Friday, February 11, 2011

New testing facilities for O & G drive systems

ABB has completed its new, world-class electromechanical equipment test facilities at CESI’s headquarters in Milano (I). These facilities will be used to test the load capacity and reliability of large motors and medium voltage drives used in a range of oil and gas applications, from offshore platforms to remote production sites.

They worked in close cooperation with CESI -Italian Electro-technical Experimental Center - to develop the test facilities, which will help ABB meet the increasing demand from OEMs and end-users that are unable to perform acceptance testing at their own sites because of geographic or environmental constraints. The new facilities enable ABB to deliver certified equipment that meets the stringent requirements of the oil and gas industry, where full load testing of electrical equipment is required.

While designing and developing the test facilities, ABB and CESI performed a specific study of harmonics in order to avoid impact on the national electricity grid during all tests. Great emphasis was also placed on safety procedures and to prevent any environmental impact during the testing process.

A detailed mechanical analysis and study was carried out by Politecnico di Milano to determine correct sizing of iron and concrete necessary to compensate for motor vibrations, providing a perfectly isolated area for all tests.

With a total surface of 1,900 square meters, the facilities include a new inertial test bed designed for back-to-back testing of electrical machines up to 70 tons each, up to two poles, with a maximum rated power of 70 megavoltampere (MVA) at 33 kilovolt (kV). Two test sessions, consisting of a back-to-back configuration of two 13.58 megawatt variable speed drive systems and a second test involving two 18.2 Megawatt systems were completed.

The use of Adjustable Speed Drive System (ASDS) driven compressors and pumps instead of gas turbines is increasing in the Oil and Gas applications, especially for transportation, gas liquefaction and injection. These systems assure higher flexibility, higher efficiency, reduced maintenance cost and a lower environmental impact.

“These new test facilities are a major success, underscoring ABB’s commitment to provide world class expertise, services and technology to the oil and gas industry,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “Our capacity to combine ABB products with our deep application knowledge will help our customers establish the reliable power and process infrastructure they need to achieve new production targets.”

The facilities will also allow testing of new equipment such as variable speed drives and a complete lineup of adjustable speed drive systems (the medium voltage ensemble of switchgear, transformer, converter, electrical motor and filters). Full load, no load, heat run, vibration and noise tests will also be performed in accordance with International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards and vendor’s requirements, including the strictest standards driving the oil and gas industry.

CESI has been operating for more than 50 years in the electro-energetic and environmental sectors in more than 35 countries all over the world. CESI is recognized as market leader in testing and certification of electromechanical equipment and power systems, as well as in studies and consultancy activities, with competencies covering all stages of power system life cycles.

ABB is currently partnered with CESI in several certification areas involving medium and high voltage products. CESI is also a reputable certification body for dynamic vibration and products according to the ATEX standard.
ABB’s Process Automation division delivers integrated automation solutions for control, plant optimization, and industry-specific application knowledge and services to help process industry customers worldwide improve their energy efficiency and meet their critical business needs in the areas of operational profitability, capital productivity, risk management and global responsibility. These industries include oil and gas, power, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, metals, minerals, cement, marine and turbocharging

New high sensitivity pressure sensors

New from Kistler is a range of high sensitivity, pressure sensors for use in the production of fibre-reinforced lightweight plastic structures and composite parts for the automobile and aerospace industries using conventional and high-pressure resin transfer moulding (RTM). The sensors are also suitable for injection moulding and pressing of temperature-resistant components for domestic appliances and electrical products from thermosetting materials such as bulk moulded compound (BMC), sheet moulded composite (SMC), elastomers and liquid silicone resin (LSR).
Two types are available, both with a front diameter of 6 mm; one with a sensitivity of 16.9 pC/bar over the range from 0 to 200 bar and the other with a sensitivity of 4 pC./bar over the range 0 to 1,000 bar. Both are suitable for use at melt temperatures up to 450°C and are available with a coated front for use with materials containing abrasive fillers or reinforcing materials.

Used with the Kistler CoMo Injection system, the new sensors’ ability to detect minute changes in cavity pressure allow the processing of curable, cross-linking compounds to be precisely monitored and controlled. The resulting mould cavity pressure curve can then be analysed for quality assurance monitoring.

The new high sensitivity, diaphragm pressure sensors are part of the “Quality Moulding Powered by Kistler” programme that uses mould cavity pressure to monitor and control the moulding process to ensure minimum rejects and maximum productivity.

Success in DCS market recognised

Invensys Operations Management has received the 2010 Frost & Sullivan Global Customer Value Enhancement Award for its success in the global distributed control system (DCS) market. The award is presented to the company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing modernisation strategies that proactively create value for its customers, with a focus on improving return on investment.

According to Frost & Sullivan, the global financial crisis has made manufacturers and other industrial end users more cautious about upgrading or migrating existing systems because of the many challenges, including interoperability issues and increased downtime. Well-proven Foxboro® I/A Series® plug-in migration technology from Invensys, however, minimises costs and risks because legacy system upgrades can be accomplished without replacing field wiring, termination assemblies, system enclosures or power supplies. Invensys replaces existing legacy input/output (I/O) modules with new Foxboro I/A Series I/O modules especially designed to plug directly into the existing system. This unique approach is virtually risk-free, providing reversibility if needed, and the system switchover can be accomplished in hours, with minimal—if any—costly downtime.

In selecting Invensys Operations Management for the award, Frost & Sullivan cited three key performance factors of the company’s Foxboro I/A Series migration solution: reduction in lengthy process downtime; improved product value related to cost reduction, time savings and increased convenience; and excellent customer service, including  a free migration audit for existing clients.

“This award recognises Invensys Operations Management’s inordinate focus on enhancing the value that its customers receive—beyond simply good customer service—leading to improved customer retention and ultimately customer base expansion,”
said Sivakumar Narayanaswamy, industry analyst, Frost & Sullivan. “While the global economy continues to recover, manufacturers continue to be cautious about upgrading their operating facilities. Therefore, it is important that their systems migrations are justified by improvements in their plant, operations and business performance. With its unique plug-in migration approach, Invensys Operations Management has developed a comprehensive strategy that gives confidence to the end user, allowing them to justify their DCS migration decision, implement the solution and provide a roadmap for achieving control and safety excellence while bypassing traditional challenges.”

“This award is a tribute to the strength of our Foxboro I/A Series offering—the only migration solution available on the market today that offers this non-destructive, low-risk approach,”
said Rick Morse, vice president, control and safety solutions, Invensys Operations Management. “Once migrated, we further reduce customer risk by assuming responsibility for support and service, not for only the new I/A Series system installed, but also for any legacy infrastructure remaining as a result of the migration, under a new full system warranty.”

Frost & Sullivan estimates that the demand for DCS migration or upgrades is expected to increase substantially in the coming years because more than $60 billion worth of installed global process automation systems are nearing the end of their lifecycle. Invensys’ unique and proven plug-in migration solution has helped more than 1,000 customers worldwide modernise their operations. The company provides plug-in solutions for legacy Honeywell® TDC2000 and TDC3000, Bailey® NET 90 and INFI 90, Fisher PROVOX S10 and S20, Westinghouse® WDPF, Siemens Moore APACS®, Taylor™ MOD 300 and Foxboro SPECTRUM™ and SPEC 200™ users.

Details of all Frost & Sullivan Awards.

Not a bad result!

We have already reported on some of the winners in Control's  annual Readers' Choice of process automation users.

Emerson Process Management has again earned top rankings this year (2010). This marks the 18th consecutive year that Emerson products were chosen first in more product categories than any competitor. Considering that this is the 19th such survey this isn't bad!

Emerson earned 24 first-place wins – more than the next three competitors combined. In addition to categories for advanced process control software, asset management software, wireless infrastructure, and several measurement and valve technologies, users also named Emerson first for its overall capabilities in continuous regulatory control and batch process automation.

“We appreciate this vote of confidence in Emerson’s ability to help our customers meet their toughest challenges,”
said Steve Sonnenberg, president, Emerson Process Management. “Our goal is to continue earning that confidence – not just in an annual survey but day after day.”

Emerson’s intelligent measurement, control, and analytical instruments, and its automation systems and software, are part of its industry-leading PlantWeb™ digital plant architecture, which helps process operations improve efficiency and profitability. The company’s Smart Wireless technology extends those benefits to areas that were previously out of physical or economic reach, and its human-centred design approach leads to innovative products and solutions that make users’ jobs easier.

Other recent honours for Emerson’s industry-leading technologies and services include the results of reader surveys by Chemical Processing and Control Design magazines.  Emerson Process Management dominated voting by Chemical Processing readers as they identified suppliers that best met their industry-specific needs.  And in the Control Design survey of equipment builders and system integrators, Emerson topped categories for flow, temperature, pressure, and level measurement, as well as for power supplies.

Waterproof connectors

Intelliconnect “Pisces” waterproof RF Connectors for marine and harsh environments

Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd has announced the availability of its wide range of IP67 and IP68 interconnect solutions for harsh environments. Qualified to withstand immersion at a minimum of 20m for four hours in their unmated condition, the Pisces range are renowned for reliability under rigorous conditions and Intelliconnect are now widely considered to be the world leaders in this highly specialised field.

Intelliconnect Pisces waterproof RF connectors are suitable for many applications including: high quality Antennas, Personal Locator Beacons, Cochlear Implant devices, petrochemical monitoring equipment, and traffic indication systems.

Pisces waterproof RF connector designs are available for most Coaxial/Triaxial/Twinaxial waterproof connector groups. Standard models include high frequency waterproof connectors, to both commercial and MIL standards, including SMA, TNC, N, SMB and push-pull connector types.
Intelliconnect Pisces connectors are waterproof, mated or unmated, for a minimum 4 hours at 20m depth and are available on short lead-times and offer complete flexibility to meet customer requirements, with custom designs available within 24 hours.

All Pisces connectors are designed to meet the requirements of US MIL-PRF-39012, MIL-STD-348 and IEC: 169-8. Waterproofing meets IP68 per IEC 60529, (NEMA 6P or better), tested to a 20 meter water depth in an unmated condition for duration of 4 hours. Operating temperature range is -65°C to +165°C, corrosion (salt spray) performance is to MIL-STD-202, Method 101 and moisture Resistance is to MIL-STD-202, Method 106.

Fatigue rated load cells

Off-the-shelf fatigue rated load cells from RDP

When load testing calls for a high number of repetitive cycles, such as material test machines or long-term structural tests in aviation or automotive research, then a common solution is to specify a fatigue rated load cell. Now RDP Electronics can usually offer an off-the-shelf alternative for rapid delivery.

Because load cells used during repeated cycle testing programmes are themselves susceptible to fatigue failure the guaranteed limits are typically set less than the maximum static rating of the device. By operating RDP’s Model 41 load cell to perform within 75% or 50% of full range for example they can be used for applications that would normally require a fatigue rated model. A major benefit of this is that many standard load cells up to 50,000 lbs are normally available ex stock from RDP, allowing urgent projects to proceed quickly. Where test environments are wet, dirty or need submersible load cells, then appropriate versions can be supplied to order.

Latest bus version now available

CANopen Lift profile (version 2.0) fro free download

The nonprofit CiA (CAN in Automation) group provides the CiA 417 specification on its website to be downloaded free-of-charge. The completely re-structured specification is partly incompatible to version 1.0. In particular, the specification for some virtual devices such as car drive has been revised significantly. Also some PDO specifications have been updated. The SIG (Special Interest Group) CANopen Lift will continue to add new virtual devices, but it is not intended to change the technical specification of the just released version 2.0.

Emissions Reduction Technology Forum

The International Society of Automation (ISA)  has announced that its 11th Annual ISA Fugitive Emissions Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) Symposium: A Decade of Unprecedented Success—and Growing Strong, will be held 17–19 May 2011 at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel in New Orleans (LA US).

As part of the symposium, an Emissions Reduction Technology Forum will be held on 19 May. Held for the second time, the forum offers information exchange about technologies specifically intended to reduce VOC emissions. This year’s forum will answer the question, “How can facilities comply and achieve ever lower emissions levels?” The forum brings together veterans from both sides of the table, industry and government, for an informative examination of two low-leak technologies for valves.

During the forum, sealing professionals will present their low-leak technology solutions for reducing fugitive emissions and preventing leaks. Following the presentations, an expert panel of end-users and representatives from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will discuss the feasibility of implementation, testing results, emissions performance, costs, and other concerns.

In addition to the Emissions Reduction Technology Forum, ISA’s LDAR Symposium will include a full day of sessions, an exhibit area, ISA LDAR training, a reception, lunches, and several networking opportunities.

Growing every year since its inception, ISA’s LDAR Symposium has, over the past decade, rapidly become the air compliance industry’s only conference whose sole purpose is to share best practices for Leak Detection and Repair and Directed Inspection and Maintenance programs. In addition to industry professionals who present their expertise and best practices, regulatory agencies use this symposium to announce upcoming changes to compliance requirements, and to share findings from recent enforcement actions.

This long-running air compliance industry conference is recommended for LDAR program administrators, coordinators and supervisors, air compliance managers, environmental engineers, maintenance managers, reliability engineers, consultants, monitoring services contractors, and other vendors who provide products or services to the LDAR community.

Registration for the event is open, with online pre-registration extending through 12 May 2011.

Motion control system helps coating machine

Baldor Ethernet-compatible Powerlink servos simplify machine build

An advanced real-time Ethernet motion control system has helped Advanced Coating Robotics (ACR) to create a new conformal coating machine that combines exceptional three-dimensional spraying accuracy with very high throughput.

ACR's new MACCS 400 conformal coating machine
makes extensive use of Baldor Electric
Ethernet-compatible PowerLink servo drives.
The multi-axis system is based entirely on Baldor Electric motion control products, with three axes making use of the company's Ethernet-compatible PowerLink servo drives. Key reasons behind the choice of this motion control technology were the flexibility of Baldor's motion control software, the ease with which real-time interpolated control could be applied across the machine's five-axis servo and stepper driven motion, and the simple plug-together system building approach offered by the Ethernet-based modules.

ACR's new MACCS 400 machine provides a fast and highly flexible means of selectively applying protective conformal coatings to printed circuit board (PCB) mounted components, and can accommodate both inline and batch processing operations. Capable of coating PCBs as large as 500 x 480 mm - with on-board components as high as 90 mm - the programmable machine uses an advanced five-axis motion control system to combine high-speed throughput capabilities with ultra-precise spray head positioning to an accuracy of 25 microns.

Formed in 2009, with the specific intention of developing highly automated solutions for applying conformal coatings to electronic components, ACR is a collaboration between SCH Technologies - a leading conformal coating company - and specialist automation designers SMS Machines & Automation Ltd. ACR launched the MACCS 400 just three months ago and has already sold five of the machines.

MACCS 400 is a self-contained, free-standing machine with a small 1.4 m2 footprint. It is capable of completely autonomous operation, or can be equipped with chain conveyors and form part of an integrated PCB production line; the machine is fully compliant with the SMEMA (surface mount equipment manufacturers association) mechanical and electrical interface standards.

The X and Y axes of the machine's motion control system are based on a novel 'H-belt' actuator, driven by two Baldor BSM servomotors linked to Baldor MicroFlex e100 drives. The two motors are static - they occupy fixed positions at the bottom of the 'H' - and jointly act on a single belt. The advantage of this approach is that the motors do not contribute to the load inertia, and therefore permit very fast and accurate movement - the machine can accommodate X-Y velocities as high as 800 mm/second. The Z axis controls the above-board height of the spray head, and is driven by a third BSM servomotor and MicroFlex e100 drive. All three drives are very tightly synchronised to facilitate high speed Cartesian movement of the spray head, the angle and orientation of which are controlled by two rotary axes, driven by Baldor stepper motors.

All five electrical axes on the MACCS 400 are controlled by a Baldor NextMove e100 controller, using full interpolation to allow smooth high speed tangential moves. Overall control of the machine is handled by ACR's proprietary coating software, which runs under Windows XP on a built-in host PC, equipped with a large HMI (human-machine interface). The coating software provides a highly intuitive graphical user interface and is written in the VB.NET object-oriented programming language.

According to ACR's Managing Director, Gordon Watson, "Our choice of motion control technology was heavily influenced by the flexibility of Baldor's NextMove controller, which interfaces seamlessly with our software. Baldor's software development environment, which comes as part of the package, includes comprehensive support for ActiveX, which fits well with VB.NET. Creating the complex real-time motion control sequences was also relatively easy, since Baldor's Mint language employs high level keywords for many of these moves. And since taking the decision to adopt Baldor as our supplier of choice, we have been extremely pleased with the excellent level of application support that the company provides."

The MACCS 400 can apply a wide range of conformal coatings, including Parylene and many HumiSeal products, and offers a choice of cartridge or pressure vessel feed. Standard features include an integral camera for manual alignment, a remote teach pendant, and built-in purge and solvent cups for flushing. The machine also offers numerous optional facilities, such as multiple spray heads, fluid viscosity control, a bar code reader and a laser pointer.

New finance scheme opens door to new technology

A new ‘Rent To Own’ (RTO) scheme from instrumentation specialist Ashtead Technology is helping companies obtain access to the latest technologies by spreading out the cost and reducing pressure on cash flow whilst maintaining traditional rental benefits such as repair, calibration and technical support.

The initiative sidesteps capital expenditure restrictions to give customers immediate access to the most up-to-date inspection, test and monitoring equipment – with the flexibility and freedom to either buy at the end of the 12 months rental period with a one-off purchase payment or to simply return the equipment with no additional penalties.

Helimech
The RTO scheme helped one Milton Keynes (GB) company, aircraft services specialist Helimech, make considerable savings on an Olympus Iplex LX videoprobe that is used for advanced gas turbine engine inspections. Engineering manager Paul Smith explains: “Previously it was necessary to regularly outsource a specialist to visit us with a videoprobe, but this was becoming increasingly costly.


“As demand for this type of investigation grew, we decided to try Ashtead Technology’s RTO scheme because it provided us with the latest technology combined with back-up support from one of the company’s remote visual inspection specialists.


“We could not justify the upfront cost of purchase, so the RTO option offered a more financially attractive alternative and as a result we now have the technology and capability in-house. I would thoroughly recommend the scheme to other small or medium sized companies.”

A number of Ashtead products are available under the RTO scheme including XRF metals analysers, thermal cameras and a vast range of the latest vidoeprobe inspection equipment.

Ashtead’s General Manager Alan Hasson said: “RTO is just one of the ways in which we help to put the right technology in the hands of those that need it. Because the monthly costs are less than a typical rental and with the overall outlay spread over 12 months, the RTO scheme is ideal for companies wanting access to the very latest instrumentation without a large one-off payment.”


“RTO provides a lower cost solution for those with a frequent rental requirement, but does provide outright ownership if desired and allows customers to release valuable capital for other purposes.”

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Arbitrary function generator offers 50 MHz frequency range plus GPIB interface

The new TG5011G from Aim-TTi is a combined function/arbitrary/pulse generator with a frequency range covering 1 µHz to 50 MHz. The new model has a GPIB interface in addition to the USB and LAN (LXI) interfaces of the standard model.

Arbitrary waveform of up to 128k words can be generated at 14 bits vertical resolution and a sampling speed of 125 MS/s. A front-mounted USB port enables external Flash memory storage of up to 1000 waveforms. A USB memory stick also provides a quick and convenient method for transferring waveform files to and from a PC.

The TG5011G incorporates a pulse generator mode which provides wide-range pulse width and delay independent of period. Pulse period can be set between 2000 seconds and 80 ns (0.5 mHz to 12.5 MHz), and the duty cycle can be as low as one in two billion. Rise and fall times (edge speeds) are also independently variable over a wide range.

A wideband noise generator creates Gaussian white noise with a high crest factor and a bandwidth of 20 MHz. Noise can be added to any waveform or can be used as a modulating source.

The TG5011G offers high-purity sine waves with low harmonic distortion and low phase noise over the full frequency range. Square waves have a risetime of below 8 ns and low overshoot giving good wave-shape right up to 50 MHz. A TCXO timebase oscillator provides a frequency stability of 1 ppm.

The generator offers a comprehensive set of digital modulations including AM, FM, PM, PWM and FSK. The modulation source can be any standard or arbitrary waveform, or any external signal applied to the modulation input.

Partnerships announced

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has announced the signing of four new partners to its Corporate Partnerships Program, after just one year on the market. The partners are: Fluke Corporation; GE Energy; Honeywell Process Solutions; and OSIsoft, LLC.

The ISA Corporate Partnerships Program offers companies a customized, tailored approach to sponsorship within the organization. Partnership packages include year-round promotion, prominent association-wide access and recognition, and turnkey service from a dedicated team of professionals. Companies can bundle ISA products and services with marketing opportunities, providing a more streamlined approach to corporate sponsorship.

“Integrating marketing tactics and campaigns across events, publications, face-to-face opportunities, and digital communications translates into increased efficiencies for companies,” said ISA Corporate Partnerships Manager Jennifer Infantino. “Our partners utilize their sponsorship programs to maintain consistent messages, leverage the power of frequency, and achieve top-of-mind awareness among a highly qualified group of professionals.”

The program has three levels of partnership opportunities: ISA Strategic Partners, ISA Corporate Partners, and ISA Automation Week Partners.
Fluke Corporation is an ISA Strategic Partner, the highest level of partnership within the program. Fluke’s 2011 partnership will focus on a test and measurement platform, with marketing and educational opportunities centered on Fluke’s line of electronic test tools and software.
GE Energy, Honeywell Process Solutions, and OSIsoft are ISA Corporate Partners. OSIsoft, an ISA Automation Week Partner in 2010, made the decision to renew its partnership at a higher level in 2011.

"Our partnership with ISA is an important part of our overall marketing strategy, and we have seen significant value in the first year of that partnership," said OSIsoft VP of Marketing Jon Peterson. “ISA connects us with the right audience, and the partnerships program allows us to focus and leverage our marketing outreach."

GE Energy also decided to renew its partnership at the ISA Corporate Partner level, with an increased focus on customized web seminars and technical resources that the company can share with its customers.

“We are proud to announce our 2011 partnerships with these key industry leaders,” said ISA Executive Director and CEO Patrick Gouhin. “Each of our partners offers a distinct value proposition to the automation community. We look forward to working with each company to maximize their return on investment and further develop their relationship with ISA and the professionals we serve.”

Discussions are underway with several companies interested in ISA Automation Week partnerships, a three-month intensive marketing package focused around ISA’s annual event in October. In 2010, ARC Advisory Group, OSIsoft, Schneider Electric, and Wind River were ISA Automation Week Partners.
ISA works with world-renowned sponsorship organization IEG to analyse and evaluate sponsor needs and develop strategies for increasing sponsorship’s return on investment. IEG is a leading provider of consulting, valuation, measurement, research and training to the global sponsorship industry. IEG’s 5,000 clients include the NFL, UNICEF, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Credit Suisse, Diageo, and Subway. The organisation works to help properties and sponsors make the most of sponsorship dollars, and features a division focused on evaluating the true value of sponsorship packages.

In May of 2010, ISA rolled out a partnership dashboard web site to help partners stay up-to-date on their benefits and exposure opportunities. The dashboard is a 24/7, password protected, customized web site that provides partners with extensive information on contract terms, deliverables, opportunities, and upcoming action items.

The dashboards were recognized as an innovation in partner fulfillment and servicing by IEG in an internationally published article in August 2010. “Demonstrating that best practices don’t have to come from pro sports or other large, high profile properties, the International Society of Automation has launched an online dashboard as a servicing tool for partners…such tools can play an especially important role for partners who are not heavily involved in sponsorship and/or don’t have large marketing staffs,” the article reported.

2011 partnership opportunities will be limited to a small number of companies at each level in order to give the highest level of visibility to each of ISA’s partners.

Number one in signal conditioners!

Moore Industries-International has been voted Number 1 in Signal Conditioners in the 2011 Control Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards. The awards represent the collective opinion of over 1,000 process automation professionals.
“To be mentioned in these Readers’ Choice Awards at all, regardless of position, means that the solution provider has not only consistently provided exceptionally fine quality products and service, but also has demonstrated those capabilities to a large number of very loyal end-user customers,” the Control Magazine article stated. "These are the suppliers who have consistently demonstrated excellence in customer service and responsiveness.”

Moore Industries provides signal interface instruments that
convert, isolate, split, boost and step down process signals so field instruments can interface directly with indicators, recorders, DCS, PLC, and PC-based SCADA systems.  This includes the company’s miniMOORE family of multi-channel signal isolators and converters. The high-density miniMOORE signal conditioners deliver up to four low-cost I/O channels in a 1 inch (25.4 mm) footprint, which equates to 0.25 inches (6.35 mm) per channel.

To view the industry’s number one line of signal conditioners according to the readers of Control Magazine, go to the Moore Industries Signal Conditioner Selection Index at: http://www.miinet.com/products/sg_signal.shtml. In addition to the online product index, Signal Isolators, Converters and Interfaces: The “Ins” and “Outs”, a Moore Industries whitepaper, is available for download. 

Major order for systems for cruise liners

ABB wins marine order worth over $50 million

ABB has won an order worth over $50 million to provide power and propulsion systems for two next-generation cruise ships to be built by Meyer Werft at its shipyard in Papenburg (D), for Norwegian Cruise Line. The order was booked in the fourth quarter.

Meyer Werft, founded in 1795, is well known for building large, highly sophisticated cruise liners. Each new ship is 143,500 GT (gross tonnage) and will be able to carry more than 4,000 passengers, which makes them the biggest cruise liners ever built in Germany.

ABB’s delivery will help maximize fuel efficiency, improve maneuverability, and also provide a reliable power supply for propulsion and ship onboard consumption.

“ABB’s comprehensive solutions for our ship building customers ensure reliable power supplies on board, as well as technologically advanced propulsion systems that help big ships navigate quickly and safely, using less fuel,”
said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “Our reliable and energy-efficient equipment help cruise operators cut down on fuel consumption and reduce their carbon footprint. Also, the same technology ensures the comfort and safety of their passengers.”

The order includes power generation and distribution systems, thruster motors, and two 17.5 megawatt (MW) propulsion systems including transformers, drives and Azipod® XO propulsion units. ABB’s energy efficient Azipod propulsion uses less fuel than traditional systems, and provides better maneuverability in all operating conditions.

Headquartered in the US, Norwegian Cruise Line has a 44-year history of innovation in cruise travel. The ships are scheduled for delivery and commissioning in the spring of 2013 and 2014.

Intelligent control room management solution enables compliance

GE Intelligent Platforms has announced that its Proficy® Workflow work process management solution has been chosen by S3 Development Corporation (NH US), as the foundation for an Intelligent Control Room Management solution for the company’s natural gas and hazardous liquids customers. The solution will be piloted at three East Coast natural gas utilities, starting in Q1 2011.

The Control Room Management solution is in direct response to the Control Room Management/Human Factors mandate from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) that requires companies transporting natural gas and other gases as well as hazardous liquids by pipeline to comply with minimum safety standards. The PHMSA regulation, 49 CFR Part 192 and 49 CFR Part 195 specifies procedural guidelines around access to information, alarm and change management, fatigue mitigation, operating experience, training, compliance validation, and compliance deviation. The government is hoping to reduce risk and improve safety during the transportation of hazardous gases and liquids. The deadline for compliance to these regulations was accelerated by 18 months, so companies must have plans and procedures in place for compliance by August 2011 and implemented by February 2012.


“With companies scrambling to determine how to comply with this mandate, S3 Development is on the leading edge,” said Sheila Kester, General Manager of Operations Management Software for GE Intelligent Platforms. “As a leading technology and consulting company in the natural gas industry, their solution will take all parts of the mandate into account, allowing companies to capture events and trigger the necessary Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for action – whether related to alarm management, operator duty cycles and fatigue mitigation or change management. This application plays to the strengths of GE’s Proficy Software solutions, helping companies achieve success through compliance by providing a model for what global companies could do to reduce risk.”

Proficy Workflow is the foundation for similar compliance-related solutions in use at water and wastewater municipalities as well as other end users in diverse industries. The software easily layers on GE’s award-winning HMI/SCADA systems, iFIX and CIMPLICITY – and integrates with third-party SCADA and other software systems. The S3 solution, which layers on top of iFIX, is expected to incorporate other pieces of the Proficy Software Platform including Proficy Historian and Real-Time Information Portal.

The Control Room Management solution begins with a step-by-step plan on how to conform to the mandate. It leverages the Work Model capabilities within Proficy Workflow to flowchart and digitize the standard operating procedures, guide and track operator steps, trigger workflows as needed, and record what steps are taken and by whom. Reporting functionality is also critical to this mandate as companies must show PHMSA that they have responded appropriately to the order, so the solution can generate reports to not only ease compliance, but also improve processes.


“Proficy Workflow fits this mandate perfectly,” said Paul Thoman, Chief Technology Officer for S3 Development. “The software allows companies to capture events - whether a problem in the natural gas system or a problem in shifts, and trigger workflows to perform the necessary procedures for the right action at the right time. This will help bring companies into compliance with PHMSA and reduce the risk of disasters by operating within safe limits.”

As an example, Proficy Workflow, for a single emergency, can track multiple procedures and personnel, and record details of each step in the procedure. When a process is triggered, because of an alarm, or a defined action, GE Workflow Software can step through the process based on prescribed procedures built by capturing best-practice and controller expertise as digitized workflows. In the event of an emergency, a workflow can be initiated, and the controller can be guided through a series of steps to determine if emergency services should be notified. And, at the end of a shift, if a task is in process, that outstanding work can be apparent in the Workflow application. The steps completed and yet to be accomplished, can be viewed and discussed by the controllers.

In addition, by using workflows to facilitate alarm management, the operator can also determine if a controller is inadvertently causing alarms to occur because of flawed equipment manipulation. And, by setting up alerts with expected time limits allows the operator to be reminded that a signal is off scan, alarm inhibited or manual values need to be returned to normal.

Discounted T&M instruments for Europe

Special price offer for World class test and measurement equipment from Keithley Instruments
Keithley Instruments is offering 20% off list price on a range of broad-purpose Test & Measurement instruments to its European customers. The offer is available for a limited period of time, starting with immediate effect and ending on April 30, 2011.

The offer includes the following products:

*    An arbitrary waveform/function generator with extraordinary price-performance ratio
*    General-purpose five-in-one sourcing & measurement instruments
*    A range of 6½ - 8½-digit USB/IEEE-488/Ethernet DMMs, some with switching capabilities
*    An IEEE-488 USB-to-GPIB interface card


Here are the details on these products, discounted pricing and quotation.

Innovative brake system increases safety of vertical axes


Due to their adapted flange dimensions,
ROBA®-topstop brakes can be integrated
problem-free in pre-existing
constructions between the
servomotor and the counter-flange.
If there is a danger of falling loads on vertical axes in areas where personnel have to work, additional measures must be taken to minimise the risk of accidents. The Mauerstetten brake specialist mayr® power transmission has developed brake systems which are capable of providing safety in any critical situation occurring during vertical axes operation.

Vertically-moved masses, in particular when they are heavy parts such as motors or gear boxes, become a serious safety hazard if, on power failure, their movement is inadvertently accelerated or if they drop uncontrollably.

mayr® power transmission offers the ROBA®-topstop, a modular construction brake Type series with individual brakes and redundant dual-circuit brake modules for the prevention of any critical danger situations which can occur during vertical axes operation and which are defined in the DIN EN 954-1, Categories 1-3.

The aspect of safety was not the only target criterion during development of the ROBA®-topstop. The constructional conditions for drive elements in vertical axes were also considered carefully. Due to their adapted flange dimensions, ROBA®-topstop brakes can be integrated problem-free into pre-existing constructions between the servomotor and the counter flange. The modular assembly is flexible enough to allow many different designs, for example with a shaft; with a hollow shaft; with a flexible coupling; with an additional safety clutch for torque limiting or with two individual brakes.

Using a ROBA®-topstop brake system with a hollow shaft and an integrated, insertable shaft coupling means that the separate compensation coupling and the coupling housing usually necessary are no longer needed. A drive line with this brake system is only minimally longer than the usual axis with servomotor and shaft coupling for connection to a spindle or to a gearbox shaft. ROBA®-topstop designs with shafts are principally conceived for installation between the servomotor and the hollow shaft gearbox.

As an independent module, the ROBA®-topstop is capable of holding the vertical axis in any required position. Additional measures for axis support - for example during transport and machine maintenance – are unnecessary.

This advantage means considerable savings in terms of cost and time; for example when replacing the drive motor, and reduces the downtimes during repairs. In addition to this, the device can guarantee the „safe brake“ function, if the units are equipped with the correct functional and wear monitoring systems.

A first in calibration for Middle East & Africa

Internationally-certified facility in Abu Dhabi offers customers the first, dedicated, in-region flow calibration service, support and training
Emerson’s Middle East Flow Service Center in Abu Dhabi is certified by VSL,
the National Metrology Institute of the Netherlands
Emerson Process Management has opened its new Middle East Flow Service Center in Abu Dhabi. Representing an investment of $3 million (€2.2 million), this new centre serves customers in the Middle East and Africa with the first, in-region VSL Calibration and Measurement Capability (CMC)-certified calibration facility.

“The opening of Emerson’s Middle East Flow Service Center represents Emerson’s continued commitment to the region, while delivering much needed, local and certified services,”
commented Dave Tredinnick, Emerson’s president of Middle East & Africa business, at the grand opening in Abu Dhabi. “Never before has an internationally-certified calibration facility been available to customers, locally, to eliminate lead time issues and reduce costs for flowmeter calibration. Emerson is proud to make these services available to customers in Abu Dhabi, the Middle East and Africa.”

Previously, Middle Eastern and African customers faced limited options and high operational hurdles to validate flow device calibrations or provide required third party documentation associated with ISO9000 quality or regulatory requirements. The result was often process shutdowns and delays while flowmeters were physically removed from operation and shipped overseas for calibration, service or performance diagnostics.  For all customers, the new, local service from the Middle East Flow Service Center, Abu Dhabi means minimal process downtime and substantially reduced costs coupled with the quality assurance that calibrations are to an internationally-certified standard.

Emerson’s Middle East Flow Service Center in Abu Dhabi operates using ISO 9001:2008 certified processes and is committed to ongoing process improvements to ensure superior quality. Metrological traceability and certification processes ensure reliable measurements in laboratories and facilities around the world. VSL, the National Metrology Institute of the Netherlands, has certified the calibration equipment’s Calibration and Measurement Capability (CMC) with an uncertainty of 0.03%. This CMC reflects the traceability, technical competence and capability of the calibration equipment available at the new Emerson facility.

In addition to Emerson’s flowmeter calibration, the Middle East Flow Service Center, Abu Dhabi offers a broad range of services including flowmeter diagnostics and evaluations, witness inspection services and documentation to establish the quality of calibration and testing, meter repair, and factory-designed training programmes on-site or at the customer’s facility.

Sales director for Britain & Benelux

Aegis Appoints New Sales Director for UK and Benelux

Aegis Software has appointed Christian Teasdel as Sales Director for UK and Benelux. Aegis’ expanding business across Europe requires dedicated management attention to key regions. Mr. Teasdel’s appointment enables the organization to better fulfil Europe’s growing demand for factory-wide manufacturing information systems.

Christian Teasdel has been part of Aegis Software since 2004. His past roles included applications engineering, Customer Services Manager and Technical Director. His current role is to increase sales in the already strong UK and Benelux regions working both directly and through sales channels as well as OEM partners, while freeing resources in the organization for Aegis’ expansion into new markets within Europe. Mr. Teasdel has an engineering background and in-depth experience in NPI since 1992 in various SMT companies.

Aegis enjoys a strong presence in Europe with approximately 15% of its 1100+ factory sites. The Company is seeing a steadily growing MES-system installed base both through upgrading existing NPI users as well has new customers finding the Aegis solution very well suited for the European manufacturing market.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Display technology migrates from demanding OEM applications

Hitachi DPG introduces high performance 5.8” TFT

Hitachi Display Products Group (DPG) has announced the introduction of a new 5.8” TFT display module featuring IPS-Pro technology. IPS-Pro is the latest derivative of Hitachi’s established IPS (in-plane-switching) display technology which enables a 176 degree viewing angle in all directions. The new compact TX15D02VM0CAA display module features WQVGA (400 x 240 pixels) resolution and compliments existing Hitachi wide format aspect ratio displays whilst providing a market leading product specification.

Commenting Mark Stephenson, Product Marketing Manager Hitachi DPG said, “The addition of the new 5.8” TFT display module with IPS-Pro technology provides exceptional optical performance and further enhances our medium size display offering. The TX15D02VM0CAA also implements display technology enhancements that have been developed for harsh industrial environments and automotive applications. The introduction of this display reinforces the advantage Hitachi maintains working within demanding OEM market sectors and ensures benefits that can be passed on to industrial customers.”

The compact TX15 features a mechanical footprint of 145mm (w) x 90mm (h) x 12.5mm (d) while the design in process is aided with the implementation of an industry standard 40-pin 18-bit RGB CMOS interface supporting up to 262K colours. Market leading optical performance is achieved with a contrast ratio of 800:1 and LED backlight featuring a specified lifetime of 70Khours and a brightness of 450cd/m². Extreme environment operating conditions are ably supported with an operating temperature range of -30°C to +80°C.

The new 5.8” TX15D02VM0CAA display is available immediately through Hitachi Display Products Group distribution partners across Europe.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sub sea instruments

CAN in Automation (CiA) has released the second version of the CiA 443 CANopen profile for sub-sea instruments. Sub-sea is a term frequently used to refer to equipment, technology, and methods employed to explore, drill, and develop oil and gas fields that exist below the seabed. Sub-sea instruments are connected to a host controller, which is linked to the offshore platform. For the communication between host-controller and instruments, the SIIS (sub-sea instrument interface system) group has develop in co-operation with CiA the CiA 443 profile, which describes the CANopen communication. The standardized interface covers pressure, temperature, and positioning sensors as well as more complex instruments such as multi-phase flow, wet-gas, sand, and water-cut meters. The profile also includes descriptions for vibration and oil/gas monitors as well as corrosion/erosion and acoustic sensors. In addition, the CANopen interface for chemical injection valves (CIV) is standardized.

Last year, the suppliers have tested their host controllers and instruments in the first SIIS plug-fest for CiA 443 compliant devices. The experiences and results were introduced into the version 2.0, which is partly incompatible to version 1.0. The first Christmas trees (nickname for the sub-sea instrument clusters) compliant to CiA 443 version 2.0 will be installed very soon. They are available in either vertical or horizontal configurations. Those trees may range in size and weight from a few tons to approximately 70 tons. The communication between the offshore platform and the Christmas trees is often based on ModbusTCP or other Ethernet-based networks implementing the CiA 309 protocol to configure and diagnosis the sub-sea tree devices.

Task Force for operator environments

CAN in Automation (CiA) has established the CANopen Task Force (TF) for operator environments. It is intended to develop the CiA 401-based recommended practice for operator environments with human-machine interface functionality dedicated but not limited for construction, mining, agriculture and forestry machines, for harbor cranes, for boats and vessels, for wheelchairs and any other kind of machines on wheels. This includes any kind of operator environment such as driver and operator seats.

The CANopen interface hides the OE-internal networking, which could be based on CANopen or other network technologies.

The CANopen recommended practice should describe a single interface hiding the sub-layered devices such as joysticks, foot-pedals, encoders, display, pushbuttons, pulse wheels, etc. For displays, it is intended to use the network variables as specified in the CiA 302 series. When the deeply embedded communication system of the operator environment is based on CANopen, it is recommended to implement the CiA 302-7 bridge/router functionality. So the vehicle controller can access each operator devices individually be means of Remote SDO services.

Distribution excellence

Achievement recognises outstanding sales of Agilent bench and hand-held test & measurement products throughout 2010

Jonathon Metcalf
RS Components (trading brand of Electrocomponents plc), has received the 2010 Distribution Excellence award for EMEA from Agilent Technologies. This annual award reflects the outstanding sales performance achieved by RS on Agilent products in the last 12 months and was presented during their EMEA distribution conference in Barcelona (ES).

Announcing the award Benoit Neel, VP Sales and General Manager, EMEA region for Agilent said: "2010 provided an interesting sales environment as the markets rebounded from the downturn of the previous year. Throughout the year RS has made a huge impact in helping Agilent to grow market reach and customer numbers across the EMEA region. Our congratulations go to the whole team."

"Our relationship with Agilent has grown and strengthened throughout 2010 and we are delighted to be presented with their Distribution Excellence award," said Jonathan Metcalfe, Global Strategic Supplier Manager for RS. "The outstanding support provided by the Agilent distribution team together with its market leading products has enabled RS to achieve market-leading growth rates on their product range. We are looking forward to building on that success in the coming year."

Fan & filter

Using diagonal fan technology to increase the working back pressure, Rittal’s new TopTherm fan and filter units provide an increased and more stable airflow, even with contaminated filters. Diagonal air flow offers a greater spread of air within the enclosure thus reducing the possibility of hot spots and has the effect of requiring fewer maintenance intervals for the replacement of filter mats.

For quick installation and servicing the new generation Rittal TopTherm fan and filter units require no tools. It is possible to fasten into the enclosure, modify the airflow direction, change the electrical connections and orientation as well as replace the filter mats, all without tools resulting in increased efficiency and cost reduction.

Crankshaft measurement

A new, large crankshaft measurement gauge for manufacturers of diesel, marine, and locomotive engines and mining, oil field, and power generation equipment is being introduced by ADCOLE Corporation.

The Adcole Model 1200-10 Crankshaft Gauge features a proprietary ball bearing spindle with <0.25 µm runout for measuring crankshafts up to 4.572 meters long, with a 559 mm swing dia., that weigh up to two metric tons. Utilizing a laser interferometer in combination with a contact follower having a 330 mm stroke, this high-precision gage can measure 3,600 data points on pin journals for roundness and straightness with 0.5 µm accuracy.

Equipped with a 483 mm touch-screen display and a Windows-based operating system for ease of use and output flexibility, the Adcole Model 1200-10 Crankshaft Gage can execute a full crankshaft measurement within 10 minutes. Built on a base of structural steel main cabinets with a large 457.2 mm thick surface plate, this robust machine weighs 20 metric tons.

The Adcole Model 1200-10 Crankshaft Gage is priced from (US) $900,000.00. Literature and price quotations are available upon request.

Faster analysis of inclusions in aluminum

Thermo Fisher Scientific has an improved method for ultra-fast analysis of inclusions in aluminum using optical emission spectroscopy (OES). The method, which utilizes the Thermo Scientific Spark-DAT option, significantly enhances the capabilities of the Thermo Scientific ARL 4460 metals analyzer, offering a faster and more accurate alternative to existing methods of characterizing inclusions in aluminum.

Inclusions can affect the properties of aluminum, including mechanical strength, gas porosity, machinabilty, surface quality and fluidity, making their control vital in many cases. The Spark-DAT allows ultra-fast counting of inclusions and identification of their type in a few seconds, making it highly effective for controlling inclusions during aluminum production. Furthermore, when combining the inclusion analysis with the standard analysis in concentration, only a few seconds of additional time are necessary. This ability to obtain elemental analysis information and inclusion contents with a single OES instrument greatly reduces investment cost. Moreover the inclusion analysis is carried out under the same conditions as the regular elemental analysis. Sample surface preparation, instrument maintenance and consumables are unchanged compared to a standard OES instrument, ensuring very low operating cost.

The Spark-DAT option on the Thermo Scientific ARL 4460 Metals Analyzer increases the versatility of the spectrometer. From routine use to research, Spark-DAT provides a quick, simple and cost-effective solution for inclusion analysis in the aluminum industry. An application note has been developed to demonstrate the benefits of the Spark-DAT option.

Analogue Strain Gauges

The SGA range of high specification, analogue strain gauge amplifiers has been designed for universal use and offers a degree of flexibility that makes these amplifiers perfect for use in a multitude of configurations, ideal for OEM customers. Added to this, LCM Systems offers free calibration when any of the SGA range is purchased with LCM load cells.

One of the main features of the SGA range is the very stable bridge excitation combined with the amplifiers’ flexibility. The two versions, the 110/230V ac-powered SGA/A and the 18-24V dc-powered SGA/D both offer 10vdc or 5vdc on-board excitation and are capable of powering up to 4 x 350ohm strain gauge bridges. User selectability was also key in the design of these amplifiers. Any sensor with an input sensitivity range of  0.06 to 29mV/V can be amplified to give 10V, 5V, 0-10V, 0-5V, 0-20mA or 4-20mA outputs and using a combination of switches and a potentiometer, users have a selectable offset of  70% FS. Wide range filtering from 1Hz to 5kHz can also be specified.

The SGA amplifiers come complete in an IP65 ABS field case with cable glands. Its versatility means it can be integrated with larger instrumentation systems or can be calibrated for use with any LCM sensor. Typical applications include force measurement systems, simple weighing configurations and as a device to convert load cell signals for long cable run applications.

Foot switch!

Foremost Electronics is distributing the Marquardt Mechatronik GmbH foot switch.

Suitable for use in harsh industrial environments, including high dust and water areas, the footswitch is protected to IP 65 and IP 67 levels. Employing user-friendly ergonomics the footswitch is a compact robust design with clear tactile feedback and an anti-skid surface with a screw hole option for fixing to the floor.

The 2420 footswitch is a modern, attractive design with many colour choices available on demand, either painted or dyed plastic depending on volumes and customer specific logos may be printed on the rocker. The reliable snap action switching system has a proven high lifetime of over 100,000 operations and a wide range of switching options ranging from low level signals up to powerful 21A currents. The footswitch is available with or without a connecting cable. An optional metal protection cover enables use in heavy duty environments for user and equipment protection.

Alan Cook, managing Director of Foremost Electronics comments;”This new rugged footswitch has applications in a wide range of markets including industrial, security and the music industry. Marquardt are a much respected manufacturer with an enviable reputation for quality and reliability required by a product such as this. The range of options available for the footswitch continues our drive to provide high quality, flexible switching products to our customers.”

The 2420 footswitch can switch control signals up to 100.000 actuations and is rated at 16(8)A/250VAC (> 10.000 actuations) and 16(4)A/250 VAC (> 25.000 actuations) for Europe and 6A/125 - 250 VAC, ½HP for the USA. Additional switch ratings available on demand include 21(8)A/250VAC and 21A/250VAC, 2 HP.

Standard switching functions are available single or double pole with functions of off/ on, off /on (latching) and on/on. Also available to special order is a 2 x single pole option with switch functions of off/ on/on or on/on/on with further options available on request.

The 2420 footswitch is approved to IEC/UL 61058 (ENEC, UL and CSA), is protected to IP 65 and IP 67, meets the flammability requirements of UL 94 V-2 and is suitable for use with appliances of protection class II. The footswitch has a mechanical life endurance > 100.000 cycles, an operating temperature range of -20 to +85 °C and termination options of standard connection clamps or a cable harness.

Applications for the Marquardt Mechatronik GmbH foot switch include medical, laboratory and office equipment, industrial control systems, music and lighting products, CCTV, materials handling and conveyor technology.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Laboratory robot

HACH LANGE's new automated laboratory robot, the AP3800, is the ultimate labour-saving laboratory device; enabling the unattended multiple parameter analysis of up to 24 samples, the AP3800 performs the analysis with a DR3800 spectrophotometer.

Click on picture to see in operation on YouTube
Geoff King, Laboratory Manager at HACH LANGE, believes that the AP3800 represents a major step forward in laboratory analysis. He says "Laboratories around the world are under great pressure to reduce costs and lower analysis times, and the AP3800 has been developed to meet both of these needs, whilst also freeing up time for analytical staff to perform other work."

The unit controls the entire analytical process from sample preparation to measurement to reporting of results, even when a digestion step is needed. Supplied with easy-to-use software, the system includes an innovative time management system that calculates the fastest, most efficient sample sequences, even when multiple parameters are being tested and when new samples are introduced after a procedure has commenced.

Capable of bar-code recognition, the DR 3800 sc VIS spectrophotometer automatically conducts the correct tests from a library of around 230 methods. However, whilst the method directory can be extended to meet specific needs, the basic version of the AP3800 is pre-programmed for Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), Total Phosphorus, Total Nitrogen, Ammonium, Nitrate and Nitrite.

By automating all labour intensive steps such as dilution, reagent addition, mixing and digestion, coupled with the renowned excellence of the Hach Lange spectrophotometer, the AP3800 is the ultimate

Making T/cs with ease

Click image to see welder in operation!
BEL Thermocouple Welder Model TLWELD9, from Tester Store, is designed for manufacturers and for laboratory use in the production of commercial grade thermocouple junctions, and for users of large numbers of exposed junction thermocouple such as test and development laboratories where multipoint temperature sensing of test pieces are required.

It has a safety welding pen design and eliminates the use of pliers. No special skills are needed and most people will be capable of producing quality work with minimal practice.

The instrument is operated via the front panel. It is a portable welding machine that allow the thermocouple wires to bond into freestanding beads. The Operator only takes a few seconds to bond the standard thermocouple wire into a temperature sensor.

This model is suitable for welding any type thermocouple wires from AWG40-AWG19 (0.1~1.1 mm) in diameter. A satisfactory thermocouple junction is produced without using argon. In just three steps a quality bonded thermocouple wire sensor can be welded. It has been selected by many famous laboratories throughout the world.