durability in a silicon-free design with no internal O-rings. With additional EMI/RFI protection, low static and thermal errors and high resistance to shock and vibration across an operational temperature range up to up to 125°C , the H2 models deliver high accuracy, linearity and repeatability through several pressure range options from 1.0 bar to 1000 bar for gauge or optionally vacuum measurement (EC79 approval is limited to 700 bar for both model lines).

Output options available are 4…20 mA or 0.5…4.5 V from a 5 V DC supply. A choice of pressure port configurations match various pressure range options. Electrical interfacing is a 600 mm cable with free ends, Metri-Pack connector or M12x1 round connector.

@Variohm @mepaxIntPR #PAuto 

Automation in Western USA.

Rust Automation & Controls is  exclusive Sales Representative for Endress+Hauser  in portions of the West region in the USA. This includes California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, and portions of Idaho and North Dakota. Rust Automation now serves as Endress+Hauser’s exclusive Authorized Service Provider for CA, HI, NV, UT, and WY, and effective February 25th for CO, MT, and portions of ND.

“First, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our previous rep organizations for their partnership and support of our customers,”
said Todd Lucey, GM, Endress+Hauser USA. “Looking to the future, we are excited to begin a new partnership with Rust Automation & Controls as they join the Endress+Hauser representative network. Success includes collaboration, innovation, investments, and excellence in our combined resources, allowing us to deliver best-in-class solutions for our customers.”

Rust Automation & Controls is based out of Salt Lake City, Utah and provides a wide range of the world’s finest process control and industrial solutions to customers throughout the Western U.S. The company was established in 1976 and has more than 45 years of experience supporting and providing responsive and professional support to their customers.

“My team at Rust Automation & Controls is very excited to be joining the Endress+Hauser Representative Network,” said Grant Rust, President/CEO, Rust Automation & Controls. “This significant alignment of People, Products, and Services in the Western U.S. will allow our organizations to have a greater impact solving important safety, environmental, and process control issues for our clients in all industries.”

@RustAutomation @Endress_US @Endress_Hauser #PAuto #USA

Monday, 25 January 2021

Security at Farrenfore.

Rohde & Schwarz has installed Ireland’s first Quick Personnel Security (QPS) scanner at Kerry Airport, Farranfore, (IRL), delivering state-of-the-art technology that enables a high throughput, enhanced security, and increased safety for airport customers and staff. The airport has chosen the latest model, the latest generation R&S QPS201 launched earlier in 2020, becoming the first Rohde & Schwarz security scanner installation in Ireland. 


The R&S QPS201 security scanner by Rohde & Schwarz features enhanced second-generation algorithms that increase sensitivity to further boost threat detection while minimizing false alarms and reducing processing time. In addition to strengthening security, these performance gains reduce post-alarm manual checks and so help avoid physical contact to ensure social distancing.

Moreover, a more efficient scanning time with R&S QPS201 balances the effects of incoming new X-ray inspection systems, which scan items inside baggage that previously had to be removed, such as laptops. The security scanner restores parity to baggage- and personnel-scanning times, helping security staff manage throughput at checkpoints and avoid excessive queueing.

“The Rohde & Schwarz QPS scanners are highly regarded by the air travel industry worldwide and the latest technology takes performance to an even higher level,” said Gary Walker of Rohde & Schwarz. “I am confident that Kerry Airport and its customers will appreciate the enhancements to service, security, and safety, and that others in Ireland will follow their lead.”

Tom O’Driscoll, Chief Security Officer of Kerry Airport, commented: “Now is the right time for this investment in the future of Kerry Airport, to meet the heightened expectations for safety and security within our industry. Having recently installed explosives detection systems for cabin baggage (EDS CB), we are proud to now also adopt this state-of-the-art technology in Ireland, which will set new standards for service and wellbeing.”

R&S QPS201 was installed and setup at Kerry Airport with minimal disruption to daily activities. The system is designed to be easy to use, with intuitive graphical displays that require minimal training and let operators quickly achieve full proficiency.

Leveraging Rohde & Schwarz expertise in millimeter-wave technology, and utilizing machine-trained software algorithms, R&S QPS201 detects all types of potentially dangerous objects whether metal, ceramic, plastic, or liquid. The harmless low-energy millimeter-waves enable personal privacy to be maintained while capturing high-resolution data that enhances threat detection. The system allows an easy, hands-down posture for scanning, which is comfortable while at the same time ensuring effective screening for safety and security. 

@RohdeSchwarz @KerryAirport @NeeshamPR #Ireland #Security

Detecting greenhouse gas emissions from space!

ABB sensor onboard SpaceX rocket to detect greenhouse gas emissions.

An optical sensor manufactured by ABB has just been deployed with the successful launch of satellite Hugo from GHGSat, the emerging leader in greenhouse gas sensing services in space.

The ABB supplied optical sensor can map methane emissions from space at a resolution that is 100 times higher than any other sensors. Whilst previously only larger regions could be surveyed, for the first time the new greater granularity now allows the identification of the source of emissions. An additional nine units are currently under manufacture at ABB to be launched by the end of 2022 ready to be on-board across the first private satellite constellation dedicated to emission measurement.

Space offers the ideal location to freely monitor emissions across jurisdictions and quantitatively report on improvements. The ABB sensors will provide valuable insights which will enable governments and industries around the world to meet their emission reduction targets and reduce the negative impact on global warming.

“We selected ABB for its ability to deliver world-class instruments while meeting the challenges of a new space company like ours,” said Stephane Germain, CEO of GHGSat. “We strive to innovate for the needs of the future, and we’re excited to work with ABB to achieve that.”

“ABB shares GHGSat’s goal of reducing emissions through the creation of their greenhouse gas sensing constellation. Our selection as the manufacturer for these advanced sensors demonstrates our competitiveness and strong fit with the private space sector requirements.” said Marc Corriveau, General Manager ABB Measurement & Analytics Canada.  “The space revolution is well underway and ABB with its heritage of unique space instruments and serial production of advanced measurement sensors for industrial applications is extremely well positioned to serve this emerging sector.” 

GHGSat announced the constellation contract award with ABB in October 2020, with first deliveries in 2021. The unit launched by SpaceX was a single unit procured by GHGSat from ABB two years ago ahead of a selection for the constellation. 


@ABBgroupnews @ghgsat #Environment

Extended pressure for turbidity sensor.

As a result of the optimisations carried out and extensive series of tests, the tried and tested EXspect 271 turbidity sensor can now be approved for an extended pressure range.

The NIR backscatter sensor EXspect 271 from EXNER is not only characterised by its economic use, but also by its compact and at the same time robust design. It is mainly used in the food and beverage industry as well as in many other applications where it is necessary to determine turbidity in medium and high measuring ranges. Cleaning and sterilization using CIP and SIP processes are of course possible. Another advantage of the sensor is the spherical design of the measuring optics. This minimizes the adhesion of air bubbles and the formation of deposits.

The compact sensor EXspect 271 has not only successfully completed extensive test series, but has also established itself in practical use. Thanks to the optimisations that have now been carried out, it is possible to use the sensor not only in applications with a process pressure of up to 20 bar (290 psi), but also in vacuum applications.

@PresseBox #EXner #E-P-E #PAuto

SiC components agreement.

Anglia Components has announced a new distribution agreement with UnitedSiC to offer its full suite of high-performance SiC FETs, JFETs and Schottky diodes to customers in both Ireland and Britain.

Commenting on the partnership, John Bowman, Marketing Director of Anglia, said, “SiC devices are crucial components in power electronics designs, and we are delighted to expand in this domain with the addition of the world beating UnitedSiC products. The Anglia FAE team has received detailed training on UnitedSiC’s products and is ready to assist customers with their designs.”
 
UnitedSiC’s innovative SiC products offer breakthrough performance, highlighted by the recent announcement of the industry’s first UJ4C Gen 4 750V SiC FETs. All UnitedSiC FETs use unique cascode technology allowing for flexible drop-in compatibility with Si MOSFETs, IGBTs as well as other SiC MOSFETs, based on the 5V threshold voltage and wide gate operating range of +/-20V. These unique, high-performance, cost-effective SiC FET devices can switch at higher frequencies and improve efficiency, creating a higher-rated solution or a smaller design with reduced cooling requirements.
 
Yalcin Bulut, VP of Global Sales and Marketing at UnitedSiC, said, “Anglia’s exceptional technical expertise and excellent service record, together with UnitedSiC’s industry-best SiC FETs will deliver the type of high-performance, high-efficiency solution UK/Ireland power designers are looking for.”
 
Anglia has made a substantial investment in inventory of UnitedSIC devices, which is available via Anglia Live with no MOQ and competitive pricing.

@angliaComponent @angliaLive @UnitedSiC #Electronics #Britain #Ireland