Friday, July 9, 2010

Wind turbine monitoring

Bently Nevada™ ADAPT™.wind condition-based monitoring decreases downtime, reduces cost, and improves reliability

With a massive fleet of wind turbines coming off warranty and an anticipated installed-base growth of 475% over the next 5 years, companies are adopting condition-based maintenance (CBM) strategies to decrease down time, reduce cost, and improve reliability. CBM in wind turbines, like in combustion and steam turbines and generators, is the process of monitoring the condition of machinery, scheduling maintenance, and avoiding failures. This solution already has over 700 units in the order and installation process.

Wind farms are exposed to some unique challenges. Change of wind speeds, load conditions, and environmental conditions all contribute to the complexity of operating wind turbines. In addition, wind farms are spread out over acres or even across miles, and the gearboxes are located several hundred feet into the air. This makes it difficult for a technician to predict or diagnose an issue with the turbine. Advanced condition monitoring techniques and experience are critical to reliably monitor the wind asset.

One integrated condition-based monitoring system, Bently Nevada™ Advanced Distributed Architecture Platform Technology (ADAPT™.wind) from GE, enables operators to understand the condition of the asset without having to physically examine the machinery. By utilizing the intelligence of the system, operators can understand the severity of the defect, make corrections, and continue to generate revenue if the defect is insignificant.

ADAPT.wind CBM also allows operators to plan for maintenance, coordinate outages for closely clustered units, and proactively monitor units with anomalies, instead of running to failure or tripping the unit on an anomaly. Being able to understand the condition and health of the wind farm’s machinery, an operator can consolidate maintenance for one time and schedule one crane, realizing hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings.

The ADAPT.wind software is the standard condition monitoring solution on GE’s wind turbine units and can be readily deployed on most manufacturers’ equipment.

Incremental magnetic ring encoder

ASM has announced the addition of new magnetic encoder rings, PMIR7 series, to the POSIROT® family. These incremental encoder magnetic rings are available in three sizes to accommodate different shaft sizes and yield up to 184,320 pulses per revolution in conjunction with the quadrature encoder read head, PMIS4 series. Both units were designed to operate in harsh environments.

This non-contact incremental encoder system consists of a magnetoresistive read head, PMIS4, and a dual channel magnetic ring, PMIR7. The sensor head is completely enclosed in a metal housing and generates the industry standard A, B, Z output pulses for quadrature detection with reference mark. The PMIR7 magnetic rings come in three sizes that can be quickly press-fitted onto 27, 35 or 50 mm shaft diameters. This precise and robust encoder system can generate up to 184,320 pulses per revolution. The side tracking tolerance of this magnetic encoder is +/- 1 mm.

The shielded metal housing of the compact PMIS4 sensor read head offers a high level of protection against EMC interference and thermal overload. The enclosure has an IP67 rating to protect against dirty environments. Since this encoder operates magnetically, the read head still functions even when the magnetic scale is operated in dirty industrial environments with contamination such as oil and dust.

The available ring sizes offer either decade, binary or degree division that produce up to 102,400 pulses per revolution, 131,072 pulses per revolution or 184,320 pulses per revolution, respectively. The operating temperature range spans -40 to +85 C. The available outputs are HTL, TTL and TTL24V with a maximum output frequency of 480 kHz.

Connector gland

Rittal’s new connector gland offers significantly less assembly work, a flexible sealing system for different cable diameters and simple entry of pre-assembled cables for easy routing.

Consisting of a sealing frame suitable for 16/24-pole connector cut-outs and pluggable sealing modules, the system delivers low installation costs with a high protection category of IP64.

Benefits include flexible cable management (individual cables can be replaced without dismantling the entire sealing frame); only 4 sealing modules for the clamping range from 4 to 16 mm; a sealing frame screw-fastened directly to the enclosure and compatible with Rittal gland and module plates with connector cut-out. Sealing modules remain firmly fastened to the cable.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Desktop in your pocket!

Industrial automation desktop on the iPhone
Industrial Thinking Ltd have expanded their current Counterpoint desktop suite to include an exciting new trending package on the iPhone.

Counterpoint Trend Mobile provides Real-time remote access to your Production data directly on your iPhone and has just become available on the AppStore since the beginning of July .

The intuitive user interface enables you to Browse, Search and Trend tags from any of your configured Data Historian(s).

Supported Data Historian interfaces include most of the Industry Standard Historians, such as AspenTech Infoplus.21, OSI Pi, OPC DA and HDA, Honeywell PHD and VSystem.

Data acquisition with GPS tracking

The latest version of the Prosig’s CAN-bus/GPS measurement module is now available for the P8012, P8020 and P8048 data acquisition systems.

The CAN-bus module has been in use in the field for some time now, recording CAN-bus information for display and analysis alongside noise, vibration, temperature and other signals captured by Prosig’s P8000 systems. The module now has an option to capture GPS parameters in addition to CAN-bus data. The integrated software treats all analog, CAN-bus and GPS parameters in the same way so any mixture of parameters can be selected for display in real-time and subsequent processing. CAN-bus parameters can also be used start and to stop captures.

The data capture software now supports a realtime GPS track overlayed on a map. Velocity and altitude data measured by the GPS system can also be displayed alongside any other measurement channels in realtime displays. The latitude, longitude, altitude and velocity data is stored with with all the other sensor data captured by the P8000 system and is available to view and process in the resulting datasets. These signals can then be used to classify or select data for further analysis. For example you could choose to process data when the vehicle is on a particular road or a particular section of the track, or if you find an unusual event use the GPS data to give a position and time or the event.

See also Noise & Vibration Capture with GPS Tracking on the Prosig Blog

Gas detection at major show

The organisers of WWEM, "the world’s largest environmental monitoring event," have announced a new Gas Detection zone at the 2010 conference and exhibition, signalling coverage of the workplace environment for the first time. The show is scheduled for Telford (GB) 10/11 Nov 2010.

Traditionally focusing on environmental monitoring, the event will now also highlight airborne industrial hazards and risk assessment across all industries, with the participation of the Council of Gas Detection and Environmental Monitoring (CoGDEM). Hazards include accidental exposure to low oxygen levels in confined spaces and to toxic, flammable or explosive gases.

Most of the world's leading manufacturers' products will be on display at the WWEM exhibition, including; Alphasense, BOC, BW Technologies, Clairair, Crowcon, Cryoservice, Draeger, Gas Data, GfG, GMI, GSS, Honeywell Analytics, InfraTec, Ion Science, JMS, Linde, Quest Technologies, RAE Systems, Sensidyne, Shaw City, Sperian Instrumentation, STG and Trolex.

WWEM organiser Marcus Pattison says, "The main objective of the new gas detection zone is to provide visitors with access to all of the available technologies for both portable and fixed gas detection and monitoring. Experts will be available to demonstrate the equipment and to offer technical help and advice, and this will be supported by a comprehensive range of workshops covering subjects such as calibration, SIL and safety, and technologies such as electrochemical sensors, NDIR, PID, Ion Mobility and catalytic gas sensors."

Leigh Greenham, Director of CoGDEM, added, “Water industry workers who need to enter culverts, drains or sewers must follow the Confined Space Entry Regulations, which inevitably means checking the atmosphere using portable gas detectors. However, almost every manufacturing, processing or storage industry also has confined spaces that workers occasionally need to enter, so the display of suitable gas detectors at WWEM will give visitors the opportunity to see how best to protect their own staff and comply with the Regulations.”

Major innovator to speak at Automation Week

Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST® and inventor of the Segway™, is ISA Automation Week 2010 opening keynote speaker

Inventor Dean Kamen will deliver the opening keynote address at ISA Automation Week 2010 on Tuesday, 5 October in Houston, (TX US).

Kamen’s speech will officially kick off ISA’s annual event and will focus on the organization he founded in 1989, FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). FIRST, despite its jingoistic URL (, is an organisation with an active international presence. It is dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use, and enjoy science and technology. In 2010, its flagship program, the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), reached more than 45,000 high-school students in the US on more than 1,800 teams in 43 regional competitions, seven district competitions, and one national championship. The FIRST Robotics Competition teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way.

This is just one of Kamen’s many accomplishments. As an inventor and physicist, he has dedicated his life to developing technologies that help people lead better lives. Kamen is also widely recognized as the inventor of the popular - and mouthwatering - Segway™ Human Transporter, which provides a clean alternative for short-distance travel. He holds more than 440 US and foreign patents, many for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. While still a college undergraduate, Kamen invented the automatic, self-contained ambulatory pump that delivers precise doses of medication to patients with a variety of medical conditions.

“Anyone attending ISA Automation Week will find a connection with Dean Kamen,” said Gerald Cockrell, ISA Automation Week Technical Program co-chair. “Whether it’s through the technologies he has invented or through a shared passion for helping humanity, Dean Kamen offers inspiration to anyone involved in automation and engineering,” Cockrell continued.

Following the sale of his first company, AutoSyringe, Inc., to Baxter International Corporation, Kamen founded DEKA Research & Development Corporation. DEKA develops internally generated inventions, and provides research and development for major corporate clients. The range of products and technologies invented and developed by Kamen and the engineering team at DEKA is extremely broad. Some examples of notable breakthrough medical devices invented and developed by DEKA are the HomeChoice™ portable dialysis machine, marketed by Baxter Healthcare, and the iBOT™ Mobility System, a sophisticated mobility aid developed for Johnson & Johnson.

DEKA’s other projects include: a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)-funded robotic arm that restores functionality for individuals with upper extremity amputations, a new and improved Stirling engine that converts almost any fuel into electrical power and clean heat, new water purification technology that converts almost any source water into safe drinking water, and many others.

“Dean Kamen’s and DEKA’s accomplishments are outstanding. What he has done for humanity in terms of his medical and mobility inventions and technologies that help people live better lives is simply remarkable,” said Cockrell. “We are extremely proud to welcome him to ISA Automation Week. We hope his dedication to inspiring the next generation through FIRST will spark new programs, initiatives, and involvement to the foundation from our automation professionals attending ISA Automation Week."

Kamen has received numerous awards and accolades, including the Heinz Award in Technology, the Economy and Employment in 1998, the National Medal of Technology from US President Bill Clinton in 2000, the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2002 for Invention and Innovation, the United Nations Association of the USA Global Humanitarian Action Award in 2006, the American Society of Manufacturing Engineers Medal in 2007, the 2008 LEGO Prize, the 2009 Committee for Economic Development Public Policy Award, and honorary degrees from more than 25 colleges and universities. He was inducted into The National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2005.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Strain gauge bonding

The task of bonding strain gauges may appear to be an easy one, but it is not. It is a craft in its own right and takes experience and quality to produce the best results.

The design and manufacturing experience of precision strain gauges gives TSM a leading edge for customers requiring a strain gauge bonding service. Since 1959 TSM has installed countless strain gauges onto a wide range of components. The resultant understanding and knowledge allows them to provide a unique service to support your strain measurement needs.

The companies comprehensive facilities enable them to offer an entire range of services, even on intricate customer requirements such as specialist aerospace components, both in-house, in its state of the art clean rooms, or on-site. The good sized team of BSSM qualified technicians conform to BSSM, ISO9001 and Mil-l-45208 approved procedures, whilst using the highest quality strain gauges. All type of projects are embraced, from one off load cells to high volume bonding services.

In bonding strain gauges to a strained surface, it is important that the gauge experiences the same strain as the object. Many glues and epoxy resins are prone to creep, but TSM has developed a range of adhesives, coatings and accessories for trouble free preparation and bonding of precision strain gauges. The adhesives have been formulated to achieve ultimate performance under the majority of environmental conditions and are packaged to provide the user with maximum control in mixing and application.

The combination of experienced personnel working to stringent quality procedures and using the best materials ensures total reliability and repeatability of measurement data.

Safe rig inspection

Instrument rental ensures safety during rig inspection

Hired mercury analysers from instrumentation specialist Ashtead Technology have helped to ensure the fast, effective safety inspection of an oil and gas platform 150 miles off the coast of Scotland.

Inspection and servicing company MS Industrial Services, based in Invergordon (GB), contacted the company to hire a pair of Jerome J405 Mercury Analysers to monitor conditions on the rig prior to a shutdown and a month-long safety inspection.

According to Graham Holloway, Contracts Manager at MSIS, the J405 Analysers, which use proven technology to provide high levels of accuracy and usability for toxic vapour and gas detection, were deployed during the preliminary atmospheric testing process.

He said: “In conjunction with other gas detection work on the rig, the J405s helped us to establish a clear picture of the potential occupational exposure for our operatives during the shutdown. This enabled us to deploy the correct personal and respiratory protective equipment, such as full face respirators. “We have received positive feedback from our operatives and our client on the performance of the J405s and we would certainly utilise Ashtead Technology for the provision of this specialist equipment for future contracts.”
Key features of the J405 include improved ergonomics, a larger display as well as improved data storage, retrieval and communications. It can be used across a wide range of mercury-related applications, including mercury spill response, facility monitoring and hazardous waste analysis.

Alan Hasson, Ashtead Technology’s General Manager, added: “This application highlights the many benefits of instrument rental. The instruments were delivered tested and ready for immediate deployment, which meant that MSIS was able to utilise the latest version of these monitors without having to tie up capital and resources. At the end of the hire period, instruments are simply returned to us, so there are no ongoing maintenance, storage or write-off costs. "Ashtead Technology's instrument hire business has grown rapidly in recent years as more companies switch from ownership to rental in order to reduce costs whilst maintaining access to the latest technology.”

Building diagnostics

Fluke has introduced a new entry-level Fluke TiS Thermal Imaging Scanner for Building Diagnostics. "Now Fluke quality, durability and performance are available in a thermal imager engineered for the value-conscious building professional." Specifically designed for building and home inspectors, electricians, energy auditors, HVAC/R professionals, insulators, roofers and window installers, the Fluke TiS is the perfect tool to identify hidden issues, find moisture intrusion, detect energy losses or missing insulation, spot overheating in electrical components, identify leaking ductwork, inspect steam traps and check compressors, motors and pumps.

The Fluke TiS Building Diagnostic Thermal Imaging Scanner is the top-performing imager in its price class. It has the highest resolution (120x120) in its price class and the largest display size, 3.6", which is 30% larger than comparable imagers. And it is the only imager in its class with versatile manual focus. The award winning design includes a three-button menu designed for intuitive operation and navigation. The rugged Fluke TiS Thermal Scanner is tested to withstand a drop of 2 metres, and is IP54 rated to withstand water and dust.

With a widescreen, full color LCD display and increased thermal sensitivity, the Fluke TiS Building Diagnostic Scanner is designed for applications including:
  • Weathering and Energy Audits: Increase the thermal efficiency of a home or building by scanning for thermal heat loss, air infiltration or exfiltration, or air delivery problems.
  • Roofing Surveys: Detect wet areas in roofing systems quickly and efficiently to
  • Moisture/Restoration: Accurately detect moisture issues located behind exterior and interior walls, in ceilings or under carpet-covered floors.
  • Mould Remediation: Control mould by finding unknown sources of moisture.
  • Electrical Inspection: Detect overheated components in circuits, switch panels, motors, pumps and more.
  • HVAC Inspection: Identify leaking ductwork, inspect steam traps and check compressors, motors and pumps.

SCADA for subway

Hollysys provides SCADA system to the Beijing Subway Line 8

Hollysys Automation Technologies has signed a US $11 million, or RMB 75.8 million contract with Beijing Mass Transit Railway Operation Corp to deliver its proprietary subway SCADA system for the Phase II of Beijing Subway Line 8.

Hollysys will provide its proprietary subway SCADA platform, an open hierarchical distributed software system that integrates and interconnects various automation subsystems at station-level, which may include automation for building, fire alarm, gates, access control, CCTV, public-address, fare collection, passenger information, train information and supervision, telecommunication, etc. This phase of the Beijing Subway Line 8 is 17km in length with 11 stations, and will be commissioned by December 2012, extending from the already-operational 5km phase I portion on the same line.

Dr. Changli Wang, CEO of Hollysys, commented, “We are very pleased to sign the contract again with the Beijing subway to supply our proprietary SCADA systems for the Phase II of Beijing Subway Line 8. This contract win further validates our well-established brand name recognition in China’s fast-growing subway automation market. As China’s subway ramp-up accelerates in over 22 cities nation wide, Hollysys will continue to leverage on its solid track record and brand-name recognition to gain its fair share in this booming market.”

Frame grabber

ADLINK Technology Launches New 1080p High-definition Frame Grabber

ADLINK Technology has released the HDV62, a PCI Express frame grabber offering uncompressed image acquisition and video streaming in full 1080p HD.

The ADLINK HDV62 provides 1920x1080p resolution, progressive scan, and noise reduction for greater image quality, as well as a wide aspect ratio that is more comfortable to the human eye. Equipped with a field programmable gate array (FPGA) and 512 MB memory buffer, the HDV62 offers the ability to stream uncompressed image to the host PC, in addition to colour space conversion in real-time via on-board hardware in order to offload repetitive tasks from the host CPU.

Based on the PCI Express® x4 form factor, the HDV62 is specifically designed for medical imaging, scientific imaging, military application and high-end video surveillance system integrators by providing uncompressed video streaming up to 1920x1080p at 60 fps and lossless pixel information for both spatial and frequency domain analysis.

Real-time colour space conversion, supporting RGB, YUV, and monochrome pixel output formats, is also performed on the HDV62 in real-time to facilitate applications that require different colour formats for different image analysis. As this color space conversion is performed via the HDV62’s hardware, different colour formats can be obtained without consuming host system resources. The HDV62 also provides various video input support from both digital and component analog video inputs for HD (high definition) or SD (standard definition) video via a 170 MHz DVI input or through RBG and YPbPr analog component inputs.

Image acquisition and deployment of the HDV62 are greatly simplified through Microsoft® DirectShow, a user-friendly Windows-based application development software package which allow system developers shorten time-to-market.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Biomass to low-cost energy

New offering helps create renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Emerson Process Management is expanding its energy management portfolio with new technologies and services that help companies and municipalities convert low-cost waste and biomass into renewable energy more efficiently and reliably, with lower carbon emissions.

As regulatory agencies increase renewable fuels standards and governments consider renewable energy and carbon management legislation, Emerson’s technology and plant automation and control solutions are helping customers convert biomass or waste fuel – whether waste gases from a petroleum refinery, hydrogen from a chemical plant, biogas from potato waste at a food processing plant, or wood waste from a pulp mill – into steam and electrical power.

In the United States, for example, the industrial sector accounts for nearly 30 per cent of the energy used nationwide and 27 per cent of the country’s carbon emissions.

“Biomass-to-energy conversion is the fastest-growing segment of the energy business,” said Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson Process Management. “Faced with high energy costs and environmental goals, our customers recognise they can retrofit decades-old plants to convert their own waste streams into environmentally friendly and low-cost sources of power, which is a plus to both the environment and their bottom line.”

Emerson’s new combustion optimisation technology uses Model Predictive Control (MPC) and other algorithms to determine the heat release of biomass and waste fuels. With this capability, the combustion can be optimised to the highest potential efficiency and the waste fuel can be maximised to minimise the cost of energy and reduce emissions. This provides the most affordable and environmentally friendly operation available in the industrial energy market.
“With this technology, many of our customers are operating on renewable energy up to 95 per cent of the time,” Sonnenberg said.

Seattle Steam, a district heating facility that provides heat in the form of steam to 200 buildings and hospitals in Downtown, the central business district of Seattle, USA, turned to Emerson’s new combustion optimisation technology when it decided to rely on low-cost urban wood waste to provide energy for the Downtown area.

“We have reduced our annual carbon emissions by 60 per cent since turning on the new biomass facility that uses wood instead of natural gas,” says Stan Gent, president and chief executive officer of Seattle Steam. “We are looking at upgrading the control systems at all of our existing facilities to achieve additional efficiency gains.”
Emerson’s energy solution includes biomass and waste fuel combustion optimisation technology, that provides automatic, real-time process adjustments based on changing quality and availability of alternative fuels, costs of alternate and fossil fuels, emissions, and process constraints. Emerson also provides energy monitoring and controls to spot unusual energy usage, identify opportunities to improve energy efficiency, and manage operations based on real-time energy costs.

They also takes advantage of its wireless measurement technologies in its energy management programmes to reduce the installed cost of monitoring instruments and to allow more measurements in tougher places. In fact, wireless measurements are being installed at approximately a third of the cost of traditional hardwired implementations.

Biomass currently provides more than 3 per cent of the total energy consumption in the United States, with U.S. government studies (Report) predicting biomass could supply up to 15 per cent of U.S. energy demand by 2030.

Emerson Process Management is a leader in renewable energy, working with hundreds of biomass-to-energy industrial customers, advanced biofuel companies converting cellulosic feedstocks into premium fuels, and commercial power generators converting wind, solar, and hydro power and biomass into electricity. Emerson has a dedicated staff of experienced energy consultants who assist customers with identifying opportunities, developing alternate fuel solutions, and implementing overall sustainable energy programmes.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Moisture & humidity slide rule

Michell’s new moisture and humidity calculator offers extended range of calculations
Michell Instruments have produced a new humidity calculation slide chart. Updated to include new measurement parameters, the slide chart allows for easy calculations and conversions between units of moisture content in parts per million (ppm), dew point, relative humidity and moisture in liquid.

Michell were prompted to re-design the slide chart in response to feedback from customers. ‘We discovered that our customers really valued the slide chart as a tool, but told us that they wanted it to do more calculations – such as moisture in liquids,’ explained Andy Benton, Technical Consultant at Michell. ‘We also found out that people find the slide chart useful because of its simplicity – you can use it anywhere, unlike on-line calculation tools.’

The slide chart offers a comprehensive selection of humidity units. High and low humidity ranges are covered on separate sides of the calculator for simplicity of use and also to enable the greatest range of conditions to be covered. One side is for making calculations with extremely dry gases containing only parts per billion (ppb) moisture content, of most relevance to sectors such as semiconductor industry. The other side is suited to calculations involving very high concentrations of water vapour – such as is found in paper production and certain metallurgical processes.

Parameters included on the slide chart:
  • Relative humidity
  • Absolute humidity, g/m3
  • Mixing ratio, g/Kg
  • Moisture content, ppmV, in gases
  • Moisture content, ppmW, in liquids
  • Dew point, °C, and vapour pressure
Pressure and temperature compensation is incorporated, where relevant, for each unit conversion. To complete the comprehensive coverage of the slide rule, metric/imperial conversions are provided for temperature and pressure.

The slide chart is a valuable tool for anyone working with processes involving moisture control or analysis. Michell are giving away versions of the slide chart for free to customers contacting them with enquiries regarding their current moisture applications and requirements.

IR Temp sensors with smallest stand alone pyrometer

Versatile, high-performance IR thermometers offer lowest installation cost per measurement point

Raytek® has introduced the MI3 Series of infrared temperature measurement sensors. The MI3 Series represents a new generation of performance and innovation in noncontact temperature monitoring for Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) applications and manufacturing processes.

The MI3, a rugged, IP 65 stainless steel miniature pyrometer with integrated electronics, is the smallest fully functional, stand-alone infrared temperature sensor for fixed installation on the market today.

All sensor-operating parameters are easily accessed and configured through the standard user interface with large backlit LCD display, or with the powerful Raytek DataTemp® Multidrop software via the USB 2.0 digital interface.

The MI3 sensor comes with a separate communication module for use with standard industrial outputs, the MI3COMM communications box, which supports up to eight (8) individually addressable MI3 miniature sensor heads.

The digital communication between the sensor and the communication box has several advantages:
  • Plug-and play connection of the sensor head – sensors are automatically recognized by the communication box, no need for manual setting of calibration codes.
  • The sensors can be easily integrated into any control system via their internal digital bus.
  • No cable bending/moving effects allowing continuous reliable measurement in moving installations (robotic arms, linear drives, chains etc).
For multiple sensor applications with USB and RS485, four (4) MI3 sensors can be directly connected to the MI3MCOMM box which is available in a convenient DIN-rail mountable package.

For high-volume OEM applications, the sensing heads allow a direct digital interface to the host machine controller, without the need for a communication box.

The MI3 sensor provides all the functionality of the proven Raytek MI Series with significant new features. These include a broad choice of sensing head temperature ranges (from –40 up to 1650°C) and spectral responses, a standard USB 2.0 digital interface for easy sensor set-up and configuration, a fully programmable electronics platform, and response times as fast as 20 ms.

The Raytek MI3 Series sensors offer a choice of scalable 0/4 to 20 mA and 0 to 5/10 VDC analog outputs, or Type J, K, R or S thermocouple outputs, as well as an optional RS485 network interface – thus, enabling seamless integration into existing control equipment or OEM systems.

Standard USB 2.0 communication facilitates sensor configuration and is valuable for troubleshooting when the device is installed in hostile or remote locations. Additionally, this capability saves maintenance time and minimizes technician exposure to hazardous environments.

Thanks to precision, high-resolution silicon optics, the MI3 sensors provide a range of optical resolutions (2:1, 10:1 or 22:1) at a very attractive price.

The MI3’s user-programmable, isolated alarm output is an easy way to achieve alarm and control redundancy or provide simple on/off control capabilities. It allows for local alarm capability, eliminating the need for separate limit switches or alarms.

Other standard MI3 features include: adjustable emissivity, transmissivity, peak hold, valley hold and signal averaging; and configurable inputs for emissivity control, ambient background compensation and trigger/hold input.

Infrared thermometers, such as the MI3, are the fastest, safest and most cost-effective way to measure critical temperatures necessary for process control and automation. Energy costs are typically one of the top three operating expenses in any manufacturing facility, and process heating is the largest portion of this expense. The Raytek MI3 reduces energy costs by allowing tighter process control and more efficient process heating. Improved control performance usually results in less product variation, higher product quality and increased throughput.

New 4-Channel PoE Compact Image Station

Stemmer Imaging's new CVS Image Station Compact EOS-1000 is an embedded computer system for industrial imaging applications that combines high performance computing capability with four individual Gigabit Ethernet camera ports in a compact, robust housing. This system is ideal for any industrial automation application such as 3D vision robotic guidance and medical imaging.

The CVS Image Station Compact EOS-1000 measures just 200 x 85 x 165 mm. The use of long-life embedded components and a built-in system monitoring for CPU temperature, fan speed and system responsiveness ensures a very robust and reliable platform for vision applications. Designed to withstand vibrations up to 5 G, the system cam operate in very harsh environments.

Outstanding computing power for imaging applications is provided by the embedded Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU, with independent dual data storage support for Compact flash memory or an optional HDD. Independent data storage offers the capability for one medium to run the operating system and applications while the other is used to archive video, images, log files or the back-up operating system.

Four independent Gigabit Ethernet camera ports are provided, each featuring Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology to allow power to be supplied to the camera through the Ethernet cable. Industry-standard GigE Vision cameras can be used, each operating with cable distances of up to 100 m. A wide range of I/O support includes RS232/485, USB and isolated digital I/Os.