Saturday, February 4, 2012

Robot sales grow!

The latest robot sales statistics compiled by the British Robot and Automation Association (BARA), reveal that sales have increased by a dramatic 68% over the last year. Almost all of the major robotics suppliers to British Manufacturing have reported this trend which is welcome news from the industry.


The most dramatic growth has come from the automotive or automotive components sectors with growth of 235% and 176% respectively. Surprisingly both the food and drink and pharmaceutical, health and medical sectors reported a decrease of 8% and 76% respectively.

Mike Wilson Chairman of BARA said "we are delighted with such an increase in industrial robot sales over the year although most of this has been within the automotive industry. Most sectors have experienced increases and this represents the best growth statistics since 1997. Average growth is nearly 70% year-on-year which represents strong sales for most of the robot manufacturers."

Mike continued "the Government are also putting considerable money behind the promotion of robotics in UK Manufacturing in recognition that robots actually create more jobs through growth. Currently over 100 companies are making use of the free automation review open to any UK manufacturer. This in turn should also enhance growth in robotics over the next couple of years"

Friday, February 3, 2012

Advancing the “Automation Conversation” with appointment of a Social Media Community Manager

The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced today that it is expanding its commitment to provide automation professionals readily accessible sources for educational news and information, with the creation of a social media community manager position. After a search, ISA has named Juliann M. Grant, a veteran in the industrial automation field and social media consultant, to assume this position.

Grant will be responsible for building, growing and nurturing ISA’s social media communities on major social networks including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn®, LiveStream, YouTube and Flickr®. She will be a lead contributor to ISA Interchange, the Society’s news-and-blog website, launched in 2011 as the hub for all things automation, from technology to subject-matter experts, industry leaders, ISA volunteers and staff and others from the automation community.

“We are pleased to move forward in our mission to stimulate discussions about automation topics across all technologies, and keep our fingers on the pulse of the automation world. Maintaining a solid presence on popular information-sharing platforms allows ISA to better serve all of the stakeholders of the automation community with technical and professional information,” said Patrick Gouhin, executive director and CEO of ISA. “Juliann brings experience in both social media and the automation field to the position. Applying her talents towards curating and disseminating relevant, high-quality technical information and engaging the automation community will strengthen everyone’s opportunities for success.”

“I am excited to assume this role with ISA, an organization that is setting new standards in the field of automation, and now in social media. Through this role, we can help share the rich technical information that is available from its members, and highlight the good work happening across the profession of automation. By building a vibrant, engaging community for engineers and professionals in automation, ISA will reinforce its leader role in advancing the automation profession and industry as a whole,” commented Grant.

Grant, a vice president of Telesian Technology, has more than 20 years of experience developing marketing strategies for high-technology and industrial-automation companies. She is a recognised speaker and author on business-to-business (B2B) marketing strategies and tactics, including integrated marketing, online marketing and social media. She has also held marketing executive positions at The Lodestar Corporation, Kronos Inc. and Pivotpoint (acquired by MAPICS).

Cable assemblies for high-speed data transmission

Harting has introduced a new range of high-performance QSFP+ and SFP+ cable assemblies which can support data-transmission speeds of up to 40 Gbit/s.

In addition to standard cable assemblies with cable sizes from AWG 24 to AWG 30, the company offers customised solutions including units with EEPROM programming.

Secure strain relief is realised through overmoulding of the PCB, providing robust assemblies for use in IP 20 environments such as cabinets and control rooms. Another key feature of these products is the QSFP+ back shell, which is one of the shortest on the market, making the cable assembly ideally suited to applications where space is limited.

No additional assembly is required, saving time and money compared to the use of individual piece parts and their associated tooling, thus reducing field installation time.

All these cable assemblies meet the requirements of relevant international standards.

Wireless telemetry pulse acquisition

The T24-PA wireless pulse acquisition module from Mantracourt, is designed for the collection and processing of pulse related measurements. This includes the measurement between pulses to provide outputs in Hz, RPM and Period as well as actual pulse counting. Miniature in size, the device transmits on license-free 2.4Ghz, avoiding local radio interference to ensure data integrity and security. The T24-PA wireless pulse measuring device is also available in IP rated enclosures.

"The pulse acquisition module is an important addition to the T24 wireless range of instrumentation products," said Kelly Voysey, Sales and Marketing Manager at Mantracourt. "It will enable the remote monitoring of processes that have a periodic nature, such as motor, shaft or flow meter rotation. Along with our other wireless sensor modules, the pulse acquisition module will help us provide a complete solution to engineers seeking to remotely monitor and control a given process."
 
This company is a leading manufacturer of industrial measurement technologies and a world leader in the design and manufacture of electronics for measurement technologies, including strain gauge, temperature, resistance, pressure, voltage, current, potentiometer, rate, flow, LVDT and displacement in either analogue, digital or wireless form.

Their T24 wireless telemetry range is a flexible low power radio system designed to enable the transmission of high accuracy measurement data from load cells, inclinometers, accelerometers, temperature, displacement and pressure sensors. With a combination of transmitter and receiver technologies, engineers are able to remotely monitor instrumentation readings.

"Wireless instrumentation is enabling engineers to undertake measurement and control in ways that were not possible before. Whether it is rotating machinery, or equipment located in a hazardous area such as a construction site, or maybe difficult to access locations, our T24 range is enabling engineers around the world to take a new approach to how they can use instrumentation in the field."

The pulse wireless acquisition module data is provided in real time at variable speeds, with a direct line of sight range of 100 or 200 meters.  The range can be extended with the use of high gain antenna’s and repeaters. The module can transmit to a range of receivers including handheld indicators, digital displays, analogue and serial outputs, PC display and wireless printer and it has various powering options.

Consolidated cooperation marked!

Rhode & Schwarz products to receive a new logo that contains the names of both companies – to further increase the brand awareness and growth of HAMEG Instruments in both the domestic and international marketplace.


Almost anywhere in the world, test and measurement products from HAMEG Instruments are now directly available from Rohde & Schwarz. This is why these products will receive a new logo that contains the names of both companies – a move that is intended to further increase the brand awareness and growth of HAMEG Instruments in both the domestic and international marketplace.

HAMEG Instruments has been a Rohde & Schwarz subsidiary since 2005, complementing the parent company's T&M portfolio in the lower price segment. After several years of separate branding, the new dual logo containing both company names is an important step toward integrating HAMEG products more tightly into the Rohde & Schwarz portfolio.

Holger Asmussen, CEO of HAMEG Instruments, is convinced of the advantages the dual logo offers: "In recent years, HAMEG has shown much stronger growth than the market. This trend has been driven in particular by the new oscilloscopes and lab power supplies. Our name is well established, mainly in Germany and Europe. Visually combining Rohde & Schwarz and HAMEG will increase awareness of our brand also in other regions and create even greater potential for growth."

Since the end of last year, HAMEG products have been an integral part of the portfolio offered by the Rohde & Schwarz sales organization. The new logo underscores this fact. Customers can now order the entire T&M portfolio, from the lower price segment to high end products, from their personal Rohde & Schwarz contact. Rohde & Schwarz is one of few companies in the market to offer its customers this opportunity. 

Within the next three months, the dual logo for HAMEG products will be introduced in nearly all regions.

Automation project delivery


A Technical Talk titled "Automation Project Delivery" is being organised by the Ireland Section of ISA.  

This talk is scheduled  for the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork on Wednesday 8th February 2012 @ 7.30P.M. sharp.

The presenter will be Mr. André Michel – Skillpad, Quebec, Canada. He was recently awarded with the Emerging Leader Award at the ISA Ireland H&A event in UCC.

Andre Michel has 25 years of successful automation project delivery in a wide variety of industries on projects of all scales.

His Experience includes:
• Management of preliminary design, detail engineering, construction, commissioning
and start-up of projects in many industries
• Application of project management methodology, tools and techniques for the
management of automation projects
• Coordination of multi-discipline teams
• Specification, evaluation, selection and purchase of automation equipment
• Specification, installation and programming of distributed control system
(DCS), PLC, instruments, control elements (including electrical or pneumatic
equipment).
• Pharmaceutical experience with FDA regulation, GMP, GAMP 5, CFR 21 Part
11 and Validation

Andre has been a member of ISA since 2001 and has been active at the Section, District, Division and Society level of the ISA. Andre is currently the President-Elect of the ISA Montreal Section, where he has held roles of Secretary and Professional Development Chair. In these roles Andre has developed partnerships with REAI (the organization of Automation Manufacturers in Quebec) and RVA (Rendez Vous of Automation). At a District level Andre has held the role of Leadership Development Chair and
participated and presented at the 2011 District Leadership Conference in Toronto and 2010 District Leadership Conference in Montreal. Within the Food and Pharmaceutical Division (FPID) of ISA.

Andre has been very active helping to develop and roll out a program of web-based seminars on Pharmaceutical Automation while also being the Newsletter Editor for the last 4 years.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

New cost-effective TDR level meter

Krohne have introduced the new OPTIFLEX 1100 C level meter for liquids and solids in non-explosive environments. The meter offers a cost-effective and higher performing replacement for traditional level meters such as RF capacitance, conductive and pressure level meters.

It is 2-wire, loop-powered and available with a standard 20 m cable or segmented coaxial probe for liquids and a 10 m cable probe for solids. All probes can be shortened on site and commissioning is completed via an intuitive 5-step ”Quick Setup” procedure. The unit is available with an integrated display and keypad in the cover so that it is not necessary to open the housing cover for configuration. A blind version is also available. Multiple blind versions can be configured on site, using a single HMI (Human-Machine Interface) service tool.

The OPTIFLEX 1100 C uses TDR (Time Domain Reflectometry) technology. This state-of-the-art technology measures level independent from physical property variations such as dielectric constants, pressure or density. Unlike traditional meters, it does not need any wet calibration, is immune to linearity problems in irregular tank shapes and has neither fragile nor moving parts.

This is the latest addition to the popular OPTIFLEX product family next to the existing high-precision OPTIFLEX 1300 C TDR level meter, which is used in hazardous environments such as the chemical, oil & gas, and mining industries.

New technical trainer!

Anthony Suddes has joined MCP as a technical trainer covering mechanical, electrical and maintenance disciplines.

Anthony’s 22 year’ service with the RAF has set him in good stead to work with MCP’s impressive list of training clients. His service career involved work as an avionic mechanic specialising in communications, radar and flight systems and latterly in a training and management role.

Initially he worked as a flight line mechanic responsible for the day to day servicing of various helicopter types operating throughout the world, with special responsibility for the high profile Search and Rescue Squadron.

A spell as Instructor/Trainer followed with involvement in the delivery of theory and practical work on live aircraft to new recruits, including international students from the
UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Latterly he became responsible for designing and amending Instructional Specifications and Syllabi for the instructional staff at Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering (DCAE), Cosford covering traditional and e-learning courseware.

He was selected from an impressive line up of candidates. What sets Tony apart is his professional friendly manner, broad experience and e-learning expertise.

Anthony is a member of the British Computer Society the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute for Learning.

New technical trainer!

Anthony Suddes has joined MCP as a technical trainer covering mechanical, electrical and maintenance disciplines.

Anthony’s 22 year’ service with the RAF has set him in good stead to work with MCP’s impressive list of training clients. His service career involved work as an avionic mechanic specialising in communications, radar and flight systems and latterly in a training and management role.

Initially he worked as a flight line mechanic responsible for the day to day servicing of various helicopter types operating throughout the world, with special responsibility for the high profile Search and Rescue Squadron.

A spell as Instructor/Trainer followed with involvement in the delivery of theory and practical work on live aircraft to new recruits, including international students from the
UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Latterly he became responsible for designing and amending Instructional Specifications and Syllabi for the instructional staff at Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering (DCAE), Cosford covering traditional and e-learning courseware.

He was selected from an impressive line up of candidates. What sets Tony apart is his professional friendly manner, broad experience and e-learning expertise.

Anthony is a member of the British Computer Society the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute for Learning.

Acquisition expands RF power amplifier capabilities

Combined technologies enhance development of innovative instrumentation platforms

Teseq Holding has acquired MILMEGA, Ltd., a leading specialist in the design and manufacture of solid state, high-power microwave and RF amplifiers. This acquisition strengthens their capabilities in commercial, industrial, automotive, military and communications applications, further positioning the company as a global leader in immunity testing.

Johannes Schmid, President of Teseq, said, “When we began Teseq a mere five years ago, after a management buyout from leading developer and provider of instrumentation and test systems for EMC emission and immunity, Schaffner, our vision was to provide the best in testing solutions. Our acquisition of MILMEGA is a testament to that forward thinking strategy and builds upon the half-century of EMC experience with which we were founded.

RF amplifier power, linearity and harmonic performance is critical to achieving accurate immunity testing results. Adding MILMEGA’s high quality amplifiers to Teseq’s extensive range of EMC testing products extends our product offering to include both EMC and non-EMC applications, strengthening our position as the supplier of choice for innovative, high quality test instrumentation to an increasingly wide range of customers.”

Established in 1987, MILMEGA expertly designs and manufactures high power amplifiers for commercial and government applications. The company’s core strength lies in the development of broadband RF power amplifiers operating in a frequency range from 80 MHz to 8 GHz with power levels to 1 kW.

Pat Moore, Managing Director of MILMEGA Ltd., said, “Becoming part of the Teseq group allows us to offer the very best in global sales and support as well as EMC system expertise in software design and installation services, positioning us as a leader in the field. Our customers now have access to an extensive RF product range as well as engineering expertise that will facilitate the development of innovative system solutions to meet their needs today and in the future. Combining our individual strengths ensures our market focused approach to new developments and enables us to more accurately define new amplifier requirements for years to come.”

The MILMEGA brand and all aspects of the company’s product range, including its industry unique five year warranty, will be retained. Their factory will become a competence center for RF amplifiers within the Teseq organization, which is currently comprised of eight subsidiaries and seven accredited labs worldwide.
Teseq Holding has acquired MILMEGA, Ltd., a leading specialist in the design and manufacture of solid state, high-power microwave and RF amplifiers. This acquisition strengthens their capabilities in commercial, industrial, automotive, military and communications applications, further positioning the company as a global leader in immunity testing.

Johannes Schmid, President of Teseq, said, “When we began Teseq a mere five years ago, after a management buyout from leading developer and provider of instrumentation and test systems for EMC emission and immunity, Schaffner, our vision was to provide the best in testing solutions. Our acquisition of MILMEGA is a testament to that forward thinking strategy and builds upon the half-century of EMC experience with which we were founded.

RF amplifier power, linearity and harmonic performance is critical to achieving accurate immunity testing results. Adding MILMEGA’s high quality amplifiers to Teseq’s extensive range of EMC testing products extends our product offering to include both EMC and non-EMC applications, strengthening our position as the supplier of choice for innovative, high quality test instrumentation to an increasingly wide range of customers.”

Established in 1987, MILMEGA expertly designs and manufactures high power amplifiers for commercial and government applications. The company’s core strength lies in the development of broadband RF power amplifiers operating in a frequency range from 80 MHz to 8 GHz with power levels to 1 kW.

Pat Moore, Managing Director of MILMEGA Ltd., said, “Becoming part of the Teseq group allows us to offer the very best in global sales and support as well as EMC system expertise in software design and installation services, positioning us as a leader in the field. Our customers now have access to an extensive RF product range as well as engineering expertise that will facilitate the development of innovative system solutions to meet their needs today and in the future. Combining our individual strengths ensures our market focused approach to new developments and enables us to more accurately define new amplifier requirements for years to come.”

The MILMEGA brand and all aspects of the company’s product range, including its industry unique five year warranty, will be retained. Their factory will become a competence center for RF amplifiers within the Teseq organization, which is currently comprised of eight subsidiaries and seven accredited labs worldwide.

Chinese website launched!

Aegis has launched a new Chinese-language website as the latest move in its strategic commitment to the region and to meeting its increasing demand for Aegis Manufacturing Operations Software (MOS) products. The strategy also includes Aegis’ expansion of its local staffing levels in both its sales and engineering departments.

The new website has already proven to be a valuable resource for the market by supporting both existing and potential customers in their own language. It gives them access to the data essential to making informed decisions when purchasing software for their business needs.

As investment continues to flow into China’s electronics and IT sector, Aegis MOS can make a critical contribution to containing rising manufacturing costs. With MOS, electronics manufacturers of any size can cost-effectively enjoy the benefits of factory-wide monitoring, traceability, reporting, quality management and materials control. MOS delivers world-class visibility and control, without expensive and time consuming software customization and report development.

“China is a key market for Aegis Asia’s expansion and we continue to see a very strong interest from potential customers in our products.” commented Paul Price, Director of Aegis Asia. “We have bolstered our commitment to the market in Asia with the launch of this completely new local-language website, as well as through the expansion of our local sales and technical support teams.”

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Design automation software for rotating requirements

Optimal design solutions to rotating electrical machine requirements can now be created in hours, by non specialists, using a new version of design automation software from Cobham Technical Services.

Optimal design solutions to rotating
electrical machine requirements can
now be created in hours, by non specialists,
using the Machines Environment design
automation software from Cobham.
Cobham's Machines Environment introduced a new level of user friendliness when it was launched by providing a design entry system that allows precision finite-element analysis (FEA) models of motors and generators to be created and solved in minutes. The two-dimensional (2D) version of the software has now been integrated with Cobham's unique optimization tool which automatically finds the optimal solution within a design space - even for multiple or competing design objectives.

Cobham's Machines Environment is an application-specific extension to the well known Opera electromagnetic simulation package. It provides a front-end to the simulator that speeds design entry by means of Wizard-style dialog boxes. Users select the style of motor or generator they want to design from a library of all common types, including induction, brushless permanent magnet and switched reluctance motors, and synchronous motors or generators. Then, dialog boxes allow the user to enter parameters to define mechanical geometry, material properties and electrical data, and the FEA model is automatically created.

The use of parameterized models and the ability to quickly load and modify previous designs has always made it possible for users to perform 'what-if?' design investigations. Now, to extend these possibilities to the maximum, Cobham has integrated a unique optimization tool that makes it simple for users to find the best solution across the design space. While auto-optimization tools are not new, they usually require manual intervention if the globally optimal solution is to be found, and the simulation times involved often make this impractical. Cobham's uniquely powerful tool - Optimizer - 'intelligently' selects and manages multiple goal-seeking algorithms including stochastic, descent, particle swarm and Kriging to eliminate the need for manual intervention.

Setting up an Optimizer run from the Machines Environment has now been made as easy as the design entry process. Because most FEA simulations can take as little as a few seconds, the integrated software makes it feasible to thoroughly explore the design space. Thousands of simulations can typically be executed within hours, making the 'perfect solution' achievable for all users - without expert assistance.

"This software makes the high accuracy of finite element analysis available to all engineers, not just the expert with years of experience," says Cobham's Jeremy Howard-Knight. "Even a novice engineer can now create a precision finite element model and find the best solution in a design space, without needing to know much more than what he or she wants to achieve."

The 2D Machines Environment is now in its fourth generation, and Cobham has developed an extensive library of rotating machine design styles, and design components. However, if there are still any unusual features that need to be incorporated in designs, users also have open access to the scripts that generate the models, and can modify them at will to automate proprietary motor and generator design concepts. A library of common material properties is also included in the design software. Again, if users employ any special materials, such as an unusual grade of steel for laminations, then a new menu item can be created within minutes. Cobham will also generate custom scripts for users on request.

Cobham's Machines Environment is expected to appeal to the many users of analytic motor design programs, giving a means of performing much more accurate analysis rapidly and without the engineering overhead usually required for accurate FEA. The tool can deliver significant advantages in today's market environment. Currently, there's enormous pressure to improve energy-efficiency for instance. The combination of highly accurate simulation and sophisticated optimization provides the means to identify the design characteristics of the perfect machine in very short timescales.

A three-dimensional version of the Machines Environment is optionally available.

Moisture & humidity on your phone!

Michell’s moisture and humidity calculator app for iPhone and Android

Michell Instruments has launched a mobile app version of its humidity calculator to enable fast calculations of trace moisture, moisture in liquids and relative humidity to be made easily and conveniently. Based on Michell’s popular moisture and humidity slide rule, the calculator is a valuable tool for anyone working with processes involving moisture control or analysis.

Visit iTunes or Android Market to download for free.

The moisture calculator app includes the following parameters:
• 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

The application allows for easy calculations and conversions between units of moisture content in parts per million (ppm), dew point, relative humidity and moisture in liquid.

The humidity calculator offers a comprehensive selection of humidity units, with high and low humidity ranges are covered. It facilitates calculations with extremely dry gases containing only parts per billion (ppb) moisture content - which is, of most relevance to sectors such as semiconductor industry. At the other end of the scale, it is capable of calculations involving very high concentrations of water vapour - such as in paper production and certain metallurgical processes.

Pressure and temperature compensation is incorporated, where relevant, for each unit conversion. To complete the comprehensive coverage of the calculator, metric to imperial conversions are provided for temperature and pressure.

• Michell are represented in Ireland by Instrument Technology

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Monitoring bridges in all weathers

RDP products are frequently used to measure movements in the structure of bridges caused by the weight of traffic, environmental conditions and other factors.

Higher traffic loads and corrosion can lead to increased strain in bridge components, such as suspension cable fixing points. It is important for engineers to understand movements and loads imposed on the structure in order to predict potential problems and to maximise the safe working life of the bridge. Ageing bridge structures may be reaching overload due to the effects of increased weights and traffic volumes on steel structures that may be also weakened by corrosion or suffering early metal fatigue.

Very often the transducers used to monitor movements are installed on structures in coastal regions where the rain water must be considered saline and transducers are also exposed to chemical pollutants created by road vehicles. RDP Electronics Ltd offers many different types of products with a very high water ingress protection rating. Transducers can be supplied that are moisture resistant or fully welded for submersible applications. Thanks to a stainless steel construction these transducers are suited to operation in marine environments and also resist the corrosive effects due to winter road treatments for ice.

The LVDT monitoring approach is relatively inexpensive particularly when several points on a bridge need to be monitored, calling for long cable runs. By using a 4-20mA 2 wire loop, the wiring installation cost can be considerably reduced, as well as this offering the best interface to use with long cables for temperature drift reasons.

Outdoor Cabinet Installations made easy

Rittal's pre-cast concrete base/plinths for their range of outdoor free-standing enclosures have been developed to simplify installation and eliminate the need to pour concrete on site.
Manufactured from a specially developed light, untreated concrete, the units are 1M high when assembled and ideally fit a 700mm deep excavation. The front and rear plinths are screw fastened from inside and can be quickly and easily fitted together in situ.

For installations in remote locations, where delivery or mixing of fresh concrete is difficult, the pre-cast units, supplied in sections, can be installed in a trench or hole, around the cable ducts, and then back-filled with the soil from the hole and tamped firm. Outdoor enclosures, from Rittal’s stock or custom ranges can then be lowered either directly onto the concrete plinth, or attached via an additional plinth, depending on the model and application.

Even in less remote locations, Rittals pre-cast concrete base/plinths can save time, reduce material and delivery costs and provide an extremely practical solution, requiring a minimum of material to finish or restore the surface around the enclosure on completion of the installation.

Outdoor Cabinet Installations made easy

Rittal's pre-cast concrete base/plinths for their range of outdoor free-standing enclosures have been developed to simplify installation and eliminate the need to pour concrete on site.
Manufactured from a specially developed light, untreated concrete, the units are 1M high when assembled and ideally fit a 700mm deep excavation. The front and rear plinths are screw fastened from inside and can be quickly and easily fitted together in situ.

For installations in remote locations, where delivery or mixing of fresh concrete is difficult, the pre-cast units, supplied in sections, can be installed in a trench or hole, around the cable ducts, and then back-filled with the soil from the hole and tamped firm. Outdoor enclosures, from Rittal’s stock or custom ranges can then be lowered either directly onto the concrete plinth, or attached via an additional plinth, depending on the model and application.

Even in less remote locations, Rittals pre-cast concrete base/plinths can save time, reduce material and delivery costs and provide an extremely practical solution, requiring a minimum of material to finish or restore the surface around the enclosure on completion of the installation.

Custom control panel solutions

IGT Industries offers its customers a time and cost saving single source for complete in house control panel design and manufacture. IGT-Industries HMI products are suitable for use in Marine, Aviation, Railway, Medical, MIL, Industrial, Fire, Security, Telecom and most other electronics applications.

As experienced manufactures of complex and innovative switching products IGT Industries can use their expertise to benefit control system designers with multi-technology integration into a complex sub-assembly or fully assembled and tested control unit. IGT Industries offer a complete design, prototype and production manufacturing service incorporating keyboards or other interface switching technologies, various display and illumination technology and electro-mechanical devices.

“Outsourcing a complete designed and manufactured sub-assembly or control panel for manufacture by IGT Industries greatly simplifies our customer’s procurement and logistics management by reducing their supplier base and delivery times.” Comments Terry Moss, Sales & Marketing Manager of IGT Industries. “Installing a completed assembly also removes the need for further integration, complex testing and multi-vendor liaison in the event of any functional problems.”

IGT Industries HMI assemblies may be specified for use in environmentally hostile conditions in military and industrial control applications. One such application is for Dynamic Positioning Systems for use on ships and oil rigs. These back-lit control panels are used for data positioning of vessels and offer complex switching, control and display integration, adjustable control panel illumination, PS/2 USB compatibility, are waterproof to IP67, RFI/EMC compliant and specified to meet approvals of Lloyds Register for Equipment used in shipping and American Bureau of Shipping. IGT Industries is also a signatory to 21st Century Supply Chains (SC-21).

Box aids

Robust box aids mounting of data cabling in industrial or building networks

The new Ha-VIS preLink® AP box from Harting is a robust housing unit that aids the installation of data networks by allowing cabling to be mounted on walls or pillars in industrial or business premises.

The box provides protection to the IP 20/30 standard for mounting on walls and pillars, and can also be mounted on DIN EN 60715 "top hat" rails. It consists simply of two housing sections and two preLink RJ45 HIFF modules.

The AP Box is pre-assembled and is quick and easy to install. Cables can be fed in from above or below. Both RJ45 ports have angled outlets and can be labelled.

Harting Ha-VIS preLink® is an installation concept for data network cabling based on the ISO/IEC 11801 standard. The system combines pre-fabricated preLink(R) cabling links with a wide range of preLink(R) connectors.

Free membership upgrade on offer!

For a limited time, users, vendors, OEMs and systems integrators who want to reach the motion control market can join MMA for free.


The Mechatrolink Members Association (MMA) recently announced a membership drive with significant benefits for prospective members. Any end user, machine builder, robot builder, systems integrator or supplier of motion control systems and equipment can join the MMA as a Regular Member for free. Membership confers a number of benefits, chief among them preferred access to the fast-growing motion control markets of China and other parts of Asia.

Entry Level membership has always been free, but this drive allows companies to join at a higher grade of membership—as a Regular Member—with added benefits. An annual Regular Membership in MMA normally costs $1,500 (€1140.00), but until March 31, 2012, it’s free. The free membership is good until March 31, 2013, at which point it can renewed on an annual basis.

A Regular membership allows members to purchase Mechatrolink ASIC chips and sample kits, submit their products for certification test, and introduce and advertise their product on the Mechatrolink website. Regular members can also participate in subcommittees and general meetings, make technical inquiries by email and telephone, and receive product development support.

Mechatrolink is the most widely used motion control network in Asia, and is steadily gaining ground in the U.S. Mechatrolink connects devices such as servo motors, servo amps and I/O to each other and to motion controllers such as PLCs, PACs and motion controllers. Mechatrolink is available in both RS-485 and Ethernet versions, operates at speeds up to 100 Mbps, and can support up to 62 simultaneous devices. 

For any company who wants to participate in the Asian motion control market, membership in MMA can be very beneficial.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Intelligent universal stator

The new Kistler KiTorq torque measuring flange system operates without an antenna ring and has standard flange geometry conforming to ISO7646 for easy installation. The open stator design allows faster installation whilst minimising the risk of damage and easier visual inspection during testing. The universal, intelligent stator may be used with any KiTorq rotor of the same speed rating for greater operational flexibility. A choice of 500, 1,000, 2,000 or 3,000 Nm measuring ranges is available each with an accuracy class of 0.05% of range. The system has an excellent torque signal bandwidth of up to 10 kHz and a 60 pulses per revolution speed output.

A single, intelligent stator can be used with any KiTorq rotor of the same speed rating and will automatically recognise the rotor measuring range. This minimises hardware investment as one stator may be used with rotors of differing ranges for different applications. Installation is simplified by the contactless, digital telemetry that does not require an antenna ring. The lack of an antenna ring has not reduced the precision of the sensor which has an excellent signal bandwidth of 10 kHz and accuracy of better than 0.05%.

The stator supplies frequency, analogue and digital signals outputs that are fully scalable via an RS-232 or USB interface. When needed, the rotor's original measuring range may be overridden to allow the full output signal to be available over a defined range. A second, freely selectable measuring range may also be defined at each output.

The solid measuring flange is extremely robust and has been tested to EN 60068-2-27 for mechanical shock, EN 60068-2-6 for triaxial vibration loading and EN 61326-1 for interference immunity. The KiTorq system is supplied as standard with SensorTool configuration and diagnostic software and calibration certificates. Several calibration options are available for the configurable output signals of the KiTorq system and when replacing an individual rotor or stator, the notional calibration values can be calculated to avoid the need to have the unit recalibrated by the manufacturer.

The KiTorq measuring flange is ideal for use in test rigs for electric motors, internal combustion engines, transmissions, pumps and compressors.