Friday, March 23, 2012

Precision source measurement

Keithley Instruments has introduced the Model 2657A High Power System SourceMeter® instrument

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The Model 2657A adds high voltage to the company's Series 2600A System SourceMeter® family of high speed, precision source measurement units. Together, these instruments allow Keithley's customers to characterize an even broader range of power semiconductor devices and materials. A built-in 3,000V, 180W source allows the Model 2657A to source up to five times as much power to a device under test as the nearest competitive system, at significantly lower cost. The precision, high speed 6-1/2-digit measurement engine built into the Model 2657A enables 1fA (femtoamp) current measurement resolution to support the low-leakage requirements of next-generation power semiconductor devices. 

The Model 2657A is optimized for high voltage applications such as testing power semiconductor devices, including diodes, FETs, and IGBTs, as well as characterizing newer materials such as gallium nitride (GaN), silicon carbide (SiC), and other compound semiconductor materials and devices. It is also useful for characterizing high speed transients and performing breakdown and leakage tests on a variety of electronic devices at up to 3,000V.

Like the rest of the Series 2600A family, the Model 2657A offers a highly flexible, four-quadrant voltage and current source/load coupled with precision voltage and current meters. It combines the functionality of multiple instruments in a single full-rack enclosure: semiconductor characterization instrument, precision power supply, true current source , 6-1/2-digit DMM, arbitrary waveform generator, voltage or current pulse generator , electronic load, and trigger controller, and is fully expandable into a multi-channel, tightly synchronized system via Keithley's TSP-Link® technology. Unlike competitive solutions, which are typically limited in terms of power, the Model 2657A can source or sink up to 180W of DC power (±3,000V@20mA, ±1500V@120mA). The Model 2657A also offers 1fA resolution, allowing it to make fast, accurate sub-picoamp measurements even when sourcing up to 3000V.

Digitising or Integrating Measurement Modes
The Model 2657A provides a choice of digitising or integrating measurement modes for characterising both transient and steady-state behavior, including rapidly changing thermal effects. Each mode is defined by two independent analog-to-digital (A/D) converters-one for current and the other for voltage-that run simultaneously to ensure accurate source readback without sacrificing test throughput. The digitising measurement mode's 18-bit A/D converters support one-microsecond-per-point sampling, so users can capture voltage and current transients simultaneously. In contrast, competing solutions typically must average multiple readings to produce a result, so they aren't fast enough to characterise transient behavior. The integrating measurement mode, based on 22-bit A/D converters and common to all Series 2600A instruments, optimises the Model 2657A's operation for applications that demand the highest measurement accuracy and resolution. This ensures extremely precise measurements of the very low currents and high voltages common in next-generation power semiconductor devices.

Powerful Test Development Tools
Basic device characterization can be performed with no need for software installation or programming with TSP Express, Keithley's LXI-based I-V test software utility. Users can simply connect a PC to the LXI LAN port and access TSP Express with any Java-enabled web browser. Test results can be viewed in either graphical or tabular format and then exported to a .csv file for use with spreadsheet applications. Two additional tools for creating test sequences are provided with the Model 2657A: the Test Script Builder application (for creating, modifying, debugging, running, and managing TSP scripts) and an IVI-based LabVIEW® driver (to simplify integrating the Model 2657A into LabVIEW test sequences). The Test Script Builder application has new debugging capabilities that make test program development easier and more productive.

ACS Basic Edition software is also available as an option for component characterization. The latest release offers a rich set of features for characterizing high voltage and high current components. The included measurement libraries have been updated to support both DC and pulse mode operation of both the high voltage Model 2657A and high current Model 2651A High Power System SourceMeter instruments. These libraries address a variety of power devices, including FETs, BJTs, diodes, IGBTs, etc., with tests that include input, output, and transfer characteristics on most devices. A special "Trace Mode" provides real-time control over an instrument's voltage or current output using a simple slider.

Flexible, High Accuracy Connection and Probing Solutions
The Model 2657A can be connected to other instruments in a test system with standard safe high voltage (SHV) coaxial cable connections compatible with existing high voltage test applications. However, for applications that depend on getting the most from the instrument's low current measurement performance, Keithley also offers special HV triaxial (guarded) connections to optimize the Model 2657A's measurement accuracy.

The optional new Model 8010 High Power Device Test Fixture provides connections for testing packaged high power devices at up to 3000V or 100A, making it safer and simpler to configure a device test system that includes the high voltage Model 2657A, one or two high current Model 2651A instruments, and up to three low power SMU instruments (other Series 2600A instruments or the Model 4200-SCS semiconductor characterization system). In addition to standard banana jumpers, the Model 8010 has rear-panel oscilloscope and thermal probe ports to simplify system integration for further DUT characterization. The Model 8010 has full safety interlock capability. To prevent instrument damage if a device fault occurs, integrated protection circuits in the Model 8010 safeguard the inputs of the lower voltage Series 2600A instruments from the high voltages the Model 2657A can output. Individual protection modules are also available to simplify connecting multiple SMUs safely to a third-party probe station, component handler, or other test fixture.

Body recognised for promotion automation as a discipline among young

The Automation Federation named 2012 ML100 New Workforce Award Winner

The Automation Federation(AF) is listed among the distinguished recipients of the eighth annual Manufacturing Leadership 100 Awards.

The AF is an association of member organizations that provides awareness, programs and services that continually advance all facets of the automation profession. It serves as the “Voice of Automation” by providing advocacy and industry-wide strategic analysis and coordination through its member organizations.

The Automation Federation was selected for the 2012 ML100 New Workforce Award by Manufacturing Executive, the global community for manufacturing leadership and producer of the Manufacturing Leadership Summit and ML100 Awards program.

The Automation Federation is being recognized for its AutomationSTEM program and its related activities, initiatives and collaborations, including the Alliance with FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). AutomationSTEM is designed to make the future workforce aware of the importance of automation and engineering; the many career opportunities available in this broad profession; and the importance science, technology, engineering and math will play in those careers.

An independent judging panel chaired by David R. Brousell, vice president and editorial director, and Jeff Moad, executive editor of manufacturing executive, reviewed project and individual achievement nominations, and the winners were decided by a panel of qualified judges from various companies and organizations in the manufacturing sector.

The Automation Federation will be honored and presented with its 2012 ML100 New Workforce Award for the AutomationSTEM program at the Manufacturing Leadership Summit Awards Gala in May.

2012 Automation Federation Chair, Leo Staples, stated, “The Automation Federation’s receipt of the 2012 ML100 New Workforce Award is a true affirmation of the work we are doing and the benefits it will have for the future of manufacturing. The award recognizes our AutomationSTEM program, whose K-12 education initiatives will surely help alleviate the future technical skills shortage we will face as a profession by building the next generation of automation professionals now. We hope this ML100 Award will encourage others in the profession to provide support for our AutomationSTEM initiatives.”

Automatic hardness testing facility

Maintaining its policy of continuous investment in technology and facilities, Keighley Laboratories has added a Zwick Roell ZHV-10 automatic micro and macro hardness tester to its Test House resources. Featuring fully automatic Vickers indentation measurement and dedicated hardness testing software, the new equipment will bring about measurable improvements in accuracy, repeatability and productivity, to the benefit of the company’s internal Heat Treatment division and clients of its Technical Services department. Used for the precise measurement of surface hardness and case depth of metallic materials, with test loads between 100g and 10Kg, it will introduce considerable time savings over previously manual routines, freeing up highly skilled operators for other analytical duties.

The new equipment was supplied by Indentec, part of Zwick Roell AG and a worldwide centre of excellence for hardness testing machines, which has a business relationship with Keighley Labs that dates back many years. A UKAS accredited calibration laboratory, Indentec has been additionally contracted to service and recalibrate this and other hardness testing equipment on a long term basis, which will be carried out on site by trained engineers to ISO 6508-2 and ASTM E384 standards.

Such is the sizeable footprint of the new hardness tester, Keighley Labs also took the opportunity to enlarge its existing Test House microscope room, creating a spacious new optical suite. This also houses the advanced zoom stereo metallurgical microscope acquired previously and allows for the installation of further state-of-the-art equipment.

Part of Keighley Labs’ comprehensive mechanical testing and metallography services, the hardness of a material is determined by its resistance to indentation by a hardened ball or diamond indenter, then measuring the size of the permanent impression produced. With loads, pressures and temperatures constantly increasing in modern machinery, metallic parts are subject to increasingly arduous operating conditions and hardness testing is often the best way of establishing that components will survive such stresses, becoming a critical part of the quality control process. Keighley Labs employs this physical testing method as quality assurance for its in-house Heat Treatment division, handling up to a dozen test samples daily, as well as undertaking case depth and surface hardness evaluation of materials and components for external clients.

Vickers testing, using a pyramid-shaped diamond indenter, is suitable for all types of materials and surface treatments and Keighley Labs’ new Zwick Roell ZHV-10 machine is equipped for micro and macro Vickers testing to ISO 6507, although it can be fitted with an alternative Knoop indenter. It features a built-in measuring microscope with four objective lenses, a motorised turret with 1.3 megapixel USB camera, an automatic motorised XY table with 150mm x 50mm travel, for precise positioning of samples, with automatic focus providing an additional motorised Z axis for bringing the test surface into sharp resolution without operator involvement. It also includes a high definition 24” LCD monitor, a microprocessor running Windows XP, flatbed scanner and Indentec ZHµ HD automatic indentation software, with sample scanning facility and a report generator for outputting data to spreadsheet programs, enabling further statistical analysis.

Employing this configuration, Keighley Labs’ technicians can either view and measure test impressions manually, by focusing with the joystick and clicking on indentations with the mouse, or allow the machine itself to intelligently follow predefined patterns, indent the sample, then measure and generate test results, all entirely automatically. They can also set up templates of indentation points, for performing hardness tests on routine samples, and program straight line and transverse patterns for automating case hardness routines and testing welded seams.

Apart from freeing up technicians for other tasks, this ‘click and walk away’ functionality ensures precise sample positioning and imaging, enhanced accuracy, an extremely high level of repeatability and overall increased productivity, reducing standard testing procedures from more than an hour manually, to less than twenty minutes automatically. It also eliminates operator-related errors caused by eye strain, fatigue and inevitable inconsistencies, which can be a common problem in microhardness testing especially.

“The time savings made possible by this automatic hardness tester will enable us to offer faster turnaround times and deliver even more accurate, repeatable and reproducible data,” says Keighley Labs’ Test House Manager, Matthew Mellor. “We chose Indentec because the company has an excellent reputation, with its own service and calibration engineers, and its equipment offers the highest image resolution on the market.”

Safety expert keynotes at Instrumentation Symposium

Process safety expert Paul Gruhn with ICS Triplex/Rockwell Automation, is to deliver a keynote address at the 58th Annual International Instrumentation Symposium (IIS) on Wednesday, 6 June 2012, in La Jolla, (CA USA).

Gruhn will address IIS attendees from around the world on lessons learned from process and aerospace accidents and, more importantly, how to avoid them. His presentation will explore and discuss the importance training, awareness and procedures play in minimising hazardous scenarios. Topics include:

• why everyone needs training
• importance of having people follow procedures
• recognizing that some people don't know what they don't know
• impossible to foresee every possible hazardous scenario
• reusing of software has not always been successful
• near misses are often not followed up
• the past is often ignored

Gruhn is the global process safety consultant at ICS Triplex/Rockwell Automation. He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois, USA, in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Gruhn has been very active with ISA at the section, division and department level for more than 20 years. He became an ISA Fellow in 2001, is a member of the ISA84 standard committee (on safety instrumented systems) and the ISA101 standard committee (on human machine interfaces). Gruhn is the developer and instructor of ISA courses on safety systems, the author of two ISA textbooks, chapters in other books and more than two dozen published articles. He is the developer of the first commercial safety system software modeling program. Gruhn is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Texas, USA, and is an ISA84 expert.

IIS, ISA’s longest running division symposium, will cover all aspects of instrumentation technologies and applications across the automation field. It offers three full days of technical programming presented by industry experts, as well as a student paper competition, instrumentation exhibition, networking and more. In addition, instructor-led training courses will be held to complement the technical program. Topics covered at this symposium include process instrumentation, sensors technology, tip timing, measurement and virtual instrumentation to name a few.

Attendees will earn Continuing Education Units for completing the training courses and Professional Development Hours for attending the technical sessions.
IIS is sponsored by Honeywell, an ISA Corporate Partner, and by the following ISA divisions: Aerospace Industries, Test Measurement and Process Measurement and Control. Program development is also in collaboration with ISA’s Automatic Controls and Robotics Division and Chemical and Petroleum Industries Division, and the Propulsion Instrumentation Working Group.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Water industry leader is global industry manager

25+ years of hands-on experience in Water & Wastewater Industry

Today 22 March 2012 is World Water Day and on this day appropriately enough GE Intelligent Platforms  have  announced that Terry Biederman has been named Global Industry Manager for its Water & Wastewater industry. Biederman brings 25+ years of experience in the day-to-day management of water utilities as well as a keen knowledge of the technologies needed to run a world-class facility.

Prior to joining GE, Biederman served as the Director of Public Works for the Township of Waterford, (MI USA), the third most populated township in the state with a population of approximately 71,000 people since 1996. The Department of Public Works (DPW) is responsible for potable water treatment and delivery, wastewater collection and transportation, building and ground maintenance, and fleet maintenance. Biederman managed 52 full-time employees and an $18 million annual budget.

“Terry Biederman’s reputation for successful implementation of innovative solutions is renowned in the industry,” said Alan Hinchman, Global Market Director for GE Intelligent Platforms’ Infrastructure Industry. “I have worked with him personally and know him to have tremendous vision into the solutions needed to run a complex organization in a way that is both innovative and insightful.”

In his new role, Biederman will have global responsibility for GE Intelligent Platforms’ activities in the Water & Wastewater industry including working with customers to advise and counsel on a variety of technology solutions supported by the company’s industry-leading Proficy® Software platform and PACSystems® control systems.

Bringing Biederman on board during the week of World Water Day highlights GE Intelligent Platforms’ on-going commitment to bringing innovative hardware and software automation solutions to municipal water and wastewater plants.

GE Intelligent Platforms is also supporting World Water Day through the Our Water Counts movement. The Our Water Counts weekly blog – in celebration of World Water Day – will feature daily blogs on the global water crisis. Our Water Counts is an interactive web site and active blog featuring real discussions between all water stakeholders to create new, innovative ways to solve how the world sources, treats, moves and uses water.

European embedded computing sales team includes Ireland & Britain

Anglia Embedded  has been appointed as Britain and Ireland embedded channel distribution partner for Advantech, a world leader in single board computers (SBC), with effect from 31 March 2012. The agreement greatly strengthens the embedded distributor’s range for industrial automation, digital signage, kiosk and other embedded computing applications.

Paul Senior, Anglia, &
Andy Courtney, Advantech
“Advantech completes Anglia Embedded’s full house of technologies from the world leading brands,” said Steve Rawlins, CEO at Anglia. “Anglia Embedded can now offer its customers a full portfolio of system components sourced from the world’s top brands, spanning displays, communications and SBCs.”

“We are pleased to welcome Anglia to the Advantech family of resellers,” said Bart de Vreese, European Channel Sales Director at Advantech. He continued, “The experience and knowledge of Anglia’s staff is what truly sets them apart. Adding the Advantech Embedded Core range to its display and connectivity product lines will enable Anglia to offer a full solution to its customers, enhancing its commitment to understand, apply and deliver.”

According to David Pearson, Technical Director at Anglia, the agreement with Advantech is hugely significant because it is a world leader in industrial PCs, panel PCs, rack mount PCs and standalone PC and ARM core based embedded boards. “Advantech has been building top quality, high performance computing platforms since 1983. Anglia Embedded is proud to add this key line to its portfolio.” he said.

Paul Senior, Divisional Marketing Manager for Anglia Embedded added, “Embedded computing technologies from Advantech package the popular PC architecture in a range of formats to support the growing diversity of embedded computing applications that are enabling an intelligent planet. Their products are enabling companies to use less energy in their premises, optimise their manufacturing processes, communicate with their customers through inspiring interactive digital signage, and improve their security.”

In addition to Advantech, the Anglia Embedded line-up of quality embedded products also includes Hitachi displays and Cinterion, connectBlue, Fastrax and Telegesis wireless technologies.

Infrared thermometers

Versatile sensor system meets a wide range of industrial application requirements

Ircon® has introduced the Modline® 7 Series of infrared thermometers. Combined with Ircon ModView™ Pro software and a variety of accessories, the Modline 7 Series provides best-in-class solutions for demanding industrial environments.

The Modline 7 is a rugged, IP65 (NEMA 4) sealed sensor system with the flexibility to meet nearly any continuous temperature monitoring and control requirement. The thermometers are used in a wide range of industrial applications, including semiconductor manufacturing, metals processing, furnace refractory, primary and secondary glass, as well as plastics thermoforming.

The Modline 7 offers exceptional versatility with extended temperature ranges (-40°F to 5432°F/3000°C), high-resolution optics and fast response times. The thermometer's sensing head can operate as a stand-alone sensor, providing simultaneous analog and digital outputs of process temperatures. Motorized focus control and both through-the-lens and laser sighting are standard on all units.

The new thermometer's intuitive sensor design-with integral water-cooling in a stainless steel enclosure or high-temperature water jacket-reduces installation and setup time. The water jacket is intended for use in ambient temperatures up to 599°F/315°C with an integrated air purge capability. An optional air purge collar accessory enables the lens to be cooled and kept free of debris in hot dusty environments.

In addition, the Modline 7 standardized installation accessories and common Windows ModView Pro software platform minimize multiple product configurations at the user's facility. Sensor setup and monitoring can be accomplished either from the rear panel of the instrument or from the ModView Pro software. This allows for remote PC-based sensor configuration, temperature monitoring, trending and archiving via an intuitive graphical user interface. For example, users can change the temperature display from degrees Fahrenheit to degrees Celsius, adjust emissivity levels, scale the range, focus the sensor, activate filters (e.g., peak hold, valley hold, and averaging) and save data for future reference or graphing.

The sensor system also features preset alarms for early warning detection, system on/off control or quality record keeping. A programmable relay output can be triggered automatically by product temperature (process alarm), sensor internal temperature (sensor alarm) or manually.

Modline 7 Series thermometers use high-speed digital signal processors with an RS-485 serial data communications networking capability that supports up to 32 sensors. The ModView Pro software is included at no additional cost with all new Modline 7 Series thermometers.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Alliance to aid cloud development!

Company works with Microsoft to deliver cloud-based manufacturing solutions

Invensys Operations Management has announced an alliance with Microsoft Corp. for migrating some Invensys applications to the Windows Azure cloud. By bringing together industrial thought and technology leaders, the alliance expands the company’s continuing relationship with Microsoft and will afford end users cloud-based offerings in the manufacturing and infrastructure operations space.

“As Microsoft’s Alliance ISV Industry Partner of the Year in 2011, we are excited to enter into this alliance, which further defines our position as a leading provider of automation solutions that help optimise manufacturing business operations in real time,” said Ravi Gopinath, president, Invensys Operations Management’s software business. “Working with Microsoft reinforces the strategic alignment between our two companies, with a mutual goal of using Windows Azure technology to bring leading-edge cloud solutions to the industrial market. By offering cloud-based variants of our existing Historian and business process management solutions, we can help our customers lower costs, reduce systems complexity and cut hardware and software investments, while creating a high-performance environment for more agile operations management.”

Within the alliance, Microsoft will help Invensys accelerate the development of its Wonderware® Historian and Workflow applications to enable them to run on the Windows Azure cloud. Initial development activities will extend existing Invensys solutions with managed history and reporting capabilities, as well as business process management on demand.

“Invensys is an example of how Microsoft continues to work with companies that use our platforms to build the solutions their manufacturing customers need to address the critical operating issues they face each and every day,” said Walid Abu-Hadba, corporate vice president, developer and platform evangelism, at Microsoft. “Providing cloud-based reporting and collaboration services allows these customers to pay for what they use, which means they can better scale and manage their technology deployment costs. It’s an attractive model for any customer that has widely distributed operations, limited IT resources or the need to rapidly scale. Customers will have the choice of different usage models, so they pay for only what they need.”

New display demanding monitoring applications

IPS-Pro technology evolution enables high resolution, small pixel pitch displays

Hitachi Display Products Group (DPG) has announced the introduction of a new IPS (in-plane switching) 9.0” TX23D86VM0BAA TFT display module. The WXGA display features a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels and uses the latest enhancement of Hitachi’s IPS display technology, IPS-Pro New Process.

Optical performance, contrast, uniformity and brightness are excellent and the display module is ideally suited to broadcast or medical monitoring applications where the information represented on the display image must be accurate and easily interpreted. IPS-Pro provides a very stable display image over a very wide viewing angle of 176° making it ideally suiting to multi-viewer applications

Steve Donohoe, Technical Manager, Hitachi DPG, commented, “IPS-Pro New Process has been developed to enable higher resolution display panels with smaller geometry pixels. The new process implemented in the LCD cell also ensures good light transmittance from the backlight through to the front of the display. This is the most recent enhancement of IPS technology and has enabled Hitachi to ensure that the new 9.0” TFT display has excellent black level uniformity, high colour saturation and an exceptional contrast ratio of 1000:1.”

A long life LED backlight provides a brightness of up to 350cd/m². An integrated LED controller enables the backlight to be dimmed making it possible for the viewer to fine tune the backlight brightness to suit a particular viewing environment.

A 6-bit data interface featuring FRC (frame rate control) enables up to 16.7million colours to be displayed via the single channel 30-pin LVDS data interface. The TX23D86VM0BAA display module features mechanical dimensions of 216mm (w) x 142mm (h) x 11.7mm (t) and an extended operating temperature range of -20°C to +70°C.

Embedded Controller Featuring 2nd GenerationIntel® Core i5™ Processor

New controller offers 50% improved processing power and new peripherals

National Instruments has announced the NI PXIe-8115 high-performance embedded controller featuring the latest dual-core 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor, which helps reduce test times and is ideal for multicore applications. The PXIe-8115 controller features a rich set of peripheral I/O ports with six industry-leading USB 2.0 ports. These onboard peripheral ports minimise the need for external peripheral adapters and help engineers build cost-effective hybrid systems. To improve the serviceability and minimise downtime, this embedded controller features In-ROM and hard drive diagnostics to determine the controller’s health. By combining the controller with NI LabVIEW system design software, engineers can gain efficiency in a variety of test, measurement and control applications.

The Intel Core i5-2510E processor gives the NI PXIe-8115 controller a 2.5 GHz base clock frequency and uses Intel Turbo Boost Technology to automatically increase the clock frequency based on the application type. For example, when running applications that generate only a single processing thread, the CPU places the one unused core into an idle state and increases the active core’s clock frequency from 2.5 GHz to 3.1 GHz. This feature removes the need for software applications to be multithreaded to use the latest CPU developments. The flexibility to operate in a dual-core or a high-performance single-core mode makes the controller ideal for a variety of applications, including high-performance automated test and industrial control.

In addition to high CPU performance, the NI PXIe-8115 controller features six USB 2.0 ports, two display ports to connect to multiple monitors, dual-Gigabit Ethernet, GPIB, serial and parallel ports. This extensive peripheral I/O no longer requires the purchase of individual PXI modules. Engineers can optimise use of the slots in a PXI chassis because the slots are available for measurement modules rather than standard I/O. For memory-intensive applications, the controller comes standard with 2 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 memory with up to 8 GB of maximum memory and support for the Windows 7 64-bit operating system. The NI PXIe-8115 controller combined with the NI PXIe-1082 chassis is ideal for intensive analysis, signal and image processing and high-speed data acquisition.

To improve the reliability of PXI systems, the NI PXIe-8115 controller features In-ROM and hard drive diagnostics for serviceability of the PXI embedded controller. With this new feature, engineers no longer have to use third-party tools to determine the health of the memory and hard drive. By combining the analysis of the diagnostics with spare hard drive and memory options from National Instruments, the improved serviceability of the NI PXIe-8115 reduces downtime and ensures minimal impact to the application. 

Magnetic float level switches approved for safety instrumented systems

SIL 1 suitable level switch is ideal for high and low liquid level alarm duties in the oil and gas, power, refining and chemical industries

Selected models of Emerson's Mobrey Horizontal Magnetic Float Level Switches have been certified in accordance with IEC61508 to attain (Safety Integrity Level) SIL 1 for a single device and SIL 2 for a pair of devices.

Following successful third-party evaluation by global organisation Exida, Mobrey Horizontal Magnetic Float Level Switches have the required Failure Modes, Effects and Diagnostic Analysis (FMEDA) report. The models assessed and certified are typically used in the oil and gas, power, refining and chemical industries, and are ideal for high and low liquid level alarm, overfill alarm, and pump control duties.

The use of certified devices provides a measure of quality and reliability, making it much easier to design and implement a safety system in process applications that must comply with the IEC 61508/61511 functional safety standard.

Mobrey Horizontal Magnetic Float Level Switches provide robust and reliable level switching in most liquids. The magnetically coupled design enables reliable operation even when operating in extremes of pressure and temperature. Measurements are unaffected by changes in process temperature, dielectric, or the presence of vapours and there is a wide range of flanges, floats and switching outputs to suit all types of liquid level application.

There are no glands or linkages that could cause leaks, or springs that require maintenance. The snap action mechanism ensures a clean make or break of the switch contacts and there is the option of a hermetically sealed switch mechanism to eliminate freezing and corrosion of contacts and all moving parts. Other options include versions with marine approvals and ATEX certifications for use in hazardous areas.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Water analyser company scoops awards!

LtoR: Ian Martin, Chairman SFA; Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation; John Webb, Head of Business Banking AIB; David, Nancy and Martin Horan, BioTector; John Perry TD, Minister for Small Business.
Two of the esteemed awards at the recent SFA Irish National Awards 2012 were presented to the same company recently.

BioTector water analyser products are regarded by major international users as the best on the market. Patented technology and unique functionality offer unrivalled reliability for industries wanting to prevent raw material and product
losses, minimise waste, reduce energy consumption and control waste water treatment plants
Martin Horan, Managing Director, and David Horan, Sales & Operations Director of BioTector, picked up the Manufacturing Award and the Inaugural Chairman’s Award. The awards were presented by Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, at Trinity College, Dublin.

Minister Bruton commented “These awards are synonymous with the very highest level of performance and achievement in Irish enterprise.”

Martin Horan, MD and Founder of BioTector, was delighted with the acknowledgment from the Irish business community “This is a great accolade for the BioTector products and all our team whose expertise, innovation and commitment to delivering world leading products have given us the international growth we enjoy today.”

Quality sensing solutions!

If you are involved in water purification or waste water treatment, then KROHNE may well be your perfect partners with their leading edge range of products, which encompass the OPTISENS range of analytical instruments, MAC 100 Converter, as well as the WATERFLUX 3070 flowmeter.

Martin Adams, Analytical Sales Manager –KROHNE UK commented, “KROHNE ranks among the world’s leading companies in developing and producing innovative and reliable measuring technology and with over 90 years of experience in manufacturing process instrumentation, KROHNE, can not only deliver products but are able to configure entire systems for customer specific requirements. With continued success in other sectors, such as oil and gas, we are now delivering a complete solution for Water.”

The OPTISENS range of pH and ORP analysis instrumentation are available in a wide choice of sensor styles and combinations of different glass and diaphragm materials ensuring the right product for the job. From measuring pure water to the harsher environments of waste water treatment plants these products are perfect for:
• Process control and monitoring limit values in water and waste water
• Quality and Process Control in cooling boiler feed water
• Monitoring pH limit values
• Process Control in neutralisation processes
• pH monitoring for CIP systems

Designed not only with the application in mind, as with all products in the KROHNE range, user friendliness coupled with ease of installation are key considerations which is easily accomplished thanks to the standardised design and connections. However further benefits are realised when considering the ‘total cost of acquisition’, as long product life cycles can be achieved due to the high quality and precise glass electrodes and by utilising membranes of highly sensitive special glass (pH) further ensuring low maintenance costs.

KROHNE also provide the OPTISENS MAC 100 analytical converter, with its modular design offering great flexibility in designing the system you require enabling you to specify the number and type of signal inputs and outputs and the complexity of the measuring point and the number of parameters.

The OPTISENS MAC 100: Measure different parameters with one device - this multi -parameter analytical converter is suitable for the measurement of different analytical parameters such as pH/ORP, conductivity and free chlorine. Regardless of which sensor is used or which parameter is being measured – the device offers standardised startup and operation for all, just as its brother, the IFC 100, offers for different electromagnetic flowmeters. The user can also opt to measure two different parameters or to connect two different sensors to one signal converter. This reduces costs as it further eliminates the need to install a second signal converter. If required, the device can also automatically control sensor cleaning.

To complete the solution, the KROHNE WATERFLUX 3070 battery powered electromagnetic water meter is fully compliant with the strict European and UK laws, to protect the environment and human health, carrying MCERTS approval. ( Environment Agency's Monitoring Certification Scheme.)

The WATERFLUX 3070 electromagnetic water meter from KROHNE can be installed virtually anywhere due to its patented measuring tube design. The unique rectangular cross section of the measuring tube ensures a strong, homogeneous magnetic field is formed, making measurement entirely independent of flow profile, and allowing for extremely short inlets and outlets. Even when there is no power supply the WATERFLUX 3070 won’t let you down. It has a battery life of up to 15 years and remote data transmission via a GSM module, making it the ideal solution for remote locations in the water industry where no power connection is available and providing certainty in case of power failure.

The WATERFLUX 3070 offers very low installation and maintenance costs as it has no moving parts and an extremely robust metal flow tube with Rilsan® coating.
• Battery driven with very low power consumption for use in remote locations
• Easy installation without straight inlet or outlet lengths
• IP68 rated signal converter for submersion in flooded chambers

Automation in the magic kingdom! Greg Hale to address #ISAutowk 2012 in September

Greg B. Hale, chief safety officer and vice president, Worldwide Standards and Auditing, with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts will be the keynote speaker to open ISA Automation Week 2012. The conference is scheduled for 24-27 September 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, USA.

In his address, slated for 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, 25 September, Hale will discuss the automation and technology that make the magic of Disney come alive. He leads a global team of ride design, operations and maintenance professionals that keep Disney on the leading edge of theme-park safety, accessibility for guests with disabilities and technological advancements.

As an inventor and engineer working for the world’s greatest entertainment company, Hale believes everyone should “do what you are passionate about…and be passionate about what you do.”

Hale received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from the University of Mississippi in 1976 and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Florida. In 1988, he joined Walt Disney World Co. and has held several key positions including director of Facilities and Attractions Regulatory Compliance and director of Ride and Show Engineering. Prior to his present position, he was vice president of Design and Engineering and Regulatory Compliance.

Hale pro-actively participates in national standards committees and has been recognized for his work on accessibility standards for persons with disabilities and for amusement-ride safety standards and training. He is a member of the Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers International (AIMS) Educational Advisory Board. He has lead safety conferences and workshops throughout the US and in more than 15 countries. In 2010, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) awarded him the Outstanding Service Award, which is the highest honor IAAPA presents to an individual member or an organization.

Additionally, Hale is an active member of the (USA) National Safety Council (NSC) where he serves on the Board of Delegates and is a former Board of Directors member.

Hale served on the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board’s Recreation Access Advisory Committee, and he has contributed to numerous innovations and inventions that have advanced accessibility for persons with disabilities. Some of the more recent are handheld captioning for the deaf and audio descriptions for the blind that for the first time provide captioning and audio descriptions on moving rides and attractions. In addition, he is a co-inventor and patent holder for Disney’s FASTPASS®, eliminating long lines at Disney theme park rides and attractions. He holds 19 US and foreign patents.

Hale is also an enthusiastic supporter of the FIRST® Program (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and serves on the FIRST Executive Advisory Board. This program brings students and engineers together to compete in head-to-head science and technology robotics competitions. FIRST reaches thousands of students each year to interest and inspire them in science, math and technology. The Automation Federation and ISA are Alliance Partners with FIRST.

Precision Pressure Test Gauges

The Fluke 700G Series Precision Pressure Test Gauges has been introduced to the market.  These are nine easy to use, rugged and reliable models that deliver highly accurate pressure measurements in the harshest industrial environments, providing pressure testing for virtually any application. The 700G Series models include the 700G04 which measures from -14psi to +15psi (1 bar) with a resolution of 0.001psi, and the 700G31 which measures from -14psi to +10,000psi (690 bar), all models offering a 0.05% total measurement accuracy and NIST traceable calibration. They can log up to 8,493 pressure measurements to memory when used in conjunction with 700G/TRACK software. Two optional test kits provide complete pressure testing solutions.

All these Pressure Test Gauges feature a bright backlit display for easy viewing of data in any environment, a ¼" NPT to ¼" ISO adapter for fast connections, and a rubber holster that protects the gauge and makes them easier to hold. Backed by a 3 year warranty, they can display readings in 18 different units, including kPa. The pressure gauges have an Intrinsically Safe rating of ATEX: II 3 G Ex nA IIB T6 and CSA: Class1, Div 2, Groups A-D for work in areas classified to include explosive gasses.

The Fluke 700G Series offers two optional test kits to provide complete pressure testing solutions. The 700PTPK Pneumatic Test Kit and 700HTPK Hydraulic Test Kit include hand pumps, hoses and adapters, and can be combined with any 700G Series gauge to create complete, portable test systems. Both kits include a hard case to protect the pump and gauge while allowing the gauge to remain connected to the pump.

For users who need to record and analyse pressure measurements over time, for example for leakage testing, Fluke 700G/TRACK logging software allows logging data to be downloaded to a PC. With 700G/TRACK, logging configurations can be downloaded to 700G Series gauges for remote logging events. Those measurements can then be uploaded and displayed on a PC, or exported for further analysis. 700G/TRACK includes a cable for communications to a PC.

Comprehensive security with cost reduction and energy efficiency

Optimisation of data centres are requirements on the agenda of many data centre managers and to address these issues Rittal offers a coordinated system platform, “Rittal – The System”. It is a portfolio where customers can obtain all their services from a single source so that their data centre requirements can be met individually.
“Rittal – The System” includes new IT infrastructure components, standardisation options and solutions for automated data centre operation that integrate enclo-sures and components for power supply, cooling, monitoring and IT-security in a comprehensive and ideally coordinated solution.

“Managing trust – confidence and security in the digital world” was the keynote theme at this year's CeBIT where Rittal introduced a large number of innovations. These included the “TS IT”, a new IT rack including accessories and a new Power Distribution Unit (PDU), which uses snap-in technology and links to the Rittal Computer Multi Control (CMC) security management concept.

Flexible and expandable, all innovations are intended to help customers fulfil their requirements and Rittal’s IT infrastructure solutions function according to the “pay as you grow” principle.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sales team strengthened!

Brennan Industries recently announced two new hires and a promotion in its sales team.

Donnie Maz

Chris Mays Sr

Jeffrey Burnette was promoted to regional sales manager from his previous position of operations manager. Burnette has 35 years of experience in industrial distribution and has been with Brennan Industries for 18 years. He attended Tarrant Community College in Fort Worth, Texas.

Donnie Maz joins Brennan Industries as territory sales manager. He has three years of industry experience in sales. Maz earned his Bachelor of Science degree in industrial and systems engineering from The Ohio State University.

Christopher Mays Sr. joins Brennan Industries as an inside sales representative. He has 13 years of inside sales experience. Mays attended Cuyahoga Community College and Moody Bible Institute. Mays also served in the U.S. Army Individual Ready Reserve for eight years.